Rashidi Yekini’s Daughter Makes Nigeria Proud

Rashidi Yekini is recorded as one of Nigeria’s best footballers in history, scoring the very first goal for the country at the world cup competition and playing for six other countries including Nigeria. Little wonder the source of his daughter’s outstanding academic success.

Daughter of the late Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini, Rashidat, came out tops recently when she graduated from the Dumonforte University in Leicester city, United Kingdom.

She was the second overall best student in the school. Rashidat, who studied Cinematography, graduated with distinction.

EDITORIAL: A Parliament Against The People?

If we had expected the National Assembly to utilise the ongoing constitutional amendment to douse separatist agitations across the federation, their volte-face on the bill which sought to alter the Second Schedule, Part I & II to move certain items to the Concurrent Legislative List to give more legislative powers to states has shown how far the national legislature is from the people. In an exercise that will go on record as a terrible misrepresentation of the people’s will, the Senate shut down the bill on Wednesday and the House of Representatives follow suit a day after. By that, what could have been a pragmatic response to the current chant for restructuring of the unwieldy and unworkable federation was cynically aborted by the so-called representatives of the people.

We consider such abortion tragic. Tragic because much as we do not pretend that the restructuring as being canvassed by some agitators is the magical silver bullet to cure the country of its many ills, it seems the best shot at getting the country out of its current despondency and the continuing withering of the nation’s institutions. Today, we find the correlates in the total collapse of the physical and social infrastructure across the federation, the unparalleled crime wave, the unprecedented youth unemployment and general alienation of the citizenry among other ills that has continually been retrogressing the nation.

On what grounds do our so-called distinguished parliamentarians stand on to justify the retention of the status quo – if we may ask? Are they happy that states which ought to be centres of economic activities are no more than leeches on an equally unproductive but mindlessly extractive federal government?  What is there to celebrate in the so-called federation in which the central government holds the levers of economic power, even when it has no clues on how to exploit and mazimise its vast treasures let alone getting same to work for the benefits of its people?

Another is the centralised police that have become a bye-word in corruption and inefficiency –even at time criminal gangs of different hues and sophistication are off the leash? Is it a case of our lawmakers being blinded by the perks they currently enjoy in Abuja to the point that they can no longer see what the rest of us see and live with on daily basis?

Why do we need to get the power devolved to states at this time? First, the current fiscal arrangement under which the country’s entire revenue is first taken into a central pool and later shared is anomalous; over time, the practice has lulled most states into false sense of financial security as oil freely flowed. Today, the new reality imposed by falling oil prices has rendered the practice unsustainable.

Second, most states are known to be sitting literally on gold mines; unfortunately, the minerals and everything beneath the soil remains the exclusive preserve of the federal government. With the responsibility devolved to the states, the potentials of the states can thus be unleashed not just to enable them contribute to the overall national wealth, but also to create mass employment.

As for the security, we do think that the country has long passed the point where anyone would justify the retention of the current security architecture. Whether it is tagged state police or neighbourhood watch, there is evidently a growing consensus that the country currently requires a new framework of multi-level policing.

If truly, real sovereignty belongs to the people, the least we expect from both Houses of parliament is to revisit the issue as some of their leaders have promised to do – in September. It seems the wisest thing to do in the circumstance.

284 Osun Youths Trained In Agriculture

Another 284 unemployed graduates in the State of Osun have been trained in agriculture to reduce unemployment rates and to boost food production in the state.

They were trained under FADAMA 111 projects, tagged FADAMA “Guys” Training, initiated by the Federal Government in collaboration with Osun government and the World Bank.

Speaking at the end of the two-week intensive training held at Oladele Ajose Lecture Theatre, OAU, Ile Ife recently, the FADAMA Coordinator in the State of Osun, Dr Adebowale Adediji applauded the beneficiaries for their good conduct during the training and well prepared Business Plan that would qualify them for support grants.

While charging the participants to use the knowledge acquired in the training towards expanding agriculture business, he assured them that the next line of action would be the disbursement of grants to trainees based on the possible practicability of their business plan.

The FADAMA Coordinator also admonished the youths to embrace “Omoluabi” ethos preached by the government of the State of Osun by showing honesty and sincerity in all their doing.

Noting that the enabling environment created by the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has opened the opportunity door for farmers to benefit immensely from all available  programmes. He urged all the potential beneficiaries of the grants to make judicious use of it when collected.

Adediji then promised that more youths would be empowered through FADAMA project.

Also speaking, the outgoing Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof Adeagbo Amusan appreciated the World Bank and Government of the Osun for supporting agriculture to ensure abundant food production to ensure continuity of human existence.

While assuring the trainees of OAU Faculty of Agriculture’s willingness to assist them, he tasked them to feel free in requesting for any assistance that could help them achieve their business plan.

Speaking on behalf of the participants, Mr Ajibola Ibrahim from Irewole Local Government of the state described the training as interesting, full of practicals, highly educative and handled with best professional hands.

He however appreciated Osun Government, OAU lecturers and FADAMA for making the training a pathfinder for them, saying that with the training their slogan as “Unemployed Youths” has changed.


Boko Haram Under Intense Pressure From Nigeria Air Force

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has commended the men of the Tactical Air Command of the Nigerian Air Force Yola, for their gallantry and efforts in the ongoing war against insurgency, which has led to the degrading of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.

He noted that the suicide bombing and kidnappings showed that the battle ground was too hot for the insurgents hence their attacks on soft targets.

Abubakar,  who spoke during an operational briefing with men of the Tactical Air Command in Yola, Adamawa State, also lauded their efforts in maintenance and logistics support which ensured that Nigerians in the North East lived in a secure and safe environment and were able to go about their normal businesses.

“The Nigerian Air Force has expended slightly about 9,000 flying hours in its flight operations in the fight against terrorism in North East in the last two years.

“The success of the operation would not have been possible without the gallantry and dedication of the men of the Nigerian Air Force,” Abubakar said.

He urged the men to redouble their efforts in order to sustain the progress made in the war against insurgency in the region.

The Air chief said it would persist in the training and retraining of the Air Force personnel to ensure the insurgents were completely decimated.

Wike’s Cabinet Members On The Edge As He Sacks Again

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Monday in Port Harcourt relieved the Chairmen of four Local Government Caretaker Committees of their appointments. According to a statement by Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the governor on Electronic Media, the affected committee chairmen are those of Gokana, Asari-Toru, Emohua and Ogu-Bolo Local Government Areas.

Recall that the Governor recently sacked his special advisers except one.

The governor thanked the Chairmen for their services to the state and wished them well in their future endeavours.

The statement did not specify reasons for the sacking of the affected caretaker committee chairmen.

Jigawa Records 11 Deaths In Different Rivers Across The State

In a statement issued by the spokesman of the Jigawa Police Command, SP Abdu Jinjiri, in Dutse on Tuesday said no fewer than eleven persons had drowned in various rivers in the state in the last one month. He said;

“The police has decried the outrageous number of people drowned in rivers in the state in the last one month.

“No fewer than eleven of such incidents were recorded in some parts of the state.

“The Jigawa police command has expressed serious concern over the spate of drowning in the state, as no fewer than eleven of such ugly incidents were recorded in places such as Ringim, Guri, Kiyawa, Dutse, involving children and adults alike within the last one month.

“It is the sincere advice of this command that people who are not conversant with swimming should desist from bathing or fishing in any pond or river,” Jinjiri said.

He also urged parents and guardians to monitor their children or wards sent on errands so as to reduce the disturbing incidents of drowning to the barest minimum.

Large Turnout Of Voters Recorded In Kenya

In a bid for what might be the last showdown of a dynastic rivalry that has lasted more than half a century since the presidential candidates’ fathers Jomo Kenyatta and Jaramogi Odinga went from allies in the struggle for independence to bitter rivals, Kenyans began one of the most tensed elections ever. Kenyans began voting Tuesday in general elections headlined by a too-close-to-call battle between incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival Raila Odinga.

According to reports every eligible voter in the country have turned up at polling stations to vote, some from before midnight.

Voting began relatively smoothly, with minor delays and technical hiccups, while all eyes are on a biometric voter identification and tallying system whose success is seen as crucial to a smooth election.

Tensions soared in the last days of the campaign with the murder of a top election official in charge of the electronic voting system and opposition claims of a plot to rig the vote heightening a feverish atmosphere of conspiracy and suspicion.

The polls come a decade after a shambolic election — which foreign observers agreed was riddled with irregularities — sparked violence which left more than 1,100 dead and 600,000 displaced.

Odinga, 72, who is the flagbearer for the NASA coalition, is taking his fourth and likely final stab at the presidency.

He claims elections in 2007 and 2013 were stolen from him and right up until the eve of the vote, insisted that Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party planned to rig Tuesday’s presidential election.

Elections in 2013 were marred by the widespread failure of the electronic system, forcing officials to revert to manual counting of the vote. However Odinga took his grievances to the courts instead of the streets, where he lost.


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Nigerian Tribune

Protesting Nigerians To Buhari: Resume Or Resign

Hundreds of Nigerians, under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Society Organisations, on Monday, protested against the prolonged absence of President Muhammadu Buhari from the country.

The protesters, who converged under the platform of the Civil Society Coalition and the “Our Mumu Don Do” advocacy groups, were led on the street by popular musician, Charles Oputa (aka Charly Boy)


Ozubulu Horror Attack: How Gunmen Killed My Three Relations

Ozubulu horror attack: How gunmen killed my three relations

Daily Sun

Catholic Church Massacre: Tales Of Agony

Twenty-four hours after a gunman suspected to be a member of a drug cartel killed 11 worshippers and injured several others during an early morning Mass at St. Phillips’ Catholic Church, Ozubulu community in Anambra State has remained haunted. During a visit to the community, yesterday, Daily Sun fear and tension were so visible that it could be cut with a blade.



Venezuela Army Hunts Rebels Who Attacked A Military Base

Venezuela’s military on Monday hunted a group of “mercenaries” who made off with weapons in an attack on an army base carried out against what they called the “murderous tyranny” of President Nicolas Maduro.

Around 20 men led by a dissident army officer, who deserted several years ago, battled troops for three hours early Sunday at the base in the city of Valencia, officials said.

The raid ended with two of the attackers killed and eight captured, Maduro said on state television.

The other 10 escaped with weapons taken from the facility, according to officials who said an “intense search” was underway for them.

Maduro claimed the “terrorist” group had ties to Colombia and the United States.

The incident heightened fears that Venezuela’s intensifying political and economic crisis could explode into greater violence, perhaps open armed conflict.

Officials insisted afterward that all was normal across the country, but social networks were full of discussion about the attack, with speculation that it was carried out by former Venezuelan soldiers.

The armed forces said in a statement the base was assaulted by “a group of civilian criminals wearing military uniforms and a first lieutenant who had deserted.”

Maduro said the lieutenant was among those captured, and was “actively giving information and we have testimony from seven of the civilians.”
Maduro praised the army for its “immediate reaction” in putting down the attack.

Venezuela’s opposition has repeatedly urged the military to abandon Maduro.

But Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, the head of the armed forces, has said the military’s loyalty was unshakable.

In a video posted online just before the attack, a man presenting himself as an army captain named Juan Caguaripano declared a “legitimate rebellion… to reject the murderous tyranny of Nicolas Maduro.”

Speaking with 15 men in camouflage standing by him, some of them armed, he demanded a transitional government and “free elections.”

It was not known if he was the lieutenant referred to in the military statement, demoted for deserting, or whether he was another renegade officer and was still free.

The military’s statement said the lieutenant had deserted three years ago and taken refuge in Miami, Florida.

Source: The Guardian


World’s Highest Paid Comedian Nets $69m

American comedian Jerry Seinfeld has emerged world’s highest- paid comedian by earning 69 million dollars in one year.

The 63-year-old stand-up comedian and actor topped the list of 10 highest paid comedians released by Forbes Magazine on Friday.

According to Forbes, the rating is based on the Hart’s total earning between June 2016 and June 2017.

The magazine reported that a huge Netflix stand-up deal boosted Seinfeld’s bottom line to the whopping 69.0 million dollars.

Seinfeld’s pal Chris Rock is second on the list with a 57 million dollars, followed by Louis CK, who earned 52 million dollars.

Dave Chappelle and Amy Schumer round out the top five with 47 million dollars and 37.5 million dollars, respectively, while Sebastian Maniscalco is at the bottom of the list earning 15 million dollars.

Surprisingly, Kevin Hart, who was named the highest paid comedian in 2016, moved down to the sixth position with a 32.5 million dollars earning.
Forbes noted that massive deals for TV comedy specials, like 20 million dollars per-special contracts, that Rock and Seinfeld scored, are what bolstered the incomes of most of the top comedians.

Forbes added that it created its list based on revenue from touring, television and film projects and business and endorsement deals.

It calculated the figures on the comedians’ pretax income from June 1, 2016, through June 1, 2017.

Jerry Seinfeld, known by fans as “insurmountable King of Comedy” has maintain the lead on the highest earners list since 2006,except in 2016 when he was displaced to second position by Kelvin Hart.

He is an actor, director and stand-up comedian ‘observational comedy’, often ranting about relationships and embarrassing social situations.

In 2005, Comedy Central named him as “12th Greatest Stand-up Comedian of All Time”.


Seven Dangote Staffers Arraigned Over Alleged N451m Theft

Seven employees of Dangote Sugar Refinery Company and a businessman were on Monday hauled up before an Ikeja High Court over alleged theft of N451 million belonging to the company.

The accused are Musa Sule, Joseph Ukpah, Babatunde Ajao, Chinedu Onyekwere, Ezekiel Omoro, Rahman Alayande and Odion Abugba.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that two other staff members — Zainab Adebanjo and Manir Mohammed — now on the run, are being hunted by the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Ikoyi, Lagos.

A businessman, Habib Mande, alongside his company — El-Habib Property Nigeria Ltd — was also arraigned with the staffers.

They are facing an eight-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, forgery and uttering of false documents.

The accused, however, denied all the charges.

The prosecutor, Mr E.A. Jackson, said the defendants committed the offences between 2012 and 2016 at Dangote Sugar Refinery Company, Apapa, Lagos.

“Mande, a businessman, who has previously had dealings with the company, conspired with the other defendants and stole N451 million, property of Dangote Sugar Refinery.

“On Nov. 30, 2015, Sept. 7, 2015 and April 26, 2016, they forged and uttered false cheque requisition forms with numbers 132243, 132229 and 132279, respectively.

“Their intention was that these documents may be used or acted upon by officers of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc as genuine to the prejudice of the company,” he said.

NAN reports that the company had in a petition to the police dated Nov. 17, 2016 narrated how the alleged theft was discovered during a routine audit of the company’s accounts.

According to the petition, the audit revealed that N67.9 million was illegally taken from the company’s account and paid into the account of El-Habib Property Nig. Ltd., a company belonging to Mande.

Internal investigations within the company had allegedly revealed that the company had no pending claims with the sugar refinery and Mande had not been engaged in any business services for the company in recent times.

According to the prosecution, the offences violated Sections 390 (9), 465, 467, 468 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The vacation judge, Justice Sedotan Ogunsanya, noted that the defendants were still on police bail granted by the SFU.

She adjourned the case until Sept. 22 for argument on their bail applications.

Source: Guardian