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We’ll Jail More People In 2019, EFCC Tells Nigerians

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The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, says the EFCC is committed to ensuring that more corrupt persons are jailed in 2019.

The EFCC boss was quoted as saying this in a statement signed by its spokesman, Mr Tony Orilade, on Thursday.

Magu said the anti-graft agency secured the conviction of 312 persons in 2018 and the agency was targeting double of this figure (624) in 2019.

He said the commission was committed to intensifying its efforts in order to ensure that it secured more convictions in 2019.

“With 312 convictions in 2018, we are strategising to redouble our efforts in 2019, as part of our concerted efforts aimed at ensuring that the negative narrative of pervasive corruption in the system is changed for the better, and the perception that some persons are above the law, remains altered,” he said.

Magu, who was speaking to officers while on a working tour to the Lagos office of the commission, on January 3, 2019, noted that the EFCC had already secured three convictions in 2019, which he described as a good start.

“The commission shall continue to rid the country of economic and financial crimes and effectively coordinate the domestic efforts of the global fight against money laundering and terrorism financing,” he added.

Magu stressed that the EFCC remained committed to carrying out its duties “in conformity to best international practices within the ambit of the law.”

While commending the exemplary leadership of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, for the success recorded in the past year, the EFCC boss stressed that the judiciary was key to winning the corruption fight.

He said, “Let us have it at the back of our minds that we are only prosecutors; without the support of the Judiciary, led by the CJN and other heads of courts across jurisdictions, we could not have been able to achieve the much we did in 2018. Therefore, to be able to double that feat in 2019, let us know that we cannot do without the judiciary.”

He further called for the unalloyed collaboration of other stakeholders, urging Nigerians to be “more dedicated and determined in reducing corruption to the barest minimum.”

“Those who stole our commonwealth should know that there is no hiding place for them. A high tension searchlight is being beamed on them, it is in their interest to surrender because the game is up,” he said.

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City Photographer, Bright Izuwa Celebrates 30th Birthday With N30 Million Photography Studio In Lagos

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In an era where youths are either dependents, restive, or trying to make a headway with their lives, Bright Izuwa, an Abia State-born Photographer and an under thirty (30) serial entrepreneur who horned his photography skills from a renowned studio have set the pace in his time.

Bright is set to celebrate his 30th birthday with his new photography studio valued at thirty million naira (N30Million) and situated in the heart of Ikeja, Lagos.

According to Bright, June 4th Studios which is coined from his month and date of birth, located at 13B, Ladipo Kuku Street Allen-Avenue Ikeja Lagos Nigeria will definitely become the client’s favourite after a first-time experience, he assures.

The state-of-the-art studio comprises a Makeup Section, Photo Book Section, a Photography Studio section, a passport section, a dedicated dressing room section, and a section for his photography academy.

He further reiterated his readiness for the studio’s grand opening on the 4th of June, 2020 where individuals born on the month of June will be giving free shoots while others not born on the month of June will pay an affordable fee alongside loads of complimentary shoots.

 




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BREAKING: 268 China Returnees Arrive Abuja

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About 268 Nigerians evacuated from China have arrived in Abuja this afternoon.

The flight that conveyed the evacuees landed at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport on Saturday afternoon.

Disclosing this in a tweet, the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the returnees would proceed on compulsory 14 days quarantine as stipulated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Some of the nationals had faced serial racial discriminations in Guangzhou, China, from provincial officials.

They were reportedly evicted from their apartments and hotels following their alleged refusal to go for the mandatory quarantine imposed by the Guangdong Provincial authorities sequel to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Some Nigerians sent a video of a woman with two children who were staying on the streets.

In the footage, the unidentified woman was feeding her infant daughter as the older second child slept in a baby walker; she was allegedly evicted from her apartment.

But the Chinese authorities said they subsequently provided free hotel accommodations for 207 Nigerians.

The government said the beneficiaries included Nigerians who were evicted from their hotels and apartments by officials in the wake of the compulsory quarantine and testing of foreigners for coronavirus by the Guangzhou Municipal Authorities.




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Fritz Awards Maiden Edition Calls For Entries

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Fritz Awards, Nigeria, has opened its call for entries. The event date is December 16, 2020.

The award in its maiden edition seeks to be the foremost platform rewarding creativity, excellence, ingenuity, and hard work in the film industry globally, continentally, and locally. It strives to tell stories that are diverse, experimental, compelling, and that matter.

June 1, 2020 – Submissions open

July 31, 2020 – Final Deadline

October 12, 2020 – Notification

Submit your entry here https://fritzawards.com/submit-your-entry/

You can find out of the rules and regulations and how to enter on here:

https://fritzawards.com/rules/

The award is named in honour of Friedrich Christian Anton “Fritz” Lang, Austrian-German-American Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Film Producer.

Aside the many qualities that stood him out among his peers including tenacity, doggedness, and the drive for excellence, he is noted to be the first filmmaker to feature a black person in his movie.

You can learn more about the award on our website: https://fritzawards.com/about/




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