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25 Sep 2017

Abdulsalami, David Mark, others say no to Nigeria’s break up

Eminent Nigerians, including former Head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal and the immediate past president of the Senate, Senator David Mark took stock of the emerging challenges of nationhood on Monday and submitted that the peace, unity and security of Nigeria must not be compromised.
The former Head of State, Tambuwal, Senator Mark, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Tukur Bruratai and former COAS, General Alwali Kazir said at the weekend in Kaduna that every strategic step must be taken to protect and preserve the corporate entity of Nigeria.

The leaders spoke separately against the back drop of incessant agitations by some sections of the country at the 50th anniversary of Nigerian Defence Academy ( NDA ) 3rd Regular Course of 1967.

General Abubakar, who was the special guest of honour at the golden jubilee dinner, told the Military officers that in or out of office, they must make the security, unity and peace of Nigeria the corner stone of all their endeavours.

He said Nigeria has made enough sacrifice in the past to keep the nation one, saying “whatever needs to be done to ensure peace, good neighborliness, unity, equity and justice to all must be done”.

On his part, Senator Mark recalled their conviction on entering into the foremost Nigeria military institution in September 1967 to include but not limited to patriotism to defend and protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

That conviction, Senator Mark stated, “still binds them even after their retirement,” insisting “we promised to be patriotic and continue to put the love of country above self at all times”.

Governor Tambuwal of Sokoto state expressed appreciation to members of the Armed forces for their tireless war against insurgents especially in the North East “where they are daily giving their lives to secure freedom for our people “.

He urged them to remain steadfast and a shinning example of patriotism and unity in diversity.

Chief of Defence Staff, General Olonisakin thanked the retired officers for making their professional experiences available to the younger generation in its noble task of safeguarding the territorial integrity of our country and in responding to contemporary threats to national security .

General Kazir maintained that leaders must be fair and firm to ensure that no group or individual would feel a sense of neglect in the scheme of things.

Buhari returns to Nigeria after London stopover

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria from New York city in the US after making a stopover in London.
The Presidential jet touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Monday night

Buhari had left the country on Sunday, September 17 to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Before commencing the trip, the Presidency had hinted that President Buhari would travel through London on his way back from New York.

Although the reason for the stopover was not disclosed, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, had said that the trip would not exceed Monday.

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Unbelivable! How Pastor infects pregnant woman with HIV during deliverance

A 23-year-old pastor identified as Kingsley Ihunda has been arraigned by a Port Harcourt chief magistrates’ court for allegedly infecting a pregnant woman, Ejiro Abua with HIV.
The incident happened at the Ada-George area of Diobu, Port Harcourt Local Government of Rivers State.

The woman, a mother of one, narrated that she had lost two pregnancies, and was directed to the pastor by one Treasure Victor, 40, a female herbalist, for special prayers.

As she alleged in the court, it was during the process of deliverance that the pastor Ihunda infected her with HIV following a ‘holy bite’

The woman told the court that she also lost the pregnancy.

She also told the court that she consulted the herbalist for assistance to stop the hotness of her womb, which she suspected to be the cause of her miscarriages, but instead of helping her, she directed her to Pastor Ihunda, whom she said worked with her.

She explained that the pastor allegedly asked her to pay N1,500 for olive oil for prayer.

According to her, “When I objected to paying the money, he told me that if I refused to pay, my husband and child would die. The woman (herbalist), supported him and encouraged me to pay the money.

“She said she had brought other expectant mothers, who had the same problem, to the pastor, and after payment and prayers, their problems were solved.

“When I heard this, I decided to pay and come for prayers. During prayers, he asked me to raise my clothes, I refused, but the herbalist encouraged me to comply.

“He rubbed oil on my waist, bit me, sucked my blood and spat it out, claiming that was the cause of my problem and it had been solved.”

The woman further alleged that she tested positive for HIV few months later but her husband tested negative, adding that it was discovered the pastor infected her.

The pastor and the herbalist were charged with conspiracy, assault and pretence.

The Police prosecutor, Jonas Rufus, told the court that the crime was committed on July 27 at Ada George, Mile 3, Diobu, Port Harcourt.

According to him, the offences breached sections 516(A), 351, 335 and 343(g) of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Volume II Laws of Rivers State Nigeria 1999.

However, the accused pleaded not guilty and were admitted to bail.

The matter was adjourned till Sept. 29 for hearing.

Cannibal couple ‘ate 30 people and served victim’s head on platter of oranges’

A suspected ‘cannibal family’ is reported to have admitted killing and eating at least 30 people over an 18-year period.
Dmitry Bakshaev is said to have confessed to taking part in cannibalism with his wife (Picture: East2West News)
Police have found body parts including meat and skin throughout the house in southern Russia.

Pictures issued by prosecutors, too gruesome to publish, show someone’s head on a platter surrounded by oranges. Another shows a suspect with someone’s severed hand in their mouth.
A third picture shows body parts inside a jar where they were being preserved in some kind of liquid.
Dmitry Bakshaev, 35, is one of the people identified as being involved and he is said to have told police he started eating humans in 1999 – the year the head on a platter picture was taken.

His wife, Natalia, 42, has also been arrested after the discovery of the evidence at their home in Krasnodar.
Bakshaev and his spouse stored human remains in their fridge and freezer as well as a cellar, according to sources in the Russian Investigative Committee which examines serious crime in Russia.
Seven packs of frozen body parts were found while some ‘meat’ was discovered preserved in jars.
Some 19 remains of ‘human skin’ were also discovered which had been ‘removed from dead people’.
A bucket and a bag containing body parts have been found along with a bag containing one of the alleged victim’s possessions.

Workers discovered a mobile phone with selfies of a man with human body parts.
Natalia Smyatskaya, senior assistant to the head of Krasnodar Investigative Committee confirmed that the pictured dead woman had been identified.

She has not been identified but is said to have been 35 and moved to Krasnodar from Omutinsk town in Kirov region.
The pair are said to have used a drug to knock their victims out and people complained that they could smell it outside their room in a hostel at the military academy, according to neighbours.
A worker said: ‘Each time we tried to enter their room, they started wild shouting and crying. Natalia is a scandalous woman, aggressive, so we did not risk it.’
Investigator Natalia Smyatskaya said that they were looking into other murders to see if they were linked.

Source: MetroUK

Do you know that Devil is real? See Proof From Trending Women Dresses

I like clothes, I love shopping, I get the whole creative artisty thing. But these shoe-trousers (henceforth known as shoe-trews because that’s a funnier name) are making me think that perhaps fashion has gone too far.
Please take a moment and look at them. Just stare right at them and absorb them. Drown in the fact that they are both a shoe and a trouser and because of this they are neither truly a shoe, nor a trouser.

We have so, so many questions.

Firstly: sizing. Does this mean that there’s an infinite combination of shoe and waist sizes for these trousers? Or do you just have to hope that you’ve got the right waist size for your feet?
Next, what on earth do you do about washing them? Do you have to wash the shoe bits as well? Or do they sneakily pop off so you can shove them in the washing machine? Or can you just never wash them and have to spend the rest of forever colouring in stains with red nail polish and spritzing the crotch with perfume?
And lastly (perhaps most importantly) how the f*ck has Net a Porter almost completely sold out of these stretchy red stiletto Satan shoes which cost nearly two grand?
We can only assume that they have one very wealthy and extremely loyal consumer.

We’re not saying it’s definitely HIM from the Powerpuff girls, but we’re also not saying it’s not.
If you’re feeling confused about how you’d wear these babies, luckily Net a Porter has provided some helpful guidance about them, saying:
‘A standout piece from the runway and one of the season’s cult styles, these lustrous stretch-satin pants are cut for a smooth, second-skin feel and grounded by a pair of built-in stilettos. Let them peek through the slit of a midi dress or robe.’

Cool. Sadly they don’t have any in stock in my size, but if you’ve got two grand lying around and want to have bright red trotters, you know what to do.

Born Hero: 8-year-old boy beating to death with Hammer... see shocking details (photos)

A brave eight-year-old boy was beaten to death with hammer as he tried protect his sister from being sexually abused.
Dante Daniels was declared brain dead after the attack by his mother’s former partner in Sacremento, California, and died six days later.

Dante’s grandmother Monique Brown told WBRC Deandre Chaney Jr. also attacked Dante and Danae’s mother Elizabeth and all three ended up in hospital.

She said: ‘Trying to save his sister from this child molester, that’s why he was beat the worst.’
However, the devastated grandmother took some comfort from the knowledge Dante’s organs will help another child live.
Deandre Chaney Jr. has been charged with murder, attempted murder and carrying out lewd acts on an under 14-year-old (Picture: AP
She said: ‘“Dante gave his heart to a four-year-old in Southern California, so a four-year-old lives because of him.’
Ms Brown revealed her daughter has probably lost the sight in her left eye and seven-year-old Danae will need long-term care too, a GoFundMe page has been set up to pay for the medical costs.

Already $16,726 (£12,365) of the $20,000 (£14,786) has been raised by a community in shock at the savagery of the beatings.
Dante Daniels, his mother Elizabeth, with his sister Danae (Picture: GoFundme)
Before Dante died she wrote: ‘We are asking for any help possible due to the fact the kids need multiple surgeries along with medical bills and recovery. They will all need to go through counselling.

The children will never be the same from this tragedy nor will their mother. They will be traumatised from such vicious crime. They will need to start over from the ground up. Anything helps pray, share, a small donation.’

Chaney Jr. has been charged with murder and attempted murder along with a charge of lewd acts with a child under 14.

Source: MetroUK

North Korea says it will shoot down United State bombers after declaration of war

North Korea’s foreign minister has said that President Donald Trump has declared war on the country and Pyongyang has the right to shoot down US strategic bombers.
He added that they have the right to strike even if they aren’t in North Korean airspace.
Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said: ‘The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country.

‘Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country.’

He added: ‘The question of who won’t be around much longer will be answered then…’

That was in response to Trump’s tweet in which he said: ‘Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!’

US bombers and fighter escorts flew to the farthest point north of the border between North and South Korea by any such American aircraft this century in a show of military might, the Pentagon said on Sunday.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that a rise in rhetoric between North Korea and the US increases the risk of miscalculations.

‘Fiery talk can lead to fatal misunderstandings,’ UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters after Ri’s statement. ‘The only solution for this is a political solution.’

The mission in international airspace was said to show how seriously President Donald Trump takes North Korea’s ‘reckless behaviour’.

‘This mission is a demonstration of US resolve and a clear message that the president has many military options to defeat any threat.

‘North Korea’s weapons programme is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire international community. We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the US homeland and our allies,’ Defence Department spokesman Dana White said in a statement.

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, has said Mr Trump would ‘pay dearly’ for threatening to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea if the US was forced to defend itself or its allies against a North Korean attack. Kim’s foreign minister told reporters this past week that the North’s response to Mr Trump ‘could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific’.

North Korea has said it intends to build a missile capable of striking all parts of the United States with a nuclear bomb. Mr Trump has said he will not allow it, although the US so far has not used military force to impede the North’s progress.

The Pentagon said B-1B bombers from Guam, along with F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea on Saturday. The US characterised the flights as extending farther north of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), than any US fighter or bomber had gone off the North Korean coast in the 21st century.

B-1 bombers are no longer part of the US nuclear force, but they are capable of dropping large numbers of conventional bombs.

US Pacific Command would not be more specific about many years it had been since US bombers and fighters had flown that far north of the DMZ, but a spokesman, Navy Commander Dave Benham, noted that this century ‘encompasses the period North Korea has been testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons’.

At the United Nations, North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, said that his country’s nuclear force is ‘to all intents and purposes, a war deterrent for putting an end to nuclear threat of the US and for preventing its military invasion, and our ultimate goal is to establish the balance of power with the US’.

He also said that Mr Trump’s depiction of Kim as ‘Rocket Man’ makes ‘our rocket’s visit to the entire US mainland inevitable all the more’.

Mr Trump on Friday had renewed his rhetorical offensive against Kim.
‘Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!’ the president tweeted.

Mr Trump continued the heated exchange with the North Koreans on Saturday night.
He tweeted: ‘Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!’

On Thursday, Mr Trump announced more economic sanctions against the impoverished and isolated country, targeting foreign companies that deal with the North.

‘North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile development is a grave threat to peace and security in our world and it is unacceptable that others financially support this criminal, rogue regime,’ Mr Trump said as he joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a meeting in New York.

Hours later, Kim responded by saying Mr Trump was ‘deranged’.

Source: Metro

Biafria: University Don Revealed How Nnamdi Kanu Destroyed IPOB

Director, Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies (CPSS), University of Ilorin, Dr. Mahfouz Adedimeji, has observed that the ‘animalizing’ of those who are against the actualization of Biafra by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has led to the alienation of the group.
Speaking in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, the Unity Don maintained that the IPOB’s agitation for the sovereign state of Biafra as a misplacement of priorities.

The University don while calling on agitators to embrace dialogue, likened IPOB agitation to cutting off one’s head to cure a headache.

Adedimeji warned IPOB that there would be greater problems after secession, which they won’t be able to handle.

According to Adedimeji, “There is an overarching message of the Peace Day that we need to internalize.

“The message is the need to work together as one people regardless of our ethnic, religious, political or ideological differences.

“We are united by a single humanity and we are united by being Nigerians.

“The Almighty Allah who brought us together could not have committed an error, he is all-perfect.

“Therefore, the agitation for secession and the hullabaloo that it is generating are borne out of misplacement of priorities.

“Apart from secession not being a precursor to the Eldorado that some people are fantasizing about, (if so, the war ravaged South Sudan would have been the happiest country in the world) the wrong methodology of animalizing everyone who does not share the main protagonist’s views will achieve alienation as pro Biafra agitators are now realizing.”

President Buhari congratulates Angela Merkel on re-election

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday congratulated German Chancellor, Angela Merkel on her re-election for a fourth term in office.
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari said he felicitates with the German Chancellor’s party for producing good leadership for the country for over 12 years, and winning another opportunity to sustain the legacy of good work.

He, however, wished the German Chancellor a successful tenure.

Biafra: What will happen to Senator Abaribe, others if Nnamdi Kanu fails to appear in court – Presidency reveals

The Presidency has said sureties for leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu risk imprisonment if he fails to appear in court on adjourned date.

Following a ruling by the Federal High Court in Abuja granting Kanu bail on April 25, Senator representing Abia South Senatorial District, Enyinnaya Abaribe, signed the bond for release of the IPOB leader.

With his next court hearing coming up in October, the IPOB leader has not been heard from or seen after a combined team of security operatives invaded his house in Umuahia, the Abia State capital on September 14.

Commenting on the effect of Kanu’s failure to appear in court, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Assistant on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla said the court could issue a warrant of arrest for the IPOB leader.

Speaking with Sunday Telegraph, Obono-Obla said, “The Federal Government has already filed a motion to set aside the bail of Kanu.

“Following the military exercise carried out in Umuahia, Abia State and the subsequent proscription of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu has not been seen and may have gone underground.

“So it is not likely that he will appear in court on the next adjourned day for fear of being arrested by the police or security agencies. Kanu had sureties that entered into recognizance or signed bail bonds as ordered by the court that led to his release.

“What is a recognizance? In law, recognizance is a security entered into before a court with a condition to perform some act required by law; on failure to perform that act a sum is forfeited.

“The position of the law as provided under Section 173 (1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, is that a defendant whom recognizance was entered on his behalf and who is subsequently released on bail is bound to appear before the court at every time and place to which during the course of the proceedings, the hearing may from time to time be adjourned.

“The court also may issue a warrant of arrest where a defendant (Kanu) bound by a recognizance or bond fails to appear before a court or police station. It follows that if Kanu fails to appear before the Federal High Court on the next adjourned date, the Judge will likely order a warrant for his arrest.

“The implication of the failure of Kanu to appear in court on the next adjourned date on those who stood sureties for his recognizance is that his recognizance shall be forfeited.

“The court shall order his bond entered by his sureties to pay the penalty or to show sufficient cause why the penalty should not be paid.

“It follows that Kanu’s three sureties will be ordered to pay N100 million each. Where sufficient cause is not shown by the sureties or the persons bound and the penalty is not paid, the court may recover the penalty from the person bound or from his estate if he is dead, in the manner laid down in the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 for the recovery of fine.

“However, where the penalty is not paid and cannot be recovered in the manner laid down by the law, the person bound shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.”

APC Blasts Prof Sagay, Calls Him a 'Rogue Elephant'

For calling the APC a bunch of unprincipled people, the party has attacked the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay (SAN) over the unruly comment.
Professor Itse Sagay
The All Progressives Congress(APC) has hit the nation’s critic-in-chief, Professor Itse Sagay over his statement in a recent newspaper interview accusing the party’s leaders of being a bunch of unprincipled people, encouraging and accepting rogues into the party.

The APC in turn called Sagay, a professor of constitutional law, a ‘rogue elephant,” in a reaction issued by publicity secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi.

“Our attention has been brought to an interview published on pages 46-47 of The Nation Newspaper of Sunday, September 24, 2017, granted by the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay (SAN).

“In the said interview, Sagay described the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as “the most unprincipled group of people” who are “encouraging and accepting rogues” in the party. He said: “When I say ‘rogues’, I don’t mean stealing. In literature, when you say someone is a rogue elephant, it means people who are running riot and destroying the party.”

“The Webster dictionary defines ‘rogue elephant’ as “one whose behaviour resembles that of a rogue elephant in being aberrant or independent.” Clearly if we have today, anyone in our government or, by extension, the party who feels accountable only to his own ego; who does not feel the need to bridle his tongue for the sake of anything that is higher than himself; who feels independent of everyone and every institution; that person is Professor Sagay.

“Asked by the interviewer if he would stop speaking if the President asks him to stop speaking, he said: “Yes, he is my employer. If he tells me to stop talking, I’ll stop talking. But I have certain rights too that I can exercise in addition to that, because I’m not going to be in a position where I am impotent. So, I must obey him, but I can go beyond that and obey myself too. That’s it.” Framed in another way, what Sagay is saying here is that, no matter what is at stake, he would rather resign than obey the President if the President tries to restrain him. This is the quintessential rogue elephant behaviour.

“In his sheer arrogance, he forgets that it is impossible for him to call out the leadership of the party as “weak” and “unprincipled” without indicting the President, who is the leader of the party and has the fundamental responsibility to build the party. If Sagay had any iota of respect for the man who dug him back from inevitable oblivion and puts him in a position in which he now feels superior to everyone, he would channel his opinions and advice to the President on how to make the party stronger and more principled. It appears however that Sagay does not have anything constructive to say about anything. He only knows how to tear down and assault everyone and everything.

“We want to remind Sagay and all other appointees of our government that the only reason they occupy their current position today is because the APC won the election. There is, therefore, a matter of honour to show decorum and respect for the party and its leadership. You cannot love the fruit and hate the tree that produced it”.

Sagay had also had several verbal squabbles with National Assembly members,especially senators, asking them to jettison ‘distinguished’, which prefixed their title of Senators and has vowed to continue to criticise them for ‘bleeding’ the nation dry.

-NAN

BREAKING NEWS: North Korea accuses Trump of declaring war

(CNN)North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Monday accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country by tweeting over the weekend that North Korea "won't be around much longer."

In light of this, Ri said North Korea would take counter measures, including the right to shoot down US bombers flying over the Korean Peninsula, even if they did not enter North Korean airspace.
Ri made the comments to reporters in New York.

"In light of the declaration of war by Trump, all options will be on the operating table of the Supreme leadership of DPRK," Ri said, according to his official English translator.

Tensions have reached new heights as Trump warned the US will "totally destroy" North Korea in his debut speech at the UN.

Trump said: "If the U.S. is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.

"Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime."

Popular Actor, Chris Attoh Reveals That His Marriage of 2-Years with Nollywood Actress Damilola Has Crashed

The marriage between Nollywood actress, Damilola Adegbite and top Ghanaian actor, Chris Attoh is over.
 Top Ghanaian actor Chris Attoh has confirmed to BellaNaija in an interview that his marriage to Nollywood actress Damilola Adegbite has crashed. He revealed further that the two are divorced.

Attoh further revealed that he has arranged with his ex-wife on how to train their son, Brain.

On how he and his ex-wife Damilola Adegbite balanced their marriage, son and work Attoh said: "I believe throughout our marriage, it was probably one of the most challenging things we ever did, however, the key word is balance. At times when we both had to work, our parents would be there to hold the fort. God bless family because they were and still are very supportive.

However, since the divorce, we are obviously now reworking things to create a new balance between work, spending time with and raising our son.

Dami is a wonderful woman and an amazing mother. Despite our differences, she and I will always be friends. So more than anything we will find ways to continue to make sure that Brian can still have a balanced upbringing filled with love and support. Both our families have been and are still very supportive in helping us take care of our son Brian when we can’t be there due to work."

He also gave insight on the on his recent film, the role and other plans: "It’s an American Indie film, “An Accidental Zombie Named Ted” produced and directed by Anne Welles. I had actually auditioned for the role 4 years ago through KM productions, one of my affiliate agents in the USA. Zombies are indeed involved, but it’s not entirely a zombie movie, in fact, there is only one zombie and he seems to be in denial. Lol! The movie also stars actors like Gary Anthony Williams from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Kane Hodder, best known for his role as horror icon Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th and Jason Goes to Hell movies. It was such a privilege to work with and learn from the amazing cast and crew.

In fact, I’ve just returned from shooting it in Florida. I played the role of Ricky, Ted’s friend. Ted who is also the lead character was played by Cameron McKendry. The actual movie will be finished in Spain by the end of October. Then we have to go straight to LA in November for a screening with AFM. There will also be a screening in Florida, I believe in December before its cinematic release." he added.

Juventus President Andrea Agnelli Banned for One Year Over Ticket Selling Scandal

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has been banned from football for a year by the Italian football federation due to the role he played in selling tickets to Juventus ultras that encouraged ticket scalping.

According to Football Italia, Juventus have also been fined €300k; and the ban comes after prosecutor Giuseppe Pecoraro had requested a two-and-a-half year ban as well as a €50k fine for Agnelli.

Furthermore, he asked for the Bianconeri to play two matches behind closed doors and another match with the Curva Sud (a section of the stadium) sealed off. It is believed that members of that particular part of the stadium have connections to organised crime - though no punishments are to be handed out in regards to that as of yet.

Pecararo hinted that he is preparing to appeal the decision in hope of a stronger sentence being handed out:

"I am partially satisfied because we managed to prove everyone’s guilt but the facts are so serious that I think they should be punished more," the prosecutor told Italian news outlet Ansa (via Fox Sports).

"I think the judgement of another court would be useful, taking into account that the resources coming from the ticket scalping went to a criminal organisation, and that is very serious."

Agnelli's suspension comes less than three weeks after his appointment to chair the European Club Association - of which there are 220 members.

The president was also fined €20k along with club executives Francesco Calvo and Stefano Merulla (who were also banned from football for a year). Furthermore Alessandro Nicola D’Angelo was suspended for an extra three months more than the others.

For Stealing Fowl, See What Happened to a 32-year-old Man in Osun

A 32-year-old man who had the nerve to steal a fowl in an Osun State community, is being punished for the act.
File photo used only for illustrative purpose
Gbenga Daramola, a 32-year-old man, was on Monday arraigned in an Osogbo Magistrates’ Court in Osun over an alleged theft of a fowl, some baby clothes and other items.

According to The Nation, Daramola is facing a four-count charge bothering on burglary and theft.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Olayiwola Rasaki, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Sept. 9 at about 5:30 p.m. at Balogun Biro, Oke Baale area of Osogbo.

Rasaki alleged that the accused broke into the apartment of one Saka Mojira and stole a fowl, some baby clothes, two crates of Coca Cola and one Huawie mobile phone.

He said that the stolen items were worth about N40,000.

The accused however pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

The defence counsel, Mr Okobe Najite, prayed the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms.

The Magistrate, Mrs Fatimoh Sodamade, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 and one surety in like sum.

Sodamade said the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and show evidence of tax payment to the Osun Government.

She also ruled that the accused should also produce two passport photographs attached to an affidavit of means of livelihood.

The case was adjourned till Oct. 26 for mention.

National Stadium Of Prostitutes, Drug Peddlers, Beer And Pepper Soup Joints

“How will the stadium not be dirty? There is no maintenance; even the sweepers come around to clean this field only when there is a party.”

This was the response of a football coach on the state of the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos. The statement is just one of several attestations of negligence suffered by the country’s first national stadium.

Built in 1972, the National Stadium served as a training center for Nigerian athletes, established and aspiring, but has since become a haven for prostitutes and drug peddlers, apart from serving as a food and drink joint.

A year after it was built, the National Stadium became the center of attraction as the All Africa Games came underway. For 11 days, the stadium hosted world leaders and leading sports professionals. Nigeria went on to win 63 medals, including gold in football, which pitched the country second only next to Egypt.

Aside from the All Africa Games, a number of international competitions such as the 1980 and 2000 African Cup of Nations and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches were hosted there. While the memories endure, the world class facilities that made the hosting of such competitions possible are long moribund. From the overcrowded table tennis court to the derelict all indoor games complex, further down to the main bowl, the various sections of the stadium beg for attention.

With a capacity of 45,000 seats, the National Stadium, in some other clime, could have been a source of huge revenue for the federal government. But the main bowl is constantly under lock except during football matches organized by private companies. Even then, movement within the main bowl is restricted.

A father took his four-year-old son, who had been yearning to see the race track that he had seen on television, to the stadium but the boy had to shed some tears before the guard allowed him and his father in for only 10 minutes.

“We are not allowing people into the stadium,” he told the man to the disappointment of his son. The boy began to cry, throwing tantrums and refusing to release his grip on the gate. After much begging from the father and the boy’s inconsolable cry, the guard allowed them in.

In August of this year, SaharaReporters visited the main bowl during a football boot camp organized by Cowbell, a dairy product, and observed that only one of the gates to the main bowl was opened and all the entrances to the bleachers and stands were locked. The kids, she noticed, urinated in different corners of the main bowl as there were no toilets accessible to them.

“The male toilet is always locked and that woman there [pointing at an elderly woman who kept watch of the only accessible toilet] will not allow us use the opened toilet,” one of the Cowbell participants said, after discreetly relieving himself at the corner of the track. It was later found out that people pay N50 to use the toilet. In order to avoid the fee, many defecate or urinate anywhere they consider convenient.

From Playground To Urchin Hangout

The National Stadium has become a popular hangout for young boys, many of whom run errands for older men.

“If your child is not under the care of a good coach, he is not safe in the stadium because there are plenty of bad boys all over the place,” a boxing coach told our reporter. “Some of the ‘agbayas’ also send them to buy ‘Igbo’ [marijuana],” adding that his trainees do not run such errands.

Our correspondent spoke to a man named Sniper, who appeared to be in his early 30s, who buys his marijuana from dealers loitering outside the main bowl.

He explained to our correspondent that the dealers, with bags of hemp slung over their shoulders, are careful to only sell to customers they can trust.

“They know how to sell to people,” Sniper said. “They will look at you very well. They know how to check people before they sell.”

Fun City

Although the National Stadium has long lost its shine as a sport center, it certainly does well as a social center, particularly at night. Perhaps the more flourishing businesses in the sport complex are those that offer food and drinks, with chilled beers and spicy ‘Nkwobi’ and pepper soup as main attractions. Beyond these are women who come to strut their stuff, hoping to strike a deal for the night. According to Sniper, there’s no dull moment in the stadium at night.

“Business is good here,” one of the joint owners said. “We have customers and because this place is secluded, they are free to do as they like. Some of them come in with their girls while some meet new girls here,” she said, smiling.

Little to Cheer

Undoubtedly, the stadium is an embarrassment to many Nigerians today, but Amanda and her mother are happy for the opportunity to use the stadium even in its poor state.

Six-year-old Amanda was one of the participants of the Olumide Ayodeji basketball camp.

After taking a few shots and drinking her water, she told our reporter that she loves coming to the stadium to play basketball with her friends.

“The basketball camp has helped keep the kids busy. They are on holiday, so instead of leaving them at home to watch TV all day or go for summer classes, sport is a better option,” Amanda’s mother explained.

Similarly, Laolu, a lawn tennis player, said he loves to visit the stadium.

“I like coming to the stadium, but my parents prevent me sometimes. Lawn tennis is not like other sports and this place is different from other parts of the stadium where you see rough boys. I am trying to save up so that I can buy my own racket,” he said.

More Talk, Less Action

Solomon Dalung, Minister for Youth and Sports, visited the stadium in March this year and acknowledged that it was in shambles.

“The national stadium, which was regarded as a monument of our national history, has become a national embarrassment. It is in a very sorry state, as the level of dilapidation can never be compared to our level of civilization,” Mr. Dalung said.

Prior to the minister’s visit, the Lagos State government indicated interest in acquiring the stadium, a move Mr. Dalung viewed positively.

“We can’t fold our arms and watch this monument continue to rot away. We intend to renovate the facility and bring it back to its prime position as sports city where other sports, apart from football, can also be developed. That is why I welcome the decision of the Lagos State government to step in to restore our national pride and bring it back to a state we all can be proud of.

"It is the first step and a very important step in the process of a possible takeover. This inspection has given us first hand information as to what is required to bring back the edifice to use,” assured Mr. Dalung.

He clarified, however, that taking over management of the stadium does not mean ceding ownership of it to Lagos.

Since visiting the stadium, little, if anything, has been done to improve it.

According to Deji Tinubu, the special adviser on sport to Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos State governor, the state government is still “waiting for a positive response from the federal government.”

Mr. Tinubu, who spoke with SaharaReporters about the handover, said the Lagos State government “will be patient.” He also said Lagos State has no power over a federal government property without permission to take charge.

However, should a federal government property become a harbinger of insecurity, patience might not be the best virtue, because as it stands, no one knows for sure whether or not such patience will pay off.

But until then, urchins will continue to use the stadium to buy drugs while prostitutes flourish in the monument of shame.

Good News for Nigeria as Oil Prices Escalates

As of noon on Monday, September 25th just after the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) excluded Nigeria from the oil production cut, the oil prices esaclated.
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Oil prices hit $57 on Monday after the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) maintained the decision to exempt Nigeria and Libya from the oil production cut, TheCable reports.

Members and non-members of the organisation had first agreed on the production cut in December 2016 to ease the supply glut in the market. This caused prices to fall as low as $29 in January 2016.

As of noon on Monday, Brent crude was trading at $57.57 per barrel, an increase of $1.15 from Friday’s trading price of $56.42.

US West Texas Intermediate was trading at $50.91 per barrel, an increase of 29 cents from Friday’s trading price of $50.62 a barrel.

The joint ministerial monitoring committee of OPEC and non-OPEC countries which held in Vienna on Friday had agreed that the original agreement be maintained.

Some countries had expressed concerns about increasing output from Nigeria and Libya.

Emmanuel Kachikwu, minister of state for petroleum resources, who led Nigeria’s delegation to the meeting, argued that though Nigeria’s production recovery efforts have made some appreciable progress since October last year, Nigeria is not yet out of the woods.

“OPEC’s actions are working and compliance is acceptable overall, although there needs to be some change. Changes are really related to Libya and Nigeria and the 100 percent compliance of everyone,” Bijan Zanganeh, Iran ‘s oil minister, told journalists on Friday.

However, he did not elaborate on the kind of changes to be made.

How to Handle Unauthorised Transactions on Your Bank Accounts

Have you recently had unauthorized people access your account and try to dupe you? Here is exactly what you need to do.
Debit cards

If you check your transactions through your bank on a regular basis, you may find a transaction that you did not authorise. Usually, this is a sign that someone has stolen your debit card or they have somehow skimmed the number and have access to your bank account.

It is important to act quickly to protect yourself and to stop this situation from escalating out of control. Here are the steps you need to take in this situation, according to www.thebalance.com.

Contact your bank: The first thing you need to do is to contact your bank and find out more about the transaction. The bank should be able to tell you if the transaction was from a debit card. If it was a debit card or point of sale transaction, it may be enough to cancel the debit card. Your bank can cancel a debit card over the phone, but you may need to go in to finish closing up your account. Make sure they put a temporary freeze on the account so that further charges accrue while you are on the way to the bank.

Contact the vendor: Next, you will need to contact the vendor to begin disputing the charge. Some vendors may work with you to press fraud charges and to generate a report that you can file with the police. It depends on where the charges were made, and how long ago they were made. If they posted to your account, you may have to wait several days to have money credited to your account. If you check your transactions on a daily basis, you may be able to catch the charge while it is still pending.

Dispute the charge with your bank: Some banks may have this step done separately from calling to cancel the card or close your account. You may be able to dispute the charge by filling out a form online or you may have to go into the bank to complete the transaction. This depends on your bank’s current policy. You have sixty days to dispute the charge formally. Still it is important to act as quickly as you can, especially if you need the money that was taken out of your account. This is one reason why it is so important to balance your account to your bank statement on a regular basis. You can do this monthly or weekly.

File a fraud or police report: Depending on the number of charges made and the severity of the situation, you may need to file a fraud report with your local police department. This shows the bank that you did not make the charges and can help to clear up your account.

This does not mean that you will receive money back more quickly, but it is helpful to show to businesses that may not think they have done anything wrong.

The police report may also be necessary if you find out that the thief has attempted identity theft as well. It is important that you keep a copy of the police report on file in case you need it in the future.

Switch your bank drafts to your new account or card: If you close your account, you will need to switch everything that was directly deposited or automatically drafted from that account. This means changing the information for each of the services that you use. If it was just the debit card, then you need to switch the services that you signed up with your debit card. It is helpful to keep a list of the automatic charges on your debit card so you can change them right away instead of dealing with the charges bouncing back and having services cancelled on you. It will only take a few minutes per account to change them online. It may take longer if you have to change them on the phone or in person.

Monitor your account and credit closely
Finally, you need to continue to monitor your account and your credit report closely. If the user had direct access to your account and not just your debit card, you may want to put a temporary freeze on your credit report to add extra protection for yourself. It is important to put a stop to this before it turns into full-blown identity theft. Check a credit report every four months, and check on your account daily to make sure you are safe. It is a good idea to closely monitor your other accounts as well. It can be frustrating when you find out that your information was compromised, but it makes it that much more important to monitor your information in the future. You may also want to be careful about which sites you shop at and that you watch for credit card skimmers at ATMs and vending machines.

While balancing a paper cheque book may seem like a thing of the past, the principles behind this practice are as valid as ever. In addition to preventing overdraft fees and catching erroneous charges, properly reconciling your cheque book can also allow you to take a better look at your financial habits, according to http://www.money-rates.com.

Taking charge of your records
The key to managing a current account is keeping an accurate record of your deposits and withdrawals. When you get in the habit of writing down every amount that comes in or out of your current account, the process can start to feel routine – possibly even satisfying. Recording every transaction that occurs (or verifying it online) and calculating your balance regularly is by far the most reliable way of managing your chequing account.

Still, some may struggle to record every purchase on a piece of paper. If you are one of those people who has given up on that level of organisation, develop your own system for tracking your account. This will require keeping careful tabs on your approximate balance and making sure not to exceed it. Because you are not being as precise here, it may be helpful to mentally round up the amounts on your purchases to prevent overdrafts.

Account management tools
There are a lot of tools available for managing a current account that didn’t exist a few years ago. Online banking can give you instant access to your balance and spending records. It can also allow you to set up regular payments for recurring bills, withdrawing directly from your account on a predetermined schedule. Some online banking systems may even produce detailed reports on where you are spending your money, which can help you make adjustments to improve your spending habits.

But while technology can help you manage your account, it can also help you mismanage it if you are not careful. As useful as computers are, they still require careful input from you. There is still no substitute for diligence and accuracy when it comes to financial record-keeping.

-Culled from money-rates and thebalance

Reverend Sister Says Religion Will Not Unite Nigerians

One of the participants of the Wole Soyinka Foundation and Cedars Institute sponsored Study Abroad In Lebanon (SAIL) program, Reverend Sister Mary Emilia Aboekwe, said she has come to the realization that religion will not unite Nigeria hence the need to downplay the presence of religion in the country.
The Reverend Sister said this on her arrival at Murtala Muhammed International Airport after a ten-day exchange program in Lebanon where she had the privilege to tour the country and learn about its culture and traditions.

Sister Aboekwe suggested the teaching of Islamic religion in Christian schools and vice versa, arguing that such will engender better understanding between Muslims and Christians alike. She said both Christians and Muslims worship the same god, and therefore the constant religious conflicts and misunderstandings are needless.

“After seeing what happened in Lebanon, I came to conclude that religion needs to be downplayed in Nigeria,” she said. “When we come out to discuss the unity of this nation, let us put religion aside, because it will not unite us. We will never be united when we talk of religion. Instead let us all believe that we are all children of God, created by one God.”

Referring to the agitation in the eastern part of Nigeria for a separate state, Sister Aboekwe advised the government to consider dialogue just as the Lebanese used to find closure after their long, brutal civil war.

“What I discovered in Lebanon is that they had long years of war, beginning from 1975, but what marveled me in Lebanon was the way they are living today. They have good infrastructural development despite the long years of war, so I began to wonder why Nigeria is the way it is today. We had only three years of civil war in Nigeria and the effects of war are still with us, but in Lebanon they have outgrown it.  In talking about the war and their losses, not repressing it, they were able to heal faster,” the Reverend Sister said.

She also urged the Nigerian government to learn financial prudence from the Lebanese government so they can invest Nigerian resources wisely.

Also sharing his experiences during the exchange program, Ademola Oloruntoba Adenle said he wished Nigeria would follow the Lebanese on history preservation. He opined that despite the influence of civilization, the Lebanese are consistent with their culture and traditions.

He also expressed excitement about the presence of African literature, particularly Nigerian literature, in the Lebanese schools.

“They look towards West Africa or Africa generally for literature. I heard a lecturer said he teaches Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart in their university,” Mr. Adenle said.

Similarly, Salamatu Sule, another participant, agreed that Nigerian literature has much to offer the Lebanese because of its multiplicity in experiences and genres.

She encouraged Nigerians to learn from the smooth relationship among different religious groups in Lebanon.

Other beneficiaries of the program included Ayomide OladeleFaji, Blessing James Christopher, Christain Nyamali, Eyitemi Eyibojode Soyinka, Imam Khalid, Okani Chinelo Kasimma, and Oluwole Adegoke Adedoyin.

Fear and Panic Grip Passengers as Abuja Train Breaks Down in Jere

Jere, a community along the Abuja-Kaduna road that experienced series of kidnapping recently is the venue of a train breakdown over the past weekend which made passengers panicked and fear.
Abuja train
Fear gripped passengers on Abuja-Kaduna train at the weekend when it experienced system failure near Jere, a community that experienced series of kidnapping recently.

According to DailyTrust, the Friday morning train, which took off from Idu in Abuja around 7.03am had system failure twice. The first was before the train took off in Idu, while the second was at Jere in Kaduna State.

It was gathered that the system failure in Jere lasted 20 minutes, raising tension among passengers. It happened around 8.02am and it was rectified by 8.22am. This is the second time the train is breaking down in less than two weeks.

Announcement was made by an official of the Nigerian Railway Service (NRC) that the system failure would be rectified in two minutes. “We are sorry passengers; we are having system failure which will be rectified in two minutes.”

It however took 20 minutes to be fixed. As soon as the announcement was made passengers panicked.

Policemen in the train alighted from it and mounted a sort of security around the train.

A regular passenger of the train urged the NRC authorities to guard against a repeat of the system failure. He also advocated for the deployment of more security personnel.

“We are lucky that it did not happen at night. I pray that this is urgently looked into because this is the safest means of getting to Kaduna from Abuja,” he said.

Another passenger said: “This is the second time that I’m experiencing this. The first time we spent hours but today (Friday) we only spent 20 minutes or so. Immediately it happened, what came to  my mind were kidnappers.”

Nollywood to Honour Apostle Suleiman and Pastor Iginla...See Details

Two Nigerian pastors are billed to be honoured by the Nollywood Ambassadors Awards for the role they have been playing in support of the movie industry.
Fierce preacher, Apostle Johnson Suleiman
Fierce preacher, Apostle Johnson Suleiman and Pastor Joshua Iginla have been nominated for the maiden edition of the Nollywood Ambassadors Awards (NAA) slated to hold in Abuja on Sept. 29.

Mr Sunny-Ken Awoji, President of Nollywood Ambassadors International Initiative, organisers of the event, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

According to him, “Suleiman, the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, will be honoured as ‘Nollywood Most Friendly Clergyman’ for his `passionate’ care and support for the movie industry, particularly for actors.

He added that Iginla of the Champions Royal Assembly, based in the Federal Capital Territory, will be awarded as the ’Most Supportive Clergyman of the Year.’

“In spite of their huge spiritual responsibilities, these men have committed their resources to the wellbeing of Nollywood over the years.

“They are among our unsung heroes and worthy ambassadors that should be honoured, in a way of saying thank you to them.

“They have severally paid the medical bills of some of our own when they were having health challenges, and in some cases sponsored others for medical trips abroad.

“Pastor Iginla has made it a tradition to motivate our actors whenever he is celebrating his birthday by giving them cars and other material items of value to the industry.

“Having shown uncommon patriotism to Nollywood, they need to be celebrated for them to be inspired and do more for humanity,” Awoji said.

He added that there were individuals and organisations, within and outside the Nigerian motion picture industry, that have contributed toward its astronomical growth that were also listed on the honour roll.

He noted that anyone, across every sector, who has shown uncommon patriotism and contributed to the growth of the film making industry in Nigeria, was a worthy ambassador of Nollywood.

“Nollywood has evolved to become a global brand, and it is time to celebrate our brand ambassadors for their immense contributions to the growth of a brand that has created jobs for many Nigerians.”

Awoji explained that since the award was geared towards recognising both practitioners and supporters of the industry alike, the award has been classified into internal and external awards respectively.

He identified others listed for the award to include a clergy, Jide Ogunsakin, Admiral Festus Porbeni and Dr. Chief Andy Bassey to be honoured as “Youngest Entrepreneur of the Year, among others.

He added that Nollywood has also listed some of its best to be honoured as Best Guild President of the year, Most Creative Director of the year, Best Producer and the Best Director.

The Best Actors, Male and Female, ‘Kannywood Best Actor, and the Most Promising Actor, male and female respectively, would also be honoured among others.

Awoji explained that the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN) and other guilds within Nollywood were in support of the initiative.

He said that the choice of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as venue for the awards was to represent unity and oneness of Nollywood.

-NAN

Unlawful Firearms Importation: Defendants Seek To Plead Guilty

Two of the five persons arrested for unlawful importation of firearms, Oscar Okafor and Donatus Achinulo, have informed the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos their intention to change please from "not guilty" to "guilty." The defendants, through their new lawyers, made the call today, Monday, September 25, before Justice Ayokunle Faji. The application was made orally by Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), representing Okafor and Mr. Paul Ananaba (SAN), representing Achinulo.

However, the judge directed the defendants to notify the Attorney General of the Federation of their intention to have their plea changed. He then adjourned the matter to tomorrow September 26 for the continuation of trial. The defendants were arraigned on June 14 by the AGF on an eight-count charge along with one Mahmoud Hassan, Salihu Danjuma and Matthew Okoye who is said to be at large.

On arraignment, they all pleaded not guilty to the all the allegations including unlawful important of 661 pump-action rifles into Nigeria. Justice  Faji denied them bail on the ground that the gravity of the charges leveled against them are enormous.
In the charges, the AGF said the defendants imported 661 pump-action rifles from Turkey through the Apapa Port in Lagos, using a 40-feet container, which they falsely claimed contained steel doors. To facilitate the illegal importation, the accused allegedly forged a number of documents including a bill of lading, a Form M and a Pre-Arrival Assessment Report.

According to the prosecution team led by Mr. Nebo Cole, in order to evade payment of Customs duty, the accused allegedly forged a bill of lading issued at Istanbul on January 9, 2017, falsely claiming that it was issued at Shanghai, China. In the forged Bill of Lading, they allegedly filled "steel door" as the content of the container instead of rifles. They were also said to have allegedly offered a bribe of N400,000 to an official of the Nigeria Customs Service attached to the Federal Operative Unit to influence the said officer not to conduct a "hundred percent search on the 40-feet container with number PONU 825914/3."

The prosecution also alleged that the first accused, Hassan, corrupted government officials when he gave N1m to Customs officers at the Apapa Port in order to prevent the search of the container by them.

In the last count, the Federal Government alleged that the defendants had between 2012 and 2016 illegally imported several double-barreled shotguns, pump-action rifles and single-barreled shotguns into the country through Lagos.

The eight counts charges filed against them border on conspiracy, importation of prohibited firearms, forgery, uttering of forged documents and bribery.

The offences were said to be contrary to sections 1(2)(c), 1(14) (a)(i) and 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2014.‎

IPOB Remains Terrorist Group Despite the Stance of EU and USA - Presidential Aide Speaks

A presidential aide has explained that the Indigenous People of Biafra remains a terrorist organization despite the stance of the EU and USA.
Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, the Special Adviser to the President on Prosecution, has described as inconsequential the recognition accorded the Indigenous People of Biafra by some foreign nations as a non-terrorist group, despite Nigeria’s recent proscription and designation of the group as a terrorist organisation.‎

According to Punch Metro, Obono-Obla also disclosed that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), would soon charge the promoters and members of the proscribed group for allegedly operating illegally in Nigeria in violation of Section 54 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act.

He maintained in a statement which he released late on Sunday that IPOB’s activities qualified it as a terrorist group as defined by the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2013.

The presidential aide said by its advocacy and modus of operation, IPOB terrorised, harassed or intimidated “those who do not subscribe it to its separatists ideology and ethnic bigotry before its proscription”.

He added, “So it is a terrorist organisation! This is also an organisation that was hounding and killing Nigerians in Rivers and Abia States before the military intervention!

“This is a group that was burning police stations; killing police officers, throwing bombs at military convoys, threatening to make the country ungovernable, threatening to stop governorship election in Anambra State!

“Most importantly a court of competent jurisdiction -Federal High Court has presided over by the Acting Chief Judge, Justice Abdul Kafarati upon an application filed by the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation hinged on Section 2 (1) (a) & (b) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act granted an order proscribing IPOB! So whether EU or United States of Nigeria or any foreign country says about IPOB is immaterial , irrelevant and of no moment!”

He insisted that the designation of IPOB as a terrorist group with the backing of a court order proscribing it last week was Nigeria’s domestic affair, which foreign nations should not meddle in.

With particular reference to the European Union and the United States of America, Obono-Obla said meddling in Nigeria’s internal affair could erode the nation’s sovereignty.

He said, “I have previously said that the international community should not meddle in our internal affairs because doing that will amount to an erosion of our sovereignty!

“The EU has no business absolutely and totally with our internal matters so if EU says it does not see IPOB as a terrorist group, it does not matter as far as Nigeria is concerned.

“It is inconsequential! We all know by the definition of a terrorist organisation within the meaning of the term as defined by the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act , IPOB is a terrorist organisation! Also it by its advocacy and modus of operation it is a terrorist organisation! It used to terrorise, harassing or intimidating those who do not subscribe it to its separatists ideology and ethnic bigotry before its proscription so it is a terrorist organisation!

“I want to add that the USA may say IPOB is not a terrorist organisation by US Law because it is a registered business concern in the State of California in the United States!

“However by Nigerian law a foreign company which is not registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission by the provisions of Section 53 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2004 is illegal.

“And by Section 54 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act it is a criminal offence for a foreign company to operate in Nigeria without registration! So all this while IPOB was operating in Nigeria illegally!”

Top Music Industry Practitioner Reveals Highest Paid Music Artiste in Nigeria

It will stun Nigerian music enthusiasts that David 'Davido' Adeleke despite the regular showcase of his opulent lifestyle, isn't the highest paid artiste in Nigeria.

Seasoned artiste manager, Alex Ozone has revealed the highest paid artiste in Nigeria.

Ozone said that YBNL boss, Olamide Adedeji, popularly known as Olamide or Badoo is currently the highest paid in terms of international shows.

Ozone said this in a chat with Showtime while commenting on fees Nigerian artistes charge for shows in the United Kingdom and United States.

The manager, who has over 17-years experience in artiste management, revealed that though Davido, Wizkid, Tekno, Kiss Daniel and others are worth a fortune, Olamide is the most expensive.

According to him, “The business doesn’t have a fixed price, it depends on the artiste; I cannot tell you how much each of them is worth.

“But like I told you, I have worked with Wizkid, Tekno, Oritsefemi, Patoranking, Davido, Terry G, Kiss Daniel, YQ, Skales, Olamide, and Timaya.

“They are all good, they know their worth. But in Nigeria, Olamide has the highest rate.”

Arewa Consultative Forum Gives Condition on Restructuring

One of the leading northern socio-cultural groups appear to be buying into the idea of restructuring Nigeria which it had earlier opposed.

The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has given condition that will make it support restructuring of the country.

National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Biu, in a chat with Punch, said ACF will only back dialogue that would keep Nigeria’s unity intact.

He said, “ACF respects the views of Nigerians on any structure of government that will strengthen our unity and peaceful coexistence for equitable development.

“ACF reaffirms its commitment to one united, indivisible and indissoluble Nigeria with equal rights and opportunities for all.

“We also support due process within our democratic institutions in effecting any structural change for the common good of all.”

Ambode Approves Reconstruction Of Onikan Stadium To Modern Sporting Arena

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the rehabilitation and upgrade of the 5,000 capacity Onikan Stadium, near Tafawa Balewa Square Lagos Island, in line with expectations of a 21st Century sporting facility. The stadium’s upgrade according to report is also in line with the new Onikan-Marina Regeneration plan.

However, earlier in the year, Ambode and the sports minister visited the Lagos National Stadium in order to take possession of the edifice, but nothing concrete is put on ground, months after the visit.

In a statement issued by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the State Government said the upgrade demonstrates its commitment to use sports as a potent tool for development and job creation; adding that the stadium, which is the oldest in Nigeria, was originally built in 1930 but was last renovated in the 1980s.

According to the Commissioner, the reconstruction of the stadium is in consonance with the vision of the present administration to transform the facility and other infrastructure within the locality into a tourism hub and make the stadium available for various sporting activities, especially football.

“The upgrading of the stadium will rekindle the interest of football fans in local league, as well as promote sports tourism, take sports to greater heights and encourage youth activities,” he said.

While noting that the upgraded stadium will further cement the State’s desire to attain a Host City status for local and international tournaments, Ayorinde remarked that it would also impact positively on the State’s revenue generation.

Elaborating on the scope of the upgrade, the Commissioner said the work would entail complete demolition of the existing facility, removal of the old turf, pitch, underground drainage and artificial pitch base.

He further stated that rehabilitation works would also be done on external and internal walls, electrical and mechanical installations; paved driveways, perimeter fence; borehole and water reticulation as well as external electricity lighting and landscaping amongst others.

Onikan Stadium has, over the years, served as a multi-purpose stadium used for many social and political activities apart from hosting of football matches but its fortunes nosedived in the past few years due to inadequate funding and maintenance.

“The Governor realized that the stadium in its present state could not inspire any sense of pride in Lagosians, especially our youths, and falls short of the expectations of a State that has always led the rest of the country in sporting activities,” Ayorinde noted.

He added that the reconstruction and upgrade of the stadium would complement the adjoining JK Randle Arts Centre, the proposed Lagos Museum, the Lagos History Centre as well as the Lagos Heritage Centre which are all tourism-inspired projects.

“Governor Ambode is passionate about sports development in the state, from the grassroots to the world stage and he is excited that the reconstruction will rekindle the love for local football league that is synonymous with the stadium and Lagos Island,” Ayorinde said.

4 Best Beaches in Africa

There is no doubt that Africa is a beautiful place and home to many ‘natural beauties’. One of such ‘natural beauties’ is its beaches. Africa has some of the best and most beautiful natural beaches you can find anywhere in the world. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 4 of the best beaches in Africa.

Tsarabanjina Beach

This is a lovely, tiny ‘idyllic’ beach located off the coast of Madagascar, near Nosy Be. It boasts of dreamy turquoise water and powdery sand. It’s a remote beach, more or less an island, that’s only accessible by boat. The best part of this beach is how exclusive it is; you’re unlikely to run into a large crowd because the place is notably associated with being devoid of crowds. It’s a great place for reflection or to spend some private or alone time with your significant other or someone special to you.

Watamu Beach

This quiet and ‘sandy paradise’ is found in Kenya’s Watamu Marine Park. It’s a popular destination for tourists and a great place for lovers of nature to revel in the beauty of its sea-shores and stunning views; the beach also has a beautiful and appealing ocean surface. It’s a great place to relax and unwind on your own or with loved ones.

Nungwi Beach

This is one of the major tourist attractions in Africa and is one of the breathtaking and outstanding beaches in the equally breathtaking Zanzibar. Its stunning views, glistening white sand and clear azure waters is indeed quite captivating and is sure to endear you to the dazzling Tanzanian archipelago called Zanzibar. The beach is located on the northernmost point of the Zanzibar island. It really is a stunning place to visit.



Uvongo Beach

This is a very popular beach in South Africa and one of the most beautiful beaches on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast. This beach is a safe place for locals and foreigners to unwind and explore the beach and its features, mainly because it is properly shark-netted and lifeguard protected. Uvongo is also perfect for a family day out as it has something for everyone. Children and youngsters can explore the beach’s rock pools or enjoy picnics or long walks on the beach with their parents. Lovers and young couples are also privy to enjoying long walks on the beach or laying together on beach chairs, enjoying being together. Surfers and bodyboarders also have a nice time surfing the waves of the sea, and provide nice entertainment for spectators or on-looker at shore.

4 Popular Foods To Eat When in South Africa

South Africa is a beautiful country with a lot to offer in terms of culture, entertainment, nature and even food. South Africa is home to quite a number of delicious, savoury and mouth-watering cuisines to savour and enjoy. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 4 popular and best foods to eat when in South Africa.

Cape Malay Curry

This dish is one of the widespread curry dishes in South Africa and is known for combining sweet and savory flavours using sweet spices like cinnamon and ginger, dried fruit (especially dried apricots), and savory seasonings like garlic and onions. This delicious South African delicacy basically consists of chicken thighs spiced up in South African curry and packed with flavourful spices. It is usually served with a side dish of sweet and fragrant rice.

Chakalaka

This is a traditional South African food and a ‘mainstay on the South African dinner table’. Chakalaka is a classic vegetable dish and a relish of tomatoes, carrots, baked beans and chillies with curry powder. This mouth-watering cuisine typically involves making gravy from chopped tomatoes and onions, then adding grated carrot, chillies, garlic, grated cabbage and/or diced cauliflower. The mixture is cooked until soft and seasoned as appropriate to bring out its rich taste. It is mainly served cold together with Pap (a starchy dish made from white corn maize), along with barbecued meat, breads, salad and stews.

Boerewors

This is a type of sausage that’s very popular in South Africa. It’s basically made of seasoned pork or from coarsely minced beef, sometimes combined with minced lamb and spices (typically toasted coriander seed, black pepper, nutmeg, cloves and allspice). It’s mostly prepared outside, where it’s grilled in an electric griller, or it can prepared indoors by baking in an oven.

Braai/ Shisha Nyama

This is a very popular meal in South Africa and is largely considered a part of the South African eating experience. This meal largely consists of barbecued meat and is usually accompanied with maize porridge (Pap en Vleis) and a cold glass of beer. The barbecued meat usually comprises of beef, chicken, pork, lamb or sausages.

Buhari Accused of Squandering N15 Trillion in 2 Years

The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration under the banner of the All Progressives Congress has been accused of wasting state resources in the last two years.
President Muhammadu Buhari
Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Isoko North Local Government Area, Delta State, Mr. Godwin Ogorugba, weekend, said the Federal Government, under All Progressives Congress, APC, has squandered N15 trillion in two years with no single road project completed.

Speaking at Otor-Igho community shortly after the Chairman of Isoko council, Mr. Emmanuel Egbabor, declared his intention to vie for the position for a second term, Ogorugba said the country had been impoverished by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration.

He said: “They have borrowed over N10 trillion, but the projects cannot be seen anywhere in the country. The money has been blown off systematically in the name of consultancy services.

“The former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, came up with so many road projects which can be seen everywhere. But today, APC’s government has not been unable to add a single kilometre of road to that.”

Earlier, Egbabor said infrastructure develop-ment, quality health care, and youth empowerment will form the policy thrust of his administration if re-elected.

Gunmen Open Fire as Olubadan Installs Mogajis, Baales at the Palace

Some journalists as well as some influential politicians were lucky to escape death on Monday after some gunmen opened fire during installation of Mogajis and Baales in Ibadan.
Oba Adetunji
Unknown gunmen reportedly shot sporadically at the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, during installation of Mogajis and Baales on Monday.

Punch newspaper who exclusively reported the story narrated thus;

"Three journalists; Olufemi Atoyebi, Demola Babalola, Jeremiah Oke; and a chieftain of Labour Party who was a former Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Sharafadeen Alli, were among the people who escaped death while the shooting lasted.

"While the activity was going on, the four gunmen in a black Toyota Sienna opened fire sporadically around 11:45am, shattering Alli’s car’s glass windows and other cars parked in front of the palace.

"The journalists, who were just arriving at the gate of the palace, were caught in the fire, but they escaped being shot as they ducked for cover in the drainage outlet in front of the palace.

"They were there for about 10 minutes until the gunmen sped off towards Molete end of Popoyemoja. Alli‎, who is the Asaju Balogun Olubadan of Ibadan land, was also lucky, as he was inside the car when bullets hit his car.

"The gunmen stopped in front of the palace, shooting and daring people inside the palace to come out and confront them. The shooting, however, did not stop the coronation inside the palace."

The Devil Used Me - Jealous Wife Confesses After Throwing Her 2 Stepchildren into a Well

A 20-year-old jealous housewife has been apprehended by the police after throwing her two step-children inside a well.
The suspect and the Police Boss
A 20-year-old woman in Nasarawa State identified as Aisha Isa, who is the second wife of her husband, has shown herself to be an incarnate of the devil after she allegedly killed the two daughters of her husband’s first wife.

The two girls, 4-year-old Zainab and 2-year-old Ramatu, were bound, hands and feet, and allegedly thrown into a well by Aisha leaving them to drown. The absolutely wicked act was committed in Yelwabassa village in Kokona Local Government Area, Nasarawa State.

It was gathered from the Commissioner of Police, Nasarawa State, Mohammed Kura, that the suspect, who is now in the custody of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Nasarawa State Police Command, claimed in a confessional statement to police detectives handling the case that she committed the alleged homicidal act because the mother of the two little girls forbade them from running errands for her.

Trouble began six years ago when she got married to Alhaji Isa, as the Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Kura told a reporter. It was not long before the new wife began to quarrel with the mother of the two girls.

In April 2017, Aisha killed the first victim, 2-year-old Ramatu, whose hands and legs she tied and threw into the well, where the little child died. The family simply buried her corpse and nobody found out how it happened. But nemesis caught up with her when she did the same thing to 4-year-old Zainab in August.

At the headquarters of the State Criminal Investigation Department where she is in custody, pending arraignment in court, Aisha, who lost her own 6-month-old baby gave a chilling account of what happened.

Her words: “It was the devil that used me. I took Ramatu, tied her two hands and legs and threw her into the well. In August 2017, I also took Zainab, tied her hands and legs and threw her into the well.

"After sometime I raised alarm, I shouted and attracted the attention of neighbours. My husband and the first wife rushed out. They asked what happened and I confessed immediately to them what I did.

“I have been having misunderstanding with my co-wife. She caused the problem. Whenever I sent the children on errand, she would tell them in my presence not to run errands for me. So, each time I called them, they ignored me. I decided to teach her children a lesson.”

Continuing, she said: “I got married six years ago. I gave birth to a baby 6-months ago, but the baby died. Since then I had no baby and I have been telling Allah to give another baby.”

After she confessed to her husband, he quickly went with a neighbor to report the crime at the Garaku Police Station.

With the enormity of what she did having hit home, a sense of remorse has overwhelmed Aisha and she pleaded: “I want the family to forgive me for what I did; I have regretted my mistake and want my husband to forgive me.”

The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia, Mr. Mohammed Akeera said that the suspect would be charged to court soon for the alleged murder.
 
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