Monday, 27 March 2017

Ambode Issues Deadline For Payment Of Land Use Charge

Akinwunmi Ambode -led Lagos state government has given landed property owners till April 14 to pay the state Land Use Charge, or risk losing the benefit of enjoying 15 per cent discount for paying the levy.
Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Modupe Ileyemi, said this in a statement on Saturday.

The official said the state government was keen on early payment of the land-use charge to ensure the state continues to excel and its citizens enjoy the laudable programmes of the present administration.

Ileyemi, in a statement, said it was important to note that late payment or non-payment of the Charge on an annual basis will attract accrued penalties and accumulation of arrears, which is why prompt payment is strongly advised.

She said: “The Land Use charge is a consolidation of all property and land based rates and charges payable under the Land Rates Law, the Neighbourhood Improvement Charge Law and Tenement Rates Law in Lagos State.

“The revenue accrued from this charge is used for infrastructural development in the state.”
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Another Suicidal Man Who Attempted To Jump Into Lagos Lagoon Rescued (photo)

Another suicidal man has been rescued after he attempted jumping into the Lagos lagoon.
According to media personnel at the Nigeria Police Force, Malik Nasir who shared the story on Facebook:
Yet another suicide attempt at the Lagos Lagoon today. He was rescued before he could take the plunge.
An Ifa Priest has said in a national daily that "the Lagoon is Angry 😠?
How do we appease the Lagoon Please.
Good Morning.
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Why Nigerians Are Denied Entry At US Airports - Envoy

The Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of Nigeria in Washington, Amb. Hakeem Balogun, says different reasons are responsible for the extreme vetting Nigerians face during entry into the US.
Balogun, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Washington, added that the President Donald Trump’s travel ban did not affect Nigerians.

He said, “The executive ban on immigration does not affect Nigerians. Whatever must have taken place regarding visa issuance, vetting at the airports, it’s all normal.
“All these things have been on even before President Trump. Let’s get one thing well. That you are issued visa is not a guarantee that you will end up wherever you’re going.“It’s a global thing; it’s not just United States. Even with us in Nigeria, we issue a visa to you here in the Nigerian Embassy.
“There is no guarantee that you will get in when you get to Murtala Muhammed Airport or when you get to Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport.”

Balogun added,

“The final authority is the man at the point of entry – immigration officers there. For instance, you can come to the Embassy here, we ask for all the things you need to get the visa. 
“How much do you have that we feel will be enough for you to stay in Nigeria for the period you’re going. 
“May be as at that time, you were able to show us evidence that you have a thousand dollars which we feel will be enough for you to stay in Nigeria. 
“By the time you get to Murtala Muhammed Airport, the man at that end there asked you, all you have to show to him is 100 dollars, definitely, he might turn you back, and that’s normal.”

Balogun also said Nigerians are restricted from entering the US because they failed to meet other required procedures.

“Then there are other things. What manner of visa did you collect to come to the United States? 
“For instance, a pregnant woman who comes to the United States on visiting visa will probably be turned back at the point of entry because she does not have a medical visa. 
“You are coming in on a visiting visa and the immigration man sees you pregnant. Naturally, he will turn you back. 
“Even if you have the medical visa, they want to know if you have medical insurance; do you have your medical documents for you to be able to come and use their medical facilities here. 
“So these are issues. Nigeria is not being singled out. We are not one of those countries that have been mentioned. We are definitely not one of them.
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Outrage As Two Girls Are Barred From United Flight For Wearing Leggings

A United Airlines gate agent barred two girls from boarding a flight Sunday morning because the girls were wearing leggings.
Another girl who was wearing gray leggings had to change before she was allowed to board the flight from Denver to Minneapolis, a witness said.

“She’s forcing them to change or put dresses on over leggings or they can’t board,” Shannon Watts, who was at a gate at Denver International Airport, said on Twitter. 

“Since when does @united police women’s clothing?”

According to Washington Post,United, responding to tweets about the incident tweeted that

“United shall have the right to refuse passengers who are not properly clothed via our Contract of Carriage.” And added, “This is left to the discretion of the agents.”The airline’s passenger contract says for the safety of all passengers and crew members, the airline can refuse to let a passenger board if the passenger is “barefoot or not properly clothed.”

The airlines, however, does not define “properly clothed.”
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Man Gets Married To Two Women On Same Day In Delta State (Photos)

By Lasgidi Online

A Nigerian man yesterday wedded two women in Isoko South part of Delta state Nigeria, his wedding banner went viral some days ago.
We wish them a blissful marriage, see more photos below...

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Buhari Has No Certificate Scandal - Presidency

The Presidency on Sunday said President Muhammadu Buhari was not involved in any certificate scandal.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this in a statement made available to journalists.

The statement read:

“We wish to emphatically state that President Muhammadu Buhari does not fit into the categorisation of leaders with certificate scandals because he bears none that is on available records. 
“In the course of the contest for the office of the President in 2015, a number of wild, untrue and malicious allegations were made against him in order to stop him from contesting the election. 
“The issue of certificate was raised against him but the campaign successfully dealt with the allegations by providing evidence that not only was he qualified to run, he had a far higher academic qualification than is required by the constitution. As a result, he went on to run for the office and eventually won. 
“Since the purpose of the challenge was primarily to stop him from being a candidate in that election, the challengers either voluntarily withdrew or abandoned the cases soon after he won and all of them were subsequently struck off by the courts. 
“The President has no certificate case hanging on his neck.”
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LASU Best Graduating Student Gives Birth To Baby Girl Hours After Convocation

Mrs Elizabeth Orefuwa, the overall best graduating student of the Lagos State University, Ojo, was delivered of a baby girl barely a day convocation ceremony.
29-year-old Orefuwa graduated with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.74 at the university’s 21st convocation held on Wednesday, March 22.

The new mother said she felt the contraction just before the convocation and was scared if the baby would deny her the opportunity of participating in the graduation.
"I was having contraction and was scared that the baby might come before the convocation. I told God to take control because I wanted to experience the convocation and God took control until I got home. It was when I got home that it started again and my husband took me to the hospital where I gave birth at about 1. 00 p.m. on Thursday,’’ Orefuwa said.
As Lasgidi Online earlier reported, The Accounting graduate revealed that she wrote the Unified Tertiary Matriculation (UTME) 7 times before gaining admission into the university in 2012.

"I also applied for direct entry three times at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. During this period of waiting, I started professional career at the Institute of Chartered Accountancy of Nigeria (ICAN) in 2007 and became qualified as an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) in 2010," she said.
She however did not relent in her efforts to acquire a university education because she was determined and her father also motivated her.

"My aim is to get my first degree certificate after several years of waiting and to satisfy my dad, who has been insisting on academic certificate before professional certificate. He would always say to me then that I have put the cart before the horse. However, what kept me going was self-belief, focus and determination bearing in mind that I am not competing with others but with my own capabilities."
Orefuwa got married in her final year in 2015. She intends to teach accounting and also practice accounting as a profession.
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INTERPOL Seizes 55 Tonnes Of Drugs Across West Africa And Latin America, 357 Suspects Arrested (Photos)

An international operation across Latin America and West Africa by Interpol between 6 and 15 March,2017, has netted 55 tonnes of drugs, a seizure which underlines the ‘massive scale' of activities of transnational organized crime groups, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock said.
Operation Lionfish III involved 5,000 law enforcement officials in 13 countries, with 357 arrests and the bulk of seizures resulting from intelligence-led operations by police in participating countries.
“This operation highlights the massive scale of activities of organized crime groups in Latin America and West Africa channeling drugs into Europe," said Secretary General Stock. 
“As law enforcement faces increasing demands on its resources, it is a significant reminder of the wide range of threats facing communities worldwide, not only from terrorism, but also by transnational organized crime networks." 
"The commitment of participating countries to working in a coordinated fashion via INTERPOL's global network to disrupt drug trafficking routes and crime groups underpinned the success of this operation," added Mr Stock.
Seizures in the operation included 52 tonnes of cocaine, cannabis and heroin, with the cocaine haul of 25 tonnes alone estimated to be worth approximately USD 950 million.
The operation further highlighted how precursor chemicals are being diverted from legitimate to illicit purposes, with 20 clandestine laboratories dismantled and three tonnes of precursor chemicals seized.

“The Brazilian Federal Police was pleased to play a key role in Operation Lionfish by hosting its operational coordination unit. INTERPOL’s policing capabilities and global network helped enhance the capacity of participating countries to cooperate and seize large quantities of drugs as well as arrest high level targets,” said Rogerio Galloro, Executive Director of the Brazilian Federal Police.

The operation was co-organized by INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, with support from the INTERPOL Regional Bureaus in Buenos Aires and Abidjan. INTERPOL’s Criminal Networks unit facilitated information exchange and cross-checking against INTERPOL’s global databases in real time.

“Operation Lionfish III shows the intrinsic role of INTERPOL Regional Bureaus in supporting member countries combat organized crime and drug trafficking affecting entire regions,” said Kedji Abbe, Head of the INTERPOL Regional Bureau in Abidjan.

The operation was held under the framework of INTERPOL’s CRIMJUST project, managed jointly with the UNODC and Transparency International and funded by the European Union.

It aims to strengthen criminal investigations and cooperation along cocaine routes in Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa by fostering interregional law enforcement coordination and information sharing. 

Drawing on the resources of INTERPOL’s Project Fortaleza which supports Latin American countries fight organized crime syndicates, the operation involved Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Panama and Peru.
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Carrie Lam Elected As The First Female Leader Of Hong Kong

Carrie Lam the former chief secretary and deputy to current Chief Executive CY Leun has been voted to be the first female leader in Hong Kong. Lam was selected to be the fourth Hong Kong chief executive, with 777 votes from the 1,194-person committee.
A total of 1,163 valid votes were cast. Speaking to reporters after the result was announced, Lam thanked her rivals and members of the election committee "no matter who they voted for.

The first thing I will do is to repair our divided society so we can move forward together," she said, "The task in these five years is great, but I will work with everyone to make a better Hong Kong" Lam added.
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Dubai Enters Guinness World Records For Having The World's Fastest Police Cars

The Dubai police force has just been presented with a certificate by Guinness World Records for having the world's fastest police car in service -- a Bugatti Veyron -- just one of its 14-strong fleet of supercars.
The police fleet includes a bespoke Aston Martin One-77, of which only 77 were ever built, a Bentley Continental GT, three hybrid Porsche Panameras and two BMW i8s.

The previous record holder belonged to the Italian police force with the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, which has a top speed of 230 mph (370 km/h).
But Dubai's police super fleet isn't used for high-speed chases down Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, or very many police duties at all for that matter. Instead, the cars cruise around the Dubai Mall area and Jumeirah Beach Residence in search of tourists and attention.

And guess what? You can hail a police car and snap a selfie with the driver in Dubai.
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Bassey Gets Evicted From Big Brother Naija

Bassey is the latest housemate to be evicted from the on-going Big Brother Naija reality show. He was up for nomination this week alongside 3 other housemates: Tboss, Debbie-Rise, and Bally. The Live Eviction Show witnessed a good performance by singer, Praiz
Bassey now joins other housemates like Miyonse, Soma, Coco Ice, Gifty, Uriel, Kemen and TTT, who have all been evicted from the show.
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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Trump Is Furious Jared & Ivanka Were On Vacation While The GOP Health Care Bill Imploded

President Donald Trump is reportedly furious that senior adviser Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump were hitting the slopes as the crucial GOP heath care bill went downhill on Friday.
A source close to the president told CNN the president 'is upset that his son-in-law and senior adviser was not around during this crucial week.'

Ivanka and Jared enjoyed a fun-filled time shopping and skiing in Aspen as GOP support for the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare dwindled.

On Thursday, Ivanka and Jared were spotted taking a carefree stroll away from the White House chaos with their children in Aspen. 

Also on Thursday, the scheduled vote for health care reform was set back another day because of lack of support.

As Jared Kushner pushed son Joseph down the Aspen slopes Friday, President Trump was attempting to push GOP representatives into voting for the new health bill the day after the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.

Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the collapsing bill from the House floor on Friday. 
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12 Girls Go Missing In The Washington D.C Area Almost At The Same Time (photo)

12 girls, 10 blacks and 2 Hispanics are missing and D.C police is saying there is no crime involved, that the girls are all runaways.
Wonder if they would say that if they were all the report below....

From TMZ

The Washington D.C. girls who have gone missing are not crime victims ... they've just fled their homes, according to Washington D.C. officials. 
There's been a call for an investigation into the disappearances, but a police spokesperson says the numbers are not alarming ... they're in line with missing persons stats 
There are currently 38 open cases of missing persons in D.C. We did some checking ... 12 disappeared in the last 5 months. Nine of the girls are 18 or under. Ten are black and 2 Hispanic. 
A police spokesperson says they believe all are runaways based on the circumstances of their disappearance, however, they say they cannot be certain. 
The police and Mayor's office tell TMZ, they handle thousands of missing persons cases every year, and virtually everyone is located. 
The PD says they have aggressively been using social media to help find missing persons, but they are not alarmed by the numbers, which they say have actually gone down. 
There has been a battle cry on social media for a harder look at the girls who have disappeared recently. 
We spoke with police Chief Peter Newsham who says with almost every case, those missing have a history of leaving home. He says the number missing is similar to years before, it's just been brought to the light with the use of social media and other platforms to help locate missing people. 
Newsham says his department's goal is to get to the root of the problem to determine just what causes these kids to leave their homes.
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Governor Ambode Hosts Fashola At The Lagos House Alausa (Photos)

By Lasgidi Online

Lagos state governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday 25th March, hosted the former governor of the state and the current minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola at the Lagos House Alausa.
Governor Ambode, who spoke when he received Fashola and some top officials of the Ministry on a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Ikeja, described the visit as historic, adding that it was gratifying to receive the Minister for the first time at the Lagos House, Ikeja since he left office on May 29, 2015.

He said: “On behalf of the people of Lagos State, I would like to wholeheartedly welcome Mr. Babatunde Fashola, my predecessor and now Minister for Works, Power and Housing and especially back to the Alausa office where he actually left about 22 months ago.
“I want to say that this is a historic moment for us, notwithstanding that the Honourable Minister lives in Lagos, this is the first time he is stepping his feet into the Alausa premises and we need to honour him for that and say a big thank you for coming back home.”

Governor Ambode also lauded Fashola for serving the State meritoriously, saying that his administration improved on the template already laid down during the previous administration.
“We want to say that whatever it is that we have done in the last 22 months is just more or less a fall out of the great achievements the former governor had already put in place.

“We have decided that we would carry on with a sense of continuity in all the things that have been done. I had always said that what we wanted was this continuity of the last 18 years, but continuity with improvement and we are happy that all that has been done in the last 22 months is just a continuation of the template the former Governor left behind.

“We are happy that the sense of collaboration that we have expressed here is what we believe can carry whatever it is that Lagos stands for, moving forward. As you may be aware, Lagos is celebrating its 50 years of existence this year.

“The last 18 years has been so dramatic and historic in terms of the growth and development that we have seen in Lagos, commencing from 1999 when Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu came into office and the eight good years spent by you and the two years we have done. So, obviously, there is a remarkable change between 1999 and now,” Governor Ambode said.

The Governor also pledged to expand the existing collaboration with the Federal Government, saying that it would not only benefit Lagosians, but Nigerians in general.
He assured that the requests made by the Minister in regard to Housing projects of the Federal Government and other road construction would be accelerated, while also expressing optimism that the debts owed Lagos would be refunded.

“I continue to say that we would support the Minister in every way that is possible, everything that we have actually talked about in terms of debt by the Ministry as it relates to projects, the Minister is actually more vast than me in these areas and in this agitations having done the same thing for eight years, obviously he is not somebody that we would want to convert to our passion or our request because he used to be part of what we have always asked for,” Ambode said.

Earlier, Fashola who described the visit as home-coming for him, said he had come with his team to Lagos as part of a nationwide project monitoring exercise to inspect the job done so far on Federal Government projects.

He assured that the Ministry had made representations to the Federal Executive Council on modalities to pay debts owed State Governments including Lagos State for rehabilitation of federal roads over the years, saying that the debts would be paid through bond instrument.

The Minister also expressed readiness to assist Lagos State power initiative, especially in the rural areas.

It would be recalled that Governor Ambode recently set machinery in motion to attain 24-hour power supply through generation of 3,000 megawatts of electricity by 2022. 
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Boko Haram Commander, Osama, Who Escaped From Prison In 2010, Rearrested (Photos)

A Boko Haram Commander, Nasir Sani aka Osama, who escaped from Prison in 2010, has been rearrested by Officers of the State Security Service. It was gathered that Osama was arrested at Ahmadu Bello Street, in the city of Bauchi few days ago.

Yobe Times also reported that another Senior Boko Haram commander, identified as
Adam Jibrin, was arrested in a market in Gombe.

See more photos below....

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