Chelsea claimed superiority over Manchester United in the English Premier League (EPL) on Sunday as Alvaro Morata scored his first goal since September to enable “the Blues” beat “the Red Devils” by a lone goal. Morata cleverly nodded the ball into the net in the 55th minute to register his eighth goal for the club for Chelsea’s third consecutive league win. David de Gea kept out further efforts from Morata and Eden Hazard as Chelsea looked to add to their lead. Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford blew away several goal scoring chances before substitute Marouane Fellaini’s close-range strike was saved by Thibaut Courtois. The loss now placed Man-U eight points behind leaders Manchester City, who beat Arsenal 3-1 earlier in the day. Chelsea remained on the fourth place after the win, while Tottenham Hotspurs ran away with a lone goal victory over Crystal Palace to occupy the third place. Liverpool are now fifth on the log after Saturday’s 4-1 bashing of West Ham United. Arsenal occupy the sixth place. Elsewhere, Everton came from 2-0 to beat Watford 3-2 to earn their first win in five matches. Watford threw away the chance of winning the day after they blew a two-goal lead and Tom Cleverley missed an injury-time penalty for the visitors.
The Parents/Teachers Association (PTA) of the Federal Government Girls’ College, Benin, Edo State, has dragged the Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to a Federal High Court in Benin, over alleged anomalies in the running of the school. Also joined as defendants in the case filed by the Chairman of the PTA, Foster Efosa-Enobakhare, on behalf of himself and the association, are the past principal of the school, Patience Erhahon and the past acting principal, Gladys Madueke, Zenith Bank Plc and Unity Bank of Nigeria Plc, of Lagos and Abuja headquarters respectively. In the suit marked FHC/B/CS/147/2016, the plaintiffs prayed the court to order the past principal, Patience Erhahon and the past acting principal, Gladys Madueke to refund the sum of N28 million collected by way of house dues and class dues from 2013/2014 to 2016/2017 academic sessions. The plaintiffs also want the court to direct the former principals to refund the sum of N90 million collected from the parents and guardians of the students of the college by way of Skool Media collections dues from 2013/2014 to 2016/2017 academic sessions. They further prayed the court to order the former principals to refund the sum of N30 million being the illegal collections in the name of insurance levy surreptitiously imposed on the students of the college between 2014/2015, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic sessions. The association prayed the court to direct the former principals to refund the sum of N34 million being excess profit from the compulsory purchase of books from the “ghost bookshop” in 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic sessions to parents and guardians. Other demands of the parents are refund of N2 million, N5 million, N12 million, N3 million and all other monies collected illegally by the former principals from 2013/2014, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic sessions. The plaintiffs, however demanded the sum of N20 million damages each from Zenith Bank and Unity Bank of Nigeria Plc for a breach of customer relationship. The parents and guardians also prayed the court to make a declaration of the purported proscription and ban of PTA in the school by the organs of the federal government as illegal, null, void, unconstitutional and an infraction on the constitutional right of freedom of association of its members. Other prayer was the declaration that the Minister of Education acted outside the purview of his authority and power when he directed the director, basic and senior secondary education, Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja and the past acting principal to instruct Zenith and Unity Bank of Nigeria Plc to freeze the accounts of the Union. The PTA said the action was in defiance to the Federal Ministry of Education’s circular with reference number FME/S/146/C.7/T/, titled: “Advisory on the Management of PTA funds” and dated April 1, 2016. When the case came up for mentioning last Thursday, the Presiding Judge, Justice (Mrs.) Njoku, who granted leave to the plaintiffs to amend the originating process, adjourned the case to December 13, 2017, to enable defendants reply to the amended originating processes.
The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has said that prayer is key to power and good governance. Governor Obiano made the assertion Saturday evening while addressing the 9th Provincial Conference of Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Nigeria (CCRN) Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka. The governor who was represented by his wife Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) stated that the payers of members of the Catholic Charismatic Movement and the rest of ndi Anambra is behind the successes of his government in the development of Anambra state.Said he: “I am not a clergy but as we all know, once God decrees, it comes to past. It is your prayers for the leaders of Nigeria and Anambra that guides all of us right in the corridors of power and I encourage you not to relent. Many can attest that since we came into office, positive transformation is happening in our state. I have no doubt that God will answer your prayers and meet all the needs that have brought you to Awka.” Governor Obiano commended the Charismatics for choosing Anambra state as host of their Provincial Conference and enjoined the members to feel at home in the safe and secure environment of the beautiful capital city of Awka. He highlighted the achievements of the state government in the area of security of lives and property which he noted has changed the previous perception as the den of robbers and kidnappers to the safest state in Nigeria, leading to investor confidence and new infrastructural development.The governor noted that the good of ndi Anambra is of paramount importance and that informed his commitment to the welfare of workers seen in prompt payment of salaries, pensions and gratuity. He noted the complementary support of Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ), NGO of the wife of the governor in ensuring that the less privileged, widows and the physically challenged are not left out in the scheme of things. Through the training and empowerment over 3600 persons, building and handover of ten houses to widows, construction of eleven toilets in rural market to promote hygiene, and fitting of prosthetic limbs to 1300 beneficiaries amongst other programmes.Obiano also assured the visitors that Anambra accommodates all persons with good intentions for the states’ growth and progress and called on the society to pray specially in this period of elections for peace to reign and for Anambra state to have successful elections. The Catholic Charismatics Renewal Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province includes members from Archdiocese of Onitsha, Diocese of Awka, Abakaliki, Awgu, Enugu, Nnewi, and Nsukka. The highpoint of the evening was special prayers by the members for God’s protection and guidance of governor Obiano his family and Anambra state government officials.
Activities on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Tuesday sustained bullish trend for the second consecutive day, with major equities recording price growth led by Nestle. Nestle recorded the highest price growth with a gain of N22 to close at N1,252 per share just as predicted by market watchers. It was followed by Seplat with N15 to close at N492 and Dangote Cement rose by N5 to close by N224 per share. Flour Mills rose by N1.50 to close at N31.50 per share. Some financial experts on Oct. 30 predicted that the 2018 budget proposal presentation and improved third quarter earnings would impact positively on the market this week. Consequently, the All-Share Index appreciated further by 195.99 points or 0.54 per cent to close at 36,680.29 against 36,484.30 on Monday. In the same vein, market capitalisation inched N67 billion or 0.53 per cent to close at N12.694 trillion compared with N12.627 trillion on Monday. Total posted the highest price loss to lead the losers’ table with a loss of N4 to close at N236 per share. Beta Glass trailed with a loss of N2.84 to close at N54.01, while Unilever dropped by N1.59 to close at N41.19 per share. Nigerian Breweries lost N1.50 to close at N150 and Forte Oil declined by 99k to close at N40 per share. Also, the volume of shares transacted inched by 48.08 per cent with an exchange of 259.08 million shares valued at N3.05 billion traded in 4,503 deals. This was against a turnover of 174.96 million shares worth N1.82 billion achieved in 3,401 deals on Monday. Diamond Bank was the toast of investors during the day, exchanging 42.94 million shares worth N42.64 million. Fidelity Bank came second with an account of 31.07 million shares valued at N47.62 million, while FBN Holdings traded 21.47 million shares worth N132.12 million. Dangote Flour sold 19.72 million shares valued at N183.97 million and Transcorp traded 19.34 million shares worth N27.15 million.
The Federal Government has agreed to pay N88 billion as compensation to victims of the Nigerian Civil War in some affected states in the country. This was the outcome of the consent judgment delivered by the ECOWAS Court of Justice in a case of negligence by the Federal Government to remove remnants of landmines and explosives from the civil war. A consent judgment is issued when two parties agree to a settlement to end a lawsuit; the parties write up an agreement for the judge to sign. The suit, filed by Mr Vincent Agu and 19 others against the Federal Government in 2012, had claimed that the government had failed to remove remnants of landmines and explosives since the end of the civil war in 1970. They claimed that the lethal explosives had maimed, killed and destroyed innocent lives in their various communities. The plaintiffs also claimed that apart from physical injuries, the abandonment of the war weapons had deprived them of the use of their farmlands, schools and churches. In the consent judgement delivered by Justice Friday Nwoke on Monday, N50 billion would be paid victims of the war in 11 states in the southeast, southwest and parts of north central regions. The 50 billion naira is expected to be paid to into a United Bank of Africa (UBA) account with number 1018230076 belonging Chief Noel Agwuocha Chukwukadibia, the nominated counsel for the war victims. The remaining N38 billion would be for the evacuation of remnants of bombs and other lethal explosives and the construction of basic structures in the affected areas. The money would be paid to Deminers Concept Nigeria Limited and RSB Holdings Nigeria Ltd charged with responsibility of evacuating the landmines. By the consent judgement, the Federal Government would also establish a National Mine Action Centre in Owerri, Imo State for the victims. Parties involved in the case acknowledged that 685 persons were selected and classified as survivors, identified by experts employed to screen and identify true victims of the war. The experts identified 493 persons of them as victims of either explosions from leftovers of the landmines and other lethal weapons. The parties in their agreement also acknowledged that a total of 17,000 bombs were recovered and destroyed while a total of 1,317 bombs were still in the stockpile located at the Mine Action Centre, Owerri. The Federal Government also agreed to remove and destroy, without delay, the stockpile at the centre and in other areas. Key signatories to the terms of settlement are Mr Chukwukadibia and Alex Williams for the applicants. Others are Mr Femi Falana (SAN), Mr Sola Egbeyinka, Mr Charles Uhegbu and Solomon Chukwuocha for the defendants.
Russia has signed agreements with Nigeria to build and operate a nuclear power plant in the oil-rich West African nation that has a deficit of reliable power and faces security challenges by Islamist militants in the far northeast. Feasibility studies for the plant and a research center construction will include site screening, capacity, financing, and time frames of the projects, state-owned Russian nuclear company Rosatom said in an emailed statement. The nations in 2009 signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of the peaceful usage of nuclear technologies. Nigeria in 2015 was in talks with Rosatom to build as many as four nuclear power plants costing about $20 billion, the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission said at the time. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, distributes an average of 4,500 megawatts of electricity. Half the output of the Egbin power plant, the nation’s biggest, is lost because of inadequate transmission infrastructure, its chief officer said last month. Rosatom is seeking to build nuclear power plants in other countries on the continent including South Africa.
Amala meal suspected to be poisoned has led to the death of 5 persons in Ibokun, Obokun Local Government area of Osun State .Facts emerged on how a young man identified as Rasaq allegedly poisoned the food because he was dumped by his girlfriend, Esther. Our source reliably gathered that Esther who was dating Rasaq, popularly known as ‘fine boy’ suddenly decided to quit the relationship but Rasaq who is a commercial motorcycle operator was not happy with her decision. Rasaq was said to have connived with one of Esther’s female friends to poison the food meant for the whole family. After eating the food, Esther and her mother, Mrs Kehinde Fasanya who was a staff of Obokun Local Government died instantly. Efforts to save the lives of other people that ate from the food failed as three among the four persons that were taken to Wesley Guild Hospital of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Ilesa eventually died. Commissioner of Health in the state, Dr Rafiu Isamotu said he was aware of the death of additional two persons out of the four persons taken to hospital in Ilesa and that he has not been updated about the death of the third person. “Two out of the four persons that we took to Wesley Guild Hospital in Ilesa could not make it. They are dead. Four persons lost their lives so far to the best of my knowledge. I have not been told about the death of any of the remaining two persons,” Isamotu said. The Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr Fimihan Adeoye in a chat disclosed that Rasaq has been arrested and that he was being interrogated. He assured that the matter would be diligently investigated
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Boss Mustapha as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), and terminated the appointment of the suspended SGF, Babachir Lawal. Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, confirmed this development in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday. Adesina said the president also approved the termination of the appointment of the suspended Director-General National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke. The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari has studied the report of the panel headed by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, which investigated allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir David Lawal, and the Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke. “The President accepted the recommendation of the panel to terminate the appointment of Mr Lawal, and has appointed Mr Boss Mustapha as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation. The appointment takes immediate effect. “President Buhari also approved the recommendation to terminate the appointment of Ambassador Oke, and has further approved the setting up of a three-member panel to, among other things, look into the operational, technical and administrative structure of the Agency and make appropriate recommendations.’’ Mr Boss Gida Mustapha is a lawyer, management consultant, politician, businessman and boardroom guru of considerable repute. His was the former Managing Director/CEO of the National inland waterways Authority (NIWA). He was born in Adamawa and attended Hong Secondary School, in Hong Adamawa and North East College of Arts and Sciences Maiduguri Borno state, crowning it with WASC and HSC in 1976. He earned his Bachelor of Law (LL.B) from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979 and was called to bar in 1980. Mustapha did the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) – Directorate of Legal of legal Services at the Army Headquarters and was in charge of review of Court Marshall Proceedings from 1980 to 1981.After the NYSC, Boss joined Sotesa Nigeria Limited, an Italian consultancy firm, as an Executive Director in charge of Administration, leaving in 1983 to join the law firm Messrs Onagoruwa & Co in Lagos. He later established his own practice as Principal Counsel in the firm Messrs Mustapha & Associates. In 2000, the Obasanjo administration appointed him a member of Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the defunct Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund (PTF). He served till 2007. He returned to legal practice in 2007 as Principal Partner of the law firm, Adroit Lex. As a politician, he was a member Federal Republic of Nigeria Constituent Assembly (1988-1989), Chairman People’s Solidarity Party-Gongola State (1989-1990), state chairman, Social Democratic Party-Gongola State (1990-1991); he was even a gubernatorial candidate for SDP in Adamawa state in 1991. He was also the Deputy National Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria from 2010 to 2013. In 2007, he again played a prominent role, serving as the Deputy Director General of the party’s Presidential campaign Organization. His services remained in high demand after the fusing of ACN with other parties to form the All Progressives Congress (APC). He was Secretary APC Presidential Campaign Organization Mobilization (2015) and member, APC Transition Committee (2015). He is also a member, APC Board of Trustees. Until his new appointment, the man called Boss, was the Managing Director/CEO of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA). Like Babachir Lawal, Boss is a Christian and he is the National Vice President, Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International Nigeria.