Sunday 18 September 2016

Paul Scholes admits sloppy Manchester United not good enough

Paul Scholes believes Jose Mourinho must draw up new plans for his Manchester United midfield after Watford punished a “sloppy” Red Devils show at Vicarage Road.

Etienne Capoue, Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney, with a late penalty, gave the Hornets a 3-1 Premier League win over the visitors, whose reply came from 18-year-old striker Marcus Rashford.

#EdoGuber: Police Commissioner says they are ready for Governorship Election

The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Lafimihan Adeoye says his command is fully prepared for the challenges ahead of the governorship election in Edo State.

Mr Adeoye made the assertion after an assessment tour of several police formations including the Edo State Police Area Command headquarters in Auchi, Edo North and Irrua, Edo Central.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had postponed the election till September 28, 2016, following advice from security agencies in the state.

President Buhari Arrives New York for United Nations General Assembly

Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, has arrived New York United States, to join other world leaders for the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly.

President Buhari, who arrived at the JFK International Airport at about 7.30 pm local time on Saturday, (Sunday, 1:30 a.m. Nigerian time), was received by the Nigerian Charge De Affairs In New York, Mr Anthony Bosa.

Imo State | Government approves N1.2 Billion For Payment Of August Pensions

The Imo State government says it has approved the sum of N1.2 billion for immediate payment of pensions for the month of August 2016.

The Commissioner for Internally Generated Revenue and Pensions Matters, Ifeanyi Ararume, disclosed this in Owerri the Imo State capital while speaking to Channels Television.

Watford extends Man United winless streak after 3-1 win

Manchester United suffered their third defeat in a week as late goals from Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney gave Watford a deserved Premier League win.

The hosts led when Etienne Capoue converted Daryl Janmaat's cut-back, only for Marcus Rashford to level from close range.

Troops parades another militant kingpin in Cross River State

Troops of 13 Brigade, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, have in a coordinated operation arrested a suspected high ranking militant kingpin Mr. Victory Benjamin (aka Abuja Daddy and G3) and 3 others. 

The kingpin was arrested at Saint Joseph Hospital, Ikot Ene junction, Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross Rivers State while attempting to collect ransom from one of their kidnap a victim’s relations.

Haba! Osita Iheme shares photo of his dog and fans says he bought a Horse!

The comment that trolls left on the picture shared Osita Iheme of himself with his dog Charlie on Instagram is so mean. They say it is a horse and not a dog, Haba, I can see a dog here!

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian shares Bathroom selfie (Photo)

Mr and Mrs West decided to share some bathroom selfie to the delight of their fans.

I haven't 'lash' my wife once and she is already Pregnant - Man laments

A Kenyan man from Nakuru is currently at odds on what to do after he discovered his wife is four months pregnant.

The problem now is she is his new wife and he does not know to whom the pregnancy belongs.

Cossy Orjiakor shares steamy photos that's got guys going Gaga (PHOTOS)

Known for putting her massive boobs on display ... Actress Cossy Orjiakor shares a steamy photo on her socia media page. She captioned it "Home & Bored.com" Then guys crashed her page with explicits comments.

Budget Padding: Jibrin indicts Speaker Dogara with fresh allegation, insists he should resign

Abdulmumin Jibrin is a former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations who has accused principal officers of the House of corruption and budget padding.

Tha man has now reiterated his call for the resignation of the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara.

According to The Punch, he is also demanding for the resignation of the Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun, Whip, Alhassan Doguwa and the Minority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor.

Bayelsa State | Deadly Cobras invade Yenegoa

Confusion and severe panic have taken over residents of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital after deadly cobra snakes’ took over their area.

The Nation reports that the sudden appearances of the snakes have led some residents to flee their places of abode as the reptiles have kept on with their invasion following the consistent rainfalls and floods experienced in many parts of the capital.

Nico Rosberg wins Singapore Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg won the Singapore Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday to seize the lead in the drivers’ world championship from Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who finished third.

Checkout Patience Jonathan's Luxury N10bn Hotel in Bayelsa were Lodging goes for N367,000 Per Night (Photos)

From afar, the sheer magnificence of the Aridolf Resort Wellness and Spa, strategically positioned in the heart of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, draws a first-time visitor into a lavish embrace.

Arguably the most prestigious hotel in the oil-rich state, the edifice is located in Okaka Estate, along Isaac Adaka Boro Expressway, which is close to a popular night club, Bolex.

The five star hotel sprawls over a large expanse of land complementing the surroundings of the residential estate which boasts of the choicest edifices and castles in the whole of Bayelsa.

OMG! Woman strangles her 4-month-old Baby 'Without Knowing It'

A Kenyan woman recently stunned a court in Nyeri, Kenya, on Friday, September 16 when she gave chilling details about how she strangled her four-month-old daughter to death.

Identified as Priscah Wangechi Gichoi, the woman narrated how she killed her daughter, Joy Wangari Wangechi, in April 10, 2014, in Githuri Village in Nyeri county, saying she had psychological problems that made her do the heinous act.

Robbery Suspects says Buhari's Hard Economic Condition Forced Us Into Crime

Two armed robbery suspects arrested by the Department of State Service in Anambra State, Uche Ezeugo and Somadina, have attributed their actions to the current hard times in the country.

According to Punch, Ezeugo said he was forced into the act to enable him give his late father a befitting burial.

He said, “I’m not a natural thief. It’s this Buhari hard condition that led me into this temptation.”

They were arrested for allegedly stealing some laptops.

Minnesota Mall Stabbings: Eight people injured as Police gun down Suspect

At least eight people were taken to a hospital with injuries after a stabbing attack at a Minnesota shopping mall that ended with the suspected attacker, who reportedly made references to Allah, shot dead by an off-duty police officer, authorities said.

St Cloud police chief Blair Anderson said during a news conference shortly after midnight that eight people were taken to St Cloud hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following the attack first reported about 8.15pm on Saturday. One person was admitted. No further details were released.

Rotimi Amaechi urges staff to be punctual, diligence to duties

The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has urged members of staff of the Ministry to have a change of attitude by being punctual to the office and be diligent in their duties.

The Minister stated this during the maiden edition of the Town Hall meeting held at the Women Development Center, Abuja.

#DiezaniGate: Diezani’s ally, Jide Omokore, returns N200m to Government

The Chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Nigeria Limited, Jide Omokore, has reportedly returned N200m to the Federal Government.

Besides, it was further learnt that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has also traced and frozen eight bank accounts allegedly belonging to Omokore and opened at different branches of Skye Bank Plc.

Explosion rocks New York City, 29 reportedly injured

An explosion rocked the bustling Chelsea district of Manhattan on Saturday night, injuring at least 29 people in what authorities described as a deliberate, criminal act, while saying investigators had turned up no evidence of a "terror connection."

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials said investigators had ruled out a gas leak as the cause of the blast, but they stopped short of calling it a bombing and declined to specify precisely what they believed may have triggered the explosion.

EFCC commences investigation into Patience Jonathan’s N5bn Abuja hotel

Former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, appears to be sinking deeper into her alleged corruption issue and may have more explanation to make to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

This time, the new inquiry is not about the $19 million just frozen in her accounts but her linked with five choice properties including a N5 billion hotel in Abuja.

The EFCC is currently studying documents on how the Abuja hotel (names withheld) was built and has dispatched a team of investigators to Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and Port Harcourt, Rivers State for the purpose of establishing the ownership of four properties in the two cities.

The anti-graft agency is likely to confiscate the five properties once it is able to confirm that they belong to Mrs. Jonathan.

One of the pieces of evidence the EFCC has in its possession in its probe of the ex-First Lady is her cumulative pay and perks as a civil servant in Bayelsa State where she rose to the post of Permanent Secretary.

Sources said the pay details are far below the $31million which the ex-First Lady claimed as her legitimately earned money.

The EFCC is insisting that Mrs. Jonathan must account for how she came about the cash wired into the five accounts to which she is a signatory or forfeit it to the Federal Government.

One of the sources familiar with the probe said the money used in acquiring the properties under investigation appears to be gratification to Mrs. Jonathan when her husband was in power.
“Based on intelligence report, we have isolated five properties allegedly identified with the ex-First Lady. These properties include a N5billion hotel in Abuja and four others in Yenagoa and Port Harcourt.
“A special team has gone to verify all these assets in the affected areas including the contractors engaged, the mode of payment to them, relevant land registration documents, and associates used as fronts.
“In the next few days, we will start questioning all those involved in the acquisition or building of the assets. We are lucky that this investigation has a lot of e-transaction and computerization components. There is no hiding place for anyone involved.
“If at the end of the day the five assets belong to the ex-First Lady, we will approach the court to place all these assets under Interim Assets Forfeiture in line with Sections 28 and 34 of the EFCC (Establishment Act) 2004 and Section 13(1) of the Federal High Court Act, 2004,” a top source in the EFCC said.
Section 28 of the EFCC Act stipulates that: “Where a person is arrested for an offence under this Act, the Commission shall immediately trace and attach all the assets and properties of the person acquired as a result of such economic or financial crime and shall thereafter cause to be obtained an interim attachment order from the Court.”

Section 13 of the Federal High Court Act reads in part: “The Court may grant an injunction or appoint a receiver by an interlocutory order in all cases in which it appears to the Court to be just or convenient so to do.
“Any such order may be made either unconditionally or on such terms and conditions as the Court thinks just.”
“If our investigation reveals that the assets are not owned by Mrs. Patience Jonathan, we will return them to their legitimate owners,” the source said.
“We have retrieved documents on the pay package and monetized perks of Mrs. Patience Jonathan when she was a Permanent Secretary in the government of Bayelsa State. Her total emoluments do not tally with the funds remitted into the five accounts,” an EFCC source said.
“She owes us a duty to explain how she came about these funds. Our investigation showed that the funds came from gratifications; it is left to her to prove otherwise.
“The good thing is that the ex-First Lady was the one who sued EFCC demanding the release of her $31million. She has a duty as a former public officer to explain how she earned the funds. Did she declare these funds in her Assets Declaration Form as a Permanent Secretary?
“We are happy that the case is in court and the onus is on her to prove ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ that she is the owner of the funds. If we had initiated the action, some people by now will be accusing EFCC of witch-hunt.
“But she went to court to exercise her rights under the law. The same law demands that you must seek equity with clean hands. I think the press should take more than a passing interest in what is going on in the court.”
The anti-graft agency claimed last week that it has established a prima facie case of money laundering against the ex-First Lady and 10 others.

The 11 suspects may face trial for money laundering if the recommendation of the investigative team is upheld.

The EFCC declared that “preliminary investigation has also indicted Mrs. Patience Jonathan.”

The other 10 suspects indicted by the investigative team are a former Senior Special Assistant ( Domestic / Household and Social Events to the former President), Dr. Dudafa Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel; Damola Bolodeoku; Dipo Oshodi; Theodora Varinik; Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development and Investment Limited; Globus Integrated Services Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Skye Bank Plc. The report said in part: “Based on the investigation so far carried out, it has revealed that the four fraudulent VISA Platinum USD Card accounts used by Mrs. Patience Goodluck Jonathan has a cumulative balance of $14,029.881.79 which has been swept Post No Debit Card category.
“Again, her personal account, different from the four fraudulent VISA Platinum USD Card accounts, bears the balance of $5,841,426.17.
“Considering the above stated findings, we can safely conclude that a prima facie case of conspiracy to retain proceeds of unlawful activities, retention of the proceeds of unlawful activities, money laundering contrary to Section 15(3) and 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and forgery contrary to Section 1(2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, Laws of the Federation, 2004 have been established against the aforementioned suspects.”
Also, Mrs. Jonathan has admitted that she is the owner and signatory to the five accounts in which the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) found over $22.3million.

She said she has never received any monies from any unknown sources paid into the five accounts, but she was silent on the sources of the cash wired into the affected accounts.

She however explained that the accounts were opened to facilitate her travel overseas particularly for medical treatment, sundry purchase for herself and her late mother Mrs. Charity Oba (Mama Sisi).

She indicted Wampemo-Owei Dudafa who was the Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to the former President Dr. Jonathan, and Skye Bank officials for registering phony companies for four of the five accounts.

A statement by her Media Office said: “Sometime in 2013, following the advice of top officials of the EFCC then in the company of Wampemo-Owei Dudafa who was the Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to the former President Dr. Jonathan, that she should not travel oversees with cash otherwise she may contravene Money Laundering laws, Mrs. Patience Jonathan agreed to open accounts with Skye Bank Plc and directed Dudafa to see to it.
“Dudafa came with two bank managers (Officials) of Skye Bank Plc with the account opening forms which she duly signed.
“These accounts were all dollar based Platinum Visa cards in respect of five accounts.
“When the bank officials brought the ATM cards for the said accounts of which she is sole signatory, she discovered to her surprise that only one of these accounts bore her personal name while four were in the names of companies not known to her.
“She immediately complained about this anomaly to Dudafa and the bank officials, Demola Doledeoku and Dipo Oshodi came back to the villa with forms to change and convert the said accounts to the personal name of Mrs. Jonathan.
“This was her firm request which the bank officials promised to effect immediately and she duly completed account conversion forms and signed the mandate forms as a the sole signatory, but as it would appear, the said bank officials did not change the Account names despite her request.
“It was in 2014 or thereabout that she was given the ATM cards for all the five accounts with the bank officials promising to exchange the cards for the four reflecting her correct names. This again, the banks officials failed to do despite her repeated request.”