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23 Jul 2019

BREAKING NEWS: Boris Johnson Emerges New UK Prime Minister

Boris Johnson has been named the new British prime minister and his tenure, set to begin on Wednesday will have a huge impact across global markets and the geopolitical landscape.
The former foreign secretary and mayor of London has swept to victory in the Conservative Party leadership contest and will now seek the approval of the queen on Wednesday to form a government.

While markets have seemingly priced in a Johnson win and a heightened risk of Britain leaving the EU without a deal, all eyes will be on his Brexit strategy and the composition of his cabinet.

The next general elections are set for May 2022 but could be called sooner.

Afenifere Blows Hot As Fulani Vigilantes Set Up Roadblocks, Pick Up Arms In Ondo State

Following reports of Fulani herdsmen creating vigilante groups in Ondo State, Afenifere univocally condemns this development.
Speaking with PUNCH correspondent on the telephone, the Publicity Secretary of the Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said, “We have seen the pictures. It is a big affront to the Yoruba nation that the Fulani vigilante has now been set up throughout the Yorubaland, carrying arms, mounting checkpoints when our own elected governors would not be allowed to set up state police.”

He added, “ We now have bandits, terrorists, carrying guns on our streets, even mounting roadblocks. This is a monumental tragedy for our nation. This means the Buhari administration does not mean well for the unity of this country.”

The group called on the Ondo State Government to stop immediately the “illegal occupation of our land within the shortest possible time, and if they refused to do we would not restrain our people from confronting them.”

When contacted, the National Secretary of Miyetti Allah, Baba Usman, told one of our correspondents, “I don’t know anything about that. I just heard this from you now. The security agencies should go after them; I don’t know anything about that one.”

BREAKING NEWS: Akpabio, Keyamo, Saraki Make Buhari's Ministerial List

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the list of ministerial nominees to the Senate.
Senate President Ahmed Lawan on Tuesday read the list noting that the screening of the nominees will commence tomorrow.

Some of the names on the list include

Babatunde Raji Fashola

Godswill Akpabio

Chris Ngige

Festus Keyamo

Ogbonnaya Onu

Niyi Adebayo

Geoffrey Onyeama

Sharon Ikaezor

Lai Mohammed

Gbemisola Saraki

Rauf Aregbesola – Osun State

Rotimi Amaechi – Rivers State

Sunday Dare – Oyo State

More to follow…

17 Year Old Nigerian Secondary School Student Shot Dead In South Africa

A 17-year-old secondary school pupil, Chinonso Obiaju, has been killed in Johannesburg, South Africa, in a suspected xenophobic attack.

According to the President of the Nigerian union in South Africa, Adetola Olubajo, Chinonso was shot dead on Saturday.
Olubanjo, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria, said the deceased lived in Roodeprt with his guardian.

 According to Olubanjo,   his guardian, Mike Nsofor,   said Chinonso was shot around 6.30pm.

Olubanjo said, “He went to buy something from a shop with his friend and someone opened fire on them, killing him (Chinonso).

 “He was born here, I learnt the mother is in the US. I have spoken to Mike Nsofor to pass the Nigerian community’s condolences and call for justice to be served in this case as anybody who hunts down a young schoolboy couldn’t have any justifiable reasons.”

 He said Chinonso would be buried in South Africa, saying the union’s leaders in Johannesburg would also contact him “on developments”.

He added that the union would be going to the police on Monday to finalise “on the registry and provision of his papers”.

He implored the Federal Government to urgently protect Nigerians in the diaspora.

Many Nigerians have lost their lives in South Africa.

 On June 13, the Deputy Director-General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, Obianuju Ndubuisi-Chukwu, was found dead in her hotel room in the  Southern African nation.

Ndubuisi-Chukwu had been scheduled to return to Nigeria on June 12 after attending the African Insurance Organisation conference in Johannesburg.

 However, her corpse was found in a room at Emperor Palace Hotel where she had lodged for the conference.

While Ndubuisi-Chukwu was initially believed to have died in her sleep, an autopsy report, however, showed that she died of “unnatural causes consistent with strangulation”.

Gbajabiamila's Intervention Halts Doctors' Planned Strike

Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria have suspended the industrial action scheduled to commence on Monday following the intervention of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

The union had at the end of its 39th Ordinary General Meeting in Benin City, Edo State, in May, given the government a 40-day ultimatum, calling for the payment of outstanding salary shortfalls and arrears of its members.
A statement issued in Abuja on Monday by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Mr Lanre Lasisi, said at the expiration of the ultimatum, Gbajabiamila appealed to the resident doctors through the immediate past Secretary-General of the Nigerian Medical Association, Mr Yusuf Sununu, a member of the House, to give him time to make consultations on the matter.

The statement quoted the National President of NARD, Dr Olusegun Olaopa, as confirming the suspension of the strike till July 29 when the Speaker would meet with the union.

Olaopa said, “It was based on the ultimatum that we gave earlier, which we served the Speaker. Based on the discussion with the Speaker, who actually showed good intention to intervene in the matter, we felt that it is honourable for us to meet and take his intervention.

“For now, we considered trying to suspend any action that we want to take, which is supposed to be today (yesterday), at our meeting tomorrow (today). But we thought that since the Speaker has intervened, we should give him the honour to, at least, meet with him and allow him to intervene in the matter before we go ahead.

“So, the meeting has been fixed for Monday. We are planning to make some concessions to allow us to meet with the Speaker first and see his good intervention before we consider any other action.”

Other demands by the resident doctors, as contained in their communiqué, included the appropriate placement in grade levels of doctors who suffered same scale promotion and for state governments to look into their tertiary health institutions to immediately halt the decay.

Government Kicks As Herdsmen Create Vigilantes In Ondo State

The Ondo State Government and the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, have opposed a vigilante group set up by the Fulani herdsmen in the state.

While the Afenifere on Monday described the group an affront to the Yoruba, the Ondo State Government said it had ordered the arrest of members of the group.
Pictures of a legal practitioner, Kayode Ajulo, and some suspected Fulani herdsmen, who mounted a roadblock in Ondo State, were trending on the social media on Monday.

An identity card of one of the armed herdsmen, on the social media, indicated that they were members of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and they belonged to the Ikare-Akoko branch of the association.

The logo of the vigilante group was two guns while the code was MACBAN/NHQ/MSC.

Ajulo, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said the issue of security should be well taken care of and should not be politicised. He narrated his encounter with the controversial Fulani vigilante group on the telephone.

He said, “ If it comes to the issue of security, we must secure our lives and property. When it comes to politics, it is something else. We should not mix security with politics.

“ I was in Ondo State on Friday till Sunday because my mother was given a chieftaincy title at an Anglican Church in Akoko. On our way back, we got to Erusu, Igashi and around Akoko South-East that is where we saw these Fulani men carrying gun and cutlass. And I remember when we had Oodua Are Onakakanfo meeting; I happened to be the Mayegun Are Ona Kankanfo of Yorubaland and we said anybody seen with a gun must be accosted to know what he is doing with the gun.

“I accosted and I asked them what they were doing with guns. Those people told me they were not armed robbers or kidnappers. They said they are Miyetti Allah Vigilante Group. The next question I asked them is what are you doing on the main road? They said they are in joint patrol with the police. I asked where those policemen who you are in joint patrol with. They said the policemen were not around and that they were still coming.

“I was really mad. Some policemen later joined us. From my understanding, they have been there for long. But my worry is that if there is a Fulani vigilante group, where are the locals? Like I tell people, killing has been taking place everywhere. It should not lead to politics.”

Also, Ajulo, during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily in Abuja on Monday, said he saw Fulani herdsmen with cattle, guns and cutlasses and they showed me their ID cards that they were vigilantes and they were the ones securing the highway.

“I took pictures of their ID cards and I questioned them and they said the police were aware of what they were doing.”

Ajulo, who is a staunch supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, said he had always been of the opinion that the herdsmen/farmers crisis should not be given an ethnic coloration but his recent experience had altered his stance.

He noted that most security guards in the South-West were persons of northern extraction, but said his recent encounter was enough to put fear in the minds of Yoruba people.

Ajulo added, “The South-East is saying they don’t want Fulani herdsmen in their land but they are now in Yorubaland. This is real. Mind you, we are not castigating anybody. I lived in Lagos and in Ibadan and our security guards were usually northerners and we didn’t have any problem with them.

“But when things start happening, people will need to talk. The question is what are they doing there? Where are the police? They have abandoned the roads for these people (herdsmen) and you don’t expect people to talk?”He said there was a need to take urgent action to prevent bloodshed in the country.”

The Forward Buhari convener, however, admitted that the herdsmen did not act violently towards his entourage as they willingly allowed him to take their pictures and photos of their ID cards.

He also debunked the account that he was stopped by Fulani herdsmen.

“Our interaction is a voluntary undertaking as part of my profiling as a discerning leader of my community, desirous of curbing the menace of insecurity in Nigeria,” he stated.

When contacted, the state police command Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph, said the command had commenced investigations into the matter. He said, “We are conducting our investigation into the matter. That is my reaction for now.”

But the state government said it was not aware of the existence of the group. The state government in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Donald Ojogo, said it had called for the arrest of the unauthorized group or persons claiming to be Fulani vigilantes in the state.

The statement read, “The Ondo State Government observes with concern trending pictures of identity card carrying men identified as Fulani vigilantes in the Akoko area of the state. Various claims have been as regards the activities, duties as well as supposed mandate of these men in question.

“It is pertinent to recall that at the height of the incessant kidnap cases, the Ondo State Government took some far-reaching drastic measures which included marching orders to the law-abiding Hausa/Fulani leadership in the area to fish out criminal elements among them who took advantage of the rosy relationship between the indigenes and their law-abiding guests.

“As a measure to curb and possibly, stamp out cases of kidnap in the area, the Hausa/Fulani leadership was directed to select a handful of trusted men amongst them who could serve as tour guards in the thick forest as security agencies prepared to comb the forests. This measure yielded results.”

“It is important to note however, that while government appreciates the efforts of those who volunteered to provide information and served as tour guards to the security agencies in the ongoing operations in the area, it will not tolerate any unathourised move by any group to take an undue advantage of the current state of insecurity in the country.

“ Succinctly, government, having been unaware of any such identity card carrying persons in the name of a vigilante group, has directed security agencies to get to the root of the matter and apprehend any such person or group of persons operating in that manner.”

Presidency Breaks Silence On Why Order To Release Zakzaky Was Ignored By Buhari

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, says the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government refused to obey Justice Gabriel Kolawole’s order on the release of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzakky, because it appealed the ruling.
Adesina said this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday.

The President’s spokesman said the Attorney-General of the Federation at the time, Abubakar Malami (SAN), may have had his reasons for doing so since the government had the right to appeal the bail.

He said, “I know that the immediate past AGF in whose purview it was to make pronouncements on that, address the issue. If bail is granted and another case subsists and there is an immediate filing of appeal, you have to wait till it is dispensed with. So, that is a legal matter which is outside my purview but as a layman, an unlearned man as lawyers would call us, we know that until all cases are dispensed with, you don’t say that it has been concluded.”

Adesina said the matter had since been taken before a court in Kaduna State and the bail hearing would come up next Monday.

He, therefore, called on the Shiites to wait for the court to make its ruling.

Responding to allegations that the police ought not to have fired live bullets into the protesters on Monday, the President’s spokesman said the police deserve to be commended, adding that the death toll would have been much higher if the police did not show some restraint.

Adesina argued, “I tell you despite what happened yesterday, if the police had responded with greater force, you know we would not be talking about what we are talking now.

“A deputy commissioner of police was killed. Yes, very sad, that is one life just like any other life. He did not deserve to die in service to the country but if the police had responded in similar fashion, you would have been talking of rivers of blood in Abuja now.

“I still believe there was some restraint yesterday despite what happened and personally I still commend the police for showing that restraint.”

South West: Council Of Obas, Chiefs In Northern States Give Strong Warning On Insecurity

The Chairman, Council of Yoruba Traditional Obas and Chiefs in the 19 northern states and Abuja, Ambassador Mohammed Arigbabuwo has pointed out that the current security situation in the country requires the coming together of those who love the nation and not passing the buck and ethnicising insecurity.
He expressed regret that many leaders in the country have turned the current security situation into politics where they make statements capable of tearing the country apart.

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Sunday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to without wasting more time; find a lasting solution to the siege on Yorubaland by herdsmen and kidnappers

Oba Adeyemi, who stated this in his letter to President Buhari on the increasing spate of insecurity in and across Yorubaland, stressed that it is now time for President to ensure that those involved in the siege are tamed and brought to book.

But Arigbabuwo, in a statement issued in Kaduna, said, “The current security situations in the country require the coming together of those who love the nation and not of passing bucks and ethnicise the unfortunate development.

“It is sad the many leaders of our great nation have turned the situation into politics where they made statements capable of tearing the country apart.”

He lamented that Nigerians, who have been living together for hundreds of years, are now seeing crimes from an ethnic point of view, stressing that the recent happenings in the country should be viewed holistically.

“All stakeholders in the nation’s project must come together to find a lasting solution to the menace.

“Recent happenings on the killing of a daughter of a notable politician by a yet to be identified criminals has been given political and ethnic coloration by those who do not wish the country anything good.

“Why one tribe must be stigmatized as criminals whereas crime has no tribe. The media creation of people referred to as herdsmen does not mean that they are certain tribes as there are herdsmen all over the country.

“Therefore the bashing of Fulani as criminals and kidnappers is an attempt by those who want to create crisis in the country to give the tribe a bad name to get to their target,” he asked.

Arigbabuwo enjoined the government to trace the root of the rampaging Fulanis, where they are coming from and how they entered the country unchecked.

BBNaija: Esther And Frodd Share Kiss In Front Of Other Housemates

Big Brother Naija housemate, Esther on Monday night shared a kiss with fellow housemate, Frodd.
Frodd who seems to be so emotional, had earlier burst into tears after Esther turned down his offer to be in a relationship with him.

However, during Truth and Dare game in the house on Monday night, Frodd dared Esther to kiss him.

She did not hesitate as she planted a kiss on his lips, which caused an uproar in the house.

Watch video below:

Ronaldo To Face Prosecution Over 10 Years Old Sexual Assault Allegations?

Cristiano Ronaldo will not face prosecution over allegations of sexual assault in Las Vegas 10 years ago, lawyers say.

The Clark County District Attorney's Office announced on Monday it "will decline to prosecute" a sexual assault allegation made in 2009.
The Portuguese forward was accused in September of sexually assaulting American woman Kathryn Mayorga in a hotel room in Las Vegas in June 2009 - a claim he denied.

Ronaldo, 33, said rape was "an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in".

The investigation was originally closed in 2009 but reopened in August shortly before Ms Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in September last year, offering details she initially withheld. She said she had gained the courage to speak out because of the #MeToo movement.

The civil case is still open against the footballer.

A statement from the Clark County attorney's office said: "Based upon a review of the information presented at this time, the allegations of sexual assault against Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

"Therefore, no charges will be forthcoming."

In its statement, the attorney's office said on 13 June, 2009, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department received a call from a woman who said she had been sexually assaulted.

Speaking to detectives at the time, the woman said she knew the person who she claimed assaulted her, but she refused to identify him and would also not say where the attack happened.

As a result, police say they were unable to "follow investigative protocols for sexual assault cases or to conduct any meaningful investigation" as they were unable to visit the location of the crime or impound vital forensic evidence.

The statement also said video evidence believed to show interactions between the alleged attacker and victim before and after the crime were lost, leading to the criminal case closing for the first time.
 
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