30 Electoral recommendations to be made public by EU.

The European Union Election Observer Mission has said that Nigeria needs political will for improved electoral process in order to strengthen its democracy and achieve full potentials.
The mission stated this as part of its 30 recommendations made on the 2019 general elections, which it promised to make public on Saturday (today).
The Chief Observer of the mission, Maria Arena, gave insights into the 30 recommendations during a return visit to the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja on Friday.
She said, “There is need for political will to improve the electoral process, as you know the process is always improvable. It is good for democracy.

 

Secondly, it is important for the process to begin as early as possible. You can say five years is a long time but when you start one year before the election it’s too late.
The last thing is to have inclusive methodology to work with Civil Society Organisations and all the stakeholders.”

 

The mission observed that the population of women elected in this year’s election was worse than before.
Meanwhile INEC is set to embark on reforms, including electoral legal framework, aimed at ensuring that elections in the country are credible.
The commission’s Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this on Friday when the Chief Observer of the EUEOM, Arena, presented the EU report on the 2019 general elections to him in his office in Abuja.
Yakubu said as part of the reform process, the commission would be engaging the leadership of the National Assembly on areas that require legislation.
While that is going on, he said INEC would be implementing other aspects of the reform within its powers, in consultation with critical stakeholders.

 

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Cute PHOTO of Kim Kardashian’s son(PSALM WEST) goes viral.

Kim Kardashian West just shared a look at the newest addition to her brood.
West posted an adorable snap to her Instagram page on Monday with the caption, “Psalm Ye.”
It’s unclear if “Ye” is his middle name, which is his father, Kanye West’s nickname.

The couple have not publicly shared the middle names of their other children, Chicago, Saint and North.
The photo comes exactly one month after the Wests welcomed their fourth child via surrogate.
When their surrogate went into labor, grandmother Kris Jenner was taping a segment on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and Kourtney Kardashian was the one to break the news to her.

 

West has been open about her pregnancy struggles, having suffered pre-eclampsia, a complication characterized by high blood pressure with both North and Saint. She also had placenta accreta in both pregnancies, which occurs when the placenta attaches too deeply in the uterine wall.
“I enjoyed the surrogacy process,” she said during an appearance on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” “When it came time to breastfeed, I realized it was the best decision I have made — it’s a game changer,” she said. “I can spend so much more time with the older kids, getting them used to the new baby.”

 

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Miley Cyrus shutdown rumors of breakup with Liam Hemsworth.

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have now been together (on-and-off) for more than a decade, and the singer took to social media to mark the occasion with a sweet throwback photo.
But Cyrus also slammed reports claiming there’s trouble in paradise for the newlyweds.
“Happy 10 year anniversary my love,” she tweeted, alongside a screen shot of a headline from a tabloid website which read, “Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth Split Rumors.”

Cyrus continued the tweet by writing, “Good to see everyone is as dumb as they were in 2009! Some things never change…. & I hope the way you feel about me is one of them. You’re truly.”

 

She followed that tweet up with two photos with Hemsworth from the set of their 2010 movie “The Last Song,” where the two first met.

The couple began dating after meeting as co-stars and got engaged in 2012, though they called off their first engagement the following year. T
The stars later rekindled their romance and in 2016, during an interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Cyrus confirmed that she and Hemsworth were back together and engaged.
The couple tied-the-knot in a small ceremony in front of family and friends in December.

 

 

 

No infidelity in our relationship—Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith are now are on solid ground, but that was not always the case.
The actress talked about relationships, infidelity and independence in the latest episode of her “Red Table Talk” show on Facebook.
Pinkett Smith and her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, were joined by couples therapist Esther Perel on the show for the discussion.

“I’m asked a lot about, ‘Is there infidelity in your relationship with Will?'” Pinkett Smith said. “And it’s like, ‘No, but there have been other betrayals of the heart that have been far bigger than I could even think in regards to an infidelity situation.'”
She said she and Smith had to reassess their relationship.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith say their bond transcends mere marriage
“Specifically for me, in regards to redefining my marriage as a life partnership was the necessity of autonomy for myself and for Will, and finding the core of us that wanted to be together outside of the constraints of the traditional ideas of marriage because they weren’t working for us,” Pinkett Smith said. “Because they weren’t working for us.”
The star said she came to realize that their life together was based on Smith’s dream.
But as she she started exploring her own independence, Pinkett Smith said her husband “felt abandoned at first, he felt really abandoned.”
‘That’s one of the reasons why I stayed in it the way I did for so long,” she explained. “You never want to hurt the person that you love. I never want to create instability in that way. So I stayed in that position for so long because I didn’t know how to say it.”

“Once you change the life story, you can create a new love story,” Perel responded.
“That’s exactly what has occurred, and it’s been beautiful,” Pinkett Smith said.

 

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Deltans counting their losses after heavy downpour on Thursday.

ASABA – Deltans are still counting loses following a heavy down pour which started on Thursday. The situation was not different everywhere in the state as the flood has rendered some residents of Asaba and its environs homeless.
Parts of the busy Okpanam road in Asaba was taken over by the flood, causing serious traffic grid as motorists were forced to drive one way. Also, the road leading to Junior Staff quarter from Summit road was cut off by the unrelenting flood.
Premises of the Delta Broadcasting Service, DBS Asaba were submerged by the flood, sacking the workers from their offices. Our Correspondent, who was at the broadcasting station, reports that some of the staff were seen at the gate looking helpless.

 

However, the contractor handling the ongoing storm drainage project in Asaba, was seen at the radio station apparently trying to salvage the situation. Some workers of the contracting firm were also seen at the DBS at the Okpanam road end perhaps studying the problem.
Some of the staff who spoke with Saturday INDEPENDENT, lamented that their offices have been taken over by the blood. The staff, who pleaded anonymity, said most of the equipment of the broadcasting station has been destroyed by the flood.

 

While calling on the State Government to expedite action on the storm drainage project, they decried that the flooding was hindering their jobs and efficiency of the station.
He lamented that the poor drainage system was causing Umueze people so much pain, decrying that more people would be rendered homeless if something was not urgently done to remedy the situation.
One of the residents, Ogechukwu Okonkwo, who spoke to newsmen, lamented that the flood was as a result of a poor drainage system in the areas.
Meanwhile, the Delta State Government has expressed concern on the recent rains that have caused flooding across the state and Asaba the state capital in particular, where flood control measures are ongoing.
“While it cannot be explained away that the floods are only natural in the face of the low lying nature of the capital city, the delay in the completion of the storm water projects had not helped to bring the desired succour as envisaged,” said Paul Osahor JP, permanent secretary, Ministry of Information.

 

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Now I chose to be called the first lady,”–Aisha Buhari

Aisha Buhari, wife of the Nigerian president has officially announced that she will be addressed as First Lady, five years after going with the official title, ‘Wife of The President.’

She explained that the reasoning behind the current decision was to clear a discrepancy between her title and that of wives of the respective state governors.

 

Speaking to wives of governors from across the 36 states in Abuja on Thursday, she said her new designation was to take immediate effect, multiple media outlets reported.

“When my husband was elected newly I personally chose to be called the wife of the President. But, I realised that it causes confusion from the state as to whether the wives of state governors are to be addressed as the first ladies or wives of the governors.

“So, forgive me for confusing you from the beginning, but now I chose to be called the first lady,” she said. Then candidate Buhari in December 2014 had said his administration will scrap the office of First Lady because it had no basis in the constitution.

 

The now First Lady’s official seal during functions had been inscribed with “The Wife of The President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.” It remains to be seen whether that will be changed to reflect her new decision.

As at June 14, 2019, her verified social media accounts – Facebook and Twitter – have yet to make amends to her official designation.

Nigeria’s Aisha Buhari
Full name / age: Aisha Muhammadu Buhari / 48 years old
Profession: Beautician, entrepreneur and publisher
Politics: Vocal critic of the former government, of Buhari and some of his appointees
Advocacy: Women and Children’s Rights activist, head of “Future Assured Foundation.”
Family: Wife to president Muhammadu Buhari since 1989, has five children with Buhari.

The office of First Lady

While the position of first lady is not legally or constitutionally provided for in many countries, many presidencies cater for the Office of the First Lady, through which the holder is facilitated to implement projects towards social causes, and often influence policy.

The Organisation of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD), created in 2002, brings together First Ladies of Africa ‘to advocate for policies that make health services accessible and laws that boost women and youth empowerment’.

‘‘First Ladies of Africa reinforce favorable policies and programs through advocacy, resource mobilization and development of partnerships with all stakeholders at all levels,’‘ reads part of the statement on the OAFLADwebsite.

OAFLAD is currently led by First Lady of Burkina Faso, Adjoavi Sika Kabore, who is deputised by her Kenyan counterpart Margaret Kenyatta.

 

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”I do whatever the f**k I want to do with my body—Cardi B

Cardi B has claimed she is done with surgery after her recent liposuction.

The ‘Bodak Yellow’ hitmaker – who gave birth to her daughter Kulture 11 months ago – postponed a series of concerts in May when she realised she had been ”overzealous” in trying to head back to work straight after having undergone the cosmetic surgery to help her regain her pre-pregnancy body.

Now she has returned to the gym and admitted she doesn’t want to go under the knife again.

She tweeted: ”I been working out for the past 2 weeks cause bitch I ain’t getting surgery again but let me tell you I haven’t got a headache ever since.”

The ‘Please Me’ hitmaker recently slammed her critics who hit out at her for the decision to axe her gigs and said she can ”do whatever the f**k” she wants with her body.

On an Instagram Live video, she said: ”I do whatever the f**k I want to do with my body, I don’t have the time of day like you do. My job as an entertainer is a 24-hour job, bro. So no, I don’t have time to work out. I wanted specific things that I know that no matter how much I work out won’t get fixed.”

 

Cardi, 26, also said she ”hates” cancelling shows because she never wants to miss out on the pay cheque attached to her work, but knew it was the right thing to do for the sake of her health.

She added: ”I hate cancelling shows because I love money. I’m a money addict. I get paid a lot of money, a lot of money for these shows. A lot of money. I’m cancelling millions of dollars in shows, but health is wealth so I have to do what I have to do.”

In a statement from her representatives earlier this month, it was confirmed she would be axing all her shows that were planned for May, in an attempt to give her time to recover from her surgery.

The message read: ”Cardi was overzealous in getting back to work, she didn’t take the time necessary to fully recover from her surgery. Her strenuous schedule has taken a toll on her body and she has been given strict doctors orders to pull out of the rest of her performances in May.

”She’s very disappointed as she hates to let her fans down. She reassures them that she will see them in September.”

 

 

 

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How Neymar denied rape allegations against him for five hours.

Neymar testified to Brazilian prosecutors for five hours on Thursday in the wake of rape allegations made by a 26-year-old woman.

Najila Trindade accused the Paris Saint-Germain of star of raping her in a Paris hotel, calling the May 15 incident “an assault together with rape”.

The winger has vehemently denied the allegations levied against him, and has not been charged with any crime by Brazilian authorities.

On Thursday, Neymar provided testimony to Sao Paulo authorities for five hours before making a statement to the press.

“I will be brief… I just want to thank the support and care from all those had sent me messages,” Neymar said.

“And to say that I am calm. The truth will appear, soon or later. The only wish I have right now is that this case end as fast as possible”.

 

Before Neymar’s statement, the three prosecutors who interrogated him also made a brief statement of their own – in Portuguese – to the local media.

“He answered all the questions. From now on, the commissioner Juliana Bussacos will take other actions needed to conclude the investigation.

“As the inquiry is confidential, we cannot say anything about these actions. He answered all the questions in a satisfactory way. He denied the crime”.

The Brazil star had previously spoken with Rio de Janeiro police over his publication of videos and messages allegedly of his accuser to his Instagram account without her approval.

Neymar’s father claimed he preferred “an internet crime to rape” and said the images were censored and the name of the woman not revealed.

 

After testifying for that investigation at the Virtual Crimes precinct on Thursday, Neymar thanked fans for their support while his lawyer, Maira Fernandes, claims to be confident her client will be found innocent.

Neymar was expected to lead Brazil in this summer’s Copa America, but suffered an ankle injury against Qatar in a pre-tournament friendly that saw him removed from the match after just 21 minutes.

He has since been replaced by Chelsea winger Willian, with PSG saying he is expected to be out of action for up to four weeks.

Brazil are set to begin the Copa America on Friday against Bolivia.

 

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Why R Kelly’s Ex-Wife(Andrea KELLY) cried?

Drea Kelly just can’t escape the drama surrounding her ex-husband, R. Kelly.

ET has an exclusive sneak peek at Thursday’s episode of Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta, in which Drea breaks down over having to relive her experience with the musician with each new headline about him.
“As soon as I feel like, ‘OK, I got me and the kids, we got a level of normalcy, life is going,’ some headlines [appear] — being arrested to new evidence surfacing to him not paying child support. I’m like, ‘What?'” she reveals. “And what’s worse is I find out like everybody else. I’m on social media, my phone is like, ‘ping, ping!'”

ET exclusively announced in March that Drea was joining the cast of Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta amid her and Kelly’s child support battle. Kelly and Drea share three children together — Joann, 21, Jay, 19, and Robert, 17.

 

 
“These past few months have been a roller coaster of emotion,” says Drea, who spoke out against Kelly in Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly docuseries earlier this year. He has denied any wrongdoing.

“When I think about the ways that I have been abused by Robert, from being hogtied, having both of my shoulders dislocated, to being slapped, pushed, having things thrown as me, the sexual abuse, the mental abuse, words can’t even describe,” she alleges. “There’s some things that I don’t even speak anymore, that I feel like, once you give it to God, you better leave with God, because if I don’t leave it with God, I’m definitely going to be somewhere with my hands on the glass, visiting my children every other Sunday.”

Drea gets emotional in the clip, crying over being “attacked” by other women for the allegations she’s leveled against her ex. “Here I am, putting myself in a position because I want to help women, and they are attacking me!” she sobs.

 

Last month, Kelly was charged with 11 felony counts of sexual assault and sexual abuse related charges. Kelly has since pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Kelly’s crisis manager, Darrell Johnson, told ET at the time: “These ‘new’ charges are not really new — they are the same conduct, just charged differently, same alleged victim, same time frame, same facts. There are still four cases, not five. And we still expect the same results.”

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE LIVING LEGEND–LIONEL MESSI.

As it has become customary to celebrate one of the global enigma on a monthly basis on the QUITENSSENTIALS Column of http://www.mlst.blog,the month of June has been selected and chosen to be a time to celebrate a living legend who is making history across the length and breadth of the world with his impact been felt in the sporting world of soccer.

 

As he will be celebrating his 32nd birthday in few days time,he his qualified to be celebrated as an icon on this blog for the month of June.

 

We are to wish him HAPPY PROPEROUS BIRTHDAY in advance.

 

Here goes a summary of his biography.

 

Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time,Messi has a record-tying five Ballon d’Or awards,four of which he won consecutively, and a record six European Golden Shoes. He has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he has won a club-record 34 trophies, including ten La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and six Copas del Rey.

 

 

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A prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most goals in La Liga (419), a La Liga and European league season (50), most hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League (8), and most assists in La Liga (169) and the Copa América (11). He has scored over 695 senior career goals for club and country.
Born and raised in central Argentina, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child. At age 13, he relocated to Spain to join Barcelona, who agreed to pay for his medical treatment. After a fast progression through Barcelona’s youth academy, Messi made his competitive debut aged 17 in October 2004.

 

Despite being injury-prone during his early career, he established himself as an integral player for the club within the next three years, finishing 2007 as a finalist for both the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award, a feat he repeated the following year. His first uninterrupted season was 2008–09, during which he helped Barcelona achieve the first treble in Spanish football. At 22 years old, Messi won the 2009 Ballon d’Or and the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year award by record voting margins.
Three successful seasons followed, with Messi winning three consecutive FIFA Ballons d’Or, including an unprecedented fourth. During the 2011–12 season, he set the La Liga and European records for most goals scored in a single season, while establishing himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer in official competitions in March 2012.

 

 

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The following two seasons, Messi finished twice second for the Ballon d’Or behind Cristiano Ronaldo, his perceived career rival. Messi regained his best form during the 2014–15 campaign, breaking the all-time goalscoring records in both La Liga and the Champions League in November 2014, and leading Barcelona to a historic second treble.
An Argentine international, Messi is his country’s all-time leading goalscorer. At youth level, he won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, finishing the tournament with both the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe, and an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

 

 

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His style of play as a diminutive, left-footed dribbler drew comparisons with his compatriot Diego Maradona, who described Messi as his successor. After his senior debut in August 2005, Messi became the youngest Argentine to play and score in a FIFA World Cup during the 2006 edition, and reached the final of the 2007 Copa América, where he was named young player of the tournament. As the squad’s captain from August 2011, he led Argentina to three consecutive finals: the 2014 FIFA World Cup, for which he won the Golden Ball, and the 2015 and 2016 Copas América. After announcing his international retirement in 2016, he reversed his decision and led his country to qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. One of the most famous athletes in the world, Messi was also ranked the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2019.
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What an amazing revelation from Jennifer Aniston.

Jennifer Aniston might be happily single but that doesn’t mean she’s not looking.

The 50-year-old “Murder Mystery” star stopped by “The Talk” to chat about her new Netflix movie and also tease some details about her upcoming series on Apple’s new streaming service, Apple TV+.

During her appearance, Aniston admitted that all of the ladies on “The Morning Show” set had a huge crush on “The Office”s Steve Carell.

“He’s like a silver fox now,” Aniston said. “And he just came in and no one expected, you know … everybody was so cute, and he’s so shy and fantastic. He’s just better with age, it’s amazing.”

 

Also starring in the highly-anticipated series is 43-year-old Reese Witherspoon. Back in March, they all made an appearance at an Apple event in Cupertino, Calif., to talk about the new project.

“We pull back the curtain on the power dynamics between men and women in the high stakes world of morning news shows,” Witherspoon revealed. “It’s seen through the eyes of two ambitious female characters.”

 

While Carell joked that everyone is going to love his character: “He is bold and dynamic. He has a lot of gravitas. He is a great listener. He is also relatable and extremely handsome. His colleagues love him, and America loves him.”

“The Morning Show” also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Billy Crudup.

 

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UN Representative laments on the numbers of Political Parties in West Africa sub-regions.

The Special Representatives of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, on Thursday expressed concern over the number of political parties in Nigeria and some countries in the West African sub-region.

The UN representative described it as a serious challenge which “distracts from the quality of the process.”

 

He also promised to partake in the review of the 2019 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Chambas said this during a courtesy call on the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, in Abuja.

During the visit, the INEC chairman blamed the leadership of the 8th National Assembly for the controversy which characterised President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to sign the 2018 Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill into law.

The UN representative told his host that the number of political parties in Nigeria and the West African sub-region was “a serious challenge as it hinders the electorate from taking informed decisions.”

Recall that about 73 political parties fielded presidential candidates during the 2019 general elections in Nigeria.

 

Chambas said, “So, we came here seeking to be part of that conversation going forward and we will particularly be interested in a number of issues, such as the number of political parties, mode of registration, internal democracy and accreditation of party agents which the chairman of INEC himself has already identified.

“The number of political parties in certain elections in our West Africa and Sahel sub-region has posed a challenge recently and it is not only here in Nigeria that we need to look at the issue of number of political parties and their mode of registration.

“Recently in Senegal, this same challenge was faced; they have found their manner of dealing with it. Next door in the Republic of Benin, when they were confronted with as many as 249 registered political parties, they have also tried to find their way to handle this issue.

“In the last elections in Nigeria, many of you will recall that there were 73 presidential candidates. I am not talking about registered political parties but presidential candidates. With the usual Nigerian people, some people even referred to the ballot paper as tablecloth on account of its length and breadth.

“Of course, that also has its own challenges and for countries in our sub-region, presenting them with such long list of candidates sometimes distracts them from the quality of the process and informed decisions by the electorate.

“So, these are legitimate issues that we want to be part of this conversation that has been initiated by the INEC chairman.

“The UN wants to be part of that preparation. We want to always see in what way we can be useful. How can we support, how can we facilitate, how can we be part of the process which strengthen capacity of INEC to better deliver in future elections?”

 

While blaming the 8th National Assembly, Yakubu said having taken cognisance of the need for electoral reforms ahead of the last general elections, INEC submitted detailed proposals for the amendment to the nation’s electoral laws to the National Assembly.

The PUNCH reported that Buhari had declined his assent to the bill because it was too close to the 2019 general elections.

According to Yakubu, the process for the amendment to the Electoral Act was delayed by the lawmakers in both chambers of the National Assembly.

Yakubu said, “We look forward to any suggestions that you may have for improving the electoral process in Nigeria as we prepare for future elections. In particular, we need to focus attention on the electoral legal framework among several areas of reform.”

The INEC chairman also informed the delegation that the commission had started its review of the 2019 general elections, adding that all stakeholders in the political process would be involved.

 

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How Commanding Officer of 158 Battalion was killed by Boko Haram on June 12.

The Boko Haram insurgents have attacked a military location at Kareto village in the Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State, killing the Commanding Officer of 158 Battalion, and an undisclosed number of soldiers.

The acting Director, Public Relations, Nigerian Army, Col Sagir Musa, had yet to reply a text message sent to his phone on the incident as of press time on Friday.

There are fears that the terrorists are still within the local government area planning more attacks on troops and civilians.

The attack on the 158 Battalion and the killing of its commanding officer came about one month after the terrorists planted an Improvised Explosive Device which killed the Commanding Officer of 154 Task Force Battalion, Lt Col Yusuf Aminu.

 

The officer and two soldiers were on May 13 killed along the Borgozo-Mauli Road in Borno State, an incident which was confirmed by the army days later, after the Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, attended the burial of the soldiers at the Maimalari Military Cantonment Cemetery, Maiduguri.

Our correspondent learnt on Friday that in the latest spate of attacks, the terrorists attacked the 158 Battalion’s location on Democracy Day, carted away military weapons and later relocated to neighbouring Fuchimiram village.

The commanding officer, whose name had yet to be confirmed, and some soldiers, were reported to have been killed by the terrorists.

“The troops in the entire local government and beyond are still vulnerable. We need more reinforcements to be able to curtail the terrorists’ attacks. Some of the terrorists are presently in Fuchimiram village,” a military source said.

A day before the June 12 attack, the military authorities confirmed that terrorists had invaded Darak in northern Cameroon, killing 10 soldiers of the Multi-National Joint Task Force, while 64 of the insurgents were also neutralised during the fire fight.

The MNJTF Chief of Military Public Information, Col Timothy Antigha, in a release later said that about “300 heavily armed Boko Haram terrorists invaded Darak,” but claimed that they were repelled by troops.

 

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How FIFA placed Nigeria at 45th position.

Nigeria dropped three places to 45th spot in the latest global rankings released by the International Federation of Association Football (Fifa).

Friday’s announcement came as a blow to the Super Eagles who moved up four places in the previous standings back in April.

During the period in review, Gernot Rohr’s men were involved in a friendly match against Zimbabwe as part of their preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) but it ended in a goalless draw in Asaba.

Nigeria join Guinea, DR Congo, Lesotho and Seychelles as the African teams with the biggest drop in ranks in the standings.

 

Despite the global difference, they remain the third best team in Africa behind first-placed Senegal [22] and Tunisia [25] in second.

Morocco [47], DR Congo [49], Ghana [50], Cameroon [51], Egypt [58], Burkina Faso [59] and Mali [62] make up the other top 10 teams in the continent.

Nigeria will be aiming for greater heights in the next Fifa ranking scheduled for July 25 with their performances at the Africa Cup of Nations will be included.

The three-time African champions have been placed in Group B of the tournament with Guinea, Burundi and Madagascar.

 

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How PDP mourns.

Former deputy national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Babayo Gamawa, has passed away.

His spokesperson, Isa Gadau, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview that Gamawa died on Friday night in Bauchi, after a brief illness.

“He complained of slight stomach ache and was taken to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi, where he was admitted and later passed away.

“I am now heading to his house,” Gadau said.

It would be recalled that Senator Gamawa defected to the ruling APC prior to the 2019 general elections.

 

Born on Feb. 2, 1966, he attended the University of Jos, where he obtained a National Certificate in Purchasing and Supply.

He had served as the Speaker of Bauchi State House of Assembly and later Deputy Governor following the impeachment of the then Deputy Governor, late Alhaji Mohammed Gadi.

In 2011, he was elected Senator under the platform of the PDP in the 7th National Assembly; where he served as the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation and a member of the Land Transport Committee.

He is married with children. His burial arrangement is yet to be announced by his family.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the European Union (EU) and other international communities to continue to monitor electoral process in Nigeria.

PDP’s deputy national chairman (South), Yemi Akinwonmi, made the call when he received a delegation of EU Elections Observation Mission at the party’s Presidential Campaign Office on Friday, June 14, in Abuja.

 

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EFCC released Naira Marley.

The rapper was arrested on the 10th of May over internet fraud allegations and forgery by the anti-graft agency alongside fellow rapper, Zlatan Ibile and he was arraigned in court on the 13th of May.

His bailing hearing was scheduled for the 30th of and he was granted bail of N2m by the court and the case continues in October.

 

Naira Marley regained freedom on Friday after being cleared by the anti-graft agency and the rapper waswasted no time in thanking his fans.

 

 

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Chris Brown becoming a father for the second time with Ex-girlfriend.

Someone better tell Royalty Brown the good news. Chris Brown is apparently about to become a dad for the second times, as his rumored ex-girlfriend, Ammika Harris, is reportedly pregnant!

Chris Brown, 30, is going to be a father – again! The “No Guidance” rapper is expecting his second child with ex-girlfriend Ammika Harris, 26, Page Six reports. The publication claims a source told them of Chris’s second foray into fatherhood, and that this pregnancy was the impetus for his recent breakup from Indyamarie, 25. Once Indyamarie reportedly heard about this pregnancy, she pulled a Karrueche Tran, 31, and bolted (Page Six noted that Chris “isn’t dating Harris at this time.”)

 

 

 

HollywoodLife has reached out to reps for clarification on this, and we will update this post with any more information when/if it’s made available. If this reported pregnancy is giving you a bad case of déjà vu, don’t freak out, as it seems eerily similar to what happened in March 2015. Chris’s relationship with Karrueche Tran fell apart when the Claws actress – and the rest of the world – found out that he had fathered a child with another woman. “Y’all know a Nia?” she tweeted, indicating Nia Guzman. Though Chris lost a girlfriend, he gained a daughter – the now-five-year-old Royalty Brown. While Chris’s relationship with Karrueche would get ugly after the breakup, his relationship with Royalty would be the complete opposite, as he always seems the proud papa when sharing pictures of her on his social media.

Chris hinted that he and Ammika were about to start a family. He kept on leaving comments such as “my baby mama” underneath her Instagram photos. “At first everyone assumed he was just being sweet to Ammika and calling her his ‘baby mama’ because they’re long distance and they were having some issues,” a source close to Chris told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY in May 2019, “but now it’s getting to the point where his friends are all starting to really suspect that it’s true, that Ammika is really having his baby.”

Speaking of Chris creeping on another person’s Instagram, he supposedly threw some shade at Karrueche Tran, courtesy of Victor Cruz, 32. The former New York Giants wide receiver is dating Karrueche, which seemingly upset Chris. “No shade boo, BUT PLEASE STYLE HIM,” Chris commented on an IG pic of Vic and Karrueche. “He look like he shopping of the manikin and trying to bargain with the sales manager. Retired wrestler spanks [sic].”

Chris denied that he made those comments and said his account was hacked. Just in case you forgot, Chris and Karrueche dated on and off from 2010 to 2015, and she took out a five-year restraining order against Chris in 2017 after he allegedly sent threating text messages to her.

 

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Chris Brown and Ammika Harris back as a family.

Congratulations are in order for Chris Brown!

The rapper is expecting his second child with Ammika Harris, according to multiple reports. Their current relationship status is unclear, but outlets are reporting that they are no longer together.

Chris was last linked to the Instagram model Indya Marie.

Neither Chris or Ammika have addressed the pregnancy, but people believe that the rapper has been hinting at the happy news on Instagram for quite some time. On one of the model’s Instagram posts from May, Chris commented, “BM Bad,” with BM standing for baby mama.

Their baby will join half-sibling Royalty, whose mother is Nia Guzman. According to the star, he finds that being a father is “very humbling” and he clearly dotes on the 5-year-old.

 

His Instagram is littered with photos of the adorable little girl, who he treated to a full photo shoot in honor of her birthday.

While the star is likely overjoyed about becoming a father for the second time, he is once again embroiled in drama involving his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran and her boyfriend Victor Cruz.

 

He took to Instagram on Thursday to express anger over allegedly being hacked by people on Instagram. He claims that these were the people who made insulting comments on Tran’s Instagram, not him.

If that’s the case, it’s good to hear that Karrueche and Chris are both moving on with their lives!

 

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Firms smuggling banned items into Nigeria ordered to be blacklisted by Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to blacklist any firm, its owner and top management caught smuggling or dumping any of the restricted 43 items into Nigeria.
The Presidential directive was disclosed by the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele on Friday in Abuja during a meeting with oil palm producers.

Emefiele also said the presidential directive mandated the apex bank to expand and provide support to firms and individuals that want to expand the production of ten different commodities in Nigeria.

The ten different products are rice, maize, cassava, tomatoes, cotton, oil palm, poultry, fish, livestock dairy and cocoa.

 

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