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#TheAtikuChallenge: Twitter Users at Their very Best

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Former vice-president and presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, was attacked with allegations of corruption which in turn led him to ask anyone with evidence of corruption against him to come forward with it.

He wrote: “As widely reported in the press, anyone who has evidence of corruption against me should please come forward. #TheAtikuChallenge.”

 

A Twitter user, Jamaiyi Ibieneye, turned up shockingly, with pages of a document from the United States Senate.[Power speaks]

Ibieneye wrote, Sir this document can explain why you avoid the US.

The document is titled: Keeping Foreign Corruption out of the United States: Four Case Histories.

The document details the allegations of corruption the United States has against the former vice-president.

It alleges that Atiku, through his fourth wife Jennifer Douglas Abubakar, funneled over $40 million into the United States, including at least $1.7 million in bribe payments from Siemens AG.

See the documents below:

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 Photo Credit: jamaiyiibieneye
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Woman Declared as President Elect of Singapore

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A 63 year old woman, Halimah Yacob has been declared Singapore’s eighth president on Wednesday after a “walkover” election that saw no vote after no other contenders ran for the position, as the first female presiden of Singapore

She had been the only candidate deemed eligible to stand in the country’s Elections Department, having held a key public position as speaker of parliament for three years while the other two contenders, Salleh Marican and Farid Khan, were both denied eligibility, owing to the fact that they fell short of a constitutional rule that required any candidate from the private sector to have led a company with shareholder equity of at least 500 million Singapore dollars (372 million dollars). [A queer rule]

Following the announcement, Yacob thanked her supporters in a speech, calling it a “a proud moment for Singapore, for multiculturalism and multi-racialism.”

Halimah Yacob is Singapore’s first Malay president in 47 years and the first woman to occupy the president’s office.

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US Threatens To Bar Nigerian Airlines from Flying into their Country

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The United States federal aviation administration has given Nigerian airlines a 65-day ultimatum to resolve specified security issues or risk being barred from flying to its country.

A team of US FAA officials who recently carried out an audit for the renewal of Nigeria’s category one safety status gave the ultimatum on August 24.

The US FAA periodically check foreign airports with which it has bilateral agreements to ensure they meet set standards. The checks include having effective and efficient aviation regulations, operational state civil aviation systems and safety oversight functions and technical personnel qualification and training. Others include the provision of technical guidance, tools, provision of safety-critical information, licensing, certification, authorisation and approval obligations.

John Ojikutu, member of aviation industry think tank, Aviation Round Table (ART) and CEO of Centurion Securities, informed BusinessDay that he doubts if Nigeria can attain the category of one safety status without having its major airports certified.

He said airport certification is compliant to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NCAR) Part 12.6.4, which carries obligations on the operator to continuously maintain standards and competence in operation and ensuring availability of skilled manpower in sufficient numbers, for the periodic maintenance of the facilities and the system.

 

Many stakeholders would probably be asking; what is the necessity for the certification when the industry was already classified category one?”

What many do not know, however, is that the classification of Nigeria as Category one, was meant only for the NCAA Regulations and oversight competence, the way university academic programs are rated or accredited by the Nigeria Universities Commission (NUC).

Unfortunately, the NCAA is like a university that has been long accredited but has not been able to graduate a student. The NCAA, in spite of its category one status classification in 2010 and even today in 2017 after its reclassification, has not been able to give certification to a single airport among the over 28 federal and state airports in the country, he said.

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Jidenna Lends Hand to Support Flood Victims In Benue

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American Musician of Nigeria descent,(Igbo to be precise), Jidenna Mobbisson has joined in raising awareness for support for the flood victims in Benue state, Nigeria.

The “Bambi” crooner shared a campaign picture with the caption:

While both Freetown and Houston have been enduring, more than 100,000 people have been displaced by flooding in Benue State, Nigeria. Benue is next to the state where I grew up so this really hits home. We need more prayer and more action. Here are a couple ways to donate directly to relief funds via bank account. #BenueRelief | #BenueFlood | #MakurdiFlood |#PrayforBenue

Let’s work together to help the people of Benue.

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China Restricts Children From Attending Churches

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The Chinese Government has banned children from attending churches in the country.

This is said to be an effort to tighten their grip on religious activities.

The new directive by the Government also prohibits children from attending religious sermons and other related activities across China.

This control on churches in the country begun many years ago when places of worship were take off crosses from their buildings in Zhejiang Province.

According to a researcher for Amnesty International, William Nee, who spoke to MailOnline UK, “At this point it’s unclear how widespread the ban on children attending church services are in China, but these alarming reports seem to be coming in from fairly diverse areas throughout the country.”

He further elucidates that the move reflects the tightening control of religion in “particular Islam and Christianity under the present administration” in the Asian country, adding that, “In an important speech on religion last year, the President, Xi Jinping, said that young people must study science, believe in science and develop a ‘correct’ worldview and set of values.

“It could be that the government is concerned that young people going to church or religious activities may challenge their monopoly on truth and the government’s ability to instill its own historical narratives and worldview through the public education system‎.”

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Car Somersaults On Third Mainland Bridge Amidst Sallah Celebrations

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A serious accident occurred on Saturday evening on the Third Mainland Bridge outward Lagos. The accident involved a Toyota Corolla car with 4 adults and 2 children.

Miraculously, they all escaped death. They were said to have been returning from an eatery on the Island where they went to celebrate Sallah festivities.

Only two male adults sustained minor injuries.

They were all efficiently attended to by the patrol team of RRS stationed very close to the scene of the incident.

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President Buhari Rewards Female National Basketball Team Members With N1Million Each

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​The victorious female national basketball team were warmly welcomed by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

The President approved N1 million each for the D’Tigress, who conquered Africa in the 2017 FIBA Women AfroBasket tournament in Mali and qualifying for the 2018 FIBA Women Basketball World Cup in Spain.

He also approved N500,000 each for the team officials.

President Buhari made the announcement before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting on Wednesday.

Team captain, Aisha Mohammed told reporters that the cash reward would motivate them to go for gold in Spain next year.

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#SaynoToJungleJustice: Suspected Kidnappers Rescued From Being Lynched in Mushin

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A suspected kidnapper was apprehended inside a tunnel at the Challenge area of Mushin, Lagos state on Wednesday, August 30. The agitated mob set ablaze one of the suspected kidnappers while two others were rescued by the police from being lynched.

According to reports, the tunnel where the kidnapper were found leads to an old company and syringes believed to be used in injecting their victims with sedative drug, were discovered in the hideout.

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ASUU Stabs Meeting With Federal Government Today

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has refused to attend a meeting with the Federal Government scheduled for today.

 

The ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, confirmed to Channels Television that the union will not attend the meeting. In his words, ASUU has met, discussed the new offer from the FG and submitted a proposal to the government.

He proposed that consequently, the union will only honor another meeting after receiving a reply to their proposal from the government.

The meeting was confirmed in a statement issued by the Deputy Director, Press, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Samuel Olowookere, late on Monday, which was called by Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, following the failure of ASUU to get back to the Federal Government after both parties met on August 17, 2017.

Others expected at today’s meeting were; the Ministers of Education and Finance, Mallam Adamu Adamu and Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, the Chairman, National Income Salaries, and Wages Commission, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission and the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Ayuba Wabba.

The Union declared an indefinite strike two weeks ago, citing the failure of the government to implement agreements reached with the union in 2009.

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ASUU Strike Update; To Announce Continuation Or Suspension Today

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According to the PUNCH, a crucial National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is going on today to decide on the offers made by the Federal Government team last week to persuade its striking members to return to work.

Ahead of the NEC meeting, various zones of ASUU had met also to consider the offer as well as inputs from the various branches for presentation to the NEC.

ASUU had embarked on an indefinite strike on August 14, accusing government of failure to redeem the terms of agreement signed in 2009 and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) endorsed by both parties in 2012.

In the words of one of the zonal coordinators of ASUU to Saturday Sun: “I must state that the offer from the Federal Government is a far cry from our members’ expectations. Let us see what comes out of this emergency NEC meeting. Many of our members are not happy with the way government is handling our demands. It is up to NEC to take a position on the on-going strike. Our members are prepared for a long strike, but it depends on the government.”

He was said to shut down rumors of a claim made by the Education Minister that ASUU would call off the strike this week, positing, “we didn’t promise the minister anything. We told the government team that we are going to consult with our members on what government has offered”.

He was also said to describe the likely outcome of NEC meeting, as 50-50, that the members wanted to see concrete evidence that government was serious about meeting the demands. The minister, Mallam Adamu Adamu, had, admitted earlier that “government has not fulfilled its part of the bargain, even though we are unhappy that ASUU went on this strike without following due process and giving us good notice. We realised that we promised something and we didn’t fulfill it.

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UPDATE: Your UBA Card Can Be Used On Any Site & Anywhere

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Earlier today, UBA sent a mail to its customers informing them that they could not perform transactions that had to do with betting, porn and anything else illegal but now they have sent in a mail reversing that policy. The message reads thus:

 

Dear Esteemed Customer,

 

In our relentless bid to continuously provide excellent services to our customers, we work hard to protect your transactions and Identity.

 

We recently sent you correspondence indicating that your cards would be protected from certain risky sites.

 

We have listened to you and have heard that this is not in line with your expectations. We have immediately made adjustments accordingly.

 

Please be informed that all sites have been unblocked and you can now transact on any platform globally that you would like to whilst we continue to provide surveillance on some high risk activity points to protect your transactions.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will continue to work hard to serve you better.

Sincerely,

Bola Atta

Group Head, Marketing and Corporate

Communications

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IDUMUJE UGBOKO FIGHTS BACK: DELTA MAGISTRATE IN ASABA DEFIES HIGH COURT ORDER

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In what satisfies the intrigues of Politics, qualifies as insanity in Nigeria’s Judiciary and defies the sanctity of Justice,a Magistrate sitting in Asaba Judiciary Division has directly flouted an Order of a superior Court,staying its proceedings. It is believed that the said Order was granted, pending the determination of a suit before the High Court.
The Magistrate’s disobedience might have just laid the foundation for a judicial conflict as he deliberately and conscientiously disobeyed an Order of Injunction staying its Proceedings from a High Court.

Regardless of the Order of Injunction,the Magistrate insisted that the Accused were meant to be present in Court and their absence show a disregard for the Court. Counsel to the Royal family informed his worship that there was no need for the accused to be present in Court given that proceedings had been stayed pending determination of a substantive application for the enforcement of Human Rights.

Having canvassed his argument as to why it was not necessary for his Client to be in court as it was certain proceedings had been stayed by a court of superior jurisdiction, the magistrate surprisingly went ahead to issue a bench warrant.
The Magistrate in his wisdom issued a bench warrant against the Accused and their surety,which amounted to a direct defiance of the Order of a superior Court and the fall outs of this action might reveal and further placate the collusions of Law and Politics.

 

Our reporter in the course of investigating the precedence to this showdown, gathered that the Court was scheduled to hear a charge against members of the Royal family of Idumuje-Ugboko Community.His investigation further revealed that these charges were trumped-up by power brokers in the community which have vested interests in a portion of land in the community.The Accused are said to be gallantly opposed to these interest;hence,these charges were made by their (the power broker’s)agents to ensure obstacles to their agenda is crushed.

 

An undisclosed source informed us that the police had earlier been served with an order restraining them and their agents from detaining,arresting,harassing and intimidating the accused and this further thickens the plot.It is on record that the Police had earlier defied the restraining order and are currently undergoing contempt proceedings.
The following questions will help the reader to appreciate this tale and deepen the suspense on what might be the next episode of Game of Thrones.What shall be the fate of the disobedient Magistrate?Will the police obey the High Court’s restraining order or the Magistrate’s bench warrant?What really is at stake and whose interests are at play here?

 

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Dangote Plans To Establish A Private University In Abuja, Budgets N200 Billion

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Africa’s richest man,President and founder of Dangote Foundation, Aliko Dangote, has set aside N200 billion to establish a world-class university in Abuja.

According to PREMIUM TIMES, the proposal has since been delivered to the National Universities Commission, NUC.

A former Executive Secretary of the NUC, Julius Okojie, who is the chairman of the technical team for the establishment of the university, said the foundation intends to drive technology and research in stimulating economic growth.

Mr Okojie, who led his team to the current Executive Secretary of the commission, Abubakar Rasheed, said the proposed university is meant to be technology-driven and asked for the cooperation and support of the NUC towards the realisation of the goal.

According to a National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, publication, the team, accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer, CEO of the foundation, Zouera Yousouffou, disclosed that Mr. Dangote’s desire was to float a unique university of technology with all the necessary infrastructure and best faculty members from across the globe.

Commending the bold step, Mr Rasheed promised to offer all the needed assistance for the success of the project. He, however, advised the team to reconsider its plan of establishing a university of technology to ‘a conventional university running all programmes but with specialty in the area of technology.’

The executive secretary, who underscored the advantages of the conventional university over the special one, said with the countless impacts on society by the business mogul, the project would be a success and asked the team to consult widely and look at the universities in Nigeria and abroad with a view to creating a unique university that would be different in terms of quality in all its operations.

In her remarks, Mrs. Yousouffou said the foundation was ready to make the dream a reality with the sum of N200 billion already earmarked for the project. She posited that the land was purchased and preliminary measures were in place for the headquarters of the university at the nation’s capital city of Abuja.

Source: Premium Times

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