Super Falcons beat Cameroun 4-2 on penalties, qualify for AWCON final, World Cup

Super Falcons beat resilient Lionesses, pick World Cup ticket

By Gowon Akpodonor

True to their pre match boast, the Super Falcons yesterday proved to their Cameroonian counterparts, Indomitable Lionesses, that Nigeria remains the commander-in-chief in African women’s football. The Falcons won their semifinal tie at the Accra Sports Stadium 4-2 on penalties to reach AWCON 2018 final. The victory also guaranteed the Super Falcons a place at next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Lithe and sharp forward, Onguene came close in the 4th minute with a rasping shot, apparently from nowhere, which Falcons goalie, Tochukwu Oluehi diverted, and three minutes later, the Lionesses were on the prowl again with a firm header, but Oluehi again was alert. In the 10th minute, Gaelle Enganamouit tested the Nigeria goal with a snap shot, but could not penetrate.

In the closing stages of the first period, Nigeria pushed forward a bit, but an attempt by Francisca Ordega to steal the ball from two defenders was fruitless, and Asisat Oshoala’s crisp shot was well saved.

Nigeria had finished second in group B after two wins and a defeat, while Cameroun were top of group A with two wins and a draw. Super Falcons head coach Thomas Dennerby made no changes to the starting line up for their previous two games that ended on victory against Zambia and Equatorial Guinea.

Incidentally, it was at the same Accra Sports Stadium the Super Falcons made history in 2004, beating the host, Ghana Black Queens 3-2 on penalties with former goalkeeper, Precious Dede, saving three kicks after conceding two in the qualifier to Athens Olympic Games.

Yesterday, the Super Falcons created very few chances in the first half, as the Indomitable Lionesses controlled possession and set the tone of the game. After a goalless halftime, both teams followed in the same pattern in the second stanza, as they were unable to get the breakthrough.

Thomas Dennerby introduced Falconets stars, Rasheedat Ajibade and Anam Imo, but the game ended goalless at 90 minutes. The extra time also ended goalless, taking the game into penalty shootout.

Falcons captain Onome Ebi, Ajibade, Asisat Oshoala and Ngozi Ebere all converted their spot kicks to give Nigeria a 4-2 victory. Goalkeeper Oluehi made one save in the penalty shootout.

The victory yesterday was the third time since 2014 the Super Falcons forced a bitter nut down the throat of the Lionesses in the African Women’s Nations Cup competition.

Cameroun star, Ajara Nchout, was voted Woman of the Match as she played a crucial role for the Indomitable Lioness, who pressed the Super Falcons.

The Super Falcons will face either the Banyana Banyana of South Africa or Mali in the final of the AWCON 2018. Cameroun on the other hand still have the chance of qualifying for France 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, if they win the third place match on Friday.

Credit: The Guardian

My son in-law will contest Imo governorship in another party, Okorocha dares Oshiomhole

My son in-law will contest Imo gov’ship in another party – Okorocha

By Jude Aguguo Owuamanam, Owerri |

Governor Rochas Okorocha, yesterday, gave a hint that his son-in-law and former Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu, will vie for the Imo State governorship on the platform of another party.

Nwosu, who is also a governorship contender of the APC, and others who did not make it during the recent primary elections, would most likely quit the ruling party for another to pursue their ambitions.

Okorocha said he would not stop any of his aggrieved loyalists from defecting.

Our correspondent gathered that no fewer than 27 members of the Imo State House of Assembly and National Assembly candidates, including Nwosu, who felt aggrieved from the conduct the APC primaries, may be heading to another party before the substitution window closes on December 1.

Okorocha said while he would support their aspirations elsewhere, he remained in APC and would contest the Orlu senatorial election under the party.

The governor, however, maintained that Nwosu and all the aggrieved candidates remained his choices and would get his support under any platform they chose to realise their ambitions.

Okorocha, speaking at a media parley in Owerri, said Nwosu under whatever platform remained his preferred governorship candidate, describing the emergence of the APC governorship candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma, as “the worst imposition in Nigerian political history.”

But the Imo governor reassured President Muhammadu Buhari that his followers would deliver him at the presidential election and vowed to deal with any of them who disobeyed him.

According to him, “What will happen is that while they move to realise their ambition under any other platform, I remain in APC and support them. Such parties will have no presidential candidate, but will adopt President Muhammadu Buhari as their candidate.

“What we saw in Imo APC was a clear case of injustice and the worst imposition in history. The party members are aggrieved and they will be moving to another party to pursue their ambitions and I am not going to stop them, but we are going to form alliance with whichever party they choose to deliver President Buhari.

“In the 2019 general elections, we are going to vote for candidates and not political parties. I am in the best position to assess the candidates and I know that among all the governorship candidates, Nwosu remains the best. I have told Imo people to check the records of those clamouring to govern the state before voting for them.

“What is happening in Imo APC is interesting and strange, a party known for uprightness, justice and fairness as exemplified by President Muhammadu Buhari, has been dented by the actions of the national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, for whatever reasons he is yet to disclose.

“I have been trying to manage the situation but I have no moral justification to stop the aggrieved candidates who felt short-changed from realizing their ambitions in any other party but I have not left APC and do not intend to leave APC. But you must realize that in Imo we don’t play party politics but politics of individuals. People did not join APC because of anybody but because of me,” he said.

Okorocha expressed regret that Imo people were short-changed by the three major political parties – APC, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) – in their choice of governorship candidates, saying that all of them were imposed on the people.

When Daily Trust sought the views of Nwosu on the comments of the governor, he was non-committal.

Nwosu, who was silent on his next line of action, however, gave assurance that he would mobilize all the aggrieved APC members to work for President Buhari’s victory in spite of any provocation.

He said the actions of the APC national chairman would not affect his support for President Muhammadu Buhari.

Credit: Daily Trust

Two Witnesses Die After Giving Evidence In Nyako’s Trial

Two Witnesses Die After Giving Evidence In Nyako’s Trial’


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has disclosed that two witnesses in the ongoing N29 billion fraud case against former governor of Adamawa state, Murtala Nyako mysteriously died in custody.

A detective with the commission, Adekunle Odofin, yesterday told Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, that two people who made crucial statements during the investigation into a N29billion fraud case died after giving their statements.

Odofin told the court that the two people were very vital to the prosecution of the case.

Nyako is being prosecuted by the Commission, alongside his son, Senator Abdul-Aziz Nyako, Abubakar Aliyu and Zulkifikk Abba, on a 37-count charge of criminal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and money laundering to the tune of N29billion.

Five companies that allegedly served as conduit pipes for the illegal diversion of the funds – Blue Opal Limited, Sebore Farms & Extension Limited, Pagoda Fortunes Limited, Tower Assets Management Limited and Crust Energy Limited, were equally charged before the court as the 5th to 9th defendants.

According to a statement from EFCC, while testifying as the twentieth prosecution witness, Odofin, who had started his testimony in June 2018 and tendered documents which were admitted in evidence, told the court on November 26, 2018, that one Mohammad Maj Iro, who was the General Manager, Zenith Bank Plc, the Regional Manager in charge of North-East, and the Account Officer of Adamawa State 200 accounts, domiciled in Zenith bank, died after making “crucial statements”, at the time of filing the case in the court.

When led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, the detective told the court that the Commission also extended invitations to one Dalhatu Abdulmalik, who was the cousin to Nyako and the Director of Ameak Investment Limited, Kirkelly Investment Limited and Pilkola Engineering Limited, and that after giving his own statement, during the point of filing the case in court, he also died.

Referring to Maj Iro, Odofin said he pulled out over N800 million from the Adamawa State account, and credited same to Crust Energy Limited, the 9th defendant in the case, taking orders from the then governor of the state, Nyako.

He explained that the behaviour of two accounts belonging to the State (Special Service Department, SSD, and Secretary to the State Government, SSG) drew the attention of the EFCC.

According to him, “the behaviour of these accounts, showed how money was being withdrawn in multiple of Ten Million Naira on different dates, running into billions of naira, by late Mohammad Maj Iro”.

“The question is, why did Maj Iro withdraw money from Adamawa State account, without being a staff of the state government? Investigations revealed that memos were originated from permanent secretaries of the SSD, Mohammed Ibrahim Jidado and that of the SSG, Emmanuel Ibrahim.

“Having generated these memos, same were forwarded to SSG for transmission to the number one citizen of the State, the governor. Upon the approval of these memos, same came back to the SSG, “ he said.

Odofin further explained that vouchers were raised after the approval of the memos, in the name of the Permanent Secretary, the Accountant and cashier as the same and now taken to Maj Iro.

“Having received these cheques, Maj Iro, being a seasoned banker, pulled out these monies from the two accounts ( SSD and SSG) and he starts crediting various individuals and corporate accounts, most especially, without the knowledge of the account owners”, the witness added.

“Maj Iro credited Zenith Bank accounts of the 5th to the 9th defendants (Blue Opal Limited, Sebore Farms & Extension Limited, Pagoda Fortunes Limited, Tower Assets Management Limited and Crust Energy Limited), out of the money he pulled out from Adamawa State accoun. Part of the money Maj Iro transferred to Tower Asset Management Limited, the sum of N678 million was transferred to Crust Energy on different dates.

“Maj Iro also transferred N160 million out of the money he pulled out from Adamawa State account to a company called Maxion Option Limited. Maxion Option Limited transferred same to Crust Energy Limited zenith bank account”.

The witness further told the court how Maj Iro disbursed millions of naira to the companies used to launder state funds.

“Maj Iro also transferred sums of money on different dates to Sabore Farms Limited. Out of the money transferred to the company by Maj Iro, the sum of N20 million was transferred to Mainstream Energy Limited. Another N20million was transferred from same Sabore Farms to one Sanni Hello of Mainstream Energy Limited. Another N10million was transferred to Crust Energy Limited”, Odofin said.

Statements made by Maj Iro at the Commission, were tendered and admitted in evidence by the court.

According to the court, “Statements made by Maj Iro on June 21, 2014; June 24, 2014; July 2, 2014; July 10, 2014; July 15, 2014; July 22, 2014; July 23, 2014; August 29, 2014 and October 22, 2014 admitted in evidence as LL40-1 to Ll40-9, respectively”. Also, statements made by Dalhatu Abdulmalik were tendered and admitted in evidence.

The matter was thereafter adjourned to November 29, 2018 for continuation of trial.

Credit: Leadership

I can no longer feed my family, Metuh tells court EFCC has frozen all his accounts

I can no longer feed my family, Metuh tells court

Posted By Eric Ikhila

•Ex-PDP spokesman laments seizure of accounts

FORMER People’s Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman Olisa Metuh told a Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday that he could no longer feed his family because his bank accounts have been frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Metuh said he learnt early yesterday that no debit order was placed on his accounts on Monday night, when he tried unsuccessfully to make a transaction in one of the accounts.

The ex-PDP spokesman spoke while testifying at the resumed hearing in his trail. Metuh is being tried, with his company, Destra Investment, on charges of money laundering.

Metuh, who is testifying as his own witness, said the freezing of his accounts has made it difficult for him to either feed his family or buy items as common as water and pain-relieving medicine like Panadol.

He said: “The EFCC seized my accounts yesterday night and I can’t get money to feed my family. I am in total shock as I am here talking to you.

“I don’t even know what to say. They seized all my accounts in every bank in this country. As I am, I don’t have money to buy Panadol or water to drink.”

Metuh associated the freezing of his accounts with his ongoing trial, in which he is accused of unlawfully receiving N400 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in 2014.

He queried why the EFCC would freeze his accounts, having allegedly seized his assets earlier.

Metuh said what the EFCC earlier seized included assets with the Asset and Resource Management Company Limited and his funds in other banks.

He said the action of the EFCC has denied him access to his funds worth more than the amount at stake in the trial.

Metuh noted: “They have alleged in this case that N400 million was stolen. Why would they not limit it to that amount?

“I don’t know how I am going to feed my family? I don’t have access to any money at all. I am ready to end this case and submit myself to the judgment of this court.”

In his earlier testimony yesterday, Metuh claimed his trial was because he was critical of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) while he was in office.

He tendered the print-outs of some media reports of the news conferences he addressed as PDP spokesperson in July 2015.

Metuh said the news conferences, which were critical of the APC and the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, earned him threats and eventually his arrest and subsequent prosecution.

Reacting, Metuh’s lawyer Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN) said he did not object to what his client said, but except the part where he spoke about ending the case.

The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, noted that the issue Metuh raised about his accounts was not part of the case before the court.

The judge asked Metuh to ask his lawyer to discuss the issue with the lead prosecuting lawyer, Sylvanus Tahir, who was equally in court.

Credit: The Nation

Osun: Oyetola in, Aregbesola out

Osun: Oyetola in, Aregbesola out

New gov takes oath of office

A progressive governance anchored on the principles of government of continuity, capable of bequeathing dividends of democracy to the people of the state, was the thrust of the goodwill messages by the leadership of the All Progressives Party (APC) when the new governor, Gboyega Oyetola, was inaugurated as the governor of Osun State, yesterday.

Oyetola is the 5th governor since the creation of the state by the former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, in 1991. President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said in the 2019 general elections, campaigns must focus on programmes and agenda capable of emancipating the people from hardship.

He called on Oyetola to centre his administration around the welfare of the people, especially the women and youths, to make life meaningful for them.

“Public office is a trust. You must rule with a human face and the fear of God. You must ensure all the ongoing projects are completed,” he said.

He assured the new governor of necessary support that would help him succeed during his administration.

Buhari also called on Nigerians to vote for the APC in all the elections in 2019.

He, however, urged them to conduct themselves peacefully in a manner devoid of bitterness and violence.

The president also urged candidates and their supporters to jettison hate speech and violence during the campaigns ahead of the poll for the sake of the country, and focus on programmes that would guarantee emancipation of people from hardship.

APC’s National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said Oyetola’s emergence as governor was a continuation and testament of the party’s progressive ideology of governance, started four years ago by President Buhari.

He called on Oyetola to toe the path that had been created to engender progressive development that would put smiles on people’s faces and take the state to higher heights.

“We want you to maintain the same path of progress. We are strongly behind you. Ride on, no going back. There is no other party here in the South West,” Tinubu said.

He commended Aregbesola for toeing the same path for eight years to bring the state to where it is.

“You’ve done very well. since eight years, which is like yesterday. You earned a progressive mandate and did it for four years and renewed it for another four years. It was a welfarist and progressive programmes now handed over to another progressive governor. Thank you for walking the path and doing a good job,” Tinubu said.

In his acceptance speech, Oyetola pledged total commitment to the progress and welfare of the people of the state.

To be able to achieve this, he promised to run a people-oriented governance anchored on continuity and progressive legacies set by his predecessor, Aregbesola.

He also promised to ensure regular payment of salary, stressing that workers and pensioners’ welfare would enjoy the attention of his administration.

“The mandate will not be abused. It is a commitment. We shall forge ahead to sustain the welfare of the generality of our people,” Oyetola said.

He promised to take lessons from the sagacity, wisdom, vision, dexterity, commitments and foundations of good leadership laid by the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo, Bola Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande, Rauf Aregbesola and other adherents of progressive governance in order to take the state to the next level.

Oyetola, who promised to place premium on development and progress of the state, also assured his administration would focus on job creation and youth employment. He promised to create 30,000 jobs for the youths through technology-driven programmes.

Meanwhile, the state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has described Oyetola as an interim governor whose legitimacy is questionable in the eyes of the public. Chairman of the party, Soji Adagunodo, in a statement, said this yesterday, in Osogbo.

“The shameful conduct of the supposed electoral umpire and security agents, especially, during the supplementary election on September 27, leaves a sour taste in the mouth of everyone with conscience and has remained a talking point in local and global political discourse,” the PDP said.

News Headlines Nov 28, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Nov 28, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
Violence at Akwa Ibom Assembly
Leave my office, we’re in darkness, Obaseki tells BEDC boss
Policeman kicks as Customs officers gun down wife in Lagos
I have not left APC – Okorocha
Five die, two injured as two cars collide in Ogun
Two human traffickers jailed 12 years for promoting prostitution
Command arraigns man for defrauding customer
States generated N579.5bn in six months – NBS
Curb illegal migration by investing in mines, FG tells investors
Domestic gas consumption to reach 500,000 metric tonnes –Petroleum Ministry
Tax tribunal begins hearing of 209 cases worth over N205bn
Christian elders shun Buhari, Atiku
Traders oppose planned concession of trade fair complex
Workers petition assembly over Fayose’s N264m largesse to labour leaders
Man nabbed for stealing immigration property in Lagos
Siblings, others arrested for kidnapping
Command arraigns man for defrauding customer
IStop politicising Boko Haram attacks, Olawepo-Hashim tells politicians
PDP denies issuing presidential campaign timetable
Akwa Ibom Assembly crisis: Gov seeks Buhari’s intervention
President Buhari cancels ‘casual leave’
Kwara pioneer speaker, Shehu Usman, dies
Metele Attack: You are insensitive, APC tells Atiku, PDP
Tax tribunal begins hearing of 209 cases worth over N205bn
Tips for investing in real estate
Mandzukic fires Juventus into Champions League last 16
UPDATED: Fellaini’s late show sends Man United into Champions League last 16
Champions League: Aguero rescues draw at Lyon as Man City reach last 16
UPDATED: Bayern rout Benfica to reach Champions League last 16
Europa League: Arsenal match switched to Kiev amid Ukraine security concerns
PSG lay claim to title of world’s ‘hottest club’
In the sun or inside the sun?
Use scientific methods to solve security challenges, NSRDA urges FG
LASU’s regularisation will be completed in a month – Ambode
17 universities get $70m research grant
Foundation disburses N143m to 1,516 underprivileged persons
Prenatal exposure to air pollution linked to autism risk – Study
Tekno takes time off music
Financial sector professionals hangout in Lagos
Buhari, writers mourn award-winning poet, Ikeogu Oke
Anthill Productions partners Youneek Studios on filmmaking
Nollycasting unveils Stephanie Linus as ambassador
Davido, Falz win big at AFRIMA in Ghana
Chinese hospital denies approving gene-edited babies experiment
Managing febrile seizure
‘Maternal mortality still a huge problem in Nigeria’
Editorial: Keep military strictly out of politics
On the march again
On the US student visa palaver
Realigning the mix between income and consumption taxes
2019s: Between political accountability and electoral integrity

The Nation

2019 poll: Why Buhari must continue, by Tinubu
Oyetola states plan to sustain hope
Senate seeks suspension of new tariff on alcohol, others
Reps to probe funding of war against Boko Haram
Court denies OAU sex-for-marks lecturer bail
Violence rocks Akwa Ibom Assembly
House boy ‘kills’ boss
Osogbo, Iragbiji agog as Oyetola receives baton from Aregbesola
IMT Enugu holds convocation
2019: Between Buhari and Atiku
161 get first class honours at Call to Bar
I can no longer feed my family, Metuh tells court
N540b recovered through whistle blower policy, says minister
Kwara governor hailed for dropping senatorial ambition for incumbent
World Bank, Fed Govt spend $9m on community development in Ekiti
2018 Sandie Beach Rugby kicks off Dec 1
Amokachi identifies with future stars in Badarawa
AWCON 2018: Nigeria qualify for final
Messi leads Stylish Barcelona to war against Eindhoven
Dortmund bus bomber sentence to 14 years in prison
Mo Salah joins anti animal export campaign in Egypt
Aregbesola committed to Western Nigeria Governor’s Cup
UBA staff across Africa give back to communities
Meristem Stockbrokers wins best stockbroker award
Cashflow lending is future of credit, says FITC CEO
Why I chose Burnaboy as role model- Jhay Prinz
Pasuma celebrates birthday, commissions classroom blocks in alma mater
Good Hair partners La Mode Magazine on disability foundation
How to attain economic goals, by Ambode
EFCC raids Astrax Autos, seizes 29 cars
Aladura churches decry corruption, crimes
LASIEC fixes by-election for Dec 18
How we tackled cultism with 182 security personnel–Kwarapoly
ASUU strike : Parents, students call for quick FG intervention


Buhari Cancelled Private Visit to Daura, Not Casual Leave, Says Presidency
Oyetola Sworn in as Osun Governor
NBS: States Received N1.23tn FAAC Allocation in Six Months
Edwin Clark Varsity to Lead in Environmental Research, Says VC
Fidelity Bank to Reward More Customers
UBA Foundation Rewards Essay Contest Winners
NNPC/CNL JV Pledges Commitment to Quality Education
Our Investment in LPG to Reduce Gas Emission, Says Matrix Energy
Adeyanju Hails Private Terminal Operators over Improved Welfare
Group Empowers Karu Orphanage Home with French Tutorials
FGN Savings Bond Offers Retail Investors’ Attractive Returns
Imperative of Financial Inclusion
W’Bank: NNPC’s 3-month Deduction for Subsidies Surpass 2017 Disbursement
LSETF Beneficiaries Receive Cheques
Guinness, FRSC Commence Safety Campaign
Establish Sports University, Parents Tell FG
CUPP Accuses Presidency, Akpabio, IGP of Plot to Disrupt Akwa Ibom, Impeach Udom
ADC Presidential Candidate Condemns FG’s Plan to Borrow More Money
SDP Candidate Alleges Plot to Substitute His Name
Nasko: I Will not Take your Support for Granted
You Can’t Find any Evidence of Corruption against me, Fayose Tells Fayemi
Oyetola Sworn in as Osun Governor
APC Accuses PDP of Playing Politics with Soldiers’Death in Metele
South-west Women Declare Support for Root Olawepo-Hashim
FG Urged to Strengthen Credit Administration, Mgt, to Grow Economy
FGN Savings Bond Offers Retail Investors’ Attractive Returns
Imperative of Financial Inclusion
Njoroge Wins FirstBank Lagos Amateur Open
UFC Action to Debut on DStv Soon

Daily Trust
My son in-law will contest Imo gov’ship in another party – Okorocha
No alternative to Buhari – MBO Coordinator
A/Ibom under siege – Gov Emmanuel
PDP’s debates failed for 16 years – NDF
2019: 40 presidential candidates form new alliance
Why Nigerian products are rejected abroad – FG
PDP denies releasing timetable for 2019 presidential campaign
Oby Ezekwesili to speak at Chatham house
Metele attack: PDP, Atiku dancing on graves of valiant soldiers – APC
EFCC raids Astrax Autos, seizes 29 cars
Tambuwal dispels rumoured 40-day leave
Senate to amend EFCC laws for better operations
A/Ibom under siege – Gov Emmanuel
Super Falcons survive Lionesses scare to reach 2019 AWCON final
Liverpool relief as Mane passed fit for PSG clash
Chukwueze surprised by his Villarreal progress
FAAN to sanction agencies, operators over debt
Finance minister calls for inclusive economic growth to tackle challenges
Thieves kill cyclist in Jiwa
Media as arbiter
Right things to make Nigeria great
Horses, chicken, kangaroos
Niger 2019: Opinion of a former homeboy!
Patriotism and the myth of Metele massacre
Niger: Marie Stopes ‘abortion clinics’ shut down
Editorial: PTAD is doing a good job, but…
FG operates on denial over new minimum wage – Labour
Governors stand on minimum wage, LG autonomy not people’s wish – NULGE
ASUU strike : Parents, students call for quick FG intervention
Cinema revolution best for Kannywood — Director
How Port Harcourt went from garden to garbage city
FG inaugurates forestry fund council to address degradation
Kwara govt commissions N6.5bn Ilorin water project
Using lawyers to serve processes causes stir
Why we cannot have Laws of Federation, 2018 – NLRC chairman
Essential tips to managing a law firm


MELETE MASSACRE: Sack Service Chiefs, Probe Defense Allocations — AFENIFERE
Nigeria Waits On Solanke, Lookman
FG Challenges Young Scientists On Innovation, Nobel Awards
Winner Emerges In Stanbic IBTC Innovation Challenge
Rohr Sends Fitness Coach To Ebuehi
Government Agencies, Others Milking Us — Lagos Shippers’ Boss
House Of Asembly Crisis: APC, PDP In Big War For A-Ibom’s Soul
We Will Tackle Foreign Involvement In Freight Forwarding —New CRFFN Boss
Seme Customs Seizes Contraband Worth N2.8bn
Why Most Agribusinesses Fail In Nigeria —Toromade Francis
Govt Indecision Affecting Operations On Planned Warri Deep Seaport
PenCom Steps Up Efforts To Enhance Compliance
Dakuku, Bala Usman To Grace Port Facility Security Officers Conference
Nigerian-Benin JBP Functioning Below Par’
15 Traders Escape Death As Bus Burst Into Flames In Aba
Police Service Commission Maps Out Three Year Action Plan To Improve Security In Nigeria
Reconstruction Will Enhance Truck Call-Up System, Efficient Port Operation — Port Manager
Police Service Commission maps out three year action plan to improve security in Nigeria
Foreign portfolio outflow to continue at current pace
EFCC raids Astrax Auto Shop, impounds 29 cars
Kachikwu, Saudi Falih to meet as oil price hovers around $60 per barrel
What Anenih told me before he died – Jonathan
2019: PDP yet to release Presidential campaign timetable
Buhari cancels “casual leave’’ as mark of respect for Boko Haram victims
War in Akwa Ibom Assembly over plot to impeach gov Emmanuel
2019: 60 APC support groups pledge allegiance to PDP
Akpabio denies role in Akwa Ibom fracas
Ezekwesili upset at BON General Assembly
2019: Delta South votes are for APC – Uduaghan
I’ll win Imo West senatorial district – Okorocha
How Bayern beat Benfica to reach last 16, eased pressure on Kovac
Champions League: Madrid, Roma through to Last 16
Arsenal match switched to Kiev amid Ukraine security concerns
Nollywood Actor Emeka Ike joins race for House of Rep
Tekno damages vocal box, taking time off music
Government agencies, others milking us — Lagos shippers’ boss
113 female First Class Law graduates, 4,666 others admitted into Nigerian Bar
15 traders escape death as bus burst into flames in Aba
FG challenges young scientists on innovation, Nobel awards
IPAN tasks FG on policies to boost national developmen
ETONIRU: Reaping fruits of being an early bird
Oil prices firm up after Black Friday’s rout

Buhari cancels casual leave

President Buhari cancels ‘casual leave’

President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled his planned five-day “casual leave’’ as a mark of respect for victims of Boko Haram attacks across the battlefields in the Northeast zone of the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the President had planned to spend the casual leave at his home country, Daura, Katsina State from November 27 to December 2.

The president, according to NAN, had earlier cancelled his official trip to Benin City, Edo, where he was initially billed to inaugurate the Edo-Azura Power Plant and grace the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference.

NAN reports that already the advanced teams of the president, who left Abuja for Katsina and Benin on Sunday, had been asked to return.

NAN gathered that the cancellation of the trips would also enable the president to continue his ongoing meetings and consultations with relevant security and intelligence community aimed at addressing the nation’s security challenges.

However, the president is expected to declare open the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference, which was moved from Benin City to Maiduguri, Borno, on November 28 at the Government House Conference Hall.

President Buhari’s aide on New Media, Alhaji Bashir Ahmad, had on Sunday confirmed this development on his Twitter handle.

He said: “President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to declare the COAS Annual Conference on November 28, 2018 at the Conference Hall CGH in Maiduguri, Borno state.

“The conference was earlier scheduled to take place from 26 -28 November 2018 in Benin, Edo state.

NAN also gathered that the shifting of the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference from Benin City to Maiduguri might not be unconnected with the killing of Nigerian soldiers at Metele, a remote village bordering Nigeria and Chad.

NAN learnt that President Buhari would use the opportunity of the COAS conference to address the Nigerian soldiers at the battlefields to further boost their morale.


Why your phone battery loses charge after one year

Why your phone battery loses charge after one year

Scientists have finally unpicked the mystery behind why smartphone batteries have such diabolical battery life after a year or so of use.

According to the latest findings, the commonly-held belief of how a lithium-ion battery works is incorrect.

Instead of charged particles flowing in a single, uniform direction inside the battery, they move back and forth in a random pattern of movement.

According to the researchers, this knowledge could be used to create batteries that last longer and hold their charge without damaging the lifespan of the cell.

This could have applications for the mass roll-out of electric vehicles as well as improving the lifespan of billions of gadgets worldwide, scientists say.

The breakthrough study came from researchers at Stanford University, MIT and the University of Bath who discovered that our understanding of how a lithium-ion battery – the type that powers all our favourite gadgets – works, is incorrect.

It is known that charged particles flow between a positive electrode to a negative electrode through a material (electrolyte) and this movement creates a charge.

However, it was previously believed the lithium was anisotropic, a property that means it flows in a single direction, with the particles in a single, uniform route through the battery.

However, it has now been found that the reality is vastly different and the particles, known as ions, actually ebb and flow back and forth through the electrolyte.

This can create random pockets of densely packed ions inside the cell, which create large amounts of heat, damaging the lifespan of the battery.

How do lithium ION batteries work?

Batteries store and releases energy by moving electrons from one ‘end’ of the battery to the other.

We can use the energy from those moving electrons to do work for us, like power a drill.

These two battery ‘ends’ are known as electrodes. One is called the anode and the other is called the cathode.

Generally, the anode is made from carbon and the cathode from a chemical compound known as a metal oxide, like cobalt oxide.

The final battery ingredient is known as the electrolyte, and it sits in between the two electrodes.

In the case of lithium-ion batteries, the electrolyte is a salt solution that contains lithium ions-hence the name.

When you place the battery in a device, the positively charged lithium ions are attracted to and move towards the cathode.

Once it is bombarded with these ions, the cathode becomes more positively charged than the anode, and this attracts negatively charged electrons.

As the electrons start moving toward the cathode, we force them to go through our device and use the energy of the electrons ‘flowing’ toward the cathode to generate power.

You can think of this like a water wheel, except instead of water flowing, electrons are flowing.

Lithium-ion batteries are especially useful because they are rechargeable.

When the battery is connected to a charger, the lithium ions move in the opposite direction as before.

As they move from the cathode to the anode, the battery is restored for another use.

Lithium ion batteries can also produce a lot more electrical power per unit of weight than other batteries.

This means that lithium-ion batteries can store the same amount of power as other batteries, but accomplish this in a lighter and smaller package.

As a result, the battery loses the ability to hold a charge and we often find ourselves relying on portable chargers more often.

William Chueh, an assistant professor at Stanford, said: ‘We used very powerful X-rays from an accelerator, and we’re using these X-rays to look into these individual nanoparticles.

‘Our original expectation was that lithium moves in certain directions on

Sex-for-marks: Court denies OAU lecturer bail

Sex-for-marks: Court denies OAU lecturer bail

A Federal High Court in Osogbo on Tuesday refused to grant bail to a former Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) lecturer, Professor Richard Akindele, charged with demanding sex to pass his student, Monica Osagie.
Justice Maureen Onyetenu in her ruling ordered Akindele to be remanded in Ilesa Prison until Dec. 17.

Onyetenu ordered the prosecution counsel from the ICPC to produce video evidence of the lecturer and his student having fun.

Earlier, ICPC Senior Legal Officer, Mr Kehinde Adetoye had prayed the court to deny the defendant bail on grounds that he will not appear for his trial when released.

Adetoye argued that the defendant had refused to turn up at the ICPC office in Abuja after a written agreement to honour any invitation extended to him, particularly on his return from abroad on a medical trip.

Defence Counsel, Mr Francis Omotosho, prayed the court to grant his client bail pending the final determination of the case.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lecturer was first arraigned before Justice Maureen Onyetenu on Nov. 19 by the ICPC on four counts of alteration of age and demanding sex to pass his student .

Why corruption persists in Nigeria

Why corruption persists in Nigeria

By Luke Onyekakeyah

The way corruption has assumed a larger than life posture in the psyche of Nigerians has made the monster appear overwhelming and invincible. The emphasis on corruption has made it seem to be the number one issue of governance to the neglect of the real issues.
While the fight against corruption is worthwhile in order to curtail the monster, the fundamental objective of government, which is the security and welfare of the people, should be given priority. In fighting corruption, however, it is pertinent to ask why the malaise persists and even fights back. Will this war against corruption ever end? Will it ever be won? Why is corruption an intractable monster in Nigeria?

Corruption has been portrayed in Nigeria as a huge elephant, lying firmly on the ground, while the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), doggedly, scratched it expecting it to move. Since I saw the cartoon some years back, I have been asking myself whether it means that the war against corruption can never be won.

Going by that cartoon, I have the feeling that all the actions the EFCC has instituted against corruption since the anti-graft agency was established in 2003, commendable as they are, amount to merely scratching the monster on the surface. The real problem is still huge and solidly rooted in the system. That is why corruption persists and is even getting worse, despite EFCC’s unrelenting effort.

Like the fairy six blind men of Hindustan, who went and touched the elephant from six different angles, with each describing it from his own perspective, without saying exactly what the elephant is like, I tend to agree with the cartoonist that the war on corruption, so far, amounts to scratching the monster, which is why there is little or no change. Something needs to be done to put real heat from underneath the monster to make it move. It could really move if the real heat is put under it.

The elephant is the only land mammal that has no natural predator. No animal confronts the elephant. No animal can kill the elephant. The elephant doesn’t run for any animal, not even the lion. Its size is intimidating and scares every other animal in the forest. It is thick-skinned, such that scratching alone doesn’t affect it. Elephants are wise and intelligent. Aristotle, the legendary Greek philosopher and thinker, described the elephant as the beast which passeth all others in wit and mind.

The cartoonist who used the elephant to depict corruption may not have thought as much about the animal and what it stands for. If corruption in Nigeria is as huge as the elephant, then, like the elephant, you have to find out what can kill corruption. Bearing in mind that no natural predator threatens the elephant, a greater force must be involved before the elephant succumb. From experience, the only force that makes the elephant move is extraneous force engendered by nature or man.

Historically, many genera of elephants have become extinct since the last ice age some 20,000 years ago following extreme climatic condition. The advance and retreat of ice forced some species of elephants to die out while others moved to more favorable environment. The other factor is the destruction of the natural habitat of elephants by man. When the home of the elephant is destroyed for whatever reason, the elephant is compelled to move. This factor made elephants that lived in the rain forests near our villages a little over five decades ago to disappear. Apart from the aforementioned factors, nothing else could move the elephant except it dies naturally from old age.

I have taken time to highlight the nature and ecology of the elephant for the EFCC to appreciate the magnitude of corruption that has been depicted as elephant in Nigeria. Except the EFCC perceives corruption as huge and rugged as the elephant, it will continue to scratch the monster on the surface, while corruption mutates rather than die. The following reasons explain why corruption persists.

First is societal acceptance of corruption. We live in a country where thieves are made kings while good people are regarded as fools (mumu). Those who have stolen public funds are accorded high honours and awarded traditional titles and national honors. Corruption has found conducive environment in Nigeria. Hard work is not regarded as virtue. What is regarded is the culture of get rich quick. The Nigerian society appreciates and recognizes ill-gotten wealth. If you hold public office, there is high expectation from you to become rich. If, maybe, you decide to keep clean hands, your people will hate you. They will call you a fool. What matters once you’re holding public office is how much wealth you can amass.

That explains why many public officers in government can’t resist the temptation to steal. Many do it to please their immediate communities, which in turn, solidly stand behind them. If for any reason they are hunted, it is the kinsmen of the thieves that will barricade the area and prevent EFCC operatives from having access. That is why arrested, corrupt individuals, standing trial in court have strong support even inside the court. The way out is aggressive public education to change the mindset of Nigerians to make them see corruption as evil and a common enemy.

Second is a weak legal system that drags cases of corruption for too long. There would be no effective battle against corruption as long as the judicial system is unprepared for such battle. The criminal code, probably, didn’t envisage the kind of corruption we have today, hence, the system is unprepared. Granted that the EFCC Act, which is relatively new, empowers the anti-graft body to investigate and arrest suspects but the judicial system has not been re-tuned to match with the new system. That is why there are many corruption cases pending in courts without prompt adjudication. The way out is to create special courts to deal with corruption cases separately.

Third is the punishment for corruption. This is related to the weak judicial system. The punishment meted out to convicted corrupt persons is not commensurate with the gravity of the offense. A situation where somebody, who wantonly, looted billions that could have been used to bring succor to millions of Nigerians is handed a paltry jail term on conviction makes corruption attractive. Man has a natural tendency to always do the wrong thing, which only the system can checkmate. The punishment meted out to corruption convicts, so far, is not enough to deter anyone from indulging in the evil practice. Mrs. Farida Waziri, former chairman of EFCC, had suggested death penalty for convicts. It is such stringent punishment that can root out corruption in the country.

Fourth is ethnic sentiment. Nigerians give corruption ethnic coloration or interpretation. When someone is arrested for corruption, rather than join hands to condemn the evil, some Nigerians would be more interested in the ethnic origin of the suspect. It is as if the country is silently being shared. That is why appointments into high offices are ethnic issue because it is believed that whosoever is appointed has the opportunity to partake in the looting of the country on behalf of his ethnic group. The EFCC should ignore primordial sentiments and go ahead to chain whosoever is involved in corruption.

Credit: The Guardian