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Saturday, October 12, 2019

FG now saves N4.5bn monthly from ghost workers - EFCC reveals

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said its intervention assisted to save N4.5 billion monthly, lost to ‘ghost workers’ on the federal government’s payroll.

A statement by EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, quoted the commission’s Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, as saying this while delivering a lecture on Thursday at the National Defence College (NDC) in Abuja.

Magu spoke on the topic “Corruption and Anti-corruption Strategies in Nigeria: Way Forward,” at the Course 28 Study Programme of NDC with the theme: “Economic Diversification and National Development”. He reiterated the commitment of the current administration to rid the country of corruption, adding that the involvement of the EFCC had helped in fighting corrupt practices.

Magu also commended the introduction of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) into salary payment, which he said had assisted to save such amount for the government.

“The involvement of the EFCC in tackling the scourge of ghost workers in the civil service has led to a redemption of over N4.5 billion naira monthly. The EFCC has been engaged in eradicating ‘ghost workers’ from the federal government’s payroll which has resulted in saving as much as N4.5 billion naira monthly.

“The Bank Verification Number (BVN) has been an effective tool in carrying out investigations effectively, as it has curtailed the opening of fake bank accounts by fraudulent individuals. The only gateway to development is through fighting corruption.

“If Nigeria breaks away from corrupt practices in government businesses and in the private sector, we will transform into a model state overnight,” he said.

The commission’s acting chairman disclosed that the commission had secured up to 2,165 convictions over a period of 10 years between 2009 and 2019. He added that 70 per cent of it was achieved between 2016 and September 2019 under his watch.

The EFCC boss called for more collaboration among security and law enforcement agencies through the National Anti -Corruption Strategy aimed to bring about coherence and synergy among security agencies in the country. The Commandant of NDC, Rear Adm. Markson Kadiri, emphasised the need for proper utilisation of funds, urging participants to key into the corruption fight.

Police find almost 100 fetal remains in abortion doctor's vehicle, weeks after more than 2,200 preserved fetuses were discovered at his home

Police authorities have found close to 100 fetal remains in the vehicle belonging to Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, the specialist abortion doctor who died last month just after police found over 2000 fetal remains in the garage of his Illinois residence.

Klopfer, 71, died on September 3, and about 2,246 medically preserved fetal remains were discovered in his Will County, Illinois home after family members went through his house and belongings a week later.

According to the South Bend Tribune, Klopfer is the state's 'most prolific abortion doctor in history,' as he has performed tens of thousands of abortion procedures in multiple Indiana counties for decades, and his license was suspended in 2016 for failure to exercise reasonable patient care and violating multiple notice and documentation requirements during abortions.

It was also found out during investigations that Klopfer had been carrying out abortions on girls under 14 years of age and had been using the same sort of abortion and sedation procedures that he had used since the 1970s and 1980s- even though there were not casualties or complications after the procedure.

The Will County sheriff's office says during its investigation last month into the origin of the remains found in the garage of the doctor's rented property, it became aware of numerous vehicles and properties either owned or rented by Klopfer in the Chicago suburb of Dolton.

Eight vehicles belonging to Klopfer were located, and in the trunk of one car, five plastic bags and a box were found to contain "numerous medically preserved fetal remains."

According to the sheriff's office, fewer than 100 fetal remains were recovered Wednesday, although that may change "pending a more thorough examination of the contents and records."

Will County police on recovering the new fetal remains in the doctors vehicle said;
''The Will County Sheriff’s Office was made aware that numerous vehicles and possibly other property owned by Dr. Klopfer were stored in an outdoor gated lot of a business located in Dolton, Illinois,'

"The remains recovered were preserved, packaged, and marked similarly to the previous fetal remains discovered at the Klopfer residence,"

In 2014, Indiana Department of Health cited Klopfer's clinic for 27 deficiencies and started investigating his hospital, the investigation resulted in Klopfer's clinic being cited for 27 deficiencies according to reports by Daily Mail UK and ABC 57.

The state agency filed another complaint and hearing request to revoke the clinic's abortion license when the clinic failed to submit a plan of correction for the previous deficiencies.

The state agency in June 2015 also found that the clinic wasn't adhering to the state law that patients needed to give their voluntary and informed consent 18 hours prior to an abortion being performed, instead Klopfer and his clinic gave out the abortion medication during the initial consultation, instead.

Whether Klopfer carried out the abortions in his home is yet to be determined by police investigators.

Klopfer's defence line during investigations was that he had never had a patient die or go into cardiac arrest in the 43 years of his practicing abortions - as he also revealed he once aborted the foetus of a 10-year-old girl at an Illinois hospital after she had been raped by her uncle.

He however didn't report the rape to the police but allowed the child go home with her parents who were aware of what the uncle did and didn't want to involve the police either .

Firm launches data-free media streaming platform to boost Nigeria’s film industry

PlayMock, a data-free media streaming platform, is venturing into the Africa Market, with a focus on boosting Nigeria’s film industry.

Due to its no-data requirement and cost effective subscription model PlayMock, envisions putting seamless streaming into the hands of the everyday African.

In addition to the African market, PlayMock intends to have a foothold in North America, Europe and Asia targeting Africans and consumers of African content in the diaspora. With aims of being a one stop shop for entertainment that is accessed via the app alone.

PlayMock users will be able to view some of the best Hollywood, Nollywood and international content through their smartphone, tablet or smart TV.

Speaking during the weekend at the launch of PlayMock, George Ibekie, Chief Executive Officer, PlayMock has said providing access to content in a cost effective way is the goal of the service. "The goal is to use technology to solve the problems that people have when it comes to consumption of entertainment. Nigeria produces a lot of content but the problem is access. We are creating access and levelling the playing field so that everyone can participate. It's about innovation and the next best thing.

"Piracy is not free and people pirate when there is no cost effective way to view content. What we are doing here is that we are creating access to content at a price that most Nigerians can afford," Ibekie said.

This is also as experts in the Nigerian film industry have said that diversification in the way films and content is being distributed would go a long way in improving revenue streams currently realised from the industry.

Zack Orji, Actor and filmmaker has described new innovations in the way films are being distributed as a welcome development in the sector.

Orji who spoke during the launch of PlayMock said, "For me as a filmmaker this is a beautiful thing. The sky is so big that it can accommodate everybody. I see this as people taking advantage of opportunities that are available. Anybody who views this as a rivalry, then that person doesn't want any progress for us in the industry. It just simply means people should keep re-engineering themselves to getting better.

"The economic implication of this simply means more income for filmmakers if they learn to take advantage of this. More income for filmmakers means more revenue is being injected to the economy. It can only be better for the economy if it is well harnessed."

Orji also said that diversification of film distribution is the way to go and has warned against anybody claiming proprietary rights over the ways content should be distributed in the industry.

PlayMock is an American based company with operations in Nigeria. The streaming service which claims that consumers would not require data to access content on its platform has the ability to connect up to eight users at a time to a single PlayMock device.

The service says its offering to its customers is that of accessibility to content with the opportunity to choose from a wide range of content at an affordable price.
For more information about PlayMock, please follow them on the following social media platforms.

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Tennis star Andy Murray reveals he is expecting his third child with wife Kim Sears

Two-time Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray has revealed that he is expecting his third child with his wife, Kim Sears.

According to the tennis star ,32, he is considering taking a break from his tennis comeback as his wife could go into early labour next week.

Speaking with The Times, he said: 'Obviously the baby can come any time from pretty much next week.

'I would adjust my schedule if I couldn't go to Antwerp. My plan is to play Antwerp and then I am done through to the Davis Cup.

'If the baby came early, I would miss Antwerp and then maybe play at the Paris Masters.'

The couple got married in 2015 already have two daughters, Sophia, three, and Edie, who will be two next month.

Regarding his injury comeback, Sir Andy said: ‘I had two years of having lots of pain after every single match.

‘Now I play a match, the body hurts, I have some pain in my back, the muscles are tired and things like that, but my hip is fine and I couldn’t remember what that was like before.

‘It has been hard but I expected it to be quite a bumpy road because it wasn’t something that has been done in tennis before.

‘I know – having done this – that you will see way more athletes having this operation and coming back to compete, because there is no reason why you should not be able to. There is no pain.’

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