By Ebitonye Akpodigha
Reports reaching our news room confirm that a bomb explosion has occurred in the capital of Borno State, Maiduguri.
The incident occurred on Tuesday morning at Muna garage.
Though details of the actual human casualties could not be ascertain as at the time of filing this report, but there are claims that not less than a dozen persons were killed in the blast.
Our correspondent also gathered that corpses of the victims have been taken to the Maiduguri Specialist Hospital.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has also confirmed the incident to newsmen, but could not state the number of casualties at the moment.
The agency said rescue officials have been drafted to the scene, while security operatives have already condoned off the area.
CNN Chooses Larry Madowo as New Host of African Voices Changemakers
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Kenyan-based CNN International Correspondent, Mr Larry Madowo, has been announced as the new host of the long-running series, African Voices Changemakers, which profiles outstanding individuals from across the continent.
African Voices has aired on CNN International for over a decade, with the show meeting entertainers, creatives, athletes, and members of the public who are making a difference, finding ways to impact their communities, and making cultural contributions.
In 2017, the new host of the programme, Mr Madowo, was featured on the show, highlighting his work as a Kenyan broadcasting star. He started his broadcasting career at Kenya Television Network at 20.
The journalist has covered stories around the globe since joining the network in 2021. He has highlighted coronavirus vaccine inequality, reported on flooding in Nigeria, broadcast from Expo 2020 in Dubai and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, anchored news shows from Atlanta, covered the Kenyan elections, and most recently reported from the World Economic Forum in Davos.
“I’m looking forward to highlighting outstanding stories and incredible people from across the continent and showing the world these remarkable African changemakers. Having featured on the show before joining CNN, this is a full circle moment for me,” Mr Madowo, whose first show will air on February 25, 2023, commented on his selection as the new host.
Also commenting, CNN International SVP and Global Head of Features Content, Ellana Lee, said, “Larry is a uniquely experienced journalist with enormous energy, expertise, and skill.
“He is also incredibly passionate about Africa, and I know he is excited by the opportunity to bring his many varied experiences and stories to a global audience via one of CNN’s longest-running and most successful programmes.
“Larry also has a large and highly engaged social following, which presents a great opportunity for us to further interact with our African Voices Changemakers audience, as well as gain new fans for the show.”
African Voices Changemakers will continue to air weekly on CNN International, seeking out leading trendsetters and trailblazers across Africa looking to inspire, empower, and impact the continent in a positive way. On digital and social, audiences can enjoy supplementary content, including the popular My Drive videos, which will also be featured in a special 30-minute compilation show.
The last year has seen the introduction of new formats and content to the show with a focus on athletes, including highlighting sporting achievements from across Africa with a new segment titled African Voices Playmakers, which airs monthly as part of CNN’s flagship sporting show World Sport.
The programme runs in partnership with long-term sponsor Globacom as part of an advertising and sponsorship campaign to engage CNN’s audience seamlessly across all platforms.
Waste Disposal: Oyo Begs Residents Not to Patronise Cart Pushers
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Residents of Oyo State have been urged by the state government not to patronise cart pushers for the disposal of their wastes because it is against the law.
Instead, they have been encouraged to make use of the registered PSP operators so as to make the state cleaner and prevent any outbreak of disease.
In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Wasiu Olatubosun, on Thursday, appealed to residents to have a change of mindset in terms of waste management, saying they have to imbibe the act of paying for waste bills regularly.
Speaking in Ibadan, the state capital, the Commissioner further advised them to acquire waste bins for their homes, noting that they should work in tandem with the laid down principles by Oyo State Waste Management Task Force and the Oyo State Government waste management consultant, Mottainai Recycling Limited.
“The Oyo State Waste Management Taskforce and Mottianai have appealed to residents at different times to pay their waste bills promptly. The two have also promised to continue offering quality service to keep our city clean,” he said.
Mr Olatubosun reiterated the need for every home to acquire a waste bin, as enforcement on defaulting homes would begin in earnest.
He also lauded the Task Force’s efforts, led by Mrs Adedayo Aderonke, at improving the collection and disposal of solid waste, including the deployment of additional waste collection trucks and the implementation of a new route optimisation system.
Also speaking on Mottainai Recycling’s efforts at tackling the menace of indiscriminate refuse disposal, Mr Olatubosun said the company has stepped up its advocacy campaign this year.
He also harped on the importance of recycling in the waste management ecosystem in the state, urging residents to explore it for its vast economic and environmental values.
“Last year, the Oyo State Government intensified efforts to promote the culture of environmental sustainability among residents through market advocacy programs,” he said.
“One of the key areas we focused on last year was improving the collection and disposal of solid waste and recycling. This year we will do more. We will increase the number of waste collection trucks on our roads to ensure efficiency and effectiveness,” he stated.
N805m Scam: EFCC Moves Senator Nwaoboshi from Hospital to Prison
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Mr Peter Nwaoboshi, the Senator representing Delta North in the National Assembly, has been taken to the Ikoyi Correctional Centre on Wednesday to commence his prison term.
Senator Nwaoboshi was convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment by the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal for money laundering.
According to a statement from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the lawmaker was intercepted by its operatives at a hospital in Lagos on Monday, February 6, after months of avoiding them.
The Court of Appeal had, in a judgement, it delivered on July 1, 2022, sentenced him to prison after it convicted him on a two-count charge of money laundering and also ordered the winding up of his two companies, Golden Touch Construction Project Ltd and Suiming Electrical Ltd, in line with the provision of Section 22 of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2021, and their properties forfeited to the federal government.
But the lawmaker, who was not present in court at the time of the ruling, went underground and refused to present himself to the Nigerian Correctional Service. Instead, he proceeded to the Supreme Court, praying the apex court to not only set it aside the judgment of the appeal court but grant him bail, pending the determination of his appeal.
But in a unanimous decision on January 27, 2023, the apex court dismissed the application. In the lead judgement by Justice Emmanuel Agim, the apex court wondered why Nwaoboshi, who refused to submit himself to the law, would seek the indulgence of the law.
Justice Tijani Abubakar, in his contribution, upbraided the Appellant for filing the bail application while on the run.
“We must make it very, very clear to all Nigerians that nobody is above the law. The government and the governed are subject to the rule of law. And, we must ensure that there is respect for the rule of law”.
The Court of Appeal judgement that convicted Nwaoboshi followed an appeal by the EFCC against the judgment of Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of a Federal High Court in Lagos, which had on June 18, 2021, discharged and acquitted the lawmaker and his companies.
Mr Nwaoboshi and his companies illegally acquired a property named Guinea House, Marine Road, in Apapa, Lagos, for N805 million. Part of the money paid for the property was transferred by Suiming Electrical Ltd on behalf of Nwaoboshi and Golden Touch Construction Project Ltd. The funds are believed to be proceeds of the illicit activities of the convict.
One of the counts reads: “That you, Peter Nwaoboshi and Golden Touch Construction Projects Limited, between May and June 2014, within the jurisdiction of this court, did acquire a property described as Guinea House, Marina Road, Apapa, Lagos, for the sum of N805 million, when you reasonably ought to have known that the sum of N322 million out of the purchase price transferred to the vendors by order of Suinming Electricals Limited formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity of fraud and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act of 2011(as amended) and punishable under Section (15)(3) of the same Act.”
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