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22 Oct 2019

Staring At Women's Breasts Helps Men Live Longer, Healthier Lives - Study

A study done by a German scientist, Karen Weatherby, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, has revealed that staring at women’s breasts is healthy and also elongates the life span of men.

The study, which was carried out over a period of five years, involved 500 men, half of whom were instructed to stare at women’s breasts in a lustful manner for no less than 10 minutes every day.

The other half were instructed to abstain from doing such.

It concluded that men who stared at breasts, more often, showed lower rates of heart problems, slower resting heart rate and lower blood pressure, all of which enable a healthy living and long life.

The study said men should stare at breasts for 10 minutes a day to improve the wellness of their hearts and live longer.

“Just 10 minutes of staring at the charms of a well-endowed female every day is roughly equivalent to a 30-minute aerobics work-out,” the study revealed.

When the two groups of men were tested, men that stared at breasts daily had lower blood pressure, slower resting pulse rates, as well as fewer instances of coronary artery disease.

“Sexual excitement gets the heart pumping and improves blood circulation. Gazing at breasts makes men healthier and engaging in this activity a few minutes daily cuts the risk of stroke and heart attack by half.

“We believe that by doing so consistently, the average man can extend his life for four to five years,’’ he added.

(NAN)

Nigeria’s 20 years of democracy set for discussion in US

As Nigeria enters its third decade as a democracy, YIAGA AFRICA, National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and Ford Foundation are hosting a conference in the United States.

The conference themed “Nigeria’s Democracy at 20: Reflections and Reform” will hold in Washington DC on October 22 and 23.

From 1999 to 2019, six general elections have been conducted. However, none has been declared totally free and fair.

In February 2019, Nigeria held its sixth general election since the country returned to democratic civilian rule.

According to observers and PREMIUM TIMES’ report, the last general elections was marred by vote-buying, intimidation of voters and other irregularities.

According to a press statement signed by Samson Itodo, the Executive Director of YIAGA, the conference provides an opportunity for reflection on Nigeria’s democracy with special focus on how Nigeria can consolidate and deepen its democracy.

“The event is designed to raise the profile of and build on ongoing election review and governance reform conversations in Nigeria and mobilise international support for democratic reforms in Nigeria,” the statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES read.

He also noted that the conference will feature a special roundtable on Nigeria’s economy and restructuring at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), John Hopkins University, Washington, DC.

The event will feature a cross section of Nigerian civil societies, academics, and government officials discussing 20 years of inconsistent democratic progress, the 2019 elections, and avenues for reform.

Key speakers include: Okechukwu Ibeanu, National Commissioner in charge of electoral operations, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); Eghosa Osaghae, University of Ibadan; Hussaini Abdu, Country Director, PLAN International; Clement Nwankwo, Executive Director, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), Ayo Obe, Ezenwa Nwagwu, Chairman, Partners for Electoral Reform Idayat Hassan, Director, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD); Cynthia Mbamalu, Program Manager, YIAGA AFRICA. Others include Kemi Okenyodo, Executive Director, Partners West Africa; Yemi Adamolekun, Executive Director, Enough is Enough; Mufuliat Fijabi, CEO, Nigeria Women Trust Fund (NWTF), and Paul Phillip James, Watching The Vote Training manager.

Commenting on the last election, Mr Itodo stated that the election reflects both the strengths and deficiencies in Nigeria’s democracy.

“Whilst the political space is pluralistic and competitive, democratic institutions remain weak, and civic space restricted.”

“Citizens have real expectations for government officials, and failure to meet these expectations can result in removal from office through the ballot, even as public trust in state institutions declines. Government structures and systems, including the electoral management bodies, security forces, and the courts are guided and constrained by democratic rules. And yet, politics is exclusionary and divisive,” he said.

Meanwhile, he noted that government officials and agencies often fail to operate transparently and respond to the needs and demands of the people.

“This and many more will form the thrust of conversations and dialogue sessions moderated by Prof. Carl Levan, American University; Jennifer Cooke, George Washington University; and Christopher O’Connor, National Endowment for Democracy.”

Bayelsa Founding Fathers Support PDP Candidate

Some Bayelsa State founding fathers have thrown their weight behind the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Douye Diri and his running mate, Senator Lawrence Ehwrujakpor.

Those who declared support for Diri, described as ridiculous the reported endorsement of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) candidate, Chief David Lyon, by some founding fathers.

The Director of Media and Publicity, Dr. Jonathan Obuebite, in a statement said the chairman of the group, Chief Benedict Guembe, made their position known when the candidate and his running mate visited them at the Ijaw House, Yenagoa.

He said that the group which claimed to have adopted Chief Lyon was not recognized and lacked the credibility to endorse any candidate on behalf of the founding fathers of the state.

The chairman disclosed that since the commencement of the electioneering process, only two candidates have made their intentions known to the group.

He said that after critical assessment of their manifestos, the group decided to endorse Senator Diri adding that the candidate possessed the qualities to step into the big shoes of Governor Seriake Dickson.

Other members of the forum are Dr. Amba Ambaowe, Professor Kingsley Alagoa, Professor Akwagbe, Professor Dimie, and Bishop Jumbo.

Also, the Bayelsa State Council of Traditional rulers gave its royal blessings to Diri.

Diri and his running mate alongside members of the campaign team visited the Secretariat of the traditional rulers council in Yenagoa to intimate royal fathers of their decision to run for the office of Governor and Deputy.

The chairman of the Council, HRM King Alfred Diete Spiff, who led other traditional rulers across the state to receive him described the visit as a symbol of respect for the traditional institution.

He asked Diri to work together with the Federal government at ensuring the review of the 1999 constitution to give recognition to the traditional institution.

Diete Spiff said such review became imperative following the contributions of the traditional rulers to the sustenance of peace in their respective domains and contributions to the socio economic development of the Country.

He said the review of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was long over due.

Diri expressed his readiness to tap into the wealth of experience of the traditional rulers at ensuring the growth of the state economy.

He said: “My respected elders, many of you prior to this time had served the state and indeed our Country in various capacities. Your wealth of experience and connection will be needed in re-positioning the state economy.”

Full Details Of What Happened In EFCC's Case Against Naira Marley Today

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday adjourned till Wednesday the trial of musician, Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley, who is facing card fraud charges.

The trial was scheduled to commence yesterday, but Marley, through his counsel Mr Olalekan Ojo SAN, prayed Justice Nicholas Oweibo to halt proceedings until a motion he filed yesterday morning was determined.

In the motion, the defendant prayed the court to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to furnish him with the prosecution witnesses’ statements.

Ojo said: “In the course of pre-trial preparation, it was discovered that certain documents which we require and to which prosecution made reference in their proof of evidence, are not available to us.”

He prayed the court to hear his motion before the prosecution calls its first witness.

But, EFCC counsel Rotimi Oyedepo, opposed the adjournment application.

According to him, the prosecution was not in possession of the required documents, besides, the defence was not entitled to the statements as of right.

In a bench ruling, Justice Oweibo granted Marley’s prayer.

Ojo moved the motion and again, Oyedepo opposed him.

After hearing the motion, the judge ruled in Marley’s favour. He ordered the EFCC to provide the defence with its investigators’ statements, if any.

He held: “In criminal trial, it must be borne in mind that criminal trial at the Federal High Court is summary trial, therefore proof of evidence is not required. However, the investigating officer’s report must be furnished to the defence and the statements of witnesses if any.”

He adjourned trial till tomorrow.

Earlier, before yesterday’s proceedings began, Oyedepo observed that Marley had entered the dock with a small bag.

He said: “My lord, playing very safe, I observe that the defendant is with his bag, may I request that for security reasons, the defendant remain in the dock without his bag?”

The judge motioned for the defendant to comply and Marley placed the bag on the pile of documents beside him.

Fashola, popular for his “Am I a Yahoo Boy” and “Soapy” tracks, is being prosecuted by the EFCC on an 11-count charge of conspiracy, possession of counterfeit cards and fraud.

His co-defendant is one Yad Isril, said to still be at large.

The defendant was arraigned on May 20, 2019, but pleaded not guilty.

He secured N2 million bail with two sureties in the like sum.

According to the charge, the defendant committed the offences on different dates including November 26, 2018, December 11, 2018, and May 10,

Fashola and his accomplices allegedly conspired to use different Access Bank ATM Cards to defraud their victims.

They allegedly used Access Card number 5264711020433662 issued to other persons, in a bid to obtain fraudulent financial gains.

Fashola was said to have possessed these counterfeit credit cards, belonging to different cardholders, with intent to defraud, and which also constituted theft.

The offences contravene the provisions of Section 1 23 (1) (b), 27 (1}, 33, 33(9) Cyber Crime (Prohibition) Prevention Act, 2015.

Group Blows Hot As Journalist Who Exposed Corruption In Nigerian Prisons Is Set To Be Arrested

The Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development (AIED), has described the alleged move by the Nigerian government to summarily arrest an investigative journalist, Fisayo Soyombo, for exposing the alleged rots and corruption in the Nigeria Prison Service and Police Force as “nauseating” and “appalling”.
In a press release on Tuesday, signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Comrade O’Seun John, the organization chided the Federal Government for going against its anti-corruption stand and sliding into totalitarianism.

“We woke up today to a piece of disturbing news, one capable of eroding every piece of civility in our country and knighting us as nothing more than a Banana Republic.

“Mr. Fisayo Soyombo, the highly decorated investigative journalist who has been at the forefront of exposing the rots in our society is being surveyed for arrest by agents of the Federal Government for once again exposing the massive corruption across the Police and Prison Services in the country.

“The now-viral undercover investigative work embarked upon by Mr. Fisayo which exposure seems to have triggered some powerful officers of the Prison and Police Services should be commended by all progressive Nigerian. What Mr. Fisayo has done will take months and huge resources to unearth should the federal government have lived through its promise of ridding the system of corruption.

“Mr. Fisayo is a national hero that puts himself in dangerous circumstances to protect whatever is left of the sanity of this country. Instead of having him feared for his life and that of his family, the federal government should be concentrating resources on arresting and prosecuting all those who have turned our institutions to barter.

“This planned arrest is distasteful, nauseating, appalling and against every known convention of civility.

“In the words of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the work of a journalist is not to report if Mr. A says the sky is black and Mr. B says it is white, but to inspect carefully and report the truth. Mr. Fisayo has done that and he should never be rewarded with highhandedness. ”

FRSC officials beat man to death, bury corpse in shallow grave

The corpse of one Odion Omafo Samuel, 36, has been exhumed from the shallow grave it was buried allegedly by four officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) attached to Abudu outpost in Edo State.

Names of the FRSC officials were given as Francis Igboh, Sunday Ogi, Samson Alolade and Joseph Onolade.

Police sources said preliminary investigation showed that the late Odion was beaten to death by the FRSC men because he asked the driver he hired not to give them bribe.

It was learnt that late Odion hired a driver of an Audi 80 car and they were flagged down at Okhuaihe Hill along Benin-Agbor Road October 14, 2019.

A source said Odion joined the driver to put up a resistance against alleged extortion attempts the by the FRSC officers and it led to fisticuffs.

The driver was said to have fled the scene and Odion was beaten to pulp.

He was reportedly rushed to a hospital and doctors confirmed him dead on arrival.

The FRSC officials were said to have buried him in a bush.

Another police source said the driver was arrested for kidnapping after Odion did not return home.

He was said to have told his story which led police to carry out detailed invesitigation and two of the four FRSC officials were arrested.

The two FRSC officers Francis Igboh and Samson Alolade took investigators to the bush where the decomposing body of Odion was evacuated.

It was learnt that the suspects accused late Odion of snatching their booking tickets.

Spokesman for Edo State Police Command, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the incident saying it was a case of murder.

“Our operatives in the homicide section of the State Criminal and Intelligence Investigation Department (SCIID), police headquarters, Benin City are investigating the case.

“It is a case of murder”. DSP Nwabuzor stated.

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Chioma is lucky Davido’s mother is dead - Jaruma

Controversial sex therapist, Jaruma, in her recent post on Instagram posited that mother-in-laws are the main cause of the rising rate of divorce in different homes.

Driving hom her point, Jaruma mentioned that Davido’s fiancee, Chioma is very lucky she doesn’t have a mother-in-law who will make her life a living hell.

In her words;

“Mother in-laws are the cause of divorce! Chioma does not have any mother in-law making her life a living hell…Chioma is lucky!”

Chioma recently gave birth to Davido’s first son who had been labelled “special” even before his birth.

The couple are set to make their union official in 2020 when they finally tie the knot in a ceremony that is set to be the talk of town for many weeks.

Recall that Davido recently celebrated his late mum on his Instagram handle, where he showered praises on her.

His mum, Veronica Imade Adeleke, born in 1963 and passed away on March 6th, 2003.

Coincidentally it was the 40th birthday of her husband Adedeji Adeleke.

According to Urbanlife, she had gone to the church in the morning for service but locked herself in a room when she returned.

A few hours after, she died in her apartment.

Uzor Kalu To Know Fate In December As 12 Years Old N7.6bn Fraud Ends

The Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed December 2, 2019, for judgment in the trial of a former governor of Abia, Orji Uzor Kalu, and two others for an alleged fraud of N7.65bn.

Justice Mohammed Idris fixed judgment day on Tuesday after the prosecution and the defence adopted their written addresses and canvassed final arguments in the 12-year-old case.

Standing trial alongside Kalu are his company, Slok Nigeria Limited; and Udeh Udeogu, who was Director of Finance and Accounts at the Abia State Government House during Kalu’s tenure as governor.

In an amended 39 counts, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission accused them of conspiring and diverting N7.65bn from the coffers of the state.

In one of the counts, the EFCC alleged that Kalu, who was Abia State Governor between 1999 and 2007, “did procure Slok Nigeria Limited – a company solely owned by you and members of your family – to retain in its account, domiciled with the then Inland Bank Plc, Apapa branch, Lagos, an aggregate sum of N7,197,871,208.7 on your behalf.”

The prosecution claimed that the N7.1bn “formed part of the funds illegally derived from the treasury of the Abia State Government and which was converted into several bank drafts before they were paid into the said company’s account.”

The prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), said the ex-governor violated Section 17(c) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004, and was liable to be punished under Section 16 of the same Act.

Apart from the N7.1bn, which he was accused of laundering, the ex-governor and the other defendants were also accused of receiving a total of N460m allegedly stolen from the Abia State Government treasury between July and December 2002.

The prosecutor said they breached Section 427 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap 77, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990.

But the defendants pleaded not guilty.

In an attempt to prove the allegations, the prosecution called 19 witnesses.

The defendants testified on behalf of themselves in an attempt to deny the allegations.

On Tuesday, the prosecutor, Jacobs, urged the judge to jail the defendants as the prosecution had proved the allegations against them.

Jacobs said the 2nd defendant had already admitted to the offence both in his extrajudicial statement and under cross-examination.

“The admission is binding on all the defendants,” the prosecutor said.

He added that contrary to Kalu’s statement that Abia State did not have as much as N7bn during his administration, information from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation showed total allocation to Abia State under Kalu was N137bn.

However, the defence urged the court to dismiss the charges, acquit and discharge their clients.

After hearing them all out, Justice Idris fixed December 2 for judgment.

Breaking News: Fresh Attacks Against Nigerians In South Africa Begin

There is a renewed attack on Nigerians living in South Africa, it was learnt.

According to reliable sources, the attacks took place in  Mpumalamga.

Already, the leadership of Nigerian Citizens South Africa  (NICASA) and the Nigeria Consular General to South Africa are gathering information on the developyment.



Details shortly…

Port Harcourt Serial Killer Pleads Guilty In Court

Suspected serial killer, Gracious David-West has pleaded guilty to 9 of the 10 Count charge bordering on murder levelled against him by the Rivers state Police Command.

David-West pleaded not guilty to the last charge of attempted murder of several female genders in Rivers State.

The Police charges claim that David-West was alleged to have, “unlawfully killed several females in different hotels and guest houses in parts of Rivers State which is a punishable offence under section 319 sub one cap 37, volume 2 laws of the state,1999 as amended.”

DAILY POST reports that after the charges were read and plea was taken, Rivers State Government through the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Zacheuous Adangor applied to take over the prosecution of the matter which was not opposed by the parties.

Trial Judge, Justice Adolphus Enebeli adjourned till 18, 21th, 27th and 29th of November and 4th of December 2019 for hearing and ordered that the suspect be remanded in prison custody.

Justice Enebeli assured the parties of expeditious trial.

State Counsel, Chidi Eke told newsmen outside the Courtroom that, “The Rivers State government decided to take over the matter because of its sensitivity. We owe it a duty to get Justice for the defendants and we are ready to deploy all our resources to achieve that.

“We also decided to prosecute the matter because our laws have been broken by this man.”

Defense Counsel, Vincent Chukwu expressed readiness to defend Gracious David-West.
 
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