Before The Gamble In The Gambia: Memo To Buhari

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Before The Gamble In The Gambia: Memo To Buhari, By Cornelius Segun Ojo

Do you know what astonished me most in the world? The inability of force to create anything. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the spirit. If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.
— Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-182)

This piece was written by Cornelius Segun Ojo. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

The current political impasse in The Gambia has placed a burden of history on Nigeria’s President MohammaduBuhari (PMB). And unless the situation is handled with utmost care, another haven for Boko Haram, ISIL and Al Shabab elements is in the offing. Following the December 1, 2016 general elections which President Jammeh initially conceded to Mr Adama Barrow, the opposition candidate, the U-turn by the President to reject the election result based on alleged malpractices (and later cancelled), has raised the stakes not only in Gambia but also across the world. In the midst of ensuing tensions, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) set up a committee headed by President Buhari to mediate in the crisis and restore orderliness.

However, sentiments so far by ECOWAS point in the direction of military intervention. Hence, this public memo to President Buhari, urging him to ensure peace and not war reigns.

Barrow Whisked To Safety, Thousands Fleeing Gambia As Political Crisis Deepens

First and foremost, from what can be advanced from the electoral processes, President Jammeh appeared genuine to organise a credible election, and also was confident of his victory (for whatever reason). Watching the video of his concession speech, President Jammeh appeared shocked, but nonetheless, he wore a brave face to accept his defeat and concede to his opponent. While it is noble and heroic to accept defeat even before the process is concluded and reports from field managers collated and analysed, the implication here is that, evidence of malpractices might emerge thereafter, and a rejection of the result already accepted is likely to cause confusion, as it turns out. Ghana’s recent example, where the ruling party refused to accept defeat even in the face of pressures mounted by the opposition and a section of the press, until they were satisfied of the sanctity of the process, appears more credible. Notwithstanding however, the fact must be reiterated that, accepting and conceding defeat does not rob off on allegation of electoral malfeasance – morally or legally.

The pertinent question to ask is: why did President Jammeh reject the election results? The fact that the Electoral Commission admitted errors and fiddled with figures should be of grave concerns to all advocates of democracy and accountability. Since elections are a game of numbers, recording correct figures for all candidates thus becomes a matter of duty. The moment an allegation of padding of figures surfaces, the credibility of the election results becomes compromised. Only courts are then vested with the powers to ascertain the errors, and validate/invalidate the results. Rejigging the figures as carried out by the Gambian Electoral Commission remains a nullity.

Nigeria Raises Army Battalion For Gambia, Ready To ‘Forcefully’ Remove Yahya Jammeh

Still, President Jammeh may have been confronted with credible proofs of electoral fraud both from his field managers and the security apparatuses. Another plausible reason may be that foreign interests compromised the process. Given the fact President Jammeh recently stirred controversies — pulling out of the Commonwealth and the controversial International Criminal Court (ICC); as well as declaring Gambia an Islamic Republic, not a few feathers of the ‘owners of the world’ would have been ruffled. The election may therefore have presented a perfect opportunity and means to kick out another independent-minded African leader. Mr. President Sir, whichever of the above may be the case, writing from the perspective of the concept of power; I will argue that it will be an extraordinary decision for anyone holding the levers of powers to overlook and concede to pullers of the rug under his/her feet. While this is natural, institutions of State may also push against allowing such democratic infractions to stand.

Flowing from the above, the decisions by ECOWAS, not to bother to investigate the veracity or otherwise of the allegations of electoral malpractices, but to simply condemn and threaten President Jammeh appear to have scuppered the peace initiatives. This costly error also negates the principle of peace and conflict resolution which does not favour apportioning of blames. It also puts President Jammeh on a moral ground with his insistence that ECOWAS was ab initio, not interested in peaceful resolution but to simply intimidate and humiliate him. The situation now is grim and the fate of millions of Gambians hangs in the balance.

No doubt, PMB will be under intense pressure to act and restore the opposition Adama Barrow to power. Whether Nigeria should embrace the military option being pushed now appears to be a matter of serious concern.

To enable PMB decide on the best route to go, I list four reasons, why Nigeria should eschew violence. In the run up to the invasion of Libya by NATO, there was a sharp disagreement among African leaders, with majority going against the planned invasion. President Obama was said to have spoken to then President Goodluck Jonathan on phone, persuading him to endorse the invasion (without Nigeria’s approval, the plan would have been defeated). Libya today is a failed State while humanity has been put on the precipice. Most Africans (that I have met) bitterly complained that Nigeria was responsible for the collapse of Libya. The level of mistrust between Nigerians and other Africans thus appear to be on the increase.

President Jammeh Goes Tough On ECOWAS, Vows To Defend Gambian Sovereignty

Spearheading another war in Gambia will surely make the matter worse. Besides, Nigeria has had to pay heavily for the collapse of Libya, as looted weapons and NATO munitions found their ways into the hands of Boko haram in what can be regarded as a coordinated conspiracy against Nigeria by the invading nations. Over twenty thousands of innocent Nigerians and thousands more of our security personnel have also been killed, maimed and dehumanised. Most observers will be wondering whether Nigeria will commit itself to another potential catastrophe in Gambia.

PMB will also recall that he contested elections three times before succeeding the fourth time in 2015. In those three periods, PMB was dissatisfied, and notwithstanding his shaky believe in the Nigerian judiciary, embraced the courts and never resorted to violence. Most observers may then be wondering why Nigeria will opt for violent intervention in Gambia. Very importantly too, Nigeria should not encourage the opposition candidate, Mr Adama Barrow to declare himself President. The situation will take another dimension from electoral disputes to treasonable offence. Historically, Nigeria has passed through this dangerous phase.

The self-declaration by the late Chief MKO Abiola (RIP) in the disputed June 12 1993 elections, led to his arrest by the late head of State, General Sani Abacha(RIP). The ensuing violence exacerbated the crisis that nearly tore Nigeria apart. Eventually, both Chief Abiola and General Abaca were sacrificed in order to end the violence. Finally here, there is no evidence in the public domain suggesting that the people of Gambia prefer a violent change. Unlike in Nigeria and other places were by now, violent protests would have broken out; the people of Gambia appear to remain peaceful. This is not to suggest that they are weak. They may have weighed the consequences of a violent uprising. I strongly believe their preference for peace should be respected.

However, in the event that the military option is finally embraced, ECOWAS should brace itself for a long-drawn battle with attendant humanitarian crisis. By the time the grim images of war begin to pour in, particularly of children and women, with allegations of rape and other avoidable war crimes, the public opinion as usual will change, and leaders will face the accusation of being quick to resort to a violent solution when peaceful resolution should have been embraced. Potentially also, Gambia could descend into ethnic war — a familiar turf in Africa.

But the scariest of the likely scenarios, is the possibility of the dispersed elements of Boko Haram, ISIL and Al Shabab congregating in The Gambia to as they always claim, fight the infidels who invade another Islamic Republic. This will throw the surrounding countries into crises. In the case that President Jammeh is removed violently and Mr Barrow is installed, the possibility is that he will be presiding over a dislocated and destroyed nation. He will be at the mercy of foreign troops as Gambia’s wounded Armed Forces will not be able to guarantee him protection. Crises like assassinations, coups and counter coups could well become the order of the day.

Mr President, from Iraq to Afghanistan, Yemen to Libya and Syria, none of the military interventions have succeeded in bringing the desired change, rather millions of innocent lives have been wasted wile nation states have failed. There is every possibility of Gambia becoming another failed state.

Regrettably albeit hypocritically, the masterminds of these invasions have voiced their frustrations in bringing about peace to the destroyed nations.

President Obama in particular recently admitted his regrets over Libya. Sadly, the crocodile tears cannot bring back the perished souls. Former South African President Tabo Mbeki confessed that former British PM Tony Blair suggested to South Africa that a military option should be considered to remove President Mugabe, but they refused. Today, Zimbabwe cannot be compared with the bloody situations in Syria and Libya where the military option was embraced. It is time West African leaders extricate themselves from the UN/EU/US pressures on them to always embrace military option in solving the sub-region’s problems. In conclusion, and in view of the foregoing, President Buhari should in the interest of humanity, strengthen the peace process and resist pressures to bring another African nation down.

This piece was written by Cornelius Segun Ojo. 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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Before The Gamble In The Gambia: Memo To Buhari

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Before The Gamble In The Gambia: Memo To Buhari, By Cornelius Segun Ojo

Do you know what astonished me most in the world? The inability of force to create anything. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the spirit. If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.
— Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-182)

This piece was written by Cornelius Segun Ojo. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

The current political impasse in The Gambia has placed a burden of history on Nigeria’s President MohammaduBuhari (PMB). And unless the situation is handled with utmost care, another haven for Boko Haram, ISIL and Al Shabab elements is in the offing. Following the December 1, 2016 general elections which President Jammeh initially conceded to Mr Adama Barrow, the opposition candidate, the U-turn by the President to reject the election result based on alleged malpractices (and later cancelled), has raised the stakes not only in Gambia but also across the world. In the midst of ensuing tensions, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) set up a committee headed by President Buhari to mediate in the crisis and restore orderliness.

However, sentiments so far by ECOWAS point in the direction of military intervention. Hence, this public memo to President Buhari, urging him to ensure peace and not war reigns.

Barrow Whisked To Safety, Thousands Fleeing Gambia As Political Crisis Deepens

First and foremost, from what can be advanced from the electoral processes, President Jammeh appeared genuine to organise a credible election, and also was confident of his victory (for whatever reason). Watching the video of his concession speech, President Jammeh appeared shocked, but nonetheless, he wore a brave face to accept his defeat and concede to his opponent. While it is noble and heroic to accept defeat even before the process is concluded and reports from field managers collated and analysed, the implication here is that, evidence of malpractices might emerge thereafter, and a rejection of the result already accepted is likely to cause confusion, as it turns out. Ghana’s recent example, where the ruling party refused to accept defeat even in the face of pressures mounted by the opposition and a section of the press, until they were satisfied of the sanctity of the process, appears more credible. Notwithstanding however, the fact must be reiterated that, accepting and conceding defeat does not rob off on allegation of electoral malfeasance – morally or legally.

The pertinent question to ask is: why did President Jammeh reject the election results? The fact that the Electoral Commission admitted errors and fiddled with figures should be of grave concerns to all advocates of democracy and accountability. Since elections are a game of numbers, recording correct figures for all candidates thus becomes a matter of duty. The moment an allegation of padding of figures surfaces, the credibility of the election results becomes compromised. Only courts are then vested with the powers to ascertain the errors, and validate/invalidate the results. Rejigging the figures as carried out by the Gambian Electoral Commission remains a nullity.

Nigeria Raises Army Battalion For Gambia, Ready To ‘Forcefully’ Remove Yahya Jammeh

Still, President Jammeh may have been confronted with credible proofs of electoral fraud both from his field managers and the security apparatuses. Another plausible reason may be that foreign interests compromised the process. Given the fact President Jammeh recently stirred controversies — pulling out of the Commonwealth and the controversial International Criminal Court (ICC); as well as declaring Gambia an Islamic Republic, not a few feathers of the ‘owners of the world’ would have been ruffled. The election may therefore have presented a perfect opportunity and means to kick out another independent-minded African leader. Mr. President Sir, whichever of the above may be the case, writing from the perspective of the concept of power; I will argue that it will be an extraordinary decision for anyone holding the levers of powers to overlook and concede to pullers of the rug under his/her feet. While this is natural, institutions of State may also push against allowing such democratic infractions to stand.

Flowing from the above, the decisions by ECOWAS, not to bother to investigate the veracity or otherwise of the allegations of electoral malpractices, but to simply condemn and threaten President Jammeh appear to have scuppered the peace initiatives. This costly error also negates the principle of peace and conflict resolution which does not favour apportioning of blames. It also puts President Jammeh on a moral ground with his insistence that ECOWAS was ab initio, not interested in peaceful resolution but to simply intimidate and humiliate him. The situation now is grim and the fate of millions of Gambians hangs in the balance.

No doubt, PMB will be under intense pressure to act and restore the opposition Adama Barrow to power. Whether Nigeria should embrace the military option being pushed now appears to be a matter of serious concern.

To enable PMB decide on the best route to go, I list four reasons, why Nigeria should eschew violence. In the run up to the invasion of Libya by NATO, there was a sharp disagreement among African leaders, with majority going against the planned invasion. President Obama was said to have spoken to then President Goodluck Jonathan on phone, persuading him to endorse the invasion (without Nigeria’s approval, the plan would have been defeated). Libya today is a failed State while humanity has been put on the precipice. Most Africans (that I have met) bitterly complained that Nigeria was responsible for the collapse of Libya. The level of mistrust between Nigerians and other Africans thus appear to be on the increase.

President Jammeh Goes Tough On ECOWAS, Vows To Defend Gambian Sovereignty

Spearheading another war in Gambia will surely make the matter worse. Besides, Nigeria has had to pay heavily for the collapse of Libya, as looted weapons and NATO munitions found their ways into the hands of Boko haram in what can be regarded as a coordinated conspiracy against Nigeria by the invading nations. Over twenty thousands of innocent Nigerians and thousands more of our security personnel have also been killed, maimed and dehumanised. Most observers will be wondering whether Nigeria will commit itself to another potential catastrophe in Gambia.

PMB will also recall that he contested elections three times before succeeding the fourth time in 2015. In those three periods, PMB was dissatisfied, and notwithstanding his shaky believe in the Nigerian judiciary, embraced the courts and never resorted to violence. Most observers may then be wondering why Nigeria will opt for violent intervention in Gambia. Very importantly too, Nigeria should not encourage the opposition candidate, Mr Adama Barrow to declare himself President. The situation will take another dimension from electoral disputes to treasonable offence. Historically, Nigeria has passed through this dangerous phase.

The self-declaration by the late Chief MKO Abiola (RIP) in the disputed June 12 1993 elections, led to his arrest by the late head of State, General Sani Abacha(RIP). The ensuing violence exacerbated the crisis that nearly tore Nigeria apart. Eventually, both Chief Abiola and General Abaca were sacrificed in order to end the violence. Finally here, there is no evidence in the public domain suggesting that the people of Gambia prefer a violent change. Unlike in Nigeria and other places were by now, violent protests would have broken out; the people of Gambia appear to remain peaceful. This is not to suggest that they are weak. They may have weighed the consequences of a violent uprising. I strongly believe their preference for peace should be respected.

However, in the event that the military option is finally embraced, ECOWAS should brace itself for a long-drawn battle with attendant humanitarian crisis. By the time the grim images of war begin to pour in, particularly of children and women, with allegations of rape and other avoidable war crimes, the public opinion as usual will change, and leaders will face the accusation of being quick to resort to a violent solution when peaceful resolution should have been embraced. Potentially also, Gambia could descend into ethnic war — a familiar turf in Africa.

But the scariest of the likely scenarios, is the possibility of the dispersed elements of Boko Haram, ISIL and Al Shabab congregating in The Gambia to as they always claim, fight the infidels who invade another Islamic Republic. This will throw the surrounding countries into crises. In the case that President Jammeh is removed violently and Mr Barrow is installed, the possibility is that he will be presiding over a dislocated and destroyed nation. He will be at the mercy of foreign troops as Gambia’s wounded Armed Forces will not be able to guarantee him protection. Crises like assassinations, coups and counter coups could well become the order of the day.

Mr President, from Iraq to Afghanistan, Yemen to Libya and Syria, none of the military interventions have succeeded in bringing the desired change, rather millions of innocent lives have been wasted wile nation states have failed. There is every possibility of Gambia becoming another failed state.

Regrettably albeit hypocritically, the masterminds of these invasions have voiced their frustrations in bringing about peace to the destroyed nations.

President Obama in particular recently admitted his regrets over Libya. Sadly, the crocodile tears cannot bring back the perished souls. Former South African President Tabo Mbeki confessed that former British PM Tony Blair suggested to South Africa that a military option should be considered to remove President Mugabe, but they refused. Today, Zimbabwe cannot be compared with the bloody situations in Syria and Libya where the military option was embraced. It is time West African leaders extricate themselves from the UN/EU/US pressures on them to always embrace military option in solving the sub-region’s problems. In conclusion, and in view of the foregoing, President Buhari should in the interest of humanity, strengthen the peace process and resist pressures to bring another African nation down.

This piece was written by Cornelius Segun Ojo. 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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Army Offers N500,000 Cash Reward For Information On Suicide Bombers | Gives Phone Numbers

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In an attempt to put an end to the nefarious activities of Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, the Army is offering N500,000 reward for credible information that would lead to the arrest of would-be suicide bombers or their hideouts.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, a Brigadier General on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

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The bounty placed by the Army is coming at a time when the influx of suicide bombings in the north-east; particularly in Maiduguri and Madagali area, have raised to within disturbing proportions.

Scores of people have been killed in the past few months by suicide bombers as the military continues the offensive against Boko Haram. The latest of such incident led to the death of the at least four people on Monday at the University of Maiduguri.

“Consequently, the Nigerian Army is offering a reward of the sum of N500,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of a suicide bomber, the guide to the suicide bomber, or discovery of the transit house or factory of the suicide bombers,” the statement read.

He said the cash offer by the Nigerian Army “is to further encourage law abiding citizens to actively join the war against terrorists and our collective security”.

Mr. Usman assured prospective informants that “all information received would be treated with utmost confidentiality and acted upon with despatch.”

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The Army spokesman gave the following numbers and officers to be contacted in case of any vital information:-

  1. Theatre Commander, Operations LAFIYA DOLE, Maiduguri- 09064823221.
  2. General Officer Commanding 7 Division Maiduguri- 09078599985.
  3. Commander, 7 Division Garrison Maiduguri-08022375305
  4. Commander, 28 Brigade, Mubi-08065504576.
  5. Commander, 26 Brigade, Gwoza-+234 809 721 1700 (WhatsApp)
  6. Director, Army Public Relations, Abuja-07080217992.
  7. Commander, 7 Division Military Intelligence Brigade Maiduguri-09021668444.

52 Nigerians Dead, 120 Wounded After Military Jet “Accidentally” Bombed IDP Camp

The army had about three years ago promised a N50 million reward for any information that would lead to the arrest of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.

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52 Nigerians Dead, 120 Wounded After Military Jet “Accidentally” Bombed IDP Camp

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At least 52 people were killed after a Nigerian fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb on an internally displaced persons, IDP, camp, the MSF, otherwise known as Doctors Without Borders, said on Tuesday.

The international organisation, whose officials were present at the Rann camp in Borno State when the incident occurred, said another 102 people were injured from the incident.

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The MSF, which further revealed that it is currently providing first aid to the 120 injured persons in Rann, made these known in a statement issued to the media in Borno State.

The Nigerian military, which has claimed responsibility for the attack, is yet to provide its casualty figures.

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Speaking on the incident, Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen Lucky Irabor, confirmed that he authorised the bombing, adding that the airstrike was conducted after report emerged on the gathering of Boko Haram fighters within the region.

“This morning today, we received reports about gathering of Boko Haram terrorists somewhere in Kala Balge Local Government area of Borno State. We got a coordinate and I directed that the air should go to address the problem.

“Unfortunately the strike was conducted but it turned out that the locals somewhere in Rann were affected.

“We are yet to get the details of the casualties. But we have some civilians that have been killed, others are wounded and we also have two of our soldiers that were also wounded. Among some that are wounded are local staffs of the Medicine Sans Frontiers as well as ICRC,” he said.

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Ranieri Is Hoping Conte Wins Title

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Leicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri is hoping rival Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte can win the Premier League title.

Ranieri is more focused on keeping Leicester in the topflight, as they try to fight off relegation.

The Italian won an unprecedented EPL title with Leicester last season and has claimed honours for his achievement, the latest a place in the Italian Football Hall of Fame.

Before the induction ceremony in Florence, Ranieri was asked about Conte’s impact since arriving in England, and he said: “He came without uproar but demonstrated that the Italian school of coaches is valid more than ever.

“As former Chelsea coach and as an Italian supporter, I hope that Conte can achieve the goal [of winning the Premier League].”

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Higuain On Messi And Ronaldo: They’re Both Beasts

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Former Real Madrid man, Gonzalo Higuain has labelled both Messi and Ronaldo as beasts and believes personal preference is key to picking who is best.

Higuain played alongside Ronaldo at Madrid and plays with Lionel Messi in the national team at Argentina.

The Juventus striker believes both players are at the zenith of their powers and believes picking the best depends on what you’re looking for in a player.

He told Marca: “It’s a question like [Iker] Casillas or [Gianluigi] Buffon.

“It’s not difficult, it’s easy to answer. They are both beasts and have each developed their own qualities and characteristics, so play with the one that makes you feel better in your own game.”

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Ivory Coast Looking To Retain AFCON Trophy, Says Kalou

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Salomon Kalou is really hoping Ivory Coast can retain the trophy they claimed two years ago at Equatorial Guinea.

The 31-year-old veteran striker, who once played for Chelsea has 83 caps to his name and 28 goals for his country.

The Hertha Berlin forward is proud that he will be able to defend The Elephants’ honour at the 2017 tournament and hopes that his country won’t have to wait as long as last time to get their hands on more winners’ medals.

“I think we are very fortunate to go and defend, with honour, trophies for our country. We love to wear the shirt,” he told Goal . “So let’s do it and I am looking forward to it because we have a great team with potential to keep our trophy.

“I can’t wait to go and do it. It took a long time to get it last time so let’s hope this next one comes sooner. Gabon is a beautiful country with beautiful cities and beautiful people so I’m excited.

“I believe that our team can have an great tournament and I have no doubt that we will be fully prepared to retain the trophy when the time comes.”

Ivory Coast opened their 2017 campaign against Togo on Monday, with a 0-0 draw edging them out of the blocks in Group C.

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The Hashtag #RunYourRace has taken over Twitter

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The internet has gone wild over the hashtag #RunYourRace.

Thousands of Nigerians are using the hashtag and the most fascinating thing is that they are talking about their goals and aspirations for 2017.

What goals have you set for 2017? You can join the conversation on twitter with the hashtag #RunYourRace

Here are some of the tweets. If you haven’t set your goals, this should inspire you.

 

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MMM: The Fool And His Money Are Parted

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MMM: The Fool And His Money Are Parted – Yinka Odumakin

Those who were in Lagos around 1991-2 would remember Forum Finance located on Allen Avenue in Ikeja, a company that employed a number of young men and women in flashy cars going about town duping the gullible of their hard earned money.

Its famous advert was “Forum go double your money!”.

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

It paid outrageous returns to its earlier investors and this made many fools to part with their money. By the time the bubble burst, it was sorrow and tears for thousands of unwary who lost their fortunes to the Ponzi scheme. Ponzi schemes are named after Charles Ponzi, an Italian immigrant who perpetrated a legendary scam.

Actually, he wasn’t the inventor of this type of scams – it was called “Robbing Peter to pay Paul” schemes – but his was so large that his name became synonymous with it. Ponzi started a business buying and selling a type of postal coupon and promised investors a 50% return on their money within 45 days (compare this to an annual 5% interest for bank savings account at the time).

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Money from investors

Ponzi’s early investors did get their money doubled and even tripled in a short amount of time.

This, and glowing newspaper reports at the time about his company, the Securities Exchange Company  got him a lot of money from investors. At one point, Ponzi took in $1 million in a three-hour period from investors. All in all, about 40,000 investors invested about $15 million in Ponzi’s scheme in nine months between 1919 and 1920 (about $184 million in 2017 value).

Failed Scheme: When it was discovered that Ponzi was paying old investors with money from new ones, his scheme collapsed and he was sent to jail … for five  years!

After serving his federal sentence, Ponzi was sentenced by the State of Massachusetts for an additional nine years, but he skipped town. Ponzi ended up in Brazil, where he spent his last years in poverty and sickness. Before he died, Ponzi gave one last interview where he confessed to his crime.  “My business is simple. It was the old game of robbing Peter to pay Paul. You would give me one hundred dollars and I would give you a note to pay you one-hundred-and-fifty dollars in three months. Usually I would redeem my note in 45 days.

My notes became more valuable than American money … Then came trouble. The whole thing was broken.” (Zuckoff, Mitchell, Ponzi’s Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend, p. 313).

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Early Ponzi schemes: In the 1980s in San Diego, California, J. David & Company, a purported currency and commodity trading and investing operation named after its founder, J. David Dominelli, a withdrawn and shy currency and commodity trader, was revealed to be a Ponzi scheme which took in $200 million and returned $120 million to investors, leaving a net loss of $80 million.

The scheme touched all levels of upper class business and professional life in San Diego and environs. One of those most closely involved was Nancy Hoover, the mayor of Del Mar, California, a cozy upscale beach town just north of La Jolla. Hoover was J. David’s assistant and live-in companion at the time. Also involved was the prominent New York law firm Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance), which had advised J. David (through a rogue partner) and others. When the fall came, J. David briefly escaped to Montserrat in the Caribbean, but was returned ultimately to plead guilty to federal charges and was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment,serving 10 before being paroled.

You should not have forgotten now that financier Bernard “Bernie” Madoff was arrested for running a Ponzi scheme. There are four notable facts about his operation: It was the largest (dollar-wise) It was the longest-running (known) Ponzi scheme in history. Investigators sifting through the record found evidence of hanky panky since the 1970s. It was perpetrated by one of the pillars of Wall Street – Madoff was a former chairman of NASDAQ His victims are some of the most financially savvy and rich people in the world (you need at least $20 million to “invest” with him).

His website used to say before it was taken over by authorities: In an era of faceless organizations owned by other equally faceless organizations, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC harks back to an earlier era in the financial world: The owner’s name is on the door. Clients know that Bernard Madoff has a personal interest in maintaining the unblemished record of value, fair-dealing, and high ethical standards that has always been the firm’s hallmark.

His website used to say before it was taken over by authorities: In an era of faceless organizations owned by other equally faceless organizations, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC harks back to an earlier era in the financial world: The owner’s name is on the door. Clients know that Bernard Madoff has a personal interest in maintaining the unblemished record of value, fair-dealing, and high ethical standards that has always been the firm’s hallmark.

There was also Biletov or fractions of shares of the MMM Corp, bearing the likeness of Sergey Mavrodi. Just one million people? Meh, said Sergey Mavrodi. His scheme duped two million people!

The Mavrodi  scheme: Mavrodi was a Russian scammer who along with his brother Vyacheslav Mavrodi and Vyacheslav’s future wife Marina Murayveya, founded the MMM company in (the triple Ms came from the surnames of these three people). In the early 1990s, MMM promised dividends of 1,000%, promoted itself heavily in TV ads, and delivered on its promise. At its peak, Mavrodi’s company was taking in more than $11 million a day from the public! Within five years, Mavrodi took in $1.5 billion from at least two million people. When the whole thing unraveled and the police raided MMM offices for tax evasion, Mavrodi pulled another fast one: he convinced his “investors” that it was the government’s fault that they lost their investment.

The MMM Promoters In Nigeria: The Blind Leading The Blind (2)

The MMM Promoters In Nigeria: The Blind Leading The Blind (1)

He even ran for the Russian State Duma (the lower house of parliament) to get the government to initiate a “payback” programme … and he was elected! That was a good thing because he got himself a parliamentary immunity. When his immunity was later revoked, Mavrodi went on the lam. In 2003, he was arrested , fined $390, and sent to a penal colony for four-and-a-half years. That translates to about $38,052 swindled per hour in the slammer. MMM surfaced in Nigeria in 2016 with a promise on 30 per cent return on any money into the scheme in 30 days!

House of Reps intervention

The House of Representatives did one good in its life by warning people against this scam.

It asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  and the Central Bank, CBN,  of Nigeria to immediately go after the promoters Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox, otherwise known as ‘MMM’ in Nigeria. Lawmakers strongly opposed the investment scheme, which lately gained popularity among Nigerians in the wake of the current economic recession in the country.

The Chairman, House Committee on Telecommunications, Mr. Saheed Fijabi, had in a motion, drawn the attention of the House to the growing popularity of the scheme among Nigerians. “The scheme entered the Nigerian circle in 2016, capitalising on the high level of unemployment and poverty to deceive unwary Nigerians into falling  prey to their antics”, Fijabi stated. He added that  the fact that MMM was not regulated by law or approved by the CBN as a secure business venture, made Nigerians more vulnerable. Nobody did anything.

By December 2016 when the company froze the accounts of its 3m “muguns’ it had raked billions of Naira unhindered . The level of our ethical collapse was seen with images of worship places that should teach the right values about wealth creation organizing Ponzi seminars for MMM in their auditoria.How low can it get for a country . Our security agents who were raiding Bureau De Change operators months ago are not yet on record to have gone after the MMM operators who are not known to gave been licensed by the CBN to carry out any financial operations in Nigeria. Is there a government here?

My heart sank when I saw Nigerians in their hundreds dancing and holding a vigil on the eve of the January 14 promise by the Ponzi schemers to start another round of duping session. My conclusion was that these people are irretrievably damaged psychologically and it would take a major shock in the system to get them to reason like normal cognitive human beings on this side of eternity.

Is their fault totally ?  No,I think the wayward Nigerian system which places emphasis on “sharing” has turned them into playthings in the hands of scammer because of expectations of free money in the order of our allocation mentality.

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Goodnight, Alfred Ilenre!

THE cold hands of death came calling last week plucking one of the most consistent and clear headed activists in the crusade for the restructuring of Nigeria, Mr. Alfred Ilenre at the age of 76. Mr. Ilenre was a journalist with the Nigerian Tribune.  Midwest Champion, Nigeria Observer and Nigerian Herald among others.

He was until his Death the General Secretary of Ethnic Minorities Rights Organisation of Africa, EMIROAF, and an effective participant in many platforms that are concerned with getting the proper structures for Nigeria, I met him for the first time in 1990 when I went to the Tejuosho office of the late Ken Saro-Wiwa to interview him for The Punch newspapers.He was to make use of the office with Ken’s PA,Wayi, for many years after he was hung to sustain the struggle he died for. We worked closely ever since then.

I would call him to make appearances on TV every now and again because of his clarity and then on issues of common concern and he would always oblige except he was not in town. My last contact with him was in the home of the renowned poet, Odia Ofeimun during which we shared some thoughts as we used to do. I was to see him again after that with my wife as he was driving on some Lagos street  but he did not hear our calling. The struggle for federalism in Nigeria has once again lost one of its most erudite disciples but it definitely continues.

This piece was written by Yinka Odumakin. 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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“Diego Costa Can’t Be Replaced”

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Losing Diego Costa will be a huge loss for Chelsea and both the Premier League, according to Robbie Savage.

The Chelsea talisman missed the 3-0 win over Leicester after being a subject of a huge transfer bid from CSL club Tianjin Quanjian.

Costa has trained alone for the past four training sessions. Former Leicester City midfielder Savage believes the Spain striker is irreplaceable for Chelsea.

“If Chelsea lost Diego Costa, who would be their replacement for him?” BT Sport pundit Savage told Goal. “I think he has been so instrumental. He is scoring goals and I just love watching Diego Costa.

“If I could pay to watch most players in the Premier League, then I would pay to watch him because he works so hard. He scores goals, he’s energetic, he loves a tackle, he’s controversial.

“Everything I like watching in a player, I just think that, whereas before, he would get frustrated and leave a boot in, he is not doing that. He is just concentrating on closing people down, scoring goals, working hard and I think it shows.

“The game against West Brom was the one, McAuley had the ball in the corner, he pressured him into a mistake and then that finish was sensational.”

Despite being irreplaceable for Chelsea, Savage concedes that Costa may not be the best finisher in the English top flight.

“Do I think he is the best in the league? I would go with Aguero. If they both went on the market, who would Barcelona and Real Madrid try to sign? I would say that they would both go for Aguero ahead of Costa.

“That’s just my opinion, I would say Aguero is closely followed by Sanchez and Costa – and I have paid my own money to watch Costa.”

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“Diego Costa Can’t Be Replaced”

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Losing Diego Costa will be a huge loss for Chelsea and both the Premier League, according to Robbie Savage.

The Chelsea talisman missed the 3-0 win over Leicester after being a subject of a huge transfer bid from CSL club Tianjin Quanjian.

Costa has trained alone for the past four training sessions. Former Leicester City midfielder Savage believes the Spain striker is irreplaceable for Chelsea.

“If Chelsea lost Diego Costa, who would be their replacement for him?” BT Sport pundit Savage told Goal. “I think he has been so instrumental. He is scoring goals and I just love watching Diego Costa.

“If I could pay to watch most players in the Premier League, then I would pay to watch him because he works so hard. He scores goals, he’s energetic, he loves a tackle, he’s controversial.

“Everything I like watching in a player, I just think that, whereas before, he would get frustrated and leave a boot in, he is not doing that. He is just concentrating on closing people down, scoring goals, working hard and I think it shows.

“The game against West Brom was the one, McAuley had the ball in the corner, he pressured him into a mistake and then that finish was sensational.”

Despite being irreplaceable for Chelsea, Savage concedes that Costa may not be the best finisher in the English top flight.

“Do I think he is the best in the league? I would go with Aguero. If they both went on the market, who would Barcelona and Real Madrid try to sign? I would say that they would both go for Aguero ahead of Costa.

“That’s just my opinion, I would say Aguero is closely followed by Sanchez and Costa – and I have paid my own money to watch Costa.”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Is Invaluable, Says Rashford

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Marcus Rashford says he and other young players at United have been learning from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and he is invaluable.

Ibrahimovic is the highest goalscorer at United, scoring 14 goals already this season , since joining United from PSG on free transfer.

The Swede brings with him a wealth of experience, having excelled in Ajax, Juventus, Barcelona and both Milan clubs and PSG and Rashford talks about how insignificant he is to the club.

“For the young players to see his character and the way he approaches every game is invaluable,” he said. “Some players can’t bring that when they move clubs.

“We have to try to learn from him while he is here and take what we can from his game.”

He says along with Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney is the best player he has played alongside.

“Zlatan and Rooney are the two that stand out,” he said.

“I grew up watching Rooney play week in, week out at Old Trafford, so those are the two that you look at and try to emulate.”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Is Invaluable, Says Rashford

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Marcus Rashford says he and other young players at United have been learning from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and he is invaluable.

Ibrahimovic is the highest goalscorer at United, scoring 14 goals already this season , since joining United from PSG on free transfer.

The Swede brings with him a wealth of experience, having excelled in Ajax, Juventus, Barcelona and both Milan clubs and PSG and Rashford talks about how insignificant he is to the club.

“For the young players to see his character and the way he approaches every game is invaluable,” he said. “Some players can’t bring that when they move clubs.

“We have to try to learn from him while he is here and take what we can from his game.”

He says along with Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney is the best player he has played alongside.

“Zlatan and Rooney are the two that stand out,” he said.

“I grew up watching Rooney play week in, week out at Old Trafford, so those are the two that you look at and try to emulate.”

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League Management Company Fines FC Ifeanyi Ubah N9m For Forfeiting Match

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The League Management Company of the Nigerian Professional Football League has handed a hefty fine of N9m to FC Ifeanyi Ubah following the incident that occured on Saturday during their season opener against Kano Pillars.

The Anambra-based team walked off the field of play, a few minutes into the second half of the game at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano. Aside the fine, three points and three goals accruing from the match has been awarded to Kano Pillars.

In a statement, the LMC announced that the club has been charged for breaching the Framework & Rule of the NPFL following their refusal to continue with the game vs Kano Pillars, prompting the game to be called off, as well as being charged with hindering & infringing on the fulfillment of the Broadcast Contract of the NPFL in the course of refusing to continue the game vs Kano Pillars on Saturday.

The officiating referee whose performance was below par was not left out either as the NFF Refs Committee has been asked to withdraw referee Folusho Ajayi from future NPFL games pending full investigation into her performance as she failed to meet the high standard set for the NPFL.

Also, Igwe Jonathan the Team Manager of FC Ifeanyi Ubah was charged for misconduct during the game. The LMC said the top FC Ifeanyi Ubah official conducted himself in a manner capable of bringing the NPFL to disrepute. Igwe Jonathan persistently challenged the referee’s decisions, communicated on the phone improperly within the technical area and ordered FC Ifeanyi Ubah players to leave the pitch & discontinue the game versus Kano Pillars.

In this light, Igwe has been fined N500,000 for his conduct and has been suspended from all Nigerian League match venues till the NFF Ethics Committee determines his matter.

The team has until Wednesday, January 18, 2017 to accept the sanctions or elect to appeal.

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Boom Player passes 1M+ installs, 400k+ daily active users

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Africa’s fastest growing music download and streaming platform, Boom Player, which launched on Google Play Store in April 2016 has reached over 1m installs.

This development rightly places Boom Player as the leader of the pack while giving a wide gap to its competing platforms across Africa.

Boom Player has been on a runaway success since it started operations just over a year ago. The service, founded by the giant telecommunications company, TECNO Mobile now has more than 6 million app installations in total thanks to its pre-install strategy. Boom Player boasts of 400k+ Daily Active Users i.e music lovers who actively stream or download songs and videos of their favourite artists.

‘It’s very easy for music lovers to fall in love with the Boom Player app because it gives them what they want. From timely updates of latest releases in both audio and video formats, to lyrics and so many other amazing and interactive features available on the app, it is not a surprise that we have reached this milestone in such a short time, we only just put Boom Player in the Google Play Store 9 months ago, said Oye Akideinde, General Manager of the Mobile Apps Department, TECNO Mobile. ‘A new version of Boom Player app, which will blow our users mind, is also set to be released by March, 2017. Our target is to reach 1M Daily Active Users by December, 2017’, He continued.

Boom Player has become a must-have app for every music lover and a service that every artist needs to latch on to in order to connect with their fans while making revenue for their music sales.

If you’re yet to get on the coolest music streaming and download train in Africa, get the Boom Player app now in Google Play store.

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Atletico Mineiro Make Bid For Lucas Leiva

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Lucas Leiva has been given the chance to return to Brazil with Atletico Mineiro, according to Rario 98FM.

The Liverpool midfielder has reportedly turned down the opportunity to move to Inter Milan already and Jurgen Klopp wants him to stay at Anfield.

It is claimed that Lucas would prefer to stay put in Europe if he was to move.

He has 18 months left on his current deal at Anfield.

Lucas Leiva is also a fitness doubt for Liverpool’s FA Cup third round replay against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.

The experienced Brazilian midfielder was ruled out of Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United with a knee injury and is continuing to undergo treatment.

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Pogba Must Embrace Pressure, Says Ibrahimovic

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has word of advice for Paul Pogba and it is to embrace the pressure, if he is to develop into one of the best in the world.

The most expensive footballer in history had a really poor game against Liverpool, giving away a penalty, as United battled to a 1-1 draw.

Pogba has been in immense form heading into the game, but could not deliver and Ibrahimovic feels he should learn from the experience.

“Pressure is something I enjoy,” Ibrahimovic said. “I don’t know Paul personally to be able to answer that for him. But I think he likes it also because, without pressure, we would not be on our toes at the top level.

“If you want to play at the top, pressure is 24 hours, and if you play well or better the pressure becomes even greater.

“So it’s something that we learn from and something we have to handle because we belong to the top, Paul belongs to the top absolutely and the pressure will be there.”

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‘We Wanted Costa, Cavani, Falcao Or Benzema’ -Tianjin Quanjian Owner Confirms

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Diego Costa’s hopes of moving to the Chinese Super League have been scuppered by a new limit on foreign players, according to Tianjin’s owner.

“If [the rule] had been ‘4 +1’ as in the past, then we would have made a big investment this year, but now it seems to be changed to three,” billionaire Shu Yuhui told Tianjin TV.

“This situation has brought a change to our signing plans. The online reports about Costa, it’s true we’d like him, and we made an offer for Cavani and were deep in negotiations.

“Mendes came to my home a few days ago and we also had ideas about Costa, but in the process were ready to sign two players, the contracts were done, the price was good – [Mendes clients] Falcao and Raul Jimenez,” added Shu.

‘PSG told us Cavani would only be allowed to leave in June, even though the player himself was willing to join us. The same can be said for Costa because Chelsea would only let him leave in June. However, the new season of CSL will almost reach the halfway stage in June, we can’t wait so long.’

“We continue to wait and suffer, but at the end of the day we’ll get someone. We have targeted a lot of strikers, and made an offer for Benzema, but with this policy change, we are very helpless.”

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James Ward-Prowse Urges Southampton Not To Get Distracted

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James Ward-Prowse has warned Southampton must not be distracted by the speculation surrounding defender Jose Fonte’s future at St Mary’s.

The Portugal international has been linked with a move away from Southampton after handing in a transfer request earlier in January.

“Jose [Fonte] is a massive figure within the dressing room but he’s also a top professional,” Ward-Prowse told Sky Sports News HQ.

“It has not really been a distraction because we as a group know it’s a situation between Jose and the club. It is something that will get resolved sooner rather than later but we know we have massive games coming up.

“We have not been in the best form lately, we have a massive game in the EFL Cup semi-final and we haven’t got time to be distracted.”

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MMM Freeze ‘Still Effective’ 96 Hours After Come Back

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Mavrodians, the name of account holders in MMM Nigeria, are still left stranded 96 hours after the controversial ponzi scheme returned – indicating that the “freeze” by the ponzi scheme “was still intact.”

MMM came back on Friday morning, about 24 hours before its scheduled date, but its participants have groaned that they were unable to get paid a return on their investment.

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TheCable quoted some of its participants as saying that although they were able to request for their money, they have not been paid as the system is still frozen, just as it was in December 2016.

One of the complainants, Kolade Ogunwande, who said he invested about N100,000 in November 2016, and referred two other people to the scheme, said his money had appreciated to N214,000 as of Friday, so he immediately request for it.

“They have not paid me anything, but they said we should be wait patiently to be matched with participants willing to invest in MMM. I have no choice than to be optimistic,” he said.

Another participant, Lara Makanjuola, who also invested N100,000 in the scheme, said she was expecting N186,000, but she had not been able to request for her money.

The MMM Promoters In Nigeria: The Blind Leading The Blind (2)

The MMM Promoters In Nigeria: The Blind Leading The Blind (1)

According to her, “anytime I requested to get help, the website said mavros are not available for withdrawal”.

“I was supposed to collect my money two days to when accounts got frozen, but the person I was matched with didn’t pay.”

An Abuja-based couple, who requested not to be named, invested over N2 million in the scheme; they have also not been able to withdraw their money.

It was learnt that since yesterday, if any participant sought to withdraw, the website would put up a message that would linked them to its previous freeze message, below:

“As usual, in the New Year season the System is experiencing heavy workload. Moreover, it has to deal with the constant frenzy provoked by the authorities in the mass media.

“The things are still going well; the participants feel calm; everyone gets paid – as you can see, there haven’t been any payment delays or other problems yet – but!.. it is better to avoid taking risk.: (Moreover, there are almost three weeks left to the New Year).

“Hence, on the basis of the above mentioned, from now on all confirmed Mavro will be frozen for a month. The reason for this measure is evident. We need to prevent any problems during the New Year season, and then, when everything calms down, this measure will be cancelled.”

However, Mavrodians are hopeful that their pay will come through, considering, the scheme’s last message of “hope for the poor”.

In the message, MMM said it “will only pay a certain amount per day”.

“Please, be prepared to wait for a couple of days. We are certain things will then calm down, and the System operation will return to normal.”

Meanwhile, the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, has warned Nigerians patronising Ponzi Schemes against investing in digital currencies such as Bitcoin, Swisscoin and OneCoin.

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In a public notice on its website on Thursday, SEC stated that none of the individuals or companies promoting the use of the currencies is recognised by it or any other regulatory agency in Nigeria.

This is just as Apostle Johnson Suleiman of Omega Fire Ministries (OFM)  sacked one of his branch Pastors for participating in the controversial Ponzi scheme.

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Police Intercepts 2 Trucks Carrying 145 ‘Stolen’ Children In Plateau State

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Plateau State Police Command has confirmed that it had intercepted two trucks conveying 145 ‘stolen’ children from Bauchi and Jigawa States.

This disclosure was made known in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Terna Tyopev, on Monday, January 16, 2016.

The PRO stated that the stolen children, aged between four and eight years, “were to be shared to Plateau, Kaduna and Nasarawa States.

“Our investigation has revealed that these children, who are all male, were to be taken to places that even coordinators of the movement did not even know.”

He, however, stated that the police were liaising with the Plateau chapter of Jama’atu Nasril Islam and other critical stakeholders, to establish contact with Bauchi and Jigawa governments for the return of the children to their parents.

Tyopev further promised that the police would apprehend and charge those behind the act to court to serve as a deterrent to others.

He said: “This trend, if not checked, will cause embarrassment to Plateau State, North-central states and the nation at large.”

The spokesman urged the public to report the presence of strange children in their environment.

Tyopev also pleaded with the members of the public to continue to cooperate with the force to rid the society of such negative acts.

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MMM: Apostle Suleiman Sacks Branch Pastor For Participating In Ponzi Scheme

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Apostle Johnson Suleiman of Omega Fire Ministries (OFM) has sacked one of his branch Pastors for participating in the controversial Ponzi scheme, Mavrodi Mondial Movement (MMM).

This is contained in a statement issued by the church’s Head of Administration, Pastor David Apelorioye.

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The dismissal stick was wielded on Pastor Joseph Aiyedun, who was in charge of one of the OFM branches in Abia State, for using the ministry’s name to participate in the popular money doubling scheme.

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According to the statement, Pastor Aiyedun was sacked after a thorough investigation revealed that he used the name of the church to register for MMM, thereby denting the ministry’s image in the public eye.

The statement read, “The management of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide is using this medium to react to a news making the rounds on the social media regarding one of his pastors who used the ministry’s name to register for the MMM scheme.

”Ordinarily, the church would not have reacted to the story because of falsehoods being published regularly by some blogs and news websites whose credibility are questionable. But after a thorough investigation by the church authority, it was established that one of our branch pastors in Aba, Pastor Joseph Aiyedun, indeed participated in the scheme.”

“The church authority decided to expel Pastor Aiyedun not because he registered for the ponzi scheme but because he involved the ministry’s name in the satanic adventure. And we discovered that he was able to use the ministry’s name because he had access to the account of his branch which itself is against the church’s guidelines and a fraud likely to have been carried out in connivance with the branch’s account department. We are still investigating further to unravel the whole activities.”

“Of the OFM’s 200 churches in Nigeria alone and its 800 branches in 51 nations of the world, it is possible for any of the pastors to go astray and be corrected. In fact, we discovered that Pastor Aiyedun, including some other members of OFM, did the scheme before our father, Apostle Johnson Suleman made the warning last year against MMM, but Pastor Aiyedun was fired because he did it with the ministry’s name as the OFM rules forbid any of its pastors access to the account except people in the account department.”

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This is coming few days after the Vice Chancellor of Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Prof. Labode Popoola, had declared that the institution would collect the over N2bn debt students owed it whether they are able to recoup their money invested in the controversial ponzi scheme or not.

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Rumors This Morning

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  • Manchester City have told Barcelona they are willing to pay £100m to reunite superstar Lionel Messi with Pep Guardiola.
  • Manchester United are reportedly expected to sign Antoine Griezmann in a £100m move next summer after Atletico Madrid made Chelsea’s Diego Costa their top choice to replace him.
  • Swansea City have been linked with a loan move for a Chinese Super League player in the form of ex-Chelsea star Gael Kakuta.
  • Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez faces a possible jail sentence after admitting to two counts of tax fraud in Spain.
  • Arsene Wenger is lining up a move for AC Milan’s rapid forward M’Baye Niang if Alexis Sanchez opts to leave Arsenal.
  • Former Arsenal star Lukas Podolski looks set to break the trend by rejecting a move to China to play in Japan.
  • Robbie Keane could make a shock return to English football after LA Galaxy spell with Championship side Preston.
  • Crystal Palace are talks to sign Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra.
  • Diego Costa is ready to call a truce with Chelsea and stay until the end of the season.
  • Pep Guardiola will be handed a staggering £250m war chest to turn Manchester City into champions again.
  • Watford want to bring former QPR and West Ham striker Mauro Zarate back to the Premier League from Fiorentina.
  • Ipswich have signed former West Ham defender Jordan Spence, 26, until the end of the season.
  • Leeds United have slapped a £15m price tag on star striker Chris Wood to block interest in the New Zealand international.
  • Pep Guardiola is planning a mass clear-out this summer in a bid to re-build Manchester City.
  • Liverpool may risk fall-out with FIFA by playing Joel Matip against Plymouth in Wednesday’s FA Cup clash despite an eligibility row.
  • Tottenham have offered an academy scholarship to Mauricio Pochettino’s 15-year-old son.
  • Middlesbrough still want £9m for Jordan Rhodes rather than a loan deal.
  • Manchester United have rejected a £13m bid from Lyon for Memphis Depay as the clubs haggle over the transfer fee.
  • West Ham have ordered Dimitri Payet to apologise to their fans and show some loyalty to the club after rejecting a fresh bid from Marseille.
  • Diego Costa is now at loggerheads with Roman Abramovich – after refusing to commit himself to a new deal at Chelsea.
  • Manchester United are tracking Celtic’s teenage left-back Kieran Tierney.
  • Watford are close to signing Fiorentina’s ex-Birmingham, West Ham and QPR striker Mauro Zarate on loan.
  • Striker Patrick Bamford will cost Middlesbrough up to £10m when he completes his move from Chelsea back to Boro, where he has previously been on loan, this week.
  • Jurgen Klopp will not sanction a loan move for Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo.
  • Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Diego Costa, as they seek to try and take advantage of the uncertainty over the Spanish international’s future at Chelsea.
  • Manchester United are among a number of top European clubs keeping tabs on Flamengo youngster Vinicius Junior – and have already been rebuffed in one attempt to secure first option on any eventual transfer.
  • Liverpool have entered a three-way race with Inter and Juventus to sign Sassuolo winger Domenico Berardi.
  • Antonio Conte has no plans to hold clear-the-air talks with Diego Costa and the onus will be on the Spain forward in training this week to prove he warrants a swift restoration to the Chelsea side for the visit of Hull City on Sunday.
  • Diego Costa is likely to be sold by Chelsea in summer as Antonio Conte takes hardline approach.
  • Mamadou Sakho is moving closer to the Liverpool exit door after being withdrawn from an U23 match; Sevilla and Southampton are believed to be leading the chase for the £20m-rated defender.
  • Rangers assistant boss David Weir claims even £100m of investment in Rangers might not even be enough to close the huge gap on Celtic.
  • Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy has branded rumours linking Christophe Berra with a return to Hearts as ‘nuts’.
  • St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright admits he would be interested in bringing Michael O’Halloran back to the Perthshire club – but does not think Rangers would let him leave Ibrox.

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Green Doesn’t Agree With James, That Cavs Aren’t Rivals

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The Warriors thumped the Cavaliers 126-91 on Monday night and Draymond Green would not agree with LeBron James’ assessment that they’re not rivals.

“Yeah, I think this is a rivalry,” Green said quickly, not allowing a reporter to finish his question. “It’s definitely fun. A team that you beat, beat you, it’s definitely fun. If you look at the last two years and this year, we’ve been the top two teams in the league each year, and so I look at it as a rivalry, and it’s definitely a fun game to play in.

“But I don’t really care if anyone else sees the game the way I see it. I see how I see it, and they can see it how they see it.”

James had said Sunday that the team he has faced in the NBA Finals the past two years isn’t on rival status, and he maintained his stance after Monday night’s loss.

“I don’t think there’s a rivalry,” said James, who also was the recipient of a hard hit by Green that was ruled a flagrant foul 1. “It’s two great teams that have aspirations. I don’t believe I’ve ever had a rivalry in the NBA. It’s just that too many guys move and go places and change different locations. It’s totally different from the ’80s, when obviously we saw the Celtics and the Lakers go at it so much, and I don’t look at it as a rivalry.”

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Exquisite Magazine Kicks Off #SMEARIT A Cervical Cancer Prevention Week Campaign

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Exquisite Magazine has started a campaign #smearit in support to prevent cervical cancer.

The #SmearIt campaign is to encourage ladies to get their pap smear done and #getscreened. Also #spreadtheword  as #earlydetection is key.

Everyone is encouraged to also join the #smearit selfie challenge by posting a picture of themselves with their lipstick smeared on their faces. After which they can nominate any of their friends and family to join in the fun. This is an interesting and fun way of creating more awareness for a serious form of cancer that is 100% preventable. There are Lots of freebies to be given to everyone. #teal4cervicalcancerawareness #emac2017 #cervicalcancerawareness

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FACT: Every hour in Nigeria, women die of cervical cancer, a disease that is largely preventable thanks to annual Pap Smear and HPV vaccination.

Unfortunately, a lot of people; do not go for their yearly screenings, have not had the vaccination and do not know that early detection is key to increasing survival rates. It is very important that we educate everyone about the disease, its symptoms and ways to prevent and treat it.

The Exquisite Magazine Cervical Cancer Prevention Week provides us with an opportunity to do just that! January 2017 is the global cervical cancer awareness month and February 4th, 2017 is World Cancer Day and there’s no better time to go for a screening and create awareness about this than now!

Cervical cancer screening can help detect abnormal cells before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer can be prevented by regular screening tests and follow up care.

The EMAC Cervical Cancer Prevention Week seeks to spread the word about the important steps that women need to take to stay healthy and encourage parents about how important it is for Pre-teens to get HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccine, both girls and boys.

There are lots of ways you can get involved during the week, we would like you to;

  • Take part in our #getscreened selfie campaign that we’re launching that week. This will be a poster with your picture and a short quote encouraging girls and women to get screened, go for regular screening and also take the vaccines.
  • Take part in our #Smearit selfie campaign, where you would smear your lipstick on your face to depict the smear test that is one of the methods of screening. This is to also encourage women to go and get screened.

We would provide guidance, should you require this, for your quote and SmearIt selfie.
You could also be a part of the following;

  • Displaying our posters and leaflets in hospitals, libraries, salons, spas, church and more
  • Put the web badge on your website
  • Donate to support our cervical cancer awareness programmes which include free screening and treatment for early stages of pre cancer cells, vaccination for children in public schools.
  • Join our EMACCPW walk
  • Share our posts, tweets, videos and images on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.
  • Host a local event to raise awareness about cervical health ( for which we can provide some logistics support).
  • Join our fundraising brunch on the 28th of January.
  • Come and shop at a discount to raise funds at our EMACCPW pop up store on the 29th of January.

We can also provide posters and a range of materials to help support your activities.

For more information and to join for the free screening session from the 30th of January and 4th of February 2017, call 08098886184, 07038001097 or email info@exquisitemag.com

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