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Showing posts with label news. Show all posts

Friday, 24 October 2014

Nigerian Senate Passed cyber crime bill, Cyber Fraudsters To Bag 7 Years Imprisonment

Following incessant online crimes in Nigeria, the Senate yesterday passed the Cyber Crime bill which stipulates a seven-year jail term for anyone found guilty of cyber crimes or internet fraud.

The bill titled “A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Prohibition, Prevention, Detection, Response, Investigation and Prosecution of Cybercrimes, seeks to punish interception of data, system interference and misuse of devices.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Belarus to partner Nigeria against insurgency

THE Republic of Belarus yesterday indicated its interest to support Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.

  Foreign Minister of the Belarus, Dr. Vladimir Makei, stated this during a visit to his Nigerian counterpart, Ambassador Aminu Wali, in Abuja.

  He said the country was aware of the ongoing war against terrorism and will not hesitate to engage in military and technical cooperation.

  “I can assure you that we are ready to partner with Nigeria in fields of military and technical cooperation because there are lots of common problems in the international agenda. Only one country cannot overcome this problem. So this is the field we can cooperate and where we cooperate successfully. We are ready to provide necessary armoury to other countries, including Nigeria. We are ready to train your soldiers in fight against terrorism and to train your soldiers at our military academy,” he said.

  Wali said there was the need for a united effort to fight insurgency in the country, adding that all arrangements were on to open an embassy in the Belarus with a view to strengthening bilateral relationship.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

NFF presidential tussle ‘over’ as Giwa steps aside

 Nigeria look to have avoided an international ban as a row over the leadership of its football federation seems to have ended.
Chris Giwa looks to have given up his claim to be Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president in a move that coincides with a deadline set by Fifa.

The ultimatum was set last week for him to step aside or face a Fifa ban.
A suspension could have led to Nigeria missing Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in South Africa.
The Confederation of African Football said last week that the Super Eagles would be kicked out of the 2015 qualifying campaign should they fail to play the fixture.
“It has been a difficult time for our football but everything is over now,” Musa Amadu told BBC Sport.(Vanguard)

2015 Nations cup: Keshi must brace up for war – Bafana coach

Bafana Bafana head coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba has warned Nigeria boss Stephen Keshi that he must ‘brace himself for war’ ahead of their clash in Cape Town  on Wednesday.
South Africa welcome the Super Eagles to the Cape Town Stadium in the second round of 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers in midweek.
The Group A clash will see a confident Bafana take
  on nemesis Nigeria, who are wounded by their 3-2 opening weekend defeat to Congo-Brazzaville in Calabar.

South Africa, mean while, are brimming with confidence following their 3-0 win in Khartoum  on Friday, but will face a different challenge all together when the Eagles land on South African soil.
Keshi’s men famously won the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa while the West Africans trounced Bafana 3-1 in the 2014 CHAN tournament at the very stadium where the two rivals will meet  on Wednesday.
“This Nigeria team has been giving us nightmares, but we will fight in every game,” said Mashaba.
“When two Elephants meet, it is grass that suffers. Watch out, brace yourself for war that day [when Mashaba meets Keshi], because, like I have indicated earlier on, they [Nigeria], have given us sleepless nights.”
Mashaba, who took over from Gordon Igesund in July, feels a win  on Wednesday  would change a lot of things football in South Africa for the better.
“This is one time they must brace themselves for war up to the fullest, it won’t be an easy walk in the park for both teams, but what we are looking for is to come out victorious and that win will change a lot of things in our football, both in administration, media wise, any structure that you talk about,” Mashaba added.
“We win that game [and] things will change for the better.”

Amadu writes FIFA on update on NFA crisis

  Abuja - The Secretary-General of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Musa Amadu, has written the world football governing body (FIFA) intimating it of the latest development in the country’s football house.
Amadu told newsmen in Abuja after close of work on Monday that the letter was to inform FIFA that he and few others returned to office and worked in the football secretariat unhindered.

FIFA had on Sept. 3 threatened to suspend Nigeria from football after it declared as illegal the Aug. 26 election that produced, Chris Giwa, as NFA Chairman.
FIFA had subsequently directed that the Aminu Maigari-led NFA board be returned to office to supervise a fresh election into the NFA board.
It also directed that the Maigari-led group return to office on Monday to perform their duties unhindered.
“I can confirm to you that I did write a letter just now to FIFA which I copied CAF informing them about the event of today.
“The development is in line with FIFA directives that we be allowed to come to the secretariat and do our work unhindered.
“Also those persons claiming to be elected did not come to the office just to allow us to do our work and I think at the end of the day reason has prevailed.
“This is because the crisis is inimical to the development of football for a big country like Nigeria which is a powerhouse in African football.
“I believe that the event of today will be cemented and peace will return to the Nigeria football,’’ Amadu said.
The NFA scribe explained that his reason for copying CAF was to ensure that Nigeria’s second AFCON qualifying match against South Africa went unhindered in Cape Town on Wednesday.
He pointed out that Maigari and his board members was expected back any time from now to ensure election into the board was concluded Sept. 25.
“From the letter we got from FIFA on Sept. 3, it was stated in clear terms that the Maigari-led board will preside over two emergency congresses.
“The first will be to elect members of the Electoral Committee and the Appeals Committee as well as another congress leading to election within the shortest possible time.
“I am not a member of the congress but I know that congress is trying to see that this election is held within the shortest possible time and for us to have election probably by Sept. 25.
“This is to enable the next NFA board to carry out their mandate from 2014 to 2018,’’ Amadu said.
NAN reports that the Giwa-led faction of the NFA board did not show up at the football secretariat on Monday.

Monday, 8 September 2014

ECOWAS defence chiefs to hold session in Ghana

Abuja – The ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CCDS) will hold its 34th Ordinary Session from Sept. 9 to 11 in Ghana.
A statement issued by the commission’s spokesperson, Mr Sunny Ugoh on Monday in Abuja, said it
 was to review the general security situation in the region and determine adequate responses.
The statement stated that the theme of the meeting would be “Strengthening ECOWAS Military Cooperation for Peace, Stability and Development’’.
The regional defence chiefs will among other issues, be briefed on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa, which is a security threat to the region.
The  deadly disease has claimed more than 1,900 lives from the more than 3,000 cases reported in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal.
The CCDS meeting will also receive an update on the security situation in Northern Nigeria, where the Boko Haram sect has been waging relentless deadly terrorist attacks and kidnappings.
The statement stated that the meeting would also consider the Status Report on the ECOWAS Standby Force and receive updates on the new Peace Support Operation Division.
Other considerations would be on the operation of the Maritime Model Zone E and the Defence and Security Sector Reform Programme (DSSRP) in Guinea Bissau.
The statement stated that the meeting would also review the mandate of ECOWAS Mission also in Guinea Bissau.

FIFA deadline passes for under-threat Nigeria

ABUJA (AFP) – A FIFA deadline on the Nigeria Football Federation passed on Monday with no sign
 at the association’s offices of the body’s president whose controversial appointment led to a threat of a ban.
The world governing body said last week it would suspend the African champions from international competition if Chris Giwa and his executive committee were still at work after 0700 GMT Monday.
But the deadline came and went with Giwa and his predecessor Aminu Maigari nowhere to be seen at the NFF headquarters in Abuja while there was no immediate word from FIFA about the next steps.
NFF general-secretary Musa Amadu, competitions director Mohammed Sanusi and marketing head Idris Adama arrived for work, however. They were part of Maigari’s team ousted by Giwa last month.
“It has been a trying period of two months for all of us but we have come to the end of the crisis,” Amadu told reporters.
“Nigerian football is far more important than any one of us. Let us put everything behind us. We have to now do the right thing in order to move our football forward.
“We will soon have an extra-ordinary assembly to set a date for elections for the new executive committee. This will be at the shortest possible time, not beyond September 25.”
A power struggle for control of the NFF has been rumbling since the end of the World Cup finals and saw Maigari ousted, impeached on corruption charges.
He was then arrested by the country’s secret police, allegedly to prevent him attending an August 26 meeting at which Giwa took charge and a new executive committee was appointed.
That prompted a boycott of domestic leagues by referees, clubs and players and FIFA to say that they did not recognise his appointment.
FIFA previously suspended Nigeria from international competition in July on the grounds of “government interference” in the running of its affairs but later lifted the ban.

ATM: Bank customers cautious over N65 charge

 As the N65 charge on the use of other banks’ Automated Teller Machines, ATMs commenced last week, as announced by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, customers have been cautious on its usage as most customers used their banks’ATMs.

China’s low price offering threatens cassava business

The low price tag put on Nigerian cassava chips by China is frustrating Nigerian exporters of the commodity. This development is impeding the successful

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

I killed my father over a stick of cigarette – Suspect

BENIN CITY — The Edo State Police Command, yesterday, paraded 63 suspected armed robbers, child defilers and murderers, including a 25-year-old boy who murdered his father after a quarrel over a stick of cigarette he stole from his father.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

REPORT: Is APGA going into extinction?

 (VANGUARD) THESE are really not good times for the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
Though the leadership tussle between its National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh and Chief Maxi Okwu, is still at the Supreme Court, members heaved a sigh of relief when the Court of Appeal resolved the tango in favour of Umeh.

FG signs MoU for 700megawatts electricity plant in Bayelsa Nigeria

ABUJA – The Federal Government and Benco Energy Limited of Brazil yesterday signed a N144 billion Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to construct a 700 megawatts power plant in Nigeria.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Tributes galore as body of Dora Akunyili arrives Anambra

Awka — IT was eulogies galore, yesterday, at the Women Development Centre, Awka, as people and government of Anambra State received the body of the late former Minister of Information and Communications, Professor Dora Akunyili
This came as Chief Fredrick Dike, an acclaimed weather controller from Ifiteani village, Agulu, and a kinsman of Dr. Chike Akunyili, husband to late Dora Akunyili, vowed to use his mystical powers to disrupt the burial ceremony today
Among those that graced the ceremony included the former head of state, General Yakubu Gown and his wife, wife of the former president, Mrs. Bola Obasanjo, Governor Willie Obiano and members of his cabinet and the national chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh.
In his tribute, General Gowon described Dora

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

E-waste: Microsoft, GIZ research on mobile devices recycling in Africa

 Everyday, a new invention is born. Tech hungry occupants of the global village are quick to exchange their old phones for newer models. But what happens to the waste?
Despite the Basel Convention which created a platform for technical assistance to be provided to developing countries to fulfill their obligations in protecting human health and the environment from hazardous and other waste, e-waste management has remained a major challenge especially to the African market.
However, with the intervention by   Microsoft Mobile Devices Group and the German based company,Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, this is about to change. Both companies have come together  to research  the current practices of repairing, reusing, refurbishing, trading parts and  material processing regarding old mobile phones, in other to reduce  the challenge posed by e-waste to the barest minimum.
Already, three African countries including Kenya, Morocco and  Nigeria have been selected for  the pilot program.
The two year project, implemented by GIZ and co-funded by Microsoft, according to both firms, will establish best practices involving the informal and formal sectors for used mobile phones and phone e-waste, and will work towards upgrading existing practices towards environmentally sound recycling solutions.
The partnership is part of the development   programme that GIZ implements on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Speaking on the new partnership, Ulrike Vott, Microsoft Sustainability Manager  for the Africa Region, explained: “We will continue to educate  users not to dispose of electronic products together with household waste.
The Microsoft GIZ project will assess the existing practices and  develop training concepts with a special emphasis on improvements for  the micro and small scale mobile phone repairers, recyclers, refurbishers and dismantlers in the informal and the formal sector.”
Also speaking, Barbara Oelz, Advisor for waste management at GIZ in Germany, added that:  “It is crucial for the success of any e-waste  legislation to develop implementation guidelines that work under the  local conditions. Copying legislation from the European Union will not deliver the desired result, which is the closing of the material cycle, the protection of living conditions and the environment as well as the creation of sustainable jobs.”
Meanwhile, based on the research conducted by Microsoft and the German
firm, as the continent’s consumption of electronics grows, the volume of e-waste will grow. Electronic devices, particularly mobile phones, according to their research contain valuable metals, plastics and other materials that can be turned into secondary raw material at value.
However, safe  equipment and processes, are required to recover the metals that make up 40 percent of a mobile phone without material loss or risk to health and environment.
By estimation, the research further revealed that for every one million phones recycled, it is possible to recover nearly 35kg of gold and 350kg of silver, which can be re-used in the production of future goods.

Edo christians protest pastors killing by boko haram

BENIN CITY — THE Nigeria Christian Graduate Fellowship, NCGF, Benin Chapter has condemned the killing of one its members in Bauchi State, Pastor Blessing Ehiorobo by members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Why Music Group,KUSH broke up — Lara George

Lara George began her musical journey in her Alma-mater school choir- Queens’ College Yaba Lagos. Years later, she transformed into a professional whose inspirational style of delivery helped define the new sound and direction of Nigerian gospel music.

While studying Architecture at the University of Lagos Akoka, Lara joined

US declares Ebola drug pesticide, dashes hope for cure of victims

HOPES of immediate relief for victims of the Ebola Virus Disease following reports that doses of an experimental  drug,  nano-silver, had been delivered were dimmed yesterday. The United States Food and Drug Administration said the drug is a pesticide and warned those claiming that it could prevent or treat Ebola to desist from doing so.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

'Ethical' to use experimental drugs in Ebola fight says World Health Organization

A PANEL of medical experts has determined it is ethical to provide experimental treatments to patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said Tuesday as the global death toll topped 1,000.

"In the particular circumstances of this outbreak, and provided certain conditions are met, the panel reached consensus that it is ethical to offer unproven interventions with as yet unknown efficacy and adverse effects, as potential treatment or prevention," the UN's health agency said in a statement.

There is currently no available cure or vaccine for Ebola, and the WHO has declared the latest outbreak a global public health emergency.

But the use of an experimental drug called ZMapp on two Americans and a Spanish priest infected with the virus while working in Africa has opened up an intense ethical debate.

The drug, which is in very short supply, has reportedly shown promising results in the two Americans, but the priest has died, the Spanish hospital where he was being treated said Tuesday.

US company Mapp Bioparmaceutical which makes the drug said Monday it had sent all its available supplies to west Africa.

Medical experts from around the world took part in WHO-hosted discussions Monday to draft guidelines for using non-authorised medicines in emergencies such as Ebola.

"Ethical criteria must guide the provision of such interventions," the panel found, stressing the need for "transparency about all aspects of care, informed consent, freedom of choice, confidentiality, respect for the person, preservation of dignity and involvement of the community."

The panel of experts also emphasised the "moral obligation to collect and share all data generated, including from treatments provided for 'compassionate use'," meaning access to an unapproved drug outside of a clinical trial.

The disease has infected 1,848 people and caused 1,013 deaths since early this year, according to latest figures from the WHO, which says it is worst outbreak since Ebola was discovered four decades ago.

The deadly outbreak has until now been limited to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, all countries in west Africa where ill-equipped and fragile health systems are struggling to cope.(Guardian)

Ebola Virus Disease: Spanish priest infected in Liberia dies in Madrid Spain

A SPANISH missionary who contracted the Ebola virus while working in West Africa has died in hospital in Madrid.

More than 1,000 people have died in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria since the outbreak was first reported in February.
Miguel Pajares, 75, was airlifted back to Spain from Liberia last week with a nun who tested negative for the virus.

For the past few days he had been treated with an untested, experimental drug, Zmapp.
A World Health Organization (WHO) panel in Geneva has meanwhile approved the ethics of using ZMapp.

According to the Reuters news agency, the panel said it was ethical to combat the Ebola outbreak by offering drugs or vaccines whose side-effects and efficacy had yet to be proven.
The priest was part of a Catholic order at St Joseph's hospital in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.
The hospital has now been closed because of the outbreak.
A Congolese nun died there on Saturday, days after its director, Patrick Nshamdze, also died.(

Interview: The Secret Of My Success – Mercy Johnson

The talented Mercy Johnson who has since become one of the most sought after and highest paid actresses in Nollwood said its hard work and you never just stop working.
She said: “While my mates were buying Brazilian hair and designer bags, I never knew what they were. I just wanted to be at a movie location and work, she said.
”Success is hard, it’s never easy. It takes more than luck to make the right decisions, and the right choices. A lot of people have actually been acting before me, but they are just nowhere close. It’s not because I am better, its grace.

But really success is hard. It takes a lot of hardwork. At the point when my mates were carrying designer bags, I didn’t know what designer bags were. At the point at which they were wearing Brazilian hair, I didn’t know what Brazilian hair was.

I was kind of laid back. I was a step behind or 2 steps behind, because I was working so hard. I didn’t take vacations; I didn’t have time for all of that. I just wanted to be on location, so I could sell what I had. I wanted people to see what I could do. So every point in time, I was busy. I was so excited to work at every time. So, it’s like success is hard.

You really have to work hard; you really have to sweat to achieve what you want. Its only when you set to achieve it, that’s when it lasts,” she said.
Meanwhile Mercy Johnson who is heavily pregnant with her second child has taken a break from acting and is currently in the United States.
The Kogi state born award-winning actress who got into the Nigerian film industry because she failed her University entrance examinations made her acting debut in the movie ‘The Maid‘ which brought her into limelight.
Mercy Johnson has since featured in over 100 movies.
She is happily married to Prince Odianosen Okojie and they are blessed with a daughter, Purity.