Friday, October 24, 2014

Senate Proposes 7 Year Jail Term For 'Yahoo Boys'

The Senate on Thursday prescribed a penalty of seven years imprisonment for cyber crimes and
online fraud perpetrators in Nigeria.

The decision of the Senate on cyber crimes bill, sponsored by Senator Adegbenga Kaka, was sequel to the recommendation of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Human Rights.


The bill, tagged: "A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Prohibition, Prevention, Detection, Response,
Investigation and Prosecution of Cybercrimes and for Other Related Matters 2014", among other objectives, seeks to punish the interception of data, system interference and misuse of devices.

It backs punishment of all kinds of computer-related fraud, computer-related forgery, offences relating to pornography, cyber-stalking and cyber-squatting, just as it seeks to promote cyber security, protection of computer systems and networks, electronic communications, data and
computer programmes, intellectual property and privacy rights.


The bill also states that anyone who commits fraud using a computer system or network with the intention of obtaining computer data, securing access to any programme, commercial or industrial secrets or classified information will upon conviction be sentenced to seven years jail term or a fine of N7 million or both.


Furthermore, anyone found guilty of possessing a manipulative device, unauthorised automatic teller machine card, damaging a computer with the intention to defraud, trafficking in any password to defraud customers or financial institutions will be sentenced to seven years imprisonment or a N7
million fine.


Similarly, any person or organisation who intentionally traffics in any password or similar information through a computer unlawfully with
the intention to defraud public and private interests within or outside Nigeria will be liable upon conviction to a fine of N7 million or three years imprisonment.


The bill spells out a three-year jail term or N2 million fine for anyone who knows that a crime has been committed in his premises or cybercafe and fails to report to relevant authorities within seven
days.


While it provides for compulsory registration of all cybercafes as business concerns with Computer
Professionals' Registration Council in addition to business name registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission, it also spells out three years jail term or a fine of N1 million for anyone who perpetrates electronic fraud through a cybercafe.

In the situation where the fraud is found to have been perpetrated in connivance with the owner(s) of the cybercafe, such owners shall be liable to a fine of N2 million or three years jail term.


A stiffer punishment of 10 years imprisonment without an option of fine awaits anyone who commits any offences in relation to critical national information infrastructure and 15 years imprisonment for any person who commits such a crime resulting in bodily harm and life
imprisonment for such crime if it results in death of another person.

In his remarks after the passage of the bill, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who
presided, explained that enacting anti-cyber crime law became important because there was no
computer at the time penal and criminal code came into force.

He said: "With the passage of this bill today and appropriate application of its prescribed laws
against cyber crimes and other related matters, Nigeria will henceforth be seen as a country seriously stamping out cyber crimes, which to us here at the Senate and by extension, the National Assembly, is a major milestone in our lawmaking enterprise.

Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014 | Categories:

Kidnapped Former President Of The NBA, Okey Wali Has Been Released

The abducted immediate past President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Okey Wali (SAN) has been released by his kidnappers.
Wali was said to have been released at about 11pm on Thursday, October 23 by his abductors after keeping him for about 12 days.

He was reportedly kidnapped on October 11 close to his residence in Port -Harcourt, Rivers State.

Although the report of his release could not be independently verified, his successor in office,

Augustine Alegeh (SAN) confirmed the Wali has been set free by his abductors.

He did not provide details of his predecessor's release.
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014 | Categories:

Doctor Tests Positive For Ebola In New York City

A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea has become the first person in the city to test
positive for the virus.




The 33-year-old doctor — identified by US media as Craig Spencer — has been placed in isolation, in what is the fourth case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States and the first outside Texas.




The patient had arrived back in America after working with Ebola patients in West Africa for the charity Doctors Without Borders.



He arrived at John F. Kennedy International airport on Oct. 17 and went through the ramped-up screening for travelers from the worst-hit West African countries,
officials said. But on Thursday, he developed a 103-degree Fahrenheit (39.4 Celsius) fever, nausea, pain and fatigue. He was rushed to New York's Bellevue Hospital, a few hours later, tests confirmed the worst: Spencer has Ebola.


New York City health department detectives are now tracing his movements and officials stressed there was no cause for alarm in the
dense city of 8.4 million residents.


His fiancée and two friends, with whom he has been in close contact, have been quarantined, New York
City health commissioner Mary Bassett told a news conference.
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014 | Categories:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Former Governor Of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi Defends The Controversial Building Of Government House

Immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Kayode John Fayemi has explained why he built the multi-
mullion naira controversial Government House in the state.


The governor has been under attack lately for lavishing the state funds on the government lodge.


His predecessor, Ayo Fayose had claimed that the governor bought two beds for N50 million naira.

However, embattled Fayemi in a publication that showcased his achievements in Ekiti, explained why
he embarked on the project.


He declared that ''The administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi in Ekiti State places much premium on infrastructure which it believes is a catalyst for modernizing the state.

"Infrastructural development is the second policy thrust of the 8-point agenda of the Fayemi administration otherwise known as the 'Roadmap to Ekiti Recovery'".


The publication reads thus:

''Desirous of being remembered for good by citizens of the State, the
Fayemi administration conceived what it called 'Legacy Projects', bequeathed to the generations yet
unborn.


''In conceiving the projects, the administration took cognizance of the need to execute projects that
accord with the needs of the government and people of Ekiti and critically also, positively project the Land of Honour in the comity of states in Nigeria.

''Not ready to be encumbered by the meagre allocations from the Federation Account, as the state is 35th out of 36th on the nation's revenue ladder, the administration secured a N25 billion bond from the Capital Market.

''Upon accessing the first tranche of N20 billion, the administration immediately embarked on the mission to change the face of the state with the Legacy Projects which the new Government House is one of them."


According to Fayemi, ''Ekiti State has lived with the challenge of having a befitting Government House since the state was created on October 1, 1996. The first Military Administrator, as he was designated, Col. Inua Bawa (rtd), was holed-up in a borrowed apartment before building an official residence with bricks sourced from Ire-Ekiti Burnt Bricks
Factory.

''Successive administrations since then made do with some buildings in the Government House complex, including the present abode of the state's number one citizen known as the Osuntokun Lodge.


The fact that the Lodge lacked many facilities befitting of the residence of a governor and therefore "very inferior" to other Government Houses in the country, made the need for a new Government House in Ekiti very imperative.

''This inadequacy came even more to the fore at the death of the former Deputy Governor, Mrs.
Funmilayo Olayinka, with guests pouring in from all over the country to commiserate with the government and people of the state on the monumental loss. To add to the state's sorrow, the governor could not receive two sets of guests at the same time.


''But that rather embarrassing experience has become history with the construction of the new Government House situated on the Ayoba Hills in Ado-Ekiti, the new edifice, like the biblical 'House on
a Hill' can be seen from all parts of the city.


''While dismissing the claims of the opposition that the project is self-serving, Fayemi argued that the new Government House belongs to the people of Ekiti and not his personal property.

''He added that it would continue to serve as the official residence of all coming governors, long after he would have left office. The new Government House, will go down as an important statement of the New Ekiti that the Fayemi administration has always thought possible: It is an Ekiti State that plays second fiddle to none".

Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 | Categories:

Court Sitting In Jos Nullifies NFF Election Which Produced Amaju Pinnick

The Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation has swiftly filed for appeal against the ruling of the Federal High Court, Jos Judicial Division of Thursday, which annulled the NFF Elective Congress of 30th September, 2014.




The Judge had given the order annulling the elections despite a Preliminary Objection filed by the NFF challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case.


NFF 1st Vice President, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi said: "We have been notified of the ruling of the court, which was made in spite of our filing for a Preliminary Objection concerning the jurisdiction of the court.



"However, our lawyers have gone to work immediately the order was made. We are appealing the ruling and also filing for Stay of Execution of the order."
Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 | Categories:

20-Year-Old Graduate Receives N1million, Employment Offer From Gov. Fayose

Oluwatosin Ogunbusola, 20, was the cynosure at the second convocation ceremony of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) on
Tuesday as she emerged the Best Graduating Student of the 334 students at the 2014 convocation of the institution.

The Economics graduate led the pack of 46 other First Class graduates; 158 Second Class (Upper
Division), 115 Second Class (Lower Division) and 14 Third Class graduates.




On the occasion, a former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd); a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos and currently the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Ndifu Alike in Ebonyi State, Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe; the Vice Chairman of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Mr. Heinz Stockhausen, and a United Kingdom-based specialist in General Medicine and Neurology, Dr Ann Coxon, were
honoured with honorary doctoral degrees.


Ogunbusola, told Tribune Education on the occasion that she "sacrificed social life, sleep time, gist time" to achieve the feat, thanking Governor Ayò Fayose, who gave her N1million
as gift as well as an offer of employment, saying "I'm extremely grateful and short of words."
Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 | Categories:

Fire Engulfs Murtala Muhammed Airport In Lagos

DailyPost can authoritatively report that a fire incident few hours ago engulfed the second floor of the terminal of Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos. It was however promptly put out before it could wreck a major damage on the facility.




Sources say the fire started at the second floor of the terminal in the commercial department of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) as a result of a surge in electricity supply.



When smoke was seen wafting from the floor in the building, passengers and other airport users at the departure hall began running helter-skelter for dear life. Meanwhile, normalcy is gradually returning as the fire has been extinguished.














Culled from DailyPost
Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 | Categories:

NYSC Members To Receive N500 Daily Feeding Allowance?

The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that corp members will now receive N500 daily feeding allowance.



LEADERSHIP reports that the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Johnson Bamidele Olawumi made this known during the House of Representatives committee hearing on the N4,000 compulsory online registration fee for all corp members.
Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 | Categories:

25-Year-Old Banker Slapped By Policeman For Urinating Outside

A 25-year-old banker, Mr. Ogidan Bolaji, was assaulted by a police officer identified as Kayode Ojo, on Wednesday for urinating outside the premises of his bank, Stanbic IBTC in Sango Ota, Ogun State.


Bolaji, who is seeking justice on the matter, reported the case at the Sango Police station but claims the police officers there are trying to cover up the case.


In an interview with reporters, he disclosed that he had alighted from his car to make withdrawal from the bank's ATM when he decided to ease himself.


"I was coming from Ifo with a neighbour but on our way, I discovered I was cash-strapped, and needed to make a withdrawal.

So, we stopped by at Alisaba, in Ado Odo Ota where the bank is located.

"We parked outside their premises and on getting to the ATM, the security guard said there was no network.


"I was so pressed that I had to urinate beside my car. Before I knew it, a policeman, came out and without any questioning, hit me with his rod. I asked him what I did wrong, but instead of a reply, he slapped me.


"The man in my car and some other security men around the bank came out to intervene. My neighbour was trying to question the policeman on
why he slapped me but instead of answering the enquiry, he cocked his gun and pointed it at me, and I had to run away.


"I told people to caution him not to fire a shot. I was just a bit unfortunate that he caught me at a
close corner and I did not have an escape route. He used the butt of the gun to hit me on my face and I
sustained a deep cut."

He said he was rushed to a hospital because he could not go to the station with a blood-stained face.


After treatment, Ogidan said he reported at the Sango Police Station but was disappointed as the
police asked him to settle the matter with the police officer.


He said, "The police changed the story and said I and my friend were drunk, and we were peeing around the whole premises without having any transaction in the bank, which were all lies.


"At the end of the day, the police said we should go and settle and the police officer should pay my hospital bill.

"We were also forced to make a statement of withdrawal. I don't want this matter to die like this
because I have been harassed unjustly."


Reacting to the incident however, the Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, told reporters that "If they disappointed him in Ota, he should have gone to the Commissioner of Police. It is if the CP disappoints him that he should approach the press for justice. We should try to educate our people. I can't confirm the story because I am not aware of it. Let him come to the command and I will personally investigate it and make sure he gets
justice."

Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 | Categories:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Unknown Gunmen Storm Canadian Parliament Complex, Kills Several People

Multiple gunmen stormed the Canadian Parliament complex and the National War Memorial in Ottawa around 10am this morning Wednesday October 22nd and started shooting at people. One soldier was killed (at the Canadian war memorial). According to eye
witnesses, a gunman came down from a car, walked up to the soldier and shot him dead. One of the shooters was later killed by police.


Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had to be evacuated from the government building, which is currently on lock down. Schools and the US embassy are also on lock down in Ottawa.

No one/group has claimed responsibility for what's going on there right now.

Wednesday morning's gunfire in the main Canadian Parliament building started in the foyer, and a second round of shooting happened about a minute later in a hallway or near the entrance to the Parliament's library, Ottawa journalist Josh Wingrove told CNN.

He said several officers had weapons drawn, and most of the dozens of shots that he heard appeared to have been fired by officers at the gunman.


When the shooting ended, a person was lying motionless on the ground near the library entrance, Wingrove said.


There were "numerous gunmen" Wednesday morning at the Canada War Memorial shooting, said Marc Soucy of the Ottawa Police Service.
Authorities are working to figure out if there were two or three gunmen, he said. Only one person was shot, Soucy said.

There were "several shooting incidents in downtown Ottawa" on Wednesday morning, police said on Twitter. "Incidents occurred at
National War Memorial, near the Rideau Centre and Parliament Hill." All Ottawa police buildings remain on lockdown and are closed to the public, police also said on Twitter.


There were two soldiers standing guard at the war memorial in Ottawa near Parliament, and a gunman shot one of them, a witness told CNN on Wednesday. Peter Henderson, a journalist, said other soldiers doing drills nearby ran to help the fallen soldier. Henderson said he knew the person shot was a soldier because of the ceremonial uniform the soldier was wearing.

Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | Categories: