NIGERIA: Soyinka Predicts End to Book Reading, Writing

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Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has predicted an end to the culture of book writing and reading in a world being ravaged by the revolution of the internet and mechanical devices like computers and IPAD as well as destruction of the individual's innate abilities to imagine.

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Alleged N247m Fraud: AGF Moves to Discontinue Case

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The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN), has asked an Ikeja High Court to discontinue a N247.746,097.31 fraud case against five former officials of Lagos Trade Fair Complex.

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‘Navy Will Continue Destroying Local Refineries’

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Commanding Officer, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta, Captain Musa Gemu, has said that the navy would continue to invade and destroy any camps used by criminals for illegal refining of petroleum products as well as the vessels and all items used for the illicit business.

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NIGERIA: Suswam Escapes Death in Crash

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 Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State on Friday escaped death by the whiskers when a car rammed into his convoy from the opposite direction along Yandev/Gboko road while on his way to Gboko for an official function.

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Alleged $8.395m Fraud: Appeal Court Grants Ajudua Bail

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Reprieve came the way of  one-time Lagos socialite, Mr. Fred Ajudua, on Friday as the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos set aside the decision of a Lagos High Court, which had denied the defendant bail in a fraud case preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Ajudua is standing trial before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of an Ikeja High Court over an $8.3m fraud allegation preferred against him by the EFCC.

Justice Ipaye had refused Ajuduas bail application to seek medical treatment abroad on the ground of his antecedents in separate criminal matters before another Lagos State High Court where the defendant not only jumped bail but also allegedly interfered with the court process.

Dissatisfied, Ajudua through his lawyer, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, appealed against the ruling and urged the appellate court to set it aside.
But the Court of Appeal in its lead judgment delivered by Justice Rita Pemu on Friday held that Ajudua could only stand trial if preserved alive.

The appellate court in judgment, which was unanimously adopted by Justices C.E Iyizoba and J.Y Tukur insisted that the charge made against Ajudua by the anti-graft agency did not attract capital punishment, hence it was a bailable offence.

The court observed from the medical report presented at the lower court that Ajudua had been a patient at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital for kidney related illness since as far back as 1987.

“He was already a sick man at the time the charge was filed against him. The lower court turned a blind eye on the plight of the appellant.
“A man with just one kidney is a walking carcass. Although his reputation is found wanting, he has not been convicted. The court ought to show mercy as a result of his health challenges,” Justice Pemu held.

On the claim by the EFCC that Ajudua would interfere with witnesses, Justice Pemu held that the anti-graft agency failed to show any calculated attempt made by the appellant to do so.

The court therefore granted Ajudua bail in the sum of N10m with two sureties in like sum.

The sureties, according to the court must have property worth N50 million in Lagos.

Justice Pemu also directed that Ajudua should sign an undertaking that he would remain in Nigeria throughout his trial, unless there was need for him to travel abroad for treatment.

The appellate court, however, dismissed Ajuduas appeal marked CA/L/693A on the refusal of the lower court to allow him make extra-judicial statement in response to the allegations levelled against him.
Justice Pemu affirmed the decision of the lower court on the ground that Ajudua was given the opportunity to make statements but he chose not to do so.

"It is the appellants constitutional right but he chose to waive it. The court cannot teach the Police how to carry out its investigation. The court cannot also force defendant to make statement, Justice Pemu held.

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Job Creation: Ondo Engages 900 in Electrical Engineering, ICT

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As part of its determination to reduce graduate unemployment among its youths, the Ondo State government has engaged 900 unemployed graduates in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Electrical Engineering.

A statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information, Hon. Kayode Akinmade explained that among the lot, 100 first degree holders in Electrical Engineering had been engaged through a Federal Ministry of Power assisted programme after a training in Abuja.

Another set of 800, he said,  on Friday concluded a one-day training on ICT in Akure , the state capital, following which jobs would be provided for them based on their proficiency  in the same area of skill acquisition..

The training was done in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology and    Rockefeller foundation.
Mr Iroju Ogundeji, the commissioner for employment and productivity, represented by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Mr. Olushola Omotosho at the opening ceremony of the Akure training workshop thanked the minister of communication Technology, Mrs.Omobola Johnson for her deep interest in the State and for selecting the state as one of those to benefit from the Programme.                 

Iroju particularly appreciates the efforts of Governor, Olusegun Mimiko for what he described as his financial support to the ministry in ensuring that the problem of unemployment in the state was brought to an end through various programmes for poverty reduction, youth empowerment programmes.        

The commissioner said it was on record that the state government through the ministry and other agencies had made great impact through the training of appreciable number of youths in various skills and by giving them low interest loans to make them employers of labour rather than seekers of employment.

He therefore charged the participants across the 18 local government areas of the state to see the ICT training as a rare opportunity and to explore every available benefit realisable from it.                                                    

Speaking at the training, Mr Ugochukwu Nwosu of Rockfeller Foundation said unemployment is real and that it is a global problem where the few jobs that are available cannot go round the teeming qualified population, adding that the on line work is one of the work that one can do easily from any location via a computer with internet connection.

Ugochukwu stated some benefits of online jobs to include consistent income, access to basic needs of life, social relevance among others.   One of the participants Kola Lawrence a graduate of History and International studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko who hails from Ile- Oluji Okeigbo thanked the government for organising the programme, which he described as very laudable for unemployed graduates in the state.

       

CAPTION: Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Hon. Kayode Akinmade
Job Creation: Ondo Engages 900 in Electrical Engineering, ICT
As part of its determination to reduce graduate unemployment among its youths, the Ondo State government has engaged 900 unemployed graduates in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Electrical Engineering.

A statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information, Hon. Kayode Akinmade explained that among the lot, 100 first degree holders in Electrical Engineering had been engaged through a Federal Ministry of Power assisted programme after a training in Abuja.

Another set of 800, he said,  on Friday concluded a one-day training on ICT in Akure , the state capital, following which jobs would be provided for them based on their proficiency  in the same area of skill acquisition..

The training was done in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology and    Rockefeller foundation.
Mr Iroju Ogundeji, the commissioner for employment and productivity, represented by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Mr. Olushola Omotosho at the opening ceremony of the Akure training workshop thanked the minister of communication Technology, Mrs.Omobola Johnson for her deep interest in the State and for selecting the state as one of those to benefit from the Programme.                 

Iroju particularly appreciates the efforts of Governor, Olusegun Mimiko for what he described as his financial support to the ministry in ensuring that the problem of unemployment in the state was brought to an end through various programmes for poverty reduction, youth empowerment programmes.        

The commissioner said it was on record that the state government through the ministry and other agencies had made great impact through the training of appreciable number of youths in various skills and by giving them low interest loans to make them employers of labour rather than seekers of employment.

He therefore charged the participants across the 18 local government areas of the state to see the ICT training as a rare opportunity and to explore every available benefit realisable from it.                                                    

Speaking at the training, Mr Ugochukwu Nwosu of Rockfeller Foundation said unemployment is real and that it is a global problem where the few jobs that are available cannot go round the teeming qualified population, adding that the on line work is one of the work that one can do easily from any location via a computer with internet connection.

Ugochukwu stated some benefits of online jobs to include consistent income, access to basic needs of life, social relevance among others.   One of the participants Kola Lawrence a graduate of History and International studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko who hails from Ile- Oluji Okeigbo thanked the government for organising the programme, which he described as very laudable for unemployed graduates in the state.

       

        

        

CAPTION: Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Hon. Kayode Akinmade
Job Creation: Ondo Engages 900 in Electrical Engineering, ICT
As part of its determination to reduce graduate unemployment among its youths, the Ondo State government has engaged 900 unemployed graduates in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Electrical Engineering.

A statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information, Hon. Kayode Akinmade explained that among the lot, 100 first degree holders in Electrical Engineering had been engaged through a Federal Ministry of Power assisted programme after a training in Abuja.

Another set of 800, he said,  on Friday concluded a one-day training on ICT in Akure , the state capital, following which jobs would be provided for them based on their proficiency  in the same area of skill acquisition..

The training was done in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology and    Rockefeller foundation.
Mr Iroju Ogundeji, the commissioner for employment and productivity, represented by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Mr. Olushola Omotosho at the opening ceremony of the Akure training workshop thanked the minister of communication Technology, Mrs.Omobola Johnson for her deep interest in the State and for selecting the state as one of those to benefit from the Programme.                 

Iroju particularly appreciates the efforts of Governor, Olusegun Mimiko for what he described as his financial support to the ministry in ensuring that the problem of unemployment in the state was brought to an end through various programmes for poverty reduction, youth empowerment programmes.        

The commissioner said it was on record that the state government through the ministry and other agencies had made great impact through the training of appreciable number of youths in various skills and by giving them low interest loans to make them employers of labour rather than seekers of employment.

He therefore charged the participants across the 18 local government areas of the state to see the ICT training as a rare opportunity and to explore every available benefit realisable from it.                                                    

Speaking at the training, Mr Ugochukwu Nwosu of Rockfeller Foundation said unemployment is real and that it is a global problem where the few jobs that are available cannot go round the teeming qualified population, adding that the on line work is one of the work that one can do easily from any location via a computer with internet connection.

Ugochukwu stated some benefits of online jobs to include consistent income, access to basic needs of life, social relevance among others.   One of the participants Kola Lawrence a graduate of History and International studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko who hails from Ile- Oluji Okeigbo thanked the government for organising the programme, which he described as very laudable for unemployed graduates in the state.

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N25bn Fraud: Igbinedion, Others Know Fate January 30

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A Federal High Court sitting in Benin, Edo State, on Friday reserved ruling in the N25 billion money laundering and abuse of office charge brought against Michael Igbinedion and Charles Eboigbodin by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for January 30, 2015.

Justice J. Liman fixed January 30 date for judgement after the adoption of written addresses by counsel, Rotimi Jacob, SAN, for the prosecution and Mike Ozekhome, SAN, Ricky Tafa, SAN, and Mr. Richard O. Ahonaruogo for the accused persons.

The accused persons along with their companies: Gava Corporation Limited; Romrig Nigeria Limited; PML Securities Company Limited and PML Nigeria Limited, were arraigned by the anti-graft agency on a 81-count charge bothering on money laundering, misappropriation of funds, conspiracy and Abuse of office.

While addressing the court, Jacobs hinged his submission on the testimonies of prosecution witnesses which, according to him, corroborated the charge, with emphasis on the several public funds deposited into private accounts, and how government funds were used to repay loans collected by former governor Lucky Igbinedion while he was in office.

Jacobs then prayed the court to “accept the prosecution’s case as presented and convict the accused persons as charged”.
But before closing his address, the prosecuting counsel called the attention of the court to the inability of the bailiff to serve the summon earlier issued by it on the former Edo State governor, who failed to present himself in court, after the Appeal Court decision in April, asking him to return to the High Court for trial.

Jacobs disclosed that all efforts by the bailiff to serve Lucky Igbinedion with the summon, met a brick wall as  he was always turned back from the gate by security men who told him on all occasions that Igbinedion was out of town.

The EFCC counsel then prayed the court to permit a substituted service of the summon on the last known address of Igbinedion.
“May I apply that the first accused person be served by allowing the prosecution paste the notice at the known address,” he said.
But Justice Liman advised the prosecuting counsel to make an application. According to him, “the summon has expired, you can reapply or ask for a substituted service as there are other means of service. Prosecution must make another application.

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NIGERIA: Uduaghan Hails Chevron for Donating Medical Equipment

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Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has commended Chevron Nigeria Limited for donating medical equipment worth millions of naira to Delta state government to boost healthcare delivery in the state.

Chevron’s Managing Director, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Mr.  Deji Haastrup, who made the donation yesterday  in Asaba,   pointed out that the medical equipment should  be used to upgrade services in health institutions in the state.

Items donated are;    150 cartons of examination gloves, 150 non contact thermometers, 200 goggles, 40 disposable facemasks, 300 plastic buckets, 300 plastic receptacle, 100 footwear boots and 500 disposable aprons.

Other items are four LCD television sets, 10 elbow length gloves, 2 motorised bed, 1500 disposable dupont cover tyvek and 8 wheel chairs.

Hasstrup said the donations were a part of the Joint Venture’s social investments in the area of health for the benefit of Deltans

Haastrup  who was represented  government Affairs Adviser , Mr. Dan Agbofode,  said  the gestures  was aimed at “demonstrating  our support for the government in its efforts to provide qualitative Medicare for the people”.

“You will recall that we were here on September 18 this year to present a Ford Transit ambulance to the State Government also in support to this cause.

“Chevron believes that good health holds the vital keys to the sustainable development of any society. This donation of medical goods is part of our social investments in the area of health for the benefit of the country.

“We have partnered with the State government to implement various health program including the Roll Back Malaria, Mass deworming of school children and donation of essential drugs to some hospitals.

“We have also provided funds for the development of four (4) cottage hospitals in some communities through Regional Development Committees (RDCs) under our Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) with the relevant communities.

“Also, in partnership with the State Government, we launched the River boat Clinic (a mobile health service) in 2001 to serve communities along the Escravos and Benin rivers. The boat equipped with a full complement of medical supplies and personnel has continued to visit the riverine areas where treatment is delivered at no cost to local communities.

“The floating clinic has helped thousands of patients in those communities. As at October 2014, the River Boat clinic, for this year, has directly benefitted over 25,000 people in 14 communities’ who received treatment for various illnesses. This figure includes children less than five years who were immunised against killer diseases.”

He explained that in 2010 and 2011, Star Deepwater Petroleum Limited (a Chevron company) and its Agbami partners handed over to Delta State government a chest clinic donated to the Tuberculosis and Leprosy Referral Center Eku, and a Science laboratory donated to Zik’s Senior Secondary School Sapele, respectively.

He  commend the Federal Ministry of Health, Delta State Ministry of Health, the Port Health Authorities and the Aviation Ministry, who have continued to sustain efforts in eradicating communicable diseases in Nigeria”, he said.

Governor Uduaghan while receiving the donated items    commended the noble gesture of Chevron Nigeria Limited for the donation of medical equipment

Uduaghan who was represented by the Commissioner for Health , Dr. Joseph Otumara  noted that the provision of medical equipment in public hospital was a big and too expensive venture to be left with the government alone hence the donation of the medical equipment by Chevron Nigeria Limited should be appreciated against that background adding that the both the private and the government collaborate in this regard.

Expressing optimism that the donated items would be judiciously utilised, he assured that his government would continue to collaborate effectively with all partners to achieve positive results in the health care delivery system and thus improve the life expectancy of all Nigerians.

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NIGERIA: Appeal Court Dismisses Chime’s N1.5bn Libel Suit Against The Guardian

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The Lagos Division Court of the Appeal on Frriday dismissed an appeal filed by the Governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime, challenging the judgment of Justice Kazeem Alogba of a Lagos High Court.

Chime had instituted N1.5 billion libel suit against his opponent in the 2007 gubernatorial election, Chief Okechukwu Ezea and The Guardian Newspapers Limited.

But Justice Alogba dismissed the suit and awarded a cost of N100,000 in favour of the two defendants.

Dissatisfied, the governor through his counsel, Dr. Gbolahan Elias, SAN, appealed against the decision of the lower court.

The appellate court in its lead judgment delivered by Justice Rita Pemu, held that the appeal lacked merit and could not be sustained.
In a unanimous decision, the appellate court held that the appellant (Chime) ought to have called witnesses that attended the press conference where the defamatory statements were allegedly uttered.

The first respondent counsel Dr. Joseph Nwobike, SAN urged the court to dismiss the appeal and uphold the judgement of the lower court.

Besides, the court held that Chime was not even the person who ought to institute the suit since the alleged text massage was not sent to his phone.

The court affirmed the lower court’s decision that the appellant failed to prove that Ezea (first respondent) uttered the defamatory statements.

Consequently, the court awarded cost of N30,000 against the appellant.

Justice Pemu held the appellant attached no weight to both the Vanguard Newspaper publication on the grounds that Vanguard unlike The Guardian Newspapers Limited was not sued as the printer and publisher of the defamatory statements.

The governor had in his appeal submitted that the lower court judge erred in law when he held that the appellant failed to prove that the Ezea (first respondent) uttered the defamatory statements complained of at the Abuja Press Conference on August 7, 2007.

He further submitted that the lower court erred when it held that the words published in The Guardian newspaper were incapable of defaming the appellant.

But, in his argument, first respondent counsel Dr. Joseph Nwobike, SAN urged the court to dismiss the appeal and uphold the judgement of the lower court.

Nwobike submitted that the lower court was right when it held that the appellant failed to prove that the first respondent actually uttered the words complained of at that Press Conference.

He further submitted that the appellant did not adduce evidence at the lower court to support/ substantiate his allegation.

He further argued that the lower court found as fact that the words complained of even if interpretable to be defamatory did not actually lower the appellant’s estimation in the minds of right thinking members of the society or disparage him in his office or political standing.

He urged the court on the strength of the arguments canvassed to resolve all the issues in favour of the first respondent and dismiss the appeal.

Chime had instituted N1.5 billion libel suit against his opponent in the 2007 gubernatorial election, Chief Okechukwu Ezea and The Guardian Newspapers Limited.

In his statement of claim, Chime accused Ezea of addressing a press conference on or about August 11, 2007, attended by numerous representatives of the press in Abuja, where he allegedly accused Chime of wanting to kill him.

The governor averred that his personal and leadership reputation had been seriously damaged, adding that he had suffered considerable distress and embarrassment.

He therefore demanded N1billion as damages from Ezea and N500, 000 from The Guardian, being damages for alleged libel contained on page seven of the newspaper dated August 14, 2007.

The governor had to travel to Lagos on two different occasions to testify in the suit he filed before the Lagos High Court.

Under cross- examination by Nwobike, lawyer to Ezea, Chime informed the court that the hostility between him and Ezea was not because the defendant challenged his election as governor of Enugu State.

The governor stated that Ezea ceased to be his friend the moment he addressed the alleged press conference, adding that he had also deleted his telephone number from his telephone.

However, Ezea, through Nwobike, contended that the alleged publications referred to by the claimant were not injurious, adding that the governor deliberately sponsored them.

He denied the allegations contained in the statement of claim, arguing that he did not utter or publish any defamatory material against the governor and that if at all the claimant was defamed, he caused defamatory material to be published against himself to score cheap political popularity.

The defendant described the suit as frivolous and an abuse of court process and urged the court to dismiss it with substantial cost.
Ezea in his statement of defence contended that the press conference was called to intimate the press about the developments at the Enugu Election Petitions Tribunal and other matters connected to it.

He added that he merely explained to the reporters the events which occurred between July and early August 2008, between the claimant and himself.

Ezea revealed that between July and August 6, 2007, Governor Chime allegedly visited his residence at 4, Iyienu Street, Independence Layout, Enugu, in company of several persons twice.

He further alleged that when the claimant visited his house at about 9p.m., the claimant allegedly threatened to send him to prison and deal with him if he failed to withdraw his petition within seven days.

He denied the averments contained in paragraphs eight and nine of the statement of claim and insisted on their strictest proof thereof.

He also denied sending the alleged text messages, as he does not own the alleged GSM telephone number that was used and that he sent no such text messages to any person.

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Fire Destroys Goods in Kano Market

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 A fire outbreak on Friday destroyed goods worth million of Naira at the popular Singer Market in Kano.
Confirming the fire outbreak, the state Acting Director of the State Fire Service, Alhaji Balarabe Kabara, said the fire started around 1:40 am.

According to him, the fire which lasted for over five hours, was however put out by the singular effort of the men of the fire service.
A fire fighting official said the inferno had destroyed goods in two warehouses valued at several millions of Naira.
He said the cause of incident was yet to be ascertained and urged people in the state to be very vigilant while using fire. Speaking also, the branch chairman of the Traders Association in the market, Abulaziz Musa said the fire started around 1:15am and it destroyed food items and other essential commodities.
Musa who described the incident as an act of God, urged the traders to continue to pray to Almighty Allah to prevent future occurrences.

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