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NIS suspends issuance of 10-year e-passport

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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has postponed the issuance of the new 10-year enhanced e-passport till April 29, to enable it finalise the integration of the National Identity Number (NIN) with the new passport.
Muhammad Babandede, Comptroller-General, NIS, disclosed this in a statement signed by Sunday James, the Service Public Relations Officer (PRO) on Monday in Abuja.
The NIS had on January 21, announced that it would begin issuance of the document on March 4.
According to the statement, consequent upon this, the price of the current passport still remains the same.
“Applicants are encouraged to visit our website www.immigration.gov.ng for further information on fees payable and application process.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the new e-passport was officially launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 16.
NAN also reports that the cost of the 32-page five-year standard passport stood at N25, 000, 64-page five-year standard passport, N 35,000, while the 64-page 10-year standard passport cost N70,000 and the 32-page five-year official passport is N15,000.
The new passport has enormous advantages which include ten year validity, self-tracking application and express centers for urgent application.
Other advantages include weather friendliness, compliance with latest ICAO standard, poly-carbonate technology that reduces incidence of damage as well saving Nigerians in Diaspora time in hitherto frequent visits to Nigerian Embassies for the document.

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OBIANO AS ONE OF THE MOST COMPASSIONATE GOVERNORS IN NIGERIA

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By: Hon. Egbuna Amuta
Many empirical evidences exist to justify the assertion that the incumbent helmsman of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano is indeed one of the most compassionate governors in Nigeria today. This is because in addition to the obvious good governance he is providing, Obiano’s delivery of democracy dividends are visible and tangible. Presently, the security architecture in the state under his watch is second to none in the West and Central African sub-regions.
As the most grassroots oriented government, the present administration, apart from transforming Awka aesthetically, lightening up major roads and streets in addition to constructing new roads and bridges across the state, has initiated the first ever “community choose your projects program” in the country. All the one hundred and seventy nine communities in Anambra, without exception, have since 2017, been getting twenty million naira annual grants from the state government to execute any egalitarian project of their choice. Some of them have already received the third tranch of the grant. Indeed, no community in the state can honestly accuse the present administration of leaving it out of provision of democracy dividends. This explains why the Anambra State Association of Town Unions, ASATU and traditional rulers are very happy with Governor Obiano.
Besides, there is hardly a community in the state without a political appointee in the present administration, either as Executive Assistant, Special Assistant, Senior Special Assistant, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Departments and Parastatals, Special Adviser, Commissioner, Principal Staff and Local Government Caretaker Committees among others. This gesture by the incumbent governor is the hallmark of inclusiveness in government.
Again, no government in the history of the state had recruited more people into the public and civil service than the Obiano administration since 2014. It is on record that unlike his two immediate predecessors whose regimes sacked workers employed in the twilight of their administrations, Governor Obiano stoutly resisted promptings to relieve thousands of public and civil servants as well as teachers hurriedly recruited by the previous administrations of their duties. Rather, in his humane and compassionate nature, the governor retained and confirmed the appointments of all of them, paid their first salaries and have sustained it till date. In a period when most states governments are hardly up to date in payment of salaries, pensions, gratuities and allowances of workers and retirees, Obiano pays them with ease despite lean allocations from the federation accounts. He apparently does this because of his humaneness and prudence in management of resources. Today, the governor is fondly called the “Alert Governor” by Anambra workers. In a show of appreciation and gratitude for his benevolence, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and Trade Union Congress, TUC, have bestowed the honour of the “most workers friendly governor in Nigeria” on Chief Obiano.
It is equally on record that his government is the only one that introduced “economic stimulus package” for less privileged persons. The administration did this to cushion the harsh effects of the now declining economic recession in Nigeria. The governor’s stimulus package ensured that levies were not collected from hawkers and wheelbarrow pushers across the state. Levies were also abolished in public primary and secondary schools.
After his first term in office and contrary to expectations, Obiano did not sack his political appointees with ignominy. He rather, retained most of them, and was even generous enough to bring more persons on board in compensation for their contributions to his re-election. For the few appointees who could not continue with his government, Obiano generously gave them parting gifts and certificates of meritorious service to the state. This is an unprecedented gesture in the history of politics in Nigeria.
For those who do not know, Chief Willie Maduaburochukwu Obiano was a very kind man even before he emerged as the helmsman of Anambra state. His generous nature attracted many honourary titles from the church and communities in Eastern and Western Nigeria. In Akpokuedike’s philanthropic disposition he enjoyed the absolute support of his beautiful and amiable wife, Chief Dr. Mrs. Ebelechukwu, who was on merit and uniquely enrolled as a woman into the Aguleri royal cabinet as Osodieme.
With her pet project, the Caring Family Enhancement, CAFÉ Initiative, Osodieme is complementing her husband’s efforts by giving inestimable succour to windows, physically challenged children and adults as well as persons with mental illness. She is indeed caring for less privileged persons in Anambra in an unparalleled manner. The duo of Governor Obiano and his lovely wife are undoubtedly God’s special gifts to the state. They therefore, truly deserve the unflinching and unstinting support and cooperation of Ndi Anambra.
HON. EGBUNA AMUTA is the Senior Special Assistant on Grassroots Media Mobilisation to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state.

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Nude video: Police arrest three suspects for humiliating woman in Anambra

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Police Command in Anambra has arrested three persons allegedly involved in production and circulation of a viral video where a nude woman was humiliated.
SP Haruna Mohammed, the Police Public Relations Officer, disclosed this in a statement entitled “Conspiracy, Blackmail, Deprivation of Liberty and Assault Occasioning Harm” issued in Awka on Saturday.
Haruna said the victim, Ogochukwu Okafor was lured by her Facebook friend, Ifeanyi Azotani to his house in Amawbia, Awka, only for a woman who claimed to be his wife Tochukwu Azotani emerged and locked her in the toilet.
He said the alleged wife, who was with her friend Ogochukwu Nwankwo returned four hours later with a cane and opened the bathroom door.

The PPRO said the suspects demanded the sum of N60, 000 from the victim or have her humiliation video pushed to the internet.
He said the suspect’s friend, Nwankwo stripped her naked and flogged her severally while the principal suspect was busy video-taping the incident and thereafter pushed her out from the compound naked.
The police spokesperson said the complainant alleged that the principal suspect, Tochukwu, called her on phone the following day and demanded for N60, 000 or they would post her nude video on the internet.
“Consequently, When the complainant refused to pay the money as requested, the principal suspect actualised her threat and posted the naked video to the internet and since then the video went viral,” he said.
Haruna said the scene of incident had been visited by detectives attached to the Central Police Station, Awka adding that the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution after investigation was concluded.

The text :

ANAMBRA STATE POLICE COMMAND DIARY :

CONSPIRACY, BLACKMAIL, DEPRIVATION OF LIBERTY AND ASSAULT OCCASSIONING HARM.

On the 21/3/2019 at about 2:40pm, one Okafor Ogochukwu ‘F’ of Osile Village Ogidi reported at Central Police Station Awka that on 19/03/2019 at about 11:36am, she was invited by her male facebook friend one Ifeanyi Azota ‘m’ to his house at Ezimezi village in Amawbia. All of a Sudden a woman who claimed to be his wife namely Azotani Toochukwu ‘f’ suddenly appeared into the house with her friend one Ogochukwu Nwankwo ‘F’ and Locked her inside the bathroom for almost four hours and left.

2. The women later came back with two big canes and opened the bathroom,

3. However, while the Suspect’s friend one Ogochukwu Nwankwo stripped her naked and flogged her severally, the principal suspect was busy vedio taping the incident and thereafter pushed her out from the compound naked.

4. Complainant further alleged that the principal suspect Azotani Toochuckwu called her on phone the following day and demanded for the sum of Sixty thousand Naira (#60,000) or they will post her nude video on the internet.

5.Consequently, When the Complainant refused to pay the money as requested, the principal suspect Azotani Toochukwu actualised her threat and posted the naked video to the internet and since then the vedio went viral.

6. Meanwhile, three suspects have been arrested and scene of the incident was visited by Police detectives attached to Central Police Station Awka. Case under investigation after which suspects would be charged to Court for prosecution.

SP Haruna Mohammed PPRO Anambra State Police Command,
For -Commissioner of Police Anambra State Command.

 

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Nigerian government may increase VAT to fund minimum wage

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The Nigerian government has hinted that the value added tax (VAT) may be reviewed slightly upwards to enable it pay the newly approved national minimum wage.
Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma gave the hint on Tuesday during a budget 2019 interactive session with the Senate committee on finance.
Senator Udo Udoma confirmed that it may be difficult to fund the new national minimum wage, based on the current revenue status of the government, noting that only a review of the VAT could make the payment possible both at the state and Federal levels.
It would be recalled that the National Council of State had approved a new national minimum wage of N27,000 for the country which was later presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.
However, the Lawmakers in both chambers have approved the sum of N30,000, with the latest approval coming from the Senate during its plenary on Tuesday March 19, 2019.
According to the Lawmakers, “Nigeria’s current economic realities make it imperative to have at least N30,000 as minimum wage for workers in the country.”
Senate’s approval of the N30,000 followed its consideration of the report of the ad-hoc committee on the new national minimum wage led by Senator Francis Alimeghena.
Although the Minister of National Planning did not give details of the planned review, he was consistent in his statement that the new minimum wage may not be feasible under the prevailing VAT rate.
In a chat with Voice of Nigeria’s Edwin Akwueh after the meeting with Senate committee on finance, the Minister confirmed that a committee was already working out details of the proposed VAT, assuring Nigerians that the committee’s assignment would soon be made public.

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Obiano’s quiet transformation of the intangible sector

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Ejike Anyaduba
In the next three years Governor Willie Obiano will lay down the burden of office as the governor of Anambra State. He will be making history as the second APGA Governor after ex-Governor Peter Obi to successfully lead the foremost State for a two term of eight years. Previous governors, especially of the opposition party, the PDP, were not as lucky as the State refused to yield compliance, forcing them out at different stages of office. To the one she rebuffed after a term. To the other she yanked off before the end of a term. And yet to another she roundly snubbed after two weeks of seizing her to advantage. All these were possibly to underscore Anambra politics as fractious.
Obiano’s five years in office have been marked by great achievements notwithsatnding a few hiccups here and there. There was the national economic recession. There were also spiteful attacks unleashed at will by the opposition. Fortunately, neither setback was of sufficient power to bring about a reduction in the performance of the government. It
glided through and still delivers on target. It is hoped that history will be kind in judging it.
Regardless, it is curious how some of the achievements of the government are taken for granted – things that are applauded elsewhere. It will take not just the knowledge of these achievements, but their honest admission. That Awka capital existed in outline was never in doubt. That security of lives and properties was in a whirl was also not contestable. Just as it is indisputable fact that education, health, environment, infrastructure, transport, and human capital development flourished more with the restoration of security.
Human capital development is one area where the Obiano government has recorded unsurpassed achievements. Relatively, it is the area that is underreported and or neglected. Few, if any, governments can succeed without adequate investment in human capital. Sadly, it is one sector of the economy that is easily taken for granted, but which has consistently brought down many a government. Mbadinuju’s government might not be the worst in the history of governments in the state, but its shabby handling of the workers’ salaries quickened its demise. It bears repeating here how Governor Willie Obiano made it expressly clear that his government would cultivate the human sector. He is yet to default since making that promise on the day he was sworn in. Some have genuinely wondered what gave him an unprecedented win in the 21 local governments of the State during the 2017 governorship election and the recent House of Assembly election. Others have mischievously alluded to all manner of influences. However, it can be said that civil servants in the State – who form the bulk of the voting public – are the strength of the administration.
It may be fair to argue that no time in the history of the State were salaries consistently paid on or before the 25th of every month. This has been the rule since five years not minding whether the day falls on weekend or public holiday. All through the dark days of the economic recession when otherwise healthy States owed salaries, Anambra did not. Pensions and gratuities of retired workers came due. As a show of its commitment to citizens’ welfare the government started by clearing all arears of pensions and gratuities. Today pensioners receive their money almost at the same time as civil servants. Equally consistent with the position of the government on welfare was the training of civil servants and their promotions. No civil servant, deserving of promotion, has been denied the privilege.
It is well to add that apart from prompt salaries, emoluments, pensions and gratuities, Governor Obiano appointed more people in government as a way of alleviating hardships in homes. It is to his humanity that civil servants engaged at the inception of his government were retained even when good judgement dictated otherwise. It is arguable if any other government would assent to such arrangement or had consented to it before. We had cases of new governments relieving employees not engaged by them just few months into office. In explaining his reluctance in following that path, Governor Obiano asked rhetorically if they are not from Anambra. Those who know him before his governorship were not surprised at the stand he took.
But the greatest aspect of the development which the government embarked upon and has pursued with unflagging commitment was the issue of the less privileged in the society. Again, to his charity he surrendered his salary for the first four years in office (it has since been extended to cover the remaining years) for the upkeep of this group of people. This was followed up with the building of a convalscent home- a sanatorium – at Nteje where the sick and others on the wrong side of life are being attended. The home, structured to accommodate inmates with varied forms of disabilities like the mentally sick, beggars, waifs and tramps, is run by qualified caregivers and medics.
One or two positive developments have since followed on from that point. One, there is de-escalation of the unsightly presence of beggars and tamps on the streets of Anambra. Two, there is greater security of lives and properties. On the face of it, the effect on security may not be easily appreciated. But an example or two would suffice. Years back, two “beggars” in Lagos were arrested for different criminal offences. The one and more notorious, was Clifford Orji, now late, arrested for cannibalism at Toyota bust-stop along Oshodi-Apapa expressway. The other a cripple, who solicited alms on Bush Street between Anthony village and Maryland, was arrested as an amourer for a notorious criminal gang. Before their arrest they were generally seen as mere beggars. There is very little doubt that ridding the streets of Anambra of these tenants-at-will augurs for progress and impacts on security.
It is not often that government interferes positively in the affairs of tramps and beggars. Most of the interference was to seize and dump off public space as was the case in Lagos sometime ago.
To date, Obiano’s government is the number one disability-inclusive government in Nigeria. Chukwuka Betrand Ezewuzie, the Governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Disability Matters did write: “Nobody loves and cares more for the Disability Community than His Excellency, Governor Obiano (Ogugua ndi Olusi)”. Appointments were made in the civil service as well as in political office. One such appointment was the elevation of a visually impaired director to the position of a permanent secretary. A sign language communicator was also appointed for effective service delivery. The Governor’s effort is boldly complemented by the First Lady of the State, Chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano. Her Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ) has consistently lifted a number of despairing souls through provision of artificial limbs, training in special skills, equipping of the skilled, and building of houses for the homeless among others. Prisoners, those who have served out their terms and were released, had a taste of the Governor’s humanity as they were provided with seed money to start life afresh. Transportation was subsidized with the provision of government buses for civil servants commuting to work from outside of the State capital.
The Obiano administration has, within the years, juggled development in both the tangible and intangible sectors of the economy. It is believed that by the time his government is through Anambra will compete and possibly surpass the best in development in Nigeria
Ejike Anyaduba
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CAS FULFILLS PROMISE TO PARALYZED RETIRED FLIGHT LIEUTENANT WITH DONATION OF STATE-OF-THE-ART MOTORIZED WHEELCHAIR

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The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has fulfilled a promise made in 2014 for the provision of a wheelchair to retired Flight Lieutenant Dauda Philip. The specialised wheelchair, which was bought at a cost of 16,577.10 Pounds Sterling, was formally handed over to the retired officer, today, 13 March 2019.

The retired officer was involved in a road traffic accident on 13 September 2008, in which he sustained a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed. Despite being treated within the country and evacuated for advanced care in Egypt and India by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), he eventually lost total use of his upper and lower limbs. He was subsequently retired from the NAF on 4 December 2014 with a recommendation that a motorized wheelchair should be provided to aid his movement in retirement. However, this was not done, which prompted the retired officer to appeal to the present CAS for the provision of a wheelchair. The CAS, who was hitherto unaware of his predicament, swiftly approved the recommendation and the specialised wheelchair was ordered.


Speaking while making the presentation of the motorized wheelchair, Air Marshal Abubakar thanked the retired officer for his service to the NAF and the Nation at large. He stated that the Service would continue to support any member of the NAF family with medical challenges in every way possible, whether they are serving or retired. “Be assured that we will support you in any way we can to make life more comfortable for you”, the CAS said.
Responding, the elated retired officer expressed profound appreciation to the NAF for his magnanimity. He said “God has used you to acquire this wheelchair for me, which was promised before you took over the affairs of the NAF. I am really grateful for the provision of the wheelchair as it would improve my quality of life.” Present at the ceremony were the wife of the retired officer, Mrs Naomi Philip, as well as the Chief of Administration, Air Vice Marshal Kingsley Lar, Chief of Medical Services, Air Commodore Mohammed Shaibu and other senior Headquarters NAF staff officers.

IBIKUNLE DARAMOLA
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Director of Public Relations and Information
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Trailer Crushes Seven People To Death In Onitsha

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At least seven people were confirmed killed on Wednesday when a kerosene-laden trailer rammed into traders on the Upper Iweka Road in Onitsha, Anambra State.
Confirming the incident in a statement, the spokesperson for the state police command, Haruna Mohammed, explained that the truck driver lost control of the vehicle and knocked down 19 people.
He stated, “Police patrol team attached to CPS Onitsha visited the scene and rushed victims to Toronto Hospital Onitsha, where Seven (7) persons comprising of six males and one woman whose identities are yet to be ascertained were confirmed dead by the medical doctor.”

He added that 12 other people were receiving treatment, while the bodies of the dead had been deposited at the hospital morgue for postmortem examination.
According to the police, investigation has commenced on the incident, after the suspect, 35-year-old Junior Agari, was arrested and the truck recovered from the accident scene.
Meanwhile, several images and amateur videos posted online by people who said they witnessed the incident, showed chaotic scenes – from a smashed bus to abandoned and scattered personal effects and shocked observers.
The sad news comes hours after a three-storey building collapsed in Lagos, leaving scores including school children trapped and sending shock waves across the country.
Rescue operations have continued on the site of the collapse, with emergency workers making desperate efforts to remove victims from the rubble of the building amid chaotic, heartrending scenes.

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Aisha Buhari says only APC members should get appointments

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Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari has advised the All Progressives Congress (APC) to consider only card-carrying members for political appointments.
She made the call at a dinner to celebrate the victory of President Buhari in Daura, his home town on Thursday 7th March, 2019.
The event took place at the Daura Stadium and attracted women and youth supporters of the APC from across Katsina state.
Aisha noted that the constitution of the party specifies that appointments to offices in an APC led government should go to card-carrying members.
She thus advised that the party constitution should be respected.

Aisha (middle) with other dignitaries at the event

She expressed appreciation over the support that the party enjoyed in the last Presidential election, especially from women and youth and assured them that government will do more to improve their lives.
“I wish to thank the women and youth of this country for the number of votes they gave President Buhari in the 2019 election and to assure that he will continue to do his best to make Nigeria a better country.”
One of the speakers at the event, Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika praised the electorate for choosing President Buhari, whose integrity, he said, is time-tested.
He assured them that the second tenure will result in development in all spheres of endeavour.
He commended Aisha for her initiative in engaging women and youth during the presidential campaign, which resulted in the massive votes recorded.
Goodwill messages were delivered by many politicians including Woman Leader of the APC Women and Youth Presidential Campaign Team, Mrs. Binta Muazu, and Senator Fatuhu Mohammed, representing Daura Zone.
The event was attended by wife of the Governor of Katsina state, Zakiyya Masari, wife of the Deputy Governor, Mannir Yakubu and wife of Minister of Interior, Hadiza Dambazau.
Various artistes performed at the occasion.

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UN Secretary-General’s message on International Women’s Day, New York, 8 March 2019

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Last month, in Ethiopia, I spent time with African Girls Can Code, an initiative that is helping to bridge the digital gender divide and train the tech leaders of tomorrow

Gender equality and women’s rights are fundamental to global progress on peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. We can only re-establish trust in institutions, rebuild global solidarity and reap the benefits of diverse perspectives by challenging historic injustices and promoting the rights and dignity of all.

In recent decades, we have seen remarkable progress on women’s rights and leadership in some areas. But these gains are far from complete or consistent – and they have already sparked a troubling backlash from an entrenched patriarchy.

Gender equality is fundamentally a question of power. We live in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture. Only when we see women’s rights as our common objective, a route to change that benefits everyone, will we begin to shift the balance.

Increasing the number of women decision-makers is fundamental. At the United Nations, I have made this a personal and urgent priority. We now have gender parity among those who lead our teams around the world, and the highest-ever numbers of women in senior management. We will continue to build on this progress.

But women still face major obstacles in accessing and exercising power. As the World Bank found, just six economies give women and men equal legal rights in areas that affect their work. And if current trends continue, it will take 170 years to close the economic gender gap.

Nationalist, populist and austerity agendas add to gender inequality with policies that curtail women’s rights and cut social services. In some countries, while homicide rates overall are decreasing, femicide rates are rising. In others we see a rollback of legal protection against domestic violence or female genital mutilation. We know women’s participation makes peace agreements more durable, but even governments that are vocal advocates fail to back their words with action. The use of sexual violence as a tactic in conflict continues to traumatize individuals and entire societies.

Against this backdrop, we need to redouble our efforts to protect and promote women’s rights, dignity and leadership. We must not give ground that has been won over decades and we must push for wholesale, rapid and radical change.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, addresses infrastructure, systems and frameworks that have been constructed largely in line with a male-defined culture. We need to find innovative ways of reimagining and rebuilding our world so that it works for everyone. Women decision-makers in areas like urban design, transport and public services can increase women’s access, prevent harassment and violence, and improve everyone’s quality of life.

This applies equally to the digital future that is already upon us. Innovation and technology reflect the people who make them. The underrepresentation and lack of retention of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design should be a cause of concern to all.

Last month, in Ethiopia, I spent time with African Girls Can Code, an initiative that is helping to bridge the digital gender divide and train the tech leaders of tomorrow. I was delighted to see the energy and enthusiasm these girls brought to their projects. Programmes like this not only develop skills; they challenge stereotypes that limit girls’ ambitions and dreams.

On this International Women’s Day, let’s make sure women and girls can shape the policies, services and infrastructure that impact all our lives. And let’s support women and girls who are breaking down barriers to create a better world for everyone.

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Metuh’s Trial Suffers Set Back From Alleged N400m Fraud

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The trial of former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh before the federal high court, Abuja, has suffered a major setback following an application by the defense counsel to withdraw from the matter.

Metuh and his company, Dextra Investment Ltd., are being prosecuted by the federal government over alleged money laundering and illegal receipt of funds from the office of the national security adviser (ONSA) to the tune of n400m for an alleged unexecuted contract.
Methu pleaded not guilty to the trial and on Tuesday, the trial took a dramatic twist when counsel for Metuh, Onyechi Ikpeazu, and Emeka Etiaba announced their withdrawal.
Metuh’s lawyers were absent in court and reported to have been summoned again by the same agency, prompting the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, to inquire from Metuh what he wants the court to do, in the circumstance.

Both senior advocates of Nigeria announced to the court that they have filed a motion to withdraw from the matter due to immense pressure as well as severe threats to their lives and also on the order of the court for day to day hearing of the matter, which they noted that they cannot afford, due to other pending cases.
He contended that in the circumstance, it is impossible to avail Metuh, the legal representation he deserves in this case” and applied that the court grant the application to withdraw from the case in line with section 349 (7), (8) of the administration of criminal justice act.
Responding, Metuh who disclosed that he met with his lawyers on Monday evening, recounted how they were traumatized by their experience in the hands of the government agency.

The Matter Was Adjourned To March 13, 2019.

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Election victory: Igbos congratulate President Buhari

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The Ndigbo Unity Forum (NUF), a pan-Igbo cultural and socio-political group has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, on his re-election for 2nd term in office.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was on Wednesday declared re-elected by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), having polled 15,191,847 votes, winning in 19 states.
Buhari defeated other 72 candidates including Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 11, 255,978 votes and won 17 states and the FCT, to occupy the second position.
The President of NUF, Mr Augustine Chukwudum, gave the congratulatory message in an interview with NAN in Enugu, urging Nigerians to remain calm.
Chukwudum said that Nigerians must be applauded for coming out en mass to vote in the presidential election.
“My appeal to every Nigerian now is for us to remain calm as the winner has been declared by INEC.
“Any party that does not accept the result should go to court.
“There is no need for violence in any form under any guise,’’ Chukwudum said.

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Ken Nwadiogbu (b. 1994) is a Nigerian born Multidisciplinary Artist, popularly known as KenArt, whose practice is primarily centered around hyper-realistic drawings and works on paper.
Nwadiogbu believes that the society speaks- This voice inspires his art, which evaluates, interrogates and challenges socio-political structures and issues within the society. In his reply to this society, he is able to inspire one or two people to also re-valuate their socio-political structures as we know it. The desire to change his society and the way people think is what drives him to create art every day. Gender equality, African cultures, and Black power are a few aspects of his current research and artistic practice.
Nwadiogbu was born in Lagos, Nigeria and holds a B.Sc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. His art career started in the university, and with no formal training, has pushed him to become one of the most interesting young contemporary artists from Nigeria, creating works that question life- calling out some of the problems and becoming very grounded in human consciousness..
Nwadiogbu has been featured in lots of local and international group exhibitions and fairs, including the Insanity exhibition, sponsored by Frot Foundation, in Omenka Gallery, Nigeria; the TMC’s It’s Not Furniture, curated by Winifred Okpapi; the Artyrama’s group exhibition curated by Mr Jess Castellote; Art X Lagos, sponsored by Artyrama Gallery, in Lagos, Nigeria; the Moniker Art Fair, sponsored by Creative Debuts, in Brooklyn, NYC; the Anti-Trump show organised in UK; the Afriuture Exhibition by Ramati Art Africa in association with Commonwealth Africa Summit, in Toronto, Canada; amongst many others. He has been televised and publicized on different platforms like Guardian Life, Tush Magazine, WIRED Magazine, Candid Magazine, Bored Panda, BBC, CNN, and more as well as inspiring and encouraging young creatives through public speaking appearances like TEDx. He co-founded Artists Connect NG, the largest Nigerian artist gathering that took place at Lekki Leisure Lake, in Lagos, Nigeria.
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