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We Don't Know Where Mugabe Will Be Buried -Family Members

10 September 2019 - 7:35am


Family members of Robert Mugabe, a former president of Zimbabwe who died last Friday, say they do not know where their dead kinsman will be buried.

Leo Mugabe, Mugabe's nephew, who is the spokesperson for the family confirmed this to Zimlive, a Zimbabwean media outfit.

He also stated that the scheduled burial of the former president had also been postponed.

According to Leo, Mugabe was a chief hence he would be buried according to traditional rites.

 “Mugabe was a chief and he will be buried in accordance with tradition. The chiefs have not told us where he will be buried, so it is not clear yet. I also don’t know,” he said.

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Agba Jalingo: Whistle-blowers Protection Coalition Calls For Justice

10 September 2019 - 6:19am


The Coalition for Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF) condemning the arrest of Nigerian journalists has called on the police to stop charging journalists with trumped-up criminal offences for holding the government accountable.

The coalition made the call in reaction to the arrest and detention Agba Jalingo, Publisher of CrossRiver Watch.

Jalingo was arrested on the 26th of August in Lagos state before he was moved to Cross River state and has since been charged with criminal offences after publishing an article exposing how Governor Ben Ayade approved and diverted N500 million meant for Cross River Micro Finance Bank.
He was arraigned at the federal high court in Calabar, on four counts bordering on “acts of treason, treasonable felony, and disturbance of public peace".

The coalition, which consists of 17 media organizations and rights group, described the charges against Jalingo as absolute ridicule of the law and freedom of expression guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution.

The coalition also condemned the arrest and intimidation of journalists in the country.

A statement by the coalition said, “Nigerian journalists should not be charged with any trumped-up criminal offences for holding the government accountable, this is a constitutionally conferred responsibility. Such actions are absolute ridicule on the law and the freedom of expression, and the charges make absolute ridicule of the Nigerian legal system.
“The increasing attacks on journalists encroaches on the freedom of the press and it behooves the government and other stakeholders to conscientiously work towards laws and provisions that will guarantee the safety and security of journalists in the line of duty and in holding the government accountable.

“Failure to do this is a slight on any democratic society and a disservice to journalism, a profession that is fundamental to sustaining democracy.”
The CWPPFcalled on all relevant authorities to ensure justice is served in the case of “Jalingo and anyone or group of persons found complicit be tried to the full extent of the law and brought to book".

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Nigerian Lawmakers' Proposed Purchase Of N5.5-Billion Cars Unacceptable – CACOL

10 September 2019 - 6:18am


 

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has described the move by Nigeria's federal lawmakers to spend N5.5 billion on luxury cars as "unjust and unfair to Nigerians".

CACOL in a statement stated, “Spending a huge sum of N5.550 billion to buy luxury cars for principal members of the ninth Senate is unjust and unfair, it negates the constitutional oath of office made by members to perform their functions in the interest of the well-being and prosperity of Nigeria and its citizens, as contained in the Seventh Schedule of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended).

“However, It was gathered that all the lawmakers and some senior government officials in the National Assembly will spend not less than N50 million for cars."

CACOL added: “In a country that has various economic challenges, the oversight function of the lawmakers shouldn’t be based on purchasing luxury cars, where other things are lying down, such amount of money can help in fixing the health and the education sectors in the country.”

The anti-corruption group urged Nigerians to continue to denounce the move by the lawmakers stating that once the people keep quiet, the lawmakers would have their way.

“Although, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), BudgIT, Enough is Enough (EiE) and 6,721 concerned Nigerians have filed a lawsuit asking the Federal High Court to restrain the National Assembly (NASS) Service Commission from paying N5.550 billion budgeted for purchase of luxury cars for principal members of the ninth Senate, and to restrain the Senate from collecting the money until the downward review of the amount proposed by the Senate. 

"The suit was filed on Friday at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, and Lagos by Kolawole Oluwadare and supported by an affidavit of urgency. However, no date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.

“We must continue to denounce that action because it’s condemnable and totally unacceptable. Nigerian people must not surrender on this issue,” CACOL stated further.

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Bill Gates Says Investing In Climate Change Will Save Nigeria, Other Nations $7.1 Trillion

10 September 2019 - 6:16am


The world needs to invest $1.8 trillion into tackling climate change to prevent spending over $7 trillion in cleaning up devastations in the future. 

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, Ban Ki-Moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Christalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank, said in a new report. 

The three leaders are part of 34 other political, business and science top shots, who came together to form the Global Commission on Adaptation, according to the BBC.

"Climate change doesn't respect borders," the BBC quoted Ki-Moon as saying. 

"It's an international problem that can only be solved with co-operation and collaboration, across borders and worldwide. It is becoming increasingly clear that in many parts of the world, our climate has already changed and we need to adapt to it." 

The global cost-benefit analysis published by the commission, calls on developed economies who are responsible for much of the world’s warming, as well as the underdeveloped economies who will be most hit, to adapt five strategies, towards mitigating the impacts of the changing climate. 

The report noted that countries who are list responsible for the shrinking Arctic Circle and the irregular weather patterns are the most affected. 

This, the researcher said, made reversing the losses suffered by harsh weather conditions, a ‘human imperative.’ 

The five strategies include warning systems, climate adaptive infrastructure, drought-resistant crops, protective mangroves and efficient water management. 

The report noted that simple apps that help fishermen and women detect changes in the weather could save lives. 

It said infrastructures like roads, bridges, and buildings, should also be constructed to adapt to weather conditions. The report also advised that crops that are resistant to drought are needed in desert regions like Nigeria’s north-west and east territories. 

It also cautioned against the clearing of mangroves in riverine areas, saying they help to protect the community against storms and flood. 

The most notable point made by the commission, however, is the need to not waste water in a climate-shifting world. 

Gates and friends will begin canvassing for the adaptation of its report at a United Nations climate change conference at the end of the month.

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UPDATED: Atiku Vs Buhari: Tribunal To Give Judgment On Presidential Election September 11

10 September 2019 - 5:55am


The presidential election petitions tribunal has fixed Wednesday, September 11 to deliver a ruling on the winner of the 2019 presidential election by 9:30 am Saharareporters can report.

"Re: CA/PEPT/ 002/2019 - ATIKU ABUBAKAR & 1 OR. VS INEC & 2 ORS TAKE NOTICE that judgment in the above petition has been slated for Wednesday, 11 September 2019 at the Court of Appeal/Presidential Petition Tribunal by 9:30am," a notice seen by SaharaReporters stated.
See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Buhari Vs Atiku: Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal Judgment To Be Delivered Wednesday 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

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Nigeria Lowers Benchmark Crude Forecast Due To Oversupply

10 September 2019 - 5:54am


Nigeria's finance minister, Zainab Ahmed,said on Tuesday there were "strong indications" of an oversupplied oil market next year and lowered price expectations for the country's benchmark crude.

Zainab Ahmed told journalists that she had lowered a forecast for Nigeria's benchmark price to $55 per barrel from $60 per barrel, in part "to cushion against an unexpected price shock".

Ahmed said Africa's largest oil exporter is producing roughly 2.3 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil and condensates.

It has agreed to a cap of 1.685 million barrels per day of crude oil with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), reports Reuters.

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40-Year-Old Nigerian Arrested Trying To Dupe Indian Businessman

10 September 2019 - 5:40am


A 40-year-old Nigerian has been arrested by Indian police for trying to dupe a businessman.

The police arrested the 40-year-old Nigerian and are on the lookout for his female accomplice for allegedly trying to dupe a city-based businessman of ₹5 lakh.

According to Aarey police, the accomplice contacted the complainant, Karan Solanki, 25, through a dating app.

She said she was from London and wanted to start a gym with Solanki in Mumbai.

She said she would be investing ₹25 lakh and wanted him to invest ₹5 lakh.

“She had called me and even sent a forged agreement via email. Why would anyone start a business without knowing me?” said Solanki.

The woman told Solanki to meet her acquaintance in Aarey colony on Thursday night and hand over ₹5 lakh.

Solanki alerted Mumbai police and a team from Aarey police laid a trap and caught the accused, Stephen Noubhujen, reports Hindustan Times.
 

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How Diezani Alison-Maduke Lost $40-Million Jewellery Including 419 Expensive Bangles To Buhari Regime

10 September 2019 - 5:38am


Former Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources

The federal high court in Ikoyi, Lagos has granted the final forfeiture of the $40-Million worth of jewellery seized from Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, to the Nigerian government.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo ordered the final forfeiture on Tuesday.

He said the former Minister failed to show cause why the jewellery should not be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Rotimi Oyedepo, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had argued that the expensive jewellery were reasonably suspected to have been acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities.

An investigator with the Commission, Rufai Zaki, in an affidavit put before the court insisted that the jewellery were beyond the former Minister’s “known and provable lawful income".

The investigator further said that findings by the EFCC showed that she started acquiring the jewellery in 2012, two years after she was appointed a minister. See Also Corruption Again, Court Adjourns Diezani's $40-Million Jewelry Forfeiture Case 0 Comments 2 Weeks Ago

The investigator also said that the EFCC was in possession of the details of the bank account through which Alison-Madueke received her salary as a minister.

“The respondent did not utilize her salary or any part of her legitimate income to acquire the assets sought to be forfeited to the federal government of Nigeria,” Zaki said.

He said a “damning intelligence report” received by the commission led to the search of the former minister’s house at No. 10 Fredrick Chiluba Close, Asokoro, Abuja.

The former minister on her part had challenged the seizure of the jewellery from her residence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Diezani Loses $40-Million Jewellery To Buhari Regime 0 Comments 6 Days Ago

In an affidavit filed on her behalf by her counsel, Awa Kalu (SAN), Alison-Madueke, who is currently in the United Kingdom, alleged that the EFCC violated her fundamental "right to own property and to appropriate them at her discretion,” under sections 43 and 44 of the constitution.

She also accused the anti-graft agency of entering her apartment illegally and taking the items without any court order.

On July 5, 2019, EFCC  had secured an order of the court temporarily forfeiting the expensive pieces of jewellery to the federal government.

According to the schedule attached to the application, the jewellery, categorized into 33 sets, include 419 expensive bangles; 315 expensive rings; 304 expensive earrings; 267 expensive necklaces; 189 expensive wristwatches; 174 expensive necklaces and earrings; 78 expensive bracelets; 77 expensive brooches; and 74 expensive pendants.

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World Bank CEO Indicates Interest In IMF Top Job

10 September 2019 - 5:34am


Kristalina Georgieva, the present Chief Executive Officier of the World Bank, is the only candidate said to have put in for the position of managing director of a sister organisation, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), its executive board confirmed Monday. 

Nomination for the office, which has been held by a citizen of a member state in Europe since inception, ended on Friday, September 6, 2019, the board said.

“The period for submitting nominations for the position of the next Managing Director closed on Friday, September 6,” the board said in a release seen by Sahara Reporters.

“One nominee, Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, currently Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank, a Bulgarian national, has confirmed willingness to be considered as a candidate.

“The board will now proceed in line with the process described in the decision of July 26, including holding meetings between the candidate and executive Directors. The board’s goal is to complete the selection process as soon as possible, and at the latest by October 4, 2019.”

IMF had in July 2019 started the selection process for a new MD to replace Christine Laggard, who retired on July 5. 

During the nomination period, the board made a proposal to the board of governors, asking them to remove the age limit on the office of IMF MD. 

After the close of voting on the proposal on September 4, the age limit was removed. 

This restriction prevented anyone aged 65 and above from becoming MD. 

The restriction also made it impossible for the MD to stay passed their 70th birthday. 

Georgievea, a former EU budget commissioner, would have been ineligible to contest without the removal of the restriction, as she turned 66 on August 13.

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BREAKING: Diezani Loses $40-Million Jewellery To Buhari Regime

10 September 2019 - 5:32am


The federal high court in Ikoyi, Lagos has granted the final forfeiture the $40 million worth of pieces of jewellery seized from Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former minister of Petroleum Resources, to the Nigerian government.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo ordered the forfeiture on Tuesday.

He said the former minister failed to show cause why the pieces of jewellery should not be forfeited to the federal government. See Also Corruption I Want My $40m Jewellery Back, Diezani Tells Court 0 Comments 4 Weeks Ago

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BREAKING: Buhari Vs Atiku: Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal Judgment To Be Delivered Wednesday

10 September 2019 - 5:10am


The presidential election petitions tribunal will now deliver its judgment regarding the case between Atiku Abubakar (of the Peoples Democratic Party) and President Muhammadu Buhari (of the All Progressives Congress) on Wednesday (tomorrow).

In his submission, INEC lead counsel, Yunus Ustaz Usman (SAN) said the Commission conducted the February 23 election in “total compliance with the Electoral Act and the petitioners can never dislodge that”.

He, therefore, asked the panel “to dismiss the petition which was meant to test the river with both legs”.

Also, lead counsel to Buhari, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) asked the tribunal to dismiss the petition for lacking in evidence, adding that Section 131 of the Nigerian Constitution did not demand certificate to be attached to the documents.

Counsel to the APC, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) said the PDP and Atiku, who alleged electoral irregularities in 119,973 polling units in 8,809 wards in 774 LGs, called only 62 witnesses out of which only five led evidence from the polling units.

However, lead counsel to the PDP and Atiku, Levy Uzoukwu (SAN), asked the tribunal to hold that Section 138(1) of Electoral Act, any candidate who submitted false information would nullify their candidacy.

He added that by the judgment of the Supreme Court in Abdulrauf Moddibbo against Mustapha Usman SC/790/2019 delivered on 30 July, qualifications for election is not a pre-election matter.

He argued that Buhari in his Form CF001submitted to INEC listed three certificates such as First School Leaving Certificate, WAEC, and Cadet certificate from Military School but failed to attach them to the
form.

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New Minimum Wage Drama Continues As Buhari Government, Public Service Negotiating Council Postpone Meeting Again

10 September 2019 - 5:03am


Labour Demands For New Minimum Wage In Nigeria

Negotiation between the federal government and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) on the new minimum wage has been rescheduled for September 16.

The last negotiation between the government and JNPSNC was to hold on September 4 but was suspended.

Alade Lawal, JNPSN Secretary-General, confirmed to News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos that the meeting was rescheduled at the instance of the officials.

The organised labour and the federal government have been in conflict over the implementation of the new minimum wage which was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on April 18.

Negotiation between the government and JNPSNC, representing labour in the technical committee set up to negotiate the consequential adjustment of workers’ salaries as a result of the new minimum wage, had broken down due to unresolved differences in their proposals.

While the government proposed 9.5 percent salary increase for employees on grade levels 07 to 14 and five percent for those on grade levels 15 to 17, labour is demanding 30 percent increase for officers on grade levels 07 to 14 and 25 percent increase for grade levels 15 to 17.

President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, had told journalists that the congress would support any position taken by the JNPSN on the new national minimum wage.
 

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Mother Of Jigawa Ex-Lawmaker Regains Freedom

10 September 2019 - 4:41am


Hajia Ladi, the mother of Yahaya Muhammad, a former Jigawa lawmaker, has regained freedom after six days of abduction.

Ladi was kidnapped on September 2.

There are however varied reports regarding how she regained her freedom.

A relative, who spoke with ChannelsTV claimed that Ladi was released after N12 million was paid as ransom.

The police, however, denied knowledge of any ransom being paid.

“She was released yesterday because of the pressure by the police. They have no option but to give her up.

“We have no knowledge of any ransom if at all was paid,” said spokesman for the Jigawa state police command.
 

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Villagers Flee As Armed Bandits Attack

10 September 2019 - 4:33am


Residents in Kokoki village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State has fled the village as armed bandits attacked the village.

According to the Niger State Emergency Management Agency, armed bandits numbering about 200 attacked the village on Monday.

Ahmed Inga, the Director-General of the agency, disclosed this in an interview with ChannelsTV.

According to him, the bandits shot sporadically in the air, dispersing the villagers while some of them were tortured.

The NSEMA boss also said the bandits ransacked each house in the village, dispossessed the people of their belongings including food, clothing materials, cellphones, while also rustling their cattle.

Inga said no casualty has been reported yet, however, disclosed that the villagers numbering over three hundred fled their homes through the forest and crossing rivers.

Most of the victims are said to be women and children.

According to Inga, some of them are currently taking shelter in a School at Kagara in Rafi local government area of the state. 

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How Nigeria Can End Xenophobia Without South Africa’s Help By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

10 September 2019 - 3:04am


'Fisayo Soyombo

For the first time ever, Nigeria-based Nigerians gave a violent response to the killing and maiming of their countrymen in South Africa. South African enterprises, the most unfortunate being food retailer Shoprite and telco MTN, were targeted, leading to the destruction of property and obstruction of trade. In some instances, innocent Nigerian shoppers and business owners were affected. The attacks have since been quelled but the worst mistake anyone can commit is to discountenance them. Xenophobic attacks have been a distinct feature of South African life for decades. At the latest, they’ve been occurring since 1994, and have reached tipping point in 2008 and 2015. But this has been the very first time in over two decades that Nigerians have staged reprisals, and this is why it mustn’t be treated with levity. It means Nigerians now desperately seek a solution; only that the vandals, who hit the streets got their strategy wrong.

At least three things were responsible for the reprisals. As I wrote last week, a day before the attacks reached unbearable levels, the killing of Nigerians by South Africans had become sickening not only because of the frequency but also because of the impunity of the culprits and the culpability of the Police. It was inevitable, in the end, that things would get to a head. 

There was the role of fake news. For instance, one video widely distributed on social media platforms, predominantly Whatsapp, showed individuals jumping or falling off the roof of a building on fire, presumably from South Africa. Meanwhile, it’s from a May 2019 fire in Surat, a city in western India. There’s another, on Whatsapp, of a man being set ablaze as part of xenophobic violence in South Africa. But this was indeed a video recorded back in January 2019. Finally, and the biggest of them, is a video of Bongani Mkongi, the South African Deputy Minister of Police, criticising why four of every five residents of Hillbrow, a city in Johannesburg, are foreign nationals. In the video, Mkongi called for a national discussion on this trend, calling the foreigners “people and lunatics”, and warning that South Africa could someday be dominated up to 80 per cent by foreign nationals, to the extent, even, that a future President of South Africa could be a foreign national. It is unquestionable that Mkongi’s utterances were inciteful, and implicitly emboldened South Africans to attack their African brothers. Only problem is that the video is anything but recent; it was first filmed in July 2017! 

And, of course, there was President Muhammadu Buhari’s treatment of the killings like his ministerial list. Everyone knows Buhari needs a minimum of two to three months to pick his cabinet; had Nigerians not laid siege to MTN offices and Shoprite malls. The systematic killing of Nigerians had long reached the point where the President needed to personally step in – with a message of his own assuring Nigerians of his specific efforts in expediting the cessation of the attacks. A five-minute national broadcast wouldn’t have been out of order; instead, the President abdicated his responsibility as Commander-in-Chief, leaving all the talking to his appointees. The result is that Nigerians took laws into their hands; there can be no excuse for such criminal act, but the Nigerian Government is as guilty as those languishing in police cell for fomenting violence in Lagos, Oyo and Abuja in particular.

Both the Nigerian and South African governments have arrested scores of citizens in relation to public disturbances for or against xenophobia. The violent Nigerians have cooled their anger but the ones in South Africa are still boiling; on Sunday, many of them, heavily armed, were protesting on the streets, calling for the exit of foreigners. It will eventually peter out; we have been there before. However, when the current wave of xenophobia fades away, Nigeria must thoroughly process the answers to a very critical question: Why exactly do South Africans want us out? Alleged drug crimes and denial of menial jobs.

Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, said last week that “Nigerian nationals are involved in human trafficking and other abusive practices”, and “harming our young people”. 

Based on recent admissions from Nigerians familiar with events in South Africa, it would be dishonest to confer sainthood on all Nigerians living over there. But it is also implausible, simplistic in addition, to think South Africa’s challenge with criminality will disappear with the uprooting of Nigerians. South Africa’s crime rate has always been high; over 40,000 rape cases, just a fraction of the real total, are reported every year, while over 20,300  were recorded in 2018 alone. In January, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared rape and sexual assault in the country a “national” – not Nigerian – “crisis”. On this, the South African Government will need to do its homework very well.

The job protest is where the reality bites. South African street protesters claim Nigerians are taking their jobs. In one of the videos that went viral last week, a protester was heard saying Nigerians were short-changing them by accepting far less payment for services, to the detriment of natives. The general xenophobic sentiment, I have observed, is against the Nigerians offering unskilled labour. Roughly 18 per cent of Nigerians teach in the South African education sector, for example, but these are not really the worries of the protesters. They are the unskilled labourers, many of them illegal migrants. Officially, South African records say the country is host to 30,000 Nigerians, but local media reports suggest the figure could be as high as 800,000. The gulf will probably be an exaggeration, but what it tells us is that Nigeria has more illegal than legal migrants in South Africa. The economy over there is much stronger than ours, with a dollar equaling just 14.81 rand (a dollar equals N358) and a rand equaling N24.24. We have to fix this! 

The first Nigerian to be attacked during the xenophobic killings of 2015 owns a mechanic workshop. He would be running that business in Nigeria if the value of his earning wasn’t 24 times higher in South Africa! Most Nigerians in South Africa own businesses that they should be running back home. And this is what the Nigerian government must focus on: To render more support to small-scale business owners, revitalise the education and health sectors, solve the perennial electricity problem. All these and related efforts will open up the economy and halt all manner of needless tourism.

The Nigerian Government simply has to make Nigeria more attractive to Nigerians, and watch how quickly the arrogance of South African leaders would diminish.

 

Soyombo, former Editor of the TheCable, the International Centre for Investigative Reporting, and SaharaReporters tweets @fisayosoyombo

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BREAKING: Kidnapped Ondo University Professor Found Dead

10 September 2019 - 2:32am


Prof. Gideon Okedayo, a senior lecturer at the Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), abducted by gunmen, has been found dead, SaharaReporters can confirm.

Okedayo was kidnapped on Igara road in Akoko Edo area of Edo State while traveling to his hometown on Thursday. 

A source at the university told SaharaReporters on Tuesday that the dead body of the lecturer was found inside a bush. 

"It is sad. They have killed Prof. Okedayo. We learnt about his gruesome killing yesterday (Monday) night. 

"We were called from the police station that they have found his dead body. 

"And they confirmed to us that he must have been murdered by his abductors. This is just a sad moment for all of us at the university," he said on phone. 

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UPDATE: Nigerian Policemen Shot Harmless Protesters, Says Shia Group

10 September 2019 - 2:28am


The spokesperson for the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Abdullahi Musa, has claimed.

He told SaharaReporters that the police opened fire on the harmless protesters during the Ashura procession.

Ashura is the day set aside by Shia Muslims across the world to commemorate the brutal killing of Imam Hussain bn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.   See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Three Feared Dead As Police Open Fire On Shiites In Kaduna 0 Comments 6 Days Ago

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BREAKING: Three Feared Dead As Police Open Fire On Shiites In Kaduna

10 September 2019 - 1:51am




The Islamic Movement of Nigeria ( IMN) on Tuesday made good their threat as they marched on the streets of Abuja to observe Ashura procession. 

Members of the movement converged on Wuse market  as early as 7 a m and marched toward the popular Berger roundabout. 

The protesters were seen waving flags with arabic inscriptions and chanting anti-government songs.

The protesters hurriedly dispersed on sighting armed policemen to avoid being arrested. 

The protest caused gridlock in many parts of the city.

Kubwa and Mararaba expressways were completely locked down. 

But reports from Kaduna State alleged  that policemen have shot Shiite protesters, killing three people. 

Many others have been reported wounded.

Also, reports have it that an unspecified number of protesters were shot dead by armed policemen in Gombe State. 

SaharaReporters could not independently verify these claims.

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7,000 Passengers Stranded At Tokyo Airport Due To Typhoon – Japanese Official

10 September 2019 - 1:21am


CNA

No fewer than 17,000 passengers were stranded overnight at Tokyo’s
Narita Airport, an official said on Tuesday after it took a direct hit
from a powerful typhoon that caused transport chaos throughout the
capital.

The typhoon caused more than 100 flights to be scrapped and road and
rail links to the airport were also badly affected, leaving many with
no transport options to the city – 70 kilometres (45 miles) to the
west.

Airport spokesman Kei Miyahara told AFP that a total of 16,900 were
stuck at the airport at midnight.

Passengers are now beginning to go home or to their final destinations
as buses and trains have resumed operations,” Miyahara said early
Tuesday.

Narita Airport, located in Chiba to the east of Tokyo, was right in
the line of fire of Typhoon Faxai, which brought winds of up to 207
kilometres (129 miles) per hour.

Suburban trains throughout the huge Tokyo metropolitan area were not
reopened until 8 am on Monday as officials checked for debris and
damage. This sparked pandemonium during the notoriously busy morning
commute.

The chaos came as Japan is preparing to host the Rugby World Cup later
this month and with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics just around the corner.

There was “minor” disruption to some teams’ schedules, admitted a
Rugby World Cup spokesman, with Australia’s arrival delayed and the
England team, stuck for hours at the airport.

They passed the time in a particularly English way by playing cricket.

The airport said it delivered 2,000 bottles of water, 19,000 bags of
crackers and 18,000-bedrolls to stranded passengers.

“We delivered information in English and Japanese on digital signs,
and made announcements in four languages” including Chinese and
Korean, said Miyahara.

However, there was mass frustration and passengers complained about a
lack of information and long queues for taxis, GulfToday reports.

The airport operator will review their experiences and draw lessons
later, Miyahara said.

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Brexit Drama: Boris Johnson Loses Second Commons Vote

10 September 2019 - 1:11am


 

Boris Johnson has suffered another humiliating Commons defeat after
his second bid for a snap general election was rejected by MPs.

The Prime Minister said he wanted to head to the polls next month to
break the political deadlock, as he accused opposition parties of
making “outrageous excuses” to delay.

But Labour and other opposition MPs refused to back the bid – which
needed a two-thirds majority in the Commons – while the risk of a
no-deal remained.

MPs voted 293 to 46, short of the 434 needed – marking the new PM’s
sixth Commons defeat.

The prorogation, passed in the early hours of Tuesday, makes a general
election extremely unlikely until at least mid-November.

 

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