Ibori Loses Extradition Appeal

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James Ibori, who is wanted in Britain over allegations of corruption, has lost an appeal in Dubai against his extradition, according to a court statement on Monday.

Mr Ibori, a former governor of oil-producing Delta state in southern Nigeria, was arrested in the emirate in May at the request of Britain’s Metropolitan Police, and a Dubai court later approved a British extradition request.

He is also wanted by anti-corruption police in Nigeria.

A statement read in court in Dubai on Monday said the Gulf Arab emirate’s cassation court had ruled against Ibori’s appeal.”

Source: 234Next.

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Shell Spies on Nigeria – Wikileaks

Online whistleblower, WikiLeaks, has revealed that multinational oil giant, Shell, has inserted staff into all the main ministries of the Nigerian government, giving it access to politicians’ moves in the Niger Delta, the Guardian of London reports.
Ann Pickard, then Shell’s vice-president for sub-Saharan Africa, told US diplomats that Shell had seconded employees to every relevant department and so knew “everything that was being done in those ministries.”

 

The leaked US diplomatic cable said the unnamed executive boasted that the Nigerian government had ‘forgotten’ about the extent of Shell’s infiltration and were unaware of how much the company knew about its deliberations,
The cache of secret dispatches from Washington’s embassies in Africa also revealed that the oil firm swapped intelligence with the US. In one case, it provided US diplomats with the names of Nigerian politicians it suspected of supporting militant activity and requested information from the US on whether the militants had acquired anti-aircraft missiles.

Cables from Nigeria show how Pickard sought to share intelligence with the US government on militant activity and business competition in the Niger Delta – and how, with some prescience, she seemed reluctant to open up because of a suspicion the US government was ‘leaky’.

According to the report, “But that did not prevent Pickard disclosing the company’s reach into the Nigerian government when she met US ambassador Robin Renee Sanders, as recorded in a confidential memo from the US embassy in Abuja on 20 October 2009.

“At the meeting, Pickard related how the company had obtained a letter showing that the Nigerian government had invited bids for oil concessions from China. She said the minister of state for petroleum resources, Odein Ajumogobia, had denied the letter had been sent but Shell knew similar correspondence had taken place with China and Russia.

“The ambassador reported, “She said the GON (government of Nigeria) had forgotten that Shell had seconded people to all the relevant ministries and that Shell consequently had access to everything that was being done in those ministries.”

Source: The Punch

DDC machines stolen at Lagos airport

The porous nature of the nation’s airports has again been laid bare as some of the Direct Data Capture machines for the registration of voters for the 2011 elections were allegedly stolen at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

Sources at the airport, who made this known to our correspondent on Wednesday, did not give the number of units that was stolen. But they said the incident took place on Monday night at the Cargo Terminal of MMIA.

They also claimed that the machines were awaiting clearance by Independent National Electoral Commission agent when the theft took place.
The Spokesman for the Airport Command of the Nigerian Police Force, Mr. Benedict Ifeanyi, confirmed the incident.He said the police and other security agencies had commenced an investigation into the matter.

The Nigerian Aviation Handling Company, the ground handling firm which offloaded the cargo, was yet to make official report on the incident as at 10pm on Wednesday.

He said, “As at now, I can’t tell you the quantity that was stolen, neither will I be able to tell you who was and who was not on duty and not on duty when the incident happened.

“We can’t tell now whose fault it is whether it was the Nigeria Customs Service or the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria or the airline or the ground handling firm. All that will be determined when NAHCO makes an official report.”

Our correspondent gathered that the Nigerian Customs Service Area Comptroller, Military Airport Commandant and the Director of the State Security Service were at the Cargo Terminal on Wednesday to examine the remaining machines at the ramp.

Source: The Punch

Nigeria’s airports most embarrassing

Senate President, David Mark, Wednesday described Nigerian airports as the most embarrassing, saying the poor states of the nation’s airports could hamper the realisation of Vision 20:2020.

Senator Mark made the damning remark at the end of a debate on the report of the investigative hearing on the power outage at the international wing of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Sunday,  May 9, 2010, submitted by the Senate Committee on Aviation.

Mark said: “All our airports are major source of embarrassment. Even the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport is becoming an embarrassment. I was in South Africa for the World Cup and none of our airports here is up to the standard of what I saw there. I do not know whether those who run our airports travel.“Something seriously needs to be done about the state of our airports if we need to develop as a nation. We talk about 20:2020, but these are the variables that can make that possible.

“The environment at the airports is dirty, everything is wrong with our airports, it is either the conveyor belts are not working, or lift not working or even the air conditioning not working. We need to really improve.”

FAAN should be overhauled. The Senate at the end of deliberation on the report recommended that “The Federal Government should carry out a total overhaul of the management of FAAN in order to deal with the corruption and incompetence in the operational system of the organisation.

Source: Vanguard

Oshiomole’s Wife Is Dead

The Wife of the Edo State governor Mrs. Adams Oshiomole is dead.
According to reports, Mrs. Oshiomole died of a cancer related disease.
A statement signed by the secretary to the Edo state government, Mr Pally Iriase reads; The Government of Edo State announces the untimely death of Her Excellency, Mrs Clara Oshiomhole, wife of the Governor of the State, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole. She was 54 years old.
Mrs. Oshiomhole, nee Akharagbon, passed on at exactly 10:53pm on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at the Abuja Clinic, Maitama, after a protracted battle with breast cancer.

“Until her death, she was a solid pillar behind her husband, through his days as a frontline labour activist and through the struggle to reclaim his mandate freely given to him by the good people of Edo State,”.

She was the initiator of the Health Foundation for Maternal and Child Care, a pet project which is aimed at providing quality healthcare for pregnant women and the girl-child.
The SSG also added in the statement that condolence registers have been opened at the Government House, Benin City; the State Secretariat, Benin City; Edo House, Abuja and Edo State Liaison office, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The late Mrs Oshiomohole is survived by her husband and five children – Cyril, Winnie, Jane, Steve and Adams Jnr.

May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace!

Source: eNowNow

Nigerian Lawmakers Monthly Pay

EACH senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria earns N15.18m in salaries and allowances monthly, just as each member of the House of Representatives takes home N10.59m a month, investigation has revealed.
For the Senate, each senator (excluding the Senate President and his deputy) takes home about N198.54m annually (N16.64m per month). This translates into a total of N21.243bn. The amount includes each senator‘s N45m quarterly allowance, which amount to N180m annually for the four quarters of the year, and the official N18.54m that goes into their individual accounts annually as salaries and other emoluments.

 

According to our correspondents‘ findings, every member of the House of Representatives takes home about N127.18m annually (or N10.59m per month).
The amount includes N28m quarterly allowance for each member, which translates into N112m annually for the four quarters of the year. It also includes the official N15.18m annual salary and other emoluments of each member, contained in a document obtained from the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

Fellow Nigerians over to you, does this infuriate you or make you want to be a Nigerian senator??

Source: The Punch

Jermaine Jackson’s Driving Licence Cancelled

“Jermaine Jackson’s driving licence has been confiscated over allegations he owes a massive £61,280 in child support payments.

Court documents filed last month by officials at the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department suggest the former Jackson 5 star won’t be allowed back on the road until he pays off the debt in full, reports TMZ.com.

In September, the singer told the court he can no longer afford to pay £2,000 a month to support his sons Jaafar and Jermajesty.

He asked a judge to cut the costs down to just £143, claiming his ex-wife Alejandra Jackson earns more money than he does and lives for free at his mother Katherine’s home.

The couple married in 1995 and Jermaine filed for divorce in 2004.”

Source: Yaoho