Katsina Suspends Lockdown

KATSINA State Government, northwest Nigeria, has approved the relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown to allow Muslim faithful observe Friday congregational prayers in the state, reports News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa, said this in a statement in Katsina.

According to him, Governor Aminu Masari also approved the lifting up of the ban on Church services every Sunday and inter-local government travel across the state.

He, however, advised the people to adhere strictly to health and security advice like wearing of facemasks, physical distancing, washing of hands with soap and running water, and use of sanitizers.

Inuwa said the decision was to enable Muslim and Christian faithful to observe their religious activities.

Katsina State government on Friday April 10 ordered a lockdown on the city of Daura, country home of President Muhammadu Buhari, following the death of Dr. Aminu Yakubu, who died of Coronavirus in the state, Tuesday earlier, and the testing positive of members of his family.

It was feared that other contacts of the medical doctor who returned from Lagos shortly before his death might also be at risk of possible infection.

Other council areas were later affected as the infection spread.




Gov. Masari Announces Total Lockdown of Buhari's Home


NIGERIAN northern city of Daura, country home of President Muhammadu Buhari, is totally lockdown following cases of outbreak of the pandemic coronavirus in the city.

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, who announced the order on Friday, said the action was considered after three persons in the city tested positive for the Coronavirus.

They are members of the family of a medical doctor, Dr. Aminu Yakubu, who died of Coronavirus in the state last Tuesday.

It is feared that other contacts of the medical doctor who returned from Lagos shortly before his death might also be at risk of possible infection.

According to the governor, the lockdown of Duara will start 7am on Saturday.

It may be extended to other areas of the state, according to the governor.

“We gave this grace to enable people make necessary purchases.

“However, three pharmacies and three grocery stores will be identified for people to patronise under strict supervision and when absolutely necessary.

“The state government will also provide palliative support to the people of Daura within the period of the lockdown.

“We will continue to monitor situations as they unfold and will not hesitate to lockdown any local government area that may record positive COVID-19 case. We won’t falter in putting the whole state under total lockdown should the situation warrants,” the governor said.

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari on Friday disclosed that three family members of a medical doctor who died of Coronavirus in the state have tested positive for the virus.

Masari said that out of the samples sent for testing, 23 results had been returned; 20 tested negative while three were positive.

“Incidentally the three are the deceased doctor’s wife and his 2 children,” he said.

The governor said identification and taking of samples were still ongoing in Daura.

Meanwhile 14 treated patients of the disease were discharged in Lagos in two days.

Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanyo-Olu, had announced the discharge of seven patients on Thursday, while the discharge of another seven was announced on Friday bringing the total to 14 persons.  


COVID-19 Index Case In Nigeria Returns Negative


CORONAVIRUS index case in Nigeria, an Italian national, who has been receiving treatment in Lagos has tested negative.
According to Lagos Health Commissioner, Prof. Akin Abayomi, the patient was admitted to Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos on February 26 when he fell ill and eventually tested positive to the disease.

“He fell ill on the 26th February and was transferred to Lagos State Bio-security Facilities for isolation and testing. COVID-19 infection was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos,” Abayomi told newsmen on Thursday.

The Health Commissioner who disclosed this in Lagos, said though it was good news to Nigeria, the patient would not be discharged until the result was confirmed after 48 hours.

The Italian index case entered into Nigeria on February 25 through Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos.

All passengers and crew aboard the flight were hunted by the health authorizes for adequate self isolation; the bid recorded some success, but an American visitor to Nigeria reportedly died of the disease last Wednesday in Ekiti State while his driver tested positive to the disease.

Meanwhile, wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari tweeted on Thursday that she was shutting down her office for two weeks in keeping with the advice of health authorities.

She said some of her staff including her daughter who returned from United Kingdom would also be on self Isolation within the same period.

Some states in the country have shut down schools in their states as a measure to curtail spread of the disease. Lagos State similarly announced a ban on religious gathering of more than 50 persons, while the Federal Government banned its public officers from foreign trips.

However, President Donald Trump of the United States of America announced, Thursday, that his administration had approved the use of Chloroquine Phosphate for the treatment of the disease.



Warri Wolves Trash Visiting MFM FC Of Lagos


WARRI Wolves Football Club last Sunday advanced on this year’s league table by beating the visiting Olukoya boys, the MFM FC of Lagos, 2-0 at the Warri City Stadium.

What would have been the leading goal failed to come at the 8th minutes when a cross from Goodluck Onamado and darted by Abu Azeez was neatly deflected by the MFM FC goalkeeper.

With the first half ending 0-0, the Wolves and MFM FC returned hungry for more serious business but for about 43 minutes on the play it seemed hopeless for either side until the 89th minute goal.

Substitute Okoyoh Michael found the net at 89th minutes putting Wolves ahead with a goal while Charles Atshemene scored the second goal a minute into injury time.

By the 52th minutes, Bala Akintunde of MFM FC was issued a red card for unprofessional misconduct, a situation which uttered the formation and pattern of the visiting MFM FC.

Both teams made changes in the second half of the game. While Warri Wolves brought in three substitutions, MFM FC made two.
Coach for Warri Wolves, Evans Ogenyi, said he was satisfied with the performance of his players.

“Our opponents came with dull defensive tactics. When we played against them in the first stanza, we ran away with a win.

“I know they will now come with anger and I told my boys to expect a difficult match.

“We created about four chances in the first half, but they were wasted because of anxiety.

“In the dressing room, we said there was the need to up our game, be patient and take our chances, especially in the attack.

“On the whole, my boys did not play to their full potential today.

“But the important thing is that we got the three maximum points because we took the two chances that came our way,” Ogenyi said.




Research Says Moderate Alcohol Saves Kidney From Chronic Disease Risk


By Jody A. Charnow
(Renal And Urology News)

MODERATE consumption of alcohol may decrease the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Renal Nutrition.

In a prospective analysis of data from 12,692 participants aged 45 to 64 years in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study, a team led by Casey M. Rebholz, PhD, MS, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore found that, compared with people who never drank alcohol, those who consumed 1 or fewer drinks per week, 2 to 7 drinks per week, 8 to 14 drinks per week, and 15 or more drinks per week had significant 12%, 20%, 29%, and 23% decreased risks of incident CKD, respectively, after adjusting for total energy intake, age, sex, race, and other potential confounders.

The investigators defined incident CKD as an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) below 60 mL/min/1.73 m2 accompanied by a 25% or greater eGFR decline, a kidney-disease-related hospitalization or death or end-stage renal disease. They defined 1 drink as a 4-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce beer, or a 1.5-ounce shot of hard liquor. Current drinkers were more likely to be men and to be white, results showed. They also were more likely to have higher income and education levels. During a median follow-up of 24 years, incident CKD developed in 3664 participants.

Previous research has shown that moderate alcohol consumptions, defined as up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men, is associated with a decreased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). This may be due to alcohol increasing high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, which could increase transport rate of lipoproteins and lipoprotein lipase activity, thereby preventing CHD, Dr Rebholz and his colleagues explained. As CHD and CKD “share many risk factors and pathophysiology, it is possible that moderate alcohol consumption may also reduce the risk of CKD.”

The authors noted that the findings of their study echo those of previous research demonstrating an inverse association between alcohol intake and CKD risk, but these earlier investigations were conducted in select populations with limited generalizability.

“The present analysis, which was conducted in a community-based cohort of black and white men and women from 4 US centers, helps to address this gap,” they stated.

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The new study is not without limitations, however. Dr Rebholz’s team pointed out that alcohol intake was self-reported and thus subject to reporting bias and may have been under-reported. The investigators also acknowledged that they did not have baseline values for albuminuria and proteinuria, which would have been useful markers of kidney damage.

Hu EA, Lazo M, Rosenberg SD, et al. Alcohol consumption and incident kidney disease: Results from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. J Renal Nutr. 2020;30:22-33.doi: 10.1053/j.jrn.2019.01.011

SOURCE: Renal & Urology News





Okowa Rejoices With PDP Over Bayelsa New Gov


DELTA State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, who at the weekend hailed the swearing-in of Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State, has again congratulated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over last Thursday's Supreme Court ruling sacking Bayelsa governor-elect, Mr. David Lyon and his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.

The Court ruled that Degi-Eremienyo presented forged educational certificates, including those of primary, secondary and tertiary schools, to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

It held that the Form CF 001 Degi-Eremieoyo submitted to INEC for the purpose of the Nov. 16, 2019 governorship election in the state, contained false information of fundamental nature.

The apex court held that since Degi-Eremieoyo shared a joint ticket with the governor-elect, his disqualification invalidated their nomination by the All Progressive Congress (APC).

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, Okowa described the ruling as a welcomed development for the PDP and its candidates in the governorship race, Senator Douye Diri and Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor.

He stated that his confidence in the Judiciary had been rekindled by the didactic ruling of the apex court.

He urged PDP and the governor-elect to take steps to reconcile all stakeholders in Bayelsa in order to strengthen the party for future elections.

"The news of the Supreme Court ruling on the Bayelsa governorship election came to me with joy, because we have been writhing in pain on the loss of Bayelsa to the APC in the last governorship election in the state.

"We are happy because the Supreme Court has once again restored the confidence of the people in the judiciary.

"This victory is a clarion call on the party and the governor-elect to take steps to reconcile all aggrieved party members who defected or worked against the party in the Nov.16, 2019 Governorship Election in the state.

"This is very important, because there is need to rebuild the confidence of the people in our party, going forward,’’ the governor said.

"On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate our great party, the PDP, on the victory at the Supreme Court.

"It is my prayer that God will usher in a new lease of life for Bayelsans as a new administration takes over in the state.

"I also congratulate my brother governor, Chief Seriake Dickson, for a successful tenure in office," he added.





Delta Industrial Park Takes Off Soon

  • Methanol, other firms fix deals


DELTA State new industrial Park located in Kwale is to commence manufacturing activities soon with methanol and other transmission tower manufacturing companies indicating readiness to set up their plants in the state.
Delta state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa made the disclosure last Tuesday in Asaba at the South-South Export Enlightenment and Engagement Forum organised by the Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM Bank) in conjunction with Delta State Government.

"Our investment drives have started paying off; our state has commenced the process of take-off of the Kwale Industrial Park located along Ughelli-Asaba Expressway,” the governor said.

"Expected to drive this administration’s industrialization agenda, the Park has the potential to be Nigeria’s biggest location for gas and energy intensive manufacturing such as ceramics, rubber and methanol,” Okowa added.

“I can confidently say that we engaged in a successful road show at China which will bring about the establishment of a methanol manufacturing plant at the park within the next few months; pulp and paper will also be manufactured at the Park.

The governor said his administration approved a-seed-fund of 10 million dollars as a demonstration of the state government’s faith in the viability of the project and as an incentive to prospective investors. “My administration approved a-seed-fund of 10 million dollars for partnership with interested investors in the Park,” he said.

He also disclosed that the state government had earmarked the sum of five million dollars as a-seed-capital for the establishment of a transmission tower manufacturing plant being promoted by ENFRASCO Limited.

"The project, which will be sited at Issele-Uku, comprises the establishment of a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant for power transmission, telecommunication masts, hot dip galvanizing plant, tower testing and certification facility and research facility training school with focus on fabrication and distribution know-how,” Okowa revealed; adding that the commitment on the part of the state government would serve to de-risk investments and give assurance to prospective investors.

Okowa also called for diversification of the nation’s economy from oil and gas, saying "evidently, this distorted mono-product economy does not bode well for inclusive economic growth and sustainable development as oil is a depleting resource.”

He noted that the advent of electric cars is a clear danger to the future of the petroleum industry, hence, the urgent need for the governments in the Niger Delta region to expeditiously diversify their economies and maximise non-oil export potential.

"To achieve this,” Okowa said, “it is exigent that we first take full advantage of our unique location. In business, it is axiomatic that being in the right location is critical for success. Our natural location in the coastal region puts us in a prime position to engage in export-import.

He noted that trade in Delta state would flourish given that it has four seaports, namely in Warri, Burutu, Sapele and Koko, whose combined capacity, according to him, exceeds that of all the other ports in the country.

"You can, therefore, imagine the quantum of trade and commerce as well as the limitless possibilities that exist for investment and employment opportunities when just two of the ports are fully functional," the governor enthused.

Welcoming participants earlier, Managing Director of NEXIM Bank, Mr Abubakar Bello, had noted that efforts should be geared towards encouraging non-oil export.

He announced that N1 billion had been set aside for entrepreneurs who would produce non-oil export products for each state of the country.

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, also attended the opening of the Forum.


New NDDC Boss Resumes, Promises To Overhaul Commission


THE Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr. Joy Nunieh has reiterated the commission's commitment to evolve new strategies for the development of the Niger Delta region.

She said this last Monday after a statement by the Presidency confirming her appointment.

Dr. Nunieh, also assured that the Commission will ensure speedy completion of all on-going projects in the Niger Delta region.

She expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for changing the narrative of the Niger Delta region through his development agenda for the oil-producing area and the opportunity given to the Interim Committee to serve the region.

“I am sure this Committee will experience an exciting and fulfilling journey at the Niger Delta Development Commission. I want to commend the deep interest that Mr. President has shown in changing the narrative," Dr. Nunieh said.

She promised to engage Niger Delta leaders and stakeholders of the region, by carrying them along in the Commission's activities. 

Dr. Nunieh therefore called for innovative ideas that would forge the region ahead, and place it on the global map.

“As we face the scourge of reduced revenue from the combined effect of decline in global oil prices and the crippling economic sabotage of Nigeria’s oil production activities, NDDC would look into innovative and more efficient ways of executing its mandates,” the new NDDC boss said.

Nunieh also assured that the team would execute their mandate to the satisfaction of the Niger Delta region and the Nation, promising to take NDDC to the next level.

“We are here because Mr. President expects that the forensic audit should be done properly from 2001 to date. There will be no compromise and the people will know that a new team is here to work.”

She further promised that under her watch, the Commission would complete more than 50 per cent of abandoned projects, adding that the NDDC would carry out the mandate of President Buhari to complete all on-going projects in the region and positively impart on the lives of people in the rural areas.

However, she expressed dissatisfaction with the situation at most of the sites visited by the team.

She noted that non-performance of some contractors justifies President Muhammadu Buhari's order for a forensic audit of the NDDC.

Nunieh replaces former managing director, Mr. Pius Odudu.

She said, “We are here because Mr. President expects that the forensic audit should be done properly from 2001 to date. There will be no compromise and the people will know that a new team is here to work.”

Pledging their support, the Commission's Executive Directors, Dr. Cairo Ojougbo and Mr. Bassey Efang, said they would ensure their experiences are put to bear for the growth of the region.

While Dr. Cairo Ojougbo is the Acting Executive Director, Projects; Mr. Bassey Efang will oversea the Commission's Finances also as an Acting Executive Director.


APC Forgives Okorocha, Amosun, Akeredolu; Cracks Live On


NIGERIA'S ruling party – the All Progressives Congress (APC) – has resumed mending its battered ranks and political structures, probably towards January’s governorshop elections in Edo State and solving other crucial national challenges.

The first step came last Monday when the party announced that its National Working Committee (NWC) had lifted the ban earlier placed on some of its crucial members.

Affected is former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, who is now a senator after battling to regain his senate election certificate from Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which was allegedly coerced to seize it.

Others are Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, accused of “anti-party” activities; former governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun also a senator; former Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu; and former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Uguru Usani.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement last Monday, attempted to explain that by the suspension, his party had demonstrated the party’s belief in internal independence and supremacy of law and order.

“Through the suspension, our party has shown the capacity and willingness to implement its own rules and enforce discipline when there is an infraction. We have also shown that no individual is above discipline and that the party would always apply equity and justice in the day to day running of the party,” Issa-Onilu said in the statement.

However, the reintegration, according to the NWC, is to enable the individuals rebuild the damaged organs in their respective constituencies and local wards.

“We hope the concerned party members will seize this opportunity to fully reconcile themselves with their ward, local government, and state party structures, key into the party activities, and continue to make their own contributions to the growth and stability of the party,” Issa-Onilu added.

Mush seems yet to be done if true reconciliation could be achieved. Division among members of the party in Ogun State where followers of Amosun’s failed candidate, Adekunle Akinlade and incumbent governor, Dapo Abiodun, may require an external arbitration.

Similar situations exist in Ondo and Imo states. For the latter, party faithful may find it difficult regaining trueunity after Okorocha’s failed attempt to impose son-in-law as successor, and allegedly campaigning against the party during the 2019 general elections; thereby losing the state to PDP which controlled the state until Okorocha emerged governor through defection. He is accused of selfishly returning the governorship of the state to PDP after he had ruled for eight years.

Besides, some APC chieftains in Imo State suspect Okorocha to be working towards returning to PDP to contest for a presidential ticket for the 2023 elections, foreclosing his true integration in the APC.

Also, suspension of the northern Deputy National Chairman, Lawal Shuaib; and North-west National Vice Chairman, Inuwa Abdulkadir, was not mentioned in Issa-Onilu’s statement; leaving much room for negative speculations.

Besides, even while efforts are being made towards national reconciliation, national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole and his state’s governor, Godwin Obaseki, are still bridges afar.

Though Oshiomhole had promised that his party would not lose the state in the imminent governorship election, members of his faction are believed to oppose the continuation of Obaseki as governor.

At the moment, seven governors under the party still believe that the party won’t move forward except Oshiomhole is removed as chairman, whereas some members of the party’s NWC believe that among those seven governors are presidential aspirants who see him as a hindrance; then, the mutual suspicion, which, pundits say, is a factor of partisan politics continues to dismember the party’s ranks, perhaps towards another defection spring.




PDP Ratifies Nazif As Deputy Northern Chairman

NIGERIA’S opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has ratified the appointment of Senator Suleiman Nazif as the new Deputy National Chairman for Northern Nigeria.

In a statement last Monday, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said the approval was in keeping with the party’s constitution as provided in Section 47 subsection (6).

Nazif served as a member of the House of Representatives and two-time Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
While in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Nazif served as Chairman, Senate Committee on Labour and Productivity and later as Chairman, Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The statement described him as a “a nationalist, grass-root politician and philanthropist.”




Red Star Express goes Rigth Issue for expansion


A major courier service company in Nigeria, Red Star Express (FEDEX) Plc has gone to the stock market to raise N1.3 billion new funds by way of rights issue.

The company is offering 336,855,291 ordinary shares of 50 Kobo each at four naira on four new ordinary shares for every seven shares held as at August 2019. The offer opened on Monday, November 11, 2019.

According to the Group Managing Director of Red Star Express Plc, Dr. Sola Obabori, who spoke weekend at the Nigeria Stock Exchange in Lagos, the additional capital would enhance a projected growth of the courier firm.

Given the changing traditional posting industry, the company hopes to deploy the sought funds to the acquisition of modern technology in line with the shifting communication industry.

“With this additional capital, we will be able to ensure considerable growth in the company, making it more profitable and in a position to continue fulfilling the promise of providing superior returns,” Obabori said.

The funds, according to Obabori, would also encourage the firm's diversification efforts. “This move underlines our ambition to maintain the expansion activities undertaken in the last few years. After opening international offices in Niger Republic, Burkina Faso and Benin Republic, we have established new business lines in the agricultural and technological sectors of the economy. This right issue represents the next logical step in this regard,” Obabori added.




Senate swears-in Olujimi, replacing Adeyeye


SENATE swore Abiodun Olujimi last Thursday following a recent sacking of Adedayo Adyeye by Nigeria's Court of Appeal, sitting in Kaduna.

Until his removal, Adedayo was Senate’s spokesman.

The two senators contested Ekiti South Senatorial District seat in the February 23 2019, National Assembly election.

The Court of Appeal voided the election of Adeyeye, declared Olujimi the winner of the election and ordered the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Olujimi, thereby upholding the earlier verdict of the Election Petition Tribunal in favour of the PDP candidate.

The Tribunal had nullified INEC’s declaration of Adeyeye as the winner of the election and declared Olujimi as the authentic winner.

Before the verdict, Olujimi had asked the Tribunal to nullify Adeyeye’s election on the grounds that the election was massively rigged and fraught with other irregularities.

Adeyeye appealed the verdict of the Tribunal but also lost at the Appeal Court sitting in Kaduna

Adeyeye defected from PDP a few weeks to the election and picked a tickeck under APC after some disagreement with the then governor, Ayo Fayose.

While supporters of Olujimi continue to jubilate, Adeyeye’s APC rejected the judgment of the Appeal Court, describing it “as a travesty of justice and robbing Peter to pay Paul.”

But a statement issued by PDP State Publicity Secretary, Jackson Adebayo, said the Court’s verdict justified the actual voting of the people and that the return of Olujimi would solidify the party in the state.
“We want to assure all our members that with the victory of Senator Olujimi, there is a great future for the party; what we just need is to walk in unison towards subsequent elections in the state, ” the statement stated.





Ortom of Benue laments invasion of Nigeria by cattle herders


MENACE of cattle herdsmen in Benue State north central Nigeria isn’t stopping yet as Governor Samuel Ortom visits a farmer whose left hand was chopped off by suspected Fulani herdsmen who invaded her farm at Mbagwem community, Guma Local Council Area of Benue State.

While visiting Mrs. Wanhena Cheku, a victim of cattle herders attack, at Federal Medical Centre Apir near Makurdi, Ortom appealed to the federal government to check illegal entry of cattle herders into the country from neighbouring countries of Mali, Niger and Chad.

Ortom in the past months severally lamented the menace of cattle herders in Benue and many other parts of the country, accusing the presidency of aiding the herders. He noted that it was wrong for foreign herders to gain free entry into the country and perpetrate atrocities at will.

“It is wrong to allow herdsmen from Mali, Niger, Chad, others, to find their way into Nigeria to commit atrocities and go back to their countries,” Ortom lamented. “Most countries in the world will not accept this,” he added.

The governor also noted the cases of displaced and missing people particularly farmers in the state whom he said had left the IDP camps to take care of their farms. “There have been cases of missing persons in the state. If she (Cheku) had died in that jungle where she was attacked, nobody will be talking about her now,” Ortom said.

The governor was however optimistic that security operatives in the state would continue to check banditry and attacks in the state, describing the fate of Cheku as an isolated incident. “This is an isolated case, most of our people have gone back to farming and it is also an eye-opener. We will meet the security chiefs to encourage the officers to be more responsive,” he said.
Benue which is the most productive farming zone in the country has been inundated with invasions by cattle herdsmen in the past years leading to violent conflicts that left thousands dead, many families were displaced from their homes and farm settlements.

Governor Ortom has been in the forefront of state leaders who oppose federal government’s attempts to legalize open grazing in the country. Ranches were created in Benue and some other states but herders reject restriction of the movement of their cattle; a situation that has pitch them against host communities in the country.





Lagos Court Seizes Assets Of American Cybercrime Suspect


A Federal High Court in Lagos, Monday, ruled that the sum of N280,555,010.65  in the bank account of Invictus Oil and Gas Limited and Invictus Investment Limited be forfeited to the Federal Government until the final determination of a suit brought before it.

Nigeria’s anti-financial crime agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) told the court that the companies were owned by Obinwanne George Okeke), described by EFCC prosecutor as “a strong leader of a cybercrime syndicate specialized in business email compromise,” who is currently standing trial in the United States of America over alleged $11m cyber fraud.

Justice Rilwan Aikawa made the order for the temporary forfeiture of the sums of N240,250,904.46 and N40,304,106.19, which EFCC said it discovered in the local bank accounts of the companies owned by Okeke.

The ant-graft agency told the court the funds were suspected to be proceeds of cybercrime. An affidavit sworn by an EFCC investigator, Ariyo Muritala, said the action was in furtherance of EFCC’s brief to him and some other officers to investigate a request for information on Okeke and three others by the United States Department of Justice.

In a related development, the anti-graft agency said its Ibadan zonal office arrested 17 suspected internet fraudsters. Among them were five persons who operated from Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, claiming to be undergraduates.

According to a statement issued, Tuesday, by the Commission’s spokesperson, Mr. Tony Orilade in Ibadan, southwest Nigeria, the 17 suspected internet fraudsters were arrested in Ado-Ekiti last Monday. The EFCC spokesperson said the suspects would be charged to court after investigations.

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