Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Pope Francis Condemns Abortion

Pope Francis Condemns Abortion

Pope Francis Condemns Abortion
Pope Francis revealed this while addressing in a sponsored anti-abortion conference.
He quoted:
“Is it licit to throw away a life to resolve a problem?” he asked. “Is it licit to hire a hitman to resolve a problem?”
Francis stamped his foot against abortion based on prenatal testing, saying a human being is “never incompatible with life.”
‘Even those babies destined to die at birth or soon thereafter deserve to receive medical care in the womb, ‘Francis said, adding that their parents must get support so they don’t feel isolated and afraid.
‘While one can argue about using medical resources this way, there is value to it for the parents,’ he said.
“Taking care of these children helps parents to grieve and not only think of it as a loss, but as a step on a path taken together,” Francis said.

“Don’t Issue Certificate Of Return To Gov. Rochas” – Court Tells INEC

“Don’t Issue Certificate Of Return To Gov. Rochas” – Court Tells INEC

“Don’t Issue Certificate Of Return To Gov. Rochas” – Court Tells INEC




The battle to stop the Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha from going to the Senate took another dimension on Saturday as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was ordered not to issue a Certificate of Return to him as a senator-elect for Imo West.
The order was made by a High Court sitting in Owerri. The court, in a suit filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senatorial candidate for Imo West Hon Jones Onyeriri against the INEC, ordered that the status quo be maintained until the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
The presiding judge, Justice E.F.Njemanze,

DSS Tells IPOB To Prepare For Consequences

DSS Tells IPOB To Prepare For Consequences

DSS Tells IPOB To Prepare For Consequences



The Department of State Services ( DSS)  has warned those behind the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to have a rethink or be prepared to face the consequences of their action.
According to the service, it is prepared to maintain adequate security across Nigeria, saying it will not allow any person or group to obstruct the freedom of law-abiding citizens. Spokesperson for the DSS, Peter Afunnaya, said this in a telephone interview with Punch, in Abuja, on Friday.
He was reacting to the May 30 sit-at-home order given by the IPOB in the South-East. Afunnaya said,
“The service will not condone people taking the law into their hands and obstructing the freedom of others. The constitution is clear on the fundamental human rights of people and no person should deliberately infringe on the rights of anyone outside the laws of the land.  
“The service in the line of its mandate will ensure that adequate security is maintained in all parts of the country and people who take the law into the hands or cause the breakdown of law and order should be ready to face the consequences.” 
He explained that for the avoidance of doubt, the warning applied to “all subversive elements” operating under any guise. Meanwhile, the sit-at-home order by IPOB has continued to generate mixed reactions from some residents of  Enugu State.

Friday, 24 May 2019

N105M Fraud: Court Postponed Ex-SMEDAN DG’s Trial Until June 7

N105M Fraud: Court Postponed Ex-SMEDAN DG’s Trial Until June 7

N105M Fraud: Court Postponed Ex-SMEDAN DG’s Trial Until June 7


Bature Masari, former Director- General, Small and Medium Enterprise and Development Agency (SMEDAN)
The Federal High Court Abuja, on Friday, adjourned until June 7, the trial of Bature Masari, former Director- General, Small and Medium Enterprise and Development Agency (SMEDAN).
Masari was arraigned on April 10 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC)on a 17- count charge bordering on alleged money laundering.
The anti-graft agency accused him of being involved in a N104.7 million money laundering and proceeds of gratification crime.
Court resumed hearing on Friday, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Ekele Ihenacho tendered some documents which were admitted in evidence and marked as exhibits A1 to A35.
The documents which included certificate of compliance and account opening package among others were tendered through the prosecution witness, Mariam Ahmed who was led in evidence by Ihenacho.
Ahmed, who said she was a relationship officer with Guarantee Trust Bank, told the court how several sums of monies were withdrawn and credited to the account in the three years that managed it.
During cross examination by Masari’s counsel, Mr Efut Okoi, the witness told the court that Bature opened the account having followed due process and that all withdrawals and credits were lawful and legitimate.
The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang adjourned the matter until June 7 for continuation of trial.

Ogun: Gov. Amosun Reveals How He Inherited A Failed State

Ogun: Gov. Amosun Reveals How He Inherited A Failed State

Ogun: Gov. Amosun Reveals How He Inherited A Failed State



The outgoing Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, has declared that he inherited a failed state from his predecessor in 2011.
Amosun disclosed that on assumption of office in 2011, his administration met a state that was characterized by a poor economy, deplorable infrastructure and insecurity, which discouraged investors.
Represented by Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Taiwo Adeoluwa, at a press conference to launch Ogun State Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency in Abeokuta, the state capital, the Governor said unlike him, his successor, Dapo Abiodun will inherit an economically viable state.
He said: “When we came in 2011, Ogun State appeared to have failed as a State. Investors were running away from the State because of the high level of insecurity in the State but today, the State is ranked 4th on the list of State with the ease of doing business.
“As at the last count, our activities as a government has attracted 473 mega companies which some investing as much as N2billion. Not only that, we took the IGR of the State from the paltry sum of N700million to N7billion per month.
“But we are not relenting on all these achievements. We know we have been very successful, but we need to consolidate on the success we have achieved and that is why we are establishing this agency.”

Nigeria Is The Future Of Africa,Mankind And The World, German Envoy Says

Nigeria Is The Future Of Africa,Mankind And The World, German Envoy Says

Nigeria Is The Future Of Africa,Mankind And The World, German Envoy Says





German Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Bernhard Schlagheck
“Nigeria is the future of not just Africa but of the whole world and mankind” German Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Bernhard Schlagheck has said.
Schlagheck said this when he received the delegation of “Follow the Money and Connected Development (CODE)” an NGO, in his office on Friday in Abuja.
He said that Germany and Nigeria shared similarities in diverse areas, adding that Nigerians could contribute toward growth of their country through tracking governance processes to ensure accountability.
Schlagheck said, “there are developments in every society that must be tracked, to achieve that there is need for distinction of people to do such.
“Nigeria as the future of Africa is the future of the world of mankind that we can ask many important questions and of course this is also applicable in places like Germany, in Europe.
“Although there are obstacles in development processes, Nigerians should strive to focus on cross fertilization of good ideas to bring about meaningful growth in future.”
He commended the delegation for their effort in tracking expenditure of public funds to promote accountability and transparency in governance process in the country.
According to him, this is something that can change things positively, I am quite happy to see many young activists willing to do so.

15 Injured As Touts Brandish Onitsha Express Way

15 Injured As Touts Brandish Onitsha Express Way

15 Injured As Touts Brandish Onitsha Express Way


Nnewi – There was a total breakdown of law and order Friday at the Niger Bridge Head area of Onitsha near the status of late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, when touts wielding machetes and other dangerous weapons took over the Onitsha Enugu expressway, attacking anybody on sight.
Deserted road in Onitsha
The touts were chanting “No ticket, no peace” “We own Anambra State, and we will continue collecting our levies” “Nobody will stop our work.”
About 15 people sustained various degrees of injury as they run for their lives, while oncoming vehicles and tricycles knocked others down, resulting in different bodily injuries as they tried to escape from the attack of the rampaging machete brandishing touts in the area.
This is even as members of the Executive Friends Drivers Welfare Association, EFDWA, the commercial drivers that ply Onitsha -Asaba routes, engaged in a protest against the extortion of over N4800 from them by illegal revenue collectors and touts that operate at the Niger Bridge Head end of Onitsha Enugu expressway, and touts at the Upper Iweke area of the road.
Some of the placards carried by members of EFDWA, read, “Nelson Enendu what revenue you collecting after the State government banned IGR” We say no to illegal extortion by Nelson Enendu” Governor Obiano listen to the cry of poor innocent drivers” “We are happy to be affiliated with RTEAN”

N105M Fraud: Court Postponed Ex-SMEDAN DG’s Trial Until June 7

N105M Fraud: Court Postponed Ex-SMEDAN DG’s Trial Until June 7

N105M Fraud: Court Postponed Ex-SMEDAN DG’s Trial Until June 7





Bature Masari, former Director- General, Small and Medium Enterprise and Development Agency (SMEDAN)
The Federal High Court Abuja, on Friday, adjourned until June 7, the trial of Bature Masari, former Director- General, Small and Medium Enterprise and Development Agency (SMEDAN).
Masari was arraigned on April 10 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC)on a 17- count charge bordering on alleged money laundering.
The anti-graft agency accused him of being involved in a N104.7 million money laundering and proceeds of gratification crime.
Court resumed hearing on Friday, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Ekele Ihenacho tendered some documents which were admitted in evidence and marked as exhibits A1 to A35.
The documents which included certificate of compliance and account opening package among others were tendered through the prosecution witness, Mariam Ahmed who was led in evidence by Ihenacho.
Ahmed, who said she was a relationship officer with Guarantee Trust Bank, told the court how several sums of monies were withdrawn and credited to the account in the three years that managed it.
During cross examination by Masari’s counsel, Mr Efut Okoi, the witness told the court that Bature opened the account having followed due process and that all withdrawals and credits were lawful and legitimate.
The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang adjourned the matter until June 7 for continuation of trial.