Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mastermind And Killer Of Gulder Ultimate Search Winner, Hector Jobateh, Arrested (Pictured)

The Lagos State Police Command, after weeks of intensive manhunt, has arrested on Ismaila Adeyemi, 49, the suspected mastermind and killer of Hector Jobateh (the 2007 winner of Gulder Ultimate search) who was traced and shot dead at his residence at New Oko-Oba in Agege, Lagos State.

The suspect who was arrested at gas line Ominiyi in Ijoko area of Ogun state, confessed to the crime and other numerous crimes, while other members of his gang have been arrested. The suspects will be charged to court after investigation is concluded.
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Drama As Two Men Fight Over A 5-Month-Old Baby Delivered By Their 18-Year-Old Girlfriend In Warri, Delta State

Two men, Ajayi Tosin and Kesiena Tito are presently in contention over ownership of a five-month-old baby, Emmanuel Omkhode Ajayi, delivered by an 18-year-old girl in Warri, Delta State.

The matter deepened after Ajayi was allegedly arrested over the weekend, following a petition of “Threat to Life” instituted by Kesiena to the Nigeria Police Area Command.

Tosin Ajayi, a 23-year-old barber, claimed to have cohabited with Blessing Iroroteh since 2015 before she delivered a bouncing boy this year, 2017, in his house.

Ajayi also claimed that his elder sister was responsible for the medical bills after Blessing was delivered of the baby.

He stressed that he has been catering for her and the baby, including his mother-in-law who came to nurse (Omugo) the baby for two months in his house at Nnewi Street, Akah Avenue in Effurun, Uvwie LGA of Delta State.

Ajayi noted that he did the naming as well as dedication ceremony in the presence of his mother-in-law, who later whisked her (Blessing) away to the home of Kesiena Tito as the owner of the baby.

Ajayi alleged that he was forced to say that he was not the father of the baby at the Police Station by Kesiena’s family, who even forced him to take N100,000 to forfeit the child.

In a contrary view, Kesiena Tito claimed to have dated Blessing, for 5 years, but separated ten months ago. He stated that he has been responsible for the education of Blessing all these years.

On her part, Blessing Iroroteh stated that she left Kesiena’s house to Ajayi’s house because she felt he (Kesiena) will not accept the pregnancy and the baby. She also stated that her mother was aware that the child does not belong to Ajayi, according to Dailypost.

The Police have now ordered that DNA be carried out to ascertain the true owner of the child.
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Lagos Married Woman Arrested For Stealing Nail Solution At Ebeano Supermarket (Pic)

A housewife and staff of Blue Print Technologies Limited, Lagos, Ronke Adeyemi, 33, has been arrested and arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly stealing one Varisi Nail Solution valued at N10,000 at Prince Ebeano Supermarkets Located on Admiralty road, Lekki Phase 1.

The accused, a residence of Idado Estate, Lagos, was arrested by the police at Mobolaji Johnson Police post, Lekki, and arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate Court on a one count charge of stealing.

Police prosecutor, Chinedu Njoku, informed the court in charge No. B/59/2017 that the accused committed the alleged offence on 8 September, 2017.

Njoku told the court that the accused walk into the supermarkets under the pretence of buying something and that in the process, she allegedly stole one Varisi Nail Solution and hid it inside her bag, unknown to her that the CCTV cameras mounted inside the supermarket had captured her, according to PMNews.

He said that nemesis, however, caught up with her when she attempted to leave the supermarket through the exit gate while the security men on duty stopped her for a search and allegedly found the stolen item inside her bag.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the alleged crime in the open court and Chief Magistrate Folashade Botoku granted her bail in the sum of N10,000 with one surety in like sum. Botoku adjourned the case till 26 September, 2017.
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Tennis Legend, Serena Williams, Pens Touching Letter To Mom, But Throws SHADE At Sharapova

In an open letter from Serena Williams to her mother,which she published on Reddit, Williams didn’t mention Sharapova by name, but it’s very clear that in thanking her mother for being a role model, she’s also dissing her longtime adversary in one of tennis’s most famous feuds.

Williams appears to reference statements that Sharapova makes in her book about Williams’s legs, arms, and stature. She also talks about steroids and performance-enhancing drugs, a possible nod to Sharapova’s recent suspension from tennis for doping. She writes:
''You are one of the strongest women I know. I was looking at my daughter (OMG, yes, I have a daughter) and she has my arms and legs! My exact same strong, muscular, powerful, sensational arms and body. I don’t know how I would react if she has to go through what I’ve gone through since I was a 15 year old and even to this day.

I’ve been called man because I appeared outwardly strong. It has been said that that I use drugs (No, I have always had far too much integrity to behave dishonestly in order to gain an advantage). It has been said I don’t belong in Women’s sports — that I belong in Men’s — because I look stronger than many other women do. (No, I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it).''

Though Williams addresses the letter to her mother and it centers on the joy of welcoming her new daughter into the world, the language she uses to describe herself is similar to Sharapova’s description of Williams in her memoir. Sharapova writes:

''First of all, her physical presence is much stronger and bigger than you realize watching TV. … She has thick arms and thick legs and is so intimidating and strong. And tall, really tall.'' Just negodu what the panla Sharapova wrote.

The tennis champ, who is the younger sister of fellow tennis player Venus, has spoken openly about racism ‘on and off court’ and writes in this letter about the ‘haters’ who are ‘too ignorant to understand the power of a black woman.’

Last week the athlete basically proved to us that she is superwoman after she revealed her amazing post-baby body, just two weeks after giving birth to Alexis.
Serena Williams writes an emotional open letter to her mum: 'I've been called a man'
‘Smart and strong like my mama’. (Credit: instagram/olympiaohanian)
Her snapback game has reminded us of what an extraordinary athlete she is as she managed to maintain her fitness regime during her pregnancy.

She shared a mirror selfie of herself on Snapchat in a top and denim shorts that could’ve easily been mistaken for a throwback Thursday photo.
Serena Williams writes an emotional open letter to her mum: 'I've been called a man'
Serena two weeks after giving birth (Credit: Snapchat)
Just hours before, Serena posted the cutest picture of her daughter wearing a babygrow which read: ‘Smart and strong like my mama’.
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Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Tipped To Take Over Prince Charles' London Mansion

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been tipped to move into Clarence House when Prince Charles ascends to the throne.

Longstanding rumours have suggested that the Prince of Wales and Camilla want to stay in the four-storey Westminster mansion.

Charles and his wife are said to be 'very comfortable' at their current lodgings and loathe to move to 'the big house'.

However, it now appears they will follow tradition and move into Buckingham Palace.
A Clarence House spokesman said: 'Buckingham Palace will remain the official London residence of the monarch'.

A senior royal aide categorically has ruled out the prince staying at Clarence House in any capacity once he accedes to the throne.

Prince William and Kate will are unlikely to occupy Clarence House after Charles' departure, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge insisting they will remain in Kensington Palace until he becomes monarch.

This would leave it free for Harry and Meghan, who have been in a relationship for more than a year and are tipped to become engaged soon.

Until such a move takes place, Harry and Meghan are likely to live in his current home, Nottingham Cottage, a two-bed house on the grounds of Kensington Palace.
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Oh Dear! Messy Breakup Battle Between Ryan Phillippe & GF, Elsie Hewitt

Ryan Phillippe's girlfriend has just filed a lawsuit against the actor, claiming he abuses cocaine, ecstasy, psychedelic mushrooms and steroids, and has beaten her badly.

Elsie Hewitt claims in the lawsuit, she went to pick up things from his house and she realized he was extremely drunk. She says after she tried talking with him he attacked her, grabbed her upper arm so hard it left heavy bruises and violently threw her down the stairs as hard as he could.

She claims he continued his assault and picked her up like a doll and threw her down the stairs again. He then screamed, "Get the f*** out of my house you crazy c**t."

She went to the hospital, cops took a report and she got a protective order.

She suffered chest wall pain, abrasions and severe bruising. She wants more than $1 million.

But wait! His reps are saying something very different.

Sources connected with Ryan tell TMZ, Elsie showed up to Ryan's house uninvited and under the influence several days after he broke up with her. They say she was the one who attacked Ryan and refused to leave his home. He removed her from the premises and he claims she fell and hurt herself.

Sources close to Ryan say the L.A. City Attorney refused to prosecute after investigating, and they claim she's filed this lawsuit out of revenge. Ryan's side finds it amusing Elsie has sent glamour shots of herself to the media and is out for money and fame.
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No, I Didn't Cheat With Kevin Hart- Accused Woman

A woman Kevin Hart was photographed with earlier this summer has now been accused of being at the center of his extortion video, but she's calling it bullsh*t.

Monique "Momo" Gonzalez, a Miami based singer, has been raked over the coals online ever since Kevin's apology video and extortion case came to light over the weekend, with lots of folks saying she's the lady with whom Kevin allegedly cheated.

Monique's saying its absolutely untrue, and sources close to Kevin back that up. She says she never hooked up with Hart.

A rep for the singer say despite photos that surfaced in July showing them in a car together, their interaction that night was strictly a friendly convo ... nothing more.

The woman who is however pictured with Kevin in the video has demanded lots of cash to take a lie detector test. The L.A. County D.A. is on the case and honing in on at least one suspect.
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Osun Police Parades Fake Currency Syndicate (Pics)

The Osun State Police Command has paraded a fake currency syndicate. The men who were arrested in the state, were paraded by the State’s Commissioner of Police at the police headquarters in Osogbo. See more pics below..
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Read President Buhari's Full Speech At The UN General Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari today  addressed the gathering of world leaders at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York. The President pledged Nigeria’s solidarity to the United Nations and solicited the support of the UN in tackling the challenges facing the country. Below is the President's full speech.

On behalf of my country, Nigeria, I congratulate you Mr President on your election and Mr (Antonio) Gutteres on his first General Assembly outing as our Secretary-General. I assure you both of my country’s solidarity and cooperation. You will indeed need the cooperation of all Member States as we are meeting during extra-ordinarily troubled and dangerous times. Let me also thank former Secretary-General Mr Ban ki-Moon for his service to the United Nations and wish him a peaceful retirement.

Mr President, the previous year has witnessed many far-reaching developments. Some of the most significant events include the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and, of grave concern, the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Mr President, I must also commend the UN’s role in helping to settle thousands of innocent civilians caught in the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. In particular, we must collectively thank the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany under the commendable leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Governments of Italy, Greece and Turkey for assisting hundreds of thousands of refugees.

In an exemplary show of solidarity, the international community came together within my own region to assist the countries and communities in the Sahel and the Lake Chad regions to contain the threats posed by Al Qaida and Boko Haram.

We thank the Security Council for visiting the countries of the Lake Chad Basin to assess the security situation and humanitarian needs, and for pledging assistance to rebuild lives and livelihoods. Indeed, in Nigeria, we are providing relief and humanitarian assistance to millions in internally displaced camps and those afflicted by terrorism, drought, floods and other natural disasters.

In the last year, the international community came together to focus on the need for gender equality, youth empowerment, social inclusion, and the promotion of education, creativity and innovation. The frontiers of good governance, democracy including holding free and fair elections, and enthronement of the rule of law are expanding everywhere, especially in Africa.

Our faith in democracy remains firm and unshaken. Our regional organisation ECOWAS came together to uphold democratic principles in The Gambia – as we had done previously in Cote D’Ivoire.

Through our individual national efforts, state institutions are being strengthened to promote accountability, and to combat corruption and asset recovery. These can only be achieved through the international community cooperating and providing critical assistance and material support. We shall also cooperate in addressing the growing transnational crimes such as forced labour, modern day slavery, human trafficking and cybercrime.

Mr President, these cooperative efforts should be sustained. We must collectively devise strategies and mobilise the required responses to stop fleeing ISIS fighters from mutating and infiltrating into the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin, where there are insufficient resources and response capacity is weak.

This will require strong UN cooperation with regional organisations, such as the African Union, in conflict prevention and management. The UN should continue to take primary leadership of the maintenance of international peace and security by providing, in a predictable and sustainable manner, adequate funding and other enablers to regional initiatives and peacekeeping operations authorized by the Security Council.

Mr President, new conflicts should not make us lose focus on ongoing unresolved old conflicts. For example, several UN Security Council Resolutions from 1967 on the Middle East crisis remain unimplemented. Meanwhile, the suffering of the Palestinian people and the blockade of Gaza continue.

Additionally, we are now confronted by the desperate human rights and humanitarian situations in Yemen and most tragically in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. The Myanmar crisis is very reminiscent of what happened in Bosnia in 1995 and in Rwanda in 1994.

The international community cannot remain silent and not condemn the horrendous suffering caused by what, from all indications is a state-backed programme of brutal depopulation of the Rohingya inhabited areas in Myanmar on the bases of ethnicity and religion. We fully endorse the call by the Secretary-General on the Government of Myanmar to order a halt to the ongoing ethnic cleansing and ensure the safe return of the displaced Rohingya to their homes in safety and dignity.

In all these crises, the primary victims are the people, the most vulnerable being women and children. That is why the theme of this session: Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet” is most apposite.
While the international community grapples to resolve these conflicts, we must be mindful and focus on the widening inequalities within societies, and the gap between the rich and the poor nations. These inequalities and gaps are part of the underlining root causes of competition for resources, frustration and anger leading to spiralling instability.

The most pressing threat to international peace and security today is the accelerated nuclear weapons development programme by North Korea. Since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, we have never come so close to the threat of nuclear war as we have now.

All necessary pressure and diplomatic efforts must be brought to bear on North Korea to accept a peaceful resolution of the crisis. As Hiroshima and Nagasaki painfully remind us, if we fail, the catastrophic and devastating human loss and environmental degradation cannot be imagined.

Mr President, Nigeria proposes a strong UN delegation to urgently engage the North Korean Leader. The delegation, led by the Security Council, should include members from all the regions.

The crisis in the Korean peninsula underscores the urgency for all member states, guided by the spirit of enthroning a safer and more peaceful world, to ratify without delay the Treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, which will be open for signature here tomorrow.

Mr President, I end my remarks by reiterating Nigeria’s abiding commitment to the foundational principles and goals of the United Nations. Since our admission as a member state in 1960, we have always participated in all efforts to bring about global peace, security and development. Nigeria will continue to support the UN in all its efforts, including the attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

I thank you.
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I Clearly Separate Kanu From His Fater, Therefore, I Won't Dethrone Nnamdi Kanu's Father -Gov. Ikpeazu

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, has said that he will not dethrone the traditional ruler of Afara Ukwu Ibeku Autonomous Community of the state, His Royal Highness, Eze Isreal Kanu, the father of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu because of the involvement of his son in the ongoing tension in the state.

There have been calls from some people from Umuahia that the governor should dethrone Kanu’s father following the horrible experience the people had from the military that had invaded all streets in the area to curb the activities of IPOB.

Specifically, the Umuahia Youths Movement On Sunday gave governor Ikpeazu a 24-hour ultimatum to dethrone Kanu’s father as paramount ruler of else they would take the laws upon their hands claiming that the royal father was not fit to be king as he was unable to control his son.

But another group, Ibeku Youth Assembly, warned against any attempt to remove the traditional ruler from his throne.

But Governor Ikpeazu who was at the Presidential Villa to brief President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on the security situations in his state told State House correspondents that there was a difference between Kanu and his father.

According to him, “I clearly separate Kanu from his father. The processes of handling traditional institutions are enshrined in the laws of our land.

“Traditional rulers who are members of our constituency have leadership, they will do the needful at the appropriate time. But for me, I think their is a clear division between Nnamdi Kanu and his father.”

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We Know Financial Sponsors Of Biafran Group - Lai Mohammed, Minister Of Information And Culture

The federal government says it is aware of sources of funding of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and is taking steps to block them.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, made this known on Tuesday, September 19, during ''Good Morning Nigeria'' programme on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).

Mohammed said:''Terrorists do not publish where their funding are coming from. But we know the countries that are supporting IPOB.

''We know the sources of their funding though I am not at liberty to disclose them here. We are taking steps to block them and we are also taking a lot of diplomatic actions in respect of the countries that are supporting them''.

He also said that most of the countries supporting the group were doing so based on ignorance.

According to him, ''Nigeria is a country where Muslims persecute Christians and a country where there is genocide.

''As we speak today, IPOB has written letters to many governments outside Nigeria, international parliaments sending fake and cloned videos claiming there is genocide in Nigeria''.

The minister reiterated his position that IPOB was being sponsored by the association of disgruntled politicians and treasury looters to discredit President Muhammad Buhari”s Administration.

Meanwhile, the governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose reacted to claims made by the All Progressives Congress (APC), that he is the one funding the agitation of the IPOB.
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Mexico Quake Death Toll Rises To 140, Toppled School, Kills 21 Children!!

Nearly 140 people were killed when a powerful, 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the capital and sowing panic on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake.

Rescue crews and volunteers in Mexico City — home to 20 million people — clawed through the rubble of at least 49 collapsed buildings looking for survivors and bodies.

Local media reported that families were getting Whatsapp messages pleading for help from desperate relatives trapped under the debris.

Mexico City recorded 36 of the deaths, while Morelos state directly south of it saw 64 killed. The others were registered in Puebla (29), a town southeast of the capital, and in Mexico state (nine), which lies just to the west of the capital.

National Coordinator for Civil Protection Luis Felipe Puente said a total of at least 138 people died.

Memories of the devastating 1985 earthquake that killed 10,000 people in Mexico City spurred panic on Tuesday. Many quickly ran for safety outdoors when walls around them swayed and cracked.

“I’m so worried. I can’t stop crying. It’s the same nightmare as in 1985,” Georgina Sanchez, 52, sobbed to AFP in a plaza in the capital.

Amamia Sanchez, a 45-year-old secretary cried out: “It’s just not possible that this happened also on September 19.”

The quake — which occurred in the early afternoon, hours after city authorities had conducted an earthquake drill — caused damage in the bustling center of the city, and to areas south and west of the capital.

“We ran outside thinking all was going to collapse around us,” said Lazaro Frutis, a 45-year-old who escaped an office building before it crumbled to the ground. “The worst thing is, we don’t know about our families or anything.”

“It was horrible,” said resident Leiza Visaj Herrera, 27. “I didn’t want to get close under any tree. I had to hold on to the ground.”

Scenes of chaos permeated the city straight after the earth shuddered. Traffic jammed to a standstill before blanked-out stop lights, and anxious people ran between vehicles as ambulances tried to make headway, sirens squealing.

Emergency officials warned people in the streets to avoid smoking because of the risk of igniting gas leaking from ruptured pipes.

In several locations, people were seen clambering on buildings that were now piles of stone and tangled metal to pull people out.

– ‘Everyone was frantic’ –

Jorge Lopez, a 49-year-old Spaniard living in Mexico City, said that he raced to the school in the central Roma district where his children aged six and three were in class, to find it collapsed but his offspring safe but terrified.

“We arrived at the school and everyone was crying, everyone was frantic, and the kids were holding on to a rope,” he said.

“It’s uncontrollable. You can’t do anything against nature.”

Witnesses said another school was smashed to rubble in Cuernavaca, a town just south of the capital. The fate of the pupils and teachers was unknown.

An office building of around five stories in the chic Condesa district of central Mexico City collapsed. Volunteers scrambled among the debris, pulling out three survivors and looking for more.

“There are people trapped there!” yelled one woman.

Similar efforts were made at other smashed buildings nearby. At one, an emergency worker held up a sign commanding “Silence” so crews could listen for the sounds of any survivors.

Patients were evacuated from a hospital in the adjoining Roma district, wheeled out on beds and wheelchairs as staff set up makeshift wards outside.

President Enrique Pena Neto said on Twitter he had ordered the evacuation of damaged hospitals “and the transfer of their patients to other medical facilities.”

At one collapsed building in the Roma district, dozens of people dug through rubble as they waited for the arrival of heavy machinery to move the massive chunks of stone. Officials called out for more volunteers, and for water.

A woman standing and watching the efforts with her husband, a doctor, turned to him and said, “Darling, if you want to help, give me your glasses and take care.”

The city’s international airport closed for more than three hours following the quake, and the stock market was forced to shut down.

Hours after the quake, residents stood around outside, in the streets, fearing aftershocks.

On the clogged roads, many without lights, muggers came out at night to assault trapped motorists.

Appeals for missing people multiplied on television.

At least 21 children were killed at an elementary school that collapsed in the Mexican capital when a powerful earthquake rattled the area on Tuesday, a government official said.

“We have a report of 25 dead, among them 21 children and four adults” at the Enrique Rebsamen elementary school, Mexican Undersecretary of Education Javier Trevino told the Televisa network.
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North Korea Reacts To Trump's UNGA Speech, Says 'Impotent Threats By International Shouting Magnate Donald Trump Are Dismissed As The Twitching Of Dog Licking Flea-Riddled Scrotum'

United States President Donald Trump’s threat to totally destroy North Korea has been dismissed by a North Korean organ as an ‘impotent’ threat.

In a tweet by the country’s news agency, DPRK, News Service, Trump’s threat was likened to “the twitching of a dog licking its flea-riddled scrotum.”

The tweet also described Trump as an ”international shouting magnate.”

See tweet:
Trump in his first speech at the United Nations General Assembly had called North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un a “rocket man on a suicide mission,” adding that the United States will totally destroy the country if it fails to stop its nuclear programme.

Loud murmurs filled the green-marbled U.N. General Assembly hall when Trump issued his sternest warning yet to North Korea, whose ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests had rattled the globe.

Unless North Korea backs down, he said, “We will have no choice than to totally destroy North Korea.”

“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” he said.

North Korea’s mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s remarks.

A junior North Korean diplomat remained in the delegation’s front-row seat for Trump’s speech, the North Korean U.N. mission said.

In his first appearance at the annual gathering of world leaders, the president used a 41-minute speech to take aim also at Iran’s nuclear ambitions and regional influence, Venezuela’s collapsing democracy and the threat of Islamist extremists.

He also criticised the Cuban government.

But his strongest words were directed at North Korea. He urged United Nations member states to work together to isolate the Kim government until it ceases its “hostile” behaviour.

He said North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles “threatens the entire world with unthinkable cost of human life.”

In what may have been a veiled prod at China, the North’s major trading partner, Trump said: “It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime but would arm, supply and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.”

Turning to Iran, Trump called the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama, was an embarrassment and hinted that he may not recertify the agreement when it comes up for a mid-October deadline.

“I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it,” he said.

He called Iran an “economically depleted rogue state” that exports violence.

The speech marked his latest attempt to lay out his America First vision for a U.S. foreign policy aimed at downgrading global bureaucracies, basing alliances on shared interests, and steering Washington away from nation-building exercises abroad.

Trump, who entered the White House eight months ago, told world leaders at the 193-member global body that the United States does not seek to impose its will on other nations and will respect other countries’ sovereignty.

“I will defend America’s interests above all else,” he said. “But in fulfilling our obligations to other nations we also realize it’s in everyone’s interest to seek a future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous and secure.” (NAN)
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Tension! Shops Shut As Cult Members Clash On Lagos Island

Tension continued on Tuesday on the Lagos Island, Lagos State, as youths belonging to rival gangs made fresh moves to attack one another despite police presence.

It was gathered that two rival gangs, Okepopo boys and Onola boys, had declared war on each other as a supremacy clash that started over a week ago, showed no sign of abating.

Residents of the area told our correspondents that no fewer than six persons had been killed in the clash.

It was gathered that the Okepopo boys, led by one Abdulrasaq Kareem, aka Falapa, had been having the upper hand, while the Onola boys had been at the receiving end.

It was said the gang war had led to the closure of shops and markets at the Itafaji, Evans, Branco, Olushi, Atiko, Onola, Okepopo, Massey, Apatira and Smith areas on the Island.

One of our correspondents was told that residents had been packing out of the war zone to avoid becoming victims.

A resident, who pleaded not to be named for fear of being attacked, said trouble started after three members of Okepopo boys were lynched by Onola boys earlier in the year.

It was gathered that despite the intervention of some elders in the areas, Okepopo boys had vowed to avenge the death of the members.

The resident said, “We heard that Okepopo boys had been buying English guns, which were superior to the Dane guns the gangs were using before. Everybody dismissed the information, but it has proven to be true.

“During the final celebration of 155 years of Epetedo’s existence, where a local musician was performing in the area, Okepopo boys started another round of war by attacking Onola boys. Two persons died in the encounter.

“Also, on Friday, one Irabor, a member of Onola boys, was shot dead. Mustapha, a popular guy on the Island, was killed on Sunday on Branco Street; two other persons were shot dead in the Okepopo area where Onola boys had gone for a reprisal on Monday.”

As of 8pm on Tuesday, residents that spoke with one of our correspondents on the telephone said traders were still afraid of  spillover of the clash, adding that no shop had open.

The spokesperson for the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said eight persons had been arrested for their roles in the clash.

He was, however, silent on the deaths.

He said, “The police have arrested eight suspected cult members on the Lagos Island.

“They were arrested for their involvement in a free-for-all in the area. The state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, has declared one Kareem, aka Falapa; Erin Folami and his brother, Samson, wanted in connection with the fight. The free-for-all  involved members of some cults.”


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OMG! See These Heartbreaking Pics Of A Nanny Violently Throwing A Baby Into Cot Like Rag Doll

A nanny is facing charges of attempted murder after she was allegedly filmed violently throwing a baby into a cot.

Mum Annemarie Theron set up a hidden camera after she noticed bruises on her nine-month-old daughter Laila's neck, shoulders and under her feet.
Footage captured at her home in Namibia appears to show the family's nanny manhandling the tot, tossing her into her cot like a rag doll.

Devastated mum Annemarie told Netwerk24 : "It was very emotional watching it. I refused to sleep, eat or drink for a couple of days afterward.
"It’s difficult to imagine how long this has been going on for. I can see Laila is so, so broken after everything."

Annemarie, reservations and marketing manager at a lodge in Namibia, and her husband, Johan, informed police and the nanny was arrested on Friday.

She appeared in court on Monday to face charges of child abuse, assault and attempted murder.
She was denied bail and remanded in custody until October.

In a post on Facebook, Annemarie apologised to her infant daughter and thanked wellwishers for their support.

''My precious baby Laila Danae please know we love you endlessly and we are SO SO sorry for what you have been through!! We thank the Lord for His protection and faithfulness, that you are still alive and still such a shining ray of light to so many people - you are so loved!! Out of the depth of our hearts Johan and I want to thank EVERYONE (family, old friends, new friends and total strangers) for ALL their love, support, calls, messages and prayers during this time!!!''
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Nigerian Nurses, Midwives To Commence Strike Today!

The major unions of health workers have announced the commencement of their nationwide strike today.

The Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Care Professionals, JOHESU, and the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, announced the strike yesterday.

According to a statement signed by the National President of NANNM, Abdrafiu Adeniji, all nurses and midwives in all federal health institutions are to proceed on an indefinite strike action from midnight of Wednesday.

Mr. Adeniji said the association is in agreement with all JOHESU’s positions on the recent seven-day ultimatum given to the federal government to accede to all its lingering demands dated back to 2012. The strike is coming barely a week after the National Association of Resident Doctors suspended its strike.
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Presidency Replies Bukola Saraki Over Comments On Biafra As A Terrorist Group

The presidency has reacted to a statement made by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, that the Army does not have the right to declare the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist group.

The Nation reports that the Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla, in a statement on Tuesday, September 19, said the Army’s decision was in order.

He noted that the Army was an arm of the executive and queried the right of the Senate President to declare the action of the executive as illegal.

The Special Assistant to the president drew a distinction between proscription and declaration and said the Attorney-General of the Federation would soon apply for IPOB’s proscription in court.

He said: “The military, as part of the executive branch of government, has the right to declare that IPOB is a terrorist organization for the purpose of quelling the threat posed to national security and corporate existence of the country by the unwholesome and nefarious activities of the organization.

“So, there is nothing absolutely wrong or unconstitutional for the military, for operational reason, to declare IPOB a terrorist organization.

“Declaration of IPOB as a terrorist organization does not amount to proscription of IPOB. Proscription of IPOB will surely be in accordance with the procedure and processes underlined in the provisions of Section 2 (1) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011.

“It provides thus: ‘Where two or more persons associate for the purpose of or where an organization engages in:

*(a) participating or collaborating in an act of terrorism;

*(b) promoting , encouraging or exhorting others to commit an act of terrorism ; or (c) setting or pursuing acts of terrorism, the judge in chambers may, on application made by the Attorney General, the National Security Adviser or Inspector- General of Police, on the approval of the President, declare any entity to be a proscribed organization and the notice should be published in official gazette.’

“The military never proscribed IPO, but only declared it a terrorist organization, because of the way and manner it has been carrying out its activities.

“These include pelting stones and cocktail Molotov bombs on convoys of military vehicles, burning of police stations, killing of police officers, attacking and threatening Nigerians living in Abia State, who do not subscribe to its separatist and militants ideology, creating the Biafra Security Service and Biafra National Guard."

Meanwhile, Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti state governor, challenged Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture over his comments in which he alleged that “treasury looters” are the ones sponsoring the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The Ekiti governor said the time has come for Nigerians to hold the information minister "accountable for his frivolous claims”.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ASUU Suspends One Month, 6 Days Strike.. Nigerians React..

The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, ASUU, has officially suspended its one month, six days strike and it happened just now after a meeting with the government delegation.

ASUU said it was suspending the strike till end of October for government to fulfill its pledges.

The union therefore directed university lecturers to resume duty from tomorrow, Tuesday, 19th of Septmber, 2017.

At the meeting, a memorandum of understanding was signed with the federal government delegation led by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige.

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The Python Does Not Dance By Reuben Abati

Operation code-names have been an important part of military operations since the Germans first applied them in World War 1 but it may be said that the recent (or ongoing?) controversial military exercise in the South Eastern part of Nigeria codenamed Operation Python Dance II is the first major incident in Nigerian military history to draw attention to this seemingly routine aspect of military operations worldwide. An operational code name requires creativity, it is meant to be a cover up, hide the real intentions of the operation, achieve a public relation stunt if possible, and ease communication and strategic documentation within the military hierarchy.

The Nigerian military has never been so clever in coming up with operation code names: many of them are dead give-aways (Operation Lafiya Dole, Operation Pulo Shield, Operation Maximum Safety, Operation Crackdown) or so stupidly incongruous they evoke instant suspicion (Operation Python Dance, Operation Crocodile Smile). Pythons don’t dance. Crocodiles don’t smile. Wars have been fought over the use of wrong codes; nations have been sabotaged due to poor communication.

Whoever came up with the code name – Operation Python Dance- (sometimes a code name may be computer generated) may have been aiming for irony, but it was strange irony given the facts of the situation and the manner of operation. I make this point to argue that the Nigerian military has messed up Operation Python Dance II in the South East conceptually and operationally, and the attendant arrogance does not serve the Nigerian state well in my view.

A dance is accompanied by music, it is celebratory in its kinetic and spatial expressions, and it is probably one of the most ingenuous explorations of the human frame. Accompanied usually by music and the symbolism of movement and flexibility, a dance, vertical, horizontal or earth-bound is one of the wonders of human creativity and the most universal of human languages. There is something called snake dance. It is of course celebratory. To say a python is coming to a community to dance is a revelatory oxymoron. A python swallows, it cuts off blood, constricts and suffocates, it is a pretentious animal that curls itself up when it is ready to eat, and then strikes, employing the techniques of velocity, ambush and surprise.

In December 2016, the pythons of the Nigerian military went to the South East on Operation (I) but they did not blow their cover. They said they wanted to help reduce crimes during Christmas. In September 2017, they blew their own cover, and revealed the absurdity of their cryptonym. They did because they behaved exactly like pythons. If that was meant as a covert operation to protect the sovereignty of the country in the face of “seen and analysed threat levels” in the South East, the Nigerian military got it terribly wrong. There is every reason for other military authorities in the international community to laugh at Nigeria.

The military admittedly can conduct routine exercises to prepare its men, to tune up or to check out the country’s territorial integrity. Before and even shortly after the civil war, Nigerian soldiers occasionally came out of their barracks and drove round the town. They used to sing, march on the streets and dance inside their trucks and wave at the people. The people waved back, and in due course, many children mastered some of their songs. In our neck of the woods at the time, there is an Alamala barracks in Abeokuta, one popular song was: J’amala n si ko, mo ti j’amala ki n to lo s’ogun, j’amala n siko”.

Soldiers were honoured in those days for protecting and saving the country, but since the Nigerian military became politicized and greedy, soldiers have lost so much respect. The proposed demilitarization of African governments, long after the second wave of democratization in Africa has not yet yielded significant outcomes. The soldiers tasting politics has been like the tasting of the forbidden fruit. In and out of uniform, they have retained their hold on power and when one of their own manages to return to power in a civilian dispensation, they simply lose their nerves. The Nigerian military has fallen victim in this regard on many occasions since 1999. This is what we are dealing with.

The latest instance is the bungled operation in Abia State. Operation Python Dance II did not have to take place in the streets of Isiama Afara in Umuahia, Abia State, close to Nnamdi Kanu’s father’s house. The public show of force could have been done anywhere else in the South East. Strutting military force close to the home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, who in the last year has been busy mobilizing his people, and making demands on the Nigerian state is an undisguised act of provocation with all the pythonic elements of invasion, surprise and suffocation. It was the equivalent of the state descending to the level of rabble-rousing. This happens when an institution like the military opts for street politics, and our military certainly exposed itself in ways that called its professionalism to question in the last few days.

One, the Nigerian military has consistently usurped police functions since the return to civilian rule. The functions of the military are properly spelled out in Sections 217-219 of the extant Nigerian Constitution. But the leaders of the Nigerian military and their retired masters in partisan politics like to behave differently. They’d rather do police work in pursuit of a responsibility expansionist agenda.

In a statement issued by Colonel Sagir Musa, of the 82 Division, we are told that Operation Python (II) is meant “to sharpen the skills of the participating troops in the conduct of Internal Security Operations” and these include challenges such as “kidnappings, farmers-herdsmen clashes, secessionist agitations and insurgency of any form… armed robbery and traffic gridlock.” Colonel, sir! There is no insurgency or insurrection in the South East, and it is not the duty of the military to focus on armed robbery and traffic gridlock!

If the issue is the country’s sovereignty, the simplest thing to do would have been for the police to invite Kanu for questioning, or ask the courts to revoke his bail, or declare him and his associates wanted if they fail to cooperate. The continuous reliance on the military for virtually every national security matter overstretches it and renders it less efficient for its core mandate, and by the same token weakens law enforcement agencies.

Two, the military performed a political function and committed a procedural error when on its own, it declared IPOB, a terrorist organization. Senate President Bukola Saraki has already dismissed this as an ultra vires act. The grounds for declaring a group a terrorist organisation in Nigeria is already defined in the Terrorism Prevention Act of 2011 (as amended), and as outlined in Sections 3-15 thereof. I admit that IPOB may have engaged in acts of provocation within the purview of these provisions given the establishment of the Biafra Secret Service and the Biafra National Guard, but it is not the duty of the military under a democratic dispensation to act as judge, jury and executioner.

What exactly is the level of threat actually posed by Kanu and his followers? The military talks further about “unauthorized blocking of access roads, extortion of money from innocent civilians at illegal roadblocks and militant possession and use of stones, Molotov cocktails, machetes and broken bottles…” The Nigerian military is now looking for machetes and stones? It is also in charge of the monitoring of hate speech?

The Governors of the South East also announced that the IPOB had been proscribed in all five states of the South East. They simply made a pronouncement, without any legal backing whereas in a decided matter, the IPOB had been declared legal and legitimate and that Federal High Court ruling has not been vacated. The panic response by the Governors can probably be excused. It must be clear to some people that with Kanu’s increasing messianism and popularity, the South East was clearly one step away from Operation Python Dance II to the declaration of a state of emergency. But the Governors may just have been more interested in their own political survival.

What has been achieved in the South East right now is a profit and loss situation for all the parties concerned. The military is certainly not looking professional enough. The reported abuse of human rights in the wake of Operation Python Dance II is bringing nothing but shame to Nigeria in the international community, and many Igbos at home and in diaspora who were aloof towards the IPOB campaign have suddenly been woken up to express concerns about the politics of being Igbo in Nigeria.

These new members of the cause are already mobilizing international opinion against the government of the day as can be seen in one contribution that is being circulated online which has reduced everything to the old, and problematic formula of religious and ethnic conflict in Nigeria. Serving Nigerian military chiefs can beat their chest and claim that they have helped the President and Commander in Chief to prove that he meant business when he threatened to deal with anyone and anybody engaged in “terrorism” in a recent speech, but they have also in doing so, done great damage to his politics in the South East, if not the entire Southern Nigeria.

Similarly, Nnamdi Kanu gains in losing and loses in gaining. I had argued previously that by taking wrong steps and focusing too much attention on him, the Federal Government has more or less turned Nnamdi Kanu into an Igbo hero and symbol. They even helped him to run away before Operation Python Dance got to his father’s house. The military over-dramatised their own ambush tactics. Now that Nnamdi Kanu has been declared a terrorist, he would probably have no reason to place himself in a situation where he can be easily arrested, and with IPOB driven underground more or less, that organisation has been made more potent.

For all you know, Kanu is most likely now in a neighbouring African country from where he can conveniently find his way to Europe or North America and from that distance, he can become a political refugee doing even far more damage. The international community will listen to him, and he needs do no more than complain about all possible ills in Nigeria and the rights of Igbos to self-determination, even if the process of self-determination is not as easy as he and his followers make it sound.

Other Nnamdi Kanus will also emerge if fundamental issues at stake in the Nigerian union are not addressed. Technically, this particular Nnamdi Kanu’s job may well be done. He has awoken the ethnic nationalistic consciousness in not only the Igbos, but all Nigerians, and whether the powers-that-be like it or not, Nigeria would still sooner than later return to and address the subject of restructuring and the same open dialogue that has been resisted would still take place. Even if Nnamdi Kanu is not part of that dialogue, the role that he has played will be part of the story to be told.

I speak in these terms because his decision to go into hiding or to run away has been interpreted as cowardice. He had asked his followers to stand up and fight for their rights, but when the Pythons headed towards his abode, he and his parents opted for a rapid dialogue with their feet. Not all revolutionaries run away…perhaps it is better for Nnamdi Kanu to live, so he or others can fight another day.

This is no time for the critics of Kanu and IPOB to heave any sigh of relief. The Python does not dance. Nnamdi Kanu couldn’t dance either. Those who leave fire on their roofs and go to bed will harvest an inferno.
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Kogi State Kidnappers Kill Chinese Expatriate, Driver, Police Escort!!

A Chinese expatriate, his driver and a policeman have been killed by suspected kidnappers along Ajaokuta-Lokoja Road in Kogi State.

Another policeman and a civilian reportedly sustained injuries during an attempt by the kidnappers to abduct the Chinese.

Punch Metro gathered that the expatriate and other victims, who had yet to be identified, were on the road on Saturday when they were waylaid by the gunmen.

The policemen were said to have resisted the attempt to kidnap the Chinese, which led to a shootout.

A source said, “The Chinese expatriate, alongside his driver, was killed in the crossfire between the policemen and the kidnappers.

“One of the policemen lost his life, while another policeman was seriously injured in the gun duel.”

The Police Public Relations Officer of the Kogi State command, William Aya, confirmed the incident.

He said the command had commenced investigation, adding that the perpetrators would be fished out.
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