APC raises alarm over Governor Amosun’s last-minute contracts in Ogun State

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State has raised alarm over alleged last-minute award of contracts by Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the outgoing Governor of the state.

 

The party also alleged that Amosun was busy with last-minute selling and auctioning of government properties, as well as secret recruitments into the civil service. Tunde Oladunjoye, the Publicity Secretary of the Caretaker Committee of the party in the state said this in a statement in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Friday.

 

He said the Governor’s action was to “tie the hands” of Dapo Abiodun, the incoming Governor, who is billed to assume office on May 29.

The statement reads: “It has come to our notice that the outgoing administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun is busy with last-minute award of contracts, selling and secret recruitments into the civil service, in a bid to tie the hands of the incoming Governor, Dapo Abiodun.

“While we find the reported last-minute contracts, withdrawals from the treasury, sale of land and illegal recruitment of Senator Amosun’s cronies into the senior positions of the Ogun State Civil Service very shocking, our party wishes  to warn the members of the general public that such hurrried transactions would not necessarily be binding on the incoming administration.

“We urge Ogun State’s senior civil servants to not be part of the desperate moves of the departing governor to undermine socio-economic stability of our state, by engaging in, condoning or being part of any act that breaches or constitutes a flagrant abuse of laid-down rules, regulations and due process.

“It is our belief that an administration with less than two months to hand over should, by now, be preparing its handover notes for a smooth transition, instead of digging pits for the incoming government.

“May we also reiterate here that all loans, overdraft and financial obligations that do not follow due process, including the approval of the Ogun State House of Assembly, would not be honoured. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.”

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Egyptian Mohamed Salah becomes fastest player in Liverpool history to reach 50 Premier League goals.

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Mohamed Salah has become the fastest player in Liverpool history to reach 50 Premier League goals.

 

The 26-year-old Egyptian striker scored an important second-half goal for the Reds against Southampton with 10 minutes left to play on Friday night.

 

Egyptian Mohamed Salah becomes fastest player in Liverpool history to reach 50 Premier League goals.

The goal which came in his 69th appearance for Merseyside club, confirmed he reached a half-century three games quicker than previous record holder Fernando Torres.

After the match, Salah told Sky Sports: ‘I think that’s goal number 50 for Liverpool in the Premier League so that’s special – and after nine games [without one], but Henderson scored I think for the first time in maybe 30 games so we are both happy.

‘Not at all [I didn’t think about passing], as a striker I need to score, I am thinking to score. Maybe if someone is in a better position I can think but I just took my decision to shoot and I scored so I’m very happy about it.’

The goal was also his first goal after nine games for Liverpool without a single goal.

David Malpass unanimously announced as the 13th World Bank President

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David Malpass, a senior US Treasury official in President Donald Trump’s administration, was unanimously chosen Friday as the next president of the World Bank.

 

The selection of Malpass by the bank’s board of directors followed an “open, transparent” nomination process in which citizens of all membership countries were potentially eligible, the bank said in a statement.

 

But since the bank’s creation following World War II, all of its presidents have been American men, following an unwritten rule that also ensures European leadership at the top of its sister institution, the International Monetary Fund. The announcement came as expected just prior to next week’s joint spring meetings of the World Bank and the IMF.

 

Malpass begins his five-year term on Tuesday, replacing former President Jim Yong Kim, whose surprise departure in February came not even halfway through his second term. Malpass had been the lone candidate for the job and his nomination by Trump earlier this year sparked outrage among critics, who saw it as an affront to the global anti-poverty lender’s very mission.

 

The 63-year-old US Treasury official in charge of international affairs has been a strident critic of global financial institutions calling their lending practices “corrupt” and ineffective, and complaining they are overly generous to China. He has softened his message recently, however, saying he is committed to the bank’s mission of eliminating extreme poverty and that reforms enacted last year as part of a $13 billion capital increase addressed many of his criticisms.

 

In recent years, emerging market countries have challenged the unwritten arrangement on World Bank and IMF leadership, demanding a more open, merit-based selection process. The bank has been at pains to stress that it has heard such criticisms and now allows a more open process. But the few non-American candidates in recent years have received little support from major bank shareholders.

 

Many, including former Treasury officials from both political parties, have sharply criticized Malpass and his qualifications. They pointed to his failure to foresee the global financial crisis during his time at the now-defunct investment bank Bear Stearns and his opposition, which later proved unjustified, to post-crisis Federal Reserve policies.

Ali Baba complains about delay in Evans the ‘kidnapper’s trial two years after he was arrested for high-profile abductions across the country

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Veteran Nigerian comedian, Ali Baba has taken to his Instagram to complain about the delay in Evans the ‘kidnapper’s trial.

The notorious kidnap kingpin whose real name is Chukwudi Onuamadike was arrested in June 2017 after years of high-profile abductions across the country, during which he collected millions of dollars in ransoms. Since his arrest, he has been on trial.

Taking to his Instagram to react, Ali Baba wrote:

Evans is still on triallllllllllllll.

See why justice in Nigeria leaves a lot to be desired. The New Zealand shooter… had his day in court, no waste of time. The Boston Marathon bomber too did not even have time to plan an escape. The Nigerian diaper bomber… didn’t have time to take a leak and all of the other cases did not take 1 year. But in Nigeria, a case will go on for 20 years.

The lawyers who are on the case will get frustrated; move to another law firm; retire:; or die; get appointed into government; set up their own chambers; the judge will be transferred or promoted or retired or died… for one reason or the other, shaaaaaa justice will be delayed. That’s how cases have been killed. Young promising lawyers have been frustrated out of the legal world. Beautiful lawyers that would have made SAN in record time. Naaaaaa. We don’t do that.

The SANs will come to court, take a date and in collusion with justices who are their friends continue to take adjournment after adjournment. Oh he is appearing in a higher court. An election tribunal case came up and it’s a time-bound case. He is out for medical checkup. A case is clashing with this one. Me lord give me time to go through the prosecution witnesses statements… 5 years later, case is still on. Judge will not sit.

People threatening witnesses. Witnesses disappearing without a trace. Court is on strike. Case has not begun, but it will first reach Supreme Court. Just to interpret jurisdiction will take 2 years. Then after that it will come back to the magistrate court. And move up again, thanks to appeals till Supreme Court again.

We have no shame. People who walk free in Nigeria get sentenced in working judicial systems. People were jailed in the Halliburton case. Yet those who the culprits paid here, are saints.
And we have the guts to query Dubai judicial system. You are caught, you go to court and you are cut. No diplomatic courtesy.

Evans is still on triallllllllllllll. See why justice in Nigeria leaves a lot to be desired. The New Zealand shooter… had his day in court, no waste of time. The Boston Marathon bomber too did not even have time to plan an escape. The Nigerian diaper bomber… didn’t have time to take a leak and all of the other cases did not take 1 year. But in Nigeria, a case will go on for 20 years. The lawyers who are on the case will get frustrated; move to another law firm; retire:; or die; get appointed into government; set up their own chambers; the judge will be transferred or promoted or retired or died… for one reason or the other, shaaaaaa justice will be delayed. That’s how cases have been killed. Young promising lawyers have been frustrated out of the legal world. Beautiful lawyers that would have made SAN in record time. Naaaaaa. We don’t do that. The SANs will come to court, take a date and in collusion with justices who are their friends continue to take adjournment after adjournment. Oh he is appearing in a higher court. An election tribunal case came up and it’s a time bound case. He is out for medical check up. A case is clashing with this one. Me lord give me time to go through the prosecution witnesses statements… 5 years later, case is still on. Judge will not sit. People threatening witnesses. Witnesses disappearing without a trace. Court is on strike. Case has not begun, but it will first reach Supreme Court. Just to interpret jurisdiction will take 2 years. Then after that it will come back to the magistrate court. And move up again, thanks to appeals till Supreme Court again. We have no shame. People who walk free in Nigeria get sentenced in working judicial systems. People were jailed in the Halliburton case. Yet those who the culprits paid here, are saints. And we have the guts to query Dubai judicial system. You are caught, you go to court and you are cut. No diplomatic courtesy.

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MacKenzie Bezos set to become the world’s fourth-wealthiest woman after getting $32billion from her divorce from Jeff Bezos

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Following her divorce from the World’s richest man and  Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, MacKenzie Bezos will be the fourth-richest woman in the world.

She will be worth at least $35 billion after receiving a quarter of Bezos’ Amazon shares. That will give her a 4% stake of Amazon (AMZN), according to a court filing pending approval of their divorce.

MacKenzie Bezos will be the 23rd richest person in the world on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Bloomberg reported late Thursday.

The richest woman in the world is L’Oreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, with a net worth of $53.7 billion, according to Bloomberg. The second wealthiest woman is Alice Walton, the billionaire daughter of Walmart’s founder. Her net worth is $44.2 billion.

In third place, with a net worth of $37 billion, is Jacqueline Badger Mars, a co-owner of the candy empire.

On Wednesday, Jeff Bezos and his estranged wife MacKenzie Bezos who have four children together confirmed the end of their 25 years marriage and said they were ‘grateful’  after finishing the process of their divorce.

Jeff, 55, will keep 75 percent of their Amazon stocks, leaving MacKenzie, 48, with just a quarter which represents a four percent stake in the company worth around $32billion at current value.

Jeff Bezos will also retain voting control over all MacKenzie Bezos’ shares and will also maintain all his interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, a private space company. He remains the world’s richest person on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, with a net worth of $114 billion.

International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda’s entry visa to the United States revoked

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United States authorities revoked International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda‘s entry visa to the United States.

 

“It is our understanding that should not have an impact on the Prosecutor’s travel to the US to meet her obligations to the UN, including regular briefings before the UN Security Council. The Office of the Prosecutor has an independent and impartial mandate under the Rome Statute of the ICC. The Prosecutor and her Office will continue to undertake that statutory duty with utmost commitment and professionalism, without fear or favor,” her office said in a statement.

 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in mid-March that the US would revoke or deny visas to ICC personnel a move meant to deter a potential investigation by the Hague-based judicial body into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by US troops in Afghanistan.

 

Pompeo said the restrictions apply to “persons who take or have taken action to request or further such an investigation.” Pompeo also warned about potential economic sanctions “if the ICC does not change its course.”

 

The US is not a member of the ICC. In November 2017, Bensouda sought authorization to open an investigation into crimes connected to the conflict in Afghanistan. According to a statement from the time, Bensouda’s office “determined that there is a reasonable basis to believe” that members of the US armed forces and the CIA committed “war crimes.”

 

The ICC has not yet made a decision on whether to authorize that investigation. Pompeo slammed the potential investigation an example of “politically motivated prosecutions of Americans. The first and highest obligation of our government is to protect its citizens and this administration will carry out that duty,” Pompeo said at the time.

 

The secretary of state also warned in March that “these visa restrictions may also be used to deter ICC efforts to pursed allied personnel including Israelis without allies’ consent.” The Palestinians have asked the ICC to investigate Israel for alleged human rights abuses.