Sex Scandal: Reps Accuse US Ambassador Of Racial Bias

One of the three members of the House of Representatives accused of alleged sexual misconduct by the outgoing United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle, yesterday accused the envoy of racial bias stating that the allegations are premeditated.

Hon. Mark Gbillah who made the declaration yesterday while making his presentation at the investigative hearing on the allegations, insisted that he was wrongly accused and would do everything legally possible to clear his name.

He said: “The US Ambassador from the onset had a condescending attitude towards us as a group. He was scheduled to meet with us but never did.

“Even when I met him at a function, I walked up to him and introduced myself as one of the participants of the programme, he condemningly responded that I was one of the members who embarrassed him in his country. It was in that brief encounter that I learnt of the allegation and even advised him to make a formal report not aware that I was part of the supposed persons.

“Cleveland and Ohio as a state is known for racism. There have been cases where non-whites were accused for offences that turned out to be false. Recently, a man of Arabian extraction was accused of being a member of ISIS by a clerk of a hotel just because he was dressed in an Arabian attire and spoke Arabic. He was arrested but later found to be innocent”, he stated.

“The ambassador is not exempted from this racial prejudice given his background and he made this manifest in the way and manner he handled this issue.

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Reps Accuse Banks Of Promoting Prostitution

The House of Representatives yesterday accused banks of encouraging prostitution by setting unrealistic targets for their female marketers. It also decried casualisation in the industry, describing it as slavery.

Hon. Segun Alexander Adekola, who sponsored the motion entitled, “Urgent Need to Curb Unwholesome Practices of Banks in Nigeria,” said staffers who don’t meet the largely unrealistic targets are summarily dismissed.

Contributing to the motion which led to a long debate, Hon. Rita Orji said in some cases, bankers who failed to meet targets were sacked through text messages.

Adekola said: “A critical assessment of the targets being given to these employees to meet, show them to be unrealistic, unreasonable, ordinarily unattainable and irrational.

“But these banks resort to unethical means to ensure that these targets are met by either explicitly or impliedly encouraging their staff, especially the female ones to engage in illicit behaviour.”

House  Majority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, recalled that he made an attempt to stop the practice with his Corporate Prostitution Bill presented in the Sixth Assembly, saying that the bill got to the stage of a public hearing, but some bankers shot it down.”

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Tianjin Blast: Residents Accuse Govt Of Negligence

Dozens of angry residents whose homes were badly damaged by huge explosions last week in China’s northeastern port city of Tianjin, have accused the government of ignoring their plight and have demanded compensation.

Around 40 residents, holding signs that read “buy back (our homes)”, gathered outside a hotel on Tuesday where an official news conference was being held and demanded compensation after their residential apartments were damaged by two huge blasts that ripped through an industrial zone late last Wednesday killing over 100 people.

“Estate management (people) kept saying that they are in negotiation. But now we think it’s all nonsense, they just lie to everyone,” said 35-year-old resident Fang Qi.

“We, the owners of the properties, went to the office of the letter and complaints bureau yesterday and found out the information that our community had not been reported on, nobody knew it, so they treated it as a de-populated zone.”

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Reps Accuse Jonathan of Aiding Budget Fraud, Says Govt Offices Spend N16 Trillion Anually

House of Representatives said it has uncovered what may turn out Nigeria’s biggest fraud yet, accusing the Jonathan administration of spending N16 trillion on its super offices yearly, while the entire country is given a meagre budget of about N4 trillion. The claim was made by the House Public Accounts Committee.

The committee said while the Nigerian government complains of revenue for key projects, the same government has allowed dozens of powerful offices, graded as “statutory and extra-ministerial departments” to spend a minimum of N16 trillion yearly.

The amount spent by the offices are not regulated, audited or appropriated by the National Assembly. Much of the figure are generated by the respective offices and are deployed at the whims of their chief executives.

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Jonathan Deliberately Allowed Boko Haram to Fester- APC

The APC has said President Goodluck Jonathan bears a huge moral responsibility that will hunt him for a long time to come for deliberately allowing the Boko Haram insurgency to fester, leading to the deaths of over 15,000 Nigerians and the displacement of over 3 million others in the past six years.

In a statement issued in London on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also hailed the military for the successes it has recorded in the battle against Boko Haram in recent times, saying the string of victories confirms the party’s stand that the Nigerian military can hold its own anywhere and anytime, if provided with the necessary equipment and if the morale of the troops is not undermined.

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PDP Accuses INEC of Colluding with APC in Lagos

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of deliberately trying to disenfranchise its members and supporters in Lagos State by refusing to release their Permanent Voter Cards to them.

The party said  officials of INEC are working hand with the APC in the state to frustrate the distribution of the PVCs in PDP strongholds, as well as to non-indigenes in the state. The PDP made the accusation in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in Abuja.

The party described the development as unacceptable, illegal and part of the criminal plot by the APC to hold on to power in the face of its dwindling popularity among the people.

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Buhari Accuses Jonathan of Embracing Violence

Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, who is the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of breaching his oath of office.

Buhari made this statement on Wednesday through a statement made public by the spokesperson of his campaign organisation, Malam Garba Shehu.

According to the statement, the former Head of State stated that President Jonathan breached his oath of office by aligning with Niger Delta militants. The APC flag bearer accused Jonathan of complicity and alliance with ethnic war lords who had threatened war should he (Jonathan) fails at the February 14 presidential polls.

The statement reads: “This unholy alliance by the president with elements that served notice of their diabolical intention to foment trouble is in negation to the oath of allegiance sworn to over five years ago by the president, to maintain the territorial integrity and indivisible Nigeria.”

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