President Buhari calls for calm and respect for the constitution in zimbabwe

Following the recent political crisis in Zimbabwe, President Buhari has called on Zimbabweans to stay calm and respect the constitution. The President urged all political and military stakeholders in Zimbabwe to avoid any action that may plunge the country into unnecessary conflict and impact negatively on the region.
According to President Buhari, “every attempt must be made to resolve all contentious issues by constitutional means in Zimbabwe to save the country from avoidable political instability.”

The appeal by the Nigerian leader came in the wake of reported “military takeover” as a result of rising political tension in the southern African country sequel to President Robert Mugabe’s recent removal of former Vice-President, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

This led to the threat by the head of the Armed Forces of Zimbabwe, General Constantino Chiwenga, that “the military will not hesitate to step in” when the issue had to do with protecting the “revolution.”

Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
November 15, 2017.

Read the full Speech Delivered By His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari during his State Visit To Ebonyi.

Read Below;

I am delighted to be in Abakiliki today to interact with the good people of this State and indeed, the South East (Ndigbo) region as a whole.

2. I want to express my gratitude to Ndi Ebonyi for their hospitality and warm reception since our arrival in Abakiliki a few hours ago.

3. In the last few hours, I have commissioned some landmark projects and laid the foundation stones for the Ebonyi City Mall and a flyover bridge projects. I commend His Excellency, Governor David Umahi for his vision and commitment to the development of his State.

4. In the course of my visit, I also had the honour and privilege of unveiling the statue of a great Nigerian, Sir Akanu Ibiam, whose notable records of humanitarianism, advocacy of free primary education and rural development, will continue to be an inspiration to all.

5. I am also grateful to the people of Ebonyi as well as the South East traditional rulers, who today, bestowed on me traditional titles. To the Ndi Ebonyi, I am ENYIOMA 1 (Good Friend) and to the South East, I am OCHIOHA OF NDIGBO. I thank you for this honour and kind gesture.

6. My presence here today is a demonstration of our strong belief in the unity of Nigeria. As the most populous country in Africa, with over 300 ethnic groups, our diversity is almost unique among nations.

7. The people of the South East are known for their ingenuity, industrial and commercial talent. There is no part of Nigeria where you will not find Igbo entrepreneurs, both men and women, contributing to the development of their adopted communities.

8. So I am asking you all not to buy into the senseless propaganda on secession. Igbo is Nigeria and Nigeria is Igbo. Both are inseparable.

9. We must therefore continue to commit ourselves to the development of Nigeria, A Nigeria where we sustain our national unity without compromising on our cultural identities, A Nigeria where the aspirations of its people is guaranteed without prejudice to tribe or religion. A Nigeria, where we can sleep at night knowing that tomorrow will be better than today.

10. The task of nation building is a continuous one. It never stops. Our founding fathers, from all corners of this country, worked together to actualize the creation of one Nigeria.
11. After independence, the same founding fathers worked together to maintain this one Nigeria. Yes, they had differences and varied opinions at times. After all, they were only human. And yes, they had moments of weaknesses and doubt. But again, no one is perfect. However, one thing they all protected until the end of their lives was having one Nigeria for all Nigerians.

12. Today, Nigeria is 57 years old. Nigeria has gone through many pains, but has also achieved significant successes. Its citizens are leaders in all aspect of human development. But we rarely celebrate these successes more. Some misguided Nigerians would rather channel their energy to propagating negative stories and senseless rumours.

13. Over 60% of Nigeria’s population is under 25 years old. They have little knowledge of Nigeria’s journey. They were not born during the dark days of civil war and the nation rebuilding that happened afterwards.

14. The task of nation building is a continuous one. It relies on the successful transition of factual knowledge from one generation to another. This means it is our collective responsibility to ensure we do not betray our founding fathers as we transfer the Nigeria project from one generation to the next.

15. As our national anthem says; “the labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain”

16. So parents, speak to your children about the importance of their heritage, culture and being open minded. Teachers, teach your students about the history of this nation and how it was a coalition of diversity that brought it to existence. And leaders, we must lead by example and show tolerance and acceptance of diversity.

17. Today, most grievances expressed by all Nigerians, not only those in the south east, is lack of jobs, poor infrastructure and basic amenities. We are working aggressively to address these.

18. We are building roads, hospitals and schools. We are expanding our power transmission infrastructure while supporting the generation and distribution companies to ensure more power is delivered to our homes. We are developing agricultural programs that will create more jobs while making Nigeria food secure

19. For example, we recently mobilized the contractor of the 2nd Niger Bridge back to site. We have also made provisions in the 2018 budget proposal to ensure this project is completed as early as possible.

20. We are also upgrading the Federal Medical Centre in Umuahia by constructing a Modern Medical Diagnostic Centre. This will further bring quality and affordable health care to the region.

21. In the agricultural sector, the States in this region have participated in all Federal Government agricultural initiatives. For instance, Ebonyi was among the first few State Government’s to sign up to the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative. The program has already created thousands of direct and indirect jobs in this fertile part of the our country.

22. I would like to congratulate Governor Umahi who put aside his political differences to participate in this federally led project that has improved the lives of not only the farmers of Ebonyi State, but the entire South East States.

23. For the South East, I am pleased to inform you that our 2018 budget proposal has allocated up to N10 billion for the development of the Enyimba Industrial Park and Nnewi Auto Park. Both projects will be implemented in collaboration with the respective state Governments and the private sector. Again, these are classic examples of the partnerships between the Federal and State Governments in the region to improve the livelihoods of Nigerians – politics aside.

24. In October 2017, we commenced the payment of pensions to police officers who were granted Presidential pardon in 2000 after serving in the former Biafran Police during the 30 month civil war. These officers, and their next of kin, have waited for their pensions for 17 years since the Presidential pardon.

25. I want to assure the Ndigbo that the welfare and well-being of every Nigerian is important to us. We stand for inclusivity and will not leave any section or citizen behind.

26. I thank you most sincerely for your attention and warm reception.

30. May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Blac Chyna drops lawsuit against all but one Kardashian.sister

Blac Chyna is having a change of heart but not completely. The former stripper turned “you name it” has removed all but one Kardashian sister from her lawsuit and her choice is shocking.

Blac Chyna who was best friends with Kim Kardashian before things went sour when Kylie allegedly wrecked her relationship with Tyga has decided to drop Kourtney, KhloeChyna, Kendall and Kylie from her lawsuit but she is still suing her former bff Kim Kardashian.

Chyna is alleging that the Kardashians were behind her show being cancelled and she is suiting for damages in lost earnings.

TMZ reports that Chyna  is also suing momager Kris Jenner and her former fiancee and baby daddy Rob Kardashian.

EFCC Arraigns 2 for N45m Diezani Bribe

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today November 14, 2017 arraigned the duo of Garba Ismai’l a staff of College of Education Gumel, Jigawa State and Auwal Jibrin a Deputy Director at the Independant Nationall Electoral Commission Dutse, before Justice Ado Yusuf of the Jigawa State High Court sitting in Gumel on a seven count charge of gratification.

Trouble began for them when their names came up in the ongoing investigation of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deizani Alison Madueke over the alleged $115,000,000 (One Hundred and Fifteen Million Dollars) which she disbursed to several politicians and INEC officials on the eve of the 2015 presidential elections. 

In the investigation, it was discovered that the accused persons received the sum of N45,000,000 (Forty Five Million Naira Only) from the former minister.

One of the charge read that “ You Auwal Jibrin while being a public servant (Deputy Director, INEC Dutse) sometime in 2015, at Dutse within the jurisdiction of this honourable court dishonesty received the sum of N45,000,000 from Garba Isma’l which you were not authorised to receive and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 122 of the Penal Code”. 

When the charge was read to the accused persons, they pleaded not guilty. 

Prosecution counsel, Aisha Tahar Habib requested for a trial date in view of the plea of the accused persons.

Counsel representing the second defendant Saidu Tudunwada pleaded with the court to admit his client to bail on humanitarian and compassionate ground, but Justice Yusuf refused the oral application and asked him to apply properly.

The case was subsequently adjourned to 28 November, 2017 for hearing of bail application and commencement of trial. 

The accused persons were remanded in prison custody pending the outcome of their bail application.

Lol. Chubby media personality Toolz shades Rochas Okorocha & AY.

There is a social media trend right now that seems to mock Imo State governor because it seems every time he meets someone, a statue of the person is erected in the state.

Of course, Toolz could not resist throwing in the comment above when ace comedian AY met with the governor. Time will tell if he gets his own statue.

EFCC Arraigns ‘Banker’ For N50.4m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, arraigned one Adebayo Ogunnusi and his company, TQM Infrastructure Limited, before Justice Sybil Nwaka of the Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere, Lagos on one-count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of N50, 400,000.00( Fifty Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira).
The offence is contrary to Section 1(1) (a) and 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006.

The complainant, Kehinde Agbabiaka, alleged that he approached the suspect, who presented himself as Head, Small and Medium Enterprise desk of a new generation bank, to source for the sum of $ 160,000 ( One Hundred and Sixty Thousand Dollars), which he needed to import goods from China within a week.

Agbabiaka further alleged that he transferred the money in installments of N47, 250,000.00 on August 22, 2016 and N3,150,000.00 on August 26, 2016 respectively to the GT Bank account number 0001058690 of the suspect.

The suspect, however, allegedly reneged on the agreement and also became elusive after receiving the money.

The suspect pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Mustapha Aliyu, asked the court for a trial date and prayed that the suspect be remanded in prison custody.

The defence counsel, however, pleaded with the court to grant his client bail.

Consequently, Justice Nwaka ordered the suspect to be remanded in Ikoyi Prisons.
The case was adjourned to November 15, 2017 for consideration of bail application.

N2bn Fraud: Witness Narrates How Pension Funds Were Diverted ‎ by Oronsaye, Maina

The trial of Stephen Oronsaye, a former Head of Service, HoS ,, continued on November 14, 2017 with a prosecution witness, Rouqayya Ibrahim, narrating how pension funds were diverted through the approval and release of funds for non-existent contracts. 

Oronsaye is standing trial before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court Abuja for a 24-count charge bordering on stealing and obtaining money by false pretence. He is standing trial along with Osarenkhoe Afe, managing director, Fredrick Hamilton Global Services Limited. They are alleged to have been complicit in several contract awards during his tenure as HoS. The fraud was allegedly perpetrated using Cluster Logistic Limited, Kongolo Dynamic Cleaning Limited, Drew Investment and Construction Company Limited, and Xangee Technologies Limited, for shady deals to the tune of N2 billion.

At the proceeding, prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, applied to tender three statements made to the EFCC by Oronsaye, during the course of investigations. The statements were identified by Ibrahim, who is a member of the EFCC’s Pension Fraud Team that recorded the statements. 

There were no objections raised to the admissibility of the statements as Joe Agi, SAN the lead counsel for Oronsaye, and Oluwole Aladedoye, counsel for Afe and Fredrick Hamilton Global Services Limited both said: “We have no objections, my lord”.

Justice Kolawole thereafter admitted Oronsaye’s statements made on December 7, 2013, July 8, 2015 and July 9, 2015 as Exhibits 2, 2a, and 2b.

Ibrahim, who was led in evidence by Jacobs, told the court that in the course of investigations, the EFCC requested for payment mandate from the office of the HoS.

“we analysed the mandate, obtained necessary information like bank account numbers, and then requested for the account statements from the banks,” she said.

She revealed that the analysis threw up the company, Xangee Technologies Limited, which according to her is also standing trial before Justice Abubakar Talba of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Gudu, for pension fraud. 

“We discovered that the company received payment of more than N183 million for biometric enrolment, but there was no biometric contract executed by the company, instead the money was withdrawn cash, converted to US dollars and handed over to Abdulrasheed Maina, through his brother, Khalid Biu,” she added.

She further told the court that three companies – Mofshad Ventures, Mofshad Limited and Kombosko Nigeria Limited, received more than N400 million for non-existent contracts.
“We discovered that the three companies were associated with one Emmanuel Olanipekun, who is also currently standing trial, and one Chidi also standing trial, and the monies were withdrawn in cash with part of it given to Mr. Oronsaye,” she said.
According to her, investigation of the pension account with Union Bank, revealed that the there was a letter afterwards written, instructing that the money be transferred to another pension account.
“We saw another letter on it, on which there was a minute and instruction from Mr. Oronsaye, to transfer about N113 million to a Unity Bank account belonging to the State House, which we discovered he was the sole-signatory,” she said.
Ibrahim informed the court that “as at the time the transfer was made in 2010, Oronsaye had seized to be the Principal Secretary in the State House and had become the Head of Service”.
“We discovered that the monies were withdrawn through cheques, but all efforts to get the person to whom they were issued to, was unsuccessful, and Mr. Oronsaye could not explain the reason for the disbursement,” she added.
Investigation of such suspicious transfers, according to her, led investigators to discover six accounts with Fidelity Bank in the name of Faizal Abdullahi, Mafisa Abdullahi, Kongolo Dynamic Cleaning Limited, Drew Investment and Construction Company Limited, and Cluster Logistic Limited.
“There was also another account in the name of Abdulrasheed Maina, and his brother, Biu, a staff of the bank, opened the accounts and was the accounts officer,” she said.
According to Ibrahim, after Biu resigned from the bank, Toyin Meseke, a staff of the bank took over as the account officer.
“We invited him for an interview and discovered that all the accounts were operated by Abdulrasheed Maina, even though his name, picture and signature were not anywhere in the opening account packages,” she added.
Explaining further, she told the court that Maina operated the account mainly through text messages and emails, as “instructions regarding payment or withdrawal were sent to Meseke by text or email”.
In order to unravel the fraudulent transactions linked to the account, Ibrahim told the court that forensic analysis of Meseke’s phone was carried out, which revealed how funds were fraudulently diverted from the account.
“The account officer will after receiving instruction from Maina, convert the money to US dollars and deliver same to him in Dubai,” she said.
She further told the court that Maina, a former Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms remained at large, as he never showed up in the course of investigations, and deserted his known residence.
“Apart from the Interpol notice for his arrest, we are still doing all we can, but yet to get hold of him,” she said, and added that investigations showed that Maina paid cash of $2 million for purchase of a house in Jabi.
Justice Kolawole thereafter adjourned to December 5, 2017 for continuation

Inspiring story of the typist as told by VP Yemi Osibanjo.

This is a must read. Vice President Yemi Osibanjo shared this interesting and inspiriting story about the three typist he worked with while at the University of Lagos Akoka and it is a must read!!!.

While I was teaching at the University of Lagos, as a young lecturer, in the department of Public Law in the Faculty of Law, there were 3 typists in the department. The chief typist, senior typist, and the junior typist. Because in those days before laptops and personal computers, typists in universities had to do a lot of work and they were very important because you always needed to type all your materials.

When there was work to do, what l discovered was that the chief typist would disappear. He works only till 4 pm. The senior typist would be nowhere to be found. But a gentleman called Adereni the junior typist, who only had his school certificate, was remarkably hardworking. Sometimes I would drop him off at his home at 1am.

Years after I was working as an adviser to the then Attorney-General of the Federation Hon. Bola Ajibola, who later became a judge of the World Court. While in the court at The Hague, in the Netherlands, one day he called me and asked if I could recommend a good secretary who is hard working and could do long judgments. I had three options, chief typist, senior or this junior typist, but the junior typist at a time had only school certificate, he didn’t have any other qualification but l choose him. He got to the Hague, and typically worked hard and diligently. Every judge in the court wanted him to work with them. He later moved his family over to the Hague and got degrees and made a good living for himself. One day he remembered me and actually sent me a car.