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The Federal Government said it had filed a 1.1 billion dollar lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell and Eni in a commercial court in London in relation to a 2011 oilfield deal in Nigeria.

The two oil majors are embroiled in a long-running corruption case revolving around the purchase of Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL)245.

OPL 245, which is one of the biggest sources of untapped oil reserves on the African continent with reserves estimated at nine billion barrels, is also at the heart of an ongoing corruption trial in Milan, Italy, in which former and current Shell and Eni officials are on the bench. 

Milan prosecutors alleged bribes totalling around $1.1bn were paid to win the licence to explore the field which, because of disputes, had never entered into production.

The new London case also related to payments made by the companies to get the OPL 245 oilfield licence in 2011, Reuters reported on Thursday. 

“It is alleged that purchase monies purportedly paid to the Federal Republic of Nigeria were in fact immediately paid through a company controlled by Dan Etete, formerly the Nigerian Minister of Petroleum, and used for, among other things, bribes and kickbacks,” Nigeria said on Thursday. 

“Accordingly, it is alleged that Shell and Eni engaged in bribery and unlawful conspiracy to harm the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that they dishonestly assisted corrupt Nigerian government officials.”

 The Nigerian government also included Nigeria-based Malabu Oil & Gas in the lawsuit, and a company called Energy Venture Partners Ltd., according to Bloomberg. Malabu was allegedly controlled by Etete, who took possession of the $1.1bn payment and used it for bribes and kickbacks, according to the lawsuit.

 Antonio Secci, a lawyer for Etete, was quoted as saying that the London suit “surprises” because the Nigerian government is already seeking damages in Milan. 

“This situation cannot be represented again in London because it is repetitive,” he said. Shell said “the 2011 settlement of long-standing legal disputes related to OPL 245 was a fully legal transaction with Eni and the Federal Government of Nigeria, represented by the most senior officials of the relevant ministries.” 

Eni was quoted as saying in an emailed statement that it rejected “any allegation of impropriety or irregularity in connection with this transaction.” 

“Eni (…) signed a commercial agreement in 2011 for a new licence for OPL 245 with the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the consideration for the licence was paid directly to the Nigerian government,” it said. Nigeria has already filed a London case against a US bank, JPMorgan, for its role in transferring over $800m of government funds to Etete, who has been convicted of money laundering.

 In another separate trial, a Milan court in September found a middleman guilty of corruption after prosecutors alleged he had received a mandate from Etete, who had denied any wrongdoing, to find a buyer for OPL 245, collecting $114m for his services. 

Last month, a global anti-corruption and accountability watchdog group, Global Witness, calculated that the OPL 245 deal deprived Nigeria of double its annual education and healthcare budget.

Popular Nigerian blogger, Linka Ikeji has come under attack on social media after she finally opened up on her relationship with an oil magnate, Sholaye Jeremi.




Reports had it that Ikeji had a relationship with Jeremi, adding that the oil magnate was responsible for the blogger’s son. She had, however, been silent about the claims.

However, the 38-year-old blogger, in a statement she personally signed yesterday, confirmed that Jeremi was the father of her son, Jayce.

In the statement, Ikeji also confirmed that the billionaire businessman dumped her after she got pregnant.

Her recent revelation stirred divergent reactions from Nigerians criticizing her for having a baby out of wedlock despite her backlash at ‘Baby Mamas’.

The blogger in times past was quoted to have said she would never have a child out of wedlock and strongly kicked against the ‘Baby Mama’ trend.

Here are some comments gathered by on Twitter:

@Officialdaddymo “After dragging baby mamas on her blog, Linda Ikeji now a baby mama. Life comes at you very fast, e no dey observe speed limit. Be careful when you criticize and mock others, you may find yourself in their shoes one day.”

@Oreofe_ok “I don’t care about her baby/ scandal-I just care that the woman is building an empire churning out billions. And she’s constantly expanding. Bro, Linda Ikeji will always be inspiring to me.”

@Ogbenidipo “If this happened to someone else, Linda Ikeji will twist and turn the whole story. Now she’s adding lol to all her sentences. See life.”

@Is_salsu “My problem with Linda Ikeji is this Holier than thou attitude.From talking about celibacy to getting pregnant.From mocking a baby mama to becoming a baby mama.

“From saying she will never sleep with a married man, to maybe ending up as 2nd wife. She needs to chill.”

@IamBussmarn “Linda Ikeji is always mocking baby mamas and now she has joined the league of baby mamas.”

@Precious_Chee “Don’t throw stones in a glass house, sometimes you’d turn what you criticize. I don’t know why Linda Ikeji is giving us tales by moonlight, You’re a BABYMAMA period.”

@Odineisipatrick “Sadly, I am one person whom Linda Ikeji can never do wrong in his eyes no matter what is said about he
@Tonyy_Godsent “I really felt for Linda Ikeji. Believe me, what happened to her can happen to anyone else. Let’s be realistic, she never planned it. And one thing I see that pushed her was her ticking time…let’s not crucify her, please.”

@Saintlummy “Don’t understand why you all dragging Linda Ikeji. She didn’t force you to believe her or hold her to any high moral class. She preached her opinions like every human but you were gullible to see her as better or more knowledgeable than you. She didn’t force any of you. Get a life!

@ComehomeTj “What did I learn from Linda Ikeji recent story? (1) Never criticize fellow human being because you may found yourself in their shoes one day. (2) Whatever life throws at you, take it in good faith. (3) Nobody is above mistake or a test of time.

@Lil_hos “Linda Ikeji spent most of her blogging days slandering and castigating “Baby Mamas” until she tragically became one herself, now all she does is try to control the damage.

Moral: be careful who you mock or laugh at, you don’t know how they got in that situation, Karma is Real!
@Ani_nomso “It’s easy to mock someone’s condition, laugh at them until life humbles you & makes you your old jokes. Linda Ikeji mocked baby mamas but she is now a baby mama writing long epistles. Guess being a baby mama is not worth mocking anymore.”

“Linda Ikeji is the typical self-acclaim righteous and decent people….bring others down and pretend to be the good person while they do worse behind a closed door. She deserves all the dragging she’s getting,hypocrite.”





Keeping up with the Kardashian star and super model, Kendall Jenner has made Forbes’ list of the highest-paid models of 2018.
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According to Forbes, she reportedly earned $22.5 million between June 2017 and June 2018 — a slight pay increase from the $22 million she raked in last year.

Other models who made the list include: Karlie Kloss, who came in second place with an estimated $13 million in earnings, Chrissy Teigen and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who tied for third with $11.5 million in earnings, Gisele Bündchen earned $10 million, Cara Delevingne ($10 million), Gigi Hadid($9.5 million), Bella Hadid ($8.5 million), Joan Smalls ($8.5 million), and Doutzen Kroes ($8 million) rounded out the list.

In all, the women made a cumulative $113 million, much more than $109.5 million from last year.


Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Engr. Babachir Lawal, was on Wednesday night seen at Aso Rock, Abuja.




Lawal was seen with Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun amongst others at an event, tagged ‘Together Nigeria’, held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja and organised by the Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, jointly with the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO).

This is the first time he would be seen in the Presidential Villa, since his sack. President Muhammadu Buhari was among personalities who graced the event.

The ex-SGF was said to have visited Aso stock in support for the launch of the campaign group for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general election.

It was recalls that Buhari had in October 30, 2017, sacked Lawal following the report of a three-man Panel led by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, that investigated him over alleged irregularities in Presidential Initiative on North-East (PINE) activities.

But the Ex-SGF, who is still being investigated by the EFCC, had insisted that nothing will affect his relationship with the president.

“If the President were to be my brother, does it mean we cease to be brothers because I am being investigated by the EFCC? A relationship breaks because of a false accusation against an innocent man?” Lawal said.

During the event, President Buhari promised that party men and women who work hard for the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections will be rewarded adequately.

He regretted that not all those that worked for the party in 2015 were rewarded, but assured that more rewards will come in 2019.

The President said: “Tonight’s event, once again, reminds me of our political struggles over the years and the support I enjoyed from many support structures such as The Buhari Organisation (TBO) and Buhari Support Organisation (BSO).

“ I am happy that today, we are not only celebrating our election victory, but our numerous landmark achievements.

“I have listened and I acknowledge with delight the story of BSO past, present and future from previous speakers.

“To all those who contributed to our successes in one way or the other, some of you are feeling disappointed because… I assure you this time around hard work and loyalty would be rewarded adequately”, he said.






An extended session of the National Economic Council has just started at the Presidential Villa, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The focus is the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

In attendance now are the Chairman, Governors’ Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari; Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi); Simon Lalong (Plateau); Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi); Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom); Dave Umahi (Ebonyi); Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu); and Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna).

Others are Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano); governors Godwin Obaseki (Edo); Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara); Yahaya Bello (Kogi); Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo); Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun); and Kashim Shettima (Borno).

The Central Bank Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, is also present.

The World Bank is to spend $3 million on three government technical colleges in Ekiti State under the bank’s Innovation and Development Effectiveness for Acquisition of Skills programme.




The bank’s Senior Education Specialist,  Dr Tunde Adekola, said this at a meeting with Governor Kayode Fayemi in Ado-Ekiti.

According to Adekola, the IDEAS programme would focus on boosting technical and vocational education skills and would be private sector-driven.

Adekola said the IDEAS initiative would provide training and certification for middle-level manpower that would see technical colleges return to their original mandate.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Yinka Oyebode, said in a statement in Ado-Ekiti that the World Bank team was confident that the programme would succeed because of the full accreditation of the colleges.

The statement quoted Adekola as saying that the World Bank was happy that the five-year programme aligned with the knowledge-based economy being pursued by the Fayemi administration.

It also quoted Fayemi as expressing confidence that the programme would address the deterioration in craftsmanship, saying the government would make technical and vocational education a cardinal goal.

The governor also said his administration would provide the necessary support for the immediate take-off of the IDEAS programme in the colleges.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that IDEAS is a World Bank successor programme to SEPIP which was started by Fayemi in November 2013 during his first term.

The programme ensured the establishment of various education-related projects, including the ongoing rehabilitation of the Government Technical College, Ado Ekiti.

(NAN)

Arsenal legend, Robert Pires, has said that Barcelona would be wrong to allow Ousmane Dembele leave the club, with the player linked with a move to The Emirates.




Dembele has been a cause for concern at the Nou Camp this season, leading to speculation that the LaLiga champions could let him go and re-sign Neymar.

Neymar departed Camp Nou for a world record £200million fee last summer and Barca spent half of that figure to land Dembele as his replacement.

But Pires believes Ernesto Valverde’s men are better off working with Dembele.

“I love him [Dembele] very much,” he told Mundo Deportivo.

“We always talk about [Lionel] Messi, but this guy is very good.

“He’s young but what he does we all did as kids. What you must do is self-impose discipline in your life, but he is young and with his quality and talent, he can help Barca to win the Champions League and also the league, as we have seen against Tottenham and Espanyol with great goals.

“If I had to choose, I would not change Dembele for Neymar.
 
“Ousmane is 21, plays with the left and the right [foot] with a lot of quality with the ball.
“He has a lot of potential, more than what we’ve seen so far.”

Nigerian artistes, Davido, Wizkid and Burna Boy have emerged with the most nominations in the 2018 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival.



Wizkid is the most nominated artiste in most categories including Best Male MVP, Best Pop, Best Collaboration, Digital artiste of the year, Video of the year, Listeners’ choice, Viewers’ choice and African artiste of the year categories.

Nigerian artistes: Davido and Burna Boy are close behind with several nominations including the coveted African artiste of the year alongside Diamond Platnumz, Sarkodie, Yemi Alade, South African rappers – A.K.A, Nasty C and Tiwa Savage.

The list was published on the awards’ website on Wednesday night.

The award ceremony will be aired live and streamed around the globe on the 5th of January 2019 from the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.

Below is the SoundCity MVP Awards Festival Nominees list:

BEST MALE MVP
BURNA BOY
NASTY C
MR EAZI
OLAMIDE
A.K.A
SHATTA WALE
HARMONIZE
DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
DAVIDO
WIZKID

BEST FEMALE MVP
BUSISWA
SIMI
NINIOLA
TIWA SAVAGE
YEMI ALADE
SHEKHINAH
EFYA
BECCA
LADY ZAMAR
MAUA SAMA

BEST HIP HOP
M.I ABAGA
KHALIGRAPH JONES
NASTY C
AKA
KWESI ARTHUR
PHYNO
SARKODIE
KWESTA
FALZ
MEDIKAL

BEST POP
KIZZ DANIEL
FALLY IPUPA
TIWA SAVAGE
YEMI ALADE
DAVIDO
DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
MAYORKUN
WIZKID
KUAMI EUGENE
MR EAZI

BEST COLLABORATION
MAKHE – DJ MAPHORISA, DJ SIMBA FT MOONCHILD SANELLY
SOCO – STARBOY FT WIZKID, TERRI, SPOTLESS & CEEZA MILLI
JIBEBE – DIAMOND PLATNUMZ, MBOSSO, LAVA LAVA
KATIKA – NAVY KENZO FT. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
ISSA GOAL – NAIRA MARLEY, OLAMIDE, LIL KESH
SPIRIT – KWESTA FT WALE
FAKE LOVE – WIZKID AND DUNCAN MIGHTY
CLUB CONTROLLER – PRINCE KAYBEE FT LASOULMATES
SAID – NASTYC & RUNTOWN
AMAKA – 2FACE IDIBIA FT. PERRUZI

DIGITAL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
DAVIDO
TIWA SAVAGE
MR EAZI
BURNA BOY
CASSPER NYOVEST
VANESSA MDEE
FALZ
WIZKID
DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
YEMI ALADE

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
GRINGO – SHATTA WALE
MIDNIGHT DRUM – A PASS, ROUGE, FIK FAMEICA
SHORT N’ SWEET – SAUTI SOL
YE – BURNA BOY
FEVER – WIZKID
SURRENDA – ADEKUNLE GOLD
SCIENCE STUDENT – OLAMIDE
KING – NASTY C FT A$AP FERG
HEAL THE WORLD – PATORANKING
KSAZOBALIT – CASSPER NYOVEST

BEST GROUP OR DUO
DISTRUCTION BOIZ
SAUTI SOL
NAVY KENZO
MICASA
MAFIKIZOLO
SHOW DEM CAMP
R2BEES
TOOFAN
GOLD FISH
REGGIE N’ BOLLIE

SONG OF THE YEAR
YE – BURNA BOY
SHORT & SWEET – SAUTI SOL FT NYASHINKI
AFRICAN BEAUTY – DIAMOND PLATNUMZ FT. OMARION
SOCO – STARBOY FT WIZKID, TERRI, SPOTLESS & CEEZA MILLI
KATIKA – NAVY KENZO FT. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
MAKHE – DJ MAPHORISA, DJ SIMBA FT MOONCHILD SANELLY
SKELETON MOVES – MASTER KG
ASSURANCE – DAVIDO
AMAKA – TUFACE IDIBIA
KWANGWARU – HARMONIZE FT. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ

BEST NEW ARTISTE
KIDI
SHO MADJOZI
ODUNSI
PERUZZI
TENIOLA
KIDA KUDZ
SHANE EAGLE
KING PROMISE
KWESI ARTHUR
MBOSSO

VIEWERS CHOICE
YE – BURNA BOY
DROGBA – AFRO B
SOMISO – WANDE COAL
SCIENCE STUDENT – OLAMIDE
FEVER – WIZKID
SOCO – STARBOY FT WIZKID, TERRI, SPOTLESS & CEEZA MILLI
KUPE DANCE – A STAR
MAGUN (RMX) – NINIOLA FT. BUSISWA
AVAILABLE – PATORANKING
TIWA’S VIBE – TIWA SAVAGE

LISTENERS CHOICE
CLUB CONTROLLER – PRINCE KAYBEE FT LASOULMATES
KATIKA – NAVY KENZO FT. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
SOCO – STARBOY
YE – BURNA BOY
WETIN WE GAIN – VICTOR AD
KWANGQARU – HARMONIZE FT DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
FAKE LOVE – WIZKID & DUNCAN MIGHTY
CONFUSION – KUAMI EUGENE
CCTV – KING PROMISE FT. MUGEEZ, SARKODIE
ASKAMAYA – TENI

AFRICAN PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
KILLERTUNES
JULZ
SARS
NAHREEL
NORTHBOI
DJ TIRA
PHANTOM
SPEROACHBEATZ
FRESH VDM
KEL P

AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
BURNA BOY
DAVIDO
SARKODIE
YEMI ALADE
A.K.A
TIWA SAVAGE
WIZKID
DIAMOD PLATNUMZ
NASTY C
OLAMIDE

AFRICAN DJ OF THE YEAR
BLACK COFFEE
DJ SPINALL
DJ MIC SMITH
DJ KAYWISE
DJ XCLUSIVE
DJ NEPTUNE
PRINCE KAYBE
DJ ARAFAT
DJ MAPHORISA
DJ VYRUSKY

An Appeal Court in Port Harcourt on Wednesday dismissed the appeal by the Ojukaye Flag-Amachree-led All Progressives Congress in Rivers State.



The special Appeal Court panel led by Justice Abubakar Yahaya also dismissed two appeals (joinder applications) filed by Flag-Amachree and the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Tonye Cole and other candidates belonging to the same faction.

Flag-Amachree-led APC in the state had challenged the October 10, 2018 judgement of the State High Court on the party congresses in the state.

The High Court ruling was in favour of Ibrahim Umar and 22 other aggrieved members of APC who had expressed misgiving over the process leading to the congresses.

However, Justice Yahaya, who delivered judgement on the appeal registered as No. CA/PH/198, maintained that the petition against the ruling of the High Court on the state party’s congress crisis lacked merit.

On the joinder application, the court stated that the applications failed to adhere to the 14-day rules of appeal.

Also delivering judgement on a substantive appeal bordering on State High Court’s ruling, Justice Yahaya added that the Rivers APC faction did not seek leave of court before appealing the judgement.

Describing the lower court’s ruling on the matter as a consent judgement, Justice Yahaya explained that the Flag-Amachree’s faction of the party should have done the needful legally before approaching the (Appeal) court.

“This matter is within one party; what is going to happen when it is between separate parties? It is politics, we are brothers, same house and we are throwing stones at each other. Please, let’s reconcile and settle this,” the lead Appeal Court judge advised.

Speaking shortly after the court session, counsel for the 23 aggrieved respondents, Patrick Luke, explained that the three cases in the Appeal Court were struck by the special Appeal Court panel.

According to Luke, “The first was an appeal against the judgement of October 10, 2018, delivered by the High Court of Rivers State.

“After listening to our arguments, the court dismissed that appeal because they filed their appeal outside the terms provided by the Constitution and they ought to file that appeal within 14 days upon delivery of judgement by the lower court.

“But they filed the appeal 25 days later through the status bar and it was accordingly dismissed by the Court of Appeal today. The other two matters were based on application for joinder. The two applications were also struck out for lack of merit.

“The implication is that the judgement delivered by the High Court of Rivers State on October 10, 2018 is valid, subsisting, sacred and inviolable.”

In his remarks, counsel for the applicant, Emenike Ebete, stated, “Today, the Court of Appeal special panel held three appeals against the High Court of Rivers State, 281 and 282 respectively, which were applications by the candidates against the lower court judgement of October 10, 2018.

“Arguments were taken, but the Court, in its infinite wisdom, held that in appeal 461; that is the substantive appeal, that the consent judgement of the High Court of Rivers State and by provision of the Constitution, we ought to have sort leave of court to appeal against that consent judgement.

“That is their own decision and they struck it out and they said we should come back and do the proper thing by seeking leave of the court. The one for the candidates and the party state excos, we are dismissed on the ground that it was a pre-election matter.

“The court said we did not bring the application within 14 days after decision was delivered on October 10. What that means is that, we will approach the Supreme Court to contest that.”




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