Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Chibok Girls rescued or not ? Wait for official confirmation from Army Spokesperson, Olukolade



The Defense force tweeted this night that they can’t affirm if Chibok young ladies were among the 200 young ladies they rescued from Sambisa backwoods today, that they will know after they screen and profile the saved young ladies. Anyway, Reuters, AP and Al-Jazeera (Bad bele dem) are reporting that an Army Spokesperson has affirmed Chibok young ladies are not among the 293 young ladies and ladies saved today.


Armed force representative Col. Sani Usman told The Associated Press that troops decimated and destroyed four terrorist camps and safeguarded 200 kidnapped young ladies and 93 ladies “however they are not the Chibok young ladies.” (Let’s sit tight for authority affirmation from Army Spokesperson, Olukolade)


At last 200 Chibok girls found ? Nigerian troops have rescused 200 girls & 93 women in Sambisa Forest

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Nigerian troops recently declared that they have found 200 young ladies and 93 ladies in Sambisa Forest, however haven’t authoritatively affirmed if the young ladies found are the same ones who were snatched from their school in Chibok community in April 2014.
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NNPC deducted $18.53bn oil revenue, audit report confirms Sanusi’s allegation

A forensic audit of Nigeria’s state oil firm released on Monday confirmed the accusation by Emir Muhammed Sanusi that the NNPC withheld about $20 billion that it ought to have remitted to the national treasury.
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The report ordered released by President Goodluck Jonathan, more than two months after it was submitted by PriceWaterHouseCoopers confirmed that the NNPC illegally expended $18.53 billion on operational costs, kerosene and petrol subsidies, without authorisation from the National Assembly. Part of the money was also withheld by an NNPC subsidiary, without National Assembly authorisation.


Although the audit found that the firm overpaid the state by almost $750 million, within the 19 months probed, it recommended a refund of $1.5 billion to government coffers. The audit covered January 2012 to July 2013.  Outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan released the audit days after his elected replacement, Muhammadu Buhari, pledged to probe the allegation all over again and crack down on corruption in the energy company once in office.


The probe of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) books was instituted last year after former central bank governor Lamido Sanusi said the firm had withheld $20 billion in oil revenue from government coffers, jeopardising the country’s finances.


Sanusi had told a Senate committee in 2014 that NNPC had received $67 billion and handed over only $47 billion. After the allegations, Jonathan publicly dismissed the claim and replaced Sanusi, saying the banker had mismanaged the central bank’s budget. Sanusi has since become Emir of Kano, the country’s second-highest Islamic authority.  The PwC audit, however, said NNPC and its upstream subsidiary, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, should hand over $1.48 billion arising from unsubstantiated costs, duplicated subsidy claims and computation errors.  The report also recommended an overhaul of how NNPC is run.


“The NNPC model of operation must be urgently reviewed and restructured, as the current model which has been in operation since the creation of the corporation cannot be sustained,” it said in the 200-page document.

An earlier one-page version of the report, which had been due out in September, was released in February.

The affair has caused consternation in a nation long accustomed to reports of grand graft in Africa’s largest oil producer.

Analysts say Buhari, 72, managed to oust Jonathan in elections last month because voters believed he would tackle graft in Africa’s largest economy.

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Topol M, intercontinental ballistic missile Tears Up Moscow's Streets, Arriving at Exhibition Center (Video)

A road-mobile Topol-M missile complex tore up the streets of Moscow Monday night, completing a 100-kilometer journey from the town of Serpukhov, south of Moscow, before arriving in the capital.
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Bystanders and media managed to get a first-hand glimpse of the mobile strategic missile system, which was headed to the All-Russian Exhibition Center in northern Moscow. The vehicle is set to take part in an outdoor public exhibition of Soviet and Russian weaponry in honor of the 70th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War.



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Organizers of the exhibition are planning to place the vehicle alongside the Soviet space shuttle, the Buran. In addition to the Topol-M, the exhibition will include the Buk, Tor and OSA-AKM surface-to-air missile systems, as well as the Shilka and Tunguska self-propelled anti-aircraft gun systems, an Su-27 fighter and an Mi8T helicopter, among others.
“At night the Topol missile system drove through Moscow.”


The missile complex left its base at a section of the Peter the Great Military Academy of the Strategic Missile Forces on Monday evening.


Commenting on the planned exhibition, the Ministry of Defense told Russian media that it would “immortalize the memory of the creators of the nuclear deterrent, symbolizing the contribution of the Strategic Missile Forces to the defense and security of the country, and paying tribute to the selfless work of generations of missile workers.”


According to Russian media, Russian President Vladimir Putin personally approved the order that the missile system be put on display at the exhibition center.

Finland 'Bombs' Mysterious Underwater Object Near Capital

Finland’s navy has bombed a mysterious object near its capital months after nearby Sweden accused Russia of operating a submarine in its waters, later found to be a Swedish vessel.


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The Finnish military fired underwater charges on a mysterious underwater object which it believes to be a submarine in the waters near its capital on Tuesday.


In October, Finland’s neighbor Sweden accused Russia of operating a submarine in its territorial waters. An investigation by Sweden’s military found that the object suspected of being a Russian submarine was a Swedish vessel.


“We strongly suspect that there has been underwater activity that does not belong there. Of course it is always serious if our territorial waters have been violated,” Finnish Defense Minister Carl Haglund told a Finnish news agency.


The Finnish navy has dropped underwater charges near where it suspects the object to have operated.



“The bombs are not intended to damage the target, the purpose is to let the target know that it has been noticed,” former Finnish marine infantry commodore Olavi Jantunen told Finnish media.Haglund said that there is a possibility that the object is a submarine, as well as that it has likely left the area.


Sweden tripled its proposed defense budget increase before withdrawing the allegations that a Russian submarine was operating in its territorial waters. Finland, Sweden and other Nordic countries made a statement in April that a “challenge” posed by Russia is a grounds for increased defense cooperation.


Watch European Soldiers Singing Along to a Sunny Ade Classic (Must Watch Video)

Recently, on April 26, 2015, a video of a group of troopers singing a King Sunny Ade fantastic tune began trending in Twitter and Instagram.This video of European soldiers, in all likelihood Eastern European soldiers, have made a storm on the Nigerian internet.

Nobody knows the starting point of the video, however it is enjoyable to watch these soldiers who were undoubtedly singing another melody lip adjust flawlessly to King Sunny Ade’s tune.


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The Jagaban: Tinubu Accused Of Being Involved In Drug Trafficking To UK 2 decades Ago

This article titled Nigeria’s Next Leader’s Ties to a Heroin Ring by Daily Beast’s Michael Weiss is sure to unsettle a couple of plumes.


In the article, Weiss alleges that Bola Tinubu was involved in some heroin trafficking exercises 20 years back, and other fake endeavors.


Here are a few passages from the article:


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Nigeria’s election last month was celebrated as an unlikely victory for democracy in an African country with a tenuous record of free and fair representation. But the man most responsible for midwifing General Muhammed Buhari’s ballot triumph over current President Goodluck Jonathan has a spotty CV. Former Lagos provincial governor Bola Tinubu, affectionately nicknamed the Jagaban, is today seen as a shrewd if not “deeply Machiavellian” Svengali in Nigeria’s politics as well as the architect of a hugely successful anti-corruption platform. But 20 years ago he had to forfeit nearly half a million dollars to the U.S. Treasury Department after being named as an accomplice in a white heroin-trafficking and money-laundering ring that stretched from West Africa to the U.S. Midwest.


Although his case has been bandied about the Nigerian press for years, Tinubu’s involvement in a federal drug and racketeering investigation waged jointly by the DEA, FBI, and IRS has gone unreported elsewhere, even after his ascendance to Karl Rove-like status last month. A recent gauzy Financial Timesprofile of him, for instance, neglected to mention that two decades ago Tinubu was identified as a bagman for two Nigerian heroin movers who operated out of Chicago and Hammond, Indiana. They were Adegboyega Mueez Akande and Abiodun Agbele, Akande’s nephew, who was exposed to law enforcement after selling white heroin first to Lee Andrew Edwards, another dealer later jailed for trying to murder a federal agent, and then to an undercover cop.


In a 1993 court docket from the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois, which The Daily Beast obtained from Sahara Reporters, a Nigeria-focused news outlet, IRS Special Agent Kevin Moss said that Akande had run the white heroin ring in the late 1980s until 1990, when he handed off the U.S arm of the business to his nephew, who had arrived in 1988. Akande then returned to Nigeria but continued to oversee the operation from abroad with the help of others at home and in the United States, including his relatives. One of the individuals identified in his cartel by Moss was Tinubu, then a Chicago State University-educated accountant working as a treasurer for Mobil Oil Nigeria Ltd, a subsidiary of energy giant Mobil Oil, which was still a few years shy of its famous merger with Exxon in 1999.


In the biography section of his official website, Tinubu is described as having emigrated to the United States in 1975 “in search of the proverbial Golden Fleece with a heart brimming with unrelenting determination to achieve his visions.” This is certainly one way to describe his tenure stateside.


In 1989, Moss said in an affidavit, Tinubu established an individual money market account, into which he deposited $1,000 in traveler’s checks, and a negotiable order of withdrawal account (NOW) at First Heritage Bank in Country Club Hills, Illinois. The address Tinubu gave the bank was the same as the listed headquarters of Globe-Link International, the front company owned by Akande and his relatives.


Bank employees told Moss that Akande had personally introduced them to Tinubu in December 1989 when who also opened a joint checking account with his wife, Oluremi Tinubu, who already kept a joint account with Akande’s wife at First Heritage. Five days after the NOW account was opened, $80,000 was wired into it from a bank in Houston maintained by one of Akande’s relatives. Tinubu would later use the NOW account to buy a $10,000 Certificate of Deposit for an $8,000 car loan, listing Akande as his cousin on the application.


At the time, Tinubu’s take home as a Mobil Oil Nigeria executive was a mere $2,400 a month and he claimed not to have any other revenue streams. Yet he still managed to deposit $661,000 into his individual money market account in 1990 and then another $1,216,500 a year later. He also opened more accounts with Citibank in its worldwide personal banking unit, transferring over half a million dollars from his First Heritage money market account into one of them in early 1991


Mobil Oil Nigeria told Moss that Tinubu’s role at the company never involved transferring large sums of money between banks and that it didn’t keep deposits in any institutions in the south suburbs of Chicago, where First Heritage was based. Moreover, although Tinubu moved back to Nigeria in 1983, he neglected to file U.S. income tax returns after 1984 despite having sizable, interest-generating deposits in American banks. All of this was enough to persuade a magistrate judge of the Northern District to issue seizure warrants for Tinubu’s First Heritage and Citibank accounts. Collectively, more than $1.4 million belonging to the Nigerian was confiscated.


Tinubu gave differing accounts for his wealth to Moss. In one phone call from Nigeria, shortly after the U.S. Treasury seized his money, he admitted to wiring $100,000 to Akande’s Houston bank account and to receiving the $80,000 from Akande into his First Heritage account. Tinubu also said that apart from one other account in Fairfax, Virginia, he had no other money stashed in U.S. banks.


Except that there were other accounts. Citibank has a worldwide banking division known as Citibank International where Tinubu stashed an additional $550,000. He also controlled an entity called Compass Finance and Investments Company Ltd., of which Akande and Agbele were directors. Still another nexus of money transfers was uncovered by federal investigators, with cash moving from First Heritage to Citibank to Citibank International, where it wound up in Tinubu’s personal accounts and in those belonging to Compass Finance and Investments. In a follow-up exchange with law enforcement officers, Tinubu changed his story. Just days after conceding that he’d sent and received money to and from Akande, he insisted that he had no financial or business dealings with Akande or Agbele.


There’s no evidence that Tinubu was ever indicted for any crime. He eventually settled with the district court, turning over $460,000 of the seized $1.4 million, with the remainder released back to him. The Beast tried repeatedly to contact Marsha McClellan, the U.S. attorney who prosecuted the case, but was unsuccessful.


“I’m not surprised at all,” said Virginia Comolli, a specialist on Nigeria and author of Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency. “There’s a trend of various Nigerian politicians at the highest levels involved in dodgy business deals around the world, in property and cash. Even ones who seem fairly clean turn out to have some dark histories.” The perfect case in point is Tinubu’s political project and new president-elect of Nigeria, General Muhammed Buhari, who in 1983 helped overthrow a democratically elected government in a military coup d’etat on the grounds that the government was undisciplined and corrupt. “He resorted to brutal methods, beating up people for not queuing properly and imposing limitations on the media,” Comolli said. “I think a lot of the votes Buhari got were anti-Jonathan rather than pro-Buhari.”


But no doubt, many also came from a savvy fusion of political factions. In February 2013, Tinubu successfully merged his own influential Action Congress party with Buhari’s Congress for Progressive Change, resulting in the All Progressives Congress. The marriage united Nigeria’s most populous northwest and southwest regions and the ensuing campaign was billed by Tinubu as a “commonsense revolution” against a corrupt and venal incumbency which, in its five years in power, had seen the terrorist group and newly-minted ISIS affiliate Boko Haram thrive. Buhari swept the election with 2.7 million more votes than Jonathan.


Even before that trouncing, however, Tinubu had a relatively positive reputation in Nigeria, according to former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell. “He is widely regarded as having been a highly successful governor of Lagos state,” he said. “Together with Tinubu’s handpicked successor, Babatunde Fashola, Lagos has seen dramatic improvements in everything from practical stuff like garbage collection to the collection of taxes and the provision of public services,” Campbell told The Beast. Though even here, the ex-diplomat admits, Tinubu’s good governance has been clouded by controversy. “He established a company to do the tax collecting in return for a cut and, at one point, Tinubu and Fashola appeared to be splitting over the percentage of Tinubu’s cut.”


Drug charges do indeed appear to be the sine qua non for Nigerian high office. The year 1993, when Tinubu’s assets were seized, was a turbulent period for Nigeria following the cancellation of a national election and the establishment of a military dictatorship. Moshood Abiola, the rightful winner of that election, was accused of narcotics trafficking. So too is “Prince” Buruji Kashamu from the People’s Democratic Party, who has faced extradition back to the United States since 1998. Kashamu was indicted by a federal grand jury in Chicago for being the elusive “Alaji,” a globetrotting drug kingpin who smuggled heroin into O’Hare International Airport from Europe and Asia. Piper Kerman, the memoirist who inspired the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, famously worked for Alaji. Kashamu denies the charges and insists that he was purportedly a counterterrorism informant to the U.S. government before and after 9/11, and that the real trafficker was his now-deceased brother.


Despite his party’s general loss to the All Progressives Congress, Kashumu was elected in March as senator of the southwest Ogun state. In what appeared to be a magnanimous gesture to the winner, he took out an advertisement praising Tinubu as a role model. The Jagaban was distinctly unimpressed. He trashed the comparison in a statement signed by his media adviser, claiming that for Kashamu “to liken himself to Bola Tinubu is for a small rut to call itself a mountain.” Tinubu instructed the “false praise singer” to go face the music in the Windy City before deigning to talk to him.

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Top 10 Reasons You can never do Without Your Girlfriends!

Regardless of who comes and go in a young lady’s life — boyfriends, school companions, acquaintances — there is one and only class of individuals that a young lady can simply rely on: their girlfriends.


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These girlfriends are one heck of a gathering of young ladies. The affectionate band of kindred females named as “lady friends” is normally small, elite, and unfailingly faithful. Frequently years of history unites these companions forever: years loaded with privileged insights, humiliating stories, and watching each others’ backs. They do everything together, and accept one another regardless. While different connections can be impermanent, each young lady needs a gathering of faithful gal-buddies to fall back on, and here’s the reason.


 


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‘Missing’ $20billion Oil Money: Our audit report not reliable — PricewaterhouseCoopers

The much anticipated report of the forensic audit of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, operations on the missing $20 billion oil money may not amount to much after all, with PricewaterhouseCoopers, the audit firm that conducted the probe, saying it cannot vouch for the integrity of its findings.
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In a startling introductory letter addressed to Nigeria’s Auditor General, the audit firm said findings in its 199-page report were limited to available information and did not constitute a review in accordance with generally accepted standards.


“The procedures we performed did not constitute an examination or a review in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards or attestation standards,” the firm said.


“Accordingly, we provide no opinion, attestation or other form of assurance with respect to our work or the information upon which our work was based,” it added.


The report and all accompanying deliverables, the company pointed out, were “solely for the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation, for their internal use and benefit and not intended to, nor may they be relied upon, by any other third party.


The firm concluded that the NNPC should refund to the government a minimum of $1.48 billion of missing oil funds, a figure many Nigerians believe is smaller than the likely actual figure.


The report however gave no strong and independent opinion of its findings despite saying the investigation was carried out using forensic techniques.


The firm instead listed a series of potential factors that could render its findings implausible, saying it had no access to the full account of some relevant agencies like NPDC, the upstream petroleum industry subsidiary of the NNPC.


The firm said where it lacked data, it turned to details of earlier investigations carried out by the Nigerian Senate, which all but cleared the NNPC, and the petroleum ministry of any wrongdoing.


“We did not obtain any information directly from NPDC, but in accordance with NPDC former Managing Director’s (Mr Briggs Victor) submission to the Senate Committee hearing on the subject matter, for the period, NPDC generated $5.11billion (net of royalties and petroleum profits tax paid),” the firm said.


PricewaterhouseCoopers also said without an independent legal opinion, it relied on the legal advice of the Nigerian government’s Attorney General (AG) on the subject of the transfers of various NNPC (55%) portion of Oil leases (OMLs) involved in the Shell (SPDC) Divestments which impact crude oil flows in the period.


“The AG’s opinion indicated that these transfers were within the authority of the Minister to make. Thus, these assets were validly transferred to NPDC. The same AG’s Legal Opinion also indicated that NPDC was to make payments for Net Revenue (dividend) to NNPC, which should ultimately be remitted to the Federation Account,” PwC said.


Still, the PwC said that although it reviewed documents submitted by the key parties involved, its work was conducted independently, with its findings based on the review of documentation, analytical reviews of data, and interviews conducted.


The firm said with the exception of the Deputy Group Managing Director/ Group Executive Director Finance and Accounts of NNPC, the Auditor-General for the Federation, and the Minister of Petroleum Resources, it did not discuss the findings of the report with anyone.


It is not clear for how much the Nigerian government hired the audit firm that has now delivered a report which it said should not be relied upon by Nigerians and the global community.


 


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3 of 10 Reasons You can never do Without Your Girlfriends (Party)

3)You Have The Best Parties Together.


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Since your bonds are so genuine and cherishing, tossing gatherings for one another is a typical and super-fun event. They know precisely what snacks you adore!


4 of 10 Reasons You can never do Without Your Girlfriends (Drinking Buddies)

4) Drinking Buddies Galore


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With a strong gathering of sweethearts, you never need to drink your wine alone.


5 of 10 Reasons You can never do Without Your Girlfriends

5) Never-failing Support Squad


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With your lady friends, you never need to stress over somebody being there for you. Regardless of what is going on, huge or little, they are there to make you grin and lend a shoulder.



 

6 of 10 Reasons You can never do Without Your Girlfriends

6) They Won’t Break Up With You


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Let’s be honest — a few young men simply don’t have what it takes to stick by your side. While you scan for Mr. Right, realize that your women will constantly back you should  any Mr. Wrong make you extremely upset. He’d be in an ideal situation leaving the country than confronting your gal-buddie


2 of 10 Reasons You can never do Without Your Girlfriends (Plans)

2) You Always Have Weekend Plans


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Need to party it up on Friday, and afterward spend an unwinding Saturday night-in watching movies and eating junk food? In any case, your ladies are down.


1of 10 Reasons You can never do Without Your Girlfriends (Life)

1)Different Views On Life
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Every young lady has her own interesting story, and by getting the chance to find out about them, regularly you can learn lessons for your own particular life. Having a reliable group gathering of young ladies to go to for guidance implies that you have entry to a great deal more counsel and skill than you would all alone.



 

7 of 10 Reasons You can never do Without Your Girlfriends (Impress)

7)You Don’t Have to Impress Them


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This is maybe one of the best reasons to pick your gals over your guys. They are never judgmental. Miss a couple of days shaving? Wear the shorts anyways. Having a feeling that relaxing around in sweatpants as opposed to choking out thin pants? Who cares!


8 of 10 Reasons You can never do Without Your Girlfriends (Sharing)

8)You Share Your Lives With Each Other
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Obviously, one day each young lady must go off with her Prince Charming and spend her joyfully ever , after… with a boy. Gross! However, in the mean time, realize that the young ladies you have standing off to the side are pretty much as important as the lucky man on the day of your wedding. They’ll be there even after you say “I do.

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9 of 10 Reasons You can never do Without Your Girlfriends

9)They Know Everything About You… And Don’t Judge


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For each humiliating and not exactly impressive occasion that has happened in your past, there’s a young lady to push it away inside lock and key. Your lady friends would never double-cross you, and never judge you for your past.


10 of 10 Reasons You can never do Without Your Girlfriends (Forever)

10) Girlfriends Are Forever

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No matter what comes your way, girlfriends are constant.