Kano Club buys a Player for $14

A Division two football club in Kano FA league, Super Stars club, has signed a new player, Ibrahim Salisu Iriyos, for the sum of $14 (N5, 000).

According to BBC Pidgin, the transfer is the most expensive one in the town.Iriyos used to play for Aston Villa Gano, before his transfer to Super Stars.

It was reported that Iriyos, a striker was known for scoring goals and showed interest in playing for Super Stars, a club, he used to train with, whenever Aston Villa Gano was on break.

His training with the club had made the management of Super Stars to take note of his striking prowess, stirring their interest. Aston Villa Gano is a football club in Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area for Kano State. The same town where the Super Stars club is located.

Extortion Rackets Between Nigeria Police and Prisons.

With rising corruption in Nigeria, which has put the country in the 144th position out of 18lists according to corruption perception index of 2018, many citizens blame the government for every little corruption at the top while the citizen also involves in there own ‘Little corruption’.

In 2013, the Central Bank of Nigeria rolled out a $1.3 billion fund to provide inexpensive loans to small businesses across the country. Less than two years later, however, $236 million had been hastily disbursed from the fund, given out to twenty-four state governors—with few strings attached—on the eve of the 2015 elections. Four years on, none of these states has provided a detailed list of entrepreneurs that received loans under the program. Instead, evidence suggests many governors outright embezzled most or all of the funds. –QZ

A concern Nigerian shed lights on the extortion rackets within the police and prison system.

Are you aware that SARS/Police can pick you up, demand money from you and if you refuse, you can be charged for “armed robbery“. Guess what? The magistrate is going to remand you in Ikoyi or Kirikiri prison and send your file to the DPP for advice. That advice takes 2-12 months You may not get how bad things have become. Let me explain. If a Magistrate/judge grants you bail for a bailable offence, in most cases you are asked to produce 2 sureties who are responsible, gainfully employed and reside within the court’s jurisdiction. Your sureties are going to produce all manner of documents, ranging from letter of employment, TCC, letter of recommendation from your lawyer and their employers, utility bills, rent receipts etc. The extortion process kicks in You know these court clerks? They are not going to process anything until you drop from 3-10k. Your sureties are going to be interviewed by the magistrate. If they fail, you start the process again. If they scale through, the prosecutor is supposed to verify their home address/place of work. My dear, you are going to bribe the prosecutor with 20-30k to do their jobs! If you refuse, LOL. Remeber you’ve been moved to Ikoyi/Kirikiri while waiting for your bail to be perfected When they’ve successfully “verified” your sureties the magistrate is going to sign your release warrant. Court clerk would also extort an additional 2k to move the file to the magistrate and photocopy your release warrant You think your release warrant is signed & you are free? Prison officials gonna ask you for 10-20k to Fast-track the release. You know the funny part, all these criminals (Police, prosecutor, Prison officlas, court clerks/registrar) believe that politicians are our sole problem. They also do morning devotion and pray 5 times daily I’m genuinely frustrated when I see people locked up for the flimsiest of reasons because the system is broken. The country has failed them. Lawyers have allowed this rubbish to continue

Nigeria Succumbs to Trump’s Pressure, Reduces Visa Fees for Americans

The Federal Government has approved a reduction in visa charges payable by United States citizens from $180 to $150.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, explained on Wednesday that the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, had been directed to implement the reduction with effect from Thursday (today).

The development followed the new visa fees announced by the US Government on Tuesday, which stated that Nigerians applying for the US visas will pay a visa issuance fee or reciprocity fee with effect from August 29.

The US mission in Abuja had said the reciprocity fee would be charged in addition to the non-immigrant visa application fee, also known as the Machine Readable Visa fee, which all applicants pay at the time of application.

But the ministry in a statement by its spokesman, Mohammed Manga, said a committee set up to conduct due diligence in line with the ministry’s extant policy on reciprocity of visa fees had earlier engaged with the US embassy on the issue, adding that the implementation of its recommendations was delayed due to “transition processes in the ministry at the policy level.”

It said, “The committee had concluded its assignment and submitted a report, but the issuance of authorization for its recommendations was delayed due to transition processes in the ministry at the policy level.

“The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has approved the decrease of visa charges payable by the US citizens in line with reciprocity policy as recommended by the committee.

“Accordingly, the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, has been directed to implement the decrease in Nigeria’s visa charges to the US Citizens with effect from August, 29, 2019.

Twitter Temporarily Restricted Activist, Aisha Yesufu

Micro-blogging site, Twitter, ‘temporarily restricted’ the account of activist Aisha Yesufu for a couple of hours on Thursday.

Aisha Yesufu is a co-founder of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign.

Aisha Yesufu in between riot police during one of her protest

The account was restored after several Nigerians with large following on Twitter reacted to the development, urging Twitter to restore Yesufu’s account.

A former minister of education and also BBOG co-founder, Oby Ezekwesili, tweeted in support of Yesufu.

She does not deserve to be shut down,” Ezekwesili said.

Twitter, however, in a mail sent to Yesufu explained that it restricted the account after its automated systems flagged a series of tweets from Yesufu’s account as spam.

“We apologise for the mixup, and hope to see back on Twitter,” the social media giant wrote to Yesufu.

Yesufu, a vocal critic of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, had been posting a series of tweets criticizing the government.

” Thank you everyone for your voices. I have gotten a mail from @Twitter
and I am back. I will continue to be a voice. My voice is not for myself alone but for so many others who unfortunately did not get that education that so many of us take for granted to have a voice. THANK YOU “- @AishaYesufu

That I voted for the President in 2015 is not a reason I should not criticize the President,” she wrote. “It shouldn’t be about personal inclination! It’s about justice!”

A photograph of Arabic scripts was attached to each of the tweets.

I will continue to be a voice,” Yesufu tweeted after her account was unlocked. “My voice is not for myself alone but for so many others who unfortunately did not get that education that so many of us take for granted to have a voice,” she tweeted.