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Monday, February 26, 2018

PSP Operators, community leaders embrace Cleaner Lagos Initiative *As normalcy gradually returns to Lagos streets

PSP Operators, community leaders embrace Cleaner Lagos Initiative  *As normalcy gradually returns to Lagos streets

The differences which gave rise to emergence of refuse across Lagos State over the implementation of a new waste management policy encapsulated in the Cleaner Lagos Initiative have been resolved, with all the key players agreeing to sheath their sword and collaborate in order to ensure cleaner, prosperous and healthier environment in the state.

The resolve to collaborate was reached on Thursday at a meeting held between officials of the Lagos State Government, Visionscape Sanitation Solutions and Waste Collection Operators (WCOs), also known as Private Sector Participant (PSP) Operators.

Speaking at the meeting, the State’s Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti said that government was interested in easing challenges being experienced in Waste Management at present by creating synergy between Visionscape and the WCOs in their spheres of operation, stressing that resolving the challenge in a mutually beneficial manner was the best approach.

“Government more than ever believes in this partnership and that is why it has not only provided a facility of up to N2.5b with State Government guarantee, which PSP Operators could access to upscale their operations, but has also opened another channel through the Employment Trust Fund for loan facilities at reasonable interest of not more than 12% per annum”, he said.

The Environment Commissioner stated that the Lagos State Government was determined to remove all bottlenecks hindering seamless waste disposal operations, adding that it was making the bold move of targeting a turn-around time of thirty minutes at the dumpsites by encouraging concerned stakeholders to create additional platform at the sites.

He emphasized that no efforts would be spared to return the dump sites to sanity by reducing the menace of indiscriminately parked trucks and scavengers, both of which add to the loss of time at the dump sites.
On his part, Visionscape’s Chief Executive Officer, John Irvine, applauded the new found understanding between his company and the Waste Collection Operators and stated that challenges being experienced in domestic waste management in Lagos State had to do with the fact that the domestic waste operator was just in its first cycle of operation, meaning that it must contend with some teething problems.
His words: “It is not unusual to face this kind of problems especially in the first cycle of operations. It takes some time to build the superstructures and to ameliorate the present hiccups; we are buying locally and taking steps to have waste container bins manufactured locally.”
Speaking on behalf of the WCOs, Kasumu Afis Olasehinde reiterated their commitment to the success of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative and pledged to roll out more trucks to rid Lagos of Wastes’ black spots.
“To show our total commitment to a cleaner, healthier and safer Lagos, we have not only resolved to work with the Government of Lagos State and the domestic waste operators as partners, we have also resolved to commence free Operations every Thursdays to mop up black spots in our respective areas” he said.
It was agreed at the meeting that a seamless process should be put in place on how Visionscape and the PSPs will partner on the door-to-door collection of waste from March 1.
It was also agreed that Visionscape would take the PSPs on a tour of the Epe Landfill, the first engineered landfill in West Africa.
The meeting also agreed to set up a committee comprising all the stakeholders to ensure smooth operation of the project.
At a meeting with the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu at City Hall, Lagos Island on Wednesday, community leaders and market leaders also embraced the Cleaner Lagos Initiative.
With the reconciliation efforts, normalcy has started returning to Lagos streets.


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Air Peace sets new record as B777 aircraft arrives (Photos)

Air Peace sets new record as B777 aircraft arrives (Photos)

Nigeria’s leading carrier, Air Peace on Friday set a new record with the arrival of its newly acquired Boeing B777-200 aircraft, becoming the first and only Nigerian airline to procure and register the brand of airliner in the country.

The development is coming weeks after the airline took delivery of two Embraer 145 aircraft on January 31 and February 9 respectively and made history with the setting up a subsidiary, Air Peace Hopper to organise its short-haul operations in line with its no-city-left-behind project.

The 274-capacity aircraft, which touched down at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 3.45 pm on Friday, is the first of two Boeing 777 airliners Air Peace recently acquired in preparation for its Dubai, Sharjah, London, Guangzhou-China, Houston, Mumbai and Johannesburg services. The airline is finalising talks to add two more B777 aircraft to its fleet soon.  
Air Peace sets new record as B777 aircraft arrives (Photos)
The aircraft with registration mark 5N-BVE bears “Ifechukwu”, the middle name of the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema.  The aircraft, which was flown in by the Chief Pilot of the airline, Capt. Victor Egonu and Capt. Simon Donoghue, arrived to a rousing welcome by an excited team from Air Peace led by Onyema and and enthusiastic crowd of top aviation personnel as well as security operatives. Speaking on the arrival of the aircraft, Onyema assured that Air Peace, which launched its its Banjul, Freetown and Dakar services on February 19, would soon start flights to Dubai, Sharjah, Guangzhou-China, London, Houston, Mumbai and South Africa.

"Air Peace is ready to begin operations on these routes as soon as we get the cooperation of our aviation agencies, our home governments, and the outside governments of the countries we are going to. As soon as we get their cooperation, we will make it happen" Onyema said.
Air Peace sets new record as B777 aircraft arrives (Photos)
The feats Air Peace had recorded in just three years of its flight operations, he insisted, were a proof that Nigerian airlines could compete with and even outperform the legacy airlines if there was a level-playing field.  

His words: "This is the first time a Nigerian carrier is acquiring a B777. What we have had in the past were through leases which were not favourable to the airline operators. So, I don't believe that Nigerian airlines cannot compete favourably with others. What we have been lacking is the necessary support.  "Within the last three years, we have been able to increase our fleet size to 24 aircraft. That is rapid growth and we are still growing stronger."  
Air Peace sets new record as B777 aircraft arrives (Photos)
Onyema dismissed insinuations that Nigerian airlines were not safe, stressing that Air Peace spent up to $2.5 million annually in maintaining a single aircraft on its fleet. "So,” he contended, “in terms of safety, we can assure our guests of the very best because even our technical partner is a firm from the United Kingdom. "Air Peace cannot be said to be weak or indebted and if there are airlines that are going through that, they should come out and name them instead of generalising."  

The Air Peace boss said he remained opposed to the Single African Air Transportation Market (SAATM) initiative, insisting that Nigeria had little or nothing to gain from it.  Onyema explained that most African airlines that would take advantage of the SAATM window to operate in the country lacked attractive destinations Nigerian airlines would reciprocally operate into. He added that some of the countries on the African continent were imposing high charges in a bid to discourage Nigerian airlines from operating into their routes.
Air Peace sets new record as B777 aircraft arrives (Photos)
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Nigeria's Super Falcons pull out of a 12-nation tournament in Turkey over visa issues

Nigeria

Reigning African women champions, the Super Falcons of Nigeria have withdrawn from a 12-nation tournament which kicks off in Turkey this week, citing visa issues.  

The Super Falcons were scheduled to lock horns with Group B rivals France, Kosovo and Kazakhstan from 26 February to 7 March as preparation for this year's Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers, but the West Africans, who finished third at the regional Wafu Cup on Saturday, have withdrawn from the competition for logistical reasons.

"It was impossible for the team to sort visas and make it to the tournament in Turkey, so they had to pull out.They only just finished playing the Wafu Cup on Saturday and had a short time-frame to sort out visas and other important logistics for the trip to Turkey. Importantly, attention and preparations will shift towards the big friendly against France in April" Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) spokesman Ademola Olajire told BBC Sport.

The news comes as a real setback for the country and newly appointed coach, Swede Thomas Dennerby.  Before his arrival, the Super Falcons had not played or trained since lifting the Women's Africa Cup of Nations for an eighth time in 2016, when Dennerby's predecessor Florence Omagbemi became the first woman to win the competition as both player and coach.

The team will now travel to Europe to play France in a friendly in April, after which the focus will be on securing a qualifying spot at the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations in Ghana. This year's Women's Nations Cup takes on extra significance as it will also decide the continent's teams for the 2019 Women's World Cup.

Nigeria are the only African team to have played in all of the Women's seven World Cup tournaments since 1991 but they have failed to translate their continental dominance on the world stage.  Their best performance came when reaching the quarter-finals in 1999.
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British boxer, Scott Westgarth, 31, dies mysteriously after winning a heavyweight fight in London

British boxer, Scott Westgarth, 31, dies mysteriously after winning a heavyweight fight in London

It was a weekend of pain and grief in London, as British boxer, Scott Westgarth, died after falling ill after a heavyweight bout on Saturday.  

Westgarth looked uncomfortable as he was interviewed at the ringside after his points victory over Dec Spelman in Doncaster and was taken to hospital, having deteriorated backstage.  

The 31-year-old who had been chasing an English title fight died in Royal Hallamshire Hospital as confirmed by Stefy Bull, his promoter who wrote on social media today saying “God bless Scott Westgarth. To promote a boxing show and a young man doing a job he loves losing his life, I have no words.”  

Spelman also reacted to the news, saying “absolutely heartbroken and lost for words: all continue to pray for Scott’s family and the people close to him: rest easy my friend.” 

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Governor Ambode signs the 2018 Appropriation Bill into law with a budget of N1.04 trillion

Governor?Ambode signs?the 2018 Appropriation Bill?into law with a budget of N1.04 trillion



Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode today signed the 2018 Appropriation Bill of the State into law with a total budget size of N1,046,121,181,680.00.  

The total budget size comprises of N347, 038, 938, 872.00 to be funded from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, and N699, 082, 242,808.00 from the Development Fund for both capital and recurrent expenditure for the year ending 31st December, 2018.

The Governor also signed two critical bills into law. They are the Consolidated Transport Sector Bill and the Lagos State Teaching Service Commission Bill. The Transport Sector Law 2018 provides for the development and management of a sustainable transport system in the State, as well as development, management and maintenance of transport infrastructure and facilities within the State.  

The law also regulates the provision of an efficient transport delivery system and ensures availability of a safe and affordable transportation system. It is hoped that with this law, an efficient integrated transport management system will evolve in the State. On the other hand, the Teaching Service Commission Law 2018 provides for the control and management of teaching service matters in the State, and for connected purposes.  

The law regulates and co-ordinates the management of teaching service matters and provides uniform guidelines for the effective management of Post-Primary Schools in the State.  Governor Ambode, while presenting the 2018 Appropriation Bill to the State House of Assembly, had pledged that his administration would make every effort to complete all ongoing projects as well as initiate new ones to consolidate on the development recorded in the last two and half years.  

He said the budget, christened as “Budget of Progress and Development”, would be used to consolidate on the achievements recorded in infrastructure, education, transportation/traffic management, security and health sectors, among others. Outlining the key components of the budget, Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Olusegun Banjo said capital expenditure would gulp N699.082billion, while N347.039billion would be dedicated to recurrent expenditure, representing a Capital/Recurrent ratio of 67 per cent to 33 per cent and a 28.67 per cent increase over Y2017 budget.  

He also listed key projects captured in the 2018 Budget to include the Agege Pen Cinema flyover; alternative routes through Oke-Ira in Eti-Osa to Epe-Lekki Expressway; the 8km Regional Road to serve as alternative route to connect Victoria Garden City (VGC) with Freedom Road in Lekki Phase I; completion of the on-going reconstruction of Oshodi International Airport Road into a 10-lane road and the BRT Lane from Oshodi to Abule-Egba.  

According to sectoral breakdown of the budget, General Public Services is earmarked to gulp N171,623bn, representing 16.41 per cent; Public Order and Safety, N46.612bn, representing 4.46; Economic Affairs, N473,866bn, representing 45.30 per cent; Environmental Protection, N54,582bn, representing 5.22 per cent, while Housing and Community Amenities got N59,904bn, representing 5.73 per cent.  

Health sector got N92.676billion, representing 8.86 per cent; Recreation, Culture and Religion got N12.511billion, representing 1.20 per cent; Education got N126.302billion representing 12.07 per cent, while Social Protection got N8.042billion representing 0.77 per cent.  Under the budget, there are provisions for completion of the five new Art Theatres; establishment of an Heritage Centre at the former Federal Presidential State House recently handed over to the State Government; a world class museum between the former Presidential Lodge and the State House, Marina; construction of four new stadia in Igbogbo, Epe, Badagry and Ajeromi Ifelodun (Ajegunle) and completion of the on-going Epe and Badagry Marina projects.  On Housing, there are provisions for completion of on-going projects especially those at Gbagada, Igbogbo, Iponri, Igando, Omole Phase I, Sangotedo and Ajara-Badagry under the Rent-to-Own policy, among others.  

Also speaking, Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade put the projection for revenue (IGR) at N897billion, while the remaining part of the budget would be funded by deficit financing.  ”Today is a good day in our State, the Governor just signed the 2018 Appropriation Law. For the first time the Law has about N1.046trillion as total amount that we would spend in 2018.  “The Budget is tagged “Budget of Progress and Development” and in terms of capital and recurrent expenditure, we have 63 per cent Capital and 37 per cent Recurrent and that shows that we are really big on infrastructural renewal.  “In terms of revenue, we are expecting a total of N897billion both from the State and Federal receipts, so the rest would be funded through budget deficit financing. We are focusing this year on completing all projects that we have started knowing fully well that people would say that this is an election year, but the Governor is focused on delivering the dividends of democracy; we are not slowing down, we want to really ensure that we touch every aspect of Lagos that needs to be touched in terms of infrastructural renewal, welfare and other things that the Governor promised,” Ashade said.
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Many houses on fire as violence erupts in Kaduna community

Many houses on fire as violence erupts in Kaduna community



Kasuwan Magani community in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state is currently boiling. Many houses have been set on fire by rampaging youths. The reason for the attack is yet unknown but unconfirmed sources however say trouble broke out when it was discovered that some members of the community had forcefull abducted some girls and converted them to a different religion

Kasuwan Magani is 31 kilometers away from Kaduna city. It is located on the highway that links the state to Plateau, Nasarawa and Benue states.
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Halle Berry goes panty free in grey leggings in LA...but fans notice a little more (Photos)

Halle Berry goes panty free in grey leggings in LA...but fans notice a little more (Photos)

Ageless 51-year-old actress, Halle Berry was spotted on Friday as she headed to a gym in West Hollywood.
Halle who had no make-up on as she stepped out also went panty free in grey leggings, which she paired with Adidas hoodie, a hat and a set of black tennis shoes. 

However, the photos are attracting a lot of attention for something else. Spot it?

Halle Berry goes panty free in grey leggings in LA...but fans notice a little more (Photos)
Halle Berry goes panty free in grey leggings in LA...but fans notice a little more (Photos)Halle Berry goes panty free in grey leggings in LA...but fans notice a little more (Photos)

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Northern Christians plead with International organisations to help remove Buhari from office



 Northern Christians plead with International organisations to help remove Buhari from office

A group of Christians in the North, under the aegis of Arewa Christians and Indigenous Pastors Association has solicited the help of International bodies to help rescue Nigerians from the “bad leadership” of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Among the global bodies from which the association sought help are the African Union, the European Union, the Commonwealth of Nations, the United Nations and the United States of America.

President of ACIPA, Luke Shehu said president Buhari is “nepotistic”, while the “Nigerian ethnic nationalities and particularly the Northern Christians are under siege.” 
The organisation scored Buhari very low on security saying his government has failed in its primary responsibility of protecting lives and property. Shehu said,
“While we may not conclude that insurgency in Nigeria is state-sponsored, there is clear and obvious complicity by government officials in some quarters.
“This administration should stop deceiving Nigerians that Boko Haram has been defeated. The truth is that after three years, Boko Haram has yet to be defeated despite the pre-election promise to do so in less than six months.”
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Zahra Buhari poses with husband, Ahmed Indimi, and sister-in-laws in new photo

Zahra Buhari poses with husband, Ahmed Indimi, and sister-in-laws in new photo

President Buhari's daughter, Zahra shared via Insta-stories this selfie of herself all smiles with her husband, Ahmed, and sister-in-laws today.
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President of Nigeria Youth Organisation to sue Buhari if he fails to run for second term

President of?Nigeria Youth Organisation to sue Buhari if he fails to run for second term



The President, Nigeria Youth Organisation (NYO), Abdullahi Wali, says he will sue President Muhammadu Buhari if he refuses to contest in the 2019 presidential election.  

Wali, in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja, said he was reacting to a statement credited to Buhari during a meeting with APC governors, where he was quoted as saying that he needed time to decide whether he would run or not.  

Wali said President Buhari should run in 2019 in order to consolidate the achievements he had recorded so far.  He listed some of Buhari’s achievements as effective implementation of Treasury Single Account(TSA), diversification of the economy, anti-corruption war, war against insurgency, the complete refund of Paris club loan, deduction to states among others.

“If Buhari decides not to run in 2019, the achievements recorded by his administration will vanish as the vampires of our common treasury will resurrect and loot everything living the masses with nothing. Therefore, he needs to solidify his achievement before handing over to hopefully a youth.  NYO agenda is to build Nigerian youths to actively participate in leadership for national unity and development and will therefore not sit and watch the solid foundation made by this administration for the benefit of Nigerian youths sink. I have directed my lawyers to sue the president if he refuses to run and will also mobilise millions of youths under my leadership to stage the highest rally ever in Nigeria until the president accepts to run,’’ he said.  

Wali said that he would be glad to beg the president for the privilege of purchasing a nomination form for him if he decided to run in 2019.

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Mother smothered her newborn baby by stuffing her in her purse then went shopping at Victoria's Secret with it

Mother smothered her newborn baby by stuffing her in her purse then went shopping at Victoria




A woman is on trial for smothering her baby then carrying the child's body in her purse as she went shipping in Victoria's Secret.

21-year-old Tiona Rodriguez gave birth when she was just 17. The baby was born in a friend's bathroom in New York. After the birth, Tiona stuffed the body into her purse and brought it along as she shopped for sexy lingerie at Manhattan’s Victoria’s Secret. She was caught when security guards at the shop noticed a bad smell coming from her bag after suspecting her of shoplifting. A search produced the baby's corpse. 

Mother smothered her newborn baby by stuffing her in her purse then went shopping at Victoria

Rodriguez was charged with murder after prosecutors found Facebook messages to a friend in which she callously talked about the child's death.
The message read: "Take this s*** and dig a hole, put it somewhere, lol, then we go eat [pancakes]."
She faced life in prison if convicted. But she pleaded guilty last month to first-degree manslaughter under extreme emotional disturbance and was jailed for 16 years.
During the trial it was revealed that this was Tiona’s third pregnancy. She gave birth to her first baby at the age of 14.
Her defense attorney, Julie Rendelmen, told the press: "People look at her and think she’s so evil, but there is so much more to this young woman than these incredibly horrible moments in her life. She was feeling incredible pressure and incredible feelings of inadequacy."
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Wow! You won't believe how this lady found out she is dating a married man

Wow! You won

As she shared on Twitter.
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Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots)

Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots)


Here is how Nigerians are reacting after Big Brother Head of House, Tobi saved Bamco (Bam Bam & Rico Swavey) and replaced them with Celo (Cee-C  & Lolu).

Cee-C was Tobi's former strategic partner, but they fell apart after they were assigned new strategic partners. Now Nigerians are rooting to vote for Celo (Cee-C  & Lolu), in other to escape Sunday's eviction.

Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots) Nigerians react to Tobi replacing Bamco with Celo for possible eviction, & majority are rooting to keep Cee-C and Lolu in the Big Brother House (Screenshots)

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Bill Cosby's daughter, Ensa dies at 44

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby's daughter, Ensa is dead. The 44-year-old died on Friday night in Massachusetts.

The cause of Ensa's death is unknown. She reportedly had significant medical issues in the past, including kidney issues and possibly was in line for a transplant.

Elsa steadfastly supported her embattled father all through his legal troubles. Last year, she released a statement saying she is certain her father is innocent of sexual assault allegations against him.

The statement reads: "My father has been publicly lynched in the media and my family, my young daughter, my young niece and nephew have had to stand helplessly by and watch the double standard or pretending to protect the rights of some but ignoring the rights of others.

"And exposing innocent children to such appalling accusations about someone that they love dearly and who has been so loving and kind to them is beyond cruel."

She added: "I strongly believe my father is innocent of the crimes alleged against him and I believe that racism has played a big role in all aspects of this scandal."

This is not the first time Bill Cosby is losing a child. His son, Ennis Cosby was murdered in 1997 in a failed robbery attempt.
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#Dapchi Abduction: PDP demands full scale investigation by National Assembly

#Dapchi Abduction: PDP demands full scale investigation by National Assembly

The Peoples Democratic Party has urged the National Assembly to immediately, as a matter of urgent national importance, open a full scale investigation into the circumstances leading to and surrounding the unfortunate abduction of 110 school girls in Dapchi, Yobe state.

This investigation has become imperative in the face of rising speculations and conspiracy theorems in the public space, fueled by conflicting reports, attempts at cover-up and disagreements among government officials and agencies regarding the ugly incident.

The National Assembly must take a critical note of the allegation by Yobe State governor, Ibrahim Geidam, who insists that the abduction was preceded by the withdrawal of troops safeguarding the troubled area.
The governor is the chief security officer of the state and his statement cannot be taken lightly or even dismissed by just a wave of the hand by anybody or any government agency under any guise whatsoever.

The PDP also urges the National Assembly to investigate the various conflicting reports that have characterized the abduction, particularly the initial moves by the Federal Government to deny the occurrence of this incident.
Nigerians are indeed worried about the apparent deliberate design to hide the facts of this abduction and demand to know the truth. It is a common saying in Africa that thunder does not strike on the same spot twice.

We must not allow our national ambience to be filled with speculations from conspiracy theorists. Our lawmakers must therefore, in unraveling the matter, question all security agencies, particularly those operating in the area.

Furthermore, we urge the National Assembly to urgently come to the rescue of some of the parents of our abducted daughters, who were arrested and taken into custody for daring to demand to know the whereabouts of their children and wards.
The Federal Government must be made to live up to the basic responsibility of protecting lives and property and also to be truthful to Nigerians at all times.

We therefore demand a strong legislative action at the highest level to enable our nation know the truth on this matter and other issues directly affecting the safety and wellbeing of our citizens.
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8 soldiers reportedly missing after Boko Haram members ambush military formation in Damboa, Borno state

8 soldiers reportedly missing after Boko Haram members ambush military formation in Damboa, Borno state

Eight soldiers are missing, while three others are seriously injured when Boko Haram members ambushed troops on the Damboa-Sabon Gari Road in Borno State today Monday February 26th. 

Military sources told Sahara Reporters that one Army gun truck was also taken away by the sect's members.

According to sources, the injured soldiers have been moved to a medical facility in Biu for treatment.
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Photo: Father names his baby boy after President Buhari

 Photo: Father names his baby boy after President Buhari

Mr Abdulmumin Yusuf, who lives at Unguwar IN Azare Town, Bauchi state has named his baby boy after President Buhari.



 Photo: Father names his baby boy after President Buhari
 Photo: Father names his baby boy after President Buhari
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''Abduction of female students in Dapchi is not a National disaster, it is a National disgrace'' CNN's Isha Sesay tells President Buhari



Isha who has been in the vanguard of those calling for the rescue of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014, took to her twitter handle to correct President Buhari who described the recent abduction of 110 female students in Dapchi, Yobe state as a National disaster.
According to Isha, this recent abduction is more of a National disgrace. See her tweet below...
 

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