NFF Sacks Aminu Maigari Over “Financial Misappropriation”

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Mr. Maigari was sacked on allegations of “financial misappropriation, misapplication and maladministration”
 
The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Aminu Maigari, has been impeached.
 
Mr. Maigari was removed from office after a vote of no confidence was passed on him by members of the executive committee of the NFF at a meeting Mr. Maigari called to review Nigeria’s performance at the just concluded FIFA World Cup.
 
Announcing the decision of the board to newsmen shortly after the meeting, Adamu Muazu, who represents the North-West on the executive board, said Mr. Maigari was removed for “Financial misappropriation and mal-administration”.
 
 

“Full details of the allegations against the former President will be made soon,” he said.

 
Part of the communiqué issued after the meeting read “After thorough and exhaustive deliberations on the uncalled-for secrecy surrounding all financial dealings of the Federation and failure to call meeting of the Executive Committee for the past eight (8) months, during which so many weighty decisions on Nigeria football had been taken by a small cabal within the Board, the Executive Committee passed a vote of no confidence on the NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari”
 
The communiqué continued: “In view of the above, the Committee approved the immediate dismissal of Alhaji Aminu Maigari, from the NFF Executive Committee on grounds of financial misappropriation, misapplication and maladministration”.
 
Mr. Muazu also said a new election into the executive committee of the NFF will be held on the 26th of August, and expressed the gratitude of the NFF to President Goodluck Jonathan for continuously funding the game of football in Nigeria.
 
The First Vice President, Mike Umeh is to act as the President of the NFF until the election in August.
 
The meeting took place at the NFF Glass House Headquarters in Abuja.
 
In attendance at the meeting in Abuja were Aminu Maigari; Mike Umeh (Vice President); Emeka Inyama (Member); Dilichukwu Onyedinma (Member); Ahmad Kawu (Member); Effiong Johnson (Member); Christopher Green (Member); Shehu Adamu (Member); Muazu Suleyman (Member); Ayodeji Tinubu (Member); Yusuf Ahmed (Member); Felix Anyansi-Agwu (Member); Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande (Member); Secretary, Musa Amadu, was also in attendance.
 

Mr. Maigari, who was earlier sacked by a Plateau State High Court shortly after the World cup, only returned to office after FIFA suspended Nigeria and threatened total ban citing government interference.

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Agony Of 10-Year-Old Victim Of Kaduna Blast: I Went To Buy Shoes for Sallah, But The Bomb Went Off And Destroyed My Leg

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A few days before Wednesday’s Kaduna bomb explosion, 10-year-old Abubakar Usman was full of hope and joy. He was excited that he would be wearing a new pair of shoes on the forthcoming Sallah day.
That joy has since been terminated, as a bomb hit him and cut his leg.
Usman told Daily Sun on his hospital bed at 44 Army Reference Hospital that his mother had asked him to go and meet his elder brother so that the latter would buy new shoes for him at Kawo market.
He said it was not too long that they entered the market when the bomb exploded, devastating the area and killing several people as well as injuring others.
He said he did not know how he got to the hospital, but believed that government officials must have brought him to the hospital for medical treatment.
Abubakar Usman said: “My mother said I should go and meet with my elder brother in Kawo market to buy new shoes for me for the coming Sallah celebration. As we were entering the market to buy the shoes, we heard of the bomb explosion. Then all of a sudden, one of my legs started bringing out plenty blood, and I now realised that it was the bomb blast that hit me. I fell on the ground, and I did not know who brought me to the hospital. I don’t even know where my brother is now.
 
 
 
“My father is working with the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), and my mother is at home. My mother came to the hospital with all my brothers to see me. I am now looking forward to the Sallah celebration despite what happened to me.”
Also, another survivor, Abdulmumini Adamu, who is also receiving medical attention at the same hospital, said he had earlier left the venue of the Ramadan lecture at Murtala Square, and that as soon as he got to kawo, alighting from a commercial bus, the bomb blast hit him.
Adamu said he was missing the care and love of his parents as they live far away in Makarfi Local Government area, adding that he wanted them by his bedside.
According to Abdulmumini Adamu, “I was coming from tafsir (Ramadan lecture) at Murtala Square, and as soon as  I got to Kawo, the bomb blast occurred very close to where I was coming down from a commercial bus. The blast affected my hands, my legs and part of my face. I live in Kaduna with my brothers, but my parents are staying in Makarfi Local Government. I have not been able to reach them because  I don’t have a mobile telephone. I want to see them by my bedside in this hospital.”
Another victim that survived the blast, Abdulrazak Musa, also narrated his experience: “I repair both generating set and motorcycle. I went to Kawo to collect a job when the bomb explosion affected my leg and my hand. I can say that I was at the right place at the wrong time. I thank God that I am getting better. And I thank whoever brought me to the hospital because I still don’t know how I came here.”

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On Your Side: Samsung cell phone fire

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A 13-year-old North Texas girl was awoken in the night by a smoldering cell phone on the other side of her pillow, but the cell phone manufacturer says she did something they warn users about.  

Ariel Tolfree loves using her Samsung Galaxy S4.

“It's really like, nice and pretty,” said Tolfree. “It's high tech.”

Every chance she gets, she texts her friends and gets on social media apps like Instagram and Twitter.

But during FOX 4’s visit with her, she had to borrow her dad's S3 phone, because her phone is burned so badly, it's barely recognizable.

”The whole phone melted,” said her dad, Thomas. “The plastic, the glass. You can't even really tell that it was a phone.”

Tolfree says her phone slipped under her pillow as she fell asleep, and the smell of something burning woke her up in the night.

“I didn't think much of it, so I went back to sleep, and then I woke up again and it was more prominent,” said Tolfree.

Her dad suspects the phone overheated, causing the battery to swell and start a fire.

The Tolfree family had seen FOX 4’s recent series of reports on swelling baby monitor batteries, which led to a nationwide recall.

The Tolfrees contacted Samsung, and then FOX 4.

“We have a reasonable expectation that the products we buy are going to be safe,” said Thomas.

A spokesperson for Samsung says their products are safe, and pointed out that the battery inside the phone was a replacement unit and not an original Samsung part.

Nevertheless, the company does agree there is a need for consumer education when it comes to rechargeable batteries. That’s exactly why they post a warning in their user guide, which specifically states covering one of their devices with bedding or other material could restrict airflow and cause a fire.

Tolfree and her dad, though, didn’t read that warning.

“If anything, they should put a big warning on it, like a cigarette label, if that’s the case,” said Thomas.

Tolfree says she doesn’t think people should sleep with their phones and instead, should put them on a nightstand.

The Samsung spokesperson said they take any instance of a battery fire very seriously.

They have requested the burned phone be sent to them so they can fully investigate.

FOX 4 will continue to follow up.

In the meantime, the phone, the bedding, the mattress and pillow will all be replaced by Samsung.

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Breaking:Troops Holds Suspected Kaduna Bomber Disguised as a Woman

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Nigerian Troops are holding a man suspected to be connected with the explosion targeted at General Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday. The young man who was apprehended by military patrol team that swooped on the area immediately after the explosion, had disguised as a woman clad in female garb to exude femininity with a brazier affixed to his chest. 
The suspect was arrested while trying to fizzle into a crowd of onlookers when the patrol team arrived the scene. Youths in the area attempted to mob him while he was being arrested but were restrained by troops who quickly whisked him away in an armoured personnel carrier.
He is currently being interrogated by security agencies in a bid to ascertain his links.

 

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Kano state governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has declared that the two week ultimatum is null and void.

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Kano state governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has declared that the two week ultimatum given to Southerners in Kano to leave the state, by a non-governmental organization, Northern Youth Development Foundation, is null and void.
“No one has the authority to sack you from this place. Kano is your home and you have come to stay”, the governor stressed.
Kwankwaso stated this when Kano state Non Indigenes Forum paid him a courtesy call at Government House, Kano on Tuesday, pointing out that his government does not support the call as it will result in acrimony, thus, not in the best interest of Nigerians.
He said the allegation that the administration of Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo state planned to take measures aimed at returning Northerners in his states to their states of origin is false as the Imo state governor, being a detribalized Nigerian with substantial investments in the North could not initiate such a policy.
“I am sure Owelle Okorocha’s investments in the North outweigh the investments by Northerners in Imo state put together. Look at even the Rochas Foundation School he built here and other investments. Such intention about driving away people from his state could not have come from him”.
“I have personally spoken to Rochas and he openly and candidly told me that the there was nothing like that and the news was the handiwork of detractors who never wish him well” Kwankwaso added.
Gov. Kwankwaso, however, called on federal government to avoid measures aimed at worsening ethnic, sectional and religious discord among Nigerians, alleging that President Jonathan is creating unnecessary political tension in the country, which is harmful to national interests.
“Tension caused by the government is probably the worst tension; we have cases where governors are worried and concerned either about their security of lives and properties or security of their jobs so also other elected officials as well as businessmen and women across the country,” he lamented.
Earlier, leader of the delegation, Dr. Jimpat Aiyelangbe said they were at the governor’s office to lodge complaint over a letter sent to them by a group of youth asking non indigenes to leave the state within two weeks.
Dr. Aiyelangbe lamented that since the letter was delivered to the, they have being having sleepless nights, noting that if government does not take appropriate action on time things could get out of hand.
Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye, fnge, mni
Director of Press and Public Relations
to the Exec. Gov. of Kano state

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Governor Obiano flags off 2nd longest road project

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In continuation of the mass construction of roads to infrastructural sites and agricultural belts of Anambra State and the comprehensive strat­egy to achieve food secu­rity and industrialisation, the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, yesterday, flagged off the reconstruc­tion of 9.5 kilometre Eke-Awgbu – Amaetiti – Ok­peze – Ndiukwuenu road, the second longest road project in the state.

The road project is part of a 13-kilometre road that stretches to Okpeze Bridge, brining to 40 -kilometres, the entire road projects that cut across many communi­ties up to Ufuma, Orumba North Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking during the flag off event, Governor Obiano stated that the road was the longest road project award­ed by the state government after the 47-kilometre Agul­eri -Oil Rig Road project. According to Obiano, “the road is very important as it traverses many agro-based communities and would stimulate socio-economic growth when completed. It is designed with all neces­sary components, including bridges and culverts, drain­ages, street lights, markets and three modern bus stops.”

The governor assured communities around the road project axis that his administration would sus­tain equitable distribution of democracy dividends to all parts of the state, stress­ing that it was a deliberate policy of his government to open up roads into the hin­terland with viable sources for wealth creation and em­ployment for the youths. He urged the people to monitor the progress of work and preserve facilities in the area as well as ensure that secu­rity was maintained.

The Commissioner for Works, Sir Callistus Ilo­zumba, in his remark, said the contract had been fully mobilised and assured that government would maintain prompt payment of all cer­tificates generated.

He commended the peo­ple of the area for removing all obstructions on the road, to pave way for drainage work. However, he warned against burning of tyres and made it clear that those who violated the directive would pay for the cost of removing the bumps.

Sir Callistus directed traditional rulers and Pres­idents-General of commu­nities to arrange for proper maintenance of the roads and drainage systems to in­crease the lifespan of the roads.

The member represent­ing Orumba North in the State House of Assembly, Mr. Romanus Obi, said the road would link various parts of Orumba North and thanked the governor for maintaining continuity in government. Also speaking, the Chairman of Orumba North, Mr. Okey Enekwe and his Orumba South coun­terpart, Mr. John Onyeakpa noted that the governor had increased the tempo of rural development through mas­sive infrastructural develop­ment

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Doctors’ Strike: Nigerians are Dying, Says Uduaghan

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Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has described the death of Mr. Moses Solomon as one of the losses in human lives that the nation has witnessed as a result of the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).

Uduaghan, who was speaking when he paid a condolence visit to the state Commissioner for Works, Hon. Funkekeme Solomon, elder brother to the deceased in Warri, said it was important for the NMA to call off the strike action while the federal government looked at the issues at stake.
The late Moses Solomon, a civil servant in the Delta State Civil Service, died at the age of 49 year.

According to the governor, the death of Solomon was a sad reminder of the number of people who are dying as a result of the NMA strike action, stressing that some of the deaths were avoidable if the doctors were on duty.

“The circumstance behind his death is part of the reasons we are appealing to my professional colleagues (you know I am a medical doctor) to suspend the strike. If doctors were not on strike, it is possible he would have been alive, because we are losing lives unnecessarily as a result of the strike,” Uduaghan said, adding: “We know there are challenges and a lot is being done to deal with them.”

Furthermore, he said: “A life that is lost cannot be recovered, so, I appeal to them (doctors) to suspend this strike while government deals with the issues because to me, this is one loss as a result of the strike action.”

He commiserated with the families of commissioner saying, “on behalf of my family and the people of Delta State, we express our condolences on the death of your younger brother.

“In life, we pray to live till old age but, it is only God that knows why your brother left at such age because, even your mother is still looking young, we cannot question God, it has happened,” he said, adding, “Mama is there, his children are there and we pray that God will give all of you the fortitude to bear the loss.”

Responding, Hon. Funkekeme Solomon thanked Governor Uduaghan for being in the vanguard for doctors to call of strike noting that private hospitals do not have enough space for the sick.

He also, thanked the governor for identifying with the family in their period of grief and pledged to continue to work for the governor to finish strong in 2015.

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NIGERIA: EFCC to Clampdown on Nyako’s Commissioners

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Strong indications emerged yesterday that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is finalising plans to clampdown on some former commissioners who served under the impeached Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako.

THISDAY gathered that already, the EFCC was in full steam to go after former members of Nyako’s cabinet  to answer certain questions focusing on the activities of the administration.

A source within the EFCC told THISDAY  that the commission plans to quiz the commissioners “to answer some critical questions regarding the former governor’s running of the state, mostly on the issue of funds.”

When THISDAY contacted EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, on the move to clampdown on the former members of Nyako’s cabinet, he explained that “it is not in the style of EFCC to reveal its plans.”

Uwujaren went further to inform THISDAY that since the investigation was still on, more officials that served in the former governor’s government would be invited to provide clues regarding some serious allegations against Nyako and his government.

Pressed further if the EFCC would be heading to the court any time soon,  Uwujaren said: “When we get to that bridge, we will cross it, at the moment,  investigation has not been concluded.”

Meanwhile,  it is becoming clearer that the embattled former governor may have to stay longer outside the country pending when the coast is clear.

Though the EFCC  would not confirm to THISDAY about plans to track down Nyako,  sources familiar with the case informed THISDAY that with EFCC subtle declaration of Nyako as a wanted man, the former governor would have to spend more time in his place of hiding in order to stay away from the country.

It was also obvious that the commission had set in motion plans to arrest Nyako should he enter the country at anytime.

The whereabouts of the ex-governor remains hidden as prominent members of his government are being surmounted by the EFCC to give vital information on allegations of gross misconduct and other high level accusations of corruption against his government.

Some of the prominent members of the Nyako’s governor drilled by the EFCC included the former Deputy Governor and Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, among others.

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NIGERIA: Police in Enugu Nab Four Kidnap Suspects

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The Anti-kidnap Unit of the Enugu State Police Command yesterday arrested four armed robbery and kidnap suspects.

The command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amaraizu, a deputy superintendent of police, said in a statement made available to journalists that the suspects gave their names as Ifeanyichukwu Ngene, alias German Poison; Chukwuebuka Agbo, alias Offor; Tochukwu Aninwewo, alias Makojo; and Monday Ogbodo, alias Montiga.

This happened as no fewer than 50 passengers – most of them students of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) – escaped death yesterday when a shuttle bus conveying them to their temporary site in Agbani from Enugu metropolis caught fire.
Similarly, a duplex located along Brown and Brown in Independence Layout Enugu was gutted by fire around 11am, no life was however lost.

Amaraizu said the suspects were arrested by the unit’s operatives, who had been on their trail following their nefarious activities ranging from the alleged kidnap of one Afamefuna Ugwu on July 9, 2014 at Ugwuaji axis of the state and was taken to a thick forest at Obeagu Ugwuaji in Enugu South Local Government Area of the state.

The suspects had demanded the sum of N28 million and when the amount was not forthcoming, reduced it to N1 million.

The statement further noted that as they were waiting with their victim expecting the money to be brought, the operatives of the Anti-kidnap Unit of the state command, who had been on their trail following the report made to them closed them up.

Amaraizu said the suspects are helping the police in their investigations.
They admitted their culpability in the act but stated that they never knew that what they were doing was unlawful, as they only wanted to collect money from their victim.

The statement further disclosed that the suspects were already regretting their action, adding that if they were left off the hook, they would not go back to the crime again.

In the bus fire incident, sources said most of the students and other passengers sustained varying degrees of injuries, while they were jumping out from the windows of the bus popularly called Enugu Coal City Shuttle Bus.

THISDAY checks further revealed that valuables including laptops and handsets belonging to the students were completely destroyed by fire, which occurred around 2pm near the Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS) junction.

The coordinator of the Coal City Shuttle Bus, Nnaemeka Ojibe, said the fire was caused by faulty battery, insisting however that the buses usually undergo routine checks and maintenance every week.

A victim of the fire disaster and computer science student of ESUT, Miss Ebere Okechi, told THISDAY that bystanders discovered the fire under the bus.

“I lost my Nokia phone, all the passengers inside the vehicle did not know that the shuttle bus was burning, outsiders were shouting ‘fire, fire’ before we started jumping out of the bus,” she said.
 

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Strike Stalls Judgment in Ogbulafor’s Trial for Alleged Fraud

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The ongoing strike by court workers yesterday stalled the scheduled judgment in the trial of former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Vincent Ogbulafor, and one other.

Justice Ishaq Bello of the Abuja High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja had on June 24 reserved judgment for yesterday after the prosecutor and the defence made final submissions.

Yesterday, the court’s main gate remained locked as workers continued to comply with a directive of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) to stay away from work.

The workers are on strike to protest non-implementation of a judgment of the Federal High Court which forbade the executive from tampering with the funds allocated to the judiciary.
Security men at the court said the court would remain locked until the strike  was called off.

Ogbulafor and a former Secretary of the National Economic Intelligence Committee, Emeka Ebila, are being tried by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on a 16-count of money laundering and fraud involving about N170m.

The ICPC arraigned the duo on May 10, 2010, alleging that Ogbulafor, while serving as Minister of State for Special Duties in 2001 conspired with the others to float three fictitious companies, with which they allegedly perpetrated the fraud.

The accused were alleged to have used Henrichiko Nigeria Limited, DHL Consultants and Chekwas Industries, to fraudulently obtain N82.6million, N11.5million and N6.2million, respectively, in 2001.

Ogbulafor was particularly accused of using his position as the head of the National Economic Intelligence Committee, set up to verify debts owed local contractors, to okay as genuine, several forged documents.

He was alleged to have relied on the forged documents to certify that the three fake companies successfully executed jobs worth N104million. The former PDP chairman was also alleged to have collected kickbacks of N2million and N28million from Ebilah.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail.
The offences allegedly committed by the accused contravened Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act, 2000.

Ogbulafor’s lawyer, John Egwuonwu had, while adopting his final written address on June 24 urged the court to discharge and acquit his client on all the counts. He argued that the prosecution’s case failed to link his client to the commission of any crime.

Egwuonwu urged the court to jettison the allegation in Ebila’s “confessional statement” that the sum of N28million was paid to Ogbulafor with two bank drafts.

He contended that his client denied being issued the drafts when it was shown to him.

He noted that not only did the prosecution refuse to tender the drafts as exhibits, it also did not investigate the details contained in the drafts.

“The drafts referred to in the statements made by the second accused person (Ebila) cannot be relied on by the court to decide  whether or not the first accused (Ogbulafor) took the benefit of them since they were not tendered in court.

“No money relating to that amount (N28m) was traced to the first accused either in his bank account or companies,” Egwuonwu said.

Lawyer to Ebila, Mrs. Eghwere Osiaje, while adopting her address, also urged the court to discharge her client.
Osiaje said she raised three questions of law in her address for the trial court to refer to the Court of Appeal for determination, before deciding the case.

She submitted that the appellate court’s answer to  her question should guide the trial court in arriving at its decision.

Prosecution lawyer, Marcus Abu, while adopting his final address urged the court to hold that the prosecution has proven its case against the accused persons beyond reasonable doubt.

He urged the court to reject the suggestion of referring the case to the appellate court as requested by Ebila’s lawyer.
He said the questions raised were what the trial court could resolve.

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