Category: FEATURES

READ THE COMPREHENSIVE STORY OF THE MAINA SAGA AND THE ROLE PLAYED BY BUHARI’S 3 MAJOR MINISTERS

Three top officials in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari played prominent roles in the reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina, ex-chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), into the civil service, according to Nigeria’s publication  TheCable.

 

TheCable published in its edition today, documents showing the involvement and full knowledge of Winifred Oyo-Ita, head of the civil service of the federation; Abdulrahman Dambazau, minister of interior; and Abubakar Malami, minister of justice, in the deal gone sour.

The federal civil service commission dismissed Maina in 2013 for absconding from duty following a recommendation by the office of the head of service.

He was accused of being involved in pension fraud running into over N100 billion. After an investigation by the senate joint committee on public service and establishment and state and local government administration, a warrant of arrest was issued against him.

Subsequently, the police declared him wanted and he went into hiding. He reportedly fled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It was after his long absence from office that he was dismissed.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) also declared him wanted, while the INTERPOL issued a worldwide red alert on Maina, based on a request from the EFCC.

But four years later, Maina managed to find his way back into the civil service.

In a letter dated September 17, the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) made a strong case for Maina’s reinstatement.

The letter, signed by Mustapha Sulaiman on behalf of the chairman of the commission, referred to previous correspondence on the issue.

The letter showed that while Dambazau and Oyo-Ita played supervisory roles, as committees under them made recommendations, Malami was actively involved.

“Kindly refer to the Attorney General of the Federation/Honourable Minister of Justice letter ref no HAGF/FCSC/2017/VOL.1/3 dated 27th April, 2017 requesting Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) to give consequential effect to the judgement that voided the warrant of arrest issued against A.A. Maina which formed the basis for the query and his eventual dismissal,” the letter read.

“Further to the aforementioned letter, the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) at its meeting held on 14th June 2017 deliberated on the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF’s) letter and requested the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) vide letter FC.4029/82/VOL.III/160 of 21st June, 2017, to advise the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Interior to consider the AGF’s letter, the officer’s case and make appropriate recommendation to the commission.

“The OHCSF accordingly advised Ministry of Interior to consider the matter. The Ministry of Interior at its Senior Staff Committee (SSC)’s meeting held on 22nd June, 2017 considered the disciplinary case against the officer and the letter by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice seeking the reinstatement of the officer as a Director (Administration), SGL.17 in the Federal Civil Service.

“The Ministry of Interior’s Senior Staff Committee (SSC) deliberated on the case and recommended that Mr Maina be reinstated into the service as Deputy Director, SGL. 16. The Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) vide letter Ref. No. HCSF/LU/COR/FCSC/749/III/135 dated 14th August 2017 forwarded to the recommendations of the Senior Staff Committee (SSC) of the Ministry on Interior to the FCSC for further necessary action.”

The letter also said FCSC had approved the reinstatement of Maina and directed that he should be made to sit for next promotion examination to the post of director.

Before former President Goodluck Jonathan appointed him to the pension team in 2010, Maina was an assistant director in the ministry of interior.

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered Maina’s dismissal from the civil service.

Shortly after he gave the order, Oyo-Ita issued a three-paragraph statement denying being behind the controversial recall.

Earlier, Dambazau had distanced himself, passing the buck to Oyo-Ita.

 

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FOREIGN VISITORS TO THE UK TO BE CHARGED FOR NHS TREATMENT

New rules have now come into force requiring foreign visitors to pay for treatment on the National Health Service.

It’s part of the government’s push to tackle health tourism, and will only apply to visitors seeking non-urgent or planned care.

The estimated cost of normal use of the NHS by foreign visitors who’ve ended up being treated while in England — is £1.8 billion a year (including a small number of European visitors treated in the rest of the UK

The Metro reported on Monday that hospitals will now be required to identify a patient’s chargeable status so that the costs of any treatment are recovered. However, doctors have warned that the rules ‘lack clarity’ and could end up burdening NHS Trusts with extra bureaucracy.

Health Minister Lord O’Shaughnessy said the NHS was open to foreign visitors, as long as they make their ‘fair financial contribution’ towards care costs.

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Foreign visitors to the UK will have to pay for NHS treatment except emergency and maternity care and asylum seekers

‘The new regulations simply require NHS bodies to make enquiries about, and then charge, those who aren’t entitled to free NHS care. All the money raised goes back into funding and improving care for NHS patients,’ he said.

We are clear that some vulnerable groups are exempt from charging and the NHS will never withhold urgent and immediately necessary treatment.’ Emergency care and maternity care are both among the treatments that are exempt from the charging rules.

Charging will also not apply if treatment is in the interest of public health, such as with infectious diseases. Vulnerable groups of people, such as asylum seekers, will also not be charged for treatment.

Doctors are warning it could add unwanted additional bureaucracy to the Trusts’ workload.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, council chair of the BMA, said it was ‘vital’ that patients with acute needs or from vulnerable groups don’t face bureaucratic or financial obstacles.

To do so would be ‘morally unacceptable and could end up costing the NHS more money due to lack of timely treatment’. ‘It is important that those accessing NHS services are eligible to do so, especially at a time when the NHS is under intense pressure and struggling to cope with patient demand,’ he said.

‘However, the current charging proposals lack clarity around how and when overseas patients should be charged, which does run the risk of causing confusion and an additional administrative burden within NHS Trusts.’

 

 

DOCK OFFICERS LOUD SNORING HALT COURT PROCEEDINGS DURING TRIAL OF HAIRDRESSER

The trial of a hairdresser who deliberately infected sex partners he met on dating website Grindr with HIV was halted  because of a disruption by two dock officers.

The officers hired by security company GEOAmey were guarding Daryll Rowe during his trial at Lewes Crown Court.

They both fell asleep and subsequently started snoring.

their snoring was loud enough to force the judge presiding over the trial to stop the proceeding and order the two men removed from court.

In a packed court room during the opening of the prosecution case against Rowe on October 5, an usher was seen prodding a dock officer after loud snoring was heard.

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Daryll Rowe

An apology has been made to the judge by GEOAmey the who employed the guards.
Rowe, of no fixed address, denies allegations from ten men. He pleaded not guilty to four charges of grievous bodily harm with intent and six charges of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

The trial continues.

LONDON: POLICE RELEASE EFIT OF MAN WHO DIED AFTER FALLING FROM HOTEL’S 28TH FLOOR 3 YEARS AGO

Detectives are appealing for help to identify a man who died after falling from a hotel more than three years ago.

Police were called at approximately 12:15hrs on 20 March 2014 to the Hilton on Park Lane to reports of an injured man on the fourth floor roof.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended but sadly the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was established that the man had fallen from the 28th floor. His death is being treated as non-suspicious.

Despite extensive enquiries, officers have been unable to identify the man and have today released an efit of him in the hope that a family member or friend recognises him.

A check of the man’s Oyster card – which was not registered with Transport for London – revealed that he regularly travelled around the south London area, specifically Norwood, Crystal Palace and Streatham.

The man is described as black and aged between 40 and 50 years old. He had a medium build and cropped black hair.

At the time of his death, he was wearing a black Lonsdale fleece jacket, a white shirt with light pink and blue large checks, a white vest, grey/brown suit trousers with a black belt, grey socks and black loafers.

PC Gemma Scott, from Westminster Borough, said: “This is a very sad case in which not only has a man lost his life, but it is still possible that his family do not know that he has died.

“I would urge anyone who recognises the man from the efit to come forward and speak with us so that we can finally put a name to him.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on 07917 517799 or via 101.

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE TO HEADLINE SUPERBOWL HALF TIME SHOW

Justin Timberlake confirmed that he will perform during the Super Bowl LII halftime show before Sunday night’s game between the Patriots and Falcons.

It was reported in September that Timberlake was finalizing a contract to perform at the game that will take place on Feb. 4, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

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Timberlake previously performed at Super Bowl XXVIII in Houston with Janet Jackson in 2004.

The performance will be mostly remembered for Justin infamously pulling off a part of Janet Jackson’s costume, revealing her breast on national television and causing a major international controversy.

​The wardrobe malfunction seen around the world caused the Federal Communications Commission to issue a five-second delay during all live performances on television.

Jay Z reportedly turned down headlining his own Super Bowl halftime show. Beyoncé, his wife, performed at Super Bowl XLVII and Super Bowl 50 in 2015.

Lady Gaga performed at last year’s Super Bowl halftime show after Adele revealed that she turned down the offer.

NIGERIA: BUHARI ORDERS IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OF RECALLED MAINA’S APPOINTMENT

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate dismissal of Mr Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms who was allegedly reinstated following a previous termination

A statement issued from the office of the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity in Abuja on Monday, said the President’s directive was contained in a memo to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita

The President’s SA, Media and Publicity Femi Adesina stated that the President equally demanded a full report of the circumstances of Maina’s recall and posting to the Ministry of Interior.

The report is to be submitted to the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, before the end of work today.

UK: STOLEN PASSPORTS, CREDIT CARDS, COCAINE AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY BOLDLY ADVERTISED ON CRAIGSLIST

The information site Wikipedia describes Craigslist as an American classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums.

Craig Newmark began the service in 1995 as an email distribution list to friends, featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area. It became a web-based service in 1996 and expanded into other classified categories. It started expanding to other U.S. cities in 2000, and now covers 70 countries.

The popular site has grown to become a huge tool for buying or selling all manner of objects and products ranging form the most normal and useful to the downright weird and wacky. From sexual hookups to surrogate mums to women who want to conceive a child during the total eclipse – you can find them all on the site

But a recent BBC report has revealed that organised criminals are misusing the UK version of the popular classifieds site to trade in class A drugs and offer criminal services, according to the probe by the BBC.

The investigation, by regional news programme Inside Out, found reporters were openly able to buy cocaine online from a dealer in Derby, illegal cigarettes from two sellers in Corby and Carlisle and a £550 stolen passport from Kent.

According to leading intelligence and security expert Philip Ingram MBE, the levels of organised crime on the site are “frightening”.

After arranging an exchange of cocaine for £80 a gram on Craigslist, undercover reporter Jonathan Gibson said: “Controlled drugs are being sold next to second hand sofas.

Other people offered services on the site including money laundering, recruiting postmen to steal mail and fraudulently asking other people to take a learner driver’s theory test in exchange for money.

But criminal activities on the site is not limited to this side of the pond. A California woman was sentenced to five years in prison for a bizarre and elaborate scheme to frame her husband’s ex-fiancée for trying to have her raped.

For months, Diaz made it appear that her husband’s ex-fiancée, Michelle Suzanne Hadley, 30, had been harassing and stalking her, as well as recruiting men to go to Diaz’s home and rape her by posting “rape fantasy” ads on Craigslist.

And in Miami, Florida the Food for Florida cards that were issued to victims of the Hurricane Irma to help them get back on their feet are being advertised on Craigslist for cash. The cards which have a face value of $1,300 are being illegally sold for $700.

Also, a New Jersey corrections officer was charged with receiving images of child sexual abuse.  37-year-old Stephen Salamak was arrested after  an undercover officer made contact with him after he posted on Craigslist that he was looking for women and moms “that are into Cheese Pizza,” a reference to child pornography.

According to the BBC, Craigslist was contacted but has declined to comment.

See this story in full on BBC Inside Out  on BBC One on Monday 23 October.