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EFCC arraigns ex-Minister Akinjide for N650m fraud

 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, June 22, 2017, arraigned a former Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jumoke Akinjide and one Olanrewaju Otiti before Justice J.O Abdul-Malik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State on an amended 12-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N650 million.

While Akinjide and Otiti are facing trial on counts one to 12 of the amended charge, the third accused person, Senator Ayo Ademola Adeseun, who failed to appear in court today, is facing trial on counts one to 24.
The accused allegedly received the money from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke in the build- up to the 2015 general election.
The money was part of the $115m allegedly disbursed by Alison-Madueke to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.
During today’s proceedings, Bolaji Ayorinde, SAN, counsel to the first defendant, Akinjide; Michael F. Lana, counsel for the second defendant, as well as Adeniyi Ishola, counsel for the third defendant, filed four applications asking the court to strike out of the charges against the first defendant, while also challenging the validity of the amended charge brought by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo.
Counsels to the first and second defendants told the court that there was no charge before the court, arguing that there was no application by the prosecution counsel, stating and informing parties on the amendment of the originated charge brought against their clients.
Ayorinde told the court that the amended charge brought by the prosecution did not have a "seal" of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA.
He, therefore, prayed the court not to take the pleas of the defendants.
However, Oyedepo objected to the applications, saying that the amended charge before the court was duly filed and served on the defendants.
In a short ruling, Justice Abdul- Malik held that the original charge be substituted with the amended charge and ordered the first and third defendants to take their pleas.
Not satisfied, the two defence counsels withdrew their appearances for the defendants and angrily walked out of the court.
One of the charges reads: "That you, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke (still at large), Oloye Jumoke Akinjide, Senator Ayo Ademola Adeseun and Chief Olarenwaju Otiti on or about the 26th day of March, 2015, in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired amongst yourselves to directly take possession of the N650, 000, 000.00 (Six Hundred and Fifty Million Naira) which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act".
Another charge reads:
“That you, Oloye Jumoke Akinjide, Senator Ayo Ademola Adeseun and Chief Olanrewaju Otiti on or about the 26th day of March, 2015 in Nigeria, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire amongst yourselves to commit an offence, to wit: making cash payment of the sum of N650, 000, 000. 00 (Six Hundred and Fifty Million Naira) which sum exceeded the amount authorized by Law without going through financial institution and you thereby committed an offence.”
However, when the charges were read to them, they pleaded not guilty.
Counsel to the State informed the court that the first and third defendants had initiated a plea bargain discussion with the prosecution and asked for a short adjournment to enable the parties to perfect the negotiation.
We have entered a plea bargain before today's proceedings and we intend to consider their applications as regards the agreement of the plea bargain.
“ I pray the court for a short date to perfect the arrangement of the plea bargain and in the likely event where their applications are not granted, I humbly ask for a trial date," Oyedepo said.
He also pleaded with the court to remand the first and third defendants in the EFCC custody.
Counsel to the third defendant, Otiti, filed and served an application for bail and urged the court to grant his client bail on self-recognizance.
Justice Abdul-Malik adjourned the matter to September 12, 2017, for hearing on the substantive matter and to July 6, 2017, for ruling on the bail application.


Fathers Day: Femi Adesina Cruises with pilot son

Special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina has expressed happiness over his joint celebration with his son, adding that it was his first time of being flown from Lagos to Abuja by his son. Oluwatobi Adesina, son of Femi Adesina and an Arik pilot was spotted by newsmen on Monday via his fathers Facebook account cruising  with his father to celebrate Fathers Day in arrears adesina-son Oluwatobi Adesina with Femi Adesina With the  caption in Femi Adesina’s facebook account ‘FATHER AND SON IN THE COCKPIT’  Mr Adesina opined” On Monday, June 19, 2017, a day after Fathers Day, “I had the privilege of being flown for the first time from Lagos to Abuja by my son, Oluwatobi Adesina, who is a pilot with Arik Airline. It was truly an extension of Fathers Day, as I had the privilege of sitting in the cockpit. “Did I see anything as the Boeing 737 cruised through the azure sky? Not the foggiest thing. The wonders of our God, and of technology. To Him be all the glory”. Do share your memories of what you did with your fathers on fathers Day !


20 injured as plane from Paris hits turbulence in China

The incident happened when Flight MU744 from Charles de Gaulle Airport was descending to land at Kunming Changshui International Airport in Yunnan province, Xinhua news agency reported.

At least 20 people were injured, four of them seriously, when a China Eastern Airlines flight from Paris hit turbulence on Sunday over southwest China, state media said.The incident happened when Flight MU744 from Charles de Gaulle Airport was descending to land at Kunming Changshui International Airport in Yunnan province, Xinhua news agency reported. Passengers are being treated for bone fractures, scalp lacerations and soft tissue injuries caused by falling baggage or collisions with overhead lockers, it cited local hospitals as saying.
The nationalities of the injured passengers are unclear. China Eastern Airlines said on its official microblog account that the company has arranged medical services, without providing other details. “(We) remind all passengers, for your safety, please fasten safety belts,” the post added. The airline did not respond to questions from AFP. The plane landed around 9 am (0100 GMT) on Sunday, an hour later than scheduled, according to Xinhua.


Girl is murdered by her female cousin over a man

 A 22-year-old woman from New Orleans is dead after she was murdered and it turns out her cousin is the person responsible for her death. Brittany Seymour and the suspect Dannisha Green are blood cousins but they became embroiled in a long-simmering feud because of Brittany's ex-boyfriend.

Brittany’s sister, Bria Seymour,  said she had gone to a club with the deceased, unaware that their cousin will be there. At about 1 a.m. on Thursday, Brittany, her sister and her friend left the club but outside, an argument broke out between Brittany and Daniisha.The ladies were surrounded by Dannisha's friends and onlookers. All of a sudden, Dannisha stabbed Brittany.
“We were getting ready to leave and somehow those two got to each other and started fighting,” Bria Seymour said to Nola.com. “And in the midst of it my sister was stabbed two times.”
The cousin, Dannisha Green will be charged with murder.


Happy father embraces adopted son after he graduated

  The relationship between a father and his son can be quite difficult to develop and maintain. Fathers and sons do not always relate to one another, especially if they have different interests. Sometimes the male tendency to not communicate about feelings kicks in and prevents a relationship from developing further. Tyler’s biological dad died in a grisly motorbike accident - Chris, who he now calls father, picked him up and took him to school - Now he has graduated and is set to join college on full scholarship - Everyone is proud of him, including his teachers, and here is why Tyler was a freshman when his real father reportedly passed away in a fatal motorbike crash. The news devastated him. He never knew he would ever finish school thereafter. But he was wrong. His new father, Chris, picked him up and made sure that his education was taken care of. He has now graduated from high school and even received full scholarship to college. Nobody saw this day coming, except Chris, who strongly believed in Tyler’s abilities. “I knew you were going to make it. I am very proud of you! The journey has just started and the future looks great,” Chris told Tyler as the two emotionally embrace each other. Chris strongly believed in Tyler’s abilities. pixn He took him up when his real father died A touching photo of the two embracing each other was shared on social media by one Desiree Pete, Chris’ sister-in-law and everyone immediately fell in love with it. Kimberly Harris-Little commented: “This is so special. As your principal, I am so proud. Now you are ready to face the world young man    


US appeals court upholds block on Trump travel ban

A US appeals court on Monday left in place a block on President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting citizens from six Muslim majority nations — the latest in a string of judicial blows for the controversial measure. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

A US appeals court on Monday upheld a decision to block President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban targeting citizens from six Muslim majority nations — the latest in a string of stinging judicial blows for the Republican billionaire. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit kept in place a lower court injunction on the ban, arguing the president had overstepped his authority and his executive order discriminated against travelers based on their nationality. The matter was already headed for the Supreme Court, as another federal appeals court had already ruled against the Republican president, and the Justice Department had asked the high court to hear the case.
But the Ninth Circuit ruling certainly was another setback for Trump in his quest to see the measure put into effect. “Immigration, even for the president, is not a one-person show,” the three justices — all appointed by former president Bill Clinton — said in their unanimous ruling. “The president, in issuing the executive order, exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress.” The judges said the government had failed to prove “any link between an individual’s nationality and their propensity to commit terrorism,” and cited a June 5 tweet by Trump to back their argument. “Indeed, the president recently confirmed his assessment that it is the ‘countries’ that are inherently dangerous, rather than the 180 million individual nationals of those countries who are barred from entry under the president’s ‘travel ban,'” the judges wrote. “National security is not a ‘talismanic incantation’ that, once invoked, can support any and all exercise of executive power,” they added. The judges ruled against Trump on both the effort to bar from US entry travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days, and on the clause suspending the refugee program for 120 days. That went one step farther than the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which only upheld the part of the measure naming the specific countries. The judges did appear to back the administration in saying that the government was within its rights to review existing vetting procedures for travelers from the six countries concerned. Douglas Chin, the attorney general for Hawaii, one of the states challenging the executive order, said the ruling was a clear message to the administration that it was not above the law. “I stated from the beginning that the president must act in a way that follows the laws and constitution of the United States,” Chin said in a statement. “Our system of checks and balances, enshrined in the Constitution for more than 225 years, remains in place.” The ruling came just ahead of a deadline for states challenging the travel ban to submit briefs to the Supreme Court in response to the Trump administration’s request that the nine justices hear the case. The US Justice Department filed an emergency application to the Supreme Court on June 1, urging it to undo the Fourth Circuit’s ruling. Trump issued an initial travel ban by executive order in January, but that measure — which banned entry to nationals from seven countries for 90 days and suspended the nation’s refugee program for 120 days — was quickly halted by the courts. A revised executive order announced in March — meant to address the issues raised by the federal judges — deleted Iraq from the list and removed an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees. This is the measure affected by the Ninth Circuit ruling. The Trump administration argues the measures are needed to ward off terror attacks in the country, but critics say the ban is discriminatory and violates the US constitution by specifically targeting Muslim-majority countries.
The Justice Department declined to comment on the latest ruling. In refusing to reinstate the travel ban, the Ninth judges said there was no evidence presented by the Trump administration to back the measure — and pointed to a government report to support their decision. The Department of Homeland Security report — issued just after Trump’s first executive order — concluded that citizenship of any given country “is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity” and that citizens from the countries targeted by Trump’s ban are “rarely implicated in US-based terrorism.” Jessica Levinson, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said Monday’s ruling was yet another signal that Trump’s executive order was on weak legal footing. “At this point, it’s surprising if a court rules in favor of the travel ban,” Levinson told AFP. She said she did not expect the Supreme Court to consider the case before the fall, making it difficult for the administration to defend its argument that the travel ban was urgently needed. “The longer it goes on, in a way the worse it is for the Trump administration because they claimed they needed this right away for national security,” she said. “It’s harder to argue that time is of the essence when so much time goes by.”


Cristiano Ronaldo’s surrogate twins finally arrive 

Cristiano Ronaldo has received his surrogate twins, a boy and a girl - The Real Madrid man is yet to announce them despite arriving on Thirsday - Ronaldo already has a surrogate son, Ronaldo Jr, known as Cristianinho . The Portuguese is currently dating Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly become the father of surrogate twins, a boy and a girl called Eva and Mateo who were born on Thursday according to Portuguese TV channel SIC. Ronaldo who is already the father of Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, known as Cristianinho, is now six will soon announce their existence. ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo with his six-year-old child The footballer or his agents have yet to make an official announcement but Portuguese TV channel SIC said the children have been born and delivered. Leading Portuguese daily Correio da Manha said the twins, like Ctistianinho was born through a surrogate mother. R It was  gathered that the surrogate mother lives on the west coast of the USA. Cristiano Ronaldo recently led Real Madrid to the Champions league title Portuguese TV channel SIC said: “Mateo and Eva, those are the names of Cristiano Ronaldo’s twins. “Cristiano Ronaldo became a father again on Thursday. “The boy and girl were born to a surrogate mum. It’s a secret that Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t yet revealed to the rest of the world.” The TV station did not initially say where it believed the children were at the moment and revealed there were no pictures yet of the babies.


How To Know Someone Doesn’t Like You As Much As You Think

When it comes to judging the future of a relationship or friendship, it can help to know the signs someone doesnt like you. Being able to pick up on these subtle and sometimes weird signals can not only save you a ton of time, but a ton of heartbreak as well. Take friendships, for example. When meeting new people, most of us put our best selves forward. We are all smiley and nice and welcoming, because we're grown adults and that's the right thing to do. It's also polite, and there's nothing wrong with that. But it does make things ridiculously confusing when it comes to figuring out if someone actually likes you. Should you keep hanging out? If you find yourself asking similar questions, then read on for weird ways to know if someone doesn't like you as much as you might think.

  1. They Have Closed Body Language
Body language is super cool, in that it totally gives people's thoughts away, ifyou know where to look. Positive body language, which is very open — relaxed arms, good eye contact, genuine smiles, etc. Negative body language often looks the exact opposite, and could be a sign that someone doesn't like you. Look for someone with crossed arms who leans away, or hides behind something (like their bag). But be careful. Its important to pay attention to several cues as a single one can be misleading. tumblr_oeud902Gva1smk873o1_1280
  1. Their Smile Seems Forced
Keep an eye out for fake versus real smiles, which are pretty easy to spot.
  1. They Don't Mirror Your Body Language
When someone likes you, they will mirror your body language. For example, if you are kickin' back in a chair, they might do the same thing.
  1. They Have Non existent Eye Contact
Just like body language, eye contact is another big revealer of a true friend versus one who's not worth your time. "There is more mutual eye contacts than others, and a looker's frank gaze is widely interpreted as positive regard.
  1. They Are Short With You
If a relationship is going somewhere good, then the person will be super excited to talk to you. You'll both chat freely about your days, your thoughts, your feelings. But if someone doesn't like you, after telling a story about your weekend, all they say is "That's cool." When you ask them how their's was, they'll coolly say, "Fine." You get the idea.
  1. They Don't Get All Touchy Feely
Whether you're on a date or simply out with a friend, you should take notice of how much physical contact goes on. That's because touching is used in a variety of ways: symbolize commitment, initiate physical intimacy, or provide emotional comfort, according to an article on eHarmony. If nothing like that is going on, it could be a bad sign. Because nobody has time for relationships that aren't worth it. If you suspect someone doesn't like you as much as you thought, don't lose sleep over it. Simply move on to some better, more interesting people who are more worthy of your time. Simple as that.  

Whao! Two men raped by seven women in Zimbabwe

Police in Zimbabwe says two men were sexually assaulted after they were offered lifts by seven women in two separate incidents in Harare.
The first victim was held up with a gun, forced into the bush, raped and then drugged while the other was knocked out by a drink and abused while unconscious.
Police are now investigating rape case and have also urged members of the public to be vigilant when they are picked up by women.
The Herald reported that Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said one of the two recent victims, aged 37, was picked up in Harare on May 27 by a car containing one man and two women.
A woman who came aboard at the same time, the policeman said, pointed what seemed to be a pistol at the man after the driver had taken the car on a detour.
Chief Supt Nyathi said the woman force-marched the man into the bush, adding that: 'One of the females forced the complainant to have sexual intercourse with him without his consent while another female accused forced the complainant to drink an unknown liquid which left the complainant unconscious.'
The other man also boarded a car in Harare, this one containing five unknown people, before being offered a drink by a woman which knocked him unconscious.
Chief Supt Nyathi said: 'When the complainant gained consciousness he discovered that he had been abused.'
Last year police were on the lookout for four women alleged to have sexually abused a 29-year-old man after offering him a lift in the Zimbabwean capital.
In 2015, another man also aged 29  was allegedly raped at gunpoint after being given a ride from Magunje Growth Point.


Nigerian girl emerges best graduating student in Ukraine

Miss Oyeleye Lateefah Abiola graduated as the best student in Ukraine - She was one of the 87 students sent by Osun state government to the National University of Kharkiv to study medicine - Osun state will be sending a delegation to attend her graduation coming up soon Miss Oyeleye Lateefah Abiola has emerged as the overall best graduating student at the National University of Kharkiv in Ukraine where she studied Medicine. According to Premium Times, Miss Abiola was one of the 87 students sponsored by the Osun state government and topped her 2017 class with a percentage score of 95.6% in a class that had 564 students. GYYY Semiu Okanlawon who is the director of the Bureau of Communication and Strategy in a statement explained that the deputy governor of the state, Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, will lead a delegation from the state to attend the graduation ceremony on June 30. The director explained that Miss Abiola was one of the 98 students who were supposed to study medicine at Osun State University but the National University Commission scraped the course due to the non-availability of a teaching hospital. "This was a source of concern to the Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. This unfortunate development compelled the governor to seek for options to rescue the students from abrupt truncation of their dreams to become medical doctors. “In the course of looking for solutions, the National University of Kharkiv, Ukraine came into focus. By 2012, arrangements were concluded to send the students to Ukraine where they resumed their studies,” Okanlawon explained. He said the rest of the students who did not go to Ukraine already had option secured for them by their parents. He said the government had to wade off criticism against the decision to send the students to Ukraine to complete their medical studies.