Judge gives sureties 3 options as Nnamdi Kanu fails to appear in court

Nnamdi Kanu

It seems the non appearance of the leader of  Independent People of Biafra IPOB, at the court today,has put the distinguished Senator of Nigeria in trouble. 

Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered Senator Eyninnaya Abaribe, and two others standing as sureties for the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to explain the IPOB leader’s whereabouts.

Kanu who was granted bail by the judge on April 24, 2017, was absent from court on Tuesday when his trial was billed to commence.
But his three co-defendants were produced in court by prison officials.
Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told the judge that Kanu had been missing after soldiers allegedly invaded the IPOB leader’s home‎ on September 14, 2017, adding that the Nigerian Army was in the best position to produce the defendant.
A lawyer, Mr. Ogechi Ogunna, appeared for Abaribe on Tuesday, informing the judge ‎that his client had filed a motion seeking to be discharged as Kanu’s surety.
‎The two other sureties, Immanuel Shalum Okabenmabu and Tochukwu Uchendu, were absent from court and not represented by any lawyer on Tuesday.
‎But Justice Nyako said Abaribe’s motion could not be heard until Kanu was produced in court.
The judge gave the senator three options. One of the options was for Abaribe to produce the defendant in court and then apply to be discharged as a surety. 

The other option the judge gave was for Abaribe to be ready to forfeit his N100m bail bond.

The third option ‎was for Abaribe to request to be given time to produce the defendant in court.
But Ogunna replied saying, “he (Abaribe) is not in a position to do any of these.”

However the judge insisted that Abaribe must opt for one of the three options. With the judge insistence, Ogunna opted to be given time to produce him. 

The two other surgeries were not represented in court on Tuesday.

The trial has been adjourned to November 20

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Tagbo’s death: Davido has been cleared by police, thanked his fans

Davido

Finally, singer Davido has finally been cleared by the Police of any wrong doing and involvement in Tagbo’s death case.
Davido’s lawyer in an interview revealed that Davido has been allowed to go about his business after meeting with the police.
This evening, ‘IF’ crooner David Adeleke took to his Instagram stories to thank everyone who prayed for him, revealing that he has forgiven every single person, media house or blog that accused him of having a hand in the demise of his late friend, Tagbo Umeike.
The singer further stated that he’s ready to now go back to making music.
 A member from Davido’s legal team led by Norrison I. Quakers, SAN revealed that the singer has been released by the Police to go about his business as he’s not guilty.
Read what the Lawyer said below:-
“We’ve been to Panti and my client has given a statement there too. It’s clear from all the investigation, evidence and statements given so far that David was not at any point with the deceased after he left him alive at Shisha room as as such he’s been released to go about his business.
Of course if called on to give any more information he would gladly. But in truth he only knew so much about the night and has reproduced this time and time again.
They’ve also observed the consistency between his statements and those of all the others interviewed. As as a result he’s been allowed to go.“

Nigerians react as the statue of President Zuma reportedly costs $1.4 million, CNN

South African President Jacob Zuma visited Nigeria’s Imo state on Friday and had a giant bronze statue unveiled in his honor, a decision that has caused outrage in some parts of the country.
The two-day visit happened just as South Africa’s Supreme Court ruled that President Zuma should face corruption charges.
Zuma visited Governor Rochas Okorocha in Owerri in a surprise visit that was only announced the same day by the South Africa presidency.

As well as the statue, Zuma was given a chiefaincy title and had a road named after him.
Local media reported that the cost of the statue was around 520million Naira — equivalent to $1.4 million.

Okorocha also conferred on Zuma the Imo Merit Award, the highest award the state gives to distinguished individuals.
As he unveiled the statue, Okorocha said: “We have decided to honor you for your love for education, though you were deprived in your early days in life but you are working to make sure that every poor child went to school.
“Your love for education to us is the connection between you and government and the people of Imo State.”
Okorocha and President Zuma also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will provide free education for poor children on the continent, according to local media reports.

Nigerians have weighed in on Twitter expressing their opinions on the statue of Zuma.

12 ‘Corporate Sex Workers”Arrested in Abuja and later released

Men both high and low, thirst for sex. Men can do anything for sex. They can pay any amount once in the mood. Some go to the extreme by raping to satisfy their lusts.

Men in high positions finance big girls for sex and they are called Corporate Sex Workers. They live in posh areas financed by men of the higher echelon of the society. So it’s a case of “Trouble dey sleep, yang a go wake am”, when these corporate sex workers were disturbed by the relevant government agency.

Officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) have arrested 12 ladies described as “corporate sex workers:. The suspects were arrested at an apartment on Bukaba Street at Wuse Zone 5, Abuja, where high profile ‘corporate’ sex workers operate in the high brow area of the city centre to allegedly service top politicians and other high profile clients.
The invasion of the hideout was part of relentless war by government agencies to rid the nation’s capital, especially the city centre, of sex workers. It was learnt the landlord of the property discovered that a self-contained room in the com- Lalong pound let out to a single lady had suddenly become an abode for about a dozen ladies whose conducts were suspicious.
The landlord reportedly informed the FCTA which deployed officials of the Social Development Secretariat (SDS) to the apartment. However, in a dramatic twist, all the suspected commercial sex workers were released unconditionally a few hours after their arrest.
The Acting Director, SDS, Mrs. Felicia Nwogu, said the suspected commercial sex workers were arrested following a complaint from the owner of the property.
She said: “We arrested 12 of them, but you know we cannot keep them for more than 72 hours, so when the human rights people came, we had to let them go, when they promised to move out of the house.
“When we were leaving the area after apprehending them, the residents around were thanking us, saying ‘we can now have peace in this neighbourhood and sleep well. You people have done well.’”
However, the residents were shocked when the suspected sex workers were released and returned to base.
It is obvious the sex workers were being maintained by top politicians and military officers. According to a resident, under the condition of anonymity, poor sex worker cannot afford to pay rent at that street where self-contained room goes for between N500,000 and N700,000.
He said: “SDS officials were forced to release the girls. In fact, before they could leave the place, calls from above had started coming, warning the task force team to let the girls go.”

World Bank disagrees with Adeosun on Borrowing

Kemi Adeosun

The World Bank has disagreed with the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on the need for the Federal Government to borrow more in order to develop the nation’s infrastructure and stimulate the economy.

The World Bank spoke through its Senior Economist, Gloria Joseph-Raji, on Monday in Abuja, saying that the cost of borrowing or paying interest on Nigeria’s debt was not sustainable as revenues to make such payment had dried up.
She spoke with our correspondent on the sidelines of the lunch of Africa Pulse, a biannual report on Africa.
Adeosun said on Sunday at a press briefing rounding off the World Bank/International Monetary Fund annual meeting in Washington DC, United States that Nigerians would have to tolerate more borrowings in the short term for the government to deliver critical infrastructure.

But  Joseph-Raji said that dwindling revenues had raised a concern both at the Federal Government and the World Bank on sustainability of Nigeria’s borrowings as debt-to-revenue ratio had increased by 25 per cent within a period of one year.
She said in 2015, the country’s debt to revenue ratio stood at 35 per cent but rose to 60 per cent by 2016, reflecting a reduction in government revenues and rising debt profile, thereby raising a question about the debt sustainability.
Joseph-Raji said, “Nigeria has a decent debt-to-GDP ratio, currently about 19 per cent. It is the debt to revenue ratio that is of concern and that rate is a sustainable issue. That is of concern to us and that is also of concern to the government.

“The government is aware that the debt is looking more unsustainable from the point of debt service to revenue ratio. The estimate we had for last year at the federal level was about 

Sad :Indonesian goalkeeper dies during a match after collision with team-mate (video)

The football world was thrown into a mourning mood, when an Indonesian legend, died when a top match was going on. A goalkeeper in Indonesia’s top division has died after colliding with a team-mate during a league match.
Choirul Huda, 38, was rushed to hospital on Sunday but pronounced dead shortly after arriving, doctors said.
In a statement released on the website of his club – Persela FC – Dr Yudistiro Andri Nugroho said Huda suffered “impacts on the chest and lower jaw”.
He added the “initial analysis” suggested a “possibility of head trauma and neck trauma”.

Dr Nugroho, from Dr Soegiri Lamongan hospital in Lamongan, East Java, said the collision resulted in Huda “stopping breathing and [caused a] cardiac arrest”.
He said a medical team attempted to revive him but after an hour there were “no reflexes of signs of normal life”.
The match continued, with Persela beating Semen Padang 2-0.
Persela said thousands of fans later attended a candlelit vigil to honour the goalkeeper, who made more than 500 league appearances for his only club.

Watch the video below

More facts About Aare Ona Kakanfo as Alaafin chooses Gani Adams.

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Sunday declared the National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress, Gani Adams, as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.
The position was held last by the late MKO Abiola, who died in the detention camp of the late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, in 1998 for refusing to trade his presidential mandate for freedom.
In June this year, there was an indication that Adams could be named the new Generalismo of Yorubaland by the monarch but the OPC leader refused to confirm nor deny the rumour.

But Alaafin, who confirmed the declaration  on Sunday night, said that a letter of appointment had been issued to Adams during his (monarch’s) 79th birthday celebration.
“Yes, I have confirmed Otunba Gani Adams as the next Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland. He emerged out of the five aspirants that I considered for the position but I will hold a press conference where he will be formally announced. It is after this announcement that the traditional rites for his installation will start,” he said.
When asked how the lot fell on Adams, the first-class monarch said this would be disclosed during his press conference scheduled for this week.
Mr. Segun Akanni, who is the Personal Assistant to Adams, also confirmed the appointment on Sunday evening.

Following the announcement of the national coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, Otunba Gani Adams as the new Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, insideoyo.com presents some things you didn’t know about the title.
Adams, who hails from Arigidi-Akoko area of Ondo State is succeeding an Egba-man,  late MKO Abiola, who died in detention camp of the late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, in 1998, for refusing to trade his presidential mandate for freedom, as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.
Below are the things you need to know.
1) The title was said to have been created between 16th and 17th centuries by Alaafin Ajagbo, who was said to have reigned in Oyo-Ile, the then headquarters of the Oyo Nation.‎‎
‎2) It’s the highest war title in the old Oyo Empire
3) It is bestowed on someone considered to be brave and loyal to the Alaafin and the Yoruba cause.

4) ‎The holder of the title served as the Field Marshall and Commander of the military arm of the Oyo Empire.
‎5) ‎The title symbolises the power of the Oyo Empire.
‎‎6) Only the Alaafin can bestow such title on any deserving Yoruba son.
7) The holder of the title must not be defeated in war. It is a taboo for an Aare Ona Kakanfo to return from battle defeated. He either wins the battle or dies in the battlefield.
‎8) The Aare Ona Kakanfo, at inauguration, must completely have his head shaved and must undergo some strenuous rituals to test his agility and ability to withstand torture.
‎9)‎ The last (14th) holder of the title, Abiola and the holder before him, the late Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola, were both politicians. They both died in circumstances that could be likened to the title they held.
10) The title has now become ceremonial as wars are no longer there to be fought.

Gani Adams symbolized the face of the Yoruba struggle after the annulment of Chief MKO Abiola, a Yoruba man that won a presidential elections, organized by the former military President, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida. He started under the leadership of Dr Fredrick Faheun, of the Oodua People’s Congress.

Gani Adams later fell out with Dr Fasheun, started the youth wing of OPC. His wing became very formidable, vocal in protecting the interest of the Yorubas, as a result of the denial of Abiola in actualising his mandate. Though Abiola died in prison, but it is very instructive that Adams is stepping into the shoes of the previous occupants of the office.

North got lion’s share of World Bank projects under Buhari

Contrary to President Muhammadu Buhari’s claim on Friday that his discussion with the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, was twisted, a huge chunk of the financial institution-backed projects in partnership with the Federal Government is based in the North, SUNDAY PUNCH can report.
The President has always been accused by his critics of favouring the northern part of the country, citing lopsidedness in various appointments made by his administration.
The latest criticism took place when Kim, divulged that Buhari had asked the bank to concentrate on northern Nigeria.
The Presidency, however, said what the President asked for was “rebuilding of the beleaguered North-East.”
But critics argued that the explanation was not tenable because Buhari was not a president of the North or North-East alone and should be canvassing for development of all parts of Nigeria, equally affected by different types of disasters.
SUNDAY PUNCH’s findings on Saturday on the World Bank website, projects.worldbank.org, showed that out of the 14 World Bank-sponsored projects in the country, seven are exclusively for the North, while six others are meant for the whole nation (South-West, South-South, South-East, North-West, North-East, North Central and North West); and the remaining one is for Lagos State. Titled ‘Projects and Operations’, these projects were listed under June 2015 – June 2017 projects.
The implication is that in addition to solely getting the lion’s share of the projects, the North also shared in the remaining 50 per cent with the South-West, South-East and South-South.
The projects exclusive to the northern region worth $1bn are: Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project for North-eastern Nigeria ($200m; Borno, Yobe and Adamawa); State Education Program Investment Project ($100m; North-East states); Community and Social Development Project ($75m; Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Bauchi, and Gombe); Youth Employment and Social Support Project ($100m; Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Bauchi, and Gombe States); Additional Financing Nigeria State Health Investment Project ($125m; Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe) and the Third National Fadama Development Project ($50m; selected area in the North-East). The seventh northern project worth $350m is for the Kaduna State Economic Transformation Program-for-Results Project $350m. The KSETPRP, which was approved in June 2017, is expected to close on March 31, 2021.
Projects worth $2.9bn were earmarked for the nation which northern states are also expected to benefit from. They are:  Better Education Service Delivery for All ($611m); Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification Project ($150m); NEITI Reporting Compliance ($0.32m); the Polio Eradication Support Project ($125m); National Social Safety Nets Project ($1.8b); and $200m-Agro-Processing, Agricultural Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support Project specifically designed for Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, Cross River, Kogi, Enugu and three other states.
There was also the Third Lagos State Development Policy Operation ($200m), a stand-alone project which was approved on June 26, 2015 and ended on December 31, 2016.
The World Bank documents did not contain any programme or project specifically designed for the South-East, South-South and the Middle Belt regions since Buhari got into power.
A document containing the details of the project on the bank’s website explained the purpose of the Kaduna project thus: “The development objective of Kaduna State Economic Transformation Programme-for-Results Project for Nigeria is to improve the business enabling environment and strengthen fiscal management and accountability in Kaduna State. This operation is fully aligned with the World Bank. Group’s Country Partnership Strategy for the Federal Republic of Nigeria for FY14–FY17. This Programme-for-Results focuses on increasing the number of jobs in the modern private sector and boosting the productivity of traditional economic sectors. Another important and complementary focus of the PforR is to support Kaduna State to increase its fiscal space and enhance expenditure effectiveness to boost investments in human capital and physical assets sustainably.”
According to the bank’s documents, the $200m-MSCRP, meant for only North-East states, is to “support the government of Nigeria towards rehabilitating and improving critical service delivery infrastructure, improve the livelihood opportunities of conflict and displacement-affected communities, and strengthen social cohesion in the North-East states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa; and in the event of an eligible crisis or emergency, to provide immediate and effective response to the said eligible crisis or emergency.”
Similarly, the SEPIV’s objective is to finance activities to support the Federal Government’s emergency programme for the North-East to address teachers’ needs in conflict-and-displacement-affected areas; strengthen school-level management and accountability for the improvement of education quality through school grants funding; “and to enhance technical assistance to address the needs of the North-East.”

For the CSDP, the World Bank will finance the costs associated with scaling up project activities in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Bauchi, and Gombe states to support the provision of basic social and natural resource management infrastructure and services to returnees and host communities with the main goal of assisting their resettlement, recovery, and welfare.
The fund, the document said, would also be “used to provide trauma and psychosocial support to returnee households and internally displaced groups and individuals, as a form of social assistance intervention.”
Shedding light on why half of the projects were exclusively allocated to the North and no special projects for the other regions, the World Bank boss at a press conference in Washington DC, United States, on Thursday, had disclosed that the bank focused more on the region based on Buhari’s request.
“You know, in my very first meeting with President Buhari, he said specifically that he would like us to shift our focus to the northern region of Nigeria and we’ve done that. Now, it has been very difficult. The work there has been very difficult.
“Focusing on the northern part of Nigeria, we hope that as commodity prices stabilise and oil prices come back up, the economy will grow a bit more. But very, very much important is the need to focus on what the drivers of growth in the future will be,” the bank’s president had said.
Weighing in on the matter through a series of tweets, a former World Bank Vice President and ex-Minister of Education under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Oby Ezekwesili, said, “I want everyone to know that the statement made by the World Bank president is not as it sounds. I should know; I was VP (vice president) there (the bank). Our president and his government should seize the moment to conduct a diversity review of the administration. The current tension is, of course, triggered by context of existing tension occasioned by our president’s poor management of our diversity.”

See Sir Olu Okeowo’s breath taking mansion (Palacio de Okeowo)

Olu Okeowo and wife

Sir Olu Okeowo is a property czar and he’s rich. He has taste for expensive and vintage cars like Bentley, Rolls Royce. But his palatial home known as Palacio de Okeowo has been the talk of town since he  moved to the house since December 2016.

The edifice is said to be a replica of a luxurious French palace. The three floor edifice over looking the sea at one part, is said to be the biggest property of its kind in Parkview, Ikoyi, an exclusive area in Lagos.

Imagine someone sand filling and claiming a good 5,000 square meters of the sea to add to his land to build this property! This palatial mansion can stand side by side with any from any part of the world, has all the comfort that money can buy.

Watch the breath taking video of the palatial home

See Former President Obasanjo in a comedy skit (video)

Former President Obasanjo is a colorful and notable African figure that is alive today. He has been a recurring decimal in Nigerian’s political trajectory. One thing that keeps going for him is that he identifies with African youth with a noble cause.

Who could have imagined that Baba, as fondly called, could feature in a comedy skit by a young Nigerian. Baba features in a comedy skit, willing to support Nigerian youth to aspire for the top job in the land, i.e. The Prsidency.

Watch the video

Obasanjo said “We no go spend like drunkeness sailor, like the way they did before, we only need money for the administration of your campaign”

Who do you think he’s referring to?