Buhari Says ‘People Without Conscience Looted Trillions From Nigeria’

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, stated that people without conscience looted trillions of naira in Nigeria over

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, stated that people without conscience looted trillions of naira in Nigeria over the years.

The President also denied allegations that his government embarks on witch-hunts in the fight against corruption.

President Buhari said these in his address at the inauguration of the new headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, located at Jabi District in Abuja.

The President said under his watch, all Nigerians were now aware that corrupt officials would be held to account, no matter how long it takes.

“Throughout my journey in national service and since 2015, I have made a very conscious decision to pursue a vigorous fight against corruption in public life.

“Since 2015, we have made significant progress in the fight against corruption. Everyone now knows that corrupt officials will be held to account, no matter how long it takes.

“We have recovered and are still recovering trillions of naira that were stolen in the past few years by people without conscience.

“We are pursuing recoveries everywhere and are making sure that anyone who has been found culpable is made to answer for his or her crime under the law.“It is my hope and expectation that the judiciary, which is a critical stakeholder and partner in the war against corruption, would continue to collaborate with the Executive to bring corrupt people to book,” he said.

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Nigeria Engages Sudanese Govt Over Envoy’s Death

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama.   The Federal Government has engaged the Sudanese authorities over the death of

Nigeria Engages Sudanese Govt Over Envoy’s Death
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama.

 

The Federal Government has engaged the Sudanese authorities over the death of Mr Habibu Almu, an immigration attaché at the Nigerian Embassy in the North African country.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Tope Elias-Fatile, revealed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

The disclosure was in furtherance to an earlier statement from the ministry on Friday last week over the death of Almu who was murdered in Khartoum, the capital city of Sudan.

The ministry revealed that after several arrests of suspects and investigations by the Sudanese government, it was established that the deceased was stabbed to death.

Almu was said to have been killed by one Miss Inas Khalid Maikano, a student of Sudanese-Canadian College in Khartoum and a Sudanese of Nigerian origin.

The investigations also revealed that after committing the heinous crime, the suspect allegedly stole some of the deceased personal belongings, including cash.

“Miss Maikano had since confessed to committing the crime and is being held in custody for further investigations after which she will be charged to court.

“Our Mission in Khartoum will continue to monitor and follow up the case to ensure that justice is done on this matter,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, the ministry said the process of conveying the remains of the deceased to Nigeria for a proper burial is being finalised.

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Nigeria Foes Croatia Name Star-Studded 32-Man World Cup Provisional Squad

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic on Monday named Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic in his 32-man provisional squad for

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Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic on Monday named Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic in his 32-man provisional squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

The provisional squad list was announced through the official Twitter handle of the Croatia  Football Federation.

The Croatian will face Nigeria, Iceland and Argentina in the group stage of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Dalic named four goalkeepers, 12 defenders, eight midfielders and eight forwards to compete for places in the final 23-man squad for the Mundial.

Also included in the squad are Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid, Ivan Rakitic from Barcelona and Sime Vrsalijko from Atletico Madrid.

Also called up are the likes of Ivan Perisic, Nikola Kalinic, Marko Rog, Milan Badelj, Ivan Strinic from the Italian Serie A.

Croatia will face Nigeria in their opening Group D game before battling Argentina and Iceland.

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Ukraine President Salutes Kayode’s Shakhtar Donetsk On 11th League Title Feat

By James Agberebi: Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has congratulated the club of  Nigerian forward Olanrewaju Kayode, Shakhtar Donetsk, for winning

By James Agberebi:

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has congratulated the club of  Nigerian forward Olanrewaju Kayode, Shakhtar Donetsk, for winning this season’s league title, 
Completesportsnigeria.comreports.

Shakhtar retained the Ukrainian top flight league title following their 1-0 home win against Veres Rivne on Sunday, thanks to Marlos’ fifth minute penalty.

Kayode who joined Shakhtar on loan from Manchester City, was introduced with 12 minutes remaining in the game.

Shakhtar’s league title triumph means they have now won it 11 times in their history.

“I want to congratulate Shakhtar Donetsk on the 11th championship gained in the tight sporting competition,”  Shakhtar Donetsk’s official website quoted President Poroshenko as saying.

“I have no doubt that the time will come and this renowned football club will return to its home stadium in Donetsk and will glorify the Ukrainian state with new successes, including in the Champions League.”

It can be recalled that Shakhtar also won the Ukrainian Cup this season after defeating Dynamo Kyiv 2-0 in the final on May 9.

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MTN Nigeria wants to borrow N400 billion

Telecoms giant, MTN has revealed plans to borrow about NGN400 billion in Nigeria in 2018. The company said it is

Telecoms giant, MTN has revealed plans to borrow about NGN400 billion in Nigeria in 2018.

The company said it is in search of local investment financing and to replace existing debt in Nigeria.

To raise the required fund, MTN is planning to sell bonds and take out long-term loans as Nigeria recovers from a 2016 economic contraction.

This is in addition to plans to list MTN Nigeria on the Nigerian Stock Exchange by the end of 2018.

“We want to gear up our debt on an operational level away from the holding structure. The debt must be where the Ebidta is and we want to raise as much as possible in local currency,” the Chief Financial Officer, MTN, Ralph Mupita, told Bloomberg.

The CFO revealed that MTN intends to shift its focus from dollar-denominated debt to debt in local currencies where it operates.

What the operator is doing is similar to what it recently where it raised money in local currency for its Ghanaian and Ivory Coast operations, according to Bloomberg data.

Valued at 234 billion rand, the company’s net debt rose to 57 billion rand ($4.5 billion) in 2017 from 52 billion rand the previous year.

Nigerian Striker Simy Hits 7th Serie A Goal For Struggling Crotone

By Johnny Edward:                              Nigerian striker, Simeon

By Johnny Edward:                              Nigerian striker, Simeon Nwankwo, also known as Simy, scored his seventh league goal the season in the Italian Serie A for Crotone who were forced to a 2-2 draw at home to Lazio on Sunday.

 

Nwankwo restored parity for Crotone in the 29th minute after Senad Lulic had shot visitors Lazio into the lead in the third minute.

 

Federico Ceccherini gave Crotone the lead in the 61st minute but a late goal from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic four minutes from time salvaged a point for Lazio.

 

Crotone currently occupy the 18th position in the Serie A table with 35 points from 37 games with one game left to play.

 

Crotone must beat Napoli in their final league game next Sunday to avoid relegation. They will also hope SPAL 2013, in 17th position with a superior goal difference, fail to get a win at home to Sampdoria.

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Joel Obi Gets World Cup Boost, Returns From Injury For Torino

By Adeboye Amosu:                              Nigeria midfielder Joel

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By Adeboye Amosu:                              Nigeria midfielder Joel Obi boosted his chances of making the country’s squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia  after making a return from injury to the bench in Torino’s 2-1 win against SPAL in a Serie A fixture on Sunday, reports Completesportsnigeria. com.

Obi has missed Torino’s last three league games due to injury, which put his participation at the World Cup in doubt.

The former Inter Milan player last featured for Torino in their 1-1 draw against AC Milan on April 18 as a 57th minute for Tomas Rincon.

Obi has featured in 22 league games for Torino this season and has scored five goals.

Torino rallied back from a goal down to win the game.

Alberto Grassi put SPAL ahead in the 22nd minute but Torino  scored two goals through Andrea Belotti and Lorenzo Silvestri.

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Musa Fires CSKA Moscow To UCL Spot; Igboun On Target, Idowu Faces Relegation Play-Offs

By James Agberebi: Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa scored in CSKA Moscow’s 2-1 home win against Anzhi on the final

By James Agberebi:

Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa scored in CSKA Moscow’s 2-1 home win against Anzhi on the final day of the Russian Premier League season on Sunday.

The win means CSKA finished second on 58 points in the league table and secure automatic qualification to next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Lokomotiv Moscow were crowned league champions despite losing 2-0 away to Arsenal Tula also on Sunday.

Musa, who only rejoined CSKA Moscow on loan in January from Leicester City, opened scoring for his side on nine minutes.

Anzhi were back on level terms thanks to Arsen Khubulov in the 33rd minute.

In the 61st minute, Vitinho scored what proved to be the winner for CSKA Moscow as they nicked automatic qualification ahead of Spartak Moscow who lost 1-0 at home to Dinamo Moscow.

Spartak secured a Champions League qualifying round spot for finishing third on 56 points.

Musa’s goal against Anzhi was his seventh in 10 league appearances for CSKA.

Also on Sunday, Nigerian forward Sylvester Igboun ended his seven-game goal drought as he scored in FC Ufa’s 5-0 home win against Tosno.

Igboun scored on 50 minutes to make it 3-0 in favour of Ufa who finished sixth this season and picked a Europa League qualification slot.

The Nigerian ended the season with seven goals in 26 league appearances.

And in the relegation battle, Super Eagles defender Bryan Idowu featured for Amkar Perm who settled to a 0-0 home draw against 10-man FK Akhmat.

Also in action for Amkar was 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner Fegor Ogude who was brought on in the 74th minute.

Following the draw, Amkar will now take on one of the two teams from the  National Football League (second-tier) in the Russian promotion/relegation play-off tie.

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SERAP Drags FG To UN Over El-Zakzaky, Dasuki

  The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned the United Nations over the detention of leader of the

SERAP Drags FG To UN Over El-Zakzaky, Dasuki

 

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned the United Nations over the detention of leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife, as well as the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

In a statement by SERAP Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, the organisation accused the Federal Government of disobeying court orders

The petition was dated May 11, 2018, and addressed to UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mr Diego Garcia-Sayan.

El-Zakzaky was detained after members of the Shiite group clashed with soldiers in Zaria in December 2015 while Colonel Dasuki is being accused of diverting $2.1 billion belonging to the Federal Government while he served as the NSA.

In its petition, SERAP asked the UN to prevail on the government to end “persistent disobedience of court rulings and orders”.

It also asked the UN to uphold the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended) and the country’s international obligations on the protection of the independence and integrity of the judiciary.

The organisation said, “Selective enforcement of court orders if not urgently addressed would ultimately put the rule of law in Nigeria under siege.”

“Persistent and apparently deliberate disobedience of court rulings by the Nigerian authorities is an affront to the supremacy of the Constitution and the independence of the judiciary and if not urgently addressed may lead to self-help and undermine the authorities’ oft-expressed commitment to fighting corruption,” it added.

SERAP stressed further that protecting judicial independence is an obligation to be guaranteed and not a privilege that states may grant.

It noted that disobeying court rulings directly violates the fundamental principles of the rule of law and separation of powers.

It, however, urged the UN to publicly condemn the alleged disobedience of court orders by the Nigerian authorities and prevail on them to refrain from any purported threats or interference that may hamper court’s independence as the supreme guardian of the nation’s constitution and laws.

The petition reads in part: “Disobedience of court orders is a serious threat to the independence and integrity of the judiciary and would undermine the crucial role of the judiciary in combating corruption and obstruct access to justice, contrary to international standards, including Article 11 of the UN Convention against Corruption to which Nigeria is a state party.

“SERAP also notes Principles 2 and 4 of the UN Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary mention the requirement of non-interference to guarantee the independence of the judiciary. Such lack of interference implies that no authority, private group or individual may interfere in judicial decisions; they must respect and abide by the decisions of the judiciary.

“Nigerian authorities have disobeyed court orders in several cases including those involving the Islamic Movement of Nigeria Leader Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), and SERAP. Many state governments in Nigeria also continue to flagrantly disobey court orders with almost complete impunity.

“Other court orders that the government continue to disobey include: the ECOWAS court judgment ordering the Nigerian authorities to provide free and quality education to all Nigerian children without discrimination; the rulings by Nigerian courts ordering the authorities to establish education banks to assist poor students to obtain loans to pursue tertiary education and the restoration of people’s bank to give loans without collaterals to underprivileged citizens.

“At least two of the court rulings SERAP recently obtained from the Federal High Court have been disobeyed by the Nigerian authorities. The first involves a case with suit number FHC/IKJ/CS/248/2011 delivered in March 2016 where Justice Mohammed Idris ordered the Federal Government of Nigeria to widely publish details on the spending of recovered stolen funds by successive governments since the return of democracy in 1999.

“The details ordered to be published by the court include: (a) Detailed information on the total amount of recovered stolen public assets that have so far been recovered by Nigeria (b) The amount that has been spent from the recovered stolen public assets and the objects of such spending (c) Details of projects on which recovered stolen public assets were spent.

“The second court judgment involves a case with suit number FHC/CS/964/2016 delivered in July 2017 where Justice Hadiza Rabiu Shagari ordered the government to tell Nigerians the circumstances under which allegedly recovered stolen assets were recovered, as well as the exact amount of funds recovered from each public official.

“However, the Nigerian authorities would seem to have only partially obeyed the court orders in this case. The authorities are not known to have appealed any of these court judgments and rulings.

“Under both the Nigerian Constitution and international human rights treaties, to which Nigeria is a state party, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, everyone is entitled to the right to an effective remedy, and to seek justice in courts in cases of violations of human rights.”

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Spotlight On Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup Group Foes: Iceland Goal Machine SIGTHORSSON

By Kayode Ogundare: With A Goal Every Two Games, How Can Nigeria Stop Iceland’s Recovering Kolbeinn Sigthórsson? Kolbeinn Sigthórsson, out injured for the better

By Kayode Ogundare:

With A Goal Every Two Games, How Can Nigeria Stop Iceland’s Recovering Kolbeinn Sigthórsson?

Kolbeinn Sigthórsson, out injured for the better part of the last two seasons, has chosen the perfect time to overcome his injury woes and staged a return to the Iceland team preparing for their debut at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Though the Nantes striker missed Iceland’s last two friendly games against Mexico and Peru, it would be unfair to keep Sigthórsson out of the World Cup-bound team given his intimidating international scoring record of 22 goals in 44 games, averaging 0.5 each match.

He was one of the stars of Iceland’s fairytale run at the 2016 European Championships in France, scoring the winner in the Round of 16 game against England and his team’s solitary goal in the 5-2 loss to host country France in the quarter-finals.

He ended up as joint-highest goal scorer for his country at their first-ever international championship.

The 28-year-old first came into prominence when he scored five goals in AZ Alkmaar’s 6-1 defeat of VVV Venlo in the Dutch Eredivisie in 2011.

For Sigthórsson, however, scoring in bulk is nothing new: “I once scored ten goals in a match for the youth team,” he said. “Of course these five goals are fantastic for me. It gives you a lot of confidence. As a striker you need to score – I am always looking to score goals – so I am very happy with this tally.”

BEST POSITION: Sigthórsson plays mainly as arrowhead of the attack but, when occasion demands, can also play in a withdrawn no 10 position although he prefers the no. 9 spot.

STRENGTHS: Quick with the ball,Sigthórsson is deadly in aerial duels and also able to contribute a shift in defensive duties when the need arises. Has an eye for long surprise shots and can quickly transit from his own half into the opposition area within the twinkle of an eye.

WEAKNESSES: Slightly built but his all-action style of play makes him injury-prone, like the long lay-off which set him back since 2016 but when fully fit, he’s almost unplayable.

STYLE: Skilful, creative and classy,Sigþórsson makes as many goals as he scores. He likes to do flick-ons and turns on the style with little pieces of magic unusual for an out and out attacker like him.

NATIONAL TEAM STATS: Since his debut for the national team in 2010,Sigthórsson has just 44 caps with 22 goals, placing him second on the all-time record goals scorers list behind former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen.

DISCUSSION: Which Super Eagles defender do you think is capable of shutting out Sigthórsson?

DO YOU KNOW?

  1. Iceland is the smallest country to ever qualify for the World Cup.Iceland is the first country in World Cup history to have less than a million people and successfully qualify to compete on soccer’s biggest stage. Iceland’s population is a mere 334,252, with approximately one-third of the island’s people living in the capital of Reykjavik.
  2. Their Coach is a Dentist. Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson is a part-time dentist…and a World Cup coach. When the Icelandic team isn’t practicing or playing, Hallgrimsson tends to be found at his dental practice, which he says he runs mainly so he can keep up with his patients and the people he misses.

To connect with fans, he started a tradition where he’d meet with supporters at a pub in Reykjavik before home matches and discuss the team’s lineup and tactics. That tradition continues to this day — and Iceland hasn’t lost a competitive match at home in four years, going 10-3-0 since its last home defeat in a qualifier.

  1. The lack of stars outside of Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton, the team’s leading goal scorer, fits perfectly with Iceland’s reputation for getting the job done with their work rather than with their talent. More than that, it’s how they’ve made history.
  2. Iceland’s goalie, Hannes Halldórsson, began his professional career relatively late as he had long been battling a shoulder injury. Hannes is also a film director and directed the television series Atvinnumennirnir okkar, which follows some of Iceland’s professional sportsmen.
  3. Gylfi Sigurðsson, Iceland’s star player, is currently the highest paid Icelandic footballer, receiving around 40 million ISK in salary per month. Gylfi plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Swansea City.
  4. Iceland’s supporters are called “Tólfan” (The Twelve), as they are the “twelfth man on the field”. The club was founded in 2007 by a small group of supporters who felt the Icelandic national team needed to be cheered on by spectators. The club has since grown and, as has become evident during Iceland’s games, is extremely supportive of its team.

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