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Envoy: Why many Nigerians are in Chinese prisons



Wale Oloko, consul-general of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Guangzhou, China, says many Nigerians are in various prisons in Guangdong province for overstaying their visas.

Speaking with NAN in Lagos on Monday, Oloko said some Nigerians were also arrested for engaging in drug trafficking and other criminal offences.

According to him, there are currently about 600 Nigerians arrested for overstaying their visas and in detention for other offences.

“There is no doubt that there are currently a number of Nigerians in various Chinese prisons, at least those under our consular jurisdiction in Guangzhou,” he said.

“These our nationals are in different Chinese prisons for various offences. There are those that were arrested for overstaying their visas, while others were convicted for drug trafficking and other offences.”

Oloko also said some the Nigerian nationals currently in Chinese prisons were being prepared for deportation to Nigeria.

The consul-general, therefore, enjoined Nigerians desirous of visiting any part of China to always obey immigration and general laws when in the province or other provinces in China.

“Any Nigerian wanting to visit any part of China must first know something about the country’s immigration requirements and should be ready to obey laws in such places when they eventually arrive there,” he said.

“It is not advisable for any Nigerian to overstay his or her visa in any part of China or engage in any form of criminal act.”

Guangdong, a province in South China is located on the sea coast.

The province surpassed Henan and Sichuan to become the most populous province in China in January 2005, registering 79.1 million permanent residents and 31 million migrants.

The capital and largest city is Guangzhou and it has a GDP (2016): of 1.2 trillion US dollars.

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Office workers often complain about never having time for exercises or weight loss because of the demands of their jobs. Being on a diet with an office job can also be very frustrating because you often need extra resolve to resist the temptation of snacking. To such persons, exercise and office job are two parallel lines that cannot meet. If you want to lose weight or exercise behind your desk, you have to be strategic with your time and be willing to go the extra mile. 30 minutes Take a look at your schedule and be willing to give 30 minutes for your workout session. If you can’t afford 30 minutes every day, take baby steps by making it bi-weekly, but be ready to make every minute count. Take the stairs Just in case you have elevators and stairs at your workplace, remember to take the stairs instead of the elevator. It’s a good way of exercising and when you feel lazy, think of all the calories you can burn if you take the stairs. Keep your drawer healthy Find another use for your drawer by keeping low calorie and easily stored snacks like nuts in it. That way, you can eat healthy while satisfying the “snack urge”. Drink water According to medical experts, an adult must take at least 2.5 litres of water a day. Drinking water during work hours helps you fight off fatigue, dehydration and the snack urge to some extent. Although drinking a lot of water means that you will make frequent trips to the restroom, see it as an opportunity to stretch your legs. Pack your lunch Visiting that restaurant close to your office during lunch break will only do two things for you – give you extra calories and make you spend money. Bringing your own lunch to the office makes you avoid the temptation to eat 2 or 3 pieces of meat with your lunch. You are trying to lose weight not to add some more. Stand at your desk You will be more comfortable doing this if you use your office alone. You can stand and you can use the opportunity to do some leg/ desk exercises .



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FULL LIST: Defence minister, Buhari’s-in-law — all the aspirants cleared for APC guber primary




The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has released the list of aspirants cleared for the governorship primary scheduled for Saturday.

Adebayo Shittu and Aisha AlHassan — two serving ministers were disqualified from the race but three of their colleagues scaled through.

Thos cleared are Usani Usani, minister of Niger Delta; Mansu Dan Ali, minister of defence and Mustapha Shehu, minister of state, power, works and housing.

Mahmood Ahmed, an in-law to President Muhammadu Buhari and Mai Buni, national secretary of the ruling party, were also given a clean bill of health.

Below is the full list of those cleared after screening:


Akwa Ibom State


1. H.E. Obong Nsima Ekere Cleared

2. Sen. John Akpan Udoedeghe, Phd Cleared

3. Dan Abia, Esq. Cleared

4. Dr. Edet Okon Efretui Cleared

Delta State


1. Prof. Pat Utomi Cleared

2. Dr. (Hon). Cairo Ojugbo Cleared

3. Rt. (Hon.) Victor Ochei, Esq. Cleared

4. Chief Great Ovdje Ogboru Cleared

5. Chief Osiobe Eric Okotie Not Cleared

Cross River State


1. Pastor Usani Uguru Usani Cleared

2. Sen. John Owan Enoh Cleared

3. High Chief Edem Duke Cleared

4. John Upan Odey Cleared

5. Prof. Nyong Eyo Cleared

Rivers State


1. Tonye Cole Cleared

2. Sen. Magnus Ngei Abe Cleared

3. Dumo Lulu Briggs Cleared

4. Dr. Dawari George Cleared


Abia State


1. Dr. Uche Ogah, OON Cleared

2. High Chief Ikechi Emenike Cleared

3. H.E. Comrade Chris Akomas Cleared

4. Rt. Hon. Martins Azubuike, Esq. Cleared

5. Barr. Friday Nwosu, Esq. Cleared

6. Prince Amb. Okey Emuchay Cleared

7. Prince Paul Ikonne Cleared

Ebonyi State


1. Sen. Sunny Ogbuoji Cleared

2. Arc. Dr. Edward Nkweagu Cleared

3. Sen. Emmanuel Agboti Cleared

4. Obasi Ogbonnaya Obasi Cleared

5. Hon. Kelechi Chima Cleared

6. Engr. Paul Okorie Cleared

7. Comrade Christain Cleared

8. Chief Austine Igwe Edeze Cleared

9. Prof. Benard Odoh Cleared

Enugu State


1. Sen. Ayogu Eze Cleared

2. Barr. Ifeanyi Nwaoga, Esq. Cleared

3. Akubue Augustine Cleared

4. Ben Eche Cleared

5. Barr. George Ogara, Esq. Cleared

6. Barr. Ejikeme Ugwu, Esq Not Cleared

Imo State


1. Sen. Hope Uzodinma Cleared

2. Hon. Uche Nwosu Cleared

3. H.E. Prince Eze Madumere Cleared

4. Sir Jude Ejiogu Cleared

5. Barr. Chima Anozie Cleared

6. Dr. Chris Emenike Nlemoha Cleared

7. Sir Eche George Ezenna Cleared

8. Chukwudi Celestine Ololo Cleared

9. Air Commodore Peter Gbujie Cleared


Lagos State


1. H.E. Akinwunmi Ambode Cleared

2. Dr. Kadir Obafemi Hamzat Cleared

3. Jide Sanya-Olu Cleared

Oyo State


1. Niyi Akintola, SAN Cleared

2. H.E. Christopher Alao Akala Cleared

3. Joseph Olasunkanmi Tegbe Cleared

4. Dr. Olusola Ayandele, PhD Cleared

5. Dr. Owolabi Babalola Cleared

6. Dr. Azeez Popoola Adeduntun Cleared

7. Adebayo Adekola Adelabu Cleared

8. Hon. Barr. Adebayo Shittu, Esq Not Cleared (No NYSC Certificate)

Ogun State


1. Jimi Lawal Cleared

2. Dapo Abiodun Cleared

3. Hon. Bimbo Abiodun Cleared

4. H.E. Sen. Adegbenga Kaka Cleared

5. Hon. Kunle Akinlade Cleared

6. Abayomi Semako Koroto Hunye Cleared


Jigawa State


1. H.E. Alh. Abubakar Badaru Cleared

2. Alh. Hashim Ubale Cleared

Katsina State


1. H.E. Rt.Hon. Aminu Masari Cleared

2. Abubakar Ismaila Isa Cleared

3. Garba Sani Dankani Cleared

Kebbi State


1. H.E. Alh. Atiku Bagudu Cleared

2. Ibrahim Mohammed Mera, OON Not Cleared

Sokoto State


1. Abbakar Abdullahi Gumbi Cleared

2. Hon. Farouk Malami Yabo Cleared

3. Ahmed Aliyu Cleared

4. Sen. Abubakar Umar Gada Cleared

Zamfara State


1. Dauda Lawal Cleared

2. Mukhtar Idris Shehu Cleared

3. Brig. Gen. Mansur Ali Cleared

4. H.E. Hon. Ustaz Ibrahim Mohammed Wakala Cleared

5. Sen. Kabiru Marafa Cleared

6. H.E. Mahmuda Aliyu Shinkafi Cleared

7. Hon. Aminu Sani Jaji Cleared

8. Engr. Abubakar Magaji Cleared

9. Mohammed Sagir Hamidu Cleared


Benue State


1. Dr. Hon. Emmanuel Jime Cleared

2. Titus T. Zam Cleared

3. Akange Audu Cleared

4. Arc. Aema Achado Cleared

5. Benjamin Tilley Adanyi Cleared

6. Micheal Iordye, mni Cleared

Nasarawa State


1. Sule Audu Cleared

2. H.E. Silas Agara Cleared

3. Hon Aliyu Wadada Cleared

4. Zakari Idde Cleared

5. Hassan M. Liman, SAN Cleared

6. Mohammed Musa Maikaya Cleared

7. Arc. Shehu Tukur Cleared

8. Dauda Shuaibu Kigbu Cleared

9. Dr. James Angbazo Cleared

10. Hon. Jafar Mohammed Ibrahim Cleared

11. Danladi Envulu-Anza Halilu Not Cleared

Niger State


1. H.E. Alh. Sani Bello Cleared

2. Abubakar Mamma Jiya Maaji Not Cleared

Plateau State


1. H.E. Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong, Esq. Cleared


Adamawa State


1. H.E. Sen. Mohammed Jibrilla Cleared

2. Nuhu Ribadu Cleared

3. Mahmood Halilu Ahmed Cleared

Bauchi State


1. H.E. Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar Cleared

2. Dr. Ali Pate Cleared

3. Captain Bala Jibrin Cleared

4. Dr. Yakubu Lame Cleared

Borno State


1. Kashim Imam Cleared

2. Prof. Babagana Umaru Cleared

3. Gambo Lawan Cleared

4. Mustapha Baba Shehu Cleared

5. Hon. Umaru Kumalia Cleared

6. Muhammad Aba Lima Cleared

7.. Barr. Kaka Shehu Lawan, Esq. Cleared

8. H.E. Adamu Dibal Cleared

9. Mustapha Fannarambe Cleared

10. Mohammed Jafaru Cleared

11. Sen. Baba Kaka Bashir Garba Cleared

12. QS Mohammed Makinta Cleared

13. Hon. Babagana Tijjani Cleared

14. Adamu Alhaji Lawan Cleared

15. Mai Sherrif Cleared

16. Hon. Abba Jato Cleared

17. Attom Magira Tom Cleared

18. Umar Alkali Cleared

19. H.E. Baba Ahmed Jidda Cleared

20. Idris Mamman Gatumbwa Cleared

21. Sen. Abubakar Kyari Cleared

Gombe State


1. Mohammed Jibrin Barde Cleared

2. Hon. Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo Cleared

3. Mohammadu Inuwa Yahaya Cleared

4. Kamisu Ahmed Mailan Cleared

5. Umaru Kwairanga Cleared

6. Abubakar Muazu Hassan Cleared

7. Umar Farouk Musa Cleared

8. Sen. Idris Audu Umar Cleared

9. Aliyu Haidar Abubakar Cleared

Taraba StateState


1. H.E. Sani Abubakar Danladi Cleared

2. Sen. Joel Danlami Ikenya Cleared

3. Garba Umar-UTC Cleared

4. Prof. Mohammed Sanni Yahaya Cleared

5. Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama Cleared

6.. Aliyu Omar, MON Cleared

7. Chief Ezekiel Afunkuyo Cleared

8. Chief David Sabo Kente Cleared

9. Mohammed Tumba Ibrahim Cleared

10. Barr. Kabiru Umaru, Esq. Cleared

11. Aliyu Omar, MON Cleared

12. Sen. Hajia Aisha Alhassan Not Cleared



1. Hon. Mai Mala Buni Cleared

2. Umar Ali Kromchi Cleared

3. Hon. Sidi Yakubu Cleared

4. Ali Kolomi Cleared

5. Ibrahim Mohammed Bomai Withdrew

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TB Joshua’s Church must face trial – Court rules



The Igbosere High Court on Thursday declared that the Registered Trustees of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) involved in the collapsed six-storey building have a case to answer in the charge preferred against them.

The court made the declaration while ruling on a No Case Submission application filed by the defendants.

The state government had charged the church’s Board of Trustees to court over the collapse of the building, which killed no fewer than 116 persons on September 12, 2014.

The engineers – Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun – were also charged alongside their companies, Hardrock Construction and Engineering Company and Jandy Trust Ltd.

They are facing 110 counts of involuntary manslaughter, while the registered trustees of SCOAN were charged with one count of building without approval.

The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions stated that the defendants violated Section 75 of the Urban and Regional Planning Law of Lagos State 2010 as well as Section 222 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.

They were arraigned on April 19, 2016, but they pleaded ‘not guilty’.

The prosecution subsequently opened its case, called witnesses and tendered documents to prove the allegations against the defendants.

However, upon the close of the prosecution’s case in October 2017, the defendants, rather than enter their defence, filed a ‘no-case’ submission, contending that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against them.

The defence insisted that there was nothing in the evidence provided by the prosecution to warrant their clients to proceed into any defence.

They, therefore, urged the court to discharge the defendants.

However, the prosecution opposed the no-case submission, arguing that the defendants had a case to answer based on the evidence of all prosecution witnesses.

The prosecution maintained that a prima facie case had been established, which the defendants had to defend.

At the resumed hearing on Thursday, Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo dismissed the no-case submission filed by the defendants, ordering them to open their defence.

He adjourned the case until April 27 for the defence to open its case.

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