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President Donald Trump says he goes to great lengths to hide his bald spot

President Donald Trump says he goes to great lengths to hide the bald spot revealed in a recent photo.

Speaking before the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, Trump turned around onstage and smoothed the back of his famous hair.

He said, “I try like hell to hide that bald spot, folks”. The crowd cheered as Trump glanced at a monitor and added, “Doesn’t look bad. Hey, we’re hanging in.”

During the 2016 campaign, Trump let a woman tug the hair on top of his head to prove it is attached.

The president’s bald spot was exposed February 2 when he turned away from cameras to climb aboard Air Force One. As Trump climbed the stairs, a wind gust blew aside a flap of hair.



Source: News24

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State successful in Henry Okah case as sentence, convictions reinstated

Convicted terrorist Henry Okah’s 24-year prison sentence and convictions have been reinstated after the Constitutional Court on Friday set aside the Supreme Court of Appeal’s order overturning the Warri bombing convictions, which led to a reduction in his sentence.

Okah was originally sentenced in March 2013 in the South Gauteng High Court after being convicted on 13 counts of terrorism, including engaging in terrorist activities, conspiracy to engage in terrorist activities, and delivering, placing and detonating an explosive device, relating to two car bombs detonated in Abuja, Nigeria, on October 1, 2010, the anniversary of the country’s independence.

Twelve people were killed and 36 were injured.

One person was killed and 11 seriously injured in another bombing in Warri on March 15, 2010, at a post-amnesty dialogue meeting.

In both bombings, two car bombs went off minutes apart. The cars were parked in close proximity to each other, News24 reported at the time.

Okah, a Nigerian citizen who has been a permanent resident in South Africa since 2007, was found to be the leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta and was convicted for terrorist acts under the Protection of Constitutional Democracy Against Terrorist and Related Activities Act.

Special court entries

Four charges relating to the Warri bombings, during which Okah was in Nigeria, were overturned on appeal in the Supreme Court of Appeal on the basis that the act confers extra-territorial jurisdiction only for the financing of terrorism, and that it did not establish jurisdiction for a South African court to convict for offences committed outside of the country.

At the end of his High Court trial, Okah applied for three special entries on its record for alleged proceeding irregularities, which included the State’s failure to inform him of his right to consular access.

The application was refused, and was also unsuccessful in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

The Constitutional Court held that the High Court had erred in not allowing the special entry regarding consular access, but that the irregularity did not lead to a failure of justice. It granted this portion of his leave to appeal and the special entry was made.

However, Okah’s appeal against his entire conviction on the basis of this special entry was dismissed.



Source: News24

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Nigeria ranks higher in 2017 global corruption Index

Global anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International (TI), has again ranked Nigeria low in its 2017 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released on Wednesday.

The latest ranking has Nigeria in the 148th position out of 180.

Global anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International (TI), has again ranked Nigeria low in its 2017 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released on Wednesday.

The latest ranking has Nigeria in the 148th position out of 180.

According to the CPI, Nigeria scored 28 out of 100, a figure lower than the average in the Sub-Saharan region.

CPI score relates to perceptions of the degree of corruption as experienced by business people and analysts and ranges between 100 (highly clean) and 0 (highly corrupt).

Corruption seems to be getting worse in Nigeria, according to the latest corruption perception index (CPI) as Nigeria was ranked 136th in 2016 a significant 12 places below where it was the previous year.

This is a blow to the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s anti corruption war.

Although the administration has seized assets of politicians and government officials, it has also been accused of being partial in curbing corrupt practices by top government officials.



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Nigeria frees 475 Boko Haram suspects for lack of evidence

Nigeria has freed another 475 Boko Haram suspects following a series of mass trials in which most cases were dropped for lack of evidence, the justice ministry said on Sunday.

Over the course of the week, hundreds of suspected Boko Haram extremists have appeared before a court at the Kainji military base in central Niger state.

The release order was issued on Friday, with the 475 suspects to be returned to their home states for “proper rehabilitation” before being sent back to their families, ministry spokesman Salihu Othman Isah said.

He said they had been arrested on grounds they either belonged to Boko Haram, or had concealed information about the group’s plans or its members’ whereabouts.

“However, the Prosecution Counsel could not charge them with any offence due to lack of sufficient evidence against them. Therefore, the suspects were released.”

Among those released was a young girl with a three-month-old baby from Borno State who was taken to a Boko Haram enclave by her brother and married off to his friend when she was 11. She was arrested in 2014 while trying to escape.

Also freed were two mechanics, identical twins who were arrested in Bauchi State in 2010 after servicing a vehicle at their workshop which belonged to a Boko Haram member.

Also Friday, the court imposed a second 15-year sentence on Haruna Yahaya, 35, who was involved in the 2014 kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok.

Earlier in the week, he had been jailed for 15 years but the court handed him an additional 15-year term, with the judge saying the two sentences would run consecutively.

Years without trial

In total, some 1 669 people have been processed in a string of mass hearings which began in October at four specially-constituted civilian courts inside the facility.

Most were men, but their number also included some women and children, with Nigeria widely criticised for holding them and thousands of others for years without trial or even contact with a lawyer.

Before Friday’s release of 475 suspects, 468 had been freed after it was found they had no case to answer; 45 were jailed for between two and 15 years and 28 had their cases transferred to other jurisdictions.

A further 82 pleaded guilty in exchange for a lesser sentence or release, taking into account time served in custody. And others were freed after spending years behind bars.

The remaining cases have been delayed for another hearing.

Boko Haram’s bloody quest since 2009 to establish a hardline Islamic state in remote northeast Nigeria has left at least 20 000 dead and forced more than 2.6 million others out of their homes.

The violence has also spilt over into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.



Source: News24

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Pastor drowns while trying to baptize members

A South African pastor drowned while trying to baptize his church members on Sunday.

The pastor was preparing to conduct the baptism on Sunday when he was swept away by the Blood River outside Seshego in Limpopo, South Africa.

According to reports, the pastor entered the flooded river and was swept away while members looked on in shock, unable to help.

Police officers were called to the scene and a search operation was launched by the Search and Rescue Unit of the Limpopo police.

The body of the pastor was eventually recovered.


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President Trump attacks Britain's public healthcare system

US President Donald Trump on Monday attacked Britain’s public healthcare system in comments that are likely to call his much-delayed visit to the country further into doubt.

“The Democrats are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U system is going broke and not working,” he wrote in an early morning tweet.

“Dems want to greatly raise taxes for really bad and non-personal medical care. No thanks!”

The tweet came after thousands of people marched through central London on Saturday in support of the National Health Service, which is straining under the weight of winter demand.

NHS staffing levels have been in crisis for months, an issue made worse by a winter flu outbreak.

Despite its current woes, the National Health Service (NHS), which was created after World War II, is a revered institution and Trump’s comments are likely to stoke resentment.

The “special relationship” between Britain and the United States has shown some signs of strain since Trump came to office a year ago.

British Prime Minister Theresa May was the first foreign leader to visit Trump following his inauguration in January last year, when she invited him to make a state visit to Britain, hosted by Queen Elizabeth II.

The trip has been delayed, however, and Trump recently pulled out of a plan to open the new US embassy in London, a move British officials blamed on threats of mass protests.

Trump has also angered the British with previous controversial tweets, including retweeting an extremist group’s anti-Muslim propaganda and sparring with London mayor Sadiq Khan following a terror attack.

It is not certain why Trump chose to attack the NHS two days after the London protests.

Trump’s own attempts to reverse his predecessor’s healthcare reform, known as Obamacare, twice ended in failure, before his party succeeded in eliminating a key element – the so-called “individual mandate”, as part of tax reform.

The measure required individuals to buy coverage as a way to lower costs by ensuring that healthy people were part of insurance pools.

One possible explanation for Trump’s criticism was an appearance by Brexit champion Nigel Farage, a personal friend of the president, on Fox News earlier on Monday in which he questioned the feasibility of universal healthcare and blamed the NHS’s predicament on immigrants.




Source: News24

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Police arrest Lagos couple for running baby factory

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a couple on Treasure Palace Close, in the Igando area of the state, for allegedly harbouring pregnant women and selling newborn babies.

The couple – Adeola Adebayo, 50; and 40-year-old Binta Adebayo – were arrested on Sunday by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the command.

Three heavily pregnant women reportedly took into illegal custody by the couple were also freed by the police.

They were identified as Favour Osikwemeh, 19; Precious Emmanuel, 27; and 25-year-old Onome Oputi.

The police alleged that the couple had sold several babies and had planned to exploit the expectant mothers upon delivery.

Osikweme, who is seven-month pregnant, said a friend, Lepa, took her to Binta in December 2017 to stay with the woman until she put to bed.

She explained that Binta had yet to acquaint her with the plan to sell her unborn baby.

She said, “I was not told it is a baby factory. I was staying with my friend called Lepa. She told me that her apartment was too small and she took me to the woman’s house to give birth to my child.

“I have been with the woman since December 2017. She (Binta)told my mum that I was working for her, but we didn’t negotiate payment for my child.”

Emmanuel said she was pregnant for a foreigner, adding that her sister introduced her to the baby factory.

“My sister took me to the woman after I was impregnated by a foreigner. The woman then promised to settle me as soon as I am delivered of my baby,” she said.

When paraded on Tuesday at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja, Adeola said he was not aware his wife ran a baby factory, claiming that they were not living together.

He said, “The police arrested us for running a baby factory, but I don’t know anything about it. I was arrested in front of my house. The police interrogated the pregnant women who told them that I didn’t know anything about it.”

Binta, who also identified herself as Nene Okoro, said the pregnant women were workers in a shop where she sold drinks wholesale.

She said, “I am not running any baby factory. I have never sold any baby. Two of the three women only helped me with my business. They help me sell drinks at the shop. They don’t stay with me.

“The other woman (Oputi) is my daughter-in-law, and she has been living with me for over four years. She is my son’s wife who is now in Cameroon and she has two children for him. If I sold babies, how come I didn’t sell my two grandchildren?”

The state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said the suspects usually sold children without their mothers’ consent, adding that they would be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons for prosecution.

He said, “They harboured young pregnant ladies until they are delivered of their babies. Afterwards, these babies are taken from them and sold without the consent of the young mothers.

“During the raid, three young women were rescued. They are Favour Osikwemeh, 19, (seven months pregnant), Precious Emmanuel, 27, (seven months pregnant), and Onome Oputi, 25, (nine months pregnant).

“The victims will be handed over to NAPTIP for care, while the couple will be prosecuted.”



Source: The Punch

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Chief Justice Mogoeng, Says South Africans faces a war if we don’t unite

South Africans have failed Nelson Mandela’s unity and reconciliation project, but with the right leadership, the country could be an example to the world, said a visibly upset Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng during an interview with City Press this week.

He added that, without unity and reconciliation, there could be a war.

On Tuesday, after the African Union summit in Ethiopia, Mogoeng said: “Mandela started something and invested the better part of his life in freedom, in that project, and yet we have not followed through with it.”

He said many had believed Mandela would be vindictive after he was released from prison, but Mandela “wanted what was best, not just for black people, but for black people and white people. It was something that he was prepared to die for.”

He said that, after Mandela, nobody had championed the cause without compromising principles and “with that deep sense of appreciation that racial division is what explains the painful past that we have”.

If this issue wasn’t properly handled, “we may find ourselves fighting one another again in the future. Or even if we don’t fight, deep into the future, our children, our grandchildren and great-grandchildren may revisit the fights and wars of the past.”

He said South Africans seemed to think that things would automatically work themselves out, but the divisions of the past needed a “deliberate and thoroughgoing programme”, which would “require a very mature, calm and wise leadership”.

“You don’t want people who appeal to emotions there, you don’t want anybody who has any score to settle there, you need somebody, for want of a better expression, who really cares about and loves all South Africans regardless of colour,” he said.

“Because, when you come across that kind of a person or those kinds of people, it’s never going to matter whether they are insulted or praised, the cause is just too grave to be sentimental about. It goes to the fundamentals of what needs to be put right for all South Africans, regardless of colour and creed, to flourish,” Mogoeng said, breaking down.

“We have more than enough for everybody, and we have many able and well-meaning people in our country from all races and genders to help us get to where we need to be. We just have to identify them.”

Self-serving and divisive narratives were now a trend, he said.

“It’s time for unifying and for action, however long it may take, but that will take us to where colour and gender or creed does not matter. It’s a project that requires resources and people who work on it on a full-time basis.”

Mogoeng said that, if South Africans thought more deeply about our problems, “we would turn out to be that shining example of unity, reconciliation and prosperity that Africa and the rest of the world needs”.

He said that, despite South Africa’s past, “because we were able to agree on the constitutional dispensation that we now have, there is nothing good that we cannot achieve. But it requires all of us together.”

The country needs a critical mass of leaders “who are not in it for their pockets, who are not in it for fame or recognition, but who are in it for the advancement of the best interests of the people of South Africa, the people of Africa and the people of the world. Otherwise, we take our attention off what matters, quite frankly. It pains me. We would be very far by now if we hadn’t allowed ourselves to be derailed.”

Never too late to turn things around

However, he said it was never too late to turn things around.

“We need a good number of those who are interested in the well-being of South Africans. That one match, strike it and, before long, the whole country would be set ablaze. It would be impossible to suppress a good vision forever. You can delay its implementation, but you can never succeed in effectively undermining efforts designed to benefit the many.”

Mogoeng warned against playing into divisions and emotions.

“Everybody wants you to say what they like all the time. If you ever say anything that they don’t like, it means you hate them; it means you have an agenda.

“I believe the best is around the corner. I don’t know how it will come for sure, but I’m confident of one thing: we are going to be surprised by how fast South Africa is going to turn around, and by the process that is going to be followed to get us there. We are going to be so, so great and so amazing.”

’My phones are bugged – all of them’

Mogoeng says phone-tapping and espionage are a reality that we must live with – and he’s had first-hand experience of it.

After the AU summit ended on Monday, Mogoeng reacted to allegations that the Chinese had bugged the AU’s information systems until last year, saying it was “predictable”.

Even during former US president Barack Obama’s tenure, reports of the US spying on world leaders were not denied.

Mogoeng said he once had a strange experience when he had a meeting scheduled “with a very powerful person back home”.

His curiosity was “disturbingly strong” and “there really wasn’t anything that would bring us together” to have such a meeting.

“I then asked a person who works for him what is was that caused so and so to be so desperate to have a meeting with me. As I was sending out the message, something said to me that he was going to know about the message. And, as it turned out, within an hour of having that meeting, he cancelled,” he said.

Mogoeng said his instinct that this person could tap phones was correct.

He said he had been told that it was easy for private people with the right equipment to tap a phone and monitor calls.

“So I know without any doubt that my phones are bugged – all of them, without any exception.”

He said that, even though it’s illegal to tap a phone without a court’s permission, he’d been told that this happened even via satellite from outside the country.

“It’s a reality that we must live with; you must reconcile yourself with that reality,” Mogoeng said.

“Happily, I don’t say anything that I can’t repeat. Not even in the bedroom.”

It doesn’t stop with phone tapping, however. The Chief Justice’s offices in Midrand were robbed last year and 15 computers containing the personal information of judges were stolen.

Two people were arrested and appeared in court, and security was significantly increased after the incident.



Source: News24

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President Jacob Zuma deserves humiliation

In his first major interview as leader of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa was at pains to emphasise that President Jacob Zuma’s early exit should not be a humiliating experience.

“Whatever we do we need to deal with this matter with the level of maturity it requires, with the proper decorum and I will say we should never do it in a way that is going to humiliate President Zuma,” the new ANC president said.

The non-humiliation of Zuma is a theme that Ramaphosa and other ANC members have repeatedly returned to when the discussion about the necessity for Zuma to vacate office immediately comes up. He returned to it again in an interview with Bloomberg and the BBC on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Ramaphosa told Bloomberg that while there were voices calling for Zuma to “leave right now”, the transition was a “very, very delicate matter” that had to be handled carefully.

“What we don’t want to see is the humiliation of a person who’s a head of state. What we don’t want to see is him being treated with disrespect, but in the course of all this we’re winning his cooperation in as far as managing this transition.”

Ramaphosa told the BBC’s Hard Talk that as with “any normal human being” Zuma was anxious about his future: “He is naturally feeling anxious and he wants matters to be handled in a way, you know … to be handled carefully.”

Now all these comments beg the question as to why Zuma deserves to be treated with dignity and protected from humiliation. This unfeeling sentiment might sound odd coming from an erstwhile Catholic altar boy who always had to first remove the halo above his head before jumping into the shower.

But we really do need to ask ourselves as South Africans why somebody who has spent the past decade humiliating us and bringing shame on the country must be driven out of the Union Buildings in a luxury horse-drawn carriage.

Zuma proved just why he doesn’t deserve a dignified exit when he disingenuously declared he was “being arrested for building my home”.

“I built my own home. But some say he can’t build such a big home in Nkandla. You must be arrested because you are building your father’s home,” said Zuma during a visit to Nkandla’s best-performing schools this week.

This is the same man who two years ago apologised for his haughty handling of the Nkandla imbroglio. In his address on the Friday following the judgment, Zuma said he “deeply” regretted his actions, stated that “the gross inflation of prices in the Nkandla project is totally unacceptable and should never have been allowed” and said the judgment had provided government with lessons “which augur well for governance in the future”. And now he mocks the whole process which held him to account.

This should come as no surprise. In the years leading up to the 2016 judgment he mocked anyone who questioned the exorbitant expenditure on so-called security upgrades at his compound. He was arrogant and rude whenever the subject came up. In Parliament he treated any interrogation of the costs as an epic joke.

Other issues of misgovernance and corruption were treated with the same scorn by him. Zuma cared not a jot that he was accountable to the people and not to the dodgy individuals who greased his palm. Zuma humiliated those ministers who refused to be runners for his mafia by unceremoniously dumping them from Cabinet. To rub in the humiliation he would scour the forest for invertebrates, dress them up as humans and install them in office.

ANC national executive committee members and tripartite alliance partners who revolted against corruption were branded traitors and agents of imperialism, and shouted down by his acolytes. He treated fellow top six members as decorative appendages.

Zuma humiliated veterans and stalwarts when they attempted to give him and his leadership collective guidance. In his mind these men and women, who had given their lives to creating a good South Africa, had no business interfering with his looting.

When the clergy spoke out against his perversion of society he poked them with his red-hot fork.

By far the biggest recipients of Zuma’s humiliation were ordinary South Africans – the middle strata and the working classes. Zuma’s thieving and destruction of the economy worsened their suffering. Under him the economy stagnated and went into reverse – preventing the poor from emerging from poverty and driving the middle classes to embarrassing indebtedness.

The erosion of systems in government and state-owned enterprises stymied delivery and condemned millions to undignified conditions in their homes and communities.

There can be no greater humiliation to a citizenry than being violated in the way the Gupta family did to South Africans – from their landing at our premier airforce base to openly behaving like the de facto government. Zuma gave them licence to violate us and looked on, giggling, as they did.

Ramaphosa’s need to tread carefully in this political minefield is well understood. But to expect South Africans to acquiesce to the non-humuliation of this man is asking a bit much.

And I say this with the halo hovering above my head.


Source: News24

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President Buhari meets Obasanjo in Addis Ababa

President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Olusegun Obasanjo came face to face for the first time after Mr. Obasanjo released a damning statement asking Mr. Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.

The two leaders met Sunday at the ongoing African Union summit taking place at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

They met briefly just before the opening ceremony of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union(AU).

Mr. Obasanjo first went round to exchange pleasantries with other African leaders attending the summit, before looking out for Mr. Buhari among the crowd to also have a word with him.

State House correspondents at the venue observed that the brief pleasantries between the two leader became a sensation inside the Nelson Mandela Hall as photojournalists made frantic efforts to capture the moment.

Mr. Obasanjo had stirred up controversies in Nigeria when he released a 13-page statement accusing Buhari of under-performance and therefore should not seek re-election in 2019.


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Donald Trump apologises for retweeting far-right British group

US President Donald Trump has apologised for the first time for retweeting a British far-right group’s videos apparently showing Islamist violence, in an ITV interview aired in Britain on Friday.

“If you’re telling me they’re horrible racist people, I would certainly apologise if you’d like me to do that,” he told Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan during the interview, conducted in Davos on Thursday.

Trump sparked outrage in Britain in November when he retweeted, in quick succession, three anti-Muslim videos posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First who was in 2016 convicted of religiously aggravated harassment of a Muslim woman.

Morgan accused the president of causing “huge anxiety and anger in my country, because Britain First is basically a bunch of racists, fascists”.

“Of course I didn’t know that,” Trump responded in excerpts of the interview aired on Friday.

“I know nothing about them [Britain First], I know nothing about them today, other than I read a little bit,” he added.

“Perhaps it was a big story in the UK, but in the United States it wasn’t a big story.

“I did a retweet. When you do those retweets they can cause problems because you never know who’s doing it to start off with,” the president told Morgan.



Source: News24

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A 12-year-old boarding school student named Storm, committed suicide on Tuesday, Jan 23, after she was bullied by classmates because she was a nerd and loved Math and Science.

Storm killed herself inside a prestigious boarding school in Washington D.C.Storm was a seventh-grader at The SEED Public Charter School of Washington (SEED DC).

Police responded to the school after they received a report of an unconscious person. Storm was found dead in her dorm room. The police are currently investigating the death as a suicide.

Local News4 interviewed parents of two children at the school, and they were told that Storm was being bullied. Social media reports say that the girl was called a nerd because of her interest in Math and Science. The school has not yet confirm Storm was a victim of bullying.

The school released a statement regarding Storm’s death that reads:

“We are deeply saddened to report that a SEED DC student unexpectedly passed away this morning. This is, of course, a terrible tragedy for the family first and foremost, as well as for the entire SEED Community.

We ask that you respect the privacy of the family and of our community of scholars and teachers in their mourning.”



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Evans sues police over seized 25 trucks, demands N200m as damages

Billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, on Thursday filed a fresh suit against the Nigeria Police Force.

Evans’ suit filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos is seeking the release of 25 Mack trucks, which he claimed were seized from him on June 15, 2017.

In the suit, counsel to the suspected billionaire kidnapper, Olukoya Ogungbeje, argued that the trucks were seized without a court order, adding that the seizure was a violation of his client’s right.

Ogungbeje urged the court to order the police to release the trucks to Evans through him.

The lawyer listed the number plates of some of the said trucks as BDG 78 XT, GGE 491 XU, FST 742 XT, AGL 219 XT, BDG 79 XT, AGL 222 XT, GGE 492 XU, AGL 220 XT and GGE 489 XU.

Consequently, he prayed the court to award the sum of N200m as general and exemplary damages against the police.

He anchored his prayer on what he termed violation of Evans’ rights under sections 36, 43, and 44 of the 1999 constitution.


Source: Daily Post

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Nigerian Prophet arrested in Lusaka over drugs

The Drug Enforcement Commission in Lusaka has arrested a 42 year-old Nigerian Prophet for trafficking in Ephedrine.

Isaac Julius Amata, 42, a Prophet of Delta Ibu State in Nigeria, has been arrested for trafficking in 26.29kg of Ephedrine.

Amata is a well known Prophet who correctly prophesied President Edgar Lungu’s election victories in 2015 and 2016.

DEC Spokesperson Esther Katongo disclosed that the suspect was apprehended at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport upon arrival from Nigeria aboard South African Airways flight.

Ms. Katongo said the suspect in currently in Police custody and will appear in court soon.


Source: Lusakatimes

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Zimbabwe's new president Says he will welcome Trump build a golf course

Despite Donald Trump reportedly dismissing African nations as “shitholes”, Zimbabwe’s new president said on Wednesday he would welcome the US president to build a golf course in his country.

“If President Trump came here today when I am still around I would… say: ‘Oh, Mr President, Zimbabwe is open for business’,” President Emmerson Mnangagwa said at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

“I know Americans like to play golf – come and build golf courses… build hotels, I will give you incentives,” he added. “We are open and we want to catch up with the rest of the region.”

He was replying to a question about reported remarks by Trump earlier this month in which the US president allegedly complained about opening borders to immigrants from “shithole countries”.

Mnangagwa took office in November after a shock military takeover led to the resignation of long-time president Robert Mugabe.

In his appearance at Davos, he promised to hold a fair vote and to accept the result if he loses.


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Cuban teenager dies after surgery to remove 10-pound face tumor

A Cuban teenager has died, days after doctors in Miami removed a 10-pound tumor from his face.

The Miami Herald reports that 14-year-old Emanuel Zayas’ condition went downhill after the surgery at the Holtz Children’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He died on Friday from lung and kidney complications.

Dr Robert Marx, head of the maxillofacial surgery at the University of Miami Health System, said the Zayas family donated the boy’s remains to science with the goal of learning more about Polyostotic fibrous dysplasia.

The teen’s tumor was benign, but it pressed on his trachea and threatened to suffocate him. The family came to Miami for medical care that wasn’t available in Cuba.

His parents, Noel Zayas and Melvis Vizaino are pastors of an evangelical church in Santa Clara.



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Court sentenced housewife 13 years for trafficking girls

A Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State, has sentenced a housewife, Nonye Ukatu, to 13 years’ imprisonment for trafficking two girls under 12 years old and using them for forced labour.

Our correspondent learnt that Ukatu was jailed on Friday in a judgment delivered by the presiding judge, Justice Kudy Jose.

It was gathered that the woman was arrested by operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons in 2015, following a tip-off from some neighbours who were concerned about the sufferings of the girls.

She was subsequently arraigned in court on December 21, 2015, on six counts of harbouring two girls and using them for forced labour, domestic work and treating them as slaves.

The NAPTIP, in a release on Sunday by its Head, Press and Public Relations, Josiah Emerole, said the offences were contrary to Sections 22a, 23 (1a) and 25 (a) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.

Emerole said the trial commenced in July 2016, while judgment was delivered on Friday at the court.

He said, “In the case with charge number, 1D/2227C/2015, Ukatu, who earlier came out without bail, was re-arrested and slammed with six counts of harbouring two girls that are under 12 years old and using them for forced labour, domestic work and treating them as slaves.

“These are contrary to sections 22 (a), 23 (1a) and 25 (a) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015. The charge is dated December 21, 2015.

“When the defendant was arraigned in early 2016, she pleaded not guilty to all the counts. Trial however commenced on July 4, 2016. Delivering his judgment last week, Justice Jose convicted Ukatu on all the charges and sentenced her to 13 years’ imprisonment. On counts 1 and 2, she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment; counts 3 and 4, one year’s imprisonment; and counts 5 and 6, seven years’ imprisonment. The sentences are to run concurrently.

“The Director-General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli, called for more accelerated handling of human trafficking cases by courts to ensure that victims of human trafficking get justice promptly against the traffickers and their accomplices.”


Source: The Punch

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Nigerians in diaspora appeal to office of the presidency for Identification system from Birth

Johannesburg: Nigeria has no identification system, that’s why Nigerians are having problems all over the world, many other African countries claim to be from Nigeria overseas, there is No National ID CARD without Birth certificate

Other African countries overseas that commit crimes and claims to be from Nigerian because there are using Nigerian passport and that is one the reasons our name is painted black in the world. Nigerian passport is very easy to get any where in the world.

I advice Nigerian government to follow other developing African countries to have a system that Identify any child that is born immediately by issuing a birth certificate that is registered in the system with an identification number, which that ID number will be used when applying for a passport.

This identification number will help us during voting and identifying the true Nigerians.

Nigeria is a great country and we are the giant of Africa, so its time for a change.

So am appealing to the office of the presidency to look into this matter for us to get an Identification system in Nigeria



By Prince Obinwa Okafor
National Gossip Blog

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33 Niger Republic citizens found among Libya returnees in Yobe

Thirty-three citizens of the Republic of Niger have been discovered among the 216 returnees from Libya welcomed by the Yobe State government on Saturday, January 20.

The state Commissioner of Justice, Ahmed Mustapha, told newsmen while dispatching the returnees to their various Local Government Areas, that 33 of the returnees were foreigners while some others were from neighbouring Borno State.

“After security checks, we discovered that 33 were from the Niger Republic and we are handing them over to the Nigeria Immigration Service who will also ensure they are taking back to their country,” he said.

Adamu Abdulfatai, the state comptroller of immigration, said after fishing out the 33 foreigners, immigration will follow due process and hand them over to the immigration officials in the Niger Republic.

“We will be professional in linking up with the authorities of Niger Republic to ensure that they reunite with their families,” Abdulfatai said.



Source: Daily Post

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IPOB honours those killed during pro-Trump’s inauguration rally in P/Harcourt

THE Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday, honoured its members, who were killed by security operatives in Port Harcourt, one year ago, during a rally in support of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, IPOB also commended lovers of freedom and IPOB members, who rallied in Aba, Port-Harcourt and environs, weekend, at the January 20, 2018 memorial march in honour of those murdered by Nigerian security agents.

”Today, Nigeria is still paying a high cost in loss of human lives, which unfortunately, includes a preponderance of Biafran lives… Nigeria is still paying in the form of renewed genocide, now championed under the twin umbrella of a lopsided Nigerian security forces and Fulani herdsmen.

”In an era where armed Fulani men, emboldened by the acquiescence of the Northern ruling class and complacency of the presidency, unleash murderous mayhem on unsuspecting civilian populations, we must spare a thought for IPOB agitators brutally slaughtered for demanding to be accorded their constitutionally guaranteed rights. Ironically what IPOB is agitating for- freedom for all, is the only approach that can solve the Fulani conundrum.

Had the wider Nigerian public not sided with the Buhari regime in their persecution of IPOB, such blatant discriminatory and hypocritical approach to democratic governance in Nigeria would not obtain. We steadfastly and unapologetically maintain that the Nigerian union is unsustainable, only free self governing nation-states are the solution,” the statement read in part.




Source: Vanguard News

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