Peterside empathizes with flood-ravaged communities of Rivers State

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Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State in the April, 2015 election has empathized with the Joinkrama, Akinima and Ubie communities currently ravaged by devastating floods which have displaced the inhabitants of the areas in Ahoada West Local Government Area in Rivers State.

These devastating floods, occasioned by the Orashi River overflowing its banks, have submerged houses and farmlands of these agrarian communities, leading to the displacement of the inhabitants, their lives and livelihood generally disrupted and left stranded.

Dr. Peterside expressed his sadness over the avoidable sufferings the people of Joinkrama, Akinama, Ubie and other surrounding communities have been subjected to due to the floods.

“It is unfortunate to observe the disruption to lives and livelihoods of our people across these flooded communities at this time. Indeed, it is quite sad to note that most residents in the various communities now access their homes through canoes and makeshift bridges,” Dr. Peterside bemoaned.

He called on relevant authorities to urgently intervene to save the lives and livelihood of the people of the affected areas who are largely farmers following the destruction of their entire farmlands by the ever-rising floods.

“Government should immediately come to the aid of these people by providing them safe location of aboard; urgent medical attention because of the imminent breakout of diseases and provide them food and safe drinking water until the situation returns to normal,” Dr Peterside stated.

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NIGERIA: 60 homes, 5 churches destroyed by flood in Rivers

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PORT HARCOURT – OVER 1000 persons have been rendered homeless as flood sacked about 60 homes and five churches in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The flood caused by overflow of Orashi river, affected five communities, including Oruama, Akinima, Mbiama and Joinkrama 1and 2.

Meteorologists had predicted flooding in some communities in the country, including those in Ahoada, which was also heavily hit by the 2012 flooding.When Vanguard visited the area, flood had already taken over several homes, leaving the residents in absolute confusion and fear. Mr. Eniata Abiaba, a community leader in one of the communities, Akinima, complained that the flood took them unawares, adding that all their farms had been submerged.

He said the communities were now in big problem, noting that the people thought they would never experience the type of flooding that affected the area in 2012.

He said: “The communities that are experiencing the flood is in a big problem because of the overflow of Orashi river. Now our homes and farms have been submerged in the water. We don’t have where to go and what to eat.”

Meanwhile, the immediate past chairman of Ahoada West Local Government Area, Mr. Ikechukwu Obuzor, has called for a swift intervention by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and other responsible agencies.Obuzor said the people of the area were now faced with several challenges, calling on the state government to provide alternative source of livelihood for the people seriously affected.

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LUTH consultant’s death: Police arrest widower

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LAGOS—Dr Femi Thomas, widower of late Consultant Paediatrician at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Dr. Hestianna Thomas, was yesterday transferred to the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, SCIID, Yaba, over alleged involvement in his wife’s death.

Dr. Thomas as reliably gathered, submitted himself to policemen at Ajao estate division immediately his wife was certified dead at the LUTH last week.

However during interrogation, he reportedly told policemen that his wife could have committed suicide, maintaining that he knew nothing about her death.

As at yesterday, policemen at the Homicide section of SCIID had reportedly swung into action in their bid to unravel the cause of the late Consultant Paediatrician’s death and subsequently bring her assailants to book. Sources at the SCIID hinted that until the contrary was proved, Dr Thomas would have to remain their guest.

Sources explained that although Dr Thomas was the complainant “ but with the marks of violence on the body of the deceased, it leaves us with no option than to detain him until the contrary is proved”.

Confirming his arrest, spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Mr Joe Offor, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP said “ Yes, Dr Thomas has been transferred to the SCIID. He said that he found the body of his wife outside their room that fateful morning and rushed her to LUTH where doctors confirmed her dead. The man submitted himself to the Police at Ajao division .

“ We do not know the cause of her death yet. But there were marks of violence on her body. Investigation is however still on. The corpse has been deposited at the LUTH morgue”.

However, Management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi Araba, Lagos, has urged the public including to refrain from speculations about the cause of death of one of its consultants.

In a statement signed by the Chief Medical Director, LUTH, Prof Chris Bode, he appealed to members of the public to wait for the result of the Coroner’s inquest into the death of the late Consultant before jumping into conclusion.

The statement read: “On Tuesday, 14th October 2015, Dr (Mrs) Hestia Idiodi-Thomas, a young Consultant Paediatric Surgeon and staff of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital was brought to the LUTH Accidents and Emergency Department following  injuries sustained in  tragic circumstances within her home environment.

“ All efforts at resuscitating her failed and she was pronounced dead. The untimely death of this mother of two was a rude shock to her colleagues and the entirety of the LUTH community.

“The police were promptly informed and a Coroner’s inquest into the case is almost completed.

“Dr Heista Idiodi-Thomas was beloved by her colleagues, patients and all members of LUTH community who admired her dedication to duty, her gentle ever-smiling mien and humility to all. We shall all miss her.

“While we pray for the repose of her soul, we appeal to all to refrain from any speculations about the cause of death until the coroner’s verdict has been pronounced.

“We therefore implore the press and the general public to please respect the memory of this rare gem and leave the family to mourn as they should during this difficult period”.

Meanwhile when contacted on the release of the autopsy report, the Deputy Secretary , Nigerian Medical Association, NMA Lagos branch, Dr Peters Ogunubi, he assured that it would be ready by weekend.

According to him, “we cannot confirm if he (Dr Thomas) has been arrested by the police. But we can only tell you that the result of the autopsy will be out before weekend. And that will rest the controversy.”

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Nigeria, others lost $4bn to shady oil deals – GLOBAL WITNESS

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International transparency group, Global Witness, yester-day, stated that Nigeria, Angola, Republic of Congo and the Democra-tic Republic of Congo lost about $4 billion (N800 billion) in shady oil and mining deals.

Global Witness, in a recently released report, disclosed that anonymous companies facilitated the loss of national wealth on an epic scale, while it questioned the role of international oil companies that facilitate such deals.

The report revealed how oil and mining assets worth $4 billion have been allocated to companies whose ownership is obscure.

According to the report, in Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, lucrative oil and mining licences were awarded to companies with hidden owners, diverting vast resource revenues to unknown private pockets.

It added that in the Republic of Congo, a company whose beneficiaries remain uncertain – and which has historical connections to high ranking public officials — has recently received lucrative stakes in several oil fields.

Specifically, Global Witness put Nigeria’s loss at $1.1 billion, which, according to the report, was the price agreed with an anonymous company for the OPL 245 oil block, of which Italian prosecutors claim $533 million was fingered to pay bribes.

The report put the loss to Democratic Republic of Congo at $1.36 billion, which was the value lost from just five mining deals and which was almost twice the DRC’s annual spending on health and education combined.

Angola lost $1.3 billion which was the value of part of an oil field interest sold back to the state by a company secretly owned by top officials, while the Republic of Congo lost $20 million, being the estimated value of an oil field interest won by a company previously exposed for payments to offshore companies owned on trust for the ruling elite.

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DSS secretly arraigned Radio Biafra boss, Nnamdi Kalu

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ENUGU—Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kalu,who was arrested at Golden Tulip Hotel in Lagos by the Department of State  Service,DSS, after he returned from  the   United Kingdom has been granted bail by the Abuja Municipal Council Magistrate court where he was secretly arraigned by the DSS. He is, however, yet to fulfil his bail conditions.

According to the Indigenous People of Biafra’s lawyer,  Mr. Egechukwu Obetta, “Nnamdi was put in the same cell with terrorists. He has  a health challenge  which is life threatening. He is sensitive to delicacies. He told us that he will never eat any food served by the Federal Government of Nigeria.“

But midway into Vanguard‘s  chat with the lawyer, a call came in indicating that Kalu has been granted bail in the sum of N2 million  or  with surety of N2 million with a civil servant of grade level 16.

“The DSS secretly arraigned him before the magistrate’s court and he was granted bail. He is, however, yet to meet the bail conditions and that is holding him  still in detention.

“Last week, the Afenifere threatened to secede, but nobody was vilified. I am talking about the recent Olu Falae’s kidnap case. The militants in the Niger Delta have  done same  and at all times, the political gladiators have appealed to the FG to douse the tension instead of using political brigandage and executive lawlessness.”

Meantime, the arrest of Nnamdi Kalu  by the Directorate of State Security, DSS, has continued to elicit diverse opinions.

The apex Igbo organization in Diaspora, Igbo World Assembly, IWA,  condemned the arrest of the Director of  Radio Biafra, weekend, by the Nigeria secret police, the Department of State Services, DSS.

The President of the Diaspora Igbo group in a telephone interview with Vanguard, yesterday, said that every Nigerian has freedom of  speech, adding that the Nigerian government should tell the whole world the offence Kanu hadcommitted.

Similarly,   the   World Igbo Congress, WIC, has  condemned the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, saying that the Federal Government should explain the reasons for his arrest.

The Public Relations Officer  of WIC, Jimmy Asiegbu told Vanguard, yesterday, in a telephone interview that the reasons for the arrest should be made clear.

“While we are yet to know the reasons for his arrest, we pray that it does not have anything to do with his exercising his constitutionally guaranteed freedom of  expression and association. We call on the Federal Government to explain the reasons for his arrest and allow due process to take its course,” Asiegbu noted.

In Imo State, while some citizens were of the opinion that the pirate radio station was over-reaching its bounds, others commended Kalu for unearthing a number of things that were largely unknown to the public.

Speaking to Vanguard, yesterday, on the issue, Mr. Okorie Kalu, described Mr. Nnamdi Kalu as “a freedom fighter.”

In his considered opinion, “the arrest of the freedom fighter by operatives of the DSS, would rather strengthen the resolve of  Ndigbo to continue angling for the Republic of Biafra.”

He advised the Federal Government against tampering with Kalu’s cherished freedom, adding that it was best for the government to avoid doing anything that would heat up the polity.

While denying that he had blood relationship with the embattled citizen, Mr. Kalu also said that “nobody can destroy the Biafran spirit.”

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Ex-President writes own letter to Obasanjo

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According to Sahara Reporters, former President Goodluck Jonathan has written a personal letter to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Jonathan is said to have written Obasanjo to seek the latter’s blessing for the launch of his personal project; the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation.

The letter reportedly reads:

“Now well-rested, I am back to work to continue to serve and dedicate my life to promoting peace and prosperity for all.”

“Furthermore, I will be devoting the rest of my life and energy to making the world a better place.  I am currently finalizing efforts to set up The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation.”

“More details on the work of the Foundation will be available at the launch, which I believe should take place by the 3rd quarter of 2016.”

Obasanjo had written an 18-page open letter to Jonathan in December 2013 in which he accused the then-President of keeping 1000 political enemies on a watch list.

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Please Don’t cry for Bola Tinubu

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MANY monuments have been built in honour of the man Bola Tinubu.  He is acclaimed as the political genius of our times who not only engineered the taming of the PDP juggernaut, he caged it and confined it to the backwaters of Otuoke.  Since the APC defeat of the PDP in the presidential election, Tinubu the tactician has been feted, celebrated and praised to high heavens.  But all these encomiums have proved to be highly exaggerated.

The truth of the matter is that Tinubu, the veritable Jagaban of Borgu, is a master of political illusion.  He is remarkable for the distinction of characteristically pulling defeat out of the jaws of putative victory.  He mid-wifed the birth of the APC, only to be shut out of its vice-presidential sweepstakes.  He engineered APC”s victory at the centre, only to see his arch-enemies take over the posts of Speaker and Senate President in the National Assembly.  He piggy-backed Buhari to the presidency, only to be shut out of a say in the president’s cabinet nominees.

Tinubu is called the National Leader of the APC when there is no such post in the party’s Constitution.  When a critical meeting of APC bigwigs was called to address the party’s imbroglio in the National Assembly, the “National Leader” could not attend because, in actual fact, he is not even a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.

In 2011, Tinubu was hailed for cutting his nose to spite his face.  The PDP nominated his kinswoman, Mulikat Akande, as Speaker of the National Assembly.  However, Tinubu conspired with recalcitrant PDP party-members to frustrate the plans of their party for his South-west homestead.  Instead, he engineered the election of Sokoto’s Aminu Tambuwal, an APC  wolf in PDP sheep’s clothing, as Speaker.

In 2015, Tinubu received payback for these shenanigans again to the detriment of his native South-West.  The same Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto he schemed into the position of Speaker in 2011, repaid Tinubu by frustrating his efforts to install his Lagos acolyte, Femi Gbajabiamila, as Speaker in 2015.  Taking a leaf straight out of Tinubu’s 2011 playbook, Tambuwal conspired with opposition PDP members to install another Northern PDP turncoat, Yakubu Dogara, as Speaker.

Tinubu’s comeuppance here is particularly savage because it was actually Gbajabiamila who reportedly convinced Tinubu that Tambuwal would readily act as traitor to  his PDP party in 2011.  It is therefore veritable poetic justice that the same Tambuwal became an equally ready tool of the PDP in the frustration of Gbajabiamila’s ambitions and the interests of Tinubu and the APC in 2015.

Moreover, Tinubu was repaid for his 2011 manipulations with interest.  The same treachery employed to Tinubu’s political disadvantage in the House was also duplicated in the Senate.  Bukola Saraki, another PDP turncoat, refused to abide by the dictates of APC Central, firmly controlled by Tinubu’s ACN.  He snatched the position of Senate President without official APC approval, but with the support of the opposition PDP.  So doing, he sidelined both Tinubu’s first-choice of George Akume, as well as his second-choice of Ahmed Lawan.

Crumbled cookie

Just as Tinubu was licking his wounds at the denial of his “rightful inheritance” in the National Assembly after the APC victory at the polls, the news came that his political cookie had equally crumbled at Aso Rock.  It had been popularly alleged that Tinubu’s portion in Buhari’s presidency would not be limited to the appointment of his political godson as vice-president, but would also include the  allocation of no less than nine choice ministerial nominees to the discretion of the Jagaban of Borgu.

But by the time Buhari unfurled his ministerial list two weeks ago, the alleged dedicated slots had shrunk to zero.  Many of us had warned in the heady days of the formation of the APC that those insistent that power must return to the North would be determined to checkmate Tinubu if and when the election was won.  We warned Tinubu that even as he cannot conceivably be accepted nationally to rule Nigeria as president, even so can he not rule Nigeria by proxy.  We warned him that the North would never allow Buhari to be his Man Friday in Aso Rock.

However, Tinubu was too far gone to listen.  It would now appear that he even failed to take out insurance policies against such probable eventualities.

But once elected, Buhari started a romance with Babatunde Fashola and Kayode Fayemi designed clearly to sideline the Jagaban.  While these former governors were previously members of Tinubu’s inner-circle, they had since run out of patience with the heavy handedness of their boss.  Therefore, during the election campaign, both of them campaigned for Buhari above and beyond the call of party duty.

Fashola, in particular, was clearly fed up with being under Tinubu’s political shadow.  In the struggle for who would be the APC governorship candidate in Lagos State, Tinubu did not allow Fashola to choose his successor, in the ignoble tradition of Nigerian governors.  While Fashola favoured Dapo Sasore, the former Attorney General of Lagos State, Tinubu railroaded in Akinwunmi Ambode as the APC candidate.

While again, in the ignoble tradition of Nigerian politics, governors promptly transform themselves into Senators when their term as governor ends, this option was closed off to Fashola because Tinubu had already installed his wife as the Senator from Fashola’s constitutency.  The only option left for Fashola politically was presidential ministerial appointment and, even there, Tinubu had put up a road block against him.

Tinubu prefers to nominate political nonentities for higher office in the South-West, so that he would be the only Iroko tree in the forests of the region.  Therefore his candidates for ministerial appointment from Lagos were his little nationally-known former commissioners, Wale Edun and Yemi Cadosso, who could pose no threats whatsoever to his ascribed South-West political supremacy.

Alarm bells:But when Fashola and Fayemi accompanied Buhari to the G7 meeting in Germany in June 2015, alarm bells started ringing in Tinubu’s Bourdillon Road mansion in Lagos.  This was clearly a signial that these former governors were intent on by-passing the official godfather of the South-West by applying to be members of Buhari’s kitchen cabinet on their own recognisance.

The Tinubu brigade would have none of this.  Therefore, a campaign of calumny was launched to cut Fashola in particular to dimunitive size.  Suddenly, the “memo” was sent out implying the former governor had developed political leprosy.  When two books were launched simultaneously celebrating his achievements as governor, none of his APC colleagues from Lagos dared to attend for fear of entering the bad books of the dreaded Jagaban.

In order to nail the coffin on Fashola’s ministerial aspirations, it was leaked to the press that a whopping 78 million naira of public money was spent on the construction of his personal website.  139 million naira was also alleged to have been spent on two boreholes constructed in Government House, Lagos during his tenure.  The intention here was to ensure that Fashola becomes ineligible for ministerial consideration on grounds that he would not pass Buhari’s anti-corruption integrity test.

However, Buhari was apparently unimpressed by these political shenanigans.  When his list of ministerial nominees were unfurled, Fashola and Fayemi featured prominently among Buhari’s “first eleven.”  None of Tinubu’s nominees made the list.  Other nominees from the South-West were precisely the kind of people Tinubu did not want in Buhari’s team; people who would not be indebted to Tinubu but  to Buhari.

While Buhari completely ignored Tinubu’s candidates, he included that of another South-West bigwig.  Obasanjo’s favourite-son, Prince Olagusoye Oyinlola, former governor of Osun State, was included in Buhari’s list.  Thereby, the president asserted the saliency of Obasanjo’s South-West influence in Aso Rock over that of the Jagaban.  He even pointedly appointed Obasanjo as his special envoy to Guinea-Bissau.

This is certainly not what Tinubu bargained for when he decided to pitch his tent with Buhari and the APC.  If he were to be furthermore overlooked in the appointment of BOT chairman of the APC, the marginalisation of the Jagaban in the post-election APC would be complete.

Comeuppance: Some of us saw this coming.  In the heady early days of the APC coalition, we warned that Tinubu would be used and dumped.  But we were labelled as PDP lapdogs and charlatans.  That is why I say today: let no one cry for Bola Tinubu.

Anyone who hears Tinubu’s recent vicious attack on Saraki would realise these are the tokens of a frustrated man.  Tinubu could not attack the President, therefore he poured all his venom on the Senate President.  He accused him of indiscipline and disloyalty; the very things he celebrated in the PDP rebels who joined forces with him against their party in 2011.

Face saving device

The recent declaration that Buhari appointed Babachir Lawal as Secretary to the Government of the Federation at the instance of Tinubu is a face-saving device.  The Tinubu camp forgot to tell us this until now.  At the time of new SGF’s appointment, all the uproar was about the Northern lopsidedness in Buhari’s choices.

Observing the sidelining of Tinubu by Buhari, Senator Femi Okunroumu said: “I am having a good laugh. This is what I expected. In any case, Tinubu is stretching his luck too far as he wants to dictate who will rule Nigeria. Tinubu’s wings need to be clipped. With the ministerial list, Tinubu has been dumped. He should not just be dumped, he should be disgraced.”

On his part, Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, said: “APC is not a party; it is a gang  of people whose sole aim was to remove Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as president. In a  real party, you share the spoils of office before elections not  after elections. This is what  is  happening in APC. We warned our people, but they failed to listen.”

In the new politics of today’s APC, it is better to be the enemy of Bola Tinubu than to be his friend.  The enemies of Tinubu become Senate presidents; they become Speakers of the House of Representatives; they become ministers of the Federal government.  But the friends of Tinubu are sent to Siberia.

The Jagaban of Borgu himself has been slain politically upon his high places.  How are the mighty fallen!

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Prove you’re not a dictator, tribalist; Adebanjo tells Buhari

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Ibadan—LEADER of Afenifere and Awoist, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, yesterday, scored  the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari low, saying it has no concrete blueprint aimed at improving the lot of the citizenry.

Chief Adebanjo who spoke in Ibadan yesterday at the launch of a two-volume autobiography written by a former minister, Professor Tunde Adeniran, as part of activities marking his 70th birthday, said in as much as he would not want the present administration to fail, he insisted that there was no economic blueprint that could alleviate the suffering of the masses.

The event which attracted many important dignitaries across the country was held at the University of Ibadan.

According to the Yoruba leader,  the administration has not done any tangible thing after spending five months in office.

On the ministerial nominees, the statesman said: “Even now that the ministers have been appointed, where is the blueprint that they are going to work with? They are just talking about change, change and anti-corruption. After wiping out corruption, will there be food on the table of Nigerians?

“I don’t want Buhari to fail. I only want him to prove people like me who spoke against his ambition wrong.”

Adebanjo said President Buhari should prove that he is not a dictator and a tribalist.

Among the people that attended the programme include the former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani; Professor Alkali Ahmed; Chief Segun Oni; Senator Femi Okurounmu; Mr Tunde Ayeni; Jimi Agbaje; Major General David Jemibewon (retd); Brigadier General Oladayo Popoola (retd); Professor Eghosa Osaghae; Brigadier General Raji Rasaki (retd); Dr Umar Mustapha; Dr Yemi Farounbi among others.

Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, in his speech said: “I am excited about the personality of Professor Tunde Adeniran, not only as an intellectual but also as a politician.”

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Miss Bikini Nigeria International crowns winners

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The maiden edition of Miss Bikini Nigeria International beauty pageant held penultimate Saturday in Lagos amid roller-coasting  pomp and pageantry. The event which took place on Saturday October 10, 2015, at Terra Kulture, was hosted by ex-BBA housemate, Melvin  Oduah. It was organised by Nollywood actress, Seyi Hunter.

The beauty queens put up a great show, beginning with their choreographed session, to the time they strutted the runway in their bikinis. ‘Miss Kwa’, in the person of Blessing Williams emerged winner of the pageant, while Lolade Badmus emerged Miss Bikini Nigeria Ambassador and South-West Queen; Maryjane Balogun, Edith Hunter and Cynthia Chineme emerged North-Central, Niger-Delta and South-East Queens respectively..

The crowned queen of the bikini pageant, Blessing Williams, was presented with a brand new Kia Rio car and a cash prize of N1.5 million.  She will also represent Nigeria at the World Bikini Model International competition in Malta, beginning from October 18-25, 20015.  The keenly contested pageant had reputable judges including, Miz Gold, Sentiago Roberts, Simon Peacemaker and Age Anthony.

The four regional winners were given a cash prize of N250,000 each. Kia Motors will be sponsoring three of the girls including the winner to Malta for the 27th edition of the World pageant.

The organiser of the pageant, Seyi Hunter, emphasized that the pageant was about doing the foreign bikini culture the African way using African prints. “It’s about injecting the African culture into an European or global culture. The bikini culture is European-born and we are injecting the African culture into it. We are trying to change this foreign culture that we have borrowed, to suit us. We are buying a foreign culture and doing it our way. We want to promote decency. The bikini culture is the beach culture all over the world, now we are injecting the African culture into it. We are taking away the amoral sides of it and making it look African. We want to change our orientation about bikinis.”

Miss Bikini Nigeria International is the first of its kind in Nigeria and was franchised to Hunters Media, a modeling and film production firm, by Catwalk Productions International, the international brand owners of World Bikini Model International, Malta.

Photos by Biodun Ogunleye

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Assemblies of God Church drags factional group to EFCC over embezzlement

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A faction of Assemblies of God Church has been dragged to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, by the Assistant General Superintendent, accusing the factional General Superintendent and six others of alleged fraudulent conversion of funds running into billions of naira.

The Assistant General Superintendent, Rev. Ramsey Ogagaoghene in a petition addressed to the EFCC noted that the factional General Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor and six others allegedly embezzled over N100 billion belonging to the church, adding that Rev. Okoroafor was the Assistant General Superintendent until March, 2014 when he could not account for funds of the church and formed a parallel group that threw the church into crisis.

On account of the petition dated September, 2015 submitted to the Commission by Mr. Eli Ugwu, counsel to the petitioner and four others, the group urged the Commission to investigate the alleged fraudulent conversion of money and embezzlement of funds belonging to the church by Rev. Okoroafor and his cohorts as they approved money for projects without due process of the church, and allegedly executed such projects by themselves.

Petition
The petition read in part: “On behalf of the Assistant General Superintendent, Rev. Ramsey Ogagaoghene, Bright Arukwe, Clement Esochaghi, Oliver Udensi and Sunday Palma for and on behalf of pastors and other concerned members of the church, we claim that Rev. Vincent Alaje, Rev. Femi Adegoke, Mr. Dickson Ukpai, Mr. Michael Ugbor, Elder Mike Okoro and Tony Ewelike engaged in illegal and unauthorized business without the approval of the General Suprintendent.

“Alaje unilaterally spent about N115 million belonging to the church, personally negotiated and concluded payments for three plots of lands and has started developing the plots without the consent and authority of the General Superintendent and other officers of the church.

“Alaje was fond of commandeering the money of the church, approving same by himself, and authorized payments without the consent of the General Superintendent. This was evidenced by his requisition of 5/4/2013 for the sum of N1.5 million which he tagged, ‘Trip to Ibadan with family.’ The unilateral stashing of fund was after the church magnanimously approved N2 million for him”

The petition further indicted Alaje of illegally collecting N28.5 million as staff investment premium without any authorization, which according to the report, was against the general council accounts procedures. The petition further noted that the same amount was deposited into an account with Diamond Bank.

Rev Ogagaoghene in the petition also prayed EFCC to question Mr. Tony Ewelike on the N1.4 billion Assemblies of God Ministers Benefit Scheme, AGMBS, which he was unable to account for. The petition further pointed out that Rev. Femi Adegoke,, the former media director of the church should also be investigated for allegedly defrauding the church of over N50 milliion.

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