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11th Jan 2019

Unknown operatives move Dino Melaye from Police clinic

Unknown operatives move Dino Melaye from Police clinic

Senator, Dino Melaye, has been moved by masked operatives from the Police clinic in Garki, Abuja, where he was receiving treatment.
According to reports, the Kogi West Senator was taken away in an unmarked vehicle to an unknown location.
Melaye was arrested last week by the Police after a siege on his home in Maitama, Abuja. The Senator locked away in his apartment, surrendered on the eighth day of the siege.
He slumped while he was being taken into custody and was taken to the police infirmary in Garki.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker was arrested for alleged criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide.
Melaye is currently standing trial in more than one suit. He has been accused of illegal possession of arms, gun running and sponsoring hoodlums in Kogi State.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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11th Jan 2019

Cheque transactions fall 5% as customers embrace other payment methods

Cheque transactions fall 5% as customers embrace other payment methods

Transactions carried out through cheques fell by 5.02 per cent in 2018, against 2017 levels, indicating that more customers are embracing other payment alternatives, especially electronic.
According to reports obtained from the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System [NIBSS] in 2017 there were 10,814,991 volume of cheques valued at N5.3 trillion. But in 2018, the volume of cheques dropped to 9,019,239 valued at N5.1 trillion.
This drop represents a 5.02 per cent slash in 2018, when compared with 2017.
According to an industry expert, Razarck Olaegbe, said the large amount of electronic payment options from the banks, Fintech firms and online instant payment platforms have encouraged Nigerians, who desire instant or prompt payment to shun the use of cheques in favour of those instruments.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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11th Jan 2019

R. Kelly’s Estranged Daughter calls him a

R. Kelly’s Estranged Daughter calls him a

R. Kelly’s estranged daughter Buku Abi has broken her silence on the allegations surrounding the singer.
Writing on her Instagram Story, Buku whose real name is Joann Kelly condemned her “terrible” father, who she also described as a “monster”. “Before I start I just want it to be known that I am speaking from the heart, nothing I say or do not say is to hurt ANY party reading this or affected by this,” Buku began her post. She apologised for her silence in the midst of recent event surrounding her estranged father, R.kelly. She explained that she has no relationship with her father and her mother and siblings “would never condone, support or be a part of ANYTHING negative he has done and or continues to do in his life.” “The same monster you all confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house,” she added

Source:Bellanaija
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11th Jan 2019

Presence of APC governors lacking at Buhari’s campaign council meeting

Presence of APC governors lacking at Buhari’s campaign council meeting

Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were absent yesterday as President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the inaugural meeting of his re-election campaign council.
The session was held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The governors are expected to function as state coordinators and council members. At the inauguration of the council, last week, Buhari had announced that APC chieftain and former Lagos State governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, would head his campaign.
The party, however, denied the rumour that the governors’ absence was a mark of disaffection. In a statement, APC spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said, “The agenda for the meeting had to do with drawing the timetable and deciding on the messaging. It didn’t require everyone in the council to be present.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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11th Jan 2019

Andy Murray tearfully announces his forced retirement

Andy Murray tearfully announces his forced retirement

Ace tennis player Andy Murray tearfully announced on Friday that he will be forced to retire this year.
Murray says he plans to retire after this year's Wimbledon but fears next week's Australian Open could be the final tournament of his career.
The three-time Grand Slam winner, who is struggling to recover from hip surgery, was in tears at a news conference in Melbourne on Friday.
"I'm not sure I'm able to play through the pain for another four or five months," Murray said
"I want to get to Wimbledon and stop but I'm not certain I can do that," he added.
The former world number one had surgery on his right hip last January and has played 14 matches since returning to the sport last June.

Source:BBCnews

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10th Jan 2019

Trump stands by claim that Mexico will pay for wall

Trump stands by claim that Mexico will pay for wall

US President Donald Trump has insisted that Mexico will still pay for the border wall, claiming he never meant it would make a one-time payment.
According to Trump, Mexico would "indirectly" fund the wall through a revamped trade deal, but a campaign memo shows he planned to compel the country to pay for the wall.
A political row over Mr Trump's demand has triggered a US government shutdown.
President Trump says he refuses to sign legislation to fund and reopen the government if it does not include $5.7bn) for a physical barrier along the US-Mexico border.
Budget talks have come to a standstill as Democrats who control the House of Representatives refuse to give him the money. Republican leaders insist the party stands behind the president.

Source:BBCNews
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10th Jan 2019

Thieves invade Tinubu’s office

Thieves invade Tinubu’s office

Suspected miscreants have invaded and destroyed some equipment in the National Assembly office of the lawmaker representing Lagos Central Senatorial District and wife of All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Oluremi Tinubu.

The miscreants burgled their way into Mrs Tinubu’s office in the morning, destroying various office equipment and went away with some.

“Items removed included a HP laptop computer, Smile internet device, machine box attached to CCTV HP screen and some copies of Laws of the federation,” Oluremi Tinubu’s spokesperson Nifemi Aje said in a statement.

According to Aje, the incident has been reported to the National Assembly police while they are waiting for the outcome of the investigation into the matter.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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10th Jan 2019

Bristol Bridal shop praised for wheelchair wedding dress store front

Bristol Bridal shop praised for wheelchair wedding dress store front

A Bristol bridal boutique has been praised for displaying one of its wedding dresses on a mannequin sat in a wheelchair prominently in its shop window.

A photo of the display at The White Collection in Portishead, went viral on Twitter after it was shared by disabled artist Beth Wilson.

The 36-year-old has been a wheelchair user for the past five years and said she was pleased because the display made her feel represented.

Source:Skynews
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10th Jan 2019

Protestors march in support of sex abuse survivors at R. Kelly’s Chicago studio

Protestors march in support of sex abuse survivors at R. Kelly’s Chicago studio

Yesterday, on the 9th of January, demonstrators gathered near the studio of singer R. Kelly to call for a boycott of his music after allegations of sexual abuse against young girls were raised on the highly-rated Lifetime mini-series “Surviving R. Kelly”.

The protests were held near his Chicago studio.

Prosecutors in Illinois and Georgia have opened investigations into allegations made against the singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly.

Source:Bellanaija
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10th Jan 2019

Cold Stone Creamery unveils Aquaman Themed Dessert

Cold Stone Creamery unveils Aquaman Themed Dessert

Cold Stone Creamery is taking ice cream lovers on a delicious journey to the deep-blue underwater of the Atlantis with its new Aquaman-themed ice cream flavour.

Ahead of the long-awaited Aquaman premiere, Cold Stone Creamery has teamed up with Warner Brothers to create a magnificent blend of superhero and dessert – Aquaman Blue Velvet Ice cream and Aquaman Blue Velvet Shakes!

This special flavor for the Aquaman character, Jason Momoa, has a blue, ocean-inspired theme that just takes every ice cream lover right into the movie before actually seeing it!

The Aquaman ice cream treat was unveiled in tasteful style at the Premiere of Aquaman the movie at Film House Cinemas, Lekki, Lagos.

Source:Bellanaija
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10th Jan 2019

Alex Iwobi is Nigeria’s Most Valuable Footballer - CIES

Alex Iwobi is Nigeria’s Most Valuable Footballer - CIES

22-year-old Super Eagles and Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi is now the most valuable Nigerian footballer.

According to the CIES Football Observatory, an algorithm exists to help calculate the transfer values of players from the big 5 leagues, taking into consideration their age, the length of their contract, the influence of their football club, and other factors.

Iwobi, estimated to be worth an impressive €55.2 million, has dethroned Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi as the most valuable Nigerian player.

Ndidi, who was worth €79.2 million in February 2018, has dropped to €55 million, just a little behind Iwobi.

Chelsea’s Victor Moses comes in third at €24 million.

Source:Bellanaija
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10th Jan 2019

Meghan Markle announces Four Royal Patronages

Meghan Markle announces Four Royal Patronages

Queen Elizabeth II has given Megan Markle four new patronages, Kensington Palace announced Thursday morning in a series of tweets. The Duchess of Sussex will assume two royal patronages long held by Queen Elizabeth II herself. The first is the royal patron of the National Theatre, and the second is the royal patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. As royal patron of the National Theatre, Markle will pick up the Queen’s mantle by focusing on the arts. She will also be patron of the Association of Commonwealth universities. As for her other two official new royal patron roles, she will become the royal patron of The Mayhew, an organisation dedicated to animal welfare for pets and Smart Works, an organisation that provides support for long-term unemployed women who want to return to work.

Source:Time magazine
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10th Jan 2019

Many injured as train coach derails in Lagos state

Many injured as train coach derails in Lagos state

Many people have been reportedly injured in a train accident at Mongoro Ashade area of Ikeja, Lagos state.

According to reports, one of the train coaches fell off the rail, causing another coach to derail.

According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency said in a statement a faulty section of the tracks caused the accident.

LASEMA said the fault had been reported by men of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority in the area and was noted for pending engineering works later in the day.

The agency said although no life was lost, injured victims were rushed to nearby hospitals for first aid.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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10th Jan 2019

We have no agreement yet with FG – ASUU

We have no agreement yet with FG – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has denied having any agreement with the Federal Government.
“The @ASUUNGR is hereby issuing this statement to inform the General public and by extension students of Nigerian universities that “the union has not reached any agreement with @AsoRock,” ASUU tweeted Wednesday night.
National president of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi said “It was just yesterday (Tuesday) that the @MinistryFederal sent the proposal to us without waiting for feedback before going to the public that we have reached an agreement. @ASUUNGR does not operate in that manner.
The union, on Tuesday, said its National ExecutiCommittee will review the ongoing industrial action after the government made a new commitment at a meeting with the union on Monday.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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10th Jan 2019

US groups warns Atiku will enrich self and cronies if he wins

US groups warns Atiku will enrich self and cronies if he wins

An America political risk consultancy firm Eurasia Group has said in its annual report for 2019 that the presidential candidate of Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, will look to enriching himself and his cronies if he wins the presidential elections holding on 16th February 2019.
He is a “gerontocrat who would focus on enriching himself and his cronies, avoiding the difficult and politically unpopular tasks necessary for reform,” Eurasia Group said in the report published on 7th December 2018.
However, the group said Abubakar, because of “his better health and keener intellect” compared to President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, “would create a brief, superficial boost to the country’s image.”

Source:Theguardian.ng
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7th Jan 2019

Kevin Spacey pleads not guilty to indecent assault charge as he appears in court for first time

Kevin Spacey pleads not guilty to indecent assault charge as he appears in court for first time

Kevin Spacey has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault as he appeared in court over claims he groped an 18-year-old male bar worker.
It is the first case against him to be prosecuted since a number of sex assault and harassment claims were made at the end of 2017.
The actor lost high-profile roles, including his leading part in House of Cards, and disappeared from public view after the claims surfaced.
Spacey, 59, is alleged to have bought an 18-year-old man several rounds of beer and whiskey at a bar and restaurant he worked at in Nantucket, Massachusetts, in July 2016.
It is claimed Spacey put his hands down the man's trousers.

Source:Skynews
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7th Jan 2019

HSBC criticised over new "anti-Brexit" advert campaign

HSBC criticised over new "anti-Brexit" advert campaign

HSBC has been criticised over a new advertising campaign that has been perceived by some as being anti-Brexit. As the British Parliament prepares to vote on the EU departure deal negotiated by Theresa May, the global bank has launched a promotional video revelling in the influence of other countries and cultures on the UK. Included in the ad is how much Britons enjoy sipping coffee from Colombia, watching movies made in the US, and assembling furniture flat-packed in Sweden. Region-specific posters have also been produced for major cities like London and Manchester, which feature references to Wimbledon and the formation of Oasis. The "We Are Not An Island" campaign comes a year after the bank introduced "Together We Thrive", which also aimed to celebrate diversity and multiculturalism in the UK.

Source:Skynews...

7th Jan 2019

NLC to hold nationwide protest on Tuesday to press for new national minimum wage

NLC to hold nationwide protest on Tuesday to press for new national minimum wage

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said it is set to hold a nationwide protest on Tuesday over the delay in transmitting the recommendations of the Tripartite Committee on a new National Minimum Wage to the National Assembly. Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, NLC General Secretary, stated this in a statement.
The National Executive Council (NEC) of the NLC has threatened to embark on a nationwide protest on 8th January if the Federal Government fails to send the Tripartite Committee report on N30,000 minimum wage to the National Assembly. The organised labour issued the threat following President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that a “high powered technical committee” would be set up to device ways to ensure that its implementation did not lead to an increase in the level of borrowing.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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7th Jan 2019

Senator Murray-Bruce urges Nigeria Army to fight Boko Haram not press

Senator Murray-Bruce urges Nigeria Army to fight Boko Haram not press

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, on Monday urged the Nigerian Army to stop invading media houses in the country, instead, it should concentrate on fighting Boko Haram insurgency group and other terrorists.
Personnel of the army had on Saturday, invaded Daily Trust offices in Maiduguri, Abuja and Lagos.
The troops arrested the regional editor, Uthman Abubakar and a reporter, Ibrahim Sawab and shut the gate of the office.
A source at the Daily Trust said the arrest of the journalist may be connected to the newspaper’s lead story on Sunday in which it reported that the Nigerian military had assembled thousands of troops and equipment in preparation for a massive operation to retake Baga and five other towns in the northern part of Borno State from Boko Haram.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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7th Jan 2019

Buhari hands over APC Campaign Leadership to Tinubu

Buhari hands over APC Campaign Leadership to Tinubu

According to reports, President Muhammadu Buhari has handed over the leadership of the 2019 elections campaign by the All Progressive Congress (APC) to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The president on Monday reportedly said he doesn’t want governance to suffer because of elections, therefore he was ceding responsibility of campaigns for the party to Tinubu.
Prior to the hand over, Tinubu and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo were Co-Chairmen of the Council and by original plan, were to deputise the President, who ordinarily should lead the campaigns.
Buhari inaugurated the council at the International Conference Centre Abuja, an event that had the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, ministers and governors in attendance.

Source:Punch
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7th Jan 2019

INEC announces Official Number of Registered Voters as 84,004,084

INEC announces Official Number of Registered Voters as 84,004,084

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the total number of registered voters in the country ahead of the 2019 elections.

INEC made this known via its official Twitter. INEC revealed that the national register of voters has been submitted to political parties.

The commission also gave the figure of the total number of registered voters as 84,004,084.

Source:Bellanaija
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7th Jan 2019

Apple brings iTunes to Samsung TVs as it seeks new revenue

Apple brings iTunes to Samsung TVs as it seeks new revenue

Starting in the spring, Apple will be opening up its door to one of its biggest rivals by giving owners of Samsung TVs direct access to iTunes content.

At the annual consumer technology conference in Las Vegas on Sunday, the South Korean company announced that Samsung will include an iTunes app in its Smart TVs. The new app will allow people to watch movies and TV shows they've already bought on iTunes, or buy new ones.

The odd marriage will even let people use Samsung's Bixby voice assistant to play iTunes content. Samsung Smart TV's will also run Apple's AirPlay 2, which lets users play videos, music and photos from iPhones and other Apple devices on speakers and TVs.

Source:CNN
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7th Jan 2019

Attempted military coup in Gabon under control following arrests

Attempted military coup in Gabon under control following arrests

According to the government of Gabon, an attempted coup in Gabon is now "under control" after four of five rebels were arrested.
Earlier on Monday, soldiers appeared on state television saying they had launched a coup in a bid to "restore democracy" to the country, which is bordered by the Republic of Congo to the east, and Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea to the north.
In a statement read out by a soldier, flanked by two others holding guns, they said the military had seized power from the government and called on people to "rise up". This is coming after the President Ali Bongo suffered a stroke last year while out of the country.
Hours later, government spokesman Guy-Bertrand Mapangou said, "Calm has returned, the situation is under control."

Source:Skynews
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7th Jan 2019

Kevin Spacey to appear in court on an indecent assault charge

Kevin Spacey to appear in court on an indecent assault charge

Oscar-winning US actor, Kevin Spacey is accused of assaulting an 18-year-old man in a bar on the resort island of Nantucket off the coast of Massachusetts.
The incident is alleged to have happened in 2016 but was only reported to police after the actor was publicly accused of similar assaults dating back three decades.
Court documents allege Spacey unzipped the man's trousers and molested him.
The teenager had been working in the bar, but because he was too young to drink alcohol, he told the actor he was 23.
Defence lawyers are expected to use this to cast doubt on his honesty.
Actor Anthony Rapp was the first to accuse Spacey of making a sexual advance - and alleged the incident happened in 1986, when he was 14 and Spacey was 26. His allegations led to other men coming forward.

Source:Skynews
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7th Jan 2019

PDP alerts UN, peace committee to alleged threats to 2019 general elections

PDP alerts UN, peace committee to alleged threats to 2019 general elections

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alerted the United Nations (UN) the National Peace Committee led by Abdulsalami Abubakar of the threat posed to the February general elections by President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged desperate self-succession bid.
At a press conference in Abuja yesterday, the PDP said “We want the whole world to know that Nigeria is in a perilous time. President Buhari’s desperation for self-succession has become the major threat to our national unity, stability and peaceful electoral process. Having realized that Nigerians are rallying behind our candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as their next president, the Buhari Presidency is now seeking ways to enmesh the electoral process in crisis.”

Source:Theguardian.ng
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7th Jan 2019

SERAP demands names of fraudulent power projects contractors

SERAP demands names of fraudulent power projects contractors

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) exercising its Freedom of Information (FOI) right has requested that the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, provide the names and details of contractors that allegedly collected money for electricity projects but failed to execute them, from 1999 to 2018. According to SERAP, former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, reportedly blew the whistle on Channels TV. The organization said failure to publish the names of the alleged corrupt contractors and companies would undermine the government’s oft-expressed commitment to holistically fight grand corruption and improve access of Nigerians to regular and uninterrupted electricity supply.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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7th Jan 2019

Nigeria Army explains why it invaded Daily Trust offices, arrested staff

Nigeria Army explains why it invaded Daily Trust offices, arrested staff

The Nigeria Army has clarified reasons behind its invasion of a Nigerian newspaper, Daily Trust offices and arrest of some members of staff.
Members the army had on Saturday invaded Daily Trust offices in Maiduguri, Abuja and Lagos.
The troops arrested the regional editor, Uthman Abubakar and a reporter, Ibrahim Sawab and shut the gate of the office.
A source at the Daily Trust said the arrest of the journalist may be connected to the newspaper lead story on Sunday written by Hamza Idris and Uthman Abubakar.
The army said Daily Trust was culpable of strengthening the Boko Haram insurgency group with its Sunday Trust lead story, where it disclosed information of the military as regards fight against the terrorists.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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7th Jan 2019

Militants resume attacks on pipelines in the Niger Delta

Militants resume attacks on pipelines in the Niger Delta

Suspected militants may have renewed hostilities against oil companies operating in the Niger Delta.
According to reports, a group yesterday claimed it was behind the attack on an oil pipeline at Koluama community in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area Bayelsa state.
The Friday explosion reportedly damaged the pipeline belonging to Conoil.
The group, Koluama Seven Brothers, in statement by one Angel Michael, described the attack as a warning to Conoil, King Solomon, and his cartel. “If Conoil and King Solomon fail to address the issues behind the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), scholarships, job creation for peace and love of the Koluama clan, then we will have no other option but launch a strike to shut down Conoil.”

Source:Theguardian.ng
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7th Dec 2018

Court issues protection orders against Cardi B after strip club brawl

Court issues protection orders against Cardi B after strip club brawl

Cardi B has appeared in court and been ordered not to have any contact with two bartenders she allegedly attacked at a New York strip club in August.
A judge issued two protection orders, meaning the rapper must not go near or contact the women, including on social media.
Prosecutors asked Queens Criminal Court to set bail at $2,500.
However, Cardi B was released without bail despite having skipped a court appearance earlier in the week.
The judge said she was not a flight risk.
Cardi B had previously been charged with reckless endangerment, harassment and assault for allegedly throwing bottles and chairs in the Angels NYC strip club in the early hours of 29 August.
She is scheduled to appear in court again in January.

Source:BBCnews
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7th Dec 2018

Wilder v Fury: WBC sanctions "direct rematch"

Wilder v Fury: WBC sanctions "direct rematch"

The WBC has sanctioned a "direct rematch" between heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
British Fury and American Wilder shared a controversial and thrilling draw in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Fury's promoter Frank Warren said both parties want a rematch and his fighter is pushing for it to be in the UK.
The WBC said in a statement there was a "unanimous agreement" to sanction a rematch in a meeting of the board of governors.
"Wilder and Fury gave boxing one of the best fights in the heavyweight division in a long time, which has created tremendous popular demand for the fans to see a rematch," it said.
"The WBC is happy to confirm a direct rematch has been approved and will create in a ruling which will also consider the mandatory status of the division."

Source:BBCnews



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7th Dec 2018

Huawei executive faces fraud charges over breaking US sanctions in Iran

Huawei executive faces fraud charges over breaking US sanctions in Iran

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, is facing fraud charges relating to alleged breaking of US sanctions on Iran, a Canadian court has heard.

Details of the charges were revealed when a judge in Vancouver lifted a publication ban.

Ms Meng, daughter of Huawei's founder, was arrested in the city on Saturday and faces extradition to the US.

The court is deciding whether or not to allow bail.

However, China has demanded Ms Meng's release, insisting she has not violated any laws.

Source:BBCnews



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7th Dec 2018

Ted Baker founder Ray Kelvin takes temporary leave of absence stands over "unwanted hugs" allegation

Ted Baker founder Ray Kelvin takes temporary leave of absence stands over "unwanted hugs" allegation

Ted Baker founder Ray Kelvin is taking a temporary leave of absence after being accused of giving unwanted hugs to staff.
The fashion chain said directors had become aware of "further serious allegations" against Ray Kelvin, who agreed to stand aside "for the benefit of the business and the people who work in it".
According to Ray Kelvin the "accusations of the past week have raised some very serious and upsetting issues", and it was "only right that the board should investigate fully".
Dozens of current and former Ted Baker employees have accused the 62-year-old of implementing a regime of "forced hugs" and harassment. More than 60 people reportedly helped launch an online petition detailing employees' alleged experiences with Ray Kelvin, calling for the company to end its “awkward hugging policy.”

Source:Skynews



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7th Dec 2018

Zamfara state government orders animal sellers to take pictures with animals to prove ownership

Zamfara state government orders animal sellers to take pictures with animals to prove ownership

The Zamfara State Government has directed animal sellers to take pictures with their animals to confirm that they are the real owners. The directive was issued by the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Bello Dankande, on Friday in Gusau during a meeting with animal dealers and transporters. He said that the move became necessary to check activities of rustlers who had continued to find their ways to market to sell stolen animals. He said, the state government would station photographers at approved animal markets who would take pictures of all intending animal sellers after they had been screened and confirmed as the rightful owners of such animals by the market authorities. The commissioner said that the state government would work in partnership with security agents to carry out the new policy which would ensure that bandits and cattle rustlers were frustrated from moving with stolen animals.

Source:Theguardian.ng

7th Dec 2018

Congo Brazzaville strongly considered as host of 2019 African Nations Cup

Congo Brazzaville strongly considered as host of 2019 African Nations Cup

Congo Brazzaville has emerged as a strong contender to host next year’s rearranged Africa Cup of Nations, according to a senior official in the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Constant Omari, a vice-president of CAF, also said that the dossier of Guinea, hosts-designate of the 2023 edition, does not exist.
“Congo Brazzaville has written to organise (2019),” Omari told Radio France International.
“Our (CAF) secretary general Anthony Baffoe told me that he was going to tell me of a second candidate,” he added without volunteering a name.
Morocco is widely considered the favourite to take on the tournament which was taken away from Cameroon due to delays with preparations and security concerns.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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7th Dec 2018

Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host over anti-gay tweets

Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host over anti-gay tweets

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of the 91st Oscars following controversy over anti-gay tweets he posted in 2009.Hart had constantly addressed the comments, saying he’s now a changed man. Following the backlash after his Wednesday announcement as host by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hart posted a video on Instagram, saying, “I’m nearly 40 years old. If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don’t know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify the past, do you. I’m the wrong guy, man.” However, people called him out, saying that wasn’t an apology. Hours later, Hart posted another video, saying the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had given him an ultimatum, apologise or they’ll find another host. Hart declined to apologise saying he has addressed the issue severally.
He however apologised to the LGBTQ community.

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7th Dec 2018

The will of Nigerians is my command – Buhari

The will of Nigerians is my command – Buhari

Unshaken by the pressure on the 2019 presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari, has calmly, assured the nation that the results of the polls would be a reflection of the wish of the people.
President Buhari, who has persistently insisted that no one should be intimidated or insulted in the political campaign, said that he understood the yearnings of Nigerians. The president told his supporters to continuously showcase achievements instead of mudslinging and violence.
The president disclosed this when he received Letter of Credence from Ambassador of Finland to Nigeria, Dr Jyrki Juhani Pulkkinen. He also said he believed in the collective dream for a greater country. According to Buhari, Nigerians reserved the right to elect leaders at various levels in 2019, adding that all efforts would be made to safeguard the integrity of the electoral process.

Source:Theguardian.ng



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7th Dec 2018

Appeal Court affirms prisoners’ right to vote

Appeal Court affirms prisoners’ right to vote

The Court of Appeal Benin Division on Friday granted the prayers of five prisoners, seeking the court to direct the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to include names of Nigerians in prisons in the country in its voter register.
Five inmates on behalf of other inmates in Nigerian prisons filed the appeal across the country.
Those that filed the appeal are Victor Emenuwe, Onome Inaye, Kabiru Abu, Osagie Iyekekpolor and Modugu Odion.
Justice S. Oseji, delivered the lead judgment, on behalf of Justice Helen Ogunwumiju.
The judgment affirmed the judgment granted by a Federal High Court in 2014, that prisoners can vote.
However, Oseji did not grant a declaration that INEC liaise with the Nigeria Prison Service to create a registration centre at various prisons across the country.

Source:Theguardian.ng



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7th Dec 2018

President Buhari explains why he rejected electoral amendment bill

President Buhari explains why he rejected electoral amendment bill

President Muhammadu Buhari said he “principally” declined assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2018 as it will “provide opportunity for disruption and confusion” to electoral laws ahead of the 2019 general election.

In a letter dated 6, December, 2018, sent to the Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Buhari said his refusal to sign the bill into law was in the “best interest of the country and our democracy” and requested that the National Assembly should move the enactment of the bill to after the February 2019 election.

The President had declined assent to the bill three times citing “drafting issues”.

Source:Theguardian.ng


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7th Dec 2018

Oby Ezekwesili promises to treat LGBTQ People Equally when Elected

Oby Ezekwesili promises to treat LGBTQ People Equally when Elected

Presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) Oby Ezekwesili, has said LGBTQ persons will be treated equally in Nigeria if she’s elected president.

Ezekwesili said this while speaking at the Chatham House, responding to a question by gay rights activist Bisi Alimi.

She believes in the equality of all, she said, including LGBTQ persons.

Source: Bellanaija ...

7th Dec 2018

Promotion of officers based on merit, without external influence - Buratai

Promotion of officers based on merit, without external influence - Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Yusuf Buratai, has said that the promotion of the new Major-Generals and Brigadier-Generals is the best the Nigerian Army has to offer and that it was strictly based on merit and without any external influence. Buratai, who stated this yesterday during the decoration ceremony at the Army Headquarters Command Officers’ Mess in Abuja, said that though many others deserved promotion, the final number was arrived at based on vacancies available for posting. “Since vacancy is the major factor in determining those to be promoted, we must get best. The rest that are not promoted are good but will have their time. Also, you must remember that promotion is from God alone. “It is done for the purpose of our service and purpose of our country. We must get the right people at the right time. Moreover, it has received the blessings of the President and Commander in Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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7th Dec 2018

Igbos' in 19 northern states banned from travelling over 2019 polls

Igbos' in 19 northern states banned from travelling over 2019 polls

People of Igbo decent in the 19 northern states have been banned from travelling to their states of origin to vote in next year’s general elections. Any person who flouts the directive would be fined an undisclosed amount of money. The decision was reached following an extraordinary meeting of the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) in Barnawa, Kaduna State. IDA, is responsible for members’ welfare
“We want our people to stay in their respective states and cast their votes. The era of running home during elections cannot be tolerated again. There is no need for us to go home at every election because if you do that you will automatically disenfranchise yourself.
The organisation disclosed this in a statement jointly signed by President General Chief Chikezie Nwogu and Secretary General Austin Ofokansi Ifedinezi. The Assembly also urged members to remain law-abiding in their states of residence.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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6th Dec 2018

FG, African Development Bank inaugurate $256m intervention projects for North-East

FG, African Development Bank inaugurate $256m intervention projects for North-East

The Federal Government in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB), on Thursday inaugurated a $256 million Inclusive Basic Service Delivery and Livelihood Empowerment Integrated Project (IBSIP) in the northern region. The President of AfDB, Dr Akinwumi Adesina said at the inauguration in Abuja that the intervention project would focus on agriculture, water and sanitation. Adesina, represented by a Senior Director in the bank, Mr Ebrima Faal, explained that the project had five states, Borno, Adamawa, Bauchi, Taraba and Gombe as beneficiaries. The AfDB president said that the states which were the borrowers of the loan provided by AfDB, would provide empowerment for women and the youth in the troubled North Eastern part of the country.
According to him, the project will touch the lives of millions of people and it has an initial five years period of implementation.

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6th Dec 2018

"I won’t wait for results’ announcement before conceding defeat" - El-Rufai

"I won’t wait for results’ announcement before conceding defeat" - El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has declared that he won’t wait for results to be announced before conceding defeat, if he loses the upcoming general election.
The governor, who said he has better things to attend to, disclosed this yesterday at a Summit Towards Peaceful 2019 General Election in Kaduna, organised by the Kaduna State Peace Commission (KAPECOM) in the state.
He warned politicians and their followers to desist from engaging in hate speech, falsehood and ethnic sentiments in the social media, capable of breaching peace in the state.
He urged campaigns in the upcoming elections to be based on “issues and achievements.”
“It was the massive rigging of elections in 2011 that led to widespread violence at that time and Kaduna State lost over 800 lives,” he added.

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6th Dec 2018

NNPC promises abundant fuel supply nationwide

NNPC promises abundant fuel supply nationwide

Threat by oil marketers to shut down depots over unpaid subsidy may not cause scarcity of petrol as the Nigerian Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has promised to make the petrol products abundantly available across the country. During an oversight visit to the NNPC headquarters in Abuja yesterday, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Joseph Akinlaja, urged the corporation to ensure that Nigerians travel effortlessly at this period of the year.
The marketers had threatened to shut down their depots if government failed to pay the subsidy arrears owned them, a situation, which could trigger scarcity of petroleum products. But the NNPC said as part of the zero-scarcity strategy, it had over 170 million litres of PMS in stock at some of its depots across the country following successful rehabilitation of the facilities along with connecting pipelines to forestall dependence on private sector depots.
Source:Theguardian.ng

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6th Dec 2018

Court insists Kano assembly lacks power to investigate Gov. Ganduje

Court insists Kano assembly lacks power to investigate Gov. Ganduje

A Kano State high court has insisted the Kano State House of Assembly lacks adequate power to investigate the allegation of $5 million bribery against Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
The presiding judge Ahmad Badamasi said the House has no capacity of probing a bribe investigation because it is a criminal offence.
Badamasi stated that collecting bribe from contractors is a criminal offence according to Sections 115 and 116 of Penal Code, and should be left for agencies under executive arms such as police and the Economic Financial Crime Commission to investigate.
He, therefore, ordered the House to restrain from interviewing or inviting any person on the bribery allegation against the governor.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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6th Dec 2018

House Reps approve June 12 as National Democracy Day

House Reps approve June 12 as National Democracy Day

Nigeria’s House of Representative on Thursday approved June 12 as the new Democracy Day for the country.

The approval followed the adoption of a report on a bill seeking to amend the Public Holidays Act 2004.
Considering the report at the plenary, the lawmakers approved the amendments to three clauses ?in the Act, as recommended in the report.

One of the clauses deleted May 29 as Democracy Day and replaced the date with June 12.

In June, President Muhammadu Buhari directed that the National Democracy Day will be shifted from May 29 to June 12 with the conferment of a posthumous honorary award to the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993, general elections, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale(MKO) Abiola.

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6th Dec 2018

Prepaid meters to be available to all Nigeria homes in 2020, says NERC boss

Prepaid meters to be available to all Nigeria homes in 2020, says NERC boss

Nigeria’s National Electricity Commission (NERC) on Thursday disclosed that all Nigerian homes will have access to prepaid meters by 2020. NERC chairman James Momoh made the disclosure on Channels Television “Sunrise Daily” show. “With all the mechanisms we have put in place, I am certain that every Nigerian home that wishes to have prepaid meter can have it by 2020,” Momoh said.
The Current Nigerian government claims it is supplying 7000 megawatts of electricity generation, having improved it from 3000 where it was in 2015. However, other African countries boast of better electricity supply than Nigeria. South Africa, which has 56 million population compared to Nigeria’s 180 million has a total domestic electricity generation capacity of 51,309 megawatts. Momoh stated that the current Muhammadu Buhari’s administration since 2015 has been working on providing Nigerians with stable and affordable electricity.

Source:Theguardian.ng


6th Dec 2018

Senate urges oil marketers to drop strike plans over fuel scarcity

Senate urges oil marketers to drop strike plans over fuel scarcity

Nigeria Senate on Thursday urged the oil marketers to shelve their seven-day ultimatum in the interest of the Nation.
The lawmakers also urged the Federal Government to pay outstanding fuel subsidy arrears to oil marketers within the next two weeks.
On Monday, the marketers comprising Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) and Independent Petroleum Products Importers (IPPIs) gave the FG a seven day ultimatum to settle outstanding debts totalling N800 billion, including foreign exchange differentials and interest rate component, owed to them.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream, Kabiru Marafa, said the action of the marketers, if not well checked, may result in artificial fuel scarcity during the festive season and through the election period.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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5th Dec 2018

My return in 2019 non-negotiable - Buhari

My return in 2019 non-negotiable - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged his supporters not to panic, saying his return to power in 2019 is non-negotiable.
He also described those seeking to unseat him in next year’s general elections as enemies who stole from the nation blindly and should be avoided.
The president made the disclosure yesterday at the National Consultative Forum of the National Committee of Buhari Support Groups held in Abuja.
Buhari, who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, cited infrastructural development, fight against corruption, Treasury Single Account and school feeding programme as some of the achievements that have endeared him to the people.
He wondered why the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which he accused of plundering the nation’s resources, would want to stage a return in 2019, especially after his own government has made the country “the best economy” in Africa.

Source:Theguardian.ng



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5th Dec 2018

Court orders EFCC, DSS, police to arrest Alison-Madueke in 72 hours

Court orders EFCC, DSS, police to arrest Alison-Madueke in 72 hours

Justice Valentine Ashi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, sitting in Apo, Abuja, has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), police, Department of State Services (DSS) and all other security agencies to apprehend and arrest former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, within 72 hours.

Acting Spokesman to the EFCC, Tony Orilade, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said the order was made following a motion ex-parte filed by counsel to the EFCC, Msuur Denga, praying for a warrant of arrest against Alison-Madueke to enable the commission apprehend and arraign her for alleged financial crimes in Nigeria.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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3rd Dec 2018

Luka Modric wins 2018 Ballon d’Or

Luka Modric wins 2018 Ballon d’Or

Croatian and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric on Monday night beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona Lionel Messi to win the 2018 Ballon d’Or.
Modric, who was closely followed by Ronaldo and Antonio Griezmann as second and third respectively, won the Ballon d’Or after he played an integral role in Real Madrid winning a fourth Champions League title in five years and then led Croatia to their first World Cup final in Russia.
He finally put an end to the 10-year reign of Ronaldo and Messi, who have won the trophy five times each.
Modric, while accepting the award, thanked his teammates and coaches while describing it a unique feeling to emerge the winner of the award.
“It’s a unique feeling. I’m happy, proud and it’s an honor. Extraordinary emotions at the moment.”

Source:Theguardian.ng


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3rd Dec 2018

“PDP is the only party that can make sure all of us eat very well” – Goodluck Jonathan

“PDP is the only party that can make sure all of us eat very well” – Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Nigerians to vote for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 elections.According to reports, Jonathan made the appeal during the flag-off of the PDP 2019 presidential election campaign. The former president listed all past presidents of the country since its return to democracy in 1999 and compared them to the current president Muhammadu Buhari. “Atiku is the best of all the current presidential aspirants,” he said, and the PDP is the only party under whose rule Nigerians can “eat very well.” “Let us not make any mistakes, those of us that are adults, old enough to vote, if we vote wrongly, our children and grandchildren will not forgive us.” Atiku is experienced enough; he has demonstrated clearly from his personal life and his business life that he has that capacity to bring this country to one, and make our economy grow, so that all of us will have food to eat.”
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3rd Dec 2018

Deontay Wilder will try to avoid rematch at all costs - Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder will try to avoid rematch at all costs - Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury has said WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will try to avoid a rematch with him "at all costs".

An enthralling fight in Los Angeles ended in a draw, although many ex-professionals said Tyson Fury should have been declared the winner.

"I've got a funny feeling he's going to get his running shoes out and stay away from me," Fury said while speaking on ITV.

Wilder's trainer Jay Deas told BBC Radio 5 live he wants a rematch.

Source:BBCnews
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3rd Dec 2018

WhatsApp messages reveal Jamal Khashoggi feared Saudi crown prince would target him

WhatsApp messages reveal Jamal Khashoggi feared Saudi crown prince would target him

Texts to a fellow exile have revealed Journalist Jamal Khashoggi feared Saudi's crown prince would target him two months before he was killed.
WhatsApp messages to Omar Abdulaziz, who was granted political asylum in Canada in 2014, show the extent of Mr Khashoggi's fear of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, not just for himself but for all Saudis.
The texts, which Mr Abdulaziz believes were seen by the Saudi government when it hacked their phones in August, show the private angst and worry Mr Khashoggi, who was also living in exile, kept relatively under wraps in his public criticism of the kingdom and its ruler.
In more than 400 messages between October 2017 and August 2018, seen by CNN, the Washington Post journalist talks about the crown prince, Bin Salman being a "beast" and a "'pac man'... the more victims he eats, the more he wants".

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3rd Dec 2018

Ted Baker shares fall after "forced hugs" allegations against owner

Ted Baker shares fall after "forced hugs" allegations against owner

Shares in fashion chain Ted Baker have fallen sharply after it said it would investigate claims against founder and chief executive Ray Kelvin about "forced hugs" with colleagues.

An online petition claiming to be backed by more than 200 current or former employees has called on the company to end "a culture of forced hugs that leaves harassment unchallenged".

Ted Baker shares were down more than 12% on Monday after the allegations which the company said were "entirely at odds" with the values of the business and Mr. Kelvin surfaced over the weekend.

This is coming ahead of a trading update by the company due on Thursday.

Ted Baker's shares are down 40% in the year to date.

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3rd Dec 2018

US airport opens first fully biometric terminal

US airport opens first fully biometric terminal

Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and Delta Air Lines have opened the nation's first curb-to-gate biometric terminal, which promises to improve aviation security while moving travelers faster through screening.
"Atlanta airport, the busiest airport in the world, our largest hub is the first airport in the US to roll this out," Delta Chief Operating Officer Gil West said at the terminal's opening.
"It saves nine minutes on the ground for the boarding process which is time that our customers won't be spending in lines waiting to board the aircraft."
The biometric ID technology being used is facial recognition. It's a camera-based system that compares scans of travelers' faces to a database of verified ID photos curated by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

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3rd Dec 2018

Diego Costa to undergo foot surgery in Brazil

Diego Costa to undergo foot surgery in Brazil

The Spain international striker Diego Costa will undergo an operation in Brazil on Saturday. According to a statement by his Club, Atletico Madrid, the surgery was an effort to speed Costa’s recovery from the pain in his left foot ever since suffering a broken metatarsal back in 2006.
A statement on the club’s website said, “Diego Costa will have surgery this week due to the discomfort he has been suffering in his left foot in recent weeks.”
“After considering all the possible options, the decision has been made to undertake the operation in Brazil, supervised by Atletico de Madrid’s medical services.”
“Our striker, who had an operation on the fifth metatarsal of his left foot 12 years ago, has been enduring ongoing pain due to foot trauma suffered three weeks ago.”
The club, however, did not state when Costa will be back to action.

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3rd Dec 2018

Osinbajo urges Nigerians to always show gratitude to God

Osinbajo urges Nigerians to always show gratitude to God

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has admonished Nigerians to always show gratitude to God no matter the circumstances, even as he urged them to look to the future with hope and optimism.
Osinbajo shared that while he spoke yesterday after the end-of-year thanksgiving service held at the Presidential Villa Chapel, Abuja. At the service, the Vice President was joined by former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, his wife, Victoria, Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Silas Agara among other government officials.
“My message to Nigerians is that we have every cause to be extremely thankful to God. I think that what God is also telling us is that the coming month and the coming years will be even better. All of us will enjoy the fruit of this land. So, my message is that we should continually thank God because He has helped us a great deal and set to help us even more.”

Source:Theguardian.ng


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3rd Dec 2018

Senate commences investigation into N23bn failed road project

Senate commences investigation into N23bn failed road project

The Senate Committee on Works has commenced investigation into the N23 billion failed Ibadan-Ilorin road project.
The Chairman of the committee, Sen. Kabiru Gaya, made this known in an interview in Abuja on Monday.
According to Gaya the committee was made aware of the development during its oversight of roads across the country.
According to him, the committee discovered that the road, which is in bad shape, was completed in 2015.
Gaya noted that for the road, which was completed three years ago to have gone bad, it meant the project was not properly carried out.
He said that the committee would get to the root of the matter to ensure that the contractor and all those involved in the project were made to answer for the poor condition of the road.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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3rd Dec 2018

Fela Durotoye explains why he turned to GoFundMe

Fela Durotoye explains why he turned to GoFundMe

Presidential candidate under the umbrella of Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) Fela Durotoye, explained that he decided to crowd fund for his campaign so as not to be indebted to “godfathers” or “cabals”.
“Any candidate you see chunking money out for campaign will definitely have to return them to the cabal he got it from if elected,” Durotoye said on Monday on TVC’s Your View. “I have no godfather, I have no plan to have one,” he added. Durotoye launched his GoFundMe campaign on 18th May. However, Durotoye’s move of generating money is not new to Nigerian electoral system, as President Muhammadu Buhari also raised campaign funds from the public in 2015. Durotoye, has so far realised the total of $3,546 of his $500,000 intended goal in the crowdfund initiative. He explained that every month he accounts for money contributed to the funding account and releases the campaign budget on his social media page.

Source:Theguardian.ng


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3rd Dec 2018

APC insists Nigerians will never forget PDP’s crimes

APC insists Nigerians will never forget PDP’s crimes

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated that the alleged past wrongs of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would never be erased from the minds of Nigerians.
APC made this known while reacting to last week’s demand by the PDP that both chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Mahmood Yakubu and Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris resign their positions.
The leadership of the PDP, at its National Executive Committee Meeting (NEC) on Thursday, had expressed doubt the two could guarantee the conduct of credible elections next year.
However, APC insisted there was no basis for the ultimatum. According to spokesman Lanre Issa-Onilu, the outburst was merely another reminder of how PDP’s administration abused state institutions in the pursuit of selfish political and economic interests.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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3rd Dec 2018

Court grants EFCC leave to arraign Alison-Madueke and Omokore

Court grants EFCC leave to arraign Alison-Madueke and Omokore

An Abuja High Court on Monday, granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) leave to arraign former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and a former Chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling company, Olajide Omokore, on February 25th.
Alison-Madueke and Omokore, are to be arraigned on five counts bordering on conspiracy and illegal act of accepting and giving gratifications.
The trial judge, Justice Valentine Ashi, granted the EFCC leave, after the prosecution’s counsel, Mr Faruk Abdullahi told the court that while investigations were on going, the former minister left the country and is currently in the UK.
The suspects, are to be arraigned for allegedly accepting and giving gift of properties described as penthouse 22, Block B, Admiralty Estate, Ikoyi, and penthouse 21, building 5, block C, Banana Island, Lagos.

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2nd Dec 2018

President Buhari reacts to death rumours

President Buhari reacts to death rumours

President Muhammadu Buhari has denied speculations that he had passed on at a London hospital where he was receiving treatment.
Buhari has made several trips to London for medical treatment since mid-2016. Initially, the presidency claimed he had a “persistent ear infection”.
Several high-profile figures in Nigeria, including a former government minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, have claimed that Buhari has died and been replaced by a lookalike from Sudan.
Tweets, Facebook posts and YouTube videos repeating claims that the president is an imposter called “Jubril” have been shared and viewed over 500,000 times.
Reacting to this, Buhari while speaking in Poland on Sunday said the speculations were all “hopes that he had died”
“It is me,” Buhari declared, “I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong,” he added.

Source:Theguardian.ng



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2nd Dec 2018

Body language experts reveal how to tell if someone is lying to you

Body language experts reveal how to tell if someone is lying to you

All human beings possess the ability to lie and many of us do.
According to Traci Brown, body language expert and author of How to Detect Lies, Fraud and Identity Theft: Field Guide, to identify a lie, you first have to have a baseline for how someone acts when they’re being honest. For example, watch how someone responds to a basic question such as, “Where are you from?” Where do their eyes go? How does their voice sound?
Once you’ve established that baseline, look for shifts in behavior in four different categories: bodily movements, facial expressions, tone of voice and content of speech, says Dr. Lillian Glass, author of The Body Language of Liars. “Those are the codes of communication.”
However, the signs aren’t foolproof. If someone is uncomfortable in their seat, they may fidget, if someone is nervous, their voice may crack.

Source:Time

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2nd Dec 2018

Artist behind viral Barbara Bush cartoon creates another cartoon to reunite her with George H.W. Bush

Artist behind viral Barbara Bush cartoon creates another cartoon to reunite her with George H.W. Bush

Clarion Ledger cartoonist Marshall Ramsey has followed up his viral Barbara Bush cartoon drawn earlier this year, with a new illustration reuniting the Bush family in heaven.

President George H.W Bush died on 30th November, 8 months after his wife of 73 years died.

The Ledger published a new cartoon from Ramsey on Dec. 1, which depicts the former President arriving into heaven in a TBM Avenger plane, like the one he flew during World War II.

Bush is drawn reuniting with Barbara. The pair are also joined in the clouds by a drawing of their daughter Robin, who died when she was 3 years old. In the cartoon, Barbara is saying “We waited for you.”

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2nd Dec 2018

Wilder v Fury draw in WBC world heavyweight title fight

Wilder v Fury draw in WBC world heavyweight title fight

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury battled to a controversial split-decision draw in their WBC heavyweight title showdown Saturday, triggering immediate demands from both camps for a rematch.
Wilder, who retains his WBC belt after 12 rounds of pulsating action, had Fury on the canvas twice at the Staples Center in Los Angeles but was unable to deliver the knockout he had promised his fans.
The three judges were divided on the outcome, with each offering different scores. But while the scoring drew criticism, with many arguing that Fury had done enough to win, there was a marked absence of animosity after the bout. Instead, the main talking point from a thrilling contest was Fury’s miraculous recovery after being knocked down by Wilder in the 12th round. In one of the most thrilling heavyweight contests for years, the Briton was brutally dropped in the 12th, but somehow regained his feet to survive for two minutes

Source:Theguardian.ng


2nd Dec 2018

Israeli police insists PM Netanyahu should be charged with bribery and fraud

Israeli police insists PM Netanyahu should be charged with bribery and fraud

On Sunday, the Israeli police and the Israel Securities Authorities said there was sufficient evidence for bribery, fraud and breach-of-trust charges to be brought against PM Netanyahu and his wife Sara
They are suspected of interfering in regulatory decisions that favoured Bezeq and its majority shareholder Shaul Elovitch.
In return, the couple are alleged to have been given more positive coverage on Walla! news website, owned by Bezeq.
Mr Netanyahu rejected the allegations in what is known as Case 4000.
Therefore, the Israeli attorney-general will now have to decide whether to bring charges in the case.
In February, Israeli police recommended indicting Mr Netanyahu in two other corruption investigations.

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2nd Dec 2018

NAFDAC to destroy N198bn worth of seized tramadol

NAFDAC to destroy N198bn worth of seized tramadol

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is set to destroy Tramadol consignment valued at N198 billion, which it impounded recently.
Director-General of the agency, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, revealed this on Sunday in a speech at an event to commemorate her one year in office in Abuja.
She said that the drug would be burnt and disclosed that NAFDAC had in the last one year, destroyed sub-standard and falsified medicines, unsafe drugs and unwholesome food and chemicals worth N3 billion.
Adeyeye said that with the support of the Presidency, National Security Adviser’s office and sustained awareness campaign on the implications of NAFDAC’s absence at the ports, the agency returned to the ports in May, 2018.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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2nd Dec 2018

NCC directs telecom providers to keep comprehensive database

NCC directs telecom providers to keep comprehensive database

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed all network providers to keep accurate and comprehensive database of all registered subscribers and their activities at all times, warning that any defaulter would be dealt with, according to the law.

Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau of the commission, Mrs. Felicia Onwuegbuchulam gave the directive on behalf of NCC at the 44th edition of the Consumer Town Hall meeting in Imo State.

According to her, as a telecommunication regulator, the commission has the right to protect providers and ensue that consumers are not exploited.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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2nd Dec 2018

Fake news threatens national security operations – Buratai

Fake news threatens national security operations – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai says fake news not only poses threat to national security but makes the on going counter terrorism operation in the North East more difficult.

In an interview with Newsmen in Maiduguri, Buratai urged Nigerians to be patriotic and wary of false information, as well as condemn those behind it.

“It is inimical to national security; it is inimical to the morale of the troops and by and large, it is one of the demoralising factors making the counter insurgency operation more difficult.’’

Buratai, therefore, urged those spreading fake news on the on going operations, including a section of the media to desist from such.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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2nd Dec 2018

France considers declaring state of emergency after riots tear parts of Paris apart

France considers declaring state of emergency after riots tear parts of Paris apart

France is considering imposing a state of emergency as hundreds of people were arrested during the country's worst riots in 50 years.

Police in Paris said 23 officers were among 133 people who have been injured since violence escalated on Saturday afternoon, tearing parts of the capital apart.

Out of the 412 arrested, 378 are in police custody, while the interior minister Christophe Castaner said about 3,000 people were suspected of having taken part in the Paris violence which marks the worst unrest the capital has seen since 1968.

Across France, 75,000 people were estimated to have engaged in protests on Saturday, marking the third weekend in a row of protests.

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2nd Dec 2018

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas marry in India

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas marry in India

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra has married US singer Nick Jonas in a Christian ceremony attended by close family and friends in a royal Indian palace.
Fireworks lit up the sky as the celebrity couple exchanged vows on Saturday at the opulent Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, in the western desert state of Rajasthan.
Dubbed India's "wedding of the year", the two-day event also includes a traditional Hindu ceremony.
The couple, who went public with their romance in May, were joined by their families, including Jonas's brother Joe Jonas and his fiancee, British actress and Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner.
In identical posts on social media, Chopra, 36, and Jonas, 26, said the occasion had "kicked off the celebrations in the way we both dreamed".

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2nd Dec 2018

Cafes ban superfood over fears it fuels criminal cartels

Cafes ban superfood over fears it fuels criminal cartels

The end may be near for trendy avocado breakfasts with cafes now scrapping the fleshy fruits from their menus, citing fears about the environment and sustainability. Leading the "controversial" fightback is the Wild Strawberry cafe in Buckinghamshire, which said it was "plain wrong" to continue serving items such as avocado on toast, with the popular ingredient being flown thousands of miles across the globe before reaching our plates.
In an Instagram post telling customers "this.is.not.a.joke", the cafe - which uses avocados in some of its most popular dishes - said the demand for the fashionable "superfood" was driving criminal cartels in Mexico. Wild Strawberry, which reportedly serves up 1,000 avocados a week, said it "thought long and hard" but wanted to keep its focus on locally sourced ingredients while addressing the issue of food miles and sustainability.

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2nd Dec 2018

Buhari urges universities to contribute to nation building

Buhari urges universities to contribute to nation building

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, tasked Nigerian Universities to contribute in finding solutions to the myriad of challenges facing the country through innovations and research.
Speaking at the 48th Convocation ceremony of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), the President also urged them to develop patriotic ideas by identifying with national cause and ensuring corporate discipline through management and accountability in their various operations.
Represented by the Director of Finance and Accounts, Ministry of Education, Abuja, Ozo Eddy Nwaokoye, the President said his administration is supportive of the growth of Universities through its various intervention agencies in boosting infrastructure, research and staff development programmes.

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2nd Dec 2018

Narco culture: Colombians mark 25 years since drug lord Pablo Escobar's death

Narco culture: Colombians mark 25 years since drug lord Pablo Escobar's death

Pablo Escobar is remembered as the "Colombian Robin Hood" in his former neighbourhood where his dark legacy lives on 25 years after his death.
The drug lord's cartel supplied an estimated 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the US at the height of his career - making $21.9bn (£17.2bn) a year.
Forbes listed him as the world's seventh richest man in 1989 with an estimated net worth of $9bn (£7bn).
Often called "The King of Cocaine," Escobar was one of the wealthiest criminals in history.
Police gunned him down in his home city of Medellin on 2nd December 1993, a day after his 44th birthday.
On the anniversary of his death, people are paying tribute to Escobar in the neighbourhood where he donated 443 houses to formerly homeless people.

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2nd Dec 2018

Ted Baker employees complain of founder's "forced hugging policy"

Ted Baker employees complain of founder's "forced hugging policy"

More than 60 people have reportedly come forward to launch an online petition detailing employees' alleged experiences with Ray Kelvin, 62, calling for the company to end its "awkward hugging policy".
The complainants claim Kelvin would give unwanted hugs, shoulder massages and kisses on the back of their ears at the firm's London head office. The petition, which is backed by almost 200 current and former employees, said the "inappropriate" forced hugging was "part of a culture that allows harassment to go unchallenged". It called for "a way of reporting harassment to an independent, external body" and claimed "HR has done nothing with the reports of harassment". The petition website purported to quote several unnamed current and former employees detailing their experiences.

Source:Skynews



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2nd Dec 2018

Two dead after plane crashes into therapy centre for autistic children

Two dead after plane crashes into therapy centre for autistic children

Several children and their teachers have had a lucky escape after a small plane crashed into a building containing a therapy centre for young people with autism.
According to reports, the plane went through the roof of the building near the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida on Saturday afternoon.
A fire broke out following the collision and two passengers travelling in the Cessna 355 were killed.
A spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Department, Battalion Chief Steven Gollan, said that eight teachers and five children were in the building at the time of the crash.
One teacher suffered minor injuries as she led the children away from the building to safety.
Authorities have launched an investigation to establish the cause of the crash.

Source:Skynews



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2nd Dec 2018

Beyonce to lead Mandela tribute concert

Beyonce to lead Mandela tribute concert

Beyonce will lead an all-star line-up that includes Ed Sheeran, Jay-Z and Usher in Johannesburg on Sunday when she performs at a concert to honour the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.
The concert is the climax of a year of events celebrating the centennial of Mandela’s birth in 1918, and is part of a campaign to tackle poverty, child malnutrition and boost gender equality.
This year’s Global Citizen Festival will be held at Johannesburg’s 94,736-capacity FNB stadium with the concert due to begin at 1200 GMT.
Thousands of music fans, many of whom had been given free tickets in return for activism and campaigning work, began to flock to the stadium hours before the gig was due to kick off.
Ahead of the concert Oprah Winfrey, who will co-host the event, hailed Mandela’s “goodness and integrity”, describing him as her “favourite mentor”.

Source:Theguardian.ng



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2nd Dec 2018

Super Falcons beat South Africa to claim AWCON championship

Super Falcons beat South Africa to claim AWCON championship

The Super Falcons, yesterday, at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra, Ghana, successfully defended the title they won in Cameroon, in 2016, by defeating the Bayana Bayana of South Africa 4-3 on penalties.

With the victory at the Total Africa Women Nations Cup (AWCON), the Falcons lifted their ninth title since the inception of women football in Africa.

This is the third time the Super Falcons are beating their South African counterparts in the finals.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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2nd Dec 2018

Pope lights candle for children of war- torn Syria

Pope lights candle for children of war- torn Syria

Pope Francis today lit a candle at the Vatican for victims of conflicts around the world, and in particular the children of war-torn Syria.
“Advent is a time of hope. Right now, my hope is for peace for the children of Syria, tormented by a war that has lasted eight years,” he said after the Angelus prayer.
“I am lighting a candle along with the many Syrian children and believers across the world who are lighting theirs,” he said, as he put match to wick in the window of the papal apartment, which overlooks Saint Peter’s Square.
“Let these flames of hope dispel the shadows of war! May the flame of hope also reach all those who are victims of conflicts and tensions around the world, near and far,” he said.
The “Candles for Peace in Syria” Christmas initiative was launched Sunday by Aid to the Church in Need, a Catholic charity.

Source:Theguardian.ng



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2nd Dec 2018

President Buhari arrives in Poland ahead of COP24

President Buhari arrives in Poland ahead of COP24

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Krakow, Poland, ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The conference is scheduled to hold between 2nd and 4th December.
The COP24 Summit is being held at the International Conference Centre (MCK), Katowice, an industrial hub, about 100 kilometers from Krakow.
President Buhari’s first official engagement will be a town hall meeting in Krakow on Sunday evening, where he would meet and interact with Nigerians living in Poland.
The President will, during the Leaders’ Summit at COP24 on Monday morning, deliver a national statement, highlighting Nigeria’s commitment to addressing climate change by implementing the goals set out in its National Determined Contributions.

Source:Theguardian.ng


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2nd Dec 2018

41st US President George W. Bush (snr.) dies at 94

41st US President George W. Bush (snr.) dies at 94

Former US President George W Bush has died at the age of 94, his son has announced.

Bush, 41st president of the United States, died on Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush.

"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died," his son, former president George W Bush, said in a statement.

"George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for."
Jim McGrath, spokesman for the former president, said the elder Bush died at 10:10pm Central Time (04:10 GMT), adding that funeral arrangements had yet to be scheduled.

Source:Aljazeera
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2nd Dec 2018

Atiku reveals his plans for defeating Boko Haram

Atiku reveals his plans for defeating Boko Haram

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar says he has put in place a well thought-out anti-terror plan that would end the menace of Boko Haram, if elected into office in the forthcoming 2019 presidential election. According to him, since terrorists are themselves human beings, and recruit their members from the local populace, he would make it tough for them to replenish their ranks by working for and with local communities. He, however, stressed that for whatever anti-terror plan to work, it must have the buy-in of the people “because terror can only thrive where there is local support. Therefore, if the local support structure is taken away, the terror architecture will collapse like a pack of cards. Atiku also revealed that central to his team’s plans must be to find out why young Nigerians are aggrieved enough to be alienated from Nigeria and attracted to the radical philosophy of Boko Haram and ISWAP.

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29th Nov 2018

Aregbesola pardons prisoners on death penalty, reduces sentences

Aregbesola pardons prisoners on death penalty, reduces sentences

Immediate past governor of Osun State Rauf Aregbesola has pardoned four prisoners on death penalties.

The former governor also reduced the sentences of two other prisoners on death row to 10 years, as part of his last duties in office.

Osun state’s Head of Service, Dr Oyebade Olowogboyega, disclosed the pardon in a statement.
The beneficiaries are Kazeem Adiamo, who was sentenced to death in 2012, and Adesina Bolaji, sentenced to death in 2006, both now pardoned.

Also on the list also was Kayode Dada, sentenced to death in 2006, but had the death sentence commuted to a life sentence in 2006, and Adewale Owolabi sentenced to death, but now freed.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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29th Nov 2018

Gabon's Ali Bongo in Morocco to convalesce

Gabon's Ali Bongo in Morocco to convalesce

President of Gabon, Ali Bongo, arrived in Morocco on Thursday to convalesce after a month’s treatment at a Saudi hospital, a Moroccan diplomatic source said.
Bongo, 59, had been at the hospital in Saudi Arabia since 24th October when he fell ill at an economic forum.
The official Saudi Press Agency said Bongo had departed from Riyadh’s King Salman airbase on Wednesday night, and that Saudi foreign ministry officials saw him off.
After his arrival in Rabat on Thursday morning, the Gabonese leader was taken to a hospital in the Moroccan capital, the diplomatic source said without giving further details.
His transfer was “in accordance with the wishes of his excellency President Bongo, in agreement with the constitutional institutions of the Gabonese Republic, and in accordance with the opinion of the doctors,” the Moroccan foreign ministry said in a statement.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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29th Nov 2018

President Buhari seeks strategy review on Boko Haram

President Buhari seeks strategy review on Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged the Nigerian Army to come up with a new strategy in dealing with the contemporary security challenges facing the country.
Delivering a keynote address at the opening of the yearly Chief of Army Staff Conference in Maiduguri, Borno State yesterday, the president pledged to retool the military for effective containment of the Boko Haram threat.
Buhari, while commiserating with the families of the soldiers recently killed in the state by the insurgents, noted that they paid the supreme price for the peace and security of the country.
He therefore urged the army to remain committed to the task of eliminating the deadly sect from the face of the earth.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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29th Nov 2018

Akwa Ibom police commissioner under fire over "assembly invasion"

Akwa Ibom police commissioner under fire over "assembly invasion"

Calls for the removal of Akwa Ibom State Police Commissioner Musa Kimo intensified yesterday.

Kimo had been accused of complicity in an alleged plot by five, now sacked members of the state House of Assembly to impeach Speaker Onofiok Luke and Governor Udom Emmanuel.

Political thugs allegedly aided by the police had stormed the legislative complex on Tuesday.
At the Senate yesterday, Bassey Albert Akpan (PDP, Akwa Ibom) told lawmakers that a top police officer led the invaders, claiming he personally witnessed the incident.

He accused Kimo of taking sides with the invaders and with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to truncate democracy in the state.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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29th Nov 2018

Nigeria confirms readiness to roll out 5G network by 2020

Nigeria confirms readiness to roll out 5G network by 2020

Nigeria has confirmed her readiness to roll out 5G network by 2020 against all odds.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Unarmed Danbatta, stated this in Abuja, on Thursday at the Workshop on the future of industry: Driving Innovation and Growth, organised in partnership with the Global System for mobile Telecommunications Association (GSMA).
Danbatta said while the country works to perfect 3G and 4G, “we shouldn’t be left behind, as other countries are already in tune with 5G. We must also make efforts to get ourselves ready for the next generation network. ”
The NCC EVC noted that the factors that affect growth and innovation in the Telecom industry are government policies, regulation and performance of the networks.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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29th Nov 2018

Nigeria’s economy is bleak - World Bank

Nigeria’s economy is bleak - World Bank

The World Bank has said that Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth is expected to hover slightly below two per cent in 2018, largely driven by non-oil industry and services.
Its “Economic Update” issued in Abuja yesterday indicates that Nigeria, like many other countries, has underinvested in human capital and remains very low compared to others.
The World Bank’s report titled “Investing in Human Capital for Nigeria’s Future”, urges stakeholders to join government in addressing the country’s alarming human capital outcomes, noting, “As a member of the Human Capital Working Group, the World Bank stands ready to support the Nigerian government in its bold steps to improve the lives of its citizens.”
Given the challenging economic backdrop, the report suggests that certain key policy reforms would be important to support macroeconomic resilience for Nigeria.

Source:Theguardian.ng



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28th Nov 2018

Buhari reduces cost of JAMB and NECO forms

Buhari reduces cost of JAMB and NECO forms

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reduction in the cost of forms for the Joint Admissions Matriculation’s Board’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (JAMB UTME), National Examination Council’s Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (NECO SSCE) and the Basic Education Certificate Examination.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, announced this on Wednesday during the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.
According to Adamu, the Exam Agencies are not meant to be revenue generating bodies, they’re only supposed to cover costs/operating expenses.
“The sharp increase in remittances by JAMB (from less than N60m in 2010–2016 to >N15 BILLION in 2017/18) have shown that the fees being charged could be reduced,” Adamu said.

The reduction will be implemented from January 2019 with the cost of JAMB UTME Form dropping from N5,000 to N3,500 and NECO will drop from N11,350 to N9,850.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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28th Nov 2018

Sydney covered in flood , one dead as month's worth of rain falls in single morning

Sydney covered in flood , one dead as month's worth of rain falls in single morning

A motorist has died and flights have been cancelled as a month's worth of rain fell in Sydney on Wednesday morning.

Severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall have lashed Australia's biggest city, deluging railway stations and leaving more than 8,000 people without power.

The storm struck only hours before the city's morning rush hour, causing chaos on the city's roads.
Several stranded motorists were plucked from rising floodwaters. One person was killed in a car crash.

Two police officers were seriously injured when a tree fell on them as they assisted a stranded driver.
Police called on motorists to stay off the roads due to the "horrendous weather".

Source:Skynews



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28th Nov 2018

‘Spongebob Squarepants Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dies at 57

‘Spongebob Squarepants Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dies at 57

Nickolodeon has confirmed the death of Spongebob Squarepants creator, Stephen Hillenburg, who died at the age of 57
He reportedly died on Monday 26th November after a battle with ALS.
Nickelodeon released a statement to confirm his death, saying,
“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS. He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family. Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination.”

Source:Bellanaija


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28th Nov 2018

Nigerian Army Troops repel Boko Haram attack in Kukawa

Nigerian Army Troops repel Boko Haram attack in Kukawa

The Nigerian Army said its troops repelled Boko Haram insurgents’ attack in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno.

Posting on its Twitter account, the army said that the insurgents’ while attempting to infiltrate Cross-Kauwa in Kukawa at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday were repelled by the troops.
It added that it would provide details on the attack later.

“Troops of 157 Strike Force Battalion at about 8 p.m. today (Nov. 27) 2018; repelled some elements of Boko Haram terrorists who attempted to infiltrate Cross-Kauwa in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno, details later,” the army wrote.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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28th Nov 2018

Oyetola takes oat of office, promises prompt payment of salaries in Osun

Oyetola takes oat of office, promises prompt payment of salaries in Osun

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has pledged to prioritise the welfare of workers and retirees by ensuring prompt payment of salaries and entitlements.
In his inauguration speech yesterday in Osogbo, the new governor said he would not betray the confidence placed on him by the people, promising to build on the achievements of his predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola.
Also speaking, President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, reiterated his commitment to free and fair elections next year.
He said efforts were on going to tackle the nation’s economic challenges through diversification by developing the solid mineral sector.
The president noted that when fully on stream, Osun, with its huge mineral deposits, would be a major beneficiary.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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28th Nov 2018

Minister of Education urges FG, states to commit 15% of budget to education

Minister of Education urges FG, states to commit 15% of budget to education

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has said that if conscious attempt must be made to redeem the education sector, states and the Federal Government must begin to commit at least 15 per cent of their yearly budgetary resources to education. According to him, under-funding of education both at the state and federal levels is to blame for the rot, which made the sector to remain at its lowest level in over five decades. Adamu said that despite the articulation of several strategic roadmaps by past and present administrations to salvage the sector, issues of high number of out-of-school children, youth and adult literacy, poor teacher education, including data management, and weak curriculum, still dotted the sector, resulting in negative outputs. The minister said government placed high premium on the education sector, and that it is a critical area that is of paramount importance to nation-building.

Source:Theguardian.ng



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28th Nov 2018

Senate seeks halt of new tariff on alcohol, tobacco

Senate seeks halt of new tariff on alcohol, tobacco

The Senate yesterday asked the Federal Government to immediately suspend the implementation of the increased excise duty on beverages and tobacco pending further consultation.
Adopting the report of its Finance Committee, the upper chamber of the National Assembly said more discussions with stakeholders on the tariff regime would pave way for a consensus.
It also asked the government to sensitise producers and consumers of alcoholic and tobacco products with a view to understanding the rationale behind the move.
In June this year, the Federal Government had raised excise duty on alcoholic beverages and tobacco. Although President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the amendment to the rates in March, implementation of the upward review, however, took effect from June 4.

Source:Theguardian.ng



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28th Nov 2018

Reps investigate spending of counter-insurgency funds

Reps investigate spending of counter-insurgency funds

The House of Representatives yesterday ordered an immediate investigation into the misuse of funds meant for the war against insurgency in the country.
The resolution followed the adoption of motions moved by Mohammed Sani Abdu, Isaac Gyang and Hassan Saleh during a debate on the recent Boko Haram attack, which killed dozens of Nigerian soldiers in Metele, Borno State.
The investigation, which is to be conducted by a yet to be constituted ad hoc committee, will look into possible operational lapses responsible for the large number of casualties. The lawmakers also urged the military high command to release the names of the slain soldiers after consultation with their families.
Speaker Yakubu Dogara, who presided over the deliberation, expressed worry on the loss. He noted that something must be amiss as smaller countries like Chad, Cameroon and Niger secure their borders effectively.

Source:Theguardian.ng



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28th Nov 2018

Super Falcons defeat Cameroon to secure spot at AWCON final

Super Falcons defeat Cameroon to secure spot at AWCON final

The Super Falcons have successfully secured a place in the final of the 2018 African Cup of Nations final after beating Cameroon 4 -2 on a penalty.

The game ended goalless after 90 minutes at the Accra Sports Stadium, Ghana. Onome Ebi, Rasheedat Ajibade and Asisat Oshoala scored from the spot as Cameroon lost two of their penalties. Ngozi Ebere fired in the last penalty that qualified Thomas Dennerby’s charges to the final of the competition.

The Super Falcons will face the winner in the second semi-final match-up between South Africa and Mali.

The Super Falcons have also secured a place in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

Source:Theguardian.ng


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27th Nov 2018

South African firm alleges Buhari ignored intelligence on Borno killings

South African firm alleges Buhari ignored intelligence on Borno killings

President Muhammadu Buhari has been accused of negligence in the latest killing of soldiers at Matele village in Borno State by a South African firm, Specialised Tasks, Training, Equipment and Protection International (STTEP). It has also been revealed that the Defence Headquarters sought support for the troops battling the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East On the Facebook page of the STTEP chairman, Eeben Barlow, he had claimed that Nigerian soldiers were begging him for help since his company’s services were terminated by the Buhari administration.
The South African has kept maintaining that the president ignored intelligence on the potency of the sect prior to the attack that claimed over 100 soldiers. This comes even as some troops accused top commanders of leading them to death with obsolete weapons in contrast to the sophisticated weaponry of their enemy in a video that went viral on 23rd Nov.

Source:Theguardian.ng



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27th Nov 2018

EFCC rejects Ganduje’s N10 million donation

EFCC rejects Ganduje’s N10 million donation

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday rejected the N10 million donation by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State for hosting of the National Anti-Corruption Marathon.
Ganduje had reportedly donated the money to EFCC, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and other anti-graft agencies for the event.
The governor’s director of media and publicity, Aminu Yasser, stated that Ganduje made the donation in Abuja when he received members of the marathon’s organising committee.
The governor, who was caught on video allegedly receiving a $5 million bribe recently, explained that his administration placed high premium on the fight against corruption. ICPC also denied receiving donations in cash from any state governor.

Source:Theguardian.ng


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27th Nov 2018

Buhari cautions Oshiomhole, okays suit by aggrieved APC members

Buhari cautions Oshiomhole, okays suit by aggrieved APC members

President Muhammadu Buhari has cautioned National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Adams Oshiomhole against trampling on the rights of aggrieved party members seeking legal redress. “We can’t deliberately deny people their rights. We agreed that party primaries should be conducted either through direct, indirect or consensus methods, and if anyone feels unjustly treated in the process, such a person could go to court. The court should always be the last resort for the dissatisfied. For the party to outlaw the court process is not acceptable to me,” Buhari said. Reacting to a statement by the NWC last week, Buhari made the disclosure yesterday in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina. The NWC in a statement last week vowed to activate constitutional provisions to penalise such members as their action is capable of undermining the party and hurt the party’s interest.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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26th Nov 2018

Soldiers died on the same day Service Chiefs attended Buhari's campaign launch - Atiku

Soldiers died on the same day Service Chiefs attended Buhari's campaign launch - Atiku

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has again criticised the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for inviting service chiefs to his campaign launch. “Ironically, the All Progressives Congress that is now accusing Atiku Abubakar, has not deemed it fit to pay tribute to these gallant men who gave their lives in order to secure the lives of others. As a party, they have not issued even one statement condoling with the slain or their families, neither have they offered any tangible support to the families of these fallen heroes. Yet, they are accusing the Waziri, who has shown commitment to honouring these heroes, of selfishness.” Atiku explained that “Nigerian heroes were killed on November 18, 2018, which was the exact time that the candidate of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari, invited the service chiefs to attend the launch of the plagiarised #NextLevel campaign at the banquet hall of the Presidential Villa.”
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26th Nov 2018

Oprah Winfrey's mother Vernita Lee dies on Thanksgiving

Oprah Winfrey's mother Vernita Lee dies on Thanksgiving

Oprah Winfrey’s mother Vernita Lee has passed away at the age of 83.

She died on Thanksgiving Day, as confirmed by her family today.

According to reports, Oprah’s niece, Alisha Hayes, posted that Vernita died over the holiday, however Oprah has yet to publicly comment.

According to reports, Vernita has already been laid to rest in a private burial.

Source:Bellanaija
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26th Nov 2018

Governor Ganduje announces N10 million donation to EFCC & ICPC

Governor Ganduje announces N10 million donation to EFCC & ICPC

Kano state Governor Umar Ganduje has announced that the state will be donating N10 million to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to reports, Ganduje made the announcement while receiving members of the main organising committee of the National Anti-Corruption Marathon in Abuja. The marathon, in honour of President Muhammadu Buhari, is being organised by the EFCC, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Crimes (ICPC), and the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN).
Ganduje, who was seen on video allegedly receiving a bribe, discussed all the steps his administration has been making in sensitising the populace on the evils of corruption.
“Before now, people found it difficult to access the services of the agency, but we established offices across the 44 local government areas so that the services can be available to the common man,” he said.

Source:Bellanaija
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26th Nov 2018

Nigerian Army neutralises girl with explosives in Adamawa

Nigerian Army neutralises girl with explosives in Adamawa

The Nigerian Army, Monday, neutralised a girl with “Person-Borne” Improvised Explosive Device in Adamawa state.
“Troops of 143 Battalion deployed at a check point in Gulak Adamawa State, neutralised a girl with Person-Borne Improvised Explosive Device who tried to Infiltrate DAR Village to detonate her explosive vest in the early hours of 26th November 2018,” the Nigerian Army, through it’s official Twitter handle, disclosed on Monday.
The army further stated that the girl was intercepted by gallant troops in conjunction with hunters and vigilantes who immediately cordoned off the area and subsequently conducted perimeter patrol around the community to ensure the area is clear of Boko Haram Terrorist activities.

Source:Theguardian,ng
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26th Nov 2018

Buhari promises to restore the lost pride of Nigerian Police

Buhari promises to restore the lost pride of Nigerian Police

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the Nigerian Police Force that his government will work towards restoring its “lost primacy” in the country. The president’s spokesman Garba shehu said Buhari made the promise during a “Thank You” visit by the members of the Nigeria Police Service Commission and the leadership of the force. According to Shehu, President Buhari observed that the more efficient the police is, the more confident the government and citizens will be. Shehu stated that the visit by the top leaders of the police is coming on the heels of Buhari’s approval of Rank Salary Structure Adjustment, by which salary, allowances and pension of policemen will be increased. He further said the president “regretted that the inability of the police in their constitutional role as the frontline force in the prevention of crime, had led to military involvement in the maintenance of law and order throughout the country.”

Source:Theguardian,ng

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26th Nov 2018

Tekno's management says his vocal box is temporarily damaged

Tekno's management says his vocal box is temporarily damaged

Triple MG boss Ubi Franklin explained why Tekno has for months been absent in the Nigerian music industry.

In a statement released on his Instagram, Ubi shared that Tekno’s “vocal box is temporarily damaged due to strain from overtime performances” and he is taking a rest.

Tekno had previously revealed that he was treating an illness but did not mention what illness it was.

According to Ubi Franklin, after further diagnoses, doctors have recommended the singer take more time to rest and fully recover.

Ubi urged Nigerians to put him in their prayers while reassuring his fans that there was nothing to worry about.

Source:Bellanaija

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26th Nov 2018

I never said I will probe Fayose - Gov. Fayemi

I never said I will probe Fayose - Gov. Fayemi

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State made clear his stance on the fate of the immediate past governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose. Fayemi spoke with State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Asked whether he would probe his predecessor, Fayemi explained that there was never a time he said he would probe Fayose. According to him, reports of such probe are on the table of anti-graft agencies.
“Looking into books is the duty of any new governor, you need to know what you found in place, I just talked about visitation panel into the education sector in the state,” he said.
“There are other sectors in the state, and it will be remiss of me not to check what we found when we came into office and share that with the citizens of the state. It is just accountability not probe,” he added.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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26th Nov 2018

Buhari stopped us from fighting Boko Haram - South African mercenary

Buhari stopped us from fighting Boko Haram - South African mercenary

The founder of Specialised Tasks, Training, Equipment and Protection (STTEP), Eeben Barlow, has revealed how President Muhammadu Buhari stopped them from carrying on fighting Boko-Haram terrorists in Nigeria in 2015. In a Facebook post, Barlow said their proposal was antagonised and politicised by Buhari and his team “even before they assumed office.”
“The initial 3-phase campaign strategy (known as ‘Operational Anvil’) to degrade and destroy BH in Borno State, was rejected by his advisors,” Barlow added. Barlow, further, stated that the company was willing to stay back in the north east but the President “made it known that the company’s presence would not be tolerated under his office.”
In 2014, former President Goodluck Jonathan, in his bid to put an end to the insurgency turned to STTEP, a South African private military contractor, to provide training in new weapons and tactics to the Nigerian Army.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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26th Nov 2018

Abuja and Abeokuta join International Marathon

Abuja and Abeokuta join International Marathon

According to an official, Abuja and Abeokuta have joined the latest cities to catch the bug of marathon in the country.
Olukayode Thomas, head of media, Lagos City Marathon, who made the disclosure on Sunday, said that the culture of international marathons and road races revived by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State in 2016 was spreading.
Thomas in a statement in Lagos said that Bukola Olopade, the Chief Executive Officer of Nilayo Sports Management Ltd., stated that the Abuja City Marathon would hold on 13th October 2019 while the Abeokuta City Marathon would on 3rd November 2019.
He said that the latest cities especially became the first in the history of Nigeria where their routes would be measured, calibrated and certificates issued by IAAF and AIMS before the race.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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26th Nov 2018

Buhari urges athletes to unite Nigeria with sports

Buhari urges athletes to unite Nigeria with sports

President Muhammadu Buhari at the flag off of the Ministry of Interior Games (MIGA), which began yesterday tasked athletes in the country to give their best to promote unity. He said the event was aimed at unearthing new talents for Team Nigeria.
Speaking at the opening ceremony at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna, President Buhari, who was represented by the Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai, said that the MIGA Games would foster unity and harmony among the services under the ministry.
He said, “We welcome the services and the Ministry of Interior to Kaduna State, as we promise to do all possible to make the Games a success.
“As we prepare for the 2019 general elections in February and March, it is important that peace and unity be our watchword. We appreciate the efforts of the Ministry of Interior and other security agencies, they have done a lot to ensure peace in Kaduna State,” the President added.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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26th Nov 2018

PDP challenges Buhari to a live debate with Atiku

PDP challenges Buhari to a live debate with Atiku

The opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, to a live debate with its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on critical sectors of the country.
The opposition party in a statement released by its spokesperson Kola Ologbondiyan, said Buhari should present his future blueprint, “to enable the electorate weigh him alongside the party’s presidential candidate”. “Nigerians are aware that President Buhari has been mortally afraid of facing our candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in a general debate organised by independent bodies. For this, the PDP grants him the liberty to choose a venue, date and time convenient to him to face our candidate before a neutral panel,” he said.
They added, Buhari’s failure to face Atiku further questions his ability to vigorously engage international competitors.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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26th Nov 2018

Pressure mounts on President Buhari to investigate military spending

Pressure mounts on President Buhari to investigate military spending

Following the increasing atrocities of insurgents, especially the killing of dozens of troops by Boko Haram in Metele, Borno State, outraged Nigerian citizens and groups have urged an investigation into spending by the military. This came as sources in the presidency confirmed that a meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and military chiefs was again held yesterday at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
The Socio-Economic Rights And Accountability Project (“SERAP”) expressed “concern that several billions of naira allocated to the military to defend the country have neither contributed to improving the ability of Nigerian soldiers to fight Boko Haram and other armed groups nor provided the much-needed security especially for Nigerians in the northeast of the country.” The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria “(HURIWA”), also blamed the FG and the army for sabotaging the war through the release of so-called repentant fighters.

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26th Nov 2018

VP Yemi Osinbajo & Wife Dolapo celebrate 29th Wedding Anniversary

VP Yemi Osinbajo & Wife Dolapo celebrate 29th Wedding Anniversary

Vice president Yemi Osinbajo and his wife Dolapo Osinbajo are celebrating their 29th wedding anniversary today.

Dolapo share a beautiful photo of their family on Instagram and wrote, “Two hearts… 29 years… All glory to God

Congratulations to the beautiful couple.

Source:Bellanaija
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25th Nov 2018

Northern California's deadly camp fire now fully contained

Northern California's deadly camp fire now fully contained

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (“CAL FIRE”) on Sunday announced that the deadly Camp Fire, which has killed at least 85 people, is 100% contained.
The Camp Fire began on 8th November and has burned more than 150,000 acres north of Sacramento, decimating the town of paradise. It has been recorded as the deadliest U.S wildfire in a century and at least 249 people remain missing on Sunday according to the Butte County Sheriff’s office.
The fire destroyed almost 14,000 residences, along with more than 500 commercial buildings and 4,000 other structures, according to CAL FIRE.
More than 1,000 firefighters were involved in the efforts to contain the blaze.
According to CAL FIRE, 3 firefighters were injured during the firefighting operation.

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25th Nov 2018

Akwa Ibom state government names Ibom International Airport after former gov. Attah

Akwa Ibom state government names Ibom International Airport after former gov. Attah

The Akwa Ibom Government has renamed Ibom International Airport after Obong Victor Attah, a former civilian governor, who governed the state from 1999 to 2007.
Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state made the announcement at a banquet held in Uyo on Sunday to commemorate Attah’s 80th birthday.
According to reports, the naming of the airport after the former governor was sequel to a resolution passed by the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly on 19th November.
He commended Attah for his commitment to the development of the state, Niger Delta region and the country.
The governor also acknowledged the contributions of Attah toward making the MRO unit of the airport functional in spite of his exit from office.
“Such demonstration of zeal, patriotism and forthrightness is worthy of emulation by all leaders.”

Source:Theguardian.ng
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25th Nov 2018

EU leaders agree UK's Brexit deal at Brussels summit

EU leaders agree UK's Brexit deal at Brussels summit

EU leaders have approved an agreement on the UK's withdrawal and future relations insisting it is the "best and only deal possible".
After 18 months of negotiations, the 27 leaders gave the deal their blessing after less than an hour's discussion.
According to them, the deal, which needs to be approved by the UK Parliament, paved the way for an "orderly withdrawal".
Theresa May said the deal "delivered for the British people" and set the UK "on course for a prosperous future".
Speaking in Brussels, she urged both Leave and Remain voters to unite behind the agreement, insisting the British public "do not want to spend any more time arguing about Brexit".
The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 29 March 2019.

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25th Nov 2018

More than 100 hurt in suspected chemical attack on Aleppo

More than 100 hurt in suspected chemical attack on Aleppo

More than 100 people have been injured after a suspected toxic gas attack on Aleppo.
The Syrian regime and rebels have blamed each other for the attack, which left many suffering from breathing problems, eye inflammation and fainting.
According to Syrian state TV, militants fired shells containing gases that caused choking in three districts of the city.
Rebel officials denied using chemical weapons and accused the Syrian regime of trying to frame them.
Russia, an ally of the regime, claimed it was a chlorine gas attack, which poisoned 46 people, including eight children.
However, Zahal Batal, head of the Aleppo Doctors Syndicate said, “we can not know the kinds of gases but we suspected chlorine and treated patients on this basis because of the symptoms.”

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25th Nov 2018

Nigeria's Super Falcons to meet Cameroon in semi finals

Nigeria's Super Falcons to meet Cameroon in semi finals

The Super Falcons, yesterday, qualified for the semi finals of the Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (“AWCON”) after defeating the Nzalang Nacional of Equatorial Guinea 6-0 in the last game of Group B played at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium, in Vincentia Amedome, Ghana.

During the match, where the defending champions showed no mercy against their opponents, Francisca Ordega scored the opener in the 9th minute assisted by Rita Chikwelu.

Asisat Oshoala made it two in the 12th minute after receiving a pass from Ugochi Desire Oparanozie followed by goals from Oshoala, Oparanozie, and the final goal from Rita Chikwelu in the 63rd minute.

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25th Nov 2018

Theresa May warns of "division and uncertainty" if Brexit deal is rejected

Theresa May warns of "division and uncertainty" if Brexit deal is rejected

Theresa May has warned of "more division and uncertainty" if MPs reject her Brexit deal approved by EU leaders in Brussels.
The prime minister vowed to campaign for the agreement with "all her heart" ahead of next month's showdown at Westminster, where she faces stiff opposition from all sides.
Mrs May also echoed the warning of EU chiefs that it was "the only possible deal", rebuffing MPs seeking to change the divorce settlement hammered out in Brussels.
She made this known while speaking on a landmark day in the Belgian capital that saw the remaining 27 member states take less than 40 minutes to approve the deal, which had taken 18 months to negotiate.
Again appealing directly to the British public to rally behind the agreement, she said people were tired of disagreements over Brexit and wanted to move forward.

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25th Nov 2018

Thousands join first gay march in Delhi since India's homosexuality law change

Thousands join first gay march in Delhi since India's homosexuality law change

Thousands marched through Delhi's main street in the first gay pride parade since homosexuality was decriminalised in India. Those taking part waved rainbow flags and placards reading "Love Wins" and "Adios 377" a reference to the colonial-era law banning gay sex that was banished in September.
According to organisers, the pride march on Sunday was the biggest since it began in 2007.
Revellers chanted "we got our freedom" as they celebrated the historic ruling. "It's the first time we are not marching as criminals," said Deepti, one of the organisers from the Delhi Queer Pride Group.
"People are marching with freedom and zero burden," she added.
In September, the supreme court struck section 377 also known as "unnatural offences" from the statue books in India. The law was introduced by the British in 1861 and carried jail terms of up to 10 years.

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25th Nov 2018

Senator Shehu Sani gives insight on how FG can end insurgency in Nigeria

Senator Shehu Sani gives insight on how FG can end insurgency in Nigeria

Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central zone, has advised the Nigerian Government on what to do to put an end to insurgency in the country. “The insurgency is a common tragedy to the nation. Partisanship can only sustain the inferno. The opposition should be patriotic and support the FG to secure our country,” Sani said on Sunday. “And the FG must be humble enough to admit that they have no monopoly of wisdom and strategy to combat the menace. The solution is not in Chad,Cameroun or Niger,” he added. His advice is coming after the killing of over 100 soldiers in Metele, Borno State on 18th November after which President Muhammad Buhari said there will be need for international collaboration among states fighting terrorism as the security challenge has taken a global dimension. “It’s also not in Paris, London or Washington. The solution is right here at home; adequate funding, equipping and welfare of our troops,” Sani said.

Source:Theguardian.ng

25th Nov 2018

Buhari warns Nigerians against playing politics with the death of soldiers

Buhari warns Nigerians against playing politics with the death of soldiers

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned Nigerians to resist the temptation of playing politics with the killing of soldiers in Metele, Borno State by a Boko Haram faction. “We must resist the temptation to play politics with the tragedy of the deaths of our soldiers.” Buhari tweeted on Sunday. “They are heroes on the frontlines, fighting to make Nigeria a safer place for us all,” he added. The president further assured Nigerians that “the circumstances that have led to these deaths will be comprehensively addressed.” This is coming after the Islamic State sponsored faction of the terrorist group killed over 100 soldiers of the 157 Task Force Battalion in an attack on November 18. For several days after the news of the killings was reported, the president was widely criticised for his silence on the killings by his opposition and Nigerians.

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25th Nov 2018

Nigeria’s security challenges are surmountable - Buhari

Nigeria’s security challenges are surmountable - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday said Nigeria’s security challenges are surmountable. The president who was represented by Femi Adesina, the presidential spokesperson, disclosed this at the special prayer summit, “Nigeria Prays” convened by former Head of state, Yakubu Gowon. The summit, which held at the Deeper Life Bible Church Headquarters, Gbagada, Lagos, was organised to draw up sufficient prayers and heart-cry for the nation currently undergoing testy times and set to hold elections in three months. Buhari said Nigeria, like any other country, has socio-political, economic and security challenges which are surmountable. He stressed that the unity of the country is important as the God that brought us together “cannot make a mistake”. The General Superintendent, Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, also called for continued prayers for the country and its citizens over the security challenges.

Source:Theguardian.ng


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24th Nov 2018

Fox News apologises after guest compares Hillary Clinton to herpes

Fox News apologises after guest compares Hillary Clinton to herpes

A Fox News host has apologised on Thursday after a guest compared Hillary Clinton to Herpes.
On Thanksgiving, Fox News aired a segment discussing the recent New York Times report that President Trump considered ordering the Department of Justice to prosecute Hillary Clinton.
To discuss the case against Clinton, Fox Host Rick Leventhal introduced Anna Paulina as the director of Hispanic engagement at Turning Point USA.
It appeared that Paulina expected to talk about border issues and Leventhal attempted to direct the conversation to Clinton’s emails.
“I am amazed that with everything going on in the world, we still have Hillary Clinton in the headlines,” Leventhal said. “She won’t go away. She’s like herpes.” Paulina responded.
Leventhal, clearly uncomfortable, attempted to change the topic while producers cut Paulina off the air.

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24th Nov 2018

Banksy art works seized in Belgium over lack of insurance

Banksy art works seized in Belgium over lack of insurance

Art works by street artist Banksy have been seized by Belgian authorities after an exhibitor showing them realised they might not be insured.
About 58 pieces worth millions of euros had gone on display in an empty supermarket space in Brussels.
The exhibitor told the authorities the works might not be covered in case of damage or theft, their lawyer said.
The move comes amid a rights dispute between Banksy's former agent and a German firm over the works.
The display, Banksy Unauthorised, is said to have been put together without the artist's involvement and was being shown by Belgian exhibitor Strokar.
The works, worth €15m were seized late on Thursday and include paintings, photos and silkscreens in a collection put together by Banksy's former agent, Steve Lazarides.

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24th Nov 2018

Egyptian tomb unveiled after more than 3,500 years

Egyptian tomb unveiled after more than 3,500 years

The treasures of an ancient Egyptian tomb, thought to be more than 3,500 years old, have been unveiled.

An archaeological mission, affiliated with France's University of Strasbourg, made the discovery in the Assasseef valley near the city of Luxor.
Two sarcophagi, each containing a mummy, were found and are in perfect condition. The archaeological dig also discovered around 1,000 funerary statues at the site.

The tomb is believed to date to the 18th Dynasty, which spanned from 1550 BC to about 1300 BC.
SCA secretary general, Mostafa Waziri said at a press conference on Saturday that the team made the find after working at the site since March.

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24th Nov 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan to move out of Kensington Palace next year

Prince Harry and Meghan to move out of Kensington Palace next year

Plans for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to move out of Kensington Palace are underway as they prepare for the birth of their first child.
Harry and Meghan will move to Frogmore Cottage, in the grounds of Windsor Castle, early next year.
The 17th century royal residence, which lies about 45 minutes from central London, was the venue for their wedding reception.
According to Kensington Palace,"Windsor is a very special place for their royal highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate."
After the move, Harry and Meghan will be 20 miles away from William, Kate and their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis.
However, the couple's office will continue to be based at Kensington Palace.

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24th Nov 2018

Rising fuel prices across France: Protesters call for Macron's resignation

Rising fuel prices across France: Protesters call for Macron's resignation

Police in Paris,France have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters who are furious over rising fuel costs.
Demonstrations and road blockades have been planned nationwide as the "yellow vest" protests enter a second weekend.
In the capital, hundreds descended on the Champs Elysee, where officers stopped them from advancing to the presidential palace nearby.
Some of the protesters were singing the national anthem, while others carried placards demanding the resignation of French President Emmanuel Macron and calling him a "thief".
They are opposed to the taxes that President Macron introduced last year on diesel and petrol, which are designed to encourage people to use more environmentally friendly forms of transport.

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24th Nov 2018

Children among at least 25 killed as speeding bus crashes into canal in India

Children among at least 25 killed as speeding bus crashes into canal in India

At least 25 people, many of them children, have been killed after a speeding bus plunged into a canal in southern India on Saturday.

According to officials the driver lost control of the vehicle in Mandya district where specialist divers rushed to the scene, as a rescue operation gets under way.

Reports suggest that many of those who died were children returning from school.

There are fears the victims were unable to escape from the bus because it had fallen on its side trapping the doors on the floor of the canal.

Police say they cannot be certain how many people were on the bus, amid fears the number of dead may rise.

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24th Nov 2018

Robert Mugabe unable to walk as health declines

Robert Mugabe unable to walk as health declines

The former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, is no longer able to walk as his health deteriorates, his successor has said.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, speaking at a rally of party supporters, said the 94-year-old has been in hospital in Singapore for the past two months.

Mnangagwa, who took over from Mugabe a year ago when he faced military pressure, said, "He can no longer walk but we will continue to take care of him."

Mugabe had been due to return to Zimbabwe on 15th October but was feeling too unwell to travel.

Mnangagwa gave no further details about Mugabe's condition, but he is now expected to return to Zimbabwe on 30th November.

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24th Nov 2018

President Buhari reiterates his commitment to free and fair 2019 elections

President Buhari reiterates his commitment to free and fair 2019 elections

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday reassured Nigerians that the forthcoming general elections in 2019 will be free and fair. He gave the assurance while in Jos at the graduation ceremony of Senior Executive Course 40, 2018 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (“NIPSS”), KURU. “We as a government also wish to reiterate our commitment to ensuring that the elections are free, fair and credible as part of measures to deepen our democracy. As we prepare for the forthcoming elections in 2019, Nigerians are once again enjoined to exercise their civic obligation as stakeholders in our development project,” he said. Represented by the Minister of Defence, Brig.- Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) Buhari stated that the inherited circumstances put them under extreme difficulty, particularly when measured against the expectations of Nigerians who voted for them expecting a better governance.

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24th Nov 2018

NCDC confirms yellow fever outbreak in Edo state

NCDC confirms yellow fever outbreak in Edo state

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (“NCDC”) on Saturday announced the outbreak of yellow fever in Edo state. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Chief Executive Officer, NCDC, in Abuja in a statement, said that following the report of an outbreak of fever of unknown origin in four Local Government Areas, public health team commenced investigation on 21st November and nine cases tested positive for yellow fever. He added that the Edo epidemiology team would be working with the NCDC and other relevant agencies to carry out detailed investigation and respond to the already confirmed cases.
According to him, the NCDC has deployed a rapid response team to support the state with contact tracing, risk communications and management of cases. He therefore advised the public to keep their environments clean and free of stagnant water to discourage the breeding of mosquitoes and use insecticide treated mosquito nets to prevent mosquito bite

Source:Theguardian.ng

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24th Nov 2018

Chris Okotie wants all other presidential candidates to step down for him

Chris Okotie wants all other presidential candidates to step down for him

Reverend Chris Okotie has asked that all parties not field candidates so that he alone may run to become president of Nigeria in 2019.
Okotie, who is running under the Fresh Party, said this during an interview with Daily Trust, where he discussed his plans for an interim national government.
He shared that when he becomes president, he will suspend the constitution and set up an interim government where there will be no need for a legislature.
Asked how it would work since the constitution does not support an interim government, Chris Okotie said, “the Constitution was created by men. It can be suspended and we can put an ad hoc mechanism in place to legalise the machinery of an interim government. It can be done. It is not impossible.”

Source:Bellanaija

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24th Nov 2018

I regret joining APC – Atiku

I regret joining APC – Atiku

The 2019 Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (“PDP”) Atiku Abubakar has said he regrets ever joining the All Progressives Congress (“APC”).
Atiku had been one of the politicians who joined the APC when it formed, and supported the presidential bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to reports, Atiku speaking in Yola, said the APC is a group of people who came together to “defraud Nigerians.”
“I regretted being a part of the party which never deemed it fit to fulfil all of the promises it made to Nigerians. If I had known that the APC would be such a colossal failure and disgrace, I would never had joined the party. The APC has failed to fulfill even one of the promises it made to Nigerians. The APC is simply an assembly meant to defraud Nigerians.”

Source:Bellanaija
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24th Nov 2018

Problem with Nigeria is finding upright men in authority - Osinbajo

Problem with Nigeria is finding upright men in authority - Osinbajo

According to Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the problem with Nigeria is finding upright men in positions of authority. The VP disclosed this on Friday in Enugu during a book presentation by former governor of Enugu State, Mr Sullivan Chime. The vice president said that the widely held belief that the problem with the country was ethnic and tribal based was wrong and misplaced. He added that those who wanted to privatise the resources of the country and build human capital were the major cause of friction in the country. According to him, such leaders instigated the division of the country along ethnic and tribal lines in order to sustain their empire. Osinbanjo described Chime as a man with strong values who made the desired change in the state during his time as governor. He therefore urged political office holders to discharge their responsibilities with good conscience and responsibility, as this would make the country a better place.

Source:Theguardian.ng

24th Nov 2018

Super Falcons ready to take down Equatorial Guinea

Super Falcons ready to take down Equatorial Guinea

Super Falcons go into today’s match against the Nzalang Nacional of Equitorial Guinea at the on going Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (“AWCON”) in Ghana with the knowledge that nothing short of a resounding victory will serve their course.
It is the last Group B match of the championship and the Nigerian women say they are ready for the task.
After losing 0-1 in their first game to the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, the defending champions picked up their pieces and returned to winning by defeating Zambia 4-0 in their second match.
Equitorial Guinea appears to be the weeping country in the group having lost heavily both to Zambia and South Africa, who top the table after two wins.
According to reports, Falcons’ captain, Onome Ebi said the team was fully motivated to go all out to win today’s game and eventually retain the title they won at the last edition in Cameroon.

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24th Nov 2018

APC in Zamfara state seeks perpetual injunction against INEC

APC in Zamfara state seeks perpetual injunction against INEC

The All Progressives Congress (“APC”) in Zamfara state has asked the Federal High Court, Abuja, to grant an order of perpetual injunction against the Independent National Electoral Commission (“INEC”).
The order being sought was to restrain INEC from giving effect to the contents of a letter tagged lNEC/SEC/654/1/330, dated 9th October and issued in respect of the 2019 general elections. The said letter contained an administrative decision taken by INEC, barring Zamfara APC from fielding any candidate in the 2019 general elections for failing to conduct party primaries within the stipulated time.
Meanwhile, the presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, yesterday, joined a governorship aspirant, Senator Garba Marafa, a senatorial aspirant, Siraju as well as seven other APC chieftains in the suit as defendants. The suit seeks to declare the letter null, void, ultra vires and of no effect.

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24th Nov 2018

34 suspected members of IPOB arrested after killing of police inspector

34 suspected members of IPOB arrested after killing of police inspector

The Police Command in Anambra state has arrested 34 suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (“IPOB”) in connection with the killing of a police Inspector in Nnewi.
SP Haruna Mohammed, spokesman of the command made the disclosure in a statement on Saturday.
Haruna said that some personnel and a Divisional Police Officer (“DPO”) were also wounded while a police patrol van was set ablaze. The spokesman said that anti-riot Police Mobile Force (“PMF”),Counter Terrorism Unit (“CTU”), Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (“FSARS”), EOD and Special Anti-Cult Unit Personnel and conventional police have been deployed to Nnewi and environs.
Haruna disclosed that on 23rd November at about 11: 55 am, there was intelligence report that members of IPOB were gathering near the Teaching Hospital, Owerri Road, Nnewi with intent to cause a breach of public peace.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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24th Nov 2018

Buhari summons service chiefs over Metele attack

Buhari summons service chiefs over Metele attack

President Muhammadu Buhari has summoned service chiefs to an emergency security meeting over the reported killing of some Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram sect along the Nigeria-Chad border on Sunday.
According to reports, the urgent meeting was necessitated by the latest security development across the battlefields in the North East region of the country.
According to a source, the Federal Government’s pronouncement on the latest victims of Boko Haram insurgency was being delayed because families of the victims were being identified and contacted.
“The president has called an urgent meeting with the service chiefs. And the families of the latest victims of the Boko Haram are being identified and contacts made before a government pronouncement on the tragic attacks. This we understand is the reason for the silence of the government over the incident,’’ the source said.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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23rd Nov 2018

Disney releases trailer for Lion King remake starring Beyonce, Chiwetel Ejiofor, others

Disney releases trailer for Lion King remake starring Beyonce, Chiwetel Ejiofor, others

The first trailer for the reboot of The Lion King has been released.

The live-action remake of the hit Disney cartoon stars musician and actor Donald Glover as Simba, music legend Beyonce as Nala and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar

The events featured in the trailer follow the original scene closely.

The movie is due to hit cinemas on 19 July next year.

We are so excited!!

Source:Skynews
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23rd Nov 2018

Scientists find remains of giant herbivore that lived on Earth 200m years ago

Scientists find remains of giant herbivore that lived on Earth 200m years ago

Scientists have found the remains of a giant herbivore that lived on Earth more than 200 million years ago.

In a paper published by the Science journal, Polish researchers claim their discovery overturns the notion that the only giant plant-eaters at the time were dinosaurs.

The creature, the size of an elephant and known as “Lisowicia bojani,” belonged to the same evolutionary branch as mammals.

It has been named after the village in southern Poland where its remains were found.

Source:Skynews
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23rd Nov 2018

Rita Ora accused of lip-syncing at Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Rita Ora accused of lip-syncing at Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Rita Ora has been accused of lip-syncing during her performance at America's most famous Thanksgiving Day event.
Organisers apologised to millions of viewers watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for "technical difficulties" during the iconic holiday feature.
British singer Rita Ora appeared to be out of sync with the vocals viewers heard during her televised performance.
Ora, who had been singing “Let You Love Me”, was hit with a flurry of criticism online as viewers complained for the apparent “fake”.
Macy’s released a public apology stating "several recording artists experienced technical difficulties that negatively impacted their performance."
"We apologise and want fans to know these issues were out of the artist’s control."

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23rd Nov 2018

" You will not escape jail" - Buhari assures corrupt leaders

" You will not escape jail" - Buhari assures corrupt leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari has said leaders who undermine the economy by denying workers their benefits, while stuffing personal accounts with public funds will not escape the current anti-corruption net. He said this known when he received an All Progressives Congress delegation from Benue State, led by Sen. George Akume. Buhari said the FG’s bailout to states and Paris Club funds were basically to alleviate the sufferings of the people, describing misappropriation as unjust and unfair to workers.
“I honestly don’t know how people sleep when workers have not been paid. The workers have to pay rent, buy food, send their children to school and they have health care to take care of.” “I assure you that my main interest is all Nigerians in all parts of the country. Therefore, if anybody who tries to create any impression that I prefer any group across ethnicity or religion let him dare me by being caught red handed stealing public funds. I will deal with him.’’

23rd Nov 2018

Junk food ads to be banned from London transport network to reduce child obesity

Junk food ads to be banned from London transport network to reduce child obesity

Adverts for junk food are to be banned on the entire Transport for London (“TFL”) network to help tackle childhood obesity, London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan has announced.
From February, promotions for unhealthy food and soft drinks will be stripped from trains, buses, boats and trams across the capital.
The decision covers the likes of fizzy drinks, chocolate bars, and cheeseburgers, meaning big brands like McDonald's and Cadbury will only be able to feature healthier products on any adverts they want to run.
Mr Khan, said a public consultation launched in May had found "overwhelming support" for a ban, which will apply on all modes of transport controlled by TfL.
"Child obesity is putting the lives of young Londoners at risk and placing huge pressure on our already strained health service,” Khan added.

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23rd Nov 2018

Alcacer puts pen to paper on long-term deal with Dortmund

Alcacer puts pen to paper on long-term deal with Dortmund

Paco Alcacer has signed a permanent contract with Borussia Dortmund after impressing on loan from Barcelona. The 25-year-old moved to Dortmund on a season-long loan in the summer but has now signed a contract until 2023.
Alcacer has been instrumental in the German club’s impressive start to the season, scoring nine goals in all competitions so far. "I'm very happy in Dortmund, at BVB and in this wonderful team," Alcacer told the club's website. "Borussia Dortmund was and is exactly the right decision for me. I'll do everything I can to say thank you for your trust!" he added.
Dortmund are four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and remain unbeaten domestically after beating Bayern Munich 3-2 before the international break, with Alcacer scoring the winning goal.
According to Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, Barcelona has been informed of the option to buy Paco.

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23rd Nov 2018

Maurizio Sarri optimistic Hazard will sign new Chelsea deal

Maurizio Sarri optimistic Hazard will sign new Chelsea deal

Maurizio Sarri on Friday said he is confident Eden Hazard will sign a new deal with Chelsea after N’Golo Kante signed a five-year contract with the Blues.
Hazard’s deal with unbeaten Chelsea runs until June 2020 and speculation over his future at the club has intensified since his impressive displays for Belgium at the World Cup in Russia.
According to reports, Hazard has said he is in unsure about whether to extend his deal or seek a “dream” move to Real Madrid, but Sarri is optimistic his star player will stay in London after Kante committed his future to Stamford Bridge until 2023 on Friday.
“I don’t know the evolution of the new contract. I think we can do an extension,” said Sarri.
When asked if he was optimistic Hazard would commit to Chelsea, Sarri added, “I hope so.”

Source:Theguardian.ng
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23rd Nov 2018

Many feared dead as 7 storey building collapses in Port Harcourt

Many feared dead as 7 storey building collapses in Port Harcourt

A seven-storey building has collapsed in Woji road in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

According to an eyewitness, the number of casualties is still unknown as many people are feared trapped in the building.

The eyewitness said at least 11 people have been rescued from the debris at the scene of the incident.

More details later.

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23rd Nov 2018

Ekiti state orders arrest of suspected herdsmen carrying AK-47 rifles, others

Ekiti state orders arrest of suspected herdsmen carrying AK-47 rifles, others

The Ekiti State government has threatened to arrest and prosecute any herdsman caught with dangerous weapons, including AK-47 rifles.
It also promised to empower security agencies in the state to tackle herdsmen indulging in destruction of farmlands and attacking farmers and other residents.
The Deputy Governor, Bisi Egbeyemi, issued the threat yesterday at a peace meeting held with representatives of herders and farmers at the Government House in Ado-Ekiti in the wake of recent alleged attacks on farmers in some communities by suspected herdsmen.
Egbeyemi warned that it was unacceptable to the state government for herdsmen to be carrying AK-47 rifles and other dangerous weapons, adding that security agencies had been mobilised to arrest anyone caught with such weapons.

Source:Theguardian.ng



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23rd Nov 2018

President Buhari dispatches Defence Minister to Chad for emergency security meeting

President Buhari dispatches Defence Minister to Chad for emergency security meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari has dispatched the Minister of Defence, retired Brig-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali, to Chad for an emergency meeting with the Chadian President, Idris Deby, on the deterioration of security at the Nigeria – Chad border. According to reports, Dan-Ali had on Thursday briefed President Buhari on security development across the country.
He also briefed him about the recent killings of some Nigerian soldiers by the Islamic West Africa Province, a breakaway Boko Haram sect, operating along Nigeria – Chad border. According to reports, no less than 44 soldiers were killed during the attacks, which occurred at Metele, a remote village bordering Nigeria and Chad.
Diplomatic sources, also say the Minister of Defence would also be meeting his Chadian counterpart during his mission to Chad, to identify the cause of the recent increase in Boko Haram terrorism in the area.

Source:Theguardian.ng



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23rd Nov 2018

Ali Bongo to move from Riyadh to Rabat ‘to convalesce’

Ali Bongo to move from Riyadh to Rabat ‘to convalesce’

President of Gabon, Ali Bongo, who has spent a month in treatment at a Saudi hospital, will be transferred next week to Rabat to convalesce, according to a presidential source.
Bongo, 59, was rushed to hospital in Riyadh on 24th October after falling ill at an economic forum.
After an extended period of silence, the Gabonese presidency eventually admitted he was “seriously ill” and had undergone surgery, while insisting he was on the mend. The source said Bongo would be transferred to a hospital in the Moroccan capital “next week” where he would undergo “a period of convalescence and rehabilitation”.
“The doctors think he is up to travelling, even for such a long trip. He is breathing normally and communicating in a coherent manner. His life is no longer in danger, and he is no longer on a ventilator. He is making good progress,” the source said.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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23rd Nov 2018

13 containers of tramadol intercepted by Customs

13 containers of tramadol intercepted by Customs

The Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali, represented by The Deputy Comptroller-General in charge of Enforcement, Mr Austin Chidi on Friday said Tin-Can Island Customs Command intercepted 13 containers of tramadol and other items valued at N3.13 billion. Ali made the disclosure when he led newsmen to the terminal where the containers were intercepted at Tin-Can Island Port in Lagos. According to him, 10 of the 40ft containers contained tramadol, Ciprofloxacin capsules, Diclofenac Sodium tablets, Soffeathe, IV Cannula, Sidenfil Citrate tablets, one 40ft container had bleaching soaps, and 2 other containers had second-hand clothes. According to Ali, two of the containers had earlier been handed over to the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (“NAFDAC”) on 11th and 20th October while a container of tramadol was handed over to the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (“NDLEA”) on 2nd November.

Source:Theguardian.ng

23rd Nov 2018

Presidency under fire for silence over recent death of at least 44 soldiers

Presidency under fire for silence over recent death of at least 44 soldiers

President Muhammadu Buhari is being criticised for his silence over the killing of several soldiers in a recent attack in Metele, Borno state. According to reports in Nigeria, Boko Haram terrorists on Sunday overran a Nigerian Army battalion, 157 Task Force Battalion, in the village and killed at least 44 troops.
However, an officer among the troops attacked at Metele who spoke to Reuters said, “the insurgents took us unawares. We lost about 100 soldiers. It is a huge loss. They killed some of us who went to evacuate the bodies of the killed soldiers.” The attack is said to be among the highest since Buhari came to power in 2015 and it increases the pressure on him ahead of the election in February 2019, mainly because he has continuously claimed victory over the nine-year insurgency. Although on Thursday, shut its legislative activities to honour the fallen soldiers, neither the president nor the Nigerian Army has reacted to the loss.

Source:Theguardian.ng

22nd Nov 2018

Senate suspends plenary to honour 44 fallen soldiers

Senate suspends plenary to honour 44 fallen soldiers

Nigeria’s Senate on Thursday adjourned its plenary in honour of the 44 soldiers killed recently by Boko Haram insurgents in Maiduguri, Borno State.
This was a sequel to point of order raised by the Senate Deputy Leader, Senator Ibn Na’Allah, to call the attention of the Senate to the death of 44 troops, including a lieutenant colonel Sakaba, who is Na’Allah’s cousin.
Boko Haram insurgents had on Sunday overran a Nigerian Army battalion, 157 Task Force Battalion, in Metele, Abadam Local Government Area, Borno State. The insurgents carted away with a large cache of arms, ammunition and military equipment. It’s unclear why the Nigerian Army and the Defence Headquarters are yet to officially react to the attack.
Na’Allah while asking that plenary be suspended, stated that the demand was not personal but to honour the commitment and contribution of Nigerian soldiers.

Source:Theguardian.ng



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22nd Nov 2018

EFCC question Senator Theodore Orji over alleged N27b fraud

EFCC question Senator Theodore Orji over alleged N27b fraud

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (“EFCC”) on Wednesday interrogated the senator representing Abia Central Senatorial District at the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly, sen. Theodore Orji. According to reports, the senator was questioned regarding allegations of N27 billon fraud. Sources report that Investigation has been on going since 2015, adding that officials of the state have testified on the various allegations against him. Furthermore, officials of the accountant generals office, the Central Bank of Nigeria (“CBN”), commercial banks and other relevant agencies have all in the last three years given reasonable statements in the course of the investigation. It is also reported that disclosed that areas of investigation of which the lawmaker was invited include, Diversion of CBN Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) loan, acquisition of properties scattered in Abuja, Lagos and Abia state.
Source:Theguardian.


22nd Nov 2018

Jewish man sentenced to 10 years in jail for making antisemitic bomb threats

Jewish man sentenced to 10 years in jail for making antisemitic bomb threats

An Israeli-American man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for making more than 2,000 bomb threats against US Jewish institutions, schools, airlines, police stations and a basketball team's plane.
Although Israeli courts did not identify the 20-year-old man because he was tried as a minor, an indictment in the US names him as Michael Ron David Kadar.
According to reports, Kadar's lawyers argued he may not have grasped the severity of his actions because he had a brain tumour and was autistic.
The judge in the case acknowledged Kadar's autism, but said he had "a high IQ and understands his deeds very well,” adding "If not for his medical condition, the defendant would have received a much longer sentence."

Source:Skynews



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22nd Nov 2018

Arturo Vidal desperate to prove his Barcelona worth

Arturo Vidal desperate to prove his Barcelona worth

Widely regarded as one of the most complete midfielders in the world, the Chilean has had to settle for a spot on the bench for much of this season. According to sources close to him, Arturo Vidal has his sights set on starting every match for Barcelona but his game time at Camp Nou having been limited since arriving from Bayern Munich. The Chile international made the switch from the Bundesliga champions in August this year, but the form of Ivan Rakitic and fellow new-boy Arthur has seen his time on the pitch restricted. A crunch La Liga clash with Atletico Madrid is coming up on Saturday, however, Rakitic is suspended for the match after being shown a red card in Barca's 4-3 loss to Real Betis. According to reports, Vidal is confident regarding his chances of starting in place of the suspended Rakitic and has his sights set on starting more regularly for the Spanish giants, with an eye on winning as many titles as possible during his time with the club.
Source:Goal
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22nd Nov 2018

Senate seeks investigation into Akwa Ibom state Assembly invasion by police

Senate seeks investigation into Akwa Ibom state Assembly invasion by police

Nigeria’s Senate on Thursday called for the investigation of the crisis that led to Police laying siege on Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.
The House of Assembly complex in Uyo was sealed off by police, with lawmakers and staff being denied access to the premises.
Akwa Ibom House of Assembly crisis erupted on Monday when the speaker Onofiok Luke declared the seat of five lawmakers who defected from Peoples Democratic Party (“PDP”) to the All Progressive Congress (“APC”) vacant.
Senator Bassey Akpan, who is representing Akwa Ibom North-East, appealed to the Senate during the plenary for an immediate investigation of the crisis.
In response, deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu said Nigeria’s democracy will be at risk if Akwa Ibom issue was pushed aside, adding that “it is Akwa Ibom today, it may be another state tomorrow.”

Source:Theguardian.ng



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22nd Nov 2018

INEC denies reports of new PVC registration

INEC denies reports of new PVC registration

The Independent Electoral Commission (“INEC”) in a tweet on Wednesday denied reports that the commission will begin the registration of permanent voters card again ahead of the February election.
“Information reaching the Commission that some persons have been circulating messages online that “INEC HAS GIVEN ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO REGISTER FOR YOUR PVC, STARTING ON THE 2ND TO 10TH DECEMBER 2018”,” INEC tweeted.“The report is untrue and we advise the public to ignore it.” The commission had begun the CVR exercise on 27th April 2017 and fixed 17th August 2018 as the closing date. That deadline was extended by two weeks, which ended on 31st August. Although several appeals were made seeking a further extension of the CVR amidst long queues across registration points, INEC said the extension is impossible. The commission said it decided to suspend the exercise till next year to enable it to produce the PVCs for distribution.

Source:Theguardian.ng

22nd Nov 2018

Jonathan denies being pressured by Okonjo-Iweala to reject 2015 presidential election results

Jonathan denies being pressured by Okonjo-Iweala to reject 2015 presidential election results

Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has denied claims in a media report that he was pressed by then finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and other former appointees to reject the 2015 presidential election results. According to the story published in The Nation, “Jonathan said he rebuffed the advice by the then Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, among others.
In the book, Jonathan wrote, “They were recommending sundry alternatives, but I was quiet in the midst of their discussions. I hugged my thought, figuring out how to do that which was best for the country. My personal interest was receding rapidly and the interest of Nigeria looming large. I excused myself and left the conference.” However, the former president said his statement in the book was misinterpreted in the media report urging journalists to “keep their interpretative reporting within the limits of credible and constructive imagination.”
Source:Theguardian.ng

22nd Nov 2018

Jonathan warns against Plagiarised online version of “My Transition Hours”

Jonathan warns against Plagiarised online version of “My Transition Hours”

Former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has warned against a plagiarised e-copy of his book “My Transition Hours” being circulated online.
“We have just been informed that a fake document contrived by mischief makers is being passed on as the e-version and hard copy of the just launched #MyTransitionHours,” Jonathan tweeted on Thursday.
“Also, note that the e-copy of #MyTransitionHours ’is not being marketed, as such, the fake online version could only have been created by those out to deceive the unsuspecting public,” he added.
The former president has therefore advised “the general public to ignore such publication as the chapters and contents are not the same as the book publicly presented two days ago in Abuja.”

Source:Theguardian.ng

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22nd Nov 2018

Atiku Buhari, others set for presidential election debate

Atiku Buhari, others set for presidential election debate

Nigerian Election Debate Group (“NEDG”) and Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (“BON”) have announced the dates for 2019 presidential and vice presidential election debate. The vice presidential candidate debate is scheduled for Friday, 14th December 2018, while the presidential debate will take place on Saturday, 19th January 2019. Chairman of BON, John Momoh (OON), made the announcement on Thursday at a press conference in Abuja. Momoh, who is also the Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, said the debates will be aired on all BON member radio and television stations across the country and also streamed on social media platforms to ensure the debate has global coverage. He added that the debates will focus on the issues of restoring the economy, providing electricity, creating jobs, securing health care for every Nigerian, making and achieving excellence in every Nigerian school and ensuring safety and security for Nigerians.
Source:Theguardian.ng
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21st Nov 2018

Meghan visits Grenfell community kitchen in London

Meghan visits Grenfell community kitchen in London

On Wednesday, Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle visited the survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London at the community kitchen she publicly supported in her first major role as a royal. For the visit, Meghan wore a dress and coat by Club Monaco with ankle boots by Givenchy. On arrival at the Al Manaar Community Center, she was greeted with a warm embrace by Zaheera Sufyaan from the Hubb Kitchen and Abdurahman Sayed, head of the Al Manaar Heritage Centre. Their fundraising book “Together: Our Community Cookbook” has become a bestseller and is already making an astonishing difference. The cookbook has sold more than 40,000 copies in the U.K., and raised $270,000 so far in the seven weeks since it went on sale. It’s sold tens of thousands more in international sales.
Meghan, wanted to see how the funds from the cookbook are being put to good use, the kitchen has already been completely redesigned and re-fitted.

Source:People



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21st Nov 2018

Venus Williams agrees settlement in fatal Florida car crash

Venus Williams agrees settlement in fatal Florida car crash

Venus Williams has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of a man who died as a result of a car crash in Florida involving the US tennis star.
Williams and the family of Jerome Barson reached a settlement last week, court documents show.
Mr Barson, 78, suffered "massive" fatal injuries from the collision in Palm Beach Gardens city on 9th June 2017. Police investigators had previously cleared Williams of wrongdoing over the crash.
They also cleared Mr Barson’s wife Linda, who was driving the couple’s vehicle through an intersection when the collision happened. A report into the incident says that an unidentified third vehicle illegally crossed Williams's path as she tried to move through a busy main road on a green light near her home which set off a chain of events that ended with the vehicle driven by Linda slamming into the passenger side of Williams's SUV. Mr Barson was subsequently taken to hospital but died two weeks later from his injuries.

21st Nov 2018

Organised Labour threatens global intervention in national minimum wage struggle

Organised Labour threatens global intervention in national minimum wage struggle

As the controversy over the proposed N30,000 national wage lingers, the Nigeria Labour Congress (“NLC”) has threatened to involve global union and deploy lawful means in pressuring government to pay the sum agreed by the Amal Pepple-led National Minimum Wage Tripartite Committee.
Organised labour noted that what it expects was the transmission of the panel’s report to the National Assembly for legislative work and eventual implementation.
The Deputy President of NLC and Vice President of the Public Service International (“PSI”), Comrade Peters Aderemi, who dropped the hint yesterday in Abuja at a workshop on building trade union capacity to defend the rights of internally displaced persons (“IDPs”), submitted that the fight against corruption could only be meaningful when workers are well paid.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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21st Nov 2018

Dead infant found on Queensland beach was "sacrificed"

Dead infant found on Queensland beach was "sacrificed"

Police believe a nine-month-old girl found dead on an Australian beach was thrown into the water as a "sacrifice." Her naked body was found on Monday in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, and is believed to have drifted for two days.
According to the Australian Associated Press (“AAP”) a family of four was tracked on CCTV travelling to the Jack Evans Boat Harbour in New South Wales on Saturday. It is alleged this is where the baby was thrown into the water with an empty pram left on the waterside before the family returned to Queensland by bus. The family were said to have been living rough.
AAP quoted police sources as alleging the child's 23 year old mother had admitted knowing about a planned "sacrifice", but that only the father would be accused of throwing her into the water.
The mother has reportedly been released from custody and placed in mental health care.

Source:Skynews



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21st Nov 2018

M&S refuses to change knickers display over feminist concern

M&S refuses to change knickers display over feminist concern

Marks & Spencer (“M&S”) has said it won't change a display suggesting women must have "fancy little knickers", amid a feminist backlash.

The retailer was blasted for its “vomit inducing” shop front display in Nottingham, which included a menswear showcase of "outfits to impress".

According to reports, M&S said its festive windows were routinely updated and any changes would not be due to the backlash.

It also confirmed it would not be altering its nationwide ad campaign.

Source:BBCnews
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21st Nov 2018

Fela Durotoye picks Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya as running mate

Fela Durotoye picks Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya as running mate

Alliance for New Nigeria (“ANN”) presidential candidate, Fela Durotoye, has picked Hajia Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya a lawyer by profession as his running mate for the 2019 general election. “I’m incredibly proud to unveil my running mate, & with your support & God’s Grace, the next Vice President of Nigeria, Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya,” Durotoye said on Wednesday.
“She has an LLB Law degree from the University of Abuja & Masters in Law & Diplomacy from the University of Jos,” he added.
The presidential hopeful further stated, “Continuous learning, focus & determination are her strategy to personal growth & development. Durotoye while presenting his running mate said Abdullahi-Iya has founded several social enterprises and businesses, sits on the Board of some SMEs and possesses over 10 years experience in humanitarian and community outreach programs.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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21st Nov 2018

NBS reveals inflation rate fell to 11.26% in October

NBS reveals inflation rate fell to 11.26% in October

The National Bureau of Statistics (“NBS”) Wednesday reported that inflation rate dropped from the 11.28 per cent to 11.26 per cent.
This was revealed in NBS’s Consumer Price Index Report, which is used in measuring inflation, Food prices in Nigeria.
“On month-on-month basis, the Headline index increased by 0.74 per cent in October 2018, down by 0.09 per cent points from the rate recorded in September 2018 (0.83) per cent,” the report stated.
“The percentage change in the average composite CPI for the twelve months period ending October 2018 over the average of the CPI for the previous twelve months period was 12.78 per cent, from 13.16 per cent recorded in September 2018.” it added.
The CPI also revealed that four states of the country experienced negative inflation between September and October 2018.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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21st Nov 2018

PDP alleges APC stole "Next Level" mantra and logo from Rex Institute

PDP alleges APC stole "Next Level" mantra and logo from Rex Institute

The Peoples Democratic Party (“PDP”) yesterday alleged “the Muhammadu Buhari presidency has again disgraced our nation by stealing the Rex Institute’s “Next Level” logo and mantra as its 2019 campaign mantra and presenting it to Nigerians as its idea and creation.” In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP said, “This revelation has further confirmed that the Buhari presidency lacks integrity as a fraud syndicate that thrives on deception, lies, false performance claims, certificate forgery and corruption while always trying to take credit for the achievement of others.
Furthermore, it was not surprised that President Buhari, “in his desperation, can go as low as patronising plagiarism and false credit claims, since it is clear that he lacks the competence to initiate and articulate an original blueprint for leadership, the reason our nation has been in dire strait in the last three and half years.”
Source:Theguardian

21st Nov 2018

Police disrupts Bring Back Our Girls protest to Aso Rock

Police disrupts Bring Back Our Girls protest to Aso Rock

The Nigerian Police halted the protest staged by members of the Bring Back Our Girls (“BBOG”) advocacy group. Members of the group were marching towards Nigeria’s presidential villa on Wednesday when security officials stopped them. The group in a statement said President Muhammadu Buhari has done little to give them hope that the remaining Chibok girls will be rescued from their abductors. “The advent of the Muhammadu Buhari Administration had brought hope with a spate of rescues. Sadly that enthusiasm has been diminished by an apparent complacency to complete the task at hand,” the group said. According to the group, “During the Goodluck Jonathan Administration, our advocacy was treated with scorn instead of focusing on measures to rescue the girls from the terrorists.” BBOG therefore urged President Buhari to focus on governance and expedite the rescue of the Chibok schoolgirls, including Leah Sharibu.

Source:Theguardian.ng



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21st Nov 2018

Toni Braxton pleads with whoever "borrowed" her engagement ring to return it

Toni Braxton pleads with whoever "borrowed" her engagement ring to return it

Singer Toni Braxton is pleading with whoever took her engagement ring to please return it.

Toni who is engaged to Birdman left one of her bags, containing the ring, on a Delta flight.

She shared on her Twitter that she was unable to get help from Delta in a bid to retrieve the bag.
When she finally got the bag back a lot of her jewellery including her engagement ring, were missing.

She’s pleading with whoever “borrowed” it to please, return it. “No questions asked.”

Toni Braxton and Birdman got engaged in February

Source:Bellanaija

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21st Nov 2018

Goodluck Jonathan debunks the narrative of inheriting empty treasury, calls it a blatant lie

Goodluck Jonathan debunks the narrative of inheriting empty treasury, calls it a blatant lie

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has described the present administration’s claim that it inherited an empty treasury as a lie. He said this while speaking at the launch of his new “My Transition Hours.”
It’s been a consistent claim of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration that it inherited a crashing economy. “Recall that the opposition and their sympathisers and campaigners, both local and international, with their malicious propaganda, tore our economy to shreds, threatened our stability and existence as a nation and intimidated our citizens, all in the bid to take over power. Rather than forge a coalition and build on the momentum we had gathered when they eventually took office, they went on a persecution spree and vengeance mission. That the country slipped into recession soon after we left office was a self-inflicted injury caused by misplaced priorities. The narrative of inheriting empty treasury is a blatant lie.”

Source:Bellanaija...

21st Nov 2018

Kim Kardashian says Kanye West gets upset over her Instagram Photos

Kim Kardashian says Kanye West gets upset over her Instagram Photos

Kanye West is all about his wife Kim Kardashian‘s autonomy, but that doesn’t mean he’s always pleased when she shares sexy photos of herself.
According to People magazine, Kim appearing on “Ellen,” shared that it’s “half and half,” how Kanye both wants her to be herself but still is bothered.
On the show, Kim and host Ellen Degeneres discussed an Instagram post of herself baking in a bra and underpants.
Kim revealed the photo was taken “for the gram,” and that she definitely wasn’t baking in that.
Kanye was bothered by the photo, she added.
“You can get in trouble with your husband sometimes over too many photos like that. It’s like half and half. He always wants me to be me and feel confident and we’re having fun, but it also bothers him.”

Source:Bellanaija
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21st Nov 2018

"We promised to change Nigeria but we did not say we will do it in four years - Fashola

"We promised to change Nigeria but we did not say we will do it in four years - Fashola

According to Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola, the All Progressives Congress (“APC”) promised Nigerians would witness change but never said the agenda would be attained within any time frame. Fashola made the clarification yesterday at the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 campaign in Ikeja, Lagos State. “In 2014, we said we would change Nigeria but we did not say we will do it in four years. This election therefore is a choice between going forward to the next level or backward because the work has already begun,” Fashola said. While explaining the reason Nigerians should vote for Buhari, the minister also denounced the previous Peoples Democratic Party led government. “Since I became a minister, the president has never interfered in what I do. He has never lobbied me for contract and I can assure you that it is like that with other ministers,” he said.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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21st Nov 2018

Obama urged Nigerians to vote against me – Jonathan

Obama urged Nigerians to vote against me – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said the former US President Barack Obama influenced the 2015 elections against him.
Jonathan said this during the launching of his new book, “My Transition Hours,” attended by dignitaries across Africa.
“On March 23, 2015, President Obama himself took the unusual step of releasing a video message directly to Nigerians all but telling them how to vote.
In that video, Obama urged Nigerians to open the “next chapter” by their votes.
Those who understood subliminal language deciphered that he was prodding the electorate to vote for the opposition to form a new government.
The message was so condescending, it was as if Nigerians did not know what to do and needed an Obama to direct them.”

Source:Bellanaija


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21st Nov 2018

Buhari appoints new Supreme Court Justice

Buhari appoints new Supreme Court Justice

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Musa Abaji as a new Supreme Court Justice.

This was disclosed in a tweet by the Senate during its plenary Wednesday.

“Senate President, @bukolasaraki reads 2 letters from Mr. President on: 1. Appointment of Honorable Justice Musa Abaji as the justice of the supreme court of Nigeria,” the Senate tweeted.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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21st Nov 2018

Leaders praise Jonathan’s virtues his book launch

Leaders praise Jonathan’s virtues his book launch

It was a day of high praises for former president Goodluck Jonathan as he launched his book, “My Transition Hours” in Abuja yesterday. The presence of serving and former leaders including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was chairman of the occasion, and former Heads of State like General Yakubu Gowon and General Abdulsalami Abubakar, added charm to the five-hour occasion.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by Secretary to the Government of the Federation (“SGF”) Boss Mustapha, heaped prayers and praises on his predecessor, noting that his best days are yet ahead. He saluted Jonathan’s statesmanship and courage at conceding defeat even while collation was ongoing. “I thank you for being a true democrat,” he said. Jonathan, in a brief thank you remark, said the book has words of advice on how best to fight corruption and vote buying.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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20th Nov 2018

40 dead in Kabul wedding hall blast kills

40 dead in Kabul wedding hall blast kills

According to officials, a suspected suicide bombing at a wedding hall in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, has killed 40 people and injured dozens more.

The blast ripped through a venue near the city's international airport, where a gathering of religious scholars was taking place, the Afghan interior ministry said. The blast occurred around 6:15 p.m. local time, police said.

It was likely caused by a suicide attack according to Najib Danish, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of the Interior. The gathering was being held to mark the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed, he said.
The ministry of health also reports that at least 60 people were injured.

Source:CNN


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20th Nov 2018

Dencia collaborates with Blac Chyna to launch new Skin Lightening Cream

Dencia collaborates with Blac Chyna to launch new Skin Lightening Cream

Beauty entrepreneur Dencia is collaborating with Blac Chyna to launch a new Whitenicious skin lightening cream.

Promo pictures shared on the internet show Blac Chyna with a jar of the cream which reportedly goes for $250 and is studded with Swarovski crystals.

Blac Chyna’s reps say the reality star has been using Whitenicious dark spot corrector for a while now to deal with her hyperpigmentation.

Source:Bellanaija
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20th Nov 2018

Winner of Mr Universe Nigeria 2018, Allison Nelson

Winner of Mr Universe Nigeria 2018, Allison Nelson

Allison Nelson, a Rivers State-born model, has emerged as the winner of the 2018 Mr Universe Nigeria pageant.

The 26-year-old Arts and Design graduate from the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede in Owerri beat 28 other finalists at the pageant held at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos.

Nelson will go on to represent Nigeria at the 2019 Mr. Universe contest in the Philippines and will also walk the runway at the 2019 Dallas Mens Fashion Week.

He also took home one acre of land and a laptop.

Source:Bellanaija


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20th Nov 2018

Snoop Dogg receives Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Snoop Dogg receives Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Rapper Snoop Dogg got his well deserved Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, four days before the 25th anniversary of the release of his debut album “Doggystyle.”
To unveil his Star, the award-winning rapper was accompanied by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, record producer Quincy Jones and Dr. Dre.
He thanked his friends and family for being his “backbone”.
He also thanked himself
“I want to thank me for believing in me. I want to thank me for doing all this hard work. I want to thank me for having no days off. I want to thank me for never quitting. I want to thank me for always being a giver, and trying to give more than I receive. I want to thank me for trying to do more right than wrong. I want to thank me for just being me at all times.”

Source:Bellanaija

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19th Nov 2018

Jigawa state government to distribute 47,544 goats to women

Jigawa state government to distribute 47,544 goats to women

Governor Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa, on Monday said the state government would distribute 47,544 goats to 15,848 women in June, 2019, under its Goat Breeding Microfinance Scheme.

Badaru, who disclosed this to newsmen in Dutse, said the scheme was part of the State’s Livestock Interventions.

According to him, 8,428 women received 25,284 goats under the scheme in 2018.
He also noted that the programme was the most successful micro-credit scheme in the state, with 92 per cent retention and 79 per cent repayment level.

On crop production, the governor said the newly introduced reform by his administration had attracted huge investments in the sub sector from multinationals.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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19th Nov 2018

The Clinton Affair: Monica Lewinsky reveals details of affair with Bill Clinton in documentary series

The Clinton Affair: Monica Lewinsky reveals details of affair with Bill Clinton in documentary series

The affair between the US president and a White House intern shook the whole country and led to Bill Clinton being impeached by the US House of Representatives in 1998. After many years of silence, one of the key figures in the dramatic events that took place 20 years ago has shared her experience with the public. Monica Lewinsky has agreed to open up on her affair with then US President Bill Clinton in a 3-night documentary by A&E dubbed "The Clinton Affair." The documentary series will dive deep into the details of the notorious scandal. In a video, Lewinsky reveals that even 20 years after the events took place, it's difficult for her to speak about that time. “I don't talk about this very often, and I still feel uncomfortable talking about it because I think it's not as if it didn't register with me that he was the president, obviously it did," she said. The scandal has found a new life following the #MeToo movement, with people questioning the power dynamics of the relationship....

19th Nov 2018

Giant Damien Hirst uterus sculptures greets hospital guests in Doha

Giant Damien Hirst uterus sculptures greets hospital guests in Doha

The open-air installation, named “The Miraculous Journey,” starts with one sculpture showing a fetus growing in the womb, and each sculpture shows the progression of pregnancy, ending with a 14ft baby just after birth.
The work is the centrepiece of an impressive modern art collection at the Sidra Medicine Hospital, officially opened this week in the capital Doha.
Layla Ibrahim Bacha, art specialist with the government supported Qatar Foundation, which owns most of the artwork said, "we believe it reflects very much the mission of Sidra, taking care of the healthcare of women and babies."
"I think it's perfect for the location, as you can see a lot of people are taking pictures, I think it's becoming iconic," she added.

Source:Skynews

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19th Nov 2018

The Tulip: Plans unveiled for 1,000ft skyscraper in London with glass pods to view city

The Tulip: Plans unveiled for 1,000ft skyscraper in London with glass pods to view city

Plans have been unveiled for a new 1,000ft skyscraper in London tagged “the Tulip.”
If it gets the go ahead, the building will be the tallest in the City of London and feature eight floors of attractions including a bar, restaurants and a "classroom in the sky".
Visitors will be able to ride in glass pods rotating on the outside of the building for a 360-degree view of the capital.
There will also be viewing galleries featuring sky bridges and internal glass slides.
The project has been proposed by architects Foster and Partners and expects to attract one million visitors a year.
Sir Norman Foster said the structure, shaped like a bud on top of a 787ft stalk, is "in the spirit of London as a progressive, forward-thinking city."

Source:Skynews

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19th Nov 2018

Senate Committee expresses concern over 400,000 PVCs unclaimed in Rivers state

Senate Committee expresses concern over 400,000 PVCs unclaimed in Rivers state

The Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (“INEC”) has expressed concern over more than 400,000 Permanent Voter’s Cards (“PVCs”) unclaimed in Rivers state’s INEC office.
Chairman, Senate Committee on INEC Senator Suleiman Nazif, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (“NAN”) after an oversight function of the committee in Port Harcourt on Monday.
Nazif is also the PDP Senator representing Bauchi North Federal Constituency. According to him, although INEC had shown readiness in terms of manpower and facility upgrade, low PVC collection rate in Rivers was a source of great concern in the forthcoming general elections. Nazif said that though INEC was working very hard, it should do more in the area of distribution of PVCs across localities. He therefore urged INEC to start pasting names of owners of unclaimed PVCs in affected localities to improve on collection response.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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19th Nov 2018

Soyinka to bag honorary Ph.D as Federal University graduates 113 first class students

Soyinka to bag honorary Ph.D as Federal University graduates 113 first class students

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, is set to award honorary doctorate degree to Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, as it graduates 113 first class students on Thursday. The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Kolawole Salako, made this known at a press conference in Abeokuta to announce the 26th convocation ceremonies of the university. He said that the convocation ceremonies scheduled to end on 23rd November would also feature inauguration of projects, a research and agriculture fair, and convocation lecture, among others. Salako said that the university would also award honorary doctorate degree to Toyin Falola, a Professor of African Studies, Department of History, University of Texas, Houston, U.S. According to him, the convocation lecture will be delivered by Falola on the theme: “Food and Us: Poverty, Policies and Politics.”

Source:Theguardian.ng

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19th Nov 2018

International School , University of Ibadan shut down over Hijab controversy

International School , University of Ibadan shut down over Hijab controversy

According to reports, the University of Ibadan International School has been shut down indefinitely on Monday, following the lingering crisis over the wearing of Hijab by female Muslim students in the school.

A statement posted on the main gate of the school said that the school had been shut down until further notice.

The statement, signed by the management of the school, advised parents and guardians to take note of the closure.

“Notice: The International School, University of Ibadan has been closed down until further notice. Please, take note,” the statement read.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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19th Nov 2018

President Buhari meets governors over proposed N30,000 minimum wage

President Buhari meets governors over proposed N30,000 minimum wage

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met behind closed doors with representatives of Nigerian Governors’ Forum (“NGF”) over the disagreement between the organised Labour and state governors on the proposed N30,000 national minimum wage. The Amal Pepple Tripartite Committee on the Review of National Minimum Wage, had on 6th November submitted its report to President Buhari where it recommended N30,000 as the new national minimum wage. While receiving the report, the president expressed his commitment to ensuring the implementation of a new national minimum wage and pledged to transmit an Executive to the National Assembly for its passage within the shortest possible time. However, the 36 state governors had since expressed reservations over the proposed N30,000 new minimum wage by the committee, saying the state governments are not in a stable financial position to pay the new minimum wage.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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19th Nov 2018

President Buhari salutes former president Goodluck Jonathan as he turns 61

President Buhari salutes former president Goodluck Jonathan as he turns 61

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former President Goodluck Jonathan as he turns 61 on 20th November 2018. The president, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in Abuja on Monday, joined Nigerians in sending warm greetings to the former President.
According to Buhari, the life journey of the former president remains an inspiration to every young Nigerian of the possibilities that await anyone willing to learn, work hard and participate in making the country great. He congratulated the former president on his memoir, “My Transition Hours”, which would be launched as part of ceremonies marking his birthday. He, therefore, encouraged Nigerians to follow same example of sharing their experiences in writing. The president prayed that the almighty God would strengthen the former president, grant him longer life and bless his family.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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19th Nov 2018

Ezekwesili kicks off Campaign, says “The best man for the job in 2019 is definitely a woman”

Ezekwesili kicks off Campaign, says “The best man for the job in 2019 is definitely a woman”

Former Minister of Education Obiageli (Oby) Ezekwesili has kicked off her presidential campaign ahead of the 2019 elections.
Tagging her journey #Fight4Naija, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (“ACPN”) shared her campaign message on her Twitter page,
“As we kick off our campaign officially today, we start with a thanksgiving service. For the grace to embark on this hard task of rescuing our country, for the wisdom and the guidance here and still to come, we give THANKS! #Fight4Naija #ItFormallyBegins.”
In a statement released by Aisha Yesufu, the Director of Special Projects for the campaign organisation, Ezekwesili was described as “the best man for the job.”
"We are excited and we can’t wait. The best MAN for the job in 2019 is definitely a woMAN and this woman we know by her track record, will #Fight4Naija.”

Source:Bellanaija

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19th Nov 2018

Court orders news outlet to stop publishing Ganduje’s alleged Bribery Videos

Court orders news outlet to stop publishing Ganduje’s alleged Bribery Videos

According to reports, the Federal High Court in Kano has issued an interim injunction barring the Daily Nigerian Newspaper and its editor Jafaar Jafaar from publishing any more alleged bribery videos of the Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

The newspaper had published two videos allegedly showing Ganduje receiving bribes from unknown contractors.

Jafaar had appeared before the Kano State House of Assembly and promised that he would not release any more videos until an investigation against the governor is complete.

Although a third video has been released since then, Jafaar insists the video did not come from him or Daily Nigerian.

Source:Bellanaija



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19th Nov 2018

Netflix acquires Chiwetel Ejiofor's directorial debut, "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind"

Netflix acquires Chiwetel Ejiofor's directorial debut, "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind"

Global platform, Netflix has officially acquired rights to British-Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor‘s anticipated movie The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind which will mark his directorial debut.
The film is based on the memoir of the same name written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer and was shot in Malawi with the screenplay written by the award-winning actor.
The film follows 13 year old William Kamkwamba who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees.
Sneaking back into the school library, he finds a way, using the bones of the bicycle belonging to his father Trywell, to build a windmill which then saves his Malawian village from famine.
Ejiofor has said his film shows the potential of developing countries, and what their future direction should be. The film is set to be distributed by Netflix in 2019.

Source:Bellanaija
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19th Nov 2018

Campaigning against PDP will be easy - Amaechi

Campaigning against PDP will be easy - Amaechi

Transportation minister and the director-general of President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign organisation, Rotimi Amechi ,has said the ruling All Progressives Congress (“APC”) will find it easy campaigning against the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (“PDP”) in the forthcoming 2019 general election.
“We are going to focus as usual on security, corruption and economy. It is so easy to campaign against PDP,” Amaechi said on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics.
“There is no opposition party. PDP was in government for 16 years so they have a scorecard as we have been in government for three and half years, we have a scorecard too.”
Amaechi was a two-term governor of Rivers State on the platform of PDP before his defection in 2014 to the ruling party.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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19th Nov 2018

Atiku launches presidential campaign, policy document

Atiku launches presidential campaign, policy document

Nigeria’s opposition People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Monday formally launched his 2019 presidential campaign with the unveiling of policy documents that contain what he describes as his vision to get Nigeria working again. The documents tagged the “The Atiku’s Plan” was briefed in a nine-minute address streamed live on Facebook and Twitter by the presidential hopeful. “The sad fact today, as you know, is that too many of our people are not working and are living in poverty and insecurity,” Abubakar said. “The very fabric of our society is breaking down. We have never been so divided as a nation,” he added. “The most important question in this election is: are you better off than you were four years ago, are you richer or poorer? That is why our primary focus is to get Nigeria working again.”

Source:Theguardian.ng

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17th Nov 2018

NAFDAC prevents entry of tramadol worth N6.4bn

NAFDAC prevents entry of tramadol worth N6.4bn

According to reports, The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (“NAFDAC”) has prevented 28 40 feet containers suspected to contain Tramadol from India from entry into the country. A statement by the NAFDAC Director General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, stated that this followed a joint examination of containers at the Apapa Port, Lagos. She said the Nigeria Customs Service (“NCS”) coordinated the inspection on 14th and 15th November. Adeyeye said that the 28 containers were part of the 86 under the agency’s watch list since November 2017. She noted that the blockage was an outcome of previous communications with the Comptroller General of NCS in September. She explained that 23 of the 40ft containers examined so far were loaded with Tramadol of various strengths from 120mg to 250mg estimated at N6.4billion. She added that 321,146 cartons of other unregistered pharmaceutical products were equally discovered.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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17th Nov 2018

FG declares Tuesday public holiday to mark Eid-El Maulud

FG declares Tuesday public holiday to mark Eid-El Maulud

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, 20th November as a national public holiday to mark the Eid-el Maulud. Minister of Interior, Lt-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), made the declaration, yesterday, in Abuja, in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr. Mohammed Umar. He urged Muslim faithful to align themselves with the Prophet’s teachings bordering on piety, charity, tolerance and peaceful co-existence, among others. He equally called on all Nigerians to uphold these virtues with a view to overcoming the current national challenges facing the country. Dambazau assured that the FG remained committed to the unity of the country, and as such, would put adequate structures on ground towards ensuring that next year’s general elections were credible, free and fair.
He wishes all Nigerians a joyous and peaceful Eid-El Maulud.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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16th Nov 2018

Beyonce buys Sir Philip Green's stake of Ivy Park clothing brand

Beyonce buys Sir Philip Green's stake of Ivy Park clothing brand

According to reports, Beyonce has taken full control of Ivy Park, the clothing brand she launched with Sir Philip Green two years ago.

The takeover comes as the billionaire retail tycoon, who owns Topshop, fights challenges to his reputation.

Sir Philip has continuously and firmly denied allegations that he sexually harassed and racially abused staff.

News of the deal was confirmed in a statement by Ivy Park, a fitness and leisure brand that sells items such as hoodies and leggings.

The statement suggested that Beyonce had been trying to gain full ownership of the company before Sir Philip was named as the businessman behind an injunction against The Daily Telegraph.

Source:Skynews

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16th Nov 2018

Scientists vote to change the definition of a kilogram after more than 100 years

Scientists vote to change the definition of a kilogram after more than 100 years

Scientists have voted to change the definition of a kilogram after more than 100 years in a landmark decision. Representatives from 60 countries voted in favour of measuring a kilogram by the Planck constant, ending decades of definition by a small piece of metal held in a vault in Paris. Le Grand K, a small cylinder of titanium alloy, has set the standard since 1889. All the scales in the world are ultimately calibrated against it, even those weighing in pounds and ounces. Although the mother of all kilograms has only been taken out of its protective case four times in the last century, it has lost atoms and therefore mass. It amounts to just 20 billionths of a gram, about the weight of an eyelash, but those small changes are important to maintaining accuracy. The changes will come into force on 20 May next year and also affect the ampere, the kelvin and the mole.

Source:Skynews

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16th Nov 2018

UPP, South-east leaders endorse Buhari for 2019 presidential election

UPP, South-east leaders endorse Buhari for 2019 presidential election

The United Progressives Party (“UPP”) and a select group of South-east leaders on Friday adopted President Muhammadu Buhari as its candidate for the 2019 general election.

The leaders of the delegation, Emeka Ekwuosa and the National Chairman of the UPP, Chekwas Okorie, revealed this after meeting with Buhari in Abuja.

“They (UPP) promised to mobilise support for him in the south-east, saying that his re-election will be a national consensus,” Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesperson, tweeted.

Okorie said the adoption of President Buhari would be further confirmed when the UPP leaders meet on Tuesday next week.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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16th Nov 2018

Ganduje to receive African Value Award

Ganduje to receive African Value Award

Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje will today be presented the Africa Value Award for “effective leadership and economic empowerment.” The award is scheduled to hold in Abuja, with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo named as the special guest of honor. The organisers of the award said it was established to recognise African citizens and also honour governors, legislators, captains of industries and other esteemed Africans in various fields of endeavours. “In the last three years, the Ganduje’s administration has been able to make significant strides towards implementing our development agenda to ensuring that Kano people enjoy the dividends of change,” the organisers said. Despite the allegations of bribery against the Kano State governor, the organisers of the ceremony have confirmed that Ganduje will be handed the award.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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16th Nov 2018

Osinbajo expresses concern over threat of robots, AI

Osinbajo expresses concern over threat of robots, AI

Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has expressed concern over the growing threat posed to humans by the deployment of robots and artificial intelligence in work places. Osinbajo stated this at the Closing Ceremony of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations and Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (“CIPM”) on Friday in Abuja. The vice president said that to brace up for the challenge, the Federal Government was focusing on imparting employable skills on students from primary school to tertiary education. According to him, no sensible discussion of the economy can be done without acknowledging the role of the people. He explained that in the next few years, Nigeria would be contending with having one of the largest youth populations in the world. He therefore urged that CIPM be committed to helping the government in nurturing a workforce that would meet the 21st century challenges.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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16th Nov 2018

PDP ruined Nigeria - Buhari

PDP ruined Nigeria - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (“PDP”), left the country in ruins after ruling the country for 16 years.
Speaking at a meeting with a select group of South-east leaders, Buhari criticised the previous administrations for “lack of conscience” while “vandalising” the country.
“The state of infrastructure we inherited was terrible, no roads, the railway was killed and power,” said Buhari.
“They lacked conscience because anybody with conscience will not do what they did.”
Buhari, who is seeking re-election, said “anybody” could be given the chance to lead the country but not the camp of the PDP because they were reckless with the country’s resources.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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16th Nov 2018

Former model, actress, Kim Potter found dead

Former model, actress, Kim Potter found dead

Former model and actress Kim Porter, 47, who also dated Sean "Diddy" Combs from 1994 to 2007, died Thursday, a rep for the music mogul told E! News. "Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter, I ask that you give the families privacy at this time," the rep said. Porter and Diddy had three children together, including twin daughters, D'Lila Star and Jessie James, 11, and son, Christian, 20. Diddy also helped raise Porter’s son from a previous relationship, Quincy, 27, who she had with record producer Al B. Sure. Although the rep did not confirm the cause of her death, it is rumoured that authorities were called to Porter’s residence after someone went into cardiac arrest. Although Diddy and Porter broke up after 13 years, they remained good friends, often wishing each other a “Happy Birthday” on social media. Diddy has not yet publicly commented on Porter's death.

Source:Cosmopolitan
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16th Nov 2018

Former South African President Zuma seeks to have corruption case scrapped

Former South African President Zuma seeks to have corruption case scrapped

Former South African president Jacob Zuma on Friday lodged a court application in a bid to quash a $2.5billion corruption case linked to a 1990s’ arms deal, state prosecutors said. Zuma has been charged with 16 counts of fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to the arms deal dating back to before he took office in 2009. The spokeswoman for the National Prosecuting Authority (“NPA”),Natasha Ramkisson-Kara told AFP that Zuma’s lawyers filed papers at the High Court in Durban requesting a “permanent stay of prosecution”. He is accused of taking bribes from French defence company, Thales during his time as a provincial economy minister and later as deputy president of the ruling ANC party. He allegedly pocketed around four million rands ($340,000, 280,000 euros) from 783 payments handled by Schabir Shaik, a businessman who acted as his financial adviser.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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16th Nov 2018

Wise Igbos will not be fooled by Atiku - APC

Wise Igbos will not be fooled by Atiku - APC

The ruling All Progressives Congress (“APC”) yesterday urged the Igbo community not to be deceived by the endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (“PDP”), Atiku Abubakar, by some southeast leaders.
In a statement by its national publicity secretary, Mr. Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party said the endorsement was an affront to the Igbo people whom it described as victims of a 16-year misrule by the PDP.
The APC pointed at its “massive infrastructure and social programme investments” in the region as proof that no basis of comparison exists between its government’s performance and PDP’s years of retrogression.
An Igbo group, Onicha-Igboeze Progressive Union, urged Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to reap the dividends of democracy.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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16th Nov 2018

Lost Disney film discovered in Japan after 70 years

Lost Disney film discovered in Japan after 70 years

A cartoon film bought by a teenager in Japan 70 years ago has been revealed as a rare lost work produced by Walt Disney.
Yasushi Watanabe, now 84, had no idea he was purchasing animation history when he picked up the reel for just 500 yen (£3.45 today) at a toy wholesalers in Osaka.
The reel features "Oswald The Lucky Rabbit", a long-eared character created by Disney in the 1920s that led to his most famous work, Mickey Mouse.
According to reports, Mr Watanabe, an anime history researcher, contacted reporters there after reading a book about the history of Oswald.
Seven of the 26 short films featuring Oswald were missing, the book said - and Watanabe remembered his childhood reel.
"As I've been a Disney fan for many years, I'm happy I was able to play a role in the discovery," Mr Watanabe told reporters.

Source:Skynews

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16th Nov 2018

Hockney artwork breaks auction record

Hockney artwork breaks auction record

An iconic 1972 painting by British artist David Hockney sold for $90.3 million at Christie's, smashing the record for the highest price ever paid at auction for a work by a living artist.

The record was previously held by American Jeff Koons and one of his Balloon Dog sculptures which sold for $58.4 million (£45.6 million) in 2013.

The Portrait of an Artist (Pool With Two Figures) was sold to an unknown buyer and the identity of the seller is also unconfirmed.

According to reports, Hockney was inspired to paint the picture by two photographs he found on his studio floor, one of a swimmer in Hollywood in 1966 and another of a boy staring at an item on the ground.

Source:Skynews

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16th Nov 2018

Appeal Court Reduces Former Governor Nyame’s 14-year Jail Term

Appeal Court Reduces Former Governor Nyame’s 14-year Jail Term

An Appeal Court sitting in Abuja Friday reduced the jail term of a former Governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame, from 14 years to 12 years.
The court also imposed a fine of N495 million on the convict.
Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja, in May, sentenced Nyame to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (“EFCC”) took Nyame to court in 2007 on 41 counts of fraud alleging the misappropriation of N1.64 billion while he was governor, but the court found him guilty for 27 of them.
Justice Banjoko handed down the sentence after she found Nyame guilty of “misappropriation and misapplication of N165 million with dishonest intention”.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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16th Nov 2018

Amaechi insists FG, General Electric never signed railway agreement

Amaechi insists FG, General Electric never signed railway agreement

Transportation minister Rotimi Amaechi has said the Federal Government and General Electric railway never entered into an agreement as it ended at the negotiation stage. The FG had in April 2018 announced an agreement with four companies led by General Electric to start the interim phase of the Nigerian narrow-gauge railway concession. “General Electric did not pull out. No concession agreement has been signed, none. We have been negotiating, there is no way you will get a concession agreement in one year,” Amaechi said in an interview on the morning show of Arise TV. “What happened is that most of their business activities, they have dropped a lot of (them), I don’t know if it includes energy, transportation and all that.” He clarified that General Electric didn’t pull out of the deal because of Nigeria’s economy but because the company was leaving the transportation line of business.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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16th Nov 2018

Appeal Court reduces 14 year jail term of former Governor Dariye

Appeal Court reduces 14 year jail term of former Governor Dariye

A Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja Friday reduced the jail term of former Plateau state governor Joshua Dariye from 14 years to 10 years. Dariye was charged to court on a 23-count charge in 2007 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (“EFCC”). He was convicted by Justice Adebukola Banjoko on 15 out of the 23 counts on June 12 and sentenced to 14 years in prison by the Federal high court in Abuja. However, the appeal court said while the conviction was right, the former governor should have been jailed for 10 years. The court reduced the sentence of 14 years to 10 years for criminal breach of trust while a similar conviction for diversion of N1. 62 billion ecological funds was reduced from two years to one year. The sentences are to run concurrently, as the previous judgement in June, meaning Dariye has now been effectively handed a 10-year jail term.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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16th Nov 2018

How FG spends N3.5 million feeding El-Zakzaky monthly – El Rufai

How FG spends N3.5 million feeding El-Zakzaky monthly – El Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has explained how the Nigerian government spends about N3.5 million on a monthly basis to feed the detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (“IMN”), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky since December 2015. Nigeria’s information minister Lai Mohammed, in a video that went viral, claimed that the government spends N3.5m monthly on El-Zakzaky’s feeding. However, El-Rufai who hosted the management of a media outfit in Kaduna said, Mohammed’s claim was right but lacked details on how the money was being spent. According to the Kaduna state governor, the N3.5 million was not on the feeding of the Shiite leader alone but on everything related to his protective custody. He said El-Zakzaky is guarded by a detachment of soldiers and DSS operatives who live in the place he is being kept is financed by the government. El-Rufai also said the IMN is an illegal group that is not recognised by the Nigerian government.

Source:Theguardian....

16th Nov 2018

Saraki urges Buhari to test anti-corruption fight with bribery allegations against Oshiomhole

Saraki urges Buhari to test anti-corruption fight with bribery allegations against Oshiomhole

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to prove his administration’s anti-corruption claims by conducting thorough and genuine investigation into the allegations of bribery against the All Progressives Congress (“APC”) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
According to Saraki, “Nigerians are eagerly awaiting how President Buhari will handle the serious allegations of bribery levelled against Oshiomhole over the conduct of the just concluded primary elections in the party.”
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President said, “We expect the President with his anti-corruption campaign to institute thorough and transparent investigation into the allegations against his party chairman.”

Source:Theguardian.ng
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16th Nov 2018

Gov. Wike explains why INEC can’t conduct credible election

Gov. Wike explains why INEC can’t conduct credible election

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has revealed why the Independent National Electoral Commission (“INEC”) cannot conduct credible elections in 2019. According to him, the refusal of President Mohammadu Buhari to sign the amended Electoral Act was a deliberate ploy to rig the polls in connivance with INEC. Wike stated this yesterday when he received the Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Suleiman Nazif and others, at the Government House, Port Harcourt. He expressed concerns that despite the fact that the National Assembly has continued to amend the Electoral Act in favour of the presidency, the All Progressives Congress (“APC”)-led Federal Government has been giving reasons why it cannot sign it. Wike warned that any attempt by INEC to negatively manipulate the will of the people in 2019 would be resisted.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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15th Nov 2018

Japan's cyber-security minister admits he has never used a computer

Japan's cyber-security minister admits he has never used a computer

According to reports, Japan's new cyber-security minister has admitted to his country that he has never used a computer.
Yoshitaka Sakurada made the admission to a committee of lawmakers.
"Since I was 25 years old and independent I have instructed my staff and secretaries. I have never used a computer in my life," he said, according to a translation by the Kyodo news agency.
The 68 year old was appointed to his post last month and his duties include overseeing cyber-defence preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
A politician from the opposition Democratic Party, Masato Imai, whose question had prompted the admission, expressed surprise.
"I find it unbelievable that someone who is responsible for cyber-security measures has never used a computer," he said.

Source:BBCnews

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15th Nov 2018

Idris Elba’s daughter named Golden Globe Ambassador 2019

Idris Elba’s daughter named Golden Globe Ambassador 2019

Award-winning actor Idris Elba’s 16-year-old daughter Isan Elba has been selected as the 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association (“HFPA”) President Meher Tatna made the announcement during a ceremony on Wednesday night at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles.

Each year, the HFPA chooses a child of one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, director, or producers to help them raise money and awareness for a non-profit organisation of their choice.

Isan will also be helping out during the ceremony next year by ushering presenters on and off stage and handing out awards.

Source:Bellanaija
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15th Nov 2018

Five suspects may face death penalty forJamal Khashoggi's murder

Five suspects may face death penalty forJamal Khashoggi's murder

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for five suspects charged with the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor Saud al Mojeb in a statement said 21 people are now in custody over the killing, with 11 people indicted and facing trial.
The highest-level official accused of being behind the murder is former deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al Assiri, according to the prosecutor's spokesman Shaalan al Shaalan.
He said Mr Khashoggi's alleged killers had set in motion plans for the murder on 29th September, three days before he died inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Mr Khashoggi was killed on 2nd October after he was given a lethal injection, before his body was dismembered and taken out of the building, Mr al Shaalan told a news conference in Riyadh. The whereabouts of Mr Khashoggi's body remain unknown, Mr al Shaalan said.

Source:Skynews

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15th Nov 2018

Artist buys Banksy's Slave Labour for £561,000, vows to paint over it

Artist buys Banksy's Slave Labour for £561,000, vows to paint over it

A piece of Banksy street art painted on the side of a Poundland has sold to a US artist for more than half a million pounds but the buyer has vowed to whitewash it in protest. Ron English says he plans to paint over the north London mural because street art "shouldn't be bought and sold". Slave Labour, which depicts a young child on his knees at a sewing machine, producing a string of Union Jack bunting, was painted on the side of the bargain store in Wood Green in 2012. Believed to be a protest against sweatshops used to manufacture souvenirs for the London Olympics, it was removed from the wall in February 2013, to the anger of residents. Mr English bought the painting, which was auctioned by Julien's in Los Angeles on Wednesday, for $730,000 (£561,000). "I'm going to paint over it and just include it in one of the walls in my house. We're tired of people stealing our stuff off the streets and re-selling it,” English said.

Source:Skynews

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15th Nov 2018

Premier League to introduce VAR next season

Premier League to introduce VAR next season

The Premier League has announced it will use video assistant referees (“VAR”) next season.
VAR is a referee who will review on-pitch decisions made by the head referee with the aid of video playback and a headset for communication.
Earlier this week Sky Sports News reported that VAR would be high on the agenda for today's meeting of Premier League shareholders.
This comes after a controversial weekend of football where Southampton were denied a second goal after an official believed Maya Yoshida had illegally touched the ball and blocked the view of the goalkeeper after a Charlie Austin strike.
Austin launched into a furious rant against the officials and made the call for VAR to be introduced into the league, saying, "We play in the Premier League, the best league in the world, the most-watched league in the world."
Source:Skynews

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15th Nov 2018

Oshiomhole threatens legal action against Saraki

Oshiomhole threatens legal action against Saraki

The national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (“APC”) Adams Oshiomhole has threatened to sue the Senate President Bukola Saraki after the latter called for his resignation over allegations of corruption against him. “I challenge Saraki to mention one name of an aspirant that gave money to the national chairman or we file a legal action against him,” Chief Press Secretary to the national chairman, Simon Ebegbulem, said in a statement on Thursday. Saraki on Wednesday said Oshiomhole has no moral right to remain in office nor politics after allegations of corruption levelled against him. Some aggrieved stakeholders of the APC have filed a series of petitions against its national chairman alleging that Oshiomhole collected bribes to award the party’s tickets to the highest bidder during its primaries.
Oshiomhole called the attack by Saraki “unwarranted, pathetic and irresponsible.”

Source:Theguardian.ng

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15th Nov 2018

Electronic fraud in banking projected to hit N6.1trn by 2021 – CBN

Electronic fraud in banking projected to hit N6.1trn by 2021 – CBN

Mr Sunday Salam-Alada, Director, Consumer Protection Department, Central Bank of Nigeria (“CBN”) has said electronic fraud losses in the banking system are projected to reach N6.1 trillion by 2021.
Salam-Alada disclosed this at the ongoing workshop for Business Editors and Finance Correspondents, organised by Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (“NDIC”) in Benin. According to him, the volume and value of e-transactions are projected to continue to increase nationally and globally. On a positive note, the director also said that the CBN, through its Consumer Protection Department (“CPD”), had resolved over 13,715 complaints.
Salam-Alada added that this resulted in a refund of about N72.2 billion to customers by the commercial banks based on 25,043 cases of fraud in 2017. He said the amount represented a 28 per cent increase if compared to 19,531 cases recorded in 2016.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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15th Nov 2018

Barack gave Michelle a Lovely review for her "Becoming" Memoir

Barack gave Michelle a Lovely review for her "Becoming" Memoir

Michelle Obama finally released her Becoming memoir in which she opened up about a ton topics.
One of the most interesting parts of the book is when she talks about marriage counselling and the love of her life, Mr. Barack Obama, who just gave the book the only review that matters.
When the book finally came out yesterday, Barack tweeted his glowing comment, "I love it because it faithfully reflects the woman I have loved for so long.”
In his tweet, Barack acknowledged that he might be a little bit biased because he's married to the author, but that doesn't change the facts!
"But she also happens to be brilliant, funny, wise, one of a kind. This book tells her quintessentially American story. I love it because it faithfully reflects the woman I have loved for so long,” he added.

Source:Cosmopolitan
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15th Nov 2018

Oshiomhole has no moral ground to remain in politics - Saraki

Oshiomhole has no moral ground to remain in politics - Saraki

Following the bribery allegations levelled against the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (“APC”), Adams Oshiomhole, by his party’s aspirants and some governors, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has declared him as lacking moral ground to remain in politics.

Saraki, the national leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (“PDP”), described a statement credited to Oshiomhole asking him to resign his position as the Senate President on moral ground, as a joke.

The Senate president told journalists in Ilorin yesterday on the sidelines of the sixth remembrance prayer for his late father, Dr. Olusola Saraki, that Oshiomhole had no locus standi to talk about morality in today’s politics in Nigeria.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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15th Nov 2018

Goodluck Jonathan set to launch his book on 20th November

Goodluck Jonathan set to launch his book on 20th November

Former President Goodluck Jonathan is set to unveil his book, “My Transition Hours”, on Tuesday, 20th November in Abuja.

He revealed this via a message on his twitter account.

According to the message, President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to be the special guest of honour while Chief Olusegun Obasanjo will chair the occasion to be attended by former heads of state and other prominent Nigerians.

Also billed for the event are President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire, former President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana, Generals Yakubu Gowon, Ibrahim Babangida and Abdusalami Abubakar as well as ex-VP Namadi Sambo.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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15th Nov 2018

White House staffer Mira Ricardel is "reassigned"

White House staffer Mira Ricardel is "reassigned"

A senior member of the White House staff has been removed from her post after reports of angry clashes with the First Lady Melania Trump.

It was announced that Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel would be moving to another job, a day after Mrs Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham, released a statement saying, "It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she (Ms Ricardel) no longer deserves the honour of serving in this White House."

The feud between Ms Ricardel and the First Lady came to a head in October when the pair argued over arrangements for Mrs Trump's visit to Africa.

Mrs Trump is also said to believe Ms Ricardel was behind a series of unflattering stories about her

Source:Skynews

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15th Nov 2018

The Queen pays rare heartfelt tribute to son Prince Charles on his 70th birthday

The Queen pays rare heartfelt tribute to son Prince Charles on his 70th birthday

The Queen has paid a rare, public tribute to her son Prince Charles, hailing him as a "wonderful father".
She praised the Prince of Wales as he celebrated his 70th birthday. The Queen described him as a "dedicated and respected heir to the throne to stand in comparison with any in history".
Making reference to the milestone, the monarch also said it was a "privilege" for any mother to be able to toast their son on their 70th birthday.
The head of state rarely makes public comments about her children but she used a black-tie dinner set in Charles's honour to praise him as "his own man, passionate and creative".
Her words were a ringing endorsement of the future king, who has spent a lifetime in preparation for his role as monarch.

Source:EveningStandard

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15th Nov 2018

INEC determined to end vote buying, selling

INEC determined to end vote buying, selling

Ahead of the 2019 general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (“INEC”) has said it is determined to end the practice of vote buying and selling.

The Director of Electoral Party Monitoring (“EPM”), Mr. Aminu Idris, stated this yesterday in Calabar during a Methodology Workshop on Campaign Finance Tracking and Debriefing on Political Parties’ Primaries.

While noting that the challenges parties faced during their primaries was due to poor planning, Idris urged them to be proactive, adding “To address some of these challenges, it is an on going process that by 2019 general election, the commission is determined to properly address these issues of vote buying and vote selling.”

Source:Theguardian.ng
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15th Nov 2018

Governors insist N30,000 Minimum Wage will bankrupt States

Governors insist N30,000 Minimum Wage will bankrupt States

The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (“NGF”) yesterday called an emergency meeting over the issue of the minimum wage.
According to reports, the meeting, was presided over by the Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, to determine exactly how much the governors think is payable.
The governors had previously agreed a sum of N22, 500 which was considered too little by the National Labour Congress (“NLC”).
The Federal Government has said it will pay federal civil servants N30, 000 as the new minimum wage.
However, The governors of the 36 Nigerian States have said that it is impossible for states to afford the N30,000 minimum wage. According to them, paying N30,000 would bankrupt the states, leading to a collapse.
As a result, a fresh committee will be formed, to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over the issue.

Source:Bellanaija
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15th Nov 2018

Atiku pledges to fix Nigeria

Atiku pledges to fix Nigeria

The People’s Democratic Party (“PDP”) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has said he is committed to fixing Nigeria.

According to reports, Atiku said this while meeting with Igbo leaders in Enugu.

He said the economy of Nigeria isn’t in good shape, and he and his running mate Peter Obi will fix it.

“My commitment is to fix this country. I think of the future this country will have, if I do not struggle to fix it. Our economy must be fixed and you can trust me and Mr Peter Obi to do it. I am always scared coming to Enugu because of the state of the runway of the airport. What does it take to fix the runway? A local government council can fix it if they are made viable. I am a product of a restructured Nigeria. So it is a settled issue,” he said.

Source:Bellanaija
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15th Nov 2018

Obasanjo warns politicians to use only their children as thugs

Obasanjo warns politicians to use only their children as thugs

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has issued a warning to politicians who use other people’s children as thugs while shielding theirs from trouble. The warning came amid concerns that parts of the nation may experience violence during the 2019 general elections. Obasanjo condemned the act yesterday while delivering a paper at the Inauguration of King’s College London Global Leaders Engagement Series in London. Speaking on “Demystifying Leadership Capacity Deficit of African Youths: Our Future is in their Hands”, he said “Enough of using other people’s children as experimental subjects and keeping ours in safe havens, enough of using other people’s children as political thugs and ballot box snuffers, while we send ours to Ivy League schools, enough of thinking we know what is right for young people without their input or the courtesy of asking for their opinions.” He urged youths to run for political positions despite the obstacles.

Source:Theguardian.ng<...

15th Nov 2018

Senate uncovers fresh $1.151b illegal withdrawals from NLNG

Senate uncovers fresh $1.151b illegal withdrawals from NLNG

Nigeria’s Senate yesterday said it again uncovered illegal multiple withdrawals of $1.151 billion from the dividends accounts of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (“NLNG”) by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (“NNPC”). This is apart from the $1.05 billion NNPC Group Managing Director Maikanti Baru earlier admitted . The investigative committee, headed by Senator Bassey Albert Akpan (PDP, Akwa Ibom North East), ordered NNPC and Central Bank of Nigeria (“CBN”) to submit documents on withdrawals made from the NLNG dividends account within the last two years. While scrutinising the NLNG account documents presented to it particularly by the Chief Operating Officer (“COO”), Finance, of the CBN, Babatunde Adeniran, the committee observed a series of cash debits totalling $2.201 billion from November 2016 to June this year.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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14th Nov 2018

Snapchat launches new feature focused on "Friendship"

Snapchat launches new feature focused on "Friendship"

Snapchat has launched a new feature with a focus on friendships in a bid to take on rivals like Facebook and Instagram.
Friendship Profiles will allow users to access the records of relationships with each other, collating the images, videos, messages, links, and more that they have saved in Chat.
Announcing the update, the company said, "Friendship Profiles make it easy to find your favourite memories and the important information you’ve saved over time. It's the fastest way to find the highlights of your friendship.”
"Friendship Profiles celebrate your relationships in a private way, each Friendship will only be visible to you and the person (or Group!) that you are friends with on Snapchat. It will be rolling out to users across the world over the coming weeks,” it added.

Source:Skynews

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14th Nov 2018

Stan Lee was working on final superhero with daughter before his death

Stan Lee was working on final superhero with daughter before his death

Stan Lee daughter has revealed he was working on a new superhero before he died.
Appearing on TMZ Live to talk about her father's legacy, JC Lee said she had created a character called Dirt Man and that they were working on developing him together.
Stan Lee who has created some of the most popular Marvel superhero characters in history including Spider-Man, X Men, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man, died on Monday 12th November at the age of 95.
JC Lee told TMZ she wanted to continue with the Dirt Man project, but would not give any details about his powers or origin story, only saying, "It's very interesting."
"The last little angel that we've got tucked away is Dirt Man," she said. "It's not over yet, we still have a little trickery."

Source:Skynews

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14th Nov 2018

House of Reps adjourns plenary over faulty microphones

House of Reps adjourns plenary over faulty microphones

Nigeria’s House of Representatives on Wednesday adjourned its plenary session for the day over faulty microphone system. The House had on Tuesday adjourned plenary to Wednesday due to the same reason. Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, said the problem has not been fixed because only the manufacturers of the microphones can fix it.
“Unfortunately up till now we have been unable to fix the problem because we are not masters of this technology here. I have been told that the microphones on the rows on my right are not working. Only rows seven to 11 are working. Rows one to six are not functioning,” Dogara said. “The system was fixed in 1999 and this technology has a lock and anything that happens to it, we have to reach out to the manufacturers,” he added.
Dogara said the House was not ashamed to be criticised, as they are representatives of the people.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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14th Nov 2018

“On corruption, President Buhari has not done any spectacular work" - Ezekwesili

“On corruption, President Buhari has not done any spectacular work" - Ezekwesili

Presidential aspirant, Oby Ezekwesili, on Wednesday, said that President Muhammadu Buhari has not done any spectacular work in his fight against corruption.
While he was campaigning for presidency in 2015, Buhari’s manifesto was hinged on rebuilding the economy, a strong anti-corruption war and a fight against insurgency.
However, three years into his tenure and months before the next general elections, the President, seeking re-election, has been accused of fighting a selective anti-corruption war.
The Allied Congress for Progressives Change candidate (“ACPC”) said the anti-graft agencies including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (“EFCC”) are being used by the president to pick on members of opposition parties.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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14th Nov 2018

Court orders Nnamdi Kanu’s sureties to pay N100m each

Court orders Nnamdi Kanu’s sureties to pay N100m each

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the three persons who stood as sureties for the leader of pro-Biafra separatist group Nnamdi Kanu to pay the total sum of N100 million each to the court for failing to produce him in court since he was granted bail in April, 2017.
“I have taken the view that the oversight function is more important than this hearing,” The presiding judge Binta Nyako said on Wednesday.
“I do not have a proceeding against the sureties. All I want is for them to produce my Nnamdi Kanu. In this proceeding where these men have lost my Nnamdi Kanu, they are going to be in my trouble, because I gave him to them,” she added.
The sureties are Senator Abaribe, a Jewish priest, Immanuel Shalom and an accountant, Tochukwu Uchendu.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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14th Nov 2018

FG determined to transform NIPOST into world best – Minister of Communication

FG determined to transform NIPOST into world best – Minister of Communication

Minister of Communication Barr. Adebayo Shittu has said the Federal Government is determined to transform Nigeria’s postal sector into one of the most efficient and viable sectors of the Nigerian economy and the best in the world. Shittu said this in a statement issued by Amina Othman, Head, Public Communications, Bureau of Public Enterprises (“BPE”), on Wednesday in Abuja. According to the statement, Shittu said this at the signing of the contract agreement between BPE and KPMG – the Transaction Adviser for the postal sector reforms and the restructuring/modernisation of the Nigerian Postal Service (“NIPOST”). Shittu, who is also the Chairman of the Steering Committee, implored KPMG to demonstrate competence, commitment and efficiency in the execution of the project. KPMG is expected to advice the FG to enable them implement the restructuring of NIPOST.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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14th Nov 2018

Nigeria’s statistics office unable to provide data due to shortage of funds

Nigeria’s statistics office unable to provide data due to shortage of funds

Nigeria’s current rate of unemployment is unknown because the body responsible for providing such data is broke.

The last official unemployment data published by the National Bureau of Statistics was for the third quarter of 2017, with the unemployment rate standing at 18.80 percent, an increase of 2.60 on the figures for Q2 of the same year.

“The work can’t be completed due to budgetary releases,” Yemi Kale, who heads NBS, tweeted on Tuesday.

“It’s not hard to confirm when last we got data funding and how much,” he added.

The statistics office is also unable to publish trade, GDP and inflation figures, Kale said.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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14th Nov 2018

Antonio Conte urges Sergio Ramos to be more "respectful" after comments about his management

Antonio Conte urges Sergio Ramos to be more "respectful" after comments about his management

Antonio Conte has called for Sergio Ramos to be more respectful after the influential Real Madrid defender said the Italian coach is unable to manage dressing rooms.
Conte was looking to take over at Real Madrid following Julen Lopetegui's sacking, but a potential move was blocked after club president Florentino Perez asked Ramos for his views on the former Chelsea manager.
"I've always said respect is earned, it is not imposed. In the end, the management of the dressing room is more important than the technical knowledge of a manger," Ramos said after essentially vetoing Conte's appointment.
"Sergio Ramos' comments? We must bring manners and respect with us wherever we go," said Conte.

Source:Independent

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14th Nov 2018

"EFCC has become a department in APC" – Samuel Ortom

"EFCC has become a department in APC" – Samuel Ortom

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has described the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (“EFCC”) as a department in the ruling All Progressives Congress (“APC”).
According to reports, Ortom made this known at the swearing in of 9 commissioners in the state capital Makurdi.
Once a politician decamps from the ruling party, he/she becomes hounded by the EFCC, Ortom explained.
“Despite intimidation from the EFCC that has become a department in APC, we are not going to be intimidated. In the past few months, civil servants working with me are being troubled for no just cause. Once you decamp from APC, EFCC comes after you. Fighting corruption should not be selective. If we do anything wrong we are ready to face the law. But we will not succumb to intimidation,” Ortom added.

Source:Bellanaija
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14th Nov 2018

"Pink legacy" diamond sold for world record $50m at auction

"Pink legacy" diamond sold for world record $50m at auction

A pink diamond has sold for more than $50m (£38.5m) at a Christie's auction in Switzerland.
The "Pink Legacy" diamond sale is a new world record price per carat for a pink diamond.
Renowned jeweller Harry Winston was the buyer, the auction house said.
Christie's had expected to fetch between 30 and 50 million dollars for the nearly 19-carat, rectangular-cut stone - the largest fancy vivid pink diamond it has ever auctioned.
It was the standout offering at its autumn jewellery auction in Geneva.
The stone once belonged to the Oppenheimer diamond family, and Christie's says it is among the most chemically pure gems with little if any nitrogen.
Christie's chairman for Europe, Francois Curiel, called the stone the "Leonardo da Vinci of diamonds."

Source:Skynews

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14th Nov 2018

McDonald's manager "choked" by customer after ketchup row

McDonald's manager "choked" by customer after ketchup row

Police are looking for a woman who allegedly choked a McDonald's manager in Santa Ana, California after asking for ketchup.

CCTV footage has been released showing the customer entering a McDonald's outlet in Santa Ana, California by a back door used by employees.

The woman then approached the manager and asked for ketchup, but was told she could not be in the building.

According to Police, she became "combative" and the video shows her pushing, punching and then choking the victim.

The woman, believed to be aged 20 to 25 had apparently asked for ketchup when placing the order in the drive-thru but had not received any.

Source:Skynews

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14th Nov 2018

Melania Trump calls for dismissal of White House security aide

Melania Trump calls for dismissal of White House security aide

Melania Trump has publicly called for the dismissal of deputy national security adviser, in an unusual move for a first lady.

Her spokeswoman Anita McBride issued a statement on Tuesday saying Mira Ricardel should be fired following reports that President Donald Trump had already made the decision.

"It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honour of serving in this White House," Stephanie Grisham said.

The first lady's staff and Mrs Ricardel reportedly clashed during Mrs Trump’s October visit to Africa over issues such as plane seating and requests to use the National Security Council's resources.

Source:Skynews

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14th Nov 2018

Marie Antoinette's jewels set for auction

Marie Antoinette's jewels set for auction

Jewellery once owned by ill-fated French Queen Marie Antoinette including a ring containing a lock of her hair is set to go up for auction.
Sotheby's in Geneva is selling the royal jewels of the Bourbon-Parma family, spanning centuries of European history.
The jewels have not been seen in public for 200 years and the sale has been described as one of the most important royal jewellery auctions in history.
Among the collection of 100 pieces are 10 items that once belonged to Marie Antoinette, including a diamond-set monogrammed ring containing a lock of her hair, which is expected to sell for $10,000 (£7,000).
History records that Marie Antoinette left her jewels with her loyal retainer, Count Mercy Argenteau, when she and her family prepared their escape from France in March 1791.

Source:Skynews

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14th Nov 2018

"It will be strange for APC to have graveyard peace" - Oshiomhole

"It will be strange for APC to have graveyard peace" - Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (“APC”), Adams Oshiomhole, says it will be strange if the ruling party is experiencing “graveyard peace.” He also said it was only morally right for the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to resign his position as he belongs to the minority party. Oshiomhole, who spoke yesterday during a programme on Arise Television, said the APC was prone to controversies “because it is a large party.” “We are a large governing party and it will only be strange if we are having graveyard peace. People are allowed to grumble, grumbling is allowed. We should move on and find solutions,” he said. Last week, Oshiomhole was reportedly detained by the Department of State Services (“DSS”) and questioned for nine hours after some governors alleged that he received bribes during the party’s primary elections across the country.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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14th Nov 2018

Operation Crocodile Smile III: Military attacks militants, pirates, destroys illegal oil facilities in Niger Delta

Operation Crocodile Smile III: Military attacks militants, pirates, destroys illegal oil facilities in Niger Delta

The military has attacked militants, pirates and destroyed illegal oil facilities in the Niger Delta during the ongoing Operation Crocodile Smile III. The 6 Division Area of Responsibility (“AOR”) of the Nigerian Army is responsible for the mission. The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, disclosed yesterday in Port Harcourt that a weekend search on Awonikiri in Bille, Degema Local Council of Rivers State led to the discovery of a hideout for militants and sea pirates. He listed the recovered items to include 24 rounds of 9 mm calibre among others. The spokesman said the troops also discovered and destroyed six illegal oil sites during the exercise. The raid equally claimed four large reservoirs containing stolen crude as well as seven Cotonou boats used for the illicit act. In Akwa Ibom, he said the military located and destroyed illegal dumpsites in Eket and Ibeno council areas of the state.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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14th Nov 2018

Rising population may escalate insurgency, Emir of Kano warns

Rising population may escalate insurgency, Emir of Kano warns

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, yesterday warned that insurgency might escalate if the country’s population is not checked.
Sanusi, who cautioned that failure of the government to find lasting solution to the growing demography of the country might expose the nation to more grievous insurgency than the dreaded Boko Haram.
Speaking at the opening of national conference on insurgency and the Boko Haram phenomenon in Nigeria, the former Central Bank of Nigeria (“CBN”) governor noted that with the projected population of 100 million youths in Nigeria in the next 20 years, Boko Haram would be “child’s play”, if the nation’s population were not controlled.
“If we do not build our economy and address our demography explosion, especially in the north east, Boko Haram will be child’s play in another 20 years,” Sanusi warned.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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14th Nov 2018

APC alleges PDP, specifically Atiku lack financial resources to campaign

APC alleges PDP, specifically Atiku lack financial resources to campaign

The All Progressives Congress (“APC”) has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (“PDP”) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, lack the financial resources to pursue the presidential campaigns.
APC’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, made the allegation in a statement.
According to him, the cash strapped situation was caused by the stringent measures put in place by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
APC further claimed that information at its disposal indicates that Atiku’s recent strategy meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirate, to raise funds from public coffers did not succeed.
Nabena also said PDP leaders are in serious difficulties and dilemma on how to source funds to run the Atiku presidential campaign. The statement urged anti-corruption agencies to closely monitor all sources of campaign funds by political parties.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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14th Nov 2018

Dasuki threatened to shun trial until FG obeys bail orders

Dasuki threatened to shun trial until FG obeys bail orders

Former National Security Adviser (“NSA”), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) yesterday said he would no longer appear for trial on alleged illegal possession of firearms and money laundering until the Federal Government obeyed orders admitting him to bail. He is also being tried on alleged breach of public trust and diversion of public funds for purchase of arms to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.
The retired army official had pleaded not guilty to all charges and was granted bail. However, the government, through the Department of State Services (“DSS”) has since kept him in custody. Dasuki was absent at a hearing before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday and his lawyer, Victor Okwudiri, drew attention to a letter written and signed by him stating his intention to stop appearing for trial until the prosecution obeyed court orders demanding his release from prison.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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14th Nov 2018

Dozens missing after Boko Haram kill 16 in recent attacks

Dozens missing after Boko Haram kill 16 in recent attacks

Boko Haram jihadists have killed at least 16 farmers and left dozens missing in the latest attacks in Borno state, militia and residents said on Wednesday. The civilian militia fighting the Islamists found 15 bodies in fields around Kazaa and Daraa villages, five kilometres (three miles) outside the garrison town of Monguno on Tuesday. A farmer was also shot dead while working near Gremari village, 13 km from the state capital Maiduguri. According to militia leader Ibrahim Liman, “yesterday our members recovered 15 bodies from farms around neighbouring Kazaa and Daraa villages who were killed by Boko Haram on Monday.” “Another 35 people have not been seen and a search will continue today (Wednesday) to find them,” added. The farmers were mostly from camps in Monguno which houses people displaced by the Islamist insurgency. Monguno resident Mari Bulama said the jihadists opened fire on farmers at work, shooting them as they fled.

Source:Theguardian.ng

14th Nov 2018

Reps insist Osinbajo must answer for N5.8b fraud allegation

Reps insist Osinbajo must answer for N5.8b fraud allegation

The House of Representatives ad-hoc committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness yesterday offered insight into why it indicted Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the alleged diversion of N5.8 billion meant for emergency intervention in the north east. The Chairman of the committee, Mr. Ali Isa J.C., who addressed reporters at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja, explained that there was no way Osinbajo could be exonerated from the alleged mismanagement of the fund. “Yes, of course, he (Osinbajo) does have questions to answer. He may have questions to answer because he is the chairman of the governing council of National Emergency Management Agency (“NEMA”) and he was the acting president that gave the approval,” Isa said. Isa also released several reports to support his claim. However, statement by Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, criticised the committee’s “conclusion”, describing it as “false and misleading.”

Source:Theguardian.ng
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13th Nov 2018

Petty traders not required to fill forms to get TraderMoni – Osinbajo

Petty traders not required to fill forms to get TraderMoni – Osinbajo

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has clarified that petty traders are not required to fill any form in order to benefit from the TraderMoni Scheme. Osinbajo issued this fraud alert while featuring at a question and answer session at Wazobia FM, 95.1, on Tuesday in Lagos. TraderMoni is an initiative of the Federal Government aimed at providing two million petty traders across the country with collateral-free loans before the end of the year. The vice president, who spoke in Pidgin English, said that anybody carrying forms for TraderMini was a fraudster. “No form dey for TraderMoni, we no dey give anybody form to fill at all,” he said. Explaining the process the VP said, an official similar to a census official would take down the names, photographs of traders and what they sell on an electronic device. He explained that the process was entirely electronic “you get alert, you go cash your money.”

Source:Theguardian.ng
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13th Nov 2018

CNN sues Donald Trump after White House banned reporter Jim Acosta

CNN sues Donald Trump after White House banned reporter Jim Acosta

CNN is suing Donald Trump after a reporter was banned from the White House following a hostile exchange at a news conference. According to reports, the president berated political correspondent Jim Acosta during a post midterms briefing last week after which the journalist was accused of assaulting an intern who attempted to relieve him of the microphone.Press secretary Sarah Sanders took aim at Mr Acosta for “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern” and he later had his press pass revoked. In response, CNN is suing the president, whose decision the network said “violates CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment rights to due process.” “We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process," the nework’s statement added.

Source:Skynews

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13th Nov 2018

N-Power to accommodate 1 million beneficiaries - Osinbajo

N-Power to accommodate 1 million beneficiaries - Osinbajo

Vice president Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Tuesday said the government’s N-Power programme will be expanded to accommodate 1 million beneficiaries in the next phase in 2019. Osinbajo said it was important for more citizens to benefit from the social intervention programme to curb the growing rate of unemployment in the country. “The idea of N-Power is supposed to be government’s own programme of direct employment and training. At the moment, we have taken up to 500,000 and in the next phase, we are looking at another 200,000 and closely followed by another 300,000,” Osinbajo’s media aide Laolu Akande said in a statement. “In all, we will be employing up to a million; and that will be the largest post-tertiary job programme in entire Africa,” Akande added. Osinbajo said N-Power was borne out of the growing need for government’s direct intervention in job creation.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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13th Nov 2018

NNPC discovers dead man in oil pipeline

NNPC discovers dead man in oil pipeline

A man suspected to have attempted vandalising an oil pipeline Gbaga axis of Ogijo, in Ogun State was discovered dead by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (“NNPC”). After the discovery, NNPC warned persons engaged in the act of vandalising pipelines to desist from such actions and steer clear of its facilities. NNPC spokesperson Ndu Ughamadu cautioned that anyone who disobeys the order would have themselves to blame. Ughamadu said the fate of the dead man should serve as warnings to those who have chosen to vandalise oil and gas pipelines. The NNPC spokesman also called on relevant government agencies to collaborate with the corporation to appropriately stop vandalism of oil facilities.
He urged well-meaning Nigerians to be vigilant and report activities of vandalism, which causes disruption in products distribution across the country.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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13th Nov 2018

The Queen sent an unkind note to the palace chef after finding a slug in her salad

The Queen sent an unkind note to the palace chef after finding a slug in her salad

According to former royal servant Charles Oliver's book “Dinner at Buckingham Palace” the Queen was less than thrilled to find a slug in one of her meals, and dragged the chef via a scathing note. Oliver explains that the Queen and Prince Philip get a notebook at every meal, where they can send feedback about their food. Like their own personal Yelp! "Once, on a torn-off top sheet the footmen found the dead body of a slug," Charles recalls, adding that Her Majesty had written "I found this in the salad—could you eat it?" alongside the deceased critter. However, Charles adds "Mostly, the book remains blank, as the Queen is not fussy about food. However, when she has a guest to an informal lunch and they reveal definite likes and dislikes the Queen will make a discreet note for future reference. This is duly recorded by the kitchen and remembered, should the guest come again."

Source:Cosmopolitan
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13th Nov 2018

Serena Williams' Woman of the Year Cover sparks major controversy for GQ

Serena Williams' Woman of the Year Cover sparks major controversy for GQ

In a play on their Man of the Year issue, GQ magazine tried to do something different and name Serena Williams Woman of the Year, but ended up sparking a lot of controversy. Alongside Serena’s photo on the cover were the words "Woman" of the Year. Serena is a tennis legend and arguably one of the best athletes of all time. However, over the course of her career, many have unfairly criticised her for her body type and immense talent and have incorrectly claimed she was born a man. So understandably, when GQ decided to put the word woman in quotations, readers were bound to ask questions. Some also called attention to how when Gal Gadot was named Woman of the Year, the title didn't come with any quotation marks.It seems the quotations were a stylistic choice and meant to look like the handwriting of Virgil Abloh, who has designed some of Serena's athletic apparel. According to GQ, Virgil is known for his use of quotation marks

Source:Cosmopolitan

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13th Nov 2018

Atiku insists airport search was a "premeditated intimidation tactic"

Atiku insists airport search was a "premeditated intimidation tactic"

The Atiku Presidential Campaign Organization (“APCO”) has said the “invasion” of the Peoples Democratic Party (“PDP”) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar’s plane, was a “premeditated intimidation tactic”. In a statement by APCO on Monday, it said the ruling All Progressives Congress (“APC”) had earlier accused Abubakar of having strategy meetings for the purpose of moving “illicit cash” into Nigeria and the APC ordered the security services to investigate Abubakar. On 5th November in a series of tweets, the APC Deputy spokesman, Yekini Nabena, called for an investigation into the meeting, which was held in Dubai by Abubakar and some other members of PDP. “Our intelligence, anti-graft and security agencies must be awake to its responsibility of investigating the Dubai meeting. Cash and carry politicians must be prevented from moving illicit cash around to induce voters and sponsor election violence and rigging,” Nabena tweeted.
Source:Theguardian....

13th Nov 2018

NFF plot strategy to infuse football into Nigeria's economy

NFF plot strategy to infuse football into Nigeria's economy

The president of the Nigerian Football Federation (“NFF”), Amaju Pinnick has revealed that the federation is set to unveil a new innovation that would make football an integral part of the Nigerian economy.

Speaking at the maiden Grassroots Soccer Talent Hunt organised by the Social Democratic Party candidate for Kogi Central Senatorial District, Pinnick said his second tenure in office would be utilised to grow Nigerian football economy, stating that the federation had been hampered by lack of innovative strategies to make football more viable economically.

He said football administrators were not politicians hence their belief in the unity of Nigeria.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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13th Nov 2018

FG spent N2.7trn on agriculture, infrastructure – Lai Mohammed

FG spent N2.7trn on agriculture, infrastructure – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that the Federal Government spent N2.7 trillion on agriculture and provision of other critical infrastructure in the 2017 budget.
Lai Mohammed disclosed this at a Town Hall Meeting in Dutse on Monday to boost agriculture in the state in particular and the country in general.
The meeting had four ministers in attendance: Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, Trade, Industry and Investment (state), Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, Information.

He said that the government has been busy in rehabilitating and constructing rail lines to link all parts of the country with one another.
According to the minister, it is necessary to ensure the transportation of perishable products like tomatoes, pineapples, onion among others to avoid wastage.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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13th Nov 2018

Juventus offer Man Utd three stars to secure Paul Pogba's return

Juventus offer Man Utd three stars to secure Paul Pogba's return

Juventus are desperately ready to step up their efforts to seal the return of Paul Pogba.

The club has willing offered Manchester United their pick of three of their current stars, Alex Sandro, Mario Mandzukic and Medhi Benatia who have all been strongly linked with the Red Devils.

Pogba secured his return to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 for a then world-record fee of £89.3million, but his return to the Premier League has not gone to plan with Jose Mourinho failing to get the very best from the France star.

According to reports, his former club Juventus has refused to go away and the two side’s meeting in the Champions League this season only appears to have strengthened those ties.

Source:TeamTalk

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13th Nov 2018

South Korea sends 200 tonnes of tangerines as thank you for North Korea's mushroom gift

South Korea sends 200 tonnes of tangerines as thank you for North Korea's mushroom gift

South Korea has airlifted 200 tonnes of tangerines to North Korea in return for a gift of pine mushrooms, officials have said.

According to Seoul's defence ministry, military planes flew to North Korea capital Pyongyang from the southern island of Jeju on Sunday and Monday.

The exchange is another sign that South Korean president Moon Jae-in remains committed to the recent warming of relations with North Korea.

Following a summit in September, North Korea gave two tonnes of pine mushrooms to its neighbour as a goodwill gesture.

Pine mushrooms are considered a healthy delicacy in both Koreas and other Asian countries.

Source:Skynews

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13th Nov 2018

California wildfire: Death toll rise to 44 as more bodies are found in cars and homes

California wildfire: Death toll rise to 44 as more bodies are found in cars and homes

A total of 44 people have been killed in California's devastating wildfire as authorities continue to find bodies in burnt out cars and homes.

Some remains were found next to cars, with authorities guessing the victims had been overcome by smoke and flames before they could get in their vehicles and drive to safety.

Coroners found charred bone fragments so small that they had to be sifted through a sieve-like wire basket.

According to reports, hundreds of people are still unaccounted for, four days after the fire began.

Source:Skynews

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13th Nov 2018

Campaign group calls for ban of milkshakes containing 39 teaspoons of sugar

Campaign group calls for ban of milkshakes containing 39 teaspoons of sugar

A campaign group has called for the ban of Calorie laden milkshakes containing a “remarkable” 39 teaspoons of sugar. Toby Carvery's Unicorn Freakshake came in number one on a list published by Action on Sugar of sweet milkshakes served at UK restaurants and fast food outlets.One serving comes in at a whopping 1,280 calories. There are reportedly 39 teaspoons of sugar in the shake, which is more than six times the recommended amount for a seven to 10-year-old, and more than four cans of Coke. An average 25-year-old would need to jog for nearly three hours or vacuum the house for five hours to burn off the calories. Two Five Guys freakshakes - milkshakes with assorted toppings came in second and third with 37 and 30 teaspoons in the banana and chocolate mix-in and cherry mix-in, respectively.
Action on Sugar said the survey's findings revealed "grotesque levels of sugar and calories" as it called for a ban on all milkshakes exceeding 300 calories per serving.

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13th Nov 2018

Fashola insists promises on works, power, housing have been fulfilled

Fashola insists promises on works, power, housing have been fulfilled

After three years as Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has said that promises made by the Federal Government, particularly in the areas of incremental power, improved road network and housing gaps have been kept.
He made this known while speaking at a press conference yesterday in Abuja on the progress in the sectors.
Fashola, his ministers of state and heads of agencies said that the Buhari administration, in the past three years, constructed over 1,262km roads and rehabilitated about 885km.
Fashola, insisted that the current administration deserves commendation for efforts made in addressing key infrastructure challenges across sectors while noting that power generation increased from about 4,000 megawatts in 2014 to about 7,000 megawatts, adding that transmission capacity had been boosted to 8,000 megawatts from about 5,000.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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13th Nov 2018

Religious crisis threatened in Ibadan University community over wearing of hijab

Religious crisis threatened in Ibadan University community over wearing of hijab

Barring some drastic actions taken to stop some religious fanatics, the University of Ibadan (“UI”) community is in for serious crisis.
According to reports, a Muslim group was distributing hijab to female students of International School Ibadan (“ISI”) yesterday by 7am and asked them to wear it to the assembly ground.
Consequently, the management of the UI has warned against religion intolerance, which may cause crisis within the university community.
The situation forced the management of the school to hurriedly cancel the morning assembly and stop academic activities.
Deputy vice chancellor (Academic) of UI, who is also the chairman of ISI governing council, Prof. Abdeen Aderinto, warned that introducing religious sentiment into the school would divide the students and distract them from attaining academic excellence.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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13th Nov 2018

President Buhari pledges better deal for education, military

President Buhari pledges better deal for education, military

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Paris, assured Nigerians of better allocations for education, describing the sector as the engine of the development of any nation.
According to him, as revenue improves, his administration will also boost the anti-terrorism war through retooling of the military, just as the menace of abduction in parts would get its deserved attention.
“We campaigned on three key issues – security, economy and corruption, and we have not been contradicted by anyone that we have not recorded some results,’’ he stated.
He made this known while interacting with the Nigerian community in the French capital where he urged the elite at home and abroad to contribute more in advancing education nationwide.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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13th Nov 2018

CNPP gives EFCC ultimatum to probe Ganduje

CNPP gives EFCC ultimatum to probe Ganduje

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (“CNPP”) has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (“EFCC”) to begin an investigation into bribery allegations against Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje.
Videos circulating online purport to show the governor taking bribes on different occasions.
Yesterday, a Kano High Court restrained the state House of Assembly from further investigating the matter pending the determination of the originating summons. It adjourned hearing till November 21, 2018.
The umbrella organisation of all registered political parties said, “The burden of proof that the President Muhammadu Buhari government is covering corrupt members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is heavier now with the Federal Government’s continued silence over the allegations against the governor.”

Source:Theguardian.ng
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12th Nov 2018

Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee dies at 95

Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee dies at 95

Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee has died at the age of 95.

He was responsible for some of the most popular superhero characters in history including Spider Man, X Men, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man.

Lee's daughter, J.C. Lee, confirmed his death to Reuters news agency, saying that her father “loved his life and loved what he did for a living”.

"His family loved him and his fans loved him. He was irreplaceable," she added.

In recent years Lee had become known for his cameos in Marvel films. He pulled a girl away from falling debris in 2002's Spider-Man and was a casino customer in this year's Black Panther.

Source:Skynews

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12th Nov 2018

175 dead, over 10,000 affected by recent cholera outbreak in Nigeria

175 dead, over 10,000 affected by recent cholera outbreak in Nigeria

Recent cholera cases have jumped in the northeast part of Nigeria where Boko Haram violence has forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in crowded camps, the Norwegian Refugee Council (“NRC”) said Monday.The humanitarian group said 10,000 people have been affected by the fast-spreading cholera outbreak and 175 people have died in the northeast states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe as of early November 2018. “One of the major causes of the outbreak is the congestion in the camps that makes it difficult to provide adequate water, sanitation and hygiene services,” said Janet Cherono, the NRC’s programme manager in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state. “If more land is not urgently provided for camp decongestion and construction of health and sanitation facilities, Nigeria is steering towards yet another cholera outbreak in 2019.” Nigeria has seen regular cholera outbreaks since Boko Haram took up arms against the government in 2009.

Source:Theguardian.ng

12th Nov 2018

2019: Ezekwesili pledges to build a prosperous Nigeria

2019: Ezekwesili pledges to build a prosperous Nigeria

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (“ACPN”), Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, on Monday said she would work to build and deliver a prosperous Nigeria if elected. Ezekwesili, former Vice-President of World Bank, made the pledge while speaking with newsmen in Lagos. According to reports, Ezekwesili spoke on her blueprint to lift 80million Nigerians out of poverty. She explained that the country was blessed with great people, and a country with great potential like Nigeria should not be associated with high poverty rate. She also said the poverty narrative had been predominant owing to the consistent failure of the leadership to build the right capacities to empower the people. She identified inequality, infrastructural deficit, high rate of illiteracy and poor economic focus as some of the causes of high poverty rate. She said Nigeria needs a leader who would tackle all these to build a prosperous nation.
Source:Theguardian.ng

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12th Nov 2018

Buhari expresses frustration about looted funds during Paris peace forum

Buhari expresses frustration about looted funds during Paris peace forum

President Muhammadu Buhari has said his frustration is that looters still have money stashed up abroad.

“My frustration is that some people still have plenty stolen money stashed in Europe, U S and other countries,” Buhari said in Paris, France, where he is attending a peace forum, according to his spokesman Femi Adesina.

“President Buhari said return of stolen assets in some safe heavens will bolster the administration’s current effort of investing more in critical infrastructure that directly impact on the livelihood of Nigerians,” Adesina added.

“I am doing my best now to utilize our resources to develop the country. We are already getting results on road, rail and power.”

Source:Theguardian.ng

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12th Nov 2018

Oshiomhole insists DSS cannot force him to resign

Oshiomhole insists DSS cannot force him to resign

The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (“APC”), Adams Oshiomhole has said the Department of State Security (“DSS”) is not obligated to demand for his resignation.
“I wasn’t hired by DSS and I cannot be requested by DSS to resign or to retain the job. APC is a structured party we have organs. I know the processes and procedures,” Oshiomhole said on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
“I believe the DSS also understand their own role in the system. It is not up to them to demand the resignation of a party chairman whether that party chairman is that of a ruling party or the opposition.”
Oshiomhole is currently facing backlash over the recently concluded state primaries. Some state governors, namely, Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo are aggrieved over the outcome of the primaries in their respective states.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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12th Nov 2018

CAN ex-Secretary, Hayab, cautions El-Rufai against hate-speech

CAN ex-Secretary, Hayab, cautions El-Rufai against hate-speech

A northern Christian elder and former Secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria (“CAN”) in Kaduna State, Revd Joseph Hayab, has urged Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai to desist from promoting hate speeches capable of further plunging the state and the nation into further crisis. The clergy, in a statement yesterday, said the tenure of the governor since the past three and half years in Kaduna State had been marked with controversial policies and hate speeches, which have set the state backward. He, therefore, urged him to promote good governance and unity of the country at large. Hayab specifically criticised the governor over the hate-speeches being promoted in the state and against the running mate to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi He said

Source:Theguardian.ng

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12th Nov 2018

WHO warns against misuse of antibiotics

WHO warns against misuse of antibiotics

The World Health Organization (“WHO”) Monday warned that the consumption of antibiotics is dangerously high in some countries while a shortage in others is spurring risky misuse, driving the emergence of deadly superbug infections. The United Nations health agency said it had collated data on antibiotics use across large parts of the world and had found huge differences in consumption. “The large difference in antibiotic use worldwide indicates that some countries are probably overusing antibiotics while other countries may not have sufficient access to these life-saving medicines,” WHO warned in a statement.“Overuse and misuse of antibiotics are the leading causes of antimicrobial resistance,” head of WHO’s essential medicines unit, Suzanne Hill said in a statement.“Without effective antibiotics and other antimicrobials, we will lose our ability to treat common infections like pneumonia,” she warned.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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11th Nov 2018

"Trolley man" becomes national hero in Australia after terror attack

"Trolley man" becomes national hero in Australia after terror attack

A homeless man who used a shopping trolley in an effort to stop a terrorist attack has become a national hero.
According to reports, a campaign set up to help the man identified as Michael Rogers aged 46 has raised almost AUD100, 000 (£55,000) in donations from those grateful for his attempts to stop Hassain Khalif Shire Ali.
Ali blew up a vehicle packed with gas cylinders on Friday before stabbing three members of the public in Melbourne.
As Ali turned his knife on police officers who were trying to stop him, Mr Rogers, grabbed an empty shopping trolley and attempted to shove it towards him.
He told reporters his actions had been "spur of the moment". "I just wanted to help and do something right for the first time in me life," he added.

Source:Skynews

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11th Nov 2018

Fast rising orchestra Chineke! is Europe's first majority black orchestra

Fast rising orchestra Chineke! is Europe's first majority black orchestra

The Chineke! Orchestra, a British Orchestra is Europe's first classical orchestra made up of black and minority ethnic (BME) musicians.

Musician Chi-Chi Nwanoku founded the Orchestra and their debut concert was in 2015 at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

Past members include Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the cellist who performed at the Royal Wedding in May.

Speaking on the success of Chineke! Chi-chi Nwanoku, 61 said, “I can’t believe we’ve got this far. I thought Chineke! might be just one concert and then nothing.”

Source:BBCnews

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11th Nov 2018

Remembrance Day: Queen attends special Westminster Abbey service

Remembrance Day: Queen attends special Westminster Abbey service

The Queen has attended a special remembrance service held at Westminster Abbey for those killed and wounded in conflict, as the UK marks 100 years since Armistice Day.
Earlier, millions of people joined in a two minute silence at 11:00 GMT that marked the end of World War One on the 11th hour of 11th November 1918.
Prince Charles laid a wreath on behalf of the Queen at the Cenotaph in London.
Ten thousand people including veterans and relatives of WW1 soldiers marched past the monument.
Services and special events have been taking place across the country and the world.
A beacon was lit at Westminster Abbey and more than 1,000 others will be lit across the UK on Sunday evening.
The lights are intended to symbolise the end of the darkness of war and a return to the lightness of peace.

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11th Nov 2018

Troops kill 2 Boko Haram commanders, reclaim communities in Borno

Troops kill 2 Boko Haram commanders, reclaim communities in Borno

The Nigeria Army, Sunday said its troops had killed two Boko Haram commanders and reclaimed some communities in the on going clearance operations in Borno state.The army shared this via its official twitter page, stating that the commanders identified as Abu Rajal and Tuja Sa’inna Banki, were killed in the operation.“Recall that troops of 25 Task Force Brigade, Chibok and 28 Task Force Brigade, Damboa, embarked on Joint Clearance Operations from Gumsuri to Gambori in Borno on Nov. 9, 2018 they successfully cleared and liberated some villages.” “Reports just reaching Nigerian Army Headquarters, confirmed that two high profile Boko Haram terrorists’ commanders named Abu Rajal and Tuja Sa’inna Banki were killed during the clearance operations.” The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, commended the “gallant troops” and urged them to carry out further operations to ensure that the remnants of the insurgents were completely wiped out.
Source:Theguardian.ng

11th Nov 2018

Armistice Day: Macron urges world leaders to reject nationalism

Armistice Day: Macron urges world leaders to reject nationalism

French President Emmanuel Macron has urged world leaders while marking the centenary of the World War One Armistice to reject nationalism.

Addressing leaders in Paris including US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Macron described it as a "betrayal of patriotism".

“By saying our interests first and never mind the others you stamp out the most precious thing a nation has, its moral values,” he said.

About 9.7 million soldiers and 10 million civilians died in World War One from 1914 to 1918.

Source:BBCnews



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11th Nov 2018

Woman arrested in Queensland over "Needle in strawberry" scare

Woman arrested in Queensland over "Needle in strawberry" scare

A woman has been arrested in Queensland, Australia in connection with the “strawberry scare” where sewing needles were found hidden inside fruit. According to Australian Police, the 50 year old woman was arrested on Sunday “following a complex and extensive investigation”. The woman is expected to face unspecified charges on Sunday evening. A nationwide investigation was launched after shocked shoppers first reported the contamination in September. There were over 100 reports of needles found in strawberries, though many were suspected to be copycat cases or social media stunts. Farmers were forced to dump tonnes of berries, and supermarkets pulled the fruit off sale. The first cases emerged in Queensland, where a man was taken to hospital with stomach pains after eating strawberries. Australia’s government in response raised the maximum prison term for fruit tampering from 10 to 15 years.

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11th Nov 2018

Presidency explains why Atiku Abubakar was searched at Abuja airport

Presidency explains why Atiku Abubakar was searched at Abuja airport

The Nigerian government Sunday said there was no ulterior motive behind the search of former vice president of the country and the presidential candidate of the opposition People’s Democratic Party Atiku Abubakar and his staff on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, from Dubai. Atiku alleged earlier on Sunday that the search by the “agents of the state” was meant to intimidate him. Minister of aviation Hadi Sirika called the claim “false” and “mischievous.” “For the records, all incoming passengers on international flights go through customs, Immigration, health and security screening. Where the aircraft is using the private, charter wing, as the PDP Candidate did, such arrivals are met by a team of the Immigration, customs and other security agencies,” Sirika said. The minister confirmed officials of Task Force on currency at the airport did the search, and Atiku “was accorded full respect as a former Vice President of Nigeria.”
Source:Theguardian...

11th Nov 2018

Gov. Wike pledges to pay N30, 000 Minimum Wage if FG approves

Gov. Wike pledges to pay N30, 000 Minimum Wage if FG approves

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has promised to pay the proposed N30, 000 as minimum wage if approved by the Federal Government. Wike disclosed this on Saturday during the foundation laying for an ultra-modern secretariat for the Trade Union Congress in the state. He, however, said that Labour must realise that they are part of the building process of the country and should understand that all government’s revenue cannot be used to pay wages. “We make promises and we fulfil them. The only one left, which you are contending with at the national level, is the minimum wage,”Wike said. “If you people agree, we will pay, but I’m not one of those who made that promise. The party that made the promise should solve the problem. I’m not here to solve anybody’s problem. But if you people agree we will do it. But I will not come and begin to stay in a meeting for 15 hours, that I will not do but I’m in support. It’s just that your demands are so many,” he added.

11th Nov 2018

2019 election: PDP insists FG using SIPs to induce votes

2019 election: PDP insists FG using SIPs to induce votes

Members of the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (“PDP”) have insisted that the timing of the Federal Government’s TraderMoni, an aspect of its Social Investment Programmes (SIPs) was deliberately planned to coincide with electioneering, thus enabling the All Progressives Congress (“APC”) to reap undue advantage during the 2019 general election. Opponents readily point at the “TraderMoni,” which is officially called Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (“GEEP”), as one of such conduits, where political gains are expected to come from. On Wednesday 7th November minority leader of the Senate, Biodun Olujimi, alleged that the FG is using the funds of the SIP to secure permanent voter cards ahead of the 2019 elections. The PDP lawmaker alleged that “I Stand With Buhari” is written on the forms given to recipients of the SIP funds and given freely to people who can bring their PVCs.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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11th Nov 2018

PDP charges VP Osinbajo to explain alleged N33bn intervention fund

PDP charges VP Osinbajo to explain alleged N33bn intervention fund

The Peoples Democratic Party (“PDP”) has charged Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to provide answers to the N33 Billion corruption allegation made by the House of Representatives in its recent investigation.
The party, in a statement released by its national publicity secretary, yesterday, said it is a personal moral burden on Osinbajo, as a preacher and Professor of law, to explain how the fund, meant for the wellbeing of Nigerians suffering in the Northeast, was allegedly mismanaged under his supervision, instead of attempting to dismiss it. The alleged fund misappropriation according to PDP’s statement took place when “Prof.Osibanjo as Acting President in June 2017, unilaterally pulled N5.8bn from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, purportedly for emergency intervention on food in the Northeast”
The party asked Osinbajo to clarify how, according to findings, all the six Northern states failed to receive the emergency intervention.

Source:Theguardian.ng...

11th Nov 2018

Conflict looms over Ogoni cleanup delay

Conflict looms over Ogoni cleanup delay

The people of Ogoni have warned that delay in the clean up of their environment 25 months after President Muhammadu Buhari flagged off the exercise might trigger unrest.
They made this known at the 23rd anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and other “Ogoni eight” martyrs and also used they opportunity to demand that the Federal Government clears their names of murder.
President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (“MOSOP”), Legborsi Saro Pyagbara lamented the on going environmental terrorism in Ogoni and the Niger Delta.
He declared that environmental restoration of polluted oil sites remains central to Ogoni struggle and was one of the reasons Saro-Wiwa and other heroes laid down their lives.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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11th Nov 2018

Oshiomhole resurfaces, denies arrest and interrogation by DSS

Oshiomhole resurfaces, denies arrest and interrogation by DSS

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (“APC”), Adams Oshiomhole, who quietly left the country last week, yesterday, returned from the United Kingdom.
At a meeting with editors in Lagos, the former Edo State governor made concerted efforts to debunk claims that he was arrested, detained and granted administrative bail by the Department of State Services (“DSS”), after a nine-hour long interrogation.
Ohiomhole’s sudden disapperance was after his reported interrogation by the DSS over allegations of collecting bribes during his party’s primary elections.
Oshiomhole’s reportedly returned after he visited his wife, Iara, in the United States, and subsequently visited the national leader of APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in the United Kingdom

Source:Theguardian.ng
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11th Nov 2018

"I arrived to Abuja this morning to a search by agents of the state" - Atiku

"I arrived to Abuja this morning to a search by agents of the state" - Atiku

Former vice president and presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (“PDP”) Atiku Abubakar said he and his staff were intimidated “by agents of the state” after arriving at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja.

“I arrived to Abuja this morning to a search by agents of the state, aimed at intimidating me and my staff,” Atiku tweeted on Sunday afternoon.

Atiku arrived Abuja airport at 1 am from vacation in Dubai. He, however, did not give specifics on which “agents of state” searched him and his staff.

Abubakar, formerly a member of the ruling party, is the main challenger against President Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria’s next general election holding in February.

Source:Theguardian.ng



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11th Nov 2018

Minister of Agriculture urges Nigerian traders to stop preserving beans with Sniper

Minister of Agriculture urges Nigerian traders to stop preserving beans with Sniper

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, on Sunday expressed displeasure at the use of chemicals for food preservation and fruit ripening.
Speaking with journalists in an interview in Otukpo, Benue, Ogbeh explained that the act was detrimental to human health and the environment.
“Sniper is very dangerous; people also use carbide to ripen bananas and some other fruits; people do all kinds of things.”
“Suddenly, people are developing different diseases, something is wrong,’’ he added in reaction to the reported use of 2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate, otherwise marketed and known as sniper, to preserve beans by retailers.
He therefore urged Nigerian farmers and traders to adopt natural and health friendly methods to preserve beans and other food items.

Source:Theguardian.ng



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11th Nov 2018

Google celebrates late Christy Udak Essien-Igbokwe on her 58th Birthday

Google celebrates late Christy Udak Essien-Igbokwe on her 58th Birthday

On what would have been her 58th birthday, Google has celebrated late singer Christy Udak Essien-Igbokwe with a doodle.
Best known for her song “Seun Rere”, Christy Essien was a tireless activist during her life, evidence of which can be heard in her songs like “Do You Hear Me Children?” and “Hear the Child.”
She was also the first female president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria.
Christy Essien passed on 30th June 2011, after a brief illness.
Google, writing about the Doodle, shared,
“Our #GoogleDoodle in Nigeria today honours the life of Christy Essien Igbokwe’s 58th Birthday. Nigeria’s Lady of Songs’ who used her fame to highlight social issues such the abuse of women and children.”

Source:Bellanaija
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11th Nov 2018

Banky W announces his Candidacy for House of Reps

Banky W announces his Candidacy for House of Reps

Nigerian musician, businessman and actor, Mr Olubankole Wellington best known as Banky W, Saturday formally declared his intention to run for the Eti-Osa, Lagos seat in the House of Representatives in the 2019 general elections. He made his intentions public during the debut convention of the Modern Democratic Party (“MDP”) on 10th November 2018. MDP was founded in 2017 by a coalition of different youth associations, which pushed for the recently signed “Not Too Young To Vote” bill. Many professionals, celebrities and fans attended the event, which held in Lagos. In his speech, Mr Wellington spoke about “Hope” and how far he has come with hoping, dreaming and doing the work required. He explained that Nigerians are stuck in a lose-lose situation, and the solution is not to pick sides but to change the situation.He urged Nigerians to work together because “we can do this, if we do it together. That is how we can fix Nigeria, one community at a time.”
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10th Nov 2018

Neymar mocks Football Leaks allegations, brands journalists

Neymar mocks Football Leaks allegations, brands journalists

Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar has responded to the latest Football Leaks revelations concerning the alleged "ethical bonuses" the French champions receive as part of their contracts and blasted the journalists as a "bunch of misinformed idiots." Earlier this week, France 2's "Envoye Special" looked at those bonuses and claimed that one of the terms involved applauding the supporters after each match. Reports have surfaced claiming that Neymar earns €375,000 simply by clapping the fans. "I do not know what is worse, the source or those who respond. A bunch of misinformed idiots,” Neymar wrote.
"I am tired of the ill-intentioned press. Thank you, God, for every litre of patience that you give me," he added. PSG and Brazil teammate Thiago Silva, who reportedly earns €33,000 for the same gesture, also slammed the claims. "It is becoming routine," the captain wrote before adding that the stories are "a shame" and "fake news."

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10th Nov 2018

Mbappé reveals how Neymar urged him to join PSG

Mbappé reveals how Neymar urged him to join PSG

Kylian Mbappé has revealed how he was in regular contact with Neymar before his move to Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
The teenager made the switch from Monaco to the French capital in 2017 just a few weeks after the Brazilian did the same in his record breaking move from Barcelona.
And Mbappé has admitted that Neymar was urging him to come to PSG and also spoke of their growing friendship.
“We started speaking before I came to Paris. Neymar had already joined, and he wanted me to do the same, so he kept asking when I was joining and when I would be joining,” he told ESPN.
He added that they “communicate better and have things in common that are created over time, so it’s very good.”

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10th Nov 2018

NAFDAC to train farmers on the right application of agrochemicals

NAFDAC to train farmers on the right application of agrochemicals

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (“NAFDAC”) says it has commenced nationwide training of its staff to sensitise farmers and grain merchants on the health implications of wrong application of agrochemicals.

The Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday. Adeyeye said that NAFDAC was also working closely with all relevant stakeholders, including Croplife Nigeria, to intensify this awareness campaign.

She explained that a National Food Safety Stakeholders Workshop was also organised recently by NAFDAC to discuss and agree on possible measures to address the problem.

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10th Nov 2018

Mogadishu bombing: Death toll rises to over 40

Mogadishu bombing: Death toll rises to over 40

The death toll from a series of car bombings near a popular hotel in the Somali’s capital Mogadishu, has jumped to at least 41, police said on Saturday.

Friday’s attack was the latest in a wave of bombings by Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda affiliate which has been fighting to overthrow the internationally backed Somali government for over a decade.

Twin car bombs exploded within moments of each other, followed by gunfire and a third blast, sending thick plumes of black smoke into the sky.

Police official Ibrahim Mohamed said that information received from various hospitals indicated that the number of deaths had reached 41, with another 106 wounded.

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10th Nov 2018

Flash floods in Jordan kills 11 people, tourists evacuated from Petra

Flash floods in Jordan kills 11 people, tourists evacuated from Petra

Flash floods in Jordan have killed 11 people and forced the evacuation of nearly 4,000 tourists from the ancient city of Petra.

Rescue teams and helicopters are searching for five people whose car was swept away in Madaba, south-west of the capital, Amman.

Downpours also triggered a state of emergency in the port city of Aqaba.

This is coming two weeks after 21 people, predominantly children drowned in a flash flood in the Dead sea area.

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10th Nov 2018

California wildfires: At least nine dead, 250,000 flee monster flames ravaging state

California wildfires: At least nine dead, 250,000 flee monster flames ravaging state

At least nine people have died in the most destructive wildfires burning through north and south California.

More than 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to avoid three major blazes in the state.

Firefighters were powerless in the wildfire, which has destroyed the northern town of Paradise, where 35 people are missing.

The raging wildfire swept into the southern beach resort of Malibu, home to many Hollywood stars on Friday.

Among the towns under evacuation orders is Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people in a rampage on Wednesday.

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10th Nov 2018

Armistice Day: Trump lashes out at Macron hours before Paris meeting

Armistice Day: Trump lashes out at Macron hours before Paris meeting

President Donald Trump is holding talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, ahead of events marking the end of World War One.

The pair are set to discuss issues including Iran, the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, climate change, and trade.

However, a day before the meeting, Trump lashed out at his host for saying the EU needed a joint army to handle threats from the US, China and Russia.

Trump branded the suggestion “very insulting” in an angry tweet.

Around 70 world leaders are gathering in Paris for events marking the Armistice that ended World War One, which was signed 100 years ago this Sunday.

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10th Nov 2018

Nigeria emerges vice president of “government Group of ILO’’ governing body

Nigeria emerges vice president of “government Group of ILO’’ governing body

Nigeria has emerged Vice President of “Government Group of ILO’’ governing body, following the election of Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment at 107th session of the International Labour Conference (ILC).

In a statement issued by Mr Samuel Olowookere, the Director of Press in the ministry on Saturday in Abuja, the ILC was held between May 28 and June 8.

“While Azerbaijan is the current President, Nigeria is expected to take over Presidency of the Group at the 108th session of ILC scheduled to hold in June 2019. It will be a great honour to serve the Government Group during the centenary celebration of the ILO in 2019,’’ Olowookere said.

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10th Nov 2018

APC gubernatorial candidates for Imo and Zamfara states missing from INEC lists

APC gubernatorial candidates for Imo and Zamfara states missing from INEC lists

Barring a judicial intervention, the All Progressives Congress (“APC”) will not field gubernatorial candidates in Imo and Zamfara states next year. The name of the party was missing from the shortlists of political parties’ gubernatorial candidates displayed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (“INEC”) yesterday. According to reports, the absence of an APC candidate in Imo, could be as a result of the internal crisis between Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son-in -law, Uche Nwosu, and Senator Hope Uzodinma, both of who are claiming to be the authentic candidates of the party. The National Commissioner in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, Hajiya Amina Zakari, who was in the state for an official visit, said the commission had not received a list of APC candidates. “I think it has been said several times that the APC didn’t have candidates in the state, so we have not received their candidates,” Zakari said.

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10th Nov 2018

Court approves hearing of suit for trial of Fani-Kayode, Senator Abaribe over Nnamdi Kanu's escape

Court approves hearing of suit for trial of Fani-Kayode, Senator Abaribe over Nnamdi Kanu's escape

A former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe and others are to be prosecuted over an alleged involvement in the escape of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (“IPOB”), Nnamdi Kanu.

A Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday gave permission for the commencement of a suit seeking to compel the State Security Service (“SSS”) and the Nigeria Police to investigate and prosecute them.

Justice John Tsoho gave the permission after listening to the applicant’s lawyer, Oghenovo Otemu, who moved a motion ex-parte for leave to commence an action for order of mandamus.

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9th Nov 2018

Iceland's Christmas ad featuring cartoon orangutan banned for being political

Iceland's Christmas ad featuring cartoon orangutan banned for being political

Iceland's 2018 Christmas advert has been banned from television as it is judged to be too political.
The discount supermarket chain planned to use a Greenpeace-made animated short film, to highlight the
destruction of the rainforest caused by palm oil production, and its devastating impact on the critically endangered orangutan.
Earlier this year, Iceland committed to remove palm oil from all its own-brand foods by the end of 2018.
Iceland had wanted to make the animated film, “Rang-tan” central to its festive marketing campaign to raise awareness among shoppers.
However, Clearcast, the body responsible for vetting ads before they are broadcast, has said it has been unable to clear it because it breached the political rules set out in the broadcast code for advertising practice (“BCAP”).

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9th Nov 2018

PSG in trouble over racially profiling young players

PSG in trouble over racially profiling young players

One of Europe’s biggest clubs and the dominant force in French football, Paris Saint-Germain has said the club’s “spirit and values were betrayed” as its scouts illegally racially profiled young players during recruitment over a five-year period.
Backed by Qatari ownership, PSG released a statement after the French Investigative Website, Mediapart, published leaked documents on Thursday.
Mediapart revealed that PSG detailed the ethnic origins of potential recruits, and that players were "disregarded" by the Parisian club on the grounds of being black.
The Greater Paris area, particularly its diverse, sprawling suburbs, is arguably the most fertile breeding ground in the world for top-class footballing talent.
In a statement released by PSG on its website, the club said, the practice of racial profiling took place between 2013 and 2018 and that its management were not aware of it at the time.

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9th Nov 2018

Governor Wike alleges that the FG deliberately prevented Prince Charles from Visiting Niger Delta

Governor Wike alleges that the FG deliberately prevented Prince Charles from Visiting Niger Delta

According to reports, Governor of Rivers state, Nyesome Wike has accused the Federal Government of deliberately preventing the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles from visiting the Niger Delta region during his visit to Nigeria. Wike, said that the sitting arrangement of monarchs at the reception organised for the English prince and his wife, Camilla, by the FG clearly depicted disdain for the people of the Niger Delta. He disclosed this when the leader of Christ for All Nations (“CFAN”) evangelist, Daniel Kolenda, and officials of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (“PFN”) visited him at the Brick House, Port Harcourt, yesterday. Wike argued that the FG intentionally restricted the prince’s movement, which was a clear indication to the negativity that characterised governance under the present administration.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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9th Nov 2018

"I felt lost and alone, like i failed" after miscarriage 20 years ago - Michelle Obama

"I felt lost and alone, like i failed" after miscarriage 20 years ago - Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama has spoken about how she felt "lost and alone" after suffering a miscarriage and revealed she had IVF to conceive her two daughters.
Talking about the experience in the past, the former first lady said she felt like she had "failed because I didn't know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them".
Michelle, 54, also said she and her husband, former president Barack Obama, "had to do IVF" to have Sasha and Malia, now 17 and 20.
Mrs Obama revealed this while speaking in an interview with ABC's Good Morning America, ahead of the launch of her memoir, Becoming.
In the book she writes frankly about confronting racism in public life, becoming the country's first black first lady, and early struggles in her marriage as Mr Obama began his political career.

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9th Nov 2018

Ryanair plane impounded by French officials moments before take-off in Bordeaux, passengers forced to disembark

Ryanair plane impounded by French officials moments before take-off in Bordeaux, passengers forced to disembark

More than 140 London bound passengers were forced to get off a Ryanair plane when French authorities seized it over outstanding repayments.
According to French authorities, Ryanair owes them €525,000 (£458,000) in subsidies wrongfully paid out to the airline.
A bailiff was escorted by police to seize the plane on the tarmac of Bordeaux airport, as it was getting ready to take off for London Stansted airport.
About 149 passengers had to disembark the Boeing 737 at Bordeaux's Merignac airport in southwestern France and wait five hours before resuming their journey.
Ryanair paid the outstanding debt within 24 hours and was able to reclaim the aircraft.

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9th Nov 2018

Consumer Council cautions Nigerians on "Sniper treated" beans

Consumer Council cautions Nigerians on "Sniper treated" beans

The director general of the Consumer Protection Council Babatunde Irukera, has warned Nigerians on the dangers of not thoroughly washing and parboiling their beans extensively before consumption.
This coming after a report circulated that retailers use an insecticide known as sniper to treat beans so in a bid to preserve it from weevils or moulds. “In any and every case, thoroughly washing food items before consumption or preparation for consumption is a generally accepted method of protecting and promoting safety,” Irukera said in a statement on Friday. “Sniper, by its chemical composition and nature, is potentially injurious when human beings are unduly exposed by inhalation, absorption, direct skin contact or ingestion,” he added. Irukera affirmed that the council is collaborating with other relevant regulatory authorities to address the emergent dangerous situation.

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9th Nov 2018

Lai Mohammed's N3.5m feeding claim an insult on El-Zakzaky, says Shiites

Lai Mohammed's N3.5m feeding claim an insult on El-Zakzaky, says Shiites

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (“IMN”) said it considers the statement made by information minister Lai Mohammed, alleging that the government spends about N3.5 million on a monthly basis to feed its leader Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky as an insult. Lai Mohammed had in a video said feeding the Shiite leader costs the Federal Government over three million Naira since his detention in December 2015. “We consider the statement of the Minister of information as an insult to the personality of our leader. We advise the Minister to desist from involving the Sheikh in his unfortunate lies and for once tell Nigerians the actual truth that the government does not spend such amount on Sheikh Zakzaky,” IMN spokesman Ibrahim Musa said in a statement. Musa added that the minister’s claim was a way for the FG to present “a human face” after it brutally slaughtered more than one thousand innocent and defenceless civilians in Zaria in December 2015.

Source:Theguardian.ng

9th Nov 2018

Nasir El-Rufai calls Peter Obi a tribal bigot

Nasir El-Rufai calls Peter Obi a tribal bigot

Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, Friday accused the running mate of Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party presidential (“PDP”) candidate, Peter Obi, of being tribalistic. El-Rufai, a member of the All Progressives Congress (“APC”) was reacting to a part of an OP-ed on the Leadership Newspaper quoted by the Coalition of Buhari-Osibanjo Movement. The article titled “Peter Obi, Ghost Of The Past And Reality Of Today”, detailed the different inconsistencies in the former Anambra governor’s profile and claims by Obi that have been allegedly proven false. The Kaduna State governor chimed in with a tweet that quoted Obi’s statement in 2014 when the State Security Service (“SSS”) in Anambra state detained El-Rufai in a hotel. “El-Rufai has no business being in Anambra State as it is not Katsina State,” Obi’s quote from 2014. “Peter Obi is a tribal bigot,” El-Rufai tweeted.

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9th Nov 2018

Man shot dead after fire and fatal stabbing in Melbourne

Man shot dead after fire and fatal stabbing in Melbourne

A man who set a car on fire and stabbed three people, killing one in the Australian city of Melbourne has died in hospital after being shot by police.
Authorities now say they are treating the attack as terror related.
The attacker, 31, was shot after confronting officers on a busy city street, authorities said. He was taken into custody in a critical condition.
The two survivors are in hospital, one reportedly in a critical condition. The suspect has not been named.
Police said they were "not looking for anyone further at this early stage".
"We don't believe there is an ongoing threat at this stage, but certainly we are treating it as a terrorism incident," said Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton.

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9th Nov 2018

Ondo state House of Assembly speaker, deputy impeached

Ondo state House of Assembly speaker, deputy impeached

The Ondo state House of assembly Speaker Bamidele Oloyelogun and his Deputy Speaker, Iroju Ogundeji, Friday were impeached.

According to Hon. Fatai Olotu, the duo was removed as a result of financial impropriety, incompetence and high handedness.

Subsequently, Hon. Olamide George has been sworn in as the new speaker of the House while Hon. Abimbola Fajolu has also been sworn in as the new deputy speaker.

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9th Nov 2018

President Buhari departs Nigeria for Paris to participate in peace forum

President Buhari departs Nigeria for Paris to participate in peace forum

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Friday for Paris, France, to participate in the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum, which opens on Sunday and ends on Tuesday.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina made this known in a statement in Abuja on Friday.
The Peace Forum is organised by the French Government and a number of Non-Governmental Organisations (“NGOs”).
The Forum is based on the “simple idea that international cooperation is key to tackling global challenges and ensuring durable peace.”
Adesina disclosed that the Nigerian President would join the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and other world leaders in discussing contributions towards global peace while underscoring the imperative of collective action.

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9th Nov 2018

Minister assures Nigerians of internet connectivity in all Local Governments in 4years

Minister assures Nigerians of internet connectivity in all Local Governments in 4years

Nigeria’s minister for budget and national planning Udoma Udo Udoma has said all 774 local government areas in the country will have internet connectivity in the next four years.
The minister gave the assurance while speaking at the 42nd Annual Conference of Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (“ICSAN”) in Lagos on Thursday.
“One of the projects supported by the Industrial Council is a project to increase broadband penetration across all geopolitical zones of the country,” Udoma said.
“This project is intended to ensure that within the next four years every single one of the 774 LGAs in the country will be provided with fibre connectivity,” he added.
He also said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had been working to increase Internet availability across all geopolitical zones of the country through the support of the private sector.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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9th Nov 2018

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and thesis sold at auction

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and thesis sold at auction

A wheelchair used by the late Professor Stephen Hawking and a copy of his doctoral thesis has fetched almost £1m between them at auction.

The motorised chair, which had a pre-sale estimate of £15,000, sold for £296,750, with the proceeds donated to his foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

His 1965 Cambridge University thesis, Properties of Expanding Universes - attracted even bigger bids and eventually sold for £584,750.

Auctioneer Christie's also had 20 other items associated with the late physicist up for grabs, including a script from one of his appearances on The Simpsons, which went for £6,250.

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9th Nov 2018

Thousands displaced in California wildfire

Thousands displaced in California wildfire

Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee on foot after a fast moving wildfire devastated a California town.
"Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation," California fire captain Scott McLean said.
"The wind that was predicted came and just wiped it out," he added.
McLean estimated that a couple of thousand structures, including offices, large stores and restaurants in the 27,000 population town were flattened by the fire, although exact numbers are not yet confirmed.
People were forced to abandon their cars and run, carrying their children and possessions, and those who had fled reported seeing houses explode as they were engulfed in flames.

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9th Nov 2018

PDP alleges Oshiomhole is on the run, charges INTERPOL, NIA to track him down

PDP alleges Oshiomhole is on the run, charges INTERPOL, NIA to track him down

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (“PDP”) has charged the International Police (“INTERPOL”) and the National Intelligence Agency (“NIA”) to immediately track down the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (“APC”) Adams Oshiomhole. According to the opposition party, his flight out of the country amid an investigation is suspicious and confirms allegations that President Muhammadu Buhari is shielding him from prosecution, fearing the move could implicate certain interests at the presidency and in the APC. In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said APC’s attempt to dismiss Oshiomole’s arrest as a rumour would not succeed in getting him off the Department of State Services (“DSS”) hook. He added that Nigerians are already aware that Oshiomhole has not denied his investigation including his reported confession that the presidency was in the loop of all his actions.”

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9th Nov 2018

Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade welcome First Child Together

Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade welcome First Child Together

Congratulations are definitely in order for Gabrielle Union and her husband, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade. The pair just welcomed their first child together, a baby girl via surrogacy. Union took to Instagram to make it official, sharing the first photos of their daughter whose name is yet to be revealed.
Before she got together with Wade, whom she married in 2014, Union said she never expected to have children. “I never wanted kids,” she told People magazine last fall. “Then I became a stepmom, and there was no place I’d rather be than with them,” she added. Union has been open about infertility in the past, revealing in her 2017 book “We’re Going to Need More Wine” that she’s had “eight or nine miscarriages,” during her previous attempts to have a child with Wade. The new arrival is also Wade’s first daughter. He has three sons, Zaire, Zion and Xavier. The couple also parent Wade’s nephew
Dahveon.

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8th Nov 2018

Google rewrites sexual harassment policy after staff "walkout"

Google rewrites sexual harassment policy after staff "walkout"

Google is rewriting its policies on workplace sexual harassment following a staff walkout over its perceived failings to tackle abuses in the workplace.
Last week, Google employees at offices around the world staged a walkout over the treatment of women at the company after sexual misconduct claims were made against several senior figures.
In a letter sent to all employees, the company’s chief executive Sundar Pichai said Google was updating its rules, including introducing a drinking limit for staff.
“Harassment is never acceptable and alcohol is never an excuse,” Mr Pichai wrote.
He noted that a common factor in most of the harassment complaints made at Google is that the perpetrator was drunk.
He also said Google will make arbitration optional for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims.

Source:Skynews
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8th Nov 2018

Fayemi shuts down market commissioned by Fayose over alleged structural defects

Fayemi shuts down market commissioned by Fayose over alleged structural defects

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has ordered the closure of the new Oja Oba market built by his predecessor, Ayodele Fayose over alleged structural defects.
The former governor had allocated a part of the new market before leaving office in October.
However, Fayemi said the government will refund those who have been allocated shops.
“A structural evaluation of the complex shows that some considerable construction work would be required to fix the inherent structural defects which have made the building unsafe for use,” Fayemi’s spokesman Olayinka Oyebode said in a statement on Thursday.
“As this process would take some time, the Governor has therefore directed that the process of allocation of shops be stopped immediately,” he added.

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8th Nov 2018

Buhari declares state of emergency on water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector

Buhari declares state of emergency on water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday declared a state of emergency on the country’s water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector.
Buhari said the step is to curb the high-prevalence of water-borne diseases in different parts of the country, which has caused preventable deaths.
While inaugurating the National Action Plan for Revitalization of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (“WASH”) Sector at State House Conference Centre, Buhari also directed government at all levels to redouble efforts and work towards meeting the nation’s water supply and sanitation needs.
Buhari said he was aware that Nigeria did not meet the MDG targets for Water Supply and Sanitation that ended in 2015.
He pointed out that WASH goals cannot be achieved if we continue with a “business as usual” approach.

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8th Nov 2018

Atiku approves N33,000 minimum wage for workers on his payroll

Atiku approves N33,000 minimum wage for workers on his payroll

The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has approved N33,000 as minimum wage for all workers in his corporation
The managing director of the Atiku’s Gotel Communications based in Yola, Mohammed El-Yakub, confirmed this in a statement on Thursday.
“The N33,000 new salary scale, which takes effect from November 2018, includes domestic servants and all categories of workers on the former vice president’s payroll,” El-Yakub said
This is coming after the recommendation of the proposed N30,000 as minimum wage by the tripartite committee set up by the Federal Government on Wednesday.
Abubakar on Wednesday said President Muhammadu Buhari could not be trusted to implement the proposed N30, 000.

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8th Nov 2018

Aisha Buhari identifies education as a tool for ending Child Marriage

Aisha Buhari identifies education as a tool for ending Child Marriage

First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari has praised the role of education in our society, identifying it as the solution to the problem of child marriages.
She said this while receiving female delegates of the Africa Parliamentary Union, at the State House, Abuja on Wednesday.
The first lady was represented by wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo, who said girls need a healthy and safe transition to adulthood, as well as a certain level of maturity and understanding in order to make an informed decision on the choice of a life partner.
She called on the parliamentarians to use their position to articulate measures that will address the issue within cultural sensitivities of our different communities. She also urged them to consider what form of support and empowerment could be given to girls that are already in these marriages.

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8th Nov 2018

Niger State issues alert over existence of poisonous meat in circulation

Niger State issues alert over existence of poisonous meat in circulation

Niger State Government has warned Nigerians to be cautious of meats in circulation reportedly containing steroids applied by local livestock farmers and butchers.
Steroids are usually used for decreasing inflammation and reducing the activity of the immune system. They are used to treat a variety of inflammatory diseases and conditions.
Niger state commissioner for livestock and fisheries, Zakari Bawa informed journalists about the poisonous meats in circulation after the State’s weekly executive council meeting.
Bawa said the use of steroid for fattening purpose by livestock farmers and butchers with the danger it carries was generating concern to the government.
He added that although veterinary drugs were critical to meeting the challenges of providing adequate amounts of food, especially meats, the use of steroid poses a risk to consumer health.

Source:Theguardian.ng

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8th Nov 2018

FG spends N3.5 million feeding El-zakzaky monthly- Lai Mohammed

FG spends N3.5 million feeding El-zakzaky monthly- Lai Mohammed

Nigeria’s Minister of information, Lai Mohammed, said the government has been feeding leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (“IMN”), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky with aproximately N3.5 million on a monthly basis.

The Shiite leader has been in detention since December 2015. His alleged offences took place during the December 2015 clash between the IMN and a convoy of Nigeria’s army chief, Tukur Buratai.

“The issue of whether, where he (El-Zakzaky) is, at least, let’s keep it off record, that he is in a residence and you know eating. It costs the government about N3.5 million every month to feed him,” Lai Mohammed told journalist in a viral video circulating online.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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8th Nov 2018

A “Breaking Bad” movie is in the works!!

A “Breaking Bad” movie is in the works!!

According to reports, Series creator Vince Gilligan, is working on a two-hour movie based on his beloved Emmy-winning AMC drama, Breaking Bad. It’s not yet clear if the project is for television or theatres or if the original cast will return, however both series stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have stated in interviews that they would love to return to their roles. Breaking Bad is the story of Walter H. White, played by Bryan Cranston, a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul, with the aim of securing his family’s financial future before he dies. According to reports, production is scheduled to start later this month in New Mexico under the title Greenbrier which “follows the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.”

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8th Nov 2018

APC silent on bribery allegation against Oshiomhole

APC silent on bribery allegation against Oshiomhole

The All Progressives Congress (“APC”) yesterday refused to respond to claims that operatives of the Department of State Services (“DSS”) questioned its chairman, Adams Oshiomhole for allegedly collecting bribe from chieftains of the party during the recently held primaries.

Spokesman of the party, Lanre Issa-Onilu explained that he was not aware any encounter between Oshiomhole and DSS operatives in Abuja last weekend.

“We do not have any information on this rumour. More so, the chairman is not around in the country to confirm or deny this. As soon as we have any relevant information, you’ll be updated,” he said.

Source:Theguardian.ng
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8th Nov 2018

Senate investigates alleged fund diversion for Buhari’s re-election

Senate investigates alleged fund diversion for Buhari’s re-election

The Senate yesterday ordered an investigation into an alleged use of the Federal Government’s special intervention project funds for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election. In a motion yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Biodun Olujimi claimed that the funds had become “politicised” as beneficiaries were being asked to write their names, gender and details of permanent voter cards (“PVCs”).
According to reports, Olujimi who had a copy of the form with him said, “Right now, the funds are being used for political reasons and they are being dispensed and given freely to those people who can bring up their PVCs. One of the forms is here with me. They are now using the funds meant for all Nigerians for political reasons. He explained that the form(s) has the inscription “I stand with Buhari” and has a place where your PVC will be written alongside your gender and an attachment from Access Bank where money will be disbursed to you.

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6th Nov 2018

President Buhari pledges full commitment to new National Minimum Wage

President Buhari pledges full commitment to new National Minimum Wage

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his commitment to ensuring the implementation of a new National Minimum Wage.
Buhari disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday while receiving the report of the Tripartite Committee on the “Review of National Minimum Wage” from the committee’s chairman, Amal Pepple at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He expressed delight that the committee had successfully completed its assignment in a peaceful and non-controversial manner.
The president revealed that the FG would soon transmit an Executive bill on National Minimum Wage to the National Assembly for its passage within the shortest possible time.
“I am fully committed to having a new National Minimum Wage Act in the very near future,” Buhari said at the meeting.

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6th Nov 2018

Igbo traditional rulers set to end Osu caste system

Igbo traditional rulers set to end Osu caste system

Major traditional rulers in Southeast have announced a date for the abolition of the controversial Osu caste system.

The target date for extinction has been set for December 28, 2018. Targeted for extinction are the Ohu, Ume and Osu caste systems that have taken roots in different parts of Igbo Land. The abolition will take place at the Nri Palace in Anambra State.

Regent of the Ancient Nri Kingdom Prince Ikenna Onyesoh, in a statement, said there would be far reaching consequences for those wishing to continue the obnoxious practice after the symbolic exercise.

Eri traditional rulers, also in a statement, said they were set for the abolition and effect reparation for the ancient practice.

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6th Nov 2018

Federal High Court gives former Abia state governoner Kalu 7-day ultimatum

Federal High Court gives former Abia state governoner Kalu 7-day ultimatum

A federal high court in Lagos gave former Abia State governor Orji Uzor Kalu a seven-day ultimatum to appear before it after failing to appear for two sittings. The high court judge, Justice Muhammed Idris gave this order at a resumed hearing on Monday. Kalu failed to appear on September 10 and was also absent on Monday. Kalu, is facing trial over a N7.65 billion fraud which he allegedly committed while in office. Kalu’s lawyer, Professor Awa Kalu, a senior advocate of Nigeria (“SAN”) told Justice Idris his client was away in Germany for a surgical operation. “My client has been advised by his doctors to remain in Germany for some time to recuperate,” Awa Kalu said. He also noted that the judge was fully aware, and had also given them permission. The EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Jacobs said he was surprised at Kalu’s absence from court, adding that he did not know when the ex-governor obtained the court’s permission to travel out of the country.
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6th Nov 2018

Prince Charles and Camilla arrive Nigeria for Last Stop of West African Tour

Prince Charles and Camilla arrive Nigeria for Last Stop of West African Tour

The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla have arrived in Nigeria for the third and final stop of their West African Tour.

The royal couple began their West African tour in the Gambia before proceeding to Ghana.
The couple arrived to a parade by National Guards.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright has said during the visit, the Prince of Wales would engage in peace-building activities including addressing the issue of Fulani/ Farmers clashes.

Prince Charles has not been to Nigeria since 2006 while his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, has never been to Nigeria. The visit makes it her first time in Nigeria.

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6th Nov 2018

Crashing oil prices will make FG, ASUU agreement difficult – Education minister

Crashing oil prices will make FG, ASUU agreement difficult – Education minister

Nigeria’s education minister, Adamu Adamu, has said it would be difficult for the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (“ASUU”) to agree for a suspension of the on going indefinite strike action due to crashing oil prices. Adamu while addressing reporters yesterday said, “I must say that this is difficult to reconcile with all the efforts and positive achievements we have been able to make. Let me begin by saying that the issues necessitating this strike date back to 2009 when the then government of late President Umaru Musa Yar Adua signed an agreement with the ASUU on funding of the federal universities in the country." Adamu explained that the agreement between the federal government and ASUU was reached during the administration of late President Umaru Yar’Adua, when the country was enjoying the oil boom adding that if the economy improves, the wellbeing of the education sector will be affected positively.
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6th Nov 2018

Ike Ekweremadu, wife and son survive assassination attempt in Abuja

Ike Ekweremadu, wife and son survive assassination attempt in Abuja

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, his wife Nwanneka Ekweremadu and son Tuesday survived an assassination attempt at his Apo Quarters in the country’s capital, Abuja. “The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, his wife, and son escaped an assassination attempt at about 4 am on Tuesday,” Uche Anichukwu, special adviser on media to Ekweremadu disclosed in a statement.One of the yet to be identified gunmen has been arrested by the police in Abuja after the home invasion.“The attackers, who could not immediately shoot in order not to attract the attention of the security personnel on duty, took hold of his son, and commanded him to lead them the Senator’s bedroom,” the official said. Anichukwu said it was the struggle that ensued in the senator’s bedroom that alerted the security, leading to the arrest of one of the assailants with dangerous weapons and housebreaking devices, while the rest managed to escape.

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6th Nov 2018

Again Labour suspends strike over national minimum wage

Again Labour suspends strike over national minimum wage

The Nigeria Labour Congress (“NLC”) and the Federal Government yesterday succeeded in averting what could have been a complete lockdown of the economy over the disagreement on national minimum wage for workers. The protracted negotiation between the government and the workers’ has seen the suspension of a nationwide strike that would have begun at midnight today. Led by the NLC President Ayuba Wabba, the organized Labour had insisted on a N30,000 minimum wage workers in the country as against government’s N24,000.However Ayuba last night announced a suspension of the proposed action after the workers got what looked like a concession from the FG team led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,Boss Mustapha. Although Wabba could not divulge the agreed amount, he said the work of the tripartite committee had been concluded and that the report would be submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari at 4.15 pm today (Tuesday).
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6th Nov 2018

People magazine names Idris Elba 2018's Sexiest Man Alive

People magazine names Idris Elba 2018's Sexiest Man Alive

People Magazine has named Idris Elba 2018’s sexiest man alive!!
The British actor and star of The Wire, Luther and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom was revealed as this year’s winner on Monday night’s episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
London born Elba aged 46, is People’s 33rd sexiest man alive and he joins an elite list of previous winners including Mel Gibson, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and David Beckham and Blake Shelton who took the title last year.
Elba told People how he reacted to the news. He said, “I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’ Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy today’. But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise, an ego boost for sure.” On his twitter page he also thanked People magazine and all the fans who helped name him Sexiest man alive.

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6th Nov 2018

South West governors seek FG’s help on Apapa port gridlock

South West governors seek FG’s help on Apapa port gridlock

The Southwest Governors’ Forum in a meeting held yesterday Osogbo, the Osun State capital has expressed concern on economic and security challenges posed by gridlock in the Apapa port and urged the Federal Government to create alternative routes. The forum said the planned alternative routes linking Tin Can Island through Tomoro Island to Ibafo in Ogun State should be revived urgently.
In the interim, it suggested that government should enhance the capacity of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (“NRC”) to evacuate goods from the port to alternative terminals.
In a statement at the end of its meeting the forum reiterated its commitment to regional integration as a key to sustainable development in western Nigeria.

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6th Nov 2018

"The head of the home never goes into the kitchen" - President Museveni

"The head of the home never goes into the kitchen" - President Museveni

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is facing heavy backlash after saying that it is not the role of a man to cook and he has never stepped into his kitchen since he got married.
According to reports, Museveni, speaking in a statement on Sunday, said,
“The head of the home never goes into the kitchen. It is now 45 years with Mama Janet. I have never stepped into the kitchen. That is how it should be.”
Women in the country have however criticised him for his comments.
Notably, Oxfam’s International Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima among others said, “Cooking isn’t a woman’s job. It’s a life skill. All people, men and women should cook. When cooking, cleaning and doing other domestic chores are left to women, they are denied an equal chance to raise incomes or to be politically active.”

Source:Bellanaija

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6th Nov 2018

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