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Akinwunmi Adesina re-elected as AFDB president

Saturday, 25 June 2016

US Election 2016 - Protesters storm Trump golf course in Scotland, AFP reports



Protesters bearing Mexican flags invaded a Scottish golf course owned by Donald Trump on Saturday as the presidential hopeful visited the estate, which is hugely controversial locally.
Holding home-made signs reading “Love Trumps hate” and “Stop the hating”, the protesters rushed onto a hill overlooking the Trump International Golf Links clubhouse in northeastern Scotland.

Global Entertainment - Brexit Won't Hurt Game Of Thrones Production



Game Of Thrones fans have been reassured by its creators that Britain's decision to leave the European Union will not affect filming, after speculation the show would lose EU funding.
Economists and government leaders have warned the Brexit decision will affect growth prospects for the world's fifth largest economy and make it less attractive to investors.

EU referendum petition signed by more than two million people



More than two million people have signed a petition calling for a second EU referendum, after the vote to leave.
It has more signatures than any other on the parliamentary website and as it has passed 100,000, Parliament will consider it for a debate.

NIGERIA - DRAMA AS OUSTED MODU SHERIFF DISSOLVES EDO PDP EXCO, SETS UP CARETAKER COMMITTEE


Former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu on Saturday announced the suspension of the members of the state executive of the party in Edo state and replaced them with a caretaker committee. 

NIGERIA - RESIDENT DOCTORS SUSPEND INDEFINITE NATIONWIDE STRIKE


The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended its nationwide indefinite strike which commenced on June 20. President of the association, Dr Mohammad Askira, made the disclosure on Saturday in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the association’s National Executive Council meeting held on Friday.

NIGERIA - NIGER DELTA GROUP MEND LEADER, CHARLES OKAH ESCAPES FROM KUJE PRISON

File photo Credit (The Forefront): Charles Okah

The Forefront has learnt from Sahara Reporters that the brother of Henry Okah, jailed leader of the Movement For The Emancipation of Niger Delta Charles Okah has escaped from Kuje Prison in Abuja.

US Election 2016 - Ipsos/Reuters poll shows Clinton has regained double-digit lead over Trump



Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton regained a double-digit lead over Republican rival Donald Trump this week, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday.
The June 20-24 poll showed that 46.6 percent of likely American voters supported Clinton while 33.3 percent supported Trump. Another 20.1 percent said they would support neither candidate.

Somali Islamist militants attack hotel in Mogadishu, police confirm



Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group launched a suicide bomb attack on a hotel in the center of Mogadishu on Saturday before militant fighters stormed the building, a police officer said.

US - Two dead in shooting at Texas dance studio, the police say



Two people were killed on Saturday in a shooting at a dance studio in Fort Worth, Texas, and several others were taken to local hospitals with injuries, police said.

FOOTBALL - SETIF EXPELLED FROM CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. READ WHY...


Algerian club Entente Setif were disqualified from the CAF Champions League Friday after crowd trouble during their opening group game, the African Football Confederation said. 

NIGERIA - TOP COMMANDERS IN EMERGENCY MEETING OVER COUP RUMOUR



The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Friday summoned top commanders of the service to the Army headquarters for an emergency security meeting especially on the recent allegation that some top officers approached a militant group to solicit support to topple President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration.

US - Two killed, 100 homes destroyed by fast-moving California wildfire



A massive California wildfire that has already killed two people and destroyed 100 structures was burning out of control on Friday evening as officials said it was possible more victims could be found in the rubble.

Friday, 24 June 2016

NIGERIA - GROUP ASKS FAYOSE TO RESIGN OVER ARMS DEAL SCANDAL




In what appears to be a daily ritual in Ekiti State, another protest rocked Ado-Ekiti, the state capital Friday as many interest groups storm the streets to condemn the alleged looting of the state treasury by Governor Ayo Fayose. 

Oh gosh!!! Parasitic Bacteria Discovered In Human Spit



A parasitic bacterium which hunts down and infects other bacteria has been discovered for the first time in human spit.
The Bdellovibrio bacterium has been linked to gum disease, cystic fibrosis and antimicrobial resistance, but has evaded detection until now because it is difficult to grow and study inside the laboratory.

NIGERIA - SOME APC GOVERNORSHIP ASPIRANTS THROW SUPPORT FOR OBASEKI AS CANDIDATE AFTER EMERGENCY MEETING



The aggrieved Edo State governorship aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have all thrown their weight behind the successful candidate at the primary election, Godwin Obaseki.

US Election 2016 - Sanders says he will vote for Clinton


Bernie Sanders said Friday he will vote for Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election in November, bowing to his former rival for the White House but stopping short of a full endorsement.
Asked on MSNBC whether he would cast his ballot for Clinton, the Vermont senator who waged a surprisingly tough campaign during the primaries said, “Yes.”

Scotland 'highly likely' to hold second independence vote after EU vote



Scotland is highly likely to hold a second independence referendum, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday, adding she would do what was necessary to secure the country's place in the European Union after Britain voted to leave the bloc.

Prime Minister Cameron Resigns After UK Votes For Brexit



David Cameron has resigned as Prime Minister after the UK public voted to leave the European Union in the referendum.
A tearful Mr Cameron - with his wife by his side - said he had already spoken to the Queen about his decision.

Britain votes to leave EU in historic divorce



Britain has voted to leave the European Union, the BBC said based on voter tallies from Thursday's referendum, an outcome that would set the country on an uncertain path and deal the largest setback to European efforts to forge greater unity since World War Two.

NIGERIA - HMM!!! NEW NIGER DELTA MILITANTS EMERGE, DEMAND SOVEREIGNTY, THREATEN TO ATTACK BRIDGES AND OIL FACILITIES


President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent efforts to bring succour to the crisis ravaged oil rich Niger Delta region may witness yet another hindrance as a new militant group, Asawana Deadly Force of Niger Delta, ADFND, emerged, yesterday, in the region, threatening to cripple the oil industry across the nine Niger Delta states unless the Federal Government grants them, “Niger Delta Republic in the next couple of days.” 

Thursday, 23 June 2016

NIGERIA (POLITICS) - EDO APC GUBER PRIMARIES CRISIS: BUHARI INTERVENES



There were indications Thursday that President Muhammadu Buhari may have directed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir David Lawal to interface with stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress in Edo state with a view to resolving the crisis in the party.

VW to pay over $10 billion for US emissions scandal



Volkswagen AG will pay nearly $10.3 billion to settle claims by U.S. regulators stemming from its diesel emissions cheating scandal, a source briefed on the agreement said on Thursday.

US - Florida nightclub shooter buried in Muslim cemetery



The gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history has been buried at a Muslim cemetery in southern Florida, media reported on Thursday.

NIGERIA (Photo): APC AND LABOUR PARTY SENATORS PASS VOTE OF CONFIDENCE ON PRESIDENT BUHARI


It is understood that at a press briefing at the National Assembly yesterday, PDP senators announced that they will cease to cooperate with the APC led Federal government after the continuous victimization of its members by the EFCC. 

PHOTOS FROM EASTERN CHINA'S TORNADO THAT KILLED 51



A powerful tornado and hail storms in eastern China have killed 51 people, according to the country's state media.

NIGERIA - ARMY DENIES ALLEGED PLANS TO TOPPLE PRESIDENT BUHARI



The Nigeria Army Thursday said none of its men or officers was planning to topple the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“This is baseless and most unfortunate allegation that existed in the warped minds of the originators of such weighty allegation,” said the acting director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman. 

NIGERIA - SEE PHOTOS AS TROOPS INTERCEPT ESCAPING BOKO HARAM FAMILY MEMBERS


As part of the mop-up operation in the North-East, troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion, has intercepted escaping Boko Haram suspects at Liwanti village along Damboa-Bulabulin road, Borno State.

Oh boy!!! Hehehe... Adulterous men could face Cameroon jail term



Men who commit adultery could be sent to jail under a new law being debated by parliament in Cameroon.
The law has the backing of President's Paul Biya's party and so might be approved.

Armed Man Shot Dead In Cinema Hostage-Taking In SouthWest Germany



An armed man has been killed after taking people hostage at a cinema complex in southwest Germany.
Initial reports suggested up to 50 people had  been hurt but police say there were no injuries.

Breaking News!!! Powerful Tornado Kills 51 In Eastern China


A tornado in Eastern China has killed 51 people, according to the country's state media.
The tornado formed near the city of Yancheng and destroyed large numbers of buildings, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.

NIGERIA - PROFESSOR OF LAW SAYS EFCC LEGALLY FREEZED FAYOSE'S ACCOUNT


The Dean of Faculty of law, Enugu state University of Science and Technology (ESUT) Prof Frank Asogwa, has said that Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has the constitutional right to freeze personal bank account of any sitting governor if he/she contravenes the constitutional provisions of law of the country. 

Spy Satellite Spotted By Amateur Space Watchers



A secret spy satellite has been pinpointed by amateur space watchers - but no one knows exactly what it's up to.
The world's largest rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral last week, carrying the secret satellite.

NIGERIA - SEE HOW THE THREE TIERS OF GOVERNMENT SURVIVED MAY ALLOCATION



The three tiers of government heaved a sigh of relief as they shared N305.128 billion at the end of the May Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting in Abuja as against N281.5 billion shared in previous month.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Norway could send troops into Syria



Norway might send troops into Syria, including special forces, the government said on Wednesday, after parliament authorized it to do so.
Oslo plans to send some 60 troops to Jordan this summer to train and support Syrian fighters battling Islamic State (IS).

NIGERIA - COMMONWEALTH DOCTORS CONDEMN SACK OF RESIDENT DOCTORS BY THE FG


The Vice-President of the Commonwealth Medical Association, Dr. Osahon Enabulele has condemned the sacking of 16,000 resident doctors by the Federal Government, describing the decision as ‘ill-advised labour dispute management approach’. 

In a press statement issued in Lagos, Enabulele posited that the decision would worsen the on-going crisis between the Federal Government and the National Association of Resident Doctors and could worsen the challenges of manpower in the sector. 

NIGERIA - BUHARI SAYS HE IS ALLERGIC TO CORRUPTION IN STERN SPEECH TO STATE HOUSE STAFF, TALKS ABOUT CHALLENGES BEDEVILING THE NATION



President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday vowed to leave no stone unturned to rid Nigeria of fraud and corruption.
He made the remark while addressing State House staff that gathered at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa to formally welcome him back from his medical vacation.

Hollywood Actress Uma Thurman Injured In Horse Riding Accident



Hollywood actress Uma Thurman is recovering after breaking multiple bones in a fall while horse riding this week, according to reports.
The Pulp Fiction star, 46, was training when she was thrown from her horse.

Germany - Jailed German nurse suspected of dozens more murders

A German former nurse serving a life sentence for two murders is suspected of killing dozens more patients by injecting them with heart medication, investigators say.
A court order to exhume 99 former patients of the man - named only as Niels H - found traces of heart medication in 27 bodies, they say.

NIGERIA - NAIRA MAKES SIGNIFICANT GAINS SINCE FLEXIBLE POLICY AS CBN ENSURES SUPPLY OF DOLLAR


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The naira strengthened against the dollar, heading for its first gain since starting to trade without a peg three days ago, as the central bank sought to stabilize the market through the sale of dollars.
The naira rose by 1.1 percent to 281.5 per dollar by 1:53 p.m. in Lagos, the commercial capital of Africa’s largest economy, after earlier dropping as much as 0.5 percent.

Nigeria cuts off natural gas supply to Ghana. Read the reason...



Nigeria has suspended the flow of natural gas to Ghana over unpaid bills, local media reported on Wednesday, saying an amount of some USD 180 million was outstanding.

NIGERIA - POLICE ARREST 19 APPLICANTS FOR SUBMITTING FAKE RESULTS



The Police in Adamawa said 19 persons seeking enlistment into the force in the ongoing nationwide recruitment had been arrested for being in possession of fake results.

Read safety tips for you when lightning strikes


With the spate of lightnings and thunderstorms round the globe, here are safety tips for you as sourced from Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA):

Lightning in Indian states 'kills 79'



At least 79 people have been killed by lightning strikes in the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh, officials say.

NIGERIA - PDP SENATORS WITHDRAW SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENT BUHARI



Senators elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, formally resolved to withhold their support for the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.
They cited the actions of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government to- wards their party members since taking over the central government as reasons.

US officials say gains against Islamic State not yet enough, could backfire




President Barack Obama and some administration officials have hailed recent military gains against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, but other U.S. officials and outside experts warn that the U.S.-backed air and ground campaign is far from eradicating the radical Islamic group, and could even backfire.

NIGERIA - EFCC TRACES #4.7BN ARMS CASH TO FAYOSE AND OBANIKORO


EFCC detectives have traced about N4.745billion of the diverted $2. 1billion arms cash to a former Minister of State (Defence),  Musiliu Obanikoro and Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The cash was sourced from the SAS Imprest Account of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) under ex-NSA Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) prior to the conduct of the June 21, 2014 Ekiti State governorship election, according to an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) investigation.

NIGERIA (POLITICS) - MODU SHERIFF DECLARES EDO PDP GUBER PRIMARIES ILLEGAL



The embattled National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ali modu Sheriff has declared the party’s governorship primaries in Edo state illegal.

The primaries, which were held by the Ahmed Makarfi led caretaker committee on Monday has been voided by Sheriff, saying the exercise was a contraption by an illegal care-taker committee.