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21 Apr 2018

UNBELIEVABLE: Wenger ‘Was Sacked’, Arsenal Great Wright Says

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has insisted Arsene Wenger must have been sacked as he cannot believe his old boss would have walked away from his post.
Wenger announced Friday his intention to step down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season after more than 21 years in charge of the north London club.

Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2004 and now face a second successive season where they will finish outside the top four.

They’ll also likely need to win the Europa League — Wenger’s men are in the semi-finals — to qualify for Europe’s elite Champions League tournament.

Wenger had faced repeated calls to quit from frustrated Gunners’ fans in recent seasons but the 68-year-old Frenchman had remained steadfast in wanting to carry on.

Wright, who helped Arsenal win the Premier League title in the early years of Wenger’s reign, was adamant he must have been forced by the club’s hierarchy.

“Arsene Wenger is a man of principle, honesty and integrity — that is why I am convinced he has been sacked and not resigned,” Wright told Saturday’s edition of The Sun tabloid.

“For all the vitriol and abuse thrown at him, Arsene has never been a man to walk out before the end of a contract,” he added.

– ‘Doesn’t add up’ –
“It is a sad situation that it’s come to this and I don’t suppose we will ever find out who is responsible, because they will hide behind each other.

“One day he is doing a press conference with no hint of this, the next he’s gone. It doesn’t add up.

“But Arsene can go with his head high. That’s why, whatever the results, it is imperative he gets the send-off a true Arsenal and football legend deserves. We all owe him so much.”

Meanwhile, Wright’s former team-mate Martin Keown, who won three titles under Wenger, said leaving Arsenal would feel like a “bereavement” for the manager.

“My overwhelming emotion is one of sadness,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“Beyond his family, Arsenal and football are Arsene Wenger’s two greatest loves. To give up one of them will feel like a bereavement.

“That is what it felt like to me when my time with the club ended. I spent 18 years of my career there and, even now, I still have not really got over leaving. To leave Arsenal Football Club hurts to the very core.

“For many of Wenger’s former players – myself included – it will feel like a part of them is gone from the club forever following his departure.”

AFP

Community In Shock As Herdsmen Ambush Farmer In The Bush, Mutilate His Body With Machete In Delta

Fulani herdsmen have caused serious commotion in a community in Delta State after ambushing a man and cutting him to pieces.
File photo used only for illustrative purpose

The Olona community in Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State was thrown into mourning, Wednesday, following the killing of one of their sons by suspected herdsmen, Saturday Vanguard reports.

It was gathered that the victim identified as Mr Sunday Ojei Onwueze, left for his farm that morning and was ambushed by the ravaging herdsmen who mutilated his body with machetes in the bush.

The 45 years old man was married with four kids, according to a family member, Mr Alex Ngwu. He lamented that herdsmen had been terrorizing them and called on security agencies to beef up security in the area.

Efforts made to reach the police authority in the state proved abortive at press time.

However, a senior police officer in the area confirmed the incident.

Security challenges loom over Buhari’s re-election bid

Muhammadu Buhari’s pledge to end Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency in northeast Nigeria played a large part in his 2015 presidential election victory.
With elections approaching next year and Buhari,75, having declared his intention to seek a second, four-year term, the extent to which he has done that is coming under increasing scrutiny. But as Africa’s most populous nation gears up for months of hard campaigning before the vote in February 2019, the former military ruler is not just facing questions about Boko Haram.

 In recent months there has been a resurgence of clashes between farmers and nomadic herders and a heavily politicised reaction — which could have an impact on polling. Ryan Cummings, Africa analyst at the Signal Risk consultancy in South Africa, noted the violence “now accounts for more civilian casualties than the Boko Haram insurgency and may continue to do so in the foreseeable future”. Elsewhere, criminal violence and kidnappings for ransom in some northern states have increased, while tensions persist from pro-Biafran separatists in the southeast.

 Boko Haram weakened 

 In the 12 months before the last election, Boko Haram fighters ran riot across northeast Nigeria, capturing swathes of territory with the military seemingly unable to respond. Buhari, who headed a military government in the 1980s, was seen as a better bet to end the violence, which has killed at least 20,000 since 2009.

He has achieved that to an extent but persistent attacks have undermined his repeated assertion that the militants have been virtually defeated. “It is fair to say that President Buhari has failed in delivering on his promise to defeat Boko Haram within his first term,” said Cummings.

 The group recently gave a clear indication of the threat it still poses by abducting 112 schoolgirls from Dapchi in Yobe state in almost a carbon copy of the Chibok kidnapping in 2014. Buhari secured massive support across the mainly Muslim north in 2015.

That looks unlikely to change significantly in 2019. In the north’s biggest city and most populous state, Kano — a key election prize because of its size — people said Buhari had their vote for weakening Boko Haram. But they warned he needed to take action against security threats elsewhere. “That is where he is going to face his toughest challenge,” said Abdulhadi Ahmad, a garment trader.

 Herder-farmer violence

Violence in the decades-old dispute between herders and nomadic farmers in the central states of Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kogi has flared again in the past two years. Buhari has been criticised for failing to stop the violence, which according to some estimates has killed more than 2,000 since the start of this year.

 It will be a key issue in central states, where the Muslim north meets the mainly Christian south, that typically swing between parties. In Benue, the head of the state’s tribal leaders, Chief Edward Ujege, said Buhari “does not deserve a single vote… because he has failed to give us security”. The conflict, which is driven by land and resources, has been seen largely through the prism of Nigeria’s ethnic and religious identity politics.

The president of the ethnic Tiv Youths Organisation, Timothy Hembaor, indicated patronage will play a part: people in Benue will back Benue’s APC governor, even if he moves party, he said. Buhari “shouldn’t even come here to campaign”, he added.

 No political will 

Amaechi Nwokolo, from the Roman Institute of International Studies in Abuja, said Buhari, whose candidacy still needs to be endorsed by his party, had already “most likely lost the vote in Benue”, an APC state.”He may not win in many of the states that have gone up in flames and many people are going to use that against him around the country,” added the security analyst. Ndi Kato, a campaigner for indigenous people in the central states, said the attacks put a way of life under threat and the government’s lack of action had caused outrage. “We feel we cannot have four more years of this,” she said, adding there was “zero political will” to end the violence, which has made tens of thousands people homeless. “All things being equal the Middle Belt won’t be voting for this government. However, we don’t know who they will be voting for — and that is another problem.”

OAU S*x-For-Mark Victim, Monica Osagie, Finally Opens Up

Monica Osagie, the student at the centre of a sex-for-mark scandal rocking the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has denied shunning an invitation by the panel probing her audio tape of her conversation with disgraced Professor Richard Akindele, who demanded sex for marks.
She made the denial via proxy, and said she was awaiting an invitation by the panel, the Saturday Sun newspaper reported. Her proxy, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Founder, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, a non-profit organisation, said that the university did not at any point invite Miss Osagie to face the panel. She challenged the university to bring evidence that she was formally invited by any means to appear before the panel.

“Before the matter went viral, the university was aware of it and they did not do anything. If the case did not go viral, the university probably would have not done anything and it would have been swept under the carpet.

 I think that we should focus more on whether the act of that professor amounts to sexual harassment, whether it was a breach of the school’s code of conduct, whether it was a breach of terms of contract for lecturers or whether he abused the relationship that should exist between lecturers and students.”

 Afolabi stated that the university should be responsible and responsive in addressing issues of sexual harassment because Miss Osagie is ready to come out whenever the university extends a proper invitation to her, adding that it appears the school wants to protect its reputation at the expense of the young lady.

 Akiyode-Afolabi further noted that even though Miss Osagie made the recording to serve as evidence against her lecturer, “she didn’t release the audio.

 She got the evidence and it was given to one or two people when she was seeking for help. So definitely one of them released the audio, and she cannot be blamed for it.”

Finance Minister Opens Up On Why She Illegally Approved Extra N10bn For National Assembly

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has reacted to a report detailing how her ministry illegally approved N10billion for the National Assembly.
The report indicated that Adeosun released the money to the lawmakers, despite the N125billion appropriated for the federal legislature in the 2017 fiscal year for recurrent and capital expenditures.

In a statement by her media aide, Oluyinka Akintunde, Friday evening, the Minister confirmed releasing the fund, but insisted her action was legal.

“The attention of the Honourable Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has been drawn to a smear campaign by an online medium, Premium Times, of “illegally sharing of N10 billion from the national treasury”.

“The Honourable Minister wishes to debunk the entire mischievous and made-up report of the online medium which negates the ethics and professionalism of journalism. The article displays a worrying lack of understanding of Appropriation, Payments and Control, and therefore be disregarded by the public.

“The Minister further wishes to state that warrants are issued in accordance with Appropriation and after due approval by the Cash Plan Committee chaired by the Minister,” it read.

Kanu Nwankwo, Fabregas, Others, React To Wenger's Resignation From Arsenal

Mixed reactions have continued to trail the news of Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, leaving the club.
Recall that Wenger announced in a statement on Friday morning that he would be leaving the Emirate club at the end of the current season after 22 years with the club, ending a long tenure that that got him three Premier League titles.

Ex-Nigeria international and Arsenal legend, Nwankwo Kanu Twitted: “Big shoes for anyone to fill,playing for Arsenal under Arsene was one of the best period of my career”.

“2 premiership, 2 FA cups, The invincibles, playing with some of the best assembled players, influencing millions of fans in Africa to support this great club.”

Reacting, ex-Manchester United defender, Gary Neville tweeted: “Arsene Wenger built the best teams that I played against in English football The 98 team was amazing.

“The biggest compliment is that he played football that made us change the way we played against them. He now deserves the most incredible send off from all in the coming weeks.”

On his part, Chelsea midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, who played for Arsenal some years back, on his Twitter page, posted a picture of himself with Wenger when he was a young player, writing:

“Wow. I never expected that but it shows the great dignity and class of the man. I will never forget his guidance and support, his tutelage and mentorship. He had faith in me from day one and I owe him a lot, he was like a father figure to me who always pushed me to be the best. Arsene, you deserve all the respect and happiness in the world.”

Reacting, Arsenal legend, David Seaman told talkSPORT that: “It’s time to show respect and realise what he’s done. In a few years’ time they’ll look back at what Arsene Wenger’s done and people will just remember the trophies, and there was a hell of a lot of trophies.”

“So now let’s enjoy that. I hope all the fans who have stayed away now return. We’ve still got a chance of winning something at the end of this season, so don’t just stay away because Arsene is in charge.

“Get behind the team, get behind Arsene and give him the respect he deserves.”

Reacting, Arsenal legend, Tony Adams shared several images of himself with Wenger on his Twitter page and called him the greatest boss the club have ever had.

“Thanks for everything Arsene,” he wrote. “Move over Herbert, Arsene Wenger the greatest Arsenal Manager.”

Meanwhile former Chelsea manager, Carlo Ancelotti has emerged favourite for Arsenal manager’s job after Wenger’s Friday resignation.

'My Body Be Speaking In Tongues' - Tonto Dikeh Showers Praises On Her Plastic Surgeon

Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh who recently went under the knife showed off her surgically enhanced body on Instagram yesterday.
The beautiful mother of one showed off her cleavage while praising her Nigerian plastic surgeon for doing a good job on her saying 'ok Issa controversial post. After all I’m ya favorite Drama Queen. Dr Ayo you did well @grandvillemedlaser. This Body be speaking in Tongues'.

Shoemaker in court for allegedly selling, wearing customer’s shoes

A shoemaker, Adekole Farajimi, accused of stealing seven pairs of shoes worth N35, 000, was yesterday arraigned before a Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.
File photo
Farajimi allegedly sold some of the shoes a customer brought to him to repair and started wearing the rest.

The accused, whose address was not mentioned, was arraigned on a charge of stealing.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Prosecutor, Akpan Ikem, told the court that the accused committed the offence on April 7, this year, at Ajara Vetho area of Badagry.

Ikem said that the shoes belonged to the complainant, Segun Aladesunmi, adding: “The complainant brought the shoes for the accused to repair, and after the repairs, the accused sold some of the shoes and started wearing the others.

“The complainant reported the matter to the Police and the accused was arrested.”

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Code of Lagos State, Nigeria 2011.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Jimoh Adefioye, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N50, 000 and two sureties in the like sum.

He adjourned the case till May 18, this year, for hearing.

Man Falls From Palm Tree In Broad Daylight While Displaying Prowess During Enugu Festival

A young man who was displaying youthfulness during a festival in Enugu State has fallen off a palm tree in broad daylight.
The man fell from the palm tree

A video has shown the rather shocking moment a young man fell from a palm tree in front of many people, causing serious panic in the area.

The sad incident reportedly happened in a community in Enugu State.

According to the Anambra Broadcasting Services, which shared the video online, the man was displaying youthfulness and prowess during a festival in Enugu when the incident happened

The unnamed man climbed the palm tree without any climbing aid to display the strength of the youth as part of events during the festival.

Many people stood watching him when he fell from the tree. He was quickly rushed to the hospital to get treatment.

Watch the video below:

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Revealed: What Senators Are Currently Planning To Do With Omo-Agege Following The Mace Theft

New revelation has shown that Nigerian senators are plotting something not so nice for their colleague, Ovie Omo-Agege over the mace theft.
Ovie Omo-Agege

According to a report by The Nation, there were indications yesterday that the Senate would not allow Senator Ovie Omo-Agege to return to the chamber any time soon, following Wednesday’s invasion by thugs who also snatched the mace.

Although Omo-Agege has denied any relationship with the perpetrators of the act, many of his colleagues appear not to be convinced by the senator’s defence.

Consequently, they are pushing for his suspension for the rest of the legislative days of the 8th Senate.

The fate of the former Chairman of Northern Senators Forum, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, is also shaky as he was said to have been put on the spot at an executive (close) session on Thursday where senators also identified five reasons why thugs invaded the hallowed chamber.

Although Adamu was said to have fought back and stoutly defended himself against the accusations levelled against him, the senators were unanimous in their decision to get to the roots of the invasion and enhance the security situation in the National Assembly.

The senators may also demand Omo-Agege’s prosecution after its internal investigation and the outcome of the findings of the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Security Service.

A principal officer of the Senate said: “The coincidence between Omo-Agege’s entry into the chamber and the invasion by the thugs was more than met the eye.

“Most of us are of the opinion that our colleague desecrated the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.

“We have resolved that we will not allow him to resume sitting in the chamber under any excuse.

“Once a Senator is suspended rightly or wrongly, he or she has no business in the chamber.

“The coming of Omo-Agege on Wednesday was an affront.

“His suspension might be unfair, but he should not have fought his way into the chamber.”

Another Senator said: “Some of us have demanded for outright suspension of Omo-Agege for the rest of the legislative days in the 8th Senate.

“Actually, Omo-Agege was to be suspended for six months but the head of one of the security agencies prevailed on the leadership of the Senate to reduce it to 90 days.

“Now, with the desecration of the chamber by thugs, we believe he has no business in the 8th Senate anymore.”

At a stormy session on Thursday, the Senators were able to identify five accumulated factors which accounted for the invasion of the Senate chamber.

The reasons are as follows:

Continuous fallout of June 9, 2015 election of principal officers
Suppression of dissenting voices in the Senate
Rating of some Senators higher or lesser than others by the Senate leadership
Existence of caucuses and unfair ban on Parliamentary Support Group which is pro-President Muhammadu Buhari
Alleged lack of fairness by the leadership of the Senate
According to investigation, the Senators bared their minds at an Executive Session on Thursday to conduct a post-mortem on what went wrong.

It was learnt that the star of the session was Sen. Kabir Marafa (Zamfara) who opened up on many issues affecting the unity of the Senate.

Others who spoke were  Senators Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa), Dino Melaye (Kogi), Ogola Foster (Bayelsa), Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan and the Deputy President of the Senate,  Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the session.

A ranking senator said: “At the session, Senators put Abdullahi Adamu on the spot. He was accused of making his residence available for meetings by members of the Parliamentary Support Group of which Senator Omo-Agege is its secretary.

“But Adamu said he had no hand in the invasion of the chamber.

“He also said the PSG is a caucus group outside the chamber as it is the case with the Like Minds (supporting Saraki), the Unity Forum, the Northern Senators Forum and others in the Senate.

“He said parliamentary caucus is legitimate all over the world.”

It was gathered that Senator Marafa stole the show when he said all senators were guilty of the mess the Senate has found itself.

He picked on Adamu, saying: “Some of you in this PSG today abandoned the Unity Forum to support Saraki’s emergence as Senate President. When it was convenient, you opened doors for Saraki.

“This same Senator Adamu was once with Saraki and at a point spoke against President Muhammadu Buhari. I belonged to the Unity Forum, I did not work for Saraki but he appointed me a strategic committee chairman.

A Senator from the North-West said: “At the session, Senators backing Saraki spoke and those who belong to the left wing. We all focused on how our chamber became polluted with vested interests.”

Asked of Adamu’s fate, the Senator added: “It is still shaky, we do not know what they will do to him.”

“We cited the fact that the Senate leadership has some favourites through which motions were usually imposed on members.

“The Senators tagged Like Minds behind Saraki would have met before any sitting and they will just ride us roughshod in the Senate.

“Those in Like Minds do not allow alternative views in the Senate. Once a Senator speaks against a motion Saraki and his ‘boys’ are interested in, you are tagged as anti-leadership in a Senate that we are all equals.

“For instance, we condemned Omo-Agege’s behaviour, but some of us suspected that he acted out of frustration.

“When the debate on Order of Elections was on, Omo-Agege called for a division but he was ignored by the Senate President.

“Yet after this same Omo-Agege apologised for expressing his dissenting views, he was suspended through a script already acted by the Like Minds.

“The Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges has been doing a hatchet man’s job.

“Some Senators said the way out is to return the Senate to a chamber of equality, robust debates, accepting the reality of dissent views and allowing caucuses to exist and fairness to all.”

Another Senator said: “Well, some of our colleagues expressed regrets that some Senators have been made lesser than the other.”

On his part, Senator Dino Melaye pointed accusing finger at the PSG for the invasion of the chamber.

In a fit of anger, he added: “They still had a meeting yesterday (Wednesday).”

The Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, was said to have appealed for calm, understanding and tolerance.

But Senator Ogola Foster redirected the session to the issue of the invasion of the chamber.

He said: “We should face the reality. Someone desecrated the Senate chamber. We must investigate it and take appropriate action.”

The Deputy President of the Senate, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, took time to listen to all views and expressed the resolve of the Senate to protect the nation’s democracy.

A senator from the South-East said: “Although we did not arrive at any resolution at the Executive Session, Ekweremadu’s address later on the floor was a summary of what transpired.

“We want an investigation into the invasion, and the law must take its course.”

Police confirm 15 killed in Zamfara attack

Kenneth Ebrimson, the police commissioner in Zamfara State, has confirmed the death of 15 villagers in the attack on Zamfara communities on Thursday and Friday.
Mr Ebrimson told PREMIUM TIMES the attack occurred in a community near the border with Kebbi and blamed armed bandits who have been on renewed killing spree across the state in recent weeks.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how armed bandits on Friday attacked Kabaro and two other villages in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The bandits in their dozens rode on motorbikes to attack Kabaro, Danmani Hausawa and Danmani Dakarkari, it was learnt.

The news agency, AFP, however quotes some villagers as saying 27 people were killed in the attacks blamed on a gang of cattle rustlers.

Mr Ebrimson said he had dispatched the area commander to the area to calm the situation.

Hundreds have been killed in attacks linked to cattle-rustling gangs in the North-west state this year alone.


Source: Premium Times

New Investigation Reveals 15 Senators Were Involved In The Plot To Steal The Mace From The Senate

A new investigation has shown that the theft of the mace from the senate was plotted by as many as fifteen senators who were desperate to reinstate Ovie Omo-Agege.
The mace being stolen from the senate

Investigations by Saturday Vanguard have revealed that last Wednesday’s invasion of the National Assembly was a scripted plot to force the reinstatement of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and instigate the removal of the Senator Bukola Saraki leadership of the Senate.

It was learned that the conspiracy stirred by 15 senators was directed at provoking a confrontation that would have led to a pandemonium.

Three vocal senators, who the dissenting senators hoped to trigger a fight that would have led to the pandemonium, were, however, absent at the sitting.

Residence of a former governor

Senate sources privy to the development told Saturday Vanguard that the 15 senators, who planned the insurrection at the Abuja residence of a former governor presently serving in the Senate had hoped that Senators Dino Melaye, APC, Kogi West, Enyinnanya Abaribe, PDP, Abia South or Obinna Ogba, PDP, Ebonyi would have engaged the invaders and thus triggered a commotion that would have led to the invasion of the Senate chambers by security services.

That meeting in the night followed an earlier evening meeting at the National Assembly complex, Senate sources said.

However, by happen stance, the three senators, who the group of 15 hoped to trigger the crisis were absent that Wednesday, thereby preventing the envisaged crisis.

“To achieve the dual purpose of removing the Senate leadership, especially with the absence of the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who is on an official trip to Washington, USA, and the reinstatement of Senator Omo-Agege, it was concluded that the mace should be forcefully taken away,” a source revealed.

Calculation of the plotters

The source added that: “The calculation of the plotters was that some hot-blooded Senators like Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Obinna Ogba would not allow the mace to go without making serious trouble. In the process, there would be fisticuffs and pandemonium in the red chambers,” the source close to the Senate leadership added.

“The mace would not only be taken away, but the armed invaders would use the opportunity to deal with some ‘heady’ Senators’, including the presiding officer, Ike Ekweremadu. However, it happened that Senators Dino, Ogba, and Enyinnaya Abaribe were not on in the chamber when the assailants came.”

It was further gathered that the expectation was that following the mayhem a motion  for adjournment of the sitting to allow heads to cool would have followed.

The plan was that after the adjournment, the group of 15 senators would return to the Senate chambers with the mace earlier grabbed and hold a sitting during which they would have suspended the Senate leadership and elected another leadership.

The first task after that would have been to lift the suspension on Senator Omo-Agege.

“I am thanking God that Dino was not around because by the time he came he was so angry that the thugs were allowed to go away with the mace. He was saying that they would have killed him with the mace that Wednesday,” the source revealed to Saturday Vanguard.

Despite insinuations of the alleged role of security services in the plot, Saturday Vanguard has not been able to lay a direct connection between any of the security services and the 15 senators involved.

Divisional Police Officer

It was nevertheless gathered that the Divisional Police Officer of the National Assembly was not taken into confidence of the plot to invade the National Assembly.

The DPO, it was learned, was sold the dummy that the Shiites who had been protesting in Abuja were coming to the National Assembly that day. It was when he went to organise reinforcement for the National Assembly that Senator Omo-Agege came in.

Before Omo-Agege came in, a senator from the North-Central and a key leader of the Buhari Parliamentary Support Group to which Omo-Agege belongs had stepped out to make a call.

“We suspected that he went to inform the group that the DPO had left and that they could come,” the source added.

Saturday Vanguard further gathered that it was when the DPO returned from the gate where he went for mobilisation that he discovered what happened and directed that the main gate into the National Assembly be locked. However, the thugs had left the National Assembly premises unchallenged at the  time.

Waiting for the men to strike

A senator said: “If there was no compromise, how was it possible for a vehicle to park in front of the foyer, the entrance to the Senate, waiting for the men to strike without being questioned.

“Why was the gate which leads to the Presidential Villa where the President and Commander in Chief of the Federation do come from when entering the National Assembly opened?

“The gate which is always manned by men of the Department of State Services, DSS was manned by the operatives, and it was from there the thugs escaped. We will know the truth later.”

Reacting to the development, the Senate President, Sen Bukola Saraki,  cautioned those behind the saga, spoiling for  change of leadership.

Saraki, who was represented by Sen Ben Murray-Bruce at TheNiche 4th anniversary lecture, said this in Lagos yesterday:

“What happened was a disgrace and did not make any sense. Looking at it critically, they were working for change in Senate leadership, but they left what they were supposed to do and engaged in the undemocratic act.

“If you want to impeach a President all you need to do is to put it to vote and the majority will have their way instead of stealing the mace.

“Come to think of it, behind us is where President lives. So to escape through the back where the President leaves considering the presence of security agents gives room for many questions that need answers.

“There will be no regime change. They are only wasting time.

Similarly, a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Ahmam Aliyu Pategi, said: “Those who invaded the National Assembly complex and stole the mace actually attempted to cow the legislators into abandoning the chambers so that they can take over.  It was an attempted coup.’’

A former President of Aka Ikenga, Mr. Goddy Uwazuruike, said: “The desecration of the hallowed chamber of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a forewarning to those who believe in democracy. The antics of the anarchist is to intimidate the various arms of government.

“The arrest of Senator Omo-Agege may be a palliative but definitely not the answer to the question.’’

The Speaker of Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr. Peter Azi, said: “As a lawmaker and the leader of parliament, I will not give credence to what happened. It is very pathetic and politically unhealthy. Whatever happened, the mace is the symbol of authority. ‘’

Likewise, Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Plateau State said: “It is a sad and unfortunate commentary on our democracy and a confirmation that everything is wrong with our security architecture.’’

Chairman, Plateau Youths Council, PYC, Dr. Jemchang Fabong, said: “What happened was a threat to democracy, not just that, it was a mockery of the system. All these didn’t start today. We have seen the practice of our democracy going down, no thanks to the people we voted to lead us.’’

Also speaking, a former member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Ehiogie West-Idahosa described the invasion as an act of treason.

He said: ”It has never happened in the history of this country. It was a disruption of the Senate sitting.  If someone disrupts their (senators) right to sit, it means disruption of a government proceeding. It is against section 412 of the Penal Code.’’

Deputy National Chairman of Eastern Consultative Assembly, ECA, Mrs. Marie Okwo, said: “This is the beginning of chaos in the in the country. There is anarchy in the land. There is no leadership in this country; there is so much confusion and calamity.’’

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has condemned the invasion of the Senate by armed thugs, saying the entry of the National Assembly which was one of the “most-secured environment in Nigeria gives course for suspicion.”

Ohanaeze said it was even more worried because the attack was targeted at the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who was the only Igbo man occupying a top position in the country alongside other law makers.

President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, made this known in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Emeka Attamah. According to Ohanaeze, the Igbo would hold the Executive arm of the Federal Government responsible, if anything ugly happened to Ekweremadu and other Nigerian law makers.

The statement entitled, “Senate Invasion: Ohanaeze Raises the Alarm Over Ekweremadu, Lawmakers’ Safety,” read in part, “The foremost Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has flayed the invasion of the Senate by armed men, saying it had genuine concerns over the life and safety of the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and other lawmakers and staff of the National Assembly.

“Ohanaeze said it was still at loss as to how armed men were able to break into the National Assembly situated in the most secured area in the country.

“We join other patriotic Nigerians in condemning this reprehensible gangsterism and attack on the parliament and our democracy.

“However, the breach of security in an otherwise most-secured environment in Nigeria gives course for suspicion. We know for certain that there are several security checks before one can access the National Assembly Complex.

“We are also aware that it takes the motion for the suspension of the Order 17 of the Senate Standing Rule before anybody outside the Senators and chamber staff is allowed access into the Senate Chamber.

“It is also common knowledge that the National Assembly Complex is surrounded by the Presidential Villa, headquarters of the Department of State Services, DSS and the Office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, among others. So, how on earth did the assailants escape with the mace?

“We watched on live television and the other footages of the incident, how the invaders moved menacingly towards the Deputy Senate President before he was whisked away to safety by his security guards.

“With a hindsight of the attempt on Senator Ekwremadu’s life in November 2015 but which  the security agencies refused to investigate or say a word about, we have genuine cause to believe that the attack on the Senate chamber by armed men on a day the Senate was in session and with the Senator Ekwremadu presiding had more sinister motives than met the eye

“The 1999 Constitution (as amended) is very clear that the primary purpose of government is the welfare of citizens and the protection of their lives and property.

“We wish to state unequivocally that with all the legitimate instruments for the protection of lives and property, including those of the lawmakers and the parliament, firmly in the hands of the executive

arm of government, Ndigbo and the world know whom to hold responsible should any harm befall the Senator or other lawmakers and parliamentary staff.

“Senator Ekweremadu is just the one eye with which Ndigbo are seeing in this administration that have unabashedly sidetracked the South East. He is the only Igbo man occupying a principal and non-appointive position in the top hierarchy of the Federal Government today and we believe that there should be limits to political rascality.”

Ohanaeze further stressed that although Ekweremadu was attacked in the media by some government functionaries and agencies when he warned a few weeks ago that the nation’s democracy was receding and derailing, the invasion of the National Assembly in broad daylight had further proved him right.

“Unfortunately, the Nigerian political class appears to have learnt nothing and forgotten nothing, Ohanaeze also stated.

Reacting to the invasion, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, yesterday said  the invasion was a violation of the sanctity of the Senate which constitutes a threat to our democracy, adding that the National Assembly Security apparatus should be probed for laxity or compromise.

According to the statement issued by the leadership of the union: “The invasion of the hallowed chamber of the Senate on Wednesday by hoodlums and miscreants who carted away the mace and other paraphernalia of authority is a violation of the sanctity of the Senate and constitutes a threat to our democracy. It represents a throw-back to those dark old days we are better off without.  It is equally a sad commentary on the quality of representation.

We do also believe that the National Assembly Security apparatus should be called to question for laxity or compromise. Whereas they have often distinguished themselves by keeping at bay constituents and peaceful protesters from the precincts of the National Assembly, these thugs seem to have walked on a laid red carpet. Could these agencies have been acting alone? What is the degree of their complicity? Whichever way, we condemn this primitive conduct and demand sanctions. Let it never happen again. There are better methods no matter the issues.”

We therefore condemn it in its entirety. We similarly invite all who love Nigeria to rise and condemn this crude and sordid act or conduct. Also, the deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu said the invasion was a total embarrassment on the entire security structure and another lesson on the need to rethink the nation’s security structure.

Ekweremadu stated this yesterday when the leadership of Nigerian Political Science Association, NPSA, led by its President, Prof. Aloysius-Michaels Okolie visited him over the incident.

He said: “It is an embarrassment to Nigeria before the international community for someone to drive all the way into the National Assembly Complex, enter the hallowed chamber, and cart away its symbol of authority.

“It shows a breakdown of security and it is a setback to Nigeria’s drive for foreign investment because no one would be ready to invest money in such a system. So, it is a lesson that we cannot keep doing the same thing with our security system and expect a different result.

“It is also an irony that the people involved would organise armed bandits to rob the Senate of its mace since they understand the implication of what they have done. As a parliament, we will ensure that this does not happen again and insist that all the actors behind the drama are brought to book”.He enjoined the Association to help the nation to rethink its governance and security structures in line with other federal systems.

Source: Saturday Vanguard

Shocker: Owner Of Dilly Motors, Okwudili Umenyiora, Arrested For Trying To Murder Singer, Runtown

Popular record label owner and businessman, Okwudili Umenyiora, has been arrested for allegedly trying to murder singer, Runtown.
Runtown, Okwudili

Mr Okwudili Umenyiora, a record label owner and the boss of Dilly Motors, has been arrested.

He was nabbed yesterday evening by the police from Force CID, Alagbon, at the gym and taken to the station.

According to LIB, the man was arrested for threatening the life of his former label artist, singer Runtown, with a gun. He has also been charged with attempted murder. He was taken to Alagbon where he wrote a statement.

More details later...

Mace Theft Is A Blessing In Disguise, Says Senator

The Senator representing Katsina South Senatorial District, Abu Ibrahim has said that there is no provision for the suspension of serving senators in the laws guiding the operation of the upper legislative chamber.
The old Mace was cart away by hoodlums’ allegedly sponsored by suspended Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege on Wednesday. Senator Ibrahim also said that the recent crisis in the senate that led to the invasion of the senate plenary by suspected thugs and the stealing of the mace which is the symbol of authority of the parliament appeared to be a blessing in disguise as it afforded members the opportunity during the execution session to look at the security situation of the entire national assembly as well as the reason for the embarrassing action.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the weekly Juma’at service at the State House mosque, Abuja, Senator Ibrahim also revealed that the President Muhammadu Buhari Support Group will be inaugurating its offices in Edo, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States on Monday to kick-start the re-election process.

Fielding question on the ugly incident in the senate where some suspected thugs invaded the chamber during plenary and made away with the mace, Senator Abu said, “Well I would like to take this opportunity to assure Nigerians that the National Assembly is still one and stabilized. Obviously, what has happened calls for concern to every Nigerian. But at the same time, we have to accept that in Nigeria and all over the world, politics sometimes can create a situation of this nature.

“This has actually given us two opportunities, one, to look at the security of the National Assembly itself. In fact, the Nigerian National Assembly is the most unsecured place I have seen in my life everywhere I have gone around the world. Every National Assembly has good security, you cannot just go in, you cannot just access officers but the case is different here.

“If you go to our offices in the National Assembly here, like in my office yesterday, there were over sixty people waiting who I did not have appointment with. So, this has influenced us to sit down and critically examined the security at the National Assembly itself. “Secondly, we sat in an executive session as senators and asked ourselves pertinent questions of what happened and why.

We actually told ourselves the truth and even looked at what led to this. We came out with the promise that everyone of us will support and abide by the provisions of the constitution, our rules in the National Assembly and obviously, we sort of accepted that we are all Senators, elected by our people and with the same rights and privileges.

This is therefore the benefit of the crisis which happened two days ago, if I can call it so. “So, I still assure Nigerians that the National Assembly has come out of this crisis better, much more united and much more focused.” On whether the senate will sanction culprits identified in the disappearance of the mace, he said, “You know that this thing has gone out of our hands and is with the security.

Therefore, we cannot be creating more problems for ourselves. We have to know who did what and what are the reasons for doing these things? So, we need to have a report. “I think the IGP and the DG DSS may have to come and brief the National Assembly on what happened. We have cautioned ourselves too because some people feel, they even quoted the Court cases that no National Assembly has power to suspend any member. So, we have to look at these areas very thoroughly before we take another action and we have to get the report from the security agencies.”

On whether the senate has the right to suspend any erring member, Senator Ibrahim said, “There are provisions for punitive measures and I looked at it, there was no specific area where it was agreed that we can suspend ourselves.” He said that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, will come out of its forthcoming congresses stronger. He said, “Of course, we had little hiccups when the party handles the extension but we looked at the laws, the constitution and rationality took over and it was directed that the NEC should arrange for elected congresses.

Already, they have appointed a national convention committee that will steer the congresses so, obviously, we are on the right track. “APC is a political party and a political party is based on elections.

We formed the APC just about one year before elections. We were able to merge three major parties into APC and we were able to hold congresses and got leadership. So, I can’t see us not being able to hold congresses. I am sure, we will hold it and come out stronger.”

Also speaking on the rumored plan by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, to join forces with other political parties against the APC in the 2019 elections, the senator said, “PDP has already indicated and they know that they cannot defeat us. As far as I am concerned, there is no more party outside PDP, APC. All of them are mini, mini, one member parliamentarian parties. How big are they?”

He said that the Buhari Support Group will be opening its state chapter offices in Edo, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states on Monday and also launch its buses for campaigns. On the banning of the group in the senate, Senator Abu said, “We are not banned, but we sat and agreed that an association must have a limit.”

#BBNaija: N45m Cash Price, Who Will Take It Home Tomorrow?

After 12 weeks of intense competition and intrigues, the stage is set again to crown the winner of Nigeria’s biggest reality TV show, Big Brother Naija,BBNaija, as the show ends tomorrow, in South Africa.
The show, which began on Sunday, January 28, with 20 housemates will ultimately see the emergence of a winner of the grand prize of N45 million and a brand new SUV car during this Sunday’s final broadcast. Tobi and Nina Five top finalists, including Miracle, Tobi, Cee C, Nina and Alex are in the race for the all-important grand prize.

At the end of last Sunday’s show, Anto, Lolu and Khloe, the trio who polled the least number of votes, were evicted from the #BBNaija house, leaving five housemates to battle for the prize. It has been a long journey for the top five finalists and whoever emerges the winner tomorrow, will instantly become a millionaire.

Interestingly, 20 housemates namely; Princess, Bitto, Khloe, K Brule, DeeOne, Vandora, Ahneeka, Angel, Leo, IfuEnnada, Anto, Teddy A, Bam Bam, Rico Swavey, Lolu, Nina, Miracle, Alex, Tobi and Ceec began the race, but only five of them made it to the final.

While this third season of the reality show tagged “Double Wahala” has been punctuated with breakups, makeups and a dirty fight that led to the disqualification of two housemates, the show equally has lived up to its billing as the most watched show across the continent.

Recall that three weeks into the show, housemates Khloe and her strategic partner K Brule were disqualified from the game for quarreling, using profane words on each other, an act that is against the big brother house rules. However, Khloe was lucky to return into the house when big brother presented an opportunity for two evicted housemates to be voted back into the house.

This opportunity saw Khloe and Anto who had also been evicted earlier on, return into the big brother house. Also, after staying three weeks in the house, Princess, Bitto, DeeOne and Vandora were evicted on the first live eviction show of the season hosted by Ebuka Obi-Uchenndu, making them the first set of housemates to be evicted from the show.

 As the weeks went by, Ahneeka, Angel, Leo, IfuEnnada, Teddy A, Bam Bam, Rico Swavey, Anto, Khloe and Lolu were evicted respectively from the show, leaving behind five housemates to battle for the grand prize.

#LazyNigerianYouths Trend Worldwide As Foreigners Join To Bash President Buhari

Since President Buhari's speech to the Commonwealth where he called Nigerian youths lazy, he has been under verbal attack with the hashtag #LazyNigerianYouths trending on social media. See some comments below:

Arsenal Coach, Arsene Wenger Will Not Retire

The Frenchman may not manage a club side again, but the opportunity of a national team job or a sporting director role attracts him.
Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger wants an immediate return to football after he steps down as Arsenal manager, Goal can reveal.

The Frenchman announced that he will resign as Gunners boss after almost 22 years in charge at the end of the season, having won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.

And while the 68-year-old does not want to leave the game entirely, he may not manage a club again. Instead, he could take up a role with a national team or even a position as a sporting director.

Indeed, he would like to return to football as soon as possible. Additionally, he is in the dark about who will succeed him at the Emirates Stadium and has insisted that he be kept out of the loop until the board have made a decision as to the identity of that person.

He wants no part in the selection process, unlike former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, another long-time servant of one club, who recommended Everton boss David Moyes to take over from him.

Despite recent struggles, though, the timing of Wenger’s decision came as a shock to all. He made the decision by himself and told the playing staff before training on Friday - even those close to him did not know it was coming.

His thinking behind the decision was to try and rally a sense of unity behind the team before the end of the season as it has become imperative for him to win the Europa League, which would provide the club a pathway back into the Champions League.

The Gunners face Atletico Madrid over two legs in that competition and will then have to tackle Red Bull Salzburg or Marseille – a club that Wenger has clashed with in the past – if they are to lift the crown.
The north London side currently sit 14 points behind Tottenham, who are fourth, in the Premier League table, and a staggering 33 points behind champions Manchester City.

Wenger will manage Arsenal in the Premier League a total of five more times, with games coming up against West Ham, Manchester United, Burnley, Leicester City and Huddersfield Town.

His final home game in charge of the Gunners, meanwhile, will come against Sean Dyche's Clarets on May 6.

2019: Markafi Reveals How PDP Will Crush APC

A former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has revealed why the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has not merged with any other political party yet.
He said if the PDP is not careful going through the process of merging with other parties, it may result to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, hurting and sending the main opposition party into extinction.

He said the APC may end up shutting the PDP out of the 2019 elections.

Speaking in an interview with The Sun, Makarfi, a former Caretaker Committee Chairman of the PDP, said “Merger is a technical issue that…except if we simplify it by legislation.

“This government the way they work, if you play into their hands they will extinguish you because before you merge you have to dissolve as a political party and surrender your licenses.

“If you do that and government interferes with INEC and they don’t approve for you, even if you go to court it will take a long time. By that time maybe the elections are over.

“So you have to look at the kind of government you are having. If you are having an open, democratic government that does not interfere you can consider a lot of things.

“But when you are dealing with a set of people that are very vicious the way they approach things you have to be very careful what you adopt to the play towards 2019 otherwise you will fall into a trap and you may not be able to come out of it.”

My New Jam Will Be The Biggest Song In Nigeria, Says Davido

Omo Baba Olowo crooner, Davido Adeleke has urged Nigerians to gear up ahead of his upcoming single which he claims will be biggest song in the country.
Davido

While speaking during a joint interview with artistes signed to his label on Thursday Nigerian singer, Davido said that his upcoming single which will be released on April 30 will be the “biggest song in the country”, adding that the song is called ‘Assurance’.

Speaking on the Cool FM programme, the singer said; “I’m dropping a single on the 30th of April. It’s gonna be the biggest song in the country. It’s called ‘Assurance’.”

The singer who runs Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) alongside Yonda, Peruzzi, Fresh VDM, members of DMW, recently released a song titled ‘Aje’.

According to the singer, ‘Aje’ is the lead single of the collaboration album which will feature all the members of the label, including Dremo, Mayorkun, Idowest, DJ E-Cool, and Ichaba.

He said the DMW album will be out in June, describing it as a collaboration with Sony Music Africa. His own third studio album, Davido said, will be released in September.

The artiste signed to Sony/RCA spoke about his friendship with DJ E Cool, who he said he has known since the age of 11.

He said: “Me and E-Cool, we grew up in Atlanta together. You won’t believe when I was 11 running around in Atlanta, this guy used to block me from parties. He won’t allow me to enter.”

Davido also canvassed for votes for his artistes ahead of the 2018 Headies. Mayorkun is nominated in the next rated category while Peruzzi is up for rookie of the year.

“If I don’t win I’m okay. But I want to vote for my brothers, Mayorkun and Peruzzi. Vote for them, they deserve it,” he said.

20 Apr 2018

Photos Of Alleged Thugs Nabbed After Invading Abia APC Secretariat And Carting Away Valuables

Some alleged thugs have been nabbed after allegedly storming the secretariat of the All Progressive Congress and carting away valuable.
Some of the suspects have been nabbed
Acording to a report by Daily Post, some men who were suspected to be thugs on Friday invaded the secretariats of the Abia state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, carting away cash belonging to the party.

The reports shows that two suspects were arrested by the police in connection with the invasion.

Reacting on the alleged invasion of the APC Secretariats, the Abia state chairman of the party, Honorable Donatus Nwamkpa flanked by leaders of the APC in the State, while addressing newsmen, accused Chief Ikechi Emenike and Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe, both of the chieftains of the party in Abia state of leading thugs to invade the party office.
Nwamkpa described the invasion of Abia APC Secretariate by hoodlums as shocking and commended the Abia commissioner of police for responding promptly to the distress call put to him.

He said the early intervention of the police saved the state from bloodshed and explained that Emenike was suspended by his ward and that he remained suspended.
The former Abia lawmaker, said, “This briefing is arising as a result of the ugly incident of today where one High Chief Ikechi Emenike accompanied by Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe, and Engr. Okpechi led a group of hoodlums to the party’s secretariats while the leaders of the party were meeting at Wonderland event centre, Aba road, Umuahia.

“This invaders led by one Ikechi Emenike broke into the party office and carted away the valuables of the party, cash and photography of the party leadership”.

“As we speak to you now, we cannot see anything, only the picture of the President is here, the picture of the National Chairman and the state chairman have been removed. The secretariats was actually invaded. We are yet to assess the amount of money so far taken out of our purse”.“As I speak to you , it came to the leadership of APC in the state as a shock. And we needed the intervention of the police to drive away the hoodlums from the secretariats. We called the commissioner of police, we thank him for responding promptly and this has saved Abia from bloodshed”.

“Let us say it clear that the so called Ikechi Emenike has no input in this Secretariate, and cannot reap what he did not sow. Chief Ikechi Emenike was duly suspended by his ward and remain suspended in the party”.

Effort to reach Chief Ikechi Emenike for his comment failed at the time this report was filed.

#MerciArsene: Kanu Nwankwo Reacts To Arsene Wenger's Resignation With Emotional Message

41-year old ex Super Eagles player, Nwankwo Kanu has penned down an emotional message for Arsene Wenger who is set to bow out of the club after nearly 22 years as coach.
Nwankwo Kanu and Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger's resignation at the end of the season as Arsenal coach has attracted the response of African football legend, Kanu Nwankwo.

He took to his Instagram page to pen down the note below:

"Big shoes for anyone to fill, playing for Arsenal under Arsene was one of the best period of my career, 2 premiership, 2 FA cups, The invincibles, playing with some of the best assembled players, influencing millions of fans in West Africa to support this great club are some of the memories that come to fore today but above all the privilege to have played for a gentleman like Wenger is most cherished."

Nwankwo Kanu, OON, or simply Kanu, is a retired Nigerian footballer who played as a forward. He was a member of the Nigerian national team and later captained the Eagles for 16 years from 1994 until 2010.

In February 1999, after just twelve games and one goal for Inter, Kanu was signed by Arsenal for approximately £4.15 million. He made his debut for Arsenal, against Sheffield United in the FA Cup.

He played 197 games for Arsenal, scoring 44 goals. In the summer of 2004, after his contract with Arsenal ended, he moved to West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer. In 2008, Kanu was voted 13th in the "Gunners' Greatest 50 Players" poll.

Suspected 'Yahoo Boy' Lands In EFCC Net Over Alleged $22,300 Fraud

A young man who falsely obtained $22,300 from a Chinese woman for the supply of 100 metric tons of sesame seeds and failed to transact the business, has been arraigned by the EFCC.
Oluokun Adekola
The Ibadan Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday April 19, 2018 arraigned one Oluokun Gabriel Adekola of Kolanifemi New Era Foods Nig. Enterprises, before Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State on a six-count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretense and money laundering to the tune of 22, 300 US Dollars.

The offence is contrary to Section 1(1) (a) and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and Section 17(1), (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended in 2012) and punishable under Section 17(1) (b) of the same Act.

The defendant, Oluokun allegedly diverted the sum of 22, 300 US Dollars (Twenty-Two Thousand, Three Hundred United States Dollars) transferred to him by one Taiwanese lady (name withheld) who resides in China for the supply of 100metric tons of sesame seeds.

The defendant after collecting the sums, failed to transact the business as agreed but allegedly diverted the sum for a different purpose.

The defendant however, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.

Upon his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sanusi Galadanchi asked for a trial date. However, the defense counsel, Akim Maisolati informed the court of an application for bail dated 10th April, 2018 before the court. The prosecution however, did not oppose the application for bail.

Justice Abdulmalik admitted the defendant to bail with the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira and one surety in like sum.

The surety shall be a Civil Servant in the Oyo State Civil Service not below Grade level 15. The surety shall be a land owner of a developed land and the certificate of occupancy of the land shall be verified by the registrar of the court at the land registry, Ibadan.

The surety shall depose to an affidavit of means with his passport photograph attached. The defendant shall be remanded in the Agodi prison pending the perfection of his bail application.

The case is adjourned to May 7, 2018 for trial.

Marijuana no worse than alcohol -- Marijuana vs. Alcohol: Which Is Really Worse for Your Health?

Which is worse for you: weed or whiskey?

It's a tough call, but based on the science, there appears to be a clear answer.

Keep in mind that there are dozens of factors to account for, including how the substances affect your heart, brain, and behavior, and how likely you are to get hooked.

Time is important, too — while some effects are noticeable immediately, others only begin to crop up after months or years of use.

The comparison is slightly unfair for another reason: While scientists have been researching the effects of alcohol for decades, the science of cannabis is a lot murkier because of its mostly illegal status.

In 2014, 30,722 people died from alcohol-induced causes in the US — and that does not count drinking-related accidents or homicides. If those deaths were included, the number would be closer to 90,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Meanwhile, no deaths from marijuana overdoses have been reported, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. A 16-year study of more than 65,000 Americans, published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that healthy marijuana users were not more likely to die earlier than healthy people who did not use cannabis.

Close to half of all adults have tried marijuana at least once, making it one of the most widely used illegal drugs — yet research suggests that a relatively small percentage of people become addicted.

For a 1994 survey, epidemiologists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse asked more than 8,000 people from ages 15 to 64 about their drug use. Of those who had tried marijuana at least once, roughly 9% eventually fit a diagnosis of addiction. For alcohol, the figure was about 15%. To put that in perspective, the addiction rate for cocaine was 17%, while heroin was 23% and nicotine was 32%.

Unlike alcohol, which slows your heart rate, marijuana speeds it up, which could negatively affect the heart in the short term. Still, the largest-ever report on cannabis from the National Academies of Sciences, released in January, found insufficient evidence to support or refute the idea that cannabis may increase the overall risk of a heart attack.

On the other hand, low to moderate drinking — about one drink a day — has been linked with a lower risk of heart attack and stroke compared with abstention. James Nicholls, a director at Alcohol Research UK, told The Guardian that those findings should be taken with a grain of salt since "any protective effects tend to be canceled out by even occasional bouts of heavier drinking."

Alcohol is strongly linked with several types of cancer; marijuana is not.

In November, a group of the nation's top cancer doctors issued a statement asking people to drink less. They cited strong evidence that drinking alcohol — as little as a glass of wine or beer a day — increases the risk of developing both pre- and postmenopausal breast cancer.

The US Department of Health lists alcohol as a known human carcinogen. Research highlighted by the National Cancer Institute suggests that the more alcohol you drink — particularly the more you drink regularly — the higher your risk of developing cancer.

For marijuana, some research initially suggested a link between smoking and lung cancer, but that has been debunked. The January report found that cannabis was not connected to any increased risk of the lung cancers or head and neck cancers tied to smoking cigarettes.

Both drugs may be linked with risks while driving, but alcohol is worse.

A research note published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (PDF) found that, when adjusting for other factors, having a detectable amount of THC (the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis) in your blood did not increase the risk of being involved in a car crash. Having a blood-alcohol level of at least 0.05%, on the other hand, increased that risk by 575%.

Still, combining the two appears to have the worst results.

"The risk from driving under the influence of both alcohol and cannabis is greater than the risk of driving under the influence of either alone," the authors of a 2009 review wrote in the American Journal of Addiction.

Several studies link alcohol with violence, particularly at home. That has not been found for cannabis.

It's impossible to say whether drinking alcohol or using marijuana causes violence, but several studies — including a recent analysis published in the journal Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience — suggest a link between alcohol and violent behavior.

For a study published in January, researchers used fMRI scans to see how two alcoholic drinks impacts brain function in 50 healthy adult males. Compared with sober participants, the intoxicated volunteers were found to have reduced functioning in the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain linked with moderating social behavior. That reduced functioning was also linked with aggressive behavior.

The finding aligns with some previous research on alcohol's connections with violence. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, alcohol is a factor in 40% of all violent crimes, and a study of college students found that the rates of mental and physical abuse were higher on days when couples drank.

On the other hand, no such relationship appears to exist for cannabis. A recent study looking at cannabis use and intimate partner violence in the first decade of marriage found that marijuana users were significantly less likely to commit violence against a partner than those who did not use the drug.

Both drugs negatively affect your memory — but in different ways. These effects are the most common in heavy, frequent, or binge users.

Both weed and alcohol temporarily impair memory, and alcohol can cause blackouts by rendering the brain incapable of forming memories. The most severe long-term effects are seen in heavy, chronic, or binge users who begin using in their teens.

Studies have found that these effects can persist for several weeks after stopping marijuana use. There may also be a link between daily weed use and poorer verbal memory in adults who start smoking at a young age.

Chronic drinkers display reductions in memory, attention, and planning, as well as impaired emotional processes and social cognition — and these can persist even after years of abstinence.

Both drugs are linked with an increased risk of psychiatric disease. For weed users, psychosis and schizophrenia are the main concern; with booze, it's depression and anxiety.

The largest review of marijuana studies found substantial evidence of an increased risk among frequent marijuana users of developing schizophrenia — something that studies have shown is a particular concern for people already at risk.

Weed can also trigger temporary feelings of paranoia and hostility, but it's not yet clear whether those symptoms are linked with an increased risk of long-term psychosis.

On the other hand, self-harm and suicide are much more common among people who binge drink or drink frequently. But scientists have had a hard time deciphering whether excessive alcohol use causes depression and anxiety or whether people with depression and anxiety drink in an attempt to relieve those symptoms.

Alcohol appears to be linked more closely with weight gain, despite weed's tendency to trigger the munchies.

Weed gives you the munchies. It makes you hungry, reduces the natural signals of fullness, and may even temporarily make food taste better.

But despite eating over 600 extra calories when smoking, marijuana users generally don't have higher body-mass indexes. In fact, studies suggest that regular smokers have a slightly reduced risk of obesity.

Alcohol, on the other hand, appears to be linked with weight gain. A study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that people who drank heavily had a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese. Plus, alcohol itself is caloric: A can of beer has roughly 150 calories, and a glass of wine has about 120.

All things considered, alcohol's effects seem markedly more extreme — and riskier — than marijuana's.

When it comes to addiction profiles and risk of death or overdose combined with ties to cancer, car crashes, violence, and obesity, the research suggests that marijuana may be less of a health risk than alcohol.

Still, because of marijuana's largely illegal status, long-term studies on all its health effects have been limited — meaning more research is needed.

#MerciArsene: 'I've never loved any man' top managers and others congratulate Arsene Wenger

Today Arsene wenger announced himself leaving to English club soon

Man users especially top manager in the game including Manchester United congratulated Arsene Wenger for all is achievements for a very long time.

See below how users expresses themselves by sending their own congratulations message:



 
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