Politics

Thai former PM Shinawatra goes to jail

Thailand’s ousted former Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra was handed a five-year prison sentence on Wednesday after the country’s highest court found her guilty of negligence in the management of a rice subsidy scheme. Yingluck Shinawatra goes to jail Yingluck was due to hear the verdict on Aug. 25, but failed to show up, surprising hundreds of supporters, who had gathered at the court. Aides said she had fled Thailand, fearing a harsh sentence. In August, Reuters reported that she had escaped to Dubai, where her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, owns a home. Yingluck, who swept to power in a 2011 general election, introduced a rice subsidy scheme that proved wildly popular with farmers but which the military government says caused billions of dolla...

Malami, Magu and the blues of anti-corruption war

By Godwin Onyeacholem MUCH as they both labour to put up gestures suggesting cordiality, truth is there is no love lost between them. And interestingly, the one thing that came between them is corruption, which is also supposed to be the only thing that should see them basking in a harmonious relationship in this dispensation. What a paradox! Malami and Magu How to engage this terrible plague is the cause of the simmering discord in their affairs. Yet, between Abubakar Malami, Nigeria’s Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the one who never gives an inch in making the point that in all matters legal he is in charge, and Ibrahim Magu, the subordinate, less-obtrusive head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, it is not difficult to...

Don’t waste your time, we’ve zoned 2019 Presidency to north, PDP warns Fayose

By Anthony Ogbonna The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has warned the Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose to jettison his presidential ambition under the party, maintaining that PDP has zoned the presidential ticket to the north. Read also: 2019 Presidency: I’m going straight to Aso Villa, Fayose insists Prince Adeyeye gave the comment after Governor Fayose has made public his ambition to contest the coming 2019 presidential election. Ayodele Fayose Recall that Governor Fayose had, while declaring his ambition to become the next president of Nigeria, said that he was going straight to the presidential villa. He had equally said that he would unseat President Muhammadu Buhari through the ballots. Governor Fayos...

Be Careful: No matter how you slice it, kitchen still remains a dangerous place (2)

Kitchen slip and fall THERE is no argument in the saying that life may be created in the bedroom, but it is certainly lived in the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home. No life can be lived well without a kitchen. It is a wondrous place full of delicious possibilities. It is where the meals that fuel the bodies, minds and souls of friends and families all over the world are created. It is also the most dangerous zone in the home. Kitchen is where you see hot surfaces and sharp objects all around, and things can get ugly if one is not careful. One of the most dangerous accidents in the kitchen is slip or trip. It does not matter whether your kitchen is large or small, when it comes to kitchen accident, especially slip, everyone has a part to play to stop it. Wh...

NURTW sues Onitsha family, police for N135m over levy

By Nwabueze Okonkwo ONITSHA— Members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Anambra State branch have dragged the Abomeli family of Onitsha and some police officers to an Ogidi High Court demanding N135 million from them jointly and severally as compensation for allegedly levying an unlawful execution inside their motor park. The protesting NURTW members The defendants included Anuenyi Bridget Abomeli, Nnabuenyi Obiekwe Abomeli and  her son, Abadom Casmir Ekene; Onykachi Anthony Egbunike (a legal practitioner), Augustine Nwaolisa and Obinna Ajaegbue (their agents); Ebele Mbamali and Chris Ekwenibe (Managers of Onitsha South Local Government Mass Transit Company); Sunday Okpeh, Nwali and Obia Mbara (police officers from Awkuzu SARS). In a statement of c...

Hoodlums return to abandoned Enyimba Swiss Hotel

By Ugochukwu Alaribe ABA- SIX months after an agreement taking over the abandoned Enyimba International Hotel, Aba; an international hotel chain, Swiss International Hotel and Resorts, is yet to fulfill its promise to rebuild the facility and make it a five star hotel. Managing Director, Africa, of Swiss  International Hotels and Resorts, Dr. Wasiu Babalola, speaking at the flag off of the project in December 2016 in Aba, had said Enyimba hotel would become part of an international chain which will operate as a five star hotel and would boast of facilities of international standard with 141 executive and four presidential suites, sports facilities, a 1000 capacity conference centre, swimming pool, a hospitality school staff quarters, club house as well as the dredging ...

Real Madrid Vs Borussia Dortmund: It’s always hard against Real – Gonzalo Castro

Cristiano Ronaldo marked his 150th European game with two goals as Real Madrid sealed a 3-1 victory at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday to lead their UEFA Champions League Group H. Newsmen report that Ronaldo scored two second half goals after Gareth Bale’s stunning early volley gave Real the lead at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park. The Germans fought back when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finally netted with just over half an hour left, but there was to be no repeat of last year’s 2-2 draw in Dortmund between the teams. “Real were simply ruthless and utilised their goal scoring chances,” Dortmund midfielder Gonzalo Castro later said. “We had the chance to make it 1-1, but instead we went 0-2 down and then it is always hard against Real.’’ The result leaves Real top of Group H, ...

UNICEF worries over poor development of Nigerian children

A global UNICEF report, launched in Abuja yesterday, shows that Nigeria is putting its children at risk of under-development, both physically and mentally, because critical national policies are not providing an adequate foundation for their growth. The UNICEF report, Early Moments Matter for Every Child, outlines three policies that can give parents the time and resources needed to support their young children’s healthy development. Unicef The recommended policies are: two years of free pre-primary education; six months of paid maternity leave; and four weeks of paid paternity leave. Nigeria currently has just three months of paid maternity leave, only one year of free pre-primary education and no paternity leave at all. According to  The Lancet, Nigeria ranks among t...

Human rights abuses: Wike tasks military on thorough recruitment process

By Davies IheamnachorPORT HAR-COURT— Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Tuesday urged the Nigerian military to take a critical look at the recruitment processes of its personnel to check alleged issues of human rights abuses by its officers. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wik Wike gave the charge when the Presidential Investigating Panel to Review Compliance of the Armed forces with Human Rights Obligation and Rules of Engagement paid a courtesy visit on him at Government House in Port Harcourt. Represented by his Deputy Dr. Ipalibo Banigo, Wike expressed confidence on the panel’s ability to fashion out a sustainable mechanism to deal with issues of human rights abuses by security agencies. The governor said it was unfortunate that there had been several alleg...

Court throws out Fani-kayode’s transfer application

By Onozure Dania Lagos—A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday threw out an application filed by a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-kayode, asking for a transfer of a money laundering case charge against him. Femi Fani-Kayode Fani-Kayode, who was Chairman, Media and Publicity, of the 2015 PDP Campaign Organisation, was arraigned alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenadi Usman,  a former National Chairman of the Association of Local Governments in Nigeria (ALGON) Yusuf Danjuma, and a company, Jointrust Dimensions Ltd. The defendants were docked by The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 17-count charge of alleged N4.6 billion money laundering. They had however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. The defendants were first ar...

When pythons dance: IPOB, Kanu and the Biafra struggle

By Rotimi Fasan WHERE is the operational base of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, now? Where does the struggle for a separate Biafran nation as spearheaded by IPOB stand today? Where is Nnamdi Kanu, the ‘Jewish’ leader, spiritual godfather and Commander-in-Chief of the ‘armless’ IPOB army? Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu In the wake of his disappearance, where are his lieutenants or, indeed, his foot soldiers who had vowed to storm the ‘zoo’ and make life unlivable for its inhabitants and their clueless leaders? The foregoing are relevant questions for IPOB, leaders of the group and their supporters. And there can be no credible answer to any of the questions until such an answer recognises the difference between a genuine and strate...

Photos: Late Obafemi Awolowo’s Statue Of Honour Unveiled In Ikeja Lagos

Photos: Late Obafemi Awolowo’s Statue Of Honour Unveiled In Ikeja Lagos September 27, 2017 – Photos: Late Obafemi Awolowo’s Statue Of Honour Unveiled In Ikeja Lagos Governor Akinwumi Ambode has urged leaders to embrace the ideals and principles of the former Premier of defunct Western Region, the late Awo. Ambode spoke on Tuesday during the unveiling of a statue of the sage in Ikeja Lagos. The event was witness by prominent members of the Awolowo clan, including wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, Dr Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu and eminent politicians.