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Monday, September 11, 2017

Police arrest cult members for invading station to release detained member


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The police in Bayelsa State nabbed suspected members of cult groups, who invaded Peremabiri Divisional Headquarters to release one of their members, Prince Ayibalaifa, who was detained for indecent assault.
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The suspects reportedly injured a policeman, Corporal Elijah Osara, during the attack in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.
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Commissioner of Police Mr. Asuquo Amba named the suspects as Douye Koufe, 23; Wisdom Reuben, 23; Solomon Jackson, 18; Samuel Odozi, 20; Thomas Canan, 23; Andy Daves, 24; and Junior Japhter, 23.
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He said they admitted to being members of the Greenlanders’ cult, except Douye Koufe, who claimed to belong to Icelanders. Amba said investigation was on, adding that the suspects will be prosecuted.
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He lamented the attack and said the police, with the assistance of the government was able to bring back civil authority in the area. Amba said: ’’They actually rescued Prince Ayibalaifa and escaped, but they were re-arrested.’’
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Dino Melaye loses bid to stop recall process


Sen. Dino Melaye loses bid to stop recall
Sen. Dino Melaye loses bid to stop recall
By Wandoo Sombo
The Federal High Court, Abuja, has given the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), permission to proceed with its planned recall of Sen. Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi).
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba gave INEC the permission to go ahead with the process on Monday after dismissing Melaye’s suit for lacking merit.
Melaye had filed a suit seeking to stop INEC from recalling him from the Senate following a petition it received from the constituents of Kogi West Senatorial District, which Melaye represents.
Dimgba, in his judgment, premised his opinion on the grounds that Melaye was hasty to run to the court and that he should have explored and exhausted the internal mechanisms provided by the 1999 Constitution.
According to the judge, “Melaye’s complaints are hasty, premature and presumptuous.’’
He therefore ordered INEC to go ahead with its planned verification of signatures contained in the petition.
The judge, however, ordered INEC to furnish Melaye with a copy of the petition it received, a schedule of the signatories and a full list of persons in support of the recall petition.
The judge held that the constituents who wrote the petition to INEC seeking his recall were not under any duty to serve him with a copy of the petition or offer him an opportunity to defend himself.
“I do not believe that the petitioners have the duty to serve the plaintiff with a copy of the petition. The duty of the constituents is to write and submit their petition to the electoral body.
“There is no provision in Sections 68 and 69 of the Constitution that provides the scope for the writers of the petition to inform the plaintiff of plans to recall him or for him to come and clear himself of allegations levelled against him.
The trial judge held that the only option available for Melaye, was for him to go through the verification process to be conducted by INEC.
He further held that it was only when Melaye noticed any infraction, fake signatures or names of dead persons during the verification exercise that he could approach the court to seek redress.
On the 90 days time limit set for the recall process, the court said it was doubtful of the date beginning from June 23, 2017.
He said even if it existed; the 90 days paused on July 6, 2017 when the court made an interim order on the suit.
“Ordinarily, the 90 days begins today that this pronouncement has been made.”
Melaye had among other reliefs prayed the court to declare that the petition his constituents presented to INEC for his recall was illegal, unlawful, invalid, null and void and of no effect in law.
He had further prayed the court to declare the petition invalid and of no effect, on the grounds that it was signed by fictitious, dead and non existing persons in his senatorial district.
He also contested that the recall was invalid because he was not served a copy of the petition and that not serving him a copy of the petition violated his rights to fair hearing as well as natural justice.
A sister suit filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) seeking the nullification of the recall process was also dismissed.
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Kenyan socialite, Vera Sidika, lampoons Nigerian girls


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Sex is fuel in a marriage, and when it dries up, the marriage car stops – Actress Olabimtan



UK based actress, Wumi Olabimtan, said this during a chat with Vanguardngr. The actress affirmed that sex is a very important thing in a marriage, saying, couples should endeavour to study each other and have a sex schedule.
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According to her: “Actually, a man’s libido determines the sex routine in a marriage. But that doesn’t mean the woman cannot initiate it. She can do it by not asking but by body language which the man is sure to understand.”
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When she was asked what she would do if her husband suddenly becomes irreversibly impotent, the actress, admitted it would be a pill very hard to swallow. “Irreversible impotency in a marriage is a temptation and we need a divine grace to overcome such a temptation.
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Sex is fuel in a marriage, and when fuel is low or dries off, the marriage car stops, which means the marriage will suffer. It will only take divine intervention to sustain both parties, because sex is fuel and has a spirit of its own,” she added.
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Rearrested suspected ritual killer, Ifeanyi Dike, finally paraded today at the police headquarters, Port Harcourt, Rivers State

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Photos of Customs uncovers another 1,100 pump action rifles in Lagos


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Again, operatives of the Nigerian Custom Service, Tin-Can Island Command have impounded 1,100 pump action rifles. This bring to a total of about 2110 pump action rifles so far impounded in Lagos alone in the last seven months.
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The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Custom Service, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) who confirmed the seizure said that the weapons were fearfully concealed in a 1×20 ft container.
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He said that the weapons were discovered by custom officers who were carrying out 100% examination of the container. The syndicate that specialises in smuggling weapons into the country was also nabbed.
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The weapons were brought from Turkey and concealed inside a container which Bill of Laden indicated it was conveying wash hand basins.
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Controller General of Customs, Col. Ahmeed Alli, disclosed that, already, a Customs officer suspected to have cut the seal of the container without following due process, as well as a clerk at the command had been arrested in connection with the discovery.
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But for God, I would have lost my marriage this year – Nigerian singer, Samklef

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more photos of 2012 best student in WAEC who left Nigeria due to ASUU strike, makes history in the U.K



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In 2012, Folafoluwa Oginni, emerged the best student in WAEC and later proceeded to study Law at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. However, was forced to leave OAU in her sophomore year, with a CGPA of 4.53, due to the ASUU strike.
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She went to the U.K to continue her studies at the University of Heterfordshire and she just became the university’s first Nigerian Valedictorian, after finishing as the overall best student with a perfect CGPA with a score of 360 out of 360.
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Nigerian man found dead by the roadside in South Africa, after allegedly being arrested for not having his international passport

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I only date old men because they can’t have sex for long – Mzbel




37-year-old controversial Ghanaian singer, Mzbel, has revealed why she only dates old men. In an interview on Behind the Fame on Drive Time on Joy FM, she said: “I am an old man’s girlfriend. Everybody in Ghana knows that I don’t date young guys.
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If you are a young guy and I date you, I might break your heart. I like old men. They are very gentle,” said the ‘Saucy Gal’ act. They don’t also like sex. They can’t even have sex for long. You know, I don’t like sex like that. I like sex once in a while.”
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Nurses want state of emergency in health sector



JUTH nurses return to normal duty shift
Nigerian nurses
By Jessica Onyegbula
The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Federal Health Institution Sector (NANNM-FHI), have called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the health sector.
The association made the call in a statement issued by its National Public Relation Officer, Mr Aliyu Shehu, in Abuja.
It said that an emergency approach was needed to resolve the issues that bother on health administration, practice, headship, representation, benefits and welfare of all stakeholders in the industry.
It noted that the resolution of issues in contention with members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) would open up a chain of industrial actions by other unions and associations in the health industry.
NANNM said that the issues it presented to government predated those of NARD, which the Federal Ministries of Health and Labour ignored in spite of court judgments.
The association listed some of their demands to include chronic shortage of both general and specialised manpower in the various institutions.
Others included inadequate provision of medical consumables and services, stagnation, re-designation and demotion of our members.
It also called for restoration of payment of teaching allowance to deserving members and payment of arrears owed from 2011 to date in most hospitals.
“Non-payment of uniform allowance owed from 2008 till date in some hospitals, non-payment of arrears of relativity allowance and non-deduction and non-remittance of union dues by some hospital managements are also included,’’ it said.
It added that the union had engaged the two federal ministries of health and labour as well as other relevant agencies severally on the above issues.
NANNM therefore called on the government to do the needful within the window period to avoid industrial disharmony as the patience of its members was already over-taxed.
The association urged the Presidency and National Assembly to beam its searchlight on the administration of health in this country.
It however cautioned that the association should not be held responsible for any breakdown in services.
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Pope Francis injured in Colombia



Pope Francis with his injured face
Pope Francis with his injured face
Pope Francis sustained minor injuries on Sunday when he lost his balance and bumped his head against a vehicle barrier while riding in the popemobile during his visit to Cartagena, Colombia.
The popemobile, is a customized vehicle designed with bulletproof glass designed to protect the pope while he greets crowds.
The 80-year-old Catholic Pontiff appeared to be leaning outside a glass panel in front of him when the vehicle stopped and his face made contact with the barrier.
He bruised his cheekbone and cut his left eyebrow with blood staining his white cassock following the incident.
A spokesman for the pope confirmed the injuries, which were captured on video, saying he has a wound on his cheekbone and eyebrow but he is “fine.” He is receiving “ice treatment,” the spokesman added.
Pope Francis has been visiting Colombia since Wednesday, making stops in the cities of Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena.
He left Colombia also on Sunday after appealing to the country to “untie the knots of violence” following a 50-year civil war.
Source: ABC NEWS
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Putin honours Kislyak linked with Trump’s election



Sergei Kislyak and Donald Trump
Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded former Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak the Order of Alexander Nevsky.
The honour was granted for his great contribution to the implementation of Russia’s foreign policy, said a presidential decree published Monday on the official website of legal information.
Replaced by Anatoly Antonov, Kislyak returned to Russia in July after serving as the Russian envoy to the United States for nine years.
Kislyak met with senior campaign aides to Donald Trump during the 2016 U.S. presidential race, which later became the center piece of the controversy over Russia’s alleged interference in the election.
The United States has accused Russia of interfering with the election, but Moscow has strongly rejected the allegation.
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Buhari not happy with governors over Paris Club refund



From Left: President Muhammadu Buhari; Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi during a meeting of the President with members of the National Council of Traditional Rulers at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday. Photo: Callistus Ewelike/NAN
By Ismaila Chafe
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with members of the National Council of traditional rulers and decried the way the Paris Club Refund was spent by some state governors.
The Federal government had on May 4 released details of the second tranche of Paris Club refund to States totalling N243. 795 billion.
The refund is in respect of over-deductions on Paris Club, London Club Loans and Multilateral debts between 1995-2002.
The President, who met with the traditional rulers at the new Banquet hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja frowned at the inability of the affected state governments to pay the retirement benefits and outstanding salaries of workers with the payment of the refund.
President Buhari with the Chairman Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Samuel Ohiri (11/9/2017)
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From left: Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; President Buhari; Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi
“We have to digress this much because I would like to convince you that I’m living with the problems of this country day-by-day, and mostly those of the ordinary people.
“There are Nigerians that haven’t been paid for six months; there are Nigerians that have not been paid their retirement benefits for years.
“I’m appealing to the governors, (that was why we voted money, we borrowed money), please make sure anybody under you, pay them because most of them depend on that salary to pay rent, school fees,’’ he said.
He pledged that his administration would continue to do its best in executing developmental projects to uplift the standard of living of all Nigerians irrespective of their geo-political backgrounds.
The President noted with delight that the country would be witnessing bumper harvest across the country, this year.
He said the bumper harvest was as a result of the prayers of Nigerians which was graciously answered by God.
“We are lucky, last year and this year, the rainy season was good. If it were not good, I’m confiding in you, which country shall I run to? But God answered the prayers of most Nigerians.
“The rainy season last year was good, this year, from the reports I’m getting, it is good. We thank God for that, only God can do that for us otherwise there would have been lot of problems in this country.
President Buhari thanked the traditional rulers for their continued prayers and support to the government and urged them not to relent in efforts toward ensuring peace and stability in their respective domains.
He enjoined them to continue to educate their people on the need to ensure the continued survival of Nigeria as a geo-political entity.
Earlier in his remarks, the Sultan of Sokoto, Dr Sa’ad Abubakar, said the traditional rulers were in the Presidential Villa to wish the President and the country well and to express their unflinching support for the administration.
He, however, challenged the President to tighten up his belt in the discharge of his responsibilities for the betterment of the country.
The Sultan reassured that the traditional rulers would continue to pray for the good health of the president as well as peace and prosperity of the country.
The Sultan also expressed the willingness of the traditional rulers to continue to partner with the government in the fight against corruption and other social vices in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that six traditional rulers, one from each geo-political zone of the country, spoke at the occasion where they gave assurances of the support of their zones for the Buhari administration, as well as the continued existence of Nigeria as one country.
The Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Barkindo Mustapha, who spoke on behalf of the North-East traditional rulers, also offered special prayer for God to continue to give the President good health to enable him deliver on his promises to Nigerians.
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Nigeria’s domestic debt hits N19.63 trillion, says DMO



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Domestic debts rises to N19.63trillion, says DMO
By Folasade Folarin
Nigeria’s public debt stock for both the Federal Government and the states as at June 30 stood at N19.63 trillion, the Debt Management Office (DMO) said.
The DMO, according to  a report on its website said the external debt stock of both the state and Federal governments  was N4.6 trillion,  while the domestic debt stock of the Federal Government was N12 trillion.
It said the domestic debt of states stood at N3 trillion.
It also said the Federal Government spent N253.3 billion on domestic debt servicing in the second quarter of 2017, from April to June.
According to the report, N87 billion was spent on debt servicing in April, N73 billion in May and N75.2 billion in June.
Domestic debt is the amount of money raised by any government denominated in local currency and from its own residents.
It consists of two categories: Bank and Non-Bank borrowing.
Domestic loans are issued through government debt instruments such as Nigerian Treasury Bills, Nigerian Treasury Certificates, Federal Government Development Stocks, Treasury Bonds, Ways and Means Advances.
In another development, the Federal Government has offered for subscription two-year savings bond at 13.81 per cent and three-year savings bond at 14.81 per cent.
According to the offer circular by the DMO, the two-year bond will be due in September 2019 while the three-year bond will be due in September 2020.
It, however, did not state how much was offered, but added that the maximum subscription was N50 million at N1,000 per unit, subject to minimum subscription of N5,000 and in multiples of N1,000.
The website said that the bond was fully backed by the full faith and credit of the Federal Government, with quarterly coupon payments to bondholders.
The savings bond issuance is expected to help finance the nation’s budget deficit.
It is to also part of the Federal Government’s programme targeted at the lower income earners to encourage savings and also earn more income (interest), compared to their savings accounts with banks.
The circular also said that the offer would close on Friday.
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Aisha Buhari donates to Benue flood victims



Presenting Aisha Buhari’s gift: Wife of the Governor of Nasarawa state, Hajiya Mairo Tanko Almakura, leads a delegation made up of the wife of the Governor of Kebbi state, Dr. Zainab Bagudu and Senior Special Assistant to the President, Dr. Hajo Sani
By Emmanuel Antswen
The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, on Monday donated relief materials to thousands of victims of the devastating flood in Benue state.
Aisha, who made the donation at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, at International Market Makurdi, said that she was in the state to identify with the Benue Government and the flood victims.
Represented by the wife of Nasarawa State Governor, Mrs Mairo Al-Makura, Aisha said more relief materials are on the way.
She said that the relief materials were to assist the IDPs and facilitate their recovery from the trauma caused by the flood.
The wife of the President donated 279 cartons of 3 in 1 Garri, Sugar and Milk, 50 cartons of Onga seasoning, 600 packs of rice and 400 cartons of beverages.
Earlier, the Benue state Deputy Governor, Mr Benson Abounu, commended the wife of the President for her concern and care for women in the country.
Abounu said that the flood has affected 21 local government areas in the state, adding that over 110,000 families were so far displaced.
He said that the state was in receipt of relief materials from the NEMA and other donor agencies in the country and commended the President for his quick response to the disaster.
He disclosed that the dredging of River Benue and construction of drainage was the only way to prevent future recurrence of the flood disaster in the state.
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