Wednesday, August 23, 2017

PHOTOS: Kiss Daniel's House, A Beautiful Mansion

G world wide record label act kiss Daniel SHow off his new apartment in this new IG post. He shared a video show some parts of the mansion with his boss Emperor Geezy and his younger brother.

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‘Saudis need 120,000 heads of goat/sheep per week from Nigeria’

per week from Nigeria’

The Central Bank of Nigeria has said that Saudi Arabia  may need up to 120,000 heads of frozen goat/sheep per week from Nigeria.
The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this while delivering the keynote lecture titled ‘The Dilemma of Monetary Policy During a Recession: Potential Options for Nigeria’, at the  2017 Annual General Conference of  the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) holding in Lagos
 Emefiele while proffering options available for the pursuit of  non-oil exports, said “From preliminary analyses of global trade trends and discussions with potential trade partners, it is now increasingly evident that Nigeria can benefit significantly from tapping into the market for certain goods, which are in high demand.
 “For example, the demand for Halal meat and sesame across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is huge. In fact, we have credible information that the Saudis may need up to 120,000 heads of frozen goat/sheep per week from Nigeria.”
 Saudi Arabia ranks  the first in importing live sheep and goats. 45.02per cent from the world imports for this product goes to Saudi Arabia. It  usually imports it from Sudan or Somalia. In 2016, it requested  Zambia to supply it with one million goats monthly.
Eid-al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) in Saudi Arabia, the third day of The Hajj, which is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims, requires  pilgrims to buy a sacrifice voucher in Makkah before the greater Hajj begins, which allows an animal to be slaughtered in their name on the 10th. In 2016, about 1.8 million pilgrims performed hajj.
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JAMB okays 120 marks for universities, 100 for polytechnics

JAMB okays 120 marks for universities, 100 for polytechnics
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said yesterday that 120 marks in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination will be the minimum marks required by candidates to get admission into any university.
The minimum cut-off marks for admission into polytechnics and colleges of education was agreed to be 100 marks at the meeting while innovative enterprise institutions had 110 as minimum admission marks.
JAMB Registrar Professor Is-haq Oloyede made the announcement at the end of a policy meeting with authorities of higher institutions in Abuja.
He said only 569,395 out of the 1.7 million candidates that wrote this year’s UTME scored over 200 marks, adding that 23.8 per cent of the total number of the candidates scored below 160 marks.
He said on no account should any higher institution offer admissions to candidates who scored lower marks.
The meeting agreed that admission into first choice universities should close on October 15 while December 15 was set as the closure date for admission into second choice institutions. Institutions would have the liberty to choose from candidates who could not secure first choice admissions, he said.
The registrar said candidates offered courses other than their preferred choices may be given up to three days to accept or reject the courses. Those who accept new courses given to them would be required to make changes on JAMB website.
He said admissions would be given by institutions based on agreed quotas prescribed by regulatory bodies including National Universities Commission, National Commission for Colleges of Education and National Board for Technical Education. Merit, catchment areas and educationally disadvantaged states would be among the criteria.
He said: “What JAMB has done is to recommend. We will only determine the minimum, whatever you (higher institutions) determine as your admission cut-off mark is your decision.
“The senate and academic boards of universities should be allowed to determine their cut-off marks.”
He said 17,160 students were admitted by higher institutions but that some of them were regularized.
“Thirty per cent of those in higher institutions do not take UTME or have less than the cut-off marks.
“The admission process is now automated with direct involvement of the Registrar of JAMB for final approval.
“We have agreed to regularize admissions that were done under the table this year. From next year we will not accept anything like that,” he said.
Ban on post-UTME an error — FG
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said government’s ban on examinations usually organized by universities for admission seekers otherwise known as post-UTME last year was an error.
The minister said the government banned post-UTME because the examination had become an avenue for corruption in some higher institutions.
The minister asked higher institutions to conduct aptitude tests for candidates seeking admission but mustn’t charge a fee of over N2,000 per candidate.
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Diezani: Court orders forfeiture of N3.3bn properties

  • Diezani: Court orders forfeiture of N3.3bn properties
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the interim forfeiture of 56 properties allegedly bought by a former Minister of
Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke between 2011 and 2013 for N3.3 billion or $21,982,224 million.
A vacation judge, Justice Abdulaziz Anka, gave the order yesterday while ruling on an ex parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In his ruling, the judge asked the anti-graft agency to appoint a firm to manage the properties and gave the respondents 14 days to show cause why the properties should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.
The EFCC had brought the application listing as first to sixth respondents Diezani, Donald Chidi Amamgbo and four firms: Chapel Properties Limited, Blue Nile Estate Limited, Azinga Meadows Limited and Vistapoint Property Development Limited.
According to the EFCC counsel Mr. Anselem Ozioko, Diezani had paid $16,441,906 (N2.6billion) cash in several tranches and another $5,540318 (N840,000,000) cash for the properties through the four ‘front’ firms listed as respondents.
The EFCC counsel said the commission had discovered 14 other firms incorporated for the ex-minister for the purpose of holding the titles to those properties.
Diezani, he added, purchased the properties from the proceeds of suspected unlawful activity during her tenure as minister.
The agency described the properties as including 29 terraced houses comprising eight four-bedroom penthouse apartments, six three-bedroom apartments, two three-bedroom maisonettes, two twin bedroom apartments and one four-bedroom apartment.
The houses, located at No. 7, Thurnbull Street and 5, Raymond Street, Yaba, were allegedly bought by Diezani for the US dollar equivalent of
N937,000,000 through Chapel Properties Ltd.
Others are 16 four-bedroom terraced houses in Heritage Court Estate Plot 2C, Omerelu Street, Diobu, Government Residential Area (GRA)
Phase 1 extension, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, purchased for N928,000,000 through Blue Nile Estate Ltd.
She allegedly purchased 13 three-bedroom terraced houses with one-room maid’s quarters ensuite for N650,000,000 through Azinga Meadows Ltd.
The commission also stated that Diezani paid N805,000,000 through Vistapoint Property Development Ltd for six flats of three bedrooms and one boys’ quarters each, a lawn tennis court, gym and ‘matured garden’.
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Ekiti judicial commission of inquiry summons Fayemi, Coscharis motors, others

Ekiti judicial commission of inquiry summons Fayemi, Coscharis motors, others
Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Ekiti State government to investigate allegations of fraud against the administration of a former governor of the state,  Dr Kayode Fayemi,  has summoned the former governor to appear before it on Monday.

The commission headed by retired Justice Silas Oyewole, begins sitting on Monday, August 28.

Others summoned by the commission are some officials who worked under Fayemi's administration including Commissioner for Finance; Mr Dapo Kolawole, Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Ado Ekiti Branch Manager of Access Bank, Managing Director of Coscharis Motors Limited, Tianjin-Yuyang Construction Eng. Ltd, CASA Nig Ltd and Exchange Commission and Managing Director of SCOA Nigeria Limited.

The notice of summon issued by Secretary to the Commission, Mr Gbenga Adaramola, read; “Consequent upon the inauguration of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the finances of Ekiti State between 2010 and 2014 by the Ekiti State Government, the Commission will commence the public hearing and the following witnesses would be called, examined and/or cross-examined as indicated hereunder.”

The Commission of Inquiry was set up following a resolution passed by the Ekiti State House Assembly few weeks ago, which directed the governor to pursue the investigations given that Fayemi failed to appear before the house when summoned to come and testify.

The assembly had accused Fayemi of diverting funds belonging to the state Universal Basic Education Board while serving as governor of the state.

Its terms of reference include ascertaining how much Ekiti State Government received as statutory allocations during the period under review and how same were disbursed.

The commission is also to “look into the financial transactions of Ekiti State between 2010 and 2014; ascertain the amount received on behalf of the State from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC); investigate the allegations of fraud/loss of funds, including the diversion and conversion of the UBEC funds; ascertain the amount that the Ekiti State Government took as loans during the period under review and how they were utilized.”
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Toke Makinwa Lands First Major Role In A Nollywood Movie

Media personality, Toke Makinwa has landed her first major role in an undisclosed Nollywood movie.
The excited OAP shared the news of her latest achievement on Snapchat.
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She also took to her Instagram to share the news, adding that it is not a ‘waka pass’ role.
She wrote;
So I’m going to be in a movie πŸŽ₯ guys πŸ’«πŸ’«πŸ’«πŸ’« no be waka pass o πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ “I’ve had a few cameos here and there in the past and I have a lot of respect for actors and film makers0. #Issabigdeal.
A major production coming your way soon and filming starts tomorrow morning. I feel extremely blessed and highly liftedπŸ™ so overwhelmed with Gods goodness. This year has been soooooo busy and fulfilling guys, God has really opened doors for me and my prayer for everyone out there is that God brings you into your season too. Don’t give up, don’t lose hope too. You are closer than you know ❤️ #TMtheActor#featurefilm #styleinfluencer2017#TMissababygirlforlife#OnBecomingamoviestar #Mytime#thefloodgatesareopened#mercyandgraceπŸ™
S/O to my team πŸ’ͺ the next couple of weeks is going to be really busy guys from radio to #onbecomingempoweredto πŸŽ₯ but we’ve got this @the.brandman@harvellastyles @yfalaye @anitabrows#
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Flooding: 30 communities in Shiroro on high risk -Official

Flood and mudslide bury over 300 in Sierra Leone
Flooding: 30 communities in Shiroro LG of Niger on high risk -Official
By Rita Iliya
Mr Ugochukwu Chioke, the Chief Operating Officer of Shiroro Hydroelectric Power Station (SHPS), says on Wednesday that about 30 communities downstream of the dam were on high risk of flooding.
Chioke, who stated this in an interview with newsmen in Shiroro, added that the company has already commenced awareness campaign on dangers of flooding to the affected communities.
“We have sent out flood warning letters to communities’ downstream and also to concerned agencies and follow up with radio and television jingles in English and natives languages.
“We did not stop at that, we also followed it up with 25 kilometre radius siren to inform those at river banks to give way and stay away from river banks to avoid being affected.
“We have enlightened the communities on our ways (along the path of water flowing from the dam) especially on our reservoir so that if at all there has to be spillage, we manage it in such a way that the effects on the phase downstream are highly minimized,” he said.
Meanwhile, Alhaji Garba Bala, District Head of Kuta Garbas (a host community of the dam), charged the company on its Corporate Social Responsibility to host community.
He urged the company to rehabilitate feeder roads, build hospitals, schools and empower the youths in the area to be self-reliance.
Bala urged the SHPS to provide transformers for host communities and connect some of the communities without electricity to the national grid.
“We have lost most fertile portion of our lands to the dam and most of our activities in the area is farming and fishing and we can no longer do any of these due to the activities from the dam.
“Our youths are jobless. We want the company to include our youths in terms of employment and give them scholarship to study engineering courses so that they can gain employment with the company,” he said.
The district head appealed to the host communities to continue to be peaceful and law abiding for the overall development of the people. (NAN)
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Meter bypass: Eko Disco disconnects consumers

Eko Electricity Distribution Plc (EKEDC)
Meter bypass: Eko Disco disconnects consumers
By Raji Rasak
The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) meter monitoring team on Wednesday disconnected two consumers in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos over the alleged bypassing of the company’s prepaid meters.
Mr Godwin Idemudia, the General Manager, Corporate Communications Unit of the company, who led the monitoring team, said the consumers were caught unawares when they visited their houses.
Idemudia told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the consumers had been using electricity supply from the company without making any payment since 2015.
“During our routine checks, we discovered that some consumers within the EKEDC Lekki Business Unit were bypassing the company’s electricity meters.
“Mr Tunde Oladele, the consumer in Block 16, Rahaman Adegbeyejo Street, Lekki, has been enjoying the EKEDC electricity supply since August 2016 without paying.
“The second consumer is Aderibigbe Olutoyin, who operates a fashion outfit at Plot 29, Block 102, Olabamiji Olajide Street, Lekki.
“The consumer has been operating her outfit since 2015 without paying a single kobo, until we discovered it during our check.
“I am using this medium to inform consumers within the EKEDC network who are in the habit of bypassing our meters to stop doing so immediately.
“We are imploring our consumers to report any act of energy theft in the area to the nearest EKEDC district offices near them,’’ he said.
The general manager said the consumers would be charged to a Court of law, for prosecution.
Defending the act, Mr Tunde Olalere, told NAN that the building belonged to his brother who resided in the United Kingdom.
“I moved into the apartment on Aug.10, 2017 from Ibadan, without any knowledge of electricity payments.
“It is true that I have not made any payment because I thought we were not indebted to the company.
“I have discussed the issue with my brother on phone and he has told me to reconcile the account with the company.
“I will go to EKEDC head office and settle the bills,’’ he said. (NAN)
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Zimbabwe hits brick-wall in fight against HIV

Drug resistant HIV worries Zimbabwe
(Xinhua/NAN) Zimbabwe is recording increased cases of drug resistant HIV which have contributed to shortages of Abacavier, a drug administered to patients a Senior Government Official said on Wednesday.
Abacavier is administered to patients who would have failed or reacted to initial drug combinations.
The Herald reported that the Secretary for Health and Child Care Gerald Gwinji said that at least 35,000 patients were on Abacavier after failing the first line treatment.
He also said that the drug’s availability was also being impeded by foreign currency shortages.
He also attributed the increase in resistance to the first line treatment to advanced technology which enabled health authorities to identify cases that are not responding.
“As we now monitor closely with new technology such as viral load testing, the issue of resistance and defaulting has suddenly seen a number of patients requiring second line drugs, therefore going beyond the stocks that we normally have,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, the National Aids Council has introduced night HIV testing.
Harare provincial AIDS coordinator Adonijah Muzondiona, said the programme known as “moonlight testing’’ had been designed for people who could not be tested during the day for various reasons.
“We are trying to make sure that everyone who is HIV positive is tested and immediately put on antiretroviral drugs,’’ he said.
An estimated 1.2 million people are living with HIV in Zimbabwe.
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Nigeria : Shell to start gas production

Shell to start gas production at expanded Nigeria project
Anglo-Dutch oil major Royal Dutch Shell has started gas production from the second phase of the Gbaran-Ubie project in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, the company said on Wednesday.
The project is an expansion of the Gbaran-Ubie development which opened in June 2010.
Shell, through its Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria subsidiary, said the project would reach peak production of around 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2019.
Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria is the operator of a Nigerian joint venture between state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Total E&P Nigeria and ENI subsidiary Nigerian Agip Oil Company. (Reuters/NAN)
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Group cautions Fani-Kayode against divisive utterances

Mr. Austin Braimoh, Coordinator of Buhari Support Group
The Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) has cautioned the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, on his call on President Muhammadu Buhari “to resign and go home”.
The group described Fani-Kayode other vitriolic attacks on the person of Buhari as unpatriotic.
A statement by Mr. Austin Braimoh, the Chairman of BMSG, on Tuesday on Abuja also condemned the utterances of the former minister because of its potential to create division among various groups.
“His divisive write-ups and utterances have done a great harm to the country and Nigerians are sick and tired of his unpatriotic approach to national issues.
“It is regrettable that after the President delivered a speech to rally round the whole country for peaceful, growth and development, an unpatriotic Nigerian like Fani-Kayode is busy fanning the embers of division.
Braimoh said it was time for Fani-Kayode to give Nigerians a chance to move on as one indivisible entity.
“ We regret that at a time when the President just returned from a three-month medical trip and is in good health and ready to continue his service to the country, Fani-Kayode is still bent on distracting him.
“We urge Nigerians to disregard the utterances of such individuals as the President is focused on working for the generality of Nigerians.’’
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Defence Ministers from Nigeria, Russia
Nigeria and the Russia Federation have agreed to pursue a common programme aimed at intensifying the fight against terrorism in Nigeria, and Lake Chad basin region.
Col. Tukur Gusau, the Public Relations Officer to the Minister of Defence, said the agreement was reached today in Moscow at a bilateral meeting between officials of both countries led by the Russian Defence Minister General Sergei Shoigu and Nigeria’s Defence Minister Mansur Dan-Ali.
According to Gusau, the Russian Defence Minister expressed satisfaction with the effort of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to make Nigeria and the region safer.
The Minister of Defence Mansur Dan-Ali thanked Russian Federation for its support particularly in procurement of military platforms and training needs.
According to Gusau,  the two ministers signed a bilateral agreement on military cooperation and training agreement among others.
Nigeria’s Defence Minister also inspected some Military platforms at Military technical exhibition pavilion in Moscow.
Russian media recently reported that Nigeria would be buying 12 Su-30 fighter jets from Russia, two of which have already been delivered. The aircraft has two seats for long-range missions and is known for its high maneuverability.
It is manufactured by the Sukhoi Aviation Company. There has been no public announcement of the cost or how Nigeria will pay for them, but, according to past transactions, the fighter jet can cost upwards of $30 million each. Su-30’s have been used  in sub-Sahara Africa before.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Uganda and Angola inked deals to purchase the fighter jets  within the last decade.
The Su-30 fighter jets and their subsequent iterations, remain a mainstay of the Russian air force and have seen considerable action in Syria.
Among other things, the Su-30 fighter is used in air-to-ground operations. Presumably, the Nigerian government is buying them for use against Boko Haram, the Jihadist terrorist group in the north.
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By Moronke Boboye
A 53-year-old man, David Ajayi, who allegedly defiled his neighbour’s  eight-year-old daughter, was on Wednesday brought before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
Ajayi, who resides at 5, Moshalashi St., Somolu, is facing a charge of defilement.
According to Police Prosecutor Clifford Ogu, the accused committed the offence on Aug. 15 at his residence.
Ogu said the accused called the girl into his room on the pretext of sending her on an errand before defiling her.
“The accused shut the door, defiled her and asked her not to tell anybody.
“She, however, told her mother when she felt pains in her private part,” he told the court.
The offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The offence carries a penalty of life imprisonment.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
In her ruling, Chief Magistrate Taiwo Akanni granted the accused bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until Sept. 6 for mention.
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Teacher jailed after having sex at cemetery

Charli Parker and her husband Jamie, have something in common
Charli Parker and her husband Jamie, have something in common
Charli Parker, a former teacher at a private Christian school in Alabama accused of having sex with two underage male students has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to one charge.
The 31-year-old Parker was sentenced to 12 years in prison, though she would only serve three years, followed by five years of probation.
Parker, who was the head coach for the girls’ basketball team and taught physical education at Pickens Academy, had sex 11 times with one of the students at her home and in a cemetery between October 2014 and March 2016.
Parker must also follow the state’s sex offender law and cannot have contact with the victim.
She was arrested in March and indicted on 13 counts of a school employee having sex with a student under the age of 19.
The constitutionality of the state’s teacher-student sex law is currently under appeal.
Although the student’s name was redacted from official documents, authorities previously said her victim was male.
Not long after Parker’s arrest, her husband Jamie, who also taught at the school and was the boys’ basketball coach, was charged with having sex with a female student.
“There needs to be a definitive line drawn in the sand that makes a statement to the public that this behaviour will not be tolerated,” Chief Assistant Pickens County District Attorney Andy Hamlin told WBRC.
“Nobody wants to see their kids going through something like that. I have tried three or four of those cases in the last year and it’s hard on the kids and it’s hard on the parents,” said Hamlin.
Parker has been ordered to begin serving her sentence on Sept. 11, while her husband’s case is set for trial on Nov. 27.
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Nigeria’s revenue shrinks by N184.2b

Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun: revenue slumps by N184b
By Folasade Folarin
Revenue shared by Nigeria’s Federal, states and local governments slumped to N467.8 billion in August, N184.2 billion less than the N652 billion shared in July.
Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance said the shared amount was inclusive of Value Added Tax (VAT) of N80.53 billion.
In the breakdown of revenue given by her representative, Permanent Secretary, Mr Mahmoud Dutse, at the end of the monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting on Tuesday in Abuja, Gross statutory revenue was put at N387.31 billion.
She said the decline in revenue was caused by a drastic fall in revenue from Companies Income Tax (CIT) due to the expiration of the deadline for filing tax returns.
She, however, said oil revenues recorded an increase due to rise in export sales by 62 million dollars.
“The increase in the average price of crude oil from 50.27 dollars per barrel to 51.05 dollars per barrel and a significant increase in export volume by 1.20 million barrels resulted in increased revenue from export sales for the federation by 62 million dollars.
“Despite the increases, there were issues of leaking flow lines, shut-ins and shutdowns at terminals for maintenance.’’
Adeosun said the Federal Government received N193.04 billion, states N130.69 billion and local governments N98.01 billion.
She also said N31.59 billion was given to the nine oil producing states as their 13 per cent derivation.
She put the balance in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) at 2.3 billion dollars.
Mr Mahmud Yunusa, Chairman, Forum of Finance Commissioners, said it was time for the states to begin to look inwards to shore up their revenue.
“States will explore other options of revenue to depend less on revenue from the centre.
“We need to block leakages in revenue and come up with reforms to shore up revenue.
“We are also working on cost of running governance and any cost that is not necessary in running government needed to be reduced.”
He said reforms were currently on in the states to optimise the collection processes for revenue, adding that he was optimistic it would reduce dependence on revenue from the centre to about 50 to 60 per cent.
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Sultan declares Sept. 1, as Sallah day

The Sultan of Sokoto, Dr Sa’ad Abubakar III
Sultan of Sokoto
By Habibu Harisu
The Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared Sept. 1, 2017 as Eid-el-Kabir  day.
This is contained in a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs to the Sokoto Sultanate Council.
The statement, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Wednesday, indicated that the declaration followed the sighting of the new moon of Zulhijja on Tuesday.
“The advisory committee in conjunction with the National Committee on Moon Sighting received various reports on moon sighting across the country confirming the sighting of new moon of Zulhijja on Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017,’’ it said.
The statement said that following the development, Muslims in Nigeria would observe Friday Sept. 1, as Sallah day.
It added that the Sultan felicitates with all Muslims and wished them Allah’s guidance, blessings and protection.
The statement also quoted Abubakar as urging Muslims to continue to live in peace and engage in continuous prayers for the development and progress of the country and the world at large.
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Boko Haram sends 83 child bombers to Nigeria

Wicked Boko Haram insurgents use more child bombers
Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria have sent out 83 child bombers against Nigerian targets this year, according to a tally by United Nations Children’s Fund.
This is four times as many child suicide bombers used in all of 2016, the UNICEF said.
The UN agency said out of the 83 children deployed by the atrocious insurgents, 55 were girls, mostly under 15 years old and 27 were boys. One was a baby strapped to a girl. Nineteen children were used last year, UNICEF said.
The Boko Haram insurgency, now in its eighth year, has claimed over 20,000 lives and forced more than two million people to flee their homes over eight years.
The frequency of suicide bomb attacks in northeastern Nigeria has increased in the past few weeks, killing at least 170 people since June 1, according to a Reuters tally.
UNICEF, in a statement released on Tuesday, said it was “extremely concerned about an appalling increase in the cruel and calculated use of children, especially girls, as ‘human bombs’ in northeast Nigeria. The use of children in this way is an atrocity”.
Boko Haram is trying to create an Islamic state in the Lake Chad region, which spans parts of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad. It gained notoriety by abducting more than 200 girls from the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok in April 2014. Aid groups say it has kidnapped thousands more adults and children.
Children who escape are often held by authorities or ostracized by their communities and families. Nigerian aid worker Rebecca Dali, who runs an agency that offers counseling for those who were abducted, said children as young as four were among the 209 escapees her organization had helped since 2015.
“They (former abductees) are highly traumatized,” Dali told Reuters on Monday at the United Nations in Geneva, where she received an award from the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation for her humanitarian work.
Her team, which includes former police officers, identified some returnees as having been trained as suicide bombers.
“There were two girls taught by Boko Haram to be suicide bombers … The girls confirmed that they were taught that their life was not worth living, that if they die detonating the bomb and killing a lot of people, then their lives will be profitable,” Dali said.
Some 450,000 children are also at risk of life-threatening malnutrition in 2017 by the end of the year in northeast Nigeria, UNICEF said.
President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday the country would “reinforce and reinvigorate” its fight against the group following the latest wave of attacks.
*UNICEF Press statement
Abuja, Geneva, 22 August 2017 – UNICEF is extremely concerned about an appalling increase in the cruel and calculated use of children, especially girls, as ‘human bombs’ in northeast Nigeria. Children have been used repeatedly in this way over the last few years and so far this year, the number of children used is already four times higher than it was for all of last year.
Since 1 January 2017, 83 children have been used as ‘human bombs’; 55 were girls, most often under 15 years old; 27 were boys, and one was a baby strapped to a girl. The sex of the baby used in the explosion was impossible to determine.
The use of children in this way is an atrocity.Children used as ‘human bombs’ are, above all, victims, not perpetrators.The armed group commonly known as Boko Haram has sometimes, but not always, claimed responsibility for these attacks, which target the civilian population.
The use of children in such attacks has had a further impact of creating suspicion and fear of children who have been released, rescued or escaped from Boko Haram. As a result, many children who have managed to get away from captivity face rejection when they try to reintegrate into their communities, compounding their suffering.
All of this is taking place in the context of a massive displacement and malnutrition crisis – a combination that is also deadly for children.
There are 1.7 million people displaced by the insurgency in the northeast, 85 per cent of them in Borno State, where most of these attacks take place.
Northeast Nigeria is one of four countries and regions facing the spectre of famine, with up to 450,000 children at risk of severe acute malnutrition this year.
UNICEF is providing psychosocial support for children who have been held by Boko Haram and is also working with families and communities to foster the acceptance of children when they return. This includes providing social and economic reintegration support to the children and their families.
UNICEF also supports reconciliation activities in northeast Nigeria, led by respected community and religious leaders, including influential women, to help promote tolerance, acceptance and reintegration.
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Quit Notice To Igbos:Arewa Youths Change Their Mind,Reconsider Igbos(Photos)

Arewa Youths met with Buhari s political adviser , Senator Babafemi Ojudu and resolved to reconsidered quit notice to Igbos.
  Senator Babafemi Ojudu had a lengthy and resourceful meeting with leaders of the Coalition of Northern Groups today. They were the youths who some weeks ago shocked the nation by issuing a notice to the Igbos to quit the Northern part of the country on or before October 1.

  After the meeting they resolved to reconsider their position and this will be made known at a press conference on Thursday.Disclosing the news,Senator Ojudu said...

'Had a lengthy and resourceful meeting with leaders of the Coalition of Northern Groups today. They were the youths who some weeks ago shocked the nation by issuing a notice to the Igbos to quit the Northern part of the country on or before October 1.
After the meeting they resolved to reconsider their position and this will be made known at a press conference on Thursday .
They described their action as Pre-emptive because of the incessant threat of war by IPOB'.
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El-rufai, Deputy Organize Crowd To Pray For Buhari In Kaduna (See Photos)

Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai and his Deputy Arch Bala Bantex, on Tuesday afternoon, led a huge crowd of President Muhammadu Buhari's supporters from the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House to Murtala Muhammad Square where the both politicians led in the prayers for the President.

See photos below..

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SAD!! Actress Eucharia Anunobi 15yr-Old Son Raymond Is Dead

The 15-year old son of Nollywood actress and Evangelist, Eucharia Anunobi, Raymond Ekwu, has died. Raymond who she had by her ex-husband, Charles Ekwu, in 2002, has been with Sickle Cell Anemia from birth. He died from complications associated with the disease on Monday, August 21st.

May his soul rest in peace Amen.
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Peace Mass Transit Bus And Truck Collide In Fatal Accident In Awomama,Imo(Pics)

According to a story shared by a social media user,a fatal accident involving a Peace Mass Transit bus and a truck happened today in Awomama,Imo state.The PMT was said to be coming back from Onitsha before it collided with the truck.The social media user said she was so scared because she has never witnessed fatal accident before apart from this.However,she did not say the number of people that died in the incident.
  See photos from the scene below and watch the video above:
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