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Dangote named in Forbes world’s top ten black billionaires [See full list]

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Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote has been named by Forbe as one of the top ten black billionaires in the world.

Dangote, who was not the only Nigerian to make the list, was placed on 1st position.

See Forbes world’s top ten the black billionaires:

1. Aliko Dangote: $12,2 billion. Dangote is the undisputed richest person in Africa, he also happens to be the richest black person in the world. He founded the Dangote Group 35 years ago and still serves as its CEO and president. The vast majority of his wealth is derived from Dangote Cement. Dangote is an active philanthropist and focuses his charity work on education, agriculture and health.

2. Mohammed Al Amoudi: $8,4 million Al Amoudi moved from Ethiopia to Saudi Arabia when he was 19. He made his fortune through government contracts and real estate development. He has since diversified into oil, agriculture and mining with interests across the globe.

3. Mike Adenuga: $6,1 billion Adenuga made his fortune in telecoms and oil. He currently serves as the chairman of Globacom which has 36 million clients. Adenuga owns a majority stake in Nigerian oil company Conoil. He drove a taxi while he studied towards his MBA.

4. Isabel Dos Santos: $3,1 billion Dos Santos is the richest black woman on the planet and at 44 the youngest person on the list. She is the daughter of Angolan president Juan Eduardo Dos Santos. She made her fortune through investments, some of which have been linked to her father.

5. Oprah Winfrey: $3 billion Oprah is the only African-American woman on the list. She overcame a tough childhood (often living without electricity or running water) to become a media mogul. Oprah has never been shy when it comes to helping the less fortunate and founded the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa.

6. Robert Smith: N9b Smith worked at Goldman Sachs for many years, he left to start his own company in 2000. Since then Vista Equity Partners the private equity firm he founded has done well-enough to propel him into the billionaire’s list. Smith has also signed the Giving Pledge

7. Patrice Motsepe: N6.6b Reortedly the first African billionaire. Motsepe is the brother-in-law to the acting president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa. He is a founding member of mining company African Rainbow Minerals. In recent years Motsepe has pledged to give away half his fortune by signing the Giving Pledge by Bill Gates.

8. Folorunsho Alakija: N4.9b Alakija is the vice chairperson of Nigerian oil giant Famfa Oil. She made her initial fortune as the founder of an elite fashion brand in Nigeria before diversifying her interests into the lucrative Nigerian oil market.

9. Michael Jordan: N4.6b Jordan is a legend of basketball and is one of the most recognisable faces on the planet. He made most of his fortune through endorsement deals and has since his retirement bought a stake in the Charlotte Hornets, a basketball team.

10. Mohammed Ibrahim: N4.4b Ibrahim was born in Sudan and built his fortune hrough telecommunications. He officially entered the list when sold Celtel International in 2005. Since the sale, he has devoted his life to improving the lives of Africans.

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BREAKING: Osinbajo orders immediate overhaul of SARS

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Osinbajo orders immediate overhaul of SARS

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has directed Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), to overhaul the special anti-robbery squad (SARS).

Laolu Akande, spokesman of the acting president, disclosed this in a statement.

The statement said the vice-president asked the IGP to ensure that SARS operatives act in adherence to the rule of law.

“Following persistent complaints and reports on the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) that border on allegations of human rights violations, His Excellency, Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN, Acting-President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, has directed the Inspector General of Police to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS and ensure that any unit that will emerge from the process, will be intelligence-driven and restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery and kidnapping, and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more,” the statement read.

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“The Acting President has also directed the IGP to ensure that all operatives in the emerging unit conduct their operations in strict adherence to the rule of law and with due regard to International Humanitarian LAw and the constitutionally guaranteed rights of suspects. The operatives should also bear proper identification anytime they are on duty.

“In the meantime, the Acting President has directed the National Human Rights Commission to set up a Committee that will conduct nation-wide investigation of the alleged unlawful activities of SARS in order to afford members of the general public the opportunity to present their grievances with a view to ensuring redress.”

There has been a campaign against the police outfit accused of illegalities such as extortion, intimidation and arbitrary arrest.

The #endSARS campaign has been on social media for close to ‌a year.

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Report: Lagos is third worst city to live in the world

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Lagos is third worst city to live in the world

People living in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital, are inhabiting the third worst city for humans to live in the world.

This is according to the newly released ranking of the 2018 Global Liveability Index released by The Economist Intelligence Unit and World Bank.

Lagos ranked 138 out of the 140 cities considered for the ranking.

The only cities which were scored lower than Lagos on the ranking are Syria and Bangladesh, both cities have been plagued with unrest in recent times.

The ranking is based on five parameters: Political and Social Stability, Education, Culture, Environment, Infrastructure and Access to Healthcare.

Vienna, the Austrian capital, was ranked the most liveable city in the world.

“Every city is assigned a rating of relative comfort for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure,” the report read.

“Each factor in a city is rated as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable. For qualitative indicators, a rating is awarded based on the judgment of in-house analysts and in-city contributors.”

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In the Stability category, the following were considered: prevalence of petty crime, the prevalence of violent crime, the threat of terror, threat of military conflict and the threat of civil unrest.

For Health rating, the following were considered: availability of private healthcare, quality of private healthcare, availability of public healthcare, quality of public healthcare and availability of over-the-counter drugs.

Humidity/temperature rating, discomfort of climate to travellers, level of corruption, social or religious restrictions, level of censorship, sporting availability, cultural availability, food & drink and consumer goods & services were considered for the Culture and Environment rating.

Availability of private education, quality of private education, public education indicators were used for the Education rating.

For Infrastructure, the quality of road network, quality of public transport, quality of international links, availability of good quality housing, quality of energy provision, quality of water provision and quality of telecommunications were considered.

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Angry soldiers ground Maiduguri airport, threaten to shoot superiors

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Angry soldiers ground Maiduguri airport, threaten to shoot superiors

There is currently tension at the Maiduguri international airport in Borno state as angry soldiers are shooting indiscriminately to protest their deployment from the state capital to another local government.

The aggrieved soldiers reportedly arrived at the airport at 6pm ahead of their posting to Marte local government area.

But trouble started when they regrouped and refused to board the aircraft which ought to convey them there.

The soldiers who are of the special forces said after spending over four years in Maiduguri, they ought to be sent back to their families and not to be posted to face death.

An officer who witnessed the incident said superior officers, including Bulami Biu, general officer commander (GOC) of 7 division, were asked to stay off the airport or risk being shot.

“The second batch of pilgrims going for hajj from Borno boarded their flight amid the commotion,” the source said.

“The special forces are ready for trouble. They are really angry. The superiors were asked to stay off or be killed.”

Texas Chukwu, army spokesman, said he could not confirm the development.

“I don’t know about this, let me call an officer there,” he told TheCable.

Disobedience is a punishable offence in the army just as mutiny could attract a heavy penalty such as death sentence.

Some soldiers who were court martialled for disobedience under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan are still in detention up till date.

Many officers involved in the anti- Boko Haram war have accused the military authorities of falling below the expected standard in terms of welfare.

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