Archive for April, 2015

(Society) Igbinedion Jails For Six Years @semaotakeit

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A Federal High Court in Benin on Thursday sentenced Patrick Eboigbodin, an aide to a former Governor of Edo State, Lucky Igbinedion, to 20 years imprisonment without an option of fine for money laundering.
The presiding judge, Justice A. M. Liman, also sentenced a younger brother to the state ex-Governor, Michael Igbinedion, to six years imprisonment, with an option of fine of N1m for each of the three counts 79, 80 and 81, for which he was convicted.
‎Igbinedion, Eboigbodin and four companies were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on an 81 counts bothering on money laundering.
‎The four companies are Gava Corporation Limited, Romrig Nigeria Limited, PML Securities Company Limited and PML Nigeria Limited, addressed as the third to sixth accused persons.
The offences were said to have been committed during the administration of the former governor.

Eboigbodin was sentenced to two years each on 10 counts, while the court orderd the closure and forfeiture of assets of the sixth acc‎used, (PML Limited) to the Federal Government.

It also mandated the company to pay the sum of N250, 000.

Justice Liman noted that the prosecution proved the alleged collaboration beyond reasonable doubts but discharged all the accused persons on other counts on the ground that the prosecution failed to prove the allegations.

The judge further explained that the prosecution only proved suspicion but failed to prove illicit origin of funds deposited in the said banks.
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Earlier, counsel for the first, third to sixth accused persons, Richard Ahonanuogho, acknowledged that the 10 counts brought against his clients ‎centred on money laundering as contained in Section 14 (1) of the Money Laundering Act (2004) and the law provided a sentence of two to three years imprisonment.
He, however, urged the court to use its discretion to award a fine or apply a suspended sentence as the first accused was a first offender, was still in his late 50’s and had not benefited from the said offence.
Counsel for the second accused, Abubakar Shamsudeen, had told the court that his client had pleaded leniency based on his age, being a first offender and victim of the system, based on the office he occupied when the offence was committed.
He, therefore, urged the court to apply an option of fine, not below N250, 000 or N500, 000 and not more than N1m in lieu of imprisonment.
‎But the counsel for the EFCC, Tayo Olukotun, urged the court not to be persuaded by the plea for leniency by the accused‎, arguing that their conviction was in line with the provision of the law and that the call for suspended sentence was not within the court’s jurisdiction.
The prosecution also submitted that the claim of non-criminal benefit by the first accused was not an issue because the crime had already been established.
He subsequently canvassed both option of fine and imprisonment.

(Politics) PDP defectors will come back with empty stomach -Jonathan @tj_shetade

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President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday said all members of the Peoples Democratic Party who defected to the All Progressives Congress because he lost the March 28 presidential election would return with empty stomach.

He said the leaders of the APC would first settle their existing members before thinking of settling defectors.

He added that “food” may have finished before it gets to the turn of the defectors to eat.

Jonathan spoke shortly after receiving the report of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation led by Senator Ahmadu Ali at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

(Video) Oritsefemi Vs Malaika Performances Competition at Eleko Beach @tj_shetade

Who control crowd between rave of the moment, Oritsefemi and Fuji Music Star, Malaika?

 

(Politics) Unedited Statement of PDP on Adamu Mu-Azu Over Alleged Resignation Saga @semaotakeit

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There were reports in some dailies today that PDP Chairman Adamu Mu-Azu has been asked to resign and that he and other PDP National Working Committee members who attended a meeting yesterday were asked to go out  by some governors before the official end of the meeting. PDP has released a statement denying there was a dispute or that Mu’azu was asked to resign. The statement below…
The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is not in dispute with PDP Governors’ Forum or any other organ of the party.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement on Thursday said that the “NWC was never asked to resign by the forum of governors or any other organ of the party for that matter”

“For the avoidance of doubt therefore, the NWC states that at no time was the National Chairman of our great party, Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu walked out of the meeting of the governors, neither was he in any way ill-treated at that meeting contrary to reports in some section of the media.

“To put the records straight, our National Chairman upon invitation by the governors attended the meeting alongside our Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and National Legal Adviser, Barr. Victor Kwon and left after a brief and fruitful discussion with the governors. He was not at any time asked to resign and nothing close to such was ever insinuated at the meeting.

“For purposes of clarification, the National Working Committee as a duly elected organ of the party has a constitutionally guaranteed tenure which expires in March 2016. It is therefore focused on galvanizing every organ and interests within the PDP with a view to re-engineering it for the task ahead.

“To this end, the NWC is currently working hand in hand with strategic stakeholders including PDP governors towards repositioning our great party and regaining power at the center by 2019.

“In this regard, the National Working Committee in its meeting on Wednesday April 29, 2015 constituted a special committee under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. The committee membership is drawn from all the key stakeholders of the party including members of the forum of governors.

“Furthermore, the NWC states that it holds the PDP Governors’ Forum in very high esteem, especially its Chairman, Governor Godswill Akpabio, who has worked assiduously for the progress of the party.

“Finally, the NWC restates that it enjoys the confidence and respect of all our organs and structures across board, particularly the PDP governors who individually and collectively appreciate that the supremacy of the party is more important than anything else at this point in time.

Signed:

Olisa Metuh

National Publicity Secretary

(News) Why PHCN privatised assets Must Be Probed, TMG tells Buhari

A civil rights organisation, Transition Monitoring Group, on Thursday called on the President-Elect, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to thoroughly investigate all the national assets privatised by the Peoples Democratic Party-led government in Nigeria.

In doing so, the organisation said the incoming administration should beam its searchlight on the defunct National Electric Power Authority (which transformed to Power Holding Company of Nigeria), an agency, it said, “has become synonymous with corruption in Nigeria.”

The Chairman of TMG, Mr. Ibrahim Zikirullahi, at a press briefing in Abuja, also said it was also planning to “closely monitor governance processes and outcomes, using some structures and methodology to ensure that government fulfills its electoral promises to all Nigerians.”

While calling on Buhari to follow up on his promises by declaring a full scale war on corruption, TMG said it preferred that the anti-corruption agencies be strengthened and made independent to prosecute the war.

The pressure group called on Buhari to bolster the anti-corruption agencies such as Economic and Financial Crimes Commission by injecting fresh and radical minds, and giving it financial and ‘prosecutorial’ autonomy.”

Zikirullahi said, “We call for the investigation of all the privatisation of our national assets by the PDP government, particularly the sale of NEPA. Indeed, this is one agency that has become synonymous with corruption in Nigeria. We also call for a comprehensive probe of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, which has over the years degenerated into stinking cesspit of official corruption.

“For us, the so called privatization of the (power) sector has ended in nothing but unmitigated disaster. It is fraudulent that an extensive privatization exercise failed to produce a reliable due diligence report proficient enough to identify and proffer solutions to the technical challenges that have dogged the sector.

“We wonder why a process that claims to have observed due diligence would result in the granting of loans to the Distribution Companies to pay for assets they were supposed to have been financially capable of acquiring in the first place.

“To spotlight the specious nature of these transactions, besides granting the DISCOs cheap interest loans not opened to other players in critical sectors, Nigerians are equally forced to pay the DISCO through monthly standing charges, not minding the erratic nature of electricity supply.

“This monumental rip-off of the Nigerian and the nation’s commonwealth has been the hallmark of the so called privatization. The President-elect will serve our nation’s interest well by revisiting the heist in the power sector that goes by the name privatization.”

(Photo) Some Rescued Girls By Military From Sambisa Forest @semaotakeit

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This Yoruba Actors Self! See Odulade Adekola in New Movie Location @tj_shetade

Odunlade AdekolaAce Nollywood Actor, Odulade Adekola features in new movie.  Can you act in this setting?

(Exclusive) Oritsefemi Visits Brown Ideye at Westbromwich Training Ground in UK @tj_shetade

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Nigerian Music Star, Oritsefemi Majemite visited Nigerian International Football Star, Brown Ideye at his English Premier League Football Club, Westbrom Albiom.

The re-union made them remember their Ajegunle life style while chatting in United Kingdom.

Super Eagles Striker, Brown Ideye Football talent was discovered in Ajegunle before he traveled out of our shores. Oritsefemi Music talent also started at Ajegunle respectively. Both Nigerian young achievers played football together at Tolu Mini Stadium in Ajegunle, Lagos.

Oritsefemi will release his 5th album Friday May 1st. His first launching will take place at Federal Capital Territory, Avatar Lounge, the Valley Mall, 2, Konoko Crescent, off Ademola Adetokunbo, Wuse 2, Abuja.

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(News) How Engineer, Three Died at Kogi Radio Station Bombing @tj_shetade

The-Tao-FM-Radio-Station-bombed-in-Kogi-State...-on-Tuesday-360x225According to http://www.punchng.com, the Acting Inspector-General of Police,   Solomon Arase, has ordered increased security presence around media houses in the country.

Arase’s directive followed the bombing of the office of TAO FM, a community radio station, in Okene, Kogi State, on Monday night.

Three people believed to be security men and an engineer were feared killed and many others injured in the   incident.

Arase said in a statement on Tuesday by the Force Public Relations Officer,   Emmanuel Ojukwu, that his decision was in consonance with the traditional responsibility of the police to protect lives and property.

He added that he   was appreciative of the   contributions of the media to democratic governance in the country.

The statement read, “The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, is concerned about the recent attacks on the media houses, and journalists. He has, therefore, ordered water-tight security around media houses nationwide.

“This is in line with the mandate of the Nigeria Police Force to protect lives and property of the citizenry under the law.

“The Acting IG acknowledges the valuable roles of the media to the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria.

“He further advises citizens to be more vigilant and proactive and to report any suspicious movement or persons to the Police promptly for appropriate action.”

The PUNCH gathered on Tuesday morning that two explosions went off at about 7.20pm on Monday on the premises of the station which is   located in Kuroko, Adavi Local Government Area in Okene town.

The station is believed to be owned   by   a former   Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Dr. Tom Adaba.

It was gathered that the   gunmen,who carried out the attack had on arrival on the premises deceived the security men by   pretending to be on a business visit.

A source, who pleaded anonymity said the attack on the station might not be unconnected with its perceived uncompromising stance   on some political issues and development in the state.

He added that the station had criticised some politicians for allegedly playing   roles that led to violence during   Saturday’s House of Assembly re-run election in parts of Kogi Central   Senatorial District of the state.

Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer,   Shola Adebayo, confirmed the   death of four people and wounding of   many.

He said that the state Commissioner of Police, Samuel Ogunjemilusi, visited the station   and ordered a thorough investigation.

Adebayo said, “ There were two explosions in the place at about 7.20pm on Monday. We have cordoned off the place and we tried to evacuate the victims. Three guards at the gate and an engineer died in the blasts. Many people were injured but no arrest has been made. We are still investigating the incident.”

Many stakeholders like   Governor Idris Wada;     his deputy, Yomi Awoniyi; Ogunjemilusi, Kogi State Coordinator, Buhari/Osibanjo Campaign Organisation,   Abdullahi Bello; and the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland,   Ado Ibrahim, have decried the blasts.

Wada, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy,   Edi Jacob,       sympathised with the families of the dead and injured victims.

He called on   security agencies   to ensure a   comprehensive investigation of the blasts and arrest of the culprits.

Awoniyi, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Michael Abu, decried the bombings as shocking, barbaric and unimaginable.

He said   the station had since its establishment been known for its balanced reportage and   promotion of peace and unity in the senatorial district.

Bello,   a former Speaker of the state, said the station was professional and forthright in its reportage and analysis of issues in the state.

While commiserating with the families of the   victims , he urged the management of the station not to be deterred by the attack.

He said, “The radio came on board when all of us needed to hear about ourselves and we needed to change our behaviours, attitudes and orientation towards one another.

“The government and security agencies should investigate properly,   find the culprits and the motives behind their action.

“I am appealing to the management of the radio station not to be deterred. They should continue in the good work they are doing.”

Ibrahim, who was also on the premises of the station, said the explosions would not be allowed to recur in the town.

He said, “This attack is a complete shame to the entire Ebiraland and the state government . This radio station has been serving the people as its members of staff   have done what we did not expect in the area of sensitising the community to how best to live together in harmony.

“The station is never biased in its reportage; so I wonder   why somebody would   think of harming the people working there.

“Enough of these killings on this land. As a traditional ruler I will not allow this issue to be swept under the carpet. The perpetrator of this heinous act must be uncovered.”

(Gist) Read Wiz Khalifa’s Message to Amber Rose in New Song @semaotakeit

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Wiz Khalifa misses Amber Rose — at least according to a verse in the song, “Somebody Else.”

The rapper collaborated on a remix of the Rico Love track with Usher, and Khalifa’s lines definitely sound like it’s directed to his former flame. This is exactly what Rose has been waiting for, but might be too late. On the same day, it was reported that Rose and Machine Gun Kelly have been getting close.

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