Beware Of This ATM Fraudster, EFCC Warn Nigerians

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has raised the alarm about the activities of identity thieves and automated teller machine fraudsters in the country.

It has also urged Nigerians to be more careful when carrying out transactions via ATMs and to avoid disclosing their Personal Identification Numbers to others.

In a post on its Facebook page, the anti-graft agency drew attention to the activity of one suspected ATM fraudster, who goes by the name Akinade Tofunmi.

The EFCC, which has released images of the suspect, is seeking the cooperation and support of Nigerians to capture her and prevent her from defrauding more people.

The suspected scammer, who is being trailed by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the EFCC, is into identity theft and lurks around the ATMs and Point of Sale machines.

According to the EFFC, Tofunmi, operates late in the night when all bank transactions had closed and preferably over the weekend when her prospective victims may not be able to alert the banks for any unauthorised transaction.

“In her last operation, within twenty four hours; this fraudster who operates with the identity of her victims succeeded to have raked in about three million (N3m) within 24 hours,” the anti-graft agency revealed.

One of the methods employed by the suspected fraudster is to approach people having difficulty using the ATM politely and in a cultured manner and offering to help them, only to dupe them in the end.

For instance, on Friday, June 3, 2016, the EFCC said she had helped a woman known as Alhaja to withdraw money at an ATM in Ibadan. But instead of returning the ATM card to the woman afterwards, she swapped the card with another in her possession.

Equipped with the card and the pin as well as with the knowledge that N3m was in the account she made several ATM withdrawals and carried out PoS transactions.

The EFCC added, “Having exceeded the daily withdrawing limit for that day, she waited for a few minutes to the following day which was a Saturday.

“Shortly after midnight, she made another rounds of withdrawals to the tune of one hundred and fifty thousand naira which was also the daily limit for that day.

“However, Alhaja and her husband had no one to run or call that night to save the situation when the debit alerts start coming in torrent.”

Not satisfied with what she had stolen, the fraudster started transferring funds out of the account to another one.

“In a desperate need of where and how to empty the balance in the account, she went to a night club where she met a motorcycle transporter, popularly known as Okada whom she approached for a help. Her decoy was that she had enough money in her account but could not access it having exceeded her daily withdrawal limit,” the EFCC said.

“She showed the bike man her balance and pleaded with him to give her his ATM card, account details and PIN for a quick teller transfer from her (Alhaja’s) account to the bike man’s account. With that, she has been able to secure some of Alhaja’s money in the bike man’s account thereby stealing the identity of the unsuspecting bike man.”

She continued her scam when she got the motorcyclist to take her to a hotel.

“At the hotel reception while paying for her accommodation which was N10, 000 for one night, she deliberated credited the hotel’s account with N101, 000 feigning a mistake and demanded a refund of ninety-one thousand naira (N91, 000) balance of an overpayment. This was also done with Alhaja’s ATM card through the POS machine at the Hotel.

“To further conceal her identity, she provided fake personal details in the hotel and gave the hotel the bike man’s account detail when the hotel management requested for an account to deposit the refund.
All these happened on Saturday; hence, Alhaja and her husband are still in dilemma with no help in sight to stop the transactions in the account.

“By Sunday, Alhaja’s money had moved to the fraudster both in cash and through transfer to the bike man account domicile in the same bank. All these while, the fraudster was in possession of both Alhaja the first victim and the bike man, the second victim’s ATM cards.”

The bike man was arrested on Monday June 5, when he could no longer reach the fraudster on phone and went to the bank to request for another ATM card.”

The EFCC said the suspect has defrauded others and has been spotted in other parts of the country.

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Dear Buhari, Don’t Be Deceived By Sycophants, Nigerians Are Suffering, Lamenting! By Ogundana Michael Rotimi

Your Excellency Sir, after much procrastination and patience, I feel writing you this short piece is long overdue.

Meanwhile, before some of your Media Aides and perhaps some sycophants who are not avoidable close to you tag me a wailing wailer- may I quickly tell you, that I was and still a firm believer of your change mantra and have no doubt in your passion to seeing this country succeed.

However, I am prompted to write you this openly to call your attention to an erroneous belief already being paraded by one of your media aides- Mr Femi Adesina that only those in the minority are complaining and that Nigerians are not suffering- perhaps, a reflection of the perception of what is being paraded at the presidency.

Mr Femi Adesina featured on a phone-in programme on Raypower 100.5Fm in Abuja on Friday, July 8, 2016, he said, and I quote: “I maintain that the people who are complaining are in the minority. I can tell you that the support base of this government is still enormous. Yes, we know some people are complaining but, they are still in the minority”. Meanwhile, before then, in his last interview with Punch Newspaper in May 2016, he said- “It is mendacious to say that in the last one year, what Nigerians have been experiencing is suffering. It is not true”.

Mr President, let me tell you categorically, without fear of losing or gaining anything- Nigerians are suffering, the situation is stretching towards the elastic limit. I hope something drastic and spontaneous is done about it before it gets to the breaking point.

The economy is in a daring stage of collapse- according to Trading Economics; consumer prices in Nigeria jumped 15.6 percent year-on-year in May 2016, following a 13.7 percent rise in the previous month. It was the highest reading in more than six years, as the cost of food, housing, utilities and transport surged mostly due to 67 percent increase in gasoline prices.  There’s also an increment in electricity tariff even when the power is not available for use.

The naira is in a bad shape; businesses are crashing, and livelihoods are becoming severe. Sir, before you entirely blame these predicaments on the failure of the past administration and the dwindling global price of crude oil, you would agree with me that some economic policies and decisions that have been taken under your watch in the past one year also contributed to these.

Mr President, in all of these, most states are unable to pay their workers` salaries and are owing them for months. The people cannot be going through all these, yet your media aide think they are not suffering. Or are these people not Nigerians, do they not have blood flowing through them? I wonder how and where Femi Adesina generated his stats from, but from all indications- he goofed.

If all these are happening and a media aide of yours is saying the people are not suffering, and only those in the minority are complaining, then I think his patriotism is questionable.

While I understand that media aides would do everything and say anything to keep their jobs, I expect that there should be a limit and sense of humanity to everything they do.

Media aides are not just meant to speak for you but are also supposed to give you accurate feedback that will help shape your decisions and policies and not one that will give you on a false perception of the reality on the ground and eventually place you on the wrong track.

While some people still firmly believe in you and your change mantra, others feel you are becoming insensitive to the pains of the people and begin to lose touch with the reality on the ground- perhaps as a result of reports you receive from some of your media aides that are doing everything to keep their jobs.

But sir, don’t be deceived, don’t be carried away by false noise disguised as praises, Nigerians are not in a good shape economically and regarding security. As a matter of fact, Nigerians have begun to ask- if this is the change or there’s another one to come.

Perhaps, there are things you are not getting right and are needed to be revisited and redressed- think about this! Whatsoever you need to do to cushion this pain on the people; you have to do it and do it fast.

The longer the solutions tarry, the more disappointing your government becomes and the more the people lose hope in you and your administration.

Once again, this is not the voice of a wailing wailer, but one passionately concerned to see this country succeeds.

Dear Sir, whenever you need feedback that reflects the reality of the masses, reports from your media aides or any other persons that benefit directly from your administration are the most unrealistic one you can trust. These sets of people have sycophancy tied to their hearts.

Critics, not sycophants will do us more favour and lead us away from dead ends to achieving the change we desperately desire as a nation.

I belong to the school of thought at the hem of which is Harry S. Truman- the 33rd President of the United States, who said: “I want people around me who will tell me the truth, who will tell me the truth as they see it. You cannot operate and manage effectively if you have people around you who put you on a pedestal and tell you everything you do is right because that in practice can’t be possible”.

I consider it of outermost urgency to draw your attention to this; else you are paraded with reports from sycophants who are privileged to getting feedback directly to you. Nigerians and not just the minority are complaining- they are lamenting!

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!

Yours sincerely,

 

Ogundana Michael Rotimi is a Nigerian Biochemist, Socio-economic & Political Commentator, and Public Speaker. He tweets @MickeySunny.

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Electricity Tariff: Hail The Legislature And The Judiciary For Saving Nigerians By Bisola Animashaun 

For effectual democracy, the role of the Legislature and that of the Judiciary are symbiotic that the two arms must remain at parallel lines.

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday issued a plaudit affirmation of the position of the National Assembly on the controversial new tariff regime introduced by the Nigerian Electricity Commission (NERC), a development greeted by nationwide condemnation from the citizenry as it clearly intensifies hardship at a moment when no palliatives exist.

On February 16, 2016, the Senate had, considering an outcry by the labour congress and civil society organizations, ordered the immediate reversal of the arbitrary increase. The ruling of the upper chamber was equally backed by the House of Representatives which opposed the increment through similar motion directing NERC to halt its plans since December 2015.

At different occasions, the two chambers had interfaced with the Ministry of Power, NERC, DISCOS, GENCOS and other stakeholders in view to resolve all issues affecting the power sector. Despite, all efforts proved abortive when the mass exploitation (payment for undelivered service) neither stopped nor the federal government waded in to remedy the situation.

 

Congrats, Nigerians!

 

Under the Buhari government, yesterday marked another date when the masses had the grace to feel the existence of democracy and the rule of law in the country, going by the court judgement that upheld the stand of the people when it annulled the 45% tariff hike.

In the hailed judgement, Justice Mohammed Idris couldn’t but describe NERC’s elongated arbitrary decision as “procedurally ultra vires, irrational, irregular and illegal.” The verdict obviously brought fulfilment to the struggles of the labour as it adequately reloaded its audacity to tell NERC and DISCOs to bow for the ruling and concede defeat to the downtrodden masses.

For the records, let it be noted that efforts by the government to transform lives of the citizenry and make things work better are quite appreciated. However, it should be emphasized that all actions must be guided by the tenets of democracy.

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Corruption: Learn From Other Countries, Muslim Group Tell Nigerians

Although the current war against corruption is sanitizing the military as an institution and compelling politicians to adopt transparency, dark clouds continue to gather in the horizon as allegations of vendetta and lopsidedness are being leveled against President Muhammadu Buhari.

We of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) dismiss these allegations as attempts to blackmail the president. The aim is to force him to soft-pedal or halt the ongoing trials of powerful politicians thereby giving corruption undeserved victory. We insist that the trials must continue to a logical conclusion. The law must be allowed to take its due course. Any goat that desires freedom or peace must keep the people’s yam at arm’s length.

Alleging vendetta or lopsidedness is just like ignoring the tangential to address the phenomenal. The question Nigerians should be asking is: were the offences committed? The offender’s political party, his religion or tribe should be ignored once this has been established. What we need to face is the substance in the allegation and not shadows or primordial sentiments.

There is an urgent need to learn from other countries. How were they able to stem the tide of corruption? Did they revert to claims of vendetta, partisanship, ethnicity or religion? Did they defend the thief because he comes from their city or state? Did they defend the indefensible? Let us look at a few examples.

In the United States, Robert McDonnell, former Governor of Virginia, was indicted on charges of accepting illegal gifts and convicted in 2014. John Rowland, former governor of Connecticut, spent ten months in jail in 2004 for diverting public funds to pay for his vacations and other extravagances. Alabama governor, Don Siegleman, bagged an 88-month jail term for mail fraud and obstruction of justice in 2006. Ex-Congressman Frank Balance was sentenced to four years in prison on October 12, 2005 for conspiring to defraud taxpayers.

In Britain, David Chaitor, former member of the British parliament, got 18 months in 2011 for false accounting. In Greece, former defence minister, Akis Tsochatzopoulos was jailed for 20 years in 2001for receiving bribe. The court also jailed his wife, Vicky, and daughter, Areti, for 12 years each. His former wife, Gudrun, was sent to prison for six years. In Ukraine, former president Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years imprisonment in 2011. In China, former security chief Zhou Yongkang, was recently sentenced to life in prison for bribery and abuse of power.

In all the above examples from the United States, Britain, Greece, Ukraine and China, nobody raised the issue of vendetta, vindictiveness, ethnicity or religion. The concern of all was whether or not the crime was committed. The focus was to safeguard the national treasury. The offenders were punished. Other public office holders and the rest of the citizens learnt the rules of probity and accountability and the countries moved on to greatness.

But in Nigeria political parties allege vendetta and lopsidedness. Agents of corrupt politicians, members of their families, people from their states and those who benefit from stolen funds are allowed to have a field day. This is not the road to El Dorado. We must face the war against corruption squarely and shun partisanship, ethnicity, religion and self-interest. Our focus must be our country and how to move it forward. Let us ignore the thief’s tribe and religion. Let us look at the crimes committed by them against the masses. Let corrupt politicians go to jail and stop using lame excuses to defend them.

A socio-economic scenario whereby 1% of the Nigerian population has arrogated 85% of the resources to themselves leaving a paltry 15% to the remaining 99% of the population is unacceptable. It is serfdom. It is economic deprivation.   It has caused stampede among the poor. 99% of the Nigerian population runs after 15% of the nation’s wealth. It has caused acute poverty. Corrupt politicians have siphoned away all the milk and honey in the land. We must stop defending them.

How can a single military officer store billions of naira in a water tank in his private house? How do we explain a single woman using stolen public funds to purchase a whole ship (an oil tanker for that matter)? Where is the conscience of a state governor who siphoned about N1.6 billion within six months of getting into office and uses this fund to amass personal properties via fronts.

How can any civilized citizenry overlook the crime of army generals who allowed the massacre of thousands by Boko Haram by pocketing billions of naira meant for fighting the insurgency? So what is there to defend in the face of indubitable evidence and admissions of guilt in many cases?

As we round up, we charge the international community to ignore the false alarm being raised by the opposition party in Nigeria. The claim of vendetta and lopsidedness in the war against corruption in Nigeria is baseless. It is a war against ‘fantastically’ corrupt leaders.

We call on Nigerians to learn from other countries and to eschew partisanship, ethnicity and religion in the war against corruption. This is the time to renew support for the war against corruption. There lies the survival of future generations of Nigerians. This country is doomed if we allow corruption to defeat transparency.

Finally, we appeal to the press, columnists, civil society and opinion leaders to remain focused and avoid the company of corrupt politicians. Looters are influential people and they are capable of exploiting the widespread poverty (caused by them ab initio) to buy publications, sponsor articles and influence opinions. The masses are watching and the integrity of the press is at stake here. For the sake of Nigeria, therefore, let us resist the ephemeral temptations offered by these heartless plunderers. Let us unite against the monster called corruption and speak with one voice. A people united can never be defeated.

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Better Days Ahead, Says Buhari… Commend Nigerians For Making Sacrifices

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to be patient with his administration while noting that he is aware of the millions who are living from hand to mouth.

In a statement released on Tuesday to commemorate Eid-el Fitr, which marks the completion of the Muslim Ramadan fast, President Buhari promised Nigerians better days ahead.

“I felicitate with all Nigerians, especially the Muslim Ummah, on the occasion of this year’s Eid El Fitr, which marks the completion of the Ramadan fast,” he said.

“I congratulate Muslims in Nigeria and around the world on the successful completion of this month-long spiritual journey of fasting, prayer and almsgiving in obedience to the Divine Command. I sincerely pray that the Almighty Allah will reward our sacrifices with increased blessing and a more prosperous future.

“On this happy occasion, it is my strong belief that all true followers of Islam have been rejuvenated on the true meaning and essence of life and through the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), we have learnt to imbibe the virtues of piety, sacrifice, love, self-denial and good conduct in our daily relationship with one another.

“As we celebrate another Eid El Fitr, I admonish all patriotic Nigerians to uphold these lessons and also appreciate the numerous material and human blessings God has endowed us with.

“Let us learn to show gratitude, respect and tolerance to one other, irrespective of our religion, tribe, language and political leanings, as we forge ahead to build on our strengths and opportunities to make Nigeria great again.”

He recalled that on Monday, the vice president, the speaker of the federal house of representatives and other government officials joined him to host Iftar reception at the state house with Nigerians of different backgrounds, including internally displaced persons (IDPs), artisans and physically-challenged persons.

“Like I said during the reception, I want to once again appeal to those of us who have the means, to remember the millions of Nigerians who are suffering deprivation because of violence perpetrated by terrorists,” he continued.

“I am not unaware of what Nigerians are going through and I want to use this medium to commend the amazing sacrifices of Nigerians in the face of the temporary economic and social challenges and also reassure Nigerians that my administration is working assiduously towards providing basic needs and other amenities.

“Let me also use this opportunity to reaffirm that we will not relent in the fight against corruption and we will ensure that all appropriate and legal measures are deplored to root out this malaise.

“I commend the Armed Forces and security agencies for the gains recorded in the fight against terrorists and the rescue of hostages in the North East part of the country.

“I also appeal for the support, understanding and patience of all Nigerians and our international partners as we explore the fastest means to end the economic sabotage in the Niger Delta and amicably resolve the conflicts within the region. I promise you all better days ahead even as we remain grateful for your unflinching support to our administration.”

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Join Hands With Buhari To Salvage The Country – Gov. Ganduje Appeals To Nigerians

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has charged Nigerians to rally round the Buhari administration to enable it put the country back on the track of progress.

He said despite inheriting an ailing economy as well as other daunting challenges, President Buhari has so far demonstrated resolve to make the country a place that all Nigerians would be proud of.

The governor stated this during a Ramadan Iftar organized by the state government for members of the elders committee of the APC and other executive officials of the state branch of the party, at Africa House, Government House, Kano.

According to him “the fact that the Buhari administration is prosecuting those who criminally collected money meant for the purchase of arms for the Armed Forces provides evidence that the government means business in terms tackling corruption”.

“We are also aware that the government has in the past one year devoted serious attention to security issue as a result of which the atrocities of Boko Haram have been greatly curtailed in the Northern states of Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and even parts of Gombe state’, the governor asserted.

Governor Ganduje therefore called on Nigerians to cooperate with the APC led administration and to pray for it so that President Buhari can efficiently drive the agenda for purposeful change in the scheme of things in the country.

Turning to politicians in the state, he assured that plans are on to restore the esteem of party leaders at all levels, assuring that they would be carried along in all activities at all times and not just during electioneering alone.

In this regard, he announced that a retreat for the state APC elders and executive committee members would be conducted soon in Kaduna, where the stakeholders would brainstorm on the roles expected of them in advancing the cause of the party in a continuously changing political terrain.

Governor Ganduje further mentioned that plans have been concluded to construct a permanent and befitting secretariat for the state chapter of the APC pointing out that the design has already been done, while donation would be sought for the construction as public funds would not be used to finance the project.

Responding on behalf of the APC leaders, Alhaji Abdu Kirare stressed their loyalty to the governor, promising to put in their best to ensure that the party continues to record success in the state.

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Group To Senate: Nigerians’ Interest Paramount

The interest of Nigerians is paramount, and should take precedence over any other interest, a group, the Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG), has admonished the Senate.

The BMSG in a statement signed by Muhammad Labbo, Coordinator and Cassidy Madueke, Secretary, views with disappointment the attempt by the Senate to blackmail the president into submitting to its whims and caprices by stampeding him to stop the court summons of principal officers of the Senate to defend themselves against allegation of forgery.

 

The BMSG believes that as lawmakers, the senators should be on the same page with the president and his administration to uphold the laws of the land.

 

The BMSG notes that rather than constitute themselves into obstacles in the quest to reposition the country and ensure obedience to rule of law, the distinguished senators should be seen to show good example to the citizenry.

 

Furthermore, we wish to remind the Senate that President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn to an oath to uphold the nation’s constitution, and no attempt should be made by any individual or group to undermine this sacred responsibility.

 

Additionally, it needs to be restated that the summons emanated from the petition raised by some senators over the forgery of the Senate standing order, a ground norm for conducting business in the hallowed chambers of the Senate.

The BMSG strongly believes that the individuals mentioned in the summons will have an opportunity in the court to prove their innocence, rather than using the hallowed chambers of the Senate to fan embers of division, and ill-feeling against the President.

 

The BMSG implores that as the representatives of their various constituencies, the senators should always work together with the executive to address the myriad of problems besetting Nigeria.

 

We therefore urge the Senate to immediately withdraw their uncouth language against the president and render an unreserved apology to Nigerians.

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Meet 13 Nigerians Who Got International Recognition

Since inception of Nigeria as an independent geopolitical entity we have had Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in various areas of human endeavour through their outstanding commitment to what they were or are still into, and have either affected lives or attracted attention beyond the shores of this country, winning international accolades. LEADERSHIP Friday deems it fit to use ‘the pen’ to celebrate ‘our own’, especially those that have excelled and won famous awards at the international level. Abah Adah writes:

Ahmadu Bello (Knight of the British Empire)

Sir Ahmadu Bello KBE (June 12, 1910 – January 15, 1966) was a Nigerian politician who was the first and only premier of the Northern Nigeria region. He also held the title of Sardauna of Sokoto. Bello and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa were major figures in Northern Nigeria pre-independence politics and both men played major roles in negotiations about the region’s place in an independent Nigeria. As leader of the Northern People’s Congress, he was a dominant personality in Nigerian politics throughout the early Nigerian Federation and the First Nigerian Republic.

Bello was made a Knight of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II of England in 1959.

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire)

Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE (December 1912 – January 15, 1966) was a Nigerian politician from Bauchi, and the only prime minister of an independent Nigeria. Originally a trained teacher, he became a vocal leader for Northern interest as one of the few educated Nigerians of his time. He was also an international statesman, widely respected across the African continent as one of the leaders who encouraged the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU). Nicknamed the Golden Voice of Africa because of his oratory, he stands one of the only three National Heroes of the Nigerian Nation.

In January 1960, Balewa was knighted by Elizabeth II as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE). He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield in May, 1960.

In 1957, Balewa was appointed Chief Minister, forming a coalition government between the NPC and the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC), led by Nnamdi Azikiwe. He retained the post as Prime Minister when Nigeria gained independence in 1960, and was re-elected in 1964.

He was overthrown and murdered in a military coup on January 15, 1966, as were many other leaders, including his old companion, Ahmadu Bello. Today, his portrait adorns the five Naira Note. The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi is named in his honour.

Abubakar Gumi (King Faisal International Prize)

Abubakar Gumi (COFR) (1922–1992) was an outspoken radical Islamic scholar and Grand Khadi of the Northern Region of Nigeria (1962–1967), a position which made him a central authority in the interpretation of the Sharia legal system in the region. He was a close associate of Ahmadu Bello, the premier of the region in the 1950s and 1960s and became the Grand Khadi partly as a result of his friendship with the premier. In 1967, the position was abolished.

Apart from his national award, he received the King Faisal International Prize from Saudi Arabia for his translation of the Quran into Hausa language.

At a time in his political career, after his closest political ally, Sir Ahmadu Bello and Sadauna of Sokoto had exited finally by the January, 1966 coup that brought the First Republic to an abrupt end, he became a supporter of women’s rights to vote.

Wole Soyinka (Nobel Prize for Literature)

Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka (born 13 July, 1934), popularly called Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright and poet. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honoured in that category.

After study in Nigeria and the UK where he bagged his BA in Literature at the University of Leeds, he worked with the Royal Court Theatre in London. He went on to write plays that were produced in both countries, in theatres and on radio. He took an active role in Nigeria’s political history and its struggle for independence from Great Britain.

Soyinka was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, becoming the first African laureate. He was described as one “who in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence”.

Philip Emeagwali (Gordon Bell Prize winner)

Philip Emeagwali (born in 1954) is an Igbo Nigerian-born engineer and computer scientist/geologist who was one of two winners of the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize, a prize from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), for his use of a Connection Machine supercomputer to help analyse petroleum fields. He performed the world’s fastest calculation at 3.1 billion calculations per second.

This calculation was remarkable not only because it was twice as fast as the previous world record, but also because of the method used to achieve this phenomenal task. Rather than use a multimillion dollar supercomputer, Emeagwali used the Internet to access 65,536 small computers simultaneously (called massively parallel computers).

This technology is revolutionising the oil industry as it is used to help simulate how to recover oil from oilfields, thus helping oil producing nations to efficiently extract more oil and increase their oil revenues. It is also applicable to the field of meteorology as it can be used to help predict weather patterns for the next 100 years forecast.

Nwankwo Kanu (Olympic Football Gold Medalist)

Nwankwo Kanu (born 1 August, 1976), popularly called Papilo, perhaps owing to his willowy physique, is a retired Nigerian footballer of Igbo extraction who played as a forward. Kanu’s magnum opus was his leading Nigeria’s U-23 football team (otherwise referred to Dream Team I) to victory at the 1996 summer Olympics thereby becoming the winner of the Olympic soccer gold medal of that year. He was a member of, and later captained, the Nigerian national team, the Super Eagles, for 16 years from 1994.

Kanu’s international success includes a FIFA under-17 World Cup title in 1993 and the 1996 Olympic football gold medal, UEFA Champions League medal among several others. He is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

He announced his retirement from international football at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The 1996 Summer Olympics were a summer multi-sport event held in Atlanta, Georgia, United States from 19 July to 4 August 1996. A total of 10,318 athletes from 197 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) competed in 271 events in 26 sports.

Chioma Ajunwa (Olympic Gold Medalist)

Chioma Ajunwa-Opara, popularly known as Chioma Ajunwa, is a Nigerian former athlete who specialised in the long jump. Ajunwa hails from Ahiazu Mbaise in Imo State.   After various setbacks in her career, she achieved fame when she became the first athlete in her country to win an Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and to date remains Nigeria’s only individual Olympic gold medalist. Ajunwa is also an officer with the Nigerian Police Force.

As a professional sportswoman, Ajunwa originally played football for the Nigerian women’s team and was a member of The Falcons during the Women’s World Cup in 1991.

Ajunwa performed as a track and field athlete and specialised in 100m, 200m and long jump, eventually competing at the African Championships in 1989 and the All Africa Games in 1991 where she won the gold medals in the long jump.

Agbani Darego (Miss World)

Ibiagbanidokibubo ‘Agbani’ Asenite Darego,  popularly called Agbani Darego, (born December 22, 1982) is a model, best known as the first black African to be crowned Miss World in 2001. Darego hails from Abonnema, Rivers, and was born into a family of eight children.

Darego managed to divide her time between her official duties with her education at the University of Port Harcourt where she was studying Computer Science, and she represented Nigeria in the 2001 Miss Universe competition, held in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. She placed among the top 10 semi-finalists, finishing seventh. She was the only black semi-finalist that year – and the only finalist to wear a maillot swimsuit. In November 2001, Darego was crowned Miss World, beating Miss Scotland and Miss Aruba in the final round.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Commomwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book/ Orange Prize for Fiction)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (born September 15, 1977) is a writer whose first two novels won literary awards. She is a native of Abba, in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State. At the age of 19, Adichie left Nigeria and moved to the United States for college and studied at Drexel University in Philadelphia. In 2003, she completed a master’s degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In 2008, she received a Master of Arts in African studies at Yale University. Chimamanda is a 2008 MacArthur Fellow. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, was published in 2003 and won the 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, named after the flag of the short-lived Biafran nation, is set before and during the Biafran War. It was published by Fourth Estate in the UK and by Knopf/Anchor in 2006 and was awarded the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction.

Mike Adenuga (African Entrepreneur of the Year)

Michael Adeniyi Agbolade Ishola Adenuga Jr (born 29 April 1953), popularly called Mike Adenuga, is a Nigerian business tycoon, and the second richest person in Nigeria. His company, Globacom is Nigeria’s second-largest telecom operator, and also has a presence in Ghana and Benin. He also owns stakes in the Equitorial Trust Bank and the oil exploration firm, Conoil (formerly Consolidated Oil Company). Forbes has estimated his net worth at $3.2 billion as of September 2015 which makes him the second wealthiest Nigerian behind Aliko Dangote, and the sixth richest person in Africa

In August of 2007, Adenuga was named the African Telecoms Entrepreneur of the Year for his courageous and rapid investment in the telecom sector. The recognition was given at the 2007 maiden Africa Telecoms Award event held in Lagos and witnessed by prominent Africans.

Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye (Knight International Journalism Award)

Who says there are no competent journalists of international standard in Nigeria?

Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye, a Mandela Washington Fellow from Nigeria, recently received the 2014 Knight International Journalism Award by the United States-based International Centre for Journalism (ICFJ). This prestigious award recognises outstanding investigative journalistic ability that makes a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Her stories are not just award-winning — they have catalysed positive change. In one of such, she published a piece on infant mortality rates at a top hospital in Lagos that pressured the hospital to purchase more incubators for high-risk new-borns.

Recently, March 9, 2016 to be precise, she received the Presidential Precinct’s inaugural Young Leader Award.

The Presidential Precinct, which announced the creation of the Young leader Award in January 2016 presented her with it in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ogunseye is a two-time winner of the CNN/Multichoice African Journalists Award and several other national and international awards.

Aliko Dangote (African Person of the Year)

Aliko Dangote GCON (born 10 April 1957) is a Nigerian billionaire, who owns the Dangote Group. The company operates in Nigeria and other African countries, including Benin, Ethiopia, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, Togo, Tanzania, and Zambia. As of January 2015, he had an estimated net worth of US$18.6 billion.

Dangote was named as the Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2014. In 2013, Alhaji Dangote and six other prominent Nigerians were conferred Honorary Citizenship of Arkansas State by Governor Mike Beebe who also proclaimed May 30 of every year as Nigeria Day in the US.

Oba Otudeko (Africa CEO of the Year)

Ayoola Oba Otudeko, CFR (born, August 18, 1943) is a Nigerian investor and entrepreneur whose domestic and foreign interests cut across diverse sectors of the economy. The Nigerian business mogul, who is the chairman of Honeywell Group beat seven other finalists, including Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, to clinch the coveted prize of Africa Chief Executive (CEO) of the Year (2016) at a meeting of more than 800 chief executives across the continent held in Abidjan, the capital of Cote d’Ivoire.

Set up in partnership with the AfDB, the Africa CEO Forum is an event organised jointly by Groupe Jeune Afrique, publisher of Jeune Afrique and The Africa Report, and Rainbow Unlimited, a Swiss company specialising in organising economic promotion events.

Credit: Leadership

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President Buhari Maintains High Approval Rating, Among Nigerians In The UK – APC UK

The majority of guests that attended a TV Town Hall meeting anchored by Barrister Jenny Okafor in London to mark 365 days of President Muhammadu Buhari’s time in office think he is doing a great job. 

In the 2015 elections, Nigerians who campaigned for change believed President Buhari GCFR was the best person to tackle the issue of security and corruption.

At the meeting which took place on Saturday (3rd June) and would be aired on BEN TV on Thursday (7th June), Nigeria’s 14th head of state received high scores on how he had dealt with the crucial challenges faced by Nigerians. 

The guest all acknowledged that the President who is to arrive in London today for a 10 day visit, had done well in fighting the deadly Boko Haram sect and was also doing a good job fighting corruption. 

Victoria Obaze applauded the President for raising awareness of corruption, to the jeering of many. 

Another guest, Comrade Bunmi Ogunleye who completed a walk 7km to celebrate Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the polls said the President has not disappointed him. In an interview with APC UK, last year, the East Londoner had expressed confidence in President Buhari’s ability to fight corruption.

Mr Ade Omole acknowledged the diverse nature of the audience.  He said it was good to see that the President had gained the confidence of those “that are not APC party members.”  

APC UK remains impressed with the Presidents determination to bring change to the country.  We salute you sir.  We are right behind you.  Well done, PMB.  Keep doing it! 

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Presidency Ask Nigerians To Pray For Buhari, Insists President Is Not Sick

The presidency on Monday urged Nigerians to pray fervently for President Muhammadu Buhari as the country’s leader embarked on a 10-day trip abroad during which he would seek treatment for a persistent ear infection.

“Rather than going into frenzy, I will urge Nigerians to show goodwill and patriotism; they should pray for him and wish him well,” Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity told journalists shortly before Mr. Buhari took off to London on Monday.

“Things about health, life and death are in the hands of God, but I believe that all is well. God will take care of him and take care of the country.’’

Mr. Adesina, who issued a statement last night saying the President was seeking further treatment for his ear infection abroad, on Monday dismissed reports that Mr. Buhari was ill.

The presidential aide said the Nigerian leader was going to London to spend part of his annual leave.

He explained that the president would use the opportunity of his vacation to see an ENT specialist for a persistent ear infection.

According to Mr. Adesina, the president effectively performed his presidential duties until he left Nigeria for London on Monday.

“The buzz going round town is that the president is “ill”, but “ill” will be a misnomer; it should not be the right word to use.

“The President is going for 10-day rest and during that period, he will see specialists who will look at his ear; he has been treating that ear locally for some time.

“Nigerian physicians have looked at it and now they have said, `you are going to UK, now that you will be there let specialists look at the ear.’

“They (Nigerian physicians) have treated it locally. So, it is not a question of whether the President is ill.

“If he is ill, it presupposes that there are certain things that he cannot do.

“Till the very last minute that he is traveling, the president performed the duties and functions of his office as president.

“So, illness is not the issue, but as a human being, yes he can rest. He has been President for one full year, you know that in February he took 5 days leave; he is taking another 10 days now that means 15 days leave in one year.

“You and I take more than that, so it is natural that the president as a human being is taking 10 days rest but he is not ill. We need to underscore that.”

Shortly before departing, President Buhari told State House correspondents at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, that he had formally notified the National Assembly of his 10-day vacation as required by law.

He dismissed insinuation that his trip abroad might cause tension in the country, saying “is there anybody that doesn’t fall sick?’’

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Why Many Northern Nigerians Use The Names Of Their Hometowns As Surnames By Rotimi Fabiyi

Alhaji Aminu Kano was a popular politician in Nigeria’s First Republic and was even more popular and colourful during Nigeria’s Second Republic (1979 to 1983). One of the many things that were interesting about late Aminu Kano was that his surname “Kano” was the same as the name of his hometown “Kano” in Kano State, Nigeria.

This practice of using the name of one’s hometown as one’s surname is very common among northern Nigerians either prominent or less than prominent. The practice, as interesting as it is, should not be confused with the way Americans name and rename some of their towns and cities after the surnames of prominent American individuals (e.g. United State’s national capital Washington DC was actually known as Columbia before it was renamed after the country’s first president George Washington), or with the way 7,641 islands on the Pacific Ocean were grouped together (by the islands’ Spanish colonial masters) and named Philippines after the Spanish King Philip II , or with the way China was named after Chin Shi Huang who became the emperor of the country 2,237 years ago in 221 BC. In essence, the names of the towns and cities in northern Nigeria are not derived from the surnames of individual northern Nigerians; it is the surnames of some northern Nigerians that are derived from their individual hometowns.

In the light of this, myself Rotimi Fabiyi have elected to list 50 prominent northern Nigerians whose surnames were derived from the names of their hometowns, though it should be noted that not all northern Nigerians use the names of their hometowns as their surnames

  1. Alhaji Aminu Kano, the socialist politician who was once the chief whip of Nigeria’s House of Representative, who was once Nigeria’s minister of health, and who was once a presidential candidate during Nigeria’s second republic, was a native of Kano, Kano state, Nigeria.
  2. Bashir Tofa , the industrialist-businessman–oil trader who was once the national finance secretary of the now–defunct National Party of Nigeria, NPN and who was the presidential flagbearer of the now defunct National Republican Convention , (NRC), is a native of a town named Tofa in Kano State, Nigeria
  3. Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai , the trained teacher that later joined the Nigerian Army and is presently Nigeria’s Chief of Army staff , is a native of Buratai town in Biu Local Government, Borno State, Nigeria.
  4. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the United Kingdom-trained schoolteacher that later became Nigeria’s Prime Minister, was a native of a town named Tafawa Balewa in Bauchi State, Nigeria.
  5. Major General Mamman Kotangora (rtd), who was one of the first candidates to be admitted into the Nigerian Defense Academy when it opened in 1964 and who was once the military administrator of Abuja FCT, is a native of Kotangora, Niger State, Nigeria.
  6. Major General Hassan Usman Katsina (rtd), the one–time Governor of Northern Nigeria and also Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff from 1968 to 1971, was a native of Katsina, in Katsina state, Nigeria.
  7. Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who was Nigeria’s finance minister from 1971 to 1975 and also Nigeria’s executive president from 1979 to 1983, is a native of Shagari town, Sokoto State, Nigeria.
  8. Alhaji Ali Yerima Bularafa, the commissioner for information in Yobe state, is a native of Bularafa, a town in Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe State, Nigeria.
  9. Barrister Ahmed Goneri, one–time commissioner for justice and attorney general of Yobe State, is a native of Goneri, a town in Gujba Local Government Area, Yobe State, Nigeria.
  10. Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, the national secretary of the All Progressives Congress political party, is a native of Buni Yadi town in Yobe State, Nigeria.
  11. Alhaji Aliyu Makama Bida, the first minister for education in Northern Nigeria, was a native of Bida, Niger State, Nigeria.
  12. Alhaji Abubakar Rimi, the United Kingdom-trained executive governor of Kano State from 1979 to 1983 and also a PDP presidential contender in 1999, was a native of Rimi town, Sumaila Local Government Area, Kano State, Nigeria.
  13. Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, who was the speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015, is a native of Tambuwal town in Sokoto State, Nigeria.
  14. Alhaji Aliyu Sabo Bakin Zuwo, who was a senator from 1979 to 1983 and also Kano State Governor from October to December 1983, was a native of Zuwo town, Kano state, Nigeria.
  15. Former Kaduna State Governor Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, who is presently a senator, is a native of Makarfi town in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
  16. Alhaji Usman Baba Pategi, the northern Nigerian stage and film actor, is a native of Pategi, Kwara State, Nigeria.
  17. Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State, who was the speaker of Nigerian House of Representatives from 2003 to 2007, is a native of Masari town in Katsina State, Nigeria.
  18. Brigadier Zakariya Maimalari, the well-respected senior Nigerian Army officer who was cold–bloodedly murdered by tribalist coup plotters in 1966, was a native of Maimalari town, Yobe State, Nigeria.
  19. Mai Kachalla Gujba, an executive director of First Bank of Nigeria, is a native of Gujba town in Yobe State, Nigeria.
  20. General Garba Wushishi (rtd), who was the minister for information during Shagari Adminstration, is a native of Wushishi town, Niger state, Nigeria.
  21. Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, a former Nigerian minister for agriculture and later a minister for industries in Nigerian Second Republic, was a native of Gusau town in Sokoto State (not to be confused with the Gusau that is the capital of Zamfara State).
  22. Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano State, is a native of Kwankwaso town in Kano State, Nigeria.
  23. Taraba State Governor Danbaba Suntai, a pharmacist who was once Taraba State commissioner for education, is a native of a town known as Suntai in Taraba State, Nigeria.
  24. Alhaji Muhamadu Ribadu, who was minister for mines, minister for lands, minister for Lagos, and minister for defence during Balewa Administration, was a native of a town known as Ribadu in Adamawa State, Nigeria.
  25. Alhaji Abdulrahman Okene, who was a prominent politician during Abacha military junta, was a native of Okene town in Kogi State, Nigeria.
  26. Alhaji Abba Musa Rimi, deputy governor of Kaduna State from1979 to 1981 and governor of Kaduna State from 1981 to 1983, is a native of a town named Ungwan Rimi in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
  27. Incumbent Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who had his doctorate degree from University of Ibadan, is native of Ganduje town in Kano State, Nigeria.
  28. Senator Bala Tafida Yauri, a prominent northern Nigerian senator, is a native of Yauri, Kebbi State, Nigeria.
  29. Alhaji Mamuda Aliyu Shinkafi, the former governor of Zamfara State, is a native of Shinkafi town, Zamfara State, Nigeria.
  30. United Kingdom-trained Dr. Ahmad Galadima, who once won the Bank of Scotland Prize for writing the best MSc dissertation in United Kingdom in 2008, is a native of Galadima town in Zamfara State, Nigeria.
  31. Alhaji Abubuakr Saleh Michika , the first civilian governor of Adamawa State who is reputed to have 96 grandchildren, is a native of Michika town, Adamawa Satte, Nigeria.
  32. Alhaji Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, who was Sokoto State governor from 1999 to 2007, is a native of Bafarawa town, Sokoto State, Nigeria.
  33. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, the University of Pittsburgh, USA graduate who was Sokoto State Governor from 2009 to 2015, is a native of Wamakko, a town in Sokoto State, Nigeria.
  34. Alhaji Sanni Umar Ganduje, a northern Nigerian traditional ruler that was recently dethroned, is a native of Ganduje town, Kano State, Nigeria.
  35. Lieutenant Colonel Abubakar Sadiq Zakari Maimalari (rtd), a former military administrator of Jigawa State, is a native of Maimalari town, Yobe State, Nigeria.
  36. Alhaji Inuwa Wada , the former Nigerian minister for works and survey and later a minister for defence, was a native of Tudun Wada, Kano State, Nigeria.
  37. Major General Muhammed Shuwa (rtd), who was the general officer commanding 1st Division of Nigerian Army from 1967 to 1969 and who was Nigeria’s minister for trade from 1975 to 1979, is a native of Shuwa town, Borno State, Nigeria.
  38. Shettima Ali Monguno, who graduated from University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom and who was the president of Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries , OPEC from 1972 to 1973, is a native of Monguno town, Borno State, Nigeria.
  39. Nuhu Ribadu , pioneer chairman of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, is a native of Ribadu town , Adamawa State, Nigeria.
  40. Alhaji Salihu Sagir Takai, a former contender for Kaduna State Governorship seat, is a native of Takai town in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
  41. Lieutenant General Inuwa Wushishi (rtd) , the Nigerian Chief of Army Staff from 1981 to 1983, is a native of Wushishi town, Niger State, Nigeria.
  42. Colonel Dala Aji Goniri, former commander of Nigerian Army 241 Recce Batallion, is a native of Goniri town, Yobe State, Nigeria.
  43. Tahir Mohammed Monguno, an incumbent member of the Nigerian Federal House of Representatives , is a native of Monguno town, Monguno Local Government Area, Borno State, Nigeria.
  44. Nigerian Federal House of Representatives member Aliyu Bahago Ahman Pategi is a native of Pategi town, Kwara State, Nigeria.
  45. Babayo Garba Gamawa, former speaker Bauchi House of Assembly and also a former Deputy Governor and senator, is a native of Gamawa town, Bauchi State, Nigeria.
  46. Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), the Nigeria’s incumbent national security adviser who holds master degree in International Relations, is a native of Monguno town, Borno State, Nigeria.
  47. Alhaji Usman Dakingari, the incumbent governor of Kebbi State, is a native of Dakingari town, Suru Local Government Area, Kebbi State, Nigeria.
  48. Alhaji Adamu Aliero, a former governor of Kebbi State, is a native of a town known as Aliero in Kebbi State, Nigeria.
  49. Former Jigawa State Governor Ali Sa’ad Birnin-Kudu, who is a veteran lawyer, is a native of Birnin-Kudu town, Jigawa State, Nigeria.
  50. Alhaji Audu Sule Katagum, the chief of staff to Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abubakar, is a native of Katagum town, Bauchi State, Nigeria.

The list is actually endless like a recurring decimal but it should be noted (as earlier stated) that not all northern Nigerians use the names of their hometowns as their surnames and also noted should it be that the practice of using the name of one’s hometown as one’s surname is not limited to northern Nigerians (former Nigerian Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah (rtd), is a native of Minimah town in Opobo Nkoro Local Government Area, Rivers State, Nigeria, a town in the southern part of the country while the former United States National Security Advisor Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski is a native of a town known as Brzezany in the then Poland but now located in Ukraine).

Nothing needs to be further said about why many northern Nigerians use the names of their hometowns as surnames

Engr Rotimi Fabiyi , 08184741410 , fabiyirotimi@yahoo.com

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N2.987tr Cash, $9 Billion Worth Of Assets Recovered From Few Corrupt Nigerians In One Year

The Federal Government between May 29, 2015 and May 29, 2016 recovered a total of N2.987 trillion in cash and $9 billion worth of assets from few corrupt Nigerians in the one year administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Although, the government did not name the individuals and companies the cash were recovered from, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Muhammed in a statement on Saturday said the fund were loots recovered from officials of the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The minister gave the breakdown of the fund in liquid cash as N78,325,354,631.82 (Seventy eight billion, three hundred and twenty-five million, three hundred and fifty-four thousand, six hundred and thirty one Naira and eighty two kobo); $185,119,584.61 (One hundred and eight five million, one hundred and nineteen thousand, five hundred and eighty four US dollars, sixty one cents); 3,508,355.46 Pounds Sterling (Three million, five hundred and eight thousand, three hundred and fifty-five Pounds and 46 Pence) and 11, 250 Euros (Eleven thousand, two hundred and fifty Euros)

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