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N11trn power corruption: Agagu, Imoke, Nebo have cases to answer – Report – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

By Udeme Akpan

LAGOS—THREE former ministers of power, late Dr. Olusegun Agagu, Senator Liyel Imoke and Prof Chinedu Nebo,  have cases to answer in Nigeria’s alleged N11 trillion corruption in the power sector.

In its latest report obtained by Vanguard, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, stated: “One of the findings of this research is that policy inconsistencies had fuelled corruption and ineptitude in the power sector.


“The current political dispensation beginning in the year 1999 has so far witnessed a huge turnover of power ministers. These ministers have been reshuffled or removed for varied reasons ranging from incapacity to corruption to needless political considerations.

“In this segment, the report takes a look at the dispositions, achievements and failures on the part of past ministers of Power from 1999 to 2015 with a view to ascertaining whether the problems are the sector itself in terms of its nature or complexities or inherent greed, incompetence and corrupt attitudinal dispositions of the Nigerian political class/actors. “


Consequently, SERAP has urged Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor International Criminal Court, ICC, to use her “good offices and leadership position to investigate whether the allegations of widespread, systematic and large-scale corruption in the electricity sector since the return of democracy in 1999 and under the governments of former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria amount to crimes against humanity within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, and to prevail on the Nigerian government to surrender all suspected perpetrators for trial by the ICC.”



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Body of missing toddler found in Lagos shrine – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

By Evelyn Usman, Emmanuel Agha & Medina Bayagbon

LAGOS—The lifeless body of a four-year-old missing child was, at the early hours of yesterday, found close to a shrine at Iwaya area of Lagos, with her throat slashed.

The toddler, Farida Ayomide Suleiman, who was suspected to have been used for ritual at the shrine, was last seen on Tuesday in the company of her siblings, going to a mosque around the area.

Form the mosque, they were said to have gone to a family friend’s house.

The shrine

However, apprehension set in when Ayomide was discovered to have disappeared, a development that led to a search around the area.

Hours later, an alarm raised by the girl’s mother alerted tenants of 28 Ogbe Close, who discovered the body of her missing daughter behind her window where the shrine is located.

Parents, 8 others arrested

Briefing journalists on the incident, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Fatai Owoseni, who visited the scene, said 10 persons, including parents of the deceased toddler, are in Police custody.

Owoseni said: “The DPO of Sabo Division alerted me at the early hours of this morning (yesterday) that a couple came to the station to say that their missing child’s body was found behind their window, near an Ogun shrine, with her throat slashed.

“I was at the scene till 4a.m. with detectives. We have recovered the corpse and also saw the tool with which she was murdered— a knife.

“Ten persons, including parents of the deceased, have been taken into custody for interrogation. We are not saying categorically that they killed the child; the shrine has been in the compound for years.

“If there is no conspiracy of silence, the tenants would have known that sacrifices have been going on in the shrine.

“The owner of the compound was worshipping in the shrine before he died. After his demise, we gathered that people used to come to worship at the shrine.”

Mother’s story

When Vanguard arrived the scene, it was observed that the building has been condoned off by policemen even as the occupants have fled.

The bereaved mother, Mrs Bunmi Suleiman, told Vanguard: “When news of her disappearance reached me, we started looking for her. At about 8p.m., I went to the back yard to fetch water for ablution before going to pray.

“That was when I noticed something on the ground, which I thought was a bucket of water. But when I flashed my torchlight, I discovered to my astonishment that it was my daughter. I screamed; my husband rushed out and alerted other tenants. We rushed our child to the hospital, where we were told that she had died.

“We moved into the compound three years ago. We usually see people coming to worship at the shrine, but never have we seen nor heard that they sacrificed human beings in the shrines. What they use as sacrifice are dogs.

“Yesterday (Tuesday), a man and a woman came with a chicken to sacrifice on the shrine. They called one of the children to help them kill the chicken, but he refused. By the time the third child refused, they left only to come back at night to use my child to replace the cock that was to be used for sacrifice, with her blood spilled in the shrine.

“I don’t know those who usually come to worship here. After the death of our landlord, his children worshipped at the shrine, but they do not live here; they only come to collect house rent from us.

“Other people also come to worship and leave. There is no particular person that says at the shrine.”



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Avoid hate speech, Bolanle Ambode tell Corp members – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

WIFE of the governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has charged corps members posted to the state, to be security conscious and  avoid hate speeches.

She gave the admonition at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos, when she paid a courtesy visit to the Batch A, Stream II corps members, deployed to the state for the mandatory one-year national service.

Mrs. Ambode noted that the founding fathers of the NYSC did a great job of establishing the scheme that brings corps members of diverse socio-cultural, political, economic and religious background together, for the main purpose of promoting peace, unity, discipline and leadership qualities.

According to her, “Till date the NYSC scheme remains relevant and the most skilled youth organization in the country, sought after by most establishments to partner with because of its relevance and capacity to disseminate and implement government policies and programmes in nooks and crannies of the country”.

The governor’s wife who expressed satisfaction with the level of comportment of the corps members, also advised them to always obey camp rules and avoid travelling without authorization as required by camp regulations.

She said, ‘I wish to assure you of your safety in Lagos State and the warm reception by the good people of Lagos State. The State government takes the security of corps members and the citizenry as top priority’.

Security consciousness

Mrs. Ambode who spoke glowingly about the markets and tourist sites in the state also said: ‘I am sure you will want to go round and visit some of those places within your host communities during your service year.

“I will, however, admonish you to remain security conscious at all times and avoid leaving the camp or travelling without the approval of the managers of the scheme’.

She implored them to continue to uphold the ideals upon which the scheme was founded, urging them to also pay attention to various camp activities like capacity-building lectures, skill acquisition/entrepreneurship trainings and others, as they would find them useful in future.

Earlier in his welcome address, the state coordinator, Prince Mohammed Momoh, disclosed that the orientation course which started sixteen days ago, had a total of two thousand, seven hundred and fifty eight corps members.

According to him, the orientation camp remained a ground for corps members to discover and showcase their in-born talents, as well as an enlightenment forum on how to be relevant and make a living out of such talents.

Delivering the vote of thanks on behalf other corps members, Mr. Kelani Omowunmi, appreciated the governor’s wife for seeing to their welfare and assured that all that had been learnt at the camp would be put to great use.

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Finally, Osinbajo Assigns Portfolios To New Ministers – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah,

After weeks of uncertainty, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday assigned portfolios to the two new ministers sworn in several weeks ago.
The new ministers are Stephen Ocheni ( Kogi) and Suleiman Hassan ( Gombe).
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Mr Laolu Akande, announced this via his Twitter handle yesterday .
Akande tweeted, “Ocheni was named Minister of State , Labour and Employment; while Hassan was named Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing.
“There are now two ministers of state in Power, Works and Housing ministry, ”

. . . Swears In New Perm Secs, Charges Them On Anti-graft War

By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday swore in 21 new permanent secretaries of the Federal Civil Service.
The brief ceremony was held at the council chambers before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting.
Recall that 300 candidates from federal government ministries, departments and agencies sat for the examinations meant to fill in 20 vacant positions of the service.
The candidates went through three levels of examination, including relevant public service and policy issues, information and communication technology (ICT) assessment test and oral interview.
The newly sworn in permanent secretaries are: Ehuria Georgina Ekeoma (Abia), posted to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Akpan Edet Sunday (Akwa Ibom), posted to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment .
Abdullahi Abdulazeez Mashi (Katsina), posted to Ministry of Communications , Adebiyi Bolaji Adekunle (Lagos), posted to the Ministry of Labour and Productivity.
Ibrahim Musa Wen (Nasarawa), posted to Ministry of Water Resources, Odewale Samson Olajide (Ogun), posted to the Head of Service of the Federation, Adesola Olusade (Ondo), posted to Ministry of Youths and Sports, Umar Mohammed Bello (Sokoto) posted to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Gabriel Tanimu (FCT), posted to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
Others are ;Anagbogu Ifeoma Nkiruka ((Anambra), posted to the Ministry of Women Affairs, Walson-Jack Diiarau Didi Esther (Bayelsa), posted to the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation.
“ Gekpe George Isu (Cross River), posted to Ministry of Information and Culture, Aliboh Leon Lawrence (Delta), posted to the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.
“Uwaifo Osarenona Clement (Edo), posted to the Ministry of Health, Folayan Ayodele Olaniyi (Ekiti), posted to the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation,
In his remarks shortly after the 21 permanent secretaries took their oath of office, Osinbajo told them to ensure that they carry out the anti-corruption programmes of the government.
He emphasized that the federal government is committed to its anti-corruption programme saying “ It is easy to speak about corruption and to speak about anti-corruption programmes but we want to emphasize that we do not believe that any nation can survive at the level of corruption that we have witnessed in our country in the past years.”
He contended that the benefits of democracy will never reach the ordinary man if corruption continues at the level it has been in previous years.
He said, “This is why our commitment to corruption is not just a glib reference, it is not just glib talk, it is important, crucial and as a matter of fact as the President has said, ‘if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill us.”

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Obasanjo tasks architects, engineers on affordable, decent accommodation – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

Olusegun Obasanjo

• Blames govt agencies for building collapse

EX-President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday urged local architects and engineers to provide decent and affordable accommodation for Nigerians.He made the call in Abeokuta at the third Distinguished Lecture organised by the Nigerian Institute of Architects at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.

Obasanjo, who chaired the event, said the call became necessary following an imminent explosion in the country’s population in the next 35 years.According to him, Nigeria’s population may be up to 400 million during the period, with over 50 per cent of it residing in the city.

He said: “We have to think of how to make the cities livable in terms of sanitation and other areas. The country would be in trouble if we don’t start building our shelter to provide affordable and decent accommodation to our teeming population.

Obasanjo urged architects and engineers to tackle the challenge more seriously so that a one-room and one-sitting room shelter could be provided for a bachelor or a couple at not more than $15,000 and $20,000.

According to him, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode had also recently asked him how affordable houses could be provided for Lagos residents.On frequent building collapse, Obasanjo blamed government agencies for defaulting in ensuring that professional standards are maintained.While urging the agencies to stop building collapse in the country, he blamed engineers for not providing adequate structural support.

The former president explained that architects and engineers are creative artists, adding that there is the need for durability, utility and beauty in building.A renowned architect, Olufemi Majekodunmi delivered the lecture, which had as its theme, “Architecture: The Cradle of Civilisation.”

Majekodunmi said the cradle of humanity resides in Africa, saying local architects should ensure that the whites emulate them in building and not the other way around.He cited the case of Eredo monument in Ijebu, which was discovered by Patrick Darling in 1999, as attestations to the position of Africa in the ancient world.

He said the monument, which measured a towering 70 feet, signifies that Africa is the birthplace of human existence and the original people and parents of all humanity.

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