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One dead, many injured as train derails in Lagos

One person died when a train derailed yesterday, at Ashade Railway Crossing, Agege, Lagos, with several passengers sustaining injuries.

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Lagos Railway District Manager of Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, Mr. Jerry Ochi, confirmed that the victim died at NRC Hospital, Ebute Meta, while receiving treatment.

Oche said: “Causality is one person, as at the last check with, several injured.”

The train, with over 2,000 passengers, was en route Ebute-Meta via Oshodi from Iju, when three of the coaches derailed from on reaching a degraded portion of the rail line at Agege, which was allegedly neglected by the Nigeria Railway Corporation.

It was gathered that the trapped passengers, who struggled to get out from the coaches, got injured in the process.

Eyewitnesses said those who hung on top the affected coaches sustained severe injuries as they were flung in different directions due to the impact of the accident.

One of the passengers, a pregnant woman, who identified herself as Mrs Modinat Ismaila, had bruises on her face and arms, while her five-year-old baby had a swollen jaw.

Ismaila said “I did not know how it happened because I was sleeping. I was jolted from sleep by the loud noise, by the time I opened my eyes, the whole place was in disarray, as other passengers were struggling to jump out.

“One of the men, who saw my condition, attempted to help me out through one of the openings. But as I was about carrying my child, other people shoved me out of the way, causing me to fall.

“But the Good Samaritan lifted me up and struggled his way to the entrance, where he asked me to jump out. As he was about coming out with my daughter, other passengers pushed them, causing my daughter to fall, hitting her head on the ground. But for the Good Samaritan, the injury would have been more severe.

Another passenger, Chijioke Nwadi, said: “I was inside the coach directly behind the one that derailed. It caused ours to swerve vigorously. I jumped out because I was close to the door. Fortunately for me, I only sustained bruises on my knee. I was among those who helped the trapped passengers out.

One of them was an old man. He was motionless when he was brought out. There was no phone on him to contact members of his family. Immediately the incident occurred, we started contacting our loved ones and relevant agencies to come to the aid of trapped passengers.

When Vanguard got to the scene, efforts were on to evacuate the three affected coaches.

Some personnel from various security agencies were on ground to cordon off the area, maintain law and order while the injured were rushed to hospitals in the neighbourhood for treatment.

Giving a situation report on the incident, General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Adesina Tiamiyu, said a preliminary investigation revealed that the train derailed as a result of faulty tracks.

The agency explained that the faulty tracks had been reported by men of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority in the area, which was said to have been slated for engineering works later yesterday.

Adesina said LASEMA and other relevant agencies of the state government would soon have stakeholders’ meeting with the Nigeria Railway Corporation management on the way to avert future occurrence.

However, Lagos Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, Ms Khadijat Aroyewun, who described the situation as unfortunate, however, denied the allegation that they neglected the rail tracks.

She said:” Our engineers do checks on the track every day before the trains go out to ascertain the viability of the track. So no track has been neglected to be maintained. We are still investigating the accident. The report of the investigation will be made public.”

This was corroborated by the Lagos Railway District Manager of Nigerian Railway Corporation, Mr. Jerry Ochi, who said that a panel has been set up to investigate the remote cause of the crash

“A panel has been set up to investigate the remote cause of the accident to avoid future occurrence and punish if lapses or negligence observed on the part of the staff.”

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N3.5bn Paris Club Loan Scam: Judge’s transfer stalls trial of Saraki’s aide

The trial of Mr. Gbenga Makanjuola, a Deputy Chief of Staff to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, alongside two others over alleged N3.5 billion Paris Clubs loan scam, before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has been stalled due to the transfer of the trial judge, Justice Bab Kuewumi.

Gbenga Makanjuola

At the resumed trial of Makanjuola alongside Obiora Amobi, Kolawole Shitu and a company allegedly used as conduit pipe in the said fraud, Melrose General Services Limited, Justice Kuewumi told the parties that he was not ready to commence the trial as he had been transfered to Sokoto jurisdiction of the court.

The judge urged the parties to take a new date for the incoming judge to handle the matter.

“The court is not ready on the ground that I have been transferred to Sokoto and I will  not like to start what I can’t conclude. We have to adjourn the matter for incoming judge,” Justice Kuewumi said.

Following the judge’s pronouncement, both the prosecution and the deference team agreed on March 13, for commencement of trial.

At the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, lawyer, Mr. Ekene Iheanacho and defence teams which comprises of K. T. Alowomi, Mr. Paul Erokoro, SAN, and Omeoga Chukwu, informed the court of their readiness to go on with the trial.

Though, Mr. Erokoro, SAN, informed the court that he had just been served with additional prove-of-evidence, he still told the court that he was ready to go on with the trial.

EFCC had on October 7, arraigned the defendants before the court on charges of conspiracy, payment of some monies without going through financial institutions.

At their arraignment, the EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. Iheanacho, had told the court that the three defendants, a limited company, Melrose General Services Limited, and one Robert Chidozie Mbonu (now at large), have sometimes in December 2016, conspired among themselves to disguise the origin of the sum of  N3.5 billion, which was paid into Melrose General Services Limited account with Access Bank Plc.

Iheanacho also told the court that the third accused, Obiora Amobi, who is the operation manager of Melrose General Services between December 15 and 17, 2016, made a cash payment of N300 million to Robert Mbonu  (now at large. ) from the said N3.5 billion, without going through financial institution.

It was also alleged that Saraki’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Makanjuola, and the Cashier in the Senate President’s office,  Shittu, had in December 2016, made cash payment of a total of $1.5 million USD, of $500, 000, on three tranches, between themselves without going through a financial institution.

The offences according to the EFCC are contrary to 18, 15(2)(d), 15(2)(b) 1(a) and 16(2)(b) of Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011, and punishable under Sections 15(3) and 16 (2)(b) of the same act.

All the accused had pleaded not guilty to all the counts of the charge and admitted to bail in the sum of N250 million each with two sureties in the same sum.

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World’s Richest Man Divorces Wife After Cheating With A Married Woman

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World’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, reportedly announced his split from his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie, 48, after his affair with a 49-year-old married woman was about to be leaked to the public.

National Enquirer magazine had been set to release an exclusive story in its latest edition, which will hit the newsstands on Thursday, revealing the eight-month affair of Bezos, 54, and Lauren Sanchez, a helicopter pilot and former Television anchor.

The magazine claimed that the lovers had been dating since last year and that Bezos met Sanchez for illicit trysts as often as six times in two weeks, took her on exotic holidays on his $65 million private jet and sent her erotic selfies “too explicit to print”.

A source close to the Bezos told Michael’s blog that

the Amazon founder only began seeing Sanchez after separating from his wife, however, the National Enquirer claims the affair went on behind their spouses’ backs.

Bezos released a statement revealing the split on his Twitter account yesterday in a bid to present the news in a favourable light. He and his wife described each other as ‘cherished friends’ and gave the impression it was amicable.

The Enquirer says it trailed Bezos for four months in what it calls the “largest investigation” in the magazine’s history, with its photographer catching the lovebirds “doing the dirty on their spouses”.

However, they say they have evidence of the affair staring several months before their investigation began.

They say they followed Bezos and Sanches “across five states and 40,000 miles, tailed them in private jets, swanky limos, helicopter rides, romantic hikes, five-star hotel hideaways, intimate dinner dates and ‘quality time’ in hidden love nests.”

Sanchez is still married to Hollywood talent mogul husband Patrick Whitesell, and sources say they separated this late last year.

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S-East APC leaders vow to dominate Buhari’s second tenure

ENUGU—LEADERS of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the South east have vowed to dominate the second tenure administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, which they believe he would have an overwhelming support of the zone.

President Muhammadu Buhari display a sign for 4+4 to join Legislators who supported his re-election bid as he addressed a joint session of the National Assembly for the the presentation of the 2019 Appropriation Bill at the National Assembly, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 19/12/2018

The group at its zonal strategy meeting in Enugu, yesterday, said Ndigbo would be prominent in the next APC administration to say goodbye from ages of cries for marginalisation.

South East coordinator of APC presidential campaign council, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, who spoke with newsmen, shortly after the meeting said it was “a strategy meeting  to  harmonise our strategies in the five South Eastern states for us to deliver Mr. President and make significant change from the past elections.”

Among those that attended the meeting were candidates, party members, national party working committee members, zonal leaders, elders in the party down to the national assembly candidates and state chairmen of the party.

Even though Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo was conspicuously absent from the meeting, the Minister for Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu; former Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State; the party’s governorship candidate in Imo State, Hope Uzodinma; his Enugu State counterpart, Senator Ayogu Eze; Senator Andy Uba and many other stalwarts of the party in the zone were in attendance.

Ikeazor said, “We  are all here today (yesterday) so that we speak with one voice, strategize and get our messages out with one voice. Because of politics, the workings of the government cannot grind to a halt.

“Our strategies are already in place; it’s for us to roll it out, that’s the importance of this meeting so that they collect the materials for the messaging and shedules and they hit the ground running.”

She denied that the low votes recorded for President Buhari in the 2015 election affected the recognition of the zone in the national government.

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Transfer: Higuain’s agent arrives London to seal Chelsea deal

Gonzalo Higuain’s agent has reportedly travelled to London, as a proposed move to Chelsea edges closer, The Standard reports.

The Argentine striker is Blues boss Maurizio Sarri’s top target, as he looks to solve his side’s goalscoring woes.

Higuain is currently on loan at AC Milan, but wants to cut the deal short to reunite with former Napoli boss, Sarri at Stamford Bridge.

The player’s brother, Nicolas is also his representative and was spotted in London on Thursday, amid speculation over the switch.

He has made the trip to learn more about Chelsea’s interest in the 31-year-old.

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9Mobile adds 1 million subscribers in 6wks, says Adrian Wood’s Teleology Holdings unserious

LAGOS – 9mobile yesterday officially reacted to the alleged withdrawal of Teleology from the company, saying the company represented by former MTN chief Executive, Adrian Wood, was unserious and did not help much in acquiring 9Mobile.

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The company said it has managed to add about one million subscribers to make a total of 16 million subscribers on the network without the input of Adrian Wood or his Teleology Holdings Inc.

In a statement signed by 9Mobile’s Director, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, Oluseyi Osunsedo, the company said: ” Teleology Nigeria Limited is a consortium including several local and foreign investors. While every partner in the consortium was delivering and meeting their obligations to the partnership in terms of financial resources, physical availability for crucial meetings and extensive network to help build the business, Mr. Adrian Wood’s Teleology Holdings Limited, which only owned a minority stake in Teleology Nigeria Limited, failed severally and wholly to meet theirs. Mr. Wood was not personally present for all the critical presentations made by the consortium during the bid process and failed abjectly with his financing arrangements with Swiss-based UBS Bank. In all these failings, other partners in the consortium filled the gap and pushed ahead until the sale was completed.

“Since taking over the company, and without any assistance from Mr. Wood or Teleology Holdings, the Board has revived and enhanced relationships with key vendors and core business accounts; improved business relationships with suppliers; enhanced its core network capabilities to deliver network efficiency competitively with other operators. With the assistance of leading global consultants, the company is also undertaking a complete review of its operational, regulatory, financial and technical architecture. On these bases, 9mobile has emerged from a period of uncertainty over the past two years to attain an active subscriber base of 16 million, representing a net increase of over 1 million subscribers in the last 6 weeks alone”.

“In the aftermath of the protracted mismanagement of the company, and eventual default on its loans by the previous owners, 9mobile was acquired by Teleology Nigeria Limited, after a bidding process led by Barclays Africa, with participation of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) and thirteen Nigerian banks including GT Bank, Zenith Bank, Access Bank and others.

“This process was concluded with the initial deposit of $50 million and a further payment of $251 million as settlement to the banks who took over the company. These payments as well as further due diligence and technical evaluations led to the clearance of the sale by the NCC, and handover of 9mobile to the new owners, who announced a Board on 12 November 2018 with Prince Nasiru Ado Bayero as the new Chairman”.

The company says its core strategy in the short to medium term shall be underpinned by cost efficiency, innovative product development, network efficiency and strategic technical partnerships.

“We believe that this approach towards organic growth is more sustainable in building a strong Nigerian telecom operator, which taps into the deep technical expertise of the Nigerian labour force than an approach motivated by short-term financial gain advocated by Mr. Wood and his associates”the statement added.

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Funny Thing That Happened To Ibadan Girl Who Traveled To Lagos For Romance

Relationship blogger, Joro Olumofin has shared the story of a lady who was given a faulty iPhone 7 after 3 days of marathon s*x with a man based in Lagos State.

According to her account, she was poorly fed while the energetic man heavily pounded her till her body became sour.

She is presently reigning curses on the man who has refused to speak with her on her way back to Ibadan.

Read her story below:

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Three Persons Move To Disqualify President Buhari From Contesting February Poll

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A Federal High Court Abuja has fixed Jan. 21, to hear a suit seeking to disqualify President Muhammadu Buhari from contesting the 2019 general elections.

The plaintiffs, Mr Kalu Agu, Labaran Ismail and Hassy El-Kuris, allege that the president lied in his form CF 001 submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), regarding his educational qualifications and certificates.

When the matter came up for mention on Wednesday, U.C.Ndubisi, counsel to the plaintiffs, who was holding brief for Mr Okpai Ukiro, informed the court that the matter was for mention.

Ndubisi told the court that all the defendants had been served with the processes, and that the president filed an application asking for an extension of time as well as a preliminary objection to the originating summons.

He, therefore, prayed the court for some time to enable him respond to the applications.

The suit which was filed on behalf of the plaintiff by Ukiro has the president as the first defendant, APC as second defendant and INEC as the third defendant.

The plaintiffs want the court to determine “whether having regards to the information in the affidavit contained in Buhari’s INEC form, CF 001 regarding his educational qualification/certificate, he has submitted false information to INEC.

“Whether from the facts and exhibits contained in the affidavit in support of the originating summons and having regards to Section 31(5)(6) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, Buhari is disqualified from running for the office of president in the 2019 general elections.

“Whether Buhari, having submitted false information to INEC, the APC can validly present him as its candidate for the office of president in the 2019 general elections.”

Upon the determination of the aforementioned questions, the plaintiffs seek a court declaration that the president submitted false information regarding his educational qualification to INEC to contest elections into the office of President of Nigeria in the 2019 general elections.

The plaintiffs, in addition, want the court to declare that the president, having submitted false information regarding his educational qualification/certificate, is disqualified from contesting elections into the office of president in the 2019 elections.

They also pray the court for an order directing INEC to reject or remove Buhari’s name as the presidential candidate of the APC submitted to INEC for the 2019 general elections.

The trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed adjourned the matter until Jan. 21, for hearing of the main suit and the preliminary objection.

Mohammed also ordered that hearing notices be served on APC and INEC.

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Stop Losing Money Today: Check Out Seven Ways To Avoid Unnecessary Bank Charges

With more many struggling to pay debts, people need to watch their bank accounts closely for unnecessary charges. Even a handful of bank charges could push a person deeper into debt, making it difficult to recover financially. Follow these seven essential tips to avoid bank charges and keep the money that belongs to you, according to www.lifehack.org.

1. Understand what your bank can charge

The government sets regulations that prevent banks from charging outlandish fees. Despite some regulations, banks still get to charge relatively high fees for simple mistakes and services. Always read the fine print before opening an account. If your bank updates its policies, read the new fee structures so you understand exactly what your bank can charge.

2. Search for banks without unnecessary charges

Not all banks try to make money out of every transaction. If you are tired of paying fees for things like Automated Teller Machine withdrawals and talking to a teller, search for banks that don’t charge for those services. There are plenty of options, including credit unions and online banks.

3. Bundle services to avoid bank fees

Banks want you to use as many services as possible, so they eliminate certain fees for customers who use bundled services. Someone with a current account might have to pay a small monthly fee. Adding a savings account could lower or eliminate that fee.

Talk to your bank about how bundled services could help you avoid unnecessary fees. If you are not satisfied with the response, start exploring alternatives with better, cheaper services.

4. Avoid overdraft fees by keeping enough money in your accounts

Banks usually charge overdraft fees when you spend more money than you have in your account. Keeping a close eye on your current and saving balances will help you avoid overdraft fees.

Banks often charge fees for continuous transfers, so you may want to consider using a money transfer service to avoid these charges. Doing so could help you avoid numerous fees and potentially overdrafting your bank account.

5. Use online banking to avoid paper statement fees

Now that most banks offer online services, members may have to pay extra for paper statements. As long as you have a computer and Internet connection, you can avoid those paper statement fees.

Most banks will let you choose whether you want paper or electronic statements. Ask if you have to pay for paper statements. If you do, consider opting out of that service. You would spend less money printing your online statements than having the bank send you paper versions in the mail.

6. Choose an account with fewer charges

Even at the same bank, members may pay different amounts for similar services. You can save money by choosing an option that matches the way you prefer using your account. For instance, if you prefer going inside the bank to talk to a teller, you may have to pay a fee unless your account covers the service. Other accounts may charge for using ATMs.

Find an account that will charge you less for the services you plan to use.

7. Ask the bank to waive fees

Banks want to make extra money by charging fees, but they don’t want to lose long-term customers over piddling amounts. If you receive a charge that you think is unfair, contact the bank to ask about waiving the fee. Many banks will remove the charge from your account to keep your business.

Some research shows that some people have convinced their banks to forgive fees. You are more likely to get a refund by talking to service reps nicely and moving up the chain of command until you find someone authorised to remove the fee.

Since banks want to keep their best customers, long-term members without previous charges may have more success.