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17 Aug 2018

Naira Gains 40k Against Dollar At Parallel Market

The Naira gained 40k against the dollar at the end of Friday trading, exchanging at N359.6 stronger than N360 traded on Thursday.

The Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N469 and N413 respectively.

At the Bureau De Change window, the Naira exchanged at N360 to the dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N469 and N413 respectively.
Trading at the investors’ window showed that the naira gained 30k to close at N362.50 from N362.53 traded on Wednesday, posting a turnover of 606.21 million dollars, while the Naira was sold at N306.10 at the Central Bank of Nigeria official rate.

NAN reports that the Naira had remained stable at the foreign exchange market, due largely to the series of interventions by the apex bank.


News In Pictures: Osinbajo Visits Site Of Collapsed Building In Abuja

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has visited the site of a four-storey building that collapsed in Abuja on Friday afternoon.

At least 18 people are trapped beneath the rubble of the four-storey building which collapsed around 1.30pm in the Jabi area of Abuja on Friday.

Our correspondent who was at the scene reported that the building, which was under construction when it collapsed, had over 25 people inside.
Rescue officials were said to have rescued about six persons, while a corpse was also evacuated. However, a heavy rain had hampered rescue operations.

The Ag.President was at the scene immediately the news broke. He went with senior government officials, including the FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello; and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

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Nigeria’s leadership is the missing link in Africa’s greatness says Kenyan Professor

Renowned Kenyan legal scholar, Professor Patrick Lumumba, has emphasized that Nigeria is the missing link in Africa’s greatness.

He made this known in his keynote speech at the Summit of The Alternatives (SOTA) which held in Abuja on the 15th and 16th August, 2018.

According to him, “Until African politicians, and by extension, the people get its politics right, Africa cannot realize its potential.

“Chinua Achebe in his book The Trouble With Nigeria, explained that the problem of Nigeria is simply that of leadership.

“I remember so vividly in 1963, when African leaders assembled in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, they were as passionate as they were correct; they were all envied in the early days…they all made sense.
“When one listened to Nnamdi Azikiwe, he made sense. When one listened to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, he made sense. When one listened to the Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, He made sense. A lot of other Africa leaders made sense.

“We soon began to see a new breed of coup d’état leaders; the men in arms in the political arena.

“That was when the rain started to beat us as a Nation.”

He further added that: “Nigeria occupies such an important place not only in Africa, but in the world.

“Nigeria is a leader when it comes to producing some of the greatest thinkers in Africa.

“What continues to hold Nigeria down are the political elites; the politics of money. They should realize that when they lead Nigeria, they are also leading Africa.

“When Nigeria sneezes, Africa catches a cold. Nigeria should realize that she should be the political mecca where African leaders pay pilgrimage.

“Nigeria must improve agriculture, health, so that our president does not sojourn abroad for medical tourism.

“Nigeria is blessed with everything you can think of but leadership; Nigeria has showed its leadership position in the African region through various peace keeping operations in Liberia, Sierra Leone and mention it, Nigeria is the only link to Africa’s success.”

Global speakers and regional representatives joined participants at The Summit of The Alternatives (SOTA) to call for young, gender sensitive, competent, capable and credible leadership through the 2019 elections in Nigeria, as the two-day event focused on shaping narratives to redefine Nigeria’s political landscape through a coalition of credible alternatives.

Giving the welcome address, the convener of the Red Card Movement, Dr. Oby Ezekwensili extensively introduced the idea behind the Summit of The Alternatives.

She emphasized on the need for a new Nigeria of our dream and the economic implication of having a visionary leadership, with character, competence and capacity.

The summit comprised of influencers and thought leaders that have demonstrated model character, competence and capacity in their various fields, with a strong desire to build and remodel through active engagement in Nigeria’s political space.

The first day kicked off with a keynote speech the ‘A Rallying Cry for an Alternative’, as speakers and partners made presentations that centred on the need for Nigeria to get it right and insist on leadership criteria of character, competence and capacity.

The event also included panel discussions to further drive the new agenda for a new Nigeria. Campaign/Party Finance; Cultivating Grassroots Movements; Media Approaches to Elections; Nuances and Metrics of Youth and Women Inclusion in today’s Democracy; INEC: An Overview of Electoral Preparations in the areas of hardware, software and process; Youth Inclusion and Building a Political Brand.

The second day of the event had alternative political parties and presidential aspirants such Sowore Omoyele, Fela Durotoye, Dr Elishama Ideh, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, Emmanuel Etim, Dr Thomas- Wilson Ikubese, Engineer Martins Onovo, and Tope Fasua who addressed citizens on topical issues centred around the new Nigerian of our dream. These aspirants and political parties considered the need for a coalition of the 89 alternative political parties that will further strengthen the objectives of the summit.

SOTA is a collaborative idea of different groups such as Red Card Movement, Centre for Democracy and Development, Yiaga Africa, Nigeria First Project, BudgIT, EiE Nigeria and passionate citizens Framing the New Nigeria of our dream.

PDP Chairman Secondus Appoints Chidoka As Special Adviser

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has appointed a former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Osita Chidoka, as his special adviser on strategy and external engagements.

A statement issued on Friday by the spokesman of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said Chidoka, who was also a one time Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), has since resumed duties.
“Chidoka, who is well reputed for his ingenuity and organisational skills in public office, is expected to bring to bear his analytical expertise and wealth of experience in political strategy development, coordination and implementation, as the PDP sets for the 2019 general elections,” the statement said.

Third Mainland Bridge To Be Shut By End Of August

Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, on Friday said the Third Mainland Bridge will be shut for repair at the end of the month.

Fashola said the Federal Government wants to seize the opportunity of the sallah period where traffic will be light on the bridge due to people travelling out of the state for the festival.

He spoke an Interactive Session with members of the public at City Hall in Lagos Island.

The minister said: “The Third Mainland Bridge will be shut at the end of this month. The specific dates I will get our media people to deal with so that nobody will go and report that it is going to be shut for 27 months (laugh). We are going to shut it first for I think at least three days.
Those days will be in August for inspection, just to be sure that what we saw when we were procuring has not been materially altered.

When it is going to be shut for repairs, we will come back to let the state government and the citizens know. Between now and that period, we expect to have started construction work on Apapa-Oworonsoki road.”

According to him, maintenance and repairs are ongoing on various bridges across the country to keep them in shape.

He said N270 billion were estimated for those bridges.

He admitted that not all the bridges are due for emergency maintenance.

On regular electricity, Fashola said the distribution companies still need to do more to get the power to the end users.

Power generation in the country, he said, has increased from 4000 megawatts to 7000 megawatts.

He explained that government on its part has done all required in ensuring regular power supply across the country.

“Power generation has moved from 4,000mw to 7,000mw. The responsibility of now bringing power to your homes lies now with the Distribution Companies,” he said.

The minister said power plants across the country are being engineered to increase power generation, noting that “Azura will give us 459mw, while Kaduna is bringing 215mw, 2 turbines are already being tested. There’s 240mw in Afam and ready to go. If we add these three, that’s roughly 1,000mw new power generation to the grid.”

On the increase in the tariff by the DisCos, the minister said the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) is the body authorised to deal with the tariff.

Chaos As Madman Kills Herbalist Over Goat

There was palpable tension in Oba Aguleri in Anambra East local government area, Anambra state following alleged gruesome murder of a native doctor by a man suspected to be mentally unstable in the area.

The murder was said to have triggered protest leading to destruction of properties worth millions of naira while business activities were apparently shut down in the area.

The Nation gathered that trouble ensued when the native doctor [name withheld] tied a goat bought for spiritual sacrifice to a tree and went into the market to pick other items, but could not find it soon after his return.
A resident of the area, who preferred anonymity, said the native doctor enquired about the whereabouts of his sacrificial goat as soon he noticed its sudden disappearance.

“He was informed that a wandering madman untied it and took it to his house few kilometers away.

“They gave him direction on how to reach the lunatic’s house and he went straight to the place without fear of attack as he relied on the efficacy of his charm.

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“When he got there, he met the madman already making advance plans to slaughter the goat for a meal.

“While he was still demanding to know the reason the madman took his goat, he quickly dashed into his room and came out with a machete.

“The native doctor took to his heels on sighting the machete in the hand of the madman,” he said.

The resident who said the mad man ran after the native doctor, however said the madman caught up with him and macheted him severally after he fell down.

“The native doctor bled to death before help could reach him,” he added.

The Nation further learnt that irate youths in the area immediately mobilized and headed for the madman’s house to avenge the killing of their kinsman.

It was also gathered that the crisis would have degenerated to further communal crisis but for the prompt intervention of security operatives who arrived the scene following a distress call.

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident, saying the suspected murderer and three other suspects had been arrested, linking the rampage to the death of the native doctor.

His words, “the man that killed the deceased had been arrested with three others making a total of four suspects “.

2019: INEC Releases Elections Notice In Lagos

As part of its preparations for the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral (INEC) in Lagos State on Friday published the notice of elections at its State office, INEC Local Government offices, and state Registration Areas. INEC gave this directive in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Mr Femi Akinbiyi.

“The action is in accordance with the approved deadline for the conduct of the 2019 general elections, as contained in Section 30 of the Electoral Act,’’ Akinbiyi said.

The Electoral Act states that: “The Commission shall, not later than 90 days before the day appointed for holding of an election under this Act, publish a notice in each state of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.”
Akinbiyi explained that the Act requested the commission to state the date of the election and appoint the place at which nomination papers are to be delivered. He added that the Act also demands that the notice should be published in each constituency in respect of which an election is to be held.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that both the Presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on Feb. 16, 2019, while the governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections are slated for March 2.

Jose Mourinho Finally Breaks Silence On His Relationship With Pogba

Jose Mourinho has broken his silence on his relationship with French World Cup winner Paul Pogba and insists there has been no disagreement with Manchester United’s record signing.

A summer of discontent has seen repeated reports that Pogba wishes to leave the club he joined from Juventus for £89.3 million two summers ago and move to Barcelona.

They were followed by claims this week that manager and player had exchanged angry words in a heated meeting after comments made by Pogba following last week’s opening league fixture against Leicester.

Having starred, and scored, in United’s 2-1 victory, just four days after returning to pre-season training following his World Cup adventures, Pogba claimed: “There are things I cannot say otherwise I will get fined.”

But Mourinho, preparing for Sunday’s visit to Brighton, insists that argument never took place.

“The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks and I’ve never been so happy with him as I am now, that’s the truth. I cannot demand more from him,” Mourinho told reporters on Friday.
“He came here on a Monday, trained three days, I asked for his support for his contribution in an important match for us when the team had difficulties, he did it better and for more time than we could expect.

“When he says he did it for the fans and for the team, it is exactly what I want. It is exactly what I demand from my players.

“He’s working well, playing well, he does it for the fans, he does for the team and that’s what I want. To play for the team and I couldn’t be happier than what I am.”

Pogba will remain captain for the Brighton game, although Mourinho explained that Antonio Valencia will reclaim the armband when he returns to action following a calf injury.

And the United manager refused to comment about Pogba’s post-match outburst.

‘No problems’
“I don’t care,” said Mourinho. “I repeat: I want him to play well, I want him to play for that team, the fans and that is what it is.

“He’s working extremely well here but I have to say in his defence, don’t put him in a situation that people can think he’s not a polite, educated guy — he is.

“He never had a fight with me. We never had a heated exchange of words, everything is respected, I have no problems at all.”

Mourinho also laughed off suggestions that Pogba would have faced a fine for talking his mind — pointing out that the only United player to have been fined on his watch was Anthony Martial, fined £180,000 for failing to return to their pre-season USA tour following the birth of his child.

“You have to ask Paul,” said Mourinho. “I’m here for two years and a couple of months and the only player that was fined was Anthony Martial, so it’s not easy to be fined here.

“So you have to ask him. I’m not going to ask him. I want him to work the way he is doing and play the way he is doing and that’s all that matters.”

After a strong showing in the World Cup and United’s opening fixture, Pogba has set a standard which Mourinho claims he is confident the midfielder will maintain — although he will have no problem if not.

“I am very confident but if he doesn’t that’s football,” said Mourinho. “If his objective is to play for the team, for the fans, if this is the objective, he has the right for a bad match.

“Everybody has a bad day and has little ups and downs in the performance level.”

Mourinho will welcome Jesse Lingard back into his squad against Brighton, after returning from World Cup duty.

Court's Failure To Vacate Giwa’s Ex Parte Order Cause More Anxiety In NFF Crisis

A Federal High Court sitting in Jos on Friday failed to vacate the ex parte granted Chris Giwa, one of the parties in the leadership crisis that has engulfed the Nigeria Football Federation.

The court had granted the order on June 5, 2018, which gave Giwa the impetus to pose as the President of the NFF.

Following that order, Giwa moved into the NFF headquarters last month, a development that did not go down well with Giwa’s rival, Amaju Pinnick, who rushed to the court with three motions on notice asking the court to vacate the order.

When the case came up for hearing on Friday, counsel for Pinnick, Mr Festus Ukpe, told the court that he had filed three motions on notice and was seeking the leave of court to move them.
He said that the motions sought to ask the court to vacate the ex parte order earlier granted Giwa on June 5, 2018, so that Nigeria could escape a ban from football activities as threatened by FIFA.
But Giwa’s counsel, Mr Habila Ardzard, raised an objection to Pinnick’s motions, and notified the court of a pending appeal he filed before the Jos Court of Appeal in respect of the case.

He explained that the appeal was challenging the ruling of Justice Musa Kurya which allowed Pinnick to serve Giwa a photocopy of the said motions on notice, instead of original copies.

Ardzard argued that any attempt by the judge to hear any of Pinnick’s motions would amount to “abuse of court processes’’ and “judicial rascality.’’

“My Lord, this Honourable court has been informed of the said appeal before the Jos Court of Appeal, and by that, this court lacks the jurisdiction to continue with this matter pending the determination of the appeal.

“This is the position of the Supreme Court and that of the Appellate court; if the lower court will do otherwise, it will only be setting itself on a collision course with the Apex and Appellate Courts.

“We hereby urge your lordship to adjourn the case pending the determination of the appeal by the appellate court,” he argued.

Kurya, in his ruling, said that there were two posers – whether there was an appeal, and whether he could continue with the matter.

In answering the two posers, the judge declared that he had resolved the two in favour of Giwa, and therefore decided to adjourn the case indefinitely.

“Since there is an appeal before the appellate court, I don’t want to be involved in any judicial rascally, therefore I hereby adjourn the case indefinitely,’’ he declared.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the latest attempt is the third by Pinnick to convince the court to vacate the ex parte order it granted Giwa.

NAN also reports that the court’s position had created anxiety in soccer circles following the threat by FIFA to ban Nigeria if the NFF leadership crisis is not resolved.

FIFA had given Nigeria up to Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, to resolve the NFF leadership crisis between Chris Giwa and Amaju Pinnick or face a ban on all football affairs.


Lionel Messi’s Brother Lands In Jail For Illegal Firearms Possession

Matias Messi, the older brother of Lionel Messi has been sentenced to two and a half years in jail on Thursday, for the illegal possession of firearms.

The older Messi will however not spend any time in jail, as his sentence has been commuted to community service, reports Soccer Laduma.
Matias was found in possession of an unlicensed gun back in November 2017. The weapon was reportedly found inside a blood-stained boat that Matias allegedly crashed in the Parana River that flows through a few countries in South America.

Matias has had several encounters with the law over the years and was arrested in May when he reportedly threatened a civilian with a gun following a car accident.

News In Pictures: Davido Hosted In Rivers State Government House

Governor Nyesom Wike has hosted famous popstar, Davido and his crew at the Rivers state government house.

David Adeleke, the Nigerian mega-star musician, popularly called Davido has declared his ambition to partner with the Rivers State Government to develop music talents in the state.

Davido who spoke during the visit to Governor Wike at the Government House Port Harcourt on Friday stated that Davido Music Worldwide has identified young musicians who will be promoted in the state.
The pop star lauded Governor Wike for being one of the best performing governors in the current dispensation, saying that his visit exposed him to several developmental projects of the governor.

He noted that his goal is grow international music stars outside Lagos and empower more youths through music.

He announced that his organisation will organise a major music concert in Port in December where local and international music stars will participate.

He appealed to the Rivers State Governor to support the governorship campaign of his uncle, Senator Ademola Adeleke for Osun State Government House.
The Mega-Star Musician condoled with the Rivers State Governor on the death of the Attorney General of Rivers State, Hon Emmanuel Aguma. He prayed God to grant him the strength to bear the loss.

Responding, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike assured Davido that the Rivers State Government will partner with him to groom young musicians in the state.

“We are committed to youth empowerment. Supporting musicians to grow is one of such avenues. Therefore, we will partner with you to grow Rivers based musicians”, he said.

Governor Wike commended Davido for collaborating with Rivers-born International Musician, Duncan Mighty.

The governor added that the State Government will work with Davido to ensure that his Port Harcourt Music Concert slated for December is successful.

“Let me thank you for growing Local Talent in music. We will partner with you for the December Music Concert. We are particularly happy with the collaboration with our Super-Star Musician, Duncan Mighty”, Governor Wike said.
Governor Wike assured Davido that he will support Senator Adeleke to emerge victorious during the Osun State Governorship Election. He said entire PDP structure will work for the victory of Senator Adeleke.

Simeon Nwakaudu,
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.
17th August, 2018

‘This Is Satanic’ Bus Preacher Screams As He Gets Less Than N10 Offering In Shocking Video

A Kenyan bus preacher showed his displeasure at the meagre offering, he got at the end of his preaching session on a commercial bus.

According to a video shared on Twitter by Brian Mutinda @brianmutinda_ on Friday, the preacher got angry when passengers only offered him one Kenyan shilling (N3,58) after he asked them to support his ministry.
The preacher can be heard lecturing the passengers wondering how one “can give a man of God who will bury you, such money,”  in the video, reports Citizen Kenya.

“Can you give this to your child? You can’t! How come you can give me, a man of God?” the agitated preacher asked a passenger thrusting the money in his face.

“It’s satanic, evil-minded, you cannot give something like this. Even if you find it inside the bus, you can’t pick,” he said.

See video as shared by Brian Mutinda:

Super Eagles Star, Alex Iwobi Stars In New Nollywood Movie 'Inpadisu' (Watch Trailer)

Following reports of Arsenal star, Alex Iwobi's involvement in an upcoming Nollywood movie, it's been confirmed that he will indeed be starring in a movie as the trailer has been released.

Super Eagles and Arsenal forward,  Alex Iwobi has made a debut in Nollywood, as he stars as a major character in the yet to be released movie titled; ‘INPADISU’

The official trailer of the action-packed Nollywood movie where the 22-year-old featured was released on Thursday.
It was confirmed that the filming for the movie rounded up weeks ago before Arsenal training tour for the 2018/19 new football season.

Iwobi was seen on the cover of the movie poster holding a sword in a combat attire and putting on dark sunglass on his fierce looking bold face.

The Nigeria international recently signed a new five-year deal that will keep him at Arsenal until 2023.

“Thankfully, his fans don’t have to be concerned about his movie debut affecting his performance on the field as filming for the movie rounded up weeks ago and the film is set to hit the theaters soon,” a source disclosed.

Watch the trailer below;

News In Pictures: Girl Abducted From Boarding School And Forcefully Converted To Islam Regains Freedom

A pupil of the Government Secondary School Kongo in Zaria, Kaduna State, that was allegedly abducted on the 20th of July 2018, and converted to Islam, has been freed.

The junior secondary school student who was abducted from her boarding school and forcefully converted to Islam, has regained freedom after four weeks.

Parmata Abdulkarim Misari, a JSS 3 student of the Government Secondary School Kongo, Zaria, Kaduna State, was reportedly kidnapped on the 20th of July, 2018. After her disappearance, school authorities claimed not to know her whereabouts.
Her parents, Mr. Abdulkarim Misari and Mrs Hauwa Misari, who were living with the assumption that their daughter was safe in the boarding school, were shocked when they were informed that their daughter is missing and that the entire School management was not aware until after four days.

The distraught parents immediately sought the intervention of the Kaduna State Police Commissioner and investigation revealed that a matron in the school had lured the girl out of the school by lying to her that her mother was sick and she needed to go home.
At the school's gate, a man was told to take her home with his motorcycle, but the man, instead, took her to the village head of Tukur-Tukur, Zaria.

On getting to the village, the village head, the district head, and some other Islamic leaders were said to have detained her, converted her to Islam, changed her name from Parmata to Fatima, and began homeschooling her as a new convert.
The police eventually uncovered the girl‘s whereabouts on August 15, 2018 and on Thursday, August 16, 2018, she regained her freedom.

It was discovered that Parmata was kept in the custody of the village head’s wife, who fed her one meal per day. She has now been reunited with her parents and is currently undergoing some rehabilitation and receiving medical treatment.
The abduction caused Parmata to miss her exams and she is likely to repeat the class.

All involved in her abduction have been arrested.

Breaking News: Imo Police Teargas Over 2000 Protesting IPOB Women

Police in Imo state, Friday, teargassed over 2000 pro-Biafra women on peaceful protest in Owerri.

The women who wore black attire with some of them topless started their protest from Okigwe road. Also, some of them were said to have been arrested by the police.

Vanguard gathered that some of the women reportedly said among other things that there would be no election in Igbo land in 2019. They also said that they were not happy that pro Biafra agitators have been intimidated for expressing their views.

They added that it was not a wrong step for them to demand for a country called Biafra. However, drama ensued when over 100 police officers with their patrol vans went after the women and applied the tactics of tear gassing the women on peaceful protest.
An eyewitness, who gave his name as Kelechi Iheagwoba, told Vanguard that, “As a result of the fierce looking police officers fully armed who blocked the road for the women, these women diverted to from warehouse junction to Akwakuma.

“Do you know that many of these women fainted and also many of them were bundled into the police vehicles. Some of them were seriously beaten.”

Speaking to Vanguard, one of the women, Nkechi said: ” What is wrong for us to say no to intimidation in this country, Nigeria. We have right to say we are going to be part of this country. It legally right.”

Drama As Sallah Ram Faints After Fight With Another Ram

Fights between humans are not unheard of, locally arranged fights in neighbourhoods are not overly discreet but a staged fight between rams isn't something we get to see everyday. Especially not now that the prices of livestock have skyrocketed.
Earlier today a video posted on Instagram shows a match between two rams where one of the rams either fainted or died. The outcome was so unbelievable that in the recording, the telltale shock of the people present was very evident. 

Watch the video below courtesy of Instablog9ja:

Tragedy As Family Of Seven Die In Ghastly Motor Accident

A family of seven, including five young children, died on a remote Oregon road in a head-on collision on their way to an end-of-summer vacation in Las Vegas, a family member said Wednesday.

Erika Carter Boquet, 29, was driving her 2016 Toyota 4 Runner eastbound on Oregon Highway 78 when an oncoming vehicle veered into her lane, Yahoo News reported, quoting Associated Press.

Boquet, of Tacoma, Washington, and her children Isabella, 11; Elisabeth, 8; and Tytis, 6, were killed, Boquet’s brother, Jesse Tate, said.

Another relative and her two children also perished in the Monday crash. Tate declined to name them because of the wishes of their immediate family.

“It’s a tragedy I wouldn’t wish on anyone else,” Tate, 30, of Spanaway, Washington, lamented.
Oregon State Police listed the other victims as Kyla Marie Brown, 28; Arianna Marie Brown, 10; and two-year-old Xavier King Johnson. Authorities did not provide details about the relationships between the victims.

The driver and sole occupant of the other car, 48-year-old Mark Robert Rundell, of Prairie City, Oregon, also died.

The crash happened in a remote part of Oregon about 130 miles west of the Idaho border.

Tate first learned of it from relatives who contacted him on social media. He then called his father, who told him who was involved, he said.

Boquet volunteered at a Tacoma-based nonprofit she created called Last Stop that provides resources to low-income families.

(Yahoo News/AP)

Over 5000 N-POWER Beneficiaries Get Appointments In Gombe

No fewer than 5,853 second batch beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s N-POWER programme have been posted to places of their primary assignments in Gombe State.

Focal Person officer of the Vice- President and the Special Adviser to the Gombe State Governor on Social Investment, Hajiya Maryam Mele, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Gombe on Friday.

She said that 5,853 were successful out of the 21,000 persons who applied for the programme in the state.

“After free selections at the national office, 8,000 were selected for verification and about 7,000 were verified as some did not show up.

“Eighty per cent of those who applied had fake certificates, some were over aged while 5,853 were successful,” she said.

Mele said that the beneficiaries were from the 11 local government areas of the state and were posted to work under N-Agro, N-Teach and N-Health.
“We have a total of 2,792 beneficiaries from Gombe North senatorial district out of which N-Health has 291, N-Teach has 1,517 and N-Agro has 995.

“A total of 1,963 beneficiaries were from Gombe South senatorial district out of which 225 were allocated to N-Health, N-Teach has 1,288, and N-Agro has 450.

“And 1,097 beneficiaries were from Gombe Central senatorial district out of which N-health had 123; N-Teach had 639 and N-Agro had 335,” she said.

She added that 203 non-graduates from Gombe, Funakaye, Biliri, Yamaltu/Deba and Kaltungo Local Government Areas, who applied in 2016, benefited under the N-Build programme.

She added that 29 beneficiaries from Gombe Local Governmwent, being the first batch for the programme in the state, and trained on automobile, were recently posted to four LGAs.

She advised the beneficiaries to dedicate themselves to duty and exhibit good character traits in service delivery.

Mele commended President Muhammad Buhari for the initiative and Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo for his support and the successful implementation of the programme in the state.

She also commended the efforts of Maryam Uwais, the Special Assistant to President Buhari on Social Investment Support, for the successful implementation of four intervention programmes in the state under her office.


News In Pictures: Almost 20 People Trapped As Four-Storey Building Collapses In Abuja

At least 18 people are trapped beneath the rubble of a four-storey building which collapsed around 1.30pm in the Jabi area of Abuja.

Our correspondent who is at the scene reported that the building which was under construction when it collapsed had over 25 people inside.

Rescue officials were said to have rescued about six persons while a corpse has been evacuated.

However, the heavy rain has also hampered rescue operations.

See pictures below:

"A Woman Cannot Pay Bail In Nigeria", Police ACP, Shogunle, Blasted For Shocking Tweet

A mild drama has ensued on popular social media app, Twitter, over a conversation on bail and woman rights in the Nigeria Police.
The debate started with a tweet by career coach, Dipo Awojide where he questioned the rights of females in in the Nigeria Police sector.
He was however replied by Police ACP, Abayomi Shogunle in a series f tweets that has sparked a debate on Twitter. See his reply below and the comments from Nigerians

In her voice we could feel our history, power and our pain - Barack Obama said the queen, Aretha Rest In Peace

Aretha Franklin grew up in 1950s Detroit, surrounded from childhood by the now-famous faces of the civil rights movement. Her songs would become their anthems.

Her Baptist minister father was the organiser behind the 1963 Detroit Walk to Freedom - the largest-ever demonstration for civil rights in the US until the March on Washington later that year, when the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr made his "I have a dream" speech.

King was a frequent guest in her father's home.

At 16 years of age, Franklin went on tour with him, just after recording her first album.

She would sing at King's funeral a decade later.

King's daughter, Dr Bernice King, called Franklin a "shining example" of how to use the arts to support social change.

"As a daughter of the movement, she not only used her voice to entertain but to uplift and inspire generations through songs that have become anthems."

1967's Respect became the anthem of the civil rights campaign and the feminist movement. Franklin told Elle magazine in 2016 she was "stunned" by its success.

"It was the right song at the right time," she said.

As she rose in popularity, Franklin did not abandon her sense of activism. She told Elle her contract in the 1960s included the clause that she would never perform for a segregated audience.

Civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson - who was Franklin's friend for over 60 years - told USA Today she helped pay for many civil rights tours and campaigns while King was alive.

She held free concerts, housed activists and helped them fundraise. Jackson called her "an inspiration, not just an entertainer".

"She has shared her points of view from the stage for challenged people, to register to vote, to stand up for decency," he said.

The Queen of Soul remained a prominent face - and voice - for African American civil rights throughout her life.

In 2015, President Barack Obama said: "American history wells up when Aretha sings."

"Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock and roll - the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope."

Nigeria’s Constitution Must Be Rewritten, Says Sowore, As He Declares Under AAC Party

Omoyele Sowore, a Presidential aspirant and Publisher of SaharaReporters, an online newspaper, has formally declared his intention to run for the office of President of Nigeria under the platform of the Africa Action Congress (AAC).

He made the declaration in Abuja, on Wednesday, at the National Secretariat of the party.  AAC is one of the 23 political parties announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday.

He stressed that AAC is the only political party that has global reach, adding that Nigerians, both at home and abroad, have keyed in into the values and ideology of the party for revolutionary development of the country.

Sowore said with determination and will, Nigerian youths must take the country back from “greedy politicians”, noting that the TakeItBack movement has organised more than 60 events across the length and breadth of the country and visited more than 23 states.

According to him, he is the only Presidential Aspirant, who has organised the highest number of town hall meetings and travelled to villages within six months.

He said: "We have travelled to nooks and crannies of this country and the world. We have been to places like Benin, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Jalingo, Kano, Port Harcourt, Abia and others. We have been to a village on the bank of the Benue river and they said they had never seen government there before we went there to talk to them.”

He pointed out that he is in support of the clamour for the restructuring of Nigeria, as well as the creation of state police, noting that this would address and reduce the crime rate in the country.

Speaking on why he supported the calls for state policing, he said: "They will also engage in community policing, because they are part of the community. So, I totally support state policing, but I am worried, because what they are asking for is not the one we are asking for. An average governor in Nigeria is protected by more than 200 policemen and you have not added the Department of State Services, Civil Defence, Army and the Navy. An average governor probably has 500 armed security agents around them.”

Sowore stated that he would not create state police where governors would not pay salary, noting that “You are going to be more endangered with state police when the governors do not pay their salaries in seven months, and they have arms. There will be open day robbery by people in uniform.”

He also spoke on the 1999 Constitution, stating that it had not met the aspirations of Nigerians and proposed the need to change the constitution.

His words: "We need to change our Constitution because this Constitution is a fraud. We did not write the Nigerian Constitution and we have no input there. It was written by the Nigerian Military and they inserted the most fraudulent and insulting words: ‘We The People of Nigeria’. Our Constitution needs to be rewritten.”

The Presidential aspirant assured that when voted into power, he would abrogate some government agencies and parastatals, which have become a liability at the expense of Nigerians, adding that such exercise would be carried out in accordance with the law.

He maintained that the present government led by President Muhammadu Buhari cannot carry out any meaningful restructuring that will serve the interest of the common man, noting that "there is no reason for an 80-year-old politician to tell Nigerians that he wants to restructure the country." He urged them to stay where they belong, stating that AAC will wrestle power from them come 2019.

"Everybody who is asking for restructuring is also asking for the Constitution to be changed. Without us being in power, they cannot change the Constitution in our own interest.”

Save trees when roasting Sallah Ram

  • Eid al-Adha is a public holiday in Muslim countries

  • During festivities, Muslims all over the world who can afford it sacrifice a sheep - sometimes a goat - as a reminder of Ibrahim's obedience to Allah

  • According to the Muslim, Christian and Jewish faiths, God appeared to Ibrahim (Abraham) in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son Isma'il (Isaac) as an act of obedience

  • The devil is said to have tempted Ibrahim by saying he should disobey God and spare his son

  • As Ibrahim was about to kill his son, God stopped him and gave him a lamb to sacrifice instead

  • Families share out the meat among family, friends and the poor, who each get a third

  • Eid usually starts with Muslims going to the mosque for prayers, dressed in their best clothes, and thanking Allah for all the blessings they have received

  • It is also a time when they visit family and friends as well as offering presents

  • At Eid, it is obligatory to give a set amount of money to charity to be used to help poor people buy new clothes and food so they too can celebrate

People in Niger are being urged to curb their use of firewood at next week's Eid al-Adha Muslim festival.

It is an occasion when families often sacrifice sheep before roasting and eating them.

The capital, Niamey, is expected to burn around a fifth of the amount of the wood normally used in a whole year.
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The chopping of trees is linked to desertification, which in recent decades has had a drastic impact on Niger.

During Eid, known locally as "Tabaski", the authorities in Niger expect close to 400,000 sheep to be sacrificed in Niamey alone.

To roast them, almost 50,000 tonnes of firewood will be used.


Nigerians Still In Love With Their Oppressors, Rawlings Says After Meeting With Sowore

Jerry John Rawlings, former Head of State and President of Ghana, has observed that Nigerians are still in love with their oppressors.

According to the TakeItBack movement, Rawlings said this on Monday when he met with Nigerian presidential aspirant Omoyele Sowore in Accra, Ghana.     

Both men spoke on a wide range of issues that touched on youth and leadership in Africa, and about corruption and effective solutions to the menace.

A statement by Rachel Onamusi-Kpiaisi, Director, PR, Media and Communications of the TakeItBack Movement/Sowore2019, said: “It was a closed-door meeting, but one of the things that came out of it was that Rawlings said, ‘Chief, you know your generation should be the ones in power but there is huge problem, things are gonna be tight!’

“Sowore quickly interrupted, asking if it was about ‘money politics’, after which Rawlings took a deep breath and after a long drawn silence, stated: ‘You know, Nigerians are still in love with their oppressors.’”

Onamusi-Kpiaisi further said: “If there is a reason that our leaders buy up luxurious apartments and send their children to school in Ghana, it is thanks in no small part to the tireless, uncompromising work of JJ Rawlings.”

Before leaving Accra, Sowore also held a town hall session with Ghana-based Nigerians.

Omoyele Sowore finally unveiled the party he will be running his presidential election on

Omoyele Sowore, a presidential aspirant and publisher of SaharaReporters unveiled the political party on which he would run for the highest political office in the country.

Omoyele a Nigerian human rights activist, pro-democracy campaigner and founder of online news agency Sahara Reporters.

In an Instagram post, he wrote:'IT'S OFFICIAL! With the ink dry on the certificate being presented by INEC, the African Action Congress is here! We stand for justice and transparency; a Nigeria that works for all, not just the elite few. Let's #TakeItBack'.

Today, our movement’s political platform was announced as one of the newly registered political parties by INEC.

On August 15th, the official unveiling of our party, the AAC, will hold at the Party Headquarters in ABUJA. We will also be announcing the members of our Coalition of Authentic Progressive Parties & Organisations (CAPPO) on that date.⠀

With our own dedicated party platform, we are now able to match up a pace setting movement with a transformative political platform.⠀

We call on progressives and youth everywhere to embrace the AAC. Our party is the authentic platform for political transformation in Nigeria. ⠀

Take it Back - Action!!!⠀

Dr Malcolm Fabiyi
Director General, ⠀
TakeItBack Movement/Sowore 2019 Campaign

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