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Nigerians warned to be sure those they engage as house maids are really girls.

A shocking trending video making the rounds online has called for caution among Nigerians to be very careful when employing house maids. Two boys who disguised perfectly as girls were recently apprehended by the authorities after they were discovered to be what they are not.After they were arrested and taken to the station, the boys allegedly confessed that they pretended to be girls in order to be employed.

Imagine what they would have done to the female children left in their care.

They were asked to show their private parts (including the fake breasts) right there in the station as they were filmed.

A Facebook user who posted the video online urged people to thoroughly check housemaids before employing them.

Boys Who Disguised As Girls Arrested, Forced To Show Their Private Parts. Photos

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Life expectancy in the US has dropped for the first time in decades

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Absurdity: EFCC’s inability to ‘bring’ witness stalls corruption trial of former PDP chairman

Bello Haliru Mohammed

Justice A. R. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned the trial of former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Haliru Bello, and his son, Bello Abba Mohammed to February 21, 2019, for the continuation of trial.

The former PDP Chairman with his son Bello Abba Mohammed and their company, Bam Projects And Properties Limited are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly receiving N300 million from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

The accused persons, through their firm, allegedly received N300million from an account of the ‎Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) operated with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

The fund was said to have been transferred to the accused persons, 11 days to the 2015 presidential election, on the order of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

When the matter came up for trial today, December 13, 2018, the prosecution counsel, O.A. Atolagbe informed the court that “we are having some challenges in bringing our witnesses before the court and in the circumstance we asked for an adjournment to bring the witness at the next adjourned date”.

The judge adjourned the trial to February 21, 2019, for the continuation of trial.

One of the charges against them read: “‎That you, Bello Abba Mohammed, BAM Projects and Properties Ltd and Dr. Haliru Bello on or about 17th March 2015 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, took possession of the sum of N300million paid into the account of BAM Projects and Properties Limited with Sterling Bank Plc from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser with the CBN when you reasonably ought to have known that the said fund formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity of Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd), the then National Security Adviser (to wit: criminal breach of trust and corruption) and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under Section (15) (3) of the same Act”.‎

Acting Head of Nigeria’s Anti Graft Commission Magu Denies Ownership of Property Belonging to his wife

December 13, 2018Ben Ezeamalu

Ag. Chairman EFCC, Ibrahim Magu

Ag. Chairman EFCC, Ibrahim Magu

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, on Thursday testified before an Ikeja Division of the Lagos State High Court in a defamation suit he filed against The Sun newspapers.

In his evidence, Mr Magu denied ownership of two properties allegedly traced to his wife by the newspaper, insisting that they own just one property in Abuja.

The EFCC boss told the judge, Doris Okwuobi, that The Daily Sun’s publication claiming that he was under a discreet investigation by the State Security Service (SSS) was false.

“Since I came to EFCC, nobody has investigated me. I am not under any probe,” Mr Magu said.

Last year, officials of the anti-graft agency invaded the headquarters of The Sun in Lagos claiming it was part of routine efforts to ascertain the state of assets of the publishing company which is subject of a subsisting interim forfeiture order obtained by the EFCC in 2007.

But the newspaper dismissed the claims, maintaining that the invasion was a response to its investigation of properties allegedly linked to Mr Magu’s wife.

Days after the invasion, Mr Magu filed a N100 million defamation suit against The Sun seeking, among others, a court order for the “publication of apology, retraction and rebuttal of the libelous material by defendants on the front page of the Saturday Sun newspaper for seven consecutive editions of the newspaper and teo major newspapers for seven consecutive days.”

Denying ownership of the said properties in the publication dated March 25, 2017, Mr Magu said, “I will not go and buy properties in Maitama. This is completely false.

“My wife is a civil servant. We only have one house sold to us in Karu, Abuja. It is completely untrue.”

“I want to tell you the damage it has done to me. It was not caused to me alone, it has gone down my lineage, the entire family, it has done so much wrong. It has done so much damage.”

Mr Magu said a lot of negative reactions trailed The Sun’s publication.

“They went down to my hometown. That is the detail. I am just trying to correct the damage they have done.”

During cross-examination, the EFCC boss was asked if the newspaper publication was not an allegation against him but a report from another body.

“No investigation agency was mentioned to be investigating me, no, that’s not true, they never said DSS is investigating my wife,” he said.

“The defendant published about properties they did not give even the address. That indicates it is a hatchet work.”

On the refusal of the Senate to confirm him as the chairman of the EFCC, Mr Magu said, “It is good they did not confirm me, I may not be able to do the work very well.”

The judge adjourned the proceedings till February 28, 2019.

Do you need a licence to be a journalist?

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In Portugal you do. A Portuguese journalist has written with the following information as a prelude to a question:

“In Portugal there is a comission that grants journalistic licences of all sorts: for freelancers, collaborators, full time journalists. This licence puts its owner under a special condition before the law and finance.

“To get one of those licences I need my employer to declare I’m working for them; then I need two licensed journalists to sign a term of responsibility on my behalf; I need also a supervisor inside the company I’m working at to follow my work during a training period; this training period is variable, and the minimum is one year of “evaluation” for those who – like me – have a degree in Journalism.”

So here’s the question:

  • In which countries does a journalist need a licence?
  • Who and how grants it?
  • Is it really needed?

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