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Just In: Man With 6 Kids Commits Suicide In Bayelsa In Wave Of Suicide In The Country

By Ike A. Offor,

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A father of six children and a wife who hails from Ekeremor Local Government area of Bayelsa state has committed suicide. The victim made a rope out of a bed sheet and hung it on the ceiling of a vacant uncompleted room in his house.

The tragedy took place on  Vanguard street off Imgbi road, Yenogoa. The man left behind his wife and six children who are now quite devastated by the demise of the husband and their father.

Related: Igbo Doctor Receives Call, Jumps Into Lagos Lagoon |The Republican News

The eye witnesses who spoke with a reporter from The Republican News said that  he did not leave any suicide note so, people are unaware of the motive for the suicide.

Another witness said that he it is obviously the economic situation in the country. They said that things have not been the same for them since the present economic hardship started.

This is another incident of suicide that is blowing through the country like a whirlwind from all angles and among people from all walks of life in the country.

Related: Two New Lagoon Suicides Averted In Lagos, Now Offence To Walk, Park Near Bridges

Barely less than two weeks ago was the case of a medical doctor, Dr Allwell Orji, who jumped off the bridge into the Lagos lagoon and drowned. Dr Orji had history of clear depression and has attempted suicide before too.

Then, two days after the demise of Dr. Orji two women in Lagos tried to jump off the bridges into the lagoon in Lagos in a similar fashion as Dr Allwell Orji. This pushed the Lagos commissioner of police to ban people loitering or parking their cars on the bridges in Lagos. In all these incidents, a very stringent economic hardship is very limpidly a cause for concern.

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Nigerian Girl Returns Money Spent By Her Date After She Was Insulted For Turning Him Down For Relationship

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A lady has shown how independent she is after she was insulted by the guy that took her out on a date.

The lady identified as @MissMoshiku on Twitter took the step after she refused relationship advances from her date Adeniji Olaoluwa Ayodeji.

After the rejection, Ayodeji had tweeted his thought, equating a date to a mandatory relationship acceptance.

The lady replied by transferring to him, the total amount he spent on the date and over.

“Keep the change bruh,” she said as narration for the funds transfer.

See the screen grab of the reply below.

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I Won’t Honour Senate Summons, They’ve No Right To Invite Me-Sagay

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Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN)

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The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), says the Senate lacks the power to summon him.

He, therefore, lambasted the lawmakers for attempting to flex constitutional muscles which he said they did not possess.

The Senate had on Wednesday proposed to invite Sagay for saying that senators were irresponsible and childish during an interview with The PUNCH.

However, the senior advocate maintained that he was not misquoted in The PUNCH report and therefore stood by his claim. He said he had not received any letter from the upper legislative chamber.

The law professor said the senators were ignorant of Section 88 of the 1999 Constitution.

He said, “I am waiting for the Senate summons. In any case, they don’t have the remotest of powers or authority to summon me because their power to summon people is very limited if you look at Section 88 and Section 89 of the constitution.

“I don’t fall under the category of people that they can summon. I am not operating any federal programme to which they have voted money. They are not investigating me based on anything for which they have voted money. So, there is nothing they can do about it.

“I expressed my personal view and if you feel very strongly about it, you can go to court and sue for defamation. That is the best anybody can do but to say I should come before the Senate committee based on an accusation by the same Senate committee which is going to act as a judge in the same case? It will charge me and judge me? It is unconstitutional and illegal.”               (Punchng.com)

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Ivanka’s Job Is Nepotism, Says Obama White House Ethics Lawyer

 

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Former White House ethics lawyer to President Obama Norman Eisen said Wednesday that he and the former ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush see Ivanka Trump’s role as an adviser to President Trump as a violation of nepotism laws.

“My view… is that the nepotism statue does apply to the White House,” Eisen said on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” of the announcement that Ivanka Trump would receive an official role in the Trump administration. “For decades the Justice Department held ‘yes’ the nepotism statue applies to the White House.”

Eisen conceded that the “reasonable minds can disagree” on whether the statue should apply.

“President Trump got an opinion from the Justice Department that the nepotism statute doesn’t apply to his White House,” Eisen continued. “We don’t agree with that opinion.”

Earlier Wednesday, it was reported that Ivanka would be an official government employee and serve in the White House as an unpaid senior adviser to her father. She currently has a West Wing office, but initially said she’d work with in her father’s administration in an informal advising capacity.

She appears to have changed her plans after critics pointed out that an informal role would allow her to avoid certain ethics rules and required disclosures that come with serving in the government.

The role has caused some critics to raise the possibility that the role is in violation of the nepotism law passed in 1967, which says no public official, from the president down to a low-level manager at a federal agency, may hire or promote a relative.  (The Hill)

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Trump To Unveil $1 trillion Infrastructure Plan In 2017-Official

 

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the Trump administration would unveil a $1 trillion infrastructure plan later this year, but she did not offer details of funding for projects.

Chao said at an event at the department’s headquarters that the infrastructure initiative would include “a strategic, targeted program of investment valued at $1 trillion over 10 years. The proposal will cover more than transportation infrastructure, it will include energy, water and potentially broadband and veterans hospitals as well.”

Chao’s comments were the most detailed timetable from the administration about its plans to unveil a plan to modernize U.S. roads, bridges, airports, electrical grid and water systems. Chao said the administration plans to offer incentives for public-private partnerships rather than simply fund improvements.

It was not clear how much new federal funding the Trump administration would propose.

She said the plan would aim to speed the processes for government projects.

Investors have been growing more skeptical that the infrastructure plan will win approval this year. The Dow Jones Transportation Average rose after the election and closed at a record high on March 1 but is now down 4.3 percent for the month.

Some investors have questioned how soon Trump’s pro-growth policies may be implemented.

Earlier this month, Trump proposed $16.2 billion for the Department of Transportation’s discretionary budget for fiscal year 2018, a reduction of 13 percent.

The budget would eliminate $175 million in annual funding for the Essential Air Service, a program to support commercial air service to rural airports and end subsidies for Amtrak to operate long-distance train service.

The Trump budget would also eliminate the Obama administration’s “TIGER” grant program, saving $499 million. That program has been used to fund a variety of transportation projects, including high-speed and intracity rail, highway construction and transit bus systems.        (REUTERS)

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Ife Unrest: Ooni Condemns Investigation, Afenifere Visits Clash Scene

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                             The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Wednesday, condemned the nature of the investigation launched into the clash which involved some Yoruba and Hausa people in Ile-Ife recently.

However, the monarch appealed to the leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, to refrain from making inflammatory statements capable of causing further crisis in the country.

Oba Ogunwusi made the appeal when Afenifere leaders, led by Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Chief Olu Falae paid a visit to his palace to commiserate with him on the March 8 crisis, which claimed lives and destroyed properties.

The monarch expressed gratitude to the Afenifere leaders for their concern but begged them to consider the interest of the whole country while making remarks about the clash and the manner of investigation into it so that their comments would not cause another round of crisis in other parts of the country.

He said, “I want to implore everybody to exercise restraint because we all have family members all over Nigeria and even in other parts of the world. If we decide to be say things which could aggravate the situation, nobody knows what would be the end of any crisis, so we have to exercise patience.

Speaking in Yoruba, the Ooni said, “‘A kii fa’ri apa kan’ (it is not proper to shave one side of the head and leave the other side unshaved)”

This elicited laughter from the palace messengers (emese), who sat round his stool.

Each of the messenger’s head is shaved on one side while the other side is left unshaved.

The monarch later made a clarification on his proverb when he expatiated on it, saying ‘a kii fa’ri apa kan, bi ti emese ko o’.

He said he had told security agents to look into all the issues surrounding the clash, saying everybody should be concerned about how to make sure that such a tragic clash never reoccurred.

The monarch described the Yoruba race as a special race wherein Christians and Muslims live together amicably without engaging in religious war.

He stated that the Yoruba people should be studied by researchers because of their level of religious tolerance.

He advised the youths not to allow themselves to be used by politicians, saying where were the politicians coming to the Sabo area in Ile-Ife now before the clash happened?

Afenifere leader, Adebanjo, accused the police of being behind the crisis. He said the way they handled the crisis was the reason for its escalation.

He also berated the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for not being apologetic even when the force was accused of bias in their investigation into the clash.

Adebanjo said the group was not against the arrest of Yoruba suspects but it frowned on the arrest of only Yoruba persons when the clash was between some Yoruba and Hausa people.

He said, “We were surprised that such a tragedy occurred between those, who had been living peacefully for decades without any clash. Even when there was a crisis amongst ourselves, they (Hausa/Fulani) were not affected. The police caused the crisis.

“The police who are supposed to be neutral were taking sides especially, the Inspector-General, who should be remorseful for the shoddy job done by his men is justifying their actions.

“We are not against the arrest of the Yoruba people. Yoruba people were killed during the clash, their houses were burnt; their shops were looted. Is he saying that the Yoruba people who were killed committed suicide?

“The IGP should not think that Yoruba people are fools. Yoruba and Hausa people have been living together before he was born.”

Falae said Afenifere leaders were in Ife to commiserate with the victims and to give them some gifts.      (Punchng.com)

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Two CBN Directors Arrested For Forex Manipulations |The Republican News

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Eniola Akinkuotu and Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested two directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria for alleged forex manipulation and economic sabotage.

Impeccable sources at the EFCC told one of our correspondents on Wednesday that the directors were still in custody as of press time at 7.30pm.

It was learnt that the investigation into the CBN officials activities sent shockwaves round the apex bank.

The detective said the houses of the directors had been searched while incriminating evidence had been recovered.

A source at the EFCC, who wished to remain anonymous said, “We have arrested two directors of the CBN in connection with forex manipulation. We believe that it was the activities of these individuals that contributed to the dollar scarcity and the weakening of the naira.

“Ironically, immediately we started investigating these chaps a month ago, the CBN reeled out a new forex policy which sought to flood the market with excess dollar and strengthen the naira.

“Already, we have searched their houses and recovered some sensitive documents. We have reason to believe that they may not have acted alone. We expect to make more discoveries as investigations continue.”

When contacted,  the Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, CBN, Mr. Isaac Okoroafor, said no director of the apex bank had been arrested by the EFCC.

He said, “This is not true. No director of the bank (CBN)  has been arrested by the EFCC. The current activities of the CBN  in the forex market is a result of months of study, monitoring  and planning to tackle the activities of black marketers.

“We are succeeding and Nigerians are happy with us.  No amount of false rumours and concoctions to ridicule and sabotage the success we have achieved will make us lose our focus at this time.”

Meanwhile, the EFCC has dispatched letters to several aides and persons linked to Senate President Bukola Saraki for their alleged role in the N19bn illegally deducted from the N522bn Paris Club refund.

About N3.5bn out of the stolen N19bn was said to have been traced to Saraki and several persons close to him, an EFCC report had said.

A top source at the EFCC told one of our correspondents that letters had been dispatched to the indicted persons and some were billed to report at the EFCC office on Thursday (today).

A detective said, “I can confirm to you that letters have been dispatched to aides to the Senate President. Some will appear on Thursday (today) while others will appear on subsequent days depending on the outcome and pace of investigations.”

Some of the persons invited by the anti-graft agency included Saraki’s Deputy Chief of Staff and a former lawmaker, Gbenga Makanjuola; Obiora Amobi and Oladapo Joseph Idowu.

Others are Mr. Kolawole Shittu, and a former Managing Director of Saraki’s defunct bank, Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria, and current boss of Melrose General Services Limited, Mr. Robert Mbonu; and the Relationship Manager to the Senate President in Access Bank, Kathleen Erhimu.

Melrose General Services is one of the companies hired as consultants by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

The firm got N3.5bn as consultancy fees while other companies shared about N15.5bn.

When asked why Saraki was singled out for investigation, the source said, “No one is victimising the man. He is an easier target because he has no immunity unlike the governors most of whom still have immunity till 2019.

“The investigation is holistic and in due course everyone found culpable will face justice.”

Recall that the Federal Government had in December 2016 approved the sum of N522.74bn to be paid to the 36 states of the federation as part of the reimbursement for the over-deduction on the Paris Club loan from 1995 and 2002.

The EFCC had sometimes in January discovered that the Paris loan refunds were illegally routed through the account of the NGF by the CBN.

Upon receiving the funds, the NGF in an alleged connivance with Saraki, began remitting huge sums to private consultants who then laundered about N19bn.

The EFCC report sent to the Presidency states in part, “Suffice to apprise that all payments received by Melrose General Services Company from the NGF have hitherto been diverted directly via cash withdrawals and indirectly through transfers by Hon. Gbenga Peter Makanjuola, Kolawole Shittu and Oladapo Joseph Idowu who are principal aides of the Senate President.

“Furthermore, other payments from Melrose General Services Company have also been linked to companies that Dr. Bukola Saraki has interest in and carries out transactions with.

“This includes the sum of $183,000 which was transferred to Bhaska Devji Jewellers, Dubai, a company Dr. Bukola Saraki had repeatedly made payments to.

“Also, the sum of N200m was transferred to Wasp Networks Limited that subsequently transferred the sum of N170m to Xtract Energy Services Limited, a company that routinely made deposits into Dr. Saraki’s Access Bank US dollar Domiciliary account.

The reports concludes that a prima facie case of conspiracy to retain the proceeds of unlawful activities  and money laundering contrary to Sections 15(3) and 18(9) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2004 can be established against the aforementioned suspects.

The Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, however, rubbished the report, adding that the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, was on a revenge mission having been rejected by the Senate two weeks ago.                        (Punchng.com)

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