Forbes Names Dangote, Putin, Others Most Powerful Persons In The World

Foremost entrepreneur and President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, was at the weekend named along other world leaders including Russian President, Vladimir Putin, American President-elect, Donald Trump and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, as the most powerful persons in the world.
These personalities were ranked along with 70 others, with Dangote ranked as the second most powerful on the African continent.
The Nigerian business mogul has constantly featured in the list since 2013, when he was listed as the only black African so rated by the U.S.-based Forbes magazine on the list of 100 most powerful persons in the world.
Listed as the 71st most powerful last year ahead of the American President-elect, Dangote, Africa’s richest man, moved up the ladder of influential people to come in as the 68th most powerful in the world at the weekend, after only Egyptian President, Abdel el-Sisi, who was adjudged the most powerful in Africa and ranked 44th in the world.
Forbes in the latest edition of its 74 World Most Powerful People ranking list, indicated that the 64-year-old Putin was the most powerful in the world, ahead of Trump who was second on the list.  
Ms. Merkel was ranked the third most powerful person in the world while outgoing U.S. President, Barack Obama placed 48th on the list.
The Catholic pontiff, Pope Francis was in fifth place; the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, come in seventh; Chinese President Xi Jinping came before the Pope in number four while the Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, was the 10th most powerful person in the world.
Forbes reported that there are nearly 7.4 billion people on planet earth but the listed men and women as the most powerful make the world turn.
The magazine is well known for its lists and rankings, including its list of the richest Americans (the Forbes 400) and rankings of the world’s top companies (the Forbes Global 2000).
Another well-known list by the magazine is the The World’s Billionaires list.
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Ribadu Reveals Names Of Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption

Years after leaving office as the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu has named some Nigerians he said tried their best to frustrate the nation’s fight against corruption.

Mr. Ribadu spoke on Thursday when he presented the lead paper at the 2016 Annual Lecture organised by the Law Chambers of Joe Kyari Gadzama in Abuja.

Speaking under the theme “Corruption and the Nigerian Economy: Lawyers as Change Agents”, Mr. Ribadu named foremost lawyer, Ben Nwabueze, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoakaa, and his successor at the EFCC, Farida Waziri, as people who undermined the country’s efforts to fight against the cancer of corruption.

“I still recall with amazement and shock how some very senior lawyers made it a duty upon themselves to bring down the EFCC and stop the work we were doing. Many of them, like Prof. Ben Nwabueze, SAN, teamed up with politicians to wage a very serious propaganda to discredit the work we were doing,” he said.

He also said Mr. Nwabueze personally went to court on many occasions to challenge the powers of the EFCC to fight corruption.

“One thing that also did a serious damage to the war against corruption was the active connivance of some senior lawyers who represented the governors we charged to courts after the 2007 election,” he said.

“It is on record that we charged the former governors of Jigawa, Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau, Enugu, Ekiti, Delta, Abia and Edo states as the first set of ex-governors to face prosecution. However, almost 10 years after most of the cases have not gone anywhere because of deliberate action by lawyers to frustrate the trials,” he said.

Mr. Ribadu, a lawyer and former police officer, also said he was shocked that some lawyers who found themselves in government also worked against the fight against corruption.

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Names of the 21 released #ChibokGirls, and a baby.

Below are the names of the 21 released #ChibokGirls , and a baby:

1. Maryam Usman

2. Jummai John

3. Blessing Abana

4. Lugwu Sanda

5. Comfort Habila

6. Maryam Basheer

7. Comfort Amos

8. Glory Mainta

9. Saratu Emmanuel

10. Deborah Ja’afaru

11. Rahap Ibrahim

12. Helen Musa

13. Maryam Lawal

14. Rebecca Ibrahim

15. Asabe Goni

16. Deborah Andraus

17. Agnes Gabani

18. Saratu Marcus

19. Glory Damma

20. Binda Nuhu

21. Rebecca Malo

(Baby: Bukar Amos)

FG Names Ken Nnamani Head Of Electoral Reforms Committee

The Federal Government has constituted what the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation called a “constitutional and electoral reforms committee”.

A statement issued by Salihu Isah, the Special Adviser to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, said the committee was set up to reform the electoral process.

The committee will be inaugurated on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at the HAGF’s Conference Room, Abuja by 11am.

The statement said the 24-member strong committee would be chaired by the former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani, while Dr. Mamman Lawal of Bayero University, Kano is the Secretary

?Other members of the committee are Dr. Muiz Banire, SAN, Dr. Clement Nwankwo, Chief A.C Ude and Mr. Tahir, Director, Legal Drafting, Federal Ministry of Justice, amongst others.

The statement said: “The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, will on Tuesday October 4, 2016 inaugurate a committee on Constitutional and Electoral Reform at the HAGF’s Conference Room, Abuja by 11am.

“The committee is expected to Review Electoral environment, laws and experiences from recent elections conducted in Nigeria and make Recommendations to strengthen and achieve the conduct of free and fair elections in Nigeria.”

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MEND Names 7-Member Team To Dialogue With FG

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) on Monday, announced a seven-member team, led by Mr Odein Ajumogobia, a former Minister of Petroleum, to dialogue with the Federal Government.

Jomo Gbomo, MEND`s Spokesman, said in an online statement on Monday that other members of the group, tagged, “ Aaron Team 2”, are Bismark Rewane (Delta) and Chief Florence Ita-Giwa (Cross River).

The rest are Timipa Jenkins Okponipere (Bayelsa), Ibanga Isine (Akwa Ibom), Ledum Mitee (Rivers) and Lawson Omokhodion (Edo ).Gbomo said other members of the team would be made public in due course after consultations with relevant stakeholders.

He said the team was made up of patriotic and selfless men and women with good track records and character drawn from different parts of the Niger Delta region.

Gbomo also said the team would dialogue with the Federal Government on the immediate, medium and long-term future of the Niger Delta region.

He said members had already agreed to serve on behalf of the Niger Delta Region.

He recalled that MEND on May 30, 2014, declared a ceasefire on attacks against the nation`s key economic and strategic interests.

The spokesman said the group took the decision in response to former President Goodluck Jonathan`s Democracy Day speech.

Our message to the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) is simple: The Niger Delta struggle is beyond attacks on oil installations.

If indeed your cause is to avenge the injustice done to the Niger Delta region; then, we urge you to ceasefire and join us to the table of negotiation with the Federal Government.

Otherwise, the Niger Delta struggle shall be hijacked, once again by selfish interests for their own personal aggrandizement,” Gbomo said.

He said that the problems and challenges facing the region after attacks on key installations were environmental pollution and political corruption.

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Names & Job Titles For Buhari, Ministers’ Relatives ‘Released’ In CBN Recruitment Scandal- Report

News website, Sahara Reporters, has published the positions and job titles of 91 children and relatives of politically exposed person secretly recruited by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Top government officials and party members whose children or relatives were hired in secretly hired by the bank include President Muhammadu Buhari, whose niece was employed; former Vice President Abubakar Atiku; Mamman Daura, a close ally of the president; Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase; the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, whose sons were hired, and the Minister of Interior, Abdurahman Danbazzau.

The presidency has not commented on the report, neither has any of the named ministers.

Quoting a top official of the CBN, Sahara Reporters said the governor of the CBN, Godwin Emefiele, had arranged the hiring as way of endearing himself to the presidency and in return for saving his job.

The website on Wednesday published the positions and job titles of 91 beneficiaries of the clandestine recruitment.

1. Fatima Baba Shehu – Assistant Manager Step 01

2. Carpenter Barka Muhammad – Assistant Manager Step 02

3. Abiola Ologburo Adeniran – Assistant Manager Step 01

4. Akinwunmi Ayodeji Akintola – Assistant Manager Step 01

5. Abubakar Mohammed Yahaya – Assistant Manager Step 01

6. Usman Buba Jalo – Assistant Manager Step 01

7. Aduwak Laraba – Deputy Manager Step 01

8. Aina Michael O – Deputy Manager Step 01

9. Taslim Ganiyu Olalekan – Deputy Manager Step 01

10. Ethel Isioma Ojije – Deputy Manager Step 01

11. Abdulnasir Haruna – Deputy Manager Step 02

12. Iheomamere Chikezie Chikwendu – Deputy Manager Step 02

13. Solomon Ezra Monde – Deputy Manager Step 02

14. Aminu Ahmadu Dauda- Manager Step 01

15. Sunday John Momoh – Manager Step 02

16. Mustapha Mariam Bukola – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

17. Ayoola Oluwabukola – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

18. Adefela H. Adejuwon – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 02

19. Owoade Adedamola Kazeem – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

20. Omitokun Omolola Temitope – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

21. Ibrahim Ahmed Lawan – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

22. Maryam Adamu Bahamas – Senior Supervisor 1 step 0

23. Olajide Tolani Kudirat – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

24. Temitope Adeola Odunowo – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

25. Mohammed Ameer Ibrahim Bunu – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

26. Hajara Sani – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

27. Abdulmalik Atta – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

28. Nagode Abdulrahman – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

29. Ahmed Aminu-Kano – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

30. John Irimiya Balewa – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

31. Na’abba Fatima Ghali -Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

32. Abdullahi Mohammed Nuradeen – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

33. Sadiq Inuwa Baba – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

34. Sadik Uba Sule – Senior supervisor i step 01

35. Olawunmi Adedoyin Kayode – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

36. Ibironke Ifeoluwa Adetunbi – Senior supervisor 1 Step 01

37. Ikyembe Terseel Ikyembe – Senior supervisor 1 Step 01

38. Princewill Eva – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

39. Abdul-hakeem Mohammed Ali – Senior Supervisor 1 step 01

40. Mbwiduffu Ibrahim Auta – Senior supervisor 1 step 01

41. Essien Innocent Joshua – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

42. Titilayo Tola Olowoniyi – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

43. Aminu Halimat Sadia Abdullahi – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 02

44. Abba Mustapha Shettima – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 02

45. Farida Zuhair – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 02

46. Ekayi Nyofo Shitta – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

47. Omoile Kingsley Ucheka – Senior supervisor 2 Step 01

48. Muhammed Hassan – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

49. Ukute Patrick Ewere – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

50. Ibrahim Kabir Tijjani – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

51. Maryam Abubakar – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

52. Odelola Oyekunle Isimenme – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

53. Yinusa Bilikis Orekuleyin – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

54. Muhammad Muhammad Magasa – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

55. Ayoola B Oyebanjo – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

56. Mohammad Ahmad Adamu – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

57. Alexandar Chukwuka Okakwu – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01

58. Okocha Uzoma Meshwork – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

59. Hassan Usman – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

60. Dahiru Isa Abba – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

61. Joel Ugochukwu Jones – Senior Supervisor 2 step 01

62. Ibrahim usman – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

63. Fatima Imam – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

64. Yisa Daniel Nma – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

65. Yamani Sanusi – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

66. Ejike Emmanuel Ibe – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

67. Jibril Abdullahi Ibrahim – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

68. Shima Kuma – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

69. Loretta Laye – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

70. Hanafi Abubakar Mujeli – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

71. Ahmed Zainab Shehu – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

72. Musa Ibrahim – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

73. Oruche Chukwudubem Godwin – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

74. Yakub Umar Yakub – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

75. Idigo Ifeanyi Charles – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

76. Asuzu Obioma C – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

77. James Elizabeth Edidiong – Senior supervisor 2 Step 01

78. Salami Bashirat Omolola – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

79. Ibrahim Muhammed Kabir – Senior supervisor ii step 01

80. Kamaludden Tukur Tafida – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

81. Ibeh Nnadozie Nathaniel – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

82. Samaila Shehu – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

83. Mohammed Ali – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

84. Rabiu Musa Mbulo – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

85. Aliyu Aisha Yakubu – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

86. Yahaya Sani – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

87. Muhammad Isah Rumu – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

88. Onoja Uwane Jessica – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

89. Ahmad Aminu – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

90. Nasreen Mamman-Daura – Senior Supervisor 2 step 02

91. Babayo Abdulhakeem Abdullahi – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

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Zaria Massacre: Nigeria Shi’a Group Releases 705 Names, Photos Of Missing Members

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria has released 705 names and photographs of people it said are its members missing since December 12 and 13, 2015, when Nigerian soldiers carried out raids on the sect’s bases in Zaria, Kaduna State.

The raids took place after members of the sect barricaded a road, stopping the convoy of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.
The Army said it used force as the blockade was an attempt on Mr. Buratai’s life. The Shi’a group denies attacking Mr. Buratai.

After killing a sizeable number of the sect’s members on Saturday afternoon, the Army, witnesses said, returned to the Hussainiyyah base of the Shiites, as well as the resident of group’s leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, in Gyellesu, also in Zaria.

Altercations that followed led to the death of more members of the group, witnesses say.

Human Rights Watch said in its report at least 300 members of the Shi’a group were killed. The organisation also said hundreds of victims were secretly buried by the army.

The army has not given an official figure of deaths.

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See Names Of Army Officers, Companies Buhari Ordered EFCC To Probe Over Arms Procurements

The fight against corruption may have entered a new level as the President has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to further investigate alleged misconduct established against some retired and serving officers of the Nigerian Air Force and Nigerian Army.

According to a statement by the President’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, this directive by President Muhammadu Buhari follows the recommendation of the committee established to audit the procurement of arms and equipment in the armed forces and defence sector from 2007 to 2015.

The officers indicted are former Chief of Defence Staff, Retired Air Chief Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh; Former Chief of Air Staff, Retired Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar, and former Chief of Air Staff, Retired Air Marshal Adesola Nunayon Amosu.

The others are Major General E.R. Chioba (Rtd), Air Vice Marshal I.A. Balogun (Rtd), Air Vice Marshal A.G. Tsakr (Rtd), Air Vice Marshal A.G. Idowu (Rtd), Air Vice Marshal A.M. Mamu, Air Vice Marshal, O.T. Oguntoyinbo, Air Vice Marshal T. Omenyi, Air Vice Marshal J.B. Adigun, Air Vice Marshal R.A. Ojuawo, and Air Vice Marshal J.A. Kayode-Beckley.

Others are; Air Commodore Sa Yushau (Rtd), Air Commodore A.O. Ogunjobi, Air Commodore G.M.D. Gwani, Air Commodore S.O. Makinde, Air Commodore A.Y. Lassa, Colonel N. Ashinze, and Lt. Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (Rtd).

Also to be investigated are the roles of the officers and some companies and their directors in what the statement describes as fundamental breaches associated with the procurement by the offices of the National Security Adviser and the Nigerian Air Force.

They include: Himma Aboubakar, Aeronautical Engineering And Technical Services Limited, Messrs Syrius Technologies and Sky Experts Nig Ltd, among others.

According to the statement, the procurement processes were arbitrarily carried out and characterized by irregularities and fraud, while in many cases, the items procured failed to meet their required purposes, especially the counter insurgency operations in the north east.

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TIME Finally Names Woman As Person Of The Year In 29 Years

After 29 years, TIME has finally named a woman as its Person of the Year.

The magazine announced on the “Today” show this morning that German Chancellor Angela Merkel beat out Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and ISIS leader Abu Kabr al-Baghdadi for its yearly honor.

Merkel has made headlines this year for opening Germany’s borders to thousands of refugees and for managing Europe’s economic crisis.

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Twitter User Guessed Kanye and Kim’s Son’s Name “Saint” Many Months Before Delivery

This feels and looks Creepy to my eyes and makes me wonder if time travelers really don’t exist. If not how could he have ever Guessed such a Unique name of The baby that Kim and Kanye Just had a couple of days back. I am sure i am not the only One that finds this creepy as well.  See tweet below and see date of tweet which was over 6 months the Kid was born in this world. That User definitely had some insight on what possible name That Befits the New West called “Saint”

Woman Named “Isis” Lashes Out At Facebook For Deleting Her Account

Facebook deleted a woman’s account because the social network ‘thought she was a terrorist’.
Isis Anchalee took to twitter to vent her fury.After some users suggested she change the name of use her initials,she fired back saying she won’t change her birth name because Jihadists use it.
She even sent Facebook a copy of her passport to prove her account was genuine.
Her story emerged after a pal asked her why an exchange of messages between the pair had been marked ‘spam’. See her tweets below:

Guinea-Bissau President Names New Govt

Guinea-Bissau’s president has named a new cabinet in a bid to end a two-month political crisis that brought fears of a revival of drug trafficking and instability in the coup-prone West African country.

Reuters reported that the decree issued late on Monday came hours after talks between President Jose Mario Vaz and recently appointed prime minister Carlos Correia, the country’s third prime minister since August, collapsed.

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Ministerial Nominee Names Read Out By The Senate President #TheList2

After a closed-door session during plenary today, Senate President Bukola Saraki announced the following names of ministerial nominees from the second list he received on Monday:

Adamu Adamu, Hajia Bukar Ibrahim, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, James Ocholi, Anthony Anwuka, Isaac Adewole.

Others are Dan Ali, Okechukwu Enelamah, Brig. MM Dan Ali, Okechukwu Onyeama, Ms. Aisha Abubakar…

We listed them below:

  • Khadijat Buka Ibrahim
  • Omoleye Daramola
  • Anthony Anwuka
  • Jeffrey Onyema
  • Dan Ali
  • James Ocholi
  • Zainab Ahmad
  • Okechukwu Enelamah
  • Hadiza Abdullahi
  • Aisha Abubakar
  • Heineken Lokpobiri
  • Adamu Adamu
  • Isaac Oyewole
  • Mohammadu Bello

2nd Ministerial List: Saraki Unveils Names

Senate President, Bukola Saraki has announced to the senators names of nominees in the 2nd batch ministerial list.

The list which was submitted to the senate yesterday by President Muhammadu Buhari, contained 16 names.

Among names mentioned are:

Adamu Adamu (Bauchi), Hajia Bukar Ibrahim, the former first lady of Yobe State (Yobe); Senator Heineken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa);  James Ocholi, SAN (Kogi); Anthony Anwuka, a professor of education administration, who was secretary to the government of Imo state; and Isaac Adewole, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology.

Others are Dan Ali, a brigadier-general who was retired in 2013; Okechukwu Enelamah, the CEO of African Capital Alliance.

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2nd Ministerial List: Names Likely To Appear

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday forwarded to the Senate an additional list of 15 ministerial nominees, bringing the total to 36.

A report gathered last night provides that some of the new nominees include Adamu Adamu, Khadija Bukar Abba (wife of former Yobe State governor and current senator, Bukar Abba Ibrahim) and Hadiza Musa (who works at the Presidency).

Also, the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions handling the petitions written against Rotimi Amaechi and Amina Mohammed by petitioners from Rivers and Kaduna states gave them subtle clearance for screening by the Senate along with 19 other nominees earlier forwarded to the Senate by President Buhari.

The additional list of ministerial nominees received by the Senate yesterday was confirmed to journalists yesterday by the senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang.

According to Ita Enang, the list, like the earlier one given to the Senate president, Bukoka Saraki, on September 30, was jointly delivered to Saraki by him, along with the chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari, and the senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Hon Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, at about 4:24pm.

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Diezani: British Authorities Invite “Persons Of Interest”, See Names Here

As the British authorities continue their investigation into the activities of the former Minister of Petroleum Resource Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, who was arrested in London and released on bail last Friday on allegations of bribery, corruption and money laundering, the law enforcement agencies in the UK have extended their dragnet to interrogating “persons of interest”.

The former minister was arrested by the British National Crime Agency (NCA) alongside four other people, but was granted bail after over five hours of questioning.

Even though the identities of the four other people arrested along with Mrs. Diezani-Alison were not disclosed, sources said that they were domestic staff and aides of the former minister.

NCA said investigations on the former minister were commenced in 2013 by the British authorities under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and transferred to it earlier this year.

Sources in the UK’s financial crimes bursting units said yesterday that they had invited the persons of interest to assist them with their investigations in relation to the former minister’s time when she held sway over the Nigerian oil and gas sector.

Those who have been invited include a UK-based real estate agent; Chairman/CEO of Aiteo Oil and Gas, Mr. Benedict Peters; the husband of Mrs. Melanie Spencer, from whom £10,000 was confiscated last week when the NCA arrested the former minister; and one Mr. Kevin Okyere, a Ghanaian national.

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I6 Persons Abducted From Chibok Again, Community Releases Names

The Chibok community has identified and released the names of the 16 persons abducted from the community on Sunday and called on the federal government and the security operatives to go into action and rescue them before their case becomes like that of the Chibok girls.

Speaking at the #BringBackOurGirls group sit-out yesterday, the chairman of the Chibok community in Abuja, Tsambido Hosea Abana said that their people back home confirmed the attack on the community and identified some men and woman, who were taken.

Part of the message sent noted that on September 20, at about 5am, some people, believed to be members of the Boko Haram sect attacked Kuburyivu village in Chibok LGA of Borno State, killing three persons and took away, in captive, 16 young men and women.

The statement added that those killed include Yaga Allaji, Ayuba Nkeki and Fali Mingla; while those abducted included Ngwaladu Muta, Bindu Mallum, Grace Watsai, Noami Yohanna, Ali Muta, Mohammed Sadiq.

Others are Lawan Sadiq, Lugwa Lalai, Mary Yohanna, Nkeki Ishaya, Glory Maigali, Patuma Dibal, Kwatuwa Dibal and Saraya Dibal.

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Boko Haram Kills 8, Kidnaps Many After Reading Names From Hit List In Cameroon

 Residents in northern Cameroon say suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed eight people and kidnapped an unknown number of others for collaborating with Cameroon security forces in the nation’s border village of Aisaharde near a military base in Mora.

Pia Robert, a resident of Aisaharde village, near a military base in Mora, said in a telephone interview that about 30 assailants stormed the village early on Thursday and moved from door to door reading the names of people from a list. He said when someone’s name was read, he was accused of collaborating with Cameroonian soldiers and immediately killed or taken away.

He said three women and five men were slaughtered and their houses were burnt. He added that Cameroon soldiers arrived three hours after the incident, saw the corpses and started investigations, but it is still early to say how many were kidnapped.

Midjiyawa Bakary, the governor of Far North Cameroon, confirmed the attack, saying a few houses were burnt and the military is combing the hills on the border with Nigeria to track the assailants.

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Names Of 30 Women Jailed By Lagos Court For Prostitution

An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Monday sentenced 30 women to six weeks imprisonment for prostitution.

Those sentenced are Funmi Olayemi, Damilola Ibrahim, Blessing Emmanuel, Grace Nwaokoro, Anu Titus, Princess Osu, Cynthian Ozumba, Chindima Eke.

Others include Blessing Winwah, Rebecca James, Gift James, Bukola Taiwo, Patience Amos, Oyinda Adesewa, Funmilayo Ajayi, Modinat Bello, Damilola Abiodun, Saki Godwin.

Others are Glory Edet, Blessing Okafor, Tope Obatula, Shade Afolabi, Foluke Kolawole, Tosin Ajayi, Bisi Onanuga, Princess Isaac, Esther Akpan, Cythia Osas, Joy Osas and Patricia whose surname is unknown, among others.

The accused were tried for prostitution and breach of peace.

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Buhari Names Deputy Chief Of Staff, Another Media Aide

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Rahman Adeola Ipaye as Deputy Chief of Staff and Laolu Akande as Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity) in the Presidency.

The two new appointees will work in the Office of the Vice President, a statement by the Special Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, said.

Mr. Ipaye is the immediate past Attorney General of Lagos State.

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CBN Names 12 BVN Registration Centres Abroad

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has named twelve approved centres across Europe, North America, Asia, Middle East and Africa to facilitate the Bank Verification Number, BVN registration exercise for Nigerian banks’ customers in the Diaspora. The approved centres include the ones in Washington DC, Atlanta, New York and Houston, United States of America; Johannesburg, South Africa; Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, China; New Delhi, India; London and Leicester, United Kingdom; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

CBN also disclosed that, “Online Integrated Solutions OIS has been engaged to establish stations for data capture and generation of BVN at a fee of GBP30 per transaction, payable by the customer. The company is expected to capture necessary data for online transmission to the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System, NIBSS who would therefore generate the BVN and communicate same to the customer.

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NLC Commends CBN For Publishing Names Of Bank Debtors

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC has commended the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) directive to banks to publish names of chronic debtors, saying it would strengthen the economy. This was made known on Wednesday by the secretary of the NLC, Peter Eson-Ozo, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The congress said the measure would help to strengthen the nation’s economy. He said the banks did the correct thing by going ahead to heed the directive of CBN to publish names of the debtors.

He said it would be inimical to the country’s economic growth for anyone to owe banks millions of naira without paying back. “I think the banks have done well by publishing the names of debtors because it is not good for anyone to borrow money and not pay back; it endangers the economy,” he said.

The publication of the names of debtors is coming on the heels of the July 31, 2015 deadline set by the apex bank for the debtors to pay up. The debtors are to be blacklisted and banned from participating in the foreign exchange market, as well as trading in the Nigerian Government Securities market.

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Names Of Oil Thieves Handed To Buhari By U.S

A member of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s entourage during last week’s visit to the US has disclosed that the US gave the president names of Nigerian oil thieves.

The source disclosed that the President was given two separate lists – one listing the names of top government officials who have been stealing the country’s oil, using their high offices to perpetrate the stealing; and the other containing the names of illegal oil bunkerers.

He said the President was already thinking of constituting a panel to investigate those on the list with a view to arriving at how to deal with them based on the findings of the committee.

The President had said last week that some ministers in the cabinet of Jonathan were stealing as much as 250 000 barrels of Nigeria’s crude daily.

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Benin’s President Names New PM

Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi named Franco-Beninois economist and former investment banker Lionel Zinsou as prime minister of a new government announced on Thursday, in a bid to boost the West African nation’s economic prospects.

Zinsou was a managing partner at French bank Rothschild & Cie before leaving to join Paris-based private equity firm PAI Partners in 2008. He has also served as an adviser to Boni Yayi.

“[Zinsou], an important figure in the business world, will bring Benin closer to its partners and will offer Benin major economic opportunities,” read a statement broadcast on state-owned television.

He will head a 28-member government, which includes 17 new ministers. Most key positions remained unchanged from the previous cabinet however, with the exception of the minister of the interior where senior regional official Placide Azandé replaces businessman Simplice Dossou Codjo.

Benin is forecast to post annual economic growth of 5 percent in coming years, driven by cotton exports and Cotonou’s port, which feeds neighbouring Nigeria. But analysts say graft and poor infrastructure hamper Benin’s development.

Boni Yayi’s ruling alliance lost seats in an April parliamentary election, weakening his ability to push through constitutional reforms opposition figures claimed were part of an attempt to defy term limits and seek another mandate next year.

Rescued Boko Haram Child Captives Forget Their Names

About 80 children rescued from a Boko Haram camp in Cameroon cannot remember their own names or origins, according to an aid official who visited them.

The children – aged between 5 and 18 – did not speak English, French or any local languages, says Christopher Fomunyoh, a director for the US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI). The children were found at a camp in northern Cameroon in November.

The children were rescued in Cameroon after security forces – acting on a tip-off – raided what was thought to have been a Koranic school.

Mr Fomunyoh told the BBC’s Randy Joe Sa’ah in Yaounde that he had visited an orphanage that was helping rehabilitate the children. He said the children had spent so long with their captors, being indoctrinated in jihadist ideology, that they had lost track of who they were. “They’ve lost touch with their parents,” he said. “They’ve lost touch with people in their villages, they’re not able to articulate, to help trace their relationships, they can’t even tell you what their names are.”