Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Outrage As Ugandan MP Says 'Beat Your Wife'

A Ugandan MP has been told to apologise to victims of domestic violence after saying men should "beat" their wives.

Onesimus Twinamasiko said on Ugandan television channel NTV "as a man, you need to discipline your wife.

Photos: Mother Goes To Sea To Give Birth

Amazing pictures have captured the moment a woman gave birth underwater in the Red Sea with help from a 'tourist'.

Images show two men, believed to be a Russian doctor and the baby's dad, carrying the newborn through the waves in the Egyptian resort town of Dahab.

Kwara bans sale, consumption of alcohol

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has signed a bill prohibiting production, sale, and consumption of alcohol in certain areas.

Ahmed gave his assent to the Ilorin Township (Prohibition Against the Production, Sale, and Consumption of Liquor in Certain Areas) Law, 2018, as passed by the Kwara State House of Assembly.

Suspected Badoo Cult Members Arrested By Vigilantes In Lagos

A group of Badoo cultists were arrested today at Magbon Alade, Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos state. The suspected cultists were handcuffed and bundled into a car before they were handed over to the Nigerian Police, Akodo Division this afternoon by a local security outfit. Various items were said to have been recovered from the suspects. See pictures below;

Football Fans Turn Out As Bundesliga Trophy Lands In Abuja

As part of activities to mark the climax of the just concluded FC Bayen Youth Cup Tournament, Saturday March 10 was a day of excitement for many Bundesliga fans as they came out to see the Bundesliga trophy which was on display for open viewing, courtesy of Fc Bayern, VOE Foundation & StarTimes Nigeria.

Prosecutors Want Nikolas Cruz Put To Death For Carrying Out Florida School Shooting

Prosecutors have said they will seek to put Nikolas Cruz to death for carrying out last month's massacre at a Parkland, Florida, high school, they said today in court filings.

A Broward County grand jury last week indicted the 19-year-old gunman on 17 counts of premeditated murder in the first degree and 17 counts of attempted murder in the first degree.

WHO warns against unknown Disease X

The World Health Organisation has revealed in a statement, a mysterious “Disease X”,  capable of causing a global pandemic in the future.
The organisation released a list of diseases it considers posing a high risk to the public due to their potential to spark an epidemic and the limited treatment available to combat them.
This came from an expert committee set up by the organisation, to identify pathogens with the ability to spread and kill many people without any available remedies.

Police denies killing of 11 Persons during Communal clash in Cross River

Police denies killing of 11 Persons during Communal clash in Cross River

The Cross River State Police Command has refuted reports that 11 persons were killed in the communal clash between the Okwabang and Beebo Communities in Boki Local Government Area last weekend.

A statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Irene Ugbo, made available to The Nation in Calabar Tuesday read, “The Cross River State Police Command wishes to strongly refute the killing of 11 persons from Okwabang and Beebo communities of Boki East, Boki local government area of Cross River State as earlier reported in some media.”

Amnesty calls for release of Daily Trust Journalist, Musa Abudllahi Krishi

Amnesty calls for release of Daily Trust Journalist, Musa Abudllahi Krishi

Amnesty International has called on Nigeria police to release the arrested Daily Trust journalist, Musa Abudllahi Krishi, who has been reportedly whisked away to Jigawa state. Amnesty in a statement released on Tuesday condemned the act of abducting journalists in Nigeria. See statement below…

Buhari fires Boroh, orders probe of amnesty programme

President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked Paul Boroh, coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme for former Niger Delta militants.

Femi Adesina, spokesman of the president, announced this in a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon.

Neymar has a future at PSG – Father

Superstar Neymar has a future at Paris Saint-Germain, his father said Tuesday after meeting with the club’s president amid rumours that the player wants to quit PSG.

“Neymar already has a future at PSG, Neymar already has a present at PSG,” Neymar Santos Sr told journalists at his son’s charity centre, the Neymar Junior Institute, in Praia Grande, Sao Paulo state.

Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov found dead in London

A Russian exile, Nikolai Glushkov has been found dead at his home in London just over a week after a nerve attack on a former double agent.

He was discovered by his family and friends late on Monday night, The Guardian reported.

Glushkov’s death came a week and a day after fellow Russian exile Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were critically injured in a nerve agent attack in Salisbury.

Gov Ambode Backs 25 Years Jail Term For Rapists

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday threw his weight behind the 25 years jail term for rapist and perpetrators of all forms of domestic violence, saying that the time has come to take aggressive steps to put a stop to the menace.

25 killed, 11 houses razed in fresh attacks as guests flee Plateau mass burial

The mass burial of victims killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in several communities in Bassa Local Government of Plateau State was on Tuesday disrupted by a fresh attack which left 25 persons dead.

Those to be given mass burial today were murdered between Thursday, March 8, 2018 when President Muhammadu Buhari paid an official visit to the beleaguered state, and Sunday, March 11.

Buhari must arrest Obasanjo to prove his seriousness – Kalu

All Progressive Congress (APC), stalwart and former government of Abia state, Governor Orji Uzor Kalu, has challenged President Mohammadu Buhari to arrest and prosecute former President Olusegun Obasanjo to prove his seriousness in his anti-corruption war.

Buhari’s IGP comment, indication of incompetent government – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has chided President Muhammadu Buhari for saying that he was unaware that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, did not carry out his orders regarding the security situation in Benue State, adding that such admission shows that the President is running an incompetent and uncoordinated government.

President Buhari with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Senator George Akume and Rt Gen. Lawrence Onoja shortly after his Sympathy Visit to Benue over recent killings in the State on 12th Mar 2018.

Diezani’s ally loses bid to recover property forfeited to FG

MR. Olajide Omokore, an ally of former Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, yesterday, lost his bid to recover his property forfeited to the Federal Government by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, as his suit was struck out.

Omokore had filed the suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, seeking to  secure the release of his property  temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government by the order of the court.

It’s an allegation to say that IGP flaunted Buhari’s order – Adesina

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, on Tuesday said that the statements made yesterday against the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, by Benue state stakeholders during the president’s visit was an allegation that needed to be cleared by the Police spokesperson or the IGP himself.

He disclosed this on Channels Television programme, ‘Sunrise Daily’ while answering the questions on why the president was astonished on hearing that the IGP did not spend 24 hours in Benue despite his order to do so.

Boat operators urged to avoid night travel on waterways

Mr Ganiyu Balogun, President, Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON), has advised other boat operators to avoid night travel on waterways due to inadequate signs and illumination.

Balogun gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos.

Zimbabwean doctors on strike over pay, drug shortages

Doctors in Zimbabwe on Tuesday began a nationwide strike and would not return to work until the government meets their demands for better pay and working conditions, a spokesman for doctors’ unions said on Tuesday.

The action is the first major labour dispute under President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who replaced Robert Mugabe in November and whose biggest challenge is fixing Zimbabwe’s economy ruined by decades of severe mismanagement.

Plateau govt denies accessing $2 billion loan

Plateau State Government has denied the procurement of a loan facility to the tune of $2 billion dollars.

Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Yakubu Dati, in a statement on Tuesday, in Jos, said the state government has been able to reduce the debt profile of N220 billion inherited from Governor Jonah David Jang administration to N122 billion.

Germany sack women’s football coach

Germany have sacked national women’s coach Steffi Jones after a string of poor performances in the SheBelieves Cup in the United States.

The two-time world champions finished last at the meeting of the world’s top women’s teams with a single point from three matches.

Greek Super League suspended after armed PAOK owner’s pitch invasion

Greece’s sports minister says Greek Super League matches have been suspended indefinitely, a day after the gun-toting owner of PAOK marched onto the pitch following a disputed goal at the end of a league match.

Minister Giorgos Vasileiadis, speaking after meeting Monday with the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, said fixtures have been suspended and would not restart “if there is not a new, clear framework agreed to by all so we can move forward with conditions and regulations.”

Zambia launches crackdown on sex toys

Zambia is waging a fierce campaign against sex dolls, threatening offenders with heavy jail terms over the dolls which, it says, are “very unnatural”.

“No one sells them openly, no one admits to owning one, and no one has been arrested,’’ report said.

Senate lifts confirmation embargo on CBN deputy govs, MPC members

The Senate has approved that the nominees for the positions of Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and members of the Monetary Policy Committee be screened for confirmation.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, raises a point of order at the plenary on Tuesday to urge the lawmakers to lift their embargo on confirmation of appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari.

FG asks Lagos-Ibadan railway contractor to work day, night

The Federal Government has advised the contractor handling the 150-kilometre Lagos-Ibadan railway project, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, to work day and night to avoid extending its delivery date beyond December this year.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, stated this on Monday after the monthly meeting of the Project Steering Committee with the CCECC team at the Papalanto rail/work station in Ogun State.

Senators' Salary: I was resisted when I advocated for lower wages - Ben Bruce

Ben Murray-Bruce, senator representing Bayelsa east constituency, on Tuesday said he was resisted by his colleagues when he advocated for lower wages and allowances for public officials and a higher minimum wage for the Nigerian worker. 

Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna Central, had disclosed that a member of the Senate receives N13.5million monthly as running cost. Reacting, Ben Bruce in a tweet said he was shut down when he demanded for a higher minimum wages for Nigerian workers, adding that if the legislators are paid higher than European legislators then the workers's salary must be higher than that of European workers. 

Palestinian Prime Minister Survives Assassination Attempt

An explosion went off this morning near a convoy carrying Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who is visiting the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Authority initially blamed Hamas for the explosion, which it said targeted Hamdallah's convoy.

Later on, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh spoke with Hamdallah and the two agreed that Israel and its collaborators are responsible. The Palestinian leaders also agreed that General Tawfiq Abu Naim, head of Gaza's Interior Ministry, will lead the investigation into the incident. 

Policemen protest salary deductions in Lagos

Hundreds of policemen on Monday stormed the Mechanised Salary Section (MSS) of the Lagos State Police Command in Oduduwa, in the Ikeja area of the state, to protest against what they described as “outrageous and unexpected” deductions from their salaries.

The policemen, comprising rank and files, as well as officers, said between N5,000 and N35,000 were deducted from their February salaries, while others lamented that they had not been paid for the month.

Power generators blackmailing govt, planning to disrupt supply – Fashola

Power generation companies are planning to disrupt the supply of electricity across the country, an intention that suggests blackmail against the Federal Government, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has alleged.

Reacting to reports that some of the firms had gone to court to file claims against the Federal Government, Fashola stated on Monday that the move was consistent with the rule of law but stressed that the power firms “must be ready to face scrutiny in the court of public opinion.”

Confirmation: Senate lifts embargo on CBN deputy govs, MPC members

The Senate has approved that the nominees for the positions of Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and members of the Monetary Policy Committee be screened for confirmation.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, raises a point of order at the plenary on Tuesday to urge the lawmakers to lift their embargo on confirmation of appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari.

IGP: Court adjourns Isah Misau’s trial till April 25

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja, on Tuesday adjourned till April 25, a case of alleged injurious falsehood preferred against Sen. Isah Misau, to enable counsel to address the court on a subpoena issue.

The case was adjourned at the instance of the court with the consent of counsel present in court as well as the defendant.

I won’t dump my son-in-law in gubernatorial race - Okorocha

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has refused to shift ground in his determination to ensure that his son in-law and Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu, succeeds him in 2019.

Okorocha, who spoke through his Special Adviser to on Electoral Matters, Chief Steve Asimobi, told journalists that Nwosu would develop the state

Reps Lifts Suspension On Abdulmumin Jibrin

The House of Representatives has lifted a suspension it placed on Abdulmumin Jibrin, a member of the House from Kano.

This followed a letter signed by Mr. Jibrin, allegedly apologising to the House.

INEC dragged to court 400 times in two year - Mahmood Yakubu

The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, on Monday stated that INEC has been dragged to court 400 times in January 2016 to December 2017 while delivering his speech in a public hearing on “A Bill for an Act to Establish the National Electoral Offences Commission and for related matters.”
Speaking after the former Chairman, Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Abubakar Kyari, remark, the INEC boss said, “We monitor political campaign, conduct civic education, despite the constraints confronting us.

Motorists Rejoice Over Opening Of Section 1 Of Apapa-Wharf Road To Traffic

Some commuters on Monday in Lagos expressed happiness over the opening of the completed Section 1 of the Apapa-Wharf Road currently undergoing reconstruction to traffic.

They said in separate interviews that it was a great relief to them.

Femi Falana Joins Oby Ezekwesili, BBOG Sit Out (Photos)

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana SAN, Today joined the Bring Back Our Girls group as he will lead a legal team to sue the Federal Government for the negligence that has led to the abductions of our Chibok Girls & Dapchi Girls.

Tottenham Star, Harry Kane Pictured With Clutches Following Ankle Injury

Harry Kane has been pictured wearing a protective boot and hobbling on crutches just 24 hours after a nasty ankle injury against Bournemouth. The 24-year-old Tottenham striker limped off after suffering a sickening ankle twist in their 4-1 win over the Cherries on Sunday.

Kane was due to have a scan today to discover the extent of the damage – but it was postponed until the swelling subsides. The injury comes just 99 days before England’s World Cup opener.

Female Airport Security Guard Caught Stealing Money From Passenger’s Handbag

An airport security guard was arrested after stealing £450 cash from a passenger’s handbag just seconds before it went through an x-ray machine. Busakorn Somkwamdee, 26, was caught on CCTV opening the flap on the tourist’s bag which was put into a basket on a conveyor belt yesterday.

She then swiftly pulls out a large bundle of notes in Chinese yen and slips them into her right pocket – despite a passenger standing next to her at the time.

Governor Bello Rocks Military Outfit As He Visits Soldiers In The Forest

Governor Yahaya Bello today stormed a forest in Kogi Central to identify with the military men and women combating criminals in the state. The Kogi governor who rocked a military uniform – visited the troops to boost their morale and also encourage them.

Governor Bello inspected the Military Exercise, Ayem Akpatuma ( Cat Race) at their Irepeni Base.

Trump sacks Rex Tillerson as state secretary

US President Donald Trump has sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replacing him with the director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo.
Thanking Mr Tillerson for his service on Twitter, Mr Trump said the new state secretary would do "a fantastic job".

Evans files fresh suit against police, demands N1 billion damages over sealed Lagos property

Alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans, on Tuesday filed a fresh suit at a Federal High Court in Lagos, seeking N1 billion damages against the Police over alleged unlawful sealing of his property in Lagos.
The suit, filed by his lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, has as the Inspector General of Police, Nigeria Police, Inspector General of Police, Intelligence Response Team, (IRT), Abba Kyari, an assistant commissioner of police and Phillip Rieninwa, a deputy superintendent of police, as respondents.

Kiss Daniel buys his second house in Lekki

Nigerian singer, Kiss Daniel is the proud owner of a new house in Lekki, Lagos. The singer made this known on his Instagram page where he stated that it is the second house he’s bought since joining joing the music industry four years ago.

“All thanks to GOD �� Bought my second house in Lagos from @thehavenhomes just 4years into the business”, he said.

Other firms can now provide meters to power consumers – NERC

Power distribution companies do not have the sole responsibility of providing meters to electricity consumers anymore, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission declared on Monday.

According to NERC, a new regulation, unveiled on Monday, has now introduced another class of operators in the power sector called Meter Asset Providers.

I’m not afraid of the courts… be ready to face scrutiny - Fashola tells GenCos

Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, says he is not afraid of law courts following a suit filed against the government by some power generating companies (GenCos).  
The GenCos had levelled accusations against the government regarding “special treatment” that allegedly favoured two power generating companies – Azura Power West Africa Limited and Accugas Limited.

Lagos APC and emerging factional crisis

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is currently embroiled in crisis with a faction that calls itself Broom Unity Movement (BUM) led by a loyalist of the National Leader of APC, Mr Faud Oki. The emergence of the group few days ago seems to confirm existing speculations on the state of health of the party, BOLA BADMUS reports.
Few days ago, Lagosians woke up to the news of the emergence of a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state led by Mr Faud Oki, one of the key loyalists of the National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

‘Mentally-Deranged Man’ Invades Ogun School, Kills Two Pupils

A man armed with a cutlass, suspected to be mentally-deranged, yesterday invaded St. John’s Anglican Primary School, Agodo, in Ogun Waterside Local Government of Ogun State and killed two pupils.

The victims are Mubarak Kalesowo and Sunday Obituyi.

52-Year Old Ibadan Man Defiles Minor

A 52-year-old man, Gabriel Olaniyan, was yesterday arraigned at an Ibadan Chief Magistrates’ Court in Oyo State for allegedly defiling a nine-year-old girl.

He was arraigned on a one-count charge of having carnal knowledge of the minor.

The prosecutor, Mrs. Folake Ewe, told the court that the accused, on March 1, about 5 pm, in Alapafon, Ibadan, did have carnal knowledge of the minor.

Babies’ bodies with umbilical cords found in bottles during house renovation

Termite exterminators working on a house renovation have uncovered the bodies of several babies preserved in bottles, some with umbilical cords still attached, Kyodo news agency said on Monday.

Three or four such bottles were found beneath the floor of a house abandoned for the past three years in the Japanese capital, where an obstetrician had once lived and which was being renovated by a recent purchaser, Kyodo added.

Husband of late banker releases wife’s ‘suicide note

Mr. Umukoro Akpobaro, the husband of late bank worker, Peace, who allegedly committed suicide at their home at Iwhrekpokpor, Ughelli, Delta State, has denied having a hand in her death.

This is just as the deceased’s family accused Umukoro of masterminding the death of their daughter, saying he had always threatened to kill her.