Sunday Oliseh Confirms Exit From Fortuna Over Refusal to Engage in ‘Illegality’

Sunday Oliseh has confirmed his exit from Second division Dutch club Fortuna Sittard. The club in a statment on Wednesday said they parted ways with Oliseh over actions not related to on-field performance.

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Oliseh in a tweet confirmed his exit, stating: “I confirm: Due to my refusal to participate in illegal activities at Fortuna Sittard & violate the Law, I have been suspended from my duties as Coach by the Foreign Owners of Fortuna. Unfortunate for the lovely fans, my players & our hard fought phenomenal positioning for promotion.”

Oliseh, who left the Super Eagles head coach position in February 2016, has led Fortuna Sittard from the brink of relegation last season to the play-offs for top flight promotion this term.

But the club, who employed Oliseh in January 2017, insist Oliseh’s relationship with other personnel at the club left them with no choice but to let him go.

“Fortuna Sittard immediately relieve Sunday Oliseh of his duties,” the club announced on their official website on Wednesday.

“The club management makes this decision as a result of the repeatedly culpable actions for a long period by the trainer towards several persons in the organization.

“Several attempts by the club to move the trainer to other behavior remained unfortunately without result, resulting in an unworkable situation as a result.”

“The board of Fortuna Sittard emphasizes that the decision to disband Sunday Oliseh is not motivated by the current sporting performance,” the club added.

“Because of his inadmissible actions, the coach has made the co-operation with many people within the organization impossible. From players to employees. Fortuna Sittard regrets the decision, but states that the club interest goes above all else.”

Snake Swallows N36m Cash from JAMB office

A mystery snake is said to have sneaked into the accounts office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, in Makurdi, the Benue State capital and made away with ₦36 million cash.($100k)

Before now, JAMB candidates purchased scratch cards from JAMB state offices and other designated centers, to gain access to the Board’s website for either registration or to check their admission status but the reforms introduced by JAMB registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, recommended an end to the use of scratch cards.

A team of auditors was dispatched to different state offices of JAMB to take inventory of the sold and unsold scratch cards and recover whatever money that might have either been generated or mismanaged during the period of the sale of scratch cards.

On their visit to Makurdi office of JAMB, a sales clerk, Philomina Chieshe, told JAMB registrar and his team that she could not account for N36 million she made in previous years before the abolition of scratch cards.

In the course of interrogation, Philomena confessed that it was her housemaid that connived with another JAMB staff, Joan Asen, to “spiritually” steal the money from the vault in the accounts office.

She said: “I was one of the four sales clerks attached to JAMB office in Makurdi. My responsibility was to sell scratch cards to candidates and not involved in handling the revenues. It was the responsibility of Joan Asen and my other senior colleagues. I only remit money when am done selling the cards.

“Few months ago, there was the issue of fraud in the Makurdi office. Auditors were sent from Abuja to carefully flip the record books of the office, to perhaps, ascertain the current state of affairs.

“The state Coordinator, Obilo, was not around when the audit team came. But in the course of the audit, ₦36 million was discovered to have been missing from the account. An investigation was launched. In the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Joan Asen, who is account staff and a lady outside JAMB have connived to steal the money.”

Philomina in her confessional statement said that Joan Asen and her accomplices confessed that they have been stealing the money “spiritually” through a mysterious snake that always sneaks into the office to swallow the money from the vault.

According to her “It was a mystery to me too. I have been saving the money in the bank, but I found it difficult to account for it. So I started saving it in a vault in the office. But each time I open the vault, I will find nothing. I became worried and surprised how the millions of Naira could be disappearing from the vault. I began to interrogate everybody in the house and office, and no one could agree on what might have happened to the money. I continued to press until my housemaid confessed. She said that the money disappeared “spiritually”. She said that a “mysterious snake” sneaked into the house and swallowed the money in the vault.”

How Widow Makes N150,000 Monthly Selling Akara

A widow in her early 50s and a mother of four, Fatima Abdullahi, has found succor in selling beans cake popularly known as “akara”.

Rather than resort to begging for alms, as is common with aged women in some parts of the country, she now makes an average of ₦5000 daily from selling akara and pap, known as “koko”, to make ends meet.

Abdullahi said she did not require intervention funds from the government or access to micro-finance funds for her efforts and determination to succeed.

The enterprising woman, a resident in Rigasa, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, said in Kaduna on Wednesday that she started the business about 10 years ago after the death of her husband.

She said that although she was left with no one to help her and her kids, she disliked the idea of begging and decided to use savings to start the bean cake business.

“I started with as little as ₦3000, and gradually expanded the business by adding sweet potato and now I make an average of ₦5000 daily, about ₦150,000 monthly.

“Although the business is stressful and dangerous because you have to seat by the fire every day, it is helping me to pay the bills, take care of my children.

“At least I can afford to pay school fees for my children and medical bills when the need arises,” she said.

The entrepreneur’s business area is usually filled up by patronisers mainly passers-by, residents of the area, and others who find the delicacy satisfying.

Abdullahi called on women to make necessary effort to be self-reliant rather than going around the neighborhood begging for alms.

“Whether a widow or housewife, you can start a business, no matter how small, so as to have financial freedom,” she said.

She decried the practice whereby able-bodied women took to begging for alms to survive, adding that Islam did not encourage the attitude.

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Amnesty International –“Nigerian Air Force killed Dozens in Attacks on Villages”

Nigeria’s air force killed at least 35 people in attacks on villages in the northeastern state of Adamawa in December, Amnesty International said in a report on Tuesday.

Residents of the villages described being fired upon by a fighter jet and military helicopter as they attempted to flee, at the same time as hundreds of herdsmen took part in a revenge attack on the communities for earlier killings, Amnesty said.

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“Launching air raids is not a legitimate law enforcement method by anyone’s standard,” said Osai Ojigho, Amnesty’s country director for Nigeria, in Tuesday’s report.

“Such reckless use of deadly force is unlawful, outrageous and lays bare the Nigerian military’s shocking disregard for the lives of those it supposedly exists to protect,” she said.

The report is the latest challenge to the military on human rights and the attacks suggest a deadly crisis between herders and farmers is spiraling out of government control.

Reports of abuses and military excesses rarely result in Nigeria’s military meting out public discipline to officers.

Air Force spokesman Olatokunbo Adesanya denied it had bombed any locations in the region or fired shots targeting people, saying it had opened fire to dissuade looters and vandals. Adesanya said he was unaware of any human casualties.

On Dec. 4, air force fighter jets fired rockets at villages to deter communal clashes as a cycle of violence and revenge attacks gripped Adamawa state, Amnesty said.

The region is a flashpoint for violence between Muslim herders and Christian farmers over rights to grazing land and agriculture. This month at least 168 people have died across five states in such clashes, said Amnesty.

“The helicopter and the jet started releasing bombs. Houses started burning. Children started running for their lives,” an unnamed farmer from the village of Shafaron told Amnesty.

The report described the “devastating cumulative effect of the herders and Air Force attacks, with at least eight villages heavily damaged or completely destroyed by fire.”

Burned husks of vehicles and blackened houses reduced in parts to rubble were shown in an accompanying video from Amnesty. Satellite images depicted large swathes of settlements ravaged by fire.

Eighty-six people died, with the Nigerian air force responsible for at least 35 deaths, and some 3,000 homes were destroyed in the five villages visited, said Amnesty.

Nigeria is in the process of buying fighter planes from the United States, a deal halted by former President Barack Obama’s administration over concerns about the military’s human rights record.

President Donald Trump’s administration approved the sale. That came after as many as 170 people died last January after Nigeria’s air force bombed a refugee camp.

Nigeria’s military receives regular training from the United States and Britain.

Click here to View the Analysis of the air force raid in Adamawa State

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