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2019: NYSC distances self from text messages soliciting support for politicians

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has said text messages campaigning for political parties and candidates, allegedly emanating from it were fraudulent.

There have been rumours that NYSC is sending text messages to corp members on who to support for the 2019 general election.

The scheme however in a statement on its website Friday said it does not support any candidate and remains nonpartisan.

The release on its site, which was tagged “Important Notice” also said NYSC will never canvass for political parties.

“Corps members should please note that the NYSC will neither send text messages canvassing campaigning for political parties and candidates nor release corps data to such groups.

“The scheme is apolitical and remains unbiased to all contestants during election process and will continue to leverage on the tremendous achievements it has recorded in the democratic process of the country.

“The NYSC partners all stakeholders in order to ensure free, fair and credible elections across the country,” it said.

It warned corps members against being used by politicians in the coming general elections.

‘’All corps members are hereby reminded of the Director-General’s advice to remain neutral in their responsibility as INEC ad-hoc staff in the process of the 2019 General Elections,” the statement read.

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Why Buhari’s govt is working with foreign media -Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has given reasons it is engaging foreign media organisations and networks in Nigeria

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, while speaking in London after an engagement with the Royal African Society, said involvement of foreign media is to correct the negative narratives about Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

NAN reports Mohammed as saying that the engagement was to shape minds and opinions on the true position of insurgency in the North-East, herdsmen/farmers’ clashes and the achievements recorded by the Buhari administration which were being downplayed.

He said: “The whole idea of the trip is to engage foreign media organisations, networks and think tanks to actually explain the activities of government.

“As you were aware, we have been to the UK twice and the U.S. on this kind of mission.

“I think generally it has been quite fruitful because it offered us the platform and opportunity to explain to them what this government has achieved in the areas of security, fighting corruption and in revamping the economy.

“It also gives us the opportunity to disabuse the minds of the people about the insecurity in the North-East and how the government has succeeded in returning normalcy in affected areas.

“It offers us the opportunity to explain that the farmers/herdsmen clash is largely due to population explosion, climate change and criminality as against the naysayers’ position that it is ethnic or religious.

“Really, it has been quite helpful and we will continue with the engagements.”

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#Gandujegate: Investigative committee summons Daily Nigerian editor

The Committee set up by the Kano State House of Assembly to investigate the authenticity of a video clip allegedly showing Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje receiving bribe, has summoned the Editor-in-Chief of Daily Nigerian,Malam Ja’afar Ja’afar, to appear before it.

Daily Nigerian is an online Newspaper that published the controversial video clip.

The comiittee’s Secretary, Mujtafa Aminu, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Friday.

Aminu said the committee had in a letter dated Oct. 19, 2018 requested Ja’afar to appear before the committee on Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Assembly’s Complex.

He said adequate security had been provided for the safety of the Journalist as he was expected to answer questions on the publication and the video clips released by his online newspaper.

According to him, the committee had already visited the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Rabi’u Yusuf, and the state Director of DSS with a view to soliciting their support to provide security at the Complex, venue of the sitting.

NAN reports that the assembly had on Monday constituted a seven-man committee to investigate the matter. (NAN)

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Nigerian woman cries for help as husband assaults her on live video in Germany

The video below was posted by a Nigerian woman, Adenike Adebayo, on Facebook on how her husband, Willoughby Gbolade, has been spreading lies on her state of mind and domestically assaulting her.

Even though the husband wasn’t seen in the clip, she was been repeatedly assaulted as she was recording.

A friend who claimed he was close to the family, who are based in Germany, said he used to be believe every was perfect in their marriage.


Titi’s husband

According to Chukwuemeka Eze, “Titi(wife) is my former colleague and I have always admired their marriage. I spoke the husband last month and am still not convinced anything is wrong with Titi”

A friend, Babafeyisayo Alonge Meseko, claimed there was no assault as the husband was only trying to collect her phone. “We all notice Peter Tscherny telling everyone to be calm, that is because the situation is not exactly what you all think it is. No one beating anyone, it was just an attempt to collect the phone. Please you all should put her in your prayers. Titi, we are praying for you!,” he commented.

In the clip, Titi claimed her husband lied about her being mad, hence, the need to take away their children. Another friend believed to be present at the time posted that the situation has been put under control. Peter Tscherny wrote, “To all the people who are worried. At the moment there is no serious situation anymore. Emergency and police were informed and now professional help is there for Adenike.”

Despite confirming this, Titi posted:

“Update at 10.45pm, he came back home with the children, he has taken my phone chargers and a copy of my key to the apartment that if he leaves for work tommorow morning, I won’t be able to leave the house and will be offline when my phone battery runs down with no chargers to communicate with people. He has also disconnected the Wi-Fi at home.”

Then:

“Now at 12.50am. That I was already sleeping. Some people have come into the house talking to him claiming police has come into our house. I didn’t call the police. The police said they are bringing some doctors to take me to the psychiatric station now at 12.50am. I am asking the police to beg him to give me my phone chargers which my husband stilk refused to do. The police have now called their psychiatric doctors that they are taking me away at past 1am. Now October 19, 2018. My husband is insisting they must take me away this midnight and not during daytime in the morning. At 1.25am, after a lot of pleading, the police officers and the emergency doctors have left our apartment but I’m yet to get my phone chargers and my key to the apartment back from him.”

And finally, the embattled wife posted the below about 1.00pm Nigerian time, being the last update from her as at press time:

“Thanks everyone for your concern. As at today Friday, October 19, 2018. I am yet to retrieve my two phones (one of which I use to make international calls), laptop and my bank card from my husband Willoughby Gbolade. I have never committed crime in Germany or involved in financial crime in any part of the world including my country Nigeria. I only hope the next phase of all these won’t be a set up for identity theft/fraud.
Once again, I thank everyone and will be updating if the need arises but for now I’m sorry I can’t respond to all individual comments/ inbox messages.
Adenike Obaoye
Erfurt, Germany.
19/10/2018.”

Below was her last post on Facebook.

Adenike Adeoye who shared a post on abuse on October 10th must have been trying to tell the world about her issues.

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PHOTOS NEWS: Glamour as Ooni gets new wife

It was all glamour in the ancient city of Ife, Osun State, as the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, got himself a new wife, Naomi Oluwaseyi.

The Arole Odua made the announcement on Instagram on Thursday night.

Moses Olafare, the media aide to the Ooni also confirmed the development in a chat with this newspaper.

This is coming 14 months after his ex-wife, Zaynab Otiti-Obanor, confirmed that her 17-month-old marriage to the monarch, had ended.

She made the disclosure via an official statement on her official Instagram page on August 30, 2017.

The new bride, 23, is popularly known as prophetess Naomi Oluwaseyi.

She runs an interdenominational ministry based in Akure, Ondo State.

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NFF officials charged with $9.5m fraud

Three Nigeria Football Federation officials have been charged with fraud after allegedly diverting $9.5m (N3.4bn) in FIFA grants for personal use, the country’s anti-corruption unit said on Thursday.

Christopher Andekin, Jafaru Fadanari Mamza and Rajan Zaka allegedly committed the crime in 2015, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said in a statement.

“The money was a grant given by the Federation of International Football Association, for the development of football in Nigeria,” it added.

EFCC lawyer Steve Odiase told reporters outside the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja that the case had been adjourned to a further hearing on November 28.

The body’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, told AFP separately that the defendants pleaded not guilty, and were given bail on condition they surrendered their passports and paid a N5m surety.

Andekin is the Director of Administration and Finance at the NFF while Mamza heads the finance and accounts department. Zaka is a cashier.

It is also alleged that Andekin fraudulently diverted N1,353,407.22 from the domiciliary account of the NFF domiciled in one of the new generation banks, without due process.

A Federal Capital Territory High Court had fixed October 18 for the arraignment of Andekin and the two other officials who were accused of perpetrating the fraud.

The trio was supposed to have been arraigned on Monday on five counts of fraud but our correspondent learnt it could not hold because their counsel said he had just been served with the charge sheet and therefore asked for more time to study the charges.

The court case is the latest to hit the embattled NFF, which has been embroiled in a leadership struggle for control that has brought Nigeria to the brink of FIFA sanctions.

Football’s governing body and its equivalent in Africa, CAF, have called for calm and reforms to heal the rifts in the running of the sport in Nigeria.

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