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General Discussion / How I was defrauded of N918 million, Atiku’s wife tells court
« Last post by yungcrae on November 26, 2016, 05:14:13 PM »

Mrs Aminat Titi Abubakar, wife of former Nigeria’s Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, yesterday told a Lagos high court sitting in Ikeja of how she was defrauded of N918 million by a former governorship aspirant in Akwa Ibom State, Nsikakabasi Akpan Jacobs.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Jacobs, Abdulmalik Ibrahim and Dana Motors on a 15-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and fraudulent conversion of properties belonging to THA Shipping Maritime Services Ltd.Led by the prosecution counsel, Mr Babatunde Sonoiki, told the court presided over by Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye how Akpan allegedly defrauded her of her shares in the company and other proceeds.

She told the court thàt Akpan Jacobs who doubled as the company’s managing director and secretary had allegedly gone to the Corporate Affairs Commission where he altered the share arrangement in his favour.

She alleged Akpan forged a company board resolution re-distributing the shares ownership and alloted 70 per cent to himself , 15 per cent to her and 15 per cent to Holmes.

With the shares re-distribution, Akpan Jacobs was alleged to have fraudulently assumed full ownership of THA Shipping and subsequently sold a property worth N918m belonging to the company to Dana Motor Nigeria Limited.

When asked, she said Akpan told her that he allotted major shares to himself in other to obtain loan from the bank for the company.

Testifying further before the court, Mrs Atiku stated that Akpan Jacobs , a pastor used the proceeds from the sales of the company’s property to contest for the governorship position in Akwa Ibom State.

Mrs Atiku lamented that her investment in the company had gone down the drain and stated that her interest in coming to court is to ensure that justice is done.

“I have never been inside a court before. Not even a police station in all my life. I am here because I want justice. All my investment and even profit are gone. I want this to serve as a deterrent to other fraudsters that they can’t defraud people and not face justice”, she said.

Part of the charge preferred against the defendants by the EFCC stated: “that ýNsikakabasi Akpan Jacobs and Abdulmalik Ibrahim as the Managing Director and Company Secretary on or about the 10th day of August 2008 in Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division with intent to defraud stole and converted to your own personal use the sum of N918,000,000.00 being proceeds sale of the property and appurtenances situted at Plot C63 A Amuwo Odofin Commercial. Layout along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Lagos belonging to Tha Shipping and Maritime Service limited entrusted with you as the Managing Director.

ý”Nsikakabasi Akpan Jacobs and Abdulmalik Ibrahimý on or about the 1st day July 2002 in Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division with intent to defraud forged a Memorandum and Article of Association of Tha Shipping and Maritme Service Limited dated the 1st day of July 2002 purporting the sgnatures therein to have been signed by Florence Doregos and Fred Holms.”

Justice Ipaye adjourned the matter till December 14 for continuation of hearing.

General Discussion / Armed Robbers Murder 4-Year Old Daughter Of UNIBEN Lecturer
« Last post by yungcrae on November 26, 2016, 05:03:00 PM »

The home of a Uni­versity of Benin lecturer in Benin City, Dr Kingsley Ogbeide was thrown into mourning last Wednesday when unknown gunmen invaded his house, killing his 4-year old daughter, Ai­sosa.

The incident which happened at house No. 10, Enadeghe Street, Off Ughowo-Lagos Road, Evbuomore quar­ters, Benin City, threw res­idents into total disbelief when the unprovoked gun­man suddenly opened fire on Aisosa and his brother and sister who were afraid of their lives when the gun­men broke in.
Aisosa had died instant­ly while her brother and 2-year-old sister sustained varying degrees of bullet injuries. The girl is await­ing surgery to extract the bullets lodged in her jaw though she is nursing the bullet wounds on her head.
After the tragedy, the gunmen went ahead to rob their parents of two laptops, phones, iPad, wristwatches, perfumes and other yet to be known valuables.
Narrating the unfortu­nate incident, Dr Kingsley Ogbeide, a lecturer in Engi­neering Department at the University and his wife, Mrs Ogbeide, a civil servant, said the heat in his apartment on Saturday November 4th at about 4pm had prompted him to open one of the slide windows bit only to be wel­comed by a flash of touch light followed by a voice.
He said, “We started scampering for safety, raised alarm to nearby neighbours, then the children woke up, we all ran to the lobby, be­fore two minutes they broke the protector and were al­ready inside.
“When they entered they started asking where is the money, where is the gold? I said we don’t have money or gold. Truthfully I was only having N500.00 in my wal­let. My wife had no money. We are just civil servants. We told them that there are laptops, though they still took the laptops and phones.
“Being that the lobby door was a bit closed, one of them suddenly shot through the door and the bullet hit one of my daughters, a four and a half year old daughter who died on the spot while the other two children sus­tained some level of injuries.
“I don’t know why he shot because the door was not locked; even the other robber was now quarrel­ling with him saying why did you shoot? Look! Now you have killed a girl”. Dr Ogbeide narrated.
Dr Ogbeide however ap­pealed to Governor God­win Obaseki to be hasty in creating jobs for the youth as it would reduce various degrees of vices in the so­ciety.


Over fifty per cent of youths and women in Kaduna State are into drug abuse, the State Bureau for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment has said.

The agency described the situation as a menace that was capable of jeopardising their future, if not urgently addressed.In an exclusive interview with Channels Television, the Director General of the Agency, Dr. Isa Baka, said that the alarming rate in the abuse of unconventional substances such as cocaine, codeine, tramadol, marijuana and other narcotic substances by youths and women in the state had contributed immensely to the increase of unemployment, crime and other ills in the society.

He identified poverty, marital problems, lack of parental care, and non-effective public enlightenment as some of the factors responsible for the increasing rate of drug abuse in the society.

Dr. Baka also explained that his office was working in collaboration with the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and other individuals and organisations in the war to reduce substance abuse in the state.

“Statistics from some of the institutions that researches were conducted, showed that the prevalent rate was as high as 60 to 70 per cent of students using substances, while in the general group is about 30 to 60 per cent.

“So, you can see that we are talking of a percentage of about 50 and that is very high.

“And as far as substance abuse is concerned, statistics have shown that it is better to prevent than to allow it affect the individual.

“We are planning that we will not only help to eradicate abuse of substances, or cure the victims, but we will also try to rehabilitate them. Rehabilitation is an integral aspect of helping patients from staying away from taking substances. We want to keep people busy so that they will not become the devil’s workshop,” he said.

Involvement Of Teenagers

The Director General of the Agency decried the involvement of teenagers in drug abuse, expressing fears that the involvement would jeopardise their future.

“Now most of those affected are the ones under 10-16 years. And that is a very high population substance abuse. At times, when we are conducting researches, people will hide information because of the legal or moral problem particularly among women. No woman will want to be seen as abusing substances. Today, a young girl will take it as a normal thing. In the past, it was considered culturally wrong for a woman to be on the street, roaming about,” he pointed out.

Dr. Baka further said that the agency would engage other agencies like Prison Service, NDLEA, NAFDAC and NGOs among others to address the growing involvement of young persons in the use of drugs.

“We are going to involve the Ministry of Education, several other organisations to make sure we restore sanity in our society. As far as substance abuse is concerned, we want people selling drugs to have licence and know what they are doing so that they won’t be selling drugs to a set of people who don’t need them,” he added.

General Discussion / Oke raises alarm over malfunctioning of card readers
« Last post by yungcrae on November 26, 2016, 04:26:31 PM »

The candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, Mr. Olusola Oke, has cried out over the alleged malfunctioning of card readers in some polling units in Ilaje Local Government Area of the state.

He mentioned that many polling stations in places like Idi Ogba, Ode Ugbo and Alagbon in Ilaje LGA had malfunctioned card readers.He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to find solution to it so that some voters will not be disenfranchised.

However, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Segun Agbaje said the development was a minor error which would soon be corrected.

“It is a minor error, our technical people will move to the area to correct it”

General Discussion / Jimoh Ibrahim dumps PDP for APC in Ondo election
« Last post by yungcrae on November 26, 2016, 04:11:29 PM »

Ousted factional candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in today’s election Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim has switched his support for the party to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Jimoh Ibrahim has switched loyalties after failing to be PDP’s candidate in the Ondo election.Ibrahim openly campaigned against PDP’s Eyitayo Jegede on his Twitter handle late on Friday, November 25.
According to him, the people of Ondo have no other choice than APC’s Rotimi Akeredolu, who he claimed that they loved.

He also went on to enumerate Akeredolu’s qualities and concluded that he should get the job.

Recall that in another controversial move, Jimoh Ibrahim released a video on Friday claiming that he intentionally destabilized the camp of his PDP colleague Jegede.

Jimoh, in the video footage, said all the legal drama that characterized the PDP in Ondo state was a plot by him to frustrate Mimiko and waste the time of Jegede.


Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State yesterday said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has not been fair to the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN.

The governor said the commission was trying to foist injustice on the people of the state by insisting to go ahead with the election.Mimiko, who personally addressed a press conference, said the PDP was yet to have agents for the poll.

It will be recalled that the Appeal Court on Thursday declared Jegede the authentic PDP candidate by dismissing the ruling of the lower court which earlier directed INEC to recognise Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim as the party’s candidate.

Mimiko also disclosed that the Commission had not released the collation tags for ward collation officers for PDP ward agents.

He wondered how INEC expected the PDP candidate to campaign round the local governments, raise money for the elections and also screen his agent.

The governor alleged concerted efforts by INEC and forces within the APC to prevent the emergence of a credible and electable candidate for the PDP in the state.

Mimiko further disclosed that the voter register which should have been given to the candidate was released only 48 hours to the election, contrary to Electoral Law which stipulates 30 days to the poll.

According to the governor, the “ungodly process” started when INEC, in disregard of extant laws governing elections, removed the name of Eyitayo Jegede on the basis of a Justice Okon Abang order which has since been declared by the Supreme Court as a fraud.

His words: “We wonder why INEC could remove the name of a man who emerged from a party primary that was conducted in a free, fair and open environment and by legitimate organs of the party, where INEC itself was represented, with another from a process that is illegal, and by people not known to law and logic.

“INEC discarded all legal advice not to substitute Eyitayo Jegede by its own chosen consortium of lawyers!

“Several other hurdles were placed on the ways of the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, to the extent that he did not become a candidate until about 48hrs to election, on the directive of the Court of Appeal!

“INEC did not release the list of voters register to the PDP until yesterday, in clear infraction of its own laws and against its advertised ‘Time Table and Schedule of Activities” for the Ondo election.

“INEC refused to publish Eyitayo Jegede’s name for 30 days as stipulated in Section 34 of the Electoral Act 2010.

“INEC denied Eyitayo Jegede the right to submit his party agents’ list at least seven days before the election as stipulated in Section 45 of the Electoral Act 2010, among many others!

“As we speak, collation tags for ward collation officers are not available for PDP ward agents!

“More than the above, the agents on INEC list are agents submitted by a man already aptly described by the courts as an impostor, who has also openly showed he is working as a fifth columnist in the Ondo election.

“Every resident of Ondo State knows we are free and fair people who however abhor impunity and open rape on justice. We shall not take this!

“In this instance, injustice stares us in the face and we are about being treated like slaves and a conquered people in our own country.

“INEC is being forced to subvert its processes, and imperil the Ondo election. The team it sent to Edo, which it is sending to Ondo, is peopled by rabid supporters of APC who have displayed their brazen disdain for justice and fair play in the Edo election.”

General Discussion / Over 470,000 Nigerians die from firewood smoke in five years
« Last post by yungcrae on November 26, 2016, 03:48:37 PM »

Over 470,000 Nigerians are believed to have died from firewood smoke-induced ailments in the past five years.

The World Health Organisation recently said smoke from open fire is Nigeria’s third biggest killer with over 95,000 deaths annually behind Malaria and HIV/AIDS.It added that the majority of the people affected are women, who cook for their families and their children, who often stay close to them in the kitchen.

The draft National Gas Policy of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, obtained by Saturday PUNCH, said, “According to WHO, smoke from open fire is Nigeria’s third biggest killer with over 95,000 deaths annually behind Malaria and HIV/AIDS.”

With 95,000 deaths annually, over 470,000 Nigerians must have died from diseases contracted as a result of being exposed to open fire smoke between 2011 and 2016 and this, experts said, was worrisome.

The policy document said approximately 30 million households and more than 100 million Nigerians depend on wood as a source of energy for cooking, adding that the situation had come with collateral damage to human health, environment and the economy of the country.

The International Energy Agency in the World Energy Outlook, 2012, said over 120 million Nigerians rely on solid fuels (wood, charcoal, agricultural residues or animal waste) for cooking.

The Global Burden of Disease 2010 study, the biggest survey of global health ever undertaken, also found out that four million people die prematurely every year from illnesses linked directly and indirectly to indoor air pollution due to the use of solid fuel and virtually all of them are in poor developing countries like Nigeria.

A paediatrician with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Rotimi Adesanya, described smoke from open fire as hazardous to health, while stressing that children are mostly at risk.

He said, “When there is smoke from open fire, gases are emitted and some of the gases are poisonous to the system. Gases like carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and many other gases are very dangerous to the human health. Some people have pneumonia in the process, especially small children.

“And pneumonia is one of the main causes of mortality in children, after malaria and diarrhoea. It is the third child killer disease; it kills children on a daily basis.”

Also, the President, Nigeria Medical Association, Prof. Mike Ogirima, described the problem as serious, saying persistent exposure to smoke from open fire can lead to health challenges.

He said, “It can be serious if it happens in an enclosed environment and there is the possibility of inhaling carbon monoxide, which is very bad for health. It is a serious issue, especially in highly polluted environments. Carbon monoxide is dangerous because it can reduce the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.”

The President, Nigerian Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association, Mr. Dayo Adeshina, who lamented the deaths of many Nigerians to smoke-induced ailments, emphasised the need to use Liquefied Petroleum Gas (cooking gas) which brings manifold benefits to human health, environment as well as economy of Nigeria.

“As a domestic cooking fuel, LPG therefore presents valuable opportunities to simultaneously combat climate change, reverse deforestation and improve community health and rural economy and livelihood,” the policy document said.


If you have diabetes, what I’m about to share with you in this post could prevent you from having a premature heart attack, save youreyesight, kidneys, legs, and nerves—even save your life.

Even though we live in a pill-popping, drug-oriented culture, more and more people are starting to realize that food and nature is really our best medicine. In 90% of all chronic and degenerative diseases, poor diet is either the direct cause or a significant factor. This is especially true for Type 2 diabetes.
There is no stage of Type 2 that can’t be helped by making some smart dietary changes. And the earlier they are made, the more dramatic the health improvements will be.

A few simple changes in your eating habits can actually reverse Type 2 so that all metabolic functions, including the body’s insulin production, return to normal.

Onions are one of the top food sources for the trace mineral chromium, which produces a powerful benefit on blood glucose levels. Research shows that chromium helps your body use insulin more efficiently, maintains steady blood sugar levels, and reduces the need for diabetes drugs.

Chromium deficiency and diabetes often accompany each other, according to a study published in Diabetes Care. This isn’t a surprising when you realize that the symptoms of chromium deficiency (such as out-of-control levels of glucose, insulin, triglycerides, and high cholesterol) resemble those of prediabetes.

One cup of raw onion (about ½ cup cooked onion) gives you 24mcg of the government’s “adequate intake” recommendation of 25 — 35mcg of chromium. So sauté up a big batch of onions, add some garlic and herbs, and throw them on salads, toss them in soups and frittatas, and use them to smother a juicy, grass-fed burger.

These little diabetes-busters are bursting with healthy fats, vitamins, and lots of minerals. If you’re prediabetic, or want to avoid Type 2, eating nuts will cut down your risk. If you already have diabetes, nuts help you manage your blood sugar and weight.
Nuts contain monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which reverse insulin resistance. And remember the diabetes-heart disease connection? Nuts are another weapon in your heart-healthy arsenal, as studies show that daily consumption of nuts cuts the risk of heart attack by 35%.


Some Nigerian troops fighting the terrorist Boko Haram group in the North-East were Saturday morning caught in an explosion triggered by an improvised explosive device planted by the sect, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

The troops, who are of the 122 Task Force Battalion, Pulka, in Borno State, ran into the land mine between Banki junction and Bama as they conducted escort patrol from Pulka to Maiduguri, people familiar with the matter told this website.The incident occurred at 9:10 a.m. Saturday, our sources said.

Five members of the detachment were badly injured, and were promptly evacuated to Bama for first aid by a patrol team from Bama.

“The distance between Bama and Banki junction is just 7km,” a military analyst told PREMIUM TIMES. “There are troops deployed in-between yet Boko Haram terrorists still sneak in and plant mines.

“They sneak in at night and plant the mines. They know troops would always move in the morning.”

News of the incident in Pulka came shortly after army authorities emailed PREMIUM TIMES a statement saying a woman arrested wearing Nigerian Army uniforms in Abuja on Friday was an impersonator.

The fake army officer, who was arrested along Gwagwalada road falsely claimed to be a Major in the Nigerian Army, authorities said.

The army said contrary to insinuations, fake Major Juliana Gumel was not carrying Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) nor was she with kids when she was arrested.

Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said the suspect was undergoing interrogation.

Mr. Usman, a colonel, said, “She claimed to be a Medical Doctor and a ” major” with a fake private soldier’s outdated identity card. But not with IED. I believe Guards Brigade or the Nigeria Police will issue a formal statement on it.

General Discussion / BREAKING: Abducted former minister, Bagudu Hirse regains freedom
« Last post by yungcrae on November 26, 2016, 01:59:14 PM »

Mr Bagudu Hirse, former Minister of State (Foreign Affairs), who was abducted by gunmen in Kaduna on Sunday, Nov. 20, has regained his freedom, his brother, Mr John Hirse, has confirmed.

“Bagudu was released in the early hours of Saturday,” John, retired permanent secretary in the federal civil service and currently District Head of Mangu, in Plateau, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Jos on Saturday.He said that the former minister  was“hale and hearty”, and thanked Nigerians for the prayers and words of encouragement “during the tỳing period”.

“May God reward everyone who stood by us during the tough period,” he said.

John, however, did not give further details, and also refused to comment over whether a ransom was paid to the abductors.

Bagudu was abducted by gunmen at the Kaduna residence of Ambassador Mamman Daura, where he had gone to condole the family over the death of the former Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji ibrahim Dasuki.

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