A 29-year-old housewife, Onyinyechi Akunne, who allegedly killed her 35-year-old husband, Abuchi Akunne, with a kitchen knife over a lottery ticket of Premier Lotto Ltd also known as “Baba Ijebu”, was on Monday brought before an Ikeja High Court.
Onyinyechi is facing a charge of murder which contravenes Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011. She, however, denied the charge.
The State Prosecutor, Mrs C.K Tuiyi-Carena, told the court that the accused allegedly committed the offence on March 28, 2015, at her residence located at No. 85, Idimu Road, Ejigbo, a suburb of Lagos.
She said, “On the day of the alleged murder, Onyinyechi was preparing a meal while Abuchi was sitting on a chair in their home looking at his ‘Baba Ijebu’ lottery tickets.
“Angered by her husband’s action, Onyinyechi scolded him for his love for gambling and a fight ensued between them.
“She took the kitchen knife she was using to cut vegetables and stabbed her husband fatally in the chest.
“The stabbing inflicted a deep cut in Abuchi’s chest which led to excessive blood loss and his eventual death.
“The victim died before he could be taken to hospital by Onyinyechi and concerned neighbours.”
The accused was pregnant when the offence was committed. She, however, gave birth to a baby girl while in custody at the Kirikiri Female Prisons. Onyinyechi was in court on Monday with the baby.
Counsel to the accused, Mr Q.U. Ogudu, told the court that the accused had opted for a plea bargain. He said, “My Lord, we have applied for a plea bargain agreement which the state is not objecting to.”
The prosecutor also confirmed to the court that the parties were working towards the plea bargain. Justice Josephine Oyefeso adjourned the case to April 6 for a report on the plea bargain agreement.
The sudden slide of the US dollar and other foreign currencies has made export to neighbouring countries such as Niger Republic, Burkina Faso and Chad unattractive, traders have said.
Visits to Tsohuwar Kasuwa and other markets in Sokoto recently revealed that the number of trucks that load goods to Niger and Burkina Faso on daily basis has dropped drastically from about 20 to about five trucks.
Merchants from the neighbouring countries had taken advantage of the depreciation of the naira in recent times to ship more goods out of the country with little amount of their currencies, especially the CFA.
Local traders who spoke to a DailyTrust reporter said merchants from neighbouring countries no longer found it attractive to exchange a CFA at N62 to do business in Nigeria even as the price of the goods still remained high at their markets.
Alhaji Usman Salihu Mai Sugar, told a reporter that patronage by the merchants dropped since last week when the naira began to appreciate, adding “Before now there was hardly space here, even to pass was difficult.”
He said some of the reasons why the export business has gotten less attractive was “Because we are still selling the old stocks in the market; the appreciation of naira is yet to bring down prices in the market.”
Ismaila Illela said some of his customers at Niger told him they were studying the market for now before returning to Nigeria.
Also, some traders in Kano said there is a sharp dropped in patronage by merchants from Niger Republic as well as Chad
“About 20 to 30 trucks fully loaded usually leave Kano every evening before the appreciation of the naira but the number of trucks has reduced minimally as of last week,” a trader, Shuaibu Rijiyar Lemo, told a reporter recently.
The naira appreciated by about 20 percent since February 21 after the Central Bank of Nigeria released some new rules on the forex market.
Some Nigerians expressed joy over the naira appreciation hoping that things would get better in the nearest future.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have expressed joy over as the naira appreciated, saying that no one was happy with the high rate of inflation in the country due to forex scarcity.
According to Alhaji Salihu, “No one was happy with the high cost of materials in the market, even us the traders, we are not making much gain as speculated, we spend a lot to buy few goods.”
The naira jumped by about 18 percent at the parallel market – from N520 on February 23, to N425 a dollar Wednesday. However, some reports said the local currency closed the week at about 465 a dollar. This Week the local currency open at 465 in morning now at 460 a dollar in afternoon.See below:
While speaking in an exclusive interview with Channels Television, former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, blamed the current economic hardship on the refusal of State Governors during his administration to save for rainy days.
The elder statesmen who turned 80 over the weekend, said he foresaw the current situation and demanded that funds be saved for rainy days but governors refused.
Obasanjo said; “When I came in as President, the price of fuel hovered between eight and nine dollars and this made us unable to balance our budget.
“The economy then was going up and down and were we behaved stupidly was that he did not bear in mind that there will be a rainy day. In trying to save for rainy days I said let me get debt relive because we were spending almost $3bn to service debt and it was not going down.
“Then I demanded we save the money we realised about what we budget that we will sell oil, but the then governors said no, I however insisted, that’s not the way to go, keep it for a rainy day and we created the “Excess Crude” account.”
“State governors will come asking we share the money after all it belongs to all of us and I refused saying we must save for rainy days but they insist.
“The said the rains have come and when the rains came they have squandered all the money and that is why we are where we are now.”
Senate President, Bukola Saraki will on Tuesday lead a five-man delegation on a three-day visit to the Bundestrat, equivalent of the Senate in the German Parliament.
The visit is to promote improved economic relations between Nigeria and Germany as well as for the purpose of peer review.
A statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the Senate President stated that the delegation which includes Senate Deputy Leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Monsurat Sunmonu, Chairman, Committee on Power, Enyinnaya Abaribe and Chairman, Committee on Defence, Abubakar Kyari will hold series of meetings with the leadership of the German Parliament and the German-African business groups.
The visit will commence with a visit to a German Village, Feldheim, which was the first community in the country to achieve 100 per cent self-sufficient renewable energy.
The Senators will at different times meet with the President of the Bundestrat, Mrs Dreyer, Vice President of Bundestag, the lower House, Johannes Singhammer, the Parliamentary State Secretary in charge of the Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development, Thomas Silberhorn, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, head of Julius Berger, Mr. Walter J. Lindener and President of the Berlin House of Representatives, Ralf Wieland.
It will also hold discussions with economic representatives of the German-African Business Association, the Parliamentary Friendship Group for relations with the English and Portuguese speaking States of West and Central Africa of the Bundestag and attend plenary of the Bundestrat.
The Senators will further solicit support from the Germans for Nigeria’s drive for diversification of its economy and solicit the support of the German business community.
Change your walk. How you carry yourself can highlight or obscure different parts of your body. Throw your shoulders back and arch your lower back. This will not only make your bu_tt more prominent, but it’ll also slim your torso a bit and make your chest look bigger.
Imitate the way runway models walk. Imagine there’s a straight line running on the ground ahead of you, and it’s located exactly beneath your belly button, in the center between your two feet. When you take a step, move your foot toward the center of your body, putting it down on this imaginary line. Then put your other foot down on that line, directly in front of your first foot. Keep walking this way, one foot in front of the other and clench your glutes.
Build up your bu_tt muscles. You can actually make your bu_tt rounder and larger by strengthening the muscles in it, known as your glutes. Do the following exercises at least 3 times a week for the fastest results:
Butt Bridges. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your arms at your sides. Lift your bu_tt toward the ceiling, then lower it. Do 3 sets of 10 repetitions.
Squats. The ultimate bu_tt expanding exercise is the full sq_uat. Stand ere_ct with your feet about shoulder width apart and your arms extended in front of you. Bend your knees to a ninety degree angle with your back straight, then rise back up. Do 3 sets of 20 repetitions.
Lunges. Stand ere_ct with your feet about shoulder width apart. Keep your back leg straight and bend your front leg to lunge. Return to starting position, then alternate with your other leg. Do 3 sets of 20 lunges.
Do kick backs. Stand on one leg. With the leg that is free off the ground, kick it back until you see your bu_tt squeeze into a bubble. Repeat 10 times and switch. To add resistance, use ankle weights.
Tighten your core muscles. Working on your core can tone your belly, making it look tighter and smaller compared to your butt. Exercise your core at least 3 times per week for best results. Start off with these exercises:
Leg lifts. Leg lifts (or raises) might sound like they’re focused on your legs, but really they’ll help work your abs. Lie flat on your back with your legs stretched out in front of you. Bend your legs and raise them, keeping your toes pointed. Straighten your legs so that they’re pointed at the ceiling. Slowly lower your legs to about an inch off the floor. Repeat 5 times, then rest for 30 seconds.
Twist crunches. Lie on your back on the floor and bend your knees. Put your hands behind your head, keeping your elbows bent. Lift one shoulder off the ground, and twist to the opposite direction. For instance, if you lift your left shoulder up, twist your body toward the right. Repeat, alternating shoulders. Do 10 on each side
Nigerian rich kids are known to live a life of affluence which at times their super rich fathers do not have the time to enjoy. They travel in private jets, go on yachts, holiday in choice places and shares those moments on social media. We share some of the moments of these super rich kids with you.
Adama Indimi is the beautiful daughter of Maiduguri based billionaire, Alhaji Mohammed Indimi, who is also General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida’s in-law. She was once touted to be in a relationship with Nigerian music star D’banj. She is currently on Summer break in London.
She is championing a campaign on sickle cell.
2. Hauwa Indimi
She is another of Borno state born billionaire children. Hauwa runs an online boutique called House of Hauwa, Boca Raton in Florida. She loves looking good and also the good things of life.
3. Temi Otedola
Temi Otedola is one of the daughters of billionaire oil magnate Femi Otedola. Unlike her sisters who are into music, Temi is into the fashion industry. Her father’s wealth affords her the opportunity of attending the biggest fashion shows across the globe.
Lifestyle of Nigerian rich kids (photos)
Temi an friend Simi in Rio for summer holiday
She also runs JTO fashion blog. She is currently on summer break in Rio.
4. Ifeoluwa Florence Otedola (DJ Cuppy)
She is the most popular of the Otedola’s children. This may be because of her choice of career Deejaying. Florence Otedola popularly known as DJ Cuppy is played at ig profile events because of her father’s influence. Like her younger sister Temi, Cuppy also love touring the globe. She recently went on tor of African countries playing music.
Cuppy lives in London, she recently moved in to a new apartment on East Londonfrom New York City where she was formerly based. She is presently enjoying her summer holiday in Ibiza, an autonomous community of Spain.
5. David Adeleke
Aside the fact that Davido is a singer, he was born to a billionaire father as David Adeleke and this also helped his musical career tremendously. For his music tour alone or with his label mates Davido travels in his father’s private jets. If that is not available he travels business class.
His garage is filled with state-of-the-art-cars.
Zahra Buhari and dad President Muhammadu Buhari
She is the most vocal and visible of all President Muhammadu Buhari’s children. She runs the government of Nigeria with her father and mother as an added voice representing the youth.
A 24-year-old Durban woman in South Africa is facing arrest after giving false information to the police that her ex-boyfriend had se_x with her without her consent the very day they parted ways on Friday last week.
According to an affidavit number 52158/98-17 dated 03 March 2017,the 24-year-old girl (names withheld) stated that her ex-boyfriend forcefully had se_x with her on the said date although they were still in a relationship.
”Who said that men can do as they please with their girlfriends in the name of love ?My ex-boyfriend ra_ped me and he must rot in jail,end of story”,fumed the troubled girl.
According to the girl’s close friend who commented on condition of anonymity,the girl was just bitter that she had been dumped by her boyfriend for no reason and she just wanted to ‘fix’ him by fabricating a false ra_pe claim which has since hit the brick wall and back fired in the process.
According to a report,the young woman had no idea that her ex-boyfriend had recorded their se_xual encounter using his laptop webcam without her consent which was used as evidence and it showed that no force was however used when the pair had se_x,instead,the girl was actually ‘requesting for more”.
The girl has since disappeared from the radar after learning that tables could turn against her whilst the boy,who had been wrongly accused has since been released by the police.
Some “very senior officials” of the Goodluck Jonathan administration mounted intense pressure on the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited to pay dividends and its 2014 company income tax and to government coffers just before the 2015 general election.
But the then managing director of NLNG, Babs Omotowa, vehemently resisted the pressure and still believes he would have been sacked if Jonathan had been re-elected.
The payments were later made after President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office and shared as “bailout funds” to the three tiers of government to clear salary arrears.
The pressure to pay the dividends and the tax started in January 2015 — about one month to the initial February 14 date for the presidential election — and was intensified till April just before the elections eventually held.
Subsequent revelations have shown how the office of the national security adviser requested for and got $2.1 billion from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) around the same time.
A substantial chunk of the payments has now been traced to the financing of the elections.
Omotowa, now vice president of Shell Upstream at The Hague, told the story of the pressure he came under in an interview for a book on the history of the NLNG currently in the works.
COMPANY INCOME TAX
“My response when I was first asked in January 2015 was clear: we could not be in a position to (pay) and I was thus subsequently invited to Abuja on a number of occasions to meet with key officials in an effort to persuade me to pay the money,” Omotowa told his interviewers.
“I maintained same position through those discussions based on two perspectives: One, we could not make any payments from accounts that had not been audited by external auditors and approved by the board. Two, by legislation, we had till June, so why the pressure.
“This position was not viewed positively by the government officials. So, it was escalated and higher level government officials (ministerial) subsequently spoke with me on it. I explained and reaffirmed that we were not in a position to pay earlier than June, for those same two perspectives.
“These conversations continued through February and the elections got postponed, subsequent to which the request intensified. By April, just before the postponed elections were to hold, we held our board meeting where the board approved the audited accounts.”
The NNPC holds 49% of NLNG’s shares on behalf of the federal government.
NLNG’s deputy managing directors are seconded from the NNPC.
Thus, on the board, NNPC is represented by the NLNG DMD.
“Immediately after that board meeting, the pressure from the senior government officials intensified since that was one of the reasons I had indicated for not making the payment earlier,” he said.
“But I reminded them of the second reason which was that by law, payment was with a June deadline, and as such I maintained we still had to wait until June before payment as provided for in the (CIT Act).
“Subsequently, the elections held in April; and rather than wane, having lost the election, the pressure intensified, albeit the tone changed, as I was now being requested to pay the money and that interest sums that would have accrued until June, if we had kept the money in our bank, would be refunded, to keep us whole. They highlighted urgent need to source money to pay fuel subsidies, etc.”
Omotowa did not budge.
“Obviously, this was not an easy situation and I could be fired, etc, because from the government’s perspective, I was stopping them from laying hands on a huge amount of money, especially at a time they needed money desperately. (But) I kept all shareholders informed of the situation.”
NLNG’s MDs are seconded from Shell Gas B.V, which owns 25.6% of NLNG’s shares. Total LNG Nigeria Limited owns 15% and Eni International (N.A.) N.V.S.a.r.l owns the remaining 10.4%.
In May 2015, Buhari became Nigeria’s president.
In June 2015, which was when Omotowa had promised to pay, he did.
He said: “The new government was very transparent to the public about the payment, and also for the first time, mandated us to start paying the dividend aspect to the federation account. It was the CIT payment and some dividend totalling $2.1 billion that we paid that then got shared amongst all the states and became known as ‘the bailout funds’.”
Previously, NLNG’s dividends had been paid to NNPC while the company import tax, which the company only started paying in 2013 after its 10-year tax holiday lapsed, had been paid to the FIRS federation account.
Omotowa noted that NLNG had “since 2004, paid over $33 billion to Nigeria, with the dividend part paid to NNPC alone being over $15 billion.”
In 2014, NLNG had paid $1.4 billion to NNPC, $1.8 billion to the federation account for feedgas purchase and $1.4 billion to FIRS as company income tax.
According to Waziri Adio, executive secretary of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), “although the NNPC acknowledged remittances from the NLNG to the tune of $13 billion in the last eight years, NNPC never remitted same to the federation account”.
If Omotowa had succumbed to the pressure and made the $2.1 billion payment before June 2015, there are fears the money would have been mismanaged.
“Paying the money contrary to the law and during election period would have been wrong,” Omotowa maintained.
“It would have then been used for electioneering purposes. I was prepared to walk away from the job, if need be and I suspect I may have been relieved of my job if the administration had won the election.
“In fact from around February they tried to find reasons to remove me from the position but they were unsuccessful. I was less concerned about retaining my job; my concern was doing what was legally, ethically and morally right.”
Officials of the Jonathan administration later said the NLNG dividends were left for the Buhari administration, contrary to claims the new government met an empty treasury.
Nollywood actress, Oge Okoye sneaked into the AMVCA 2017 without her ‘new babies’, Rob and Rosy.
There were over 15 photographers and about five videographers positioned in all corners of the event centre and one wonders how she went unnoticed. It was less than 24 hours after she was called out online for claiming two dogs belonging to Hollywood star, Kenya Moore as hers.
Many guests and media personalities had anticipated to see the Blood Sister actress, who’s NEVER been shy to walk the red carpet of Africa’s biggest movie awards ceremony. But how did she manage to avoid many cameramen and paparazzi at the event?
An AMVCA photographer, who thenet.ng recently spoke with, said he indeed saw the actress, but she arrived very late. ‘Oge arrived very late, but she took a couple of pictures near backstage, and then turned back when she was about to enter the main hall where awards are been presented.’
Oge, who was reportedly styled by Just Hair, arrived Eko Hotels where the event took place looking ‘lit and glossy’ in a House Of Luminee-made gown.
Another red carpet photographer for the event, who wants to be anonymous also revealed to Thenetng: ‘The event was almost over when she arrived. She entered the hall and then came out almost immediately. On her arrival, she was quarrelling with a young lady who’s like her stylist or P.A.
I overheard her asking the lady, ‘Why are you always like this?’
Meanwhile, Nigerians are yet to let go of the dog theft drama as they continue to throw jabs at her on social media.