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'We spent N300m on mass wedding for 1,500 couples' - Kano State Government claim

On Sunday, Kano State Government revealed it spent over N300 million on mass wedding for 1,500 couples in the state.‎

The wedding prayer was conducted by the Chief Imam of Kano, Prof. Sani Zahradeen, was presided over by the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje at the Kano Central Mosque.

Ganduje said that the gesture was aimed at further reducing the problems associated with the high number of unmarried youths in the state. The governor urged the new couples to uphold the trust reposed in them by the state government.‎

He also appealed to wealthy individuals to complement the efforts of the state government.‎ Ganduje said that the couples were selected and screened from each of the 44 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.‎ “The beneficiaries were selected from each of the 44 LGAs of the state by the committee shouldered with the responsibilities of selecting and screening eligible beneficiaries,’’ he said.

He noted that more than N300 million was spent by the state government to sponsor the weddings, including the provision of complete sets of beds, side mirrors, wardrobes and mattresses that would all be provided, to each couple.‎ ‎Ganduje said that the state government would pay N20,000 dowry for the couples and N10,000 as start-up capital to each bride. ‎He said that medical tests, including HIV/AIDS test, were conducted on the couples in order to ascertain their genuine health status before the marriage.‎‎

Nigerians won’t accept any excuse if any harm befalls Senator Adeleke - PDP warns Police, APC

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed that there is a plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to arrest its candidate in the 2018 Osun governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke.

In a statement signed by the party’s spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan late on Sunday, May 5, the party claimed that the APC wants to use security agents to detain the lawmaker. The PDP said it has learned of a fresh plot by the APC “to use some elements in the Police to hound and incarcerate our victorious Osun state governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, all in the bid to browbeat him to relinquish his mandate.”

The PDP said there are increasing numbers of threats daily to Senator Adeleke’s life from those who allegedly do not want him to take over as Osun state governor, following a ruling by the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal.

Below is the full statement as put out by Kola Ologbondiyan on behalf of the PDP.

“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alerts of a fresh plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to use some elements in the Police to hound and incarcerate our victorious Osun state governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, all in the bid to browbeat him to relinquish his mandate.

The PDP already has new information of how the APC, having seen that there is no way it can stop Senator Adeleke at the courts, now seeks to forcefully hound him into a police station where he will be incarcerated and put out of circulation before the determination of the matters in court.

Apart from executing this script of the APC, these elements in the police have no other reason for continuously hounding Senator Adeleke, as he is already in court for all the frivolous allegations preferred against him. If they truly want Senator Adeleke for any new issue connected with the charges for which he is already in court, it should present such before the court instead of resorting to bullying.

Nigerians will recall that the PDP had earlier alerted of threats to Senator Adeleke’s life. These threats have not only continued unabated but have heightened with this renewed hounding by these elements in the police, who are being used by the APC.

Our party cautions that Nigerians are not ready to accept any excuse from anybody should Senator Adeleke suddenly becomes a victim of accidental discharge, sudden disappearance or failing health. They know who to hold responsible.

The APC should end this siege on Senator Adeleke and accept the fact that he has the mandate of the people of Osun state as their governor and no form of machination will subvert this reality.

The PDP, therefore, charges the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed to rein-in his men on issues related to Senator Adeleke’s determination to retrieve his governorship mandate, which was stolen by the APC.”

Photo: OAU professor kidnapped along Ife/Ibadan expressway

Suspected kidnappers have abducted Professor Olayinka Adegbehingbe of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, while he was on his way to Ife from Ibadan on Sunday May 5th.

Acoording to reports, Adegbehingbe who lectures at the College of Health Sciences, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, OAU, was kidnapped at about 9:15 pm.

OAU Chief Security Officer (CSO), Babatunde Oyatokun, who confirmed his abduction, said the professor was whisked away during a robbery attack on the road.

“Yes, I’m presently at Apomu. I have not been in Ife since yesterday. They were coming from Ibadan but (were) attacked in between Asejire and Apomu by armed robbers. While they attacked all the vehicles on the road at that time, he was singled out. They picked him and took him away,” Mr Oyatokun said.

“His wife is also here with us and we’ve been able to report the case and the police are on top of the situation. So, I’m here in Apomu to take the madam (wife of the victim) to Ife because she was also there during the attack.”

Diana Ross, 74, says she felt 'violated' by airport screener who 'touched her between her legs'

Legendary singer, Diana Ross, 74, has taken to Twitter to cry out that she was "violated" by a Transportation Security Administration screener at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport on Sunday morning following her performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The Grammy-winning singer in a series on tweets alleged that the airport official 'touched her between her legs' as she was screened.

'OK so, on one hand, I’m treated like royalty in New Orleans and at the airport, I was treated like shit

Let me be clear, Not the peiple or Delta BUT TSA , was over the top !!
Makes me want to cry !!!

It's not what was done but how, I am feeling violated - I still feel her hands between my legs, front and back ( saying to me it her job ,) WOW!! really mixed emotions I always like to see the good things but not feeling good right now,'

A few hours later, Ross said she was "feeling better" and shared a video of herself performing.

TSA spokesman Mark Howell said in a statement that the agency is investigating.

The TSA said it is “aware of concerns presented by Diana Ross about her screening experience” but that “all protocols were followed,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Initial review of CCTV indicates that the officers involved with Ms. Ross’s screening correctly followed all protocols, however, TSA will continue to investigate the matter further,” the statement added.

In my other life, I was a pornstar- Toke Makinwa

In my other life, I was a pornstar- Toke Makinwa
As she shared on her Instastories.

EFCC moves to investigate Saraki's tenure as Kwara state governor

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has concluded plans to begin a fresh probe into the earnings of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, when he was governor of Kwara State from 2003 to 2011.

According to Sahara Reporters, the anti-graft agency in a letter signed by its Zonal head, Isyaku Sharu and sent to the Kwara state government, stated that Saraki is to be investigated for an alleged case of conspiracy, abuse of office, misappropriation of public funds, theft, and money laundering.

The agency in the letter asked the state government to furnish it with a breakdown of Saraki's income, as well as his entitlements as former Governor of the state.

The letter in part reads

“In view of the above, you are kindly requested to furnish us with the full details of all his entitlements to include but not limited to emoluments, allowances, estacodes, other fringe benefits and severance package while he held sway as the Executive Governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011.

“This request is made pursuant to Section 38 (1) & (2) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004 and Section 21 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act.”

Saraki has been enmeshed in different corruption cases both in the country and internationally, together with his wife’s activities, detailed in the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers, a global investigation revealing top corrupt office holders in the world.

by Linda Ikeji at 06/05/2019 10:11 AM

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Juliet Iwuno about 17 minutes ago

A clear conscience fears no accusations! Mum Jay take note!Like this! 0Dislike this! 0Reply

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Them no they investigate apc nawa oo..naijaLike this! 0Dislike this! 0Reply

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