Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Read Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe's Resignation Letter In Full

President Robert Mugabe’s resignation letter was read out by Zimbabwe parliamentary Speaker, Jacob Mudenda, to lawmakers gathered at a conference centre in Harare to discuss an impeachment motion on Tuesday. Mugabe resigns after 37YEARS in power!! It read:

State House

Harare

Zimbabwe

21 November 2017

The Honourable Jacob Mudenda

Notice of resignation as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe:

In terms of the provisions of section 96 (1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe, amendment number 20, 2013.

Following my verbal communication with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda at 13:53 hours, 21st November, 2017 intimating my intention to resign as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 (1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe with immediate effect.

My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire to ensure a smooth, peaceful and non-violent transfer of power that underpins national security, peace and stability.

Kindly give public notice of my resignation as soon as possible as required by section 96 (1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Gabriel Mugabe President of the Republic of Zimbabwe.
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Ghenghen! Illegal Diversion Of IDP Funds: Fresh UNDP, NHRC Report, Indicts Presidency, Ex-SGF, Babachir Lawal

A fresh report by the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, has accused the Presidential Initiative on the North East, PINE, of complicity in the illegal diversion of funds donated to help Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the country.

The draft report, which UNDP issued in collaboration with the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, yesterday, revealed that out of N8.352 billion released to PINE in 2016,   a total sum of N6.326bn was spent, leaving a balance of N2.026bn.

It, however, decried that PINE which depleted the funds, “paid less attention to the critical needs of IDPs in the areas of housing, food, education and healthcare, but rather used the bulk of the resources on contracts that were found to have immensely benefitted some public officials, including the now-suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal.”

According to the report which UNDP and NHRC made available to newsmen in Abuja, “Public procurement rules and extant federal financial guidelines were breached in the award of the contracts.

“Prima facie cases of conflict of interest were established and companies were fully paid as at a time they had not finished the assigned jobs, while kickbacks were made by some companies to others where public officials had clear interest.

“Again, out of 249 trucks carrying 10, 000 metric tonnes of Maize released by the Federal Government for the benefit of the IDPs in the six states of the North East, 65 trucks were diverted and did not reach their intended destinations.

“They were later recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission after the Senate Committee report was made public.

“But this is a development against the background of the mounting hunger and food crisis in the IDP camps.”

Both UNDP and NHRC mainatined that the overall goal of the 103-page assessment report was to ascertain the human rights and humanitarian conditions of people and communities affected by the long period of violent conflicts in the North Eastern states of Nigeria.

The assessment, which was done from 2015 to June 2017, also focused on human rights protection issues encompassing sexual and gender-based violence, access to justice, community policing and capacity of law enforcement officers for timely response to crises.

Chapter seven of the report which dealt with humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons, also reviewed the fiscal provisions for humanitarian assistance at the federal level and in some of the states under insurgency.

It read: “The findings was that governments did not use the maximum of available resources to protect the rights and welfare of the IDPs. The resources provided at the federal and state levels were paltry.

“In Gombe State, even the little provided in the state budget was not released and cash backed. Most of the IDPs lived in host communities with little access to official humanitarian support, putting additional strain on the already stretched communual health, education and social services.

“The camps were struggling to accommodate the increasing number of displaced people, who found themselves subject to unhealthy living conditions. Many children were malnourished, as adequate provisions were not made to feed them”.

More so, the report alleged that effort by the federal government to push back Boko Haram insurgents led to human rights violations by security agencies.

It also alleged that massive gender-based and sexual violations were recorded within the assessment period, adding that women and girls were sexually abused while some of them were forced into marriage against their will.

It concluded that though there has been an improvement in the security situation in the North East of Nigeria, it regretted that “there are swathes of mainly rural areas still under the control of the insurgents or where they hold sway in their hit and run guerilla tactics”.

As part of its recommendations, the report urged the federal government to “prosecute and punish all persons and organisations responsible for diverting food meant for IDPs and create more transparency around distribution of food for displaced persons”.

It further urged FG to, “Consider the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to enable all stakeholders- perpetrators, victims and survivors to openly discuss about the insurgency and how the wounds can be healed.

“Consider a comprehensive framework on Transitional Justice to address human rights violations and other concerns generated by the insurgency in the North East.

“Urgently consider the establishment of State Police and Local Policing through the appropriate amendment of the Constitution and relevant laws.

“Enact federal and state legislation on witness and victim protection.

“Maintain facilities for prompt investigation and prosecution of offenders and use the International Criminal Court mechanism and other international frameworks for the prosecution of offenders”.

As well as to, “Recuit more personnel for the Police and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps. This should include special measures for the recruitment of more women into the security sector and promotions to higher levels of service”.

It added that human rights training and skill building needs of armed security agencies should be assessed.

“Human rights should be included into their curricula so as to increase the awareness and protection of human rights. Continued education on human rights should also be introduced for serving officers”, the report added.

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Adamawa State: 105 Killed In Mubi, Numan Attacks, Several Injured, Several In Critical Conditions!!

No fewer than 105 persons have been confirmed dead in two deadly attacks in Adamawa State in the last 48 hours, with several scores of others sustaining serious injuries.

While 60 persons were killed  by two suicide bombers at a mosque in Mubi, early yesterday, morning, 45 nomadic Fulani herdsmen were allegedly killed by unknown gunmen at Kikan community in Numan Local Government Area of the state.

The twin suicide bomb blast occurred in the popular Shiwa Mosque, located at Anguwar Medina, in Yelwa quarters of Mubi, the commercial nerve centre of Adamawa State.

Although eyewitness account said 60 persons died in the blasts, the State Police Command, which confirmed 50, also confirmed the 45 killed in Numan.

According to an eyewitness, the two suicide bombers ran from two directions into the mosque at exactly 5:05am, yesterday, while Muslim faithful were observing the SUBHI (morning prayers).

The eyewitness, who identified himself as Bello Fari, said he escaped death by the whiskers as he was equally rushing to meet up the two rak’at prayers.

Fari said: “My house is close to the mosque. I was almost late for the prayers and as I was rushing, I saw two supposed worshippers rushing to enter the mosque though there was some gap between me and them. Moments after the duo entered the mosque, there was a loud bang.

“The bombers waited until the nearly 150-capacity mosque was filled to capacity before they struck.

“Moment after the blast, the prayer was short-lived as the worshippers scampered for their safety, even as I watched from a close range.”

Fari said he immediately ran back into his house to evacuate his family to another part of the city for safety, saying the magnitude of the attack and the loss of human lives were so devastating.

Speaking on the attack, Chairman of Mubi North Local Government Area, Alhaji Musa Bello, who confirmed the incident, said though the casualty figure was being compiled, it was  dozens, with many more injured, some critically.

50 confirmed dead — Police

Adamawa State police command also confirmed the attack, with the spokesman, Othman Abubakar (SP), saying 50 persons were confirmed killed and that investigation into the incident was underway.

“We have 50 dead and we are now trying to get the exact number of those injured,” Mr. Abubakar said.

Adamawa State government said a new security arrangement was in the offing in Mubi to prevent further occurrences.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ahmed Sajoh, said government and security agencies were on top of the situation, even as normalcy has returned to the ancient city.

Mubi, the commercial nerve centre of Adamawa State, was the headquarters of Boko Haram insurgents, when they overran five local governments in the state in 2014 and renamed Mubi “Medinatul Islam.”

Efforts to talk to some of the injured in the hospital in Yola, where they were taken for treatment, were frustrated by heavily armed soldiers who barred journalists from gaining entry into the facility.

It’s wickedness  — Gov

Reacting to the blast, Governor of Adamawa State, Senator Muhammed Umar Jibrilla, described it as unfortunate.

The governor in a statement in Yola, yesterday, said the attack was an act of wickedness perpetrated by criminals who were bent on destroying the hard earned peace in Mubi and other parts of the state.

“We will continue to ensure that our people are protected and given a sense of security which is the most important responsibility of any government.

‘’We have also engaged all security agencies to ensure that this type of wicked act does not repeat itself in any part of the state.

“We call for calm as security has been stepped up in Mubi and environs and we will not rest until those behind this wicked act are brought to book, and may the souls of the departed receive mercy with God.”

Senator Jibrilla called for calm from all residents of Mubi and urged the people to come forward with any information that will help security agencies apprehend the culprits.

“It is unfortunate that people will be killed in cold blood in the place of worship. Adamawa is in mourning and my heart bleeds.  Those injured in the incident will be given adequate medical attention,’’ the governor said.

We’ll protect Adamawa from Boko Haram  — Buhari

In his reaction, yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari assured the people of Adamawa State that his government would do everything to protect them from deadly Boko Haram attacks.

President Buhari in a statement to commiserate with the people of Mubi, Adamawa State, over the early morning suicide attack, described it as cruel and dastardly.

The statement, signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja, read: ''President Buhari, while commiserating with families of the several victims, government and people of the state, assured that government would do everything required to secure the state from the deadly menace of Boko Haram.

“The President enjoined the people in the entire North-East to be more vigilant and report suspicious persons to security agencies in order to avert further attacks on soft targets by the terrorist group.”

Meanwhile, President Buhari has directed the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to deploy more police personnel to prevent further attacks by armed bandits in Zamfara State.

He also directed the IGP to visit the state and report back his findings about the deadly attacks.

The directives, according to the statement, followed recent killings and wanton destruction carried out by unknown gunmen on communities in Shinkafi and Maradun Local Government Areas of the state.

President Buhari prayed that God would console the bereaved families in the Adamawa and Zamfara incidents, heal the injured, and grant rest to the souls of the departed.

Gunmen kill 45 in Kikan community

Meanwhile, unknown gunmen Monday night killed no fewer than 45 persons, mainly women and children at Kikan community of Adamawa State, while many more have been declared missing.

Those killed were said to be largely Fulani herdsmen who had been living in the area for a long time and fears of further attacks heightened tension in the area yesterday.

An eyewitness, Abbas Bello, said those killed had been buried according to Islamic injunctions.

North East Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Mr Mafindi Danburam, who also confirmed the attack, told newsmen in Yola, yesterday, that over four Fulani communities were completely destroyed during the attack.

Also confirming the incident, spokesman of Adamawa State police command, Othman Abubakar (SP), said 45 persons were killed, while several others were still missing.

The state’s deputy governor, Mr Marti Babale, appealed to the people of the affected area to remain calm, assuring that security personnel would be deployed to secure the area.

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Drama As DSS Operatives Stop EFCC From Arresting Their Ex-Director General, Ekpenyong Ita

Officials of the Department of State Services and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission were involved in a showdown for over 13 hours on Tuesday when EFCC operatives stormed the home of the immediate past Director General of the DSS, Ekpenyong Ita, to effect his arrest.

Ita, who served as the head of the DSS from 2010 to 2015, had been invited by the EFCC for his alleged role in the arms scam involving a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), and other service chiefs who have since been arraigned.

It was learnt that while other security agencies had cooperated with the EFCC and released their officials for probe, the DSS had refused to hand over its own officials to the anti-graft agency for over a year.

Following the refusal of Ita to honour a series of EFCC invitations, Punch correspondent was informed that the operatives of the anti-graft agency, armed with an arrest and search warrants, surrounded Ita’s home at 46 Mamman Nasir Street, Asokoro as early as 4am to prevent him from escaping.

Punch correspondent was informed that at daybreak, the EFCC operatives approached the premises and presented the warrant to the armed DSS officials securing the building.

However, as the EFCC officials attempted to enter, the heavily armed DSS officials, some of whom were wearing masks, refused to allow the EFCC men inside.

The DSS officials simply said they were acting on “orders from above.”

They also  threatened to open fire on the persistent EFCC operatives.

The EFCC officials then retreated temporarily and cordoned off all roads leading to the property with a yellow tape which bore the words, ‘crime scene, do not cross.’

Punch correspondent, who was at the scene for about four hours from 12.30pm to 4.15pm, reported that the atmosphere was tense as both sides refused to back down.

An EFCC official said, “Mr. Ekpeyong Ita is being investigated for offences bordering on alleged theft and diversion of public funds. Shortly after we arrived, the DSS reinforced its security presence at the property, with the deployment of about 30 armed operatives.

“The refusal of the DSS operatives to allow the EFCC execute valid search and arrest warrants is really worrisome. I don’t know whether it is within their brief to prevent a law enforcement agency from executing arrest or a search warrant on a property belonging to a retired member of staff of the agency.

“The suspect in question is not a serving officer of the DSS, which makes this action particularly reprehensible.”

Punch correspondent observed that when a member of the EFCC team attempted to take photographs, some DSS officials, including some wearing masks, cocked their guns but the EFCC officials accompanied by over 15 policemen, cocked their own rifles in return and called their bluff.

Meanwhile, a mild drama also played out at the official quarters of a former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke.

About seven policemen also cordoned off his residence located at 10 Mamman Nasir Street, Asokoro.

The EFCC said Oke who was recently sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly stashing away N13bn in a house in Ikoyi, had been refusing to honour invitations for over three weeks.

The commission also obtained search and arrest warrants for Oke and his wife, Folasade, but were denied access by men of the DSS.

However, a source within the NIA said Oke did not ignore invitations but had written to the anti-graft agency informing it that he would do so at a later date.
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Awww.. 24-Year-Old Nigerian Becomes The Youngest Lecturer At UK University (Pics)

Now, here's a Nigerian making us proud!! A 24-year-old Nigerian PhD holder, Nemitari Ajienka, has become the youngest lecturer at a UK university.. He took to his Twitter handle to share the good news.

   ''Immensely Grateful. BSc & MSc distinctions & PhD. A new journey now begins at 24; youngest lecturer at Edge Hill University, UK. #PhD #brunel #MDX #Bham #nigeria #proudlynigerian #PortHarcourt.'' He wrote.
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Burna Boy's Management Release Official Statement Regarding His Arrest Warrant Over Mr 2Kay's Robbery And Assault At Eko Hotel

Yesterday, the Lagos State Police Commissioner stated that Burna Boy is a person of interest in the on-going investigation into Mr 2kay’s robbery and assault at Eko Hotel last month.

The commissioner also publicly announced that Burna Boy should immediately report to the nearest police station for questioning as he has been named by arrested suspects as the mastermind of the alleged crime.

In response, Burna Boy’s management ‘Spaceship Entertainment’ has issued a statement saying, ‘Burna Boy, is not in any way involved with the robbery and beating up of Mr 2kay’.

Read the full statement below.. 

''The management of Burna Boy (Spaceship Entertainment) hereby makes an official statement regarding the news that Burna Boy has been declared wanted by the police.

We use this medium to categorically state that Burna Boy, is not in any way involved with the robbery and beating up of Grafton Records artiste, Mr. 2Kay on the 22nd of October, 2017.

The first and only invitation Burna Boy has ever received from the police was issued yesterday November 20th, 2017. This invitation was honored yesterday November 20th, 2017 and it has been made clear that he is happy to cooperate with the police as best as he can. It is pertinent to note that he was never served an arrest warrant nor has he been declared wanted.

We are confident that the Nigerian police will deal with this fairly and professionally.''
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Video: Zimbabweans In Shock As Robert Mugabe Refuses To Resign As He Gives Live TV Address To The Nation

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, in a much-expected TV address Sunday, stressed he was still in power after his authoritarian 37-year reign was rocked by a military takeover.

''The (ruling ZANU-PF) party congress is due in a few weeks and I will preside over its processes,” Mugabe said, pitching the country into further uncertainty. 

Many Zimbabweans expected Mugabe to resign after the army seized power last week. But Mugabe delivered his speech alongside the uniformed generals who were behind the military intervention. 
In his address, Mugabe made no reference to the clamour for him to resign. Instead he paid tribute to three pillars of power in Zimbabwe — the military, the ruling party and the war veterans movement and urged national solidarity.

''Whatever the pros and cons of how they (the army) went about their operation, I, as commander-in-chief, do acknowledge their concerns,” said Mugabe. “We must learn to forgive and resolve contradictions real or perceived in a comradely Zimbabwean spirit,” he said. 

His address provoked immediate anger. 

“That speech has nothing to do with realities. We will go for impeachment and we are calling people back to the streets,” Chris Mutsvangwa, head of the influential war veterans’ association, told AFP. 

On Saturday, in scenes of public elation not seen since Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980, huge crowds marched and sang their way through Harare and other cities, believing Mugabe was about to step down. 

The ruling ZANU-PF party sacked Mugabe as its leader earlier on Sunday and told him to resign as head of state, naming ousted vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa as the new party chief. 

Analysts say the military stepped in last week after Mugabe’s wife Grace, 52, secured prime position to succeed him as president following a bitter power struggle with Mnangagwa, who has close ties to the army.

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Pics: Son Of Ex- PDP Chairman, Bilyamin Muhammed Bello, Allegedly Stabbed To Death By Wife, Maryam Sanda!!

According to the gist in town, Bilyamin Muhammed Bello, the son of a former PDP chairman, Haliru Bello, was yesterday stabbed to death by his wife,  Maryam Sanda, the daughter of former Aso Savings boss, at their Maitama, Abuja residence.
According to reports, Maryam stabbed Bilyamin three times at his back and severally on his private part.
She was said to have read love messages from another woman  on Bilyamin's phone which made her angry.
She later rushed him to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival. The couple got married in 2015 and the marriage produced a child. #SayNOToDomesticViolence.
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Four Fear Dead In Imo State After Drinking Ogogoro!!

Not less than four persons, were said to have deid after the consumption of a locally made Gin, known as Ogogoro in Imo state.

Vanguard gathered, Sunday, that the tragic event happened in Imerienwe community of Ngor Okpala local government area of the state, at a popular drinking joint of one Uwadiegwu Eze, on Thursday.

A community leader who introduced himself as Agbara Emma, said that the victims started complaining of stomach bite few minutes after taken the Gin and by Saturday the story changed.
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Lagos Bus Conductors To Start Wearing Uniforms January 2018

The Bus Conductors Association of Nigeria, BCAN, says that its members in Lagos State will start wearing uniforms from Jan. 1, 2018 for security and effective service delivery.

Israel Adeshola, the National President of the association, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria  in Lagos on Sunday.

Mr. Adeshola said the operational uniform would bring sanity to the service in the state and the country as a whole.

According to him, the association has started training its members in Lagos State and educating them on the job procedures and attitudinal change while on duty.

“The association has been able to train a reasonable number of conductors on behavioural change.

“We started the registrations and training at Lagos State Drivers Institute for attitudinal and change in orientation of the members toward passengers and traffic rules.

“By January 1, 2018, all our registered members will be in their operational uniforms for proper identification and effective service delivery,” he said.

The president explained that part of the reasons for training its members was to ensure adequate security of passengers and good customer relationship with the people they relate with.

He said that putting on uniforms with identification numbers would ensure accountability and brought sense of responsibility among the members.
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#BAAD2017: Banky W's Pretty Bride, Adesua Etomi, Dazzles, As She Makes Her Grand Entrance (Pics)

Adesua looks rather dashing in her traditional attire as she steps out to make her union to Banky W official.
The beauty looks ethereal with her bridesmaids looking like the perfect bridal train any one could ask for.
Banky W and his wife, Adesua Etomi wowed their guests by emerging from a digital screen into their lavish traditional wedding reception tonight.
This was after the bride had an outfit change into a Avant Garde Yoruba dress by Toju Foyeh.
Celebs at the wedding..
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Apostle Johnson Suleman Dressed Like A Policeman To Church Today (See Pics)

The outspoken Senior Pastor of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide (OFM), Apostle Johnson Suleman, was seen wearing a Police uniform during church service earlier today.
He rocked the outfit during a presentation at the International Men’s Conference Thanksgiving Sunday Service.. See more pics below..
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