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21 Jun 2018

Traders lose millions as fire consumes Fayose’s CoS family house

Fire has consumed the family house of the Ekiti State Chief of Staff, Dipo Anisulowo.

The building, located within the Oja Oba Market, in Ado Ekiti, housed 30 lock-up shops occupied by traders.

The fire, which consumed the shops, reportedly burnt property and goods estimated at N150m.

Traders operating under the aegis of the Ekiti State Youth Traders’ Association, linked the incident to an alleged arson by unknown persons.

The Chairman of the association, Opeyemi Fakayode, said the fire started about 7.30pm when the security guard had already arrived.

He said some of the property could have been saved by men of the state fire services, but for lack of water in their tankers.

Fakayode said, “When the firefighters came with two tankers, one of them had no water, while the other one with water could not pump because it was faulty. It was after this that we called Afe Babalola University, which deployed its tanker in the scene. But the property had already been razed before the tanker arrived.

“None of us was able to salvage a pin from that place. Even the guard had arrived and was about changing his clothes behind the building when he saw huge smokes billowing out of the windows.”

“We suspect arson because one of the window bars had bent, meaning that someone must have done that for a sinister purpose. We suspected that was where they set the building on fire. It could not have been an electrical problem because our electricity had been disconnected before the incident. Even the fuse of the generator we were using collectively was intact and was put on neutral.

“Some of us just bought fresh goods to sell when the incident happened and we may end up having nothing if we don’t get help.”

In a letter dated June 20, signed by the victims and addressed to the General Manager, State Emergency Management Agency, the traders appealed to the state government for relief materials.

They called for help from government and other well-meaning Nigerians to return to business.

Atiku’s ally drags Buhari to court for honouring MKO Abiola, Gani, Kingibe


A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Adamawa State and political ally of former Vice President, Atiku Abubaka, Dr. Umar Ardo, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to set aside the posthumous national honours conferred on the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, the late Chief M.K.O Abiola, and human rights activist, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi.

Ardo, a former Special Assistant on Research and Strategy to Atiku Abubakar, also asked the court to strip Abiola’s running mate in the 1993 presidential election, Babagana Kingibe, of the national honour conferred on him.

Ardo filed his motion on June 14 seeking the nullification of the conferment of the honours as a follow-up to the main suit which he earlier filed on June 11 seeking to stop the investiture ceremony.

He had filed the suit marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/609/2018, contending that “without the advice of the Council of State,” the President lacked the power to confer the national honours as planned.

He joined the President, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, and the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), as the defendants.

The President had on June 12 proceeded to posthumously confer the highest national honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic on Abiola for the significant contribution of June 12, 1993 presidential election to Nigeria’s democracy.

But Ardo, through his lawyer, Doueyi Fiderikumo, filed his motion on June 14, seeking, “An order setting aside the conferment of national honours on the late Chief MKO Abiola, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe and the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN.”

As part of the grounds for the application, the plaintiff stated in an affidavit filed in support of the motion, “After the institution of the present suit, I served a letter on the defendants/respondents drawing their attention to the existence of the present suit and urged them to stay action on the conferment of honors on the trio of late Chief M.K.O. Abiola, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe and late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, pending the hearing of the case before this court.

“I also served on the said defendants advance copy of the originating processes in the suit and the pending motion for interlocutory injunction along with the said letter.”

The case is yet to be assigned to a judge at the moment.

Opposition politicians planning to kill me – Gov Umahi says

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State on Wednesday alleged that the opposition leaders in the state are plotting to assassinate him in order to take over the state in 2019.

Umahi raised the alarm after an emergency security meeting at the Government House in Abakaliki.

The governor had summoned the emergency security meeting following the discovery of an explosive device suspected to be an improvised explosive device (IED) at the headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) along Abakaliki Enugu Expressway by security agents.

Addressing newsmen after the security council meeting held at the State Executive Council Chambers, Government House in Abakaliki, the governor described the discovery of the IED as shocking and wondered why the opposition would be resorting to killings because of inordinate quest for political power.

Umani said “All the available security briefs from the commissioner of police to other security chiefs in the state pointed to the desperation of some persons in the opposition party to cause mayhem in the state ahead of 2019 general elections.

“The police discovered bomb in our PDP secretariat and from all accounts, the information from the security briefs from the commissioner of police, the IED was a little bit odd showing that it must have been planted by the desperate opposition people in one of the days I was at the secretariat for a meeting but God did not allow the thing to detonate and God will never allow it to happen to us.

“Our suspects are the desperate opposition people who have become jobless and aggressive ahead of the 2019 general election because they think they can cease power by all means.

“I have directed the security chiefs to make full scale investigation into the incident and report to their various headquarters while we as government will report to Mr. President.”

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World Cup: Super Eagles rated third worst team after first round of games


Following the 2-0 loss to Croatia in their opening game of the 2018 World Cup, the Super Eagles have been adjudged as the 29th best of the 32 teams participating at the World Cup after the first round of games.

British newspaper Daily Telegraph, in an appraisal of all the teams, rated Nigeria as only better than Saudi Arabia which lost the opening game of the competition 5-0 to host country Russia and debutants Panama who lost 3-0 to Belgium.

Of Nigeria’s performance, the paper wrote; “A horrible performance from a group of players who didn’t seem to grasp quite how important their opening game at the World Cup was. Whether the manager’s fault or those in green shirts, there was no urgency, no great surge to try and rescue a point, an isolated striker and full-backs who weren’t allowed to get forward. Nigeria should be so much better than this.”

Spain and Portugal, who played out an enthralling 3-3 draw came in first and second while Mexico, which defeated reigning champions Germany were rated third.

Brazil, who were held by Switzerland and England, late 2-1 winners over Tunisia round up the top five in the ratings.

Nigeria will play their second game on Friday against Iceland at the Volgograd Arena. Only an outright win can keep the Super Eagles hopes of staying in the competition alive.

2018 Budget difficult to implement with NASS’ alterations, says President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday lamented that the 2018 Appropriation Bill which he signed into law would be difficult, if not impossible, to implement because of the alterations members of the National Assembly effected on the document he submitted to them on November 7, 2017.

He accused the federal lawmakers of, among others, increasing the National Assembly budget from N125bn to N139.5bn, without any discussion with the Executive.

The President also accused them of injecting 6,403 projects of their own totalling N578bn into the national budget while making cuts amounting to N347bn in the allocations to 4,700 projects as submitted to them.

Buhari spoke shortly after signing the document into law in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President noted that many of the projects cut were critical and might be difficult, if not impossible, to implement with the reduced allocation.

He regretted that some of the new projects inserted by the National Assembly had not been properly conceptualised, designed and cost and would therefore be difficult to execute.

 The President said, “As I mentioned during the presentation of the 2018 Appropriation Bill, we intend to use the 2018 Budget to consolidate the achievements of previous budgets and deliver on Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017-2020.

“It is in this regard that I am concerned about some of the changes that the National Assembly has made to the budget proposals that I presented.

“The logic behind the constitutional direction that budgets should be proposed by the Executive is that, it is the Executive that knows and defines its policies and projects.

“Unfortunately, that has not been given much regard in what has been sent to me.  The National Assembly made cuts amounting to N347bn in the allocations to 4,700 projects submitted to them for consideration and introduced 6,403 projects of their own amounting to N578bn.

“Many of the projects cut are critical and may be difficult, if not impossible, to implement with the reduced allocation.  Some of the new projects inserted by the National Assembly have not been properly conceptualised, designed and costed and will therefore be difficult to execute.

“Furthermore, many of these new projects introduced by the National Assembly have been added to the budgets of most MDAs with no consideration for institutional capacity to execute them or the incremental recurrent expenditure that may be required.

“As it is, some of these projects relate to matters that are the responsibility of the states and local governments, and for which the Federal Government should therefore not be unduly burdened.”

Buhari cited examples of projects from which cuts were made to include the provisions for some nationally/regionally strategic infrastructure projects such as counterpart funding for the Mambilla Power Plant, Second Niger Bridge/ancillary roads, the East-West Road, Bonny-Bodo Road, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and Itakpe-Ajaokuta Rail Project which he said were cut by an aggregate of N11.5bn .

Similarly, the President said provisions for some ongoing critical infrastructure projects in Abuja, especially major arterial roads and the mass transit rail project were cut by a total of N7.5bn.

He added that the provision for rehabilitation and additional security measures for the United Nations Building by the FCT, Abuja was cut by N3.9bn from N4bn to N100m.

This, he said, would make it impossible for the Federal Government to fulfil its commitment to the UN on the project.

He added, “The provisions for various strategic interventions in the health sector such as the upgrade of some tertiary health institutions, transport and storage of vaccines through the cold chain supply system, provision of anti-retroviral drugs for persons on treatment, establishment of chemotherapy centres and procurement of dialysis consumables were cut by an aggregate amount of N7.45bn.

“The provision for security infrastructure in the 104 unity schools across the country  was cut by N3bn at a time when securing our students against acts of terrorism ought to be a major concern of government.

“The provision for the Federal Government’s National Housing Programme was cut by N8.7bn.

 “At a time when we are working with Labour to address compensation-related issues, a total of N5bn was cut from the provisions for Pension Redemption Fund and Public Service Wage Adjustment.

“The provisions for Export Expansion Grant and Special Economic Zones/Industrial Parks, which are key industrialisation initiatives of this administration, were cut by a total of N14.5bn.

 “The provision for construction of the Terminal Building at Enugu Airport was cut from N2bn to N500m which will further delay the completion of this critical project.

“The take-off grant for the Maritime University in Delta State, a key strategic initiative of the Federal Government, was cut from N5bn to N3.4bn.

“About 70 new road projects have been inserted into the budget of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.

“In doing so, the National Assembly applied some of the additional funds expected from the upward review of the oil price benchmark to the ministry’s vote.

“Regrettably, however, in order to make provision for some of the new roads, the amounts allocated to some strategic major roads have been cut by the National Assembly.

“Another area of concern is the increase by the National Assembly of the provisions for Statutory Transfers by an aggregate of N73.96bn.  Most of these increases are for recurrent expenditure at a time we are trying to keep down the cost of governance.

“An example of this increase is the budget of the National Assembly itself which has increased by N14.5bn, from N25bn to N139.5bn without any discussion with the Executive.”

Buhari, however, said he decided to sign the document despite his observations so that the pace of recovery of the nation’s economy would not be further slowed down.

He said he planned to seek remedy by preparing a supplementary or amendment budget.

The President expressed the hope that when ready, the National Assembly would give it an expeditious consideration.

Buhari said he was pleased with the success recorded in the implementation of the 2017 Budget.

He said N1.5trn had been released for the implementation of capital projects during the 2017 fiscal year.

In response to this and other policy measures implemented, he said his government had observed significant improvement in the performance of the Nigerian economy.

To achieve the laudable objectives of the 2018 Budget, Buhari said his administration would work hard to generate the revenues required to finance its projects and programmes.

He said the positive global oil market outlook, as well as continuing improvement in non-oil revenues, made him optimistic about the government’s ability to finance the budget.

He added, “However, being a deficit budget, the Borrowing Plan will be forwarded to the National Assembly shortly.  I crave the indulgence of the National Assembly for a speedy consideration and approval of the plan.

“The 2018 Budget I have just signed into law provides for aggregate expenditures of N9.12trn which is 22.6 per cent higher than the 2017 Appropriation.”

Buhari noted that when he submitted the 2018 Budget proposals to the National Assembly on November 7, 2017, he had hoped that the usual legislative review process would be quick, so as to move Nigeria towards a predictable January-December financial year.

He said while the Federal Government budget represents less than 10 per cent of aggregate yearly expenditures in the economy, it has a very significant accelerator effect on the financial plans of other tiers of government, and even more importantly, the private sector, which mostly operates on a January-December financial year.

Notwithstanding the delay this year, the President said he was determined to continue to work with the National Assembly towards improving the budgeting process and restoring the country to the January-December fiscal cycle.

We’re not worried about Buhari’s observations –N’Assembly

However, the two chambers of the National Assembly on Wednesday reacted to the concerns raised by President Buhari on the alterations made on the 2018 Appropriation Bill, saying the federal lawmakers did what they were supposed to do.

The Deputy Senate Leader, Alhaji  Bala Ibn Na’Allah; and the Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, stated this in separate interviews with State House correspondents after joining Buhari during the signing of the budget at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, were absent from the brief ceremony.

Na’Allah said the lawmakers were not worried about the concerns raised by the President because their job was a difficult one.

He said, “No, we are not worried. The job of parliamentarians is a very difficult one. The way the budget came, if we had allowed it to go that way, we would have been in trouble with those who elected us.

“You have to balance between the six geopolitical zones. It is the balancing efforts by the National Assembly that led to those observations and happily enough, he himself has said he is coming with a supplementary budget which will be dealt with as quickly as possible. I assure you about that one.”

Na’Allah said the process of approving supplementary budgets was short since it would be built on what has already been done by the National Assembly.

Although he agreed that Buhari was right on his observation on the delay in passing the budget, the senator said the federal lawmakers should not be blamed.

“About the issue of delay, the President is right, but at the same time, if you remember, you were here, the President had to order some MDAs to appear before the National Assembly for the purpose of defending their budgets.

“It is a very delicate issue. If somebody said he wants N500m for the maintenance of bridges nationwide, then you expect the National Assembly to say ok, that budget is approved because it came from the executive, then we have not done our work.

“We will be interested in knowing which of the roads are you going to maintain so that again, we don’t give another allocation in the next budget.

“Those observations are correct, but in the budgeting process, those things are normal.”

Na’Allah however said Nigerians should be happy that the budget had finally been signed and the President made it clear that it was going to be a build-up on the achievements recorded so far by the administration in impacting positively on the lives of the people.

Ado-Doguwa on his part admitted that some of the concerns raised by the President were critical.

He said once the supplementary budget was sent, the National Assembly would look at the concerns raised and treat it appropriately.

He said the federal lawmakers were ready to work hand-in-hand with the President.

He said, “I think some of these major concerns Mr. President has raised are very critical and I am afraid if I should be in a position to respond on behalf of the House.

“But for me as an individual and a member of the House of Representatives, I want to believe that the President is at liberty to raise some of these observations.

“But the most important thing you have to know is that the budget has been signed and is now a law of the federation and we expect the executive to now implement the law to the letter.

“Should the President however bring about an amendment or a supplementary budget for the National Assembly to consider, we will also at the same time be at liberty to look at the President’s concerns and those things he wants us to review.”

On the delay in passing the budget, Ado-Doguwa said, “Certainly, you wouldn’t expect us to just rubber stamp and just bring it back. We have to do the nitty-gritty of budget consideration.

“Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well and we have done what we think is the right thing to do to deliver on the expectations and the mandate bestowed on us by the people of our constituencies.”

He said although Dogara was unavoidably absent from the event, he shared in the spirit of the moment.

N’Assembly not a rubber stamp – Reps

However, the House reacted to the observations made by the President during the signing, absolving the National Assembly of blame in the delay of the budget and other issues raised by Buhari.

The House, in a statement through its Chairman, Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, explained that the legislature exercised its power of appropriation to make alterations to some of Buhari’s original proposals.

 “The budget is usually a proposal by the Executive to the National Assembly, which the latter is given the constitutional power of appropriation to alter, make additions, costs or reduce as it may deem necessary.

“The Legislature is not expected to be a rubber stamp by simply approving the Executive proposals and returning the budget to Mr. President. Therefore, the additions Mr. President complained of in his speech are justifiable,” the House said.

The House also noted that while the legislature was supportive of his desire to return the budget cycle to January-December, the late submission of the 2018 proposals was a major setback to realising that desire.

Namdas stated, “By the provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2007, the budget estimates should be with the National Assembly around September of the year. In the case of the 2018 budget, the estimates came behind schedule in November 2017, even though this attempt was seen as one of the earliest in recent years.

“Going forward, we urge the Executive to speed up the reporting time to the National Assembly by complying fully with the FRA.

“Besides, there were delays that should be blamed on the heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies. Mr. President will recall that he had to direct ministers and heads of agencies to go to the National Assembly to defend their proposals.

“This came after the National Assembly had persistently raised the alarm over the non-cooperative attitude of these government officials. On this ground, the delay in passing the budget cannot be blamed on the legislature.”

On the inclusion of new projects in the budget, the House explained that the legislature responded to the demands of their constituents by initiating projects that would directly impact on their lives.

“On the inclusion of new projects in the budget, we have to remind Mr. President that we are representatives of our people and wish to state that even the common man deserves a mention in the budget by including projects that will directly affect his life positively.

“Some of the projects designed by the executive, as high-sounding as their names suggest, do not meet the needs of the common man”, the House added.

Buhari lacks capacity to implement 2018 budget, says PDP

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party has said Buhari’s submission that the 2018 budget, will be difficult to implement “is a clear admission that he lacks the capacity and competence to run a development-oriented economy as desired by Nigerians.”

The party, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Wednesday said the President’s action was an indication that “the economy is in very bad hands.”

He said, “President Buhari, in picking holes on items that would directly impact on economic productivity, infrastructural advancement, rural development as well as those that would provide urgent palliatives to the plight of Nigerians, shows his aversion to developmental economy as well as insensitivity to the welfare of our citizens.

“In fact, President Buhari, in his comments on the budget has further de-marketed our economy before international investors, thereby worsening our woes as a nation.

“How on earth can a President, if indeed he loves the people, quarrel over budgetary items seeking to cushion the biting effect of the economic recession, particularly for the poor, who are the direct victims of the harsh policies of his incompetent administration?

“Furthermore, President Buhari’s resort to blaming the National Assembly for his inability to exert himself as a leader and ensure smooth implementation of the budget, further shows that he cares little about the actual needs of the people, having holed himself up in the comfort, security and pleasures of the Presidential Villa.”

Ologbodiyan urged the National Assembly to ensure strict implementation of the 2018 budget.

Why 34 Nigerians were deported by the United States Government

The United States Government on Wednesday deported 34 Nigerians for various offences.

A Nigeria Immigration Service source said it was a special deportation, as the deportees were sent home for fraud, homicide, impersonation and possession of prohibited items, among other offences.

The deportees, comprising 32 males and two females, arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 2.30pm aboard a chartered Omni Air International aircraft with Registration Number: W342AX.

The spokesperson for the Lagos Airport Police Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, confirmed the development.

“At about 14.30 hours (2.30pm), we received 34 Nigerians who were brought back from the United States. They were made up of 32 males and two females. “

He stated that 25 of the deportees were alleged to have committed criminal offences; one was allegedly involved in narcotics while the others were alleged to have committed immigration-related offences.

He said the deportees were received by officers of the NIS, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and the Nigeria Police Force.

Officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency were also on the ground to receive them, he added.

World Cup 2018: Rohr finally gives reason Nigeria lost 2-0 to Croatia

Coach Gernot Rohr has finally opened up on the real season Super Eagles players did not perform well in their first game at the Russia 2018 World against Croatia.

The Super Eagles fell 2-0 to the Balkans last weekend and the German seemed to have been keeping the truth to himself ever since.

But addressing his Wednesday press conference ahead of Friday’s second match against Iceland, the former Bayern Munich defender admitted that nine players named in the starting lineup were nervous.

He said the players were nervous playing in their first World Cup match against Croatia.

The Super Eagles stars that started a World Cup game for the first time in their careers are: Francis Uzoho, Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Abdullahi Shehu, Brian Idowu, Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi and Odion Ighalo.

Rohr said, ”9 out of the 11 players in the starting line-up against Croatia played their first World Cup match.

”Of course, nerves played a role there. But we worked on our set-pieces – both the offensive and the defensive ones. We know that we need to improve them.

”Our group is a tough one – the best in this World Cup, in my opinion. We should always keep that in mind. Croatia has one of the best midfield in the world.

”If you consider that, our organization wasn’t so bad. Croatia’s first goal was an own goal. Their first shot on target was in the 71st minute and it was a penalty. Therefore, we need to stay calm and focus on the next game.”

Shock as in-laws allegedly beat husband to death over domestic violence against wife

Tragedy struck in Ifira Akoko, in the Akoko South-East Local Government Area of Ondo State on Wednesday as an indigene of the town, Adelogba Ademuyiwa, was allegedly killed by his in-laws.

The 45-year-old was allegedly beaten to death by four men, who were members of his wife’s family, following an alleged domestic violence against his wife, Itunu.

According to a source in the town, the alleged killers took action against the deceased to avenge his wife’s maltreatment.

The source said, “The husband was fond of beating his wife. The domestic violence against the woman became unbearable for her family members.  So, on Tuesday, he again beat up his wife and took her to a health centre in the town.

“He was at the health centre with his wife when some boys from the wife’s family attacked him. They beat him till he gave up the ghost.”

Another source said the couple always had disagreements, adding that the fight on the day of the incident started when the deceased decided to marry a second wife.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Mr. Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident, adding that one of alleged killers had been arrested.

He said the command had started investigation into the matter.

Joseph identified one of the suspects as Adegboyega Adeola, saying others had fled the town.

He said, “About four men attacked the victim and we have arrested one of them. Others ran away. It is a pure case of murder and we are still looking for the other suspects, while the investigation is ongoing.”

VP Osinbajo returns to Ekiti, begs monarchs for not paying homage before Fayemi’s rally

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday begged Ekiti traditional rulers for not visiting them before he attended All Progressives Congress (APC) rally for governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

Protocol demands that top government functionaries including the President, Vice President, Governors, Ministers and diplomats pay homage to the paramount ruler of federating states whenever they visit.

But Osinbajo skipped this on Tuesday, a development that attracted condemnation from the indigenes of the state and even the monarchs.

“The monarchs didn’t find it funny. That the VP came into town went straight to the APC rally without greeting them as protocol dictates was – to them – an insult”, a source close to the council of traditional rulers told DAILY POST.

Apparently to correct the error, Osinbajo who left for Abuja after the campaign gathering on Tuesday, went back to Ekiti on Wednesday.

This time, the major agenda was to pay homage to the monarchs.

The Vice President, who headed straight to the palace of the Ewi of Ado, Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe, from Akure airport, apologised for his inability to pay homage to the monarchs on Tuesday.

He blamed an ‘emergency assignment in Abuja’ for the situation.

However, he urged traditional rulers in the state to ensure unity among people of various ethnic groups residing in their domains.

Osinbajo said working for unity in their various localities would assist the Federal Government to maintain peace in Ekiti and other parts of the country.

Osinbajo was accompanied on the visit by Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, Dr Kayode Fayemi, his running mate, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, and senior party leaders and campaign officials, appealed to monarchs to support Fayemi.

He also urged them to also collaborate with key stakeholders to ensure a peaceful conduct of the poll on July 14.

Responding, the Chairman of Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers and Oloye of Oye-Ekiti, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju, said monarchs would always support the government in executing policies that will make life easier for the masses.

Oba Ademolaju lauded the Buhari administration for various achievements recorded in office.‎

Reacting, campaign organization of Ekiti Deputy Governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Prof Kolapo Olusola described Osinbajo’s visit as “an afterthought and a damage control that can never redeem the image of the APC and Fayemi, as someone who do not have regard for the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe and the entire traditional rulers in the State.”

A statement signed by the Director of Media and Publicity, Lere Olayinka, said “unlike the APC, we in the PDP will continue to hold our traditional institution in very high esteem.”

Olayinka added; “It is insulting for the APC and Fayemi to have disrespected our Obas openly yesterday, and now come back to secretly apologise to them today.

“We are also surprised that the Vice President could allow Fayemi to dissuade him from paying homage to the traditional rulers.

“Most importantly, it is unexplainable for the Vice President to have wasted public fund to come to Ado Ekiti twice within 24 hours just because Fayemi never regarded Obas in the State as worthy of being paid homage to.

“However, like we said yesterday; “We were not surprised that Fayemi made his guests, especially the Vice President to shun the palace of Ewi of Ado Ekiti, because he cannot point to any major landmark achievement of his four years reign as governor. For four years, Fayemi promised to complete the Amphitheatre in the palace of Ewi, he never did.

“The hall where Fayemi and his guests would have been received and the amphitheatre where his supporters would have seated were built by the PDP government of Governor Ayodele Fayose.”

Man And His Wife Lands in Serious Trouble After Offering Newborn Baby For Sale

A couple, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Ojei was on Tuesday arrested by the police in Asaba, Delta State for alleged child trafficking, Daily Post reports.

Confirming the arrest of the suspects, the Police Commissioner in the state, Mr. Muhhamad Mustafa, said “the police detectives attached to the State CID acted on a tip-off to arrest the suspects around Okwe community Asaba for alleged child trafficking and selling of a new born baby girl for N750, 000”.

The suspects, from Abia State, upon interrogation, confessed to the crime, saying “We negotiated with a buyer when we were linked up by one madam Cash and the buyer agreed before we transfered the baby to her.”

According to the police boss, “investigation revealed that sometime in the month of November 2016, some suspected child traffickers were arrested in Ekwuoma and were detained for interrogations. Among these suspects, is one Nwakama Alias Madam Cash, the leader of the group who is also being detained for further investigation.

“All the suspects arrested in connection with the child trafficking would be charged to court on completion of investigation.

“We have zero tolerance for crime in Delta state, under my watch I will ensure all criminals are sent to jail so that residents in all parts of the state can sleep with their two eyes closed.”

20 Jun 2018

NYSC Member Wins $2,500 Painting Competition

Julius Agbaje, a 26-year-old 2018 Batch B National Youth Service Corps member, on Wednesday won the 2018 Afriture Panting competition in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Agbaje, who is serving with Silverbird Arts Galleria, went home with a cheque of $2,500, the star price.

The painting competition, which held at Omenka Arts Gallery, Ikoyi, had Oliver Enwonwu and Abiodun Olaku among the panel of judges.

Agbaje, who was overwhelmed with joy, said he would hold a series of solo art exhibitions, help his father to build his business and invest more in his career with the money.

“I’m overwhelmed with emotions right now. I have many aspirations in line with developing my career in arts and it is a dream come true.

“This is a push in the right direction for me. I have always wanted to impact lives through my work and this has given me the opportunity to achieve my dreams.

“I was discouraged at some point but had to encourage myself again. I thank God today, my dream has come through,” he said.

NAN reports that Agbaje’s work Virtual Reality, won the competition; while Emmanuel Eweje was second and Ifeanyi Ugwoke came third, among eight contestants.

Abiodun Olaku, one of the judges, said the criteria used in selecting the winner was the philosophy and design behind the painting.

“Philosophy is synonymous with the message of the artwork, while the design is how an artist expresses the philosophy through the painting,” he said.

Earlier, the organiser of the competition, Mr. Shogo Adaramati, said the competition would further encourage more upcoming artists to remain focused in their chosen career.

He said he was happy with the result of the maiden competition which would henceforth hold biennially.

“I am happy with the outcome; I rejoice with the winner and hope this will encourage more artists out there to remain hard working and focused,” he said.

Director, Young Graduate for Museums and Gallery, British Museum, London, Mr. Matthew Gansallo, said that works of arts should be appraised through the in-depth message it conveys to the viewers and not the physical beauty.

“For me, these works of arts are beautiful, considering the in-depth message they convey,” he said.

Agbaje describes himself as,”Visual artist, art instructor, events planner, fashion illustrator, comics illustrator, writer and performance artist.”



(NAN)

Messi's Mom Reveals How He Cries For World Cup Glory

Lionel Messi’s mother, Celia Cuccittini, said her son has been deeply affected by criticism of his performances with Argentina and insists he wants nothing more than to win the World Cup.
Argentina’s forward Lionel Messi runs with the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Argentina and Iceland at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 16, 2018.

Messi had a penalty saved in Argentina’s 1-1 draw with Iceland on Saturday, one day after Cristiano Ronaldo had a hat trick in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain.

Argentina lost three straight finals at major competitions in a three-year span — the 2014 World Cup against Germany and the second and third at the Copa America the following two years.

“His aim is to bring the Cup home, to win the World Cup,” Cuccittini said in an appearance on El Trece television show “Diario de Mariana.” “It’s one of his biggest desires. We see him suffer and cry at times.

“He is the first who wants to bring the Cup with him. He more than anyone would give everything for this to be his World Cup.”

CBN Boosts Foreign Exchange Market With $210m

Mr Isaac Okorafor, Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said the apex bank boosted the foreign exchange market with 210 million dollars to meet customers’ requests in various segments.
Okoroafor said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to him, the bank, in its desire to meet customers’ needs, offered 100 million dollars to authorised dealers in the wholesale segment of the market, while the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) segment got 55 million dollars.

Okorafor also said customers needing foreign exchange for invisibles such as tuition fees, medical payments and Basic Travel Allowance (BTA), among others, were also allocated 55 million dollars.

He recalled that the CBN on thursday, intervened with 343.06 million dollars to cater for requests in the retail segment of the foreign exchange market.

He added that the naira continued its stability in the foreign exchange market, exchanging at an average of N360 per dollar in the Bureau De Change (BDC), segment of the market Wednesday.



(NAN)

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo Breaks 62-Year-Old Record As Morocco Heads Home

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo netted an early diving header to help his side beat Morocco 1-0 in their second Group B match at the World Cup in Moscow Wednesday.
The Real Madrid striker headed in Joao Moutinho’s long cross just four minutes in to score what turned out to be the only goal of the match. Ronaldo’s 85th international goal made him Europe’s all-time leading international goalscorer as he broke Hungary legend Ferens Puskas’s 62-year-old record.

Ronaldo, who is 33, also scored all three goals for Portugal in their opening 3-3 draw against Spain and is the early front-runner for the Golden Boot award for most goals at the World Cup.

Morocco, who had a real go at the Luzhniki Stadium but failed to convert their chances, are pointless having also lost 1-0 to Iran and cannot progress to the second round.

Despite their battling display, Morocco will rue the unforgivable defending that made all their subsequent good work irrelevant.

They qualified for the finals without conceding a goal in six matches yet somehow opted against marking the most dangerous attacker at the tournament in the six yard box when Joao Moutinho swung in a cross from a short corner and Ronaldo duly buried the header.

It was his 85th international goal, taking him beyond Hungarian Ferenc Puskas’s European record, with only Iran’s Ali Daei ahead of him on 109 Portugal will play their last group game against Iran while Morocco face Spain, both on June 25.

World Cup: Spain Beat Iran 1-0 To Close In On World Cup Last 16

Spain beat a battling Iran 1-0 thanks to a deflected Diego Costa goal, putting them on course to qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup.
Iran had a goal from Mehdi Taremi disallowed for offside in the second half.

2018 Budget: It’s Our Duty To Tinker With The Budget, Reps Replies Buhari

The House of Representatives has justified the inclusion of new projects in the 2018 budget, insisting it is the duty of the National Assembly to make changes in the budget.
In an interview with Channels Television, spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazak Namdas, explained that the Nigerian constitution did not indicate that federal lawmakers cannot make input to the national budgets.

“The makers of the Constitution never envisaged that when a proposal is laid before the National Assembly we should return it the way the President or the executive brought it.

“If that is the case, there would be no point bringing it to the National Assembly. But the makers of this constitution know that there must be a second opinion because they are elected representatives of the people.

“For us to tinker with the budget is our duty,” Namdas said.

His comment is in reaction to President Buhari’s criticisms of the amendments which the lawmakers made to the 2018 Appropriation Bill before passing it.

Speaking further in response to the concerns raised by President Buhari that the National Assembly made cuts amounting to N347 billion in the 2018 budget, Namdas noted that some of the projects designed by the executive in the 2018 budget do not meet the needs of the common man.

Namdas said the lawmakers made the changes in the budget to ensure that the  interest of every Nigerian which the lawmakers represent at the National Assembly is reflected in the 2018 Budget .

“I am elected like any other 360 members of the House of Reps and 190 Senators. We represent consistencies. We know the issues on ground, so when we are working on this budget, you need to work to ensure that every part of this budget has fair share of the commonwealth of the nation.”

Janet Jackson Reveals ‘Intense’ Battle With Depression

Janet Jackson has revealed that she suffered an “intense” battle with depression, which she linked to a childhood inferiority complex and societal racism and sexism.
In an essay in the latest issue of Essence, a magazine geared toward African American women, the 52-year-old pop superstar said that she has found joy after giving birth to her first child last year.

But the singer — who became a superstar in her 20s with her blending of hip-hop into pop music and her elaborately choreographed live shows — said that her 30s were “difficult years.”

“The struggle was intense. I could analyze the source of my depression forever,” she said, according to excerpts released Wednesday.

“Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority. It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And of course there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism,” she said.

“Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way through it.”

The younger sister of King of Pop Michael Jackson, who also battled depression and anxiety, Janet Jackson returned with an album in 2015 and then abruptly suspended her tour.

She gave birth to her first child, Eissa, at an unusually late age and soon afterward announced her split with the boy’s father, her third husband Wissam Al Mana, a Qatari tycoon.

Essence announced that Jackson would headline a festival affiliated with the magazine next month in New Orleans.

She is also set to play later in July at Panorama, which is staged in New York by the promoters of Coachella, the major festival in California.

AFP

Budget 2018: We’re Not Worried About Buhari’s Observations, Says Deputy Senate Leader

The two chambers of the National Assembly on Wednesday reacted to the concerns raised by President Muhammadu Buhari on the alterations made on the 2018 Appropriation Act, saying the federal lawmakers did what they were supposed to do.
The Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah; and the Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, stated this in separate interviews with State House correspondents after joining Buhari during the signing of the budget at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, were absent at the brief ceremony.

Na’Allah said the lawmakers were not worried about the concerns raised by the President because their (lawmakers) job was a difficult one.

He said if they had allowed the budget to scale through the way Buhari submitted it to them, they would have been in trouble with those who elected them.

He said, “No, we are not worried. The job of parliamentarians is a very difficult one.

“The way the budget came, if we had allowed it to go that way, we would have been in trouble with those who elected us.

“You have to balance between the six geo political zones. It is the balancing efforts by the National Assembly that led to those observations and happily enough, he himself has said he is coming with a supplementary budget which will be dealt with as quickly as possible. I assure you about that one.”

Shock As Unnecessary Medications Kills 456 Patients In Hospital

More than 450 patients died prematurely in a British hospital after they were given powerful painkillers with no medical justification, in what a damning report on Wednesday found was a “disregard for human life.”
Britain’s prosecution service said it would examine whether criminal charges could be brought following the deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in southern England.

An independent panel found that between 1989 and 2000, there was an institutionalised regime of prescribing and administering dangerous doses of opioids at the hospital, which were not clinically necessary.

“There was a disregard for human life and a culture of shortening the lives of a large number of patients,” the report said, adding that warnings from nurses had been ignored and there had been a failure by police and medical regulators to protect patients.

“The families, and indeed the nation as a whole, are entitled to ask how these events could have happened,” it added.

The 387-page report concluded that 456 patients were given opioids without justification and “probably at least another 200 patients similarly affected but whose clinical notes were not found.”

“The events at Gosport Memorial Hospital were tragic, they are deeply troubling, and they brought unimaginable heartache to the families concerned,” Prime Minister Theresa May said in parliament. “The findings are obviously distressing.”

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt apologised in parliament to the families, and said police would work with the prosecutors on possible charges.

“Had the establishment listened when ordinary families raised concerns… many of those deaths would not have happened,” he said.

The report noted the Gosport deaths and the concerns raised about them occurred at the same time as it was revealed that British family physician Harold Shipman, dubbed “Dr Death,” had been responsible for killing patients in his care with lethal heroin injections.

Shipman, convicted in 2000 for murdering 15 patients, killed as many as 250 people in his care according to a later inquiry. But the panel examining the Gosport scandal said the circumstances were different.

“We draw a distinction because Harold Shipman acted alone, apparently, whereas what we are describing … in this report is an institutionalised practice, and that is a significant difference,” Reverend James Jones, the chairman of the independent panel, told reporters.

(Reuters)

News In Pictures: Fayose's Aide Loses Family House To Fire

A building allegedly belonging to the family of Mr. Dipo Anisulowo, the Chief of Staff to Ekiti State Governor, has been razed to the ground by fire.
The structure, located in Ado Ekiti within the Oja Oba market, housed 30 lock-up shops occupied by traders.

The Tuesday fire consumed property and goods worth about N150m belonging to the tenants.

An eyewitness account said the fire suddenly surged at about 7.30 pm on Tuesday and gutted the entire building formerly used by a new generation bank.

The traders operating under the aegis of Ekiti State Youth Traders’ Association linked the incident to alleged arson by unknown persons.

The chairman of the association, Opeyemi Fakayode, said it started at about 7.30 pm when the security guard had already arrived.

He said some of the property could have been saved by men of the fire services, but for lack of water in the firefighters’ tanker.

“When the firefighters came with two tankers, one of them had no water, while the other one with water could not pump, as the engine as reportedly faulty.

“It was after this we called Afe Babalola University, which deployed its tanker but the property had already been razed down completely before it arrived.

“None of us was able to salvage a pin from that place. Even the guard had arrived and had gone to change his clothes behind the building when he came back to meet a huge smoke coming through the windows.

“We suspect arson, because one of the window’s blade had bent, meaning that someone must have done that for sinister intention.

“We suspect that it was where they used to set the building on fire.

“It could not have been electrical problem, because our light had been disconnected before the incident.

“Even the fuse of the generator we were using collectively was intact and was put on neutral, which we believed could not have sparked fire.

“Some of us just went to the market to buy new products to sell when the incident happened and we may end up having nothing if we have no help.”

In a letter dated June 20 signed by the victims and addressed to the General Manager, State Emergency Management Agency, the traders appealed to the state government for relief materials.

They called for help from government and well-meaning Nigerians to return to business.

News In Pictures: Tragedy As Man Is Crushed To Death By His Mom's Coffin During Her Funeral

A grieving man was crushed to death by his own mother’s coffin during her funeral procession.
Samen Kondorura, 40, was carrying his mom Berta’s coffin during a service in Indonesia’s Parinding valley, in the North Toraja district.

Dozens of onlookers were filmed watching the elaborate ceremony, as pallbearers made their way up a wooden ladder.

They waited for a brief moment, waiting for helpers to dress the lakkian, a tower where the deceased is placed.

As they resumed the procession, one pallbearer missed his step shifting the ladder, which collapsed almost immediately.
Dozens were sent flying onto the ground, with horrified onlookers screaming and rushing to Kondorura’s aid.

After he was struck, Kondorura was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Julianto Sirait, chief commissioner of the Tana Toraja resort police force, told AFP: “As the mother’s coffin was being raised to the lakkian, suddenly the ladder shifted and collapsed, the coffin fell and hit the victim.”

Local news site Khaleej Times claimed the ladder was not properly secured by local authorities.

But Kondorura’s loved ones decided not to sue officials.
Kondorara’s body has been laid to rest beside his mother, it has been reported.

Indonesian tradition requires the casket to be placed on a lakkian, a carved tower where funeral rites are read.

Such ceremonies can last for days, with services involving music, dance and the sacrifice of water buffalo.

(AFP)

Don Jazzy Gives Marriage Advice, Urges Men To Appreciate Ladies Who Do This

Don Jazzy has surprisingly given some relationship advice on social media as he schools Nigerian men, asking them to appreciate ladies who accept their proposal.
Don Jazzy

Multi-award winning Nigerian music producer, Michael Collins, popularly known as Don Jazzy, has taken to his Twitter page to share some piece of advice for men who are about to get married to their better halves.

The Mavin Records CEO who is well known for his use of social media to share relevant bits of information from time to time, explained why the ladies who agree to marry a man must be properly taken care of.

Don Jazzy said he came to this conclusion because, according to him, ladies who say yes have been courted by much more handsome and wealthier men.

He wrote; "Guys if you propose to a babe and she says yes to you in this Instagram days. Better appreciate o. Cos MENNNN don toast am. But you won.
"I mean MENNN of timber and caliber ooo. Grown men with bearbear and your salary for 20 years."

News In Pictures: Atiku Abubakar Meets Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan Ahead Of 2019 Election

Nigeria's immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan has met with presidential hopeful, Atiku Abubakar in Bayelsa state.
Atiku Abubakar and Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has been described by former President Goodluck Jonathan as a hero of democracy in Nigeria.

Jonathan made the statement after Atiku payed him a visit on Wednesday at his country home in Otuoke, Bayelsa State.

Atiku Abubakar, who recalled Jonathan’s exemplary decision to hand over the reins of power without qualms, observed that that singular historic decision set him apart as a democrat of unimpeachable credentials.

Atiku, while reflecting on Jonathan’s action that doused tension in the country at that time, noted that the situation in Nigeria may have been different if he (Jonathan) did not voluntarily relinquish power.

“I want to say without equivocation that history will be very kind to you. As the democrat that I have always been, I want to say you have truly excelled! If you did not excel as a democrat par excellence, I wonder what the situation in Nigeria would be today”, Atiku said.

Atiku had during his visit to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti called on the APC to follow in the footsteps of Jonathan by accepting defeat if they lose the election.

Responding, Jonathan commended Atiku for appointing former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel as Director General of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation.

He noted that Daniel’s choice as DG was spot on considering that as DG of his own (Jonathan’s) Campaign in the South west, his hard work paid off and was capped with huge electoral success in the zone.

He said that his relationship with Atiku dates back to more than 16 years ago when he was Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State during which time the Waziri Adamawa showed him friendship and support.

On his own part, Daniel paid tribute to Jonathan as the most educated President Nigeria has ever had, who made it through the ranks as Deputy Governor to becoming Vice President and subsequently President of Nigeria.

Atiku was in Bayelsa from where he moved to Port Harcourt on Wednesday in continuation of his nationwide consultations for his 2019 presidential bid.

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WhatsApp Will Stop Working On THESE Phones Soon – Is Yours On The List?

Whatsapp has quietly announced that its app will soon stop working on a bunch of iPhones and Android phones.
The Facebook-owned messaging service currently boasts 1.5billion users worldwide, but it will cut off millions from its platform in the next two years.

WhatsApp sneakily revealed the purge in an update to an old blog post titled "support for older operating systems".

In it, the company says it will nix support for the following systems on February 1, 2020:

Android Gingerbread versions 2.3.7 and older.
Users of those operating systems can no longer create new WhastApp accounts, but will be able to use the app until the deadline.

What's more, the app could stop functioning at any time, so maybe it's time to buy a new phone.

Android Gingerbread launched in 2010 and still makes up for 0.3 percent of Android's market share – which amounts to roughly six million devices.

Back in December, WhatsApp ended support for BlackBerry OS (including BlackBerry 10) and Windows Phone 8.0 and older.

The iPhone 3GS is one of the phones that no longer supports WhatsApp
This is what the fill list of operating systems that are no longer supported by the app now looks like:


  • Android versions older than 2.3.3
  • Windows Phone 8.0 and older
  • iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
  • Nokia Symbian S60
  • BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10

If you use these older versions, WhatsApp recommends updating to the one of the following operating systems:


  • Android running OS 4.0+
  • iPhone running iOS 8+
  • Windows Phone 8.1+

"Once you have one of these devices, simply install WhatsApp and verify your phone number on the new device. Keep in mind that WhatsApp can only be activated with one phone number on one device at a time," writes WhatsApp.

"There's currently no option to transfer your chat history between platforms. However, we provide the option to send your chat history attached to an email."

WORLD CUP: Sweden Captain Surprised By Germany Lack Of ‘Balance’

Ahead of a crunch Group F tie with Germany on Saturday Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist said Wednesday he was “surprised” by the World Cup holders’ tactics in their shock 1-0 opening loss to Mexico.
The German defence was ripped apart by Mexico’s counter attacks, leaving Joachim Loew’s side under intense pressure before the Sochi clash with the Swedes who beat South Korea 1-0 Monday.

“Germany were quite offensive and Mexico made some quick contras, did some two against ones and three against twos,” said the 33-year-old Granqvist.

“It surprised me a little bit that they didn’t have more balance in the team, they are probably going to change that against us,” he said.

“We thought of course Germany was the favourite to win the group but now they have a more difficult task, to win two games in a row,” he added.

Asked if Janne Andersson’s men can copy the Mexico blueprint for success, Granqvist said Sweden “don’t play as Mexico play”.

“We are not the same type of players, we need to be very compact in defence and very solid”.

Even though a draw against Germany would be considered a good result, deadball specialist and midfield playmaker Emil Forsberg, source of much of Sweden’s creativity, said his team “want to win every game”.

“But first of all we have to defend well and then see what opportunities we get to win the game,” said the RB Leipzig winger.

Scoring goals at major tournaments has proved a struggle though for Sweden.

At Euro 2016, they managed just one, an own-goal conceded by Ireland.

Then it took a Video Assistant Referee (VAR)-assisted penalty scored by Granqvist to seal the win against South Korea.

Shorn of talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic who retired after Euro 2016, the unsung Swedes scored 26 goals during qualifying.

But the goals have dried up since their playoff win against Italy last November.

During a World Cup warm-up series of two defeats and two scoreless draws, they scored just once.

“We score when we need to, I’m not worried about that,” said Forsberg.

“Even if it is 1-0 or 2-0 it doesn’t matter for me, as long as we score in important games I’m happy,” he said.

(AFP)

Man Sexually Assaults Reporter During Live World Cup Coverage (Video)

Colombian reporter Julieth Gonzalez Theran was standing in a city square in Saransk, Russia, reporting on the World Cup for Deutsche Welle, a German news station.
However, right as she went live on television for her report, a man came running up into the shot, grabbed Gonzalez Theran and her breast, kissed her on the cheek, and quickly took off.

Gonzalez Theran didn’t let the attack faze her one bit, as she impressively continued right on with her report as if nothing had happened — even while the man was groping her.

“We do not deserve this treatment,” Gonzalez Theran posted on Instagram with the video of her report shortly after the incident. “We are equally valuable and professionals. I share the joy of football, but we must identify the limits of affection and harassment.”

The man has yet to be identified.

“I had been at the scene for two hours to prepare for the broadcast and there had been no interruptions,” Gonzalez Theran said. “When we went live, this fan took advantage of the situation. But afterwards, when

I checked to see if he was still there, he was gone.”

Gonzalez Theran and Bibiana Steinhaus — who is Germany’s first female referee in the Bundesliga — quickly condemned the man’s actions and blamed the “macho-dominated sports culture,” according to Deutsche Welle.

Gonzalez Theran isn’t just there to “bring some colour to the picture,” she said, but to “talk about systems and strategy” on the field, too.

“I feel for her, because this type of attack has happened several times in the past,” Steinhaus told Deutsche Welle. “Don’t kid yourself that similar misogynist things do not happen.”

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Drama As Police Blame Rats For Eating N6.5m In ATM

Police in India have blamed rats for nibbling on currency notes worth more than $18,173 stored in an ATM of the State Bank of India in Tinsukia district.
Tinsukia Police said it received a complaint from officials of the local branch of the state-run lender on June 14, saying they found notes worth Rs 12,38,000 in shreds in one of its ATMs on the outskirts of Tinsukia town, reports Hindustan Times

Prakash Sonowal, Tinsukia’s additional superintendent of police, said the bank in its complaint revealed that the ATM was not functional for about 12 days. “It was not dispensing cash,” he said.

An official from Sijuguri police station, who visited the ATM, said the problem was found out after a vault cutting unit arrived from Kolkata to check the malfunctioning machine. The official said the rats could have entered the machine through a small hole meant for wires.

“The carcass of a rat was found among the shredded notes,” the official said; adding that the bank officials managed to salvage another Rs 17,10,000 stored in the ATM.

The damaged banknotes were of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 denomination, the police said.

The police have ruled out any foul play even though the bank officials did not get a wind of it for more than 12 days after the ATM was shut down following technical failure.

“We have not found the involvement of any bank official or any outsider,” the police official said,

The official said that the report has been forwarded to the concerned SBI officials.

The photographs of the shredded notes inside the ATM have gone viral on Facebook and Twitter. Many have called it a demonetisation Part 2 and a “surgical strike by mice”.

BREAKING NEWS: OAU Takes Shocking Action Against Professor Over S*x-For-Marks Scandal

The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has announced the sacking of Prof. Richard Akindele for allegedly demanding sex from a student, Monica Osagie, to upgrade her mark.
The OAU Vice-Chancellor,  Eyitope Ogunbodede, announced the sacking at a press conference in Ile-Ife on Wednesday.

He said the Governing Council of the institution sacked the lecturer, “having found him guilty of all the charges against him.”

Ojuelegba Bridge Cleared After Tragic Accident Which Has Claimed Three Lives So Far

Officials of the Lagos State government this morning continued to clear the debris under the Ojuelegba bridge to ease vehicular movement in the axis of the state.
This comes hours after a truck with unknown registration number conveying a huge load of foreign wooden sheets (HDF) tilted while negotiating the curved of the bridge on Tuesday night and spilled its content on four vehicles – a Toyota Corolla car and three commercial buses.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said they activated an emergency response plan to the scene with other stakeholders, as soon as they received a distress regarding the incident.

“The prompt response by emergency/ security operatives to the scene culminated into the rescue of two trapped victims who were extracted with the aid of the agency’s light rescue equipment and immediately taken to the hospital by the officials of the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASEMBUS) for further medical treatment, but unfortunately three lives (male, adult) were confirmed lost to the incident,” LASEMA said in a statement on Wednesday.

They added that the officials and other responders ensured that all the wooden sheets and accident vehicles were cleared off the road to avoid any secondary incident and a free flow of traffic around the axis.

The General Manager of LASEMA, Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, noted that proper investigation would be conducted into the incident.

He also warned heavy duty drivers to ensure that their vehicles are in good conditions and that loaded goods are properly secured to the flatbed before embarking on any journey.

The LASEMA boss further advised that overloading of trucks be discouraged, as it often leads to fatal accidents on the highways.

Officials of the other agencies on the ground for the rescue and recovery operation include THE Nigeria Police Force, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Red Cross, SEHMU, LASTMA, and Lagos State Fire Service, among others.

Nigerians Blow Hot As Daddy Freeze And Leke Adeboye Fight Dirty In Public

Instagram has been abuzz since last night with the with the serial posts updated by popular Cool FM OAP, Daddy Freeze and Nigerians have not had it funny.
The first post which garnered a lot of consternation was a video of Pastor Adeboye's son, Leke Adeboye, complaining about how Nigerians have been "disturbing" his family asking for help to survive. 
@lekeadeboye, how are you and how is your daddy? Tell him I send my utmost regards and kind considerations. - You are making a lot of sense with this trade by batter suggestion, but let me ask you this, does your dad pay his private jet pilots with cassava or rice? Does he exchange garri for aviation fuel? - Charity they say begins at home, why not start by collecting tithes and offering in grains and cattle like it was originally intended in the Bible? - The ‘jokers’ you mentioned so respectfully, could go to one of the numerous redeemed schools littered across Nigeria, can’t they? This shouldn’t be rocket science. - You speak of money ‘saved’. I ask from where precisely? Through what means was this money ‘earned’? - Do accept my kind regards to yourself and Pastor E. A. Adeboye, your father. - ◄ Matthew 23:23 ► King James Bible Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law.... - ◄ Leviticus 27:32 ► New International Version Every tithe of the herd and flock--every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd's rod--will be holy to the LORD. - ◄ Deuteronomy 14:22 ► New Living Translation "You must set aside a tithe of your crops--one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year.
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Needless to say, this video did not go down well with people and they have since voiced out their distaste, not only against the video but also against the Adeboye's and the Redeemed Christian Church Of God. See some comments below:




See subsequent posts made by Daddy Freeze as Leke Adeboye continues to  stand by all he has said and the reactions of Nigerians:







 
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