The Sun News » Trending http://sunnewsonline.com/new - Voice of The Nation Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:32:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.7 Almost 40% of Nigerians mentally ill, lack medical care http://sunnewsonline.com/new/almost-40-of-nigerians-mentally-ill-lack-medical-care/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/almost-40-of-nigerians-mentally-ill-lack-medical-care/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:59:58 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133309 A former power minister, Professor Chinedu Nebo, on Monday said the federal and state governments have not provided medical attention to about 64 million Nigerians who suffer from mental illness. Nebo spoke during the Second Public Lecture organised by the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, in collaboration with the West African College of Nursing. Speaking on [...]]]>

A former power minister, Professor Chinedu Nebo, on Monday said the federal and state governments have not provided medical attention to about 64 million Nigerians who suffer from mental illness.

Nebo spoke during the Second Public Lecture organised by the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, in collaboration with the West African College of Nursing.

Speaking on the theme ‘Psychiatric and mental health in Nigeria: challenges and prospects,’ Nebo noted that, according to medical scholars, out of a population of 160 million or thereabouts, “64 million Nigerians suffer from one form or the other of afflictions of mental illness,” which deserved attention.

Nebo, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, pointed out that, whereas government had done much in the area of primary health care, nothing had been done to address mental health challenges.

He also noted that Nigerians were not adequately informed about mental health issues.

“Nigerians still grapple with many social challenges, including poverty, high level of unemployment and other social pressures.

“The prevalence of these situations have been escalated by the fact that there is high level of poor knowledge and understanding of the malaise of mental health disorder and the positive treatments required by the growing population of mentally ill patients,” he said.

He identified causes of mental illness to include genetic composition, neurological and psychological experiences and environmental stresses.

He faulted what he described as “the belief that many Nigerians seem to hold that mental disorder is a result of supernatural forces and, therefore, only responds to cure through traditional practices and supernatural incantations.”

Nebo urged Nigerians to give up such beliefs and “face the realities of modern conditions, which in fact, produce the stresses that lead to different levels of mental conditions.”

The former power minister called for adequate funding for research and training of mental health manpower.

Nebo equally canvassed the provision of community based mental health care services, total integration of mental health care into the primary health care system and periodic review of legislation governing the care of the mentally ill.

The Chief Medical Director of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, Dr. Jojo Onwukwe, said the institution has a staff strength of about 1000 workers, including eight consultant specialist psychiatrists, more than 400 psychiatric nurses and 27 resident doctors.

(PUNCH)

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10 Nigerian women, four others join International ‘Women of Influence’ Hall of Fame http://sunnewsonline.com/new/10-nigerian-women-four-others-join-international-women-of-influence-hall-of-fame/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/10-nigerian-women-four-others-join-international-women-of-influence-hall-of-fame/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:08:48 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133303 Bag Life Changers Club’s Award Fourteen women from Nigeria, United States of America, Ireland and the United Kingdom have won the ‘2015 Women of Influence Award’ by Life Changers Club International (LCCI). The ceremony was held at the prestigious London Hilton, Canary Wharf, London. The award was instituted by LCCI, a non-for-profit organisation with presence [...]]]>
  • Bag Life Changers Club’s Award

Fourteen women from Nigeria, United States of America, Ireland and the United Kingdom have won the ‘2015 Women of Influence Award’ by Life Changers Club International (LCCI).

The ceremony was held at the prestigious London Hilton, Canary Wharf, London. The award was instituted by LCCI, a non-for-profit organisation with presence across the globe to recognize and honour women who are making impact in their chosen field of endeavours.

The International President of LCCI, Mrs Joy Lifechangers who presented the award to the recipients, urged them to use their influence to transform lives for the better. She noted that “Women of Influence is one of the operational arms of the organisation that empowers women regardless of race, age, background, nationality, or religion through entrepreneurship training, mentorship, skill acquisition, character development among others.

Earlier In her welcome remarks, the president of LCCI UK Chapter, Mrs Ada Esther Tity said the primary aim of the organisation which was founded 23 years ago is to reach, touch and transform lives for the better and the women of influence awards was instituted to celebrate women who are making a difference in the society.

“We recognise and honour the immense contribution made by outstanding women who have made marks in their various field of endeavours, women of honour, women of virtue, role models in the society who against all odds made up their minds to contribute to the development of other women and other causes in their community and country at large.”

She explained that nomination of recipients is done by the public through the use of the media, social networks as well as individually and awardees are selected under different categories through evidence based processes to merit the award.”

Responding on behalf of the awardees, Mrs Vera Onyeaka-Onyilo, Founder of TheoVera Foundation, Mrs Vera Onyeaka-Onyilo expressed appreciation to LCCI for the recognition and award conferred on them.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank God for his never-ending grace and mercies. To be considered for the Women of Influence Award is a great honour and a privilege and so on behalf of my fellow awardees, we say thank you LCCI.” said Onyeaka-Onyilo.

 

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Feds arraign former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki today http://sunnewsonline.com/new/feds-arraign-former-national-security-adviser-sambo-dasuki-today/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/feds-arraign-former-national-security-adviser-sambo-dasuki-today/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:08:44 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133297 (ABUJA) Barring any last minute change of mind, the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retired) will today be arraigned before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court by the Federal Government over alleged possession of firearms without license. On August 24, 2015, the Department of State Security Service [...]]]>

(ABUJA)

Barring any last minute change of mind, the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retired) will today be arraigned before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court by the Federal Government over alleged possession of firearms without license.

On August 24, 2015, the Department of State Security Service (DSS) had issued a statement that it had charged the former NSA with the alleged offense.

Dasuki’s trial, which was expected to have commenced last week, was delayed following the directive by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmmud Mohammed, to various heads of federal courts not to sit throughout the week to enable lawyers and interested judges to participate in the just-concluded one week-long Annual Bar Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association.

However, findings by Daily Sun at the court yesterday revealed that the case file had been assigned to Justice Ademola for trial by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta.

Further investigations also revealed that the DSS has handed over the case file to the Federal Ministry of Justice for prosecution.

According to the charge sheet, Dasuki is specifically charged with possession of firearms without licence, an offence punishable under section 27(I)(a)(I) of the Firearms Act Cap F28 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, based on evidence so far obtained.

The DSS had on July 16, 2015, searched the ex-NSA’s residences in Asokoro, Abuja and Sokoto, where its operatives claimed to have recovered seven high calibre rifles, including magazines and military gears in the houses located at 13, John Khadya Street, and 46, Nelson Mandela Street, both at Asokoro, Abuja; and 3 Sabon Birni Road, Gwiwa Area, Sokoto, Sokoto State.

The agency also said that it recovered 12 new vehicles, including five bullet-proof cars from Dasuki’s house, the ownership of which could not be explained by the embattled former NSA, and which investigators believed must have been purchased with proceeds of corruption.

The DSS had claimed that it searched Dasuki’s homes “based on credible intelligence linking the immediate past NSA with alleged plans to commit treasonable felony against the Nigerian state.”

The statement partly reads:

“You may recall that on July 16, 2015, the Department of State Services carried out search operations on properties belonging to the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (retd.), in Abuja and Sokoto.

“This action was necessitated by credible intelligence, which linked him to acts capable of undermining national security. The search operations led to the recovery of a large cache of arms and ammunition among other things and for which further investigation was conducted.

“Consequently, on Monday, August 24, 2015, he was charged to court based on evidence so far obtained, but which relates to possession of firearms without licence punishable under section 27(i)(a)(i) of the Firearms Act Cap F28 LFN 2004.”

The Secret Service said Dasuki’s arraignment was in line with democratic practice and “our avowed commitment to the rule of law, in which nobody is deemed to be above the law, no matter how highly placed in the society.”

(Godwin Tsa, DAILY SUN)

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Fayose vows to close down banks over tax evasion http://sunnewsonline.com/new/fayose-vows-to-close-down-banks-over-tax-evasion/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/fayose-vows-to-close-down-banks-over-tax-evasion/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:33:13 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133290 Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has threatened to close down four commercial banks in the state over their alleged refusal to pay several millions of naira as taxes to government coffers. Fayose, who issued the threat on Monday while holding a meeting with retirees in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, revealed that he had obtained [...]]]>

Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has threatened to close down four commercial banks in the state over their alleged refusal to pay several millions of naira as taxes to government coffers.

Fayose, who issued the threat on Monday while holding a meeting with retirees in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, revealed that he had obtained a court order to shut down the affected banks.

The governor, who accused the banks of shortchanging government despite making huge profits from the state, said he would not look the other way and allow banks and other corporate organizations to defraud the state.

He warned the affected banks and other businesses owing government taxes and levies to pay same or risk being closed down.

Fayose also reiterated his decision to make all private nursery, primary and secondary schools in the state pay newly-imposed taxes before resumption by middle of September.

Each of the private schools is expected to pay N150,000 into government coffers before reopening for the new academic session, while anybody who purchases one cow to be slaughtered for any occasion will now pay N1,000.

Fayose also told the pensioners that he is targeting haulage vehicles passing through the state as taxes would now be imposed on them to generate revenue into government purse.

He pleaded with the pensioners to be patient with him, saying he has been battling with the debt left behind by the immediate past administration and promised to meet their demands as soon as financial situation improves.

Meanwhile, Fayose on Monday caught hundreds of civil servants by surprise when he stormed the state Secretariat unannounced for an unscheduled visit.

The governor, who arrived the secretariat at 8:00am, ordered that the main gate be locked against latecomers most of whom were unaware that the state chief executive was around.

Fayose, who wore a black suit over sky blue shirt and black trousers, stood on the road leading to the secretariat where he personally caught the erring civil servants.

(THE NATION)

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EFCC sets up four-man panel to probe Alison-Madueke http://sunnewsonline.com/new/efcc-sets-up-four-man-panel-to-probe-alison-madueke/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/efcc-sets-up-four-man-panel-to-probe-alison-madueke/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:23:56 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133287 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has commenced a full investigation into the activities of the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), The Punch reports. It was learnt on Sunday that the commission constituted a four-member committee of crack detectives to probe all the NNPC [...]]]>

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has commenced a full investigation into the activities of the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), The Punch reports.

It was learnt on Sunday that the commission constituted a four-member committee of crack detectives to probe all the NNPC accounts which were supervised by the former minister.

It was learnt that the committee was led by a Superintendent of Police, who was seconded to the commission. Investigations revealed that the other three members of the committee were pioneer civilian operatives of the commission with high capacity for investigation.

(ENERGY MIX REPORT)

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Robbers hack security guard to death, set stores ablaze in Imo http://sunnewsonline.com/new/robbers-hack-security-guard-to-death-set-stores-ablaze-in-imo/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/robbers-hack-security-guard-to-death-set-stores-ablaze-in-imo/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:18:55 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133282 (OWERRI) Armed robbers at the weekend hacked to death a security guard at Orie Uvuru modern market in Aboh Mbaise council of Imo state, setting a section of the market on fire before escaping with their loot. Daily Sun reliably gathered that the deceased security guard identified as Mr. Augustine Chidi, who was at his duty [...]]]>

(OWERRI)

Armed robbers at the weekend hacked to death a security guard at Orie Uvuru modern market in Aboh Mbaise council of Imo state, setting a section of the market on fire before escaping with their loot.

Daily Sun reliably gathered that the deceased security guard identified as Mr. Augustine Chidi, who was at his duty post in the early hours of Saturday, had reportedly challenged the suspected robbers, said to be four in number, about their mission at the market at about 2 AM.

Angered by the inteference of the security guard, the suspected bandits, it was learnt, had attacked and dealt him several machete blows on his head and other parts on his body.

Having hacked him to death, the robbers were said to have forced open some of the locked stores and carted away various items including electronics, auto spare parts and beverages. They then proceeded to set ablaze a section of the market in their wake.

The suspected robbers were said to have carried the corpse of the security guard and dumped it on the road along Okpala/Ahiara junction, where they cunningly placed a bottle of a local gin beside him.

The remains of the deceased has since been deposited at the Orient mortuary.

When contacted the spokesman for the Imo state Police Command, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, said that he was yet to be briefed on the incident.

Meanwhile, the traders whose stores were set ablaze are still in shock over what they described as act of wickedness by the suspected robbers.

Mrs. Akwaru Nwanorue, whose store was set ablaze, lamented that she had just restocked her shop with goods a day before the robbers struck.

(George Onyejiuwa, DAILY SUN)

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Nollywood City underway in Imo http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nollywood-city-underway-in-imo/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nollywood-city-underway-in-imo/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 01:00:22 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133271 From  George Onyejiuwa, Owerri The Micro Small, Medium Enterprises (MSME) Business School, Okuku, Owerri in Imo State, has initiated a massive project akin to America’s famous Hollywood town, designed  for accelerated  development of  performing arts in the country. The proposed Nollywood village, located at Okuku in Owerri West Council Area, is a 100,000 square meters [...]]]>

From  George Onyejiuwa, Owerri

The Micro Small, Medium Enterprises (MSME) Business School, Okuku, Owerri in Imo State, has initiated a massive project akin to America’s famous Hollywood town, designed  for accelerated  development of  performing arts in the country.
The proposed Nollywood village, located at Okuku in Owerri West Council Area, is a 100,000 square meters expanse of land, with a viable palm plantation, is an integrated scheme with the entire property mapped out in plots and now on sale to the general public to build residential houses, commercial developments, hostels, tourist gardens, epic movie locations and other facilities for the film industry and educational purposes.
Announcing this to newsmen yesterday, in Owerri, the initiator of the project, Ndukwe O. Ndukwe, a lawyer, said  critical in the planned infrastructure development in the area, is the construction of an international film studio, an African village square setting, art gallery, artificial lake and fish pond to attract tourists and film enthusiasts.
He pointed out  that a small portion of the property, which is  known as the Nollywood City and Palm Resort, Owerri, would serve as the permanent site of the MSME Business School.
He said: “We believe it is time to forge a concerted and structured development template.
“As conceived, we plan to commence our academic programmes with the Faculty of Performing Arts, with a variety of disciplines like Theatre, Make-up Artistry, Directing, Cinematography, Dance, Music and the likes, by opening the window for entrepreneurs to key into the Nollywood phenomenon.”

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Back to founding principles: NLC charts the way forward http://sunnewsonline.com/new/back-to-founding-principles-nlc-charts-the-way-forward/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/back-to-founding-principles-nlc-charts-the-way-forward/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:46:48 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133267 By Bimbola Oyesola bimbeechampion@yahoo.com 08033246177 When the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), gathered in Calabar, the capital city of Cross River State last week, it was only for one reason, to chart a course to take labour back to its glorious‎ days. Nigerians, as well as members of the organised labour have in recent [...]]]>

By Bimbola Oyesola
bimbeechampion@yahoo.com
08033246177

When the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), gathered in Calabar, the capital city of Cross River State last week, it was only for one reason, to chart a course to take labour back to its glorious‎ days. Nigerians, as well as members of the organised labour have in recent times recalled in nostalgia, those vibrant days when labour sneezed, and everybody, most especially the employers and the government would catch cold. Those days when labour had often provided the leadership for Nigerians to fight against unpopular policies of government. When labour was seen as the only viable opposition to check mate the excesses of the government, be it military or democratically elected.
But that has since become history.
As the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, who was also a former President of the NLC observed at t‎he meeting, NLC who was known for championing the cause of the oppressed, even if they were not part of the movement  has been criminally silent on crucial national issues.
He said, “We don’t know what is the voice of NLC on Chibok girls, how could they kidnap the over 200 girls and no footnote from NLC. The Congress is not about wages alone, what is NLC doing about Chinese taking over peoples jobs. How can labour allow governors to escape with 6,7, 8 months salary. Salary was not paid for almost a year in Benue, this has nothing to do with Boko Haram, where is the solidarity? What is NLC position on the importation of food. What bores me is the fact that NLC has nothing to say to all these.”
On the crisis in the NLC, the former President ‎said the leadership, though could fight, should ensure they do not do it publicly. He noted that all should endeavour to forgive and forge ahead.
”United we stand, divided we fall. It is only the organised labour who understand how to communicate to the people, we understand the dialect of the poor. We have a lot to do to return NLC to that of old”, he said.
Addressing the pervasive problem no doubt, informs the new leadership of NLC, under Ayuba Wabba to organise a three- day national leadership retreat in the quiet Tinapa Lakeside Hotels in Calabar, out of the hustle and bustle of cosmopolitan cities. It was to give the leadership of the NLC, both old and new, time to reflect on the retreat theme, “Returning to our Founding Principles: The NLC and the challenges facing it”.
The roll call of attendees was astounding, they include past presidents of the Congress. They include right from the first, Hassan Sunmonu, Ali Ciroma, Adams Oshiomhole to the old General Secretaries, Aliyu Dangiwa, John Odah as well as members of the civil society organisation, including Femi Falana, Femi Aborisade and Abiodun Aremu.
They have all come to proffer solutions towards reawakening the consciousness of the movement.
The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, at the opening ceremony said top leadership of the movement was gathered to reflect on the future of the Nigeria labour movement; reflect on challenges the organised labour are facing and how to confront those challenges in a way that will bring out the best for members across the country.
He expressed that it has always been a burden to the present National Administrative Council (NAC), who at the election under the team,  “The Redemption Group”‎, had it as its manifesto, ‘Returning to our founding principles’.
“In that document, we asserted our conviction that, “The sure way we can build and consolidate our independence as a trade union centre is to carry on activities and programmes which will strengthen the faith of our members in our ability to defend and protect their interests and aspirations. Our desire is to ensure that we are strong enough to stand on our own and take instructions only from our members, based on the founding philosophy of our movement”, he said.
Though the manifesto document identified the crisis that hit the congress after its 2011 as contributing majorly to its docility, Wabba said that the major objective of the gathering was to provide opportunity of articulating an implementation strategy taking into consideration the labour veterans, civil society activists and parliamentarians at the retreat.

Reviving union values and ethics
In his presentation, a labour veteran, S.O.Z Ejiofor noted that internalized appropriate trade union values and ethics are cardinal for the sustained relevance of the unions. He reasoned that though there is a far-reaching decline in societal values and ethics in the Nigeria Society, trade union, despite being a member of the society is not expected to follow the bandwagon.
“Trade unions by their character and objectives are expected to be institutions of socio-economic/political change in the pursuit of social change”, he said.
He lamented that the movement is no longer driven by passion, but other values which are not in consonant with the initial concept of the trade movement.
Stressing the importance of collective leadership for the development and sustenance of unity, trade union and class consciousness, Ejiofor warned that individualistic leadership styles tend to promote. disunity by exploiting cultural cleavages like, ethnic, regional and at times religion among members in furtherance of self or narrow group interests.
“These overtime subvert the collective character of unions and members solidarity. The consequence of which will include instability, absence of trust, alienation and crisis.”, he stated.
Ejiofor added that the social and class character of unions ‎ make it compelling that they must be independent of employers and governments.
He added, “To achieve this, the union, while being democratic must rely exclusively on its strength and resource viability. To do otherwise, by depending on management or government patronage subverts it’s moral authority and make it subservient to employer.
“Unions are generally recognised as agents of social change, in order to effect change, trade union response should manifest unalloyed ethical commitments to: leadership characterised by the virtues of modesty, humility, tolerance and persuasion; that is also depersonalised and inspirational: lifestyle characterised by moderation and simplicity that would not create the basis for mistrust and cravings for unwholesome resources to sustain it; avoidance of attributes that characterize decadence in the wider society.
“It will be unethical, in the context of what trade unions stand for and the values they are expected to espouse, to manifest neo-feudal culture by being identified as chiefs or to accept frivolous “academic” awards and use same after their names. It would also run counter to trade union to sustain a lifestyle which cannot be justified by legitimate earnings.”

Way forward
Proferring a way forward, Ejiofor who called for a holistic approach, harped that the decline in appropriate trade union values and ethics was a process which began over years, noting that it has its origin in trade union affiliate .
“The most potent instrument for restoring trade union values and ethics is obviously by way of a comprehensive trade union education programme. This will involve both the affiliates and the congress. The programme however should be in the appropriate context aimed at advancing the trade union and class consciousness of members and leaders”, he mainntained.
The three days retreat ‎as Wabba expressed may have provided enough impetus for the rebirth of NLC to deliver on its responsibilities both internally and externally,  and in the next four years provide a vibrant leadership not only to its members, but the Nigerian masses at large.

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MMIA Customs grosses over N20bn revenue http://sunnewsonline.com/new/mmia-customs-grosses-over-n20bn-revenue/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/mmia-customs-grosses-over-n20bn-revenue/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:45:06 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133265 …Appoints First Bank to collect import duty By Louis Iba The Nigeria Customs Service says it generated about N20.111 billion as revenue from its operations at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos in the first half this year. Spokeswoman for the MMIA Customs Command, Mrs. Thelma Williams, who disclosed this over the weekend [...]]]>

…Appoints First Bank to collect import duty

By Louis Iba

The Nigeria Customs Service says it generated about N20.111 billion as revenue from its operations at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos in the first half this year.
Spokeswoman for the MMIA Customs Command, Mrs. Thelma Williams, who disclosed this over the weekend said there was a great improvement in revenue generation between January – July 2015 by the Customs. According to her,  last July alone, the agency raked in over N5.209billion, a figure she said was the highest revenue ever made at the MMIA by the Customs since its formation.
Williams also announced that First Bank Nigeria Plc has been designated  as the bank for the collection of import  duty on behalf of Customs at the Lagos airport. The duty collected will be processed, using the Passenger Electronic Baggage Entry System ( PEBES), she said.
According to her, the duty is calculated based on the tendered invoice value of some items.
Williams said over N179 ,326,833 was collected by the Command at the international wing of the  Lagos airport  between January and July 2015 as revenue accruals on informal trade alone.
She attributed the improvement in duty collection to ongoing reforms in the Customs as well as the diligence of officers of the MMIA command in the discharge of their responsibilities as it affects trade facilitation duty collection and the enforcement of prohibition.
The stride by the Airport Customs Command, Williams said , could only be sustained with the cooperation of stakeholders in the aviation and allied sector, just as the she urged industry players to partner with Customs to achieve its goal of trade facilitation and revenue generation for the nation.
She clarified that where invoices are not available for this collection passengers are referred to the valuation unit where imports are assessed using valid data in the system.
Williams said :” Recent events at the arrival and departure halls of the MMIA , Ikeja, Lagos has made it necessary to clarify issues related to the operational modalities of officers posted to the arrival and departure halls with particular focus on methods of processing payment for merchandise in baggage, defined as merchandise accompanying inward bound passengers for which import duty is supposed to be paid .

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Gender equity and dignity of the African woman http://sunnewsonline.com/new/gender-equity-and-dignity-of-the-african-woman/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/gender-equity-and-dignity-of-the-african-woman/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:26:30 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133248 By Chidike Ukoh One of the most popular words among public commentators and advocacy groups everywhere is gender. According to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), gender refers to the attributes and opportunities associated with being male and female and the relationships between women and men and girls and boys. This influences the society’s [...]]]>

By Chidike Ukoh

One of the most popular words among public commentators and advocacy groups everywhere is gender. According to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), gender refers to the attributes and opportunities associated with being male and female and the relationships between women and men and girls and boys. This influences the society’s value, expectations, opportunities, resources and assets available to the men and women.
The Nigerian 1999 Constitution as amended, states that women are to be treated in the same fair manner as men. This is a pointer to the fact that Nigeria recognizes that a nation that is not engendered is endangered.
Notwithstanding the above constitutional provision and international institutional framework, there has been a growing agitation for equitable distribution of the national wealth along political, regional or religious lines.
To further put the issue in proper context, it must be noted that equity is not for the lazy man. Equity does not directly amount to equality of being measured by status or capital. The rights of any citizen to have a verified sense of belonging, fair treatment or harmonious co-existence are key indicators of equity at work. However, such desire must be earned or fulfilled through responsible conduct, productivity and total believe in the system.
The African and indeed, Nigerian woman has demonstrated that she is a partner in progress and a resilient strength in nation building. From the family level to national and international arena, the African women have consistently played crucial stabilizing roles with skill in child upbringing and general home keeping as well as productive and profitable farming, vocation and other professions.
Their male counterparts have been able to achieve a lot individually or collectively because the women were supportive and are at their back-and-call. Men who made mark in communal, national and global politics and enterprise had their power base firmly rooted in their households where the women held sway.
“The role of public service in women empowerment innovation and accessible service delivery,” which is the theme of this year’s International Public Service Day is suitable and commendable. The policy to develop the capacity of civil servants should be encouraged and sustained especially with regard to gender incentives.
Furthermore women elected or appointed into public offices have on broad assessment performed creditably and their impact on society cannot be denied. In the past one-decade or more of uninterrupted democratic governance in most African countries, and Nigeria especially, some women have clearly demonstrated commitment, patriotism and expertise in specific areas of duty.
A group of Nigerian professionals and patriots alluded to this fact of peculiarity when in their quest to honour women as part of the Nigeria’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebration in 2010, stated in a programme entitled ‘Golden Jubilee Nigeria Woman Award’ as follows:
“In the West, the odds are essentially the same for the sexes. But in Africa and Nigeria in the pre-colonial, colonial and even post-colonial periods, the difficulties faced by the female gender, were and in some places are still unbelievable.
That is why these Nigerian women who have surmounted these traditional and cultural hurdles to attain great heights deserve to be recognised and honoured. Interestingly, the organisers of that award event which included Radio Nigeria- the largest Radio Broadcast Network in Africa – recognised and honoured Her Excellency, the first African female President and Head of State, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia as the only woman outside Nigeria that received the award.
Suffice to say that leading women in our time have brought laurels and honour to both the continent and country with such sterling intelligence and professionalism.
For instance, Her Excellency, Mrs. Joyce Banda, Malawi’s first female President has a track record of fighting for women rights. The African Union Commission Chairperson. Dr. Nkosazana Zuma from South Africa is currently directing the political affairs of the continent in Addis Ababa, while Rwanda has the highest number of women parliamentarians’ worldwide, occupying sixty-three per cent seats.
Prof. Joy Ogwu, Nigerian Ambassador to the UN, is the only Permanent Representative of a non-permanent member nation to have served as President of the UN Security Council. Again, Prof Ogwu evolved the first and ever Stand Alone Resolution on Security Sector Reforms, as well as the Resolution on Preventive Diplomacy, among other quality contributions and performance by this distinguished female Diplomat.
The former Managing Director of the World Bank, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, former Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) (Africa) both of them former ministers in Nigeria, remain global personalities and African pride.
In the same vein, it will be recalled that three out of four Nigerian born British citizens, namely Hon. Helen Grant, Hon. Chi Onwurah and Hon. Kate Osamor are female politicians who won election into the UK Parliament this year. Again, save for the rule of law, which governs tenure of office, many wished for longer stay of the immediate past Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Maryam Aloma Muktar who brought so much grace and respect as the first woman to occupy such high office and inspiring other women and female jurists, in particular.
Nigerians cannot forget Itunu Hutonu, the first female Rear Admiral, a Major- General equivalent in the Nigerian Army and the first female Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG Ivy Okoronkwo, who have left career legacies and professional competences as role models in their respective fields.
The patriotic contributions and initiatives by female parliamentarians like Sen. Chris Anyanwu, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Hon Nnenna Ukeje-Elendu and Hon Beni Lar in the 7th National Assembly facilitated the passage of Freedom of Information Act, Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, Gender and Diaspora Protection bills as well as other social safety nets legal framework.
Also, it took the Personal effort of the Flying Police Woman Chioma Ajunwa’s Long Jump to win Nigeria’s First Olympic Gold medal in Atlanta 96, after 44 years of membership. More so, the Amazons and heroines like the late Prof Dora Akunyili (former NAFDAC boss) and Dr. Stella Adadevoh (Ebola conqueror) who died in active service to their fatherland and having saved millions of lives of fellow citizens and Africans. However, societies are unwittingly absorbing some unimaginable shocks and pressures from foreign cultures, which under normal circumstances should have been resolved or collectively fought and defeated.
Women and children being vulnerable and soft targets seem to be at the mercy of the criminal gangs that chose bloodletting and enslavement of the innocent people as pre-occupation. Today, children have become suicide bombers and articles of trade in the hands of human traffickers, ritualists, child labour, underage marriages, out of school/street children as well as the baby factory syndrome. Other gender challenges include high number of deaths of more African youths struggling to cross the hostile desert terrains and the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.
For the attention and followership around it, gender issues deserve continuous reviews both for its descriptive meaning and actionable impact on society.
Therefore, women cannot run away from this battle targeted against their kind. They must fight and win because one of the world’s most influential leaders, the former British Prime Minister Mrs. Margaret Thatcher once declared. “If you want something said ask the man, if you want something done ask the woman”.

• Mazi Ukoh, a policy & public affairs analyst, is President, NEYA Africa.
08033432049, 09099994322; Email: ukohmediasports @yahoo.com

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Pandemonium in Yenagoa as police clash with sanitation officers http://sunnewsonline.com/new/pandemonium-in-yenagoa-as-police-clash-with-sanitation-officers/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/pandemonium-in-yenagoa-as-police-clash-with-sanitation-officers/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:54:07 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133170 FROM FEMI FOLARAN­MI, YENAGOA There was pandemo­nium yesterday morning in Yenagoa, when uni­formed Policemen attached to the Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Tiwei Tmipa Orunimighe clashed with Officials of the Bayelsa State Environmental Sanitation Authority led by its Chairman, Mr. Oboku Of­forji at the Tombia junction. Checks indicated that the cri­sis sparked [...]]]>

FROM FEMI FOLARAN­MI, YENAGOA

There was pandemo­nium yesterday morning in Yenagoa, when uni­formed Policemen attached to the Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Tiwei Tmipa Orunimighe clashed with Officials of the Bayelsa State Environmental Sanitation Authority led by its Chairman, Mr. Oboku Of­forji at the Tombia junction.

Checks indicated that the cri­sis sparked off over argument on the barricade mounted at the Tombia junction to ensure resi­dents of the state adhered to the restriction of movement order on sanitation days.

Offorji accused the APC chieftains and their supporters of deliberately flouting the re­striction order in line with the Sanitation Law, and attempted to disrupt the exercise with se­curity personnel attached to its Chairman in the state by shoot­ing sporadically into the air.

The APC leadership in the state has however dismissed the allegation, noting that officials of the state government were whipping up sentiments to dis­credit the APC.

Offorji in a press briefing in his office, accused Orunimighe and chieftains of the party of ordering security personnel attached to them to shot spo­radically in the air, and forcibly removed the barricade in their attempt to disrupt the sanitation exercise.

According to him, many people at the Tombia junction were terrified as the gunshots that rented the air were as if the area has been turned into a war zone.

He disclosed that the agency has concluded plans to lodge a formal petition to the police authorities to effect the arrest of the policemen used by the poli­ticians to undermine the peace in the state.

“It is quite unfortunate that a political party with its leader­ship at the centre, that has been preaching against impunity is allowing its supporters at the state level to indulge in impuni­ty and lawlessness of the high­est order. It was a sad situation. Nobody could go close. I want to make it clear that our expe­rience today as a government agency was a bitter one.

Reacting to the allegation, the media adviser to Orun­mighe, Mr. Alawoei Opokume dismissed the claims of Of­forji, noting that since the PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) now sees the APC as its great­est threat, they want to do ev­erything within its powers to discredit the party.

Similarly, the Publicity Sec­retary of the APC in the state, Mr. Fortune Paniebi, who said he was not aware of any inci­dent like that, said Bayelsans should not take the claims of Offorji serious.

 

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Ado-Ekiti agog for Udiroko festival http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ado-ekiti-agog-for-udiroko-festival/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ado-ekiti-agog-for-udiroko-festival/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:53:14 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133168 BY WOLE BALOGUN, ADO EKITI Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capi­tal was agog yesterday for the annual Udiroko festival usually celebrated by the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Rufus Adejugbe. Illustrious sons and daughters of the Ekiti trooped to the mon­arch’s palace, where the robust cultural heritage of the town was put on display in the [...]]]>

BY WOLE BALOGUN, ADO EKITI

Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capi­tal was agog yesterday for the annual Udiroko festival usually celebrated by the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Rufus Adejugbe.

Illustrious sons and daughters of the Ekiti trooped to the mon­arch’s palace, where the robust cultural heritage of the town was put on display in the form of dance, music, drama and cos­tumes.

Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, who graced the occasion, assured that no Oba would suffer any form of humiliation under his govern­ment, particularly the Ewi of Ado Ekiti.

He urged Oba Adejugbe to support all the projects being ini­tiated by his government in Ado Ekiti and beyond for the success of his administration.

Fayose, who described Ewi as a pivot of development in the state, said the new Erekesan market would be rebuilt into a modern one before the next year’s Udiroko festival, insist­ing that the project could only be a success if the traditional ruler deploys support for him.

The market was recently gutted by fire during a clash be­tween some drivers and Hausa/ Fulani traders.

His words: “When a gover­nor is making progress, there must be some forces propelling him. Ewi is one of those
propel­ling my achievement and I am proud to associate with you. Your reign has witnessed un­precedented achievements. I am assuring you that your town will develop more and they are about to start.

During the last election, Ado Ekiti gave me about 50,000 votes. I cannot joke with this. I am not a scientist, but I am only a professor of politics. I know where the votes are and the pal­ace of Ewi is one of them. This is the more reason and many more why I cannot joke with this pal­ace.

“We have raised the stake of respect for Ewi to the extent that no governor can come to Ekiti without paying homage, respect and obeisance to your palace. Ado Ekiti people made me proud by voting for me in the last year’s governorship poll and I will put your sons into positions of authority. I will sup­port them to be able to rise to stardom.

“Please, let your people sup­port my government to be able to change the face of develop­ment in the capital city and be­yond. I want tobuild a flyover in Ado Ekiti, but there is no money. I want to assure that as soon as our finances improve, I shall begin the project,” Fayose pledged.

In his remarks, Oba Adejug­be, who described Fayose as a blessing to the state, urged the government to clampdown on those he branded as ‘area boys’, who had been constituting nui­sance to the State capital and grabbing people’s lands to make money.

 

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Why Akure must produce next Ondo governor – Deji of Akure http://sunnewsonline.com/new/why-akure-must-produce-next-ondo-governor-deji-of-akure/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/why-akure-must-produce-next-ondo-governor-deji-of-akure/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:52:40 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133166 FROM BAMIGBOLA GBO­LAGUNTE, AKURE The newly installed Deji of Akure in Ondo state, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi has declared his readiness to ensure that the next governor of the state comes from his town, saying that it was the turn of the town. The monarch, who said his major ambition on the throne was to ensure [...]]]>

FROM BAMIGBOLA GBO­LAGUNTE, AKURE

The newly installed Deji of Akure in Ondo state, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi has declared his readiness to ensure that the next governor of the state comes from his town, saying that it was the turn of the town. The monarch, who said his major ambition on the throne was to ensure that an Akure person becomes the next governor of the state, said he would use his influ­ence and connections to ensure that his dream comes true. He also tasked politicians and other eminent personalities who are indigenes of Akure to rally round him to ensure the realization of his dream for the town.

The traditional ruler who spoke in his palace while receiving the Executive Council of the Akure Community Development Forum (ACDF) led by the national leader of Afenifere who also doubles as the chairman, Chief Reuben Fa­soranti said all Akure indigenes should work to ensure that the next Ondo governor comes from the town.

Oba Aladelusi lamented that Akure, despite being the capital of Ondo state has not produced the governor since its creation about 40 years ago. The monarch said the situation was highly regret­table.

The monarch told the forum to get their hearts together and as well prepare for the challenge of presenting a credible Akure man for the governorship election com­ing up next year.

He also regretted that indigenes of Akure have failed in the past to unite and speak with one voice, while calling on all sons and daughters of the town to speak with one voice.

The Assistant Secretary of the forum, Mr. Eniola Olusola while speaking, urged the monarch to prevail on the state government to rehabilitate and construct more roads in Akure.

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Group condemns attack on Gov. Ugwuanyi http://sunnewsonline.com/new/group-condemns-attack-on-gov-ugwuanyi/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/group-condemns-attack-on-gov-ugwuanyi/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:51:06 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133164 An indigenous group in Abakpa Nike, Enugu, known as Nike Youth Development Forum (NYDF) has lampooned residents of the community and its envi­rons who were opposing the proposed plan by the admin­istration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the state to ease off the traffic jam on the popular Nike Lake Road, through the dualisation of [...]]]>

An indigenous group in Abakpa Nike, Enugu, known as Nike Youth Development Forum (NYDF) has lampooned residents of the community and its envi­rons who were opposing the proposed plan by the admin­istration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the state to ease off the traffic jam on the popular Nike Lake Road, through the dualisation of the road.

The group described the pro­testers as being selfish and unfair to the governor who the group said has the interest of the people at heart. The group was reacting to a publication in one of the na­tional dailies (not Sunday Sun), which allegedly painted a nega­tive impression about the genuine intention of the governor to de­liver on his campaign promises to the people of the area.

The statement signed by the group’s President-General, Chief Nwoga C. Ozoemena, noted that there was no tension in Enugu over plan to demolish property and dismissed the publication as baseless, self-serving and a mischievous attempt being spon­sored by the affected landlords to smear the image of the pres­ent administration and distract it from its commitment to dualise the said road for overall interest of the people of the state espe­cially those who use the road on a daily basis.

He recalled that the bad condi­tion of the road has been a night­mare to the people of the area especially road users who often get stuck for several hours due to gridlock caused by heavy traf­fic of vehicles trying to meander through the narrow road, often worsened by potholes and ille­gal erection of shops and houses close to the road.

The group stated that the deci­sion of the state government to dualise the road and decongest it for socio-economic expansion and other inherent benefits was a welcome development and the best thing that has happened to people of the area in recent times, stressing that anybody who is thinking otherwise against this noble vision of Governor Ug­wuanyi, can only be described as an enemy of progress and should be treated as such.

“We appreciate the efforts of our governor to alleviate our suf­ferings through his noble vision and kind hearted spirit to dual­ise and decongest the intractable Nike Like road for our people and users of this busy road to en­joy easy access. We equally note the difficulties some of the own­ers of the affected property will encounter. We urge them to see this as a sacrifice they will have to make for the people to enjoy the dividends of democracy, rath­er than attempting to erroneously and mischievously paint the gov­ernor in bad light.”

 

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2015 Afro-Basket: Nigeria beats Senegal 88-79 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/2015-afro-basket-nigeria-beats-senegal-88-79/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/2015-afro-basket-nigeria-beats-senegal-88-79/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:28:08 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133071 Nigeria became the first team to reach the AfroBasket 2015 after an 88—79 overtime win over Senegal on Saturday in Rades, Tunisia. The win ends Senegal’s five-game winning streak in the tournament. Nigeria’s sharpshooter Chamberlain Oguchi made 8 of his 13 three-pointers to lead all scorers with 28 points, while Gorgui Dieng, who spent the [...]]]>

Nigeria became the first team to reach the AfroBasket 2015 after an 88—79 overtime win over Senegal on Saturday in Rades, Tunisia.

The win ends Senegal’s five-game winning streak in the tournament.

Nigeria’s sharpshooter Chamberlain Oguchi made 8 of his 13 three-pointers to lead all scorers with 28 points, while Gorgui Dieng, who spent the entire 45 minutes and was in foul limit, propelled Senegal with 20 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.

It was a balanced game with seven lead changes.

Nigeria’s nine-point lead in the second was short-lived as Ibrahima Thomas hit a three-pointer with three seconds to give Senegal a 37-35 half-time lead.

But when Nigeria entered the final minute of the regulation leading 76-73, Dieng thought they needed extra five minutes, making a three-pointer to tie the contest at 76-76.

Nigeria’s team rotation proved crucial as their bench came with a pivotal 21-point contribution.

With the result, Nigeria will reach the AfroBasket final for the first time since 2003.

Turning Point: Oguchi hit a three-pointer with 1:07 minute to give Nigeria a 82-76 to decide the contest.

Stats Don’t Lie: Oguchi’s three-pointers were detrimental for Senegal who attempted to reach the final of the tournament for the second time since 1997.

Game Hero: Nigeria’s Olaseni Lawal stepped on floor to do whatever it was needed to spark his country. By the end of the firs quarter Lawal led Nigeria with 11 points.

The Bottom Line: It was a balanced contest with Nigeria capitalising from Oguchi three-pointer’s accuracy, while Senegal struggled at both ends of the floor.

(FIBA)

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EFCC swoops on Ladoja’s lawmakers over alleged N1.5b theft http://sunnewsonline.com/new/efcc-swoops-on-ladojas-lawmakers-over-alleged-n1-5b-theft/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/efcc-swoops-on-ladojas-lawmakers-over-alleged-n1-5b-theft/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:31:10 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133045 FROM YINKA FABOWALE, IBADAN The 32 lawmakers that served in the troubled administration of former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, are to keep a date with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commis­sion (EFCC) any time soon as the anti-graft agency extends its probe of the alleged illegal diver­sion of the N1.5 billion proceeds [...]]]>

FROM YINKA FABOWALE, IBADAN

The 32 lawmakers that served in the troubled administration of former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, are to keep a date with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commis­sion (EFCC) any time soon as the anti-graft agency extends its probe of the alleged illegal diver­sion of the N1.5 billion proceeds from the sale of the state govern­ment’s shares in some blue-chip companies to members of the state House of Assembly.

Already, the speaker of the legis­lative assembly then, Hon. Adeolu Adeleke, had been asked to report to the EFCC office in Ikoyi, Lagos along with his other 31 colleagues.

This followed the visit of a team of EFCC operatives to Ibadan, the state capital last week to garner fresh evi­dence and track some government officials that allegedly benefitted or participated in the sharing of the loot.

The visit by the investigators from the Economy Governance Unit of the commission, Saturday Sun learnt, was prompted by new revelations by one of the suspects held for the scam which first blew open in 2008.

But, Adeleke is crying blue mur­der, alleging that the renewed inter­est in the case was politically moti­vated. He pointed accusing fingers at Governor Abiola Ajimobi as being behind the scheming in an alleged bid to embarrass him and scuttle the governorship election petition filed against him by Ladoja. The former Speaker is the Director General of the campaign organisation of Ladoja in the 2015 polls.

A suspect, one Wale Atanda, a former aide of Ladoja, who was al­legedly in charge of and disbursed much of the allegedly stolen funds, had in his confession, reportedly claimed that the 14 Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) Assembly mem­bers loyal to the governor during his impeachment ordeal were paid N1 million each for nine months after reinstatement, in addition to N20 million they each got as constitu­ency project allowances which were reportedly never executed.

Besides, they were said to have been bought brand new NISSAN cars by the governor.

The largess was seen as compen­sation to the pro-Ladoja lawmakers in appreciation of their support for him, as it was not extended to the governor’s opponents in the House.

Apart from this, Atanda, now on bail and being considered as key prosecution witness when the case goes on trial, according to sources, alleged that part of the stolen money (N78 million) also went into pay­ing for one of government houses (Quarters 361) in Agodi GRA, alleg­edly bought by a company, Bristrum Investment Ltd, in which Ladoja re­portedly had interest.

The former Chairman of the State Housing Corporation, who later served Ladoja as Executive Assistant in the twilight of the regime, sources said, also alleged that he paid some of the former governor’s family members including his wives mil­lions of naira on the instruction of his boss.

 

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Yudala to offer revolutionary online experience to shoppers http://sunnewsonline.com/new/yudala-to-offer-revolutionary-online-experience-to-shoppers/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/yudala-to-offer-revolutionary-online-experience-to-shoppers/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:30:11 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133042 Yudala, a  composite retail chain has assured shoppers of a revolutionary experience next week monday through its online shopping platform. The retail company had last month rolled out physical retail stores in various locations across the country, including  four outlets in Lagos: two experience stores and two smart stores . According to Yudala Online Co-ordinator, [...]]]>

Yudala, a  composite retail chain has assured shoppers of a revolutionary experience next week monday through its online shopping platform.

The retail company had last month rolled out physical retail stores in various locations across the country, including  four outlets in Lagos: two experience stores and two smart stores .
According to Yudala Online Co-ordinator, Mr. Nnamdi Ekeh, the online platform will be officially unveiled with  promotions and mega deals at exactly 12 noon on Monday August 31st. This is in addition to shoppers enjoying an unbeatable deal on select ICT and mobile devices everyday till the 5th of September.
“Nigerians are guaranteed a mind-blowing experience of online retail with the official launch of Yudala Online.  All you have to do is make sure you are logged on the Yudala website to stand a chance of enjoying this massive daily deal.
“Yudala Online is ushering in a revolution in customer experience and service. Very soon we shall be guaranteeing same day delivery nationwide,” he stated.
Ekeh also maintained that Yudala enjoys strong partnership and comparative advantage for products from major brands including HP, Apple, Lenovo, Tecno mobile, Innjoo, Infinix, X-Touch, Wiko Phones, Sony, Yezz, Dell, Philips, Itel, IBM, Microsoft, APC Schneider, Cisco, Canon and D-Link . Adding that  the company is expected to roll out additional product lines such as Consumer Lifestyle, Urbane Fashion, Food, Wines and Spirits, Healthy Living Products, Consumer Electronics and many more in segments soon.
“In line with the Yudala mantra, you are guaranteed peace of mind when you shop on our website. This is a state-of-the-art website with the full complement of security features which guarantees you a secure, safe shopping experience. Shoppers also get to enjoy All Risks Cover (except theft) on every product purchased from the website from Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc. Added to this is the fact that the Yudala Management will take responsibility for every product purchased from and delivered by us,” he disclosed.
Ekeh further disclosed that  more Yudala offline retail stores are being rolled out in various locations across the country. These include Abuja, Ibadan, Enugu, Warri, Asaba, Uyo, PH and Owerri.
Also speaking, Vice President, Yudala Offline Retail Stores, Mr. Stanley Uzoechina, notes that this is in line with the roadmap approved by the Board and Management of the company, with the target to reach 151 Stores by June 2017 and 512 Stores by June 2019.
“Every Nigerian will have an opportunity to be a part of the Yudala revolution as we have a road-map to reach the millions of unreached people in the hinterlands and rural areas. In no time, there will be a Yudala Store in virtually every local government council in the country. This is the Yudala offline store revolution road map as approved by Board and Management.”

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I was never arrested in London for money laundering –Amosun’s wife http://sunnewsonline.com/new/i-was-never-arrested-in-london-for-money-laundering-amosuns-wife/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/i-was-never-arrested-in-london-for-money-laundering-amosuns-wife/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:29:27 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133032 BY SEGUN OLATUNJI, ABEOKUTA Wife of Ogun State governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun yesterday cleared the air on the recent rumour on her purported arrest and detention in London over alleged laundering of about $300,000. Mrs. Amosun said it was not true that she was arrested or detained in London or any other part of the world [...]]]>

BY SEGUN OLATUNJI, ABEOKUTA

Wife of Ogun State governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun yesterday cleared the air on the recent rumour on her purported arrest and detention in London over alleged laundering of about $300,000.

Mrs. Amosun said it was not true that she was arrested or detained in London or any other part of the world for alleged money laundering offence or any other crime.

The governor’s wife stated that the ru­mour of her purported arrest making the rounds on the social media in recent times was a concoction and a figment of the imagi­nation of mischief makers and the authors of such rumour.

The Ogun State First Lady who made her first appearance in public since the rumour of her purported arrest for alleged money laun­dering in London went viral on the social media, debunked the claim while answering questions from newsmen in Abeokuta, the state capital, shortly after distributing free milk and other items to hundreds of expect­ant and lactating mothers at the State Hospi­tal in the Ijaiye area on behalf of the wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari who was the donor.

Mrs. Amosun stressed that she had never been involved in money laundering or any other crime and would never contemplate anything as such, adding that her husband, Governor Ibikunle Amosun remained a man of integrity who would not condone such things.

The governor’s wife said, “Well, I thank you for that and I’m glad that you called it a rumour. I never did anything of that na­ture. But as you can see me to the glory of God, it’s not my portion; it shall never be my portion and I believe that you know your Governor, His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, I’m sure you know he’ll never be involved in anything that is associated with money laundering or anything negative like that. So, as you said, it’s a rumour and it shall remain so. It didn’t happen, it hasn’t hap­pened and it shall not happen.”

Speaking further on the milk supplement donation by the wife of the president, Mrs. Amosun assured that Hajia Buhari remained committed to the breastfeeding of babies by nursing mothers.

According to her, “That can only come from a woman of passion and empathy who is in the person of the wife of our President, Hajia Aisha Muhammadu Bu­hari who has decided to send milk which is called Frisomum which is actually like a nutritional milk for mothers because she like breastfeeding babies, so she wouldn’t like to support the programme that would negate mothers breastfeeding their babies.

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I prefer to live my life in prison –Murder suspect http://sunnewsonline.com/new/i-prefer-to-live-my-life-in-prison-murder-suspect/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/i-prefer-to-live-my-life-in-prison-murder-suspect/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:29:14 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133038 “I am willing to go to prison because it appears that I am stable inside there. I know that I have committed a lot of atrocities but I am begging the families of my victims to forgive me because I want to make heaven” BY NGOZI UWUJARE Cross Rivers State Police command has arrested a [...]]]>

“I am willing to go to prison because it appears that I am stable inside there. I know that I have committed a lot of atrocities but I am begging the families of my victims to forgive me because I want to make heaven”

BY NGOZI UWUJARE

Cross Rivers State Police command has arrested a suspected serial killer, Cyril Ojang Etim, 25, who had been wanted by the police over series of unexplained deaths in the state.

He was picked by detectives attached to the state Criminal Investigation Department days after he alleg­edly beheaded one Ubong Asuquo who caught him steal­ing N4000 from his house at old Netim, Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State.

In the course of investigation, it was discovered that he was also responsible for the death of his ex-lover, Esther. He admitted to have killed her when he discovered that Esther, who was two months pregnant, had an abortion.

On his arrest, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Henry Fadairo told Saturday Sun that he had received sev­eral reports of the activities of Etim especially from rela­tives of victims that were either raped or murdered.

He explained that the manhunt was intensified when it was confirmed that the suspect beheaded his colleague, one Ubong Asuquo. “When the news of his arrest broke, several persons came forward alleging that he either raped or stole from them.”

Investigation also revealed that sometime in 2012, the suspect was caught trying to strangulate one of his vic­tims. Not aware that he had become a serial rapist and a killer, the community flogged and asked him to go home and sin no more.

“Also in 2013, he confessed to have killed his lover because she had an abortion. He was arrested then and charged to court. He was later released by a chief judge in 2014, when his name was submitted as those who ap­peared to have repented,” CP Fadairo said.

The police boss further said that unrepentant Etim con­tinued in his former trade of robbery. “On February 27, 2015, he visited the house of the late Asuquo and stole his N4000. Unfortunately for him, Asuquo caught him red handed and chased him with a cutlass. Both ended up in the bush and Etim over powered him, picked up the cut­lass and beheaded Asuquo. A passerby who witnessed the incident rushed to the nearest police station and reported the matter,” Fadairo added.

At the police station, Etim told Saturday Sun that he believes that he was under a spell. “I do not know what could be wrong with me. I normally recover my senses as soon as I have committed a crime. It all started in 2010 af­ter my 20th birthday. I discovered that my love for women increased. I do not have money but I wanted to have sex. If any woman tries to resist me, I will force her to have sex with me.

“I have been caught severally but because I have an innocent face, people will blame the women for seduc­ing me. Unfortunately, in 2013, my lover Esther told me that she was pregnant. I was already dreaming that I will become a father at a young age when she came back a week later and told me that she had an abortion. I was devastated and out of anger, beat her to death,” he said.

On realising his mistake, Etim handed himself over to the police. “I was arrested and charged to court. Honestly, I had repented from my sins and gave my life to Christ. I was well behaved, that is why the prison authority sub­mitted my name to the Chief Judge. She was the one who approved my release.

“When I was finally released in 2014, the devil took over my life again. I went back to the same crime. I was very broke and since I knew the late Asuquo, I decided to sneak into his house and get some money. The first time I stole N3000 and was not caught. I went back three days later and was about to collect the N4000 that I saw in one of his drawers when he saw me. He shouted and picked his cutlass. I ran as fast as I could but he came after me. I knew that he would kill me, that was why I fought back. I had no choice but to kill him. I never knew that someone saw us.

“I am willing to go to prison because it appears that I am stable inside there. I know that I have committed a lot of atrocities but I am begging the families of my vic­tims to forgive me because I want to make heaven”, Etim pleaded.

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Horse Distrupts Burial Procession http://sunnewsonline.com/new/horse-distrupts-burial-procession/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/horse-distrupts-burial-procession/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:02:24 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=132940 A beautiful and colourful procession of a burial ceremony turned gory when a horse leading an undertaker team to a church service in Molete Ibadan Oyo State capital lost bearing and hit a car, damaging its two doors and window glass. Eye witnesses told Radio Nigeria correspondent that the development led people in the area [...]]]>

A beautiful and colourful procession of a burial ceremony turned gory when a horse leading an undertaker team to a church service in Molete Ibadan Oyo State capital lost bearing and hit a car, damaging its two doors and window glass.

Eye witnesses told Radio Nigeria correspondent that the development led people in the area to run helter – skelter just as the horse rider struggled for control.

The horse rider, Waris Adio explained that the horse suddenly became aggressive and struggled to have his way before the accident occurred

Both the car driver, Mr. Mustapha Jimoh and a passenger Mrs. Foluke Adoroju who were apparently jittery has explained that the rider suddenly left his lane to face them.

It was however observed that the horse bleeding from the nose and chest area while the occupants of the card including four children had been taken to a hospital.

(RADIO NIGERIA)

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