Saturday, 28 January 2017
A famous saying goes this way, ‘a confused man is much more an angry and frustrated man. To be honest, going by my newest resolve to not for any reason celebrate mediocrity, laziness and talentless people, I would have chosen to be quiet and pretend as if nothing happened yesterday, January 27, 2017, but giving my role as a journalist as well as a high ranking member of Nigeria’s most talked about music company, Alterplate, I have been ‘arm twisted’ sort of to write this statement and to formerly address the concerns of our friends, well wishers, family and fans who are currently savoring our newest sound, Samankwe.
It was 8 am and policemen acting on the instruction of the Assistant Inspector General of Police in Onikan, stormed our hotel room to invite Harrysong over for questioning.
As a law abiding citizen with nothing to fear, we got dressed up and set out for the AIGs office and on getting there, we were greeted by the presence of a haggard looking young man in cheap pair of suit, identified as Five Star Music lawyer.
His awfully shallow reasoning became so evident when he was called up to defend the petition he prepared on behalf of his client (Five Star Music). He suffered a hard time convincing the AIG and his men, including a visiting Commissioner, why the charges against Harrysong were criminal rather than civil.
Even before any member of our camp could voice a word, the visiting commissioner ( from the way he sounded, a very learned and experienced officer) frowned at the concocted charges and recommended that they dropped the petition and rather file a suit in a civil court instead of bringing the police into the picture.
In view of the lies peddled on some social media platforms, I wish to state here clearly that, 1) Harrysong was never whisked away by some mobile police officers to an unknown location; 2) It wasn’t an arrest but an invitation by the AIG, a high ranking police officer, which he honoured. 3) A supposed breach of contract as captured in their petition is a civil and not a criminal case.
On the other hand, as against the kangaroo statement released by Five Star music earlier today. I wish to also state that Harrysong did not at any time approach anyone or company to sign him; it was rather the other way round.
Kcee approached Harrysong on bended knees to help salvage his dying career after he fell out with his then partner. As much as Harrysong loved to help him out in that time of need, it is worthy of note that;
1. He (Kcee) was talentless and knows next to nothing about music.
2. Harrysong had a running contract with Questionmark Records, but out of desperation, Kcee and his Five Star Music were prepared to pay off Kelvin Luciano in their quest to have him (Harrysong) at all cost. It would be recalled that Harrysong succeeded in recreating Kcee’s sound, wrote and co-produced his first meaningful single, ‘Had it been I know’, followed by ‘Okpekete’, ‘Limpopo’, ‘Pull Over’ and other songs that defined the Kcee that everyone now knows and celebrates today, all pro bono.
For what it’s worth, Harrysong’s dealing with Five Star Music was with the clause that he would be left to pursue his career whenever he deemed it fit.
As the case may be, we are not surprised at the turn out of things and why Kcee-led Five Star Music has chosen the way of reproach rather than that of honour. The earlier they wake up to the reality that Harrysong had long dumped them in a trash bin and moved on, the better for them. I can tell you for free, he is not coming back.
And to our fans and the general public, I wish to apologize on their behalf and to leave you with these words, ‘Kcee is confused and as such frustrated and we can understand’.
For the records, Alterplate has come to stay and you are free to do business with Harrysong and Alterplate Management, we are indeed the real deal.
The above is written by Desmond Ike Chima for Harrysong and Alterplate
Nigeria is seizing back one of Africa's richest oil blocs and will prosecute petroleum giants Shell and Eni in a $1.2 billion corruption scandal that has drawn investigators from the United States, Italy, France, Switzerland and Holland, according to a Nigerian Federal High Court document.
The court on Thursday ceded control of Oil Prospecting Licence 245 to the government while the West African country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission investigates and prosecutes suspects in the "Malabu Oil scam," according to a statement from the commission.
The commission's petition to the court says Dutch-British corporation Shell and Italian Agip — now Eni — bought the bloc in 2011 knowing the transaction was "fraught with fraud" and that the $1.2bn payment to former petroleum minister Dan Etete and his allies was a bribe. The state oil company got only $210m from the deal.
The government is preparing further charges of "conspiracy, bribery, official corruption and money-laundering" against Shell and Eni, the petition says.
Criminal charges already have been filed against both companies and several executives in an Italian court in Milan.
"This is historic. Generations of Nigerians have been robbed of life-saving services while oil men have grown rich at their expense," said Simon Taylor of the anti-corruption body Global Witness. "Companies and their investors must understand they can no longer do backdoor deals with corrupt officials without paying a hefty price."
Eni has not received notification of the court order, spokesman Roberto Carlo Albini told The Associated Press. "Eni denies any wrongdoing," he said. Shell Nigeria spokesman Bamidele Olugbenga Odugbesan said he had no comment.
The oil companies paid the $1.2bn into a Nigerian government escrow account at the London branch of JPMorgan Chase, and former justice minister Mohammed Bello Adoke authorised its distribution.
The commission last month filed charges of fraud and money laundering against Etete, Adoke and businessman Aliyu Abubakar.
The petition says Nigeria's former military dictator Gen. Sani Abacha and Etete used front men to form Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd. and illegally awarded themselves OPL 245. After Abacha's mysterious death in 1998, the company directors and shareholding was fraudulently altered to divest Abacha's son, Mohammed, it says.
The Malabu bloc was seized by the government once before, by the civilian government of Olusegun Obasanjo in 2001. Malabu Oil sued and an out of court agreement returned the bloc to the company.
Friday, 27 January 2017
Thrills, frills, as Gani Adams storms Ile-Ife for Oodua Festival
National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, Otunba Gani Adams, on Wednesday arrived at Ile Ife, Osun State, to kick off the annual Oodua Festival, which took place on Thursday
Adams is the Chief Promoter of Olokun Festival Foundation, OFF, organisers of the Oodua Festival, an offshoot of the OPC, saddled with the responsibility of promoting the culture, tradition of, and moral values among the Yoruba race.
The ace Yoruba heritage propagator, Adams, stormed Ile-Ife with fanfare, accosted by several top members of Nigerian media and entertainment industries as well as a retinue of members of OPC who trooped in from many states of the federation and their Oodua Progressives Union, OPU, counterparts from several contries of the world.
The annual Oodua Festival kicked off on Wednesday night with the Beauty Pageants Contest which featured sleek looking ladies in series of fitting dresses that sent sparkles into the sky to add colour and glamour to the charged atmosphere at Hilton Hotels, Ile-Ife, venue of the event..
On Thursday, the Festival moved to the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Enitan, The Ojaja 1, where the grand finale of the 2017 edition of the Oodua Festival held at the Palace Square.
Adams told Oodua Voice Radio and Magazine that this year’s event is unique as it witnessed a large turnout of participants from the fold of OPC, particularly, members of the OPU, who trooped in from outside the country to identify with their race in celebrating Oduduwa, the father of Yoruba.
“The fact that we are here, more in number than we were last year is a testimony that we are advancing as a group. We are not static and we are not barren. We are waxing stronger in strength. We have been able to install sanity in OPC by identifying the bad eggs and weeding them away to give room for unfettered implementation of our agenda for the race.
“The Yoruba believes so much in the spirit of Omoluabi. We are repository of knowledge and good moral. That is why we have been able to tower above every other race to becoming the reference point to all in the field of development and resourceful leadership,” he said.
On Friday, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi will took the baton from the Ooni to host the OPU, as it will be holding its world congress in Oyo town.
Otunba Gani Adams is the Worldwide Convener of the Oodua Progressives Union.
Thursday, 26 January 2017
|United States President, Donald Trump|
The United States has been demoted — it is no longer a “full democracy,” but officially a flawed one, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, EIU.
The EIU issues an annual report, The Democracy Index, which ranks nations under four categories: full democracy, flawed democracy, hybrid regime and authoritarian regime.
The latest index, in which America’s score fell to 7.98 (8.00 is required to be a full democracy), is titled for a probable explanation: Democracy Index 2016, Revenge of the Deplorables.
The United States in now ranked below Japan, the top-rated flawed democracy, and above Italy, which is not known for its smoothness of political process.
The EIU report says the decline “reflects an erosion of confidence in government and public institutions over many years” as “public trust in government has been on a steady downward trend since shortly after the September 11th attacks in 2001.”
Donald Trump, who the report notes was elected by “exploiting this trust deficit and tapping into Americans’ anger and frustration with the functioning of their democratic institutions and representatives,” is not to blame. To wit, “his candidacy was not the cause of the deterioration in trust but rather a consequence of it.”
The Index attributes the fall from full democracy to multiple factors which have undermined confidence in institutes over the course of decades: the Vietnam War, Watergate scandal, Iraqs, and the housing/financial crisis of 2008-2009.
Drawing a resonant theme from the 2016 election, the EIU found “income inequality has also been a key underlying factor,” and is greater in the US than in other rich countries. “Studies show that higher income inequality reduces trust in others and social capital—this is linked to a notion of fairness,” says the report.
Another factor cited for the slide was deepening partisanship, contributed to by gerrymandering.
“The ideological entrenchment of congressional representatives fosters deadlock,” according to the EIU. “Bitter partisanship has developed, in part because many congressional districts have been redrawn in a way that gives one party a built-in advantage.”
This results in the inability to compromise, as “members of Congress fear a challenge in their party primaries, which are controlled by the party base, and are consequently incentivised to move to the right (for Republicans) or to the left (for Democrats).” That refusal to compromise, says the report, “reinforces a lack of confidence in Congress among voters.”
A father and daughter have been ordered to stay away from one another after admitting to having a second child together.
The pair, aged 37 and 23, were forced to confess that they had resumed their incestual relationship after their son died from sudden infant death syndrome.
A judge in their hometown of Dunedin, New Zealand, has now ordered them to stay away from one another for two years.
The father was also barred from from coming within 100km (63 miles) of the South Island city.
Calling it "very serious repeat offending", Judge Kevin Phillips said it "strikes at the heart of what the community would consider right and proper conduct," according to the Otago Daily Times.
The court heard that, the woman gave birth to their second child in June 2013.
When the baby died from sudden infant death syndrome three months later, police asked a pathologist to conduct a DNA test, which confirmed that the pair were the baby's biological parents.
The couple, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had already been convicted of incest in 2012 after the birth of their first child.
On that occasion they were sentenced to a supervision order and the father also received a community work order.
The court heard that the daughter is the child of the man’s relationship with his 30-year-old foster mother when he was just 13 years old.
He had little to do with his her as a child, but they began a sexual relationship shortly after they were reunited in 2010 when she was 16.
Judge Phillips said sentencing had been "an extremely difficult exercise".
He added that was concerned by the actions of her father, but said the daughter deserved "one final opportunity".
He told the father: "You need to be a master, the controller of what is now put in place, you need to be disciplined and solid in regards to your non-association with your co-defendant … it has to end totally now."
As well as the contact ban he also sentenced him to six months’ community detention.
The attention of the Nigerian Army (NA) has been drawn to activities of fraudsters demanding money from applicants of the 76 Regular Recruits Intake for trades/non trades men and women. The fraudsters posing as army officers with the names, Lieutenant Femi and Lieutenant GbengaDanjuma respectively, operate with the GSM number 08165007425.
The NA wishes to state that the processing of application forms into the Army is free of charge. Applicants are advised to log on to www.narecruitment.org to process their application forms or if in doubts, call the following phone numbers: 08038575725 or 08061541440.
While effort is ongoing to track and apprehend the fraudulent syndicates, the general public should note that the NA does not charge applicants money or gratification for whatever reasons. The public is therefore encouraged to report any person or group parading himself or herself as an agent of the NA for the ongoing recruitment exercise.
The general public is also advised to be wary of dubious offers of recruitment especially through the internet and report such offers or person to the nearest Nigerian Army unit orformation and Police Stations.
You are please requested to disseminate this information to the general public through your medium. Thank you for your usual cooperation.
SANI KUKASHEKA USMAN
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM mni, has embarked on an official visit to London on the invitation of SO15, the London Metropolitan Police Service.
The SO15 is part of the Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism Command that works for the protection of London and the United Kingdom, against threats of terrorism.
This visit is part of the gains of the International donor platform established by the IGP on assumption of office in June, 2016 to empower Police personnel in modern techniques of fighting organized crimes.
Although terrorism is being rapidly degraded in Nigeria, owing to the steadfastness of the Nigerian security system, there are collateral challenges confronting the nation such as kidnap for ransom, ethnic clashes and politically motivated murder.
The visit will discuss areas of provision of working tools and capacity building
Contrary to the compelling objectives of the planned visit, however, some sections of the Nigerian online and print media are disseminating invented and incorrect stories, and misrepresenting facts regarding the official visit of the IGP to the United Kingdom.
For the avoidance of doubt, the IGP did not lead “a high powered delegation” to visit President Mohammadu Buhari, who is on vacation in London. The visit of IGP to London while the President is on vacation is merely coincidental.
Indeed, the present visit to the United Kingdom by the IGP will not be the first time the nation’s top security chief will be consolidating on pre-existing protocols and collaborations with other countries across the world, in the quest for a more secure Nigeria and by extension, a safer world.
The media is once again enjoined to always cross check their facts rather than hide under the convenient guise of “unconfirmed sources,” to peddle mischief and mislead the public.
The Nigeria Police Force will continue to partner with the media in the attainment of National Security Goals
The final phase of the visit ended in 72 Special Forces Battalion and the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering Makurdi, Benue State.
In the two places, General Abubakar and his team were briefed on the operational and administrative states of the Unit and the Engineering School. Where necessary, professional guidance and directives were given by the GOC with the view to enhancing the overall operational and administrative effectiveness of the Unit and the School.
In his address to the Officers, Soldiers and Civilian Personnel of the institutions, General AbUbakar reiterated the commitment of the NA's leadership to the welfare of personnel and their families in the areas of decent living accommodation, medicals, pay and allowances and other basic necessities.
"In all the Formations, Units and NA Schools in 82 Division that I visited, one thing appears consistent and recurrent, and that is, - the ongoing building and renovation of Officers' and Soldiers' Living Quarters".. We saw this in 13 Brigade, Calabar, 14 Brigade Ohafia, Abia State, 34 Brigade Owerri, Imo State and 24 Support Engineer Regiment in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. Other ongoing accommodation construction are - in the Nigerian Army Language Institute at Ovim, Abia State, and what we just inspected here in 72 Special Forces Battalion" - General AbUbakar stated.
While addressing troops of 72 Battalion, the GOC sensitized them on their constitutional duties and the peculiar responsibility of maintaining law and order in Benue and other contagious States. "Let me remind you of the precarious security situations in your Area of Responsibility - these are - issues of Communal, Ethnic and Farmers - Herdsmen clashes as well as the Agatu Crisis". .. In all these security challenges, you must be more vigilant, discipline and proactive" - the GOC opined.
"Wherever you are drafted either for peace enforcement or peace keeping, - the basic principles of Internal Security Operations apply, and you must strictly adhere to them or risk going to jail. Consequently, while on duty, especially in very likely crisis areas like Agatu, Vandeikya, Logo and Katsina - Ala axis, you must remain neutral and ready to justify (with sufficient/compelling evidence) your individual and group action (s) or inaction (s)" - General Abubakar hammered.
The GOC commended the troops for their dedication, commitment and discipline. He urged them to maintain the professional standards the NA is noted for, as the NA of today has zero tolerance for indiscipline.
The attention of the Office of the Hon. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN has been drawn to another sensational offering from the platform of the Premium Times.
Hakeem is the Special Adviser, Communications to the Hon. Minister
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
PRNigeria gathered that the incidents occurred at Usmanti and Kaleri area of Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.
The first attack occurred late midnight of Tuesday, January 24, 2017 when the suicide bomber targeted a security outpost in the area but was quickly spotted and was blown off after a shot from securitymen. No casualty was involved except the male suicide bomber.
The second attempt occurred during the early morning prayer at 5:30am today when two suicide bombers, a male and female, attempted to enter a mosque while prayer was on.
They were spotted by security volunteers (Civilian JTF) who accosted them. The terrorists detonated their explosives which killed them on the spot and one security volunteer. Two other people were injured.
Meanwhile the Spokesperson of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the North-East, Abdulkadir Ibrahim confirmed that rescue workers have evacuated the bodies to mortuary after the incidents.