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The LOOTING OF AKWA IBOM STATE:NIGERIA’S Senate Minority Leader, BASSEY AKPAN faces Ban from entering United Kingdom…as Nigerian authorities request Britain to freeze all bank accounts and assets linked to lawmaker *Acquires stupendous wealth with taxpayers’ money to fraudulently purchase properties in the UK and other countries *Served as immediate past finance commissioner in Akwa Ibom during the administration of Godswill Akpabio *Purchased landed properties in Britain through Barclays Bank of London financed mortgage to the tune of £1million *Presently under investigation in Nigeria by presidential investigation panel for recovery of public properties on illicit acquisition of assets and money laundering * “I am writing to bring to the notice of the Home Office Secretary, the fraudulent acts of Mr. Bassey Albert Akpan which include money laundering activities, assets stealing, forgery, tax evasion and extortion. It is kindly requested for the Right Honourable Home Office Secretary to use her powers to issue an Exclusion Decision on Mr. Bassey Albert Akpan from the United Kingdom and its territory pursuant to the Home Office”-Okoi Obono-Obla, chairman of the special, presidential investigation panel for the recovery of public properties BY RICHARD IYARE/CRIME REPORTER, ABUJA & GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

The LOOTING OF AKWA IBOM STATE: NIGERIA’S Senate Minority Leader, BASSEY AKPAN faces Ban from entering United Kingdom…as Nigerian authorities request Britain to freeze all bank accounts and assets linked to lawmaker *Acquires stupendous...

DEVELOPING STORY: ‘I Am Appealing against my Conviction in United Kingdom, British Police Stinks of Corruption’-JAMES IBORI, Nigeria’s millionaire politician …Argue: ‘I Want my 90 million pounds ($130 million) of assets, earlier confiscated, frozen for years, released to me by British authorities’ * ‘True, we confiscate James Ibori’s assets, plan to return them to the Nigerian state, but if his conviction were overturned he would regain control of them immediately. At the time of his arrest he was in the process of buying a $20 million private jet’-British Government * ‘ONE of the British police officers who investigated him took bribes in 2007 from a private detective, hired by a British law firm working for Ibori, in return for inside information about the police investigation’-Ibori’s lawyers in UK * Ibori gives evidence via video-link from Nigeria, and he appeared briefly on a screen in court, but the connection was lost and could not be restored. The court was told a power cut in Nigeria was the reason for the glitch BY STELLA IBADE/STAFF WRITER, UNITED KINGDOM

DEVELOPING STORY: ‘I Am Appealing against my Conviction in United Kingdom, British Police Stinks of Corruption’-JAMES IBORI, Nigeria’s millionaire politician …Argue: ‘I Want my 90 million pounds ($130 million) of...

MUTUAL-COOPERATION BETWEEN NIGERIA & AMERICA: DONALD Trump Invites Nigeria’s President, MUHAMMADU BUHARI to WASHINGTON April 30…Meeting to be on ways of enhancing strategic partnership and advance shared priorities * Boko Haram in Trouble, as discussion focus mainly on fighting terrorism, threats to peace and security, building on Nigeria’s role as a democratic leader * “The relationship of the United States with Nigeria is deep and strong, and Nigeria’s economic growth, security, and leadership in Africa will advance our mutual prosperity”-WHITE HOUSE BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

MUTUAL-COOPERATION BETWEEN NIGERIA & AMERICA: DONALD Trump Invites Nigeria’s President, MUHAMMADU BUHARI to WASHINGTON April 30…Meeting to be on ways of enhancing strategic partnership and advance shared priorities * Boko Haram...

DISGRACEFUL IN AMERICA: NIGERIA’S Senator, ANDY UBA Dragged to Court for OWING $35,448.55 in Water And Power Bill in California Apartment…Los Angeles Department of Water and Power provides amenities to Building 7014 LaTijera Boulevard, Westchester, CA90045 * ‘No Withdrawal Funds in Uba’s Bank Account Numbers: 6594661000, 7594661000 and 8594661000, opened on March 25, 2002, April 11, 2013 and May 17, 2013’ * Unlimited Civil Case with number BC644243 assigned to the Honourable Rita Miller sitting at Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles * Becomes Indebted from March 26, 2002 through November 23, 2016 to February 2, 2018 after he agreed to settle his indebtedness out of court pursuant to a document tagged ‘Stipulated Settlement’ * Summon served on Andy Uba by publication in The Metropolitan News, being a newspaper of general circulation at Los Angeles * Judge Ready to Pass Judgement against Uba if he fails in his ‘Stipulated Settlement’ on before April 30, 2018 BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICA’S FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF & SAMSON SHOAGA, GROUP MANAGING EDITOR, LAGOS, NIGERIA

DISGRACEFUL IN AMERICA: NIGERIA’S Senator, ANDY UBA Dragged to Court for OWING $35,448.55 in Water And Power Bill in California Apartment…Los Angeles Department of Water and Power provides amenities to Building 7014 LaTijera Boulevard,...

DISCLAIMER FROM NIGERIA’S PRESIDENCY: ‘AT NO TIME Did I Collapse over My Son, YUSUF BUHARI’S Power Bike Accident, Media Report’s Insinuation is Falsehood and FAKE News’-AISHA BUHARI, Nigeria’s FIRST LADY …Says: ‘My Son is receiving professional medical treatment from competent medical practitioners’ * ‘Nigerians should not believe such LIES against me in the news’ * ‘May Almighty Allah perfect His healing on my son Insha Allah’ * “It is a LIE that Her Excellency, Nigeria’s First Lady collapsed or on bed rest in the hospital. The report is wicked. Mrs. Buhari was by her son’s bedside like any concerned mother will do and there was nothing wrong with that”-Suleiman Haruna, Director of Information to the wife of the President BY MIRIAM IBRAHIM/STAFF WRITER, ABUJA

DISCLAIMER FROM NIGERIA’S PRESIDENCY: ‘AT NO TIME Did I Collapse over My Son, YUSUF BUHARI’S Power Bike Accident, Media Report’s Insinuation is Falsehood and FAKE News’-AISHA BUHARI, Nigeria’s FIRST LADY …Says:...

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD OVERSEAS: NIGERIAN-AMERICAN Politician, SAMUEL IFEANYI (Vop Osili Junior) still Celebrated Member, Indianapolis City-County Council for 15th district…Judge Declared him Secretary of state-elect of Indiana *HAD Architecture Bachelors Degree Distinction from Carnegie-Mellon University *Further studied Architecture & Urban Design for Master’s Degree at Columbia University *Served as a Missionary to Haiti and other Developing Countries *Founding partner A2SO4-an Indianapolis-based architectural design company-first Leadership in Energy/Environmental Design certified firms in USA *Was Member of the Indiana Fire and Building Services Commission from 2001 to 2005, Chairman of Indianapolis Board of Zoning Appeals from 2005 to 2008 * Worked as Board Member of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, the United Way of Central Indiana and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis *Parents nickname him ”Vop”–short for “Voice of the People for his talkative nature *Born as Lagos Boy to a Nigerian father and an American mother *PLUS How he Escaped the then Nigerian Civil War BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD OVERSEAS: NIGERIAN-AMERICAN Politician, SAMUEL IFEANYI (Vop Osili Junior) still Celebrated Member, Indianapolis City-County Council for 15th district…Judge Declared him Secretary of state-elect of Indiana *HAD Architecture...

SHOCKING: PAYROLL FRAUD Exposed Bayelsa State Government…5000 Fake Non-Academic Staff at Niger Delta University, FIVE other Institutions *500 Administrative Fraudsters Busted at Sagbama Local Government Area * Bayelsa State Government Committee on Civil Service Reforms discovered Scam during Investigation * “The government would make public how the names found their way into the payroll”-Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Bayelsa State Commissioner for Information and Orientation BY SAMSON IKODIBE/REPORTER, BAYELSA STATE

SHOCKING: PAYROLL FRAUD Exposed Bayelsa State Government…5000 Fake Non-Academic Staff at Niger Delta University, FIVE other Institutions *500 Administrative Fraudsters Busted at Sagbama Local Government Area * Bayelsa State Government...

BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIA’S Former First Elected Vice President, ALEX EKWUEME DIES in London Clinic…Battles Death till 10:00pm on Sunday 19th November 2017 *Nigerians in Britain, AMERICA mourn passage * Family announce peaceful passage of their patriarch *How he fought Chest Infections, Plus last minutes with Wife in UK Hospital *HAD Bachelor’s Degree from University of Washington, Master’s degree in Urban Planning, PhD in Architecture from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK * “It is a HUGE Pain, PAINFUL exit for all Nigerians and Africans”-George Elijah Otumu, President, Nigerian-American Press Association BY MARIAM IBIAM/STAFF WRITER, UNITED KINGDOM & KOLA OLAWOLE/REPORTER, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIA’S Former First Elected Vice President, ALEX EKWUEME DIES in London Clinic…Battles Death till 10:00pm on Sunday 19th November 2017 *Nigerians in Britain, AMERICA mourn passage * Family announce peaceful passage...

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ‘I AM Fully Ready to WIN Nigeria’s 2019 Presidential ELECTIONS’-OLAYODE OLUSEUN, Foremost Business Analyst at CHEVRON Nigeria Ltd …Over 99.9 Percent of Nigerian youths have made up their minds to take the responsibility of leadership in Nigeria as we speak * ‘I intend to democratize politics by changing the laws to ensure that political processes, including elections, are controlled by citizens’ * ‘My 3 Points Agenda will decentralize Information Creation Dissemination through working to ensure diverse political and policy viewpoints’ * ‘Our Govt will Eliminate Media Oligopolies, Create opportunity for Independent and Public Media’ * ‘I am contesting under Action Alliance, a party of young minds with great ideology towards good governance and mostly wellbeing of people’ * ‘By Hardwork, I built My First Mansion at the age of 27 Years’ *States: “A large number of our women and children are suffering beyond expectation, it is never easy for a family to feed themselves in Nigeria’ BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU, FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ‘I AM Fully Ready to WIN Nigeria’s 2019 Presidential ELECTIONS’-OLAYODE OLUSEUN, Foremost Business Analyst at CHEVRON Nigeria Ltd …Over 99.9 Percent of Nigerian youths have made up their minds to...

TRENDING: ‘The TRUE GLORY of Ekiti State Disappears’-Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser on Political Matters to Nigerian President …Hunger, Hopelessness etched on faces of Children, Youth and Elders * ‘Under Ayodele Fayose, we are in the age of gloom, surely doom is waiting at the end of the tunnel’ *’In the past, our towns with different names from Omuo to Efon, from Emure to Iye shared beautiful identities’ *Expressed Regrets: ‘This is not the Ekiti of my youth. It is not the Ekiti of my dreams’ * ‘Ekiti state only have an Emperor in power with no legacy for leaders of tomorow’ * ‘I am already rolling up my sleeves, getting ready to go to work. Certainly, with our sweat and determination we will make Ekiti great again’ BY OLAYEMI OPAKUNLE/POLITICAL REPORTER, EKITI STATE

TRENDING: ‘The TRUE GLORY of Ekiti State Disappears’-Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser on Political Matters to Nigerian President …Hunger, Hopelessness etched on faces of Children, Youth and Elders * ‘Under Ayodele Fayose,...