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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has reacted to the acquittal of Robert Azibaola, a cousin to former president, Goodluck Jonathan, who was charged for $40 million fraud before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba.






Tony Orilade, EFCC Head of Media, described the judgement as unfortunate.

The EFCC expressed concern that despite the weight of evidence brought before the court and witnesses presented, Justice Dimgba held that, “the prosecution must show directly how the defendant took possession of funds and knew that it forms part of proceeds of corruption.”

It disclosed that the commission’s legal team “will be studying the judgement thoroughly and will be taking necessary actions to appeal it as we hope that the appellate court shall view the merit of the prosecution and do justice to the case

Photos: Buhari, Tinubu meet in Saudi Arabia




President Muhammadu Buhari and the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Monday met in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

Also at a dinner meeting with the duo were Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar and Emir of Kazaure, Dr. Najib Hussaini Adamu.






INEC withdraws 25 certificates-of-return




In accordance with court orders, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said it has withdrawn 25 certificates-of-return issued some candidates that won during the 2019 elections.

Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, IVEC, Mr Festus Okoye, stated this at a forum on media coverage of the polls in Enugu, yesterday. Okoye noted that 20 of the 25 certificates-of-return were withdrawn from All Progressive Congress, APC, members and given to other APC members; while two from People Democratic Party, PDP, members were withdrawn and given to other PDP members.


Teachers commence indefinite strike in Oyo




Primary school teachers in Oyo State commenced an indefinite strike on Monday due to delay in payment of salaries and other requests.

The chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Oyo State wing, Samson Adedoyin, told Premium Times that the strike became necessary due to the inability of the state government to meet demands of the union.

The NUT had last week issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the Oyo State government to clear and settle the backlogs of salaries owed its members.

The union, while lamenting over unpaid salaries of primary school teachers, gave the state government 72 hours’ notice to address their challenges or face an indefinite strike action.


El-rufai's wife, kid, face deportation from Indonesia




Asia El-rufai, one of the three wives of the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-rufai and her kid are currently facing deportation from Indonesia. A source who spoke to SaharaReporters said, "although she had a valid visa, she is currently having issues about and additional document".

"The Nigerian government has intervened to resolve the issue.  "At the moment, they are trying to resolve the issue with the Indonesian government" the source added.

Asia is the sister of popular journalist and activist, Kadaria Ahmed.

Girl with 290,000 YouTube followers celebrated 12th birthday by buying BMW




Speaking this week, while sitting inside the plush brown leather interior, Natthanan said: "I've been doing makeup every day since I was four years old, when I started to do makeup tutorials and post it on YouTube.

"I just felt like I enjoyed doing it and it became my dream to become a makeup artist.

"Every look I want to do, I just flow. Natural look, fancy look, special effects that I've learned from YouTube, I like to do, too.

"I went to London Fashion Week in April of 2018. My teacher gave me a really big opportunity to go there. I did the makeup for the models and for the kids, the young models, too.

"I want to be a makeup artist forever."

The youngster bought the car on Monday, April 8 for her birthday and as she'll need to wait another six years before getting a licence, will allow her mother, Natcha, and father, Rong, to drive the car.

Natthanan still dreams of buying herself a Porsche as the first car that she is able to drive.

Proud mum Natcha, 40, said: "We encourage and support Natthanan with her work, but we don't push her at all. We don't need to, because she loves doing makeup so much and she's very mature and organised.

"We're very proud of her and we will drive the car for now, to take her to makeup events and fashion shows. I'm sure that the first car she drives herself will be a Porshe."



US former president, Jimmy Carter falls, breaks hips




Former President of US, Jimmy Carter is recovering from surgery after a fall on Monday, the Carter Center said.

A statement said the 94-year-old Democrat fell at his home in Plains, Georgia, on his way to go turkey hunting, and later underwent a successful surgery.

"He is recovering comfortably from surgery to repair a broken hip at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia," the Carter Center said. "His surgeon stated that the surgery was successful. His wife, Rosalynn, is with him."

In March, Carter became the oldest-living former president in US history, having survived a bout with cancer in recent years. The Monday statement following the surgery said Carter was still set on hunting next season despite his fall.


Sanusi resigns over installation of new emirs in Kano




A District Head of Bebeji Local Government Area of Kano, Haruna Sanusi, has resigned his appointment less than 48 hours after the installation of four new emirs in the state.

Sanusi’s resignation on Monday was in reaction to the installation of heads of new emirates by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and his loyalty to the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi.

According to Daily Nigerian, the traditional leader cited “health ground and recent changes in the emirate system” as reason for his resignation.

The state now has five emirates: Kano, Rano, Gaya, Karaye and Bichi. All Emirs would have equal powers and are to be on same first class status as Sanusi.


524,315 applicants jostle for 3,200 vacancies in customs




The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said 524,315 applicants had successfully completed their application process in the ongoing recruitment exercise of 3,200 personnel by the service.

The Public Relations Officer of the service, Mr Joseph Attah disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.

NAN reports that NCS on April 17, opened a recruitment portal to fill vacancies of 3,200.

No fewer than 800 officers are to be recruited to fill vacancies for Superintendent cadre, while 2,400 are to fill that of Customs Inspector and Customs Assistant cadre.

Attah told NAN that a total of 278, 582 applicants applied for the Superintendent cadre while the remaining applicants completed the process for Inspectorate and Customs Assistant cadres.

“A total number of people that registered is 828,333, but not all of them accomplished the process,” he said.

The spokesperson assured that the service would be fair and just in the screening of all the applicants.





The African Action Congress (AAC) earlier on Monday, suspended Omoyele Sowore as the National Chairman of the party.

Naija News understands that development which was announced by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has attracted several reactions on social media.

Sowore been suspended right now in Abuja by the Party National Secretary…. Mr Donald!!!

This very Charade is not Developing and Healthy to the Nigerian Youth Constituency and the Very hope Nigerian Youth have in stock for Nigeria.

I hope this is sorted soon!!#GameofThronespic.twitter.com/rHC7o25Wpp

— Ifemosu Michael Adewale®️ (@ifemosumichael) May 13, 2019


Meanwhile, Mr Omoyele Sowore, the national chairman of the African Action Congress (AAC) has reacted to his suspension.

Mr Sowore in his reaction to his suspension in a statement personally signed by him, Sowore expelled Leonard Nzenwa, who was named the acting chairman of the party. Mr Sowore also accused the party of distracting Nigerians attention from the central bank 500billion Naira scandal.

“Sowore suspended from @aacparty as Chairman” kindly ignore but don’t forget that they needed some distraction from the @cenbankN500billion scandal. @[email protected]@[email protected]@PremiumTimesng

— Omoyele Sowore (@YeleSowore) May 13, 2019


 

Your man of ideas was suspended.He now suspended them too.😂

So your man of ideas is the Party Chairman and Presidential candidate😂😂😂😂😂.

Ata ewa yi ti fe sapa mi lori ooo😂

— BIBIRE (@olaajani) May 13, 2019


 

Tales by moonlight: This coming out after the leaked audio by Sahara reporters. 😌😌 pic.twitter.com/Rgslm2gpUc

— Diogu Chijioke chukwuemeka Raymond (@Cee2Jay) May 13, 2019


 

The suspension confirm the thuggery and killings at the just concluded governorship election in rivers state sowore AAC connived with APC to perpetuate on the Innocent people of rivers state ,I hope INEC and the world has also seen it

— babadoc 🇬🇧🇧🇴 (@babashonk) May 13, 2019


The suspension confirm the thuggery and killings at the just concluded governorship election in rivers state sowore AAC connived with APC to perpetuate on the Innocent people of rivers state ,I hope INEC and the world has also seen it

— babadoc 🇬🇧🇧🇴 (@babashonk) May 13, 2019





The African Action Congress (AAC) earlier on Monday, suspended Omoyele Sowore as the National Chairman of the party.

Naija News understands that development which was announced by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has attracted several reactions on social media.

Sowore been suspended right now in Abuja by the Party National Secretary…. Mr Donald!!!

This very Charade is not Developing and Healthy to the Nigerian Youth Constituency and the Very hope Nigerian Youth have in stock for Nigeria.

I hope this is sorted soon!!#GameofThronespic.twitter.com/rHC7o25Wpp

— Ifemosu Michael Adewale®️ (@ifemosumichael) May 13, 2019


Meanwhile, Mr Omoyele Sowore, the national chairman of the African Action Congress (AAC) has reacted to his suspension.

Mr Sowore in his reaction to his suspension in a statement personally signed by him, Sowore expelled Leonard Nzenwa, who was named the acting chairman of the party. Mr Sowore also accused the party of distracting Nigerians attention from the central bank 500billion Naira scandal.

“Sowore suspended from @aacparty as Chairman” kindly ignore but don’t forget that they needed some distraction from the @cenbankN500billion scandal. @[email protected]@[email protected]@PremiumTimesng

— Omoyele Sowore (@YeleSowore) May 13, 2019


 

Your man of ideas was suspended.He now suspended them too.😂

So your man of ideas is the Party Chairman and Presidential candidate😂😂😂😂😂.

Ata ewa yi ti fe sapa mi lori ooo😂

— BIBIRE (@olaajani) May 13, 2019


 

Tales by moonlight: This coming out after the leaked audio by Sahara reporters. 😌😌 pic.twitter.com/Rgslm2gpUc

— Diogu Chijioke chukwuemeka Raymond (@Cee2Jay) May 13, 2019


 

The suspension confirm the thuggery and killings at the just concluded governorship election in rivers state sowore AAC connived with APC to perpetuate on the Innocent people of rivers state ,I hope INEC and the world has also seen it

— babadoc 🇬🇧🇧🇴 (@babashonk) May 13, 2019


The suspension confirm the thuggery and killings at the just concluded governorship election in rivers state sowore AAC connived with APC to perpetuate on the Innocent people of rivers state ,I hope INEC and the world has also seen it

— babadoc 🇬🇧🇧🇴 (@babashonk) May 13, 2019





Kurukonga earlier reported that the Screening Date & Requirements for the Nigerian Police Recruitment 2019 has been released, alongside the conditions and requirements for the exam.

Here is how to check the Nigerian Police Recruitment 2019 List of Shortlisted Applicants:

Go to the NPF recruitment portal via Nigerian Police Recruitment 2019

Click on your state of origin to access the list and see your screening date.

Only candidates who are successful in the Selection Examination will be invited for the Nigeria Police Selection Board Interview. 

kurukonga  would be here to publish the list of successfully shortlisted applicants will be published.

Please note that this message is only addressing those who applied for the Nigerian police 2019 recruitment exercise

politician who is hoping to unseat the incumbent governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello took to the streets to share Cheese Balls among his would-be voters. 

 


Prince Mustapha Audu


 


Prince Mustapha Audu, the son of late Prince Abubakar Audu, who is also in the race to unseat Gov Yahaya Bello under the platform of Young Progressive Party was seen sharing Cheese Balls as Ramadan package.

 

His action has received mixed reactions on social media. The young man will be seeking to leverage on his late father's latter day popularity to garner some votes.

 

Governor Bello has also lost his popularity in the last three years over how he has managed the affairs of the state.

 



 




Haram terrorists in Borno




The Nigerian Army has said its troops of 22 Brigade,engaged in Operative Lafiya Dole, in collaboration with local vigilantes, have rescued 54 persons abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.

The army, in a statement by its acting spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa, said out of the number, 29 were women while 25 others were children of various ages and sex.

The statement which said the troops’ success was during a clearance operation carried out into the hinterland of the state last Saturday, also said its troops of 145 Battalion, operating at Zari – Kasake and Jumachere villages in Damasak general area of Mobbar Local Government Area of the state, discovered and destroyed two Boko Haram terrorists’ logistics vehicles.




Nigerian woman arrested for alleged drug trafficking and later released has arrived Nigeria. 



Zainab Aliyu 


 


Zainab Aliyu, a Nigerian previously detained in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug trafficking, has returned to the country after spending four months in detention.

 

Aliyu had been detained in the Arab country since December when she was arrested at the Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Medina because tramadol, a banned drug was found in her bag.

 

She arrived in Nigeria through the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano on Monday in the company of Ibrahim Abubakar, another Nigerian accused of the same crime.

 

Aliyu, a 22-year-old student of the Maitama Sule University in Kano, had travelled to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj alongside her mother and sister.

 

She was arrested by Saudi police authorities over allegations that the bag bearing her name tag contained tramadol.

 



Zainab Aliyu in a warm embrace with her father PHOTO CREDIT: Saleh Shehu Ashaka‏

 

Her arrest had led to the discovery of an alleged drug cartel at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport that reportedly transferred her excess luggage weight to bag that contained tramadol.

 

She was released to the Nigerian mission in Saudi Arabia after the federal government made efforts to investigate and establish their innocence.

 

It was reported that the 7-man syndicate specialise in planting banned drugs in travellers’ luggage to export the substances to Saudi Arabia and other foreign countries.



Sri Lankan police fired tear gas at mobs attacking mosques and shops owned by Muslims on Monday and imposed a nationwide curfew after the worst outbreak of sectarian violence since the Easter bombings by Islamist militants.

The militants targeted churches and hotels, most of them in Colombo, killing more than 250 people in an attack claimed by Islamic State and fuelling fears of a backlash against the island nation’s minority Muslims. 

Residents in Muslim parts of North Western Province said mobs had attacked mosques and damaged shops and businesses owned by Muslims for a second day.

“There are hundreds of rioters, police and army are just watching. They have burnt our mosques and smashed many shops owned by Muslims,” a resident of Kottampitiya area told Reuters by telephone, asking not to be identified for fear of reprisals. 

“When we try to come out of our house, police tell us to stay inside.” 

Police imposed a nationwide curfew until from 9 p.m. (1530 GMT) to 4 a.m., spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. 

Authorities also imposed a temporary ban on social media networks and messaging apps including WhatsApp after a clash in another part of the country was traced to a dispute on Facebook. 


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