Thursday, January 31, 2019

SOS Cevenade

Hi Cevenade!

I'm a 29-year-old lady currently in a relationship with a 35-year-old man. Having been together for over 4 years, I won't be far from the truth if I say we've come a long way.

Our journey has been full of challenges but we have managed to surmount these challenges until recently.

We are completely in tune with each other and the love we share is so deep.

My boyfriend had to leave the country when a good job wasn't forthcoming here in Nigeria. A friend of his in the US facilitated his trip abroad and linked him up to a lady who was desperate for marriage.

The plan was for him to pretend to love her until he gets a permanent residency then he would file for divorce.

The latest development is that she is now heavily pregnant.  This wasn't supposed to happen. The marriage wasn't supposed to be consummated.

I didn't hide my disappointment. I made him realize how displeased I was that he didn't stick to the script, and he apologized. He told me the lady was beginning to suspect that he had an ulterior motive, so he had to make love to her to regain her trust and reassure her that he loves her.

He assures me of his love and that I should wait for him,but I am confused. I don't know what to think anymore. Things have taken a different turn and from the looks of things,I might end up the loser.

Please,what should I do?

Lady J

Hello Lady J!

How could you connive with your boyfriend to toy with another woman's emotions? This is fraud and when the bubble burst, heads will roll.

You and your boyfriend are cold and calculating.

He leads an innocent, unsuspecting lady on without the slightest qualms. If he can pretend to love someone he does not have an iota of feelings for just to keep up appearances, he cuts across as someone who is ruthless and would go to any length to get what he wants.

I hope this plan backfires on you. I don't have any advice to proffer because I'm totally against what you guys are up to.

Have a nice day!


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Appeal Court dismisses Metuh’s appeal, rejects request to travel abroad for medicals

Metuh who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for alleged N400 million fraud had on February 22, 2017, through his counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, applied for the release of his passport in order for him to “travel to the United Kingdom for five weeks to attend to his failing health”.

Justice Okon Abang had dismissed the application as “lacking in merit”, and sternly warned his counsel against deploying tactics to delay the trial, which has been ongoing since January 6, 2016.
Dissatisfied with the ruling, Metuh had approached the Appellate Court, praying for the release of his travel document.

The Court of Appeal, however, on January 30, 2019 ruled that his application was “an abuse of court process”, as he failed to disclose cogent reasons for him to seek medical attention abroad.

His trial before Justice Abang continues on February 25, 2019.


Pastor impregnates Church member, loses 18-year-old marriage

A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan on Thursday dissolved an 18 year-old marriage between one Grace Adekunle and Pastor Adeyemi Adekunle over abandonment, irresponsibility and impregnating church members.

Chief Ademola Odunade, President of the court held that the dissolution became necessary because there was no more love between the two.

In his judgement, he said “In the interest of peaceful coexistence, the union between Grace and Adeyemi has ceased to be.

“Custody of the first four children produced by the union is granted to Adeyemi while Grace is allowed to take the last because of his age.

“The respondent shall pay a monthly allowance of N5,000, in addition to being responsible for his education and other welfare”.

In her petition, the claimant, a school teacher had informed the court that her husband, a pastor, abandoned her and fornicated with his female church followers.

“Firstly, Adeyemi has shown no form of responsibility on any of the five children and me since he became a pastor a number of years ago.

“Adeyemi neither makes provision for their feeding nor sends them to school.

“One message Adeyemi has repeatedly passed to me is that I shouldn’t expect him to send the children to school because he is a poor man of God.

“He also said that I saw him as a pastor before I wilfully married him.

“As a result, none of our children whose ages range between 8 and 16 is currently in school.

“I have spent all I have on the children with little or no success so far.

“Worst still, Adeyemi has been sleeping with the female worshippers in his church and has even impregnated two of them,” she said.

The respondent was however absent in court when he was called to respond to the allegations.

The court’s bailiff informed the arbitrators that he had served several hearing notices on the respondent without any response

Woman arrested for stealing 5-day-old twin baby

Detectives at the Central Police Station, Nnewi, Anambra State, have arrested  one 35-year-old Dorothy Sunday, who allegedly stole a five-day-old twin baby boy.

In a statement in Awka on Thursday, SP Haruna Mohammed, Public Relations Officer, Anambra State Police Command, said that the woman was arrested at 5:30p.m. on Wednesday.

Mohammed alleged that the suspect sneaked into the Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, and stole the baby from the maternity section of the hospital.

He said that the mother of baby, Mrs Happiness Mmadu, aged 22, went to wash her clothes when her baby was allegedly stolen.

The police spokesman said that luck ran out of the suspect when nurses at the hospital gate saw her in a suspicious manner and raised alarm which led to her arrest.

He said that the baby was recovered in good condition and the case under investigation. He gave the assurance that the suspect would be charged to court after investigations.

Juventus coach Allegri hails referee for sending him off

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri agreed with the referee’s decision to send him off during his side’s shock 3-0 defeat to Atalanta.

He suggested that there was an air of inevitability about his team’s first domestic defeat of the season.

Allegri was dismissed in the first half of Wednesday’s Coppa Italia quarter-final for throwing his coat onto the pitch after his side fell 2-0 behind.

“It was right to remove me from the pitch, I was agitated and the officials were impeccable throughout. Compliments to the referee,” he told reporters.

Juventus were unbeaten in 22 previous League and Cup matches this season, their only two defeats coming in the UEFA Champions League.

But Allegri said they had to lose at some time.

It also ended their run of four successive League and Cup doubles.

“It was in the air,” he said. “You get bad nights in football. I think we were probably a bit tired mentally.”

“It’s nothing to get dramatic about, as it was just an off day. It’s disappointing for us to go out, but it was crazy to think Juventus could have won every single match this season.”

Allegri said the most important thing was to learn from what went wrong.

“As I’ve said, that’s football. If you react to them in the right way, these nights can do you good and help you to raise your level of focus.”


In case you missed it #NgTheCandidates

Journalist and media personality, Kadaria Ahmed interviewed the presidential candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, the former governor of Anambra state, Mr Peter Obi in a special programme tagged #NgTheCandidates

Atiku and Obi sat on a hot seat for two hours as she bombarded them with tough questions.

In case you missed it, this is how it all went down.

Kadaria: Will you consider amnesty to people who have corruption cases and say bring some money and we will go on from there?

Atiku: Why not? It worked for Turkey . We can implement that and I have considered it.

When Atiku was asked if his wife is guilty of corruption, he said:

My wife has never been indicted or has never been charged. She is an American citizen and she has been going to America.

Salients comments 

Those who have bad records in the PDP have moved to the APC  - @PeterObi

On Corruption - isn't it possible to collect these monies and reinvest it in the nation in forms of amnesty? rather than join a party where it becomes a safe haven @PeterObi

Why can't we have an election fraud commission to investigate and prosecute electoral offenders ? - @atiku

Kadaria: What will you do for the poorest of the poor? We can all agree that majority of Nigerians are in dire need
Atiku: One of our plans is to create jobs through  our agric policies and seek to make farming output better - @atiku - #NgTheCandidates

Kadaria to Atiku: there are two main employers in Adamawa , one is the state government and the other is you @atiku . How do you explain that?

Obi: He has great experience in job creation and with that experience, he will create more jobs in Nigeria - @PeterObi #NgTheCandidates.

ObiO there is something called discounted position. 16 years of the PDP is far better than what you are seeing now in Nigeria  - @PeterObi #NgTheCandidates

Kadaria: Given what Obasanjo said about you @Atiku , why should we employ you?

Atiku: Well, if the referee has changed his mind and says the employee is now the best for the job, what is there again to consider? Nobody has been investigated by Obasanjo more than myself and he has found me not wanting.

Kadaria to Obi: As governor, you deported beggars from Anambra State to Akwa-Ibom.

Obi: no, I never did that. My wife is from Akwa-Ibom , I couldn't have done that. I have never in my life discriminated against any human being and will never do.

On herders/farmers clashes
Atiku said this: On farmers/herdmen clashes- The best solution to farmers/herdsmen clashes is to provide feeding lots system all over the country.  Both the farmers and the herders will be enlightened on this.

Kadaria to Atiku: How come your tax is so low? You are also planning to cut corporate taxes in your manifesto

Atiku: All my companies are paying taxes,  I pay tax on what I earn as a public person and what I earn as a corporate entity is also properly taxed. 

Kadaria: Will you accept the result of the elections if you lose?

Atiku: If the election is free , fair and credible, I will. I have lost elections in the past.

Today in history

Historical events that occurred on the 31st of January.

On January 31, 1835 a man with two pistols misfires at President Andrew Jackson at the White House.

On January 31, 1865 House of Representatives approves a constitutional amendment abolishing slavery.

On January 31, 1911 the German Reichstag exempts royal families from tax obligations.

On January 31, 1915 Germans use poison gas on the Russians at Bolimov.

On January 31, 1915 German U-boats sink two British steamers in the English Channel.

On January 31, 1917 Germany resumes unlimited sub warfare, warning that all neutral ships that are in the war zone will be attacked.

On January 31, 1935 The Soviet premier tells Japan to get out of Manchuria.

On January 31, 1943 The Battle of Stalingrad ends as small groups of German soldiers of the Sixth Army surrender to the victorious Red Armyforces.

On January 31, 1944 U.S. troops under Vice Adm. Spruanceland on Kwajalien atoll in the Marshall Islands.

On January 31, 1950 Paris protests the Soviet recognition of Ho Chi Minh‘s Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

On January 31, 1966 U.S. planes resume bombing of North Vietnam after a 37-day pause.

On January 31, 1968, In Vietnam, the Tet Offensive begins as Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers attack strategic and civilian locations throughout South Vietnam.

On January 31, 1981, Lech Walesa announces an accord in Poland, giving Saturdays off to laborers.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

SOS Cevenade

Dear Cevenade,

Please, I need your counsel. I have been meaning to write you for a long time but I've not had the time until today.

My elder brother is a source of worry for the entire family. My parents have done all they can to make him turn a new leaf, but he is not ready to change.

My brother is a drug addict. A chronic one at that. A couple of days ago, he had a terrible siezure. Our house help found him lying in the bathroom in a state of convulsion. He had ingested an overdose of tramadol.

She raised an alarm and we rushed him to the hospital. The doctor who treated him said if we hadn't acted in a timely fashion, he would have died.

My dad parted with a lot of money to make sure we didn't lose him. The doctor had to pump him to keep him alive and the procedure was quite expensive.

Whenever he is broke, he steals to fund his drug habit. I can't remember how many times he has been fortunate enough to escape being lynched for theft.

So to make him stop stealing, my parents put him on a monthly stipend. This has only fuelled his addiction.

My brother has become a source of grief for the family.

How do we get him to quit drugs? Did I mention he is above 30? Yes, he is!

Worried blog visitor.

Hello Worried Blog Visitor!

What you are going through is better left to the imagination. Your brother must be one big pain in the ass.

Have you guys tried taking him to a rehabilitation centre? He needs to be rehabilitated.

Addiction is a sickness and it needs treatment. Your brother needs professional help. Prayer and fasting won't do any good. You did mention that he has refused to change. That's not entirely true. Addiction is not something you can stop when you decide to. It takes months or years to get addicted to something, and, likewise, months or years to break an addiction.

Don't you think giving him a monthly salary is counterproductive? His freedom should be restricted until he breaks the habit. Desperate times calls for desperate measures.

Get him help as soon as possible. Your life and that of your parents and siblings are at considerable risks. Someday, he might get violent and only God knows what would happen if such a situation ever arises.

I think I have said enough. Good luck!


Tunisian woman faces racism charges for insulting a teacher

A woman faces trial in the eastern Tunisian city of Sfax under a new anti-racism law for allegedly hurling insults at a teacher who threw her daughter out of class, prosecutors said Wednesday.

According to the prosecutors, the woman, who rushed to school after a phone call from the girl to say she was being expelled, had insulted the teacher over the color of his skin.

She was detained on Tuesday, three days after the incident.

The spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, Murad Turki, told AFP the woman was being held in custody pending trial next week on racism charges under the law passed in October 2018, and for insulting a public sector worker.

The law lays down a jail sentence of up to one year.

Turkey issues arrest warrants for military pilots

Turkish authorities on Wednesday issued arrest warrants for 63 suspects, most of them military pilots, allegedly linked to a 2016 failed coup attempt, the Ankara chief prosecutor’s office said.

The roundup is part of an investigation carried out by the prosecutor into the “Fethullah Terror Organization” or FETO, an acronym authorities use for the group allegedly behind the failed putsch.

Forty-six of the 63 suspects are helicopter pilots on active military duty, the office said. Two are former pilots and the remaining 15 are civilians working for the movement, it added.

Turkish authorities on Wednesday issued arrest warrants for 63 suspects, most of them military pilots, allegedly linked to a 2016 failed coup attempt, the Ankara chief prosecutor’s office said.

The roundup is part of an investigation carried out by the prosecutor into the “Fethullah Terror Organization” or FETO, an acronym authorities use for the group allegedly behind the failed putsch.

Forty-six of the 63 suspects are helicopter pilots on active military duty, the office said. Two are former pilots and the remaining 15 are civilians working for the movement, it added.

Turkey accuses the US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen and his movement of ordering the attempted coup, which he strongly denies.

Tens of thousands of people have been arrested in the crackdown that followed the putsch in a bid to eradicate the Gulen movement’s influence in Turkey.

In recent weeks, the number of raids has increased with almost daily reports of arrests across the country.

Turkish authorities say the purges are necessary to cleanse the “virus” of the Gulen movement’s infiltration of state institutions.

Canadian serial killer pleads guilty to the murder of eight people

TORONTO — A Canadian man charged with the murder of eight men who disappeared over several years pleaded guilty to the charges on Tuesday, police said, in a case that shook Toronto's gay community.

Bruce McArthur, a 67-year-old landscaper, was arrested last January,and most of his victims, some of whose remains were found on a property where he worked, had ties to the Gay Village area in downtown Toronto.

Toronto police have been criticized by some in the LGBTQ community for taking years to solve disappearances dating back to at least 2010 in the Gay Village neighborhood.

Detective David Dickinson, who spoke to media at the Ontario Superior Court, said the motive for the killing was not yet known. Dickinson said sentencing would take place February 4 with victim-impact statements on the same day.

Police confirmed the names of the victims as Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, Skandaraj Navaratnam and Abdulbasir Faizi.

McArthur will likely have the mandatory minimum of life imprisonment and be eligible for parole in 25 years, according to University of Ottawa Faculty of Law assistant professor, Kyle Kirkup.

"I hope that there will be some solace for the families and friends of the victims, and for the community more broadly,” said Rachel Giese, editorial director of the Daily Xtra, a Canadian news outlet for LGBTQ community.

"However, I don’t think this doesn’t end the questions about how this was handled by the police, and what will be done to make sure there will be true justice for the victims, for the families, and for the community.”


Update: 2 people killed in tanker explosion in Lagos

Two persons have been killed in a tanker truck fire at Barack gate bus stop, along Lagos- Badagry express way.

The tanker which was loaded with 33,000 liters of fuel skidded off the road, and spilled its contents.

The Truck caught fire and affected another truck conveying a 40ft container fully loaded with generator, and two other vehicles.

The Lagos state fire service was on ground to quell the fire on the affected areas to and stopped it from spreading.

Emergency officials are currently expecting heavy duty equipments for the recovery operation operation. Operation ongoing.

Petrol tank catches fire in Lagos State

Lagos State, Nigeria - A petrol tank has reportedly caught fire in Iyanaba Iba,Barracks,Mile 2 Road. No casualty has been reported.

@Gidi_Traffic re-tweeted a tweet by one Mr Obiora, an eyewitness at the scene of the accident.

"@mr_obiorah: IYANA IBA, BARRACKS, MILE 2 ROAD is a death trap... We have been saying this repeatedly. A tanker caught fire and burnt cars and containers. The traffic right now is not of this world. This is just January, how will the rest of the year be. God help us @Gidi_Traffic

Nnamdi Kanu calls for the boycott of elections

Biafran separatist leader has called for the boycott of Nigerian presidential and senatorial elections scheduled for February 16.

He made this call in a message he posted on Twitter. The message reads:

"An election boycott is the smartest way to cripple evil dictators and their sham elections. Ask Ian Smith of Zimbabwe, De Klerk of South Africa and now - Maduro of Venezuela. When you participate in sham elections, you bestow legitimacy on such election. You become complicit."

Philippines urges calm after grenade attack on mosque kills two

Philippine authorities called for calm on Wednesday after a grenade attack on a mosque in a mainly Christian southern province killed two people, just three days after a devastating church bombing shook the restive Mindanao region.

A grenade was thrown into a mosque during the night in Zamboanga, killing two people and wounding four others, prompting condemnation and calls for cool heads and unity among Christian and Muslim communities with a long history of peaceful coexistence.

The grenade incident came a few hours after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on television said an attack on a church that killed 21 people on mainly Muslim Jolo island may have involved a suicide bomber.

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday said the second of two explosions in the church was “probably” a suicide bombing, but said it was not clear if Islamic State was really behind it, as it had not revealed the identity of the “martyr”.

Islamic State has claimed involvement, but the military believe it was the work of the Muslim militant Abu Sayyaf group.

Lorenzana told reporters forensic tests would be carried out to try to establish if the suspected bomber was a foreigner.

If confirmed, it would be the second known case of a suicide attack in the Philippines in recent years, following a bomb in a van last July on neighboring Basilan island, which killed 11 people and was claimed by Islamic State.

Lorenzana said there was no connection between the church bombs and the mosque attack, echoing remarks by a local task force commander that it was “not a retaliatory act”.

Zamboanga’s Ulama Council called it “devilish, irrational and inhumane”, while the regional governor condemned the church and mosque incidents and said an attack during prayers was the “highest form of cowardice and obscenity”.
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“We must stand united against the terrorists who would divide us and, thus, destroy all that we are working to build and establish in our communities,” governor Mujiv Hataman said on his Facebook page.

Muslims are a minority in the predominantly Catholic Philippines and represent about a quarter of the population of the Mindanao region, where Communal violence is rare.

The attacks follow a peaceful Jan. 21 referendum that overwhelmingly approved autonomy for the estimated 5 million inhabitants of predominantly Muslim parts of Mindanao that will be called “Bangsamoro”, the culmination of a lengthy peace process between separatists and successive governments.

Duterte on Monday ordered the military to destroy the notoriously brutal Abu Sayyaf, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State and is comprised of numerous cells with different agendas, some radical, others criminal.

He said he would not accept their surrender, adding “the only way to fight them is to become evil also.”

The military has identified several suspects and carried out an air strike on Jolo on Tuesday on an undisclosed target.

The bombings, and Islamic State’s claim of involvement, could stoke fears about the group’s reach in Southeast Asia and about foreign fighters gravitating to Mindanao to capitalize on porous borders, jungles, and abundance of weapons and jobless, unschooled youth.

Martial law has been in place in Mindanao since a pro-Islamic State alliance overran Marawi City in 2017, in what was the Philippines’ most intense battle since World War Two.

Waje, Omawumi join forces to impact on the creative Industry

 In a chat with E-Daily, the music divas said that Hermanes Media was founded in order to create solutions  and provide innovative and creative ideas for the industry.

“We both have a  considerable amount of experience working in and navigating the media industry. We believe we  can put this knowledge to good use”, said Waje.

Both singers expressed their recognition of a  gap in the industry that needs to be filled.

“We need to start telling our own stories, and we need  to be more expressive and innovative about it. Hermanes Media is our way of taking a step towards making this a reality”, Omawumi shared.

With a team of experts on board, Hermanes Media will provide services such as film/TV production, TV adverts, content curation, brand event activation, and creative digital marketing. 

Adding to the  excitement surrounding the potential of this new venture, the media moguls are equally thrilled to be launching their first project which will be communicated next month.

Today in history

Historical events that occurred on the 30th of January.

On this day in 1649, Charles I of England is beheaded at Whitehall by the executioner Richard Brandon.

On this day in 1844, Richard Theodore Greener becomes the first African American to graduate from Harvard University.

On this day in 1862, The USS Monitor is launched at Greenpoint, Long Island.

On this day in 1901, women Prohibitionists smash 12 saloons in Kansas.

On this day in 1912, the British House of Lords opposes the House of Commons by rejecting home rule for Ireland.

On this day in 1931, the United States awards civil government to the Virgin Islands.

On this day in 1933, Adolf Hitler is named Chancellor by President Paul Hindenburg.

On this day in 1949, in India, 100,000 people pray at the site of Gandhi’s assassination on the first anniversary of his death.

On this day in 1953, President Dwight Eisenhowerannounces that he will pull the Seventh Fleet out of Formosa to permit the Nationalists to attack Communist China.

On this day in 1964, The Rangerspacecraft, equipped with six TV cameras, is launched to the moon from Cape Canaveral

On this day in 1972, British troops shoot dead 14 Irish civilians in Derry, Ireland. The day is forever remembered in Ireland as ‘Bloody Sunday.’

On this day in 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court bans spending limits in campaigns, equating funds with freedom of speech.

On this day in 1980, the first-ever Chinese Olympic team arrives in New York for the Winter Games at Lake Placid.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

SOS Cevenade

Hi Cevenade!

I have an adorable and a lovely 6-year-old daughter. My daughter is very intelligent but she has self-esteem issues.

She has two friends at school and I don't like the way they treat her. They yell at her and insult her all the time and it irks me.

My daughter cannot stand for herself.
She is just too soft! Her friends know this and that's why they treat her cruelly.

How do I build my daughter's confidence without shaming her. I love her so much and I don't want her to always run to mummy whenever her friends are mean to her. Please, how should I go about this?

Mrs. Christy

Hello Ma'am!

I commend you for being such a loving and caring mother. You must also be very attentive to have noticed this. Thank you for looking out for your child.

Just know that there is nothing wrong with your daughter. Some kids are like that: soft and fragile.

It's good to teach her to stand up for herself, but also teach her to avoid confrontation.

But please, don't make her feel running to mummy whenever he friends treat her badly is always a bad idea. She sees you as her refuge and a shoulder to lean on. Her attachment to you is only natural.

Just be tactful about this and don't create another situation whilst trying to solve this problem.

Good luck.


NJC queries Onnoghen, Tanko Mohammed

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has queried the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Mohammed, few days after his inauguration at the Presidential Villa by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Also queried is the suspended CJN Justice Walter Onnoghen.
It was learnt that the two judges were given seven days to respond to the queries.
While Onnoghen was queried following the allegations leveled against him on his failure to declare all his assets, as stipulated by law, the Mohammed, was told to explain why he allowed himself to be sworn-in by President Buhari without the recommendation of the Council, as required by law.
Onnoghen and Mohammed were given seven days to respond to their query.
The third most senior Supreme Court Judge, Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour of Lagos State, will replace them if the Council decides to dismiss both Justices.
NJC has also adjourned till Feb. 11, four days to the presidential election.

Thousands flee into Cameroun fearing Boko Haram attack - UNHCR

Around 30,000 people fled into Cameroon from the Nigerian city of Rann during the weekend, fearing an attack by Boko Haram militants, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday.

UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch told a regular U.N. briefing in Geneva that the exodus followed the departure of Cameroonian forces who had moved to secure the city, following an attack by Boko Haram on Rann on Jan. 14.

“Because Cameroon is part of the Multi-National Joint Task Force, their military went in to secure Rann. So it was … peaceful (for a while) but as far as we understand now, that Multi-National Task Force has left,” Baloch said.

Refugees reported that Boko Haram had promised to return to the city, which originally had an estimated population of about 80,000, he said.

“So all the population seems to be panicking and they are on the run as a pre-emptive measure to save their lives,” Baloch said. “This is quite worrying and alarming.”

Immediately after the Jan. 14 attack, 9,000 people fled into Cameroon but they were refused asylum and sent back to Nigeria by Cameroonian authorities.

It was not clear how many people were left in Rann, Baloch said.

Ten children in Tanzania kidnapped and killed for their body parts, authorities say

Tanzanian authorities say that 10 children who were kidnapped in December were found dead and were killed for their body parts.

The children’s ears and teeth and “private parts” were removed, and some were missing limbs, according to published reports that cited the authorities.
They were aged between two and nine years old. Authorities in Tanzania have indicated that there may be more children missing.

A relative of three of the children has been arrested.

Apparently, authorities suspect that witchcraft motivated the horrors that were inflicted upon the children. Some witchdoctors in the area where the children were killed, and where some 10 are missing, claim that by obtaining some body parts, people can attract money and good fortune. The children went missing while their parents sold food at a market, the BBC said.
"This is all about superstitious beliefs and many believe they will get help from witchcraft," Njombe District Commissioner Ruth Msafiri said.
"These murders are linked to witchcraft practices because that is the trend for such crimes, where herbalists ask people to get these human parts for money rituals," he said.

"We urge all parents and guardians to be on alert and teach their children on how to determine the motives of who is around them," the district commissioner told the BBC.
“We want to identify the perpetrators, but our focus is to educate the traditional practitioners in the area quickly and those in surrounding communities on the need to stop these acts," CNN quoted him as saying.

The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has described the body parts market as one that fetches from $2,000 for a limb to $75,000 for a corpse.
Authorities said the murder and mutilation of the 10 children was not related to the killings of albinos in the country.

Pakistan's Apex court upheld the acquittal of a Christian woman accused of blaspheny

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the acquittal of a Christian woman who spent years on death row after being convicted of blasphemy, dismissing a petition filed by Islamists who have called for her execution.

“On merit, this petition is dismissed,” Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said in court, saying the petitioners, led by a village prayer leader, had failed to point out any mistake in the original judgment

Asia Bibi, a farm worker, was convicted in 2010 of making derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbors working in the fields with her objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim.

Her conviction was overturned in October, prompting protests from religious hardliners calling for her death and demanding that the government prevent her from leaving the country.

Under pressure from days of protests in the capital, Islamabad, and other cities, the government agreed to stop Bibi leaving the country until the Supreme Court heard a review petition.

Bibi, who spent eight years on death row, has been in hiding since the Supreme Court freed her in October. She has always denied committing blasphemy.

In remarks in court, Khosa was severely critical of the petitioners’ attempt to have the judgment reversed and said Bibi had been convicted on the basis of false evidence, pointing to discrepancies in testimony presented in the original case.

“You think we give the death sentence to someone on the basis of false evidence?” Khosa said. “Such lies were told that one statement doesn’t match with another.”

“Please point out any error in our judgment and we’re ready to rectify it,” he said.

“You start declaring someone deserves to be killed just on the basis of false evidence.”

Hours before the Supreme Court announced its decision, Shafeeq Ameeni, acting head of the hardline Tehreek-e Labaik group, which led the protests last year, issued a new warning to the court not to rule in favor of the “blasphemer”.

Ameeni was not immediately available for comment after the ruling.

Bibi’s case attracted headlines around the world last year, highlighting Pakistan’s strict anti-blasphemy laws which campaigners have urged the government to repeal.

Rights group Amnesty International issued a statement calling for Bibi, who is staying at an undisclosed location, to be allowed to “reunite with her family and seek safety in a country of her choice”.

“The authorities must also resist and investigate any attempts to intimidate the Supreme Court,” said Amnesty International’s South Asia campaigner, Rimmel Mohydin.

“They have a duty to protect against threats of violence to harm religious minorities or the lives of judges or other government officials.”

If allowed to do so, Bibi is expected to seek asylum abroad. In November, Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau said his country was in talks with Pakistan about helping her.


Palestinian PM, cabinet resign

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah on Tuesday said he tendered his resignation and that of his unity government to President Mahmoud Abbas, local media reported on Tuesday.

The resignation has, however, dealt a blow to faltering reconciliation efforts with Gaza’s Islamist Hamas rulers.

“The government would continue to carry out its duties until a new one was formed,’’ an official statement issued after a weekly cabinet meeting, read.

Al-Hamdallah was born in Anabta, in the Northern West Bank, in 1958.

He became Palestinian prime minister in June 2013, following the resignation of previous incumbent Salam Fayyad after six years in office.

He has long been seen as a moderate in Palestinian politics.

In a 2013 Haaretz profile, Barak Ravid noted that Al-Hamdallah’s appointment as prime minister was akin to a suicide mission, describing the post as “the most ungrateful job in the West Bank.

“A decade ago, in 2000, he experienced a personal tragedy when his three children were killed in a car accident.

“He managed to overcome the blow and continue his work at An-Najah,” Ravid wrote.

On June 2, 2013, the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas named him to succeed Salam Fayyad as prime minister

Nollywood actress decries poor remuneration in the industry

Popular actress, Tayo Odueke, otherwise known as Sikirat Sindodo, has said in spite of the photographs of houses, cars and other material possessions flaunted by movie stars on social media, there is poor remuneration in Nollywood.

She reiterated this during the weekend in a recent chat with reporters in Lagos.
She said, “I don’t have any regrets being in the industry. Just like in every other area of life, there are ups and downs. 
I just thank God that I’m still here because many people I started together with are no longer around. However, that is not to say that there are no challenges.

"The pay in the industry is poor and it is not encouraging at all. It is the passion one has that has kept one in the industry for this long. You only make money when you produce your own movies. Ordinarily, that shouldn’t be so. There is a lot of potential in the industry and we only need the right support to excel.”

Sharing her thoughts on depression, the actress said, “I believe that there is nobody that doesn’t get depressed but it all depends on how you manage it. There will always be ups and down. You may fall several times but never forget to get back up.

“The case of people in the entertainment industry is peculiar because we make people laugh by what we do but some of us are going through pains of different kinds. Some people now make it worse by trolling celebrities on social media and saying horrible things to them. Stars are humans too and we have emotions.”

FBI investigates allegations of sex with minors against R. Kelly

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have decided to look into the case that involved R.Kelly flying a minor, Azriel Clary to another state for sexual purposes.

Azriel Clary, one of the brave women who participated in Lifetime’s “Surviving R.Kelly” docu-series, is a key part of the FBI’s latest probe into the singer’s anti-moral activities.

The FBI obtained the transcript for a flight R. Kelly arranged for Azriel when she was still a minor: Palm Springs to Phoenix to Orlando on May 25, 2015, on a slingshot rout.

Sources close to the situation have informed TMZ that Azriel’s three-way trip was arranged by a woman – believed to be one of R. Kelly’s administrative assistants. Clary Azriel was 17 years old at the time of the flight, putting R. Kelly in direct violation of the Mann Act – which prohibits the illegal transportation of a minor across state lines, for the purpose of sex, debauchery or prostitution.

TMZ says FBI officials learned of the flight arrangement within the past 7 days. As reported, the Feds have been in contact with Joycelyn Savage’s father throughout the past 18 months.

You might recall, Joycelyn Savage is suspected of being one of R. Kelly’s longstanding “sex slaves,” even though by all accounts, she’s been spotted in the public eye without Robert by her side.

In turn, R. Kelly has provided an alibi for the flight arrangement, through an unspecified back channel. According to Kelly, Azriel’s parents consented to the trip in a signed letter, clearing the way for her “safe travel” without the presumption of “sex trafficking.”

FG approves release of pod borer-resistant cowpea

The Federal Government has approved for environmental release, the Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea, popularly known as beans, developed by the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

The approval was given in a decision document issued by the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) granting permit the environmental release of the PBR Cowpea which has been genetically modified to resist the insect pest – Maruca Vitrata.
The development means the crop is safe and poses no harm to human and the environment and can now be submitted to the National Variety Release Committee for consideration and registration as a commercial crop in Nigeria.
Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar, the Executive Director IAR, in a presentation on Monday in Abuja, summarised the process that led to the development of the PBR cowpea.
Abubakar said that the decision to venture into genetic modification in cowpea breeding was due to pest infestation that had over the years made cowpea farming difficult as farmers were getting less for their efforts and even exposing their lives to danger because of chemical spraying to keep the pest away.
“Cowpea is the most important food grain legume in Nigeria. The low yield of the crop in Nigeria is due to many constraints particularly pod boring insects which cause up to 90 per cent yield loss in severe infestation cases.”
“The PBR Cowpea, by this development becomes the first genetically modified food crop to be approved in the country.’’
Dr Yarama Ndipaya, the Director, Plant Resources, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) said that after 10 years of extensive research, government had deemed it fit to introduce the crop variety into the nation’s agricultural seed system having met all regulatory stipulations and scientific procedures.
“The introduction will address the national cowpea demand deficit of about 500,000 tonnes and improve the national productivity average of 350kg/hectare.
“After many years of research, the council is proud to present to Nigerians the first home-grown genetically modified food crop, which has passed all necessary scientific tests and posed no danger to human health or the environment.
“As the coordinating agency for the over 15 agricultural research institutes in Nigeria, we have identified modern biotechnology as one scientific tool whose potential can help improve crop and animal production.
“And we have done this with all sense of responsibility, bearing in mind both national and international protocols that guide the deployment of genetic modification.’’
IAR in partnership with the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) started the research to address the deadly Maruca Vitrata attacks on beans in 2009 after series of efforts to use conventional breeding methods failed to produce results.
Dr Abdourhamane Issoufou, the AATF Country Director said since the mid 1980s, cowpea scientists had declared maruca as the main limiting factor of cowpea production in Africa hence the intervention of the foundation based on its principles of providing access to appropriate technologies by small scale farmers.
“AATF was able to obtain access to the Cry1Ab gene used for this modification on humanitarian basis and worked with institutions in Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Malawi for the transformation.
“Today, Nigeria stands tall in the comity of nations for effectively managing and bringing to fruition this dream.
“The research results have shown that the PBR-cowpea is safe for human and animals, completely resistant to Maruca; leads to yield increase of 20 per cent with fewer sprays of chemical insecticides,” he said.
Prof. Alex Akpa, the Acting Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) said that by the approval, Nigeria has registered its name among the global scientific community as a country capable of finding solutions to the country’s challenges.
“After 10 years of laboratory works and on-field trials, Nigerian scientists have developed its first genetically modified food crop, the PBR Cowpea, we are proud to be associated with this noble development,” Akpa said.

Occupation of registered voters in Nigeria

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria's electoral body, students are, by far, the most registered voters in Nigeria at 22.2 million. At a distant second position, are public servants who make up just 2.29 million.

Here is the list:

Student - 22.3m
Public servant - 2.29m
Artisans - 4.47m
Trading - 7.56m
Business - 10.8m
Civil servant - 5.03m
Farming/fishing - 13.63m
Housewife - 11.84m
Others - 6.02m

Source: INEC

Today in history: January 29

Historical events that occurred on the 29th of January

On this day in 1813 Jane Austin publishes Pride and Prejudice 

On this day in 1861 the US state of Kansas is admitted into the Union as the 34th state.

On this day in 1926 Violette Neatley Anderson becomes the first African-American woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

On this day in 1929 The Seeing Eye, America’s first school for training dogs to guide the blind, founded in Nashville, Tennessee.

On this day in 1942 German and Italian troops take Benghaziin North Africa.

On this day in 1944 The world’s greatest warship, Missouri, is launched.

On this day in 1950 Riots break out in Johannesburg, South Africa, over the policy of Apartheid.

On this day in 1967 Thirty-seven civilians are killed by a U.S. helicopter attack in Vietnam.

On this day in 1984 The Soviets issue a formal complaint against alleged U.S. arms treaty violations.

On this day in 1991 Iraqi forces attack into Saudi Arabian town of Kafji, but are turned back by Coalition forces.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Banky W thanks Cobhams for composing campaign song

Nigerian R&B maestro, Banky W has taken to Twitter to express gratitude to Ace singer and producer, Cobhams Asoquo for composing a song for his campaign.

Banky W is vying for a seat in the House of Representatives under the platform of the Modern Democratic Party (MDP). 

He encountered setbacks recently when a lady accused him on Twitter of collecting 56 million naira from the president for a publicity campaign he had been contracted to carry out. An allegation he has vehemently denies.

Here is the tweet of Banky thanking Cobhams Asuquo for the campaign song he composed.

"Please permit me to interrupt your evening to let you know that Cobhams Asuquo is a genius and a national treasure. Check out our theme song!!! It is more of a JAM than a jingle. MDP is more of a MOVEMENT than a Party. And we are #StrongerTogether. Hope y'all enjoy this! #Retweet"

76-years Egyptian swimming champ says age not a barrier

If dedication alone was a passport to glory, 76-year-old Egyptian swimmer Nagwa Yousef Ghorab would have won capfuls of medals by now.

She first took to the pool at age four and became her country’s under-16 backstroke and freestyle champion at 14.

She had to stop competing domestically at 18 because Egypt at that time ran no championships for adult swimmers – but she kept on training through the decades.

"I am proving to you and to everyone that age is no obstacle if you have the will, and if you have positivity in life,” Ghorab told Reuters.
Adult competition finally resumed in Egypt in 2005, and she reached the international podium for the first time ten years later, winning two bronze medals at an event in Russia.

“It had been inside me for 60 years, waiting to be released,” she said. “…I wanted to excel at an international level. I did not want anyone to beat me. After all, I was competing in the name of my country.”

Now in training for a championship in South Korea, her coach, Haytham Sabry, says she has the heart of a 20-year-old.

“She is determined when it’s cold and when it’s hot. She still shows up every day to train. There is no championship that she does not wish to participate in,” he said.

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