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MAKE YOUR OWN DELICIOUS VANILLA LIQUEUR

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Liqueurs are an aromatic secret gem in any culinary cabinet, offering up an incredibly flavourful and fragrant taste sensation for both sweet and savoury dishes. Most liqueurs are quite sweet but you do get those that are dry and tart.
A liqueur is a distilled spirit that’s flavoured by any combination of herbs and spices, fruit and nuts as well as thick cream and even flowers. The finishing touch is a sweetener such as corn syrup or granulated sugar. One such spice that is revered in liqueur circles is the beautifully fragrant vanilla bean, imparting its own unique aromatic essence depending on the terroir of the region where it was grown.
What’s the difference between liquor and liqueur?
Before flavoured spirits were introduced, it was simple to separate a liquor from a liqueur. Vodka, gin, rum, whisky and bourbon are liquors. Kahlua, Baileys, Schnapps, Campari and Galliano are examples of a liqueur.
The rule of thumb is liqueurs are sweeter and more dense and syrupy than liquors. They also tend to have a lower alcohol content. Liqueurs are mostly used in mixed drinks to make a decadent cocktail or even a heartwarming hot beverage. They’re also commonly served neat over ice.
Liqueurs are not confined to the bar. They’re a highlight in the culinary world and many recipes for sweet and savory dishes call for an aromatic liqueur of sorts. One of the most popular liqueurs found in any good kitchen is the wonderfully flavorful vanilla liqueur.
What’s the difference between vanilla liqueur and extract?
Vanilla liqueur and pure vanilla extract are very similar. The only difference is the proportion of alcohol and sugar used and the concentration of flavour. Liqueurs have a more dense aromatic profile and pack a flavor punch because they’re more concentrated than extracts.
Vanilla liqueur typically has a low concentration of alcohol, a high concentration of sugar and a low concentration of vanilla flavor. Vanilla extract has a higher alcohol percentage, less sugar and a very high concentration of vanilla flavor. Left to infuse for long enough, both vanilla liqueur and extract add a wonderfully flavoursome and aromatic profile to any dessert or savory dish.
Make your own vanilla liqueur
Vanilla liqueur is often hard to find in the shops and what’s out there is often quite expensive. Not a problem! In just 10 minutes, you can make your own homemade vanilla liqueur.

Once the vanilla beans have been given time to infuse, you’ll have your precious aromatic brew on hand anytime you need it. Homemade vanilla liqueur also make perfect gifts from friends and family.

Here’s a simple recipe for homemade vanilla liqueur.
Ingredients
8 quality vanilla beans
1 cup/250 ml water, preferably distilled for a pure taste
2 cups/400 grams sugar
8 cups/2 litres vodka (at least 80 proof)
Method
1. Slice the vanilla beans in two lengthwise to aid the release of flavour and aroma.
2. Place the split beans in a pot with the water and sugar. Bring to a boil.
3. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring to prevent it from burning.
4. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
5. Combine the cooled syrup with the vodka.
6. Pour into a glass jar with a cap that can be sealed tight. Place the jar in a cool, dark place out of direct sunlight.
7. Leave the syrupy liqueur mix to infuse for at least 6 weeks, longer for a stronger flavour and aroma. Regularly gently shake the bottle to stir up the mixture for maximum infusion.
8. Strain the mixture, passing it through cheesecloth or a coffee filter to get rid of gritty bits.
9. Pour into a decorative bottle and seal with a cork, if giving the vanilla liqueur away as a gift
Add extra flavour
Split the quantity of alcohol between half vodka and half white rum for a sweeter, smokier taste.
Add chopped hazelnuts for a nutty flavour.
Add instant coffee to make a delicious vanilla-coffee liqueur.
Tips for making quality vanilla liqueur
Thoroughly wash the glass jar you are using to remove any contaminants. Preferably use a mixture of baking soda and water to wash the glass jar and sterilize it in boiling water for 15 minutes.
Metal, ceramic or glass are best rather than plastic equipment. Plastic can impart an off-flavour to liqueurs.
Always store the liqueur mixture to infuse in a sterilized glass jar. Wine bottles with a metal cap or cork are ideal containers for vanilla liqueur.
Straining the liqueur mixture is the most important step in the process to obtain a clear, quality liqueur. A fine straining material such as cheesecloth or a coffee filter removes tiny pieces of sediment in the liqueur. Strain the mix more than once to ensure it’s perfectly pure with no gritty pieces in it.
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Eleme Petrochemicals Co-operatives: EFCC, First Bank Nigeria PLC Disregards Court Order

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The last is yet to be heard in the case between Eleme petrochemicals co-operatives investment and credit society limited and the Economic financial crimes commission(EFCC) ,as the later (EFCC) through harassment and intimidation has continued to infringe on the right of the members of the co-operative by denying them access to their funds in first Bank Nigeria Ltd , an action that goes against a subsisting court order.

Hon. Justice N.E Maha had on 15th day of January Ordered that restriction placed on the account of Eleme petrochemicals co-operatives and investment and credit society be lifted.

An order First Bank Nigeria plc has refused to honour , citing treats from the EFCC. The bank is demanding that the co-operative signs an indemnity against claims by the Efcc before obliging to honour its obligations to the cooperative a demand that is contrary to the contract between a bank and its customer and against all extant rules of banking.

While the co-operative have written to the First bank plc to explain if there is any court Order served on them by the EFCC restricting it from honoring its obligations to the cooperative the bank has not produced any such order. but could only refer to harassment from EFCC.

EFCC had sort to pervert the course of justice from the beginning having joined issues with the co-operatives in a suit to enforce the fundamental rights of the shareholders of the cooperative but surreptitiously went behind to another court of co-ordinate jurisdiction to obtain an interim order freezing the account of the co-operatives but all this actions failed as the Court after discovering the attempted sharp practice of EFCC ,granted an order lifting the interim restriction on the said account.

having failed in that regards, the Efcc have resorted to intimidating First Bank PLC to act against the court Order which allows the co-operatives to operate their account without any restriction.

The First Bank Nigeria PLC Continues to act in flagrant disregards to the court order. Meanwhile the Efcc have filed an appeal against the order lifting the restrictions placed on the cooperatives account, no order of stay of execution has not been granted.

it is indeed a long walk to justice for staff of Indoroma Eleme Petrochemicals ltd as the battle for the ownership of their shares continues. in February 26,2009 the federal government through the National Council on Privatization had approved the sale of 10% of its equity shares in Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals ltd, Port Harcourt ,Rivers State to the host community and interested staff of Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals ltd.

The 10% equity shares was shared as 7.5% was allotted to the host community while the remaining 2.5% was allotted to the Staff of Indoroma Eleme Petrochemicals.

Interested Staff came together under Eleme petrochemical co-operatives in compliance to the federal government directive that a special purpose vehicle be formed where all members will belong to enable them buy the shares.

Problem began in 2013 when 10 staffs who initially subscribed to the purchase of the 2.5 equity shares had their jobs terminated from the employment of Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals.

Indoroma Petrochemicals since then began a legal battle as to whether the laid off staff can continue to enjoy the dividends since they were not longer staff in the company and in so doing seeks to replace laid off staff with new recruited staff.

When the shareholding became an issue the laid of staff approached the River State Ministry of Commerce and Industry to arbitrate between it and the cooperative, the Ministry gave an Arbitral Award in favor of the laid off staff and consequently the exited staffs of the co-operative ,approached the federal high court to enforce the arbitral award and as required by law it was granted and the award became a judgment of the Federal High Court.

The newly recruited staff been instigated by their employers Indoroma Eleme Petrochemicals Company limited approached The National Industrial court stating that the arbitral award was illegally procured ,when the right thing to do was to appeal the Federal High Court judgement, the industrial court in striking the case out stated that it can not sit on an appeal over a matter that has been decided by a court of co-ordinate jurisdiction. The newly recruited staff have filed an Appeal over the decision of the Industrial court.

It is to be noted that the Efcc started to investigate the ownership of the shares of the cooperative after the cases at the Federal high court and the Industrial Court had been decided.

The cases pending in various Courts over the ownership of the shares of Indorama was triggered by the BPE which was a party sued in case at the Industrial court, when it petitioned the EFCC over the matter at the instigation of the newly recruited staff of the Indorama and Indorama itself.

The efcc has despite the judgment of the Federal High Court which confirmed the shareholding of the exited staff has continued to intimidate the exited staff and the cooperative this also despite the orders of justice Taiwo .O .Taiwo of the Federal high court in Suit FHC/ABJ/SC/1222/2020 granting an Order stopping the EFCC from arresting, inviting ,detaining and prosecuting or inquiring into the acquisition of shares of Indoroma Petrochemicals ltd.

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Heritage Bank Account Used In Defrauding Farmers – AFAN President

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All Farmers Association of Nigeria through its National President, Arc Kabir Ibrahim has reiterated that the body neither registers farmers for a fee nor secures loans for them, warning farmers to be wary of a faction led by Mr Faruk Rabi’u Mudi using a Heritage Bank Account to defraud farmers.

In a caveat issued by AFAN, the association stated that farmers from all wards across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja can join the umbrella body of farmers in Nigeria free of charge as enshrined in its constitution.
“AFAN registers farmers free of charge as referenced in AFAN Constitution: Membership Article 7.1-7.10.3 and it does not give loans.
“We dissociate ourselves from any advertisement to register farmers for N2,000 and caution everyone to be wary of Faruk Rabi’u Mudi and his friends as they are lawless and fraudulent.

“Anyone who transacts any business with them does so at their own peril.
AFAN had earlier written the management of Heritage Bank on the 14th of February 2021 referenced AFAN/HERITAGE/FRAUD/CAC/2021/014th February, 2021 on the illegality of the account opened with them in the name of a fake entity claiming to be AFAN.

“We write to inform you that your Branch has inadvertently opened an Account: All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Acct. No.5100311787 without due diligence.

“All Farmers Association of Nigeria Kano Chapter is a nullity as the CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission) has issued a letter dated 22nd June, 2020 (copy attached) to them to change their name within six weeks or it will be cancelled.
“The registration of All Farmers Association of Nigeria Kano Chapter contradicts CAMA as it is not done with the express permission of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), the parent body.

“We implore you to close this account forthwith because it has been opened to defraud the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) and all Nigerian farmers.”
The Faruk faction had advertised the paid registration platform for farmers with the promise of accessing micro-credit loans, benefitting from programmes and interventions. Intending registrants were required to indicate their names, states, and commodity they produce, while making the payment.

However, the executive led by Arc Ibrahim insists that Faruk Rabiu Mudi is not a member of AFAN but a fraud who was dismissed from AFAN after registering All Farmers Association of Nigeria Kano Chapter Rc 93484 which was cancelled by CAC.

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Gunmen Kill Five Police Officers, Two Civilians In Rivers

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Gunmen have killed at least five policemen and two civilians in Rivers State.

The attack which occurred on Friday night was launched at a police station in Rumuji community, Emohua LGA, and a police checkpoint, known as C4i at the entrance of Emohua from Port Harcourt.

Emohua is a Local Government Area along the East-West road, connecting Rivers and Bayelsa state.

During the attack security vehicles were also burnt.

In another attack, a police station in Elimgbu in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area was attacked and three police officers were said to be beheaded.

One of the officers who was beheaded had his head taken away by the gunmen.

Although the Police are yet to confirm the attacks, a youth leader in the Local Government Area, residents of the communities confirmed the incidents to Channels Television.

This attack comes less than one month after gunmen killed three customs officers, five soldiers, and some police officers at different security formations in Ikwerre and Abua/Odual Local Government Areas.

The attacks in April prompted Governor Nyesom wike to impose a nighttime curfew at various entry and exit points of Rivers State between 8 pm and 6 am, and restriction of movement within the state from 10 pm to 6 am.

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