How a six-man armed gang stormed a local drinking joint kidnapping Turkish Expatriates.

Four Turkish expatriates have been reportedly kidnapped after a six-man armed gang stormed a local drinking joint in Gbale village, Edu local government area of Kwara state.

The Nigerian Tribune reports that the incident occurred late Saturday, July 20, while the expatriates, who work in a construction firm were having fun.

The report disclosed the identities of the victims as Yasin Colak (33), Senerapal (40), Ergun Yurdakul (35) and Seyit Keklik (25).

 

The incident was confirmed by the spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Ajayi Okasanmi, in Kwara state.

Okasanmi also said that the police commissioner in the state, Kayode Egbetokun, had dispatched various teams under the operation Puff Adder to adjourning areas with a mandate to commence investigation and rescue of the expatriates alive.

Apart from the directives, the police commissioner also instructed the teams to ensure the arrest of the suspected hoodlums.

Legit.ng earlier reported that some gunmen reportedly killed two soldiers and abducted an expatriate who was on inspection duty at a road construction site in the Ukanafun council area of Akwa Ibom.

The attack by the gunmen occurred on in the afternoon of Wednesday, July 17, just as the expatriate engineer, working with a construction company, was inspecting the ‘Ikot Ibritam, Inen Ekeffe and Odoro Ikot to Ukanafun’ road project.

 

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“We are still feeling the impact. The Lugardian experiment, the Lugardian contraption called Nigeria is not working the way it is now—Prof.Niyi Osundare.

As insecurity continues to be a source of concern for Nigerians, world acclaimed poet and literary icon, Professor Niyi Osundare, has said that the country’s civil war has not ended.
The literary icon, who stated this in an interview published in the Nation Newspaper of Sunday, July 21, said Nigeria is in need of thoughtful, visionary and tolerant leaders.

Legit.ng gathers that Professor Osundare said the country is still suffering the impact of the Nigerian civil war which started on July 6, 1967 and ended on January 15, 1970.

 

The poet said:

 

“Nigeria at the federal level has really never had a leader. What we have been having have been rulers. That is why our country is like this. In a short interview last week, I told someone that the Nigerian civil war has not ended. Many people say “Oh the war is over, no victor no vanquished.” No lie could have been greater.

“We are still feeling the impact. The Lugardian experiment, the Lugardian contraption called Nigeria is not working the way it is now. The British did not intend it to work for us. It was a contraption to work for them. They wanted an outlet from the Sahara to the Atlantic Ocean and then they locked Nigeria together.

 

Professor Osundare said in spite of Nigeria’s diversity, it is left to Nigerians to make the country work.

 

He said:

 

“I say this all the time. Biafra Republic, Oduduwa Republic, Arewa Republic, Delta Republic and so on; I don’t believe in all those cleavages. If we cannot make Nigeria work as an entity, I am not sure we are going to make it work in fragments because the same disease that is affecting the larger national community would be imported into…”

Professor Osundare said when he was growing up, he lived among friendly Hausa people, many of whom did not drive cows.

He said:

 

“The Fulani I used to know when I was young in Ikere Ekiti, these were people we called Ala Agunmu. They were friendly. Many of them didn’t even drive the cows. They came as mendicants.

 

“We as children would be running after them and they would be playing with us. In Ikere Ekiti where I grew up, the very centre of the town had a Hausa community.”

Professor Osundare said Nigerian ‘rulers’ take the people for granted because Nigerians do not rise, adding that there are enough resources to make everyone comfortable.

He said:

 

“When you don’t rise and you are ruled anyhow by leaders, you give the leaders the power of immunity and immunity usually leads to impunity. There are enough resources in this country to make all of us comfortable.”

The poet called on all Nigerians to be united and never allow the leaders to divide them.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Thursday, January 3, urged Nigerians who are bent on working against national peace to desist from crime because the country cannot bear to go through another round of civil war.

Fayemi, speaking in Ado Ekiti, through the deputy governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, commended the efforts of members of the Nigerian military for their sacrifice to keep the nation in one piece during and after the civil war which ended in 1970.

 

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How 2 Nigerians were appointed into Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA)

Two Nigerians have been appointed to head the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) as chairman and executive secretary, respectively.

While Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar was appointed the chairman of the organisation to serve for one year, Hajia Zainab Ali-Kotoko would work as its executive secretary for five years.

According to PRNigeria, the historic appointments mean that Nigeria could effectively leverage on the continental intelligence services to deal with national, regional and continental security threats.

 

It was learnt that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who brought the 16th ordinary CISSA conference to a close in Abuja, commended the two new elected officials from Nigeria.

With his election, Abubakar takes over from Ambassador BK Likando of the Namibian intelligence service until the next conference in Cairo, Egypt.

Also, Ali-Kotoko replaces Shimeles W Semayat and will run the Ethiopia-based CISSA secretariat for the next five years.

 

By your decision, Nigeria has ascended the position of chairmanship for the next one year and you have also appointed Zainab Ali-Kotoko as the executive secretary of CISSA for the next five years.

“As Nigeria assumes the mantle of CISSA’s leadership for the 2019/2020 session, your collective focus should be on promoting shared goals and objectives and maximizing the impact of this organization across Africa,” Mustapha said.

The SGF expressed belief that there is no limit to what can be achieved as a continent when its citizens work together.

He also noted that Illicit Financial Outflows (IFOs) and corruption remained hydra-headed monsters, with one feeding the other in what is clearly, a symbiotic relationship.

“We must defeat both threats to free Africa’s wealth for the development of our various countries.

“We are not unaware of the enormity of the task but we remain focused and undaunted, bearing in mind the colossal implications of the threat to our national life,” he said.

Legit.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the re-appointment of his personal physician, Suhayb Rafindadi, and 10 other personal staff.

The president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, confirmed this development in a statement in Abuja on Friday, July 5.

 

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Why angry villagers stormed Zamfara government house?

No fewer than over 100 angry villagers from Jirrawa community in Kaura-Namoda local government area of Zamfara on Saturday, July 20 marched to the government house with the corpse of a fresh victim of bandit attack in the state.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protesters arrived state capital Gusau bearing the body of a victim who was reportedly killed earlier in the day in Jirrawa.
Spokespersons for the community, Muntari Abdullahi and Muhammadu Sani said the bandits invaded the village around 10am and shot sporadically in the air.

We later realised that they have already killed Shafiu Inusa on his farm while he was trying to apply fertilizer on his plants after the rains of last night,” Abdullahi narrated.
Shafiu was killed just four moths after bandits killed his father in an earlier attack. He was still recovering from a gunshot he sustained in the last attack on his family.

“It is exactly four months now when his (Shafiu) father was killed in a similar attack, because the wives of the old man are completing their four months stay at home as mandated by Islam.
“We gathered from his farm neighbour and brother that initially, one of the bandits appeared before them saying anyone who knows he is guilty should run and who is not should stay.
“Shafiu refused to run and when the others numbering over a hundred arrived, they opened fire and killed him instantly, this is his remains that we brought here for the governor to see and know that this peace initiative is not working for us,” he said.
On his part, Sani said:

“these criminals have always passed by our village without any threat or harassment until the last few months.
He added: “So far, they have attacked us more than eight times and have killed many people.
“Even while on our way to Gusau today, we received phone call that they also killed one Bala Danrabi, a vigilante leader who has always fought the bandits.”

 

The state’s police chief Usman Nagogo confirmed the attack, expressing shock at the attack.
He said:

“I can confidently assure you that the peace initiative by Gov. Bello Matawalle which I lead in the state is working as can be seen in the release of kidnap victims and the repentance of several bandits, but that does not mean that the hardened criminals are no longer there, they are the ones that will perpetrate this now.”
The Zamfara police boss assured that the bandits themselves are working to fish out the killers of Shafiu and hand them over to the police.
Nagogo said:

“I am in constant contact with bandits groups in all the bushes and our discussions have been positive leading to the peace we are now enjoying.
“On this Jirrawa issue, I have spoken with my contacts around the area and the repentant bandits promised to meet tomorrow and fish out the perpetrators of this latest attack and hand the culprits over to me; this is in the spirit of the partnership we are now enjoying.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng gathered Governor Matawalle is happy with the result of his efforts at stopping bandit attacks in the state.
The governor paid a visit to the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed on Saturday to express his gratitude for the Force’s help in ending attacks.
He tweeted:
The protest came just as Legit.ng reported that bandit commanders in Birnin-Magaji local government area of Zamfara state, on Friday, July 19, agreed to suspend attacks on the people at a dialogue meeting with the state government and security officials.
The bandits also said that the coast is now clear for all those displaced by the attacks to return home.
The agreement was reached at the palace of the Emir of Birnin-Magaji.

 

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“Well, it is not about stigmatisation; it is about separating the wheat from the chaff.–Ooni tells Buhari.

The Ooni stated that the escalating security challenges in the country had led to some persons and groups beating the drums of war.

However, he clarified that the South-West was not ready to go to war with any part of the country.

The paramount ruler disclosed that it was the desire of the Yoruba to see improved security over lives and property, a responsibility he said was not impossible for the Federal Government to undertake.

 

The Ooni, who spoke with State House Correspondents after he held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said he came to the State House on behalf of royal fathers in the South-West to make a case for improved security.

His visit came just a week after the late Mrs Funke Olakunri, the daughter of the Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, was killed by suspected herdsmen along the Kajola-Ore Road in Ondo State.

Speaking on whether he thought the Fulani were being stigmatised , the Yoruba paramount ruler said,

 

“Well, it is not about stigmatisation; it is about separating the wheat from the chaff.

 

“A lot of them are mixed up with the good ones. We are not saying all the Fulani are bad. It is not only about the Fulani, it is not only about them; it is about the bad miscreants that are even hiding under the name of the Fulani.

“We want to try as much as possible to work with the government right now. They have all the security apparatus and they are meant to defend us; that is what we are looking up to now. We have to stand up and meet with Mr President and he has given us a listening ear and you (will) see a lot of result going forward.”

Responding to a question on the purpose of his visit, Ogunwusi said,

 

 

“(It was on) how to improve security. I came to speak on behalf of other traditional rulers. The issue at hand in the South-West is real. The issue of insecurity; we that live in the remote and rural areas of the south-western part of the country, most of the bushes are occupied by strange people and we decided to work with the government to fish them out.

“Everybody is beating the drum of war; we don’t want war. Who can stand war? We want something better for our youths.

“We should better use them (youths) for something good other than shouting war and anarchy. We don’t want that.

“We told the President that and he is on the same page with us. Politicians should be careful not to blow things out of proportion.

“We should make sure things are right and the President has given good directives to security chiefs including the Inspector-General of Police (Mohammed Adamu), to visit all traditional institutions in the South-West.”

The monarch canvassed efficient policing and intelligence gathering that involved using the locals to help fish out strange elements in the various communities.

Opposing a resort to war at this point, he said,

 

“We shouldn’t keep over-hyping war and we still want to keep the peace in the South-West. We don’t want anarchy.”

Ogunwusi also noted that the controversial Ruga scheme appeared to have been given different interpretations, saying that Buhari did the right thing by intervening to ease the growing tension in Nigeria over the initiative.

He added that overall, what was of utmost importance to the people of the South-West was maximum security.

 

“What is important is for the youth not to take the law into their own hands, killing and causing violence. The drum of war is resonating loud and we are very worried.

“We need more federal apparatus to defend ourselves. We need security reinforcement from the Federal Government. We understand more than anybody. We don’t want war and we want to work with government to bring peace.

“We are not saying all Fulani are bad; it is about the bad guys working under the name of the Fulani,” the monarch further stated.

Leaders shouldn’t keep silent on insecurity – Jonathan

Just as the Ooni was saying this, former President Goodluck Jonathan also called on all leaders to speak out whenever things were going wrong in the country.

Recall that Buhari had a few days ago advised leaders to watch their utterances, saying those criticising his administration handling of insecurity were not patriotic.

But Jonathan on Thursday said leaders should come together and proffer solutions to insecurity in the country.

He said insecurity appeared from time to time, but noted that leaders must come together for a conversation that would end attacks on defenceless citizens.

Jonathan said this in Abuja during the public presentation of a book,

“Not By Might Nor By Power: Selected messages to the world,” an autobiography written by the Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, who would retire next year.

“We must get the country out of insecurity,” he said at the event which brought together eminent Nigerians including a former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.).

But in an interview with journalists on the sidelines of the event, Jonathan said every generation had challenges, adding that leaders must come together to address the menace.

He said,

 

“If things are wrong, leaders, including me, should be talking. And there are a lot of conversations going on to solve this problem (of insecurity); every generation has its problems. In fact, my generation is almost gone. It’s for your generation and we must all come together to solve the problem.

“The security challenges have been with us for long, but we know that whatever the challenges are, we must come together and address them. The political leaders in the country and traditional leaders are talking. And we must get the country out of insecurity.”

Okoh cautioned ethnic groups forming their own militias to retrace their steps and stop the killings in the country.

He said,

“I have no solution because I am an individual. But we should try to ask the appropriate authorities to do what they should do, and that is the government.

“I strongly believe that individuals should not take security initiative because if individuals take their own security initiatives, I mean organising our own militias, the country will be destroyed. Everybody will perish.

“But the government which has the constitutional responsibility to maintain security should do so and quickly too before it gets out of hand. That is my appeal.”

Also, the Primate advised young pastors not to be in a hurry, adding that what he observed was that many of them were in a hurry to be noticed.

“If you are with God, hear from God before you speak. Don’t resort to your imagination and say, ‘God has said’; make sure you receive a message from God and you are in tune with Him (God).”

According to him, the Nicholas Okoh Foundation will help him in ministry even after leaving as Primate in 2020.

“I want to continue with my work as a man of God. The book is about yearly situations and the solutions I provided. At this point, I decided that the two volumes should be published. There are other books unpublished. There is a gap between what we think and what we do. We want our children and those following us to know that we have not arrived. We must back it up with moral integrity,” Okoh added

We won’t leave S’West – Oyo MACBAN

Meanwhile, the Northern Elders’ Forum’s directive to herdsmen in the South to relocate to the North generated more reactions on Thursday.

For instance, the Assistant Secretary of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Oyo State, Mr Adams Abdulkadir, told one of our correspondents that the directive by NEF that Fulani herdsmen should leave the South was misguided.

He stated,

 

“We don’t support the NEF’s directive and we will not heed it. We are not in agreement with the calls to return to the North.

“We have been living here in the South-West for decades and we work together with people of other ethnic groups especially the Yoruba in a peaceful and secure environment.”

We aren’t returning to North, Fulani in S’East reply NEF

Also, the Fulani community in the South-East on Thursday said they would not leave the South-East geopolitical zone. They asked the northern leaders to stop fanning the embers of discord.

The leader of the Fulani community in the South-East, Ardo Sardu Bardo, told The PUNCH on the telephone that the call for herdsmen to leave the South was irresponsible.

Bardo said that even the Fulani community in southern Nigeria, especially in the South-East did not support the Ruga programme of the Federal Government to be cited in the South- East.

On Ruga, Bardo said,

 

 “I don’t support that project. For instance, in Enugu State now this is farming session. If people are cultivating an area, let them allow our cattle go to the areas that the people are not cultivating. The Fulani in the South do not support Ruga.”

It negates Nigeria’s unity – Delta

Also, the Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charlse Aniagwu, said the state government believed in the stability of Nigeria.

Aniagwu in an interview on Thursday, faulted NEF’s recall order to herdsmen in the South, saying, “If there are issues, it behoves on government to address those issues.”

However, the Cross River State Government through the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Ben Ayade, Christian Ita, said,

“We run a government that accommodates everybody. Cross River State has always been safe for everybody. I don’t know about herdsmen. I don’t know if there are herdsmen in Cross River. If they are being asked to go back we are not the ones asking them to go back. It is their people that are asking them to go back. It is within the right of the Northern Elders’ Forum to ask their people to go back.”

YCE lauds President Buhari on Ruga suspension.

Meanwhile, the Yoruba Council of Elders has lauded Buhari for suspending the Ruga project.

The pan-Yoruba group made this commendation in Ibadan on Thursday at the end of its special meeting on the state of the nation.

The Secretary-General of the council, Dr Kunle Olajide, in an interview with journalists after a special meeting of the group, urged Buhari to do more to restore the full confidence of Nigerians in his administration.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the YCE expressed worry that the grazing routes of the pre-independence era and the First Republic had been wiped off and in most cases, taken over by housing estates.

The group said that the idea of nomadic grazing was no longer feasible because of the destruction of farmlands and crops by cattle led by herdsmen, which had impoverished the farmers.

It, therefore, urged the state legislature in the Yoruba speaking states to enact a law outlawing nomadic grazing in their respective states.

The council noted the palpable tension in the country arising from the frightening state of insecurity, which had now spread from the North-East and was gradually enveloping the whole country.

The group urged the President to heal the wounds in the polity by reassuring Nigerians of the safety of their lives with actions.

It urged Buhari to revisit the 2014 National Conference reports and the El-Rufai Committee Report on Devolution of Powers, advising him to send relevant bills to the National Assembly in that respect.

The council also advised him to study the report of the 2014 National Conference with a view to identifying the aspects of the document that could be implemented immediately for the security and unity of the county.

The elders, however, expressed shock by the gruesome murder of Mrs Funke Olakunri, the daughter of Chief Rueben Fasoranti, the Afenifere leader, describing it as one too many.

The council called on the South-West governors to embark on the deployment of technology to monitor forests in the zone so as to flush out criminals masquerading as herdsmen.

It assured the President of its support to build a truly egalitarian Federal Republic of Nigeria, where justice and progress would reign supreme.

Also, the YCE called on all Nigerians to avoid making inflammatory statements in this difficult time but to let their efforts and speeches unite the people, and ‘not to polarise them.’

Reps advise FG on vigilantes’ training

Also, the House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to provide logistics to the Armed Forces to enable the military to engage and train local vigilantes in the fight against insurgency.

According to NAN, this followed a unanimous adoption of a motion by Haruna Mshelia (APC-Borno) at plenary on Thursday.

While moving the motion, Mshelia said the engagement with local vigilantes would assist in the final push to end insurgency in the North-East.

The lawmaker expressed concern that pockets of insurgency activities, including looting, kidnappings and killings still continued in spite of efforts of the Armed Forces.

 

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How Algeria became Africa champion yesterday in Egypt.

Algeria became Africa Cup of Nations champions for a second time as they edged Senegal 1-0 in a scrappy final on Friday.

Djamel Belmadi’s side needed a sensational last-gasp Riyad Mahrez winner to beat Nigeria in the last four, but it was a scrappy early strike that decided this clash as Baghdad Bounedjah benefited from a huge deflection.

Further chances were few and far between in an ill-tempered affair as Algeria withstood almost constant pressure and also saw a Senegal penalty award overturned with VAR.

 

The single goal ultimately proved enough to hold on, Algeria triumphing on foreign soil for the first time to add to their 1990 success as hosts.

Algeria’s fortuitous opener arrived inside two minutes. Bounedjah cut inside from the left and saw a powerful strike loop up off the lunging Salif Sane, dropping over static goalkeeper Alfred Gomis into the top-right corner.

 

 

 

AFCON 1

 

Senegal responded well, getting into dangerous positions and winning countless free-kicks, mainly through Sadio Mane, but their final ball was repeatedly found wanting.

Frustrations threatened to boil over late in the first half, with Mane escaping punishment for an off-the-ball shove on Sofiane Feghouli, although M’Baye Niang went close with a fizzing long-range drive.

The two sides came together to confront the referee at the break – Senegal bemoaning a non-penalty award for Ismaila Sarr – and Algeria substitute goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja went down claiming contact in the ensuing fracas.

And Senegal were further infuriated on the hour mark when a spot-kick initially awarded as Adlene Guedioura blocked Sarr’s cross with his arm was struck off following a VAR review.

Niang rounded Rais M’bolhi but could only blaze high and wide, before the goalkeeper turned Youssouf Sabaly’s blast over the crossbar.

Aliou Cisse’s side kept pushing, yet there was no way through and Algeria clung to a scarcely deserved victory.

 

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How Ghana’s former first lady, Lordina Mahama was awarded Masters of Laws (LLM) degree.

 

Ghana’s former first lady, Lordina Mahama, has graduated with a Masters of Laws from a United Kingdom University, multiple local media portals have reported. The state-run Daily Graphic said Mrs. Mahama was awarded Masters of Laws (LLM) degree in Business Law / International Business Law from the De Montfort University located in Leicester.

The former First Lady according to the Daily Graphic report had studied as a long-distance student over the period she was enrolled.

 

She already holds a Master’s Degree in Governance and Leadership plus a first degree in Hospitality Management from one of the country’s prestigious varsities, the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). She had in her time as First Lady championed causes in the interest of women and children and was a key member of the Organization of African First Ladies.

The 56-year-old is wife of John Dramani Mahama who served as president from 2011 till 2016. He had previously served as Vice-President to John Atta Mills who died in office.

 

Congratulations H.E. Lordina Mahama (Master of Laws – Business Law).

He failed to secure reelection in 2016 when incumbent Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo defeated him at the polls. Mahama has been chosen by the main opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC, to lead the party into the upcoming December 2020 elections. Akufo-Addo will be contesting for a second and final term.

 

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Don’t build a system that encourage filthiness and unrighteousness.

 

Never build a system or a process that will end up being acidic, toxic and poisonous to your calling. The quality of followership built by you will either make you or mar you.

While you are bent on winning souls into the kingdom,never be carried away by worldly attractions that will make you a prey in the hands of demon and their agents.

How can youths and members of your denominations or places of worship are largely people who dress loosely to church service and you didn’t bother to preach against it.

Now, the beast and Jezebel you made of them is no taunting your peace of mind with ladies coming out to alleged that you rape them and have illicit affairs with them.

The blame is on you because you raised an atmosphere of filthiness and seduction that has come back to pull you down.

The scriptures are clearly explicit about worldliness but you looked away from such as one of the irrelevances grace has taken care of.

If you fail in taming the potency of adultery, fornication and lustfuness in the life of your followers,they will end up destroying you and the ministry you think you are building.

While you are bent on doing exploit in your ministry,check if such exploits is encouraging holiness and righteousness that will make your followers candidates of heaven because without holiness,no one can see God.

 

 

 

 

The desire and aspiration of many men of God in this age and season has led them to build system and processes that encourage the prosperity of sin and unrighteousness in our society making the world to be in control of the word of God.

 

When your aspiration as a man of God is contravening the commandment of God,there is a need for you to check yourself and give yourself a break in returning back to the old path that the scripture encourage.

 

Failure to go back to the old path of righteousness might spell doom for you and your followers in the process of time. There have been great ministries that started well in the past but one could see that they have fizzled out without any sign of the exploits they are claiming at one point or the other in the past.

 

A spiritual system must be built on spirituality that focus on the undiluted word of God centered around encouraging holiness in the Church of God but in a situation whereby the word of God is been subjected to worldliness is a pointer to the fact that such a man of God has lost control of the ministry given to him by God.

 

It is when we build ourselves by the word of God and on the word of God that we can face the challenges of the world as it ought to be handled in the way and manner whereby many people that are on the road to perdition will be saved from the imminent destruction that awaits unbelievers and sinners at the end of the word.

 

In essence, every minister of God needs to be cautious of the unction of God on their life so that they will not be an instrument of destruction to their followers.

 

©mlstcommunications 2019

 

 

The leader of the Shi’ite Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) appears in a Kaduna high court Thursday,

As Ayatollah Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky, the leader of the Shi’ite Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) appears in a Kaduna high court Thursday, several business outfits in the state capital have suspended activities, with many local residents remaining indoors.
This development is in response to long-running protests and demonstrations by El Zakzaky supporters, which have turned increasingly violent.
The Shi’ite leader and his wife were arrested on December 14, 2015 by security agents after a bloody clashes between his followers and men of the Nigerian Army that left scores dead.

 

Until recently, protests have been limited to Abuja, Kaduna and a few other cities in northern Nigeria. But they have gradually spread to other parts of the country, including Lagos.
A business owner at popular Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna, who did not want his name in the press told Daily Sun that previous experience have taught them how to avoid risk anytime El Zakzaky’s case comes us.

 

“We have had bad experiences. Some of the people involved in this protest are shop looters. Apart from that, just last week here, we were forced to shut down our businesses when they were petering us with stones.

“Apart from that, these people engage the police in gun duels for hours around Ibrahim Taiwo Road. So, if that could happen between them and the armed police, how much more with armless people like me,” he querried.

To forestall a breakdown in law and order, there are heavily armed security personnel at strategic roundabouts and roads that lead to the court.
The post Kaduna businesses grind to a halt as Shi’ite leader appears in court appeared first on The Sun Nigeria.

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Non-executive commissioner on the board of the National Communications Commission confirmed by Senate.

The Senate on Thursday, approved the appointment of Mr Aliyu Abubakar, as a non-executive commissioner on the board of the National Communications Commission
Abubakar, from Bauchi State, was nominated to represent the North-East last week on the board by President Muhammadu Buhari for the same position despite his rejection by the eighth Senate because of low educational qualifications.

 

Other nominees confirmed by the Senate were Uba Maska (Executive Commissioner), Professor Millionaire Abowei (Non Executive Commissioner) and Abdulazeez Salman (Non-Executive Commissioner).

 

 

SOURCE:

http://www.msn.com/en-xl/africa/nigeria/senate-confirms-buharis-nominee-rejected-in-2016/ar-AAEvYGB?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartanntp

Successes recorded in degrading Boko Haram in the North East would be extended to various parts of the country experiencing security challenges–PMB.

Once again, yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari assured Nigerians that his administration will resolve lingering insecurity-related issues in some parts of the country.
The president specifically said successes recorded in degrading Boko Haram in the North East would be extended to various parts of the country experiencing security challenges.

President Buhari said these when he met with executive members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), led by the President, Dr. Francis Adedayo Faduyile, at the State House, yesterday.

 

 

At the meeting, Buhari appealed to governors and local government chairmen to complement the Federal Government’s effort and get more children off the streets and into classrooms.

This was even as the president said efforts are ongoing to improve employment level, following the success in getting many into the agricultural sector and stressed that opening up the economy for investments and getting the youths engaged will control crime rate.

The president spoke on health and education and urged states and local governments to play stronger roles in complementing government efforts, especially in getting more children into classrooms.

 

“The issues of health and education are constitutional. If there are too many almajiris in a state, then the government is not following the constitution. The states also have elite who are educated enough to remind their governments about their responsibility to almajiris,” he said.

According to Buhari, successes recorded in degrading terrorists in the North East will be extended to various parts of the country experiencing challenges, assuring Nigerians that security still tops his list of priorities.

“If you cannot secure a country or institution, you cannot manage it.”

 

SOURCE:

http://www.msn.com/en-xl/africa/nigeria/insecurity-well-extend-north-east-success-to-other-parts-%E2%80%93buhari/ar-AAEsS7a?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp

 

How Mexican cartel chief Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was sentenced to life in prison.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been sentenced to life behind bars in a US prison, a humbling end for a drug lord once notorious for his ability to kill, bribe or tunnel his way out of trouble.

A federal judge in Brooklyn handed down the sentence Wednesday, five months after Guzman’s conviction in an epic drug-trafficking case.

The 62-year-old drug lord, who had been protected in Mexico by an army of gangsters and an elaborate corruption operation, was brought to the US to stand trial after he twice escaped from Mexican prisons.

 

Before he was sentenced, Guzman, complained about the conditions of his confinement and told the judge he was denied a fair trial. He said US District Judge Brian Cogan failed to thoroughly investigate claims of juror misconduct.

“My case was stained and you denied me a fair trial when the whole world was watching,” Guzman said in court through an interpreter. “When I was extradited to the United States, I expected to have a fair trial, but what happened was exactly the opposite.”

 

The harsh sentence was pre-ordained. The guilty verdict in February at Guzman’s 11-week trial triggered a mandatory sentence of life without parole.

The evidence showed that under Guzman’s orders, the Sinaloa cartel was responsible for smuggling mountains of cocaine and other drugs into the US during his 25-year reign, prosecutors said in court papers re-capping the trial. They also said his “army of sicarios” was under orders to kidnap, torture and murder anyone who got in his way.

The defense argued he was framed by other traffickers who became government witnesses so they could get breaks in their own cases.

 

 

 

GU 2

Guzman has been largely cut off from the outside world since his extradition in 2017 and his remarks in the courtroom Wednesday could be the last time the public hears from him. Guzman thanked his family for giving him “the strength to bare this torture that I have been under for the past 30 months.”

Wary of his history of escaping from Mexican prisons, US authorities have kept him in solitary confinement in an ultra-secure unit at a Manhattan jail and under close guard at his appearances at the Brooklyn courthouse where his case unfolded.

Experts say he will likely wind up at the federal government’s ” Supermax” prison in Florence, Colorado, known as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies,” from which no inmate has ever escaped.

 

Most inmates at Supermax are given a television, but their only actual view of the outside world is a 4-inch window. They have minimal interaction with other people and eat all their meals in their cells.

 

 

GU 3

While the trial was dominated by Guzman’s persona as a near-mythical outlaw who carried a diamond-encrusted handgun and stayed one step ahead of the law, the jury never heard from Guzman himself, except when he told the judge he wouldn’t testify.

 

SOURCE:

 

https://www.businessinsider.com/mexican-cartel-chief-joaquin-el-chapo-guzman-sentenced-life-prison-2019-7?IR=T

”Olympia, who is my daughter, actually does the routine with me. And it’s safe for kids too. She’s only one-and-a-half and she loves it.”–Serena Williams.

Serena Williams and her daughter follow the same beauty routine.

The 37-year-old tennis player and 21-month-old Olympia – who she has with her husband Alexis Ohanian – share the same evening pampering procedure and the first step in their joint ritual is to apply coconut oil to their skin because it has ”amazing” moisturising properties and is also a great natural make-up remover.

 

Serena said:

 

”The first step in my routine, when I’m taking off my make-up and coming undone, I actually do something completely different. I use coconut oil because it’s amazing. I use it for everything you can think of. This could literally be your only step if that’s all you want.

”Olympia, who is my daughter, actually does the routine with me. And it’s safe for kids too. She’s only one-and-a-half and she loves it.”

Serena keeps her complexion bright and flaw-free by using a vitamin C enriched serum, which she discovered on her babymoon.

She added:

”I actually found this [Vine Vera Resveratol Vitamin C Serum $246] on my babymoon in Mexico. I just do a couple dabs and I always give Olympia some dabs. I feel like whatever you’re using under your eye is super moisturising and it can work for the whole face.”

 

The seven-time Wimbledon winner went on to reveal that since she hit aged 30, she has noticed she now has a ”5 o’clock shadow”, so Serena will use brightening products to make the area appear glowy and flawless.

Speaking in US Harper’s Bazaar’s ‘Go To Bed With Me’ YouTube series, she continued:

”Honestly, I have a little 5 o’clock shadow, so I put it on top of my moustache.

”I hit 30 and after that everything has become either moustache or beard, let’s just be honest ladies. So I do that there too because I think if it’s brightening, maybe it’ll brighten that too.

”The last thing I’m going to today, and sometimes honestly it varies, I’m not that routine type of girl – I have my Mario Badescu — I absolutely love this stuff. It gives me this crazy glow, but I always use it at night too because I like the way it smells.”

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/northamerica/northamerica-life-arts/serena-williams-and-daughter-share-beauty-regime/ar-AAEpqOM?ocid=spartandhp

How unidentified gunmen kidnapped Samson Siasia’s mother for the second time.

Samson Siasia’s, mother, Ogere Siasia, has been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in Bayelsa state.
According to The Nation, information concerning the abduction of the septuagenarian, is still sketchy at the time of going to press.

However, reports from security details suggest the gunmen whisked away the aged-woman from her home at Adoni community Sagbama Local Government Area at about 2am on Monday, July 15.

 

Interestingly, this is the second time in four years the former Super Eagles manager will go in search of his mother.

On November 17, 2015, armed bandits stormed Siasia’s family house at Odoni community of Sagama Local Council Area of Bayelsa State in the wee hours and forcefully whisked away Mrs. Siasia way on a motorcycle.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that mother of Super Eagles winger Samuel Kalu has finally been released by the abductors who kidnapped her for almost a week.

 

The mother of Samuel known as Mrs Juliet was kidnapped in her home town of Umuamacha Umueze in Abia state. Initially, the abductors were said to have demanded the sum of N3 million ransom for Samuel Kalu’s mother to be released.

But after getting the agreed money, they changed their decision thereby asking for another N15m before they would free Samuel Kalu’s mother.

 

SOURCE:

 

http://www.msn.com/en-xl/africa/nigeria/ex-super-eagles-stars-76-year-old-mother-kidnapped-by-gunmen/ar-AAEl4SW?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp

How Marc Batchelor was gunned down in South Africa.

A former South African football star has been shot dead while driving in Johannesburg.

Marc Batchelor, former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates player, was gunned down in his car on Monday evening, police confirmed.

He was fatally shot when two gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on his vehicle in Olivedale, according to reports.

 

The motive for the attack is not yet known and a murder investigation has been launched, South African news broadcaster eNCA reported.

Images circulated on social media showed a bullet-riddled window on what was reported to be Mr Batchelor’s vehicle.

 

Police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini told Soccer Laduma:

 

 “Yes, he was shot this evening by two men on a motorbike.”

“He died in his vehicle and nothing was taken. The motive is yet to be established, but we are investigating.”

 

No arrests have been made.

 

SOURCE:

 

http://www.msn.com/en-xl/sport/football/marc-batchelor-death-ex-south-african-football-star-shot-dead-in-his-car/ar-AAEnubm?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp

Seyi Makinde visited Oyo State office of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in Ibadan and declares Asset Worth N48bn.

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has published his asset declaration document which shows he has in excess of N48 billion in both cash and properties.

The governor, who visited the Oyo State office of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in Ibadan to receive a copy of the asset declaration form said that his decision to make the assets public was in fulfillment of a personal promise he made during the elections.

In a statement by Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, the assets declaration form, marked OYSE/2019/001 contained details of cash at hand, in the bank, landed properties (developed and undeveloped), household items, share and bonds owed by the governor, his wife, Omini Makinde, as well as his companies.

 

According to details of the asset form the governor of Oyo State had cash at hand and in the bank worth N234, 742,296.01, as at May 28, 2019.

In dollar terms, the governor has cash valued at $30,056.99 as at the same date.

Properties, including the developed and undeveloped as well as household items indicated on the asset forms, showed that the governor is worth N2, 624,800,500 as at the date of asset declaration.

In dollar terms, the governor also declared properties, developed and undeveloped as well as household items valued at $4,400,000.

 

In South African Rands, the governor declared buildings and household items worth four million, four hundred and fifty-seven thousand, five hundred and fifty-four and four South African Rands.

The houses declared by the governor include nine buildings in Nigeria, two in the United States of America and one in South Africa.

One of the properties in the United States is described as “jointly owned.”

 

The details showed the current value of Makinde’s companies stand at N48, 150,736,889 with 33, 730,000 units of shares as at May 28, 2019.

The governor also has existing Bonds (Eurobond) worth $3, 793, 500 as well as shares, debentures and other securities valued at N120,500,000.

The companies listed by the governor include Makon Engineering and Technical Services Limited; Energy Traders and Technical Services Limited; Makon Oil and Gas Limited; Makon Group Limited, Makon Construction Limited and Makon Power System Limited.

The asset declaration form indicated that Governor Makinde’s four companies have additional assets denominated as loan notes including Makon Engineering and Technical Services Limited (N1.7 billion); Makon Power System Limited (N148.4 million); Makon Oil and Gas Limited (N341 million); Energy Traders and Technical Services Limited(N1.159bn) totalling N3.389 billion.

 

SOURCE:

 

http://www.msn.com/en-xl/africa/nigeria/gov-makinde-declares-asset-worth-n48bn/ar-AAEoS2W?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp

Why R.Kelly jailed without an option of Bond in a sex case.

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered R. Kelly held in jail without bond after a prosecutor warned that the singer accused of having sex with minors and trying to cover up the crimes would pose an extreme danger to young girls if set free.

“If he was attracted to middle school girls in 1999 then he’s still attracted to middle school girls,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Angel Krull told U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber. “That’s who the defendant is and that, your honor, makes him a danger today.”

Leinenweber said that under federal law Kelly would have to prove that he was not a danger to the public and Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, had failed to do so.

Kelly was arrested while walking his dog in Chicago last week and faces an array of sex-related charges in Chicago and New York . Appearing in court wearing an orange jumpsuit and shacked at the ankles, he said only two words, “Yes, sir,” when the judge asked him if he understood the charges. Two women who recently lived with Kelly, Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage, attended the court hearing Tuesday.

The ruling Tuesday means that Kelly, who pleaded not guilty to the charges contained in the Chicago indictment , will remain in custody to face a separate indictment in New York. He is charged there with racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor and the sexual exploitation of a child.

It was unclear when that hearing would be held and if he would have to be transported to New York for the hearing, or could appear via a video linkup from Chicago.

The decision to deny bond also raised the possibility that the 52-year-old Kelly could spend the rest of his life behind bars. Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago, said that “each of the federal indictments could take one to two years to go to trial.” Depending on delays in the case, Mariotti said Kelly’s stay in jail awaiting trial could go on a lot longer than that.

Krull portrayed Kelly as a predator who went to great lengths to find young girls and kept them under his control. She said that the evidence in the federal indictments against him is overwhelming. If convicted, the maximum sentence for the charges contained in the Illinois indictment is 195 years in prison and 80 years for the charges contained in the New York indictment.

Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was first arrested on sex-related charges in 2002 after a video of Kelly having sex with 14-year-old girl was sent to the Chicago Sun-Times. After extensive delays, a Chicago jury acquitted him in 2008 in part because the girl did not testify at the trial, Krull said Kelly was acquitted only because he paid off the victim and her family. She said the alleged victim in that video has since testified before a federal grand jury and confirmed it was her.

 

“Electronic monitoring can’t stop obstruction of justice, witness tampering…” Krull said. “He can entice victims to his own home.”

Kelly’s legal troubles mounted when he was arrested in February and charged with 10 counts in Illinois of sexually abusing three girls and a woman. He pleaded not guilty to those charges and was released on bail.

Then on May 30, Cook County prosecutors added 11 sex-related counts involving one of the women who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage. The federal charges filed last week are separate from the Illinois case.

Greenberg said preparing for trial will be a long process made even more difficult because Kelly does not know how to read and therefore someone must visit him in jail to read him the reams of documents the case will generate.

He said Kelly is no longer rich and has filed for bankruptcy.

“How could he flee?” Greenberg asked. “He has no money.”

 

SOURCE:

 

http://www.msn.com/en-xl/northamerica/life-arts/judge-orders-r-kelly-held-in-jail-without-bond-in-sex-case/ar-AAEqJUL?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp

 

Buhari’s casual detachment to Nigerians is getting out of hand–Akin Osuntokun.

A former presidential aide, Akin Osuntokun, has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari over his comments on those he says are politicising the issue of insecurity in the country.

Osuntokun who was a guest on Channels TV’s Politics Today, said, Buhari’s casual detachment to Nigerians is getting out of hand.

The president recently stated that those who politicize the isolated incidents of insecurity are not patriotic Nigerians.

 

Osuntokun said:

 

“What do you mean by politicising? who is politicising it?

“That is his (President Buhari’s) own interpretation according to his own convenience. In any case, if people are commenting on issues, how does that amount to politicisation?

“What of those people who are victims? This type of casual detachment to people is getting out of hand.

 

“When he (President Buhari) was attacked some years ago, did people not talk? Did people not raise issues then? Should people not have talked now? Now you want people to be quiet.”

A professor of criminal justice system and penology, Ussiju Medaner, who was also a guest on the programme, however, disagreed with Osuntokun’s stance, insisting that the issue of insecurity is indeed being politicised.

Professor Medaner said:

“When we talk about security, it is everybody’s business. And I think if we can do that, we can help the country and not just trying to be a disinterested but benefitting party in the security situation in the country.

“This is an issue that the world over is facing. Let me just refer you to what is happening in Cape Town, just within a month 3,000 people were killed in gun violence.

“What the country is doing is not to go to the media to politicise it. They came together to proffer solution.”

Meanwhile, a meeting of northern leaders on Tuesday, July 2, warned that Nigeria was gradually drifting into anarchy as a result of the failure of government to address the security challenges confronting the country.

The leaders included retired army generals, inspectors general of police, intelligence experts, academia and other technocrats.

They gave the warning at a two-day northern Nigeria security conference in Kaduna, organised by Arewa Research and Development Project in collaboration with Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation, Savanna Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development as well as the Joint Committee of Northern Youth Associations.

 

SOURCE:

 

http://www.msn.com/en-xl/africa/nigeria/osuntokun-criticises-buhari-over-comments-on-insecurity/ar-AAErghB?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp

 

How Soyinka took a swipe at the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has taken a swipe at the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the administration has failed Nigerians over its approach to the herders/farmers’ crisis and other security problems bedeviling the country.

Soyinka said this on Sunday at his residence in Ijegba, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, while playing host to 85 pupils drawn from all the six geopolitical zones of the country to mark his 85th birthday.

Soyinka, who was born on July 13, 1934, clocked 85 years on Saturday.

 

The playwright, who fielded questions from the pupils during an interactive session, was supported by his younger sister, Prof. Omofolabo Ajayi, and one of his children, Bojode.

When asked of his opinion about governance in Nigeria, Soyinka said, “Governance is a very difficult occupation; Nigeria is a very complex nation for a lot of reasons; its history, the background, the formation of it, the complexity, the culture, balancing here and there and then, you have several complications like fuel, among others.

“Politicians that money has gone into their heads misdirect themselves in terms of priority, they neglect some sections, some of them are nepotistic and some of them alienate themselves from the public which is the people they are supposed to serve and govern and they think they are still colonial masters, especially when we went through the military period.”

 

When asked to mention the governor he liked most in the country, Soyinka said, “The major problem that we have is successive governments; it is easier, on the state level, to say that this particular state is doing better than this state, but the central government, I am afraid, has failed and that is my view in the main to really serve the people intelligently, creatively and be even handed in their apportionment of facilities to various areas of the nation.

“Look at what is happening today, how is it possible for me to say for instance that I am pro this government, it is being negligent, look at what is happening with the cattle all over the place. That is a security issue which should never have reached this level.

 

“I am sure that carelessness and single act which has resulted in hundreds of people being massacred in their farms and their farms taken over; it has wiped away a lot of the positive achievements of the government.

“It is an issue that is so serious and which concerns the welfare of you and me that any carelessness or any failure there is totally unforgivable and unpardonable. It is not that one likes to criticise for the sake of criticising; no! It is just that we believe that there is a minimal level which any government which has been elected to power must achieve to be considered a true representative of the people. So, I am afraid I am waiting for you to grow up and become president.”

Assessing Buhari’s government, Soyinka said Nigeria’s problems had overwhelmed the President, calling for a national dialogue among all the people across party and ethnic lines.

However, when The PUNCH contacted the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, for reaction, he simply replied, “No comment, no comment.”


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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/africa/nigeria/buhari-has-failed-cant-solve-our-problems-%E2%80%94-soyinka/ar-AAEjS13?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp


 

How Cardi B Celebrated her daughters’ first year birthday lavishly.

Cardi B threw her daughter a first birthday party to remember!
On Saturday night, the 26-year-old rapper threw a lavish bash for her daughter, Kulture, who celebrated her first birthday earlier this month. For the special occasion, Kulture and Cardi rocked coordinating colorful Moschino looks, with Kulture sporting a purple, green, pink and yellow tutu and Cardi opting for a figure-hugging yellow, green and pink dress.

In a sweet pic shared to Instagram, Cardi’s high-fiving her little girl as Offset, Cardi’s husband and Kulture’s dad, holds the tot. In the background of the photo, fans get a peek inside Kulture’s party, which featured colorful cupcakes, cake pops and candy apples.

“This the only good picture I can find with me and my baby matching outfit.😩😂😂,” Cardi captioned the shot. “Thank @itsjeremyscott @moschino for this beautiful custom outfits. I swear I really, really was [trying] to get a good pic 😩😩”

 

Though the party appeared picture-perfect in the snap, there was actually quite a set-back to the epic soiree — the New York City blackout that rocked the west side of Manhattan on Saturday.

“Hi guys! So I just want to say thank y’all so much for coming to Kulture’s birthday party ’cause it was y’all that made it lit. It was so lit… Let me tell y’all something. Y’all made it lit because the fact that when I got there the lights went off in the party, it was, like, a whole hour with no lights, no music, but it was still lit,” Cardi said in an Instagram video. “And then when we got a power generator to turn the music and some lights on, it got lit again. But with no air conditioner, so we was literally melting, but people was still dancing, having fun.”

 

“And then the lights came completely back on, but then they came right back off when we was about to cut the cake. And then they cut the lights back on and nobody wanted to leave,” she continued. “And it’s ’cause of y’all. And it was such a fun party. Thank you so much.”

In the caption of the video, Cardi lamented her luck that the blackout took place during her daughter’s party, but celebrated how much fun they had despite the fact.

“The fact that I wanted my daughter party in 42nd street instead of Jersey and to my f**king luck New York had a power outage right on that Deum area!! B**CH THE DEVIL! 😒😒😒😒😒but WOW how a negative situation turn into a LITUATION !!!” Cardi wrote. “Omg I had soooooo much f**kin fun and my daughter as well.”

 

“Thank ya sooo much everybody that came, I know my daughter won’t remember this day but when she older and have her kids this will be a good story to tell lols,” she added. “I will be daydream this day for ma long ❤️❤️❤️❤️. OK I’m exhausted, nobody hit me till like 2pm😩.”

Prior to the party, both Cardi and Offset shared pics of Kulture in celebration of her first birthday.

 

ET’s Lauren Zima caught up with Offset at the 2019 ESPY awards, where he teased his and Cardi’s plans for Kulture’s big day.

“I’m flying out there to New York right after I leave here. We got a big party this weekend, on Saturday,” he said. “You just gotta see, it’s gonna be everywhere. It’s gonna be a big, big, big, big, big party, though.”

 

“It’s our first child together, so it’s a big celebration,” Offset, who is also the father of sons Jordan and Kody and daughter Kalea from earlier relationships, added.

 

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“Going to Ghana, because that is the only place that I have genuine peace.”—Burna Boy.

Nigerian musician Burna Boy has revealed that Ghana is the most peaceful place that he has visited in his entire life.

According to the ‘Ye’ hitmaker, he gets genuine peace anytime he visits the serene beaches in Ghana.

In an Instagram video that was sighted by YEN.com.gh, Burna Boy expressed love for Ghana and Labadi Beach.

 

After being asked where his favorite travel location is, he replied “Going to Ghana, because that is the only place that I have genuine peace.”

“When you go to Labadi beach and you are looking at the sea, there is line that separates the sky from the water, I feel like that is where God lives,” he added.

 

Instagram users on watching the video heaped praise on Burna Boy:

 

@kykysglam agreed with Burna Boy: “He’s right though! U need to have lived in or near the area to have experienced that! Especially when you find urself on the top floor of a house where u can actually see labadi beach! It’s breadth-taking.”

@profdublyn expressed support for what Burna Boy said: “Ghana y3 w) adze a oye. Outsiders always see how beautiful and peaceful our country is but some Ghanaians are always pessimist and don’t see anything good in Ghana.”

@jennifer_degraft expressed admiration for Burna Boy: “Burnaaaa I can’t love you less.”

@renatychristian had this to say: “We love you too @burnaboygram.”

@nana.quophi.55 commented: “God bless our motherland #Ghana.”

In other news, Efia Odo has flaunted actress Yvonne Nelson’s brand new customized car in her latest photo.

In the photo, Efia Odo stood beside the customized black-coloured BMW car with registration “YN – 1 – 19”

 

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How Obasanjo tells Buhari to put an end to violent attacks across Nigeria.

Former Nigeria’s president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has written another letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, telling the latter to put an end to violent attacks across Nigeria.
The former president said the world has been warning Nigeria against descending into a state of violence because any outbreak would be difficult to contain.

According to Obasanjo, the country has been consumed by violence and ethnic divisions in a manner not seen for decades since President Buhari took over the mantle of leadership in 2015, Premium Times.

 

Legit.ng gathers that the former president said Buhari would have to stop fanning “the embers of hatred, disaffection and violence” for him to be able to stop the “smouldering ethnic agitations”.

He also urged armed herdsmen and others to stop their violent attack across the country and publicly state their grievances.’

Obasanjo also advised the Nigerian Armed Forces against shaming military personnel in public, saying such could be counterproductive.

 

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the police command in Ondo, through its spokesman, Femi Joseph, on Saturday, July 13, revealed how Funke Olakunrin, the second daughter of Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti, was killed by some kidnappers on Friday, July 12.

Confirming the sad development in his speech to newsmen, Joseph admitted that he was not aware that Olakunri was Fasoranti’s daughter.

In his report on the details of the victim’s murder, the police spokesman said:

 

 “It happened at a spot between Kajola and Ore, where some hoodlums numbering about 15, attacked two vehicles, 1 Toyota Land Cruiser and 1 Camry.

 

“The the Land Cruiser was carrying five passengers, including the deceased, which we later identified as one Funke Olakunrin. They shot the woman, we rushed her to the hospital, but we lost her.

“Other four occupants that were abducted, we have rescued them. Inside the Camry too, we had three occupants, they were also abducted, but we have rescued them. We have rescued a total of seven persons taken during the attack.”

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/africa/nigeria/obasanjo-writes-buhari-again-tells-him-to-end-violent-attacks-across-nigeria/ar-AAElzLQ?ocid=spartandhp

 

 

Beyoncé and Meghan Markle shared a hug at Lion King Premiere.

On Sunday, Beyonce and Meghan Markle shared a hug on the red carpet of the Lion King premiere in London – and now fans are learning what the pair talked about during their encounter.

“My princess,” Beyonce, wearing a shimmering gold gown, was recorded saying as she embraced Meghan, who donned a black frock with a semi-sheer top and sleeves.

The singer was also overheard telling the Duchess of Sussex “the baby, so beautiful,” referencing Meghan and Prince Harry’s 2-month-old son, Archie. Bey also said that she and JAY-Z, who was by her side, “love you guys,” according to multiple outlets.

 

Príncipe Harry e Meghan Markle falando com Beyoncé e Jay-Z. 🦁👑💛 #TheLionKingpic.twitter.com/DooJwCqM3e
— BEYONCÉ HARD (@Beyonce_Hard) July 14, 2019
When Harry finally joined the conversation, he reportedly told Beyonce, “you’ve been rather busy.” “Congrats on the birth of your baby,” the rapper told the prince.

Then Harry asked how Bey and JAY’s 2-year-old twins, Rumi and Sir are. Beyonce replied, “They are not here. They don’t come on every trip. We left them at home. They would love to have been here.”

JAY was also overheard telling the duke and duchess, “The best advice I can give you: always find some time for yourself.”

A source told ET on Monday that Meghan was expected to attend the Lion King London premiere, unless Archie kept her at home at the last minute.

Meghan has slowly been venturing out to public events in recent days, making a surprise appearance at Wimbledon to cheer on her good friend, Serena Williams, on July 4, and bringing Archie to the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club in Berkshire on July 10. Meghan watched Harry play in the polo match. By her side was Kate Middleton, who brought her three kids — 5-year-old George, 4-year-old Charlotte, and 1-year-old Louis — and watched Prince William play on the opposite team.

Then, on Saturday, Meghan returned to Wimbledon, with both Kate and Pippa Middleton, to once again watch Williams compete in the tournament; ultimately Williams was defeated.

 

SOURCE:

https://www.etonline.com/heres-what-beyonce-and-meghan-markle-talked-about-at-lion-king-premiere-128528

 

Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabab claimed responsibility for hotel the attack in Somalia killing 26.

MOGADISHU/GAROWE, Somalia (Reuters) – Islamist gunmen killed 26 people, including Kenyans, Americans, a Briton and Tanzanians, when they stormed a hotel in Somalia’s southern port city of Kismayo, a regional state president said on Saturday, the deadliest day in the city since insurgents were driven out in 2012.
A car bomb exploded at the hotel where local elders and lawmakers were having a meeting on Friday night, and then three gunmen stormed in, police said. It took 11 hours before security forces ended the all-night siege, police officer Major Mohamed Abdi told Reuters.
The dead included a presidential candidate for August’s regional elections, Jubbaland state president Ahmed Mohamed Madobe said in a statement. At least two journalists and a U.N. agency staff member were also reported to have been killed.

 

 
Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabaab, which is trying to topple Somalia’s weak U.N.-backed government, immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Abdiasis Abu Musab, the group’s military operations spokesman, said on Saturday the militants had killed 30 people and four al Shabaab fighters had also been killed. The jihadist group and government officials tend to give differing casualty figures for attacks.
Regional president Madobe said three Kenyans, one Briton, two Americans and three Tanzanians were among those killed.

“Among the dead was also a Jubbaland presidential candidate named Shuuriye. Four militants attacked the hotel. One of them was the suicide car bomber, two were shot dead and one was captured alive by Jubbaland security forces,” he said.
He said 56 people were wounded in the attack, including two Chinese citizens.

Police had said earlier all the attackers had been killed.
The UK Foreign Office said in a statement it was in touch with local authorities seeking more information. U.S. authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Kismayo resident Osman Nur told Reuters the explosion had destroyed huge parts of the hotel and nearby businesses and security forces were deployed all over the city. TV footage showed walls peppered with bullet holes and furniture strewn across the hotel courtyard.

Another anguished resident said she lost relatives in the attack.

“I have been looking for the whereabouts of my nephew who worked at the hotel. I got his dead body this morning and have just buried him,” Halima Nur, a mother of four, told Reuters by phone.
“And this afternoon I will attend the burial of other relatives.”

NAMING THE DEAD
The Somalia office of the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration said one of its local staff members, Abdifatah Mohamed, was among those killed. SADO Somalia, a local non-governmental organisation, said its executive director Abdullahi Isse Abdulle had died in the attack.

Two journalists were among the dead; Somali-Canadian Hodan Naleyah, the founder of Integration TV, and Mohamed Sahal Omar, a reporter for SBC TV in Kismayo.
Jubbaland president Madobe said Jama Fariid, Naleyah’s husband, had also been killed.

“Through her work as a journalist, Hodan highlighted the community’s positive stories and contributions in Canada. She became a voice for many. We mourn her loss deeply, and all others killed in the #KismayoAttack,” Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s immigration minister, said on Twitter.

Also among those killed was Mahad Nur, a Tanzanian hotelier, property developer and supermarket owner.

“Saddened by the death of Mahad Nur following a bomb blast in Kismayu yesterday… My thoughts and prayers are with his family.” Tanzanian deputy health minister Faustine Ndugulile said on Twitter.

Jubbaland’s minister of planning, Just Aw Hersi, confirmed the deaths of several prominent Somalis on Twitter. He said some of the foreigners held dual Somali citizenship.

Al Shabaab was forced out of Mogadishu in 2011 and has since lost most of its other strongholds.

It was driven out of Kismayo in 2012 by Kenyan forces supporting a regional militia headed by Madobe. The city’s port had been a major source of revenue for the group from taxes, charcoal exports and levies on arms and other illegal imports.
Kismayo is the commercial capital of Jubbaland, a region of southern Somalia still partly controlled by al Shabaab.
The group remains a major security threat, with fighters frequently carrying out bombings in Somalia and neighbouring Kenya, whose troops form part of the African Union-mandated peacekeeping force that helps defend the Somali government.
Somalia is scheduled to have parliamentary elections this month and presidential elections next month. But relations between the central government and its federal states have sometimes been rocky amid arguments over power and resources.

 

SOURCE:

http://www.msn.com/en-xl/africa/africa-top-stories/car-bomb-and-all-night-hotel-siege-kill-26-in-somalias-kismayo/ar-AAEfxpB?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartanntp

 

 

 

 

Saudi Arabia will soon allow women to leave the country without needing permission from a male relative.

Saudi Arabia could be planning to relax the country’s strict male guardianship laws to allow women to leave the country without needing permission from a male relative, according to reports.

Travel restrictions for women over the age of 18 are due to be lifted this year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, quoting Saudi officials familiar with the matter.

The planned changes would also lift restrictions on international travel for men under the age of 21 without the consent of designated male family members.

 

Potential reforms to travel rules for women were also mentioned in Saudi Arabia’s Okaz newspaper on Tuesday.
Such a move would have a radical impact on life in the conservative kingdom, where human rights organisations say the male guardianship system makes women second-class citizens.

Saudi women still need the permission of a male relative to make major life decisions, including marriage, divorce and obtaining a passport. The system also makes it difficult for women to seek help for domestic and sexual violence issues or win child custody cases.

 

The kingdom’s guardianship laws have been under renewed scrutiny this year after a series of young Saudi women fled the country seeking asylum. In January, 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Mutlaq al-Qunun made headlines after escaping alleged abuse at the hands of her family and barricading herself in a hotel room in Thailand. She was eventually given refugee status in Canada.

The reported changes to travel rules are understood to be recommended by a government committee set up in 2017 to review the country’s often ad hoc implementation of the guardianship laws.

“There is no question that the leadership, the government and the people want to see this system changed,” a Saudi royal with knowledge of the planned changes told the Journal.

 

“The current discussion is about how to make this happen as soon as possible without causing a stir.”

The impetus to reform the travel rules had come “from the top”, another senior adviser said.

The Saudi interior ministry, through which such changes would have to be implemented, did not immediately respond to the Guardian’s request for comment.

The reported lifting of travel restrictions was met with a mixture of optimism and caution by Saudi women’s rights activists and human rights organisations on Thursday.

Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa division, said:

 “We certainly hope it’s true. It’s odd that this news has not come from an official announcement, but it could be a sign that internally there is an effort to leak information like this to pressure [Saudi crown prince] Mohammed bin Salman into actually making this move’.”

Hala al-Dosari, a Saudi activist and academic based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said:

“If it does happen it would lead to a spike in women seeking asylum. It would also be a huge fanfare for [Bin Salman’s] supposed credentials as a reformer.”

Bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, has implemented sweeping social and economic reforms designed to wean the country off its dependence on oil revenue since he was appointed heir to the throne in 2017.

A royal decree ended the kingdom’s long-standing ban on women driving in 2018 and women no longer need their guardian’s permission to get a job, enroll at university or undergo surgery.

However, the move towards greater freedom for women has been accompanied by a crackdown on dozens of women’s rights activists, many of whom remain in prison where their families allege they have been tortured.

“If confirmed, the news marks a small and long-overdue concession to domestic and international calls on the kingdom to improve its record on women’s rights,” said Taif al-Khudary, a legal officer at the Gulf-focused legal advocacy NGO MENA Rights Group. “If the Saudi authorities were truly committed to women’s rights they would release and drop all charges against the women activists, who have been persecuted precisely for advocating for the male guardianship system to be abolished. The report today must not be used as an excuse to ease international pressure on Saudi Arabia.”

 

SOURCE:

 

https://www.msn.com/en-xl/middleeast/middleeast-top-stories/saudi-arabia-planning-to-relax-male-guardianship-laws/ar-AAEfDNE?OCID=newswrap

 

Forecasters said Louisiana could see up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain by Monday.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A storm swamped New Orleans streets and paralyzed traffic Wednesday as concerns grew that even worse weather was on the way: a possible hurricane that could strike the Gulf Coast and raise the Mississippi River to the brim of the city’s protective levees.

The storm was associated with an atmospheric disturbance in the Gulf that forecasters said was on track to strengthen into a hurricane by the weekend. The National Hurricane Center expected the system to become a tropical depression by Thursday morning, a tropical storm by Thursday night and a hurricane on Friday.

Lines of thunderstorms ranged far out into the Gulf and battered New Orleans, where as much as 8 inches (18 centimeters) of rain fell over a three-hour period Wednesday morning, officials said.

 

Mississippi and Texas were also at risk of torrential rains.

In New Orleans, streets turned into small, swift rivers that overturned garbage cans and picked up pieces of floating wood. Water was up to the doors of many cars. Other vehicles were abandoned. Kayakers paddled their way down some streets.

Chandris Rethmeyer lost her car to the flood and had to wade through water about 4 feet (1.22 meters) deep to get to safety. She was on her way home after working an overnight shift when she got stuck behind an accident in an underpass and the water started rising.

“I was going to sit in my car and let the storm pass,” she said. “But I reached back to get my son’s iPad and put my hand into a puddle of water.”

Valerie R. Burton woke up Wednesday to what looked like a lake outside her door.

“There was about 3 to 4 feet of water in the street, pouring onto the sidewalks and at my door. So I went to my neighbors to alert them and tell them to move their cars,” she said.

Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency and said National Guard troops and high-water vehicles would be positioned all over the state in advance of more heavy rain.

“The entire coast of Louisiana is at play in this storm,” Edwards said.

 

Forecasters said Louisiana could see up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain by Monday, with isolated areas receiving as much as 18 inches (46 centimeters).

The additional rain could push the already swollen Mississippi River precariously close to the tops of levees that protect New Orleans, officials said.

A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans said the agency was not expecting widespread overtopping of the levees, but there are concerns for areas south of the city. The river was expected to rise to 20 feet (6 meters) by late Friday at a key gauge in New Orleans. The area is protected by levees 20 to 25 feet (6 to 7.6 meters) high, he said.

The Corps was working with local officials to identify any low-lying areas and reinforce them, he said. He cautioned that the situation may change as more information arrives.

“We’re confident the levees themselves are in good shape. The big focus is height,” spokesman Ricky Boyett said.

New Orleans officials have asked residents to keep at least three days of supplies on hand and to keep their neighborhood storm drains clear so water can move quickly. As the water from Wednesday morning’s storms receded, people worried about what might come next.

Tanya Gulliver-Garcia was trying to make her way home during the deluge. Flooded streets turned a 15-minute drive into an ordeal lasting more than two hours. She was supposed to head out of town for a weekend trip but now wonders whether the flights will take off.

“This is going to be a slow storm …. That’s what I’m concerned about,” she said.

Wednesday’s flooding was reminiscent of floodwaters that surprised the city during an August 2017 rain. That flood exposed major problems at the agency overseeing street drainage. It led to personnel shake-ups at the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board and required major repair efforts.

On Wednesday, the board said 118 of 120 drainage pumps were operational and the agency was fully staffed. But the agency’s director says that much rain in such a short time would have overwhelmed any drainage system.

 

SOURCE:

 

http://www.msn.com/en-xl/northamerica/top-stories/flooding-swamps-new-orleans-possible-hurricane-coming-next/ar-AAE9mAG?ocid=spartanntp

Why blind ex-rebel leader is wanted in the U.S. on charges of conspiring to traffic cocaine?

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s Supreme Court issued an arrest order for a blind ex-rebel leader wanted in the U.S. on charges of conspiring to traffic cocaine after he failed to appear Tuesday for questioning in a case that has touched a nerve in Colombia.

Seuxis Hernandez went missing in late June after abandoning his security detail while visiting a transition zone for former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebels making the shift to civilian life under a 2016 peace accord.

There was no order for his capture at the time, but the United Nations peace monitoring mission expressed concern for his safety while others openly speculated that he fled in order to escape potential prosecution.

 

Arriving at court Tuesday, attorneys for the man best known by the alias Jesus Santrich said they have had no contact with him but believed he likely skipped his scheduled court date over concerns for his life. Over 100 former ex-combatants have been killed since the peace accord’s signing.

President Ivan Duque and others who have been clamoring for Santrich’s arrest praised the Supreme Court’s decision.

“This decision is the one expected by all Colombians who are angry over this show of evading justice by the now fugitive alias Jesus Santrich,” he said.

The case has inflamed tensions over the peace accord to end Latin America’s longest-running conflict.

Many Colombians were incensed when the country’s nascent peace tribunal ordered Santrich released after a year behind bars. He was later allowed to take a seat in congress as stipulated in the peace agreement, and the sight of the former combatant in a house of power further angered his critics.

 

Members of the political party formed by former FARC rebels denounced Santrich’s failure to appear and urged him to comply with the accords.

“Those who don’t abide by the agreement should have to deal with the consequences,” said Carlos Lozada, a former rebel who is now a senator.

Santrich was an early proponent of peace who served in a key role during four years of negotiations held in Cuba with the Colombian government.

He denied U.S. charges that he conspired to ship 10 tons of cocaine and promised to comply with the legal system as the Supreme Court investigated the case.

Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace ruled in May that Santrich should be released, contending authorities hadn’t provided conclusive evidence to prove the alleged crimes took place after the accord signing. The agreement allows rebels to avoid extradition and jail time for crimes that happened before the signing if they provide a full account of any wrongdoings and make reparations to victims.

Santrich was quickly put behind bars again as part of a new investigation based on additional information provided by U.S. authorities. But the Supreme Court later ordered him freed a second time, saying that because he is a lawmaker, Santrich is afforded limited immunity and only the highest court can rule on his case.

The son of two school teachers, Santrich joined a local youth communist group as a student and entered the guerrilla movement in his early 20s. He gradually rose through the rebel ranks to eventually join the central high command.

Santrich is one of a handful of high-profile former rebel leaders who initially complied with the peace process but then apparently changed their minds. The majority of the 13,000 former rebels who chose peace are fulfilling the accord’s stipulations, authorities have said. A relatively small but still important faction has returned to arms.

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/northamerica/top-stories/colombia-court-orders-ex-rebel-leader-wanted-in-us-detained/ar-AAE6bgX?ocid=spartanntp

Kim Darroch is “a very stupid guy” and a “pompous fool.”—President Donald Trump.

President Trump early Tuesday ramped up his criticism of the U.K, ambassador to the United States who called him “inept” in leaked cables, saying Kim Darroch is “a very stupid guy” and a “pompous fool.”

“The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy. He should speak to his country, and Prime Minister May, about their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was handled,” Trump tweeted.

 

Trump also again attacked British Prime Minister Theresa May over Brexit, saying he told her “how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way-was unable to get it done.”

“A disaster!” he continued. “I don’t know the Ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool. Tell him the USA now has the best Economy & Military anywhere in the World, by far … and they are both only getting bigger, better and stronger…..Thank you, Mr. President!”

…handled. I told @theresa_may how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way-was unable to get it done. A disaster! I don’t know the Ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool. Tell him the USA now has the best Economy & Military anywhere in the World, by far…
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2019

….and they are both only getting bigger, better and stronger…..Thank you, Mr. President!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2019

Darroch reportedly described Trump as “incompetent” and “inept” in memos and notes sent to the British Foreign Commonwealth Office. Barroch also described conflicts within the Trump administration as “knife fights” and said he doesn’t believe the White House will “ever look competent.”

 

Trump tweeted on Monday after the leaked cables were reported that he would “no longer deal with” Darroch.

“I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the U.S. We will no longer deal with him,” he said.

Shortly after Trump’s tweet, an administration official said Darroch was disinvited from a Monday night dinner hosted by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin with Trump and the emir of Qatar.

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/northamerica/top-stories/trump-wacky-uk-ambassador-a-very-stupid-guy/ar-AAE51Lt?ocid=spartanntp

“You don’t know what you did for me,” she imagined herself telling him. “I’m finally coming into my own. I made the honor roll.”—Ex-inmate tells Obama.

Ex- President Barack Obama granted Danielle Metz clemency in 2016. Out of prison, she made the dean’s list in college. She wished she could thank Obama for his help.

In a story published Monday in USA TODAY, Metz expressed her gratitude toward the former president.

“You don’t know what you did for me,” she imagined herself telling him. “I’m finally coming into my own. I made the honor roll.”

 

This week, Obama wrote her a letter, wishing Metz all the best.

“I am so proud of you, and am confident that your example will have a positive impact for others who are looking for a second chance,” Obama wrote to Metz. “Tell your children I say hello, and know that I’m rooting for all of you.”

Metz was arrested in 1993 for drug offenses related to her husband’s cocaine trafficking ring. At 26, she was sentenced to three life sentences plus another 20 years.

In federal prison, Metz earned her GED. She began writing letters and making appeals for her freedom. In 2016, Obama commuted her sentence, and Metz enrolled in Southern University in New Orleans the following year. At 50 years old, she was a college freshman.

In her second semester at Southern, she earned a 3.75 grade point average and made the dean’s list.

In a heartwarming twist, Obama came across the USA TODAY story and sent a personal note to the woman whose life he dramatically changed.

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/northamerica/top-stories/obama-sends-letter-to-prisoner-he-freed-who-made-the-deans-list-i-am-so-proud-of-you/ar-AAEdPGa?ocid=spartanntp

How R.Kelly was arrested again by the New York Police Department and federal Homeland Security agents.

R&B singer R. Kelly was arrested Thursday in Chicago on federal sex trafficking charges, law enforcement sources told CBS News. Kelly was arrested by the New York Police Department and federal Homeland Security agents, a law enforcement source said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in northern Illinois said Kelly is facing 13 counts, including child pornography, enticement of a minor to engage to engage in criminal sexual activity and obstruction of justice.

Kelly has already been charged with over 20 counts of sexual abuse. He was first charged in February with 10 counts of sexual abuse involving four women, some of them minors. In May, he was charged with an additional 11 felony counts, including some that carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

 

 

KELLY

 

The charges in May stemmed from accusations from Jerhonda Pace, whose allegations were recounted in the Lifetime docu-series called “Surviving R. Kelly.”

 

In an explosive interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King in March, Kelly insisted none of the allegations against him were true, including accusations that he had has beaten, starved and held other women against their will — a so-called “sex cult.”

 

“Believe me, man! This is not me! They lying on me! They’re lying on me! I’m cool, bro,” he said standing and screaming.

 

SOURCE:

 

http://www.msn.com/en-xl/northamerica/northamerica-life-arts/r-kelly-arrested-on-federal-sex-trafficking-charges/ar-AAEcDlS?li=AAB4Qbx&ocid=spartanntp

My younger brother had no intention to contest the governorship election in the first place—Deji Adeleke.

Deji Adeleke, elder brother to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the September 22, 2018 governorship poll in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, on Thursday, said many promises made by the PDP before the family accepted the party’s governorship ticket were not kept.
Adeleke, in a statement he signed and obtained in Osogbo on Thursday, declared that his younger brother had no intention to contest the governorship election in the first place.
He, however, added that Senator Ademola Adeleke, was prevailed on by the PDP leadership and elders before the family accepted “most reluctantly after receiving assurances and promises that were never kept.”

 

He said the younger Adeleke should be given a break to take a rest and decide what he would do or not do when the time comes.
He expressed gratitude to those who are concerned about the huge resources committed to execute his younger brother’s participation in the PDP primary and general elections and the payment to lawyers during the litigation period.
Adeleke conselled that money spent on elections should not be considered an investment that would be recouped upon assumption of office through corruption and banditry, but should rather be considered as a grant to help deepen democracy and advance the rule of law.

 

The statement read,

“I am not a card-carrying member of any political party but I am a sympathiser/supporter of the PDP in Osun State. Osun State PDP will be better off and well prepared for the next general election in the state, if internal democracy is encouraged and enforced.

“All elective positions, including the position of governor of the state, should be open to all members of the party to contest in a transparent primary election. Everyone must be given a sense of belonging, in order to grow the party in Osun State.

“The PDP members that are trading blame within the party should be reminded that the PDP won the governorship election held on September 22, 2018, but was not allowed to take office by the powers that be in the ruling party. Members should be proud that the electorate sided with the party against the ruling party in that election and not blame each other for the daylight robbery that deprived the party of the mandate freely given by the good people of Osun State, which has brought shame and disgrace to Nigeria as a country.”

 

He added, “As for the Adeleke family, of which I am one, we will like to remind all the PDP members that Senator Ademola Nurudeen Adeleke had no intention to contest the governorship election in the first place, but was invited and prevailed upon by the party leadership and party elders to contest the governorship election, which he and his family accepted most reluctantly after receiving assurances and promises that were never kept.
“Everything that followed after this, is now history. Senator Adeleke should, therefore, be given a break, to take his well-deserved rest and decide what he will do/not do when the time comes.

“Contributions to an election fund should always be considered a grant, to help deepen our democracy and advance the rule of law, which eventually translates into Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), economic growth and job creation.”

Reacting to the controversies surrounding reported adoption of Senator Adeleke as the PDP consensus governorship candidate of the 2022 poll, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Diran Odeyemi, said a chieftain of the party from Osun West, while addressing a meeting held in Adeleke’s residence in Ede, on Tuesday, suggested that Senator Adeleke should be re-presented by the party in 2022.
Odeyemi said,

“Dr Babalola said in appreciation of the support of the Adelekes to the PDP in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke should be represented in 2022 and everyone seated clapped in appreciation of that motion.

“What I said was that after listening to assurances from Dr Deji Adeleke, who assured us of continuous support, I suggested that he should be made one of the leaders of our party. It happened at a political gathering.”

 

 

SOURCE :

http://www.msn.com/en-xl/africa/nigeria/adeleke-family-alleges-betrayal-rejects-2022-pdp-gov-ticket/ar-AAEcrqD?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartanntp

 

How 2019 African Media Personality of the Year award was given to Linda Ikeji.

 

Popular Nigerian Blogger, Linda Ikeji has been awarded the African Media Personality of the Year award at the 2019 African Achievers Awards.

The award ceremony in its 9th edition of took place at the House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, United Kingdom.

The prestigious awards, which is an annual awards event that recognises personalities who distinguished themselves in their contributions toward the growth and development of Africa,had Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of the Nigerian Diaspora Commssion in attendance.

The high point of the ceremony was the Achievers honours that was presented to Africans making a difference in various sectors across the Globe.

In 2018, Ikeji received an honorary doctorate degree from the Trinity International University of Ambassadors in Georgia for her contribution to African media and business.

 

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Linda Ikeji bags 2019 African Media Personality award

“Our plane tried to land twice and had to come back up because there were other planes in our way,”–Miley Cyrus.

As it turns out, air travel can be just as big a nightmare for the rich and famous as it is for us common folk.
Recently, Miley Cyrus flew out to the U.K. for the Glastonbury music festival, and was joined on the flight by her family, her management team and her band. However, the trip apparently didn’t go off without a hitch.
According to Miley’s older sister, Brandi Cyrus, everything was going fine until it came time to land, at which point the experience got dicey.

“Our plane tried to land twice and had to come back up because there were other planes in our way,” Brandi recounted to co-host Wells Adams during the latest episode of their podcast, Your Favorite Thing.

“Out of nowhere, as we’re landing, we swoop back up and like bang to the left and turn. It feels crazy,” she recalled, adding that her mom, Tish Cyrus, and her sister are “very nervous fliers, and when they get nervous they just feed off of each other, and just make each other more nervous.”

 

“They just start losing their minds,” she recalled. “And even though I’m scared, I was like, ‘Someone has to be level headed here’… so, Miley’s in my lap, my mom’s holding my hand across the aisle… and nobody is telling us what’s going on.”

After a full five minutes of terror, Brandi said she could tell that they’d basically flown right back to altitude, and that’s when the passengers were told what had happened.

 

“They finally come back and tell us, ‘No need to panic but somebody was in our lane in the sky and we were going to hit them,'” she recalled. “That’s terrifying to think about.”

Brandi said that they then tried to descend again after circling the runway for 10 minutes, and, “The same frickin’ thing happens!”

“My mom starts crying and goes, ‘If we die, Noah is gonna be alone’ and freaking out. I’m trying to hold it together for everybody,” she shared. “It was really crazy.”

Luckily for all of those on board, and all of Miley’s fans, the plane did eventually land successfully, and the “Mother’s Daughter” songstress went on to rock the Glastonbury Festival with one wildly raunchy performance, proving that even near-death experiences can’t put her off her game.

 

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