Day: October 27, 2017

INTERPOL ISSUES FRESH ARREST WARRANT FOR MAINA

The International Police Organisation, INTERPOL, has issued fresh warrant for the arrest of the embattled former Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Programme, Politics Today, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed that INTERPOL has put Maina on their wanted list for his re-arrest.

Shehu also said Maina will appear in court to talk about how Pension funds were mismanaged adding that many people who ought to investigate Maina were beneficiaries of the mismanaged funds.

“And all the cases – you know there are a number of ongoing cases in the country which he would have been a part of. Now he is back home, he is going to have his day in court.

“People just sat down and were receiving cash from that man, knowing full well that it was the police pension that he was sharing. People who ought to investigate him, who ought to send him to trial, beneficiaries of that heist. In the coming days, the President will decide and all of these things will come out,” Shehu said.

The presidential spokesman said Maina’s issue is being investigated by different quarters organisations such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

“The matter is being investigated from all fronts. The EFCC, for example, is discovering more and more properties and its officials are sealing them. They are also looking at banks accounts and all that. In fact, this investigation will also touch some foreign countries.”

Speaking further on what President Buhari’s government is doing concerning the Maina scandal, the presidential spokesman said the President has got all the reports needed for a detailed investigation into the issue and the President will take more decisions soon.

It will be recalled that Maina was declared wanted by EFCC for an alleged N2billion pensions biometric scam in November 2015, a 24-count bordering on procurement fraud and obtaining money under false pretence.

The anti-graft commission has recently begun a search for him again after his return into the country and immediate disengagement by from the Federal Civil Service by President Buhari.

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BUHARI SUPPORT ORGANISATION OPENS NEW HQ IN ABUJA IN READINESS FOR 2019 PRESIDENTIAL DECLARATION

Buhari Support Organisation, BSO, on Friday opened its national headquarters in Abuja, in readiness for President Muhammadu Buhari’s anticipated declaration for re-election and commencement of campaigns ahead of 2019

The event had top politicians comprising state governors, Ministers, National Assembly members and government appointees, and diplomats in attendance.

Some of the dignitaries at the event include, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Minister of State for Health, Osagie Ehanire among others.

Also in attendance is the Controller General of Custom, Col Hamid Ali (retd), while the Chairman of the occasion is Senator representing Lagos East, Adeleke Mamorah.

Buhari’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie confirmed the event on her official Facebook page.

Sharing photographs of the event, Onochie wrote: “HAPPENING NOW.
“OPENING OF BUHARI SUPPORT ORGANISATION (BSO) NEW HEAD OFFICE.”

CATALONIA STATE DECLARES INDEPENDENCE FROM SPAIN

Catalonia’s parliament has passed a motion to establish a new republic independent of Spain, which responded by revoking the region’s powers.

Huffington Post reported that hundreds of people reacted with jubilation outside the regional parliament in Barcelona on Friday but Spain moved quickly in its uncompromising respond to efforts to break away.

Within a half an hour of the vote, Spain’s Senate met and voted to remove the region’s autonomy and subject it to direct rule from Madrid and the country’s Constitutional Court has begun proceedings against the declaration.

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Emotional scenes in Barcelona.

 

The independence motion was passed in the 135-member assembly with 70 votes in favour, 10 against and 2 blank ballots, the assembly’s speaker said.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont left the chamber to shouts of “President!”

Lawmakers from the Socialist Party, the People’s Party (PP) and Ciudadanos had left the chamber before the vote in protest.

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Members of the People’s Party of Catalonia leave the chamber before the vote on independence

 

Britain will not recognise the Catalan parliament’s declaration, Downing Street has said.

“It is based on a vote that was declared illegal by the Spanish courts,” a statement said. “We continue to want to see the rule of law upheld, the Spanish Constitution respected, and Spanish unity preserved.”

After the vote, those that remained in the chamber for the vote sang the Catalan anthem.

A huge crowd watched the session on giant screens and burst into celebration and popped champagne when the vote was carried.

Pro-separatists groups put out calls to arms for supporters to flood the streets, amid fears of police retaliation against Catalonia’s leader.

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Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called for calm in a tweet posted minutes after declaration.

“I ask for calm from all Spaniards. The rule of law will restore legality in Catalonia,” he wrote.

Spain’s Senate approved Article 155, the law that allows the central government to take over the autonomous region. It has never been used before.

“Exceptional measures should only be adopted when no other remedy is possible,” Rajoy told the Senate.

“In my opinion there is no alternative. The only thing that can be done and should be done is to accept and comply with the law.”

The Catalan leadership was ignoring the law and making a mockery of democracy, he said.

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Catalan President Carles Puigdemont casts his vote for independence from Spain

“We are facing a challenge unprecedented in our recent history,” said Rajoy, who has staked out an uncompromising position against Catalonia’s campaign to break away from Spain.

Rajoy is now expected to convene his cabinet to adopt the first measures to govern Catalonia.

This could include firing the Barcelona government and assuming direct supervision of Catalan police forces.

 

European Commission president Donald Tusk tweeted nothing had changed for the EU, which has maintained the issue is an internal matter for Spain.

“Spain remains our only interluctor,” he said and added, in an apparent reference to police violence that marred the October 1 referendum, that he hoped Madrid “favours force of argument, not argument of force”.

The Catalan Parliament’s motion called on other countries and institutions to recognise it the region as a new nation.

It also said it wanted to open talks with Madrid to collaborate on setting up the new republic.

“It is not going to be easy, it is not going to be free, it is not going to change in a day. But there is no alternative to a process towards the Catalan Republic,” lawmaker Marta Rovira of the Junts pel Si pro-independence alliance said in a debate leading to the vote.

Germany said on Friday it supported the Spanish government in its dispute with separatists in Catalonia and would not recognise the vote.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Berlin viewed the escalation of the situation with concern, noting that the unilateral declaration of independence violated the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Spain.

The US State Department has said Catalonia “is an integral part of Spain” and it backs the Spanish Government’s measures to keep Spain united.

WHATSAPP FINALLY LAUNCHES FEATURE TO RECALL EMBARRASSING MESSAGES

 

The prayer of many Whatsapp users have been answered.

If you have ever unwittingly sent an inappropriate message to the wrong group or the wrong person, you will understand.

Whatsapp long-anticipated “Unsend” feature that can recall an embarrassing message is finally ready.

It’s been in development for months, but has now started rolling out to users.

The feature, which is officially called “Delete for Everyone” has also been widely referred to as “Recall” and “Revoke”.

It lets you unsend messages, making them completely disappear from a conversation. They’ll be hidden from both yourself and the other people in the chat.

However, both you and your recipient need to be using the latest version of WhatsApp, and it only works for messages you’ve sent within the last seven minutes.

Once that period of time has passed, your message is there to stay.

Delete for Everyone work on all types of messages, including text, images, videos, GIFs and documents.

To unsend a message, simply highlight it by tapping and holding the line of text, select Delete from the menu and hit the Delete for Everyone option.

“This is particularly useful if you sent a message to the wrong chat or if the message you sent contains a mistake,” explains WhatsApp in an FAQ.

“Messages you successfully delete for everyone will be replaced with ‘This message was deleted’ in your recipients’ chats. Similarly, if you see ‘This message was deleted’ in a chat, it means that the sender deleted their message for everyone.”

WhatsApp says you’ll be notified if Delete for Everyone hasn’t worked.

It also warns that, even if the feature does work successfully, there’s a chance the person you’ve been chatting to may have already seen the message before you decided to revoke it.

According to WABetaInfo, the rollout of Delete for Everyone is proving “very slow”, so don’t worry if you’re unable to make use of it quite yet.

SEX SCANDAL HITS UK HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT: MALE MPs AND MINISTERS NAMED AND SHAMED AS SEX PESTS IN “SECRET” WHATSAPP GROUP

CABINET Ministers have been named by furious female staff in a secret list of sex-pest MPs to avoid at Westminster, according to a report in The Sun today.

They are among politicians listed in a WhatsApp group set to spark a fresh scandal in Parliament.

Fuming researchers, secretaries and aides linked up to share horror stories and warn new recruits of sleazy bosses.

Sources say the first MP could be exposed by the weekend and one said resignations are “anticipated”.

Reports include tales of MPs groping staff in lifts and a Mi­nister branded “Not Safe In Taxis” because of his wandering hands.

Culprits are said to include Cabinet Ministers — and to cross the political divide from Parliament’s bars and party conferences.

Accusations include ‘groping’ at a drinks party

Accusations include ‘groping’ at a drinks party

And while many of those accused are said to be “the usual old suspects”, one poster says they also include “surprising younger names”.

Lurid allegations swirling around Westminster included:

  • SENIOR MPs having sex with staff in Parliamentary offices;
  • A CABINET Minister “groping” during drinks parties;
  • A LABOUR MP nicknamed the “disco king” groping a woman while away on a foreign trip;
  • ONE MP demanding that staff buy sex toys as gifts;
  • A TORY grandee banned from hiring young “leggy” women to join their staff;
  • LEERING bosses calling female workers “sugar t**s” and demanding affairs, and
  • TOP government aides aggressively pursuing female juniors.

News of the WhatsApp group comes in the wake of the #MeToo social media phenomenon which has seen women around the world speak out about sexual harassment.

And after revelations about film mogul Harvey Weinstein rocked Hollywood, Westminster is on red alert for a fresh sex scandal.

Sources there believe the first MP could be named publicly by this weekend and one told The Sun they “anticipate resignations”.

One female staffer was seen in tears this week speaking about abusive bosses, because of fears she’d be fired or dis- believed if she went public.

Antics involving serving and ex-Cabinet Ministers, sen­ior frontbenchers from both Tor­ies and Labour, peers and aides have all been flagged, it is said.

Ashley Judd alleges she escaped Harvey Weinstein by offering to grant his request saying, ‘after I win an Oscar in one of your movies’

A parliamentary source said the names of some of the worst offenders were widely known — but that the list was being drawn up “so new arrivals could be warned”.

One member of the WhatsApp group said: “The usual old suspects are there but there have been some surprising younger names crop up.”

Resignations are ‘anticipated’ from pervy politicians over the accusations

 

Another source said: “For years we have all looked out for each other. It’s like, ‘So-and-so Is hiring, but it can’t be a woman for him’.”

Tory whips have also reportedly drawn up a “lechers list” of badly- behaved MPs who they are forced to keep a close eye on due to the Government’s wafer-thin majority.

George Clooney speaks out accusing others of being complicit around the Harvey Weinstein allegations

Some party whips have been seen patrolling bars and terraces to stop bad behaviour.

Our revelations come after Labour MP John Mann declared he was ready to name and shame a party colleague who treated a young woman “appallingly”.

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REX FEATURES: Labour’s John Mann said he was ready to name and shame a party colleague over ‘appalling’ treatment of women

The Labour campaigner used the Commons floor to suggest a colleague was reported for bad behaviour on an official foreign trip, but the incident had been hushed up.

In an electrifying Commons intervention on Monday, Mr Mann hinted a Labour MP had been booted off a foreign trip for bad behaviour towards females.

Separately, he tweeted: “I will be naming a Labour MP who behaved appallingly towards a young woman.”

Baroness Jenkins revealed ‘men used to hit on you all the time’ in Whitehall

PA:PRESS ASSOCIATION Baroness Jenkins revealed ‘men used to hit on you all the time’ in Whitehall

 

He added: “Why was her complaint ignored before?”

Two senior female Tories have also spoken out about abuse received by women in Westminster.

Baroness Jenkin, a close friend of Theresa May, said: “Men used to hit on you all the time. They would say, ‘I had a dream about you last night’. These things affect people differently.”

And former Cabinet minister Maria Miller claimed she “experienced far more sexual harassment as an MP than in my 20-year ca­reer in advertising and marketing.”

She added: “This is not a thing of the past — we need to see it as a present-day concern.”

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AFP: Antics involving serving and ex-Cabinet Ministers, senior frontbenchers from both Tor­ies and Labour, peers and aides have all been flagged

Asked about abuse, a Labour spokesman said: “Other parties have significant issues in this area”.

They insisted Labour had implemented “robust” measures over the investigation of sexual abuse allegations.

Last night a Commons spokesman said: “The House of Commons takes the welfare of everyone who works in Parliament very seriously.

“A free confidential helpline is provided by the House and available 24/7 for all Members’ staff.”

A Conservative spokesman said: “If a serious allegation is raised we would immediately advise the individual to contact the police. We take all allegations incredibly seriously.”

The story of the scandal which broke in The Sun late last night, and it’s aftermath is certain to keep the press and reporters busy for a long time to come.