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A man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has appeared in a new video, contradicting Nigerian military reports that he was killed, French news agency AFP reported on Thursday.

Screen grabs of the video, seen by Reuters, show a figure in boots and combat fatigues who looks similar to the man claiming to be Shekau in previous videos.

“Here I am, alive. I will only die the day Allah takes my breath,” he says in the northern Hausa language, reported the news agency, which normally receives Boko Haram tapes first, before they are distributed online.

Nigeria’s military said last week that the man who had been posing as Shekau in the group’s growing number of videos had been killed in clashes over the town of Konduga.

The military announced the death of Shekau himself a year ago, saying he had died in battle.

After that, the man appearing in videos as Shekau did look different from before, with a wider nose, less defined bridge and a rounder face.

In the most recent video, Shekau says “nothing will kill me until my days are over … Some people asked you if Shekau has two souls. No, I have one soul, by Allah,” AFP said.

Boko Haram, whose violent five-year campaign for an Islamic state has killed thousands, has in the past two months progressed from bombings, raids and kidnappings to trying to seize territory.

The military has had mixed results trying to push back the militants, and low morale, indiscipline and poor equipment have hurt its ability to fight effectively.

Nigeria’s military court martialled 97 of its troops for various offences on Thursday, including mutiny, assault, absconding, house breaking and disorderly behaviour, it said.

In his last video, the Shekau figure declared the remote areas they control near Cameroon as “Muslim territory”, echoing the declaration of a caliphate by militants in Iraq and Syria.

But holding territory has also made them more vulnerable to attacks by Nigerian forces backed by fighter jets, security sources say. The military said it inflicted heavy losses on the Islamists in the past two weeks.

Bellicose as ever, Shekau stands on the back of a pick-up truck, firing an anti-aircraft gun into the air. The video also shows people being stoned to death and being given lashes, both traditional Islamic punishments, AFP said.

There is also footage of Boko Haram fighters picking through the wreckage of an aircraft they claim to have shot down. Nigeria’s military is still looking for a war plane that went missing more than two weeks ago.

(Reuters)

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Ini Edo has confirmed rumours flying about her separation from husband of five years, Philip Ehiagwina on her Twitter handle.

I asked for a divorce from my my ex husband cos of lots of irreconcilable differences.i never cheated on my husband.
— Ini Edo (@ini4phil) October 2, 2014

There is a conscious n malicious attempt at tarnishing my image.this whole saga is familiar let’s not forget de past.thanks n God bless
— Ini Edo (@ini4phil) October 2, 2014

Philip is an American based business man. The pair got married in Houston, February 2009.

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The military authorities have put on trial a total of 97 army personnel, comprising 15 officers and 82 junior officers for offences ranging from mutiny, assault and Absence Without Official Leave (AWOL).

Other offences preferred against the soldiers include house breaking; conduct prejudicial to good orders and service discipline and offences relating to service propriety among others.

The military had, in September, sentenced 12 soldiers to death for mutiny. The sentence has continued to generate controversy across the land with prominent individuals and rights activists calling for a more humane sentence for the condemned soldiers.

In his inaugural address at the court’s sitting in Abuja on Thursday, the President of the all military General Court Martial, Brig-Gen. Musa Yusuf, said the trial would be guided by the principles of justice and fair hearing.

He assured that the accused persons would also be given the facilities and conditions necessary for the proper defence of their cases.

“In line with the provisions of Section 35(5) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), one of you shall be presumed innocent by the court until it is proved otherwise,” Gen. Yusuf stated.

He continued: “Let me further assure you that the GCM will base its decisions and findings only on the facts presented before it,” adding that the court would not be influenced by extraneous forces.

“In consonance with the desire of this GCM to do justice in this case, we shall take cognizance of the postulation of late Justice (Chukwudifu) Oputa that justice is a three-way traffic.

“That is justice for the accused persons, justice for the victim and justice for the state. We intend to patiently and painstakingly listen to all evidence that will be brought before this court to ensure that no innocent person is convicted.

Among the accused persons were four Lieutenant Colonels – SS Tilawan, DB Danzang, IC Ogamanya and SU Abubakar. Others were: Major II Sakaba; Captains. M Hamadikko, Z Alhaji, MB Abdullahi and SY Musa.

Those in the rank of Lieutenant were – T Garba, F Ogunleke, A Abdullahi, IM Okoro and D Wunuji; with 2nd Lt. JM Uweh. The rest were in the rank and file.

Gen. Yusuf said the trial would be conducted and concluded without undue delay, to prevent the accused persons from suffering from the psychological trauma associated with protracted litigations.

“In line with this, I wish to appeal to both the prosecution and defence counsel to prepare their cases in earnest in other to assist the accused persons and this GCM in ensuring un-delayed justice.

“I also wish to appeal to the counsel on both sides to keep to the timing of this court and avoid asking for unnecessary adjournments so that the sincere intention of this court could be achieved.

“Finally, I wish to appeal to the members of the press that in the interest of national security, the accused persons, patriotism and justice, to be fair and objective in their reports on all issues concerning this trial,” he stated.

 

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African liberty champion, Adedayo Thomas (in cap) with members of the Writers Guild of the Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya on October 25 after Thomas delivered a lecture entitled The Role of Student-Journalists in Creating the Foundation for a Free African Society. The event was attended by over 150 students.

African liberty champion, Adedayo Thomas (in cap) with members of the Writers Guild of the Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya on October 25 after Thomas delivered a lecture entitled The Role of Student-Journalists in Creating the Foundation for a Free African Society. The event was attended by over 150 students.

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As the 2015 general elections draw near, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has charged political parties to keep to the laws.

INEC had on Wednesday issued a notice on next year’s general election, confirming that the February scheduled dates for the elections still stand.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, urged all political parties to commit themselves to lawful and peaceful electioneering leading to the 2015 elections.

He stressed that the commission and political parties “must continue to work assiduously together to make our elections free, fair and credible, and to deepen democracy in Nigeria.”

Following the adoption for frequent meeting with all political parties, Jega stated that henceforth, the quarterly meeting of the commission with the leadership of registered political parties will take place on monthly basis.

Jega explained that as the general election draw closer, there was the need to meet on a monthly basis in order to “have a better opportunity to deliberate and resolve all matters relating to preparations, swiftly, as and when due.”

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The Super Falcons coach, Edwin Okon, has announced his final squad of 21 players for the African Women Championship slated to hold from October 11-25 in Namibia

Six foreign-based and 15 home-based players made the final Super Falcons’ list for the eight nations’ competition in the Southern African nation, Goal reports.

The squad is composed of three goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders and six strikers.

As expected, France-based Desire Oparanozie topped the list of six foreign based stars that also include veteran Perpetua Nkwocha, Onome Ebi, Ohale Osinachi, Esther Sunday and Francesca Ordega.

Skipper Evelyn Nwabuoku and 2014 FIFA U-20 Women World Cup best player, Asisat Oshoala led the league of home-based players that scaled through.

Others are – Ngozi Ebere, Ugo Njoku, Josephine Chukwunonye, Gloria Ofoegbu, Nku Cecilia, Halimat Ayinde, Onyinyechi Ohadugha and Christy Ohiariaku.

However, the nine dropped players include Sarah Nnodim, Uchechi Sunday, Ihezuo Chiwendu, Loveth Ayila, Rosemary Okezie, Blessing Edoho, Mariam Ibrahim, Charity John and Juliet Obi.

Nigeria plays in group A alongside Cote d’Ivoire, Zambia and hosts Namibia.

 

Full list:

Goalkeepers – Precious Dede (Ibom Angels), Ibubeleye White (Rivers Angels), Christy Ohieriaku (Osun Babes)

Defenders – Osinachi Ohale (Houston Dash, United States), Josephine Chukwunonye (Rivers Angels), Gloria Ofoegbu (Rivers Angels), Onome Ebi ( FK Minsk, Belarus), Ngozi Ebere (Rivers Angels), Ugo Njoku (Rivers Angels)

Midfielders - Evelyn Nwabuoku (Rivers Angels), Onyinyechi Ohadugha (Rivers Angels), Gloria Iroka (Rivers Angels), Cecilia Nku (Rivers Angels), Ayinde Halimat (Delta Queens), Ngozi Okobi (Delta Queens)

Forwards - Desire Oparanozie (En-Avent Guingamp, France), Perpetua Nkwocha (Sunana SK, Sweden), Esther Sunday (FK Minsk, Belarus), Asisat Oshoala (Rivers Angels), Stella Mbachu (Rivers Angels), Francisca Ordega (Pitea IFF, Sweden)

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr.  Kayode Fayemi, has appointed eight new permanent secretaries to fill existing vacancies.

While details of the appointment were still sketchy at the time of filing this report, The Nation gathered that the appointments took immediate effect.

Meanwhile, the state Governor-Elect, Mr Ayo Fayose, has faulted the appointment, saying Fayemi was playing politics with issues that have serious consequences on the welfare of the state.

Fayose, in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, on Thursday, said recent actions by Fayemi showed that he was desperate and playing politics of vendetta and putting stumbling blocks in the way of incoming administration.

The statement reads: “As much as we are not opposed to people progressing in their chosen careers, one finds the recent appointments questionable. The questions the people of the state should help ask Fayemi include which ministries the new permanent secretaries will be attached? Will two permanent secretaries man a ministry? Are there vacancies that the new permanent secretaries will fill?

“It is very ridiculous for Fayemi who has less than two weeks to leave office to appoint permanent secretaries for the incoming administration. It shows how evil the APC is.

“In the last four months, the outgoing government has created 19 new LCDAs, employed 3,000 workers without following due process and right now backlog of salaries of workers are yet to be paid and workers are currently on strike.

“It is evidence that Fayemi does not love Ekiti State. His activities are not statesmanlike and honourable. Nigerians should now know that his activities are to put stumbling blocks on the path of the incoming government.”

 

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Mimiko Formally Defects To PDP

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Ondo State governor Olusegun Mimiko has formally defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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Former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Dame Oluremi Oyo is dead. She died at the age of 62 after battling with cancer at an undisclosed hospital in the United Kingdom.

Confirming the incident, the deceased Husband, Vincent Oyo in a statement noted that members of her family and her legion of friends and well-wishers were looking forward to the 62nd birthday on October 12 of the former presidential spokesperson to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Born on October 12, 1952, Mr. Oyo said the late Mrs Remi is survived by him, her husband, her children, grand-children and siblings – Sunday Oke and Yomi Oke

“With gratitude to God for a life well spent, I regret to announce the death of my dear wife, Dame Felicia Oluwaremilekun OYO. She died peacefully on Wednesday (October 1, 2014) in the United Kingdom where she was receiving treatment for a cancer related ailment”, the statement made available to LEADERSHIP noted.

Mr. Oyo described her late wife as a seasoned journalist who began her journalism career in 1973 in the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation now called the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN).

He noted: “She later joined the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as a Desk Editor in 1981, and left in 1985 as a Principal Editor, the first woman to attain such a high position in the Agency. After leaving NAN, she joined the Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS) as the Nigerian Bureau Chief. She later became the international news agency’s West African Bureau Chief.

“Having first served as Secretary of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Dame Oyo was elected President of the Guild for two consecutive tenures from 1999 to 2003. She was the first woman to be so honoured. As President of the Guild, she set up a functional secretariat which still exists today at the NAN complex in Iganmu, Lagos. She also ensured capacity building for Editors through regular training which she pioneered for the Guild.

“She was appointed Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003 and served in that capacity until the end of the President’s tenure in May 2007.

This appointment was also a first as she was the first woman to hold that position in the history of the country.

“Dame Oyo was thereafter appointed the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria in July 2007. During her tenure, she improved the fortunes of the Agency and increased its clientele.

A committed and patriotic Nigerian, whose friends cut across the length and breadth of the country, Mrs. Oyo put Nigeria first in her private and official activities.

“Born into a Catholic family, Dame Oyo had her primary education at the St. James’ Catholic Primary School in Ilorin, where she grew up. She attended the prestigious St. Louis Girls Secondary School, Bompai, Kano and had her higher education in Lagos and Britain.

“A devout Catholic, Dame Oyo was a former Vice Chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council of SS Joachim and Anne of the Catholic Church, Ijegun, Lagos.
Dame Oyo, who had a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Canterbury at Kent, also earned a post-graduate Diploma in International Relations from the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos.

In recognition of her patriotism, the former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, appointed her as a member of the Constitution Drafting Committee to craft the constitution that ushered in the present democratic dispensation in 1999. A recipient of Nigeria’s National honour, the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), Dame Oyo also earned many other awards among which was the National Council of Catholic Women Organisation of Nigeria merit award.

“She was Fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), and the Nigerian Institute of Public Administrators.
On January 7, 2011, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI made her a Papal Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great.

Dame Oyo and I were blessed with two children, Otome and Okiemuote who are married and have given us beautiful grandchildren.”

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday appealed against the judgment of a Federal High Court in Lagos which discharged the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji of money laundering charges.

Ikuforiji and his aide, Oyebode Atoyebi, were arraigned on a 56-count charge bordering on the laundering of N273 million belonging to the Assembly.

The Speaker and his aide, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges at their rearraignment on March 1, 2012 and June 24, 2013, respectively following the transfer of the case to two different judges.

Justice Ibrahim Buba discharged the accused on September 26, after upholding a no case submission filed on their behalf by their counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) and Mr. Tunde Akinrinmisi, respectively.

Dissatisfied with the judgment of the court, the EFCC filed a notice of appeal before the appellate court raising nine grounds.

In the notice of appeal filed on September 30 by Chief Godwin Obla (SAN), the appellant wants the appellate court to set aside the decision of the lower court on grounds that it was erroneous and perverse.

The appellant also wants an order of the appellate court, directing trial to commence “de novo” (afresh), before another judge of the Federal High Court other than Justice Ibrahim Buba.

According to Obla, the trial judge erred in law when he held that the provision of Section 1 of the Money Laundering Act 2004 and 2011 only applied to natural persons and corporate bodies.

“The lower court erred in law when it held and concluded that the case of the prosecution witnesses supported the innocence of the respondents.

“The learned trial judge erred in law when he upheld the no case submission of the defendants and thereby occasioning a miscarriage of justice,” Obla averred.

He therefore asked the appellate court to allow the appeal and nullify the judgment of the trial court.

No date has been fixed to hear the appeal.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the prosecution closed its case on June 20 after calling two witnesses.

The witnesses, Mr. Adebayo Adeniji, an investigating police officer and Mr. Adewale Olatunji, a former clerk of the assembly, have given testimonies at the investigations conducted on the accused and activities of the House.

Delivering judgment, Buba had held that the prosecution failed totally in establishing a prima facie case against the accused.

 

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(JOHANNESBURG, South Africa) Nedbank Group said on Thursday it will acquire 20 a percent stake in pan-African lender Ecobank Transnational for $493 million in cash, ending months of speculation the South African bank could walk away from the deal over governance concerns.

Nedbank, South Africa’s fourth-largest lender, had a right to take the stake under the terms of a 2011 loan to Ecobank. But a crisis over corporate governance and the departure of Ecobank’s chief executive in March raised questions about whether Nedbank would go through with the deal.

The acquisition puts Togo-based Ecobank in the rare – and potentially difficult – position of having two strategic shareholders. Qatar National Bank (QNB) last month raised its holding in Ecobank to 23.5 percent, making it the top shareholder.

Like Nedbank, QNB is looking to expand its presence in fast-growing sub-Saharan Africa.

Nedbank said in a statement it will pay $493.4 million for 4.5 billion new Ecobank shares, valuing Ecobank at 10.93 U.S. cents a share, a 4 percent discount to its price on the Nigerian Stock Exchange at the end of September.

Nedbank Chief Executive Mike Brown told Reuters in August that Ecobank had made “enormous progress” in resolving its governance issues.

Togo-based Ecobank has a presence in nearly 40 sub-Saharan countries, meaning the deal would broaden Nedbank’s reach well beyond its core South African market.

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EFCC Appeals The Discharge Of Ikuforiji, Aide

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday  appealed against the judgment of a Federal High Court in Lagos which discharged Adeyemi Ikuforiji of money laundering charges.

Ikuforiji, the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, with his aide, Oyebode Atoyebi, were arraigned on a 56-count charge bordering on the laundering of N273 million belonging to the Assembly.

The Speaker and his aide, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges at their re-arraignment on March 1, 2012 and June 24, 2013, respectively following the transfer of the case to two different judges.

Justice Ibrahim Buba discharged the accused on Sept. 26, after upholding a no case submission filed on their behalf by their counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) and Mr Tunde Akinrinmisi, respectively.

Dissatisfied with the judgment of the trial court, the EFCC filed a notice of appeal before the appellate court raising nine grounds.

In the notice of appeal filed on Sept. 30 by Chief Godwin Obla (SAN), the appellant wants the appellate court to set aside the decision of the lower court on grounds that it was erroneous and perverse.

The appellant also wants an order of the appellate court, directing trial to commence “de novo” (afresh), before another judge of the Federal High Court other than Justice Ibrahim Buba.

According to Obla, the trial judge erred in law when he held that the provision of Section 1 of the Money Laundering Act 2004 and 2011 only applied to natural persons and corporate bodies.

“The lower court erred in law when it held and concluded that the case of the prosecution witnesses supported the innocence of the respondents.

“The learned trial judge erred in law when he upheld the no case submission of the defendants and thereby occasioning a miscarriage of justice,” Obla averred.

He therefore asked the appellate court to allow the appeal and nullify the judgment of the trial court.

No date has been fixed to hear the appeal.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the prosecution closed its case on June 20 after calling two witnesses.

The witnesses, Mr Adebayo Adeniji, an investigating police officer and Mr Adewale Olatunji, a former clerk of the assembly, have given testimonies at the investigations conducted on the accused and activities of the House.

Delivering judgment, Buba had held that the prosecution failed totally in establishing a prima facie case against the accused.

The judge described the entire prosecution as a “joke taken too far, adding that the whole prosecution was based on a “trial and error” approach.

Buba had upheld the no case submission and discharged the accused, adding that prosecution should by no means be translated into persecution.

NAN recalls that the respondents were alleged to have committed an illegal act of accepting cash payments of over N273 million from the Assembly without going through a financial institution.

Ikuforiji was also alleged to have used his position to misappropriate about N500 million of the LAHA’s funds.

The offence contravened the provisions of Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (prohibition) Act 2011. (NAN)

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FCT High Court Discharges And Acquits Ogbulafor Of All Charges

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A Federal Capital Territory High Court on Thursday discharged and acquitted former chairman  of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Vincent Ogbulafor, of all 17-count charge against him.

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A man claiming to be Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau , appeared in a new video Thursday, dismissing the military claims of his death.

He said the militants had implemented strict Islamic law in captured towns.

“Here I am, alive. I will only die the day Allah takes my breath,” he said, adding that his group was “running our Islamic caliphate” and administering strict sharia punishments.”

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APC Chieftain In Zamfara Advises Party Against Automatic Tickets For Aspirants

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara, Alhaji Ibrahim  Ruwan-Dorowa, has advised the party against selecting candidates for the 2015 general elections.

He said the process might endanger the party’s interest at the polls.

Ruwan-Dorowa gave the advice on Thursday in Gusau when he received in audience, members of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) who paid him a courtesy visit.

The elder statesman said the leadership of the party should elect candidates through primaries “because that is the only way to maintain peace and stability within our great party.

“I believe this process, being the cardinal principle of the APC, will also guarantee victory for the party and ensure justice for all ’’.

He decried the situation where the party leadership was making arrangements to give some aspirants automatic tickets in the state.

“ I bet you this will cause havoc within the party because it is against the party’s constitution.’’

He said “our people’s level of education and political awareness has increased, so we should allow them to vote for their aspirants and not to decide for them.

“The people of Zamfara have learnt that the idea of nomination of candidates as done in the past did not yield us good political result; we therefore, need to be allowed  to elect our leaders’’.

Ruwan-Dorowa therefore urged party members to play by the rules, to succeed in the elections. (NAN)

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court-hammer-gavel1An Abuja High Court has sentenced a former secretary of the National Economic Intelligence Committee (NEIC), Emeka Ebilah, to five years imprisonment without an option of fine for allegedly defrauding the Federal Government of over N100 million.

Justice Ishaq Bello, who sentenced Mr Ebilah, however discharged and acquitted a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Vincent Ogbulafor for alleged complicity in the N107 million contract fraud.

In a judgment that lasted over two hours, Justice Bello said the spirit behind Section 19 of the ICPC Act must be enforced to the letter in order to serve as a deterrent for corrupt officials.

Reacting to the judgment, lawyer to the former PDP chairman applauded the verdict of the court.

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A man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has appeared in a new video, contradicting Nigerian military reports that he had been killed, French news agency AFP reported on Thursday.

Screen grabs of the video, seen by Reuters, show a figure in boots and combat fatigues who looks a lot like the man claiming to be Shekau in previous videos.

“Here I am, alive. I will only die the day Allah takes my breath,” he says in the northern Hausa language, reported the news agency, which normally receives Boko Haram tapes first, before they are distributed online

 

 

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Army Inaugurates Court Martial Panel To Try 97 Soldiers

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The Nigerian Army on Thursday inaugurated a General Court Martial to try 97 soldiers, including 15 senior officers, for mutiny related offences.

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First Bank said it is targeting a 10 to 15 percent growth in its loan book going forward.

Bisi Onasanya, group managing director and chief executive officer of the bank, who disclosed this also said the bank has the largest loan book in the Nigerian banking sector.

“We have a loan book of N1.5 trillion which is at least almost more than one and half times that of the next bank to us”, he said.

Onasanya, who spoke at the Nigeria Banking and Capital Market Conference in Lagos, said over N460 billion from FBN is deposited at the CBN as Cash Reserve Requirement (CRR).

He was concerned that only about 50 percent of total banking sector deposits are available for lending with about 55 percent deposited at the central bank of Nigeria as CRR.

According to him, there are policies in the country that make it difficult for businesses to grow. “From my computation, between 55 and 60 percent of bank deposits are not available for lending to the public because 75 percent of public sector funds are held as CRR, 15 percent of total deposits are held as CRR.”

 

 

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EFCCThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today, October 2, 2014 arraigned the duo of Alhaji Abdul Ahmadu and Bello Isa before Justice Farouq Lawal of the Kano State High Court on a 3-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and obtaining money by false pretence.

The accused persons allegedly induced one Alhaji Mohammed Sani Utai to part with the sum of N6.1 million under the pretext that they were going to sell a Mercedes Benz GLK car to him. After obtaining the money in various tranches, the car was neither delivered nor was his money returned.

One of the charge reads, “that you Alhaji Abdu Ahmadu and Bello Isa sometime in 2012, at Kano within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kano State with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N2.6 million from Mohammed Sani Utai by falsely representing that you had a Mercedes Benz GLK for sale and that you were capable of securing delivery of the said Mercedes Benz car to him, which pretence you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act”.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them.

Justice Lawal adjourned the case to October 13, 2014 for hearing of bail application and commencement of trial.

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