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Two Nigerians Reportedly on Board Oritsejafor Pane that Took $9.3m to S/Africa



Private jet owned by President of the Christian Association
of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor that conveyed $9.3 million cash from Nigeria
to South Africa for an arms deal between the two countries, had Nigerian crew
members, and passengers from Israel and Austria, new documents  in Johannesburg have shown. There were three
Nigerians aboard the plane, the documents show.

PREMIUM TIMES obtained the manifest of the jet that
transported the huge sum, and has confirmed the identities of the passengers
and crew who delivered the controversial package. South Africa seized the money
early September, accusing the Nigerian government of violating its laws
regulating the transfer of cash.
Another payment by the Nigerian government for arms to
combat the extremist Boko Haram sect, was also confiscated. The second
transfer, totalling $5.7 million, was wired through the banks.
The South African ambassador to Nigeria was later quoted as
saying the money had been returned to Nigeria, a claim that has yet to be
Details of the first transaction, revealed by a South
African newspaper, City Press, said an Israeli and two Nigerians were aboard
the airplane that transported the sum to Lanseria airport in South Africa.
The first tranche of the money was conveyed to South Africa
on September 5 in two plastic bag suitcases and two hand luggage aboard an
airplane belonging to Ayo Oritsejafor, the chairman of the Christian
Association of Nigeria, CAN.
While the Nigerian government confirmed the transactions, it
denied violating any foreign law. The government also refused to provide the
names of those aboard the airplane.
In its report, widely quoted in the Nigerian media, City
Press said the Israeli passenger, Eyal Mesika, had the key to the combination
lock of the suitcases. The paper also said two Nigerian passengers were aboard
the plane. It quoted South African law enforcement officials.
The report however did not reveal the identities of the
Nigerians, and South African officials also declined to provide those details when contacted from Nigeria by telephone.
In an investigation that involved visiting South Africa, has obtained documents showing details of the transaction,
including the flight manifest of the airplane.
The listing shows that beside Mr. Mesika, the only Nigerians
on board the aircraft were crew members.
The other two passengers who conveyed the cash were
Austrians, the manifest shows.
The two Austrians are named, R. Wolfgang and M. Michael.
The flight crew members of the Project Eagle Air jet with
flight number: N808HE were Ojongbede R.T (captain), Fejoku U, (flight officer)
and George E.E (flight attendant).
The listing contradicts reports that the other passengers were
Nigerians, a claim that set off an intense controversy after the All
Progressives Congress, APC, accused a former militant leader, Dokubo Asari, of
being one of those aboard the plane.
The APC relied on unverified reports by some news website in making the false claim.
Mr. Asari denied the allegation and threatened legal action
against Lai Mohammed, the spokesperson of the APC.
In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES at the time, Mr. Asari
threatened to physically assault Mr. Mohammed if he failed to get justice in
the courts.
“After all the South Africa People have given the names of
people on the plane and if by next week we go to court and the court is being
manipulated not to give me justice, I will resort to self-help,” he said.

“I have the capacity to resort to self-help. I will not give
anybody any apology because if a man has mouth to malign me then I can use what
I have to fight for myself.”


Nigeria’s economy slows in Q1 as oil sector shrinks




Growth in Nigeria’s fragile economy slowed to 2.01% in the first quarter as the country’s dominant oil sector shrank, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Monday.

The annual pace dropped from the previous quarter’s 2.38%, when activity was likely to have been boosted by state spending in the run-up to February and March elections in which President Muhammadu Buhari won a second term.

Nigeria’s central bank has forecast growth of 3% for 2019.

The largely crude-dependent economy emerged from recession in 2017 and has been recovering in great part due to higher oil prices.

In the first quarter the non-oil sector grew 2.47% while the oil sector shrank 2.40%, according to the statistics office. Crude production rose slightly to 1.96 million barrels per day from 1.91 million in the previous quarter.

Growth in the first quarter of 2018 was 1.89%.


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Cleaners find bodies of twin babies in Kenya River




Kenya’s authorities say the bodies of two babies, thought to be twins, have been found during a clean-up of a river in the capital, Nairobi.

This is the eighth such discovery in recent months.

Officials believe the bodies are being dumped in the city’s rivers as a result of abortions, which are illegal in most cases in Kenya.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has called for an investigation into what he called a “worrying trend”.

Several workers were cleaning up the badly polluted Nairobi River that flows through Korogocho, one of the city’s biggest slums, when they made the grim discovery.

They found the babies’ bodies in a plastic bag. One was still breathing but could not be saved.

The babies were buried near where they were discovered after the police said the parents could not be identified, governor’s spokesperson Elkana Jacob told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme.

Governor Sonko believes that hospitals and clinics are dumping the bodies after performing abortions.

He has given his officials a week to investigate the issue.

As well as eight babies, four dead adults have also been found during the exercise to clean up the city’s rivers.


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Lady Gabriella Windsor weds Prince Michael of Kent (Photos)




Lady Gabriella Windsor and Prince Michael of Kent have walked down the aisle on Saturday, may 18th. Lady Gabriella is the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, while Prince Michael is Her Majesty The Queen’s cousin.

Lady Gabriella’s wedding dress was a bespoke design by Luisa Beccaria. It was made of lace, embroidered with flowers and embellishments. Its blush shade came from layers of tulle and organdie beneath the lace, which created the body of the gown. The skirts fanned out into a long train. Her veil was made from layers of white tulle, together with embroidered flowers.

The Bridesmaid and Pageboy outfits were also designed by Luisa Beccaria. Bridesmaids wore cream dresses with blush underlays and sashes, with flower rings in their hair to echo the bridal bouquet. Pageboys wore cream shirts and knickerbockers. Their shoes were by Papouelli.

Lady Gabriella wore a Russian Fringe style diamond tiara also worn by her grandmother, HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, and her mother, HRH Princess Michael of Kent, on their wedding days.

Lady Gabriella’s bouquet featured a creamy ivory ‘Ella’ rose by David Austin, named for the bride, and myrtle, which has formed part of many Royal wedding bouquets in a tradition started by Queen Victoria. Other flowers incorporated included Juliet roses, Lily of the Valley and white and apricot sweet peas.

The Bridal Party

Mr Kingston’s Best Men were Mr Benjamin Crow, Mr Daniel Crow and Mr Jamie Campbell.

The Bridesmaids were Miss Isabella Windsor, Miss Maud Windsor, Miss Leonora Weisman, Miss Aurelia del Drago, Miss Eliza Goldsmith and Miss Emily Conolly.

The Pageboys were Master Frederick Murray, Master Rafferty Murray and Master Karim Khawaja.

Miss Estella Taylor, Miss Jessie Conolly and Miss Hannah Conolly were Special Attendants.


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