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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Justin Bieber passionately condemns racism

Justin Bieber took to Instagram to passionately speak against racism.

The singer said he spoke some hurtful words too when he was young, not knowing he was wrong. Now, he's calling on others to desist from doing that.

"Stand against racism," he wrote.

He added: "When I was young I was uneducated and found myself saying really hurtful things not knowing the power of my words. Racism Is still very prevalent and I want to use my voice to remind we are all human being and all of EQUAL VALUE BEFORE GOD!"

Imagine not hanging killers but they want to hang hate speakers - Bishop Oyedepo speaks on hate speech bill

Bishop David Oyedepo who spoke on the opening day of Shiloh 2019, described the controversial hate speech bill as a 'crazy idea'.

The Founder and General Overseer of the Living Faith Church a.k.a Winners Chapel stated that the proposed hate speech bill is aimed at silencing Nigerians.

Oyedepo added that when one says something truthful, proponents of the bill may term it a 'hate speech'.

Oyedepo said “Hate speech is one of the most crazy idea ever. So if the road is bad, we should say it is good?

“You say something truthful about them and they call it is hate speech? You can’t silence a man of God because he is called by God.

“A prophet is answerable to God only, what God tells him he will say. You cannot stand for God and be a loser.

“I don’t know if anyone loves Nigeria more than I do. Imagine they are not hanging killers, they want to hang ‘hate speakers?

“ Anyways that is dead already, if the wicked will not stop his wickedness God will stop his wickedness.”

Botham Jean's brother wins award for forgiving and hugging his brother's killer, Amber Guyger in court

Botham Jean’s brother, Brandt Jean was honored with an award for his courage in forgiving his brother's killer, Amber Guyger after her sentencing.

The Institute for Law Enforcement presented 18-year-old Brandt Jean with its 2019 Ethical Courage Award in Texas. It honors the empathy and forgiveness he showed the former Dallas Police Officer who killed his brother while he was in his home watching TV.

Jean testified at Amber Guyger’s sentencing hearing after she was convicted of murdering his brother in his own apartment. He said he loved her and did not want her to go to jail.

However, Guyger was sentenced to ten years in prison after claiming she thought she was in her own home at the time and thought Botham Jean was a Burglar.

Accepting the award on Tuesday, November 3, Brandt Jean used the opportunity to tell the police they could do better.

He said: "I want you all to know that I am not a threat, that young black males are not inherently dangerous or criminal. I implore you to champion policies and procedures that amplify the value of all lives. I insist that you encourage diverse leadership that can model inclusion and restraint.

"Most importantly, I ask that you remember my brother. And when you remember him, I want you to ask yourself what are you doing to ensure there will be no other families like mine — no other little brothers that have to model ethical leadership in forgiveness of a cop whose lack of training and discipline caused them to carelessly take the life of another.”

Gregory Smith, director of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration, said he was honored to present the award to Jean for his ethics and integrity.

“Brandt Jean represents the best in us,” Smith said. “Despite an unimaginable loss, he saw the humanity in the person responsible for his brother’s death. He saw her pain and regret, and had the ability to show empathy, caring and forgiveness.”

Exam Malpractice: WAEC withdraws certificates of candidates from 1992 and 1993 (Full List)

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released the list of withdrawn certificates of candidates, who were believed to have engaged in malpractices during its examinations held as far back as December 1992 and 1993.

The list of affected WAEC candidates was published in the weekly bulletin of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, released on Monday. The nature of their malpractices of the affected candidates was found to be an impersonation.

In the JAMB bulletin, WAEC identified the candidates as, “Ukaumunna C. December 1992 examination with the certificate number, NGSP 0233613; Chinna H. December 1993 with the certificate number, NGSP 0572427; Koffi E. December 1993, with number NGSP 0455669; and Oham J. December 1994, with the certificate number, NGSP 0177271.”

Others are “Mbara G. December 2001, with certificate WNR 2248072; Ifo S. December 2001, with number NGWASSCP 1307367; Ugwu P. December 2005 with certificate number, NGWASSCP 4534182; Anene J. December 2008, with number, NGWASSCP 5505913; Ogbenna C. December 2011, with certificate number, NGWASSCP 06927486; and Nwangwu I. December 2014, with certificate number, NGWASSCP 8392056.”

JAMB noted that to avoid such impersonation during its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, it was partnering the National Identity Management Commission to enforce candidates’ registration for the national identity number.

The board said, “In view of the cases listed JAMB’s partnership with NIMC is imperative. In order to have a seamless registration for the 2020 UTME, we have put machinery in place to test run the new registration regime under the joint platform of JAMB and NIMC using the NIN.

“The Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, sequel to this, therefore, directed members of staff in offices nationwide to participate in the trial registration which started on Friday, November 29, and is to end Tuesday, December 3. No fewer than 1,800 members of staff would be involved in the trial registration designed to assess the workability of the new registration regime.”

Singer K.Michelle shows off her 'imperfect' body as she gives fans update on her reconstruction surgeries (Photo)

Singer, K. Michelle, who has had a series of surgeries to remove butt injections that left her 'disfigured,' has given fans update on her reconstruction procedures after suffering complications from her butt implants.

Taking to her Instagram, the 34-year-old singer posted a bathroom photo with her body on display and then wrote:

'This body of mine has been through hell! It isn’t perfect but it’s MY body. This journey has been difficult but i’m a tough cookie. Proud of myself and that’s all that matters! Finishing up my reconstruction with @drcarlosgomez1 I’ll see you in Jan. Also i’m excited about my new tv show helping women like me remove silicon from their bodies! Powerful and how I want to spend my 2020, saving some peoples life.'

"What an ungrateful personality" Angela Okorie calls out Tacha for not showing gratitude after she supported her while in the Big Brother Naija house

Angela Okorie has slammed Tacha for not showing gratitude after she supported her while she was in the Big Brother Naija house.

The actress said she used her platform to support the former reality star but since Tacha came out the house, she has been ignoring her.

Tacha put up a post after she came out of the house to thank her supporters, including Peter Okoye, Bobrisky, Jaaruma, Angela Okorie and more. She tagged Angela twice to the post.

But Angela claims Tacha doesn't reply her for days when she writes to her. She said that when Tacha replies, she directs her to her manager.

Calling Tacha out, Angela said Tacha's action has made her understand why Jaaruma, her biggest supporter, unfollowed her. She went on to accuse Tacha of having a bad character.

The actress wrote:

This Right Here keeps me going

What Ever I do for people
I don't expect A pay Back
And that is why God
Keeps blessing me
But as a human being
I think I deserve Gratitude.

Some people i helped like Tacha can't even say
Thank you for giving her my platform
To push her Brand
As the matter of fact she ignores me ,
When I write her
It takes 2 days to reply me
Or she directs me to her manager
What an Ungrateful personality
Tacha it took you 2 weeks to call me after you
Left Big brother house,
That was After @hairess_gallery told u to call to at least say thank you,

Now I understand why Jaruma unfollowed you
Tacha I told you to post her picture publicly and
Say Thank you to her for all she did for you,
Cos is not easy to spend money on who doesn't
Know u , Gratitude is important
I told you that "A good character will keep you in the industry for a long time"
But a bad character will make u loose everything
I was the First public face to post ur picture when you entered big brother house,

This alone can make me not to help anybody again,
But you know what??? I will keep helping people
Cos this is part of my work on Earth.
Called you for a shoot
And I was shocked u said u will post it for free
Forgetting I post u on my page 2/47 without u paying a Dine

I pleaded with my lovely fans on daily basis to keep Voting for you until you win
I lost lots of fans cos of you
Some even wrote me messages threatening me
For supporting you , "
I told them I saw something different they can't see in you.

Even when everyone was against you
I supported you till the end and also gave them
Reasons to support you,

Gratitude is very Important
Gratitude is a Must
Does it mean if you were Angela Okorie
You won't give me same opportunity I gave you????
Desist from being Ungrateful to people who
Helped you when u were a nobody
Else it will Ruin You forever
NB: Gratitude is everything
Morning world.

Court orders FG to recover pensions collected by Akpabio, Fashola, Rotimi Amaechi, others

Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has ordered the Federal Government to recover pensions collected by former governors including Rotimi Amaechi, Babatunde Fashola, Godswill Akpabio'' and others who are currently serving as ministers and members of the National Assembly.

In a judgement delivered last week, the judge directed the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN to challenge the legality of states’ pension laws permitting former governors and other ex-public officials to collect life time pensions.

The judgment by Justice Oguntoyinbo followed an application for an order of mandamus in suit number FHC/L/CS/1497/2017 brought by the non-government organization, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP). SERAP filed the suit to challenge the legality of former governors currently serving as Senators or Ministers, to receive retirement benefits and at the same time receiving salaries in their new political offices.

The judgment is coming on the heels of the invalidated pension law for former governors and other ex-public officers in Zamfara State, which provided for the upkeep of ex-governors to the tune of N700 million annually. The state has produced three former governors since 1999.

Delivering judgement, Justice Oguntoyinbo said

“I have considered SERAP’s arguments that it is concerned about the attendant consequences that are manifesting on the public workers and pensioners of the states who have been refused salaries and pensions running into several months on the excuse of non-availability of state resources to pay them. SERAP has also argued that there is need to recover such public funds collected by former governors.”

“It is clear from the facts of this case that SERAP had written the Attorney General to institute appropriate legal actions to challenge the legality of States’ laws permitting former governors, who are now senators and ministers to enjoy governors’ emoluments while drawing normal salaries and allowances in their new political offices and to seek full recovery of funds from those involved.”

“SERAP has stated that since the receipt of the said letter, the Attorney General has failed, refused and/or neglected to institute appropriate legal actions to that effect. In my view, the principle of ‘demand and refusal’ has been satisfied by SERAP. I have also considered the fact that in action to protect a public right or enforce the performance of a public duty, it is the Attorney General that ought to sue.”

“Having considered all the facts presented by SERAP on the need for the suit and the Counter-Affidavit against same, I find no reason why the order of mandams should not be granted. I am of the view that SERAP’s suit has merit.”

“I resolve this issue against the Attorney General, in favour of SERAP. I hold that the Motion of Notice for Mandamus dated 6th February 2018 and filed on 7th February 2018 has merit. It is therefore granted in the terms sought.”

“In other words, the Attorney General is hereby directed to urgently institute appropriate legal actions to challenge the legality of states’ laws permitting former governors, who are now senators and ministers to enjoy governors’ emoluments while drawing normal salaries and allowances in their new political offices and to identify those involved and seek full recovery of public funds from the former governors.”

“I take judicial notice of the essence of the creation of SERAP. I believe that SERAP has the locus standi to bring this suit. More so, this is a constitutional matter. In constitutional matters, the requirement of locus standi becomes unnecessary to a great extent as it may merely impede judicial function. This issue is therefore resolved against the Attorney General, in favour of SERAP.”

“SERAP is seeking an order of mandamus to compel the Attorney General to file action to challenge States’ pension laws for former governors and recover public funds collected by them in the public interest, since the Attorney General has failed/neglected to institute such action. That is the essence of SERAP’s suit.”

“I believe the Attorney General can institute action in a Court of law to challenge States’ pension laws for former governors. I do not see any substance in the submissions of counsel to the Attorney General on this issue. I therefore resolve this issue against the Attorney General, in favour of SERAP. On the whole, I find no merit in the Attorney General’s preliminary objection. It is accordingly dismissed.

I have considered the papers filed and it is obvious that SERAP is a human rights non-governmental organization, seeking to protect the public interest. It is also clear that the reason for this suit is to compel the Attorney General to challenge the legality of states’ pension laws for former governors and to identify those who have collected pensions and also seek to full recovery of public funds.

Parties ought to be bound by the issues they formulate. They ought not to make arguments outside the issues formulated by them. The Attorney General has failed to give any reason for submitting that SERAP’s suit is incompetent.

The argument made is that the reliefs sought by SERAP in this suit cannot be granted; that the Attorney General cannot be compelled to institute actions and that the laws sought to be challenged were duly passed by the House of Assembly, and are therefore legal and ought not to be challenged. However, SERAP on its part has made contrary arguments.

The Attorney General has argued that SERAP has not shown any injury it has suffered any injury as a result of the salaries and allowances being given to former governors who are now senators. SERAP is neither civil servants nor public servants who have any issues with the said States’ pension laws for former governors. That the suit was filed to promote transparency and accountability does not confer locus standi on SERAP to maintain this action.

The Attorney General has only made argument as to why the suit should be refused on the merit. I believe the Attorney General ought to have incorporated these arguments in his response to the suit rather than incorporating same in a preliminary objection. This is fatal to this issue in this suit.”

At least 22 states starting from Lagos State have passed life pensions laws for former governors and other ex-public officials. Other states include Akwa Ibom; Edo; Delta; Kano; Gombe; Yobe; Borno; Bauchi; Abia; Imo; Bayelsa; Oyo; Osun; Kwara; Ondo; Ebonyi; Rivers; Niger; Kogi; and Katsina.

Nigerian soldier dies in accident two weeks after his wedding

A Nigerian soldier has been confirmed dead after being involved in an accident which occurred two weeks after he walked down the aisle with his wife, Ivie.

Gabriel Osemudiamen who got married to his wife on November 16, died after his car which developed a fault plunged into a river in Warri, Delta State on Monday December 2.

Friends, family and loved ones have already taken to social media to pen down tributes to him.

Woman reveals she tried to commit suicide to frame her boyfriend for murder because he broke up with her

A Twitter user has shocked other users on the platform after she revealed what she did when her boyfriend broke up with her.

She said he was her first boyfriend and she was devastated, so she considered commiting suicide so he would be blamed for her murder.

Her revelation was in reply to a question asked by Twitter user @Oloni, regarding the craziest things people have done after a breakup.

She tweeted: "Was gonna commit suicide just to frame him for murder. The breakup was rough."

She added: "He was my first boyfriend and he cheated with a friend. Love makes you crazy."

Victims of Ponzi scheme protest as court gives the Nwegwu brothers fine option

Victims of a Ponzi scheme executed by two brothers, Kingsley Nwegwu and Joakin Nwegwu, both directors of ACJEC Global Services Ltd have expressed dissatisfaction after they were given a light punishment on December 2nd by Justice M.L. Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Awka, Anambra State.

The brothers were docked for 50 counts of conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N98.7million. After reviewing the evidences brought against them, Justice Abubakar, held that the prosecution proved its case beyond every reasonable doubt, and so, convicted them accordingly.

While sentencing them to one year in prison, the trial judge further ordered that all the properties traced to them in the course of investigations, should be forfeited to the Federal Government. He also gave them an option of fine of N1million each.

However, many of their victims, who had thronged the court premises, expressed dissatisfaction over the one year imprisonment given them by the court, particularly the option of N1million. The two brothers were docked by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal office.

Their journey to prison began in 2011 when they lured people to invest their money in ACJEC Global Services Ltd with the promise of paying mouth-watering 30- 34 percent annual interest.

The petitioners alleged that after investing the said money they never got the interest nor the capital invested in the company. Investigations carried out by the EFCC further revealed that more than N4 billion was paid into the accounts of the convicts by their over 200 victims, in what turned out to be a Ponzi Scheme.

One of the victims was said to have invested more than N50million. Count 15 of the charge against them reads: “That you, Kingsley Chinedu Nwegwu, Chetachukwu Joakim Nwegwu and ACJEC Global Services Ltd, on or about the 23rd of March, 2011 at Awka, Anambra State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, with intent to defraud, obtained by false pretence the sum of N15,000,000.00 (Fifteen million naira) from Okeke Osita Samuel when you represented that the said amount of money was an investment in a business of partnership venture which would generate more financial income for the said Okeke Osita Samuel, a pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1) b of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No.14 of 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”
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