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Buhari: President sets up committee to settle dispute with Senate

President Buhari has set up a committee to resolve the differences misunderstanding between the Senate and executive.

This was revealed to newsmen by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, after the Federal Executive Council meeting.
Senators, on Tuesday, March 28. 2017, postponed the screening and confirmation of the 27 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) nominated by President Buhari for two weeks.
According to reports, the lawmakers took the decision to protest Ibrahim Magu’s continued stay as acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Mohammed said “The executive is also quite worried and quite concerned that the relationship between the two arms of government is not as smooth as it is supposed to be.
“In any democracy, it is a continuous struggle for balancing between the executive and the legislature because each of them is creatures of the law.
“We must strive at all times to ensure that there is that balance, ami…

IN PORT HARCOURT: Police arrest 3 suspects who allegedly murdered Jumia delivery man in Port Harcourt (Photos)

The Rivers state police command today arrested three persons in connection with the murder of a Jumia delivery man who had gone to deliver an iphone and a motorbike to a prospective buyer at a compound in the Ada-George area of Rivers state on Saturday March 25th.

On Saturday, when the victim went to make the delivery at the address at Ada George Road, Port Harcourt, the suspects which included two males and a female, who never intended to pay, bound the man and threw him into a septic tank with the hopes that he would never be found.

According to OAP, Blessing Olomu, who shared the story online, the victim's body was recovered by a team of police officers today after neighbors reported suspicious activities within the compound.

Magu: Presidency reacts to Senate’s call for EFCC boss' sack

The presidency has reacted to the Nigerian Senate’s call for the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) boss, Ibrahim Magu’s sack.

Senators had earlier suspended the screening and confirmation of the 27 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) over the issue.
The lawmakers also complained that President Buhari’s cabinet members have shown to respect for the Senate.
Speaking on the issue, the Senate liaison officer to Buhari, Ita Enang said the Senate is an independent arm of govt and its decision will be respected.
According to Premium Times, Enang also said “We will not question the power of the senators to take decision on how they want to conduct nomination hearings."
“We will not go fighting with them.  We will listen to their grievances and reason along with them,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Senate, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, resolved not to bow to any form intimidation in the discharge of its constitutional duties.


John Dumelo: Actor embroiled in corruption scandal

John Dumelo is reportedly being dragged into a corruption scandal involving two missing vehicles.

Daily Guide reports that Government agents reportedly caught the Award winning Ghanaian actor with a Toyota Land Cruiser V8 at a spraying shop in Accra where it was going to be resprayed.
According to the reports, the second vehicle is yet to be revealed.
The reports revealed that the two vehicles are among a total of 200 vehicles the presidency declared missing following the departure of the previous administration led by John Mahama.
Daily Guide also reports that Dumelo was spotted cruising around in a Toyota Land Cruiser car last year.

Arik Airline resumes flight operations following shutdown by aviation unions

Arik Airline says it has resolved the lingering crisis with labour unions in a meeting mediated by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), NAN reports.
A statement released on Friday, March 24, by the Media Consultant to the airline,Simon Tumbasaid the NCAA brokered the peace meeting held on Thursday evening.
Tumba listed unions at the meeting to include the National Union of Air Transport Employees, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and National Association of Aircraft Pilot and Engineers.
The unions on Thursday, March 23, shut down the airline over refusal to reinstate sacked workers.
According to Tumba, the airline has resumed normal operations with effect from Friday morning on all routes.
He quoted Roy Ilegbodu, the Chief Executive Officer of the airline, as saying: "the management apologise to its customers for the disruption of services on Thursday following the picketing of its operations by the unions."
He added: "We reassure our …

In Tokyo: Gender-bending fashion trends on runway

If gender bending fashion is suddenly all the rage in the West, think Pharrell Williams promoting Chanel's new unisex handbag, then nowhere has the look excelled more than in Tokyo.

Japan, for decades a pioneer of the androgynous look in the style of Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto and Kenzo, is spawning young designers blurring the lines expertly between masculine and feminine.
Genderless-looking boys are gaining traction in fashion circles and on the streets of Tokyo -- gay but mostly straight men who dye their hair and wear make-up - not in an effort to pass themselves off as women but to create a new standard of beauty.
"Our big theme has always been 'unisex'," says Takeshi Kitazawa, one half of the design duo behind trendy label DRESSEDUNDRESSED, sold by dozens of stockists in Japan and abroad.
"'Genderless' is now really common," he explains after his show at Tokyo Fashion Week, a parade of eight male and four female models each wearing…

Dino Melaye 'Sahara Reporters publisher will go to jail, I promise' - Senator boils

Following the N5 billion lawsuit slammed on Sahara Reporters, Dino Melaye also petitioned the Inspector General of Police to investigate its publisher.

Senator Dino Melaye has vowed to ensure Omoleye Sowore, the publisher of an online news medium, Sahara Reporters, goes to jail.
Melaye stated this via his Twitter handle (@dino_melaye) while sharing a copy of a petition he wrote to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, calling for an investigation Sowore and his publication for alleged crime of cyber-stalling.
The Senator went to war with Sahara Reporters after it reported that Melaye did not complete his first degree in Geography at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
The publication subsequently published more materials, including photos and comments from the lawmaker's supposed classmate to further prove its claims.
"Sowore Will go to jail I promise," Melaye wrote on the microblogging site.
In the petition, Melaye named Omoyele Sowore, Temitope Olumuyide, Inc…

Buhari: President to visit Sambisa Forest

President Muhammadu Buhari will visit Sambisa Forest on Monday, March 27, to declare open the Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship (NASAC) 2017.

Prior to the takeover of Smbisa by the Army in December 2016, the forest served as training ground for the Boko Haram terrorist sect.
The military declared Sambisa Forest as a proposed site for military institution, building roads into it and kick-starting with the hosting of the annual NASAC competition.

BREAKING NEWS: Air force woman killed by jealous lover is buried in Lagos [PHOTOS]

The Nigerian Air Force Aircraft Woman who was shot and killed by her colleague and lover in a fit of rage and jealousy has been buried in Lagos.

The reports of Solape Oladipupo's death at the air force Base in Makurdi on Sunday, March 12, at the hands of her jealous lover, aircraft man, B. A Kalu, came as a shock to her friends and colleagues.

Shomzy Shomzy, as she was called by those close to her, was buried at the air force cemetery, Ojo today, March 23, with her family members, relatives and friends struggling to come to terms with her tragic death.

Buhari appoints CEO, executive directors for BoA

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of an interim Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer as well as Executive Directors for the Bank of Agriculture. This was disclosed in a statement issued on Thursday, March 23, by Lere-Adams Blessing, the deputy director of Information in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), The Punch reports. The statement outlined the appointees to include Kabiru Mohammed, Interim MD/CEO; Prince Akenzua, Executive Director, Corporate Finance, South-South; Dr. Okenwa Gabriel, Partnerships and Strategy, South-East; Ameh Owoicho, Executive Director, Credit and Empowerment, North Central; and Bode Abikoye, Executive Director, Credit and Empowerment, South West. According to Blessings, the appointments would support the administration in achieving its vision in the agricultural sector, particularly in promoting easy access to funds that are needed to boost farming across the country.

Just In: Ex-Governor Obi wants Nnamdi Kanu released immediately

For more than one year, Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, has been in detention for alleged treason.

Peter Obi, the immediate past governor of Anambra state, has stated reasons why the IPOB leader should be freed immediately.
Immediate past governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, has joined other top Igbo leaders currently demanding the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Nnadmi Kanu has spent over a year in detention on charges of treason. Some courts have ruled that he be granted bail but this has not been allegedly respected by the federal government.

While speaking with journalists in Enugu on Thursday, March 23, 2017, Obi noted that the use of force cannot win the current tension between the Igbos and the federal government.

BREAKING NEWS: Emir Abubakar Waziri dies at 79

Emir Abubakar Waziri, a first-class traditional ruler and emir of Deba in Gombe state, is dead.

Premium Times reports that the 79-year-old old emir who is a retired army colonel died at the Nizamiye hospital in Abuja on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

The report said he died after battling an undisclosed ailment. He was the 36th Emir of Deba and ruled the town for 33 years.

The development was confirmed by the chairman of the Yamaltu/Deba local government area of Gombe, Haruna Samanja, who disclosed that the late emir was in 1984 to succeed his late grandfather.

BREAKING NEWS: British Parliament Attack Security tightened at UK sites in New York

New York police strengthened security across British sites in New Yolk  on Wednesday after an assailant stabbed a policeman outside Britain’s parliament in Westminster and was later shot by police, Police Department  said.

“Heavily armed officers and explosives-detecting dogs were deployed to the locations, including the British Consulate and the British Mission to the UN in Manhattan.
“You will see a larger presence of the dogs at these locations, as well as (officers) armed with the long guns”, James Waters, " the Police Department’s Counterterrorism Chief, said.
Four people died and at least 20 were injured in what British police called a “terrorist incident” that also unfolded on nearby Westminster Bridge where witnesses said a car crashed into pedestrians.

In The News: Buhari, President mourns Gen. Abisoye, condoles with govt, people of Kogi

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of retired Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Abisoye, who passed away at the age of 81.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina, on Wednesday in Abuja, President Buhari also commiserated with the government and people of Kogi State on the death of their illustrious son.
The President, who joined them in mourning the loss of a former colleague in the Nigerian Army, said the deceased was greatly admired and respected by his colleagues for his discipline and dedication to duty.
Buhari recalled with nostalgia the towering role and sterling leadership qualities of the late general in promoting professionalism in the military as well as securing Nigeria’s borders and territorial integrity during the Civil War.

Crime: Xenophobia 5 Nigerians attacked in South Africa again

The Nigeria Union in South Africa, on Tuesday said five Nigerians had been attacked in Polokwane, Limpopo Province of that country in renewed xenophobic attacks.

Mr Collin Mgbo, Secretary of the Union in the Province, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on telephone from Polokwane that three of the five Nigerians attacked were in critical condition in the hospital.
“I received a call that a Nigerian was attacked at Ivy Park in Polokwane on March 15. I got to the scene and saw that the Nigerian was almost dead, his house was looted and burnt”, he said.
Mgbo said another Nigerian was also attacked in the same neighbourhood same day and that while he got to the scene, the mob left the wounded man and descended on him.

News: Fayose ‘Some people are begging me to join APC,’ Governor says

Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose has said that some people have been urging him to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Fayose however said that he would not join the APC because some members had betrayed party leader, Bola Tinubu.
According to a statement released by his spokesman, Idowu Adelusi, the governor made the comments during a gathering in Ado Ekiti.
“Some people have been making overtures to me to join the APC, but I cannot join them. With what have they repaid somebody like Asiwaju Tinubu? He worked and helped the party to secure victory but has been dumped. 

Bizzare: Muslim cleric allegedly buys 3-yr-old boy for N500

A mother of four children , Mrs Chinasa Okereke,  has revealed how a 15-year-old boy collected N500 from an Alfa to abduct her three-year-old son for  ritual  at Ijegun, Lagos State.

Chinasa, who spoke with newsmen on Sunday, alleged  that the teenager, who is also a neighbour stole her son, Chiagozie.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports the teenager identified as Simon had earlier confessed to the police that an unidentified Alfa, now in police custody,  asked him to supply  a three-year-old child.
Simon said  after he brought Chiagozie to the Alfa, he was given N500 for his efforts.

Dino Melaye: Buhari’s aide mocks Senator over fake certificate allegation

The Special Assistant on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Lauretta Onochie recently posted a tweet mocking Senator Dino Melaye.
Onochie said“So the claim that Sen. Dino Melaye graduated from Ahmadu Bello University {ABU}, is not true? No wonder!”
Sahara Reporters earlier reported that lecturers at Department of Geography in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) said that Melaye did not graduate from the school.

Fayose: Governor condemns police over attack on nursing mother

The Ekiti state Governor, Ayo Fayose has condemned the action of the policemen who beat a nursing mother.
The woman, Toyin Adeyeye was beaten up on Friday, March 17, 2017, by policemen on patrol because she refused to bribe them.
According to Punch, Fayose said he will look into the matter, adding that it is irresponsible to beat a woman.
He also warned policemen in the state to stop collecting vehicle particulars from people and demanding for bribe, adding that it will not be allowed in Ekiti.

In Lagos: Fire guts NAFDAC warehouse in Oshodi

A fire incident on Saturday, March 18,  has destroyed a warehouse in the office premises of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), in Oshodi, Lagos State.

The fire started from the power house around 3.15pm, the General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Adesina Tiamiyu, said in a statement.

"The inferno started from the power house, escalating to the nearby warehouse where chemicals were stored," Tiamiyu said.

In France: Paris airport attacker - what we know

A man who had been investigated for links to radical Islam was shot dead at Paris' Orly airport on Saturday after attacking a soldier on patrol and grabbing her rifle.

Prosecutors say the same man shot at police earlier in the day, leaving an officer with minor wounds after being pulled over while driving in a suburb north of the French capital.
The attacker
Officials have named him as Ziyed Ben Belgacem, a 39-year-old Frenchman who was known to police and intelligence agencies.
Born in Paris, he had a string of criminal convictions for armed robbery, drug dealing, violence and receiving stolen goods.

He was jailed for five years in 2001 for armed robbery, and again in 2009 for drug dealing.

PDP Crisis: 23 state chapter chairmen declare support for Sheriff

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has reportedly secured the backing of 23 state chapter chairmen of the party.

The development may have further solidified Sheriff's Chairmanship amid the leadership tussle that has completely robbed the party of the goodwill it once enjoyed in Nigeria's political setting.
The state chairmen also backed recommendations made by the Governor Seriake Dickson's Peace and Reconciliation Committee for a unity national convention to hold not later than August this year.
This was disclosed in a communique released to newsmen on Saturday, March 18.
The state chairmen are worried that if the ongoing leadership crisis in the party is not resolved as soon possible, it would affect the fortune of the party, especially as the Independent National Electoral Commission has released the 2019 election timetable.

Europa League: Man United draw Anderlecht in last eight

Manchester United will face Belgian club Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-finals after Friday's draw in Nyon, which saw France's Lyon land Turkish champions Besiktas.

Jose Mourinho's side are the only English club left in the competition after labouring to a 2-1 aggregate win over Russian side FC Rostov in the last 16.
United are favourites to win the competition for the first time in SolnaSweden on May 24 which could earn them a passage into next season's Champions League.
It will be the fourth meeting between the sides, with United winning the three previous ones.
Their record European victory was against Anderlecht, a 10-0 rout at Old Trafford in the European Cup preliminary round in 1956.

Rick Ross: Rapper told Meek Mill not to trust Nicki Minaj

Maybach Music Group boss, Rick Ross is taking sides with Meek Mill in his feud with Nicki Minaj.

The rapper has addressed the split between his Maybach Music artiste Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj.
The singer who just dropped his new album "Rather You Than Me", on his first song titled 'Apple of my Eye' raps "I told Meek I wouldn’t trust Nicki / Instead of beefing with your dog you just give him some distance."

The first part of the song addresses their breakup while the second part sees Ross talk about the popular beef between Meek Mill and Drake, fueling rumours that it was caused by Nicki Minaj.

Fayose: ‘Obasanjo is grandfather of corruption in Nigeria,’ Governor says

Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayosehas described former president, Olusegun Obasanjo as the grandfather of corruption in Nigeria.

Fayose also said that the ex-president’s attempts to be seen as an anti-corruption fighter a hypocritical.
The governor made the comments after Obasanjo said that African leaders should ensure that treasury looters are exposed.
“It is on record that the out-of-court settlement on the controversial Malabu Oil Block was initiated in 2006 during Obasanjo’s administration,” Fayose said via a statement released by his media aide, Lere Olayinka on Thursday, March 16.

Sullivan Chime: Former Enugu Governor confirms dumping PDP

A former Governor of Enugu State, Mr Sullivan Chime, has confirmed that he has left the PDP.

Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Enugu, Chime said that his decision to quit the PDP was because the party was “no longer in existence in the true sense of it’’.
Chime said that he had yet to join another political party, contrary to speculations that he had defected to the APC.
He said that he was still making consultations to determine the political party to join, pointing out that his decision to dump PDP had nothing to do with his corruption case with the EFCC.
“The PDP, we used to be members of is dead. The party I joined in 1999 and had the opportunity of leading in the state for eight years is no longer in existence.

Dino Melaye: Senator bribed colleagues to reject Magu?

Senator Dino Melaye has been accused of bribing his colleagues in the Red Chambers to reject the confirmation of the appointment of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

According to Sahara Reporters, Melaye and Senator Phillip Aduda, the Senate minority leader, took it upon themselves to dole out money so the acting EFCC boss' appointment will not be confirmed.
The Senate, on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, unanimously rejected the confirmation of the appointment of the acting EFCC chairman.
The action of the lawmakers however drew criticisms from different quarters, with many saying the government is playing games with Magu.
Reacting to Magu's rejection by the Senate, the co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign, Oby Ezekwesili also said that Buhari’s administration has made a mockery of its fight against corruption.
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