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Aigbogun invites 28 as Flying Eagles open camp

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Aigbogun invites 28 as Flying Eagles open camp

Head Coach of the U20 Boys’ National Team, Paul Aigbogun has called to camp 28 players as the seven –time African champions begin preparations for the qualifying series for 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations.

Enyimba FC’s Ikouwem Udoh, who won the Young Player of the Year award at this week’s AITEO-NFF Football Awards, has been called alongside Super Eagles B team –mates Peter Eneji and Nur Muhammed, as well as Nasarawa United’s Douglas Achiv, Akwa United’s Adesina Gata and Kano Pillars’ fleet –footed midfielder Alhassan Ibrahim.

Aigbogun invites 28 as Flying Eagles open camp

Kano Pillars’ Nazifi Yahaya and MFM FC’s goalkeeper Ospino Egbe are also invited. 

All invited players are to arrive at the Serob Legacy Hotel, Wuye, Abuja between Sunday, 25th February and Monday, 26th February, with their international passports, birth certificates and training kits. 

The 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations will be staged in Niger Republic. 

Nigeria swept the African U20 titles in 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2005, 2011 and 2015, and won silver medals at the FIFA U20 World Cup in 1989 and 2005, after finishing third in the old USSR in 1985. 

ALL THE INVITED PLAYERS 

Ikouwem Udoh (Enyimba FC); Peter Eneji (Plateau United); Nur Muhammed (El-Kanemi Warriors); Wasiu Abdulazeez (Enyimba FC); Aniekieme Okon (Akwa United); Valentine Ozounwafor (Enyimba FC); Aminu Nuhu (Akwa United); Nazifi Yahaya (Kano Pillars); Isa Ndala (Nasarawa United); Adesina Gata (Akwa United); Alhassan Ibrahim (Kano Pillars); Douglas Achiv (Nasarawa United); Jamilu Muhammed (Kano Pillars); Mubarak Abdulsalam (Wikki Tourists); Sadiq Abdullahi (Nasarawa United); Akila Jadima (MFM FC); Charles Agbo (El-Kanemi Warriors); Frank Kappe (Katsina United); Idris Said (Niger Tornadoes); Ospino Egbe (MFM FC); Malachy Chibuzor (Rivers United);Sunday Anthony (El-Kanemi Warriors); Abiodun Joseph (Sunshine Stars); Nurudeen Mudashiru (ABS FC); Waheed Adebayo (MFM FC); Mubarak Ejiogu (Niger Tornadoes); Detan Ogundare (Kogi United); Amos Obasogie (Insurance FC)

Fowler urges IoD members to embrace VAIDS, says tax evaders’ll be exposed

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Fowler urges IoD members to embrace VAIDS, says tax evaders'll be exposed
Tunde Fowler

Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Tunde Fowler, has urged members of the Institue of Directors (IoD) to take advantage of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS).

Fowler gave the advice in Lagos on Tuesday evening while making a presentation on the tax amnesty scheme to IoD members.

Fowler urges IoD members to embrace VAIDS, says tax evaders'll be exposed
Tunde Fowler

In the presentation titled “Achieving Voluntary Tax Compliance: The VAIDS Option”, the FIRS Chairman explained that the key motivation for introducing the scheme is that the country’s tax remittance rate remains low despite having some of Africa’s most profitable and well capitalized companies.

“Nigeria’s low tax revenues are inconsistent with the lifestyles and spending habits of a large number of citizens. Many are engaged in transfer of assets overseas, use of offshore companies in tax havens and registration of assets in nominee names,” said Fowler.

He noted that tax evasion constitutes a significant challenge to the government and listed a number of ways through which taxes are evaded.

Among these, he said, are manipulation of accounting records, use of complex structures for transanctions, non-registration for Value Added Tax (VAT), non-payment of Capital Gains Tax ( CGT) on asset disposal and escaping detection of income due to lack of machinery for tracing such.

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The FIRS boss, however, warned that under VAIDS, tax evaders will not escape. He explained that the Federal Ministry of Finance, in collaboration with relevant tax authorities, is building a revenue assurance platform through extensive  gathering of data from sources that include Bank Verification Number (BVN), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), Corporate Affairs Commission  (CAC), land allocation and land ownership records, foreign exchange allocation returns and bureaux de change records.

Others are Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS), information from foreign governments as well as whistleblower tips and leaks.

The FIRS Chairman instantiated information from foreign governments with the recently passed Unexplained Wealth Order in the UK, Wikileaks, Panama Papers and Automatic Exchange of Information  (AEoI), to which Nigeria is signatory.

He stated that IoD members have, as obligations, leading the charge for truthful and voluntary declaration of all income by corporate bodies, voluntary tax compliance as individuals and corporate bodies, being tax ambassadors by raising rax awareness among peers and being exemplary citizens in words and deeds.

VAIDS offers tax defaulters a window to declare their indebtedness and escape tax interests and penalties as well as prosecution. The scheme closes on 31 March.

Checkout what you must not miss on GOtv this February

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Checkout what you must not miss on GOtv this February

St. Valentine’s Day may be over but there’s still more entertainment on GOtv all month long. From drama, romance, action, GOtv has got you covered!

This weekend, hard-hitting fast action movie franchise, Rocky will be showing on M-Net Movies Zone (channel 3). Rocky is Sylvester Stallone’s compelling portrayal of the rags-to-riches story of boxer, Rocky Balboa.

Checkout what you must not miss on GOtv this February

GOtv Max and Plus subscribers will have front row seats to Rocky V at 6:25 pm on Saturday, February 24. In the fifth instalment, Rocky discovers that nothing lasts forever in the emotional instalment, with himself and his son discovering that they must deal with bankruptcy and betrayal.

The action continues on Sunday with the touching sixth chapter, Rocky Balboa at 5:15 pm. A much older Rocky comes out of retirement to face the reigning heavyweight champ.

Meanwhile, on Fox (channel 19), the riveting series, The Walking Dead returns with a bang on Monday at 8 pm. Rick Grimes and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet.

With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be. This year, Rick brings “All Out War” to Negan and his forces. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.

Subscribers can also enjoy the powerful and uplifting series produced by Grammy award winning rapper, T.I, Sisterhood of Hip Hop. This series follows the next generation of female hip-hop artists – Siya, Nyemiah Supreme, Diamond, Brianna Perry and Bia. These talented young rappers as live, love and work towards their dream of becoming the next big breakout star.

Discovered and mentored by hip-hop icons, these creative and ambitious women are making it while breaking boundaries and defying doubters. Their rise to stardom airs on Monday at 6:10 pm on Fox Life (channel 20).

 

Eminent world citizens, political leaders, industry moguls to grace AITEO/NFF Awards

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Eminent world citizens, political leaders, industry moguls to grace AITEO/NFF Awards

An array of prominent global figures, including FIFA President Gianni Infantino and CAF President Ahmad, political chieftains, football stars, renowned administrators past and present, captains of industry, legends of the Nigeria game and oaks of the entertainment industry are now confirmed for the inaugural edition of the AITEO/CAF Football Awards holding at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on Monday.

Eminent world citizens, political leaders, industry moguls to grace AITEO/NFF Awards

FIFA and CAF sources confirmed to thenff.com on Sunday that Infantino and Ahmad will arrive in Nigeria on Monday and would be live at the event venue alongside Presidents of about 20 Member Associations of FIFA.

NFF 1st Vice President and Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi told thenff.com that broadcast partners SuperSport and Africa Independent Television (AIT) will relay the program live as from 7pm.

“SuperSport and AIT will broadcast the Awards ceremony live, starting from 7pm, and it will last for exactly 90 minutes – the period of a football match.”

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State is expected alongside a number of his cabinet members, with AITEO Vice President/CEO Francis Peters and topshots of the Sponsor company also set to add glamour to the big event.

Officials informed thenff.com that though Youth and Sports Minister Solomon Dalung is outside the country and unable to attend, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Olusade Adesola will attend the ceremony.

It is the first time that the nation’s football –governing body is organizing an Awards ceremony to reward and inspire the major actors and actresses in the Nigerian Football space.

Gongs will be presented to winners in Player of the Year (men), Player of the Year (women), Coach of the Year (men), Coach of the Year (women), Young Player of the Year (men), Young Player of the Year (women), Team of the Season, Fairplay Award, Goal of the Season, Fans of the Season, NFF Development Award and Platinum Award categories. Also, there will be special recognition of a ‘Legends Eleven,’ a squad of outstanding former Nigeria international players.

The Awards ceremony will also be attended by a large selection of Nigeria football legends, including former captains Christian Chukwu, Olusegun Odegbami, Daniel Amokachi, Mutiu Adepoju, Uche Okechukwu, Garba Lawal, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Joseph Yobo.

Members of the NFF Executive Committee and Management, Members of NFF Congress, officials of the Lagos State Football Association, NFF partners and sponsors, former NFF Presidents, former NFF General Secretaries, Chairmen of NPFL clubs and members of the diplomatic corp are also expected.

The Awards night comes only six-and-half weeks after the AITEO/CAF Football Awards which the leading energy solution company is also bankrolling, and NFF President Amaju Pinnick said on Sunday that AITEO has set a high mark for corporate bodies in Nigeria to follow.

“The NFF and the Nigerian Football family are very proud of AITEO and very delighted at what the company is bringing into our football in particular, and African Football in general.”

Venue is the Grand Ballroom of the Eko Hotels & Suites, with cocktails slated for 6pm – 6.45pm.

NOMINEES FOR EACH CATEGORY

(1) PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEN)

Victor Moses

Wilfred Ndidi

Anthony Okpotu

2) PLAYER OF THE YEAR (WOMEN)

Asisat Oshoala

Charity Reuben

Francisca Ordega

3) COACH OF THE YEAR (MEN)

Kennedy Boboye

Abdu Maikaba

Fidelis Ilechukwu

4) COACH OF THE YEAR (WOMEN)

Whyte Ogbonna

Edwin Okon

Ann Chiejine

5) YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEN)

Stephen Odey

Nura Mohammed

Ikouwem Udoh

6) YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR (WOMEN)

Rasheedat Ajibade

Anam Imo

Gift Monday

7) TEAM OF THE SEASON

Plateau United

Akwa United

MFM FC

Rivers Angels

Nasarawa Amazons

Ibom Angels

8) GOAL OF THE SEASON

Sikiru Olatunbosun (MFM v Rangers)

Shedrack Asiegbu (Abia Warriors v Plateau United)

Oche Salifu (Remo Stars v El Kanemi)

 

Opinion: BBN – The phony moral brigade is out again

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Opinion: BBN - The phony moral brigade is out again

Linus Umunna

There is every chance that we all have friends or acquaintances, who are convinced they have a divine warrant to tell us how a piece of music should make us feel. Those so persuaded ignore the fact of differences in tastes and orientation.

As a rule, they consider their own tastes divinely-approved, not personal preferences. They are the moral brigade. I was not surprised to see members of the brigade back on the podium immediately the hit show, Big Brother Naija (BBN), returned on 28 January.

They are easy to spot. They lurk on internet discussion forums or take spaces in the print media, acting like magistrates with the power to tell others what or what not to watch on television and what show sponsors should put their money on.

The BBN, without fail, gets the moral brigade into fits of red-eyed rage and on the same limp arguments. In an article, Big Brother, Small Minds, published by Daily Trust on 13 February, one Eugene Enahoro, blamed virtually all the challenges of Nigerian youths, including unwillingness to launch street protests at every opportunity as well inability to dislodge older politicians from the scene and establish a “youthocracy”, on BBN.

The view is not original to him. I have seen people blame the English Premier League for Nigerians’ reluctance to make bonfires and block the roads for fun. I consider this an insult. Young Nigerians have participated in many protests and keep doing so since BBN and the English Premier League started airing in Nigeria.

BBN: The Phony Moral Brigade Is Out Again

The BBN, according to Enahoro, “is a clear example of the idleness, lack of focus and intellectual poverty amongst our youth.” He claimed that when the show debuted years ago, “those who watched it were written off as people who have nothing to do, watching other people doing nothing!”

Perhaps, he was talking about himself and his ilk. I know many people, who watched and were mightily entertained (their right). Social media platforms also provide an uncomplicated indication of how much interest viewers have in BBN.

Further proof of that is the return of the show with other editions. Had it been rejected by the audience, the show would have been ditched after debut.

These days, claimed Enahoro, housemates do nothing other than engage in “in immorality of the highest order and discuss the most mundane unintelligent issues.” I am yet to see hardcore porn on or naked violence on BBN.

A few indiscretions, maybe, but I strongly suspect that the writer knows that the BBN House is not a monastery and the show is unscripted. I am equally aware that no one is forced to watch.

And very importantly, those who consider goings-on in the house unsuitable for viewers of certain ages should take advantage of their education and use the time and channel blocking features available to prevent access. Those features are not decorative in purpose.

If the writer wants activism-oriented reality show, one drenched in Marxist rhetoric and Bob Marley’s “Stand Up, Get Up” playing relentlessly as the soundtrack, he should come up with an idea and pitch it.

Intelligence, it must be made clear, is not exclusive to politics and activism. Both platforms, DStv and GOtv, on which BBN is aired, offer programming for diverse tastes. They include news, movies, sports, religion and general entertainment. Simply take your pick and as they say on the street, “eat the rice and leave the stones”.

It is curious that the writer can describe a show that guarantees the winner N25million and a brand new SUV as one with no real value. Well, it has monetary value. More than that, it has career advancement value.

The careers of some of the previous housemates have been helped by their participation. Bisola Aiyeola, the first runner-up at last year’s BBN attended the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York as an Ambassador of One Campaign Initiative, which advocates improvement of access to and quality of education for girls in Nigeria, especially in the Northern states.

This followed her winning presentation on BBN, where she highlighted the barriers to girl-child education in Nigeria. In any language, what she did would spell “seminal”, a word the author may not be familiar with.

She has also featured in a number of television commercials and is a celebrity, facts that obviously leave the writer baleful.  Uti Unachukwu cannot be said to have been hurt by participation in BBN except in the mind of the author.

Enahoro wants the N25million for the winner of a Mathematics or essay competition. I concede to him the right to hold his belief. What I find unacceptable is that he thinks that knowledge in Mathematics (and you can add other subjects of study) is the only means of being useful in the society. This is not the case.

I do think every activity not deemed illegal is useful to the society. Jamaica is better known for its reggae and athletics icons than her poets and mathematicians. Brazil is better known for football than anything else. That is not saying that poets and mathematicians are inferior, but you cannot legislate preferences for people.

Education is fantastic, but if the writer is sufficiently educated, he would understand that education does not have one strain and is not restricted to school subjects. Interacting with people of different backgrounds and performing various tasks at a single location for three months must count as education and must be considered useful for personal development.

And for the authors’ education, some of the BBN housemates have second degrees. Many have first degrees. Branding them as unintelligent is reflective of the minds of the members of the moral brigade, not those of the housemates. And you can find intelligent people among those who have never worn academic gowns.

BBN sponsors, MultiChoice, remain among the biggest investors in education through the MultiChoice Resource Centres in over 400 public schools across the country. This fact is well known to except to the moral brigade.

The sponsors’ support for journalism in Africa and in Nigeria through the CNN/MultiChoice African Journalism Awards, in the author’s bizarre world, does not come across as noble. Presumably, the organization’s support for Sickle Cell Society Nigeria also counts as less than noble.

The author’s anger at the size of the cash prize on offer to the eventual winner is, to say the least, laughable. Top-tier actors, musicians, footballers and boxers, to name a few, earn more than professors, scientists or economists et al.

That the chaps in the “noble” professions do not earn as much as those in the presumably less noble ones has nothing to do with how important their fields are to society.  They are mightily important. The truth is that only the top actors, musicians, footballers and boxers are highly paid.

The vast majority never get the jobs they seek. Very few top-tier scientists, educators, professors and economists are paid relatively little. Some turn their work into products and services that earn them eye-watering sums. Everyone’s remuneration is based on what someone is willing to pay them.

They key is to find the right employer. Footballers get better paid than doctors because the clubs that pay their wages are not public corporations and they are ‘for-profit’ organizations.

A footballer’s wages, for example, come from the deep pockets of a billionaire or a club with big-money sponsorship deals, massive ticket-sale and merchandise revenues as well as competition prize money intake. The author is unable to understand this, obviously.

You don’t want to watch BBN? Stay off it and stick to what thrills you. Others want to watch, deal with it.

Umunna writes from Port Harcourt

Lagos bubbles as first –ever AITEO/NFF awards holds

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Lagos bubbles as first –ever AITEO/NFF Awards holds

There is huge excitement and expectation in the Nigerian Football firmament as the inaugural edition of the NFF Football Awards, supported by partners AITEO as Sponsors and Lagos State as Host City, holds at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on Monday, 19th February 2018.

It is the first time that the nation’s football –governing body is organizing an Awards ceremony to reward and inspire the major actors and actresses in the Nigerian Football space.Lagos bubbles as first –ever AITEO/NFF Awards holds Gongs will be presented to winners in Player of the Year (men), Player of the Year (women), Coach of the Year (men), Coach of the Year (women), Young Player of the Year (men), Young Player of the Year (women), Team of the Season, Fairplay Award, Goal of the Season, Fans of the Season, NFF Development Award and Platinum Award categories

There will be special recognition of a ‘Legends Eleven,’ a squad of outstanding former Nigeria international players.

The Awards ceremony will also be attended by a large selection of Nigeria football legends, including former captains Christian Chukwu, Olusegun Odegbami, Daniel Amokachi, Mutiu Adepoju, Uche Okechukwu, Garba Lawal, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Joseph Yobo.

NFF 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, who is also Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Awards, told thenff.com on Thursday that voting is presently ongoing by selected voters across the country, after nominations were compiled for the various award categories by a screening committee.

“I can tell you that all arrangements have been tidied up and we are looking forward to a truly big day. The NFF decided it was the right time to launch a project to recognize and reward excellence in Nigerian Football.

“Fortunately, we found a worthy partner in the Government of Lagos State and also our major partner, AITEO,” he stated, declaring that the NFF Awards will be an annual event.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, due to open the FIFA Executive Football Summit in the same facility less than 24 hours later, is expected to grace the ceremony alongside CAF President Ahmad, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, the CAF top hierarchy and presidents of about 20 Member Associations of FIFA. 

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Top officials of the Lagos State Government, Members of the NFF Executive Committee and Management, Members of NFF Congress, officials of the Lagos State FA, NFF partners and sponsors, former NFF Presidents, former NFF General Secretaries, Chairmen of NPFL clubs and members of the diplomatic corp are also expected.

Venue is the Grand Ballroom of the Eko Hotels & Suites, with cocktails slated for 6pm and live telecast to begin at 7pm.

 

DStv celebrates Hollywood’s finest with iconic movies on M-net Movies Oscars Pop-Up Channel

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DStv celebrates Hollywood’s finest with iconic movies on M-net Movies Oscars Pop-Up Channel

Ahead of the Oscars next month and in the spirit of celebrating movies industry talents, DStv has created Oscars Pop-Up Channel (DStv 109).

The channel not only showcases movies, but some of the biggest talents to have ever been nominated or won the coveted Academy Awards. More iconic movies are lined up to keep DStv customers glued to their screens.

DStv celebrates Hollywood’s finest with iconic movies on M-net Movies Oscars Pop-Up Channel

Today at 9.05pm, An Officer and a Gentleman, starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger and Louis Gossett Jr, will be available for viewing.

Available for viewing on Saturday are Ordinary People at 10:30am, All the President’s Men at 5pm, Little Miss Sunshine at 7:15pm and Inglorious Bastards at 9pm.

On 18 February, viewers will have the opportunity to watch Scent of a Woman, starring Al Pacino, at 12 pm; Crazy Heart at 5:05pm, Training Day at 7pm, The Colour of Money at 10am, Ray at 2.35pm and The Revenant at 9pm.

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Showing on Saturday 24 February are As Good as it Gets at 11:15am, Silver Linings Playbook at 1:35pm, Erin Brockovich at 3:40pm, The Blind Side at 5:50pm, Black Swan at 8pm and Room at 9:50pm.

On Sunday 25 February, All About Eve will show at 11:35am. The same day, The Artist will be on at 2pm, The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King (3:40pm), Argo (7pm), Gladiator (9pm) and Shakespeare in Love (11.35 pm) will be available for viewing.

Curse? Fotuna Sittard sack coach Sunday Oliseh over bad character

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Fotuna Sittard sack coach Sunday Oliseh over bad character
Embattled Sunday Oliseh

Former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has been relieved from his managerial duties at dutch club Fortuna Sittard.

In a statement by the club, the management of the team stated that the manager was not sacked because of his performance, but because of bad character. According to the statement, the behaviour of the coach has resulted in several unworkable situation.

Fotuna Sittard sack coach Sunday Oliseh over bad character
Embattled Sunday Oliseh

The statement reads: “Fortuna Sittard immediately puts his coach Sunday Oliseh on non-active. The club management makes this decision as a result of the repeatedly culpable actions for a longer period by the trainer towards several persons in the organization. 

“Several attempts by the club to move the trainer to other behavior were unfortunately without result, resulting in an unworkable situation.

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“The board of Fortuna Sittard emphasizes that the decision to disband Sunday Oliseh is not motivated by the current sporting performance. Because of his inadmissible actions, the coach has made the cooperation with many people within the organization impossible. 

“From players to employees. Fortuna Sittard regrets the decision, but states that the club interest goes above all else.”

Recall that the controversial coach while handling the Super Eagles blasted his critics when he took to his official Twitter handle to announce his resignation, citing unpaid salaries, lack of cooperation, among other factors, as responsible for his action.

Champions League makes its blazing return to DStv

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Champions League makes its blazing return to DStv
during the 2016 International Champions Cup match between Juventus FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 26, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

One of the world’s most exciting football league is back and back with a bang on your world of champions this month of love as Europe’s elite take center stage in the UEFA Champions League in the hopes to be crowned the continent’s best.

DStv Premium and Compact Plus will enjoy the football crackers LIVE and in glorious HD from February 13.

Tottenham Spurs kicks off the league’s action tonight as they travel to Italy to take on Juventus in the first leg of their last-16 tie at 8:45 pm on SS5 (Channel 225). Both sides come into the clash in resilient form and with two of the best attacks and defences, football lovers are in for a truly fascinating battle in Turin.

Champions League makes its blazing return to DStv
during the 2016 International Champions Cup match between Juventus FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 26, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

Another hard hitting action to look out for is the clash between FC Basel and Manchester City at 8:45 pm on SS6 (Channel 226). The Swiss side are second in their domestic league and Pep Guardiola’s men are still on for the quadruple and they look very capable of winning with current form.

According to General Manager, Marketing and Sales, Martin Mabutho, ‘’ Football is an addiction and we love the thrilling sport as much as our customers do. We are committed to delivering world-class action premium sports entertainment. Fans want thrilling, high-octane, adrenaline fuelled live action featuring the biggest clubs and that’s what they will get on Compact Plus with N9,900 per month’’.

What’s more?! On Valentine’s Day, the day of love has greater significance for football lovers as action shifts into gear with the highly anticipated showdown as Real Madrid takes on PSG at 8:45 pm on SS5 while Porto takes on Liverpool at 8:45 pm on SS6. Liverpool will be playing their first Champions League knockout game while two time defending champions, Real Madrid will host title favourites PSG at home. The biggest stars in the world collide in this match-up with all eyes on Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

Catch the blockbuster clash as Tottenham faces off with Juventus at 8:45 pm on SS5 and FC Basel takes on Manchester City at 8:45 pm on SS6 on Tuesday, February 13 while on Valentine’s day, the fierce battle between Real Madrid and PSG is live at 8:45 pm on SS5 and Liverpool goes up against Porto at 8:45 pm on SS6.

For more information, please visit www.supersport.com and  www.dstv.com

BREAKING: EFCC names 31 depositors into Patience Jonathan’s account (SEE list)

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BREAKING: EFCC names 31 depositors into Patience Jonathan's account
Patience Jonathan

Former First Lady Mrs Patience Jonathan is a shopping freak – going by facts and figures unveiled by detectives. She blew thousands of dollars at highbrow stores.

The cash came from $11,849,069.03, which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said 31 individuals and companies paid into her two domiciliary accounts.

BREAKING: EFCC names 31 depositors into Patience Jonathan's account
Patience Jonathan

The accounts, which are Skye Bank (2110001712) and First Bank (2022648664) had “questionable deposits” between 2013 and 2017. The Skye Bank account had about $7,452,319.32 lodged in it. Detectives found $4,036,750.00 in the second account with First Bank.

The ex-First Lady allegedly spent the cash at TFS stores, Selfridges, John Lewis, Kingsgate, Sainsbury’s, Harrods, Marks and Spencer, Dolce and Gabbana, and Gina. She went on a shopping spree in expensive outlets in the United States, Britain, Germany, Hong Kong, UAE, Italy and China. The highest shopping was at Goyard Beijing in Beijing CN on January 28, 2014 where Mrs. Jonathan shelled out $28,388.72.

READ ALSO: Read Governor Fayose’s letter to President Muhammadu Buhari

On the same day at Hulian Xinguang Beijing CN, she blew $13, 069.68 on some luxury items. There were transactions traced to Oakham School, Natwest Bank and $26, 228. 18 spent at Hotel Nassaeur HOF Wishbaden DE on November 20, 2015.

Perhaps overwhelmed by the EFCC probe and its likely consequences, the ex-First Lady has applied for an out-of-court settlement with the EFCC. In “a major breakthrough by EFCC with international collaboration” detectives found that about $7,452,319.32 suspicious funds were deposited in the ex-First Lady’s account with number 2110001712 between 8th February 2013 and 7th April 2015.

The account was opened on September 12, 2013 by a former Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan Hon. Dudafa Waripamo Owei depositing $1,948,400.00. About 23 other individuals, including the ex-First Lady allegedly deposited cash into the account as follows:

Festus Iyoha ($287,100.000); Ocheche Emmanuel ($150,000); Philemon Buoro ($150,000); Festus Isidahomen ($100,000); Felicia Apatake ($148,900); Patricia Okogun ($ 99,700); Buoro Ojo ($400,000); Stella Wasiu ($250,000); Amaka Adebayo ($250,000); Segun Moses ($249,400); Jimoh Peter ($246,700); Ahmed Musa ($196,400); Ibrahim Musa($198,300); Dame P. Jonathan ($100,000); Ayemere Sunday ($ 250,000); Eneji A.P ($300,000); Johnson Ojo ($300,000); Mary Buoro ($400,000); Jude Bosede ($500,000); Festus Iyoha ($400,000); Jimoh Moses ($400,000) and Ahmed Musa ($100,000).

“The balance in this account as at 9th September 2016 was about $5,831,173.55,” the EFCC said. The second account was opened on February 22, 2013 at First Bank. Cash deposits were made into the account between 26th February 2013 and 30th April, 2017 which altogether was $4,036,750.

Apart from the ex-First Lady who deposited $2,037,650 in nine tranches, other lodgments ranged from $98,900 to $400,000. The former SA Domestic, Dudafa Waripamo Owei, led the pack of depositors on 27th February 2013 with a deposit of $400,000.

Other depositors are: Germaine ($100,000); Dudafa ($400,000); Germani ($200,000); Ade Suleiman ($200,000); Mohammed Adamu ($300,000); Francis Muhd ($300,000); Kunle Peter ($200,000); Suleiman Ade ($299,900,00) and Jonathan Patience ($2,037,650).

Detectives traced the transactions pattern placed the card holder in various countries to United States, Great Britain, Germany, Hong Kong, UAE and Italy. The card was allegedly used in highbrow shops, such as Marks and Spencer, Kingsgate, Natwest Bank, Gina stores and Harrods.

“The balance in this account as at 9th September 2016 was $3,691,145.48.” A source in EFCC said: “We have gone far in our investigation of the ex-First Lady to prove that it is not a case of witch-hunt in any manner whatsoever. We are already trying to verify the names of the depositors if they really existed or they are fake.

“Since we have uncovered all these suspicious deposits, we only need her to account in court on how she came about them. Our crack teams worked day and night to trace these funds.

“With international collaboration, there is no hiding place for Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) because some of these malls sometimes report suspicious transactions or spending. They marvelled at where top Nigerian political office holders and their spouses got the cash being lavished.”

The former First Lady, however, seems to be tired of litigation over her fortune. In a January 30, 2018 letter, titled “Proposal for out-of-Court Settlement of all cases related to Dame (Mrs.) Ibifaka Patience Jonathan,” she told the EFCC of her intention to settle the matter.

The letter, which was written by her counsel, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), is being considered by the EFCC.

The letter said: “As senior counsel, representing Dame (Mrs.) Patience Jonathan (former First Lady) and companies linked to her and some family members, associates, companies and NGOs, we have thought it fit to engage your commission in a discussion over all issues involving her and the commission with a view to having amicable resolution of all cases as stated above.

“This will enable both sides create an atmosphere for mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence. We will therefore appreciate it, if you can give us an appointment at your earliest convenience to have a discussion over all matters involving her and members of her family.

“We believe that an amicable settlement will be in the best interest of both your commission and our client.

“We assure you of our utmost commitment and sincerity of purpose in this connection, and we solicit your cooperation in this regard. Please, accept the assurances of our warm regards.”

Another EFCC source said: “We have received a letter from the ex-First Lady, we are studying it on whether or not to accept the out-of-court settlement or allow justice to take its course.

Apart from the cash, the ex-First Lady is linked to 12 choice properties and a plot of land on which a building is being built.

The investigative team had recommended that Section 7 of the EFCC Establishment Act 2004 be invoked on the properties after due verification.

The assets linked to Mrs. Jonathan in Port Harcourt are: Former Customs Service officers mess; two duplexes at 2/3 Bauchi Street; landed property with blocks at Ambowei Street; 3 Luxury apartments of 4-bedroom each at Ambowei Street; and Grand View Hotel along airport road.

In Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, are two marble duplexes at Otioko GRA by Isaac Boro Expressway; Glass House along Sani Abacha Expressway which is housing Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board; Akemfa Etie Plaza by AP filling Station, Melford Okilo Road; and Aridolf Resort, Wellness and Spa on Sani Abacha Expressway.

Source: The Nation