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17 March, 2018

Fame will not give you wealth, D’banj tells Nigerian youth

D’banj, music star and entrepreneur, says the fear of poverty made him think out of the box to create wealth.
He said Nigerian youth must go the extra mile, be creative and have a new perspective to be relevant and make wealth.
The entertainer said this in Lagos on Wednesday at the 2018 Social Media Week Lagos which began on Monday. D’banj spoke on the topic: ‘Changing the Game: Artistes are leaders’.
“The fear of being poor made me to think out of the box to create wealth for myself and remain relevant,” he said.
“Fame will not guarantee you money; fame will not give you wealth, but it can give you what you need if you channel it properly.
“Channelling your fame properly to create wealth is another advantage that stands you out.”
He said it was high time artistes created brands for themselves and be ambassadors of their own brand.
Uzoma Dozie, managing director, Diamond Bank, said the bank would invest in artistes if information and data available on their revenue flow would be available.
Dozie called for professionalism in the music industry especially as more people would be going digital.
“What you do to inspire people and how you do it matter,” he said.
NAN reports that Social Media Week Lagos is currently in its sixth edition with the theme ‘Closer’.
The event, which will end on March 2, features discussions covering the future of the media, tourism, governance, gender inclusion, entertainment and emerging ideas and trends across the globe.

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CONTE WARNS CHELSEA PLAYERS Iheanacho could be dangerous

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has said that Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho will be dangerous when his team takes on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium tomorrow.
It is expected that most of the attention will be focused on the Foxes number nine Jamie Vardy, but Conte thinks Iheanacho and Shinji Okazaki are also dangerous and warned his players not to let their guards down against the duo.
Nigerians back home will be curious to see how Iheanacho fares against his ex-teammate at Manchester City, Willy Caballero, who is expected to make Argentina’s roster for the 2018 World Cup.
”Special plans? Special plans to try to defend well. For sure we all know the characteristics about Vardy. He’s very, he’s a clever player,” Conte told reporters.
”He’s very good to attack the space, to find the right time to attack the space. Also, we have to pay attention if they play with Iheanacho or Okazaki.”
Asked if Caballero or Courtois will start on Sunday, Conte replied: ”I think that we are talking about two good goalkeepers, Thibaut and Willy. We don’t have a youth for the competition. On Sunday I’ll try to make the best decision, because we want to try to go to the next round.”
Iheanacho has yet to find the net in four previous appearances against Chelsea’s first-team. He has scored four goals in this season’s FA Cup.

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Photo: Two Nigerian men arrested with Cocaine in India

Crime Branch Sleuths on Thursday, March 15, arrested two Nigerian nationals for being in possession of drugs worth Rs 35,000.

The accused, Victor Izuchukwu alias Yaya Kofi Nami (32) and Ajah John Ejike (38) were caught red handed at Parra-Bardez, Goa, India while peddling Rs 25,000 worth of Cocaine and Rs10,000 worth of ganja.
Three mobile phones and a bike were seized from the suspects.
Source: Digital Goa/PrudentGoa
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President Trump has decided to remove national security adviser H.R. McMaster from his job in what may be part of a potential larger move to change staff.
The Washington Post reports that President Trump is actively discussing potential replacements and preparing to deliver yet another jolt to the senior ranks of his administration.
Trump is now comfortable with ousting McMaster, with whom he never personally gelled, but is willing to take time executing the move because he wants to ensure both that the three-star Army general is not humiliated and that there is a strong successor lined up, these people said.

The turbulence is part of a broader potential shake-up under consideration by Trump that is likely to include senior officials at the White House, where staffers are gripped by fear and un­certainty as they await the next move from an impulsive president who enjoys stoking conflict.
The president is enjoying the process of assessing his team and making changes, tightening his inner circle to those he considers survivors and who respect his unconventional style, one senior White House official said. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back late Thursday on Twitter: “Just spoke @POTUS and Gen H.R. McMaster. Contrary to reports they have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the NSC.”
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16 March, 2018

Fidelity Bank Gifts Customers With N13m

Fidelity Bank Plc on Friday rewarded 12 customers with N13 million in the fifth draw of “Get Alert in Million Reloaded” aimed at strengthening the culture of saving among Nigerians.

Mr Nnamdi Okonkwo, the bank’s Managing Director, said in Lagos that the promo, the seventh in the series in the last 10 years, was instituted to promote financial inclusion and savings culture.

Okonkwo, who was represented by Mr Richard Ebo, the Regional Head, Retail Banking, said the bank had given a total of N81 million in cash and 90 consolation prizes to 183 winners under the “Get Alert in Millions Reloaded’’.

He said that the bank’s major priority was to reward its customers through different initiatives to improve their living standards.
Okonkwo said that the consolation prizes included television sets, power generators and refrigerators, noting that a grand prize of N10 million would be won by a lucky customer at the end of the promo.

He said the bank would remain committed to initiatives that would touch lives and boost savings culture among Nigerians.

He said the initiative was in line with Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) financial inclusion initiative.

Winners emerged from a transparent process driven by the bank’s control team and witnessed by officials from Consumer Protection Council (CPC) and other regulators and stakeholders.

Two customers from South East, Ugonwa Uchechukwu from Nkpor Branch, Anambra State and Chukwuemeka Umeje from Iweka Road branch, Onitsha won N1 million each.
Other lucky winners for the monthly draw were Mr Sani Sule, Warri branch and Ala Andrew of Rivers State University, who won N1 million each under South/South zone.

Damilare Emmanuel of Saka Tinubu branch, Lagos and Isreal Ogechi Nwaobialor of Egbeda branch won N1 million and N2 million under the Lagos zone.

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Change begins with you, your aides, Tofa tells Buhari

The presidential candidate under the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC), during the annulled June 12 1993 election, Bashir Tofa, has criticised the federal government’s “change begins with me campaign.” He said the president and his team need to ‘change’ first before asking Nigerians.
He said attitudinal change should be a ”top-down approach, not the bottom-top approach” as being advocated by the government.
Mr. Tofa said: “leaders should change themselves and those around them first, otherwise this effort will also fizzle away as all the others did earlier.”
He said the new campaign will only be successful if the “change” will be in people’s pockets (finances), rather than in that of a few politicians and officials.
Mr. Tofa was speaking at the launching of Domestication of the Kano State Societal Reorientation Programme of ”Change Begins With Me”, held on Thursday at Coronation Hall, Government House, Kano.
He said the fight against corruption should be “at all levels equally and justly”.
The politician said similar efforts in the past failed because of the “hypocrisy and the failure of leadership in this country”.
“Leaders want the bottom to change, while the top remains rotten. The fight against corruption and other bad behaviours must be at all levels, equally and justly. It cannot work any other way. And, punishment without counselling, cannot be the deterrence that is needed. A serious, workable and lasting plan is absolutely necessary.
“Let us be honest and serious in whatever we do. Our leaders should change themselves first and those around them; and give an all-rounded example of honest, purposeful and caring leadership. Otherwise, this effort will also fizzle away as all the others did earlier,” he said.
He also noted, “This new campaign the FG plans to embark upon, probably at great expense, will only be successful if we are sincere, and if the “change” will be in people’s pockets, rather than in that of a few politicians and officials.”
Mr. Tofa recalled that similar programmes failed in the past due to lack of sincerity and commitment from leaders.
“This is not the first effort. General Buhari, in 1984, introduced the War Against Indiscipline (WAI). General Babangida never bothered, probably because he had something to do with WAI, the original soft concept which I wrote. The late General Sani Abacha also toed with what he titled, ‘Not in Our Character’, and even established a high-rise building for it in the CBD, Abuja. Even President Obasanjo has tried his bit.
”He established the EFCC and other corruption-fighting organisations during his time. Even the President (Buhari) wants to fight corruption. Now, we have come full cycle. The old WAI, as was re-written by others, sought to inject discipline by force. That worked for some time, but because fear and coercion were its driving force, it subsequently failed and inflicted much damage to the image of that Government.
“President Buhari, who truly believes in discipline, now requires his democratic federal government to re-introduce another version of WAI, with a human face, and with this new name, “CHANGE BEGINS WITH ME”. This, to my mind, is a direct personal proclamation; a voluntary resolution, if you will, that the federal government requires each Nigerian to make, in good faith and with determination, to change himself and herself for the better,” Mr. Tofa added.
In his address, the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, assured that the state would domesticate the ‘Change Begins With Me’ campaign for genuine development of the state.
“Our government decides to domesticate this project with all seriousness and commitment. Through that we can be sure of getting it done effectively.
“As Change Begins With Me campaign means total commitment to behavioural change for a better society and commitment to what translates into transparent and accountable governance, I am pleased to declare that Change Begins With Me is here and will remain with us,” he said.
In his remarks, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, called for the enactment of law that would see to a healthy and supportive family system in the society. He called on all people from all spheres of life to come together and make sure the state has the best family system.
On the fight against drug abuse, the Emir said, “For about a month, we have taken a decision at the Emirate Council level that, whoever has any trace of drug abuse will not be given any title in the Emirate Council. We added it that before we give any title to anybody, he has to have at least secondary school certificate or its equivalent in Islamic education.”
Meanwhile, Saleh Jibrin, a representative of the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, commended Mr. Ganduje for his effort in domesticating ‘Change Begins With Me’ in the state.

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I offered N60m out of €1m Evans demanded, he rejected it —Kidnap survivor tells court

A Lagos -based businessman , Donatus Dunu, who was kidnapped sometime in February 2017 , appeared before the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja on Friday to narrate his ordeal in the kidnappers ’ den where he spent 88 days and how he managed to escape before his captors could make good their threat to murder him.
He said even when he offered N60 m (sixty million naira ) out of the € 1 m ( one million euros ) Evan demanded as ransom , the alleged billionaire kidnapper rejected it , insisting on total payment or he would be killed.
Dunu, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Maydon Pharmaceutical Limited , said the death threat by his captors pushed him into a desperate midnight prayer session, following which the chains of his legs broke and he escaped .
The businessman appeared in court as a second prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of alleged kidnap kingpin , Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans , and five members of his gang .
The prosecution gave the names of the gang members as Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi , Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba .
The six were, on August 30 , 2017 arraigned on two counts of conspiracy and kidnapping before Justice Hakeem Oshodi . They, however , pleaded not guilty .
The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions , which is trying the defendants , brought Dunu to court on Friday to testify.
Led in evidence by the state ’s Director of Public Prosecutions , Ms. Titilayo Shitta -Bey, Dunu narrated , “ I closed from work around 7 : 30 pm when an SUV double -crossed me and a man came down from the car and pointed a long gun at me. He dragged me down and pushed me into the booth of their car and shut it .”
The businessman said he later found himself in the kidnappers ’ den in the Igando area of Lagos , where he was blindfolded.
He said upon establishing contact with his family , the gang demanded a ransom of € 1 m .
He said in order to pressurise the family to raise the money , the kidnappers kept beating him, saying when his family heard him cry over the phone, they would get the money .
“ At a time , they (my family ) said they have been able to raise up to N60 m , promising that when I come out, they will pay the remaining money , but Evans said me and my brother were saying rubbish ,” Dunu added .
Dunu said seeing that the ransom demanded was not coming quickly , the kidnappers threatened to take his life .
He said, “ I overheard one of the kidnappers telling others that the best option was to kill me since my brothers were not acting fast in paying their € 1 m .
“ But after I prayed in the midnight of Thursday , before the Friday they scheduled to kill me, the shackles on my legs , like the one used to chain mad people and the padlocks , opened up .
“ I found the kidnapper guarding me deep in sleep on a three -seater in the parlour ( sic ).
“ I walked to the kitchen , found the doors open; then to the protector, eased my way through the loose locks; and , surprisingly , I found a ladder in the compound that aided my escape into the next compound .
“ On the day that I jumped into the next compound , which was also a bungalow like the one in which I was kept , I sustained injuries , apart from looking very unkempt and haggard ; so , the couple into whose compound I jumped were scared .
“ They threatened to call security in the street or the police . I told them to call the police . When they were about to do that , electricity went off and they abandoned me and went back to sleep .
“ At that time , I realised that the kidnappers had started looking for me. So , I hid somewhere in there till morning.
“ The couple woke up to see me and decided to call the street chairman . But before they could do that , a young man , of about 24 years of age , flogged me and chased me out of the compound .
“ I got to a nursery school around the kidnappers ’ den and the corporate guards there didn ’t still believe my story . Somehow, another man who listened to my story decided to call my wife and cousin when I gave him their numbers . It was my cousin’ s line that connected and they spoke .
“ So, the man then believed that I was not a thief . He then took me to Idimu Police Station , from where the Ilupeju Police Station , where my brothers initially lodged the complaint of my kidnapping, was contacted .
“ From there, we went to the anti-cultism and kidnapping ( department) in Surulere and then to the Lagos State Police Commissioner ’s office , from where all of us went to the kidnappers ’ den.
“ Thereafter, I was taken to Police House in Lagos , where I saw Evans and the second defendant .
“ Also at Agege Police Station , I saw the fourth defendant known as Congo , who is from my home town.
“ At the meetings , they pleaded that I should forgive them that it was the devil that pushed them. ”
The case was adjourned till May 11 , 2018 for Dunu to be cross -examined by the defence lawyers .

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{Vidoe} Buhari is destroying our Country – Prof Akintoye laments

Historian, Professor Banji Akintoye, has lamented that the present president of the country is destroying the country and wishes that the newly planned collusion between PDP and other opposition party can removed Buhari in 2019.
He has also emphasized his support to the proposition that the Federal Government should declare killer herdsmen across the country as terrorists.


According to him, they appear to be more dangerous than Boko Haram terrorists and therefore, must be stopped before their activities get out of hand.
He addressed the issue when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Thursday.
“We can’t have a country in which people feel that they are free to move around, killing people at random and at will. We cannot have a country like that, obviously, these are terrorists and the government owes Nigeria the duty of getting them out of Nigeria.
“In any country in the world, people like the killer herdsmen would be terrorists and the government would be acting strongly against them, taking action against them the way we have taken action against Boko Haram or even worse.
“They are all over Nigeria, there is no state in the middle belt and the south that they have not killed people in so they are more dangerous than Boko Haram,” Akintoye said.
Buhari is destroying our Country – Prof Akintoye
This comes barely 24 hours after Nobel Laurette, Professor Wole Soyinka asked the Federal Government to declare the criminals as terrorists.
He also advised that the government should give a stern and final warning to perpetrators of the wanton killings across states in the country.BHistorian, Professor Banji Akintoye, has supported the proposition that the Federal Government should declare killer herdsmen across the country as terrorists.
According to him, they appear to be more dangerous than Boko Haram terrorists and therefore, must be stopped before their activities get out of hand.
He addressed the issue when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Thursday.
“We can’t have a country in which people feel that they are free to move around, killing people at random and at will. We cannot have a country like that, obviously, these are terrorists and the government owes Nigeria the duty of getting them out of Nigeria.
“In any country in the world, people like the killer herdsmen would be terrorists and the government would be acting strongly against them, taking action against them the way we have taken action against Boko Haram or even worse.
“They are all over Nigeria, there is no state in the middle belt and the south that they have not killed people in so they are more dangerous than Boko Haram,” Akintoye said.
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Buhari ‘Never Knows Anything’, Senator Enyinnaya Abiribe Attacks President.

A senator, Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia-PDP), has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for constantly denying responsibility when things go wrong.

The senator said Mr. Buhari is always in the habit of saying, “I don’t know.”

Mr. Abaribe said this while contributing to a motion on the recent violence killings in Kogi state by suspected herdsmen.

Atai Aidoko Ali (Kogi-APC) had raised a motion on the activities of armed bandits who he referred to as ‘Fulani herdsmen.’

He said the herdsmen killed 32 people in two local government areas of the state on Wednesday.

Mr. Abaribe, in his reaction, said President Buhari by his attitude had not shown readiness to curb insecurity across the country.

“I agree with the senate leader who said this is a moment where we have to work with the executive. The only thing I don’t agree with is, this executive that you want us to work with, have they accepted that they are the people that have responsibility?

“We have a president that will say I don’t know my IG didn’t even follow my order. A president that says I didn’t even know when this happened. Every little thing he doesn’t know.”

Mr. Abaribe was cut short by the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, who invoked Order 53 (4) to call his colleague to order.

He asked Mr. Abaribe to confine his observation to the subject matter and not digress.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe
Resuming his contribution, Mr. Abaribe continued his attack on the president.

He said that security operatives were incapacitated because the ‘Commander-in-chief is always not knowing.’

“I’m keeping my contribution to security and the Commander-in-chief of Nigeria is in charge of security and when the Commander-in-chief says I don’t know what happened, then we have to worry whether this our security is actually in the right hands.

“Let us bring to the fore another aspect which the senate leader mentioned. He said that the security forces are overstretched, we agree but distinguished senator Marafa has told us here that information was given in the Zamfara case to the same security people and the governor was dancing Arabango somewhere else and left the security. Is that not what you said? So, it is not a question of not having enough people, it is a question of not acting on intelligence and information that you have. And of course I can’t blame them for not acting because the President says I don’t know.

“How will you act on what you don’t know? Mr. President, let us beg this president; please take responsibility for one thing. It’s not everything that you don’t know so that we will be safe in Nigeria.”
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Soyinka: When I Spoke With Jonathan About Chibok Girls, He Told Me That Is My Problem.

Wole Soyinka, foremost Nigerian playwright and political activist, says former President Jonathan dismissed him when he reached the president over the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno state.

While addressing his audience on Thursday at a dialogue organised by Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism in Lagos, the Nobel laureate said Jonathan told him that he should take the abduction of the schoolgirls as his own problem and deal with it.

“I reached out to former President Jonathan, and protested, chiding him severely on his reaction over the abduction of the Chibok girls. I said to him; ‘you want to be accepted as a political leader, and you do not even accept as your duty to be there (Chibok), at the scene of the disaster?’ And I asked him, did you actually utter those words attributed to you? His response remains a riddle to me till today,” he said.

“His exact words to me, not easily forgotten I assure you, were ‘Kampala tie niyen,’ meaning that is your own Kampala.”

He said Jonathan waited for nearly three weeks before accepting the fact that over 200 schoolgirls had been abducted in Chibok.

“He said the opposition was only using this to discredit his government, and precious days to have rescued the girls were lost,” he said.

Soyinka explained that the origin of ‘Kampala tie niyen’ takes us back to the nation’s recent ‘Kampala’ that is the Dapchi abduction.

In the Yoruba parlance, Kampala are hand-dyed fabrics using traditional wax methods. And when one is told that ‘Kampala tie niyen,’ it loosely means the ‘Kampala’ is for the person to hand-dye by himself.
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Wife Of Donald Trump Jr Files For Divorce After 5 Children

Donald Trump Jr. and his wife, Vanessa Trump, may be getting divorced.
A public court record filed Thursday in New York says Vanessa Trump is seeking an uncontested divorce from the president’s son. Details of the divorce complaint haven’t been made public.
The couple married in 2005 and have five children.
The Trump Organization hasn’t responded to an emailed request for comment.
Last month, Vanessa Trump opened a letter to her husband containing an unidentified white powder and was briefly hospitalized as a precaution, but the substance turned out to be nonhazardous. A Massachusetts man later was charged with sending the threatening letter.

According to TMZ report read ;

Vanessa Trump filed docs Thursday in the Manhattan courts, and she's seeking an uncontested proceeding. That's a strong sign the couple has already hammered out details of their split, such as child custody and property.
Sources connected to the family tell TMZ the divorce is has been a long time coming, and the relationship has been "bad for a while." Among the issues, Vanessa "hates politics and Don Jr. is gone all the time."
One source says contrary to being upset, Don Jr. is "relieved."
According to the NY Post, Vanessa's been upset about some of his controversial tweets, most of which defend President Trump and his policies.
It was also reported that Vanessa got a major scare just last month, when she received an envelope with white powder, and a hate letter for Don Jr. that read, in part, "You the family idiot. This is the reason why people hate you. You are getting what you deserve." The powder turned out to be corn starch, and the sender was eventually arrested.
Sources say that incident absolutely "freaked her out."
The couple who got married in 2005, share five children Kai, Donald III, Spencer, Tristan and Chloe Trump together.
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Mosques banned from using loudspeakers in Rwanda

Mosques in parts of the Rwandan capital have been banned from using loudspeakers for the call to prayer just weeks after the government closed hundreds of churches in Kigali.
The ban affects Nyarugenge sector , which is home to some of the city's largest mosques. Nyarugenge sector head Havuguziga Charles told the BBC Kinyarwanda service that the new regulations were aimed at curbing noise pollution, and had been met with little resistance by local imams.
"They have told us that it doesn’t matter (stop using loudspeakers). I have found that they have begun to respect it and it has not stopped their followers from going to pray according to their praying time” he said.
However, Sheikh Salim Hitimana, head of the Supreme Muslim Council of Rwanda, told local news outlet KT Press the decsion had taken them by surprise. “ We are going to meet the authority that issued the directive and discuss this decision. We will then share our stand,” he said.
Another official from a Muslim association criticised the ban, saying it would be better to agree to keep down the volume and use the loudspeakers for a shorter time. The bans comes after official actions which saw more than 700 churches and one mosque closed, mainly for breaching building regulations and noise pollution.
Some have since reopened, the government said. The checks come ahead of a new law being introduced to govern how religious organisations are run - a move which critics see as further censorship.

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Buhari finally meets with NASS leadership

The legislative delegation was led by Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara; however, top PDP lawmakers were conspicuously absent from the meeting
- The agenda of the meeting hasn’t yet been made public
President Muhammadu Buhari met with principal officers of the National Assembly on Thursday night, March 15, at the First Lady Conference Hall, Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting comes following four previous failed attempts for the legislators to meet with the presidency, Vanguard reports.

However, gathers that only one of the eight principal officers from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attended the meeting.
The legislative delegation was led by Bukola Saraki, president of the Senate and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the House of Representatives. All other principal officers from the All Progressives Congress (APC) were present; while Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy president of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, the Senate minority leader, and Leo Ogor, the minority leader in the House of Representatives were noticeably absent.

President Buhari shakes Senate President Bukola Saraki as Hon Yakubu Dogara looks on ( photo credit: vanguard)

The other principal leaders who attended the meeting were Deputy Speaker Lasun Yusuf, Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan, House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila, Senator Sola Adeyeye, Senate Minority Whip Philip Aduda, House Chief Whip Al-Hassan Dogowa, and Deputy Whip Pally Iriase.
On the part of the presidency, those who attended the meeting alongside President Buhari include Chief of Staff Abba Kyari, Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu and Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang.

The president locks hands with Hon Dogara ( photo credit: vanguard)

The agenda of the meeting hasn’t yet been made public; however, it was gathered that the frosty relationship between the two arms of government, the 2018 budget, 2019 election sequence, Peace Corp bill, as well as security issues may likely have dominated the discussions.
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15 March, 2018


Barr. Oraye St. Franklyn, the Senior Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Social Media, Noted the following speeches as Governor made the bills known to the Rivers State House of Assembly.

In furtherance of his efforts to keep Rivers State safe for residents and businesses within it, Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike today assented to 3 monumental security related bills in Government House, Port Harcourt.

The respective bills are the Rivers State Secret Cult and Similar Activities Prohibition Amendment No. 6, the Rivers State Kidnap Prohibition Law and the Rivers State Neigbourhood Safety Corp Bill.

Governor Wike while assenting to the bills decried the efforts of sons of the State in frustrating measures, on political grounds, to keep Rivers State safe and secure. According to the Governor anyone who loves Rivers State won’t oppose measures taken to keep Rivers State safe.

Speaking further, Governor Wike said his earlier reluctance in signing death warrants was now a thing of the past as he is now more determined to sign death warrants on the exhaustion of judicial processes.

“I will sign death warrants without looking back. Enough is enough. The world must know that we are serious about the issue of security,” he said.

In his brief remark, the leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Martin Amaewhule said the Rivers State Secret Cult and Similar Activities Prohibition Amendment No. 6 stipulates stiffer penalties for crimes relating to secret cultism. The new law provides death penalty for cultists whose victims die as a result of their activities, while life imprisonment has now been stipulated for membership of secret cults in Rivers State.

In addition, the Rivers State Kidnap Prohibition Law now provides death sentence for kidnappers in Rivers State. Property owners whose properties are used for kidnap activities would lose them while corporate organizations that are used to facilitate kidnapping would pay a fine of 50 million naira and their property used in facilitating kidnapping confiscated.

Hon. Amaewhule noted that contrary to insinuations in certain quarters, the Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corp Law aims to complement the efforts of security agencies in combating crime and maintaining peace in Rivers State.

Speaking after the Governor’s assent to the respective laws, the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibani Ikuinyi Owaji-Ibani commended the Governor for his courages steps in keeping Rivers State safe and upgrading her infrastructure.

On his part, Governor Wike thanked the members of the Rivers State House of Assembly for working together, irrespective of their bipartisan affiliations, at ensuring that the new laws saw the light of day. The Governor said by their action they had written their names in gold in the annals of Rivers State for helping to keep the State secure and safe for all.

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27-year-old Leanne Ward , from Aberdare , South Wales has revealed how a bizarre condition has left her unable to urinate for more than two years
The former Miss Cornwall is battling Fowler’s syndrome, which has left her bladder muscles unable to relax. She was diagnosed with the syndrome in November 2015.

According to Mail Online, an injection of Botox, which usually help to reduce wrinkles in her bladder allowed her to go the toilet for three months, the only time she has been able to since 2015.
Ever since then, it was reported that Miss Ward has been unable to go the toilet. Instead, she has been fitted with a catheter to help her pass urine out.
Speaking about her ordeal, the former Miss Cornwall said: ‘All this has had a huge impact on my life. I just want to be able to use the loo.’
On the time she discovered the cause of her problem, she said: ‘I felt so relieved to have a reason for everything.
‘It was good to have answers. It was amazing. It wasn’t nice to have Fowler’s syndrome, but to have a direction as to where to go next was good.’
In January 2016, she had Botox, a cosmetic procedure to help her reduce wrinkles at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
Instead of being injected with the toxin in her face, she received it in her urethral sphincters, the two muscles controlling the exit of urine.
The procedure made her urethral sphincters relaxed, allowing her to pass water naturally.
Speaking about the procedure, she said: ‘It was brilliant. For three months – the best three months I’ve had since 2015 – I could wee. It was supposed to last for nine months but, even though it only lasted for three, it was really liberating.’
Although, the former Miss Cornwall has been warned that she must not undergo again because its effects were short-lasting.
Miss Ward, who’s now fitted with a suprapubic catheter through her abdominal wall that subjects her to daily pain, caused by the tube, which she has nicknamed ‘Percy’ is sad that she can’t have the cosmetic procedure again.

She said: ‘It was so disappointing to learn I wasn’t having any more. You have to laugh about it. Percy is the bane of my life, I hate him, he is my worst enemy.’
Miss Ward continued: ‘It also really hurts whether my bladder is full or empty. It’s terrible. I take morphine for the pain and long for the day I can use the toilet normally.
‘People don’t know that Fowler’s Syndrome is a thing. But it is – and it’s serious. It’s so rare that often when I’ve visited the doctor’s or the hospital, people haven’t heard of it. But it’s an extremely difficult thing to live with.’

The former model also suffers regularly with kidney and bladder infections and is prone to urinary tract infections.
She’s expected to have to have a Mitrofanoff the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport , this summer.
According to University College London , here is what Fowler’s Syndrome is.
First described in 1985, Fowler’s syndrome is a cause of urinary retention in young women.
Urinary retention in young women is not common but can be quite debilitating. It is unsure how many people have this condition.
The abnormality lies in the urethral sphincter (the muscle that keeps you continent).
The problem is caused by the sphincter’s failure to relax to allow urine to be passed normally.
Currently, the treatments for Fowler’s syndrome are being researched and developed, including that of sacral nerve stimulation.
Source: LIB

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