Monday, 30 January 2017

Obama backs anti-Trump protests, says 'American values are at stake'

Former US President Barack Obama released a statement today Monday Jan. 30th supporting the protests going on around the country against Donald Trump's ban on travelers and refugees entering the US from 7 Muslim-majority countries.

The statement, issued by Obama’s spokesman, Kevin Lewis, is the first time that the former US president will weigh in on Trump’s presidency. Read the statement after the cut..

"President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. In his final official speech as President, he spoke about the important role of citizens and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy — not just during an election but every day.

Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake. With regard to comparisons to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions, as we’ve heard before, the President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith."

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo calls on judiciary

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Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has identified delay in the administration of justice as a major challenge that must be jointly tackled by all relevant stakeholders in the justice sector.
While Speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day Stakeholder’s Summit organized by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos, the president who was represented by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN),...urged stakeholders in the administration of justice to shun all forms of delay tactics.
He further called on the judiciary to embrace day-to-day system for trials as well as introduce heavy punishment for deliberate act of delay aimed at stalling cases,... adding that it is also important for the judiciary to introduce significant costs for delay occasioned by lateness, under preparedness or deliberate tactics. 

Federal University 0f Technology Minna receives commendation for exhibiting wxcellence

Federal University 0f Technology Minna receives commendation for exhibiting wxcellence

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The commendation was made by the representative of the chancellor of federal university of technology Minna, His Royal Majesty, Eze Eberechi Dick during the exhibition of technological and project works manufactured by various department and units in the university.

The representative of the chancellor who expressed satisfaction after inspecting various technological displays at the event noted that he was deeply impressed by the level of enterprise showcased by the university and spoke further concerning the event.
    The vice chancellor, Professor Musbau Akanji equally expressed delights over the displays and advised members of staff and students not to rest on their oars but be relentless in attracting laurels to the university.
  Part of the projects displayed was an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), manufactured by a 2015/2016 graduate student of the department of telecommunication engineering, Mr Yusuf yusuf who had this to say about his project.
  The exhibition which took place at the Suleimanu Kumo Convocation Square at the universities Main Campus Gidan Kwano was part of the events marking the 36th founder’s day and 26th convocation of the university.
Also Present at the event were top management staff of the university, university staffs, students, technology enthusiasts, students among others 

Academic Staff Union of polytechnics embarks on one week strike

Academic Staff Union of polytechnics embarks on one week strike
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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics has embarked on a nationwide seven-day strike over shortfall in payment of salaries, allowances among other demands.
while speaking to newsmen, the National President of the union, Mr. Usman Dutse, who noted that the industrial action would end on the 6th of February 2017, added that the strike will affect all federal and state-owned polytechnics as well as Colleges of Technology.
Similarly, The General Secretary, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Lagos state polytechnic chapter, Mr. Uthman Olayinka, has stated that the strike began at noon as directed.

Mr. Olayinka noted the strike was total and comprehensive as all lecturers are expected suspend all academic activities until the strike period elapses.

Chad elects Moussa Faki Mahamat as the new African Union Commission chairperson.

Chad elects  Moussa Faki Mahamat as the new African Union Commission chairperson.
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Chad’s Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat has been elected 
Moussa Faki Mahamat succeeds South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is the first woman to serve as the continent’s top diplomat.

Faki Mahamat rivals were Kenyan foreign minister Amina Mohamed and Senegalese candidate who was knocked out in an earlier round of voting

Senate President Calls for synergy between government agencies and NGOs

Senate President Calls for synergy between government agencies and NGOs
The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has called on all humanitarian agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations in the Northeast region of the country, to liaise with government agencies to help ease administrative bottlenecks.
While receiving the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ms. Ertharin Cousin, who led other members of the programme to the National Assembly, The Senate President, urged humanitarian agencies to always collaborate with security agencies so as to ensure their safety during their stay in the country.
The senate president noted that such collaboration with different levels of governments in the country would help ease some of the administrative challenges the NGOs may encounter in their line of duty, especially on security and importation of their equipment.
He also called for a sustained humanitarian effort to address the challenges facing Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Northeast, and urged the world food programme  to help ensure that the food crisis in the IDP camps are reduced.
in her response, Mrs. Cousin stated that the programme is providing high yield seedlings to the displaced persons in the Northeast,..And assured that it would ensure food security in the north east region

Buruji kashamu pushed to the US on Drug Charges

Buruji kashamu pushed to the US on Drug Charges
The national drug law enforcement agency (NDLEA) says it is pushing to extradite a lawmaker Buruji Kashamu  to the United States on drugs charges.
Revealing this to newsmen the spokesman of the the N.D.L.E.A, Mitchell Ofoyeju stated that the agency has instituted a suit to remove a court order restraining the NDLEA from arresting Senator Kashamu.
This development is a follow-up of extradition proceedings opened by the U.S court of appeal in chichago as senator kashamu had in 2015, sued the US government to prevent an imminent illegal abduction in Nigeria.
It would be recalled that senator Kashamu has been wanted for years in connection with a heroin smuggling operation,.. an allegation which he denies stating that he his dead brother whom he reportedly resembles ran the international drug ring in the 1990s.

Serena Williams ranks Number One in Women Tennis Association

Serena Williams ranks Number One in Women Tennis Association
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Ausralian Open winner, Serena Williams has replaced Angelique Kerber as world Number One in the latest women tennis association Ranking released today.
   The  American attained the feat courtesy of her victory in Melbourne where she outclassed her sister , Venus 6-4, 6-4 in Saturdays finals for a record 23rd Grand slam title

Trump deflects as backlash mounts over travel ban

Trump deflects as backlash mounts over travel ban

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A defiant President Donald Trump lashed out at protesters, lawmakers and even Delta Airlines Monday as he struggled to defuse a mounting backlash over a controversial US ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.

After a weekend of chaos at airports, mass protests in major American cities and a diplomatic outcry, the embattled Republican leader went on the offensive over the temporary measure.
"We actually had a very good day yesterday in terms of homeland security," Trump insisted as he met with small business leaders.
In remarks at the White House and on Twitter, Trump hammered Congress for not confirming his cabinet nominees and accused Capitol Hill's top Democrat of shedding "fake tears" over immigrants detained at US airports.
Trump variously tried to play down the impact of the order he signed Friday and defended the White House's decision not to give advance warning to border guards, diplomats and travelers

French investigators on Monday quizzed presidential hopeful Francois Fillon and his wife Penelope over allegations that Penelope received 500,000 euros ($535,000) for a fictitious job as a parliamentary aide, legal sources said.

The couple, who are the target of an embezzlement probe, were also questioned over payments Penelope received from a literary review owned by a billionaire friend of Francois Fillon.
The Canard Enchaine investigative newspaper revealed last week that former prime minister Fillon had paid his wife for years from public money available to him as an MP for parliamentary aides.
While employing family members is not illegal, the paper said it could find no proof that she did any work in return for the payments.
Fillon has vehemently denied any wrongdoing by him or his wife, insisting that when he was an MP in Paris his wife did a lot of constituency work.
The scandal has damaged the conservative politician, whom polls had shown leading the race on an image of integrity and promises to slash public spending.
Fillon has claimed he is the victim of a political dirty tricks campaign.
Penelope, a mother of five, has always styled herself as low-key political wife who preferred to remain at the couple's country home rather than in Paris. She has not spoken publicly on the affair.

The nigerian Army charged to court for alleged breach of fundamental human right

The nigerian Army charged to court for alleged breach of fundamental human right
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Four men are suing the Nigerian Army over the alleged breach of their fundamental human rights,

The Nigerian Army were been charged before Justice Vera Venda of the FCT High Court sitting in Jabi for alleged breach of fundamental human right.

The applicants, who alleged breach of their rights, are Mr Osisomo Ake, Daboy ClintonEbikimi Mathew and Bubaiyenumubofa James.
The applicants were said to have been arrested by the Nigerian Army in Okaki Community in Rivers sometimes in January 2016.
According to the applicants’ lawyer, Mr Gabriel Egbule, they were arrested on allegation of terrorism and vandalism of oil pipeline in the state.
Egbule said that the applicants were flown to Abuja from the state in August 2016, that since their arrest; they had been in the custody of the army.
According to the lawyer, “the army is now being charged to court for breach and enforcement of fundamental human right because it failed to charge the applicants since they were arrested."
At the resumed sitting on Monday, one of the applicants’ lawyers, Mr Osaze Ebie, informed the court that the defendant had served it a notice of preliminary objection which it had also replied with a counter objection.
Mr Bala Adukwu, the defendant counsel prayed the court for more time to enable the defendant study and reply to the counter affidavit it received from the applicants.
Adukwu said that new issues were raised by the applicants and that the defendant needed more time to react to the issues.
Meanwhile, Justice Vera Venda adjourned the matter to Feb. 15 for hearing of the preliminary objection. 

Sunday, 29 January 2017

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Roger Federer rewound his career by about ten years to edge out his old rival Rafael Nadal in a sensational Australian Open final to take his eighteenth Grand Slam title at 35. A championship climax that lived up to all its extravagant billing ended with Federer winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in three hours and 38 minutes after dramatically turning round the fifth set from a break down. In a match that had echoes of their incredible Wimbledon final of 2008 – in terms of sheer theatre if with a different outcome – he came back from 3-1 down to reel off the last five games. An elated Federer afterwards paid tribute to his opponent saying, ‘Tennis is a tough sport, there are no draws but if there were I would have been happy to share it with Rafa.roger five
When we saw each other four or five months ago (at Nadal’s academy) we never believed we could be in the finals. I’m very happy for you, I would have been happy to lose. ‘I work hard but try not to shout about it. It has been a different last six months and I wasn’t sure I would make it here.’ Nadal said: ‘Congrats to Roger, it’s amazing how he is playing without being on the tour. It has been a great month for me, I really enjoyed it.’ A tearful, disbelieving Federer won it on a second match point when serving for it after breaking for 5-3 in one of the finest games these two have ever played against each other. Getting back from two break points down he put a forehand long on his first match point and then on the second had an agonising wait of around 20 seconds while he challenged the linesman’s call, who had adjudged his angled forehand to have missed the line. Hawk-Eye reversed the call – an irony as Federer has taken a lot of convincing about the system – and he raised his arms aloft in victory. The two prime heavyweights of modern tennis had slugged it out in a glorious, undulating contest that was so tight at the end of the fourth set that they were both on exactly 110 points each.
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Although Nadal had finished his semi-final 24 hours later it was Federer who looked slightly stiff in the early exchanges, before seeming to find his rhythm in the sixth game. He then broke for 4-3 when he made Nadal reach for a backhand that sailed wide. The break was consolidated with an excellent service game that augured well for him, as big serving night was non-negotiable. At the start of the second Nadal signalled that he would revert more to his stock tactic of booming topspun forehands to his opponent’s backhand and it paid dividends when the Swiss netted a backhand on break point The set was effectively over when several loose forehands resulted in a second break for 4-0 in the Spaniard’s favour, and although a more relaxed Federer pulled one of those back he could not stop the match being levelled.
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When the first two sets are split the winner of the third set had gone on to win the last thirteen Australian Open finals when that was the case, so the third could hardly have looked more pivotal. Five aces from Federer saw him hold off three break points in the opening game, and that appeared to deflate Nadal, sweating profusely compared to his opponent, who was broken straight afterwards. Federer’s serve was working like a Swiss clock again, and his returns came desperately close to making it 4-0 when he forced three more break points. Nadal’s serve got him out of that but the world number seventeen’s sweeping forehand winners were taking their toll as the Spaniard retreated a little from the baseline, allowing the angles to open up. Federer was taking the ball early to minimise his opponent’s time to set himself up, and his backhand was purring as he went 5-1 up. Nadal was running out of ideas and sent three of his rackets off to be restrung. He began to look a little jaded at the start of the fourth, and given his five hour match on Friday night that would only be human. Yet he is not one of the all-time great competitors for nothing, and when Federer missed a forehand with the court wide open at the start of the next game Nadal took it as an invitation to bear down. He duly did so against a momentarily distracted opponent and broke to fifteen for 3-1. There were signs that Federer was struggling a little on his movement to the forehand and he could not make an impression on the Nadal serve for the rest of the set. When they headed into a fifth set it was exactly 110 points all, with two hours and 36 minutes on the clock. Federer, who has always been sniffy about players taking lengthy medical timeouts, then took his second successive one (after the Wawrinka semi-final) for a duration of six minutes. It did not do him much good, as Nadal immediately broke in a high quality game that was ended when the Swiss sent an off forehand wide. If anything the quality of the match was going up at this point with the Spaniard’s forehand starting to fire as potently as you could remember it. But he started to back off on the shot in the sixth game and, with Federer muttering about the time being taken between points, the Swiss struck out to level for 3-3 with Nadal starting to miss. And then came the incredible denouement between two truly remarkable players, with Federer belying his age at the end.
Source: 3news

Controversial Pastor to appear before DSS with 30 lawyers

Controversial Pastor to appear before DSS with 30 lawyers
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Suleman was invited by the DSS to appear at their Abuja office on Monday, January 30, 2017, by 10 am.
The pastor has been in the books of the DSS, following a comment which he made during one of his sermons, where he allegedly told his members to kill Fulani herdsmen.
Following the speech, the DSS reportedly planned to arrest him secretly from his hotel room in Ado-Ekiti where he went to hold a crusade.
The attempt by the DSS to arrest the fiery pastor was foiled by the Ekiti state Governor, Ayo Fayose, who rescued Suleman.
According to Punch, a source close to the pastor said “Suleiman will be appearing before the DSS with about 30 lawyers because we believe that his persecution has become politicized.”
The Pastor’s Communications Adviser, Phrank Shaibu also confirmed that his boss was invited by the DSS.

Uti reacts to Bisola saying His name meant Urinary Tract Infection

Bisola a contestants in the Big Brother Naija house, said the former BBA stars name, UTI means Unirary Tract Infection.Image result for uti and bisolaImage result for uti and bisola
He took to his IG page to react. He wrote:


Cashier Sentenced 4years

A Bank Cashier, 26-year-old David Anibolu, was on Wednesday sentenced to four years in prison by an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for stealing N9, 308,000 from a customer’s First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) Plc account. Anibolu was arraigned on April 3, 2014 on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

It was revealed by the prosecuting Police Superintendent, Chidi Okoye, that on the 22nd of March 2015, Anibolu who was on annual leave came to the bank where he worked at FBN Alaba 2 branch in Ojo under the pretext that he wanted to assist a customer in posting his land use charges. Anibolu allegedly used the opportunity to transfer the sum of N9.308 million from a customer's account into other accounts.

“He fraudulently changed a customer’s identity and mandate card which enabled him to debit the said account of the sum N9 million and transferred it into various accounts,” Okoye said.
It was revealed that Anibolu confessed in a statement tendered by the prosecution that his accomplices, who have all absconded, promised to give him N4 million from the money stolen, however, they disappeared with all the money.

According to the police, Anibolu said,

“I have been working with the bank as a teller since 2011 but on the day of the incident, I used the passwords of my colleagues with the help of “F” Key logger given to me by my friend called Afeez who is now at large. The logger helps link a customer’s identification with another that has online banking, which enables cash to be transferred successfully from one account to another. My regret now is that I was supposed to get N4 million as my share but the receivers of the money have since disappeared. I regret my action."
Anibolu denied that the statement is authentic, claiming he was tortured by the police at the station to make the statement. However, the Chief Magistrate A.O. Awogboro ruled that there was no evidence of coercion or torture and accepted the prosecution's testimony as credible.

The trial which lasted for two years and nine month was brought to a close on January 25, 2017 with the Chief Magistrate finding him not guilty of a count of conspiracy but convicted him of stealing. He was sentenced to four years in prison, beginning from the date of his detention.

Before sentencing, Anibolu's lawyer, Philips Onyama, pleaded for a sentence of a fine, or a lenient jail term for his client.

“He’s a first time offender; he has no father, only a sick mother who relies on him to survive. He has been in custody since March 24, 2014 and has suffered emotional and physical torture. He is also now more sober and refined,” Onyama pleaded. source:lib
The Kenyan government on Thursday, January 26, 2017, passed a bill that will see beer manufacturers compensate individuals who suffer damages from alcohol. According to the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act Bill proposed by Imenti Central MP, Gideon Mwiti,  manufacturers will put between five and ten percent of the revenue they generate in insurance companies for compensation.
The bill also proposes that should a doctor confirms that certain damages such as death were caused as a result of drunkenness,  the manufacturer of the said beverage must compensate the affected person's family and dependants.

Speaking at a press conference, one of the MP's described the bill as a 'win-win' for both consumers and manufacturers'.

'The Bill is a win-win for both consumers and manufacturers, the latter being  compelled to ensure their consumers are engaged in responsible drinking.
However, it was also stated that every drink sold must have an insurance sticker.

Source: lib