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China Earthquake Claims More Than 100 Casualties

Tue, 2019-06-18 10:42

The toll from a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake in southwest China rose to 11 dead and 122 injured on Tuesday, as rescuers pulled survivors from wrecked buildings.

The earthquake struck outside the city of Yibin in Sichuan province late Monday at a depth of 16 km (10 miles), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

A hotel close to the epicenter collapsed, but it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties from that incident, the official Xinhua news agency said. Cracks appeared in several area highways.

State broadcaster CCTV showed footage of rescuers bringing a survivor out of the rubble of a building on a stretcher overnight. Other images showed a woman being helped out of another collapsed structure.

Images from Changning County showed an electricity pole knocked down on the roof of a building, a hole in a brick home and broken windows on the street.

Eight died in Changning County and three others in Qixian County, the Yibin city government said in its Twitter-like Weibo account. Rescuers pulled six bodies and seven survivors from buildings, it added.

The area was hit by a series of at least four aftershocks, the largest of which had a magnitude of 5.1.

More than 300 firefighters have been dispatched to the scene. Rescue personnel were also sent with 5,000 tents, 10,000 folding cots, and other emergency supplies, Xinhua reported.

The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of the main quake at 5.8, adding that “extensive damage is probable and the disaster is likely widespread.”

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Borno, Zamfara, Sokoto Attacks: President Buhari Vows To Deal With Perpetrators, Commiserates With Victims

Tue, 2019-06-18 10:17

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned attacks which occurred in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State, and also expressed his condolences to the people of Zamfara and Sokoto states over recent attacks they suffered in the hands of bandits.

The suicide bomb attack took place at a viewing centre in Mandarari area of the state, leaving at least 30 people dead.

I commiserate with the families of the victims of yesterday’s Viewing Center bomb blasts in Mandarari, Konduga LGA of Borno State. My deepest condolences to all those affected.

— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) June 17, 2019

“We will ensure that the perpetrators are found and brought to justice, and we will also continue to give our law enforcement agencies all the support and resources they require to prevent these attacks and keep our communities safe.

“Condolences also to the families of the victims of the killings and destruction of property in Sokoto and Zamfara states. We are taking this issue of the infiltration of bandits very seriously and, more than ever before we’re collaborating with the state governments.

“In recent times we have established new Forward Operating Bases in vulnerable communities. We’re now set to launch more FOBs. We will scale up military operations while the states support with logistics and local intelligence. Together we will defeat these bandits and criminals,” President Buhari explained.

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More Than 2,000 Residents Who Fled After Bandits Attack Tell Niger State Governor: No Going Back Home, You Can't Protect Us

Tue, 2019-06-18 10:14

Residents of Shiroro community in Niger State has declined pleas by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to return to their villages.

More than 2,000 people have fled their villages in Shiroro after bandits' attack that left more than 37 people killed while many more were injured.

The governor, who visited the displaced persons on Monday, urged them to return with the assurance that there would be improved security and protection of lives and properties.

The residents turned down the governor’s request saying they are not ready to go through a repeat of the event that left many of their kinsmen dead.

“There was no security in the communities when the attacks were made. We are not ready to pass through another incident of bandits' attack,” a spokesperson for the villagers, Danjuma Tanko, said.

Abdullahi Tanko Zumba, acting Director-General of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), said there were currently 2,004 persons in the IDP camp in Erena.

Speaking after his visit to the villagers, Bello said the government would make a comprehensive plan to provide adequate security for the villagers if they are ready to return home.

He said, “I have spoken to a few of them and I understand their fear. They are scared to go back home and I do not blame them. I do not blame them for being scared but I think we have sent enough troops to these communities to provide adequate security for the time being. 

“We are doing our best to make sure they go back home as we look at the comprehensive plan for providing more security. We will beef up security in the contiguous areas. Unfortunately, access to these areas is almost impossible because it is mostly mashy and rocky but we have been able to send security personnel there so that the local people can go back to their various homes.”

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91 Parties: Nigeria's Electoral Body, INEC, Claims It Lacks Power To De-register Political Parties

Tue, 2019-06-18 10:14

The Independent National Electoral Commission said it lacked the constitutional power to deregister any of the existing 91 political parties in the country.

Malam Muhammed Haruna, the INEC federal commissioner in charge of Nasarawa, Kogi and Kwara states, made this known on Monday in Lokoja while declaring open a post-election review meeting on the last general elections.

Haruna said that the clamour by Nigerians for a reduction in the number of registered parties could only be done through an amendment of the constitution.

He agreed that the provisions in the 1999 Constitution which state that parties must be national in outlook and have headquarters in Abuja had led to unexpected problems but explained that INEC was helpless.

The commissioner advocated a consensus among stakeholders to resolve the issue, explaining that constitutional amendment was the only way out.

Haruna identified logistics as the major challenge the INEC encountered in the process of conducting the last general elections, saying that steps would be taken to prevent a re-occurrence.

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Gbajabiamila Visits VP Osinbajo, Vows To Work With Opposition Parties

Tue, 2019-06-18 10:13

Femi Gbajabiamila, the newly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, has promised to carry opposition lawmakers along as the All Progressives Congress-controlled house reforms the Green Chamber during his tenure as the speaker.

Gbajabiamila said this after a visit to the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the Aso Villa on Monday.

Speaking to journalists after the visit, Gbajabiamila, also said he would involve the opposition members in the activities at the Lower Chamber.

He, however, dodged other questions from the state house correspondents saying he would not reveal further details of his discussion with the Vice president while stating that the meeting was about moving the country forward.

“It was not a personal visit, but you can call it a hybrid between personal and official, but most official, addressing the issues of the problem.

“We discussed how the executive and the legislature can collaborate to make life better for Nigeria and Nigerians.

“Committees will be unfolded in the next few weeks and you will see how we intend to carry the opposition along; I am not letting anything out of the bag but you can be sure that they will be carried along.

“You heard my inaugural speech; we are going to be doing things differently; we are going to build on whatever the achievements are of the 8th Assembly,” Gbajabiamila said.

Gbajabiamila promised to carry out a total reform of the house while asserting that the reforms would, in turn, lead to the advancement of the country.

He said, “It is going to be a reformed house; the reforms are going to be dished out piecemeal so as not to shut the system.

“But there will be reforms that will be for the benefit of the country.  We see how it goes.”

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Buhari Didn't Release Budget On Time So We Couldn't Deploy Server In 2019 Elections -INEC

Tue, 2019-06-18 10:06

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it only experimented the electronic transmission of results through the use of a server and it was not deployed in the 2019 general elections.

INEC said it after clamour rose for the commission to make it server available for the Peoples Democratic Party and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. 

The commission had insisted it did not make use of a server in 2019 despite budgeting and receiving N2.27 billion was budgeted for server-related procurement items.

Solomon Soyebi, Osun State, INEC National Commissioner, explained that the issue of the server was dropped while adding that the commission only experimented the use of a server in the Anambra, Sokoto and Osun elections.

“We piloted the use of transmission of election results electronically in Sokoto, in Anambra, even in Osun. What happened was that we were trying to pilot to see the desirability of such technology in our electoral process.

“Once in a while, you will see an experiment going on but we have to pilot it before we will deploy wholesale for election. We did not use it because of circumstances beyond the control of the Commission,” Soyebi said.

Soyebi attributed the inability to make use of the server to the late release of funds for the election.

He said, “First, our budget came out very late. There was also (an) issue (with) the Electoral Act. For these and some other reasons, the commission did not adopt that option; 2019 elections were conducted according to the law.

“We used the Constitution of the Federal Republic, we used the Electoral Act and our guidelines for 2019 elections. If you look at the three instruments carefully, the issue of the server was not highlighted.”

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Corruption: We're Interested In The Moral Path, Says Kano Anti-graft Commission

Tue, 2019-06-18 10:03

The Kano State Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission on Monday said it was interested in the moral path and will carry out its mandate without fear or favour.

It also stated that there was no court order, halting its investigation into the case of alleged mismanagement of the Kano Emirate Fund.

The commission stated that the only court order it got was to put a restraint on executing a warrant of arrest on three emirate council's staff in order to maintain the status quo.

In a statement by Muhuyi Magaji Rimi Gado, the commission’s chairman on Monday, the anti-graft agency said as a law-abiding organization, it would always operate within the ambit of the law and respect court orders.

Gado noted that no court of law is empowered to stop a statutory agency from performing its statutory responsibility.

He said: "The commission is a law-abiding institution, very interested in the moral path, doing the right thing and has never consciously broken any law. Hence, the commission will continue to obey the law as always.”

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Kaduna Governorship Tussle: PDP To Present 684 Witnesses Against El-Rufai

Tue, 2019-06-18 10:01

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday presented 17 witnesses out of the 684 it promises to assemble as it opened its case against the declaration of Governor Nasir El-Rufai as the winner of the March 9, 2019, governorship election in Kaduna State.

The PDP and its governorship candidate in the poll, Isah Ashiru, are asking the governorship election petitions tribunal to nullify the election of El-Rufai and declare its candidate the winner having scored the majority of valid votes cast during the election.

The petitioners who joined INEC, APC and Mr. El-Rufai in the case alleged that the poll was characterised by massive rigging, ballot box stuffing and violence in 110 wards in 12 local government areas of the state.

The LGAs all of which the PDP lost to the APC as declared by INEC, include Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Igabi, Ikara, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Kubau, Kudan, Lere, Sabon Gari, Soba and Zaria.

According to the party, the assembled 684 witnesses also included party agents and returning officers it assigned during the poll.

The PDP, at the resumed hearing on Monday, submitted names of 17 persons as the first batch of witnesses who began testifying before the tribunal.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 684 PDP witnesses are expected to testify before the tribunal within 14 days.

Earlier, the Ibrahim Bako-led tribunal had admitted in evidence various documents presented by the petitioners.

Elisha Kurah (SAN), counsel to the petitioners, had presented certified true copies (CTC) of forms from polling units, ward collation centres, and local government collation centres obtained from INEC.

Mr. Kurah also submitted INEC documents allegedly used to declare the winner of the March 9 election to the tribunal.

He told journalists that the forms allegedly contained discrepancies that would be proved before the tribunal.

Mr. Kurah said: “The forms we tendered were forms that INEC used during the election.

“Some of the forms were not signed by the agents, some were not stamped and, you find the handwriting of one person on all the forms. I mean one person wrote everything in those forms we have presented.

“The Tribunal has accepted all the documents we presented and admitted the same in evidence. There are lots of differences between those INEC forms we presented to the Tribunal and that of the PDP agents,” he said.

The counsel added: “The witnesses have been assembled to speak on the forms and the lack of genuineness of the forms we collected from INEC.”

According to him, the witnesses would present genuine copies of the documents as they testify.

The witnesses appeared based on the documents the tribunal had earlier admitted.

Counsel to INEC, Musa Aliyu, said the commission had raised an objection to some of the documents and would submit details of their objections when it addresses the Tribunal.

“The witnesses are coming to testify what happened during the March 9 poll.”

Also, counsel to the APC, Ibrahim Bawa (SAN), said his clients would present their objections in the course of the proceedings.

Mr. Bawa said the APC would also bring its witnesses to the tribunal to prove that the petitioners had no case.

The Tribunal has adjourned to Tuesday after taking three witnesses from Zaria LGA.

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2019 Presidential Election: EU Observers' Final Report Reflects Nigerians' Concerns, Says Peter Obi

Tue, 2019-06-18 09:50

Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, has commended the European Union Election Observer Mission over its report, saying that it captured the concerns of some Nigerians on the 2019 general elections.

Obi, in a statement issued by his Media Office on Monday in Abuja, described the report as a `vindication of a section of Nigerians’, who had raised issues on the outcome of the elections.

The vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 presidential election said the EU report merely captured what some Nigerians knew and had been highlighting over the years.

He said that Nigerians should learn some lessons from the report and ensured that future elections were conducted in the standard and international best practices.

According to him, the EU report clearly showed that the 2019 election was a clear setback, especially from the 2015 general election, which enhanced Nigeria’s democratic credentials at the global stage.

“I have always maintained that the process through which a person gets into an office is far more fundamental than what the person does thereafter in that office, because of the integrity of the office being occupied.

The governor had stated that the key seven-point recommendations contained in the EU report should be taken very seriously by Nigerians and ensured that necessary steps were taken for the implementations.

He drew the attention of the security agencies to concern in the report and charged them to ensure that it guided its professionalism jealously and also urged security agencies to prevent denting their image before the global community where they had always been outstanding at peacekeeping operations.

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We'll Arrest You, Your Parents, Governor Ganduje Threatens Out-of-School Children

Tue, 2019-06-18 09:44

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has ordered the arrest and prosecution of parents who refuse to send their children to school.

The governor, who stated this during an interactive session with UNICEF Youth Advocacy in Government House, said his administration and that of the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II have concluded plans to send a bill to the state House of Assembly to that effect.

According to him, the bill will ensure that primary and secondary education will be free and compulsory for all school-age children in the state, adding that, “with the bill signed into law, parents who refused to take their children to go to school will be taken to court.

“Children begging on the street instead of going to school will be arrested and their parents arrested and charge to court for prosecution because begging is not our religion. Begging is not Islam. Those children who are begging will be arrested and their parents will be taken to court for allowing their children to be begging instead of attending school.”

Ganduje said his administration has ensured that over 30, 000 primary and secondary school teachers get qualified certificates, adding that as it stands, Kano has less than three percent, unqualified teachers, “and we are ensuring that they go back to school for their qualified certificate.”

He added, “We hope you as development partners when we are being accused by mischievous people; we want you to come forward and defend us. Anything we do for the development of education, if we receive undue criticism, I urge you to demonstrate and we will give you protection. That is the only way we can get a change. Otherwise, all that we are doing will remain theoretical.”

“I wish what is happening now happened 20 years ago. It would have been a different story by now. Kano state is the most populous state in the federation. We want our population to be a quality population. There are some countries in the world that don’t have a drop of oil, but yet their economy is strong. The main reason is education, even development, and technology.

“So, we being the most populous state in the world, we want our population to be an asset. As China has conquered the world as a result of the population that is how Kano will conquer Nigeria as a result of population.”

Mr. Nimatullah Bala Umar, the leader of the group said UNICEF recognizes the efforts of Kano state government in addressing the situation of out-of-school children with the implementation of various programmes in the state to improve children’s access to quality education and further commended the leadership of the governor. 

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Workers Picket Securities Tribunal, Demand Suspension Of Chairman

Tue, 2019-06-18 09:39

Chief Executive Officer of Investments and Securities Tribunal (IST) Siaka Isaiah Idoko Akoh

Chief Executive Officer of Investments and Securities Tribunal (IST) Siaka Isaiah Idoko Akoh

The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), on Monday picketed the headquarters of the Investment and Securities Tribunal (IST).

National President of AUPCTRE, Benjamin Anthony, who led the protesting staff, decried the non-implementation of agreements reached with the IST management in 2018.

The protesters also demanded the suspension of the IST Chairman, Isaiah Idoko-Akoh, while calling on the ministry of finance to immediately investigate his activities at the Tribunal.

Speaking with journalists at the venue of the protest, Anthony said the union’s plan was to occupy the office until government yield to their demands.

“We will escalate this protest to the national level if nothing is done,” he said.

According to Anthony, none of the agreements reached in February 2018 has been met by the management of IST, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

He listed some of the agreements to include: “That only an officer from within the IST should head the procurement department. That members of staff should not be denied promotion on account of secondment of staff from other agencies.”

In the 2018 document sighted by our correspondent, the union and management agreed that promotion allowances be paid and promptly, while severance packages are paid as agreed, with effective dates of promotions specified.

Anthony further said that the recent protest was necessitated by the decision of the Tribunal Chairman to transfer leaders of various unions in the organisation in spite of the subsisting court order.

He said that the union had appealed against the ruling of the National Industrial court against the union and two of its leaders and subsequently filed a motion on notice pending the determination of the appeal.

“The union had written to the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Finance on the matter and also, the decision of the unions to embark on industrial action.

The letter to the Permanent Secretary read in parts: “In spite of the above, Mr. Idoko Akoh has resolved to transfer our union executives out of the IST head office against Labour Conventions.

“Mr. Idoko’s actions will cause a breach of peace and worsen the industrial crisis in IST.

“The union will resist his attempt to flout the law and violate the established legal principle of lis pendis,” he said.

The union also accused the Chairman of preferring to work with Youth Corps Members and persons on Industrial Training (IT), usually from his own ethnic nationality rather than IST staff members.

They, therefore, appealed to the Ministry to compel the chairman to respect the 2018 agreement and also step aside from office while he is being investigated.

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Woman Seeking $1 Million Fake Notes Defrauded N700,000

Tue, 2019-06-18 09:33

A 28-year-old woman, Titilayo Shittu, on Monday appeared before an Ebute Meta Magistrate's Court, Lagos State, for allegedly obtaining N700,000 under false pretences of printing $1 million for her victim.

Shittu is standing trial for conspiracy, obtaining under false pretences, stealing and breach of peace.

She, however, pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Ola Adelowo told the court that the defendant collected the sum from the complainant, Mrs. Vivian Uzor after hypnotizing her.

Adelowo said that the defendant committed the offences in April and May on Jebba Street, Ebute Meta.

“She used charms to warn the complainant not to reveal what happened, else she would die,” the prosecutor said.

She submitted that the defendant had told the complainant that the money was to enable her to print one million U.S. dollars for her; a representation she knew was false, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The alleged offences contravene Sections 168, 287, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Magistrate, Mrs. Monisola Ayinde admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Ayinde said the sureties must be gainfully employed.

She adjourned the case until July 9 for trial.

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Catholic Church: Vatican Opens Debate On Married Priests

Tue, 2019-06-18 09:31

The Vatican has formally opened debate on letting married men be ordained as priests in remote parts of the Amazon where priests are so few that Catholics can go weeks or months without attending a Mass.

The call for a study on the proposal was contained in the working document, released on Monday, for an October meeting of South American bishops on the Amazon.

The document, prepared by the Vatican based on input from the region affirmed that celibacy is a gift for the Catholic Church.

But it suggested officials study “the possibility of priestly ordination for older men, preferably indigenous and respected and accepted by their communities, even if they have stable families, for the region’s most remote areas”.

The idea of ordaining so-called “viri probati” – married men of proven virtue – has been around for decades to cope with a priest shortage and a decline in vocations overall.

But it has drawn fresh attention under Pope Francis, history’s first Latin American pope, thanks to his familiarity with the challenges facing the Amazon church.

The October 6-27 meeting on the sacramental and environmental needs of the Amazon will draw bishops from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.

Brazil’s bishops have long pushed for the Church to consider ordaining viri probati to minister in remote parts of the Amazon whereby some estimates there is one priest for every 10,000 Catholics.

The celibacy question has been a mainstay in Catholic debate given it is a discipline, not a doctrine, and therefore can change.

The Church has had the tradition since the 11th century, imposed in part to spare the Church the financial burdens of providing for large families and to ensure that any assets of the priest would pass to the Church, not his heirs.

Proponents of a relaxation of the rule say more men would consider a vocation to the priesthood if they could marry, a surefire fix to the decline in priests globally.

Opponents say relaxing the rule for the Amazon will certainly fuel calls for it to be relaxed elsewhere.

Already, married men can be ordained in the Eastern Rite Catholic Church and married men who convert from Protestant churches can be Catholic priests.

In addition to ordaining married men, the document called for the synod to identify “the type of official ministry that can be conferred on women”.

It said women, who already play important roles in indigenous communities must be guaranteed leadership roles.

But it stopped short of recommending debate on whether women could be ordained as deacons.

One of the organisers, Monsignor Fabio Fabene said the female diaconate was essentially off the table since Francis has recently determined that the issue needs further discussion.

Overall, the synod bishops are expected to debate a host of measures to better minister to indigenous and migrant communities in the Amazon amid deforestation and exploitative industries and competition for souls from Pentecostal churches, which are more present in the region with indigenous, local leaders.

The Vatican’s working document acknowledged this competition, saying the Catholic Church must transition from being a church that merely visits vast regions to one that has a full-time presence with ministries, liturgies, sacraments and social services.

It called for a Church that has a more indigenous face, with local songs, dance, costumes and the Bible translated into various languages.

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Bauchi Governor Suspends Inauguration Of State 9th Assembly, Opposition Says It's Unconstitutional

Tue, 2019-06-18 09:27

The Bauchi State Government has postponed the Inauguration of the state 9th Assembly to Thursday.

The acting Clerk of the Assembly, Alhaji Umar Gital, announced the postponement in a statement issued to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi on Monday.

Gital said the state government regretted the inconvenience the postponement of the inauguration earlier scheduled for Monday might have caused invited guests.

NAN reports that the 8th Assembly was dissolved on June 14 with the expectation of inauguration of the 9th assembly on Monday.

Gital, who confirmed that the inauguration would now take place on Thursday, at the state Assembly Chambers, said that “all inconveniences are highly regretted, please”.

Meanwhile, the state Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had faulted the postponement of the inauguration of the Assembly.

The secretary of the party in the state, Alhaji Bako Hussaini, in a statement, said Nigeria’s constitution did not confer the power on state governors to postpone the exercise.

Hussaini described Gov. Bala Mohammad’s alleged action as undemocratic, null and void.

He added that APC had a clear majority in the 9th Assembly in the state with 22 members as against the ruling PDP’s 8 members.

“The APC leadership in the state will not fold its arms to allow the ruling party to do anything contrary to the Constitution of Nigeria,” he said.

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UPDATE: Ondo State Governor Akeredolu Appoints Five New Commissioners

Tue, 2019-06-18 00:59

After kicking out three of his commissioners, the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has immediately nominated five persons to be part of his cabinet.

Their names had been forwarded to the state's House of Assembly for confirmation.

The nominees are Yetunde Adeyanju, Titilayo Adeyemi, Temitayo Oluwatuyi, Fatai Olotu, and Akindotun Olubunmi Owanikin.

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BREAKING: Ondo Governor Akeredolu Sacks Three Commissioners

Tue, 2019-06-18 00:54

Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State, has sacked three Commissioners who are members of the State Executive Council (SEC), in a cabinet reshuffle, SaharaReporters can report.

The sacked members of the cabinet are Solagbade Amodeni, Commissioner for Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development; Taofiq Abdusalam, Commissioner Works and Infrastructures and Ismaila Olurimisi who is in charge of Ministry of Culture.

The three men were relieved of their position Monday evening.

Akeredolu made the announcement of sacking the three men at the end of the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting and directed them to hand over all the government’s property in their possession to permanent secretaries of their respective ministries.

It remained unclear as of the time of reporting while the three commissioners were given the boot

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World Cup: Late Drama At Britanny As France Beat Nigeria 1-0

Tue, 2019-06-18 00:46

Hosts France finished top of Group A after a twice-taken penalty by Wendie Renard gave them a 1-0 win over Nigeria in an incident-packed finish in Rennes.

The initial penalty - awarded after a video assistant referee review for a foul on Viviane Asseyi - hit the post.

But keeper Chiamaka Nnadozie was judged to have moved off her line early and Renard slotted the re-taken spot kick.

Nigeria still have a big chance of making the knockout stage as one of the best third-placed teams, BBC reports.

France, meanwhile, head to Le Havre to play a last-16 tie against, as yet, unknown opponents on 23 June.

This was an unconvincing display by Corinne Diacre's side against a team ranked 38th in the world, with France guilty of wasteful finishing before the late drama in Brittany.

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Lampard As Chelsea Boss 'Looks Like It's Going To Happen' -Uncle

Tue, 2019-06-18 00:34

Frank Lampard becoming Chelsea manager "looks like it's going to happen", says his uncle Harry Redknapp.

Derby boss Lampard, 40, is the favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri after the Italian left Stamford Bridge to take charge of Juventus.

Lampard led the Rams to the Championship play-off final last season - his first year in management.

"If Chelsea comes calling, it's a difficult one for him to turn down," Redknapp told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"In my personal opinion, he'll be the manager of Chelsea.

"It looks to me like it's going to happen."

Redknapp - who managed teams including Portsmouth, Southampton, West Ham, Tottenham, and QPR - revealed he had personally told Derby chairman Mel Morris to hire Lampard, who he says "wasn't even on the radar".

If Lampard was to return to Stamford Bridge, where he won three Premier League titles and the Champions League as a player, Redknapp says there would be little pressure on him.

"It's a no-lose situation unless he finishes outside the top six. Anything in the top six would be ok, but the Champions League would be a good season," he said.

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BREAKING: Governor Ishaku Imposes Curfew On Jalingo Following Violence In Taraba

Tue, 2019-06-18 00:11

Darius Ishaku, governor of Taraba state, has imposed a curfew on Jalingo and environs. 

The curfew came in the wake of a violent invasion of communities in the state by suspected herdsmen and a subsequent clash with security operatives around Nukkai ATC, near the state university.

The curfew will be between 4 pm and 6 am each day until further notice.

Saharareporters has reported a violent clash involving troops of the Nigerian army and militiamen in Jenabbai, near Nukkai, around the vicinity of the state university.

A statement by Bala Dan Abu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the governor, said: "A curfew has been imposed on Jalingo and all the affected communities with immediate effect.

"In view of a fresh outbreak of the crisis in some communities in Kona and ATC areas near Jalingo today, Monday, June 17,  2019, the Taraba State government has decided to impose a curfew on Jalingo and all the affected communities with immediate effect.

"The curfew is from 4 pm to 6 am daily. It remains in force until further notice. Security agencies in the state have been directed to enforce the curfew strictly to ensure strict compliance and quick return of peace to the affected communities."

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19-year-old Eniola Aluko Shot Dead In London, Police Make 5 Arrests

Tue, 2019-06-18 00:08

Detectives investigating a fatal shooting in Plumstead have made a fifth arrest.

The 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday, 15 June. He remains in custody at an east London police station.

Police were called to a car park on Hartville Road, SE18 at 16:54hrs on Friday, 14 June. 

Armed officers, local officers, the London Ambulance Service, and London’s Air Ambulance attended. 

A 19-year-old man was found with critical injuries and died at the scene a short time later.

His next of kin have been informed and formal identification has now taken place. According to the Metropolitan Police, the victim was Eniola Aluko from Thamesmead. 

A post-mortem examination held on Saturday, 15 June, at Greenwich Mortuary gave the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the neck and chest.

An incident room has opened under the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

Four other people - three males [A -17yrs; B – 16yrs; C – 16yrs] and a 17-year-old girl [D] - who were arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday, 14 June have been bailed until early July pending further inquiries.

Detective Inspector John Marriott, said: “I am continuing to appeal for anyone who was in the area at the time, who saw or heard anything suspicious to contact police.

“The shooting took place not far from Plumstead Railway Station and I would urge anyone who was commuting to or from this station to come forward. It was also sunny at the time and a number of people would have been enjoying the weather in the area of Plumstead Gardens; I need you to come forward.

“Although we have now made five arrests I am continuing to ask for your help to progress this investigation.”

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