Thursday, 7 September 2017

Buhari and APC side-lined me after I helped them win the 2015 election - Atiku

According to Daily Trust, in an interview aired during yesterday’s morning programme of the Hausa Service of the Voice of America (VOA), Atiku said he had been sidelined despite the fact that he used his contacts and resources to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.

“Honestly speaking, I’m still a member of the APC; I was part of all the processes, including campaigns until success was achieved.

Former Roman Catholic priest who was jailed for sexually abusing boy in 2003 charged again

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A former Roman Catholic priest who served prison time for sexually abusing a New York teenager 17 years ago is now charged with abusing a boy earlier this year.

Authorities say 51-year-old Michael Hands, of Easton in Washington County, has been charged with sexually abusing a teenager in neighboring Saratoga County this year.

EPL clubs vote to close transfer window before season

English Premier League clubs voted on Thursday to close the 2018 close-season transfer window before the start of the 2018-19 campaign.

Following complaints by managers that transfer activity disturbs their preparations, Premier League clubs will not be able to register new players after 1600 GMT on the Thursday before the season starts.

Two handed death sentence for 1993 Mumbai blasts

An Indian court has sentenced to death two men convicted of involvement in a series of bombings that killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993.

The court sentenced Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan and Taher Merchant to death, while two others, Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan, were jailed for life, Deepak Salvi, a lawyer for the federal police, said on Thursday.

Qatar waives visa requirement for Moroccans

Morocco has been added to a list of countries whose citizens no longer need visas to enter Qatar, official Moroccan media has said.

Qatar, hit by a land and air embargo imposed by a group of its most powerful neighbours, in early August introduced a visa-free entry programme for 80 nationalities to stimulate air transport and tourism.

Opposition lawmaker shot in Tanzania’s capital – official

A prominent opposition figure in Tanzania was shot near his home in the capital, a government official said Thursday, in an attack that shocked the East African nation known for its relative peace and stability.

Lawmaker Tundu Lissu of the Chadema party, who recently faced criminal charges after he called President John Magufuli, a dictator, was wounded by an unknown assailant in Dodoma, said Home Affairs Minister Mwigulu Nchemba.

The weird and wonderful world of Cristiano Ronaldo's endorsements

It's hard being Cristiano Ronaldo. He's won just about every individual honor, accolade and prize there is to win, as well as a fistful of league titles in England and Spain, more than a couple of Champions League trophies, Euro 2016 with Portugal and a partridge in a pear tree.

My husband hates me because I can’t read Qur’an – Woman tells court

A housewife, Olayemi Ajetunmobi, on Thursday told an Idi-Ogungun Customary Court at Agodi in Ibadan that her husband, Taofeek, hated her because of her inability to read the Qur’an or pray in Islamic way.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Olayemi’s husband, Taofeek, had approached the court for the dissolution of their 19-year marriage blessed with three children, citing wife’s insincerity and lack of cooperation.

Algeria Coach Tips Super Eagles to Qualify for World Cup

After losing to Zambia 0-1 in Constantine on Tuesday night, Algeria coach Lucas Alcaraz dismissed the chances of the Chipolopolos beating the Super Eagles to clinch the World Cup ticket.

The Spanish-born coach submitted that Nigeria still has the momentum after being forced to a 1-1 draw in Yaounde, by the Indomitable Lions.

I was right to snub Arsenal - Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy believes he has been proven right to turn down Arsenal but would still consider leaving Leicester if it meant winning more major trophies.

Vardy rejected a move to north Londonafter clinching the Premier League title last year and says Leicester's Champions League adventure, coupled with the Gunners' struggles, have since vindicated his choice to stay.

Former Super Eagles Defender, Sodje Embroiled in Financial Scandal

The Sodje family has kept mum over accusations of laundering cash from an £80,000 international fraud in 2013.

Retired Premier League star Sam Sodje was allegedly involved in channelling proceeds from an email banking scam which targeted companies in Colombia, India, Italy and Abu Dhabi.

Alexis Sanchez's Girlfriend Fingered in His Fitness Problem

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It seems that Alexis Sanchez cannot escape controversy at the moment.

With Arsenal, the attacker has been criticised for fans failing to commit his future to the side with less than a year remaining on his contract and does not want to play for the club again , while for the national team he faces an altogether different problem.

Mission Protest Killing of Nigerians in South Africa

The Nigerian mission in South Africa says it has protested the killing of Nigerians to the government of that country.

Two Nigerians were recently killed by the South African police for allegedly being in possession of drugs.

On Aug. 30, Kingsley Ikeri, 27, a native of Mbaitolu Local Government Area of Imo, was allegedly killed by the police at Vryheid town, in KwaZulu Natal Province while being interrogated for being in possession of drugs.

Buhari is a Chameleon That Cannot Change Its Skin - Dokpesi

Chairman emeritus of DAAR Communications Plc, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a chameleon that cannot change its skin.

According to him, Buhari’s current style of governance was not different from what he displayed between 1983 and 1985 when he was military Head of State.

Popular UK-Based Nigerian Midwife in Trouble Over Alleged False Medical Qualifications

A renowned campaigner against female genital mutilation is under investigation after apparently exaggerating her qualifications. Comfort Momoh, a midwife, set up the country’s first FGM clinic and was awarded an MBE for services to women’s healthcare.
She has regularly offered advice to the Crown Prosecution Service and given talks to hundreds of British schoolgirls. But a BBC report has found that Mrs Momoh has overstated her professional qualifications. The 55-year-old has repeatedly described herself as ‘Dr Momoh’ despite not being a qualified medical doctor.

Popular Lagos Islamic Cleric caught while trying to use this lady for rituals in Badagry Area (See Photos)

A Muslim Cleric, alongside one other person, were allegedly aprpehended yesterday, Wednesday, while they were trying to use a lady for rituals. This happened at Olorunda Local council development area in Badagry, Lagos State.

Gani Adams praises reintroduction of History curriculum to schools

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The National Coordinator of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Chief Gani Adams, on Thursday said that the reintroduction of History in schools would sustain national identity among the youths.

Adams told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the teaching of History in schools was essential to the nation’s future and socio-political development.

‘When Kanu talks about Biafra, he is talking nonsense’- Clark

Foremost Niger-Delta leader, Edwin Clark, Tuesday vehemently condemned the Biafran agitation led by Nnamdi Kanu, stating that he lacked a proper grasp of the issues and the right approach. He also condemned the quit notice issued by the Arewa youths to Igbos resident in the North. Clark reportedly made these views known when the Chairman, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debt, Senator Shehu Sani, paid him a visit at his Abuja residence on Monday.

The ‘cold war’ between Atiku and Buhari: Has the 2019 campaign started already?

In the past 24 hours, the camp of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has fired three shots into the orbit of President Muhammadu Buhari. But the presidency has not responded. Some political analysts believe this is just the beginning of the battle for 2019.
Many Nigerians consider Abubakar as charismatic, tactful and daring. Yes, he dared Obasanjo when the former president was at the apogee of power.

Suya seller pleads guilty to slitting 4 year old throat

A Suya Seller on Wednesdaypleaded guilty before an Ebutte Metta Magistrate Court for attempting to slit the throat of a four year girl. The accused it was gathered lured the victim with biscuit to a secluded area before attempting to carry out the act. Abdulahi pleaded guilty to the two charges of attempted murder and unlawful assault.

How we will tackle sexual harassment in Nollywood – AGN President, Ezeji reveals

The president of AGN, Emeka Ejezie told newsmen in Lagos yesterday that it was part of his leadership’s efforts at sanitizing the industry.

Ejezie said, “Allegations against film producers by actresses may either be true or false, but we are going to raise eyebrows to ensure it does not exist.

Pastor releases customized ATM cards for church members to use in paying tithe

Controversial Malawi pastor, Shepherd Bushiri who just bought a G-Wagon for his wife one month after she bought a Rolls Royce for him have released customized ATM cards for his church members to use in paying tithe and offerings.

Court awards N50bn damages against bank for libel

A Lagos High Court in Ikeja has ordered Stanbic-IBTC Bank Plc and CRC Credit Bureau Ltd to pay a stockbroking firm, Longterm Global Capital Ltd, N50billion as damages for alleged libel.

Justice Babajide Candide-Johnson made the order after upholding Longterm Global Capital’s claim that first and second defendants Stanbic-IBTC and CRC Credit Bureau published a false allegation that the firm owed the bank N543, 030.843 which had yielded an interest of N213, 537, 753 as at October 31, 2012.

Community seals pastor’s house for burying charms and coffin in land

The Ipinsa community in the Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State has accused a pastor, identified as Abiodun, of involving in fetish activities in the town.

It was gathered that sequel to the development, the traditional ruler of the community, Oba Omoniyi Olufunmilayo, on Tuesday ordered that Abiodun’s land in the community and his house located in the Ayedun area of Akure, should be sealed up.

Liverpool’s wantaway Coutinho reports for training

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho on Thursday returned to training at the club after failing to push through a move from the Premier League giants.

The Brazil playmaker submitted a transfer request on the eve of the season but Liverpool repeatedly rebuffed Barcelona’s attempts to lure him to the Camp Nou.

Woman marries 12 Husbands in 6yrs, runs away with bride price

The Police are on a manhunt for a 32-year-old woman with the name, Jariyaporn “Nammon” Buayai who married at least twelve men over the past six years and fled with the dowry cash each time. The dowry range from THB200,000 to THB500,000 (about US$6,000-US$15,000) per wedding.

One of the victims, Prasarn Tiamyam, 32, filed a report at the Crime Suppression Division in Monday against “ex-wife” Jariyaporn “Nammon” Buayai, who allegedly cheated him of a THB200,000 dowry four days after their wedding at a seaside resort in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

Police Arraigns ‘Fake Oba Of Lagos’ Over Alleged N15m Fraud

Police from State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) Panti-Yaba, Lagos yesterday arraigned one Salami Oluwatobi Peter, who impersonated the Oba of Lagos, over alleged N15 million fraud.

The police accused the 27 years old man and others now at large of conspiring among themselves  to fraudulently obtained the sum of N15 million from one Moriselade Ajoke, under the pretence of assisting her to procure a slot in the proposed Lekki Free Airport Investment.

Popular Socialite Allegedly Stabs Herself to Death (Photo)

A 25-year-old South African socialite Lebohang Mathuloe has left many people in shock after she reportedly killed herself.

However, the death has generated confusion as some claimed Mathuloe was killed by her boyfriend. But, the cops said she died from her wounds after stabbing herself!

She was found dead at Pecanwood Estate in Hartbeespoort, North West, on Monday.

Pregnant woman in labour commits suicide after family denied her C-section

According to South China Morning Post, the 26-year-old woman surnamed Ma was admitted to the maternity ward of Yulin No 1 Hospital in Shaanxi Province, northern China, last Wednesday. It was found out at the hospital that the baby’s head was big and it was Ma’s first birth so the doctors recommended the Caesarean Section.

Caesarean section, also known as C-section or caesarean delivery, is the use of surgery to deliver one or more babies.

ABCON chief lauds fed govt on economic recovery

Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, the President of Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), on Wednesday commended the Federal Government on the recovery of the economy.

Gwadabe told newsmen in Lagos that exiting recession was as a result of the government’s effective management of fiscal and monetary policies as witnessed lately.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a ‘fighter’ – Toure

Kolo Toure insists Arsene Wenger is a “fighter” and is managing Arsenal with his heart.

Wenger is under renewed scrutiny just three games into the new Premier League season following a heavy 4-0 defeat to Liverpool last time out.

Toure played under Wenger at the Gunners for seven years, winning the Premier League trophy in 2004, which was Arsenal’s most recent title.

South Sudan urged to delay polls and focus on peace deal

Experts and civil society groups on Wednesday urged South Sudan to delay conducting general elections early next year and instead focus on the implementation of the August 2015 peace deal to end over three years of civil war.

The South Sudanese Network for Democracy and Elections (SSuNDE), a network of more than 70 civil society organisations, said the current situation in South Sudan makes it practically impossible to conduct credible elections within the remaining time frame of the peace deal, which is set to expire in March 2018.

Buhari said he would not seek re-election in 2019 – minister

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari told members of his party before he was first elected that he would only seek one term, implying he did not intend at that time to run in 2019, the minister of women’s affairs told Reuters on Wednesday.

The comments by Aisha Alhassan could heighten uncertainty over whether Buhari plans to contest the next election. Buhari took power in 2015 but has been absent for much of this year due to illness. He is yet to say if he will seek a second term.

Suspected bomb lab found near Paris, two arrested

A suspected bomb-making laboratory was discovered Wednesday in an unoccupied apartment in a Paris suburb, leading to two arrests, sources close to the probe said.

Gas canisters, electric wiring and chemicals that could be used to make explosives were among items found in the flat near Villejuif, south of the French capital, the sources said.

Sexagenarian remanded in prison for allegedly setting sibling ablaze

An Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan on Wednesday remanded a sexagenarian, Adegboyega Abiose, in Agodi prison for allegedly causing the death of his brother, Olayinka, by setting him ablaze.

Chief Magistrate Abdulateef Adebisi, in his ruling, ordered the remand of the accused pending the receipt of legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecution.

Five arrested in police clampdown on robbers, armed guards in Lagos

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Five local guards have been arrested at Egbeda and Isheri Osun areas of Lagos State for allegedly being in possession of firearms.

They were arrested following an order by the newly appointed police boss in the state, Edgal Imohimi, who directed for an immediate clampdown on all armed guards in the metropolis.

Ghanaian TV personality speaks after leaked sex video scandal

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Ghanaian TV personality and comedienne Afia Schwarzenegger has just admitted that she is “single and ready to date your father.”

Two soldiers wounded in gun battle with oil thieves in Rivers

Two soldiers belonging to the 29 Battalion troops in Port-Harcourt, were wounded in a gun battle with armed oil thieves in Rivers State, a spokesperson has said.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Army deputy spokesperson, Aminu Iliyasu, confirmed the development.

He said the troops also destroyed quantities of illegally refined crude oil.

Mbappe turned down Arsenal to seal PSG switch

Paris Saint Germain forward Kylian Mbappe says he rejected an approach from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in favour of moving to the French giants.

Mbappe spoke with Wenger over the possibility of leaving Monaco to join the Gunners, but instead he decided to return to the French capital.

FIFA orders replay of South Africa vs Senegal W’Cup qualifier

World football governing body, FIFA, has ordered a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal to be replayed after the referee was banned for match fixing.

The November 2016 tie ended 2-1 in favour of South Africa after Ghanaian referee, Joseph Lamptey, awarded them a controversial penalty.

121 Nigerians return from Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday said it had received another batch of 121 stranded Nigerians from Libya, making a total of 2,638 Nigerians repatriated since February.

The Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr Suleiman Yakubu, received the new batch of evacuees on behalf of the Federal Government, enjoining them to learn from their unpleasant experiences while in Libya.

Saudi King to visit White House in 2018

King Salman of Saudi Arabia will make an official visit to Washington early next year for talks with President Donald Trump, the White House said Wednesday.

The two leaders held a telephone conversation in which they discussed how to advance shared goals such as strengthening security and prosperity in the Middle East, the White House said in a statement.

I’ll support Atiku even if Buhari contests – Alhassan

Aisha Alhassan, minister of women affairs, says she will support Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president, if he decides to run for office in 2019.

In a video which went viral on Wednesday, the minister declared support for the former vice-president.