Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Punch news headlines today

Dying of hunger: What is a famine

Okogie defends high tuition in faith-based varsities

Nigeria, Eritrea top migrants taking desperate, dangerous
journey to Europe ' UNHCR

Malabu: Adoke, ex-finance minister under fresh probe,
says EFCC

I won't receive salary until workers are paid ' Akeredolu

Gowon, Nyako, gov lead prayers for Buhari in Adamawa

Bad leadership, not God, responsible for Nigeria's woes '

Arms scam: Obanikoro's wife loses Abuja mansion to FG,

Four persons killed in cult clash in Ondo

Recovered loot intact, says Lai Mohammed

Rivers Rerun: 25 INEC officials still hospitalised, says

Senate denies attempt by govs to stop Magu's

Man bags life imprisonment for raping 'girlfriend

Lagos calls for another look on special status

PDP Reps split over Sheriff, Makarfi's crisis

Osinbajo consults Buhari on major issues, says

Govt empowers 3,000 widows, senior citizens, others

LASG to crush 4,000 motorcycles

Don't fall in love with dangling modifiers

UNIOSUN threatens to expel 4,410 students over N2bn

Anti-graft coalition urges EFCC to probe ex-UNICAL

Kwara Assembly summons MTN over mast installation

Dell ships first recycled ocean plastic packaging

N'Delta: FG targets 250,000 jobs from $20bn gas park

We killed 18 B'Haram fighters searching for food ' Army

Reps warn states against encroachment

Ugwuanyi seeks electoral reforms

Xenophobia: TUC asks FG to recall envoy from S'Africa

PDP agent congratulated me after poll, Obaseki's witness
tells tribunal

KWASU to scrap Portuguese, Legal Administration

Court sacks A'Ibom senator, to refund salaries,

Aluu Four: UniPort VC seeks more hostels on campus

BREAKING: Fire guts Banky W' s Lekki home

Arms manufacturing pact Nigeria deserves

CBN pumps fresh $180m into forex market

Nigeria, Algeria, others lost $1tn to oil crash ' OPEC

WTO's trade agreement will boost exports ' Awolowo

NACCIMA to promote trade, investment with N1.5bn

Making more money from your property

Marketing ideas to grow your small business

Naira trades flat, set for further gain

Tyre loss: Air Peace aborts Abuja flight

NIMASA DG defends budget before senators

FG appoints new directors for NCAA

SMEDAN seeks partnership with N'Assembly on small

UK prime minister's envoy visits Nigeria for trade

Arik Air owes IATA $78m, says AMCON

What to do when funds transfer fails

What to know about international funds transfer

Monday, 27 February 2017


    I Thank You for instructing me, guiding me along the best pathway of my life; advising me on what to do and not to do in achieving progress in life(Ps32:8).

Today, i long for You; i thirst after Your word day and night(Ps42:1).

This week discouragement stays far from me; enemies will have no choice but to join me celebrate my promotion(Ps42:3-7)!

I know I'm destined to triumph and nothing can stop my shine!


Thursday, 23 February 2017

The Secret Place – The place of Prayers and of Knees and of Worship by Abalaka Eneojo Paul

Trust your day is going productively.

Over the past few weeks, God has been exposing us to the nitty-gritties of the secret place and we believe today would not be different.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. – Psalms 91:1

When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. —Matthew 6:6

The scripture above describes the secret place of the Most High as a place to dwell, a place to customarily retire to and live, the scripture also describes the secret place as the dwelling place of our Father; the secret place is the place where we connect with the Father, He dwells I the secret place and sees all who are in the secret.

It is in the secret place we are taught how to pray in all honesty, absolutely, nakedly and fervently and not in the gathering of believers, prayers in the secret place are always without pretence or self’s agenda.

This is not first a call for a power-seeking prayers as obtainable in the Body nor is it a call for the public hypocritical display of self- righteous loaded prayers of the Pharisees, this is a call to the secret place where no one else is available save the Father of all. God has not only called you and I to wrought signs and wonders, God is calling us to a lifestyle of deep intimacy.

Until you are a consistent dweller in and of the secret place, you would never be marked with the imprint of God’s presence. The secret place is the furnace where we are forged for the strong finishing of our assignment, the place where we take hold of our victories – all victory in battles are won in the secret place, this place is called the STRATEGY ROOM, it is the health victories of this room that translate into victories in the battle field. Battles are not won in the battle ground but secretly in the strategy room.

This is where we negotiate our needs with God. My mentor Mr Shedrach James would always say “Needs are met on the knees in the place of prayers”. The presence of a believer is felt in the place of the knees. Your presence must be known in the secret place, you must have a stand before God in the secret place before you can have a stand before men in the public.

"When your lifestyle in the secret is different from your public lifestyle, there is a conflict of interest" as your secret place interests would continually be against your public-life interests, this results in you not having any audacity in the Supreme Court of Heaven.

You have Heaven’s backing when your secret place life of prayer is alive and healthy.

Your effectiveness in life, career, ministry and your destiny is tied to the health of your secret place lifestyle. You have to have an established secret place lifestyle with God, everything we will ever need for life and destiny are available if and only if we would dare to keep our secret place lifestyle of intimacy with God alive.

The secret place is the cure for prayerlessness.
It is not possible to be a dweller in the secret place and be Prayer-less. Prayerlessness is a sin [see 1 Sam. 12:23].

Since the secret place cures prayerlessness and prayerlessness is sin, it suffices to say that if you ignore the secret place, your prayer life is questionable and you are in sin.

The Father is in the secret place waiting for you, ignoring Him is dishonour for God.

The secret place demands total aloneness with God. Being alone with God removes the chances of praying for show, your spiritual senses are sharpened to hear God in the secret place. Like scriptural Hannah, go back to the secret place.

The secret place demands shutting the door – to all the affairs of life, to all distractions, shutting the door against your mind from wandering.

Worship is at its highest when it overflows from your spirit. The secret place affords the opportunity for your heart to long for the warmth of God’s embrace through worship.

Worship in the secret place is the highest form of intercourse with the Father. Men of the secret place have one thing in common – they birth songs directly from the heart and throne of God touching and changing lives 'transgenerationally'.

I pray for you today for the impartation of the spirit of prayer: “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications” - Zechariah 12:10 become life and spirit to you.

I pray for you, that the secret place would be to you the sweetest place on earth, that the passion and eagerness to be in the secret place of the Lord would consume you. Amen.

Abalaka Eneojo Paul


  I Thank You for living in me; showing Your glorious work through and in me (Gal2:20) and for taking the burdens off me; giving me a life full of rest(Ps55:22).

Today, I summit myself to You, Use me lord, I want more of You daily; let Your spirit take full control, living far above principalities and powers(Jam4:7).

I know I'm full of grace; living in dominion!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017


DEAR SWEET FATHER, I Thank You for shedding Your love in my heart by Your Spirit(Rom5:5) and for bringing me back to Yourself; redeeming me from the curse of the law and giving me a life that is worth living for You (Isa44:22).

Today, I Pray that all saints will rise up and stand for righteousness at all time; to stay away from all appearances of evil(2Tim1:14)!

I know that all things works together for my good!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017



I Thank You for not appointing me unto wrath but to bring me to salvation; life that is organized, great and filled with testimonies that is drawing men to Your everlasting love(1Thess5:9).

Today, I walk in the consciousness that I'm sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise(Eph1:13).

So my life is hidden in Christ in God; No evil eyes can see me or stop me! Amen.

Monday, 20 February 2017


  DEAR AMAZING FATHER, I Thank You for making me exactly like You; for I know now the Spirit of truth and the Spirit of error(1Jh4:6) and for the light through Your word that floods my heart this day, giving my heart and mind understanding(Ps119:130).

This week and day, I delight not in the strength of horses nor pleasure in the power of man but in God who is my sufficiency(Ps147:10).

This is my week of high rising!


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Today's News headlines on punch

Our leader has no link with Boko Haram ' Civilian JTF

JNI prays for Buhari's safe return

North Korea behind death of leader's half brother ' Probe

Nigerians face fresh attacks in South Africa

Muslims organise special prayers for Buhari's health

Hoodlums raze Redeemed church in Abuja

Trump reassures supporters after turbulent week

To keep his girlfriend, man allows her to have sex with
other men

Audu Maikori to face trial

Inside poor community where former NNPC GMD,

Yakubu, hid over N3bn

How childbirth changes vagina, affects sex life

Toke's book hurt my brand ' Maje Ayida

FG to spend Diezani, Yakubu loot to feed the poor

FG disbands arms probe panel

Release Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB lawyer begs FG

Buhari did not route official trips to see doctors, says

Police arrest 15 Imo undergraduates

FG releases seized Ekiti budget fund

Payroll fraud in Bayelsa massive, says Dickson

Senate to pass PIB April

Business experts suggest ways to survive recession

Lawmaker, Ogun govt clash over constituency project

JOGSOBA honours Ashiru, Mamora, to construct ICT

Nurses treat patients in mufti in Sokoto hospital

Sheriff: Makarfi summons PDP stakeholders meeting

FG turns down hike in federal hospital bills

Soldiers disgruntled about welfare can resign, says army

Osinbajo signs seven bills into law

Start small,leverage on partnerships' Nkem Okocha

Being your own boss comes at a cost 'Samson Adenola

Managing conflict in the workplace

Imo govt to suspend 800 LG workers

Writing songs comes naturally to me 'Runtown

I will unwind when I retire ' Uzoma Dozie

Coping with a lying partner

The infection called herpes

Thinking about refugees, trauma and survival

Raising kids in Europe challenging ' Nweke

Tread softly on speed limiter, FRSC

Sheriff as PDP chair is bad omen ' George

Sheriff loves PDP as much as Makarfi 'Kashamu

Withheld allocation: FG has paid, says Fayose

Banks lose N75bn revenue to TSA in 16 months

No need to panic over forex policy ' Emefiele

Refineries performed below 15% in 2016 ' NNPC

Don't relocate our businesses, Yaba SMEs beg LASG

A'Ibom begins trail run of first pencil factory

Rolls-Royce loses $5.7bn to corruption in Nigeria, others

Beware of paedophiles online

Friday, 17 February 2017

Diezani Loses N34 billion To The Federal Govt

A federal court in Lagos has ordered the final forfeiture of N23.4
billion, N9.08 billion, and $5 million (about N34 billion in total)
linked to former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Justice Muslim Hassan, who had issued an interim forfeiture order
on the funds on January 6, on Thursday gave a “final forfeiture
order” on the funds.

The judge said he was satisfied with the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission’s argument that the monies were proceeds of
illegal activity.


The seized money, according to the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, was stolen from the Nigerian National
Petroleum Corporation and stashed in three banks in Nigeria, in US
dollars and Naira.

Out of the loot, N23.4 billion was kept in Sterling Bank Plc. The
sum of N9.08 billion was kept in First Bank Plc and $5m in Access
Bank Plc.

Justice Muslim Hassan, who gave the order, gave Sterling Bank
and any other interested party 14 days to appear before him to
prove the legitimacy of the monies, failing which the funds would
be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The banks or any of its customer failed to convince the court on the
legitimacy of the funds.

The judge made the order on January 6 in favour of the EFCC
which appeared before him with an ex parte application seeking
temporary forfeiture of the funds.

In a nine-paragraph affidavit by by EFCC investigator, Moses
Awolusi, and filed in support of the ex parte application, the anti-
graft agency said it discovered how sometime in December 2014
the former minister invited a former Managing Director of Fidelity
Bank Plc, Nnamdi Okonkwo, to her office.

There they hatched the plan to move $153,310,000 from the NNPC to Mr. Okonkwo for Mrs. Alison-Madueke.

Mrs. Alison-Madueke, according to Mr. Awolusi, instructed Mr.
Okonkwo to ensure that the money was “neither credited into any
known account nor captured in any transaction platforms” of
Fidelity Bank.

Mr. Okonkwo accepted and implemented the deal leading to the
movement of $153,310,000 from the NNPC to Fidelity Bank.

He said that two former Group Executive Directors of Finance and
Account of NNPC, B.O.N. Otti and Stanley Lawson, helped Mrs.
Alison-Madueke to move the cash from NNPC, Abuja, to the
headquarters of Fidelity Bank in Lagos.

Mr. Awolusi said in a desperate bid to conceal the source of the
money, Mr. Okonkwo, upon receiving it, instructed the Country
Head of Fidelity Bank, Martin Izuogbe, to take $113,310,000 cash
out of the money to the Executive Director, Commercial and
Institutional Bank, Sterling Bank Plc, Lanre Adesanya, to keep.

He said the remaining $40 million was taken in cash to an
executive director, [Public Sector Account], First Bank, to keep.
The investigator said out of the $113,310,000 handed over to Mr.
Adesanya, $108,310,000 was invested in an off balance sheet
investment using Sterling Asset Management Trustees Limited.

The money was subsequently converted into N23.4 billion and
saved in Sterling Bank.

Mr. Awolusi said the EFCC had recovered the N23.4 billion in draft
and had registered it as an exhibit marked, EFCC 01.

The investigator said the EFCC had also recovered another $5
million out of the money kept with the Managing Director of
Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe.

He said the $5 million was recovered in draft and had been
registered as an exhibit marked, EFCC 02.

According to him, First Bank’s Director, had similarly converted
the $40m kept with him to N9,080,000,000.

Mr. Awolusi, however, said the EFCC recovered that also in draft
and registered it as Exhibit EFCC 03.

Moving the ex parte application on January 6, EFCC lawyer, Rotimi
Oyedepo, urged Justice Hassan to order the temporary forfeiture
of the funds to the Federal Government and to order Sterling Bank
and a First Bank director, who were joined as defendants in the
application, as well as any other interested parties, to appear in
court within two weeks to show cause why the funds should not be
permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

Mr. Oyedepo, who said the application was brought pursuant to
Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences
Act No. 14, 2006 and Section 44(2)(‘) of the 1999 Constitution,
said granting the application was in the best interest of justice.

Justice Hassan granted the order and adjourned till January 24,
2016 for the respondents to appear in court to show cause why the
funds should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal
Government of Nigeria.

The respondents failed to show up to make legitimate claims to
the funds.

Culled-premium times



I Thank You for Your word concerning my future; You said Your word goes forth out of Your mouth: it shall not return unto You void, but shall accomplish that which You please and prosperity is sure(Isa55:11)!

So today, I line my words up with God's word and see the results I've been longing for!

This weekend, I swim in all- round prosperity!


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Punch news headlines today 16th February, 2017

Why PDP lost power in 2015 ' Ekwueme

2019: Atiku, Lamido may clash over PDP presidential

Hoodlums threaten Nasarawa players, coach

Lagos marathon excites 7Up

Uzoenyi joinsWits

Transformation of boy dumped at a refuse heap

Rep who survived kidnapping, dies at 51

Katsina Assembly impeaches Speaker, Chief Whip

Ortom sacks four commissioners, one adviser

Ekiti, Osun will be credible ' INEC

N1.162bn fraud: Court adjourns Dariye's suit till March 2

FG withholding Ekiti allocations to frustrate projects '

Fitch downgrades FirstBank, GTB, Zenith, Diamond to

Budget will determine World Bank loan size ' Udoma

Workers shut CAC over poor welfare

Oil production now two million barrels daily ' Kachikwu

Nine steps to start a successful business

Arik boss' firms owe us N263.7bn, says AMCON

Six steps to safely use banking apps on smartphones

How to secure financial transactions on mobile devices

Nigeria's oil export to India falls by 54%

House Committee intervenes in terminal operator,

Honeywell dispute

Local content: NCDMB targets midstream, downstream

Group kicks against transfer of containers to Ikorodu

Pertamina plans 42% increase in upstream investment

Independent marketers may divest fuel retail assets

NESP, others partner to promote energy efficiency

Electricity cable vandal bags two-year jail term

Intels highlights benefits of Onne OG Free Zone

Stakeholder writes FG over faulty scanners at seaports

Naira exchanges at N510/$ at parallel market

Rice importation costs Nigeria $2bn annually- Dangote

Lagos targets 3,000MW power generation

Crude oil production rises to two million barrels '

Price of petrol increases by 36%, sells at N149

Power generation hits 4,043MW as gas supply improves

Nigeria's inflation rate hits 18.72% in January ' NBS

Oil attacks cost Nigeria $100bn in 2016 ' Kachikwu

FG to establish $300m agribusiness loan project for
youth farmers

Afreximbank, Ecobank sign MoU on investment financing

Gyan in trouble over 'unethical hair

Rangers not lacking funds for Champions League ' Enugu

Arsenal confirm Oshoala move

Knicks most valuable NBA franchise ' Forbes

Nigeria win medal in African cycling

Emure face United High in Ekiti school cup final

Ramat Cup hits quarters

Naira deprecation may weaken banks' capital, says Khan

FG considers TSA funds to part-fund budget



    I Thank You for Your Spirit that is there to help at all times, making intercession for me with groaning which cannot be uttered(Rom8:26) and for granting all my desires according to Your will(Prob10:24).

Today, I believe You are turning my life around, giving me a new song to sing and making all things to work for my favour(Mark11:24)!

I know I'm a wonder to my world!


Wednesday, 15 February 2017


        I Thank You being good to me; a strong hold in the day of trouble(Nahum1:7) and for for giving me Your Holy Spirit; for where the Spirit is, there is liberty(2Cor3:17).

Today, because Your word says You brought forth Your people with silver and gold and there was no one feeble among them(Ps105:37), so I declare that sickness will have no place in the life of all that is connected to me!

Today, I know I'm not ordinary and untouchable by the devil!


Tuesday, 14 February 2017


I Thank You for revealing things that will take me to my next level by Your Spirit, for Your Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God(1Cor2:10).

I Pray against every form of mountain that is standing against me and my house hold, today, you shall become a plain ground and my mouth shall be filled with graceful songs(Zech4:7).

Today, I'm sensitive to the Spirit of God!


Monday, 13 February 2017


  I Thank You for Your word that is coming to me expressly that a little one shall become a thousand and a small one a strong nation; making me great and respected steadily(Isa60:22).

I Pray that Your righteousness and Praise will continue to reign in earth(Isa61:11).

This week, I claim all the blessings attach to seeking Your face whole heartedly(Ps25:14).

I know this my week of strength!



Sunday, 12 February 2017

Whistle-Blower: FG recovers another $151m, N8bn loot

Federal Government said it recovered another $ 151m and
N 8 bn looted funds from three sources through whistle-
blowers .

The Minister of Information and Culture , Alhaji Lai
Mohammed , in a statement issued on Sunday in Lagos, said
actionable information given by whistle-blowers to the
office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney - General of the
Federation led to the recovery of the looted fund.

He said the looted funds do not include the $9 . 2 m in cash
allegedly owned by a former Group Managing Director of
the NNPC , also a dividend of the whistle- blower policy .

He said , “ The biggest amount of $ 136. 7 m was recovered
from an account in a commercial bank , where the money
was kept under an apparently fake
account name .

“ This was followed by N 7 bn and $ 15 m from another person
and N 1bn from yet another. ”

The minister reiterated the position of government that
there was a primitive and mindless looting of the national
treasury under the last administration .

He said the whistle- blower policy has started yielding fruit ,
few months after its adoption by the government .

He said , “ The whistle-blower policy is barely two months
old and Nigerians have started feeling its impact , how a few
people squirrelled away public funds .

“ It is doubtful if any economy in the world will not feel the
impact of such mind -boggling looting of the treasury as was
experienced in Nigeria .

“ Yet whatever has been recovered so far , including the
$ 9. 2 m by the EFCC , is just a tip of the iceberg. ”

The minister appealed to Nigerians with useful information
on looted funds to continue to provide the authorities with
such information , saying confidentiality will be maintained
with regards to the source of the information .

He also reminded Nigerians of the financial reward aspect
of the policy.

“ If there is a voluntary return of stolen or concealed public
funds or assets on the account of the information provided ,
the whistle blower may be entitled to anywhere between
2 . 5 per cent ( Minimum ) and 5 . 0 per cent ( Maximum ) of the
total amount recovered . ”



Bale back in Real Madrid training

Real Madrid received a boost ahead of the first leg of their
Champions League last 16 tie against Napoli on Wednesday
as Gareth Bale returned to training on Sunday for the first
time in three months .

Bale has been sidelined since damaging ankle ligaments in a
2 -1 win at Sporting Lisbon on November 22 .

“ The big news ( from training ) was the return of the Bale ,
who completed the session with the rest of his teammates , ”
Madrid said in a statement on Sunday .

Bale ’s return means Real boss Zinedine Zidane has a fully -
fit squad to choose from ahead of the visit of the in -form
Italians .

Madrid maintained their one point lead at the top of La
Liga and with two games in hand over Barcelona thanks to
a 3 -1 win at Osasuna on Saturday .

Napoli remain unbeaten in 18 games stretching back to
October after beating Genoa 2- 0 on Friday .


Understanding your woman part 1

Thinking about the recent celebrity couple break ups, makes me wonder what the real issue could be.

You must know that courting a woman, no matter how long before walking her down the aisle doesn't guarantee your time to relax.

It is the beginning of a lifetime school of woman behavioural studies, which you must diligently commit yourself if you really want to have a blissful married life, without having to worry about a rising blood pressure. (mind you, I'm talking about computer age women).

And that's why I've decided to take out time to put you through. This is going to be coming in series as the Spirit leads, so you won't have to be reading epistles.

Starting with this...

1. I want you to accept the fact that all women are different.

There are sporty women, geeky women, fun-loving
women, artistic women, ambitious women, and more.

Each woman has her own personality and goals; so, please, do not generalize,cos it could be dangerous.

Example : Don't mistake one woman's behavior as a universal
female characteristic. Just because your sister doesn't
like sports doesn't mean that your new girlfriend

2. I think it is important you get to learn about her past, ask her about her family, and what her childhood was like. We are influenced to
some degree by the way we were brought up.

Learning these things will teach you a great deal about any woman.

But please, don't press her about these topics, as they can be
touchy. So if she doesn't want to talk about it, just let it be.

3. Observe her. The best way to understand somebody,
male or female, is to spend time with them and observe
their patterns of behavior. Doing so will teach you things
like what upsets her, what excites her, what annoys her, and
so on.

# As a woman, I tell you, we sometimes feign being upset just to see if you will notice and at least ask what the issue could be.

But sweetie, after asking, if you get the "nothing"  response, just take it like that, as that is the truth, except you want us to lie or use the opportunity to open up to you about something you did a long time ago that really annoying.

#.  When on a Sunday morning, your woman keeps hissing and throwing all her nice clothes on the bed, not being able to decide on what to wear, or complaining she doesn't have what to wear when she has over flowing boxes.

My dear, she is only trying to tell you or give you the sign that you need to surprise her soonest with a lovely dress, not even necessarily necessarily you giving her money to do so herself.

Note: have it at the back of your mind, that you'd probably spend the rest of your life trying to understand a woman.

Hope I didn't waste your time

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Ex-NNPC boss claims $9.8m (N5bn) is gift

A former Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Andrew Yakubu,
has told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(EFCC) that the staggering sums of $9,772,800 and £74,000
cash recovered from a building belonging to him in Kaduna
were gifts.

Yakubu reportedly owned up to the ownership of the huge cash
when he submitted himself to the anti-corruption commission’s zonal office in Kano, where he made a statement to the commission.

The former NNPC boss, who presided over the country’s
petroleum corporation between 2012 and 2014, according to a
statement made available to Saturday Tribune by EFCC’s
Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, could not,
however, disclose the persons who gave him the ‘gifts’.

The huge cash was discovered in Yakubu’s building during a
special operation conducted by EFCC operatives in the building
on Friday, 3 February. The money was hidden in a fire proof

The statement disclosed that the raid on the building was
sequel to an intelligence report which the commission received
about suspected proceeds of crime believed to be hidden in the
slums of Sabon Tasha area of the Kaduna metropolis.

“On arrival at the facility, the caretaker of the house, one Bitrus
Yakubu, a younger brother of Andrew Yakubu, disclosed that
both the house and the safe where the money was found
belonged to his brother, Andrew Yakubu.

“When the safe was opened it was discovered that it contained
the sum of $9,772,800 (Nine Million, Seven hundred and
Seventy two thousand, eight hundred United States dollars
(about N5billion) and another sum of £74,000 (Seventy four
thousand pound sterling),” the statement informed.

The anti-graft agency stated that the former NNPC boss was
assisting the commission in its investigation.

EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, had on Thursday while
appearing before the House of Representatives’ Committee on
Financial Crimes revealed that operatives of the commission
recovered huge cash from a building in Kaduna, though he did
not reveal when the operation was carried out.

Magu, who appeared before the committee to explain the anti-
graft agency’s budget performance in 2016 and defend its 2017
budget proposal, also disclosed that another N1.25 billion was
recovered from a public servant, all in the last two weeks.

EFCC had on 20 June, 2016, dragged Yakubu alongside the
chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Limited, Jide
Omokore, before Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako of the Abuja
Division of the Federal High Court on a four-count charge of
money laundering.

Apart from Omokore, Yakubu is facing trial along with Victor
Briggs, Abiye Membere, David Mbanefo, Atlantic Energy Brass
Development Limited and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts
Limited over the allegation.

Culled-Nigeria Tribune

It's Saturday, let's start with this: punch news headlines today

Yoruba must learn to play national politics better

Arik: Stakeholders blame regulator for airlines' woes

Nigeria's oil exports face fresh setbacks

Sanusi takes over from Akinkuotu at Aero Contractors

32 winners emerge in Skye Bank, Western Union promo

Naira falls to 506 on black market

NAIA closure: SAHCOL projects N80m monthly revenue

Wenger's Arsenal days coming to an end ' Wright

Abandoned Muda Lawal Stadium turns trailer park

Rangers hold Saoura 1-1

Sunshine players, officials protest non-payment of salary

Police arrest 'uncle' for alleged rape of 16-year-old

Robber snatches lady's phone at gunpoint, mocks her on

How I spent over 10 years in prison ' Ogun prison NCE

Commercial sex worker breaks daughter's head

Politicians promised us 'heaven', now they have
abandoned us 'Residents of Lagos community linked by
wooden bridge

Suspected cultists attack Edo police station, free

Being a minister cannot clash with my career 'KSB

Police arraign Seun Egbegbe for serial frauds

Nigerians can compete with western world 'Jaffy

Friends deserted me when I was sick 'Leo Mezie

I know the father of my unborn child 'Mimi Orjiekwe

Why Lagos policemen threatened to shoot me 'African

BBN: Five contestants up for eviction

Willicino debuts Osose


Friday, 10 February 2017



I Thank You for sending Your son to die for me, thereby making me a new creation(Rev5:12) and for being my refuge and my fortress; my present help in times of need(Ps91:2).

Today, I call upon to heal our land, take away the stoning hearts of leaders and followers and input in them Your Spirit and let all men be ready to follow the leading of Your Spirit at all times (Ps57:2)!

This weekend is my weekend of divine direction!



Thursday, 9 February 2017



I Thank You for giving me a fellowship with You and Your son Jesus thereby having the God-kind of life(1Jh1:3) and for making Your strength perfect in my weaknesses(2Cor12:9)!

Today, I choose to walk uprightly, shunning every voice that is against the word of God concerning my life and destiny (Prob 28:18).

I know I'm in for a miracle!


Tuesday, 7 February 2017


I thank You for saving everybody in this world(Heb7:24-25).

I pray that everyone will come to know this truth and believe in Your son Jesus Christ to live a fulfilled life, having eternal life in my spirit(Jh3:26).

Today,I'm conscious that God is watching over me, and without any iota of doubt, I believe today is better than tomorrow (1Pet3:12).

I know that life is beautiful!


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Posters critical of Pope Francis appear around Rome: the Pope has been accused of being without mercy.

Posters of a stern-looking Pope Francis
appeared on walls around Rome on Saturday,
condemning his actions against some conservative
Catholics and asking, "Where is your mercy?"

Written in local Roman dialect, the posters lamented that
the Pope had "removed priests; decapitated the Knights
of Malta" and "ignored Cardinals," echoing some of the
major complaints some conservative Catholics have
about Pope Francis' recent decisions.

The posters were not signed by any group.

On the day the posters appeared,  the Pope finalized a
months-long battle with the Knights of Malta by
appointing a Special Delegate from the Vatican and
giving him "all necessary powers" to help renew the
traditional Catholic Order.

The Knights of Malta have a unique "sovereign" standing
within the Catholic Church, similar to that of a separate
country, and they had contested the legality of the Pope's
intervention into their order.

Last month the Pope forced the resignation of the head of
the Knights of Malta, former Grand Master Matthew
Festing, who had publicly opposed him.

The reference in the poster to "decapitation of the Knights
of Malta" refers to this battle.

Criticism of the pontiff

Within a few hours of their appearance, the posters had
been taken down or covered over by "Illegal Posting"
signs from the City of Rome.

Conservative criticism of Pope Francis has intensified
since November, when he refused to answer an official
letter sent to him by four cardinals. The letter criticized
his move to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to
receive communion.

That issue has divided many in the Catholic Church and
has left bishops around the world arguing about the
Pope's intentions and how to implement the directive.

One of the signers of that letter, known as a dubia, was
conservative US Cardinal Raymond Burke, whom the
Pope removed as the head of the Vatican's Supreme
Court in 2014 and named as his papal liaison to the
Knights of Malta.

On Saturday, the Pope once again effectively sidelined
Cardinal Burke by appointing Archbishop Angelo Becciu
as his "special delegate" to the Knights and his
"exclusive spokesman" in relations between the order
and the Vatican.


Breaking news : President Buhari postpones return indefinitely

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday extended his 10 -
day vacation which he started penultimate week .

The extension was contained in a three-paragraph statement
made available to journalists by his Special Adviser on
Media and Publicity, Mr . Femi Adesina .

Adesina said the extension was necessary to allow the
President complete the series of medical tests recommended
by his doctors and get the results .

Although he said Buhari had already dispatched a letter to
the National Assembly on the extension , he did not specify
the duration of the extension .

The statement read , “ President Muhammadu Buhari has
written to the National Assembly today , February 5, 2017 ,
informing of his desire to extend his leave in order to
complete and receive the results of a series of tests
recommended by his doctors .

“ The President had planned to return to Abuja this
( Sunday ) evening , but was advised to complete the test
cycle before returning .

The notice has since been dispatched
to the Senate President , and Speaker , House of
Representatives .

“ Mr. President expresses his sincere gratitude to Nigerians
for their concern , prayers and kind wishes . ”

Buhari had left Nigeria penultimate Thursday for London,
United Kingdom , where he was scheduled to undergo
medical checkups .

Shortly after he left , there were reports that he had passed
on in a London hospital .

The Presidency has since denied the reports .


Saturday, 4 February 2017

Get motivated :A Very Special Bank Account

Imagine you had a bank account that deposited $86,400 each

The account carries over no balance from day to day,
allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels
whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day.

What would you do? Draw out every dollar each day!

We all have such a bank. Its name is Time. Every morning, it
credits you with 86,400 seconds.

Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever time you have failed to use wisely.

It carries over no balance from day to day.

It allows no overdraft so you can’t
borrow against yourself or use more time than you have.

Each day, the account starts fresh. Each night, it destroys an unused time.

If you fail to use the day’s deposits, it’s your loss and you can’t
appeal to get it back.

There is never any borrowing time. You can’t take a loan out on
your time or against someone else’s.

The time you have is the time you have and that is that.

Time management is yours to decide how you spend the time, just as with money you decide how you spend the money.

It is never the case of us not having enough time to do things, but the case of whether we want to do them and where they fall in our priorities.

Chelsea thrash Arsenal 3-1

Eden Hazard scored a sublime solo goal as Premier League
leaders Chelsea thrust a dagger into Arsenal ’s title
aspirations with a 3- 1 victory at Stamford Bridge on
Saturday .

The Belgian winger left a trail of defenders in his wake to
double Chelsea’s lead in the 53 rd minute , in between a
contentious header by Marcos Alonso and a late lob from
Arsenal old boy Cesc Fabregas .

It was Chelsea’ s 11 th home victory in succession and their
16 th win in 18 league games , stretching their lead over
third -place Arsenal to a huge 12 points with 14 games of
the season remaining.

Chelsea have been close to unplayable since Antonio Conte
changed their system during their 3- 0 loss at Arsenal on
September 24 and it seems only a matter of time until they
are crowned champions .

For Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger , who watched from
the stands as he served the third game of a four - match
touchline ban , his side ’s season is following a wearily
familiar pattern.

Arsenal have lost their last five games at the Bridge and
had conceded 13 unanswered goals prior to Olivier Giroud ’ s
stoppage -time consolation .

They have lost four of their last nine league games and
once again face the prospect of a run-in given suspense only
by the tussle for Champions League places .

With a raft of midfielders unavailable , Wenger was obliged
to start with Alex Oxlade - Chamberlain alongside Francis
Coquelin in the middle , while Theo Walcott replaced Giroud
in attack.

Arsenal had conceded two goals in the first 13 minutes of
Tuesday ’s 2 -1 loss at home to Watford .

They almost caught Chelsea cold here , Alex Iwobi curling
wide after Thibaut Courtois overhit a pass towards David
Luiz .

But after Gary Cahill had headed into the ground and over
the bar at the other end, Chelsea went ahead in the 13 th
minute with a goal that left Arsenal fans fuming .
– Bellerin forced off –

Pedro sent a cross into the box from the right that Diego
Costa headed against the bar at the near post , sending the
ball spinning into the air .

As Hector Bellerin got himself in position to head it away,
and with Walcott watching on impassively , Alonso flew in ,
cleaning his fellow Spaniard out with his forearm and
heading the ball home .

Referee Martin Atkinson allowed the goal to stand and
Arsenal ’ s disappointment was compounded by the sight of a
dazed Bellerin being led down the tunnel , with Gabriel
taking his place .

Chelsea were buoyant , Costa driving a shot into the side -
netting and Pedro forcing Petr Cech to push the ball behind
from Alonso ’s accurate cut -back .

But Arsenal ended the first half strongly , Courtois
producing a stunning one -handed save to turn Gabriel’ s
header over the bar and then dropping onto a tame effort
by Mesut Ozil .

It took a last-ditch tackle by Laurent Koscielny to prevent
Hazard scampering clear early in the second half , but when
the Chelsea number 10 picked up the ball in the 53 rd
minute , there was no getting it back .

After striding onto a loose ball in the centre circle, he beat
Koscielny, shrugged off Coquelin, leaving him flat on his
back , and then outfoxed Koscielny again before squeezing a
shot past Cech.

On the touchline , Conte celebrated with characteristic
abandon .

There were flickers from Arsenal , Courtois clawing away a
deft header from substitute Danny Welbeck , before
Fabregas lobbed in from 25 yards after Cech shanked the
ball straight to him .

Giroud reduced the arrears, heading in from Nacho
Monreal ’s cross .


BREAKING NEWS : US court suspends Trump’s travel ban

US authorities on Saturday suspended President Donald
Trump ’s controversial ban on travelers from seven Muslim
countries, following a court ruling that blocked its
enforcement .

“ We have reversed the provisional revocation of visas ,” a
US State Department spokesman told AFP .

“ Those individuals with visas that were not physically
cancelled may now travel if the visa is otherwise valid ,” the
official said .

The State Department official added that the Trump
administration is “ working closely with the Department of
Homeland Security and our legal teams ” pending a full
review of a complaint filed by Washington state ’s attorney
general , which filed the challenge .


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Punch news headlines today 2/2/2017

US official hopes Trump border wall finished in two years

Tiger Woods struggles in Dubai

How Nigerian soldiers impregnate, abandon teenagers in

Trump attacks Australian PM during phone call

Nigerian soldier jailed for killing civilian

Ex-militants give condition for Niger Delta development

Okorocha is motor park governor, says Obiano

Hijab: Muslim women lament harassment

Crouch scores his 100th EPL goal as Everton hold Stoke

UPDATED: Shell profit more than doubles to $4.6bn

Worst leadership is in the church, says Adeboye

Delta community gives Chevron 14-day ultimatum to
provide electricity

Arms cash: Obanikoro returns N30m, to pay N417m

$15m: Court dismisses Patience Jonathan's suit against

SAN's N30m transferred to Justice Ademola's wife
account 'Bankers

661 rifles: Wanted customs officers surrender

Army summons soldier, commander for assaulting

FG's request for Dasuki secret trial undemocratic '

Ambode endorses death penalty for kidnappers

Lagos Assembly cuts short break

Wike, Peterside express shock over Rivers CP's death

Nnamani can't be S'East APC leader 'Muoghalu

Protest, lawmakers' crisis force Mimiko to shift budget

We confiscated N420.1bn stolen oil, diesel in 2016 ' Navy

FG creates task force on increasing food prices

Adhere to NHIS Act, HMCAN tells management

Drama as APC, PDP lawyers clash at Edo tribunal

UK deports 41 Nigerians for immigration offences

Police budget too small to curb crime 'IG

Is CBN right not to change current forex policy

FG says warning strikes are threats, unacceptable,
Labour kicks

Three soldiers, 41 B'Haram fighters killed in Borno '

N1.1bn suit: Ex-FCT minister Mohammed's son sent to

Trials of Akpobolokemi: Two judges, one law

Time to resolve lingering electricity crisis

FG to raise VAT on champagne, other luxury items

CBN to penalise banks with cash problems

Investment inflow to Nigeria drops to 10-year low

Arik Air passengers stranded at Abuja airport

Coping with personal economic recession

Steps for optimising your business

Non-passage of PIB affecting interest in oil sector

Nigerian, Brazilian firms float new airline

FG targets solar power for industrial centres

Workers ground TCN, resist MD's removal by Fashola

FG may launch $1bn Eurobond sale this week ' Adeosun

NNPC, Sahara vessels to deliver cooking gas

Oro hails FG's decision on maritime university

How to avoid debt on your credit card

Wednesday, 1 February 2017



I Thank You for giving me insight and participation in the depth of the riches of Your wisdom and knowledge(Rom11:33) and for loving me not of how I serve You or how Holy I think I am but because of Christ(Deut7:8)!

This Month, I choose to walk in the light of Your countenance (Ps85:15).

This month is my month of  HEAVENLY LIGHT!(1Thess5:5).