Livestock Guard member abducted and killed as anxiety mounts in Benue

Governor Samuel Ortom has disclosed that he narrowly escaped death when suspected armed herdsmen shot at him in his farm at Adeke along Makurdi-Naka road.

This is just as suspected armed herdsmen reportedly abducted and killed a member of the state's Livestock Guard in Ado Local Government Area, LGA.

The Governor, yesterday in a live radio programme monitored in Makurdi said he had gone to his farm in the outskirts of Makurdi town few days ago when armed herdsmen besieged the vicinity and open fire.

According to him, "just last week I was in my farm that is situated in the outskirts of Makurdi town when armed herdsmen came there and shot at me.

"They also shot at the vehicle of our Livestock Guards who came there and shattered it. We had to call the joint military security team, Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS, who came and saved the situation," he added.

The Governor lamented that in the influx of armed herdsmen into the state had become a source of concern and worry and needed to be check urgently.

He said "We are doing everything possible to arrest the situation. This people are deliberately coming into the state. And I have always maintained the armed herdsmen, ISWA, ISIS and Boko Haram are the same thing and they are out to prosecute the same agenda.

"There is no two ways about that. Even when we went for the North Central Security meeting l told them the same thing. Miyetti Allah leadership should also be arrested because majority of all the kidnappings you see around are carried out by armed herdsmen.
A lady, Miss Victory Amaize, has been arrested and detained by the Police operatives at Wuse Zone 5, Abuja, after she reportedly engaged a man, Danjuma Yahaya Alli, in marathon sex in a popular hotel and he eventually died on top of her.

P.M.EXPRESS reports that the incident happened at the popular Grand Ibro Hotel, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja, FCT, where the romp took place.

The lady, Victory, was said to be facing murder charge based on Police suspicion that she might have engaged the deceased, Danjuma Yahaya Alli, in marathon sex that eventually caused his death.

The alleged tragedy was exposed after the Chief Security Officer of the hotel, Onyido Sule, went to the Police at Wuse Zone 5, Abuja, on 22nd January, 2020, reported that a lady, Victory Amaize, from Life Camp in Abuja, screamed from her hotel room to the management over what happened.

The management rushed to the room and found Danjuma Yahaya Alli gasping for breath on the bed. He was rushed to the hospital where the doctors confirmed him dead.

During interrogation, the suspect, Victory, told the Police that while they were having sex in Room 123, the late Alli got chocked up and later passed out in the process.

The corpse was deposited at the mortuary for autopsy test, the lady was detained while investigation was still ongoing on the matter.

It was gathered that Victory may be charged for murder if doctors reports find her culpable for engaging Alli in long sex that eventually caused his death. She may spend several years in prison custody if she is tried and found guilty before the Court for the alleged offence
Popular AIT magazine program, titled Spice The Marriage Show and anchored by veteran Journalist, Presenter and Media Personality Regina Dokpesi will be hosting and organizing the 2020 Spice Marriage Ambassadors Award, as well as the unveiling of the maiden edition of Spice Family Magazine on the 23rd of April 2020, at NAF Conference Center, Abuja.

Speaking during a pre-conference brief on development plans ahead of the Spice Family Magazine launch and the occasion of Spice Marriage Ambassadors Awards, the Convener, Regina Dokpesi noted that the release of Spice Family Magazine was to further enhance her preachings and campaigns on domestic violence, as well as strengthening and improving relationships that are faced with diverse challenges.
The occasion of Spice Marriage Ambassadors Awards and unveiling of the quarterly Spice Family Magazine will witness the iconic presence of notable personalities and institutions. The Award occasion will also honour and recognize outstanding couples who will be appointed as Ambassadors of Spice Family/Marriage Project, a brainchild of Inspirar Tour Limited.

The project is solely focused on enhancing marriages, relationships, building bridges in broken affairs, creating solutions to marital issues and also damming the incessant occurrence of broken marriages, divorce law suits, domestic violence in marriages, overshadowed marital sacredness and its relevance in building up effective family chain. The Spice Marriage Ambassadors Awards will be recognizing Awardees across difference Award categories cutting across entertainment, politics, business, commerce, philanthropy, and several others. 
The Convener of the Award event and publisher of the soon-to-be released family magazine, Regina Dokpesi has continued to use her Spice Marriage Initiative through the already ongoing magazine program (Spice: the Marriage Show) on AIT every Thursday at 11:00pm and Saturday at 3:30pm to help couples and adults in relationships to get it right, she always would say "whatever it is you alone cannot fix it".
The National President of Messengers of Peace, Dr. Suleiman Adejo has been invited as a panelist to speak at the  US Africa Global Business Summit holding from 15th to 16th of April 2020 at Dallas, Texas, United States Of America(USA). He was also appointed as a Consultant to nominate Personalities that will be considered for 2020 US Africa Global Awards.

According to a letter signed by the President of US Africa Chamber of Commerce, Sir Joe Madu, he noted that Dr. Suleiman Adejo was appointed as a panelist, a consultant and an Award recipient at the 2020 US Africa Global Business Summit after an evaluation of his achievements and successes in peace building, as well as the promotion of peaceful co-existence and desirable climate for economic prosperity in Nigeria.

Dr. Suleiman Adejo will be amongst the few notable Africans that will be participating at the historic world business summit in the US to deliberate on economic prosperity in Ngeria and Africa. As the principal executive and President of Messengers of Peace, Dr. Suleiman Adejo has explored the capacity of his organization in areas of sustainable programs and projects on peace advancement, conflict resolution and diplomatic engagements. 
The Dallas Texas 2020 US Africa Global Business Summit and Awards will be having the notable presence of specially invited guests which includes the Governor of Texas, 1st Lady of Texas, Congress-woman Eddie 
Bernice Johnson, Congressman Marc Veasey, President World Affairs Council, OPIC, EXIM, GDAACC, US India Chamber, EACC, SBA, National and State Chambers of Commerce and Governors' led trade delegations from African countries.

The summit has over the years represented campaigns and advocacy for global-World Bank, UN, ADB and other internationally funded projects focusing on human capital development that benefits African nations, especially empowerment opportunities for youths.

Some of the prospective opportunities in the 2020 US Africa Global Business Summit may include B2G, B2B, Global Access to export market, technical partners, funds/FDI, Non-recourse funds and Match-Making-in agriculture, healthcare, energy/power, IT, Aviation, Mining, Oil & Gas, Exhibitions, Innovations and Skill Acquisition etc. for business leaders and influencers from the US, European, Asian and Africa.

Some of the notable initiatives of Messengers of Peace, includes the prestigious National Peace Awards which has recognised notable personalities and will holding its 2020 edition soon, where the president of Nigeria, HE Muhammadu Buhari will be honoured. 
Also His peace agency is also the proud organizers of the prestigious Queen of Peace Pageant in Nigeria, where the winner represents Nigeria at the Queen of Africa Beauty Pageant which will also be holding in Ghana soon. The agency has recorded years of impressive achievements and mediated in several conflict resolution especially the intervention in the freedom of the Islamic Republic of Saharawi in North Africa, the latest one for 2020 is the success of the age long 13 years conflict of the Actors Guild of Nigeria kogi state chapter using its strategic peace building strategy.

Nigerian singer Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, better known as Burna Boy has lost the 2020 Grammy Award for the Best World Music Album to Angelique Kidjo, whose Celia was adjudged the winner over African Giant and three others.

Burna Boy has thus failed to clinch the much expected award like other home-grown Nigerian singers such as King Sunny Ade, Femi Kuti and Seun Kuti, who were all nominated in the past.

It was Burna Boy's first Grammy nomination and his multiple award winning African Giant was widely expected to clinch it for him.

Recall that Burna Boy has been making headlines since he dropped the album.

African Giant is the fourth studio album by Burna Boy, which was released on July 26, 2019, by Spaceship Entertainment, Bad Habit, Atlantic Records and Warner Music. The album is a mixture of Afro-fusion, Afrobeat, dancehall, pop, and hip hop.

The Best World Music Album category recognizes performers outside the United States who showcase non-European, indigenous influences in their body of work. The award was first handed out in 1992 to Mickey Hart.

Other artistes who did not make it in the category at the ceremony at Staples Centre in Los Angeles are Gece — Altin Gün, What Heat — Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley and Fanm D'ayiti — Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet.
Imo billionaire philanthropist, Chief Ndubuisi Emenike, popularly known as Ototonwa is dead.

Ototonwa who was a senatorial candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) for Imo North Senatorial District in the 2019 general election was allegedly shot mistakenly on Sunday evening by an operative of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps who was his personal security aide.

According to reports so far gathered, the incident took place around 5pm during a victory party for the All Progressives Congress candidate at the rerun election in Okigwe North Federal Constituency held on Saturday.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had announced the APC candidate, Miriam Onuoha, as the winner of the election when the tragedy struck at the APC's candidate house at Umunachi in the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of the state.

The NSCDC officer had escorted Ototonwa to the victory party and was shooting consistently into the air and mistakenly shot his boss which brought the victory party to an abrupt end.

The victim fell and lost consciousness and was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, St Joseph's Hospital, Umunachi, before he was later rushed to the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Owerri, in an ambulance.

According to an eyewitness, " Ndubuisi Emenike has been shot by one of his security aides. He was shot during APC victory party at Isiala Mbano LGA. He was shot at his lower abdomen by his aide, an NSCDC officer. This is very tragic and very unbelievable. We pray he makes it. The incident has shattered our victory party."

He was later pronounced dead at the Federal Medical Centre.

Tragedy struck in Bauchi on Friday when a jealous man, simply identified as 'Solomon' stabbed his girlfriend, Patience Zakkari, to death for picking a phone call from another man.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Correspondent reports that the incident occurred around 1.30 am in the house of the deceased located at gwallameji area of Bauchi metropolis.

Narrating to NAN how it happened, a source who pleaded anonymity recounted how the deceased narrated the incident to him before she gave up the ghost.

He explained that the deceased and her boyfriend (Solomon) who were popularly known to be in a romantic relationship by most people in the area, had a heated argument when the deceased received a phone call from a male friend in the middle of the night.

"She narrated to me before she died that everything happened at about 1:30 am on Friday morning.

"She said she received a phone call from just an ordinary male friend and her boyfriend (Solomon) got jealous, started harassing her verbally, and that as she was trying to explain to him, he pounced on her and started hitting her.

"She took a bottle, hit him on the head in self defence because the beating was too much for her, and the man picked up a knife in response and stabbed her at the back.

"She said she lost a lot of blood before she was rushed to a clinic in the morning where she was treated and brought back home in the evening, when she narrated the incident to me.

"Unfortunately, when I left the place, I heard that the wound degenerated and she was rushed to a hospital where she eventually gave up," narrated the source.

Another source, Mercy Cirfat, told NAN that Solomon, who was living two blocks away from his girlfriend's, had taken to his heels after carrying out the heinous act, and is now at large.

She said that the deceased was a National Diploma (ND) graduate from the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi.

DSP Kamal Abubakar, the state Police Public Relations Officer confirmed the incident to NAN, adding that the owner of the clinic where she died, had been arrested.

He  also assured that the command was on the trail of the culprit and would soon be apprehended to face the wrath of the law.

"I can confirm to you that the incident is true; we got the information from a good samaritan that this was what happened in Gwallameji.

"When the incident happened, without informing the police, her friends took her to a clinic for treatment because the boyfriend stabbed her twice.

"However, the clinic also treated her without informing the police and discharged her the same day.

"When the thing became worse, they took her back to the clinic where she was put on a drip and eventually gave up.

"We have arrested the owner of the clinic and the staff that treated her because they did not inform the police.

"We have swung into action and the case is under investigation; we are on the trail of the suspect and anybody involved; they will all be brought to justice," said the PPRO.

Suicide bombers on Sunday attacked a mosque in Gwoza, Borno state, killing a 12-year-old child and leaving many injured.

According to The Cable, a security source said the suicide bombers forced their way into the mosque while prayer was ongoing.

The source revealed that the twin suicide bombers had gained entry into the mosque before some persons in the neighbourhood raised the alarm.

STATEPRESS gathered that the bombing incident happened around Guduf Nagadiyo at Bulabaulin in Gwoza.

Soldiers from 192 battalion of the Nigerian Army have rushed to the spot to cordon off the mosque.

It was gathered from a resident that the Bokoharam bombers may have entered the town during a wedding which held at the palace of the emir of Gwoza on Saturday.

- IG asks police commissioners, traditional rulers, others to form screening committees

- South-West governors to meet again over law backing Amotekun

- Our members can't take up constable jobs –Akintoye

The Federal Government has directed the police hierarchy to commence the recruitment of special constables nationwide preparatory to the implementation of its community policing policy.

The directive on community policing is coming as the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Operation Amotekun, an initiative of the six South-West governors, is gaining momentum.
The governors had set up Amotekun to complement the efforts of the police in tackling insecurity in the region. The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who reportedly described it as "illegal" has since said he was misquoted.

The opposition to the takeoff of the security outfit appears to have been cleared after the South-West governors met with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and Malami in Abuja on Thursday.

To begin the recruitment of constables, Adamu has directed state police commands to set up screening committees.

In a wireless message obtained by Sunday PUNCH, the IG ordered all state Commissioners of Police, Assistant Commissioners of Police and Divisional Police Officers to liaise with traditional rulers and community leaders in their domains to screen volunteers who would be engaged after passing the screening tests.

One of our correspondents, in an exclusive report in May 2019, revealed the decision of the police to engage about 40,000 special constables to complement the conventional police.

At least, 50 volunteers will be recruited from each of the 774 local government areas in the country. The recruitment earlier scheduled for August last year failed to take place.

The police wireless message with reference DTO:231704/01/2020, announcing the commencement of the recruitment, was copied to Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, departments and formations.

It read, "INGENPOL (IG) directs that you be informed that (the) Federal Government has given approval for recruitment of special constables as a step forward to enhancing (the) community policing policy nationwide.

"INGENPOL further directs all commands' CPs, ACPs and DPOs in your respective commands to liaise with traditional rulers and community leaders in your respective areas to form screening committees that will screen volunteers who must be of good character and who will eventually be recruited as special constables."

The message added, "All those to be recommended must be resident in their respective communities and must also be between the ages of 21 and 50 with (the) willingness to serve the community."
The IG told the CPs, ACPs and DPOs to study the Police Act 49 and 50 for proper guidance while urging them to provide updates on his directives.

One of our correspondents had reported that pastors, Imams, teachers, lawyers, journalists and youths would be considered for the volunteer job.

But the special constables, who would not be armed, are expected to handle charge room and administrative duties, crowd control, accident scene duties, alternative dispute resolution and other less sensitive and less risky functions.

They will dress in police uniform but with a different force numbers to distinguish them from the regular cops.

Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said the candidates for the constabulary must be physically fit and gainfully employed.

Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, on Friday said the Progressives Governors' Forum had decided to back community policing.

Lalong, who is the co-chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum Governance Programme Steering Committee after their meeting in Abuja, said they also met to approve the proposed 2020 work plan, programme of activities and design policies for the implementation for good governance in states controlled by the All Progressives Congress.

He stated, "Here, we are not talking about Amotekun, we are talking about general insecurity. On the general term, what we did after a presentation from the security agencies is all of us appear to be talking about community policing."

Middle Belt opposes govs on community policing

But the Middle Belt Forum opposed the plans by the governors to implement community policing, stating that a regional security outfit like Amotekun would be more effective in curbing insecurity in the Middle Belt.

The forum asked Governors Samuel Ortom (Benue), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Lalong (Plateau), Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa) and Bala Mohammed (Bauchi) to evolve new measures to end the ongoing bloodshed in their states.

The MBF National President, Dr Bitrus Pogu, in a statement on Saturday, said he expected the state executives to invest more efforts in addressing the bloodshed and massive destruction by terrorists on the middle belt.

It said, "Considering the horrifying activities that have drawn global attention, the forum calls on the governors to work towards the creation of a security network similar to Operation Amotekun to obliterate all forms of insecurity in defenceless communities.

"We believe that a security outfit like Operation Amotekun will serve our communities better than the proposed community policing which is similar to the work currently being done by informants in providing intelligence to the police."

Pogu called on the governors to be committed to the protection of lives and properties.

He advised the state governments to collaborate with the relevant agencies of the Federal Government to end the security challenges facing the Middle Belt.

Pogu also told the governors to let critical stakeholders to be part of their policy implementation in their states.

The MBF asked the states to embark on a massive infrastructure development to lay the foundation for industrialisation to make the economy of the region viable.

Meanwhile, Mba said the police were putting final touches to the implementation of the community policing policy, adding that they were in the process of setting up the screening committees
It was indeed an atmosphere of collective encouragements, supportive suggestions and healthy fitness activities to raise awareness on the war against corruption at the "Fitness Exercise" event, organized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in collaboration with EFCC Ambassadors. The event was held yesterday in Abuja at Jabi Lake.

The Fitness Exercise which was themed "Let's Unite In the War Against Corruption", recorded the presence of top leveled EFCC officers, Ambassadors of the commission, notable public figures, entertainment celebrities and residents of FCT. The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, who was humbly represented on stage by Tony Amkeodo, the Special Adviser to the Chairman on Media, urged Nigerians to unite and support the anti corruption war so as to enjoy the massive human and material endowments which the country is blessed with.
He also stressed that it was necessary for Nigerians to collectively support the commission in attaining the desired results in the war against corruption. In the words of Amokeodo, he says, "Nigeria belongs to all and its a collective work that needs the support of everyone". He added that the narrative of "leave it for government" must be changed as it is now a collective journey.

Some EFCC Ambassadors who spoke at the event like Radio Presenter Amb. Wahala, Ghana Must Go, African China, I Go Dye and others emphasized on the need for EFCC to be undaunted in its anti-graft war. Comedian "I Go Dye" humorously told Nigerians be supportive so as to enable the country deliver on its mandate to roll-back corruption. Also speaking at the Fitness Exercise was famous Nigeria singer "African China", who after a brief presentation of one his popular tracks notes that he was like a soothsayer when he dropped his hit song then titled "No Condition is Permanent, Mr President"
African China advice's Nigerians to  shun any form of corrupt practices especially such that which may affect national development. He noted that it would help in ensuring a corrupt-free society that everyone would be proud of. The Fitness Exercise was filled with fun, networking, encouragements, entertainments and well attended medical checkup for participants. 

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• EFCC probes Wada, Ayeni, AVM Atawodi over arms deal

• Funds traced to foreign car dealership, offshore accounts

A serving governor is topping the list of suspects being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for an alleged N6,549,942, 637.14 fraud in an arms deal. Also under scrutiny are the immediate past governor of Kogi State, Captain Idris Wada, a former Chairman of Skye Bank, Mr. Tunde Ayeni, retired Air Vice Marshal Salihu Atawodi and four others.

The alleged fraud was perpetrated by the defunct Presidential Implementation Committee on Maritime Security (PICOMSS), which was headed by Atawodi. About N4.9billion cash was said to have from PICOMMS accounts without any specific project in mind.

The serving governor was alleged to have received N1, 475, 144,199.15 of the withdrawn cash for the purpose of lobbying members of the House of Representatives to convert PICOMS into an agency. The name proposed was Maritime Security Agency. The governor was chairman of the House Committee on National Security, Intelligence and Public Safety at the time and he was said to have convinced Atawodi's PICOMS to part with the cash. The sum received was such a top secret that a former Speaker was given a "ridiculous N1million" as his share.

Some former members of the House of Representatives who benefitted from the bribe-for-bill cash from the governor might be invited for questioning,the Nation gathered last night. Sources said the governor was initially cooperating with the EFCC on the investigation, only to stop honouring the invitation of the anti-graft agency two days before he was declared elected by the Supreme Court. He currently enjoys immunity from prosecution by virtue of his office, but he may still face trial after his tenure. The remaining seven key suspects are expected to be arraigned in court soon.

They include Mrs. Winifred Atawodi; Aeroconsult Limited, Xanatos Limited and a daughter of the ex-PICOMMS chairman, Eleojo who is under investigation. The EFCC has already blocked the following amounts in Mrs. Winifred Atawodi's accounts: N141, 611, 736.8 and $228, 428.16. Another N200million has been placed on Post No Debit (PND) in First Mutual Micro-Finance Bank traced to Purple Pepper Farms Limited allegedly owned by Atawodi's daughter (Eleojo). About five hectares of land worth N245million have been seized from the Atawodis. The EFCC has also uncovered how $6.12million was invested by the Atawodis in Midland Corporate Investment Limited account with Sun Trust Savings and Loans Real Estate Limited.

From the cash, AVM Atawodi allegedly transferred $408,000 transferred to an auto firm in the United States called Hennessy Cadillac for exotic vehicles including a Rolls Royce. About $808, 851 was located in Wells Fargo Bank 2 in the name of United International Enterprises. Detectives have identified a house allegedly owned by Atawodi in Lot of the 17th District of Fulton County in Georgia at 3266 Ferncliff Lane, Atlanta Georgia 30324. Despite the seizure of the passports of the Atawodis, one of the daughters has applied to travel abroad for medical treatment in order to sell the house in Atlanta.

The EFCC has also been alerted by some foreign collaborating anti-fraud agencies of plot by the daughter to sell the house. Investigation revealed that PICOMMS was set up between 2008 and 2012. It was disbanded in 2013. The committee was expected to guarantee safety on the sea and waterways. Findings by detectives revealed that AVM Atawodi, his friends and immediate family feasted on the resources allocated to PICOMMS including donor agencies funds. Others funding PICOMMS were the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA), NIMASA, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Ministry of Defence (MOD).

A document obtained by The Nation indicated that on 12th November, 2010, AVM Atawodi made PICOMMS to issue out contracts for Maritime Domain Monitoring System for Maritime Surveillance at a cost of $32,337,163.00 to Xanatos Company Limited linked with a former Chairman of Skye Bank, Mr. Tunde Ayeni. "The fraud was detected in the course of reviewing how funds were disbursed from PICOMS to Xanatos Company Limited and other beneficiary companies. Xanatos Company Limited made a lot of questionable payments obviously from the contract sum.

"One of the companies was AUSWEE Investment Limited where Atawodi, his wife and children are directors. Checks on AUSWEE acronym revealed as follows A(Amana); U(Uneku-the daughter); S(Salihu); W(Winifred Abiodun Atawodi-wife); E(Eleojo-another daughter); E(Ebi-another daughter). But one Roland Uhuago, who is an associate of AVM Atawodi, was used as a front for AUSWEE. From the statements of accounts of PICOMS in Polaris Bank, Union Bank and ECOBANK, there were many cash withdrawals and cash movement lodged in Sun Trust Savings and Loans through a former director of the finance firm, Mr. Mohammed Jibril. About $5million was invested on behalf of the Atawodis by Jibril.

"During that period, about N4.9billion was withdrawn in cash in 2011 which they claimed they used for an unclear purpose. We have seized the passports of AVM Atawodi and some members of his family to restrict their movement to the country pending the commencement of their trial. Based on the depth of investigation, EFCC has blocked the accounts of Mrs. Winifred Atawodi's with N141, 611, 736.8 and $228, 428.16. Another N200million has been placed on Post No Debit (PND) in First Mutual Micro-Finance Bank traced to Purple Pepper Farms Limited allegedly owned by Atawodi's daughter (Eleojo).

About five hectares of land worth N245million have been seized from the Atawodis. The land was bought from Hilton Hotel and the relevant agency in the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) has confirmed it." On the involvement of ex-Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State, the brief on the case indicated that his company Aeroconsult Limited was awarded a contract for the construction of a hanger in Benin Airport for the sum of N2, 780, 649, 450.00 described as an inflated rate.

"Aeroconsult also sublet their contract to Olutoyi Estate Development and Services Limited in which N700million was given to the company. From the inflated total cost of the hangar, about N550million was given to AUSWEE. And from the N500million, about N484, 000,000 was transferred to Vector Integrated Services Limited owned by Atawodi. This company has an account with Union Bank where Mrs. Winifred Atawodi was a manager before she retired. The withdrawal from AUSWEE to Vector Integrated Services was from Atawodi. And from Union Bank, some of the cash were moved into the account of Vector Integrated Services Limited in Fidelity Bank."

A top source in EFCC said: "When we invited the former Governor of Kogi State, Capt. Idris Wada for interrogation, he insisted that the contract was well-executed. But we detected evidence of transfers to AUSWEE which suggested that the hangar contract was inflated. The ex-governor and Aeroconsult have more questions to answer, especially when fresh transfers were made in 2018 and 2019 to AVM Atawodi."

Regarding the serving governor, the source added: "The N1, 475, 144,199.15 was converted to dollars and handed over to the governor when he was a member of the House of Representatives. The owner of the Bureau De Change used by PICOMMs, Sharif Shanono has been quizzed and he has provided evidence of transactions. We also observed that on 21/12/2011, about N250million was transferred from PICOMMS account to Saab Global Links Limited account 1012330930 belonging to Shanono.

"We were on the case before the governor's election was validated by the Supreme Court. In fact, he was to appear before our detectives two days to the Supreme Court judgment but he stayed away to await the verdict and avoid being detained.

"While going through records, detectives were able to confirm how a paltry N1million was given to a former Speaker of the House of Representatives. Now that the governor has immunity, we have to wait till 2023 when he completes his tenure before resuming his investigation and trial. We are likely to invite some former members of the house who benefitted from the bribe-for-bill cash. The bill was titled, "Maritime Security Agency Establishment Bill (MASECA) 2010 to change PICOMMS into an agency. So far, seven out of the eight suspects implicated in this fraud may face trial.
A University Don, Professor Olatunji Kolawole has urged major stakeholders in the health sector to take urgent and proactive measures to prevent further outbreaks of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) conundrum in the country.

Kolawole, while delivering the 190th in the series of Inaugural Lectures of the University of Ilorin Saturday, said, the VHF when handled with levity, especially when treatment was preferred to prevention, could have lethal consequences on the human population of any nation. He spoke on the topic, 'Transcending the Viral World: A Tale of Mimicry, Knockdown and Knockout'.

According to the lecturer, who is also the National Coordinator of the Nigerian Poliovirus Containment Exercise, the results of a recently conducted medical checks in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, as a case study, showed that the traces of an outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever was possible.

He said, ''education policy makers should realise that the threat of VHF is real, difficult to curtail and fatal. The fact that we found a seroprevalence of Marburg Virus in another study population in Ilorin shows that another VHF outbreak is imminent.

''If it happens again, it might not be transmitted from a Liberian or any foreigner anymore; it might originate within our shores.''

It would be recalled that on July 20 2014, one Mr. Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian who was infected with the Ebola Virus, arrived Lagos and set off a chain of transmission that resulted in the infection of 19 people and the death of seven, with a resultant nationwide panic.

Kolawole, who was the first Virologist to contribute 19 novel bacterial strains from the University of Ilorin to the World Genomic Bank (NCBI) U.S.A. canvassed more support for biomedical researches in Nigeria just as he warned of the likely outbreak of another deadly virus similar to Ebola in the country.

He noted, ''the plethora of potential outbreaks that could affect Nigeria with dire consequences are enormous. Similar to Ebola virus in terms of fatality is the Marburg virus. A virus considered to be extremely dangerous.

''Marburg virus serological prevalence was last reported in a Nigerian population in 1988 by my mentor and a distinguished elder in the Viral world, Professor Oyewole Tomori, who found 29 human Sera positive for Marburg in the northern savanna zones of Benue and the then Gongola states.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Bala Ciroma has ordered the arrest of the traditional ruler of Ushafa community, Alhaji Mohammed Baba and his secretary, Danlami Busa.

This is sequel to the murder of a senior Police Officer, ASP Eric Isaiah and one Moses Emmanuel, allegedly killed over land dispute by persons alleged to have been mobilised by the in Abuja by the traditional ruler

This is just as the CP ordered a manhunt for all those including the prime suspect in the encounter, one Moses Peter, who partook in the attack and killing of the Police officer.

FCT Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Anjuguri Manzah confirmed the arrest of the traditional ruler and the secretary in a statement in Abuja.

It reads, "The Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Bala Ciroma, has unequivocally condemned the unprovoked actions of some persons who while trying to obstruct the police from arresting one Moses Peter aka Dogo, a suspect wanted for Culpable Homicide, attacked and killed ASP Eric Isaiah at the palace of Chief of Ushafa in Bwari Area council on 23rd January 2020 at about 2100hrs.

"While describing the act as barbaric and unpatriotic, the Commissioner of Police promised that the killers of the police officer must be arrested and brought to justice.

"He also warned that the Command will not treat any act of attack on police officers on lawful duty with levity.

"This unfortunate disregard for law and order happened on 21st January, 2020, when one Dominic Emmanuel reported at Bwari Divisional Headquarters that his brother Moses Emmanuel (now deceased), who was engaged to work as a mason by one Mrs. Priscilla Patrick, was found unconscious after being attacked and severely injured.

"After he was rushed to Bwari General Hospital for medical attention, the deceased was able to provide vital information as to his assailants.

"Consequent upon this, one Moses Emmanuel aka Dogo and one John (surname unknown) were fingered as the perpetrators of the act. "Unfortunately, the condition of the victim deteriorated and he later gave up the ghost at the hospital, where he was receiving treatment. " On the strength of this, the Divisional Police Officer Bwari detailed one Inspector Okpanachi Audu and Sergent John Mark on inquiry to Ushafa village, where the deceased was attacked.

"The detectives sighted and accosted Moses Peter aka Dogo, who resisted arrest and thereafter invited his friends from a nearby drinking joint who insisted that the suspect must be taken to the Chief of Ushafa palace before the police can effect his arrest.

"The two police detectives obliged the crowd and went to the chief palace, where they met the secretary to the chief, one Danlami Busa, who assured them that the chief will soon attend to them.

"However, instead of addressing the issue, the chief's secretary, Danlami Busa at the instance of the Chief, Alhaji Mohammed Baba incited the crowd, who descended heavily on the two detectives.

"As a result, a re-enforcement team led by late ASP Eric Isaiah, Patrol and Guard officer Bwari Division, with three others were deployed and they arrived the scene with a police hilux vehicle which was used to rescue the two officers who escaped with the suspect, Moses Peter aka Dogo.

"Sadly, the crowd brutally attacked and murdered ASP Eric Isaiah in cold blood after inflicting various degree of injuries on other members of the team, who narrowly managed to escape with their lives.

"In view of this, the Chief of Ushafa, Alhaji Mohammed Baba and his secretary, Danlami Busa have been arrested and are providing the police with useful information regarding the murder of late Moses Emmanuel, late ASP Eric Isaiah and injuries inflicted on the police personnel. "Meanwhile, investigation is on-going.'
The senate is set to return to the red chambers on Tuesday January 28, 2020 to continue on the nations legislative business. But information available to an online platform indicates the executive officers of the senate might not be seating easy as the threat of impeachment looms real.

According to the information received, the Senate President is said to have 'angered' and/or stepped on toes within the senate red chamber – and has awoken sleeping lions within the chamber who have been seeking for opportunities to strike at the senate president. Particularly, the angered Senators are reported to have compiled a list of all the sins of the Senate President to present to the senate house as a case for removal from the seat of president. This list included, job racketeering, the FIRS fiasco, N2m for Xmas, among others. The Senate President's "inability to attract any good will despite the overwhelming support to the presidency" was also added to the list of sins.

The upsurge in the move to impeach the number one and number two men at the senate comes as a result of the new allegation against the deputy senate president, Omo Agege. Certain reports allege the deputy senate president had been indicated for criminal offenses in the USA that resulted in his suspension from practicing as an attorney in the State of California. The revelation caused a rejig within the power equation at the red chamber.

Omo Agege who has indicated his innocence stated that it was the work of detractors. However our source within the chamber indicates that Omo Agege remains rattled. "He cut short his recess and has been running to meet those that matters of in the Senate like Adamu Abdullah and Sen Abu Ibrahim".

Senator Alamiekina from Edo State and Senator Ndume from Borno State are said to behind the flames of impeachment. Senator Alamiekina is reported to be angling for Omo Agege's job while Senator Ndume is reported to be campaigning for the Senate President's seat.

The senate seating of Tuesday is expected to be rowdy.

Stay tuned 
Former Gov. Emeka Ihedioha has gone back to the supreme court seeking to be returned as the Governor of Imo State, he approached the Apex Court on thursday based on the following reasons..

1. Uzodinma was not APC candidate & was not a candidate of any party in the 9th March Governorship election in Imo State based on the judgement of the same Supreme Court on 20th December 2019.

2. Uche Nwosu was declared as the rightful candidate of APC & AA and was disqualified for double candidature.

3. APC couldn't have produced 2 candidates in one election.

4. Supreme Court have no powers to allocate votes to any candidate.

5. Supreme Court have no power to increase the number of people accredited by INEC.

6. Somebody that was not a candidate cannot be winner of an election he was not a candidate.

7. Nigerian Police have no powers to
organize elections in Nigeria.

8. Results tendered by a police officer cannot be admitted in any court as exhibit as he was not INEC officer.

Based on the above facts that are still subsisting Ihedioha & PDP have applied for review & he might return to his office as the elected Governor of Imo State.

One of Nigeria's famous, most prospective and young female Abuja based RnB/Afro musical Artist "Angel Twani" is set to commence a national Tour across states in northern Nigeria tagged "Arewa Prince Media Tour". She would be commencing the regional tour with a view to promote her recently released Single titled "Arewa Prince" and featuring one of Africa's celebrated Rapper "Magnito".

Speaking with journalists in Abuja today, Angel Twani described her tour across cities in northern states including, Niger, Kaduna, Abuja, Jos, Nasarawa, Kano and Taraba state etc as a huge step, especially in trying to create an impact in ensuring that the northern part of Nigeria is recognized and spotlighted in the entertainment map.

According to reports, the Arewa Prince is a track which will be droping-off in her fourth coming EP whose title is yet to be announced but insinuations are that the it will be officially unveiled and released before the 1st quarter of the year. Angel Twani is an Afro-pop singer, songwriter/ entrepreneur and brain behind famous hit track "I Stand For Peace". 

Her career in the entertainment industry has remained on a fast track towards attaining success and several prospective engagements. With the new drop of "Arewa Prince" and commencement of her regional tour, her influence and fame may experience an impact-blast especially as it concerns promoting entertainment in the northern region of Nigeria.

According to executives and organisers of Angel Twani, Arewa Prince Media Tour, they noted that her recent track with rapper magnito, "Arewa Prince" will be officially available on all the online download platforms for her fans and anyone who loves good music to access. During her Tour, she will be engaging in several endorsement deals, performances and courtesy visits to create visibility and awareness for her recently dropped single.
Mutant goat born with 'human' face being worshiped like a god
A mutant goat has become a celebrity and is worshipped in India because of its oddly human-like face.

According to Dailymail, the young animal, which has human-like eyes and mouth, was born recently in Nimodia village on the outskirts of Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Owner Mukeshji Prajapap posted a short video of the black goat with a strange face inside his hut earlier this week.

The goat is seen stumbling around the room and wagging its short tail in the video.
In other snaps, it is also seen glaring at the camera and looking away when Mr Prajapap reaches out to touch its scalp.

It may have suffered the facial deformity due to a rare congenital defect called Cyclopia, which usually causes a single eye to form on the forehead.

Goats may be considered a holy animal in India, although Hinduism names the cow, monkey, snake, elephant, and tiger among its five holiest animals.

However, goats are named in part of the Vedas, Hindu religious texts, as an animal of importance.

A goat with the facial structure of a human was born in India in 2017, India Today reports. Its nose resembled a human's and it also had a delicate nose and lips.

And in the same year a 'cyclops kid' with just a single eye was born in the village of Assam, India.

The animal had a single eye, which can happen during fetal development when the brain fails to divide into two parts, reports Live Science.

The same animal had only one complete ear, a lack of a true nose, eyelids and eyelashes, and unusually small and missing teeth.

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Following the refusal of the staff of the federal tertiary institutions in Nigeria to be enrolled on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, IPPIS, the Federal Government has ordered that the salaries of the concerned staff be stopped immediately

The affected federal government staff, who will not be paid salaries from January, are members of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU.

According to a letter from the office of the Accountant General of the federation, signed by the Director of IPPIS, Olufehinti, O. J, dated January 21, 2020, and directed to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, the minister was ordered not to release funds for the payment of January salaries of the tertiary institutions.

The letter captioned, "Request for stoppage of release of funds for January Salaries to federal universities, Polytechnics and colleges of education", was silent on whether the non-payment of salaries will affect the non-teaching staff, who have enrolled under the scheme.

The letter reads, "I am directed to inform you that the preparation of January 2020 salary payroll and warrant of the federal tertiary institutions are on-gong and will be ready for submission on or before 29th of January, 2020.

"This is to give effect to the directive of the federal government that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies drawing personnel cost from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, CRF, should be enrolled on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, IPPIS.

"In order to actualise this directive, you are please requested not to release the funds for payment of salaries to the tertiary institutions as their salaries will henceforth be paid on the IPPIS platform with effect from January 2020."
Africa's biggest football icon, soccer Legend and retired Super Eagles player, Kanu Nwankwo has visited Billionaire Businessman, politician and Philanthropist, Hon. Ned Nwoko at his mansion in Abuja yesterday. According to our sources, their discussion was premised on the 2020-2021 proposed "Stars University", Africa's first sport university, which Hon. Ned Nwoko is presently establishing in Delta State, Nigeria.

Hon. Nwoko received the celebrity soccer legend to an amazing and warm reception, during which the duo discussed emphatically on collaborative efforts in enhancing the sports sector and grassroot football talents in Nigeria and Africa. They stressed that with an institution of such specialization, the sport sector in Nigeria and Africa would record impressive improvement.
They also slided into deliberations on the recently flagged off Malaria Eradication Project in Africa. An epoch project of Prince Ned Nwoko Foundation. Kanu Nwankwo assured Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko, the Chairman and founder of Prince Ned Nwoko Foundation of his undaunted commitment and support for the Malaria Project in Africa and especially Nigeria.

Hon. Ned Nwoko had just returned from his Antarctica Expedition to create awareness and garner substantial research findings in collaboration with scientists from across the world on prospective road maps towards malaria eradication in Africa. His foundation is also funding five universities across Africa on researches to discover vaccines for the malaria scourge in Africa. 

Also the foundation is presently working with international agencies and government institutions on the environmental sanitation through fumigation as an eminent step required to support eradication of the deadly parasite in Nigeria.