Justice Valentine Ashi of the FCT High Court died on Thursday.

Justice Valentine Ashi of the FCT High Court died Thursday, Daily Trust learnt yesterday.
Justice Ashi was sitting in the Apo division of the FCT High Court before his demise.
A senior official of the court told our reporter that the judge died on Thursday but that the family wrote to the court yesterday to inform it of the judge’s death.

“We wanted to issue a formal statement to that effect but my Lord (the Chief Judge, Justice Ishaq Bello) has not given us the official clearance. We will do that by Monday. Thank you for reaching out”, the official said.

 

The official added that the judge died in an Abuja hospital after being admitted within a week for an ailment.
The judge in December 2018 ordered security agencies to arrest and produce the former Petroleum Resources Minister, Diezani Alison Madueke, within 72 hours.
His order had followed a December 8, 2018 ex-parte motion brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC said it investigated the former minister with a businessman and Chairman, Atlantic Energy Drilling Company, Jide Omokore, in relation to a petition by a group, the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), dated October 2, 2013, which contained allegations of money laundering and official corruption.

 

 

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How PMB plan to tackle communal clashes in Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari has begun consultations for an inclusive stakeholders’ committee that will thoroughly interrogate issues that fuel communal conflicts across the country.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.

 

He said the committee when constituted would be saddled with the responsibility of proffering lasting solutions to “age-long disagreements that had claimed lives and property, with particular focus on the Tiv/Jukun relationship in Benue and Taraba states.”
According to the presidential aide, the President is disturbed by communal clashes that have destroyed many lives and property, altered the destinies of families and raised the profile of insecurity in the country by promoting generational tensions.
“President Buhari believes Nigeria’s cultural diversity remains her greatest strength when properly harnessed and harmonised with a collective vision for unity, peace and shared prosperity, urging more patience as the government identifies and works towards creating more understanding,” he added.

 

 

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AN APPEAL TO OUR LADIES.

It is a good thing to be fashion conscious or probably be a fashionista.
The introduction of undies is good especially when there was a general acceptance in the modification whereby the usage of panties have been overtaken by the usage of “tight” as it is locally called.
The usage of “tight” as it offers better coverage of private parts when compared to ordinary panties is a very reasonable fashion invention that no right thinking person can deny.

 

It offers a kind of convenience that makes any woman to be free in moving from one point to another.
Moving around Lagos,one could easily observed that the purpose of this introduction is been abused without any thought of what it portrays in our society.
Looking around while moving is becoming difficult because your the sanctity expected by your eyes and the sanity expected by your mind are been subjected to punishment when every nooks and crannies of your stay in a particular area is filled and overwhelmed by public display of open-female laps.
Just because the usage of “tight” provides comfort and coverage, many ladies have lost the consciousness of maintaining a closed lap when seated in the public.
A situation whereby our public places and spot are filled up with open laps simply connotes a Society that will soon be lost in immortality and distraction.
The level of distractions offered by our society is enough, it should not be added to by open female laps.
Ladies should endeavour to manage their laps very well when in public by closing it.
An open female laps in public spaces connotes nothing but an unnecessary distraction that is unexpected in a sane Society.

 

 

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Meanwhile, some of the laps been on display are not worth it, some are dirty and if you are not careful, you might end up vomiting your intestine because they are irritating.
Being fashionable is good and acceptable but it becomes a social burden when the purpose is subjected to abuse.
In conclusion, you protect your dignity and integrity by maintaining a closed laps in the public.
Stop subjecting the sanctity and sanity of your society to unnecessary pornography that will make men to be distracted.
Thank you.

 

®Mlstcommunications 2019.

How Megan Rapinoe of USA send France out of World Cup.

Megan Rapinoe did it again. And again.

Team USA’s co-captain scored in the fifth minute to give the U.S. an early lead on France in the Women’s World Cup quarterfinal, and the team never looked back, defeating the host country, 2-1, Friday at Parc des Princes in Paris.

France scored off of a set piece from Wendie Renard in the game’s 81st minute.

 

USA’s Tobin Heath also landed a ball in the net 75 minutes into the game. USA’s Crystal Dunn, who crossed to Heath for her goal, was deemed offside, and the goal was declared invalid.

Rapinoe has scored five goals in the tournament after netting both goals in USA’s 2-1 win over Spain in the Round of 16 on Monday and scoring one of its 13 goals in the opener against Thailand.

The U.S. will face England in the semifinals Tuesday at Stade de Lyon in Lyon.

 

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How Preliminary objection filed by Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear her trial was dismissed.

Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday dismissed the preliminary objection filed by Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear her trial.

Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia through her counsel, Chief Robert Clarke, had challenged the jurisdiction of the court to hear her trial on the grounds that she is still a judge of the Federal High Court and as such could not be tried in line with the precedent set in the case of Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa.

At Friday proceedings, Justice Aikawa ruled that justice Ajumogobia was no longer a judicial officer because she had been dismissed by the President on the recommendation of the NJC, therefore she can be tried for any criminal offence accused of.

 

The judge held that in the letter presented by the EFCC, the President had already dismissed Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia on November 6, 2018, and therefore she was no longer a judicial officer.
Justice Aikawa subsequently adjourned till October 24, 25 for trial.

The EFCC had re-arraigned Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Godwin Obla on 18 counts, to which they pleaded not guilty before Justice Aikawa.

 

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Joe and Sophie legally married in Vegas after the Billboard Awards on May 2 at the Little White Wedding Chapel

Sophie Turner has stepped out wearing a stunning white bridal wedding gown to enjoy a pre-wedding party with husband Joe Jonas, as well as their close family and friends.

The actress, 23, looked incredible wearing a simple plain gown which flattered her figure perfectly as she held hands with her love Joe Jonas, 29, in the grounds of the Hotel Crillon le Brave in the South Of France on Friday.

Sophie walked tall at the party, wearing high strappy sandals and sporting lilac nails, while Joe wore a 1920s inspired navy pinstripe suit and white shoes.

The couple were pictured at the £5,357 a night Chateau de Tourreau in Sarrians the day before, and they are thought to be marrying there over the weekend as the venue has its own chapel.

Joe and Sophie legally married in Vegas after the Billboard Awards on May 2 at the Little White Wedding Chapel – the ceremony was live-streamed by Diplo on social media.

Meanwhile, Sophie’s maid of honour and her Game Of Thrones co-star Maisie Williams, 22, has now finally joined the party after returning from her holiday in the Seychelles with her boyfriend Reuben Selby, also 22.

She and Reuben were both pictured with bright pink hair which they have had specially done for the wedding as they were both blonde on their vacation last week.

Also present was Joe’s brother Kevin, 31 – but neither his wife Danielle, 32, nor brother Nick, 26, and his wife Priyanka Chopra, 36, were pictured on the day.

 

 

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Members of Joe’s band DNCE were pictured arriving by minibus with bass guitarist Cole Whittle really making a striking entrance with his bright open colourful shirt and mohican hair do.

Before heading to the beautiful location, the Jonas Brothers and their partners spent a couple of days in Paris, where they posted lots of pictures of their escapades on social media.

Chateau de Torreau, which is also known as Chateau Ventoux, can sleep up to 29 guests with several different accommodations on site.

 

 

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The stunning location also has tennis courts, lavender fields, fountains, koi carp-filled ponds and an orchard and vegetable garden for guests to enjoy.

The main building itself can sleep up to 15 people with collection of top floor and superior suites within the chateau.

While an additional collection of farm buildings within the grounds can sleep up to 14 people if extra space is needed for guests.

Each lavish bedroom or suite boasts an en suite with a bath and shower, plush furnishings and the choice of a king sized bed with the master suite having its own Jacuzzi and terrace.

 

 

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Inside the chateau is an open-plan and state of the art kitchen, while there is also a cooking area in the poolhouse as well as an additional eating area.

The period building also has several dining rooms including an al fresco area in the gardens, a formal setting and a more relaxed area in the kitchen.

Paris Match reported that Sophie and Joe chose to hold their ceremony at at the Château du Martinet in Carpentras before hosting their guests at the second chateau.

Their second wedding follows a secret Las Vegas ceremony last month, but the couple have been vocal about their plans to host a much more lavish ceremony for their friends and family this summer.

 

It was initially believed that the couple would tie the knot again in Paris, after spending a few days their before travelling to southern France.

Us Weekly reported on Tuesday that the actress and singer had settled on Paris, a source spilled: ‘Joe and Sophie want to have a huge party.

‘The decor is going to be sophisticated, but there’ll be some kitschy elements, including a really wild cake. There’ll be a live band, and the Jonas Brothers are expected to take the stage.’

A second ceremony looked imminent as Sophie celebrated her bachelorette party earlier this month with a multi-stop vacation in Europe.

 

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“There were a lot of crazy things….we committed a lot of mistakes,” said the former Nigeria international. “You practise and practise, but players are players and as a coach you stand on the touch-line and you are helpless.”—Emmanuel AMMUNIKE.

CAIRO (Reuters) – Kenya, helped by a Michael Olunga brace, twice came from behind to beat East African neighbours Tanzania 3-2 on Thursday and chalk up their second-ever win at the Africa Cup of Nations in a match both coaches described as crazy.

Simon Msuva and Mbwana Samatta put Tanzania in front but Olunga and Johanna Omolo levelled for the Harambee Stars before Olunga struck the winner nine minutes from time.

Kenya, who had won only once in 15 previous matches in the competition, have three points from two games in Group C, level with Senegal. Tanzania, yet to get off the mark, became the first team to be eliminated in the 24-team tournament.

“It was completely crazy and the coach at this time is just a spectator,” Kenya coach Sebastien Migne said. “The players wrote history tonight, now everything is possible, we have nothing to lose.”

Tanzania coach Emmanuel Amunike was surprisingly critical of his team.

“There were a lot of crazy things….we committed a lot of mistakes,” said the former Nigeria international. “You practise and practise, but players are players and as a coach you stand on the touch-line and you are helpless.”

Although neither side are among the heavyweights of African football, they produced a remarkably open contest with a hatful of chances.

 

 

Migne said before the match that it was time for his team, who are taking part at their sixth Afcon tournament, to end their run of falling at the first hurdle each time.

But they were caught napping in the sixth minute as Tanzania took a shock lead. An end to end move ended with Samatta being sent clear down the left, his shot was parried by Patrick Matasi and Msuva turned in the rebound.

Helped by the generous amount of space given to them by Tanzania, Kenya began to create openings and Erick Ouma had a close-range effort brilliantly stopped by goalkeeper Aishi Manula before Olunga hit the crossbar

They equalised in the 39th minute with an acrobatic effort. A free kick into the area was pushed away by Manula, the ball bounced off Tanzania defender Erasto Nyoni and was hooked into the net by Olunga who showed excellent reactions.

Kenya still seemed to be celebrating one minute later when Samatta won the ball in the penalty area and the Belgian-based forward fired a low shot into the net.

The game continued in the same vein in the second half and Kenya levelled again in the 63rd minute, Omolo scoring with a diving header from a low cross at the near post.

Kenya snatched victory when they broke out of defence and the ball was played to Olunga, whose snot sneaked between Manula and his near post.

 

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How several bandits were neutralized by troops in Four Nothern States.

The General Officer Commanding 8 Division, Major General Hakeem Otiki, has said the recently launched Operation Habin Kunama III, successfully neutralised several bandits in the zone.

Otiki stated this while updating journalists in Sokoto on the success recorded so far by the operation since it was launched last year.

He revealed that Operation Habin Kunama III has captured some bandits, arrested informants, apprehended logistics suppliers, destroyed bandits camps as well as created enabling environment for farming activities in the affected villages.

He also disclosed that with renewed effort by the Army Headquarters and increased collaboration with other security agencies, which includes the Nigerian Air Force, the dynamics of the operation has changed.

He said:

 “This has yielded more positive results culminating into several encounters and defeat of bandits groups in Isa, Rabbah and Burkusuma around Sububu Forest in Sokoto State.

“In Katsina State, troops operating super camp in Batsari, Safana and Kankara also made contact with bandits gangs and denied them freedom of action in Dumburum Forest.

“In Kebbi State, troops deployed in super camp in Bena, Jega and Danko Wasagu also encountered and defeated bandits in Gando Forest.

“The 8 Division is also effectively collaborating with Operation Hadarin Daji as a blocking force against fleeing bandits from Zamfara State and retrieve several arms and ammunition in the process.

 

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The latest sanctions close the door for negotiations forever.—Ali Khamenei.

Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, is so inconsequential that the Trump administration didn’t even bother to impose sanctions on him. The United States has now levied them on supreme leader Ali Khamenei and eight military commanders, and is preparing similar measures against Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. It had already sanctioned Qasem Sulaimani, commander of the Quds Force, and designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group.

In the virulently anti-American politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran, being targeted in this way by what they often call the ‘Great Satan’ is something of a badge of honour — one that has been denied to the Iranian president, who is regarded with open contempt by his hardline opponents and by his boss. In a certain light, then, Rouhani’s latest description of the White House as “mentally retarded” might be read as a petulant complaint that his name wasn’t on President Trump’s hit-list.

 
The sanctions on Khamenei may not have a great deal of impact on the ayatollah himself — he doesn’t travel beyond Iran’s borders, nor does he have any known holdings abroad. (Zarif, on the other hand, will miss his access to the salons and think tanks of New York.) It is hard to know which portions of Khamenei’s multibillion-dollar business empire might be affected, but an enterprise built by seizing the property and businesses of his subjects can, presumably, be rebuilt by seizing some more.
Whatever the efficacy of the new measures, however, they are hardly a sign of madness. On the contrary, they are a sane alternative to what President Donald Trump briefly contemplated last week: A military response to Iran’s many provocations.
The regime in Tehran has said the latest sanctions close the door for negotiations forever. This is plainly disingenuous. Khamenei had already slammed that door in the face of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who made a good-faith effort to mediate talks between the United States and Iran, only to be humiliated by the supreme leader. Tehran has also ignored offers of mediation from some Gulf countries like Oman, and has dismissed out of hand statements from Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the United States was open to negotiations, without preconditions.
And there were plenty of other signs that the Iranians had no intention of negotiating — the attacks on neutral shipping, on Saudi oil installations, on an American drone.
There is no such thing as forever in geopolitics. Khamenei, it would appear, is inclined to wait until after the 2020 US presidential election before reconsidering his intransigence about negotiations. He is hoping that Trump will lose the election, and that the next US president will be more favourably inclined toward the Islamic Republic. In the meantime, Iran will build up some leverage — enhancing its uranium stockpile and threatening the stability of the Middle East and safety of crucial shipping lanes.
But Trump, too, might profitably run down the clock on the current government in Tehran. There, the next presidential election is only due in 2021: Rouhani cannot run again, and it is all but certain that he will be replaced by one of the regime’s hardliners. Zarif, who is in bad odour with the same group, will be out, too — so the sanctions on him will be moot. The unelected Khamenei will remain.

 

 

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Rather than embark now on a lengthy process of negotiations, the White House might think it better to give the sanctions two more years to weaken Tehran’s position. If the Islamic Republic keeps enriching uranium and attacking shipping lanes in the meantime it will antagonise the international community, prompting more countries — and especially the Europeans — to support the US position.
And when the negotiations do eventually begin, the sanctions on Khamenei could be one more piece of leverage for the American side, their removal one more small incentive to dangle before Iran’s supreme leader.

 

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“Not guilty sir; honor,” “I ain’t going to jail, I got a daughter!”–Cardi B

Rap superstar Cardi B on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to attempted assault charges including two felonies filed in connection with her alleged involvement in a New York strip club brawl.

“Not guilty sir; honor,” the 26-year-old artist said before a packed courtroom in Queens, looking swank in a fitted, low-cut navy blue and baby pink double-breasted pant suit and razor-sharp straight blue-hued bob.

The brash rapper appeared calm throughout the proceedings, her hands clasped behind her back, showing her talon-esque hot pink nail extensions to the room.

The arraignment came days after a grand jury indicted Cardi B in connection to the incident, with court documents showing 14 counts including two felonies against the rap superstar.

On August 29, 2018, Cardi B was in the Angels Strip Club in Queens when her group reportedly lobbed bottles, chairs and a hookah pipe, which police said bruised a female employee’s legs.

Cardi B allegedly ordered an attack on two sisters working at the club because one of them slept with her husband, the rapper Offset.

Initially facing only misdemeanor charges, the Bronx rapper in April rejected a plea deal from the Queens district attorney’s office.

 

That offer would have given the Grammy winner a conditional discharge if she pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor.

The revamped charges include two felony counts of attempted assault with intent to cause serious physical injury, according to the case docket.

The order of protection preventing Cardi B from returning to the scene of the incident or communicating with the alleged victims was extended for one year, a condition of her parole.

Upon leaving the courtroom the rap star smiled and waved, blowing a kiss to a throng of journalists and onlookers.

‘Ain’t going to jail’

But over the weekend she took on bolder airs, suddenly dropping an expletive and exclaiming: “I ain’t going to jail, I got a daughter!” while performing in Los Angeles, a frank reaction not out of character for the off-the-cuff star.

“We don’t believe that the indictment changes anything,” her lawyer Jeff Kern told journalists outside the courthouse. “We understood that it was a possibility.”

The rapper has also invited Drew Findling — the so-called #BillionDollarLawyer who has made a name for himself representing hip-hop stars in Atlanta, Georgia, the de-facto capital of rap — to join her legal team.

“I know Cardi; I know Cardi on a personal level,” he said. “I know Cardi as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter, as a sister. I know Cardi to be a decent and kind human being.”

“We have no doubt that when all is said and done, there will be a positive outcome in favor of Cardi.”

There are two co-defendants in the case alongside the rapper, both of whom also pleaded not guilty.

Born Belcalis Almanzar to a Dominican father and Trinidadian mother, Cardi B’s meteoric rise began during her days as a stripper, when she carved out a social media personality on platforms including Instagram.

After becoming the first female solo artist to win the Grammy award for Rap Album of the Year, over the weekend Cardi B topped this year’s Black Entertainment Television Awards, taking home prizes for Album of the Year and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist.

Just after the arraignment the intensely scrutinized rap star announced on Twitter the Wednesday release of her music video for her latest hit “Press,” in which she voices exasperation with the media.

 

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“wake up” and demand gun control in the US.—Madonna.

Madonna has urged her fans to “wake up” and demand gun control in the US.

The Queen of Pop, 60, has previously criticised President Donald Trump for failing to act on the issue.

In a social media post, the veteran singer asked her 2.5 million followers to “honour the victims” of gun violence.

 

 

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On Twitter, she wrote:

“This is your wake up call. Gun violence disproportionately affects children, teenagers and the marginalized in our communities.

Wake up and insist on common-sense gun safety legislation. Innocent lives depend on it. Join me in supporting the following organizations: @Everytown @AMarch4OurLives @GAGnoguns @sandyhook @HRC @TheTaskForce @TransEquality @NCADV @1Pulse4America @SUPGVNetwork @MPJInstitute

— Madonna (@Madonna)
June 26, 2019

 

“Honor the victims and demand GUN CONTROL. NOW. Volunteer, stand up, donate, reach out.”

In a second tweet, she said:

“Wake up and insist on common-sense gun safety legislation. Innocent lives depend on it.”

She also urged her fans to follow a number of organisations including Sandy Hook Promise, which trains students to recognise signs of gun violence, and the US advocacy group National Centre for Transgender Equality.

This is your wake up call!………..

GOD CONTROL drops today..,,…….., Madame ❌ @nunoxico #godcontrol #madamex pic.twitter.com/mRxTuvtwfi

— Madonna (@Madonna)
June 26, 2019
The message came as she unveiled the graphic video for her single God Control, which depicts a shooting at a fictional disco club called the Globe.

The eight-minute video may be in reference to the 2016 mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando.

 

 

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The video begins with a message which reads:

“The video you are about to see is very disturbing. It shows graphic scenes of gun violence.

“But it’s happening every day. And it has to stop.”

 

 

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How Nigeria U20 women squad is dominated by home-based professionals.

Rivers Angels goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie and FC Robo defender Chidinma Okeke made Nigeria’s 25-player provisional squad for 2019 All African Games in Morocco.

Nnadozie and Okeke helped Nigeria to the Last 16 at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France and were recalled to the U20 team by coach Christopher Danjuma for the showpiece.

The squad is dominated by home-based professional players who represented the nation at the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in France last year, and won the 2019 Wafu Women’s Cup.

Also invited are usual suspects like Ijamilusi Folashade, Akarekor Rita, Adebisi Saheed, Efih Peace, Amoo Bashirat and Monday Gift and Obia Christiana.

The team is expected to commence camping preparations for the tournament in the first week of July in Abuja ahead of the trip to Morocco in the second week of August.

Nigeria are drawn against South Africa, Cameroon and Zambia in Group B and will begin their campaign against Basetsana at Stade Academie Mohamed VI on August 18.

The women’s football championship, which will be the fifth edition for women is featuring U20 sides for the first time and is scheduled to be held from August 17 – 29 in Rabat, Morocco.

FULL SQUAD LIST:

Duru Joy ( Nasarawa Amazons), Efih Peace ( Rivers Angels), Amoo Bashirat ( Confluence Queens), Peter Monday Uduakobong ( Ibom Angels), Monday Gift ( FC Robo), Saheed Adebisi ( Bayelsa Queens), Chiamaka Nnadozie ( Rivers Angels), Igboamalu Grace Chinyere ( Nasarawa Amazons), Saiki Mary ( Nasarawa Amazons), Okeke Chidinma ( FC Robo), Tarnum Dooshima (Nasarawa Amazons), Olapade Zainab (Sunshine Queens), Ogbona Akudo (Sunshine Queens), Momoh Esther ( Confluence Queens), Innocent Patricia (Sunshine Queens), Kenneth Katherine Ijeoma (Rivers Angels), Obia Christiana Chinaza (Osun Babes), Akarekor Rita (Sunshine Queens), Mathias Josephine (Rivers Angels), Aku Cynthia (Rivers Angels) Sule Rufiat (Bayelsa Queens), Adeboye Esther (FC Robo), Anjor Mary (Bayelsa Queens), Oshobukola Omowumi (Sunshine Queens), Folashade Ijamilusi (FC Robo).

 

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How Buhari inaugurates board of the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission(RMAFC).

The quest of the 36 state governments for a new revenue formula may soon become a reality as President Muhammadu Buhari is set to inaugurate the board of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, on Thursday (today).

The RMAFC is the body responsible for preparing the formula for sharing revenues among the three tiers of government in the country.

The body is also responsible for fixing the remuneration of political office holders as well as monitoring the revenues accruing to the federation account from revenue-generating agencies.

Our correspondent learnt that 30 new members of the commission would be inaugurated at the State House, Abuja. The commission is made up of 37 members with each state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory represented by one commissioner.

 

The inauguration will end more than three years of the revenue body without substantive leadership. It will also end the inability of the body to make policy decisions for lack of quorum given that the commission had progressively diminished in the number of commissioners.

Although Buhari had in July 2016 announced the reappointment of Mr Elias Mbam as the Chairman of the commission, his name was not sent to the National Assembly until recently when it became necessary to fill the depleted body.

Mbam left the commission in November 2015 after the end of his first five-year tenure.

Some of the major tasks facing the commission as it is inaugurated include giving the nation a new revenue formula which constitutionally is supposed to be reviewed every five years.

The commission may also feel the pressure to review the remunerations of political office holders in the country which many Nigerians think are outsized and do not reflect the reality in an economy that has been facing declining revenues.

Although the commission had completed work on both new revenue formula and remuneration package for political office holders, the processes were not concluded because the documents were not presented to the National Assembly by the President.

 

It is not clear whether the commission would press for completion of the processes or opt for fresh reviews. However, opting for fresh reviews may be more logical given the passage of three years since the works were completed as well as the preponderance of new membership of the commission.

State governors had recently hinged the payment of N30, 000 minimum wage on the review of the revenue formula in a way that would give the states more substantial resources.

Revenue sharing formula which has remained a controversial subject in Nigeria even before independence in 1960 refers to the proportion of resources accruing to the federation that goes to each component of the federation.

It also defines the proportion of resources that must be retained in the territories where they are generated as well as what goes to the agencies of government that collect the revenues on behalf of the federation.

Currently, 13 per cent of mineral resources known as derivation go to oil and solid minerals producing states. Four per cent of the money collected by Nigeria Customs Services is given to the organisation as the cost of collection.

Similarly, the Federal Inland Revenue Services receives seven per cent of the money it collected to cater for the cost of collection.

After these deductions, both mineral and non-mineral revenues are pulled together into the federation account and shared among the three tiers of government.

At present, the Federal Government gets 52.68 per cent. The state governments get 26.72 per cent while the Local Government Councils get 20.6 per cent.

From Value Added Tax, four per cent cost of collection is assigned to FIRS.

After these deductions, the net revenue is shared among the three tiers of government in the proportion of the Federal Government, 15 per cent; state governments, 50 per cent, and Local Government Councils, 35 per cent.

 

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How concert turned deadly in Madagascar claiming innocent life.

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — A stampede at a concert in Madagascar’s capital by a popular singer killed at least 15 people Wednesday night.

Just before the start of an appearance of the artist Rossy, the crowds surged causing the deaths from trampling, said the national police. Some 80 people were injured.

“The show was about to start and people heard that they could enter the stadium but the police had left the doors closed. People tried to force the doors but they remained closed. The crowd kept pushing. People fell and at least 15 have died,” said Gen. Richard Ravalomanana, in charge of the National Gendarmerie.

The death toll is likely to increase because several of the wounded are in critical condition, said Professor Olivat Rakoto Alson, director of Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona Hospital, where the dead and injured were taken.

The tragedy occurred as Madagascar was celebrating the 59th anniversary of its independence. Rwandan Head of State Paul Kagame was the guest of honor of President Andry Rajoelina for the occasion. Earlier Wednesday afternoon they attended a military parade in the same Mahamasina stadium.

This is the second recent deadly incident at the stadium. In September last year during a soccer match between Madagascar and Senegal, a crowd stampede at the entrance of the stadium killed one person and injured 37.

 

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How debutant Madagascar humbled Burundi.

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Reuters) – Africa Cup of Nations debutants Madagascar took a giant stride towards the next round as Marco Ilaimaharitra hammered home a late free kick to beat Burundi 1-0 in their Group B match on Thursday.

Madagascar advanced to four points from their opening two games and even if they do not finish in the top two places in the group, probably have enough points to fill one of the places in the last 16 for the four best third-placed teams.

After holding Guinea to a 2-2 draw in their opening game, the Malagasy went one better with their first ever finals victory.

Midfielder Ilaimaharitra blasted home in the 76th minute after Burundi had given away a free kick on the edge of their penalty area.

Madagascar made a lively start with Carolus Andriamatsinoro having two good first-half chances, the second one of which was cleared off the line by Burundi midfielder Gael Duhayindavyi.

But Burundi proved the stronger side after the break, ironically after they took off a struggling captain Saido Berahino.

 

Fiston Abdul Razak sent a header just wide in the 64th minute ands Burundi might have opened the scoring four minutes later but a free kick from Gael Bigirimana was saved.

Then Ilaimaharitra broke the deadlock and might have scored a second from a similarly placed free kick two minutes from the end but this time it was saved by Burundi goalkeeper Jonathan Nahimana.

It was the second loss for Burundi, also competing at the finals for the first timer, after a 1-0 defeat by Nigeria.

Nigeria top the group with six points while Guinea have one. Madagascar finish the group stage against Nigeria on Sunday while Burundi meet Guinea at the same time.

 

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How another building collapsed in Lagos.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency has said that a three storey-building at Iju area of the state collapsed.

Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the newly appointed General Manager of LASEMA confirmed the news to journalists.

He said,

“This is just to inform you that a three-story building collapsed at K Farm, Fagba, Off Iju Road.

 

“It was a building under construction, and people occupying the building have been evacuated and the injured are responding to treatment.

“No moralities recorded. All the key stakeholders that are important in managing disaster in Lagos are on the ground.

“However the building will be pulled to the ground for the safety of the people living in the area.

“All the buildings adjacent or beside the collapsed building will be subjected to solid material testing, for your information.”

 

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Do you know the health benefits of eating sweet potatoes?

Natural, tasty, and full of vitamins and minerals, it’s no wonder that sweet potato has been considered an omnipresent dish on our tables. For so many years, it’s known as the oldest vegetable cultivated by man.

It’s not only a food that warms up the soul in holidays but also a nutritiously gift from mother nature.

 

The Sweet Potatoes Benefits List

1. Helps with digestion, low cholesterol, and healthy weight loss.

Research by the Cleveland Clinic shows that sweet potatoes are a fat-free, protein filled, and dietary fiber food by excellence. So, fiber is a main component in maintaining a healthy tract, preventing constipation and regulating digestion. In fact, one medium-sized sweet potato has approximately 4 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein, and sporamins being the main one.

It has been proved that the protein found in the sweet potato water can be the new miracle drink for weight loss, as it puts a leach on appetite and regulates metabolism. Hence, it has the amazing power of cleansing those blood vessels of cholesterol and triglycerides and pumping out more of the metabolic hormones leptin and adiponectin.

2. An anti-inflammatory powerhouse.

Anthocyanin, an antioxidant found in abundance in purple sweet potatoes has great anti-inflammatory properties.

Studies have shown that the consumption of sweet potatoes reduced inflammation drastically in the brain and nerve tissue in the body. Intake of sweet potatoes extracts lessened the effects of many health problems such as multiple sclerosis.

Sweet potato is also a great agent in mitigating inflammation related to serious health issues like Asthma, Bronchitis, Arthritis, stomach ulcers and cancer.

3. Improve cognitive function

A daily serving of sweet potatoes can help you stay alert, at full speed and ready to take on the next challenge whether physically or mentally.

This virtuous veggie has the reputation of improving cognitive function and literally help fight off brain cells degeneration. That being said, sweet potato consumption has the power to undo some types of brain dysfunction. It also helps with learning and memory among other things.

 

4. Energy booster

Contrary to mainstream beliefs, sweet potato is a superfood for the superheroes. It’s considered as an unmatched source of energy.

 

An average sweet potato is packed with slow-burning fiber. It has a low amount of cholesterol and contains virtually no fat. This miraculous root vegetable is loaded with provitamin A (carotene), vitamin C, B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6) and potassium along with many other minerals, which makes it the king of energy foods.

5. Reduces blood pressure

Research made by The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey suggests that the high concentration of potassium in an average sweet potato can lower blood pressure and cut down the risk of a stroke by up to 24%.

A small baked sweet potato contains twice the amount of potassium as a banana, which makes it the go-to food for athletes and people suffering from hypertension.

This magical electrolyte found in good amount in those root vegetables is a major factor in regulating the heart beats. It maintains a good functioning of the brain and central nervous system alike.In fact, this backs off the research made by the Medical News Daily that suggests that a diet high in potassium can decrease the risk of dying by a whole 20%!

6. Good for your heart and arteries

This phenomenal gift of nature comes in handy in heart matters as well.

Dietary slow burning fibers present in sweet potatoes is said to cut down the risks of developing certain heart conditions and cardiovascular diseases. Substantial research and studies made during the recent years note that a high fiber diet shields us against various conditions such as heart disease, diverticulosis, diabetes, constipation and different kinds of cancers among others.

Equally important, vitamin B6 present in high dosage in sweet potatoes is a crucial factor in helping us build new red blood cells and lower our risk for heart problems by reducing the chemical homocysteine in our organism. Homocysteine being associated with degenerative illnesses like heart attacks, Vitamin B6 contributes in maintaining healthy arteries and blood vessels to assure blood flowing in a healthy freeway.

 

 

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7. Helps with sleep, stress and promotes relaxation

Apart from being a great source of vitamins and antioxidants, sweet potatoes are loaded with different beneficial minerals such as magnesium and iron. In fact, Magnesium is well known for its relaxation effect; it’s the « chill pill » for stress-free and good mood seekers. Moreover, Sweet potatoes contain choline as well, which is a key agent in muscle relaxation, fatigue, and sleep problems.

8. Immunity booster

The antioxidant properties of sweet potatoes can help fight off illnesses.Actually, the high concentration of vitamin C and beta carotene in this tuber helps build a stronger immune system. So, one sweet potato provides you with half of your daily needs of vitamin C. Add to that, Vitamins A and E are also huge promoters of a healthy immune system.

9. A powerful anti-cancer food

Beta-Carotene, a nutrient present excessively in sweet potatoes is a potent agent that hinders cancer cells growth and helps in preventing from this malicious disease. That’s why incorporating high beta-carotene foods in our diet may reduce oxidative damage. Thus the risk of developing some kind of cancers such as stomach, kidney, in prostate and breast cancers.

 

Studies have shown that this orange tuber high in carotenoids contains powerful antioxidants useful in neutralizing free radicals, a substance responsible for increasing the risk of cancer.

Sweet potato being the potent anti-cancer food that is, helps drastically in reducing the risk of ovarian and breast cancer in postmenopausal and premenopausal women. It’s also known for playing an effective role in protecting against prostate cancer, according to the Harvard School of Public Health and the Journal Carcinogenesis study published in 2013.

10. Delays aging, heals dark circles and promotes glowy skin and healthy hair

Have you ever wondered why most of your skin care ointments have Vitamin A, C, and Retinol in them? Obviously, those components play a major role in fighting off aging and skin degeneration. As a matter of fact, these veggies happen to be a major source of those components as one medium-sized potato accounts for a 100% of our daily requirements of vitamin A and 47% of the daily recommended vitamin C.

This nutriously versatile tuber can actually delay aging, protect your skin and give the shine and power back to your hair! Too good to be true? Not at all!

In fact, Beta-carotene by converting vitamin A in the body helps repair the damage caused by UV lights and offers protection of the skin from the sun. It also enhances the production of new skin cells for a glowing, moisturized and wrinkles-free complexion. In addition, Vitamin A has its virtue on hair as well as it treats hair loss and dryness and strengthens those strands.

So for your new face cream or hair mask, opt for a home-made natural sweet potato-based remedy, it is totally worth it!

 

11. Loads and loads of vitamin D.

Both a vitamin and a hormone, Vitamin D are a major player in calcium absorption; it helps build up healthy bones and teeth and support the thyroid gland as well as boosting our mood and energy levels. Deficiency in this vitamin could cause you mood swings and gloominess, whereas, healthy intake of this vitamin will promote your immune system, boost your general health and protect you from mental disorders like dementia.

I think I made my point here! So next time on your trip to the grocery store, make sure to fill up on those yummy creamy orange fleshed babies!

 

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Benefits of Sweet Potatoes for your Skin, Body, and Overall Health

 

“Since I have decided to come here, you have to accept what I have said here. And please, if you do not want to hear the truth, never invite me,”–Sanusi

Muhammad Sanusi II, Emir of Kano says Nigeria is on the verge of bankruptcy following “unfavourable economic policies.”

We are heading to bankruptcy… what happened is that the federal government pays petroleum subsidy, pays electricity tariff subsidy, and if there is rise in interest rates, f

 

 

The revered traditional ruler made the comment on Tuesday, June 25 at a workshop organised by the office of the accountant-general of the federation at Government House, Kano.

 

He advised President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to take a different stance, saying for 30 years, successive governments “have had this project called petroleum subsidy.”

According to The Cable, he said the time had come to stop subsidy so as to save the nation’s economy.

 

We are heading to bankruptcy… what happened is that the federal government pays petroleum subsidy, pays electricity tariff subsidy, and if there is rise in interest rates, federal government pays,” he said.

“What is more life threatening than subsidy that we have to sacrifice education, health sector and infrastructure for us to have cheap petroleum.

“If truly President Buhari is fighting poverty, he should remove the risk on the national financial sector and stop the subsidy regime which is fraudulent,” he added.

Emir Sanusi asked President Buhari to tell Nigerians the fact about the economic situation and also act quickly on this.

“Since I have decided to come here, you have to accept what I have said here. And please, if you do not want to hear the truth, never invite me,” he said.

He continued:

“So, let us talk about the state of public finance in Nigeria. We have a number of very difficult decisions that we must make, and we should face the reality. His Excellency, the president, said in his inaugural speech that his government would like to lift 100 million people out of poverty, it was a speech that was well received not only in this country, but worldwide.

“The number of people living with poverty in Nigeria is frightening. By 2050, 85 percent of those living in extreme poverty in the world will be from the African continent. And Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo will take the lead.

“Two days ago, I read that the percentage of government revenue going to debt services has risen to 70 percent. These numbers are not lying. They are public numbers. I read them in the newspapers. When you are spending 70 percent of your revenue on debt servicing, then you are managing 30 percent.

“And then, you continue subsidizing petroleum products; and spending N1.5 trillion per annum on petroleum subsidy! And then we are subsidizing electricity tariff. And maybe, you have to borrow from the capital market or the Central Bank of Nigeria to service the shortfall in the electricity tariff, where is the money to pay salaries, where is the money for education, where other government projects?”

Meanwhile, the Kano Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Corruption Commission has invited some officials of Kano Emirate Council and other individuals to explain why the council paid their foreign medical bills.

The commission’s action is despite a court order barring it from investigating the emirate.

The anti-corruption commission had recently re-opened probe on the emirate finances, which it suspended two years ago, as crisis between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and the emir worsens.

 

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How President Donald Trump slapped new unilateral sanctions on Iran, targeting supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and eight Iranian commanders.

The United States has asked the UN Security Council to update its sanctions blacklist on Iran after complaining of lapses in enforcing travel bans and asset freezes, according to a letter seen by AFP on Wednesday.

The push for tougher enforcement of UN sanctions came amid soaring tensions between the United States and Iran following Washington’s decision to impose new sanctions on Tehran and recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf.

The UN blacklist contains the names of 23 individuals and 61 entities linked to Iran’s nuclear activities, including the commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Qods force, Major General Qasem Soleimani.

All 81 people and entities are subject to a global travel ban and asset freeze to be enforced by all UN member-states.

 

In a letter sent to the council, the United States complained that the list had not been updated in over nine years to include aliases and other information to all UN member-states.

“Full implementation of these asset freeze and travel ban measures requires continuing attention to the details of the designation list,” wrote acting Ambassador Jonathan Cohen in the letter sent Monday.

The letter cited an aviation services company known as Pars Aviation which the US said had changed names to Pouya Air and a banned company, Oriental Oil Kish, which the US said was operating or had ties to two trading companies in another country.

 

The United States raised Soleimani’s continued travel including to Iraq and Lebanon and offered to present “a fulsome list” of the commander’s visits abroad, in violation of the travel ban.

The United States did not, however, indicate that it would request that new names of individuals or companies be added to the sanctions blacklist.

On Monday, President Donald Trump slapped new unilateral sanctions on Iran, targeting supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and eight Iranian commanders. The US said it would also slap sanctions Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Since the Iran nuclear deal was endorsed by the Security Council in 2015, 37 individuals and entities have been removed from the UN blacklist.

 

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“We will revitalise ourselves with the blood of the martyrs. It is this blood that has watered the great fruitful tree of the Islamic revolution,”—Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iranian authorities called for “resistance” against archfoe the United States on Thursday as large crowds mourned soldiers who died in the war with Iraq more than three decades ago.

Iran regularly organises funerals for soldiers killed in the 1980-1988 war whose remains are either returned by its neighbour or found in former combat areas, which were mainly in Iran.

Mourners gathered in front of Tehran University around marquees erected on Enghelab (Revolution) Street to shelter the coffins of nearly 150 “loyal companions” under a scorching sun, according to AFP journalists.

 

Iranian media reported that the dead included two “volunteers” who went to fight in Syria where Iran provides military support to President Bashar al-Assad.

Of the 148 soldiers killed in the Iran-Iraq war, only 35 have been identified, the reports said.

 

Portraits of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei were seen among the crowd along with white, red and pink gladiolas.

“It is our duty to listen to these messages of greatness, perseverance and resistance that awaken in us the sense of responsibility,” the head of the country’s judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, told the crowd, referring to the “testaments” of soldiers before going into battle.

“We will revitalise ourselves with the blood of the martyrs. It is this blood that has watered the great fruitful tree of the Islamic revolution,” he added.

Raisi struck a defiant tone as he spoke of recent tensions between Iran and the United States.

Washington has ratcheted up crippling economic sanctions on Tehran after the Islamic republic’s forces shot down an unmanned US drone, following a series of attacks on tankers that the United States blamed on Iran.

“The blessed hand that attacked the American drone confirmed that to resist the enemy, the Islamic republic has no hesitation,” he said.

“The Islamic republic recognises America as the main enemy before the Zionist regime (Israel) and, with all its might, is capable of leading them to repentance,” Raisi said before the funeral procession began.

 

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US senate to block military action against Iran without congressional approval.

The Senate will vote Friday on a measure to block President Trump from taking military action against Iran without congressional approval.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that leadership had hashed out a deal to vote on the proposal from Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and that they would hold the vote open to give 2020 candidates the chance to return from Miami.

“We intend to stay in session this week to finish the NDAA bill and allow for a vote in relation to the Udall amendment. Senators should plan to vote on Friday on the Udall amendment,” McConnell said from the Senate floor, referring to the National Defense Authorization Act.

He added that “here’s the good news, the vote will start first thing in the morning and be held open into the afternoon to accommodate as many senators as possible.”

The amendment from Kaine and Udall would prevent Trump from using funding to take military action against Iran without congressional approval. Supporters of the amendment argue Trump could still use action without approval if American troops are attacked.

 

The amendment is unlikely to garner the 60 votes necessary to be added to the NDAA. Even if every Democrat supports the measure, they would still need to win over 13 Republicans.

The decision to delay the vote on the Iran amendment comes roughly a day after Republicans, including McConnell, dismissed the call from Democrats to delay the Iran vote until after the Democratic debates, which are taking place on Wednesday and Thursday night.

“I was incredulous to hear the Democratic leader call yesterday to postpone moving forward with the NDAA. Apparently some of our Democratic friends need to go hit the presidential campaign trail. They can’t be here because they have to go campaign,” McConnell said.

In a procedural twist, senators are going to pass the mammoth defense bill on Thursday. If the Kaine-Udall proposal gets enough support it will be added to the defense bill retroactively.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) touted the agreement, saying a vote on the Kaine-Udall proposal was “fair and only right.”

“Many Americans feel that the constitutional right of Congress to examine foreign conflict and potential war be upheld,” he added.

The fight over the Iran amendment had threatened to derail the NDAA, with Democrats threatening to block the defense bill unless they got a vote.

 

Democrats debated their strategy for more than an hour during a closed-door lunch on Tuesday.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who is co-sponsoring the Iran amendment, said there was a “strong belief” among several members of the caucus that the NDAA is the right vehicle for holding the line about demanding a vote on Iran.

“There’s a lot of strong belief that we need to take a vote on war in Iran,” Murphy said after the lunch. “There’s there’s a lot of sentiment that this is the moment to take a stand.”

Republicans believe they have the votes to defeat the Iran amendment, if it comes up for a vote.

McConnell told reporters during a weekly press conference that he hoped the amendment would be defeated, but acknowledged the margin could be close.
“My hope is that it will be defeated. We’ll find out by how much of a margin, but we – we hope to defeat it. It’s simply not required under this set of circumstances,” McConnell said.
Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the No. 2 Republican senator, told reporters that “a few” Republicans would probably defect and support the Iran amendment.

“I think most of our conference is in a different place and doesn’t want to in an unprecedented way put constraints on the president’s ability to defend the country,” Thune said.

 

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Mohamed Salah scored his first goal of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Mohamed Salah scored his first goal of the Africa Cup of Nations as hosts Egypt secured a place in the last 16 on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ahmed Elmohamady prodded Egypt ahead on 25 minutes after a wicked Salah cross and the Liverpool star slammed in a second shortly before half-time to spark frenzied celebrations at a packed Cairo International Stadium.

Record seven-time champions Egypt rode their luck at times as DR Congo twice struck the crossbar in the first half but the Group A leaders held firm to join Nigeria as the first teams through to the knockout phase.

Egypt overcame the distraction of Amr Warda being banished from the squad earlier in the day over mounting sexual harassment allegations. The claims surfaced earlier this week on social media platforms. Multiple women posted screenshots and testimonies of Warda’s alleged lewd comments.

“I think the team is strong and the squad is strong but we are not happy to lose a member of our family,” said coach Javier Aguirre. “The team focused more on our match and played the 90 minutes in a serious manner. I don’t think the Egyptian team will be affected by the absence of anyone.”

Mexican Aguirre fielded the same side that defeated Zimbabwe 1-0, with centre-back Ahmed Hegazy sporting a mask after breaking his nose in the opening game of the tournament.

Salah was guilty of missing a hatful of chances in the curtain-raiser and this season’s Premier League joint top scorer again threatened inside five minutes here when an interception broke his way only for the Egyptian to skew wide under pressure.

 

After four days of small crowds, another capacity 75,000 crowd turned out to cheer on the hosts in the capital, but they were nearly silenced when Marcel Tisserand slammed against the bar at a corner.

  • Salah takes over –

DR Congo came to Egypt as one of the most unpredictable qualifiers having finished third in 2015 only to make a timid quarter-final exit two years ago, and they fell behind for the second straight game as Elmohamady forced home after the ball fell kindly to him following an aerial challenge with Christian Luyindama.

Having created the opener with his vicious right-wing cross, Salah then stung the palms of Ley Matampi with a powerful 25-yard free-kick.

Egypt would be rescued by the woodwork once more though when a deep cross was nodded back across goal by Bokadi Bope and Jonathan Bolingi’s looping header bounced back off the bar.

With his side riding their luck, Salah rose to the occasion and settled Egyptian nerves two minutes before half-time with a typically brilliant finish.

Played into space down the right by Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan, Salah skipped inside Tisserand and ripped a crisp low drive inside Matampi’s near post to cue a volcanic eruption from the masses of delirious Egyptian supporters.

Mohamed El Shenawy produced an excellent sprawling second-half save to claw out a Jacques Maghoma header, but despite an improvement on a horror first outing, DR Congo now know they must beat Zimbabwe in their final game in order to possibly advance as one of the four best third-place finishers.

“The feelings are mixed when you play such a match. Unfortunately we lost so the feeling is one of hurt, particularly for my players. They gave a lot and fought hard but didn’t get the result,” said DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge, whose side fell 2-0 to Uganda in their opening match.

“We’ve got one match left against Zimbabwe and we can hope for third place. We’re going to fight until the end.”

 

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Why Buhari fired Ibe Kachikwu?

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr Thomas John as the acting alternate chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, bringing to an end the tenure of the former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu.

 

NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, who announced this in Abuja, stated that the new board chairman would hold the position until the appointment of a new Minister or Minister of State for Petroleum Resources by the President.

 

Baru added, “He (John) will hold the position of the Acting Alternate Chairman of the Governing Board until a new Minister of Petroleum Resources or Minister of State for Petroleum Resources is appointed to assume the Chairmanship or Alternate Chairmanship position, respectively in line with Sections 1(3) and 2(1) of the NNPC Act. The new appointment takes effect immediately.”

The NNPC had seen series of changes in various management positions in recent weeks. Last week, the President appointed Mr Mele Kyari as the new Group Managing Director of the corporation, who would assume office after the end of the current GMD’s tenure on July 7, 2019.

The President also appointed seven new Chief Operating Officers for the corporation.

 

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How Nigeria became the first team to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations knockout phase.

Nigeria became the first team to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations knockout phase as Kenneth Omeruo’s goal earned a 1-0 win over Guinea in Group B.

In a largely uneventful contest in Alexandria, Nigeria made the breakthrough when Omeruo headed in from Moses Simon’s 73rd-minute corner.

 

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita returned to fitness to make his first start for either club or country since May 1, but could not inspire Guinea, who are in real danger of an early exit.

Guinea goalkeeper Ibrahim Kone had been the star performer with two excellent saves from a pair of Alex Iwobi efforts, but his display proved fruitless as Omeruo’s header ended Nigeria’s four-match winless streak against the Syli Nationale.

After coming on as a substitute in Guinea’s draw with Madagascar, Keita almost marked his first start in eight weeks with an assist early on, but Sory Kaba failed to take the midfielder’s throughball into his path.

 

Francois Kamano sent a free-kick just wide as Guinea kept up the pressure, though Nigeria would have had the lead before half-time had Kone not got down to Iwobi’s effort.

Kone came to Guinea’s rescue once more just after the hour, doing well to prevent another Iwobi strike dipping in.

Keita’s underwhelming return came to an end in the 71st minute when he was replaced by Lass Bangoura, and Guinea’s resistance was broken moments later – Omeruo glancing a header into the far corner after connecting with Simon’s delivery.

Guinea rallied late on, though Nigeria had little trouble in holding out for a win which guarantees their place in the last 16 with a game to spare.

 

Key Opta Facts

  • Nigeria have won their last six games at the Africa Cup of Nations, their longest streak in their history, never conceding more than one goal in each of their six encounters.

  • Guinea are winless in their last seven games at the Africa Cup of Nations (D5 L2), their longest streak in their history.

  • Guinea have conceded at least one goal in each of their last 14 AFCON games.

 

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How Buhari released AFCON Money to Super Eagles.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed receiving part of the money approved by the Federal Government for participation of some national teams in international competitions, including the Super Eagles’ participation at the ongoing 32nd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

NFF’s Acting President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi (in the absence of the board’s President, Amaju Pinnick, who is fully involved with organisation of AFCON), said the federation received part of the money yesterday morning, and immediately launched the process to convert same to American dollars to pay the players their only outstanding entitlement – the win bonus for the match against Burundi in Alexandria, last Saturday– and for subsequent matches.

“We want to specially thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his keen interest in resolving this matter quickly, which has enabled us to receive part of the money in record time. We have immediately started the process of converting the money to American dollars at the Central Bank, in order to pay the players the bonus for the win over Burundi three days ago, as well as plan for subsequent games,” Akinwunmi said in a statement, yesterday.

He added that on Monday, the NFF had transferred to the players and their officials allowances up to the last day of the group phase matches at the AFCON 2019, as well as the appearance fee for the friendly against Zimbabwe in Asaba on June 8.

 

“We have paid the monies through our funds managers, Financial Derivatives Company, on Monday, June 24, 2019. The only issue we had was some players did not send their bank accounts and, instead, authorised the bank to pay their monies to some other individuals. The bank requested clear authorisation for this to happen.

“I was on a telephone discussion with the captain of the team, Mikel Obi, this morning and can safely say that all clarifications have been made, and the usual cordial relationship and understanding between the players and we the administrators is still intact. I have challenged them to go all out and win the trophy, assuring them that their monies all the way to the final is guaranteed. It is now for the players to focus on the championship and deliver glory to the nation. I have no doubt of their ability to do that.”

Akinwunmi also specially commended the maturity of the team and its leaders, including skipper Mikel John Obi and for their unflinching focus on the job at hand which is winning the AFCON Trophy.

 

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“I wonder what sort of conscience some of us have.—Buhari declares.

Nigerian Tribune reports that made the disclosure this on Tuesday, June 25, while receiving some Yoruba leaders led by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the presidential Villa, Abuja.

 

Legit.ng gathered that the president said he had to do what he did to the former CJN even though reluctantly.
He said: “But anybody who cannot account for what he has and for refusing to declare it, we will have to do something about it. I will tell you as, that was why I had to deal though reluctantly with the former Chief Justice because there were millions of dollars, euros not to talk of naira which were not declared.

“I wonder what sort of conscience some of us have. How can you seat and preside over and lock people up for years and even sentence some to death and yet you are not doing what the constitution said you should do by occupying that vital institution.

“So, I stopped getting worried so much, sorry to admit it, when I found out that I could play hoop, step and jump. What I mean is that if it is America, they will do it this way. If it were in Europe, they will do this way but if you go there after 250 to 400 years, how old are we? So I realize that I don’t want to go back to into detention again.”

 

Buhari, who recalled how as a military leader, he clamped suspected looters into detention until they proved themselves innocent, said that these days, suspects deny their property until they are shown their bank accounts.

He maintained that he had decided that property seized from suspects would be sold and the money kept in the treasury to prevent future administrations from returning them to their owners.

Buhari added:

 

“So, we are recovering as much as we can under the system and this time around I said the properties will be sold and the money put in the treasury.

“The last time they were giving back their properties but this time around whoever comes after me no matter how generous he is, he cannot take money from the treasury give it to individuals. It will be impossible.”

The president also recalled that his campaign promises and the effort his administration had made to meet them with success. Buhari thanked the group for the visit.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Chief Olabiyi Durojaiye, told the president his group helped to elect him into office. He added that they were proud of their contributions to his victory.

He said the group made some requests of the president on security, education, youth employment, federalism, power supply and agriculture.Speaking on the security, Durojaiye said: “The huge cost not-withstanding, it may be considered worthwhile to take a bold step in combating crime and improving on security by improving on the apparent shortage of the manpower in the Nigeria Police Force and by extending control of the Police from the state to local government level.”

Recall that President Buhari had suspended Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria in January and replaced him with Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed.

Buhari said he removed Onnoghen based on an order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal dated January 23, 2019.

After a long court battle, Onnoghen resigned as CJN and turned in his resignation letter to President Buhari, a day after the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended his compulsory retirement for misconduct.

 

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How 28 passengers were kidnapped in Ondo.

Lagos / Ado-Ekiti – Outrage on Wednesday trailed the abduction of 28 passengers on the Akure-Ado-Ekiti road on Tuesday about 6a.m within the Iju/Itaogbolu axis in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Daily Independent learnt from an anonymous source that the assailants took advantage of the bad portion of the road to commit the crime.

Sources also claimed that the passengers were travelling to Onitsha in Anambra State from Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State, when they were abducted.

However, Festus Omoniyi, Secretary, Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Oyemekun branch, Akure/Ado unit, said only 10 persons were kidnapped.

He identified the driver of the vehicle as Felix Akinde, saying they were kidnapped at a spot known as NYSC junction.

“The vehicle involved belongs to our union. It picked passengers in Ado-Ekiti and they were heading to Onitsha but they were attacked by herdsmen around NYSC junction,” he said.

“The incident happened about 6a.m. There were 10 people in the vehicle, including the driver. All of them were taken into the forest. The bus is presently parked at Iju police station. We gathered that policemen could not go into the forest to confront those holding the innocent people.”

 

Omoniyi said the suspected kidnappers have called the family members of the driver to inform them that they are holding him.

The Ekiti State Police Command Spokesman, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, told newsmen that he could not comment on the matter since the incident fell within Ondo State. The Ondo State Police Command PRO could not be reached as at the time of filling in this report.

Another source said the gunmen waylaid the bus and ordered the occupants into the bush, including the driver.

According to residents of the area, the passengers were in two vehicles, an 18-seater bus and the other a 9-seater vehicle with their drivers.

A video of the incident posted on Twitter showed residents of the area complaining about the bad state of the road which had made it easier for kidnappers to operate.

“Our cars here are now passing through Ilawe. If anyone is kidnapped among us, who will bail him?

“We wonder what the condition of the families of those kidnapped passengers will be right now,” one of the residents said in the video.

The abduction happened few hours after a security meeting of South-West governors in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Tuesday, where they made a strong case for the establishment of state and local government police to complement the efforts of the federal police.

The governors, who were outraged by the incessant cases of kidnapping and other criminal activities in the region, also agreed to rise above party partisanship to set up joint patrol teams to ward off the criminals that had been killing and kidnapping innocent persons, as well as check the activities of killer herdsmen that had made the highways unsafe for travellers.

Speaking to Daily Independent on the abduction of the 28 passengers, pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, said nothing could come out of the security summit by the governors because they attempted to downplay the security challenges in the South West.

Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary, also advised Yoruba people to look for traditional means of protecting themselves, adding that relying on the Federal Government for adequate protection may prove costly.

Odumakin said: “The governors had a summit in Ibadan yesterday (Tuesday) where they attempted to play down what confronts South-West today. One of the governors that spoke for almost 32 minutes didn’t mention anything on insecurity in Yorubaland.

“And these are the governors that were saying Zamfara is the worst hit and that insecurity is a general problem. Twenty-four hours after the summit, we are seeing this happening.

“When they rose from their meeting, they issued their communiqué.

“There is nothing special about the communiqué and nothing can come out of it. The essence of the summit was not to address the problem but to just pretend that something is being done.

“But clearly, at this point now, the Yoruba people should know now that their fate lies with them.

“Like Afenifere said a week ago, the Yoruba should activate their traditional self-defence system now because, like Theophilus Danjuma said to this country a few weeks back, the people depending on official protection to defend them in this situation now, they will all die one by one.”

Also speaking, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos State chapter, said President Muhammadu Buhari had clearly demonstrated that he was incapable of addressing the security challenges in the country.

Barr. Gani Taofik, the party’s Publicity Secretary, in a chat with our correspondent, said despite the worsening security situation in the country, the president had refused to rejig the security architecture, especially by replacing the service chiefs who were appointed four years ago.

While lambasting Vice president Yemi Osinbajo, a prominent son of the South West, for saying the security situation in the country was exaggerated, the party also admonished South-West residents to take their destinies in their hands by looking for alternative means of protecting themselves.

Taofik said: “There is no doubt about the fact that we are on ground zero on security in this country, especially the South West.

“It is very unfortunate that the vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who is also from the South West has decided to play politics on the matter by saying it was being exaggerated.

“Now, what is more unfortunate is that President Buhari has refused to change all the service chiefs even at the height of this banditry, kidnapping, and the rest.”

Similarly, lawyers have bemoaned the parlous state of security in the South-West.

Speaking on the latest incident on the Akure-Ado-Ekiti Road that saw the abduction of 28 travellers on the road, the lawyers told Daily Independent that the situation has assumed the proportion of an emergency that should be matched with the appropriate government response.

According to Adesina Adegbite, a legal practitioner and immediate past Welfare Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the latest development suggests “there is total breakdown of security in the country” and that “there is serious fire on the mountain.”

He said “that a whopping 28 people could be kidnapped on such a very busy road within the South-West shows that there is total breakdown of security in the country.

“It has always been in the North, especially Kaduna-Abuja highway. Now Ife-Ibadan highway has been in the news in the last weeks, particularly for the spate of kidnapping on that road. We are now talking about the Akure-Ado-Ekiti road.

“It shows there is serious fire on the mountain, and there is absolute need to rejig the security architecture of the country. At the same time there is need for the Federal Government to now declare a state of emergency against the kidnappers.

“This means there should be mounted serious onslaught against any form of criminality whether it is being perpetrated by herdsmen or whatever the identity of the offenders might be.”

“If security has become so paralysed to the extent that 28 people could be kidnapped in one fell swoop in broad daylight, then it is a state of emergency that must be given the appropriate response.”

Speaking in a similar vein, Mr. Olusina Fasugba, also a legal practitioner, lamented that the last four years have seen the worsening of the security situation in the country, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to wake up from slumber.

He said, “I don’t think any right-thinking member of society will come out and say without equivocation that government is in charge and control of security of lives and property in Nigeria, which is the primary constitutional responsibility of government.

“They must at all material time be able to guarantee security of lives and property of the people. And the security of lives and property in this country is at the lowest ebb today.

“You can no longer travel not only on roads within the South-West but in every other part of the country.

“Let me tell you, I have a matter in Osun State tomorrow. But because I was to set off about 4 o’clock I could not leave. So, definitely, I will not be able to make it to the court tomorrow morning.

“In those days by 7pm or 8pm I will hit the road and before 11pm I will be there. But that was four, five years ago. I cannot take that risk today.

“Buhari should wake up from slumber and tackle these security lapses headlong. Call all the security chiefs, the service chiefs, DSS, the police and all other relevant security agencies, particularly the police.”

The post Outrage As Gunmen Abduct 28 Passengers In Ondo appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.

 

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How Super Eagles beats Guinea without Mikel Obi.

Super Eagles on Wednesday defeated defeated Guinea in Egypt, to become the first team to qualify for the second round knockout stage at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019. The only goal of the march was scored by kenneth omeruo in the second half.

 

The only goal of the march was scored by kenneth omeruo in the second half.

 

 

 

Striker Ighalo has also replaced Paul Onachu in the game that is ongoing in Alexandria.

 

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How Actor Charles Okocha survived emergency surgery in US.

Nollywood actor Charles Okocha a.k.a. Igwe Tupac has expressed gratitude to God after undergoing a successful emergency surgery in the United State of America.

 

The comic actor, who took to his Instagram handle @charles_okocha to express his gratitude to God and level of excitement, also urged people to get close to God.

“Thank God for a successful medical surgery, I went for a 5 days Vacation trip to California with my son.

“This is where I ended up my Vacation We all should all get close to God-Man propose God disposes. “Tomorrow cannot promise you, never know what next. Am fine now God is the greatest #nunugang,” he wrote.

The actor shared photos from his hospital bed where he was recuperating on Monday June 24 on his Instagram page. According to him, he is thankful to God for safe operation even though the initial plan was a vacation trip in the United States.

In 2016, after being hit by a stray bullet, Okocha had revealed how he survived a near-death experience which left fans and admirers in total shock.

The actor has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the entertainment industry by featuring in numerous Nollywood movies. He has won many awards which include the Nigerian Entertainment Award for the best Comic Act (online).

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