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World Politics / Re: Nigeria Elections: We Are Prepared To Spill Our Last Blood To Defend Democracy – Ortom by nobilitycity: Today at 03:45 am
GabrielT:Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom Tuesday said the people of Nigeria are prepared to spill the last pint of their blood to defend the hard-earned democracy of the nation.
He also said the security agencies should have a rethink while carrying out the order of President Muhammadu Buhari to deal ruthlessly with the electorate at the poll.
Ortom said this at the PDP National Secretariat, Abuja while reacting to the controversial order by Buhari to the army and police at the poll.
In his words, “The military and other security agencies should respect their rules of engagement.
“Anything short of that will not be acceptable by Nigerians.
“It is unfortunate that a President who was elected under a democratic setting is becoming dictatorial.
“We are prepared to spill the last pint of our blood to defend our democracy”.

World Politics / Re: Good News!!! Russia Have Just Created The Cure For Hiv, Watch Out For Dinavair by nobilitycity: Today at 03:45 am
Preshemeka600:On Wednesday, the head of the federal health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, said that the Russian Central Research Institute of Epidemiology has developed a new gene therapy medicine for people living with HIV.

“The Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor created a fundamentally new drug for gene therapy, gene prophylactic treatment and molecular vaccination against HIV.

Related image
Photo credit: thesource.com
“A highly active antiviral drug called Dinavir, which will soon be clinically tested, has been created,” Popova said on the sidelines of an international conference on HIV and AIDS in Moscow.

The official noted that Russia was facing a number a number of problems related to treatment of HIV and AIDS, including high prices for treatment and lack of proper medications.

This is very much similar to the problems posed by HIV treatment in Nigeria.

Millions of people have been infected with HIV since it was first discovered in early 1980s, prompting the development of drugs that would help tackle the deadly virus.
Image result for hiv
Photo Credit: Anova
This is good news to Nigeria where it is estimated that every 5 out of 100 persons (5%) has HIV/AIDS. The number of people living with HIV vary from 1 to 12 in every 100 persons in the various states of the the country. In 2004, an estimated 3.2 to 3.8 million Nigerians have been infected by HIV making Nigeria the third highest prevalence rate worldwide; next to South Africa and India.

Though the rate of daily infection of HIV has dropped significantly due to efforts of the federal government, civil society organizations, multinational organisations, private individuals, among others; people living with the disease in Nigeria are desperately looking for “HIV cure.

Image result for hiv
Photo Credit: Medical News Today
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It harms your immune system by destroying the white blood cells that fight infection. This puts you at risk for serious infections and certain cancers. AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It is the final stage of infection with HIV. Not everyone with HIV develops AIDS.

HIV most often spreads through unprotected s*x with an infected person. It may also spread by sharing drug needles or through contact with the blood of an infected person. Women can give it to their babies during pregnancy or childbirth.

The first signs of HIV infection may be swollen glands and flu-like symptoms. These may come and go within two to four weeks. Severe symptoms may not appear until months or years later.

Image result for hiv
Photo Credit: AIDS Info
A blood test can tell if you have HIV infection. Your health care provider can do the test, or you can use a home testing kit

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World Politics / Re: Good News!!! Russia Have Just Created The Cure For Hiv, Watch Out For Dinavair by nobilitycity: Today at 03:41 am
Preshemeka600:On Wednesday, the head of the federal health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, said that the Russian Central Research Institute of Epidemiology has developed a new gene therapy medicine for people living with HIV.

“The Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor created a fundamentally new drug for gene therapy, gene prophylactic treatment and molecular vaccination against HIV.

Related image
Photo credit: thesource.com
“A highly active antiviral drug called Dinavir, which will soon be clinically tested, has been created,” Popova said on the sidelines of an international conference on HIV and AIDS in Moscow.

The official noted that Russia was facing a number a number of problems related to treatment of HIV and AIDS, including high prices for treatment and lack of proper medications.

This is very much similar to the problems posed by HIV treatment in Nigeria.

Millions of people have been infected with HIV since it was first discovered in early 1980s, prompting the development of drugs that would help tackle the deadly virus.
Image result for hiv
Photo Credit: Anova
This is good news to Nigeria where it is estimated that every 5 out of 100 persons (5%) has HIV/AIDS. The number of people living with HIV vary from 1 to 12 in every 100 persons in the various states of the the country. In 2004, an estimated 3.2 to 3.8 million Nigerians have been infected by HIV making Nigeria the third highest prevalence rate worldwide; next to South Africa and India.

Though the rate of daily infection of HIV has dropped significantly due to efforts of the federal government, civil society organizations, multinational organisations, private individuals, among others; people living with the disease in Nigeria are desperately looking for “HIV cure.

Image result for hiv
Photo Credit: Medical News Today
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It harms your immune system by destroying the white blood cells that fight infection. This puts you at risk for serious infections and certain cancers. AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It is the final stage of infection with HIV. Not everyone with HIV develops AIDS.

HIV most often spreads through unprotected s*x with an infected person. It may also spread by sharing drug needles or through contact with the blood of an infected person. Women can give it to their babies during pregnancy or childbirth.

The first signs of HIV infection may be swollen glands and flu-like symptoms. These may come and go within two to four weeks. Severe symptoms may not appear until months or years later.

Image result for hiv
Photo Credit: AIDS Info
A blood test can tell if you have HIV infection. Your health care provider can do the test, or you can use a home testing kit

World Politics / Re: Police Arrest 10 For Alleged Involvement In Akwa Ibom Violence by nobilitycity: Today at 03:39 am
GabrielT:Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested 10 persons alleged to be involved in the burning of 11 buses close to the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Obot Akara Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Mcdon, paraded the suspects on Tuesday on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Bashiru Makama, at the police headquarters in Uyo, the state capital.
He said the suspects committed the offence on Friday, hours before INEC announced the postponement of the general elections.
The command’s spokesman disclosed that weapons recovered from the suspects included two locally-made shotguns, 25 live cartridges, substances suspected to be Indian hemp, two machetes, and charms among others.

According to him, the suspects will be transferred to the Force Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.
Mcdon urged politicians to abide by the rules and advise their supporters to conduct themselves peacefully during the elections.
He also revealed that the police seized 179 Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) and 27 temporary voter cards in two different operations.
The command’s spokesman added that 41 people claiming to be elections observers with no proof of their claim were arrested by the police.
He denied reports that 400 political thugs were arrested in the state, noting that only 20 persons were arrested, and they had not yet been linked to any political party.
Mcdon said the police in the state were non-partisan and would act professionally at all times, as well as remain neutral and committed to free, fair and credible elections in line with international best practice.
He called on political stakeholders in the state to play the game according to the rules.

World Politics / Re: Elections:l Am Not Afraid To Lose-president Buhari Declares. by nobilitycity: Today at 03:36 am
HenryGee2310: Date:February 19, 2019, 2:25 pm

Elections: 'I Am Not Afraid To Lose' - President Buhari DeclaresBy Mod - 7 minutes ago - [ Update ]


President Muhammadu Buhari says he is not afraid to lose the presidential election rescheduled early Saturday morning to February 23.

Mr Buhari spoke at a national caucus meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) held on Monday at the party’s headquarters in Abuja over the postponement of the election.

The meeting was attended by the president, National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, party leader Bola Tinubu, 11 APC governors, and Minister of Transportation.

”I am not afraid to lose. I have gone around the 36 states and Abuja I think I have enough supporters across the country to look after me.” Mr Buhari said.

Mr Buhari said he wants Nigerians to be respected irrespective of the outcome of the election.

He also urged Nigerians to come out and vote on the rescheduled date for the candidates of their choice.

”We are not going to be blamed that we want to rig election. I want Nigerians to be respected. Let them vote whoever they want across the parties,” the president said.

Source:

www.tori.ng/news/116650/elections-i-am-not-afraid-to-lose-president-buhari.html


HenryGee2310: Date:February 19, 2019, 2:25 pm

Elections: 'I Am Not Afraid To Lose' - President Buhari DeclaresBy Mod - 7 minutes ago - [ Update ]


President Muhammadu Buhari says he is not afraid to lose the presidential election rescheduled early Saturday morning to February 23.

Mr Buhari spoke at a national caucus meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) held on Monday at the party’s headquarters in Abuja over the postponement of the election.

The meeting was attended by the president, National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, party leader Bola Tinubu, 11 APC governors, and Minister of Transportation.

”I am not afraid to lose. I have gone around the 36 states and Abuja I think I have enough supporters across the country to look after me.” Mr Buhari said.

Mr Buhari said he wants Nigerians to be respected irrespective of the outcome of the election.

He also urged Nigerians to come out and vote on the rescheduled date for the candidates of their choice.

”We are not going to be blamed that we want to rig election. I want Nigerians to be respected. Let them vote whoever they want across the parties,” the president said.

Source:

www.tori.ng/news/116650/elections-i-am-not-afraid-to-lose-president-buhari.html


HenryGee2310: Date:February 19, 2019, 2:25 pm

Elections: 'I Am Not Afraid To Lose' - President Buhari DeclaresBy Mod - 7 minutes ago - [ Update ]


President Muhammadu Buhari says he is not afraid to lose the presidential election rescheduled early Saturday morning to February 23.

Mr Buhari spoke at a national caucus meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) held on Monday at the party’s headquarters in Abuja over the postponement of the election.

The meeting was attended by the president, National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, party leader Bola Tinubu, 11 APC governors, and Minister of Transportation.

”I am not afraid to lose. I have gone around the 36 states and Abuja I think I have enough supporters across the country to look after me.” Mr Buhari said.

Mr Buhari said he wants Nigerians to be respected irrespective of the outcome of the election.

He also urged Nigerians to come out and vote on the rescheduled date for the candidates of their choice.

”We are not going to be blamed that we want to rig election. I want Nigerians to be respected. Let them vote whoever they want across the parties,” the president said.

Source:

www.tori.ng/news/116650/elections-i-am-not-afraid-to-lose-president-buhari.html


HenryGee2310: Date:February 19, 2019, 2:25 pm

Elections: 'I Am Not Afraid To Lose' - President Buhari DeclaresBy Mod - 7 minutes ago - [ Update ]


President Muhammadu Buhari says he is not afraid to lose the presidential election rescheduled early Saturday morning to February 23.

Mr Buhari spoke at a national caucus meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) held on Monday at the party’s headquarters in Abuja over the postponement of the election.

The meeting was attended by the president, National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, party leader Bola Tinubu, 11 APC governors, and Minister of Transportation.

”I am not afraid to lose. I have gone around the 36 states and Abuja I think I have enough supporters across the country to look after me.” Mr Buhari said.

Mr Buhari said he wants Nigerians to be respected irrespective of the outcome of the election.

He also urged Nigerians to come out and vote on the rescheduled date for the candidates of their choice.

”We are not going to be blamed that we want to rig election. I want Nigerians to be respected. Let them vote whoever they want across the parties,” the president said.

Source:

www.tori.ng/news/116650/elections-i-am-not-afraid-to-lose-president-buhari.html


World Politics / Police Arrest 10 For Alleged Involvement In Akwa Ibom Violence by GabrielT: Yesterday at 07:42 pm
Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested 10 persons alleged to be involved in the burning of 11 buses close to the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Obot Akara Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Mcdon, paraded the suspects on Tuesday on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Bashiru Makama, at the police headquarters in Uyo, the state capital.
He said the suspects committed the offence on Friday, hours before INEC announced the postponement of the general elections.
The command’s spokesman disclosed that weapons recovered from the suspects included two locally-made shotguns, 25 live cartridges, substances suspected to be Indian hemp, two machetes, and charms among others.

According to him, the suspects will be transferred to the Force Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.
Mcdon urged politicians to abide by the rules and advise their supporters to conduct themselves peacefully during the elections.
He also revealed that the police seized 179 Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) and 27 temporary voter cards in two different operations.
The command’s spokesman added that 41 people claiming to be elections observers with no proof of their claim were arrested by the police.
He denied reports that 400 political thugs were arrested in the state, noting that only 20 persons were arrested, and they had not yet been linked to any political party.
Mcdon said the police in the state were non-partisan and would act professionally at all times, as well as remain neutral and committed to free, fair and credible elections in line with international best practice.
He called on political stakeholders in the state to play the game according to the rules.

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Sports / Messi Reveals The Player That Will Take Over As The “best” When He Retires by Preshemeka600: Yesterday at 05:15 pm
Barcelona legend Lionel Messi has revealed Ousmane Dembele could be the best player in the world if he gets his attitude right. The La Liga champions attacking talisman has been talking up his team-mate during an interview with Marca (h/t FourFourTwo). Messi said it’s up to 21-year-old Dembele how far he wants to go in the game.

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“On the pitch (Dembele) is a phenomenon and it depends on him (how good he becomes). He has all the opportunity in the world to do what he wants. He can be one of the best. “On the other hand, he’s a young guy who is adapting to the city and the club. The less you speak about it, the better. It’s necessary to leave him so he can be calm. “He has already realised his mistakes and has rectified them. We are going to help him focus on football.”

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Messi’s reference to possible distractions away from the pitch is a timely one for Dembele. Former France international and Barcelona defender Lilian Thuram recently offered Dembele advice along similar lines. Speaking to Marca‘s Luis F. Rojo, World Cup-winner Thuram cautioned Dembele about the need to follow the examples of more experienced players around him.

Thuram has also spoken of Dembele's need to stay focused both on and off the pitch.
However, Thuram also said Dembele’s off-pitch antics shouldn’t be blown out of proportion: “Nor should we make a drama out of this subject. If I started talking about the players I saw in my career who didn’t do everything right, I wouldn’t be able to stop talking for a month.” Dembele and Barcelona return to action when the La Liga resume again on January 3rd.

World Politics / Good News!!! Russia Have Just Created The Cure For Hiv, Watch Out For Dinavair by Preshemeka600: Yesterday at 04:51 pm
On Wednesday, the head of the federal health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, said that the Russian Central Research Institute of Epidemiology has developed a new gene therapy medicine for people living with HIV.

“The Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor created a fundamentally new drug for gene therapy, gene prophylactic treatment and molecular vaccination against HIV.

Related image
Photo credit: thesource.com
“A highly active antiviral drug called Dinavir, which will soon be clinically tested, has been created,” Popova said on the sidelines of an international conference on HIV and AIDS in Moscow.

The official noted that Russia was facing a number a number of problems related to treatment of HIV and AIDS, including high prices for treatment and lack of proper medications.

This is very much similar to the problems posed by HIV treatment in Nigeria.

Millions of people have been infected with HIV since it was first discovered in early 1980s, prompting the development of drugs that would help tackle the deadly virus.
Image result for hiv
Photo Credit: Anova
This is good news to Nigeria where it is estimated that every 5 out of 100 persons (5%) has HIV/AIDS. The number of people living with HIV vary from 1 to 12 in every 100 persons in the various states of the the country. In 2004, an estimated 3.2 to 3.8 million Nigerians have been infected by HIV making Nigeria the third highest prevalence rate worldwide; next to South Africa and India.

Though the rate of daily infection of HIV has dropped significantly due to efforts of the federal government, civil society organizations, multinational organisations, private individuals, among others; people living with the disease in Nigeria are desperately looking for “HIV cure.

Image result for hiv
Photo Credit: Medical News Today
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It harms your immune system by destroying the white blood cells that fight infection. This puts you at risk for serious infections and certain cancers. AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It is the final stage of infection with HIV. Not everyone with HIV develops AIDS.

HIV most often spreads through unprotected s*x with an infected person. It may also spread by sharing drug needles or through contact with the blood of an infected person. Women can give it to their babies during pregnancy or childbirth.

The first signs of HIV infection may be swollen glands and flu-like symptoms. These may come and go within two to four weeks. Severe symptoms may not appear until months or years later.

Image result for hiv
Photo Credit: AIDS Info
A blood test can tell if you have HIV infection. Your health care provider can do the test, or you can use a home testing kit

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World Politics / Nigeria Elections: We Are Prepared To Spill Our Last Blood To Defend Democracy – Ortom by GabrielT: Yesterday at 04:24 pm
Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom Tuesday said the people of Nigeria are prepared to spill the last pint of their blood to defend the hard-earned democracy of the nation.
He also said the security agencies should have a rethink while carrying out the order of President Muhammadu Buhari to deal ruthlessly with the electorate at the poll.
Ortom said this at the PDP National Secretariat, Abuja while reacting to the controversial order by Buhari to the army and police at the poll.
In his words, “The military and other security agencies should respect their rules of engagement.
“Anything short of that will not be acceptable by Nigerians.
“It is unfortunate that a President who was elected under a democratic setting is becoming dictatorial.
“We are prepared to spill the last pint of our blood to defend our democracy”.

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Entertainment / Mr Latin Addresses Baba Suwe's Ill-health Situation. by HenryGee2310(m): Yesterday at 03:59 pm
Date:February 19, 2019, 2:53 pm

Mr Latin Addresses Baba Suwe's Ill-health SituationBy Mod - 51 minutes ago - [ Update ]

Everything you need to live well

Yesterday, news hit the internet that popular comic Yoruba actor, Babatunde Omidina popualarly known as Baba Suwe is down with chronic diabetes.

It was also reported by some media outlets that the ailing screen star has been abandoned by colleagues and the film industry but the National President of the Theatre Arts and Motions Pictures Producers Association of Nigeria, (TAMPAN), Mr Latin has reacted to this.

In his reaction, Mr Latin who is also an actor himself denied the rumors that the actor has been abandoned. According to him, the medical bills of the actor is something the association has been taking care of since 2017. He said,

“I have just instructed the Lagos State executive of the association to check on him (Baba Suwe) to ascertain his health progress. I can tell you that we have not abandoned him, as well as any of our members, as being speculated in some quarters by mischief-makers.”

It would be recalled that back in 2011, the 60-year-old Baba Suwe was alleged of cocaine trafficking by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), an allegation that was described as false and defamatory by the ruling of the Lagos High Court of Law.

Source:

guardian.ng/life/mr-latin-denies-colleagues-abandoned-baba-suwe/
  



World Politics / Buhari, Osinbajo, Tinubu,governors Hold Apc National Caucus Meeting. by HenryGee2310(m): Yesterday at 03:55 pm
Date:February 19, 2019, 2:39 pm

Buhari, Osinbajo, Tinubu, Governors Hold APC National Caucus MeetingBy Mod - 22 minutes ago - [ Update ]

File photo of APC Party leaders at a meeting.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, APC National Leader Bola Tinubu and some governors are currently attending the national caucus meeting of the All Progressives Congress.

“The meeting is being held to discuss critical issues affecting the party, including the postponement of the general elections by one week,” says the President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad.

“The meeting is holding at the APC headquarters in Abuja,” Ahmad added.

This was contained in a tweet via Ahmad’s verified Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad,

Ahmad also quoted the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole as saying "We are reassuring Nigerias that free and fair elections must take place ‘daga sama har kasa’ (from top to bottom), and we are not going to compromise on that.” – APC National Chairman, Com. Adams Oshiomhole"

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that those in attendance included the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; APC members of the National Assembly, APC governors from Lagos, Niger, Zamfara, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Jigawa, Borno, Bauchi and Kaduna states.

Source:

www.tori.ng/news/116606/buhari-osinbajo-tinubu-governors-hold-apc-national.html
  



World Politics / Elections:l Am Not Afraid To Lose-president Buhari Declares. by HenryGee2310(m): Yesterday at 03:52 pm
 Date:February 19, 2019, 2:25 pm

Elections: 'I Am Not Afraid To Lose' - President Buhari DeclaresBy Mod - 7 minutes ago - [ Update ]


President Muhammadu Buhari says he is not afraid to lose the presidential election rescheduled early Saturday morning to February 23.

Mr Buhari spoke at a national caucus meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) held on Monday at the party’s headquarters in Abuja over the postponement of the election.

The meeting was attended by the president, National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, party leader Bola Tinubu, 11 APC governors, and Minister of Transportation.

”I am not afraid to lose. I have gone around the 36 states and Abuja I think I have enough supporters across the country to look after me.” Mr Buhari said.

Mr Buhari said he wants Nigerians to be respected irrespective of the outcome of the election.

He also urged Nigerians to come out and vote on the rescheduled date for the candidates of their choice.

”We are not going to be blamed that we want to rig election. I want Nigerians to be respected. Let them vote whoever they want across the parties,” the president said.

Source:

www.tori.ng/news/116650/elections-i-am-not-afraid-to-lose-president-buhari.html


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World Politics / Nigeria's Election:abacha Names Preferred Presidential Candidate, Gives Reason. by HenryGee2310(m): Yesterday at 03:47 pm
Date:February 19, 2019, 2:53 pm

Nigeria’s election: Abacha names preferred presidential candidate, gives reasonsBy Mod - 1 hour ago - [ Update ]

A governorship candidate of the Advance Peoples Democratic Alliance in Kano State, Alhaji Mohammed Abacha, on Monday, endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid.

The eldest son of the late Head of State, Gen Sani Abacha, while addressing reporters at his campaign office on Maguwa Road in Kano, promised to help mobilise at least two million votes in the state for Buhari.

On why he endorsed Buhari and not other presidential candidate, Abacha, who was represented by the Chairman of the APDA in Kano, Alhaji Bashir Bataya, said he decided to support the President based on his achievements since he came into power in 2015.

According to him, some of Buhari’s achievements are security and economic stability, capital projects and agriculture development.

Abacha said, “The APDA in its search for a torchbearer for this great nation, has found Buhari as a man of integrity, transparency and he is incorruptible.

“We have noticed tremendous improvement in the area of security in Nigeria, especially in the North-East. Again, the stability in our economy and agriculture is a thing of joy. The home-grown feeding programme has generated millions of job opportunities and improved the consumption of local farm produce. When you consider the nation’s economic situation between 2014 and 2015, with the present situation, you will see that the country has largely improved.

“On capital projects, the Buhari government has completed and is still working on several abandoned projects across the country, especially road projects.”

Source:

dailypost.ng/2019/02/19/nigerias-election-abacha-names-preferred-presidential-candidate-gives-reasons/




Jokes / Baboons And Monkeys. by HenryGee2310(m): Yesterday at 11:51 am
_When the baboons and monkeys heard that the man who used to chase them away from the maize field had died.....they hysterically celebrated...... The following year there was no maize.....that's when they painfully realised the dead man was the farmer!_
Not all 'enemies ' are enemies.

World Politics / Mob Burns Suspected Robber To Death In Aba. by HenryGee2310(m): Yesterday at 11:50 am
 Date:February 19, 2019, 6:56 am

Mob burns suspected robber to death in AbaBy Mod - 7 minutes ago - [ Update ]

[FILES] Angry mob lynched and burnt to death a suspected armed robber who was among a gang of seven that invaded Eziama area in Aba yesterday

An angry mob lynched and burnt to death a suspected armed robber who was among a gang of seven that invaded Eziama area in Aba yesterday.

The incident occurred at Uche Street in Eziama, Aba North Local Government Area in the early hours of yesterday.

Spokesman for the Abia State police command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said: “We got the information this morning that a gang of seven armed robbers attacked the residents of Eziama, Aba and robbed them of their household valuables which included televisions, palmtops, mobile phones and other properties.’’

Ogbonna added that the police had launched an investigation to discover both the identity of the suspect and those who killed him instead of turning him over to the police. “The hoodlums, armed with machetes and locally made guns, left after they thought that they had succeeded.

“But luck ran against one of them who was caught by the irate mob and they burnt him to death. We are nosing around to find out the identity of the burnt suspect because when things like this happen, people will be skeptical to talk to the police,” he said.

Ogbonna warned people not to take laws into their hands in any circumstance but to report any matter to the police for proper resolution.

“If they had caught him and handed him over to the police, we would have extracted some helpful information from him that could lead to the arrest of other gang members. But now that they have killed him, it has become more difficult,” the police spokesman said.

He said that some of the valuables the robbers forcefully took from their owners at gunpoint had been recovered.



Source:

guardian.ng/news/mob-burns-suspected-robber-to-death-in-aba/

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World Politics / Polls Shift Hits Exchange Rate, Stock Market Loses N196billion. by HenryGee2310(m): Yesterday at 11:43 am
Date:February 19, 2019, 5:57 am

Poll shift hits exchange rate, stock market loses N196 billionBy Mod - 9 minutes ago - [ Update ]

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The financial services sector yesterday reacted negatively to the uncertainty in the nation’s political environment as investors priced in the risks of election postponement on the stock market and exchange rate.

The development came just as analysts polled by The Guardian at the weekend predicted that investors and financial transactions would plummet as a first reaction.

Specifically, investors lost N196 billion from share depreciation across all segments of the listed equities, even as analysts from Afrinvest Securities Limited said the bearish run would be sustained this week due to uncertainties surrounding the polls.

Before the postponement, there was a positive sentiment across board, as the market rallied in about seven consecutive days, with investors making up their mind over whoever emerges, since all the fundamentals of the market looked good.

For instance, at the end of transactions last week Tuesday, the All-Share Index (ASI) had gained 680.44 absolute points, representing an increase of 2.14 per cent, to close at 32,462.31 points.

Similarly, market capitalisation increased by N254 billion, to close at N12.106 trillion.

Regrettably, yesterday, the market capitalisation, which opened at N12.2 trillion, lost N196 billion to close at N12.004 trillion, with the ASI depreciating by 1.6 per cent to 32,190 from 32.715 at which it opened yesterday.

The Chief Executive Officer of Crane Securities Limited, Mike Ezeh told The Guardian that the postponed election was taking its toll on the market performance because it is information-driven.

“The effect of political violence, utterances, crisis of any sort impact negatively on the market because they connote negative signals to investors, particularly about rising insecurity in the country.

“Whenever there are signs of insecurity, investors become apprehensive and shy away from such market. Our politicians must behave well. They are very rude and primitive for now,” he said.

An independent Investor, Amaechi Egbo, said: “The postponement has heightened the political risk in the environment and we should expect that investors will respond in their own way.

“The last-minute postponement has raised doubts on the capacity of the electoral umpire and this has actually sent a wrong signal to the stock market. We have seen this cycle repeat itself over time,” he said.

At the foreign exchange (forex) market, the forwards segment, where investors book dollar exchange ahead, lost N4 on the one-year non-deliverable naira forward at N401 per dollar, against N397 per dollar in the previous session.

A daily market report of the FSDH Merchant Bank Limited, showed that activity at the interbank foreign exchange market remained low, with quotes at the official window for forex ranging between N306.30/$ and N307.3/$

Investors had last week booked shares and government securities in anticipation of post-election rally buoyed by hopes of elections being free from uncertain outlook.

“The permutation boosted dollar liquidity on the currency market, but the unexpected outcome over the weekend has hit the yields of government’s dollar-denominated bonds, with possibility of affecting the demand for domestic naira debt auction slated for this week,” a market trader, Adewole Afolayan, said.

Also, FXTM’s research analyst, Lukman Otunuga, said the lost fortunes of the local currency yesterday followed the sudden postponement of the elections.

“With the nation speculated to lose roughly $1 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a result of this, the near-term economic outlook has gone sour. However, it may be too early to jump to any conclusion over what impact this could have on sentiment and macro-economic conditions.

“The uncertainty from this development will certainly impact the Nigerian stocks in the near term, with the ASI already down by 1.61 per cent lower as of writing,” he said.

At the official Bureau De Change segment, the naira has maintained its 18-months stability despite the odds, exchanging at N358 per dollar.

The President of the Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), Dr. Aminu Gwadabe, commended the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for financial sector reforms, which, according to him, have forestalled spikes and volatility in an election year.

“The dexterity of the apex bank in ensuring that naira remained stable in an election year is commendable. Election years, as witnessed during the 2015 general elections, are marred by exchange rate volatility and spikes in the market.”

Source:

guardian.ng/business-services/poll-shift-hits-exchange-rate-stock-market-loses-n196-billion/
 



World Politics / Miyetti Allah Warns Against Reprisal Over Kajuru Killings. by HenryGee2310(m): Yesterday at 11:38 am
Date:February 19, 2019, 5:27 am

Miyetti Allah warns against reprisal over Kajuru killingsBy Mod - 10 minutes ago - [ Update ]

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Following the killings in parts of Kajuru Council of Kaduna State, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has called on all and sundry, particularly the affected Fulani, to remain calm and ignore all forms of provocation to consider retaliation.

The association commended Governor Nasir el-Rufai for ensuring that the situation was brought under control.

Assistant women leader of MACBAN, Khadijah Ardido, made the appeal while speaking with journalists in Kaduna yesterday.

According to her, it is unfortunate and most painful that people were killed with reckless abandon, including women and children, and people with no human feelings deny the killings.

“As I speak to you now, some of the injured are still in the hospital, it is painful that the Fulani are being killed not only in Kaduna State but in several other parts of the country and little or nothing is being done about it.

“The government must rise to this challenge and stop all forms of unwarranted killings. There must be respect for human lives,” she stressed.

While reminding the killers that their action is evil, she called on the people not to revolt.

Commending el-Rufai for steps so far taken, she added: “The government should ensure that proper investigation is carried out and whoever is found guilty should be made to face the full wrath of the law, at least to serve as deterrent to others now and in the future.”



Source:

guardian.ng/news/miyetti-allah-warns-against-reprisal-over-kajuru-killings/



World Politics / Hoodlums Set 5 Houses On Fire In Osun. by HenryGee2310(m): Yesterday at 11:35 am
 Date:February 19, 2019, 5:28 am

Hoodlums set 5 houses on fire in OsunBy Mod - 11 minutes ago - [ Update ]

Suspected arsonists on Sunday night set five houses on fire at Igangan in Atakumosa East Local Government Area of Osun State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the hoodlums, who attacked the community at about 8.pm, also destroyed property worth millions of naira.

The assailants were also said to have shot one Miss Rukayat Balogun at Iwara in the early hours of Saturday.

NAN reports that the assailants had been on rampage in many communities in the local government in the last two weeks.

The Commissioner of Police in Osun, Mrs Abiodun Ige, who carried out an on the spot assessment of the scene of the incident at Igangan on Monday, said the police would beef up security in the area.

The police commissioner also gave an assurance that the perpetrators of the crime would be brought to justice.

Mr Gbenga Ogbara, the Chairman of Atakumosa East Local Government, whose house was burnt, called on security agents to beef up security in the area.

Source:

dailypost.ng/2019/02/18/hoodlums-set-5-houses-fire-osun/
   



World Politics / Lai Mohammed Speaks On Saraki Making Him Minister Under Buhari. by HenryGee2310(m): Yesterday at 11:31 am
 Date:February 19, 2019, 9:42 am

Lai Mohammed speaks on Saraki ‘making’ him minister under BuhariBy Mod - 40 minutes ago - [ Update ]

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said he owes his appointment as minister to President Muhammadu Buhari and no one else.

In a statement issued on Monday in Abuja, the minister said it was “laughable’’ that anyone would seek to take credit for his appointment.

NAN reports that Mohammed was reacting to a statement by Dr. Doyin Okupe, a Special Adviser (Media) to the Director-General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, in which he gave credit to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki for the minister’s appointment.

The minister said that the entire statement by Okupe, “is nothing but fiction writing, for which he deserves a hall of infamy award (in the fiction writing segment).

“Not one of the claims he made in his statement is true.’’

Mohammed challenged Okupe to make available to Nigerians any evidence he might have to support his assertion that the President sought the permission of Saraki to appoint him as minister.

“We understand that Dr. Okupe’s cheap attempt at mud-throwing is nothing but a proxy fight, rooted deeply in the politics of Kwara State.

“We are aware that Okupe’s boss is feeling the heat emanating from the `O To Ge’ (enough is enough) movement in Kwara.

“ And that even the strongest of men will become disoriented and disillusioned at losing the support of a people who once venerated them to high heavens.

“But that is a self-inflicted wound for which Okupe’s boss, an acclaimed slave master, has no one but himself to blame,’’ Mohammed added.

Source:

dailypost.ng/2019/02/18/lai-mohammed-speaks-saraki-making-minister-buhari/




World Politics / How Sars Recovered Stolen Inec 's Card Readers From A Bush In Ri. by HenryGee2310(m): Yesterday at 11:27 am
Date:February 19, 2019, 9:42 am

How SARS Recovered Stolen INEC’s Card Readers From A Bush In Rivers. PhotosBy Mod - 53 minutes ago - [ Update ]

Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Rivers State have recovered 31 Electronic Card Readers (ECRs) believed to have been stolen from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The SRCs were recovered in a bush on Rumuji-Emohua axis of the East-West Road in the Southsouth state. They were allegedly thrown into the bush by thugs who were fleeing to escape arrest.

The thugs were believed to be working for one of the major political parties.

SARS yesterday notified the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Rivers State, Mr. Obo Effanga, seeking for more information and the cooperation of the commission and its officials to ensure detailed investigation.

A top official of the SARS in Rivers, said that the hoodlums, who drove in a brown Toyota Camry saloon car around 9am on Saturday, were given a hot chase by operatives of the squad, making them to escape, after throwing a bag containing the 31 card readers into the bush.

The SARS chief also revealed that operatives of the police formation continued to search the bush, leading to the later discovery and recovery of the 31 stolen card readers, which was revealed by intelligence as perpetrated by political thugs.

According to the SARS’ top official, the recovered card readers were still in police custody.

It was also learnt that the hoodlums’ car left Port Harcourt for communities in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers to perfect their rigging plans, unaware of 11th hour postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Rivers SARS, in a letter to the REC of INEC in the state, with reference number: AR:3000/RVS/SARS/RVS/VOL.8/272, dated February 16 and received/signed yesterday at 8 a.m. by an INEC official, titled: “Investigation Activities. Re: Stolen and recovered INEC Card Readers by ASP Monday Mathias and Team,”was signed by Rivers Commander of SARS, Mr. Akin Fakorede, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP).

The letter reads: “The above-named detective and team are serving members of this formation and are investigating a case of suspected stolen/recovered INEC’s card readers.

“You are kindly requested to assist the team in the course of the investigation. Attached herewith are the serial numbers of the INEC’s card readers for ease of reference. Accept the best assurances of the Rivers State Commissioner of Police (Usman Belel), please.”

Source:

www.nationalhelm.co/2019/02/how-sars-recovered-stolen-inecs-card-readers-from-a-bush-in-rivers-photos.html



World Politics / Good News!petol To Sell At N140 Per Litre From Wednesday. by HenryGee2310(m): Yesterday at 11:10 am
Date:February 19, 2019, 10am.

Good News! Petrol To Sell At N140 Per Litre From WednesdayBy Mod - 1 hour ago - [ Update ]

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has directed its members nationwide to reduce petroleum pump price from N145 per litre to N140.

Chinedu Okworonkwo, national president of the association, made this known in a statement released on Sunday.

According to the statement, which was signed by Bashir Dan-Malam, chairman of the association’s Kano chapter, the price slash will be effective between February 20 and February 25.

“IPMAN was prompted to slash N5 from the N145 per litre official Petroleum pump price in a bid to motivate Nigerians to return to vote again on February 23,” the statement read.

“We urge all our members across Nigeria to immediately reduce the fuel pump price from N145 per litre to N140 per litre.

“This is because of the political situation that hit the country after INEC suddenly announced the postponement of presidential and National Assembly elections after Nigerians were fully prepared.

“We are all aware how Nigerians travelled to different parts of the country in order to exercise their civic duty; unfortunately, they heard a sad news of postponement of the polls.

“This made us deem it fit to reduce the pump price in order to ease their suffering, and to also motivate them to travel again to exercise their franchise on February 23.”

Source:

www.tori.ng/news/116597/good-news-petrol-to-sell-at-n140-per-litre-from-we.html



Entertainment / Kim Kardashian Dress To Hollywood Beauty Awards That Caused Stir by Bibox: Yesterday at 10:14 am

Mixed Reactions As Kim Kardashian Wears Bizarre Outfit That Leaves Little To Imagination
High-profile entertainer, Kim Kardashian, stepped out in Hollywood for an event wearing a gown thst drew mixed reactions from her fans.
The mega star strapped her boobs into a bizarre dress that left nothing to the imagination as she stepped out in Los Angeles Sunday night.

The reality star, 38, wore the barely there outfit as she left The Avalon in Hollywood alongside hair stylist Chris Appleton.
Kim – who presented a gong at The Hollywood Beauty Awards – also posted pictures of her outfit to Twitter, where it got a mixed response from fans.
See Reactions and more photos here:

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World Politics / What Aisha Said After Buhari Ordered Killing Of Ballot Box Snatchers by Preshemeka600: Yesterday at 09:26 am
Wife of the Nigerian President, Aisha Buhari, has applauded her husband for warning that death awaits anybody who foments trouble during the rescheduled general election.

The Nigerian leader had earlier on Monday, during a caucus meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), said he had ordered security operatives to be “ruthless” in dealing with anybody who decided to snatch ballot boxes during the polls.

Buhari and his party’s chieftains met over the postponement of Nigeria’s general election by the country’s electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The National Chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, had on Saturday shocked many Nigerians by announcing at about 2:40 a.m., a few hours to the commencement of the polls, that the elections had been postponed over logistic problems.

According to Yakubu, the Presidential and National Assembly elections will now hold on Saturday, 23 February.

“I have briefed the law enforcement agencies and the military. They have identified the hot spots, flashpoints,” Buhari warned.

“They should be prepared to move. We have made as much arrangement as possible and resources provided as much as the country can afford.

“Anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or lead thugs to disturb it, maybe this is the last lawful action you will take.

“I really gave the military and the police (order) to be ruthless. We are not going to be blamed that we want to rig election. I want Nigerians to be respected. Let them vote whoever they want across the parties.”

And Aisha, in a Twitter post, gave her husband and Nigeria’s number one citizen her full backing.

World Politics / Saudi Arabia Has Pledged Investment Deals Worth $20bn (£15.5bn) With Pakistan Wh by Preshemeka600: Yesterday at 09:04 am
Saudi Arabia has pledged investment deals worth $20bn (£15.5bn) with Pakistan which is seeking to bolster its fragile economy.



It comes as part of a high-profile Asian tour by the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.



Pakistan urgently needs to address a balance of payments crisis and is looking to international backers for support.



The deals include an $8bn oil refinery in the key port city of Gwadar.



The two sides signed several other provisional agreements and memorandums of understanding in the energy, petrochemicals and mining sectors, according to reports.



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“It’s big for phase one, and definitely it will grow every month and every year, and it will be beneficial to both countries,” the crown prince said.



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Pakistan is desperate for cash. The south Asian country’s central bank has only $8bn left in foreign reserves and faces a balance of payments crisis.



Prime Minister Imran Khan has been seeking help from friendly countries in order to cut the size of the bailout package his country is likely to need from the International Monetary Fund, under very strict conditions.



The country is seeking its 13th bailout since the late 1980s and Saudi Arabia has already provided a $6bn loan.



Charm offensive

Pakistan is the first stop on an Asian tour by the crown prince, known as MBS. He is scheduled to be in India by Tuesday and will visit China on Thursday and Friday.



The prince is seeking to recast his international image in the wake of the Jamal Khashoggi affair. The journalist was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.



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Pakistan needs Saudi money to stave off a huge IMF bail-out – but this is not a one-way relationship

Against this backdrop, the current tour can be seen as a charm offensive by MBS, who is seeking to bolster relationships with dependable allies as he doles out cash, says the BBC’s Abid Hussain.



While Pakistan stands to benefit from Saudi Arabia’s largesse, the south Asian country is also important to the kingdom.



The two countries have a long-standing military relationship and the MBS visit comes at a time when geopolitics in the region are shifting – including concerns over the influence of Iran

World Politics / Buhari Showing His True Colours With Death Threat, Says Atiku by Preshemeka600: Yesterday at 07:53 am
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says threatening people with death in context of election is incitement to electoral violence.

Atiku was reacting to a statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari that ballot-snatchers will pay with their lives.

In a statement on monday, Phrank Shaibu, aide to Abubakar, quoted his principal as saying Buhari’s comment is an offence going by the electoral act and that the retired general is only showing his true colours.

Atiku said the president has “complete” disregard for the country’s laws.

“We were shocked to hear General Buhari live on national television threatening to kill people for an offence where no such proscription exists under law. The last time we looked the death-penalty was not a sanction of the 2010 electoral act,” he said.

“In fact, threatening people with death in the context of an election is incitement to electoral violence, which is an offence under that act.

“Once again General Buhari is showing his true colours and complete disregard for our constitution and the laws of this country. He is getting confused with when he was President under military rule.

“His fig leaf of being a ‘reformed democrat’ has been blown away by this latest statement leaving his democratic credentials as naked as the day he was born.”

Abubakar said he would establish Electoral Fraud Commission (EFC) to check malpractices during polls.

“I have always been a democrat and defender of our laws and constitution,” he said.

“So rather than make up new penalties on the spot in a press conference, our plans to establish the EFC by using the framework of the 2002 establishing act of the EFCC have been well researched so that we can introduce this new entity within days of assuming office.”

“Likewise, we do not believe in the principle of retrospective legislation so it will be empowered to investigate and prosecute electoral malpractice based on the 2010 Electoral Act. Any person considering conducting electoral malpractice, inciting violence or the illegal arrest of political opponents should be put on notice that my administration on entering office will apply the full force of the law on them.

“We do not believe that one illegal act deserves another so a PDP government will always operate within the framework of our legal structures and laws.”

While warning against the use of the military for “mundane” matters, he said the over-exposure of the military in a democracy has its inherent dangers.

World Politics / Buhari Warns Ballot Box Snatchers by Preshemeka600: Yesterday at 07:51 am
Tinubu: President didn’t order Nigerians to be shot summarily •Comment to scare riggers, says Falana

•When it’s legal, by Ogunye

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday warned would-be-ballot box snatchers —it may be your last unlawful action.

He spoke in Abuja at the opening of an emergency National Caucus meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the party’s secretariat.

The President also warned politicians, who may be angling to sponsor thugs to disrupt the rescheduled elections. He said that such sponsors would be doing so at a great risk.

Besides, the last may not have been heard of the 11th hour postponement last Saturday of the Presidential and National Assembly polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Buhari hinted yesterday that the electoral umpire will have to explain what went wrong – after the elections.

The President, who got the news of the shift at 4.30am on Saturday described the action as “most unfortunate” because INEC had all the time and the resources to deliver on its mandate.

“After the elections, we have to know exactly what happened; we cannot accept incompetence,” Buhari said.

The APC Caucus is a statutory organ of the party chaired by the President.

Its members include the vice president and all the party’s former and serving governors and members of its National Working Committee (NWC), among others.

At yesterday’s meeting were: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan; Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; National Chairman Adams Oshimhole; governors and senators.

The President, who had ordered security agencies to ensure free and fair elections, said that such act would be the last unlawful act the ballot snatcher will engage in.

According to him, he had garnered adequate support of the electorate to guarantee his electoral victory.

He, however, stressed the need for APC members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.

The President said: “I do not expect anybody to cause any disturbance. The security agencies have identified hot spots and flash points and should be prepared to move. We have made as much arrangement as possible for them as much as the country can afford.

“Anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or lead thugs to disturb the process, may be that will be the last unlawful action you will take.

“We have directed the military and other security agents to be ruthless. We are not going to be blamed that we want to rig elections.

“I want Nigerians to be respected and let them vote whoever they want across the parties. I am not afraid of that. I went round the 36 states and the FCT (Federal Capital City) and I think I have enough support across the country.

“So, I want to warn anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch ballot boxes or disturb the voting system, he will do it at the expense of his own life.”

The President also explained that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had all the time and resources and didn’t have to wait for only six hours to cancel the elections and tell the public it was impossible.

He said: “Definitely, the reason such incompetence manifested has to be explained to the nation. After the elections, we have to know exactly what happened and who is responsible.

“Otherwise, our efforts to make sure that this system is acceptable would have been eroded. The constitution and the law protected INEC. But they must not take us for granted.

“If, for example, the National Assembly refused to approve what they wanted, INEC would have had moral reasons why they couldn’t perform. If the time of four years of election was not constitutionally obeyed by the government, INEC would have a case.

“But we don’t understand the reason for this inefficiency and we have to go into details after the election to find out who is responsible.”

Lauding the party leadership for its commitment, the President said: “That was why we sat and said we must have committed leaders in all constituencies to be our agents. We also sat down and worked out the least the party should do for our agents so that they will not depend on anybody or say I am going to drink water or I am going to toilet.

“We made all those arrangements and put it before the governors and chairmen of the parties. Where the APC has no governors, the governorship candidate and state chairmen were given that assignment.

“I am satisfied that this instruction has been passed down. Right now, we have so much to do and so, we should now go back to our loyal members in all constituencies so that if anything happens, we will know who to blame.

“We have told our constituents to be patient and react in very mature way by going peacefully and vote and depend on party representatives in the polling units.”

World Politics / 50 Cent: Claims Police Told To 'shoot' Rapper Investigated by Preshemeka600: Yesterday at 07:50 am
Police in New York are investigating claims a senior officer told members of his team to "shoot" the rapper 50 Cent.

It's alleged Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez made the remark in June last year at a police roll-call for a boxing match which the star was due to attend.

50 Cent said on Sunday he was taking the threat "very seriously" and was consulting with his lawyers.

The New York Police Department told Radio 1 Newsbeat the matter "is under internal review".


The New York Daily News reported that Deputy Inspector Gonzalez told his officers to shoot the rapper "on sight" but later tried to pass it off as a joke.

It's claimed at least one other person at the event reported the comment to the NYPD internal affairs department.

One month before, Dect Insp Gonzalez reportedly filed an aggravated harassment complaint against 50 Cent.

He said the rapper had threatened him on Instagram - in response to claims that Dect Insp Gonzalez had unfairly investigated one of 50 Cent's favourite nightclubs.

50 mocked the complaint in posts online, suggesting the police get "back to fighting crime".

Writing on social media following news of the internal NYPD investigation into Dect Insp Gonzalez, 50 Cent said he was concerned that he was "not previously advised of this threat by the NYPD".

He described Dept Insp Gonzalez as a "gangster with a badge" but told his Twitter followers: "Keep in mind there are some good people working in law enforcement.

"Like the officers that reported what he said to them."

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Sports / Golden Shoe 2018-19: Top Goalscorers In Europe, Updated Standings On Feb. 18 by Preshemeka600: Yesterday at 07:08 am
Lionel Messi was back on the scoresheet on Saturday as Barcelona extended their lead at the top of La Liga with a 1-0 win over Real Valladolid.

He remains three goals clear at the head of the European Golden Shoe standings after Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo also both found the net at the weekend for Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, respectively.

Krzysztof Piatek continued to make a move up the standings as he netted twice in AC Milan's 3-1 win at Atalanta on Saturday.

He is now on 17 goals for the 2018-19 Serie A season having scored four in four in the league since moving to the San Siro on loan from Genoa in January.

Here are the latest standings after the weekend's action:



1. Lionel Messi, Barcelona: 22 x 2.0 difficulty factor = 44.0

T2. Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain: 19 x 2.0 = 38.0

T2. Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus: 19 x 2.0 = 38.0

T4. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool: 17 x 2.0 = 34.0

T4. Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain: 17 x 2.0 = 34.0

T4. Sergio Aguero, Manchester City: 17 x 2.0 = 34.0

T4. Krzysztof Piatek, Genoa/AC Milan: 17 x 2.0 = 34.0

T8. Fabio Quagliarella, Sampdoria: 16 x 2.0 = 32.0

T8. Nicolas Pepe, Lille: 16 x 2.0 = 32.0

T8. Duvan Zapata, Atalanta: 16 x 2.0 = 32.0

Rules: Each European league is assigned a difficulty factor between one and two by UEFA, which is multiplied by a player's goal tally to calculate a points total.

For example, the Estonian Meistriliiga has a factor of just one, so Liliu's 31 goals for Kalju are worth just one point each, whereas Messi's are worth double that because of La Liga's factor.



Messi, 31, had scored in eight La Liga games in a row before Barca's 0-0 draw with Athletic Bilbao last time out.

He made sure his scoring drought in the Spanish top flight lasted just one game as he netted the only goal of the match to seal all three points for the league leaders against Real Valladolid.

The Argentinian converted from the penalty spot just before half-time, tucking a fine spospam blocked by adminick into the corner after Gerard Pique had been fouled in the area by Michel.

In the second half Messi and Luis Suarez were then regularly denied by the impressive Jordi Masip, who saved the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's second penalty in the 85th minute. But Barca had enough to claim the win anyway.

With Real Madrid squandering a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at home on Sunday to Girona, the victory means Barca have now stretched their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points:


PSG have a 12-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 and have two games in hand over closest challengers Lille.

They followed up their impressive 2-0 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday with a 1-0 triumph at Saint-Etienne on Sunday.

As with the clash against United, Neymar and Edinson Cavani were both sidelined for the Saint-Etienne match, so the onus was on Mbappe to provide the attacking spark.

And again the 20-year-old Frenchman did not disappoint as he made the vital contribution in the 73rd minute, finishing superbly on the volley after Dani Alves' ball over the top of the defence.

Mbappe is now just a goal away from his first-ever 20-goal season in the league with 15 matches still to be played:


Ronaldo, meanwhile, also needs just one more strike to hit 20 goals in the league for the 10th season running.

The 34-year-old's 19th Serie A goal came as Juve beat Frosinone 3-0 on Friday to extend their lead at the top the table to 13 points.

Sports / Euro Giants Want Barcelona To Include Lionel Messi In Deal For €200m World Super by Preshemeka600: Yesterday at 06:53 am
PSG are reportedly wanting Barcelona to include either Lionel Messi or Arthur Melo in a deal for world class attacking talent Kylian Mbappe.

According to Don Balon, PSG are ready to let Mbappe leave to join Barcelona, however the French giants would be after either Messi or Arthur in return, a deal that just doesn’t seem worth it from Barca’s point of view.

The report also notes that Barca would only be willing to let Arthur leave and not Messi, with it also being noted that whether the Brazilian in included in a deal or not, Mbappe is still going to cost around €200M.

Giving up Messi would seem like suicide from the Blagruana’s point of view, and we’re sure all of the clubs fans would be in uproar if the Argentine were to be used in a deal for Mbappe.

Arthur has been in terrific form for the Spanish giants ever since he joined the club in the summer, however letting him go in order to get Mbappe may be a deal worth going through with.

Kylian Mbappe PSG
Barca are going to have to think about replacing Luis Suarez and Messi in the near future, and if there’s one player who be capable of replacing either, it’d be Mr Mbappe.

The Frenchman is almost certainly going to be a world beater one day in the future, and paying €200m for his signature seems like a move the Spanish giants should definitely consider going through with…

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Programming / How To Know A Programmed Or Manipulated Card Reader. by Genjina(m): Yesterday at 05:48 am
Party agents should take note of the following as they get to the polling units.

1. Agent must arrive to your polling units as early as possible, at least before accreditation begins. Once accreditation begins, you won't be able to detect a manipulated card reader.

2. Upon arrival to your polling units, agent must verify the card reader brought to your unit for the election. Identify the Presiding Officer (PO) for your unit, and request him to present the card reader to the agents onground.

3. Request the PO to put on the Card Reader (if it is not already on), and request him/or her to click on "query icon" on the smart card reader.

4. Check that the card reader shows zero "0" upon clicking the query icon. If it shows zero, it is okay to be used for accreditation. If it shows any other figure before comencement of accreditation, the card reader has been pre programmed.

5. If confirmed that a figure other than "0" is displayed, agent should raise alarm and inform agents of other parties, and no accreditation should take place in that unit until the card reader is cleared.

Please this is very important as rigging in any election starts from the polling unit.

Agents should be smart enough not to miss these Steps.



Please be very vigilant on Saturday!

Art and Art Works / First Aircraft Lands In Bayelsa Airport by Genjina(m): Yesterday at 05:44 am
The first aircraft has landed at the Bayelsa State International Airport 23years after it was created.
Governor Seriake d**kson of Bayelsa State said it was the first aircraft to land in any airport in Izon land, the heartland of the Ijaw.
The governor said he was more than excited to receive the first aircraft into the airport as a Valentine gift to the people.
The 3.5 kilometre runway airport, d**kson said, was built at over N65 billion.
He said the clarification was important because of Senator Heineken Logbobiris statements which said the project cost between N120 to N150 billion.
d**kson, who spoke when an Air Peace Embraer Regional Jet landed at the runway, said the facility would open the state to the world by attracting investments; export of agricultural produce; tourism and other economic activities.
According to him, the project was conceived, developed and built with scarce resources.
He added that its completion was part of his administrations promise to accelerate the economic development of Bayelsa, which deserved a better deal in the Nigerian project.
The governor hailed the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for approving the project.
Chief Operating Officer of Air Peace, Mrs Toyin Olajide, hailed the government for the feat.
She promised that, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the state would facilitate regular flight services on the route.
She urged people to take advantage of the flight services to stimulate business.

Entertainment / Duncan Mighty Has Moved On From Election Postponement - See What He Wants by Genjina(m): Yesterday at 05:42 am
The postponement of the February 16th presidential election by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has sparked more than outrage from Nigerians.

Talented Nigerian musician, Duncan Mighty, seems to have quickly moved on from the postponement and has already shifted focus to how he would complete the music television station he is currently building.

Duncan Mighty who took to his Instagram page today 18th of February shared that he needs support from who ever win in the February 23rd Presidential election or any concerned Nigerian in order to actualize the project.

Sports / Barcelona Gives Manchester United Go Ahead To Sign €230m Star by Preshemeka600: on Mon at 11:09 pm
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has ruled out a return to the Nou Camp for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar. Neymar left the Nou Camp for £200m to join PSG in 2017, but has often been linked with a return to Catalonia. But Bartomeu, speaking to Spanish radio station Radio Kanal Barcelona, said: “I’ve spoken with Neymar, we’ve seen each other a few times, but his people have never told me he wants to come back.

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“No one’s called us about it. Neymar has a contract with PSG. It’s his second season there and it’s very difficult (to imagine) they want to sell. We didn’t want to. “We have the disadvantage of the (release) clause here. European clubs (can) take advantage of that. That’s not the case (in France) so it’s not possible for him to return.

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“The club’s taken another path, with (Ousmane) Dembele, (Philippe) Coutinho. We have to move on with them. They’re the two biggest investments in the club’s history and we back them 100 per cent.” That statement appears to have opened the door for Manchester United to make a move for the attacker this summer.

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The Red Devils were strongly linked with a move for Neymar at the beginning of the week, and would make a real statement if they managed to land the brilliant Brazilian

Sports / African Players In Europe: Mahrez Scores After Rare Start by Glory2019: on Mon at 10:30 pm
Manchester City’s Algerian midfielder Riyad
Mahrez (L) vies with Newport County’s
English defender Dan Butler (R) during the
English FA Cup fifth round football match
between Newport County and Manchester
City at Rodney Parade in Newport, south
Wales on February 16, 2019. (Photo by
GEOFF CADd**k / AFP) /
Record Manchester City signing Riyad
Mahrez took advantage of a rare starting
place to score as the Premier League
leaders coasted to a 4-1 FA Cup last-16
win over Newport County at the weekend.
The Algerian, who cost City $77 million (68
million euros) when he moved from
Leicester City in July, has not begun a
league match this year due to the wealth
of talent at the club.
City manager Pep Guardiola apologised to
Mahrez before the cup tie for not starting
him more often and the winger responded
with an impressive performance at fourth-
tier Newport.
England
RIYAD MAHREZ (Manchester City)
In a goalless first half, Mahrez went close
to breaking the deadlock when his firm
strike was well-saved by goalkeeper Joe
Day. But City’s class told in the second
half and, with Guardiola’s men already two
goals ahead, Mahrez rounded off the win
deep into stoppage time with a well-struck
shot.
JEFFREY SCHLUPP (Crystal Palace)
An early goal from the Ghana international
set up top-flight Palace for a 2-0 win at
third-tier Doncaster Rovers. “It’s a special
tournament and, hopefully, with the luck of
the draw we might get a lesser team to
have a better chance of getting through (to
the final),” Schlupp told the BBC.
YVES BISSOUMA (Brighton)
The Mali midfielder produced an impressive
all-round display as Brighton won 2-1 at
home to second-tier club Derby County.
Bissouma set up the Seagulls’ opener when
his precise cut-back was volleyed in by
French forward Anthony Knockaert.
Bissouma also had a central role as
Brighton made it 2-0 in first-half stoppage-
time. He was unlucky to see his excellent
curling shot hit the inside of the post but
the ricochet fell kindly for Jurgen Locadia,
who knocked in the rebound.
SAID BENRAHMA (Brentford)
While fellow Algeria forward Mahrez ended
up on a winning side, it was a different
story for Benrahma as his Brentford team
were beaten 4-1 at second-tier rivals
Swansea despite going 1-0 up. Benrahma,
who had a role in the build-up to that
opening goal, led the line well in the first
half, but the ball did not break for him in a
match that the west London side finished
with 10 men after Ezri Konsa was sent off.
Spain
KARL TOKO EKAMBI (Villarreal)
Toko Ekambi helped Villarreal to a surprise
victory over Champions League hopefuls
Sevilla by scoring in a 3-0 victory. The
Cameroonian forward sidefooted into an
open net after a brilliant Carlos Bacca
backheel to give his side a two-goal lead at
the Estadio de la Ceramica.
RYAD BOUDEBOUZ (Celta Vigo)
Boudebouz endured a debut to forget for
Celta as the Algerian midfielder was shown
a straight red card in their 4-1 defeat by
Levante. Boudebouz, who joined on loan
from Real Betis in January, was sent off in
the 49th minute with his side already 2-0
down for thrusting his studs into the thigh
of Borja Mayoral.
Italy
AFRIYIE ACQUAH, ISMAEL BENNACER
(Empoli)
Ghanaian midfielder Acquah scored the
second goal as struggling Empoli got a
boost with a 3-0 win over Sassuolo.
Algerian midfielder Bennacer set up Rade
Krunic for the opener after 34 minutes and
three minutes later Acquah added a second
for his first goal since moving from Torino
last year.
KALIDOU KOULIBALY (Napoli)/OLA AINA
(Torino)
Senegal defender Koulibaly blocked a
goalbound effort from Tomas Rincon just
before the break as Napoli were held to a
0-0 draw at home by Torino to slip 13
points behind leaders Juventus. On-loan
Chelsea defender Aina almost scored his
second goal in as many games for Torino.
Germany
ISHAK BELFODIL (Hoffenheim)
The Algeria forward backed up netting
twice against Bundesliga leaders Borussia
Dortmund last weekend by scoring with his
shoulder in a 3-0 home win over Hanover
96. Belfodil enjoyed a lucky bounce when
he mistimed his header at the end of a
Kerem Demirbay free-kick, as the ball
deflected off his shoulder and into the net
for his seventh league goal this season.
SALOMON KALOU (Hertha Berlin)
After scoring a stunning solo goal in the
last round, Ivorian Kalou turned provider,
laying on a pinpoint assist for Davie Selke’s
opener against Werder Bremen. After
collecting a long-range pass from Ondrej
Duda, Kalou barrelled into the box to
square for Selke to put the home side
ahead in a match that finished 1-1.
France
NICOLAS PEPE (Lille)
Jose Mourinho was in attendance at the
Stade Pierre Mauroy to watch the Ivorian
forward in action after a fine season in
which he has already scored 16 Ligue 1
goals. Pepe failed to find the net against
Montpellier, though, as Lille were held to a
0-0 draw.
STEPHANE BAHOKEN (Angers)
The 26-year-old Cameroonian forward
netted his third goal in five league games
from the penalty spot in Angers’ 3-0 win
over Nice. Bahoken’s tally of eight Ligue 1
goals this term is already the highest of his
career.
Source:
guardian.ng/sport/african-players-in-
europe-mahrez-scores-after-rare-start/

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Sports / 'haircuts Didn't Cost Dortmund At Spurs' by Glory2019: on Mon at 10:24 pm
Borussia Dortmund's players have come under
scrutiny from the German media following the
loss to Tottenham
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke
insists the players' focus ahead of their
Champions League game at Tottenham was
not disrupted by the visit of a hairdresser to
the team's hotel a day before the match.
The German side were beaten 3-0 in the first
leg of their last-16 tie at Wembley and face an
uphill task of attempting to overturn the deficit
at the Westfalenstadion on March 5. A number of first-team players are said to
have had haircuts prior to the game against
Spurs, leading to questions in the German
media about the squad's attention on the
match.
Watzke dismissed the haircuts as a reason for
the loss, but admitted the pre-match activity
of the squad would be reviewed.
Tottenham put themselves in control of the
Champions League tie with a 3-0 win at
Wembley
"It certainly has no influence on a team's
performance. There are sporting reasons for
our defeat, and we need to analyse them," he
told German newspaper, BILD.
"It's clear the defeat also leads to a critical
media view of the hairdresser's visit. And
that's why [sporting director] Michael Zorc and
[squad manager] Sebastian Kehl will review
this with the players."
Dortmund return to Bundesliga action on
Monday night when they travel to FC Nurnberg
as they attempt to build on their five-point
lead at the top of the table.

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Sports / Chelsea Beat Arsenal In Women's Fa Cup by Glory2019: on Mon at 10:18 pm
Chelsea's Bethany England celebrates her
second goal against Arsenal in their FA Cup tie
on Sunday
Bethany England scored twice as Chelsea
overcame Arsenal 3-0 in the Women's FA Cup
fifth round on Sunday.
In what was a repeat of the 2018 final, Jonna
Andersson was also on target as Chelsea got
the better of their London rivals. Elsewhere, Manchester City, who are the
current Women's Super League leaders,
cruised past Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 with goals
from Steph Houghton, Lauren Hemp and
Gemma Bonner.
Also in action were Liverpool, who beat
Millwall 2-0, while Manchester United got the
better of London Bees 3-0 and Reading saw
off Birmingham City 2-1 thanks to a late
winner from Rakel Honnudottir.
Meanwhile, Leanne Kiernan scored a stunning
hat-trick to help West Ham come from a goal
down to avoid a surprise home defeat to
Northern Premier side Huddersfield, the
lowest-ranked team left in the last 16.
Lisa Robertson scored from the halfway line
as Durham produced the shock of the fifth
round at Bristol City.
Robertson scored twice as Durham won 2-0 at
City, fifth in the Women's Super League, to
progress to the last eight.
And finally, Jodie Hutton scored a hat-trick and
the decisive penalty in the shootout as Aston
Villa came from 3-1 down with just six minutes
left to beat Sheffield United on penalties.
The draw for the quarter-finals takes place on
Monday at 6.45pm.

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Sports / Holders Chelsea To Face Durham In Cup Qfs by Glory2019: on Mon at 10:15 pm
Chelsea are targeting a third Women's FA Cup
success
Holders Chelsea will travel to face
Championship side Durham in the Women's FA
Cup quarter-finals.
Durham knocked out Bristol City in the shock
of the fifth round on Sunday, while two-time
winners Chelsea beat Arsenal, in a repeat of
the 2018 final, in convincing fashion. Women's Super League leaders Manchester
City, who won the competition in 2017, will
meet Liverpool.
Casey Stoney will lead Championship side
Manchester United to WSL opposition Reading,
while Aston Villa - the lowest ranked side left
in the draw - will host West Ham
The ties are due to be played on Sunday,
March 17.

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World Politics / Nigerian Elections: Jonathan Tells Nigerians What To Do by Glory2019: on Mon at 10:09 pm
Former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan,
on Monday tasked Nigerians to embrace
peace and shun violence ahead of the
rescheduled general elections.
Jonathan, who was in Bayelsa, his home
state at the weekend for the polls earlier
scheduled for Feb. 16 and March 2 but
postponed by one week to Feb. 23 and
March 9, called on Nigerians to remain
peaceful.
NAN reports that Jonathan spoke at a
meeting with Niger Delta Youth Leaders on
Monday in Yenagoa, where he urged the
electorate to shun vote buying, instead
vote according to their conscience.
“Use of money to induce voters has
become very prevalent in Nigeria.
“It is more pronounced here than many
African countries I have been to monitor
elections and it is unhealthy for our
development.
“My NGO is however, working on advocacy
against it.
“Politics should be about the people but
anyone who wants to make quick money
should go into business and quit politics,
which is all about service to the people.
“People should vote according to the
dictates of their conscience and not be
induced by money.
“I have said it several times that no
ambition should be worth spilling of the
blood of any Nigerian.
“Peace is fundamental to economic
development and the reports of insecurity
and violence scares away investors.
“Anytime someone is killed either by
security agencies or by any other exra
judicial means, it affects the reputation of
the country adversely and that is why
peace building is very essential, especially
with the youth.
“Our youths are critical in our democracy
because the future belongs to them, so, my
advise is that we should be patient and
shun violence in the coming elections,”
Jonathan said.
Source:
dailypost.ng/2019/02/18/nigerian-
elections-jonathan-tells-nigerians/

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World Politics / Son Of Mozambique’s Ex-president Remanded For Graft by Glory2019: on Mon at 10:03 pm
A Mozambique court remanded in custody
on Monday the son of a former president,
his lawyer said, following his arrest in a
crackdown on a $2-billion government debt
scandal.
Ndambi Guebuza, the oldest of Armando
Guebuza’s four children, was picked up
from his home in the capital Maputo at the
weekend.
He was arrested in connection with
government borrowing which plunged the
country into its worst ever financial crisis.
Analysts say the scandal could hurt
Guebuza’s party, the ruling Frelimo, at
elections later this year.
“The objective is to sacrifice the Guebuza
family because of the elections,” said
Ndambi Guebuza, according to his lawyer
Alexandre Chivale.
The lawyer added that his client was
remanded in custody after the closed-door
hearing in Maputo.
Authorities last week arrested seven other
suspects, including businessmen and
intelligence officials, in connection with the
debt scandal.
The scandal came to light in 2016, a year
after ex-leader Guebuza left office
following 10 years in power.
It is alleged that while he was still in office,
the government in Maputo took out loans
amounting to $2 billion to buy a tuna-
fishing fleet and surveillance ships, but hid
the transaction from parliament and
international donors.
An independent audit found that a quarter
of the loan amount was diverted, and
unaccounted for.
When the debt was revealed, Mozambique
— one of the world’s poorest countries
which relies on donor aid — was plunged
into crisis as donors froze contributions.
The United States alleges at least $200
million was spent on bribes and kickbacks,
including $12 million for former finance
minister Manuel Chang, who allegedly
signed off the debt.
Chang, 63, was arrested at Johannesburg’s
O.R. Tambo International Airport on
December 29 on a US extradition request
over his alleged involvement in the
fraudulent loans to state firms. He was
denied bail on Thursday.
Businessman Ndambi Guebuza is alleged to
have received $9.7 million in bribes,
according to a US indictment.
Domingos de Rosario, professor of political
science at Eduardo Mondlane University,
said the arrests could create divisions in
the ruling Frelimo party as it heads into
elections later this year.
“Frelimo is already in a bad way,” he said,
warning of possible “serious electoral
consequences”.
Source:
www.channelstv.com/2019/02/18/
son-of-mozambiques-ex-president-
remanded-for-graft/

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World Politics / Nigeria Election: Tinubu Defends Buhari On Death Threat To Ballot Box Snatchers by Glory2019: on Mon at 09:56 pm
The National Leader of the All Progressives
Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed
Tinubu on Monday refuted the statement
credited to President Muhammadu Buhari
where he threatened that snatchers of
ballot boxes will pay with their lives.
Tinubu, speaking with journalists in Abuja
at the end of the APC caucus meeting said
that the President was misinterpreted.
He said that the President at the meeting
only reinforced that those involved in ballot
box snatching will be doing it at the risk of
their life.
According to him, “I was in that meeting;
the president was just reinforcing the fact
that if you are out there snatching ballot
boxes, and causing destructions, you are at
risk of your own life. Whatever happens to
you; no president will give an order that his
own citizens should be shot summarily, No!
No, its okay, emotions are running high
these days. Any individual including myself
can be misinterpreted.
“These are not his words; he is a law
abiding person and he understands
categorically and clearly what rule of law is
and the lives of individual citizens that he
is in that office to protect. Now, let me run
this; he has been fighting Book Haram,
kidnappers and all these before this
election, did you hear him asking them to
be shot and executed summarily?”
“By law we should continue to energise our
people; it depends on our resources.
Because the Electoral Act allows us to do
that; and ask led us to stop campaigning
only 24 hours before the actual election.
And once you changed the date to Feb. 23,
you have given us the opening to campaign
and energise.
“If you a garden and you don’t nourish with
water, the grass will remain dormant; we
don’t want our party to remain dormant.
“This is ability of leadership to convert
adversity to opportunity and prosperity and
that’s it; that’s what we must do.”
Source:
dailypost.ng/2019/02/18/nigeria-
election-tinubu-defends-buhari-death-threat-
ballot-box-snatchers/

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Weird News / 18-year-old Girl Who Didn't Know She Was Pregnant Fell Into Coma And Woke Up With A Baby (photos) by Glory2019: on Mon at 09:49 pm
The woman gave birth after falling into a
coma
A teenager who didn’t have a clue she was
pregnant fell into a coma and woke up with
a baby.
Ebony Stevenson, 18, initially suffered from
a splitting headache in early December last
year but then suffered a series of seizures
and was rushed to hospital where doctors
put her into a coma.
She then woke up on December 6 to
discover she had given birth to her
gorgeous baby Elodie.
All the time the student was pregnant she
never missed a period, didn’t develop a
baby bump or had morning sickness.
Ebony told the Star on Sunday: “Waking up
from a coma to be told I had been pregnant
and had given birth to a baby girl was
overwhelming to say the least.
“Meeting my baby was so surreal. It felt like
an out of body experience.“I didn’t think I
even wanted kids – at least not for another
ten years – and I never expected to be a
young mum.”
Doctors discovered Ebony had a rare
condition called uterus didelphys where the
person has two uteruses. Elodie had grown
unnoticed in the one towards Ebony’s back.
Ebony had an emergency caesarean and
Elodie was born on December 3, just three
hours after her first seizure.
Sheree and Ebony’s grandmother Geraldine
initially looked after the newborn for four
days while Ebony was in the coma.
When nurses first presented Ebony with her
baby she thought they had made a mistake
but after Sheree explained what had
happened mother and daughter soon
bonded.
Source:
www.tori.ng/
news/116581/18yearold-girl-who-didnt-
know-she-was-pregnant-fel.html

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World Politics / Gunmen Kill 66 In Nigeria's Kaduna State Ahead Of Vote by Preshemeka600: on Mon at 09:45 pm
Abuja, Nigeria - Gunmen have killed more than 60 people during attacks on two communities in Nigeria's northwestern Kaduna state.

A government statement on Friday, which confirmed the attacks, said security personnel had been "deployed to the area and arrests have been made".

"Security agencies today reported the recovery of 66 bodies that were killed in attacks by criminal elements on various dispersed hamlets in the Maro Gida and Iri axis of Kajuru," Kaduna governor's spokesperson Samuel Aruwan said.

"Among the victims were 22 children and 12 women. Four wounded persons rescued by the security agencies are now receiving medical attention," he added.

The attack has caused panic among residents of the state.

"I hope the security agencies can step up their plan and ensure there are no more killings, especially this election period to reduce the tension," Kaduna resident Abdulkadir Inuwa told Al Jazeera.

The incident comes hours before the presidential and legislative elections on Saturday.

Election boycott
The senior Nigeria researcher of the International Crisis Group, Nnamdi Obasi, told Al Jazeera that the attacks may affect the elections.

"These attacks and the fear of reprisal will certainly affect voter turnout in Kajuru local government area. following similar killings in 2018, they have also heightened long-running tensions in parts of Kaduna state, creating a more combustible atmosphere around the elections," Obasi said.

Security is a major concern before Saturday's vote.

Kaduna has a history of election violence.

In 2011, hundreds were killed in the state during post-election violence after acting President Goodluck Jonathan beat Muhammadu Buhari to the presidency.

Romance / What Every Teenager Should Know About A Broken Heart by Glory2019: on Mon at 09:45 pm
A broken heart situation can happen any time of
your life. It can occur in your teen life, or later in
your life. The idea to breed here is that you
should be aware about the situation you are
travelling in, and how you can overcome such a
drastic situation.
And if you are a teenager, then definitely, you
should be aware about a broken heart, and which
would help you to get out of such a situation, in
case you get entangled in one. Get through the
following plum points, and you'd find that you
know all about broken heart!
Broken Heart is a Serious Situation 'When we
discuss of teen broken heart, we need to
consider that it is a drastic situation for teens to
handle. In many situations, it is seen that broken
heart teens often succumb to emotional
tantrums easily than adults. Therefore, it
becomes necessary for the broken heart to
consult a counsellor, or anybody that has got
plenty of experience in this social arena.
Broken Heart is a Situation that can be Easily
Overcome 'With right advice from experienced
people, broken heart teens can easily come out
of the emotional situations. Moreover, if a teen
makes a sound restart and think positively, then
there's nothing that can stop him or her to fight
the situation and shine again to normal.
Move On 'When a teen suffers from broken heart,
it is definitely not the end. A teen should
understand that he or she has a life ahead, and a
new relationship can happen anytime in their life
span. Give space to yourself, and think what your
priorities in life are, and then make a head start.
Don't just make any offbeat whacky decision that
makes you suffer!
Broken Heart is Situation Learner 'Remember,
broken heart is a great situation learner, and
every teen should take it positively. Learn from
your experiences, and make your elders involved
in your life. This is very important as they can
give you time tested advice to conduct in the
righteous manner.
Love Relationships are Tender 'Always be
informed that love relationships are always on
the verge of breaking, if you take a wrong turn.
Therefore, make every move in a matured way,.
Otherwise nobody can stop you from falling in a
ditch.
Relationships can Break or Un Break 'From the
very first move, it is necessary that every teen
should be aware about what can happen during
the recourse. And if a teen knows what can
happen or rather what might happen to a
relationship.
Take Advice from your Parents 'Parents are your
best friends, and if you can take their advice,
then nothing like it. Discuss your situation with
your mother or father to whomsoever you are
close enough, and there are enough possibilities
that you get some readymade good solution to
your broken heart situation.
As a teen, you are tender, and therefore, you
need to know what you should be doing and not
doing in a broken heart situation! Helping your
kids handle a broken heart

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Romance / What Every Woman Should Know About A Broken Heart? by Glory2019: on Mon at 09:37 pm
Every woman expects her man fulfill some
obligations. When he fails to do so, she is hurt
deeply. She may be left with a broken heart if
her man cheats on her. The reasons behind a
woman's broken heart may differ. Her man might
have fallen in love with another woman. He
refused to marry her. Or he simply disappeared.
He might have hurt in other ways.
Though the causes differ, the consequence is
usually the same 'heartbreak. Here are a few
truths that women left with broken hearts should
know:
Men usually do not think the way women do
'Men are from Mars and women are from Venus.
How can both think in the same way? If your
man broke your heart, somewhere you might not
have been able to understand him. Besides, if
the relationship did not fail because of you, there
is no point crying your heart out for a worthless
fellow.
Very often, Men fear to lose their freedom 'It's
usually the woman who dreams of a home,
husband and children. As far as men are
concerned, they may fear making commitments.
Being committed in a long term relationship
simply spells the doom for their freedom and
independence. If you compel your man to marry
you when is not ready to do so, you simply
frighten him away.
Men are aggressive 'Even the most caring of the
men are aggressive to some extent. They even
love to dominate (remember the influence of
Mars!). It's you who is from Venus. Be more
caring. If you want to keep your man, do not
bruise his ego, lest he may run away leaving you
with a broken heart.
Space is important in a relationship 'Give your
man the required space. Do not monitor his
every move. Checking his e-mails and mobile
time and again sends a wrong message across.
Moreover, do not turn critical every time he
smiles at other women. It may be a common
courtesy. Remember if you willingly
misunderstand him every time, it only increases
the probability of your being left with a broken
heart.
Give your relationship some time 'A relationship
evolves over time. You will be able to understand
him better and adjust accordingly after you have
known him for some time. If he is a sensible and
a sensitive soul, he too would understand you far
better as the time goes by. The bond of love and
affection only gets stronger with every passing
day. It will be highly unrealistic of you to expect
him to understand all your likes and dislikes
within a few days. If you have unrealistic
expectations, what could be the result except
heartbreak?
And do not forget that a relationship, besides
offering rewards, also demands that a few duties
be fulfilled. If you want him to value you, value
him first! Stand by him through thick and thin of
life. If you are conscious of your rights only, then
what you get is sheer heartbreak.
Broken hearted girl .

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World Politics / Nigeria’s Elections: Buhari Sends Powerful Warning To Those Planning To Disrupt 2019 Polls by GabrielT: on Mon at 03:07 pm
President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that he has ordered security agencies, to ensure the general election goes on smoothly.
Speaking at the party’s caucus meeting on Monday, Buhari made it clear that anyone who tries to disrupt the electoral process, will be doing so “at the expense of his own life”.
“I will warn those who have planned to disrupt the peaceful elections to desist from their planned actions.
“Anyone who tries that is doing it at the expense of his own life,” President Buhari said.
The general elections are scheduled to hold this Saturday, February 23, after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), moved it by a week, citing logistics issues.

World Politics / Snatch Ballot Papers At The Expense Of Your Life- Buhari by GabrielT: on Mon at 03:05 pm
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Monday has said that anyone who attempt to snatch ballot paper during election will do so at the expense of their lives.
“I want to warn anyone who thinks he has enough influence in his locality who tries to lead thugs to snatch ballot boxes or disturb the voting system will do so at the expense of his own life,” Buhari said during the ruling All Progressives Congress caucus meeting in Abuja on Monday.
Buhari, who had earlier expressed disappointment in commission over the postponement of the general election,s said there will no be room for election riggers to carry out their acts.
The President, who is also seeking re-election, said Nigerians believed in INEC after the Commission assured of “complete readiness for the elections.”
The president, however, said he was not afraid of losing the election despite the election postponement and that he was optimistic has the support of Nigerians.
“I am not afraid, I went around 36 states to campaign. I think I have gotten enough support across the country,” Buhari said.

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Entertainment / Cardi B And Offset Go Tongue-to-tongue On The Grammys Red Carpet by GabrielT: on Mon at 02:59 pm
Cardi B arrived at the 61st Grammy Awards last night accompanied by her on and off husband Offset and they had a moment that everyone's talking about.
The 26-year-old rapper had on an eccentric oyster vintage gown by French designer Thierry Mugler from 1995. The gown required four handlers plus her husband.
While on the red carpet, Cardi and her estranged husband put on a display of affection that saw them touch the tip of their tongue with their own tongues.
The red carpet display and the fact the pair were seen together during the Big Game Weekend Party in Atlanta, Georgia last weekend suggests the parents of 6-month-old Kulture have reconciled.

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World Politics / Postponed Elections: Check Out The Three Conspiracy Theories by GabrielT: on Mon at 02:56 pm
Millions of Nigerians went to bed on Friday evening hoping to wake up on Saturday to cast their votes. By the time they woke up on Saturday, a familiar story had played out: the elections had been postponed. For the third successive general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed to keep its oft-repeated promise of “we’re ready”.
Immediately, theories started pouring forth from various factories. Uche Secondus, the national chairman of the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), accused INEC of working hand-in-glove with the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), because of imminent defeat. The APC, in return, accused INEC of acting out PDP’s agenda. Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, said it was “hand of Esau and voice of Jacob” — accusing APC of being behind the poll shift. On social media, APC supporters wondered why PDP fans already tweeted that the elections would be shifted at a time other Nigerians did not have any inkling. And so on and so forth.
After sifting through the various conspiracy theories, TheCable has consolidated them into three major categories.
THEORY NO. 1: INEC WAS PRODDED BY FOREIGN POWERS
This theory, suspected to be coming from the PDP, says APC wanted INEC to conduct “staggered elections” in which only 26 states would vote on Saturday while elections would be postponed in 10 states. The presidential poll would be declared inconclusive. Based on the pattern of results, APC, using federal might, would then deploy full security and financial resources to the remaining 10 states to suppress PDP’s votes and claim victory. This strategy, according to the conspiracy theory, was used effectively by APC in Osun state whereby the governorship election was declared inconclusive and voting was allegedly suppressed in the run-off and APC carried the day. This theory says the US, UK and EU, sensing what APC wanted to do, mounted pressure on Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman, not to stagger the elections but shift them to a date on which every state could vote simultaneously.
THEORY NO. 2: PDP COLLUDED WITH INEC TO AVOID DEFEAT
Faced with the reality that most pre-election opinion polls did not favour them, PDP decided to collude with INEC to postpone the elections and buy time — according to another conspiracy theory propounded by some APC supporters. It is alleged that most of the personnel at INEC were appointed or recruited when PDP was in power and they still owe their allegiance to the party. Therefore, the theory goes, the INEC personnel decided to sabotage the elections at the prompting of PDP so that there would be more time to gain support for Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate. PDP supporters have countered this claim, asking why the same INEC staff did not sabotage 2015 elections in favour of the PDP government. Meanwhile, some APC supporters are asking why PDP fans knew beforehand that the elections would be postponed if indeed their party was not working in tandem with INEC.
THEORY NO. 3: APC, SENSING DEFEAT, SABOTAGED LOGISTICS
There is yet another theory — that APC leaders met in Abuja on Wednesday and concluded that the elections were not looking good for them. Security agencies and other government agencies were directed to sabotage the election, thus paving the way for INEC offices and card readers to be burnt, the theorists allege. They further claim that working with INEC insiders, the APC made sure materials did not get to some locations ahead of Saturday so that elections would not hold simultaneously across the country. Those who believe in this theory also link it to theory no. 1 above, concluding that but for the international community, INEC would have gone ahead with staggering the elections. APC supporters have a counter-argument: why would they want the elections moved when they were the favourites to win?
CONCLUSION
No matter the conspiracy theory that you believe, there is a consensus that INEC was right to have postponed the elections as a result of the issues it highlighted. Many commentators have blamed the electoral body for poor preparations, but Yakubu, in his address to stakeholders on Saturday after the postponement, said there was sabotage, although he did not point his fingers at any particular direction. Whatever theory is right, the indisputable conclusion is that the postponement has created room for conjectures and allegations. It would be difficult to persuade the purveyors that there was no political motive behind the postponement, either in favour of APC or PDP.

World Politics / Nigeria Elections: Buhari’s Minister Calls Out Inec Over ‘lies About Postponement’ by GabrielT: on Mon at 02:54 pm
The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Sunday insisted the weather was good for flight operations on the eve of the elections, contradicting claims made by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
Yakubu on Saturday, blamed the postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections by one week, on bad weather which affected flight operations.
But speaking via his Twitter handle, Sirika said that cannot be INEC’s excuse.
The Minister also disclosed that all airports were directed to open 24 hours during the election period.
“INEC should say something else as weather was good for flight operations on the eve of elections, similarly all airports were directed to open 24 hours during the election period,” Sirika tweeted.
The Presidential and National Assembly elections have since been rescheduled for Saturday, February 23.

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World Politics / Facebook 'digital Gangsters' Who Spread Fake News: British Lawmakers by GabrielT: on Mon at 02:53 pm
(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 25, 2015 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the F8 summit in San Francisco, California.Facebook shares plunged March 19, 2018 as the social media giant was pounded by criticism at home and abroad over revelations that a firm working for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign harvested and misused data on 50 million members.Calls for investigations came on both sides of the Atlantic after Facebook responded to explosive reports of misuse of its data by suspending the account of Cambridge Analytica, a British firm hired by Trump’s 2016 campaign. Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar and Republican John Kennedy called for Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to appear before Congress, along with Google and Twitter’s CEOs. / AFP PHOTO / Josh Edelson
A scathing British parliamentary report on Monday branded Facebook “digital gangsters” who failed to fight the spread of fake news and violated data privacy.
Lawmakers’ 18-month investigation into technology companies and disinformation also accused the world’s largest social media platform of trying to hide the extent of Russian interference in foreign elections.
Facebook is coming under attack over its response to Russia’s alleged use of misleading stories and targeted ads to sway the 2016 US presidential election and a series of European votes.
Its executives have further been accused of trying to either hide or suppress emerging evidence of foreign meddling flagged by its engineers.
Parliamentary committee chair Damian Collins said Facebook “deliberately sought to frustrate our work by giving incomplete, disingenuous and at times misleading answers to our questions”.
Facebook co-founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg turned down three requests to appear before the committee.
“Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law,” the 108-page report said.
Code of ethics
The committee urged a compulsory code of ethics for all tech companies that would be overseen by an independent UK regulator.
It said Facebook should be obliged to take down “sources of harmful content”.
“We further recommend that the Government launches an independent investigation into past elections — including the UK election of 2017, the UK Referendum of 2016, and the Scottish Referendum of 2014 — to explore what actually happened with regard to foreign influence,” the report said.
Russia has denied either backing Britain’s decision to leave the European Union or covertly backing pro-Brexit leaders during the 2016 referendum campaign.
Facebook spokesman Karim Palant said executives at the California company “share the committee’s concerns about false news and election integrity.”
“We are open to meaningful regulation and support the committee’s recommendation for electoral law reform,” Palant said in a statement released to AFP.
But Collins said Facebook has only adopted incremental policy changes that were mostly aimed at fending off regulation making it liable for the spread of malicious stories.
“They have taken a step, largely I think, to offset legislation,” Collins told BBC radio.
“It shouldn’t be down to Mark Zuckerberg to determine what the code is for election advertising in the UK through Facebook.”
Russian interference
The committee had earlier found that Facebook’s engineers had flagged potentially malicious Russian activity as early as 2014 — long before it became public.
Monday’s report said the two Facebook officials who did testify “deliberately misled the committee or they were deliberately not briefed by senior executives at Facebook about the extent of Russian interference in foreign elections”.
The committee further accused Facebook of offering Netflix and other popular apps preferential access to people’s data even after it had tightened its privacy rules.
The British government has eight weeks to respond to the parliamentary report.
It is also expected to release a “white paper” next month that Collins said should form the basis for new legislation governing social media companies’ behaviour during election campaigns.
Britain is coming under pressure to follow Germany and France’s example by introducing rules governing how Facebook collects user data and fights fake news.
Germany’s competition authority said this month it will impose limits to how Facebook hoovers up data from its WhatsApp and Instagram subsidiaries.
And France has introduced laws requiring social media giants to take down malicious stories during election campaigns.
Collins said it would be up to parliament to determine what rules and punishments to impose.
“There should be clear legal penalties in place — they could be fines, they could be something more serious than that,” he told BBC radio.

World Politics / Human Rights Lawyer Faults Inec’s Decision To Stop Campaign by GabrielT: on Mon at 02:51 pm
A Human Rights lawyer Dr Kayode Ajulo, on Monday, faulted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the ban on campaign.
Kayode Ajulo
The two leading parties, All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday argued that the commission’s restriction has no basis in law.
Ajulo in an interview on Monday in Ilorin, said that the chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu could not by mere pronouncement amend the provisions of Section 99 of the Electoral Act.
According to Ajulo, Section 99 of the electoral act allows political campaign till 24 hours to election.
He said he would continue to campaign for the candidate of his choice in accordance with the law of the land.
Ajulo said that INEC’s directive should be ignored, adding that he would be having a solo road show for his candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari to activate the above statutory provision and test the efficacy of the illegal ban.
READ ALSO: INEC uncovers 22 illegal polling units in A-Ibom
According to him, as it is now, many people have been canvassing and mentioning section 100 of the electoral act which says INEC can make any rule.
” There is one thing about rule of specific and all those provisions they mentioning did not specify.
“One thing we should understand is that if that section 100 had section 99 in mind, it would have say notwithstanding section 99, it would have been specific,” he said.
He said that those backing INEC on the no campaign issue also gave credence to section 160 of the constitution, regarding the power of INEC to stop campaign 24 hours to the election.
The lawyer who also double as the secretary of Forward With Buhari (FWB) said that such power in section 160 of the constitution would not help INEC to make such order.
According to him, what that section is talking about is political parties and candidates, I am not a political party and I am not a candidate
“All those laws they are saying is addressed to political parties and their candidates, this order did not stop any independent campaign organisation to go on campaign.
Ajulo stated that anything INEC said to that effect would not affect his campaigning for his candidate and would embark on a road show to canvass vote for President Buhari.
INEC had, in the early hours of Feb. 16, postponed the presidential and National Assembly elections to Feb. 23 and also banned political parties from campaigning.
Meanwhile, following the opposition of the APC and PDP, INEC is due meet to review the restriction.
INEC, according to its national chairman’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, would meet to review its position and decide whether or not to reopen campaigns. (NAN).

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World Politics / Re: Why Saraki Must Stop Campaigning For Pdp – Labour Leader by lokoso: on Mon at 02:50 pm
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World Politics / Election Shift : Ngos, International Observers Back Inec by GabrielT: on Mon at 02:49 pm
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and International Republican Institute (IRI), both NGOs, joint international observation mission have thrown their weight on INEC’s postponement of the Feb. 16 elections, to ensure credible polls.
This was expressed in a statement on Monday in Yola by Mr Tony Awesu, Head of Media of NDI, for the mission on Nigeria’s 2019 election.
According to Awesu, NDI/IRI fully endorsed the postponement of the 2019 elections in Nigeria and will continue to support Nigeria’s democratic development.
“IRI and NDI mission appreciates INEC’s commitment to hold credible elections; we understand it is better to delay the elections than to disenfranchise voters due to logical obstacles.
Election postponement: Calls for resignation of INEC chairman unfair-NANS
“NDI and IRI regret that INEC underestimated the challenges associated with the administration of the elections, leading to the decision to postpone them.
“As we have done in past three pre-election statements issued between July and December 2018, we urge INEC to ensure transparency and better communicate electoral processes, to build trust of Nigerians.
“Moreover, we encourage the Commission to take sufficient steps to secure materials and apply lessons learned for these and future elections.
“The mission urges Nigerians to continue to remain calm and patient as the electoral process unfolds,” he said.
He described the electoral period as a time for Nigerians across all spectrum to unite for peaceful and successful elections on Feb. 23 and March 9.
He said that the observation mission delegation would remain in the country for the rest of the electoral process to achieve the desired goals.
He noted that in spite of repeated assurances that logistic arrangements had been made, it was wrong for the Commission to have waited until morning before announcing postponement of the election.
He, however, advised Nigerians to remain calm and patient as the electoral processes unfolded, adding that there should be caution as whatever happened in Nigeria could impact negatively across Africa.
NAN reports that NDI is a nonpartisan organisation that supports and strengthens democratic institutions globally through citizen participation in electoral process.
IRI is a global organisation established to advance freedom of information and help citizens participate in governance process.

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World Politics / Re: Why Saraki Must Stop Campaigning For Pdp – Labour Leader by lokoso: on Mon at 02:49 pm
GabrielT:Trade union activist and labour leader, Issa Aremu has called on the Senate President, Bukola Saraki to resume his duties at the National Assembly and stop campaigning for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Aremu called on Saraki to emulate the legacy of his late father, Olusola, by ensuring the passage of the new National Minimum Wage Bill.
Aremu, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin, recalled that the late Saraki, as the Senate leader, presided over the Senate committee that midwife the emergence of the first national minimum wage in 1981 under President Shehu Shagari.
The labour leader, who described the late Saraki as “a wonderful symbol of democracy’’ who showed concern for the plight of workers, urged the Senate President to also write his name in gold by reconvening the Senate to pass the new Bill.
“The Senate President, Bukola Saraki should be on duty regarding this all important Bill. I remind him to emulate his father.
“Today he is going up and down as Campaign Director-General of the Peoples’ Democratic Party’s candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, but he should remember that he has not resigned as the Senate President.
“He should resume his work to pass the Bill to concur with the House of Representatives
“He must declare his position on the N27,000 and N30,000 recommendations.
“He must act fast like the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara did, so that we can make it a reality and the President will sign the Bill into law,’’ he said.
Aremu, the former Secretary-General of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, commended the House of Representatives for promptly passing the National Minimum Wage Bill.
He also hailed the lower chamber for endorsing N30,000 minimum wage across board – Federal and State governments, ensuring that the minimum wage could not be polarised.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in January transmitted the Bill to the National Assembly for passage into law.

Sports / Real Madrid's La Liga Title Hopes Hits The Rocks As Girona Hand Them Shock Home Defeat by GabrielT: on Mon at 02:47 pm
The Blancos' seven-game unbeaten run came to an end after an abysmal performance as Sergio Ramos also saw red
As quickly as Real Madrid’s title hopes reignited, they were extinguished.
All the momentum and hope Santiago Solari’s side have generated in recent weeks was quashed by a diabolical second-half performance against Girona on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu.
A 1-0 lead became a 2-1 defeat in two easy steps, with veteran duo Marcelo and Sergio Ramos both to blame.
The Brazilian left-back will take most of the flak, deservedly, after a shambolic performance which shows why Sergio Reguilon has taken his place in the first team.
With Girona having suffered six consecutive defeats in all competitions and without a win in 13 matches, Solari figured he could rotate.
So Marcelo came back in, along with Marco Asensio on the left flank in place of Real Madrid’s man-of-the-moment, Vinicius Junior.
Dani Ceballos replaced Luka Modric in midfield too and all the changes seemed to upset Madrid’s rhythm.
Even in the first half when they moved ahead through Casemiro’s header, they weren’t playing well.
Like Barcelona on Saturday in their narrow win over Real Valladolid, Madrid were playing badly but Girona were even worse, and that’s how Los Blancos took a one goal lead in at half-time.
The match was a scrappy, bitty affair, with both sets of players looking like the midday kick-off had left them short of a few hours’ sleep.
But Girona coach Eusebio Sacristan got to work at half-time and earned his money.
The experienced manager decided to target Marcelo’s flank and switched winger Portu over to their right, and it paid dividends.
However it was Ramos to blame for the first goal, ending a bad week for the skipper.
After his controversial comments revealing he deliberately picked up a booking against Ajax in the Champions League - in order to miss the second leg and be clear to play in the quarter-finals - he was forced to back-track, under the threat of an extra game ban being added.
Then he conceded the penalty which saw Girona level in the 65th minute, a deliberate handball as he blocked a shot.
Cristhian Stuani slotted home from the penalty spot, his 13th goal of the season.
Curiously the Uruguayan was a transfer target for Barcelona in the winter window, before they eventually settled on loaning Kevin-Prince Boateng from Sassuolo.
It was a money saving endeavour from Barcelona and there is no doubt that Stuani would have been a better purchase, but as fate would have it, it may end up working out better that he stayed at Girona.
After all, the forward remained ice-cool to beat Thibaut Courtois from the penalty spot and pull Girona level.
Eusebio’s half-time substitutes Aleix Garcia and Anthony Lozano changed the dynamic of the game and, along with Portu and Stuani, suddenly the visitors were crawling all over the hosts.
Solari, who is still a novice despite his excellent start at Madrid, didn’t know how to react and change the game.
He threw on Vinicius and Gareth Bale, but it didn’t help the European champions, who were increasingly suffocated.
Marcelo, floundering increasingly as the minutes went by, was nowhere to be seen as Portu strolled into the area and cracked a shot against the post.
And when Courtois parried Lozano’s shot back in to the danger zone, Marcelo was not close enough to Portu, who rammed home. To make matters worse, Ramos was sent off for a second yellow card in the final minute.
An intense lesson in in-game management for Solari, perhaps the final nail in the coffin for Marcelo, and another slap in the face for Ramos.
Madrid, meanwhile, having got themselves somewhat back into the title race, now find themselves nine points behind Barcelona once again. How swiftly things can change in football.

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World Politics / Elections; Rivers Apc Moves To Send Inec Chairman To Jail Over Exclusion. by GabrielT: on Mon at 02:45 pm
The All Progressives Congress APC in Rivers State has served contempt proceedings on Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to ensure the inclusion of its candidates in the forthcoming elections in the state.
The move follows INEC’s insistence not to include the APC upon the judgment of the Supreme Court. “He is to appear in court to explain why he should not be sent to jail for disobeying subsisting court orders and excluding APC in Rivers state”, a statement by Prince Tonye Princewill, director, Strategic Communications, Tonye Cole Campaign Organization said yesterday.
He confirmed that “proceedings were served yesterday because INEC has shown us that it is no longer independent. How else can you explain the speed they acted after a judgement by Omotosho that said we should not only be removed from the ballot, but we should also be barred from campaigning? People should learn to fear God.
“Now, that same Omotosho order has been stayed, yet two weeks later, we’re still waiting for our rights to be restored and INEC is comfortable that it has not been given to us. To make matters worse, the Supreme Court last week, threw out the appeal against the stay judgement. So, what is still holding INEC? They can not exclude us. But if they do, they will face the legal consequences. We can either do this election once or they will conduct it twice. The law is on our side.”
Continuing, he said: “It will be recalled that despite several pleas and multiple court orders, INEC has continued to stay mute on the matter of Rivers state, offering no details as to why the numerous judgements in favour of the APC have not been abided by, whereas judgements in favour of the PDP are more readily attended to. It appears that forces unseen have an interest in not seeing APC in Rivers state thrive.
This no doubt is not the end of the matter”, he alleged. While noting the efforts the party had made to be listed on the ballots, he warned that “if APC Rivers state continued to be treated with disdain, the said election will still not hold”. “Even though the postponement of the elections did not come to me as a total surprise, I was still expecting the INEC Chairman to stubbornly push on and try to force through the elections regardless.
“I still see disaster come Saturday. Unless we’re on the ballot, the election won’t be smooth anywhere. The God of Rivers state wants justice and He will get it. We have not even had so much as an explanation from INEC”, said Princewill.

World Politics / Nigeria Elections: How Gov. Yari ’caused’ Postponement Of Presidential Polls – Marafa by GabrielT: on Mon at 02:43 pm
The Senator representing Zamfara Central, Kabir Marafa has accused the Zamfara State governor, Abdul-aziz Yari Abubakar of sabotaging the now postponed presidential and National Assembly elections in the country.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Marafa alleged that Governor Yari should be held responsible for the sabotage that led to the postponement of the nation’s presidential and federal legislative elections.
The senator, while describing the postponement as unfortunate, said Yari should be held responsible for it “having boasted that if his candidates are not included in the ballot paper, there won’t be elections in the country”.
According to the senator, “during the grand finale of his illegal campaign rallies in his hometown, Talata Mafara, Zamfara on Friday, February 8, he rained abuses and said unprintable things on the person of INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood, and swore that unless his candidates were enlisted to contest, there won’t be elections in Zamfara State and the entire country. Now it has come to pass; what next?
“I’m calling on the authorities to hold Yari and his accomplices responsible for this treasonable sabotage against the country, Nigerians and humanity in general.
“Just search on the internet, including YouTube, you will see the stories and videos of where Yari stated emphatically that unless his candidates were accepted, elections won’t hold in zamfara State and Nigeria.”

World Politics / Why Saraki Must Stop Campaigning For Pdp – Labour Leader by GabrielT: on Mon at 02:41 pm
Trade union activist and labour leader, Issa Aremu has called on the Senate President, Bukola Saraki to resume his duties at the National Assembly and stop campaigning for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Aremu called on Saraki to emulate the legacy of his late father, Olusola, by ensuring the passage of the new National Minimum Wage Bill.
Aremu, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin, recalled that the late Saraki, as the Senate leader, presided over the Senate committee that midwife the emergence of the first national minimum wage in 1981 under President Shehu Shagari.
The labour leader, who described the late Saraki as “a wonderful symbol of democracy’’ who showed concern for the plight of workers, urged the Senate President to also write his name in gold by reconvening the Senate to pass the new Bill.
“The Senate President, Bukola Saraki should be on duty regarding this all important Bill. I remind him to emulate his father.
“Today he is going up and down as Campaign Director-General of the Peoples’ Democratic Party’s candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, but he should remember that he has not resigned as the Senate President.
“He should resume his work to pass the Bill to concur with the House of Representatives
“He must declare his position on the N27,000 and N30,000 recommendations.
“He must act fast like the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara did, so that we can make it a reality and the President will sign the Bill into law,’’ he said.
Aremu, the former Secretary-General of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, commended the House of Representatives for promptly passing the National Minimum Wage Bill.
He also hailed the lower chamber for endorsing N30,000 minimum wage across board – Federal and State governments, ensuring that the minimum wage could not be polarised.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in January transmitted the Bill to the National Assembly for passage into law.

Sports / Mikel Obi Wows Middlesbrough Fans After Thrilling Performance by admin: on Mon at 01:32 pm
Mikel Obi Wows Middlesbrough Fans After Thrilling Performance..
Seems like John Obi Mikel has finally got the appreciation he deserves in world football at Middlesbrough after putting on amazing performances. Many English football fans are saying he is the best Championship player at the moment, while others are saying his class is above that league. Below are comments about Mikel as he trends on Twitter.

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