News Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:15:03 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb FG recalls sacked NCAA directors FG recalls sacked NCAA directors

The Federal Government has recalled two out of the nine directors who were sacked from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Friday.

Alhaji Adamu Abdullahi,Director of Consumer Protection, and Capt. Ayodele Sasegbon, Director of General Aviation have been recalled.

Mr Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, confirmed the development Saturday to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

“I can confirm that two of the directors, Abdullahi and Sasegbon have been recalled and their sack rescinded, ” he said.

NAN reports that the government, through the Ministry of Transportation, had on Friday sacked the duo and other directors in the aviation regulatory agency with immediate effect.

The directors affected by the sack were Alhaji Salawu Ozigi (Director of Finance and Accounts), Dr Joyce Nkemakolam (Director of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards) and Mr Aba Ejembi (Director of Administration).

Others are Mr Emmanuel Ogunbami (Director of Licensing), Mr Benedict Adeyileka (Director of Airworthiness), Mr Justus Wariya (Director of Air Transport Regulation) and Mr Austin-Amadi Ifeanyi (Director of Human Resources).



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Nigerian businessman to die by hanging for bathing wife with acid Nigerian businessman to die by hanging for bathing wife with acid

An Ikeja High Court on Thursday handed down a death sentence to  a businessman, Suleiman Olalekan,  for killing his 22-year-old wife, Chika Egbo, by bathing her with acid.


Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo said Olalekan will die  by hanging after finding him guilty of a two-count charge of murder and grievous bodily harm.

Lawal-Akapo, while pronouncing the sentence, said: “The defendant is found guilty of murder, the defendant, Suleiman Olalekan, will be hanged by the neck until you are dead.

“May the Lord have mercy on your soul.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Olalekan, a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ibadan, bowed his head and remained expressionless when the sentence was pronounced on him before a crowded courtroom.

Olalekan’s trial started at the High Court on Dec. 9, 2014.

During the trial, the prosecution led by Mr Adeniji Kazeem, the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, said Olalekan committed the offence on Nov. 5, 2012.

“The accused at 1.35 p.m. on the said day at Bakare Street, Ikotun, a Lagos suburb, allegedly caused the death of Chika Egbo by bathing her with acid.

“He also caused the grievous bodily harm of one Mr Sunny Daniel, a commercial motorcyclist,” he said.

According to the prosecution, the convict and the deceased got married and had a daughter, who is now four years old.

“The accused and the deceased were having problems in their relationship; the accused lured the deceased who had moved to Enugu back to Lagos under the guise that he wanted her to visit his mother.

“When she came to Lagos, he and the deceased hailed a commercial motorcycle which was to convey them to his mother’s house.

“While the motorcycle was on motion, the accused brought out a container of acid and poured it on Egbo’s head,” he said.

According to the prosecution, Suleiman was caught while trying to flee the crime scene by passers-by and sympathisers.

“The attack left Egbo’s head badly disfigured and unrecognisable as well as leaving severe burns on her shoulders, breasts and private parts.

“Daniel, the commercial motorcyclist, was also grievously injured during the attack and almost lost an eye.

“Egbo succumbed to her injuries at the Burns Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) on Dec. 20, 2014,” Kazeem said.

The offence contravened Sections 221 and 243 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.

Suleiman, who pleaded not guilty during the trial on Nov. 24, 2016 and said that Egbo got doused in acid during a scuffle between him and her lover at a hotel room.

“On Nov. 5, 2012, a friend informed me that Chika was in a hotel room with a lover.

“I went to the hotel and knocked on the door and Chika opened the door and a man called Emeka was lying on the bed in the room.

“A scuffle broke out between me and Emeka; Chika and Emeka brought out acid to pour on me but Chika was injured in the acid attack.

“Daniel, the motorcyclist, was injured while conveying Chika to the hospital,” he claimed.

But Justice Lawal-Akapo, while pronouncing the verdict, debunked Suleiman’s claims.

“I closely watched the demeanour of the accused while he gave his evidence, he was panting and fidgeting. I believe his testimony was filled with falsehood.

“I believe he poured the acid on the deceased which led to her death and the three ingredients of murder have been established.

“The defendant put up the defence of provocation and strenuously admitted it in his defence.

“However, in his statement to the police when the incident was still fresh in his memory, he did not raise the issue of provocation.

“In his confessional statement, he admitted that a battery charger sold the acid to him for N1,500 after he told the battery charger that he needed the acid for an experiment.

“A scenario of provocation did not arise while they were in motion on the motorcycle.

“He also did not bring up the defence of provocation during his oral testimony,” Lawal-Akapo said.

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Muhammad Ali's son detained by immigration officials at U.S airport Muhammad Ali's son detained by immigration officials at U.S airport

A son of boxing legend Mohammad Ali was held for questioning for two hours at a Florida airport upon returning from Jamaica because of his Arabic-sounding name, US media reported late Friday.


Mohammad Ali Jr, 44, who was born in Philadelphia and has a US passport, was traveling with his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the late sports icon’s second wife, friend and lawyer Chris Mancini told the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Mancini told the newspaper that both were held for questioning on the Fort Lauderdale International Airport on February 7 because of their Arabic-sounding names.

Camacho-Ali however was released after she showed US Customs agents a photo of herself with her ex-husband.

Ali Jr however had no such photo — and according to Mancini was held for nearly two hours and repeatedly asked “Where did you get your name from?” and “Are you Muslim?”

When he said that he — like his father — was a Muslim, the agents asked further probing questions.

“To the Ali family, it’s crystal clear that this is directly linked to Mr Trump’s efforts to ban Muslims from the United States,” Mancini told the Courier-Journal, a reference to President Donald Trump’s late January executive order imposing a 90-day entry ban for citizens of seven Muslim majority countries.

The travel ban has since been halted by a US federal court.

Mancini said that he and the Ali family are trying to find out how many other people were stopped for similar questioning, and are considering a federal lawsuit.

Airport and Customs officials did not answer queries from the newspaper about the case.

Mohammad Ali, one of the iconic 20th century sports heroes, died after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease on June 3. He was 74.

Ali was celebrated as much for his three world heavyweight titles as for his civil rights battles outside the ring.

In 1964 Ali dropped his birth name of Cassius Clay when he converted to Islam.

Ali was married four times he was survived by seven daughters and two sons.

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Ekiti 2018: Why Segun Oni should resign -APC youths Ekiti 2018: Why Segun Oni should resign -APC youths

Many members of the Ekiti, All Progressives Congress, APC, this week joined the Ekiti Youths in calling for Deputy National Chairman South West, Engr Segun Oni, to resign on the grounds that he cannot be a Judge in his own case.


Oni, last week declared his intention to run for the position of governor of Ekiti-State come 2018.

According to the Concerned Ekiti Youths, "The constitution of the APC is clear, National officers of the party will be responsible for the conduct of the gubernatorial primaries at the state which is tantamount to Engr Segun Oni wanting to be a Judge in his own case, or the INEC chairman and a contestant at the same time as he has failed to RESIGN his current position before publicly indicating his interest to run for Governor."

"He Who Comes to Equity Must Come with Clean Hands, therefore Engr Segun Oni should RESIGN as this is the path of honour."

"We as members of the youth body of our great party dare say this runs contrary to the spirit and principles of EQUITY, FAIRNESS, and JUSTICE which are salient basis on which the party is built and what our party preaches that differentiates us from the Peoples Democratic Party {PDP}. " 

"We call on the Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun led leadership of our great party and the NEC to advice Engr, Segun Oni to acquaint himself with the APC constitution as necessary and guide  Engr. Segun Oni to RESIGN his position since he is now a gubernatorial aspirant like others and so he cannot CHAIR, MEDIATE, or BE PRIVY to issues regarding how the primaries will be conducted anymore so as to ensure a level playing field and remove the MORAL BURDEN and CONSTITUTIONAL LACUNA on the part of the APC  as this is capable of generating bad blood among other aspirants thereby affecting the chances of the party at the general elections."

"For the result of the primary must be credible , and credibility is anchored on transparency, allowing Eng.Segun Oni to remain in this vantage position of an examiner , allow him “set the questions or privy to the questions”in an ‘’examination’’ where he will be writing alongside” other students”.

Per Second News gathered that Oni, a former governor of Ekiti under the platform of the PDP has in the past been hopelessly mired in an ever-deepening influence-peddling scandal. He is however believed to be a candidate of the party's national leader, Bola Tinubu.

Oni's election as governor was contentious with his main opponent in the 2007 general election, Dr. Kayode Fayemi challenging his victory rigorously at the Election Petition Tribunal in Ekiti State.

Segun Oni was briefly thrown out of office after the court of appeal upturned the decision of a lower court after the April 2007 general election. In Ekiti State, effort to get a proper governor at a point during his tenure using the re-run election of 2009 was "marked by violence and intimidation since the man elected back in 2007, Segun Oni, was thrown out of office after massive vote-rigging emerged".

Apart from violence, adding to the controversy was the conduct of the electoral commissioner who initially refused to announce the results of the re-run election.

"The electoral commissioner was supposed to announce poll results last week after the initial re-run but refused to do so, alleging fraud, and temporarily went into hiding".  The result of the re-run election was also challenged by Dr. Kayode Fayemi at the Ekiti State re-Constituted Election Petition Tribunal.

In May 2010, Oni won by a split decision (3:2) at the election petition tribunal. "The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, upheld the election of incumbent Governor Segun Oni, thereby dismissing the petition filed by the Action Congress (AC) Governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi".

 The "Majority ruling declares Oni winner with 109,000 to Dr. Kayode Fayemi's 106,000 after deductions of unlawful votes were made". The minority ruling opposed this by upholding that "We hold that the Petitioners have duly and dutifully proved their case". Two judges supported the minority judgement while three judges endorsed the majority ruling.

 He was removed from office on the 15th of October following the Judgement of the Appeal Court which ruled against him in favour of his opponent Kayode Fayemi.





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Pipeline Explosion: 'We are not responsible, says IDSL Pipeline Explosion: 'We are not responsible, says IDSL
Integrated Data Services Limited, IDSL, a Subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has explained that it was not responsible for the pipeline explosion which occurred yesterday at a Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, NLNG, pipeline in Emohua Local Government Area, Rivers State. 
IDSL said its operation crew which was engaged in acquiring seismic data for SPDC in Oil Mining Lease, OML, 17/22 ROBO 3D prospect, observed approved safe distance standards contained in the Department of Petroleum Resources’, DPR, regulations and as such could not be the cause of the blast. 
“Our activities involve the use of seismic explosives of size 2kg and detonators. The drilled and exploded depth is 45 metres. At this depth the effect on the surface cannot affect any structure.
“The suspected gas leakage on the gas pipeline between Eveku and Rumodogo 1 communities in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State of February 22, 2017 was not caused and cannot be caused by NNPC, IDSL Party 05 seismic operations. Our closest activity around the incident area yesterday was 798 metres away from the pipeline”, IDSL stated. 
As a responsible corporate body, IDSL’s crew on operation in Emohua Local Government Area observed, to the letter, DPR’s regulations governing such activities which include: maintaining a minimum distance of 25 metres from tarmac roads, 50 metres from houses, 100 metres from pipelines, and a minimum distance of 200 metres from well heads or oil wells. 
IDSL crew was 798 metres away from the exploded pipeline. 
Relevant authorities in Rivers State have been informed of the incident.
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136 arrested in anti-Nigerians and other Africans protest in South Africa 136 arrested in anti-Nigerians and other Africans protest in South Africa


Police and people marching against immigrants were locked in a tense standoff in the Pretoria CBD on Friday morning, with stun grenades going off near the Department of Home Affairs building.



Acting South Africa's National Comm of SAPS, Lt. Gen. Phahlane, says the situation in Pretoria is 'under control' and SAPS have arrested 136 people.

A police helicopter hovered overhead and public order police officers weaved through the large crowd.


At one point, the group tried to push past the police.


Many in the crowd carried sticks, rods and other items.


One man told  journalists that "The foreigners have real guns. They are selling drugs and prostitution and the municipality is helping them. They must leave."


Some foreign nationals faced the group, shouting at them.


Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has said that South Africans should blame the government for lack of jobs, and not other Africans living in the country.

Details later 

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MTN Office in Abuja attacked by a group of angry crowd, several injured MTN Office in Abuja attacked by a group of angry crowd, several injured

An MTN office Thursday morning has been attacked by a group of angry crowd, leaving behind several employees injured. The incident took place at one of the South Africa's telecom's giant offices in Abuja.  

South Africans last Saturday in Pretoria West, attacked Nigerians, raiding their homes and killing dozens in gory pictures widely circulated on social media sites. 


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According to eye witness account in Abuja, after the angry protesters broke the glasses, the MTN employees started running for shelter. Some of them also went inside the washroom, while some locked themselves up in the secure vault area of the office.

The security guards who tried to stop the crowd were badly injured.

In a report by Per Second News on Tuesday, South Africans threatened that the attack on Nigerians will continue, according to Charles Ngakula of Pretoria West, “We are tired of the crime in our area. These Nigerians must take their drugs back to Lagos".

A Nigeria asylum seeker in South Africa, Segun Oluwa, said: “At 8am, people stormed into our house and shouted: ‘All foreigners must leave!’”

The men looted the house and set it on fire.Michael Olakunle, another Nigerian immigrant and a resident in the same house, said: “We didn’t do anything wrong. We don’t deserve what is happening to us. South Africans must watch out. There are also South Africans in Nigeria and we will do the same to them there.”

Oluwa and his housemates said the police witnessed what was happening, but didn’t do anything about it.

Meanwhile, South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba is on Thursday expected to brief the media in Parliament on the recent outbreaks of xenophobic violence in Johannesburg and Pretoria. 

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Elumelu, Ambode win award for positive impact and philanthropy Elumelu, Ambode win award for positive impact and philanthropy

Mr Tony Elumelu, has garnered yet another award, although this one recognizes his positive community impact, alongside Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Chairman Ifeanyi Ubah FC, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah and 5 others. 


Elumelu will receive the Consumersng award as one of 10 outstanding personalities who impacted Nigeria positively in the year 2016.

The chairman of Tony Elumelu Foundation, TEF, was recognized for his extraordinary commitment of leadership, volunteerism, mentoring and philanthropy to Africa's  nonprofit community.

Elumelu has touched many lives through his Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), one of the largest private philanthropic organizations in Africa.

Consumersng is an online consumer rights advocacy organization.

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Nigeria wants to deepen its relationship with the US, acting president Osinbajo says during talks with U.S top commander Nigeria wants to deepen its relationship with the US, acting president Osinbajo says during talks with U.S top commander

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo Wednesday sought to reassure the United States that the  Buhari administration will maintain and develop decades of partnership in trade and security.


"The time has come for both Nigeria and the United States to deepen the long-standing relationship between the countries based on mutual trust, he said while receiving the Commander of the US-Africa Command, General Thomas D. Waldhauser and the American Ambassador in Nigeria, Honorable W. Stuart Symington.

"it is the belief of the Buhari presidency that the United States is committed to helping us with some of our challenges especially in the Northeast, he said.

"We will be very open and willing to build a relationship based on trust, so that we would benefit from it and of course our relationship as nations would benefit tremendously from it."

"The US has been a reliable partner we can trust, especially from what the US has done in the past, we want to see how much more you can do for us and the region," Prof. Osinbajo stated.

 In his remarks, the head of the US Africa Command, General Waldhauser expressed the readiness of the US government to "accelerate" its contributions, adding that there is a sense that "we want to get on and solve the problem."

He noted that his visit to Nigeria at this time is about developing further "the friendship and trust that we have in common," while also agreeing with the Ag. President that the brutality shown by the terrorists is "what we have never seen before."

Also speaking, Ambassador Symington said he had just concluded a visit to all the geo-political zones of the country and has concluded that "Nigeria is one of the greatest countries in the world with the potential to change the world."

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How Senate, House of Reps plan to kill Buhari’s N500 billion program for unemployed youths. How Senate, House of Reps plan to kill Buhari’s N500 billion program for unemployed youths.

Per Second News, Washington----When the public thought that the debate about the N-Power Programme was over, some corrupt National Assembly members and a group of officials ploughed in recently with a virulent attack on the Social Investment program, SIP, created by the Buhari administration to address the challenges of youth unemployment in the country.


The multi billion Naira people friendly N-Power Teacher Corp initiative involves a massive deployment of 500,000 trained graduates providing a structure for large scale and relevant work skills acquisition and development.

Greedy lawmakers are threatening to move a censure motion both in the Senate and the House to sabotage the programme designed to drastically reduce youth unemployment in the country. Even more comical, they talked of stalling and ending it, if they’re not allowed to be in the driver seat in a bid to share part of the billions of Naira approved for the project.

The National Assembly is once again grappling with the “rogue House” tag in the wake of recent decisions seen as shielding it from scrutiny.

This latest audacious attempt to destroy a people oriented project is exposing the lawmakers to ridicule, according to majority of unemployed youths.

One of the beneficiaries speaking to Per Second News said the actions of the assembly members is “sinister, selfish and short-sighted.

Saharareporters is reporting that Senators and House of Representative members have tabled a list of their demands regarding how they can share of the billions of Naira earmarked for the initiative.

“One Senator from one of the Niger Delta States threatened to “kill the entire program,” if Senators are not allowed to choose beneficiaries of the N-Power jobs for unemployed graduates, while a Representative from Kano State specifically demanded contract benefits, the online media outlet reported.

Per Second News gathered that the N500 billion Social Investment Program, targets Nigeria’s critical needs in education, agriculture, technology, creative, construction and artisanal industries.

The selection process is based on merit, starting with applicant’s expression of a genuine interest in specified areas, success in relevant tests and ability to show a flair for development.

In an unpatriotic and selfish move, the lawmakers have allegedly asked government officials to jettison the selection process and allow them to nominate hundreds of beneficiaries.

Officials of the Budget and Planning Ministry, which is responsible for disbursing the funds, disclosed to Saharareporters that the Senators and Representatives have tabled a list of their demands regarding how they can share of the money.

A beneficiary, Miss  Faith Adah,  earlier this month praised the Buhari administration’s scheme as laudable, according to her, she has since reported to the head teacher of the Local Education Authority (LEA) Primary School, Zhibi Deidei, after receiving her letter and stipend.

 “The head teacher of the school signed my posting letter to Area 1, and the management of the N-Power scheme has paid my N30, 000.00 stipends.”

Observers are fretting that, left untamed, the National Assembly could sabotage the program.

" News like this one have sullied the image of the National Assembly, said an applicant on Wednesday morning.

Senators and House members have in the past been known for selfish legislation, like increasing their perks in total disregard of the public mood. 

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