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Thursday, October 20, 2016

NDLEA Nab 2 Nigerians At The MMIA With Foreign Currencies Totaling N175million Cash

The anti-narcotics agency said that the suspects concealed the money inside envelopes and shoes, which were seized at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos during the inward screening of passengers on a Turkish Airline flight.

A statement by the spokesman of NDLEA, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, said that two suspects have been arrested in connection with the smuggled currencies.

Speaking on the seizures, the NDLEA Commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba, said that the money was found during a routine search of passengers.

“During the inward screening of passengers on a Turkish flight, we discovered €325,640 and $30,000. Two suspects, Edos Nicholas, found in possession of €279,190, and Hallowell Prince Lovely, found in possession of €46,450 and $30,000, were also apprehended,” Mr. Ahmadu stated.

Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd.), has directed the Director of Assets and Financial Investigation of the Agency, Mrs. Victoria Egbase, to take over the investigation.

Hallowell Prince and Edos Nicholas

Mr. Abdallah explained that criminal groups seek to conceal the origin of illegally obtained money, noting that it was pertinent for the agency to trace the origin of the money and prevent the introduction of criminal funds into the economy.

The statement hinted that preliminary investigation so far revealed that both suspects are frequent travelers who are the target of international drug trafficking organizations, stressing that their sources of income must be verified.

He posited that Edos Nicholas claimed to be working in a bakery in Austria, but confessed that people in Austria gave him the money that the NDLEA seized.

“The money does not belong to me. I was given it by different people in Europe to give to their relatives. I have been living in Vienna, Austria for over fifteen years,” said Mr. Nicholas, who hails from Edo State.

The second suspect, Hallowell Prince Lovely, who also hails from Edo State, claimed that the money found on him belongs to other people and that he was asked to deliver it to the recipients in Nigeria.

“I live in Athens and I work in an African shop. I have lived there for twelve years. The money belongs to many people and some of them are my friends,” he said.

NY Millionaire Choked Student To Death In A Hotel After Meeting Her On Muslim Dating Site

New York millionaire businessman, Sammy Almahri, is said to have strangled his British girlfriend Nadine Aburas whom he met on a muslim dating site to death in a hotel room. He then hangeda 'do not disturb sign' on the door of Room 203 of the Future Inns in Cardiff to enable him time to escape.  strangled UK student he met on Muslim

According to reports, body of 28-year-old Miss Aburas was found much later by staff at the Future Inns hotel in Cardiff. The victim who lived alone in her own flat in Cardiff Bay, was said to have met Almahri on an internet dating site called, they became friends and contacted each other regularly by telephone, text and Skype.

Her meeting with him on that day wasn't their first meeting. The reason he killed her in unknown.

Almahri was eventually located in Tanzania and arrested on an Interpol arrest warrant and returned to Britain to face justice for his crimes.

Stop Going To Those Stupid Churches That Blame Everything On Evil Spirits - OAP Freeze

Earlier today, pictures surfaced online of an Owl that was killed inside Lagos market, after being branded a "witch".

OAP Freeze has reacted to the story by posting the above photo of the Owl, and saying people should stop going to churches that blame everything on evil spirits.

Read after the cut...

"Stop going to those stupid churches that tell you to kill owls and cats! ~FRZ

Look at this backward thinking, vapid headed people, posing proudly with the carcass of a poor bird they killed, because of their benighted dogma, which labeled the poor creature a witch.
If there was any justice in the World, these morons would be behind bars, but living in a 3rd world country only serves to fuel these acts of cruelty.

According to an eyewitness report; "So I was inside the Ikotun market today to get some foodstuff when I heard people shouting blood of Jesus, some speaking in tongues. I turned back to see this beautiful owl trying to escape from a shop. The man in this picture hacked it down with a thick rod. Everyone said it is a witch in bird form."

It's just an Owl guys, it's not that serious, stop killing Nigeria's birds and stop going to those stupid churches that blame everything on evil spirits"

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

AMAZING! Woman Gives Birth During Church Service At Dunamis Abuja - Photos

Dr Becky Enenche, wife of Dr Paul Enenche, Senior Pastors of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, worldwide posted the good news on social media. She said;

"During the Healing and Deliverance Service of yesterday, a lady who had come for the service went into labour and was delivered of this bouncing, beautiful baby at the medical unit. Indeed she brought forth like the Hebrew women - in less than 30 minutes everything was over! Beloved, I declare to you, as you connect to this testimony, you shall conceive and bring forth with ease in Jesus' Name! I shall hear your testimony!"

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Meanwhile, In an interview with Nkechi Chima of The Sun, the mother of one disclosed why she hasn’t starred in any movie since her marriage.

She said:

“I have not worked in any production after marriage because I have been busy in my primary duties as a wife and mother. I need adequate time to build a solid foundation for my family and for a sustainable home. And I hope to be back in no distant time.”
“As a married woman a lot of things change in your life. Of course, you must have some sense of responsibility in decision making, because it is not just about your life anymore, you have a family to take care of. So, for the respect I have for my head, who is my husband and my neck, who is my son, I can’t play certain roles anymore. And I don’t have any regrets because my family comes first in all I do.”

Watch Full Highlights Barcelona 4 Manchester City 0

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona punished 10-man Manchester City in the Champions League on Pep Guardiola’s return to his old club.

City were competitive in the first half, but made far too many errors against a ruthless Barcelona revelling in Messi’s return from injury.

A Fernandinho slip inside his own box put Messi clear for his first, then Kevin de Bruyne lost possession allowing Andres Iniesta to set up the Argentine for a left-footed strike into the bottom corner.

The evening got worse for the visitors when goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was sent off for handling outside the box and minutes later Messi struck again.

Barcelona were also reduced to 10 men in the last 15 minutes as substitute Jeremy Mathieu was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Raheem Sterling, but by then the damage had been done.

Willy Caballero saved a Neymar penalty – but the Brazilian scored from open play minutes later to complete a comprehensive win for the La Liga side.

Watch Full Highlights - Arsenal 6 - Ludogorets 0

Mesut Ozil was devastating in front of goal with a second-half hat-trick as Arsenal surged to an easy 6-0 win over Ludogorets in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Alexis Sanchez had opened the floodgates in the 12th minute before Walcott doubled their lead before half time.

The avalanche of goals continued after the break as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain immediately got in on the scoring, before Ozil capped off a fine win with three cool finishes.

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100 Chibok Girls Unwilling To Leave Their Boko Haram Captors

We don't want to go back': 100 Chibok schoolgirls refuse to leave their Boko Haram captors after two years in captivity

*Boko Haram jihadists abducted 276 schoolgirls from Chibok in April 2014
*50 escaped quickly but the others have been held in terrible conditions
*President Buhari of Nigeria negotiated the release of 21 girls last week
*His spokesman said they were hoping another 83 would be freed soon
*But a community leader said 100 of the girls do not want to come back
*They were forced to have babies for their captors and apparently fear the stigma of 'Boko Haram wives' if they return

A community leader involved in the negotiations to obtain the release of the schoolgirls abducted from Chibok in northern Nigeria has said more than 100 of them are unwilling to return home.

More than 200 girls were taken from a school in Chibok in April 2014 by members of the extremist Islamist Boko Haram group, who have held them in captivity ever since, forcibly converting many from Christianity.

After 21 of the girls were released last week - possibly following the payment of a ransom - Nigeria's government is negotiating the release of another 83.

But Pogu Bitrus, chairman of the Chibok Development Association, said more than 100 others appeared unwilling to leave their captors.

He said they were ashamed to return home because they were forced to marry extremists and have their babies.

This video was released by Boko Haram in August. Some of the girls may be be suffering from 'Stockholm syndrome', where they identify with and feel affection for their captors

Mr Bitrus said the freed girls have told their parents they were separated into two groups early on in their captivity, when Boko Haram commanders gave them the choice of joining the extremists and embracing Islam, or becoming their slaves.

The latter group - made up of 104 girls - never saw their classmates again.

Mr Bitrus said they were used as domestic workers and porters but were not sexually abused. That group contain the 21 who were released last week and the 83 who the government are negotiating over.

He said the 21 girls freed last week might have to be educated abroad because of the stigma they will face in Nigeria.

The girls were reunited with their parents at the weekend and are expected to meet Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari tomorrow.

Mr Buhari has said his government is prepared to talk with Boko Haram about the release of the remaining girls.

A total of 276 schoolgirls were taken from a school in Chibok by armed men.

Dozens escaped early on and Mr Bitrus said the girls who were released last week have said six more died during their 30 months in captivity.

Mr Bitrus said many of those who escaped two years ago were taunted as 'Boko Haram wives' by people in Chibok and had moved away. At least 20 were being educated in the United States.

Mr Bitrus: 'We would prefer that they are taken away from the community and this country because the stigmatisation is going to affect them for the rest of their lives.

'Even someone believed to have been abused by Boko Haram would be seen in a bad light.'

One Chibok girl, Amina Ali Nkeki, escaped in May this year.

Yakubu Nkeki, chairman of the Chibok Parents' Association, said she has been reunited with the 21 freed girls, who were still being treated by doctors, psychologists and trauma counsellors at a hospital in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

Emos Lawal, whose daughter was freed last week, said his daughter was 'praying that let the rest of them have the chance to come out.'

One girl in the freed group, who was pregnant when she was abducted, is now a mother of a young child.

Chibok is a small and conservative Christian enclave in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria, where many parents are involved in translating the Bible into local languages and belong to the Nigerian branch of the Elgin, an evangelical church based in the United States.

Nigeria's government has denied reports the girls were swapped for four Boko Haram commanders, or that a large ransom was paid.

Their abduction in 2014 made headline news globally and US First Lady Michelle Obama joined the #BringBackOurGirls online movement.

Buhari, who hails from the overwhelmingly Muslim and Hausa north of Nigeria, was elected president in May last year.

Despite winning back swathes of territory from the jihadists, President Buhari has faced intense criticism for failing to recover the young captives, who became the defining symbol of Boko Haram's brutal campaign to establish a fundamentalist Islamic state in the country.

The insurgency has claimed more than 20,000 lives and displaced 2.6 million people since Boko Haram took up arms against the Nigerian government in 2009

EFCC Bent On Convicting Patience Jonathan At All Cost – Ohaneze Ndigbo

The pan Igbo socio political group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo youth wing, has insisted that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is trying to convict wife of the former President, Goodluck Jonathan, Patience Jonathan at all cost.

Recall that the anti-graft agency had recently confirmed that Mrs Jonathan is being investigated for money laundering, but no case has been instituted against her in any court yet.

The Commission took a step further in its ongoing investigations by freezing her personal account in Skye Bank Plc, titled ‘Patience Ibifaka Jonathan.’

In her defence, Mrs Jonathan claimed the money was meant for her medical treatment abroad, and asked EFCC to defreeze the account or face legal action.

But, Ohanaeze’s National President, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, in a statement criticised the commission for subjecting its suspects to media trial without thorough investigations.

According to Isiguzoro, “The EFCC is simply persecuting ex first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan. She has already been found guilty without trial in a court of competent jurisdiction. This is unhealthy for our democracy. EFCC is clearly running a campaign of calumny intended to convict Dame Patience Jonathan at all cost. The former first lady is yet to be tried in court, yet the EFCC has been treating her as a criminal. This strategy of trial in the media must stop.

“To fight corruption, the process must be thorough and not selective. EFCC is not a court and must submit to the laws of the land. The haste to rush to the media to vilify suspects is responsible for the low number of convictions recorded by the EFCC.

“If we may ask, where are the wives of former first ladies including past Nigerian leaders who were at various times accused of corruption? Why can’t they be investigated? We can only take EFCC serious as anti graft agency when it investigates the likes of ex-Presidents, Ibrahim Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Olusegun Obasanjo, including late ones.”

EFCC Claims Over N2million Was Discovered In Fani Kayode’s Wife’s Account | She Responds. (Photos)

Contrary to the claims by Fani Kayode‘s wife, Precious Chikwendu that she possessed just N200,000 in the Access bank account when she was detained by the EFCC for, a new statement released by the anti-graft agency states they found the said account with a balance of N 2,307,712.82.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission also denied reports that they detained Femi Fani-Kayode’s wife, Precious Chikwendu and their son Aragorn, at a bank in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state yesterday October 17th.

Read the EFCC press statement below:

The wife of Femi Fani Kayode and her child are not in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and were never detained by the Commission. Contrary to the media spin about the purported arrest of mother and child, a certain Chikwendu Sonia today attempted to withdraw money from an Access Bank account that had been placed on ‘Post No Debit’ Category, following the discovery of illicit cash flows into the account. She was intercepted by the bank while the Commission was notified but because it was late, the EFCC advised that the suspect be taken to the police station for processing and release on bail.

They were arranging to take the suspect to the police station when Governor Ayo Fayose stormed the bank with thugs and his personal security and forcefully secured the release of the suspect, with claims that the EFCC had no power to detain anybody in his state.
He also vowed to close down the branch of the bank.
The said account, which had a balance of N 2,307,712.82 was flagged following investigation into the PDP Joint Trust fund when the Commission traced N1.1billion to the Zenith Bank account of Fani-Kayode. It was discovered that the account had two biometric identification numbers, one for Fani-Kayode and the other (with BVN 2205597283)for Sonia Chikwendu. The same BVN is linked to 2 other accounts in Diamond bank and 15 accounts in Guaranty Trust Bank.
Wilson Uwujaren Head, Media & Publicity
17th, October, 2016
Precious, too, on the other hand has reacted to the claims by sharing a screenshot of her current balance with the Bank…


Governor Of Anambra State Offers Automatic Employment To Physically Challenged Graduates.

A new report states that all physically challenged graduates of Anambra State origin have been offered automatic employment by Governor Willie Obiano as part of the state government’s determination to reduce their hardships.

Obiano, who spoke weekend through the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu during a cultural carnival for Anambra Central Senatorial District held at Agulu in Anaocha local government area in continuation of the Anambra@25 Silver Jubilee anniversary celebration, said the employment was in line with the stimulus package announced recently for the people of the state.

Vanguard reports Chukwulobelu said:

“It is clear that any physically-challenged person who is a graduate of a higher institution has paid enough dues to better his lot.
Such a person has passed through a lot of hardship and therefore should not be allowed to continue to suffer “The governor has announced automatic employment for all physically challenged graduates.
This is not politics because we have also abolished collection of levies in all primary schools in the state.”

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Read This Lovely Encounter Of A Nigerian Guy And The Children He Met Begging For Alms In Lagos. (Photos)

Honestly, this is all I want to do when I see these kids, but my superstition won’t let, too many distasteful tales I’ve heard hinders me but hopefully, this guy’s encounter has given me a change of orientation.

The Nigerian guy who met with children begging for alms in Lagos shares his absolutely lovely story! It’s just so sweet… Read below:



Children needs love more than material things, they need our attention more than our sweets and biscuits.
We were on our way going home from an outreach when we met the little Abigail and her brothers (Abigail is that 4yrs little girl you meet everyday in front of the Polo park Mall gate begging alms with his brothers).
My beautiful Miracle Nnam called out to her and she rushed to meet us expecting some money to come out, Mimi carried her in her alms and asked her if she would want to go shopping with us inside Shoprite, she smiled and accepted with so much excitement and
we all marched into the mall alongside her 2brothers, we started at Pep shop and ended at Shoprite…
We played, we giggled, we loved, we shared… The next day we followed them home, connected with their mother (a single mother of 3)and we found out that little smart Abigail and her 12yr old elder brother have never been to school before and they’ve been enrolled to benefit from our “EXPLORING THE STREET CHAMPS PROJECT”.
People who knew them as beggars were looking at us in dismay inside shoprite… But I bet they do not know the feelings our little kind gesture brought out of the little impoverished Angels. (One of the shop managers even wanted to walk them out of the mall not knowing they were with us, I shunned him badly though)
Ma homie Dyce Eze can like to play with children sha… Uchendu Enemuo ma brother was filled in awe… Lolzzz









Read The Requirements To Get Married At RCCG That Has Got Social Media Buzzing!

Okay, okay, okay… everything other requirements were fair until it gets No 8.! Hehe… You just have to read it for yourself! And then you’ll know it’s buzzing all over social media!!!

The list is reportedly a mandatory guideline for couples who want to get married in the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

Full photos below:


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Woman Calls Out Lady On Instagram For Allegedly Duping Her Of N1.5m. (Photo

A woman, who simply is identified on Social Media as Osi, has called out the lady in the photo collage above of allegedly duping her of over 1.5million Naira.

Osi says she gave the said lady the sum to get her Forex so as for her to pay for school fees, but upon receiving the money, she says the lady kept on posting her and even he bank manager was covering up for her.

Tragic! 300 Level Student Of OOU Found Dead 5 Days After Drowning In A River. (Graphic Photos)

The corpse of a 300 level student of Olabisi Onabanjo University who drowned in a river, has been discovered 5-days after he went missing.

According to Amiloaded, the student who is identified as Abiodun odutemowo Idris popularly known as Zamani got drowned into a river 5 days ago when he went for fishing @chips side.

Some of his mates who were aware of his disappearance searched for him on that fateful day to locate him but they could not find him, but they went on searching – Unfortunately, the river brought his dead body back yesterday.

Graphic photos below:




Olajumoke Is Getting Sassier By The Day! Checkout Her Recent Look!

The stunning model seems to be getting the edge of being a fashionista though – these days, she knows how to rock outfits that puts her in her comfort zone and still bring out the best look in her.

The beauty and media personality, Denrele, both hosted an even recently and you sure can’t deny that she looks lovely… See another photo below:


Gov. Ayo Fayose Rescues Fani-Kayode’s Wife And Baby From EFCC Detention. (Photo)

Following the arrest of the ex-minister of aviation and his wife and 8 months old baby, Ekiti State governor Ayo Fayose has according to his media aide Lere Olayinka, released Femi Fani-Kayode‘s wife, Precious Chikwendu.

He shared the photo above and wrote…

“In continuation of their government’s reign of impunity, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode’s wife, Precious Chikwendu was DETAINED for over FOUR HOURS with her 8 MONTHS old baby, Aragorn in Access Bank, Ajilosun Branch, Ado Ekiti today.

Fani-Kayode’s wife was at the bank to withdraw money from her personal account, which has about N200,000 in it.
She was DETAINED in the bank on the order of the EFCC! Even when her 8 MONTHS old baby was crying for food and water, she was held captive!
It took the intervention of Governor Fayose who stormed the bank to free the woman while the EFCC officials that would have whisked her away were still being expected.
Here is the picture of Fani-Kayode’s wife with her 8 MONTHS old baby after they were rescued by Governor Fayose.”

Police Asks Married Kastina Girl To Return Back Home.

The Katsina State Police Command has asked Habiba Isa, the 14-year-old girl who was allegedly coverted to Islam and forced into marriage, to return to her parents’ house.

The command maintained that at her age, she was too young to take any decision on marriage and religion.

The state police commissioner, Usman Abdullahi, gave the advice at a press conference in Katsina on Monday, while explaining the police’s position on the development.

The commissioner also said the command was not aware of any marriage between Isa and her alleged abductor, Jamilu Lawal.

Abdullahi said the police became aware of the matter last month (September) after a petition was submitted at the command headquarters by a legal chamber, Bawa, Bawa &Partners, which accused Lawal of abduction and forced marriage.

The petition was said to have been written by the chamber on behalf of Isa’s parents.

The Commissioner of Police said the command thereafter invited Lawal, adding that investigation into the case absolved him of any criminal act.

He added that the command had no choice, but to release him on bail.

Abdullahi said,

It was gathered that the girl was neither “kidnapped, abducted nor procured,” as she was the one who willingly left her parents’ house to the house of the Chairman of Hisbah, who took her to their village head and later to the district head of Kankara, where she explained that she had converted to Islam.
“This was contained in the statement she gave willingly to the police. It was on this note that the suspect (Lawal) was released since the case of alleged kidnapping and abduction could not be established against him.”
The police boss said the command also invited Isa’s father, Isyaku Tanko; his two brothers, whose names were not given; their lawyer, state and local government chairmen of the Christian Association of Nigeria, as well as the association’s officials from the Kankara Local Government Area, to a meeting.

Also present at the meeting, according to the commissioner, are Lawal, his father, the representatives of the Emir of Katsina and some senior police officers.

The CP said,

“At the meeting, Isa, in addition to the written statement, said she decided on her own to leave her parents’ house for Kankara town, where she converted to Islam, without the influence of Lawal.
“In view of the foregoing, I want to advise the girl to go back to her parents.
“The police are not party to the changing of the girl’s faith.
“The police are not aware of any marriage; and if there is any marriage, the police are not a party to it.”

Monday, October 17, 2016

HIV/AIDS: Nigeria facing antiretroviral drugs shortage, says UN

The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS says it is working to address the growing shortage of antiretroviral drugs in various health facilities in Nigeria. The UNAIDS Country Director, Dr Bilali Camara, on Monday described the situation as an emergency. He said that UNAIDS was discussing with the Federal Ministry of Health, Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS and some major donors over the issue. Camara said that the the problem was caused by difficulties being encountered by Global Fund to manage its resources in the country. Global Fund is one of the major donor agencies in Nigeria. He said, “UNAIDS is very much concerned about the antiretroviral drugs crisis in Nigeria and it is working with Country Coordinating Mechanism to quickly address the problem. “It is a new issue that comes up within Nigeria and Global fund relationship, we are working to rebuild their confidence and bring them back to the field. “We also want to understand that cutting and depleting their resources hurt Nigerians.” Camara said that the global fund was established to save lives, as such “its action is negatively affecting HIV/AIDS response in the country.” He said, “We are moving forward to rekindle global fund’s relationship with Nigeria. “There is clarity on their expectation and what is needed from Nigeria.” The National Coordinator, NEPHWAN, Mr. Victor Omosehin, said that the drugs were not available in many centres. Omosehin said people living with the HIV in Taraba now take pediatric drugs due to non-availability of the adult drugs in the state. He said that taking pediatric drugs by adult would lead to resistance. Omosehin urged the government and other stakeholders to provide the drugs, explaining that “denying people affected by HIV access to drugs is denying them access to life.” (NAN)

Dollar scarcity: Banks suspend ATM card usage abroad

The foreign exchange crisis hitting the economy has assumed a new dimension with Deposit Money Banks announcing the suspension of overseas Automated Teller Machine card services and online transactions denominated in foreign currencies, OYETUNJI ABIOYE writes Deposit Money Banks have begun suspending their Automated Teller Machine cards (debit and credit) from working overseas as dollar scarcity continues to hit the economy badly. Stanbic IBTC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria and Guaranty Trust Bank on Friday announced the suspension of their overseas ATM card services. Also suspended by the banks are online transactions priced in foreign currencies. This means that customers of the banks will no longer be able to use their debit or credit cards to make online transactions that are denominated in dollars, euros, pounds sterling and other foreign currencies. In a note to its customers on Friday entitled: ‘Suspension of international transactions on naira debit cards’, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria said, “Please be informed that effective immediately, your naira denominated debit cards will no longer be functional for international transactions. “This is due to the current volatility in the foreign exchange market. Your naira-denominated debit cards can only be used for local transactions at Point of Sale terminals, Automated Teller Machines and online for Nigerian retailers.” In a text message to its customers on Friday, Stanbic IBTC Bank similarly said, “Dear customer, kindly note that effective October 18, 2016, your ability to carry out transactions priced in foreign currency using our naira debit and credit cards will be suspended. We apologise for any inconvenience in this regard.” Both Stanbic IBTC Bank and Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria advised customers seeking to carry out transactions denominated in foreign exchange to apply for dollar or pounds sterling debit credit cards. According to them, the dollar or pounds sterling debit or credit cards will be linked to the customers’ domiciliary accounts. GTBank also announced the suspension of the ATM cash withdrawal service abroad. The lender also slashed its monthly ATM forex transactions to $100. In a notice to customers on Friday entitled: ‘Review of the international spending limit on your naira Master Card’, the bank stated, “We write to inform you of the monthly spending limits currently applicable when using your GTBank naira Master Card for international payments via PoS and online. Previous monthly limit via PoS and online was $250; the new monthly limit via PoS and online is now $100. Kindly note that ATM cash withdrawal on your naira MasterCard is now only available in Nigeria.” The development will make students studying in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Ukraine and other parts of the world to face more challenges getting their monthly stipends from their parents. Most of the students had relied on the ATM card withdrawal to get their monthly stipends from their parents before now. This means customers seeking to do foreign transactions will have to open domiciliary accounts and fund same with dollars, pounds or euros purchased from the parallel market at the prevailing exchange rates. Although other banks have yet to announce the suspension of ATM card services abroad, findings by our correspondent showed that many lenders had reduced drastically the amount that customers could withdraw via ATMs abroad. This is despite the fact that the banks have in the past few months reduced the monthly total amount of forex-denominated transactions that customers can do, using their naira debit or credit cards via ATMs and PoS terminals abroad as well as online payments or transactions. As of last week, findings showed that some banks had slashed their daily ATM withdrawal limit abroad from the $300 advised by the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Bankers Committee to $100 due to their inability to source for dollars to fund the transactions. Unconfirmed sources said some banks had reduced their monthly ATM withdrawal limit abroad to $100. Top banking officials close to the development told our correspondent under the condition of anonymity that banks were increasingly finding it difficult to fund their foreign-currency denominated services, especially online forex transactions and overseas ATM withdrawals, as well as PoS usage overseas by customers. A top official of Deposit Money Bank, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told our correspondent on Sunday, “We have to stop the services. Formerly, we were sourcing forex at high prices and we were selling same to customers at similarly high prices. But the situation is now tense; the dollar scarcity has assumed a new dimension. “This is coupled with the fact that some bank customers are using the platforms to do round-tripping. It is high time we stopped it.” The decision by some banks to suspend overseas ATM card services and online forex transactions came barely one week after the CBN, through the Bankers’ Committee, raised concerns about what it called the indiscriminate and suspicious manner in which some bank customers were spending dollars and other foreign currencies abroad through their naira debit cards. Consequently, the regulator said it had concluded that bank customers who spent above the $50,000 annual forex limit it imposed would be barred from the nation’s forex market. The Director, Banking Supervision, CBN, Mrs. Tokunbo Martins, stated this after the 329th Bankers’ Committee meeting held at the apex bank’s office in Lagos on Wednesday. She said, “In the CBN’s move to manage the demand for forex, there was a rule that was put in place that people were not allowed to withdraw more than $50,000 annually on their naira debit cards. “For a while, the policy has been abused by bank customers, and the CBN has not taken any step to that effect. We have decided to take the step now to enforce the rule. So, we want members of the public to remember that that rule is in place. “All your accounts are linked to a particular Bank Verification Number. Now, that the BVN only allows you to withdraw only $50,000 per annum, if people continue to breach that rule, they will lose access to forex market.” Dollar scarcity has been ravaging the economy after the price of crude oil, Nigeria’s main forex earner. It crashed from $110 per barrel to around $44 per barrel from June 2014. The nation’s foreign exchange reserves have been depleting since then. On Wednesday, the country’s external reserves hit an 11-year low of $24.21bn, the latest data posted on the CBN website showed. This means a limited amount of dollars will be available at the official interbank spot market, fuelling concerns over another round of depreciation of the naira. The foreign exchange reserves fell by $600m in two weeks before shedding $1bn in four weeks, the CBN statistics showed. An expert at Ernst and Young, Mr. Bisi Sanda, lamented on the dollar pressure on the economy. He said the Federal Government needed political will to address the issues fuelling dollar scarcity on the economy. He said, “The issue of dollar is very important to the economy. It is predicated on the fact that we are a dollar-denominated economy. It appears the government is still begging issues as far as the import-dependent state of our economy is concerned. “We need to fix issues, we need to go back to the drawing board. The CBN said between 2010 and 2016, a total of $11bn was sold to the Bureaux De Change annually. We need to plug leakages in this area.”

Three arrested in probe over Tyson Gay daughter killing

Three people including a father and son have been arrested by police investigating the shooting death of US Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay’s daughter, police said Monday. Trinity Gay, 15, died in the early hours of Sunday after being caught in the crossfire of a shootout between individuals in two cars in a restaurant parking lot in Lexington, Kentucky. Police have said they do not believe the teenager was in either of the cars involved in the shootout. In a statement Monday, the Lexington Police Department said three people had been arrested in the killing. Chazerae M. Taylor, 38, and his son, D’markeo C. Taylor, 19, have both been charged with wanton endangerment. Another man, 21-year-old Dvonta Middlebrooks has been charged with wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to his arrest report, Middlebrooks is accused of firing multiple shots in the incident. A fourth individual questioned by police has not been charged. Messages of support have flooded in to the Gay family following the shooting. “Sending our thoughts and prayers to TysonLGay and his loved ones as they mourn the tragic and senseless loss of his daughter, Trinity,” USA Track and Field tweeted. “Condolences to Tyson Gay and his family… 15-year-old girl dies after shooting at Lexington restaurant,” tweeted former Olympic sprint rival Ato Boldon from Trinidad and Tobago. Trinity Gay was a sophomore sprint star at Lafayette High School, where her father once ran. She was a fourth-generation sprinter who placed fourth in last year’s girls 100m state final. Tyson Gay is the fastest sprinter in history not to have an Olympic medal after a career nagged by doping disqualifications. The 2007 world 100- and 200-meter champion and four-time US 100m champion suffered a hamstring injury at the 2008 Olympic trials and did not medal at Beijing. At the 2012 London Olympics, Gay was on the US 4×100 relay that finished second to Usain Bolt-led Jamaica but the Americans were stripped of the medal in 2014 based on a positive test by Gay in May of 2013 that he blamed on an unnamed third party. Gay served his suspension and returned to run again two months ago at the Rio Olympics where the Americans ran third in the 4×100 relay behind Jamaica and Japan, only to be disqualified because of a faulty exchange between teammates Justin Gatlin and Mike Rodgers.

US tycoon buys Olympique Marseille

American tycoon Frank McCourt on Monday officially completed his purchase of French Ligue 1 side Marseille, his communications office confirmed. The 63-year-old former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers signed the necessary paperwork in Paris having entered into exclusive discussions to buy Marseille from owner Margarita Louis-Dreyfus on August 29. McCourt’s ownership takes effect on Monday with his new club president Jacques-Henri Eyraud, arriving at the team’s Velodrome stadium to mark the start of a new era after 20 years under the control of the Louis-Dreyfus family. The Boston-born McCourt becomes the latest American to take control of a European football club after Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Roma all have US owners.

Austria to demolish Adolf Hitler birth house

The house in Austria where Adolf Hitler was born is to be torn down to stop it from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine, authorities said Monday after years of bitter legal wrangling. “The Hitler house will be torn down. The foundations can remain but a new building will be erected. It will be used by either a charity or the local authorities,” Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka told Austrian newspaper Die Presse. He said the decision was based on the recommendations of an expert committee tasked with deciding what to do with the controversial building in the quaint northern town of Braunau am Inn. The huge yellow house has been empty since 2011 when the government became embroiled in a dispute with owner and local resident Gerlinde Pommer. For more than a century, her family has owned the large corner house where Hitler was born on April 20, 1889. In the early 1970s, the Austrian government signed a lease with Pommer and turned the premises into a centre for people with disabilities. But the arrangement came to an abrupt end five years ago when Pommer unexpectedly refused to grant permission for much-needed renovation works. She also rejected a purchase offer made by the increasingly exasperated interior ministry. In July, the government approved legislation to seize the house from Pommer. An interior ministry spokesman told AFP on Monday that the law amendment was still “under way” — meaning that parliament has yet to approve the demolition. “But there is now a clear perspective regarding the future of the building under the ownership of the Austrian republic,” Karl-Heinz Grundboeck said. The issue has sparked heated debate among Braunau’s 17,000 residents. Some wanted it to become a refugee centre, others a museum dedicated to Austria’s liberation from Nazi rule. A number of cultural organisations previously opposed the building’s demolition because it is part of the historic city centre and therefore under heritage protection. AFP

“We Stayed Without Food For 40 Days” – Freed Boko Haram Girls Share Distasteful Ordeal In Insurgent’s Hands.

The 21 freed Chibok schoolgirls have aired out their ordeal in the hands of the Boko Haram insurgents and how they lost hope of ever returning to their families.

A thanksgiving service was held yesterday, 16th October, 2015, at the Directorate of State Services (DSS) facility in Abuja, where the girls have been kept since last Thursday when they returned.

Gloria Dame, who spoke on behalf of the girls after the service, recollected how they went without food for “one month and 10 days’’ in the bush.

Speaking in Hausa, Gloria, who is Number 139 on the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement’s list of abducted girls, said their survival in captivity was an act of God.

“I did not know that a day like this will come that we will be dancing and giving thanks to God among people.
“For one month and 10 days we stayed without food. I narrowly escaped bomb blast in the forest.
We are praying to God to touch the heart of Boko Haram to repent and we are calling on Nigerians to pray and fast for the release of our remaining ones in captivity,’’ she said.
While the service was going on, the parents of the freed girls arrived at the venue and were reunited with their loved ones after two and a half years with their abductors.

As soon as they arrived, emotions took over as tears of joy rolled down the eyes of parents and girls. Tears flowed freely as parents took turns to identify their daughters, while one woman simply carried her daughter on her back in happiness.

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, warned against comments which could jeopardise the release of the remaining girls.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari had proved critics wrong by securing the release of the girls. He said:

“There are many reckless analysts and commentators who are not helping the situation. We still have many of our children in captivity.
“Therefore we have to be careful with the kind of comments that we make. We must not make comments that will make the release of these girls difficult or impossible.”
Mohammed, who quoted from the Scriptures (Those who are with us are more than those who are with them), said those who doubted the sincerity and commitment of the administration to the safe release and the reunion of the abducted Chibok girls with their parents were disappointed.

He added:

“When the President said the Boko Haram saga will not be closed until all the girls abducted have been released and reunited with their families safely, those who doubted did not believe us so we thank God this day has come.”
He appealed to the parents of the girls who are yet to be freed to continue to exercise patience: “This is the beginning and we are very optimistic that very soon another batch bigger than this will be released. I want to assure you that these negotiations are ongoing even as we speak.”
The Chairman of the Parents of the Abducted Chibok School Girls, Yakubu Nkeki debunked some reports alleging that 18 of the 21 freed girls are pregnant and denied that the girls were radicalised by Boko Haram.
Some leaders of the BBOG movement who were shut out of the event expressed amazement that “some people” are too desperate to make political gains out of the entire situation.
“Our eyes are on the goal and not the glitz of photo opportunities,” Dr. Emman Shehu, one of the BBOG leaders said.

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