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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:

Twitter User turns up after Atiku Abubakar asks anyone with Evidence of Corruption against him to Come Forward - BellaNaija Twitter User turns up after Atiku Abubakar asks anyone with Evidence of Corruption against him to Come Forward - BellaNaija

 Photo Credit: jamaiyiibieneye
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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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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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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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Charly Boy is Back Again!; Set To Protest For Diezani Alison-Madueke’s Deportation

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Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy will, on Monday lead a protest to the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja to demand the extradition of Diezani Alison-Madueke, former petroleum minister, from the UK to Nigeria.

This was revealed by the entertainer in a statement signed by him and Deji Adeyanju on Thursday.

A few days ago, he led a series of protests to demand that President Muhammadu Buhari either resume office or resign. In one of the protests, his group tagged Our Mumu Don Do, was attacked by hoodlums at Wuse market in the federal capital territory.

Alison-Madueke has been linked to several corruption cases in Nigeria. Some pieces of property she allegedly owned have also been seized by the government. But the former minister insists that she has no case to answer and that the pieces of property linked to her were not hers.

Following recent mind-boggling allegations of corruption and wanton looting of public funds and the collective patrimony of Nigerian citizens by the former minister for petroleum, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, we call on the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to apply for her extradition from the United Kingdom to face prosecution in Nigeria,” Charly Boy said in the statement.

“Furthermore, a federal high court has ordered Mrs Alison-Madueke to permanently forfeit several luxurious properties in several high brow areas across the country to the federal government.

“It is therefore unimaginable that the federal government is not pushing for Mrs Alison-Madueke’s extradition to face punishment for her alleged crimes.

“In this light, we will be holding a two-day sit out in front of the EFCC headquarters to demand that the federal government applies for her extradition and prosecution in Nigeria.”

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ASUU Strike will cause an Increase in Prostitution Among Female Students– Sex Workers To FG

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The Nigerian Sex Workers Association says the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, which has led to the closure of public universities, will increase prostitution among female students.

According to Punch Newspaper,The national coordinator of the association, Amaka Enemo, said this during an interview with their correspondent on Friday. She said, even without the strike, many female students had been engaging in ‘runs’, a euphemism for offering sex for cash or other valuables, that if the strike was not called off soon, idle students would embrace sex work.

Enemo said,

“Even without the strike, a lot of the students were doing ‘runs’, which is exchanging money for sex. But with the strike, just like a holiday, the rate of sex work will double.

“In this job, strike or holiday period is like a peak period. So, I urge them to stay safe because we cannot kick them off the streets. They should be safe and use condoms.

 

“The government needs to ensure that the strike is called off because if the students are left idle due to the closure of schools, it means the government is indirectly telling them to go to the streets.”

Okay, who else did not know they have an association?

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On President Buhari’s Return To Nigeria Today and His Amusement over the #ResumeorResign Campaig

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Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s returning to the country today, after receiving medical attention in London, he is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 a.m on Monday, August 21, 2017, according to Femi Adesina, the President’s media adviser

The President had left the country on May 7, this year, after handing over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as Acting President since then.

Recuperating President Muhammadu Buhari is saidd to be amused by the ‘Resume or Resign’ campaign recently launched against him by some Nigerians.

The campaign, led by an entertainer, Charles Oputa (aka Charly Boy), was meant to force him to return home immediately from his medical vacation in London and resume work, failing which he should relinquish power.

Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr.Femi Adesina, who was part of the President’s media team that visited him last week in London, said Buhari has “enough time to watch television, and commended the NTA particularly, and Nigerian media generally, for bringing him up to speed with what was happening back home.

“He (Buhari) said he had been watching the protests by people who wanted him to return home post-haste or resign,” Adesina said in a write up on the London visit.

 

He added: “He mentioned one of the leaders of the protest by name and laughed. I did not discern any malice in the laughter.”

The General Overseer Worldwide of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, yesterday visited the President in London, the latest of dignitaries to call on the President.

Buhari, writing on his Twitter handle yesterday, thanked Pastor Adeboye for his visit and prayers.

“I thank Pastor Adeboye for visiting today, and for his prayers and good wishes. May God continue to bless him and his work.

— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) August 18, 2017

Pastor Adeboye’s visit came 24 hours after that of Senate president Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

 

Saraki yesterday on Twitter shared his thoughts on what he saw of the President’s health.

He said Buhari’s insistence on his doctors’ advice was yielding results.

He described the London meeting he and Dogara had with the President as one of substance.

His words: “Mr. President exhibited remarkable recovery and was very conversant with all the political happenings back at home and across the continent.

“It was a meeting of substance where we discussed important matters of state. We also discussed the 2017 budget.

“In particular, we talked about the virement request by the Presidency which is before the National Assembly.

“We then considered the steps to be taken in the preparation of the 2018 budget to ensure its early passage.

“International issues were also discussed and Mr. President informed us that he has conveyed his sympathies to the people of Sierra Leone.

“We must give thanks to God for this highly welcomed recovery.

“It is clear that Mr. President’s insistence on following his doctors’ advice has yielded the desired results.

“I therefore confidently look forward to Mr. President’s imminent return home.”

Charly Boy and his fellow protesters have since suspended their action following an attack on them at the popular Wuse market in Abuja on Tuesday by those the group called thugs.

 

AND NOW…

The President of Nigeria has finally landed in the country after spending 100 days abroad.  See a video of him arriving the country.

President Buhari arrives residence, taking a walk and is welcomed by AgP Osinbajo & others already waiting there, ahead of him from airport, as well as Gov Wike.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYTFTqUbsyw

 

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