We did not raid Ambode?s residence-EFCC
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has denied raiding the residence of the immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode. A statement from the Antigraft agency reads
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has since early hours of today, been inundated with calls that operatives of the Commission raided the residence of the former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.

We need to state for the records that the EFCC did not raid Ambode’s house. It is instructive that his administration, like other former governors is under investigation, since they no longer constitutionally enjoy immunity against prosecution.

The Commission hereby states with high sense of responsibility that the operatives did not raid Ambode’s residence. Whatever the Commission is presently doing with regards to the investigation is in line with its mandate and the rule of law.

We wish to inform the social media to be circumspect in the reportage of any news with regards to investigation activities of the Commission.
As a tradition, the Commission does not carry out investigation on the pages of the newspapers or through the media. Our operations are always covert until at a time when we file charges in court.

Therefore, the attempt to cast the Commission in a bad light is unacceptable as the EFCC will never engage in illegal act. We remain committed to the war against corruption.''

Atiku did not score majority of lawful votes in the February 23 election - INEC tells?presidential election petitions tribunal
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has told the presidential election petitions tribunal that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar did not score the majority of lawful votes in the February 23 election.

In a written address filed by its lead counsel, Yunus Ustaz Usman (SAN), INEC said PDP and Atiku could not prove allegations of wrong entry of results in 11 states of Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger and Zamfara States.

INEC argued that the burden of proof which was on the petitioners was not successfully discharged, adding that they failed to establish that the election of February 23 was invalidated by corrupt practices and non-qualification against President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Furthermore, by virtue of section 150(1) of the Evidence Act, the results declared by the first respondent enjoy a presumption of regularity. Accordingly, the petitioners herein are duty-bound to rebut this presumption with credible evidence,” INEC said.

Tunde Fowler replies President?Buhari
Tunde Fowler, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) chairman, has replied to the query from President Muhammadu Buhari on the agency's inability to meet revenue projection target.

Abba Kyari, on behalf of the president, had queried Fowler to explain “significant variances between the budgeted collections and actual collections for the period 2015 to 2018” and FIRS’s inability to meet the target.

Fowler, in response, said: “The non-oil revenue collection grew by N1,304.20 trillion or 21 percent within the period 2016 to 2018” adding that “the total budget collection figure during 2012 to 2014 stood at N12,190.52 trillion compared to N16,771.78 trillion for the period 2016 to 2018, which represent an increase of 37.58 percent.
“Please note that the variance in the budgeted and actual revenue collection performance of the service for the period 2016 to 2018 was mainly attributed to the following reasons:
Tunde Fowler replies President?Buhari
The low inflow of oil revenues for the period especially Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT) was due to the fall in the price of crude oil and reduction of crude oil production. Notwithstanding government efforts to diversify the economy, oil revenues remains an important component of total revenues accruable to the Federation. The price of crude oil fell from an average of $113.72, $110.98 and $100.40 per barrel in 2012, 2013 and 2014 to $ 52.65, $43.80 and $54.08 per barrel in 2015, 2016 and 2017."

Continuing, he noted, "There was also a reduction in crude oil production from 2.31mbpd, 2.18mbpd and 2.20mbpd in 2012, 2013 and 2014 to 2.12mbpd, 1.81mbpd, and 1.88mbpd in 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively” the letter explained. Secondly, he noted that “the Nigerian economy also went into recession in the second quarter of 2016 which slowed down general economic activities.
Tunde Fowler replies President?Buhari
"Tax revenue collection (CIT and VAT) being a function of economic activities were negatively affected but the actual collection of the above two taxes were still higher in 2016 to 2018 than in 2012 to 2014. During the years 2012, 2013 and 2014, GDP grew by 4.3%, 5.4%, and 6.3% while in 2015, 2016 and 2017 there was a decline in growth to 2.7%, -1.6% and 1.9% respectively. The tax revenue grew as the economy recovered in the second quarter of 2017.
"It is worthy of note that strategies and initiatives adopted in the collection of VAT during the period 2015-2017 led to approximately 40 percent increase over 2012-2014 collections. In 2014 the VAT collected was N802billion, compared to N1.1 trillion in 2018. This increase is attributable to various initiatives such as ICT innovations, continuous taxpayer education, taxpayer enlightenment, etc embarked upon by the Service.”

He added, “It is pertinent to note that when this administration came on board in August 2015, the target for the two major non-oil taxes were increased by 52 percent for VAT and 45 percent for CIT.  "Notwithstanding the increase, FIRS has in line with the federal government’s revenue base diversification strategy has grown the non-oil tax collection by over N1.304 trillion (21 percent) when the total non-oil tax collection for 2016-2018 is compared to that of 2012-2014.”

Our lawyers have started?reviewing FIFA?s life ban on Samson Siasia ? NFF
The Nigeria Football Federation has disclosed that its lawyers have started to review the decision against former Nigeria player and coach Samson Siasia by the FIFA Ethics Committee, which on Friday announced that it had placed a life ban from all football-related activities on Siasia.

Acting President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, himself a lawyer of more than three decades at the bar, said on Monday that the Federation had already reached out to the former U20, U23 and Super Eagles head coach and is aware that he is receiving appropriate legal advice.
“The NFF was shocked to learn of the investigation and subsequent decision by the FIFA Ethics Committee (Adjudicatory Chamber) placing a life ban on Mr. Samson Siasia. But we have however now received documents, including one known as the Motivated Decision, and we have handed them to our lawyers to study and provide legal advice to the Federation.
“It is a massive sanction on one of our legends. Siasia is a fooball legend but most importantly he is a Nigerian. We must therefore be interested in the matter and be properly advised.”
Akinwunmi added: “Siasia gave his all for Nigeria, playing for the U20 team right from his secondary school days and then for the senior team for several years, and also coaching the U20 and U23 teams and the Super Eagles.
While we respect the FIFA processes and appreciate that an investigation was conducted prior to the decision, the least we as a Federation can do is empathise with him at this time, make ourselves available to him and hope that in some way he is able to clear his name as he has promised to do.”

Osun State declares public holiday for traditional worshippers
The Osun Government has declared Tuesday, August 20th as a public holiday to mark the 2019 Traditional Worshippers’ Day, also known as ‘’Isese Day.”

Obawale Adebisi, the Supervisor for the Ministry of Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism , announced this on Monday in Osogbo. Adebisi, however, appealed to traditional worshippers to be peaceful and law abiding in their conduct during and after the festive period.

He enjoined the worshippers to use the festive period to pray for the state government and other stakeholders saddled with the responsibilities of moving the state to the next level of accomplishment.

Adebisi also appealed to them to continue to support government through prompt payment of taxes and levies for the development of the state. He further urged them to continue to live in harmony with other religious bodies in the state.

Donald Trump throws shade at Anthony Scaramucci by tweeting old video of the former aide praising him
Donald Trump took to Twitter to throw shade at Anthony Scaramucci after the former aide criticized him publicly.

Trump discredited the former White House communications director, who served for less than two weeks, by tweeting an old video of Scaramucci praising him.

He captioned the video: "Nobody ever heard of this dope until he met me. He only lasted 11 days!"

Donald Trump throws shade at Anthony Scaramucci by tweeting old video of the former aide praising him

Trump's tweet comes after Scaramucci suggested the Republican Party should push Trump off the 2020 presidential ticket. In a Monday opinion piece in The Washington Post, Scaramucci wrote that he was wrong to support Trump before.

He added: "I can no longer in good conscience support the president’s reelection."

Sharing a link to the Washington Post article, Scaramucci tweeted: "I made a mistake supporting @realDonaldTrump. I don’t need to be absolved of that. But now I will do what it takes to help make things right."

Breaking: EFCC raids Akinwunmi Ambode?s residence (video)
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are currently raiding the residence of Akinwumi Ambode, the immediate past governor of Lagos state.

Breaking: EFCC raids Akinwunmi Ambode?s residence (video)
The antigraft agents stormed Ambode's Epe residence at about 9am and are currently carrying out a search of the house. Tony Orilade, EFCC spokesman, confirmed this to TheCable.

The search comes few weeks after the EFCC secured an order to freeze three bank accounts said to belong to the Lagos State Government over an alleged fraud of N9.9 billion.   The three bank accounts, domiciled in First City Monument Bank, Access Bank, and Zenith Bank, are numbered 5617984012, 0060949275 and 1011691254, respectively and were opened during the Ambode administration.

The EFCC had approached the court for an order for the accounts to be frozen pending the conclusion of investigation and possible prosecution of the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff to Ambode, Adewale Adesanya. According to an ex-parte application, a member of the EFCC investigating team, Kungmi Daniel, said the commission discovered “a huge inflow of N9,927,714,443.29” from the state accounts into an FCMB bank account opened on September 17, 2018 during Ambode's administration.

The governor has since denied claims that the accounts are linked to him.

Governor Abdulrazaq locks out Kwara workers over lateness
Some Kwara state civil servants got locked out of the state's secretariat for lateness and poor attitude to work, after Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq paid a surprise visit on Monday August 19.

The Kwara state Governor in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary Rafiu Ajakaye, said he was unhappy that most offices were under lock with a large number of the workers yet to report to duty after he arrived by 7:55a.m. He further disclosed that for over one hour, only a handful were at their offices.

“Most offices were still under lock and key at 9am. I felt very unhappy about such an attitude and I want a change of attitude on the part of our workers towards their work.
“Late coming and poor attitude to work certainly will not be tolerated. The civil service should be business-like and efficient in service delivery,” the statement read.

Most of the workers who came to work late were still locked outside the main gate by the time the governor left the secretariat a few minutes before 10am.

Ronke Odusanya welcomes her first child
Ronke Odusanya in the early hours of today August 19, welcomed her first child with her lover she has concealed from public space.

Sharing news of her baby's arrival with her over 1.2m followers on Instagram, the Nollywood actress expressed gratitude to God for seeing her through the period of pregnancy. Ronke wrote;

My joy knows no limit .. Its boundless ... Appreciation to God for the process and seeing me through it all ... Birthing a new being is a whole new level and experience for me ... my love We welcome our child ..... oluwa modupe

Ronke Odusanya welcomes her first child

Yahoo boy runs mad after failing to use his mother for money ritual (video)
A video making rounds on social media captured moment a yahoo boy (internet fraudster) identified as Junior allegedly ran mad.

Eyewitnesses stated that the young man in the video ran mad after failing to use his mother for money rituals, a claim that is yet to be confirmed. He was heard saying in the video that he opted to use his private part, but "they" refused. He also queried why they never asked him to use his father for the money ritual process.

Three corps members killed in Katsina car crash (photos)
Three Members of the National Youth Service Corps serving in Katsina state, lost their lives in a car accident in Kankara local government area of the state yesterday Sunday August 18th.

Three corps members killed in Katsina car crash (photos)
According to reports, the corps members were heading towards Funtua to attend a Wedding Mass at a Catholic church when the accident occurred. One of the survivors of the accident said the unfortunate incident happened due to brake failure during a heavy downpour.  The Driver was said to have tried applying brakes but the Bus with Katsina registration number MAN-45-AA and the inscription ” COPPERS FOR CHRIST ” was swept away and it hit a nearby tree.

Confirming the incident, the Corps Public Relations Officer, Alex Obemeata, in a statement released, said

“Sunday Aug. 18, 2019, is a sad day for the NYSC in Katsina State as three Corps Members lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident on their way to a Church programme in Funtua. The Corps Members numbering 12, were in one bus belonging to the National Association of Catholic Corps Members, Katsina. Three of them died on the spot''
The PRO said the injured victims are currently in the hospital receiving medical attention.

Photo:?Rotimi Amaechi promoted to the highest rank in the Catholic Church under the order of the Knights of St. John
Rotimi Amaechi, a former Minister of Transportation and minister-designate has been promoted to the highest rank in the Catholic Church under the order of the Knights of St. John.

Amaechi was on Sunday, August 18th conferred with the Exemplification honour of the Knights of St. John from Grand Master, Nigerian Temple Noble and Exalted Knights of the Holy Cross Knight of St. John International.

His spokesman, Israel Ibeleme said Amaechi was conferred with the honour at the Pope John Paul II Catholic Centre in Abuja for his service to the Order and humanity for over 20 years. He quoted Monsignor Kenneth Enang, in charge of the Pope John II Catholic Centre, as saying that the promotion was premised on Amaechi’s support toward the growth of the Catholic church.
“We want to thank you Knights of St John’s, all the other knights, college of knights for the work you are doing for the church. For the support we get from the Knights in many areas not only the financial support but the moral support.
”The Knights built the seminary we have now at Kuje when Cardinal Ekandem Dominic was alive and many of the Knights have built churches and handed over to the church. We ask God to bless you and your good works and let your labours not be in vain,” Enang was quoted as saying.
According to Ibeleme, the former minister, while accepting the honour, expressed joy for the promotion and thanked the leaders and grandmaster of the Knight for considering him and his friends worthy of the promotion.

There is no good thing you have done for your choir members that can beat what Davido has done for Lati- Yomi Black counters Mike Bamiloye
Yomi Black has faulted clergyman, Mike Bamiloye, over his Instagram post asking Music stars and actors who began their careers inside the church to return to the House of God. Read here.

The actor and filmmaker in a post on Instagram, stated that there is nothing Bamiloye has ever done for his choir members that can beat what Davido has done for his personal assistant, Lati. See his reaction below.

There is no good thing you have done for your choir members that can beat what Davido has done for Lati- Yomi Black counters Mike Bamiloye

4 killed as gunmen open fire on mourners in Benue
A gunmen attack at Tongov district in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State in the early hours of Saturday August 17, left four people dead.

Many others were injured after the gunmen numbering about 10 struck at the burial ceremony of one Tor Amaafu. The state's Commissioner of Police, Mr Mukaddas Garba said an investigation has been launched to arrest the suspects behind the attack.

Members of the public with relevant information about the incident have also been advised to reach out to the police.

Waiter shot dead for being ?too slow?
A waiter in the eastern Paris suburb of Noisy-le-Grand was shot dead by an angry customer he made to wait for a sandwich on the night of Friday August 16, as confirmed by a source close to the investigation.

Effort to revive the 28-year-old waiter shot in the shoulder with a handgun was unsuccessful and he reportedly died at the scene of the pizza and sandwich restaurant.

A murder investigation has been opened by the police to apprehend the man who fled the scene of the incident.

Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder ? Femi Fani-Kayode
Femi Fani-Kayode, Nigeria’s former Aviation Minister has said the country is sitting on a keg of gunpowder and that if things did not change, what happened in Rwanda in the 90s will be a small thing compared to what will happen to Nigeria.

Fani-Kayode, in series of tweets also said no matter how much secular education one might have had and that even if one went to the best schools in the world from the age of seven as he did, if one did not have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Word of God and the Holy Bible, one is nothing but an intellectual barbarian.
“It is common knowledge that the leader of the great 1917 Russian Bolshevik revolution and head of the world’s first communist state, Vladimer Lenin, approved the execution of Tsar Nicholas 11, the last of the Russian Tsars, and his wife, son and five daughters in 1918.
“What many do not know is that 31 years earlier, in 1887, Nicholas 11’s father, Tsar Alexander 111, had approved the execution of Lenin’s older brother, Alexander Ulyanov, who was 21 years old at the time, for attempting to assassinate him and effect a revolution. What will happen in Nigeria will be worse than what happened in Rwanda in 1990 if things don’t change! We are sitting on a keg of gunpowder! Christians have been marginalised, humiliated, insulted, brutalised, killed and disgraced…”
“We have become a nation of sociopaths…If I were to see Buhari I would ask him why he hates us so much and why, like Pharaoh, he has hardened his heart. I would tell him that I suspect that God has hardened his heart unto destruction,” Fani-Kayode tweeted.

Boko Haram: Soldiers killed in Jakana ambush, buried
The Nigeria army personnel killed in an ambush launched by Boko Haram insurgents in Jakana village along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway, have been buried.

The late military officers buried on Friday August 16 were identified as Colonel Kenneth Elemele, Lance Corporal Dimos Daniel, Oguntuase Ayo, Ajijola Sunday and Private (PTE) Akinola Ayoola. They were buried at the military cemetery of the 7 Division Maimalari Cantonment in a ceremony attended by their Next of Kins and family members.

Six military personnel died in the July 17 attack, however it was learnt that a soldier and a Captain have already been buried according to Islamic rites.

Senate vows to pass 2020 budget before Christmas
The Senate will pass the 2020 national budget before this year’s Christmas. The senate President, Ahmed Lawan, gave the assurance after visiting Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, at Government House yesterday August 16th.

He said the National Assembly is expecting the budget from the presidency by September and hoped to deliberate and pass it within two months.

“The process would return Nigeria to the annual budget of between January and December and guarantee fiscal discipline.” Lawan said

He assured that the Ninth Assembly would also pass the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, to ensure the oil and Gas sector are given the desired reform.

Kcee blames fans over celebrities
Kcee has pushed the blame of celebrities living fake lives as witnessed in the Nigerian entertainment industry on the fans.

Alleging that most celebrities lead fake lives, the Five Star Music boss stated that people don't like it when one is real. He further disclosed that this pressure pushes many into faking it till they make it.

“90 per cent of celebrities lead fake lives because you guys (the public) are putting them under pressure. People don’t like it when you are real; they prefer it when you lie to them, and that’s why many fake it until they make it.
“If you are very honest and truthful with them (fans), your records will have slow sales. 80 per cent of celebrities rent apartments but they would claim they bought the houses. They go through that because fans put them under so much pressure. That you see someone on television does not mean the person is worth N1bn, so people should stop thinking that we’re living in heaven on earth" he told Saturday Beats.

Kcee also admitted faking it at some point in his 19-year music career. He however stated that he now talks about it because he has moved past that stage and is now successful.

“Yes, I have faked it at some point. When I started, I had to fake it. To be a celebrity, there is a perception you need to sell so that people can look up to you. I am saying this because I have gone through that and I have passed that stage. I am now successful. There was a time I was driving a Hummer jeep while my then partner, Presh, had his own. We would go to clubs and use all our money to pop champagnes. At the end of the day, we would throw the drinks away and go back home to eat noodles. We wanted to impress people and make them see us as the most expensive artistes.
"When I was in Ajegunle (Lagos) and I got to a level where I needed to leave that area, I used to tell people that I was living in Ikeja, though I was still staying at Ajegunle. Before you knew it, we started living in Ikeja and from there, we moved on to bigger things. There is faith life and also fake life. My own journey was always keying into that faith.
However, it got to a point that everything went to zero level, and when I had the second chance with Limpopo, my ideology changed. What came in then was maturity, and I made a lot of investments. I was able to buy things that even when I leave the earth, my children would inherit them" he said.

UTME candidate arrested for forging his score to study medicine
A 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidate incurred the wrath of the management of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for editing his result in the examination, and will now be handed over to the police.

Kingsley Unekwe reportedly increased his score from 201 to 269 after contacting some fraudsters, in a bid to deceive his parents who wanted him to study Medicine. He was however apprehended.

JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede revealed that the boy confessed to tampering with the original UTME result in the presence of his mother and other officials on Friday August 16, while pleading for mercy amid claim of not knowing it came off a fraudulent act.

The registrar said, “Anybody who does post-result infraction will have their results withdrawn by the board. You (Unekwe) are the fifth person. Two of the other candidates are already being prosecuted because we showed them clearly that they forged their results to deceive their parents who are desperate, like your parents are, to study medicine.
We will prosecute you for attempting to tarnish the image of the board. We told your father that we have all the facts; since we now see that your claims are not correct, you will be prosecuted.”