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April 24, 2019

POLICE CONFIRM CULT CLASH IN UNIUYO

The police command in Akwa Ibom on Wednesday confirmed report of a cult clash between the Black Axe and Vikings Confraternities at the University of Uyo campuses. The Public Relations Officern of the command, SP Odiko MacDon, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Uyo said the police were aware of the incident and that normalcy had returned to the campuses.

“The Commissioner of Police is trying to meet with the management of the university to strategise on how to tackle the menace and ensure adequate security of the university,” he said. A student of the university who preferred anonymity lamented incessant attacks from cult groups apparently from outside the varsity campuses.

He said that one student was killed in the afternoon on Tuesday at the main campus, while three students were killed at the permanent site of the university at about 9pm same day. “Before the last matriculation that held on Wednesday April 17, there were shoot-outs. During the matriculation there were clashes between cult groups. “Just yesterday a student was shot dead during a clash between two cult groups at the Annex campus.

“I heard that other three students were shot dead last night at the Main Campus at Nwaniba, making it four dead persons at the campuses,” he said. Also speaking, Mr Boniface Bassey, a students of Faculty of Arts called on the state government to intervene in the development. He suggested that the school management should bring plain-cloth security personnel to secure the institution. Bassey further called on management of UNIUYO to fish out perpetrators of the clashes for prosecution. “Officers with mufti should come into the campuses and work with the school security to fish out the perpetrators,” he said. Mrs Blossom Okorie, Director of Information, University of Uyo confirmed the incident but said she was not in the position to speak further on the incident. “We have reported the matter to the police and I cannot comment on matter,” she said. She said that the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eniefiok Essien, was the only person to speak on the issue.

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April 23, 2019

HOW INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES CAN USE DEBT RESPONSIBLY


Every individual and household goes through the mandatory cycle of earning and spending. The earning cycle comes with spending obligations, and the need to save. Whilst income may fluctuate, expenses do not. This is because vitals such as food must be bought, rent must be paid, and children’s tuition must be paid. This mismatch of income and expenditure can present a problem. We may have revenues, but sometimes those may not be readily available to take care of pressing expenses.
When you borrow money to meet present obligations, you are consuming future income today. The problem is that your ability to earn is not infinite. If you divide your active life into periods of months or weeks, the periods represents times during which you will incur expenses and will need corresponding income to offset that expense.
Debt present a solution to revenue shortfalls. If a household has expenses of 100 but income of 80, there is an inclination to borrow 20 to ensure that level of income can be met. However, if future revenues cannot pay off the debt incurred today, then a debt trap is created, whereby you are always paying a loan interest but never fully extinguishing the loan. That is a bad loan

So, there is good debt and bad debt?

Good debt is any debt where the interest rate charged on the borrowed cash is lower than inflation or expected investment return. A debt is also good where the repayment period is less than the expected life of the asset purchased with the debt. An example of a good debt is a mortgage loan. E.g, if you get a 18% loan for 10 years to purchase their home. That would be a good debt because the repayment period of the loan is shorter than the economic life of the asset purchased i.e. the house.

Bad debt is debt where the interest rate charged is high or where the economic life of the asset purchased by the debt is shorter than the debt repayment period. For example paying for a holiday with a credit card. The card has a high interest rate and the holiday has no economic benefit (yes it may have health benefits). Another example will be a consumer loan of say 30% for 5 years to buy an asset like a stove that has an economic life of say 3 years.

How to use Debt responsibly

So how do you borrow responsibly? Well you calculate the cost of the loan and compare to the economic benefit from the loan. The cost of the loan is the interest rate also called the Annual Percentage Rate (APR). The economic benefit is measured by how that loan adds to your asset base or net discretionary cash flow.
In general, Debt should be used to increase your net income or your asset base. Be careful of using debt to purchase assets that depreciate faster than the loan is repaid.

Match Interest to Income

Minimise borrowing with an interest element. Instead, seek out sources of finance that do not charge any or low interest. Examples are borrowing from family and/or cooperative societies. When you have exhausted all sources of non interest borrowing, you can then approach a bank for a loan. Now keep in mind the longer you can spread out the loan payments the better for your cash budget.

Rules for Borrowing

Know your Debt to Income Ratio DTI: It is important to determine your DTI to aid you your decision-making as regards debt. To get your DTI, simply do the following:
1. Calculate all your monthly debt payments. .
2. Calculate your Monthly Income
3. Take your monthly debt payments total and divide it by your monthly income.
4. Multiply by 100, the answer is your Debt to Income percentage
A DTI below 20% is considered very good, as you are utilizing only N20 out of every N100 earned to cover debt payments. As you DTI rises, you are considered more risky as your have less income flexibility
Be clear what you want, Lower Cost or Lower Repayments: A 6 year loan is always better than a 4 year loan in terms of cash repayment. This is because the longer the term for a loan, the lower cash repayments, even though loan costs borrower more because you make more payments in 6 than 4 years. However, a 4 year loan will have a lower interest cost that a 6 year loan.
Understand the loan; Fixed or Variable: Also ask if the interest rate charged is fixed or variable; i.e. will the rate rise if he Central Bank of Nigeriaincreases the Minimum Rediscount Rate MPR? Is the rate offered promotional? will it increase during life of loan? How will management fees be calculated?
How can you save money on loan? Ask about early repayments; are there penalties if you pay down early? Also ask for a schedule showing your actual principal and interest payments clearly separated, and any management fees you will be charged. How are your loan payments applied? To principal or interest? Be very clear on this.
Borrow for only income generating activities: If you are borrowing for a business, then only borrow to fund income generating assets. Do not borrow to buy the CEOs “status car”. You can, however, borrow to buy the delivery van. You buy the CEO’s car from profits the business generates…
Match Loan duration to Income: Do not borrow short term via overdraft to fund a long term project such as building a new head office. Be careful about borrowing a term loan with a fixed repayment schedule to fund a contract with the State Government where you are not sure of exact date you will be paid.
Have a payback plan B: If you want to get a mortgage for N5m and the source of repayment is your salary, how is this right? What if you lose your job? How will the loan be serviced?
Keep in in mind this simple equation: At 25% interest rate, if you borrow N100 from the bank, you will pay them back N100 in interest alone after four years. A loan from a bank caries an interest cost and is very expensive, this must be a last option. For startups, remember there are several financing sources to go before you get to loan, including grants and/or angel investor.
Last note, if you own a business, only borrow in name of the Business in order to limit your liability.

April 23, 2019

DANGOTE ANNOUNCES IMPENDING SALE OF DANGOTE FLOUR MILLS TO OLAM


The Board of Dangote Flour Mills Plc has notified the Nigerian Stock Exchange, its shareholders, and the investing public about the receipt of a binding offer from Olam International Limited to acquire all of Dangote Flour’s outstanding shares that are not currently held by Olam or its subsidiary.
According to the public disclosure which was obtained by Nairametrics, Olam International Limited offered a total of N130, 000,000,000.00 to buy out the entire issued shares of Dangote Flour Mills Plc. The offer is currently being considered by the flour manufacturer’s board of directors.
The statement gave further details about the deal, thus:
“THE TOTAL CONSIDERATION (THE “CONSIDERATION”) OFFERED BY OLAM AND BEING CONSIDERED BY THE BOARD OF DFM FOR THE ENTIRE 5,000,000,000 ISSUED SHARES OF THE COMPANY IS N130, 000,000,000.00 (ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY BILLION NAIRA ONLY). THE CONSIDERATION REPRESENTS THE ENTERPRISE VALUE ON A DEBT-FREE, CASH-FREE BASIS, PAYABLE IN CASH AT THE CLOSING OF THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. THIS CONSIDERATION WILL BE ADJUSTED FOR THE NET WORKING CAPITAL AND NET DEBT AS OF 31 MARCH 2019 OR ANY OTHER LATER DATE THAT MAY BE AGREED BY OLAM AND THE BOARD OF DFM TO ARRIVE AT THE FINAL PRICE PAYABLE TO EQUITY SHAREHOLDERS. THE FINAL PRICE TO BE PAID TO THE SHAREHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY WOULD BE ADJUSTED DOWNWARDS TO EXCLUDE SHARES HELD BY OLAM THROUGH ITS SUBSIDIARY.”

Olam’s subsidiary already owns some shares in the company

Crown Flour Mills Limited, which is a subsidiary of Olam International Plc, currently holds a total of 5, 113, 229 units of shares in Dangote Flour Mills Plc.

More Details about the Deal…

How the transaction will be executed: The statement from Dangote Flour Mills Plc further disclosed that the “transaction will be executed through a Scheme of Arrangement, under Section 539 of the Companies & Allied Matters Act Chapter C20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004”. Other applicable laws, rules/regulations will also be considered.

The offer will also be subject to approvals

Before the deal eventually takes effect, it will also be subject to shareholders’ approval, regulatory approval, as well as a court sanction; specifically the Federal High Court.

Also note that after the conditions of the transaction are met and fully approved by all concerned stakeholders, Dangote Flour Mills Plc will delist from the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
In the meantime, the Board of Dangote Flour Mills Plc reiterated that it will duly review Olam‘s offer in the best interest of the shareholders. The NSE and the investing public will be updated with the latest details as they unfold.

Special Note

Current shareholders of Dangote Flour Mills Plc and the public have been advised to be cautious in the dealings with the company’s shares, going forward.
Dangote Flour closed at N11.75 in today’s trading session, up 9.81%.

April 23, 2019

EMERY DOESN'T EXPECT EASY RIDE AT WOLVES


Unai Emery has warned Arsenal not to expect an easy ride from Wolves on Wednesday as the Gunners look to get their top-four bid back on track.
Emery’s side suffered their first home league defeat since the opening day of the season on Sunday as Crystal Palace won 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal is now fifth in the Premier League, one point behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
They can move back into the top four if they avoid defeat in their game in hand against Wolves at Molineux.
Wolves have lost to Southampton and drawn 0-0 against struggling Brighton since blowing a two-goal lead in their FA Cup semi-final defeat against Watford.
But Nuno Espirito Santo’s team are trying to finish seventh, a position which could yield a place in the Europa League next season, and Emery doesn’t expect Wolves to prove tame opposition.
“I don’t think so,” Emery replied when asked if Wolves might be starting to think about their summer holidays.
“They are going to push a lot tomorrow. I worked one thing here very quickly — we are playing against all of the teams and they want to battle us, fighting and playing with big motivation.
“One is the motivation in the table for each player and one is the motivation against Arsenal.
“Every team wants to battle us because they respect us and also because it’s important to try to win against us.”
Emery usually offers up a team news update at his pre-match press conference, but he kept his cards close to his chest with so much at stake.
Granit Xhaka could come back into contention following a hip injury, with fellow midfielder Denis Suarez also being assessed following a groin complaint.
April 23, 2019

ONU ASKS DGs TO SUBMIT ACHIEVEMENTS IN LAST FOUR YEARS


Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has directed director-generals of agencies under the ministry to submit their achievements in the last four years latest today in compliance with the presidential directive.
Onu, at an emergency meeting with all the DGs, said the important achievements of the agencies should be highlighted.
He urged the director-generals to focus their research efforts on challenges faced by the nation and come up with effective solutions.
April 23, 2019

PRESIDENT LAUDS UN's MOVE TO REVIVE LAKE CHAD


President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the move by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to co-chair a special session to raise $50 billion to fund the inter-basin water transfer from Central Africa to revive the Lake Chad.
Receiving the response of the UN chief to his earlier letter routed through the President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, at the State House, Abuja yesterday, the president noted that such a special forum was necessary in view of the financial outlay which is beyond the reach of member-countries.
He commended Adesina’s four-year stewardship at the bank.
April 23, 2019

PEP: I DON'T LIKE OLE FOUL CLAIMS


Pep Guardiola has dismissed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's claim that Manchester City will use tactical fouling to prevent Manchester United from counter-attacking in Wednesday's crucial derby.
Guardiola's City need a win to go back above Liverpool in the Premier League title race, while United will be looking to reignite their hopes of top-four finish at Old Trafford.
United manager Solskjaer said on Tuesday morning that he had 'no doubt' that City will 'snap at your ankles and heels and kick you.'

When informed of Solskajer's comments, Guardiola said: "Did he say that? With 75 per cent the average, or 65-70 per cent average of the ball, how do you do that?
"I never prepare a game in my 10 seasons as a manager thinking about these kind of things, never. And my players can talk better than me about that. The players who I had in Barcelona, Bayern Munich and here.
"I'm concerned about many, many other things about the game we have to play to beat them than these kind of things. Tomorrow in the press conference after the game you can ask him (Solskjaer) again about that."
City's possession-based style of football has seen them complete a Premier League-leading 23,839 passes this season, compared to United's 17,109 after 34 games.
United have committed 201 fouls, receiving 64 yellow cards, while City have been given only 38 cautions following 172 fouls.
Guardiola suggested that Solskjaer's comments were designed to influence the way referee Andre Marriner officiates Wednesday's game, but the City boss didn't think the alleged tactic would be a success.
"That is the reason why, of course," Guardiola said of Solskjaer's motivation.

April 23, 2019

[DOWNLOAD AUDIO] OGO-J PREK-G – LAGOS ISLAND

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 Here he comes again with this new Hip-Hop trap ‘Lagos Island’,Lagos Island is a song mainly for the people Of Lagos Island, A Song for the Culture.
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ParkHood Entertainment presents “Lagos Island” recorded by Ogo-J Prek-G.
Ogo-J Prek-G has been on the music scene for a while now,dropping songs like “Say Wetin Happen” and his most widely accepted song “Garazanga”.
 Here he comes again with this new Hip-Hop trap ‘Lagos Island’,Lagos Island is a song mainly for the people Of Lagos Island, A Song for the Culture.
Lagos Island has alot of talents and the likes of Idowest & Vector Tha Viper came out from the streets of Lagos Island.
Ogo-J Prek-G Should be the next big star out of Lagos Island.

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April 23, 2019

THIRD MAINLAND BRIDGE IS INTACT AND SAFE FOR COMMUTERS -FG


The Federal Government of Nigeria has dispelled the rumour spreading on social media regarding the safety of the Third Mainland Bridge. The Federal Government reacted to a video content that has since gone viral, showing shaky joints of a section of the bridge.
According to Federal Government (FG), the video is purely misrepresented and should be disregarded.
In a press release from the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, the FG described the section captured in the video clip as part of spots already slated for repair.
“THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT THE EXPANSION JOINT SHOWN IN A FACEBOOK VIDEO CLIP, IS ONE OF THOSE SLATED FOR CHANGE DURING REPAIRS TO THE THIRD MAINLAND BRIDGE WHICH WILL COMMENCE SOON.”

The seemingly shaky joints do not pose any structural danger

The Federal Government further stressed that the section captured in the video clip that appears frail does not pose any structural defect.
“IT IS STILL FUNCTIONING AND OUR ENGINEERS AND CONSULTANTS HAVE ADVISED THAT IT DOES NOT POSE ANY STRUCTURAL DANGER TO THE BRIDGE AND IT IS SAFE TO USE.”
It was further explained that the joints were already marked in the last maintenance check carried out during the last 3-day Investigative Maintenance in August 2018.
“COMMUTERS AND LAGOS RESIDENTS WILL RECALL THAT THE THIRD MAINLAND BRIDGE WAS SHUT DOWN FOR A 3-DAY INVESTIGATIVE MAINTENANCE IN AUGUST 2018.
TESTS DONE ON THE EXPANSION JOINTS THEN – CALLED STATIC AND DYNAMIC LOAD TESTS – WERE TO CHECK FUNCTIONALITY. A NUMBER OF EXPANSION JOINTS WERE IDENTIFIED FOR REPLACEMENT THEN.”

Third mainland bridge is safe 

Third Mainland Bridge which is the longest of the three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the Mainland, has been declared safe for commuters by the federal government
“THEREFORE THE THIRD MAINLAND BRIDGE IS SAFE FOR USE, AND PEOPLE SHOULD DESIST FROM SPREADING OR SHARING FALSE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BRIDGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS.”

FG explained recent developments

Similarly, the Federal Government stated that an underwater confirmatory test was carried out as preparatory for the repair soon to commence.
“MORE RECENTLY, IN MARCH THIS YEAR, UNDERWATER CONFIRMATORY TESTS PRECEDING THE REPAIR WORK TO BE DONE ON THE BRIDGE, WERE CARRIED OUT ON THE PILES TO DETERMINE IF THERE IS FURTHER DETERIORATION OR NOT ON THE PILES FROM THAT DONE IN 2013. HOWEVER, ALL THE TESTS DONE PREPARATORY TO THE CLOSURE OF THE BRIDGE TO COMMENCE COMPREHENSIVE MAINTENANCE WORKS INDICATE THAT THE INTEGRITY OF THE BRIDGE IS INTACT.”
Also, it was further explained that FG is not only planning a repair on Third Mainland Bridge but has also embarked on facelifting other bridges nationwide.
“THE EXPANSION JOINTS TO BE REPLACED ARE PART OF A REGULAR BRIDGE MAINTENANCE PROGRAMME THAT HAS BEEN NEGLECTED FOR DECADES WHICH THE PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI ADMINISTRATION IS NOW ADDRESSING FRONTALLY ON MANY BRIDGES NATIONWIDE.
“SUCH MAINTENANCE WORKS INCLUDE RESURFACING OF THE BRIDGE, ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHERS, WHICH THIS ADMINISTRATION IS ALSO UNDERTAKING AS THE BRIDGE USERS WILL ATTEST TO A BETTER DRIVING SURFACE.”
April 23, 2019

AGENCY, FIRMS WAGE WAR AGAINST FAKE CABLES


Consumer Protection Council (CPC) and Nigerchin Electrical Development Company Limited have raided Oroyinyin cable market in Lagos, in a war against production of fake cables in Nigeria.
The enforcement team stormed the market following intelligence from the Nigerchin sales team that the market was full of substandard cables. 
Administrative head of the company, Gerald Duruemeruo, said the adulterated products had been in the market for long, hence the action.
During the operation, several fake cable products packaged with Nigerchin labels without Nigeria Industrial Standards (NIS) numbers were seized by the enforcement team, which confirmed that the market patronised adulterated cable products.
“Our product has more weight than the adulterated ones because our cable is 100m long while the fake ones are 80m or less. Also, our cable is made of copper and aluminum conductors, which make them high in standard and quality,” Duruemeruo added.

April 23, 2019

OKE-OGUN POLY SUSPENDS RECTOR, OTHERS


The Governing Council of Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Oyo State, has suspended all principal officers of the institution over alleged financial mismanagement.
The officers suspended were the Rector of the institution, Mr. Matthew Oladeji and other principal officers.
According to a memo signed by Prof. Moshood Tijani, the chairman, governing council of the institution, which was sent to Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State through the Commissioner for Education, the Council said the affected officers had been queried in respect of series of allegations of fraudulent practices and others.
Meanwhile, the rector said he had not received any letter.

April 23, 2019

OGUN POLICE ARREST 25 SUSPECTS OVER BURNING OF DEPUTY SPEAKER'S OFFICE


Twenty-four hours after hoodlums set Ogun State House of Assembly Deputy Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo’s campaign office and his five buses ablaze at Ifo Local Government Area, the state police command has declared a Police Inspector missing.
The Command Spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed in Abeokuta yesterday that no fewer than 25 suspects have been arrested in connection with the violence following the killing of a resident by police officers.
Oyeyemi confirmed that the arsonists burnt the campaign office and five buses belonging to Oluomo, declaring that the whereabouts of an Inspector of Police was unknown since Sunday when the incident occurred.
“A Police Inspector is missing. The Police Inspector was attacked with cutlasses during the mob attack and up till now his whereabouts is still unknown, which gives credence to the attack,” he said.
According to Oyeyemi, the Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, and some other senior officers of the Command visited the scene of the incident yesterday for an assessment.
He said a stray bullet also killed a young man identified as Akeem when the policemen were making efforts to scare the mob, which was ready to attack them.
Oyeyemi added that men of the zonal Intervention Squad have arrested a suspect for being in possession of firearms.
He added that a few minutes after the incident, some hoodlums went to the office of the Deputy Speaker and set it ablaze along with five buses.
“Some people mobilised themselves and attacked the office of the Deputy Speaker burnt down the office and five vehicles in that area, describing the act as criminal and vowed prosecute the perpetrators.
“We cannot establish a correlation between the incident and the reaction of the people because there is no connection between the two. For now, we have arrested 25 suspects. The issues are two, the case of murder and arson.”
“But the people have committed arson. That act is criminal because there is nothing that warrants the action”.
Oyeyemi added that the 25 suspects have been handed over to the State Criminal and Investigation Department (CID) and would be investigated, saying those not indicted would be released, while those involved would be prosecuted.

April 23, 2019

ECOWAS, UNHCR MOVE TO PROTECT REFUGEES, ASYLUM SEEKERS, OTHERS IN WEST AFRICA


The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) have expressed the need to foster mixed population flows in West Africa to ensure the protection of refugees, asylum seekers and other persons with specific needs.
The imperative for a conducive environment “to encourage youth to engage in meaningful activities that will provide self-employment” was stressed by the ECOWAS Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, Dr. Siga Fatima Jagne, who represented the commission’s President during a two-day retreat in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
According to her, this calls “for the development of relevant regional and country specific legal frameworks, high-level advocacy and sensitisation for the implementation of existing protection structures and the improvement of the general protection environment in the ECOWAS space.”
Stressing the need to leverage member states’ experiences, practices and interests to tackle the identified challenges, she added: “This is a timely call given the challenges we face concerning the movement of our citizens to Europe and other climes in search of what they perceive as the golden fleece.”
UNHCR Regional Representative for West Africa, Liz Ahua, noted: “Mixed migration is a complex phenomenon because of the multiplicity of factors driving the movements and the different needs and profiles of the persons involved.
“People are using the same routes and modes of transportation to travel, but moving for different reasons.
“Never, in the relationship between ECOWAS and UNHCR, have we been confronted by challenges so immense and diverse as the growing crises that are in every respect, unlike anything we have seen before.”
She went on “Partnering has already yielded momentous results in particular, towards eradicating statelessness in the region.
“Collaboration is key to raising awareness and enhancing the protection of refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons, victims of trafficking and those with specific needs while on the move within the region.”

Monday, 22 April 2019

April 22, 2019

OLE: ONLY MAN UTD FANS TURNED UP


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has apologised to the Manchester United fans after his side's humiliating 4-0 defeat away to Everton.
Goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne, and Theo Walcott condemned Solskjaer's team to a fifth successive away game defeat in all competitions for the first time since March 1981.

The performance, as much as the result itself, underlined the task the Norwegian faces in restoring the club to former glories, with Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville describing it as 'rancid' in his post-match analysis.
And Solskjaer believes it was only the supporters who showed their true colours at Goodison Park and could hold their heads up high.
"Everything went wrong today, we just didn't perform, and we were beaten all over the pitch on the basics," Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
"There's no hiding place on the pitch in this shirt, and we weren't good enough, it was not worthy of a Man United team.
"We have to hold our hands up and apologise on behalf of the club to the fans as they were the only ones with the badge who could hold their heads up and say they were Manchester United.
"My message them at the end was sorry, because they were class, and they always are while we have to realise
April 22, 2019

DISQUIET IN APC OVER ALLEGED MOVE TO FOIST NATIONAL SECRETARY


There is subtle but serious outcry among members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over an alleged move by the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in collaboration with the incumbent governor of Borno State, Kashim Ibrahim Shettima, to jettison the party’s National Convention’s norm for the election and selection of executive officers in regard to the vacant position of National Secretary.
The election of immediate past National Secretary, Mai-Mala Buni as Governor-elect of Yobe State, which left the position vacant is generating crisis within the party. Some members, especially from Yobe State, have accused the national chairman, Tinubu and Governor Shettima of arrangement to concede the vacant position to their preferred candidate from Borno State instead of allowing Yobe to produce the Acting National Secretary pending when the party would hold its convention.
Two aspirants from Borno State are currently seeking to replace Buni as against the party’s usual norm that the state from where the outgoing occupant of the positron should produce the replacement. Waziri Bulama, who had previously contested for the position during the 2018 National Convention, but later stepped down for the Governor-elect and former Presidential Liaison Officer to National Assembly, Kashim Ibrahim Imam.
While Shettima had written Oshiomhole recommending Bulama, some members of the party are faulting the governor’s recommendation, saying that Yobe State ought to produce the replacement. Citing the case of the incumbent Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji lai Mohammed, who was the party’s National Publicity Secretary until his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari, the source from the party said, “When Mohammed, who hails from Kwara State left the position, he was replaced by Bolaji Abdullahi who is also from Kwara and no sooner had Abdullahi defected to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) than the incumbent national Publicity Secretary, Lanre Isa-Onilu, took over in acting capacity. He is also from the same state.”
The source wondered why the party is trying to adopt a different strategy in the current case of the national secretary that Yobe, from where the outgoing occupant of the position, cannot produce his successor.It was also gathered that the leadership of the party is mere playing game by pushing ahead the name of Bulama just to test the ground and feelings of the people but that the real candidate is Imam, whom Tinubu, Oshiomhole and the governor of Borno State are trying to install ahead of the game plan for 2023.
Another question members of the party are asking is, why the rush by Shettima to forward the name of Bulama to Oshiomhole, not minding the interest of the people of Yobe State? According to the source, “There must be a secret agenda to shortchange Yobe State in the party’s zoning arrangement despite the fact that Yobe is considered to be more strategic to the party than Borno State in the calculation of the Northeast geo-political zone.”
As a matter of fact, an elder member of the party from the Southwest region disclosed to The Guardian that the way and manner Tinubu and Oshiomhole, in collaboration with some of their cronies in the North, are working towards hijacking the machinery of APC is becoming worrisome to many Northerners who seem to be uncomfortable. He said they (the northerners) have been sounding it clear to resist the national leader if it comes to 2023, judging by the way things are going.
He said, “This is one of the reasons the party is having it very tough to sell the candidatures of Senator Ahmed Lawan as its preferred candidate for the Senate President and Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker of the House of Representatives among the lawmaker simply because majority of the northerners are uncomfortable with the excesses of the national chairman and his ally, Tinubu.”
It was also gathered that the reason some northerners are miffed by the two names already taunted to replace Buni is because of their perceived closeness to the national leader.“One of them was Tinubu’s contemporary in the senate before and they have also worked together,” the source said. “If such person should now emerge as national secretary and considering the importance of the position to the party, it would add more to the influence and power of the former governor of Lagos State in the party.”
In another explanation, The Guardian gathered that close allies of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and his counterpart in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, are also not comfortable due to the influence the likes of Tinubu have in the National Working Committee (NWC) based on the fact that if that should be the case, their second term chances may be jeopardised like the incumbent Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, suffered when he was denied second term ticket last year by Tinubu through the cooperation of the NWC.

April 22, 2019

FOGNINI DEFEATS LAJOVIC TO MONTE CARLO MASTERS


Fabio Fognini of Italy defeated Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 6/3, 6/4 to win his first Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo. In the semifinals, he dethroned the 11-time titlist and defending champion, Rafael Nadal. In the final match, Fognini committed only 23 unforced errors, while Lajovic tallied 36.In the first game of the second set, Fognini broke Lajovic’s serve but could not hold his own service game to consolidate. Lajovic held serve for the third game. The Serbian had a break point in the fourth but failed to return a second serve. He also lost a second break chance and Fognini held to level two-all.
There was some drama in the fifth game. Lajovic hit a backhand winner to level 30-all but missed a drop shot attempt and Fognini grimaced as he stopped in the sprint to the net. At break point, Lajovic missed the line with a backhand to an empty court.At the changeover, Fognini called for the medical trainer, who taped his right ankle and right thigh. He rose up and took the first two points on his serve. Lajovic took the third and the fourth with a backhand smash to level 30-all.
However, he missed an easy volley to give Fognini 40-30 and the game for a 4-2 lead. Lajovic reduced the tally to 4-3 but his opponent took the eighth game in which he dropped just one point.Serving to save the match, Lajovic recovered from losing the first point on a bad bounce and took the ninth game after being deuced. After the changeover, Fognini stepped up to serve for the match. He won the first point on a missed passing shot.
He took the second on a service return to the bleachers. He reached 40-0 on another missed backhand by his opponent. At 40-15, Lajovic returned a second serve up and Fognini watched it smilingly, as it landed over his baseline. He had won the title. In a dramatic posture, he dropped his racket, pulled his shirt up revealing his torso and covered his face for some moments before running to the net to shake and hug Dusan. Fognini became the first player from Italy to win at Monte Carlo, since 1968.
April 22, 2019

HUSBAND KILLS WIFE OVER PLAN TO RE-MARRY AFTER HIS DEATH


A 30-year-old man, Uwani Danjuma, has killed his wife because she planned to re-marry after his supposed death.The incident occurred at Uddu Village in the Rijau Local Government Area of Niger State.According to Danjuma, his late wife had told him when he was sick weeks earlier that if he dies, she will re-marry another man. Angered by those words, Danjuma attacked and killed his wife with a cutlass after he got well.
Confessing to the crime, the suspect said his wife was sleeping when he carried out the heinous act, saying he purposely killed his wife because of her comment to him.“I can’t imagine my own wife telling me that if I died, she will remarry. I lost my temper and inflicted injuries on her neck with a matchete, which led to her death.“I am not regretting killing her since she wanted me to die, I killed her so that she will not remarry. She should not have said that to my hearing. There is power in the spoken words; so let her go. Allah will send her to hell fire for that unguarded comment,” he said.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mohammad Abubakar, said the suspect was arrested based on a tip-off adding that he had confessed to the crime. Abubakar noted that the injury Danjuna inflicted on the neck of deceased led to her death, adding that the suspect will be charged to court.
Meanwhile, a 27-year-old man identified as Alowale Salu, has revealed that he ambushed and used a gun to forcefully rape a lady to regain his respect.The suspect revealed that he lives with the victim at Ojumoye area of Ikorodu, in Lagos State, and had made several attempts to woo her to no avail. He said on several occasions, the lady had disgraced him publicly and he decided to sleep with her to regain his respect.
“On the day the incident happened, I went to one of my friends, Bayo, borrowed a gun and ambushed her on the road at night. I made her to surrender, forcefully penetrated her and collected her phone before I allowed her to go,” Salu said.He blamed the incident on the lady, saying that if she had accepted his love advance in the first instance, there would have been no need to obtain sex from her with a gun.