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Thursday, December 6, 2018

''Being a governor is not an easy job, sometimes I feel like running away'' Governor El-Rufai says

Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai says it is not easy to preside over the affairs of many people and that sometimes he feels like running away.

Governor El-Rufai who is seeking a second term in office, said this when he spoke at an election summit organised by the Kaduna State Peace Commission. He said he would accept defeat if he loses the 2019 governorship election, adding that he would be in a hurry to pack out of the government house.

“Let me first speak as the governorship candidate of the APC. Our party is committed to peace and peaceful elections. The political parties that merged into the APC were victims of rigged elections and the consequential violence that came with it. It is the rigging of elections that leads to violence. It was the massive rigging of the elections in 2011 that led yo the wide spread violence at that time and Kaduna state alone, lost over 800 lives.

“As the candidate of the APC, I am saying here and now that I am in a hurry to park out of the government house if the people do not vote for me. I will be the first to concede and I want to tell all that want to be governor that it is not an easy job… I want to run away.

“It is just that when I look at those that want to be governor and what they have done to the state in the past, I have a duty to protect the state, the ordinary people of the state from the evils of past.”

Governor El-Rufai vowed to deal with anyone who promotes hate speech and religious sentiments on social media in the state.

“This is the biggest problem we are facing as a sitting government and I want to appeal to all of us politicians to reflect, think and desist from this because when you destroy lives by giving young people weapons and drugs for election purposes, what do you do with them after you win. They become a monster that is difficult to control. We have no thugs in the APC. All those that campaign with us, we try to empower them to be employed so that they will be off the street. These are very serious issues for us so I want to appeal to my colleagues to temper our language, because politics is not war.

“We are doing that vigorously; we do not care what people say. Anyone that comes to Kaduna and say something or even say it outside Kaduna and his house is not in Kaduna state, no matter who he is, whether he calls himself bishop or Imam or Sheikh, whether he calls himself chief or Hakimi, we will bring him to justice. We will arrest and bring him to Kaduna and prosecute him and we are on the trail of many of them that have insignificantly done this. Some in Abuja, some in Lagos, we will bring them to Kaduna and try them for incitement, for malicious falsehood, for hate speech. We are determined to do that and we will not politicise it because the protection of lives and property should never be politicise'' he said

'I never attended President Buhari's re-election gathering' - EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu

EFCC has reacted to a story published by Premium Times with the headline: “EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, attends Buhari re-election gathering”.

The story stated that Magu was at the gathering to strategise on the re-election campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari. “The event, which held on Tuesday at Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja, was exclusively billed as a consultative forum for politicians of the ruling All Progress Congress. It was put together by the National Committee of Buhari Support Groups, a political action committee loyal to President Buhari”, the report said.

EFCC in its response said, 'the fact is that Ibrahim Magu never attended any Buhari re-election gathering at Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja. At exactly 8:59am on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018, the EFCC boss was already at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja en route Lagos where he had engagement with Media Executives'.

Before the trip to Lagos, Magu visited a family relative who lodged at the hotel, Nicon Luxury. He went straight to the room where his relative was lodged and met with him very briefly before departing for Lagos where he met with newspaper editors. These facts were laid bare when Ogundipe called to confirm his story.

Magu is not omnipresent to have been in Lagos and also in Abuja at the same time. For Ogundipe to still come up with such a screaming headline after confirming from the Commission only shows that his mind was made up to do the hatchet job which he has exhibited by his write up.

We want to make categorically clear that EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu is neither a card carrying member of any political party nor is he a sympathiser of the ruling APC. He carries on his job professionally and remains a public officer who is apolitical and determined to see a new Nigeria where corruption would be brought to its knees.

In the meantime, we have contacted our lawyers and they are taking a cursory look at the controversial publication

Goerge Clooney, Amal Clooney, and George's parents step out looking sophisticated for a United Nations gala

George Clooney, his wife Amal Clooney, and his parents stepped out for the United Nations gala in New York and they all looked really sophisticated, especially Amal who hasn't been photographed out in a while.

Amal looked totally stunning in a blue and white dress while George looked dashing as always in a suit.

George walked with his mum Nina Bruce Warren, 79, while his father Nick Clooney, 84, looked really dignified in a tux as he led Amal in.

It was reported that the Clooneys, who were attending Wednesday's U.N. Correspondents Association Awards at Cipriani, stole the show.

Between IK Ogbonna and an Instagram user who says he wants to marry his wife, Sonia

IK Ogbonna wasted no time in replying a man identified as Chinedu Biere, pictured right, who took to Sonia's Instagram page to declare interest in her.

Biere stated that he loves Sonia and wants to marry her, and few hours after his comment, IK Ogbonna slammed him for it. See their exchange below.

President Buhari to hold special Federal executive council meeting tomorrow December 7th

President Buhari will on Friday December 7th, hold a special Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

According to this tweet from Asorock's official handle, the agenda of the meeting is for the president and other members to look critically into the 2019 budget. FEC meetings usually hold on Wednesdays.

Again, EFCC arraigns Joel Madaki and Felix Tagwame over $115m Diezani largesse

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned Joel Madaki and Felix Bilishan Tagwame, before Justice A.M. Anka of the Federal High Court, Yola, Adamawa State, on four counts bordering on conspiracy, misappropriation and diversion of funds.

Investigation into the $115million fraud involving Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, was linked to them. It was further revealed that the said funds were exchanged to an equivalent sum of N23, 299,705,000 and was used for the 2015 presidential election. Substantial amount of the funds, investigations showed, were shared to some staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC across the nation by Fidelity Bank on behalf of Madueke.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Chief Madaki, Amb. Hassan Adamu (now at large) sometimes in March 2015 at Yola, Adamawa State of Nigeria within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable court, did conspire amongst yourselves to accept cash payment of the sum of Four Hundred and Fifty Million Naira only (N450,000,000) from one Shaba Mohammed, Head of Operations, Yola Branch of Fidelity Bank, Adamawa State, which sum exceeded the amount authorized by law and thereby committed and offence contrary to section 18 (1) (a) of the Money Laundering (prohibition) (amended) Act. 2012 and punishable under section 16 (2) (b) of the Same Act”.

Another count reads: “That you Chief Joel Madaki, Felix Bilishan Tagwame and Amb. Hassan Adamu (now at large) sometimes in March 2015 at Yola, Adamawa State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did conspire amongst yourselves to make cash payment of the sum of Four Hundred and Thirty Nine Million, Nine Hundred and Forty Thousand Naira (N439,940,000) which sum exceeded the amount authorized by law and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 18(1) (a) of the money laundering (prohibited) (amended) Act, 2012 and punishable under section 16 (2) (b) of the same act”.

They pleaded “not guilty” to the charges. Prosecuting counsel, A.M. Labaran asked for a date for trial to commence and urged the Court to remand them in prison custody.

Defence counsel, A.T. Shehu, however, moved applications for bail. The application for bail, was however, opposed by the prosecution. Justice Anka, after listening to the various arguments, granted them bail in the sum of N200million and surety in like sum.

“The surety must be 50 years or above, residing within the court jurisdiction, the surety must submit his bank statements to the registry of the court, to also swear to affidavit of means, the surety must have permanent voters card and national ID card, the surety must submit two passport photographs to the court, the surety must have verifiable phone numbers, the address of the surety to be verified by the court and the prosecution,” the judge added.

The matter has been adjourned to February 5, 2019 for trial.

"I'm sorry Cardi B... I'm so ashamed" - Offset's alleged mistress tearfully apologizes for affair after couple split (

The woman who Offset allegedly cheated on Cardi B with has apologized to Cardi B in a tearful video after it was revealed that Cardi and Offset have split.

Summer Bunni cried openly while telling TMZ that she feels guilty about having sex with Offset. She said it was never her intention to be a homewrecker but she didn't know how serious Offset and Cardi's marriage was.

Offset allegedly has a threesome with Summer and Cuban Doll. Word got out that it was Summer's hooking up with Offset that was a catalyst in the break up of the celebrity couple's marriage.

Summer, while apologising for her part in breaking their marriage, said she hasn't had anything to do with Offset since Cardi had their baby.

Bunny apologized to Cardi in the video and said she hopes Cardi and Offset will get back together.

Photo: 9 Yahoo - Yahoo boys arrested in Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested nine Internet fraudsters popularly known as Yahoo-Yahoo boys in Abuja.

The suspects were arrested by the Advance Fee Fraud Section of the Commission on November 30, 2018 through an intelligence report received on the fraudulent activities of the suspected fraudsters residing somewhere along Airport Road, as they were reportedly living above their means.

Operatives of the EFCC had carried out surveillance for days on the activities of the fraudsters before they swooped in on them. The suspects are: Edwin Ogbomwan, Okouromi Franklin, Oseji Collins, Collins Onyekwuluje, Anyanechi Ekene, Tony Oviasuyi, Chidi Emeshili, Osaigbovo Aiseos and Osaigbovo Ikponmnosa.

Acording to EFCC, the suspects had turned their residence into a safe haven for fraudulent activities using it as a place of abode and an operational office with computers, laptops, phones, modems, sim cards and so many other tools used to defraud Nigerians and foreigners alike of their hard earned money and valuables. The suspects had created an identity using the names Thomas Jerry Star and John Ben.

The suspects aged between 19 and 26 years were arrested with two GLK Mercedes Benz, One Toyota Camry, Lexus Jeep and other valuables worth millions of naira, which they acquired through the proceeds from their fraudulent activities.

They are currently cooperating with the Commission and will be charged to court after investigations are concluded.
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