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21 March, 2018

Fayose congratulates parents of released Dapchi Girls, accuses FG of conspiracy - Megafetch

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has congratulated parents of the abducted Dapchi Girls that were released today and sympathized with parents of five of the girls that reportedly died, describing the abduction of the girls as an indictment on the federal government and their release as “drama scripted by the government and its agents to swindle Nigerians.”

Fayose, while reacting to the release of the abducted school girls, said; “This appears like an arranged abduction and an arranged release, but we thank God that the innocent girls have returned home and we condole with parents of those that died.”
In a statement issued on Wednesday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said it was strange that the girls could be brought back to Dapchi by their abductors without the security agents knowing when they were returned and who returned them.
He said; “Curiously, the same spirit who made sure that all military checkpoints in Dapchi and other surrounding towns were removed to pave way for abduction of the girls also made sure that the girls were returned without any security agent seeing them.

“One can only be hopeful that the real script writers behind this drama will be exposed one day.
“Nigerians should recall that the Governor of Yobe state, Ibrahim Geidam said that military checkpoints were withdrawn from Dapchi and other communities a few days before the abduction of the 110 girls. This was also corroborated by the Amnesty International in its report that was published in the newspapers yesterday.
“Specifically, Amnesty International said that security forces failed to act on advance warnings that a convoy of Boko Haram fighters was heading to Dapchi town and that between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm on February 19, 2018, calls were made to tell the security services that the Boko Haram insurgents were in the Dapchi area.

“No doubt, withdrawal of military check-points from Dapchi and other communities, few days before the 110 students were abducted and failure of the security forces to act on advance warnings exposed the conspiracy of the federal government and its agents in the abduction of the school girls and other dastardly acts of the insurgents.

“Interestingly, no one was questioned up till now despite conflicting claims by the army and police as well as the damning report by the Amnesty International hat between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm on February 19, 2018, calls were made to tell the security services that the Boko Haram insurgents were in the Dapchi area.”

The governor, who reiterated his allegation that Boko Haram insurgency had become source of treasury looting; said; “Those benefitting from Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) scams, payment of ransom (in dollars) to free those abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents, among others will never wish to see the end of the insurgency.”
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Korede Bello who was unveiled as the first Nigerian Police Ambassador in December 2015 shared the photos on social media saying,

    ‘I want to be part of the solution, not just paying lip service to nation building. Rare selfie of SP Korede Bello and IGP Idris K. Ibrahim. Say hello to the new Doro M3GA Superintendent of Police’.

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PDP Group alleges Dapchi Girls abduction used to raise fund for Buhari’s reelection, $20m ransom paid

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National New Media Group (PDP-NNMG) has described the abduction and release of 76 out of the 110 Dapchi School Girls as a means of raising fund for President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection, demanding from the federal government how much was paid as ransom for the release of the girls.

The PDP-NNMG, which said “those who facilitated the abduction of the girls simply facilitated their return’ alleged that about $20 million, was paid for the release of the girls, saying that it was painful that those placed in authority in the country had become so heartless to the extent of framing abduction of innocent school girls to raise fund for the reelection of president Buhari as well as for their own personal use.

Reacting to reported release of girls, PDP-NNMG in a release signed by its Acting National Publicity Secretary, Edoko Wilson Edoko, demanded from the federal government the actual amount paid to the Boko Haram insurgents to secure the release of the girls and mush the facilitators got.

The group sympathized with parents of five of the girls that reportedly died and congratulated parents of those that returned alive.

The statement read in part; “The reported release of the abducted Dapchi School Girls, as gladdening as it is still leaves much to be desired as there are more questions than answers.

“Even though we sympathize with parents of five of the girls that reportedly died and congratulate parents of the other girls that returned alive, we wish to ask the APC led federal government how anyone could be so sure that girls purportedly abducted by Boko Haram will be released at a particular time if not that such a person was working hand-in-hand with the adductors.

“Nigerians should be reminded that the Governor Yobe state Governor, Ibrahim Geidam said publicly that military checkpoints were withdrawn from Dapchi and other towns days before the abduction of the 110 students of Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi.

“Also, Human Rights Group, Amnesty International said in its report that security forces failed to act on advance warnings that a convoy of Boko Haram fighters was heading to Dapchi town and that the military failed to respond while the insurgents carried out the abduction of the school girls.

“Furthermore, while fielding questions on Dateline Abuja, a Channels Television’s programme which aired on Saturday, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, said the abducted school girls will be released this week and true to his words, the girls were released.

“What all these point to is that that there is complicity in high places as to the abduction and release of the girls and it should be clear to discerning minds that the abduction of the girls was only used to enrich some heartless Nigerians and also justify the looting of our treasury for the funding of President Buhari’s reelection.

“We therefore call on the international community, especially the Transparency International (TI) to help Nigerians in further exposure of the looting of their collective wealth under the guise of fighting Boko Haram insurgency.”
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(Luoyang, Henan —March 16, 2018) Authorities across several counties China’s central Henan province issued a warning on March 8, forbidding any Christian gatherings in the area and placing Christians under house arrest. Additionally, officials continue to tear down couplet door decorations that use Christian language.
According to an anonymous source in Shangqiu, Henan, Christians there have been placed under house arrest without charge, with police officers watching their residence and requiring them to report where they are going every time they wish to leave the house.
“I heard that many churches in Sheqi County also received a notice that believers cannot gather anymore,” a Christian in Nanyang, Henan said. “Christians are afraid of gathering and they don’t have anywhere to gather either. Times have changed. It feels like the Cultural Revolution.”
The Cultural Revolution refers to the period between 1966 and 1976, when Mao Zedong attempted to destroy all influences besides Communism in China, and was a period of great economic and societal hardship, especially for citizens who practiced religion. Atheism began to be enforced as the official religious belief of the Communist Party.
A mega church that was demolished last year
A Christian named Wang spoke with a reporter on March 9, explaining that the day previous, a notice had gone out to all churches in the cities of Zhumadian and Zhoukou, as well as Gushi County, announcing that all religious activities in the area are cancelled until further notice. Though the warning stipulates that any who refuse to comply will be punished, the nature of that punishment is unclear.
In Tanghe County, authorities forcibly disbanded house church meetings and ordered all participants to register with a government operated Three-Self Church instead. Christians were warned that any who continued to meet would be fined 30,000 yuan (U.S. $4,700).
During the celebration of Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, which can last several weeks in China, authorities inspected Christian households and removed any decorations which referenced religion. Couplets, which are banners with paired poetic phrases hung on both sides of the door to a house, are very common decorations for the Spring Festival. However, officials tore down all couplets which used the term “Emmanuel” and replaced them with couplets wishing for “good fortune and wealth” instead.
ChinaAid reports on instances of religious persecution, such as the outbreak of events across Henan province, in order to expose abuses by the Chinese government and promote human rights and rule of law in China.
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The tragic death of 4-year-old Aniya Day-Garrett has left the world shocked, especially because of the torture she suffered at the hands of her mother and her boyfriend before she was killed.
Anya was allegedly beaten to death by her mother and her boyfriend on Sunday, March 11. Prior to that, she was starved and had her feet and legs burned. As a result of the torture, the child died in Euclid Hospital in Cleveland on Sunday from a stroke. Medical examiners said the stroke was caused by repeated blows to the head.
Her mother Sierra Day, 23, and Day’s boyfriend Deonte Lewis, 26, were charged with aggravated murder and held on $1 million bonds.
Day and her boyfriend called 911 at about 11.30am on Sunday to report that Aniya was unresponsive and not breathing. Day claimed Aniya started “acting weird” when they took her to Red Lobster the previous Thursday and that she fell off a toilet seat on Sunday. She said her daughter was unable to keep food or water down and threw up Tylenol she gave her, then barely ate any breakfast the morning of her death.
But when police arrived, they saw that Aniya’s skin appeared to be “extremely pale and lifeless,” and her face and neck were “very small and emaciated”. The toddler also had what appeared to be rug burn marks on her feet and legs and was so malnourished paramedics “could see the individual joints” of her fingers. Doctors then noticed a big bruise on her left eye which was nearly swollen shut, a cut above her left eyebrow, and scald marks on both legs.
It has been revealed that Harbor Crest Child Care filed an abusing a minor report against Day in May 2017 allegedly documenting 18 months of injuries to Aniya. Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services also conducted three separate investigations into allegations of neglect last year. However, it concluded there was not enough evidence to remove the child from her mother’s home.
Aniya’s father Mickhal Garrett had been fighting to gain custody of his daughter and made repeated complaints accusing Day and Lewis of harming and abusing the child. Day was scheduled to meet with a social worker on Monday, March 19 to discuss Mickhal Garrett’s petition for an emergency custody but Aniya was killed before then.
As Day and boyfriend Lewis faced court on Tuesday, Aniya’s father jumped to his feet and screamed in anguish: “You killed my f***ing child! You hurt my baby.” He then collapsed into the arms of family members and sobbed uncontrollably.
Garrett has accused Child Protective Service of failing him and his child.
“We want them to be held accountable,” said Garrett. “CPS failed me. They failed us all. Nobody should have to go through this. So many people tried and tried to make sure Aniya Marie Garrett was safe and they failed our family.”
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Ex-French President Sarkozy arrested over Gaddafi money

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was being held in police custody on Tuesday for questioning by magistrates looking into allegations of Libyan funding for his 2007 election campaign, an official in the French judiciary said.
A lawyer for Sarkozy could not be reached immediately for comment.
France opened a judicial inquiry in 2013 into allegations that Mr. Sarkozy’s successful 2007 election bid benefited from illicit funds from late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
A former minister and close ally of Mr. Sarkozy, Brice Hortefeux, was also being questioned by police on Tuesday morning in relation to the Libya investigation, another source close to the probe said.
Mr. Sarkozy, who served as president from 2007 to 2012, has always denied receiving any illicit campaign funding and has dismissed the Libyan allegations as “grotesque”.
In January a French businessman, Alexandre Djouhri , suspected by investigators of funnelling money from Mr. Gaddafi to finance Mr. Sarkozy’s campaign was arrested in Britain and granted bail after he appeared in a London court.
In a report by The Guardian of London, another French-Lebanese businessman in 2016 publicly repeated claims that the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi gave €50 million (£43 million) to fund Nicolas Sarkozy’s successful 2007 campaign for the French presidency.
He confirmed the statement by Mr. Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, in 2011 that Mr. Sarkozy had accepted millions of euros from him and his father to finance his successful 2007 election run.
In a film published on the investigative news website Mediapart, Ziad Takieddine, who introduced Mr. Sarkozy to Mr. Gaddafi, insists he handed over cases stuffed with cash to the former French leader and his chief of staff, Claude Guéant.
Acting out the scene, Mr. Takieddine says in the video: “It was a case like that. It opened like this. And the money was inside.”
He told Mediapart: “I have discovered things that should no longer be hidden. I wish to denounce the mafia state in which we are currently living.”
The allegations first emerged five years ago, but Mr. Takieddine’s claims are potentially damaging because they come days before Mr. Sarkozy seeks the presidential nomination of the centre-right Les Républicains party. The first round of the party’s primaries, in which Mr. Sarkozy is trailing Alain Juppé, the mayor of Bordeaux, will be held on Sunday.
Mr. Sarkozy has already been ordered to stand trial in a separate matter concerning financing of his failed re-election campaign in 2012, when he was defeated by Francois Hollande.

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BREAKING: Boko Haram reportedly returns kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirls

Boko Haram terrorists have reportedly returned the pupils kidnapped from Government Girls Technical College , Dapchi , Yobe State , some weeks ago.
According to SaharaReporters , the terrorist group came with the girls in nine vehicles .

Quoting sources , the online news platform said that the militant group came with the girls in nine vehicles same way they took them.
It added that five of the girls are feared dead .
It cannot be ascertained if any ransom was paid by the federal government to secure the girls ’ freedom .
Details later..

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20 March, 2018

Fayose Tells Buhari: Responsible Govt Does Not Negotiate With Terrorist

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has criticized a proposed strategy by President Muhammadu Buhari to release the abducted 110 Dapchi girls from Boko Haram insurgents.

President Buhari after meeting with Ex-US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson said Nigeria prefers to have schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok and Dapchi back alive.

He said that was why it has chosen negotiation rather than military option.

Reacting, Fayose said terrorism cannot be defeated by negotiation.

According to him, responsible government does not negotiate with terrorists.

On his Twitter page, he wrote, “I have never heard of anywhere in the world where terrorism was defeated by negotiation.

” Responsible govt don’t negotiate with terrorists, it fights terrorism and crush it totally.

“May God put an end to these killings in our country.
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Justice Wike Advocates For Domestication of Child Rights Act

Her Excellency Justice Suzzette Nyesom Wike 

Sele May who made this following statement as Her Excellency Justice Suzette Nyesom Wike bag an award.

Sequel to her receiving the prestigious African Role Model Award by the African Trade Centre, Her Excellency Justice Suzzette Nyesom Wike attended the Widows Development Organization session, a UN CSW62 parallel event as the Special Guest of honour.

The event which was focused on Confronting Female Violence and Vulnerabilities had a global audience in attendance. Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike who gave an excellent  delivery of the  keynote address called for the domestication of the child's rights act by states yet to do so within Nigeria.

She charged African women present at the UN CSW62 session to return home and impact positively on the lives of women and girls in the rural areas. She reiterated the need for an early start in the reorientation of the girls to imbibe positive values and self confidence in them. While calling on those still involved in harmful widowhood practices to desist from such acts.
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Pope to visit inmate to perform feet-washing ritual on ‘Holy Thursday’ - Megafetch

Pope Francis would perform the pre -Easter washing of the feet ritual in Rome ’s Regina Coeli prison, the Vatican said on Tuesday .
The ritual recalls the gesture that Jesus is believed to have performed for the 12 apostles before the Last Supper , to show that the man they saw as their leader was capable of the most humble act.
On March 29 , Holy Thursday , Francis would visit the prison infirmary , wash the feet of 12 prisoners, and meet with some more inmates , a statement said .
The Regina Coeli prison is in the central Trastevere district and is mostly used for pretrial detention .
A former convent , it has more than 900 inmates , according to the Italian Ministry of Justice .
In 2017 , Francis washed feet in a prison outside Rome for Mafia turncoats .
Previously , he performed the ceremony in a juvenile prison, a centre for the disabled, a high -security jail and a refugee centre .
( NAN )
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A heartless landlady in Zambia poured hot porridge on her tenant’s 1 year old baby during a clash over unpaid rent.
According to a report by Zambezi Reporters, this happened yesterday at around 6pm. The little baby’s mother owed the landlady K50 which equals NGN1800. It is her two months’ rent – February and March 2018.
The little child was left with severe burns in the face.
Read Zambezi Reporters’ story below:
A Female teacher of Kamwala Primary School who happens to be a landlord of Mr. George Simwinga of Zambia Compound in Serenje District has poured hot porridge on a one year 3months baby.
This happened at around 18hrs yesterday when she was claiming to be given K50 rentals which Mr. Simwinga was owing for 2 months being February and March respectively.
The baby belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Simwinga sustained serious burns.
According to reports obtained by Serenje Radio, the Teacher who is famously known as Bana Paul started throwing things out of the house in the late evening yesterday and later got a hot pot which was burning on the brazier and poured it on the baby who was being held by the father.
Mr. Simwinga pays k25 as rentals per month and says he is saddened that such inhuman behaviour could be shown on him by the landlord over a fifty kwacha.
Mr. Simwinga has since called for local authorities to intervene in the matter so as to see justice prevails.

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Expelled Russian diplomats leaving London embassy -

Diplomats expelled from the Russian embassy in London began leaving the building with their families and luggage on Tuesday, AFP journalists witnessed.
Britain has thrown out 23 Russian diplomats over the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on March 4.
As people began streaming out of the embassy in a plush part of central London close to Kensington Palace, they hugged as they stood with their luggage outside the building.
Some were seen holding pet carriers as they made their way to the three cars, five people carriers and two small coaches waiting.
People standing outside the embassy waved them off as the vehicles bearing diplomatic plates pulled away.
Families were seen waving from the windows of the coach, as children inside the coach took pictures on their mobile phones.
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Key to my success is believe - Christian Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo says the key to his staggering success is believing nobody is better than he is — and he advised his Portuguese teammates to adopt the same attitude .
The Real Madrid star made the comments as he accepted the Portuguese player of the year award in Lisbon.
“ We should always believe we are the best , ” said Ronaldo, who led Portugal to the Euro 2016 title and who is now turning his gaze to the 2018 World Cup .
“ You need to think big . I always believe that nobody is better than me, out on the pitch at least,” he said .
“ On a personal and collective level I have had a dream year . I won five trophies (Champions League , UEFA Supercup, World Club Cup , Spanish league title and the Spanish Supercup ), the Ballon D ’Or and the FIFA ‘Best ’ title. ”
Ronaldo, who has been voted Ballon D ’Or winner five times, is currently in Lisbon with the Portugal squad who play fellow World Cup qualifiers Egypt on Friday and the Netherlands three days later .
The 33 -year - old has scored 79 goals in 147 games for Portugal and will lead the reigning European Champions to the 2018 World Cup , fitness permitting , where they will face Spain , Morocco and Iran in the first round .
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Kano State Govt. Trains 3,500 Vigilance Members, Distributes Uniforms - Megafetch

The Kano State Government has trained 3,500 vigilance members on basic literacy and distributed uniforms worth over N200 million to various vigilance groups with a view to enhance their operations.

The Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, made this known on Monday during the post -International Literacy Day celebration in Kano.
Ganduje said that the training would reduce the level of illiteracy in the state and enhance their operations.
He said that his administration had given high premium to adult literacy in the state.
“Education is potentially the greatest instrument we have at our disposal to empower our people,” he said.
Ganduje added that the state government would set up a security neighborhood agency to check security issues in the state.
The governor also distributed 13,200 uniforms worth N200 million to members of the vigilance groups in the 44 local government areas.
He also promised to pay the remaining three months allowance for instructors at the literacy centres in the state.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education, Prof. Abba Haladu, commended the governor for his support to the state agency.
Haladu said that International Literacy Day is celebrated annually world wide to bring together government’s, multi and bilateral organisations as well as NGOs to promote literacy within and beyond the 2030 education agenda.
“We have so far recorded a number of achievements including the development of vital documents such as the Policy Guidelines for Mass Literacy and Operational Plan for a National Mass Literacy Programme and Literacy Primers in the three major Nigerian languages and English,” he said.
He also urged the state and local governments to deploy the needed political will and, therefore, provide the necessary material support for the eradication of literacy in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
Haladu then called on the state governor to approve the payment of monthly facilitators part-time allowances, to enhance their motivation and additional vehicles for monitoring and data collection.
He also appealed for the rehabilitation the women education centres.
The Executive Secretary commended the Kano Mass Education Agency for organising important mobilisation activities and called on the government to provide more support for the agency.


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Anti-graft war: Wake up from your slumber, Ribadu tells ICPC

A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu , says the EFCC has done fairly well .
Ribadu , who stated this at a town hall meeting organised by the Shehu Musa Yar ’Adua Foundation in Abuja , on Monday , however , advised the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission and the police to wake up from their slumber.
At the meeting tagged , “ A spanner in the wheel of corruption ,” Ribadu said the number of graft cases in the country was high .
He stated , “ The EFCC alone has over 3 ,800 ongoing corruption cases in the courts, not to talk of other cases .
“ They ( EFCC ) have done fairly well . You need to see what these people go through to get one case to court . It is hell because some people will do everything possible to make sure you don ’t drag them to court . They ( EFCC operatives ) do not even sleep .
“ Let the ICPC wake up from its slumber and start doing something too; same with government ’s ministries. There are lots of government ’s agencies that are not doing anything to support the fight against corruption .
“ The Nigeria Police Force should also wake up and do what the EFCC is doing ; same with the other law enforcement agencies and the judiciary. Why are we not getting the convictions in the corruption cases ? They have a role to play as well . ”
Making further clarifications on his comments at the event , Ribadu , in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents, said , “ What I am saying is that we all , as Nigerians , must contribute our individual quota to the war against corruption. It is not something that should be left for the EFCC alone . The ICPC, the police , individuals and groups should take up the fight in order for it to succeed .”
At the event , the former EFCC chairman said the country had recorded achievements in the anti- graft war .
He stated , “ Nigeria is the only country that has successfully recovered stolen money taken abroad . Other countries in Africa and other places have tried but they never succeeded. ”
The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Mr . Waziri Adio , said Nigeria should first tackle institutional graft to solve the problem of corruption .
On his part , the Deputy President of the Senate , Senator Ike Ekweremadu , stated that only an institutionalised approach to the anti- corruption crusade by the current administration could guarantee success.

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