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UNIPORT Resumes Admission Screening Exercise For 2016/2017 Session

UNIPORT Resumes Admission Screening Exercise For 2016/2017 Session
UNIPORT RESUMES ADMISSION SCREENING EXERCISE FOR 2016/2017 SESSION

In respect of the above subject, this is to inform you that the University Management has directed as follows:

1. Friday, 26th August to mid-night on Sunday, 4th September, 2016: Re-opening of the Portal for online
registration

2. Wednesday, 7th to Friday, 9th September, 2016: Screening Exercise in the College of Health Sciences and respective Faculties/School (the respective venues will be published on the University website in due course and via sms to candidates)

3. Documents Needed for Screening Exercise:
(i) A clear copy of the Photo card printed online
(ii) JAMB Result print out
(iii) Original and photocopies of O’Level Examinations Certificate(s) (WASCE,
GCE, NECO, NABTEB) Examination Slips for Candidates awaiting results
(iv) Original and Photocopies of Birth Certificate/Age Declaration

Candidates should note that Inconsistency in name or picture on Photo Card will not be acceptable to the University and may lead to disqualification of affected candidates. Candidates’ names on their O’ Level Certificates, UTME results and other registration documents must be the same.

Thank you.

Mrs. Dorcas D. Otto

FG gets N1.9bn from funds seized from Tafa Balogun & others

FG gets N1.9bn from funds seized from Tafa Balogun & others
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says N1,956,007,975.81 has accrued to government as interest from the public funds sized from a former Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Tafa Balogun, and other suspects under investigation or trial.

N2.25billion was confiscated from Balogun alone.

The amount was deposited in 11 accounts,according to records put together by the agency.

The EFCC document sighted by The Nation also shows that seized properties from the founder of the defunct Intercontinental Bank Erastus Akingbola, former Edo State Governor Lucky Igbinedion, former Plateau State Governor Joshua Dariye and seven other highly-placed people under investigation ,have yielded about N185.6million as rents for government.

The other suspects in this category are: Alhaji Tukur Muazu, Bayo Lawal, Kayode Ojuri, Timothy Akani, Esai Dangabar, Aliyu Bello and John Yusuf Yakubu.

Similarly, the EFCC took over 75 money laundering cases involving drug barons from the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency ( NDLEA) between 2006 and 2013.

EFCC sources told The Nation that the records were put together following controversy generated by the assets seized from the former IGP.

Balogun resigned his appointment as the IGP on January 18, 2005 following the uncovering of a huge amount in his accounts by the EFCC under its pioneer chairman, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.

But 11years after, some critics alleged that cash and assets seized from Balogun had been re-looted.

The EFCC records sighted by The Nation says in part: “A total of 15 Spring Bank accounts were forfeited by Mr. Tafa Balogun. Of this number, four accounts had NIL (zero) balance.

“The total balance in the remaining 11 accounts as of January 2005 was N1, 226,518,163.09. In addition to this, seven treasury bills/commercial papers in the same bank had a total balance of N1, 017, 178, 719.42.

“The two added together came up to N2, 243,696,882.51. With the addition of the accrued interest of N14, 403,634.36, the figure came to N2, 258,100,516.87.

“This sum was what was paid to the commission by Spring Bank and eventually remitted to the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Finance.”

But the commission said that some assets of the former IGP were yet to be disposed of because of legal disputes.

Continuing, the EFCC says: “There were legal issues on some of the properties recovered from Tafa Balogun. Other claimants emerged, with claims to the properties. The cases include the property at Plot 2220 Suez Crescent, Zone 4, Abuja, which the Commission eventually won in 2013, while the other involved a property at Plot 1488, Fugar Street, Asokoro which case the Commission lost in 2014.

"Apart from the Fugar Street Asokoro property that is now a subject of appeal by the EFCC; three other properties forfeited by Tafa Balogun are yet to be disposed of. One of the properties is located at Plot 110, Tunis Street, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja.

"Meanwhile, the total sum of N46,358,393.15 generated from the management of the property by Diya Fatimilehin & Co since 2009 was remitted to the Commission at various times.

"The remitted sum is in the Commission’s recovery account. The remaining two properties which appeared on the forfeiture order as Plot 75, Asokoro and Plot 2262B Maitama A6 District, Abuja, are also subject of legal disputes.”

The EFCC also admitted that it raked in about N1,956,007,975.81 from forfeited funds placed in interest yielding accounts.

It says: “The placement of forfeited monies in interest yielding accounts is not an entirely new idea. The court in various rulings ordered some funds to be placed in interest yielding accounts.

“Rather than warehousing forfeited funds in current accounts for a long period, the commission lodged such funds, including those of Tafa Balogun, in interest yielding accounts.

“The interest element is always in line with CBN Cash Reserve Ratio and not fixed. Not a single kobo is taken out by the commission under this initiative."

It is interesting to note that under this initiative, as at March 2015, the sum of N696, 590,765.36 was generated as interest on recovered funds with Access Bank Plc. 

“Another sum of N522,807,543.83 presently stands as interest generated from recovered funds with Ecobank Plc, while the subsidy recoveries with Enterprise Bank Plc has yielded the sum of N736,609,666.62. All these monies are intact and are held on behalf of the Federal Government until all encumbrances to their release are cleared.

“For purposes of transparency and accountability, the commission sought and obtained approval to operate a dedicated interest income account vide a letter from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation Ref. No. AGF/TRY/RB/441/VOL.I/128 dated 3rd December, 2012.”

Meanwhile, about N185.6million was collected as rents from seized properties of Erastus Akingbola, Lucky Igbinedion, Alh. Tukur Muazu, Bayo Lawal, Kayode Ojuri, Timothy Akani, Esai Dangabar, Aliyu Bello, Joshua Chibi Dariye and John Yusuf Yakubu.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the said rents were remitted to the commission as follows:
The sum of N70, 655,872.47 was collectively generated from the management of the forfeited properties of Erastus Akingbola, Lucky Igbinedion and Alh. Tukur Muazu.

The sum of N99, 083,241.75 was collectively generated from the management of the forfeited properties of Erastus Akingbola, Bayo Lawal, Kayode Ojuri, Timothy Akani, Esai Dangabar, Aliyu Bello, Joshua Chibi Dariye and others.

iii. The N15,944,222.40 was collectively generated from the management of the forfeited properties of Mr. Bayo Lawal, Esai Dangabar and John Yusuf Yakubu.

On money laundering cases by drug barons, EFCC confirmed receipt of 75 cases from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency ( NDLEA) between 2006 and 2007.

It said: “Between 2006 and 2013, the EFCC received a total of 75 cases from NDLEA. The cases related to various offences including, unlawful possession of financial instruments, currency trafficking, unlawful possession of counterfeit financial instrument, obtaining under false pretense and unlawful possession of fake currencies among others.

“The cases were basically transferred along with exhibits which include financial instruments in form of cheques, drafts, traveler’s cheques, money order and cash in local and foreign currencies which were mostly fake or counterfeit in nature.”


MARRIED COUPLES | How To Enjoy Sex After Childbirth

MARRIED COUPLES | How To Enjoy Sex After Childbirth
S*x after childbirth can be scary for many women; even though childbirth makes them to have all it takes to make their husband want more s*x on mere sighting them; talk of large (milk-filled) bre*sts and pointed nip-ples. It is even for this reason that some men ‘compete for’ or ‘alternate’ the bre*sts with their new babies.

Although s*xual inter-course is not encouraged until six weeks after, for those who had normal delivery, to allow the body heal and avoid likely infections, some men have described such women as more attractive. But those might not be enough to boost the confidence and preparedness of a woman to resume s*xual activities with her husbands.

The fears may not be misplaced after all.

For those who had normal delivery, some tend to be apprehensive of what their partners would think of what has become of their body, largely because of their fatigued and ‘loose body.’ Coupled with exhaustion and other things that could take their minds away from going for another bed game, it is not uncommon to see that some couples’ s*x lives derail after childbirth.

And on the other hand, for those who had Caesarean Section, the pain may not abate quickly, which makes s*x somewhat painful. Even though the tightness of the va-gina is retained when a woman gives birth through CS, which is the reason why some men encourage their wives to go through the operation to avoid having a loose vagina afterwards, studies have however shown that s*x may become more painful for such couples after childbirth until it heals completely. Thus, such women shy away from it for some time.

Impliedly, whether the delivery was done through normal delivery, use of some equipment, through CS or there was episio-tomy, which is a surgical cut made at the opening of the vagina during childbirth to widen the passage for easy delivery and prevent rupture of tissues, there is usually the possibility of a cut, tear or scar at the end of the exercise, which could dampen couples’ s*ex lives. 

But there is a way out.

Women who had CS, one good way to enjoy s*x after childbirth and avoid nightmarish experiences would be to explore extensive fore-play or adopt other s*x positions apart from the missionary style so as not to put too much pressure on the pain until it heals.

According to a popular nurse and s*xual health expert, Samantha Evans, “Pressure on the wound arising from CS can cause pain, while some loss of sensation around the wound can also occur, making it sensitive to touch. Therefore these women should avoid s*xual positions which exert pressure on their abdomens and over the wound site.”

And apart from using helpful s*xual positions, experts have advised foreplay, which can take both parties to or-gasm without any penile inter-course. Medical experts have pointed out that the stimulation of the glans (the rounded part forming the end of the p*nis) can make men ejacu-late, and the stimulation of the cli-toris or the nipples can take women to their own destination.

Thankfully, previous studies, have shown that a significant number of women don’t reach orgasm through pene-trative s*x, but through the stimulation of such vital parts.

According to a consultant endocrinologist, Dr. Olamoyegun Michael, couples can have an exciting s*xual experience after childbirth because, physiologically, childbirth does not affect s*xual performance in women.

He said if there was no problem at delivery and there were no injuries, there should be no reason for any reduced li-bido or enjoyment of s*x and couples can enjoy s*x after delivery, as much as they did before the pregnancy.

In fact, he said such women tend to experience increased vagi-nal secre-tion, which is key in s*xual enjoyment, and that if there is dryness at all, it is possibly because there is no enough stimulation. Thus, the man should engage the woman in extensive fore-play so she could be wet.

He said, “There is no physiological explanation why somebody should have reduced libido after delivery. The hormones produced during pregnancy don’t necessarily increase or reduce libido and they go back to normal after delivery. The increased blood flow occurs during pregnancy and there is nothing like that after childbirth. Six weeks after delivery, the body goes back to pre-pregnancy state. So, whatever changes that occurred that period disappears six weeks after the childbirth.”

Be that as it may, Olamoyegun cautioned that whether such women would enjoy s*x, or the extent to which they would, depend on the circumstances surrounding the delivery.

“There are various forms of exercise that can be done to tighten the va-gina wall if it is loose and one of such is pel-vic floor exercise, also known as Ke-gel exercise, which helps to tighten the muscle around the va-gina. It works, but if that is not very effective, there are other procedures to tighten it.”

He said without exercise, the va-gina can still firm up with time but it may not be very effective and it will take a longer time. So, for a tighter va-gina, which is key in s*xual enjoyment, women should take up such (Ke-gel) exercises.
He added, “Women usually add weight during pregnancy and most women don’t shed that weight after delivery, so they might not be as pretty and attractive to their husbands as they used to be. It may reduce the number of times they have s*x, and that is why such women are advised to exercises.

“Also, some women shift their attention from the men to the child, so, they don’t have time for s*x neither do they have time to look attractive for their husbands, which can lessen the interest of the man in the woman.”

Put together by Punch's Tunde Ajaja 


Presidency Constitutes NPA & NIMASA Boards [plus names]

Presidency Constitutes NPA & NIMASA Boards [plus names]
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of the governing boards of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

A statement by the Director (Press) in the Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bolaji Adebiyi, disclosed that Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye is the Chairman of the NPA, while Major General Jonathan India Garba is the Chairman of the NIMASA.

Members of the NPA Board include
Supo Shasore, Suleiman Ibrahim Halilu, Constance Harry Mashal, Umar Shu’aibu and Charles Efe Emukowhate Sylvester.

Also on the board are Hadiza Bala Usman, Mohammed Bello Koko, Dr. Sekonte Davis, Professor Idris Abubakar and Mrs. I. J. Uche-Okoro.

Members of the NIMASA board include
Asekomhe Oaakhia Kenneth, Mohammed Gidado Muazu, Hon. Barrister Ebele Obi, S. U. Galadanchi, Ms Nene Betty Dike and Dakuku Peterside.

Other members are Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo, Bashir Yusuf Jamoh, Joseph Oluwarotimi Fashakin and Gambo Ahmed.


DETAILS | Governor Okowa & Uduaghan’s Cold War In Delta

DETAILS | Governor Okowa & Uduaghan’s Cold War In Delta
The war between Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, and his predecessor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, appears to have gained momentum with the recent arrest of some Uduaghan’s political associates by operatives of the EFCC.

The Nation's Okungbowa Aiwerie examines the issues surrounding the rift:

The icy relationship between Ifeanyi Okowa and Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, seems destined to endure with the arrest, last week, of some retired public servants by the anti-graft agency, EFCC.

A political associate to the former governor, Chief Tony Obuh, a former perm-secretary in charge of Government House during Uduaghan’s tenure and governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the build-up to last year’s governorship election in the state, was among those that were quizzed by the anti-corruption agency.

Also quizzed were Mr. Friday Aghedo, a secretary to Obuh and Mr. Benson Oburo, Obuh’s immediate successor as Permanent Secretary of Government House, who was redeployed to the Bureau of Special Duties as soon as Okowa became governor.

There has been no love lost between Okowa and his predecessor since the race for the coveted number one seat in the state began in 2015. Reliable sources said Okowa has always nursed a grudge against Uduaghan for sponsoring the likes of Obuh and the current Commissioner for Finance, Chief David Edevbie and others against him during the 2015 PDP governorship primaries.

Okowa was said to have been particularly miffed that Uduaghan compounded his lack of support for his governorship ambition with an open campaig against him at the venue of the governorship primaries. The former governor, on his part, was said to have been irked by Okowa’s public revelation of the gory details of his administration’s financial transactions, which he felt was a deliberate attempt to discredit him.

On assuming office last year, Okowa, in an address he delivered at the Delta State House of Assembly seeking a review of the 2015 budget of the state, had called to question the previous administration’s role in the rise of the state’s debt profile to more than N600 billion.

It was learnt that the ex-governor is particularly unhappy at the manner some projects, which his administration tagged five projects, are being handled. For instance, the neglect of Delta State’s tertiary health institution Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, where expatriate staff head hunted during Uduaghan’s regime are languishing without salaries and other emoluments.

The rift between the two political gladiators may be causing disaffection in the Okowa administration as Uduaghan loyalists are said to be often shunned aside while their functions are taken over by Okowa’s loyalists. A case in point is the recent resignation threat issued by the Commissioner for Finance, Chief David Edevbie, over alleged usurpation of his duties by the Commissioner for Economic Planning, Mr Kingsley Emu.

It will be recalled that Kingsley Emu was sacked by ex-Governor Uduaghan from his government after he pledged allegiance to Governor Okowa in the run-up to the 2015 Delta State governorship election.

Although the Delta State Government had in a statement debunked insinuations to the effect that Governor Okowa was the brains behind the recent invasion of the state by EFCC operatives with Uduaghan and a former Speaker of the House of Assembly as the ultimate targets, not a few people remained unconvinced the government’s explanation.

The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, had said that “the publication is not only untrue and mischievous but meant to cause disaffection among peace loving Deltans.”’

He vehemently denied the insinuations that EFCC operatives invaded the state on the invitation of the Okowa government, adding that the operatives came to the state on the basis of petitions that were written against some individuals in the state and not on the invitation of the governor.

According to Ukah, “they (EFCC operatives) visited the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) to get official documents that could aid them in the course of their investigations and also invited some government officials for clarifications on certain issues.”

He attributed the publication to the handiwork of mischief makers and called on Deltans not to believe its contents.

But dependable sources told The Nation that the EFCC officials who came to the state were lodged in a hotel by a top aide of Governor Okowa. The commission’s officials, who spent two days in Asaba, were stationed in the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Ovie Agas, it was gathered.

It was learnt that some former permanent secretaries who served in the Uduaghan administration and staffers of the Ministry of Science and Technology were grilled. The Nation gathered that following the two-days grilling exercise, Obuh and two other persons were arrested by EFCC operatives and whisked away to Abuja for further questioning.

Sources who craved anonymity confided that permanent secretaries in all ministries were ordered to submit all relevant government documents to the EFCC operatives.

His words: “The SSG’S office was converted to a temporary office of the EFCC for the two days. Although all the documents were first taken to our office, the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, by all the Permanent Secretaries, where some vital documents that could implicate the current administration were removed before the rest were sent to the centre.

“The team was actually brought in by the governor on a Tuesday and were lodged in a hotel. Currently, the targets are those who were used against the governor during the 2015 elections, especially those who contested against him during the PDP governorship primaries.”

The source added: “In the next few weeks, another set of the operatives of the commission will be visiting the state to invite and carry out more investigations on more persons seen as obstacles to the governor before, during and after the elections.

“In our ministry here, the governor has already directed our commissioner and we are collating documents and other papers to be forwarded to anti-corruption agencies to arrest and prosecute some officials of the immediate past administration. Government officials have been warned not to speak to any journalist on the issue.”

An official of the commission said that they were in the state on the invitation of the state government to investigate some persons, especially officials of the past administration as well as lawmakers.

He said: “For the past two days, we have been in town scrutinising relevant government documents both for contracts award and others in the conference room of the office of the Secretary to the State Government.

“Some officials of the former administration were invited and documents were tendered, which we scrutinized. We shall be back again. But for now, we are going to our Abuja office with the former permanent secretary, Government House, Asaba, Mr. Obuh, and two other persons.”

Not a few people are wondering why the relationship between the Okowa and Uduaghan has degenerated, especially when Uduaghan has been seen lately commissioning projects embarked upon by his successor in the run-up to the State’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

A PDP chieftain in the state, who spoke with our correspondent, said the two politicians have polarised the party in the state, adding that their recent public appearance was an attempt at “window-dressing”., The situation, he said, could be likened to the peace of the graveyard.

Observers believe the battle line might have been drawn as the two political juggernauts look to outwit each other in the run-up to the 2019 governorship election.


Usain Bolt, the Most Decorated Sprinter of All Time

Usain Bolt, the Most Decorated Sprinter of All Time
Usain Bolt is obviously one of the most watched athletes of all time. Born 30 years ago, the Jamaican sprinter has been regarded as the fastest human ever. He is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time became mandatory.

He also holds the world record as a part of the 4×100m relay. He is the reigning World and Olympic champion in these three events and the most successful sprinter in history.

A nine-time Olympic gold medallist, Bolt won the 100m, 200m and 4×100m relay at three consecutive Olympic Games. He gained worldwide popularity for his double sprint victory at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in world record times. Bolt was the first to win consecutive Olympic 100m and 200m titles (2008 and 2012).

An eleven-time World Champion, he won consecutive World Championship 100m, 200m and 4×100m relay gold medals from 2009 to 2015, with the exception of a 100m false start in 2011. He is the most successful athlete of the World Championships and was the first athlete to win three titles in both the 100m and 200m at the competition.

Usain Bolt is ending his Olympic career by claiming an unprecedented “triple triple” and his ninth gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

His achievements in sprinting have earned him the media nickname, “Lightning Bolt,” and his awards include the International Association of Athletics Federations World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and Laureus World Sportsman of the Year (three times). He has stated that he intends to retire from athletics after the 2017 World Championships.

Bolt’s earnings as put together by Jesusegun Alagbe
The Jamaican sprinter is in a class of his own in terms of his marketing prowess. His competitors are not his fellow track stars, but global icons like Argentine football star Lionel Messi, American basketball star LeBron James and Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bolt has 10 global partners, along with seven regional ones. Sportswear maker, Puma, is his biggest backer with a deal worth north of $10m (N3.4bn) a year.

So far in 2016, he has made $32.5m (N11.1bn) in earnings — $2.5m (N850m) from winnings and $30m (N10.2bn) from endorsements.

He is the only track star who made it onto the Forbes list of highest-paid athletes, coming in at No. 32. A big congratulations to Usain Bolt!


You Are Responsible for Nigeria’s Economic Woes; Shehu Sani tells Ex-CBN Governor Soludo

You Are Responsible for Nigeria’s Economic Woes; Shehu Sani tells Ex-CBN Governor Soludo
About 24 hours after advising President Muhammadu Buhari on what his administration needed to do to salvage Nigeria’s economy, Charles Soludo, a former CBN governor, has come under criticism from a Nigerian senator, Shehu Sani.

Senator Sani insisted that, Soludo can’t proffer solutions to Nigeria’s economic woes when it was his policies, as head of the apex bank, that brought the country to its terrible state.

Mr. Soludo, who spoke on Thursday at the 4th lecture series of the Progressives Governors’ Forum in Kaduna, advised that, “The APC should go back to its manifesto and instigate framework that will engender the atmosphere for growth as Nigeria cannot develop with the current structure where institutions are created only to share from the federation account.”

He said it was better Mr. Buhari’s administration started thinking outside the box, rather than continue to blame the past government for the nation’s economic problems.

But Senator Sani responded to Soludo’s advice, by saying that it would be too early to forget that his stewardship at the CBN was the foundation of the current economic crisis in Nigeria.

The senator, in an email sent to Premium Times, Friday, said Mr. Soludo was entitled to his opinion, but that it was good to remind him of the role he played in bringing down the country’s economy.

“If Soludo and his Government had actually implemented such lofty ideas of reforms, we couldn’t have found ourselves where we are today,” Mr. Sani said. “It’s too early to forget the legacy of cronyism, elitism and vindictiveness that occasioned the past administrations.

“Soludo was lucky to serve under a Government that was powered by $140 per barrel and without the headache, heartache and bloodshed that has become of Niger Delta and the north east.

“Soludo need to be reminded that most of those today on trial for stealing our public funds were the same people rooted in the Government he served before GEJ. Yes PMB is tackling the ‘symptoms of corruption,’ but the symptoms were there for 16 years.

“If Soludo and others have combated the symptoms, PMB could have now focused on the ailment. It’s not in contention that blame game by the PMB administration against GEJ must end but under PDP three Governments for 16 years, hardly a day passed without the same blame game on late Abacha.”

Senator Sani also attacked the APC governors who invites Soludo to speak at the lecture series.

He said, “Those who invited Soludo did that to rubbish PMB’s economic policies that they don’t have the balls to do.

“What is the reason and the logic behind APC chieftains inviting a PDP economist to lecture them on the economy? The very party they consistently deride for ruining this country for ‘16 years’?”


Funny Actor Sanyeri Buys His Wife A Car For Believing In Him When He Was Struggling

Funny Actor Sanyeri Buys His Wife A Car For Believing In Him When He Was Struggling
Popular comic Yoruba actor Olaniyi Afonja, aka Sanyeri, gifted his beautiful wife, Hawawu Afonja, a brand new car during the week. He just revealed that he decided to reward her due to her humility and kind heart, which made her stayed as his faithful wife, even when he didn't have much.




The funny actor has thus declared that he won't marry another woman, saying he is satisfied with her.


Chibok Parents Bypass #BBOG Campaigners, Seek Audience With Buhari

Chibok Parents Bypass #BBOG Campaigners, Seek Audience With Buhari
Some parents of the over 200 girls abducted from their school in Chibok, Borno State, in 2014 are currently reaching out to the Presidency for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari that will not have anything to do with the BringBackOurGirls campaigners.

This is coming after security operatives prevented the BBOG campaigners from gaining entrance to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday and Thursday for a meeting with Buhari.

A Presidency source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Punch that while the campaigners had been parading two parents of the girls, the women leader of the Chibok parents, Yana Galang, had expressed their desire to meet with the President.

He said the woman told the Presidency that the parents would wait for the daughter of late Head of State, Murtala Mohammed and Chairman/Executive Officer of Murtala Mohammed Foundation, Mrs. Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, to return to the country in September to facilitate the meeting.

The source said, “The Chibok parents’ women leader called and reiterated their commitment to work with the government.

“She said that they are looking forward to a meeting with the President or with government officials, which has nothing to do with the BBOG campaign.

“She said they will wait until Mrs. Muhammed-Oyebode returns to the country at the beginning of next month, so she can facilitate this.”

He added that while the campaigners have been parading the two Chibok families based in Abuja and another based in Minna, Niger State, none of those based in Chibok have attended their rallies.

He said Galang also reported that one parent who have been attending the rallies, Esther Yakubu, called and scolded her about recent media comments credited to her.

Galang had in the report said, “We (Chibok parents) do not want to do anything that the government will not be happy about. We are not after any organisation that is against any party or religion, and we are supporting the Federal Government to help us release our girls.”

He said they wanted her to publish a retraction which she said she would not do.

Another source had earlier told Punch that Buhari refused to meet with BBOG campaigners because of Dr. Oby Ezekwesili’s alleged rudeness to him when he met them on January 14.

He said with what happened at that meeting, nobody could stick out his or her neck again to convince the President to meet with them.

He said, “You will recall that at the last meeting, the President sent a minister and some aides to meet with them at the old Banquet Hall.

“At a point, the campaigners insisted that they must meet the President and no other person. So some of us went to meet the President and persuaded him to meet them which he did.

“Surprisingly, the former minister (Ezekwesili) was rude to President Buhari during the meeting that was held behind closed doors by telling him that she was not satisfied with him.”

In a reaction, the BBOG spokesman, Abubakar Abudullahi, said they have no control over parents of the kidnapped schoolgirls, noting that they were free to see the president without the group.


I planned to kidnap Billionaire Femi Otedola – Notorious Kidnap Gang-Leader Opens Up

I planned to kidnap Billionaire Femi Otedola – Notorious Kidnap Gang-Leader Opens Up
4 months after the abduction of a former Minister of Education, 70yrs old Senator Iyabo Anisulowo, the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, has arrested the mastermind of the abduction, 28-year-old Ikechukwu Daniel.

The notorious criminal has made some startling confessions.

It will be recalled that Anisulowo, who represented the Ogun West Senatorial District between 2003 and 2007, was abducted in April 2016, with one of her security aides. The ex-minister was rescued after spending 10 days in captivity.

The police at the time arrested two suspects, through whom the IRT got information which unmasked Daniel as the leader of the gang.

If Daniel’s confession is anything to go by, one of Africa’s richest men, billionaire, Femi Otedola, would have fallen victim of the kidnappers.

According to the suspect, he and his gang planned to kidnap Otedola at a function in Ibadan, Oyo State in November 2015, but called off their attempt due to the presence of security operatives.

“It would have been impossible because the security there was heavy that day. We decided to take our time and prepare well for the operation,” he said.

According to him, someone working with Otedola brought them the job.

“The person told us that he was going to be in Ibadan and when we went there, we realised that there was heavy security presence around him. I told my gang members that we had to prepare well for the operation to be successful.

“I told them we needed to do a sacrifice and fortify ourselves spiritually before attempting to kidnap him. Then, we decided that we also needed army, DSS and police uniforms because without impersonation, there was no way we could get him.

“The man who brought the job was supposed to monitor his movements regularly. I already planned that if we abducted him successfully, it would have been my last job because I would have demanded N2bn and maybe we would have negotiated for N500m.”

But that would never be before the police captured Daniel, whose gang was said to have become a terror in the South West.

Punch leant that Daniel’s fate was sealed when IRT men arrested one Mohammed Babuga during the week. Babuga was said to have revealed the location of Daniel’s hideout in Festac, Lagos.

When he was nabbed, he was negotiating the N4m ransom of another victim his gang was holding.

A source at the IRT said Daniel, a native of Imo State, grew up in Kaduna and is adept at ICT. He reportedly confessed to teaching Fulani kidnappers how to evade arrest using his ICT skills.

Daniel said his journey into the world of kidnapping started in 2014 after he was released from Agodi Prison in Ibadan, Oyo State.

He said, “I was arrested in 2012 for hijacking a petroleum tanker truck on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. I speak Hausa fluently. While I was in prison, I realised that inmates were still arranging criminal jobs from the prison.”

Daniel said after he was discharged from the Agodi Prison for want of evidence against him, Babuga who was his cellmate, told him the way to make money was for him to join a kidnapping gang.

He said, “Mohammed Babuga had been discharged from prison ahead of me. When I first started, all I was doing was negotiating ransom anytime we kidnapped anybody.

“When we kidnapped the woman (Senator Anisulowo) I was the one who ensured that the woman was not killed because her family refused to pay ransom for her release.”

“The first person we kidnapped was a man whose name I cannot remember. We kept him in a forest in Ilorin, Kwara State and got N5m as ransom.

“We got N15m in our second job and I got N2m as my share. I used it to buy my first car.”

In details, he narrated what took place during the time, Senator Anisulowo was being held by the gang. Daniel said his members initially did not carry him along in the job.

He said, “They told me that they were expecting to get nothing less than N50m. But after the family of the senator refused to pay the money and police were conducting raids all over the place, they decided to eliminate the woman.

“Police helicopter was hovering all over the place. My gang members then called me and said they wanted to kill the woman.

“I begged them for two days because they respect and listen to me. Luckily for the woman, she was released and they all ran away. The Fulani boys would have hacked her to death.”

Daniel said he had been ahead of security operatives for so long because he familiarised himself with the modus operandi of the Department of State Services and police in tackling kidnapping.

The suspect claimed that to get information, he contracted one of his friends, who is a hacker, to gain access into DSS and police websites.

“Through that, I was able to understand their methods. Before I was arrested, I already knew the police was looking for me. But I thought I would continue to escape them because I understood how they worked,” he said.

On his part, 32-year-old Babuga, a native of Kebbi State, said he used to be an armed robber until he was arrested in 2011 during an operation along Kaduna Road in Kwara State.

“It was my third robbery operation at the time some vigilantes in Ilorin arrested us and handed us over to the police.

“We were charged to court and I was remanded in prison. When I left Prison, I joined a kidnap gang.”


Photos of President Buhari in Kenya

Photos of President Buhari in Kenya
President Buhari is in Kenya to attend 6th Tokyo Int'l Conference on African Development in the city of Nairobi. Mr President was received by Kenyan Minister of Interior, Joseph Knissery.

Those on the president’s entourage are the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geofffrey Onyeama; Minister of Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelemah; Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udu-Udoma and the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole.