Football : Highlights from CHAN 18 Super Home Eagles play stubborn Rwanda goalless draw

Image result for home eagles play draw with rwandaThe home-based Super Eagles were forced to a 0-0 draw by Rwanda in the second game of Group C in the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Tangier, Morocco.

Despite dominating the game and creating most of the better opportunities, the Eagles failed to score, hitting the post several times.The Eagles should have taken the lead on nine minutes through Sunday Faleye who was unfortunate to see his header hit the cross bar off a superb cross from Emeka Ogbugh.Faleye went close again on 20 minutes after he was played through on goal by Rabiu Ali but Rwandan keeper Eric Ndayishimiye quickly came off his line to stop his effort from going in.

The Eagles continued to create the better opportunities and were almost rewarded in the 21st minute but Anthony Okpotu saw his header go just over the bar after the Rwandan keeper’s failure to claim a long throw.

In the 26th minute, Rwanda had their first attempt on goal but goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa was in the right position to stop a goal bound shot.

On 34 minutes, the Eagles were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box after a foul on Faleye but Osas Okoro’s effort was blocked by the Rwandan defensive wall.Stephen Eze went close on 37 minutes after connecting with a header from Daniel Itodo’s long throw.

A minute later, Ali should have scored from close range after Rwanda keeper poorly punched Okoro’s cross but the Kano Pillars midfielder hit his left-foot strike just over the bar.

Ali went close again in the 42nd minute but saw his long range shot hit the cross bar.In the 51st minute, Rwanda went close following a dangerous ball across the Eagles box which went away from danger.

Eze thought he had opened the scoring in the 58th minute for the Eagles but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Rwanda ventured forward in the 62nd minute but Kalu Orji made a timely clearance to avert the danger.

With 12 minutes left, substitute Mustapha Ibrahim saw his header from a corner hit the post before the rebound was cleared by the Rwandan defenders.

In the 87th minute, Ali attempted a left-foot strike in front of the Rwandan box which went wide.

The Eagles’ next game is on Friday, 19 January against Group C leaders Libya who thrashed Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in the first game of the group.2018 CHAN: Stubborn Rwanda Hold Unlucky Home Eagles

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EFCC wants to seize $8.4m, N7.35b ‘from Jonathan’s wife’

Image result for Patience JonathanIt has been reported that Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked the Federal High Court in Lagos to order the temporary forfeiture of $8,435,788.84 and N7.35bn suspected to be owned by Mrs. Patience Jonathan.

The EFCC yesterday told Justice Mojisola Olatoregun that the funds, which it believes came from Bayelsa State, were found in 15 bank accounts linked with the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The anti-graft agency’s counsel, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, said the order would prevent Mrs Jonathan from dissipating them.

According to the EFCC, the funds were moved from Bayelsa State’s coffers at a time when the former First Lady served as a permanent secretary.

The agency alleged that Mrs. Jonathan gained access to the funds by fraudulently assuming the identity of one Esther Oba as the signatory to the said account.

The EFCC’s claims were contained in an ex parte application presented by Oyedepo before Justice Olatoregun.

The proceedings were, however, interrupted by a train of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) led by Mr. Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) and Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who challenged the court’s jurisdiction to entertain the ex parte application.

The SANs told the judge that the funds, which the EFCC seeks to seize, were already subject of litigation.

But Oyedepo maintained that the SANs had no right of hearing in the court, since his application was ex parte.

Wondering how they got wind of the move by the anti-graft agency, he urged the judge to disregard their appearance.

The judge upheld Oyedepo’s submission, following which the SANs left the courtroom.

In view of the development, the judge adjourned till January 23, 2018 and directed the EFCC to file an affidavit to convince the court that there were no pending lawsuits relating to the funds sought to be forfeited.

In the said ex parte application, the EFCC listed Patience Jonathan and five firms and Esther Oba as respondents.

The firms that were listed as second to sixth defendants were Globus Integrated Services Ltd., Finchley Top Homes Ltd., Am-Pm Global Network Ltd., Pagmat Oil And Gas Ltd. and Magel Resort Ltd.

The ex parte application was backed by a 15-paragraph affidavit deposed to by an investigator with the EFCC, Huleji Tukura.

Tukura claimed that investigation by the anti-graft agency revealed that the funds found in the bank accounts linked to Patience emanated from the coffers of Bayelsa State and that the funds were moved at a time when the former First Lady served as a permanent secretary in one of the ministries in Bayelsa State.

According to Tukura, Patience first opened a First Bank account and then “procured” the then Senior Special Assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, to fund the account with “proceeds of unlawful activities.”

Tukura averred, “That the said Dudafa Warripamo-Owei procured one Festus Isidohomen Iyoha and Arivi Eneji Peter, who were domestic staff attached to the State House, Abuja, to deposit the funds, reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities, in the account of the 1st respondent (Patience).

“That in depositing the funds into the account of the 1st respondent, the said domestic staff, in a bid to conceal their identity, deposited the funds, reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful act, into the 1st respondent’s account, using fictitious names.

“That the total sum of $4,036,750.00 (Four million, thirty-six thousand, seven hundred and fifty United States’ dollars) reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities, were deposited into account No. 2022648664 domiciled in First Bank Plc in the name of the 1st respondent.

“That on the 28th day of September, 2016, the 1st respondent, in dissipating the property sought to be forfeited, transferred the sum of $3,640,794.72 to the 1st respondent’s account No. 2031277178 domiciled in First Bank Plc.

“That on the 5th day of October, 2016, the 1st respondent withdrew the sum of $1,000,000.00 cash from the said account leaving the balance of the sum of $3,645,013.73 which sum we are urging this honourable court to forfeit in the interim to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“That as at the time the various sums were deposited in into exhibit EFCC01, the 1st respondent was a serving permanent secretary in the employment of the Bayelsa State Government.

“That the funds sought to be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria are not the 1st respondent’s lawful earnings but are rather reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities.”

The investigator further explained that the firms mentioned in the application were not into “any legitimate income-yielding business venture” but were rather incorporated at the Corporate Affairs Commission for the purpose of warehousing proceeds of unlawful activities for the former First Lady.

He claimed that every now and then domestic servants at the Presidential Villa were sent to deposit money into the company’s accounts for Patience.

“The depositors into this account are domestic staff of State House, Abuja, who were procured by the said Dudafa Waripamo-Owei to deposit the funds sought to be forfeited in a bid to conceal the true origin of the funds,” Tukura said.

Making specific reference to Globus Integrated Services Ltd., Tukura said, “None of the Directors of the 3rd Respondent are signatories to the said account.

Fraudsters Using Wilson Oruma’s Name To Solicit Money – Brother, Dominic

Dominic Oruma, the younger brother of troubled ex-Super Eagles midfielder Wilson Oruma who’s reported to be suffering from depression arising from a business deal gone awry, has come out to clear the air on his brother’s illness as well as to warn the public about the activities of some people who may claim to be raising funds for his treatment.

He was a guest on a Lagos Television sports programme anchored by Godwin Enakhena on Monday. Read excerpts……

ENAKHENADominic, good morning and welcome. There are conflicting reports but we want you to clear the air. Oruma has health challenges or is that a figment of people’s imagination?

DOMINIC ORUMA: Yeah, Wilson has health challenges but he’s definitely not mad. Not by any stretch of the word. If you speak with him, even with all the pictures out there in the media, you’ll be surprised at how lucid he is. He’s just depressed, a form of psychosis. When things go wrong, a lot of things can happen. But you can still have a conversation with him about the past and the present and he will recall everything perfectly. We never knew things could get to this level. We quite appreciate the prayers of Nigerians since the story broke and we, as a family, are doing everything possible to get Wilson back on his feet.

Talking about pictures, how recent will you say the pictures we are seeing in the media are?

Those pictures will be not too far back, probably November or December. Like two months ago at the most. So it’s a fairly recent picture.

The story was everywhere that Wilson was neglected by his family. How true is that?

That’s interesting. Well, the family will never neglect him because he’s the breadwinner of the family, he’s our star and whatever he’s going through all of us in the family are with him. Even before this story broke in the media, we already had plans to take him for treatment. We just wanted him to spend Christmas with the kids before we commenced the process for his treatment. I went to his house, at the request of my older brother, and discussed with him about everything. Wilson was always his own man and, as his younger brother, there was little I could do to change his mind when he refused to cut his hair, for example. When I reported back to the family that he’s refusing to cut his hair and the other things I noticed, we realized he was relapsing and decided to swing into action. Like I said before, we already had a plan in place and we were just waiting for the festive period to be over. Then when the pictures and reports surfaced in the media, we had to just go ahead with the plans and I can tell you that he’s in hospital recovering nicely now and everything will be alright in a matter of time. He’s doing good now, I can report.

 

What kind of support have you gotten from the Nigerian Football Federation?

Well, when the reports surfaced in the media, the NFF President Mr Amaju Pinick contacted the family and spoke with my elder brother. Pinick was in London and our eldest brother is also in London so they met up and discussed about it. Wilson was already in the hospital by then so when Amaju called, he spoke with myself, my older brother here and Wilson himself. He’s been helpful, just like the generality of Nigerians who’ve stood by us since this whole incident began.

There are allegations that you, Dominic Oruma, are one of Wilson’s siblings taking advantage of his situation to squander his wealth. What’s the truth in that allegation?

(Laughs) He’s my older brother but I’m not the closest to him. Whenever he’s in Nigeria, I come around and we do stuff together. Like I said, he’s his own man and though the family has his interest at heart, we don’t think for him. He does his own thing. I have also heard those stories that I’m taking advantage of him but those who know, especially within the family, are aware that there’s nothing of such. Whatever I’m doing today, he gave me support but neither me nor the extended family squandered his money.

Some friends of Wilson are soliciting money on Social Media, asking people to donate money to some accounts ostensibly for his treatment. Is the family aware of this?

I want to categorically say we are not aware of any such fundraising and it does not have our blessings or approval. I want to thank Nigerians who have been supporting Wilson with their prayers but the family has not asked anybody to collect funds on behalf of our brother. The family has asked me to use this opportunity to inform the general public to beware of such people. There’s a particular friend of Wilson’s, an ex-footballer himself, who I’ve been informed has opened several Facebook accounts soliciting for funds. That, in itself, is fraud. Wilson will not welcome such and the family is not in any way or form asking people to contribute money for his treatment. We categorically distance ourselves from such activities by any individuals or groups.

Have you tried reaching out to this friend of his on this issue?

Well, I guess my brothers would have reached out to him. My elder brother told me yesterday that he’s asked my twin brother to reach out to him as a matter of urgency to stop whatever he’s doing and anything that has to do with funds should be put aside for now.

When did Wilson quit football?

Officially, Wilson stopped playing football in 2010 and he was quite comfortable.

Tell us exactly how did Wilson get into the situation he’s found himself now?

Well, I guess bad advice from people surrounding him. He doesn’t have too many friends but prefers to do his own thing and is extremely generous to people. But when you have friends like the one I mentioned earlier around you who are there for what they can get out of you, this is what you get. So, like I said, it was basically bad advice.

Will you say Wilson’s case wouldn’t have gotten to this stage if he got help in time?

Honestly, no. When it happened, the family was always there for him. I’m the contact man in Lagos and anytime something came up and I was made aware of it, we always did our best to sort it out.

The story is out there that he was swindled for as much as N1.2billion and a pastor was even mentioned. That’s a lot of money, isn’t it?

Yes, you’re right, it’s lot of money. We also heard about the pastor angle but Wilson himself never told us. Like I said, he’s a man of few words. He doesn’t talk much. The family is pre-occupied with getting him back on his feet and with the prayers of everybody he will be back very soon. He’s not mad and I can reliably inform you that he’s already recovering.

You also played football at international level, didn’t you?

Yes, I did. I captained the U-17 team that won the UEFA Meridien Cup for Nigeria in 1997 under coach Fanny Amun. I also played for the Flying Eagles when Nigeria hosted the World Youth Championship in 1999. After that I felt I was done with football and went back to school.

Thank you for coming this morning, Dominic. Your final words to Nigerians?

Thank you and thank you to Nigerians for their support. Let me once again say on behalf of the family that we are not seeking for any financial support for Wilson and so they should ignore any such request from anybody. Nigerians have shown concern and it would not be good when you think you’re contributing money for Wilson’s treatment and some people are putting it in their own pockets. We as a family have not asked anybody to solicit for money and these are selfish minds trying to make quick money for themselves. The NFF is the body saddled with football matters in this country and when they are ready to do anything for Wilson, they will sit down with the family to discuss. Thank you very much.

Trending: Instead of the police to arrest herdsmen with AK47, they are busy harrassing guys with laptops and phones” comedian I Go Dye says

Related imageOn his IG page some hours ago, the comedian wrote

”THE POLICE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING PRO- ACTIVE MEASURES TO ARREST HERDSMEN WITH AK47 BY INVESTIGATING THEIR SOURCE OF WEAPONRY, BUT THEY ARE BUSY HARASSING GUYS WITH LAPTOPS AND PHONE’S
WHO ARE THE REAL HERDSMEN ?

A group of civilian’s who have been employed by the untouchables and elites have become a national problem.Logically, the principal takes responsibility for the flaws and successes of the agent,so in this premise who are the owners’ of the cattle and the herdsmen.
An Ak 47 rifle is estimated at over a million Naira, so how does these herdsmen walking across the country afford it?

The elites should own up to their mistakes.

In solving this problem there should be a disarming of all those working for the real herdsmen. An assessment of all those involved should be done,there after, licensing and identification informations should be taken.This will aid the process of knowing those involved in any of such casualties.

In addressing this issue, the protection of lives and property is paramount and one cannot comprehend why security agencies have failed to put an end to it. Majority of Nigerians will continue to blame the president, because he has a responsibility to protect the lives of every citizen in this country. Moreover, as one of those who have a cattle ranch, it is expected that he should do everything possible to address this issue.We cannot continue to expand the responsibilities on our military because of internal problems,the Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba, Ijaw and Igbo man or any other ethnic tribe is not our problem. Nigeria is a blessed country; our fundamental problem is instigated on us by our various leaders across the six geopolitical zones, whose actions are responsible for our present situation,the youth should not allow themselves to be used as instruments of violence.

I will earnestly recommend that the process of expanding the cooperation of stake holders to provide land for ranches should be advanced, because we cannot continue to have cattles moving on our roads, feeding on the farms of innocent Nigerians,who have been traumatized by the ill actions of the employers of the herdsmen.
I am still wondering who are the real herdsmen?

Photos: Steve Ayorinde Welcomes to Ministry of Tourism

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The newly appointed Lagos Commissioner for Tourism Art & Culture, Steve Ayorinde from Information and Strategy was celebrated yesterday at Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa , Lagos.

New team the former journalist will be working with welcomed him at his office.

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Prostitutes take over Oba Otudeko’s hotel, Radisson Blu in Lagos

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Radisson Blu Hotel has become the house of prostitutes. The hotel located in the heart of Victoria Island (VI), Lagos, owned by Oba Otudeko, the chairman of Honeywell Group, is fast losing its glory. The luxury hotel once notable for its enviable class and clientele, has yielded to squalor and many of its patrons are becoming aware of this fact.

Lodgers at the highbrow hotel have begun to see beneath its fabled elegance; they see the dirt that subsists beyond its wine bars, exquisite lounge and decor. They know Radisson has become a glorified brothel; a haven for devious harlots or commercial sex workers, if you like.

It would be recalled that when the hotel started operations, it became a convergence point for Lagos’ high society, and a favourite hang-out for Lagos big boys in particular, because of its serene location, fabulous suites, properly trained staff and quality service delivery.

Sadly, the once serene environment where business moguls also hold and attend conferences, lunch, dinner and leisure meetings, has become a den for high class prostitutes. Recent findings revealed that Radisson Blu has become a brothel for prostitutes who come to the hotel in groups of 5 and 10 at times to seek customers. They contribute to lodge in the hotel to enable them access into the pool and bar areas where they can easily have access to meet rich clientele who also lodge there or are there for a drink or business meeting.
Further findings revealed that these commercial sex workers take men in turns to the room they collectively paid for, each girl claiming that she owns the room although after a short romp with her client, she exits for anyone among her colleagues bringing in another customer.

A client of the hotel, who pleaded anonymity, complained that the management seems to know about goings-on at the hotel, according to him, the prostitutes have become quite brazen; the management looks the other way while the girls walk up to harass unsuspecting customers pitching their bodies as essential commodity to be had for a fee.

He said: “In fact, they tell you bluntly that they are escorts and willing to follow you anywhere you want but for a fee especially during the festive period.”  A visit to the hotel by this writer during the yuletide period was quite an experience. This certainly bad for the image of the luxury hotel.

I Started Raping After My Girlfriend Left- Suspect

It has been revealed that a 20-year-old man, Abdullateef Ibrahim, who was arrested by the Niger State Police Command for allegedly raping a five-year-old girl, has pleaded for forgiveness, saying he started raping children after his girlfriend left him.

The Niger State Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, said on Sunday that the suspect was apprehended by operatives attached to Nasko police division, adding that he had been charged to court.

Abubakar explained that the suspect confessed to the crime during interrogation, noting that the victim had been taken to the General Hospital, Magama, for treatment.

It was learnt that the victim was running an errand for her mother when Ibrahim dragged her to an isolated area in the bush and had sex with her.

Northern City News gathered that the suspect had been involved in the heinous act for over two years before he was eventually arrested by police operatives.

Ibrahim told Punch correspondent that he had forcefully had carnal knowledge of more than six underage girls in the community.

He said, “Since my girlfriend left, I have been in the act and I enjoyed doing it, but at times I will ask myself ‘why am I into this mess and the urge still continues?’ It is quite unfortunate that I found myself in this hopeless predicament.”

He begged for forgiveness and advised other youths to shun “the wicked act that may mar their future.”

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