Thursday, 31 March 2016

CCT trial : Saraki flies in experts from US, Israel, Scandinavian countries

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki may have decided to engage the prosecution in the suit filed against him by the Federal Government over his asset declarations when he held sway as governor of Kwara State.
To this end, the Senate President, sources said, has flown in a group of experts from the United States, Israel and one of the Scandinavian countries to provide ‘specialized services’ to his team of lawyers led by Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN.
It was gathered that the experts are not lawyers, but are crack investigators, forensic and handwriting specialists whose role will be to help get more information on the witnesses and documents that have already been filed before the Tribunal by the prosecution.
The experts, are believed to have arrived on Monday and immediately had a preliminary meeting with the Senate President’s team on Monday in Lagos. They are also to move to Abuja any moment from now.
“The investigators will ferret out and scrutinize thoroughly all available information on the eight prosecution witnesses, including their school records, service records from their past and present places of employment and personal information that may help the defence team in the course of the trial. Most of those so-called witnesses will not be credible when information concerning their life is presented publicly before the Tribunal.
“It is also expected that with the fear that the prosecution may present forged documents, our team needs to be vigilant and pro-active considering the manner in which the proceedings before the tribunal is being conducted. Our people believe that with the way properties that have nothing to do with Saraki are being put on the charge sheet, there are tendencies that documents to sustain their claims may have been forged. All these the experts will screen and help the lawyers with information that may help them,” the source said.
The listed witnesses who are mostly from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are Michael Wetcas, Nura Ali Bako, Mustapha Abubakar Musa, Nwachukwu Amasu, Samuel Madojemin, Adamu Garba and Bayo Dauda ( a member of staff of Guaranty Trust Bank, GTB).

"Stop Ranting, Tell Me What You Don't Like About Kaduna Religious Bill" - El Rufai tells critics

Kaduna state governor, Nasir El Rufai, says those criticizing the Kaduna Religious Regulation Bill are Ignorant. Speaking to newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday March 29th, El Rufai said many of those crying foul about the bill have not read through it. He denied claims of having any ulterior motive by the introduction of the law.
‎"If you read that Bill, it is very short, it is 16 sections. Read it; tell me what you don’t like. Don’t say you don’t like the entire law because we know we have a problem and I am the governor and I need a solution. So don’t say the solution is not to have the law. Tell me what you don’t like about the Bill and we can discuss it. Tell me what is against your religion, we can discuss it.‎ Honestly, we do not have any ulterior motive other than to put a framework that will ensure Kaduna state citizens live in peace with every one practising his religion, but disallowing every Tom, Dick and Harry to come and say he can preach.”

(Photo) New Member Added To TVC Crew As Co-Presenter, Tope Mark Odigie Gives Birth

Joy and merry making has been the order of the day at Television Continental station as popular TVC ‘Your View’ presenter, Tope Mark Odigie, gave birth during the Easter celebrations.
Tope who is the head of make-up and wardrobe at Television Continental, Lagos, welcome the bundle of Joy some days back and her colleagues decided to go celebrate the new mother who is all looking sweet and full of joy.
The TV host was some weeks back looking smart of the popular live programme as she never showed any form of tiredness while attending to her duties in the office until the good news arrived.

We know Nigerians are asking if our change agenda is real - Lai Mohammed


Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has admitted that many Nigerians are beginning to question the change agenda of the APC government. In a statement signed by Segun Adeyemi, his special adviser yesterday March 30, 2016, Lai said the economic hardship being faced by many Nigerians has resulted in their skepticism of the administrations promise of change. He prevailed on Nigerians to still believe in the government, saying that very soon they see the change they voted for.


'We understand the skepticism of Nigerians in questioning whether this indeed is the change they voted for. I can tell Nigerians that our change agenda is real, and that indeed Nigerians will get the change they voted for. 
As a government that was propelled into office by the power of the people, we cannot but feel the pains of our compatriots, and we deeply empathise with them.
Our message to our compatriots is that this administration under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is working round the clock to ease the pains of Nigerians, and that very soon, the efforts of the government will begin to yield fruits for the benefit of Nigerians'.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Pastor who told me that Wike will betray me, has also warned about another betrayal from an over ambitious former senator " - Amaechi

Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said the pastor who told him about Wike's betrayal has also warned him about another betrayal froma former senator of the state. Amaechi also admonished politicians to emulate the exemplary lifestyle of Jesus Christ, while on earth. He said politicians should learn humility, from Christ; and have respect for the will of the people and constituted authorities. He made the remark after an Easter service.
He said, " As you can see, I'm a senior minister of the federal republic of Nigeria, but I allowed the wish of the people to prevail in the rerun elections in my local government area. The people chose who they wanted. If their choice comes out good, fine for them. If it doesn't, good for them too. But I know ordinary commissioners in the PDP, wouldn't allow that in their local government areas. They will kill, to make sure they win, the rerun elections "
When asked if he was ready to make peace with Gov. Wike for the interest of Rivers state.
Amaechi said; " I'm not the one behind the violence in Rivers state. Besides it's not my responsibility to protect the lives of Rivers people. I'm not the governor. Even though I get calls on daily basis to come and save them in Rivers state. But I'm not the governor! The one I made minister and later betrayed me, should move for peace in Rivers state.
By the way, one of the pastors who told me Nyesom Wike, would betray me, has also warned me of another betrayal from a former senator "


His penchant for good life is unequal. He regaled in love for eye catching buildings, cloths, shoes, buildings and cars. A glance at his Ikeja, Lagos church auditorium speaks volume, so also are his various educational investments in Ota in Ogun State.
Bishop Dr. Tom Samson the General Overseer of Christ Royal Family Int’l Church few days ago received a Rolls Royce Phantom as birthday gift; the 2014 customized extended wheel base beast was a gift from his 50th birthday organizing committee to appreciate his impact in their lives as his flock.
The luxury wonder on wheel with its attendant special features only driven in this part of the world by few men of class and panache is said to have cost a fortune. 
Rolls Royce Phantom 2014 model confers an instant princely feeling of royalty and opulence on anyone within, little wonder the committee led by Deacon Iyke Kanu said that for the impact of Bishop Tom Samson in their lives and contribution to the body of Christ, there is aptly nothing more befitting to celebrate him at 50 than an automobile of royal ensemble to compliment his status as a joint heir in the Kingdom. 

Other members of the Committee include Pastor Eromosele Agbonselobho, Deacon Nosa James , Deacon Charles Okoko, Deacon Jim Sakpere, Deacon Ndubuisi, Special Servant Rosemary Ulu, Miss Uche, Pastor Ngozi, Deaconess Nnenna David, Evangelist Joan Mukoro, Dave Agwazim, Pastor Ohis Bamidele, Pastor Julius Ochigbo Onoyima, Elder Femi Oboye, Mrs. Eugene Emelieze, Evangelist Chinasa, Pastor Wale Samson, Ambassador D’Bling, Mr Oyinlola Oluwatoyin,and Barr.Charles,completes the committee members. 
Bishop Tom Samson’s Rolls Royce is quite unique. It is the 2014 Bespoke Phantom. Exclusively designed for the upwardly mobile dudes, the wondrous auto is the brainchild of Rolls Royce Dubai brand manager, Mohammed El-Arishy. Rolls Royce says that this exotic model is meant to evoke the history of motoring heritage of Goodwood Racetrack. Sporty and rugged with ostentatious demeanour, the wonders-on-wheel is a delight to behold and intimidating.
Rolls Royce was created over a famous launch in May 1904, after Henry Royce, a successful engineer, struck a deal with Charles Rolls, owner of one of the first car dealerships. The ensuing series of two, three, four and six cylinder cars broke the mould for engineering and craftsmanship and ushered in one of the best cars in the world. Rolls Royce’s collaboration with BMW in the last few decades has produced the Phantom series, which was launched in 2003 to revive the brand from near obscurity to one of the foremost symbols of extreme wealth. 
The latest luxury toy will certainly compliment Bishop Tom Samson’s already intimidating garage filled with state of the art automobiles including his much talked about N80m 40ft Hummer Limousine.
Other notable high points of the activities marking Bishop Tom Samson’s golden jubilee anniversary on planet earth includes the commission of Faculty of Humanity block and Library complex for the proposed Monarch University.

End of the road for baby factory owners in Ondo By Solomon Adewoye

Like new clothes getting used to the body, a new way of making money through the sale of new-born babies and child-trafficking is gradually being perfected across the country in different dimensions.
The racket of mating young girls and boys to “produce” children for sale to desperate buyers is fast gaining prominence not only in the South-East but also in the South-West. Operators of the homes and their syndicates usually scout for teenagers or other classes of females with unwanted pregnancies or yoked with inordinate desire for materialism, who they lure to their herbal clinic for delivery.
If this category may find rationalisation in today’s world of freedom of anything, even to be in chains, some syndicates, however, do not need the interference of providence in their trade, so they simply recruit some teenagers, who are then impregnated by their male syndicate members, and kept hostage throughout the gestation period.
Thereafter, the owner of the home pays them off and, at a negotiated price, hands the babies to the desperate childless women who patronise the herbal clinic for fruits of the womb or to other shades of clients for their nefarious ends.
Investigations revealed that the patrons of these homes are high-heeled and well-to-do couples who visit mostly at night in sleek automobiles. The business is now common in South-Western Nigeria, especially in Ondo State, as the traffickers smile to banks every day.
In Ondo State, child-trafficking is now common unlike in the past when it is regarded as not only a crime to humanity but also to God. Of recent, over 10 cases of child-trafficking have been reported and handled by relevant security agencies in the state.
These included the two suspected Camerounian ladies, Ngala Nungu and Mrs. Mende Cecilia, who were arrested by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) at the Calabar seaport for allegedly stealing a five-day-old baby girl. Nungu claimed that she delivered the baby at Okitipupa through the help of a lady who specialises in herbal medicine.
Interestingly, some individuals who specialise in this unwholesome act told The AUTHORITY that they do not deserve to be punished since they help to satisfy people’s needs. Among them is the Chairman of prostitutes in Ondo State, Ms. Rose Ojeme, who told journalists when she was arrested in January that she was into the business to make a living and that she gets over N50,000 per month through the business.
In January, 24 suspects were arrested in Ilu-Titun in Okitipupa Council Area of the state by the NIS state command. Also in the same month, the state command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) apprehended two women traffickers who specialise in bringing under-aged girls from South-Eastern Nigeria to Akure, the Ondo State capital, for prostitution.
According to NSCDC State Commandant, Mr. Ayinla Olayinka, the two traffickers were arrested at a hotel in Akure, where the evil acts were being perpetrated. Ayinla disclosed that the two were in the business of bringing under-aged girls into the state for prostitution in the pretext of engaging them in legitimate work.
The two teenagers - 16 and 17 years respectively – were said to have been brought from Akwa Ibom State and were locked up in different rooms by their managers, who let in on them various men of low esteem to have a fill of their carnal lust for a fee.
Confessing to the crime, Ojeme and her deputy, Mrs. Susan John, said they were only helping the two girls to meet with their needs, adding that they were only “hustling’ to make a living instead of stealing.
Meanwhile, one of the rescued teenagers disclosed to newsmen that five men were having sex with them daily, but that the “rent” was going to their Chairman, Ojeme. Narrating the pathetic story of her bungled search for greener pastures, she said: “We followed a friend to Akure from Ikom, Akwa Ibom State, to Akure on a promise to be working in a supermarket, but we were lured into prostitution on getting here after we had been locked up.
Five or six men would have sex with me every day. For instance, every Friday, six men will sleep with me and N6,000 will be paid to madam, while on Saturdays five men must have sex with me and the money paid to madam.”
Another case of child-trafficking took place last week when 17-year-old Tessy Obianu was nabbed by the Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for allegedly selling her baby to a couple in Onitsha, Anambra State, for N500,000.
Her action, according to the police, was influenced by a specialised child-trafficker, a certain Mrs. Chibuzor Okoye, who allegedly convinced her to sell the baby to Mr. and Mrs. Sunday Kalu, who were desperately in need of a baby.
The police command’s image maker, Mr. Femi Joseph, said the agency was tipped off on the crime when Tessy’s father, Mr. Henry Obianu, who lives at Ogbese in Akure, reported that her daughter was missing with her pregnancy.
According to the report, Tessy ran away with her pregnancy in January, 2015 but later re-appeared in May with neither the pregnancy nor the baby. Following investigations in Onitsha, the police arrested the alleged specialist child-trafficker, Okoye, at No.3, Tonny Olisa Street, Awada.
Okoye was alleged to have sold the said baby girl to the couple who lives at No.8, Uzogwu Street, Onitsha, for N500,000, a crime he confessed to, adding that he gave Jude the sum of N200,000 from the said fee, out of which Jude claimed to have bought clothes and shoes for Tessy and also gave her N30,000.
On her part, Mrs. Okoye said she forced Tessy to sign an undertaking that she would never come back for the baby, before the money was given to her.
According to Mr. Adeola Subomi, who works with a charity home in Ondo State, the business is thriving because of young girls who these days run away from their homes to avoid the stigma of unplanned pregnancies outside marriage and having to care for illegitimate children. Therefore, “they stay away from home for some time, deliver their babies and return home with pittance.”
The other side of the coin is the problem of marital infertility, which is driving desperate wives into any venture that could give them babies, at least to save their marriages and breathe some air of fulfillment. Subomi noted: “After long years of marriage, if there is no child, the woman will be so desperate, especially to keep her marriage and also to avoid societal stigma.”
Nevertheless, he advised couples with child-bearing or fertility problems to rather adopt children legally and avoid running foul of the law. Adoption process in most states of the federation, he stated, requires prospective couples to pay prescribed fees upon successful interview with the Director of Social Welfare.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Why late Dr. Suraj Giwa's family lefts actress Ibinabo Fiberesima to her karma - Siblings

Even after over a decade, It has been pretty difficult for the mother and siblings of late Dr Suraj Giwa, dealing with the death of their son and brother who was killed on February 26, 2005, in an auto-crash caused by jailed actress, Ibinabo Fiberesi­ma’s reckless driv­ing.

Until that fateful day, Giwa was the Head of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at the General Hospital, Lagos. He was heading home from Ajah with two of his relations, when an SUV driven by the actress smashed into his vehicle across the median and killed him instantly. Biola, his younger sister granted Punch Newspaper an extensive interview.

Excerpts from the interview revealed that contrary to perceptions, the Giwa family has forgiven Ibinabo, but they believe she is in jail today because of the way she conducted herself after the accident and the lies she told against the family, because nobody sets out with the mindset of killing anybody.

Biola, an accountant, who has been living in the US for the past 33 years explained that When the accident happened, Ibinabo fled the scene of the accident. In her words, “She (Ibinabo) doesn’t have good advisers. The state government had to find out who the owner of the car she was driving was. That was when it was found out that the car belonged to Daniel Wilson.”

When asked if she knew Ibinabo before the accident, She said, “My first time of hearing that name was the day of the accident. I had been in the US for over 20 years then and there was no way I would have known anything about her then.”

Reacting to eyewitness reports that said Ibinabo didn’t flee but was rushed to the hospital, she recounted , “I had another brother who was also in the car when that accident happened. You can imagine two people of the same mother and father in that car. They didn’t try to help them out, they all ran and left the scene of the accident. If some other people were in the car with her, what about those people? How come they didn’t try to help? Somebody should have stayed at that scene to say he or she was with Ibinabo. But nobody said anything. And how come the eyewitness is coming out now to talk?”

Late Giwa’s sister refuted rumours that she had said she would never forgive Ibinabo and would make sure she was sent to jail saying “Why would I want to say that?  Is it not God that forgives? I don’t even know her, so why would I say I wasn’t going to forgive her? I didn’t know who she was. We weren’t even bothered about her. My mother had two kids in that car. My brother’s wife came from England and we were having a prayer session. That was when I saw Ibinabo. Would I say anything like that during a prayer session? We were all crying. One of them went to my husband and somehow, it was arranged that they meet me.”

Ibinabo claimed to have gone to plead  with late Giwa’s family after the accident and has been visiting the family,but his sister rebuffed those claims saying “I asked her what she wanted and she said she had come to plead so that the charges would be dropped. I told her it wasn’t between us and her but between the state government and her. But I told her I would rather give her an advice that would work for her. I told her if I were in her shoes, I would apologise publicly to the masses and also to the family. I advised her to throw herself to the mercy of the court. If she had done that, people would know she was remorseful and they would know she had indeed apologised. But she said she wasn’t going to do that. She said it would damage her career.” Biola went on, “Believe me, if not that so many eyes were on us, I would have kicked her for saying that. My husband was beside me when she said that. He even looked at me. I couldn’t believe it. What? Dr. Giwa was the head of physical rehabilitation medicine in LASUTH. He was the only one that had that credential then in Lagos State. Dr. Giwa was valuable to the state. He had helped a lot of people out. Ibinabo has never visited my mother! My mother does not even remember her name.”

Refuting claims that the family was offered money as a form of compensation, Biola firmly stated, “What money? We don’t need her money! We are all good! Dr. Giwa wasn’t the only breadwinner. Every one of us is doing very well.”

She also set the records straight that she never threatened to kill Ibinabo as against rumours that made the rounds, and that she never rejoiced over the fact that Ibinabo was jailed because she believes that accidents happen, but people’s attitudes towards it is what matters most, the level of remorse they show. While She was thankful to the justice system, she maintained that justice can’t be tampered with even If Ibinabo makes a public apology now and it will be impossible for her to go to the government and ask them to drop the case.

The late doctor’s sister also revealed that their mother developed high blood pressure for the first time as a result of the unfortunate incident and she has been managing it since then.

5 Imo students to represent Nigeria in 2016 world schools debate

Miss Precious Nnabugo, pre­cious Etoh, Favour Nneji, Olue­bube Duru and Goodness Nwane­bu had represented Imo state in the President’s Inter-SUBEBS de­bate competition, emerging first out of the thirty six states in the country that took part in the com­petition.

The students from Imo State will be representing Nigeria in the 2016 inter-continental academic event of the World Schools Debate after they had emerged the over­all winner at the president’s Inter-SUBEBS debate completion in the country.

Addressing the students and their coordinators who paid him a courtesy call at the Government House, Governor Rochas Okoro­cha commended them for doing the state proud and also urged them to do the nation proud by emerging the best in Slovakia, stressing that their winning the President’s Inter-SUBEBS Debate competition was a victory for Imo people and a kind of vote of con­fidence in the free education pro­gramme of his administration.

Governor Okorocha said “let me say first of all, how happy I am that in my time my children will be representing the entire nation outside the country. This is a vic­tory for me, victory for Imo peo­ple and victory for the free educa­tion programme of the state.”

He continued, “there is no other way to explain this develop­ment than to say, it is the outcome of the free education programme of the state. It is a feat. I charge you to go and conquer the world for the nation, as you conquered the nation for the state. Go and shine in Sloviakia.”

To encourage the students to do well in Slovakia, the governor promised to give them scholar­ship to study in any country of their choice if they come first.

The coordinator, Mrs.Adim Madumere Chinwe had earlier commended the governor for the free education programme that is also qualitative, following the quality of the products of the free education initiative, promising to leave no stone unturned to ensure that the team shines in Slovikia to the extent of emerging victorious.