Wednesday, 17 January 2018
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SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: There is a heavy security presence at the Federal High Court, venue of the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

Mr. Kanu’s trial was abruptly suspended on December 13 after he and other defendants angrily challenged the court’s decision to allow the use of “protected” witnesses.

Mr Kanu, and three others, David Nwawuisi, Benjamin Madubugwu and Chidiebere Onwudiwe, are accused of treasonable felony.
The judge, Binta Nyako, had ruled in December that witnesses would be allowed some degree of protection.

“The counsels and the defendants will see the witnesses. The witnesses will have special entrances to and outside the court,” the judge said.

Mrs Nyako also said the court would allow the witnesses to be shielded with screen-guards. She said the court would set aside two days for rehearsals on how the witnesses will come into the court and depart from the court.

The ruling was enforced Tuesday, with screen-guards shielding the judge, defendant and witnesses from the rest of the court.
Tuesday’s session is holding under tight security.

A large number of armed security officers comprising mainly of mobile police officers and operatives of the State Security Service gathered in front of the court on Tuesday, while court security personnel barred journalists from entering the building.

The officers working for the court said they had orders not to let journalists in, except
those with Federal High Court tags.

Some journalists were later allowed in after Mr. Kanu’s lawyer intervened.

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SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Executive Secretary of the board of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRN), Jim Obazee and ordered his replacement immediately.

Obazee’s decision to enforce the FRCN regulation on churches led to Pastor Enoch Adeboye appointing a New General Overseer for the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, on Saturday in the person of Pastor Joseph Obayemi.

The president ordered the reconstitution of the board and the replacement of Obazee with Mr Adedotun Sulaiman, as Chairman.

This is contained in a statement issued on Monday by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Public.

According to the statement, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate removal and the replacement of the Executive Secretary and the reconstitution of the board of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRN). He has appointed a Chairman and a new Executive Secretary for the council.

“The new Council as approved by the President has Mr Adedotun Sulaiman, MFR as Chairman. Mr. Sulaiman was a former Managing Partner/Director of Arthur Anderson and later, Accenture. He is a Chartered Accountant and a product of the University of Lagos and Harvard Business School.”

The statement said Buhari had also approved the appointment of Mr. Daniel Asapokhai as the Executive Secretary of the Council.

Mr. Asopokhai is a partner and a Financial Reporting Specialist at the PricewaterHouseCoopers (PWC), Nigeria.

He is a product of the University of Lagos and the University of Pretoria.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has also instructed the Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment to invite the nineteen ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government and private sector organizations specified in the FRC Act to nominate members of the board of the council,” the statement said.

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SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: Gambian authorities have closed Paradise FM, the fourth radio station to be shut since last week, one of its presenters said on Monday.

The minister said that Paradise FM was closed on orders allegedly given by the Communication and Information Ministry, presenter Andrew Gibba said.

The closure came hours after Paradise FM had interviewed a spokesman of a coalition backing president-elect Adama Barrow, to whom President Yahya Jammeh has refused to cede power after losing the Dec. 1 election.

The closure followed those of Teranga FM, Hilltop FM and Afri Radio.

The authorities have not given an explanation for any of the closures.

The Gambia Press Union has expressed concern that the closures could signal a crackdown on independent media amid the country’s escalating political crisis.

Barrow has said he would take power on Jan. 19 as mandated by the constitution, despite Jammeh having challenged the election results in court.

After more than two decades in power, Jammeh, 51, lost the election to Barrow, a former real estate agent who was little known even in Gambia before he announced his candidacy.

West African leaders were due to meet in Abuja today to discuss the crisis.

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SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died Sunday in Tehran at the age of 82, Iranian state media reports said.

Rafsanjani had been admitted to hospital in the Iranian capital during the morning with cardiac arrhythmia.

The cleric was one of the architects of the Islamic Revolution that deposed the shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, in 1979 and established a religious state.

Considered a moderate and mentor of current President Hassan Rowhani, Rafsanjani served as president between 1989 and 1997. He was also one of the richest men in the country.

Born in 1934 in Bahreman in the south-east of the country, the cleric worked his way up the political ladder to become chairman of the parliament, before achieving the presidency.

When he left the presidency he successfully campaigned for reformist Mohammad Khatami to replace him, setting him on a collision course with the hardline elements in government.

In 2005, he stood again for the presidency, but was defeated by the relatively unknown Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Following Ahmadinejad’s victory, he isolated himself increasingly from the arch-conservative clergy, actively campaigning against the hardliners, who branded him a dissident and banned him from leading Friday prayers in Tehran.

Rafsanjani did not retire and returned to the political stage in 2013 when his protege Rowhani won the presidential election and went on to seal a nuclear deal with the international community, leading to the lifting of sanctions, which had been so punishing for Iran.

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SPONSORED BY 234NAIRA.COM: President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday host four West African leaders to a meeting aimed at averting violence and preserving democracy in The Gambia.

A statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, said the meeting was in furtherance of Buhari’s mandate as mediator in the political impasse in The Gambia.

Shehu said the meeting in Abuja followed the one in Accra on the sidelines of the inauguration of that country’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, on Saturday.

He maintained that the Accra’s meeting expressed the readiness of the leaders of the sub-region to continue the pursuit of dialogue with the leaders of The Gambia.

“The Presidents of Liberia and Senegal, the Vice President of Sierra-Leone and ex-President Mahama are expected at the meeting,’’ he said.

Shehu said Buhari and the immediate past President of Ghana, John Mahama, as Mediator and Co-Mediator respectively, have also been mandated by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to ensure the safety of the President-elect, Adama Barrow.

They are also expected to ensure a peaceful handover of power on January 19.

President Muhammadu Buhari and some ECOWAS leaders had visited Banjul, the Capital of The Gambia, to meet with President Yahya Jammeh, who lost the country’s presidential election held on Dec. 1, 2016.

Buhari and ECOWAS leaders, who met with Jammeh, The Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow and other stakeholders, insisted on the sanctity of the electoral process, and respect for the wishes of the people.

Jammeh had conceded defeat in the election, after a 22-year rule, but recanted a week later, asking for fresh polls to be conducted by a “god-fearing and independent electoral commission.’’

Jammeh, who initially closed down the country’s electoral commission, has directed its reopening as he appointed new foreign Supreme Court judges likely to preside over his appeal against the presidential election result.

The supreme court will be hearing on January 10 of Jammeh’s challenge to the result that elected his rival Adama Barrow.

One of the outcomes of the just-concluded ECOWAS Summit held on December 17 in Abuja was the decision to designate Buhari as the Mediator for The Gambia with Mr John Mahama, the outgone President of Ghana, as Co-Mediator.

The summit also gave the terms of reference to include ensuring the safety of the President-elect, Adama Barrow, the political leaders and the entire population.

Others are: “Upholding the result of the Presidential election held on Dec. 1, 2016 and ensuring that the President-elect is sworn into office on Jan. 19, 2017, in conformity with the constitution of the country.’’

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SPONSORED BY HIRING234.COM: Reports said fleeing members of Boko Haram have ambushed some Nigeria soldiers attached to 27 Task Force Brigade of the Nigerian Army Buni Yadi, killing an army captain and four soldiers. 

The attack took place in Buni Yadi, Yobe State on Saturday evening.

Hospital sources disclosed that the bodies of the soldiers were deposited at General Hospital, Damaturu on Sunday morning.

Confirming the attack, the spokesman of 27 Task Force Brigade, Lt. George Okupe in a text message said the attack was successfully repelled by the troops.

He however could not disclose the casualty both on the side of the Army and Boko Haram.

Lt. Okupe said, “Buni Yadi came under attack at about 0615pm…but things are under control. Casualty figure of BHTs yet to be confirmed, on locales, none for now likewise own forces. However, details will be relayed to you soon”.

But a military source described the attack as a surprise attack by Boko Haram insurgents.

The source also noted that the insurgents came from the eastern side of the brigade in large numbers and launched superior fire power on the military formation before they were repelled.

The source added that the Captain, name withheld is a medical doctor who has just been posted to Buni Yadi. The casualty on the side of Boko Haram is yet to be disclosed, but another military source disclosed that the insurgents also suffered heavy casualty in the attack as many dead bodies were seen scattered in the bush.

He maintained that troops are still in pursuit of some of the fleeing insurgents.

“Nobody had time to start counting the numbers of the bastards that were killed because we were busy pursuing the one that were running, but I must tell you that many of them were killed and their dead bodies scattered in the bush”, the source informed.

This is the first time the 27 Task Brigade has suffered a heavy attack from Boko Haram since its relocation from Damaturu to Buni Yadi in 2015.

Buni Yadi, the headquarters of Gujba Local Government was taken over by the insurgents for almost a year before it was recaptured by the military in May 2015.

The attack on 27 Task Force Brigade is coming barely two weeks after the insurgents are said to be in disarray in the north east following their dislodgement from Camp Zero, the last strongest fortress of the insurgents in the Sambisa forest.

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SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM:  A former governor of Niger, Alhaji Abdulkadir Kure, is dead. Kure died on Sunday in a German hospital at the age of 60.

The Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party in Niger, Tanko Beji, confirmed the death of the former two-term governor of the state on Sunday.

Reacting to Kure’s death, Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger described the death of Kure, as a great lost to the state and the country at large.

Bello said in Minna that “I am very shocked but “from Allah we come to him we shall all return.

“I was with him about two weeks ago in Abuja where we discussed on how to ensure good democratic governance in our state,” he said.

Represented by Jide Orintunsin, his Senior Special Assistant Media, Bello said that the state would continued to remembered him for his giant developmental strides during his two terms in office.

The deceased became the governor of Niger from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2007 under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party

He introduced Sharia Legal System in the state in May 2000.

Kure was survived by wife and six children.


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SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, says Pastor Enoch Adeboye remains the General Overseer of the church worldwide and that he has not retired.

The church said Pastor Joseph Obayemi is just the Overseer of the church in Nigeria and did not mean that Adeboye has retired as he is still the spiritual head of the church worldwide.

A memo from the church, signed by Pastor J.F. Odesola said the changes in RCCG was sequel to some legal provisos guiding the operations of registered religious organisations and Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria.

According to the memo, “Kindly be informed that this new structure is particular to Nigeria alone, as Pastor E.A. Adeboye, Daddy G.O. remains the Spiritual leader and global missioner of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.”

Also, a statement signed by Leke Adeboye, the clergyman’s last son and Personal Assistant said Adeboye remained the General Overseer of the church worldwide.

The statement said the clarification is coming on the heels of misrepresentation of Adeboye’s announcement at the Annual Ministers Thanksgiving held at the redemption camp on Saturday that the Church Nigeria is now to be led by Pastor Joseph Obayemi.

The statement clarified that the latest development is sequel to the new legal requirements set up by the Financial Regulations Council, guiding all registered churches, mosques, and CSOs.

The regulation stipulates that heads of non-profit organisations like churches now have a maximum period of twenty years to lead their organizations and that while in retirement, they are not permitted to hand over to their families.

The statement reiterated that Pastor Funsho Odesola, will now serve as the new Church Secretary while Pastor Joseph Adeyokunu, is the new Church Treasurer.‎

The statement advised all members of RCCG to understand this new structure and go about their service to God and humanity in holiness and soul winning.

It also appealed to members to educate people around them and not spread inaccurate information, stressing that Pastor Adeboye remained the General Overseer of RCCG Worldwide.


The RCCG Memo

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SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: Singer, Omawumi Megbele better known as Omawumi has joined the newly established digital Afro-centric music group, Cabal Entertainment. The Megbele singer becomes the first artiste to be signed on to the music and entertainment outfit.

Omawumi had about a day ago released her first music offering titled ‘Butterflies’ under the imprint. The love-themed single produced by Cobhams Asuquo also has an accompanying video.

Recalled that the singer rose to celebrity status after emerging second runner-up at the 2007 edition of music reality TV show, West African Idols. As an independent artiste, she has released two successful albums: Wonder Woman (2010) and Lasso of Truth (2013), which housed the well-received single, If you ask me.

The entertainment outfit is co-owned by Obi Asika (former co-owner of defunct Storm 360 Records) and Chris Ubosi, CEO of Megaelectrics Limited, owners of The Beat FM, Classic FM and Naija FM.

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SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: Recently turned 70 and juju legend, King Sunny Ade is billed to perform at this year’s edition of the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The event is an annual music and arts festival, which takes place at the Empire Polo Club, Indio, California, USA.

Organised by Golden Voice, a subsidiary of AEG Live as of 2001; the event features many genres of music including rock, indie, hip hop, electronic dance music as well as art installations and sculptures.

The Merciful God crooner is to share the stage alongside other international artistes including Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Beyonce, Bon Iver, DJ Snake, DJ Khaled, Tory Lanes, Hans Zimmer, Radiohead and more. As at the time of this report, the Juju legend is yet to be scheduled on a date for his performance. This year’s edition of Coachella holds on two weekends between April 14 – 16, and April 21 – 23. Last year’s edition saw Nigerian trio, The Young Fathers of Liberian and Scottish origin participate at the event alongside African acts such as Black Coffee.

KSA commemorated his 70th birthday ceremony on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at the Temple Balmoral Marquee, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. A major highlight of the event was the auction of one of his famous guitars, masterfully painted by award-winning artist, Victor Ehikhamenor. 

The auction, which was moderated by United Auction House, was ended at N52.1 million. And on the night, KSA serenadeD guests with the best of his hits, in a career spanning 50 years.


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