Appeal Court stays execution of judgment sacking Oshiomhole as APC National Chairman

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The Appeal Court which made a U-turn and heard an appeal filed by Adams Oshiomhole over his suspension as Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) today March 16, has stayed the execution of the judgement issued by the Federal High Court in Abuja on March 4, 2020.

 

The three-man panel led by Justice Abubakar Datti Yahaha, which granted reliefs contained in an ex-parte motion argued by the lead lawyer to Oshiomhole and the APC, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), temporarily stopped the respondents from carrying out by the judgement issued by the federal high court pending the determination of a motion on notice filed by Oshiomhole and the APC.

 

In his argument in the ex-parte application which has APC’s National Vice Chairman (Northeast) Mustapha Saliu, Edo State APC Chairman, Anselm Ojezua, Alhaji Sani Gomna, Mr Oshawo Stephen, Mr. Fani Wabulari, Mr. Princewill Ejogharado, the Inspector General of Police and the State Security Service as respondents, Olanipekun stated that the federal high court judgement has created confusion in the party.

 

Olanipekun said;

 

“There is move to hold a National Executive Council meeting without the appellant. If the NEC is allowed to hold without the appellant, there will be no return to the status quo ante bellum.

“There can not be two pilots in an aircraft at the same time.”

 

Justice Yahaya who read the lead ruling, asked the Oshiomhole and the respondents to settle their differences amicably.

 

He said;

 

“We have considered the application and have looked closely at the affidavit in support and the exhibits.

“We are of the view that an emergency picture has been painted, so that an intervention by this court at this time, and in this process, is warranted.

“There is the information that a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the second applicant (APC) is to be held tomorrow. and, following the ruling of the FHC High Court under consideration, the 1st applicant (Oshiomhole) will not be able to attend.

“If this happens, then there is no assurance that any status quo ante bellum would be maintained.

“The status quo can only be maintained. in this circumstances if there is a stay of the execution of the ruling of the FCT High Court.

“In this vein therefore, we find merit in the application. We hereby order a stay of execution of the ruling of the FHC High Court in suit No: FCT/FC/CV/17/2020 delivered on the 4(h of March 2020 pending the determination of the motion on notice.

“As a coronary, we also hereby, givean order of injunction, restraining the respondents themselves, their agents, privies and officers, jointly and severally from proceeding to take any other steps to give effect to the said ruling, pending the determination of the motion on notice.

“Since the appellants have transmitted records and have filed a brief, they have demonstrated interest in prosecuting the appeal. The appeal is given accelerated hearing”

“Having said all these, we implore political parties to try to resolve their deferences. amicably without the necessity. of involving the court at all times.”

EU countries are set to ban travellers from all foreign nations

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The European Union has revealed plans to ban all non-essential travel from all outsiders for a month after Europe emerged as the center for “coronavirus epicentre.”

 

Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission proposed a ban on foreign travel into all of the EU, meaning all travel would be restricted into the 26-nation Schengen free travel area for 30 days.

The 26 Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

 

Ms von der Leyen told a press conference: ‘The UK citizens are European citizens so of course there are no restrictions for the UK citizens to travel to the continent.’

 

She added: ‘Here in Europe we are heavily affected by coronavirus and we know that everything that reduces social interaction also reduces the speed of the spread of the virus.

 

‘The less travel, the more we can contain the virus.

 

‘Therefore, as I have just informed our G7 partners, I propose to the heads of state and governments, to introduce temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to the European Union.’

 

She said exemptions would include long-term EU residents, family members of EU nationals, diplomats, doctors and researchers working on containing the health crisis.

 

Doctors, nurses, care workers, and experts tackling the coronavirus pandemic would also be exempt, Ms von der Leyen said.

 

Globally, more than 174,000 people have contracted the deadly coronavirus around the world – and 6,000 people have died from the virus.

Spanish football coach Francisco Garcia dies from coronavirus at 21

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A young football coach, Francisco García has died from coronavirus, after doctors also diagnosed him with leukaemia.

 

The 21-year-old who was the youth team coach at Malaga-based club Atletico Portada Alta, had an unknown pre-existing health condition that resulted in him being more vulnerable to the virus than usual for an individual of his age, though he was only informed of having cancer after going to the hospital with symptoms of coronavirus, according to Spanish newspaper Malaga Hoy.

 

While he was struggling to breathe, he was advised to seek further medical help which he did and was told that he had both coronavirus and pneumonia. Doctors later disclosed to him that he had leukaemia, which increased the level of risk that he was exposed to after contracting the virus.

 

A club statement read: “We want to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and close friends of our coach Francisco Garcia who has left us, unfortunately.

 

“Now what do we do without you, Francis? How are we going to continue conquering … in the league? We don’t know how, but we will surely do it for you.

 

“We will not forget you, rest in peace, phenomenon. Until forever.”

 

Club president, Pep Bueno also paid tribute to him.

 

Bueno said: “Francisco was a great guy and a very talented coach. We are all still shocked.

 

“The hospital rang me at 7pm on Sunday to say his condition had stabilised, but then an hour later because of the coronavirus and (cancer) … I do not believe it. It seems impossible to me.”

Idris Elba tests positive for coronavirus

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British actor, Idris Elba has announced that he tested positive for coronavirus despite not showing any symptom.

 

In an announcement made in a video shared on Twitter on Monday March 16, the actor said he underwent medical tests after realizing he was exposed to someone who had also tested positive. Idris revealed that he self-quarantined after finding out about the undisclosed person’s test result.

 

He wrote;

 

“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. I feel OK, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing. No panic.

“It sucks. Looks, this is serious. Now’s the time to really think about social distancing, washing your hands.”

 

Idris Elba now joins a list of actors who have tested positive for coronavirus and they include Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko.

Lawyer mourns couple who reportedly died in Abule Ado explosion

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A Nigerian lawyer, Victor Nkemjika, has taken to Twitter to mourn a couple who died in the explosion that rocked the Abule Ado axis of Lagos state on Sunday March 15th.

 

According to friends of the couple, the deceased husband was an only son while the deceased lady was an only daughter of her parents. It was also revealed that the deceased lady was a first class accounting graduate.

 

See their tweets below.

 

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17 persons including couple with their three children perish in Abule Ado explosion, 50 houses destroyed

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A couple and their three children have been reported to be among the 17 persons confirmed dead in the explosion that took place at the Abule Ado axis of Lagos state in the early hours of Sunday March 15th.

 

According to reports, the couple and their children were caught in the fire caused by the explosion while driving in their vehicle to church.

 

The Director General/CEO LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyimtolu, who confirmed the number of casualties, said the cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertained.

“17 bodies have been recovered while 25 casualties are being treated for injuries on site. We sympathise with the families that lost their loved ones to the inferno and wish the injured quick recovery. We appeal for calm and urge residents to shun fake news. Operation is still in progress. Updates will continue through the course of operation while investigations remain on going” stated Oke-Osanyintolu.

 

Over 50 buildings in the area and neighbouring communities were affected by the unfortunate incident.

 

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Gas cylinders hit by a truck caused explosion in Abule Ado – NNPC

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The management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has revealed that the explosion which rocked Abule Ado community of Lagos State earlier today, was caused by a truck which struck gas cylinders in the community.

 

In a statement released by NNPC, it was gathered that the gas cylinders which was hit by the truck were stacked in a gas processing plant located near the corporation’s system 2B Pipeline Right of Way.

 

The corporation explained that preliminary findings indicated that the impact of the explosion was so huge that it led to the collapse of nearby houses and damage to NNPC pipeline on which efforts are being made to curtail the resultant fire.

 

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari and other top Management of the corporation departed for Lagos this evening for an on-the-spot assessment at the scene of the incident.

 

The statement reads in full;

 

Abule Ado Explosion: NNPC Says Fire Triggered by Gas Explosion

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Sunday said that the reported explosion which rocked Abule Ado Area of Lagos State in the early hours of the day was as a result of gas explosion which occurred after a truck hit some gas cylinders stacked in a gas processing plant located near the corporation’s system 2B Pipeline Right of Way.

In a press release signed by NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, the corporation explained that preliminary findings indicated that the impact of the explosion was so huge that it led to the collapse of nearby houses and damage to NNPC pipeline on which efforts are being made to curtail the resultant fire.

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari and other top Management of the corporation departed to Lagos this evening for an on-the-spot assessment at the scene of the incident.

Obateru stated that following the report of the explosion, the corporation quickly halted ongoing pumping operations on the Atlas Cove-Mosimi pipeline which was active at the time.

The release explained that NNPC had already mobilized its in-house combined team consisting of Health Safety Environment experts, Medical and Security personnel from its nearby Satellite Depot in Lagos, even as Lagos State Fire Service was also rallied to extinguish the fire.

The release said more fire firefighting personnel and equipment were mobillised from the NNPC Mosimi Area Office to provide extra fillip to the ongoing operation.

While assuring members of the public and residents of the affected communities to remain calm, the NNPC’s spokesman assured that the temporary shutdown of the petroleum products pipeline would not affect the normal supply of products to the Lagos and its environs.

He said the fire, currently burring at controlled condition, was being fought headlong, saying a detail assessment of the incident was underway to establish the extent of damage to the pipeline.

The NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, commiserated with the victims of the incident, praying that God provides them succor at this hour.

Dr. Kennie Obateru
Group General Manager
Group Public Affairs Division
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
NNPC Towers
Abuja
15th March, 2020

 

Gas cylinders hit by a truck caused explosion in Abule Ado - NNPC

There’s evidence Army, DSS intimidated voters, electoral officials and election observers during 2019 election – US

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The United States government has claimed that there is sufficient evidence to support allegation of operatives of the Nigerian army and Department of State Services intimidating voters, electoral officials and election observers during 2019 general election.

 

In its 2019 country reports on human rights practices, the US Department of State insisted that the 2019 election which did not encourage enough voter participation was marred by violence and other irregularities, particularly in the Southern part of the country.

 

The report partly read;

 

“There was evidence military and security services intimidated voters, electoral officials, and election observers. In addition violence in several states contributed to lower voter participation and added to the sentiment the army is a tool of the ruling party in many parts of the country, particularly in the South.

“For example, widespread violence and military involvement in electoral processes, including during the vote collation process, significantly scarred the governorship election in Rivers State. Additionally several of INEC’s resident electoral commissioners (RECs) reported DSS operatives intimidated them when the RECs attempted to protect voting materials.

“Some RECs reported security service personnel visited them multiple times prior to the elections. Press reported certain RECs claimed the DSS was surveilling the RECs and that they had been brought to DSS offices for questioning.”

 

The 46-page report which further claimed that vote-buying were historically high during the 2018-19 electoral season especially in Kano and Osun State, stated that the Nigerian judiciary is still susceptible to intimidation by the executive and the legislative arms of government.

 

It further stated that the corruption in the judiciary backed with the poor pay judicial officers get, has hindered the third arm of government from functioning independently. The US Department of State also averred that judges are easily bribed in Nigeria and litigants cannot rely on the courts to render impartial judgments.

 

It added;

 

“Although the constitution and law provide for an independent judiciary, the judicial branch remained susceptible to pressure from the executive and legislative branches. Political leaders influenced the judiciary, particularly at the state and local levels.

“Understaffing, underfunding, inefficiency, and corruption prevented the judiciary from functioning adequately. There are no continuing education requirements for attorneys, and police officers were often assigned to serve as prosecutors. Judges frequently failed to appear for trials. In addition, the salaries of court officials were low, and they often lacked proper equipment and training.

“Although the Ministry of Justice implemented strict requirements for education and length of service for judges at the federal and state levels, no requirements or monitoring bodies existed for judges at the local level. This contributed to corruption and the miscarriage of justice in local courts.”

Amaechi Okobi recalls the first conversation he and his son had about adultery and gender inequality

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Amaechi Okobi has recounted a question his son asked him out of the blues that led to a conversation about gender inequality.

 

The Group Head, Communications and External Affairs at Access Bank said his son was only 8 when he asked him if one person can commit adultery. When he responded that it takes two, his son asked why only the woman is stoned in the Bible for commiting adultery.

 

He said this led to their first conversation about gender inequality.

 

He wrote:

 

Some years ago, my 8-year old and I were having brunch. No, he’s not 8 anymore; he’s a wee bit older now. Listen, though. As we dined on our mushroom, cheese, tomato and chopped prawns omelettes (no pepper, of course), he suddenly got serious and asked: Daddy, can one person alone commit adultery? (Yikes! Please God, not this conversation) Trying hard to sound unflustered, I answered, “No Son, it takes two.” His follow up was quick and urgent: Why then in the Bible do they stone women for committing adultery? Where are the men? Cue in our first convo on gender inequality. But that’s not the story. The beautiful Amazons of @iamsaharagroup invited me to speak at their recent IWD event. They wanted tips for bridging the gender equality gap (male view). 150+ empowered, intelligent. badass Nigerian women. What an incredible, albeit terrifying honor? What do I know about women? And gender equality? Especially as I am the problem. Men have benefitted from gender inequality for eons. But have we really? Benefitted? Imagine a world where the needs, behaviors and aspirations of men and women are considered, and favored, and valued equally. Mind blowing, huh? Imagine the economy, for one. Several studies have confirmed the positive impacts gender equality would have on GDP per capita. For certain, the world would be a much better place.
Here’s the thing, though (the first thing, I think): Gender (in)equality impacts everyone, and therefore concerns both women and men. Gender equality for far too long has been treated mainly as a “women’s issue” – as women have been a driving force behind the agenda. But as my son said, “where are the men?” We must jump in and play a stronger role in killing this beast. And not just the men that have daughters or sisters or girlfriends or wives or mothers. All men. That’s when we’ll start winning. This game is not about empowering women. Women are already powerful. This game is about dismantling institutions and cultural norms that diminish women’s power. Shoutout to the Amazons; I thoroughly enjoyed our time together. And I loved the gift basket and the toilet bag that screamed, ‘YOU’RE THE MAN.’

 

Amaechi Okobi recalls the first conversation he and his son had about adultery and gender inequality

Amaechi Okobi recalls the first conversation he and his son had about adultery and gender inequality

 

 

Principal of Bethlehem Girls College dies while rescuing students after pipeline explosion in Abule Ado

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The Principal of Bethlehem Girls College, Rev. Sr Henrietta Alokha is reportedly one of the victims of the pipeline explosion witnessed today in Abule Ado community of Lagos State.

 

Rev. Sr Henrietta Alokha who worked hard to rescue some students trapped in the boarding school under her care, died after the roof of the educational facility fell on her.

 

The late principal is the younger sister of WB Anselm Alokha.

 

Here are some tweets on her demise below;

 

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Principal of Bethlehem Girls College dies while rescuing students after pipeline explosion in Abule Ado

BBNaija’s Frodd recounts how he got swindled after attempting to leave the country several times as he arrives Dubai

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Big Brother Naija 2019 finalist, Frodd took to Instagram to recount how he got swindled after attempting to flee the country several times.

 

The reality show star who is on an all expense paid trip to Dubai, recalled selling his car in order to achieve his aim of leaving the country.

 

According to Frodd, all these occurred after he got fed up with the “hustle” in Nigeria.

 

He wrote “#gratitude After several attempts to flee my motherland NIGERIA . Swindled by many scammers called travel agents , I gave up hope . I made my way into the cooperate market in the big heart of Lagos State. After 4 years , I became fed up again .
I attempted to leave the country again , nothing mattered to me as long as I leave Naija but this time to come and hustle in DUBAI from the Sale proceeds of my 2003 Toyota Avalon which should be my BTA .
You see God ! I don’t joke with him !
Look at me today , I am in Dubai on an all expense paid vacation .. Why will I not serve God Forever ?”

 

BBNaija

Rihanna loses patience with rude follower and blocks him

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Rihanna lost her cool after a follower was rude to her and called her a “heaux” (which basically means a whore or hoe).

 

The rude comment came when Rihanna shared a new photo and apologized for being away these past few months.

 

The singer wrote: “to all my friends/family/coworkers who I have yet to get back to in the past months…please forgive me. this year has been quite an overwhelming one, and I’m working on that ish called Balance. brb.”

 

@illjahjah replied: “Where’s the album heaux?!!”

 

And Riri responded: “I don’t need this kinda negativity in my life! BLOCKT.

 

Rihanna loses patience with rude follower and blocks him

Frozen foods concealed as vegetables intercepted at Lagos airport

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Two consignments of frozen foods worth N68.8m which were intercepted by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), were destroyed on Wednesday November 13.

 

Speaking to newsmen, Customs Area Comptroller (CAC) Mr. Wale Adeniyi said one of the consignments was concealed as vegetables while the other consignment was allegedly abandoned by the importer at Gate 13 of the airport.

 

It was gathered that the first consignment containing meat, chicken, turkey and other frozen foods were discovered on South African Airways on November 10, 2019.

 

He said, “Though, the Airway Bill described the goods as fresh vegetables, but they were rather frozen foods, which are contraband in the country. It became obvious that the importer through his agents has prepared pre-release documentations purporting the imports to be fresh vegetables with the sole intention to evade the import prohibition order.”

Daily Trust reported that Wale Adeniyi further disclosed that the second consignment of 104 cartons which had pork meat, beef, and turkey was abandoned inside four dollies close to Gate 13.

Finance professor, Dr. Tayo Oyedeji shocks followers as he says, “Renting is wiser for most. Home ownership is mostly a bad business”

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Dr. Tayo Oyedeji, a former professor at the University of Gerogia in the US, has said that, contrary to popular belief, “home ownership is mostly a bad business.”

 

The Oxford-educated entrepreneur, who authored the book ‘How I Retired at 40’ shocked his followers when he made the revelation on Twitter and gave reasons.

 

He wrote:

 

Renting is wiser for most people. Don’t buy a house unless: 1. Mortgage is < 8%. 2. You can pay cash. 3. You plan to live in it for 10 years. 4. You need the psychological comfort of home ownership. Rental/investment property is great. Home ownership is mostly a bad investment.

Finance professor, Dr. Tayo Oyedeji shocks followers as he says, "Renting is wiser for most. Home ownership is mostly a bad business"

 

He added: “I’ll share the math on home ownership sometime next week. The home you live in is your worst investment. For some of us, it’s not even an investment. Don’t buy the hype, do the math. Home purchase for living is a bad investment. Rental property is a great investment.”

 

“Do the math. An average property in Lagos is N40m. Treasury bill rate is about 12%. Your N40m will yield N4.8m a year. You can rent a good home for N1.5m and still have N3.3m left over. Your house is costing you N3.3m per year. Do the math.”

 

He went on to point out that, “Psychological comfort, societal expectations, and cultural norms are valid reasons for home ownership. But when it comes down to the math: it just doesn’t work. I own a couple of homes for the reasons stated above. They’re not good investment. Investment is math, not emotions!”

 

Finance professor, Dr. Tayo Oyedeji shocks followers as he says, "Renting is wiser for most. Home ownership is mostly a bad business"

Finance professor, Dr. Tayo Oyedeji shocks followers as he says, "Renting is wiser for most. Home ownership is mostly a bad business"

Approving Buhari’s request for Kogi to be given N10bn 3 days to governorship election is just a coincidence – Senate President, Ahmed Lawan

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for the sum of N10bn to be paid to the Kogi State government as refund for projects executed on behalf of the federal government, has been approved by the Senate.

 

The approval came after the chairman of the senate committee on local and foreign debts, Clifford Ordia presented his report on the projects carried out by the Kogi State government.

 

“Based on our findings, some of the highways were in the state of disrepair before the intervention was carried out,” Ordia said.

“The state government has paid all the contractors that constructed the road.

“Our humble recommendation is that the senate do approve the refund of N10 billion for projects executed on behalf of the federal government.”

 

Senate minority leader Enyinnaya Abaribe spoke against the approval, saying the money might be misused.

 

“What I don’t want is the misuse of these funds because it is for the people of the Kogi state,” Abaribe said.

“This is not the right time, this is the time where the exigencies of the moment may be used.”

 

The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan however said approving the money 3 days to the Governorship election in the state was just a coincidence.

 

“Kogi state applied for this in the last senate, all the other states were paid. Kogi was not approved at that time, we as a senate has seen it as a necessity and it is a coincidence,” he said.

Car bomb kills at least 7 civilians near Interior Ministry in Kabul

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At least seven civilians were killed and seven wounded when a car bomb was detonated in the Afghan capital of Kabul during rush hour Wednesday, an interior ministry spokesman said.

 

The spokesman, Nasrat Rahimi, said the bomb had gone off in a neighborhood that is near the interior ministry and north of Kabul airport.

 

He said the dead were all civilians, adding, “This is the initial information, more details later.”

 

Nasrat Rahimi added on Twitter that the death toll may change as the target area has not yet been cleared.

 

At least five children were among the victims, Tolo News reported, citing security sources.

 

The blast occurred at around 7:25 a.m. local time on Wednesday in the Qasaba area in Police District 15 of Kabul city, where several foreign NGOs are located.

 

A source at the interior ministry said the blast was detonated by a suicide bomber in the car, and that it was targeting a convoy of foreign advisers with the Interior Ministry. Local media said some vehicles were also damaged following the blast.

 

Car bomb kills at least 7 civilians near Interior Ministry in Kabul

 

No sect has claimed responsibility yet. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State group are active in Kabul, which is one of the deadliest places in the war-torn country for civilians.

 

The blast came one day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced that Kabul would release three high-ranking Taliban prisoners in an apparent prisoner swap with Western hostages who were kidnapped by the insurgents in 2016.

 

The three Taliban prisoners include Anas Haqqani, who was seized in 2014 and whose older brother is the deputy Taliban leader and head of the Haqqani network, a notorious Taliban affiliate, Hindustan Times reports.

 

Ghani did not specify the fate of the Western hostages – an Australian and an American, both professors at the American University in Kabul – and it was not clear when or where they would be freed.

 

The two, American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, were kidnapped in August 2016 from the heart of Kabul.

 

The American hostages later appeared looking haggard in a Taliban hostage video, with the insurgents going on to say that King was in poor health.

 

Ghani noted in his speech that “their health has been deteriorating while in the custody of the terrorists”.

 

Gani also did not state when or where the Taliban prisoners would be freed. But he said that he hoped the decision would help “pave the way” for the start of unofficial direct talks between his government and the Taliban, who have long refused to negotiate with the administration in Kabul.

Xenophobia: South African artists petition minister of arts and culture kicking against inclusion of Burna Boy at the ‘Africa Unite’ concert

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Some musicians in South Africa under the aegis of Tshwane Collective have sent a petition to the minister of arts and culture, kicking against the inclusion of Burna Boy in the ‘Africa Unite’ concert scheduled for 23 and 24 November.

 

The Africans Unite concerts, a response to recent xenophobia in the country is organised by Play Network Africa, based in Nigeria, in partnership with Phambili Media SA and appears to enjoy the support of South Africa’s department of arts and culture.

 

It will feature, along with Burna Boy, artistes such as Kwesa and Jidenna. The first concert will hold at Hillcrest Quarry in Cape Town on 23 November and the second at Sun Arena, Time Square in Pretoria.

 

However, the Tshwane Collective questioned the exclusion of local artists and Burna Boy’s invitation to perform at the concert, accusing the African Giant of inciting hatred against South Africa, in the wake of the xenophobic attacks.

“Whoever may have deemed that the country needs a PR exercise of this nature would have done so largely as a result of the callous, misleading and unwarranted incitement by this very artist. Not only did he spread falsehoods through his extensive platform, he literally incited violence and hate.

He further promised to inflict his own violence on locals before giving your government an ultimatum which you seem to have received and succumbed to”, the group said in the letter to Nathi Mthethwa, minister of art and culture.

The department of culture has however distanced itself from the concert and said that it’s logo had been used “erroneously” on posters advertising the event, Times Live reported.

“The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture wishes to dispel the untrue information currently being spread on social media, that it is funding the Africans Unite Concert featuring the artist known as Burna Boy. It is unfortunate that the department’s logo was erroneously used on the poster advertising the event,” spokesperson Asanda Magaqa told TshisaLIVE.

 

Asanda said that the department had not allocated or granted funding for the event. “The department wishes to reiterate that it has not allocated or granted any funding to the event in question and any reports to the contrary are entirely false.”

Lol! Check out Chrissy Teigen’s new Twitter bio in reaction to husband John Legend being named 2019 Sexiest Man Alive

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Chrissy Teigen, the wife of American singer John Legend has been acting so extra with naughty tweets on Twitter after her husband, John Legend was named People’s Sexiest Man Alive for the year 2019.

 

This time, the mother of two updated a new Twitter bio on page, writing: ‘ currently sleeping with people’s sexiest man alive.’

 

Lol! Check out Chrissy Teigen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man attacks his younger brother with machete in Abuja for having a secret affair with his wife

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A man is fighting for his life after he was allegedly attacked by his elder brother, who accused him of having a secret affair with his wife.

 

According to Facebook user Abdulkareem Lukman, the incident happened in the Abaji town of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)

I don’t really know what this world is turning into. How can a rational thinking human being use cutlass to injure his younger brother….D guy on sick bed was injured by his elder brother. The elder brother alleged that his younger brother is having secret affairs with his wife and without making any investigation he return from farm and injured his younger brother. Pls pray for his quick recovery”  he wrote on Tuesday.

Man attacks his younger brother with machete in Abuja for having a secret affair with his wife

Only seven out of 37 Nigerian states fully implement the contributory pension – PENCOM

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A report by the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) has revealed that most states across the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria are yet to fully implement the Federal Government’s Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS).

 

According to the report made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, only six states and the FCT have fully implemented the scheme with regular and up-to-date remittance of pension contributions, the establishment of a pension bureau and enactment of pension law.

 

The report, signed by PENCOM spokesman, Peter Aghahowa, said the six states as at September 2019 are Kaduna, Anambra, Ekiti, Ondo, Edo and Delta. In the North-Cenral Zone, only FCT has established a pension bureau and is up-to-date with remittances of pension contributions, while Benue, Kogi and Nasarawa have enacted CPS laws but have no pension bureaus in place.

 

Although Niger has established a pension bureau, it suspended implementation of the CPS in April 2015 and has since stopped remitting pension contributions. Kwara and Plateau are yet to enact CPS law.

 

Five states in the North-East zone, comprising Borno, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba, are yet to commence remitting pension contributions while Yobe is still operating Defined Benefits Scheme. Also in North-East Zone, only Adamawa, Gombe and Taraba have enacted CPS laws but none has yet established a pension bureau.  In the North-West Zone, only Kaduna had fully implemented CPS with regular and up-to-date remittance of pension contributions, establishment of pension bureau, registration of employees with PFAs and consistent funding of accrued rights with 5 per cent of total monthly bill.

 

Of all the North-West states, only Katsina neither enacted CPS law nor established pension bureau, while Jigawa and Kebbi which had pension bureaus, were only remitting portions of the pension contributions. Kano, without a pension board, was deducting pension contributions under the management of the board of trustees and yet to transfer the pension asset to a licensed pension operator.

 

In the South-East Zone, PENCOM reports that except for Anambra which is fully complying with the implementation of the CPS scheme, others such as Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo had not keyed into the scheme.

 

The Commission said that in the South-West zone, Ekiti and Ondo were remitting pension contributions, Ogun and Osun had huge backlogs, Lagos did not provide information on its remittance, while Oyo was yet to commence remittance of pension contributions.

 

According to PENCOM, all the South West States have, however, enacted CPS laws and established pensions bureaus.  In the South-South, Edo and Delta were up-to-date in their pension contributions, while Rivers and Bayelsa were yet to commence remittance of pension contributions.