10 May 2016

British PM caught on camera Describing Nigeria As A “Fantastically Corrupt” Country(Video)



David Cameron
The British PM was caught on camera telling the Queen on Tuesday, May 1o that some “fantastically corrupt” leaders including Nigeria and Afghanistan, were due to attend his anti-corruption summit.

S/African judge under fire for saying rape was part of black culture



Cape Town – In the latest race row to rock South Africa, a senior white judge is under fire for implying that the act of rape was part of black culture. Gauteng High Court Judge, Mabel Jansen, said that she was unfairly accused of being a racist after comments she posted on

7 reasons Nigerians are obsessed with Suya



Suya-suyaThere is no denying that a trip to Nigeria is not complete without a taste of Suya. The long thin cut of beef, marinated in delicious spices and grilled over red-hot coals, has over the years become one of the favorite street foods

My husband bed wets, wife tells court- LOL



A businesswoman, Juliana Okoli, on Tuesday told a Jikoyi Customary Court in Abuja that she was tired of living

PATRICK DOYLE EMBARRASSES ZAAKI OVER G-WAGON



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Zaaki has not been doing music for years now but he is still living extra-large. Last year, he bought a 2013 Mercedes G-Wagon and people started asking questions of how he makes his money. When he spoke it was full of material stuffs
He revealed that he was already a millionaire at the age of 18. “ I have been in the entertainment industry for over two decades; I have many hit songs and have performed for Bill Clinton and George Bush” he said.

FIRST LADY OF EDO STATE, MRS IARA OSHIOMOLE'S NEW PHOTOS GOT PEOPLE TALKING




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The First Lady Of Edo State, Mrs Iara Oshiomole has always been an attraction whenever she steps out.
Recently she was at 3rd Annual Vintage Red Ball Gala & Awards Night held in the city of London and looked so glamorous.
Her beauty, elegance and grace was evident as she walked into the event room at the Holiday Inn, Regents Park in Central London.

Sen. Biodun Olujimi is Caught in A Corruption Saga- Video









Ronke Shonde's death: Wife of Lagos state governor speaks on domestic violence




Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Bolanle Ambode, has condemned in the strongest possible terms, the vexed issue of domestic violence, which has continued to rear its ugly head in the state and across the country. She made the denunciation in Alausa, Ikeja, against the backdrop of Lekan Shonde, who allegedly beat his wife, Ronke, to death at their Egbeda home last week.

Actor Kenneth Okonkwo & Wife Welcome First Child After 9 Years Of Marriage



It was celebration galore in the family of Nollywood first actor, Kenneth Okonkwo as his pretty wife Ifeoma delivered a baby boy at The University of Maryland, St. Joseph Medical Center, USA on the 6th of May, 2016, after almost 9 years of marriage.

Confusion in Ebonyi as women protest na ked



There was confusion in Nkwegu community near Abakaliki on Monday when over 200 women from the Afikpo-South Local Government Area stripped na ked to protest the alleged continued detention of the President General of the community, Ndubuisi Ekumankama, by the police.

Pastor preaches from inside coffin at popular bus stop in.... (PHOTO)



Shoppers were shocked by a coffin at their bus and taxi rank on Saturday.
Potter’s House Christian Church members put it there to spread the gospel to residents of George in the Western Cape and to urge them to embrace God!
Church member Aphiwe Nqevu (28) said: “We brought the coffin to illustrate to people who fail to embrace Jesus as the son of God that they will go to hell and face eternal death.
Church activists use a coffin to warn people they face hell if they don’t embrace Jesus. Photo by Mandla Mnyakama (Dailysun)
“Those who believe in Him will live a glorious life of eternity in heaven when they die.
“We use the coffin to urge people to embrace God. Once death occurs, it is too late to decide. Everybody is going to die, so let’s find Jesus.”

UK Dailymail blasts Buhari, says he sends his daughter to N7.5m school in UK



Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has come under fire by popular UK newspaper, DailyMail.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Aljazeera
President Muhammadu Buhari on AljazeeraThe newspaper in an article titled “£250 million given by Britain to the Nigerian president with five homes who sends his daughter to a £26,000-a-year English school”, claims Mr. Buhari has 5 houses and is sending his daughter, Zahra, to a £26,000-a-year English school.
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GRAPHIC PHOTOS – Dr Ivy Umunah found murdered in her home two days after she went missing (See what Happend)



Friends of Dr Ivy Umunah share the unfortunate way she died. The 44 year old headed the Histopathology Department of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Akwa, Ibom, until she was found dead in her home almost 48hours after she was last seen on April 21st 2016. She is believed to have been murdered. See graphic photos of her body after she was killed and read the full story from her friends sent exclusively to LIB after the cut…*warning – viewer discretion is advised*

Police arrest 4 over theft of mosquito nets



Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole
Bauchi Police Command on Tuesday said it had arrested four suspects for being in possession of stolen treated mosquitoes nets.
DSP Haruna Mohammed, the Spokesman for the command, made this known in a statement in Bauchi.
Mohammed named one Alhaji Modu, 32, of Lawan Bukar Ward and Ibrahim Ali, 30, of Shehuri North, all in Maiduguri town in Borno State as principal suspects arrested.
He said the suspects were arrested by a combined detachment of men from Bauchi State Police command and Military men from the 33 Artillery Brigade, Bauchi.
Mohammed said that the suspects were arrested along Azare to Kano road in Bauchi State with 42 bags of treated mosquito nets donated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
He said that the nets were meant for distribution to members of the public for roll back malaria campaign in Borno State.
The spokesman said that preliminary investigations led to the arrest of one Mohammed Abubakar, 44, of Galtimari Ward and Mohammed Isah, 52, all staff of Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA).
He said that the case was still under investigations and the suspects would be charged to the court for prosecution. (NAN)

Fans Blast Toke Makinwa: “You’ve Bleached That Your Veins Are Now Green (Pic)



These trolls have no chill. Toke posted this picture expecting to get compliments but the trolls turned the table on her.
They dragged her by her burnt toes.
See some mean comments after the cut.

Leave Saraki alone- He was stinkingly rich before he was governor



FILE PHOTO: Senator Bukola Saraki checking out an Innoson motors car
Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki had over $22 million, £12 million, €2.6m and about N4 billion in cash before he became the governor of Kwara State in 2003, his counsel, Paul Erokoro said during the cross examination of the first prosecution witness on Tuesday.
Saraki was also the CEO of defunct Societal Generale Bank of Nigeria (SGBN) which crashed about two years after he was elected governor.
Erokoro revealed Saraki’s stupendous wealth while trying to convince the court that Saraki who is being tried for false declaration of assets was a man of means before he became a governor and could have legally acquired the properties.
Summing up the properties and assets declared by the former Kwara State governor in the assets declaration form he submitted to the Code of Conduct Tribunal in 2003, Enakoro also said Saraki declared vehicles with total value was over N263 million.
The lawyer actually gave a calculator to the prosecution witness to sum up the values of the exotic vehicles listed in the assets declaration form which include a Ferrari worth N25 million, Mercedez Benzes, Lincloln Navigator and Peugeot cars.
However, Jacobs challenged Erokoro when he asked the prosecution witness to calculate the cost of assets declared by Saraki in the form.
“My Lord this is relevant, because the man is rich, he cannot steal,” Erokoro said in response to the protest by the prosecution counsel. “The rich are the ones that has the propensity to steal more,” Jacobs replied.
Erokoro subsequently accused the prosecution of conducting media trial and submitting evidence that are not relevant to the court.
The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar, however, moved in to calm nerves.
But this was not the only sparks between the lawyers as the cross examination of the first prosecution witness continued.
Jacobs accused the defence lawyer of asking hypothetical questions when first prosecution witness, Michael Wetkas, was asked if he believed the Code of Conduct Tribunal should have verified the assets declared by Saraki in the forms filled by the former Governor.
But the defence insisted that the questions are proper, saying he will only listen to Jacobs when he gets a job at the Law school.
The defence lawyer said going by Evidence Act, he can ask the witness questions to test his intelligence, how he reasoned, who is he and so on declared that the trial is “war.”
To which Jacobs replied, “We are ready for you.”

OMG: David Cameron bombs Buhari ahead of visit



David Cameron, UK Prime Minister
President Muhammadu Buhari should read this before jumping on his presidential jet for the journey to London. He may shelve the trip and if he insists on going, he may not shake hands with Prime Minister, David Cameron.
His host, Cameron has demonstrated no iota of regard for him and his country Nigeria, dubbing it a ‘fantastically corrupt country’.
Cameron was caught on camera giving this description of Nigeria and Afghanistan when he met Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday.
He came to inform the Queen about heads of state coming to attend his anti-corruption summit, scheduled to hold in Lancaster House on Thursday.
The summit aimed at stepping up global action to combat corruption in all walks of life, without Britain itself shutting down British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, nests for corrupt and criminal gangs, where they stash stolen money, using shell companies to cover their trails.
In a pooled video feed made available to the ITN broadcaster, Cameron was shown talking with the queen about the summit.
“We had a very successful cabinet meeting this morning, talking about our anti-corruption summit,” Cameron said when the queen approached.
“We have got the Nigerians – actually we have got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain.”
Cameron went on: “Nigeria and Afghanistan – possibly two of the most corrupt countries in the world.”
The queen did not respond to Cameron’s comment.
But the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby defended Nigeria’s leader, Muhammadu Buhari: “But this particular president is actually not corrupt.”
Cameron appeared to be fixated with the old idea of a corrupt Nigeria in his brain as the two leaders he was ridiculing, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, and Buhari , acknowledge corruption in their countries and have pledged to clean it up.
Afghanistan is at number 166, second-from-bottom, in campaign group Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index, an annual ranking of countries.
Only North Korea and Somalia, jointly ranked at number 167, are perceived to be more corrupt. Nigeria is at number 136 in the index.
It was not clear whether Cameron realised he was being filmed and recorded at the event at Buckingham Palace.
A bystander then joked to laughter: “They are coming at their own expense one assumes?”
“Everything has to be open,” Cameron said. “There are no sort of closed-door sessions. Everything has to be in front of the press. It’s going to be…It could be quite interesting.”
When asked about the comments, Downing Street did not immediately respond.

Famous Nigerian comedian speaks on why he had to fight with his wife (video)



Mr and Mrs Aletile Lawrence. Celebrated Nigerian comedian Oluwaseyi Aletile Lawrence, popularly known as Seyi Law is no doubt basking in the success his career over the years and also enjoying marital bliss.

 The award winning comedian who has been married for five years to his beautiful wife, Stacy Ebere in an interview with NAIJ.COM, advises youths on what they should look out for before they get married, challenges he has faced in his own marriage and much more.
Seyi Law and wife Stacy
What advice do you have for people about marriage? I believe one of the greatest advice I have ever given about marriage is that nobody should marry into homes where there is no anchor person. 

A home where there is total disunity is not the right place to marry into. If you are dating somebody and there is nobody in that home you can talk to, there something is wrong. 

I am not sure you are getting into the right home. Whether we like it or not, African homes are built on family values. Once a home loses those values it is difficult to succeed in such homes. The Yoruba are particular about inter-ethnic marriage, did you face that before getting married? Sometimes, when God orchestrates something, it is just perfect. 
Seyi Law and wife digging it on their wedding anniversary.
I will say it is divine. I have always loved something about the Igbo that I didn’t know it was going to translate into marriage for me. I love Igbo songs, people like Osadebe, Oliver de Coque. 

I remember one of Oliver de Coque’s songs plays in my head right from childhood. I grew up listening to those songs. One of my favourite songs is an Igbo Christian song. 
Thank God for the parents I have. My mom was not particular about tribe. She has always said she will never choose for her children. It is important that you make your own mistake and learn from them.
 It is also more important to look at the mistakes of those ahead of you and learn from them. My mother told us that they wanted her to marry somebody but she turned it down and married my dad. Now the person is late. You could imagine if she had married that person. 
She probably would have passed through a lot of challenges in her marriage but she has come out strong and she has drawn closer to God than ever. Because of that, she doesn’t worry about who you marry.

My dad who was particular about it changed his mind when he met my wife. I can tell you that my wife is the favourite daughter-in-law. 

That goes to show that tribe isn’t a judge of a person’s personality, but what the person has within. Good enough for me, my wife’s parents are great Christians. They weren’t particular about where their daughter would get married from. The most important thing for them was love and wellbeing of their daughter. 

That has really helped us. 
 Seyi Law and wife digging it on their wedding anniversary. Will you say marriage is sweet or not? Marriage is sweet. I tell people, what you get out of marriage is what you want. 
There is no where it is written in the Bible that marriage will be sweet or bitter. It is your decision that makes it sweet or bitter. The moment we began to do the things that make marriage sweet, the better for us. Bitterness is not quarrel, even the instructions that God gave about marriage that husband should love their wives and wife submitting to their husband is like a contrast to what our human nature wants. 
Every man wants respect, but not every man wants love, that is the truth. A man can do away with love, the same way a woman will do away with respect but they cannot do away with love. It is in a man’s nature to want respect. He can do away with love. 
God is asking a woman to respect and a man to give love. It is what the woman really loves. What God asked the woman to give is what men lie, respect. Sometimes, women find it hard to respect and men find it hard to love. 

They are like contrast. It takes submission by both parties to give what is required in marriage. That also boils down to how well we can humble ourselves. What greater level of humility is being naked in front of each other and not being ashamed of each other. If we can see that among ourselves, then we can conqueror what is expected of us.

Basically I don’t call them challenges; I call them lessons to be learnt. We have had our ups and downs in the union. 
We have had times we had to fight each other. We have had times we had serious disagreements but the most important thing is that, we have been able to resolve them. 
Every passing day is a lesson and a blessing. In my own little way, I used to tell people that the first six months is probably the toughest. 
 Mr and Mrs Aletile Lawrence. 

Why did you say so? I know what I passed through in the first six months of my marriage. At that point that we thought everything would have ended and then the grace of God kept us. We have been able to celebrate five years, despite the fact that people thought that the love will wear out when there are no children, but God has been faithful. 
I have a reason to celebrate her every day. She is so much an encouragement to me and my career. When a woman who is your wife will look at your face and tell you, you need jokes. That is a big challenge for improvement for you. She deserved all that I could do and I have done for her. 
Watch Seyi Law’s interview below:

Recovered funds won’t be looted again — Lai Mohammed




Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Tuesday assured Nigerians that non of the recovered looted funds would be aloud to be looted again. The minister gave the assurance in Kaduna at the second Town Hall meeting to mark the one year anniversary of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. He said that the Federal Government was committed to ending corruption in line with its campaign promise and would be meticulous in driving the campaign. Mohammed said so far, the government’s war on corruption had helped to sensitise Nigerians on the devastating impact of corruption on their livelihood. “Today, Nigerians are less tolerant of corruption and corrupt people than before. “This is because we have raised the bar in the fight against this cankerworm. We have also brought to the attention of Nigerians the cost of corruption. “Thanks to the sensitization campaign we launched earlier this year, Nigerians now know the cost of corruption, instead of just talking about it in the abstract. “In other words, it is not just that money is stolen, but such action also deprive the people of the benefits that would have accrued to them if the funds have been spent for the purposes they were meant for. “For example, those who shared in the 2.1 billion dollars meant for arms didn’t just take the money meant for the purchase of arms and ammunition for the military, they also contributed to sending many innocent soldiers and civilians to their early graves. “Let me state here that the revelations from the 2.1 billion dollars are just a tip of the iceberg, because the total funds involved in the arms purchase is 15 billion dollars! “Now, those who pocketed the money meant for upgrading the power infrastructure also succeeded in putting Nigerians in darkness. “Of course the government is also diligently prosecuting those alleged to have looted our commonwealth. “With the support of the judiciary, these cases will be disposed of expeditiously.” The minister also spoke of efforts at ending the Boko Haram insurgency, stating that the focus now was on the resettlement, rehabilitation and reconstruction of victims and areas affected. On the economy, Mohammed said the government was working to address the challenges. “We have lost a substantial part of our earnings to the massive crash in the price of oil. “Think about this: If you lose 70 per cent of your monthly salary, your life can never be the same again. “At its worst level, oil crashed from over 100 dollars to about 30 dollars a barrel. It has recently inched up to over 40 dollars per barrel, but that is still very low, compared to a high of over 100 dollars per barrel. “For a mono-product economy, this shortfall is nothing short of disaster, but the Administration has decided to turn this disaster to a blessing by working assiduously to diversify our economy away from oil. “Agriculture, Solid Minerals, Culture and Tourism are some of the sectors we are currently working to rejuvenate so they can earn huge revenues for the country and create jobs. “While these efforts are on, the Administration has decided to plug all financial leakages through the Treasury Singles Account (TSA), into which trillions have accrued so far.” The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that among the ministers at the forum were those of Petroleum, Mr Ibe Kachikwu, Solid Minerals, Mr Kayode Fayemi, and the Minister of State, Budget, Zainab Abubakar.

Obasanjo blasts Nigerian Senate, tackles Jonathan, extols Buhari



Obj berates the SenateChief Olusegun Obasanjo has said Nigeria’s problem is not the constitution
He argues that leadership and corruption remains the key problems of Nigeria 

Obasanjo said the nation is in dire need of continuity of governments 

He said Jonathan’s administration was corrupt, but Buhari will do well as president The former president of Nigeria noted that until Nigeria embraces the culture of continuity, the country would continue to grope in the dark while laying the blame on the nation’s lopsided constitution.

“The problem of Nigeria is not the constitution,” Obasanjo argued, adding: “There is no constitution that is perfect in as much as it is written by human beings.” He further noted that if he had opportunity to rewrite the constitution of this country, there are only a few things he will change. 

Obasanjo who was the guest speaker yesterday, May 9, at the third Covenant University International Conference on African Development Issues (ICADI), said there are certain things he would love to change if he had the opportunity to rewrite Nigeria’s constitution. The conference was themed: “Driving Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Africa: Models, Methods and Policies.”

The former head-of-state stressed that the major problem in Africa is leadership noting that Nigeria is not an exception. “This is why I continue to say that If there is nothing we have got right since 56 years of our existence, then there is no need for our existence as Nigeria.” Obasanjo whose lecture was  titled: “What is Right With Africa” identified Nigeria’s problems as leadership and corruption, saying that the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan was corrupt, and that the administration of his successor the late Umar Musa Yar’Adua, jettisoned his plan for continuity. He recalled that his successor the late Musa Yar’adua initially campaigned for continuity after him. However, Obasanjo lamented that on attaining power, Yar’adua discarded the plan and some of the things his (Obasanjo) administration erected. Obsanjo also expressed concern over the profligacy displayed by the National Assembly with respect to the offensive amount expended on purchasing cars, wondering if it was constitutional. “‎The purchase of cars by the Nigerian senators is absolute nonsense, after being given money for cars and house allowances‎, yet they still appropriated special funds for car purchase.” Obasanjo also appealed to Nigerians to give President Muhammadu Buhari benefit of the doubt, saying up until now, he only knows him as a principled man. “PMB served under me and I know him a little bit. He hasn’t deviated from what I knew him for. Actually he is not a perfect man, indeed no leader can be perfect.
 “Buhari might not be grounded in both the economy and foreign affairs, he is doing well in fighting Boko Haram and in his anti-corruption crusade. I am very optimistic as far as Nigeria is concerned because we have somebody that will do it well as president,” Obasanjo said. The keynote speaker, Prof Joy Ogwu who is Nigeria’s permanent representative to the United Nation (UN) said Nigeria cannot have development in isolation of security, saying 85 per cent of security agenda of United Nation is on African countries. She said Africans owe themselves a duty to address their various developmental challenges. Meanwhile, Obasanjo has called on traditional rulers in Yorubaland not to engage in needless supremacy battles among themselves. The ex-president stressed that the Obas must respect the throne they occupy and guard it jealously. The Nation reports that Obasanjo spoke on Thursday, May 5, when the new Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, visited him at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun state. According to him, the “I am greater than you in throne” syndrome among some royal fathers had drawn Yorubaland backward over the years. Obasanjo urged the Obas to shun unnecessary rivalry and put good governance first.
Read more: https://www.naij.com/824944-just-in-obasanjo-blasts-nigerian-senate-tackles-jonathan-extols-buhari.html

Infidelity Oath: ‘How my husband stripped me naked before herbalist’



A 44-year-old woman, Susan Lijadu, on Tuesday told a Lagos Island Customary Court, Lagos, that her husband, Folarin forced her to make a covenant with him. Folarin, 47, had in April urged the court to dissolve his 20-year-old marriage for alleged lack of trust and love. Susan, a mother of four, told the court that their marital problem started in year 2000 when her husband became blind as a result of a motor accident. She said that he became suicidal, aggressive and very jealous and in 2013 he forced her into making a covenant with him. “Since he became blind everything about him has changed. He once tried to kill himself but I pleaded with him and assured him that everything will be well. “He also became aggressive toward me and one day he nearly strangled me to death and if not for our neighbours who came to my rescue I would have been dead. “Three years ago he ordered me to buy a cockerel, three colanuts, bittercola and alligator pepper. I was stripped naked in the presence of one herbalist from Ondo State. “I was told to swear that no other man will ever see my nakedness or have any sexual intercourse with me except my husband. “All the items were buried in a hole dug in front of our room,’’ she said. Susan told the court that her husband, who did not make the same covenant with her, had now impregnated one of their tenants and wants to divorce her. “My husband wants to dump me after putting an embargo on me,’’ she said. Folarin denied forcing his wife to swear an oath, adding that she was the one who urged him to make her take the oath and that he did not swear with her. He said that he filed for the dissolution of their marriage when he could not control her. “When I became incapacitated, I sent my wife to computer school and opened a shop for her to enable her take care of the home financially. “She stopped going to shop and started selling petrol at the junction of our house which I did not support. “During one of our arguments in December 2015, she bathed me with kerosene and threatened to set me ablaze. “I did not impregnate our tenant, I am not interested in the marriage again. I want a divorce,’’ Folarin said. The Court President, Mr Awos Awoshola, reprimanded them on the oath taking. “No one can predict what will happen tomorrow, we humans are always changing. We want something today, that thing might become what we detest tomorrow,” Awoshola said. Awoshola added that before the court could dissolve the marriage, the covenant must be broken and that the two parties must provide evidence that the oath had been revoked. He ordered both parties to maintain peace and adjourned the case till May 24 for further hearing.

N4bn cash: Fani-Kayode must refund N840m, EFCC insists



Ex-Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode arriving the EFCC Abuja office on Monday, May 9, 2016 for questioning*Arrests ex-Akwa Ibom MILAD, Idongesit Nkanga over N450m of Deziani’s $115m sleaze By Soni Daniel & Omeiza Ajayi THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, yesterday, questioned the spokesman of Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation for hours, asking him to return the N840 million he allegedly received for the prosecution of the Presidential election last year. Ex-Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode arriving the EFCC Abuja office on Monday, May 9, 2016 for questioning Although the former minister had insisted that he got the money to do specific assignments given him by the former President, Vanguard learned that the EFCC asked him to produce the cash or nothing else. The agency is said to have produced evidence that the former Minister of Finance, Senator Esther Nenadi Usman, who was also received N2.5 billion out of the N4 billion that was shared to them, had refunded N140 million, in addition to surrendering two palatial homes in Abuja, to secure her freedom. The former minister, who was confronted with evidence of how he collected the huge sum drawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria, did not, however, deny receiving the money. A source close to him argued that the money was properly utilised for the intended purpose and that he did not see any justification for asking the former minister to refund the money already utilised. The former minister, who arrived the EFCC headquarters on Formella Street, Wuse 2, at 9:45 am, was still being quizzed at 9 pm yesterday, although sources said he would be granted administrative bail on condition that he returned the money. Some of the conditions already set for the proposed bail included producing two sureties who must be serving directors in the federal civil service and who must be landlords in Abuja. But there was no indication at the time of filing the report that any of the conditions had been met. It was likely that the commission would keep the former minister in its custody for sometime, going by similar cases in recent time. The former minister had decried the attempt by the agency to take him in earlier than Monday and had defied moves by its operatives to arrest him last weekend. The agency was yet to release any information on the former minister last night. Idongesit Nkanga arrested Meanwhile, a former Military Administrator of Akwa Ibom State and chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (retd) was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, for allegedly collecting N450 million from the sleazy $115million deposited by former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke with Fidelity Bank, Plc. He was arrested in Port- Harcourt, Rivers State. Nkanga was alleged to have collected the money in two tranches, from a staff of Fidelity Bank in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State: Mr. Saint-Anthony Ejiowu. The first tranch of the money, a sum of N350 million was collected on March 27, 2015 while the second tranch of N100 million was collected on March 31, 2015. Nkanga signed for the two tranches.  An EFCC source said last night that Nkanga was in their custody and would be charged to court soon.

Fake town planner nabbed by govt officials



A middle-aged man, Adeyemi Adebayo, who allegedly specialised in serving fake demolition notices and stop-work orders on buildings under construction in exchange for inducement, has been arrested in Lagos.
Adebayo, who claimed to have hailed from Osun State and resided in the Anuoluwapo area of Ilogbo in Ogun State, was apprehended by some officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development on Monday after serving a demolition notice on a building under construction.
It was gathered that the workers on the site alerted the officials shortly after Adebayo served the demolition notice.
A source at the state secretariat said, “After he was arrested, the suspect was caught with four fake identity cards of the Lagos State Government.”
However, Adebayo said he was employed as a project staff by the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment about eight years ago, but was laid off without any benefit four years after.
The suspect, who claimed to be married but divorced, added that after being laid off, he had been working with his friend’s younger brother.
He said, “I used to work with the Ministry of the Environment. I was part of those employed as project staff and we worked there for good eight years.
“I was relieved of my job about four years ago. They just laid us off without any benefit and they did not collect their identity cards from us.
“The only thing I have to say is that when someone works for government, they should at least recognise the efforts of such person. You cannot just lay off people like that without anything. We all know the situation of the country. I know I don’t have the authority to do what I have been doing, but I have to survive.”
The spokesperson for the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Adeshina Odunuga, said Adebayo had been going about impersonating as a town planner with the ministry before he was caught.
Odunuga said, “This gentleman goes about to mark buildings, serve demolition notices, serve stop-work orders and collect money and other forms of inducement to reverse the orders.
“Sometimes, he threatened owners of buildings. He was arrested by officials of the ministry who got to a site and was told one of them had just left. He was called back and that was how he was arrested.”
Odunuga later said the suspect had been handed over to the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command.

LOBATAN: Lawyer reveals Saraki’s worth in 2003



The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, was worth $22m, £12m, €2.6m and N4bn in cash, movable and landed assets before he became Governor of Kwara State in 2003, his lawyer, Mr. Paul Erokoro (SAN), told the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Tuesday.
Erokoro said this while cross-examining the first prosecution witness, Mr. Michael Wetkas, in the ongoing trial of the Senate President.
Saraki is being prosecuted before on charges of false asset declaration, operating and maintaining of foreign accounts and other asset-related infractions  while he was governor between 2003 and 2011.
Erokoro  led Wetkas in reading from the asset declaration form which Saraki submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau on assumption of office as governor in 2003.
The lawyer said he needed to take Wetkas through the form to debunk the impression created by the witness earlier in his evidence-in-chief that Saraki would not have been able to buy property without obtaining a bank loan.
Wetkas confirmed that there were 16 vehicles which cumulatively worth N263,400,000.
The vehicles are Mercedes Benz S320 valued at N16m; Mercedes S500 valued at N20m; Mercedes G500 valued at N6m; Mercedes V220 valued at N2m; Ferrari 456GT valued at N25m; Navigator valued at N15m and Mercedes MN240 valued at N8.5m and Peugeot 405 valued at N2.9m.
Other vehicles include, Mercedes CLK 320 valued at N9m; Mercedes E320 valued at N11m; Mercedes G500 bullet proof valued at N45m; Mercedes S500 valued at N30m; Lexus jeep bullet-proof valued at N30m; Linclon Navigator bullet proof valued at N25m.
“By my calculation the total worth is N263,400,000,” Wetkas said.
He confirmed that Saraki’s landed property was worth between N2.5bn and N3.5bn
He confirmed that Saraki’s cash was worth about N50m.
He also confirmed that the total assets declared by Saraki including that of his wife and his two children under 18 in 2003 was worth $22m, £12m, €2.6m and N4bn.

Rental crisis revealed: Average monthly rent in your county as nationwide average soars above €1k



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Rents nationwide have gone above €1,000 a month for the first time since the financial collapse.

Not since May 2008 have average monthly rents across the State been at this level, a new report from Daft.ie shows.
And the supply of properties to rent is at its lowest level on record.
Rental costs shot up by 9.3pc in the last year, the new report shows.
Surging rents is just one of the challenges facing new Housing Minister Simon Coveney as he begins his first week in the new portfolio.
Rents rose by an average of 2pc in the first quarter of 2016, the report says.
The average monthly rent across the State is now €1,006 - an eight-year high.
Dublin rents were up almost 9pc in the past year, and are now above their previous high, which occurred in 2008.
But there were even stronger rises in cities outside the capital. The highest rate of inflation countrywide was in Cork city, where rents rose by a staggering 16pc in the past year.
Galway, Limerick and Waterford all recorded double-digit rises in rental costs.
Outside the major cities, rents have risen by 8.7pc in the last 12 months.
Supply of properties to rent is now at its lowest level on record, the Daft.ie report indicates. Just 3,120 properties were available to rent on May 1 last.
A year previously, that figure was 4,300, while in 2009 there were 23,000 homes available to rent. Availability in Dublin remains very low, with just 1,100 homes on the market at the start of May, compared to an average of 3,800 for the decade 2006 to 2015.
Dr Ronan Lyons, an economist at Trinity College Dublin who compiled the report, said: "The severe shortage of rental accommodation has worsened in the last three months, a phenomenon reflected in rapidly rising rents in all parts of the country."
Dr Lyons said that with the formation of a new Government, a top priority must be to address the lack of housing of all kinds, including homes to rent.
Dr Lyons said there was a huge risk that rental inflation would become embedded in the system.
"There is a danger that this very high rate of inflation becomes something of a new normal. There is nothing normal - or indeed sustainable - about inflation in rents of 10pc," he said.
One out of every five households rents their home.
Dublin rents were up 8.8pc in the past year, with the average now €1,464.
Cork saw an annual rise of 16pc in rental costs, with the average monthly cost now €1,003.
Galway tenants are now paying an average of €900 a month, up 12.7pc in a year.
In Limerick the average rental is €792 a month, up 12.4pc. Waterford rents are now €687, up 11.1pc since last year. In the rest of the country the average is €708, up 8.7pc in the past 12 months.
Reacting to the figures, the Irish Property Owners' Association said that the State took 60pc of rent payments in taxes.
Irish Independent

WOMAN BEATER: How alleged wife killer surrendered to Lagos police



Mr. Lekan Shonde, who allegedly killed his wife, Ronke, surrendered himself to the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command on Monday.
The suspect, who spoke exclusively with PUNCH Metro, had agreed to submit himself to the police after a conversation with our correspondent on Sunday.
Our correspondent had reported how Lekan, a depot worker, allegedly killed Ronke last Thursday after a disagreement at their home in the Egbeda-Idimu area of the state.
He was alleged to have fled the house, locking the door against the deceased and their two children.
The nanny, who first discovered Ronke’s corpse, was said to have raised the alarm, drawing the attention of neighbours.
The matter was subsequently reported at the Idimu Police Division.
Lekan, who spoke with our correspondent while in hiding, had said his late wife was unfaithful to him, adding that she was dating the general manager of a publishing company.
He said he only pushed her hand aside on the staircase during an argument over money, adding that he never fought with her.
He explained that he was not aware that the police were looking for him until the news broke.
Our correspondent, had, however prevailed on him to report at the nearest police station.
He said, “Fine, I will do that. But can you tell me what will happen when I report at the station? Will they detain me and for how long?”
Our correspondent during the 18 minutes interview explained that it would be as long as the investigation lasted.
He agreed to meet with our correspondent at Ikeja-Along bus stop by 7.30am on Monday.
“Let’s meet at 9am at Alausa. I will be at the Lagos State Attorney General’s office with my lawyer and a friend,” he later said.
However, by Monday, the suspect, who was communicating his movement to our correspondent, began to vacillate.
He did not get back until 1pm without being specific about his location.
Later at 2.37pm, the suspect called and said he was sorting out some things, adding that he would get back.
But shortly after, our correspondent called the sister of the deceased, Bolatito, who said the suspect had reported himself at the Alausa police division.
A check at the station, however, showed that Lekan reported at the RRS office.
A police source told our correspondent the police had been expecting him.
He said, “We knew he would come. He appeared around 1.30pm here with some of his friends. We alerted the Commissioner of Police, who immediately said we should bring him to the command headquarters. We had to take him down there. He was the one that surrendered himself to the police.”
The suspect, at the command headquarters, insisted he never beat his wife.
He said, “My parents, who were against the union, shunned our marriage. My mother is dead. My father, who is over 90 years, has been full of regret, saying he had warned me. She dated the manager of a publishing firm while still married to me.
“On that Thursday, after she said she had taken my N20,000, all I did was to slap her. I am sorry I did that. But even after that, I still bought moi-moi and pap for her when she said she would not cook. I took garri that night.
“She ate and suddenly started to vomit. I asked her what the problem was, but she said nothing. On Friday morning, she was still lying down when I left her. I even dropped the upkeep money that I always gave her and left for work.
“It was while at work that I was told the police visited the house and saw her corpse. I did not touch her and God is my witness.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, said the police would transfer the case to the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba.
She said, “We had been tracking him and when he saw that the game was up, he gave himself up. We will conduct a thorough investigation and still treat the case as a suspected sudden and unnatural death.”
The President of the Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, who was also at the command, said the eventual arrest of the suspect was a step in the right direction.
She said the group would follow the case till the end.
She said, “The suspect has done well to come out of hiding and now, we believe that the police will do justice to the case. We will await the result of the autopsy and that will determine the next line of action.”
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