Sunday, 28 May 2017

1530 African Migrants Have Died In Mediterranean Sea - UN Migration Agency

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) said Friday that 1,530 African migrants and refugees have so far died while crossing the Mediterranean sea in 2017.
Speaking at the daily news briefing, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, made the disclosure while giving the IOM report.

According to Dujarric, 60,521 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea this year, with over 80 percent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

‘This number does not include some 6,000 people who have been rescued over the past 72 hours,” said Dujarric. 
‘In terms of fatalities, there have been 1,530 migrants and refugees who have died this year on this route, a figure that roughly matches those for 2016 for the same period, he added. 
'However, the IOM warned that the deadliest season is starting right now, said the spokesman.
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Photos: Student Arrested With Gun In Benue State Confesses To Being A Cultist

Men of the Benue State Police Command on stop and search duty along Aliade-Otukpo road intercepted one Victor Ogbu 25yrs, on May 19, who was in possession of a locally fabricated Beretta pistol with four live ammunition.
The suspect who confessed to be a cultist and a student of University of Agriculture Makurdi, alleged that he purchased the firearm in Makurdi. Investigation is ongoing.
In another development, the Command arrested a kidnapper and rescued his victim. Acting on information, policemen trailed and arrested one Isaac Atsor, 33, on May 24, at a hideout in Ushongo LGA where they kept their victim, one Mr. Ape the proprietor of Excel Grace School Gboko. 

He was arrested with the supposed ransom of ₦500,000, a locally fabricated Beretta pistol and one live ammunition. The suspect confessed to have committed the crime with four others who escaped when the hideout was raided.

The victim has since being reunited with his family,while investigation and manhunt of the fleeing members of the gang is ongoing.

Preliminary investigation, however, revealed that the suspect just finished serving a jail term on 22/03/2017 and was released from prison custody.

The Command had also on May 14 at about 10pm, arrested the following suspects with fabricated dummy guns while committing their nefarious activities at Ikyowe village in Katsina ala.

a. Zahemen Avaa- 24yrs
b. Ebenezer Ikyereve - 20yrs
c. Teryima Orkeghen - 21yrs and
d. Lubem Torhile - 22yrs

This notorious armed robbery gang who have been terrorising innocent motorists along Katsina ala- Zaki biam road and dispossessing them of their valuables, met thier waterloo when operatives responded to a distress that some robbers had blocked the road.
They will all be charged to court as soon as Investigation is concluded.
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Viral Photo Of World Leaders' Signatures Including Donald Trump

This is a photo from the just concluded G7 summit in Italy.
It's from a document shared by the G& official twitter handle showing the signature of world leaders like Donald Trump, Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron and others as they sign a document on the Statement on the fight against Terrorism and Violent Extremism.
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'I Beat Both Of Them': Hillary Clinton Defiantly Claims She Defeated Donald Trump And Bernie Sanders During The Election

Hillary Clinton has claimed she defeated Donald Trump in last year's presidential election.

Clinton, who received almost three million more votes than her reality television host opponent, was denied the presidency because she lost the electoral college count 304 to 227.

But the 69-year-old made the claim in a New York Magazine piece in which she discussed everything from sexism and voter suppression to James Comey costing her the White House, the country 'stalling' under Trump, and Russia's 'attack' on American democracy.

Clinton started by dismissing the notion the election was won because of anger, which both Trump and Bernie Sanders, her opponent in the Democratic primary, tapped into.

'I beat both of them,' Clinton said, after saying anger is not 'a good strategy for most people'.

'You can't be angry for yourself. You just can't. You can be indignant, you can be annoyed, you can be frustrated, but you can't be angry… I don't think anger's a strategy,' she told the magazine.

The former Secretary of State then turned her attention to Comey's ousting from the FBI by Trump.

'I am less surprised than I am worried,' she said.

'Not that he shouldn't have been disciplined. And certainly the Trump campaign relished everything that was done to me in July and then particularly in October.

'Having said that, I think what's going on now is an effort to derail and bury the Russia inquiry, and I think that's terrible for our country.'

Clinton then said the response from elected officials in Washington to Russia's efforts to impact the election and sway it in Trump's favor will be remembered for a long time.

'(History) will judge whoever's in Congress now as to how they respond to what was an attack on our country,' she told New York Magazine.

'It wasn't the kind of horrible, physical attack we saw on 9/11 or Pearl Harbor, but it was an attack by an aggressive adversary who had been probing for many years to figure out how to undermine our democracy, influence our politics, even our elections.

'Left unchecked… this will not just bite Democrats, or me; this will undermine our electoral system.'

The 69-year-old also described to the magazine how she knew on November 8 the race with Trump was close, but she thought she would 'gut it out' and win.

'I was as surprised as anybody when I started getting returns, she said.

'Because that’s not what anybody - with a couple of outliers - saw in the data. And the feel was good!

'We had good crowds, we had lots of energy and enthusiasm, and I thought we were going to pull it off.

'And so did the other side, by the way. They did not believe they were going to win.'

When the issue of sexism was brought up by the magazine, Clinton explained how she hoped 'the rawness of being a woman competing for the presidency would have dissipated' would have gone away since she was defeated by President Obama eight years earlier.

But she found that while it had 'somewhat diminished', there was 'a lot of implicit bias was just raging below the surface'.

'There were still very deep, raw feelings about gender that had not been resolved,' she said.

'There is a stark difference between men and women when it comes to success and likability.

'So the more successful a man is, the more likable he is. The more successful a woman is, the less likable she is. And it’s across every sector of society.'

Clinton was then asked about those in the wake of her defeat who were attempting to pin the blame for the loss entirely on her.

There’s always, what’s that word… Schadenfreude - "cut her down to size", "too big for her own britches" - I get all that,' she said.

'I take responsibility, I admit that I'm not a perfect candidate - and don’t know anybody who was - but at the end of the day we did a lot of things right and we weathered enormous headwinds and we were on our way to winning.

'So that is never going to satisfy my detractors. And you know, that’s their problem.'

Source: Daily Mail UK 
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Former President Obama Meets With Prince Harry To Offer Condolences To Manchester Bomb Attack Victims

Prince Harry hosted former U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday at Kensington Palace, where they discussed the deadly terror attack in Manchester.
The former President offered his condolences to the victims and support for those recovering from injuries, Kensington Palace.

He tweeted:

"Good to see my friend Prince Harry in London to discuss the work of our foundations & offer condolences to victims of the Manchester attack".
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Miranda Kerr Marries Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel In Intimate Ceremony

Miranda Kerr, 34 and Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, 26 are officially married! The couple tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in front of family members and friends at their home in Brentwood, California on Saturday evening.
According to E! News, an inside source told them the wedding had less than 50 guests who were all chauffeured to the venue .

"It was a small intimate wedding" Both the bride and groom had tears in their eyes, according to the insider. "The vows were beautiful".
Mostly high-profile attendees and some models, attended the highly classy wedding.

The couple first met at a Louis Vuitton dinner in 2014 but didn't start dating till 2015. Then in July of last year, the Australian model announced that she was engaged to the tech mogul after one year of dating.

Miranda Kerr was married to actor, Orlando Bloom for 3 years and they have a son together, 6 year old, Flynn Christopher Bloom.
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Moment SARS Officials Shot At Citizens Who Provoked Them In Delta State (Photos/Video)

This is the moment SARS officials in uniform shot at unarmed citizens in Delta state. Goaded by the young men, the officers opened fire and several shots were heard.
One of the men was shot in the leg but no death was recorded - thankfully. In the video, the young men could be seen acting aggressive and taunting the SARS official. It is not clear what led to the altercation but one of the men can be heard screaming at the officers.

"You no fit shoot. You no fit shoot," he kept saying.
The civilian went after one of the SARS officers still screaming at him and even raised his hand at the officer. The officer tried to avoid him but he kept going after him and raising his hand to hit him, leading the officer to shoot several times.

See the video shared by Winney Eric below...
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Cross Rivers State Governor, Ben Ayade Pardons 34 Prisoners, Including 5 On Death Row

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River has granted a state pardon and freed up to 34 prisoners serving various jail terms at the Calabar prison to mark the 50th anniversary of the state.
Ayade in his anniversary speech on Saturday in Calabar said that the pardon was in the spirit of the celebration and based on the provision of section 212 of the 1999 Constitution.

He said:
“In the spirit of the celebration and the powers vested on me by the 1999 Nigerian Constitution, I hereby grant clemency to the following category of people serving various jail terms in the state. 
“They are five people on death row; 16 prisoners serving life sentences; four prisoners who are above 60 years of age; nine convicted criminals who are terminally ill and may likely die any moment if not granted pardon.’’
Prodding further, the governor stressed the need for the people to always remember past leaders of the state who had made considerable efforts in moving the state to greater heights.

He said that in spite of the great challenges that have bedeviled the state, there was the need for the people to have hope for a greater future.

According to him, the state has excelled in many fields of endeavors including tourism, agriculture, and forest preservation, adding that the annual Calabar Carnival has become the greatest street party in Africa.

“I, therefore, call on you to stick together as we look forward to a greater tomorrow, ‘’ he said.

As part of the celebration, Ayade had earlier signed into law eight bills passed by the State House of Assembly.

The laws include Administration of Criminal Justice in Cross River; Citizen Right, Cross River Inland Water-ways, Cross River Scrap Regulatory Agency, Cross River Lottery; Hawkers Right; Emergency Management Agency, and House of Assembly Commission.

The governor also called on the people of the state to pray for the quick recovery of President Muhammad Buhari.

Source: Vanguard
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Arsene Wenger Becomes The Most Successful Manager In The History Of The FA Cup As Arsenal Defeats Chelsea

Arsenal won the FA Cup for a record 13th time in a thrilling final by defeating 10-man Chelsea Saturday evening.
The result means Arsene Wenger is now the most successful manager in the competition's history with seven victories.

The Gunners took the lead in the fifth minute through Alexis Sanchez, but the linesman had his flag up for Aaron Ramsey, who was stood in an offside position.

Ramsey did not touch the ball, allowing Sanchez to run through and slot in. And as expected, Arsenal fans are already on social media tweeting with the hashtag #WengerIn
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American Billionaire, Mark Cuban Shades Donald Trump

American billionaire, investor, author, television personality, and owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban shades US President, Donald Trump in a new tweet. 
In the past Mark and Trump have been involved in several twitter fights, but this time, Trump who is on his way to Washington from his first oversea trip as President hasn't responded to Mark's latest jab. Cuban tweeted:
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Igbonla: Kidnappers Demand N400m Ransom

•We’ll rescue them unhurt, Ambode vows
•Reaffirms commitment to protection of children against abuse, molestation

Kidnappers of six pupils of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla in Epe have demanded a N400 million ransom for their release.
They are understood to have got in touch with the parents of the kidnapped children to make the demand.

But Governor Akinwunmi Ambode told pupils at a parade to mark this year’s Children’s Day at the Agege Stadium, Lagos that government would do all within its power to get the children out of the kidnappers’ den unhurt.

He said yesterday celebration would be incomplete without rescuing those innocent pupils and returning them to school to continue their education

The six students were abducted on Thursday morning when gunmen stormed the school and ferried them away through the waterways.

The Nation gathered yesterday that the kidnappers   established contacts with the parents at about 4:30pm on Friday.

The parents said the kidnappers did not allow them speak with the children.

They only told the parents what they wanted and how to go about raising the money: ask the school authorities and government to provide the money.

Parents who spoke to The Nation in separate interviews yesterday appealed to the kidnappers to release the pupils on compassionate grounds.

One of the parents said: “They called me around 4pm. They called the name of my son and asked if I knew him. I said yes and then, they gave him the phone to speak with me.

“As we were talking, they took the phone and told me to go to the government and the school authorities to provide N400 million before they would release the children. The call did not last long.

“I called other parents whose children were also taken and they also confirmed they were contacted by the kidnappers. We are appealing to them to release the children on compassionate grounds. If they have issues with the school management or the government, they can look for another way to address it.

“They should pity us, the parents and release our children. I have not been able to sleep since Thursday. My wife has not stopped crying either. They should please have mercy on us.”

The Nation gathered that the onslaught against the militants continued yesterday with several others said to have been killed.

It was learnt that about eight policemen were seriously wounded.

A source claimed that three of the wounded cops were receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.

Some were taken to a specialist hospital.

However, Governor Ambode yesterday reassured Lagosians that the State Government would do everything possible to ensure that the six pupils are rescued unhurt and reunited with their parents.

The Governor speaking at the Agege Stadium during the Children’s Day celebration said the celebration would not be complete without rescuing those innocent pupils.

He said action was in progress to get them out and pledged that government would stop at nothing to ensure that kidnapping and other criminal activities are stopped.

Represented by his deputy, Dr. Idiat Adebule, Ambode said that government was committed to protecting children in the state from any form of abuse, child labour or molestation by religiously implementing the Child Rights Law and the Executive Order on Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, adding that “it was important to protect our children today, so that they can protect us tomorrow.”

The Governor, who said that this year’s Children’s Day celebration was a unique one as the state is equally celebrating the 50thyear anniversary of its creation, asked the children to remain focused, believe in themselves and set target that would make them attain greatness in life, promising that his government will continue to create opportunities and implement policies that would help them to become the best of what they can without any barriers.

“As we celebrate this year’s Children’s Day and the 50th anniversary of our state, I want you to believe that you too can achieve greatness. You must believe in yourself and in your dreams. Very soon, it will be your responsibility to take Lagos state to the level that we all desired in the next 50 years. You are agents of change and I urge you, do not just go through life, make a difference, impact life  and affect your community , What we are doing today is to lay a solid foundation for you to build on,” he said.

The Governor while reaffirming his administration’s commitment to repositioning public schools to meet world class standard, said that his administration in the last two years had invested heavily in infrastructural and manpower development in public schools, the effort which according to him, is yielding positive results as it has restored confidence in public schools.

“As a government, we recognize our responsibility to create opportunities for you to become the best you can be without any barrier, this is why in the last two years, we have invested massively in the infrastructural and manpower development in our public schools. Our plan which is being realized is to restore public confidence in our public schools,’’ he said.

Earlier in his address of welcome, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Adeshina Odeyemi, said the number of secondary schools in the state has increased from 55 at the creation of the state in 1967 with a total students’ population of 19,538 to 679 public secondary schools at present with over 564,758 students’ population.

Odeyemi noted that in spite of the current global melt down and general economic recession in the country, Lagos State government has continued to run free education policy from primary to secondary schools level and pay for the WAEC fees of its graduating students till date.

Source: The Nation Online
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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Arsenal Beat Chelsea 2-1 To Win FA Cup

Arsenal Football Club has beaten Chelsea Football Club to win the 2017 English FA Cup. Arsenal defeated the league champions, Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night.

Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey scored for Arsenal while Diego Costa scored the only goal for Chelsea.

Watch the highlights below...
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Congrats to Arsenal.
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Photos Of Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo With German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, Others At The G7 Meeting

Acting president is in Italy at the moment where he is representing Nigeria at the ongoing G7 meeting. There he met and held discussions with German chancellor, Angela Merkel and other world leaders at a special session for select African countries.
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Nyesome Wike Fires Back At Rotimi Amaechi For Rejecting His Award

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has reacted to a statement released by his predecessor Rotimi Amaechi over the award he planned giving past leaders of the state today, to commemorate Rivers at 50 celebration.

According to Wike, the award was not to “validate Mr Amaechi’s horrendous administration, but was an acceptance of the recommendation of the organizing committee that a variety of awards, be given to different categories of individuals who have earned a place in the history of the State.”

In the statement released on behalf of Gov. Nyesom Wike by the Rivers state commissioner of information, Austin Tam-George, the Commissioner expressed  “relief on the news of the rejection of a proposed State award, by a former governor of the State, and current Minister for Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi”.

The statement clarified that the Rivers State Government never set out to “honour Amaechi for any meritorious service to the State during his time as governor.” it stated that “as part of the events of the State’s Golden Jubilee celebration, the State government accepted the recommendation of the organizing committee that a variety of awards be given to different categories of individuals who have earned a place in the history of the State.”

It said that “there is a category of the awards designated for former governors of the State. And as a former governor, Mr Amaechi fell automatically into that category.”

The state further read;

“We wish to emphasise that the award was never meant as a validation of Mr Amaechi’s horrendous administration.

Mr Amaechi was personally indicted for stealing billions of public funds during his time in office, by a court-approved panel of inquiry set up by the state government.

The government will soon initiate a prosecutorial process against him in multiple jurisdictions, in Nigeria and abroad. And no award would have stopped that process.

We must confess that as a government, we wrestled with the moral horror of giving any kind of award to a man whose government was no better than a criminal syndicate.

Mr Amaechi may be a scoundrel of history, but he was once a governor of the state. The proposed award was to serve as a sad acknowledgement of the especially dark place he occupies in our State’s otherwise illustrious history.

His rejection of the award is, therefore, a huge moral relief for the administration and the people of the state.”
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Pregnant Beyonce Slays For Micheal Jackson And Prince Themed Party (Photos)

By Lasgidi Online

Pregnant queen Beyonce slayed for a Micheal Jackson and Prince themed party she attended recently.
See more photos below...

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