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Court orders forfeiture of properties linked to Alison-Madueke to FG

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office has secured the interim forfeiture of property linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, Donald Chidi Amangbo and Sequoyah Properties Limited.

A Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos, presided over by Justice Chuka Obiozor, granted the order for interim forfeiture of the property traced to Diezani. The property is located at Plot 9, Azikiwe Road, Old GRA, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The order was pursuant to a motion ex-parte dated March 4, 2019 brought by the EFCC.

According to Justice Obiozor, “An interim forfeiture order of this honourable court is hereby granted, forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria the property which are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity.”

The court further ordered the EFCC to publish the order in any national daily in circulation in Nigeria “and particularly in circulation in Port Harcourt and Lagos, and all persons interested in the said property are further put on notice to show cause why the final order of forfeiture of the affected property ought not to be made by this court.”

The court is expected to give a further ruling on May 9, 2019.

Source: PM News

PDP Wins Rivers Assembly Supplementary Elections

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won the supplementary elections for four constituencies in the Rivers State House of Assembly.

The party’s candidates were declared the winners and returned elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which conducted the elections on Saturday.

They are Sokolo Solomon, Okpokiri Nwanaka, Dumle Maol, and Adonye Diri.

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The state constituencies where the polls held include Opobo/ Nkoro, Ahoada West, Abua/ Odual, and Gokana.

Following the PDP’s victory in the elections, the party has won a total of 31 seats in the State House of Assembly while the Social Democratic Party (SDP) claiming one seat.

INEC had failed to announce the winners in the constituencies for various reasons after the governorship and State House of Assembly elections which held on March 9.

They include inconclusive election as a result of the margin of lead, non-deployment of electoral officials and materials, and disruption of the exercise.

See the full details of the supplementary election winners as announced by the electoral umpire below:

S/NCONSTITUENCYNAME OF CANDIDATEPARTYGENDERSCORESREMARKS
1ABUA/ODUAL                    SC/857/RVSOKOLO SOLOMONPDPM      55,944DECLARED AND RETURNED
2AHOADA WEST                   SC/860/RVOKPOKIRI NWANAKAPDPM      32,574DECLARED AND RETURNED
3GOKANA                   SC/872/RVDUMLE MAOLPDPM      55,319DECLARED AND RETURNED
4OPOBO/NKORO                               SC/883/RVADONYE DIRIPDPM        7,713DECLARED AND RETURNED

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp suffer global outage

Down Detector, which monitors online services said many Users around the world can no longer access WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram, the second time that the popular social media platforms would suffer an outage in one month.

In Nigeria, the Facebook glitch happened after noon, with efforts to open the page unsuccessful. It was the same experience with Instagram.

WhatsApp also has connection issues at 13.26 Nigerian time. The platform could open, but messages were not streaming in as usual.

Facebook Inc, which owns all the three platforms, has yet to comment on the issue.

Down Detector reported that Facebook began having issues at approximately 6:36 a.m(EDT).

Instagram was reported having issues at nearly the same time. Text messaging service WhatsApp was also reportedly having issues. WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook are all owned and operated by Facebook.

Facebook, which has over 2 billion users, recently suffered its longest outage ever on March 13, when some users around the world were unable to access the companies platforms for about 24 hours.

Reuters quoted DownDetector as saying that, at the peak on Sunday, there were more than 3,000 incidents of people reporting issues with WhatsApp and 7,000 with Instagram.

Downdetector.com’s live outage map showed that the issues were mainly in Europe and Asia. There are incidents in Africa too.

Users took to Twitter to complain about the outage, tweeting jokes and comments along with the #facebookdown, #whatsappdown and #instagramdown hashtags.

Source: PM News

We have sufficient fuel – Kachikwu

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu on Sunday assured Nigerians that there is sufficient Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as fuel, in the country.

Kachikwu in an Interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said that the country had gone past the era of fuel scarcity and urged motorists to desist from panic buying.

“I can say that there shouldn’t be any reason for fuel scarcity, we have gone past the era of fuel scarcity.

“ NNPC informed me when I made inquires that they imported enough.

“Yesterday, I saw a few pockets of scarcity in Abuja, but I was told that it was Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF) related distribution issues, and it will be sorted out as soon as possible.

“So, it is not an issue of lack of sufficiency, I am told they have about 28 days sufficiency two weeks ago, they presently have between 14 and 15 days product sufficiency,’’ he said.

The minister noted that the 28 days sufficiency was okay based on 50 million litres daily utilisation in the country.

“ I don’t expect to see a scarcity, I just expect them to work hard over the next few days to deal with whatever logistic issue they have. I will be working with NNPC on that,’’ he added

On queues building up in some filling stations in Lagos and Abuja, he maintained that the country was well enough to serve the needs of motorists.

“ I haven’t visited Lagos cities, but the information I have is that there is enough product on ground and we should be able to deal with whatever it is.

“The problem with fuel scarcity is that if you allow it to last for three days , then it builds up a life of its own.

“That is what I have enforced NNPC to do to make sure that it is resolved,’’ he said.

Kachikwu noted that it would had been a major issue for the country if there was insufficient product on ground but assured that NNPC would be able to resolve whatever the situation was in a few days.

Source: PM News

5 policemen arrested as another woman shot dead in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested and detained five police officers who allegedly shot dead a 20-year-old woman, Ada Ifeanyi in Ajegunle on Saturday.

The Command’s Spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana, said in a statement that the incident happened at No. 4b, Amusa Lane off Ojo Road, Ajegunle.

The policemen also allegedly shot one Emmanuel Akomafuwa, 32, of No. 52, Babatunde St., Olodi Apapa, at Akpiri Street, Olodi Apapa.

According to the statement, “The victims were rushed to hospital and Ada Ifeanyi was confirmed dead, while Emmanuel Akomafuwa is currently on admission receiving treatment from the injury he sustained as a result of the shooting.

“Members of the team suspected to be involved in the shooting are from Trinity Police Station and are currently facing internal disciplinary proceedings at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja.

“Their rifles have been retrieved for forensic analysis by Ballisticians. If found wanting, they will be prosecuted in conventional court for murder.

“The policemen arrested are; Insp. Adamu Usman, Sgts. Adeyeye Adeoye, Kashim Tijani, Lucky Akigbe and Paul Adeoye, while Insp. Dania Ojo, who escaped immediately after the shooting incident is declared wanted by the Command.

“Lagos State Police Command condemned in total these senseless killings of unarmed civilians by few ‘bad eggs ‘ in the command, who are bent towards denting the image and reputation of the nation’s police force.

“The Command will not relent in its efforts in ridding the force off these criminal elements. Those involved in extra judicial killings and abuse of power are promptly identified, isolated, tried through internal disciplinary proceedings, dismissed from service and prosecuted in conventional courts,” he said.

The PPRO added that the Command had within the last one month dismissed four policemen for abuse of power and conducts unbecoming of police officer and awarded various degrees of punishments to 41 others.

“The four dismissed policemen were charged to court and remanded in prison custody.

“Our collective resolve in building a more humane, professional, dedicated, courageous and people oriented police force is a task that must be done and together we can make it a reality.

“The Commissioner of Police extends the Command’s deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ada Ifeanyi and promised to foot the medical bills of Emmanuel Akomafuwa.

“The CP calls for calm as the command will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that justice prevails,” he said.

Source: PM News

Video: Must watch Aliko Dangote-Mo Ibrahim interview

Here is the full interview Mo Ibrahim, the British-Sudanese billionaire had with Africa’s biggest industrialist and richest man, Aliko Dangote in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on 6 April.

It is an interview that must be watched by all Africans, leaders and the led for answers to a variety of problems holding the continent down.

He speaks about his industries, cement and the giant petro-chemical complex he is building outside of Lagos.

He speaks about doing business in Africa, the problems of visa and what African nations need to do to make Africa grow and create jobs for the millions of youths

Dangote says that the two most promising sectors for Africa’s future were agriculture and new technologies. But he advised young African entrepreneurs not to get carried away by the first flush of success.

“Often in Africa we spend our projected incomes. There are ups and downs” in business, he warned.

Dangote says he regretted the customs and administrative problems that hamper business development throughout the continent.

He cites the difficulties his cement group faces in exporting to Benin from Nigerian factories 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the border. Benin imported “more expensive” cement from China instead.

On visa crisis, Dangote says he was asked to get a visa before he could enter Angola despite being in possession of the African Union passport.

The passport is a common document that is set to replace existing nationally-issued African Union member state passports and exempt bearers from having to obtain any visas for all 55 states in Africa.

But despite the existence of this passport, some countries in Africa still insist on visas on the AU passport — defeating the entire purpose of the travel document.

“They have done this African Union passport; I carry six to seven passports because of visas. Even though I am an investor, I need visas in almost 38 countries,” Dangote said.

“Now they have issued us the African Union passport, a few of us. I didn’t pay for it. I’ve got one, and let me tell you this, [with] the one that I have, I went to South Africa quite Ok.

“But [with] this same African Union passport, I was invited by the president of Angola to come and see him, and I had to go — normally, I don’t travel much during fasting period, but I went.

“When I went there, I had to be given visa on African Union passport. It is not about fees, when you say African Union passport, you should be able to go everywhere, free of charge.

“[But] I had to apply for visa, and intentionally, when I applied for the visa, I also applied on the African Union passport and I gave them that too to stamp on it.”

Dangote asks the African Union to fix the hanging issues around the passport and regional trade before the continent moves to the continental free trade agreement.

He says one of its factories in the southwest is only 28 kilometers away from Benin Republic, but the country does not allow Dangote import cement into the country as it prefers to buy from China.

The multi-billionaire says Africa must fix regional trading and see Nigeria sign the continental free trade deal “tomorrow”.

Source: PM News