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SPONSORED BY YES434.COM...THE BUSINESS DIRECTORY: The whereabouts of former president Yahya Jammeh is unknown as military forces of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) crossed from Senegal into Gambia. 

This is coming hours after President Adama Barrow was sworn into office, the African Press Agency reported Thursday.

Long convoys of military vehicles with armed soldiers entered the troubled nation through the border town of Karang, resident Abdoulie Bah told dpa.

The troops are expected to search for long-term ruler Yahya Jammeh, who refuses to give up power despite losing the Dec. 1, 2016 presidential election to Barrow.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed his “deep concern” about Jammeh’s refusal to step aside.

The UN Security Council voted unanimously to back Barrow and called for a peaceful transition of power.

The resolution called on former president Jammeh “to carry out a peaceful and orderly transition process,” and to transfer power to Barrow in accordance with the Gambian constitution.

It also supported ECOWAS “in its commitment to ensure the respect of the will of the people … as expressed in the results of the December 1 elections.”

Earlier on Thursday, Barrow was sworn in as Gambian president in neighbouring Senegal, after weeks of political impasse caused by Jammeh’s refusal to accept the election result.

“This is a day no Gambian will ever forget,” said Barrow after he was sworn into office by the president of the Gambia Bar Association, Sherif Tambedou, at Gambia’s embassy in Senegal’s capital, Dakar.

Barrow promised to work towards national unity and establish good governance through “comprehensive” constitutional and legal reforms.

“We will now build a Gambia where what you know counts more than who you know,” Barrow said in a promise to end decades of nepotism and corruption.

Barrow’s inauguration came after an escalating political standoff triggered by Jammeh’s rejection of the election results.

Barrow had been scheduled to be inaugurated in Gambia, but the ceremony was jeopardised by Jammeh’s refusal to give up power. He is Gambia’s third president since independence from British rule in 1965.

During his inaugural speech, Barrow asked Gambia’s security forces to remain loyal to the constitution and commanded all soldiers to remain in their barracks.

Armed soldiers found outside their barracks would be regarded as “rebels,” the newly sworn-in president said.

The call for peace comes after Barrow had to flee for security reasons to Dakar on Saturday, after multiple attempts by West African leaders to convince Jammeh, who ruled Gambia for 22 years, to step down failed.

Jammeh’s whereabouts were unknown on Thursday.

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The man who won The Gambia’s disputed election says he will be sworn in as president at the country’s embassy in neighbouring Senegal.

The message, posted on Adama Barrow’s social media accounts, invited the general public to attend the ceremony.

Last-ditch efforts by regional leaders to convince Yahya Jammeh to step down as president failed overnight.

He lost elections last month, but wants the results annulled citing errors in the electoral process.

West African military forces are ready to enforce a transfer of power in The Gambia, a popular beach destination among European holidaymakers.

Senegalese troops remain stationed at the Gambian border, despite the deadline for Mr Jammeh to stand down passing at midnight.

Barrow’s invitation on his facebook account

The threat of military action is supported by Nigeria and other states in the region.

Mr Barrow has been in Senegal since Sunday following an invitation to attend a summit of African leaders who back his victory.

The president-elect tweeted and posted on Facebook that his inauguration would take place at 16:00 GMT at the embassy in the capital, Dakar.

At least 26,000 Gambians, fearful that violence could erupt, have sought refuge in Senegal.

Meanwhile, thousands of UK and Dutch tourists continue to be evacuated from the tiny West African state.

BBC

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The Gambia: Jammeh refuses to leave after deadline passes

A last minute attempt to convince Yahya Jammeh to give up his role as Gambian president before Wednesday’s midnight deadline failed, according to sources in the country’s capital.

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz allegedly made a last-ditch effort late Wednesday night to persuade Jammeh to stand down after more than two decades in power, but was not able to convince him.

Troops from Senegal, Nigeria and Ghana remained in position in neighbouring Senegal as the deadline passed.

Meanwhile 26,000 Gambians crossed the border into Senegal between the start of the year and Monday, with many continuing to flee the impending conflict in recent days, according to UNHCR spokeswoman Helene Caux in Dakar.

Eyewitnesses reported heavily armed soldiers arriving at the Senegalese border town of Karang late Wednesday, while the Nigerian Air Force deployed fighter jets and troops to Senegal ahead of a likely military intervention in Gambia, where the post-election political crisis was escalating.

Regional bloc ECOWAS pledged to send troops to ensure a peaceful transition of power after it failed in repeated attempts to convince Jammeh to cede power.

After ruling Gambia for 22 years, Jammeh has refused to accept the result of a December 1 election, which saw him lose power to real estate mogul Adama Barrow.

Halifa Sallah, a spokesman for the president-elect, said if Jammeh refused to step down by midnight, Thursday’s inauguration would take place at the Gambian embassy in Dakar due to the military intervention in Gambia.

The Nigerian Air Force said in a statement its deployment was in keeping with the West African bloc’s pledge to enforce the election mandate.

Nigeria moved 200 troops, fighter jets, transport aircraft, helicopters and other air assets to the Senegalese capital Dakar, and planned to move them from there into Gambia.

“The deployment is also to forestall hostilities or breakdown of law and order that may result from the current political impasse in Gambia,” the statement read.

Barrow fled Gambia on Saturday to Dakar amid fears of violence, but has insisted he would be inaugurated as scheduled on Thursday.

The president, who refuses to leave office, on Tuesday placed his army on highest alert and chief of defence staff, Ousman Badjie, repeatedly pledged his loyalty to the autocrat.

Experts, however, don’t believe Jammeh will be able to hold up a military battle for long.

The country of 1.9 million people has about 1,000 soldiers, little capacity to fight a well-trained army, for example that of Senegal, which has almost 20,000 troops.

 
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Breaking: Gambian Army joins ECOWAS forces to remove Jammeh
 
Gambian Army at Command Centre Kanilai has communicated that they are joining ECOWAS forces to remove recalcitrant President Yahya Jammeh.

This is coming as troops from Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Mali and Togo massed at the borders of Senegal, waiting for a green light to intervene and unseat Yahya Jammeh, who according to the constitution is no longer the country’s legitimate ruler.

There are also reports that Gambian soldiers have withdrawn from strategic areas near the country’s borders with Senegal as ECOWAS soldiers prepare to move in.

Banjul has been turned into a ‘ghost town’ with tens of thousands of people fleeing the capital and at least 26,000 crossing the border into Senegal.

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Just In: Gambian soldiers withdraw as ECOWAS troops await signal to unseat Jammeh

Troops from Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Mali and Togo are at the borders of Senegal, waiting for a green light to intervene and unseat Yahya Jammeh, who according to the constitution is no longer the country’s legitimate ruler.

There are reports that Gambian soldiers have withdrawn from strategic areas near the country’s borders with Senegal as ECOWAS soldiers prepare to move in.

Banjul has been turned into a ‘ghost town’ with tens of thousands of people fleeing the capital and at least 26,000 crossing the border into Senegal.

Meanwhile, Ousman Badjie, the chief of defence staff, has said that he will not put his men on the line and they will not fight or die for Yahya Jammeh.

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Adama Barrow: Jammeh era over

Adama Barrow, the man expected to be sworn in today as Gambia’s new president, has declared Alhaji Yahya Jammeh’s era over.

“My dearest Gambians — the presidency of Yahya Jammeh is officially over. The new era of Gambia is here at last. #NewGambia“, Barrow wrote on his Twitter handle this morning.

Barrow, going by the vows of West African leaders, is expected to be sworn in today. Where it will be done, is yet unclear as Jammeh ignored military threats and stay put in Banjul, refusing to step down.

The country’s national stadium was initially the choice venue for the swearing in. But Barrow’s spokesman Halifa Sallah said he would be sworn in an undisclosed location.

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz who initiated a last minute effort to break the political deadlock by visiting Jammeh on Wednesday said Jammeh was adamant about hanging on to power..

Mr Abdel Aziz flew in to the Gambian capital Banjul on Wednesday evening to meet Mr Jammeh before flying on to Dakar airport for further discussions with Mr Barrow and Senegal’s President Macky Sall.

Aziz left Gambia shortly before midnight, when Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh’s presidential mandate expired, according to a Reuters correspondent.

After the talks, Aziz’s plane left Dakar at about 1:45 a.m.(0145 GMT), a Reuters witness saw. Aziz spoke with Barrow and Sall at the airport in Dakar. About 30 vehicles with tinted windows then sped away from where the talks took place.

“I am now less pessimistic [that Mr Jammeh] will work on a peaceful solution that is in the best interest for everyone,” Mr Abdel Aziz said.

The BBC reports that Senegalese troops remain stationed at the Gambian border, and it is not clear whether they have begun a move into the country.

The threat of military action is supported by Nigeria and other states in the region.

However Gambian army chief Ousman Badjie said his troops would not fight Senegalese forces should they enter into the country, AFP news agency reports.

“We are not going to involve ourselves militarily, this is a political dispute,” he said. “I am not going to involve my soldiers in a stupid fight. I love my men.”

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SPONSORED BY 234NAIRA.COM: The U.S. has warned the embattled President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia, saying he is losing opportunities to peacefully handover to President-elect Adama Barrow and avoid the consequences of his actions. 

Jammeh’s tenure ends Jan. 19, the same day that Barrow is expected to be sworn-in as his successor.

Both the African Union and ECOWAS have said that Jammeh will cease to be recognised as Gambian President from the date.

Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State, Mr John Kirby, said at a press briefing on Tuesday that Jammeh was putting his legacy and The Gambia in peril.

“President Jammeh is losing opportunities to respect the will of the Gambian people and to peacefully hand over power to the president-elect, which is supposed to happen on Thursday.

“Doing so would allow him to leave office with his head held high and to protect the Gambian people from potential chaos.

“Failure to do so will put his legacy – and, more importantly, the Gambia – in peril, and we have been clear about this,” he said.

According to him, the accusation by Jammeh of external interference in The Gambia’s internal affairs is not tenable.

“I don’t know what interference he’s referring to, but we obviously want to see The Gambia succeed.

“And we want to see the president-elect properly installed and to have in place a government, which is responsible for and responsive to the needs of the Gambian people.”

The U.S. had on Friday, indicated support for ECOWAS to take all necessary action on Jammeh if he fails to handover to Barrow.

The U.S. had regretted that Jammeh’s action had made the situation in The Gambia to become “very uncertain”.

“We call on President Jammeh to listen to his own people, to listen to the Gambian people who have clearly called on him to accept the results of the Dec. 1 election.

“And to again agree to what he already agreed to, which is a peaceful handover of power to President-elect Barrow.”

Kirby, however, said the U.S. “believes that ECOWAS can certainly play an important role in providing security and addressing some of the concerns that there could be violence around the transition”.

He also said that the U.S. was not ruling out its support to a military action, saying: “We do, and I’m not trying to back away from that in any way, shape, or form.

“I just would say that we do, obviously, support ECOWAS as a force for peace and security in the region, and specifically in The Gambia.

“Well, again, I don’t want to speak to what possible actions they may take. I don’t want to get out in front of those decisions,” he said.

Kirby noted the unfortunate accidental airstrike on an internally displaced people’s camp in Rann locality of Borno.

According to him, the U.S. will continue providing the Nigerian Government with counter-terrorism assistance against the Boko Haram insurgents.

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SPONSORED BY YES434.COM: The Gambia’s parliament has extended President Yahya Jammeh’s term, which is due to end on Thursday following his defeat in elections, by 90 days.

It also approved his decision to declare a 90-day state of emergency in the tiny West African state.

Regional leaders have threatened to use military force to oust Mr Jammeh if he refuses to hand power to President-elect Adama Barrow on Thursday.

 BBC reports that thousands of UK and Dutch tourists are being evacuated from The Gambia.

The country is popular with European holidaymakers because of its beaches.

The Gambia was plunged into crisis after Mr Jammeh rejected Mr Barrow’s shock victory in the 1 December election.
Regional leaders have been unsuccessfully trying to persuade him to step down.

Nigeria has deployed a warship to put further pressure on Mr Jammeh to step down.

Regional bloc Ecowas, the Economic Community of West African States, has prepared a Senegal-led force but maintains that military intervention would be a last resort.

In his televised announcement on Tuesday, Mr Jammeh said “any acts of disobedience to the laws of The Gambia, incitement of violence and acts intended to disturb public order and peace” were banned under the state of emergency.

He said security forces were instructed to “maintain absolute peace, law and order”.

The parliament passed a motion condemning what it called the “unlawful and malicious interference” of the African Union and neighbouring Senegal in The Gambia’s affairs.

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SPONSORED BY 234NAIRA.COM: The Nigerian Army has offered N500,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest of suicide bombers or discovery of transit house of bombers or factory for making bomb.

Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja that the cash reward for information followed the spate of suicide bombings in the North East, particularly in Maiduguri and Madagali which was “assuming a disturbing proportion”.

“Consequently, the Nigerian Army is offering a reward of the sum of N500,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of a suicide bomber, the guide to the suicide bomber, or discovery of the transit house or factory of the suicide bombers.

“The offer by the Nigerian Army is to further encourage law abiding citizens to actively join the war against terrorists and our collective security,” he said.

Usman said anyone with information could reach the following officers: “Theatre Commander, Operations LAFIYA DOLE, Maiduguri- 09064823221 and General Officer Commanding 7 Division Maiduguri- 09078599985”.

The others are: Commander, 7 Division Garrison Maiduguri-08022375305, Commander, 28 Brigade, Mubi-08065504576 and Commander, 26 Brigade, Gwoza-+234 809 721 1700 (WhatsApp).

Also, they could reach Director, Army Public Relations, Abuja-07080217992 and Commander, 7 Division Military Intelligence Brigade Maiduguri-09021668444.

Usman reassured that all information received would be treated with utmost confidentiality and acted upon with despatch.

“While we appreciate the cooperation of the members of the general public so far, there is the need to be more vigilant and security conscious to save lives and apprehend Boko Haram terrorists and their sponsors.

“Once again, we call on all law abiding citizens to provide useful information to security agencies towards a quicker apprehension of remnants of terrorists still bent on unleashing mayhem on Nigerians,” he said.

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SPONSORED BY X365TV.COM: The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has impounded a N948million aircraft allegedly linked with a former governor of Borno State who is under investigation. 

The aircraft was seized on Monday at the Maiduguri International Airport.

 

Anti-graft agencies have also placed two other private jets under surveillance at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
The grounding of the three aircraft is part of the ongoing investigation which traced some looted funds by some former political office holders to the purchase of private jets.

It was learnt that a Dornier aircraft 328 linked with the former governor had been earlier impounded, but it resumed operations without EFCC’s clearance.
Upon sighting the aircraft in Maiduguri on Monday, after months of watch-listing, EFCC detectives swooped on the crew and seized it.
The plane is marked N805PG and 5NBMH. It allegedly belongs to Skybird Air.

Detectives have interrogated the suspected beneficial owner of the jet, Mr. Samuel Ayodele, the Managing Director of Skybird.
A “beneficial owner” is a legal term where specific property rights (“use and title”) in equity belong to a person even though the legal title of the property belongs to another person.

An EFCC source, who spoke in confidence with our correspondent, said: “We impounded the Dornier 328 on Monday following suspicion in the manner in which it was acquired.

“Our detectives are working on clues that the aircraft belongs to a former governor of Borno State but it is being used by a front. We are already looking into relevant records; we want to establish who actually owns it.

“We are tracking how and when the aircraft was bought, where it was purchased, the mode of payment and the sources of funds.  This is definitely an international transaction; it is easier to trace the inflows and outflows from any account.”

“There are also some petitions containing allegations against the former governor concerning the aircraft and some public funds. If the aircraft cannot be identified with the ex-governor, the EFCC will release it to the beneficial owner.”
Ayodele is said to have told detectives that the aircraft was originally with the defunct IRS Airlines, which bought it with a loan of about N948million from a bank.

The source quoted Ayodele as saying: “I bought the liability from the bank and took over the aircraft because IRS was not able to pay back the loan.
“It is a clean business. Since I graduated from school, I have been working in the aviation sector.”
According to Wikipedia, “The Dornier 328 is a turboprop-powered commuter airliner, initially produced by Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH, which was acquired in 1996 by Fairchild Aircraft.”

Two other jets, suspected to belong to some former political office holders, have been placed on surveillance at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
“The movement of the jets is presently restricted until the conclusion of our ongoing probe. All relevant agencies in the aviation industry are collaborating with us on these two jets. We are working on information made available to EFCC that they were bought with looted funds,” a source said.

On the identities of the owners of the jets, the source said they would not be disclosed until the EFCC has made substantial progress in their investigation.
Sections 28 and 34 of the EFCC (Establishment Act) 2004 and Section 13(1) of the Federal High Court Act, 2004 empower the anti-graft agency to invoke Interim Assets Forfeiture Clause on any serving or former public officer or any Nigerian under probe.
“Section 28 of the EFCC Act reads: ‘Where a person is arrested for an offence under this Act, the Commission shall immediately trace and attach all the assets and properties of the person acquired as a result of such economic or financial crime and shall thereafter cause to be obtained an interim attachment order from the Court.’

Section 13 of the Federal High Court Act reads in part: “The Court may grant an injunction or appoint a receiver by an interlocutory order in all cases in which it appears to the Court to be just or convenient so to do.
(2)  “Any such order may be made either unconditionally or on such terms and conditions as the Court thinks just.”

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Medicins Sans Frontieres: 52 killed, 120 injured

Aid workers, soldiers among victims

SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM: A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jet targeting Boko Haram members, yesterday killed scores and injured many more after firing into an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp.

The accidental strike occured in Rann, Kala/Bage Local Government Area in the northern part of Borno State.
Many of the dead are charity workers and civilians.  Two soldiers also died.

The military, which admitted the bombing error, and the government of Borno State, did not state the death toll, but charity organisation Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said 52 people were killed. It put the figure of the injured at 120.
The Red Cross said six of its workers died.

MSF said many of the casualties were believed to be displaced people who had fled from areas where Boko Haram had carried out attacks
The charity’s director of operations, Jean-Clement Cabrol, said: “This large-scale attack on vulnerable people who have already fled from extreme violence is shocking and unacceptable.”

MSF spokesman Etienne l’Hermitte urged the Nigerian authorities to facilitate evacuations of those injured, by land and air.
“Our medical and surgical teams in Cameroon and Chad are ready to treat wounded patients. We are in close contact with our teams, who are in shock following the event,” he said.

Cabrol said: “The safety of civilians must be respected. We are urgently calling on all parties to ensure the facilitation of medical evacuations by air or road for survivors who are in need of emergency care.

“MSF medical teams are currently providing first aid to 120 wounded patients in its facility in Rann. 50 people have so far been confirmed dead.  The organisation’s medical and surgical teams in the region are preparing to treat evacuated patients”.

The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-Gen. Lucky Irabor, told reporters that some of the humanitarian workers affected were from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and MSF.

He added that many Boko Haram terrorists were killed in the air raid.
Gen. Irabor said: “We got reports of a gathering of Boko Haram terrorists at Kala/Balge this morning (yesterday); and a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jet conducted an aerial strike on the gatherings of insurgents.

“This resulted into killings of several terrorists and civilians, including some (members of) staff of MSF and ICRC.
He added: ”So far, it is a little bit disturbing; death has occurred.
There are casualties; there were deaths and injuries.

“But on the actual number of casualties, we would get back to you later. I am yet to get the number of casualties of civilians killed, but two soldiers were also affected.’
”I coordinated and I directed that the air component of the operation should go and address the problem.
“Unfortunately, the strike was conducted but it turned out that other civilians were somewhere around the area and they were affected.
“We are sending helicopters to evacuate those that were critically wounded, including our wounded soldiers,” Gen. Irabor said.

“Today’s military air strikes are a little bit disturbing. It is disturbing enough for me. I cannot give you the exact level or number of casualties right now, as I address you on this unfortunate development at Kala/Balge.

“We have sent helicopters to immediately evacuate the wounded soldiers and civilians to Maiduguri for treatment.
“It is unfortunate and that is the reason why the war must come to an end; because the cost is certainly not good enough for everyone.”
The Theatre Commander however noted that it would be premature to describe the incident as tactical error, stressing that “as far as the issue of local casualties are concerned, the military could not have deliberately targetted a civilian population. But the issue would be investigated to ascertain what went wrong,” he said.

President Muhammadu Buhari expressed sadness and regret over the incident.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President condoled with families of the dead and wished the wounded divine succour, leading to full recovery.

The President also sympathised with the Borno State government.
He pledged the Federal Government’s help for the state government in attending to what he described as “this regrettable operational mistake”.
He pleaded for calm and prayed God to grant repose to the souls of the dead.
Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima ordered medical response for the victims.

He directed the  Ministry of Health to set up emergency units in all hospitals – the State Specialist Hospital, the Professor Umaru Shehu Hospital and General Muhammad Shuwa Memorial Hospital –  in readiness for the arrival of the victims, who will be flown to Maiduguri.

A statement by his spokesman Isa Gusau said: “As at this evening, the International Committee
of the Red Cross and Red Crescent has deployed a helicopter, which is on ground at Rann to begin evacuation of victims, starting with those with the most critical health conditions. The MSF (Doctors Without Borders) along with officials of the state government have been first responders. Governor Shettima particularly commends the MSF for its rapid response in providing first aide treatment to victims at the scene.

“While Governor Shettima is working to ensure that ýall victims are evacuated as soon as possible, the State Commissioner for Health has mobilised medical doctors, nurses, lab technicians, pharmacists ýand other health officials in all hospitals owned by Borno State
Government while ambulances have also been deployed. The medical experts are currently on standby with emergency consumables set for treatment of victims as soon as they arrive in Maiduguri.

“Casualty figures are yet to be ascertained but from information available to the Governor, there are records of deaths with many persons injured. The Governor’s heart is with families of all those affected and urges citizens to pray for the repose of the souls of those dead and the speedy recovery of the injured.

“Governor Shettima looks forward to formal communication from the military to ascertain what happened and would brief the press should there be the need to do so. For now, all focus should be on the evacuation of victims and the provision of emergency medical services
to them with the hope that they quickly recover,” the statement said.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) described as “unfortunate” and “highly regrettable” the accidental bombing.
In a statement by its Director, Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, the NAF said it would update the public after its investigations.

Famuyiwa said: “The NAF is saddened by today’s accidental air strike by its fighter jet at Rann in Kala Balge area of Borno State in which some innocent lives were lost. While available information is sketchy, the Theatre Commander OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE is taking appropriate steps to avail us with details of the incident.

“The loss occasioned by this unfortunate incident is deeply regretted. The NAF commiserates with those affected and their families and would update the public as soon as detailed facts emerge from the investigation.”

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SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: MMM Nigeria, the most popular ponzi scheme in the nation, says it has removed all requests for payment on the system, but it has by no means cancelled them.

In a statement yesterday, the scheme explained that “although some people called it ‘cancelled’, the truth of the matter is that it was only removed not canceled.

“Please note that the GH orders were not cancelled because if cancelled, you will see it at the right hand side as deleted. It was removed because of the following reasons:

“There is an ongoing upgrade because programmers are always working on the MMM system every day so the promised New Model can be unveiled as soon as possible.

“More so, many participants have formed the habit of cancelling their GH orders and creating new GH orders hoping they will be matched earlier.

“There is no need for that anyway but to forestall that, the created GH orders were removed and that is why you can’t create new GH orders because the old GH orders have not been cancelled but removed and withdrawal is still pending.”

The scheme said there was no need for participants to panic, maintaining that it would pay participants who had requested for their monies.

“There is no cause for any alarm over the removed GH orders, if you check your Mavro, you will notice the value of the removed GH order has been restored and had also increased though it is still showing pending withdrawal.

“There have been reports of ‘removed GH orders’ in some POs. The removed GH orders are mostly GH orders created on Friday/Saturday.

“There is no cause for any alarm. The value of the removed GH order has been restored and increased though showing pending withdrawal.”

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SPONSORED BY YES434.COM...THE BUSINESS DIRECTORY: A prosecution witness has revealed how a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr Joe Agbi bought a car worth N8m for Justice Adeniyi Ademola who is being tried for corruption.

The prosecution opened its case on Monday and called its witness in Justice Adeniyi Ademola, his wife Olabowale and Mr Joe Agbi (SAN) case .

Ademola, his wife and Agbi were being prosecuted for alleged corruption before Justice Jude Okeke of an Abuja High Court.

They were arraigned by the Federal Government on a 16-count charge of criminal conspiracy in various ways contrary to Section 8(1)(a) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Act 2000.

Ademola was among the seven Justices that the Department of State Services (DSS) carried out a sting operations on Oct. 8 and Oct. 9

The prosecuting counsel, Mr Segun Jegede, had on January 9 informed the court that he would file an amended charge to bring in a third defendant, Agbi a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

The first prosecution witness, Ifeoma Ofornagolu, a sales consultant with Coscharis Motors, Lagos, told the court that she had been with the company for three years.

Ofornagolu said that she first heard the name of Agbi after a sales talk with Justice Adeniyi Ademola on his choice of car BMW 320i

She gave Agbi’s name as an attention person that means the payment would come from him, adding that the talk went on between December 2014 and January 2015.

The witness said the car was worth eight million naira and Joe Agbi & Associates paid for it through its Zenith account to the company’s Zenith bank account on January 5, 2015

She said she issued a receipt in the name of Adeniyi Ademola and the car was delivered at Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

Ofornagolu said at the house they met Ademola and she did the check signed off and collected the car.

She told the court that she went with a driver and the delivery note.

She tendered the invoice, receipt, delivery note, certificate of identification and two email letters which were admitted in evidence.

Counsel to Ademolas, Onyechi Ikpeazu objected to the admission of the email letters, contending that they were not disposed by the witness.

He therefore urged the court not to admit it.

The 2nd and 3rd counsel aligned and Jegede withdrew the second email and the one addressed to Prince Niyi.

The witness told the court that she was invited to the headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Dec. 2.

She was interviewed and she made a written statement in her hand writing. The statement was tendered.

The prosecuting counsel complained to the court that the courtroom was not conducive for day to day proceeding.

An alternative venue should be given or the present venue be upgraded to be fit for usage, or an open place be assigned to allow for sufficient ventilation.

Ikpeazu viewed the complaint as not serious enough to stop proceedings.

Chief Roberts Clarke (SAN) said though there was less ventilation, however, the case should go on.

This same court room has been used, always and no casualty has been recorded. When the situation arises, the court would know what to do,” he said

Mr Jeph Njikonye aligned but added that the complainant was a member of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The judge ruled that the court complex has a central cooling system and that the chief registrar should be informed.

He said due to the nature of the case, the was an increase in the number of people attending the proceedings. He added that the facilities should be in order.

“In the interim, the doors and windows be opened. Meanwhile proceedings should commence, “ he said.

Jegede informed the court to allow for his opening statement as provided in section 300 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.

Clarke said it was not mandatory that it could be waved.

Okeke ruled that as an opening statement he could go ahead since the plea has been taken as provided by that section .

Jegede said the prosecution had 14 witnesses to enable them discharge the burden of proof provided by the law. Twelve are factual witnesses while two are subpoenaed. The two are the Executive Secretary of National judicial Council (NJC) and the Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court.

Ikpeazu objected to the admissibility of the document.

He said the provision of the Evidence Act 2011 did not permit such as provided in sections 331 and 332.

Clarke said if there were no contradictions in her oral statements that the written statement was irrelevant and amounts to a waste of time.

Njikonye aligned and said that the statement was not made under oath but under caution.

Jegede said that the Sections 83 of the Evidence Act dealt exclusively with the cross examination not the evidence in chief.

He said they have not shown any legality or express of bar on the statement to tender.

Okeke adjourned till Jan. 17 to rule on the admissibility of the statement.

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SPONSORED BY YES434.COM...THE BUSINESS DIRECTORY: Leader of terrorist group, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau has taken responsibility for the bomb blasts at the University of Maiduguri early Monday morning.

Shekau who spoke in Hausa in an audio message uploaded on YouTube said the institution’s mosque was ‘ungodly’, hence the reason for its attack.

He also said the Nigerian Army did not kill any member of his sect in Sambisa Forest.

“The bomb that happened this morning, it’s my people. Don’t deceive people that it’s a mosque, how would you build a mosque and do ungodly things in it,” Shekau said in the recording.

“We are not angry with Nigeria. You didn’t kill anyone in Sambisa. We are praying that we don’t change; Koran is our teacher; this is the message we are sending to you. Are you [Buhari] as powerful as God?

“You should know it’s Shekau talking and I’m alive and it’s we that did it, even if King Pharaoh repents, we will not accept it.”

He added, “We carried out the University of Maiduguri Bomb at the mosque.

“We did it because they are mixing Islam with democracy.”

“We carried out the attack in the morning and I am speaking to you this evening.”

“Here in Maiduguri and you will see more of this attacks.”

Recall that a 7-year-old suicide bomber had attacked the UNIMAID mosque, killing five people and injuring 17 others.

Another bomber also detonated a bomb at a separate location in the institution.

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