LASG to evacuate lion discovered in a residential building in Lagos

The caged lion

A two-year-old lion has been discovered in a residential building in the Victoria Island area of Lagos State.

The lion said to be owned by a yet to be named Indian national, is caged at Number 229, Muri Okunola Street in Victoria Island.

The Chairman of Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences, Yinka Egbeyemi, confirmed this to Channels Television on Sunday.

According to him, men of the Nigeria Police Force have been deployed in the area.

Egbeyemi also disclosed that efforts were ongoing by the state government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment to evacuate the animal from the building.

He added that the Indian national who owns the lion has been invited for questioning.

Falana berates DSS  for saying Dasuki, El- Zakzakky, others freely chose to remain in their custody

Human Rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, has berated the Department of State Services for saying that a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and others, freely chose to remain in DSS custody rather than in prison.

Mr. Falana described the statement as put out by DSS Spokesman, Peter Afunaya, as a justification of the brazen abuse of power.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said instead of apologising for exposing Nigeria to underserved odium the spokesperson of the security agency asked Nigerians to believe that Sowore and Bakare, Mr. and Mrs. Elzakzaky and Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) “rather chose to be looked after by the DSS”!

“Since we are counsel to the majority of these detainees in question we are compelled to join issues with the SSS on its latest justification for such brazen abuse of power,” Falana stated.

He went on to argue that at various times in the past 4 years, the Federal High court, the Federal Capital Territory High Court, the Court of Appeal and the ECOWAS court of justice admitted Col. Dasuki to bail pending trial.

According to Falana, upon meeting his bail conditions on 30/12/15 Dasuki was released by the Kuje prison authorities. However, the SSS operatives arrested him at the gate of the prison and have since been detained in defiance of the orders of the aforementioned municipal and regional courts.

Falana said, “With respect to El zakzaky’s the Information Minister, Mr. Lai Mohammed had said on June 16, 2017, that “El zakzaky is actually not in prison custody nor police custody nor DSS custody? El-Zakzaky is in a house with his family, this is the honest truth.

“The court ruled that he will be released after his house has been rebuilt. Nobody wants to accept El-Zakzaky as a neighbor. So we have been able to build a house, where do we release him to?” When was the Elzakzakys transferred to the custody of the sss from the house built for them by the federal government?

“On another occasion, the Federal Government claimed that Mrs. Zeinat Elzakzaky was not detained but that she chose the company of her detained husband, Mr. Elzakzaky. As if that was not enough Mr. Lai Mohammed disclosed that the federal government was spending N3.5 million to feed the Elzakzaky per month. Since the Elzakzakys have been detained illegally for the past 46 months the federal government must have wasted N168 million on feeding the couple!

“The Federal Government has since justified the detention of Col Dasuki and the Elzakzakys by saying that the local and regional courts had failed to take cognisance of the fact that “national security takes precedence over the rule of law.” In fact, for not realising that Sowore ought not to have been admitted to bail the sss was reported to have threatened to report Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the federal high court to the National Judicial Council.”

The human rights lawyer further drew the attention of Mr. Bichi Mogaji, the Director-General of the State Security Service to Section 287 of the Constitution, stating that a duty has been imposed on all authorities and persons to comply with the decisions of all competent courts in Nigeria.

He urged the SSS to urgently comply with the orders of the municipal and regional courts for the release of all detainees and criminal suspects languishing in unlawful custody without any further delay.

INEC suspends collation of Kogi election results till Monday

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the collation of results of the governorship election in Kogi State.

The Returning Officer for the election and Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Umar, announced this on Sunday in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

Professor Umar told party agents and other political stakeholders present at the INEC office where the collation of results took place that the exercise would continue by 9am on Monday.

He explained that the announcement was necessary as the results of the election in the remaining two local governments have yet to be brought to the collation centre.

$1m awarded to 10 African entrepreneurs by Jack Ma Foundation Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative

 

 

Jack Ma Foundation has hosted its first annual Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) grand finale awarding $1 million in prize money to 10 entrepreneurs from across Africa.

The ANPI is a flagship initiative of the Jack Ma Foundation, created by Jack Ma after his first trip to Africa in 2017. The aim of the prize is to support and inspire the next generation of African entrepreneurs who are building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future. In its inaugural year, nearly 10,000 entrepreneurs from 50 countries across the continent applied. The Jack Ma Foundation has committed to running the competition for 10 years.

The finale event, called “Africa’s Business Heroes,” was held in Accra, Ghana, where the top 10 finalists pitched their businesses directly to four prestigious judges including Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba Group and the Jack Ma Foundation; Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Group; Ibukun Awosika, Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria and Founder/CEO of The Chair Centre Group; and Joe Tsai, Executive Vice Chairman of Alibaba.

Each finalist is receiving a share of $1 million. The top three finalists were:

Temie Giwa-Tubosun, founder and CEO, LifeBank (Nigeria) – First Place, winning $250,000

Dr. Omar Sakr, founder and CEO, Nawah-Scientific (Egypt) – Second Place, winning $150,000

Christelle Kwizera, founder, Water Access Rwanda (Rwanda) – Third Place, winning $100,000

“It was an incredible honor to be named Africa’s Business Hero. I was truly inspired by my fellow winners at today’s Netpreneur Summit. The Africa Netpreneur Prize will give me the resources to grow LifeBank and expand our presence in Nigeria and throughout the rest of Africa. I look forward to continuing my journey to solve problems and make a significant impact on the future of Africa,” said Temie Giwa-Tubosun, Founder and CEO of LifeBank.

The other finalists, who each received $65,000, are listed below:

Waleed Abd El Rahman, CEO, Mumm (Egypt)

Ayodeji Arikawe, co-founder, Thrive Agric (Nigeria)

Mahmud Johnson, founder and CEO, J-Palm (Liberia)

Kevine Kagirimpundu, co-founder and CEO, UZURI K&Y (Rwanda)

Dr. Tosan J. Mogbeyiteren, founder, Black Swan (Nigeria)

Chibuzo Opara, co-founder, DrugStoc (Nigeria)

Moulaye Taboure, co-founder and CEO, Afrikrea (Cote D’Ivoire)

“The finalists who competed in ‘Africa’s Business Heroes’ should be an inspiration for Africa and for the world. Each of these entrepreneurs looked at big challenges facing their communities, and saw them as opportunities,” said Jack Ma, Founder of the Alibaba Group and Jack Ma Foundation.

“It is my strong belief that entrepreneur heroes, like these finalists, will change the world – creating companies that drive inclusive growth and opportunity for the continent. Everyone is a winner tonight.”

“This competition demonstrates the overwhelming entrepreneurial talent that exists across Africa. I’m very excited about the future of industry and entrepreneurship for this continent,” said Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Group. “The top 10 truly show the limitless potential of African business.”

“What really struck me about the finalists was that they each addressed specific African problems with a specific African solution in a fresh way, leveraging technology that wasn’t available previously,” said Ibukun Awosika, Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria and Founder/CEO of The Chair Centre Group. “If this is an indication of the future of entrepreneurship on the continent, then Africa’s future looks bright.”

“Africa’s Business Heroes” will be televised in a two-hour special throughout Africa. The journeys of the finalists as well as their pitches and business insights from the judges will all be included in this exciting television event.

The initiative will host a pitch competition where 10 finalists from across the continent will compete for $1 million in total prize money every year through 2028. All entrepreneurs across Africa, are encouraged to apply. Entries for next year’s prize will open in the first half of 2020.

APC projected to win Kogi, Bayelsa states; INEC regrets electoral violence

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Preliminary results are projecting victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in both Kogi and Bayelsa states in the elections conducted on Saturday. APC is showing strength in almost all the local government results so far collated by INEC.

Except by a stroke of miracle, nothing in the horizon suggests a reversal of fortune for the PDP in both states. Pundits had predicted victory for APC in Bayelsa,  a stronghold of the PDP. They cite bad politics by Governor Seriake Dickson as reason PDP will lose the state to APC.

Ahead of the election, Governor Dickson had seen many of his aides including commissioners resign from his cabinet. He was also said to have offended many PDP stalwarts including President Goodluck Jonathan whom many see as not backing the PDP in the state but quietly working for the APC.

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed concern about some reported cases of violence  in the Saturday governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections.

In a statement issued by Mr Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee in Abuja, INEC said that it was unfortunate there were violence in spite all efforts to ensure peaceful elections.

The commission, however, called for calm while assuring voters of INEC’s commitment to conclude the elections process  in both states fairly and credibly.

It said that the commission was carefully monitoring the processes even as voting had closed in all polling units in both states.

“Reports from accredited observers and our officials in the field indicate that most voters who were willing to vote had the opportunity to do so.

“The commission delivered materials to its two states offices in good time and made adequate preparations for the movement of staff and materials to the various voting locations.

“There are reports indicating that electoral process was in several places affected by thuggery and violence, which the commission unequivocally condemns.

“We are still receiving, collating and evaluating these reports as we move into the critical phase of result collation,” the commission said.

The commission also said that results would be collated at registration areas, local government areas and state levels.

It added that its staff were ready to receive those results while advising stakeholders to keep to their commitments to ensure peaceful conduct.

The commission commended the security agencies, saying they had been supportive so far, in the face of many challenges.

The commission urged the public to remain calm, assuring voters in the two states of its resolve to ensure that the ”elections are concluded fairly and credibly.”

It said that it deployed staff and materials in 4,352 polling units in the two states for the governorship elections, Kogi West Senatorial rerun election and Brass I State Constituency supplementary election in Bayelsa.

“In addition, national commissioners, resident electoral commissioners and other staff were deployed to monitor and supervise the elections.

“These field officers are regularly submitting real-time reports to the commission on developments in the field,” the commission said.