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R. Kelly Found Guilty in Sex Trafficking Trial
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R. Kelly Found Guilty in Sex Trafficking Trial

US singer R Kelly has been found guilty of exploiting his superstar status to run a scheme to sexually abuse women and children over two decades. Eleven accusers, nine women and two men, took the stand over the searing six-week trial to describe sexual humiliation and violence at his hands. After two days of deliberation, the jury found Kelly guilty on all the charges he was facing. Sentencing is due on 4 May and he could spend the rest of his life behind bars. Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was found guilty of working with others in his inner circle in a plot to lure, entice or coerce women for the purposes of sex. Several of his victims testified that they were children when he sexually abused them. The singer - most famous for the award-winning song I Belie...
Reps move to remove police from contributory pension, as retired officers storm NASS
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Reps move to remove police from contributory pension, as retired officers storm NASS

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed for a second reading, a bill to amend the pension reform act to exclude the police from the contributory pension. The bill seeks to remove the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force from the pension reforms Act. It would be recalled that police retirees stormed the National Assembly early Tuesday morning to raise issues affecting their pension. The bill, sponsored by Francis Waive from Delta State, was passed for a second reading by the House. Leading the debate on the bill, Waive argued that the military and intelligence agencies who are not in the pension reform act are enjoying more pensions than the police. “On account of the above amongst many others, the Nigeria Police ought and should be exempted from the current pension s...
Ikpeazu extols Catherine Nnaji, as Abia first female Chartered Accountant leads professional body
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Ikpeazu extols Catherine Nnaji, as Abia first female Chartered Accountant leads professional body

Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has congratulated Mrs Nwamara Catherine Nnaji, the first female chartered accountant from Abia State, as she was invested as the 10th National Chairperson of the Society of Women Accountants of Nigeria (SWAN) in Lagos. Gov. Ikpeazu, who was the special guest of honour at the investiture and inauguration of the new executive of the body of SWAN, described Nnaji as a worthy ambassador of the state, adding that a her emergence has etched Abia State in the annals of history. He said, “It is a celebration of the achievement of women. I am here to celebrate the first from Abia State. Those who know Nnaji these last 40 years will not be surprised about the height she has attained today. On behalf of the people of Abia, I want to tell you that you ...
Nigerian Sentenced To 90 Months In US For Money Laundering, Identity Theft
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Nigerian Sentenced To 90 Months In US For Money Laundering, Identity Theft

A Nigerian man, Kelvin Otunyo has been sentenced to 7 and a half years in prison by the US District court on charges of fraud, money laundering and identity theft scheme. The 37-year-old Nigerian was sentenced on Friday over his involvement in at least six schemes to deposit and launder stolen and unauthorised cheques valued at more than $350,000 (N144 million). Otunyo pleaded guilty on April 1, 2021, in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, to two counts of bank fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, and two counts of conspiracy to commit money laundering, as stated on the Justice department's website. He was sentenced by Judge Beryl A. Howell. Following his prison term, he will be placed on four years of supervised release. The suspect had also been ...
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No Official Or Corps Member Is COVID-19 Positive – NYSC

The management of the National Youth Service Corps NYSC has debunked reports stating that 109 corps members and officials of the scheme in different states tested positive for the ravaging COVID19 virus. In a statement released, the scheme said the report is totally false. According to the statement, no corps member is COVID19 positive in the 37 NYSC orientation camps nationwide. The statement reads ''RE; NYSC CAMPS ON RED ALERT AS 109 TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 The attention of NYSC Management has been drawn to the story with the above caption making the rounds in both the mainstream and new media. Management wishes to state that the caption and body of the story are very misleading. Management hereby restates that there is no COVID-19 positive Corps Member in any of the 37...
NYSC should be for two years, one year for military training and the other year for social works – Governor Ishaku
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NYSC should be for two years, one year for military training and the other year for social works – Governor Ishaku

Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state has said that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme should be a two-year programme. Ishaku stated in an interview on Channels Television, that there is need for members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to undergo military training following increased insecurity in the country. The Governor added that he believes an extension of the duration would better equip graduates with self-defence techniques especially at a time like this when national insecurity is now rife. He said; “The NYSC I will say should be two years. One year for compulsory military training and the other year for the social works that they are doing now so that anybody who graduates as an NYSC person can know how to handle the gun and defend himself. ...
Ziyech to AC Milan: Would Chelsea playmaker be a good fit for the Rossoneri?
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Ziyech to AC Milan: Would Chelsea playmaker be a good fit for the Rossoneri?

The seemingly outgoing Chelsea man will essentially be replacing Hakan Calhanoglu, although the Serie A giants may need to tweak their approach After a chequered debut season at Chelsea, you wouldn’t blame Hakim Ziyech for considering his future at Stamford Bridge. Brought in to enhance the Blues’ final-third creativity amid a summer of talent acquisition under Frank Lampard last year, a whole lot was expected from the Morocco superstar. Having witnessed his impressive, intelligent displays for Ajax in the Champions League, supporters of the club had even more reason to be excited. To say it hasn’t quite gone according to plan will be underplaying the disappointment. However, the same could be said for Kai Havertz and Timo Werner to varying degrees, who endured mixed debut season...
Nigerian Benard Okorhi jailed in U.S. over $10m fraud
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Nigerian Benard Okorhi jailed in U.S. over $10m fraud

Nigerian, Benard Emurhowhoariogho Okorhi has been sentenced to serve 75 months in U.S. federal prison for his role in an international fraud conspiracy. Okorhi, 42, is the 11th member of the fraud gang to be jailed. He was initially living in Ghana, operating a business known as Coolben Royal Links LTD. His gang used compromised email accounts to steal from businesses and romance scams on internet dating sites to trick individuals into wiring money overseas. The scheme was estimated to have cost residents of the U.S. approximately $8 million dollars. The total scheme was estimated to have netted over $10 million worldwide during criminal enterprise’s five-year lifespan. Acting U.S. Attorney Joseph C. Murphy Jr., announced the sentence on Wednesday. The group also compromised th...
NEWS#EndSARS: Why I told Sanwo-Olu To Tell Lagosians To Walk – Buhari
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NEWS#EndSARS: Why I told Sanwo-Olu To Tell Lagosians To Walk – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he told Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to tell Lagos residents to walk after buses were burnt during the #EndSARS protest. MCI  recalls that during the October 2020 #EndSARS protest hoodlums took advantage of the demonstrations to burn down vehicles and buildings across the country, including several vehicles under the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) scheme. Following the incident, Sanwo-Olu had visited Buhari at the presidential villa, carrying alongside with him photos of the destruction recorded during the protests. But speaking in an interview on NTA on Friday, Buhari said he told the governor to tell Lagosians to walk because the federal government didn’t have the funds to replace the burnt buses. He said: “Look at the #EndSARS incident ...
Pastor arrested for allegedly sodomizing pupils in Uganda
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Pastor arrested for allegedly sodomizing pupils in Uganda

A pastor and headteacher of Real Infant Primary School at Wakiso district in Kampala, Uganda, has been accused of sodomising six pupils between 2016 and 2019. The suspect, Mpagi Didas alias Bakulu, appeared before the International Crimes Division Judge, Justice David Wangutusi, Thursday, May 27, on charges of aggravated defilement. According to the prosecution, the victims were required to sleep naked and Mpagi would allegedly then fondle the genitals of the victims with his fingers and thereafter he practiced oral and penetrative anal sex on them. The children who were aged between 10 and 16 years when the alleged crime was committed, told the court that Mpagi who was also a Pastor admitted them on a bursary scheme and threatened to withdraw it if they refuse to sleep wi...
Nigerian Senate invites Monguno, Zainab, other over N7.5bn withdrawal from treasury
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Nigerian Senate invites Monguno, Zainab, other over N7.5bn withdrawal from treasury

They are National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno, Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed, and Accountant General of the Federation Ahmed Idris. The Red Chamber of the National Assembly is seeking answers on secret withdrawal of N7.5billion from the treasury. The money is two percent of the National Automotive Council Design & Development Council (NADDC) levy account domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). NADDC Director General, Jelani Tukur said the agency had written to Ahmed and Idris for clarifications. He mentioned the withdrawal of N3.7billion as loan to NAFCON, withdrawal of N3.8billion for security personnel car loan scheme, and another withdrawal of N2.3billion as loan to Steyrs Nigeria Limited. The DG said a letter of reminder was sent to Niger Insuranc...
Two Nigerians Jailed in the UK for fraudulently claiming £500k loan meant for businesses affected by Covid-19
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Two Nigerians Jailed in the UK for fraudulently claiming £500k loan meant for businesses affected by Covid-19

Two Nigerians who exploited the UK Government's Coronavirus Bounce Back loan scheme by using the identities of eight innocent people to fraudulently obtain £489,000 have been jailed. Timilehin Yvette Olasemo, 39, of Bedale Road, Romford, appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday, March 17, and was sentenced to three years and two months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation. Olasemo pleaded guilty to the offence on 12 November 2020 at Southwark Crown Court. Co-defendant, Olufumi David Akinneye, 33, of Cowthorpe Road, Lambeth, was sentenced to a total of five years and six months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to money launder and conspiracy to commit fraud after pleading guilty to those offences on 12 November 2020 at Southwark Crown Court. ...
Gas-fired vehicles will be cheaper to run – FG
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Gas-fired vehicles will be cheaper to run – FG

The federal government on Tuesday December 1, inaugurated an autogas scheme in Abuja.   At the event, it was also disclosed that motorists who run their vehicles on autogas will spend less in refilling their tanks than those using Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol.   Though a figure was not given to show how cheap the product will be, however the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, and the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, told newsmen that the autogas in question include Compressed Natural Gas and Liquefied Petroleum Gas.   Sylva who revealed that his ministry was working out the price for autogas, also inaugurated the autogas station of NNPC in Lugbe, Abuja, under the National G...
Nigerians to pay N4,000 monthly for solar system – Presidency
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Nigerians to pay N4,000 monthly for solar system – Presidency

The presidency has revealed that about 25 million Nigerians who will be benfiting from the Federal Government’s Solar Home Systems that commences this week, will be paying a monthly fee of N4,000.   Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande who disclosed this in a statement titled “25m Nigerians to own 5m solar systems at N4,000 monthly" and released on Sunday November 29, added that the Federal Government's plan of commencing the process of installation of five million solar home systems in underserved and off-grid communities across the country is in continuation of the implementation of the government’s Economic Sustainability Plan.   The solar programme nicknamed Solar Power Naija, for which installations starts in Decembe...
Rashford says UK government has ‘done what is right’ with free school meals U-turn
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Rashford says UK government has ‘done what is right’ with free school meals U-turn

The Man United forward spoke with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday, shortly after they changed their mind on food vouchers Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted he was unaware of Marcus Rashford's campaign to extend food vouchers for vulnerable children until the day the United Kingdom government made a U-turn, with the England international saying they had "done what is right" in changing their minds. Manchester United striker Rashford wrote to members of parliament on Monday, imploring the government not to stop free school meals for around 1.3 million disadvantaged children from next month. The food voucher scheme only normally runs during term time but was used during the Easter holiday because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and Rashford had asked for the gove...
Tottenham confirm positive coronavirus test following latest round of Premier League screenings
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Tottenham confirm positive coronavirus test following latest round of Premier League screenings

An unnamed individual from Tottenham returned a positive test, the club confirmed after the top flight released its latest data The Premier League has revealed that its latest round of testing has thrown up a single positive case of coronavirus. As part of preparations to return to action, England's top flight is carrying out extensive screening of players and staff from across the league. The scheme began on May 17 and have now been repeated on a further three occasions, with just one positive announced on Wednesday from almost 1,200 tested.
Sheffield United furlough staff on full pay
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Sheffield United furlough staff on full pay

Premier League side Sheffield United on Saturday said they were furloughing some permanent and casual staff but will continue to pay them in full during their enforced leave. Employees affected are those who are unable to perform their regular duties due to the coronavirus shutdown. However, the club insisted it will not resort to using public money under the British government’s job retention scheme to finance the measures. “Sheffield United Football Club has informed its staff of the decision to furlough some employees who are unable to perform their regular day-to-day duties at this time,” said a club statement. “The club confirms that permanent and casual staff will continue to be paid in full, despite the challenges of dealing with the impact of Covid-19.” The Blades, w...
Coronavirus: Liverpool legend criticises Rio Ferdinand over comment on Premier League
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Coronavirus: Liverpool legend criticises Rio Ferdinand over comment on Premier League

Liverpool legend, Steve Nicol, has criticised former Manchester United star, Rio Ferdinand, after the ex-England centre-back called for the 2019/2020 Premier League to be voided due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the globe. DAILY POST recalls that Ferdinand had earlier this week claimed that Liverpool should miss out on winning the Premier League, as the world continues to battle with the coronavirus outbreak. Ferdinand, said: “I think the Premier League should be void. Void it. “I know there are going to be many of Liverpool fans going to say; ‘oh, Rio, just because you used to play for Manchester United, but this is about life and death situations, about society in the broader grand scheme of things. “I just don’t see a way that can be done where health is not ...
Obaseki commences payment of N30,000 minimum wage
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Obaseki commences payment of N30,000 minimum wage

The Edo State Government has commenced the payment of the new N30,000 minimum wage to workers in the state with the adjustment of the government’s payroll, among other modalities concluded for workers to receive the new wage starting from January 2020. Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, disclosed this in a statement, in Benin City, on Tuesday, noting that Governor Godwin Obaseki reiterated the commencement of the new wage in his new year broadcast. Osagie said though modalities for the payment of the new minimum wage was finalised during the preparation of the 2020 budget, the governor in his new year message made it clear that the payment would commence in January 2020. According to him, “The Governor Godwin Obasek...
5 Million Emails Sent In 10 Days: Inside The World Of 78 Nigerian Yahoo Boys In America
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5 Million Emails Sent In 10 Days: Inside The World Of 78 Nigerian Yahoo Boys In America

An American online publisher focusing on the tech industry, TechCrunch, has revealed that a whopping five million emails were sent within 10 days by a group of 80 Internet scammers who were rounded up in an earth-shaking clampdown on fraudsters in the United States on Thursday. Out of the 80 individuals involved, 78 of them are Nigerians residing variously in the United States and Nigeria. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Central District of California, Thom Mrozek, confirmed that the indicted persons were arrested during raids on Thursday — mostly in the Los Angeles area. “A total of 80 defendants are allegedly involved in the scheme,” the medium said of the early morning raids. The 145-page indictment, unsealed Thursday, said the 80 named individuals are c...
Distribution Of Seedlings To Kogi Farmers Commences
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Distribution Of Seedlings To Kogi Farmers Commences

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced the distribution of agro-chemicals, seedlings and other farming inputs to farmers in Kogi. The Director-General of the agency, Mr Mustapha Maihaja, told newsmen in Lokoja on Thursday that no fewer than 16,059 farmers would benefit from the scheme. He said that the distribution was being carried out under the Federal Government’s Emergency Agricultural Intervention Fund (EAIF) programme. Speaking through Mr Oluwatope Ajayi, the agency’s Team Lead for EAIF in Kogi, Maihaja said that the items were given free of charge to farmers. He said the beneficiaries were farmers who lost their farmlands in flood disasters that ravaged nine local government areas in the state last year. “Apart from agro-chemicals, each of the far...
Taraba youths protest against Ruga, call for implementation of ranching
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Taraba youths protest against Ruga, call for implementation of ranching

The youths in Taraba state on Monday protested the proposed Ruga Settlement by the federal government. They called on the state government to fully implement the open grazing prohibition and ranches establishment law passed by the Taraba State House of Assembly. The protest took place at the Jolly Nyame Stadium, under the leadership of Udi Adamu, the Taraba state chairman of the Nigerian Youths Council. The Taraba youths, in one voice, described the Ruga settlement as a coined idea and misplacement of priority of the current poverty, insecurity, armed robbery, banditry, and increasing unemployment that is currently facing Nigeria. Some of the local governments involved in Taraba state include Lau, Zing, Ibi and Sarduana local government respectively The Youths Chairman said ...
Another Looming Trouble: Why Nigerians Are Just In Love With Ponzi Schemes
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Another Looming Trouble: Why Nigerians Are Just In Love With Ponzi Schemes

In the 1990s, Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox otherwise known as МММ, a Russian company founded by Sergey Mavrodi, Vyacheslav Mavrodi, and Olga Melnikova perpetrated one of the world’s largest Ponzi schemes of all time. According to Wikipedia between five and ten million people lost their savings to the scheme. A Ponzi scheme also according to Wikipedia, is a form of fraud that lures investors and pays profits to earlier investors with funds from more recent investors. Two years ago, Mrs Dolapo Adeoya, a Micro finance bank staff participated in the scheme. According to her she heard about MMM from her father in Lagos after the old man had unbelievably made huge profits from the little amount he invested in it. “He told me he made four times what he invested and advised that I do same si...
Shuaibu Ibrahim, NYSC DG Assumes Office, Sets 5-point Agenda To Improve Scheme
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Shuaibu Ibrahim, NYSC DG Assumes Office, Sets 5-point Agenda To Improve Scheme

Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, the newly appointed Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) officially assumed duty on Friday as the 18th director general, with a five-point agenda to improve the scheme. Ibrahim, while receiving the mantle of leadership from the former NYSC boss, Maj.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, at the NYSC Headquarters, Abuja, said top on his agenda is utilizing the potential of corps members. The new director general assured that he would continue to build on the successes and achievements of the former director general by continuing to pursue a technologically-driven organization. Ibrahim said he would ensure the welfare and security of corps members and staff, adding that while in office, he would strengthen existing collaboration with stakeholders....
NYSC Speaks On ‘Increasing Corpers’ Monthly Allowance To N31,800′
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NYSC Speaks On ‘Increasing Corpers’ Monthly Allowance To N31,800′

National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has dismissed as fake news reports making the rounds on social media that serving corps members will be paid N31,800 as monthly stipends following the signing of the new minimum wage into law by President Muhammadu Buhari. A Deputy Director at the NYSC headquarters Abuja, Eddy Megwa told Vanguard on Wednesday that the federal government is yet to inform the Scheme of any increases in the stipends of serving corps members. He stressed that though the NYSC does not pay corps members directly, the federal government will inform the Scheme of any increases before a stipend figure different from the current N19,800 is made available to the public. He said, “The NYSC does not pay corps members any sum of money directly as stipends but the federal gove...
34-year old Rudolph Smith Arrested for Knowingly Infecting Women s with HIV
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34-year old Rudolph Smith Arrested for Knowingly Infecting Women s with HIV

Rudolph Smith, a resident of Maryland has been arrested after police said he knowingly transferred HIV to multiple women he met through online dating. Police arrested Randolph after almost two years of collecting evidence to prove he was knowingly exposing women to HIV. Smith is now facing four counts each of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and knowing transfer of HIV. Frederick County police are also asking people who had sex with Smith during or after July 2017 to contact them. Smith started his scheme back in 2017 and used sites such as BackPage and Bumble meet his victims so he could have sexual relations with them. He would use dating apps and websites to meet different women and have sex with them
Govt Warns Employers Against Rejecting Corps Members
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Govt Warns Employers Against Rejecting Corps Members

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has warned government establishments not to reject any corps members posted to them for their primary assignments by the NYSC. Masari gave the warning on Tuesday in Katsina during the closing ceremony of the 2019 Batch ‘A’ Orientation Course, NAN reports. “I want to warn employers of labour not to reject corps members posted to them. “The rejection of corps members by employers of labour is inconsistent with the spirit and objectives of the NYSC scheme. “I, therefore, call on all employers to mandatorily accept the corps members that will be posted to their establishments for the one-year national service programme,” he said. Masari, represented by his Special Adviser on Yout...
Adebayo Shittu vs APC: Court reschedules judgment for Friday
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Adebayo Shittu vs APC: Court reschedules judgment for Friday

A Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Thursday postponed the judgment earlier reserved for today (Thursday) in a case between the Minister of Communications, Barrister Abdulraheem Adebayo Shittu and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the removal of his name on the party’s primary election list. The court, DAILY POST recalls had on Wednesday reserved until today (Thursday) judgment in the case between Shittu and the APC over the party’s primary election. The minister, who is also a member of the APC, dragged the party to court, seeking redress for allegedly being denied participation in the governorship primary election in Oyo State in the recent general elections in the country. He claimed that APC’s national leadership omitted his name in ...
NYSC Certificate: Court takes further decision on Buhari’s Minister, Shittu
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NYSC Certificate: Court takes further decision on Buhari’s Minister, Shittu

The Federal High Court, Ibadan, on Wednesday, reserved until Thursday, judgment in the case between Communication Minister, Mr Adebayo Shittu and All Progressives Congress (APC) over the party’s primary election. The minister, a member of the APC, had dragged the party to court, seeking redress for allegedly being denied participation in the governorship primary election in Oyo state in the recent general elections in the country. He claimed that APC’s national leadership omitted his name in the list of its gubernatorial aspirants for the primaries in Oyo state because he did not participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme. After filing of written addresses by the plaintiff and the defendants, the Judge, Justice P.I. Ajoku, fixed Thursday afternoon for judgment o...
NYSC speaks on killing of corps members in Bayelsa
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NYSC speaks on killing of corps members in Bayelsa

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Tuesday expressed concern over the killing of two corps members in Swali, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa. The Director-General of the corps, Maj.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, expressed the concern during his tour of 2019 Batch ‘A’ Orientation Camp in Kaiama, Kolokumo/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state. A gang of hoodlums had on March 21 invaded a corps members’ residence along School Road, Swali, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, shooting three members of the NYSC and leaving several injured. Of the three corps members, two were confirmed dead, while one who was critically injured was taken to one of the hospitals in the city for treatment. The police identified one of the dead NYSC members as Popoola Oluwatobi Olamide, a 30-...
CJN condemns improper dressing of lawyers to court
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CJN condemns improper dressing of lawyers to court

Justice Mohammed warned that lawyers who did not adhere strictly to the time-honoured dress code of legal practitioners would not be allowed to appear in court. The acting CJN further urged the Abuja NBA executives to always endeavour to give the young lawyers the right training and tutelage so that they could be constantly kept abreast of the rudiments of the profession. He particularly said this in regards to the dress pattern and conduct expected of a lawyer. He also enjoined all lawyers to imbibe the cardinal principles of the legal practice which he said included hard work, dedication and trustworthiness. He urged lawyers to always advice their clients correctly and never try to mislead them into believing what was not true. The acting CJN expressed appreciation for the...
Nigerian Man Sentenced to 10 Years in U.S Federal Court
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Nigerian Man Sentenced to 10 Years in U.S Federal Court

A Nigerian citizen who had been living in Canada was on Monday, March 4, sentenced by U.S. federal court to 10 years in prison for obstructing justice in a multi-million dollar fraud case. Michael Adefemi Adeyemo, also known as Adekunle Olufeni Adetiloye, was previously sentenced in 2012 in North Dakota to serve 17 years and six months for a multi-million dollar credit card fraud scheme involving more than 20 banks in the U.S., according to a Justice Department news release. At the time, it was the largest credit card fraud suffered by US Bank and the Discover Card Bank in their histories. Years after the 2012 sentencing, authorities discovered Adeyemo, 47, took steps to conceal his prior residency in the U.S. as a legal permanent resident, that he was a licensed attorney in N...
Diamond Bank And Access Bank Merger Approved By Shareholders
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Diamond Bank And Access Bank Merger Approved By Shareholders

Diamond Bank Plc (“Diamond Bank”) and Access Bank Plc (“Access Bank”) today announced the approval of their merger by shareholders of Diamond Bank and Access Bank, respectively. Shareholders of both entities have voted in favour of the Scheme of Merger, as outline below, paving the way for the completion of the transaction.   The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) had earlier, granted Approvals-in-Principle for the respective Scheme of Merger of both banks. Subject to final regulatory approvals, including the High Court Sanction of the Scheme, the combined business will start operating on April 1st, 2019. “I’m delighted that the shareholders of both companies share our vision and have supported this merger. The merge...
BoI Debunks Vote-buying with Trader Moni
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BoI Debunks Vote-buying with Trader Moni

The Bank of Industry (BoI) has debunked allegations that the TraderMoni is being used to buy votes from beneficiaries, adding that many of the people who accessed the scheme are already repaying the loans. Indeed, the bank noted that the recovered loans were being ploughed back into the system for further lending to willing beneficiaries. TraderMoni is one of the products developed under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) targeting petty traders who do not meet the more stringent starting requirements of BVN, bank accounts, market associations and cooperatives required for bigger MarketMoni loans. The bank disclosed that it has recorded 1.2million new entrants into the formal financial system as new operators of bank accounts or mobile wallets under its...
DMX To be Released From Prison Today
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DMX To be Released From Prison Today

Legendary American rapper, DMX is set to be released from prison today, this is according to claims by his rapper. After spending nearly a year behind bars for tax fraud, the ‘X Gon Give It To Ya’ singer is set to walk free a few days earlier than expected. The veteran rapper born Earl Simmons went to jail in January 2018 on a bail violation after previously pleading guilty to tax evasion in November 2017. In March 2018, DMX was sentenced to one year in prison for felony tax evasion. DMX was scheduled to be released on 27 January, but in a report by Vulture, inmates are allowed to be released on Friday if their release date falls on a weekend. His lawyer Murray Richman told the news site yesterday: “He’s coming home tomorrow. I spoke to him; he’s very happy. “He’s l...
Trader Moni Scheme Idiotic – Obasanjo
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Trader Moni Scheme Idiotic – Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President, has described the Trader Moni Scheme of President Muhammadu Buhari as idiotic. Mr Obasanjo gave the description on Sunday in an open letter titled “Point for Concern and Action.” Trader Moni, according to the Federal Government, is an empowerment scheme created specifically for petty traders and artisans across the country. The scheme promoted by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has been condemned by critics of the administration largely because of the timing of its implementation and disbursement, which is close to the 2019 general election. Critics, including chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the programme as vote buying. While Bukola Saraki, Senate President, described it as sophisticated, Yakubu Dogara, ...
N-Power, Veritable Technology Platform to Boost Education – Osinbajo
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N-Power, Veritable Technology Platform to Boost Education – Osinbajo

The N-Power employment and training scheme of the federal government provides a technology platform to boost education, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has stated. Osinbajo stated this at the University of Ibadan where represented President Muhammadu Buhari as the Visitor to the institution, on the occasion of the University’s 2018 Convocation and 70th Foundation Day Ceremony. In a statement by Laolu Akande, media aide to the vice president, Osinbajo said the scheme, being technology-driven, offers a technology platform to train teachers quickly and efficiently, aside from the traditional training institutes. He stated: “N-Power, our employment and skills training programme, now employs 500,000 young men and women who were hired using a technology platform developed by young Nige...
My Re-Election A Done Deal – El-Rufai
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My Re-Election A Done Deal – El-Rufai

GOVERNOR Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, yesterday, said though his re-election for a second term did not occupy top priority in his scheme of things, as available indices from a scientific point of view indicated that his victory at the poll in 2019 was “almost a done deal.” Speaking in Kaduna as the special guest of honour at the 2018 National Council on Finance and Economic Development, NACOFED, conference, Governor el-Rufai said despite the risks he took by embarking on far-reaching reforms in various sectors, the people of the state had confidence in his leadership and the sustai-nability of his reforms. He said, his immediate and utmost priority was to put the state on the right track and sound footing, while his achievements and reforms in all sectors would naturally take care o...
Review NHIS Leadership, Guild of Medical Directors Appeals to FG
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Review NHIS Leadership, Guild of Medical Directors Appeals to FG

The Guild of Medical Directors (GMD) has appealed to the federal government to review the leadership of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the interest of peace and harmony. The National President of the guild, Dr Femi Babalola, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Wednesday in Abuja that primary health care should be left for the primary health care centres. He said that government should mandate compulsory enrolment of all eligible Nigerian families into the NHIS. “Accredit and include more private hospitals in the scheme to improve and ensure nationwide coverage. “Engage private hospitals in the enrolment of Nigerians into the scheme. “There is a dire and long overdue need for yearly monitoring, evaluation and review of guidelines. “Standards, tariff and operations ...
Homeless Man and New Jersey Couple’s Faked Sob Story to Scam Donors
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Homeless Man and New Jersey Couple’s Faked Sob Story to Scam Donors

A GoFundMe scam has been unraveled as a homeless man and New Jersey couple faked heart-warming story to scam donors of $400,000. Officials say the viral story of a homeless man’s selfless act — giving his last $20 to a stranded motorist — was actually an elaborate ruse designed to enrich a scheming threesome, who pocketed nearly half a million dollars in donations before a squabble over the money unraveled the plot. The homeless man had in August sued the couple for not giving him the money they raised, though the whole scheme has been exposed. From heartwarming story to hoax in less than a year A 2017 tale about a Philadelphia man’s compassionate gesture was, in fact, only the basis for a scam, according to a complaint obtained by NBC 10 Philadelphia. New Jersey couple Kate Mc...
Okowa, Dickson, Turaki Launch Monthly Allowance for over 1,000 Pregnant Bayelsa Women
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Okowa, Dickson, Turaki Launch Monthly Allowance for over 1,000 Pregnant Bayelsa Women

Seriake-Dickson The Bayelsa State Government has begun the payment of monthly allowances to pregnant women in the state to encourage them to use approved hospitals instead of sticking to unhealthy local birth practices. The programme, government said, was spurred by its determination to reduce the incidences of maternal and infant mortality in the state. Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, who was a special guest at the Diepreye Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, where the programme was officially launched, noted that with the commencement of the programme, Governor Seriake Dickson has set very high marks in governance. Okowa argued that recognising the place of mothers in the society would go a long way in helping to build healthy families a...
Sack NHIS Executive Secretary Now, Labour Tells Buhari
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Sack NHIS Executive Secretary Now, Labour Tells Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has been told to sack NHIS Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf with immediate effect. NHIS Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf Alarmed by the audacity of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof Usman Yusuf, Organised Labour under the auspices of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to relieve Professor Yusuf of his appointment to avoid sending the wrong signal to the outside world as regards the anti-corruption war of the administration, Nigerian Tribune has reported. Speaking on Wednesday, the ASCSN Secretary-General, Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal, expressed worry that the impunity with which Professor Yusuf bull-dozed his way to resume office with ...
Atiku Speaks On Online Grant Scheme That Allegedly Disburses Money To Nigerians
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Atiku Speaks On Online Grant Scheme That Allegedly Disburses Money To Nigerians

The Presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has distanced himself from an online grant scheme that disburse grants to Nigerians.   Alhaji Atiku Abubakar The Atiku Presidential Campaign Organization (APCO) in a statement on Thursday, said that Atiku or his campaign organisation is not in any way involved with an online grant scheme that purports to disburse grants to unsuspecting Nigerians, or any other in such manner and neither did it give a proxy authorization. Read the statement in full below; ************** The attention of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organization (APCO) has been drawn to an on-going scheme that purports to disburse grants to unsuspecting Nigerians. Information available to us reveal that the scheme code-named ‘Atiku Grant D...
NYSC Certificate: Adebayo Shittu Screened Out of APC Governorship Primaries
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NYSC Certificate: Adebayo Shittu Screened Out of APC Governorship Primaries

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has declined to clear the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, for its governorship primaries. Adebayo Shittu, has been screened out of the Oyo state APC governorship primaries for not possessing the NYSC certificate. Recall that last week, it was widely reported the Minister’s failure to participate in the mandatory one-year scheme when he graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University in 1978. After graduating from the Nigerian Law School in 1979 at 25, Adebayo instead of registering for the mandatory one year scheme, ran for a seat in the Oyo state House of Assembly and won. The National Working Committee of the APC, took the decision to screen him out based on the report of the party’s Governorship Aspirants Screening Committee. The ...
2019: More Groups Drum Support For Ugwuanyi
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2019: More Groups Drum Support For Ugwuanyi

…Hail his giant development strides, peace initiatives As 2019 general election draws nearer, more groups and communities have continued to troop to the Government House Enugu to register their support for the re-election bid of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, who is standing as the sole aspirant for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election in the state. 2019: Labour promises to vote out leaders owing salaries, pensions Prominent among those that paid him solidarity visit yesterday, were the people of Obukpa in the University town of Nsukka led by their traditional rulers, other elders and leaders of thoughts, as well as the PDP Ward chairmen from Enugu West senatorial district. The jubilant people of Obukpa town comprising four autonomous communitie...
Shittu, Adeosun Scandals: ‘Here’s My NYSC Photos,’ Nigerians React, Show Evidences
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Shittu, Adeosun Scandals: ‘Here’s My NYSC Photos,’ Nigerians React, Show Evidences

…“Where is yours? I mean, have you photo evidence of your NYSC years?”… After the resignation of Buhari’s former Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun over National Youth Service Corps, NYSC certificate scandal, and now, with the news of another, the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu being also embroiled in an NYSC certificate scandal, many Nigerians have taken to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, to show picture evidences of their service years in NYSC. File: NYSC members Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, did not answer call-up in the  National Youth Service Scheme, NYSC, according to an online portal, Premium Times. The revelation about Mr. Shittu, who is currently angling to become Oyo State governor, is coming to light about a week after Kemi Adeosun was c...
As Yusuf Strives To Sanitise NHIS
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As Yusuf Strives To Sanitise NHIS

PEOPLE react to change in different ways especially when introduced by a personality who is convinced about the direction he is headed to. Some oppose change out of fear of the unknown while others who are used to the status quo do so out of worry about losing some benefits they are used to. Also, others respond to that development out of apprehension about the disposition of the change agent especially if he is one who is convinced that what is going on if allowed to continue may not augur well for the establishment. These reactions can and do lead to a chain of activities that can only slow the process of change but not stop it. Yusuf Usman This situation may apply to Professor Usman Yusuf who was, on July 2016, appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, as the Executive Secretar...
President Buhari To Flag Off The Osun Basic Health Provision Fund
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President Buhari To Flag Off The Osun Basic Health Provision Fund

As part of Federal Government’s efforts to improve basic health care in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari will perform the national flag off of basic health provision fund in Osogbo, the Osun state capital. Buhari Dr Niyi Oginni,the Executive Director of Osun Health Insurance Scheme (O’HIS), who disclosed this at a news conference on Sunday in Osogbo, said the flag off would be performed by the President and the Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Sept. 20. Oginni said that the basic health provision fund , which was signed into law under section 11 of 2014 Health Act, would be flagged off along side Osun Health Insurance Scheme by the President. He said that after the flag-off, malaria treatment, high blood check, diabetics screening would be free of charge for all re...
Foundation To Empower 5, 000 Youths, Women In Skills, Vocational Training
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Foundation To Empower 5, 000 Youths, Women In Skills, Vocational Training

A group, the Dr. Oluseye Yomi-Sholoye Foundation, has put machinery in motion to commence empowerment programme for thousands of youths and women in Lagos State and beyond. The beneficiaries being targeted by the Foundation are members of the Cherubim & Seraphim organisation across board. The plan of the Foundation was made known in Lagos, on Wednesday, during the official unveiling of the New Seraph during a dinner held at the prestigious Oriental Hotel, on Victoria Island, Lagos. Founder of the Foundation, Dr. Oluseye Yomi-Sholoye, in his speech to members of the church organisation, said the scheme was aimed at taking youths out of total dependence on stipends provided for them by their parents to becoming employers of labour. Her words, “Many of our youths today lag...
Plateau Government To Retain N-Power Volunteers
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Plateau Government To Retain N-Power Volunteers

The Plateau state government, has concluded plans to retain 4,850 volunteers serving in the state under the federal government N-Power scheme. The category of volunteers to be retained are those serving as teachers on the expiration of their tenure later in the year. The development was confirmed on Wednesday in Jos by the executive chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mathew Sule. Administrators of the scheme have also congratulated the lucky beneficiaries on the development. “Congratulations to the N-Power Teach Plateau volunteers, the State Government has made it official that it will be retaining the teach arm in efforts to improve the standard of education in the State,” a statement on the N-Power official Facebook page reads.  

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