TRENDING NOW

The Ayo Salami-led panel probing allegations of corruption against suspended EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, was stunned on Thursday when the MD/CEO of FCMB, Adam Nuru, told the panel that there was an error over the reported posting of N573 million into the church account of Emmanuel Omale, founder of the Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministries, Account No 1486743019.

The bank CEO was invited by the panel following the alleged report that the cleric laundered money for Magu and used the proceeds of the said N573 million to purchase property for the suspended EFCC chairman in Dubai.

Nuru, while giving evidence on the funds traced to the account, narrated that on January 16, 2016, the bank made a return to NFIU which indicated that there was a transaction of an inflow of well over N573 million.

"This return was said to be in favour of Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministries Account No 1486743019," Nuru said.

Advertisement
400X400
"After that report, we conducted an investigation and discovered that the lodgement which we reported to NFIU was an error.

"The error was as a result of the fact that we were using a bank application called Pinnacle-7. However, we migrated from that application to a newer version called Pinnacle-10.

"Usually, when the bank intends to migrate from one application to another, we utilise weekends to carry out the exercise. The migration involves moving all the balances of customers from the previous application to the new application. The account of the Divine Hand Ministries was moved during that migration.

"In that branch, we have 983 accounts (Banex). The credit balance in all the 983 accounts domiciled came to the aforesaid amount. It was that balance of N573 million that was wrongly posted as an inflow into Divine Hand Ministries as reported to NFIU," he said.

Nuru said the error was not peculiar to Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministries alone but was also ascribed to 27 other accounts.

When asked why it took the bank about four years to discover the error, the CEO responded that the bank just realised the blunder upon invitation by the panel.

President Buhari had in July ordered a Judicial Commission of Enquiry under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act (Cap T21, LFN, 2004) to investigate the alleged financial impropriety and mismanagement of recovered assets levelled against the suspended acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.

Recall that Magu was accosted on July 6, 2020 in front of the Wuse office of the EFCC and directed to appear before the Salami-led panel.

The Justice Salami committee had summoned several witnesses to testify at the probe.

BusinessDay gathered that Magu was served with the allegations and terms of reference on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

Multiple sources close to the Presidency also disclosed that the panel was given 45 days to submit its report.

The panel, headed by Ayo Salami, also has Anthony Michael, a retired deputy inspector general of police as deputy chairman, Muhammad Babadoko, Hassan Abdullahi, Muhammad Shamsuddeen, and  Douglas Egweme as members, and Kazeem Attitebi as secretary.

A Nigerian Lady, who is seeking advice on her sexual lifestyle narrates how she get wet whenever she sees a married man with wedding Ring.

According to her, she doesn't get wait when its a single guy, but only for married Men. she further explained that she had sex with 2 married men in 2017 and that was when her problem started.

Sharing her story with Joro, the relationship Doctor, she wrote: "I am not home wrecker or a bad person, i have slept with 2 married men in my Life which was in 2017 but since this year anytime i see a married man wearing wedding ring, its like a spirit of horniness comes over me, My Nipples become very hard and strong and my wetness keeps flowing and flowing.

When it's single guys, nothing happens, i even finger myself to check for wetness but nothing there.

StatePress gathered that he died of COVID-19 complications at the first cardiology hospital in Lagos on Saturday.

His friends, Senator Ben Murray Bruce confirmed the development on his Facebook page.

Ben Bruce wrote:

"‪I have just lost my good friend of forever to #COVID19. Until his death, Sen. Buruji Kashamu and I were inseparable. He died today at First Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos. May his gentle soul rest in peace. I pray his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear this heavy loss.‬"

Details later…..

While the world is still battling the coronavirus that first broke out in China last December, a new health threat from another virus, that is tick-borne has surfaced in the country.

The virus reportedly causes a disease called "Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS).

According to reports, it has already killed seven people and infected at least 60, setting off alarm bells among health officials in the country.

Many of the cases reported were concentrated in East China's Jiangsu and Anhui provinces, local media reported.


A tick specie that bears the virus
While more than 37 people were diagnosed with SFTS in Jiangsu in the early months of 2020, 23 were later found to be infected in Anhui.

While the disease is transferred to humans through tick bites, Chinese virologists have warned that human-to-human transmission of the virus cannot be ruled out.

Unlike SARS-CoV-2 however, this is not the first time the SFTS virus has infected people.

The recent spate of cases merely marks a re-emergence of the disease, IndianExpresss.com reports.


Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTSV) belongs to the Bunyavirus family and is transmitted to humans through tick bites. The virus was first identified by a team of researchers in China over a decade ago. The first few cases were reported in rural areas of Hubei and Henan provinces in 2009.

The team of researchers identified the virus by examining blood samples obtained from a cluster of people exhibiting similar symptoms. According to a report by Nature, the virus killed at least 30 per cent of those infected.

The current case fatality rate rests between approximately 16 and 30 per cent, according to the China Information System for Disease Control and Prevention.

Due to the rate at which it spreads and its high fatality rate, SFTS has been listed among the top 10 priority diseases blue print by the World Health Organisation (WHO).


Virologists believe an Asian tick called Haemaphysalis longicornis is the primary vector, or carrier, of the virus. The disease is known to spread between March and November.

Researchers have found that the total number of infections generally peaks between April and July.

Farmers, hunters and pet owners are particularly vulnerable to the disease as they regularly come in contact with animals that may carry the Haemaphysalis longicornis tick.

Scientists have found that the virus is often transmitted to humans from animals like goats, cattle, deer and sheep.


Despite being infected by the virus, animals generally do not show any symptoms associated with SFTSV.

What are the symptoms of the SFTFS virus?

According to a study conducted by a team of Chinese researchers in 2011, the incubation period is anywhere between seven and 13 days after the onset of the illness.

Patients suffering from the disease usually experience a whole range of symptoms, including, fever, fatigue, chill, headache, lymphadenopathy, anorexia, nausea, myalgia, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, gingival hemorrhage, conjunctival congestion, and so on.

Some of the early warning signs of the disease include severe fever, thrombocytopenia or low platelet count and leukocytopenia, which is low white blood cell count.

The risk factors observed in more serious cases include multi-organ failure, hemorrhagic manifestation and the appearance of central nervous system (CNS) symptoms.

The Chief Executive Officer of Aso Multimedia Agency, Organizer of popular National beauty pageant contest called Queen of Aso Nigeria, Amb. Desmond Agboola, has finally reacted to the huge anticipations and requests from many, including family members, friends and colleagues across the industry. 

Few Hours ago and at a launch reception in his Abuja resident, Mr. Desmond Agboola shocked everyone, when he went on his kneels and asked his Fiancée to marry him. Everyone at the reception was dazed and amazed as he proposed to his beautiful and delectable fiancée, Ms Concilla Ugoh

Agboola immediately offered an engagement ring to her, which she received by stretching out her arms. Friends and colleagues who were at the reception were amazed as they threw words of congratulations to the soon-to-be couple. According to our source, Mr. Agboola was noticed to be excited and filled with loads of joy. His fiancée on the other hand was overwhelmed, it was an experience like never before.

Speaking with our AbujaPress few hours later, Agboola described his engagement with Concilla, an Enterpreneur and graduate from the University of Calabar as timely. He stated that Concilla was indeed the breathe of his heart and a completion of his incompleteness. He further stated that, Concilla has been a friend and a motivation to him, stressing that, he felt more fulfilled with the decision and step he took.
An African empowerment and development agency resident in Nigeria is set to commence the induction of 100 girls for an Integrated Computer Training program. The African Scholars Care Initiative-ASCI, has announced its readiness to commence the "Girls In ICT For Youth Inclusion Project on Monday, 10th of August 2020 at African Union ECOSOCC Nigeria at 7th floor, WAEC Building, No.10, Zambezi Street, Maitama Abuja.

The induction program will record the presence of notable personalities as Special Guests and Panelists. The Special Guests are the Honourable Minister of State for Science and Technology, Barr. Mohammed Abdullahi, who is also Chairman of the occasion, Hon. Otumba Alabi, as Guest Speaker, Dr. Tunji John Asaolu, as Keynote Speaker and Chief Mrs. Mary Ekpere Eta, as Mother of the Day. The Panelists are Dr. Tonye Rex Idaminabo, Actress Tonto Dikeh, Kiki Osinbajo, Mr. Daniel Oniko, Daniel Arinze, Osasu Igbenedion, Mr. Abu Andrew and Rachel Bakam.

Speaking with Abuja Press Correspondent few hours ago, the Founder and President of African Scholars Care Initiative-ASCI, Queen Joy Onumajuru stated that the project was initiated to celebrate youths with the induction, training and certification of over 100Girls in ICT. She further noted that the training exercise would conducted by Digital Skills Foundation in Paris, France.
Onumajuru explained that the project will also witness the sensitisation of people across Africa and globe on the need to be resilient especially in the era of the global Covid19 pandemic. Emphatically, Girls in ICT For Youth Inclusion  project has been designed to spearhead a new path in the inclusion of girls in youth empowerment.

African Scholars Care Initiative-ASCI has continued to project the values and virtues of humanity through empowerment programs especially for youths in Africa and has continued to support awareness Initiative on the directives and measures needed to curtail Covid19 in Africa. ASCI under the leadership of Queen Joy Onumajuru has remained consistently committed to humanitarian activities, especially in education and empowerment of children, youth and underprivileged persons.

Recently, African Scholars Care Initiative-ASCI commissioned a multimillion naira water borehole project, to provide water for Locals in Jahi Community, at LEA Primary School in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Thereafter, it held a  media tour across various broadcast agency in Africa.
In view of the 2021 forthcoming Local Government Area elections in FCT, Mr. Barry Avotu Johnson 1st, has stated that it was time to build bridges between indigenes of FCT, non indigenes of FCT, FCT Administration and the Federal Government of Nigeria. He made this call few hours ago when he announced his Intentions to become the next elected AMAC Chariman in FCT.

He stated that over his past 20years in Abuja, non indigenes have been isolated from governance and haven't been treated fairly, with regards to been deprived the dividends of true democratic leadership. He stressed that it was time for non indigenes to shine in the light by moving towards the future with true hands of friendship for the development of our people in FCT.

Mr. Barry Avotu Johnson 1st noted that if elected as the Chairman of AMAC, he was going to ensure the provision of basic amenities and dividends of democracy to the people. He assured the people of AMAC that by God's grace the true change will be achieve through him and the foundation for sustainable and continuous development for AMAC will be layed.
He stated that his administration will be immediately consider issues and provisional solutions in areas of water and uninterrupted power supply, quality healthcare, accessible roads, foreign and local investments, agricultural revolutions, youth and women empowerment and development, loans facilities to support SMEs, sports development, security and education.

He however concluded by calling on the support of well meaning persons in Abuja. He called on them to support his campaign which he officially tagged "Good, Better, Best Campaign Movement", which will takeover AMAC for good.
Popular Nollywood Actress and Director, Mrs. Rita Chukwuji Daniels has been named a Paul Harris Fellow by the renowned Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. The recognition was presented to Chukwuji Daniels in appreciation of her tangible and significant assistance towards supporting humanity across the world.

Paul Harris Fellows are named to continue the legacy of its founder and recognizes individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. The recognition of Rita Daniels is in furtherance of her contributions to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
While receiving the honour, Rita Daniels expressed appreciation to Rotary Foundation of Rotary International for recognising her with such a noble honour, stressing that, it will continue to encourage and motivate her interest to supporting friendly relations amongst people of the world. The honor was established in 1957 to show appreciation for contributions that support its Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. 

Mrs. Rita Chukwuji Daniels has remained one of the most notable persons making several personal sacrifices to ensure sustainable assistance for underprivileged persons both in Nigeria and across the world. She has engaged several philanthropic activities through donations, support initiative and development projects for women, Girl Child and youths across Africa and especially in Nigeria.


ShopRite Nigeria has debunked the story making the rounds that it intends to close shop in Nigeria.

The Country Director for Chastex Consult, Ini Archibong, in a telephone conversation with Vanguard, said: "Shoprite is not leaving Nigeria.

"We have only just opened to Nigerian investors which we have also been talking to just before now. We are not leaving, who leaves over a $30billion invest and close shop? It doesn't sound right.

"We only just given this opportunity to Nigeria investors to come in and also help drive our expansion plan in Nigeria. So we are not leaving.

"I have tried to say this as too many people as I can. There should be no panic at all and all of that. There is no truth in that report."

Recall that reports have been circulating that the retail outlet has started a formal process to consider the potential sale of all or a majority of stake in its supermarkets in Nigeria.

The report said the retailer had struggled in the Nigeria market after some South African owned retailer shops exited the Nigeria market.

The report further stated that Shoprite results for the year do not reflect any of their operations in Nigeria as it will be classified as a discontinued operation.

The report also said international markets excluding Nigeria contributed 11.6 per cent to the group sales and reported 1.4 per cent decline in sales from 2018.

South African operations contributed 78 per cent of the overall sales and saw 8.7 per cent rise for the years.

The report went further to say that as a result of the lockdown, customers' visits declined 7.4 per cent but the average basket spends increased by 18.4 per cent.

I will show you the way some POS agents actually dupe their customers of money. 

POS is a method of payment that don't involve you going to the bank, all you have to do is put your ATM card into the POS machine and then you can carry out transactions like withdrawals. 

Some fraudulent agents when you meet them that you want to withdraw, they will complain of bad network and suggest that they have to use their phone to carry out the transaction and that requires your ATM details. 

Once you do this several times, the app saves your card details and the app no longer requires OTP to carry out transactions and that means they can carry out withdrawal from your ATM card in your absence. 

So please do not ever reveal your ATM card details to anyone.

Two former governors of Delta State, James Ibori and Emmanuel Uduaghan, and a former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu have been linked to the various contracts awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.

Also linked to the contracts in the letter submitted to the House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, is a former lawmaker for the Imo North (Okigwe) constituency of Imo State, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume.

Recall that a list had appeared earlier containing names of Senators and House of Representatives members involved in Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC contracts.

In the letter with Reference Number MNDA/HM/04/IV/158, addressed to the Clerk to House of Reps, Patrick Giwa, and also copied to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation/Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, the Minister named the top government officials as beneficiaries of the NDDC contracts.

One of the projects linked to James Ibori, a former Delta State Governor, was the emergency repairs of Onoghove community road from Ajanesan to Western Delta University at a cost of N485.7m.

Uduaghan, also a former Governor of Delta State, was linked to the emergency repairs of Close B, Alhaji Estate & Environs, Rumuodomaya, Port Harcourt at a cost of N429m.

Five projects were linked to Kalu, who was simply identified in the document as OUK-Kalu (the project source).The emergency repairs on road projects linked to Kalu are in Abia State and the costs ranged from N517m to N560m.

The details are Emergency repairs of Ezere-Acha-Ndiokoukwu Road (N517.9m) and repairs of Amaubiri-Eluama-Uru Ring Road, Lokpaukwu, Umuchieze (N560m).

"MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS ARE AWAYS ASKING WHEN THEY WOULD COME AND 'CHOP' RICE, AND I KEEP HOPING,"

Research has revealed that some single women are now complaining due to over scarcity of suitors in the country. It is the desire of most ladies to get hooked to a man at certain age brackets for support, procreation and affection. But all around today, we have many single ladies with no suitors. There are many single ladies and as well as bachelors who would want to get married, but the fear of uncertainty of the future of the union have really prevented many from doing so owing to unpredicatable economic situation.

Reports showed that there were enough women and men who really wanted to get married but it appeared both sides do not want to gamble into it to avoid devastating consequences and regrets in the future. One of the ladies, who preferred to be simply called Titi said she had taken the issue of marriage as a do-or-die affair due to "internal pressure" but that as much as she had tried, frustration had often been the result. At 37, the businesswoman who sells clothes in Ikeja, the Lagos State capital in western Nigeria, disclosed that she is not finding life easy.


"What is happiness without a man in a woman's life?" she asked our correspondent during a chat. She had dated several men with some promising marriage, but without fulfilling the promise.

"You can't imagine that in the last three years, I have dated about eight men, but the relationship was often short-lived simply because I ask for their commitment. I am not getting any younger and I cry every time I see my mates with their husbands and children. If at 37 I don't have a child or a permanent man, when would I have them? Is it when my skin has wrinkled? she asked our correspondent

Miss Karia Anumba, 41, lamented that she had lived and changed many cities in Nigeria looking for suitors but those she met were afraid because they were not sure of the future of the marriage. She revealed that she tried to convince and persuade the men she had contact with to make the move and even assured them that she would manage no matter the condition, but regretted that none of them agreed to marry her. Anumba said she quickly relocated to Lagos from Abuja when she realized that she was gradually turning into prostitute because of the drive for marriage.

She explained that since she came to Lagos, she had engaged herself with a work and was still searching for interested men but yet to get one. She narrated that some men who were above 40 years still roamed about and do not want to get married; attributing it to fear and economic condition as most of them were jobless.

Bose (surname withheld), 37, has found herself patronising many of the social interaction sites on the internet.The banker told our correspondent that she is on Eskimi, 2go, Badoo, Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter as well as 4clique and Instagram just to look for life partner.

"We can't tell the particular broom in the bunch that kills a fly," she said on why she patronises such number of social interaction sites. "I always change my name in the different sites but the ultimate goal is to get a husband," she added.

Bose reveals that she is really worried about the situation, adding that she lives comfortably (in a mini-flat and has a car), "but who do I have to enjoy this comfort with me?

"I have tried a hook up programme on a Lagos-based radio station, but my age is now a major factor hindering my dream of being married," she lamented pleading with our married correspondent, who she considered a bachelor, to "help dry my tears."

A married woman, who gave her name as Mrs. Blessing Aguebor and resident in Oshodi, confirmed that the issue of lack of serious men for marriage is giving many ladies sleepless nights. She narrated the touching story of her friend who was disappointed by her boyfriend of five years when it was time to "settle down".

"My friend was 29 when he met this man in Benin and they dated for five years. The man was always giving the lady hope without her knowing the man had other plans. The year he fixed for their marriage was the year he travelled abroad without even informing my friend. It was later he called her and asked her to find another man because he still had many more years to hustle. My friend almost went mad. She is 36 now without a man. I had to convince her to relocate to Lagos so that possibly out of the population here, she would find someone. It is pathetic," she said.

A 38-year old business woman in Ketu, narrated how she lost her first husband to a friend, Idayat, who was desperate for a husband. According to Mrs. Adewunmi who remarried last year, Idayat was 36 and needed a husband but her search was endless.

"I was always encouraging her and made her a part of my family. She would always help me take care of the kids when I go to the market. With time, she took over my husband without my knowledge until the day I caught them red-handed and that was the end of my marriage. Ladies are like hunters these days," she said.

Asked why she was not married at 34, Blessing, a nurse with a private hospital in Abuja, retorted: "that is why I'm on this social site. Why are you asking? Is it a bad idea if you propose to me?"

She explained that life was becoming unbearable without a husband.

"My friends and family members are aways asking when they would come and 'chop' rice, and I keep hoping," she added.

A marriage counsellor in Lagos, Mrs. Victoria Aliu, told STATEPRESS that scarcity of 'real men' is becoming a terrible condition for women ready for marriage. She blamed the problem partly on the Nigerian economy, confusion among the bachelors on their choices of the women they want as wives and the attitudes of the spinsters.

"Many women, whether consciously or not, behave irritably sometimes, forgetting that the man just beside them at every point in time may just have been nursing how to start a conversation that could lead to marriage. Some other ladies are very choosy and non serious at their early stages of adulthood. They only open their eyes to discover that their friends are all married and that they are the only ones left at the bus stop. Then it becomes a terrible case for them," she explained.


WASSCE 2020 and reopening of schools in Nigeria have been cancelled by the Federal Government.

ABUJAPRESS reports that the Federal Government of Nigeria reversed its earlier decision to reopen all secondary school to resume for forthcoming West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, confirmed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday.
President Muhammadu Buhari will observe this year's Eid-el-Kabir prayers with his family members within the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday.

According to the statement titled "President Buhari to Mark Eid prayers with family at home", Buhari will not be receiving Sallah homage from well-wishers.


Shehu said the development was in line with advisories on how to curtail further spread of COVID-19.

The statement read, "President Muhammadu Buhari will observe the Eid El-Kabir prayers with his family at home, just as he did during the Eid El-Fitr a little over two months ago, in line with advisories from the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA and the Presidential Task Force, PTF on COVID-19.


"In wishing all Muslims a safe and happy Eid, the President reiterated the protocols as issued by the PTF that large gatherings, as much as possible, should be discouraged.

"Where small groups choose to hold the Eid together, face masks are absolutely necessary, as is social distancing. Advisedly, such prayers should hold outdoors and worshippers are encouraged to bring their own prayer mats.

"In order to stop the spread of the disease, the President will not be receiving Sallah homages by religious, community, party and government leaders and urges all citizens to observe the occasion as advised by state and local authorities.

"He once again wishes all citizens a safe and happy Eid."


Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Buhari usually joins Muslims for Eid prayers in any of the prayer grounds in Abuja whenever he does not travel to his home town, Daura in Katsina State for the festivals.


Thereafter, Abuja residents, including Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; religious leaders, ministers and federal lawmakers among others usually pay the President Sallah homage inside his official residence.

A beauty queen has been left traumatized after suspected car snatchers stole her Toyota Corolla from the Jabi Shopping Mall in Abuja.


Although there are intensified efforts to recover the stolen vehicle, non has proved productive.
Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter as well as video streaming site, Youtube, have deleted videos by an American-based physician, Dr Stella Immanuel, who claimed to have recorded a 100 per cent success rate in the treatment of COVID-19 using hydroxychloroquine.

The video was first published by Breitbart News, a right-wing medium co-founded by Steve Bannon, a former aide to American President, Donald Trump.

In the video, which was shot in front of the United States Supreme Court, Dr Immanuel is seen with seven others wearing white lab coats calling themselves "America's Frontline Doctors" and addressing the press.


President Trump, who is up for reelection in November, shared multiple versions of the video with his 84 million Twitter followers on Monday night.

During the press conference, she claims "you don't need masks" to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and that recent studies showing hydroxychloroquine is ineffective for the treatment of Covid-19 are "fake science" sponsored by "fake pharma companies".

"This virus has a cure, it's called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax," the woman claims. "You don't need masks, there is a cure."

The claims run contrary to multiple studies on the anti-malarial drug and advice from public health officials to prevent the spread of the virus.

According to CNN, a study found that neither hydroxychloroquine alone nor hydroxychloroquine plus azithromycin appeared to affect the condition of patients at the 15-day mark. Additionally, unusual heart rhythms and elevated liver-enzyme levels were more frequent in patients receiving hydroxychloroquine alone or with azithromycin, according to the study.

The video quickly went viral on Facebook, becoming one of the top-performing posts on the platform with more than 14 million views before it was taken down Monday night for promoting misinformation. It was shared nearly 600,000 times, according to Crowdtangle, a data-analytics firm owned by Facebook.

"We've removed this video for sharing false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19," a Facebook spokesperson told CNN, adding that the platform is "showing messages in News Feed to people who have reacted to, commented on or shared harmful COVID-19-related misinformation that we have removed, connecting them to myths debunked by the WHO."

Twitter worked to scrub the video late Monday night after Trump shared versions of the video that amassed hundreds of thousands of views.

"We're taking action in line with our Covid misinfo policy," a Twitter spokesperson told CNN.

Twitter took action against the videos that Trump retweeted. By early Tuesday morning, the videos were no longer able to be viewed on his account. Twitter also took action on a version of the video posted by Donald Trump Jr. and others shared by Breitbart News.

The video was also removed by YouTube, where it had been viewed more than 40,000 times. Users attempting to access the video late Monday were greeted with a message that said it had been removed for "violating YouTube's Community Guidelines."

According to the website for America's Frontline Doctors, the group is led by Dr. Simone Gold, a Los Angeles-based emergency medicine specialist who has previously been featured on Fox News for her views that stay-at-home orders are harmful. Gold told the Associated Press in May she wanted to speak out against stay-home orders because there was "no scientific basis that the average American should be concerned" about Covid-19.

America's Frontline Doctors could not be reached for comment late Monday.
As the alleged fraud case against Ramon Abbas proceeds to Los Angeles in California, Gal Pissetzky, his attorney, will be supported by another top rated lawyer, Vicki Podberesky, STATEPRESS learnt.

Mrs Podberesky of Andrues/Podberesky law firm based in Los Angeles, specialises in representing individuals in both state and federal criminal matters, as well as companies and individuals in administrative and in-house investigations.

Mr Abbas, popularly addressed as Hushpuppi, is a Dubai-based Nigerian Instagram celebrity facing wire fraud charges in the United States.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation accused him of being part of a network that made "hundreds of millions of dollars" from business email compromise frauds and other scams.

The 37-year-old was formerly held in the Metropolitan Correction Centre in Chicago, United States but now, has been transported to Los Angeles by the U.S. Marshals Service, following a court ruling in the Northern District of Illinois.

This newspaper gathered that Mr Pitsetssky, a top criminal defence lawyer, who is only licensed to practice in Chicago, has applied to appear Pro hac vice on behalf of the alleged fraudster in California.

Pro hac vice refers to apractice whereby a lawyer who has not been admitted to practice in a certain jurisdiction is allowed to participate in a particular case in that jurisdiction.

The out-of-jurisdiction attorney is required to provide the court with a statement from his local bar association indicating that he is a member in good standing.

In most jurisdictions, the attorney appearing pro hac vice must continue to associate with a locally licenced attorney, also referred to as "local counsel. However, the degree to which the local counsel is required or expected to participate in the matter varies.

Documents obtained by this newspaper showed that Mr Pitsetssky applied for Pro hac vice on July 22 with an attestation letter from the Attorney Registration and the Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court in Illinois.

More so, Mrs Podberesky has been hired as the local counsel to work with Mr Pitsetssky.

The order for Mr Pissetzky to appear pro hac vice with Mrs Podberesky was granted by a judge, Pedro V Castillo, of the U.S court in California on Friday.

The notice of appearance was also filed on the same date.

Speaking with STATEPRESS on Sunday evening, Mr Pitsetssky noted that the case is far from being set to go to trial as the U.S. government is yet to turn over all the evidence.

He said the date for the next appearance has not been released yet.

Mr Abbas, who is currently in detention, might spend the next twenty years in prison if convicted of the crime.


PREMIUM TIMES
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two dispatch riders for allegedly attempting to dispossess the driver of a ride-hailing company, Uber, of his vehicle in the Anthony area of the state.

It was gathered that the suspects, Sule Abdulkareem and Celestine Joseph, ordered the ride from Obalende and claimed to be going to Anthony.

STATE PRESS learnt that the driver, who sensed danger when the suspects attempted to snatch the vehicle from him, drove to where operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad were stationed and the men were arrested.

It was learnt that a gun was recovered from the suspects.
Abdulkareem told STATE PRESS that they planned to use the vehicle as collateral for a loan to start a business.

He said, "I met Celestine (Joseph) when we were both dispatch riders for an online retail company. I left the company when my salary was being deducted illegally even after I had paid fully for the motorcycle that was given to me.

"When I left the company, my friend told me that he wanted to start a restaurant and bar business on the Island and that he needed N1.6m for the business. We looked everywhere to get a loan, but nobody was willing to give us. It was during our search for the loan that somebody told us that we would need collateral.

"We had wanted to use that Toyota Corolla as our collateral to get the money; unfortunately, we were unable to rob the driver of his car. We both agreed to rob the driver. It was an unfortunate incident."

Joseph, who stated that the gun was given to them by a friend, said they used it to protect themselves from hoodlums while they worked for the online company.

He said, "We planned to snatch the vehicle from him before he got to Maryland; when we asked him to stop at Anthony bus stop, he refused.

"When he did not stop, we decided not to rob him again, but we were arrested by the police."


PUNCH Metro
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has named members of the National Assembly who al­legedly got over-bloated and unexe­cuted contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

This was contained in the letter by the minister sent to the National Assembly and released to the public.


The National Youth Council of Nigeria, which presented the docu­ment to the media in Abuja on Sun­day, expressed disappointment that Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, refused to dis­close the list of federal lawmakers who benefitted from the contracts awarded by the NDDC.

According to the document, Ak­pabio listed Senator Peter Nwao­boshi's name against 53 projects which included emergency repairs of Asue Street, Owa Phase 2, emer­ Road via Ojemaye, emergency repairs of Otolokpo College Road, Otolokpo, and emergency repairs of Idumuogbe gency repairs of Police Ishu Ani Ukwu Road, Issele-Uku. ­


"They also included emer­gency repairs of old Sapele Agbor Road, Obiaruku; emer­gency repairs of Ehwerhe Obada Road, Agbarho Road; emergency repairs of Hon. If­eanyi Eboigbe Street, Boji Boji Owa/Goodwill Street, Owa Alero, and emergency repairs of Ahiama Okwu to Obuocha Okwu, among others.

"Also the minister listed (Hon. Nicholas) Mutu's name against 74 projects which in­cluded various emergency road projects in Delta, Akwa Ibom, Bayela, and Rivers states.

"Other lawmakers that Akpabio listed projects against are Senator Matthew Urhoghide (6), James Man­ager (6), Sam Anyanwu (19), and others simply identified as Ondo and Edo reps."

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the President of the Council, Solomon Adodo, said: "Mr. Speaker did not do us justice when he did not dis­close to the National Assem­bly that the list of the benefi­ciaries he demanded had been disclosed and attached to the letter sent to him.

"Gbajabiamila's decision to cover up his colleagues is unfair to the fight against cor­ruption, quest for transparen­cy, and to the commonwealth of our nation.

"We, therefore, urge Mr. Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, to resign for covering up for a set of people who had erred and breached the rules of contract.

"All the National Assem­bly members who benefitted from the contracts without executing them should be prosecuted to serve as deter­rent to those who may want to follow a similar path.

"It is a clear case of organ­ised crime to have individuals who benefitted from illegality now rising to probe the fact that their illegality is being exposed."

He added: "We call on all the anti-graft agencies and security agencies to, in line with the directive of Presi­dent Muhammadu Buhari, immediately proceed and go ahead with their investigation of the matter."

The youths said they were firmly in support of the fo­rensic audit instituted by the Ministry of Niger Delta Af­fairs because it had exposed those who had benefitted in the corruption that had fes­tered in the NDDC.
In the document displayed by the youths council, Akpa­bio was quoted as having said that his letter became neces­sary because "the investigat­ing committee on NDDC re­fused and/or neglected to give me the opportunity to explain that reference to most NDDC contracts yearly being award­ed since 2001 from the records allegedly to members of the National Assembly in both chambers were done without the knowledge of the alleged beneficiaries".

Akpabio added: "However, the two chairmen of the com­mittees in both chambers had adequate knowledge."

Reacting, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi challenged Ak­pabio to publish the names of directors of the companies that got the contracts.

"Akpabio is a confused man. NDDC used N39 mil­lion to launder his image. Let him not divert attention from the N81 billion they shared in NDDC", he said
Suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has stated that he will henceforth reply every attack launched against him.

Magu who denied misappropriating funds recovered for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in a statement released by his lawyer Wahab Shittu, averred that the allegations he is currently facing were never brought before the panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the activities of the EFCC under him.

The statement read;

"Take notice that, our client can no longer fold his hands in the face of these sustained malicious attacks to prejudge him in the public space. Our client will henceforth, point by point reply to all false allegations orchestrated against him in the public space on a daily basis as well as present his comprehensive defense for the world to see.

"This is without prejudice to the willingness of our client to defend himself in the ongoing proceedings at the Presidential Investigation Panel.

"The truth of the matter is that well over N329 billion recovered by EFCC under our client's watch was remitted directly into NNPC dedicated accounts via Remita under a special arrangement endorsed by NNPC, EFCC and the affected NNPC's indebted marketers.

"By virtue of the said special arrangement, NNPC had requested formally the EFCC to recover the said amount from the affected NNPC's marketers who were expected to pay such funds directly to NNPC while NNPC, in turn, confirmed receipt of such payments to EFCC.

"Therefore, EFCC never took custody of any of the recovered funds and so, the question of misappropriation of such funds by EFCC or our client could not have arisen as falsely published.

"Our client has never been confronted with any such allegations purportedly arising from the panel's proceedings. The story attributed to the panel which has become a recurring decimal, is a dangerous attempt to discredit the work of the honourable panel."

Magu further insisted that allegations of him shielding some persons in the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) from prosecution is a "falsehood from the pit of hell. He added that it is tendentiously wicked to suggest that he excluded major approving authorities from the criminal process.

The suspended anti-graft agency boss said;

"Investigations were painstakingly conducted by EFCC under our client's watch. The matter has since been referred for prosecution. Charges have been prepared ahead of arraignment in court.

"Our client has no interest in shielding anyone found culpable from the long arms of the law. At any rate, time does not run against the state in criminal prosecutions. It is tendentiously wicked to suggest that our client excluded major approving authorities from the criminal process.

"As a matter of fact, one Peter Hena, head of the FIRS coordinator support services group, who allegedly authorized the illegal payment is one of those listed to be arraigned. The case was properly investigated and professionally vetted with our client deploying no influence whatsoever on the outcome."