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Africa’s richest woman at loggerheads with wealthy neighbours over her UK home

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Africa’s richest woman has been revealed as the owner of a £13million home in one of London’s most exclusive areas that has caused anguish for neighbours.

Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s controversial former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, plans to demolish the house and rebuild it as an ‘iceberg’ mansion.

She has been given permission to raze the property and construct a four-storey home in its place, complete with an underground swimming pool complex.

Mrs dos Santos, 46, also plans to install a hot tub, wine cellar, massage room and walk-in safe underneath the sprawling home in Kensington, west London.

But the plans caused fury among wealthy neighbours, with one resident claiming the proposal would ‘create resentment, divisiveness and poor community feeling’.

The revelation, unearthed by ‘Finance Uncovered’, that she owns the luxury home is likely to stoke widespread concerns about the origin of Mrs dos Santos’ wealth.

Despite presenting herself as a self-made entrepreneur who rubs shoulders with the A-list elite, opponents have described her as the beneficiary of kleptocracy in Africa.

The majority of her nearly £2billion wealth was amassed while her father Jose Eduardo, 76, served as ruler of Angola for 38 years.

Critics of dos Santos claim he murdered many politicians, journalists and others during his spell in power.

He was also accused of monopolizing and exploiting oil and diamond resources and seizing control of almost all aspects of government power.

Critics further claim his daughter Isabel acquired her own fortune by using her family’s power to take stakes in firms doing business in Angola, where many people live on as little as $2 a day.

Angola, a country of 18 million people, lies on the western coast of southern Africa and is rich in diamonds and oil.

The country was wracked by 27 years of civil war which finally ended in 2002, leading to a huge jump in oil revenues from $3 billion in 2002 to $66 billion in 2008.

Transparency International, the NGO that investigates government fraud, recently ranked Angola 165th out of 180 countries in its corruption perception index.

Mrs dos Santos studied engineering at King’s College, London, before opening her first business at the age of 24, a restaurant called ‘Miami Beach’.

Amid rumours that she has invested in properties in London, it has now been revealed how she bought the Kensington home for £8.65million in 2007.

*Courtesy: Daily Mail

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GOV UDOM ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH US ON HEALTH, DEVT

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GOV UDOM ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH US ON HEALTH, DEVT

* ‘A’IBOM IS A GLOBAL TREASURE’, SAYS US ENVOY

 

 

Governor Udom Emmanuel has applauded the existing bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the United States of America which has spanned several decades and particularly thanked the US Ambassador for his contributions to make Akwa Ibom and Nigeria a global family through Economic,Educational and cultural cooperation.

 

The governor made this known during a special banquet held in honour of the outgoing Ambassador of United State, Mr Stuart Symington and members of the diplomatic corps, at Government House Banquet Hall, on Monday.

 

 

He expressed appreciation to the diplomatic corps in their observer role during the last elections in the country and the rich counsel to the stakeholders for a hitch free democratic process. The State chief executive also expressed appreciation to the United state for the choice of Akwa Ibom in the Pilot scheme to reduce the H.i.v /AIDS pandemic being a coastal state bordering other state and countries who interface daily for commerce and other Economic pursuits, adding that Akwa Ibom is richly blessed by human and economic potentials and sued for more bilateral cooperation to create wealth both for the state and country.

 

 

He described Mr. Symington as a brother with a passion for humanity and expressed regret that his tenure in the country as an Ambassador is short lived and wished him well as he returns to his home country.

 

 

 

In his remark, the outgoing Ambassador of the United States of America, Mr Stuart Symington, described Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel’s vision to industrialize Akwa Ibom state, equipped health care facilities and provide beautiful road network as placing the State on the global map as the State with the treasure.

 

While expressing appreciation to the people of Akwa Ibom and Nigeria for the hospitality accorded him throughout his stay in the country, the US envoy said that for sustainable development his country has chosen Akwa Ibom for the implementation of the Health care support next year to stem the tide of H.I.V/AIDS pandemic and make the state a place for succor to those affected by the disease.

 

These he said is buoyed by the love for humanity and the future of the younger generations and those unborn.

 

He said that provision is made for a hundred and thirty patients to benefit from the Health support system.High point of the event was a toast proposed by former Ambassador to Russia, Chief Assam Assam SAN, for long lasting relationships and love for humanity in the Global family.

 

 

Earlier, Akwa Ibom state government disclosed that it is set to partner the United States of America in healthcare and other development efforts aimed at making life meaningful to humanity.

 

Governor Udom Emmanuel announced this during a courtesy visit on my him by the U.S Ambassador to Nigeria Mr W. Stuart Symington at the Exco chambers government house.uyo.

 

He said that his administration has invested so much to transform the Health care delivery System to save lives.

 

According to him you cannot talk about human capital development without a functional health care system.

 

Governor Emmanuel expressed appreciation to the US and its development agencies in the plan to partner the state in the fight against H.I.V and AIDS to reduce the scourge in the country and other countries within the Gulf of Guinea.

 

The State chief executive described as alarming the 130,000 target set by the agency to address the menace and called for accuracy and transparency in the records and expenditures of funds allotted for the program.

 

He however said that as a border state in the Coastal Region there is an influx of people from other states and countries to transact business in the state it becomes expedient to partner to save humanity in the global family.

 

Governor Emmanuel said that relevant agencies would have to collaborate with personnel from the state and expressed the hope that with the health care facilities on ground Akwa Ibom best suits the Pilot scheme and thanked the United States for the choice of the state for the program.

 

The governor however took exception to the fact that over 30 billion dollars had been expended in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic without any verifiable records,nor input from the relevant agencies in the state.

 

He congratulated Governor Emmanuel on his reelection and the investment in the health care delivery system as well the industrialization of the state.

 

He said the visit which is his last as the Ambassador to Nigeria was to intimate the government and people of the state of the United States contributions to stem the HIV/AIDS pandemic and to provide necessary assistance to those who are infected and to provide drugs, equipment and personnel to help humanity.

 

Mr Symington applauded Governor Emmanuel for the high premium placed on healthcare delivery system and his efforts at transforming all the Secondary Health centers to meet international standards.

 

He sued for collaboration to stem the tide of the HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases.
The Ambassador pledged his governments readiness to partner the state in Education,Healthcare,Agriculture and commerce.
8:17 PM

 

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‘No Time to Die’ is title of new James Bond movie

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‘No Time to Die’ is title of new James Bond movie

We can stop calling it “Bond 25” now.

 

The 25th entry in the James Bond franchise now has a title.

 

On Tuesday, the official James Bond Twitter account announced that the new film is titled “No Time to Die.”

 

“Daniel Craig returns as James Bond, 007 in… NO TIME TO DIE,” the tweet read. “Out in the UK on 3 April 2020 and 8 April 2020 in the US.”

 

There’s been tons of excitement surrounding the film, given that it reportedly will be Craig’s last turn as Bond.

The actor has been spotted around London recently filming scenes for the movie.

 

The project has had its share of misfortune, including Craig injuring his ankle in May while filming in Jamaica and a crew member sustaining a minor injury after a controlled explosion on the UK set.

 

Ralph Fiennes, Rami Malek, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux and Jeffrey Wright costar in the film. Cary Fukunaga is directing, reports CNN.

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Cassava farmer seeks more support for agro investors

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Cassava farmer seeks more support for agro investors

In view of the huge potentials in agriculture for Nigeria and the need to harness it to the benefit the growing population, an agro investor, Rowland Oshiotse, has canvassed for support and incentives for farmers in mitigating the many challenges faced in this clime.

 

 

According to Oshiotse, Chief Executive Officer of O & O Agro Farms, although there are huge potentials in agriculture, most of the profits made go into providing  needed infrastructure which ordinarily would have been in place if t government and its agencies had invested adequately in the sector.

 

 

Having gone into cassava farming and processing of garri three years ago, Oshiotse stated that the terrain is tough and most of those that introduced him to cassava farming have quit the business because of huge challenges.

 

 

The Master’s degree holder from National University, San Diego, California, stated: “We have moved from harvesting cassava to be sold outright to adding value by processing it, which involves  peeling, washing, frying, sieving and then handpicking in a hygienic environment and packaging in attractive sealed bags and then distributing to supermarkets and shopping malls.”

 

 

Mr Oshiotse, who said he has been hearing of funding and grants to support farmers but is yet to get any, likewise farmers he knows, urged government and the corporate players to do more in supporting farmers in Nigeria beyond grants.

 

“We have been in this business, cassava farming for three years and it was my money and funds gotten from my family that I have used so far. The terrain is very tough as you need to be there at your farm to oversee things. Your presence cannot be over emphasised. We desire to expand the business but need investors and distributors that can partner with us as we are not just building a company but a brand.

 

 

“Farmers don’t just need funds but a great support system in mentorship and incentives that will help in cushioning the labour and resources put into it. Processing is big business in agricultural chain and very profitable but substantial investment is needed in the business,” he added.

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Impeachment: Kogi Assembly asks CJ to set-up panel on Achuba

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Impeachment: Kogi Assembly asks CJ to set-up panel on Achuba

The impeachment process against the embattled Kogi State Deputy Governor Simon Achuba has heated-up as the state House of Assembly has called on the state Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah to constitute a seven-man panel of inquiry to investigate allegations of gross misconduct levelled against him.

 

The House had earlier issued a notice of allegations to the Deputy Governor two weeks ago.

 

Presenting the motion at the floor of the House, the Majority Leader, Abdullahi Bello Balogun (APC-Ajaokuta) called for investigation into the allegations which will serve as second step towards impeachment of the of Achuba.

 

He explained that the Deputy Governor evaded service of the Notice of Allegations on him and also directed that none of his aides should receive any correspondence from the House of Assembly on his behalf.

 

Balogun said the prayers calling for investigation in the motion were in line with Section 188(3) that the House should resolve by motion supported by not less than two-third of members to request the Chief Judge to set up the seven-man panel to investigate the allegations.

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Taraba killing:  How soldiers shot policemen, cut my handcuffs – Wadume alleges

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Taraba killing:  How soldiers shot policemen, cut my handcuffs – Wadume alleges

…as  Police rearrest kidnap kingpin in Kano

Suspected kidnap kingpin, Mr. Hamisu Bala (alias Wadume), has made a shocking revelation of how soldiers allegedly shot and killed operatives of the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT), shortly after effecting his arrest in Ibi community of Taraba State.

 

Wadume made the alleged confession in a less-than-a-minute video posted on the verified Twitter handle of the Nigeria Police.

 

Wadume, who was arrested by IRT operatives on August 6, was allegedly set free by soldiers of the 93 Battalion stationed at a checkpoint within the Ibi general area, as the operatives made their way to the Taraba State Police Command Headquarters in Jalingo.

 

In the short video made in Hausa language, the suspected kidnapper had further claimed that after his release, soldiers allegedly took him to their “headquarters”, where his handcuffs were cut.

 

“Police came to arrest me, When they arrested me, army chased after them and opened fire.

 

“From there, they (soldiers) took me to their headquarters, and cut up my handcuffs.

 

“I went back to my house and Police came to re-arrest me…”, he claimed  in the video.

 

This came after operatives of the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) rearrested Wadume 13 days after his controversial release.

 

It will be recalled that Madume was first arrested by IRT operatives in his Ibi community of Taraba State, on August 6.

 

He was, however, set free allegedly by soldiers of 93 Battalion, who had attacked the special forces on their way to the State Police Command Headquarters in Jalingo, leading to the death of three of the police operatives, and a civilian.

 

Those killed according to the  Police, were: Inspector Mark Ediale, Sergeants Usman Danzumi and Sergeant Dahiru Musa, as well as  the civilian, Mr. Olajide Owolabi.

 

The Nigerian Army, whose troops were accused of killing the police officers and civilian, had swiftly defended its men, saying the circumstance had presented the forced as “suspected kidnappers

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S’East govs to Buhari: Delay Enugu Airport closure, ban herdsmen without cattle

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The South East Governors’ Forum, Tuesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to defer the closure of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu to end of October, to enable them make adequate security arrangements for airport users and people of the zone.

 

The governors wrote to the President requesting him to push the closure of the airport to the new date, instead of this Saturday as announced by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

 

This is even as the governors also asked the President to approve  their earlier resolution  banning herdsmen without cattle and movement of cattle by foot in the zone to eliminate increasing cases of killing, maiming, raping of  women, kidnapping of the people and destruction

of farmlands mostly carried out by foreign herdsmen with the backing of some compromised local herders.

 

The Federal Government, through the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, had at the weekend revealed that it will  close the runway at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu for major repairs and works on the airfield.

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$2.14m: Atiku’s son-in-law perfects bail, leaves EFCC custody

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Abdullahi Babalele, the son-in-law to a former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, currently standing trial over alleged money laundering offence has been released from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after perfecting his bail conditions.

 

New Telegraph learnt that he was released last week Friday after meeting the bail conditions imposed on him by Justice Nicholas Oweibo of a Federal High Court in Lagos following his arraignment on a 2-count charge of alleged laundering of $140, 000 by the EFCC.

However, Atiku’s lawyer, Barrister Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, a partner in the law firm of Africa Law Practice (ALP) and his brother, Erhunse Giwa-Osagie, who were also arraigned by the EFCC on a 3-count charge of alleged laundering of $2 million, are yet to meet the bail terms imposed on them by the court.

 

The duo, who were released to their lawyers, Ahmed Raji (SAN) and Norrison Quakers (SAN) by the trial judge, have up till next week Thursday to perfect their bail terms.

 

Justice Oweibo had admitted all the defendants to bail in the sum of N20 million each with one surety each in like sum.

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Ambode: EFCC operatives raided my houses

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Muritala Ayinla

Former governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has confirmed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) raided his Epe and Parkview residences, urging his supporters and the general public to remain calm and law-abiding as there was no cause for alarm.

Ambode, in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Habib Aruna, spoke on the backdrop of a search by EFCC operatives on his Epe country home and Parkview, Ikoyi residence, where the anti-graft agency conducted the exercise without any incident.

He said the Commission, till date, has not opened any direct communication with him on any issue, adding that he was ready and willing to respond if or when they do so.

The statement reads: “This morning, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission visited the Epe Country home and Parkview Ikoyi residence of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, former Governor of Lagos State, with warrants to conduct a search. These searches were carried out extensively and at the end of the exercise the operatives left without any incident.

“The former governor reiterates that the EFCC has till date not had any direct communication with him on any subject matter whatsoever and if or when it occurs he is ready and willing to respond.

“The former governor wishes to assure his supporters and the generality of Lagosians to continue to remain calm and law-abiding as there is no cause for alarm.”

The former governor reiterated his belief in the rule of law and due process and remains grateful for the opportunity to have served Lagos State diligently and conscientiously.

It would be recalled that Ambode, in an earlier response to allegations by the EFCC that it had frozen certain accounts linked to him, insisted that no account of his contained N9.9bn let alone being frozen by the Commission as those accounts were opened and operated by the Lagos State Government.

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Supreme Court strikes out Atiku, PDP’s appeal

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck out an interlocutory appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Atiku Abubakar in the last presidential election after the appeal was withdrawn by Atiku’s counsel.

Justice Musa Muhammad in the lead judgment, held that the case was statute barred and therefore dismissed.

“This appeal is hereby dismissed haven been withdrawn by the counsel to the appellant and without any objection from the respondents.

Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), who represented the appellants (Atiku) told the apex court that the appeal is statute barred, the time for having expired.

The applicants are challenging the alleged failure of the electoral body to allow them access to the acclaimed central server used for the February 23 general election.

The petitioners also approached the apex court to challenge the proceeding of June 11 at the tribunal where they claimed APC ambushed them by secretly withdrawing a motion and replacing same with another not responded to.

NAN reports that Justice Garba Mohammed, Chairman of the tribunal had in a unanimous decision on July 3, dismissed a prayer by the applicants to re-open arguments on the APC application that sought dismissal of the petition.

Garba held that the petitioners failed to adduce cogent reasons why such request should be granted, having failed to file a counter affidavit against issues raised earlier.

The tribunal had on June 11 ruled that the petitioners failed to file counter affidavit against APC’s motion seeking dismissal of the petition on accounts of unsubstantiated allegations of non-compliance and malpractices.

The tribunal had held that its record showed that the petitioners were duly served with APC’s motion on May 16 which gave them seven days to file their counter-affidavit.

The APC had urged the tribunal to strike out allegations of widespread malpractices made on the conduct of the presidential elections in 10 states from the petition.

The party alleged grave errors, adding that the petition was shrouded in unsubstantiated issues in the 10 states.

The party also claimed that Atiku merely made vague allegations of electoral malpractices in the 10 states, adding that vague allegations were unknown to law.

The states were Borno; Yobe; Jigawa; Kebbi; Kaduna; Kano; Gombe; Niger; Katsina and Bauchi.

APC, had also in the motion invited the tribunal to strike out allegations of act of violence levelled against Vice President, Chief of Army Staff, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police and several other individuals who were not listed as parties in the petition.

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EFCC raids Ambode’s Epe residence

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*It’s not true, says EFCC

Wale Elegbede

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday morning entered the residence of former Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, raiding the building as part of an ongoing corruption investigation.

The residence, in his hometown of Epe, was being searched as of 9:35 a.m.

According to information available to us, the residence of the former governor’s Chief of Staff in the same Epe neighbourhood was also being searched.

The raid might not be unconnected to the recent fraud allegation traced to an account of Lagos State during Ambode’s tenure said to be about N9.9billion.

But the anti-graft agency has denied raiding the former governor’s house.

According to a statement signed by Mr Tony Orilade, the agency’s Ag. Head Media & Publicity, the EFCC insisted that nothing like that happened.

“We need to state for the records that the EFCC did not raid Ambode’s house. It is instructive that his administration, like other former governors is under investigation, since they no longer constitutionally enjoy immunity against prosecution.

“The Commission hereby states with high sense of responsibility that the operatives did not raid Ambode’s residence.

“Whatever the Commission is presently doing with regards to the investigation is in line with its mandate and the rule of law.

“We wish to inform the social media to be circumspect in the reportage of any news with regards to investigation activities of the Commission.

“As a tradition, the Commission does not carry out investigation on the pages of the newspapers or through the media. Our operations are always covert until at a time when we file charges in court.

“Therefore, the attempt to cast the Commission in a bad light is unacceptable as the EFCC will never engage in illegal act. We remain committed to the war against corruption,” the statement said.

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