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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

''Buhari has been consistently and persistently discriminating against Christians and southerners in all his appointments'' - CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has accused president Buhari of consistently and persistently discriminating against Christians and Southerners with all his appointments and policies.

The group in a statement released by its national president, Samson Ayokunle yesterday, made particular reference to the recent appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director General of the Department of State Security DSS. The christian body also kicked against the recent appointment of Zainab Ahmed as the acting Minister of Finance. Part of the statement reads

“CAN notes with disappointments, shocks and surprises that despite our appeal to President Buhari to break the domination of the country’ security council by people of the same religion and language in a multi-religious and multi-ethnic groups that make up Nigeria, he still derives pleasure in turning a deaf ear to the Voice of Wisdom and Reason as manifested in the three appointments.

He appointed Yusuf Magaji Bichi, a Muslim, from Kano state to replace Matthew Seiyefa, a Christian from Bayelsa who had been operating in an acting capacity since Lawal Daura was sacked in Buhari’s absence.

Mr Abbas Umar Masanawa was also named the Managing Director of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC), just as Hajiya Zainab Ahmed was appointed the acting Finance Minister to replace Mrs Kemi Adeosun who resigned as a result of her failure to participate in the NYSC programme and for parading a forged NYSC Certificate of Exemption.

We wish to place on record, once again, the dangerous and religious discrimination and partiality that have characterized the President Buhari-led administration. We believe the marginalization of the Christians is deliberate to heighten the tension in the land for whatever reasons.”

The body also expressed disappointment at Christians in the Buhari-led administration that defend this silent marginalization of Christians. The group said anyone who is attacking media houses of focusing on the lopsided appointments is insensitive and wicked.

“CAN is also disappointed with the justification of the illegalities being perpetrated by Buhari in the lopsided appointments by the Presidency including a handful Christians in his government who are doing so primarily to keep their jobs, at the expense of the majority. For anyone to be asking all well-meaning Nigerians, including some media houses, to stop complaining of the lopsided appointments in the security apparatus of the country is reprehensible, insensitive, and wicked.” the statement read

Photo: Three transformer vandals arrested in Niger State

Operatives of the Niger State Police Command have arrested a three-man gang responsible for vandalization of transformers in MI Wushishi, Farm Center, CKC Road Tunga, Peter Sarki Road, and Alovera Hotel Tunga, Minna.

Spokesperson for the Command, DSP Muhammad Inna Abubakar, who confirmed the arrest on Monday, September 17, said the suspects were arrested due to spate of transformer vandalisation, theft of electrical installations and other acts of sabotage on critical infrastructures in the State.

"11th September, 2018 at about 1030hrs acting on a tip-off a team of Police detectives attached to Tudun Wada Division arrested one Asama Ibrahim aged 18yrs, Sinanu Ibrahim aged 20yrs, and Gambo Dauda aged 16yrs, all ‘m’ of Kafin Tella area Tunga Minna for vandalization of a transformer located at Kolawole Road in Tunga, Minna. During investigation suspects confessed to the crime. Exhibits recovered include eight (8) pieces of armored cables valued one million, two hundred naira only (N1,200,000.00). Case will soon be charged to court." Abubakar said.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Niger State Police Command, CP. D.P. YakadI, assuresd members of the public that the Police under his leadership will continue to redouble its efforts in the protection of lives and property in the State.

"The Command therefore, solicits the support of Nigerlites in giving useful and timely information to the Police, Please" he added

Lagos high court sends two former gang members of Evans to 41 years in prison

On Monday, an Ikeja High court sitting in Lagos State sentenced two former gang members of billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans to 41 years in prison.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced the convicts, 32-year-old Kelvin Emenike Ukoh and Emeka Obasi, 33 over the abduction of one Ugoje Jude, a shipping agent, and his staff, Miss Piriye Gogo on August 3, 2012. The convicts were arraigned in 2013 alongside three others: Uche Igbani, 28, Chibuzor Osuagwu, 33 and a 36-year-old woman, Onowu Ngozi, on a 14 count-charge bothering on conspiracy, kidnapping, armed robbery and murder.

The gang had kidnapped Ugoje and another staff, Piriye Gogo who were taken to an unknown destination by their leader, Evans. Narrating her ordeal before the court, Miss Gogo said that the three men accosted them with rifles on their way home and that she was almost raped inside the car, but was saved by her monthly menstrual period. While being led in evidence before the court, Gogo disclosed that during the abduction, one of the kidnappers, Obasi, came into the car, after dragging her boss out for negotiation at an undisclosed location, and started fondling with her breast.

Gogo said, “He came into the car, tore my clothes, pulled down a side of my bra and began caressing my breast. He thereafter started dragging down my shirt and I began begging him. I begged him until I had nothing else I could plead with. I begged him intensely for mercy and even told him that I was menstruating.

It was as though all my pleas fail on deaf ears, I had to insert my hand into my vagina just to show him. The blood I showed him prevented him from raping me. It was a terrible experience. He, thereafter, asked whether Mr. Jude was the owner of the company. And I replied that we were just clearing agents.

They also seized our mobile phones, jewellery and money. They blindfolded Mr. Jude, brought him back into the car, asked me to face down with my eyes closed, and then drove off to another location. They spoke Igbo almost all the time so I could barely understand what they were saying or taking us to.

While driving off to the other location, they asked if I could drive, I said no. So they dropped down from the car and took Mr Jude with them. They ordered me to face down and not look at their faces or I will be shot dead. They abandoned me and the Honda pilot car at 2nd bridge alongside expressway, where I waited until I saw a police patrol and flagged them".

Also testifying, Jude said his abductors initially ordered him to pay N10m for his release but after negotiations, they collected N5m.

After listening to them, the trial judge, Justice Taiwo convicted and sentenced Ukoh and Obasi to 5, 15 and 21 years for conspiracy, kidnapping and armed robbery respectively, while the other three were discharged and acquitted by court.

The judge held that the prosecution could not prove that those acquitted Igbani, Osuagwu and Ngozi were linked to the alleged charges of murder, conspiracy, kidnapping and armed robbery.

United Nations condemns the killing of abducted aid worker by Boko Haram in Borno State

Edward Kallon, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria has condemned the killing of an aid worker and midwife, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa in northeast Nigeria.

Late Ms. Hussaini, 25 years old, was abducted on 1 March 2018 in Rann town, Borno State, where she was working with the International Committee of the Red Cross, following a deadly attack by a Non-State Armed Group in which three aid workers were killed. Two other female aid workers were also kidnapped during that incident.

“The killing of Ms. Hussaini, a young, dedicated and passionate midwife and humanitarian, is a cowardly, heinous and despicable act. Our deepest condolences go to her family, including her two young children, and friends. The United Nations calls on authorities to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice and account. The United Nations also calls for the immediate release of the two aid workers who are still being held. This incident demonstrates the severe challenges that Nigeria continues to face, but will not deter the international community from providing aid to millions of Nigerians caught up in the conflict in the north-east. The United Nations stands in solidarity with the humanitarian community,” said Kallon.

The humanitarian community is currently providing life-saving assistance, including food, safe water and medicine, to over 60,000 internally displaced people in the camp in Rann, and millions more across the northeast.

La La Anthony and Carmelo Anthony are fully back together

La La Anthony 39, and, Carmelo Anthony,34, have settled their differences and rekindled their romance one-year after they went their separate ways following a string of cheating allegations.

This comes after La La attended the Anthony’s Melo Made apparel exhibition in New York, where they were seen happily posing for pictures together.

According to Page Six, the couple who both share an 11-year old son Kiyan Carmelo Anthony are happily back together.

“They’ve reconciled. They were at the Fear of God presentation for New York Fashion Week. They arrived separately, but were holding hands in the VIP balcony and left holding hands in the middle of the Q&A,” a source told Page Six.

The couple were spotted together at various events over the year since they called it quits. It never really seemed like they were apart — even though La La, 39, maintains a separate household with the couple’s son, Kiyan Anthony.

“They are working their relationship out and they’ve always remained friends. They’re around each other and it’s for the betterment of their situation,” another friend of the couple explained to Page Six.

Photos: Deputy Registrar of Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Pastor Danladi Habu also died in Lafia explosion

Nasarawa State Polytechnic is mourning the death of Pastor Danladi Habu, the Student's Affairs officer, who died in the tragic gas explosion in Lafia last Monday.

Late pastor Habu studied in Ukraine, lived in Abuja with his family and was also the Deputy Registrar of NASPOLY.

He was laid to rest on Saturday, September 15.

Kourtney Kardashian is "head over heels" for new toyboy Luka Sabbat who is even younger than her ex Younes Bendjima

Kourtney Kardashian is said to be dating a new boy just months after breaking up with the last one and according to reports, she's "head over heels" for him.

The mum-of-three, 39, and model Luka Sabbat, 20, were spotted enjoying a wild night out in Chicago on Saturday. They partied at the glamorous opening of TAO Chicago before heading to the opening of Chicago’s Found Hotel, a source told People.

A partygoer said the pair "were close to each other, and there was a sense of chemistry as the two were laughing and having fun together all night".

Kardashian and Sabbat have been secretly dating for more than a month, a source told the publication.

The source added:

All of their friends know she’s head over heels for Luka. None of her friends liked Younes, and they all love Luka even though he’s only 20! They think he’s good for her, and he’s a very down to earth and good guy.

Lagos State lawmakers postpone resumption to October 8th

The Lagos State House of Assembly has postponed its resumption. The House was earlier scheduled to reconvene on September 17 to October 8 after adjourning plenary in order for members to proceed on their annual recess.

During the period, the House hosted the Conference of South West Speakers and Conference of Speakers of Nigeria between August 3 and August 5 in the state. The conference elected new executive at its 2018 Second Quarter Conference and the Speaker of the Lagos Assembly emerged as its new chairman.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on the postponement, the Clerk of the House, Azeez Sanni, said the House would now resume on Oct. 8. Sanni said, “There is a publication to that effect (the postponement of resumption). The House will resume on Oct. 8”.

On the reason for the postponement, the Clerk said that the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Mr. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, would be able to provide the reason.

Khloe Kardashian is reportedly not happy her man Tristan Thompson 'spends too much money on his first babymama Jordan Craig and their child'

Khloe Kardashian is reportedly not happy that her man Tristan Thompson is spending way too much on luxury items and cars for his ex-girlfriend Jordan Craig and wants him to limit his expenditures to just child support for their son Prince Thompson.

According to Life & Style, Khloe, 34, thinks the 27-year-old who is also the father of her daughter True is spending “way too much” money on Jordan and their son.

The source said Tristan is spending so much cash on his other family, that Khloe wants her mother, Kris Jenner, to step in and take over her man’s finances.

“Khloé wants Tristan to let Kris manage his money,” the source revealed to Life & Style. “She feels he’s spending way too much on jewelry, cars, and stupid s–t.”

But the source says Tristan is skeptical of Jenner’s attempts to handle his money. Particularly since the Kardashians/Jenners are burning through millions of dollars a month.

“Tristan thinks this is another way Khloé’s trying to trap him and get him all tied up in the Kardashian web,” the source said.
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