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Anti-Corruption: Scammers, Blackmailers Invade Fed Govt Offices

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The anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari may have become the subject of a new wave of scam targeted at high-ranking civil servants, especially those supervising various directorates in the federal ministries.

Investigations by our correspondents have revealed that the perpetrators, with the help of their collaborators in the ministries are capitalising on the vulnerability of some officials and other unsuspecting persons outside the system due to Nigeria›s poor record keeping culture to rip them off.

It has also been gathered that they now go about sneaking out records of transactions from official files in government departments and using such to concoct petitions, which they confront them with it.

A new sheriff is in town by Femi Adeshina

Mr. Femi Adesina

Some call it the Buhari bounce. Others describe it as the Buhari effect. Yet some others say it is the Buhari aura. One thing is however crystal clear. Things have not been the same in the past 100 days in Nigeria, since Muhammadu Buhari assumed the presidency. A new sheriff has truly come to town.

Exactly 100 days ago, he climbed the podium at Eagle Square in Abuja and got inaugurated as president, 30 years after he had been toppled from power as military head of state. He promised to belong to nobody, and to belong to everybody. It is a pledge that still resonates loudly today, and will surely echo for a long time to come.

On a day like this, you would expect a presidential spokesman to chronicle the achievements of his principal in office. He has turned stone to bread, slain the dragon, and climbed Mount Olympus in ten seconds. But that is not what I want to do. There are some intangible, almost imperceptible achievements, but which run very deep, and are quite fundamental. Those are the ones I’ll rather talk of, while we leave the tangibles till some other day.

Male Genital Health

Poor genital health seems to have become a major and worsening epidemic round the world. Most men ,  produce 50 per cent less live semen than 30 years ago. The density drops 2-4 % a year. As much as 40 per cent of 40-year-old men and 50 per cent of 50-year old men suffer from occasional or chronic erectile dysfunctions.

We also know that men all over the world are producing significantly less testosterone now than decades ago. This important male hormone, , keeps up the muscle size and condition, sexual capabilities, and the masculine characters determination and firmness. Testosterone is also needed to maintain the memory in the middle and older age.

Prostate overgrowth which is common  in men at about 60 years of age and prostate cancer, common in 1 in 6 men, strike fear into the middle-aged men. Most people would keep any male illness they have quite, because of the fear of being seen as losing their masculinity.
Most of the genital health and prostate problems are at one time or the other made known, and men can reduce the genital health risks by considering their health.  

The best job in the world.. Muyiwa Adetiba

We all have a reason for doing what we do. Otherwise the gruelling hours and the discipline that we have to put into our jobs would be pointless. Most of us spend incredibly long hours at what we do. First, there is the period for the acquisition of knowledge, formal and informal; then there is the period for apprenticeship before we can become ‘masters of the trade’. Yet, despite the investments that have been made to get to where they are, many hate their jobs.

Job SearchThey do so for a variety of reasons. Some hate the long hours, the monotony the work itself has become, the distance they have to commune to get to work, the lack of privacy.

Some, because of lack of quality time and the fact that it disconnects them from loved ones. Some, because they have to lick often smelly asses of employers; of clients. Many, in fact, disproportionate figure, because of poor pay.

Many also love their jobs. Again for a variety of reasons. The boss is nice, the environment is conducive, the job is exciting, the co-workers are friendly. And yes, the pay is good.

It usually comes down to pay. It is the reason many endure the insults at work. To be able to put food on the table and meet your pressing financial needs compensates somewhat, for the grimace of having to get up early in the morning. And to see your little daughter smile because you are able to buy that cute little dress or Christmas toy, is priceless.

Beware! Pornography dulls the brain, kills libido By Tunde Ajaja

Beware! Pornography dulls the brain, kills libido

Sex and its many associates, including masturbation and pornography, are, no doubt, increasingly becoming subjects of public discourse for the good and bad reasons. But one sexual-related activity that is currently witnessing an all-time high patronage is pornography.

It is simply defined as printed or visual materials containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate sexual excitement or enhance libido.

Worthy of note, however, is that watching or looking at pornographic items is one of the ways people explore their sexual fantasies, even though it has largely been condemned by many, especially religious organisations. It is hitherto embraced by singles, married, young and old, even though most porn watchers do so in their closet.

Oliseh begins real coaching By Jude Opara

sunday-oliseh-unveiling_9vfshevq5jcl1od6yj9g1f402Coach Sunday Oliseh will be having his first taste of competitive football action this afternoon, when he leads the Super Eagles to battle Tanzania in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dar es Salaam National Stadium.

For Oliseh, who has 17 foreign based players ad six home-based available for the must-win match, it is his first big test as a coach, having had prior stints working with third division Belgian side Royal Cercle Sportif Verviétois between 2008 and 2009 and working as the sports director at Königliche Allgemeine Sportvereinigung Eupen, a Belgian second division side.The former Eagles captain will be attempting to hit the ground running against the Tafia Stars and possibly upstage Egypt at the top of the group as both sides currently have three points, with the record African champions ahead on goals difference. They play Chad this weekend.

Who is afraid of female INEC chair? By Ropo Sekoni

Mrs Amina Zakari as acting chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

EVEN as an acting chair of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mrs. Amina B. Zakari has gotten more than her fair share of bashing, particularly from the political party under which she was invited to serve as commissioner for over four years. From the caustic character of the opposition to the current acting chair of INEC, particularly by spokespersons for the PDP and other surrogates, it is clear that the opposition to the Kazaure woman may be a strategy to discourage President Muhammadu Buhari from offering Mrs. Zakari a substantive appointment. In a democracy, citizens are free to express support for or opposition to candidates nominated to sensitive positions in the polity, particularly a position that has to do with management of elections, the immediate source of political power. What is worrisome about the attack of PDP opinion leaders on Mrs. Zakari is its stridency and virulence.

Why peace committee must disband now By Chris Okotie

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EVERY patriotic Nigerian should support President Muhammadu Buhari in his war against terror and its twin demon of corruption. His success or failure would ultimately be judged by the defeat of insurgency and the recovery of looted public funds by the government of his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan in particular, because the most reckless looting of our national resources happened under his watch.

One is, therefore, disappointed by the discordant tunes coming from some members of the National Peace Committee, which includes former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, Bishop Matthew Kukah, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’Ad Abubakar III; the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor; Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh;  etc. The committee only recently visited President Buhari for undisclosed reasons.

But Bishop Kukah, who addressed journalists on behalf of the Peace Committee after the meeting with the President alluded to the on-going investigation of the PDP government of ex-President Jonathan, saying his group appealed to President Buhari “to be fair” in his handling of the probe.

I am amazed at the ecclesiastical affinity of Goodluck Jonathan. First it was Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and now it is Bishop Kukah. Both are now amalgamated in the Peace Committee. I submit that Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor

Time to tame the forces warring against LASU By OLABISI DEJI-FOLUTILE

Students of Lagos State University resumed for their second semester on Monday but the crisis rocking the institution is far from abating. Last semester was particularly bad for students as the vice chancellor and lecturers engaged in a battle of supremacy. Throughout the semester, the Vice Chancellor, Prof John Obafuwa, was locked out of his office by lecturers and other protesting workers. Also, the university Senate could not sit, making it impossible for the first semester exam results to be ratified.

I doubt if there is any university in Nigeria today that is more known for crisis than its academic exploits as LASU. This is a university campus where gunshots have become the order of the day. News of unrest at LASU far outweighs that of research, innovations or any form of learning that a university is known for. Sadly, in the beginning, this was not so.

The Fraud In Omale’s Claims On Aviation Bailout By Adebanji Ola

With the issue of a national carrier forced on the national agenda in the last few weeks, the airwaves appear already overtaken by a babel today. Sadly, most voices thus far are driven either by utter ignorance, mischief or both. The most recent is Captain Daniel Omale on the back page of Leadership Weekend of August 29, 2015.

Without regards for facts and figures, Captain Omale was unsparing in what clearly looks like a hatchet job against key industry players, particularly Arik Air. He was ruthless in his condemnation of the old bailout fund for Nigerian airlines and spared no word in his scathing criticism of everyone. To him, whatever ails the nation’s aviation sector starts and ends with “poor management” on the part of the airline operators. Nothing could be more misleading.

“We found stockpiles of dollars, not arms in Akwa Ibom Govt. House” — Official

A top official of the State Security Service familiar with the SSS’ raid of the Akwa Ibom Government House has told PREMIUM TIMESn the Service found no arms and ammunition in the complex, but stumbled on “shocking stockpiles of U.S. dollars”.

The State Security Service (SSS) had on Thursday raided the Hilltop Mansion in a joint operation carried out by operatives from the agency’s headquarters in Abuja and a detachment from the Akwa Ibom State Command of the Service.

Some operatives had earlier told this newspaper they found arms and ammunition in one of the rooms in the complex.

But another top official of the Service said Friday night the claim by his colleagues was an exaggeration. He requested not to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the matter.

“Our men went there expecting weaponry but we didn’t find arms,” he said. “Instead, we stumbled on a room filled with stockpiles of dollars.”

APC decries Wike’s plot to discredit Amaechi …. PUNCH

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The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress said on Friday that the campaign of calumny and probe of the administration of the immediate past administration of Mr. Rotimi Amaechi by the state government was targetted at shutting him (Amaechi) out of political relevance.

Deputy Chairman of the state APC, Prince Peter Odike, who made this remark while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, accused the state governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, of orchestrating the plan to scuttle Amaechi’s expected political appointment by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, describing the move as a wasteful venture.

Odike said the commission of inquiry set up by Wike and the petitions to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, against Amaechi were diabolic plans orchestrated by the PDP and its cohorts to push Amaechi into political oblivion.

He recalled that Amaechi, who was the former chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum for years, resisted the pressure mounted by ‘some unpatriotic and disgruntled elements’ sponsored by former President Goodluck Jonathan to control the resource of the state.

The state APC deputy chairman alleged that the plot by the PDP to pull down Amaechi was intensified in the month of August when they realised that President Buhari was expected to name members of the Federal Executive Council and other strategic appointments.

He, however, called on Rivers people to rise against the trend, adding that the action of the PDP and its cohorts was detrimental to the development of the state.

According to him, “I am calling on the elders, young men and women of Rivers State and indeed the Niger Delta region to rise in unison and tell these few actors represented by the current occupants of the Brick House, especially PDP in the state that the sound of their drums is of war.

“They want to shut out Amaechi out of political space, but they can’t because their plans are evil. Their actions are becoming inimical to the progress in Rivers State. They are not happy that Amaechi fought the political battle of his life to ensure Buhari’s victory at the poll.”

Odike, however, enjoined the people of the state to discountenance the spurious allegations against Amaechi, describing the action as ill-motivated, selfish and devilish campaign of calumny.

He urged Rivers people not to be part of any gang-up geared towards destroying what Amaechi had built in the state.

Senate uncovers fraud in waivers policy …. PUNCH

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The Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Waivers has recorded a major breakthrough in its anti-corruption crusade as it uncovered many ways in which the waivers policy was being used to defraud the country of billions of naira.

It was discovered that importers and relevant government agencies were involved in the deal that otherwise would have been a source of revenue to the Federation Account.

The committee was set up in July to carry out holistic review of the policy with a view to determining revenue losses incurred by the government.

Ekiti proposes life jail for kidnappers …. PUNCH

Ekiti State Government has proposed a new law that would send kidnappers to life imprisonment.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Idowu Adelusi, said the decision was part of the resolutions reached at the State Executive Council meeting presided over by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola.

NCAA alerts airline operators on contaminated jet fuel ….. PUNCH

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has put all airline operators on the alert following discovery that an Airbus A330, which refuelled in Lagos recently was discovered to have got contaminated fuel.

An NCAA statement issued on Thursday stated that the European Aviation Safety Agency issued an alert after advice from Rolls Royce, which manufactured the Trent 700 engines that powered the Airbus A330.

AU defence chiefs meet on Boko Haram, Al shabab …. PUNCH

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African Defence Chiefs and Ministers of Defence are meeting in Bamako, Mali, to discuss the threat of terrorism in the African sub-region.

The Acting Director, Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar, said in an electronic mail on Friday that the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, had arrived Mali to participate in the crucial security summit.

He said that the CDS would use the opportunity of the meeting to brief the AU defence chiefs and ministers on the efforts of Nigeria and the other member-countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission against the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.

Waking up the economy …. NEW TELEGRAPH

Waking up the economy

The anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has majorly been felt in the oil and gas sector. But the speed, at which the president has taken his anti-graft war to the sector, within the last 100 days of his administration, shook the sector to its roots.

Other sectors in the economy affected by the reform included the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), the Asset Management Corporation (AMCON), insurance, Budget Office, telecoms, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN).

New NNPC boss

He started his oil sector reform on July 15 with the banning of 113 oil tankers from lifting crude oil from Nigeria due to sharp practices recorded in the export of Nigeria’s crude. The president later sacked Dr. Joseph Thlama Dahwa on August 3 and appointed Dr. Ibe Kachikwu immediately as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in a shake-up that later heralded other major decisions.

Buhari’s 100 days: PDP’s posers versus APC’s defences …. PUNCH

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After losing power to the All Progresives Congress in March, the Peoples Democratic Party has seized every opportunity to highlight what it considers as the ruling party’s shortcomings, FISAYO FALODI writes

The idea of using the first 100 days in office to judge the direction a government is heading for in terms of setting agenda for the economic advancement and socio-political stability of the country has become a phenomenon among the people, especially watchers of political events. The period is usually used as a platform to assess the vision and capacity of the government in its efforts at turning the country around with realistic policies.

A new sheriff is in town ….. PUNCH

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Some call it the Buhari bounce. Others describe it as the Buhari effect. Yet some others say it is the Buhari aura. One thing is however crystal clear. Things have not been the same in the past 100 days in Nigeria, since Muhammadu Buhari assumed the presidency. A new sheriff has truly come to town.

Exactly 100 days ago, he climbed the podium at Eagle Square in Abuja and got inaugurated as president, 30 years after he had been toppled from power as military head of state. He promised to belong to nobody, and to belong to everybody. It is a pledge that still resonates loudly today, and will surely echo for a long time to come.

I feel disgusted that people carry me into courtroom – Fawehinmi

Mohammed Fawehinmi

Mohammed Faweyinmi, first son of the late legal icon, Chief Gani Faweyinmi, opens up on the pains of accessing the courtrooms in this interview with DAYO OKETOLA

How would you describe your experience accessing the courtrooms?

I have had a lot of constraints in accessing the courtrooms, but I had to adapt by getting people to carry me up the stairs because I am very passionate about the practice of law. And if I have to improvise to get it done, I don’t mind. Though I would have expected that the government would have done something about it because we are in the democratic dispensation and everything should be done in a globally compliant manner.