Army jails 3 soldiers for unlawful possession of firearms 

From: Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri The Nigerian Army has sentenced three soldiers to various jail terms for illegal possession of ammunitions. A General Court Marshal of 7 Division of the Army, in Maiduguri, on Wednesday, pronounced Eric Nwokere and Macaulay Fortune both deployed to the counter-insurgency operational area in the northeast, guilty of unlawfully possessing fire arms…

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Bayelsa govt pleads with LG workers over strike

 From: Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa  The Bayelsa State Government has pleaded with striking local government workers to return to work as the government would ensure their salaries arrears are paid. The Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) had called out its workers in the eight local government councils including Maritime and the Health workers to…

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‘UNILORIN yet to release admission list, screening date’

The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), on Wednesday, said that it was yet to release the provisional admission list and screening date for candidates that chose the institution in their JAMB forms. Deputy Director of the Corporate Affairs Department of the University, Mr. Kunle Akogun, disclosed this to journalists. He said : “The attention of the…

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Why kidnapping festers in Nigeria – IGP

From: Molly Kilete, Abuja Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has attributed the high rate of kidnapping in the country to the non-availability of stiffer penalties for offenders. He said criminals were taking advantage of this lapses to engage in the illegal act which they consider a booming business. This not withstanding, the IGP…

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UN Pledges Support For Ogoniland Cleanup, Desertification, Others

The United Nations, UN, has pledged a continued support for the execution of Ogoniland cleanup, Great Green Wall, desertification, among other projects, which the federal government has tagged as priority. Deputy secretary general of United Nations (UN), Amina Mohammed, who is Nigeria’s erstwhile environment minister, made the promise while addressing the directors general and staffers of the Ministry of Environment in Abuja as part of her visit to Nigeria. According to The Guardian, Mohammed, who expressed happiness for homecoming, said the projects are scheduled for 2030 agenda, adding, “We’ll continue to make requests for international bodies to come to help Nigeria in executing them.” According to her, “Ogoni cleanup is a priority, and indeed, the plight of women in Niger Delta. They should be carried along in developmental programmes as well as give them sense of belonging in the project.” “The environment is for life; our mission is peace and security of women, and this is the only solution that would take the country out of insecurity, and violence and conflicts. “Nigeria has a set targeted goal for environment sector. What really matters most is, let UN know about it so that it would be well articulated in the policies and programmes of the body,” she added. Ibrahim Usman Jibril, Nigeria’s minister of state for the environment, extolled UN for collaborating with Nigeria in developmental projects, adding, “We’ll continue to look unto UN for assistance.” He stressed that the immediate past minister has already set a template for the ministry, especially, on the three important projects, which he expressed hope would stand a text of time for all Nigerians. Jibril assured that the ministry, stakeholders and development partners are currently working towards the execution of Ogoni project, adding, more specimen have been taken for analysis. “We need technical assistance and capacity building in these projects. Besides, we may want additional funds to enable us flag off the Great Bond soon. With the help of United Nations, it would be a dream come true’, he added.

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Court Dismisses Case Against Man Who Named Dog After Buhari

The chief magistrate’s court in Sango, in Ogun State on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, dismissed charges filed against Joachim Iroko, a man who named his dog ‘Buhari’, Signal reports. The suit was dismissed following serial failure by the prosecution to present witnesses and the continued absence of the nominal complainant, who claimed that Mr. Iroko named his dog ‘Buhari’, after his father. The dismissal was sequel to an application by the defendant’s lawyers that the case is struck out for want of diligent prosecution. Mr. O. O. Adebo, the magistrate, granted the application and the case was duly struck-out, leaving Mr. Iroko to walk home a free man. One of the defendant’s lawyers, Inibehe Effiong, disclosed that he warned the police from the beginning that they had no case against Mr. Iroko and that there was no legal basis for his arrest, detention, and prosecution on account of a conduct that did not harm and could not have harmed anybody. “There was nothing like an attempt to cause a breach of peace ab initio. I want to especially commend Mr. Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa for leading lawyers in defense of Mr. Iroko pro bono. I appreciate Messrs. Fadile Niyi and Tosin Adesioye from the chambers of Adegboruwa & Co., Mr. Adeola Samuel Opeyemi and Mr. Vincent Obetta, who were all part of the defense team, which I am proud to have been part of,” said Mr. Effiong told SaharaReporters. The lawyer also thanked the media for conscientious coverage of the case and Nigerians, who supported Mr. Iroko. Mr. Effiong recalled that he led a campaign for Mr. Iroko’s freedom and described the outcome of the case as a victory for justice and a boost for the image of the judiciary. He warned that should the Police attempt to resurrect the matter, they will be robustly challenged in court. Read more at Signal.

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Finally, Acting President Osinbajo Swears In New Ministers

Yemi Osinbajo, the acting president of Nigeria, has sworn in two new ministers into the Federal Executive Council. Stephen Ocheni from Kogi State and Suleiman Hassan from Gombe State were screened and confirmed by the Senate in May, 2017 and have been waiting to be brought into the federal cabinet. The new ministers took the oath of office administered by the Professor Osinbajo on Wednesday [July 26, 2017] morning at the council chamber of the Presidential Villa before the commencement of the weekly federal cabinet meeting. According to news reports, Osinbajo said the portfolios of the two new ministers ”will be announced shortly.” This brings to an end a bizarre episode on Twitter in which one of the presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu took on Osinbajo’s spokesperson, Laolu Akande who had announced that his boss was going to swear in the ministers today. Shehu branded the news report by Premium Times as “false news”, though the newspaper quoted a presidential spokesperson as the source for the report. False News Alert! https://t.co/SQXpNekets — Garba Shehu 🇳🇬 (@GarShehu) July 25, 2017 As spokespersons, we report that which has been given to us. As it is at the moment, we have received no such information. — Garba Shehu 🇳🇬 (@GarShehu) July 25, 2017 A bit of tension was generated over the swearing in of the ministers. There were reports that the “cabal” is preventing the vice president from doing what they consider the sole preserve of ailing President Muhammadu Buhari who has been on medical leave, outside Nigeria, since May 17, 2017. The Trent reported that Osinbajo was “blocked” from swearing in the ministers by the Aso Rock Cabal, led by Mamman Daura, a nephew of President Buhari.

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Sperm counts of Western men plummeting – Report

Sperm counts of men in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand are plunging, according to a new analysis published Tuesday. Among these men there has been a 52% decline in sperm concentration and a 59% decline in total sperm count over a nearly 40-year period ending in 2011, the analysis, published in the journal Human Reproduction Update, said….

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At Last, Osinbajo Swears In Two New Ministers

Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has sworn in two new ministers earlier confirmed by the Senate. The new ministers are Stephen Ocheni (Kogi) and Alhaji Suleiman Hassan (Gombe). Speaking after swearing them in, Osinbajo said  they “ will not have time to celebrate much this morning. You will have full meeting today.” He reminded them […]

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Osinbajo to new ministers: Herculean tasks ahead of you

From: Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja  Eleven weeks after they were confirmed by the Senate, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo administered oath of office to Prof. Stephen Ocheni from Kogi State and Suleiman Hassan from Gombe State as ministers of the Federal Republic. They both took their oath of office at exactly 11:18a.m. after members of the Federal…

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Lebanon’s Hezbollah faces tough terrain in border battle

The barren, rocky hilltops that form Hezbollah’s new front line with jihadists at the Syrian-Lebanese border were tough to capture and supply. Hezbollah commander Hajj Abu Ali says the experience could prove useful in future battles. Military jeeps and four-wheel-drive trucks make a slow, bruising progress up newly bulldozed dirt tracks to the mountains near…

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Indonesian Parliament approves law to chase tax evaders overseas

Indonesia moved a step closer to hunting down tens of billions of dollars it believes its citizens have hidden abroad after passing a law that will give tax officials access to financial data held by other countries. The Parliament, on Wednesday, approved a law in lieu of a presidential decree, fulfilling a requirement to participate…

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Boko Haram militants kidnap oil survey team in Borno

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have kidnapped 10 members of a geological research team from the University of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria, the state oil company, which contracted the work, said on Wednesday. The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) has been surveying for more than a year for what it says could be vast oil reserves…

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India considers two time zones

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is seriously considering introducing two time zones in India junking the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) old theories that separate time zones would stoke separatism and lead to the disintegration of the country. Observers were surprised by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar’s response to opposition lawmaker Bhartuhari Mahtab’s recent assertion in…

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‘Rochas Okorocha Is A Low-life, Delinquent Governor’ – Femi Fani-Kayode

ochas Okorocha’s jibe at Chief Femi Fani-Kayode following the wide doubts expressed by Nigerians at the authenticity of the photograph emanating from the APC governors’ purported visit to Muhammadu Buhari in London is a sign of desperation to serve the evil purposes for which the Imo State governor has been procured. This is true to the character of Okorocha who is well known for his garrulousness which he ridiculously mistakes for oratory, with which, unfortunately, he has been misleading the good people of Imo State. Okorocha is nothing but a dirty, cheap, fat, ugly frog that mistakes himself for a monkey simply because he can hop. A man who serves and defends a president and government that have murdered, insulted, marginalized and humiliated more of his own Igbo people than any other government in the history of Nigeria outside of the civil war. For a man whose party has unprecedentedly threatened to arrest the moment he steps out from the immunity he currently enjoys, Rochas should actually be hiding his head in shame when men like Fani-Kayode are talking. Uche Onyeagucha, an APC chieftain and a former member of the House of Representatives, has accused Okorocha of lying serially when he said he had spoilt Imo people with projects when in fact Rochas has only littered the state with a plethora of abandoned projects, most of which exist only on paper. In lampooning the delinquent governor, Onyeagucha had said: “…Rochas should be in prison for the way and manner he has looted Imo State. He should rather be sewing his prison uniform. “At the appropriate time, Imo people will beam to the world, the many grisly misdeeds of this cruel administration… He has deceived our people for too long, he has bamboozled them with lies, and we have tolerated it long enough.” Need we say more? A man who deceitfully created a phantom Imo Air that soon disappeared into thin air without any notice after it was commissioned with so much pomp and circumstance does not deserve any serious attention. His deceit and cruelty has since been confirmed by Imo people, and his vicious credentials qualifies him for a regular mental check. The truth of the matter is that Fani-Kayode and Rochas are not in the same class. Imo people thought otherwise but today they know better. Our joy for them is that 2019 is just around the corner. They will surely kick him out, and his emptiness would be exposed. The truth that scares the likes of Okorocha is that Fani-Kayode is a confirmed Cambridge-trained lawyer whose great grandfather, Rev Emmanuel Adedapo Kayode, his grandfather, Victor Adedapo Kayode were UK-trained, and his father, Chief Remilekun Fani-Kayode, was not just a prominent lawyer who finished from Cambridge University in 1941 and came top in the British Bar examination for the whole of British Commonwealth of nations, he was also the Deputy Premier of Western Nigeria, and the one who successfully moved for Nigeria’s independence in the Federal House of Assembly in 1958. He was a Queens Counsel, the third Nigerian to be made a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and set up the first indigenous law firm with the erudite late Chief Frederick Rotimi Williams and Chief Bode Thomas. One can go on and on. Chief Femi Fani-Kayode himself needs no introduction. A Cambridge trained-lawyer who was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985, he practiced law in the firm of Kayode & Sowemimo before he ventured into politics where he rose to the peak of his career, becoming a two-time minister of the Federal Republic after being appointed the first ever Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The import of all these is that Rochas has no history backing up his claim to fame today. He is alleged to come from an unknown root as his paternity is believed to still be very much in doubt even in Imo State. We know those who worship mammon and have sold their souls to the devil to acquire it and also to become governor. With time we shall expose their evil deeds including why they go about in customised diapers as a consequence of their evil and unnatural copulation even with donkeys just to acquire fame, money and power. One then wonders how such a man whose highest educational qualification is a mere Advanced Diploma would dare attack Fani-Kayode. A man that when you mention the name Williams Shakespeare to he would ask you if that is the name of his village barber rather than being one of the greatest literary minds and writer ever known in history. That is how primitive, uneducated and backward the walking statue is. If not for the kind of system that we run in Nigeria, men like Rochas should be seeking to write JAMB now in pursuit of their first degree. He probably would have been given admission now based on trial or pity because we know he has a very low intelligence quotient (IQ). Rochas should remember that he is a slave. If he was not a governor, FFK would have had him crawl on his knees and kiss his feet. He should know his place and stay out of our line of fire for his own good. In our own humble estimation, we think it is just too unfortunate that such a low life is leading an Imo State of erudite scholars, scientists, highly educated and successful businessmen/women, political giants, legal gurus etc. Our consolation, like Onyeagucha advised, is that Rochas Okorocha seemed to have attacked Fani-Kayode while sewing his prison uniform. The imagination of life after government house could have affected his mental state leading him to spew gibberish. Jude Ndukwe is a media adviser to Chief Femi Fani-Kayode. He tweets from @stjudendukwe. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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London Doctors Yet To Certify Buhari Fit To Resume Work – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is making good progress in London, United Kingdom where he is currently receiving medical attention, a statement issued by the Nigerian presidency says. The ailing septuagenarian also expressed his readiness to resume work once his doctors give him the go ahead, Femi Adesina, a spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. According to Adesina, the president made the disclosure in a “thank you” letter he wrote to the president of Guinea, Alpha Conde, for the nationwide prayers held last week by Guineans for his recovery and good health. Adesina said the president had earlier made a phone call to Conde, who is the current chairperson of  the Assemblies of Heads of State and Government of the African Union. Buhari’s letter to Conde dated July 24, 2017, read, “I thank you for your kind and thoughtful action in organising nationwide prayers for my good health. ” It is a gesture that I will forever cherish and treasure. “Your Excellency will be pleased to hear that I am making good progress, and as soon as doctors advise, I shall return to my duties and continue serving the Nigerian people who elected me and are daily praying for my recovery. “In an earlier letter,  Buhari was said to have also accepted his nomination as leader of the ‘2018 AU Theme on the Fight Against Corruption’, which came from African leaders at the 29th Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on July 4, 2017. “While thanking you for the kind words and for the nomination, I wish to express my readiness to accept this new important role and to reiterate my commitment to contribute towards our collective efforts to strengthen good governance and development on the continent. “I, therefore, look forward to working closely with you in the realisation of this objective,” Buhari was said to have written in the acceptance letter.

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