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The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of electricity distribution companies in the country, saying there is a need for a substantial change of strategy in order to meet the electricity needs of homes and businesses.

Osibanjo spoke on Thursday at the inauguration of a 2x60MVA, 132/33kV substation and associated 132kV transmission lines at Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He lamented the inability of the Discos to distribute available grid power to consumers.

“The distribution capacity in the 11 Discos are significantly low, hovering at around 4,000 megawatts on average with a peak at about 5,400MW. So, despite all the availability of about 8,000MW of generation and 7,000MW of transmission capacity, the lack of Disco infrastructure to absorb and deliver grid power to end-users has largely restricted generation to an average of about 4,000MW, and sometimes even falling below 4,000MW,” the Vice-President said.

The distribution and generation companies carved out of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria were handed over to private investors on November 1, 2013, following the privatisation of the power sector by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Osinbajo said, “It is evident that despite all the efforts that has been put into trying to expand the grid…the structure of the market today cannot deliver on the government’s promises to provide power for domestic and industrial use.

“A substantial change of strategy is necessary. There is clearly a need for a change of strategy. What we have done in the past has taken us to a point where there is clearly a change of strategy.”

As part of measures to curb insecurity in the state, the Ondo State Government has banned the activities of commercial motorcyclists popularly known as ‘Okadas‘, from the state’s section of the Benin-Ore-Shagamu Expressway.

The government said it took the decision following its observation that some unscrupulous elements were hiding under the guise of engaging in motorcycle business to perpetrate crimes on the expressway.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Donald Ojogo, on Thursday.

According to the statement, the government was disturbed by the activities of the criminal elements which include armed robbery and kidnapping.

Ojogo said, “The Ondo State Government has placed a total ban on commercial motorcycles along the entire stretch of the route in question. This action is with immediate effect and shall suffice until further notice.

“By this development, all activities of commercial motorcyclists are henceforth, restricted to internal confines of Ore town (in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state) and other communities in the area.

“To this end, the government had directed all the security agencies in the state, especially the Nigeria Police, to apprehend anyone who flouted the restriction order.

“The government appeals to the general public to co-operate with the security agencies in the state in the enforcement of this action in order to stem the growing rate of criminal activities along the area,” the government urged.

Abdullahi Babalele, the son-in-law of Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, was on Thursday granted bail in the sum of N20 million.

The Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos, presided over by Justice Nicholas Oweibo admitted Babalele to bail in the sum of N20million with one surety in like sum.

The judge said the surety must be resident in Lagos and must produce evidence of means through an affidavit.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday arraigned Abdullahi Babalele for allegedly laundering $140,000 in the build-up to the 2019 General Elections.

Adrian was the shootout hero as Liverpool lifted the UEFA Super Cup with victory over Chelsea in Istanbul.

The free signing goalkeeper was thrust into the starting line-up after Alisson was injured last Friday against Norwich.

And the 32-year-old saved Tammy Abraham’s spot-kick as Jurgen Klopp’s men won 5-4 on penalties at Vodafone Park after a 2-2 draw.

Klopp ran to celebrate with Adrian and his team after the Champions League winners came out on top in Turkey.

Adrian said: “Welcome to Liverpool! It was a crazy week. I’m really happy for the team and to get that trophy, and also really happy for the fans.”

Sadio Mane scored twice in his first start of the season, while Olivier Giroud and Jorginho bagged Chelsea’s goals at Vodafone Park.

Chelsea were the better team in the first half, and took a deserved lead when Olivier Giroud slid Christian Pulisic’s pass through Adrian’s legs in the 36th minute.

The American playmaker thought he’d doubled Chelsea’s lead five minutes later, but his low effort was ruled out for offside.

Liverpool’s best chance in the first half fell to Mo Salah, but Kepa Arrizabalaga sprung low to right to deny the Egyptian striker.

Jurgen Klopp made changes at half-time with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hauled off and Roberto Firmino coming on in his place.

The Brazilian striker made an immediate impact, latching onto a through ball from Fabinho and setting Sadio Mane up for the equaliser in the 48th minute.

Mason Mount came on for Chelsea and thought he’d scored a late winner, but his strike was ruled out for offside.

Mane bagged his second goal early in extra-time when he lashed a right-foot shot past Kepa from 15 yards that rattled the underside of the crossbar and found the top corner.

Chelsea weren’t finished, though, and had their equaliser when Jorginho converted a controversial penalty 10 minutes into the extra period.

Substitute Abraham was brought down by Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian and referee Stephanie Frappart pointed to the spot.

VAR confirmed the spot-kick, and Jorginho coolly sent Adrian the wrong way, but TV replays showed minimal contact between Adrian and Abraham.

Nollywood actress, Toyin Abraham has welcomed a baby boy.

The news of her delivery came after pictures of her wedding to a colleague, Kolawole Ajeyemi, surfaced on social media platforms.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 34-year-old filmmaker was previously married to Nigerian actor, Adeniyi Johnson, from 2013 to 2015.

Abraham had initially left her over three million fans on Instagram shocked days ago by deleting all of her posts on the platform.

The Auchi born actress started her acting career in 2003 and had since then produced and directed many movies.

Friends and colleagues have congratulated her on the birth of her son by posting photos from her baby shower.

Actress, Iyabo Ojo wrote, “this is the Lord’s doing and it is marvellous in our sight.”

Another Nollywood actress, Nkechi Blessing, who couldn’t contain her excitement wrote a very lengthy caption congratulating her friend.

“…Mrs Oluwatoyin Abosede Kolawole Ajeyemi is now a proud mother of a bouncing baby boy. My joy knows no bound right now.

“And to the man that brought this much happiness and everything laughter to your life, uncle may your star continue to shine forever,” she wrote.

(NAN)

The All Progressives Congress in Ondo State has declared that the forthcoming governorship election will be an easy ride for the party, saying the government of the ruling party had performed well in the last two and a half years.

This came within 24 hours that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last governorship election, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, declared his intention to recontest against Mr Rotimi Akeredolu in the 2020 election.

The state Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr Alex Kalejaiye, in a statement on Wednesday, said the people of the state were happy with the APC-led administration.

Kalejaiye stated that, contrary to reports, the party was not factionalised or divided.

According to him, the APC is waxing stronger daily, which will make it difficult for the opposition to overthrow the government in the next year election.

The statement read in part, “The state executive is not factionalised nor disenchanted with a government that has made the party proud, and created an atmosphere of confidence and trust between government and the governed.

“The State Working Committee, for example, is deeply preoccupied with its continuous duty of ensuring, and sustaining oneness and unity of members without prejudice. The SWC has no regard for camps or groups.

“The APC-led government has never slacked in the construction of quality roads, provision of potable water, massive investment in agriculture and the health sector, and creation of industrial hubs in the state.

A Stockholm court on Wednesday convicted US rapper A$AP Rocky of assault and handed him a suspended sentence over a street brawl in June, a case that outraged fans and sparked a diplomatic spat with US President Donald Trump.

The 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, and two members of his entourage were found guilty of assaulting a 19-year-old in a fight in central Stockholm on June 30.

The three, who were in the Swedish capital for a concert, “assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him as he lay on the ground. The artist has also thrown the victim to the ground and stepped on his arm,” the court wrote in its verdict, rejecting the defence’s argument of self-defence.

The three were “not in a situation where they were entitled to self-defence”, the court said.

Mayers was not present in Stockholm for the verdict.

Prosecutor Daniel Suneson had called for a six-month prison sentence for Mayers and two of his crew, while the defence argued they should be acquitted.

Considered a “flight risk”, Mayers was held in custody for a month while the case was investigated and throughout his trial.

But he was released after the close of proceedings on August 2, pending the verdict, and immediately returned to the United States.

Fans, fellow artists and even Trump had called for his release — with the US president’s intervention drawing complaints from Swedish politicians.

US Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Robert C. O’Brien to attend the trial, who told reporters: “The president felt they shouldn’t have been detained, they were stalked.”

An online petition also called #JusticeForRocky garnered more than 640,000 signatures and supporters were urged to boycott Swedish brands such as Ikea.

Rapper felt ‘scared’

At his first performance on Sunday following his release, in Anaheim in California, the rapper thanked fans and called the experience in Sweden “scary” and “humbling”.

“I need y’all to keep praying for me,” he told the crowd, saying he hoped he would not have to return to serve a jail sentence.

The artist maintained his innocence, telling the court he acted in self-defence, saying he felt “scared” and that he and his entourage had repeatedly told the plaintiff to leave them alone.

Mayers conceded he threw the man to the ground and “kicked his arm”, but denied the prosecution’s claim that a bottle was used and insisted he only acted after the accuser and his friend began attacking his bodyguard.

The plaintiff, a Swedish resident born in Afghanistan, alleged he was attacked by Mayers and his entourage when he followed them to ask about a headphone set broken in an earlier scuffle with the rapper’s bodyguard.

Assault carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison in Sweden.

Brawl video published

In one video clip of the brawl published by US celebrity news outlet TMZ, the rapper can be seen throwing a young man to the ground and aiming several punches at him while he is down.

The court was also shown videos posted on the artist’s Instagram account, purporting to show the lead-up to the scrap.

Mayers appears to repeatedly ask the man and his friend to stop following him and his entourage. The prosecution argued that the Instagram videos were heavily edited.

Much of the trial also focused on whether a bottle was used as the plaintiff suffered cuts that medical examiners said seemed to be from glass.

In its verdict, the court said that Mayers and two members of his entourage’s actions were not severe enough to warrant more time in prison.

“The accused have no criminal record during the past five years… (and) there is no reason to fear that the accused are going to be repeat offenders,” it said.

(AFP)

The ad hoc Welfare Committee set up by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, did not recommend the purchase of Sports Utility Vehicles assembled by local firms as official vehicles for members.

The panel, headed by Senator Abubakar Kyari, was constituted immediately after the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly.

Our Correspondent learnt that the panel allegedly rejected suggestions by some members to patronise local automobile firms.

The committee was saddled with the responsibility of ensuring the allocation of offices to members and determine loans for officials’ vehicles and accommodation.

A member of the panel told our correspondent on condition of anonymity on Thursday that the majority of those in the committee argued that they could not guarantee the quality of the vehicles assembled in Nigeria.

The source said, “It was true that we considered suggestions in some quarters to patronise the automobile firms in Nigeria but the fear of their products’ quality, stalled the plans.

“Since the vehicles would be given to members on loans, we should be careful not to purchase vehicles that we may not be able to guarantee their quality and durability.

“There was a time that the House of Representatives purchased ‘Made-in-Nigeria’ cars for their members but we know the complaints that greeted the exercise.

“We want to avoid such situation that is why we settled for the importation of brand new jeeps that would meet the standard and specification of our members who would pay for them from their salaries and allowances.

Another member of the panel, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said arrangements for the purchase of the new vehicles would be concluded before the lawmakers resume on September 24.

It was learnt that the Senate was considering the purchase of Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs for its 109 members at an estimated cost of about N50m each.

The upper chamber would, therefore, require about over N5.5bn for the vehicles including a few additional ones for the Presiding officers.

Details later…

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A community leader under the Daura Emirates, Mohammed Saleh, on Tuesday, told President Muhammadu Buhari that the Emirate only enjoys stable power supply when he is in town.

He said this when the leaders paid Sallah homage to Buhari, who was in his hometown to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir.

Saleh said “Anytime the President is around we enjoy 24 hours power supply. But if he is not around, the power supply is not always stable,” reports Daily Trust.

Saleh was in company with other leaders from the five Local Government Areas in Katsina State, that make up the Daura Emirate when he said this.

Buhari had travelled to Daura on Friday ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir on Sunday. He had hosted the President of Guinea Conakry, Alpha Conde, who celebrated the Eid in Nigeria.

Buhari also hosted All Progressives Congress governors on Tuesday.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday arraigned Abdullahi Babalele, said to be a son-in-law of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for allegedly laundering $140,000 in the build-up to the 2019 general elections.

Also, Uyiekpen Osagie-Giwa, said to be Atiku’s lawyer, was separately arraigned for allegedly laundering $2m, in connection with the polls.

Atiku contested against President Muhammadu Buhari on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Both Babalele and Osagie-Giwa were arraigned before the Federal High Court in Lagos.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo adjourned till Thursday to take their bail applications.

The judge ordered that they be returned to the EFCC custody.