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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

NAACP sues Trump and Giuliani over US Capitol attack


NAACP sues Trump and Giuliani over US Capitol attack

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Rep. Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, have sued former US President Donald Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and two right-wing extremist groups, alleging they conspired to incite the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.


The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, February 16, in Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges that Trump and Giuliani, in collaboration with the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, conspired to incite the riot to keep Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.


 It claims they did so in violation of the Ku Klux Klan Act, a Reconstruction-era statute designed to protect both formerly enslaved African Americans and lawmakers in Congress from white supremacist violence.


Reps. Hank Johnson and Bonnie Watson Coleman will join the litigation as plaintiffs in the coming days, according to a press release. 


The lawsuit recounts Trump’s actions leading up to the Jan. 6 riot, building a case against him in similar fashion to House impeachment managers. It cites Trump's remarks during “Save America” rally as evidence that he mobilized and directed insurrectionists to storm the Capitol. After his supporters entered the halls of Congress, the lawsuit alleges, Giuliani called lawmakers individually, asking them to try to “slow down” the Electoral College vote count.


“If we don't put a check on the spread of domestic terrorism, it will consume this nation and transform it to something that none of us recognize,” NAACP President Derrick Johnson said in an interview. “We must, as a nation, prevent the spread of this type of boldness where [insurrectionists] will go to our U.S. Capitol and seek an act of treason.”


Johnson added that he sees the lawsuit as an aggressive push against domestic terrorism, which he said poses a direct threat to communities of color.


“You look at what took place in the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, those were acts of domestic terrorism against citizens. It was based on race,” Johnson continued. “They were acts of domestic terrorism, based on one's belief of who should be legitimate citizens and who are not.”


The lawsuit also quoted extensively from remarks Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., made after the Senate voted to acquit Trump on Saturday, including his statement that "there is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day."


The suit asks a judge to rule that the actions of the defendants violated federal law and seeks unspecified monetary damages.


 In response to the NAACP lawsuit, Trump adviser Jason Miller said the former president had been “acquitted in the Democrats’ latest impeachment witch hunt,” adding: “The facts are irrefutable”. 


“President Trump did not plan, produce or organise the January 6 rally on the Ellipse. President Trump did not incite or conspire to incite any violence at the Capitol on January 6,” he added.


?The suit comes days after Trump was acquitted of inciting the riot at his second impeachment trial by the Senate. 

No plan to increase fuel price in February - NNPC


No plan to increase fuel price in February - NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has denied plans of increasing fuel price from February.


NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru who reacted to speculation of petrol selling above the official N162 per litre, told The Nation that there was no imminent upward review. 


Obateru also allayed fears of scarcity of the product by saying that NNPC has a stock of petrol that can last over 40 days. He further urged the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to clampdown on the marketers hoarding petrol.


He said; 


“NNPC has not increased its ex-depot price. I am certain that NNPC is not likely to increase its ex-depot price in February.

“We have sufficiency for almost forty something days. If people are hoarding or increasing their prices that one is for the DPR to look into."

England legend, Fara Williams reveals kidney condition battle


 England legend, Fara Williams reveals kidney condition battle

England's most-capped female player of all time, Fara Williams has revealed she has been battling a kidney condition for almost a year.


The 37-year-old, who plays as central midfielder for Reading and the England national team, opened in an Instagram post about her nephrotic syndrome diagnosis and the subsequent challenges she has faced. 


Williams said after she had thigh surgery in March last year, she started noticing swelling in her hands, legs, and face during the final stages of her rehabilitation. 


 England legend, Fara Williams reveals kidney condition battle

 England legend, Fara Williams reveals kidney condition battle


When she had a kidney biopsy, the results revealed she had the condition, called nephrotic syndrome.


The condition is caused by an excess leak of protein from blood into urine and can lead to swelling in the legs and ankles.


The Reading ace wrote in lenghty post: 


In March 2020, I had an operation to reattach the muscle & tendons of my thigh to the bone. In my final stage of rehab, I noticed swelling in my legs, hands & face. 


My first thought was that it was some sort of allergy, however, the following Day I was admitted to A & E & underwent many tests, including a kidney biopsy. The result of the biopsy showed that I had a kidney condition called Nephrotic Syndrome.


To treat this condition, I was put on the highest possible dose of steroids. This, of course, did not come without noticeable side effects. I gained an excessive amount of weight & this was noticeable in both my physical appearance and performances on the pitch.

 England legend, Fara Williams reveals kidney condition battle

I was fully cleared to play football on this medication by the Anti-doping Authority, together with my having regular blood & urine tests.


My consultant had never encountered someone within sport with this condition, until assisting me with my treatment, so it has been difficult to know what to do for the best - both for myself and Reading WFC.


I’ve been conscious of not wanting my teammates or the fans to think that I was unfit or not trying my absolute hardest in training sessions or during matches, particularly as, the reason was the condition and side effects of my medication. Upon reflection, I now feel I should have waited until I was further into recovery before I continued to play football.


Beauty queen sacked from hospital job because she's ''too beautiful''


Beauty queen sacked from hospital job because she

A former model was ordered to resign from a job at a hospital for being ''too pretty.''


Claudia Ardelean, 27, who has a double degree in law and European ethics, was appointed to work unpaid on the board of the Pneumophthisiology Clinical Hospital in Romania.


She was delighted and posted about her appointment on social media on February 8.


The former model and beauty queen posted a selfie in front of the council building and wrote: "I am thankful for the trust and support of the Cluj National Liberal Party!"


Beauty queen sacked from hospital job because she


However, she soon received criticisms from trolls who claimed she only received the job because of her looks.


Newspaper Click said as a result of the criticisms, she was forced to resign because she is ''too beautiful.''


Claudia, who now works as a lawyer in a local firm, has not commented on stepping down from the board.


Beauty queen sacked from hospital job because she


Cluj council president Alin Tise admitted that she was well qualified and yet nevertheless made a statement saying: "I deeply regret the incident.


"I requested the resignation of Claudia Ardelean."

Dolapo Osinbajo celebrates Aisha Buhari on her 50th birthday


Dolapo Osinbajo celebrates Aisha Buhari on her 50th birthday

Wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo has celebrated the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, who turned 50 today, February 17. 


Mrs Osinbajo, in a post on Instagram on Wednesday, said a prayer for the wife of the President, wishing her a long life and good health.  


"Happy 50th birthday HE aishambuhari. I wish you many happy returns of today, peace, joy, long life and good health. May all your prayers be heard and answered. May the desires of your heart be granted. God bless you today and always." she wrote.


Dolapo Osinbajo celebrates Aisha Buhari on her 50th birthday


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