In January 2016, the CcHUB Growth Capital fund (GC fund) launched with the goal of raising ₦1 billion ($2.75m) within 24 months. The timeline having elapsed this January, the fund has only garnered ₦280 million.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said the price paid by consumers for Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol) increased to N147.30 in September from N146.90 recorded in August.
The NBS disclosed this in its Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol) Price Watch report for September 2018 on Monday in Abuja.
According to the bureau, the price of petrol increased by 1.9 per cent year-on-year and 0.3 per cent month-on-month.
It said states with the highest average price of petrol were Enugu (N153.88), Taraba (N152.86) and Delta (N150.92).
It also named states with the lowest average price of petrol to include Kano (N144.87), Katsina N143.63) and Bauchi (N144.00).
Meanwhile, the NBS said the price of Automotive Gas Oil (Diesel) increased from N207.98 recorded in August to N211.64 in September.
According to the bureau, the price of diesel increased by 1.76 per cent month-on-month and 14.52 per cent year-on-year.
It said “states with the highest average price of diesel are Borno (N245.83), Taraba (N235.00) and Sokoto (N228.33).
“Similarly, states with the lowest average price of diesel are Edo (N197.28), Katsina (N195.63) and Rivers (N190).
Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and former Kaduna State Governor Ahmed Makarfi have pledged full support for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.
Tambuwal and Makarfi lost at the presidential primary in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
They gave their commitment yesterday when Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson led two other PDP governors to their Abuja homes.
Dickson told reportersafter the meeting tha Tambuwal stressed the need for the PDP to remain a strong united party adding that the emphasis should be on the country and not on his personal ambition.
Tambuwal who observed that the country was being run by proxy said the country needed a president who would deliver effective governance.
Makarfi said although the 12 aspirants went into the primary election as contestants, the emergence of one of them was a collective victory for party.
Makarfi said he had a long-standing political relationship with Atiku spanning many years and that it was too late in the day for him to jettison that relationship over presidential primaries.
He predicted a resounding victory for the PDP in the 2019 elections
Dickson together with Governors Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta) and Darius Ishaku (Taraba) hailed Tambuwal and Makarfi for their understanding and spirit of sportsmanship.
Dickson who heads the Standing Committee on Reconciliation of the PDP, said the party had commenced series of consultative talks with other categories of aspirants and leaders of the party so as to present a united front.
Dickson said: “I am leading a team of the committee of governors to interact and compare notes with our brothers, Governor Aminu Tambuwal and Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
“They ran a great race and we are all proud of what they did and what they continue to do. We appreciate their statesmanship, we appreciate the way and manner they have been of help in consolidating the gains the party is making.
“This is just the beginning of several interactions formally and informally that we are going to have with them and with several other leaders of our party.
“As you all know, they are very key players in the unfolding political scenario and we are all committed to reclaiming our country and building a new Nigeria”.
Dickson stressed the need for leaders of the PDP to close ranks and to hold regular talks as opposition politicians to reposition the PDP for electoral victory.
The family of the former Minister of Finance, Senator Nenadi Usman, has petitioned Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris over the alleged murder of Anita Akapson by a policeman.
Miss Akapson, 31, was allegedly shot dead last Saturday night by yet-to-be-identified policemen in Katampe District, Abuja.
According to the family, the deceased was trailed, targeted, intercepted, her vehicle was brushed, blocked and she was shot at close range by a police officer while in her vehicle.
The family in the petition dated October 15 and signed by the legal chamber of Kayode Ajulo & Co. called for an investigation into the murder.
The petition reads: “We are solicitors to the family of Senator Nenadi Usman (hereinafter refers to as “our clients”) on whose firm and unequivocal instruction we write you this letter.
“Senator Usman is a former Minister of Finance and a distinguished senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Our clients have availed us the circumstance of the gruesome murder of their daughter, Anita Akapson, 31, who was gruesomely shot at close range by a trigger-happy police officer for reasons unknown to our clients.
“It is our brief that our clients received a distress call about 11pm on October 13 by an anonymous caller, who informed them that their daughter was in Gwarinpa District Hospital. But before the arrival of our clients at the hospital, Miss Anita had died from the gunshot injuries.
“Several eye witnesses (names withheld) told our clients how the deceased was trailed, targeted, intercepted, her vehicle brushed, blocked and shot at close range by a police officer while she was in her vehicle (an Honda Accord saloon car) in Katampe District, Abuja.”
The family said the circumstances that surrounded the death of Akapson called for an investigation, considering her closeness to the former minister, who recently had been facing persecution from the government.
“The circumstances of the trailing, tracking and gruesome murder of the deceased, who had a strong affinity with Senator Usman, a member of the leading opposition party in Nigeria, and who is facing prosecutions from the state, unleashed with inattentive executive sanctions, call for a thorough and comprehensive investigation.
“Our clients have reasons to be apprehensive, based on the circumstances as enumerated above, particularly the shielding of the suspected officer, a Superintendent of Police, involved in the matter.
“Given the level of intimidation of opposition by the instrumentalities of the state, our clients are worried as to the intent or possible calculated assassination of the deceased to further cause pain and anguish on the family.
“We, therefore, based on the foregoing, urge you to use your good offices to cause a comprehensive investigation of the killing and surrounding circumstances without further delay to unravel the intent and the culprits behind this mindless act.
“Sir, you will agree with us that the right to life is fundamental and non-negotiable. Nobody, regardless of how highly placed, should be allowed to take another person’s life and yet live freely in our society. “We are hopeful that this matter will not be ‘heartlessly’ swept underground in an attempt to protect the perpetrators, their sponsors and intent as we have experienced in the past inglorious days of this country.
“Take notice that we would be left with no other option but to use the instrumentality of the law to seek justice in the death of Miss Anita Akapson if investigations are not timeously and thoroughly conducted.
Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen has died, Jeff Bezos has said the internet is a bias confirmation machine, and Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom hinted further that he’d left Facebook because he was unhappy.
Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.
Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen has died at 65 after a battle with cancer. A childhood friend of Bill Gates, it was actually Allen who came up with the name “Micro-Soft.”
Jeff Bezos said that today’s internet is a “confirmation bias machine” that could help autocratic regimes. The Amazon CEO weighed in on the current state of social media at the Wired 25 conference on Monday.
Facebook is banning any kind of hoaxes about voting, like false reports of violence or fake photos of long lines. The move is intended to address hoaxes like telling certain users they could vote by text, a method that has been used to reduce voter turnout in the past.
“Fortnite” is getting a new mode for the most competitive players, as it builds towards a $1.1 million showdown. “Fortnite: Battle Royale” is adding tournaments to its roster of in-game events, which will have different formats spanning several days.
The cofounder of Instagram said “No one ever leaves a job because everything’s awesome” about his departure from Facebook. Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom spoke out about why he left the company in September at a conference on Monday.
Thread, the fashion startup that helps lazy guys buy clothes, has raised $22 million. Thread uses a mix of machine learning and real-life stylists to learn about its customers’ fashion tastes, and recommend stylish clothing accordingly.
Jeff Bezos defended Amazon taking defense contracts, even as Google and others shy away. The Amazon CEO said, “this is a great country and it does need to be defended” at a conference on Monday.
Apple hired the founders of a music startup that says it can find ‘the next Justin Bieber’ — and it may give Apple Music an edge against Spotify. Apple has bought music analytics firm Asaii for under $100 million, Axios reports.
People are questioning the story that missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Apple Watch recorded him being killed. With Khashoggi still missing, security and technical commentators have cast doubt on reports from the Turkish media that his Apple Watch recorded him being tortured and killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Facebook will now show who exactly is paying to swing people’s votes through online political advertising. The company will both label ads as they appear in its News Feed, and archive all political ads in a searchable library which will retain ads for seven years.
Have an Amazon Alexa device? Now you can hear 10 Things in Tech each morning. Just search for “Business Insider” in your Alexa’s flash briefing settings.
Listen to YBNL Mafia; Picazo, Yomi Blaze, Davolee and Limerick in new music ‘Juju, Guns & Roses.’ Olamide’s YBNL Mafia featuring Picazo, Yomi Blaze, Davolee and Limerick release new single titled, ‘Juju, Guns & Roses.’Barely 24 hours after the signing of two young talents in Picazo and Yomi Blaze to his YBNL label, Olamide has wasted no time in putting them in the studio together with two of his artistes, Davolee and Limerick to record this fire record, ‘Juju, Guns and Roses.’This is more of a cypher to introduce the new signings to the Nigerian audience and the rappers all pulled off impressive verses making them one of the latest line of artistes to look out for.The song was produced by Pheelz.
Here are the things to know about the Super Eagles who is now a regular in Gernot Rohr’s starting team. Oghenekaro Etebo has been the engine room for Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles team in recent times and has maintained his position after his performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Here are five things to know about Oghenekaro Etebo1. Oghenekaro Etebo is 22-years-old Born in Lagos, Nigeria on November 9, 1995, Oghenekaro Peter Etebo is 22-years-old.2. Oghenekaro Etebo previous clubsOghenekaro Etebo began his youth career at Lord Honour FC in 2011 and he moved to Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side Warri Wolves academy in 2012. He made his debut for Warri Wolves in the league in 2013 and was there till 2015.His performances on the international scene did not go unnoticed as he finally moved to Europe with Portugal Primera Division side Feirense in 2016.In his second year with the Portuguese outfit, he joined Spanish La Liga giants Las Palmas on loan in the winter transfer window.After the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia where he started all the Super Eagles games, Etebo was rewarded with a move to English Championship outfit Stoke City.3. Etebo and NigeriaEtebo was born in Lagos Nigeria and has represented Nigeria at several appearances for the youth and senior teams in competitions.He did not represent Nigeria for the Golden Eaglets or Flying Eagles at U-17 or U-20 tournaments.It was while he was at the Warri Wolves he got a call-up by Stephen Keshi to feature for the Super Eagles in a qualification encounter for the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN).From there he was invited to the Dream Team by Samson Siasia and went on to score the winning goals as Nigeria won the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations and qualify for the football event of the 2016 Olympic Games.Etebo helped Nigeria to win a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games emerging as the highest goal scorer. He went on to feature as a starter in all of the Super Eagles games at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.4. Style of playEtebo is known as an energetic box to box midfielder who has the ability to help in the transition from defensive areas to attacking positions.He can fulfil any role in midfield either as a central, defensive or attacking midfielder depending on the coaches instruction.He has an amazing technique in dribbling with the ball in midfield as only Eden Hazard could break his record at the World Cup.His strength is making deep bursting runs from midfield to join up with the attack or drive at goal.5. Etebo awardsEtebo won the Wonder goal award while he was in the NPFL with Warri Wolves for his goal against Bayelsa United.He also won the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations and a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
It is raining new additions at the YBNL family as Olamide announces the signing of young talent Yomi Blaze to his record label, YBNL. Olamide has announced the signing of young rapper, Yomi Blaze to his record label, YBNL.Following the addition of the young rapper, Picazo, who became an online sensation over the past week to his YBNL family in the early hours of Monday, October 15th, Olamide has now welcomed yet another raw talent in Yomi Blaze to his label.This he announced via his Instagram page, with the caption ”welcome to YBNL, never walk alone, ishè Liverpool FC.” Yomi Blaze has been around for while, knocking on the industry doors with his singles like ‘Ika’ freestyle and a numble of freestyle clips on his social media pages, but it is his association with Picazo, his family, that has helped take his music to the notice of the YBNL boss as he was one of the boys hyping Picazo in the viral clip.The rapper also took to his Instagram page to thank Olamide, as he shared, ”am speechless.” Olamide has been credited with the success of the careers of names like Adekunle Gold and Lil Kesh in the past and with the style of rap that both Yomi Blaze and Picazo are known for, YBNL seems like a perfect fit to help develop their art.
CourtA lawyer, Edward Oseghale, arrested by the police at the premises of Surulere Magistrates Court for allegedly forging a court judgment has been arraigned.
Oseghale was arraigned before Magistrate Court presided over by Magistrate O.A Ojo, sitting in Ikeja, for procuring false judgment and using it to evict tenants from their homes.
He pleaded not guilty to the five-count charge bordering on forgery, and was granted bail in the sum of N50,000.
Stating the fact of the case before his arraignment, the prosecutor, Sergeant Kenrich Nomayo, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence on June 29, at Yaba Magistrate Court.
Nomayo alleged that the defendant forged the signature of the Registrar to Yaba Magistrate Court, Mrs Busola Banjo.
According to him, the defendant had also, on July 6, forged the signature of Magistrate O.A Banjo on a forged judgment with suit no MCY10318.
He was also accused of forging magistrate court’s cashier stamp.
While granting the lawyer bail, Magistrate Ojo ordered the defendant to provide responsible sureties, one of which must be a property owner in Lagos and must be working with a reputable company.
The magistrate also ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and should show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State government.
The matter has been adjourned till November 8 for commencement of trial.
The Super Eagles boss does not want his players to relax after a comfortable home victory against Libya. Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr has revealed that Nigeria’s second leg 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against the Mediterranean Knights of Libya will be a tougher encounter.An Odion Ighalo hat-trick with a Samuel Kalu curler gave the Super Eagles a comfortable 4-0 win over Libya in the first leg played in Nigeria.Playing in front of their home supporters at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium the Super Eagles cruised to victory. The team has landed in Sfax Tunisia for the second leg encounter with the Libyans unable to play in front of their home supporters.Rohr however feels it will be an insignificant factor as he expects the Libyans to come out fully for all three points to save their qualification campaign.Rohr made his opinions known n a statement on the official Twitter account of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). He said, “Tomorrow’s game will be tougher than the last one.“It’s always difficult to play the same team twice in 3 days and win both games, but we’re just as motivated and hungry for victory as we were on Saturday.”The Super Eagles boss who was not impressed with the defence in the first leg is aiming to break his consecutive winning streak of three games when Nigeria take on Libya on Tuesday, October 16 7PM.
[FILE PHOTO] Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), has expressed determination to offer supportive and free legal services to poor citizens of Nigeria, especially women.
To this effect, the organization recently set up the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) in Lagos State. It also created additional two centres in Delta and Kano States to empower citizens and pursue corruption-related complaints.
The Executive Director, Mr. Auwal Ibrahim Musa, iterated this during a one-day sensitization campaign held in Akure, Ondo State, to educate citizens, especially women on their rights.
Organized in partnership with Global Affairs Canada and Transparency International, Musa, who was represented by the Advocacy and Legal Advice Officer, Miss Bathsheba Tagwai, stated that the centre strengthens the link between civil society and the legislature through advocacy and capacity building on legislative processes and governance.
Tagwai further noted that ALAC is “a free, confidential and professional service that offers victims and witnesses of corruption an avenue to report and pursue incidences of corruption for redress.
“It provides legal advice and assistance to victims and witnesses of corruption; and set up a database on corruption in the country based on complaints received from the public.”
She identified the cases dealt with to include bribery and other types of petty corruption, grand corruption and conflict of interest across sectors such as health, education and land administration.
Listing all the processes employed to redress cases until a resolution is achieved, she added that the data on complaints are used to advocate greater structural and institutional change in the country.
The State Deputy Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mrs Olawumi Famuyiwa, who lectured the audience on the topic titled, “Your rights and responsibilities as a Nigerian”, expressed the need to educate citizens on their rights and responsibilities.
Famuyiwa noted that continuous sensitization would reduce the recurrent abuse of rights by persons and agencies, especially against women, youths and other vulnerable persons in the society.
An officer of Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Mr. Jimoh Oladapo, presented a paper titled, ‘The role of citizens, especially women and ICPC in the fight against corruption.’
Oladapo declared the determination of the commission to support the fight against corruption through the ICPC Act 2000, which consists of 71 sections.
He disclosed that there are Anti-Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Units (ACTUS) in over 350 Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), to wage war against corruption.
The ICPC staff added that the commission coopts Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) as partners, and mobilize people using National Anti-corruption Coalition (NACC), National Anti-Corruption Volunteers Corps (NAVC), community development associates and town hall meetings.
He therefore urged every Nigerian to support the fight against corruption by reporting any crime to the appropriate agencies.
At a San Francisco tech gathering on Monday, Google’s CEO answered questions about the internal turmoil this year caused by Google’s work with the US military and the company’s possible re-entry into China.
At a tech gathering in San Francisco on Monday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai remarked on an internal protest that rattled the company earlier this year.
The protest stemmed from opposition over the company’s work on a military project.
Pichai downplayed the influence those demonstrations had on management decisions.
He also said Google will work with the US armed forces in the future and “greatly respects what they do to protect our country.”
Thousands of Google employees participated in an internal protest against the company’s participation in a high-tech military project earlier this year, but the unprecedented revolt at the company had little influence on management’s decision-making, according to CEO Sundar Pichai.
At a gathering to celebrate Wired magazine’s 25th anniversary, Pichai was asked whether Google’s employees had anything to do with the company’s announcement last week that it will not compete for a much sought-after $10 billion cloud-computing contract offered by the Pentagon.
“Throughout Google’s history we’ve given our employees a lot of voice and say in it, but we don’t run the company by holding referendums,” Pichai said. “It’s an important input. We take it seriously. But even on this particular issue it’s not just what the employees said. It’s also about the debate within the AI community.”
In March, when word leaked that Google had quietly contributed to Project Maven, a Pentagon effort to use artificial intelligence to analyze drone video footage, more than 4,000 Google employees signed a petition demanding the company stop the work. Some employees leaked documents to journalists and about a dozen resigned.
In June, Google’s leadership appeared to respond to the protest by releasing a set of AI principles designed to govern the company’s ethical use of the technology. They included a promise never to build AI weapons. Back then, it sure seemed like the opposition within Google to Project Maven had forced the company’s hand.
But on stage at Wired25, Pichai said that Google plans to work with the US Department of Defense in the future, perhaps in such areas as cyber-security or transportation planning. He said Google very much supports the US armed forces.
“We deeply respect what they do to protect our country,” he said.
‘Important for us to explore search’ in China
He made it clear, however, Google will not work on autonomous weaponry or anything that violates the company’s AI principles.
Pichai was also asked about Google’s possible plan to once again offer a search engine in China. This summer, The Intercept broke the news that Google had built a search engine that would censor information. Google search pulled out of China in 2010, claiming it could no longer comply with the government’s demands that the company filter information.
To return to China, Google would again have to filter information that authorities find objectionable. Some groups argue that censoring information is a violation of human rights.
Pichai said the offering search in China, home to 20-percent of the world’s population, is important to the company. As for a censored search engine, Pichai said the company wanted to see what a Google search engine that complied with Chinese law would look like. He gave no timetable for a return to China.
Yesterday, Femi Kuti and his siblingscelebrated their late father, afro-beat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, on his posthumous 80th birthday.
Continue reading FELA AT 80: Femi Kuti, siblings celebrate posthumous birthday at Vanguard News.
CourtJustice Chukwujekwu Aneke of a Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday withdrew from further hearing of a suit by two factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State.
The plaintiffs’ counsel Ajibola Oluyede, had filed the suit against the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), its national Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, and National Secretary, Senator Ibrahim Tsauri.
The application included Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, Sikirulai Ogundele, Bode Bankole, Waliu Oladipupo and Tunde Alekuwodo.
Segun Seriki, Mrs Tuke Omotara, Nosiru Isiaka Giwa, Remix Bakare, Abiodun Sanyaolu, Kola Soriola and Oyede Elijah, were also listed.
In their originating summon, the plaintiffs asked the court to declare Seriki as the party’s National Secretary, in place of Akinwonmi.
They also prayed the court to order the national body of the PDP to recognise the Bayo-led faction of the party as the authentic executives in Ogun State.
But the defendants, in their preliminary objection filed by their counsel, Emeka Etiaba (SAN), urged the court to dismiss the plaintiffs’ suit in its entity for being incompetent and an abuse of court processes.
The defendants said that the plaintiffs failed to comply with the provision contained in Section 60 of their party’s constitution.
However, when the matter was called yesterday, after Justice Aneke had ruled in favour of the plaintiffs to hear the matter, the defendants’ counsel urged the judge to withdraw from the suit.
He claimed that he had ruled on the preliminary objection filed against the suit, which has not been moved.
Responding to their submission, counsel to the plaintiffs, urged the judge to discountenance the withdrawal request as canvassed by the defendants’ lawyers.
He said: “I can’t sit down here as a senior member of the Bar and see the court being discrete.
The politicians are at it again, and they are not worth fighting for. We should avoid the politicians using us to fight ourselves at that court. I urge the court to proceed with this matter.”
Justice Aneke, while withdrawing from the matter ruled: “I have noticed the defendants’ attitude on this matter since the first day, and the attitudes were appalling.
“The interest of the court is to be even-handed, but since the defendants have shown discomfort about my proceedings to the matter, I hereby recuse myself. The case file shall be remitted to the chief justice of the federation for a reassignment.
[FILE PHOTO] Kayode FayemiA Professor of English at the University of New Orleans, U.S.A, Niyi Osundare, has urged Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to banish desperate, extreme need and deprivation in the state.
He gave the charge in a message titled: ‘Still in Defence of Lasting Value’ at the Governor Kayode Fayemi Inauguration Lecture, in Ado Ekiti yesterday.
The renowned poet lamented that the situation had turned a proud people of Ekiti into exponents of the stomach infrastructure.
Osundare, who went down memory lane in the lecture on the cherished values of Ekiti people said: “I never saw people starve and die in the Ekiti of my youthful days. Whoever had a little more shared the surplus with the needy and hungry.
“Hard work and honest labour were highly valued, and the length of your ogba usu (yam barn) at harvest time in December and/or the impressive expanse of your cocoa farm were the toast of the town, which brought honour to you and your family, and might even win you a new wife.
He added that “wealth, honestly earned, was respected; wealth from dubious sources was disdained and ridiculed in traditional songs and snide remarks.”
According to the professor: “The barbarism and jungle justice witnessed in this state in the past four years is, without doubt, a consequence of the decimation of those long-enshrined Ekiti values that have featured so prominently in this lecture.
“All of a sudden, illiteracy became so attractive, even desirable in a state where virtually every family boasts a university graduate, and the designation ‘Professor’ used to rank close to highest in the order of enviable titles.
Osundare expressed concern about that there grew a sickening mentality that literally made you apologetic for being ‘too educated’.
He said: “Our artisans, transport workers, Okada operators, and others less privileged largely due to the bottom of the pit to which a satanically unjust society has thrown them, were inveigled into thanking their stars for not having been corrupted by education.
“They were turned into the army for the enactment of wrong-headed, ill motivated civil disobedience, implementation of arbitrary political fiats and enforcement undemocratic edicts. A one-man authoritarian rule emerged that was strange even to the spirit of Nigeria’s ‘nascent democracy.