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20 Mar 2018

#InternationalDayOfHappiness: Mikel marks World Day of Happiness in China

Super Eagles Captain John Obi Mikel Tuesday joined his Tiajin Teda teammates to mark World Day of Happiness.
Mikel who is also the Captain of the Chinese Super league club dished out a group photograph showing both players and technical crew in celebration mood. He then followed up with “Enjoy #InternationalDayOfHappiness 😀

There were also variety of fruits at the event an indication that the occasion was not only that of celebration but also wining and dining.

Mikel will no doubt be hoping that Super Eagles post an impressive result in Friday’s Friendly against Poland so that the celebration can continue.

The former Chelsea ace is however not likely to be part of the Friday friendly following delays in renewing his work permit in China.  He will be missing the match alongside Oluwafemi Ajayi who could not secure his visa to Poland from his base in Egypt. There are strong indications however that both players will be available when Super Eagles take on Serbia in London March 27.

Eagles intensified training Tuesday in Poland ahead of the match which is just one out of the four friendly matches lined up for the Gernot Rohr tutored side before the World Cup in Russia.  Other matches include clash against England and Czech Republic.

Eagles will tackle Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in the Group stage of the World cup with many soccer pundits setting a target of beyond group of 16 for the team.

JAMB releases 1.5m results

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Monday released the results of 1.5 million candidates who sat for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The board, in a statement by the agency’s Spokesman, Fabian Benjamin, in Abuja yesterday, said it decided to release the results after considering reports of its supervisors CCTV footages during the conduct of the examination.

He said the results of 112,331 and those of visually candidates are yet to be released.

Dr. Benjamin also said the board was screening the results of 111,981 candidates which have been withheld.

The statement reads: “After viewing all CCTV footage during the conduct of the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and considering reports from our supervisors, monitors and other independent Nigerians who took interest in promoting the quality of public examination in Nigeria, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the results of (1,502,978) One Million, Five Hundred and Two thousand, Nine Hundred and Seventy-Eight candidates who sat for the 2018 UTME.

“A total of (1,652,825) One Million, Six Hundred and Fifty-Two Thousand, Eight Hundred and Twenty-Five candidate had indicated interest in the examination by registering for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

“One Hundred and Twelve Thousand, Three Hundred and Thirty-One (112,331) candidates results are yet to be released out of which (350) Three Hundred and Fifty are the results of the blind candidates which would be released soon and (111,981) One Hundred and Eleven Thousand, Nine Hundred and Eighty-One results withheld for further screening.

“The figure above excludes foreign candidates whose examination would be conducted in April.”

Corruption can’t be wiped out anywhere - APC chairman reveals

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun said Tuesday that it was practically impossible to completely wipe out corruption from any society, but said the Buhari government will ensure that corruption is degraded to the extent where it will no longer have impact on the nation’s economy.
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun
Chief Oyegun who spoke when he received the management of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida who came to inform him of the decision to confer on him the Polytechnic Fellow also said that uncharitable Nigerians will not give the government credit for degrading the Boko Haram insurgency which no longer has the capacity to hoist its flag anywhere in the country.

Oyegun will be honoured alongside Governors Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state, Yahaya Bello of Kogi state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state and the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar at the institution’s combined convocation ceremony scheduled for March 28, 2018.

Oyegun said even though there still challenges facing the nation, the Buhari government has taken drastic measure to address some of the ills facing the country, pointing out that while corruption is fighting back, it is no longer business as usual in the country.

He said the country was in such a situation that it needed a man of courage to establish stability in the country and create an enabling environment for the economy to thrive, stressing that inspire of the challenges, the APC government headed by President Muhammadu Buhari has delivered in its promises.

Chief Oyegun said the current government has been able to tame the Boko Haram insurgency to the extent that they no longer has the capacity to occupy any part of the country, but only attack soft targets.

Oyegun said: “It is the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, a leadership that has been impossible for the opponents to distract or to derail that has made some of the things done so far possible. Yes, there are still challenges. As you rightly said, we took over in very difficult circumstances and one fundamental problem was the collapse of the price of oil in the international oil market.

“The condition was such that we needed an extra ordinary man of courage to be able to lead the country out of the crisis that we inherited, to the increasing stability of economy and the progress that this nation is clearly beginning to attain. So, I consider that I am receiving this award on behalf of the President and government of this nation who has performed such tremendous miracle in reviving the Nigerian economy in a situation of declining resources.

“We know how the fight against corruption is going on and that corruption is fighting back. It is not a problem you solve with the flip of a switch because corruption is very rich, it is very wealth and elitist and it is fighting back. But the President has a single mind about taming that scourge and tame it we will.

“We know now that corruption today is not as it was before. You can no longer take money from the government coffer and distribute to politicians and the rest of them. That alone is already a benefit and all the leakages have all been blocked.

“Nobody is saying that corruption has been wiped out because there is no country in the world where corruption has been wiped out, but it is being tackled in Nigeria and will degraded to the extent that it will no longer be a threat to the national economy or become an acceptable way of lodging business.

“Boko Haram is tamed, but uncharitable people will go and say there are still explosions and killings. As at yesterday, there was still explosion in tenUnited States of America.

“Those crazy isolated incidents are aimed at soft targets. When a person is crazy and aiming at soft target, it is only God and inspiration that can stop such people. But what is clear is that Boko Haram has been totally degraded to the extent that it does not occupy any inch of Nigerian territory where it can raise its flag.

“A lot of facilities are being out on ground especially the modern railway system that is going to be the bedrock of development in this country. You cannot carry meaningful development on trucks on the High way.

“It has to be carried on a modern railway system and the President has made that a priority and today we can say that on the implementation plan it now, is 5000 kilometer of modern standard gauge of railway line cutting across the entire length and breadth of this country.”

Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Dr. Abubakar Dzukogi said the Polytechnic decided to honour the APC National Chairman because of his achievement in leading the party to a major victory in the 2015 election, and putting in place a government that achieved a lot in repositioning the country.

Describing Oyegun as a master strategist and a silent achiever, the Rector said the achievement of the Buhari government in repositioning the country, especially in the area of security and agriculture among others was worth commending.

Drama As Woman Slumps And Dies While Fighting With A Friend In Osun State

A woman has found herself in serious trouble after she was arrested for allegedly killing her friend during a fight.
A dead woman (File photo)
An Osogbo Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday ordered the remand of a 23-year-old woman, Jimoh Simiat, in Ilesa prison for allegedly killing one Esther Oge, believed to be her friend.

Magistrate Tunde Badmus ordered that the accused be remanded in prison pending her arraignment before a judge at the State High Court.

Badmus, who held that the court does not have jurisdiction over such matters, said that the case would be passed on to the State High Court where jurisdiction is reposed.

The Prosecutor, Inspector Mustapha Tajudeen,  had told the court that the incident occurred on February 10 at 7:30 am at  Fountain University area of  Osogbo.

Tajudeen alleged that the deceased died while fighting with the accused.

He said the accused had fled the scene of the incident and was later apprehended by the police.

Badmus said the offence committed by the accused was contrary to and punishable under Section 316 of Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. II Laws of Osun,  2002.

The plea of the accused was, however, not taken by the court.

The case was adjourned until May 8 for mention.


Witness Describes Dramatic Moment Aircraft Crashed Landed On The Runway

A witness has described the moment a plane crashed inside a military base, causing serious commotion afterwards.
The wreckage of the Red Arrows Hawk jet aircraft is pictured on Anglesey in North Wales today
Witnesses today described the dramatic moment an RAF jet crashed into the runway at a Royal Air Force base.

Two people are believed to have been on board the Red Arrows Hawk jet aircraft before it came down at RAF Valley in North Wales.

Witnesses have claimed that the crew members were forced to eject from the aircraft, which was leaving the Anglesey airfield and due to return to the elite unit's RAF Scampton base in Lincolnshire.

Plumes of black smoke were seen billowing into the sky after the jet crashed at about 1.30pm today in photographs taken by pipe welder Deno James, who works nearby.

He said: 'I was near the compound and the plane came around to do a practice landing on the runway. It missed the runway and landed at the left hand side.

'Two pilots were ejected about 200 yards from the ground. I pulled up for a moment in my truck watching and watched the plane come over my head.'

One eyewitness told the Daily Post that they were waiting for a train when they saw someone parachute from the plane before it crashed.

They said: 'I was sat at Rhosneigr train station and you can see the airfield from there. I was watching the Red Arrow flying because you hardly ever see them.

'Then it looked like it was about to land. Then next thing I saw was the parachute and then the plane hit the runway and went up in flames.'

Caterer Anne Wilson, 52, who works at The Anglesey Golf Club, situated at the end of the runway at RAF Valley, witnessed the aftermath of the crash.

She said: 'I did not see the crash but I heard a very loud noise. We are used to the planes going over but this was unusual, it was different to what we normally hear around here.

'I did go and have a look and there was a big fireball and lots of dark smoke ... quite a few of the members actually saw it. They said the plane came in quite steeply and saw a pilot eject, but that it was very low to the ground when they ejected.'

She said the air ambulance was at the scene 'for a very long time'.

Sian Rebecca Williams, an 18-year-old student from Rhosneigr, said she was waiting at Rhosneigr train station when the jet flew overhead.

'The Red Arrow came over and because I'd hardly seen one before I thought 'Wow, it's out',' she said. 'From what I remember it did a loop and flew towards the runway and looked like it was about to land.

'As I was looking I saw the parachute of one pilot open and then the plane hit the runway with a bang and a crumbling noise. Then it just burned bright orange and there was smoke everywhere.'

The on-base fire engine drove out to the wreckage 'instantly', she said, putting the flames out before an air ambulance arrived.

Aviation enthusiast Wyn Evans added that he saw the aircraft get into difficultly after take off, as it continued banking towards the railway line then the airfield.

Councillor Richard Dew from the Isle of Anglesey County Council, who lives close to the RAF base, said: 'I hope everybody will be fine.

'This sort of thing doesn't happen very often. I know a lot of people who work on the base, I just hope everyone is fine.'

Another witness, Matthew Calvert, said he was working nearby when he looked up and saw the aircraft 'wobbling' before it crashed - followed by a big ball of flames.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: 'We are aware of an incident today at RAF Valley involving a Hawk aircraft. We are investigating the incident and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.'

North Wales Police confirmed they were in attendance and were called to the scene at around 1.50pm.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said: 'We were called shortly before 1.30pm this afternoon to reports an aircraft had crashed at RAF Valley in Holyhead. We sent an emergency ambulance and a Wales Air Ambulance to the scene.'

A Red Arrows display over a charity football match at the ground of non-league team Lincoln United FC tonight has been cancelled due to the crash.

The world-famous aerobatic team performs stunts and daredevil displays, and flies the distinctive Hawk fast-jets.

Based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, all Red Arrows pilots have flown operationally in frontline aircraft before joining the display team. 

Their usual display covers an area over six miles, with jets flying as close as 15ft apart at more than 400 miles an hour, sometimes flying just 100ft above the ground.

Some 1,500 service personnel, civil servants and contractors work at RAF Valley on Anglesey, which is also home to the military's search-and-rescue, post-crash team.

The Duke of Cambridge served as a search and rescue helicopter pilot at the base, where about 1,500 service personnel, civil servants and contractors work.

Source: Daily Mail UK

Governor Ortom Reveals What Herdsmen Want In Benue State

The herdsmen in Benue State have appealed to the state government to give them more time to adjust to the present realities of the ban of open grazing.
Governor Samuel Ortom speaking to the press
Rising from a meeting with the state and zonal leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, Governor Samuel Ortom told newsmen that the umbrella body of Fulani herdsmen were asking for more time “ to enable them adjust and conform with the (anti-open grazing) law” passed by the Benue state government.

Speaking at the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi on Tuesday, he maintained that there is no alternative to the ranching law enacted by the Benue state government to regulate livestock business.

The governor, however, assured that the law would be implemented with a human face, stressing that the ranching law was the collective decision of Benue people hence he lacks the powers even as Governor to reverse or make adjustments to it.

Ortom had before now wondered why some persons were opposed to the Anti-Open Grazing Law 2017 of Benue state, recalling that when Zamfara state enacted Sharia Law no one resisted it.

He disclosed that while the law was being implemented, “discussions between MACBAN and Benue state government would continue with a view to fashioning out ways of ensuring peace between farmers and herdsmen in the state”.

The governor stated that the main objective of the meeting was the arrest and confiscation of some cattle in breach of the ranching law, saying the state government had agreed to release the cattle to their owners after the payment of fines as stipulated by the law.

In his remarks, North Central Zonal Chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Danladi Chiroma stated that his members were ready to obey the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law and to cooperate with the Benue government to expose criminal elements responsible for the current crisis in the state.

What N'Golo Kante Said About Chelsea As Rumours Of Transfer To PSG Thickens

One of Chelsea's most hardworking midfielder, N'Golo Kante has spoken out on the reports that he is interested in leaving Stamford Bridge this summer.
N'Golo Kante
N'Golo Kante insists he has no desire to leave Chelsea amid speculation Paris Saint-Germain could move for him in the summer, Sky Sports reports.

The France international joined Chelsea from Leicester for £32m in July 2016 and played a major role as the Blues cruised to the Premier League title during his first season at the club.

Chelsea have failed to recapture the same form this season and currently sit in fifth spot, five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with eight matches remaining.

Reports in the national media have suggested PSG are keen to bring Kante to the Parc des Princes ahead of next season, with them having the potential lure of Champions League football.

But Kante told the London Evening Standard: "I am at home. It is my club, I am a Chelsea player.

"This is my second year at Chelsea. After what happened last season, it was a very good one for us because we got to celebrate winning the title.

"In the second season, I have got to play in the Champions League and we are going again to finish in the top four.

"We will fight until the end to finish in the top four and to get in a Champions League position.

"We also have the FA Cup to play for - it is a good competition. Last season we failed in the final. It is the only trophy we can win this season, so we have to give everything to get to the final and win it."

Kante has over three years remaining on his current contract at Stamford Bridge.

No one can pretend Facebook is just harmless fun any more! How to protect your Facebook privacy – or delete yourself completely

If the revelations that Cambridge Analytica acquired the records of 50 million Facebook users has you wondering how to protect your own personal information, you may already have discovered the maze of privacy settings the social networking site offers.

First, the good news: the feature that allowed the most egregious data harvesting used by the company that gave Cambridge Analytica its data is no longer on the site.

Before 2016, Facebook apps could ask for permission to access not only your own data, but also the data of all your friends on the platform. That means that around 300,000 people could sign up for a personality test quiz, and in the process hand over information of 150 times that number.

Now, however, Facebook apps are only allowed to gather information from users who have directly signed up for them, greatly limiting their reach. That change was made in 2014, and rolled out to every Facebook app over the course of 2015.

But it’s still the case that apps which you have directly enabled can harvest a significant amount of data from your account – often information which you might be surprised to know you’re handing over.

The app settings page on Facebook is the place to manage the apps you’ve given access to. Clicking on the link will bring up a list of apps under “logged in with Facebook”. Hopefully you’ll recognise most of them – if there’s any you don’t, consider clicking the “X”, deauthorising them from your account.

You might also want to click on the edit button under the “apps others use” heading lower down the page. This takes you to your privacy settings for the modern version of the same feature Cambridge Analytica profited from. The information others can hand over on your behalf is limited, but still includes data such as your date of birth, religious and political views, and activities, interests and things you like. Consider unchecking all the boxes. According to Facebook, leaving them all checked will make your friends’ “experience better and more social”, which doesn’t seem like a good trade-off for you.

If that’s not enough for you to feel safe, maybe now’s the time to delete your Facebook account altogether.

That’s somewhat harder to do. If you go through the account settings, Facebook will attempt to push you to “deactivate” your account, which “will disable your profile and remove your name and photo from most things that you’ve shared on Facebook”. Notably, it won’t remove any of your data from Facebook’s servers, and your account lies dormant hoping you will change your mind.

If you actually want to delete your information from Facebook, the real setting is hidden in a help document with the title “how do I permanently delete my account?” Clicking on “let us know” on that page will take users to the real account deletion screen. Clicking “delete my account” will take you to another screen. Filling in your password and proving you aren’t a robot on that screen will finally… deactivate your account. Wait two weeks after that, and then, at long last, Facebook will begin the 90 day process of deleting all your data from the site.

By September, then, you too could be Facebook-free.

I Want To Play With Neymar, Says Pogba

Pogba's days at Manchester United might be numbered as he has expressed admiration of superstar Brazilian forward, Neymar.

Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has admitted he would love to play alongside Neymar in the future.

In an interview with La Liga’s website two years ago, Neymar had praised Pogba and stated an ambition to play in the same side as the Frenchman.

“I remember [what he said]. I really like him, too,” Pogba told TyC Sports.

“He is truly the definition of joy on the pitch. He also has this…

“I know that in Brazil, football is everything. It’s life. Everyone plays football in Brazil. When I see him play on the pitch and enjoying himself, with his technique, his agility. I love to watch him play.

“It’s a different style. He has his own style.

“When you say Neymar anywhere in the world, everyone knows who he is and what he does. For me, it would be a pleasure to play with him one day.”

Pogba is believed to be unhappy at United  and might leave at the end of the season.

Minister Lands In Serious Trouble After Slapping Lawmaker During Plenary

A minister has gotten himself into very serious trouble after he dared to slap a lawmaker during plenary.
Zambian parliament
NAN reports that Zambia’s parliament suspended a cabinet minister on Tuesday from its proceedings for one month for slapping a fellow lawmaker within parliament grounds.

Verbal abuse is common among members of parliament in Zambia but physical assault is rare.

Speaker of the National Assembly,  Patrick Matibini,  said Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo was suspended for slapping outspoken lawmaker Chishimba Kambwili in October 2017.

Kambwili has repeatedly accused government officials of corruption since his dismissal as information and broadcasting minister in November 2016 but the state denies the allegations.

Kambwili complained after the incident that Lusambo had slapped him twice after accusing Kambwili of making false accusations against the government.

Matibini said Lusambo was banned from entering parliament grounds and using its facilities during the period of suspension and would not be entitled to any allowances.

What President Buhari Told Vladmir Putin After He Won His 4th Term As Russian President

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Russia's President Vladimir Putin to use his re-election to promote international peace and stability.
Buhari and Putin
Muhammadu Buhari has extended “sincere congratulations” to President Vladimir Putin of Russia on his victory in the recent presidential election.

In a letter on behalf of himself, the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the President said Putin’s “success for the fourth time in the election is a clear testimony of the confidence” Russians have in his leadership.

He also urged his Russian counterpart to “see this victory as a base to continue to promote international peace and stability.”

President Buhari assured President Putin of “Nigeria’s commitment to a stronger and mutually beneficial relation with the Russian Federation under your watch.”

He said he looked forward to continue working with the Russian leader “to strengthen our defence, trade and technical partnerships as well as promotion of private sector participation in all sectors of our economies.”

Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
March 20, 2018.

Why Final Batch Of 2018 UTME Results Is Delayed - JAMB Reveals

The Head of Information, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has opened up on why no other results had been released after the first batch of over 300,000 results.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is expected to release the second batch of the results for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), on Tuesday, March 20.

JAMB’s Head of Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, confirmed that the Board held a crucial meeting, on Monday, over the results and that some results were to be released after the meeting or today.

Benjamin also disclosed that no other results had been released after the first batch of over 300,000 results.

“The Board is working diligently to ensure that the results are processed and posted on the board’s website soonest. The Board was delaying some of the results because each has to undergo total scrutiny before being posted on its website to avoid cancellations later.

“Modalities were being put in place to ensure all the results are transparent and accurate. Tuesday’s result will be the second batch of the recently concluded UTME, which a total of 1,662,762 candidates registered for,” Benjamin said.

He added that it had cancelled UTME results of Computer-based test centres where CCTV cameras showed malpractices.

There had been tension and panic among candidates, as they have not been able to access their results over one week since they wrote the exams.

The 2018 UTME, which started on Friday, March 9, 2018, was written by over 1.6 million candidates.

The exam ended on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

News In Pictures: Armed Bandits Massacre 8 Innocent People In Zamfara, Abduct Pregnant Woman

Blood flowed freely in Maru local government area of Zamfara state after armed bandits attacked the community.
The victims killed by the armed bandits
Suspected armed bandits have killed at least 8 people in an attack on Dogon Daji village in Maru local government area of Zamfara state, DailyTrust has reported.

According to the report, the attack came barely two weeks after a notorious cattle rustling kingpin called Buharin Daji was killed by one of the repentant bandits and his close associate known as Dogo Gide.
According to Daily Trust, a resident, Yusha’u Bingi said 7 persons were buried in the village adding that some residents were also abducted by the armed bandits.

A former councillor identified as Musa Umar Bini who represented Bingi,  the political ward of Dogon Daji village told Daily Trust that information reaching him indicated that 8 residents were killed in the attack.
He said the armed bandits had earlier attempted to attack Bozaya, Tungar Rakumi, Dibgawa and Danbore villages all in Maru local government area of the state.

He added that the armed bandits have been intercepting and killing residents around the communities in the area ever since the notorious cattle rustling kingpin called Buharin Daji was killed.

Senator Wakili's Wife Found Him Slumped On The Floor - Bauchi Rep Reveals How The Lawmaker Died

An account of how Senator Ali Wakil died has been given by a member of the House of Representatives, Mohammed Sani-Abdu.
Ali Wakili
Mr. Mohammed Sani-Abdu, a member of House of Representatives, on Tuesday gave the first vivid account of how the late Senator Ali Wakili died.

It will be recalled that Wakili, who died on Saturday morning at the age of 58 in his Abuja residence, represented Bauchi-South Senatorial District of Bauchi State.

According to a Punch Metro report, Sani-Abdu, who is also from Bauchi State, recounted Wakili’s very last moments when the House paid tributes to the late retired Comptroller of Customs.

The session was presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, who hails from the same district as Sani-Abdu and Wakili.

Sani-Abdu said that as the very first person to arrive in Wakili’s residence after receiving a distress call, he could authoritatively reveal that Wakili slumped in the presence of his wife.

According to him, Wakili had got dressed and ready to travel to Yola, Adamawa State, to attend the wedding of the daughter of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha.

But, before leaving the house, Sani-Abdu said, the late senator asked his wife to prepare a meal for him to eat.

He spoke further, “This is why we have to continue to appreciate our wives. His wife received the first shock.

“She prepared porridge and brought it for him to eat. But Wakili told her he wanted something light instead, like tea.

“She went back to get the tea, only for her to return and find her husband slumped on the floor.”

Sani-Abdu recalled how he personally washed the late senator and prepared his body for burial, having been told what happened.

He added, “The wife is a very courageous woman. I asked her whether she would be strong enough so that I could remove the cloth from his face for her to see the husband for the last time.

“She agreed. You know, people are somehow afraid of dead bodies. But, this woman did not only hold her husband, she prayed for him and tightly embraced the body.

“She did not want to let go of the body. It took some women, who had strength, to pull her away from Wakili.

“Immediately she was separated from him, she fainted and people had to bring water to pour on her. She took the first shock.”

Dogara had opened the session by recalling the good deeds of Wakili, including his courage as a politician, to challenge the political class in the state for taking decisions that did not serve the interests of the majority.

The Speaker said, “He fought for good governance, especially in our dear state of Bauchi, and Nigeria at large.

“Merchants and profiteers of bad governance had the knives all out for him, but never to be intimidated, he stood his ground and held the lines with rare courage until his death. He represented an idea that death cannot kill.”

A former customs officer, Mr. Jerry Alagbaso, who was Wakili’s contemporary in service, described the late senator as “a jolly good and resourceful officer while he was in the service.”

A member from Jigawa State, Mr. Mohammed Gudaji-Kazaure, said he learnt from Wakili the lesson that those fighting for political positions ahead of 2019 might not live to see the year.

“We were very close. He told me that people were fighting because of 2019 elections, but who would say with confidence that they would see 2019?

“He was not desperate about positions and this is a lesson for all of us.”

On his part, another retired customs officer, Mr. Albert Adeogun, said, “It is not possible in a moment to describe the person of late senator Wakili.

“I pray God to grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.”

The House observed a minute’s silence in his honour and later shut the plenary till Wednesday after praying for Wakili’ soul.

Trial of IPOB members resumes without leader, Nnamdi Kanu

The Nigerian government on Tuesday filed a fresh three-count charge of treasonable felony against four members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The four accused persons are Bright Chimeze, Benjamin Madubugwu, Chidiebere Onwudiwe and David Nwawuisi.

They were initially facing a similar charge along with the wanted IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

Following the stalling of the trial by the disappearance of Mr. Kanu in September last year, the prosecution lawyer, Shuaibu Labaran, asked the court to hear the charge against the other defendants separately.

The request was granted by the court presided by Binta Nyako and resulted in the new charge read before the court on Tuesday.

The four defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Earlier, Mr. Labaran read from a sheet of paper which he described as the published version of an online publication, wherein a threat was made on the life of an operative of the State Security Service by IPOB members.

According to Mr. Labaran, a picture of the alleged operative was taken during the last sitting and used on the social media, with a threat by the IPOB members to “teach the operative a lesson”.

Responding, however, counsel to one of the defendants, Nnemeka Ejiofor, asked the court to disregard the publication as well as the allegation.

Mr. Ejiofor accused the prosecution of fabricating the said allegation, stressing that the alleged publication “does not bear any similarities with a traceable medium.”

In a ruling, the judge warned journalists and family members to desist from taking pictures in the court room.

“Otherwise, I shall ban the press. I shall also ban family members. I can do all that,” said Mrs. Nyako.

The judge also warned parties that she would not allow the lawyers to waste time in her court.

She adjourned the case till Thursday for further hearing.

Twitter on fire, Campaign to #DeleteFacebook Goes Viral

Due to multiple accusation on Facebook selling peoples information outside the company's database and detectives heading to search Facebook data center.

Over the weekend, reports from The New York Times and The Observer confirmed that voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica had amassed data on over 50 million Facebook users.

This information had been collected legitimately by an academic researcher, Aleksandr Kogan, who passed it on to the profiling firm. (This is why Facebook insists what happened wasn’t a “data breach.” Instead, it was the company’s fault.

Facebook didn’t closely supervise how its data was being used.)

According to many user ranting their opinion on twitter, from a user: @Donkey_OT If you don't pay for the product you ARE the product. Facebook sells all of your information to the highest and lowest bidders. Why sell yourself so cheaply? #deleteFacebook

@ecarpen Finally deleted my @facebook account. If you're angry about what facebook has done with our data then just #deletefacebook We all moved on from MySpace we can move on from facebook too. Remember we aren't the customers we are the product #CambridgeAnalytica

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'You are a liar' - Ex-president replies Osinbajo

A former President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo lied over claims that the Jonathan administration embezzled some funds a few weeks to the 2015 general elections.
Ex-president Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
Mr. Jonathan’s reaction was contained in a statement by his former spokesperson, Reno Omokri. The former president told PREMIUM TIMES he stood by that response.

Mr. Osinbajo had on Monday said N100 billion and a separate $289 million were embezzled by officials of the Goodluck Jonathan administration, a few weeks to the 2015 elections.

The vice president, who made this revelation while speaking at the 7th Quarterly Business Forum (QBF) held at the State House, Abuja, said the economic woes being faced by Nigerians today were caused by the corruption of the former administration.

He also alleged that the strategic alliance contracts signed by Mr. Jonathan’s government with the NNPC and NDPC were used to embezzle money by the promoters.

But on Tuesday, Mr. Omokri challenged Mr. Osinbajo to publish evidence that the former president shared the alleged amount before the election.

He also accused Mr. Osinbajo of repeatedly lying, saying the “vice-president has again surrendered his lips to Satan to be used to spread slander and lies”.

“Nigerians may recall that lying is the most consistent achievement of Professor Osinbajo’s almost three years as vice-president,” he said.

“On this most recent allegation by vice-president Osinbajo, let me state categorically that former President Jonathan did not share 150 billion two weeks to the 2015 election.

“If professor Osinbajo has proof that former President Jonathan did so, then we challenge him to publish his proof. He is a professor of law and ought to know that he who alleges must prove.

“Again, it is a lie from the pit of hell that the Jonathan administration spent only N14 billion on agriculture and N153 billion on infrastructure in three years as alleged by the fallacious Osinbajo.”

On infrastructure, Mr. Omokri said the Jonathan government performed far better than the way it is assessed by the present administration, adding that in less than three years, the present government has borrowed more than PDP borrowed in 16 years.

He said, “The Jonathan administration budgeted and spent over $10 billion on infrastructure in the 5 years between May 6, 2010 and May 29, 2015.

“The Buhari administration, which in less than three years has borrowed more money than the PDP borrowed in 16 years cannot point to even one major project they have started and completed.

“Both president Buhari and vice-president Osinbajo keep accusing the Jonathan administration of being corrupt and claim that they run an anti-corruption government.”

He advised the vice president to desist from peddling what he said were lies against the former president and his administration.

The Buhari government came into power on the mantra of change and strong desire to fight corruption.

The government has consistently accused the former president’s government of corruption.

Mr. Jonathan has, however, not been charged to court for any corrupt practices although many of his aides including advisers and ministers are being prosecuted.

News In Pictures: Man discovered the missing spot of MH 370 airplane, missing for years

An amateur crash investigator claims to have found the remains of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 while looking on Google Earth.
Could this be missing flight MH370? (Picture: Google)
Peter McMahon, 64, an Australian mechanical engineer who says he has worked in crash investigations for more than 25 years, insists he has discovered the missing aircraft.

Flight MH370 vanished on March 8, 2014 during its journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with all 239 passengers and crew on board declared dead.

Australia, China and Malaysia ended an unsuccessful £115million search in January 2017.
It has now been almost four years since Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 went missing (Picture: Getty)
The aircraft has yet to be discovered and the cause of its disappearance is still unknown.

By using Google Maps and NASA images, he believes the aircraft is 10 miles south of small islet Round Island, near Mauritius, an area which was not included in the search operation by experts.

He claims that an image shows the tail and wings of the plane floating in the ocean.

McMahon says he has sent his findings to the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau, which confirmed it could be the missing craft.
What appears to be two sections of the cabin are seen in the ocean (Picture: Google Earth)
However, reports have suggested that US officials told them to stick to their assigned area of the Indian Ocean, the Daily Star reports.

McMahon said: Four Americans were sent to Australia to oversee the findings of MH370.

They have made sure that all information received has been hidden from the public, even our government – but why?’ McMahon says authorities ‘do not want it found as it’s full of bullet holes, finding it will only open another inquiry’.

15-year-old Secondary School Student With a Gun Allegedly Arrested By The Police

Master Emmanuel Apiakise, a 15-year-old pupil of Community Secondary School, Akenfa-Epie in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, has allegedly been arrested in possession of a gun.

Apiakise was arrested on Tuesday (today) in the school during classes, allegedly with a locally-made pistol, a development that caused chaos and pandemonium in the school.

It was learnt that the teenager was apprehended in school uniform by some indigenes of the Akenfa community led by a local vigilante group and handed over to the police.

It was also learnt that the pupil was accosted and searched by the vigilante youths after some residents accused him of being involved in robbery and other criminal activities.

Some sources claimed that Apiakise was arrested in the classroom after a tip-off by some of his schoolmates.

But the school’s authorities dismissed the claim, insisting that Apiakise is not pupil of their school.

A member of the school’s management team, who pleaded anonymity, said, “The boy (Apiakise) was not arrested in the classroom as alleged.

“The uniform he wore is common among pupils in the state and so, it is not correct to say he is a pupil of the school. ”

The arrested teenager was said to have been handed over to the Akenfa Divisional Police Station for onward transfer to the state Police Headquarters.

When contacted, the spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said he needed time to confirm the report and that he would get back to our correspondent.

However, as of the time of filing this report, Butswat had yet to call back.

It will be recalled that four teenage gunmen suspected to be members of an unknown cult group, recently attacked a secondary school in the state capital.

The teenage gunmen, who brandished assault rifles, caused pandemonium in the school as confused students and staff  in different directions for safety.

The invasion of the school, however, came a few hours after the Bayelsa State Government, through the Ministry of Education, expelled seven pupils over their alleged membership of a cult group.

The government had expressed concerns about the existence of cult activities in some schools in the state, particularly primary and secondary schools.

The Commissioner for Education, Mr. Jonathan Obuebite, had said, “Ssome students from a certain secondary school in Opolo-Epie have been expelled with immediate effect for engaging in cults and cult-related activities within the school premises.

“The suspects attacked and injured an SS3 student, endangered the lives of other students as well as disrupted smooth academic activities in the school.”

Buhari writes German Chancellor, Merkel on her re-election

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel on her re-election for another term.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement on Tuesday, said Buhari conveyed his congratulatory message to Merkel in a letter personally signed by him.

Buhari said he is “most delighted to learn of the successful conclusion of the inter-Party negotiations to form a new Government after the last election in Germany.”

He stated that Chancellor Merkel’s victory, “is a testimony of hard-work, competence and trust of the German people, qualities which are much admired in many parts of the world especially here in Africa.”

Adesina said Buhari ”on behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, wished his German counterpart and her new Cabinet a successful new term of office”.

“We greatly value your humanity and concern for refugees.”

President Buhari also looked forward to greater cooperation between Germany and Nigeria.

“We look forward to greater cooperation between our two countries as we strive to confront shared challenges.”

News In Pictures: Girlfriend pours acid on lover for turning down her offer

A teenage girl threw acid at a boy’s face, leaving him scarred for life, because he rejected her offer of love.
Mahmudul Hasan Maruf was attacked with acid thrown by a 16 year old girl
His horrific facial injuries as a result of the attack can clearly be seen, with his skin red raw and peeling.

According to reports, the acid was thrown in his face by a 16-year-old girl whose romantic advances he had turned down. The girl and her mother have now both been arrested by police in Bangladesh.

Mahmadul’s mother joined him in hopsital, where he revealed the horrendous damage caused by the acid attack. He suffered most of the burns to his face, but also had injuries to his shoulder.
The mother of the acid victim at Dhaka Medical hospital
Local media reports the boy was on his way home from a night out with friends when he was confronted by the girl. he had allegedly been chasing the teenager for months despite him repeatedly turning her down.

After confronting him, she threw the corrosive liquid straight at his face.

She was reportedly arrested a day later. Doctors say it is likely the boy will be scarred for life after entire layers of skin fell off his face.
Bangladesh has witnessed a high number of acid attacks since the 1990s, with more than 500 attacks recorded annually in the early 2000’s.

The Acid Survivors Foundation, a charity established in 1999 to help victims in Bangladesh, has helped to reduce the number of attacks there. Survivors have been left severely disfigured and often blind as a result.

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Residents in Shock As 18-Year-Old Boy Kills His Own Mother In Plateau

In what will come across as a really shocking development, a young boy has reportedly killed his own mother in Plateau.
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Agugu Adau, an 18-year-old man, who allegedly killed his mother for refusing to hand over a ‘disappearing’ charm he claimed was his inheritance, appeared before a Plateau State High Court on Tuesday.

Nigerian Tribune reports that Adau, a resident of Kisaghyip village in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau, was charged with culpable homicide.

The police prosecutor, Mr U.F Okeke, told the court that the accused allegedly committed the offence on Dec. 29, 2016, saying that it contravened section 221 of the Penal Code and was punishable with death upon conviction.

The accused, in his plea, pleaded guilty to the crime and tried to explain how he killed his mother.

Justice Nafisa Musa, after listening to his plea, however, entered a not-guilty plea for the accused.

“In a capital offence, the burden of proof lies squarely on the prosecution. The position of criminal jurisprudence requires the prosecution to assemble all its witnesses to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused person committed the crime,” the judge said.

The judge also noted that the accused person had no counsel, and advised him to get one.

She adjourned the matter to May 9, for hearing.

Buhari congratulates Russian President, Vladimir Putin on re-election

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday congratulated President Vladimir Putin of Russia on his victory in the recent presidential election in the Asian country.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists.

Adesina said the President had sent a congratulatory letter to Putin on behalf of himself, the government and people of Nigeria.

The President said Putin’s “success for the fourth time in the election is a clear testimony of the confidence” Russians have in his leadership.

He also urged his Russian counterpart to “see this victory as a base to continue to promote international peace and stability.”

Buhari assured President Putin of “Nigeria’s commitment to a stronger and mutually beneficial relation with the Russian Federation under your watch.”

He said he looked forward to continue working with the Russian leader “to strengthen our defence, trade and technical partnerships as well as promotion of private sector participation in all sectors of our economies.”

OSUSTECH matriculates 1,200 students for 2018/2019 session

Ondo State University of Science and Technology ( OSUSTECH ), Okitipupa, on Thursday matriculated 1,200 students for the 2018/2019 academic session.
The students were admitted into the Faculties of Sciences and Technology, Engineering Technology and Agriculture and Wildlife.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sunday Ogunduyile, advised the new students to shun cultism, hooliganism, unholy relationships, bad gangs, smoking, drinking and other vices that could jeopardise their future.

Ogunduyile also urged the fresh OSUSTECH students to concentrate on their studies and be good ambassadors of their families and the nation in order to contribute their own quota to the development of the country.

He said they should consider themselves lucky as less than half of the 1.5 million candidates that wrote the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination ( UTME ) yearly got admitted.

He thanked the state government and stakeholders who contributed toward the establishment of the Faculties of Engineering Technology and Agriculture and wildlife.

He said the institution was poised to compete favourably with other institutions in the country and beyond.

“I am glad that the institution which was operating with one Faculty of Sciences, now has two more faculties of Engineering Technology and Agriculture and Wildlife.

“I commend the state government and other stakeholders for supporting the laudable project; this will indeed help the institution to compete favourably with its peers in the country and beyond,” he added.

The matriculation was the 8th in the series and had the highest number of students as well as the second celebration by Ogunduyile ,one year after he assumed office.


Mom who killed kids hours after husband filed for divorce lands in serious trouble

A judge has sentenced a central Indiana woman to 120 years in prison for fatally stabbing her young children hours after her husband filed for divorce.

Thirty-one-year-old Brandi Worley learned her sentence Monday after she pleaded guilty in January to two counts of murder for killing her son, 7-year-old Tyler Worley, and her daughter, 3-year-old Charlee Worley, in November 2016.

Her husband was asleep downstairs at the time at the family's Darlington home, about 40 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

Worley gave no statement at the sentencing, and her attorney said there was no explanation for what she did.

Court documents have said Worley told police she killed the children because she didn't want her husband to take them. She also was treated for self-inflicted stab wounds to her neck.

Worley called 911 moments after the attack.

"I just stabbed myself and I killed my two children," Worley said in the 911 audio previously obtained by CBS affiliate WTTV.

When the dispatcher asked Worley what caused her to do that, she replied, "My husband wanted a divorce and wanted to take my kids. And I don't want him to have my kids." 

BBNaija 2018: What Evicted Housemates Are Saying About Returning To Show

Majority of the evicted Big Brother Naija 2018 housemates are campaigning for votes to return to the competition after Biggie opened the door to that possibility.

Some of the evicted housemates
Following Big brother’s announcement to bring back two evicted housemates to the reality show, ex-housemates have reacted to the big twist.

It would be recalled that show host, Ebuka Obi Echendu, on Sunday announced that two of the 11 evicted housemates, including Anto, would be returning to the show next week.

While some of the evicted housemates of the reality show launched campaigns to get back into the house, Dee-one, after soliciting for votes, blocked fans who lashed at them.

Here are some of their reactions:

Khloe on Instagram wrote, ”Guess what guys? Koko can still win the money. Yay. But only with the help of my kokoArmy’s . Now it’s time to vote Khloe back in the house. Second chance ? Let’s hope so.”

Ahneeka on Twitter wrote, ”Y’all thought I wasn’t ready to come back No way! The truth is, I spent the better part of the day trying to wrap my head around the whole news. I mean.. who would have thought.

”Well my #AhneekaNinjas did. They even started the #bringbackahneeka campaign way before the news dropped. Now to the agenda of the day; so join the movement.”

Bitto wrote; ”No Strategies this Time, THE REAL BITTO (BIG BITTO) kindly needs a second chance;
•Bitto is NOT MARRIED!
•Bitto is jovial (The Boy in your neighbourhood)
•Bitto is compassionate
Please Vote to put BITTO back in Big Brother’s House"

Vandora on Instagram wrote, ”What do you guys think! Let love win. Can I still win ? (In#bigbrothervoice) It may seem as thy #VANDORA wants back in. Give me a chance by voting. Thank you very much.”

Anto, speaking to Africa Magic TV said, ”I can be silly and I can be serious. Same with most people. ”Anto Army, which side of Anto do you want to see more? Her silly side? Or her serious side? Or both? Which side do you want to see more of in the #bbnaija house? First step is to vote Anto back in.”

K-Brule on Instagram wrote, ”My people I know a lot of you were sad and disappointed at my unfortunate exit. But God has given me another chance and with your help anything is possible.’

”Please vote me back in, tell your friends and family to vote and I promise to make you proud second time around.”

Princess on Twitter wrote, ”My people!! it’s time. you know princess is always with her fans. Let’s do this, vote me back into the game. There is no “Double wahala” without Princess. Where are my “Too Much Sauce Gang? Oya God don answer prayer. Time to work, I need you all.”

Dee-One on Twitter wrote, ”First of all I really thank everyone who has reached out to me and supported, I can’t thank you enough. There’s still a chance of getting back in but it can only happen if you suppot by voting now. Thank you guys’.

”I forget something for the house and na only me know where e dey, Please.”

Meanwhile, Leo has been quiet as he just lost his mother who has since being buried according to Islamic rites. Its not clear if the entrepreneur and real estate agent is still interested in the contest.

How robbers killed Taxify driver and sold car for N350,000

Two of the robbery suspects arrested by the operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command for killing a Taxify driver and snatching his vehicle have confessed that they formed their robbery gang in Kirikiri Prison.

The suspects, Simon Tyozemda (27) from Benue State and Lucky Friday (24) from Delta State were arrested on Wednesday, 14th March, 2018 with two long knives inside a UBER operated cab, a Toyota Camry Saloon with the registration number APP 145 EE, which they had planned to kill its driver and steal.

The gang leader, Simon had through his girlfriend’s UBER app ordered a Taxi at past 11:00 p.m. last week. The suspects plan was to lure the driver of the Toyota Camry to a desolate location, kill the driver and take away his vehicle.

The suspects were taking the driver to a lonely place on Lekki – Epe Expressway, Lagos, when their vehicle was stopped by RRS officers for a stop and search. The officers noticed one of the suspects seated at the back of the vehicle hiding a long knife.

Investigations revealed that the suspect’s intention was to divert the driver to a lonely place and snatch his Toyota Camry.

Further police investigations revealed that the duo ex-convicts who were released between December 2017 and January, 2018, from Kirikiri had sometime in February, 2018, in a similar manner snatched a Taxify Toyota Corolla with the registration number, FST 663 EZ along Badore Road, Ajah at bout 2:00 a.m. after killing its driver.

The suspects had after snatching the Toyota Corolla, sold it to one Mohammed Usman for N350,000:00. Mohammed had only paid N100,000 and was to move the vehicle to Jigawa when RRS Decoy Team arrested him.

According to Simon, an erstwhile security guard turned stylist in Badore “I met my colleague, Lucky Friday in Kirikiri Prison. We became friends and when I was released I gave him the number of my brother for him to call me.

When he was released, I promised him I was going to assist him to resettle properly. Since then, we have been working and operating together”.

“Our first operation was where we killed the driver of the Toyota Corrolla. He was a Taxify driver. I stabbed the guy in the stomach twice and I dropped him off the vehicle on the road in Badore, Ajah at after 2:00 a.m. We threw away the knives and bought new ones for the fresh operation we were arrested for”, he added.

He continued “before killing him, I placed the order to Taxify cab to pick us up at Lambasa, Lekki at past 11:00 p.m. Our destination was Abraham Adesanya Estate but we needed a desolate location to snatch the vehicle from the driver.

It was the same business that took me to kirikiri prison. I was introduced into it by Michael. Unfortunately for me, I was arrested while Michael escaped. I spent four months behind bar. It is sad I’m being arrested again over the same business”.

Also arrested along with the suspects were the middle man who introduced the gang to the buyer of the Toyota Corolla, John Thankgod (25) and the buyer of the car, Mohammed Usman (41).

The vehicle was about to be taken to Jigawa State the following day RRS Decoy team arrested the suspects.

Further investigations revealed that the Taxify driver, Godfrey Ovie’s remains was dropped in Badore by the suspects, where it was discovered the following day by the police.

Mo'Hits: Don Jazzy, D’Banj, Wande Coal and others hint on reunion tour

The yearnings of Fans for a reunion by the defunct Mo Hits Squad, is gradually becoming a reality as Michael Collins and Dapo Oyebanjo a.k.a Don Jazzy and D’Banj respectively have publicly announced a ‘Reunion Tour’.
Mo'hit crew performing on stage
The duo made the announcement on their respective instagram handles.

D’Banj, with over two million followers on instagram @iambangalee, stated: “@donjazzy Are they ready’’

Similarly, Don Jazzy, with about 3.9 million instagram followers in his characteristic responded on @donjazzy “@iambangalee How many states/countries should we give them?’’

However, the exact dates, venues or artists to perform during the tour were not mentioned in their different posts.

Nevertheless, it is a welcome and cheering news for fans of Mo Hits Records, after members of the group went their separate ways in 2012.

The group founded in 2004 dominated the Nigerian music scene between 2004 and 2012.

The defunct Mo Hit Records artists first performance after the break up took place at the recent “Davido’s 30 Billion Music Concert’’ in December last year.

The Squad had artists such as Don Jazzy, D’Banj, Dr Sid, Wande Coal, D’ Prince aka Omoba and K-Switch.

After the break up, Don Jazzy went on to establish another record label known as Mavin Records (MR) and took along with him, D’ Prince, Dr Sid and Wande Coal.

Later, the iconic producer and the Chief Executive Officer of MR went on to sign the likes of Tiwa Savage, Korede Bello, Di’Ja, Reekado Banks, Johnny Drille, Poe and the DNA Twins.

D’Banj On the other hand, signed a record deal with American Kanye West’s “Good Music’’.

He founded DB Record where he signed his younger brother, K-Switch alongside two producers Jaysleek and Deevee.

The 38 year-old Kaduna-born artist also known as `Kokomaster’ later signed controversial Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh to the label.


'IGP wants to expose me so I can be killed' - Dino Melaye Cries out over the removal of police from VIPs

Following the withdrawal of policemen attached to politicians and other VIPS by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, the senator representing Kogi West in the upper legislative chamber, Dino Melaye, on Monday evening condemned the order, claiming he was the target of the IGP’s directive.

He said on his twitter handle “withdrawal of police from VIP, I am the target. IGP wants to expose me so I can be killed. Having survived assassination attempt twice, I deserve police protection in a country where I’m a tax payer.”

Globacom Finally Reacts To Allegation It Sacked 90 Married Women

Globacom has issued a statement after being accused of sacking 90 married women because of their marital status.
Globacom logo

Following allegations of discrimination, Telecommunication company, Globacom has released statement addressing reports that it sacked 90 women because of their marital status.

The company released the statement on Twitter and said:

"Globacom has in the recent past let go of employees, both male and female, married and single, due to performance issues. It is not true that this was restricted to married women alone.

The letter in circulation is a forged document. Globacom has not issued any such letter to anyone.

Globacom upholds gender equality irrespective of marital status and promotes equal opportunities for the growth and personal development of all staffs."

Pope Francis blows hot as Nigerian lady tells him Catholics patronise pr0stitutes

Pope Francis on Monday condemned the use of women across the world for prostitution.

He described the situation as “crime against humanity” and asked forgiveness on behalf of Catholic men who patronize prostitutes.

The Christian leader said this while leading the Episcopal Ordination at Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

Blessing Okoedion, a 32-year-old Nigerian who was once a victim of human sexual trafficking, had told the Pope she was troubled that many clients of prostitutes on the streets of Rome were Catholics.

“I ask myself and I ask you, is it possible for a Church that is still too male chauvinist to be able to question itself truthfully about this high demand by clients?” Reuters quoted her as asking.

Responding, Francis said, “I would like to take advantage of this moment to ask forgiveness from you (exploited women) and society for all the Catholics who carry out this criminal act”.

“I think of the disgust these girls must feel when men make them do these things”.

Francis added that sexual exploitation of women stemmed from a “sick mentality” embedded in many people.

“(It says) women are to be exploited in one way or another. And that is what explains this … it is a sickness of humanity, a sickness of looking at society in a certain way, a crime against humanity,” he said.

“Who does this is a criminal. This is not making love, this is torturing a woman. Let’s not confuse terms. This is criminal, a sick mentality”.

Prostitutes, most of them victims of human trafficking from Nigeria, other African countries and Eastern Europe, are found at night on the streets of Rome’s periphery and around parks.

Floyd Mayweather Reveals EPL Club He Could Buy, Plans To Sign Cristiano Ronaldo

Floyd Mayweather Jnr, who his glittering career with a 50-0 record, has said he is looking to buy a popular Premier League club, as well as signing Ronaldo to end his career there.
Floyd Mayweather
American boxing legend, Floyd Mayweather, who is widely known for piling his money into lucrative investments, has disclosed that he could buy Premier League club, Newcastle United and in turn bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the Premier League.

While speaking to DailyStar on Sunday via 101greatgoals, the boxing icon Mayweather said; 'You better believe if I were to invest in I would be back partying there often.

'I love Newcastle, those guys like to party as hard as any city I have been to anywhere in the world.

'I met some of the players last year and they are good guys. I am always open to new business opportunities and I love all sports, but I invest with my head not my heart.

'Investing with your heart is the quickest way to lose money. But if somebody put together a business plan and my people looking over it and went 'Floyd that can make money' then I would invest. Soccer might not be my game but I've got connections everywhere.

'Cristiano Ronaldo has been a long-time supporter and buddy of mine, so I might even be able to get him to finish his career off at Newcastle.'

According to Dailymail UK, Newcastle have been looking for new ownership for some time, with Mike Ashley in long-drawn negotiations with a consortium headed by Amanda Staveley, though Mayweather isn't adverse to the idea of investing in the 'party' city.

Ashley has held several rounds of talks with Staveley's people, though a deal has was unable to be concluded and communication was broken off in January.

Whether Mayweather is actually serious or more likely, if these are throwaway comments aimlessly given to a reporter, Newcastle are a club still with serious aspirations of getting their ownership issues sorted.

Newcastle currently find themselves in 13th place with 32 points after 30 games played.

Pregnant woman, five others killed in Ondo building collapse

At least six people including a pregnant woman were reportedly killed in Igbabo town, Arogbo-Ijaw, in Ese Odo local government area of Ondo State when a church building under construction collapsed on them.
Eyewitnesses said the Cherubim and Seraphim (C&S) Church under construction was besieged by the victims in an attempt to gather firewood used in the church building before they met their untimely death.

The Information Officer with Ese-Odo local government, Monday Konwei, said “the victims were in the church premises to gather firewood which was used in the church building before part of the dilapidated old structure and the one under construction fell on them and killed six people instantly.”

The incident was also confirmed by the Chairman of the council Caretaker Committee, Bekewe Olowu.

Olowu described the incident as shocking and devastating.

Israel, US attack Palestinian President, Abbas for calling ambassador ‘son of a dog’

United States, U.S. and Israeli officials have lambasted Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, after he called the American ambassador to Israel a “son of a dog” and a “settler” in a fiery speech the day before.

On Tuesday, Israeli Minister for Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi called the statement “inflammatory” and “inexcusable.”

“Negotiations, not insults and hate, are the path to peace and prosperity in the region,” Hanegbi said in a tweet a day after U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman insinuated that the remark is anti-Semitic.

The war of words comes at a low point in U.S.-Palestinian relations. US President, Donald Trump recognized the contested city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last December, sparking Palestinian outrage.

President Abbas of Palestine has since said that the U.S can no longer maintain its decades-long role as the main mediator between Israelis and Palestinians, while the White House says it is still planning to release a peace plan.

Speaking at the start of a Palestinian leadership meeting in Ramallah on Monday, Abbas sharply increased tensions with the rival Hamas faction, saying that Hamas was behind an assassination attempt on the Palestinian prime minister on Friday.

Abbas, who controls the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority government, said that he would respond to the attack with “national, legal, and financial measures.”

The Palestinian leader’s strong words appear to foreshadow a new pressure campaign against Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.

Abbas has already withheld electricity payments to the coastal enclave in an attempt to mount pressure on Hamas to cede power, causing blackouts for Gaza residents.

Package Explosion at Texas FedEx Facility Believed to Be 5th Strike Linked to Austin Bombings

A FedEx employee was injured early Tuesday after a package explosion, believed to be bound for Austin and linked to previous bombings in the state’s capital, detonated at a distribution center in Schertz, Texas.

The Schertz Police Department confirmed on Facebook that they responded to an explosion at the facility, which they determined came from the sorting area. NBC affiliate WOAI reported the package detonated while being transported from an upper conveyor belt to a lower one.

The package contained nails and shrapnel, according to the San Antonio Fire Department. The Washington Post reports that the package was believed to have been headed for Austin, the site of four previous bombings.

Police said “one person was treated and released at the scene.” The fire department added that the worker suffered a “non life threatening percussion type injury.”

FBI San Antonio spokeswoman Michelle Lee told CNN “we suspect it is related to our investigation” into the bombings in Austin this month.
The first explosion occurred on March 2, when a man was killed after he found a package on his front steps, which then detonated. The blast was investigated initially as a suspicious death, and later as a homicide.

Seventeen-year-old Draylen Mason died in a similar fashion 10 days later. A woman in her 40s, believed to be the teen’s mother, was also injured.

Hours after the second explosion occurred, police reported a third blast, confirming that a 75-year-old Hispanic woman was injured.

Shortly after authorities announced a $115,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the previous explosions on Sunday, a fourth explosion, believed to be caused by a trip wire, occurred.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference that police responded to an explosion at 8:32 p.m. local time on Sunday in an Austin neighborhood. Two men were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and community members were encouraged to stay inside while authorities investigated.

“We want to put out the message that we’ve been putting out: Do not touch any packages or anything that looks like a package. Do not even go near it at this time because given the darkness, we have not had an opportunity to really look at this blast site to determine what has happened,” he said. “But it’s obvious that it’s an explosion. It’s obvious that it’s caused significant injuries to two people.”

Lee did not describe the packages used in the explosions but told previously PEOPLE: “They look legitimate enough to handle.”

People who receive a suspicious package should call 911 or 512-974-2000.
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