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Nigerian government says Binance executive, Nadeem Anjarwalla, who escaped custody in Nigeria, has been found in Kenya, Daily Post reported.


A source in the presidency, who preferred anonymity, confirmed the development as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the International Criminal Police, the Nigeria Police Force, and the Kenyan Police Service have deepened talks to quicken Anjarwalla’s extradition.


“We know where he is. He is in Kenya, and we’re working with the authorities to bring him back to Nigeria”, the source said.


The EFCC chairman, Ola Olukuyede, last month, in a statement, stressed that the commission is collaborating with INTERPOL, the US, UK, Northern Ireland and Kenyan authorities to extradite Anjarwalla, who has been on the run.


The commission had instituted five-count charges bordering on tax evasion, currency speculation and money laundering against Binance Holdings Limited, Tigran Gambaryan and Anjarwalla, the firm’s executives.


Recall that Anjarwalla escaped from custody in Abuja on March 22 and has been at large since then.


Meanwhile, the government confirmed that EFCC had fully taken over the case of Binance from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA.


For months, the Nigerian government sustained its crackdown on Binance over its role in manipulating the country’s Foreign exchange market.


During the 293rd meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee, MPC, in February, the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Olayemi Cardoso, had said that more than $26 billion had been funnelled through Binance without a trace.


Nigerian Breweries Plc says it will suspend operations in two of its nine breweries.


In a press statement, the company emphasized its commitment to minimizing the impact on its workforce by exploring all feasible alternatives.


These measures include relocating and redistributing employees to the remaining seven breweries and offering support and severance packages to those that become unavoidably affected.


According to the company, following the recent announcement of its Business Recovery Plan, Nigerian Breweries Plc has indicated plans for a company-wide reorganisation aimed at securing a resilient and sustainable future for its stakeholders.


The statement signed by Sade Morgan, Corporate Affairs Director, noted that this move is essential to improve the company’s operational efficiency, financial stability and enable a return of the business to profitability, in the face of the persistently challenging business environment.


“In letters signed by the company’s Human Resource Director, Grace Omo-Lamai, and addressed to the leadership of the National Union of Food, Beverage & Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE) and the Food Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association (FOBTOB), the company informed both Unions that its proposed plan would include operational efficiency measures and a company-wide reorganisation that includes the temporary suspension of operations in two of its nine breweries.

As a result, and in accordance with labour requirements, the Company invited the Unions to discussions on the implications of the proposed measures,” the company said.


The company recalled that recently it notified the Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX) of its plan to raise capital of up to ₦600 billion (Six Hundred billion naira) by way of a rights issue, as a means of restoring the company’s balance sheet to a healthy position following the net finance expenses of N189 billion recorded in 2023 driven mainly by a foreign exchange loss of N153 billion resulting from the devaluation of the naira.


Speaking on these developments, Managing Director/CEO Nigerian Breweries Plc, Hans Essaadi, described the business recovery plan as strategic and vital for business continuity:


“The tough business landscape characterised by double-digit inflation rates, naira devaluation, FX challenges and diminished consumer spend has taken its toll on many businesses, including ours. This is why we have taken the decision to further consolidate our business operations for efficient cost management and optimal use of our resources for future sustainable growth.


“We recognize and regret the impact that the suspension of brewery operations in the two affected locations may have on our employees. We are committed to limiting the impact on our people as much as possible by exhausting all options available including the relocation and redistribution of employees to our other 7 breweries; and providing strong support and severance packages to all those that become unavoidably affected. We are also committed to supporting our host communities in ways that ensure they continue to feel our presence.


“We remain wholly committed to having a positive impact on our host communities and our consumers; leveraging our strong supply chain footprint; excellent execution of our route to market strategy; and our rich portfolio of brands across the Lager, Stout, Malt, Soft drinks, and Energy drinks categories; and more recently, Wines and Spirits with the acquisition of Distell”, he added.


The company also recalled that it recently added to its broad portfolio with the acquisition of an 80% business stake in Distell Wines and Spirits Limited, a local business in the wines and spirits category, as a demonstration of its resilient and forward-thinking strategy to deliver long-term value creation for its shareholders and other stakeholders.

 

Following the announcement of the planned release of a new National Identification Number in the country by the Federal Government last week, the National Identity Management Çommission, NIMC has provided further clarifications on the proposed ID.


In a statement released and signed by Head of Corporate Communications, Kayode Adegoke on Friday, the Commission said the new National ID Card is coming as a single, convenient, and General multipurpose card (GMPC), eliminating the need for multiple cards.


The single card with GMPC is said to have multiple use cases. as: Payments/Financial, Government intervention/services, travel, etc.


The card, according to the National Identity Management Commission is working with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System to deliver the payment and financial use cases.


“The card will be powered by the AFRIGO card scheme, an indigenous scheme powered by NIBSS.


Applicants for the card will have to request with their NIN through the self-service online portal, NIMC offices, or their respective banks


” The card will be issued through the applicants’ respective banks in line with existing protocols with the issuance of the Debit/Credit cards.


“The card can be picked up by holders at the designated centre or delivered to the applicants at the requested location at an extra cost to be borne by the applicants’” the statement said.


The Nigeria Police Force, Federal Capital Territory command said its operatives arrested an Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) staff and five others for allegedly vandalising and stealing a transformer in the Maitama area.


SP Josephine Adeh, the FCT Police Public Relations Officer made this known in a statement signed on Friday, identifying the suspects as Kabiru Mohamed, Aliyu Usman, Abdumalik Alhasassan, Shafi’u Suleman, Suleman Ibrahim, and Raymond Malabar.


The police alleged that the suspects were trying to escape with an already vandalised transformer they had loaded on a crane truck in Maitama, when police operatives swooped on and apprehended them.


The statement reads in part; “The operatives of the FCT police command, on April 11, 2024, at about 10:45 PM, acting on credible intelligence, trailed and arrested six suspects, namely Kabiru Muhammed, Aliyu Usman, Abdulmalik Alhasassan, Shafi’u Suleiman, Suleiman Ibrahim, and Raymond Mailabari, who is an AEDC staff, all males of Tipper Garage, Mpape, Abuja, for vandalizing and stealing a transformer.


“The suspects were trying to escape with an already vandalised transformer they had loaded on a crane truck in Maitama, when police operatives swooped in and apprehended them.


“The vandalised transformer, a crane truck, a blue-colored Mercedes Benz with Reg No. PKN 497 XA, a white-colored J5 bus with Reg No. RBC 228 XC, and an ash-colored Peugeot 406 car with Reg No. GSN 13 AA belonging to the AEDC staff were all recovered.


“While the investigation is still ongoing, the Commissioner of Police FCT, Benneth C. Igweh, wishes to reiterate his commitment to ensuring the safety of live and property in the Territory. He also urges residents to be vigilant and take advantage of the police emergency lines to report suspicious activities.”


 

Officer Cadet Owowoh Oluchukwu made history on Friday as she became the first Nigerian female officer to graduate from the esteemed Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom (UK) .


At just 24 years old, Oluchukwu joined 134 other Officer Cadets in London for the Sovereign’s Parade, marking the culmination of 44 weeks of rigorous training as part of Commissioning Course 232.


This was contained in a statement by the Senior Communications and Public Diplomacy Officer of the British High Commission in Abuja, Atinuke Akande-Alegbe, on Friday.


Oluchukwu’s achievement not only adds to the legacy of Nigerian officers at RMAS, which includes notable figures like former Nigerian Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, and Major General Emmanuel Undiandeye, but also highlights the enduring commitment of the UK to support Nigeria’s military education and training.


Her journey began at the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna State in 2018, where she quickly distinguished herself.


From being appointed as Cadet Lance Corporal in her second year to assuming the prestigious role of Company Senior Under Officer Charlie in her fifth year, she consistently broke barriers.


In her fourth year, Oluchukwu excelled academically, earning First-class Honours in Biological Sciences, further demonstrating her dedication and capability.


Her graduation as the 190th Nigerian graduate from RMAS is not only a personal triumph but also a testament to the ongoing partnership between the UK and Nigeria in defense and security.


Speaking of her achievement, she said, “It is a profound honour to be the first Nigerian female officer to commission from the esteemed Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.


“This achievement is not mine alone, but a testament to the unwavering support of my family, mentors, instructors, and countless individuals who believed in me every step of the way.


“As I look ahead to the future, I am committed to representing Nigeria with pride, and to making a positive difference in the world.”

  

The long-awaited anti-corruption concert in Abuja with nation's capital has successfully come and gone but the beautiful and impactful memories it created will linger. 


It was a beautiful moment for guests as they were thrilled to beautiful songs by one of the finest voices behind the microphone and sensational singer, Jessa Joan. 


The concert was designed to raise awareness on the need to shun graft and official corruption so as to drive nation-building. 

Jessa Joan attracted accolades after the outing as she has been described as a great humanitarian lawyer who has offered assistance to many through her career. A great African entertainer, she has a heart for women and children especially those from less privileged background. 


The concert packaged Amb. Wahala and hosted by Philip Rennar and Wale Baba took place at the serene Unity Fountain Abuja where several entertainers, including one of Abuja's finest radio personalities, MC and comedian, Oni Lukuman Olanrewaju popularly known as Amb. Wahala was on ground to inject life into it. 

"I sincerely want to thank you all for been part of the success of Anti-corruption Concert . Words can not express how grateful I am to you all. It is our desire to continue to use our brand to fight against corruption and end cyber crime. 


"The EFCC chairman and the Minister of state for Youth development presence further shows our commitment and drive towards the fight.


"I appreciate you all and we look forward to seeing you in the next edition. Remember if you see something say something", Amb. Wahala said.






 

The Nigerian currency, naira, on Friday, appreciated to N1,150 per dollar at the parallel section of the foreign exchange (FX) market.


Currency traders in Lagos, also known as bureau de change (BDCs) operators, quoted the buying rate of the greenback at N1,110 and the selling price at N1,150 — leaving a profit margin of N40.


The naira appreciated by 0.86 percent from the N1,160 recorded on April 11.


“The dollar is falling and it is not my fault. It is how the FX market is now,” Lawal, a BDC operator, said.


Also, FMDQ Exchange, a platform that oversees official foreign exchange (FX) trading in Nigeria, said the naira rose by 7.16 percent or N88.23 to N1,142.38/$ on Friday — from N1,230.61/$ on Monday.


The appreciation of the naira is coming a few days after the CBN opened the third tranche of sales to BDC operations.


The apex bank began the sale of foreign exchange to BDC operators at the rate of N1,101/$ on April 8.


Also, on the same day, the CBN directed all banks to stop the use of foreign currency-denominated collaterals for naira loans.


The financial regulator is intensifying its efforts to boost liquidity and strengthen the naira.


Meanwhile, earlier today, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said the naira could extend gains to trade below N1,000 to the dollar.


 


 


Cardinal James Omolaja Odunmbaku, the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) cleric and political engineer, is one of a kind who stands in a unique class of his own.


His types don't happen too commonly. Infact, in our clime, he is a rarity, to have one person clothed in celestial and terrestial robes so fittingly.


Only few of his peers can honestly say they don't envy his sartorial elegance whenever he appears in his ecumenical garments. And when he sheds that, to adorn the political regalia, he's also a people's delight.


Few of his type readily come to mind anywhere - in Africa or in any continent. I think of Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and, elegantly speaking, Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus who ruled from both the pulpit and the polity in his life time.


Odunmbaku, better known as "Baba Eto", is a mortal, but given the extraordinary gift of the garb and demonstrable style that is uniquely his own, he's fast assuming the status of an indispensable human specie.


His type acquire larger than life status that is bound to attract positivity and negativity.


Those who are enamoured of him present to the world a cult-like image of him. To them, he can do no wrong. One such person, before the satanic instinct in man, reared its ugly head in him, was so fanatical of the man, Eto, he registered some of his personal vehicles "Aremo", for which he used to tell those who cared to know, that he was "heir-apparent" to Eto. Today, that person is singing new tunes, as if his new listeners cannot decipher sychophancy and crass opportunism in his new drumbeats.


Another was said to have appeared at a political interview panel where, when asked what credentials she had to seek a position, she matter-of-factly told the panelists "Eto". And when repeatedly asked what qualifications did she have to think she was fit for the job, she retorted: " Eto ! Eto !! Eto !!!That secured the job for her !


Such a person is bound to attract envy, jealousy and disdain, dislike or even hatred to himself. That is the fate of Baba Eto !


There must be something extra going for the "priestly-politico" that the talent-discoverer, otherwise known as Bola Ahmed Tinubu, identified him to drive his gubernatorial campaign in Lagos State; and has ever since held on to him like a leech that he has solely led the campaign of other guber candidates like Babatunde Raji Fashola, Akunwunmi Ambode and Babajide Sanwoolu to roaring successes.


If beneficiaries of Baba Eto's gifts turn round to paint scurrilous pictures of the man, such people can only be consigned to the dustbin in which immortal Chief Obafemi Awolowo put those he described as ingrates of his large-ness of heart. As the late sage declared: " There's no escape for those who deny benefits"


Let the person without any blemish come out and cast the first stone. If we put aside belly-aching, jealousy and such-like vices, you cannot encounter Odunmbaku, Baba Eto, on the pulpit or the political rostrum and not doff your hats for this quintessential orator, mobiliser and professor of political mobilisation.


If some see him negatively from the positive binoculars with which Tinubu and many more view Baba Eto, then such minority must be wearing blurry blinkers in their faces

Cardinal James Omolaja Odunmbaku, the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) cleric and political engineer, is one of a kind who stands in a unique class of his own.


His types don't happen too commonly. Infact, in our clime, he is a rarity, to have one person clothed in celestial and terrestial robes so fittingly.

Only few of his peers can honestly say they don't envy his sartorial elegance whenever he appears in his ecumenical garments. And when he sheds that, to adorn the political regalia, he's also a people's delight.


Few of his type readily come to mind anywhere - in Africa or in any continent. I think of Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and, elegantly speaking, Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus who ruled from both the pulpit and the polity in his life time.


Odunmbaku, better known as "Baba Eto", is a mortal, but given the extraordinary gift of the garb and demonstrable style that is uniquely his own, he's fast assuming the status of an indispensable human specie.


His type acquire larger than life status that is bound to attract positivity and negativity.

Those who are enamoured of him present to the world a cult-like image of him. To them, he can do no wrong. One such person, before the satanic instinct in man, reared its ugly head in him, was so fanatical of the man, Eto, he registered some of his personal vehicles "Aremo", for which he used to tell those who cared to know, that he was "heir-apparent" to Eto. Today, that person is singing new tunes, as if his new listeners cannot decipher sychophancy and crass opportunism in his new drumbeats.


Another was said to have appeared at a political interview panel where, when asked what credentials she had to seek a position, she matter-of-factly told the panelists "Eto". And when repeatedly asked what qualifications did she have to think she was fit for the job, she retorted: " Eto ! Eto !! Eto !!!That secured the job for her !


Such a person is bound to attract envy, jealousy and disdain, dislike or even hatred to himself. That is the fate of Baba Eto !


There must be something extra going for the "priestly-politico" that the talent-discoverer, otherwise known as Bola Ahmed Tinubu, identified him to drive his gubernatorial campaign in Lagos State; and has ever since held on to him like a leech that he has solely led the campaign of other guber candidates like Babatunde Raji Fashola, Akunwunmi Ambode and Babajide Sanwoolu to roaring successes.


If beneficiaries of Baba Eto's gifts turn round to paint scurrilous pictures of the man, such people can only be consigned to the dustbin in which immortal Chief Obafemi Awolowo put those he described as ingrates of his large-ness of heart. As the late sage declared: " There's no escape for those who deny benefits"


Let the person without any blemish come out and cast the first stone. If we put aside belly-aching, jealousy and such-like vices, you cannot encounter Odunmbaku, Baba Eto, on the pulpit or the political rostrum and not doff your hats for this quintessential orator, mobiliser and professor of political mobilisation.


If some see him negatively from the positive binoculars with which Tinubu and many more view Baba Eto, then such minority must be wearing blurry blinkers in their faces

The founder and senior pastor, Wealthy Nations has marked his birthday amidst loads of congratulatory messages from members of his church, friends, associates and those whose lives he has touched.


A dedicated and committed God's servant who has used his calling to advance the gospel of Christ, pastor Dickson has since released beautiful photos to mark the day.


The images posted in various social media platforms have continued to attract goodwill messages as his well wishers describe him as a true God's servant who has touched both physical and spiritual lives of his members and all those he has come across.

The fiery preacher of righteousness is known for being vocal in his call for men to draw closer to God with unblemished living.


He speaks succour to troubled hearts and souls in desolate. This is predicated on his firm belief that no problem is too big for God resolve.


He has built the faith of his members, preparing them to confront seemingly difficult situations without fear.



Terrorist group,  Islamic State of the West Africam Province(ISWAP), has executed a police officer abducted along the Damboa – Biu Road in Borno State.


Sources reliably informed Zagazola Makama, that on Sunday 7 April 24, at about 1000hrs, the police officer with wife and children, were on transit from Damboa to Biu for Eid break but unfortunately went through a banned route.


According to the security analyst and counter insurgency expert, it was later reported that he and his family were abducted by suspected ISWAP operatives around Shokotoko general area located approximately 73/km south of Damboa.


However, later in the evening , the wife and his children were released, while the police officer was executed by the terrorists.

The Police Command in Kano State has launched investigation into the circumstances surrounding the alleged beheading of a minor, Mohammed Saidu, by an Almajiri (Qur’anic pupil) at Kanwa village in Madobi Local Government Area.


A statement issued by the Commissioner of Police in the state,Usaini Gumel, on Friday said the 6-year-old Saidu was allegedly killed by the Almajiri, simply called Abdullahi,16 years old.


Gumel said Abdullahi who hailed from Zamfara State, was sighted at Kanwa village by a good Samaritan while in possession of a blood-stained knife strongly suspected to be human blood.


Upon searches,he said,the headless body of Saidu was found in a nearby primary school.


He said the suspect was then taken to the house of the village head to prevent him from being lynched.


In spite of efforts by the village head, however,an angry mob overwhelmed him,decended on the suspect and inflicted serious injuries on him, the commissioner said.


He said the police rushed to the scene,and that on their arrival,the suspect confessed to the crime, saying he dumped the head of the victim in a pit laterine adjacent to the primary school.


He said the suspect was taken to the Kwankwaso Cottage Hospital but died while receiving treatment.


The severed body and the head of the victim were moved to the hospital for examination and confirmation,and later released to his relatives for burial,Gumel added.

Russia has sent an air defence system and 100 military trainers to Niger Republic in West Africa.


Military personnel from the Russian Ministry of Defence are to install the system and train Niger’s soldiers in its use, the Nigerien state broadcaster RTN reported late on Thursday.


This was preceded by a telephone conversation between the head of the military junta, Abdourahamane Tchiani, and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the end of March.


Until the military coup last July, Niger was the last democratic ally of the U.S., France and other European countries in the fight against Islamist militias in the Sahel region, where jihadists are continuing to gain influence.


In March, the junta ended its military cooperation with the U.S. in the fight against terrorism.


The German Armed Forces operate an air base in Niamey, the future of which is still unclear.


State television showed images of a Russian Ilyushin-76 aircraft that had landed at Niamey airport on Wednesday.


“We are here to train the Niger army using the military equipment that has arrived here,” a masked, fair-skinned man in military uniform said in heavily accented French in the broadcast.


Since the military seized power on July 26, Niger has embarked on a new path leading to the diversification of its partners in order to assert its sovereignty vis-à-vis the world, the report continued.


Putin and Tchiani had discussed “strengthening cross-sectoral and comprehensive strategic cooperation between Niger and Russia to deal with current threats, especially in the security field.”


Like its neighbours Mali and Burkina Faso before it, Niger is turning away from its Western partners, in particular ex-colonial power France, and towards Russia.


All three countries have been ruled by the military following coups.

The Times Higher Education has released the 2024 ranking of some universities in the country. Convenant University and University of Ibadan were rated best in the list.


Below is the list :


1. Covenant University

2. University of Ibadan

3. Federal University of Technology, Akure

4. University of Lagos

5. Bayero University

6. University of Ilorin

7. University of Nigeria

8. Afe Babalola University

9. University of Benin

10. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

11. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology

12. Lagos State University

13. Nnamdi Azikiwe University

14. Obafemi Awolowo University

15. University of Port Harcourt

16. Abia State University

17. Akwa Ibom State University

18. Alex Ekwueme Federal University

19. Babcock University

20. Baze University

21. Bells University of Technology

22. Benson Idahosa University

23. Delta State University, Abraka

24. Edo State University

25. Edwin Clark University

26. Elizade University

27. Evangel University, Akaeze

28. Federal University of Kashere

29. Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun

30. Federal University of Technology, Minna

31. Federal University of Technology, Owerri

32. Fountain University

33. Landmark University

34. Nassarawa State University, Keffi

35. Niger Delta University

36. Plateau State University

37. Thomas Adewumi University

38. Veritas University

39. Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano


<THE- Times Higher Education 2024>

A Nigerian doctor in the United Kingdom, UK, Ewere Onykpe, accused of having sex with a patient in a hospital’s toilet cubicle, has been suspended for an additional six months.


According to a report by Premium Times, Onyikpe is said to have begun a sexual relationship with the woman while employed as a locum registrar at the Whittington Hospital, London.


The online newspaper earlier reported in 2023 how the Medical Practitioners Tribunal of the General Medical Council (MPT of the GMC) – a medical regulatory body in the UK, imposed a sanction of a six-month suspension on the suspect’s practising licence after he was found guilty by an investigative tribunal.


Having completed the six-month suspension, the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) appealed against the MPT’s decision before a UK court on the ground that it failed to take into account the vulnerability of the patient within the allegation.


However, a tribunal hearing in February reconsidered the case. It determined that Mr Onyekpe’s registration should be suspended for 12 months having been found guilty of misconduct which was later reduced to six months to reflect the suspension already served.


The details of the case and decisions of the tribunal chaired by Tanveer Rakhim are highlighted in a 61-page document exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES after the hearing held from 12 February to 29 February.


How it happened

The tribunal heard that the suspect, a Nigerian-born medical doctor, examined the patient after she was brought to the Whittington Hospital’s Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department by ambulance on 5 June 2020.


He made a diagnosis of sciatica and prescribed pain-killing medication for her and had an “intimate examination” which was considered to be appropriate.


It was Mr Onyekpe’s “unchallenged evidence” that before the patient left the hospital, she gave him her telephone number on a piece of paper saying ‘in case you want to be friends or anything’.


Mr Onyikpe allegedly sent the patient a WhatsApp message an hour after she was discharged from A&E and the pair exchanged messages over the coming days.


On 10 June, she was brought back to Whittington’s emergency department where she exchanged messages with the doctor for three-and-a-half hours which became “personal and highly sexualised.”


The pair allegedly had consensual sexual intercourse in the hospital’s toilet cubicle that same day, the tribunal heard. The next day, Mr Onyekpe went to the patient’s home and again had consensual sex with her.


The tribunal further heard that the pair continued to exchange sexual messages, interspersed with medical advice from Mr Onyekpe, until 24 July 2020.


On 3 August 2020, Mr Onyekpe was arrested on suspicion of raping the patient but the police released him without charge, after which GMC found out about the facts of his arrest.



Demands for erasure from medical records

The representative of the medical regulatory body, Rosalind Emsley-Smith, submitted at the tribunal that the appropriate and proportionate sanction in this case was one of erasure.


Ms Emsley-Smith stated that Mr Onyekpe had admitted the majority of the allegations he faced before the tribunal and the totality of the allegations he had faced before a previous tribunal.


About the aggravating factors of the case, Ms Emsley-Smith submitted that Mr Onyekpe used his position as a doctor to pursue a sexual and improper emotional relationship with the “vulnerable” patient.


Ms Emsley-Smith submitted that the only way to remedy the damage to the reputation of the profession, which she said had occurred as a consequence of Mr Onyekpe’s decisions and conduct, would be to erase his name from the medical register.


However, in his defence, the doctor’s representative, James Counsell, submitted that Mr Onykpe accepts responsibility for his misconduct, reminding the tribunal that it occurred nearly four years ago.


Mr Counsell submitted that Mr Onykpe has always acknowledged that “his behaviour transgressed professional boundaries and that he had let everybody down, including himself, his family and his colleagues.”


He stated that Mr Onyekpe was a family man with a supportive wife and referred to the various testimonials that spoke of him as a man with integrity.


Mr Counsell stated that the GMC accepted that the relationship was entirely consensual. He referred to the rape allegation and Mr Onyekpe’s arrest in the presence of his wife, as well as the investigation by the GMC and the Trust, and how he cooperated with the entire process.


After the submissions, the tribunal concluded that Mr Onykpe’s conduct, spanning seven weeks, demonstrated a failure to prioritise the care of the patient, “who was vulnerable at all material times.”


Tribunal’s decision, conclusion

The tribunal concluded that the misconduct was adequately addressed with the substantive suspension, adding that it is not necessary to impose an immediate order of suspension on Mr Onyekpe’s registration.


“This means that Mr Onykpe’s registration will be suspended from the medical register 28 days from the date on which written notification of this decision is deemed to have been served unless he lodges an appeal,” the tribunal noted.


“If Mr Onykpe does lodge an appeal he will remain free to practice unrestricted until the outcome of any appeal is known.


“For the same reasons, the tribunal also determined to revoke the interim order of conditions with immediate effect.”


(PREMIUM TIMES)

Chairman of the BUA Group of Companies, Rabiu Abdulsamad, has expressed confidence that prices in Nigeria will soon start to come down under the administration’s economic policies.


Abdulsamad, who was meeting with President Bola Tinubu to congratulate him on the successful completion of Ramadan in Lagos highlighted the significant progress that has been made in addressing the country’s longstanding foreign exchange challenges.


“At a time, the exchange rate was almost N1900/$, but today, the rate is coming down to almost N1,200/$,” Abdulsamad noted.


“We knew then that the high rate was due to many factors, including speculation and manipulation, and a lot of people were actually commercializing their dollar,” he added.


The BUA Group chairman praised the Tinubu administration and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for their efforts in stabilizing the exchange rate, stating that “this is the first time in over 30 years that I have seen one exchange rate in Nigeria, so it’s really commendable.”


Abdulsamad went on to predict that prices will start to fall in the coming months as a result of the improved forex situation. “So I expect that in a month or two, prices will definitely come down,” he said.


“For example, the price of diesel. The price a few days’ back was N1700/Litre, but today, it’s about N1,200/L.”


He revealed that his company had recently purchased diesel from Dangote Refinery at a rate below N1,200 per liter, suggesting a broader trend of falling prices in the market.


Abdulsamad attributed this positive development to the government’s reform efforts and the collaboration between the public and private sectors.


He noted that a committee has been established to facilitate this partnership, which he believes is crucial for the country’s economic recovery.


“We all need to come together and support the government, her policies. The government means well and they are trying to support Nigeria, but we need to be patient. These reforms will take time, it is not easy and it is not something that can be done in one day, so we are working together,” Abdulsamad said.


 

Gunmen have abducted a journalist and reporter with Channels Television, Mr Joshua Rogers, at his residence in Rumuosi in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State on Thursday night.


Rogers, who covers the Rivers State Government House for his organisation, was reportedly trailed after he closed from work to his residence.


The miscreants accosted him before he alighted from his car, pointed a gun at him and whisked him along with his vehicle off to an unknown destination at about 9 pm.


A source who said he doesn’t want his name mentioned said the reporter had earlier covered an event in Ndoni in the Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area of the state where Governor Siminalayi Fubara, inaugurated a Primary Healthcare Centre.


The facility was built and donated to the state by the PAMO Educational Foundation, founded by former Rivers governor, Dr Peter Odili, on Thursday.


The source said, “Yes, he was kidnapped last night at his residence in Rumuosi and taken away in his car by some unknown gunmen.



“We are appealing to the kidnappers to release him immediately and unhurt. He is just a journalist doing his job and not a money bag. So I don’t know the purpose of his kidnap.”


It was also gathered that the hoodlums had contacted his wife and demanded N30m as ransom before releasing him.


Efforts to reach the spokesperson for the State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, for confirmation, were unsuccessful as she did not pick up several calls put across to her.


Iringe-Koko has also yet to reply to a text message sent to her as of publication on Friday morning.


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The people of Anam in Anambra State are insisting on burying Nollywood actor, Junior Pope Odonwodo who fell into the Anam river when the boat conveying him and members of a production crew to the location of the movie shoot they had yesterday, the 10th of April, 2024.

Anam Community is a mega community of eight villages located in Anambra West Local Government Area, Anambra State, bounded by three Historic Rivers, River Anambra, River Niger and River Ezichi.

According to reports, some people in the community are insisting that they must bury him beside the river because they believe it is necessary for his children and the community's well-being, without which, there will be serious spiritual consequences and heavy repercussions

His family doesn't agree and won't give up his body. so, the community went to the hospital to get his body, but the doctor in charge refused and locked his body in a private room and locked the door.

Some other group of people are saying the family should take the body to a specific shrine before 2AM, where a certain herbalist in charge of the river will supposedly bring him back to life. 

This platform was told that the National President of the Actors Guld of Nigeria, AGN, Mr. Ejezie Emeka Rollas and some Nollywood actors allegedly are there pushing for the body of Junior Pope to be taken to the shrine.

 

National President, Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Emeka Rollas, has expressed sadness over the death of Junior Pope, saying that “It’s so so sad that our joy was shortlived.”


According to a post on his Facebook page on Thursday morning, he said although he earlier announced that Junior Pope was alive out of excitement when they noticed the tingling of his fingers, he eventually passed away after efforts to revive him failed.


He added: “Two notable hospitals tried their best to revive him but to no avail. God knows the best. We finally lost him.


“Mr Friday corpse has been identified but three other corpses are yet to be found.”


Corroborating Rollas, the Delta State chairman of AGN, Emma Onyemeziem, confirmed that the corpse of the actor had been deposited in a morgue.


Recall that divers on Wednesday afternoon recovered the body of Junior Pope after falling into Anam River in Anambra State when a boat he was riding in capsized.

One of the divers who recovered their bodies, Peter Chinedu, said they were on their way to a movie location.


A sympathizer, simply called David, however, stated he was returning from a shooting location when their boat capsized on Anam River.


The actor had earlier shared a video of himself and others on the boat on their way to the movie location.


Captioning the video, he wrote: “See me lamenting….The risk we take to entertain you; crossing River 9ja yesterday with no life jacket…. Na wahooooo Who does that ??”


 


Amb. Sobomabo Jackrich, the National Rescue Movement’s (NRM) governorship candidate for Rivers State in 2023, has regained freedom.


Jackrich was released Wednesday evening and met with some of his supporters and allies in Port Harcourt.


Although the reason for his arrest and release has been stated, the Head Chief of Ike Group of Houses is claimed to be concerned about the situation.


A source, who is one of his aides, but preferred anonymity, said: “He was released this evening, (Wednesday) but he does not want to talk to anybody because he is consulting with his people.


“But at the moment, the army is denying that they are not the ones who carried out the action. So the matter is sensitive now. “


Meanwhile, the Elder in the Compound Council of Chiefs of Ike Group of Houses, Chief Seliye Jackrich said they have got the new of Sobomabo’s release, but that they are yet to see him at press time.


He said: “As a family we have just heard this night that he has been released, but we have not seen him and he as not called anybody to say that he has been released. We only heard on the radio that he has has been released. We cannot confirm his release.”