Politics

When money grows wings: Senior citizens losing savings to tech criminals

Kunle Falayi Before 2005 when mobile technology arrived Nigeria, the way personal and business activities in the country took place would make the country today seem like a totally different world. With mobile telephony came a lot of changes that would henceforth make life easier and less stressful physically. A lot of paper transactions disappeared giving way to the remoteness of virtual and online operations. In banking, Nigerians today have a lot to be thankful for as many transactions can now take place without the physical strain that depositing money or withdrawing money requires. But while Nigerians are busy enjoying the beauty of technology, fraudsters are equally cashing in on their comfort, targeting many people through the same technology. When the Central Bank of Nigeria introd...

Why Lagos should build better statue for Awolowo –Ofeimun, private secretary to late sage

The statue of the first Premier of the Western Region, late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, that was recently unveiled by the Lagos State government has been generating controversies. In this interview with TUNDE AJAJA, the private secretary to the sage, Mr. Odia Ofeimun, shares his perspective on the issue Diverse reactions have been trailing the statue of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo that was unveiled by the Lagos State government on Tuesday last week. What is your impression of the statue? Whoever thought of the size of that statue genuinely meant to honour Chief Awolowo and to give him the respect due to his place in Nigeria’s history, but I think enough care was not taken to ensure that the final job would be up to the mark. When you have commissioned an artist, you still would want to be su...

Inside Badagry Prison where inmates live on N120 meal per day

Kunle Falayi In August this year when death visited Badagry Prison, one of Nigeria’s oldest jail houses, it claimed many lives of inmates wracked by diseases and hunger. Nigerians then got a glimpse of how bad things might be in the country’s prison system. But when just few weeks later, news from the closely guarded gates of the Ogwashi-Uku Prison in Delta State indicated that an inmate, Smart Ohuzu, had died after falling terribly ill, questions arose as to what was really going on within the walls of the country’s prison. Reports from a social worker familiar with Ohuzu’s case, suggested that the inmate died after his co-inmates made an unsuccessful attempt to raise N5,000 for his treatment. In a bid to provide an insight into the plight of Nigerian inmates, our correspondent embarked o...

Canada Based Nigerian Relationship Coach Who Got Pregnant At 19, Married At 20 & Divorced At 23 Speaks

Canada Based Nigerian Relationship Coach Who Got Pregnant At 19, Married At 20 & Divorced At 23 Speaks Oct 6, 2017 – Canada Based Nigerian Relationship Coach Who Got Pregnant At 19, Married At 20 & Divorced At 23 Speaks Meet Biola Makanjuola, a Canada-based Nigerian relationship coach whose story has become a source of encouragement to other women out t here. She took to her Facebook page to share her experience of getting pregnant when she was 19 and her marriage to her baby daddy at age 20 thinking a marriage to her child’s father would fix things for her and then separation at 23 due to emotional abuse and a toxic relationship. She encourages people who have experienced similar feelings of despair. She says: “Got pregnant at the age of 19, was zero’d out, condemned, alone and lo...

When Adeosun’s accent, Udoma’s pedigree calmed angry Senators

By Henry Umoru British trained minister of finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun was particularly outstanding in her accent, diction, and articulation when the administration’s finance team interacted with the Joint Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee last Tuesday. It is not as if she outperformed her other colleagues. The minister of National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, himself, an Oxford graduate and respected former chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, was himself held in awe by his former colleagues as he related with them this time from the witness box. Finance Minister, Mrs Kemi ADEOSUN Also in the administration’s team was Mr. Ben Akabueze whose reputation as a finance guru in Lagos State preceded his appointment as Director-General of Budget. ...

Argentina frets over possible Messi-less World Cup

Argentina awakened on Friday to the horrifying possibility of a World Cup without the “world’s best player”, Lionel Messi. Argentina’s forward Lionel Messi (R) gestures next his teammate forward Dario Benedetto during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match against Peru, at La Bombonera stadium, in Buenos Aires, on October 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO The Albiceleste drew 0-0 at home to Peru on Thursday to fall not only out of the four automatic South American qualifying places for next year’s finals in Russia, but also the fifth place that offers a play-off spot against New Zealand. Sitting sixth, Argentina now almost certainly need to win their final pool game away to Ecuador or miss out entirely on the global footballing showpiece, a prospect that had newspapers ...

Evans fights back from prison, prevents Police from impounding his trucks

…Gave order to brother in law from prison By Ifeanyi Okolie LIKE a drama series Saturday Vanguard tagged it long ago, the case of detained billionaire kidnapper Chukwudumeje Onwuamadike, aka Evans birthed another angle with the demobilisation of his fleet of trucks on his orders. The order which was learned to have been given by Evans to his brother-in-law, Mr. Okwuchukwu Obi and his Manager, Mr. Chidozie Obiora from Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison, resulted in the demobilisation of all the trucks. The reason, Saturday Vanguard learnt, was to prevent the Police from taking custody of them so as to settle his legal bills with money that would be realised from the sale of the trucks. Evans It was learned that  Evans told his manager and his brother-in-law that his lawye...

Alaafin to attend conference on Yoruba Nation and Politics

By Nosike Moses Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Olayiwola Lamidi Adeyemi III is one of the special guests to attend the forthcoming international conference on the Yoruba nation and politics. The conference which is jointly organised by Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ogun state and University of Texas, Austin, USA  will take place at O.O.U, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun state between Oct. 9 and 11, 2017 in honour of Prof. Joseph Atanda, with the theme: “The Yoruba Nation And Politics Since The Nineteenth Century”. In a statement signed by  Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Chairman, Local Organising Committee, (OOU), Professor O. O. Olubomehin,  the conference will also be an occasion to launch the long-awaited historic anthology of Professor Atanda’s works, titled, The Collected Works of J. A. ...

Ooni arrives in Abia, preaches national unity

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Aludeyeye Ogunwusi, has said that unity is necessary for socioeconomic development because of its capability to impact positively on Nigeria  and solidify the nation’s bond. Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ooni of Ife Ogunwusi said this on Friday when he paid Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia a visit in Government House, Umuahia. He said that peace and oneness remained the greatest achievement of any society, adding that the strength on Nigeria’s unity was in its diversity. Ogunwusi said that he was in Abia to support the state government because of its passion for things that were positive. “The earlier we realise that we are all spiritually linked the better for us. We must chart a positive course for our teeming youths  and make this country a better plac...

Army transfers 760 Boko Haram suspects to Borno Govt.

The Nigeria Army on Friday said it had transferred 760 suspected Boko Haram members to Borno Government for reintegration into the society. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this in a statement issued in Maiduguri. Boko Haram members arrested Nwachikwu said that the suspects were handed over to the government at the Bulunkutu State Rehabilitation Centre, Maiduguri. He disclosed that the suspects were arrested during the ongoing crackdown on the insurgents in the North-East by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole. He explained that the suspects were cleared after interrogations and investigations by the Joint Intelligence Centre (JIC) of the Theatre Command. He added that the suspects were hand...

Nadal knocks out Isner, meets Dimitrov in semi-finals

Top seed Rafael Nadal on Friday knocked out sixth seed John Isner 6-4, 7-6(0) to set up a semi-finals clash with Bulgaria’s Gregor Dimitrov at the China Open in Beijing. Newsmen report that the 2005 champion recorded his 59th match win of 2017 with victory over the American. Nadal is bidding to become the year-end number one for the fourth time (also 2008, 2010, 2013), to improve his rating to a 23-5 mark at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament in China. The Spaniard broke Isner’s serve at 5-4 in the first set, then recovered from 15/40 in the second game of the second set before sweeping through the tie-break. He is now an ATP World Tour-best 59-9 (32-7 on hard courts) in 2017 and continues his quest for a 75th tour-level crown. Earlier in the day, Dimitrov further stren...

Borno pays N300m WAEC, NECO examination fees for students

The Borno State Government on Friday released N300 million to the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Commission (NECO), as payment of examination fees for its candidates. WASSCE scratch cad The Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Musa Kubo, made the disclosure in Maiduguri while presenting the cheques to the agencies. Kubo said that the payment was made to facilitate release of examination results of candidates who sat for the examinations in public schools in the state. The commissioner said that the gesture was part of government’s efforts to support parents in payment of examination fees for their children. Kubo added that the gesture would also assist students to secure university admission, noting that some 15, 623 students sat for...