N1.5b fraud: You have case to answer, court tells ex-NIMASA DG
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday dismissed a no-case submission filed by former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Raymond Omatseye.
Omatseye is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before the court over alleged contract splitting and bid rigging estimated at over N1.5 billion. He is specifically standing trial on an amended 27-count charge bordering on the offence, which contravenes the provisions of sections 14(a) of the money laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004. It also contravenes the provisions of sections 58(4) (d) of the Public Procurement Act 2007. Read more
Two council bosses in trouble over Jonathan’s billboard
Two local government areas caretaker committee chairmen in Oyo State, Mutairu Adekunle and Soji Ojoawo (Oyo-East and Oyo- West respectively), are now being trailed by the police in Oyo town over allegation of wilful vandalisation of campaign billboards of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The two local government bosses were said to have supervised the demolition of the billboards, following which the police swung into action, trailing them and their foot soldiers. Read more
Ministers must answer to Nigerian land-grab investments
Farmers of the remote Gassol community in Nigeria’s Taraba State are facing a battle for their livelihoods in the face of a land grab backed by UK aid. A new report shows that the farmers are being forced off the land they have farmed for generations to make way for US company to Dominion Farms to establish a 30,000 hectare rice plantation. Land containing plots held by thousands of farmers and a publicly funded irrigation system was handed over to Dominion by the local government. Yet local farmers were not consulted about the deal and are still to hear of any compensation or resettlement plan. Read more
Any attempt to postpone Feb 14 poll is an invitation to anarchy – Baraje
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ,Alh Abubakar Kawu Baraje has said that the party will support the Nigerian masses in rejecting any attempt by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led-federal government to foist an interim government on the nation after the expiration of the tenure of President Goodluck Jonathan and that any attempt to postpone the February 14 election would be an invitation to anarchy. Read more
Protesters storm INEC office, demand election postponement
A group of Nigerian youths not favourably disposed to going ahead with this month’s general elections,due to the inability of many registered voters to collect their Permanent Voter Cards,PVCs, protested to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday,to demand postponment.
The group, under the aegis of Forum for Democratic Change,FDC, led by its National coordinator, Solomon Chuks, said going ahead with the election this month,will disenfranchise Nigerians. Read more
50% of Nigerians have access to meters – Nebo
The Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo has expressed sadness over the plight Nigerians huge gap in distribution of meters to electricity consumers, saying that only about 50% of Nigerians have access to the products.
Prof. Nebo who made the remarks while speaking on Good Morning Nigeria, a magazine programme of the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, noted that it is this distress in the sector that informed the plan by Government to inject one million meters. Read more
Ondo disburses N1b to micro credit loan beneficiaries
Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, said his government has, since inception in 2009, disbursed over N1 billion to all categories of beneficiaries under its various Micro Credit Loan Schemes.
Mimiko revealed this during the flag-off ceremony of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF) and presentation of cheques to beneficiaries in Akure. Read more
PVCs extension: Niger residents lament neglect
Despite the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s extension of the deadline for the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) by one week, respite is yet to come the way of eligible voters in parts of Niger State.
The extension of the deadline to February 8, which the commission said supersedes the earlier deadline of January 31, is to enable eligible voters across Nigeria to exercise their franchise of voting for candidates of their choice. Read more
Berger Paints MD steps down
Board of Directors of Berger Paints Nigeria Plc has announced the disengagement of the Managing Director, Mr. Tor Nygard, from the services of the company at the expiration of his contract on of January 31, 2015.
Mr. Nygard joined the company on the 2nd of November 2009 as the Deputy Managing Director (Designate), moved on to become an Executive director and was later appointed as the Managing Director. His tenure was associated with a number of reforms, including the expansion of the color world centers and the factory modernization project that is currently being implemented. Read more
APC candidate shines at Enugu debate, PDP absent
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State, Okechukwu Ezea, gave a good account of himself at the state governorship debate on Monday.
His Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, was, however absent during the debate aired live on national and local electronic media. Read more
Two Russians kidnapped in Sudan’s Darfur region
Two Russian citizens have been kidnapped in Sudan’s Darfur region, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Khartoum said on Tuesday.
The embassy declined to say when the kidnapping happened or give details on the identity of the Russians or their abductors, citing the ongoing investigation and efforts to free them. Read more
Over 100 drugged, raped & filmed in fake clinical study
Japanese police have arrested a man for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting more than 100 women who believed they were taking part in a medical study, detectives and local media said Tuesday.
Detectives say scores of women responded to adverts seeking volunteers for “clinical research measuring blood pressure during sleep” over two years to November 2013. Read more
Bangladesh petrol bomb attack leaves seven dead
At least seven people have been burned to death and 15 others injured, some seriously, in a petrol bomb attack on a bus in eastern Bangladesh.
Police said the bus had been full of sleeping passengers when it was attacked near the town of Chauddagram. Read more
Cuba releases new photos of Fidel Castro amid rumours of declining health
Photographs of Fidel Castro, 88, have appeared in official media for the first time since August, showing the former Cuban leader slightly hunched while seated, but appearing animated as he spoke with a student leader.
Speculation over Castro’s health has intensified since the historic announcement on 17 December by his younger brother and current president, Raúl Castro, and the US president Barack Obama that the two longtime adversaries would restore diplomatic ties. Read more
Italy’s new president decries corruption as intolerable
Italy’s new president, Sergio Mattarella, has taken the oath of office with a vow to fight corruption and organized crime and encourage the nation to embrace economic and electoral reform.
The new head of state, whose brother, Piersanti Mattarella, was slain while governor of Sicily by the Mafia in 1980, denounced as “alarming” the spread of the Mafia from its traditional base in the south to northern cities. Mattarella, in his speech to Parliament Tuesday, also decried pervasive corruption, which he said robs citizens of resources meant for them and upsets market rules, “penalizing the honest and the capable.” Read more
Google to take on Uber with car-sharing app, Uber to build its own self-driving cars
Uber is gearing up to take on Google by building its own self-driving cars, just as it was reported that Google could be trying to build a car-sharing service like Uber.
Google’s investment arm is invested in Uber and the two new projects are likely to be complementary. Read more
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