Nigerian Emerges UK’s Most Powerful Black Person

A Nigerian, Tom Ilube, has emerged the United Kingdom’s most powerful black man.

Ilube, who’s also a British citizen, was unveiled as the most powerful black man in the country by Powerlist, a publication which selects 100 of the most powerful people of African and African Caribbean heritage.

Powerlist explained that competitors were judged on their “ability to change lives and alter events, as demonstrated over a protracted period of time and in a positive manner.”

An independent panel of judges led by Dame Linda Dobbs, a former high court judge, and Michael Eboda, a publisher, recommended him, after which he was announced.

Ilube, 53, who was born in Isleworth, west London, to a Nigerian father, schooled at the University of Benin, Edo State, where he bagged a B.Sc Physics. He later obtained an MBA at Cass Business School in London.

After graduation, several efforts to get a job all ended in frustration. He applied and was rejected for a graduate trainee scheme at McDonald’s “for not being good enough”.

But he didn’t give up. He sent applications to every company starting with the letter A and was turned down again and again, so he started working through the Bs and ended up working for British Airways as a programmer. He later worked at the London Stock Exchange in the 1980s, where he was one of few black professionals. He was able to work his way to the top.

Ilube is renowned for his outstanding work in education. He founded Hammersmith Academy, which opened in September 2011 and has gone on to become one of the UK’s most innovative technology schools.

A philanthropist, he set up African Gifted Foundation, to help transform the lives of hundreds of children on the continent.

Earlier this year, he opened the African Science Academy (ASA), Africa’s first girls-only science and technology school, based in Ghana, with young women scientists attending from Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

Though a fee-paying school, ASA provides scholarships for students with financial needs.

The academy which is driving Africa’s development by inspiring and unleashing the next generation of gifted scientists and engineers, aims to admit over 200 students a year.

Commenting on the institution, he said: “I am convinced that we have brilliant young women in African who have the potential to be tomorrow’s world class scientists and engineers.

“Launching the African Science Academy is the highlight of all my work in education over the past decade. I am convinced that we have brilliant young women in African who have the potential to be tomorrow’s world class scientists and engineers.”

Ilube, who has established several successful technology companies, has a vast experience. He served as the chief executive officer of Crossword Cybersecurity Plc and served as its chairman of the board until September 1, 2016.

He was the managing director at Callcredit Limited and Consumer Markets at Callcredit Information Group Limited. He also founded Garlik Ltd. and served as its chief executive officer. Ilube co-founded Lost Wax in 1996 and served as its chief executive officer, where he took an active role in the business development. He served as chief information officer of Egg plc. Ilube has over 25 years of commercial systems delivery experience with a range of blue chip organizations, including Goldman Sachs, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, London Stock Exchange, British Airways and Cap Gemini. He served as Overall programme manager for the initial launch of Egg financial services. He is a highly regarded board level adviser and inspirational speaker on e-commerce issues and technology trends. He currently serves as a director of Crossword Cybersecurity Plc and Callcredit Limited.

On his latest recognition, he said: “I’m incredibly proud of all of our Powerlistees this year and over the past 10 years in which we’ve published the magazine. Tom isn’t a household name, but quietly behind the scenes, he has had an incredible effect on the lives of so many people across the world.”


New Info Emerges On Leaked Clinton’s email

A top official at the State Department repeatedly sought to have the FBI back down on classifying the contents of an email from Hillary Clinton’s private email server, documents released Monday revealed.

According to notes from interviews conducted during an FBI investigation into Clinton’s email practices, Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy personally tried to convince FBI officials that the email should be declassified. One interviewee described feeling “pressured” by another FBI official at Kennedy’s request.
The FBI is denying that any “quid pro quo” was offered in the fight between the bureau and State Department over the classification level of the email, though one interview described it as such.
At issue are somewhat contradictory interview notes contained in the crop of newly released FBI documents. In one, an FBI official recounted hearing second-hand that the State Department had offered a “quid pro quo” in exchange for declassifying an email. In another, a different FBI official said he told State Department he’d look into the email, if State Department looked into his request for personnel in Iraq.
An FBI records management official told the FBI in one interview that a member of the International Operations Division (IOD) told him that Kennedy had reached out to have an email unclassified in exchange for a “quid pro quo,” according to the records management official, documents revealed Monday show. The records management official said the IOD official “pressured” him to change the email’s classification.
In return for FBI declassifying one of the Clinton server emails, the interviewee said as relayed by the IOD official, the State Department official offered to help station FBI agents overseas in sensitive areas.
The anonymous individual said in a later meeting at State with several intelligence agencies, Kennedy responded to a question about whether any emails were classified by making eye contact and saying, “well, we’ll see.”
After the meeting, the individual said, “Kennedy spent the next 15 minutes debating the classification for he email and attempting to influence the FBI to change its markings.”
That records management official concluded State had an “agenda” related to “minimizing” the classification issues with Clinton’s emails.
The newly released documents contain a summary of interview notes related to the FBI’s investigation into whether classified information was improperly handled while Clinton was secretary of state.
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IPOB: Another Faction Emerges, Sacks Kanu

The crisis rocking the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), took a new turn yesterday as another faction which goes by the name Reformed Indigenous People of Biafra (RE-IPOB) emerged.
Two days ago, The Rebranded Indigenous People of Biafra (TRIPOB) emerged and threatened to burn the Biafra flag publicly on October
Spokesman for the new group, Ikemba Biafra, disclosed that it has sacked the IPOB led by the detained Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and the Chima Philip Effiong Osuji-led TRIPOB,  claiming that both groups no longer have the right to speak for Biafra.
It alleged that Kanu has lost touch with realities of Biafra while TRIPOB has nothing to offer.
While promising to disclose their leader on Monday, August 29, 2016, it advised all pro-Biafran agitators to remain peaceful. It also warned security agents to stop molesting Biafra activists.
“Both IPOB and TRIPOB have been sacked; they should no longer speak for the Biafran people. They are the same outfit and have nothing to offer Biafra,” the spokesman said. “We warn that if Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB  and the so-called TRIPOB  continue their antics, RE-IPOB will be forced to make public the sponsors of the two groups. RE-IPOB will not accede to the burning of the Biafran flag as the sacked TRIPOB planned. The Biafran flag is sacred to Biafrans.”
The statement added, however, that RE-IPOB is open to dialogue if the Nigerian government is sincere about ending the protracted agitations for an independent state of Biafra, and warned that the group would not tolerate any insincerity from the government.
“If the Federal Government is sincere in its dialogue with RE-IPOB, then the Biafran flag can be exchanged with the Nigerian flag in the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Security Adviser, Director of State Security and the Elders of Biafra. If the dialogue is fruitful; then a peace treaty and a ‘no victor no vanquished tree’ will be planted at Gakem where the first shot of the Nigerian Civil war started and at Amichi, Nnewi where the formal cessation of hostilities of the war began.”
Meanwhile, IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, said the group is intact, strong and determined to continue with the struggle for the restoration of state of Biafra.

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New Militant Group Emerges, Vow To Blow Up Refineries, Gas Plant

Another militant group, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, NDGJM, has emerged with a threat to bring down the Refinery in Eleme, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Warri Refinery and the Utorogun gas plant in Otu-Jeremi in Ughelli South Local Government Area, Delta State in few days should the federal government fail to listen to them.

Issuing 48 hours to oil multinationals still in the upland of the region, especially in the Ogba/Egi axis of Rivers state, Urhobo/Isoko/Ndokwa axis of Delta state and other upland oil producing areas to evacuate their personnel, they decried that all the people of the upland Niger Delta, under whose watch the largest and most critical oil assets are located, have been ignored over the years as government and the oil companies pander to every whim and cough of those who have violently engaged the state.

The group in a statement by its Spokesman, self-styled Gen. Aldo Agbalaja said: “We have keenly watched developments in the country in recent times, developments that are most depressing, very much depicting the marginalization and subjugation of the hapless people of our region.

“We have thought very deeply about the ongoing shenanigan and play-acting going on between the federal government and some self-styled ‘Niger Delta agitators’ and thought if we fail to make our own statement now, then there will be no future for the larger Niger Delta region”.

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Militants Threaten To Resume Bombing As New Group Emerges

Niger Delta militants have threatened to re­sume hostilities and have alleged that the two weeks ceasefire agree­ment elapsed without any commitment on the part of the Federal Gov­ernment.

The fighters said gov­ernment officials are more interested in grand­standing rather than initiating dialogue with them.

In a statement entitled: ‘If you make the peace­ful change that we seek impossible, we will make violent change possible’, a group called Ultimate Warriors of the Niger Delta said if the situation continued that way, mas­sive attacks on oil assets will commence in the days ahead.

“Our patience is run­ning out and we have decided to let the world know our grievances pure and plain again. We are sounding this as a last warning before the whirl­wind gets down.

“The tsunami that will descend in coming days would be severe for the current government to handle. The operations that would follow these plans are strategic and all operations would be codi­fied as our goals have been codified in a one line mis­sion statement.

“The Federal Govern­ment cannot continue to give us crumbs. We own the oil, we own the wealth, we will no longer accept outsider’s controlling oil blocs that are in our land. We want 60 percent of it for our people because we own the resources that sustain the country,” Sibiri Taiowoh, spokesman of the group said in a statement.

Also, former militant leaders in Bayelsa State have vowed to stop the spread of bombing of oil installations in the state by criminal elements.

Warning members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), the former mili­tant leaders said they will resist attack on oil instal­lations in the state. The former militants leaders commended the Minister of State for Petroleum Re­sources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and the state government for their commitment to bringing sustainable peace in the state and the Niger Delta region.

Meanwhile, the De­fence Headquarters has scrapped the Joint Force Operation Pulo Shield and immediately replaced it with Opera­tion Delta Safe. A state­ment by acting Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar said the change was necessary in the face of current security chal­lenges.

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New Niger Delta Militant Group Emerges, Issues 7-day Ultimatum

The Federal Government now has a new group of militants to contend with, following the emergence of the Red Egbesu Water Lions, which has vowed to team up with the Niger Delta Avengers in ensuring zero production of oil and gas in the region.

But it wasn’t clear as at Wednesday whether it was a resurrection of the Egbesu Mightier Fraternity Of Izon (Ijaw) Land and The Water Lion, a group which became prominent five years ago when its members threatened to eject people of northern origin from the region when the Boko Haram sect started attacking Christians in the North-East.

In a statement by its Creek Network Coordinator, “General” Torunanawei Latei, on Wednesday, the new militant group vowed to work with the Niger Delta Avengers and Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, to ensure that all their demands were met in the next seven days.

Among others, the group demanded the immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader and the discharge of former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki from prison custody.

It also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to defreeze the bank accounts of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo.

The Red Egbesu Water Lions, said to be an Ijaw group, threatened to shut down all oil exploration activities in the Niger Delta at the expiration of the ultimatum if the president ignores the group’s demands.

As part of its requests which must be met in the next one week, the group called for the “unconditional and immediate payment to victims of the Bonga Oil Spill and Chevron gas explosion in Koluama, Bayelsa state”.

While decrying the alleged lawlessness of the Buhari-led federal government, the Ijaw group argued that the government was becoming notorious for deliberate disobedience to court orders.

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Maduekwe Emerges Secretary To PDP BoT

The former Minister of the Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, has been elected as the new Secretary to the Board of Trustee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

At a meeting of the BoT which is still ongoing at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja, Senator Waheed Jibril was endorsed as the substantive chairman of the body.

 It was gathered that although the national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, tried to reconcile with the aggrieved BoT members, some of them are still not satisfied and may be trying to conclude the election of new leadership before asserting themselves.

One of their grievances is an alleged move by the Sheriff- led NWC to amend the constitution of the party in order to muzzle and control the BOT and thereby subject it to the whims and caprices of the NWC”.

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New Lead To Possible Killers Of Abducted Colonel Emerges

A new lead has emerged about the possible abductors and killers of late Colonel Smaila Inusa, whose body was discovered on Tuesday, three days after he was kidnapped by unknown assailants.

According to a military intelligence source, the authorities are exploring a new possible lead to the death of Inusa, who was earlier thought to have been kidnapped for ransom.

The source noted that the shocking discovery that the senior officer was killed by his abductors has created suspicion that it might have been an insider job, as much as the external hit.

According to the military insiders, external kidnap and murder of an Army officer would have been too risky a mission without an insider collaboration.

Also, the fact that the killers did not ask for ransom rankled the authorities to start expanding the scope of their search as well as consider a possible inside connection.

“The Colonel was finally confirmed murdered on the day he was abducted, apparently the killers are not after ransom, the murderers must have other reason for their action. The general public are kindly requested on this unfortunate incidence with any information that can assist in tracking them,” a message noted.

The Nigerian Army had on announced that late Colonel Inusa who was kidnapped on Saturday night, March 26, 2016, was found dead at about 6.00pm on Tuesday.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman who confirmed the development said that preliminary investigation revealed that most likely the late senior officer was killed same day he was kidnapped by his abductors.

“This is because the body was found already decomposing around Ajyaita village off Eastern Bypass Kaduna, Kaduna State,” Usman noted.

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See Photo Of Gay Couple Whose Wedding Was Disrupted In Abuja

We reported yesterday of the disruption of a gay wedding last Saturday at a hotel in Jiwa Community of Abuja, King’s Land Hotel.

The Federal Capital Territory Police Command gave the names of the couple as Ibrahim Lawal (husband) and Umar Tahir (wife), added that the men were both from Kaduna State.

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New Speaker Emerges At ECOWAS Parliament

A new Speaker has been sworn in at the ECOWAS parliament alongside 115 new members of the regional parliament.

This was at the inaugural session of the 4th legislature of the ECOWAS parliament.

Senegalese born Moustapha Cisse-Lo who emerged unopposed, was unanimously elected by the Anglophone and Francophone member states to steer the wheels of the parliament for the next four years.

Taking over the reins of the parliament, Mr Cisse-Lo has the charge to see to the adoption of the supplementary act to enhance the powers of the regional parliament. This is among other tasks on regional security, development and trade.

The outgoing Speaker, Ike Ekweremadu set a major task for his incumbent; the enhancement of the powers of the ECOWAS parliament which he said was long overdue.

This charge was echoed by the Nigerian Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who said that the regional parliament has a task to recreate the sub-region with trade, infrastructural development and security at the front burner.

The new Speaker gave credence to the decision of the parliamentarians to elect him as he promised his determination to succeed with the tasks ahead.

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New PDP Chairman Emerges March 19 Next Year

In an attempt to placate aggrieved members from the North-East who are kicking against the eligibility of the Acting National Chairman, Uche Secondus, to stay in office, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) yesterday issued the  timetable for 2016 chapter congresses and national convention.

In a four-paragraph statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the NWC fixed March 12, 2016 for state congresses, while zonal congresses would hold on March 16, 2016. According to the statement, the national convention to elect new national officers would hold on March 19.

The statement was, however, silent on whether the timetable was subject to the approval of the national executive committee.

But it was learnt that the NWC at the end of its meeting on Wednesday, arrived at the decision as part of measures to disabuse the minds of party faithful from the North-East, who are already kicking against Secondus from the South-South.

An aspirant for the office of national chairman and former Special Adviser to former President, Goodluck Jonathan, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, had dragged the PDP and Secondus, before an Abuja High Court, over his (Secondus) continued stay in office, submitting that it was “a gross violation of the party’s constitution.”

Gulak, in the suit filed by his lawyer, J. S. Okutapa (SAN), said as a registered member from Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State, North-East zone, he was qualified for the position, which he alleged he was being denied.

He said Secondus, who was elected the Deputy National Chairman from Rivers State and who, upon Mu’azu’s voluntary resignation on May 29, 2015, assumed the position of Acting National Chairman, has continued to run the affairs of the party in gross violation of its constitution.

In his reaction, Gulak vowed to pursue the case against PDP and Secondus.

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450 Year Old Church Emerges From Reservoir After Water Levels Drop

Due to a drought in southern Mexico, water levels have dropped so much that a 450-year-old church looks as if it has risen from the ground.

The water levels around the abandoned 16th Century church in Chiapas are so low that the place of worship is now visible above the water.

The church known as The Temple of Santiago or The Temple of Quechula, disappeared beneath 100 feet of water after a dam was erected in the late 60s to make the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir.

Now, the levels have dropped by 80 feet.

Tours of the church are now being given by local fisherman that brings people around by boat. The church looks like a floating island in the water.

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News Alert: New Senate Chief Whip Emerges

Senator Olusola Adeyeye (APC-Osun Central) has been made the new chief whip of the Nigerian senate.

Adeyeye was nominated for the position by the Senate South West Caucus.

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Graft Suspect, Audu Emerges APC’s Kogi Flagbearer

Former Governor of Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu, on Sunday received the nod of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to seek a return to the office he had occupied twice.

He is currently being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged contract scams totaling N10 billion.

After a landslide victory at the election primaries of the party, Audu pledged to repeat the feat at the coming election in the state. He also pledged to run an all-inclusive government and invest in critical infrastructure for the benefits of the state.

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Gbajabiamila Emerges Reps Majority Leader

The leadership crisis in the House of Representatives appears to have been resolved as the member, representing Surulere Federal Constituency of Lagos, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, has emerged the Majority Leader of the House.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met the representatives ahead of their resumption today but the federal lawmakers emerged from the meeting singing discordant tunes, suggesting that the meeting with the president had failed.

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New Extremist Sect Emerges In Kebbi, Preaches Doctrines Similar To Boko Haram

A religious sect identified as “Yanlabaiku, which preaches doctrines similar to those of Boko Haram is currently in its infancy with 100 members at its base in Gwadangwaji, near Birnin Kebbi, the capital of Kebbi state.

While no violence has been associated with the activities of the group, it is reported to be against western education and is currently holding public preaching, meetings and processions to draw more converts to their cause.

According to the newspaper, members of the group are equally called “Yanlokoloko”, said to be one of the names of one of its leaders, Ismaila Lokoloko, who is assisted by one Bala Amadu. It was gathered that the group is opposed to one of the major teachings of the Islamic religion – the five daily prayers – as it allegedly preaches against offering them as Islam dictates.

With a slogan that identifies them as putting their belief in their Sheikh above God, Yanlokoloko are said to willingly surrender their wives to spend the night with their important visitors, especially scholars from the group.
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Mimiko Emerges Chairman PDP Governors’ Forum

Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has been elected the chairman the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors’ forum.

Mr. Mimiko was elected at a meeting of the PDP governors in Maitama, Abuja, on Wednesday.

The Ondo governor was deputy to the former chairman of the forum, Godswill Akpabio, the immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State.

The coordinator of the PDP governors’ forum, Osaro Onaiwu, had told PREMIUM TIMES last week that there had been informal meetings where about nine of the governors agreed that Mr. Mimiko be their new chairman.

According to Mr. Onaiwu, an earlier meeting scheduled for last week was shelved as the governors were engaged in the negotiations and horse-trading with regards to the elections of the new leadership of the national assembly.

The PDP presently has 13 governors.


Yari Emerges New Chairman Of Governors’ Forum

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has chosen Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari as its new chairman on Monday. Yari emerged at the end of the meeting of the Forum held at the Lagos/Osun Hall of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel,  Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Governor of Rivers State,  Rotimi Amaechi, who is the outgoing chairman of the body said that Yari emerged chairman by consensus and would serve for a period of one year.

Monday’s meeting is the first time the state governors will be meeting after the Forum descended into crisis in May 2013 following the emergence of two factions.

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Buhari’s Cabinet Emerges A Week After May 29

Names of Ministers who will serve under the new administration of the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari would be unveiled within one week after the administration is inaugurated on May 29. The cabinet is likely to be a lean one.

Buhari, who stated this while unveiling his economic policies at a Lagos Business School breakfast meeting on Tuesday, noted that he would cut down the number of ministers to be appointed. He maintained that individuals with any whiff of corruption or any kind of taint will not be in the cabinet.

Represented by former Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayem, Buhari stated that there would be very little action from his administration until October, partly due to the fact that  President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration prepared the currently existing 2015 budget.

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