The Nigerian Breweries (NB) Plc has donated food items to the Nigeria Union of journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, to cushion the effect of COVID-19 outbreak on the members.
NB Plc’s Corporate Affairs Manager West, Mr Tayo Adelaja, made the presentation at the NUJ Press Centre in Ibadan on Friday.
The items presented to the union were rice, garri, vegetable oil, semolina flour, noodles, Maltina drinks, washing soaps and hand sanitiser.
Adelaja said that the visit was part of the organisation’s efforts to positively reach out to its immediate communities in the face of COVID-19 pandemic.
“A lot of things have gone wrong; we don’t even know how long it will take for normalcy to return to our society.
“It is on this note that we decided to reach out to our immediate community. We believe that the community around us should feel our impact,” he said.
The corporate affairs manager said the company was ready to support the union’s programmes and activities in the interest of societal development.
He called for closer relations between the company and the NUJ, saying “no establishment can actually do well without the media.”
“We look forward to a very good working relationship with the NUJ. I can assure you that our relationship will be mutually beneficial,” he said.
In his response, the NUJ Chairman in the state, Mr Ademola Babalola, commended the company for the gesture and assured it of the union’s readiness for collaboration.
He urged the company to sustain its touch with the immediate communities as a way of building trust, loyalty and patronage.
Edited By: Azubuike Okeh/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Court remands “spiritualist” for allegedly obtaining N2m from woman
A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Geagwalada, FCT, on Tuesday ordered that a 43-year-old man, Friday George be remanded in police custody for allegedly cheating and fraudulently obtaining N2 million from a woman.
The police charged the defendant, who resides in Banode Estate, Bida Niger State, with three obtaining, cheating and extortion.
He pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Yusuf Ibrahim adjourned the case until Aug. 26 for hearing.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Abudullahi Tanko, told the court that one Bode Adebayo of Blantyre street Wuse II, Abuja and two reported the matter on July 15, 2020.
Tanko alleged that the accused sometime in 2009 approached Adebayo’s sister, Alice, with the intention to defraud her.
He further alleged that the defendant, dishonestly “hypnotized” her into thinking that he was a “spiritual man of God”.
He alleged that the defendant told Alice that God instructed him to avert her problems and bring her vision to reality.
The prosecution counsel added that the defendant also promised to revive her dead father which he claimed to have restored him back to life.
He alleged that the defendant intentionally cheated them by extorting about N2 million from them for sacrifice, cleansing, feeding and treatment for the revived father.
The prosecution counsel added that the said money was also meant to secure a job for one Rebecca Adebayo and Tony Adams with the Nigeria Immigration Service.
He said that during police investigation the defendant confessed to have brainwashed and collected huge amount of money from them.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 176, 320 and 292 of the Penal Code.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
China’s Qingdao appoint Wu as head coach to replace Machin
Promoted Qingdao had terminated the contract of former Sevilla and Espanyol boss Machin last month after one of his relatives had tested positive for COVID-19, preventing the Spaniard from travelling to China to take up the job.
The club confirmed the appointment of Wu in a post.
Wu, who has had multiple spells as Shanghai boss, guided the team to the Chinese FA Cup title in 2017 and was appointed their technical director the following year.
The 59-year-old has also managed Zhejiang Greentown and had a brief stint as Shandong Luneng caretaker boss in 2012.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Court dissolves 3-year-old marriage over alleged deception, laziness
A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday dissolve a three-year-old union between a caterer and mother of one, Bukola Obadipe and her husband, Ayodeji over deception and laziness.
Bukola Obadipe had petitioned the Customary Court to dissolve her three year-old union to her husband over deception and laziness.
Bukola, who lived at Alakia-Airport area, testified before Chief Ademola Odunade, the court’s President and Alhaji Suleiman Apanpa and Alhaji Rafiu Raji, pointed out that her husband was not only deceitful, but also lazy and a drawback to her life.
She further contended that her spouse had no milk of human kindness in him because he often went out to eat outside without making provisions for her and their child.
“Ayodeji promised me heaven and earth before I eventually married him, but tortured me with starvation and irresponsibility.
“Then, I decided to work harder for our mutual upliftment and survival. However, I noticed that he kept undermining all my effort by just feeding fat on my little earnings and refusing to work.
“If I got him a job, Ayodeji would not work, but chose to play around, return home to eat and sleep.
“In fact, he never did anything when I became pregnant till when a surgery was performed on me during delivery.
“Ayodeji prefers to follow politicians around for crumbs and tell lies against me,” Bukola said.
The respondent consented to the suit, but could not deny most of the allegations leveled against him.
Instead, Ayodeji who resides at Oke-Itunun area, raised new issues as to why he wanted the court to dissolve the marriage.
“My lord, Bukola has completely ruined my life since I came across her.
“I was a famous Fashion Designer in Akure and tailoring was so profitable for me before Bukola brought bad luck to my business and life.
“I wooed her on facebook and the first time she visited me in Akure we had sexual intercourse together and that was the last straw that broke my camel’s back spiritually.
“Bukola hipnotised me into marrying her and I unconsciously followed her to Ibadan where I became jobless and started washing her wears for her.
“She made me abandon my tailoring profession and took me to a lonely place in Ibadan where she turned me to a peasant farmer.
“The only hope I have now is the only child we had together, her father himself described her as a devil incarnate,” Ayodeji explained.
The Court’s President pronounced the marriage dissolved in the interest of peaceful living.
He awarded custody of the only child in the marriage to the petitioner and directed the respondent to pay N4,000 as the child’s monthly feeding allowance in addition to paying her school fees and other welfare.
The court president advised young men and women to be mindful of where and how they come about their lovers.
Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Felix Ajide (NAN)
APC UK optimistic of Diezani’s prosecution by British Government
The All Progressives Congress (APC), UK chapter, says it has received favourable response from the British Government to prosecute former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke and other Nigerians suspected of fraud, bribery and corruption offences, living in the United Kingdom.
According to a statement signed by Mr Jacob Ogunseye, the APC UK Publicity Secretary, issued on Tuesday in Abuja, the assurance was given by British Minister of State for Security, James Brokenshire.
In the statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria , the British government also promised to help Nigeria fight corruption to a standstill.
It said Brokenshire’s promise followed a petition initiated by the APC UK legal department to the British government on the need to prosecute the former petroleum minister and other Nigerians suspected of fraud, bribery and corruption.
The statement said the petition was sequel to a plea by Ibrahim Magu, former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at a virtual meeting before his suspension.
It said that Magu had appealed to Nigerians in Diaspora to assist the commission in putting pressure on the British government to repatriate the former minister to Nigeria to answer charges against her.
It said the APC UK legal department took up Magu’s challenge by initiating a legal process reminding the British government of Alison-Madueke’s arrest on October 2, 2015 by its National Crime Agency (NCA) in London.
It recalled that Alison-Madueke was arrested along side four other persons on suspicion of bribery and corruption offences, but was released on bail.
The statement said the department also demanded for a speedy trial of the former petroleum minister in the UK or in the alternative, facilitate her immediate repatriation to Nigeria to face graft charges.
The statement quoted Mr Ade Omole, leader of the chapter, as saying that a fair trial as enshrined in Article 6 of the Human Rights Act would be followed if Madueke was repatriated to Nigeria to face trial.
“APC UK supported the legal process with petitions through Members of Parliament and Peers in the House of Lords, the British Government was left with no choice but respond promptly to the issues raised.
“The British government responding through its Minister of State for Security, Rt. Hon. James Brokenshire, promised to work with the Federal Republic of Nigeria in ensuring that corruption is fought to a standstill and persons involved in criminal acts are duly prosecuted,” Omole said.
He added that the response from the British government was a strong indication of good things to come regarding suspects hibernating in the UK.
He stressed that the APC in UK had a good strategy and dedicated legal team that would ensure that looters did not commit crime in Nigeria and run to the United Kingdom to hide.
He said Nigerians should expect some traction on the near comatose criminal case involving the former petroleum minister going forward.
The statement quoted Brokenshire, as saying that: “The UK is continuing to lead international efforts to combat corruption, as evidenced by the commitments in the UK’s Anti-Corruption Strategy and the Economic Crime plan.”
He said the UK was determined to ensure that its society and economy remained hostile to illicit financial flows.
“As you will know, in 2018 the Financial Action Task Force assessed the UK as having the strongest controls of any country assessed to date.
“I am acutely aware of the negative impacts of grand corruption, including on developing countries.
“The International Anti-Corruption Coordination Centre, hosted by the NCA, is working to recover stolen assets, share intelligence across jurisdictions, and build capacity to support grand corruption cases in developing countries,” he said.
He added that the centre had supported a number of high profile arrests involving politicians and public officials across the world.
“We are working closely with the government of Nigeria to prevent corruption, including providing support in-country.
“The NCA runs a number of multi-agency projects in Nigeria which target corruption as one of the threats to the UK,” Brokenshire said.
According to him, these projects provided specialist training, equipment, buildings and infrastructure.
He said it also provided UK-based mentors and intelligence to fight corruption at all levels, adding that the Department for International Development funds programmes to tackle corruption in the Nigerian public sector and oil industry.
Brokenshire assured the APC UK of UK’s commitment to combating corruption in Nigeria and other African countries.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)