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Governor Emeka Ihedioha Tells Rochas Okorocha To Apologise To The People Over The Sins He Committed

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Governor Emeka Ihedioha has told the immediate past governor of the state , Rochas Okorocha, to apologise to the people over the sins he committed against the state. A statement issued in Owerri on Sunday by Iheanyi Enwerm , on behalf of the committee said that Okorocha should be in a sober mood owing to the number of government assets recovered from his family members and political allies. The statement said that vehicles, soundproof power generators, chairs, doors , roofing sheets, rugs, kitchen utensils , had allegedly been recovered from members of Okorocha’ s family and political allies. The statement said that looted government assets were discovered at a warehouse in Owerri which allegedly belonged to Okorocha ’s wife.


The statement read in part, “ Ordinarily , we would have chosen the part of silence since an adage goes that silence can be golden and more so when Imolites have seen with their own eyes how Okorocha looted the treasury and properties of Imo State government which is being recovered by Hon. Jasper Ndubuaku led Committee on Recovery of Government Property . “ It is on record that the Jasper Ndubuaku led recovery team made a publication in various media platforms , where he called for the assistance of patriotic Imolites to help the committee locate government properties, known to have been looted by Rochas Okorocha and his family members were being kept , and this is gradually yielding positive results .


“ It is instructive to note that the committee has recovered, vehicles, soundproof generating sets, chairs, doors, roofing sheets , doors , rugs, kitchen utensils , among other things. This, I believe should have sobered the ex- Governor and his family members. ” “ Imolites are not surprised that looted government properties were discovered at a warehouse known to belong to Nkechi OKOROCHA , wife of the ex -governor. The biggest assistance we have received has come from the people.


The statement urged Okorocha to humble himself and apologize to the people of the state for allegedly aiding the stealing of movable properties belonging to the state government. “ Instead, Chief Okorocha and his family members should apologise to Imolites for the primitive manner they plundered the state ’s resources for 8 years, not done with the looting , they , having lost their ill - conceived gubernatorial election , resorted to carting away properties belonging to government. ”

Kenechukwu Eze, Confesses that His Group Killed the Legal Practitioner



Kenechukwu Eze, confessed that his group killed the legal practitioner, adding that the person who shot Agundu had been arrested and remanded in prison. Agundu, who was the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Udenu branch, was shot on August 15, 2018, at Obollo- Afor in the Udenu Local Government Area of the state by unidentified gunmen around 7 pm, but he survived the attack. On September 2 , 2018, he was trailed to Uru- Uwani Edem in the Nsukka Local Government Area around 2 pm and shot dead.

He said, “ I didn ’t know the lawyer in person , but one of our members brought him to join us in the business. His job was to supply a bank account to pay the money we realised into .

Kenechukwu Eze, is a native of Amoli Edem in the Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State , on Wednesday , said his gang members killed one Emmanuel Agundu because he withheld the N 18m they realised from Internet fraud. The money was reportedly paid into his Nigerian bank account.

Although one of the gunmen was arrested and remanded in prison custody , Eze , a member of the five- man gang of Internet fraudsters based in Morocco, was apprehended on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, by the personnel of the Enugu State Police Command.

Parading the suspect at the state police headquarters alongside 18 were arrested across the state for various offences ranging from armed robbery , kidnapping , car snatching, vandalism, cultisim , unlawful possession of firearms and murder, the state Commissioner of Police , Suleiman Balarabe , said Eze was arrested with the help of credible intelligence, adding that the police had been tracking him since Agundu ’s death.
Balarabe said his arrest was part of the command ’s efforts to rid the state of criminals.“ We are also striving towards reducing crime to its barest minimum through proactive measures without losing sight of the respect for human rights and the rule of law, ” the CP stated.

“ So, we paid a total of N18m into the account he supplied and when we asked him to provide the money, he rebuffed us. Instead of making the money available for us to share according to our agreed formula , he started threatening to report the matter to security agents . That was why we decided to end it once and for all . “ I was arrested because of the death of that lawyer that we did a fraudulent transaction together . He spent N 18m and was killed because of that . The person, who shot him , is already in prison . We were five in number ; Emmanuel Ebonyi , one Valentine and his younger brother, Agundu and I. “ It was an online business, but the barrister supplied the account that we paid into . We paid a total of N 18m into his account and he kept all the money.”

APC CELEBRATES IN OSOGBO, ILE-IFE, OTHERS


In Osogbo, Governor Oyetola, in a motorcade, moved through Oke fia, Alekuwodo, to Old Garage, before he later addressed the party faithful at Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo.

Oyetola said that in the course of the litigation, he was neither afraid nor thought he could lose. He called for cooperation of all stakeholders in the affairs of the state to enable him to deliver on his campaign promises.

In Ile Ife, the APC celebration was led by the member representing Ife Central State Constituency in the Osun House of Assembly, Mr Taiwo Adebusola.

In the Oke Gada Area of Ede, some of the APC supporters danced through to the Alajue area. Adewumi Abiola, who led the party members, told one of our correspondents that members decided to celebrate Oyetola’s victory because they had all long prayed for it.

In the Ayeso and Roundabout areas of Ilesha, the APC members also took to the street to celebrate.

In the Iragbiji hometown of Governor Oyetola, members of the APC thronged the palace of Aragbiji, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Olabomi, in celebration.

President Buhari Appoints New D.G of NACA


Following the exit of the Director-General NACA, Sani Aliyu, on Tuesday, the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Gambo Gumel Aliyu as the Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) for an initial term of four years. 

The appointment is with effect from June 26, 2019.

The outgoing Director General of NACA, Aliyu is a public health physician with a background in HIV Epidemiology and Disease Prevention. Until his appointment in 2016, he was a consultant in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Cambridge University, United Kingdom.

According to a statement by the Permanent Secretary, General Services at the Office of the Secretary to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Olusegun Adekunle, the appointment of the new head of NACA was in line with the provision of Section 8, Sub-Section (4) of National Agency for the Control of Aids (Establishment) Act, 2007.

FEDERAL HIGH COURT ISSUES THE WARRANT FOR ARREST OF INNOCENT CHUKWUMA AND TWO OTHERS


Justice Ayokunle Faji of Federal High Court in Lagos issued the warrant on Monday for the arrest of Chukwuma and two others. He issued a bench warrant for the arrest and the production Innosson Nigeria Ltd CEO, Innocent Chukwuma, before the court.

The Police had earlier charged them with an alleged N2.4billion shipping fraud, but the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), later took over the case.
Others named in the charge are: Charles Chukwuma, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui Osk Lines and Anajekwu Sunny.

The Federal Government had a week ago urged the Court to issue a bench warrant for Chukwuma and some of his employees. They were charged in a fraud case before Justice Faji.

The prosecution prayed the court to order the arrest of Innoson Motors Chairman and his staff for failing to turn up to take their plea in the criminal charge.

Last week’s Monday, Chukwuma and his staff were absent in court. Prosecuting counsel, Julius Ajakaiye moved an application, urging the court to order the absent defendants’ arrested. He said the charge was served on them through a court-ordered February 8, 2016 substituted service following the AGF’s take-over of the case.

Consequently, he said the defendants were yet to take their plea and should therefore be compelled to appear. He added that an April 12, 2016 amended charge could not be served on the absent defendants.

They argued that the court lacked jurisdiction to issue the warrant against the defendants “because they were not properly summoned before the court”. They also  said the application offends Order 6 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules, adding that there was no proper service on their clients.

Ajakaiye urged the court to grant his application by ordering their arrest. But defence counsel, Chief George Uwechue (SAN) and Prof. C. Mbadugha prayed the court to dismiss the application.









Christopher Owolabi Warns Leaders Against Promoting Immortality and Indecency



Christopher Owolabi, who is the General Overseer of Christ Apostolic Church, Ori-oke Irapada, Omu-Aran, gave a warning during the church’s Sunday sermon has warned religious leaders against promoting immorality and indecency among their followers.

More so the cleric said that indecent dressing and other forms of immoral acts were now common among some Christians during church services and weddings. The cleric said it was the responsibility of every religious leader to lead by example.

“If such immorality is allowed to thrive inside churches and in the full glare of religious leaders how can such be checked among students and other categories of youths? “I think these indecent acts and immorality should totally be condemned and checked through our preachings and sermons.

“More importantly, we need to be more practical about it in order to instill discipline among the younger ones before God our creator.

“We are not only projecting our faith in bad light but more importantly our great country to the outside. “It is disheartening to see these ungodly acts being perpetrated in the household of God; it’s not projecting us as good and devoted Christians at all,” he said.

He expressed concern that most parents, guardians, teachers and counsellors have failed in their responsibility of shaping the lives of the youngers ones in the society.

“Most of us are now preoccupied with our daily worldly gains, materials and survival to the detriment of our statutory responsibilities to humanity. “We don’t have enough time for our children again and we hardly check on how they dress to churches and other events,” he said.

Conclusively the preacher also called on traditional rulers and other community leaders to step up their responsibility of ensuring a decent, upright and Godly society and  urged parents and guardians to be alive to their parental responsibility by giving their wards good moral upbringing.

RESIDENTS OF KONKON FLED THEIR HOMES FOLLOWING A HUGE FIRE CAUSED BY A PIPELINE EXPLOSION


                             

Thousands of residents of Konkon area of Oyigbo local area of Rivers State have fled their homes following a huge fire caused by a pipeline explosion in the area. Konkon and many communities in Oyigbo have petroleum pipeline criss-crossing them. The area is also notorious for pipeline destruction by oil thieves. The cause of the explosion could also not be ascertained.

They have called on Federal and State fire services to come quickly to the area to put out the fire and stop its spread to other areas. No fire service vehicle has arrived in the area as at the time of filing this report.

The lawmaker representing Oyigbo State Constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Promise Nwankwo not only confirmed the raging fire but that residents have fled their homes.

The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the death of three persons in the raging fire caused by a pipeline explosion in the state.
Spokesman of the Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni said three persons have so far been confirmed dead.

Professor Adebayo Has Reacted to 2019 General Elections


Professor Adebayo Otitoloju the Returning Officer for Lagos East Senatorial Election has reacted to 2019 general elections. The renowned professor said: “There is need for some form of reforms,” in Nigerian electoral processes in the reality of true democracy.

The professor has also revealed that the country should imbibe the method of electronic coalition of results and not allow electronic voting.

“We can upgrade the smart card readers to be able to start that process, and once that is done, most of our elections challenges will be removed completely. Logistics is a major challenge.”

According to the reports  the retreat had in attendance INEC management staff, including heads of departments, electoral officers and their assistants, and some collation officers in the state in the 2019 elections.

According to them, if the nation wants to grow its democracy, there is the need to tinker with its electoral system. “I will advocate reforms that will lead to e-collation, not e-voting, that is a collation that will start from the polling units.

The university tutor has made the advocacy in separate interviews with  the sidelines of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 2019 State Level Post Election Review in Lagos.

The New President of the Senate Declared His Intention Pass Bill Within Three Months


The new President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan declared his intentions to pass bill within three months.

It is paramount to note that every Nigerian wants to see the National Assembly pass the budget in good time and it's something both of us in the National Assembly have bought into - that we'll pass the budget within three months by the grace of God.

Lawan said that henceforth the National Assembly would ensure the passage of the nation's appropriation bill within three months of its submission by the executive arm of government.

Lawan stated this known when he fielded questions from State House correspondents after joining President Muhammadu Buhari to perform the weekly Friday's Juma'at prayer at the Aso Rock Mosque, Abuja.

The Senate President, therefore, called for sacrifice on the part of NASS and the executive so as to create "a window for budget defence only, a dedicated period and timeframe, say a month of which only budget defence will be carried out in the national assembly.

"After that for example, every minister or head of agency who did not come to defend the budget of that institution, the National Assembly would go ahead to work on such a budget appropriately.''

High Court Orders AIT and RayPower to Operate

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The Federal High Court in the capital Abuja on Friday said African Independent Television (AIT) and RayPower FM radio should be allowed to operate until a ruling on their legal challenge to the ban till the next court hearing which is due on Thursday.

Daar Communications is owned by business tycoon Raymond Dokpesi, a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party. Raymond Dokpesi established RayPower FM as the pioneer private Radio in 1994 and AIT in 1998.

The Nigerian radio and television station owned by an opposition politician resumed broadcasting Saturday after a court order temporarily overturned a ban imposed for alleged "inflammatory" content and unpaid licence fees.

The National Broadcasting Commission said it had suspended the licence of the Daar Communications Plc, the owners of the two outfits, for breaching broadcast rules, not paying licence fees and "inflammatory, divisive, inciting broadcasts and media propaganda against the government."

Moreso, Dokpesi said the ban was politically motivated and was ordered by the presidency and had warned that a "media and press clampdown is in the offing."

CAN President Asked To Resign Within Seven Days


Reverend Prince Thompson has asked  the president of CAN to resign within seven days due to fact that he has been used by politicians to cause traumatic for the Christian settings.

In a press conference on Tuesday, convener of the coalition of  the Concerned Christian Forum of Nigeria, CCFN, Rev. Prince Thompson, said the President of CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria),  Pastor Samson Ayokunle had become a tool in the hands of politicians.

Moreso, the group said the current CAN leadership has made recent days traumatic for Christians in Nigeria.

According to the coalition, the faith of Christian faithful has never been so bashed in the history of the country as it has been in that space of time courtesy of the leadership of the body.

It, therefore, issued Reverend Ayokunle-led executive seven days to hand over the affairs of the association to an interim committee to run its affairs pending when a new election will be conducted.

Clergy Describes The Nigeria 2019 General Elections As Worst Ever Conducted

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A clergy has described the just concluded  2019 general election in Nigeria as the worst ever conducted election in history of the nation.

The Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) President, Rev. Dachollom Datiri, described the 2019 general polls as the worst ever general election in the history of the country at the opening of the Church’s 96th General Church Council, ongoing at its headquarters in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

The Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) also equally prayed that those seeking justice will find it at the tribunals.

The clergy said that the elections have come and gone, proving wrong apprehensions of Nigerians of potentially violent polls.

The elections were generally peaceful, but with the drafting of the armed forces including the Nigeria army to the polling units, and the number of petitions already at the tribunals reaching 736. These were the worse elections ever in the history of Nigeria.

The clergy later stressed out that we all need to pray that justice will be done at the tribunals.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Femi Fani-Kayode Reacts To Tinubu's 2023 Presidential Aspiration


Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Femi Fani-Kayode has spoken their mind on Tinubu presidential aspiration in 2023.Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a renowned Igbo political personnel has responded to the intention of Bola Hammed Tinubu political ambition to succeed the office of the president after the current tenure of President Mohammad  Buhari in 2023.

According to reliable source, Chuks Ibegu the Spokesperson for Ohanaeze Ndigbo stated that Bola Tinubu should not run for presidency on the yardstick of morality.

Conversely recently, the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode had commended the APC National Leader for “aspiring” to be president in 2023.

According to Fani-Kayode  tweet on twitter: “I am not in Bola Tinubu’s party but I commend him for having the courage to aspire to be President in 2023.

Fani-Kayode aslo tweeted that, “How many southern politicians from either APC or PDP have had the guts to do that? If nothing else he has challenged the myth that the north owns Nigeria.”

However, Ibegbu alleged that most people in the South East are not comfortable with the former Lagos State Governor; hence he should not run for president.

In the opposite direction according to Ibegbu: “Every Nigerian has the right to contest for any position but we are talking about morality now, Tinubu has the right, I Chuks Ibegbu has the right to be president of this country but we are talking about morality, justice, fairness and equity.

“Tinubu has the right to come out to be president but by right, equity and fairness he should not come out, he has no reason to come out morally. “In the South West, many are not comfortable with him so he should not come out.”

FIRS will Commence Online VAT Payments



Chairman of the FIRS, Mr Babatunde Fowler, revealed that FIRS (Federal Inland Revenue Service) will soon commence the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) through online portal. He stated this when he was interviewed from reliable source.

Mr Fowler said: “soon, we will ask banks to impose VAT on online transactions for purchases of goods and services. Not that it is something new; it actually should be in existence. We will certainly follow up to make sure that every VAT that is due to be collected is collected.”

He explained that the move was part of measures by FIRS to meet its N8 trillion revenue target for 2019.

Mr Fowler further said that the agency had started taking action against companies and businesses that refused to embrace the Federal Government’s tax amnesty programme.

According to him, FIRS hopes to generate between N750 billion and N1 trillion from the clampdown, which includes closure of defaulters’ bank accounts.

“We are going after everybody. I am sure you have heard that we have placed lien on some accounts of defaulters that have a billion naira turnover annually. So certainly, we are not leaving anyone out of the tax net,” he said.

Governor Akeredolu Urges Federal Government to Focus Into Medicinal Cannabis Industry -Sani Reactions

Governor Akeredolu had urged the Federal Government to beam focus into the medicinal cannabis industry as parts of measures to diversify the country’s economy. But in reaction, Sani pleaded with Akeredolu to invest the state’s resources in something more meaningful than the proposed Indian hemp farm.

Akeredolu said Ondo State, which is known for its fertile land for the cultivation of cannabis will make judicious use of the Thailand’s program, which he said is centred around exploiting the possibility of medicinal cannabis.

However, Sowore in a response to Sani’s tweet, asked the Sani if he was aware that he could benefit from hair products locally made from the cannabis.

“I hate to stand between two Nigerian politicians engaging asinine argument but I am disappointed in you for this tweet.

“Have you ever thought of it that when this idea finally gains legal ground your Afro hair could benefit from a locally produced line of cannabis hair products?” Sowore tweeted.

Responding to Sowore, Sani on his Twitter page wrote: “My Friend @YeleSowore, my hair doesn’t need that marijuana to glow. “I wish you, Governor Akeredolu and Majek all the best ;if you succeed, then you are right. When we meet we shall debate it.”

Nigerian Military Dissociates Itself from A Documents For Dissolution Of Buharia's Administration

The Nigerian military recently dissociated itself from a document calling for dissolution of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. According to the report, the document is currently being circulated within the country, the document also advocated for the setting up of an interim government.

Reacting in a press statement, to the development, MURIC, through its founder and Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, described the document as illegal and provocative.

The group explained, “This is unacceptable. It is irritating, preposterous and ludicrous. How can any sane individual or group be calling for a military coup d’etat in 21 century Nigeria? It is anachronistic. We have no doubt that it is the handiwork of unpatriotic and unscrupulous elements. “They will fail. They will fail because the Nigerian people are solidly behind President Muhammadu Buhari. The people have spoken.

“They spoke loudly with their votes when they elected the incumbent again for the second term. It is desperation that is pushing some people to come up with this crazy idea. “We have no iota of doubt that this document came from the corruption camp. They are bitter. They are frustrated.

“They want it to be business as usual but they have seen that Buhari means business. Now they want to get by the bends what they failed to get by the straight. For them it has always been by hook or by crook.

“President Buhari has inspired Nigerians and the latter have taken the cue. Nigerians have seen transparency, probity and accountability under Buhari. Modern trains are all over the place."

Nigeria Immigration Service Launches Online Visa Portal


The Nigeria Immigration Service ( NIS) has  launched an online Visa application portal with effect on May 13 2019. This was revealed by NIS Public Relations Officer, Mr James Sunday.

Mr Sunday James said,“The Comptroller-General of Immigration Muhammad Babandede, hereby calls on genuine investors to take advantage of the innovation as it improves migration and transparency in the system in line with the Federal Government’s policy of Ease of Doing Business.”

He further stated that  prior to the migration to a web-based portal, applicants were expected to forward applications for visa via email or hard copy to the Comptroller General for approval.

The spokesman, however, said that with the web-based regime, applicants would only be required to log onto NIS Portal where they could apply for the facility, make payment, and receive approval online.

Visa on Arrival is a class of short visit visa issued at the port of entry. The facility is available to frequently travelled high net worth investors and intending visitors, who may not be able to obtain visa at the Nigerian Missions/Embassies in their countries of residence due to the absence of a Nigerian mission in those countries or exigencies of urgent business travels.

The ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State, President Muhammadu Buhari, Supports Guinea Bissua's Election

In his capacity as Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State, President Muhammadu Buhari, in response to an urgent request for assistance by the government of Guinea Bissau graciously approved support for the country's election process, including 350 units of electoral kits, 10 motorcycles, five (Toyota) Hilux, two light trucks and $500,000, the Presidency said in a statement by Buhari's Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

The President directed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to undertake an urgent mission as his Special Envoy to Guinea Bissau in company with the ECOWAS Commission President, Jean-Claude Brou.

The Presidency said Buhari made the donations in response to an "urgent request" by Guinea Bissau to support the electoral process in the small West African country.

The Presidency added that Onyeama was given another task to "undertake a mission to Cotonou, Benin Republic, to deliver a personal message to President Patrice Talon from President Buhari".

Malaria Vaccine Trail Has Started in Malawi



The foremost malaria vaccine which gives partial protection to children has started in Malawi for trial. According to report  nearly 40% efficacy is not high in comparison with vaccines for other diseases, but the WHO says RTS,S will add to the preventative measures, such as bed nets and insecticides, already being used.

"A vaccine that is highly efficacious, 90% or so, that's not in view at this point," the WHO's Mary Hamel is quoted by Bloomberg as saying.
On the consequences of the above Malawi saw nearly five million confirmed cases in 2017 and it has been chosen, along with Kenya and Ghana, to be used in the large-scale pilot of the RTS,S vaccine.

Years of testing supported by a host of organisations, including the Path Malaria Vaccine Initiative, and costing an estimated $1bn (£770m) have led to this point.

Ghanian Clergy Says Any Woman Screaming God During Sexual Intercourse Will Go To Hell

The famous Ghanian clergy Nicholas Osei also known as Prophet Kumchacha, who is the founder and leader of the Heaven’s Gate Ministry, said the name Jesus Christ is not supposed to be mentioned in vain. The clergy  said any woman who mentions the name of Jesus during lovemaking is destined to go to hell.

According to him, it cannot be fathomed why some women take the name of God on the lighter side by screaming Jesus during sex.

Prophet Kumchacha clarifies as thus,  “whether you are making the love with your husband or your boyfriend, once you scream the name of Jesus Christ while in the act there is no way you will not go to hell,” .

Prophet Kumchacha further explained that, there are Angels in Heaven who are specially trained for girls who commit such blunders.

“God is not a personal property, he is the omnipresent God we all know. Read Exodus 21:1-7, it says you should not mention the name of God in vain. So while being romanced if you are mentioning the name like that you commit a big sin. If care is not taken you could be flogged one day by invisible hands while in the act,” he warned.