Biafra: Federal Government tells court to “return Nnamdi Kanu to prison now”

The Federal Government has demanded that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu be returned to prison.
The Government urged the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to revoke the bail it granted Kanu.
FG argued that the IPOB leader had not only breached the conditions attached to his bail but had conducted himself in manners that threaten public peace.
Kanu was granted bail on April 25, 2017 on health ground.
It cited Kanu’s alleged threat that elections would not hold in South East states until the Fed Government conducts referendum on whether or not Biafra should secede and instances where the IPOB leader addressed crowd exceeding 10 and threatened civil disobedience, as against the court’s directive that he must not be seen in a crowd of over 10 people.
This was part of a counter-motion, filed by Magaji Labaran of the Federal Ministry of Justice, urging the court to dismiss an application by Kanu, seeking a review of the bail conditions.
The Federal Government said, “The offence for which he (Kanu) is standing trial is not ordinarily bailable; the court, not withstanding, granted bail to the 1st defendant/applicant (Kanu) on health grounds on 25th April 2017.
“Among other conditions for the bail of the 1st defendant is that he should not be seen in a crowd exceeding 10 people; that he should not grant any interviews, hold or attend any rallies; that he should file, in court, medical updates of his health status every month. The bail conditions were perfected by the 1stdefendant/applicant, which he is currently enjoying.
“Rather than observing all the conditions listed above, the 1st defendant, in fragrant disobedience to the court order, flouted all conditions given by the court.
“The 1st defendant equally incited his members to disrupt, disallow and boycott elections in South East states, starting with Anambra State gubernatorial election scheduled for November 18 if the Federal Government failed to hold referendum for the realisation of the state of Biafra.
“The 1st defendant has already declared the bail conditions given by the court unconstitutional before approaching this court with the application for variation. Rather than showing remorse for his actions, the 1st defendant approached this court with an application for a review of the same conditions for the bail which he grossly flouted.
“Considering the above, that the 1st applicant has violated the conditions on which the terms of his bail were premised, we urged this court to commit the defendant to prison by invoking the provision of Section 173(2)(B) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
“We categorically state that justice would have been denied the state by this court, if the state is not protected from the offences being perpetrated by the 1stdefendant/applicant, who is currently on bail.”
Nnamdi Kanu and four others are being tried before the Federal High Court, Abuja on offences relating to conspiracy and treasonable felony.

Saraki reveals what he, Dogara discussed with President Buhari in London

The Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, has disclosed what he, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Yakubu Dogara discussed with President Muhammadu Buhari in London.

Bukola, who alongside Dogara visited Buhari in London on Thursday said the parley was a “meeting of substance.”

The Senate President disclosed that they discussed the virement request the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo made to the National Assembly on the 2017 budget.

In a series of tweets, Saraki also noted that the president all through their meeting exhibited “remarkable” recovery and was up to date with political events in the country.

According to Saraki, “Mr. President exhibited remarkable recovery and was very conversant with all the political happenings back at home and across the continent.

“It was a meeting of substance where we discussed important matters of state. We also discussed the 2017 budget.

“In particular, we talked about the virement request by the Presidency which is before the National Assembly.

“We then considered the steps to be taken in the preparation of the 2018 budget to ensure its early passage.

“International issues were also discussed and Mr. President informed us that he has conveyed his sympathies to the people of Sierra Leone.
“It is clear that Mr. President’s insistence on following his doctors’ advice has yielded the desired results.

“I therefore confidently look forward to Mr. President’s imminent return home.”

4 Helpful Ways to Travel With a Wi-Fi Only iPad

Traveling with a Wi-Fi only iPad can be challenging, however there are a few ways to make the best of the circumstance and make it a bit easier. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 4 helpful ways to travel with a Wi-Fi only iPad.

Get a Mobile Hotspot

If you have a Wi-Fi only iPad, it’s best to work on purchasing a mobile hotspot to go along with it so you can always have access to the internet as often as you need. When buying a mobile hotspot, be sure to get one with a wide coverage that is likely to work in all or most of the places you’ll be traveling to.

Download Offline Areas for Google Maps

If you’re traveling to an unfamiliar area and plan to use your Wi-Fi only iPad as a city guide, it’s best if you download the area you will need from Google Map so you can view it offline. This is done in case you are not able to get Wi-Fi access to browse Google Maps when you need to, or in the event that your mobile hotspot (if you have one) has a poor connection and disappoints.

Tethering

This is similar to having a mobile hotspot, but this turns your smartphone into a hotspot instead, by feeding on your cellular data. However, the downside to this is that, because the Internet connection is being shared with your smartphone, you’re likely to experience a slower connection overall. Your cellular data is also likely to be exhausted much sooner because of the shared connection.

Turn Off Your Wi-Fi When Not in Use

Constantly searching for a Wi-Fi signal can drain the battery of your iPad much faster. If you intend to use the iPad later on, it is best to turn the Wi-Fi off when it’s not in use.

Osinbajo declares hate speech as act of terrorism

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, said the Federal Government has drawn the line on hate speech, describing it as specie of terrorism.

Osinbajo disclosed this while speaking at an ongoing security summit organised by the National Economic Council (NEC) holding at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 as amended defines terrorism as an act deliberately done with malice which may seriously harm a country or is intended or can be reasonably regarded as having been done to seriously intimidate a population.

The Acting President said, “Silence in such situations can only be seen as an endorsement.

“Hate speech and the promotion of the same through history from Nazi Germany and the extermination of Jews to the Rwandan genocide succeeded in achieving their barbarous ends by the silence of influential voices.

“The silence of leaders at this time -in our country will be a grave disservice to our country, its peace and its future.”

7 Habits That Will Increase The Longevity of Your Smartphone’s Battery

All batteries have an expiry date. Same is true for smartphones’ batteries. However, the way you use your smartphone also goes a long way in deciding the longevity of your device’s battery. As such, there are few phone charging habits you can implement in your daily life that can increase the lifespan of your battery. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares tips on how to charge your smartphone and make its battery last longer.

Fast chargers are not always the best option

Using a fast charger might not be the best thing for your battery’s health. This process involves a higher voltage to be sent to the phone’s battery, which results in a rapid rise in temperature. Your phone may even explode as a result of this.

Charge your phone with its own charger

Always charge your phone with its own charger. Unlike laptops, smartphones use a universal charging interface. However, if the charger you use does not match the original, it will affect battery performance.

Remove protective case while charging

You might have noticed while your phone is charging, it becomes slightly warm. So, make sure to remove the phone’s protective case while charging. This can act as a barrier and slow down the heat.

Don’t use cheap chargers from unknown manufacturer

Avoid cheap chargers from unknown manufacturers. They do not include any safety advice to protect against overcharging. Know that adapter failure could permanently damage both your battery and phone.

Never leave your phone to charge overnight

There are many people who leave their phone plugged in overnight for charging. You just need to stop this habit. Charging overnight affects battery longevity, and it also makes your smartphone overheat.

Always charge up to 80 per cent

Eighty per cent charge is enough for a day, and it is good for your overall battery lifespan. Crossing the 80% mark can make your battery to overheat, thereby affecting the battery’s life.

Avoid charging the phone repeatedly

Smartphones should not be charged repeatedly. The rule of thumb should be not to charge until the phone’s battery is up to 20 percent.

7 Things Nigerian Students Can Do While ASUU is On Strike

It has been a few years since students in Nigerians had to deal with long-term strikes; and just at the moment we thought the era of students having to stay an extra 2 to 3 years in school due to unnecessary strikes by championed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was over, they strike again.

It certainly felt like Deja Vu when the National President Of The Union, Dr. Biodun Ogunyemi, announced this on Monday at a meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU in Abuja that there would be an indefinite strike and that during the strike, there will be no teaching, no examination and no attendance of statutory meetings of any kind in any of the union’s branches across the country.
There is some value in ASUU going on strike. They hope that issues such as payment of fractions/ non-payment of salaries, as well as Earned Academic Allowances (EAA); refusal to release the operational license of NUPEMCO; and the non-implementation of the provisions of the 2014 Pension Reform Act with respect to retired professors and their salaries, will be sorted.
It is easy for affected students to get into a lazy mode, where they sit around doing nothing or just meshing the entire time into one long continual nap fest…wasting valuable time and making no positive strides in their life all through the period of the strike.

If you are one of the affected students and you are wondering how you could possibly make this “indefinite” time worth your while, you may want to consider a handy list of helpful suggestions.

Start a Business

There is no age too young for becoming an entrepreneur. Use this period at home to start a small business. You could either sell products or render a service. The good thing is that you do not necessarily need a large capital to get yourself started. You also have the social media as a very important promotional tool.

You could start a home cleaning service or food delivery service…there are so many options.
Managing a business gives you a lot of opportunities to gain a lot of experience with will be beneficial when you eventually conclude your studies.

Learn a new skill

You finally have the time to learn a new skill. It could be photography, jewelry making, learning to play an instrument like the saxophone or guitar, baking, writing and producing music or playing a sport like football, tennis or volleyball. Take the time to learn it and get really good at it. Not only does it give you an edge and provide opportunities for a side hustle, it will help build your self-confidence and give you value for time invested.

Enroll for a professional certification course
The university might be closed but there are other avenues for learning. You can enroll in short courses online or for professional classes that will grant you certain qualifications that may become relevant in future. Even if you do not have the money to pay for these courses, you can go for free ones on portals like Coursera or Edx.

You don’t necessarily have to get a certificate; the idea is to acquire new knowledge that will be relevant to your career goals or aspirations.

Get a job

While you are at home, you might as well make a little money. Get a job as an intern or assistant in an office or company. You can even get a job as a paid apprentice at a salon or creative studio. Even more, you may decide to go for something freelance like writing or blogging.

The beauty of the internet is that you can get connected to so many job opportunities without necessarily breaking a sweat. The money made may not be the kind that will set you up for life, but it may be enough for extra chills…and then again, working would be fun and educational. You learn the value of time and money and attain the essence of work ethic and work culture.

Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the society or just do some good with your time. You can volunteer at NGOs or religious organizations, where the aim is to help others and better the society.

You could also get involved in a number of empowerment programs tailored for young people where certain skillsets you possess may be needed.

There is a measure of accomplishment and sense of fufilment that comes with serving humanity. It also exposes you to great opportunities like training, travel e.t.c.

Travel

There is never a bad time to travel. As a student, you may not have a lot of resources available for long leisurely trips, but you can visit another state within the country or just other cities within your state. Travelling can be fun and educational at the same time for students.

It is also a great way for students to learn more about the world around you and open yourself to alternative cultures tradition and lifestyles. You could travel to other African cities or continents if you can afford it or you have a sponsor as well. The important thing though, is that you keep your ear on the ground while on your travels, so you are well informed when the strike is called off.

Attend seminars and personal development events

The period at home maybe offer a great
opportunity to improve on your social skills. Attend conferences and seminars as well as events. It does not have to be professional or vocational seminars or events. It could be events that offer opportunities to explore your hobbies or just enjoy yourself. Also, it offers opportunities for networking and exposes you to new connections. It could be book readings, slam poetry competitions, meetups, concerts e.t.c

The truth is that being on an “indefinite” strike sucks; however, being positive about how you spin it, could make the time really worth your while. Can you think of other ways students can engage themselves pending when ASUU calls off the strike?

Fani-Kayode: The world mocks as a walking corpse rules Nigeria

Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Aviation Minister, has lamented the prolonged absence of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said “the world mocks” Nigeria while the people are being ruled by a “walking corpse” living in another country.

Buhari left Nigeria since May 7 for medical treatment, the second of such trip in 2017.

On Wednesday, Fani-Kayode said “Buhari has been away from our shores for over 100 days in a stretch treating an undisclosed and mysterious illness in far-away London”.

“Since May 29th 2015 when he was sworn into office as President he has spent 350 of his over 740 days in power abroad treating the same strange ailment.

“Meanwhile the world laughs us to scorn and mocks our nation as one in which even a walking corpse that is clearly suffering from dementia can lead and hold sway.

“We are a nation in which an Acting President who is scared of his own shadow, who appears to have lost touch with his senses and who has forgotten the history and heritage of the people that he supposedly represents.

“He has been reduced to a mere national co-ordinator and that is in the power of a faceless and tiny cabal of neo-nazi racists, religious bigots and power-hungry geriatrics.
“The truth is that we are now a full-fledged dictatorship that is being controlled and presided over by a tiny cabal with a religious and ethnic agenda.

“The fact that the Federal Government is incapable of encouraging national cohesion and integration but is instead saddled with a morbid obsession to try to destroy President Goodluck Jonathan and rubbish his excellent legacy speaks volumes.

“The lies and propaganda of the Buhari administration are second to none. Simply put they are filled with deceit, deception, mendacity and hate”.

Dangote: I will sack Arsene Wenger when I buy Arsenal

President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has said he would sack Arsene Wenger if he succeeds in acquiring Arsenal Football Club.

Dangote, who made the assertion while featuring on an interview with Bloomberg, said his desire to own the club dates back to the mid-1980s.
The richest man in Africa noted that he would consider making an offer once the construction of his $11 billion oil refinery in Lagos is completed.

An American billionaire, Stan Kroenke, is Arsenal’s biggest shareholder, controlling 67 percent of the company.

But, Dangote expressed optimism of persuading Kroenke and Usmanov to sell their shares to him.

He said,“The first thing I would change is the coach. He has done a good job, but someone else should also try his luck.

“If they get the right offer, I’m sure they would walk away. Someone will give them an offer that will make them seriously consider walking away. And when we finish the refinery, I think we will be in a position to do that.”

Wenger, who was appointed in 1996 has remained the Manager of the club, wining three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup trophies.

Osinbajo assigns portfolios to new Ministers

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Acting President – Wednesday – assigned portfolios to the two Ministers he swore in few weeks ago at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Following their confirmation by the Senate, Osinbajo had three weeks ago swore-in Stephen Ocheni and Suleiman Hassan into office.

According to Osinbajo, Ocheni will resume as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Productivity.

Ocheni replaces his predecessor, the James Ocholi who hailed from the same state, Kogi State.

Suleiman Hassan, who hails from Gombe State, on his part is to resume as the Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing.

The Acting President also swore in 15 permanent secretaries to fill the vacancies created in various government agencies.