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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Deadly crackdowns on non-violent protests and journalists affecting Nigeria's image - US lawmakers write Nigerian government

New Jersey's Senator Robert Menedez and Josh Gotheimer, a member of congress have written the Nigerian government over reports of the country's security services assaulting and detaining journalists, using excessive force on non-violent protesters and taking other actions that inhibit freedom of expression.

In the letter dated November 25 and addressed to Sylvanus Nsofor who is Nigeria’s ambassador to the US, the US lawmakers expressed strong concern about closing media and civic space in Nigeria which according to them is affecting the image of the West-African country.

They further affirmed that Nigeria should be a shining to other African countries as it plays a critical role in preserving peace and stability in the continent.

“We write to express strong concern about closing media and civic space in Nigeria,” the letter read.

“There have been a number of troubling reports about Nigerian security services assaulting and detaining journalists, using excessive force on non-violent protesters and taking other actions that inhibit freedom of expression, and otherwise prevent Nigerians from fully exercising their fundamental constitutional rights.

“Journalists and activists such as Omoyele Sowore, Jones Abiri, Kofi Bartels, Samuel Ogundipe, and others investigating and speaking-out about politically sensitive problems like corruption or insecurity have been harassed and detained; with reports that some have even been tortured.

“In the least one instance, the Department of Security Services has ignored a court order to release a detained activist. Restrictions and deadly crackdowns on non-violent protests since 2015 have similarly reflected a lack of apparent commitment to civic freedom which is beginning to negatively impact the image of Nigeria’s government, both at home and abroad.

“Failure to respect the rights in the charter and those in the Nigeria’s constitution, the congress said undermines the country’s ability to lead in the area.

“We urge you to ensure that the rights and liberties contained in the constitution are observed for all citizens, and to take strong action against further closing space for journalists, political opposition, and those in civil society.”

Goals: See the transformation of two best friends who are losing weight together ( See photos)

Two best friends are being praised online after they revealed they have been working hard together to lose some weight.

One of them, @lilfizzle_ took to her Twitter page to share before and after photos of them. and also disclosed that they have already lost 95 pounds and still counting.

Sharing the photos, she wrote: Besties who lose weight together, stay together. 95 pounds down and counting .

Queen Elizabeth ‘to retire in 18 months’ for Charles to become Prince Regent

Prince Charles is reportedly preparing to take over leadership of the British Royals when his mother, The Queen turns 95.

The Queen’s oldest son met with his father at Sandringham yesterday, November 26, to discuss the continuing fallout from his brother’s disastrous TV interview about his links to Jeffry Epstein.

Prince Charles’ key role in "retiring" Prince Andrew from public life has fed speculation he is preparing to become "shadow King", which would see him control day-to-day royal affairs while his mother remains monarch.

Queen Elizabeth will turn 95 in 18 months. 95 was also the age at which her husband Prince Philip withdrew from his public duties.

There is talk among courtiers that she may use the milestone to allow her son to become Prince Regent, the Sun reports.

A royal source told the paper: "The scandal surrounding Andrew and Epstein gave Charles an opportunity to step in to show that he can run The Firm. No one is bigger than the institution of the Royal Family. Not even Andrew, the Queen’s favourite son.

"Charles recognised that and acted decisively — like the king he may well soon be. This was the moment when Charles stepped up as Prince Regent, the Shadow King"

Tracee Ellis Ross, 47, shows off her incredible body in new bikini photos

Tracee Ellis Ross, 47, has got a great body and she flaunted it while posing in a pink bikini.

The actress shared the photos with the caption: "Mac n Cheese, Greens and Hot Water Cornbread !!! Happy almost Thanksgiving!"

See more below.

Disney star Chris Tavarez charged with Felony Domestic Violence after leaving his girlfriend with 'concussion’

American actor and model, Chris Tavarez has been charged with Felony Domestic Violence after he allegedly gave his girlfriend a concussion.

Earlier in November, the former Disney star reportedly struck his partner in the head during an argument and then fled the scene.The woman's injuries resulted in a concussion.

When Police were called to the scene in Hollywood, Tavarez had fled the scene already by the time the cops arrived. The responding officers noticed marks on the woman's body who refused any medical treatment.

Days after the alleged assault, Tavarez was arrested on a felony charge by police. He was later released after posting $100,000 bail.

According to TMZ, the Los Angeles District Attorney on Wednesday, November 27, charged the 27-year-old actor with two counts of spousal battery for an incident that occurred in June 2017.

He pled no contest to one count, and had to serve 180 days in jail, complete a 52-week Domestic Violence Treatment Program, pay a fine and was ordered to stay away from the victim. The second count was dismissed.

He was also placed on 36 months summary probation, which means his latest arrest could mean a probation violation, the outlet reported.

Tavarez is best known for his roles on the Disney shot KC Undercover and Disney Channel movie Avalon High. He also appeared in Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns.

Lionel Messi breaks Champions League record as Barcelona star leapfrogs his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi has set a new milestone for himself after he scored in Barcelona's 3-1 victory against Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League clash on Wednesday night.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner who was level on 33 goals with his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo, set a new record by scoring against his 34th in Europe's top competition.

The win for Barcelona, saw the Spanish giants seal the top spot in Group F and their progression to the Champions League round of 16.

See the top ten goal scorers below.

Lionel Messi - 34

Cristiano Ronaldo - 33

Karim Benzema - 29

Thomas Muller - 25

Zlatan Ibrahimovic - 25

Robert Lewandowski - 24

Sergio Aguero - 23

Didier Drogba - 22

Arjen Robben - 20

Samuel Eto'o - 19

Nigerians mourn media personality Binta Badmus who died allegedly due to a medical error

Media personality, Binta Badmus, has passed on allegedly due to a medical error.

Binta worked with Smooth FM as a radio presenter before she moved to Channels TV.

Unfortunately, she had an ailment that was not life-threatening and had been going to the hospital to receive treatment before she passed.

The exact cause of her death is not known but social media users who are mourning her claim a "hospital mistreated and gave her the wrong injection that froze her into death!"

Below are tributes from Nigerians on Twitter and Facebook.

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