Monday, 17 July 2017 18:11

PDP SUPREME COURT VERDICT, PROOF OF HOPE IN NIGERIA'S JUDICIAL SYSTEM - BABAWANDE

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The July 12 Supreme Court ruling declaring Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic Chairman of the Peoples' Democratic Party has been described as a victory to democracy and a proof of hope in Nigeria's Judicial System.
 
The Deputy Secretary of the PDP in the United States of America, Mr. Olufemi Babawande stated this in a Press Statement issued to congratulate the authentic chairman and all loyal members of the PDP, charging them to see the judgement as a lifeline that must be used to turn the fortunes of the party around.
 
He advised that the PDP must  now conduct its affairs in a renewed way and fashion capable of providing Nigerians with the desired opposition needed to help improve and advance the Nation's Democracy as well as alleviate the sufferings of the people.
 
Babawande encouraged Senator Makarfi to work on mechanisms that would bring back together all the party stakeholders in order to sustain its internal democracy and forestall it's shortcomings of the past.
 
Associating with his root in Ogun State, the Deputy Scribe who congratulated the State PDP under the leadership of Alhaji Sikirulai Ogundele and its numerous members on the outcome of the court ruling enjoined the political party to consolidate on the gains by evolving a party of inclusiveness that would bring together a solid team of stakeholders like the former PDP Governor of the State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel popularly called OGD.
 
He said "OGD is a great leader whose wealth of experience would be much more needed to steer the ship of the party away from troubled waters to safety and progress for all and sundry.
 
Babawande also acknowledged, the numerous support and efforts of a member of the House of representatives, Otunba Oladipupo Adebutu whom he described as a credible personality that could save the state from the hands of an inconsistent, wasteful and failing governance of the APC.
 
He commended the State chairman, Alh. Sikirulai Ogundele for his perseverance and tenacity while the imbroglio lasted, urging other members to sheath their swords by forgiving recalcitrant but repented members and welcome them back into the PDP.
 
Babawande also assured of the support of the PDP in the United States of America towards creating an enabling and thriving Nation where the people are proud of being Nigerians.
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Monday, 17 July 2017 18:02

JOURNALIST, WIFE, SON KILLED IN GAS EXPLOSION

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National vice president of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), South-South zone, Eddie Bekom, died on Sunday at Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, where he was receiving medical attention following injuries he sustained in a domestic gas explosion.
 
His wife and one of their sons also died from injuries they also sustained in the explosion.
 
Mr. Bekom was a staff of Cross River Broadcasting Service, Ikom.
 
The gas explosion occurred at the home of his neighbour in Ikom some weeks ago and affected his entire household and a neighbour.
 
The family members had been under intensive care at the hospital, with three of the children still on admission. One of the three remaining children is still in critical condition at the hospital.
 
In a statement signed by its Ebonyi chairman, Chukwuemeka Opara, SWAN expressed regret that all efforts made to save Mr. Bekom’s life, after the death of two of his family members, failed.
 
“In this moment of utmost grief, we commiserate with the entire SWAN family and pray that God gives us all and the entire Bekom family the fortitude to bear these irreparable losses.
 
“We use this opportunity to thank the Ebonyi state government for pledging to offset the entire bills of treating the Bekom family, the management and staff of FETHA, SWAN members, other journalists among others who prayed and made financial contribution.”
 
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Monday, 17 July 2017 17:43

DARK HAIR DYE AND CHEMICAL RELAXERS LINKED TO BREAST CANCER

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African-American and white women who regularly chemically straightened their hair or dyed it dark brown or black had an elevated risk of breast cancer, recent research suggests.
 
“I would be concerned about darker hair dye and hair straighteners,” epidemiologist Tamarra James-Todd said after reviewing the report in Carcinogenesis. “We should really think about using things in moderation and really try to think about being more natural.
 
“Just because something is on the market does not necessarily mean it’s safe for us,” she said in a phone interview. James-Todd, a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, was not involved with the new research.
 
The study of 4,285 African-American and white women was the first to find a significant increase in breast cancer risk among black women who used dark shades of hair dye and white women who used chemical relaxers.
 
Black women who reported using dark hair dye had a 51 percent increased risk of breast cancer compared to black women who did not, while white women who reported using chemical relaxers had a 74 percent increased risk of breast cancer, the study found.
 
The risk of breast cancer was even higher for white women who regularly dyed their hair dark shades and also used chemical relaxers, and it more than doubled for white dual users compared to white women who used neither dark dye nor chemical straighteners.
 
The association between relaxers and breast cancer in white women surprised lead author Adana Llanos, an epidemiologist at the Rutgers School of Public Health in Piscataway, New Jersey, although she worried enough about the safety of hair relaxers in African-American women like herself to stop using them years ago.
 
“A lot of people have asked me if I’m telling women not to dye their hair or not to use relaxers,” she said in a phone interview. “I’m not saying that. What I think is really important is we need to be more aware of the types of exposures in the products we use.”
 
The study included adult women from New York and New Jersey, surveyed from 2002 through 2008, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, plus women of similar age and race but without a history of cancer.
 
Women were asked if they had ever used permanent hair dye at least twice a year for at least a year. They were also asked if they had ever chemically relaxed or straightened their hair for at least a year.
 
While the vast majority - 88 percent - of blacks had used chemicals to relax their hair, only 5 percent of whites reported using relaxers.
 
For dark hair dye, the numbers flipped, though the differences were not as dramatic. While 58 percent of whites said they regularly dyed their hair dark shades, only 30 percent of blacks did.
 
The most striking results showed increased risk in the minority of black women who used dark hair dye and white women who used chemical relaxers.
 
Black women who used chemical straighteners and white women who used dark hair dyes were also at higher risk for breast cancer, but that might have been due to chance. James-Todd said that because so many of the black women used chemical relaxers and so many of the white women used dark hair dye, links would have been hard to detect.
 
There’s no reason to believe that chemical relaxers and hair dyes would increase the risk for women of one race and not of another, she said. She believes the association stems not from genetics but from cultural norms.
 
It could also boil down to products, and women from different cultures might use different straighteners and dyes. But the study did not ask women to specify the products they used.
 
The study included the largest population of African-American women thus far examined for breast cancer risk and dark hair dye, according to the research team.
 
Previous studies have shown that long-term users of dark dyes have a four-fold increased risk of fatal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and fatal multiple myeloma, the authors write. Prior research also has associated dark hair dye use with an increased risk of bladder cancer.
 
A 2016 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that breast cancer rates are generally similar for black and white women, at around 122 new cases for every 100,000 women per year, although black women with the disease are more likely to die from it.
 
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Monday, 17 July 2017 17:35

WOMAN KILLS HUSBAND OF SEVENTEEN YEARS

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In Osogbo, the Osun State capital, a thirty nine year old woman, Mrs Omotayo Salawudeen has confessed to killing her late husband Alhaji Salawudeen Hakeem.
 
Mrs Salawudeen made the disclosure while being interrogated by journalists during the police parade of criminals at the Police Headquarters in Osogbo.
 
The suspect, who said they had been married for seventeen years also confessed that she had sexual intercourse with her late husband before killing him.
 
She explained that she chocked her late husband with pillow after the sexual intercourse , while one Dolapo who she had earlier contacted for the job stabbed Alhaji Salawudeen to death.
 
The woman who had three children for the late husband said she could not give any particular reason while she murdered the father of her three children .
 
Her accomplice, twenty four year old Oladapo Dolapo, who was engaged by Mrs  Omotayo Salawudeen, confessed that he actually stabbed the late Salawudeen while the wife covered his head with pillow until he died.
 
He explained that the suspect contracted him to punish her husband by killing him, with a promise to give him whatever he requested, if the operation  succeeded.
 
Parading the suspects, the Commissioner of Police, Olafimihan Adeoye hinted  that one Mr.Salawudeen Adesina Jimoh of number 3, Engineer Adesina Salawu street, Osogbo came to the station on May 12, 2017 and reported that on the same day at 3:00am that two unknown men entered into his brother’s house located at No 11, Adeniran Street, Alleluyah Estate, Osogbo and stabbed him  to death with a knife, with nothing carted away.
 
Paraded alongside were Friday Augustine (28), Ojo Tifase (19) and 60 year old Augustine Adepegba arrested as suspected armed robbers with two unregistered Bajaj Motorcycles, single cut to size barrel, damaged local made pistol, four empty sell of AK 47 amonition and one cultlass recovered from them as exhibit.
 
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Sunday, 16 July 2017 09:55

ARMED ROBBERS ATTACK YORUBA MOVIE ACTORS, ODUNLADE ADEKOLA, MR LATIN

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Two popular Yoruba movie actors, Bolaji Amusan, popularly called Mr Latin, and Odunlade Adekola were attacked by armed robbers on Saturday night.
 
The actors were returning from a Glo music show in Ijebu-Ode, when their cars ran into the armed robbers who had laid siege along Ilishan-Sagamu road.
 
Mr Latin while narrating his ordeal said “they left Ijebu-Ode after the show and was heading to Abeokuta, when at about 7.30 p.m. They ran into the armed robbers who had already stationed themselves on the road”.
 
The actor explained that Odunlade was driving ahead of his car when he sighted the road block by the bandits. Odunlade attempted to make a detour, but the bandits rained‎ bullets on the tyres forcing the car to a halt, he explained.
 
Mr Latin, who drove in his Toyota Camry behind Odunlade’s Toyota Avensis, said he and his colleague, alongside some of their aides, had to abandon their vehicles and run into the bush.
 
He said they were in the bush for almost two hours, while the bandits ransacked their vehicles, carting away valuables including money and mobile phones.
 
“We took to our heels as the robbers pursued us with guns. We were in the bush for about two hours, before we later regained freedom after the robbers left the scene,” Mr Latin stated.
 
He said some vigilante members later came to their rescue and they were taken to Ogun State University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu for medical treatment.
 
He said‎ the matter has been reported to the police and thanked God for sparing their lives.
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Sunday, 16 July 2017 09:51

YORUBA, IGBO, N'DELTA, MIDDLE BELT LEADERS UNITE AGAINST FULANI HERDSMEN

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South-West, South-East, South-South and Middle Belt leaders on Saturday, united against the threat of Fulani herdsmen and called for a new fiscal formula that would move Nigeria from its current dependence on oil and gas revenues to a fully diversified economy.
 
The leaders admonished the Federal Government to immediately disarm all herdsmen in the country and bring an end to the terror unleashed on farmers by the nomads.
 
During the consultative meeting held in Abuja, Chief Edwin Clark led the South-South delegation; Chief Ayo Adebanjo led the South-West delegation; Gen. Ike Nwachukwu led the South-East delegation while Prof. Jerry Gana, Air Commodore Dan Suleiman, former Governor Idris Wada and Gen. David Jemibewon (retd.) led the Middle Belt delegation.
 
Also at the summit were Chief Olu Falae, Prof. Banji Akintoye, Chief Albert Horsefall, Chief Guy Ikoku, Basil Paul and Bala Takaya, among others.
 
The high-powered delegation from the Middle Belt and the South unanimously agreed that “there was a little difference between Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram.”
 
According to them, the only difference is that Boko Haram is wreaking havoc in the North-East and North West, while the Fulani herdsmen are unleashing terror in the South and Middle Belt regions.
 
Rising from the summit, the group in a communique read by Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, said, “We have resolved to put an end to these herdsmen immediately and bring an end to this organised terror being unleashed on the South and Middle Belt states.”
 
They also expressed support for Nigeria “as one nation under God.”
 
The leaders restated their calls for restructuring of the nation in line with the recommendation of the 2014 National Conference and called for the placement of the report before the National Assembly.
 
The summit also demanded the devolution of powers and functions to the federating units to enable each unit to effectively serve the development interests of the people.
 
The communique read in part, “As a logical derivative, we must work out a new fiscal formula that will move Nigeria away from the current overdependence on oil and gas revenue to a diversified economy where all federating units are encouraged to develop their abundant natural and human resources for regional and national development.
 
“The federating units shall remit an agreed percentage of their revenue to the federation account.”
 
The Summit drew the attention of the Federal Government to the fact that Nigeria was a secular state in which the government could not adopt any religion as a state religion.
 
“Therefore, we ask the Federal Government to immediately review the discriminatory appointments into key offices of government and public service and comply with Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution,” the group stated.
 
In addition, the regional leaders said the recent plans to adopt a combined syllabus of religious and moral education should be scrapped immediately  and a return to status quo maintained.
 
“State governments are also called upon to outlaw open grazing in favour of organised ranching,” the group said, just as it condemned the Arewa youths’ quit order to the Igbo living in the North.
 
It is not in good faith – MACBAN
 
Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, however, said  the decision by the Southern and Middle Belt leaders to stop herdsmen from open grazing was not done in good faith.
 
Speaking to one of our correspondents on the telephone, National Secretary, MACBAN, Baba Usman Ngelzarma, said the move was ill-advised.
 
“I don’t honestly think this move is (made in good faith). The herdsmen are equally citizens of this country and by going round with their cows, they are looking for grass and water, which is pushing them out of the North to other parts. But these people are used to open grazing; that is what they know. That was what they saw their forefathers do.
 
“These herdsmen are mostly uneducated and don’t know what ranching is all about, even though ranching is not a bad idea at all. We are talking of a population of about 30 million herdsmen in the country, and they contribute to the overall wealth of the country.
 
“Even in developed societies where cows are used for economic purposes and kept in ranches, they still have some grazing areas for cows to feed.”
 
Similarly, Secretary  General of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Mr. Anthony  Sani, suggested that government did not have money to build ranches, and called on the Southern and Middle Belt leaders to give  government  information on criminal herdsmen.
 
“If they think that Boko Haram is using Fulani herdsmen and they have the information, they should help the government.
 
“Does government have money to build ranches? They are talking about ranches as if it is one naira. Our agriculture is too agrarian. Is it possible to single out the Fulani and modernise their occupation through ranches?  We think it is very easy to take only livestock and modernise it.”
 
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Sunday, 16 July 2017 09:49

U.S TO CRACKDOWN ON NIGERIANS, BRAZILIANS, OTHERS WITH OVERSTAYED VISAS

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A crackdown on visitors with visa overstays is imminent in the United States of America with Nigeria, Brazil, Venezuela, China and  Colombia listed as countries with the most total overstays that do not participate in the visa waiver programme.
 
The Trump Administration says it has a problem with visa overstays in the country and is now determined to step up enforcement to try to cut down on the violations.
 
Consequently, the government is introducing a face scan for all US citizens travelling abroad.
 
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said this is aimed mainly at better tracking visa overstays and also at tightening security.
 
The agency said it’s the only way to successfully expand a programme that tracks non immigrant foreigners.
 
A report in May showed that more than 54 million visitors checked in last year – and nearly 630,000 of them didn’t go back home.
 
John Wagner, Customs deputy executive assistant commissioner in charge of the programme, confirmed in an interview that U.S. citizens departing on international flights will submit to face scans.
 
The number of visa overstays was about 200,000 higher than the previous 12-month period.
 
Libya, a country of special interest because of terrorism concerns, saw 43 percent of its students refuse to leave on time, while a staggering 75 percent of students from Eritrea broke the terms of their deal, the report said.
 
Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Centre for Immigration Studies, said those kinds of rates should force a rethink at the State Department, which issues visas, and should spur immigration officials to put more effort into deterring and deporting overstays in the U.S.
 
“The fact that more than 700,000 visits were overstayed last year shows just how much we need to step up interior enforcement to create more of a deterrent, not only by identifying and deporting overstays, but by weakening the job magnet by cracking down on employers who hire illegal workers,” she said.
 
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Sunday, 16 July 2017 09:48

APC SUSPENDS BUHARI'S AIDE, 19 OTHER TOP MEMBERS

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Enugu State Caucus of All Progressives Congress (APC), has unanimously endorsed the suspension of 20 members of the party by the State Executive Committee for alleged misconduct and anti-party activities.
 
Among those suspended were the State Deputy Chairman, Adolphus Ude; Women Leader, Queen Nwankwo; and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Justice Reforms, Juliet Ibekaku.
 
Joe Orji, a retired Group Captain, who briefed journalist on Friday in Enugu, said the caucus condemned the invasion of the party office by Mr. Ude and his group on Monday, July 3, 2017.
 
Mr. Orji, who is chairman of the party’s reconciliation committee in the state, also said Ben Nwoye remains State Chairman of the party.
 
He said the state caucus endorsed the suspension of the state deputy chairman and 19 others involved in the invasion of the state party office on July 3, 2017.
 
He said the caucus had directed that the state deputy chairman and other suspended party members involved should be invited to the next meeting of the caucus.
 
Throwing more light on the outcome of the caucus meeting, Mr. Orji warned that the party would not condone any act of misconduct from any member.
 
He said APC promised change in the country and it must start with party members.
 
Mr. Orji, however, ruled out the expulsion of any party member, saying APC works with a constitution and that in accordance with that constitution, the state arm cannot expel anybody.
 
He maintained that only the National Convention could ratify the expulsion of any party member.
 
Other party leaders at the caucus meeting included National Vice Chairman, South-East, Emma Eneukwu; former Senate President, Ken Nnamani; former Governor Jim Nwobodo and Ambassador Chris Eze, among others. 
 
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Saturday, 15 July 2017 06:16

WE'LL SHOCK SOUTHWEST SOON, AREWA YOUTHS WHO ISSUED IGBO QUIT NOTICE THREATEN

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President of Arewa Youth Forum, AYF, Gambo Gujungu has accused South West leaders of using Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and former Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode to pitch Nigerians against President Muhammadu Buhari-led government and the Northern region.
 
Gujungu made the claim while reacting to Fayose’s recent remark that he would release damaging pictures showing that Buhari is currently in a terrible state of health.
 
Addressing journalists in Abuja, AYF President described Fayose’s claim as lies, stressing that Buhari will soon return to the country.
 
Gujungu disclosed that he in company of AYF delegation met with the President in London, adding that Buhari will return after completing some medical routine.
 
He, however, warned the South West region to quit playing with Nigeria’s unity for peace to reign.
 
Gujungu also challenged Fayose to produce the 11 pictures of the president as he mentioned or quit making further comments on Buhari’s health.
 
According to Gujungu, “These South west people think that we don’t understand the politics they are playing, we do but we will shock them when the time comes.
 
“They are using Ekiti state Governor Ayodele Fayose and Former Aviation Minister Femi Fani Kayode to pitch the rest of the country against the north and Mr. President in particular, we understand the game but we are waiting and watching.
 
“You know I'm National President of AYF, the umbrella body of all youths in the north and many of you are aware of our efforts to stabilize the country. Mostly against this recent call by some of our brothers to expel people of the south east.
 
“But some people want to show us that they understand the game of politics more than us. But they are in for a surprise.
 
“Let me reveal to you guys that after our recent meeting in Kaduna here, a delegation was sent to London. I led that delegation because we wanted to know the truth of the situation. We met with the president and he told us some things.”
 
“All I can say now is our President would soon be back and people would witness drastic changes in the country. Many people will be surprise when he comes I can tell you that.
 
“I'm challenging Governor Fayose to immediately release his eleven pictures or resign as the governor of his state for telling Nigerians lies unbecoming of a Governor. This man has been peddling lies to gullible people thinking he is criticizing the president. This is a challenge from me to him and I can tell you he would do nothing because all his claims are lies.”
 
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Saturday, 15 July 2017 06:15

ANOTHER NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MEMBER DIES

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A  member of the House of Representatives, Abdullahi Wammako, is dead.
 
Mr. Wamakko represented Kware/Wammako federal constituency of Sokoto State.
 
He died at the National hospital after a brief illness, spokesman of the House, Abdulrazak Namdas, announced.
 
“We just got the information that we lost Abdullahi Wammako from Sokoto” Mr. Namdas said.
 
Mr. Wammako is the second member of the National Assembly to die in three months.
 
 Isiaka Adeleke, a senator from Osun State, died in April.
 
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