Friday, 1 July 2016

Chelsea transfer news: Alexandre Pato, Radamel Falcao and Marco Amelia leave the club

Radamel Falcao

Chelsea have this morning confirmed that Alexandre Pato,Radamel Falcao and Marco Amelia have left the club.
Falcao arrived on a season-long loan from AS Monaco after failing to win himself a contract at Manchester United following a similar arrangement the season before, and spent much of time on the sidelines at Stamford Bridge.
The Colombian striker returns to the Ligue 1 side having made just 11 appearances for the Blues, scoring once, in the Premier League clash with Crystal Palace last August. 
Pato, meanwhile, arrived last January in another short-term move as Chelsea attempted to inject life into their faltering campaign.
Chelsea contributed £30,000-a-week to his wages, but the former AC Milan forward struggled to make an impact at the Bridge to the extent that, as reported by Standard Sport in March, the club were considering terminating the deal early. The Brazilian returns to parent club Corinthians.
He made two appearances, scoring once, during his spell with the club.
Goalkeeper Amelia, signed as back-up to Thibaut Courtois, has been released having signed as a free agent. 

Lawyer Withdraws Suit Seeking Buhari’s Disqualification For Lack Of Certificate, His Life Allegedly Threatened

Legal practitioner, Mr. Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe, has filed a notice at the Federal High Court in Abuja to discontinue the suit he instituted seeking the disqualification of President Muhammadu Buhari for lack of certificate.
Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe had alleged that Buhari was not qualified to aspire for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because he did not sit for the Cambridge West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1961 as he claimed.
The notice of discontinuance dated June 27 and obtained reads: “Take note that the plaintiff in this originating summons, Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe, hereby discontinues this action.”
Checks revealed that following the withdrawal of the suit from court, the trial judge, Justice Ademola Adeniyi will today sit and accordingly strike out the case.
Though Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe did not give any reason for withdrawing the case from court, It was gathered that it might not be unconnected with alleged threats to his life and members of his family.
In an interview last month, Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe had alleged that there were some subtle threats on him to withdraw the case from court.
He had said: Of course, I am concerned and my family and friends are too; I am not naïve and some subtle threats have already been made. For now it is small comfort that if anything happens to me, even if disguised as an accident or anything, Nigerians will know exactly who is responsible.
“In any case, it was Professor Wole Soyinka, I think, who once said in one of his books that ‘The Man Dies in Him Who Keeps Quiet in The Face of Tyranny’ or something of the sort. Speaking of which, I am amazed at the conspiracy of silence by Nigerians. It is astounding is it not, that in the light of this very apparent rape of our constitution, laws, indeed the very essence of our democracy, all of our civil society advocates and activists have gone deaf and dumb in the face of tyranny.
“All those voluble persons (and I don’t want to name them; they know themselves and Nigerians know them too), who pretend they are activists or keepers of the moral conscience of the nation astonishingly can’t see or appreciate what is happening. This country really misses Chief Gani Fawehinmi; he was the only fearless, credible, true and genuine conscience of the nation, not the pretenders we have today; all the others only make noise when it suits them and their interests but look the other way once they are compromised. None of us today, can tie Gani’s shoe-laces.”
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FIRS shuts Atlas Petroleum over $1.5m tax debt, unseals Costain W/Africa Ltd

                                                                     Babatunde Fowler
An enforcement team of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Thursday, shut the headquarters of Atlas Petroleum International Limited over the company’s tax liabilities totaling $1,519,166.44.
On arrival at the office, located at 1 Chris Madudike Drive, Lekki, Lagos, the FIRS enforcement team, led by Mrs. Ruth Mandeun, met only one employee of the company. The employee desperately pleaded with the team to allow him get in touch with the General Manager of the company, but his pleas were rejected.
Although the General Manager arrived to similarly plead as the company’s main entrance was about being sealed, his plea also met with rejection. The team leader advised that he should visit the Ikoyi office of the FIRS to resolve the matter, explaining that the company was informed on Monday that it should pay a substantial part of its tax liabilities by Wednesday or risk being shut down.
Also on Thursday, FIRS officials, led by Anita Erinne, visited companies it sealed on Wednesday. Out of the companies sealed by the team on Wednesday, only Costain West Africa, located at 174, Funsho Williams Avenue, Lagos, was unsealed at 1pm on Thursday. The management of the company informed the FIRS team that it had paid part of the sum owed in taxes.
Erinne said she was aware that the company had paid and ordered its gates unlocked. She, however, explained that she would confirm the exact sum paid by the company.

Abia Crisis: Chief Judge goes ‘missing’ as Ikpeazu declares Friday, Monday public holidays

The absence of the Abia Chief Judge, Justice Theresa Uzoukwu, has stalled the expected inauguration of Dr. Samson Ogah as the new governor of the state.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier on Thursday, issued Ogah a Certificate of Return, thus withdrawing the one that earlier by Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu and paved the way for the swearing in of Ogah.

The action by INEC was in obedience to an Abuja Federal High Court judgment ordering Ikpeazu to immediately vacate office.

In his ruling, Justice Okon Abang had on Monday made a consequential order Ikpeazu vacates vacates his office‎ as Abia Governor based on the discovery Ikpeazu did not pay his tax for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013, as at when due when he was a public officer.

However, the inauguration could not take place because it was learnt that the state chief judge, who was supposed to have performed the function, was nowhere to be found.

Meanwhile, Ikpeazu has obtained an ex parte injunction issued by Justice C. H. Ahuchaogu of the state High Court, Osisioma, restraining the chief judge from swearing in Ogah.

Ikpeazu, had in a statement he signed, insisted that he remains the governor of the state, appealing to the people of the state to remain calm.

Based on this, Ikpeazu has declared Friday and Monday next week as public holidays in honour of the former Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, a prominent Abia son, who died in Abuja on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ogah, who arrived at Umuahia from Abuja at about 5.45 p.m, headed straight to the office of the State Director of Security Service (DSS) in Umuahia, where he held a closed-door marathon meeting with the State Director, Mr Korede Kamoju.

The meeting lasted until about 8.10 p.m.

Ogah left the DSS in a long motorcade but could not be reached by the jpurnalists, who had waited throughout the period of the meeting for his comments on the unfolding political development in the state.

An Umuahia-based legal practictioner and political analyst told NAN on condition of anonymity that Ikpeazu ceased to be the governor with the issuance of the Certificate of Return to Ogah by INEC.

He said that a chief judge from one of the neighbpuring states in the South-East could be engaged to swear in Ogah, citing the case of Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers as an instance.

Observers believe that the declaration of Friday and Monday as public holiday was done to further stall the inauguration of the new governor. (NAN)

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Court sacks Modu Sheriff as PDP chairman

An Abuja High Court has declared as “null and void” the process that produced a former Borno State governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, as chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The judge, Valentine Ashi, faulted the amended PDP Constitution in 2014, which led to the emergence of Mr. Sheriff as the party’s chairman, after the resignation of former Bauchi State governor, Adamu Muazu.
The amendment had zoned the office of the national chairman of the party to the North-East.
In his ruling on Wednesday, Mr. Ashi said the amendment was a violation of the Electoral Act and described the actions of the PDP leaders who partook in the amendment as illegal.
Mr. Sheriff has been locked in a battle with Ahmed Makarfi, a former governor of Kaduna State, for the chairmanship position of the party.
Mr. Makarfi was appointed chairman of a caretaker committee, backed by state governors and national lawmakers.
Mr. Sheriff had won more support in recent days, and had rejected Edo State governorship election primaries conducted by the Makarfi-faction.

INEC fixes rerun date for Rivers, Imo, others

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will fix the date for ‎suspended rerun elections in Rivers, Imo, Kogi and Kano States this Thursday.
Already, the commission has begun consultations with critical stakeholders, including leaders of political parties and security agencies, and has meeting in Abuja Thursday where the actual date for the rerun elections will be fixed.
The rerun elections, which were ordered by the court, were later suspended by INEC following outbreak of violence.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, in his remark at the opening of second quarterly meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) ‎in Abuja on Wednesday, assured that the rerun elections in the four states would be conducted before July 31.
Yakubu told the RECs: “There are a number of issues to be discussed, though this is a regular meeting, notably, the preparations for the forthcoming elections, the conclusion of rerun in Rivers, Kano, Imo and Kogi states.
“We have started the processes of consultation to determine the date for the conclusion of the rerun elections in the four states that I have mentioned not later than July 31. We have met with political parties and security agencies.
“Today, it is the turn of Resident Electoral Commissioners RECs and thereafter tomorrow (Thursday), we shall have the national stakeholders forum involving political parties, candidates involved in the elections, the security agencies, Resident Electoral Commissioners, the Civil Society Organizations and the media, to fix a date for the exercise.
“Secondly, we are also going to discuss preparations for the forthcoming end of tenure governorship elections in Edo on September 10 and Ondo on November 26.‎”

BREAKING: Ex-Chief of Air Staff, Amosu, arraigned; granted N500 million bail

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned a former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu, before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
Mr. Amosu, a retired Air Marshal, was arraigned alongside Jacob Adigun, an Air Vice Marshal, and Gbadebo Olugbenga, an Air Commodore on a 26-count of stealing about N50 billion.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
The judge granted them bail in the sum of N500 million each.
Details later….