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Monday, January 10, 2022

8:11:00 am

Gunmen kill Ebubeagu operative, set body ablaze

 


 

Gunmen have killed a member of Ebubeagu Security Network in Ebonyi State.

The victim, Ifeanyi Orogbowhow (32), was murdered and partially burnt by the attackers.

The incident occurred at night in Igweledeoha, Amagu in Ikwo Local Government Area.

The murder took place at a drinking joint in the community owned by the victim.

Police spokesperson, Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident.

“The DPO of Ikwo police division said that at about 3:am he received a phone call from one source at Igweledeoha Amagu Ikwo that one Ebubeagu security outfit, Ifeanyi Orogbo, aged 32 years old, an indigene of Igweledeoha was murdered and partially burnt by unknown persons in his beer parlour shop along Eke Achara, Agubia road.

 “The DPO said as he received the information, he quickly mobilised a team of police operatives to the area but the culprits had deserted the area. He said the corpse has been taken to general hospital for preservation and autopsy,” she said.

The spokesperson said two persons suspected to be involved in the murder of the Ebubeagu official have been arrested by the police.

She said the Commissioner of Police, Garba Aliyu, has expressed dismay over the killing of the Ebubeagu operative and has vowed to bring the perpetrators to book.

 

8:09:00 am

IPOB leader, son among 48 killed in attack on Enugu community

 


 48 hours after rampaging Fulani herdsmen invaded an agrarian community, Ukpabi Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area, Enugu State, reports have emerged of killings of a known IPOB leader and son, Mr. Christopher Onoh and David Onoh, whose lifeless bodies were recovered from their farmland.

It was gathered that the IPOB leader and his two sons, David and Daniel Chukwuebuka Onoh who until the attacks, were known to be members of the Biafra Separatist group, IPOB, were said to have been under threats by herders prior to the headers’ invasion.

Since recovering the corpses of Christopher and David, the whereabouts of young Daniel Chukwuebuka Onoh, who is twin brother of the deceased David, is yet to be ascertained as at the time of filling this report.

Meanwhile, unverifiable facts indicate that Daniel’s family, who are indigenes of Ngwo, in Udi LGA of Enugu State were resident farmers of Ukpabi Nimbo as at the time of the attacks.

Following the ugly incident, Daniel had run to an undisclosed destination for his safety, following the bizarre killings of his father and twin brother.

It will be recalled that over 60 houses and shops were set ablaze by the invading herdsmen and about 56 injured residents are receiving treatment at Bishop Shanahan hospitals in Nsukka LGA.

The attack came two days after a security report hinted of an impending attack by Fulani herdsmen in the area.

The report had said the community would be invaded by about 500 Fulani herdsmen from Nasarawa State.

A team of soldiers and mobile police drafted to the area after the report of the invasion filtered into the state was overpowered by the herdsmen.

The invaders, who came into Ukpabi-Nimbo in the wee hours of yesterday, were said to have used grenades, AK 47 and other dangerous weapons.

According to the residents, the herdsmen “were indiscriminately shooting and cutting our kinsmen with machetes,” said Grace Onoh who survived the attack.

As at yesterday evening, some residents said those killed have exceeded the initial 48 brought to the Bishop Shanahan Hospital, Nsukka, by policemen.

Transitional Committee Chairman of Uzo-Uwani Local Government, Cornell Onwubuya said despite efforts to stop the attack, the herdsmen still went ahead to unleash mayhem on the community.

Enugu Police, in a statement, said it had commenced “a full scale investigation into the alleged killing of six persons at Nimbo in Uzo Uwani Local Government by suspected herdsmen”.

The police said following a report, the Commissioner of Police, Nwaodibo Ekechukwu, mobilised and left with operatives to ensure that the incident did not degenerate into an uncontrollable situation and to work out strategies aimed at fishing out those behind it and to bring them to book.

Ekechukwu who visited the area, urged the people of Nimbo to continue to be law-abiding and never to take laws into their hands.

But a worker at Bishop Shanahan Hospital, Nsukka, confirmed receiving 30 bodies and 22 injured persons in the morning.

Hundreds of displaced residents are reported to be taking refuge in Nsukka.

 

7:55:00 am

Hellfire memes: Those behind trend sent gunmen after me — Mummy GO

 




  The founder of Rapture Proclaimer Evangelical Church of God, Evangelist Funmilayo Adebayo, has said those behind the trending Mummy G.O hellfire memes sent gunmen after her.

She said they have been at it for about eight years now and just recently decided to make use of social media to disgrace her.

The evangelist who spoke to BBC Pidgin said they are angry because her messages are pulling their church members away from them and to her own church.

This is as she addressed some of the quotes attributed to her in several Mummy G.O memes and videos which have gone viral on social media.

Asked to state why her message is always centred on heaven and hellfire, she said, “My message is to ensure that people make heaven. I want them to avoid things that will prevent them from making heaven, things that will send them to hellfire. My message also prepares people for the rapture because Jesus is coming back, whether people believe it or not. Apart from the message I deliver, God is doing healings and miracles as we get testimonies from all over the world.”

On if she feels bad about being called Mummy G.O, she said, “I don’t feel bad about being called Mummy G.O. Why should I feel bad? Many never knew I existed until they were told many bad things about me, but the wise among them will want to know the truth, from there they will know the real me.

“90 per cent of them don’t know me. They are just flexing on social media to flow with the trend. They don’t even know the reason behind the trend. There’s too much stress in this country, so people are easily carried away by anything that will make them laugh. They don’t know that those who started the trend did so to create a scandal. Some didn’t even know I truly exist, they thought it was all a joke. They are not my enemies, they don’t hate me nor do I hate them.”

Addressing the statements captured in the viral videos and memes, Evangelist Funmilayo said, “All those videos are edited. Even Lucifer, if he’s made a pastor today, will he ever say all those things attributed to me talk less of someone called a holiness preacher? So, most of those things attributed to me were never said by me. The people behind the trend have been at it for over eight years. Sometimes they make use of magazines. When that didn’t work, they sent gunmen after me.”

She continued, “I’ve been receiving some strange calls saying ‘Evangelist Funmilayo you are affecting us. Many of our members hear your message and they pull out of our church. If you don’t stop, we will kill you’.

“I thought it was just a threat until we started seeing gunmen chasing us while driving, coming to our church to threaten us and so on. At times, when I’m inside a banking hall, they take my picture and forward it to me, saying if they wanted to have me killed, they would have done so. They say they will disgrace me if I don’t stop. When they saw that I didn’t stop, they decided to make use of social media trends.”

Women who wear makeup won’t make heaven

“On women wearing makeup, I did say so and that wasn’t the first time I said so. I’ve travelled to many Islamic countries; you will never see their women wear anything that will open their bodies. Even their air hostesses, the way they dress shows they fear God. My stance against indecency would have been supported if it was said 50 years ago. Then, no woman could enter a church without wearing a scarf. The God that frowned against women not wearing scarves, has he travelled or changed? A Muslim lady dare not enter a mosque without her head covered. But because I preached an old message, I’ve suddenly become a criminal. The truth remains the truth even if it’s just one person saying it.

“Thousands of callers have told me that God told them to stop using makeup if they want to make heaven. The Bible doesn’t support makeup. Jezebel was the first woman to wear makeup in the Bible. If they say my preaching is too hard, are people expecting me to say the way they dress to a nightclub is allowed in the church?” she asked.

This is as she cited Deuteronomy 22:5, saying, “No woman shall wear what pertains to a man and no man shall wear what pertains to a woman.”

Footballers won’t make heaven

“I’m not the only person who said that. We have people from Ghana who also said the same. Even white men said it too. Just go on Google, search for the god of soccer, it will be shown to you. Why didn’t I say the same about other sports? They just want to arouse every soccer lover against me. The event that will introduce the antichrist to the world will come through the World Cup,” she said.

How to make heaven

The RAPEC founder stated that making heaven is the most difficult task on earth because it involves giving up a lifestyle that is not in line with what God loves.

“The only way to make heaven is the most difficult task on Earth and that is to obey God. The reason why I said it is the most difficult task is that obedience to God is the most painful thing. For example, there is a way we dress that we find appealing, some of which are seductive. Imagine Jesus saying you have to stop dressing in that manner before you can make heaven. Is that not difficult? Also, you have a girlfriend who understands you, gives you business ideas and is okay in every way. Sadly, you are a married man. When your wife nags about money, the girlfriend consoles you. Will it not be painful if you hear a sermon that warns against extra-marital affairs? 80 per cent of what we like are disliked by God. That is why obeying God is difficult,” she said.

(The PUNCH)

 

7:48:00 am

FULL LIST: Date and time for Nigeria’s AFCON 2021 group games

 



The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set to begin their quest for a fourth continental crown as the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) starts in Cameroon yesterday. 

Nigeria, 2013 winners, is in Group D of the competition and will be playing in their 19th AFCON when the tournament kicks off in the Central African country.

They will battle Egypt, Sudan, and Guinea-Bissau in Garoua.

Ahead of the competition, interim coach, Austine Eguavoen, had called up 28 players for the soccer party weeks after he was appointed to replace long-time manager, Gernot Rohr.

But the three-time African champions will be without the services of talismanic striker, Victor Osimhen, and a handful of players for the AFCON.

The country’s top scorer during the qualification games for the championship was excused from the tournament on health grounds.

He was not the only one left out of the squad. Compatriot, Dennis Emmanuel of Watford, and former Manchester United forward, Odion Ighalo, were also replaced days after the list of invited players was released.

Despite this, hopes are high among some fans that the Super Eagles will make an impact in the competition.

They will begin their campaign against seven-time champions, Egypt, on Tuesday.

Nigeria’s 2021 AFCON fixtures, date and time

Before is the full list of Nigeria’s 2021 AFCON Group D games as well as the dates and times for the encounters:  

Nigeria vs Egypt

Date: Tuesday, January 11th, 2022.

Time: 05:00pm (WAT).

Nigeria vs Sudan 

Date: Saturday, January 15th, 2022.

Time: 05:00pm (WAT).

Guinea-Bissau vs Nigeria

Date: Wednesday, January 19th, 2022.

Time: 08:00pm (WAT

 


Friday, December 31, 2021

10:37:00 am

Jonathan, Wike, Ganduje, others honoured In Abuja



Former President Goodluck Jonathan and a host of other notable Nigerians were, on Thursday, 18th November, 2021, honoured in Abuja in recognition of their contributions to the development of the country and humanity at large.

The event was the 9th edition of TopFlyers Magazine International award, 2021, which held at Sheraton Hotels, Abuja. The award ceremony is held annually to honour TopFlyers who are excelling in their chosen careers and impacting lives positively.

In his address, the CEO of PYSMACO Ltd, Publishers of TopFlyers Magazine, Mr Musa Yahaya, said the event was not only to entertain but inspire and motivate people to keep giving their best to the society.

His words, "I believe that this event not only entertains but will inspire and motivate everyone seated here as it is known for in previous years.

"Looking at the Awardees, made up of handsome young Men, judicious Elder statesmen and Women, noble Heads of departments, wonderful artistes, distinguished men of the press, erudite clerics, and all the crème de la crème present in this glamorous event, I am tremendously delighted to deliver this speech on the occasion of the 9th edition of Topflyers Magazine International Awards, 2021, and unveiling of a special edition of Topflyers Magazine International publication.

"Topflyers Magazine Award of Excellence is an annual event that recognizes outstanding personalities and brands that have performed extraordinarily well for the development of our society and human capital empowerment. Tonight, we will recognize and celebrate distinguished Nigerians with impeccable character and achievements as well as Nigerian brands within and outside the shores of the country while impacting their lives and brands positively."


High points of the event were the unveiling of the Special Edition of TopFlyers Magazine and award presentation to the awardees. Those honoured included former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, who bagged the AFRICAN DEMOCRACY ICON award; Governors Nysom Wike (Best-Scored Governor Of The year); Mai Mala Buni (Most Promising Governor of The Year); Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (Governor of the Year); Rt.Hon. Rotimi Amaechi (Best-Scored Minister of the Year); Best scored First Lady of the year,  Mrs Rashidat Yahaya Bello (Kogi), and many others. 

10:28:00 am

NANS demands repatriation of Igboho from Benin

 



The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has demanded the repatriation of the Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho. Igboho, who is in detention in Benin Republic, is facing trial after he was arrested in Cotonou on his way to Germany after he fled Nigeria to evade arrest by the Department of State Services (DSS).

 The South-West Zone D Coordinator of NANS, Adegboye Olatunji, in a statement yesterday accused the Federal Government of abandoning Igboho to suffer in the Benin Republic.

“The actions, inaction and body language of the Federal Government suggest their culpability or at least their approval concerning the treatment being meted out to the selfstyled activist. “It remains within the responsibility of the Federal Government to protect the interest and rights of her citizens within and outside the borders of the country.

“The activities of the Federal Government, however, communicate nonchalance and unwillingness that suggests that the Benin Republic is only acting on a script that was scripted by the Nigerian government,” he said.

 


10:24:00 am

National Assembly begins investigation into the Nigeria Port Authority’s (NPA) N7.5 billion contract irregularities

 


The upper chamber of the National Assembly has begun an investigation into the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) over irregularities in the award of the N7.5 billion contract.

The contract, according to the Auditor General of the Federation’s report submitted to the Senate for consideration, was for shore erosion control work at Akipelai, Ayakoro and Otuoke in Bayelsa state.

The Senate Committee on Public Account chaired by Senator Matthew Urhoghide hinged the Investigation on 2017 Auditor General’s report submitted to the Senate. The contract was in March 2012 with 14 months completion period. But, as at November, N4.2 billion has been paid, which represents 56.61 percent of the contract sum to the contractor.

 

However, review of quantities (BOGs) under No- 1 attachment revealed that mobilization fee of N1.1billion paid to the contractor was supported by a conditional bank guarantee from Zenith Bank Plc with validity for 365 days, which expired on the 2nd March 2013, contrary to the Provision of section 35 ‘1’ of procurement Act 2007 and Financial Regulations 2933 “1” (2009) which only provide for submission of an unconditional bank guarantee or insurance bond.

But, NPA in a written response to the allegation claimed that enbloc recovery of mobilization fee may create a financial strain to the project hence the need to recover the fee in piecemeal.

Also, it was revealed that the sum of N19.5 million was paid for Toyota Hilux double cabin petrol engine; however, there was no evidence to confirm that these vehicles were purchased.

In the NPA response to the allegation, the agency claimed that the Toyota Hilux was purchased.

In another observation by the Auditor General, N128 million provided for insurance against damages to persons and properties, was certified and paid through certificate No-3 with no evidence that any insurance was undertaken.

But, NPA in its response said; “Noted for future compliance. Payment for insurance of the works was carried by the contractor as required to the tune of the approved amount. The particulars of the insurance are usually retained by the contractor.”

In addition, the interim valuation certificate No 4 dated November 11, 2015 showed that the value of works executed as the period was N3.9billion representing 52.07 percent.

But, the total amount paid to the contractor was N4.2 billion representing 56.61 percent of the contract sum and it implies that contractor was paid more than the work executed by N344 million.

The query reads: “A contract for Shore Erosion Control Works at Akipelai, Ayakoro and Otuoke towns in Bayelsa State was awarded at a contract sum of ₦7,503,344,599.00 (Seven billion, five hundred and three million, three hundred and forty-four thousand, five hundred and ninety-nine naira), vide award letter Ref. No.: HQ/GME/CP/CON/R.16/067 dated 22nd March, 2012, with 14 months’ completion period.

“As at 11th November 2015, four (4) payment certificates and an advance payment totalling ₦4,247,938,353.26 (Four billion, two hundred and forty-seven million, nine hundred and thirty-eight thousand, three hundred and fifty-three naira, twenty-six kobo) representing 56.61% of the contract sum, had been paid to the contractor.

“Review of documents and the Bill of Quantities (BOQs) under Bill No. 1 (General) attached to these payments revealed that: • Mobilization fee of ₦1,125,501,659.85 (One billion, one hundred and twenty-five million, five hundred and one thousand, six hundred and fifty-nine naira, eighty-five kobo), paid to the contractor, was supported by a conditional bank guarantee from Zenith Bank Plc. with a validity period of 365 (three hundred and sixty-five) days which expired on the 2nd March, 2013, contrary to the provisions of Section 35 ‘1’ ’a’ of the Public Procurement Act, 2007 and Financial Regulations 2933 ’i’ (2009) which only provide for submission of an unconditional bank guarantee or Insurance bond.

“More than 4 (four) years after expiration of the bank guarantee, the contractor fails to renew it and the balance of unrecovered advance payment stood at ₦539,452,959.95 (Five hundred and thirty-nine million, four hundred and fifty-two thousand, nine hundred and fifty-nine naira, ninety-five kobo).

“The sum of ₦19,500,000.00 (Nineteen million, five hundred thousand naira) was paid for the purchase of 3 (three) Toyota Hilux double cabin petrol engine vehicles; however, there was no evidence to confirm that these vehicles were purchased.

“The sum of ₦13,500,000.00 (Thirteen million, five hundred thousand naira) was made for annual running cost of the project vehicles, in which ₦6,750,000.00 (Six million, seven hundred and fifty thousand naira) was certified and paid to the contractor, but there was no evidence to show what the amount was used for.

“The sum of ₦11,250,000.00 (Eleven million, two hundred and fifty thousand naira) certified for compensation of properties to be affected by the project and paid in Certificate No. 3, had no records on how the money was utilized nor the beneficiaries involved. ₦12,500,000.00 (Twelve million, five hundred thousand naira) provided for Community Relations, was certified and paid vide Certificate No. 3 with No supporting documents to validate the payment.

“₦128,000,000.00 (One hundred and twenty-eight million naira) provided for insurance of the works and insurance against damages to persons and properties, was certified and paid through Certificate No. 3 with No evidence that any insurance policy(s) was undertaken.

“The Principal Manager’s (QS) report on Interim Valuation Certificate No. 4 dated 11th November 2015 showed that the value of works executed as at the period was ₦3,903,668,868.75 (Three billion, nine hundred and three million, six hundred and sixty-eight thousand, eight hundred and sixty-eight naira, seventy-five kobo) representing 52.07% of the contract sum.

“However, the total payment made to the contractor was ₦4,247,938,353.26 (Four billion, two hundred and forty-seven million, nine hundred and thirty-eight thousand, three hundred and fifty-three naira twenty-six kobo), representing 56.61% of the contract sum. This implies that the contractor was paid more than the work executed by ₦344,269,484.51 (Three hundred and forty-four million, two hundred and sixty-nine thousand, four hundred and eighty-four naira, fifty-one kobo).

“During inspection of the project, it was revealed that the contractor had since abandoned the project site; and the duration of the project had since lapsed without approval for its extension,” the query said.

NPA is expected to appear before the Committee to make oral presentation of the response to the query

(Daily Independent)