2019: Suit seeking Buhari’s disqualification filed

A Nigerian man, Itsede Kingsley, has asked the Federal High Court in Lagos to disqualify President Muhammadu Buhari from the 2019 presidential election, for failing to present his academic credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Buhari, who is the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), did not submit his credentials to INEC just like in 2015, claiming the documents are in the custody of the Nigerian Army.

In the originating summons, Itsede is asking the court to declare that an affidavit President Buhari attached to his form instead of his certificates were null and void.

He prayed that the court to order INEC to bar the president from contesting in 2019.

No date has been fixed for the commencement of hearing of the case with number FHC/U18/1765/18.

Nigerian Breweries to pay N4.8bn interim dividend

The board of directors of Nigerian Breweries Plc. has recommended an interim dividend of N4.8 billion to its shareholders.

The total dividend translates to 60 kobo per ordinary share of 50 kobo for the period ended September 30, 2018.

In a statement by the company on Monday, the interim dividend, which is subject to the deduction of withholding tax, is payable on Monday, December 10, 2018 to all shareholders registered in the company’s books at the close of business on Thursday, November 22, 2018.

An analysis of the firm’s unaudited and provisional results for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2018, shows that Nigerian Breweries recorded 11 percent drop in sales, indicating a decline in patronage.

Its profit before tax loss was N5.09 billion between July and September this year, while it paid N5.90 billion in the third quarter of 2018 on excise duty expenses up from N4.50 billion in the corresponding period in 2017.

Nigerian Breweries kept a positive profit of N14.76 billion for the nine-month period ended September 2018, this is about 38.4 percent drop from N23.98 billion recorded in the corresponding period in 2017.

Results from operating activities stood at N27.7 billion during the first nine months of the year, representing 34.4 percent decline from N42.3 billion recorded in the same period last year

Despite the positive record for the first nine months, it recorded a loss of N3.66 billion in the third quarter of this year.

The weaker results undermined investors’ sentiment, leading to the depreciation of the stock of Nigerian Breweries on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday, just as it lost 57 basis points to close at N87.50 per share.

Reacting to the results, the Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, Uaboi Agbebaku, explained that the new excise duty on alcoholic beverages and tobacco products introduced in June and the consequent effect of it, adversely impacted the third quarter results.

According to Agbebaku, the company undertook a rightsizing exercise which resulted in a substantial one- off cost during the quarter

50 Cent trolls Ja Rule by purchasing 200 tickets to his concert so that the seats would stay empty (See Photos)

50 Cent has taken his pettiness to whole new level after he bought 200 tickets to his rival ,Ja Rule‘s concert so that the seats would be empty.

“People think I’m mean so go see this. $15 bucks wait what I do now LOL,” he wrote as an Instagram caption alongside a photo of the tickets being sold on Groupon

The New York-rapper also added another comment where he revealed that he bought 200 seats to Ja Rules’ show. “I just bought 200 seats in the front so they can be empty. LOL,” he wrote.

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 50 Cent trolls Ja Rule by purchasing 200 tickets to his concert so that the seats would stay empty (See Photos) 50 Cent trolls Ja Rule by purchasing 200 tickets to his concert so that the seats would stay empty (See Photos) 50 Cent trolls Ja Rule by purchasing 200 tickets to his concert so that the seats would stay empty (See Photos)

2019: We have faith in INEC— APC

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed faith in the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free, fair and credible elections.

Niyi Adebayo, APC acting deputy national chairman (South), stated this on Monday in Abuja when he received a 2019 election delegation of the European Union (EU) to Nigeria. The delegation was led by Nicolay Paus.

Adebayo, who said the APC was ready for the forthcoming elections, added that it was also confident of the ability of the judiciary to resolve disputes that may arise from the process.

He thanked the European Union for their long-standing interest and development support for Nigeria’s electioneering process.

Earlier, the EU delegation leader said the team had met with other election stakeholders in Nigeria, including INEC, political parties and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mr Paus said the delegation had also met with the civil society organisations and some international organisations working on electoral support.

He added that the meeting was to recommend whether the EU would deploy election observers to monitor the 2019 general elections.

“The purpose is really to collect as much information as possible to recommend whether to deploy an observer mission for the 2019 elections. This decision will be taken in Brussels,” Mr Paus said.

He recalled that in 2015, the EU mission was in Nigeria ahead of the general elections and remained in the country weeks after the elections to monitor the situation.

Mr Paus added that the mission also had a number of long-term observers who also followed the Nigerian electoral process.

According to him, other members of the delegation were the Head of Politics, EU Delegation in Nigeria, Olivier Huot, Policy Officer, Jose-Antonio Torres-Lacasa; Election Analyst, Hannah Roberts and Political Adviser, Osaro Odemwingie.

WAEC CERTIFICATE: Don’t waste your time, Presidency tells PDP

The Presidency on Monday night admonished the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to waste time dragging President Muhammadu Buhari to court over his academic qualifications, saying if the records of his West African School Certificate (WASC) and other higher qualifications he obtained.

According to the Presidency, the alleged plan by PDP, to drag the President to court is a mere waste of time, adding that the certificate issue has become an old story.

The Presidency stated this in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in Abuja.

He said: “We have read that the failed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is going to court to challenge the President’s West African School Certificate (WASC).

“This is a waste of time because we have the record of this and of higher qualifications obtained by hard work and truly merited by Mr President.

“This certificate story is an old one. As Femi Adesina stated clearly, it is a settled issue in the courts. To approach the court to pursue a matter long settled by the temple of justice is an abuse of the judicial system. It is shameful, disgusting and disgraceful.

According to Shehu, the planned court case would amount to nothing.

“It is clear to all at this time that the PDP, facing an imminent humiliating defeat wants to sow division and chaos by seeking the destruction of the institutional structures that support our young democracy.

“They are attacking the courts and the police, they are molesting INEC commissioners. They are theatrical in spreading falsehoods against persons including the President.

“By doing these, they assume that they can take away attention from the discussions on issues gaining momentum in the country; the issue of internal security which has been jeopardized by years of near-zero investment under 16 years of the PDP; the provision of long-delayed infrastructure which the President is pioneering; corruption to which the PDP is incurably tied and the sustenance of the prevailing good days in the economy, a business-friendly government working day and night, creating more jobs and affordable life for the poor.

“This election isn’t about the settled issues of certification.

“No matter how honeyed their sweet words, don’t believe them.

“Their evil record can never be washed away. The PDP set a record of murdering opponents of government and corruption on a scale never seen anywhere before.

“They put the national security at stake by diverting huge budgetary allocations to service their greed. Don’t believe their honeyed promises”, the statement said.

Nnamdi Kanu: How I Was Smuggled Out Of Nigeria​

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In the interview, Kanu alleged that 28 persons were killed during the army operation, which was largely felt around his father’s residence in Umuahia, Abia State.

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has revealed how he escaped during the military clamp down on the group.

In an interview with Israeli TV Channel 1, Kanu said he was “smuggled out” of the country with the help of relatives.

IPOB was the target of a Nigerian Army operation code-named Operation Python Dance, launched in the South East.

While the group was banned, Kanu went out of public glare until two weeks ago, when a video of him in Israel resurfaced on social media.

In the interview, Kanu alleged that 28 persons were killed during the army operation, which was largely felt around his father’s residence in Umuahia, Abia State.

He said: “When I came out (of prison), I continued to preach to my people and continued to practise my Jewish religion.

“And, one day, the Nigerian army came to my house to kill me. They killed 28 people in their attempt to kill me.

“My people evacuated me before they came to my bedroom. They took me away and smuggled me out of Nigeria.

“I needed some time to recover, which I did and, then, had to make my way to Israel.”

The IPOB leader added that he feels “relieved” that he “managed to make it” to Israel, “the only place I feel safe in the world.”

APC is home of confusion, Ita Giwa says as she returns to PDP

Former presidential aide, Senator Florence Ita Giwa has said the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC is the home of confusion.

The former member of upper chamber of the National Assembly, stated this just she dumped the party she joined barely a year ago to return to her former party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Ita Giwa, in a statement on Thursday, said that in her over three decades in politics, she has not seen the kind of confusion she met in APC.

This, she said is “in spite of the kind of forthright President the party produced in 2015 in the person of Mohammadu Buhari and an intelligent Vice President but recent activities in the APC is nothing but complete confusion.

“I cannot understand why out of sheer negligence the party will not be able to present candidates for elections in several key states nationwide.

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“I cannot understand how any party will have in its ranks popular and trusted leaders who can muster tremendous goodwill for the party and yet treats them with disdain”.

According to her, the party is factionalised beginning from the ward to the national level, which she said shows how incapable it is to organise itself and get ready to win an election.

For this, Ita Giwa said she would prefer to swim or sink with her original home, the PDP.

“The experience of the supposed recent direct primaries was also a taste of sour experience where factional interests simply allocated figures and manipulated same as votes after shutting out other aspirants in the race”

Mama Bakassi, as she is fondly called, said the fictionalisation affected her ward and local government area where the party is grappling with the problem of proper resettlement of the people, adding that there are divisions in the party which shows it can never make headway or win the PDP.

She called on her supporters to join her as she returns to the PDP and ensure victory for the party at all levels.

”Stop de-marketing Rivers State” – Governor Wike tells Prominent Rivers indigenes

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on prominent Rivers indigenes and Nigerians to stop de-marketing the state.

Speaking during the commissioning of the Port Harcourt International Airport Terminal on Thursday by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Rivers State Governor said that it is in the best interest of the entire South-South region for investments to flow into Rivers State.

“I urge all of us who are from Rivers State and others from Nigeria to market Rivers State and not de-market it. With this people will come and invest in the state. Other airlines will also operate from this airport ” he said

Governor Wike said that Rivers State is safe and secure for investments, hence the execution of key projects without hitches.

He said: “What has happened today showcases the fact that Rivers State is safe, Rivers State is secure for people to invest.

“If Rivers State is not safe , CCECC will not complete this project”.

The governor stated that the people of Rivers State and the Niger Delta are happy with the completion of the Port Harcourt International Airport Terminal.

“What you are doing today will boost Rivers economy and create investment opportunities “, he said.

He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to complete the domestic terminal of the Port Harcourt International Airport in line with his pledge.

Governor Wike approved the construction of the five kilometres transit road into the International Airport Terminal vicinity.

Commissioning the Port Harcourt International Airport Terminal, President Muhammadu Buhari said that it represents a significant landmark for international air travellers, particularly those from Rivers State.

President Buhari said that since the 1970s and early 1980s, not much was done to increase passenger handling capacity of the nation’s airports.

He commended the people of the South-South and other airport users for their cooperation while the project lasted.

Earlier, Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika said that the project which was initiated five years ago, is is seeing the light of the day under the Buhari administration.

He said that seven million passengers will be processed annually at the Port Harcourt International Airport Terminal, a figure which he noted is 15 times higher than the air-passenger traffic capacity of Ghana

The Minister of State for Aviation said that the Buhari administration inherited the project at about 30percent completion stage.

According to the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) brochure for the commissioning exercise: “The New Port Harcourt Airport Terminal building is built by CCECC Nigeria Ltd. The contract sum of the project is 111, 168, 752, 55 USD; 85 percent of the contract sum came from Export-Import Bank of China as a concessional loan, while 15 percent of the amount came as counterpart funding from the government of Nigeria. The contract was signed on December 3rd, 2012 , but large scale construction commenced on March 1, 2014”.

 

Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte sacks all top customs officials for failing to intercept drugs

Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday fired the head of the Bureau of Customs and ordered all top bureau officials be replaced after the agency failed to intercept more than a ton of drugs.

 

Duterte has made a bloody fight against drugs the centerpiece of his administration since he won a presidential election in 2016. Thousands of people have been killed in the crackdown. Duterte said Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena was being removed from his post and all his deputies and top officials would be transferred.

 

“The commissioners are out, the department heads are out,” Duterte said during a speech at a ceremony commemorating the founding of the coastguard. He said he was appointing retired army general to take over the bureau and soldiers and members of the coastguard would help him.

 

Duterte said Lapena would be reassigned to a government training agency. Lapena, who was at the ceremony, expressed surprise by his transfer and commented briefly to reporters to express his thanks to Duterte for his new posting. He was not available for comment later.

 

Lapena, a retired police general, has been under pressure since customs authorities failed to detect a shipment estimated at more than a ton of meth amphetamines being smuggled into the country in July.

 

Drug enforcement agents later found traces of the drugs in the containers in which they were smuggled, but the drugs were gone. Duterte did not however refer to the case. The previous head of the customs bureau was removed after a huge amount of drugs were smuggled into the country in May 2017.

Why we deployed troops to Presidential Villa, N’Assembly, courts— Army

The Nigerian Army has explained the reason for its deployment of troops troops to the Three Arms Zone area of the Federal Capital Territory, where the National Assembly Complex, Presidential Villa as well as law courts are located.

The army said it was to prevent an invasion by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

Thursday saw a surge in the number of soldiers in the area.

In a statement, HT Tagwai, assistant director of army public relations, said contrary to reports that the army “were trying to take over the national assembly”, the troops were deployed to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

“The report that soldiers were trying to take over the National Assembly is false and misleading,” Tagwai said adding that troops are usually deployed within Abuja “on receipt of any intelligence report of mischievous elements that may want to cause mayhem.”

He said it was learnt that IMN members better known as Shiites were planning to invade the area, in protest of the continued detention of Ibrahim Elzakzaky, their leader.

The statement further read: “As part of the routine responsibilities of the Brigade,troops were deployed at the Three Arm Zone of the Federal Capital Territory based on an intelligence report of an invasion by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (aka Shiite) to force their way into the Zone. Hence, Troops were deployed to forestall any breach of peace and security.

“The Brigade wishes to state that media platforms should verify their stories before publication to avoid misleading the general public.

“The Nigerian Army is a professional organisation that conducts its operations with international best practices.”