Saturday, 7 December 2019

OAU Lecturer, Nicholas Igbokwe Dies In His Office

The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has on Saturday morning thrown into mourning following the demise of one of its lecturers, Mr. Nicholas Igbokwe.
Igbokwe, of the Department of Physical and Health Education, was said to have died in his office.
The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr. Abiodun Olarenwaju confirmed the death of Igbokwe.
Confirming the death to our correspondent on the telephone on Saturday, Olanrewaju said, "It's a pity we lost him. Nobody expected that. He was brought in (hospital) this morning dead."
It was gathered that Igbokwe had been rushed to the school clinic when he was discovered in his office on Saturday morning before doctors on duty confirmed him dead on arrival.

Governor Akeredolu Offers Ondo University's Overall Best Student Immediate Employment

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has offered the overall best graduating student of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), Ajakaiye Daniel Oluwatobi an immediate employment.
Daniel Oluwatobi graduated with a CGPA of 4.76 from the Accounting department, Faculty of Social And Management Sciences of the University.
Governor Akeredolu, who announced the immediate employment while delivering his address on the occasion of the 9th Convocation ceremony of the AAUA on Friday, said the best graduating student deserves to work in the institution to enable him contribute his knowledge to the growth of the school.
Arakunrin Akeredolu, who noted that the state manages three Universities and a Polytechnic, assures that his administration will continue to exert necessary efforts to sustain the tempo of development in all the State-owned citadels of learning.
He said despite stiff competing demands, his administration has ensured prompt release of subventions in order not to jeopardise the delicate balance of running a modern university.
The Governor also disclosed that his administration has also done its best to grow the physical infrastructure in all the state-owned institutions.
He said: ”As part of our administration’s understanding of the running of a 21st century-compliant university, we have continued to give the management of all state-institutions the free hand needed to run their affairs.
“Plans are on to ensure that we leverage the research efforts of academics across our institutions while also not failing to tap from their wealth of experience and research when occasions demand.

“Our educational policy thrust is clear, to make our institutions of higher learning independent and well-funded with a view of making tools of positive changes in the society.”
The Governor noted that with the 20th year of the existence of the university, it has continued to do exceptionally well nationally and globally despite its young age.
"Within such a relatively young age, the university has consistently emerged as the Best State-owned University in Nigeria, and it is currently ranked the ninth best out of the about 160 universities in the country,” the Governor said.

Anthony Joshua Vs Andy Ruiz 2: Time, Venue, Records, Everything You Should Know

Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in a highly anticipated rematch from their clash earlier this year and we've got you covered for today's bout.

Joshua now gets his chance at revenge and to reclaim his world heavyweight titles in the rematch which takes place in Saudi Arabia.

Both fighters weighed in on Friday with Joshua coming in at 237lbs, the lightest since 2014, while Ruiz Jr weighed 283lbs, the heaviest he has weighed since his debut in 2009.

However, here's everything you need to know about today's anticipated bout.

Joshua Vs Ruiz 2 Date

Anthony Joshua’s chance at redemption will take place on Saturday, December 7.

Joshua Vs Ruiz 2 Start Time

Sky Sports have confirmed that Joshua, who will enter the ring first as a challenger, will make his walk at around 8.45pm/9pm.

What are their records?

Anthony Joshua has been defeated once in 23 fights, winning 22. 21 of those have been by KO.

Andy Ruiz Jr has fought 34 times, winning 33. 22 of those wins havebeen by KO.

Awuzie Duru: Policeman Shoots Boy Dead For Retaliating After He Slapped Him

Tension has now enveloped the people of Njaba local government area, following the gruesome murder of an 18-year-old boy, Awuzie Duru by a trigger happy police officer.

The incident, which happened inside the premises of a new generation bank branch at Umuaka, saw the policeman shooting the boy for retaliating a slap from the policeman, whose identity could not be ascertained.

It was gathered that the incident occurred on Sunday, December 1, when Awuzie (aka Aboy), who hailed from Isiozi Aka in the town, had gone to the bank to withdraw money from the bank’s ATM gallery.

One of the villagers, who witnessed the killing, told The Nation that when Awuzie joined the ATM line, other persons joined the queue behind him.

“They were on the queue when his (Awuzie’s) phone rang, he stepped out of the line to answer the call. When he came back the other person behind him took his position on the queue and tried to stop him from joining the queue again.

“This action was happening in the presence of this killer policeman and caused hot exchange of words between Awuzie and the guy that took his position on the queue while the policeman was there watching.

“The exchange of words between the two degenerated to fighting and in the process, the policeman who has been watching the scene came and started scolding Awuzie who was trying to maintain his position after answering his call.

“The boy told him, ‘you were here watching while we were exchanging words. Why scolding me now it has led to fighting?’ The policeman slapped him and the boy retaliated. In the process, the policeman cocked his gun and shot the boy, who died instantly”

The death of the boy, it was gathered, has stirred up tension in the town as the youths in the area are said to be planning an attack on the police station.

According to village sources, the youths had mobilised to attack the police station when some elders appealed to them to allow the police hierarchy handle the matter.

An elder in the area said: “I can tell you that the boys were not happy with the matter is that policeman killed the boy over an altercation. So, they had mobilised to burn down the station to show their anger and loss.

“But, some of us had to intervene because this kind of thing has happened here before about 15 years ago when some policemen caused the death of some people in Umuaka here and our youths burned down the police station. So we don’t want this kind of thing to happen anymore.

“Some of them are still planning to launch an attack but we’re still appealing to them”.

The state police commissioner, Rabiu Ladodo confirmed the incident, saying the command was doing everything possible to contain any further crisis that might arise from the incident.

Ladodo, who disclosed that the killer policeman had been arrested, said appropriate punishment would be meted out to him if he was found guilty.

The CP said “Yes, I’m aware that the youths mobilised to the police station, but I told my men that we must handle the matter community policing and professionally too. That’s why when the villagers came, we allowed them to express their grievance and we addressed the matter. We were very professional in handling the matter”.

Igbos Cannot Make Presidency Alone - Rochas Okorocha

Rochas Okorocha, the Imo West Senator has declared that the South East alone can’t make themselves President in 2023.

The Senator disclosed this while addressing newsmen on Wednesday, in Abuja.

Okorocha reiterated that the southeast needs the support of the North and other geopolitical regions to achieve its aim of producing Nigeria’s president in 2023. He stated that Nigeria needs a president who would continue with the efforts of uniting the country, create jobs and also guarantee security.

He said: “The Igbo alone cannot make themselves the president. The quicker they come together and start shoring up support from the North and other parts of the region the better it is to realise the dream.

“I know we shall come up to that point one day when who becomes the president would not be based on tribe or religion. For as long we keep promoting tribal and religious sentiments, we are not getting it right.”

Soyinka Compares DSS With Dog, Says Dogs More Civilised

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says dogs act more civilised than the operatives of the Department of State Services that stormed the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, to re-arrest the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore.

Soyinka said this in a statement titled, ‘Lessons from the African Wild Dog (Lycaeon Pictus)’ on Friday.

He said, “A few years ago, I watched the video of a pack of the famed African wild dogs hunt, eventually bring down, and proceed to devour a quarry.

“It was an impala, antelope family. The pack isolated the most vulnerable looking member of the herd – it was pregnant – pursued it, until it fled to a waterhole which, for such animals, is the nearest thing to a sanctuary.

“A few minutes ago, almost as it was happening, I watched the video of a pack of the DSS bring down, and fight over their unarmed, totally defenceless quarry within the sanctuary of a court of law.

“I found little or no difference between the two scenarios, except that the former, the wild dogs, exhibited more civilised table manners than the DSS in court manners.”

The playwright said recalled that only on Thursday in his commentary on the ongoing Sowore saga, he pointed out the near perfect similarity between plain crude thuggery and the current rage of court disobedience.

“Little did I suspect that the state children of disobedience would aspire to the level of the African wild dogs on a pack hunt”, he said.
Soyinka apologised for underestimating the shameful depths the DSS could go.

He reminded the Muhammadu Buhari-led government that obedience to court orders was the cornerstone of democracy.

The Nobel Laureate said, “May I remind this government that disobedience calls to disobedience, and that disobedience of the orders of the constitutional repository of the moral authority of arbitration – the judiciary – can only lead eventually to a people’s disregard of the authority of other arms of civil society, a state of desperation that is known, recognised and accepted as – civil disobedience.

“It is so obvious – state disobedience leads eventually to civil disobedience, piecemeal or through a collective withdrawal of recognition of other structures of authority. That way leads to chaos but – who set it in motion? As is often the case, the state, unquestionably. Such a state bears full responsibility for the ensuing social condition known as anomie.”

In what seemed to be a final warning to the President, the octogenarian asked Buhari to control his dogs.

“It has become imperative and urgent to send this message to President-General Buhari: Rein in your wild dogs of disobedience. And for a start, get a trainer to teach them some basic court manners!” Soyinka said.

'My Children And I Want My Husband Back Home' - Sowore's Wife To Buhari

Wife of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of the RevolutionNow protest and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Mrs Ope Sowore, has sent a message to President Muhammadu Buhari that she and her children are waiting for the return of her husband.
She said she had no clear roadmap on how to handle the situation but that she had sent appeals to the United Nations and had been working with Amnesty International and many other organisations to help raise awareness and “hopefully help to secure the release” of her husband.
Speaking to PUNCH on the telephone on Friday, Sowore’s wife said, “I’m concerned about what happened to my husband. It’s less than 24 hours that the Nigerian government has basically turned around and shown a gross abuse of power. I am praying and hoping that it will be resolved so that he can come home to meet me and the children.
“No clear roadmap or script on how to handle a situation like this. The reason why there is rule of law is because it protects people’s basic rights and the fact that Buhari and the DSS have refused to do that is a matter of great concern.
“We are currently working with many international organisations to help advocate on his behalf and we have sent several urgent appeals to the United Nations.”
Sowore was arrested on August 3, 2019 over a planned protest, which he tagged ‘RevolutionNow’. The DSS accused him of planning to overthrow the government with his planned protest, the basis upon which he had been detained.
Officials of the Department of State Services had on Friday invaded the Federal High Court in Abuja to rearrest Sowore, who was released alongside his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, on Thursday after they had spent over three months in the DSS custody.

“No Matter Whose Side You Are On, Sowore's Rearrest Cannot Be Right" - Akin Alabi

Businessman-cum-Politician Akin Alabi has reacted to to the rearrest of the convener of RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore by the Department of State Services (DSS).

The DSS will have to explain why Sowore was rearrested. And the reason has to be HUGE. We just debated on the floor yesterday about separation of powers but this is a desecration of the judiciary. No matter whose side you are on, this cannot be right in anyway.

Lagosians To Obtain Licence To Drill Borehole From 2020

Lagos State government has said by the first quarter of next year, it would begin to issue licences and permits before any borehole is drilled for water in any part of the state.
Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission, Mrs Funke Femi Adepoju, while addressing stakeholders at a meeting, explained that this move was to safeguard residents of the metropolis.
The meeting was attended by members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Financial Institutions, Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP) and Association of Water Well Drilling Rig Owners Operators among others.
According to her, the exercise, which is to be launched by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is to regulate the process of water abstraction in the state.
Mrs Adepoju affirmed that licensing was a significant process in the regulation of any industry as the commission was determined to ensure its availability and sustainability to prevent the effect on unregulated water abstraction.
“What is paramount to government is how abstraction affects us as a people not just today but the future with emphases on pollution, contamination of water bodies, saline filtration into the system, over-abstraction and unregulated abstraction,” she stated.
While assuring that only registered companies captured in data will be issued a 2-year renewable license with unique and personalized number, the Executive Secretary explained that the commission was not established for a punitive purpose, but rather to establish standard in the water extraction industry in order to ensure that the health and safety of citizens are not compromised.
According to her, the essence of the engagement was to improve the relationship between stakeholders and government by developing ways to sanitize the industry, stressing that the agency has acquired mobile water test kits which are to be used in testing samples during operation and that approval for the acquisition of a standard laboratory for water testing is on the way.

Sowore: Moghalu says, Even Accused Persons Are Entitled To Due Process

The YPP's Presidential candidate in the 2019 general election condemned in totality the rearrest of Omoyele Sowore who was captured against Court orders by the DSS.
Kingsley Moghalu in a post he made via his twitter handle said "I condemn the total disregard for rule of law by Nigeria’s present government as we have seen in the DSS desecration of the Nigerian judicial system to rearrest Omoyele Sowore @YeleSowore .
I call for his immediate release. Even accused persons are entitled to due process." 

'I Wasn't In My Right Senses' - Actress Etinosa Apologizes For Using Bible As Ashtray

Actress Etinosa Idemudia has apologized after using the Bible as ashtray while smoking and also vowing to use the Quran. She said she wasn't in her right senses.
Her action got her slammed by many people.
She shared a video where she apologized and wrote:

I deeply apologize to everyone offended by my viral video and my choice of ash tray in that video. i would never berate any man's beliefs.

Some Governors Don’t Mean Well For You - APC Chairmen To Buhari

The All Progressives Congress state chairmen have warned President Muhammadu Buhari to be wary of governors working against the interest of the party because of their 2023 presidential election.
They said the governors were behind the plot to remove the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, because they saw him as a threat to their presidential aspiration.
The chairmen expressed concerns that the concerned governors had been working day and night to get signatures for Oshiomhole’s removal.
The chairman of the Forum of APC State Chairmen, who is the party’s chairman in Zamfara State, Ali Bukar, said these at their meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa on Friday in company with Oshiomhole.
Our correspondent learnt that the President rebuffed attempts by two anti-Oshiomhole chairmen to disrupt the meeting.
It was gathered that the President ordered the two chairmen from the North-West to sit down and behave themselves, while they were trying to protest against the content of the speech by their chairman.
“One of the chairmen had tried to protest that Bukar did not reveal the speech to them before the meeting. But the President asked him to sit down and remain quiet,” the source said.
In his speech, Bukar said, “Mr President, Sir, let me also express our recent worries regarding the activities of some of the governors who are undermining the efforts of the national chairman of our great party, Adams Oshiomhole, to reposition the party by plotting his removal.
“It is more worrisome knowing full well that they are not doing this because the national chairman is not performing his duties, according to the constitution, but they are fighting him due to their 2023 presidential ambitions when it is a notorious fact that Mr President had just commenced his second term in office a few months ago.”
Bukar said the governors in their desperation to nail Oshiomhole worked against APC candidates in the recent governorship elections won by the party in Kogi and Bayelsa states so they would latch on those losses to advocate his removal.
“It is really unfortunate, Your Excellency, that just after we won an additional state in the South-South, which is Bayelsa and consolidated on our hold on Kogi, these governors have been busy collecting signatures, spending our hard-earned resources in both covert and overt campaigns for the removal of Adams Oshiomhole.
“We believe Sir that the affected governors don’t mean well for your administration because after Nigerians voted massively for Your Excellency, all hands should have been on the deck to give Nigerians the desired dividends of democracy and not create crisis where there is none.”
“We want to appeal to Your Excellency to use your good offices to caution these governors so they will not destabilise the party. We need stability at this point and not anything that will cause distraction. And we use this opportunity to reiterate the vote of confidence, which we earlier passed in our national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and we appreciate Mr President for the cooperation that you have been giving to the NWC.”
Bukar appealed to the President to reward them with board appointments and to stop the trend of appointing members of the opposition in place of hard-working members.

Davido Pressing Chioma’s Breast On A Flight To Barbados

Davido posted this on his Ig while pressing and handling the boobs

Amina Kabo Arrested By EFCC For Operating A Wonder Bank

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) Sokoto Zonal office has arrested one Amina Kabo (a.k.a Firdausi Kabo), a manager at Olive Micro Finance Bank located at No. 26 Dubabe Plaza for alleged conspiracy, forgery and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N897,500.00.
Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, in a statement on Friday, said the suspect was arrested on December 4, 2019 at No. 26 Dubabe Plaza, Opposite Asibiti, Eastern By-Pass, Tamaje, Sokoto following a tip-off. The suspect was arrested alongside 3 others whom she recruited as staff –Mariam Usman, Abdulrahman Lawali, and Shehu Ibrahim.
The suspects were alleged to have been collecting monies ranging between N5,000 to N10,000 from unsuspecting victims under the guise of opening accounts for them with a view to granting them loans in the following categories: N5,000 for N50,000 Loan; N7,000 for N100,000 Loan; N8,000 for N200,000 Loan; N9,000 for N300,000 Loan and N10,000 for N400,000 Loan.
EFCC added: “A search on the premises led to the recovery of several incriminating items including separate cash sums of N533,805.00 and N49,505.00. Preliminary investigation reveals that Amina has so far collected the total sum of eight hundred and ninety-seven thousand five hundred naira (N897,500.00) from 108 victims.
“Investigation further reveals that the suspected runs similar fraudulent business at Jega and Gwandu in Kebbi State in the name Olive Microfinance Bank and Easy Loan Microfinance Bank,” it said.

The World Is Watching Your Violation Of Sowore’s Rights - Ezekwesili To Buhari

Friday’s Sowore and DSS mega drama at the Federal High Court has the attention of the Nigerian communities and the global world with Oby Ezekwesili who is the Convener of Bring Back Our Girls campaign and a former Minister of Education has made her opinion heard on the humiliation and violation of Omoyele Sowore citizenship rights in Court today by the DSS.

Ezekwesili reminded President Muhammadu Buhari that the world at large was watching Sowore’s human right violation as a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Ezekwesili reminded President Muhammadu Buhari that the world at large was watching Sowore’s human right violation as a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Oby Ezekwesili’s message to Buhari;

“President Buhari, the whole world is watching the video of officials of the State Security Service which you directly supervise, brutally violate the constitutional rights of a citizen, Omoyele Sowore inside a court and desecrated our Judiciary- an independent arm of government.”

“Let it also be known by Buhari that the cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary use of the power he wields today as Nigeria President is alien to our Nigerian Constitution and International Law. I advise the President to cease this descent to fascism immediately and respect Court orders.”

“It is in the interest of Buhari that Sowore comes to no form of bodily, mental or emotional harm. As the supervisor of the State Security Service, I demand that the President instructs the DG to immediately comply with the court order . Release Sowore immediately.”

”I have just spoken to the incredible Femi Falana — SAN whose amazing and highly effective legal representation of citizen Sowore with a strong team of lawyers is the silver lining in this tragic case. I once again conveyed our abiding strong support and gratitude.”

“I urge my fellow citizens who are reasonable enough to know that today’s episode amounts to full aggression against the Judiciary by the Executive arm of Buhari and portends an extremely dangerous development. We must all stand to defend our hard won Democracy. We must.” She concluded.

Sowore: Falana Tells NBA To Discipline Osinbajo, Other Lawyers In Cabinet

Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), who leads Mr Omoyele Sowore’s defence team, has asked the Nigerian Bar Association to take disciplinary actions against lawyers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet over what he described as desecration of the court with Sowore’s rearrest at the Federal High Court in Abuja, causing a disruption of court proceedings.
He said his legal team would meet on Saturday to determine the next line of action.
He said there were 10 lawyers with four of them Senior Advocates of Nigeria, who ought to live up to their oath to defend the Constitution and other laws of the country, by ensuring that the rule of law was observed by the government.
The SANs in the cabinet are Vice President Yemi Osinbajon (SAN), Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Minister of State for Labour, Mr Festus Keyamo; and Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola.
He said, “Even though President Muhammadu Buhari has a duty to caution the Department of State Services, the blame of the desecration of the court today (Friday) rests squarely on lawyers in government, who are under a duty to ensure that the rule of law is observed.
The SANs in the cabinet are Vice President Yemi Osinbajon (SAN), Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Minister of State for Labour, Mr Festus Keyamo; and Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola.
He said, “Even though President Muhammadu Buhari has a duty to caution the Department of State Services, the blame of the desecration of the court today (Friday) rests squarely on lawyers in government, who are under a duty to ensure that the rule of law is observed.
“They have all taken the oath to respect the Constitution and other laws of the country. That Constitution guarantees the independence and impartiality of the courts.
“They therefore cannot sit in a cabinet under a regime that terrorises the courts and subverts the rule of law.
“It is a matter the Nigerian Bar Association should take up against the lawyers in the cabinet by instituting disciplinary proceedings against them.”
Faulting the arrest of his client, he described it as contemptuous.
He also noted that it was not backed by any arrest warrant or detention order of court.
He said, “There is no warrant of arrest, there is no detention order. What the DSS did today was the height of contempt of court.
“Nobody is above the law. You either abolish the courts or allow them to function effectively.
“This is a situation where the DSS operatives invaded the court and forced the judge to adjourn proceedings; they chased the judge out of her court, disrupted the proceedings and forced the judge to adjourn all cases.
“These are manifestations of fascism, which cannot be accepted in any civilised society. This has never happened in Nigeria where you take over a court forcefully in order to arrest an unarmed citizen.
“You remember that it was the illegal invasion of the National Assembly by masked DSS men that led to the dismissal of the former DG, DSS, by this government.
“So for the same barbaric conduct to occur again is unacceptable. This is a regime that parades 10 senior lawyers, including four Senior Advocates of Nigeria.”
Asked if he had been informed of any reason why his client was rearrested or whether he was going to be freshly, he said “no”

Cardi B Gushes About Lagos, Says 'It's Like Disneyland'

American rapper Cardi B is currently in Lagos, Nigeria for a concert. The Bodak Yellow crooner shared a couple of videos on her social media, showing off the beauty of Victoria Island.

A post shared by Mci (@mycelebrityandi) on

Friday, 6 December 2019

Nigerian Bar Association Demands Immediate Suspension Of DSS Boss

The Nigerian Bar Association has demanded the immediate suspension of the Director-General of Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, over the style used in rearresting Omoyele Sowore in court premises.

Operatives of the DSS had stormed the Federal High Court on Friday to arrest Sowore.

The invasion of the courtroom forced Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu to abandon sitting and judicial activities for the day.

The NBA in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kunle Edun, said it was “greatly dismayed at the exhibition of primitivity, thuggery, insane passion for lawlessness, contempt and disrespect for the rule of law by the agents of the DSS”.

The body of lawyers in the country also said that it finds it disgraceful that this 'court riot' occasioned by the high-handedness and insensitivity of the security operatives interrupted judicial proceedings and made the presiding judge to abandon judicial proceedings because of safety concerns.

NBA urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “ensure that the Federal Government and agencies under it obeyed court orders,” as the display of “disrespect of the court by the DSS is legendary and unrivalled”.

The organisation called on all Nigerians to stand up and ensure that no government or any of its agencies disrespected the constitution of the country.

The statement added, “We call for the immediate suspension of the Director-General of the Department of State Security from office.

“We make this demand bearing in mind the fact that the DSS under his leadership had established itself as a brutish and irresponsible agency that derives immense pleasure from violating the fundamental rights of Nigerians and disrespecting court orders.

“The National Assembly should review the laws setting up the DSS and indeed all security agencies in Nigeria with a view to repositioning them to be more responsible and responsive to the public.”

US Senator, Menendez, Condemns Sowore's Rearrest, Promises High Level Intervention

Senator Bob Menendez, a ranking member of the United States Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, has condemned the rearrest of human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, on Friday at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Sowore, who was first arrested on August 3, 2019 by operatives of the Department of State Services for calling on Nigerians to take to the streets in peaceful demonstrations but only released on Thursday evening despite two court orders directing his freedom much earlier, was rearrested on Friday by the DSS.

In a statement on Friday, Menendez, who had been involved in attempts to pressure the Nigerian Government, promised US intervention in the matter over Sowore's case.

He said, “I am outraged by the blatant harassment of Omoyele Sowore, an activist and journalist whose only crime appears to be exercising his right to free expression.

“In a concerted effort to secure his release on behalf of the Sowore family living in New Jersey, my office has been working closely with the State Department as Mr Sowore’s case languished following his arbitrary arrest back in August.

“While we continue to seek immediate answers about Sowore’s treatment and conditions in jail, I will be further engaging directly with US Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard, in Abuja to raise this case at the highest levels of the Nigerian Government so that the Buhari administration gets the message that we are committed to defending Sowore’s rights and securing his release.

“This blatant miscarriage of justice is symptomatic of closing political and media space in Nigeria.”

NFF welcomes Belgian born striker Cyriel Dessers

The Nigeria Football Federation has officially accepted the proposal of Belgian born striker Cyriel Dessers to the Super Eagles after he declared himself available to play for Nigeria.

This comes days after the Dutch Eredivisie top scorer who plays as a striker for Heracles Almelo in Holland made his intention clear to play for Nigeria.

The 24-year-old born to a Belgian dad and Nigerian mother who has 11 goals and 5 assists in 15 appearances for his club this season, said: “I have never been to Nigeria because of the political situation there. It was slightly better last year so I’ll be twice as happy if I can get an invite, even if it’s friendly against Madagascar or Mauritius.”

After his public cry to Coach Gernot Rohr to invite him to play for Nigeria, the NFF made an official announcement on their official Twitter account, welcoming Cyriel Dessers.

It said: “@CyrielDessers Eredivisie player of the month says he is open for @NGSuperEagles selection. #SoarSuperEagles #Team9jaStrong”.

Cyriel Dessers replied saying: “After a series of discussions with the NFF President Amaju Pinnick, I have decided to fully commit myself to Nigeria and the Super Eagles and I’m going to work to be part of the team and fight for more success for the country. I am a proud Nigerian and I can’t wait to fulfill my dream of wearing the green-white-green,” the striker said in the statement.

Blac Chyna poses in a sexy swimsuit in new photos

The mum-of-two showed off her curves while posing in a black sexy swimsuit in new photos she shared on her Instagram page.

Amosun, 3000 others defect to PDP in Ogun

Over three thousand members of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) in Ogun State have defected to the People’s Democratic Party(PDP), ahead of the Local Government elections expected to be conducted in the state next year and subsequent general elections in 2023.

The defectors led by the House of Representatives candidate of the ANN for Abeokuta South Federal Constituency, Akeem Amosun, in the last general elections, said that they elected to move to PDP to form a vibrant and formidable opposition in the Gateway State.

The former ANN members were received into PDP family on Thursday evening by former House of Representatives member; Hon. Ladi Adebutu and PDP chieftain, Sikurullai Ogundele.

Akeem Amosun told reporters that the decision to moving from ANN to PDP would help him realize his political aspiration.

Adebutu welcomed the defectors, saying that the coalition became necessary as recent elections held in the country are being militarized.

Nairobi governor arrested over corruption scandal

Nairobi's controversial governor Mike Sonko has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a multi-million dollar corruption scandal.

The director of public prosecutions said the investigation had been challenging because of repeated attempts by the accused to obstruct it.

Mr Sonko is known for his love of gold jewelry and clothing.

He has previously described the allegation as a witch-hunt carried out for political reasons.

Beautiful new photos of actress Biodun Okeowo and her son

The proud mum shared the lovely photos of herself and her grown-up son, Ayomide Okeowo on her Instagram page writing;

''So that's how my son said "some people said I don't look like his mum" that I'm too young 🤣.
Who can guess my age gan sef?
Please not that internet lie lie age o''.

Atiku Abubakar condemns Sowore's re-arrest

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has condemned the re-arrest of the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant, Adebayo Bakare.

Operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS), had invaded a courtroom at the Federal High Court, Abuja this morning to arrest the duo, a move Atiku calls a rape on the sanctity of the court.

Atiku, also said the action of the DSS is unacceptable, describing the invasion as a desecration of the court and the entire judiciary.

In a statement which he personally signed, Atiku said never in the history of Nigerian democracy has a judge been treated in such a disdainful and brazen attack on not just her person and office, but on the entire judiciary.

The statement said, “Today, I am in extreme anguish of spirit having watched the unfortunate drama that played itself out at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, in which agents of the state not only caused a commotion in court in order to frustrate a judgment of a court of a competent authority.

“This is unacceptable. It is a rape on the sanctity of the court. Nigeria is not a dictatorship. We are a democracy, no matter how inconvenient this fact is to the powers that have forced themselves on us”.

Atiku called for investigation into the invasion with a view to identifying those responsible for the maltreatment meted out to Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu and the desecration of her court, and indeed the Nigerian judiciary.

“They must be sanctioned to the highest extent permissible by our laws”, Atiku said and called on law enforcement agencies in the country to immediately respect not just the court order made by Justice Ojukwu, but the order of any court in Nigeria, on other detainees like Sambo Dasuki, Ibrahim Zakzaky, among others.

“We cannot have a situation where our government is quick to obey foreign court orders and even quicker to disobey domestic court orders. This is symptomatic of a mindset that is servile to foreign powers and brutal to Nigerians.

“Without the rule of law, there can be no rule at all. Power in Nigeria still flows from the people, not from the barrel of a gun. I call on all men and women of goodwill not to keep quiet or sit on the fence at times like this.

“To keep Nigeria democracy is the paramount duty of all concerned stakeholders. Please speak up against this tyranny and side with the Nigerian people”, he added.

Stephanie Linus attends the private screening of Frozen 2

Actress and filmmaker, Stephanie Linus has attended the private screening of Frozen 2. In the photos shared, she is seen with the Director and Writer of frozen 2 Jennifer Lee and Hollywood actress Geena Davis.

Caroline Wozniacki announces shock retirement from tennis

Former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki has announced she will retire from tennis after next month's Australian Open. 

The 29-year-old will call time on her career at the site of her greatest triumph, in Melbourne where she won her only Grand Slam in 2018, in order to start a family with husband and former NBA player David Lee.

Wozniacki, who was formerly engaged to golfer Rory McIlroy in 2014 before splitting, posted on Instagram: 'I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done.'

She wrote

'I’ve played professionally since I was 15 years old. In that time I’ve experienced an amazing first chapter of my life. With 30 WTA singles titles, a world #1 ranking for 71 weeks, a WTA Finals victory, 3 Olympics, including carrying the flag for my native Denmark, and winning the 2018 Australian Open Grand slam championship, I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court.
I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done. In recent months, I’ve realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court. Getting married to David was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis (project upcoming) are all passions of mine moving forward.
So with that, today I am announcing that I will be retiring from professional tennis after the Australian Open in January. This has nothing to do with my health and this isn’t a goodbye, I look forward to sharing my exciting journey ahead with all of you!
Finally, I want to thank with all my heart, the fans, my friends, my sponsors, my team, especially my father as my coach, my husband, and my family for decades of support! Without all of you I could have never have done this!'

Dana White confirmed Floyd Mayweather will make his comeback next year with another UFC fighter

UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Floyd Mayweather will make his highly-anticipated comeback to the ring next year.

The undefeated boxer has not fought since defeating Conor McGregor in 2017, but a deal appears to have been agreed that will see Mayweather face off against an unnamed UFC fighter.

The 42-year-old American, whose record stands at 50-0 after the bout against the Irishman, had teased followers on social media after posting a picture of himself alongside White.

And having been spotted together at an NBA game between Boston Celtics and LA Clippers last month, White conceded that a deal surrounding Mayweather's return had been sealed.

He told the Jim Rome Show: 'It's true. We sat at the Clippers game. We started talking and we literally got a deal done right there on the court.

'And if things play out the way things Floyd and I think they will, I will probably sit down with Al Haymond in March and get a deal on paper.

'If everything goes our way, Floyd and I would be doing something in October or November.'

With 'Money' all but confirmed to have been lured back for one more payday, his comeback is likely to be against a UFC fighter in another cross-promotional event.

Mirror Sport believe that Jorge Masvidal is one of the favorites to take on Mayweather, with the Mexican having suggested he would be open to dropping weight in order to prepare for a potential showdown.

I don’t think i can forgive myself for wrongfully accusing my man of cheating – Princess Shyngle

Gambian actress Princess Shyngle has revealed that she might never forgive herself for wrongfully accusing her fiance of cheating on her, although she has rendered an apology to him.

The actress who admitted she was wrong to publicly shame her Senegalese fiance, Frederic Badji also apologized for posting a video of him crying and threatening to kill himself, just to embarrass and ridicule him.

Princess Shyngle went on to reassure Frederic of her love and also described him as the first and last man she will fall in love with.

She wrote “A while ago I did something very stupid and extremely wrong just because I was angry, mad, bad temper and was simply not thinking. I got it all wrong and accused him wrongly then posted a video of him crying and threatening himself just to embarrass him and ridicule him, that was childish of me and I don’t think I can ever forgive myself for doing that. “I am here today to apologize to my man, my family , my followers and friends for my actions, from the bottom of my heart I’m sorry, even though my man said he doesn’t care I know that I was wrong and I’m owning up to it. To everyone that called, dm and messaged me to put the video down I want to say thank you. Suicide, not option to end human problems -— Rev Esther Ajayi(Opens in a new browser tab) “To my husband I want to let you know that I love you with every bit of my heart and soul, I meant it when I said you’re the first man I ever fell in love with and you’ll be my last, thanks for fighting for us, thanks for never giving up and thanks for choosing me. You’re literally my life and I live for you. I love you Frederic Badji my tall, dark, sexy Senegalese hot chocolate… ”

I won’t go into directing or producing movies because of politics – John Dumelo

Ghanaian actor John Dumelo is so focused on winning the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency seat, he has no plans of getting into movie directing. Speaking on Joy FM’s Cosmopolitan Mix, the actor revealed that his passion for getting into Parliament is much strong than that of building a great portfolio in the acting industry.

The actor turned politician recently revealed that should he win the 2020 election, 50% of his first-year salary plus his bonuses as an MP, will be donated to the youth in his constituency as development aid.

Jackie Appiah adopts brilliant student at the Borstal Institute for Juveniles, as part of birthday celebrations

Jackie Appiah has promised to sponsor the education of an inmate at the Borstal Institute for Juveniles in Accra.

The actress made the promise on her birthday after authorities at the Institute appealed to her to support the said brilliant inmate.

As part of the celebrations, Jackie visited the institute to donate items for the upkeep of the boys at the Juvenile detention centre. It was during the donation in the home that the officers in charge of the institute asked for help for the inmate who is said to be very brilliant. “We would want to especially appeal to you for assistance. We have a very brilliant but needy inmate student who attends SHS at the same time…He is in form 2 and he is actually reading science. We want sponsorship to take care of his T&T, writing materials, among others,” one officer said.

Responding to the officer’s plea, Jackie disclosed that she has had discussions with her management team and they have come to the conclusion of helping the boy. “I have discussed with my management…I hear he is a very brilliant science student…we will gladly take up the bills,” Jackie said to applause.

The Borstal Institute for juveniles now called The Senior Correctional Centre is a juvenile correction institute under the Ghana Prisons Service (GPS).

The centre is a correction centre for people who are under 18 years old and have been convicted of criminal or civil offences. The period that a convict spends in the centre is aimed at reforming him or her so they can fit into society easily after their stay at the centre.

Wizkid pulls a Beyonce, drops surprise 7 track EP

Starboy delighted fans this morning with a previously unannounced 7 track EP, SOUNDMAN VOL 1.
Wizkid features on all tracks on the project, while Blaq Jerzee, DJ Tunez, Chronixx, London and Kel-P, also contribute.
We guess that this means that Wizkid would likely not be releasing an album this year.

Soundman Vol 1 is available on all digital platforms.

Colonel Mustafa counters Noti Flow´s ¨gay¨ allegations

The feud between Noti Flow and her pretentious ex, Colonel Mustafa continues after Mustafa calls her out for being over-reactive.

Noti Flow shot herself on the face, confirming Mustafa is indeed gay after previously defending him.

The Kenyan rapper has now fired back at his ex, Noti, claiming she is bitter just because they are no longer an item.

'I dated her for two years. You want to tell me that for the two years I was with her, it is only the other day she came to know I am gay? Noti Flow is bitter that I left her two months ago. And, I have valid reasons as to why I ended my relationship with her.'

Noti started cheating on him with a white.

'I wouldn´t want to reveal much, but I can say she started seeing a white man behind my back.'

Apparently, Mustafa was forewarned by the mum about the kind of girl Noti is.

'My mum came to know about it and advised me to be careful with her. It is unfortunate that she threw the religion card in her wild allegations, that is not fair at all.'

According to the rapper, how would he be gay, having dated Marya and Huddah Monroe before?

'Noti Flow´s allegations are ridiculous to say the least.'

Controversy after photos emerge of Weezdom in bed with Nicah the Queen

EMB records´ signee, Weezdom might not be getting off the scandal-hook anytime soon after being spotted in bed with curvy gospel artist, Nicah the Queen.

In photos captured by Mpasho, that has since gone viral, Weezdom is seen bare in bed with a woman, seemingly Nicah the Queen.

Weezdom clinches to her from her backside, and both seem glad to have spent the moments together.

In yet another photo, Weezdom, still in the same position, is seen holding onto the lass´ boob as both pose for the camera.

Well, unfortunately, seems like the photos leaked somehow and both have questions to answer before the bush fire spreads any further.

Mpasho approached Weezdom for clarification on the same but his phone went unanswered, after which he switched it off.

On the other end, speaking to ¨Word Is¨, Nicah denied ever having been involved with Weezdom, let alone sleep with him.

'That´s not me. That can never be me. I have never been involved in any relationship with Weezdom.'

Sadly, both their faces can be seen in broad daylight and it might be a challenge to deny your own face. Fans including his boss, Bahati sought clarification on the same, because as far as Baba Majesty knows, this is his signee, Weezdom.

The ¨Amenitoa far¨ singer, however, tried to silence his boss from exposing his ´old ways´.

Bad People Have Taken Over The Country From Us - Aisha Buhari

Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, says “bad people” have taken over the country from people who are “supposed to be in charge”.

Aisha said this on Thursday during a phone-in interview on Television Continental (TVC)’s ‘Journalists Hangout’ programme.

She said it is unacceptable that those who should be in control of the government have remained mute, while some persons are using the social media to bring down the government.

She said fake news has caused her some distress particularly when the president was rumoured to have died, and when he was said to be taking a second wife.

“I didn’t take it seriously because even my husband didn’t know what was happening,” she said of the rumoured marriage.

“Both of us didn’t know what was happening; they just decided to bombard social media with it. They are now taking to social media to bring down the government itself.

“I think that we should not allow people that are nothing to override the innocent; I don’t know why people that are supposed to be in charge should remain mute while bad people take over the country from us. It is impossible and totally unacceptable.”

Aisha also accused presidential aides and other government officials of ignoring issues they should respond to and focusing on things that the presidency has no business in.

“Whenever they (presidential aides) are supposed to take action against the offenders, or to take action or to take charge or be in control, or caution people, they keep mute,” she said.

“But when it comes to unnecessary things, people will start talking of the presidency. A typical example is what happened after the election in Bayelsa state. When the PDP came out and said they would … suspend His Excellency, Goodluck Jonathan, the former president, for doing wrong or something like that.

“I have seen no reason why (the) presidency should come out and say that they were shocked to hear that. Is it their business? Are they PDP members? Is president Jonathan a member of our party? What does that have to do with the presidency?”

Romelu Lukaku & Chris Smalling criticise 'Black Friday' headline

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku says the 'Black Friday' headline used by Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport is "one of the dumbest" he has seen, while Roma's Chris Smalling condemned it as "wrong and insensitive".

The headline accompanied pictures of Lukaku and Smalling prior to Friday's match between their two sides.

"You guys keep fuelling the negativity and the racism issue," Lukaku said.

Smalling urged the newspaper's editors to "understand the power they possess".

Roma, along with Inter's rivals AC Milan, announced later on Thursday they will not work with Corriere dello Sport until January.

A joint statement released at the same time by Roma and AC Milan said: "We have decided to ban Corriere dello Sport from our training facilities for the rest of the year and our players will not carry out any media activities with the newspaper during this period.

"Both clubs are aware the actual newspaper article associated with the 'Black Friday' headline did portray an anti-racist message and for this reason we have only banned Corriere dello Sport until January.

"We remain totally committed to tackling racism."

Smalling is on loan from Manchester United, whose Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the club had been in touch with the England defender.

At a news conference on Friday, Solskjaer said: "When you see that paper, you say: 'Wow. Really? Is that possible?' It's the worst front page I've ever seen. It has to be.

"Of course we have been in touch with Chris, just so he knows that we'll back him and we support him, and with Romelu as well."

Corriere dello Sport defended the "innocent" headline in a comment piece on its website.

"It was only a way to celebrate diversity," the newspaper said.

Earlier on Thursday, Roma's chief operating officer Francesco Calvo said he did not think the headline was a "clear case" of racism, but called on people in positions of authority - including clubs, players and media - to be more careful with the language they choose.

"This isn't like the racism we've experienced many others in Italy in the recent period, this is superficial and unfortunate of people not understanding of how messages can be mixed up in words and perceived in a bad way," Calvo told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"All of us who work in football have a bigger responsibility, which is giving the right message to people, being a role model and trying to educate people.

"This is what everyone should do, including this newspaper. We should be very careful with the words we use.

"This only allows people to talk about racism in Italy instead of giving a message against racism because people will only read the headline and not the article."

All 20 Serie A clubs made a united pledge last week to combat Italian football's "serious problem" with racism because there is no more "time to waste".

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