City Voice Newspaper Just another WordPress site Thu, 24 May 2018 17:34:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Alleged N700mn graft: Court sends PDP’s Dan Orbih, Ize-Iyamu, others to EFCC custody Thu, 24 May 2018 17:34:13 +0000 The Edo State chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Orbih and a former governorship candidate of the party, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, were Thursday remanded in the custody of the EFCC by the Federal High Court.

Also remanded in prison were a former Deputy Governor, Mr, Lucky Imasuen; a former member of the House of Representatives, Tony Azegbemi and Efe Anthony.

Chief Lucky Imasuen, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was, at the time the alleged offence was committed, a member of the PDP.

They are to remain in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), pending when they meet their applications for bail.

Ize-Iyamu and the others were arraigned by the EFCC on an 8-count charge of laundering the sum of N700 million.

The anti graft agency stated that the defendants reasonably ought to have known that the money form part of proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: fraud and corruption; and “thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2)(d) of the Money Laundering (prohibition) Act 2011 as amended.”

The accused persons were granted bail in the sum of N10 million each and a surety in like sum who must be a civil servant on level 16.

Justice P. I. Adjokwu, who ordered that they be remanded in after rejecting a plea by Counsel to Ize-Iyamu, Charles Edosomwan, that they be kept in the custody of the EFCC.

Brazil legend Ronaldinho ‘to marry two women at same time’ Thu, 24 May 2018 16:48:55 +0000 Brazil football legend Ronaldinho is set to marry two women at the same time after dating and living with the pair in his mansion, according to reports in his home country.

Ronaldinho, a World Cup 2002 and Champions League 2006 winner, got his hands on jugs for fun as a player and will now wed duo Priscilla Coelho and Beatriz Souza at the same ceremony in August at his $6.7 Rio mansion.

All three have lived together at the luxury apartment of the former Samba Boys and Barcelona number 10 in posh the Barra da Tijuca district since December and even holiday as a threesome, reports say.

Ronaldinho allegedly began dating Beatriz in 2016, but continued his relationship with Priscilla, which had begun several years earlier, columnist Leo Dias claims in Brazil’s O Dia newspaper. The source says the women receive an allowance of $2,000 to spend how they please.

The World Player of the Year for 2006 allegedly popped the question to the pair in January and gave the pair identical engagement rings. They were also lavished with identical gifts from the footy ace.

Ronaldinho has never publicly acknowledged the relationship, even taking to social media to refute earlier claims he was engaged, but it is understood the 38-year-old travels to almost every event he attends with his two girlfriends.

The former AC Milan playmaker returned to Brazil to finish his career after playing in Europe, helping Atlético Mineiro clinch the Copa Libertadores in 2013. The club are based in Belo Horizonte, the city from where Priscilla and Beatriz both hail.

He also won the 2005 Confederations Cup with Brazil and traveled to the Russian city of Kazan for the tournament’s 2017 edition. Ronaldinho retired from football in January this year.

Kannywood’s Rahama Sadau wins Leadership artiste of the year Thu, 24 May 2018 16:20:52 +0000 By Collins Yakubu-Hammer

Popular Kannywood actress, Rahama Sadau was awarded Leadership Artiste of the year 2017 by the Leadership Newspaper Group.

The award was announced at the Leadership 2017 Awards on Thursday in Abuja where a popular movie producer, Uzee Usman received the award for her.

The 24 year-old Kaduna born actress, model and television personality had features in numerous Hausa language films and a number of English movies.

Kannywood is the Hausa speaking moving industry in the northern party of Nigeria.

She came to limelight after her first leading role in the movie “Gani Ga Wane’’ alongside popular Kannywood Star, Ali Nuhu.

Sadau from the family of five has earned many accolades, which include “Face of Kannywood’’ at the City people Entertainment Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

In October 2016, she was reportedly banned from Kannywood for featuring in a romantic musical video by a musician “Classique’’ which was said to be against the ethics of the Hausa film industry.

However, the ban was later lifted.

In 2017, she became the first Hausa speaking female celebrity to appear in the top ten Hottest Female Nigeria Celebrities.

In same year Sadau produced a blockbuster movie `Rariya’ under her Production Company, `Sadau Pictures’.

It featured popular actors like Ali Nuhu, Sadiq Sani, Fati Washa, Usman Ycee and others.

`Rariya’ is the first movie from Kannywood that was shown in cinemas across some states in the country.

Sadau, the only female kannywood actress with over 600,000 followers on Instagram featured in a recent television series “Sons of the Caliphate’’ which the season two is currently undergoing production.

Similarly, with over 90,000 followers on Twitter, her popularity extends beyond Nigeria to other countries like India, U.S., UK, Ghana, Niger, Cameroon and others.

Sadau established a charity and humanitarian organisation “Ray of Hope’’ where she visits internally displaced persons’ camps to offer support and aid.

With all those achievements, it is not doubt that she sure deserves to be the leadership artiste of the year. 

Nigeria Signs MoU with African Risk Capacity on Climate Risk Financing Thu, 24 May 2018 15:57:39 +0000 The Government of Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the African Risk Capacity (ARC) to work together to address the impact of extreme weather events in Nigeria, including training support to Government personnel.

The signing ceremony, which happened on the margins of the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank on Thursday, in Busan, Korea, comes on the heels of the Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina’s pledge to support for the work of African Risk Capacity in the region, calling for more stakeholders to join the ARC to ensure the availability of insurance against natural disaster risks.

The Bank and ARC have partnership since March 2017 to strengthen technical collaboration towards enhancing the risk management infrastructure and policy across Africa and in supporting countries in building resilience against climate shocks.

Speaking on the signing of the MoU, Nigeria’s Minister for Finance, Kemi Adeosun, congratulated the African Risk Capacity for the innovative approach it is taking towards climate risk financing and management in Africa. Adeosun assured that Nigeria will work with the Agency to address the impact of extreme weather events in the country.

The journey towards a mutual technical collaboration with Nigeria began in July 2015 when the ARC team undertook a scoping mission which established the need for Nigeria to give greater consideration to the ARC initiative.

Nigeria was a founding member of ARC, participating in the establishment discussions and resulting in the nomination of former Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the Chair of the Agency’s Governing Board. Nigeria subsequently signed the ARC Establishment Agreement on December 4, 2014, thereby formally became a member of the institution.

ARC was established as a Specialized Agency of the African Union (AU) to help member states improve their capacities to better plan, prepare and respond to extreme weather events and natural disasters. Through its first financial affiliate, ARC Ltd, the institution provides African governments with innovative risk management and risk transfer tools and services towards creating a comprehensive pan-African disaster response system.

Mohamed Beavogui, the Director-General of ARC, expressed appreciation to the Nigerian Government for signing the MoU noting that, the leadership role of Nigeria in the continent and in the establishment of the ARC makes the signing of a formal MoU quite momentous for our work in the region. We want to create systems that can truly protect the livelihoods of the most vulnerable and safeguard the significant development gains made by the country over the years.”

Earlier in the week, the Government of Nigeria announced the extension of its agreement with the African Development Bank on the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF) for additional 10 years to assist the development efforts of low-income regional member countries.

Ogun Police parade cultists who sold victim’s hands to herbalist for N5,000 Thu, 24 May 2018 15:48:50 +0000 By Michael Adesanya /Abeokuta

The Ogun state police command on Wednesday paraded two notorious suspected cultists and 46 other suspected criminals for crimes, ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, illegal possession of fire arms as well as murder.

The State police commissioner, Ahmed Illiyasu while parading the suspects at command’s headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, revealed to journalists that one of the cultists, 27 year-old Kayode Oreneye, a member of the Eiye Confraternity, killed one Sakiru a.k. schoolboy  after  allegedly trailing the victim from Abeokuta to Ilaro township, headquarters of Yewa South local government area, where he killed him, severed both hands and later sold them to herbalist for N5,000 in February this year.

Illiyasu said he was arrested by the operatives of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (FARS) at a drinking spot in Abeokuta metropolis after attempting to shoot police operatives in order to evade arrest.

Oreneye and a father of two had been on the police Wanted List since February, before he was arrested last month, April.

Speaking in an interview with journalists, Oreneye, who confessed to committing the crime, said he killed the deceased because “School Boy” had earlier killed four members of his own cult gang, saying that he had on three occasions narrowly escaped being killed by the deceased.

He further alleged that Shakiru was a member of the Aiye Confraternity and that each time he was caught by the police, he would present a psychiatric rehabilitation certificate to pretend that he was mentally deranged.

Another gang member, 23 year old Gbenga Ogunsanya (a.k.a. “Spartacus”), was paraded by the police.

Ogunsanya, an alleged member of the Aiye Confraternity, was disclosed to have killed over nine persons between the period of his being initiated into the gang in March 2017 till date.

The Commissioner said that the suspect was so infamous that the mere mention of the name ‘Spartacus’ would send shivers down the spine of anyone who knew or had heard of the his notoriety.

He was said to be fond of storming social functions with his gang, smashing the windscreens of vehicles and attacking people with an axe.

“Spartacus”, who usually moved in the company of 30 men, was eventually arrested in March by FSARS operatives who had been on his trail, according to the Commissioner.

The police boss therefore warned all criminals to stay clear of the state,  assuring that no hiding place for them.

Pakistani mob destroys 100-year-old minority Ahmadi mosque Thu, 24 May 2018 15:21:07 +0000 A mob led by right-wing Muslim clerics tore down the dome and minarets of a 100-year old Pakistani mosque belonging to the Ahmadi community, officials and the community said on Thursday.

Ahmadis are one of the most persecuted groups in Sunni-majority Pakistan, with Islamists and religious hardliners labelling them heretics, while harsh Pakistani laws ban them from calling themselves Muslims or using Islamic symbols.

Saleemuddin, a spokesman for the Ahmadi community, said a mob stormed the mosque complex in Sialkot, near the Indian border in Punjab province, overnight.

He put the number at several hundred.

He said there was collusion between the mob and local government officials, but police denied such accusations.

Asad Sarfraz, a police official, said municipal government officials were at the mosque complex removing what he called “illegal renovation”.

“An emotionally charged mob of people belonging to different groups and segments of society reached there and damaged several parts of the building,” Sarfraz said.

Sarfraz said about 60 to 70 people were involved and authorities were attempting to identify the attackers.

Saleemuddin denied the renovation work was illegal and said the community had obtained permission from the local government to upgrade the building. He shared an application approved by the municipal government with Reuters.

A social media video of the attack’s aftermath shows a crowd cheering a local cleric, who then claims to have ransacked the mosque.

“I want to thank the Sialkot administration, the District Police Officer, District Commissioner, the Town Municipal Corporation, from the bottom of my heart,” said the cleric, from the majority Sunni community.

“Because as Muslims it was your responsibility to complete this work.”

The Ahmadis consider themselves to be Muslims but their recognition of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who founded the sect in British-ruled India in 1889, as a “subordinate prophet” is viewed by many of the Sunni majority as a breach of the Islamic tenet that the Prophet Mohammad was God’s last direct messenger.

LASG promises to make LASU global best university Thu, 24 May 2018 15:15:57 +0000 Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday says the state remains committed toward making the Lagos State University (LASU) the best in global ranking.

Ambode, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, said this at the university’s 22nd Convocation for Higher Degrees.

“We have a responsibility to continue to ensure that the academic standard of this institution is sustained, ‘’ the governor said.

According to him, the government will continue to make education a priority through initiatives and strategies to drive growth and development.

Ambode urged graduating students to prove themselves by putting the knowledge they acquired to good use for economic development and promotion of peace and progress of the state and country at large.

“LASU is an institution of pride to us in the state as it has continued to produce employable and qualified manpower for both the public and private sectors.

“To you the graduands of today, the university had prepared and certified you fit to enjoy the life ahead.

“It is now left for you to prove yourselves and put the knowledge acquired to good use for the promotion of economic development, peace and progress of the state and the country at large.

“You are also required to maintain the integrity of the certificate issued to you by the university, ‘’ he said.

The governor lauded the efforts of the university management and governing council.

Ambode urged both the management and the governing council to continue to key into the vision of the administration by producing the manpower needed to facilitate and improve productivity.

In his address, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, said the university was proud of the graduating students.

Fagbohun said the graduands were adequately tutored, nurtured and assessed before certifying that they were worthy in both characters and learning.

He promised that the institution would continue to produce highly-skilled and qualified manpower for the development of Nigeria, Africa and the entire global community.

The vice chancellor said that the university graduated 8,028 post-graduate students for the 2016/2017 academic session.

According to him, 7, 982 were postgraduate students and 46 PhDs.

Prof. Adebayo Ninalowo, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the university said there were rooms for strategic expansion and qualitative academic research in the institution.

Ninalowo said the institution had constituted a committee with the mandate to develop a strategic plan for setting up an endowment fund to complement the efforts of the LASU Directorate of Advancement (LASUDA).

According to him, this is because the state government’s subvention and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) were not enough to achieve the strategic plan mapped out for the institution.

He, however, lauded the state government, the Federal Government, National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Ninalowo also commended Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS) Assessment and other government agencies for their support to the university.

The university graduated 29,710 students for the session and 26 students made First Class division.

Also, 21,481 graduands are for the first degree; 201 for diploma; 7,982 for Post- graduate and 46 PhD graduands.

Adetoro Ogunsanya of the Department of Business Administration was named the best graduating student with a Cumulative Grade Point Aggregate (CGPA) of 4.78.

Trump cancels summit with North Korea leader scheduled for next month Thu, 24 May 2018 15:11:07 +0000 U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday called off a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, even after North Korea followed through on a pledge to blow up tunnels at its nuclear test site.

Referring to a scheduled June 12 meeting with Kim in Singapore, Trump said in a letter to the North Korean leader: “Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it would be inappropriate, at this time, to have this long- planned meeting.”

Trump called it “a missed opportunity” and said someday he still hoped to meet Kim.

Earlier on Thursday, North Korea repeated a threat to pull out of the unprecedented summit with Trump next month and warned it was prepared for a nuclear showdown with Washington if necessary.

In a statement released by North Korean media, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui had called U.S. Vice President Mike Pence a “political dummy” for comparing North Korea – a “nuclear weapons state” – to Libya, where Muammar Gaddafi gave up his unfinished nuclear development programme, only to be later killed by NATO-backed fighters.

A small group of international media selected by North Korea witnessed the demolition of tunnels at the Punggye-ri site on Thursday, which Pyongyang says is proof of its commitment to end nuclear testing.

The apparent destruction of what North Korea says is its only nuclear test site has been widely welcomed as a positive, if largely symbolic, step toward resolving tension over its weapons. North Korean leader Kim has declared his nuclear force complete, amid speculation the site was obsolete anyway.

ECOWAS female parliamentarians seek increased participation of women in electoral process Wed, 23 May 2018 17:42:14 +0000 The ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians Association (ECOFPA) has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to support its campaign for increased women’s participation in electoral processes across the West African sub-region.

According to the association’s first Vice President, Aisatta Daffe, who led a delegation on an advocacy visit to the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, despite the fact that women constitute more than 52 percent of the general population in West Africa, they make up only 14 per cent of the parliamentarians in the sub-region.

Daffe said the association was particularly uncomfortable with the realization that a huge country like Nigeria has only six percent of its women in government. She said even Senegal was more impressive, with women making up 42 percent of its national parliament membership.

She said: “We saw the statistics yesterday for the sub-region. Nigeria, which is such a huge country, has only six percent of women involved in decision making or government. And Senegal has up to 42 percent of its women involved in the parliament.”

She said the situation led to the development of a Gender and Election Strategic Framework and Action Plan, which the association believes would help address the identified challenges.

“So, we are here today,” she said, “to present the document to the INEC Chairman, which we hope can facilitate a better representation of women in the region.”

To be sure, the association wants a 30 percent regional average of women in elective offices across West Africa. She appealed to the Commission to support the quest to make the dream possible.

Daffe also implored the Commission to facilitate the mainstreaming of gender issues into the country’s electoral cycle. She expressed the hope that the document would serve as a guide to Electoral Management Bodies in the Sub-region and other public institutions in integrating gender issues in their processes and activities.

Responding, the INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said the Commission was committed to increased women’s participation in the electoral process.

Yakubu, who is also the President, ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), told the Parliamentarians that INEC was not only at the forefront of gender advocacy in the electoral process, but had also imbibed the principles of fair gender representation in practice.

He said: “It is always a great pleasure to have female parliamentarians from our sub-region visit the Commission. This is very important because for the first time in the history of our sub-region, all the 15 countries are today democracies. Gone are the days when we had one government in the capital and another one in the bush. All the governments are now in their capital cities and are democracies.

“I want to assure the delegation, particularly madam Aishatta, that INEC is a gender-friendly commission. Out of the 11 National Commissioners that we have at the Commission at present, three are women: a Pharmacist, a Lawyer and a Professor. In addition, the Commission’s Secretary is a woman.  Also, INEC has a workforce of over 16,000 staff and women constitute 32 percent.”

He continued: “INEC already has a Gender Policy and we have been working with political parties in Nigeria for greater participation of women in politics and in elective offices. It may interest you to know that we have 68 political parties in Nigeria today and five of them have women as Chairmen.”

Yakubu assured the visitors that the Commission would push for increased women participation in the electoral process, just as he pledged to also extend the advocacy to the West African Sub-region.

He affirmed: “In my role as President of ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), I am also going to be your advocate in the sub-region. This advocacy will continue beyond Nigeria.”

The high point of the visit was the presentation of the ECOWAS Gender Election and Strategic Framework to the INEC Chairman by Dr. Sintiki Ugbe, of the ECOWAS Commission, Abuja.

Rwanda signs tourism sponsorship deal with Arsenal Wed, 23 May 2018 17:36:38 +0000 Rwanda has signed a sponsorship and tourism promotion deal with English football clubside Arsenal, the country’s government said on Wednesday.

With the deal, the East African country has established a commercial bond with President Paul Kagame’s favourite football club.

Tourism is the biggest foreign exchange earner in Rwanda, which is trying to lay to rest memories of a genocide in which some 800,000 ethnic Rwandans were slaughtered by Hutu extremists.

From August, the “Visit Rwanda’’ tourist board logo will be emblazoned on the left sleeve of all players in Arsenal’s first, under-23 and women’s teams, the government said in a statement.

Rwanda said the three-year deal would highlight its “growing numbers of wildlife, including black rhino, lions, zebra, chimpanzees and the famous mountain gorillas’’.

However, the country did not disclose how much it would pay.

The tourism deal is not the only link between Rwanda and the north London side.

Many of Kagame’s critics compare his prolonged stay in power to that of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who retired this year after 22 years in charge.

Kagame came to power after the 1994 genocide and has recently changed the constitution to allow him to stay until 2034.

He posted a plaintive message this month about Wenger’s departure from “my beloved club Arsenal’’.

Arsenal chief commercial officer Vinai Venkatesham described the deal as an exciting partnership which would allow Rwanda to fulfil the ambitions of its tourist industry.

The country hopes to bring in $440 million (330.3 million pounds) this year from foreign visitors.

Many of the tourists will be coming to visit its population of endangered gorillas in forests along the border with Democratic Republic of Congo.