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Kogi West: I can never congratulate Smart Adeyemi – Dino Melaye

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Dino Melaye has reacted to his defeat at the polls during the November 30th rerun election in the Kogi West Senatorial district.

Dino who is well known for his hit song, Ajeku Iya, shared a video of himself singing aD new song just as he tweeted that congratulating the winner of the election, APC’s Smart Adeyemi, is like congratulating an “armed robber” after an operation.

Dino maintains that the election was rigged in favour of APC.

Kogi West: I can never congratulate Smart Adeyemi - Dino Melaye

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Police arrest 3 suspected cult members for murder in Ikorodu

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Three suspected cult members wanted in Lagos have been arrested for the murder of one Enoch Obaro in the Ikorodu area of the state.

Spokesperson for the police in Lagos, Bala Elkana, made the disclosure in a statement on Sunday.

He said that the suspects were members of Aiye confraternity and had been on the police wanted list for various offences such as armed robbery, violent attacks, cultism and land grabbing.

Elkana stated, “On the 03/12/19 at about 2030hrs, one Yemisi Obaro ‘f’ of No 5, Surulere Street, Agbowa, reported at Agbowa Police Station that her husband, one Enoch Obaro, left home in the morning and did not return. That all efforts made in tracing his location proved abortive.

“Message was sent to all police stations across the state through the Police Control Room to help in finding the missing person.

“On 08/12/19 at about 1430hrs, police received a call that the remains of the missing person were sighted at an isolated/bushy area at Fadayin junction, Imota, Ikorodu.”

Elkana said a team of homicide detectives was drafted to the scene where the remains of the victim were recovered for autopsy.

According to him, the body was mutilated with the two hands severed and a leg cut off while expended cartridges and broken bricks were equally recovered at the scene.

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CAN blasts CJN over comments advocating for Sharia law

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) says the call for an amendment of the constitution to accommodate certain ‘peculiarities of Shari’a’ by Ibrahim Muhammad, chief justice of Nigeria(CJN), is reckless and insensitive.

In his speech at the 20th annual judges’ conference in Kano last Wednesday, Muhammad also asked that the language of instruction in Shari’a law at universities should be Arabic and not English.

The CJN was represented by Muhammad Danjuma, the Grand Khadi of Niger state, at the event.

In a statement on Saturday, Samuel Kwamkur, national director of legal and public affairs, CAN, described the CJN’s statement as “the most reprehensible, reckless and insensitive statement (ever) made by a public officer, a jurist and the head of Nigeria’s judiciary”.

“CAN observes that the CJN has neither denied any of the reports attributed to him nor has he clarified it. No person or association has come out with a contrary opinion. We, therefore, regard it as a settled fact: the CJN did indeed say it. And much more, he meant it,” he said.

“He called for amendment to alter Nigeria’s current constitutional status to be religiously inclined – inclined towards one religion – Islam. Clearly, this looks like the path to making Islam a state religion.”

“Related cases are the heads of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force who chose to cite specialised universities in their home areas using public funds. Perhaps, the CJN is reinforcing the same mentality, this time using religious self-indulgence.

“But then, we may pause and ask ourselves the following questions: are these actions by the military chiefs and the pronouncement of the CJN deliberately synchronised to promote regionalism and religious bias?

“Are we seeing the implementation of part of a much bigger plan to turn the country into one behemoth of a region and also one grand religion?”

“Is Nigeria about to witness the sure move toward becoming an Islamic state and the possibility of the country being forcibly transformed into a Shari’a state?

“Could all these be part of the motivation for calling for laws that could stifle any national debate or crush opinions that are branded as hate speech and for the regulation of the social media?

“Was the CJN already speaking on behalf of those who are conspiring to allow Islam to dominate and subjugate other faith? Was this agenda the reason Justice Walter Onnoghen was crudely and hastily removed and Justice Tanko hastily sworn in as the CJN?”

“If the less educated, those who are not enlightened, the mischievous and the politically extreme can tinker with such permutations, certainly not a man of the learning, age, experience, exposure and publicly centered personality as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“Does his position speak positively of a man who can still be trusted to hold the judiciary together as belonging to one nation with one people of various opinions, religious convictions and political persuasions?”

The 1999 constitution prohibits the adoption of any religion by the state or the federal government as state religion though it makes provision for the creation of Shari’a courts — its application is limited to personal law.

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IBB reacts to deaths rumours, describes it as fake news

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Reacting to death rumours, former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), has revealed he is very much alive and bubbling.

Speaking through his spokesman, Kassim Afegbua, said this in a statement on Sunday in reaction to a report that his principal had died.

He condemned the report which he described as fake news, noting that it was the third time such an incident would occur in 2019.

IBB’s aide was, however, hopeful that the Social Media Bill before the National Assembly would tackle the spread of fake news in the country.

 

To prove how well he is doing, Afegbua said the elder statesman attended to some of his friends and associates who visited him on Sunday at his Minna Hilltop mansion in Niger State.

He thanked those who reached out to them when the death report surfaced and asked Nigerians to disregard it.

Babangida who turned 78 in August was military president between August 27, 1985, and August 26, 1993.

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I’ll rather die than join APC, Femi Fani-Kayode says

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I'll rather die than join APC, Femi Fani-Kayode says

Femi Fani-Kayode has refuted claims that he has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a series of tweets on Sunday, the former Minister of Aviation who is a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain insisted that he remains a staunch member of the opposition party.

He described the report of his defection as “false and insulting,” adding that it was nothing but fake news.

Fani-Kayode, however, asked those sponsoring the report to bury their heads in shame, saying he would “rather die than” than join the APC.

He accused the ruling party of failing to protect the nation and its people, as well as faulted the government’s anti-corruption war.

“I am committed to opposing the APC and those that are in their ranks for the rest of my natural life and I will never join them no matter what!” the PDP chieftain said.

He stressed that he stands for light and truth, saying there can’t be any union between light and darkness.

Read two of the tweets below:

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Buhari to sign N10.6trn 2020 budget on Tuesday

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President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to assent to the 2020 Appropriation Bill on Tuesday, December 17th.

National Assembly sources on Sunday that the Presidency had invited the leadership of the federal parliament to the budget-signing ceremony at the Presidential Villa.

An official, who is close to one of the presiding officers, told our correspondent on condition of anonymity that President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, among others, had been invited to witness the signing of the 2020 budget.

The source said,

We have a notice from the Presidency to be at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday to witness the signing of the budget. The date and time may change but I have it on good authority that the ceremony is billed for Tuesday.”

The Senate and the House of Representatives had on December 5, 2019, concurrently passed the 2020 Appropriation Bill, raising the total estimates from the proposed N10.33tn to about N10.6tn.

The National Assembly had put a clause in the bill that the budget should run from January 1, 2020, bringing Nigeria back to a January-December budget cycle.

Of the new total sum of N10,594,362,364,830, the parliament raised statutory transfers from the proposed N556.7bn to N560,470,827,235; raised debt service from N2.45tn to N2,725,498,930,000; reduced recurrent (non-debt) expenditure from N4.88tn to N4,842,974,600,640; and increased development fund for capital expenditure from N2.14tn to N2,465,418,006,955.

As part of the N264bn increment, the National Assembly raised its own budget from N125bn to N128bn.

The National Assembly had on Friday transmitted the national budget to the Presidency.

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UK investigates Nigerian-owned church where members sell their blood for seed

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The UK Charity Commission has opened investigations into SPAC Nation, a Nigerian-owned church, over allegations that its pastors told worshippers to “take out loans and sell their blood in order to pay for the church’s lavish spending”.

Mail Online reports that the commission has ordered the church to bank all their money for the period of the investigation.

The church is run by Tobi Adegboyega, a Nigerian pastor.It was earlier reported that some members of the church allegedly took teenagers to donate blood for medical trials in a practice known as “bleeding for seed”.

In November, it was reported that SPAC Nation’s leaders threatened parishioners who failed to raise enough money and one pastor had even asked her followers to “beg, borrow or steal” in order to gather money for the church.

Mariam Mbula, a 30-year-old senior leader in the church, had reportedly been jailed in the UK, Belgium and Spain, and was also wanted for leading a crime gang in Italy.

The senior leader who had been praised for turning her life around after she was jailed for fraud at the age of 18, reportedly had at least 13 convictions for 34 offences; 27 for fraud and dishonesty.

In a statement, the commission said: “Of immediate concern to the commission is that substantial amounts of charity money are held in cash”.

“As a protective measure, the commission has issued an order under Section 84 of the Charities Act, requiring the charity to bank its money.

“The commission is also concerned about the apparent lack of clarity between the personal, business and charity roles of leaders within the charity.’

A spokesman of the commission was quoted as saying the issues raised about the church were “highly concerning”.

“The issues that have been raised related to SPAC Nation in recent weeks are highly concerning, even more so as the allegations are entirely at odds with the expectations about the way that charities will operate,” he reportedly said.

“The opening of this inquiry is an important step that will allow us to examine these concerns further and establish the facts.

Reacting in a statement from its board of trustees, SPAC Nation said the inquiry was “needful to lay to rest some unverified allegations”.

“If anything is found wrong we will adjust it, and if not we will keep going strong.

“If any pastor or leader is caught pressuring people to donate, such leader will be expelled without delay, not to talk of pressuring to donate blood for money.

“We encourage people to donate blood and all they can for the community but we also say not for money ever, that just won’t happen here.”

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OAU loses second professor in 48 hours

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Barely 48 hours after Jerome Elusiyan, a professor of pediatrics at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state, was shot dead, the university has lost yet another professor.

 

Victoria Adeniyi, acting head of the department of dramatic arts, died at institution’s clinic in the early hours of Sunday. Though no detailed information on her death, Abiodun Olarewaju, public relations officer of the university, confirmed Adeniyi’s demise, saying Eyitope Ogunbodede, the university’s vice-chancellor, had ordered a post mortem.

“Less than forty eight hours after we lost a Professor of Paediatrics, Professor Jerome Elusiyan, to the cold hands of death through the instrumentality of unknown gunmen, it is too painful for us as a University to tearfully break the unpalatable news of the demise of another promising academic and a prominent member of OAU community, Dr. Victoria Oluwaremilekun ADENIYI, who, until her death early this morning was the Acting Head, Department of Dramatic Arts of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile – Ife,” he said.

“The deceased lecturer, who Directed this year’s Convocation play which was staged four days ago, was also yesterday, a part of the academic procession of the grand finale of the University’s 44th Convocation.

“The Vice Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, who was visibly unhappy, had visited the University’s Teaching Hospital and directed that necessary papers be filled for the conduct of a post mortem.”

Elusiyan was killed by gunmen in Edo state on Friday. He was said to be heading back from Ambrose Ali University in Ekpoma where he went to supervise medical students’ pediatric examinations at Irua Specialist Teaching Hospital as an external examiner.

He was reportedly attacked alongside his driver who survived with bullet wounds. His vehicle was shot at several times. His driver succeeded in leaving the scene to a police checkpoint where Elusiyan was discovered dead.

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Oluwo of Iwo and wife announce divorce

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Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale, the Oluwo of Iwoland and his queen, Ms Chanel Chin have both separated.

 

It was authoritatively gathered that the wife and the monarch have been finding it difficult to reconcile over some matrimonial issues. However, a statement issued by the media aide to the monarch, Alli Ibraheem on Sunday, said Ms Chin has become an ex-queen to the monarch. It did not state the reason for the separation, except on irreconcilable personal differences.

“This is to inform the general public most especially friends and associates of the Oluwo of Iwoland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, that Ms Chanel Chin is an ex-queen of his majesty”.

“This information is necessary for the attention of the general public to avoid representation on proxy or accordance of respect attached to the sacred stool of Oluwo to her. For personal irreconcilable differences, Chanel Chin ceased to be his Majesty’s queen. We equally enjoin the public to disregard any business transaction or request with her using the office of his majesty”.

The former queen Chin, is the daughter of Jamaican reggae star, Ludlow Chin also known as “Bobo Zaro” The duo met before the ascendancy of Oba Abdul Rasheed to the throne in Canada where he resides and later ties the knot after his ascendancy on November 10, 2015.

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States lament as crisis hits Buhari’s school feeding scheme

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States lament as crisis hits Buhari’s school feeding scheme

Federal Government’s school feeding programme is still struggling with foundational problems three years after it was inaugurated, as several schools are left our while the programme remain irregular in schools where it had started.

Based on findings, only pupils in primary one to three were being fed in schools benefiting from the programme. It was gathered that many schools in the rural and swampy areas were excluded from the programme because of the Federal Government officers’ inability to access them.

At the launch of the Home Grown School Feeding programme in 2016, the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, said the scheme was aimed at providing free school meals.

It is also aimed at “increasing school enrollment and completion” and “improving child nutrition and health.”

Investigations revealed that the crisis associated with the programme had not enabled it to achieve its aims. 413 schools left out in Enugu. Out of the 1,204 public primary schools in Enugu State, The PUNCH’s investigations showed that 413 were not benefiting from the programme.

One of our correspondents assessed the programme at the New Haven Primary Schools 1, 2,3 and 4; Construction Primary Schools 1 and 2; the Ekulu Primary School and the Independence Layout Primary School, all in the Enugu metropolis.

It was observed that only pupils in primary one to three were being fed, while those in nursery one to three were completely excluded from the programme. Only 49 pupils selected in Enugu school.

The correspondent noticed that in the New Haven Primary School 1, only 49 out of 96 pupils, who were in primary one to three, were being fed.

According to PUNCH’s research, the management of the programme had in October reduced the amount of money paid to each cook, as a result, only 49 pupils, in some cases 30 pupils, were selected from primary one to three, for feeding.

According to the menu obtained from one of the schools, the pupils are fed with yams and beans together with oranges on Monday. On Tuesday, they are given jollof rice and chicken with bananas. On Wednesday, they are fed with Okpa with watermelon. On Thursday, they eat fried potato and egg sauce as well as oranges, while on Friday, the pupils are given Igba Oka with akidi, vegetable and watermelon.

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Speculations as Tinubu meets Atiku at Abuja airport

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Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, founding National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, and the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, met on Saturday, TOPNAIJA.NG reports.

 

The short discussion held when the two prominent politicians ran into each other at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja. Tinubu’s spokesman, Mr Tunde Rahman, shared a picture of the encounter on his Facebook page on Sunday.

In the picture, Tinubu and Atiku who held each other’s hands, were seen engrossed in a discussion while the Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, was seen listening to them with rapt attention.

The caption of the picture as posted by Rahman read, “Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar exchanging views when they ran into each other at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.

“Asiwaju was on his way to Minna, Niger State to receive a honorary doctorate from the IBB University, Lapai and former VP, Kaduna for a wedding.

“They were flanked by Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Fintiri.”

Recall that ahead of the 2015 presidential election won by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), both Tinubu and Atiku, as party leaders, worked for the APC.

Atiku was one of the party’s presidential aspirants who lost to Buhari at the party’s primary held in Lagos.

After Buhari won the election, however, Atiku and some other prominent politicians like the then President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; the then Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, and Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, among others returned to the PDP.

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