Saturday, September 22, 2018

Osun Election: Cadet Claiming To Be INEC Official Nabbed

Cadet parading himself as an INEC official was arrested at Ife South LG, Ward 2 Unit 4 during the tour of Commissioner of Police in charge of Ile-Ife Area Command, CP Iliyasu Hammed at the Polling Unit.

He was not able to provide any ID card When he was asked to show his authentic Identity Card to prove his claims.

FRSC Officials Beg As Mob Beats Them For "Causing" Accident

Two Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) officials were humiliated publicly and beaten by a mob after allegedly causing a ghastly motor accident in Anambra state.

It was alleged by the crowd that the road safety officials who mounted a checkpoint in the area, were fond of collecting bribes from motorists and were reportedly chasing a passenger bus before the accident occurred, after colliding with another vehicle.

Many of the passengers in the bus were seriously injured after the crash including a pregnant woman.

The accident was said to have caused anger among the residents who caught two of road safety men and dealt with them in public. They were forced to sit in the middle of the road while they begged for forgiveness.

An armed policeman was present as he begged the residents to have mercy on the officials and stop beating them.

Osun Election: PDP Agents Arrested For Vote-Buying

Peoples Democratic Party agents has been arrested by security operatives for allegedly attempting to buy votes in the ongoing Osun State governorship election.

According to Punch correspondent, the agents had attempted to distribute money to voters at the Obada area of Ede in Ede Local Government Area.

ADC Governorship Candidate Cast His Vote In Osun Election

Governorship candidate of the ADC, Engr Fatai Akinbade, casts his vote at his hometown, Ward 3, Unit 1, Ogbagba, Osun State. He's said to be among the four leading candidates. 

Huge Spelling Mistake Painted On Cathay Pacific Airplane

“You only had one job” – that was the collective cry from the internet upon discovering that Cathay Pacific had spelt its own name wrong on the side of one of its aircraft.

The Hong Kong based airline was left red-faced after realising that the plane in question was missing a crucial “F”, meaning the huge letters actually read: “Cathay Paciic”.

The mistake was brought to the airline’s attention by travellers passing through Hong Kong International Airport, who were quick to spot the spelling fail.

The errant aircraft has now gone back to the shop for a touch-up. Cathay Pacific tweeted: “Oops this special livery won’t last long! She’s going back to the shop!”

Most on social media saw the funny side, although some thought it wasn’t a laughing matter.

Twitter user HK Phil said, “If they can get this obviously wrong makes you wonder about the more important engineering on the plane,” while Mike Cooper wrote: “I fly Cathay and to me this just shows a breakdown in quality – no humour (and I’m a funny guy). Not something I think should be so blatantly and proudly publicised on a brand I spend money to support. How much did this ‘mistake’ cost?”

Between Toke Makinwa & Her Fans Saying One Of Her Hips Is Bigger Than The Other

Media personality, Toke Makinwa hosted the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, MBGN 2018 beauty pageant alongside IK Osakioduwa, last night.

And the dress she wore stir up controversy on social media as many of her fans wanted to know why one of her hips appeared bigger. One Twitter user wrote: Aunty Toke should work on her hips... One is bigger dan one. Nd one curve pass one. Toke replied saying: oh shut up, it's the dress. See the tweets below;

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NYSC Replies Minister Adebayo Shittu: "You Have No Excuse"

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has dismissed the claim by the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, that taking political office when he was 25 years old had compensated for his deliberate refusal to take part in the compulsory national service.

The spokesperson of the NYSC, Adenike Adeyemi, said
the minister’s juxtaposition of holding an elective office and undergoing the obligatory national service is an error.

Since Premium Times busted his cover as an NYSC dodger, on Thursday, Mr Shittu has been advancing the argument that his election into the Oyo State House of Assembly immediately after his studies substitutes the mandatory service.

Lawyers who spoke on the issue said Mr Shittu’s justification for skipping the scheme is flawed and ludicrous.

Mrs Adeyemi concurred with the explanation of the lawyers who spoke to Premium Times on the unmistakable cases of exemption allowed by the law in Section 2 of the NYSC Act.

The referenced section exempted only four categories of Nigerians from the national service.

Those exempted are those who graduated after their 30th birthday, those who have served in the military or the police for at least nine months and staff of intelligence agencies. The last set of those eligible for exemption are persons who have obtained a national honour.

Speaking to Tribune newspaper, the NYSC spokesperson said the provisions of the Act are very clear, and there are no exceptions for any person like Mr Shittu who became a lawmaker at the age of 26.
She said “Serving in the National (or state) Assembly is not one of them (conditions for exemption from national service)”.

“You have read the Act and you can see the circumstances where someone is exempted, you analyse it if he [Shittu] was exempted duly or there is a reason why he should have served. But the Act is very straightforward on the grounds for not coming up to serve."

Another lawyer, Abdul Mahmud, said Mr Shittu should be arrested immediately by the police and made to face the law. All positions he has held are illegal and he should return all monies he earned from those posts to government coffers."

Miss Imo, Anita Ukah Emerges MBGN 2018 Winner

Miss Imo, Anita Ukah, has emerged winner of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, MBGN, 2018.

Anita beat 36 other contestants at the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria contest that held on Friday at Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Bayelsa State.

She will represent Nigeria at the Miss World 2018 in China. The pageant was hosted by Toke Makinwa and Ik Osakioduwa.

The first runner-up is Aramide Oluwatobi Lopez, who represented Lagos), the second runner-up was Danielle Jatto (Miss Edo), the third runner-up, was Valentina Ogbonaya (Miss Sokoto), the fourth runner-up was Tolulope Mary Ayanfalu (Miss Ogun) and Miss Kwara, Damilola Adeshina emerged the fifth runner-up.

Politicians Woo Voters With N10,000 On WhatsApp As Osun Elects New Governor Today

As 48 governorship candidates from 48 political parties jostle for 1,246,915 votes in the Osun State governorship election holding on Saturday (today), some of the contestants and their political associates have devised new means and tactics to induce voters ahead of the poll.

Investigation by Saturday Punch revealed that the representatives of at least one of the contestants were using the WhatsApp social media platform to woo Permanent Voter Card holders, who are residents of Osun State, to sell their votes.

This was despite attempts by the Independent National Electoral Commission to curb vote-buying and selling especially in the Osun election.

Checks by Punch correspondents showed that the associates of the contestants cleverly hid their identities.

To track the identities of the buyers and the politicians they were working for, one of Punch correspondents connected to an online link that in turn linked him with a WhatsApp number 08120569530, where he was asked a series of questions to ascertain if he actually had a permanent voter card and if he was an Osun State indigene.

The administrator later promised that N10,000 would be deposited into Punch correspondent’s account number at 6am on Election Day. The correspondent was asked to send his account detail, age, town, ward and unit to claim the amount.

The administrator said, “You’ll receive bank alert 6am on the Election Day. Don’t forget to pass this good news to all your friends and family. Make sure you add us to you(r) phone book and don’t forget to send this to all your friends and family living in around Osun State. Expect our call anytime from now.”

It was difficult to ascertain the party or governorship candidate that initiated the payment process. When our correspondent tried to call the number, using Truecaller, a mobile app that finds contact details globally, to trace the owner, it did not respond.

Almost immediately, the administrator sent a message that Punch correspondent would be stopped from enjoying the N10,000 vote-buying price. “Please, no WhatsApp call and if you keep calling, we’ll block you,” the administrator wrote.

Amaechi Reacts: Abe conspiring with Wike to pull me down

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, has alleged that Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, and Senator Magnus Abe representing Rivers south-east at the senate, are conspiring to disparage and defame him.

In a statement on Friday, Amaechi, who governed Rivers between 2007 and 2015, alleged that the duo are plotting to use his former cabinet members to tell fake, concocted and distorted stories in the media.

He said the plot is already far-gone and persons are been coached on what to say and how to say it.

“I am aware that two former commissioners who served in the State Executive Council when I was governor have been procured by Wike and Abe, jointly and collaboratively, to carry out this hatchet job of ‘hack Amaechi down’ campaign. The plan is to throw as much dirt at me as possible and rubbish my image,” he said.

“While one is been coached in Rivers State Government House of what to say to the Press and how to say it, to do maximum damage; the other one is busy distorting, concocting and fabricating fake screenshots, text messages, documents and all sorts in Senator Abe’s Freedom House campaign office in Port Harcourt.

“I want to alert the media and members of the public of the smear plot by these two political collaborators (Wike and Abe), to unjustly discredit and smear me for their selfish political reasons.”

Amaechi vowed not to be distracted by the campaign of calumny against him, urging people of the state to “pay no heed to the desperate attention-seeking duo of Wike and Abe and all of their fabricated lies, but focus on the goal of ensuring that Rivers State gets a better leader that would turn around the fortune of the State and its people for good, come 2019”.

Osun Election: APC Candidate, Gboyega Oyetola Casts His Vote

Voting is underway in the Osun governorship election. At 10:18am, Gbeyega Oyetola cast his vote at PU2, Ward 1, LA Primary School, Boripe LG. The process was smooth.

Man Shot In The Head, Dies During Shoot-out In APC Secretariat

At least, one person has been confirmed dead after a shoot-out between unidentified gunmen at the secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Obudu area of Cross River State.

The incident was said to have occurred late Thursday after the senator representing Cross River Central in the National Assembly, John Owan-Enoh, had just finished consultations with stakeholders of the party over his governorship ambition.

The victim, a student of the Federal College of Education in Obudu, was said to have been sitting in the front of his house when the stray bullet hit him in the head.

It was learnt on Friday that the victim, whose name could not be ascertained, died shortly after he was rushed to a medical facility in Obudu.

A hospital source, who identified himself as Baron, said the victim was shot in the head and in the abdomen with about three bullets, adding that another person also sustained bullet wounds.

He said, “The victim could not manage it because he was shot in the head and it scattered the brain. He died shortly after he was rushed to the hospital. For the other man, the bullet just brushed through, so he didn’t need to be admitted, so he just left.”

Trouble was said to have started when some suspected thugs tried to stop the senator from carrying out his consultation but the move was stoutly resisted.

Obudu is the hometown of Governor Ben Ayade.

An eyewitness at the APC secretariat, Mr. Macaulay Upan, said, “Some youths in Obudu had tried preventing Owan-Enoh, a sitting senator, from carrying out his consultation but they met stiff opposition by the security personnel attached to the senator.

“The youths came in and I can’t say for sure what caused the problem, but a few shots were fired and the youths retreated only to return and a shoot-out ensued. It was during the shoot-out that someone raised an alarm that the student had been shot in front of his house,” he said.

Spokesman of Senator Owan-Enoh, Mr. Mr. Kelvin Ijo, said the problem occurred after the senator had left the venue, adding that there were earlier attempts to deny the senator entry into Obudu, but it failed.

“Some people did not want him (Owan-Enoh) to enter Obudu for reasons best known to them, but he eventually entered and carried out his consultation. When he left, some people descended on the APC secretariat and burnt it.

Rivers State Overtakes Lagos As Top Investment Destination

Rivers State dislodged Lagos State as the number one foreign investment destination in Nigeria in the first half of 2018, according to an investment profile report by the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC). 

Rivers received 35% of the $45.74 billion invested in 42 projects in nine states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) during the period, the NIPC said. 

Itwas followed by Bayelsa and Lagos states with 26% each.

The sectoral analysis of the investment profile shows that mining and quarrying accounted for 61% of the total investment and manufacturing 28%. Other sectors are transportation and storage, five per cent; real estate, three per cent; and the remaining sectors accounting for three per cent.

The report also showed that the investments were from investors in 11 countries, with French companies accounting for 35% of the value, closely followed by Nigerian companies at 31%. The report said the UK’s investment stood at 20%; Luxembourg seven percent and the remaining eight percent were from the other countries. “The top 10 announcements accounted for 43.1 billion dollars, representing 94 per cent of the value of the announcements,” the report read.

The NIPC however said the report was based only on investment announcements cited in NIPC’s newsletters from January to June 2018 and might not contain exhaustive information on all investment announcements in Nigeria during the period. 

“Nevertheless, the report gives a sense of investors’ interest in the Nigerian economy in the first half of 2018,” it said. “NIPC did not independently verify the authenticity of the investment announcements but is working on tracking the announcements as they progress to actual investments.”

"How Big Politician R*ped Me In Hotel' - Nigerian Lady Cries

The victim in the alleged r*pe trial of Chief Richard Kpodo, a former Security Adviser to Ex-Governor Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa, on Friday testified before a Bayelsa High Court.

She gave vivid accounts of how he 's*xually abused' her.

The 26-year-old lady (name withheld) testified alongside her uncle and a medical doctor, who examined her on June 9, after she was allegedly r*ped the previous day.

In her testimony, the victim said she was invited by the accused to his office in the hotel at about 8pm, after which he locked the doors and forcefully overpowered and r*ped her.

According to the victim, Kpodo had threatened that he was the brain behind the ‘Fantangbe Security Outfit’ under former Governor Sylva and advised her to give in to his demands.

The vlady, while narrating her experience before the court, broke into tears. The judge had to suspend the hearing twice to enable the victim regain composure.

She said the accused had been making indecent advances at her, before the incident occurred.

She said: “I was employed as a cashier and whenever I go to submit cash to him he touches me and I reported it to the employment agency that helped me get the job, and they advised me to talk to him to stop it.

“I talked to him and he stopped for some time. He started again, and that day he locked up the door and forcefully had s*x [with me]. I shouted and also pleaded and he said he would not leave me until he was satisfied.

So when he finished, he asked me to clean myself and bring his food. He did not use a condom and I was injured. He removed my trousers and I kept struggling with him until he finished.

“I called my uncle who is a policeman and he came and took me home. The next day, we went to report to the Police and they gave me a medical report form, which I took to the hospital.

“The hospital conducted HIV test and prescribed some drugs which I have taken,” the victim said amidst sobs.

On July 31, 2018, Chief Kpodo was arraigned on the accusation of r*pe at the State High Court 7 in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

Kpodo was charged on two counts of unlawful detention and r*pe of the victim, a 26-year-old female cashier at the hotel run by the accused.

At the resumed trial of the case, the trial judge, Justice E. Eradiri listened to the testimony of a medical practitioner who examined the victim after she was allegedly r*ped.

Dr Ikenna Nwanna, a medical practitioner from Diete Koko Memorial Hospital, Opolo, Yenagoa told the court that the patient complained of pains in her pubic area and walked with difficulty when she came to the clinic on June 9, 2018.

The patient complained that she was r*,ped by her boss and I examined her in the presence of a female nurse, and there were bruises in her vulva and due to the pains she did not allow me to touch her vagi-nal area.

There was also whitish discharge which I suspected to be semen, although I did not conduct any further tests; the observations tallies with the complain of violence s*xual assault,” Nwanna said.

The defence counsel in the trial, Julius Iyekoroghe, cross-examined the three witnesses.

The prosecuting counsel, Samuel Arthur, sought an adjournment to enable him call two more witnesses to testify in the case.

The defence counsel, who alleged that he was being intimidated by the prosecuting counsel, informed the court that the prosecution had denied his counsel access to medical care against the order of the court.

Reacting to the allegation, the judge, Justice E. Eradiri directed that his earlier order granting access to medical care for the accused be complied with.

“There is a subsisting order on granting the accused access to medical services at a government hospital. My order must be complied with and I want the prosecution to ensure that the orders of this court are obeyed,” Eradiri said.

He adjourned the case to October 5, 2018 to listen to the two additional witnesses called by the prosecution.

Pastor Goes Into Hiding After He Was Shot In Port Harcourt

Just few weeks after a popular Prophet was killed in the city of Port Harcourt, another man of God has escaped assassination by Providence.

A cleric and General Overseer of a Port Harcourt-based church, known as Lively Stone Chapel International, Pastor Olaiya Adeniyi, has explained how he escaped being assassinated by unknown gunmen, who trailed him to his house and inflicted a gunshot injury on him.

Pastor Adeniyi, who spoke with Southern City News from his hideout, said he was shot in the leg in January and that again on Wednesday, August 23, he received a text message in which he was threatened.

The text message read, ‘So, you are still alive; you think you can escape death. We are coming for you again’.

“It was when I got this text message that I left my house to come and stay where I am now. Where I am staying now is a rented place. The police said I should not allow people to come in here. I only leave this place for the hospital to do checkups,” he said.

Pastor Adeniyi, who said two of his assailants took away his phone and a bag he kept in the boot of his car, added that the police had arrested the person who bought the phone from the hoodlums.

Meanwhile, a police report on the matter signed by the Officer-in-Charge, Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Rivers State Command, Shederack Edwards, indicated that investigation was ongoing to ensure that the culprits were arrested and their operational weapons recovered.

Osun Election Photos: PDP's Adeleke Casts His Vote

The Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ademola Adeleke has cast his vote at the ongoing Osun state gubernatorial Elections.

Adeleke, who is a frontline contender, voted at his polling unit, Abogunde Compound, Unit 009/02, Ede North LGA before 9am this Saturday morning.

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I Go Dye And I Are Still Friends - Comedian Bovi

A few weeks ago, fans and friends of popular comedians Bovi and I Go Dye were shocked when they exchanged heated words on Instagram. It was quite shocking because in Nigeria, the comedy industry titans have always acted like one big family and it is quite rare to see them fight in public.

However, in a chat with Saturday Beats, popular comedian Bovi, explained that it was natural for friends to fight and that he still had a cordial relationship with I Go Dye.

He said, “We are very cool; what are friends for if they don’t disagree and quarrel once in a while.”