NEW VIDEO: Ice Prince – Yawa Go Dey ft. Robbie Celeste

Chocolate City superstar rapper Ice Prince Zamani unleashes a new single titled “Yawa Go Dey” the soulful HipHop tune features Robbie Celeste


Breaking Energy Efficiency Barriers And Securing Nigeria's Energy Future By Moses Nasamu @Mos_Hygh

In comparison with renewable energy technologies such as solar panels, biofuels and wind turbines, energy conservation and efficiency is nearly invisible. Local stakeholders are yet to appreciate the urgency and monumental savings that could result from improved energy efficiency in Nigeria.

Many experts have argued that doing more with less power may be an even more critical weapon in the struggle to achieve energy security and also offers big economic benefits for Nigeria’s emerging economy. Energy plays an essential role in the financial and economic performance of any business.

 The efficient and rational use of energy offers a unique opportunity for businesses and organizations to save resources, enhance their business and production processes, and ultimately have a positive impact on the environment. Increasing energy efficiency is logistically complicated especially in a country like Nigeria.

This is because it requires many agencies, organizations and individuals to take an enormous amount of small steps, and successive governments have failed to vigorously pursue potential savings.

Germany which was recently ranked by a reputable American organization as the most efficient of the world’s 16 largest economies scored only 65%. It is very common to assume we know a lot about energy efficiency as a result of local and international advocacy efforts around the subject in recent times.

According to a recent poll conducted by Energy Savers Nigeria, about 11% of Nigerians in urban areas make a conscious effort to turn off the lights when they leave the room or office and close the refrigerator door immediately after removing a cold drink or food.

It is becoming increasingly clear that it is cardinal for consumers to be more energy efficient but what about industrial and commercial organizations? What about government parastatals and agencies? A 2015 report by US based Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (CEES) concluded that a 10% improvement in the energy efficiency of industrial and commercial buildings would amount to about $20 billion in savings and an estimated prevention level of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) would be equal to the emissions from about 30 million vehicles.

Given these numbers one can only stare in incredulity as to why many governments, businesses and industries aren't prioritizing energy efficiency. Over the years, several barriers have hindered the ability of public and private sector participants to support, promote and commit resources towards raising the level of awareness and providing reliable systems and services that can help organizations dramatically increase energy efficiency in Nigeria. Globally, the regulatory environment around energy efficiency is evolving and many stakeholders are reluctant to make significant investments for fear of uncertainty.

Even for developed economies, striking the right balance between government incentives and regulations around energy efficiency is a daunting task. Perceived red tapes and mixed messages impact businesses negatively and leaden the adoption of more efficient technologies. Government must create a regulatory environment that conveys rational expectations, clear long-term signals and opportunities for a reasonable return on investment.

 There also exist several financial barriers which involve high up-front costs, operations with a huge risk and significantly high transaction cost. The lack of awareness of financial benefits on the part of financial institutions and a lack of green products for financing energy efficiency practices and technology have also contributed negatively to the adoption of energy efficiency locally.

This is further compounded by insufficient information on the benefits of energy efficiency to support investment decisions. Given the competing priorities for capital in an emerging economy like Nigeria, many companies may not recognize the long-term value of reduced energy use and indirectly reduced greenhouse gas emissions because new technologies tend to be more expensive and may increase operating costs in the short term. So despite the growing consumer awareness, until there are significant changes in the value paradigm in the industrial sector, it will be difficult to make real progress towards improved energy efficiency.

Energy efficiency is considered by many experts to be a low-hanging fruit within a range of measures that can be adopted to obtain energy savings. It has been empirically proven to be the least costly approach for businesses to benefit from reduced operational costs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Nigerian industrial sector offers tremendous opportunities for energy savings, and a significant opportunity to instill the principle of energy efficiency within facilities that invariably employ and influence millions of people. I strongly believe that the use of revolutionary technologies and systems, new building design concepts and a more robust regulatory regime can help to remove many of these barriers and increase the return on investments in efficiency for both private and public sector players.

The author Moses Nasamu (@Mos_Hygh) is an Electrical Engineer and a certified
Management Consultant and Project Manager who practices in Lagos Nigeria. Moses is
passionate about energy and infrastructure sustainability because of their combined potential
to drive operational excellence in organizations and transform the socio-economic fabric of
developing economies. He is currently a Trustee of Energy Savers Nigeria, a Non-Profit
Initiative that seeks to educate communities on the benefits of energy conservation, energy
efficiency and sustainability

PHOTOS: Governor Fayose drinks palmwine with Ekiti residents at a local joint

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti, popularly known for his social welfare programmes (Stomach infrastructure) and familiarity with the masses was spotted at a Palm Wine Joint at Omisanjana area of Ado Ekiti on Thursday.

He posted four images on his Twitter handle, @GovAyoFayose with the caption

“At home with my people at a Palm Wine Joint at Omisanjana area of Ado Ekiti today. Works and no play”

More pictures below...

Police arrest masquerade in Enugu for stabbing priest

Men of Enugu Police Command have arrested three persons in Enugu, who allegedly stabbed an Anglican priest after beating him, under the cover of playing masquerade.

The reason for the attack was yet to be ascertained but the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the incident said the three persons and the masquerade regalia are currently in police custody for interrogation.

According to the PPRO, “operatives of Igboeze North Division of Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police have nabbed three suspects (names withheld), all of Igogoro, Enugu Ezike, Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State for allegedly conspiring to beat and stab one Reverend Christian Ajibo, an Anglican priest, last Thursday with a dagger on the right side of his chest.”

Boko Haram members give kids N2,500 to bomb Yola barracks

There was a bomb attack on Thursday in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, the Adamawa Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Luka Ikpi, told journalists.

The magnitude of the explosion which extended to the state headquarters of

The FRSC, according to him, made the sector to draft its intelligence officers to the scene of the incident which was opposite the command.

He said, “When I heard the loud bang, I had to run out of my office to inquire what really happened.”

It was gathered from a resident of the state, Abraham Tunoh, that the bomb, which occurred on Thursday at the Kofare area of Yola, close to a mechanic workshop along Numan Road, was in possession of four children. The children told the police that an unknown man gave them N2, 500 to carry out the attack.

It was gathered that the Boko Haram insurgent instructed them to drop the explosive at a specific place in Bachure suburb, near the Army Barracks mainly inhabited by retired military personnel.

A police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said two of the kid messengers who were arrested by the police told interrogators that “an unknown person gave us N2,500 to drop the explosive at the barracks.”

The boys were aged between nine and 15 years. The two arrested boys said the bag containing the explosive was too heavy for them to carry, so they had to sell it to a dustbin scavenger, whom they ran into at the nearby mechanic workshop.

The dustbin scavenger, said to have been arrested, has been helping the police in their investigation.

He told the police that while they were negotiating with the four bearers of the container, he started noticing smoke coming from it and before he could inquire about its content, it exploded, shattering his legs and injuring two of the children.

While two of them fled, the other injured two were arrested by the police.

The police source also revealed that in the ensuing confusion that followed the loud bang from the blast, two of the bearers sneaked away from the scene of the blast.

It will be recalled just a month ago, there was a bomb attack at a night market in Yola that led to the death of many persons.

M.I Flaunts His New Office As CEO Of Chocolate City

It’s been some days now since that announcement that M.I Abaga was the new head of the music label Chocolate City.
This ain’t no tall order this is nothing to me..Difficult takes me a day.. Impossible takes three.. I do this in my sleep.. I sold Kilos of hope so I’m guessing I can run CC.. I’m not a business man.. I’m a business. Man!!!!! Lemme handle my business damn. Sean Carter re edited. #CBN” wrote M.I on the caption which is a slightly altered quote from rapper Jay Z.
While showing off his new office, M.I addressed the notion that he does not dress like a stereotypical rapper.
Someone asked me the other day why I didn’t dress like, tatt up like, earring like, act like a rapper. It made me think and laugh at the same time. At the end of my life.. I would hope that my answer is ‘my vocation, occasion, situation or any persuasion did not define me.. I defined them all.. And so doing.. I found me” he wrote.
Having been the CEO of the defunct Loopy Music, that experience will serve him well in his new position. But this is a greater task and he will have to bring his A-game to the table.
First, the careers of 13 music entities are in his hands. Creative guidance, financial commitments, and most importantly, musical progresses are all in his lap. Then there’s the case of him also needing to manage his career, keeping it on track too” wrote Joey Akan in his opinion piece about the rapper.

Kenyan Lawmakers Warm Obama Not To Bring "Gay Agenda" When He Visits Kenya For GES

Kenyan leaders are warning President Obama not to bring his “gay agenda”with him when he visits his father’s homeland at the end of this month to open the sixth Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, the White House image was cloaked in the militant LGBT rainbow, as was the Facebook profile picture of the U.S. Department of Education.

In Nairobi on Monday, members of the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya called upon Obama to refrain from discussing the gay agenda, reports

“It is important for us as Kenyans to know that the U.S. is not God,” evangelical Bishop Mark Kariuki was quoted by local media as saying.

Kariuki added that Obama should not use the visit to “talk about the gay issue.”

Irungu Kangata, a lawmaker in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s The National Alliance (TNA) party, said, “We are telling Mr. Obama when he comes to Kenya this month and he tries to bring the abortion agenda, the gay agenda, we shall tell him to shut up and go home.”

Kangata, according to The Standard of Nairobi, said Kenyans would protest against Obama over the gay agenda issue while he visited their country.

“Anybody who tries to come and preach to this country that they should allow homosexuality, I think he’s totally lost,” said TNA lawmaker Jamleck Kamau, according to The Daily Nation. “And I would also like to add, our son from the U.S., Barack Obama, when he comes here, to simply avoid that topic completely because Kenyans will not be happy with him if he comes to bring the issue of homosexuality in this country.”

“Liberal thoughts are being entertained in some countries under the guise of human rights,” said Justin Muturi, the speaker of the National Assembly, to an Anglican Church congregation. “We must be vigilant and guard against it. We must lead an upright society and not allow obnoxious behavior as we have a responsibility to protect our children.”

Rose Mitaru, one of 47 female lawmakers in Kenya, said that allowing same-sex marriage in her country would open “floodgates of evil synonymous with the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah.”

Similarly, TNA lawmaker Cecily Mbarire urged the government to reject any foreign aid coming from groups whose goal it is to legalize same-sex marriage.

Deputy President William Ruto also said homosexuality was “against the plan of God” during a church sermon in Nairobi. “God did not create man and woman so that men would marry men and women marry women,” he was quoted as saying by The Daily Nation.

“Those who want to engage in those businesses, they can do it in their countries, and they can do it wherever it is they want,” Ruto said. “In Kenya, we will stand firm.”

Kenyan religious leaders have been warning the United States for several years about the harmful influence of the militant LGBT agenda on culture and society. In 2013, Kenyan Cardinal John Njue, Archbishop of Nairobi and president of the Kenyan Episcopal Conference, joined other African leaders in open dismissal of Obama’s calls for acceptance of same-sex marriage when the American president visited Africa at that time.

“Those people who have already ruined their society…let them not become our teachers to tell us where to go,” said Njue in response to Obama’s statements promoting same-sex marriage. “I think we need to act according to our own traditions and our faiths.”

Similarly, Ruto rebuked Obama for promoting same-sex marriage in Africa during his visit. Speaking at a Catholic Church, Ruto said, “Those who believe in other things, that is their business…We believe in God.”

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Monday that Obama would not avoid the topic of the gay agenda during his visit.

“I’m confident the president will not hesitate to make clear that the protection of basic universal human rights in Kenya is also a priority and consistent with the values that we hold dear here in the United States of America,” Earnest said.

In June, the U.S.’s openly gay ambassadors announced that Obama’s proposed trade agreements “will export our values of equality and tolerance,” and “promote greater justice beyond our borders.”

REVEALED: Personal Doctor To Gen Abacha Reveals How He Died

Professor Sadiq Suleiman, personal physician to Nigeria's former dictator Sani Abacha has shed more light on events surrounding the dictator's death.According to , Professor Wali says Abacha’s health was okay just before his death.

''Abacha was generally healthy though he had some health issues, he was treated, he’s responded [to that treatment] very well. He didn’t have any heart-related diseases at that time'', Wali said.

Speaking specifically of June 7, 1998 -the day Abacha died, Professor Wali said,''around 6 am I had a phone call from his security officers, and they said, “please come, come to the villa, come urgently!” Before I even could get ready, they came and picked me. I had no idea what it all was about''.

''I arrived then I saw chief security there and he said “doctor come in, please, come in!” We all rushed and I just saw the president. There was another doctor who came earlier, resuscitating him. Abacha was in the sitting room. He was on the couch. He was in his normal work clothes. I didn’t panic. I’ve seen a lot of serious problems before in my practice, but to affect him was very tough, definitely. I joined and we did as much as we could to resuscitate him. But I realised that he was dead because he was firming. We just continued resuscitation and even injected some things, but it didn’t work''.

''I said, sorry – there’s nothing we can do. Immediately the security officer took over, and he invited all the service chiefs to come to Abuja, by then most of them were based in Lagos''.

Professor Wali said he was determined that there should be an autopsy to find out what caused the death. After much deliberating, the family declined, preferring the quick burial in line with Islamic tradition.

''I still try to take some samples of blood and urine and hair and things like that, just thinking for the future chemical tests,” Professor Wali said,

''It’s very difficult to say [whether he died of natural causes]. What I can see. The blood test we did, has shown some raised cardiac enzymes [proteins that are released into the blood by dying heart muscles].That’s why we thought maybe it was cardiac attack''.
Addressing rumours that Abacha died after he had been poisoned, or spent a night entertaining young ladies, Professor Wali said, ''when I entered [Abacha’s premises], there were no ladies. It might be true but I did not see them. Concerning the poison, as I said no post-mortem has been done, so I couldn’t assure whether he was poisoned or it was a heart attack''.

Boko Haram causing more havoc under Buhari – Ekweremadu

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who had yet to make public comments on his alleged involvement in the alterations imputed in the document which was used to conduct the election that led to his emergence as the Deputy Senate President, on June 9, has expressed worry over the frightening spate of insurgency in the country. 

He noted with dismay that the unfortunate development had attained a worrisome dimension since President Muhammadu Buhari took over power on May 29, 2015.

He said, “I am worried about the insurgence of the Boko Haram activities in Nigeria. Shortly before the inauguration of the present government, the country had almost rolled back Boko Haram and its activities in every part of Nigeria – from Adamawa to Borno to Yobe.

“I was hoping that when we come back in the 8th Assembly, that I will work with our colleagues from the North-East to develop a plan of action that will help to rehabilitate that part of Nigeria. I feel so concerned about the suffering of our people from the North-East of Nigeria.

“I had hoped that by now we would be tasking ourselves on how best to rebuild that part of Nigeria. Regrettably the actions of Boko Haram seems to have resurfaced now not only in Borno, they have carried out their activities also in Plateau, they have gone to Adamawa, Kaduna.

“I am worried that if nothing is done, the next target would be Abuja. Maybe they start going to South. It is important for us as those in government, whether Executive or Legislature, to come together to find solutions to these problems.”

He therefore appealed to neighbouring countries and the international community to support the country to roll back the activities of Boko Haram, stressing that there was no way the nation could achieve progress in the country when there were security problems.

He said the Buhari administration should, as a matter of urgency, “deal with this security challenge no matter what it would cost us.”

He also called for a collaboration between the Executive and the Legislature in order to deal with the scourge. 

Ekweremadu said, “We must be on the same page on this matter. I believe that it is time for us to have meetings with the Executive as well as the security agencies in order to find out exactly what has happened – why the resurgence of these Boko Haram activities and what we can do as a people to ensure that this matter is dealt with decisively.”

He expressed sympathy with the Boko Haram victims and called for an immediate action to stop the menace.

Nigeria at lowest ebb of industrial development - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday lamented that Nigeria is virtually back on the lowest ebb as far as industrial development is concerned. 

He however promised that his administration would shun all anti-development policies in order to create a more conducive atmosphere for entrepreneurs. 

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke at a meeting he had with the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Abdulkadir Musa, and senior officials of relevant agencies.

Buhari was quoted as saying that employment generation was one of his key campaign promises and he would keep to that promise.

“With high interest rates and entrepreneurs needing trillions of Naira to buy machinery, we are virtually back at Ground Zero as far as industrial development is concerned. 

“So, we will shun all anti-development policies, and make the climate more suitable for entrepreneurs. We will create the environment for them to thrive. Generating employment was one of our key campaign promises and we will keep that promise.

“We will no longer allow our markets to be flooded with things we can produce ourselves. We must believe in our system. Whenever you need my intervention at anytime, please come to me,” Buhari reportedly told the delegation.

The said his administration would implement essential reforms to protect Nigerian manufacturers from unfair competition from abroad.

He said with its focus on job creation, his government was ready to do whatever it considers necessary to boost domestic manufacturing and industrialisation.

The President said his administration will fully support the effective implementation of the plan evolved by the ministry to boost local manufacturing through legal, regulatory and structural reforms, lower interest rates, special intervention funds, protection of local manufacturers and significant improvements in national infrastructure.

Musa and his team reportedly told the President that the objective of the ministry’s Industrialisation Plan was to create more jobs, diversify exports and broaden the country’s tax base.

They said the plan’s critical success factors included dialogue and consultation with industry stakeholders, essential reforms and greater collaboration among relevant agencies.

Police recover N42m from Niger suspected kidnappers

The Niger State Police Command on Thursday said it had recovered over N42m.2m cash from suspected kidnappers in Kontagora Local Government Area.

It added that the sum represented the ransom collected from families of kidnap victims in neigbouring Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara states.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Olusola Amore, made the disclosure while addressing journalists in Minna on the activities of the command from January to June, 2015.

Amore said a comparative analysis of major crime statistics for the first and second quarters of the year, showed that kidnapping increased slightly while other crimes reduced drastically.

The police commissioner said the N42.2m recovered from fleeing kidnappers in Kontagora had been transferred to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Abuja for discreet investigation.

He noted that within the period under review, 1,091 persons were arrested in 785 cases reported while 666 persons were convicted and 251 persons are awaiting trial.

Amore added that 56 cases were under investigation while property, worth N22.4m were recovered.

The CP explained that the command carried out 456 raids, where 933 persons were arrested while 305 people were screened.

It also said it recovered 399 exhibits; 539 charged to court, out of which 342 persons were convicted, while 181 persons were awaiting trial.

According to him, the command is confronted with inadequate logistics, paucity of funds and insufficient manpower to carry out it responsibilities, urging governments at every level and individuals to come to the aid of Nigerian police for maximum results.

Governor Wike renames Rivers Polytechnic after Ken Saro-Wiwa

Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has renamed the State Polytechnic, Bori, after the late author and environmental rights activist from Ogoniland, Ken Saro-Wiwa.

Wike explained that renaming of the institution, located in Bori, Khana Local Government Area, Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic was in honour of the late activist’s achievements and legacies.

The governor, who disclosed this in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Thursday, said Saro-Wiwa fought selflessly for the good of the society and humanity.

He explained that the former Ogoni leader and his achievement should not be consigned to oblivion, saying Saro-Wiwa was known and revered beyond the shores of Nigeria.

“In honour of his monumental achievements and legacies, the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has renamed the Rivers State Polytechnic in Bori as Ken Ule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic.

“The memories of avatars like the late Saro-Wiwa, who fought selflessly for the betterment of society and humanity should not be consigned to oblivion, more so, when such personalities are revered beyond the shores of the country,” Wike said in the statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Sir, Opunabo Inko-Tariah.

Nigeria draws Ghana, Egypt in All Africa Games

Nigeria will renew its perennial rivalry with Ghana in the men’s event of the 2015 All Africa Games after both countries were drawn in the same first round group on Thursday, reports.

The tournament reserved for U23s will be staged in Congo Brazzaville in September.

The Ghanaians, who are the defending champions, are drawn in a tough-looking Group B along with arch-rivals Nigeria, Senegal and Egypt.

For Samson Siasia’s Dream Team VI this will be an ideal dress rehearsal should the former Olympic champions qualify for the CAF U23 Championship in Senegal, which will serve as a qualifying tournament for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The team will battle Congo over two legs for a place at the U23 Championship in Senegal.

Group A is relatively lightweight as it has hosts Congo, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso.

The top two teams in each group will qualify for the semi-finals of the competition, which runs from September 4 to 19.

Niger Delta amnesty students stranded abroad

There is tension in Niger Delta over the plight of students undergoing various academic and vocational training abroad under the Presidential Amnesty Programme of the Federal Government.

It was learnt that the students, who are undergoing higher education in Europe, America, Asian and African countries, were stranded due to the inability of the government to pay their tuition and other fees.

Youths in the region, including family members of the stranded students, were said to be threatening to begin attacks on oil facilities to compel the government to work out measures of settling its financial obligations to the students.

The region, it was further learnt, is tense and its existing peace could be disrupted with fresh onslaught unless the government start paying beneficiaries of the programme.

Following threats to peace in the region, notable ex-militant leaders and former commanders of the Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta, on Thursday sent a Save Our Soul (appeal) letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The ex-militant leaders, under the auspices of Leadership Peace and Cultural Development Initiative, urged the President to urgently address issues within the Presidential Amnesty Office.

The ex-creek warlords, in the letter signed by their President, Pastor Reuben Wilson, reminded the President that the amnesty, which was proclaimed by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua, was the reason behind increase in crude oil production.

Wilson said, “Thus with the acceptance and commencement of the programme, our production of oil drastically increased from a paltry 900,000 barrel a day to over 2,000,000 barrels a day while issues of kidnapping and pipeline destruction became minimal.

“This upsurge brought about increase in our national income. We have, however, acknowledged that with the exit of former President Goodluck Jonathan, the tenure of the former Chairman of PAP came to an end.

“Following late release of funds, the former amnesty boss was unable to pay beneficiaries of the programme their allowances and tuition fees. As a result, the students and delegates are owed for three months.

“We are mindful of the fact that in a transition such as this one‎, formation of government in some cases takes time hence the constraints are highly appreciated.

“However, given the nature of this programme and particularly our recent past, one would have expected that an interim measure, such as was done in the INEC office, would have been instituted to keep the programmes running until such a time Mr. President will find a suitable and qualified person to head the office.”

He said with the absence of any acting head of the PAP, activities in the office had all come to a halt.

He said while students’ training programmes were on the verge of being closed down, the Niger Delta students in several nations now carry the unprecedented burden‎ of being ejected from their accommodations.

Popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Aminuddeen Abubakar dies

Popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Aminuddeen Abubakar is dead.

He died in at King AbdulAziz Hospital, Makkah, after a brief ilness.

He was the chief imam of Da’awah Mosque in Kano.

He was aged 69 and is survived by three wives and 18 children.

Blast outside court in Port Harcourt

PORT HARCOURT (AFP) - A suspected bomb exploded outside a court in Nigeria s oil city of Port Harcourt on Thursday as a judge was expected to rule on a disputed election result but there were no injuries.

The device went off at about 7:30 am (0630 GMT) at the gate of the Federal High Court in the southern city, which is capital of Rivers state.

"The explosion damaged some parts of a car parked near the court gate. No harm or injury was recorded," said eyewitness Alice Jumbo.

Security personnel put out a fire quickly and secured the area, she added. Another witness, Harry Obele, said the blast sent people running for cover into the court.

The court was due to rule on a case between the local Peoples Democratic Party, which is in power in Rivers but not nationally, against a local council chairman of the All Progressives Congress.

Sporadic violence was a feature of the build-up to presidential and state elections in Rivers in March and April.

The APC, which previously controlled the state, complained of intimidation and strongarm tactics on the part of the PDP, as well as widespread rigging at the vote.

Nigerian court grants Former Imo governor, Ikedi Ohakim ₦270m bail for ₦270m fraud

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday granted a former Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, bail in the sum of N270m.

Ohakim, who is being prosecuted for N270m fraud allegedly perpetrated in 2008, is to produce a surety resident in Abuja to guarantee the bail.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola, in his ruling on the bail application, filed by Ohakim, also ordered the prosecuting agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, ‎to submit the passport and other travel documents seized from the former governor to the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court.

The judge was silent on where the accused person should remain pending when he would meet the bail conditions.

But Justice Ademola had, on Wednesday, ordered the accused person to remain in EFCC custody pending the hearing of his bail application on Thursday.

At the hearing of the bail application on Thursday, the defence counsel, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), urged the court to grant his client’s prayer.

He said his client, whose passport had been seized by the EFCC, had remained faithful to the bail conditions granted him by the anti-graft agency.

But the prosecutor, Mr. Festus Keyamo, opposed the bail.

He argued that rather than granting bail to the accused person‎, the court should grant an accelerated hearing.

But the judge in his ruling held that the accused person had placed sufficient materials before the court to warrant granting him bail.

The EFCC had on Wednesday arraigned Ohakim on three counts of fraud, including making cash payment of $2.29m (N270m) for a property in Asokoro, Abuja.

The prosecution also accused the former governor of collaborating with Tweenex Consociates H.D. Ltd. ‎to conceal the ownership of the property by drafting an agreement portraying him as a tenant in the property.

Ohakim, who was governor of Imo State between May 2007 and May 2001, was also accused of failing to declare the property as part of his assets while under EFCC arrest in November 2008.

The offences were allegedly committed in 2008 in violation of section 15(1)(d) and section 14(1)(b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004, respectively.

Meanwhile, Justice Evoh Chukwu of the same Federal High Court in Abuja, had on Wednesday fixed hearing of the bail application filed by former Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako, his son Abdul-Aziz and others till Friday.

The EFCC had also on Wednesday arraigned Nyako, who was removed as Adamawa State Governor by the state House of Assembly on July 15, 2014, along with his son, Abdul-Aziz, and others comprising, Zulkifikk Abba, Abubakar Aliyu as well as five firms through which he allegedly siphoned about N29bn belonging to the state.

‎The other firms arraigned along with Nyako and his son were Blue Opal Limited, Sebore Farms and Extension Limited, Pagoda Fortunes Limited, Tower Assets Management Limited and Crust Energy Limited.