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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

MFM players, officials dejected after late capitulation in Nnewi

Players and officials of Lagos-based side Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) FC broke down on the final whistle once they conceded a past due intention in opposition to FC Ifeanyiubah in their Matchday 22 conflict at the Ifeanyiubah Stadium in Nnewi on Sunday.
The Church Boys had produced an brilliant defensive show, especially in the second 1/2 to rebuff all advances by means of their determined hosts to get a purpose in the stumble upon. The decisive second, however, came from sheer willpower and perseverance of striker Uche Onuoha who created a intention out of not anything inside the 93rd minute to inflict a deflating zero-1 loss on the organised traffic.

Head educate of MFM FC Edmund Oladinmu, similar to other contributors of his crew reduce a broken discern after the sport however controlled to place words collectively to www.Npfl.Ng. “It’s a unhappy day for me,” he muttered. “It is a in shape otherwise we shouldn’t have misplaced if you can comprise them for up to 92, 93 minutes. It became just a careless mistake from one of our defenders that allowed the ball to go into the internet. I’m disappointed.” While players, fanatics and officials of the home group FC Ifeanyiubah (understandably) celebrated like a team that have received the World Cup; MFM FC’s reaction was nice seen for the duration of the abrogated FIFA Golden Goal technology. 

Defender Adeyinka Najeem – who had a stable day trip till the very last moments when he pulled out of the tackle on Onuoha, leading to the goal – wept uncontrollably for over ten minutes after the very last whistle with teammates consoling him. Oladinmu would later say that it's miles a part of life and they should move on. “We simply should console them (the gamers). It has passed off. “The in shape is won and lost and we just ought to move and put together for the subsequent fit. And we’ll let them recognize it's far over. The fit is over so neglect it and put together for the next one. That’s it.”

To placed things in proper attitude, MFM FC dropped four locations at the league desk after Sunday’s loss and are simply two points above the feared relegation area. The worry of relegation is the beginning of wisdom to enthusiasts of the team and despite the fact that Oladinmu believes his side will continue to exist, he says their next recreation, at home to Rangers is a ought to-win one. “We in reality will survive. We still have some of fits to play. The maximum critical component now's for us to move domestic, prepare thoroughly and win our home healthy. “To us, the sport in opposition to Rangers is a must-win in shape. If we really need to live inside the league, it’s a have to win match. We simply have to win the in shape come what may also,” concluded Oladinmu. MFM FC are fifteenth on the log with 27 factors from 22 suits,  points and two locations above Nasarawa United who occupy the last relegation spot.
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National Assembly panel walks out NIMASA crew from public listening to

The National Assembly joint committee that is investigating sports of overseas vessel owners within the u . S . On Tuesday walked out the representatives of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency from a public listening to.
The panel threatened to sanction its Director-General,  Dakuku Peterside, if he did not honour the rescheduled assembly with the aid of performing in character.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Local Contents,  Senator Teslim Folarin,  and his colleague inside the House of Representatives, Legor Idagbo, lamented the choice of Peterside to shun the invitation regardless of several reminders.

The Joint National Assembly Committee on Local Content,  Petroleum Downstream, and Legislative Compliance are currently investigating the breach of Nigerian legal guidelines by using overseas vessel proprietors in the coastal place of the u . S . A ..

Reacting to the refusal of the NIMASA boss to honour the listening to, Folarin puzzled why Peterside, who picked Tuesday as the maximum convenient time to honour the lawmakers’ invitation, having failed to honour preceding appointments, must determine to send representatives.

The chief of the NIMASA team became not allowed to introduce himself before he become asked to give an explanation for his project and on what capacity he changed into acting before the panel.

Having established that Peterside would now not be bodily gift to reply questions from the panel members,  Folarin walked the enterprise’s individuals out.

Folarin said, “It could be very unfortunate that men inside the role of authority might flagrantly shun the invitation of the Senate. I spoke with Peterside about this event. He was alleged to come 3 weeks ago however he didn’t come.

“We rescheduled this event due to him. I known as him and requested him to choose a date and he picked these days, most effective for him to write the Clerk 3 days in the past that the Senate Committee changed into coming to see him.

“This is an investigative listening to which supersedes another engagement. We won’t sit right here and be losing our time. We will supply him one more hazard,  simply one threat. If he did not honour the next invitation,  we realize what to do.”

Also, Idagbo, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Local Content,  even as corroborating the position of Folarin,  berated the behaviour of the NIMASA boss.

He said, “I think we have to feel embarrassment about ourselves as Nigerians. A scenario wherein invites are sent out and all we get are excuses. I’m conscious that Senator Folarin had a communique with the DG of NIMASA and he picked this date.

“The DG went thru his calendar and picked this date handiest for him to ship representatives to us nowadays. This committee’s invitation were given first before that of the House but he selected to ignore us.

“What the DG of NIMASA ought to have carried out is to provide an explanation for to the House Committee that he already had an invitation to an investigative hearing from this joint committee. He should even honour our invitation and nonetheless meet up along with his appointment with the House committee.

“We can not hold like this as a rustic. We sit down on the consolation of our offices and stay largely. We replica what occurs in different international locations yet we fail to do what they do there. We fail to admire constituted authority.

“You human beings (NIMASA) must feel embarrassment about yourselves. How do we move ahead as a country if we preserve like this? What engagement is more crucial than this sort of investigative listening to.  This sort of attitude is unacceptable.”
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Monday, December 16, 2019

Aba marketplace ladies reject more than one taxes by way of government

EZIUKWU market girls in Aba have rejected more than one taxation imposed on them with the aid of Abia State government which they said they can't pay and still be able to cater for his or her households. The investors had ultimate week protested at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in Aba, accusing the country Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Mr Cosmos Ndukwe of allegedly masterminding the imposition of more than one taxation against the buyers in the marketplace. 
Speaking to reporters, the investors appealed to Governor Okezie lkpeazu to apply his humanitarian disposition to shop the investors from the financial burden allegedly imposed on them by the commissioner. One of the ladies, Mrs Beatrice James, a dealer in Zone 26 of the marketplace, stated the market’s stewards have been making lifestyles hard for them by means of enforcing heavy payments on them  thru the yr.

She said: “We pay for environmental sanitation (N2,500 , twice  a 12 months); gutter fee (N2000); critical security (N2,500); Bakassi safety outfit (N2000); fire extinguisher (N2,500); proposed corridor production(N2000);  and tax (N3,six hundred). “They  collect a couple of taxes from us. We pay for fireplace extinguisher without  getting the extinguishers. We pay a total of N5,500, but our stores are damaged into and our goods stolen after market hours. “But this year, they stated that we need to be paying N18, 000 however we stated it's miles too much and requested for a reduction to allow us pay but they  refused. So, we told them that we can not pay such quantity and we went to court.” She noted that last week , they went to the market most effective to find that government marketers have locked their shops because of the N18,000 which induced them to talk. Another dealer, Mrs Chinenye Uchenna, said: 

“We pay for safety in four locations: vital protection (N2,500), zonal safety (N2000), Bakassi (N1000), and Supporting Security (N500). “For sanitation, they divided it into three: environmental price (N1000), sanitation fee (N2000) and gutter rate (N500) and infrastructure levy (N2000). “They came this year to call for that we pay N18,000 consolidated sales, which we're  protesting.” Efforts to reach the state’s Trade and Investment Commissioner, Mr Cosmos Ndukwe and the Board of Internal Revenue Chairman, Mr Celestine Agbara, failed as they did now not pick their calls or answered to textual content messages sent them.
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Friday, July 19, 2019

Loute, Abia hand Rangers critical win in opposition to Adamawa United

Rangers International recorded a morale-boosting 2-0 league win over tough-preventing Adamawa United on the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.

Goals from Isaac Loute and Israel Abia within the 45th and 61st minutes of the NPFL Matchday 22 tie lifted the Flying Antelopes faraway from the relegation on a weekend all the teams within the drop region were all overwhelmed of their respective encounters. Team News Rangers started the sport with handiest eight of the group that was crushed by Nasarawa United 2-1 in Lafia on Wednesday with Japhet Opubo, Isiaka Oladuntoye and Ifeanyi Nweke deemed not accurate sufficient in a tactical line up whilst Nana Bonsu, Uche John and Tope Olusesi took their places in that order. Adamawa United with nothing to lose based totally at the pedigree of their opponents also modified three players out of those that commenced their 2-1 home win over FC Ifeanyiubah in Gombe final weekend.
Victor Philemon turned into best right sufficient for the bench even as Bulus Pwadadi become desired ahead of him on the goalpost even as Lulan Javan (injury) and Tunde Adams (injury) have their positions taken by using Mbai Aminu and Yusuf Abdullahi. Coach Ibrahim Bariki also tweaked his formation to deal with each Haruna Sule and Mohammed Jiya inside the beginning lineup this time period in contrast to in the game with the Anambra Warriors where Sule commenced he turned into changed by using Jiya within the 2nd half of. FIRST HALF Rangers commenced the sport as if they were worn-out from their exhaustive journey to Lafia and that they placed nearly every foot wrong in the starting 10 minutes in which they conceded ball possessions to the basement side from Yola on severa events. It became Adamawa United that made the real strive on intention within the 0.33 minute while Yusuf Abdullahi dribbled a few Rangers gamers but his cross for a probable shot on purpose was scampered to protection by way of Uche John and they had some other uncommon strive

 inside the 9th thru Haruna Sule but he become fouled with the aid of Franklin Anthony. Rangers did have their first threat in the fifth minute via a great bypass that became initiated by way of the skipper of the side, Tope Olusesi to Ugochukwu Ugwuoke on the proper flank but his move to Ibrahim Olawoyin become nicely-examine through Adamawa United defender, Amos James who cleared the ball out of threat. There became an tense moment inside the thirty sixth minute whilst Rangers’ Ifeanyi George and Eneji Otekpa of Adamawa United collided in the latter’s critical place and each gamers were later stretchered out and replaced some mins later. 

The deadlock turned into eventually broken within the 2nd minute of the extra time when Isaac Loute netted from a properly-taken free-kick which despatched the in moderation capacity crowd into a frenzy. SECOND HALF Knowing that they were most effective lucky to be a intention up at halftime, Rangers came into the second one 1/2 some distance better than they performed the primary half and they had series of chances to place the sport beyond the attain of Adamawa United. In the 50th minute, Abia nearly doubled the lead through his low header at close range however goalkeeper, Bulus Pwadadi who had a top notch recreation for Adamawa United dived complete period to parry the ball out for a nook kick. But he became unable to prevent the second one purpose eleven minutes later from the penalty spot while Abia changed into upended within the vital area through Jibrin Abubakar at the same time as he became intention-certain. The former Sunshine Stars’ striker netted the spot-kick for his tenth aim of the season. The Flying Antelopes dictated the tempo of the sport thereafter and could have scored as a minimum 3 extra goals had they no longer been denied with the aid of the best reflex saves of Adamawa United goalie, Pwadadi and the body of the publish.

What does this suggest? It denotes that Rangers have moved farther faraway from the relegation zone with the home win. They are actually 14th at the league desk with 27 points from 20 games and are still with  exceptional games however the defeat supposed that Adamawa United still prod the bottom the of the league table with 20 factors from 22 video games. What next? Rangers will journey to Lagos as guests of MFM subsequent weekend at the same time as Adamawa United will welcome Warri Wolves to the Pantami Stadium, Gombe within the subsequent league furnishings. 

Teams Rangers: Nana Bonsu, Tope Olusesi, Isaac Loute, Christian Madu, Uche John, Franklin Anthony, Ugochukwu Ugwuoke(Kenechukwu Agu 65’), Israel Abia (Nnamdi Egbujuo 76’), Ifeanyi George (Chinonso Eziekwe forty three’), Tony Shimaga, Ibrahim Olawoyin Unused Subs: Japhet Opubo, Isiaka Oladuntoye, Chiamaka Madu, Osas Okoro Goals: Isaac Loute 45+2, Israel Abia 61’ (Rangers) Adamawa United: Bulus Pwadadi, Mbai Aminu, Amos James, Mohammed Jiya, Jibrin Abubakar, Dumama Abutu, Haruna Sule, Yusuf Abdullahi, Agbanyi Vershina (Felix Kenan 77’), Eneji Otekpa (Eka Enegbe forty two’), Idris Abubakar (Adam Yakubu eighty’) Unused Subs: Victor Philemon, Nanushi Daniel, Yahaya Ismaila, Hussaini Hamza Yellow Cards: Jibrin Abubakar 60’, Yusuf Abdullahi 82’ (Adamawa United) Man of the Match: Bulus Pwadadi (Adamawa United)
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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Supreme Court hears Ihedioha’s judgment assessment application, to rule nowadays

The Supreme Court in Abuja has heard the software for evaluate of its January 14, 2020, judgment which removed Emeka Ihedioha as Imo State Governor and declared Hope Uzodinma because the valid winner of the last governorship election inside the nation.
A seven-guy panel of the apex court docket led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, stated the courtroom’s ruling on the software filed by Ihedioha might be added at 3pm on Tuesday, The PUNCH reports.

The CJN led the panel whilst the court in its judgment added on January 14, 2020, sacked Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party as the governor and declared Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress as the authentic winner of March nine, 2020, governorship election in Imo State.

Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, who delivered the lead judgment, declared Uzodinma as the winner of the election after restoring the results of the ballot  allegedly excluded from the final consequences, which gave Ihedioha victory.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

EFCC arraigns oil marketer, company for N349m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Monday, arraigned an oil marketer, Ngozi Okoye, before the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja for alleged N349m fraud.
Okoye became charged alongside her company, Menoil Oil and Gas Limited, on two counts of acquiring goods via false pretences and stealing.

The anti-graft organisation alleged that the defendant, through her corporation, obtained two million litres of Automotive Gas Oil really worth N275m from the Director of Enegas Power Limited, Frank Karkitie, at the pretext that she would pay for the product after its sale.

According to the EFCC prosecutor, T. J. Banjo, the defendant sometime in 2013 also stole the sum of N74m belonging to Karkitie.

The offences had been stated to be opposite to sections 278 (1),(b), 278(2)(f) and 285 (1) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State No.11 of 2011 and Section 1(1)(a) and (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No.14 of 2006.

The defendants pleaded no longer guilty to the prices.

Following her plea, Banjo entreated the court docket to remand Okoye in a correctional facility, even as her recommend, Olaide Adedapo, knowledgeable the courtroom of a pending bail utility dated February 27, 2020.

However, the prosecutor told the court docket that he wished time to reply to the bail software.

The presiding judge, Justice Mojisola Dada, ordered the remand of the defendant in a correctional facility pending the listening to of the bail utility and adjourned the case until March five, 2020, for the hearing of the bail utility and June 1, 2020, for trial.

The fees study in component, “That you, Ngozi Philomena Okoye and Menoil Oil and Gas Limited, sometime in 2013 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, received two million litres of AGO worth N275,000,000 from Frank Karkitie, the Director of Enegas Power Limited, by using falsely representing to Frank Karkitie that the product could be paid for upon its sale, which you knew to be fake.”
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Sunday, March 3, 2019

TCN Engineers Keep N1.040bn for FG from Ilashe Substation Assignment

The in-house-engineers deployed by way of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, to address the installation of Ilashe Island transmission substation challenge in Lagos State have saved N1.040 billion for the Federal Government in the route of the challenge execution. Vanguard learnt that the mission, a 132kV substation on the island, which was to value the Company a total sum of N1.2 billion, turned into built through the TCN engineers  at a complete fees of N160 million, thereby saving N1.040 billion.
It turned into amassed similarly that contractor who meant to address the undertaking with the settlement sum of N1.2 billion however worried by the outrageous quantity, the control of the TCN, headed by the Managing Director, Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed determined to contain the enterprise’s engineers.

Recall that because inception of the present administration beneath Gur Mohammed in February 2017, the company has engaged the offerings of its engineers, who had been hitherto, laying idle to undertake and finished several jobs for the business enterprise. “In truth, they've performed pretty lots and most of the over sixty eight transformers that have been installed, they did most of them”, stated a employer supply. 

Confirming the development, the General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Mrs. Ndidi Mba, while applauding the competence of the employer’s engineers stated they have installed and energised over eight transformers due to the fact the beginning of this year. She said “They have set up 9 transformers in Kaduna Stake”, including, “If you examine the fee of transformer installations, we've got installed 68 transformers, and they are the ones doing them. “Since the existing management of Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed came in, February 2017, they've accomplished quite lots and most of the over sixty eight transformers that have been installed, they did maximum of them.

 “Just only a few have been set up by using contractors. And they have been concerned in plenty engineering works at the substations.  Usually, we settlement the ones things to contractors. Now, most of them have been completed by means of our engineers and they were pretty powerful. “Our engineers have of recent passed through a whole lot of schooling and they have being trained in specific regions. Some of them have been educated on SCADA, others in communications. They have being consistent schooling; a number of them are educated by National Power Training Institute of Nigeria, NAPTIN. Not just training but to satisfy particular education and that has more suitable their potential and they have been very powerful. 

She stated the value of transformer installation has dropped notably which include different engineering upkeep of our device. According to her, “For example, the Ilashe Island transmission substation in Lagos State, the contractor that was supposed to address the mission quoted N1.2 billion as fee of the p assignment,  but whilst we study this, it looks outrageous and we concerned TCN in residence engineers and that they completed the whole substation project with about N160 million.” She brought in 2020, the TCN will retain to push our engineers to steadfastly implement TREP and give them huge training to enable the agency fix its challenges with confined recourse to 1/3 events.
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