Thursday, January 16, 2014

Senate President's Younger sister Dies During Child labour

A statement by David Mark's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, on Thursday, confirmed the develoment and quoted the late Onma-Adakole's younger brother, Mr. Igoche Mark, saying that the deceased would be buried in her home town, Otukpo, Benue State, on Friday.
    Mark described his late sister "as a straight forward, hardworking and benevolent person with plenty of vision and hope for a greater tomorrow" adding that the death was a huge loss to the Mark's family.

R.I.P: 3-Year-Old Nigerian Boy Crushed To Death By Lift In Ireland

A Nigerian boy, Solomon Soremekun,  was crushed to death by a lift after getting out of his pushchair and walking into the shaft, Irish media reported on Wednesday.  According to reports, Soremekun was in the company of his mother and three siblings at the time of the incident.  He reportedly got out of his pushchair after he became separated from his family on the first floor and went through open lift doors into the shaft. Unfortunately, the lift came down and crushed him.

Fashola, APC Governors, Leaders converge to honour Bisi Akande at 75

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Thursday joined several notable Nigerians like Governors Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo, Tanko Al-Makura of Nassarawa, Dr Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Senator Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and several others in celebrating the National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande as he turned 75.

Damascus officially confirms its participation in Geneva-2 - UN

The Syrian government has officially confirmed its participation in the Geneva-2 peace conference. This came today as a statement by Deputy Official Representative of the UN Secretary General, Farhan Haq.

"Yes, they will participate," Farhan Haq said and added that Damascus had formally informed about this in a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. "As far as I understand, the delegation of the SAR government will be headed by Foreign Minister Walid Muallem ", said the UN representative.

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu slams EU 'hypocrisy' on settlements.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the European Union Thursday for summoning envoys over recently unveiled plans for some 1,800 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank.

"This is hypocrisy. The EU calls our ambassadors in because of the construction of a few houses? When did the EU call in the Palestinian ambassadors about incitement that calls for Israel's destruction?" Netanyahu asked foreign correspondents at his annual new year reception.
"It's time to stop this hypocrisy," he said. "This imbalance... doesn't advance peace, I think it pushes peace further away."

Oby Ezekwesili got great questions for Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Twitter

 Ex-Vice President of World Bank's Africa division & former Nigerian minister Oby Ezekwesili is seeking to understand what happened to the $10billion missing from the NNPC account. She tweeted at the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala a few minutes ago. See more tweets following the break.

President Jonathan, Please end the tragic farce in Rivers State now!

DEAR President Goodluck  Jonathan , I never thought I would join in the letter writing orgy that has seized all of Nigeria by the wrist! Certainly, not given the self-serving purposes of the Epistle of Saint Matthew of Otta to the people of Nigeria through you and the many replies to it.

8 People Shot As Ogun APC Crisis Turns Violent

The crisis in the Ogun State All Progressives Congress, APC, turned violent on Thursday with some members sustaining gunshot injuries.

Eight people were reportedly shot during the clash at Wasimi Market Square, Ewekoro Local Government Area. They are said to be currently receiving treatment at a hospital.

For real ? Woman Gives Birth To Tortoise In Lagos

A tradomedical practitioner in Lagos has claimed that a 20-year old woman delivered a tortoise and a baby girl in his clinic. The woman, Rasheedat Raimi, said she had carried the pregnancy for 10 months before she eventually delivered the baby girl and the tortoise at a trado-medical clinic on Mutairu Street, Off Ijegun Road, outskirts of Lagos. She was in pains as she talked to P.M.NEWS about the strange delivery. “I came to Yakafi for prayers because of the terrible pains I was having in my stomach. Immediately I got here, prayers were offered and immediately there was a burst of water and blood under me.

Weird: Hindu worshipers drink fresh cow urine to prevent cancer (Phot'd)

It might seem absurd but its true and the is practice carried out by some Hindu worshipers in India.
An increasing cult of Hindu worshipers in India nest a strong belief that cow's urine help prevent cancer.
Hindus feel that cows are sacred creatures, hence its divine healing powers which comes from the animals urine.

Police begin clampdown on gay people as 38 homosexuals are arrested in Bauchi

POLICE across Nigeria have begun arresting lesbians and gays following President Goodluck Jonathan's recent signing into law of a new Draconian bill that makes being homosexual an offence punishable for 14 years in jail.   Earlier this month, President Jonathan put his signature to the controversial Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill into law. Condemned internationally as a fundamental breach of human rights, the law stipulates that anyone convicted of engaging in a same sex marriage is liable to serve 14 years in prison, while anyone aiding or abetting such relationships faces a 10 year jail term.  

Jonathan announces Tukur’s resignation, produces letter from pocket

The National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has just accepted the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.  President Goodluck Jonathan announced to the members of NEC that Tukur has resigned from his job. Jonathan, who brought out Tukur’s letter of resignation from his pocket, handed it over to the National Secretary of the party, Prof. Wale Oladipo. As soon as he announced the resignation, the audience clapped in acceptance. President Jonathan therefore directed the Governor of Cross Rivers State, Mr. Liyel Imoke to move the motion for the acceptance of Tukur’s resignation.  Imoke appealed to Tukur not to abandon the party despite his resignation.

Nigeria anti-gay law ’ll fuel violence –UN Secretary General

United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed deep concern on Wednesday at a new Nigerian law that criminalises same-sex relationships, which he fears could fuel prejudice and violence and risks obstructing an effective HIV/AIDS response.
The bill, which contains penalties of up to 14 years in prison and bans gay marriage, same-sex “amorous relationships” and membership of gay rights groups, was passed by the National Assembly last May and signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday.
 “The Secretary-General fears that the law may fuel prejudice and violence, and notes with alarm reports that police in northern Nigeria have arrested individuals believed by the authorities to be homosexuals, and may even have tortured them,” Ban’s press office said in a statement quoted by Reuters.

We’ll change House leadership, APC Reps insist

Members of the House of Representatives, particularly those of the All Progressives Congress caucus are bent on changing the leadership of the House as lawmakers resume sitting on Tuesday next week.  The APC gained a slim numerical advantage over the Peoples Democratic Party before the lawmakers proceeded on the Christmas/New Year break on December 19.  Thirty-seven former PDP members had defected to the APC on the floor of the House, citing “division” in the PDP as the reason for their action. 

Why did Jonathan sign the gay law?

In 2013, an iconic picture of two ladies kissing before anti-gay marriage protesters in Marseille, France, went viral. That act of defiance before an assembly of mostly old ladies was to demonstrate an inviolable right to private life and choice. It was largely the fear of this sort of freedom that spurred the Nigerian Senate to embark on pushing a bill to criminalise activities relating to homosexuality with draconian measures.
The climax of the saga occurred on Monday, January 13 when the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, announced that the President had signed the bill into law.

Corruption worsened under OBJ–Bakare

Convener of Save Nigeria Group, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Wednesday said former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration raised the bar of corruption in the country, notwithstanding the ex-President’s “supposed achievements” in office.  Bakare spoke in Lagos as the guest lecturer at the 10th Chief Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture/Symposium, organised by the Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association.  The event, with the theme, ‘Nigeria at centenary: A nation still in bondage?,’ was chaired by former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami (retd.).


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