33 cattle rustlers, hoodlums lynched

No fewer than 33 hoodlums have been reportedly killed by security forces and locals in Ihorombe region of Madagascar on Tuesday.

The bandits are part of the about 40 armed thieves who drove away 200 head of cattle belonging to the local communities.

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The security operatives and the local communities engaged the cattle rustlers in a clash that lasted for hours leading to the killing of 33.

Banditry remains a major security concern in several parts of Madagascar.

According to Africa Review, various media have reported an increase in the criminal activities of well-armed groups of young men, known as dahalo or malaso (‘bandits’ in Malagasy).

The groups have lately started to combine their ‘traditional’ cattle raiding with attacks on hotels, private houses, trucks and taxi brousse (bush taxis).

The issue of banditry has become the testing ground for all recent governments, which have tried – with little success – to reinforce their presence in regions where they have never been able to exert full political control.

Former mayor Fanomezantsoa Hariniaina lamented the rise in banditry, saying it was driving huge populations into the urban areas.

People were deserting their villages to avoid getting into trouble with bandits, Mr Hariniaina said.

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Market women protest use of weighing scales in Osun

A section of women at Igbona Market in Olorunda Local Government Area of Osun state, on Thursday, staged a peaceful demonstration to protest against the ultimatum given by the Osun state government over the use of weighing scale known as ‘Osuwon Omoluabi’.

The less than 100 women under the aegis of Igbona Market Women Petty Traders Association, closed their shops and stormed the Government Secretariat, Abere armed with their measuring bowls.

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Recall that in a bit to standardize trade activities in the state, the state government of Osun had introduced weighing scale and encouraged all market in the state to align with this policy.

Market women protest use of weighing scales in Osun

The policy which was introduced about a year ago with the support of various market leaders across the state when operational, will end the imbalance in the measurement of goods in the markets.

Market women protest use of weighing scales in Osun

Though the government through representative of market associations had agreed to allow timeline frame of one year for the policy to take effect on their members, the market women had pleaded with government to extend the enforcement.

The government had subsidized the scaling for the market women, a development that caused the government to bear the larger burden.

Addressing the protesters, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Commerce, Hon. Simeon Olufemi Popoola, noted that the government will look into the pleadings of the traders.

Nigeria is the only country amongst its neighbours without standardized measuring scales for its trading activities.

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NUT Protest Over Campaign For Local Government Autonomy In Kano

Ekiti NUT Election Turns Bloody, Three wounded, Two DetainedMembers of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Kano State are protesting against the ongoing campaign for Local Government Autonomy.

These people who are mostly primary school teachers and sympathizers say over the year local government authorities have been siphoning funds meant for primary school teachers.

Secretary of the union in Kano Haruna Ilallah told reporters at the union secretariat that it became necessary for them to fight for the welfare of their members.

Hundreds of primary school teachers drown from the 44 Local Government areas in Kano gathered at court road, the headquarters of the NUT protesting the signified unacceptability of Local Government Autonomy.

They are not directly against the autonomy of Local Government Authorities in Nigeria, but they want the salaries and other entitlements of their members be separated from the local government who they accused of corruption.

“We are not against Local Government Autonomy, what we are saying is that separate our salaries from the Local Governments Authorities, let it either be handled by the state or federal government.”

Although the association of Local Government Employees of Nigeria recently spoke on getting their autonomy back, but activities such as this may present a significant threat to the other party in question.

But, the National Social Secretary of the NUT Yunusa Danguguwa believed that is only when the welfare of their members are redirected to either the federation or the state governments accounts that the autonomy of local governments will be guaranteed.

“We knew that our friends from the Local Governments in Nigeria are asking for autonomy but history has shown that from the 80’s when these Local Governments were enjoying the autonomy they have been stealing money meant for us, that is why we will not allow them to get any autonomy unless our position is clearly defined.”

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China, Hong Kong top hubs for fake goods – Europol

China and Hong Kong are overwhelmingly the largest shipment centres for fake goods sold around the world, in a growing, complex battle against sophisticated counterfeiters, Europe’s police agency said Thursday.

In 2015, the two territories “were the provenance of 86% of global counterfeiting and $396.5bn worth of counterfeit goods,” Europol said in a detailed 74-page report, adding intellectual property theft was “one of the most lucrative criminal enterprises”.

With the rising use of cargo rail links between China and Europe, there are also concerns that criminal networks may begin to seize on what can be a cheaper or faster alternative for transporting goods than container shipping or air links.


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Turkey is another important hub for the entry of fake goods into the European Union, along with Thailand and Singapore, said the joint report produced with the Madrid-based EU Intellectual Property Office.

Everything from shampoos, to batteries, electronics and brand-name clothing, toys, medicine and food has been counterfeited and sold, often to unsuspecting customers. There is also a rising trade in fake labels for Europe-based networks producing such goods inside the zone.

But the top category of fake goods seized at the EU’s borders in 2015 was cigarettes — accounting for some 27 percent of some 88,000 cases investigated by customs officials.

As gangs seek to bypass checks and reach consumers quickly and cheaply, rail connections out of China could offer “concrete advantages,” the report warned.

“Intellectual property crime is extensive in the EU and carries very many adverse effects,” warned Europol head, Rob Wainwright.

“It harms our economies, generates enormous illicit profits for organised crime groups, and often causes direct physical harm to citizens in the form of the growing supply of fake health and safety goods.”

Sales of fake clothing and shoes amounted to more than 26 billion euros in lost sales of legitimate goods in Europe, or 9.7 percent of total revenues, causing an estimated 363,000  job losses in this “mirror economy”, the report said.

Many items are now being sold online directly to consumers, allowing counterfeiters to send their goods in small packets which may pass more easily through border checks.

“Counterfeiters often need to produce and ship products quickly, usually in reaction to emerging product trends and demands,” the report said.

While the goods may be produced cheaply, “air freight, despite being fast, is often too expensive” while a shipping container can take up to six weeks to reach its destination.

China is developing both its rail and road infrastructure to reach the eastern EU external borders.

And “cargo trains offering logistics solutions between China and the EU for nearly half the price of air freight, which take approximately half the time of traditional container shipping, would appear a logical choice,” the report said.

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Weight loss: Abuja residents adopt trendy “Ketogenic’’ lifestyle

A cross section of residents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Thursday said they have adopted the Ketogenic lifestyle to manage their weight.

Ketogenic lifestyle is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet quickly gaining ground among populace to burn fats and manages weight.

Some of the residents said that trendy lifestyle was the best alternative to loose and manage weight effectively and healthy.


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Mrs Pamela Adegoke, a civil servant said she was `talked into’ adopting the Keto lifestyle due to health reasons.

“I had developed some health condition that was affecting me, so my doctor advised me to change the kind of food I ate to stabilise my health and my daughter told me about ketogenic.”

“Even though the ketogenic lifestyle is expensive to maintain, I do not regret engaging in it as it has reduced my weight and helped to improve my health according to my doctor,” she added.

Similarly, Mrs Nneka Obianaju, a mother of five said the lifestyle had enabled her to reduce weight gained during pregnancy and post-partum.

“I adopted the lifestyle five months ago, and I have reduced all the weight I gained while pregnant.

“It has even made me look younger, my skin now glows and I receive compliments from my husband and people around on my improved look,” Obianaju said.

On his part, Mr Francis Chibuzor, a business man said he had to adopt the lifestyle to improve his sexual life.

“I had gained a lot of weight, which was affecting my sexual libido and my relationship with my wife.

“Someone introduced me to keto diet, which I have been able to adhere to and has improved our bedroom relationship with my wife, health and looks,” he said.

Mrs Joyce Emmanuel, a teacher and mother of two, said she had to quickly change her diet to shed weight and save her marriage.

“My weight had always been a problem for me since when I was single and before motherhood.

“I had engaged in several weight management stuff, exercises and drugs, but I was still fat, which gradually affected my marriage.

“But I have been able to reduce and still working on my weight with the encouragement and support of my family and friends and it’s working,” she added.

She therefore, advised the public to adopt a healthy lifestyle to improve their health, relationships and to live longer.

(NAN)

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Church of England admits to hiding sex abuse of boys by bishop

The head of the Church of England has said that the institution “colluded” with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one of its former bishops.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, made the statement on Thursday as the church published a review of how it handled the case of former Bishop Peter Ball, who was convicted and imprisoned in 2015 after pleading guilty to offenses, including two counts of indecent assault.

Welby said the report was “harrowing reading” and that the church didn’t help those who were brave enough to come forward.


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The report said Ball’s conduct “caused serious and enduring damage to the lives of many men;” and that “the church at its most senior levels and over many years supported him unwisely.”
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Oscar Banned For Eight Matches After Causing Brawl

Shanghai SIPG attacking midfielder, Oscar Júnior, has been banned for eight league games after sparking a mass brawl during Sunday’s match against Ghangzhou.

The 25-year-old appeared to kick the ball straight at two players from opponents Guangzhou R&F. After which  he was pushed to the ground before players from both sides fought.

The former Chelsea midfielder, who joined Shanghai SIPG in a £60 million deal in earlier this year, was also fined 40,000 Yuan (£4,620).

The incident came in first-half injury time, and Shanghai’s Fu Huan and Guangzhou’s Li Zixiang were sent off for their part in the brawl, but Oscar was not booked.

Fu and Li have received six and five-game bans respectively from the Chinese Football Association (CFA), while Guangzhou’s Chen Zhizhao, who pushed Oscar to the floor, has been banned for seven league games.

Shanghai coach, Andre Villas-Boas, defended Oscar afterwards, saying he was “just being passionate”, and Oscar denied he purposely aimed the ball at Guangzhou players.

“Disrespect the opponent? It is not true. I am a very dedicated player and respect sportsmanship,” Oscar was quoted as saying on the Sina Sports website.

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CS Sfaxien Midfielder, Sokari: Eagles Need More Africa-Based Players

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CS Sfaxien of Tunisia midfielder, Kingsley Sokari, hopes Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr will extend more invitations to Nigerian players in African major leagues for the subsequent 2018 World Cup and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

There have been calls by a Nigerians for the inclusion of ‘home-based’ players in the Eagles team over the years as their overseas-based pros get more of the attention from national team selectors.

“Currently, the Super Eagles have capable young players from European and African clubs who will be around for a long time to come,” the former Enyimba player told Completesportsnigeria.com.

“My opinion about having more players who are based in Africa in the national team is that it creates that competitive atmosphere in a team which can only be beneficial to the whole squad.

“Against some opponents in the World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, it will be the best to have some of us in the national team because we play on the continent,  travel and play CAF club competitions and are familiar with some of the match venues of the host teams.

“Personally, I will like to be considered without pretending about it, but we cannot all make the team at the same time.

“I’m more concerned about improving my game now at club level, but hopeful about the national team in the near future,” the former Flying Eagles star told Completesportsnigeria.com on Thursday.

Daniel Akpeyi is a goalkeeper of South African side Chippa United and was in goal on June 10 in the Super Eagles’ 2-0  home defeat against South Africa although the duo of Ibrahim Alhassan and Ikechukwu Ezenwa of Akwa United and FC Ifeanyiubah respectively, were unused substitutes in the qualifying match.

Speaking about his Tunisian club, CS Sfaxien’s campaign in the CAF Confederation Cup,  Sokari rued missing a clear cut chance in the second half of their 1-1 draw on Wednesday evening on Match day 4 of the competition against South Africa side,  Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

Sokari who scored his club’s first goal in a 3-0 win when both sides clashed in the first leg on June 4 said: “I was so angry missing that opportunity to score. That could have had an impact on the result,  who knows.

“My first job is to create goal scoring opportunities for my teammates, but when the chance comes, why not,” the midfielder stressed.

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Etisalat Debt Will Have ‘Manageable Impact’ On Nigerian Banks – Exotix Capital

London-based investment banking services firm, Exotix Capital has released a new report that says the $1.2 billion Etisalat Nigeria debt burden will havemanageable impact” on the 13 Nigerian banks involved.

The analysts estimate a minus 12 percent impact on the lenders’ net profit in the 2017 financial year, a negative two percent impact on their equity and, a modest 0.3 percent hit on their capital adequacy ratio.

The report says a bailout of Etisalat Nigeria by the Central Bank and Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria is unlikely.

Among the group of banks involved in the Etisalat loan crisis, the biggest contributors are Zenith Bank with N80 billion, GTBank with N42 billion and Access Bank with N40 billion.

The lowest amount of loan in the consortium was FCMB at N4.5 billion.

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Court refuses to dismiss $1.6bn fraud charges against Omokore, others

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday rejected an application seeking an order dismissing the $1.6bn fraud charges instituted against Jide Omokore, an ally of a former Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and others.

In a bench ruling delivered shortly after hearing the application on Thursday, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba also specifically refused to strike out an additional proof of evidence exhibiting the statement made to the EFCC by an additional proposed prosecution witness on June 7, 2017.


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The application filed by the fifth defendant in the case, Abiye Membere, was anchored on the contention that the act of EFCC obtaining a witness’ statement about one year into the trial and when two prosecution witnesses had concluded their testimonies, constituted and abuse of court process.

The case was commenced in July 2016.

In his ruling, Justice Dimgba held that an alleged violation of the Federal High Court’s practice direction on criminal matters as argued by Membere’s lawyer, could not rob the court of its jurisdiction to hear a criminal case.

The judge held that the jurisdiction to hear a criminal case was donated to the court by the statues prescribing the offences on which the defendants were being tried and not the practice direction.

He said by virtue of the provisions of the Advance Fee Fraud and other related Offences Act and the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, the court had been conferred with the jurisdiction to hear the case which involved the offences of advance free fraud and money laundering preferred against the defendants.

He also held that section 379(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, cited by the applicant, allowed the prosecution to file an additional proof evidence at any stage of the trial.

He added that the law did not limit the prosecution to specific types of additional evidence either documentary or oral that could be filed in court in the course of the trial.

He held that to interpret the laws “as construed” by the defendant would violate the said section 379(2) of ACJA and would create a “judicial clog” in the procedure of prosecution established by the law.

He added that the remedy available to the defendants was not to ask for the dismissal of the charges but to request more time to enable him to study the newly filed document.

“I’m of the view this application is not deserving to be granted and it is accordingly dismissed,” the judge ruled.

Apart from Omokore and Membere, other defendants are Victor Briggs and David Mbanefo.

Two of Omokore’s companies, Atlantic Energy Brass Development Limited and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Limited, are also part of the defendants.

The EFCC is prosecuting the defendants on nine counts of criminal diversion of about $1.6bn alleged to be part of proceeds of the sales of petroleum products belonging to the Federal Government.

Part of the offences were said to be contrary to section 1 (1) (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act.

Arguing the application on Thursday, Membere’s lawyer, Mr. Folabi Kuti, prayed for an order dismissing the charges and setting aside the proceedings.

He asked the court to in the alternative strike out the additional proof of evidence dated June 9, 2017, containing a witness’ statement dated June 7, 2017, filed by prosecution.

He argued that the act of the prosecution constituted an abuse of court process and negated the principle of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

According to Kuti, what the prosecution filed, in the real sense of it was not an additional proof of evidence but a statement of a witness obtained only on June 7, 2017.

He contended that the witness’ statement obtained after the prosecution had called two witnesses showed that investigation of the case was ongoing contrary to the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act and Rule 3 of the Federal High Court’s Practice Direction on criminal matters.

The lawyer said, “As of the time this trial was going on investigation had not been concluded.

“The resulting effect is that the applicant has not been afforded the opportunity to know which case he is coming to face.”

Other defence lawyers did not file any process either for or against the application and only said on Thursday that they would leave the decision to the judge’s discretion.

In response, prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), noted that the application was “based on a false premise”.

He noted that the purpose of front-loading the documents to be used by the prosecution was merely to bring the case of the prosecution to the attention of the defendant in line with section 36(6) of the Constitution.

He maintained that by virtue of section 379(2) of ACJA, the prosecution was entitled to file an additional proof of evidence at any stage of the trial.

He added that even if the practice direction had supported Membere’s contention, the practice direction, a directive by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, could not override the provision of ACJA which is an Act of the Parliament.

“The applicant by asking the court to strike out the charges is asking for a tall order. He is ambitious,” Jacobs said.

After dismissing the application, Justice Dimgba fixed July 5 for continuation of trial.

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