Ayandola Ayanleke

250 Drown After Rubber Boat Capsizes in the Mediterranean Sea


About 250 feared dead in the Mediterranean sea after a rubber boat transporting them capsized.

According to a spokeswoman for the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms Laura Lanuza, its boat, Golfo Azzuro, recovered five floating bodies on Thursday close to the dinghies, about 30km off the Libyan coast.

“We don’t think there can be any other explanation than that these dinghies would have been full of people. In over a year we have never seen any of these dinghies that were anything other than packed.”

From January 1 to March 9 this year, at least 521 people drowned while attempting to cross the rough waters compared with 471 in the same period a year ago.

Bill to Prohibit Tribal Marks Passes Second Reading in Senate


A Bill for an Act to provide for the Prohibition of Facial Mutilation, Offences, Prosecution and Punishment of Offenders passed second reading in the Senate on Tuesday.

Sen. Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi), who sponsored the bill, said that there was no doubt that Africans of old used tribal marks as a means of proper identification.

He however stated that the reasons “cannot be scientifically proven, and hence cannot enjoy the support for this harmful practice.”

According to the lawmaker,

“The irony of these marks is that it makes victims subjects of mockery by friends. Imagine someone being called a tiger simply because of the thick cheeks resulting from facial marks.

These people have been subjected to different reactions. Some have lamented the marks that are bequeathed on them as generational inheritance.Many have cursed the day which this dastardly act was performed on them.

Many of the grown adults have confessed that the most terrific debacle of their lives is their tribal marks. Some have become eunuchs because of this stigma. Imagine a boy in the class of 25 pupils carrying a tribal mark. His mates will call him the boy with the railway line.

They are emblems of disfiguration. Some of them have developed low self-esteem and most times treated with scorn and ridicule including rejection by the female folks.

The reactions of people who interact with them say it dampens and lowers their spirit.”

The bill is also to provide for the Protection of victims under threat of facial mutilation and other related Matters.

Billionaire Philanthropist, David Rockefeller Dies in His Sleep


David Rockefeller of the famous Rockefeller family who was the Former Chase Manhattan Chief Executive has died at the age of 101.

Rockefeller reportedly died in his sleep at home in Pocantico Hills, New York, on Monday morning as a result of congestive heart failure, according to a family spokesperson Fraser P. Seitel.

David Rockefeller who retired after a 35-year career in 1981 was the grandson of J.D. Rockefeller, one of men reputed to have built America.

 

Whistleblowers to Earn N210m on Every N5bn – FG


The Federal Government have revealed that whistleblowers whose information leads to recovery of  N1billion to N5 billion will receive 5 percent for the first N1billion and 4 percent of the remaining N4 billion.

The minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed revealed it in a statement yesterday. According to him, any amount from N5bn and above would attract 2.5% reward.

The minister also assured that the government would protect the identity of all whistleblowers, whether in the public or the private sector by keeping information they provide secret.

“Whistleblowers have nothing to fear, because the committee has put in place the necessary measures to safeguard those who give useful information. As a matter of fact, whistle-blowers have everything to gain and nothing to lose. What we have done by making this information public is to reassure potential whistleblowers that the plan to reward is real. We are not just saying we will pay all whistleblowers, but we are letting them know in advance what they are entitled to, once the information they provide leads to the recovery of looted funds.”

 

Tests Revealed President Buhari Needed a Longer Period of Rest – Femi Adesina


According to Femi Adesina, special adviser to President Buhari on media and publicity, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has thanked every Nigerian, both Muslim and Christian, who has been praying for his health.

Adesina disclosed this in a press statement today.
“PRESIDENT BUHARI THANKS NIGERIANS FOR PRAYERS; SAYS NO CAUSE FOR WORRY
President Muhammadu Buhari thanks millions of Nigerians who have been sending good wishes and praying for his health and well-being in mosques and churches throughout the country.
The President is immensely grateful for the prayers, show of love and concern.
President Buhari wishes to reassure Nigerians that there is no cause for worry.
During his normal annual checkup, tests showed he needed a longer period of rest, necessitating the President staying longer than originally planned.”

Blackberry Slams Nokia with Lawsuit


Blackberry is slamming Nokia with a lawsuit filed on Valentine’s Day with a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, the Canadian company alleges Nokia of infringing on 11 patents, across a wide range of mobile networking products.

According to the suit,

“Nokia encourages and instructs customers, mobile service providers such as T-Mobile and AT&T, to purchase, deploy and use infringing products to develop and operate their LTE networks and UMTS networks.”

The suit doesn’t go so far as seeking to block use of its patents, instead looking to collect on damages related to the royalty fees it charges for licenses on the technologies – some of which were acquired through purchase from Nortel, after that company went bankrupt.

FG Closes 20,000 Bank Accounts, Moves N5.2tn into TSA


Over 20,000 accounts with Deposit Money Banks belonging to Ministries, Departments and Agencies have been closed with a total sum of N5.24tn moved into the TSA, since the the commencement of the Treasury Single Account in September 2015.

The Accountant General of the Federation, Ali Ahmed Idris, disclosed the figures on Tuesday in Abuja, while speaking at the opening session of a two day retreat on TSA.

The event which was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal among other top government officials had as its theme, “One year anniversary of Treasury Single Account: Benefits, challenges and way forward.”

Idris explained at the event that the TSA initiative has assisted the government to overcome the burden of indiscriminate borrowings by MDAs thus saving government a lot of bank charges associated with these borrowings.

For instance, he noted that prior to the full commencement of the TSA, the government was incurring about N4.7bn monthly on bank charges, adding that this has been eliminated through the TSA initiative.

The TSA is a platform which was used by the government to unify all its accounts by ensuring that all monies belonging to the federal government are kept with the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Trump’s National Security Adviser Resigns


President Donald Trump’s embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned late Monday night, following reports that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia.
In his resignation letter, Mr Flynn said he held numerous calls with the Russian ambassador during the transition and gave “incomplete information” about those discussions to Vice-President Mike Pence.

“In the course of my duties as the incoming national security adviser, I held numerous phone calls with foreign counterparts, ministers and ambassadors,” Mr Flynn said in his resignation letter.

“These calls were to facilitate a smooth transition and begin to build the necessary relationships between the President, his advisers and foreign leaders.

“Such calls are standard practice in any transition of this magnitude.

“Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice-President elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador. I have sincerely apologised to the President and the Vice-President, and they have accepted my apology.”

Trump has already appointed retired Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg as the acting national security adviser.

Federal Appeal Court Rules Against Trump’s Travel Ban


President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban will remain blocked. That’s according to a federal appeals court ruling late Thursday, CNN reports.

Despite Trump’s executive order last month, the unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel means that citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries will continue to be able to travel to the US.

“On the one hand, the public has a powerful interest in national security and in the ability of an elected president to enact policies,” the judges wrote. “And on the other, the public also has an interest in free flow of travel, in avoiding separation of families, and in freedom from discrimination. We need not characterize the public interest more definitely than this… The emergency motion for a stay pending appeal is denied.”

President Trump has immediately reacted to the ruling,

“SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!”

Maje To Sue Toke On Her Book, “Unbecoming,” Says It’s Exaggerated Fabrication


According to reports, Radio Presenter, Toke Makinwa’s estranged husband, Maje Ayida has hired British lawyers to sue Toke Makinwa  over her tell all book ‘On Becoming’ which he says is an “exaggerated fabrication”.

The fitness instructor has also asked her to stop the sales of the book and all forms of promotional activities.

The lawyers engaged by Maje according to reports manages legal issues for famous people/groups including Simon Cowell, Elton John and Chelsea FC, while his Nigerian lawyer Kemi Pinheiro (SAN) is also in the team.

A ‘Letter of Demand’ has reportedly been sent to Toke with notations including a revelation that in 2014, she signed an agreement after Ayida “requested legal separation” from her ‘within 6 months’ of their marriage in January 2014 — when it became obvious that the marriage was breaking down”.

The law firm further noted that the publication has brought “public ridicule” on Maje, noting that his reputation has been “assaulted, injured and damaged.”

“His professional integrity as one of the leading health and wellness practitioners in Nigeria, and his professional credibility built over the years through dedicated hard work have been besmirched”, the letter revealed.

According to the law firm, Makinwa’s representation of Ayida in the book was “not a true reflection of who he is, his character and his background.”

Toke Makinwa’s tell-all book, On Becoming, had detailed her account of her relationship/marriage to Ayida.

In the book, the television personality accused Ayida of giving her sexually transmitted diseases,
being a serial cheat and committing adultery.