Nigerian Government Convicts First Pirates Under The New Maritime Law

Nigerian Court Takes A Bold Step In Making The Right Decision

A Nigerian court made the first convictions under a new anti-piracy law, giving hope to the world’s shipping fleets that legal reforms will help stem rising attacks in the Gulf of Guinea.

The three men fined by the court in Port Harcourt, Nigeria’s oil hub, on Tuesday were among nine accused of hijacking the tanker MV Elobey VI off Equatorial Guinea in March and securing a $200 000 ransom for the crew.

The merchant shipping industry has long pressed Nigeria to take action in the area, which has been dubbed “pirate alley.”

It accounts for over 90% of maritime kidnappings globally, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), with attacks on everything from oil platforms to fishing vessels.

The court fined the three men convicted 10 million naira ($26 300) each for each of the two counts of piracy to which they pleaded guilty.

The remaining six pleaded not guilty and their trial continues.

Nigerian navy spokesman Commodore Suleiman Dahun said the convictions were the first conviction under the law, passed last year to make it easier to prosecute pirates.

He said the fines were levied in lieu of prison sentences.

While the Gulf of Guinea spans more than a dozen West African countries, experts say the pirates typically come from Nigeria’s oil-rich but poverty-stricken Delta region.

Previously, attackers rarely faced judicial consequences as piracy was not illegal under Nigerian law.

A total of 49 crew were kidnapped in the Gulf in the first half of this year, compared with 27 last year, according to IMB figures. It said attackers were also going further out to sea.

“We need to change the risk-to-reward ratio…,” IMB Director Michael Howlett said last month. “Without an appropriate and proportionate deterrent, pirates and robbers will get more ruthless and more ambitious.”

John Terence Ononuju Stresses On Nigeria’s Development

Generally, the Nigerian Government, Media houses, Firms & visionary Nigerian citizens have over the years, contributed towards the development of Nigeria.But more effort is needed for the actualization of the country’s over 50% development, which is expected to usher her to a round table of global development.

The popular English saying “To whom much is given, much is expected” should not be swept under the carpets, as Nigeria our great country, which is respected globally as the giant of Africa, has all the resources to take her to the next level of development like the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Japan and other developed countries of the world.

There is no doubt that our great country Nigeria is gradually experiencing development which is expected to fully manifest by the year 2050, only if we can collectively play great roles in fighting corruption which is the major factor hindering the country’s rapid development.

We should consider our roles in fighting corruption and promoting development, as a sacrifice to our beloved country Nigeria, as the citizens of the developed countries of the world considered, which is today a blessing to their generation.

This is not the time to blame the Nigerian government for not getting it right.But the time to work hand in glove with the government 24 hours in promoting our country’s development.

As citizens that want the best in development for our great country Nigeria, we should start these developmental processes from our various communities to the best of our abilities, while the ones we cannot handle, should be channeled to the Nigerian government for the actualization of the country’s development.

The government as the key player, should embark on more developmental projects which include; the establishment of more industries, skills acquisition centers, research institutes & Information Technology centers in the 36 states of the Federation including Abuja.In addition, the provision of quality healthcare services, good drinking water, good roads network and many more developmental projects.

These developmental projects, should be handled by God’s fearing Contractors that have the interest of the Nigerian citizens and Nigerian development at heart.

On the other hand, there are so many visionary young Nigerians who are struggling to contribute their quota to the development of Nigeria.Unfortunately, they have little or no resources with which to bring their vision to limelight.These individuals are agents of Nigerian development.

The Nigerian government, media houses, firms and Philanthropists also have a very great role to play in the lives of these visionary young Nigerians, who are the future of Nigerian development.

When we put all the necessary factors in place towards achieving development for our great country Nigeria, we will forever be remembered as the outstanding ‘Agents of Nigerian development’.May God bless our beloved Country Nigeria!

The U.S. Vice Presidential Debate Between Mike Pence And Kamala Harris Drew An Audience Of 50.7 Million Viewers On 7 Big Networks

The vice presidential debate between incumbent Mike Pence and challenger Kamala Harris drew an audience of 50.7 million viewers on seven big networks Wednesday, the strongest showing in a dozen years.

Fox Corp.’s namesake news channel led with 11.5 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen data released by AT&T Inc.’s CNN. Walt Disney Co.’s ABC came in second with 9.41 million.

The results topped the 37.2 million people who tuned in to watch Tim Kaine debate Pence four years ago, a number that was based on nine networks. Wednesday’s clash fell below the 69.9 million who tuned in to watch Joe Biden debate Sarah Palin on 11 networks in 2008.

Fuller Nielsen data expected later Thursday will probably move the Pence-Harris debate past the 51.4 million who watched Biden and Paul Ryan on 12 networks in 2012.

While traditional TV viewing is shrinking in an age of on-demand streaming services, big events continue to draw. News channels in particular have been seeing a surge in ratings, with the public fixated on not just the election but the ongoing pandemic and its fallout.

The debate was the first since President Donald Trump and many members of his inner circle were diagnosed with Covid-19. The vice-presidential candidates faced off from behind plexiglass shields on stage.

President Trump, Democratic Presidential nominee Biden Spar In Chaotic Presidential Debate

Republican President Donald Trump defended his quick push to try to fill a U.S. Supreme Court seat at the start of his first presidential debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden on Tuesday, saying “elections have consequences” and he had the right despite Democratic objections.

“I will tell you very simply we won the election, elections have consequences. We have the Senate and we have the White House and we have a phenomenal nominee respected by all,” Trump said in defense of his nominee, conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Biden, talking over frequent interruptions from Trump, said the seat of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be filled after the Nov. 3 election, when it was clear who the president would be.

“We should wait, we should wait and see what the outcome of this election is,” Biden said, adding a more conservative Supreme Court would endanger the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.

Trump is moving quickly to fill Ginsburg’s seat in hopes of cementing a 6-3 conservative majority on the court, a key priority for social conservatives.

Democrats have argued Republicans are being hypocritical for moving quickly to fill the seat given they blocked then-President Barack Obama’s nomination to the Supreme Court in 2016, arguing it should wait until after that November election.

Trump repeatedly interrupted Biden as he attempted to answer questions, prompting Biden at one point to interject: “Will you shut up, man?”

With more than a million Americans already casting early ballots and time running out to change minds or influence the small sliver of undecided voters, the stakes were enormous as the two White House candidates took the stage five weeks before Election Day.

The two contenders did not shake hands as they entered the debate, adhering to protocols on social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden, 77, has held a consistent lead over Trump, 74, in national opinion polls, although surveys in the battleground states that will decide the election show a closer contest.

The 90-minute debate, with a limited and socially distanced in-person audience because of the pandemic, was held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, with Chris Wallace of Fox News serving as the moderator. It is the first of three scheduled presidential debates and one vice presidential debate.

Organizers said there were about 80 people in the audience, including the candidates’ family members, campaign staff, hosts, health and security officials and journalists.

The combustible Trump and more low-key Biden were debating an array of urgent political challenges, including the pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 people in the United States and thrown millions out of work, protests for racial justice, as well as the battle over the Supreme Court.

Hours before the debate, Biden released his 2019 tax returns and his campaign called on Trump, who has come under fire for not releasing his returns, to do the same.

Biden took the step two days after the New York Times reported Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017 – and none in 10 of the previous 15 years – following years of reporting steep losses from business enterprises.

Trump had long sought to keep his personal financial records secret.

Biden’s taxes showed that he and his wife Jill paid more than $346,000 in federal taxes and other payments for 2019 on an income of nearly $985,000 before seeking a refund of nearly $47,000 they said they had overpaid the government.

#Nollywood Actress, Judith Iwu Envisions Herself Breaking Into Hollywood And Bollywood In 2021

Judith Iwu, a Nollywood Superstar who has featured in over 100 movies alongside top Nollywood Superstars like Nkem Owoh(Osofia), Ramsey Noah, Mercy Johnson, John Okafor(Mr. Ibu), Chiwetalu Agu, Yul Edochie amongst so many others, envisions breaking into Hollywood and Bollywood in 2021.

According to her, there’s great need to ensure Nollywood Superstars play alongside Hollywood and Bollywood Superstars, thereby building a strong relationship among these top world’s movie industries in Africa, North America and Asia.

She further stated that when she breaks into Hollywood and Bollywood by 2021, she will play a great role towards actualizing strong sponsorship and partnership for Nollywood movies, ranging from Epic to Contemporary.

Mrs. Iwu who is a mother of three, strongly believes that her professionalism in over 100 movies she has featured in, is perfectly designed by God Almighty whom she consulted before joining Nollywood.Since then according to her, this great God has never failed her.She now envisions that this same God who brought her this far, will further take her to Hollywood and Bollywood by 2021.

John Terence Ononuju The Initiator Of #Vision2050 Worldwide Development Has This For Developing Countries Of The World

“I, John Terence Ononuju, the Initiator of #Vision2050 Worldwide Development congratulate the Federal Republic of Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari for signing up to our great #Vision2050 Worldwide Development.I humbly urge other developing countries of the world to join Nigeria in signing up now…When you sign up to this great vision, start the development race immediately to enable you meet up with this target, in the best interest of your beloved citizens.

In order to make this great vision work faster in your various developing countries, you must first develop the myopic mindset of 90% of your citizens through media sensitization campaign, series of seminar and workshop in the areas of Healthcare/Personal hygiene, Agriculture, Education, Information Technology, Research/Invention, Skills Exhibition, Shunning of corruption/crime and many more.

While developing the mindset of these citizens, also commence your infrastructural development in order to balance these two major areas of development, for a positive result…Involve the remaining 10% of your visionary citizens and your visionary supporters globally, to make it an accomplished dream.

When all these factors are put in place, I don’t think anything can stop your various developing countries from meeting up with the #Vision2050 Worldwide Development.

I understand that the past and present leaders of your beloved developing countries came up with various vision that did not see the light of the day, simply because the right strategy for its actualization was not applied…Sadly, the citizens have lost confidence in them, promising not to believe in their so called vision again.

Happily, this #Vision2050 Worldwide Development is unique, and if the right strategy is applied for its actualization, your various countries will move from developing to developed countries before the year 2050.

May God help us!” He concluded.

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