Buhari receives envoys from Belgium, Poland and Rwanda

President Mohammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria’s business environment is vibrant to accommodate all business interests across the world.

The president made the remark on Thursday in Abuja while receiving letters of credence of three new ambassadors to Nigeria.

The new ambassadors included Mr. Andrezj Dycha of Poland, Mr. Stanislas Kamanzi of Rwanda and Mr. Stephane De Loeckeras of Belgium.

President assured the new envoys that his administration would work with them to further improve existing bilateral relations between their respective countries and Nigeria.

He also assured the new ambassadors that the Federal Government will continuously engage with them and other diplomats serving in Nigeria on issues of common interest and benefit to Nigeria and their countries even as she wished them well.

‘‘I look forward to working with you. We are excited to receive you in Nigeria and we are hopeful that our diplomatic and economic relationships with you will be substantially improved during your time here.

‘‘The Nigerian business environment and the community are quite vibrant and we should be able to explore additional areas of common interest during your tenure,’’ President Buhari told the ambassadors.

The ambassadors later thanked the President for receiving them and pledged they would work hard to enhance and strengthen the cordial existing relations between Nigeria and their countries.

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N40 million ransom demanded to free 92-year-old monarch

The abductors of the 92-year-old paramount ruler of Tombia, King Christian Otobotekere, have demanded N40m ransom from his family before they will let him off their hook.

Otobotekere, an acting clan head of Ekpetiama Kingdom in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, was abducted recently.

Six gunmen had invaded the residence of the monarch when he was about to have his bath and forced him into their vehicle.

The vehicle was later set ablaze when they got to the waterside, where they had kept their speed boat to escape.

It was learnt that the abductors had initially demanded N100m before they reduced the ransom to N40m.

It was further learnt that the family members that had been apprehensive over the state of health of the nonagenarian had their nerves calmed when they were allowed to talk to him and he assured them that he was healthy.

Family sources said the kidnappers were working on wrong information that the King was a wealthy man who has many contracts with a multinational oil company.

A police source said their operatives were aware of the ransom demand but would ensure that the monarch was released unconditionally.

The source, who did not want his name mentioned, said the police were working with the Department of the State Security and other security agencies to ensure that the monarch regained his freedom in a matter of days.

He said, “We are working with other security agencies on the monarch’s kidnap. We are on their trail and we would get to the location they are. The monarch would soon regain his freedom,” he said.

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House of Reps support Buhari’s plan to implement UNEP report

The House of Representatives on Thursday, declared support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to begin the process of implementing the United Nations’ Environmental Programme Report on the clean up of Ogoni Land in the Niger Delta region.

The House noted that the report, which detailed the “environmental degradation” of Ogoni Land, was released four years ago.

However, it added that by setting up a board to commence the process of implementing the report, Buhari had given the first signs of the seriousness of the Federal Government to address the problem.
An amendment to a motion on Ogoni Land by Mr. James Faleke, read, “Mr. President should be commended for setting up a board to implement the report.

“This report has been there for four years, and for Mr. President to have started the process for the implementation yesterday (Wednesday) is commendable. “

The amendment was unanimously endorsed by lawmakers.

But, it was a member from Rivers State, Mr. Kingsley Chinda, and 59 others, who moved the original motion on the plight of the people of Ogoni Land.

Chinda told the House that while the country’s oil resources were tapped from Ogoni Land, the communities in the area were left with no means of livelihood.

Chinda also stated that other parts of the Niger Delta where oil exploration activities took place, did not fare better.

He called on the federal government to declare the region an “environmental disaster zone” to speed up the process of providing infrastructure for the people living in those communities.
“The situation in Ogoni Land is so pathetic.

“Everywhere you turn, there is environmental degradation and the people are left to suffer. It is so bad,” Chinda added.

The President had on Wednesday taken several steps to fast track the implementation of the report, including the setting up of a trust fund to be managed by a board of trustees.

Stakeholders were also expected to contribute N2bn within the next 30 days to the fund.

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Nigerian man beats his mother to death in America

A Nigerian man living in the United States has been charged with murder after his mother was found dead at her Regency Park apartment in Texas USA.

Dr Hauwa Esther Kadima, 61, was found dead on July 28 after officers received a call from her son Daniel Basor Kadima, 31, alerting them of a person believed to be dead at her apartment
Daniel called 911 about 9 a.m. July 28 and told dispatchers he was calling to report a death, according to the warrant, which was released Monday.

When asked when he had last seen the deceased, he responded “yesterday,” police said. Kadima identified himself but did not say the victim’s name or the nature of their relationship.

According to the warrant, when he was asked what had happened, Kadima responded, “My duty is just to call in and let you know.”

Officers say they arrived and found Hauwa Kadima lying on the floor next to a broken wooden chair. Initial autopsy findings showed she had fractures to her skull, with laceration of the brain because of blunt impact to the head. Daniel had beaten her to death with the chair.

Kadima is being held in the Gregg County Jail. His total bond is set at $100,005,500.

In a sworn affidavit filed in the Gregg County District Clerk’s Office, Daniel’s ex-wife recounted past assaults and abuse from him, including four years ago when he allegedly head-b*tted her, breaking one of her teeth and busting her lip. She said he also would take her keys and lock her outside their apartment, but also restrain her when she wanted to leave their home. He also had video cameras installed in their marital home, video recording their daughter.

“He eventually had a mental breakdown and was arrested multiple times,” the ex-wfe said in the affidavit. “He was committed to a mental health facility.”

Mrs Hauwa’s friends described her as a devout Christian, and well-educated with degrees from Wheaton College. They say she had a vision for her native Nigeria.

“She had a passion for wanting to start a school back in her hometown. She didn’t go back to fulfill her dream,” Rev. Mary Collier says.

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Abike-Dabiri sues bank, newspaper for alleged N122m debt

Ex-member of the House of Representatives, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Thursday, filed a libel suit in Lagos, against one of the new generation banks and a national daily, for allegedly publishing her name in the list of chronic debtors.

In an advertisement published by the bank in compliance with the Central Bank directive that bad debtors be exposed and shamed, it was said that Abike-Dabiri and a company identified as Thriller Endeavours owed it a chronic debt of N122 million.

Tweeting via her twitter handle @abikedabiri, she said: “Just finished filing a suit against Diamond bank and Punch for labeling me a debtor .To claim damages, a retraction and an apology”

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ISIS executes 19 women for refusing sex with militants

ISIS fanatics have brutally executed 19 women who refused to have sex withfighters.

Said Mimousini, a Kurdish official, claimed the women who had been held hostage in Islamic State’s stronghold of Mosul, Iraq, were killed a few days ago.

The official, who is a spokesman for the Kurdish Democratic Party in Mosul told Iraqi News: “The penalty decision came on the background of the refusal to participate in the practice of sexual jihad”.

Mr Mimousini also claimed an argument about who would get the women and how much they are worth has caused a rift within ISIS’ ranks.

Thousands of women seized by the militants from the villages they conquer are sold or given as gifts to ISIS fighters who then rape and beat them repeatedly.

Most of these captives, some as young as 14, belong to the Yazidi community – an ancient Kurdish ethnic group based in the north of Iraq – or are Christians, and Isis sees them as heratics.

A UN envoy investigating Islamic State’s vile sex trade has said “girls get peddled like barrels of petrol” and one can be bought by six different men.

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17 killed in Afghan military helicopter crash

A military helicopter has crashed in the south of Afghanistan, killing 17 people, the chief of police in Zabul province has said.Mirwais Noorzai said the Afghan National Army helicopter crashed in a remote region of the province on Thursday morning, le...

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EFCC identifies owner of $2.1m seized cash

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) yesterday said it had traced about $2.1million (N413million) seized at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos to a former Executive Secretary of a federal parastatal.

The commission said it might be forced to declare the man wanted if he does not show up for questioning.

The agency said all attempts to locate the man in Lagos and Abuja proved futile.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on July 3 arrested a bureau de change operator, Mr. Ibiteye John Bamidele, at MMA Terminal 2 (MMA2) Lagos with the cash.

The Head of Public Affairs, NDLEA, Mitchel Ofoyeju, said Bamidele was arrested by anti-narcotic officials, who suspected that the cash was to be laundered.

The NDLEA handed over the suspect to the EFCC on July 8, following his confession that he was on money laundering errand for the ex-official.

It was, however, learnt that all attempts by the EFCC to interrogate the suspect had failed.

A top source in the agency said: “The EFCC has finalised a plan to declare the former parastatal’s chief wanted, over a $2.1million money laundering case.

“The anti-graft agency has been on his trail for weeks, since a certain Ibiteye John Bamidele named him as the owner of a $2,198,900 haul, recovered from him by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

“Ibiteye was arrested on July 3, 2015 at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos by the NDLEA and handed over to the EFCC on July 8, for further investigation.

“The suspect, upon interrogation, named as the owner of the money, but all efforts to locate him both in Lagos and his known address in Abuja proved futile.”

The Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said: “We have plans to declare the man wanted. We urge anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact the Commission or the nearest police station.”

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Driver Sentenced To One Year Imprisonment For Assaulting FRSC Officers

A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Jos, on Thursday sentenced a 25-year-old driver, Salisu Isah, to one year imprisonment for assaulting two Federal Road Safety Commission officers.

Isah was charged for criminal assault and obstruction, an offence contrary to sections 217 and 148 of the Penal Code.

Police prosecutor, Sgt. Yakubu Audu, had told the court that the two road marshals, Afolayan Issac and Onoja Paul, reported the matter to the police.

“The officers, who were holding routine mobile court‎ along British America Junction, asked Isah to produce his particulars, but he failed to produce the particulars.

“He was asked to convey the officers to the FRSC office for trial, however when Isah got to Rikkos junction he called some hoodlums who attacked the officers,” Audu said.

He told the court that the two FRSC officers sustained injuries and had to be admitted in hospital.

The prosecutor ‎prayed the court to grant summary trial after the convict pleaded guilty to the charge.

In her Judgement, ‎the Magistrate, Mrs Hudung Shima, sentenced Isah to one year imprisonment with an option of N10,000 fine.

She charged the convict to be of good behaviour and conduct himself in an orderly manner in future.


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‘Prepare for massive flooding’ – NEMA warns Nigerians

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday advised Nigerians to prepare for massive flooding in the country.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said it had been informed that the Lagdo dam in northern Cameroon would be emptying water into the River Benue until November to relieve an excessive build-up.

The opening of the dam as well as heavy rain in 2012 led to huge flooding along the river, the main waterway in eastern and central Nigeria.

Authorities in northeastern Adamawa state said at least 30 people had been killed and 120,000 displaced, while more than a dozen Cameroonians were reported to have died.

NEMA warned populations along the river to be on alert and “ready for evacuation” in case of a possible repeat. It urged local authorities and emergency agencies along the 1,400-kilometre (870-mile) river, the main tributary of the River Niger, to prepare safe locations to move affected communities.

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