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Former president of El Salvador sentenced to two years for bribery

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 El Salvador’s former president Antonio Saca has been sentenced to two years in prison for bribery, the attorney general’s office said.

The 54-year-old was found guilty of attempting to bribe a court employee with 10,000 dollars in a bid to obtain information about a case against him, newspaper La Prensa Grafica reported.

Saca, who served as president from 2004 to 2009, “confessed to having committed the crimes attributed to him,” the attorney general’s office tweeted.

The former president is already serving a 10-year sentence for misuse of some 300 million dollars of public funds and money laundering.

The anti-corruption prosecutor told journalists outside court that a judge is yet to decide how Saca will serve the additional two years.

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Lesotho former first lady arrested in murder case

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Lesotho’s former first lady, Maesaiah Thabane, was on Wednesday arrested  over the murder of the previous wife of her husband and former prime minister, Thomas Thabane, police said.

Lesotho’s Appeal Court revoked her bail last week on suspicion that procedure was not followed correctly when her bail was granted.

Thabane was transferred to court, where she wore a fur coat and black protective anti-coronavirus mask, a Reuters witness said.

The date for a new bail application was set for June 6.

Maesaiah Thabane was being charged with ordering the killing of Lipolelo Thabane, her love rival, who was shot dead near her home in Lesotho’s capital, Maseru, in June, 2017.

Maesaiah Thabane was released on bail in February.

Lipolelo was estranged from Thomas Thabane at the time of the murder.

The case had been causing growing political instability in the independent mountain kingdom of two million people encircled by South Africa before Thomas Thabane resigned as prime minister in May.

He is also a suspect in the murder. He denies any involvement and has yet to be formally charged.


Edited By: Halima Sheji/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

 

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Former Japan international Kanazaki tests positive for COVID-19

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Former Japan international footballer Mu Kanazaki has tested positive for COVID-19, his club Nagoya Grampus has announced.

The announcement was a hard blow for the J-League, which last week decided to resume the first division league season on July 4 behind closed doors.

Nagoya said that club staff will resume work from home because of Kanazaki’s infection.

Kyodo news agency said that the 31-year-old Kanazaki had a headache and a 38.5 degree celsius fever after a group training session on Friday. He underwent a test for the coronavirus on Monday, with the positive result being released the following day. He is currently hospitalized in the Aichi Prefecture.

The number of confirmed cases has continued to rise in Japan since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the COVID-19 state of emergency two weeks ago. A total of 34 new infections were reported in Tokyo on Tuesday, marking the first time since May 14 that new daily infections topped 30.

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Former Afghan president supports China’s efforts to safeguard national security

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Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed his support for China‘s efforts to safeguard national unity and security in a meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu on Tuesday.

Hong Kong‘s affairs are China‘s internal affairs, and shouldn’t be interfered with by any other country,” Karzai said during the meeting.

China‘s principle of ‘one country, two systems’ has effectively preserved national unity and promoted Hong Kong’s prosperity,” Karzai said.

“I firmly support China‘s efforts to safeguard national unity and security,” he added.

Karzai later expressed his support for the one-China policy on Twitter, posting, “China‘s right to protect its national security must be respected.”

“All countries should adhere to international law and the basic principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries,” he tweeted.

Chinese lawmakers voted overwhelmingly at the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s top legislature, last week to approve a decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to safeguard national security.

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Edo APC: Former Speaker seeks Buhari intervention

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo, Alhaji Kabiru Adjoto, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to step into the party’s crisis in the state.

Adjoto, who was a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, made the appeal on Monday in Benin while receiving the party leaders from Edo north.

The APC chieftain said that the president’s intervention would ensure the victory of the party in the September governorship election in the state.

Adjoto, noted that the crisis rocking the party in the state was becoming increasingly embarrassing.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed the primaries for the Edo governorship election for June 22, while the gubernatorial election will hold on Sept. 19.

The development has stoked the battle of supremacy between the two factions of the APC in the state.

Adjoto, however, said that “the resolution of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party empowers state chapters to choose a mode of primaries based on peculiarities.

Edo state APC stakeholders have met and agreed on an indirect mode of primaries as the most suitable in the face of COVID-19 and for the fact that the state chapter lacks a comprehensive register of members,’’ he said.

He urged the president and other stakeholders to dialogue with the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, to avert the party being defeated in the September election.

“Obaseki’s victory is certain and he is constant as the Northern star. All those opposing him within and outside the party will eventually bow and vote for him.

“My advice to the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC is to play by the rules to avoid plunging Edo into crisis,’’ Adjoto said.


Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Senator donates 500kva transformer to Ibadan communities

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Sen. Kola Balogun(PDP-Oyo South) has donated a 500KVA transformer to improve power supply in 16 communities of Ali-Iwo area in Ibadan.

Giving account of his 12-month stewardship in a statement on Sunday in Ibadan, Balogun said he also donated cash, food palliatives and materials during the outbreak of COVID-19 virus.

Balogun, who was a former Commissioner for Commerce and Industries in Oyo State, said he facilitated Akufo Cattle Ranch farm worth $10m to the state.

“I also facilitated Federal Government dry food ration exercise for 250 households in Oyo South, and facilitated Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) for 250 beneficiaries.

“I also secured N-Power job for 100 beneficiaries and renovated Oje-Igosun Primary School in Ibadan,” he said.

Balogun said he empowered artisans and traders with revolving micro credit loan of N50million powered by SMEDAN.

He added that he had trained youths and film stakeholders as well as facilitated ecological project for erosion control in his senatorial district.

The lawmaker said that effort was ongoing to help constituents who applied for COVID-19 CBN-assisted loans for businesses in securing the facility.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lawmaker had in the last one year sponsored three bills, co-sponsored five bills, sponsored two motions and co-sponsored four motions at the Senate.

The bills included one for an Act to Amend the National Health Act 2014, to Regulate Medical Treatment Abroad and for other Matters Connected therewith 2020.

Others were bills for the development of a decentralised system of vigilantism peculiar to every local community and another seeking periodic conduct of National Population as well as Housing Census.

“The remarkable motions I sponsored were the need to upgrade the status of the Ibadan Airport to international airport and immortalization of Late Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN) in recognition of his contributions to national development.

“I also co-sponsor and supported several motions, among which are a motion to revive moribund paper mill in Nigeria as well as support for Amotekun concept in the Southwest,” he said.

Balogun said that he had in the last one year participated in several oversight functions as a senate committee member and protem chairman.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Gov. Okowa mourns former NNPC GMD, Maikanti Baru

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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Sunday expressed grief over the death of  Dr Maikanti Baru,the immediate past Group Managing Director of  the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Olise Ifeajika, described the late Baru as a renowned engineer, who brought his wealth of experience to bear all through the years he served at the  NNPC.

“As an astute petroleum engineer, Baru was a man of great wisdom and insight, who contributed immensely to the economic development of our country throughout his service at the NNPC.

“While serving as GMD he maintained oil production levels above two million barrels per day and increased crude oil production by NNPC flagship Upstream Company, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

“He was also instrumental to the boosting of gas production which made NNPC the largest supplier of gas to power, and saving enormous financial resources through Direct Sale Direct Purchase (DSDP) scheme adopted for products import.

The NNPC under his watch reduced cost of crude oil production per barrel in the country from 27 dollars to 22 dollars and sustained petroleum products supply nationwide, thereby eliminating fuel scarcity in the country,” he said.

According to him, Baru will be sorely missed, especially for his outstanding accomplishments and innovations at the NNPC.

Okowa, who said the the news of Baru’s death came to him as a shock, expressed his condolences to the Baru’s family, Jama’are community, and Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I mourn the exit of a great statesman, Dr Maikanti Baru, who contributed immensely to the economic development of Nigeria when he held sway at the NNPC,” he said.

Baru, who hailed from Jama’are in Bauchi State, died on Friday, May 29, after a brief illness.

He was appointed the  18th NNPC’s  Group Managing Director on July 4th, 2016 and retired on July 7, 2019, at the age of 60..

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Northern governors mourn former NNPC boss

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The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has expressed sadness over the death of the former Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru.

The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong, in a condolence message described his death as a big loss to the nation.

Director of Press and Public Affairs to the governor, Dr Makut Macham, issued the condolence message on Saturday in Jos.

“The late Maikanti Baru was a thorough bred professional, who distinguished himself in his career where he contributed immensely to the growth and development of the oil and gas industry.

“He championed the implementation of reforms that left the sector more responsive to the energy needs of Nigerians, especially as it relates to the supply and appropriate pricing of petroleum products,’’ he said.

Lalong said the former NNPC Boss played a key role in the exploration of crude oil in other parts of Nigeria, particularly the Northern region which only recently found oil and gas in commercial quantity, awaiting further exploitation.

Lalong condoled the family of the deceased, the people and Government of Bauchi State and NNPC as well as friends and associates of the late Baru and prayed for God to comfort them.

The chairman also prayed to God to forgive the sins of the deceased and grant him eternal rest.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Former GMD of NNPC Maikanti Baru dies at 60

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The immediate past Group  Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru is dead.

Malam Mele Kari, the Group Managing Director of the Corporation disclosed this on his Twitter handle @MMkyari on Saturday in Abuja.

“My brother, my friend and my mentor, Dr Maikanti Kachalla Baru, immediate past GMD of NNPC died late last night.

“He was of exemplary character and disposition. May Allah forgive him and have mercy upon him,” he said .

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Corporation Dr Kennie Obateru in statement confirmed the death of the ex-GMD.

The NNPC regrets to announce the demise of its former GMD, Dr Maikanti Kacalla Baru, Friday night.

Dr. Baru, a consummate Mechanical Engineer, died after a brief illness.”

He said that  Kyari expressed shock over the sudden death of  Baru who was the 18th GMD of the Corporation.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Baru, 60, who was at the helm of the Corporation from July 4, 2016 to July 7, 2019, was  born in July 1959 in Misau, Bauchi State.

He attended Federal Government College, Jos for his secondary education where he graduated in 1978.

 He obtained his bachelor of engineering degree from Ahmadu Bello University in 1982. Baru has a doctorate in Computer Aided Engineering from the University of Sussex. retire  in July 2019.

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Ese E. (NAN)  Ekama

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Morocco’s former PM Abderrahmane Youssoufi dies at 96

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Moroccan former Prime Minister Abderrahmane El Youssoufi died on Friday in Casablanca at the age of 96 following a prolonged illness, official news agency MAP reported.

El Youssoufi on Sunday was admitted to intensive care unit at the Sheikh Khalifah hospital in Casablanca following a health problem, the agency added.

Born in Tangier on March 8, 1924, El Youssoufi served as Prime Minister of Morocco from February 1998 to October 2002.

As a human rights lawyer, he was exiled in France for 15 years before returning to Morocco in 1980.

In 1992, he became the new leader of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces, the major opposition political party in Morocco at that time.

He retired from politics in 2003.

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