How billions recovered under Ribadu were unaccounted for – Ex-EFCC chair, Waziri

A former chairperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Farida Waziri has launched an attack against her predecessor Nuhu Ribadu, The Punch reports. In a statement by her Personal Assistant, Mrs. Omolara Oluremi, Waziri who was reacting to an allegation by Ribadu that she had hand in his removal said he was a recipient of […]

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Sucker Punch! Toke Makinwa’s Harsh, Brutish Expose on Ex-Husband, Maje Ayida

•Celebrity TV host writes damning book about estranged spouse
Until very recently, Toke Makinwa’s pains were invisible and her cries were inaudible. She merely festooned the social space with her presence, using words that are only fit for the cultured. Then she wrote her book and everything changed. Toke’s secret agonies found voice in ‘On Becoming,’ her memoir. To friends, family and fans of Toke Makinwa, the book offers shock therapy and unexpected disclosure about the pains and disappointments suffered and endured by the Nigerian broadcaster.

In a no holds barred fashion, the radio personality, television host, and now, author, reveals that her ex-husband, Maje Ayida, infected her with a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) severally. Toke discloses the inadequacies of her ex and also revealed how she contemplated suicide, finding God, bleaching for his pleasure and more. She writes: “He had given me an STI in the past. He’d returned from a trip once and we had sex, and a few days later I was itching.” The jury is out over the perceived morality and maturity of Toke’s act.

While many of her fans applaud her courage in voicing out, many more pundits contend that it’s unbecoming of an African woman and role model to display such brazen lust for approval and acclaim. While Toke may bask in the fame and adulation resulting from the publication of her memoir, her estranged husband, Maje Ayida, will suffer untold hardship and trauma from a book that destroys everything he was and probably intends to be. But who cares?

STILL ON THE $6M LIE…ESTHER NNAMDI-OGBUE DUSTS OFF ELABORATE FRAME-UP
•INTRIGUES AS NNPC BOSS RISES ABOVE THE PLOT OF HER TRADUCERS
You can tell what effect Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue has on her enemies by the dastardly plots they hatch against her. Esther frightens her enemies. That is why they desperately seek her downfall. Like angry runts seeking to fall a champion gladiator, men and women living in awe of Esther’s shadow, have resorted to desperate measures.

Findings revealed that contrary to claims that her chef stole cash and jewelry worth $6million from her home, the Managing Director (MD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), had no such treasure in her abode. In a nutshell, Esther was caught in a vicious web of lies perpetrated by her enemies to dent her reputation.
The NNPC boss’ traducers actually aimed for her jugular; by framing her up, they made her a person of interest to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in an ongoing investigation. Notwithstanding, they went to town with fictitious news about the alleged theft from her home.

But what crime could Esther have committed that would make her the target of such criminal masterminds? Perhaps it’s due to her uprightness and refusal to play ball with the corrupt cabal holding the oil industry by the jugular that she became the victim of the attacks. But having failed at implicating her for fraud, Esther’s traducers are at sea over what other offensive they could launch at the NNPC boss.
By the time the dust settles on their web of lies, Esther’s hard earned reputation will remain intact, to their consternation perhaps.

CHAMPION OF CITIZEN DIPLOMACY…UK-BASED INSURANCE EXPERT, BABATUNDE LOYE, TAKES THE NIGERIAN PROJECT TO NEW HEIGHTS
As the present government makes frantic efforts to bring all hands on board towards advancing Nigeria in all ramifications, some passionate and competent Nigerians have actually been long committing themselves to help in unlocking the country’s potential and repositioning it to an enviable place on the globe, a noble endeavour otherwise known as the Nigerian project. Meanwhile amongst these individuals who are abundantly endowed with the seeds of altruism, leadership and patriotism is Babatunde Loye.

Loye, a UK-based insurance expert, is the current chairman of the Central Association of Nigerians in the UK (CANUK), the umbrella body of all Nigerian groups and unions in Britain. The uniqueness brought to the leadership of CANUK by Loye has seen him engaged in several important policy decisions that were geared towards improving the lot of Nigerians in the UK and strengthening the relationships between the UK and Nigeria. This in no small measure has further validated the roles of influential nongovernmental individuals in facilitating diplomatic relations, which is often referred to as citizen diplomacy. Recently Loye took a courageous and commendable step along with some of his associates in CANUK and others from outside of the organisation to an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Gukru, Nasarawa State, Nigeria.

During this auspicious visit, Loye and his team provided valuable gifts and resources to the inhabitants of the camp who have been pushed out of their homes and subjected to abject poverty by the Boko Haram sect that terrorises lives in the Northern part of Nigeria. Inspiringly, this very step caught the attention of the federal government and through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, the Presidency offered a robust acknowledgement for all the good deeds done by Loye.

WHITHER THEIR CROWNS? WOMEN WHO EAT MEN FOR BREAKFAST
When Cleopatra VII ascended the Egyptian throne, she was only seventeen. She reigned as Queen Philopator and Pharaoh between 51 and 30 BC, and died at the age of 39. She was married although her choice of partner, her brother, remains a contentious issue any day. What is unarguable however is that Cleopatra VII reigned supreme, effortlessly relegating her husband to the background in the full efflorescence of her beauty, intellect and charm.

Although, unlike Cleopatra, they did not marry their brothers, certain prominent members of Nigeria’s league of alpha females are notable for their capacity to relegate their husbands and consign them to the ‘other room.’
To some they are autocrat, ruthless in their desire to attain self actualisation and achieve power. To others they are driven women doing a “man’s job.” More importantly, their emergence as leading women in their marriages becomes immutable reality in an increasingly dynamic society of fast-mutating gender relations.

Makes one wonder how their husbands are faring with them at the home front. These women could be mistaken to be the head of the relationship, dominant inside and outside the bedroom. You couldn’t be wrong to think that they take all the major decisions at the home front. They are very successful in their own right. They are top executives who have mastered the art of taming their husbands as they tame male rivals in the boardroom.

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Castro ashes arrive in revolution's cradle for burial

The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro arrives in Santiago, Cuba on December 3, 2016. The convoy carrying the ashes of Cuba's late communist leader Fidel Castro ends an island-wide journey on Saturday in the cradle of his revolution for a big ceremony before his burial. RODRIGO ARANGUA / AFP

The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro arrives in Santiago, Cuba on December 3, 2016. The convoy carrying the ashes of Cuba’s late communist leader Fidel Castro ends an island-wide journey on Saturday in the cradle of his revolution for a big ceremony before his burial.
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The convoy carrying the ashes of Cuba’s late communist leader Fidel Castro capped an island-wide journey on Saturday, reaching the cradle of his revolution for a big ceremony before his burial.

Massive crowds cheered as the olive-green jeep that has pulled the cedar urn with Castro’s ashes across Cuba since Wednesday rolled into Santiago de Cuba.

The convoy’s first stop was in Cespedes Park, in front of the same building where Castro, standing on the balcony, delivered a victory speech following his revolution’s triumph in 1959.

The crowd, like others along the four-day, 900-kilometer (560-mile) trip from Havana, chanted “I am Fidel!” after a series of Castro speeches played on a giant screen.

President Raul Castro, who took over when his brother fell ill in 2006, will deliver a much-awaited speech during a massive tribute with foreign dignitaries in the eastern city on Saturday evening.

After a nine-day mourning period, the remains will be interred in a private ceremony on Sunday at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery, where 19th-century independence hero Jose Marti is buried.

Fidel Castro’s death on November 25 at age 90 has fueled discussions about his divisive legacy and the direction that the country may take without the omnipresent leader, who ruled for almost half a century.

Tearful supporters have cheered Fidel Castro for the free education and health care he spread in the island, while detractors call him a brutal dictator who imprisoned dissidents and ran the economy to the ground.

– ‘Farewell, comandante’ –
Children in school uniform, veterans in military fatigues and entire families waved Cuba’s flags and chanted “Fidel!” as the ashes arrived in Santiago.

“He has been the father of all Cubans and all the people in need in the world,” said Margarita Aguilera, the 54-year-old director of a state tobacco company who painted the words “farewell, comandante” on a white stone in front of a house.

The government had already led a huge rally with two dozen foreign presidents in Havana on Tuesday, but Santiago holds a special place in Castro’s life.

“This is the cradle. Everything started here,” said Victor Rivera Coca, 52, a cook who came from the town of Las Tunas with his wife and three-year-old son.

On July 26, 1953, the Castro brothers launched a failed attack on the Moncada military barracks in Santiago.

While the rebels were jailed, the attack put Castro on the map and he would eventually go into exile in Mexico.

“Condemn me, it does not matter,” the trained lawyer had famously said at his trial. “History will absolve me.”

– Dissidents lie low –
Three years after the Moncada defeat, the Castro brothers and their band of bearded rebels returned to Cuba aboard a ship named Granma. On Friday, Cuba marked 60 years since the yacht landed in a southeastern beach.

The rebels fled into the Sierra Maestra mountains, launching a guerrilla war that would end in triumph against US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista on January 1, 1959.

Following their victory, Castro celebrated by touring the island from Santiago to Havana. This week, the “caravan of freedom” took his ashes on the reverse route.

While hundreds of thousands of people have gathered along the road to bid farewell, the government has also encouraged Cubans to sign a pledge to defend his revolution.

Dissidents, meanwhile, have kept a low profile during the commemorations, calling off regular protests, though they plan to resume their demonstrations after Fidel Castro is buried.

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Katsina State float catches fire at Carnival

The Street procession of Abuja Carnival, which began on Saturday was temporarily disrupted as the Katsina State float went up in flames.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident occurred when the beautifully decorated float mounted on an articulated truck came in contact with a high tension electric wire at Area One.
The float was very high, while the wire was not that high.
The Katsina State contingent did not notice that their float was too high to pass beneath the electric cables as they and everyone were carried away by the excitement and fanfare that being experienced during the procession.
It took the combined efforts of the contingent, spectators, residents and other good Samaritans to put off the fire.
This they did by pouring sachets of packaged water, popularly known as “pure water’’ on the burning float.
While some were pouring water on the float, others tried to tear off the fabric used in decorating it to save the truck from burning.
However, it was the fire extinguisher brought by a Good Samaritan that saved the truck from burning.
NAN reports that nobody was injured during the incident.
While, there were securities agencies, medical personal and other government parastatals on ground, the Nigeria Fire Service was conspicuously absent.
The carnival continues on Sunday Dec. 4.
Some states participating in the event includes Kwara, Bayelsa, Kogi, Yobe, Delta, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Nasarawa among others. (NAN)

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Abuja Carnival providing a credible platform for national unity – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says that the Abuja Carnival has continued to provide a credible platform for national unity, peaceful co-existence and understanding of our ethnically and culturally diverse nation.

Buhari said this at the opening of the 2016 Abuja Carnival, with the theme; “The Creative Industry: A Pivot to Economic Growth” in Abuja on Saturday.

According to him, the present quest for authentic and homegrown approach to national security, peace and harmony, as well as the lessons of cultural carnival cannot be ignored.

“The 11th edition of the Abuja Carnival is not just another theme, but a declaration of one of the cardinal principles that we have consciously identified to bail out our nation from the grim of economic challenges that we face today.

“The robust contribution of the creative sector, particularly the performing musicians and Nollywood extraction to the Nation’s GDP are not only heart-warming but phenomenal.’’

Buhari said the sector was fast transforming the Nation into a cultural capital of the Sub-Saharan Africa.

“In this era of search for non-oil alternative, creativity no doubt is key and this government will accord it the priority it deserves.

“This is in line with the UNESCO dictum, since wars began in the heart of men, it is the hearts of men that the defences of peace would begin’’.

The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello said that the Abuja Carnival, a multi-cultural event, started 11 years ago with the aim of preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of Nigeria to the International community.

According to him, the Abuja Carnival has in the last decade emerged as a very viable and practical means of building bridges across borders, tribes, religion and enhancing friendship.

Bello said that this year’s team demonstrated government’s determination to use the creative ingenuity of Nigerians to boost the nation’s economy at this period of economic downturn.

“It is worthy of note that the carnival also affords a broad platform where Nigerian goods and delicacies are displayed and marketed to visitors and participants alike.

“At the same time, providing an atmosphere for relaxation for the thousands of visitors from within and outside the country who are attending the carnival.

“For us in the FCT, the beautification of the carnival route for the staging of street events, the durbar, masquerade dance, boat regatta, food fairs.

“The cultural night and children fiesta from different cultural backgrounds, all add to the beauty and serenity of the city of Abuja and a confirmation of its status as the nation’s centre of unity,’’ he said.

Bello, who was represented by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr Babatope Ajakaiye, also expressed his gratitude to President Buhari for graciously granting approval for to hold the carnival.

“I also appreciate the support and goodwill of my brother the Minister of Information and Cuture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed for working tirelessly to ensure the successful hosting of this event.

“It is my hope that this important national event would be sustained in the years to come in order to consolidate on the gains of harnessing our cultural diversity as a tool for national, regional and of course, global integration.

“Permit me to call on all participants to take time out of the carnival to visit some landmark sites of the Federal Capital Territory to avail themselves of their enormous potential for investments.

“As I welcome the participants and guests from the world and the 36 states to the Abuja Carnival, I urge all Abuja residents to be warm and hospitable to the visitors as a mark of honour and generosity which are hallmarks of the nation’s capital,’’ he said.

The Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said over the years, Nigeria had witnessed a thousand surge in the level of creativity even in the face of various challenges.

“The Abuja Carnival seeks to leverage on this creative potential of Nigeria positively by creating an enabling environment giving a diverse culture resulting in creativity to boost the Nigerian economy.

“Additionally, this annual fiesta has become an important platform to promote culture and tourism in Nigeria as well as a catalyst for achieving unity, peace and economic prosperity.

“This year’s carnival is indeed a celebration of life and an opportunity for actualising of commitment to promote Nigeria’s opulence culture,’’ he said.

Mohammed, represented by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba, said the main objective of the carnival was to sensitise and mobilise the Nigeria creative sector and Nigerians in general to the opportunities that abound in the sector.

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National Youth Corps Service Members Die In Kano, Zamfara From Medical Neglect

A female member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Ifedolapo Oladepo, reportedly died in an NYSC orientation camp in Kano State due to negligence, SaharaReporters has learned.

Ms. Oladepo, one of thousands of graduates mobilized for the 2016 Batch ‘C’ service year, was buried yesterday in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, amid tears and recriminations from her loved ones. 

A relative of the deceased told our correspondent that 26-year-old Ifedolapo Oladepo, who earned a first class degree in Transport Management from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, had left for Kano a week ago after bidding farewell to her family. “She left with high expectations. However, exactly a week after, it was her corpse that was brought back to our family after she died following complications from an ailment a few days into the NYSC orientation program in Kano,” said a relative.

The source added that Ms. Oladepo’s family members believe she could have been saved had NYSC authorities at the orientation camp in Kano given her the right kind of attention.

In a Facebook post, a sister to the deceased corps member wrote, “You called me five hours to [your] death and told me to start coming as the NYSC doctors [were] not doing any [thing] for you. They thought you were pretending [and that you] did not want to go for parade, so they did not attend to [you]. When you started calling people from home they eventually gave [you] an injection. Immediately after the injection [you] called me again [to say] that you noticed a lot of rashes on [your] body [and] that I should speak with the doctor who refused to talk to me. You called five minutes later and told me your tongue [was] twisting. They sent all your friends out after seeing all the reaction on your body after [they gave you] the unknown injection. [You requested that] we should ask for flight and I called immediately. They told me Abuja flight [was] Monday, Wednesday & Friday. I told you to tell anybody in the clinic that [I] am a nurse [and that] they should allow me to speak to them. A male nurse took [the] phone from you and told me you [were] having anaphylactic reaction and they [would] watch you for just one hour and transfer you to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, but alas they did not transfer you until five hours later when they noticed you [were] restless and calling people at home.” 

The Facebook post indicated that her sister then boarded a bus for Kano, adding that she urged NYSC authorities to transfer the sick corps member to a teaching hospital. Instead, the NYSC took Ms. Oladepo to the General Hospital located in Gwarzo. The post also said Ms. Oladepo’s phone was taken away from her on the excuse that she was not resting. “From that 5 p.m. I could not talk to you. I took a 16-hour journey to make sure I got to you, but I was called around 3 a.m. that you gave up without any doctor in the hospital to assist you. The only nurse on duty told me she tried her best, her best of staying beside you when death was taking you away…From that 3 a.m. till I got to Kano I was hoping it [would] only be a mix-up somewhere…I got to Kano and met you at Aminu Kano mortuary. Alas, it was you being put in that cold place.” 

A source within the family told SaharaReporters that Ms. Oladepo’s family was accusing the NYSC of “cutting their daughter’s destiny short due to negligence.”

In a related development, Monday Asuquo Ukeme, a first class graduate of Petroleum Engineering from the University of Uyo, died yesterday at the NYSC camp in Zamfara State after complaining about a bout of diarrhea.

According to Victor Jerry Emah, a friend of the deceased, Mr. Ukeme never wanted to go for service in Zamfara State, adding that the deceased was destabilized the moment he received his call-up letter. SaharaReporters learned that the late Ukeme was a brilliant student who won four scholarships as a student.

Ifedolapo Oladepo
Ifedolapo Oladepo

Ifedolapo Oladepo
Ifedolapo Oladepo

Ukeme Asuquo
Ukeme Asuquo

Ifedolapo Oladepo's coffin drapped with NYSC flag shortly before her burial
Ifedolapo Oladepo's coffin drapped with NYSC flag shortly before her burial

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