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Akinwunmi Adesina re-elected as AFDB president

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Nigeria - Police security guard opens fire on LG boss in Delta State, blames spiritual voices

The chairman of Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State, Mrs. Nkechi Chukwurah, escaped death by a whisker when one of her security aides opened fire on her.

The incident occurred barely one week after she was recalled from a three-month suspension by the state House of Assembly on allegation of financial misappropriation levelled against her by some of the councillors.

SEVEN POLICE OFFICERS KILLED BY BOKO HARAM IN NIGER REPUBLIC



The terrorist group Boko Haram has killed seven police officers in Niger Republic, the Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum said on Saturday.
The terrorists attacked the village of N’Gagam near the Nigerian border on Friday evening, Bazoum said.

Photos: So shameful! European football hooliganism continued today as Hungary fans clashed with riot police inside Marseille stadium in Euro 2016



Hungary supporters clashed with stewards and riot police inside the Stade Velodrome before their side's Euro 2016 match against Iceland.

US - Six killed when van crashes and flips on Virginia highway



Six people were killed in Virginia and 10 others hospitalized when the van in which they were riding hit another car and flipped over several times on a highway on Saturday, police said.

Syria rebels kill seven in Aleppo assault, capture three villages



At least seven people died in rebel shelling of a neighborhood of the Syrian city of Aleppo held by the Kurdish YPG militia at dawn on Saturday, a monitoring group said, as rebels took territory to the south.

US - Mum Fights Off Mountain Lion Attacking Son, 5



A mother has fought off a mountain lion that attacked her five-year-old son as he played outside their home in Colorado.
The woman ran out of the house in Pitkin County, near Aspen, when she heard the child's screams on Friday evening and pulled her son from the animal's clutches. 

Rio Declares 'State Of Calamity' Ahead Of Games



Rio de Janeiro's governor has declared a "state of public calamity" and requested urgent financial help less than two months before the city hosts the Olympics.
A decree in the state's Official Gazette warns emergency measures are needed to avoid "a total collapse in public security, health, education, transport and environmental management".

NIGERIA - INCREASE IN THE PRICE OF BREAD IS IMMINENT, BAKERS SAY


Chief Simeon Abanulor, the National Chairman, Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria, said there would be a hike in the price of bread “to enable bakers to remain in business.” 

NIGERIA - SENATE TO STRIP PRESIDENT BUHARI OF THE POWER OF ASSENT OVER CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT


The Senate has revealed plans to strip President Muhammadu Buhari of powers to assent the ongo­ing constitution amendment.
Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu who doubles as the chairman of the Senate committee on constitution review, made the revelation when he spoke at the ongoing retreat by the committee, holding in Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos.

US - Bush returns from political exile to help Republicans raise funds



Former President George W. Bush had every intention of sticking to his self-imposed exile from politics, but found that the phone kept ringing with appeals from Republican U.S. Senate candidates for help, friends say.
As a result, Bush has embarked on a rescue mission to try to preserve the Republicans' narrow Senate majority in a year in which many party figures fear presumptive nominee Donald Trump will drag them down to defeat in the Nov. 8 elections.

DiCaprio To Be Questioned Over Defamation Claim



Actor Leonardo DiCaprio may be questioned over a defamation case regarding The Wolf Of Wall Street, a film in which he starred.
US magistrate Steven Locke has ruled that DiCaprio, 41, can be deposed in court on what he knows about the production of the film.

UK - Thomas Mair Charged With Murder Of MP Jo Cox



Thomas Mair, 52, has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting of Labour MP Jo Cox, West Yorkshire Police said.
Mrs Cox was attacked in the street outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds, at lunchtime on Thursday.

Friday, 17 June 2016

US Election 2016 - Clinton still leads Trump but slips after Florida shooting, Reuters/Ipsos poll shows



Donald Trump chipped away at Hillary Clinton's lead in the presidential race this week, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday, as the candidates clashed over how to respond to the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Football - De Gea breaks 50-year-old clean sheet record



David De Gea broke a 50-year-old record set by Gordon Banks in Spain’s 3-0 victory over Turkey at Euro 2016.

The Manchester United goalkeeper had kept clean sheets in his first four competitive games against Luxembourg, Macedonia, Ukraine and Czech Republic and secured a fifth in Friday’s win.

NIGERIA - POLICE BOSS ARASE ORDERS CLOSURE OF PDP SECRETARIAT PENDING RESOLUTION OF DIFFERENCES



The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, has ordered the shutdown of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat.
Arase also gave the party one week to resolve its crisis.

Ugandan soldier kills four women, three children at barracks, military spokesman says



A soldier shot dead four women and three children in a barracks in Uganda's capital Kampala, a military spokesman said.

Pakistani Woman Throws Acid at Man Who Refused to Marry Her



A woman in Pakistan was arrested for allegedly throwing acid on a man who refused to marry her, police said Friday, marking an unusual case in a country where rates of violence against women are high.

Football (Nigeria) - Photos: Ikorodu United bus involved in a serious accident


Nigeria Professional Football League side, Ikorodu United, were on Friday involved in a ghastly auto crash. 

SHOCKING!!! BOKO HARAM LAUNCHES FM RADIO STATION, SUSPECTED TO BE AROUND NIGERIA-CAMEROON BORDER


According to a report monitored on the Hausa service of the Voice of America, the Islamist sect, Boko Haram has established an FM radio station.

NIGERIA - BOKO HARAM ATTACK LEAVES 24 DEAD IN MADAGALI VILLAGE IN ADAMAWA


Boko Haram insurgents have launched an attack on Kuda -Kaya village in Madagali local government of Adamawa state Thursday night killing 24 people and injuring 10 others. 

NIGERIA - MASSOB INSIST NIGER DELTA AVENGERS HAVE THEIR BACK


The Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra,MASSOB,Friday,stamped its foots on the ground, vowing to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, whose continued onslaught on crude oil pipelines and installations since last February 10, has brought production capacity below 800,000BPD.

Canadian lawmakers vote to make national anthem gender neutral



Canadian lawmakers have voted to alter the country's national anthem to make the lyrics gender neutral, a move that comes as the new Liberal government focuses on being more inclusive toward women.

Dear me!!! American Man Kills Himself in Taiwan Courtroom After Drug Sentence

An American man fatally stabbed himself in the neck in a Taiwan courtroom Thursday during his sentencing for drug possession charges.
Tyrel Martin Marhanka, a 41-year-old longtime resident of Taiwan, is believed to have dismantled a pair of scissors and hidden them in a magazine to bypass the courtroom metal detectors, reports the Taipei Times.

American Artiste Meat Loaf Collapses On Stage During Concert



American rock Artiste Meat Loaf has collapsed on stage during a concert in Canada.
The 68-year-old, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday, was singing his 1993 hit I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) when he fell and was rushed to hospital.

NIGERIA - 19 VANDALS ARRESTED BY TROOPS, PREVENT AGIP OIL ATTACK BETWEEN MAY AND JUNE



The Joint Military Force deployed to protect oil installations in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, on Friday said it foiled an attack on Agip’s oilfield and arrested 19 suspected vandals in several operations in May and June 2016.

NIGERIA - PANEL SET UP BY HOUSE OF REPS TO INVESTIGATE THREE MEMBERS OVER US SEX SCANDAL


The Nigerian House of Representatives has set up a panel to unravel the alleged sex scandal involving three of its members, who were accused of improper conduct, attempted rape and soliciting for prostitutes in Ohio, U.S.A, during an international leadership programme. 

NIGERIA - OH REALLY? MASSOB DISOWNS NIGER DELTA AVENGERS


The Chief Ralph Uwazuruike-led faction of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has distanced itself from the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), saying the movement does not support violence.

Nigeria - Naira in steady rally, gains 15k on new forex regime



Nigeria’s currency, the naira, yesterday continued to gain more value against foreign currencies a day after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) released the details of the flexible policy for the management of the foreign exchange in the country.

US official says Russia struck US-backed rebels in Syria



Russia carried out air strikes on Thursday in southern Syria against rebels battling Islamic State, including forces backed by the United States, a senior U.S. defense official said, adding Washington would raise the matter with Moscow.

Disney To Post Alligator Signs After Boy's Death In Florida



Disney is set to install new signs warning of alligators following the death of a two-year-old boy who was dragged into a lake by one of the reptiles at a Disney resort in Florida, a source has said.
Toddler Lane Graves' body was recovered by divers on Wednesday from the manmade lake where he had been snatched by the alligator as he played at the water's edge the night before.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

NIGERIA - ACTING PRESIDENT OSINBAJO SAYS BUHARI WOULD RETURN TO NIGERIA ON SUNDAY



President Muhammadu Buhari is expected back in Nigeria on Sunday and would resume work on Monday.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this Thursday shortly before the commencement of the National Economic Council (NEC).

US - Gunmen open fire near vigil in Oakland, killing 17-year-old



 Police were searching for suspects Wednesday after gunfire erupted in downtown Oakland near a vigil for two drowning victims, leaving a 17-year-old girl dead and sending mourners and pedestrians running for cover.

Football - Northern Ireland Fan Dies During Euro 2016 Match



A Northern Ireland football fan in his sixties has collapsed and died at the European Championships in Lyon.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said it happened during the game against Ukraine, which Northern Ireland won 2-0.

US Election 2016 - Wall Street Journal says Clinton is considering Warren, not Sanders, for running mate



Hillary Clinton is considering U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren for her running mate for the Democratic presidential ticket, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing several people familiar with the process.
Warren, a leading progressive voice among Democrats, is among those Democratic presidential candidate Clinton is vetting for the vice presidential position, the newspaper reported. Clinton's rival Bernie Sanders is not, it added.

UK - British lawmaker shot dead, EU referendum campaigns suspended



A British member of parliament was shot dead in the street on Thursday, causing deep shock across Britain and the suspension of campaigning for next week's referendum on the country's EU membership.
Jo Cox, 41, a lawmaker for the opposition Labour Party and a vocal advocate for Britain remaining in the European Union, was attacked while preparing to meet constituents in Birstall near Leeds in northern England.

NIGERIA - OVER 160 NIGERIANS SENT BACK FROM LIBYA



Over 160 Nigerians who entered Libya illegally were yesterday brought back to the country.
The returnees comprised 132 males, 27 females, two female children and one male child and they came aboard a Chadames Air aircraft marked 5A WAT and they arrived at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport around 2.50pm.

Russia unveils 'world's biggest' nuclear icebreaker



Russia on Thursday floated out a new nuclear-powered icebreaker, said to be the world's biggest and most powerful, to be used for hauling liquefied natural gas from its Arctic terminal.
Arktika, ordered by Russia's Rosatom state nuclear agency, was built at the Baltic Shipyard in Saint Petersburg, and will be ready to use by the end of next year.

TOGO TO HONOUR LATE COACH STEPHEN KESHI WITH FOOTBALL MATCH THIS WEEKEND


Two generations of the Sparrow Hawks will line up in honour of their former coach who died on June 8 during a memorial game in Lome on Sunday.


Players from the 2006 Togolese national team will face off against the 2016 side in a memorial match in honour of former coach Stephen Keshi who died on June 8 aged 54.

US - FBI tells Trump 'you are wrong' on Muslims: U.S. officials say American Muslims do report extremist threats



Muslim-Americans have repeatedly informed authorities of fellow Muslims they fear might be turning to extremism, law enforcement officials say, contrary to a claim by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this week.

Appalling!!! Politician 'Shoots Dead' Rivals In Campaign Ad in Australia



A politician in Australia has been criticised online after posting a campaign video in which he shoots dead two opponents - just days after a gunman killed 49 people at a Florida nightclub.
Bob Katter uploaded the video, which features two men wearing shirts for Australia's major political parties, the conservative Liberal Party and centre-left Labor Party, putting up an 'Australia for sale' placard,  to his social media channels.

NIGERIA - NIGERIAN TROOPS KILL 6 BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS IN RAID ON 7 VILLAGES


Nigerian troops prosecuting clearance operations against remnants of Boko Haram terrorists, have killed six terrorists, cleared seven villages of Boko Haram camps and rescued some captives in several operations in the north east. 

NIGERIA - PRESIDENT BUHARI'S CERTIFICATE SUIT ADJOURNED INDEFINITELY


Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, indefinitely adjourned a suit challenging the academic credentials of President Muhammadu Buhari. 

OSCAR PISTORIUS SENTENCE SET FOR JULY 6TH

Disgraced South African athlete, Oscar Pistorius, will be sentenced on July 6, Judge Thokozile Masipa announced on Wednesday.
The sentencing proceedings in the South African court had initially been expected to conclude on Friday.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

So devastating! Boy Snatched By Alligator At Disney In Florida Found Dead



Be weary of water bodies - just a piece of advice from the Forefront.

The body of a two-year-old boy snatched by an alligator at a Disney resort in Florida has been recovered.
The child, named as Lane Graves, was paddling in a foot of water on a beach beside the Seven Seas Lagoon at 9pm on Tuesday when the animal dragged him away.

FOOTBALL - TITE REPLACES SACKED DUNGA AS BRAZIL'S COACH


Corinthians boss Tite was named as the new coach of Brazil on Wednesday, succeeding Dunga who was sacked after the team’s humiliating exit from the Copa America, the president of his club revealed. 

SAD!!! BOKO HARAM ABDUCT 4, KILL FOUR IN NORTH EAST NIGERIA ATTACK


Boko Haram killed four people and abducted four women from a village in northeast Nigeria, the military said on Wednesday, dismissing the Islamists as weakened and increasingly desperate.
Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman told AFP the attack happened on Tuesday morning in Kutuva, in the Damboa local government area of Borno state, which has been hardest hit by seven years of fighting.

Football - It just gets uglier at Euro 2016! What madness? Tear Gas Fired At England Fans In Lille



Tensions are high on the streets of Lille, where police have already fired tear gas and are following chanting English fans amid reports of scuffles and a "huge bang".
Police equipped with helmets and body armour have been hitting supporters with batons, while pepper spray has also been used against fans who police say are behaving in a "threatening" manner.

It just keeps coming crazily! Aquatic tragedy again and again!! Boy Drowns Swimming Below High Force Waterfall



A 16-year-old boy has died after getting into difficulty while swimming with his brothers and friends below a waterfall in County Durham.
Curtis Atherton, from Hartlepool, was in the deep pool beneath High Force waterfall on Tuesday evening when he got into trouble.

NIGERIA - CBN MAKES THE NAIRA FLEXIBLE AT LAST


Nigeria’s central bank said it will allow the naira exchange rate to be market-driven, setting the stage for a devaluation of the currency when the new system comes into effect June 20. 

The Central Bank of Nigeria will select a group of around 10 primary dealers through which the naira will be traded, reports Bloomberg. 

NIGERIA - ARMS DEAL: DASUKI'S TRIAL ADJOURNED TO JULY 4TH



An Abuja High Court on Wednesday adjourned hearing in the trial of the ex- National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), to July 4.
The ex-NSA is standing trial for alleged diversion of N13.6 billion during the administration of ex- President Goodluck Jonathan.