Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Now that the recession is over, what next?

Now that the recession is over, what next?
Last Tuesday, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) gave a lot of Nigerians the news they desperately wished to hear: Nigeria is out of recession. After five consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth that started in Q1 2016, Nigeria’s economy grew by 0.55 per cent in Q2 2017. Predictably, data once again became the hero and villain in a long-running social media battle of bias between the supporters of Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, and his critics. The optics of sneaking out of a 15-month recession apart, a 0.55 per cent year-on-year GDP growth is hardly anything to cheer for Africa’s biggest economy. But as the NBS data reveals, the Q2 2017 growth is an improvement, even if marginal, on the GDP performance recorded in the preceding quarter (-0.91 per cent) and the corresponding quarter of 2016 (-1.49 per cent). Beyond the numbers, however, questions persist about the long-term economic recovery prospects of the nation. Questions that demand that all post-recession celebrations be suspended until further notice.

Twenty-seven months into the Buhari administration, the patience of the Nigerian masses on the state of the economy and general standard of living is wearing thin, and understandably so. Inflation rate dropped for the fifth consecutive month in July, but the prices of goods and consumables which skyrocketed during the recession remain exorbitantly high. In reality, the recession persists for the economically dis-advantaged demographic of Nigeria’s 170 million population. Nigeria’s path out of recession is lined with commendable efforts in improving the ease of doing business through the Presidential Enabling Business Council (PEBEC). Chaired by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. the Council implemented a 60-day National Action Plan on Ease of Doing Business and was able to tackle some of the critical bottlenecks and bureaucratic constraints that had hitherto defined the ordeal of doing business in Nigeria.

Osinbajo, who assumed the role of Acting President while President Buhari was away in the United Kingdom on medical leave, issued executive orders on port operations heralding a much-needed improvement in the operational efficiency of the nation’s airports and seaports. He also signed two critical bills on improving access to credit, a major stumbling block for businesses in Nigeria. As the NBS data released yesterday show, Nigeria came out of recession the same quarter the implementation of these reforms started. The recession has also proved pivotal to Nigeria’s drive for revenue diversification and a rebalancing of the economy’s over-reliance on the oil sector. The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) for example recently revealed it generated N2.11 trillion as revenue in the first six months of 2017 and is on course to meet the N4.94 trillion revenue projection for the year. Similarly, the Nigerian Customs Service generated N486 billion as revenue in the first half of the year, surpassing the N385 billion generated for the same period in 2016.

Neville identifies Manchester United’s ‘problem’ position


Gary Neville says Manchester United have a “problem” position – at left-back.

United have stormed to the top of the Premier League table alongside bitter rivals Manchester City after five games.

Their 4-0 win over Everton means they have the exact same record as City, with four wins, one draw, 16 goals and two conceded.

Antonio Valencia opened the scoring against the Toffees on Sunday and Neville has been suitably impressed by the right-back, but he suggests there is an issue on the opposite side.

“He’s been absolutely outstanding for the last 18 months, two years,” Neville told Sky Sports. “I had doubts as to whether it could last in the long term with him, I thought it was more of a stop-gap until they signed a right-back. But he’s the real thing.

“He is a top right-back now. He’s strong, quick, supports the attack, and doesn’t make any mistakes. United don’t need to sign a right-back. To think they signed Matteo Darmian as the right-back, Valencia is head and shoulders above him.

“I think the problem is on the other side at left-back, where Ashley Young was put under a lot of pressure by [Tom] Davies and [Cuco] Martina. Blind’s played there, Rojo’s played there, Shaw’s played there, Darmian’s played there, they can’t button that one down.

“But Valencia at right-back has been absolutely fantastic.”

Klopp: I can’t tell Sturridge how to score goals


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he cannot give Daniel Sturridge any tips about scoring more goals.

Sturridge started up front for the Reds against Burnley on Saturday afternoon and took seven of Liverpool’s 35 shots in the 1-1 draw.

For more analysis of Liverpool’s failure to score more than one goal, read Daniel Storey’s Winners and Losers.

“It’s not allowed for us to be happy or satisfied abut we cannot question everything. I can see the good and bad things,” said the German in a bristling press conference.

“Sturridge, usually he will score. Shall I go to him and say ‘Daniel, what are you doing?’

“Daniel has not had many minutes, but he was really good for 90 against Burnley – always involved.

“I don’t think I can give Daniel (Sturridge) a lot of tips on how he can score more often. He’s a really good striker.

“When we don’t score the first goal it is like this (pressure) and you can feel it in the stadium.

“I didn’t see a lack of being ruthless. They were in the right positions.”

Monday, 18 September 2017

ICE CUBE GETS ANOTHER RISKY BIG3 OFFER ... 'Gimme a Shout, Cube!'


Add another intriguing name to the list of potential additions for BIG3 Season 2 ... cause former NBA star T.J. Ford says he's healthy and ready to ball out in Ice Cube's league.
We got T.J. leaving L.A. after catching Saturday's USC-Texas thriller -- which he told us was epic, BTW -- and the Longhorns legend holla'd at Cube for a roster spot next year.
The only problem ... Ford retired from the NBA before he turned 30 -- after serious neck injuries left him temporarily paralyzed.
FYI, Lamar Odom, Stephon Marbury and Gilbert Arenas have all been tied to the BIG3  ... so T.J. ain't the only risky proposal on Cube's plate.
If Ford's really 100% though ... sign him up!

KEVIN HART I'M SMILING THROUGH EXTORTION PLOT ... It's My Job!


Kevin Hart isn't missing a beat when it comes to making money ... extortion plot, be damned.
In fact, Kevin was all smiles Monday morning on the set of "Night School," which is currently shooting in Clayton, Georgia. His face didn't show any tension about the fact someone tried to get up to 8 figures from him to keep a video of him allegedly cheating under wraps.
As TMZ first reported, authorities are on the case and closing in on a suspect.
Kevin seems confident. Or he's just a really good actor.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Pray against riots over death of prominent Nigerian —Prophet

Nigeria@57: Presidency plans 400 hrs non-stop God's praise
Founder, Christ for All Peoples Church, Ojo, Lagos State, Prophet Samuel Oyadara, has urged Nigerians to pray fervently to avert the death of a prominent citizen, whose demise could spark violent protests across the country.

He gave the admonition while speaking with the TribuneChurch, but said God did not tell him who the person was.

“What I want to say is that Nigerians should pray seriously to avert the death of a prominent person, whose death would lead to series of violent protests, riots, crises across the country.

“God did not tell me who the person is, but we need to pray to avert such calamity,” he said.

Oyadara, however, said he had been praying against such occurrence since the revelation came, and urged Nigerians to continue to pray as well.

According to him, Nigerians needed to engage in fervent prayers for the country.

Source'; Tribune

I’m the new goddess —TBoss


Look away, Tboss is unclad. From her time in the Big Brother Nigeria (BBN) House in far away South Africa, about seven months ago, President of Boss Nation and model, Tokunbo Idowu, famously known as Tboss, has never hidden her passion to set new trends.

For her, discovering herself is a journey that she always loves to explore. Beautiful and bold, Tboss as her name implies, appears to be the boss of her world.

Despite the controversies that trailed her stay in the BBN house, Tboss showed Nigerians and the rest of the world a glimpse of what to expect from her, and she has remained true to that claim.

While other finalists from the BBN House after the end of the reality show moved swiftly into their crafts, making waves and pocketing monies from endorsement deals and movie appearances, Tboss was patient. She was quietly planning her moves and waiting patiently to unleash herself on the entertainment scene in style. There were concerns about her as critics were quick to write off her talent and asked her to find something worthy to do with her time.

But judging by the release of her new unclad pictures, shot at the riverside, the beautiful reality show star described herself as the Goddess of the Water.

The shoot, R gathered may be connected to the role she’s about to play in a new movie entitled Kada River.

It will feature her alongside Joke Silva, Rachel Oniga, Bayray McNwizu, among others.

source; Tribune

Ohanaeze faults Nigerian military, says IPOB not a terrorist organisation

IPOB Protesters: [Photo credit: Daily Post Nigeria]
The highest decision-making organ of the Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Imeobi Ohanaeze, has faulted the declaration of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as a terrorist group by the Nigerian military.
The Imeobi stated this in a 9-point communique it issued at the end of its meeting on Saturday at the Nike Lake Resort Hotel Enugu.
The communique was signed by Ohanaeze President -General, John Nwodo, and Secretary-General, Uche Okwukwu.
The military had two days ago declared the pro-Biafran separatist group, IPOB, a terrorist organisation after clashes between security operatives and the IPOB members in Aba and Umuahia which led to many injuries.
The clashes followed the launch of operation python dance II by the Army in the South-east region.
The clashes also made the South-east governors proscribe the Nnamdi Kanu-led secessionist group on Friday. The governors meeting in Enugu was attended by the Ohanaeze and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
But the Imeobi in faulting the military’s declaration argued that the defence headquarters did not follow due process.
“That Imeobi resolved that IPOB is not a terrorist organization. There are processes under extant national and international laws, especially the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011, as Amended in 2015 to determine whether a group is or not a terrorist organisation”, the communique said.

British Police Arrest Second Man in London Subway Bombing


The British police said on Sunday that they had arrested a second man in connection with the terrorist bombing in a London subway station that left dozens of people injured.

The man, 21, was arrested late Saturday night in Hounslow, a borough in West London, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. The suspect, who was not identified, was detained under the Terrorism Act and was being held at a police station in South London, according to the statement.

The second arrest came the same day the police detained an 18-year-old man in connection with the bombing on Friday, calling it “a significant arrest.” That man was arrested in Dover, in the southeastern county of Kent. The police evacuated the Port of Dover during the operation.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack at the Parsons Green station of the London Underground, in a quiet, affluent part of West London. A crude explosive, wrapped in a plastic bag that was concealed in a bucket, detonated during the morning rush hour in a train at the station.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Thousands evacuated as German city disposes of World war II bomb


People living within 250 metres of a World War II bomb discovered during construction work in the German city of Dusseldorf are being evacuated while it is being disposed off.

A police spokesman said officers were checking houses within the exclusion zone on Tuesday to make sure no residents were still at home before work proceeds to dispose off the bomb discovered the day before.

Police were stationed to watch over the site during the night.

According to the city council, some 2,300 people were affected, while a spokesman said on Tuesday that a further 4,400 were ordered to stay at home and not go outdoors until the all-clear signal was given.

Some 80 residents of a care home had to be brought to other facilities as part of the evacuation.

The WWII aerial bomb was due to be defused at 11 a.m. (0900 GMT).

Streets were to be cordoned off around the site and public transport restricted during the operation.

Woman arraign for N650,000 fraud



A 38-year-old woman, Ajoke Akinleye, who allegedly defrauded one Adetula Ayodele of N650,000 was on Tuesday charged before an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun.

Akinleye, who lives at No. 14 Shobayo St., Iyana-Iyesi, Ota, Ogun, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence.

Police prosecutor Chudu Gbesi told the court that the accused committed the offences with some others still at large on June 21, at Ifeoldun St., Owode, Ota, Ogun.

Gbesi said the accused collected N650, 000 from the complainant to purchase a Mitsubishi car, an agreement she failed to fulfill.

”All efforts made by the complainant to get the accused to fulfill the agreement or return the money proved abortive,” he told the court.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 390(9) and 419 of the Criminal Law of Ogun, 2006.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Senior Magistrate, Mr S. O. Banwo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Banwo said the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and should swear to an affidavit of means.

He ordered that the sureties should submit four recent passport photographs to the court and present evidence of tax payment to Ogun Government.

Source: The Nation

India, Nigeria collaborates to accelerate ICT growth


The governments of India and Nigeria are set to forge closer cooperation in a determined effort to accelerate growth in Information and Communications Technology with a view to boost both countries’ economies through greater penetration and use of advanced technologies and services.

This is the pivotal focus of a two-day international conference and exhibition, under the auspices of Indo-Africa relations, scheduled to hold on September 6 and 7, at the Eko Hotel, Lagos, being organised by the Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC), an organisation set up by the Government of India to promote and support export of telecom equipment and services.

His Excellency, Manoj Sinha, the Indian Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Communications, in a personal letter to his Nigerian counterpart, His Excellency, Barrister Abdul-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, Nigerian Minister of Communications, wrote that “India has emerged as one of the prominent trade partners for Africa,” adding that both regions “have shown complementarities for business to expand and grow.”

Specifically, Mr Sinha wrote: “IT and Telecom form the backbone for the growth of any country and Africa has been one of the fastest growing markets worldwide in ICT adoption and communication technology.”

To emphasise “the relationship and commitment between India and African countries, Government of India has proposed to host the 3rd edition of Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2017 in conjunction with IT and Telecom Summit,” hence the need for collaboration of both countries’ ministries in charge of communications.

He stated: “I request your ministry along with ICT departments to be partner for the event,” which he explained “would bring together over 100 ICT companies from India and many more from ICT sector from Africa and attract over 2000 visitors.”

Source: Tribune

Concerned Nigerians tell Buhari Resume or Resign


HUNDREDS of Nigerians, under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Society Organisations, on Monday, protested against the prolonged absence of President Muhammadu Buhari from the country.

The protesters, who converged under the platform of the Civil Society Coalition and the “Our Mumu Don Do” advocacy groups, were led on the street protest by maverick musician, Charles Oputa (aka Charly Boy).

The protesters stormed the streets of Abuja and demanded that the president either resigned of returned to the country.

The groups defied the early morning rain and converged on the Unity Fountain Close to the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, from where they marched on the Shehu Shagari Way, towards the gate of the Presidential Villa.

Charly Boy and a former Director of New Media at the national headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Deji Adeyanju, addressed the crowd of protesters, saying that Buhari’s absence in more than 90 days was unacceptable.

According to them, the president’s absence was rather enriching few individuals against the collective interest of the country.

They also said only a few persons who saw themselves as cabal in the Aso Villa were profiting from the president’s absence at the expense of the larger Nigerian society.

The protesters stated that the president’s ill health had been stage-managed by his handlers who were expected to tell the truth.

Adeyanju said the handlers of President Buhari must tell the truth about his health, adding that if the president could not continue, he should resign to allow Osinbajo take over the ship of governance.

“The president cannot continue to remain in London infinitum and Osinbajo cannot continue infinitum as acting president.

“They are holding the country to ransom, it is not by force to remain a president; it is time to invoke Section 144 of the constitution,” he said.

Source: Tribune

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Top 8 home remedies for a yeast infection

A yeast infection is a common type of fungal infection. One place it targets is the genital area, which leads to pain, itching, and discharge. But what ways can a yeast infection be treated at home?

Women are more prone to genital yeast infections, with 75 percent experiencing at least one in their lives. However, men can also get a genital yeast infection.

A yeast called candida albicans is the most common cause of these infections. However, other types of yeasts can also be responsible.


A range of treatments is available for yeast infections, including many self-administered home remedies. This article explores eight home remedies for a yeast infection to help people find what works best for them.

Symptoms of a yeast infection

  • The symptoms of a yeast infection include:
  • pain, itching, or burning in or around the vagina
  • vaginal burning upon urination
  • painful intercourse
  • rash
  • a thick, white vaginal discharge, resembling cottage cheese
  • redness
  • swelling
  • skin fissures or sores
In men, symptoms are noticeable at the head of the penis and include:

  • redness
  • irritation
  • itching
  • discharge
Treating yeast infections at home

In many cases, yeast infections can be easily and successfully treated at home. This is done with either over-the-counter products or alternative therapies.

Anecdotal reports suggest that many women experience relief from such home treatments. However, scientific evidence varies for the effectiveness of these alternative therapies.

cream being squeezed onto finger

1. Over-the-counter treatments

Antifungal treatments in the form of creams or pessaries can be purchased over the counter to treat yeast infections. These are available without a prescription and are found in:
  • pharmacies
  • drugstores
  • grocery stores
Depending on the product, the treatment may be for external or internal use and treat the infection with:
  • a single application
  • a 3-day application
  • a weeklong application
Treatments that are applied internally have been shown to cure more than 80 percent of vaginal yeast infections. These contain powerful antifungals called azoles.

2. Boric acid

Vaginal boric acid capsules can work for women with a yeast infection. These may be especially useful for women with recurrent infections.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests a dosage of 600 mg of boric acid in a capsule inserted vaginally once a day for 14 days.

Some research reports that topically applied boric acid, along with the antifungal flucytosine, successfully treats approximately 70 percent of women. This study looked at women with yeast infections that did not respond to azole-based antifungal treatments.

3. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil has long been prized for its antifungal properties. A review of research on this essential oil confirmed its ability to kill a range of yeasts and fungi.

In the majority of the studies reviewed, tea tree oil was tested on candida albicans, one of the most common yeasts in vaginal infections.

Vaginal suppositories containing tea tree oil have been shown to treat vaginal fungal infections. Some women report relief from adding diluted tea tree oil to a tampon and inserting this into the vagina overnight.

However, extreme caution must be used when using tea tree oil, as it can irritate the skin, and the vaginal walls are particularly sensitive.

Tea tree is an essential oil and, as such, needs to be mixed with a carrier oil. People can use 3-5 drops of tea tree oil in 1 ounce of warmed coconut oil to soak a tampon. It is important to change the tampon regularly.

Also, people can be allergic to tea tree oil. Test the diluted oil on an area the size of a dime on the forearm, and if there is no reaction in 12 to 24 hours, it may be safe to use on the more sensitive genital area.

Other research indicates that a component of tea tree oil (terpinen-4-ol) enhances the activity of the common antifungal drug fluconazole. This is in cases of drug-resistant candida albicans.

4. Probiotic supplements

Some probiotic supplements may offer a natural solution to yeast infection. These are available in pharmacies and health stores.

Some brands of probiotic supplements sell specially formulated products for female reproductive health. These aim to restore the balance of bacteria and yeast in the vagina. The supplements are taken orally or inserted vaginally.

In a 2012 study, women with chronic yeast infections inserted a specially formulated probiotic pill into the vagina. Nearly 87 percent reported an improvement in their symptoms. The treatment also had a long-term effect on the yeast responsible for the infection.

In the study, the women used one pill a night for a week. They then inserted one every third night for 3 weeks. After this, they used the treatment just once a week on an ongoing basis as a preventative measure.

Other research suggests that the probiotic lactobacilli can increase the effectiveness of antifungal medications being taken by women with vaginal yeast infection.

5. Natural yogurt

Natural, unsweetened, non-flavored yogurt contains beneficial bacteria, called probiotics. These contribute to health and help restore the balance of bacteria and yeast in the body.

A 2006 review of research found that certain types of probiotics may combat some of the yeasts that cause vaginal yeast infection. While the reviewers flagged issues with several of the studies they cited, many people report relief from:
  • eating yogurt
  • applying to the vulva around the vagina
  • inserting it vaginally
6. Coconut oil

Coconut oil has antifungal properties and has been shown to combat the Candida albicans yeast. Raw organic coconut oil can be applied internally or externally to ease symptoms.

Warmed coconut oil can also be used as a carrier oil for more powerful antifungal essential oils, including tea tree oil or oil of oregano.

7. Garlic

Garlic is a known antifungal and antibiotic. However, recent research suggests that eating garlic has no effect on the levels of yeast in the vagina.

As an alternative to eating garlic, some women have tried using garlic internally. They claim to experience relief from yeast infection, by placing a garlic clove, threaded with a string, into the vagina overnight. While there is no evidence to say this works, it is a low-risk home remedy for yeast infection.

People with sensitive skin may experience burning and even skin damage. As such, people should not use garlic if they have sensitive skin. If the burning sensation worsens, people should discontinue use.

Also, a vaginal cream containing garlic and thyme was found to be as effective as clotrimazole vaginal cream in the treatment of yeast infection.

8. Oil of oregano

Most oregano oil is made using the common oregano, origanum marjoram, which has no special properties.

However, oil of oregano made from the wild oregano, origanum vulgare, contains two potent antifungals: thymol and carvacrol.

Using wild oregano oil was shown in some research to halt or inhibit the growth of Candida albicans. Capsules containing oil of oregano may be inserted into the vagina at night. Alternatively, it can be applied to a tampon before insertion.

Essential oils should be mixed with carrier oils before use and never applied directly to the skin. People can mix 3-5 drops of oil of oregano essential oil in 1 ounce of sweet almond oil, warmed coconut oil, or olive oil. A tampon should be soaked in this mixture for a few minutes, then insert and change every 2-4 hours during the day. People should not leave a medicated tampon in for more than 6 hours. It is a good idea to test for allergies to oil of oregano on the forearm before use.

When to avoid home remedies for yeast infections

Many home remedies are safe for the majority of people with yeast infections. However, a person who falls into one of the following categories, should not try to treat themselves:
  • pregnant women
  • anyone who has been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection
  • people with a recurrent yeast infection
  • people who are unsure if their symptoms are caused by a yeast infection
Prevention

Vaginal yeast infections are a common complaint preventable by taking simple precautions. These include:
  • wearing loose-fitting clothing and cotton underwear
  • avoiding tight jeans and pantyhose, as yeast thrives in moist and warm environments
  • changing out of wet swimwear or gym clothing, as soon as possible
  • avoiding vaginal sprays, perfumes, and lotions, which can irritate the vagina and cause an imbalance of bacteria and yeast
  • drying the genital area thoroughly after showering or bathing
  • avoiding douches
  • using a water-based lubricant during sexual intercourse
  • showering after intercourse and oral sex
  • taking probiotics or eating probiotic-rich foods
  • reducing sugar consumption, as yeast feeds on sugar
  • taking antibiotics only when necessary, as these upset the body's balance of bacteria and yeast
  • considering contraceptive choice, as estrogen-based contraception may promote the growth of yeast
When to see a doctor

While home remedies can resolve many cases of yeast infection, they are not effective in all situations.

It is important that people seek medical treatment if:

  • they are pregnant
  • this is their first yeast infection, as a medical diagnosis is necessary
  • the yeast infection is severe, or there are fissures or sores
  • infections are recurrent, appearing 4 or more times a year
  • symptoms do not improve within a few days of self-administered treatment
  • there are underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes or a compromised immune system
Source: MNT

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Woman in court for burning 10-year-old house help


A businesswoman, who allegedly used hot iron to inflict injury on her house keeper was on Thursday arraigned before an Ikeja Chief Magistrate Court, Lagos.

Ngozi Adekeye, who is 28 years old, is being tried for assault.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Raphael Donny, told the court that the offence was committed on June 6, at the accused’s residence.

Donny said that the accused claimed that the housekeeper, a 10-year-old girl, stole her money.

“Hence, she plugged an iron and when it was hot, she placed it on the girl’s bottom and neck which caused her severe injury.

“It was one of the neighbours who alerted the police and the accused was apprehended,” he said.

The offence contravened Section 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Folakemi Davies-Abegunde granted the accused bail of N300, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

She adjourned the case till July 17, for mention

Source: The Nation

Customs officers, clearing agents in court over importation of 661 pump-action guns


TWO officials of Nigeria Customs Services (NCS) and two clearing agents were, on Wednesday, charged before a Federal High Court, Lagos, for their roles in the importation of prohibited firearms.

The two Customs officials were Mahmud Hassan and Salihu Abdulahi Danjuma, while the three clearing agents were Oscar Okafor, Donatus Ezebunwa Achinulo, and Matthew Okoye

Among all the five defendants, only Okoye was not present in court.

The Attorney General of the Federation alleged that all the accused persons conspired with one another to illegally import into Nigeria 661 pump-action rifles.

They were also alleged to have forged the documents which included two bills of laden, with one reading ‘Shanghai China’, as port of loading, instead of Istanbul, while the other read: ‘Steel Doors’, as the contents of the containers used in smuggling the said weapons into the country.

One of the Customs officials, Mahmud Hassan, was accused of offering N400, 000 to one Aliu Musa, the Examination Officer of the Federal Operations Unit of the Customs Service, with intent to prevent 100 per cent search on a container marked PONU 825914/3, which was used in bringing into the country the weapons.

Hassan was also alleged to have given N1 million to government officials at Apapa port, through his colleague, Danjuma Abdulahi, in order to prevent the searching of the said container used in bringing in the 661 pump-action rifles.

The offences, according to the prosecutor, Kehinde Adesola Fagbemi, were contrary to and punishable under sections 3(6), 1(14)(a)(I) 1(2) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap. M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. And Section 98(1) (b) of the Criminal Code Act.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the counts of the charge.

Following their not-guilty plea, the prosecutor asked the court for a trial date, while he urged the court to remand the accused persons in prison pending the trial.

Consequently, the trial judge, Justice Ayotunde Faji, ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison and adjourned the matter till September 12 for the commencement of trial.

Source: Tribune

Rivers State University Student Electrocuted By High Tension Wire


A yet to be identified student of the Rivers State University was electrocuted on Tuesday, June 13, by a high tension cable. She was found lying near the school main gate shuttle park and and rushed to the Health Care Centre where she was confirmed dead.

According to an eyewitness, the young lady was trying to cross over an erosion following a heavy rain that began in the early hours of that fateful day.
"The erosion  she was trying to to get across had a high tension wire in it as a result of a pole that fell on Monday, June 12th. The deceased had no idea that there was wire in the water."
It was gathered that the school authorities reportedly contacted officials of the PHED to inform them of the fallen cable.

Source: LIB