Football Papers : All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Evening

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Mauricio Pochettino is likely to wait until he knows the outcome of Tottenham’s title challenge before turning his attention to his future.
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish says he feels dreadful for the club’s American investors after winless run.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Marouane Fellaini says he ‘doesn’t understand’ why he has been singled out for criticism since signing for Manchester United – but insists not all fans get on his back.

Matteo Darmian insists he wants to stay at Manchester United despite speculation linking the full-back with a return to Italy.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Divock Origi has vowed to build on his impressive performance for Liverpool in their Europa League quarter-final first leg with Borussia Dortmund.

Everton would consider giving Oumar Niasse a run out for the under-21s as he strives for full fitness.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Rafa Benitez has dropped hints over his future on Tyneside by insisting he wants to be at the club for a “few years”.

EXPRESS & STAR

West Brom boss Tony Pulis says there’s ‘no rush’ on sorting out his new contract.

THE SENTINEL

Jakob Haugaard has thanked Jack Butland and Stoke fans for making his Premier League debut easier than it might have been.

THE DAILY ECHO

Saints could offer Fraser Forster a bumper new contract in a bid to ward off interest from other clubs.

Ronald Koeman believes that Shane Long has proved Saints were right to pay 12m pounds for him.

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HULL DAILY MAIL

Nick Powell’s season could be over after Hull City’s on-loan forward saw his hopes of a comeback dashed by a fresh injury setback.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Hayes & Yeading hot shot Dylan Kearney is not about to sign for Brentford or QPR , according to manager Garry Haylock.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Former Leeds United managing director David Haigh says he has “unfinished business” with the club after returning from two years in a Dubai jail.

EVENING GAZETTE

The financial impact of an improved season on the pitch has helped Boro to sharply cut its losses, figures showed today.

There will be no shortage of offers for Gaston Ramirez in the summer says Aitor Karanka.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Interim boss Jimmy Phillips admits the job of reversing Wanderers’ fortunes is tougher than he envisaged.

BLACKPOOL GAZETTE

Neil McDonald says Blackpool are under huge pressure but won’t worry about results elsewhere in League One.

IPSWICH STAR

Jonathan Douglas has extended his Ipswich Town deal by a further 12 months after exercising a clause in his existing contract.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said he had been encouraged by Callum Wilson’s progress but revealed he had no immediate plans to thrust him back into action.

EVENING TIMES

Hibs first-team coach John Doolan has demanded more from Anthony Stokes despite insisting he is finally displaying the sharpness which was sorely lacking following his arrival from Celtic.

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VIDEO: K-Peace | A3 Sessions

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We all remember him stealing our hearts away and getting our vote to seal him the first position  in the 5th season of Nigerian Idol. K-Peace has a unique style to his singing which is a twist of “Fuji music and RnB” which delivers very well. Watch him do it again on S01 EP14 of our Acoustic session A3 Sessions.

Rate his performance by dropping a comment below and don’t forget to subscribe to FreemeTV for more videos http://bit.ly/1gqqFL2 

 

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VIDEO: K-Peace | A3 Sessions

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We all remember him stealing our hearts away and getting our vote to seal him the first position  in the 5th season of Nigerian Idol. K-Peace has a unique style to his singing which is a twist of “Fuji music and RnB” which delivers very well. Watch him do it again on S01 EP14 of our Acoustic session A3 Sessions.

Rate his performance by dropping a comment below and don’t forget to subscribe to FreemeTV for more videos http://bit.ly/1gqqFL2 

 

Click here to view the embedded video.

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“Please! Don’t Photoshop Me”, Kerry Washington Politely Blasts AdWeek Magazine

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Every fan of Kerry Washington knows she’s the real deal.

Beautiful, smart, ambitious and cultured, Miss Olivia Pope always gives major feminine goals and her AdWeek’s cover and interview is no different.

The 39 year-old star shared her opinion of being digitally altered – all too politely some might add – via her Instagram handle.

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She humbly shared her displeasure at being photoshopped as she felt ‘weary’ and ‘strange’ after spotting how ‘different’ she looked on AdWeek.

She wrote: 

So…You know me. I’m not one to be quiet about a magazine cover. I always celebrate it when a respected publication invites me to grace their pages. It’s an honor. And a privilege. And ADWEEK is no exception.

I love ADWEEK. It’s a publication I appreciate. And learn from. I’ve long followed them on Twitter. And when they invited me to do a cover, I was excited and thrilled. And the truth is, I’m still excited. I’m proud of the article. And I like some of the inside images a great deal.

But, I have to be honest…I was taken aback by the cover.

Look, I’m no stranger to Photoshopping. It happens a lot. In a way, we have become a society of picture adjusters – who doesn’t love a filter?!? And I don’t always take these adjustments to task but I have had the opportunity to address the impact of my altered image in the past and I think it’s a valuable conversation.

Yesterday, however, I just felt weary. It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It’s an unfortunate feeling.

That being said. You all have been very kind and supportive. Also, as I’ve said, I’m very proud of the article.

There are a few things we discussed in the interview that were left out.

Things that are important to me (like: the importance of strong professional support and my awesome professional team) and I’ve been thinking about how to discuss those things with anyone who is interested, in an alternate forum.

But until then…Grab this week’s ADWEEK. Read it. I hope you enjoy it.

And thank you for being patient with me while I figured out how to post this in a way that felt both celebratory and honest.
XOXOXOX

So…You know me. I'm not one to be quiet about a magazine cover. I always celebrate it when a respected publication invites me to grace their pages. It's an honor. And a privilege. And ADWEEK is no exception. I love ADWEEK. It's a publication I appreciate. And learn from. I've long followed them on Twitter. And when they invited me to do a cover, I was excited and thrilled. And the truth is, I'm still excited. I'm proud of the article. And I like some of the inside images a great deal. But, I have to be honest…I was taken aback by the cover. Look, I'm no stranger to Photoshopping. It happens a lot. In a way, we have become a society of picture adjusters – who doesn't love a filter?!? And I don't always take these adjustments to task but I have had the opportunity to address the impact of my altered image in the past and I think it's a valuable conversation. Yesterday, however, I just felt weary. It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It's an unfortunate feeling. That being said. You all have been very kind and supportive. Also, as I've said, I'm very proud of the article. There are a few things we discussed in the interview that were left out. Things that are important to me (like: the importance of strong professional support and my awesome professional team) and I've been thinking about how to discuss those things with anyone who is interested, in an alternate forum. But until then…Grab this week's ADWEEK. Read it. I hope you enjoy it. And thank you for being patient with me while I figured out how to post this in a way that felt both celebratory and honest. XOXOXOX

A photo posted by Kerry Washington (@kerrywashington) on Apr 5, 2016 at 2:46pm PDT

Read: Kerry Washington Is A Belle On The Cover Of Elle April 2016 Issue

Miss Pope stays slaying photoshopped or nah.

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“Please! Don’t Photoshop Me”, Kerry Washington Politely Blasts AdWeek Magazine

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Every fan of Kerry Washington knows she’s the real deal.

Beautiful, smart, ambitious and cultured, Miss Olivia Pope always gives major feminine goals and her AdWeek’s cover and interview is no different.

The 39 year-old star shared her opinion of being digitally altered – all too politely some might add – via her Instagram handle.

kerry

She humbly shared her displeasure at being photoshopped as she felt ‘weary’ and ‘strange’ after spotting how ‘different’ she looked on AdWeek.

She wrote: 

So…You know me. I’m not one to be quiet about a magazine cover. I always celebrate it when a respected publication invites me to grace their pages. It’s an honor. And a privilege. And ADWEEK is no exception.

I love ADWEEK. It’s a publication I appreciate. And learn from. I’ve long followed them on Twitter. And when they invited me to do a cover, I was excited and thrilled. And the truth is, I’m still excited. I’m proud of the article. And I like some of the inside images a great deal.

But, I have to be honest…I was taken aback by the cover.

Look, I’m no stranger to Photoshopping. It happens a lot. In a way, we have become a society of picture adjusters – who doesn’t love a filter?!? And I don’t always take these adjustments to task but I have had the opportunity to address the impact of my altered image in the past and I think it’s a valuable conversation.

Yesterday, however, I just felt weary. It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It’s an unfortunate feeling.

That being said. You all have been very kind and supportive. Also, as I’ve said, I’m very proud of the article.

There are a few things we discussed in the interview that were left out.

Things that are important to me (like: the importance of strong professional support and my awesome professional team) and I’ve been thinking about how to discuss those things with anyone who is interested, in an alternate forum.

But until then…Grab this week’s ADWEEK. Read it. I hope you enjoy it.

And thank you for being patient with me while I figured out how to post this in a way that felt both celebratory and honest.
XOXOXOX

So…You know me. I'm not one to be quiet about a magazine cover. I always celebrate it when a respected publication invites me to grace their pages. It's an honor. And a privilege. And ADWEEK is no exception. I love ADWEEK. It's a publication I appreciate. And learn from. I've long followed them on Twitter. And when they invited me to do a cover, I was excited and thrilled. And the truth is, I'm still excited. I'm proud of the article. And I like some of the inside images a great deal. But, I have to be honest…I was taken aback by the cover. Look, I'm no stranger to Photoshopping. It happens a lot. In a way, we have become a society of picture adjusters – who doesn't love a filter?!? And I don't always take these adjustments to task but I have had the opportunity to address the impact of my altered image in the past and I think it's a valuable conversation. Yesterday, however, I just felt weary. It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It's an unfortunate feeling. That being said. You all have been very kind and supportive. Also, as I've said, I'm very proud of the article. There are a few things we discussed in the interview that were left out. Things that are important to me (like: the importance of strong professional support and my awesome professional team) and I've been thinking about how to discuss those things with anyone who is interested, in an alternate forum. But until then…Grab this week's ADWEEK. Read it. I hope you enjoy it. And thank you for being patient with me while I figured out how to post this in a way that felt both celebratory and honest. XOXOXOX

A photo posted by Kerry Washington (@kerrywashington) on Apr 5, 2016 at 2:46pm PDT

Read: Kerry Washington Is A Belle On The Cover Of Elle April 2016 Issue

Miss Pope stays slaying photoshopped or nah.

32D7D55100000578-0-_There_are_occasional_moments_when_she_ll_give_me_a_hint_The_39_-m-33_1459897763302

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Ife By-Election: INEC Assures NYSC Corps Members Of Safety

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Following preparations for the Ife-Central House of Assembly bye-election, in Osun state on Saturday, April 9, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured the members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who will be involved in the conduct of maximum security.

READ ALSO: Rivers Killings: NYSC Vows To Review MoU With INEC On Electoral Matters

The assurance was given by the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Alhaji Nasiru Ayilara at a press briefing in Osogbo on Thursday, while speaking on the readiness of the electoral body for the poll.

The assurance is coming against the backdrop of persistent attacks and killings of corps members during election duties.

Barely 3 weeks ago, a corps member, Samuel Dumebi Okonta, was murdered in cold blood by unknown gunmen in Rivers State, while some were abducted during the federal and state legislature re-run polls in the state.

READ ALSO: #RiversRerun: INEC Vows Not To Conduct Polls Until Peace Returns

According to Ayilara, due to the political nature of the council, movement would be restricted from 8am to 4pm only in the areas where the election would be held.

” We have met with all the security agencies in the state and they have assured the commission of safety of both electoral officials and the voters.”

“Corps members and other electoral officials will be protected. We don’t want any of our youths to die and we also don’t want anybody, who will be involved in the conduct of the election, to die,” he said.

The Ife-Central House of Assembly State Constituency seat became vacant following the death of Hon.Oladejo Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who died on December, 27, 2015.

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Ife By-Election: INEC Assures NYSC Corps Members Of Safety

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Following preparations for the Ife-Central House of Assembly bye-election, in Osun state on Saturday, April 9, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured the members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who will be involved in the conduct of maximum security.

READ ALSO: Rivers Killings: NYSC Vows To Review MoU With INEC On Electoral Matters

The assurance was given by the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Alhaji Nasiru Ayilara at a press briefing in Osogbo on Thursday, while speaking on the readiness of the electoral body for the poll.

The assurance is coming against the backdrop of persistent attacks and killings of corps members during election duties.

Barely 3 weeks ago, a corps member, Samuel Dumebi Okonta, was murdered in cold blood by unknown gunmen in Rivers State, while some were abducted during the federal and state legislature re-run polls in the state.

READ ALSO: #RiversRerun: INEC Vows Not To Conduct Polls Until Peace Returns

According to Ayilara, due to the political nature of the council, movement would be restricted from 8am to 4pm only in the areas where the election would be held.

” We have met with all the security agencies in the state and they have assured the commission of safety of both electoral officials and the voters.”

“Corps members and other electoral officials will be protected. We don’t want any of our youths to die and we also don’t want anybody, who will be involved in the conduct of the election, to die,” he said.

The Ife-Central House of Assembly State Constituency seat became vacant following the death of Hon.Oladejo Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who died on December, 27, 2015.

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Football Papers : All The Football News And Transfer Gossips You Might Have Missed

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Eden Hazard is set to be the first casualty of Antonio Conte’s regime as Chelsea manager, with the Belgium international available for sale in the summer.

Jose Mourinho is house hunting in Manchester – paving the way for a move to United. An agent working for the Portuguese is looking for a suitable property in Cheshire.

Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic is over the moon with talk of a move to join Antonio Conte at Chelsea. The 27-year-old is keen on a move to the Premier League.

Southampton are prepared to offer Fraser Forster a new contract to fend off interest from Chelsea.

Neymar claims Paul Pogba is the one player Barcelona need to sign. The 23-year-old Juventus star is a top transfer target for Manchester City and Chelsea.

Daniel Trickett-Smith has been told to look for another club – four years after a 1m pound deal took him to Anfield.

Barcelona have displayed an interest in Liverpool starlet Cameron Brannagan, according to reports in Spain.

Tottenham have offered Mauricio Pochettino a money-spinning new contract that would make him the best-paid manager in the club’s history.

Manchester United are reportedly waiting for Jose Mourinho to give the all clear before attempting to sign Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez.

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Mario Balotelli is “desperate” to leave Liverpool and join AC Milan on a permanent deal this summer.

Jurgen Klopp is hoping to lure Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Christian Pulisic to Liverpool.

Roberto Martinez will pick Leighton Baines for Everton at Watford on Sunday following clear-the-air talks with the defender.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is still dreaming of snapping up Jose Mourinho.

Liverpool are very interested in signing Valencia ace Dani Parejo, according to Spanish sources.
Roma have ‘categorically’ ruled out selling star man Miralem Pjanic this summer, dealing a huge blow to Chelsea’s transfer plans.

Saido Berahino is anxious to re-discover his goalscoring touch at West Brom ahead of his likely summer exit.

Everton want the fifth biggest transfer fee ever for Romelu Lukaku as Europe’s big guns eye the Belgian striker.

Ronald Koeman says Southampton are ready to offer goalkeeper Fraser Forster a new contract to fend off interest from Chelsea.

Manchester City spies were in Spain on Thursday night to watch one of Pep Guardiola’s wish-list targets – Villarreal centre-back Eric Bailly.

Real Madrid will make a desperate bid to steal Jose Mourinho from Manchester United’s clutches if they exit the Champions League on Tuesday.
Barcelona are keeping tabs on Liverpool’s Cameron Brannagan.
Arsene Wenger has revived his interest in Spain striker Alvaro Morata.

Chelsea’s wantaway striker Diego Costa is prepared to consider a money-spinning move to China if Atletico Madrid cannot afford to take him back to Spain this summer.
Arsene Wenger has made Alvaro Morata his top summer striker target, but Arsenal will have to negotiate their way through a complicated deal to land the Spaniard.

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Kane Wants Chelsea Deal To Happen

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Not that Kane… It’s Chelsea youngster Todd Kane, who is keen to secure his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

The 22-year-old has come up through the ranks with the Blues but is yet to feature for the first team and is currently on loan with NEC Nijmegen.

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“I don’t just want to play one or two games for Chelsea,” he told Goal.com . “If they offered me a 10-year contract, I’d take it now. I support Chelsea, I’ve been there a long time, my whole family is from the area – it’s the ultimate goal.

“What you saw with Ryan Giggs at Manchester United, that’s what I want to be at Chelsea.

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“A lot of clubs are interested. Clubs came in for me in January, but I had a talk with Chelsea. Everything has gone well here [at NEC] and I don’t want to change that.”

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Ronald Koeman : “Shane Long Worth His Transfer Fee”

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Ronald Koeman thinks Shane Long has proved his worth to Southampton this season after his 12m pounds price tag raised a few eyebrows.

The striker has impressed since joining Saints and Koeman told the Daily Echo:

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“We always are analysing new players and why we’re interested in them.

“Of course, it’s also about money because everybody knows that we can’t spend much more than 12m pounds for one player. He was an expensive player, I agree at that time, but I think we did our job very good. He’s now showing that money wasn’t too much for Shane Long.”

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Vieira Bemoans Lampard Fitness

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New York City FC manager Patrick Vieira has sympathised with midfielder Frank Lampard, who is yet to feature due to injury.

Lampard was also hindered by injury in his first campaign in the MLS, scoring three goals in 10 appearances, and fitness issues have also prevented him from playing a part for City in the opening four games of this season.

And Vieira confirmed on Thursday that the ex-England international will again be missing for Sunday’s match against the Chicago Fire.

“He’s not going to be fit for the weekend,” said the Frenchman.

“I think we are a couple of days away from his comeback.”

Lampard is yet to play for his new boss, and Vieira admitted that he feels for the 37-year-old as he battles this latest injury.

“When you are talking about a player of his calibre, it’s always better to have him available to play games,” the World Cup winner added.

“I’m feeling for him because he’s a real champion and he’s going through a difficult period, because of course he wants to be on the field, he wants to train and to help the team.

“He’s missed training and it’s not easy for him.”

City face Chicago for the second time in just over a month this weekend, having won the previous game 4-3, but they are still looking for a first home win in 2016.

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Matteo Darmian Enjoying Life In The Premier League

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Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian has no plans to leave, saying he loves the Premier League.

There has been speculation that the defender could return to Italy after an up-and-down debut season.

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However, he told the Manchester Evening News:

“I love the Premier League, and I want to stay here for a long time. There is a lot of difference because this is a big club, and from Serie A there are a lot of differences.

“The Premier League is more physical and less tactical, this is the most important difference, but I think it is the best championship in the world, so I love it.”

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Court Fires Amaju Pinnick As NFF Boss, Giwa Now President

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A Federal High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State has on Friday dismissed the Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick, even as it ordered Chris Giwa to resume office as President of the football federation.

READ ALSO: NFF Chairman Pinnick Appointed As Member Of FIFA World Cup Committee

While delivering his verdict, the judge in charge, Justice Musa Kurya granted the prayers of Yahaya Adama and Senator Obinna Ogba, to relist the case which among other things had sought to nullify the Warri General Assembly and the subsequent elective congress that turned in Pinnick as President of the NFF.

Justice Kurya also ruled that the election of August 26, 2014 remained valid, hence identifying Giwa as the president of the NFF.

The order also barred individuals from interfering with the duties and functions of the NFF board under the leadership of Giwa.

Before the court ruling, many Nigerians had demanded the resignation of Pinnick from office following the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the AFCON 2017.

However, Pinnick played down the calls for his resignation, describing them as unnecessary.

Reacting to the sack, the Pinnick-led board also filed an appeal and a stay-of-execution against the decision of the Federal High Court, Jos.

In a statement released on Friday, the first vice-president of the NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi, described the situation as a sad one, adding that the board was still in control.

“We have filed for stay-of-execution and that means the status quo remains and anything done is done at the actors’ peril. I can assure football –loving Nigerians that there is no reason to panic as we are in full charge and there is no trouble whatsoever. There is no order for the Giwa group to take over the Glass House. In fact many of his so called board members have called to dissociate themselves from the matter,” he said.

Meanwhile, another hearing has been fixed for Saturday, April 30 but Pinnick has been ordered by the court to vacate the office of the NFF president pending the final hearing.

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Court Fires Amaju Pinnick As NFF Boss, Giwa Now President

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A Federal High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State has on Friday dismissed the Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick, even as it ordered Chris Giwa to resume office as President of the football federation.

READ ALSO: NFF Chairman Pinnick Appointed As Member Of FIFA World Cup Committee

While delivering his verdict, the judge in charge, Justice Musa Kurya granted the prayers of Yahaya Adama and Senator Obinna Ogba, to relist the case which among other things had sought to nullify the Warri General Assembly and the subsequent elective congress that turned in Pinnick as President of the NFF.

Justice Kurya also ruled that the election of August 26, 2014 remained valid, hence identifying Giwa as the president of the NFF.

The order also barred individuals from interfering with the duties and functions of the NFF board under the leadership of Giwa.

Before the court ruling, many Nigerians had demanded the resignation of Pinnick from office following the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the AFCON 2017.

However, Pinnick played down the calls for his resignation, describing them as unnecessary.

Reacting to the sack, the Pinnick-led board also filed an appeal and a stay-of-execution against the decision of the Federal High Court, Jos.

In a statement released on Friday, the first vice-president of the NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi, described the situation as a sad one, adding that the board was still in control.

“We have filed for stay-of-execution and that means the status quo remains and anything done is done at the actors’ peril. I can assure football –loving Nigerians that there is no reason to panic as we are in full charge and there is no trouble whatsoever. There is no order for the Giwa group to take over the Glass House. In fact many of his so called board members have called to dissociate themselves from the matter,” he said.

Meanwhile, another hearing has been fixed for Saturday, April 30 but Pinnick has been ordered by the court to vacate the office of the NFF president pending the final hearing.

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Alamieyeseigha’s Corpse Arrives Bayelsa For Burial Rites [Photos]

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The remains of the former Governor of Bayelsa state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha arrived the state on Friday as the burial rite has already started.

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The burial rites of former Governor of Bayelsa state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha is ongoing in the state. Daily Post/ Eugene Abels

READ ALSO: Ex-Bayelsa Governor, Alamieyeseigha To Be Buried On April 9

Alamieyeseigha, 62, who doubles as the Governor General of Ijaw Nation, will be buried at his Amassoma country home in the state on Saturday, April 9.

READ ALSO: Hilarious! Nigerians Still Believe Alamieyeseigha Is Not Dead, Say He Is Avoiding Extradition To UK

It will be recalled, the former governor died on October 10, 2015, at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital after a brief illness.

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Alamieyeseigha’s Corpse Arrives in Bayelsa For Burial Rites [Photos]

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The remains of the former Governor of Bayelsa state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha arrived to the state on Friday as the burial rite has already started.

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The burial rites of former Governor of Bayelsa state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha is ongoing in the state. Daily Post/ Eugene Abels

READ ALSO: Ex-Bayelsa Governor, Alamieyeseigha To Be Buried On April 9

Alamieyeseigha, 62, who doubles as the Governor General of Ijaw Nation, will be buried at his Amassoma country home in the state on Saturday, April 9.

READ ALSO: Hilarious! Nigerians Still Believe Alamieyeseigha Is Not Dead, Say He Is Avoiding Extradition To UK

It will be recalled, the former governor died on October 10, 2015, at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital after a brief illness.

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Boko Haram Terrorists Now Surrendering En Masse – Air Marshal Abubakar

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Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has revealed that the remnants of Boko Haram sect have been surrendering in droves due to the renewed commitment by the Nigerian Airforce NAF to eliminate insurgency in the Northeast.

The Air Chief made this known on Friday in Abuja, at a press conference to kick start activities for the 52nd anniversary of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) themed: “Re- uniting for enhanced service delivery and operational effectiveness.”

He said although there are still pockets of insurgent attacks on soft targets, the battle is already being won, urging local communities to offer credible intelligence to security operatives.

He said: “Looking at where we are coming from, I think we have done substantially well. In those days in 2014, you had convoy of vehicles moving round villages and killing Nigerians but it is no longer so.

“So, we came up with the idea of ‘safe corridor’. If you want to come out, come out and then we profile you, keep you under watch before taking the next step.”

“So many of them are surrendering in large numbers, we have seen that they are surrendering because they know that there is no escape.”

“I believe that very soon, God’s willing, we shall come to the end of this problem. We are at the tail end of this operation.”

Abubakar added that available intelligence showed that many of the terrorists are exhausted and want to stop fighting.

“Some of them are trapped and they do not know how to come out”, he said.

Speaking on whether the leader of the group is still alive or using a look-alike in releasing propaganda videos, the Airforce Chief said the Defence Intelligence Agency DIA is currently analysing the latest Shekau video to make “sense” of what is contained therein.

Abubakar concluded by saying that as part of celebrations for its anniversary, the NAF will be holding a reunion of serving and retired officers from the 12 to 15 April 2016 in order to brain storm on core professional challenges.

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Boko Haram Terrorists Now Surrendering En Masse – Air Marshal Abubakar

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Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has revealed that the remnants of Boko Haram sect have been surrendering in droves due to the renewed commitment by the Nigerian Airforce NAF to eliminate insurgency in the Northeast.

The Air Chief made this known on Friday in Abuja, at a press conference to kick start activities for the 52nd anniversary of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) themed: “Re- uniting for enhanced service delivery and operational effectiveness.”

He said although there are still pockets of insurgent attacks on soft targets, the battle is already being won, urging local communities to offer credible intelligence to security operatives.

He said: “Looking at where we are coming from, I think we have done substantially well. In those days in 2014, you had convoy of vehicles moving round villages and killing Nigerians but it is no longer so.

“So, we came up with the idea of ‘safe corridor’. If you want to come out, come out and then we profile you, keep you under watch before taking the next step.”

“So many of them are surrendering in large numbers, we have seen that they are surrendering because they know that there is no escape.”

“I believe that very soon, God’s willing, we shall come to the end of this problem. We are at the tail end of this operation.”

Abubakar added that available intelligence showed that many of the terrorists are exhausted and want to stop fighting.

“Some of them are trapped and they do not know how to come out”, he said.

Speaking on whether the leader of the group is still alive or using a look-alike in releasing propaganda videos, the Airforce Chief said the Defence Intelligence Agency DIA is currently analysing the latest Shekau video to make “sense” of what is contained therein.

Abubakar concluded by saying that as part of celebrations for its anniversary, the NAF will be holding a reunion of serving and retired officers from the 12 to 15 April 2016 in order to brain storm on core professional challenges.

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ECOWAS Court To Rule On Dasuki’s Trial On Monday

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The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has announced that it will rule on whether it has the jurisdiction to entertain a case brought before it by the immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, on Monday, April 11.

READ ALSO: #ArmsGate: Dasuki May Never Get Bail – Buhari

The court made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday following a case, with the suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/01/16, which was brought before it by the ex-NSA on November 5, 2015, against the federal government.

The statement said that the court’s decision to rule on the case followed a preliminary objection by the counsel to the defendant, T.A. Gadzali.

In the objection raised, Mr. Gadzali urged the court not to hear the substantive suit filed by the applicant as the subject of the suit was based on contempt of the order of Nigerian courts.

Gadzali also said that the only remedy was for the plaintiff to return to the country’s court to commit the government for contempt.

The counsel to the defendant argued that a similar case was already pending before a Nigerian court and could not therefore be entertained by the ECOWAS Court.

READ ALSO: Where Is Dasuki? Judge Fumes As FG Fails To Produce Ex-NSA In Court

In response, counsel to the plaintiff, Robert Emukpoeruo, stated that a suit could not only be filed before the ECOWAS court if it were pending before an international court.

Dasuki was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly mismanaging $2.1 billion meant for the purchase of arms for the Nigerian Army fighting insurgents in the North-East.

Mr Dasuki became the cynosural actor in the ongoing crusade against corruption by the President Muhammadu Buhari led government.

Since the commissioning of the Armsgate or Dasukigate by the Anti-graft agency, some of the country’s biggest fishes have been caught in the anti-corruption net.

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ECOWAS Court To Rule On Dasuki’s Trial On Monday

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The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has announced that it will rule on whether it has the jurisdiction to entertain a case brought before it by the immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, on Monday, April 11.

READ ALSO: #ArmsGate: Dasuki May Never Get Bail – Buhari

The court made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday following a case, with the suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/01/16, which was brought before it by the ex-NSA on November 5, 2015, against the federal government.

The statement said that the court’s decision to rule on the case followed a preliminary objection by the counsel to the defendant, T.A. Gadzali.

In the objection raised, Mr. Gadzali urged the court not to hear the substantive suit filed by the applicant as the subject of the suit was based on contempt of the order of Nigerian courts.

Gadzali also said that the only remedy was for the plaintiff to return to the country’s court to commit the government for contempt.

The counsel to the defendant argued that a similar case was already pending before a Nigerian court and could not therefore be entertained by the ECOWAS Court.

READ ALSO: Where Is Dasuki? Judge Fumes As FG Fails To Produce Ex-NSA In Court

In response, counsel to the plaintiff, Robert Emukpoeruo, stated that a suit could not only be filed before the ECOWAS court if it were pending before an international court.

Dasuki was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly mismanaging $2.1 billion meant for the purchase of arms for the Nigerian Army fighting insurgents in the North-East.

Mr Dasuki became the cynosural actor in the ongoing crusade against corruption by the President Muhammadu Buhari led government.

Since the commissioning of the Armsgate or Dasukigate by the Anti-graft agency, some of the country’s biggest fishes have been caught in the anti-corruption net.

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Buhari To Sign $2bn Loan Deal With China

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President Muhammadu Buhari will be travelling to China on Sunday to sign a loan infrastructure projects deal worth up to $2 billion to help fund the N3 trillion deficit in the 2016 budget.

While the exact figure for the loan has not yet been confirmed, sources are saying that it could be as high as $2bn, even as the Presidency and Chinese foreign affairs ministry have confirmed the visit.

“I can’t tell you how much until the day the loan will be signed. Both countries will also be signing some bilateral agreements to strengthen their relationship. That’s all I can say now,” the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said in an interview with Reuters.

The loan is expected to help kick-start Nigeria’s economy, which has been in a slump due to falling oil prices.

Lu Kang, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, had earlier said Buhari would visit China from April 11-15 to sign “cooperation agreements” and attend a business forum.

According to the Nigerian Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, who had visited China in February to discuss the loan, Nigeria is looking for loans at interest rates of about 1.5 percent.

“We looked at our debt profile and we recognised that one big problem is interest rate. So, we are going to try and borrow as far as possible externally.

“We are borrowing at the cheapest rates. So, multilateral loans are the cheapest. If someone offers me 1.5 per cent over 20 years, I think I should take it.

“That is why we are going to the multilateral agencies first and, thereafter, concessional borrowing and also tap into the Eurobond market,” the minister said.

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4 Female Suicide Bombers On Mission Slaughtered In Borno [Extremely Graphic Photos]

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Members of the Civilian JTF have on Friday morning averted a tragedy, thereby slaughtering four female suicide bombers, who were on a suicide mission at the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

The incident, it was learnt, occurred near Jimini village in Jere LGA area on the outskirts of Maiduguri this morning.

According to reports, some members of the CJTF on guard spotted four teenagers wandering freely and then called on them, ordering them to raise up their hands, but they all refused and kept heading towards the vigilantes who had no option other than to shoot them dead.

A member of the CJTF revealed that the teenagers wrapped improvised explosive devices around their bellies in an attempt to wreak havoc on Maiduguri.

“Four suicide bombers were sighted coming from the nearby bush at about 5:15am this morning but their plot to wreak havoc on the residents of Maiduguri was averted by our gallant Civilian JTF members stationed at the outskirts of Maiduguri. They were all shot dead, and none of them escaped.” says a Civilian JTF source.

Confirming the tragedy that was averted on Facebook, a certain user, Sallau shared some photos on his page.

See photos below:Suicide bomber 1Suicide bomber 2Suicide Bomber 3Suicide bomber 4

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Why Nigeria Urgently Needs A Special Anti-Corruption Court – Femi Falana

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Introduction

Since the Buhari Administration was inaugurated 10 months ago there has been a wave of arrests of many alleged looters of the commonwealth. The thorough investigations conducted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Presidential Panel on Arms Procurement have exposed mind-boggling revelations of criminal diversion of public funds. However, not a single corruption case has been concluded by any of the courts. President Buhari recently expressed his frustration and displeasure over the negative role of the courts in the prosecution of corruption cases. The situation is not likely to improve as the government has not demonstrated its capacity to confront corruption headlong in any sustained manner. As far as the forces of corruption are concerned, it is business as usual.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

No doubt, scores of alleged looters have been exposed. In fact, some of the suspects have been charged to court. But having regard to the usual manipulation of the criminal justice system by influential criminal suspects there is no indication that a substantial number of the cases will be concluded before 2019. To avoid a situation whereby the trial of the alleged looters is suspended indefinitely, the criminal justice system has to be reviewed as a matter of urgency. As the anti-corruption battle cannot be won through the regular courts, we are going to make a strong case for the immediate establishment of a Special Court for the trial of economic and financial crimes, including corruption.

Public Accountability and the Nigerian People

The media, the Bar and certain vested interests have accused the Buhari administration of subverting the rule of law and violating the fundamental rights of suspects in prosecuting the anti-corruption agenda. In particular, the EFCC has been taken to task for daring to indict some corrupt lawyers and judges. The Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN) has urged the government to fight corruption under the rule of law. On its own part, the NBA has censored the federal government for violating the fundamental rights of certain suspects involved in corruption cases. But neither the BOSAN nor the NBA has deemed it fit to call the members of the legal profession who are determined to frustrate the prosecution of corruption cases to order. As far as both bodies are concerned, human rights are the exclusive preserve of the bourgeoisie. Hence, the tenets of rule of law are only invoked when the trial of a VIP is involved, while human rights are only violated in Nigeria when the looters of the treasury are arrested and detained for a few days without trial.

Both bodies have never been bothered that about 40,000 out of 52,000 prison inmates are awaiting trial under dehumanising conditions in the prisons. To them human rights were not violated when 70 soldiers were recently tried in camera, convicted and sentenced to death for demanding for weapons to fight well armed terrorists. But the lawyers have accused the administration of engaging in egregious human rights abuse for asking a handful of military officers to account for stealing hundreds of billions of naira earmarked for the procurement of arms and armament for counter-insurgency operations. When the Chief Judge of the federal capital territory, the Honourable Justice Ishaq Bello gave a directive that magistrates should not order the detention of criminal suspects, the national body of lawyers did not speak up. Only Mr. Hon SAN and I joined issues with his lordship over the illegality of the directive. In a country where petty criminal suspects are handcuffed and leg-chained from prison to court rooms, the media cried foul the other day when a big man who is accused of stealing N400 million was handcuffed.

The Nigerian people should no longer allow the lawyers, the media and other defenders of the status quo to continue to defend the human rights of the alleged looters without speaking for the millions of victims of corruption. In particular, lawyers should be challenged for hiding under the rule of law to shield politically exposed persons from arrest and prosecution. No doubt, some overzealous anti-graft, police and military officers have continued to violate the human rights of some innocent citizens. The duty of lawyers is to ensure that such law enforcement officers are fished out, isolated and sanctioned, while the State should be made to pay reparation in appropriate cases. As far as I am concerned, the few cases of human rights abuse that have been recorded should not used to rubbish or discredit the anti-corruption policy of the federal government.

Having regard to the role of some professionals like lawyers, accountants, bankers etc in the fight against corruption, the relevant professional bodies are enjoined to deal with cases of misconduct involving their members. Since the Attorney-General of the Federation has once again been vested with the power to discipline erring lawyers, he should set the engine in motion for bringing to book the members of the legal profession who are determined to frustrate the prosecution of corruption cases. At the same time the police and the anti-graft agencies should not hesitate to arrest and prosecute lawyers and other professionals who engage in corruption and other criminal practices.

Frustration of Corruption Cases by Politically Exposed Persons

According to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a politically exposed person is an individual who is or has been entrusted with a prominent public function. Due to their position and influence, it is recognised that many PEPs are in positions that potentially can be abused for the purpose of committing money laundering (ML) offences and related predicate offences, including corruption and bribery, as well as conducting activity related to terrorist financing (TF). The federal government has enacted the Money Laundering Act, Terrorism Prevention Act, Advanced Free Fraud Act etc to combat the offences of corruption and money laundering which are usually committed by politically exposed persons.

It is common knowledge that politically exposed persons are given special treatment in Nigeria. Upon arrest for stealing billions of naira, they are granted bail in self-recognition or other liberal terms, notwithstanding the gravity of the offences alleged against them. Experience has shown that once granted bail in corruption cases, suspects adopt all manners of dilatory tactics to frustrate trial. It has just been disclosed by the Minister of Information, Mr. Lai Mohammed, that 55 ex-public officers standing trial for allegedly stealing N1.3 trillion have had their cases subjected to interminable delay. The trial of such politically exposed persons which commenced in 2007 has not been concluded till now. Apart from two of the ex-governors who opted for plea bargain, the cases of others have been stalled through preliminary objections and stay of proceedings filed by the defendants and lavishly granted by either the trial or appellate courts.

In the same vein, bank executives who are alleged to have stolen about N500 billion have successfully stalled their trials. The Lagos High Court rightly insisted that it has the jurisdictional competence to try the case of the stealing of depositors’ funds and the manipulation of the capital market. But the Court of Appeal demurred and overruled the Lagos High Court. According to the Justices of the Court of Appeal, since the main offence pertains to stealing in the capital market, the defendants ought to have been charged at the Federal High Court. The federal government promptly filed an appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court. As the appeal has not been expeditiously determined by the apex court, the cases of the bank executives have also been suspended sine die.

The practice of manipulating the legal system to suspend the hearing of corruption cases involving politically exposed persons was condemned by the Supreme Court in Joshua Dariye v FRN (2015) 10 NWLR (1267)…. In that case, the appellant who was charged with the stealing of N1.2 billion ecological funds while he was governor of Plateau State filed a preliminary objection against the jurisdiction of the Federal Capital Territory High Court to try the case. Although the application was dismissed by both the trial court and the Court of Appeal, the trial was suspended for eight years. In dismissing the appeal, the Supreme Court (per Ngwuta JSC) condemned the delay tactics as “a sad commentary on our fight against corruption.” In his contribution to the judgment, Nweze JSC had this to say: “I have noticed a worrisome trend in most recent time, particularly among politically exposed citizens of this great country, (who) imagining that they are above the laws of the land, have perfected some dubious tactics of delaying their trial when they run into conflict with the law.”

By stealing the funds set aside for job creation, corrupt politically exposed persons are responsible for the majority of armed robbery and kidnapping committed by unemployed youths. By stealing the fund earmarked for building hospitals and roads, the looters are responsible for many avoidable deaths and the spread of dangerous diseases. By cornering the funds provided for building schools, the looters are responsible for promoting illiteracy and ignorance in the society. The public officers who diverted ecological funds of billions of naira to buy choice properties in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates are responsible for the flood that has caused tragic death of people and displacement of others, as well as the destruction of the properties of the victims. In any country where the rule of law operates, criminal suspects who are liable for such crimes against humanity cannot hide under human rights to avoid prosecution.

The Need To Review Automatic Bail For Alleged Looters

Since the victims of grand corruption, including armed robbery and kidnap suspects, are not usually admitted to bail, those who are charged with looting the treasury should no longer be granted bail. Once politically exposed persons standing trial apply for bail, judges no longer place any premium on some of the well known factors militating against the grant of bail which include the nature and gravity of the offence alleged against a defendant; the character of the evidence; the probability of guilt; the likelihood of interference with the witnesses of the prosecution etc. Not too long ago, a few criminal elements who were duping Nigerians and foreigners alike through the crime of advanced free fraud, otherwise known as “419”, dragged the country’s image through the mud and caused untold embarrassment to law abiding citizens outside the country. Even though the alleged fraudsters who were charged to court were presumed innocent until proved guilty by the prosecution, they were denied bail by the trial courts and the appellate courts. Politically exposed persons who were charged to court from 2003-2007 were equally denied bail by the courts. It was because the VIPs were denied bail that they resorted to plea bargain.

The rationale for the progressive judicial policy of refusing bail to suspects in corruption cases was explained by the Court of Appeal in the case of Ekwenugo v. Federal Republic of Nigeria (2001) 6 NWLR (PT 708) 171 where Fabiyi J.C.A. (as he then was) observed that “Nigerian judges do not operate in utopia. We operate in Nigeria. And no Nigerian judge can rightly claim he has not heard that Transparency International rates our nation-state as the most corrupt in the whole universe in the year 2000. This is ear-aching.”

The judicial policy of denying bail to politically exposed persons had contributed to the speedy hearing of corruption cases. However, the policy was jettisoned when the EFCC charged a number of ex-governors to court with the offences of corruption and money laundering in 2007. Specifically, the policy was abandoned in the case of Chief James Ibori, a former governor of Delta State. Notwithstanding the unchallenged affidavit evidence of the prosecution that the 1st respondent had been convicted for stealing twice in the United Kingdom, the federal high court admitted him to bail but ordered him to deposit his passport in court. But the Court of Appeal varied the bail conditions in Ibori v Federal Republic of Nigeria (2009) 3 N.W.L.R. (Pt 1127) 94 by directing that the passport be released to him to enable him to travel to attend to his medical needs and other personal matters pending the conclusion of the trial. In justifying the decision, the Justices of the Court of Appeal waxed eloquent in defending the civil liberties of the suspect and thereby gave the impression that suspects charged with corruption were automatically entitled to bail and the release of their passports.

In line with the principle of stare decisis, the decision of the Court of Appeal in the Ibori case has been religiously followed by all trial courts in Nigeria. In the process, politically exposed persons charged with serious corruption cases have taken advantage of bail and the release of their passports to delay or frustrate their trial. Some even jumped bail and have since fled the country. I am therefore compelled to urge our courts to reintroduce the judicial policy of denying bail to suspects in corruption cases. To ensure that such suspects are not unduly detained, corruption cases should be tried day by day as envisaged by the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015. To avoid time wasting in the trial of corruption cases, the practice directions of Federal High court, which require defendants to serve the prosecution their witness statements should henceforth be complied with.

Trial of Military Officers Involved In Arms Deal By Courts-martial

Contrary to media reports of the so called armsgate of $2.1 billion, the Arms Procurement Panel set up by President Buhari has confirmed the criminal diversion of $8 billion (i.e $2.1 billion and N643 billion) through a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and $2 billion and N29 billion by a coterie of serving and retired military officers in the Nigerian Air Force. Investigations into similar looting in the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Navy have not been concluded. But in the ongoing trial of one of the retired military officers, it has been alleged that he was pocketing the sum of N558 million per month from the salary account of the Nigerian Air Force!

Last month, the Federal Government referred the report of the Arms Procurement Panel to the EFCC for further investigation and the prosecution of the indicted suspects. The military authorities have assured the nation that the serving officers among the suspects would be handed over to the EFCC for trial. In a similar vein, while receiving the report of the panel, which inquired into the role of some military personnel in the subversion of the electoral process in Ekiti and Osun states in 2014, the Chief of Army Staff promised that some of the suspects would be referred to the EFCC for prosecution. With respect, there is no legal justification for asking the EFCC to handle cases of military officers who have committed war related crimes and treasonable offences. Since the indicted military officers are subject to service law, they should be referred to the military police for urgent investigation and prosecution before special or general courts-martial convened by the relevant military authorities in line with the provisions of the Armed Forces Act, Cap 20, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

It is my submission that the military officers who diverted billions of dollars and naira earmarked for procurement of arms and armament are liable to be charged with the serious offences of aiding the enemy, mutiny by impeding or sabotaging the counter insurgency operations, and stealing in contravention of Sections 45, 52 and 66 of the Armed Forces Act. Thus, by diverting the funds, the indicted military officers aided the terrorists in the brutal killing of unarmed civilians and poorly equipped soldiers. Although retired military officers cannot be subjected to trial after three months of retirement, the limitation does not apply to mutiny by virtue of Section 169 (2) of the AFA. The proposed trial before military courts will meet the justice of the case and the expectations of the public. More so, that the Rules of Procedure applicable in courts-martial have no room for frivolous adjournments, motions for bail, interlocutory appeals, stay of proceedings and interim or perpetual injunctions.

Relevance of An Anti-corruption Court

The Nigerian people are in support of the renewed fight against corruption and impunity in the country. Regrettably, the federal government is yet to appreciate that the anti-corruption battle cannot be won through the regular courts. Apart from the class solidarity usually extended to politically exposed persons by judges in all capitalist societies, the situation is compounded in Nigeria by judicial corruption and professional misconduct on the part of some senior lawyers involved in the defence of corruption cases. In spite of the overwhelming evidence of large scale looting being churned out by the anti-graft agencies, the federal government is losing control of the war against corruption. Owing to lack of coordination in the trial of politically exposed persons, corruption is fighting back. Painfully, the federal government is on the defensive as it has failed to counter the deliberate manipulation of the criminal justice system by the indicted looters of the public treasury.

The ICPC has over 400 corruption cases pending in the courts. Some of those cases were filed in the courts as far back as 2001! Thousands of other cases relating to economic and financial crimes are being prosecuted in the various courts and tribunals by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Code of Conduct Bureau, Nigeria Police Force etc. It is common knowledge that the recent reorganisation of the EFCC by President Buhari is already producing positive results. The other anti-graft agencies ought to be reorganised and repositioned to implement the policy of the federal government on zero tolerance for corruption.

Right now, the regular courts are subjecting corruption and drug related cases to incessant adjournments instead of hearing them day by day, as stipulated by the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015. As if that is not enough, the suspects are being granted bail in very liberal terms. Some judges have specialised in granting interlocutory or perpetual injunctions to restrain the anti-graft agencies and the police from arresting, investigating and prosecuting politically exposed persons. One of the anti-corruption NGOs has dragged a judge to the National Judicial Council for granting seven of such orders to stop the the EFCC from prosecuting some politically exposed persons accused of corruption. The ban on granting of stay of proceedings in pending criminal cases is not being observed by the courts.

The few cases that have been charged to court under the Buhari administration are at the trial stage in various High Courts. Without any regard for the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and the 2013 Practice Directions issued by the Federal High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court designed to accelerate criminal trials, trial courts have allowed accused persons and their lawyers to dictate the pace of trial. Thus, having regard to the congestion of cases in the High Courts, there is no indication that majority of the corruption cases will be concluded before 2019. Even if some of the defendants are convicted, the cases will be pursued to the appellate courts. If the current slow pace of prosecution continues, some of the cases will be in the docket for the next 10 years. Therefore, the federal government should review the anti-corruption policy with a view to setting up a Special Anti-Corruption Court to try all economic and financial crimes, including corruption.

Justification for the Anti-corruption Court

Since the Administration of Criminal Justice Act is a federal enactment, it is not applicable in the state courts. To that extent the trial of the majority of corruption cases which are pending in the state high courts is being conducted under antiquated criminal procedure laws. With the ongoing investigations into serious allegations of massive corruption in the office of the NSA, NNPC, CBN, NIMASA, NPA etc., it is clear that the regular courts cannot cope with the trial of the many suspects that are likely to be indicted and recommended for prosecution. It is high time the Executive sponsored a bill for the establishment of an anti-corruption court. Otherwise, a decade from now the corruption cases which were commenced 15 years ago will remain in the docket!

The proposed court will specifically handle cases of corruption, terrorism, drug trafficking, human trafficking, advance fee fraud and other economic crimes. In the white paper on the report of the Ahmed Lemu Presidential Committee on Electoral Violence in 2011, the Federal Government directed the Attorney-General of the Federation to ensure the establishment of an ad hoc electoral offences tribunal. Instead of setting up an ad hoc electoral offences tribunal, the proposed anti-corruption court should also be given the mandate to try electoral offences. The anti-corruption court should be manned by carefully selected judges of proven integrity. The relevant provisions of the ICPC Act and EFCC Act which have shifted the burden of proof on suspects to explain their sources of wealth should be invoked in corruption cases. The provisions are in tune with the proviso to section 36(5) of the Constitution on presumption of innocence. Each corruption case should be heard and concluded by the trial court within 120 days. All appeals arising from the decisions of the anti-corruption court should be heard and determined within 60 days by either the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court.

The establishment of the anti-corruption court does not require an amendment of the Constitution. The National Assembly which has undertaken to support the anti-corruption policy of the federal government should not hesitate to pass the bill for the establishment of the anti-corruption court. That was how the National Industrial Court was established in 1976 and was only recently recognised as a court of record by virtue of the 2011 Alteration of the Constitution. The Code of Conduct Tribunal and the Security and Exchange Tribunal should equally be reorganised to discharge their statutory duties of promoting ethical values in the public service and sanity in the capital market respectively.

Conclusion

At the end of the four years of the Buhari administration, the success of the anti-corruption policy will not be measured by the number of arrests or investigations carried out by the anti-graft agencies. If the status quo remains unchanged, the Nigerian people and the international community will blame the administration for its inability to secure the conviction of corrupt politically exposed persons with all the evidence at its disposal. Therefore, a special court ought to be established to deal specifically with economic and financial crimes, as well as electoral offences. Otherwise, the anti-corruption policy of the federal government will not achieve its desired objectives.

There is no doubt that official corruption has continued to arrest the development of the country. This is not unexpected given the nature of the country’s neo-colonial capitalist economy compounded by impunity on the part of the ruling class. If the Buhari Administration is going to confront the menace of corruption, it has to ensure that the stolen wealth of the nation is recovered and invested in promoting the welfare of the Nigerian people. To guarantee the maximum cooperation and participation of the citizenry in the fight against corruption, the Federal Government should grant autonomy to the anti-graft agencies and ensure that there is no selectivity in the investigation and prosecution of corruption cases. In order not to play into the hands of corrupt elements, the anti-graft agencies should respect the rights of suspects in strict compliance with the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

Femi Falana, SAN, wrote in from Lagos.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Cointreau Partners With Betty Irabor To Launch The Cointreau Creative Crew In Nigeria With A Grant Of €20,000 (Photos)

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Cointreau Partners With Betty Irabor To Launch The Cointreau Creative Crew In Nigeria With A Grant Of €20,000 To Support Creative Projects

Cointreau announces the launch of the Cointreau Creative Crew in Nigeria. The Cointreau Creative Crew is a worldwide philanthropic programme curated by Creative Director, Laetitia Casta with the aim of developing women’s freedom and expression and encouraging them to strive to make their dreams a reality. This is to be achieved through the global Cointreau Creative Crew campaign, which encourages individuals to ‘dream, dare, create’. It was launched last year in the UK and will give an entrepreneur a chance to receive a grant of €20,000 to pursue their creative project. Although the campaign is primarily targeted at women, it is also open to men.

Consistently over time, Cointreau has championed the cause of women as they explore their creativity, break free from convention and make their own way in the world. Alfred Cointreau, Heritage Manager and great grandson (sixth generation of the family) of Founder Edouard Cointreau stated that “Edouard strived to create Cointreau for women when it was rare for women to have jobs, when they could not vote and when alcohol was only really drank by men. He wanted to be the first to speak to women through a glass.”

It is for this reason that Cointreau sought to partner with Betty Irabor (Founder and Publisher of Genevieve Magazine) to be at the helm of the Cointreau Creative Crew in Nigeria as the Creative Curator, as she is the embodiment of the Cointreau brand philosophy and lifestyle. The Cointreau Creative Crew consists of a grand jury and committee collectively headed by Betty Irabor. Also on the grand jury are Lami Tumaka (Deputy Director of NIMASA) and Barbara Lawrence (Chief Executive Officer of Insolitus Nigeria). The jury are tasked with the responsibility of promoting and encouraging all women to work towards actualising their dreams as espoused by the Dream-Dare-Create initiative.

Antoinette Drumm, Zone Director – Africa and Med ME, Rémy Cointreau Group companies, said “We are pleased to partner with Betty Irabor as the Creative Curator of the Cointreau Creative Crew. It’s very exciting to launch the initiative in Nigeria as the global campaign has only launched in the UK with Laetitia Casta. She has also enlisted a network of creative and influential talent including actress Eva Longoria to work on the programme alongside her. We are proud and honoured as the Cointreau Creative Crew marks the beginning of the brand’s mission to celebrate creativity and freedom of expression with women across the world.”

During the masterclass which followed right after the press conference, Alfred Cointreau spoke about the rich heritage of the brand; “We are the original triple sec with a 150-year tradition behind us; the distillery was set up in 1849 and from the traditional recipe to the iconic bottle shape, nothing has changed over the years; even though we do introduce limited edition packaging from time to time.” He also emphasised the importance of educating consumers about Cointreau; “Consumers today want to drink less, but drink better, and we want to show them they can do this with Cointreau. We will be working very closely with bartenders to show and teach them about the brand, the heritage, because that’s how we are going to get the message across to consumers.”

The Cointreau Creative Crew remains committed to helping inspire Nigerian women move beyond maintaining the status quo by motivating and supporting advancement in their chosen career fields which is only achievable through the willingness to create and explore new avenues of self expression.

Betty Irabor, Curator of the Nigeria Creative Crew

Betty Irabor, Curator of the Nigeria Creative Crew
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L -R: Antoinette Drumm (Zone Director Africa & ME, Remy Cointreau Group), Betty Irabor (Founder and Publisher, Genevieve Magazine and Creative Curator, Cointreau Creative Crew), Alfred Cointreau (Heritage Manager and great grandson – sixth generation of the family of Founder Edouard Cointreau) and Valentine Mathieu (Cointreau Brand Manager, EMEA)
Antoinette Drumm (Zone Director Africa & ME, Remy Cointreau Group), Betty Irabor (Founder and Publisher, Genevieve Magazine and Creative Curator, Cointreau Creative Crew), Alfred Cointreau (Heritage Manager and great grandson - sixth generation of the family of Founder Edouard Cointreau) and Valentine Mathieu (Cointreau Brand Manager, EMEA)

Valentine Mathieu (Cointreau Brand Manager, EMEA)
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Betty Irabor (Founder and Publisher, Genevieve Magazine and Creative Curator, Cointreau Creative Crew Nigeria) and Alfred Cointreau (Heritage Manager and great grandson – sixth generation of the family of Founder Edouard Cointreau)
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Charles Alexander, Alfred Cointreau and Thibault Robert
Betty Irabor & Nuella Iyoha

Betty Irabor & Nuella Iyoha
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L -R: Betty Irabor (Founder and Publisher, Genevieve Magazine and Creative Curator, Cointreau Creative Crew), Alfred Cointreau (Heritage Manager and great grandson – sixth generation of the family of Founder Edouard Cointreau), Antoinette Drumm (Zone Director Africa & ME, Remy Cointreau Group) and Valentine Mathieu (Cointreau Brand Manager, EMEA)
Alfred Cointreau

Alfred Cointreau
Valentine Mathieu (Cointreau Brand Manager, EMEA)

Valentine Mathieu (Cointreau Brand Manager, EMEA)
Cointreau Cocktails Booklet

Cointreau Cocktails Booklet
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Cointreau Bar

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Alfred Cointreau showing the press how to make Cointreau Fizz

Alfred Cointreau showing the press how to make Cointreau Fizz Masterclass
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Lateefah and Pepper Chikeze with their Cointreau goodie bags

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Do you have a brilliant IDEA? If Yes, look out for more information on the Cointreau Creative Crew (#CCC2016). You could be the winner of 20,000Euros. 

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Cointreau Partners With Betty Irabor To Launch The Cointreau Creative Crew In Nigeria With A Grant Of €20,000 To Support Creative Projects

Cointreau announces the launch of the Cointreau Creative Crew in Nigeria. The Cointreau Creative Crew is a worldwide philanthropic programme curated by Creative Director, Laetitia Casta with the aim of developing women’s freedom and expression and encouraging them to strive to make their dreams a reality. This is to be achieved through the global Cointreau Creative Crew campaign, which encourages individuals to ‘dream, dare, create’. It was launched last year in the UK and will give an entrepreneur a chance to receive a grant of €20,000 to pursue their creative project. Although the campaign is primarily targeted at women, it is also open to men.

Consistently over time, Cointreau has championed the cause of women as they explore their creativity, break free from convention and make their own way in the world. Alfred Cointreau, Heritage Manager and great grandson (sixth generation of the family) of Founder Edouard Cointreau stated that “Edouard strived to create Cointreau for women when it was rare for women to have jobs, when they could not vote and when alcohol was only really drank by men. He wanted to be the first to speak to women through a glass.”

It is for this reason that Cointreau sought to partner with Betty Irabor (Founder and Publisher of Genevieve Magazine) to be at the helm of the Cointreau Creative Crew in Nigeria as the Creative Curator, as she is the embodiment of the Cointreau brand philosophy and lifestyle. The Cointreau Creative Crew consists of a grand jury and committee collectively headed by Betty Irabor. Also on the grand jury are Lami Tumaka (Deputy Director of NIMASA) and Barbara Lawrence (Chief Executive Officer of Insolitus Nigeria). The jury are tasked with the responsibility of promoting and encouraging all women to work towards actualising their dreams as espoused by the Dream-Dare-Create initiative.

Antoinette Drumm, Zone Director – Africa and Med ME, Rémy Cointreau Group companies, said “We are pleased to partner with Betty Irabor as the Creative Curator of the Cointreau Creative Crew. It’s very exciting to launch the initiative in Nigeria as the global campaign has only launched in the UK with Laetitia Casta. She has also enlisted a network of creative and influential talent including actress Eva Longoria to work on the programme alongside her. We are proud and honoured as the Cointreau Creative Crew marks the beginning of the brand’s mission to celebrate creativity and freedom of expression with women across the world.”

During the masterclass which followed right after the press conference, Alfred Cointreau spoke about the rich heritage of the brand; “We are the original triple sec with a 150-year tradition behind us; the distillery was set up in 1849 and from the traditional recipe to the iconic bottle shape, nothing has changed over the years; even though we do introduce limited edition packaging from time to time.” He also emphasised the importance of educating consumers about Cointreau; “Consumers today want to drink less, but drink better, and we want to show them they can do this with Cointreau. We will be working very closely with bartenders to show and teach them about the brand, the heritage, because that’s how we are going to get the message across to consumers.”

The Cointreau Creative Crew remains committed to helping inspire Nigerian women move beyond maintaining the status quo by motivating and supporting advancement in their chosen career fields which is only achievable through the willingness to create and explore new avenues of self expression.

Betty Irabor, Curator of the Nigeria Creative Crew

Betty Irabor, Curator of the Nigeria Creative Crew
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Antoinette Drumm (Zone Director Africa & ME, Remy Cointreau Group), Betty Irabor (Founder and Publisher, Genevieve Magazine and Creative Curator, Cointreau Creative Crew), Alfred Cointreau (Heritage Manager and great grandson – sixth generation of the family of Founder Edouard Cointreau) and Valentine Mathieu (Cointreau Brand Manager, EMEA)
Antoinette Drumm (Zone Director Africa & ME, Remy Cointreau Group), Betty Irabor (Founder and Publisher, Genevieve Magazine and Creative Curator, Cointreau Creative Crew), Alfred Cointreau (Heritage Manager and great grandson - sixth generation of the family of Founder Edouard Cointreau) and Valentine Mathieu (Cointreau Brand Manager, EMEA)

Valentine Mathieu (Cointreau Brand Manager, EMEA)
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Betty Irabor (Founder and Publisher, Genevieve Magazine and Creative Curator, Cointreau Creative Crew Nigeria) and Alfred Cointreau (Heritage Manager and great grandson – sixth generation of the family of Founder Edouard Cointreau)

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Betty Irabor & Nuella Iyoha

Betty Irabor & Nuella Iyoha

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Alfred Cointreau

Alfred Cointreau
Valentine Mathieu (Cointreau Brand Manager, EMEA)

Valentine Mathieu (Cointreau Brand Manager, EMEA)

 

Cointreau Cocktails Booklet

Cointreau Cocktails Booklet

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Alfred Cointreau showing the press how to make Cointreau Fizz

Alfred Cointreau showing the press how to make Cointreau Fizz

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Do you have a brilliant IDEA? If Yes, look out for more information on the Cointreau Creative Crew (#CCC2016). You could be the winner of 20,000Euros. 

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