Osei Owusu

Wicked Teenage Rapist Finally Gripped By The Law

Teenage Rapist

An Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday remanded in prison custody a 19-year-old rapist, John Julius, for alleged rape of a 35-year-old woman.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Bayo Ajiboye, had told the court that the accused allegedly committed the offence on July 12 at Efon Alaaye-Ekiti.

Ajiboye said that the accused unlawfully raped a 35-year-old woman on her way from the farm and inflicted injuries that led to her being hospitalised.

He said the offence contravened Section 358 of the Criminal Code, Cap C 16,Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

He told the court that he had forwarded a duplicate of the case file to the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), for legal advice.

No plea was taken.

Magistrate Modupe Afeniforo remanded the accused in prison custody, and adjourned the case till Aug.19 for further mention.


source: punchng

Why Cultists killed father, son in Benue


A suspected cult group on Thursday killed a father and his son in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

The Punch gathered that ASP Daniel Akogwu (retired) was killed alongside his son by a cult group.

It was alleged that one of Akogwu’s sons, who is now at large, is a member of the group.

It was further learnt that the suspected cultists at about 4am invaded residence of the deceased in search of the son.

A neighbour who simply identified himself as Mr Adah said that the cult group laid ambush around Akogwu’s apartment.

He said, “It was when the mother of the boy, a food seller, who usually came out early to prepare for her business, opened the door that she stormed into them and started shouting.

“The screaming attracted the deceased’s husband’s attention. He quickly took his cutlass behind his bed and ran out to find out why the wife was shouting. It was at that point that the cult boys opened fire and killed him instantly. They sighted the son and also shot at him and killed too.

Mr Adah said that the killers attempted to set the corpses and their home ablaze but the arrival of the police stopped them.

The police spokesman in the state, ASP Moses Yamu, confirmed the incident.

The PPRO said investigation to unravel the killers of the former police officer and his son was ongoing.

source: punchng

WOW! Elephant fights off 14 lionesses (Photos)

Elephant fights 14 Lionesses

An elephant in Zambia demonstrated his ability to keep a cool head under pressure when he escaped being made into a meal by 14 female lions.

The video, filmed by Jesse Nash on a tour with Normal Carr Safaris at the Chinzombo Safari Camp in Zambia, shows a group of 14 lionesses descending on a young elephant.

The elephant, keeping calm, swats at the lionesses with his trunk while making his way to a nearby body of water.

The pachyderm reaches the water, but only a handful of the predators decide to stay on shore while the more daring members of the pride give pursuit in the shallows — including one lioness riding piggy-back on the elephant’s rear.

The elephant flees further into the water, causing the lioness to jump off its back, but the big cats continue to stalk the elephant.

The video ends with the elephant, finally fed up, charging the lionesses and causing him to flee.

The safari tour group said the elephant survived the encounter and earned the nickname Hercules.

source: UPI

HIV-infected man paid to have sex with 100 children arrested

Malawian Girls

Malawi police have arrested an HIV-infected man who was paid to have sex with more than 100 adolescent girls as part of a traditional ritual marking their passage to womanhood, officials said Tuesday.

Eric Aniva, from the southern district of Nsanje, was held after giving a media interview confessing to have slept with the girls for a fee of between four and seven dollars, paid by each of their families.

The little-known local practice lasts three days and is performed in southern Malawi by men known as “hyenas” at the request of a girl’s parents after her first menstruation.

The ritual is believed to train girls to become good wives and to protect them from disease or misfortune that could fall on their families or their village.

“Aniva was arrested on Monday after he was summoned to my office,” district commissioner Gift Lapozo told AFP.

In a BBC interview broadcast last week, Aniva confessed to being infected with HIV and sleeping with at least 100 girls without using protection.

“Some girls are just 12 or 13 years old, but I prefer them older,” he said.

“All these girls find pleasure in having me as their hyena. They actually are proud and tell other people that this man is a real man, he knows how to please a woman.”

It was unclear over how many years Aniva had been a “hyena”.

Malawian President Peter Mutharika had earlier issued a statement ordering Aniva’s arrest and calling for an inquiry into the role of the parents involved.

Aniva should “be investigated for exposing the young girls to contracting HIV and further be charged accordingly,” Mutharika added.

“Harmful cultural and traditional practices cannot be accepted.”

The sexual cleansing ritual is also performed on bereaved widows in Nsanje district to exorcise villages of evil spirits or to prevent another death occurring.

Aniva, who has two wives and was reported to be in his 40s, said a “hyena” was selected by the community based on good morals and that custom did not allow him to use condoms.

“There was nothing else I could have done,” one girl told the BBC.

“I had to do it for the sake of my parents. If I’d refused, my family members could be attacked with diseases — even death — so I was scared.”

Malawi, which has one of the highest HIV infections in the world, criminalises sex with a person under the age of 16.

If found guilty of underage sex, Aniva could be imprisoned for life.

 Source: Punchng

Soldiers, Police Battle Militants In Lagos

Members of the police are locked in a gun battle with militants in Igando, a suburb of Lagos.

It was gathered that the militants stormed the area around 4am, looting shops and shooting into the air.

The ongoing shootout, which has left three policemen injured, has caused residents of Igando, especially those around Ikejobi Avenue, Ewedogbon Bus Stop to flee their homes or hide indoors.

Two Rapid Response Squad armoured tanks are involved in the gun battle with more than 200 residents on the road with security operatives.

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Deserted Ikejobi Avenue, Ewedogbon bus stop, Igando due to the militants shootout
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Displaced residents hanging by the roadside awaiting police presence

Buhari inaugurates Abuja-Kaduna rail project

Buhari Inaugurates Abuja-Kaduna Rails

President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the Abuja-Kaduna commercial train operation.

After series of postponements, the President on Tuesday flagged off the commencement of full commercial operations of the rail project.

The modernisation phase of the project commenced with the signing of the contract for the construction of Abuja (Idu) to Kaduna (Rigasa) rail line in 2009.

Buhari said the new rail line would significantly enhance and provide affordable and safe movement of passengers and freight between the Federal Capital Territory and Kaduna State.

He noted that the train operation would also serve as a major catalyst for industrialisation and generation of employment.

Senior government officials were at the inauguration.

Source: Punchng

Nigeria to lose N131.13bn to Qua Iboe shut-in

Qua Iboe Terminal
EXXONMOBIL the operators of Qua Iboe terminal, which is expected to remain shut in for another month, will see Nigeria losing more than N131.13 billion.
The projections for the Qua Iboe, is pegged at N2.79 billion daily, with a stable crude oil stream and exports usually more than 300,000 barrels per day.
According to a source at the company, the pipeline feeding the Qua Iboe export terminal, the exports of Qua Iboe grade of crude oil, will remain under force majeure for at least one month.
The company had last week denied claim linking attacks by the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, but the Avengers had stated that it bombed the company’s 48-inch Qua Iboe crude oil export pipeline on July 11. But 24 hours after the claim by the militants, the company’s spokesperson, Todd Spitler, debunked the claim, saying “there was no attack on our facilities.” However, a source told Reuters this week that the pipeline lost pressure while loading a cargo of crude oil and that the company subsequently discovered a leak on the underwater pipeline.
According to the source, the repairs would be more extensive than initially thought and would not begin this week, stressing that the force majeure is likely to remain in place for a minimum of one month. Two of Nigeria’s largest fields are presently under force majeure, with Shell-operated Forcados crude oil exports halted since the militant group attacked its subsea pipeline in February.
While ExxonMobil said at the time it declared force majeure that the terminal was operating, traders said the company had not yet released a revised loading schedule for July crude exports, an ominous sign for those hoping to purchase or sell the oil.
According to Reuters vessel tracking, the last ship to load crude at the Qua Iboe terminal was the Ottoman Nobility on July 9. Typically, a vessel would load a million-barrel lot of Qua every three to four days, and exports of 250,000 bpd aboard eight vessels were scheduled for July.
Three other ships scheduled to load Qua were near the terminal, one since July 12. Though ExxonMobil said the force majeure was unrelated to any militant activity, the scale of the damage has raised questions among traders.
Source: NAIJA247

Cost of Corruption in Nigeria

Cost of Corruption

It is no longer news that corruption has increased astronomically in recent years in Nigeria. A skeletal scan through the pages of several newspapers now depict cases of persons fraudulently diverting public funds, former public holders standing trials in different courts for one case of economic crime or the other. Some suspected persons are allegedly said to be returning part of the looted funds back to the coffers on the government. Assuming, this is true, I’d give kudos to the government for the laudable efforts, which is also giving a signal to the international community that it isn’t business as usual anymore.

As someone who thinks most times in monetary terms, I think returning a looted fund is not enough. What happens to the humongous interest foregone on such amount? We are no longer in the stone age where monies were buried in the ground for safe keeping. These monies would have been kept in a bank, either foreign or local. Some suspected persons may even use those funds to acquire properties and later decide to crystallize it to cash when they notice the heat is getting too much. It seems no one is talking about that aspect. This can also be likened to a businessman who borrows money from a bank but decides to pay only the principal thereby leaving the interest element unpaid. This then brings us to the issue of the cost of corruption to Nigeria as a country

The cost of corruption on the Nigerian economy is now unknowingly at a staggering height. This is because of the stance of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration on the war against corruption. There is no tangible compensation for the social and infrastructural damage done to economy by this criminal act. Not to mention the inestimable costs such as the loss of lives due to accidents on our bad roads and poor health system delivery, just to mention a few, which funds were initially embarked to cater for. Since it would be high impracticable to ascribe a definite figure to the total cost of corruption, it is however necessary to call our consciousness to some of the cost elements involved in the fight against corruption.

An important element is law enforcement which encompasses the cost of maintaining the Nigerian police, its support staff, cost of training and development, equipment, buildings and so on. The cost of effectively operating court system which involves the judges, court reporters, clerks and other workers should also be taken into consideration. This cost may even go up as some pressure groups , opinion leaders and legal practitioners are clamouring for special courts for corruption related cases.

The world is now a global village; there is the need for more investments in technology and other sophisticated methods of tracking and investigating corrupt practices. Since no one is an island of knowledge, it is highly imperative to also increase the capacity and capability of the staffs of the enforcement agencies such as the EFCC and ICPC. They should be sent on more exchange programmes and refresher courses. This will allow and aid some forms of cross fertilisation of knowledge amongst them and their counterparts in other climes. We can’t afford to operate in isolation if we want to be ahead and apprehend corrupt persons who are constantly researching on how to get their activities unnoticed, uncovered and earthed for life.

There’s also the need to invest financial resources on the sensitization of the general public on the negative effects of corruption and how it has plagued the fortune and development for our great nation. Cost of billboard, radio and TV jingles should also be factored. In line with the Ghanaian byword, “Catch them young, and they shall be yours forever”. Monies should also be spent on recruiting school instructors who will lecture kids on why being incorruptible is desirable. The local communities shouldn’t be left behind. All these lofty initiatives will cost a huge amount of money.

Finally, I call this the incarceration cost which consists of monies to house, train, and feed, supervise and provide medical care for inmates after those charged for corruption have been successfully sentenced to jail. In as much as we want our looted funds recovered, it would be a thing of joy to see them turn a new leaf and live a life of integrity. It is of no benefit to Nigeria to see inmates die in prison due to lack of proper care.

With the pace at which the government is moving, I hope all these costs will be taken into consideration. The war against is not insurmountable, we will surely win it.

God bless Nigeria.

Adeniyi Bamgboye focuses on accounting, audit, tax and business advisory. He trained with EY. He holds a MBA in financial management. He is a member of Association of Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN)

Nigeria’s economic diversification can’t be realised within fours years – Okonjo-Iweala

Economic Diversification

Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance, says Africans are lazy in the way we talk about diversification — a project that can’t be realised within fours years.

The senior adviser of Lazard, who also dubs as Gavi board chair, said it took Dubai over 30 years to attain true diversification, drawing lessons for Africa.

“We need to look at the area of diversification. We ask ourselves, all the time, we talk about diversification, but I think we are a little bit lazy in the way we talk about it,” she said in an interview with Africa CEO forum.

“Diversification cannot happen over four years. Look at Dubai; it took Dubai more than three decades. Now all of us are rushing there to go and do business, to go for medical check up, to go and enjoy ourselves.

“They didn’t do this overnight, they began to think about it years ago, and it took them three decades. So African countries must get serious and say now, what are the logistics? What is the infrastructure?

“What do we need and how do we concretely start one sector at a time to diversify so that we can have an economy that is less dependent.”

She highlighted the need for African countries to go beyond talking to specialising and improving on industrialisation.

“The next question is industrialisation and trade. How do we attract more manufacturing into our countries and also specialise in our trade. The trade among us is so little, anywhere from 12 to 16 percent, has not been growing much over the years.

“We are all producing the same thing, so quite apart from the logistical problems that confront trade,  we have to ask ourselves, are we going to sell each other the same trade? The answer is no.

“Our trade will never grow as long as we don’t specialise among ourselves, and that means that some of us have to get into manufacturing, we have to industrialise more, so that we can send different goods to different countries. These are areas where we need to do deep thinking, not just talking.”


27.5m Nigerian businesses evade tax, says FG

Nigerian Businesses
In its bid to increase the nation’s revenue base, the Federal Government Monday said 10 million new taxpayers, especially in the informal sector of the economy, would be brought‎ into the tax net.
The Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Dr Babatunde Fowler, who disclosed this at the 135th meeting of the Joint Tax Board (JTB) held in Abeokuta, also said no fewer than 27.5 million small scale business owners in the country are currently not paying tax.
He made the disclosure just as Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State called for an urgent‎ review of the sharing formula of revenues accruing to the Federation Account through non-oil taxes, including Value Added Tax (VAT).
The meeting with the theme: “Presumptive tax regime for informal sector: A leeway to grow IGR,” had in attendance chairmen of Boards of Internal Revenue Service from the 36 states of the federation.
‎Fowler, who led the JTB management team on a courtesy visit to the governor, said ‎the Federal Government is committed to widening the tax net and maximise the potential of non-oil sector towards improving revenue generation.
According to him, 37.5million small scale business owners are in Nigeria but only 10 million out of the figure were currently on the FIRS tax net.

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