28 Dec 2016

Shocking! Visitors to America will surrender social media accounts

The US government quietly began requesting that select foreign visitors provide Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts upon arriving in the country, a move designed to spot potential terrorist threats that drew months of opposition from tech giants and privacy hawks alike.

Since Tuesday, foreign travelers arriving in the United States on the visa waiver program have been presented with an “optional” request to “enter information associated with your online presence,” a government official confirmed.

The prompt includes a drop-down menu that lists platforms including Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube, as well as a space for users to input their account names on those sites.

The new policy comes as Washington tries to improve its ability to spot and deny entry to individuals who have ties to terrorist groups like the Islamic State. But the government has faced a barrage of criticism since it first floated the idea last summer. The Internet Association, which represents companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter, at the time joined with consumer advocates to argue the draft policy threatened free expression and posed new privacy and security risks to foreigners.

Now that it is final, those opponents are furious the Obama administration ignored their concerns.

"There are very few rules about how that information is being collected, maintained [and] disseminated to other agencies, and there are no guidelines about limiting the government’s use of that information," said Michael W. Macleod-Ball, chief of staff for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington office. "While the government certainly has a right to collect some information ... it would be nice if they would focus on the privacy concerns some advocacy groups have long expressed."

A spokeswoman for Customs and Border Protection, who said the government approved the change on Dec. 19, told POLITICO on Thursday the new policy is meant to “identify potential threats.” Previously, the agency had said it wouldn't prohibit entry to foreigners who didn’t provide their social media account information.

The question itself is included in what’s known as the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, a process that certain foreign travelers must complete to come to the United States. ESTA and a related paper form specifically apply to those arriving here through the visa-waiver program, which allows citizens of 38 countries to travel and stay in the United States for up to 90 days without a visa.

As soon as the government unveiled its draft proposal in June, however, consumer protection advocates expressed outrage. In a letter sent in August, the ACLU, Center for Democracy and Technology charged it posed immense privacy risks, given that social media accounts serve as “gateways into an enormous amount of [users’] online expression and associations, which can reflect highly sensitive information about that person’s opinions, beliefs, identity and community.” The groups also predicted the burden would “fall hardest on Arab and Muslim communities, whose usernames, posts, contacts and social networks will be exposed to intense scrutiny.”

After the policy changed, Nathan White, the senior legislative manager of Access Now, again blasted it as a threat to human rights.
“The choice to hand over this information is technically voluntary,” he said. “But the process to enter the U.S. is confusing, and it’s likely that most visitors will fill out the card completely rather than risk additional questions from intimidating, uniformed officers — the same officers who will decide which of your jokes are funny and which ones make you a security risk.”

Opponents also worry that the U.S. change will spark similar moves by other countries.

"Democratic and non-democratic countries — including those without the United States’ due process protections — will now believe they are more warranted in demanding social media information from visitors that could jeopardize visitors’ safety," said Internet Association general counsel Abigail Slater. ”The nature of the DHS’ requests delves into personal information, creating an information dragnet.”

Sir Bradley Wiggins retires from Cycling

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"I have been lucky enough to live a dream and fulfil my childhood aspiration of making a living and a career out of the sport I fell in love with at the age of 12," Wiggins said.

"I've met my idols and ridden with and alongside the best for 20 years. I have worked with the world’s best coaches and managers who I will always be grateful to for their support.

"What will stick with me forever is the support and love from the public though thick and thin, all as a result of riding a pushbike for a living.


"2012 blew my mind and was a gas. Cycling has given me everything and I couldn't have done it without the support of my wonderful wife Cath and our amazing kids.

"2016 is the end of the road for this chapter, onwards and upwards, 'feet on the ground, head in the clouds' kids from Kilburn don't win Olympic Golds and Tour de France!'


"They do now."

Plane crash lands on packed Spanish beach as tourists flee ..photo

Sunbathers on a Spanish beach popular with tourists had to run for their lives when a small plane attempted an emergency landing.

The three-seater aircraft spewed debris across the sands when it crashed onto the Las Teresitas beach in Tenerife shortly before 1pm yesterday.

A woman and a 14-year-old girl managed to walk away from the wreckage with slight injuries, but the pilot, freed by firefighters, suffered more serious injuries.

The trio, of French and Belgian nationality, are recovering in the Hospital of La Candelaria, according to local newspaper La Vanguardia.


The plane, which was reportedly travelling from Tenerife Norte airport to Morocco, suffered technical problems Рaccording to the Santa Cruz mayor Jose Manuel Berm̼dez.

The mayor said it was “a miracle” that no one on the beach was injured and that it was down either to the pilot’s skill or luck that it was not more serious.

The section of the beach was cordoned off while dumped fuel and debris was cleared.

Tragic! Train collides with stationed truck in Kaduna ...photo

A train crashed into a stationed truck along Mando Road in Kaduna state yesterday night, December 27th. However no life was lost in the incident. 

More photos from the scene below...




Photo credit: Ozegbe Alao

Photo of Nigerian man charged with kidnapping and raping 12-year-old girl in SA is denied bail ...photo

The Nigerian man accused of kidnapping and raping a 12-year-old girl in Mamelodi, South Africa was on Thursday denied bail in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. 

Augustine Obono, 36, is also facing a charge of human trafficking, which could see him having to pay a R100 million fine or face life in prison if convicted.

The State, led by advocate Andrew Mphaga, opposed his bail application. The investigating officer, Constable Mapule Mahlaba, submitted an affidavit detailing why the accused should be denied bail.

She said the accused was a Nigerian national with no fixed address as the caretaker of the flat he listed his address said he moved into the room on the day of his arrest on December 1. There was no lease agreement.

The accused also could not furnish the police officer with a fixed address for his place of employment, but said he was a hair stylist “in town somewhere”.

Mahlaba also indicated that she received a petition from an organisation called the Progressive Women’s Movement, with 261 signatures asking the court to deny bail.

She said the girl was walking to a nearby park to meet friends when she encountered an unknown woman who convinced her to go to the accused’s flat in Sunnyside.

The girl said she slept in the flat with the unknown woman with the understanding that she would return home the following day, but when she woke up the next morning the accused was sitting on the side of the bed next to her. The woman has since disappeared.
“The applicant then forced the victim to make him money by prostituting herself and when the victim refused, the applicant assaulted her and raped her repeatedly,” the officer said.
He allegedly locked her up in the flat, sometimes without food, and supplied her with drugs. His plan was to get her addicted so he could control her. 
"She eventually succumbed and worked for the applicant as a prostitute and handed the money received to the applicant. Obono allegedly forgot to lock the security door, and the victim asked the people outside to open for her. The accused got into an altercation with the people helping her, but she screamed and he eventually opened the door for her. That was how she escaped.

This was on December 1, two months after she was abducted. Obono was arrested the same day. The accused, in his affidavit read out by his Legal Aid attorney Donald du Plessis, denied all the allegations. He said he intended to plead not guilty to the charges.

Obono faces Schedule 6 charges and the responsibility was on him and his defence team to prove exceptional circumstances to warrant his being released on bail.

He said he was not married but had a girlfriend and an eight-month-old baby living in Durban. He indicated that he was self-employed as a hair-stylist in a salon in Church Street and earned R2 500 a month.

He also said he had a fixed address at a flat in Devenish Court in Sunnyside, Pretoria, a room leased to him by the caretaker, and that he had paid R800 towards the R1 200 rent. He said he moved into the room on the same day that he was arrested.

He also said he had no previous convictions or pending cases and was in South Africa as an asylum seeker. His documents would expire in March. He said he was not a flight risk because he had a child living in South Africa and wanted to apply for citizenship.

He said he had a television set and a home theatre system which he did not want to lose if he were to run away from facing trial. He also did not want to forfeit his bail money to the State by running away.

The State said, however, his child – which it did not believe existed – or whatever assets would not be enough reason to escape two possible life sentences. 
"I am in agreement with the prosecution that the reason why exceptional circumstances have not been told to the court is because none are in existence," said magistrate Lesetja Mphahlele.
He said the offences he was facing were of a very serious nature which carried life sentences if he were convicted and there was a strong likelihood that he would evade trial.
"Common sense tells me a man cannot wait to be sentenced to life in order to preserve a television set and a home theatre system. Common sense tells me a man cannot wait to be sentenced to life because he is having a child in South Africa. For the reasons I have mentioned the court is not prepared to grant bail."
The matter was postponed to February 8 for further investigations.

Source: Pretoria News

Photo credit: Nomwaswazi Nkosi

See woman who gives birth in a store and dumped the baby in a trash can...photo

A 34-year-old woman gave birth to a healthy baby in a Walmart bathroom on Christmas Eve and abandoned it in a trash can.

According to Inside Edition, New Falls, Louisiana resident Kyandrea Thomas was arrested on Monday, December 26th, for the dastardly act and charged with attempted second degree murder.

Thomas was soliciting patrons outside of the Walmart for tips on behalf of the Salvation Army on Saturday, December 24, when she suddenly went into labor. Rather than request medical assistance, the accused instead made her way to a bathroom stall inside of the department mega-store and gave birth to a healthy baby girl, before placing the her inside of a plastic bag and tossing her into a garbage 


Another Walmart employee who was sent to clean out the bathroom discovered the child inside of the bin and called for help. Initially unresponsive, the newborn was able to be properly resuscitated at nearby Point Coupee General Hospital before being transferred to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. The child, who was temporarily named Olivia by medical staff, is now said to be in stable condition.
"It’s a very emotional situation, to say the least,"Pointe Coupee Sheriff Bud Torres expressed of the matter. "We don’t know all the facts or what the motivation was for it, but it was a senseless act on her part."
Chief Deputy Joe Gannon, a staff member of the Pointe Coupee Parish Coroner’s Office. told FOX Carolina that Thomas’ baby was approximately 4- to 6-hours-old when the Walmart employee found her in the bathroom.

Incidentally, this was not the first time that Thomas has been accused of causing harm to a child. According to CBS affiliate WAFB-9, the body of 3-year-old Damiyn McElveen was found inside of a van belonging to Wanda’s Kids World, a day care center that once employed Thomas, in 2009. 

As stated by court documents, Thomas, along with two other former day care workers, somehow forgot to ensure that McElveen had exited the vehicle on July 1 of that year after picking her up at home earlier that day. As such, the toddler was left to overheat inside of the van for six hours, with temperatures outside reaching upwards to 90 degrees during the afternoon. Thomas was subsequently sentenced to five years probation and 10,000 hours of community service.

Following her booking at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Monday, Thomas was transferred to the Point Coupee Parish Jail, where she currently awaits sentencing. No word on the child’s father has been publicly made.

Two on trial for Homosexuality in Benin

An Oredo Magistrates’ Court in Benin on Wednesday ordered the remand of two men, Paul Frank, 31, and Ejimofor Christian, 22, for allegedly committing unnatural offence. The duo are facing charges bordering on conspiracy, unlawful carnal knowledge and stealing.

The Chief Magistrates, Mrs M.C. Ojobo, ordered the remand of both accused person in prison custody, adding that their bail application would consider on the next adjourned date. She adjourned the case until Jan. 4, 2017 for hearing.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, O.A. Enebabor, told the court that the accused committed the offences between Dec. 14 and Dec. 17, at Boundary Road, Benin.


Enebabor alleged that the accused engaged in unlawful sexual act.

He said the first accused also stole one Techno Y6 phone valued at N25, 000 belonging to one Solomon Shaibu.

The offences contravened Section 516, 214 (3), 217 (3) and 390 (3) of the criminal Code.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

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Pastor Adeboye visits Kirikiri and donates gift items ..photo

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye this morning visited Kirikiri Maximum Prisons to pay a visit to inmates and also went along with gift items. 
As usual, officials had prepared for him. He ministered to inmates and encouraged them to keep their dreams alive. 

More photos below…





Two injured as a bus burns down at Obalende bridge, Lagos

Two people have sustained injuries as a bus burnt down after it was involved in an accident at Obalende bridge, Lagos state. See more photos below...


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Sultan says women can’t be equal to men in Nigeria because it is against Islamic teachings

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar, has called on the Nigerian Senate not to consider the bill seeking gender equality in inheritance because of its religious implications.

The sultan said this while speaking at the closing ceremony of the 20th Zamfara State annual Qur’anic recitation competition.

According to him, the bill is unacceptable to Muslims because it is against Islamic teachings.
"Our religion is our total way of life; therefore, we will not accept any move to change what Allah permitted us to do... Islam is a peaceful religion; we have been living peacefully with Christians and followers of other religions in this country. Therefore, we should be allowed to perform our religion effectively.” He said.

The bill proposes that widows should have custody of their children, except if it is contrary to their welfare. The bill also seeks for widows to be allowed to inherit a fair share their husband's property,
be allowed to live in their matrimonial home and also remarry any man of their choice.

Meanwhile, Nigerians on Twitter have expressed outrage over his proclamation, stating that Nigeria is not a Sharia country and as such our constitution should not be guided by the Quran. See a few tweets below.


Nigeria-based lady, Busola Titi Laja defrauds friend of £3000, help find her! ...photo


This lady in the above photos defrauded a friend of £3000 since the month of April and has refused to pay back despite all pleas from friends and associates. A lady called Lolade Tinubu-George went to the same school with Busola and met again few years ago. They both were in the same school group and had hung out together in December 2015 when Lolade went to Lagos, Busola resides in Nigeria by the way.
So Lolade needed to send £3000 to Nigeria in April but her usual agent wasn't available to help with the transaction. So Busola offered to change the money and gave her a UK account number to pay into. The money was paid naively into the account and this was when the problem started. Busola has given all sorts of excuses under the sun to avoid refunding the money back since then. Lolade later realised that the account owner she lodged the £3000 into was also a scammer. Both parties have been on the run.
Kindly help locate this lady as Lolade has worked hard for this money regardless. We need to locate this lady as this is a large sum of money to be forfeited just like that. Pls help share this post! Another photo below...

RRS foils a kidnap on a 2 yr old child ...photo

33-year-old Suleiman Seidu has been arrested by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos state police command for attempting to kidnap 2-year-old Chimdi Udwu in Owode, Ogun State.

This arrest happened after the RRS were tipped off by one of the accomplices contacted by the suspect to join in on the crime.

Billionaire Mr Smith offers scholarships to Chibok schoolgirls

A black American billionaire, Mr. Robert Smith, has volunteered to sponsor the education of 24 girls from Chibok community, including the 21 recently rescued ones.

The president's Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, made this known to State House correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said beneficiaries of the scheme include the first set of escapees from Boko Haram.

According to him, the girls will be admitted through negotiation at the American University of Nigeria, Yola.

“Mr. Smith has offered to pay for the education of the 21 Chibok girls released through negotiations and is offering to take responsibility for all the others who will, hopefully, be eventually set free.

“The Murtala Mohammed Foundation in the country is equally interested,’’ he added.

On the welfare of the recently-released 21 Chibok girls, Garba said “they are being treated as adoptees of the Federal Government, but there is a lot of local and international interest in the future plans of the girls.’’
NAN reports that some of the parents of the 21 Chibok girls have complained that they did not have enough room for interactions with their daughters brought home for Christmas by the Department of State Services.

Reacting, Shehu admitted that there were some hitches arising from a lack of understanding of the objective of the trip on the part of some security operatives.

He, however, stated that following the receipt of this complaint, a directive had been given from the headquarters for the access by the parents to be eased.

Shocking! How Abuja big women made me & my friends sleep with them at 18 ...photo


How it started 

I came from a family of six and we are all boys. My father is a serving officer with the Nigerian Army while my mother is a farmer. I started my JSS 1 at Saint John Bosco Secondary School Doma, Nasarawa state. From there I moved to Wantor Model Collage, Adikpo, Benue state where I did my JSS 2. After that, I went to Mogadishu Barracks, formerly Abacha barracks, to meet my father where he was serving. When I got there, I started my JSS3. It was there that everything about me changed. I was 17 years old when I started my JSS 3.

When I started attending classes, I met some bad friends and what attracted me to them was that I was good in mathematics. Our mathematics teacher was a very difficult person. If she gives us assignment and you fail to do it, you face her wrath. Even though I was a new student, I was the only one that usually get the highest marks for about two to three times. This was the reason why those boys started coming closer to me. After school, they would gather around me insisting that, I must teach them mathematics.

Eventually some of them got to know my house because we were all living in the same barracks. These friends were very dangerous and devilish people. But that time I did not know what was happening. They kept on coming to my house and I keep on doing assignment for them.

Introduced to tramadol tablets One day, one of them approached me saying, “Guy, why are you wasting your time doing all these? I am going to introduce you to something that will make you read harder, something that would make you not to sleep again.” So I asked him what that was. It was then that they introduced me to tramadol tablets. By then, tramadol tablet was in 50 and 100 milligram. So, I started with 50 milligram, taking one tablet per day. Everything they said started working out for me and gradually I started increasing the number of tablets.

Whenever I take it, I could not sleep, I could not feel hungry. I would work all night long without blinking my eyes and I would not get tired. Each time I take tramadol, I do not think I have problem at all. There is nothing you do to me that would make me angry. When I discovered its positive impact on my life, I now graduated to 100 milligram daily.

Why I started stealing 

It got to a time where I could not cope in Abuja with my father when he tried his best to rehabilitate me without success. So, I had to go back to my village in Abaji, Katsina Ala local government, Benue state to continue with my education. When I got there, the way and manner I got money to buy this drug in Abuja ceased. In Abuja, my friends do buy for me because their parents were very rich people. But while there in the village, I could not buy this drug again so, I had to steal from my mother and grandparents to enable me buy this drug.

That was where my stealing habit started. Initially, while I was growing up I was a kind of person that hardly picks anybody’s thing without his or her permission. That was one of the good things about me that my parents loved so much. When I started stealing, nobody ever suspects me until when I was caught so, I had to confess. I find it difficult to lie about something I did. If I do not say it that time, I will definitely find time to tell the person.

Adventure with ‘sugar mummies’ 

While I was in Abuja, I did not have any cause to steal anything from anybody because apart from my friends’ rich background, they also introduced me to Abuja society women called, Sugar Mummies. Then, I was 18 years and that was where I got a lot of money I was using to buy tramadol. The sugar mummies gave us everything we needed including sex, money and drinks. I didn’t have time for any young girl of my age at that time. Even when I left Abuja and started dating young girls, I never loved them just because those sugar mummies were given me virtually everything I needed in a woman.

They gave me the privilege to sex them to my satisfaction, they made sure I do not lack money; they took me to places that ordinary I would not have been able to visit. Some of them were married women. But the one that was madly involved with me was divorced. My friend, Jossycarter’s brother introduced him to sugar mummies and he in turn introduced us to the game. His sugar mummy asked him to look for young boys of his age for her friends, that, they are also interested in them. So, he came back to tell us, that’s how we met them.

When we met them each of them made her choice and we all departed to our various hotels to have fun. We were students and at that time, we were not privileged to sleep outside, they understood our situation very well. Whenever we are going to school, we do take some clothes along inside our school bags. Then, during break time, we go out and changed to mufti, then go to meet them. We do come back exactly the time school closes so that we would be in the barracks at exactly 4:00pm. Since I left Abuja, I don’t have sugar mummies again.

I will die without tramadol for one day

It came to a point when I started taking 200 to 220 milligram every day because 100 milligram was becoming ineffective on me. There was a time I went on research on this tramadol tablets and found out that, it was causing a lot more damage to my health and the damage was very serious. I learnt that there will come a time where I would suffer kidney damage and heart problem and I know that these diseases are very expensive to treat. Then I decided to stop taking it completely but something dramatic happened. For three days that I did not take it, I fell sick and was admitted in the hospital for close to one month.

Funny enough, nobody knew what the cause was and to my greatest surprise, the very day I took it, I left the hospital. Whenever I try to stop taking tramadol I get sick when I start taking it, I get well. I was advised that no drug addict stops taking drug at ones and I keyed into that advice. At that time, I went back worse than before. I was taking 200 milligram complete pack, that’s about 10 tablets a day. I would take four in the morning, three in the afternoon and two in the evening.

I knew that, this drug was killing me slowly but I could not just help myself. I am deeply addicted to it now. But I am seriously praying to God to help me stop taking it. I made a resolution to stop some time ago and I started reducing it from 10 tablets a day to seven, to five times. But right now I take four tablets of 200 milligram per day.

Tramadol caused serious damages to my family life

Because of my stealing habit, I could not cope with my mother and grandparents in the village so they pushed me down to Lagos to live with my aunty and uncle. Even here in Lagos, this same tramadol is giving me problem with my aunty and uncle. I go about stealing even petty things like food stuff from the store to sell and raise money to buy tramadol. Every day, I am being announced as a thief. This drug has caused a lot of damage to my life. My aunty enrolled me for apprenticeship at Dopemu Aluminum Market to learn aluminium fabrication but this same drug puts me into problem with my boss.

Now, the same tramadol tablet has sent me out of Lagos. My uncle and aunty have promised to wash their hands off me. I am now an outcast just because I refused to stop taking tramadol. But they never believed I have being struggling to stop. They never believe I could ever change and they will never believe until I changed. My childhood dream was to become a chartered account but all hope is gone now. Tramadol has destroyed my education, I wrote the West African Examination Council, WAEC, and got just two credits pass, in spite of the fact that I used to be the best student in my class. My teachers could not believe that was my result till date.

Attempted suicide 

It got to a point when I attempted suicide because I could not bear the agony I’ m going through. I asked myself, why is it that my parents are complaining about me, my good friends and just everybody complaining? Yet I cannot change! I said to myself, there is no need to live because to me, living is pain, living is hopelessness. I wanted to commit suicide and forget everything; let everyone forget about me too. The hell I am passing through is too much for me to bear. My addiction, my stealing, hardship and pains, I cannot bear this any longer.

So I bought a poison concealed in a sachet, brought it back home kept it in my room. That night, when I woke up late in the night to take it I could not find it. I searched everywhere that night but could not see it. The following morning I found some pieces under my bed and some dead rats in the room. I then discovered it was rats that came to take it. When my grandmother heard of it, she cried bitterly and begged me not to kill myself. That she does not want to bury me, that I should be the one to give her a befitting burial. That is why any time the thought of suicide crosses my mind, I quickly remember her plea.

Update! George Michael to leave huge chunk of his £100m fortune to Charities

A huge chunk of George Michael’s estimated £100million fortune is expected to go to charity, with causes close to his heart set to benefit one last time from his generosity.

Charities such as Childline, the Terrence Higgins Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support, who all received lump sums of money from the altruistic star, are expected to be left a portion of his estate.

The Wham! singer is also expected to leave a slice of his fortune to his godchildren, who include Roman and Harley Kemp - the children of his band’s vocalist Shirlie Holliman and her husband Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp.

He is also expected to have ensured his older sisters Melanie and Yioda, his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz and his cousin Andros’ two children, who are also his godchildren, will be left financially stable.

George’s estimated fortune is made up of royalties from his lucrative music career, as well as properties including a £5million Oxfordshire mansion, an £8million pad in North London, a £2.5million pad in Los Angeles and a £3.5million home in Sydney.

FG to buy N400m vehicles for Obasanjo, Jonathan and others

The Federal Government will spend N400m on the purchase of vehicles for the nation’s former heads of government and their deputies in 2017.

The figure formed part of the N9.882bn budgeted for the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation for the year.

According to the details of the 2017 Appropriation Bill currently before the National Assembly obtained by our correspondent on Tuesday, N280.099m was budgeted for the purchase of vehicles for seven former Presidents and Heads of State.

Further details showed that N120.090m would be used to procure vehicles for four former Vice-Presidents and ex-Chiefs of General Staff.

The nation’s seven living former heads of government include Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.); Chief Olusegun Obasanjo,  Alhaji Shehu Shagari; Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd.); Chief Ernest Shonekan; Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar (retd.); and former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The four living former Vice-Presidents and ex-Chiefs of General Staff are former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme; Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (retd.); Gen. Oladipo Diya (retd.), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar  and former Vice-President Namadi Sambo.

The budget details did not indicate the number of vehicles that would be bought for each of the former leaders. The brands of the vehicles were also not disclosed.

Apart from the leaders, the office of the SGF will also buy N32m vehicles for offices and units in the office.

The government will also spend a total of N170m on the nation’s Independence Day and Democracy Day celebrations.

While Nigeria’s Democracy Day holds every May 29, Independence Day holds every October 1.

Both ceremonies have not been marked lavishly since the inception of the present administration.

The office is also expected to spend N1.322bn on the procurement and installation of security system across selected Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

The number of MDAs that will benefit from the procurement is not disclosed in the details.

The office will also spend N104.586m on what it called support and maintenance of e-council document management; it will spend N290m on electronic document and content management system  and another N45m on electronic document management and archival system in the OSGF.

Upgrading and maintenance of Council Chambers Conference System will gulp N55m; N35m will be spent on one Xerox D125 photocopy machine; N20.8m on purchase of 52 laptop computers; N54.35m for the purchase of equipment for the production of staff identity cards and installation of file tracking system; and N5m for the OSGF website.

Another N3.8m is budgeted for the purchase of what is called multi-functional photocopy machine for the Procurement Department and N29.5m for archival project Phases I, II and III for cabinet secretariat document and file organisation.The Federal Government will spend N400m on the purchase of vehicles for the nation’s former heads of government and their deputies in 2017.

The figure formed part of the N9.882bn budgeted for the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation for the year.

According to the details of the 2017 Appropriation Bill currently before the National Assembly obtained by our correspondent on Tuesday, N280.099m was budgeted for the purchase of vehicles for seven former Presidents and Heads of State.

Further details showed that N120.090m would be used to procure vehicles for four former Vice-Presidents and ex-Chiefs of General Staff.

The nation’s seven living former heads of government include Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.); Chief Olusegun Obasanjo,  Alhaji Shehu Shagari; Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd.); Chief Ernest Shonekan; Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar (retd.); and former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The four living former Vice-Presidents and ex-Chiefs of General Staff are former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme; Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (retd.); Gen. Oladipo Diya (retd.), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar  and former Vice-President Namadi Sambo.

The budget details did not indicate the number of vehicles that would be bought for each of the former leaders. The brands of the vehicles were also not disclosed.

Apart from the leaders, the office of the SGF will also buy N32m vehicles for offices and units in the office.

The government will also spend a total of N170m on the nation’s Independence Day and Democracy Day celebrations.

While Nigeria’s Democracy Day holds every May 29, Independence Day holds every October 1.

Both ceremonies have not been marked lavishly since the inception of the present administration.

The office is also expected to spend N1.322bn on the procurement and installation of security system across selected Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

The number of MDAs that will benefit from the procurement is not disclosed in the details.

The office will also spend N104.586m on what it called support and maintenance of e-council document management; it will spend N290m on electronic document and content management system  and another N45m on electronic document management and archival system in the OSGF.

Upgrading and maintenance of Council Chambers Conference System will gulp N55m; N35m will be spent on one Xerox D125 photocopy machine; N20.8m on purchase of 52 laptop computers; N54.35m for the purchase of equipment for the production of staff identity cards and installation of file tracking system; and N5m for the OSGF website.

Another N3.8m is budgeted for the purchase of what is called multi-functional photocopy machine for the Procurement Department and N29.5m for archival project Phases I, II and III for cabinet secretariat document and file organisation.

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