Confirm by Method Blazer (audio)

After the successful release of his first official single Ndi Nwe Obodo featuring music heavy weight Slim Brown, Method Blazer has been among the most featured up and coming act. This year promises to be a grand harvest for the South East musician as he drops his second official single entitled ‘CONFIRM’. Taking us down to his root. Be the first to download. Enjoy!  

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EFCC arrests 9 internet fraudsters in Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arrested nine Internet fraudsters popularly known as Yahoo-Yahoo boys, in Abuja. The suspects were arrested by the Advance Fee Fraud Section of the Commission on November 30, 2018 through an intelligence report received on the fraudulent activities of the suspected fraudsters residing somewhere along Airport Road, as they were obviously living above their means. Operatives of the EFCC had carried out surveillance for days on the activities of the fraudsters before they swooped in on them. The suspects are: Edwin Ogbomwan, Okouromi Franklin, Oseji Collins, Collins Onyekwuluje, Anyanechi Ekene, Tony Oviasuyi, Chidi Emeshili, Osaigbovo Aiseos and Osaigbovo Ikponmnosa. The suspects had turned their residence into a safe haven for fraudulent activities using it as a place of abode and an operational office with computers, laptops, phones, modems, sim cards and many other fraudulent tools to fleece unsuspecting Nigerians and foreigners of their hard earned money and valuables. The suspects had created a phoney identity of ‘Thomas Jerry Star and John Ben’, which they effectively deployed in their deceptive deals. The suspects aged between 19 and 26 years, were arrested with two GLK Mercedes Benz, One Toyota Camry, Lexus Jeep and other valuables worth millions of Naira, which they acquired through the proceeds of their ignoble trade. A statement by the acting Spokesman of EFCC, Mr. Tony Orilade, said the suspects were cooperating with the commission and would be charged after the conclusion of investigations.

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2019: Nigeria is deeply in great dilemma – Onaiyekan

ABUJA – Ahead of the 2019 elections, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has said Nigeria is deeply in great dilemma over who to vote as president in the choice between the two leading presidential candidates, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and incumbent Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Onaiyekan said this over the weekend while speaking on the topic: “The Church in Politics: Towards the election year 2019” at an event organized by Catholic Action – Nigeria in Abuja. The Archbishop said there was no reason to expect either of both candidates to perform wonders if elected having seen them in the past operate below par at the highest levels of government. Addressing the lay faithful, he said: “Our dear country is deeply in a great dilemma as we move towards the 2019 election. It would appear that we are faced with the horrible tragedy of a choice between two well-known undesirable candidates. This is not only because both of them are Muslims but because we have seen both and we have no reason to be enthusiastic that they will do wonders.” Onaiyekan further lamented that whereas there are over 90 political parties in the country, there seemed to be no viable alternative to the two mega parties. “Where is the alternative? It is a pity that they cannot come together to form a viable alternative. In my opinion, this is mainly because of selfishness. Everybody wants to be President and wield power. No one wants to step down and join hands with others of like minds. We need to pray that there will be a way forward. We have to seriously tackle the evil of selfishness,” he said. The Archbishop however maintained that the seeming absence of a viable alternative should not be an excuse for Nigerians to lose interest in the coming elections. “If we do lose interest, others are busy working. All that it takes for evil to thrive is[…]

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Otedola tells court Farouk Lawan demanded $500,000 bribe

Founder of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited, Femi Otedola, said, Wednesday, that a former member of the House of Representatives, Farouk Lawan, demanded $500,000 bribe from him. Lawan was former Chairman of the House of Representatives commi-ttee that probed the multi-billion naira fuel subsidy fraud by the seventh Assembly. The former lawmaker is accused of receiving money from Otedola to remove Zenon from the list of oil companies allegedly involved in the fuel subsidy fraud. He was charged by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation for allegedly receiving bribe. During the hearing of the case at a Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court in Abuja yesterday, Adegboyega Awomolo, counsel to the Federal Government, played the tape showing Lawan receiving the said sum. While giving his testimony, Otedola said Lawan removed Zenon from the list of indicted oil companies after he collected the money, adding that $2.5 million was the balance he was expected to pay the ex-lawmaker. According to Otedola, “I could not have put him under pressure because Zenon Oil was not involved in the theft of subsidy funds. “If he did not demand (for money), why will he collect the $500,000 and was expecting $2.5 million? He did mention to me that the $3 million was going to be shared by himself and other officers of the house. “I did not offer any $3 million. I was one of the biggest players in the business and I reported the matter when I found out about the scam. He did mention to me that several companies involved were paying and I reported to the DSS.” After Awomolo finished quizzing Otedola, L . Azuka, a lawyer from the chambers of Mike Ozekhome, counsel to Lawan, asked the court for an adjournment. Trial judge, Angela Otaluka, adjourned the matter till January 28, 2019.

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PDP denies destruction of APC billboards in Enugu

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State has denied reports that the party was responsible for the destruction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) billboards in the state. Enugu State Leaders and Stakeholders forum had decried what it called the intolerance of the Enugu State government, towards the main opposition party in the state, the APC saying that the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, personally ordered that no billboards campaigning for President Buhari and the APC governorship candidate in Enugu State, Senator Ayogu Eze, be allowed to stand anywhere in the state, despite having paid the necessary levies for such. But the PDP in a statement signed by the state’s Chairman, Augustine Nnamani, titled ‘Enugu PDP Press Statement on APC’s false Allegation’ said that ‘contrary to the allegation, it was the APC that has been destroying PDP billboards in the state despite the fact that an advocacy group, Youth Coalition for Good Governance, had recently raised the alarm in the media over such plans by members of the major opposition political party in the state – “to destroy all billboards erected in strategic locations in Enugu by teaming supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led state government”. The party further said that the allegation by the factional state chairman of the APC, Mr. Ben Nwoye that the PDP is stopping the party from mounting its billboards in the state and destroying available ones was unfounded. The PDP statement reads thus ‘the attention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State has been drawn to the unfounded allegation by the factional state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Ben Nwoye that the PDP is stopping the party from mounting its billboards in the state and destroying available ones. Ordinarily, the state chapter of the PDP would have wished not to join issues with the opposition APC in the state, over series of mischievous allegations against our great party, but since this recent accusation is capable of undermining[…]

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Defence Sector critical for National Development – Adeleke

A member of the Senate Defence Committee ,Senator Ademola Adeleke has described the defence Sector as critical and pivotal for national development. Speaking after an oversight visit by the Defence Committee to the Defence Intelligence Agency in Abuja on Wednesday,Adeleke affirmed that “a nation that cannot defend herself and secure her territorial integrity cannot successfully execute and sustain national development projects and programme. “The Nigerian military and the entire defence and security apparatus are strategic assets which must be fully supported in the discharge of their national mandate. The greatness of any nation is both a function of national security and well being of her citizens. This is why adequate funding of the sector is a priority in many societies. “For us in the National Assembly,supporting the defence sector is beyond partisan thinking. It is a national duty for all patriots.So our visit to the agency is part of that task of ensuring that budgtary allocations and needs of the sector are adequately attended to”,he said. While lauding the contributions of the military to nation building,Adeleke urged leaders of the sector to continue to sustain national unity in their operations and activities,adding that “the nerve centre of national unity is our military and security sector. “Defence and security personnel have contributed immensely to keeping Nigeria one. They are sacrificing on daily basis to keep all of us safe.Hence ,the Senate to which I belong will continue to do everything possible to ensure adequate budgetary allocations to the sector”,Senator Adeleke concluded.

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Damen eyes increased fishing operation

Damen Shipyard has concluded plans to raise commercial fishing operations in Africa as the shipyard last week announced a new vessel leasing fund for the African continent. A statement obtained by Vanguard Maritime Reportindicated that details of the Damen Africa Ship Leasing Fund was unfolded at the Damen Fishing Seminar last weekend in Cape Town, South Africa. Damen, an international shipyard group and major supplier of wide range of vessels to Africa, has reportedly delivered more than 1,200 vessels to customers in Africa over the past three years. Damen Finance Manager, Francesco Verscheuren, a specialist in fishing in Africa, said, “The new fund is particularly interesting for smaller, private fishing vessels owners. We are using our years of experience to support them with their vessel financing based on leasing agreement.” Tailored as a hire-purchase agreement and designed to meet the specific needs of prospective customers, Verschuren said that each customer will begin by chartering the vessel for a certain number of years, while at the same time repaying the loan and the applicable interest. They then have the option of outright purchase of the vessel during the tenor of the agreement and obligation, or after paying up the net cost within the agreement time frame. Instructively, the Damen Africa Ship Leasing fund gives ship owners an option to own and operate vessels when they don’t necessarily have the means to make a large down payment on a vessel in a traditional financing arrangement with registered dealer banks, or when local financing solutions are not available. “By making use of Africa Fund, customers can own a state-of-the-art Damen vessel in just a few years and tap into new business opportunities straightaway. Financing a new vessel from the fund has the advantage of being both very flexible and each lease agreement is custom-made to the ship owner’s requirements”, Verschuren said. The Damen Africa Ship Leasing which was established in May 2018 is reported to have already assisted owners in Nigeria and Angola,[…]

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Delta APC stakeholders will not withdraw Court cases

Charge NWC to approach equity with clean hands Leaders and stakeholders of the mainstream All Progressive Congress, APC, Delta State chapter, have condemned the attempt by the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, led by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to intimidate and blackmail aggrieved party members into withdrawing their court cases, instead they charged the NWC to come to equity with clean hands following the crisis rocking the party in different states. The leader and stakeholders in a statement signed by the state factional Chairman, Cyril Ogodo after an emergency meeting held at Ughelli, Ughelli North local government, noted that APC is built on justice and equity. Minister for Niger Delta Development, Pastor Usein Uguru (r) exchanging greetings with a delegate from Kogi State, Mr. Frank Nneke while the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Prof. Steve Ocheni (2l) and another delegate looked on at the 2018 All Progressives Congress National Convention at the Eagle Square, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida They further stated that rather than issuing threat of sanction for members who have taken the option of going to court to seek readdress, over perceived injustice done to them, the NWC should look inward and reinvent itself, noting that; “you cannot beat a child and stop him from crying .” They tasked the NWC to apply diplomacy in resolving the crisis in the party at all levels, rather than resorting to act of intimidation and blackmail, adding that dictatorship is an aberration in democracy and the only way to stop dictatorship is through the court of law. According to them: “the NWC as presently constituted, with particular reference to the situation in Delta State APC chapter, lacks the moral right to asked party members not to continue in court wereas the first official assignment of the NWC led by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was to rush to court to obtain a “continuous consent judgment” against perceived ‘Oyegun state executives’ in Delta without using nor exhausting internal party mechanism. So, those[…]

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