Chike pauline, the man pictured above was caught by the NDLEA on Monday. VANGUARD reports that he was nabbed during a screening of passengers on Rwanda Air flight at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, with one kilogramme of substance suspected to be methamphetamine.
The Aba-based businessman was arrested on his way to Bujumbura, Burundi. On what pushed him into the drug trafficking business, he said he is a hardworking man, and that luck was just against him as he was
pushed into the business because he wanted to raise money for his wedding billed for December.
“I am a patent medicine dealer in Aba, Abia State. My arrest is very unfortunate because I am a hardworking person.“I was deceived into drug trafficking because I was desperate to perform my marriage ceremony by the end of the year.”“I was optimistic that I will not be arrested, but things did not go according to my expectation.“What must I do to set myself free from this predicament?” Chike asked with the hopes of being discharged before his proposed wedding.
Nollywood actor, Kenneth Okonkwo, has picked up the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, nomination form few days ago in a bid to represent his people, the people of Nsukka/Igboeze South Federal Constituency in the House
The actor who’s happy about the new development posted on his online campaign site:
Join me in thanking God for assisting me obtain my nomination form of our great party PDP to contest for the House of Representatives to represent Nsukka/ Igboeze South Federal Constituency. To Him be all the glory.
And now the Headlines
* 2015 Imo Guber: Okigwe shops for consensus candidate
* Okorocha presidential ambition: Imo Govt officials relocate to Abuja…
* Onwubuariri, Njamanze, Nwaoba, journalist pick PDP forms
* Chris Anyaneu has no programme for Imo people-Okorocha
The White Paper:
*Senator Chris Anyanwu claims Rochas has incurred huge debts for the state
* Payback time for Tambuwal’s group in Fed House of Reps
* Imo assembly confirms Okorocha’s new appointees
* Court halts dissolution of Imo PDP Exco
* Obi fires back at Bianca- I fullfilled all promises to Ojukwu
* Akwa Ibom Guber: SSG joins race
* New constitution: Lawmakers now to enjoy immunity
* Unpaid Salaries: Gov Orji sacks Rector over strike
* Uncertainty over Chibok girls as focus shifts to Chad
* APGA derailed, say Obi
…coach to recall Ike Uche
The Super Eagles interim manager, Amodu Shuaibu yesterday disclosed that a 66-man list has been handed over to him by the technical department of the Nigeria Football Federation to pick players that will prosecute the last two matches in the 2015 AFCON qualifiers.
Amodu said that the 66 players include those plying their trade locally as well as on the foreign scene.
The interim manager, who was at the Glasshouse to hold discussion with the leadership of the technical department told sports writers that the current development, is what is obtainable all over the world.
“What the technical department has done for me is very good…they have just provided me with a list of 66 players drawn from both home and abroad. Every Nigerian doing well in whatever league irrespective of the distance will get a look in as we prosecute the remaining fixtures,” he said.
He added that he will hold meeting with his technical crew to draw a road map for the task ahead.
“I will hold meetings with my technical team with a view to fashioning out how we can pick the remaining 6 points…it is not for me alone to do the work, it is for all of us,” Amodu added.
On his position as Director of technical matters in the federation, Amodu said that he made his position known to the NFF board as he believed his on a rescue mission which the federation thinks he can handle.
“I made my position very clear to the president. To make things easy, I wanted to be announced from the technical department where I was already given a job.
“If they decided to return me fully back to the job, I was already given, good and fine, if not…you all know me, I am not looking for a job, what am I simply doing is a rescue job which they have found me worthy to deliver because of my past records,” Amodu concluded.
Meanwhile, Amodu yesterday hinted that out-of-favour Super Eagles striker Uche Ikechukwu may be invited to battle for a shirt as the country struggles for a place in the finals of the 2015 AFCON in Morocco.
Amodu told reporters that he was going to call the Villarreal FC of Spain player on phone to congratulate him for his feat in the Spanish league and discuss the possibility of having him back to the national team.
President Goodluck Jonathan has redeployed the Minister of Foreign Affairs I, Professor Viola Onwuliri to the Ministry of Education as Minister of State to replace Nyesom Wike who resigned to pursue political ambitions.
Jonathan, at today’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting also named supervisory ministers to replace the ministers who quit the cabinet on Monday.
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs II Nurudeen Mohammed is now supervising Minister of Information; the Special Duties Minister Tanimu Turaki, now supervising Minister of Labour; while the Minister of State for Health, Khaliru Alhassan is now supervising Minister of Health.
The supervising Minister of Information disclosed this development to State House journalists after the FEC meeting.
Mohammed said the president also directed the Ministers of Defence, Industry and Niger Delta Affairs, Aliyu Gasau, Olusegun Aganga and Stephen Oru respectively to supervise their ministries of state.
It would be recalled that the Ministers of Information, Labour, Health, State for Education, State for Industry, State for Defence and State for Niger Delta, Labaran Maku, Emeka Nwogu, Onyebuchi Chukwu, Nyeson Wike, Sam Ortom, Musiliu Obanikoro, Ishaku Darius respectively resigned to pursue their gubernatorial ambitions.
Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso yesterday said he will not step down for anyone in the race for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress.
The Kano State governor is among APC’s four presidential aspirants, the others being retired General Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah.
Since Senator Bukola Saraki announced he was shelving his ambition to be president last week, Kwankwaso is reported to have come under pressure to step down for Buhari in order to avoid rancour in the party.
There have also been calls for consensus candidacy in APC such that other aspirants would back the former Head of State.
But Kwankwaso told journalists in Kano yesterday he was staying in the race and was not under pressure to quit for anyone.
He also expressed preference for conducting primaries to going for consensus.
“I’m not under any pressure to step down for anybody. In fact nobody asked me to step down for anybody and doing that will not be even good for the party,” he said.
A former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, on Tuesday said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reunited and in pole position to reclaim the governorship seat of the state in 2015 even as he said the party would complete the road construction work being executed currently by the Senator Ibikunle Amosun administration.
He spoke at the reunification rally tagged ‘OGD returns’ held at the PDP secretariat, Abeokuta.
The former governor said the party lost the 2011 governorship election to the All Progressives Congress, APC, due to the internal wrangling, which led to his forming the Peoples Party of Nigeria.
He said, “After we lost the 2011 governorship election, people appealed to us to settle our differences and re-unite. We thank God today we have reconcile our differences.
“The current government in the state is not a good government. We thank God for the level of work done by the current administration.
“But I want to emphasise that PDP will win the governorship election in 2015 which will enable us to complete the road construction being done by the current administration. We will not only complete them, we will do their inauguration”.
At the reunification rally, which attracted other PDP big wigs such as Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye, Chief Sule Onabiyi, former Speaker House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, chairman, Mobilisation and Organisation committee, PDP South-West, Buruji Kashamu among others, Daniel explained that the current APC-led administration had sold lies to the public about the debt profile of the state in 2011.
According to him, contrary to the allegation that his government left behind a debt of N48bn, the actual debt profile at the time was N3.7bn.
He said, “There was an important term report that showed N13bn debt in 2007. But, in May 29, 2011 it was N3.7bn”.
Daniel also said he found out that the Amosun-led administration has borrowed over N200bn within three years.
The immediate past Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has demanded an apology from the South African Government to Nigeria for embarrassing the country following the confiscation of $15 million meant for the procurement of military hardware for security agencies to better aid them in the campaign against the Boko Haram insurgency.
Obanikoro said the action of the South African Government was unacceptable, unnecessary and unfair as the two deals, which led to the seizures of the funds, were not legal.
According to the former minister, the South Africans should have a better understanding of the use of cash for arms procurement as that was the procedure they followed in purchasing arms during the long period of their struggle against apartheid.
He pointed out that South Africa failed Nigeria during a period of dire need.
The southern African country, he said, benefitted immensely from Nigeria during the dark days of apartheid rule and rather than repay Nigeria’s good deeds, went all out to embarrass the country.
He said, “What South Africa did to us is unacceptable, it is not fair, it is not just and it was unnecessary.
“Here is a nation that stood by them during their time of need. If there is any country that should understand the need to use cash to procure ammunition or weapons, it is South Africa, because during their days of struggling for liberation, that’s what they were doing.
“They have gone through a very long struggle for liberation to get to where they are today, and most of the weapons they used and procured during these struggle were through cash transactions.
“We were in a very dire situation at that point in time and we needed that push at that particular time and they failed us.
“For me, I can speak now as an ordinary citizen of Nigeria, I think South Africa failed Nigeria and they owe Nigeria an unreserved apology. Look at the other bank transaction that was done through the bank, I think they went out deliberately to embarrass us, and they owe us an apology”.
Recall that South African authorities had seized US$5.7 million arms money from Nigeria, almost one month after another $9.3 million cash reportedly ferried into the country by two unidentified Nigerians and an Israeli for arms purchase was confiscated, bringing the total amount seized to $15 million (about N2 billion).
The matter is being resolved amicably between both countries through diplomatic channels especially after the Nigerian Government threatened to impose strict sanctions on South African companies operating in the country.
The Lagos State Police Command has stated that only the courts could decide the fate of the two dogs, which attacked and ate off the scalp on a four year old boy, Omonigho Abraham’s head in Akesan Estate, Igando area of Lagos State, earlier this month.
The command, which paraded the two dogs at its headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos State on Tuesday, added that the dogs had been medially examined and found to be rabies and Ebola-free.
The State Commissioner of Police, Cornelius Aderanti, said it was important to parade the dogs so as to dismiss insinuations that they had been released to the owner.
He said, “We have brought the dogs out so that the public would know that they are still in police custody. They have been examined and show no negative trait. It is only the court that will decide what happens to them. The police cannot decide to kill the dogs”.
A police veterinary officer, Yahaya Usman, also told journalists at the headquarters that the medical record showed the dogs had neither rabies nor other dog-related diseases.
He said, “So far, they have not shown any negative trait. The medical history shows that they don’t have rabies or the Ebola Virus Disease. The dogs are with us, and only the court will determine what happens to the dogs”.
The Senate has retained immunity for governors and president, in a move contrary to the position of the House of Representatives as the process leading to the amendment of the 1999 constitution continues.
The upper house ratified 23 new amendments to the 1999 Constitution, approving autonomy for local governments, by amending Section 7 of the constitution.
The Senate also approved independent candidacy for future elections, in its amendment of sections 65 and 106 of the 1999 Constitution.
The Senate also conferred immunity to legislators in respect of words they speak or write in exercise of their legislative duties, amending Section 4 of the constitution.
Section 67 was also amended by the lawmakers, making it mandatory for the president to deliver a “state of the nation address” to a joint session of the National Assembly once a year, while also empowering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to de-register political parties after failing to meet certain conditions: breach of registration requirements and failure to win any of the presidential, governorship, local government chairmanship elections or seats in either the state of National Assembly.
The amendment also confers exclusive jurisdiction on the Federal High Court for trial of election offences.
The senators ratified that a court or tribunal shall not stay any proceedings on account of any interlocutory appeal; and that where a “force majeure” occurs, the period shall not be counted in the computation of the 180 days for the purpose of determining election petitions.
The new amendments will, thereafter, be forwarded to state houses of assemblies, where each item would require the concurrence of two thirds of the 36 state assemblies.
Oritsefemi, popular Nigerian singer fondly dubbed ‘Musical Taliban’ has officially moved into his new N200 million Lekki home situated Off Admiralty Way to the excitement of fans, friends and family.
Following his remake of late Fela Anikulapo’s monster hit single ‘Double Wahala,’ the singer continues to grow in leaps and bounds.
Fans presently await the musical video of his ‘Double Wahala’ single, which is expected to feature Nigeria’s biggest musical export, D’banj while a section of his fans have not overcome the euphoria of his deal with Avantar Entertainment management company in Abuja.
The deal does not however, distort activities of his self-founded label, Money Stops Nonsense (MSN).
The singer’s manager, Danku has confirmed Oritsefemi’s latest acquisition adding that his former Ikeja residence is still being retained for social use.
Prior to residing in Ikeja and now Lekki, the singer was a resident of Ajegunle.
The much anticipated AY’s All-Star Cast and BON Award winning Comedy Movie of the Year ‘30 Days In Atlanta’ is finally set premiere at Silverbird Cinemas with a release to other Cinemas across the nation on Friday October 31, 2014.
“30 Days In Atlanta’ is an adventurous love story – spiced with lots of action and hilarious moments. This a-laugh-a-minute story paints, in beautiful colours, the hugely popular (and social media trending) Akpos character which was created from the AY Show’s Who Wants To Be A Billionaire hilarious skits.
Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Shakhtar Donetsk romped to emphatic victories on Match Day 3 of the European Champions League, when a record 40 goals were scored on a faithful Tuesday night.
Shakhtar’s Luiz Adriano needed 17 record minutes to score four goals en route to equaling Lionel Messi’s record for most goals in a Champions League game with five strikes, as the Ukrainian champions spoiled the recently opened Borisov Arena with goals.
Premier League leaders Chelsea also recorded their biggest ever win in Europe’s elite competition, humbling Slovenian visitors Maribor 6-0.
Bayern stunned one of the best teams in the Serie A Roma securing their biggest ever away win in Europe to maintain a 100 per cent record.
CSKA MOSCOW 2-2 MANCHESTER CITY
Manchester City squandered a 2-0 half-time lead to draw concede by the same margin behind closed doors at CSKA Moscow’s Khimki Arena in Tuesday’s early evening kick-off.
Sergio Aguero placed the visitors ahead on 29 minutes and the hardworking James Milner doubled the English champions’ advantage 8 minutes after the half-hour mark.
Substitute Seydou Doumbia converted from close range five minutes after the hour mark and Bedras Natcho leveled for the host late on after Doumbia tumbled in the goal area under a challenge from Alexander Kolarov.
City have now recorded just two points from three rounds of matches and are yet to win a game. For CSKA, who sits bottom of Group E with just a point, the draw puts an end to a run of seven successive Champions League defeat.
ROMA 1-7 BAYERN MUNICH
Arjen Robben (brace), Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Frank Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri were all among the goals as Manuel Pellegrini’s men pulled five points clear of Roma at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.
Dutch winger, Robben opened scoring nine minutes after kickoff, dribbling Ashley Cole to cut inside and found the far corner with a precise effort.
Muller teed up with Gotze, who deep a precise shot into the corner from outside the 18 yards on 23 minutes. Lewandowski powered home a header from a Juan Bernat cross from the left two minutes later.
Robben snuck behind Cole to bury his second of the night and Muller made it 5-0 from the penalty spot with just 36 minutes on the clock- more goals than Roma had conceded so far in the Serie A this season.
Gervino headed a consolation for the Giallorossi but Franck Ribery chipped a delicate finish over goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis before substitute Shaqiri reacted quickest to collect a rebound by the Roma goalkeeper and complete scoring.
A win for the Bavarians in the return leg of this fixture in a fortnight’s time guarantees their passage into the knockout stage.
APOEL 0-1 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Edinson Cavani’s winner was sufficient for French Ligue 1 champions PSG to maintain their unbeaten start to their 2014-15 European championship campaign.
The Uruguayan striker broke the deadlock in the 87th minute, twisting away from a defender before stroking a short under Apoel goalkeeper.
Laurent Blanc’s side top Group F on seven points while APOEL, who drew with a AJAX three weeks ago, have just a point.
BARCELONA 3-1 AJAX
Barcelona moved four points clear of Ajax and a point behind leaders PSG. In-form Neymar increased his tally for the Catalans in his last five appearances to seven with the opening strike at the Amsterdam Arena.
Lionel Messi doubled Barca’s lead on 23 minutes, turning in Andres Iniesta’s tailored pass, to move level on 69 goals with Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and within two of Spanish striker Raul in the race to top the Champions League all-time leading scorer.
Ajax scored a late consolation through teenage forward Anwar El Ghazi, but the hosts restored their two-goal advantage through their own young substitute Sandro Ramirez.
The match was a happy reunion for Ajax coach Frank de Boer and Barca’s Luiz Enriques, who both played at the Nou Camp between 199 and 2003.
SCHALKE 04 4-3 SPORTING
New Schalke boss Roberto Di Mateo got off to a winning start in his first European game in charge at the Gelsenkirchen as the German side edged Portuguese visitors Sporting Lisbon courtesy of an Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting added time penalty.
The Royal Blues, placed second in the group, now have 5 points from a possible 9 and visit the Sporting two weeks from now.
Manchester United loanee Nani stunned the home crowd on 17 minutes, when he was left unmarked at a corner near the edge of the area to deliver a low shot through a crowded defence into the net from a João Mário low corner kick. The strike was the Portuguese’s second in Europe this season.
Maurício was shown a second yellow card for an careless aerial challenge on Marco Höger to leave the visitors a man down just 33 minutes in.
Chiinedu Obasi leveled scores from the resulting Dennis Aogo’s free kick a minute later, the Nigerian’s header going under goalkeeper Rui Patrício. Obasi then turned provider for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who converted his third in a third group game on 51 minutes.
Nine minutes later, the home team’s captain Benedikt Hoewedes looked to have sealed three points, rising high to head home Kaan Ayhan’s free-kick, but ten-man Sporting got a leverage three minutes later when Ayhan brought down André Carrillo in the box.
Adrien Silva converted the subsequent penalty and, with 12 minutes remaining, headed in unmarked at the far post.
The match was poised for a stalemate end before Schalke were awarded a spot kick which substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting poked in.
CHELSEA 6-0 MARIBOR
Didier Drogba scored his first goal since returning to Chelsea as the west London outfit recorded their biggest Champions League win at home to Maribor.
Loic Remy placed the Stamford Bridge outfit on ascendancy in the 13th minute but it was to be his last contribution after sustaining a “muscular injury” while scoring and was replaced by Drogba.
Drogba then converted a penalty before captain John Terry tapped in a Cesc Fabregas cross just after the half-hour mark.
Mitja Viler scored an own goal on 54 minutes to increase the ‘Blues’ advantage to 4-0 and Eden Hazard scored a penalty before curling home Chelsea’s sixth on the stroke of full-time.
Agim Ibraimi hit the post from 12 yards for Maribor, who sits rock-bottom of the standings with just a point.
The win restored Chelsea’s confidence in reaching the round of 16, with Jose Mourinho’s side sitting top with seven points, two ahead of Sporting.
BATE BORISOV 0-7 SHAKHTAR DONETSK
Shakhtar equaled the record for the biggest away win in the Champions League history in the demolition of Bate Borisov. The Ukrainians equaled Marseille’s win at MSK Zilina in 2010 as Brazilian striker Adriano scored five.
The win saw them move second on five points, two behind leaders Porto.
PORTO 2-1 ATHLETIC BILBAO
Porto beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 on Tuesday via Ricardo Quaresma’s 75th-minute winner. Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera left it late in the first-half to break the deadlock for the Portuguese hosts, but Guillermo Fernández restored parity on 58 minutes when his nimble footwork allowed him space to slide the ball into the corner.
The Basque side sit bottom of the group with just a point while Bate have three points from three games.
Daughter of billionaire industrialist Alhaji Mohammed Indimi, Adama who is more into modelling now, proves she’s got all it takes to be a model. She just did a photoshoot for an upcoming fashion label and posted the pictures online. So cute.
Secretary of the Boko Haram group, Danladi Amadu, has dissociated the sect from the latest attacks and killings in some towns in Borno and Adamawa states, blaming “faceless” groups for the raid.
Amadu, in an interview with the VOA Hausa radio yesterday, also confirmed the ceasefire agreement with the sect and said the “true” sect members have welcomed the ceasefire.
Some towns in the two states had came under attacks by suspected Boko Haram members barely two days after the federal government’s ceasefire announcement.
In the light of this, the secretary, who was part of the announced agreement with the Nigerian government, said “indeed, there was a discussion and any breach on the agreement is not from real Boko Haram members.
“They are some faceless groups, who subject Nigerians to hardships in the name of our group. Secondly, this government’s (troops) bodies is also tarnishing Boko Haram’s name. They go and block roads, kill and
confiscate people’s monies in order to satisfy their superiors.”
He said the security resorted to doing that “so that it would look like they kill Boko Haram, but they are not our members.”
When asked about the latest raid on some towns in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe after the ceasefire, Amadu said “we are not aware of the attacks and there is nothing to indicate that they were our members.”
He urged the Nigerian government to be on alert and expose those perpetuating the atrocities in the name of Boko Haram.
“Every members of our sect has agreed with this ceasefire. Presently, I am about to start a meeting with some members, who are in Nigeria. They called me and showed their support to it and I am going to advise them to stop and to communicate same via phone to our other members,” he said.
Asked on the Chibok girls release, he said “we are not the ones to set the rule for the discussion. It is government that is supposed to set guidelines and time to meet the government of Chad over the issue.
“It is after the meeting of the Nigerian government with Chadian government, that we would be intimated with what they finalised,” he said.
The secretary also said the recent release of some Chinese and Cameroonian hostages by the group was part of the deal reached in the ceasefire, which they began to fulfill by the release.
“We believe in this ceasefire, we believe in having peace in our country and we are ready to show this sincerity by handing over the girls hand to hand,” he said.
He then promised that the group will launch investigation on those that attacked the towns after the ceasefire agreement, to ascertain their identity.
Who knew Don Jazzy once played for Muma Gee? He shared this old pic on instagram and wrote;
“Classic throwback of me and some other instrumentalists just before a show. We were playing for the artist Muma Gee. Opening for the late Mariam Makeba @ the Royal Albert hall. Na me sit down for front. Bassist toh badddd.
Five Lance Corporals of the Nigerian army were yesterday October 21st arraigned before a military court at the Army Headquarters Garrison, Mogadishu cantonment in Abuja over a two count charge of conspiracy to commit mutiny and mutiny.
Daily Trust reports that the soldiers are alleged to have committed the offenses in October 2013 after shooting into the air when they received the news of the death of some of their colleagues who were killed by Boko Haram in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.
When the two count charge was read to the soldiers, they all pleaded not guilty. The soldiers are part of 59 soldiers of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, Borno state, who are standing trial for various offenses ranging from insubordination, mutiny and others.
There have been reports online that Governor Fashola’s aide Folly Coker is the real owner of Don Jazzy’s record label, Mavin Records. Mr Coker has rubbished the tale, calling it crap! See the statement that was released today below…
“The gentleman described his alleged ownership of Mavin Records as the figment of the imagination of fantasts. In the last few days, the rumours of Folly Coker, being at the centre of the alleged troubled marriage of Tiwa Savage, 34, and Tunji Balogun, 36, flew around town with quite a few blogs and sites publishing the unsubstantiated claim.
But sources close to the tall and handsome son of Chief Folarin Coker have defended him as having nothing to do with Tiwa Savage and Mavin Records.
“These reports are tissues of lies,” one insider said. “Folly knows Don Jazzy and likes his music a lot. But he has no investment in Mavin Records. These things are pure lies.
“For Tiwa Savage, you cannot even say they are friends, not to talk of lovers. They don’t exchange text messages or anything.
“The story is definitely sponsored – and there’s no iota of truth in it. Legal action has commenced against the fabricators of the damaging tale.”
|Senate President, David Mark|
“I have plans of taking this above legislative work, I believe 80% of the youths should have access to tertiary education and still earn a living, so we have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Open University on admissions and to grant the students work permit. There is also an empowerment program for the youths which will come up soon; we also have plans for the elderly ones with an insurance scheme”.
Angered by what they described as foul play with the death of a popular Nollywood actor, Clems Onyeka, after he was attacked by armed robbers, who also attacked a bullion van in Asaba, Delta State, relations of the victim have taken their case to a juju priest.They vowed not to rest until they get to the root of the matter.
Some of the aggrieved relations, including Patrick Onyeka told our correspondent in Asaba that the family members resolved to take the case to a juju priest for perspicacious judgment; saying that they do not believe in the stray bullet story as vehemently claimed by the police.
As it were, the robbers, according to dependable sources, trailed the bullion van from the Benin/Asaba Express way through the Summit road and intercepted it along the DBS road before U&I Foundation, where they engaged the police team on escort duty in a fierce gun battle, allegedly killing the popular Nollywood actor by stray bullet.
prayers and was reported to have opened her eyes but was in a coma for a while before she finally gave up the ghost. Feyi, who was the only child of her parents, has since been buried at the Sagamu Local government Cemetery. May her soul rest in peace. Amen.
Arguably the most Fuji singer presently, he seems to have successfully made the switch to Hip-Hop.
Popular Fuji music star, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma has continued to gather momentum for the release of his first hip-hop album.
The Fuji legend has over the last couple of weeks released a couple of hip hop tracks which have all been well received by his fans worldwide.
Pasuma’s latest single titled ‘Ife’ which features award-winning pop diva, Tiwa Savage, has been receiving rave reviews since it was released a few weeks back.
The Spellz-produced track has maintained the number one spot on the top ten chart of top music distribution site, ‘Spinlet’ for the third week in a row. Spinlet confirmed this via their official Twitter page yesterday, writing:‘Top Ten Chart, Pasuma stays at number one for the third week in a row with ‘Ife’ featuring Tiwa Savage.’
Other hip-hop singles already released by Pasuma include ‘Abo’ and ‘O ti clear’ among others due to follow soon. The video for ‘Abo’ was shot and directed by Clarence Peters.
In the coming weeks, Pasuma has stated that he will be ready with the hip-hop album, which is scheduled to drop in the first quarter of 2015 and as things stand, several more than his regular Fuji music fans are anticipating the album’s release.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, October 20, 2014 arraigned one Abubakar Abdullahi before Justice Dije Aboki of Kano State High Court on one count charge of criminal breach of trust.
The Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro officially tendered his resignation letter today to pursue his dream as the next Lagos State Governor in 2015. The staff of the Ministryof Defence all came out in their numbers to bid him farewell. See more photos below:
An Indian player died while celebrating his goal for his club in an Indian football match. His acrobatic goal celebration ended in tragedy as he landed with his head.
According to London Evening Standard News online Peter Biaksangzuala, 23, landed awkwardly and suffered a serious spinal injury as he celebrated scoring an equaliser for Indian team Bethlehem Vengthlang FC last week.
He was treated in hospital after the incident but has since died from his injuries.
Footage from the match, which was televised, shows him landing on his head after completing somersaults to celebrate scoring from close range in front of thousands of fans.
His team mates were set to pile onto him to join in the celebrations, but quickly realised the midfielder was seriously injured.
Footage from the match, which was televised, shows him landing on his head after completing somersaults to celebrate scoring from close range in front of thousands of fans.
Outgoing Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro yesterday declared his interest in running for the governorship of Lagos State in the coming elections.
Obanikoro, who spoke when he inspected the ministry’s Quarter Guard set by the Defence headquarters in his honour, as part of activities marking his sendforth, explained that he wants to become the governor of Lagos State in order to rescue the state from unnamed individuals that have put the state in bondage.
“Lagos is under bondage and for the liberation of Lagos; I want to liken it to General Gowon’s phrase that it is a task that must be done.
“As a native Lagosian, I am committed to the liberation of Lagos.
“Commercialisation of Lagos as a way of governance is something we must put an end to,” Obanikoro said.
The minister also expressed hope that the ceasefire deal struck between the Federal Government and the Boko Haram sect will be successful.
He expressed his appreciation to President Goodluck Jonathan, the Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau and the staff of the ministry for the support given him while in office.
“We came in at a very difficult time for the country and I thank God we have been able to strongly put in hard work to ensure that value is added to what we met on the ground, and some of the successes that we have seen in terms of stability in the country is part of the contribution that we have also made as part of the ministry of defence family,” he said.
“Funding will always be a challenge, the commitment and the effort we have put in so far with Mr. President at the helm of affairs; we are making progress. From a nation of anything goes to a nation where we are bringing about stability. We have conquered the issue of militancy in the Niger/Delta; the Boko Haram issue will also be a thing of the past,” he said.
“I’m excited; things like this don’t come easy, a lot of sleepless nights have gone into it. We must salute Mr. President for the courage and the conviction that we must have peace than to have war,” he stated.
General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye has spoken in defence of the national president of the Christian Association (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor on his alleged involvement in the $9.3 million arms purchase funds seized by South Africa.
“Pastor Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor is a man of God I trust and I can personally vouch for him,” said Adeboye yesterday, in London, during an ecclesiastical visit.
“I believe on the issue of his aircraft being chartered and the purpose it was used for he had no prior knowledge. I am sure God will continue to build his church and the gates of hell will not prevail in Jesus name. One anointed cannot attack another anointed. A pastor cannot attack another pastor. Touch not my anointed is what God said. Some Nigerians have questioned the use of Pastor Oritsejafor’s private jet by the Federal Government to convey the money to South Africa, accusing him of involvement in money laundering,” Pastor Adeboye was quoted by Vanguard as saying.
Following the seizure of the fund by South African authorities, some Nigerians have passed derogatory comments at the CAN president, accusing him of having prior knowledge of the deal. The pastor however said the aircraft had been leased out and he had n knowledge whatsoever of who was using it and what it was being used for.
In defence of the the pastor who also founded Word of Life Bible Church, the federal government said he knew nothing about the deal.
“Oritsejafor is the President of CAN and head of all Christians in Nigeria who is representing at least, 50 per cent of people in this country. When it comes to a man like that, people should be cautious and circumspect,” said Dr. Doyin Okupe, Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, when commenting on the issue.
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has faulted Dr Kayode Fayemi for spending N3.3 billion on the construction of a Governor’s Lodge when the people of the state live in abject poverty.
“My heart nearly failed me when I got to the new governor’s lodge on last Thursday. The mansion cost N3.3 billion. It was initially awarded for N2.3 billion and later increased to N2.7 billion, while a sum of N640 million was used to procure fittings and furniture,” said Fayose, who spoke while administering oath of office on the new Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs Modupe Alade and other Special Assistants in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, yesterday.
He continued: “And this building will require N150 million to maintain annually. Ekiti cannot sustain this and we have to do something about it.
“How could a governor be living in such a house when the masses are living in abject poverty?” the governor asked. Ekiti State is one of the poorest states in Nigeria.
Explaining why he chose Mrs Alade as SSG, Fayose said it underscored the enormous respect he has for the womenfolk. He assured that his administration will strictly comply with the 35 percent Affirmative Action for women in government in consonance with the Beijing Declaration of 1993.
He also pledged that his government would protect them through allotment of reasonable appointive and elective positions, especially during the 2015 State and Federal Legislative polls.
“Let me tell the men here who are politicians that some of them will be asked to step down for women in next year’s elections,” he said.
The Chairman, Mobilization Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West, Chief Buruji Kashamu, has explained why he cannot be extradited to the Unites States of America to answer questions on alleged drug trafficking.
The PDP chieftain, who was reacting to a call for his extradition by the Anti-Corruption Network in Abuja on Monday, insisted that there was no request for his extradition from any country.
Speaking through his Media Adviser, Mr. Austin Oniyokor, Kashamu said that he would have ignored a leader of the group, Mr. Timi Frank, who made the call, but decided to reply because he wanted to correct the impression given by Frank in his statement.
Oniyokor, in the statement, also said Kashamu was not a wanted person either in the USA or anywhere on the world.
He said, “We are constrained to react because of the attempt to mislead the public. It is misdirected and mischievous.
“Prince Kashamu is not wanted by anyone. If he is, as claimed by this armorphous group, we challenge it to produce a warrant to that effect or bury its head in shame.
“Frank and his ilk should know that the AGF cannot surrender anyone without an extradition request that has to be subjected to a legal process. Up till date, nothing of such exists and it cannot because Prince Kashamu had been tried in the United Kingdom based on the same indictment at the behest of the United State Government.
“He was freed by the British court when it was found that it was a case of mistaken identity. He did not escape from justice as his extradition case is now cited and has become a reference in British Law books, such as Nicholls, Montgomery, and Knowles on.
“‘The Law of Extradition and Mutual Assistance’ (Third Edition), and David Young, Mark Summer and David Korker on the ‘Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings’, among others. These law books gave a full account of the British court proceedings and the decisions of the court on the same purported indictment.
“By its conduct, the so-called anti-graft group has shown its ignorance of the due process of law or it is blinded by other interests which it seeks to serve, and not the noble cause it lays claims to. Otherwise, it should know that someone cannot be tried over the same allegation by the same party(ies)”.
Punch learnt that the pastor was shot in the chest and his left arm by the robbers. It was further gathered that Adebo was pastor in charge of a Pentecostal church situated at Powerline, Oke Ela in Ilaro.
Our correspondent learnt that the robbery gang, whose number has yet to be ascertained, stormed the area around 3am of Saturday, October 4. They were said to have fired several gunshots into the air to scare the residents as they went from one apartment to the other, dispossessing residents of their valuables.
Punch learnt that when they got to Adebo’s church, an argument reportedly ensued between the robbers and the pastor during which he was shot dead, while the assailants were said to have quickly taken to their heels.
“The case was reported to the Ilaro Police Division. The pastor was killed by the robbers during their operation. Unfortunately, no suspect has been arrested as of now, but we have a lead we are working on. I do not want to disclose names so that our investigation will not be jeopardised.”
A resident of Oke Ela area, who begged to remain anonymous, said that Adebo might have been alone on the church premises, adding that the clergy was shot dead probably because he did not ‘cooperate’ with the robbers.
“He might have been shot because he argued with the robbers. Some neighbours believed he was eavesdropping on the robbers’ conversation, and had wanted to raise the alarm. But when they found out, they got infuriated and one of them shot him, leading to instant death.”
Another resident who gave his name as Olufemi, said neighbours were shocked when they woke up in the morning and found the pastor’s corpse inside the church.
, “When it was morning, we found him in a pool of blood right inside the church building. Everyone was shocked at the sight. After all the commotion, we reported the incident at the Ilaro Police Station.”
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, has not defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress, his Special Adviser on Media, Imam Imam, said in a statement on Monday.
He, however, confirmed that Tambuwal attended a political meeting with Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Wamakko, on Monday, adding that onsultation on the speaker’s political future is still ongoing.
The statement was in reaction to widespread reports in the social media that the speaker had finally defected to the APC.
The statement read: “Due to various media inquiries about the purported defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Aminu Tambuwal, we wish to state the following:
“That today, Monday, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Tony Anenih, led other members of the party on a reconciliation meeting to Sokoto but the Speaker of the House of Representatives and a member of the NEC of the PDP, Rt. Hon Aminu Tambuwal CFR, was not invited to the meeting.
“That Rt. Hon Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was later invited by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, to attend the meeting of their political family to discuss the political future of Sokoto State.
“That the Speaker, Rt. Hon Aminu Tambuwal, duly obliged and attended the meeting.
“That the meeting had in attendance prominent Sokoto citizens many of who have no known political affiliation. The most notable being the Sardauna of Sokoto and former Minister of Finance, Alhaji Abubakar Alhaji.
“That consultations on the Speaker’s political future continues and the outcome will be made public at the appropriate time”.
A Non-Governmental Organization, Anti-Corruption Network, has given the Federal Government one week ultimatum within which it should ensure that the sole financier of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South-West, Chief Buruji Kashamu, is released by security agencies and extradited to the United States for prosecution over alleged criminal charges.
The ACN warned that should the government fail to comply with its demand, it would seek redress in Court.
The organization’s Director (Outreach Services), Mr. Timi Frank, in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja, said it had written a petition to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN), to that effect.
Mr. Frank said the demand became necessary because “his appeal to quash the criminal case against him has failed for the second time in an America Court”.
But the PDP chief has always maintained his innocence, saying he cannot be tried twice for the same alleged offence since he has been cleared by the Courts in Nigeria and in the United Kingdom.
The ACN said a man with international warrant on him such as Kashamu, should not be allowed to parade himself in Nigeria as a political leader.
He said, “We have written a petition to the AGF on the need to release Mr. Buruji Kashamu to the security agencies in America looking for him. A man with international warrant on him should not be allowed to parade himself in Nigeria as a political leader
“Buruji Kashamu who is facing criminal charges and trial in an America court in a case with suit No. 94CR17215, escaped to Nigeria and have since refuse to go back.
“His appeal to quash his criminal case failed for the second time in an America Court. We therefore by this notice, ask that if the office of the Attorney General of the Federation refuses to act accordingly within the next seven days, we will go to court to seek redress.
“We are a responsible society and the world is a global village. Criminals should not be granted succor anywhere in the world. As an organisation, we shall always defend the laws of our land and protect our society from intercontinental criminals and crooks. No amount of blackmail, intimidation, harassment or name calling will detract our attention from championing the course of justice as fair play in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We have no other country but Nigeria, so we must do all within our powers to protect the basic sanctity of truth. We will continue to advocate for a just and egalitarian society
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria said on Monday that the reccomendation for the removal of immunity clause for all the cadres of elected officers in the 1999 Constitution would institutionalise transparency.
The National Coordinator of the NGO, Mr Emmanuel Onwubiko, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
“It is a positive development if the process of amending the constitution will result in this sweeping change because that is one basic way to institutionalise openness.
“It will also remove lawlessness on the part of the executives”, Onwubiko said.
Onwubiko said over the years, it had been erroneously believed that Section 308 (1) dealing with the immunity clause, amounted to a licence to commit illegalities.
He, however, said the removal of the clause would be meaningless if the public officers could manipulate the legislature.
Onwubiko said the amendment of the 1999 should also reflect true autonomy for both states and local governments.
He said it had become imperative for the immunity clause to be deleted from the constitution to allow for criminal cases to be filed against any public officer who abused his office.
He said, “The holders of these executive offices who hitherto see themselves as being above the law of the land will be forced to sit up and comply with the rule of law.
“It will help in making sure that the principle of accountability and transparency in governance are maintained.
“They will be well aware that should they commit any criminal offence any member of the civil society can file a case against them in a court of competent jurisdiction”.
Onwubiko, however, said there should be provisions that would make it difficult for opposition parties to take advantage of the amendment to frustrate the government of the day.
“There should be some legal safeguards and guidelines to avoid the pitfalls of opposition politicians latching in on the removal of the law to frustrate the smooth running of government”, he said.
A former Federal Commissioner of Information, Chief Edwin Clark, has faulted those describing President Goodluck Jonathan as an ambitious politician, reminding them that when he was chosen to be the running mate to late President Umaru Yar’Adua in 2007, the then governor of Bayelsa State rejected his nomination.
He said instead of being a vice president, Jonathan said he was content with being the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for Bayelsa State that same year.
The Ijaw leader said it took a lot of persuasion for President Jonathan to accept to be the running mate to the late Yar’Adua, adding that if he were to be ambitious as being alleged, he would have jumped at the offer immediately it was mooted to him.
Clark spoke in Abuja on Monday at his residence, when he received a group known as Federal Capital Territory Indigenes and Geo-Political Forum Leaders.
The elder statesman pointed out that despite the pressure from several quarters on the president to formally declare for second term, he has refused, saying such trait was not common in Nigerian leaders.
Clark said, “This is the first time we have a president that is not ambitious. Nigerians are asking him to openly declare for 2015 but he has refused.
“There is peace in Nigeria despite the fact that some people have been planning to make the country ungovernable. We are not in a country whereby only one region or section would be ruling.
“Jonathan didn’t want to become of President of Nigeria, just like Gen. Yakubu Gowon. Jonathan was not ambitious. It was the South-South people who provide the most resources of the country and should therefore be involved in the running and managing of the resources”.
The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Youth Empowerment, Obi Adim, on Monday obtained the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, form to contest the governorship election in Imo in 2015.
Mr. Adim, joined by his supporters, picked the form at the PDP state office on Okigwe Road, Owerri.
He later told journalist that his priority, if elected as governor, would be to reduce the high rate of unemployment among the youth.
“The level of unemployment among the youth in the state is something else and that will be given serious attention if I am elected as governor in 2015”, he said.
Mr. Adim said he had lined up more than 10 companies that would create approximate of 50,000 jobs for the youth, to address the problem.
“Already some of the companies have sent in their letters of intents”, adding that on the day of his swearing in as governor of the state, the companies would sign the agreement.
According to Mr. Adim, some of the companies will go into manufacturing, food processing and packaging, while others will go into ship building facility in Oguta area.
He said that others would venture into affordable housing.
Mr. Adim said “the whole essence is to make Imo progressively business friendly, to attract more companies that would continue to create employment opportunities for the workforce”.
He said that his policies and programmes would be built around 10 key issues that concerned an average person in the state.
He promised to ensure proper medical care, security and affordable housing and environment.
Receiving the aspirant, the state Chairman of PDP, Namdi Anyaehie, assured him of a level playing ground for all aspirants.
“Our duty is to ensure that the process of conducting primaries is transparent”.
Ahead of the 2015 general elections, eight members of the Bauchi State Executive Council have resigned their appointments to contest various positions.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Principal Private Secretary to Governor Isa Yuguda, Adamu Alkali, on Monday in Bauchi.
According to the statement, the members include the Secretary to the State Government, Aminu Hamayo; Chief of Staff, Government House, Abdulkadir Mohammed, and Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Abubakar Fago.
Others are the Commissioner for Agriculture, Isa Wabu; Commissioner for Water Resources, Bappah Azare, and Commissioner for Envirnoment, Tasiu Mohammed.
Some other members of the cabinet that also resigned included Commissioner for Works and Transport, Sani Bura, and Commissioner for Tourism and Culture, Mohammed Lassi.
Meanwhile, Mr. Yuguda has approved the appointments of Mahmood Maijama’a as Acting Secretary to the State Government, and Tanko Dutse, as Chief of Staff, Government House.
While Mr. Maijama’a is the state’s Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Dutse was a former Commissioner for Agriculture during Mr. Yuguda’s first tenure.
The statement said that the governor has directed the outgoing commissioners to handover the activities of their respective ministries to their permanent secretaries pending the appointment of new commissioners.
While wishing the outgoing cabinet members luck and Allah’s guidance in their political ambitions, Mr. Yuguda thanked them for their meritorious service to the state.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Monday, officially recognized the role of Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, in getting President Goodluck Jonathan re-elected in 2015. The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, congratulated TAN for its “Pro Jonathan Rallies”.
The statement reads: The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wishes to congratulate the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) for successful conclusion of its sensitization rallies across the country in support of our sole Presidential candidate, His Excellency, Dr. Gooduck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR.
“The party notes that through these rallies, the numerous achievements of the President Goodluck Jonathan-led PDP administration were adequately projected to the Nigerian populace and the international community.
Metuh said further “The TAN movement, which is a novelty in the nation’s political development, has indeed deepened democracy and broadened citizen participation in the polity.
“The collection of over 17 million signatures in support of President Jonathan during the rallies, is a clear demonstration of the far-reaching acceptance of our standard bearer and his party.
“The PDP particularly notes the unique contributions of Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, the leader and the brain behind the TAN movement even as we recognize the willingness of TAN to work with our great party in furtherance of our collective objective ahead of the 2015 general elections”, Metuh said.
The Senate President in the short-lived Third Republic, Senator Ameh Ebute, has faulted former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s claim that he cannot be in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which parades an ‘indicted criminal’ in the person of Chief Buruji Kashamu, as its leader in the South-West.
Kashamu is the Chairman, Mobilisation Committee of the PDP in the Southwest and self-styled leader of the party in the region.
Ebute, in an open letter addressed to the former president, copies of which were made available to journalists in Abuja on Monday, accused Obasanjo of double standard.
He recalled that Kashamu was a creation of Obasanjo, who the ex-president used in fighting his many political battles especially against the former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Gbenga Daniel.
The former senate president was reacting to Obasanjo’s response when the national leadership of the party begged him recently that he should return to the party and lead it.
In his response to the pleas, Obasanjo stated that one of the reasons why he was uncomfortable participating in the activities of the party was due to the fact that a certain drug baron was made the leader of the PDP in the South-West geo-political zone.
He had said, “For instance, as a former President of Nigeria, the chairman of West Africa Commission on Drug and a member of Global Commission on Drug, I cannot accept that the zonal leader of my political party and, worse still in my zone, will be an indicted drug baron wanted in America.
“How do I explain that to friends outside Nigeria? This is only one of the many issues that I have pointed and still pointing out. I have national and international standard to maintain and reputation to keep and sustain”, Obasanjo said
In his letter, Ebute said without Obasanjo, perhaps Kashamu would have remained unknown, adding that it would be wrong for the former president to now turn around and be criticising his former associate.
He said, “I wish to recall, sir that when the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, seized the PDP structure from you in 2008/2009, it was this same ‘drug baron’ whom you aligned with to create parallel party structure and institute legal action against the party.
“It was this same man, who secured the court judgment that eventually got your faction of the PDP recognised by the national leadership ahead of the 2011 general elections.
“Your daughter, then Senator Iyabo Obasanjo, worked closely with this same Kashamu to protect and defend your sagging and diminishing political interest and relevance in your local turf in the state.
“This was a period when Buruji’s frequent visit to your Abeokuta Hill top residence was always greeted with celebrative feasting on bowls of pounded yam and egusi soup.
The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has called for continued dialogue among Nigerians.
The sultan made the call in Asaba, the Delta State capital when he visited Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, on Monday ahead of the lecture on Anger Management organised to mark the governor’s 60th birthday.
Alhaji Abubakar III described the Delta State governor as a trail-blazer in engaging in actions that unite Nigerians despite their ethnic and religious persuasions.
“I am in Asaba to take part in the discussion on issues affecting our nation. We should thank the Governor for thinking in that direction, we should continue to talk, if we want the country to be great, we should close ranks.
“To find solution to Nigeria’s problem, we must come together and talk to one another. The more we talk to one another, the more we understand one another, I believe strongly in the application of dialogue to settling all issues”, stressing, “we must continue to look at ourselves as one and as the two major religions in the country preach, we must love one another”.
He observed that peaceful co-existence and harmony could only be achieved by Nigerians when they engage themselves in frank dialogue rather than relying on persons that do not understand the cultural, religious and ethnic colouration of the country.
The Sultan stressed, “we must come together to fight our common enemy because disease does not know religion or tribe just like poverty.
“We are Nigerians by virtue of God’s creation, we must continue to look at ourselves as brothers, love one another as we are created by one God despite our different tribes and religion”.
In his response, Uduaghan thanked the sultan for coming to Delta State for the lecture and described him as a bridge builder, who believed in the indivisibility of Nigeria.
“Since you assumed the throne of your forefathers as the Sultan, you have been one of the greatest ambassadors of peace in Nigeria. You have moved across this country and beyond preaching peace.
“I know that God will reward your efforts to give us peace in Nigeria and I want to assure you that Delta State will continue to partner with you in bringing peace to Nigeria”, Uduaghan said.
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday quashed the Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) which transferred ownership of Nigeria’s flagship magazine, Newswatch, to wealthy businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim, Premium Times reports.
Two minority shareholders — Nuhu Aruwa and Jubril Aminu — had filed a petition, urging the court to nullify the agreement which transferred ownership of the company to Mr. Ibrahim.
The applicants also sought an order restraining the respondents from publishing and selling to the public, Newswatch daily and weekend magazines.
Respondents in the suit are Newswatch Communications Ltd, Global Media Mirror Ltd, Jimoh Ibrahim, Newswatch Newspapers and the Corporate Affairs Commission.
Delivering judgment in the suit on Monday, Justice Ibrahim Buba, upheld all the prayers of the minority shareholders.
The judge also awarded the sum of N15.7 million as damages against Mr. Ibrahim and also gave an order stopping further publications of Newswatch Daily.
Mr. Ibrahim has been locked in a battle for the magazine’s ownership after its founders purportedly transferred the majority shares to him in 2011.
Newswatch, established 30 years ago, was a household name in Nigeria during the military era particularly in the 80’s and 90’s.
Hopefully, we will get the pic of mum and son sometime this week. Mercy welcomed Henry on Wednesday 15th of October. The couple already have a daughter, Purity.
“While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he’s still very much with us. Oscar’s hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much” the statement read.
He worked as a designer for Balenciaga, Lanvin, Elizabeth Arden before launching his label in 1965. He rose to fame in the U.S. for dressing First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
He’s survived by a wife, a son, stepchildren and step grandchildren.