Monday, 11 December 2017

Politics: NYC bombing suspect identified as 27-year-old Brooklyn resident from Bangladesh

Police and fire crews block off the streets near the New York Port Authority in New York City, U.S. December 11, 2017 after reports of an explosion.

Police identified the suspect in the New York City bombing as Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Brooklyn resident from Bangladesh.

Police identified the suspect in the New York City bombing as Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Brooklyn resident from Bangladesh.

Ullah is a suspect in what the police believed to be a pipe bombing at New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal on Monday morning. He has been taken to a hospital for treatment for his injuries, which police say include burns to his hands and abdomen.

Former New York City Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton told MSNBC's Lisa Daftari that Ullah acted in the name of the terrorist group ISIS.

When asked whether Ullah carried out the attempted attack on behalf of ISIS, an NYPD official said at a press conference Monday that Ullah did "make statements," but declined to elaborate on them.

The man told investigators he made the explosive device at the electrical company where he works, sources tell the Post.

The NYPD told Business Insider that three had been injured, including the suspect. ABC News reports that the suspect has lived in the US for seven years.

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Police says kidnappers abduct 4, kill 1 in Niger



  1. Police says kidnappers abduct 4, kill 1 in Niger  Vanguard

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Whirlwind Putin Tour Highlights Moscow's New Reach in Mideast



  1. Whirlwind Putin Tour Highlights Moscow’s New Reach in Mideast  New York Times
  2. Putin orders Russian forces to start pulling out of Syria  Premium Times
  3. Russia’s Putin stops at Russian military base in Syria  Daily Mail
  4. Assad’s false victory must be rejected  Aljazeera.com

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Christmas: Prices of tomatoes, pepper drop by 45% in Lagos

Tomatoes

A basket of chilli pepper (rodo) also reduced from N18, 000 to N10, 000 and a jute bag of onions, which previously cost N30, 000, now goes for N20, 000.

Ahead of Christmas celebration, prices of tomatoes, pepper and onions have reduced by about 45 per cent in Lagos, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

NAN price checks at Mile 12, Whitesand, Iddo and Oko Oba markets in Lagos on Monday, revealed that the drop in prices was due to bumper harvest of agricultural produce.

NAN reports that a basket of tomatoes, which previously sold for N15, 000 now goes for N8, 000 while red pepper (tatashe) now cost N8000 compared to its previous price of N14, 000 a basket.

A basket of chilli pepper (rodo) also reduced from N18, 000 to N10, 000 and a jute bag of onions, which previously cost N30, 000, now goes for N20, 000.

A 25-litre of vegetable oil, which previously sold for N11, 500, now cost N10, 700, palm oil decreased from N11, 000 to N10, 300, while a measure of garri now cost N400.

However, the price of a 50 kilogramme bag of rice ranged between N13, 500 to N17, 000, depending on the brand while a measure of beans cost N1,500.

Mr Femi Odusanya, spokesman for Mile 12 Market Traders Association, attributed the price drop to the ongoing harvest season for most of the produce.

“Over 20 per cent of the annual four million metric tonnes of tomatoes produced in the country is supplied to Mile 12 Market annually and redistributed to over 400 markets in Lagos and Ogun State and six ECOWAS countries."

“About 200, 000 metric tonnes of the 800,000 metric tonnes of tomatoes annually supplied to Mile 12 Market get wasted due to postharvest losses."

“Presently, the supply of the produce is more than the demand because farmers commenced harvest in December and there would be surplus in the market till April when the harvest season would end."

“That is why we have been advocating for increased investment in tomato processing plant to mop up the excess and reduce waste, create jobs and increase contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP),” Odusanya said.

He urged the three tiers of government to create an enabling environment toward attracting more investors to tomato processing in the country.

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Couple Goals! Agbani Darego & Ishaya Danjuma’s First Appearance since they Tied the Knot

Former Miss World Agbani Darego and Ishaya Danjuma had a destination wedding 8 months ago in Marrakesh, Morocco! In case you missed the couple’s wedding moment, click here. Agbani Darego…

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Champions League draw: Neymar to haunt Real? Chelsea to fall at Barca?



  1. Champions League draw: Neymar to haunt Real? Chelsea to fall at Barca?  ESPN.co.uk (blog)
  2. #UclDraw: Ronaldo v Neymar as Real draw PSG in Champions League  Vanguard
  3. English teams land good UCL draw, but Chelsea have it all to do vs. Barcelona  ESPN FC (blog)
  4. Gabriele Marcotti: Champions League groups help spread the wealth  HeraldScotland
  5. Champions League last 16: Chelsea face Barça, Real Madrid land PSG – as it happened  The Guardian

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Pulse List: 5 amazing tourist attraction in Northern Nigeria

Kajuru Castle

Because there's more to northern Nigeria than violence.

Northern Nigeria has a lot to offer in terms of tourism.

From culture, festivals and beautiful sites, the North is a very beautiful place to visit.

Try going for a Durbar or polo and you'll understand there is so much to see and do and many waiting to be explored.

ALSO READ: 5 breathtaking places in Nigeria you'd rather be right now

Add these laces to your bucket list and thank us later.

1. Mambilla Plateau, Taraba

 

With the highest point in Nigeria stands at about 1,600 meters (5,249 ft) above sea level, Mambilla plateau should be on the top of your list.

The plateau has a combination of waterfalls, hills and mountains. The highest mountain Chappal Wadi which stands at 7,936 ft above sea level is the highest mountain in Nigeria is found at the northeastern flank of the Plateau. The plateau is Nigeria’s northern continuation of the Bamenda Highlands of Cameroon. 

ALSO READ: 5 more trips to undertake before the end of the year

2. Matsirga Falls Kafanchan, Kaduna

 

Matsirga Falls, located in Madakiya, Kafanchan Kaduna is another beautiful waterfall in the North.

With a height of about 30 meters, it gets its source from springs on the Kagoro hills. The water at the Matsirga Falls drops into a gorge that has been supported by beautiful rocks. Something magical happens at the point of impact with the river, the avalanche of the fall creates a rainbow-like mist which appears and disappears mysteriously.

3. Kajuru Castle

 

Kajuru Castle is an exclusive and luxurious getaway built in an early medieval style at Kajuru village in the trade city of Kaduna, a major commercial hub in the northern part of Nigeria. This gorgeous architectural masterpiece with breathtaking ambience is set upon elevated peaks with staggering views and is the ultimate holiday getaway in the north.

ALSO READ: Pulse List 7 budget-friendly things to do this Christmas

4. Gurara Waterfalls, Niger

 

Discovered by a Gwari hunter called Buba in 1745, this waterfall is one of Niger’s major tourist attractions. It was named after two deities Gura and Rara which were worshipped by the Gwari people. The waterfall is very beautiful and it stands at a height of 30 meters and a gushing width of 200 meters. When you visit Niger or Abuja, be sure to stop by at Gurara waterfalls.

5. Shere Hills, Jos

 

Located in Jos, Shere hills is one of the foremost tourist attractions in the North. Quite an adventure to hike on as it is a combination of various hills and rock formations with the highest hill standing at 6,001 feet above sea level.

They also form the third highest point in Nigeria after Chappal Waddi and Mount Dimlang.

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Erotic Story/Marvis Dairies: Stealing sex from her boss at the Christmas party

Peju tried her best to avoid her boss who she is intensely crushing on. It was better at the office but they're alone somewhere discreet at the party.

The weekend is here finally, which means our end of the year party is only a few hours away, my office made sure not to spare any expense because of the type of guests we invited.

Just a few minutes thought about the party tightened my stomach again, for some reason I’ve been nervous about the event and my intestines seem to form a nut each time my thoughts drifts to the event. Maybe because he’s going to be there, wow I just got goosebumps all over my skin, so yeah it’s about him.

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The issue now is if I can face him, I have successfully avoided him since he was introduced as the new Managing Director, we shared some sort of connection for the moment we shook hands I could swear he held onto me for long. Being the shy type I stayed away from anything that would connect us.

I know when he comes to work so I leave my station be for he comes, I don’t take files to his office unless he’s busy or not on seat or I’d just send a mail, I leave when I when I see him approach etc. All this I do but deep inside I crave to be around him, now knowing that I’m going to be in an event with him and that I need to report to him directly during the event is overwhelming.

The day passed swiftly and before you could say jack, it’s past office hours and I’m at home being beautified by a make-up artist, I had picked a simple but stunning light blue dress with a silver purse and stilettos to match. My accessories were all perfect but I still lacked something, confidence, so after a 360 degree turn in front of my mirror, I picked up my car keys and drove to the event centre.

When I got to the venue, most of the guests had arrived and were catching up along with friends and family, being the head organiser, I went around making sure things were going on well. I was doing a lot of moving around and I was glad I did as it kept me away from my emotional oppressor. I needed one of the storekeepers to do something for me, so I went looking for her only to run into the least person I wanted to be left alone with the MD.

I made a swift turn and headed for the door but his voice stopped me

‘You ain’t running away now again are you?’ He said

‘Huh, what do you mean running away?’ I asked.

He laughed softly and said

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‘You don’t think that I’m stupid enough not to notice that you avoid me every time, do you?’ He said

‘Erm, I- eh- urm what do you mean by avoid you sir?’ I replied stunned even though I was backing him

‘Look, I know that I’m the reason behind your absenteeism every morning when I come to work, the reason why you bring files to my tables only when I have a guest feign its important and that you couldn’t till the guest is gone, the reason you take the pain of scanning documents and sending to me when my office is just opposite your work station, the reason why you leave once you see me stepping in, the reason why you swiftly turned just now and headed for that door, the reason why you won’t turn around now to face me.’

He said, I was so stunned that I couldn’t find what to say, like words eluded me, but seeing that I was silent he continued

‘I don’t bite you know, I’m an easy going person, but how will you get to know that when you run off at the mere sight of me.’  He said, I looked to my side murmured an

‘I’m sorry’ and made to leave when he held my hand and drew me close. I turned to confront him only to realise that he was so close that our noses where inches apart, my heart sank into my tummy, I started sweating and my breathing became heavy.

I was almost at the edge of having a nervous breakdown, he held my shoulders and said

‘Calm down Peju, you are freaking out for nothing; I wish you could see yourself now, you look so pale like one who saw a ghost, I’d leave you now before I cause more harm’ With that he turned to leave

‘Stop’ I said I went closer to him and tried to speak but our lips spoke to each other instead. The kiss was very intense as we savoured each other’s mouth, he found my tongue and I his, he ran his hands through my skin located my boobs and squeezed.

I moaned into his mouth, he pulled me to the wall, used his legs to widen mine, he hiked my dress up and I pushed my butt into him, he undid his belt and zip to unleash his tool with which he spanked me. I moaned again a little loud this time, he then used the tip to brush my pussy lips, once he felt my wetness, he slid in.

I only realised how huge he is when he filled me up, he waited a little bit so I can relax and get used to him, considering the fact that I’m very tight, when he noticed that I’m ok, he started thrusting. His thrusts where shuttling between soft and fierce and I was moaning softly till he pinched my tits and started thrusting hard and I screamed out of pleasure.

He covered my mouth and I produced muffled sounds, he increased his tempo and my muscles started contracting, when he greased through my g-spot I came hard on his dick and that pushed him over the edge too as he climaxed.

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As we gasped for breath we had footsteps of people and rushed out through the back door with him proposing we finish up properly at his place.

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Ogun targets N4bn revenue in 2018



  1. Ogun targets N4bn revenue in 2018  The Nation Newspaper

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Despite falling prices, cost of internet access remains out of reach for billions

By Emeka Aginam

New research just released by Alliance for Affordable Internet , A4AI, has showed that  broadband affordability is improving across the globe, though  the cost to connect remains out of reach for many  in the developing world, including Nigeria.

A4AI is the world’s broadest technology sector coalition working to reduce the cost of internet access to enable universal, affordable access for all.

While the Nigerian telecommunication regulatory authority, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, is making  efforts to  meeting the 2018 broadband penetration target of 30 per cent, according to the study, 1GB costs Nigerian citizens an average of 1.5% of monthly income, an improvement on data from a year prior where 1GB cost around 6% of average monthly income.

However, high levels of income inequality in Nigeria, according to AAI study suggested that even at this seemingly affordable price, many may still not be able to afford to connect.

In Ghana, the study further suggest that 1GB costs citizens around 4% of average monthly income — an increase on cost figures from the previous year.

The data released by the A4AI examined the cost of mobile data plans across 59 low- and middle-income countries and finds that while prices are declining on the whole, only a third of the assessed countries have affordable internet.

While affordability is improving globally, just 19 countries have affordable internet (i.e., where 1GB of mobile prepaid data is available for 2% or less of average monthly income). No regional average meets this affordability target.

The Asia-Pacific region, A4AI   the study has  the most affordable prices  across the 17 countries in the region surveyed for the study, 1GB of mobile prepaid data costs citizens 2.5% of their average (monthly) income.

“The cost of data remains highest in Africa  across the 27 African countries surveyed, 1GB costs citizens 9.3% of income, on average; Africa did, however, experience the most significant cost reductions of any region  with an average drop of 3.2 percentage points”, the research explained.

 

 

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Heynckes wary of Besiktas threat

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes

The Bayern Munich boss is insistent that the club must be at their very best to progress in the Champions League

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NCS woos GSM operators, tech giants, philanthropic foundation to invest

By Emeka Aginam

To retool about one million Nigerian youths on software development for global competitiveness and wealth creation, the Nigerian computer Society, NCS is wooing Nigerian GSM operators, international technology giants and Philanthropic Foundations to invest.

For a successful project implementation,  the NCS President, Prof. Sola Aeronmu at the weekend  disclosed that Nigerian umbrella IT body would be approaching GSM Operators in Nigeria philanthropic foundations like  Jim Ovia, Danjuma, Dangote, Elumelu, Emeka Offor and international technology companies  including  Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Oracle, among others.

He was of the opinion that Jim Ovia could be the first to be approached since he has been made an honorary Fellow of NCS.

If the GSM Operators could provide free data packages to the learners, this would almost certainly guarantee the success of the project, he said.

With the recent visit of   Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and others, he was optimistic that it showed the level of interest foreign tech firms had in the Nigerian market.

More  IT professionals, he noted are needed to make Nigeria a digital economy, assuring that the  project could create the critical mass that would be necessary for this purpose.

“To avoid political intrigues, the project will be fully championed by the NCS and be private sector drive. We would avoid governmental involvement. That way, Code1Million would be shielded from political issues. However, it would require sponsors and financiers”, the University Don explained.

The project he explained is a free IT learning project designed to train one million Nigerian Youths in software development.

He said that the course contents will be in three modules including introduction  to IT and computing, programming in Python and programming in another language.

“The people driving digital environment are the software developers who produce the products on which we all now depend.

“There are not enough of these developers to meet requirements. It is possible for us in Nigeria to play a significant role in providing the experts the digital environment requires. We are blessed with a large population which can become an advantage instead of the challenges it currently presents.

“Conventional training methods are inadequate to meet the growing demand for trained software personnel.  This programme will introduce a large number of youths to the field of IT and help some of them become practitioners of the profession”, he said.

The main objective of the project, according to the NCS President is to train 1 Million youths in Software development within one year.

If only 10% of participants succeed in becoming proficient coders, he was optimistic that this would be a major achievement for Nigeria.

The project if implemented, according to him would address the massive unemployment among tens of millions of Nigerian youths who continue to roam our cities looking for jobs that don’t exist.

With the project, he said that some of these youths would have the opportunity of acquiring knowledge that can position them for gainful employment.

“Nigeria acquired the cell phone technology late. Now we are one of the fastest growing users of the technology. It has created employment for hundreds of thousands of our people. The world is moving towards the Smart Society via digital transformation.

“New technologies are evolving rapidly. The Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence are becoming reality. They all depend on availability of IT professionals and practitioners”, he explained.

The online training methodology, according to him would be used for the training, adding that 1 million people would be split into 5000 groups with each group comprising of 200 learners.

According to the NCS boss, these are volunteers who would be available to their mentees via online communications including emails and the social media.

To meet up with up with the IT infrastructural requirements need to deliver the online training, he said that NCS would works the  GSM operators to provide free internet access via their networks. They can create special data packages that can only be used for access to the code1Million project, he added.

 

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PSG ready to embrace Champions League 'magic' against Ronaldo and Real Madrid

The Ligue 1 giants have been paired with the reigning European champions in the last-16, but those at Parc des Princes are relishing the test

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Oando appeals court’s decision striking out suit against SEC

sec Oando confirms AGM, as SEC throws out petitionsDispleased with a Lagos  Federal High Court which struck Oando plc’s suit against the Security and Exchange  Commission (SEC) for lack of jurisdiction, Oando, has headed for the Court of Appeal.
Justice Rilwan Aikawa in his ruling had said the appropriate forum to ventilate the issue was the Investment and Securities Tribunal.
Oando appealed the decision of the lower court its bid to lift the technical suspension imposed on its shares on the floor of the Nigerian stock market by the SEC.
The oil company had earlier approached the Federal High Court to challenge SEC’s suspension of its shares and an audit of its business activities by forensic experts hired by SEC.
 Oando, through its lawyer, Mr. Seyi Sowemimo (SAN), during Monday’s proceedings  insisted that the Federal High Court rather than the Securities Tribunal was the appropriate forum to hear the case.
He averred that the judge erred in law to decline jurisdiction because the suit borders concerns the operation of a company incorporated under the Companies and Allied Matters Act.
Sowemimo insisted that by virtue of Section 251(i)(e) of the Constitution, the Federal High Court is empowered to entertain CAMA-related cases.
He therefore, urged the Court of Appeal to make an order reversing the earlier  order striking out the suit and restoring the matter to the cause list of the Federal High Court for accelerated hearing.

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Sikiru Adepoju Mohammed: Nigerian Army officer emerges best PhD student in UK varsity

Nigerian Army officer emerges best PhD student in UK varsity

The Officer has committed his prize cash to providing teaching aids for the Community Senior High School in Ibeju Lekki, Lagos.

It is a good time for Nigerian students abroad again as a Nigerian Army Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Sikiru Adepoju Mohammed emerges as the best PhD Engineering student at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

The Officer also emerged as the overall second best student.

Adepoju who acquired both his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Master’s degree from Nigeria Defence Academy reportedly said he has committed his prize cash to providing teaching aids for the Community Senior High School, Akodo in Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos state.

ALSO READ: Obasanjo defend his PhD thesis at National Open University

 

His decision is said to have been informed by his interest in seeing high school students going for higher learning in engineering-related disciplines.

According to the Nation, the Nigerian Army Officer hails from Ibeju/Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State conducted his research in the field of additive manufacturing, corrosion and robotics.

Adepoju, however, thanked the Nigerian Army for the support and opportunity given to him to embark on the research.

He also extends his appreciation to the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) for the transparency with which the selection process was carried out.

Former Head of State, Obasanjo defends his PhD thesis

Meanwhile, the former Military Head of State and former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo rounded up his PhD programme at the National Open University of Nigeria in the first week of December 2017.

 

The former president was spotted in a classroom with a laptop and his thesis sitting before a panel on Thursday, December 2017.

Although the topic of his research work is unknown yet, the research  topic of the 80-year-old former head of state is believed to be centred around Christian Theology

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Dano: Milk just got exciting

Milk just got exciting

Tis the holiday season, and for most people, the favorite parts of the festive season are family & food. The good news is: Milk just got exciting!

'Tis the holiday season, and for most people, the favorite parts of the festive season are family & food. The good news is: Milk just got exciting!

This holiday, enjoy mouthwatering holiday treats with your family, made from the recently launched Dano Flavoured Milk. You've got two delicious flavours – Strawberry and Chocolate – to choose from, and a wide range of tasty snacks you can make.

Fruit smoothies, milk cookies, milkshakes, flavoured yogurt, cupcakes, pies, and lots more that your family can savour together at the dinner table. Don't forget to wash it down with a glass of your favourite Dano flavoured milk.

It contains the same natural goodness of Dano milk, so your family can enjoy the same nourishment that makes them strong, in exciting new ways.

It's available nationwide in your local kiosks and supermarkets. Grab a pack for yourself, and even for your loved ones!

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Saudi Arabia says it will allow cinemas to operate for the first time in decades



  1. Saudi Arabia says it will allow cinemas to operate for the first time in decades  Washington Post
  2. Saudi Arabia to allow cinemas to open in kingdom for first time in 35 years  The Independent
  3. Saudi Arabia says cinemas will be allowed from March 2018  Vanguard
  4. Cinemas to re-open in Saudi Arabia as of 2018, Ministry of Information confirms  Arab News
  5. Saudi Cinema: The Incredible True Story Which Helped Bring Saudi Filmmaking Out Into the Open  Haaretz

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EU tells Netanyahu no support for Trump's Jerusalem move



  1. EU tells Netanyahu no support for Trump’s Jerusalem move  Vanguard
  2. European governments refuse to follow Trump on status of Jerusalem  The Guardian
  3. Israel, with friend like Donald Trump, needs no enemy  Daily Trust
  4. Jerusalem: Netanyahu expects EU to follow US recognition  BBC News
  5. Who Really Pushed Trump on Jerusalem: The Christians or the Jews?  Haaretz

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Trader seeks dissolution of marriage to lazy man

Europa League draw: Arsenal vs Ostersund, Celtic vs Zenit, AC Milan vs Ludogorets & last 32 in full

The draw took place in Switzerland and has thrown up some interesting ties, with some of Europe’s top teams facing each other

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Mother and Daughter Style Moments! Sola Sobowale and her Mini-Me Fashion Game is Super Lit

Veteran actress Sola Sobowale and her daughter, Miimii, have been twinning up their style looks and the mother-daughter duo sure knows their fashion game! For the Wedding Party 2 premiere…

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Neymar's €222m test against Real & Ronaldo to prove he's the world's best

The Brazilian moved to PSG from Barcelona in the summer for “new challenges” and he has an early chance to prove his worth in the Champions League

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Police drag psychiatric hospital staff to Enugu high court over alleged N14m fraud

A Staff of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, Mrs. Stella Achara, has been dragged to a High Court by the Police authority in Enugu for allegedly duping unsuspected job seekers to the tune of N14million.

Achara, the Personal Secretary to the Medical Director of the Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, Dr. Jojo Onwukwe was earlier arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Enugu East Local Government Area for a related offence, from where she was remanded in Enugu prison. The case was later withdrawn from the Lower Court for lack of jurisdiction.

However, the Police have now filed fresh charge against the suspect at the Enugu High Court.

In the charge, No. E/197C/2017, signed by Mr. Damian Njoku-Umeh, the officer-in-charge, legal prosecution, Enugu State Police command, she was accused of defrauding job seekers to the tune of N14m.

According to the police, “Stella Achara in or about the years 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 at Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu in the Enugu Judicial Division did by force pretences and with intent to defraud, obtain from one Nwatarah Hope “f”, Stella Egotanwa “f”, Ogbe Onyinye “f”, Nwufo Ifeoma “f” Aforka Clementina “f”, Ikemefuna Ebonyi “m”, Stella Onyeji “f” Mbah Loveth Ifeoma “f”, Okoh Perpetua “f”, Uche Onyia “f”, Egbo Nonye, Igbokwe Patricia “f” and Nwaizugbe Chioma “f” the total sum of N14 million (fourteen million naira), by falsely pretending that you have power to procure employment for them and what you will employ them as staff of federal neuropsychiatric hospital, New Haven, Enugu, which presentation you knew to be false.”

Her conduct is said to have amounted to “obtaining property by false pretenses contrary to section 1 (1) (a) and punishable under section 1 (3) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other Fraud related offences act, No 14 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2006.”

Nigerian Tribune learnt that Achara’s ordeal began after reports against her at both the Enugu Area Command and the State Criminal Investigation Department of the Nigeria Police by over 50 job seekers, who claimed that they paid money to her for a job that never came.

To this end, the police launched investigation, during which they claimed several signed and unsigned appointment letters were recovered from the suspect’s home.

Some of the job seekers, who have been enlisted as prosecution witnesses are: Nwatarah Hope, Nwufor Ifeaoma, Ikemefuna Abonyi, Stella Onyeji, Mbah Loveth, Okoh Perpetua, Uche Onyia, Egbe Nonye, who claimed to have paid the suspect N185,000, N450,000, N600,000, N450,000, N350,000, N250,000, N350,000 and N350,000, respectively.

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I'm into academy to fulfill my passion: Teju Babyface



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Truck kills 1,injures another in Ota



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Police in Enugu State assure of crime-free yuletide

Finance: 10 things you need to know before the opening bell (SPY, SPX, QQQ, DIA, AGN, VRX, CBO)

People watch as Mount Agung spews ash and smoke during an eruption from an obeservation post in Rendang, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia.

This is what traders are talking about.

Bitcoin futures are live at the Cboe. Trading in the early stages was light with Nanex Founder Eric Scott Hunsader tweeting that liquidity was "thinner than oat futures in January."

South Korea has reportedly banned bitcoin futures. The Financial Services Commission of Korea issued a directive banning securities firms from taking part in bitcoin futures transactions, Business Korea reports, citing sources.

Bitcoin is threatening record highs. The cryptocurrency trades up 9.96% at $16,566 a coin on Monday.

Deutsche Bank warns on China. China has "nearly twice the probability of a crisis in the next riskiest country and nearly three times the probability of a crisis in any random country at any random point in time," according to a note written by Deutsche Bank's chief economist for the Asia Pacific region, Dr. Michael Spencer.

London's property market is in for another rough ride. Home values in London are likely to fall another 2% in 2018 after a 1.8% decline this year, Bloomberg reports, citing data from real estate website operator Rightmove.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has a new governor. Adam Orr has been named the new head of the central bank, effective March 27. He replaces aciting governor Grant Spencer.

Saudi Aramco execs are worried about Uber. Senior officials at oil giant Saudi Aramco told the Financial Times they are are more concerned about the growth of ride-sharing apps such as Uber than about the rise of electric vehicles.

Bill Ackman's insider-trading case may go to trial. On Friday, a California judge denied Ackman and Valeant Pharmaceuticals' request to have their insider-trading case thrown out, meaning Allergan Pharmaceuticals investors can proceed with their lawsuit over the attempted hostile takeover of the company in 2014.

Stock markets around the world are higher. Hong Kong's Hang Seng (+1.14%) led the gains in Asia and Britain's FTSE (+0.64%) is out front in Europe. The S&P 500 is set to open little changed near 2,653.

US economic data is light. JOLTS Job Openings will be released at 10 a.m. ET. The US 10-year yield is unchanged at 2.37%.

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#EndSARS: Nigerians take to the streets in nationwide protest (Photos)

#EndSARS rally in Abuja on Monday, December 11, 2017

Nigerians are calling on the government to completely scrap the unit.

Hundreds of Nigerians have taken to the streets of major cities nationwide calling on the government to completely scrap the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for several alleged acts of misconducts.

 

In a coordinated #EndSARS protest currently taking place in cities like Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Warri, Ibadan, Akwa, Makurdi, Jos, Kaduna and Owerri on Monday, December 11, 2017, Nigerians protested against the alleged brutality of the unit.

 

Over the past week, the internet has been awash with a lot of anger directed towards one of the country's most notorious law enforcement units.

 

The outrage resulted in the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, ordering for a reorganisation of the unit on Monday, December 4.

Under the new reform, state Commissioners of Police are now the overall heads of the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad nationwide, meaning the unit now operates in the State and Zonal Commands with immediate effect.

 

The IGP also ordered for all SARS personnel nationwide to undergo a new training program to be organized in collaboration with some Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Local and International NGOs, and other Human Rights Organizations.

ALSO READ: Nigeria has a SARS problem that needs to go away

Nigerians have expressed very low confidence in the reorganisation of the unit and called on the government to put an end to it.

Port Harcourt Youths support SARS

Despite the public outrage against SARS, a group of youths in Rivers State took to the streets of Port Harcourt to march in support of the unit and against the campaign targeted at eliminating them.

The group of youths campaigning for the unit to stay said they're very important for fighting violent crimes in the country.

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Wilfred Ndidi reveals secret to Leicester City’s comeback vs. Newcastle United

Wilfred Ndidi’s excellent start to life at Leicester City has gone somewhat under the radar, but surely he deserves credit as one of the continent’s top 30 players in the world today. Despite being just 20 when he moved to England from Genk, the midfie...

On Saturday, the Foxes were resilient against the Magpies and, thus, secured victory with few minutes left on the clock

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Saudi Arabia sets to reopen cinemas after 35-year ban

The first movie theatre in Saudi Arabia can open in March, the Ministry of Culture and Information said Monday, lifting a 35-year-old ban on cinemas in the country, dpa reported.

The Board of the General Commission for Audiovisual Media, the kingdom’s regulator, agreed to grant licenses to cinemas, the ministry adds.

The move is part of the kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan, launched by Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a bid to open the country to investments and diversify the kingdom’s oil-reliant economy.

“Opening cinemas will act as a catalyst for economic growth and diversification; by developing the broader cultural sector we will create new employment and training opportunities, as well as enriching the kingdom’s entertainment options,” said Culture and Information Minister Awwad al-Awwad, who heads the regulatory body.

The ministry expects 300 cinemas will be opened by 2030, with more than 2,000 screens.

This is the first time cinemas will be licensed since their ban in the early 1980s.

The move comes as the crown prince, appointed in June, vowed that the kingdom will return to “moderate Islam” as he works on reducing the influence of the hard-line religious establishment in the country.

ALSO READ: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged

Mohammed, 32, is believed to have championed lifting the ban on women driving, a move that will go into effect in June.

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200,000 bats overrun Australian town, hold resident hostage

RESIDENTS in a small town in the north-eastern Australian state of Queensland said they have been “held hostage,” by 200,000 bats.

No fewer than 200,000 flying foxes, the world’s largest bats, have overrun the Charters Towers’s residents since Friday, the mayor of the town told dpa on Monday.

A resident Elizabeth Schmidt said: “It’s an absolute disaster – what we have is a nightmare.

“We have had flying fox problems but never in such huge numbers.”

The local council has already shut down two public parks, a swimming pool run by the council and other public spaces.

Frustrated residents took to the streets over the weekend in a march against the town’s council, saying the problem had reached “a tipping point” and calling for action over the “plague of terror.”

The former gold mining town has housed a massive bat colony because of the region’s abundance of native flowering eucalypts, but residents said they are now being held, hostage.

Snow Hearne, a local resident for the past seven years, said bats have been a nuisance, but things have escalated “to an extent where nobody can go outside their houses.”

“The stench is horrific and the screeching sound, especially in the evening, because it is mating season, is unbearable,” she told dpa.

“We can’t even go out to our backyards. We are held, hostage.”!

“Everything in the park is covered in flying fox faeces and you worry about getting urinated on,” Kim Gott, another resident, said.

“It’s affected the town pool – we can’t take kids swimming anywhere. People just don’t go outside because the bats fly everywhere.”

Flying foxes are crucial for the keeping native forests healthy and play an important role in pollinating plants and flowers as well as dispersing seeds over distances.

The animals also can host the Hendra and Lyssa viruses, which can be fatal to humans.

Mayor Schmidt said many people have complained about health-related issues, but not “any serious health risk as of yet.”

“No one has said why there is a sudden influx and we also do not have the resources or technical know-how to deal with this huge problem.”

“We need a long-term solution,” Schmidt added. “We will send a delegation to Brisbane to find a solution as soon as possible.”

Schmidt said the council is not allowed to disturb the bats’ natural habitat as one of the two parks in the town is a registered roost for the flying foxes and so it is a protected area protected by the Department of Environment and Heritage.

A spokeswoman for the department said Charters Towers is not the only place to have experienced high numbers of little red flying foxes in Queensland in the last few weeks.

“Little reds move around in search of their favourite food, the flowers and nectar of native trees,” she told dpa.

The current flowering of paperbark trees and bloodwoods near Charters Towers may have attracted the animals, which can travel hundreds of kilometres when attracted by flowering events.

“At the moment it is also mating season for little reds, a time in which males show increased territorial behaviour, and roosts may spread out into neighbouring areas,” the spokesperson said.

“Unfortunately Charters Towers appears to be experiencing a combination of these events.”

She said the flying foxes, which are vagrants by nature, will move on after the flowering event.

ALSO READ: Dexa Medica distributes immune booster drug to Ikorodu residents

“Killing flying foxes is not a viable option. Besides the dangers of firearms in town, the animals are likely to be replaced by other flying foxes arriving from elsewhere,” she warned.

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Champions League last 16 draw: Man Utd vs Sevilla, Real Madrid vs PSG, Barcelona vs Chelsea

Holders Real face a difficult task in the form of the French giants, while Jose Mourinho’s side must travel to Spain

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Champions League last 16 draw – live!



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Loose Talk Podcast: KISS That Contract Goodbye feat Dammy Layode

Kiss Daniel was signed in 2013 on recommendation by his label mate, Sugarboy. According to investigations, the singer was signed to a 360 deal in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Loose Talk giants sit down with Dammy Layode to talk about Atiku running for President, Buhari campaign for 2019, Kiss Daniel's legal tussle…

On this episode of your yet-to-be-award-winning show, AOT2 and Osagz (Steve still missing!) sit down with Dammy Layode (who's making his third appearance as a guest) to talk about Atiku running for President, Buhari campaign for 2019, Kiss Daniel's legal tussle with record label G-Worldwide, concerts happening this December and more.

Loose Talk’ is centred around pop culture. It delves into trending topics happening all around the world discussing media, celebrities, lifestyle, sex, sports, politics, tech, religion, movies and TV, radio, music and much more.

The podcast is hosted by Ayomide Tayo, Steve Dede and Osagie Alonge.

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Nigeria will emerge stronger from current state of cynicism, hopelessness in 2018 – Osinbajo



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Saving Tips: 5 ways to save successfully

5 ways to save successfully

It takes more than just saying you want to save. You need to put in a lot of work when it comes to saving.

How can you save successfully, what are the things you need to do to have a successful saving?

One of the important ways to reach financial goals and achievements is through saving.

It takes more than just saying you want to save. You need to put in a lot of work when it comes to saving.

Here are 5 ways to save successfully.

1. Have a saving goal

The first thing to know if you want to have a successful saving is to have a savings goal. Why are you saving, what is your main aim for saving?

 

You need to ask yourself all these questions before you save. You should know why you want to save.

Put all your saving goals into writing so you can remember all the things you want to achieve by saving.

2. Create a budget and track your spending

You cannot have a successful saving without having a functioning budget.

Budgeting helps you control your spending and also curb excessive spending.

Having a functioning budget helps you know what you are spending money on which means you can save money on stuff you don't need and also cut cost on stuff that might not be important in your budget. 

ALSO READ: What to do when there's nothing to cut out of your budget

You should also track your spending to know where you can improve and adjust on your spending, so you can find areas where you can save more.

3. Clear your debt.

If you have unpaid debt then you might find it difficult to save. You need to clear all your debt if you want to have a successful saving.

 

Try as much as possible to stay away from debt, if you want your savings to grow.

4. Cut cost

Find areas you can cut cost on your spending.

Check your spending to see where you can reduce your expenses which can help you save more. 

5. Open a savings account

Having a savings account is very important if you want to have a successful saving.

If you have no savings account, you might not achieve your saving goals because you tend to spend the money you plan to save.

ALSO READ: 5 ways to get serious with your savings

But having a savings account restricts you from spending the money meant for savings.

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Mo Abudu and her Friends Show that Age is Just a Number for The Wedding Party 2 Arabian Night Glam

Mo Abudu and some of her stylish friends came to slay last night at The Wedding Party 2 Premiere shenanigans! The trio put their best foot forward in Arabian costumes…

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Osun Gov, Aregbesola Inaugurates New Estate



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I want to go to Libya



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'Neymar has unique potential' – Brazilian backed to rewrite PSG history by Nene

A €222 million transfer has the forward’s every move being dissected in minute detail, but he is expected to thrive under that kind of pressure

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ABU Title: Joe Boy is a small boxer and he will fall – Egyptian boxing champ

Joe Boy is a small boxer and he will fall - Egyptian champ

Ahmed vowed to defeat Oto "Joe Boy" Joseph when they clash for the African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight title fight.

Egyptian and Mediterranean lightweight champion, Abdulrahim Ahmed, has said he will defeat Nigerian champ, Joe Boy saying he is only a small fry.

Ahmed vowed to defeat Oto "Joe Boy" Joseph when they clash for the African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight title fight at GOtv Boxing Night 13 on December 26, 2017.

The event, which holds at Landmark Events Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, will feature seven bouts.

Speaking from his base in Cairo, Ahmed said he is ready, willing and able to win the title.

"Joe Boy is a small boy. I hold the Egyptian and Mediterranean titles. I have fought better boxers and Joe Boy is in big trouble. It does not matter that the fight is in Lagos. I am going to win," he said.

 

Last week, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph threatened to box Egyptian boxing champion, Ahmed to a pulp.

The millionaire boxer, who is billed to fight Ahmed for the vacant African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight title, vowed to demolish his opponent when they clash at GOtv Boxing Night 13.

GOtv Boxing Night 13 will, in addition to the boxing bouts, feature live performances by Small Doctor, Falz, Reekado Banks and Simi.

ALSO READ: Joe Boy threatens to box Egyptian champion to a pulp

Equally fighting on the night is Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde who will be taking on Chijioke “Painless” Ngige for the national light welterweight crown.

The other pits Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu against Kehinde “Ijoba’ Badmus for the lightweight title.

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AFC Leopards ace handed maiden Cecafa start against Tanzania

Kenya forwards have been firing blanks in the last two games against Libya and Zanzibar

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Bharti Airtel: Indian telco urged to exit Kenya and others to focus on Nigeria

Airtel has been exploring strategic exits from Africa

The exit of Bharti Airtel from Kenya,Rwanda and Tanzania could save the Indian telecom giant and boost its margins in Africa according to market analysts and brokerage firm, Goldman Sachs.

According to the analysis published by the Economic Times of India, the exit from East Africa and the monetisation of tower assets in five other non-profitable markets would help the company boost margin and reduce leverage.

Airtel has been exploring strategic exits from Africa as it looks to focus on its Asian operations and its chairman, Sunil Mittal has already indicated that the company needs to exit the the markets in Kenya,Tanzania and Rwanda which have  margins significantly lower than the current Africa average”.This exit will be explored  via intra-country sales,purchase or a merger.

In Ghana for instance the company has completed a merger with rival Tigo to create the second largest telco in the West African country.

 

Separately, analysts said if Airtel’s stated interest in buying 9mobile (formerly, Etisalat Nigeria) – the fourth largest mobile carrier in Nigeria – translates in a deal, it would become the largest telco by subscribers in a market that is Bharti’s largest in Africa and generates 30% of its revenues in the continent.

We take no view on a potential transaction, but a simple sum of the respective market shares of Bharti and 9mobile would suggest a No 1operator in Nigeria by subscribers, slightly ahead of present market leader MTN,” Goldman Sachs said.

Mittal had also told ET in a recent interview that Airtel is keen on erstwhile Etisalat Nigeria, which is now called 9mobile, and is up for sale.

 

At present, Bharti is the third-largest telco in Nigeria with a 25% subscriber market share, while fourth largest, 9mobile has 12%. If Airtel were to acquire 9mobile, its customer market share at 37% would be a tad higher than MTN’s 36%.

According to analysts, although the Africa operation has historically been a drag on Bharti Airtel, over the past 3-4 years, the Sunil Mittal-led telco has divested $3.3 billion worth of assets, “which has helped reduce Africa debt levels by as much  40%.

In fact, a combination of debt reduction and improving Ebitda margins, they said, helped Airtel’s Africa business turn net profit positive in the first quarter of FY18. In September quarter, the telco reported a profit of $48 million in Africa compared with a loss of $91 million a year ago, helped by growth in data customers and consumption, and stringent cost controls.

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Zahra Buhari-Indimi & Husband Ahmed Indimi Look Smitten and the Picture of Perfection in New Photos

There is little we love more than the incredible relationship between Zahra Buhari-Indimi and Ahmed Indimi! Ahmed’s witty social media presence never fails to crack us up, especially when he…

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