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19 Nov 2018

Three Dead, Eight Injured, Houses Burnt As Birthday Party Turns Bloody

Three persons were killed, while eight others sustained injuries during a clash that erupted at a birthday party in Lushi Ward in Bauchi.

DSP Kamal Abubakar, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), confirmed the incident to NAN on Monday in Bauchi, saying it occurred on Sunday night.

He said 75 suspects had been arrested in connection with the clash. Two houses were also burnt during the incident.

Noting that the situation had been brought under control and investigation was ongoing to get to the root of the crisis, the PPRO assured the public that those found culpable would be brought to book.He said the crisis started as a result of a misunderstanding among some youth at a birthday party in Kusu area of Sakani, which later spread to other parts of Yelwa Ward.


A resident of the area, who preferred not to be named, said some youth in Lushi threw stones at each other, and later embarked on burning houses, which included that of a retired Superintendent of Police. The resident insinuated that the incident might have started when two young men fought over a young lady at the venue of the party.

A federal civil servant, who worked at the Federal Secretariat in Bauchi, was suspected to be among those killed during the fight.

He said the victim had earlier relocated his family to a safe area following tension in the area, but was killed on his return by the irate youth who also burnt the deceased’s house.

38 Political Parties In Adamawa Adopt Atiku As Their Candidate

The Adamawa State chapter of Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), an umbrella body of 38 political parties, has adopted Atiku Abubakar, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, as its presidential candidate for the 2019 polls.

Arising from the election of its officials on Monday in Yola, Usman Bakawu, Publicity Secretary of IPAC, told reporters that the group was synergising to mobilise support for the PDP presidential candidate.

"Yesterday the former Vice President received us in audience and gave us useful advice on how we can synergise to move our dear state forward,” Bakawu said.

"And I can also confirm to you that IPAC Adamawa State chapter has identified with Atiku and in the coming days we'll be working towards mobilising our various supporters for the Waziri Adamawa.”

Tahir Shehu, Chairman of PDP in Adamawa State and an Atiku campaigner, was elected Chairman of IPAC Adamawa State chapter.

In a keenly contested election, the PDP Chairman polled 20 votes to defeat John K. Muva of the Social DemocratIc (SDP) who scored 18 votes.

IPAC is the umbrella body for all registered political parties. It’s core mandate is to check the ruling party's excesses and to also serve as watch dog for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Buhari, APC Under Fire For 'Plagiarising' 'Next Level' Logo

President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All progressives Congress (APC), are under fire on social media for what appears to be the passing off of a foreign logo as theirs.

Buhari launched his 2019 presidential campaign on Sunday, titling it ‘Next Level’ on the argument that “the past few years have put us in good stead to trudge on the Next Level of building an even stronger nation for our people”.

It is not the President’s words that are currently attracting public opprobrium, though, but the ‘Next level’ logo, a striking feature of which is the creative elongation of the ‘x’ in ‘next’ in a manner as to give the pass mark to a candidate.

Less than 24 hours after the unveiling of the logo, it appears internet surfing rather than creativity is the anchor on which the logo rests.

A quick search of ‘Next Level’ will show, among others, a project of the Winthrop University-School Partnership Network in collaboration with Fort Mill School District (York 4), Lancaster County School District, and Rock Hill School District (York 3).

It is a Professional Development Program grant funded by the US Department of Education and administered through the Office of English Learner Aquisition (OELA), PR/Award # T365Z160278.

‘Next Level’, in this case, means NETwork for Leading Education that Values English Learners. In recognition of students’ right to a high quality education, Project NExT LEVEL “provides professional learning opportunities for educators from pre-service to in-service to district and higher education faculty aimed at meeting the unique needs of English Learners and their families”.

One look at this logo and its similarity with Buhari’s ‘next Level’ is easy to see. The two pictures have been circulating on social media, and the comments are far from palatable.

It is not the first time Buhari and his handlers have been enmeshed in a plagiarism scandal.

In September 2016, his ‘Change Begins With Me’ speech contained several sentences that were identical to some in Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech.

For instance, Buhari had said: “We must resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship, pettiness and immaturity that have poisoned our country for so long.”

Meanwhile, eight years ago, after his victory over Republican John McCain in the race for the White House, Obama had said: “Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.”

Cristiano Ronaldo And Fiancee Set To Wed In Italy

Indications that Cristiano Ronaldo and girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez are set to move their relationship to the next level emerged on Saturday as they were sighted searching for ideal venue to formalise their wedding.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez became engaged last week, according to a report.

The pair were spotted visiting Church of Gran Madre di Dio in Turin, Italy as they began the search for a potential wedding venue for their upcoming nuptials.

The stunning brunette, 24, had her exquisite engagement ring on display as she strolled along with her husband-to-be, 33, after popping into the 19th century church, which features in the 1969 film The Italian Job.

Georgina scraped her long raven tresses away from her face and styled into a low, sleek ponytail, with a central parting.

The mother-of-one, who also helps to raise Ronaldo’s three other children, opted for a minimal make-up look, with just a heavy dusting of bronzer to give her a healthy glow.

She carried the metallic handle of a luxe pillar-box red tote in her hand, and accessorised with a delicate gold necklace, featuring a cross pendant.

Ronaldo looked equally stylish in a pair of Nike tracksuit bottoms, and a coordinating sports jacket, with the hood pulled up over his head.

The sports star strolled along in fresh-out-of-the-box white trainers, with a protective arm placed around Georgina’s shoulder.

On Thursday, Portugal’s best-selling newspaper Correio da Manha claimed the Spanish beauty had accepted and has begun trying on wedding dresses.

The pair have been living as man and wife in Italy and have a one-year-old daughter Alana Martina.
Georgina, who has backed the Juventus player amid claims he raped an American woman in Las Vegas in 2009, is helping raise the footballer’s other three children.

OAU Wins First Bank-Sponsored Ethics Challenge

The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has won the national finals of the 2018 Ethics Challenge of the CFA Society Nigeria sponsored by FirstBank of Nigeria Limited.

OAU emerged winner ahead of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and University of Nigeria (UNN), who came second and third respectively. Speaking at the Gala Night and 2018 Charter Award Dinner of the CFA Society Nigeria where the winner of the competition that involved 15 universities was announced, Society’s president, Banji Fehintola, commended FirstBank for supporting the contest.

Human security threats in Africa Fehintola, while also thanking the bank for its unwavering commitment in ensuring entrenchment of ethics in the finance and investment sectors, said “ethics is important. It is the cornerstone of our industry, and we wanted to pass this message on so three years ago, we started running the ethics challenge for university students. We started with two; had seven last year and 15 universities this year.

The competition ran in Lagos and Abuja, and all the credit goes to FirstBank, our sponsors for increasing the scope of the contest to promote ethics amongst Nigerians.”
Group Executive, Treasury and Financial Institutions, FirstBank Nigeria Limited, Ini Ebong, assured the CFA Society Nigeria of the bank’s continuous support in its quest to promote ethics. “FirstBank is the oldest financial institution in this country.

We will be celebrating our 125th anniversary next year, and we wouldn’t have survived this long without making ethics and corporate governance vital components of our operations. We are proud to be associated with the CFA Ethics Challenge because we are passionate about ethics as a responsible corporate organisation,” he stated.

Faculty Adviser of the OAU Presentation Team, Lawal Quadri expressed happiness for winning the contest, saying “we feel very excited, mainly because we were here last year but came second. We had to put additional effort in order not to let our school down.

We are very grateful to CFA Society as well as FirstBank. FirstBank is an excellent host; they took care of us, and I think other organisations should emulate the bank in promoting ethics and bringing out the best in students.” The three universities had earlier emerged as finalists at the national finals of the CFA Ethics Challenge held in Lagos.

Four universities initially qualified from a regional preliminary held in Lagos while two had emerged from the Abuja elimination round. Senate screens Prof. Owasanoye for ICPC chairmanship While the University of Lagos, Babcock University, University of Benin and Obafemi Awolowo University qualified from the preliminary round in Lagos, UNN and the University of Ilorin emerged from the first round in Abuja.

The six universities contested in the national final. Bowen University, Covenant University, Ekiti State University, Mountain Top University, University of Calabar, University of Ibadan, University of Abuja, University of Maiduguri, and Madonna University were the other participants in the Ethics Challenge that aims to promote the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence in the financial and investment sector. Team members from the winning university will get scholarships for the CFA Level One examination.

Drama As "Buhari And Aisha" Land In Court

The police on Monday charged three men before a Federal High Court, Lagos, over alleged cyber crime and for impersonating President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife, Aisha.

The accused are: Julius Anyawu, a.k.a Musa Mohammed, 48; Kenneth Ezeonu a.k.a Abdul Karim, 45; and George Agu a. k. a Dr Lina Norman, 48.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused, who were arraigned on 16 counts bordering on cyber crime, had no legal representatives.
They all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

After their pleas, the prosecutor, Benson Asogwa, urged the court to remand the accused in prison and fix a date for trial.

Judge Babs Kiewumi, consequently, adjourned the case until January 18 for trial.

The court, however. ordered that the accused be remanded in prison pending trial.

In the charge, the prosecution alleged that the accused conspired with others who are now at large to commit the offences on Aug.8 at No. 10, Hassan Idowu St., Aguda, Surulere, Lagos.

They were said to have been arrested by Dan Okoro, Head of Anti-Fraud Unit in Alagbon, in Lagos.
They were said to have forged electronic messages to one Engr. Gmenezes, with the tag “Attention: Geraldo Francisco Menezes,” purporting same to be sent by his Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, and Mrs Buhari.

The message was said to be labelled: IMMEDIATE PAYMENT OF NOTIFICATION of 20.5 million dollars (equivalent of N7.4 billion).

They were also alleged to have sent electronic messages to one Madaule , with the tag “Attention: Dr Guenter Schauer” purporting same to be sent by President Buhari and the First Lady.

They were said to have requested for a special arrangement to send them funds by direct cash payment through ECOWAS headquarters in Cotonou.

The accused were also alleged to have sent false electronic messages to UBA Bank, purporting same to be sent by ”their Excellencies”, for immediate payment notification of 20.5 million dollars.

The offences contravened the provisions of sections 14(1), 14(2), 14(3) and 22 of the Cybercrime Prohibition Act, 2015.

Judge Kuewumi has adjourned the case until January 18 for trial.

(NAN)

Kano Governor, Ganduje Wins '2018 Best Governor' Award Amidst Alleged Bribery Videos

The Telegraph newspaper has crowned Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State the Best Governor in 2018 at an award ceremony held in the city of Lagos over the past weekend.

The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has won The Telegraph Newspaper's Best Governor in 2018 in the areas of health and education at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos on Saturday, despite an unresolved bribery videos and allegation against him.

According to PREMIUM TIMES, the newspaper listed over 200 achievements recorded in the state’s health sector and others in education under the leadership of Ganduje

After eulogising Ganduje, the Managing Director of the newspaper, Funke Egbemode, said “it is good to celebrate those that are making a difference in our lives”, in obvious reference to the governor.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Ganduje, quoted Mrs Egbemode saying: “We believe that if we appreciate those that did good things we are at the same time encouraging them to do more in life.”
“Globally, education and health are two significant areas where successful governance and credible development index are often measured and rated.

“As a consummate politician and administrator par excellence, Ganduje realised from the outset, he had to make indelible impact on the lives of his people. And he truly did with affordable healthcare and functional education.”

The managing director also acknowledged that, “Ganduje believes strongly in the words of former South African President, Nelson Mandela, that, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Speaking while presenting the award to the governor, a former minister of petroleum, Don Etiebet, on behalf of The Telegraph company, acknowledged how Ganduje transformed both the health and education sectors in Kano State, “within a twinkle of an eye.”.

He said; “The outstanding performance of governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje made him stand out among his peers. While understanding the relevance of education in the state development, Ganduje believes in healthy population. That is why he did it diligently to see that he leaves indelible marks in these all-important sectors.”

In a 3-minute acceptance speech, Governor Ganduje appreciated the award. He spoke about the multi-cultural nature of the state, saying that “being the most populous state in the country, we don’t want to have a population that will be a liability to us. We want see that our population becomes an asset. Not a liability. That is why we are doing our best in these and all other areas in this administration.

“We assure you that Kano will continue to excel in all sectors of the state. This honour, as being presented here, is meant to encourage us to continue building a stronger state with viable economy and productive population,” he reportedly said.

China's Richest Man, Jack Ma Quits His $420 Billion Company, Alibaba to Become a Teacher

Chinese business magnate, investor, and philanthropist, Jack Ma, who is the co-founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, a multinational technology conglomerate, is leaving his company for teaching.

On his 54th birthday, China’s richest man, Jack Ma, announced that he would step down as executive chairman of e-commerce giant Alibaba. The rags-to-riches entrepreneur behind China’s biggest tech company isn’t going to retire. He wants to be a teacher again.

With a net worth of $40.5 billion, Ma is one of the richest people on the planet and a prominent figure: He is well-known for speaking at conferences, advocating globalization, and rubbing shoulders with world leaders.

Ma most recently made headlines for his warnings about the escalating U.S.–China trade war, insisting that “it’s going to be a mess” which could last for decades. His plan to create 1 million jobs in the U.S., a pledge he made after meeting Trump in January 2017, has been “completely destroyed” as a result.
Ma’s decision to step down from the top job at Alibaba will usher in a new era for the $420 billion company, which he grew from a web site run out of his apartment to one of the biggest tech companies in the world.

His rise to fame as one of China’s biggest tycoons is a “Hollywood story,” he told The New York Times in a 2005 interview.
 
Early Life and Career


Ma’s story starts in Hangzhou, a city in the eastern part of the country with close to 10 million people, where he was born in 1964 to a family with little money.

As a kid, he was scrawny and often got into fights with classmates – who teased him for his size. “I was never afraid of opponents who were bigger,” he recalls in the book Alibaba.

Ma learned English from foreign tourists by offering them tours of the city in exchange for lessons, and bought a radio so that he could listen to the English broadcast every day. One of the tourists he befriended during this time gave him the nickname ‘Jack’ – which stuck.

After high school, Ma applied to go to college. Low marks on the math portion of China’s college entrance exam, however, caused him to fail twice. On his third try he finally passed, and eventually graduated from the Hangzhou Teacher’s Institute in 1988.

Ma then applied to as many jobs as he could, but was rejected from all of them – including one at KFC, a position on the police force, and another as a waiter at local restaurant. The experience taught him a valuable lesson that prepared him for his entrepreneurial future: “to get used to failure” and learn from it. Ma was eventually hired as an English teacher at a local university – a job that he loved, even though he only made $12 a month.

After visiting the U.S. in 1995 and discovering the Internet, he quit teaching and borrowed a couple thousand dollars to launch China Pages. It was his first attempt at an internet business – not to mention one of the country’s first commercial websites, but he ultimately ceded control to the government after he was pressured into a joint venture with Hangzhou Telecom, according to The New York Times.
 
Alibaba and the Rise to Fame


He didn’t give up though: Four years later, Ma gathered 17 of his friends in his apartment and convinced them to invest in his idea for an online marketplace. They scraped together roughly $60,000 for Alibaba.com, which let Chinese exporters, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs post product listings for international buyers.

Ma reportedly came up with the company name while sitting in a San Francisco coffee shop, when he thought of how Ali Baba overheard the secret password of the 40 Thieves and unlocked untold riches.

Within a few months, the venture had raised big money: $5 million from Goldman Sachs and $20 million from Japanese telecom company SoftBank. The company survived the dot-com crash and began turning a profit; Alibaba spawned Taobao.com – a bartering marketplace that was its eBay competitor, in 2003. Fast growth led former tech powerhouse Yahoo to buy a 40% stake of Alibaba for $1 billion in 2005.

Since those early years, Alibaba has amassed millions of customers and become one of the biggest tech companies on the planet, helping merchants sell everything from luxury goods to fresh groceries. When the company went public in 2014, it raised $25 billion on Wall St. in what was the world’s largest initial public offering ever.

Alibaba today is a huge tech investor with a wide range of businesses: Like its main competitor Amazon, it has expanded into video streaming, online payment platforms, and cloud services, among other things.
 
End of an Era


While Ma plans to remain on Alibaba’s board until 2020, over the next 12 months he will pass his executive chairman duties to chief executive Daniel Zhang – who has previously held a variety of senior management positions. “No company can rely solely on its founders,” Ma said in a letter to customers, employees and shareholders.

Since stepping down as chief executive in 2013, Ma devoted time to other projects, including starting a charity in 2014 and even performing in a kung fu movie. He has said he hopes to follow in the footsteps of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates by devoting more attention to his Jack Ma Foundation, dedicated to improving education, the environment, and public health.

The former English professor said he will return to teaching, describing that he is still young and has “lots of dreams to pursue.” Duncan Clark, author of Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built, told CNN that Ma’s retirement should come as no surprise. “He has long talked about his desire to go back to his roots as a teacher.”

Source: TIME.com

Akwa Ibom Assembly Sacks Four More Lawmakers Who Defected From PDP To APC

Four legislators of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly have been reportedly sacked by the House after they defected from the PDP to the APC.

According to a statement from Kufre Okon, the spokesperson of Onofiok Luke, the speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, the lawmakers on Monday, sacked four more lawmakers who defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The affected lawmakers are;

1. Nse Ntuen, who represented Essien Udim State Constituency

2. Otobong Ndem, Mkpat Enin State Constituency

3. Victor Udofia, Ikono State Constituency

4. Gabriel Toby, Etim Ekpo/Ika State Constituency.The speaker who announced their sack during plenary earlier today, brushed aside a protest by the APC youth at the assembly complex, to hold its sitting.

The youth were protesting the earlier sacking of the lawmaker who represented Itu State Constituency, Idongesit Ituen, for defecting from PDP to APC.

Unlike the removal of Ituen which followed a federal high court judgment, there is no court ruling or judgment yet on the other four lawmakers.
 
According to PREMIUM TIMES, the speaker’s spokesperson, Okon, said in the statement that the speaker’s action was in line with Section 109, sub-section 1g, of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria as amended.

The PDP in the state, meanwhile, has thrown its weight behind the leadership of the state assembly for declaring the lawmakers’ seats vacant.
“As a law-abiding Party, we commend the Speaker for respecting the constitution without fear or favour,” the PDP spokesperson in the state, Ini Ememobong, said in a statement on Monday.
“In our state, this scenario is not nouveau, as the seats of the assemblymen who defected to APC in 2014, had been declared vacant.

“The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has always been a very law-abiding institution and therefore under the current Speakership of Comrade Onofiok Luke, it cannot afford to dwell in illegality.

“We advise the opposition in the state to come to the realization that our state and nation operate under the rule of law and abhors the rule of might. We can assure them that as this evil plot failed, today, so shall their planned ‘federal might’ backed Warsaw invasion fail,” Ememobong said.

Weavons & Wigs Are Dedicated To Shrines In India? Daddy Freeze Pens Bloody Letter To Patience Ozokwor

Popular OAP, Daddy Freeze, has written an open letter to born-again actress, Patience Ozokwor, who says that weavons and wigs are dedicated to shrines in India.

Last week, a video clip emerged from an interview where popular Nollywood actress-turned evangelist, Patience Ozokwor, said that she doesn't wear wigs and weavons and even closed down her thriving salon because she was informed that the hair products are dedicated to shrines in India where they are mass produced.

Ozokwor who attributed the increasing rate of madness to the use of wigs, said that "If you have repented and you have not changed your wardrobe, you still have a long way to go."

While reacting to the viral comments by the veteran actress, controversial Lagos OAP and leader of the Free the Sheeple Movement, Daddy Feeze, took to his Instagram page to write an open letter to Patience, saying that he finds her comments hyprocrital.

Read Daddy Freeze's open letter below;

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"Dear Aunty Patience,


Please do not find this letter insulting, as that is not my intention, rather I’m seeking to clarify unattested fallacies that have germinated into full blown Christian doctrines and I hold you in high esteem, as you remain one of my favorite Nollywood actresses.

However, due to the paucity of genuine pastors in Nigeria, most of us were schooled in both error and ignorance.

I was once a victim myself, before I became enlightened in both spirit and scripture. I once allowed someone whom today I find unfit to wash my car, guide me in matters of the spirit.
I was lead in delusion, ensuing from the amalgamation of the deficit in my pastor’s understanding and the plethora of his greed.

God called me to rescue Nigeria from unscholarly teachers bereft of the spirit of God.

I find it hypocritical (pardon my use of the word, but I lack a better appellation to aptly portray what our faith has become), when Christians say things like: “weaves are dedicated to shrines”. Can you guarantee that the car you are driving and the clothes you are wearing were not dedicated to shrines? Are they from ‘christian’ sources?

If you understand the sign language of the occult like I do, you will realize that many banks, cosmetic, food, beverage and automotive conglomerates are deep in occultism, with their products dedicated to shrines. So if you stop wearing weaves are you going to also stop using toothpaste or bathing with soap as well?

As long as we continue being lazy Christians seeking blessings, these pagan shrines will continue to feed us.

Here is another angle, you stopped wearing weaves and closed your hair salon, but you are going to celebrate the birthday of Nimród on the 25th of December, a birthdate he shares with almost every single sun deity, and worship ‘Jesus’ on Sunday, the day of the worship of the sun god?

Then you will proceed to celebrate the resurrection of ‘Jesus’ on the day dedicated to the Babylonian goddess ‘Ishtar’, coincidentally aligning with ‘Eostre’ a goddess of the Saxons in honor of whom sacrifices were offered."
 
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