“It’s a terrible outcome and unfortunate situation for all parties involved.”On Tuesday, results from a urine sample Miller provided to VADA on March 20 also tested positive for the banned substance GW1516. On Friday night, Miller posted a video to social media in which he essentially admitted to performance-enhancing drug use and apologised. “This is your boy ‘Big Baby’ Miller here,” an emotional Miller said. But I’m going to own up to it. I’m going to deal with it, I’m going to correct it, and I’m going to come back better.
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Minabere IbelemaWhen I read that the Anambra State House of Assembly passed a bill to curtail funeral expenses, it brought a smile to my face. The Anambra ministry is about death and the Imo bill is about life, the polar realities of our existence. In August last year, I spearheaded fundraising by the alumni of my secondary school to raise money for the funeral of our just deceased former principal. It was a gratifying moment that must have added a minute or two to his already long life. The Anambra remedyThese are the cultural absurdities that the Anambra State Assembly has legislated against.
Sonala OlumhenseThis is a comment on the reported congratulatory phone call last week by Bill Gates, no introduction necessary, to Nigeria leader Muhammadu Buhari. “The Global Fund is one of the best and kindest things people have ever done for one another,” Bill Gates had reflected at the 16th International AIDS Conference in 2006. Perhaps it was imagined that Gates appeared ready to empty a lot of money into Abuja, and to ask no questions. But Gates mines the statistics, pointing out, among others, Nigeria’s maternal mortality crisis and the chronic malnutrition afflicting Nigeria’s youngest. Sadly, none of these perspectives has acquired new energy or prominence in Nigeria since Gates’ “rudeness” last year.
Two-time champions Nigeria finished as winners of Group A of the ongoing Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania after forcing Uganda to a 1-1 draw at the Chamazi Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday. In the 70th minute, Uganda drew blood as the Nigerian defence ball-watched from a corner kick. Two minutes later, with the goalkeeper to beat, Ubani, who got a brace against Tanzania on the opening day, wasted another clear chance. Two minutes later, a typical fierce Ubani shot was punched away by Komakech. Angola joined Nigeria in the semi-finals from Group A, following their 4-2 defeat of Tanzania, as the host nation ended up losing all three group phase matches, conceding 12 goals.
The tribunal also ordered the forfeiture of the funds in the five bank accounts which the defendant was said to have failed to declare as part of his assets in breach of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers. He noted that without the service of the order of forfeiture on the bank, the Federal Government would not be able to take ownership of the accounts as ordered by the CCT. “Without that, the bank will not accede to any request by the Federal Government for the forfeiture of the accounts. Okeagbue, the Team Leader, Priority Banking as well as Onnoghen’s Relationship Manager at the branch of the bank in Wuse 2, Abuja, said all the bank accounts were still active as of the time of her testimony. The second Naira account with number, 0001062667, was said to have had a balance of N2,656,019.21 as of December 2018.
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But the management may decide not to place such workers in the new position,” said another source. Nobody is working anymore; the workers have become jittery as no one is sure who is going to be affected by the restructuring. However, where employees selected positions of preference match with business needs, such staff could be placed in one of such positions. How do you justify the sacking of workers in a company that made a profit of over $2bn in 2018? If such move has not been reported to the national body, how will it intervene to stop the plan to sack workers, who may be kicked out unceremoniously soon?”When contacted, the Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Nigeria LNG Limited, Mr Andy Odeh, denied that the firm was planning to sack its workers.
April 21, 2019 00:11 UTC
SUNDAY ABORISADE and OCHEI MATTHEWThe Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has urged Nigerians to use the occasion of the Easter celebration to pray for the security of the nation and return to the path of reconciliation, peace, and justice. He, however, added that the prayers should also come with the necessary steps to rejig the nation’s security architecture, especially policing arrangement. He made the call in his Easter goodwill message to the Christian faithful on Saturday. “However, we must also muster the political will to take these security challenges head-on, beginning with the decentralisation of policing. Macaulay in an Easter message on Saturday, said, “Perhaps faith’s greatest quality is it challenges humanity to be better.
He particularly urged Christians to use the season as a period to reflect on their individual and collective roles towards promoting and sustaining the foundation of love, peace and harmony in the nation. Governor Amosun called on all Nigerians to use this year’s Easter celebration to reflect on its significance in the life of the nation. Amosun in the Easter message signed by his Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Mr Rotimi Durojaiye, urged Christians to rededicate themselves to the values of love, peace, sacrifice and tolerance. He said, “As we celebrate Easter, let us reflect on the significance of the season, which is love and sacrifice, to unite as a people. Oyo State governor-elect, Mr Seyi Makinde, alsos urged Nigerians particularly the state residents to keep hope alive for a better state.
The police are on a manhunt for three Nigerians suspected to have kidnapped a Consular General and Head of Mission of Estonia to Ghana, Nabil Makram Basbous, at Labone. According to a report published on Ghanaian news website, Graphic online, on Saturday, the envoy was reportedly abducted on Thursday. It added that in the process all three occupants of the house jumped over the fence and escaped. “One of the occupants came out, pulled a pistol on him and ordered him to enter the car or risk being shot if he resists. He obliged, entered and was driven away with the kidnappers pointing a pistol and an axe at him.
It could not be immediately confirmed if President Muhammadu Buhari’s order that he should be sacked had been carried out by the Federal Civil Service Commission. When asked if Maina still worked at the interior ministry, the ministry’s spokesman, Mohammed Manga, responded angrily, “Stop calling me about Maina. Meanwhile, the statement, declaring Maina wanted, was still on the EFCC’s website as of Saturday night. He, however, added that anyone on the security watch list could not be allowed to leave the country. “Our service regulation does not permit anyone on the watch list to travel out of the country and come in at will.
SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday learnt that the APC lawmakers had taken their campaigns beyond the National Assembly. While some are lobbying newly elected members, others are reaching out to the APC National Working Committee and presidency. The PDP senators, who spoke with one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Senators Ahmed Lawan, Ali Ndume, and Danjuma Goje had been having regular discussions with them. Another aspirant to the Deputy Senate presidency, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, also wrote to senators-elect to congratulate them on their victory at the polls and sought their support for his ambition. In the letter, the lawmaker partly wrote, “With an excellent public service record, rich legislative experience and amiable personae, I consider myself the best candidate for the office of the Deputy Senate President.
Ade AdesomojuPresident Muhammadu Buhari, with the consent of the National Judicial Council, has extended Justice Tanko Muhammad’s tenure as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria by another three months. A statement by the NJC’s Director, Mr Soji Oye, stated this in a statement on Saturday. Oye issued the statement to deny reports that the council would reconvene next week to decide on the extension of Justice Muhammad’s tenure as the acting CJN. Buhari had appointed Muhammad in acting capacity without the input of the NJC. However, the extension of his acting tenure was said to have been done to buy time for the completion of the constitutional procedure for his substantive appointment.
There was smoke at the new terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Saturday afternoon, causing panic among airport users and passengers. Although the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria described the situation as a minor incident, airport users who saw the smoke expressed worry over the development. An average person would naturally express worry when you see smoke coming out from a point in such a facility like this airport,” a traveller who simply identified himself as Gideon, stated. “The incident was, however, swiftly curtailed by the in-built fire detection and protection system at the new terminal that triggered automatically,” Yakubu said. She said the building was designed and built with fire detection protection system, adding that the system comes up when it senses high ambient temperatures and sprays fire extinguishing agent.
April 20, 2019 23:43 UTC
SUCCESS NWOGUThe Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday alleged that leaders of the All Progressives Congress were plotting “new set of fabrications and allegations,” to discredit and smear its 2018 governorship candidate in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke. Copyright PUNCH. All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH. Contact: [email protected]DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
April 20, 2019 23:27 UTC
ADELANI ADEPEGBAThe police have arrested a former Director-General, National Task force to Combat Illegal Importation, Smuggling of Small Arms, and Light Weapons, Osita Okereke, for allegedly defrauding job seekers of millions of naira. He was also accused of forgery, parading as the DG of the task force and obtaining money under false pretences from applicants across the federation. He would be arraigned in court after investigation.”The acting Director-General, Importers Association of Nigeria (Special Task force), Amb. He reportedly claimed that armed robbers attacked the IMAN National Secretary, Kingsley Chikezie, and dispossessed him of the said certificate. He further stated that Okereke was subsequently suspended and later sacked as the Task Force DG and IMAN President.
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