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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Claudio Ranieri confirmed as Roma new coach just eight days after he was sacked by Fulham

Italian football club, Roma have appointed Claudio Ranieri as the new manager of the club until the end of the season.

The 67-year-old had just been sacked by Premiership club Fulham after just 106 days in charge before securing an immediate return to coach Roma, the club he supported as a boy.

'I'm delighted to be coming back home,' Ranieri said. 'When Roma call you, it's impossible to say no.'

The former Leicester City manager who was previous coach of Roma from 2009 to 2011 replaces Eusebio Di Francesco who was dismissed following the club's Champions League last-16 exit at the hands of Porto on Wednesday.

'Claudio's from the city, he's a Roma fan but more than that, he's one of the most experienced coaches in world football,' said Roma director Francesco Totti.

'What we need now is a safe pair of hands to guide us back into the top four and ensure that we are playing Champions League football again next season. We have 12 games left and we need to win as many of them as possible.'

TBoss poses in strapless one-piece as she celebrated International Women’s Day (Photo)

Former Big Brother Naija housemate, Tboss, took to Instagram to share this sexy photo of herself posing in a black strapless one-piece to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Read what she wrote below.

The Ability to be Hard yet Soft.
Put others before yourself.
But most especially the ability to Fall in Love- Again & Again & Again.
Happy International Women’s Day to ALL the Amazing women out there, May we know them & May we Become them.

Bureau De Change operators take to their heels as EFCC tracks vote buying in Port Harcourt ahead of governorship election

Operatives of EFCC, Port Harcourt's Zonal Office, on Friday conducted a surveillance operation on Bureau De Change Operators, to track illicit currency transactions that may aid vote- buying in the build- up to Saturday's Governorship Election in Rivers State.

Specifically, they visited Presidential Hotel junction along Aba Road, which is the hub of foreign exchange transactions in the State.

Many of the Operators took to their heels on sighting the presence of EFCC Operatives for fear of being arrested. The surveillance operations continues across the State.

Fresh set of 10 suspected Internet fraudsters arrested in Ibadan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan zonal office, on Friday, March 8, 2019, arrested 10 suspected internet fraudsters at Olugun Oluhehu and Elebu areas of Ibadan, Oyo State.

The suspects who are between 21 and 35 years of age are Prince Tayo Rotimi, Omotomo Oluwarotimi, Abdulakeem Oluwatimilehi, and Kodri Yusuf.

Others include, Oludare Biodun, Lawal Femi, Adeyemi Damilare, Hassan Adewale, Adenuga Olalekan and Oduola Abayomi.

Their arrest followed series of intelligence alleging that they engage in fraudulent activities, especially obtaining money by false pretences from unsuspecting victims through online dating and other illegal means.

At the point of their arrest, EFCC operatives recovered SIM cards, four exotic cars, laptop computers, telephones, fetish objects (juju) and several documents containing false pretences from them.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

Women's Day: Presidency shares list of 31 of the most high-profile female appointees in the Buhari Administration

In celebration of the 2019 International Women’s Day, the presidency puts the spotlight on 31 female appointees spearheading and implementing some of the Buhari Administration's most important programme and policy efforts.

Below is the list of thirty-one (31) of the most high-profile female appointees of the Buhari Administration:

THE IWD 2019 LIST - The Buhari Administration Edition

Zainab Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Finance

Aisha Abubakar, Honourable Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development

Winifred Oyo-Ita, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation

Marilyn Amobi, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET)

Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Sharon Ikeazor, Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD)

Toyin Adeniji, Executive Director, Micro Enterprises, Bank of Industry (Oversees the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, GEEP)

Aishah Ahmad, Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

Mojisola Adeyeye, Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)

Stella Okotete, Executive Director, Business Development, NEXIM Bank

Juliet Ibekaku, Special Assistant to the President on Justice Reform and the National Coordinator, Open Government Partnership (OGP)

Gloria Akobundu, National Coordinator/Chief Executive of New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), Nigeria

Nnenna Akajemeli, National Coordinator/ CEO, SERVICOM.

Ronke Sokefun, Chairperson, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC)

Azuka Obageli Azinge, Acting Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)

Abike Dabiri, Chairperson and CEO, National Diaspora Commission

Jumoke Oduwole, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment, and Secretary of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC)

Patience Oniha, Director-General, Debt Management Office (DMO)

Damilola Ogunbiyi, Managing Director, Rural Electrification Agency (REA)
Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC)

Mariam Uwais, Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment

Fatima Waziri-Azi, Rule of Law Advisor, Office of the Vice President

Julie Okah-Donli, Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP)

Hadiza Bala-Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)

Amina Ado, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Oil and Gas

Edirin Akemu, Coordinator, Nigerian Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council

Lucy Omosefe-Ajayi, Executive Director, Lagos International Trade Fair Complex Management Board

Folashade Joseph, Managing Director, Nigeria Agriculture Insurance Corporation (NAIC)

Cecilia Gaya, Director-General, Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON)

Rahimatu Aminu-Aliyu, Executive Director, Loans and Mortgage Services, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN)

Kemi Nelson, Executive Director, Operations, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF)

EFCC arrests Imo State Accountant-General, accuses Governor Okorocha of diverting N1bn for vote buying

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested the Accountant-General of Imo State, Uzoho Casmir, for allegedly helping Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to launder N1.05bn for the governorship and assembly elections on Saturday.

Okorocha, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress, is supporting his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance against the governorship candidate of the APC, Senator Hope Uzodinma. The act earned Okorocha a suspension from the party last week.

The EFCC report confirming the arrest read in part, “The, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Office, Thursday, March 8, 2019 arrested the Acting Accountant General of Imo State, Mr. Uzoho Casmir, on suspicion of laundering the sum of N1.050bn through a new generation bank for the governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha.

“Uzoho’s arrest followed intelligence report that the governor intended to use the money for vote buying in favour of a particular candidate in tomorrow’s gubernatorial election. Intelligence further revealed that Mr Casmir withdrew the amount in three tranches between Tuesday and Thursday this week in the following order; N200m on Tuesday, N500m on Wednesday and N350m on Thursday.

“Meanwhile, the EFCC has blocked the traced accounts, while the arrested Accountant General has been providing useful information to the commission. Mr Casmir was before his appointment, a Director of Finance in Okorocha’s government and was in 2016 fingered in N2bn bailout fund scam, which was then given to the state by the Federal Government for the payment of salary arrears of civil servants.”

Ex-Governor, Donald Duke's second daughter and husband welcome their first child, a girl

Nela, the second daughter of Cross Rivers state governor, Donald Duke, and her hubby, Asuquo Ekpeyong, have welcomed their first child, a girl.

The couple had their traditional wedding in May and white wedding in August 2018. She has since been named Alexandra.

Nela shared the beautiful photo of their daughter on her Instagram page.

Stop gloating, Atiku will soon reclaim his mandate- PDP tells President Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Buhari to stop gloating and showboating on Nigerians with what they described as "the stolen 2019 Presidential mandate".

According to PDP, the 'people's candidate', Atiku Abubakar would soon retrieve the presidential mandate from Buhari at the tribunal. The party said this in a statement released by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan. Read below

The party further describes President Buhari’s renewed attack and blame game on PDP administrations as a lame attempt to divert public attention from the overwhelming evidence that he rigged the elections, as well as from the plots by his Presidency to obstruct the clear winner, Atiku Abubakar, from going to the tribunal to reclaim the mandate freely given to him by Nigerians.

It indeed speaks volumes that President Buhari, in his claimed integrity and anti-corruption stance, is grandstanding over the violent rigging of the elections and his attempt to foist himself into a second term in office on the pedestal of stolen votes.

President Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) should know that the PDP and Nigerians are focused and will not be distracted by any sort of blackmail in the pursuit of the mandate and we are confident that our justices will never allow an illegitimate government to sit over the affairs of our dear nation.

Moreover, if anybody has a question to answer on the administration of the nation’s resources, it is President Buhari, who has not been able to offer any explanation on the looting of over N14 trillion from revenue generating agencies in a space of three years under his direct supervision.

We ask; was it the PDP that siphoned over N9 trillion, through underhand contracts, as detailed in the leaked NNPC memo, in the same sector President Buhari directly supervises as Minister of Petroleum Resources?

Was it the PDP that stole the over N1.1 trillion worth of crude illegally lifted and diverted with 18 unregistered companies in 2017; the over N1.4 trillion in fraudulent oil subsidy regime and many more scams, including funds meant for the welfare of victims of insurgency in the North East under the Buhari administration?

Whereas the PDP administrations created wealth and applied our national resources on massive infrastructural development in all critical sectors; paid off our huge foreign and domestic debts and grew our economy to be one of fastest growing in the world, President Buhari, within a space of three years ran our economy into recession and cannot point to any development project his administration initiated and completed despite the huge opportunities at his disposal.

President Buhari must note that Nigerians are no longer interested in his incompetence and blame game and this is the very reason they voted massively against him on February 23. He should therefore end his diversionary tactics and get ready to meet the people’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in court.
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