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An Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, Lagos has sentenced a 39-year-old man, Rozer Oladimeji, to a week imprisonment for refusing to pay at the Lekki-Epe Expressway toll gate.
Oladimeji drove a red Toyota Jeep with number plate LND 607 AC about 3:51pm on March 18 and refused to pay the compulsory N120 toll.
The accused sped past the toll collection point of the expressway before the bar blocked the way after a vehicle had passed.
He was however apprehended later in the day around 8.10pm when he was returning by toll officers and security operatives on the outward bound lane of the expressway
The charge sheet read in part, “That you, Rozer Oladimeji, at about 3.51pm at the Toll Plaza, on Lekki-Epe Expressway, Eti Osa Local Government Area, drove a Toyota Jeep and refused to pay the toll when it was lawfully demanded from you.
“That you, Oladimeji, drove the vehicle in a reckless manner on a public highway.”
Oladimeji was charged with two counts of reckless driving and refusal to pay a lawful toll to which he pleaded guilty.
Police prosecutor, Mr. Clifford Ogu, told the court that the offence contravened sections 18(1) and 67(1) Cap 124 Vol. 6 of the Road Traffic Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2003.
Magistrate A. A. Famobiwo found Oladimeji guilty as charged and sentenced him to a week imprisonment.
Famobiwo, however, gave him an option of N5, 000 fine.
Google has partnered with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to bring the archived documents of the life and legacy of an extraordinary African leader, Nelson Mandela online.
The new online multimedia archive provides free access to Mandela’s life and work in depth: Early Life, Prison Years, Presidential Years, Retirement, Books for Mandela, Young People and My Moments with a Legend.
This is something that students, historians, educationalists, researchers, activists around the world would find really interesting.
The archive also features the earliest-known photo of Mr. Mandela and never-before seen drafts of Mr. Mandela’s manuscripts for the sequel to his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.
You would also find his correspondence with family, comrades and friends, diaries written during his 27 years of imprisonment, and notes he made while leading the negotiations that ended apartheid in South Africa.
The digital archive was made possible through a $1.25 million grant to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to help preserve and digitize thousands of archival documents, photographs and videos about Nelson Mandela.
The Nigerian Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, and Africa’s nominee for the Presidency of World Bank, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has expressed confidence that she could win the contest to become President of the World Bank if the election process is open and transparent.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is contesting against two other nominees including Jim Yong Kim of the U.S. and former Colombian Finance Minister Jose Antonio Ocampo.
Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala with her South African counterpart Pravin Gordhan during a meeting in Pretoria, South Africa. Okonjo-Iweala joined on March 23 the race for the top World Bank job, backed by Africa’s leading economies in a push for greater influence at global financial bodies dominated by rich nations. AFP PHOTO
Expressing confidence at a media briefing yesterday in Abuja, Okonjo-Iweala enunciated her vision for the global financial institution, remarking that she possesses the best credentials to turn the focus of the Bank to the challenges facing developing countries and emerging economies across the world.
Okonjo-Iweala, who has since embarked on a tour of the continent to draw support for her candidacy, stated that she enjoys support from emerging market countries because of her experience with developing nations.
She said: “There are many emerging market countries that are very supportive of my candidacy and many of them feel that the World Bank is ready for someone who understands the challenges of emerging economies and of developing countries, and can totally focus on expanding opportunities for growth and development using practical financial tools to create growth.”
According to Okonjo-Iweala, “my vision for the World Bank is that of an institution that is swifter and nimbler in tackling what I consider the most important challenge of many countries, especially developing economies, which is job creation.
This woman goes hard.
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has struck out of the N5.2 billion fraud charges brought against Honourable Ndudi Elumelu by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), citing that the lawmaker knew nothing about the contract.
Mr Elumelu, a member of the House of Representatives from Delta state and former chairman of the House committee on power, was asked to go home by the presiding Judge, Justice Garba Umar on the ground that “he has no case to answer.”
Justice Umar ruled in favour of the defendant, Elumelu on the grounds that “there was no iota of evidence linking him with the N5.2 billion rural electrification project fraud awarded by the Federal Ministry of Power.”
In the ruling, Justice Umar agreed that “those to stand trial in such a case were the civil servants in the Ministry who allegedly awarded the contracts and not the lawmaker with just over-sight function on the ministry.”
The court noted that from the totality of the evidence adduced by EFCC, there was nowhere that Mr Elumelu influenced the contract award or took any step that that was inimical to the national economy as alleged by the EFCC.
The judge held that the proof of evidence filed along with the 32-count criminal charges by the anti-crime agency had been evaluated and “saw no substance in it as far as the accused person was concerned.”
- Channels TV
Key players in the aviation sector yesterday condemned what they described as policy somersault and other myriads of problems facing the industry.
They hinted of a meeting tomorrow in Lagos, where they hope to find solutions to the emerging scenario, which the operators feared if left unattended to, could expose the country to ridicule.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Sabre Network, West Africa, Mr. Gbenga Olowo, told The Guardian yesterday that the remodelling of some airports, especially the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, the termination of Maevis’s concession agreement, the ultimatum given by the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah-Ogiewonyin, to foreign airlines to reduce fares would be discussed at the parley.
Olowo said the termination of the firm’s contract had exposed the airports to insecurity as passenger profiling is done manually against international best practice.
Expected at the proposed meeting are the President, Aviation Round Table (ART), Captain Dele Ore, Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), and other stakeholders.
Some airline operators told The Guardian that the Ministry of Aviation and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had succeeded in wasting public funds in its remodelling exercise, adding that the Lagos terminal architecture is outdated.
- The Guardian
Pressure is good.
The State Security Service, SSS, yesterday, paraded six members of a syndicate that specialized in processing fake vehicle licences and restricted government documents.
The Lagos State Director of SSS, Achu Olayi, who paraded the suspects before newsmen at its Shangisha, Lagos office, said the suspects were arrested when SSS operatives got an intelligence report on their activities.
He said: “A raid was carried out at the syndicate’s hideout at 18, Herbert Macaulay Street, Ebute-Meta, Lagos. Six persons including a woman were arrested. Several fake government restricted documents, vehicle licences and registration numbers were confiscated.”
He assured that SSS would not limit its investigation on this syndicate alone, but would extend its dragnet into vehicle licencing office to clampdown on all collaborators.
Should the SSS be the agency doing this though?
An 18-year-old who worked as a maid in a seaside hotel in Panama happily took up an offer by two friends to join them on a fishing trip and earn some extra cash.
Twenty-eight days later, Adrian Vasquez was found drifting alone in the 10-foot (three-meter) fishing boat. He was in the waters off Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, more than 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) from where the trio had set out to fish.
His two friends had died, and he likely owed his survival to a sudden rainstorm, the Ecuadorean coast guard captain who helped nurse Vasquez back to health said Monday, speaking by phone from San Cristobal island.
Vasquez was flown Monday to Guayaquil on the Ecuadorean mainland, to be turned over to the Panamanian consul, and was not immediately reachable for comment.
Capt. Hugo Espinosa’s patrol boat picked up Vasquez early Sunday from commercial fishermen who had stumbled across the Panamanian drifting in the Pacific on Friday.
The captain said the young Panamanian recounted the following story after recovering over the weekend from malnutrition and severe dehydration:
Vasquez and his friends were returning to Rio Hato, Panama, where he worked at the Decameron Hotel, on Feb. 24 aboard the “Fifty Cents” when its motor failed. It was about 6 p.m., and they could see land. They had caught a lot of fish, and had big jug of water.
In the first few days, as Panama’s coast guard began to search for the young men, the trio grilled fish on the boat. But then their ice melted and the fish rotted. They had to toss them overboard and live off what they could catch with their net.
“The spirits of the survivors began to wane with the passing of days,” Espinosa said.
Oropeces Betancourt, the oldest at 24, stopped eating and drinking after two weeks. He died on March 10. Three days later, his body began to decompose and Vasquez threw it over the side.
The other youth, 16-year-old Fernando Osorio, died on March 15, also apparently of dehydration, sunburn and heat stroke. After three days, Vasquez pushed his other friend’s body into the ocean.
Vasquez then ran out of water, and the days were all sunny.
“When he was nearly dead, on March 19, it rained, and Vasquez was able to fill up with four gallons of water,” said Espinosa.
He spent the next five days eating raw fish, then he was spotted by commercial fisherman working on a skiff from a mother ship, the Duarte V.
Once aboard, Vasquez asked for a telephone so he could make two calls.
The first was to his mother. The second was to the hotel manager to explain why he had missed so many days of work.
The Ecuadorean coast guard vessel, the Isla Espaniola, rendezvoused with the fishing vessel around 2 a.m. Sunday and took Vasquez on board.
- Huffington Post
This is the stuff of miracles!
A new London exhibition explores that fascination, displaying everything from mummified Egyptian cerebral matter to slices of Albert Einstein’s brain in the story of our quest to understand what’s inside our skulls.
The show at London’s Wellcome Collection asks not what brains have done for us but what, in the name of science, we have done to brains.
“Brains have been prepared and weighed and sliced and generally (messed) about with,” Ken Arnold, the museum’s head of public programs, said Tuesday.
“This exhibition is, almost contrarily, about the brain, rather than the mind,” he said. “An exhibition about what the brain is, rather than what the brain does.”
The gray mass inside our skulls is our exceptional organ, the one that can’t be transplanted, the seat of intellect and personality. It is part of us, but it’s also the essence of us. Which is why brains fascinate – and why seeing one in a jar delivers a special shudder.
- Huffington Post
Brain it on!
Geraldo Rivera has issued a public apology for his explosive comments about Trayvon Martin’s hoodie.
Martin, an unarmed teenager, was shot dead by a self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer in late February. His death and the controversial police handling of the case have sparked outrage across the country.
Rivera added to the uproar on Friday when he said that Martin was partially responsible for his own death because he had been wearing a hoodie when he was killed. “I’ll bet you money, if he didn’t have that hoodie on, that nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn’t have responded in that violent and aggressive way,” he said.
Rivera elicited a fiery response from the public, with his own son saying that he was “ashamed” of what he had said.
On Monday night, the Fox News host apologized to those who were offended by the remarks. He tweeted: “Heard petition demands my apology to Trayvon’s parents. Save effort: I deeply apologize for any hurt I caused-that is not my goal or intent”
However, he also highlighted what he saw as the merit of his argument — that minority children should not wear hoodies — when he elaborated on the apology on Tuesday. In an email to Politico, he wrote, “I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my ‘very practical and potentially life-saving campaign urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies.’”
- Huffington Post
Half apology much?
This month, the parents of a chronically ill schoolgirl each gave part of their lungs for a live donor transplant to save their daughter’s life, the Austrian Times reports.
Fifteen-year-old Tuğçe Kubra Basar from Istanbul, Turkey, has cystic fibrosis — a life-threatening disease that causes an inflammation of the airways. According to the Daily Mail, her lungs stopped functioning properly last year and she has been hospitalized ever since.
After almost a year, Basar was finally given a new lease of life when Austrian surgeons said tissue matches with both her parents made a live donor lung transplant possible.
Two weeks ago, surgeons at the AKH Hospital in Vienna, Austria, performed a very rare three-way operation in which part of Basar’s father’s right lung and part of her mother’s left lung were taken to form one healthy lung for the teenager.
According to the Daily Mail, the surgery has only been performed four times at the Viennese hospital over the past 20 years
- Huffington Post