YENAGOA- THE 21st Century Youths of Nigeria for Restructuring on Friday warned it will commence devastation of critical infrastructure, beginning with Lagos and Abuja if at the end of its seven-day mourning for Nigerians soldiers slain by Boko Haram, President Muhammadu Buhari did not sign the Electoral Act passed by the National Assembly into law. wreck
The group, which declared seven-day memorial for over 70 Nigerian soldiers, killed by Boko Haram, on Monday, urged President Buhari to sign the Electoral Act into law “as a mark of honour to the slain soldiers and democracy before the expiration of our mourning period.” Leader of the group with membership drawn from nine states, self-styled “General” Izon Ebi, in a statement, warned, “We want to use this medium to remind the Federal Government that this time around, we are not going to destroy our oil infrastructure, but critical infrastructure built with our oil proceeds in Abuja and Lagos.”
Boasting that it has “upgraded from analogue to digital to prove its point that enough is enough,” the group asserted, “If after our seven days of mourning, the Electoral Act is not passed into law, that means we have no choice but to direct our members across the nine states to start destroying critical infrastructure, starting from Abuja and Lagos.” The group said it was obvious that “violence is what this government understands to do the right thing,” adding, “We are in the 21st century and have come of age to do the right thing.” Its words: “We, therefore, call on the international community to prevail on the Nigerian government to pass the Electoral Act into law because doing so is like building the right foundation for a free, fair transparent and credible election.”
Former Head of State and Chairman, National Peace Committee, Retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar has called for the support of stakeholders for the Independent National Electoral Commission, ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Abubakar made the call shortly after his committee met with management of INEC led by its Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Wednesday in Abuja.
The former leader said political parties, journalists, Civil Society Organisations and security agencies were critical stakeholders needed by INEC to succeed in 2019 general elections.
He said the outcome of the meeting indicated that INEC was ready for the elections, but there was a need for stakeholders to support it and make the elections free, fair, credible and peaceful.
“INEC briefed us on the preparations for elections, the challenges and what it is going to do in order to make sure that there is a peaceful, free and fair election.
“We are taking note. There are certain flash points where he (INEC Chairman) wants the peace committee to intervene in order to bring peace so that elections will be conducted.
“On our part, we will do the best we can in order to have a sanitised political arena.
“You members of the press have also a role and duty to educate our people and the politicians so that when they go on campaigning, they campaign on issues.
“There should be politics without bitterness, there should not be any rancor,’’ he said.
I'm sure we've all often considered and maybe even believed the tale of mentally unstable people being able to prophesy and possibly see visions.
This isn't nollywood, a mad man has accused Rochas Okorocha of instability in governance.
He laments over the state of the roads and also mentions a road which has been under construction for over six months and thus, causing a gridlock in the state.
“Rochas is a hypocrite, eight years in office he did nothing, now he’s trying to bring in some kind of modalities so that we’ll not send him to prison. Rochas is going to prison” He said.
Rochas is a hypocrite!Read More
The health ministry, Democratic Republic of Congo has said that the deadly Ebola outbreak has claimed another 19 lives in just five days.
The outbreak, which began on August 1, has ravaged the eastern part of the country.
Ebola has in the meantime killed 241 people, the ministry said in a statement late Tuesday.
“There have been 241 deaths,” the ministry said in an update correct to November 26, indicating there had been a total of 421 cases — 374 of them confirmed, and another 47 probable.
Another 74 suspected cases are under investigation.
The outbreak is the tenth in DR Congo since Ebola was first detected there in 1976.
The crisis is centered around the restive eastern city of Beni in North Kivu, a region which has been blighted by armed conflict which has hampered efforts to curb the outbreak.
Ebola is a serious infectious disease that can spread rapidly through small amounts of bodily fluid, causing internal bleeding and potentially death.
DR Congo is in the throes of a major campaign ahead of a December 23 election to choose a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who has ruled the vast central African country since 2001.
Since winning independence from Belgium in 1960, this poverty-stricken nation has never known a peaceful transition of power.
Mr Emeka Okwuosa, the Chief Executive Officer, Oilserve Nig. Ltd., would on Nov. 29 deliver a lecture on impact of infrastructure development in Nigeria.
This was contained in a statement issues by Dr Ngozi Anyaegbu, the company’s media consultant, which was made available to newsmen in Lagos.
According to the statement, Okwuosa who is the guest lecturer for the 48th convocation of University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) will deliver a lecture titled “Infrastructural Development; A Key to Economic Growth and Development in Nigeria.
The lecture will commence at 9.30am in the Princess Alexandria Auditorium and Unity Hall.
Okwuosa a serial entrepreneur and graduate of Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Ile-Ife, is the founder, Chairman of Oilserv Ltd, Frazimex Ltd, Frazimex Energy Services Ltd, Frazimex Engineering Ltd, Frazpower Ltd, and Frazoil LtdRead More
The Kaduna and Kano State governments through their Boards of Internal Revenue have taken some federal government agencies to the North West Zone of the Tax Appeal Tribunal, sitting in Kaduna for failure to remit taxes to them.
On Wednesday the 28th of November 2018, the Kaduna state board of internal revenue, dragged the Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU) Zaria, before the Tribunal, with respect to unremitted PAYE (Pay as you earn) and withholding taxes, totaling N6,169,774,658.01 (six billion, one hundred and sixty nine million, seven hundred and seventy four thousand, six hundred and fifty eight naira, one kobo, which were all taxes due, to the Kaduna state government, but were unremitted, between the years 2007 and 2012.
The tribunal, which has just been newly reconstituted, with Umaru M. Adamu as Chairman, Abubakar Gwandu Sameerah, Bayero A.S Mohammed, Dr Ahmed Kumshe, Isa Kabir Dandago, as Commissioners, also attended to tax issues against Kaduna Polytechnic, brought before it for unremitted personal income taxes and withholding taxes, for the period, 2007 and 2012, totaling, N3,346,864,461.06 (three billion, three hundred and forty six million, eight hundred and sixty four thousand, four hundred and sixty one thousand naira, six kobo).
On the other hand, the Kano state Board of Inland Revenue on Thursday, the 29th of November, brought before the tribunal, appeals to determine whether they were entitled to recover from the National orthopedic and another, the sum of N18,672,474,25 (eighteen million, six hundred and seventy thousand, four hundred and seventy-four thousand-naira, twenty-five kobo, being also withholding and PAYE Taxes, due for the 2011 and 2012 year of assessment.
Bayero University Kano, alongside the Hon Minister of Education and the Hon Minister of Finance were also brought before the tribunal with respect to withholding taxes and PAYE taxes, for the 2004, to 2009 year of assessment, in the sum of N1,829,842,076.96 (one billion, eight hundred and twenty-nine million, eight hundred and forty-two thousand, seventy-six-naira, ninety-six kobo).
Also brought before the tribunal via various appeal for determination, was the National Independent Electoral commission (INEC), in the sum of N200,021,335.96 ( two hundred million, twenty one thousand, three hundred and thirty five thousand, ninety six kobo only), the Standards Organization of Nigeria, in the sum of N17,303,000.00 (seventy million, three hundred and three thousand naira only), the National Examination Council (NECO) in the sum of N17,732,000.00 (seventy million, seven hundred and thirty two thousand naira only). The Federal College of Education Bichi, in the sum of N250,492,645.10 (two hundred and fifty million, four hundred and ninety-two thousand, six hundred and forty-five thousand and ten kobo only). Also, the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), in the sum of N31,141,588.03 (thirty-one million, one hundred and forty-one thousand, five hundred and eighty-eight-naira, three kobo, only), the Joint Matriculation Board (JAMB), in the sum of N5,447,673.07 (five million, four hundred and forty-seven thousand, six hundred and seventy-three thousand seven kobo).
Also brought before the Tribunal, was the Hadejia Jamare River Basin Authority, in the sum of N129,355,083.02 (one hundred and twenty-nine million, three hundred and fifty-five thousand, eighty-three naira and two kobo only) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), which was also brought before the tribunal for non-remittance of the sum of N21,142,557.30 (twenty-one million, one hundred and forty-two thousand, five hundred and fifty-seven hundred-naira thirty kobo) being unremitted PAYE and Withholding taxes.
Finally brought before the tribunal, was the Federal College of Agriculture by the Kano State Board of Internal Revenue, for non-remittance of the sum of N6,870,862.91 (six million, eight hundred and seventy thousand, eight hundred and sixty-two naira and ninety-one kobo only), being unremitted PAYE and Withholding taxes, due for the year of assessment 2009 to 13.
The Chairman of the North West Zone, Barrister Umaru M. Adamu, while addressing critical stakeholders during the course of the tribunal sessions, urged all tax payers, members of professional bodies, including the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chartered Institute of Taxation, ICAN and ANAN, to avail themselves of the services of the Tribunal, as the purpose is to give succor to tax payers and engender confidence in the tax process.
He also called on all relevant State Boards of Internal Revenue, in Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara and Jigawa, to emulate the Kano State Board of Internal Revenue that had brought before the Tax Appeal Tribunal, defaulting tax payers, owing the State, in excess of three billion naira.
He assured all the Stakeholders of a speedy disposal of their appeals, as the Tax Appeal Tribunal, was the only body currently in Nigeria, operating a fully automated court and a case flow mechanism that nearly guarantees the disposal of all disputes, within 90 days.
Apart from prosecuting the dead, which by the way isn't a legal act; what else do we see in this country?
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, has secretly filed fraudulent charges against late and ex Enugu State Chief Judge, Justice Professor I.A Umezulike. Official court documents revealed that the case between the Federal Government of Nigeria v Justice I.A Umezulike with SUIT NO. E/74c/2017 was formally struck out, and the defendant discharged.
Few weeks after the burial of the great legal luminary, EFCC secretly appeared before the same Judge who struck out the case Justice A.O Onovo of the Enugu State High Court II.
They asked that the already struck out case be relisted for hearing. Justice A.O Onovo very much aware that the defendant is dead having attended his burial and valedictory court service accepted EFCC’s proposition and relisted the case for hearing for today, being the 28th of November 2018 in the apparent absence of the deceased.
No law in Nigeria, Africa and beyond allows for the prosecution of the dead. A dead man cannot be a defendant in a suit. Section 36 (6)c of the 1999 constitution plainly states that anybody charged with any offence has the right to defend himself in person.
I think its clear that a dead man cannot speak, hear or see of course unless we're dealing with spiritual cases. However, EFCC counsel Wahaab Shitu Esq is said to have argued that the late Enugu State Chief Judge was served at his graveside so the court can carry on hearing in his absence and without representation.Read More
So humans are getting bored of objectifying their fellow humans as sex tools. Do we get excited that the heat has been lifted off of us or do we get disgusted that animals are more humane than we're?
The heart wrenching story of an orangutan that was used as a sex slave in Indonesia has re-surfaced after conservationists who rescued her revealed details about her painful recovery.
Pony, an endangered Borneo orangutan was rescued from an Indonesian brothel in 2003, after being found chained to a wall, and prostituted to local men for sex.
She was kidnapped from her mother as a baby. Her craze captors taught her to perform sexual acts and made her to wear make-up and jewelry. This is the point where you don't know whether to laugh or scream.
Director of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, Michelle Desilets told VICE that Pony's owners were very reluctant to let her go.
"She was being used as a sex slave. She was probably about six or seven years old when we rescued her, but she had been held captive by a madam for a long time."
In the end it took 35 policemen armed with AK-47s and other weaponry going in there and demanding that they hand over Pony.
Her captors threatened the rescue team with guns and poisoned knives as they believed Pony brought luck and fortune to the family.
After 15 years, under the care of a group of conservationists, Pony has managed to fully recover from the horrific ordeal and learned to trust humans again.
Her carers spoke out about Pony to raise awareness about the treatment of orangutans, particularly the loss of their habitat due to palm oil plantations.
Lone Droscher-Nielson, who was part of the team who rescued Pony in 2003, told the Sun, "The first baby steps were to make her trust us in her new home."
"We tried to keep men away from her enclosure as she was afraid of them".
"She slowly recovered and male carers were slowly introduced to her. She didn't seem to be afraid of them anymore and she was happy with any company she could have", Ms Nielson added.
Pony now lives with seven other orangutans at the Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation Centre, but unfortunately cannot be released into the wild due to her poor survival skills.
Since her rescue, Ms Desilets described Pony's resilience as 'amazing', saying that she had the best personality and learned to trust humans very quickly despite her sad ordeal.
Ape-trafficking, along with other primates are being illegally sold on social media sites and black markets for nearly $20,000NZD.
Last year, Daniel Stiles, a self-acclaimed ape-trafficking detective from Kenya found an Instagram account offering dozens of rare animals for sale, including baby orangutans dressed in cute children clothes being sold for $11,000NZD each.
Experts believe that despite the constant awareness of ape-trafficking and animal abuse, the illegal trade is growing larger than ever- something that needs urgent attention.
Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, has said that the demand of south-eastern leaders for representation in the zenith of Nigeria’s defense structure is quite legitimate.
Buhari has been accused of not appointing people from the south into the top echelon of the military.
On his official Twitter handle, the senator made known his profound desire for the country to live up to “its concord and spirit”.
“South-east leaders demand for representation in the Apex of the defense structure of the nation is legitimate. A federation must live up to its concord and spirit,” Sani wrote.
“We must not be using merit in the day and federal character at night or merit for lunch & character for Dinner.”
In October, the senate was divided over Buhari’s appointments into the defense and security councils.
The disagreement ensued after Victor Umeh, senator representing Anambra central, sponsored a motion on the “urgent need to appoint a representative of the south-east into the National Defense Council and the National Security Council.”
Umeh said no individual from the south-east had been appointed into the defense or security councils under this government.
“The defense and security advice relayed to the president by members of the defense and security councils (which excluded security officers from the five states that make up the south-east of Nigeria) may not likely represent fair and equitable security situation of the south-east of Nigeria,” he had said.
Supporting the motion, Eyinnaya Abaribe, senator representing Abia south, alleged that there is a “deliberate attempt” to exclude some parts of the country from the security structure.
Not less than 13 suspected members of a cult group, were hacked to death on Saturday during a major fracas with youths of Lessel community in Ushongo Local Government Area of Benue State.
It was gathered that the clash, which lasted over two hours, also left several persons with serious injuries.
An eyewitness told newsmen that the crisis started when members of a cult, who were in the town for a meeting, attacked and killed a commercial motorbike operator, whose motorbike they had attempted to snatch.
According to the eyewitness, “The group had come to Lessel town in their numbers on Saturday night for what we gathered was their annual convention.
“They ran into the okadaman, who they engaged to convey some of them to a guest house in Lessel, venue of the meeting where some of them also put up.
“On completing the assignment of conveying them to their destination, the cult members demanded the key of the motorbike, but the rider refused to surrender his bike to them.
“They descended on him and killed him instantly. But the news of the murder filtered into town and the youths in Lessel mobilised and stormed the guest house with dangerous weapons.
“A bloody fight ensued, some of the cult members were hacked to death, while others captured alive led the youths to where other members of the cult were hiding.
“They were all rounded up by the youths. It took the intervention of the Police, who stormed the area, to stop the killing of more cultists, most of whom had been beaten to a pulp by the youths.”
Reacting, Benue State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ene Okoh, said: “When we got the information, my men moved in quickly and arrested 13 persons, who were involved in the fracas, but I can confirm that nine persons were killed in the clash.”Read More