16 Boko Haram Terrorists Slaughtered In Borno State

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Troops of the Nigerian Army have slaughtered at least 16 members of the terror group, Boko Haram, who attacked their location at Rann, in Kala Balge local government areas of Borno State.

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A statement issued from the headquarters of the Army on Saturday read:

“Yesterday evening remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in their numbers attacked our troops location at Rann, Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State.

“The terrorists came with Motorcycles Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (MCBIED), Anti-Aircraft Guns and other weapons at about 5.00pm and the exchange of fire lasted for some hours before they were overwhelmed by the troops firepower.

“Unfortunately, one of the terrorists’ suicide bomber detonated himself at a gun truck killing the driver and the gunner. The truck and the mounted weapon were also damaged beyond repairs. In addition 2 soldiers were wounded in action while 3 others sustained minor injuries.

“The troops killed 7 of the attackers instantly while quite a number escaped with gunshot wounds. During clearance operations this morning, the troops discovered 9 more Boko Haram terrorists dead bodies in the surrounding areas. Therefore the total number of terrorists killed was 16.

“The troops also recovered a General Purpose Machine Gun, Rocket Propelled Grenade, ammunitions and captured 2 of the terrorists alive.

“The bodies of the two fallen heroes and the wounded in action soldiers have been evacuated to Maiduguri, while reinforcement was sent from Gomboru Ngala.

“In a related development, troops have also discovered and safely detonated 2 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted along Gomboru-Rann road. It is believed that the IEDs were planted yesterday to prevent troops reinforcement to Rann while the attack lasted.

“The Commanding Officer of 3 Battalion has visited the troops and held durbar with them. He commended them for their doggedness during attack and also urged them not to lower their guards.

“Despite the incident, troops morale remains very high and they have continued with their clearance operations.

Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman
Acting Director Army Public Relations

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Dwyane Wade Reflects On Leaving Miami Heat: “It Feels Like The End Of The World”

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Dwyane Wade Reflects On Leaving Miami Heat – Former Miami Heat guard Dwyane Ward has opened up on his very emotional exit from the team.

Wade signed with the Chicago Bulls during the free agency after failing to agree a new contract with the Heat, ending a 13-year story with the team.

READ: Dwayne Wade Writes To Miami, After Choosing To Sign With Bulls

“I love Pat Riley,” Wade said of the Miami Heat president. “He’s been someone who’s been a figurehead in my life since I got drafted here at 21. But at the same time, he has a job to do. He has a different hat to wear. That hat sometimes is not to be my best friend. That hat is to be the president of an organization and to be a businessman. And it sucks. You know somebody so well, you guys love each other, but the business side comes out.
“I’m not saying that we’ve hugged and cried and shed tears at this moment. But I love Pat. And I will always love Pat. And, you know, I know he feels the same way about me.”

“Moments like this, it sucks,” Wade said. “The business side of the sport, sometimes it just sucks. That’s what we’re dealing with.”

“They started playing tribute videos and I’ve assumed that’s what it’s going to be like when I’m no longer on this Earth,” Wade said of the reaction after he announced his decision. “That’s what it felt like. It felt like it really was the end of life. And I guess in a sense it’s the end of life in Miami — as of now.”

READ: Dwayne Wade Commits To Chicago Bulls

“This ain’t the ending of this book, but we got through a lot of chapters of this book,” Wade said, hinting at a possible reunion with the organization. “And this is a best-seller, for sure.”

“At the end of the day, they will understand as they get older they will have to make decisions for their families,” Wade said about how his sons took the decision. “Some decisions are hard. … Some are going to be seamless and easy.”

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Allegri: Juventus Want UCL Glory And Sixth Scudetto

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Massimiliano Allegri has stated the aim at Juventus this season, is to claim a sixth scudetto. And to conquer the UCL at long last.

In his first season, he led the club to a domestic treble, but lost to Barcelona in the final of the UCL.

The follow up season saw Juventus continue their domestic dominance. But unfortunately, they crashed out in the last 16 against Bayern Munich.

“Winning the sixth Scudetto is our primary objective this season, as well as having a good Champions League campaign,” Allegri told the official Juventus website.

“And when I say a good Champions League campaign, I mean our objective needs to be to go as far as possible and win it. You also need that bit of good fortune, particularly in the Champions League.

“It’s our objective alongside the league, the Coppa Italia and the Super Cup. We want to achieve these goals and we need to create the conditions to do that.

“That said, we need to take it steady, work every day and lay the foundations for a great season between now and 31 August, when the campaign gets underway.”

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Beyonce Mourns Killed Policemen: “Every Human Life Is Valuable”

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Beyonce Mourns Killed Policemen – Singer Beyonce has paid tribute to the five policemen killed in the shootings in Dallas, Texas.

The singer has been very vocal following the recent violence against black people in America, and continued to be after the shooting, which saw 11 officers shot.

READ: Beyonce Releases Statement On Police Murders: “Stop Killing Us”

Bey posted a video showing the names of the slain officers against the Texas state flag on her Instagram page.  “Rest in peace to the officers whose lives were senselessly taken yesterday in Dallas,” she wrote. “No violence will create peace. Every human life is valuable. We must be the solution. Every human being has the right to gather in peaceful protest without suffering more unnecessary violence.”

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Arsenal Reject Juventus’ 40 Million-Euro Alexis Sanchez Bid

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Arsenal Reject Juventus’ 40 Million-Euro Alexis Sanchez Bid – Arsenal rejected a €40 million bid from Juventus for winger Alexis Sanchez, the Serie A champions have revealed.

“Arsenal told us Alexis Sanchez is not on the market,” Juventus’ director Beppe Marotta told Chilean paper El Mercurio.

READ: Juventus Look To Sanchez As Morata Replacement

“Sanchez is a great player, but Arsenal told us he is not on the market. ‘We had asked for the player’s price-tag and Arsenal valued him at €40m, a sum that we considered reasonable.

“However, once we replied to their demand, the English club let us know that he was not for sale.”

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RnB Singer Miguel Broke Down On Stage Sharing Message Of Love At Wireless Festival

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Miguel was moved to tears while on stage at the Wireless Festival in London, Friday (July, 8), due to the inhumane police killing of two African-Americans Alton Sterling and Philando Castile; also the deaths of five cops, who were targeted by a sniper at a #BlackLivesMatter protest in Dallas, Texas.

He said, “There’s a lot going on in the world right now and it’s weighing heavy on my conscience. I couldn’t sleep last night.”

While fighting back tears, he continued, “I will not rest. I can not rest. We can not rest any more! We gotta do something, we gotta say something. Sorry about preaching… but it’s true. It’s true.”

The singer posted a demo of a song called How Many on Friday, (July, 8) which he said he had written in response to the shootings.

The opening lyrics of the song read, “I’m tired of human lives turned into hashtags and prayer hands/I’m tired of watching murderers get off.”

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Miguel was moved to tears while onstage

Reports confirmed Miguel viewed the spate of violent attacks were meant to divide and separate people and instill fear, as he urged everyone to unify as that’s the only way to affect change.

As he wiped his tears, the singer shared a message of spreading love and not hate.

Miguel then led the cheering crowd in chanting, “We’re all that we got”.

Proceeding with his speech, he said, “The truth is, the world is only getting smaller and somehow in these times, we’re becoming more divided.” The 30-year-old continued, “I don’t understand how that happens. But while I’m on this fking stage I’m thinking the best that we can do right in this fking moment… is to show compassion and love and understanding.”

“Beware of the seeds planted in the garden of your mind… fill it with love… We are the new majority, you hear what I’m saying?” he asked, after which he thanked the cheering audience and exited the stage.

Read: “Stars Like Wizkid Still Suffer Visa Issues?” Wireless Festival Removes Starboy From Performers List

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Sunday Oliseh Drags NFF On Social Media – ‘While Still Alive, Pay Us What You Owe Us!’

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Sunday Oliseh, former coach to the Nigerian Super Eagles has dragged the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, on social media.

He calls for them to pay him and coach Loscuito what they are being owed, while they are still alive.

He also calls the association liars.

Oliseh said, “Hope the NFF will pay coach Losciuto & myself the huge amounts they still owe us without litigation whilst we are alive! Pray they listen! 

For 5 months, Losciuto’s lawyers’ letters to D NFF have been ignored. Should CAS suspend Nigeria it is not his fault. B4 they lie 2 you again!”

Read: Sunday Oliseh Turns Model For Tesslo Concepts [PHOTOS]

Oliseh a Super Eagles ex-international star was appointed as National Coach to replace his former National team-mate Stephen Keshi, in July 2015.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick described Sunday Oliseh as the “Guardiola” of African football and assumed he was going to do with the Nigerian team what Pep Guardiola did for Barcelona FC and is currently doing at Bayern Munich.

Those assumptions were wrong as Oliseh didn’t meet up to the high expectations required of him and had to resign in February 2016 citing “unconducive working conditions” as one of the reasons for terminating his appointment, barely seven months into the job.

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Sunday Oliseh drags NFF on Twitter

Part of his resignation letter read:

“Due to incessant Violations of our signed agreement (Contract) I am hereby informing you of my decision to terminate our working collaboration signed in July 2015….

Since so little help is being rendered me in getting the players to give their best and very vital conditions and advantages to the team….

These unconducive working conditions that my coaching crew and myself have to live with, your contractual violations and the interest of the nation necessitates that I tender my resignation and recourse to the termination of our working agreement.

Many thanks for the opportunity to serve my fatherland.

Read: Sunday Oliseh Ready For NFF Court Battle: We Will See Who Is Telling Lies

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Serena Williams Wins Seventh Wimbledon Title, And 22nd Grand Slam Crown

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Serena Williams claimed her seventh Wimbledon title, after avenging her loss to Kerber in January at the Australia Open.

The top seed did not just claim her seventh Wimbledon title, she claimed a record equalling 22nd Grand Slam title.

Serena Williams defeated German Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 on the Centre Court to cement her name in the history books.

Her win at the Wimbledon last year, brought her Grand Slam total to 21. With her 22nd title eluding her ever since.

”Yeah, it’s been incredibly difficult not to think about it. I had a couple of tries this year,” Williams said during the trophy ceremony. ”But it makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I worked for it.”

She pulled even with Steffi Graf for the most major championships in the Open era, which began in 1968. Now Williams stands behind only Margaret Court’s all-time mark of 24.

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“Stars Like Wizkid Still Suffer Visa Issues?” Wireless Festival Removes Starboy From Performers List

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Wizkid has been removed from the performer’s list of the Wireless Music Festival due to visa issues.

Taking to Twitter, Friday, Wireless Festival issued a statement narrating why Starboy wouldn’t be able to perform at the biggest summer music concert in London.

It stated,“Unfortunately due to a visa issue Wizkid will not be able to perform today at Wireless Festival.”

The 25-year-old also shared his disappointment at not being able to attend the event with a tweet of apology which read,“I want 2 apologize 2 all my fans, who was coming out 2 support me today! Live nation, my band, dancers & DJ. I’m extremely disappointed.”

Read: VIDEO: BOJ Exposes Plot Against Wizkid In New Episode Of DA CHAT With Zinnia

Meanwhile, the Surulere crooner is ebbing rumors of a new relationship after the singer shared two photos, first of himself getting all cozy with his international manager Jada and another with three women identified as singer, Justine Skye, Jada and another unidentified woman with a very personal caption.

Starboy wrote: “@__jada.p forever my G!! 💥.”

@__jada.p forever my G!! 💥

A photo posted by Wizkid (@wizkidayo) on Jul 7, 2016 at 3:32pm PDT

Wizzy captioned this; “❤️ close to my heart!”.

❤️ close to my heart!

A photo posted by Wizkid (@wizkidayo) on Jul 7, 2016 at 3:46pm PDT

Read: Drake’s “One Dance”; Featuring Wizkid And Kayla Tops Billboard’s Hottest Song Of Summer 2016

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#StillMyBlood: Kemi Olunloyo’s Father Denies Rejecting Her As His Daughter

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Kemi Olunloyo’s father, Victor Omololu Olunloyo – former governor of Oyo, has spoken out against a publication which stated that he had denounced his daughter.

The statement which was purportedly written by the ex-governor and released on PremiumTimes read:

“I would like to apologise without reservation to all persons affected. I hope and pray they would graciously accept the apology… She includes me, her father… she dubs ritualists. She has gone so far as to accuse us of various sexual crimes…

She had had the audacity to pass irrelevant and hopeless comments on one of our national talented artists, prince Jide Kosoko… calling him a black widower as he has unfortunately lost three wives.

“I had thought at 52, Kemi will further train her mind and cease to be an embarrassment to herself and member of her nuclear, extended family and to the general public.

I dissociate myself entirely form her conducts and statements.”

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Kemi Olunloyo and her father

Victor Olunloyo issued a statement via his Facebook account, Friday, (June, 8) where he addressed the news site malicious story in an attempt to set the records straight.

Read: Kemi Omolulu- Olunloyo Throws Father (Ex Oyo Gov) Out Of The house Saying He’s A Ritualist

His statement read:

TO ALL NIGERIANS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

“I have NOT released any statement of any kind about my daughter Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo denouncing her social media posts.

There is a fake statement floating around websites which I learned about. I did not release any statement to Premium Times. Some of the contents are absolutely false.

She has never been to Ireland nor landed in jail anywhere where the late Okunade Sijuwade had to bail her out.

There is an Aboderin character that I have learned about whom I’m told is impersonating her on Instagram and other social media platforms attacking our family.

A similar letter purported to have been written to Aboderin by me is also false. If anyone paid attention to my 2013 Punch newspapers interview, I commended Kemi’s views on social media telling the reporter Atoyebi “Kemi’s views are her views, you can’t change her.”

Kemi recently did a July front cover interview with Oyo Herald magazine titled “My father did not disown me.”She is an adult!

I am not aware of Kemi’s decision to quit reporting Nigerian news until now so she is NOT responding to my fake statement floating out there.

Please disregard the endless impersonation and degrading of the Olunloyo family. I am not a fan of social media and this Facebook page was opened because of the rumors that circulated the internet during my 2010 illness saying that I was DEAD. This page serves the purpose of ending such rumors.

Once again, I did NOT send out any statement regarding my daughter on social media. My number is public and any credible media outlet calls me for interviews not statements.

Victor Omololu Olunloyo, Former Gov Oyo State

Read: #WhoFightEpp? Kemi Olunloyo Fat Shames Eniola Badmus For Downgrading Her Brand

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Violence in Congo: A Female Opening Act for Davido’s Concert Was Raped

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Davido had a concert at the Stade Municipal de Lubumbashi, Congo, Friday, but couldn’t perform after violence ensued between police officers and his fans last night.

Amidst the ruckus, one of his female opening acts got raped and OBO fled the venue with his HKN gang lest he got mobbed by the over thirty-five-thousand people who had gathered to watch his performance.

OBO shared the news via Snapchat with a series of snap captions, “OMG, theres’s a riot at my show. Damn. Police Vs Fans, crazy fucking shit. OMG, they raped one of the artists opening for me. Shit. Backstage ah madness.”

Davido did promise to return to Congo soon, hopefully under better conditions.

SPREAD LOVE !!!! I WILL BE BACK !! I LOVE YOU LUBUMBASHI!! SAFETY FIRST GOD BLESS ❤️!!

A video posted by Davido Adeleke (@davidoofficial) on Jul 9, 2016 at 2:48am PDT

Meanwhile, the DMW Boss made an attempt to answer the question on everyone’s lips regarding his highly anticipated album.

“The album is done, everything, but funny enough, two days before we were about to drop the album, we got a call from a very big corporation that wants to be involved in the album distribution, that’s why we pulled back,” he said.

“There’s no point doing things the same. If you are going to do it big, there’s no point doing it at all.” He added, “That’s why I chilled back, and I want to let the big corporations do their work. But the album is coming.”

Well, we are waiting.

Read: Will We Ever Get A Wizkid And Davido Collaboration?

Watch Snapchats’ below from the HKN gang boss

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Official Corruption And Immunity In Nigeria – Femi Falana

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Introduction

In order to ensure the smooth running of the government, the Constitution has conferred immunity on the heads of the executive. A couple of laws have equally granted immunity to members of the judiciary and the parliament. However, the proposal of the Senate to confer absolute immunity on the heads of all legislative houses in the country and the recent freezing of the bank account of Mr. Ayo Fayose, Governor of Ekiti State by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have re-opened the debate on the propriety of retaining the immunity clause in the Constitution.

This piece was written by Femi Falana (SAN). The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

We contend here that no public officer is entitled to absolute immunity as the beneficiaries of the immunity clause may be sued in their official capacity or made nominal parties in criminal proceedings. They may also be sued to defend their elections, either in court or election petition tribunals or charged with crimes against humanity and genocidal acts before the International Criminal Court at The Hague. In conclusion, the Nigerian people are called upon to demand for the abolition of immunity in the struggle for public accountability and transparency.

Genesis of Sovereign Immunity

The doctrine of sovereign immunity is of antiquity. It is basically founded on the anachronistic legal principle of rex non potest peccare (the king can commit no wrong). As the king enjoyed absolute immunity, he could neither be impeded in his own courts nor subject to any foreign jurisdiction. Maneleus of Sparta confirmed that the king was above the law of the Realm, when he said “when a king takes spoils, he robs no one; when a king kills, he commits no murder, he only fulfils justice.”

Under the feudal system of government the king was equated with the State. Hence Louis XIV of France once declared “I am the State”. Although the absolutist powers of the king were swept away by the Glorious Revolution in England, the immunity of the Crown was left intact. Thus, by virtue of the Crown Proceedings Act, the king was totally absolved of vicarious liability with respect to the tortious acts of his agents or servants. See Roper V. Public Works Commissioner (1905) I.K.B. 45. The Crown Proceedings Ordinance, the Petition of Rights Ordinance, the Public Officers Protection Ordinance etc which embodied the essentials of state immunity were imposed on Nigeria by the British colonial regime. Consequently, Nigerians were unable to sue the British government for the massive violations of their rights and the criminal diversion of the wealth of the country under colonial rule.

Even though the Crown Proceedings Act was abolished in England in 1947, its ghost continued to haunt Nigeria several decades after independence. For instance, the law was invoked to cover up the atrocities perpetrated by the armed soldiers who destroyed the Ransome-Kuti family house at Idi Oro, Lagos on February 18, 1977. Thus, in Chief (Mrs) Olufunmilayo Ransome Kuti Vs. Attorney-General of the Federation (1985) 2 NWLR (PT 6) 211 at 236-237, the Supreme Court held that the federal government was not vicariously liable for the arson and willful damage to property carried out by its armed agents. But the apex court took advantage of the case to declare that Section 6 of the Constitution has abolished the anachronism of state immunity.

Apart from the Crown Proceeding Act, which was annulled in the Ransome-Kuti’s case, a number of other laws which preserved state immunity have either been declared illegal or whittled down by Nigerian Courts. But in spite of the abolition of state immunity, the Constitution has conferred immunity on the heads of the executive arm of government during their terms of office. Under the defunct military dictatorship, the absolute immunity of military dictators was preserved in the supremacy decrees. Specifically, the Constitution was suspended while the jurisdiction of the courts was ousted with respect to anything done or purported to have been done by the military dictators.

In Femi Falana & Ors v General Ibrahim Babangida the plaintiffs sued the defendant to justify the unilateral dissolution of the Armed Forces Ruling Council, the ruling body under the military junta at the material time. In striking out the case for want of locus standi the trial judge, the late Ligali Ayorinde C.J. described the military president as the “kabiyesi” of the country as he was not accountable to anyone or institution in the country. But the judge failed to appreciate that the “kabiyesi” in the Oyo empire could be removed if he was found to have committed grave crimes against the people.

The Purpose of Immunity for Public Officers

The sole justification for immunity is that the heads of state and government should enjoy absolute immunity to enable them to perform official duties without distractions. In other words, such public officers should not be harassed or distracted in the performance of their duties by fear of civil or criminal litigation. By virtue of Section 308 (1) of the 1999 Constitution “no civil or criminal proceedings shall be instituted or continued against the President, Vice President, Governors and Deputy Governors during their period of office.” The implication of the immunity clause is that any of the persons to whom the section applies shall not be arrested or imprisoned either in pursuance of the process of any court or otherwise and no process of any court requiring or compelling the appearance of the person shall be applied for or issued.

However, the provision of the immunity clause shall not apply to civil proceedings against the public officer in his/her official capacity or to civil or criminal proceedings in which such a person is only a nominal party. Cases filed before the assumption of office of public officers covered by the immunity clause are stayed to await the expiration of their tenure. See the cases of Col. Oluwole Rotimi Vs. Macregor (1974) NSCC 542; Bola Tinubu Vs. I.M.B. Securities Ltd. (2001) 11 WRN 27; (2001) 16 NWLR (PT 740) 670 and Media Technique Nig. Ltd. Vs. Lam Adesina (2004) 44 WRN 19. Paradoxically, public officers protected by the immunity clause are not precluded from instituting civil proceedings during their terms of office.

In Olabisi Onabanjo Vs. Concord Press of Nigeria (1981) 2 NCLR 349, the defendant challenged the libel suit filed by the plaintiff on the ground that he was excluded from being sued during his term of office as the governor of Ogun State. In dismissing the preliminary objection, Kolawole J. (as he then was) held that even through a governor could be sued he was not precluded from instituting and maintaining an action in Court. See also the case of Aper Aku Vs. Plateau Publishing Company Ltd. (1985) 6 NCLR 338 and Chief D.S.P. Alamieyeseigha Vs. Teiwa & Ors. (2001) 33 WRN 144.

With respect, it is submitted that if those covered by the immunity clause can institute libel suits or enforce other rights, it is unjust to prevent other persons from suing them while in office. As there is equality before the law, it is grossly unjust to allow public officers covered by the immunity clause to institute civil suits when their opponents are precluded from suing them by issuing or serving court processes on them. The injustice in the discriminatory practice becomes apparent when it is realised that the defendants cannot appeal against the cases if they are decided in favour of the public officers.

Judicial Immunity

By virtue of Section 6 of the Constitution, the judicial powers of the State are veted in judges. Such powers shall be exercised by judges without fear of favour. The law establishing each of courts provides that judges shall not be held liable for any act done in the discharge of their duties. In other words judges cannot be subject to civil or criminal proceedings on account of negligence or errors made in the course of discharging their functions. Litigants who are dissatisfied with the decisions of judges have the right to appeals to higher courts for redress. However, the National Judicial Council is empowered to investigate allegations of misconduct against judges and recommend appropriate sanctions to the appointing authorities.

In order to deal with allegations of judicial corruption, judges who were found to have engaged in misconduct have been removed from the bench. According to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, the Honourable Justice Mahmud Mohammed, not less than 54 judges have been compulsorily retired or dismissed from office from 1999-2016. Two Senior Advocates of Nigeria who are alleged to have bribed three judges are currently standing trial at the Lagos high court. Since it takes two to tango, the judges who allegedly received the bribes from both senior lawyers should not be spared from criminal prosecution.

Legislative Immunity

The Legislative Powers and Privileges Act has conferred limited immunity, powers and privileges on the members of the National Assembly in the performance of their legislative duties. Specifically, they are immune from civil or criminal proceedings in respect of deliberations and comments made by them in the course of proceedings in the parliament. In view of the controversy which has trailed the arraignment of the leaders of the Senate, it is pertinent to point out that the privileges and immunity conferred on the legislators cannot shield them from prosecution for criminal offences. Indeed, under section 25 (1) of the Act, any person who causes to be printed a copy of any Act or law, report, paper, minutes or votes or proceedings of a legislative house shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of two hundred naira or imprisonment or 12 months imprisonment or to both such fine and imprisonment.

Furthermore, no prosecution shall be instituted for any offence committed under the Act except by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) upon information given to him by the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives. With respect to the alleged forgery of the Senate Rules, which occurred sometime last year, the Senate President did not report the matter to the AGF. Since the Senate President failed to perform his statutory duty in the circumstance, the AGF decided to file to charge the four defendants with conspiracy and forgery under the Penal Code applicable in the Federal Capital Territory.

Although Nigerian legislators have not been conferred with absolute immunity, the Senate believes that its leaders are above the law of the land. Hence, the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal was recently summoned to justify the trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki on the allegation of false declaration of assets. Although the Senate withdrew the illegal summons based on negative public reaction, it has invited the Attorney-General of the Federation to appear before the senators to explain the rationale for filing criminal charges against the senate president, deputy senate president and two legislative staff. Since the Senate is prohibited by its own rules from debating any matter which is sub judice, the decision of the Attorney-General, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), to treat the summons with disdain cannot be faulted.

It ought to be pointed out that not even the court can question the Attorney-General in the exercise of his powers to charge any criminal suspect to court pursuant to Section 174 of the Constitution. In The State v Ilori & Ors (1983) 1 SCBLR 94, the Supreme Court held that the powers of the Attorney-General are a matter for his quasi-judicial discretion and one within his complete province as he possesses “the constitutional powers in full and the responsibility for any decision thereupon rests solely on him.” The apex court proceeded to state that “a person who has suffered from the unjust exercise of his powers by an unscrupulous Attorney-general is not without remedy; for he can invoke other proceedings against the Attorney-General. But certainly, his remedy is not to ask the court to question or review the exercise of the powers of the Attorney-General.” Since the Senate lacks the vires to summon the Attorney-General to partake of a debate on a matter that is sub judice, the illegal summons should be formally withdrawn without any further delay.

Instead of writing protest letters to regional and international organisations, as well as embassies of countries which operate under the rule of law with emphasis on equality of citizens before the law, the defendants are advised to follow the principle laid down by the Supreme Court in the case of The State v Ilori & Ors (supra). More importantly, to prevent the political manipulation of the Attorney-General by the Executive, the National Assembly may wish to take advantage of the planned constitutional review to ensure that Section 174 of the Constitution is amended to separate the office of the Attorney-General from that of the Minister of Justice.

Immunity and Electoral Disputes

In order to actualise the equality of the rights of all contestants in a presidential or governorship elections, it has been held by the Supreme Court that immunity cannot be invoked in election petitions. Otherwise, public officers to whom immunity applies may take advantage of their positions to rig elections and thereby sabotage the democratic process. The rationale for suspending the operation of the immunity clause during the hearing of election petition was explained by the late Justice Kayode Eso in Obih Vs. Mbakwe (1984) All NLR 134 at 148 when he said, “With respect, to extend the immunity to cover the governors from being legally challenged when seeking a second term will spell injustice.”

Similarly, in Turaki v. Dalhaltu (2003) 38 WRN 54 at 168, the Court of Appeal (per Oguntade JCA (as he then was) held that “If a Governor were to be considered immune from court proceedings, that would create the position where a sitting Governor would be able to flout election laws and regulations to the detriment of other person contesting with him. This will make a nonsense of the election process and be against the spirit of our national Constitution, which in its tenor provides for a free and fair election.” See Amaechi v INEC (2008) 5 N.W.L.R (Pt 1080) 227; Baido v INEC (2008) 12 N.W.L.R (Pt 1101) 379.

In the case of the Alliance for Democracy v. Peter Ayodele Fayose (No 1) (2004) 26 WRN 34, the respondent challenged the issuance of a subpoena on him on the ground that Section 308 has conferred immunity on him as a governor. While dismissing the objection, the Court of Appeal (per Muri Okunola JCA) held: “… the immunity provided by the provisions of section 308 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 on a State Governor is put in abeyance when his election is being disputed before an Election Tribunal as to make him amenable to being compelled by a subpoena to tender document(s) or give evidence before the Election Tribunal.”

In recent time, there are election related proceedings that have been filed against heads of government despite the immunity clause in Section 308 of the Constitution. It is on record that majority of the governors were respondents in several election petitions arising from the 2015 general elections. Although the elections petitions have been concluded, a pre-election in which President Buhari was a defendant has just been discontinued by the plaintiff while the case against the governor of Cross River State has been dismissed on the ground that the allegation of falsification of age was not proved beyond reasonable doubt. Two pre-election cases are still pending against Governor Bagudu of Kebbi State and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state.

Immunity and Criminal Investigations

Two weeks ago, the EFCC traced N1.2 billion criminally diverted from the Office of the National Security Adviser to a Zenith bank account belonging to the Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose. As soon as he learnt that the account was under investigation, Mr. Fayose invaded one of the branches of the bank at Ado Ekiti with armed gendarmes and demanded for the withdrawal for the balance of N500 million in the account. To prevent the governor from transferring the fund, the EFCC froze it and later obtained an ex parte order of interim seizure. In challenging the action of the EFCC, the governor said that his immunity had been violated. Convinced that he had been betrayed by the bank, Mr. Fayose said that the money was actually donated by the bank to his campaign. As I have argued elsewhere the action of the EFCC cannot be impugned having regard to the combined effect of Sections 28 and 34 of the EFCC Act, as well as Section 308 of the Constitution.

However, assuming without conceding that the bulk of the fund spent on his campaign was donated by Zenith Bank Plc, the governor has unwittingly justified the investigation and freezing of his account by the EFCC. He has also confirmed that the humongous sum of money was transported from Abuja to Akure in contravention of the Money Laundering Act. By his utterances, Mr. Fayose is simply saying that the management of Zenith Bank stole depositors’ money and laundered it to fund his political campaign, contrary to Section 90 of the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended. On the basis of his own confessional statement, Governor Fayose and the management of the bank are liable to be prosecuted for electoral fraud, money laundering and criminal diversion of depositors’ fund to the tune of N1.2 billion. Therefore, whether it is public money stolen via the office of the NSA or depositors’ fund through the bank, the decision of the EFCC to freeze Mr. Fayose’s account is perfectly in order.

In Gani Fawehinmi vs. Inspector General of Police (2002) 23 WRN 1, the Supreme Court held that although public officers covered by the immunity clause cannot be arrested or prosecuted, they are not excluded from investigation for corruption and other criminal offences. It was the view of Uwaifo JSC, “The evidence may be useful for impeachment purposes if the House of Assembly may have need of it. It may no doubt be used for prosecution of the said incumbent Governor after he has left office. But to do nothing under pretext that a Governor cannot be investigated is a disservice to the society.”

Curiously, the interpretation of the immunity clause was limited to Section 308 (1) of the Constitution. It is doubtful if the Supreme Court would have maintained the same stand if its attention had been drawn to Section 308 (2) thereof where it is expressly provided that a public officer protected by the immunity clause can be subjected to “criminal proceedings in which such a person is only a nominal party”. This means, in effect, that a public officer who enjoys immunity can be made a defendant in a nominal capacity in criminal proceedings. In FRN v Dariye (2011) 13 N.W.L.R (Pt 1265) 521, the Court of Appeal dismissed the charges against the appellant, a sitting governor at the material time on the ground that he was made a principal party in the criminal case. According to Tur J.C.A:

“Learned counsel to the appellant ought to have seen the impracticability, futility and absurdity of instituting criminal proceedings against Chief Joshua Chibi Dariye either as the Governor of Plateau State or in his name since he is not a nominal party under section 308 (2) of the Constitution but the principal offender alleged to have conspired with the other co-accused persons to commit the offences.”

Investigation of Corrupt Practices Involving Heads of Government by Independent Counsel

By virtue of Section 52 of the ICPC Act, the Chief Justice of Nigeria is empowered to appoint an Independent Counsel, who shall be a legal practitioner of not less than 15 years standing, to investigate any allegation of corruption against the President, Vice President, Governor or Deputy Governor. At the end of such investigation, the Independent Counsel is required to make a report of the findings available to the National Assembly or the House of Assembly of a State as the case may be for the impeachment of the indicted officer.

When Justice M.A. Akanbi was the ICPC Chairman, he caused the Commission to submit about 20 applications to the Chief Justice of Nigeria seeking for the appointment of Independent Counsel to investigate allegations of corruption against some sitting governors. None of the applications was granted on the ground that there was no budget for the office of the independent counsel! Instead of applying for an order of mandamus to compel the Chief Justice to carry out his statutory functions under the ICPC Act, the case files were reportedly withdrawn by the ICPC. Thus, Section 52 of the ICPC Act has not been tested for the past 16 years.

Plea of Immunity By State Governments

Recently, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) requested the EFCC to investigate a complaint alleging the criminal diversion of N11 billion from the coffers of the Rivers State government. In a letter addressed to the AGF which has since been advertised in some national dailies, the Rivers Attorney-General challenged the competence of the AGF to direct the EFCC to investigate the allegation of the missing fund. Without missing words, the AGF was asked to leave the suspected looters alone as the money alleged to have been criminally diverted is owned by the Rivers State government. In support of his strange submissions, the Rivers State AG cited a couple of cases decided by the federal and state high courts.

With respect, the decisions relied upon by the Rivers State AG do not represent the correct state of the law with respect to public accountability in Nigeria. Incidentally, the Rivers State government was one of the defendants in the case of AG, Ondo State v AGF wherein the Supreme Court had held that “generally speaking, power to prosecute for an offence is not determined by the ownership of the property allegedly stolen or misappropriated and that the determining factors are: (i) Who can exercise prosecutorial powers, (ii) The nature of the offence and, (iii) Where the offence was committed – the venue. In Dariye v FRN (2015) 10 N.W.L.R. (Pt 1467) 325, the Supreme Court reiterated the principle when it held that “the owner of the subject matter of the charges is immaterial. What is material is that a Federal enactment has been violated.”

It view of the fact that the EFCC has been asked by the AGF to investigate the alleged violation of relevant federal enactments with respect to stolen funds belonging to the Rivers State government, it is hoped that the state AG will advise the suspects involved to cooperate with the anti-graft agency in the circumstance. Having regard to the categorical pronouncements of the apex court in the AG, Ondo State v AGF (supra) and FRN v Fariye (supra), the ownership of the alleged missing sum of N11 billion is of no moment.

Waiver of Immunity

Realising that the war against corruption could not be meaningfully prosecuted as long as some public officers were immune from prosecution, President Obasanjo campaigned for the abolition of immunity for heads of government. In 2001, he waived his immunity and appeared before the Oputa Commission in response to the petition of Dr. Beko Ransome Kuti. The allegation was that it was the military regime headed by him which had authorised the violent destruction of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s residence on February 18, 1977.

However, the other ex-military dictators refused to appear at the panel of inquiry. In fact, one of them successfully challenged the summons served on him in Fawehinmi v Babangida. In setting aside the summons, the Supreme Court held that the Commission could not compel the attendance of any witness and that the Federal Government had no power to set up a commission of enquiry outside the Federal Capital Territory.

Limitation of Immunity Under International Law

It is submitted that the immunity conferred on state governors by the Constitution is not applicable outside the territory of Nigeria as only the President is entitled to sovereign immunity under customary international law. The case of R. (on the application of Alamieyeseigha) v Crown Prosecution Service [2005] EWHC 2704 (Admin) is relevant in this regard. In September 2005, following investigations by the Proceeds of Corruption Unit of the Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Chief D.S.P Alamieyeseigha was arrested in London, questioned and charged with three counts of money laundering.

A worldwide criminal restraint order was obtained by the Crown Prosecution Service over his assets. He then sought to quash the decision to prosecute him in London on the grounds that, as a result of his position as governor and Chief Executive of the State of Bayelsa, he was entitled to state immunity in criminal proceedings brought in the United Kingdom. The argument was rejected by the trial judge who held that as a governor of state which is a constituent part of Nigeria, the applicant was not entitled to sovereign immunity in respect of criminal proceedings brought in the United Kingdom.

In FRN v Joshua Dariye (2007) S.R (D) 179, the plaintiff filed a forfeiture proceeding against the defendant in a British court in February 2007. The defendant who was then a governor in Nigeria applied for a stay of proceedings or transfer of the case to Nigeria on ground of forum conveniens. The objection was dismissed. During the proceedings, the defendant failed to provide an adequate explanation for the source of his funds and the court ordered that his assets be returned to Nigeria. The court dealt separately with the defendant’s property and his bank accounts.

However, the Rome Statute to which Nigeria is a signatory does not recognise the immunity of presidents and state governors. Therefore, if a warrant is issued for the arrest of any of the Nigerian leaders for genocidal acts or crimes against humanity, the immunity conferred on the public officer by the Constitution cannot be successfully invoked to shield him/her from trial before the International Criminal Court. When President Omar Bashir of Sudan was in Nigeria last year to attend an international conference, a human rights body filed an action at the Federal High Court seeking to compel the Federal Government to arrest the guest and hand him over to the Special Prosecutor of the ICC for genocide over the massacre of over 300,000 people in Darfur, Sudan in 2005. As soon as he got wind of the suit, the visiting Sudanese President hurriedly left Nigeria.

In the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development & Ors v The South Africa Litigation Centre & Ors (Unreported Case no 867/15), President Al Bashir arrived in South Africa to attend the African Assembly on June 13, 2015. As the government took no steps to arrest him, the respondent, the South African Litigation Centre (SALC), brought an urgent application on Sunday June 14, 2015, in the Gauteng Division of the High Court, Pretoria seeking orders declaring the failure to take steps to arrest him illegal. The order issued by the court, which directed the Jacob Zuma government to arrest him was flouted as President Bashir’s plane was allowed to fly out of the country.

Upon hearing the substantive matter, the trial judge condemned the government of South Africa violating its obligations under the Rome Statute as it pertains to the arrest of President Al Bashir. Dissatisfied with the ruling, the government challenged it on appeal. In dismissing the appeal, the Supreme Court Appeal of South Africa held that “The conduct of the Respondents in failing to take steps to arrest and detain, for surrender to the International Criminal Court, the President of Sudan, Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir, after his arrival in South Africa on 13 June 2015 … was unlawful.”

Conclusion

Notwithstanding the absolute immunity conferred on heads of government, they may be sued in their official capacity or made nominal parties in criminal proceedings. In order to promote accountability and transparency in government and deepen the democratic process, the courts have whittled down the absoluteness of immunity enjoyed by heads of government with respect to electoral disputes and criminal investigations. In the circumstance, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, the police and the anti-graft agencies should carry out their statutory duties by ensuring that allegations of corrupt practices involving heads of government are probed while the reports are either submitted to the appropriate legislative houses or kept for the prosecution of the indicted heads of government upon the expiration of their terms of office.

No doubt, the rising wave of executive lawlessness in the polity, including the rapacious looting of the treasury by some heads of government has led to an upsurge in the popular demand for the abolition or removal of the immunity clause from the Constitution. This disturbing situation was well captured by Tur JCA in FRN v Dariye (supra) when he said:

“Experience has shown that the immunity clause in the Constitution has
been abused by many Governors and Deputy Governors and Nigerians
have been clamouring for its removal from the Constitution. That has
been the yearnings of those who want to rid the country of corruption
by persons thrust with the responsibility of executing governmental
affairs of the Federation or the States.”

Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), writes 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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Nigerian Govt Begs Oil Workers To Suspend Strike

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The Nigerian government has pleaded with the ‘striking’ oil workers to suspend its industrial action in the interest of the nation.

READ ALSO: Oil Workers May Have Shifted Strike Action Till Monday

In a statement issued on Friday night by the Deputy Director (Press) in the Ministry of Labour, Samuel Olowookere, on behalf of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, the federal  government stated that the action would lead to “unwarranted hardship on the populace”.

READ ALSO: Fuel Scarcity Looms As PENGASSAN Plans Indefinite Strike

The government urged the workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) to consider the effect of the strike action, which might also compound the vandalisation of petroleum products.

The statement read: “Strike neither solves industrial disputes nor contributes to industrial growth. Our economy is already reeling from severe haemorrhage occasioned by decade long mismanagement. Further action, which stunts the efforts currently being made to reverse the trend, should therefore be shunned.

“A situation where oil workers leave their offices and oil loading base will not make for an increase in oils export nor assist make available, enough petroleum products in this time of deregulation. This will only compound the vandalisation in the Niger Delta, occasioning low output and export in our OPEC quota, apart from the unwarranted hardship on the populace.

“The time therefore calls for more patriotism more so when negotiations have already been kick started with PENGASSAN and International Oil Companies on most of the areas especially the issue of cash calls and arbitrary sack of personnels.

“The Federal Government therefore urges PENGASSAN to urgently call off the strike so that all sides will freely negotiate. I am very optimistic that when we sit for negotiation on Monday, July 11, issues that have led to the situation on the ground will be resolved in the greater interest of the nation.”

The statement also urged Nigerians to avoid panic buying of petroleum products.

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VIDEO: PITA – I Am Your Soldier

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Nigeria’s foremost inspirational and multiple award winning singer, PITA berths again with a mind blowing video titled ‘I’m Your Soldier’. The video which depicts the travails of a Soldier of a battle ground was shot by IFocus pictures.

Here’s what Pita has to say:

This is my tribute to our unsung HEROES who have sacrificed there lives to keep us safe.
Share and let our SOLDIERS know that they are loved.
My name is PITA and I support our troops.
#IMYOURSOLDIER

 

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3 Persons Captured With Human Head In Niger State

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Niger state on Saturday morning paraded three suspects who were caught with a human head.

Speaking on the matter, the Commandant of NSCDC in the state, Mr Philip Ayuba, disclosed that the suspects were apprehended on Thursday in Mokwa Local Government Area of the state.

He said: “I invited you here to see three suspects that we arrested on the ground of possession of a human head.

“After we arrested them, they confessed to us that they own the human head.’’

“Our personnel pretended to be bargaining with them on how much to pay before they were arrested.’’

Ayuba also stressed that the suspects had made confessional statements in writing, adding that they would be handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.

READ ALSO: Memo To Buhari: Take A Hard Look At Nigeria’s Map – Okey Ndibe

According to the number one suspect, his brother had invited him to his house to see the human head and assist in getting a buyer.

His words: “I looked for a buyer for five months. So when I approached one Isah to buy the head he agreed and said that he has a buyer in Mokwa.

“When the buyer came we started negotiating the price with him and it was in that process that we were arrested.’’

Another suspect claimed that the head belonged to a decomposing female corpse which was found during a hunting expedition.

He said that he and another accomplice decided to cut off the head and sell it to make money.

“Two of us decided in the bush that we will sell the head to scientists and make money,’’ he said.

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Arjen Robben Laughs Off Bayern Munich Exit Reports

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Arjen Robben Laughs Off Bayern Munich Exit – Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has laughed off reports that he could leave the club.

The Holland international has been linked away from Allianz Arena, with Besiktas rumored to be the likely suitors for his signature.

READ: Franck Ribery And Arjen Robben Might Get New Bayern Munich Contracts

“It’s the same story all over again every year,” Robben told Bild. “I can only laugh about these rumours. “Things are getting a bit more serious when Groningen get in touch…”

Robben has only one year left on his contract at Bayern, and revealed that he was open to remaining with the club.  “I have a great relationship with the people at Bayern. We appreciate each other,” he added.

“Bayern know where to find me if they want to have a chat. I am always available. Or they can give my father [and agent] a call. Bayern have my number. But the most important thing for me at the moment is to play some good football.”

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#NoBrotherlyLove: Peter PSquare Threatens To Sue Paul Okoye, Jude Okoye And Airtel Congo

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Peter Okoye second half of the now defunct music group P Square has issued a public disclaimer against his brother and former music partner Paul Okoye, and former manager of their record label, Jude Okoye.

He is also threatening to sue both his brothers as well as Airtel Congo for using his name to promote a show he never endorsed.

After going strong at each other in a public fight on social media Peter moved on with a new management in March and everyone assumed peace had finally been made, but with this new disclaimer and threats to to sue, it’s obvious there’s still a bit of bad blood still seeping between these three.

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Peter Okoye issues disclaimer against brothers, Peter and Jude Okoye

It read:

DISCLAIMER: This goes out to all my Fans in Congo Specifically and the entire world in General.

My attention has been drawn to a much publicised show holding today 8th July, 2016(VIP SHOW) and tomorrow 9th July, 2016,(in Goma) and on the 17th of August in Kinshasa wherein the name Psquare was used maliciously and mischievously to garner patronage and huge fans attendance as against the stage name Rudeboy which is used when my Twin Brother, Paul, and Co-owner of the stage name Psquare performs alone.

I never endorsed the usage of my name as the contractual terms presented were not favourable to me, thus I am not part of the show booked by our former manager Jude and I wholeheartedly disassociate myself from the unauthorized use of my Co-owned stage name (Psquare) and images for promotional and economic reasons without my express written consent or permission.

Contrary to the wild allegations making the rounds that I could not attend the show because I am sick and missed my flight along with my crew members, I wish to counter same and state categorically, that I am 101% healthy.

I shall take appropriate legal actions in the nearest future against the promoters and the sponsors of these events @airtel_congob for character assassination and malicious misrepresentation.

Thank you. MR.P (Peter of Psquare)

Hopefully, it won”t result in brothers battling each other out in court.

Read: Jermaine Jackson In Nigeria To Work With PSquare On Their 6th Album[photos]

DISCLAIMER This goes out to all my Fans in Congo Specifically and the entire world in General. My attention has been drawn to a much publicised show holding today 8th July, 2016(VIP SHOW) and tomorrow 9th July, 2016,(in Goma) and on the 17th of August in Kinshasa wherein the name Psquare was used maliciously and mischievously to garner patronage and huge fans attendance as against the stage name Rudeboy which is used when my Twin Brother, Paul, and Co-owner of the stage name Psquare performs alone. I never endorsed the usage of my name as the contractual terms presented were not favourable to me, thus I am not part of the show booked by our former manager Jude and I wholeheartedly disassociate myself from the unauthorized use of my Co-owned stage name (Psquare) and images for promotional and economic reasons without my express written consent or permission. Contrary to the wild allegations making the rounds that I could not attend the show because I am sick and missed my flight along with my crew members, I wish to counter same and state categorically, that I am 101% healthy. I shall take appropriate legal actions in the nearest future against the promoters and the sponsors of these events @airtel_congob for character assassination and malicious misrepresentation. Thank you. MR.P (Peter of Psquare) Cc @airtel_kenya @airtelghana @airtelnigeria @airtel_tanzania @airtel_ga @airtel_ug

A photo posted by Peter okoye (Psquare) MrP (@peterpsquare) on Jul 8, 2016 at 12:56pm PDT

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Buckwyld ‘N’ Breathless Announces Last Five Slots Dance Competition

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Buckwyld ‘N’ Breathless Announces Last Five Slots Dance Competition – Concert goers in Nairobi, Kenya are still in awe after the exciting concert that was Buckwyld ‘n’ Breathless: The Disruption headlined by African superstars 2Baba, Sauti Sol and more in June. The Nigerian leg scheduled for September 3rd at the Eko Hotel convention centre promises to be even more colossal.

Keeping up with the disruption theme, as a build up to Buckwyld ‘n’ Breathless: The Disruption Nigeria, there is going to be a dance competition hosted by the official dance partners for the concert; Dance Na D Main Thing tagged ‘Last Five Slots’.

Dance Na D Main Thing boss, Michael Igbelabo will hand pick 5 gifted amateur dancers to perform with his crew on the same stage with music icons 2Baba and MI Abaga at the Buckwyld ‘n’ Breathless: The Disruption Nigeria. These dancers will be selected following a series of spontaneous auditions and screenings which will take place at street locations announced through word of mouth, the Buckwyld ‘n’ Breathless: The Disruption official social media handles; BNBLive on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and also on the official website www.buckwyldnbreathless.com.

The lucky selected dancers will also get paid professional fees along with the privilege of brushing up their skills rehearsing with the record breaking and award winning Dance Na D Main Thing crew.

Hailed as the concert of the year, Buckwyld N Breathless is put together by Buckwyld Media Network and partners.

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Del Piero Says, Conte Can Probably Win Title With Chelsea

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Alessandro Del Piero believes it is quite possibly for Antonio Conte to win the title in his first season at Chelsea.

The incoming Chelsea boss, is set to take over at the Bridge this month. But is taking a break, after leading Italy to the quarterfinals of the Euro 2016.

Chelsea did a domestic double in the 2014-15 season, but a dismal follow up campaign, saw them finish with no trophies.

And Del Piero who won trophies with Conte at Juventus, is certain he can be successful at Chelsea.

“He’s a good guy, he loves to work a lot,” Del Piero told Sky Sports of Conte, who claimed three league titles in a row as Juve coach.

“If he has a chance to talk to players in the right way, and if they understand what he wants, Chelsea can have a very good season and probably win the title.

“It’s not easy, the Premier League is amazing this year in terms of players and coaches, but he has a chance.”

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Golovkin To Fight Brook In London In September

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Britain’s IBF welterweight champion, Kell Brook will go against undisputed world middleweight champion, Gennady Golovkin on 10 September in London.

The undisputed world middleweight champion is unbeaten in 35 pro fights. With 32 of those fights, ending in knockouts.

Golovkin was set to fight British middleweight champion, Chris Eubank Jr. But Kell Brook will be the one facing the Kazakhstan boxer.

“When this fight was offered I accepted in a minute. I’m a huge welterweight and I will carry my speed, accuracy and power through the weights,” said Brook.

“This is the ultimate fight, one of the biggest international fights this country has seen in many years.

“You have seen some huge names run from Golovkin but I’m running to him. I’m a special fighter and I will show the world on 10 September.”

“I’m very excited to be fighting in front of the great British boxing fans and promise another ‘big drama’ show,” said 34-year-old Golovkin, the WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion.

The WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion has never boxed in Britain before but has beaten two British fighters in world title defences – Matt Macklin was knocked out in three rounds in 2013 and Martin Murray lasted 11 rounds in 2015.

Both Brook and Golovkin have been hunting huge-money fights in recent years but have been repeatedly frustrated.

Kell Brook is unbeaten in 36 pro fights, with 25 knockouts. It will be an exciting encounter.

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Ric Hassani Set To Release Video For Gentleman

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All dapper as an African Prince should be, Ric Hassani is all decked in a gray overcoat and ankara trousers in a photo shoot leading to the release of a video for Gentleman.

Gentleman produced by Doron Clinton, was released in December last year. Ric Hassani sings the most beautiful ballad on the track in praise of the African woman. The single which is the first off his African Gentleman forthcoming album will be getting a video on Monday, 12 July.

Here are some photos;

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Durant’s Dad: It Was Time To Be Selfish

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Before the NBA free agency started on July 1, Wayne Pratt gave his son, Kevin Durant a piece of advice.

He wanted the 2014 MVP to do something out of character.

“Be selfish.”

“‘For once in your life be selfish and think about yourself,’” Pratt said he told his son. “That’s the only thing I could tell him. And it’s hard for him to do that because that is not in his personality. But sometimes in your growth as a man you have to be selfish and make decisions that are based on him and his future family.”

To be safe, Durant would have picked the Thunders, where he has spent all nine years of his career. The Washington Wizards were not even being considered by the Washington DC native. And you definitely would not have seen him pick the team that came from 3-1 down against the Thunders to make it to the NBA finals.

However, on the fourth of July, sparks flew when Durant announced he will be signing for the Oakland team.

“It was growth as a man,” Pratt said. “The majority of decisions that were made for Kevin were made by me or his mom. This time it was made by him using all the information that he gathered. He came up with a logical decision. To me as a father and a husband and a man, it was good to see him make a man decision.”

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Marcelo Bielsa’s Reason For Quitting Lazio Job After Two Days

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Argentine manager, Marcelo Bielsa has revealed the reason why he quit his job, as manager of Lazio, just two days after he was announced.

Bielsa was named as a permanent replacement to Pioli on Wednesday, only to quit on Friday. However, a letter dated July 7, shows why the Argentine refused to work with the Serie A club.

The 60-year-old was disappointed that Lazio failed to sign any of their seven transfer targets, while he also lamented the exit of 18 players from last season.

Bielsa Resigns As Lazio Manager Two Days After Appointment

“After four weeks working together with you, we could not sign any of the seven additions in the work program expressly approved by the President Claudio Lotito,” Bielsa’s statement read, written from his native Rosario in Argentina.

“We also take into account the departure of 18 players who were involved in the previous season.

“It was agreed as essential to the implementation of the work program that we would sign at least four footballers before July 5, with the objective that they would be able to participate in pre-season.

“For my style of work we needed to have these players arrive in a timely manner to train.”

Bielsa had been linked to the vacant coaching role left by Gerardo Martino at the Argentina national team, but he insisted in the statement that he did not leave for that reason.

“It is important to note I have no other alternative work offers,” Bielsa – who coached Argentina between 1998 and 2004 – added. “We will send soon the legal documentation certifying the resignations.

He concluded: “I understand that you inform this decision to the media. Only if necessary you may offer some kind of public clarification.”

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Mike Abdul Releases Sophomore “Korede“

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KOREDE simply means THE BLESSER.

The sixteen track album by Mike Abdul, features seven of the most sought after Gospel acts in the land blazing their anointed best on songs scripted to bless. The much awaited album features MoniQue, Tope Alabi, David Karnji (Infinity), A’dam, OluwaShalom, Bidemi Olaoba and Kenny K’ore.

THE KOREDE EXPERIENCE

I enjoyed a healthy affection for my debut album (hit song: MoRiRe) titled GOOD TO GO. The album introduced songs like MoRiRe, Oh My JESU, READY TO PRAISE, and eleven other titles to Nigeria’s thriving gospel repertoire. The massive response tempted me to let the people enjoy the album for longer but… I simply could not muzzle the flow of inspiration that daily comes my way. So, as I am moved, I write and record and will continue to do so.

Early in January of this year, during one of my quiet times, I found myself worshipping with a song I’d never heard before. As the word tumbled out of me, all I know is that I was calling the Redeemer of mankind a new name. “Korede” burst out from my spirit in honor of “the ONE who brings the Blessings”. That’s when I knew God was up to something.

As the concept grew in my mind, I realized that HardWork, diligence, competence, consistency, intelligence and other qualities were requisites for success but that The Blessing from The Almighty surpasses all our efforts.

I know hardworking people who became successful but I also know people who are more hardworking than most and yet are not as wealthy.

I conclude that there is a factor in Destiny which cannot be questioned; something that our GOD in HIS abundant Mercies and Grace supplies to activate HIS Riches in our lives.
This providence is beyond our HardWork or NetWork and even beyond economic realities.

It pays to connect to the giver of life. I choose to connect through The Redeemer.

May I introduce you to my KOREDE?

KOREDE by Mike Abdul now available on all digital sales outlets and media stores nationwide .

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BREAKING: Shettima Ali Monguno Dies At 90

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The former Minister of Mines, Power and Petroleum Resources, Alhaji Shettima Ali Monguno, is reported to have passed on at the age of 90-years old.

The Nigerian educationalist and politician, Alhaji Shettima Ali Monguno, who was born on 1926 in Monguno-Borno state, passed a Alhaji Shettima Ali Monguno way on Friday, July 8, 2016.

The Nigerian educationalist and politician, Alhaji Shettima Ali Monguno, who was born on 1926 in Monguno-Borno state, passed a Alhaji Shettima Ali Monguno way on Friday, July 8, 2016.

PMNews reported that the Secretary to Borno State Government, Alhaji Jidda Shuwa, announced in a statement, that the distinguished statesman died on Friday in Maiduguri.

The statement issued by Borno State Government read:

“It is with a deep sense of loss and profound sadness that we announce, on behalf of His Excellency the Executive Governor of Borno State and the Borno State Government, the passage of our father and distinguished Statesman, Alhaji (Dr.) Shettima Ali Monguno.

He said the deceased would be buried on Saturday in Maiduguri after a funeral prayer at 2 p.m. at his residence.

Shuwa prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased and his family and entire people of Borno the fortitude to bear the loss.

The deceased was born in 1926 in Monguno, Borno

He attended Monguno primary school, Teacher’s College Bauchi and Katsina, College of Arts, Science and Technology Zaria, Moray House college of Education and the University of Edinburgh.

He served as a parliamentarian in the First Republic and was appointed the Minister of Air Force and Internal Affairs between 1965 and 1966.

He was a Federal Commissioner for Trade and Industries between 1966 and 1971 and Minister for Mines and Power, Petroleum and Energy between 1972 to 1975.

Monguno also served as President of OPEC fron 1972 to 1973.

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