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Three killed as okada riders spin on expressway

In ANYTHING on December 17, 2012 at 8:19 am

Three persons died, while several others were injured, on Friday, in Isara, Ogun State, in an accident that occurred after two commercial motorcyclists spun their bikes in a practice on LagosIbadan Expressway.

Witnesses told Saturday Tribune that the young men, believed to be from the Northern part of the country, had ridden from Isara onto the expressway and decided to practise spinning while waiting for passengers.

It was learnt that while the stunt was on, two 14-seater buses, which suddenly came upon the men were forced to slow down to avoid crushing them, but the decision came at a cost.

A trailer coming behind the buses on a top speed pushed them off the road. Three occupants of the vehicles and reportedly died from the impact of the accident.

“Despite the blaring of the buses, the boys continued trying to outsmart each other on the road,” said a witness.

It was gathered that one of the buses, marked: XX 403 FST, with the inscription: “Sunshine Express,” loaded from Ojota, Lagos and was headed for Akure, Ondo State, while the other, a white colour bus, departed Iyana Ipaja, Lagos, with Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State-bound passengers.

Saturday Tribune learnt that while one of the okada riders later died from an injury he sustained in the accident, the injured passengers were rushed to TC Hospital and Fakoya Hospital, both in Sagamu, by security operatives.

Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), who were at the scene, declined to speak to the press, insisting that they had no authority to do so.



In INTERVIEW on September 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm

He’s blind. He isn’t a beggar. He reads and edits works of other people. Who is he? Find out…

Gbenga Ogundare is Deputy Editor and Head of Development/Human Rights and Politics desk for National Standard Magazine in Lagos, Nigeria. He has a decade of robust experience that cuts across both Journalism and Development advocacy, having worked as a researcher, reporter, editor, creative writer, human rights activist, campaigner, and public affairs analyst.

He was  a Transparency Specialist at the Independent Advocacy Project (IAP), a leading good governance agency in Lagos.

As Head of Programmes/Editor, Governance Today, he coordinated IAP’s Anti-Corruption projects on the use of the media to promote transparency and accountability in the governance processes in Nigeria.

He also served as Project Director in the Cost of Democracy Project, COD. The project which was supported by the National Endowment for Democracy [NED] highlights the pervasive role of corruption in governance by underlying the real cost of democracy in Nigeria.

In addition, he had once served as Project Director in the Promoting Accountability and Transparency in the management of funds for HIV/AIDS [PATH] project. Investigations revealed that a huge percentage of funds allocated to fight HIV is being misappropriated at various levels and this programme examines the sources of ‘leakages’, its working with relevant governmental and non-governmental establishments to improve transparency and accountability in this sector.

Gbenga Ogundare is blind and is a co-founder of Disabled Rights Advocacy and Accountability Group [DRAAG], a development agency which promotes respect for the rights and inclusion of physically challenged persons in decision-making as well as removing opaqueness from the processes of government in Nigeria.

He has researched and written extensively on social justice for women and vulnerable groups, access to justice, transparency in HIV/AIDs funding as well as political and economic corruption and its linkages with poverty.


In Uncategorized on September 4, 2012 at 7:38 am

A final year female student of The Polytechnic Ibadan, Omolola Senbanjo, was, on Monday morning, shot by suspected armed robbers.

The 26-year-old student of the Accountancy Department was shot in her room around 3.00 a.m. while praying for her final examinations.

The robbers, numbering about 25, were said to have stormed Kola Oyewuwo Fodacis area, on Adeoyo Hospital road, Ibadan and raided several houses.

An eyewitness told the Nigerian Tribune that the deceased was studying in her apartment when the robbers attacked her.

According to the eyewitness, the robbers thought the deceased was trying to catch a glimpse of the situation when they shot her.

She was said to have been hit by the bullet, which killed her.

When contacted, the acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Daniel Oboyi, confirmed the incident and said investigation was going on.

He said that policemen were contacted by a neighbour, but did not give adequate information on the particular area.

He disclosed that before the patrol team got to the exact area, the suspected armed robbers had escaped.

Policemen were at the area, but did not know the exact area where the robbers were operating,” he said.

He urged the people of the state to always give the police adequate and genuine information that could lead to stem the activities of armed robbers in the state.



courtesy: Nigerian tribune


In Uncategorized on September 4, 2012 at 7:29 am

THE fifth governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and former Vice-President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Mr Ola Vincent, is dead.

Aged 86 years, Vincent died in Saint Nicholas Hospital in Lagos, on Monday afternoon.

He called the shot as the CBN boss for five years, between June 28, 1977 and June 28, 1982.

On retirement in 1982, the world-class economist recommended the creation of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Commission (NDIC), which was established six years after in 1988.

The banking icon was educated at CMS Grammar School, Lagos, between 1936 and 1939; attended the Administrative Staff College in England from 1953 to 1956 and later the University of Manchester.

As fifth CBN governor since the country’s independence, he supervised an economy that boasted of five commercial banks and a 0.647 exchange rate of naira to the United States dollar and left it at 0.673.

He started his career with the Federal Ministry of Finance in 1959 as a senior assistant secretary and later joined the CBN as an assistant general manager and rose as a general manager in the bank in 1966.

Following the expiration of his term at AfDB, he returned to the CBN in 1973 as an adviser and later rose to the position of a deputy governor in 1975.

In recognition of his contributions to the development of the economy, Vincent was named a Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) in 1982.

Reacting to his death, the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) said he was a role model, whose support for the institute and the profession could not be quantified.

Speaking with the Nigerian Tribune on telephone, the Registrar and Chief Executive of the institute, Dr ‘Uju Ogubunka, described Ola Vincent as “an elder stateman and a distinguished banker of note.”

Also, a retiree of the CBN, Chief Timothy Ukegheson, who was at the CBN when Vincent was governor, while speaking with the Nigerian Tribune on telephone, confirmed that Ola Vincent could better be remembered for promoting the interest of bank depositors.

At the time of going to press, CBN was yet to react officially to the death, but the workers at the Lagos office annex described him as an accomplished banker in all ramifications.



In Uncategorized on July 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Two cashiers with Shoprite Supermarket were on Monday charged with the theft of the company’s money at a Surulere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The accused, Olawale Odunbakin, 20, and Ademola Adeniji, 37, are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
The duo, however, pleaded not guilty to the offences.
The prosecutor, Insp. Akeem Raji, told the court that the accused had sometime between June 25 and July 19 at the Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Mall manipulated the company’s computer and stole N404, 999 worth of property of Shoprite, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
He said that the accused allegedly received money from some customers and manipulated the computer to defraud the company.
“The accused persons have been receiving money for goods purchased by people, removed part of it and recorded some in the computer.
“The money was discovered missing in June when the second accused, Adeniji was employed,” Raji said.
He said the offences contravened Sections 285 and 387 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State.
Magistrate A. Tobi granted the accused bail but did not fix any amount for it.
She said the accused should also produce two sureties each with an evidence of tax payment to Lagos State Government for three years as part of the bail conditions.
The case was adjourned till September 28 for trial.

NIGERIA: A PLANE’S PLUNGE…more than 150 perish

In ESSAY on June 6, 2012 at 8:12 am

The white jet grew closer, buzzing the top of a building and chopping a coconut tree as it descended, before finally smashing into a compound and causing the neighbourhood to erupt with a violent shake.

“We saw the plane just coming toward us like this,” said Emeka Okafor, a 41-year-old father of two who lived on the middle floor of a two-storey residential building badly damaged in the crash.

“Blaaaaw! Like a bomb,” Okafor said. “Fire immediately.”

The crash on Sunday afternoon of a Dana Air MD83 passenger plane on the northern outskirts of Nigeria’s largest city of Lagos killed at least 159 people, making it one of the worst air disasters in a country that has had more than its share.

Nigeria has grounded domestic airline Dana while an investigation continues, with questions swirling over what caused the crash of the 22-year-old plane.

The country’s civil aviation chief has said the flight reported both of its engines having failed before crashing.

Residents of the neighbourhood where it plunged described a surreal set of events in the city of around 15 million, with some saying they had no idea what had hit, but knew they had to run, seeing flames, smoke and destruction as they did.

The plane with 153 people on board ploughed into a church, a house, a textbook warehouse and a two-storey apartment block that was home to 40 people, including Okafor, who made it out with his family.

Six people from the now demolished apartment block – four residents and two visitors – have so far been confirmed dead.

Some in the neighbourhood speculated that the pilot may have been aiming for a small, overgrown lot just beyond the chopped coconut tree and across from where he crashed. They wondered if he hoped crash-landing there would save lives.

The crash happened as Nigeria’s national football team was set to play a World Cup qualifying match against Namibia in the southeastern city of Calabar, and many residents were readying to watch it on television.

Chinyere Peace Eweh, a 37-year-old mother of three, lived on the top floor of the building, but was at Bible study with her children and husband at the time of the crash. A friend called her to say that her flat was on fire.

“This is the only thing I have – and my Bible,” she said, pointing to her clothes.

As residents were still trying to piece together what happened, chaos broke out at the crash site as thousands rushed into the area.

Some helped by directing fire hoses into the site, with masses of arms holding the lines above their heads, but others simply added to the confusion, while some even looted.

Authorities responded with whips to clear the crowd and rocks flew through the air. A helicopter tried to land and provoked pandemonium, while rescue workers faced difficulties accessing the scene.

By Tuesday, at least 150 bodies had been recovered, including a woman clutching her daughter.

Many of the human remains were unrecognisable, and rescue officials say DNA testing will be used with the help of international partners.

© 2012 AFP


In ESSAY on May 16, 2012 at 11:36 am

The Wretched Game

As a habit and an escape from poverty, a large numbers of Nigerian youths have sought solace in gambling and mother luck  


The taxi driver almost caused an upset as the passenger alighted from the cab just at his destination. Wale, the driver was lost in thoughts and of course, so hard on himself because of an omission the day before. He had failed to stake at least N200 on a ‘2-sure’ lotto game he played a day before. And thus, the hope of treating his entire family to a feast during the 2012 New Year celebration from the N48000 largesse he would have won was dashed.

A few weeks later in Lagos, were he to be there, the unlucky cab operator would definitely envy a posse of gamblers in Lagos who were in a frenzy mood, throwing fire crackers after cashing millions of naira from Baba’Jebu, the way he did of his friends in the ancient city of Ibadan after that grave miss. That December in Ibadan, over N200 million was paid in winning with some defaulting agents allegedly on the run, for either having failed to remit players’ entries, thinking the winning numbers wouldn’t come out or considering the enormity of their indebtedness.

In February of this year alone, players around Mushin are said to have won billions of Naira in the National Lotto, a lottery firm  based in Ghana as well as Premier Lotto, with Adebutu Kessington, popularly known as Baba’jebu as its Nigerian founder. Hailed from Iperu, a rural town in Ijebu dialect speaking part of Ogun State, Adebutu’s appellation, Baba’Jebu is now emblematic of everything gambling in the country.

However, the calibre of people playing the games transcends all social strata. Apart from the market women and those in pariah who also stake as little as N50 on the game from time to time, there are also those who play by proxy, trying to save their faces and conceal their source of fortune. Interestingly too, personalities like Oba of Mushin, the Oloto and the DPO of Daleko police station were said to have won several millions of naira in the much talked about Mushin boom. It is this name-dropping, appeal and fantasy of winning that make millions of Nigerians spend significant percentage of their earnings on lotto with majority nevertheless, going home with their tails between their legs after every draw. But the enticement is so powerful that even secondary school pupils have also joined the fray of players with money meant for their schooling.

The Game Plan

The practice that had its origin in Malta in 1923 has metamorphosed over the years and the Nigerian variant has a lot of aspects to it. To win in any of the lotto games ubiquitous in the country, a player has to predict correctly a set of numbers that will pop up from the gambling machines of the operator during the draws held after each game, -as quickly as two hours in some games. The winning numbers comprising the first few digits on the machine, grouped into five, each made up of one or two numbers. The remaining five groups are known as machine numbers -waste products. The player has the choice of a “2-sure” play in which four numbers paired in twos are predicted, e.g. 83, 45. In this case, if he plays with N1, 000, he earns a whooping N240, 000 if he wins (i.e. select 2 numbers drawn) N1000 X 240. A player can opt for a “three” direct game, a rare occurrence whereby a measly sum of N500 turns to N1.05million in winning (i.e. select 3 numbers drawn) N500 X 2100.

It increases geometrically depending on the amount of money betted with. A caveat to this is that, considering its potential of running the lotto company aground, a player has to break his stakes into smaller sums played from various agents otherwise, a single agent will decline such huge payment on one voucher upon winning and he is so empowered by some internal regulations. A game can be perming too – that is, disintegration of numbers into one digit from 1-99 with a two digit, for example, 16, used as the anchor. This anchor must come out in order to win. The chances of winning are high here but the amount that could be won is pocket-sized.

And for an experience, National Standard also played two “two-sure” games of N50 each and a perming of N60.It all returned non-winning though—more appropriately, the magazine lost.

Choosing a number to stake is a bit of rocket science too. Antecedents are the rule. Lotto chat, a weekly publication of all the past winning entries with dates, serves same way as do past questions for exams. Taking into cognizance the nine digits of numbers on each of the columns of the machine and how they tend to behave over a specific time, a player will permutate when 23 will turn to 32 and 78 to 87 at the same time, to win a 2-sure game as it did in December of 2011 around Alagbado, a suburb of Lagos. Players won over N20 million with numbers 32, 87. These same numbers were set as 23, 78 some months back as the winning. Also, lunatics are a good source of gambling numbers as they are thought to have a link to the extra-terrestrial realm. If the number volunteered by a madcap wins, he may be given a stipend to help himself. But if it doesn’t-as is often the case-he may get the beating of his life as if it’s not a mishap enough for him to be mentally deranged.

Just about any numerical inscriptions can pass for a Baba’Jebu betting number- foreign phone numbers on Tokunboh automobiles, house addresses, among many. In fact, a conductor retrieved a N100 note balance he gave a passenger few minutes earlier and replaced with another because he suddenly remembered the note had a set of numbers scribbled on it, suitable for his gambling trade.


Intrigues and Tricks

All sorts of means are devised by the lotto companies with their numerous agents to outwit the players. On the parts of the operators, they sometimes rely on their principal agents who serve as informants, advising them on the particular numbers majority of betters have played by collaboration among themselves. The operators, especially those outside the country, during their draws will be wary not to announce such numbers so as not to be drained out with the resultant multiple winnings.

On the part of the agents, they resort to Banker to Banker, a process in which a person’s entry is yanked out from the terminal, thus not reflecting in the office data base. As a result the person will not be able to claim any money in the event of winning. In addition, this ploy involves writing misleading winning numbers on the notice board, making players–mostly illiterates–conclude that their numbers did not come out, and will be encouraged to shred their vouchers thereby foreclosing any outburst of anger. This no doubt is possible because of agents’ defiance of section 13 of the commission’s code of conduct which says that names off all the winners should be documented i.e. published in at least one newspaper of wide circulation.

These methods are employed when the agent has not remitted the money to the office with the hope that the numbers will not set. This has always been greeted with violence anytime the stakers find out they have been short-changed, resulting in knocking down of the agent’s kiosk and beating him black and blue if he is ever found.

The head office also has a measure of its own under-handed dealings. When forecast has come to a point that the numbers cannot but set on the screen during the next draw, it sometimes comes under anxieties. Sources claim the same machine, that has been used for the draws over time, remaining to drop the numbers that forecast gurus have predicted and would have distributed among players for a fee, will not be used this time around, even though the draws will be held in the full glare of everybody, in compliance with section 11 of the Code of Conduct of National Lottery Commission. The trick is that the sticker bearing the name of the game awaited would have been fix on a different machine and in the end players will be led to conclude that their numbers are not out again.

Conspiracy and Fetish Means

The lotto game has another stratagem to it. There are forecasters who have a way of predicting numbers and selling them to a wide array of players. A notable example is a young man simply identified as Ibukun in Mushin. He was the brain behind the much talked about Mushin winning spree. His name is now an advert buzzword on notice boards describing him as Water Boy, Wonder Boy etc. He sold out to players, the forecast numbers he was sure of, and he is said to have gone into hiding because he is now wanted for “questioning” by Adebutu Kessington. Desperate lotto players have also employed the services of juju priests to boost their winning chances, even so, as they are always warned that no efficacious voodoo can outwit that of Baba’Jebu’s and according to a source, their efforts are usually to no avail.

For those who win, they hardly stay a few months before going broke again. Apart from a habit that is hard to break which makes them plow back-hence the catch phrase: Da pada, Owo Baba’Jebu (meaning: return to the source, it’s Baba’Jebu’s money), reckless spending and lack of good investment are their lots. Even when they invest, you don’t call Jack before it starts to ebb. No thanks to the allegedly cursed baskets with which the claims are paid. The same quandary can befall a sub-agent; despite his regular commission of 25%. Many a sub-agent is given to excessive gambling and extravagant lifestyle. Hakeem who lives around Mushin that was able to set up a daily-needs shop for his wife from Baba’Jebu swag has also succeeded in draining the store, supporting his gambling lifestyle. Motorcycle, commercial buses, electronics and many other articles have been acquired from gambling proceeds but ironically, they are usually sold to play lotto in an unending cycle.

Thus, money has been made and it has also been lost. Only time will tell if the players in this current fad will ever realize how much of their money is given to Baba’jebu, to receive little or nothing in turn. And of course, it’s uncertain if we will ever have a generation of moneybags with Lotto as the source of their wealth.

NIGERIA TODAY: The Brown-Envelope Dialogue

In ANYTHING on February 21, 2012 at 8:32 am
Foreign Reporter: Reports reaching us indicate that journalism has been held hostage in Nigeria since 1999.

Nigerian Journalist: That’s stupid! Journalism is OK. It’s journalist who are held hostage.

Foreign Reporter (continues): Having drifted away from past excellence and dynamism, Nigerian journalism is now called “cash-n-carry” journalism.
With us here is Mr. Methuselah Brown-Envelope…Welcome.

Brown-Envelope: Thank you very much. You’ve only started the obvious. How do I survive on a take-home pay that doesn’t take me beyond the beer parlour?

Foreign Reporter: You mean Nigerian journalists are poorly remunerated?

Brown-Envelope: Are you asking me? Not only are they poorly paid, they’re hardly paid. Besides, they don’t get further training to enhance their work.

Foreign Reporter: How do they survive?

Brown-Envelope: Lemme assure you that they don’t steal, kidnap, bunker oil nor throw bomb. They’re too intellectual for that. All we do is some little blackmailing: “Ah, we won’t use your story unless you give some money oh!”; “Mr. MD I have information that are damaging to your company, what do you want us to do?” “Senator So-and-So, there are some undesirable elements in your constituency who are championing your downfall, they’ve paid us to do a critical story on you. But we won’t. Please settle your boys!”

Foreign Reporter: Oh really?

Brown-Envelope: Oh yeah!


Financial Reporter- Lagos, Nigeria

Mergermarket – Nigeria
Job Description

Mergermarket, the world’s leading M&A news service, is looking to appoint an experienced and hardworking freelance reporter based in Lagos, Nigeria. The post involves writing exclusive news stories on mergers and acquisitions across all sectors, interviewing senior executives and attending conferences and meetings in the country.

The ideal candidate should have experience in financial/business reporting and have excellent spoken and written English skills. Candidates must have previous work experience in financial journalism in order to apply. Candidates should be willing to travel within the country at times and must comply with mergermarket’s strict ethical guidelines.

The post will suit reporters who are able to regularly deliver quality copy while working independently and with reporters and editors abroad. Part-time freelancers will be accepted as long as there is no conflict of interest between their other jobs and our product.

Please contact our senior reporter in West and Central Africa, Kimberly Johnson, if you are interested, or can recommend someone who is. A professional CV and at least three copies of published articles should be submitted with a proper cover letter to be considered for this position.

Desired Skills & Experience

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Nigerian Jailed For Watching Couple Have Sex …sneaks into the couple’s bedroom

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2011 at 9:13 am

A 36-year-old man, Raymond Obi Eze, has been arraigned before an Ejigbo Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, for sneaking into a couple’s bedroom to watch them making love, while he hid under their bed.

The couple,  Mr. Leuise Chigozie and his wife, Vicky, said they were making love when they noticed the accused hiding under the bed watching them.

Eze’s attempt to escape was thwarted by Chigozie, who after grabbing him raised an alarm. The brawl between the accused (Eze) and Chigozie led to his wife sustaining injury.

The accused was said to have been arrested and handed over to the police at Idimu Station, who arraigned him before the court on a two-count charge of unlawful entry and attempted murder, offences contrary to Section 320 of the Criminal Code, Cap.17, Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

He (accused) told the police that he was not a thief neither did he attempted to harm the couple, but was only watching them to derive sexual satisfaction  and pleaded for leniency.

Witnesses, who assisted the couple to arrest the accused, said they believed the accused was watching Chigozie making love to his wife.

According to the police charge sheet, the incident happened at 8.30 p.m. Friday,  December 9, at the couple’s residence at 40, Ejigbo Road, Idimu, Lagos.

However, when the plea of the accused was taken in the court, he pleaded not guilty to the two-count charges brought against him.

Magistrate M. B. Folami admitted Eze (accused) bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum, but he was unable to met the bail conditions and was ordered to be remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri Maximum Security Prisons, Apapa, Lagos.

The matter has been adjourned till January 18.



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