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SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM: Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday presented the 2017 budget of N812.99 billion to the State House of Assembly for approval.

The budget, tagged: “Golden Jubilee Budget” is N150.4 billion higher than the 2016 budget which stood at N662.58 billion

The 2017 budget has a Capital Expenditure of N512.46 billion and a Recurrent Expenditure of N300 billion.

The Capital and recurrent ratio of the budget stood at 63:37.

The governor said a large chunk of the budget would be expended on road construction and rehabilitation, health, among others.

Ambode recalled that his administration budgeted N662.58 billion in 2016 and that the budget, as at October 2016 performed to about 77.5 percent, which is equivalent to N350 billion.

According to Ambode, “we have maintained a conservative approach in estimating our Federal Allocation due to falling oil prices that was about$41.98per barrel at the time we finalized this budget; however the State expects an increase in Federal allocation through 13% derivation from Oil and Gas in 2017.

“In view of our financing gap, we shall continue to sustain deficit financing in the short-to-medium term; enhance revenue growth throughout the year on several initiatives including automation and efficient revenue administration.
“We would explore more collaborations with local and international investors through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) especially in the areas of Road network expansion, Transport; Housing, and the Environment,” he said.

Ambode said the sectoral allocations as proposed in this budget would be distilled further by the Commissioner of Finance later in the day.

“We will equally continue implementing the ease of doing business reforms – starting a business, property registration, tax payment, e-GIS/ Smart City project, continue to encourage investments in Lekki Free Trade Zone (FTZ), Badagry Deep Sea port and the Eko Atlantic project. We will remain steadfast in our responsibility to make the State safe and secure for all our citizens. We will continue to invest in Security. The Neighbourhood Safety Agency will become fully operational by 2017 with presence in all our Local Governments and LCDAs,” he added.

The governor said a key focus of the budget for the 2017 is road construction, rehabilitation and maintenance, saying that the government would focus on roads that would open up the hinterlands, improve connectivity in the State and reduce travel time.

He added that government would commence the Phase II of the 114 Local Government Roads project and the Fourth Mainland Bridge in 2017, adding that in the course of the 2017 Financial Year, “we shall carry out fundamental reforms on all our modes of transportation – roads, water and the walkways. In this wise, a Public Transport Infrastructure Bond will be issued in the course of the year.”

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SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: A plane carrying 81 people, including a top Brazilian football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia.
Police say five people survived the crash but the rest of those on board died.

The chartered aircraft, flying from Brazil via Bolivia, was carrying members of the Chapecoense team. The team was due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, against Medellin team Atletico Nacional.

The first leg of the final of the cup, South America’s second most important club competition, was scheduled for Wednesday, but has now been suspended.

The match was seen as the biggest in the history of the relatively small club, which entered Brazil’s top division for the first time in 2014.
The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) said it was suspending “all activities”.

Chapecoense issued a brief statement saying: “May God be with our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests travelling with our delegation.”

It said it would refrain from any further statements until it had assessed the extent of the crash.
Later the team’s vice-president, Ivan Tozzo, told cable channal SporTV: “There are a lot of people crying in our city. We could never imagine this. Chapecoense is the biggest reason for joy here.”

One of the survivors was confirmed as Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel.

Reports suggest that at least two other footballers – goalkeepers Jackson Follman and Marcos Danilo – may have survived.
Originally six survivors were reported, but police later said one of those rescued had died.

The sports network Telemundo Deportes tweeted (in Spanish) that Ruschel was in shock but conscious and talking, and asked to keep his wedding ring and to see his family.

His wife told Globo TV: “Thank God Alan is in the hospital. He’s in a stable condition.” The team, from the southern city of Chapeco, was promoted to Brazil’s first division in 2014 and reached the final last week after a victory against Argentina’s San Lorenzo.

Medellin’s Mayor Federico Gutierrez described it as “a tragedy of huge proportions”. Conmebol said in a statement that its president, Alejandro Dominguez, was on his way to Medellin.

“The Conmebol family greatly regrets what happened. All activities of the confederation are suspended until further notice,” it said.

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SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: Toke Makinwa, Nigerian radio personality, television host,vlogger and now an author has said that her ex infected her with an STI severally. Toke Makinwa in her new book titled ‘On Becoming’ spilled the bean on how she spoke of the inadequacies of her ex, Maje Ayida and how she contemplated suicide, finding God, bleaching and more.

In the book Toke talked about her 18-month-old marriage which was started on the 15 January 2014 at a private wedding ceremony with Maje Ayida her lover for eight years and how the marriage crumbled. Toke Makinwa and hubby, Maje Ayide The Other Woman “Who was that girl?” I asked “That’s that girl” “Which girl?”

“The girl I told you about. Her friends are always calling me to say she really likes me and has a crush on me. Her name is Anita.” “So that’s the Anita girl they say you are dating.” “I’m not dating her. How can I date someone that is always saying ‘can I come and see you? I’ll bring my friend that you think is cute’?” “I accepted Maje’s explanation and concluded that Anita was not important . So I’ll be with Maje and she’d call and I’d tell him, “The girl that has a crush on you is calling.”

And it would be nothing.” In chapter 8 ‘On Becoming’ titled ‘Hurt’. Toke wrote about Maje returning from a trip and infecting her with an STI.

And she said “He had given me an STI in the past. He’d returned from a trip once and we had sex, and a few days later I was itching. ‘I went to the doctors and they prescribed medication, but when I asked Maje about the infection he denied knowing anything about it. I went through hisPHONE and saw a conversation with Anita where she complained that she had been itching.

According to her, it was not news to Maje, more like an update that she was giving him on a situation that he already knew about. “He asked what the doctor’s report said and what was prescribed. I knew I would be putting myself at risk if I closed my eyes to whatever he chose to do on the side. So I went back to putting all my attention into my work.”

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SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: A Federal High Court,  in Abuja, on Monday, ordered the immediate past Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mr Emeka Mba, to report at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abuja, for an amended criminal charge sheet to be served on him and his co-defendants.

The trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, gave the order following complaints by EFCC’s counsel, Salisu Majidadi ,over difficulties he experienced in effecting service of the amended charge sheet on the defendants.

Emeka Mba, Patrick Are, Basil Udotai and Babatunji Amu, who are 1st to 4th defendants respectively, are being prosecuted on a 15- count amended charge, bordering on money laundering and diversion of public funds.

Monday’s sitting was meant for the arraignment of the defendants, but was stalled due to the inability of the prosecuting counsel to serve the amended charge sheet dated and filed on October 14 and 21, 2016, on the defendants.

The prosecuting counsel, Salisu Majidadi ,had on Monday, informed the court of the difficulty he had  been having in serving the defendants with the amended charge and consequently, requested for five days within which the defendants will be served with the amended charge.

However, the defendant lawyers led by Mr Sunday Ameh, in their contribution, said the issue of service or non-service of the amended charge, should not be an issue for the court’s consideration because, each of the defendants, for instance, the 1st and 4th defendant, had been served, while the 2nd and 3rd defendants, had obtained copies of the amended charge from the third defendant’s counsel.

Delivering a bench ruling on the application for an adjournment by the prosecuting counsel, Justice Kolawole held: “The defendants shall report in the complaint’s office on Wednesday, November 30, at 10.00 am and shall be served each with the amended charge.

“Let it be clearly stated that if the complainant was unable to get the amended charge served on  November30,within the regular working hours of 10.00 am and 4.00pm, the defendants shall be released on administrative bail, which the EFCC had previously granted them and shall advise them as to a date within five days from today when the amended charge which the prosecution has informed the court of been available but that the copies are not with him in court.

“This case is hereby adjourned till  December13,  at 10 .00am, for the arraignment of the defendants on a 15 -count of the amended charge dated  October14 and filed on October 21

“The defendants shall return to court for their arraignment and the hearing of their bail applications,” hesaid.

The amended charge read in part: “That you Emeka Mba (while being the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission), Patrick Are (while being the Director of Finance and Account of the National Broadcasting Commission), Basil Udotai (trading in the name and style of Technology Advisors) and Babatunji Amure (trading in the name and style of Divine Partners) on or about the 15th day of August, 2015 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired amongst yourselves to commit an illegal act to wit: laundering the sum of N2, 899, 723, 500.00 (two billion eight hundred and ninety-nine million, seven hundred and three thousand, five hundred naira) and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act,” among others.

It will be recalled that the anti-graft body had recently arrested the ex-NBC DG over an alleged N15 billion fraud.

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Ikeja—The Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos yesterday  heard a witness describe how foreign currency was moved from Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia chambers and deposited into her account in Diamond Bank. According to reports  Mr Ademola Oshodi was testifying at the ongoing trial of Ofili-Ajumogobia, a serving Justice of the Federal High Court, and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), alongside Mr Godwin Obla.

The duo, who are being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged corruption, have been jointly charged with two counts of perverting the course of justice. Obla, was charged with additional two-counts of offering gratification in the sum of N5million to Ofili-Ajumogobia, a public official while carrying out her duties as a judge. Ofili-Ajumogobia, however, faces a 26-count charge of unlawful enrichment, taking property by a public officer, corruption by a public officer, forgery and giving false information to an official of the EFCC.

The accused persons both denied all the charges. The EFCC alleges that between 2012 and 2015 Ajumogobia received a total of 788,000 dollars from various sources into her Diamond Bank Account with number 0032091183. While being led in evidence by counsel to the EFCC, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, Oshodi told the court that he met Ofili-Ajumogobia at her chambers at the Federal High Court when he opened an account for her with the bank. Oshodi, a Branch Manager with Diamond Bank Plc, is the account officer to Ofili-Ajumogobia.

The banker alleged that he often visited the justice’s chambers and also her home whenever she needed his services to make such deposits which was mostly in dollars. “I used to meet the judge in her chambers and sometimes in her home, where I’d receive the foreign currency, which was U.S. dollars to deposit into her bank account. “I introduced one Abba Said, a Bureau de Change operative to her when there was a need to change the dollars to naira. “This mostly happened when she was not comfortable with a particular transaction. “There were instances where the deposits exceeded the maximum amount for an individual account, when such instances occured, I paid the maximum amount into her account. “I would then deposit the remaining cash into my account which was paid into her account in subsequent days,” Oshodi told the packed courtroom.

Counsel to Ofili-Ajumogobia, Mr Olawole Akoni (SAN), however, raised objections when EFCC attempted to tender his client’s account statements as evidence on the grounds that he had not reviewed the bank statements. “The first defendant has been in incarceration since Nov. 10. She needs adequate time and facility to defend herself. I humbly seek an adjournment,” Akoni said. Supporting his request for adjournment, lawyer to Obla , Mr Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), also said the second defendant had been in incarceration since November 8. Justice Hakeem Oshodi in granting an adjournment said; “for the purpose of fair hearing, the court will accede to the request for adjournment of this trial. “The case is adjourned to Jan. 9, 2017 for continuation of trial,” Oshodi said.

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SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday approved death sentence for kidnappers, whose victims died in their custody. 

The approval followed the adoption of a report presented by Mrs Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, the Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Petitions, Human Rights and Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC).

Tejuosho had presented the report of a Stakeholders meeting on a bill entitled; “A Bill for a Law to Provide for the Prohibition of the Act of Kidnapping and for Other Connected Purposes”.

The bill was sponsored by the Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa.

The bill prescribed life sentence to kidnappers, whose victims did not die in their custody.

The bill states that any person, who kidnaps, abducts, detains, captures or takes another person by any means or tricks with intent to demand ransom or do anything against his/her will, commits an offence, and liable on conviction to death sentence.

The bill, which criminalised attempt to kidnap, stipulated also life imprisonment for anyone who make attempt to kidnap another person.

Also, the bill is against false representation to release a kidnapped or abducted person. This attracts seven years imprisonment.

The lawmakers also approved 25 years imprisonment to whoever threatens to kidnap another person through phone call, e-mail, text message or any other means of communication.

The bill provides that any person, who knowingly or wilfully
allows or permits his premises, building or a place or belonging to which he has control of, to be used for the purposes of keeping a person kidnapped is guilty of an offence under the law and liable to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

The lawmakers amended some sections of the bill during the debate on the committee report before adoption.

The bill, aimed at ensuring zero tolerance for kidnapping, however, awaits third reading before it will be sent to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode for assent.

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SPONSORED BY 234NAIRA.COM: The Ekiti State governor-elect Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) on Sunday delivered his acceptance speech in his Owo home after the Independent National Electoral Commission declared him the winner of the Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

The All Progressives Congress candidate, Akeredolu, polled a total number of 244, 842 votes to beat runners up, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) of the Peoples Democratic Party, who had 146,784. The Alliance for Democracy candidate, Chief Olusola Oke came third with 107,124 votes.

In his acceptance speech, Akeredolu attributed his victory to the will of God while also commending President Muhammadu Buhari, National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Oyegun, and members of the party’s National Working Committee for their commitment to his ambition. The governor-elect also promised not to fail the people of Ondo State.

He said, “I wish to express my profound gratitude, first, to the Almighty God whose infinite grace has allowed us to see this day.

“This victory is of God through the people. It is not for me or the APC alone, it is a victory for the people of Ondo State irrespective of which side of the divide you stood during the election. For me it is a challenge to perform. It is a call to rescue our state and reverse it fortunes.

“I thank the people of my dear state for their steadfastness. I have heard their messages throughout the campaign to all the nooks and crannies of the state. Today, you have spoken with one voice. You have walked your talk. You have voted for me as your governor for the next four years.

“Today, change has come. I hereby made a solemn pledge that this collective mandate shall address all issues with keen determination. The welfare of our people alone shall be the directive policy of the government.

“Today’s victory is a confirmation of the willingness and readiness of the people of Ondo State to change and seek a better life. I thank you for your faith and confidence in me. I thank all those whose uncommon sacrifice, contributed in no small measure to the success of the exercise. A special show of gratitude must be extended to our security agents for their patriotic duty.

“I shall in few months be saddled with the task of providing responsible leadership, a leadership that would take our people from poverty and stagnation to productivity and prosperity, from pains and lamentation to joy and laughter. It is the sole reason you have voted for me and by the grace of God I will not fail you.”

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SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM: Broom-waving supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) took to the streets of Akure this afternoon to celebrate the victory of Mr Rotimi Akeredolu as the governor-elect of Ondo State.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) this afternoon formally announced Akeredolu as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

The victorious APC supporters went round Akure in motorcades comprising commercial motorcycles and buses singing and chanting praises of the APC governor-elect.

Shouts of ‘Aketi’ rent the air at Oja-Oba, Old Garage, Customs area, Ondo Road and other parts of Akure.

The APC supporters sang winner o o o, winner, winner o o o winner, Aketi you don win o, winner.

On sighting the APC supporters, resident trooped out from their houses and joined them to celebrate Akeredolu’s victory.

Some of the APC supporters who spoke expressed happiness that APC was finally able to dislodge Governor Olusegun Mimiko from power.

They expressed their indignation at Mimiko’s inability to pay civil servants in the state six months salary.

Some also described Mimiko as a political prostitute. ”Mimiko is the architect of his own failure. He was moving from one political party to the other. MajOrity of us who earlier supported him withdrew our support and the result is what you are seeing today. From Labour Party to PDP and he did not carry majority of us along,” a commercial motorcyclist who gave his name as Gbenga Dare told our reporter.

Another APC supporter, Felicia Omotosho, accused the Mimiko administration of not paying her husband’s salary for six months, adding that this created a lot of hardship for her family. ”I am happy that Akeredolu won. We want change in Ondo State. We don’t want any imposition. Akeredolu, I believe will bring smiles to the people of Ondo State,” she said.

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SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has formally declared Mr Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of last Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State.

Akeredolu polled 244, 842 to beat his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), who polled 150, 380, while Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy, (AD) followed with a distant third of 126, 889 votes.

Returning officer, Professor Ganiu Amali made the announcement at about 12:50 pm on Sunday.

With this victory, the governor-elect of Ondo state and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Akeredolu, now takes on the responsibility of bringing everyone on board, to continue from where the PDP governor, Dr, Olusegun Mimiko stopped.

In the meantime, the governor-elect says his victory is a clear demonstration of the will of the people of Ondo state.

He believes that “the people have spoken and have indeed spoken well”, as he would go straight into work, to bring about improvement in all aspects of the state’s economy.

According to him, “there has been obvious neglect of people in the rural areas, and his government will focus more on grass-root development.

This is the second time he will be contesting as governor or Ondo state, having lost the first time to governor Olusegun Mimiko of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The election which many had feared would be characterized by violence, given the tension that preceded the exercise, was however adjudged peaceful.

Although violence erupted a day before the polls took off, leading to the unfortunate killing of one person, the Federal Government ensured the deployment of 26,000 policemen and 15,000 personnel from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, to avoid a further breakdown of law and order.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), had dropped Mr Eyitayo Jegede and published the name of Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as the PDP candidate, forcing Jegede to head to the court of appeal to retrieve his ticket.

However, few days to the election, the court of appeal announced Jegede as the rightful candidate of the party, after a go- ahead by the supreme court.

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SPONSORED BY 234NAIRA.COM: Mr Bagudu Hirse, former Minister of State (Foreign Affairs), who was abducted by gunmen in Kaduna on Sunday, Nov. 20, has regained his freedom, his brother, Mr John Hirse, has confirmed.

“Bagudu was released in the early hours of Saturday,” John, retired permanent secretary in the federal civil service and currently District Head of Mangu, in Plateau, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Jos on Saturday.

He said that the former minister  was“hale and hearty”, and thanked Nigerians for the prayers and words of encouragement “during the tỳing period”.

“May God reward everyone who stood by us during the tough period,” he said.

John, however, did not give further details, and also refused to comment over whether a ransom was paid to the abductors.

Bagudu was abducted by gunmen at the Kaduna residence of Ambassador Mamman Daura, where he had gone to condole the family over the death of the former Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji ibrahim Dasuki.

 

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