Thursday, 23 February 2017

Fayose Commends Buhari Over Justice Onnoghen’s Nomination As Substantive CJN

Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Ayodele Fayose has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for heeding to public outcry on the appointment of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), saying; “Even though the President acted late, it is still commendable that he listened to Nigerians by not allowing the judicial institution, which is the last hope of the common man to be further bastardized.”
The governor said:

“I waited till now to commend President Buhari because I wanted to be sure that the letter seeking Justice Onnoghen’s confirmation was actually transmitted and read at the floor of the Senate. Also, I needed to be sure that the letter did not get missing at the national assembly like the 2016 budget, new items smuggled into it or it gets padded on transit.”

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said;

“Even though the name was forwarded by the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, the Acting President couldn't have done that without the concurrence of President Buhari even though he is resting in the United Kingdom.”

While calling on the Senate not to waste time in confirming Justice Onnoghen as substantive CJN, Governor Fayose appealed to the new CJN to always bear it in his mind that there is another judgement in heaven and ensure that the judiciary under him dispense justice to Nigerians without fear or favour.

He said the judiciary, under Justice Onnoghen should help insustaining democracy by resisting the plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government to turn Nigeria to a one-partystate.

“Opposition is one of the major ingredients of democracy and any attempt to kill opposition will spell doom democracy in the country. The judiciary must therefore resist the APC sinister plot to deny Nigerians their fundamental rights to freedom of association and expression. “Justice Onnoghen should strive to uphold a judiciary that will be seen by all Nigerians as their last hope in practice and indeed,” the governor said.

Speaking further, the governor called for full enquiry into petitions against Justice Okon Abang, whom he maintained was “a cancer that is capable of destroying the entire judiciary in Nigeria if nothing is done to curb his excesses.”

He said a judge like Abang who was described by the Court of Appeal as giving fraudulent judgments, speaking from both sides of his mouth and acting like Father Christmas should not be allowed any space in the judiciary.

“Therefore, I insist that the CJN should wade into Justice Abang’s fraudulent judgments with a view to showing him the way out of the bench so that our judiciary can redeem its image,” Governor Fayose said.
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NGO Files Petition To NBC To Stop Airing #BBNaija

A non-governmental organization, called CitizenGO, is said to currently be garnering votes online to terminate the airing of popular reality TV show, Big Brother Naija.
Reports have it the group sent their petition to policy makers, the National Broadcasting Commission, the Presidency and the public and are aiming to get at least 5,000 signatures, they have about 3,160 signatures.

Their petition reads:

“Big Brother Nigeria is a corruption of TV Reality shows. The Nigerian public is complaining about the moral perversity in the House of the Big Brother Nigeria. 
In one episode last two weeks or so, the inmates were shown openly kissing and caressing one another. This is a celebration of obscenity, eroticism and idleness. 
More importantly, it is a big mockery of Nigerian culture and tradition. Since the inmates are Nigerians, they should have been projecting the Nigerian cultural heritage. But instead of doing that, they are bastardizing it. 
The biggest tragedy of the on-going Big Brother Nigeria is that our children are also glued to the TV screen watching it. Children are our future. Therefore we should protect them from lewd exposure, which might prevent their growth into free, independent and well-developed citizens. 
The NBC must live up to its bidding as a body charged with controlling, monitoring, regulating the electronic media and monitoring of satellite transmission in Nigeria. 
Our TV stations cannot become dumping grounds for all sorts of immoral programs.”
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Woman Arrested Over Assassination Of Kim Jong Un's Brother ' Was Contestant On Pop Idol (Photos)

A woman suspected of helping to assassinate the brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was a keen singer believed to have featured on the Vietnamese version of TV talent show Pop Idol.
Doan Thi Huong, an entertainment worker whose Facebook pages features pouting portraits and pictures of parties, is being held by Malaysian police over the murder of Kim Jong-nam .

She bears a close resemblance to a woman who sang on Vietnam Idol on June 3 last year.

Four days before Kim Jong Un's was killed at a Malaysian airport, she appears to have posted a picture of herself wearing a shirt emblazoned with the acronym "LOL", similar to the one on the fleeing suspect caught on CCTV cameras.

According to Daily Record, a woman bearing a close resemblance to Huong sang on the show as contestant number 67816 on June 3.

Facial recognition tools give a match to the pictures released by Malaysian police of Huong in custody.

The contestant gave Nam Dinh as her home town - the same as Huong's according to passport details from the Malaysian police - but her name was given as Dinh Thi Khuyen.

She left the show in the first round.
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Buhari Calls Governor Ganduje To Thank Nigerians For Their Prayers

President Muhammadu Buhari again yesterday thanked Nigerians for praying for his quick recovery.
The phone call to Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, took place at the Africa House, Government House, in Kano during a prayer session for his quick recovery.

There were many Islamic scholars, prominent politicians and Imams in attendance as they listened and yelled with joy during the phone conversation in Hausa. Ganduje said:

“Your Excellency, you are calling at the right time, when we have gathered here praying to the Almighty Allah for your quick recovery. All participants said they are extending their heartfelt greetings to Your Excellency. “ 
Buhari said

“I want to use this opportunity to express my deep appreciation to you (Ganduje) and all other Nigerians who had taken the pain to pray for my quick recovery and I am highly grateful.’’ 

Speaking after the telephone conversation, Ganduje said

“This is the end of my speech. From the way we heard his voice, we are so happy to believe that he is recuperating quickly and with full happiness and good wishes for the country.”

We are very happy Allah has showed us that He has answered our prayers.Many of those at the session expressed surprise to hear President Buhari’s voice.

Many people burst into tears as others expressed relief.
Listen below....
Listen to #Buhari thank Nigerians during phone call with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State. The call we made during a special prayer session organised by the state government for his quick recovery and safe return to the country. During the telephone conversation aired live on Pyramid Radio FM ' Buhari said “I want to use this opportunity to express my deep appreciation to you (Ganduje) and all other Nigerians who had taken the pain to pray for my quick recovery and I am highly grateful.’’ Speaking after the telephone conversation, Ganduje said the people should be very much grateful to God for giving the President the opportunity to speak with the people of Kano at the time they were holding a special prayer for him. “By hearing his voice and the way he had spoken, was an incontrovertible evidence to clear any doubt about his health condition,” Ganduje said. Via: @bellanaijaonline
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IGP Deploys Special Forces In Southern Kaduna

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has ordered the deployment of Police Special Forces in Kaura and Jema’a Local Governments of Kaduna State following renewed attacks on them.

He directed the Special Forces to flush out perpetrators of the violence and restore peace in the area.

In a statement in Kaduna by Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh, the IGP directed aerial surveillance of the area by the Police Air Wing to detect movement of the criminals.

The statement reads: “In view of the renewed feuds in Southern Kaduna, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has ordered the deployment of Police Special Forces to end the clashes.

“The Special Forces have a mandate to flush out perpetrators of the violence and restore peace in the area within the shortest possible time.

“The IG further directed the aerial surveillance of the area to detect movement of criminals who, in most cases, are responsible for the attacks.

“The force is, therefore, determined to deal decisively with any person or group, either engaged or found to be fuelling the ember of discord among the people.

“We also advice the people to be watchful and report any suspicious movements or activities likely to alter the peaceful atmosphere to security agencies.”
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Senators Grumble As Osinbajo Withholds Assent To Four Bills

Some senators grumbled yesterday as Senate President Bukola Saraki conveyed the decision of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to withhold assent to four bills passed by the National Assembly.
Prof. Osinbajo’s letters withholding assent to the four bills were read by the senate president.

Saraki said the Senate would refer the bills to the legal department to enable it decide the next line of action.

The four bills are: National Lottery (Amendment) Bill passed by the National Assembly in 2016; the Dangerous Drug (Amendment) Bill also passed in 2016; Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund (Amendment) Bill 2016 and Currency Conversion (Freezing Orders) (Amendment) Bill 2016.

Prof. Osinbajo said the withholding of assent to the bills was based on Section 58(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended.)

On the refusal of assent to the National Lottery (Amendment) Bill, the Acting President said that the rationale for withholding assent to the Bill was the existence of pending legal challenge to the competence of the National Assembly to legislate on the subject matter.

On the Dangerous Drug Amendment Bill, Osinbajo explained that he withheld assent to the Bill as a result of concerns regarding certain words and phrases in the draft Bill that may be inconsistent with the Principal Act, “for example Section 6 of the Bill with Section 21 of the Principal Act” and the spirit behind the proposed amendments.

On rejection of the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund(Amendment) Bill, the Acting President said: “The reason for withholding assent to the bill are the concerns surrounding board composition, funding arrangements, limitation of liability of funds and proposal to increase levels of uncollateralized loans from N5,000 to N250,000.”

On why he withheld assent to the Currency Conversion (Freezing Orders) Bill.2016, Osinbajo said: “The rationale for withholding assent to the bill is the concern regarding the modalities for the communication of asset forfeiture orders.”

Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West), who sponsored the National Lottery Amendment Bill, claimed that the Executive lacked the powers to reject bills passed by the National Assembly.

He said: “The role of the executive is to carry out their traditional role by signing any bills passed by the National Assembly.”

Senator George Sekibo told the Senate that it had the power to override the Acting President.
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Lagos To Begin Construction Of 4th Mainland This Year, 2017

The Lagos State Government has said that the construction of Fourth Mainland Bridge would still begin this year.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos.

The commissioner, however, did not mention any specific time of the year for the commencement of the project.

He told NAN that the state government was committed to the proposed project. The construction of the bridge is accommodated in the state’s 2017 Budget and about N844 billion has been earmarked for it.
About 800 structures and shanties will be affected by the construction of the bridge to be carried out under a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) arrangement.

The construction of the bridge will be coming 50 years after the state’s existence and 26 years after the delivery of the Third Mainland Bridge by the ex-military President Ibrahim Babangida.

NAN reports that the idea of the 4th mainland bridge first came up during the Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration, about 14 years ago.

In May 2015, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a consortium of firms and finance houses for the construction of the bridge.

During its conception, the government had to stop several times, when it realised that about 3,000 structures could be affected by the bridge’s right of way. To continue the construction, a new alignment design concept was produced to save about 2,200 houses from being destroyed.

The project, when completed, will give birth to the longest of all the bridges connecting Lagos Island to the Mainland.

NAN reports that the bridge will pass through Lekki, Langbasa, and Baiyeku towns – on the Lagoon estuaries – to Itamaga, in Ikorodu.

The bridge will serve as a complement to the Eko, Carter and Third Mainland Bridges and help to reduce traffic.

The bridge is expected to have a four-lane dual carriage way.
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Take A Stand Against Corruption, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode Charges Women

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode on Wednesday emphasized the need for early inculcation of right virtues in children from the home front especially by discouraging any act, behaviour and attitude that abets corruption.
Speaking at the South-West Rollout of the Nigerian Women Against Corruption Initiative held at the Haven Event Centre in Ikeja, Lagos, Mrs Ambode said it was time for Nigerian women to take a stand against corruption by ensuring that their children are given the right upbringing based on time-honoured values of honesty, integrity, trust, fear of God and dignity of labour.
Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (5th left); her Ogun State counterpart, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun (4th left); Wife of Ooni of Ife, Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi (3rd left); National President, National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), Dr. (Mrs) Gloria Shoda (2nd left); Wife of General Overseer, RCCG Worldwide, Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye; Acting Chairman, Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu (5th right); Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (4th right); Wife of Oyo State Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajomibi (3rd right); Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (2nd right) and Permanent Secretary, Osun State Ministry of Women, Children & Social Development, Mrs. Omolara Ajayi (right) during the South-West Rollout of Nigerian Women Against Corruption Initiative by the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the Office of the wife of the President, at the Haven, GRA Ikeja, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.
The initiative is a project of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the office of Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari.

Mrs Ambode, who spoke on behalf of Wives of South-West Governors, identified corruption as one of the major factors responsible for the current state of the Nigerian economy, but maintained that women are strategically positioned by their role as moulders of characters and behaviours to lead the way in the anti-graft war.

She said: “The fight against corruption must be seen as a priority in which everyone must be involved if we desire to sustainably address the issue of poverty and also make the economy work for everyone.
“I will therefore use this opportunity to lend my voice to all our mothers and sisters in Lagos State and the Southwest region to take a stand against corruption.
Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I; wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode and Acting Chairman, Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu during the South-West Rollout of Nigerian Women Against Corruption Initiative by the EFCC in collaboration with the Office of the wife of the President, at the Haven, GRA Ikeja, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. 
“Let us start the fight from our homes by discouraging any act, behaviour and attitude that aids and abets corruption. If we succeed as individuals in our various homes, there will be no room for corruption and corrupt practices in the larger society.”

Besides, Mrs Ambode commended EFCC for the initiative aimed at engaging women, who she said account for half of Nigeria’s population, in the fight against corruption, and expressed optimism that the campaign would go a long way in helping to achieve the desired effect on the polity.

In his welcome address, Acting EFCC Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu linked the socio-economic problems plaguing the country to long years of the unbroken chain of corruption,  but stressed that it was now time for action, saying: “We cannot continue to sit and watch our country drift into intolerable poverty.”
Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd left), her Oyo and Ogun States counterparts, Mrs. Florence Ajomibi (left); Mrs. Olufunso Amosun and Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule during the South-West Rollout of Nigerian Women Against Corruption Initiative by the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the Office of the wife of the President, at the Haven, GRA Ikeja, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.
Magu also commended Mrs Ambode for the immense support she had so far given to the EFCC, saying it was gratifying to note that the Wife of the Governor viewed herself as a stakeholder in the anti-graft war.

Also, Guest Speaker at the event and renowned human rights lawyer, Ayo Obe urged women to set the pace for the desired level of morality in the country.

Among notable figures that graced the event are Wives of Oyo, Ogun and Ekiti State Governors, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, Mrs Funso Amosun and Mrs Feyisetan Fayose; Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule; former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; Oba of Lagos, HRM Oba Rilwan Akiolu; Wife of General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God Worldwide, Mrs Folu Adeboye; President of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chief Nike Akande; Wife of Ooni of Ife, Olori Wuraola Adewusi; Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri Erewa; Iyaloja General of Lagos, Chief Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, among others.
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Woman Who Gave Birth Days Ago Burnt To Death By Fulani Herdsmen In Southern Kaduna (Graphic Photo)

A woman who recently had a baby was among victims attacked by Fulani herdsmen on Jama'a and Kaura Local Government Areas in Southern Kaduna.
Fortunately her child survived the awful incident. Twenty-two people were killed in the fresh attacks on four communities between Sunday and Monday. Several houses were also burnt during the attacks.
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Can Courts In Lagos Remand Injured People In Jail Without Ordering Proper Medical Care First?

This was the case of Sewuese Matthew, who was battered by officials of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, on Durosimi-Etti Drive, in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, for filming their rowdy operation. 
She was detained in a cell overnight, charged to court the next day and remanded in Kirikiri prison for another night until her bail conditions were met. 

According to her, proper medical attention or even simple first aid was not administered to her, and she endured the pain of her severely bruised body and broken arm throughout her detention.
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Donald Trump Scraps Obama's Transgender Bathroom Bill

The Trump administration on Wednesday revoked federal guidelines which ordered that transgender students have the right to use public school restrooms that matched their gender identity. The administration lifted the federal guidelines on Wednesday that had been issued by the Obama administration back in May 2015.
It will now be up to states and school districts to interpret federal anti-discrimination law and determine whether students should have access to restrooms in accordance with their preferred gender identity or their biological sex.

Officials with the federal Education and Justice departments notified the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday that the administration is ordering the nation’s schools to disregard memos the Obama administration issued during the past two years regarding transgender student rights. The Obama memos said that prohibiting transgender students from using facilities that align with their gender identity violates federal anti-discrimination laws.

The two-page “dear colleague” letter from the Trump administration, said that the Obama directive needed to be withdrawn because it lacked extensive legal analysis, did not go through a public vetting process, sowed confusion and drew legal challenges.
The letter added that:

“Schools must ensure that all students, including LGBT students, are able to learn and thrive in a safe environment.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that his department “has a duty to enforce the law”.

Sessions wrote that the Department of Justice remains committed to the “proper interpretation” of the anti-discrimination law known as Title IX but said deference should be given to lawmakers and localities. He said:

“Congress, state legislatures, and local governments are in a position to adopt appropriate policies or laws addressing this issue,” Sessions said.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos agreed with the decision saying that is an issue:

“best solved at the state and local level. Schools, communities, and families can find and in many cases have found solutions that protect all students.”DeVos also gave assurances that the department’s Office for Civil Rights “remains committed to investigating all claims of discrimination, bullying and harassment against those who are most vulnerable in our schools,” and she noted that she considers “protecting all students, including LGBTQ students, not only a key priority for the Department, but for every school in America.”

The decision drew immediate condemnation from gay and transgender rights advocates, who accused President Trump of violating past promises to support gay and transgender protections.
Advocates said the withdrawal of the federal guidance will create another layer of confusion for schools and will make transgender students, who are already vulnerable, more so.

“Attacking our children . . . is no way to say you support and respect LGBTQ people,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.Others said the practical effect on the nation’s schools would be muted, in part because a federal judge already had blocked the Obama guidance in response to a lawsuit from 13 states that argued it violated states’ rights.

The Trump administration’s move drew lots of approval from social conservatives who oppose the idea that a student can identify as a gender that differs from their anatomy at birth. Vicki Wilson, a mother with a child in High school said she sympathizes with children who have “difficult personal issues” to deal with, but thinks that “young men shouldn’t be permitted to deal with those issues in an intimate setting like a locker room with young women.”

School district officials in Palatine, bowing to federal pressure, allowed a transgender girl to change in the girls’ locker room at her school.

“No school should impose a policy like this against the will of so many parents,” Wilson said during a news conference organized by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal organization.

The letter also puts Trump squarely in the middle of the civil rights debate: Despite a flurry of activity in the early weeks of his presidency, Trump had not previously waded into the issue of gay and transgender rights. Trump declined to sign an executive order last month that would have dramatically expanded the rights of people, businesses and organizations of faith to opt out of laws or activities that violate their religion, such as same-sex wedding ceremonies.

Many took it as a sign that he would take a more liberal approach on gay issues than his Republican cohorts.

Advocates say federal law will still prohibit discrimination against students based on their gender or sexual orientation. Still, they say lifting the Obama directive puts children in harm's way.

'Reversing this guidance tells trans kids that it's OK with the Trump administration and the Department of Education for them to be abused and harassed at school for being trans,' said American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten.
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One Killed, Several Injured As Daredevil Armed Robbers Attack Zenith Bank, Owerri, Imo State (Graphic Photos)

A four-man armed robbery gang on Wednesday, February, 22, stormed Zenith Bank branch along Wetheral road Owerri, Imo state capital, injuring three police men and five bank customers.
One of the armed robbers (pictured on the ground) was gunned down. However, reports by eyewitnesses said three people died in the attack.
According to Ifeanyi Njoku, it gathered that the four armed robbery gang arrived the bank with an ash colour Toyota Camry. Eyewitnesses were skeptical about the success of the gang in carting away money as action of policemen attached to the bank who swiftly responded by gunning down one of the gang foiled the successful operation by the robbers.

The Spokesperson of the Imo State Police Command, Mr Andrew Enwerem, who confirmed the incident, said that the arrival of security operatives at about 1510hrs, on getting a distress call that the bank was under attack.

The command were said to have mobilised their men, a combined team of Police led by the Commissioner of Police, CP Taiwo Lakanu, and other detectives to the scene that prevented the armed robbers from stealing money.

"On Arrival, the operatives engaged the four armed robbers that arrived the bank with an ash colour Toyota Camry in a shoot out. At the end of the shoot out, three Police men sustained various degrees of gun shot injuries". the PPRO said.
"One of the armed robbers was short dead and one AK47 Rifle with 100 rds of Ammunition that was earlier snatched from a policeman on 24/11/2016 was recovered from the dead Armed robber with three magazines." he added.
"Others robbers escaped with serious gun shot injuries and the the wounded Policemen are receiving treatment in the hospital. Police operatives is intensifying patrols for the arrest of the fleeing robbers. The robbers could not gain entrance into the banking hall following the swift response of Police operatives". he concluded.

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Nick Cannon Welcomes Son With Ex-girlfriend Brittany Bell

Nick Cannon has welcomed his third child, a boy with his ex-girlfriend, Brittany Bell..
He wrote

Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy cometh in the morning! No matter how hard the world may hit you, God always reminds us of our purpose! #TrueHappiness
Welcome to Earth Son!
Golden "Sagon" Cannon 2/21/17 #Awakened\

Nick has two kids, twins with his ex-wife, Mariah Carey.
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Angelina Jolie Allegedly Planning To Buy A Mansion In London And Move With Her Kids Without Brad's Knowledge

It had earlier been reported that Angelina Jolie's real reason for divorcing Brad Pitt and going on a smear campaign against him, was so that she could move to London with her kids and work towards getting a United Nations appointment.
Now, Radar online is reporting that Angelina is in secret negotiations to buy a mansion in London and move there with all six of her kids with Brad Pitt. The Turdor style mansion is reportedly worth $12.5 million and is located in Richmond, West London.

According to Carole Walker, Angelina Jolie's 72-year-old neighbour, Angelina has reportedly been talking to the owner of the house about living there and even took the kids to The Open Bookshop near the mansion. Brad is in the dark about all this, apparently.

Recall that it was earlier reported that Angelina is thinking about getting the UN appointment due to encouragement from two women; Baroness Arminka Helic, 48, and Chloe Dalton, 37. Now, it has been revealed that the new mansion Angelina is about to purchase is only 10 miles from the London homes of both women.

It is alleged that Angelina's relationship with both women infuriated Brad and was the cause of fights between them during their marriage,with Brad believing that both women were influencing his wife negatively and causing her to take endless humanitarian tours which separated their family for months on end.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, following their divorce, are in a bitter battle for the custody of their six kids; adopted kids Maddox, 15; Pax, 13; and Zahara, 12; and their biological children, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins, Vivienne and Knox.
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Okorocha's Statement Confirms That Sheriff Is A Lackey Of APC - PDP

The attention of the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led by Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, has reacted to the statement credited to the Governor of Imo State and Chairman of APC Governor's Forum, Mr. Rochas Okorocha, wherein he said the PDP should respect the ruling of the Friday, February 17, 2017 Court of Appeal Judgment and not to heat up the polity.
A statement signed by Prince Dayo Adeyeye and released on Wednesday, said Okorocha's statement is not all that surprising.

"He is not known to be a person who exercises caution or restraint before making unguarded statements. His constant vituperation on matters small or big is indicative of an over excited mind desperately in need of a large dose of tranquilizer. 
It is curious that while he would want the PDP to accept the verdict of the court of Appeal and not exercise its right of appeal to the Supreme Court, he was nowhere to be found when Sheriff refused to accept the judgment of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt but instead proceeded to the court of appeal. In any case, what is Okorocha's special interest in the PDP matter? 
Need Nigerians any further conviction that the APC is the unseen hand stoking the fire of crisis in the PDP and Sheriff and his cohorts mere puppets in their hands? 
The desperate attempt by APC to exonerate itself only further exposed its duplicity. The Police excuse for preventing a peaceful assembly of distinguished PDP members on alleged but unproven "security threat " is an insult to the intelligence of Nigerians. 
It is the duty of the Police to provide security if they suspect any breach of peace . It is a gross abnegation of its responsibilities to prevent people from exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right of peaceful assembly. No one is in doubt today that the Police has submitted itself to total control and direction by the APC. 
We urge Mr Okorocha to please advice his friends (or agents in the PDP) to fully comply with the judgment of the Court of Appeal. The status quo ante May 21, 2016 is the full National Working Committee (NWC) elected at previous conventions and not the cronies that he singlehandedly appointed and who are parading around as officers of the party. 
Meanwhile, the PDP remain resolute in our determination to pursue our case to its logical conclusion in the interest of justice and Nigerian democracy. 
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria! 
Long live the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)!
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