Yahoo Boy Impersonates Ooni Of Ife, See The Outcome

Abiodun Joseph, a notorious internet fraudster has been arrested after he impersonated the ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi via a Facebook Account, and duped two Nigerian ladies based in the United States of America of various sums of money.

Joseph who was apprehended by men of the Ogun state police command last Wednesday, April 19th at Ilese confessed to the crime. He says he used the Ooni’s pictures on his Facebook account, and in no time, Ladies started sending him friend requests, with many comment about his good looks and them wanting to be his “Oloris”… and of course, this was how he was able to defraud them.

“But in our chats, I told them that they have to pay some money if they are really interested in being my Oloris. Two of them based in the U.S fell for the scam and sent some money totaling N600,000 to me through money transfer mode” he said.

He went further to disclose that the ladies were really desperate, as some of them sent nude pictures, showing their breasts and private parts. Joseph, however, said one of the ladies had demanded that he should buy her a N45m house for her.

But Joseph said he told her that she had to pay N5m out of the amount and he would make up the balance for her. He was still waiting for that N5m last Wednesday before the police swooped on his residence and arrested him.

Reacting to this, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, said Joseph had been using his Facebook and Whatsapp accounts to dupe unsuspecting members of the public. Joseph said he opened the Facebook account October last year, purposely to defraud people.

Air Peace Loses N3bn Over Flight Delays, Damaged Aircraft

Managing Director/CEO of Air Peace Limited, Mr. Allen Onyema, has decried the rise in passenger attacks on airline staff and assets in recent weeks at some local airports, saying the trend poses serious threats to the safety of airline operations in the country.

Onyema, who stated this at a press conference in Lagos, also disclosed the loss of over N3 billion due to damages to some aircraft parts at the Lagos and Benin airports, which had also led to the grounding of the affected aircraft and the attendant flight cancellations and delays.

Said Onyema: “We lost three aircraft in one day; two of them in Lagos when there was a collision that destroyed the winglet of these aircraft, and the other incident happened in Benin airport when Sahcol (a ground handling company) damaged that aircraft.

“We had to ground these aircraft and look for how to fix them. In fact, we have lost over N3 billion in our operations. We had 24 flights affected and we had to plan in 24 hours how to solve this problem. It was not our making as this meant we had to reschedule or even cancel some flights and also make provisions to entertain the affected passengers at various airports.”  

Onyema said the delays and cancellation of flights had angered some passengers who resorted to molesting staff and destroying some facilities.

He said, “they abused our staff verbally, they beat up one of our elderly staff and stripped him naked and destroyed our facilities. They entered into the airside of an airport and stopped a flight from taking off in protest. This is what we now face from unruly and violent passengers who want to fly at all cost whenever flights are canceled or delayed. It is not done anywhere in the world. Passengers misbehaving this way around an aircraft poses a threat to the aircraft because anyone among them can throw something and sabotage the aircraft. It is the time the government takes steps to protect airlines and staff so it doesn’t lead to self-defence by airlines,” he added.  

The Air Peace boss also demanded that the government puts an end to the sale and consumption of alcohol inside airport premises, saying some of the actions of the unruly passengers were as a result of intoxication.

He also demanded that the government should set up a committee to review the various taxes paid by airlines to various airports and regulatory agencies as the multiple taxation regimes, when combined with the high cost of aviation fuel, was posing a serious threat to the survival of airlines in the country.    

Onyema also said local airlines were having difficulties reciprocating some routes within the West African sub-region under the Bilateral Air Service Agreements (BASA) signed by the Federal Government with those countries. He cited Cameroon, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire as some of the countries frustrating Air Peace from flying into their countries through various bureaucratic bottlenecks and he promised to challenge their actions in Nigerian courts.  

Source: Sun News

Sanusi II Inherited N1.893bn, Not N4bn – Emirate Council

The Kano Emirate clarified yesterday that the Emir, Muhammad Sanusi II, inherited the sum N1.893 billion and not N4 billion as being alleged.

The council described as baseless the allegation that the Emir of Kano inherited the sum of N4 billion and squandered it.

At the press conference held in the Emir’s  palace on Monday, the council noted specifically that the sum of N1. 893.378.927 was the exact amount Sanusi II inherited from his predecessor, the late Emir Ado Bayero.

Addressing journalists on the issue, Walin Kano, Alhaji Mahe Bashir Wali, denied reports that the Emirate squandered  N6 billion inherited from the deceased monarch,  insisting that the allegations are untrue.

He said, “Before the appointment of His Highness, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi 11, CON, the Kano Emirate Council had the sum of N2, 875, 168 and 431.17 under various Banks as Fixed Deposit Accounts, out of which N981, 784, 503.79 was withdrawn and used during the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero on February 7, 2014 for the payment of Ado Bayero Royal City Project, leaving a balance of N1, 893, 378, 927.38 with various banks”.

The Kano Emirate council disclosed that the sum N152, 627,723.00 was paid to Dabo Gate to facilitate the procurement of furniture for the Palace. Wali said, “After the demise of the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, Peace Be Upon him, all his belongings, including the furniture, were removed and distributed to his heirs in accordance with Islamic injunction.

“The sum of N108 million was also paid to the heirs of the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero by the Emirate Council in respect of his personal cars inherited by the present Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi 11. The cars now form part of Kano Emirate Council fleet of vehicles in the Palace”.

On the allegation that the  Emirate exhausted N15, 458,660.00 on travels, the council explained that the money was spent on the renovation of Fadancin Dare wing axis of the palace.

The council conceded to raising two vouchers of N6, 993, 203.00 and N5, 560, 235.00 totaling N12, 559, 435.00 through Western Union, being the cost of Air tickets for the Emir’s entourage, “excluding the Emir who use to pay for his ticket”.

The Emirate further described as false the allegation that the Emirate Council spent billions of Naira on the chartered flight, saying since the ascendancy of Emir Sanusi II,  the Emirate council embarked on securing the services of a  chartered flight only twice for the Emir’s movement to Sokoto and Benin City.

Walin Kano noted: “The Council chartered flight only twice for His Highness for the following trips: In September, 2014 to Sokoto when the Emir paid a traditional homage (Mubaya’a) to Sultan of Sokoto after his turban as Emir of Kano, which the Council spent N4, 651, 000.00 and in January 2015 to Benin for his installation as Chancellor of Benin University and it cost the Emirate Council N9, 071, 000.00.

“All the trips were made as a result of lack of schedule flight at that time to make this important and historical trips and it cost the Council the sum of N13, 722, 00.00 as against alleged N9, 071, 000.00. Two bulletproof cars were purchased for the Emir at the cost of N142, 800, 000.00.  The purchase was based on the advice and approval of the state government.

“This was as a result of an attack on the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji (Dr.) Ado Bayero on his way back from Murtala Muhammad Mosque to the Palace”.

The Emirate council revealed  that the sum of N154, 873, 000.00 was spent for the purchase and substitution of vehicles that were destroyed when the Emir’s convoy was attacked by insurgents on his way from Murtala Muhammad Mosque back to the Palace.

It also insisted that the two Rolls-Royce executive cars for Emir Sanusi II were purchased by his friends.

On the cost of phone calls which allegedly cost N37, 054, 192.06, the Emirate said,  “It is true that the sum of N37, 054, 192.06 was paid to Airtel due to the fact that the Emir has been identified with only one local mobile phone which he uses within and outside the country.

“The majority of the charges are that of roaming which are normal. The telephones charges of the palace are upset by the Council, particularly when it comes within the provision of the budget”.

On grant received from the state, Walin Kano said, “The Emirate Council actually received the sum of N1, 727, 938, 660.42 as grants from the state government between August 30, 2014 and March 1, 2017, over and above the alleged figure of N1, 672, 953, 660.00.

“The Emirate Council should have received almost triple of this amount, in accordance with the law establishing Emirate Council fund of 2004. From 2012 to date, the Council has been denied of this contribution where the sum of N1, 142, 938, 660.42 was spread and released over a period of two years i.e. 2014 and 2015, with an average monthly release of N23, 811, 222.09. The release is for the year 2012.

“From 2016 to date, the contribution started to improve from the average of N23 million per month to N40 million and the Council received the sum of N585 million within 13 months.

“This amount covered the period of 2013 and part of 2014 which brings the sum of N1, 727,938,660.42 as total amount received between 30/07/2014 to 01/03/2017 as earlier mentioned. From our calculations, between January 2012 to September 2016 the sum of N6, 527,013,061.00 has been held by the state government”.

Accordingly, Wali stressed that Emir Sanusi II, on assumption of office, inherited  N1, 893, 378, 927.38 contrary to N4 billion allegedly being speculated.

Source: Leadership

BVN Mandate Grace Till August 1st – CBN

As from August 1, all customers without Bank Verification Number (BVN) linked to their bank accounts will not be allowed to make a withdrawal from those accounts, says the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

According to the apex bank, the measure becomes necessary as the absence of a unique identifier in the banking industry is a major challenge inhibiting the effectiveness of the Know Your Customer (KYC) principle.

In a letter to all Other Financial Institutions (OFIs) by its Director, OFIs Supervision Department, Mrs Tokunbo Martins, obtained from CBN website on Monday, the apex bank stated that it has become necessary to extend the BVN enrolment to customers of OFIs, especially as some OFIs are located in the rural areas and have customers that may not have enrolled with commercial banks.

“In view of the foregoing, all OFIs are required to enroll their customers on or before July 31, 2017; conspicuously display notices sensitising customers on BVN in the banking hall; ensure that all new customers have BVN and forward to the Director, OFIs Supervision Department schedule of customers’ accounts with BVN on August 7, 2017,” the circular stated.

Enumerating the benefits of BVN enrollment to both customers and the banking sector, Mrs Martins said: “The BVN is expected to minimise the incidence of fraud and money laundering in the financial system as well as enhance financial inclusion. The BVN enrollment will support the achievement of the zero default credit targets set for the Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs) in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Department Fund (MSMEDF). It will also open opportunities for credit to millions of Nigerians without a standard means of identification.”

Going down memory lane on the history of the BVN, she stated: “To address this challenge (absence of a unique identifier) and complement the existing means of identification of customers, which include driver’s licence; international passport; National Identity Card and the Permanent Voter’s Card, the CBN, in collaboration with the Bankers’ Committee, launched the BVN project in February 2014. The implementation of the BVN initiative, which started with the customers of Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) has been very successful. However, to avoid a broken identification link in the banking system, it has become necessary to extend the BVN enrolment to the customers of OFIs, especially as some OFIs are located in the rural areas and have customers that may not have enrolled with the DMBs.”



Source: Sun

Famine: Aid To North-East May Dry Up In June – UN

Aid organisations working to stop the famine in Nigeria will run out of money by June if donors do not give the cash they pledged at a conference in February.

Deputy humanitarian coordinator of the United Nations (UN), Peter Lundberg, who disclosed this yesterday said this will amount to worsening an already difficult situation.

The UN had in March noted that the famine in the northeast of the West African country is one of four hot spots, together with South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia, that constitute the worst humanitarian crisis the world has faced since 1945.

The UN said in Nigeria, 4.7 million people, many of them displaced by the conflict with Islamist insurgency Boko Haram, need rations to survive, adding that an estimated 43,800 people already experience famine.

The world body said two months ago, international donors pledged 457 million dollars at a conference in Oslo to address the needs of Africa’s Lake Chad region, Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, to go toward the 1.5 billion dollars.

According to Lundberg, for Nigeria, aid agencies working on the crisis have so far received only 19 per cent of the money appealed for.

By comparison, the UN added, aid agencies working on the crisis in Cameroon have received 23 per cent of the money appealed for; those in Chad four per cent and Niger 47 per cent.

“At it stands right now we believe we are running out of money by June-July”, Lundberg said in an interview, adding that donors he had talked so far had cited bureaucratic reasons for the delay.

Lundberg was in Oslo as part of a tour of Nordic countries to encourage donors to make good on their commitments and will travel to the UN in New York later Monday to discuss the issue with other member-states.

Without funding now, he said, aid agencies cannot feed enough people, provide the seeds and tools local farmers need to plant crops, or prepare for the rainy season that starts in May, when deteriorating road conditions mean people will be harder to reach.

Lundberg said the most critical needs for funding are for the World Food Programme, which provides rations to 1.3 million people a month.

“They may have to cut rations instead of scaling up as they should ahead of the rainy season,” he said.

And the UN’s Food and Agriculture Agency, which helps farmers plant crops, has received only 12 million dollars of the 60 million dollars it needs.

Earlier in April, Reuters had reported that WFP’s funds could run dry within weeks.

The UN is unable to reach an estimated 700,000 people, mostly in the remote parts of Nigeria’s Borno state, due to the presence of Boko Haram, roadside bombs and near-daily suicide bombings attempts in camps where displaced people live.

Source: Leadership

Nigeria Will Be Among Top 3 World Economies By 2050 —Britain

Britain has predicted that Nigeria may turn out to be one of the three biggest economies of the world by 2050.

The British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright, made this disclosure on Monday in Lagos as part of activities to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Nigerian British Chamber of Commerce, NBCC.

Speaking on the topic, “Nigeria-British Relations: The Next 100 Years”, Arkwright said the UK government was happy with the economic outlook of Nigeria.

He added that by virtue of the policies and investment habits of the current government of Nigeria, it was glaring that the country would no longer be dependent on aid to develop.

Arkwright said, “By 2050, Nigeria will be the third biggest country in the world as it will overtake the USA to join China and India as the three biggest countries.

“Second, Lagos, Africa’s fifth largest economy in 2016, will become more important in the coming years as African example of how to break down barriers to doing business and bring in foreign investment.”

Speaking further, Arkwright also predicted that in a few years, Lagos would become a major global economic centre, while Nigeria would emerge one of the three biggest countries in the world.

He also disclosed that the British Embassy had started special services.

According to him, visa applicants could get their visa on the same day or within five days of application.

The embassy also reduced the maximum turnaround time for all classes of visa application to 15 days.

“We have introduced a same day visa service – at a cost – for visas in Nigeria. We have also introduced a service that means you get a visa within five days, at a lower cost than the same day process.

‘’Our turnaround time for all other visas is 15 days. The key thing, however, is that all visitors to the UK, whether they are from Nigeria or anywhere else, must respect the law and the length of time their visa says they can stay in the UK,” the High Commissioner said.

“In 2016, around 140,000 Nigerians applied for visas to the UK. Of those that applied for student visas, 90 percent were successful.

‘’For those that applied for other visas, around 70 percent were successful. There are as many as 250,000 Nigerian nationals or dual Nigerian-British nationals living in the UK at the moment.

‘’Some claim the total Nigerian diaspora in the UK is well over a million. We want Nigerians to come to the UK. They come to do business, to study, to see family and to invest in our economy,’’ he added.

Ambode Orders Repair Of Links Road

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday expressed displeasure at the state of roads in Bariga.
The governor ordered contractors to move to a site in the next two weeks to fix the roads.

Ambode, who spoke after inspecting the roads in Bariga, ordered contractors to begin work on Ilaje Road and Odunsi Street.
The governor, who awarded the contract for the construction of Ariyo Road, said the dilapidated roads were unacceptable to his administration.

He said in line with the commitment of his administration to transform every part of the state, a new jetty would be built in Ilaje, while a multi-purpose playground and recreation centre would also be built in Oworonshoki.

Ambode said: “I have just gone round Odunsi Street, Ariyo Street and then Ilaje Street, all connecting Oworo Bus Stop with Bariga. I am totally displeased with the state of the roads that I have personally seen.

“So, within the next two weeks, contractors will begin work on Ilaje Road and Odunsi Street. We have already awarded the contract for Ariyo Road, which will go under the Third Mainland Bridge, after Bertola and go to the other side of Oworonsoki.

“In addition to the roads on this Ilaje Road, we will also give you a brand new jetty. Like we have always said, every community in Lagos will not be left behind. We should be able to live in Bariga, work in Bariga and play in Bariga.

“On the other side of Oworonshoki, we are going to sand-fill and dredge that other part where the bus stop is so that we can have a multi-purpose playground, recreation and entertainment hub.”

In a swift response to the plea of residents of Soluyi community in Bariga, Ambode ordered that work should begin on the road in the axis within 21 days to ease movement to Gbagada expressway.

The governor urged the residents to continue to pay their taxes and embrace peace to enjoy more dividends of democracy.

He said: “I know the people in these communities have always supported our government. So, what we have just come to do is to say a big thank you to you. We are doing the work you have sent us to do.

We are doing the work you have sent us to do.

“I want to encourage you to continue to pay your taxes. I am very happy this neighbourhood is a little bit crime-free now. I am enjoying the peaceful atmosphere in this area. When you promise me peace, I will do more for your neighbourhood.”

The Sole Administrator of Bariga Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Sanya Osijo, expressed appreciation to the governor for giving the order.

He said the repairs would end the suffering of the residents, Ambode also paid an unscheduled inspection to the site of the construction of world-class transport interchange at Oshodi.

The governor directed contractors to work assiduously to meet the completion deadline.

Source: The Nations

Punch Journalist Expelled Over Story Considered Offensive To The Presidency.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s media office yesterday distanced itself from the expulsion of the Punch correspondent covering the Presidential Villa, Mr. Olalekan Adetayo.

Journalists in the Villa are directly attached to the office of the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina.

Adetayo was yesterday afternoon expelled by Buhari’s Chief Security Officer, Bashir Abubakar, over story considered offensive to the Presidency.

Adesina, on his Twitter handle, said he was not consulted before Adetayo was expelled.

He said: “We weren’t consulted in the media office by the CSO before he expelled the Punch reporter. President Buhari is committed to press freedom.

“An amicable solution would be found to the reporter matter. President Buhari does not intend to muzzle the media in any way,” Adesina added.


Source: The Nations

Osinbajo Probe Panel Grills NIA DG

On Monday 24th April 2017, the suspended Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke, appeared before the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee probing allegations of financial impropriety against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, and the discovery of N13.3 billion discovered in Ikoyi Towers by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Oke was suspended and is being investigated over his claim that the huge sum belonged to NIA. The three-man committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari on April 19, following his suspension, was tasked to investigate “how and by whose or which authority the funds were made available to NIA, and to establish whether or not there has been a breach of the law or security procedure in obtaining custody and use of the funds”.

On the other hand, Lawal is being investigated over the management of Presidential Initiative on Northeast (PINE) contract awards in his capacity as SGF.

He had been alleged to have awarded N220 million tree-cutting contract to his company, Rholavision Engineering Limited, in contravention of public sector rules barring government officials from awarding contracts to companies in which they have an interest.


FG To Purchase 20 Aircraft For Aviation College

The Federal Government is to buy 20 aircraft to equip Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria and make it a centre of excellence.

Mr. Hadi Sirika, Minister of State for Aviation, confirmed on Monday in Abuja that NCAT had also taken delivery of a brand new Diamond DA24NG.

The minister, who launched the new aircraft in Zaria said that the aircraft would improve the training capacity of the college.

He observed that the current aircraft in use were highly expensive to maintain, adding that the college would now be more competitive and dynamic in the global aviation industry.

Sirika lauded the efforts of the management of the college especially for introducing courses in line with the guidelines of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

“I am aware of efforts by NCAT to run National Diploma and Higher National Diploma; be rest assured, you will have our full support and that of the president.”

The minister charged staff of the college to seek for more knowledge because the world had changed from resource based economy to knowledge-based.

Earlier, the Rector of the college, Capt. Abdussalami Mohammed, said the college currently has 29 trainer aircraft.

“These aircraft used for ab-initio training TB9, Trinidad TB20GT and Beech Baron 58 are old, the earliest being purchased 15 years ago and quite expensive to fuel and maintain,’’ he said.

The rector said the new trainer aircraft would significantly improve the flight training experience and reduce operating cost.

He added that the newly acquired aircraft was equipped with glass cockpit and garmin 1000, which would make it easier for graduating pilots to transit to new generation commercial aircraft.

EFCC Arraigns Ex- Governor Babangida Aliyu

The trial of former Governor of Minna State, Babangida Aliyu by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) begins today Tuesday 25th April 2017.

The trial of the two-term governor has been the subject of discussion among his supporters and those against the former governor with opinions sharply divided on whether Aliyu should be tried for corruption or not. News reports have it that civil servants plan to embarrass him due to a  grudge to settle with him for his administration’s inability to pay the 7.5 per cent increase in their salaries before leaving office.

Details Shortly……