Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has called for inter-agency collaboration to make the fight against corruption in the country succeed.
He made the call on Friday when he paid a visit to the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur
Buratai, in Abuja.
Mr. Magu said “there is corruption in every institution, including the EFCC.
“The reasons why we are here is that we need everybody’s support. We do not have the monopoly of knowledge to do what we are doing.
“There is corruption everywhere, every institution, including the EFCC. We are battling with internal corruption. So, everybody has a stake in this fight.’’
The acting EFCC chairman then used the occasion to inform the army chief that
the commission had concluded arrangements to mobilise women, including women in uniform on December 7 to join the fight against corruption.
He solicited the cooperation of the army in that regard.
He added that “we also want to appeal to you to join us in fighting corruption. Let’s have a change. If you can discipline yourself, you do not need another person to discipline you. Self discipline is key.’’
Responding, Mr. Buratai assured the EFCC of army’s support in the fight against corruption, noting that the menace was a cankerworm that had eaten deep into the society.
He noted that any effort to fight corruption would be resisted from different quarters, “but once you are steadfast and focused on your responsibility, you will succeed, no matter the resistance.
“We in the Nigerian army have taken it as a policy to ensure that we check ourselves and avoid any situation that will lead to mismanagement and lack of accountability or corruption.”
The army boss observed that a number of Nigerians had for a long time forgotten the basic principle of being accountable to themselves and the society at large.
He said “the erosion of this attribute has affected the general well-being of Nigerians.”
Via Premium Times
Civil servants in Cross River State on Friday condemned the decision of the state governor, Ben Ayade, to pay their December salary on the first day of the month.
Our correspondent learned that some civil servants had on December 1 received alerts for the month’s salary, as against the 25th of every month.
It would be the second time that workers would be receiving salaries on the first day of the month as they had in May 2016 got a similar gesture from the governor in commemoration of the Workers’ Day celebration.
The aggrieved workers said the decision to pay their salaries in advance would later cause untold hardship as the Yuletide approaches.
A top civil servant in the Ministry of Environment, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “The state government’s decision to pay December salaries of some civil servants within the first three days of the month will make us suffer in due course.
“The government should have employed caution by delaying December salary payments to a later date. Our governor may want to score a political point with this payment, but I think that those of us receiving this money stand to lose fiscally when January comes.”
But one of the governor’s aides, who pleaded anonymity, said the workers should applaud the governor instead of complaining.
The source said, “People are so impossible to please. There are states in this country where salaries are not paid as and when due, but in Cross River State, our governor pays salaries and even pays ahead to cater for special occasions like the Workers’ Day and this Yuletide.
“Instead of applauding him, some people say he shouldn’t have paid. Nigerians are difficult to please.”
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A woman was “romantically electrocuted” the moment when sheturned up at a church for a wedding she was invited to, only to realize she was the bride.
While the bride is usually responsible for the majority of a wedding’s organization, on this occasion, Mercedes Ortiz was kept completely in the dark.
In fact, the stunned bride only found out she would be the star attraction at the wedding when the doors of the church were opened.
Her husband, Gustavo, managed to arrange the ceremony at the church in Argentina, without his wife suspecting a thing. And her incredible reaction was caught on camera as dozens of her friends helped surprise her.
An almost nine-minute long film of her entrance, caught by a friend, shows how staff at the church in the city opened the massive wooden doors to the church and people start applauding.
Mercedes appears momentarily stunned before it appears someone tells her she has, in fact, arrived at her own wedding. She had been told she was going to a friend’s ceremony. She then breaks down into tears as she realizes what her soon-to-be husband has done.
Every time she composes herself, as her friends manage to put a veil on her head, she breaks down into tears as she spots another old friend. At one stage, she spots what are thought to be her three children with Gustavo; Gaspar, 13, Gianni, 10, and four-year-old Gala.
It takes her a number of minutes to make her way down the aisle with her father as she stops to greet guests. But she eventually gets to the altar where she gives Gustavo a kiss.
Later that night, while the couple danced, she told him: “I can’t believe you did this, you’re crazy.” The childhood sweethearts have been together for 30 years before Gustavo made Mercedes an honest woman, according to Argentinian site tn.com .
He is said to have come up with the idea five years ago and spoke to a father at the Sacred Heart of Barracas Church who agreed to the plan.
An auto mechanic, Fatai Azeez and his wife, Suliyat, are currently going through every parent’s nightmare – that their children could be snatched right in their home and held incommunicado.
Yet, this is exactly what is going on with this couple, who have waited patiently by the phone in the last one week expecting a call that has yet to come.
Fatai told our correspondent that he has lost his bearing just expecting a call that would tell them what to do to retrieve their children after an apprentice, identified simply as Grace, abducted them less than 24 hours after she resumed work in Suliyat’s shop in Okokomaiko area of Lagos State.
The children – Farouk (4) and Kafayat (6) – were taken while their mother was away from home to attend a hairdressers’ meeting.
The apprentice was said to have left with the children under the pretext of going out to buy food and asking the children to accompany her.
Unfortunately, the Azeezs have very scanty information about the apprentice.
In fact, Suliyat said all she knew about the girl, whose age she put at about 20, was that she lived with a friend (whom she does not know) in the area.
“The girl came to my shop on Wednesday and said she wanted to learn hairdressing. I asked who her guarantor was because she said she came alone. She said she stayed with a friend in the area and she would have come with her, but the friend had gone to work,” she said.
On Thursday, “Grace” started work in Suliyat’s shop and on Friday, she had disappeared with the children.
Fatai told our correspondent that the matter had so far devastated his wife that he feared for her sanity.
“My wife is acting like a mad woman currently and only God would help us. I am just struggling to stay sane. I don’t know what to think. I don’t even know the girl. My wife said she is like Delta Igbo,” he said.
In his desperation, Fatai said many spiritualists are giving him hope that the children were still safe.
“They told me the children are still around and have not been harmed. I got a call from some people who have earlier seen our report in the newspaper that some children were found at the Seme border, but when I got there, my children were not among the four children. What I don’t understand now is why we have not received any call from whoever is keeping our children,” he said.
The couple have given statements at the Ojo Police Division but said they have heard nothing from the police.
But Fatai said he is apprehensive about the children’s health.
“My children rarely leave the house and I don’t know what could be happening to them right now,” he said.
The spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Dolapo Badmos, has said the police are still investigating the children’s abduction and working on every lead to recover them.
The case is reminiscent of the 2015 abduction of the two children of Mr. and Mrs. Orekoya by their housemaid in Lagos.
The children were later recovered after the abductor and his gang demanded the payment of a N13m ransom.
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Doctors saved a man’s life by temporarily removing his heart after he shot himself twice in the chest with a crossbow, odditycentral.com, reports.
Cardiac surgeons in Russia performed the incredible life-saving operation, which involved taking the man’s heart out of his body, repairing the damage and then replacing the organ in his chest.
The 53-year-old, whose name has not been released, was rushed to hospital in Russia’s second city of St. Petersburg with two arrows stuck in his heart.
He was still conscious and told medics that he had tried to commit suicide because he did not want to live anymore. He had shot himself a second time after he did not succeed in killing himself on his first attempt.
The arrows were so long that doctors had to cut off the ends of the shafts so that he could be x-rayed for a tomography scan.
One of the arrows had passed through the man’s left ventricle, mitral valve and left atrium, while the second had entered from the side of his abdominal aorta.
Medics kept the man alive with a heart-lung machine while they removed the arrows, and then sewed up the wounds using the patient’s own heart tissue.
Via The Punch
The Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, on Friday condemned plans by President Muhammadu Buhari to borrow $29,960 billion for the country.
Mr. Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, said it would be difficult for the loan to be granted because Nigeria has five exchange rates.
He spoke at a policy dialogue forum organised by Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development in Abuja.
Mr. Buhari had in October forwarded a request to the National Assembly to approve external borrowing plan to fund projects across the country between 2016 and 2018.
It is the second time in three months that Mr. Sanusi is criticising Mr. Buhari’s economic policy.
In August, he had sternly criticised the president’s economic policy, saying his government may end up like that of the former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Mr. Sanusi argued that even if the National Assembly eventually grants the request, no global financial institution would give such loan.
“I can tell you for free, if the Senate today approves that we can borrow $30 billion, honestly, no one will lend us,” he said.
“It should be approved and I will like to see how you will go to the international market with an economy that has five exchange rates.
“There is one rate for petroleum marketers, there is interbank rate, there is another for money market operators such as western union, money gram, there is bureau de change rate and there is a special rate you get when you call the CBN for a transaction.
“So who will borrow you when they don’t know your exact reserve and exchange rate? I want to see who will borrow you money when the Niger Delta bombing of oil is there when the main source of the loan repayment is oil.”
Stating that Nigeria’s foreign exchange rates lacked credibility, Mr. Sanusi said the federal government should embrace private sector investments as a way out of its recession.
The monarch said oil revenue cannot bring the country out of its present economic downturn or made it rich.
He expressed disappointment that government could not increase capital expenditure even though the country’s population continued to grow to over 40 million people since 2015.
Mr. Sanusi also warned the government against continuous dependence on China. According to him, imports from China have destroyed Nigeria’s local industry.
He said, “We trust China too much. We need to be very careful. They are killing our textile and other industries and yet selling to us.”
The former CBN boss called on the federal government to reduce its debt service through greater loan concession.
He lamented that the nation had been borrowing money in the last 15 years to pay salaries.
According to him, there are clear possibilities that the situation would continue because the monies borrowed were not beig channeled into health, power or infrastructural development.
Mr. Sanusi called for the implementation of the June 2016 forex reform to unite the market through a single transparent rate rather than creating four new rates.
“The Senate should support tax incentives and other benefits to encourage the private sector,” he said.
A former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, who also spoke at the event, called for a drastic reduction in cost of governance.
According to him, only four states in the country are currently viable. He said even the four states are still burdened by huge debts such as overheads.
He asked the government to change its attitude to governance.
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A polyandrous Zimbabwean woman, Jack Chako, has given details on how her relationship with her two husbands has progressed, and how she enjoys sexual intimacy with them.
ZimPapers reports that the 30-year-old woman claims that her life is a bed of roses.
On how she gets maximum sexual satisfaction ‘as claimed’ from her husbands – Michael Hwita and Lifford Chimoto, Chako said, “We are a happy family, I live with my two husbands and we love one another.
“My two husbands are best friends and they are always together.
“Chimoto is the elder husband, while Hwita is the junior.
“I married the second Hwita because Chimoto is elderly and increasingly becoming weak in bed.
“They both have different roles and I love them both.
“They have different strengths. Chimoto fetches a lot of firewood and cleans up the house well but he is weak in bed and weak when it comes to fending for the family.
“The reason why I married a second husband is that Chimoto was starving me sexually.
“Hwita is also technically minded. He repairs a lot of broken goods, including cell phones and cobbles shoes too, making him bring some cash home. His biggest strength is he is excellent and strong in bed.
“To be honest, in terms of conjugal rights I favour Hwita. He gets me there.
“I only do it with Chimoto as a token. At times, I feel pity for Chimoto and give him token conjugal rights and he appreciates that.
“The rule is no one gets out of the room, because he is not on duty. Whoever is not on duty, just watches us at it.
“I am in charge and my two husbands are now used to sleeping side by side in one bed; because they don’t mind and they both appreciate each other for the different roles each play to the family,” the mother of five, three children from a previous marriage and two from this polyandrous affair stated.
Speaking further, she said, “I use some concoction to pacify my husbands. It is not a secret that I used a concoction to cow them down. I also sell this concoction to other women to cow down their errand husbands and make them compliant.
“None of my two husbands wishes to leave me. Initially I only had Chimoto but I ran away from him and went to my parents’ home because he was not satisfying me sexually and I was tired of stealing sex from neighbouring boys and men. But he followed and pleaded until my parents ordered me to take him back.
“I then gave him a condition that I should get another man to help him in bed and he agreed. This is how I got the second one. Since then, we live happily and enjoy our life, although we know that the generality of people around us do not like it,” Chako explained.
The husbands, Hwita and Chimoto, on their parts, said they don’t have problems taking Chako says their joint wife.
Chimoto said, “I know my failings and I appreciate the decision which was taken, we have various duties and life goes on.”
Hwita said, “I see no problem. She loves both of us and we understand our situation.
“I respect Chimoto as the elder husband because I found him here.”
Via Daily Post
A teenage girl, identified as Onyeka John, has regained freedom after she was allegedly chained by her mother to the burglar-proof bars for about one month.
The girl lived with her parents in a rented apartment on Serebe Street, Abaranje, in the Ikotun area of Lagos State.
The parents reportedly tied up John by the neck and legs for habitually running away from home, which they ascribed to mental illness.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the parents had gone out on Wednesday and locked up the girl as usual.
On that day, the landlord, Mr. Oladapo Olubajo, was said to have gone to the backyard, where the family’s apartment is located, to check a pumping machine when he saw the girl.
The landlord was said to have alerted a resident, who reported the case to the police at the Ikotun division.
The resident, who begged not to be named, said the girl’s parents eventually showed up at the police station and made statements.
He said, “The parents locked the girl up. She is about 14 years old. She was chained naked to the burglary inside the room by the neck and legs. Policemen came to rescue the girl. Her parents later turned themselves in at the station. They said the girl had been a disgrace to the family.”
The landlord, Olubajo, told our correspondent that he wanted to take up the matter with the parents, but some residents prevailed on him not to.
He explained that he met the girl naked in the apartment, adding that the condition she was could frustrate her to commit suicide.
Olubajo said, “When I saw her chained to the burglar-proof bar, I raised the alarm. The police later got the parents to the station and interrogated them.
“The girl said she had been there for almost one month. Her parents moved here a year ago. I have noticed that their behaviour was odd. but I didn’t know they could go to the extent of chaining the ir daughter.
“People begged me and the police eventually released the girl to them yesterday (Wednesday). The conclusion we reached is that I want them out of my house. They also claimed the girl is mentally ill. Even if she is mentally challenged, was that the right way to go about it? She could have killed herself.”
Onyeka’s father, who spoke with PUNCH Metro on the telephone on Thursday, said he and his wife meant no harm for the girl.
He said, “She always runs away from home. That was why we chained her. I think she is mentally ill. We planned to take her to a hospital this month. As I speak now, she has fled home again.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the case was under investigation.
“The lady is suffering from mental illness. Her parents chained her to prevent her from entering the street, and without intention to harm her,” she added.
Via The Punch
A 26-year-old man, Oluwasegun Ayoola, has lost the use of his two hands after he was allegedly tortured by a herbalist in the Oke-Aro area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the unidentified herbalist, who is still at large, tied the victim’s hands and feet and dumped him in a clay pot for three days without food.
The victim was said to have been released after some family members intervened. He was subsequently taken to a hospital for treatment.
Our correspondent gathered that Oluwasegun was cleaning up his apartment on Idimu Road, Ejigbo, when he collapsed and was taken to the herbalist’s shrine by a half-brother, Afolabi.
His mother, Mrs. Kudirat Ayoola, said she never knew they were being taken to a shrine on the day of the incident.
She said, “My son lives in his late father’s house in Ejigbo; I don’t stay with him. On April 30, 2016, I was called that he had collapsed in the house. My stepson, Afolabi, and a stepdaughter told me to join them because they were taking him for treatment. I never knew it was a herbalist’s house they were taking us to.
“When we got to Oke-Aro, they handed us over to a herbalist. I protested, but they said it was for the improvement of his health. They dropped us off and left.
“The following day, the herbalist poured palm oil around my son with candles and some fetish items. He asked my son to kneel down while I should be praying. He brought out a knife and a divination tablet. He said my son had become his meat.
“We were alarmed and my son started struggling with him. I screamed for help. They started fighting and my son headbutt the man. Some of the herbalist’s associates came and beat up my son. They tied him up and dumped him in a clay pot. He was there for three days.”
She added that efforts to locate a police station in the neighbourhood to report the incident proved abortive, adding that her relatives later came to free the victim.
Oluwasegun said the incident had left him disabled, saying he depended on his mother for almost everything.
He said, “When I left the herbalist’s place, I went to a police station in Agege to report the incident, but the policeman I met at the counter didn’t attend to me because my hands stank and flies were buzzing over my injuries.
“I later saw a police patrol van, which called an ambulance. I was given some treatment and taken back to the house. But my condition has not improved. I depend on my mother to go to the toilet, wear my clothes and even eat. I can’t do anything by myself.”
However, Afolabi, the victim’s half-brother, denied any complicity in the matter, saying he only joined other family members to save Oluwasegun.
He said, “I was not around when he collapsed. But we discovered he had lost his mind when he came round. When the mental illness was getting out of hand, we arranged and took him to the herbalist’s place at Oke-Aro.
“I was not there when he was tied up, but I learnt that he struggled with the man, scattered his house and injured him. We took him to the herbalist’s house for care. We had spent a lot of money over him, I don’t have any more money to spend.”
It was learnt that Oluwasegun’s late father married three wives and had property in different parts of Lagos State.
His mother was said to be the third wife of the deceased, while he was the woman’s only son.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the case had been taken up by the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender.
The Public Affairs Officer of the OPD, Mr. Adeoba Adeniji-Adele, who confirmed the incident, said the agency was still studying the case.
He said, “Spiritualists are not neurologist or certified physicians, so people have to be wary of them in medical matters.
“The first port of call in this case should have been a hospital for proper diagnosis. Instead, he was taken to a place where his treatment got out of hand. We are still studying the case and appropriate action will be taken in due course.”
Via The Punch
The website of a new ponzi scheme in Nigeria, Ultimate Cycler, has crashed, creating panic among its investors.
Unlike MMM which offered 30% returns on investment, Ultimate Cycler promised to pay 300% return to its investors within 45 days.
The huge returns offered has lured many to the scheme, with some even abandoning MMM Nigeria.
But on Friday many investors into the scheme were thrown into panic when its website, www.ultimatecycler.com, went down and members could not login.
A message posted on the website read; The website would “be right back.”
“We are currently updating the site to give you a more pleasurable experience and will be back online shortly.”
“Our update estimation is to be complete over the next 6 – 12 hours.”
Via The Punch