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Xenophobia: Pastor TB Joshua Sheds Tears In Church, Calls For African Unity

8 September 2019 - 7:46am


 

Founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet TB Joshua, during a service on Sunday, shed tears over recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African migrants in South Africa.

While giving a rendition of a song written by him and whose theme centred on Africa unity, Joshua could not hold back tears as he sang each line of the song to the admiration of the congregation.

SaharaReporters recalls that on Saturday, during a service, the prophet had said that no African country was self-sufficient.

He said, “If we cannot understand ourselves as Africans, how will other continents understand us.

“Dear Africans, we should not let fellow Africans feel unwelcomed in our countries.

“The world should know that every country has their challenges. The wound of one should be the wound of all.

“Africa unite, we have a common enemy. Let’s us come together and fight the one enemy that has camouflage itself.” 

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Police Arrest 125 Persons Over Looting Of Shoprite

8 September 2019 - 6:47am


Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu

Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu vanguard

 

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested alleged looters of Shoprite, a departmental chain store.

Irate Nigerians had attacked South African brands in a reprisal following the recent xenophobia attack in South Africa.

Area Commander of Shangotedo, Gbolahan Olugbemi, said a total of 125 suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack on Shoprite with 90 per cent of the stolen goods recovered.

According to the police, 112 of those arrested were found in possession of stolen items and have been charged to court.

Meanwhile, Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has visited the affected shopping malls.

According to him, at least 5,000 may have lost their jobs as a result of the attack on the malls.

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Oshiomhole Accuses Obaseki Of Abandoning Projects Started By His Administration

8 September 2019 - 6:39am


 

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress and former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has accused his successor, Godwin Obaseki, of abandoning projects his administration started.

Speaking on a programme on Channels Television, Oshiomhole said, “We have no argument over money or appointment.

“During a meeting we held with four governors including Governor Bagudu, I asked the governor, how many commissioners did I nominate in your cabinet, he agreed that I only nominated one person out of more than 20 commissioners.

“Not many Nigerians will believe that because for me I was out of government and I have convinced myself that the day I step out of government, that is it.

“After that first meeting, the governor decided to remove that one commissioner along with seven others. But that is not my business.

“The governor can never tell you that I have interfered in his choice of projects and so on.

“The only thing I feel a bit worried about is that some of the projects we started together have been abandoned.”

 

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Xenophobia: Nigeria’s Special Envoy Returns To Brief President Buhari

8 September 2019 - 6:28am


 

The special envoy sent to South Africa by President Muhammadu Buhari, has returned to Abuja after meeting with South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, according to a report by Channels TV.

The special envoy, Ambassador Ahmed Abubakar, held a meeting with Ramaphosa on Friday afternoon where he conveyed Buhari’s concern over recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African migrants in South Africa.

Though Abubakar did not make any comment after the meeting, South African officials however, hinted of Buhari’s State visit to South Africa next month as scheduled.

Ramaphosa thereafter reaffirmed his country’s relationship with Nigeria, insisting that it remains firm and strong and that the two partners were resolute in their shared commitment to build a continent at peace with itself and others.

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Xenophobia: SERAP Demands Victims’ Compensation, Punishment For South Africa

8 September 2019 - 5:53am


Xenophobic attacks in South Africa

Xenophobic attacks in South Africa

 

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has demanded the immediate compensation of victims of latest xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

In an open letter signed by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, to Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Mrs Soyata Maiga, SERAP also called for the punishment of South Africa for not doing enough to protect foreigners especially Nigerians and other African migrants in their country.

The group said, “These attacks constitute serious violations of the human rights of Nigerians and other African citizens in South Africa.

“We seek punitive damages and adequate compensation of $10bn on behalf of hundreds of Nigerian victims and their families. This amount will sufficiently take into account individual harm suffered by victims.

“This is a key moment for the commission to push to protect the human rights of the victims.

“The commission ought to make it clear to the South African authorities that the victims of the heinous crimes have a right to an effective remedy and reparation, which includes restitution, compensation, rehabilitation, satisfaction and guarantees of non-repetition.

“For the sake of the victims, the commission should move swiftly on the matter to prevent further harm to Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the country.

“Unlike for individuals and NGOs, the African Court protocol does not require Nigeria to have made the declaration under Article 34(6) for the commission to submit a case on behalf of the Nigerian victims before the Court.

“If the victims see that a process for ensuring adequate compensation for the crimes committed against them in South Africa is underway, it will also discourage revenge violence and killings and help break the cycle of violence that is now spiralling beyond control in the country.”

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Nigerian Film On Chibok Girls Wins Venice Festival Award

8 September 2019 - 5:40am


 

NigeriNigerian film, ‘Daughters of Chibok’, has won the prestigious Venice Film Festival in Italy.

Saharareporters had earlier reported on August 7, 2019 that ‘Daughters Of Chibok’ was the only VR film from Africa to have its world premiere at the prestigious festival in Italy.

The film, which addresses the impact of the kidnapped Chibok girls on their surviving family members, also aims to remind the global community on the need to rescue the remaining 112 schoolgirls still in Boko Haram captivity.

The film jointly produced by Northeast Humanitarian Innovation Hub and the VR360 Stories, depicted a particular mother, who frequently washes the clothes of her abducted daughter in readiness for her return.

The award was presented to Joel Benson, the Nigerian producer of the film during the festival in Italy on Saturday night.

Speaking on the award, Benson said, “I dedicate this award to the woman in the story, Yana, who shared her story with me.

“Because of this award, the world will hear of Chibok and remember the girls still in captivity.”

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Katsina Governor Leads Delegation To Engage Niger Republic On Banditry

8 September 2019 - 5:31am


Governor of Katsina state, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari

Governor of Katsina state, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari

 

Katsina State governor, Aminu Masari, has led a delegation to Niger Republic for discussions on a solution to activities of bandits now making life difficult for many residents of the region.

Governor Masari, whose delegation included Secretary to the Government of the state, Dr Mustafa Inuwa, led three fellow governors including Muhammadu Maradu, Aminu Tambuwal and Atiku Bagudu of Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states, respectively, according to a report by Channels TV.

At the meeting, issues of cross-border banditry and other forms of criminality were addressed.

This follows Masari’s ongoing reconciliation overtures with ‘commanders’ of the various camps of the bandits, who have turned eight of the 34 local government areas in the state to their slaughter ground.

The Prefecture of Maradi in Niger Republic, which provides the window through which smuggled arms, ammunition, foreign insurgents and bandits often sneak into Nigeria, is border to the four North-West states of Nigeria.

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Benny Hinn Takes A Swipe At Nigerian Prosperity Preachers, Describes Act As A Trick

8 September 2019 - 5:30am


 

Israeli televangelist, Benny Hinn, has said that he is quitting prosperity preaching because the Holy Spirit was fed up with it.

The 66-year-old, who made the announcement during a Facebook live programme earlier in the week, pointed that such preaching was a gimmick adopted by Christian religious leaders to squeeze money out from members of their congregation.

In Nigeria, where prosperity preaching is popular with many Christian leaders, Hinn’s latest position would come as a terrible blow and in fact a bruising swipe at their ‘money for blessing’ scheme.

Hinn said, “I’m sorry to say that prosperity has gone a little crazy and I’m correcting my own theology and you need to all know it.

“Because when I read the Bible now, I don’t see the Bible with the same eyes I saw it 20 years ago.

“I think it’s an offense to the Lord, it’s an offense to say give $1,000. I think it’s an offense to the Holy Spirit to place a price on the Gospel. I’m done with it.

“I will never again ask you to give $1,000 or whatever amount, because I think the Holy Ghost is just fed up with it.

“I think it hurts the Gospel. When they invite me to telethons, I think they will not like me anymore.

“If I hear one more time, break the back of debt with $1,000, I’m gonna rebuke them. I think that’s buying the Gospel. That’s buying the blessing. That’s grieving the Holy Spirit.

“If you are not giving because you love Jesus, don’t bother giving. I think giving has become such a gimmick; it’s making me sick to my stomach.”


 

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Max Air Blames Crash-landing On ILS Equipment At Airport

8 September 2019 - 4:56am



 

Max Air has blamed the crash-land of one of its aircrafts at the Minna International Airport, Niger State, on Saturday on the epileptic Instrument Landing System at the facility.

A statement by the airline’s Director of Flight Operations, Capt. Ibrahim Dilli, said that at the time of arrival of the aircraft, there was heavy rain and unstable winds.

He said, “Using their wealth of experience and knowledge of the terrain and environment to a safe landing and stop on the runway during which one of the engines slightly brushed the runway due to complex landing manoeuvres occasioned by strong downdraft, aircraft did not crash nor skid off the runway. 

“All passengers and crew are safe and sound. All required reports of the incident have been filed.

“Officials of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Accident Investigation Bureau have inspected both the aircraft and runway and are satisfied.”

 

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100 Days Of Buhari A.K.A ‘Baba-go-slow’ By Fredrick Nwabufo

8 September 2019 - 4:05am


Fredrick Nwabufo

Fredrick Nwabufo

 

How do you measure the virility of an administration; its potency to impregnate the economy, infrastructure and welfare of citizens?  Should it be in the first 100 days of its life; in two or four years? Well, I will measure in the little steps, in actions and in the agenda.  

100 days may be too short to gauge the failure of a government but it is certainly not brief to check for signs of health or of convalescence. In medical science, symptoms are typically expected to improve in three days after the administration of medicine.

In 2015, when President Muhammadu Buhari took charge of the country; his ‘’body language’’ was vaunted to be doing much of the governance. In the first few weeks of the administration, there was appreciable stability in power supply. This was largely credited to the president’s body language, even at the time there was no cabinet.

Also, the anti-graft agencies rammed up effort in naming ‘’looters’’ and making arrests – in the orthodox Nigerian style of ‘’eye service’’. There were reports of some civil servants returning their loot as well.

At the time, there was a prognosis of a healthy economy and claims of resilient security – the dispatch of Boko Haram insurgents and the recovery of captured territories. It all appeared to be a good start for the administration. A new sheriff was in town and his ‘’body language’’ is doing the magic.

Months after the ‘’spell of body language’’, Nigeria slid into a recession; herder-farmer clashes took on a frightening gait; bandits went on a rampage; Nigeria’s minister of power, works and housing was now dubbed ‘’minister of darkness’’ for chronic power failures with the national grid collapsing as much as 21 times in a year (2016).

So, if the administration was to be examined by the positive noises in its first 100 days in 2015, it will have a relatively good score. But the overall score after a full term of four years is at best, abysmal.

And now that the myth of body language has been busted, what does the future portend for Nigerians judging by the actions/agenda of the second Buhari administration in 100 days?

Personally, my optimism is measured. Really, hinging on the Next Level agenda of the administration, where is the hope? What is different? What will change?

I spoke with Femi Adesina, presidential spokesperson, who explained to me that the Next Level agenda is about consolidation. And then I asked, ‘’consolidation on what?”

Here is a partial rendition of that conversation.

Femi Adesina: "The ‘Next Level’ is a level of consolidation. The agenda remains the same. The priorities remain the same. Secure the country, fight corruption, revive the economy and provide jobs for Nigerians, particularly the young people.

"Under the ‘Next Level’; it is a level of jobs, it is a level of power generation; it is a level of education. The curriculum is going to be tweaked with emphasis on science and technology. It is a level of healthcare because it is a healthy citizenry that can compete in the country and beyond. 

"So it is a level in which there is going to be empowerment of the different strata of society. There is going to be a people’s money bank to take care of the lower rung of the ladder. There is going to be an entrepreneurs’ bank to take care of people at the middle rung- SMEs and all that. So these things have been said over and over.’’

Again, I ask, what is different? What is to come? And is this it? If the agenda is to build on what is not there, where is the hope? Also, governance appears to be in a slumber - no motion, no direction.

I do not want to be hasty in passing judgment on the administration. But I pray the Buhari administration proves all doubters, naysayers, wailers and measured optimists like me wrong.

It is all for the good of the country.

@FredrickNwabufo

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Ondo Monarch Urges Buhari To Release Sowore Unconditionally

8 September 2019 - 4:00am



Oba Sunday Amuseghan, the Kalasewe of Apoiland in Ondo State, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to effect the release of pro-democracy activist and leader of RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, from the detention of the Department of State Services.

Amuseghan, who made the call in a video on Sunday, pleaded with all state governors and lawmakers in the country to prevail on President Buhari to release Sowore from detention.

The monarch said, "Omoyele Sowore is well known in our country and globally. 

"He is a law-abiding citizen, I therefore plead with President Muhammadu Buhari to order his release from detention."

Speaking further, the monarch described Sowore as a "royal son and prince of Apoiland", adding that the activist had not committed any crime to warrant his continued detention by the government.

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Sultan To Visit Akure For Dialogue With Religious Leaders

8 September 2019 - 3:02am


 

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, would on Monday meet with religious leaders in Akure, Ondo State and also deliver the 2019 Ulefunta public lecture in the city.

The public lecture is organised annually by the Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, to foster harmony among the people of the state and also promote the cultural heritage of the kingdom.

Sahara Reporters gathered that during the lecture, the Sultan would meet with religious leaders in the state and other stakeholders on how peace and unity can be achieved in the country among adherents of all religions.

The 2018 edition of the lecture was delivered by Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto.


 

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Mugabe: Loved, Hated But Self-assured

8 September 2019 - 1:55am


Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe

 

Since Robert Mugabe died, critics and friends of the former President of Zimbabwe have been torn between reconciling the man, who fought for Africa’s freedom and the despot that held on to power since Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980 to 2017.

Until 2017, when Mugabe was ousted by his disgruntled military in an insurrection that the Zimbabwe Defence Forces denied was a coup, Mugabe was always the cleverest man in the room. His intelligence was superlative; Mugabe knew this and used it artfully as a political tool and in dismissing perceived hostile media reportage both outside and within the African continent.

“I know my people have great regards for me. I know African people think very highly of me and that is satisfying,” Mugabe told Christina Amanpour of CNN during an interview in 2009, at a time he had a coalition government because he could not secure the overwhelming votes of his people.

That was how self-assured Mugabe was even when it was clear that many Zimbabweans and Africans, as a whole, regarded him as a tyrant.

Mugabe was born into a poor black family on February 21, 1924. His father, a carpenter, abandoned the family when Mugabe was 10. However, Mugabe’s superior intellectual capacity led him through. He was educated at the best schools in Zimbabwe before joining the University of Fort Hare in South Africa, thereby towing the path of freedom fighters like Kenneth Kaduna, Julius Nyerere, Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo.

He excelled in academics and would later teach in various schools within his country and Ghana. He was regarded as one of the most educated African leaders, with over five university degrees. One of which was a law degree from the University of London.

Mugabe met his first wife, Sally, in Ghana and would return with her to Zimbabwe in 1960. On his return, he became an active voice of opposition. He joined the Zimbabwe African National Union.

At 39, he was arrested and imprisoned for making a subversive speech against the government. For 10 years, Mugabe remained in prison. When his first son with Sally died, he was not allowed to attend the funeral. Mugabe was elected the secretary of Zimbabwe African National Union in 1974 while he was in prison.

He would later go into exile after his release and from outside Zimbabwe, he wittily controlled all mercenaries within his party. He remained relevant and well-positioned within the power that when the time came, he became an easy pick. ZANU merged with Patriotic Front to form what is now the Zanu-PF and presented Mugabe for the post-independence election which he won.

At independence and shortly afterwards, Mugabe was hoisted high as a liberator and foremost freedom fighter. Like Mandela, he had gone to prison and could still lead his people to freedom. He was loved. But all of these were in the cards for Mugabe, he was the master player.

However, unlike Mandela, Mugabe was not democratic. When he was finally elected president, his authoritarian disposition became magnified with power.

As Prime Minister, Mugabe forced Joshua Nkomo, another freedom fighter, into exile in 1983. In what was considered Mugabe’s first full show of authoritarianism, he sent his North-Korean trained 5th brigade after every voice of dissent. Between 1983 and 1987, Mugabe used this force to silence dissent and crucify opposition.

Quite cleverly, while this was going on, Mugabe still enjoyed his reputation as a foremost freedom fighter in Africa. Whereas, back home, his people were forced into silence or are only allowed to sooth Mugabe’s overgrown ego.

This went on until he thought it was time to take back Zimbabwe's land from its predominantly white owners. It was at this point that he fell apart with the Brits, who had knighted him. In 1994, the Queen of England bestowed Mugabe with an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath. He was later stripped of this honour in 2008.

In 2008, Zimbabwe had two elections. A presidential election held alongside parliamentary election. Mugabe went into the election with two other candidates, Morgan Tsvangirai and Simba Makoni. It was acclaimed that Tsvangirai won the rounds of election but was forced into a coalition with Mugabe. Mugabe became President while Tsvangirai, Prime Minister.

At this point, the economy of Zimbabwe had greatly diminished from various international sections targeted at Mugabe but ultimately hurt Zimbabwe and its people. Mugabe’s reputation as a tyrant had well been established and it was only a matter of time before the western media went against him and all his hitherto suppressed human rights abuses became the nails on his coffin.

Regardless of how diminished Mugabe had become, he maintained a toga of himself as a Pan-Africanist. He could still pull a standing ovation at the African Union with his eloquence, superior intelligence and Pan-African ideals.
 

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Max Air Aircraft First Engine Brushed Runway Surface On Landing –AIB

8 September 2019 - 1:39am


 

The Accident Investigation Bureau has shed more light into how the Max Air aircraft crash-landed at the Minna International Airport, Niger State, on Saturday.

AIB in a statement by its Commissioner, Engr Akin Olateru, said that the number one engine of the aircraft brushed the runway surface on landing.

According to the statement, the Boeing 747-400 aircraft with the registration number 5N-DBK, had departed the King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with 560 passengers and 19 crew members before the incident occured on final approach on runway 23 at the Minna airport.

The statement reads, “From information provided, the aircraft on landing scraped the runway while the number one engine brushed runway surface.

“Our team of safety investigators has commenced investigations."

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Nigerian Drivers Cry Out: Kidnappers Have Returned To Kaduna-Abuja Expressway

8 September 2019 - 12:04am


Daily Trust

 

Tension and apprehension have returned to the Kaduna-Abuja expressway
following the renewed rise of activities of bandits with reports of
killings and kidnapping of many people for ransom, a situation that is
forcing thousands of commuters to travel by train and leaving
commercial drivers in limbo, Daily Trust on Sunday reports.

The bandits had recently killed three persons and kidnapped many
people, among them three final year students of the Ahmadu Bello
University (ABU), Zaria. They were later released with reports of
alleged payment of ransom by relatives even as many other victims are
said to remain in custody of the criminals.

The worse hit by the recent upsurge of the bandits’ activities are the
commercial taxi drivers plying the Kaduna-Abuja route because the
situation is gradually forcing them out of business apart from falling
victims themselves and losing huge amounts of money.

Head of drivers at the Command Motor Park in Kaduna, Emmanuel Ameh,
told Daily Trust on Sunday that the gunmen are attacking and
kidnapping people every day. Ameh said he narrowly escaped the attack
when the bandits attacked and kidnapped people at a bridge after
Rijana village around 8 pm.

According to him, it was the gunshots and people who escaped from the
incident by the roadside that alerted him. He pointed out that on
reaching Rijana after the attack, there were belongings of the victims
littered on the road. Ameh said: “What baffled me is the gunmen
usually change location from one point to another while the police
stay at one location. The police officers don’t patrol the road.  If
you are able to escape and report to the police officers they will
tell you they don’t have fuel to go anywhere.”

Ameh revealed that a good number of the commercial drivers in the park
had decided to abandon their vehicles for fear of being killed or
kidnapped by the gunmen. “I also abandoned my vehicle because of the
fear and continued attacks and kidnapping of people on the
expressway,” he explained.

Ameh appealed to both federal and state governments to get to the
roots of the whole thing, adding that police should also patrol the
stretch of the highway. “The police should track the gunmen in their
hideouts and bring them out because staying at checkpoints would not
solve the problem. You hardly find the police moving on the road,” he
said.

On his part, the Provost of the Command Motor Park in Kaduna, Austin
Alfred, told Daily Trust on Sunday that the bandits attack commuters
at a notorious spot around Olam Farm. “One of our drivers who escaped
the attack is right now receiving medical treatment in the hospital.
In the last month, three of our drivers were affected, two were
kidnapped and one was injured.

“The incident happened around Olam Farm. One of our drivers and a
passenger got injured while trying to escape the gunshots of the
bandits. Our colleagues evacuated the vehicles from the area to a
mechanic garage for repairs,” Alfred said.

Alfred decried the situation many commercial drivers had abandoned
their jobs because of the precarious security conditions of the
Kaduna-Abuja expressway. According to him, nobody wants to risk their
lives by plying the Kaduna-Abuja road, after 2 pm. “None of the
drivers want to ply the road except those from Abuja who want to
return home and can pick passengers back.”

Alfred appealed to the government and security agencies to re-examine
the security architecture on the expressway, adding, “Government
should deploy officials of the Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps
(NSCDC) to the Kaduna-Abuja road since the police alone have not been
able to tackle the kidnapping problem. Government should try another
paramilitary on the road because I remember when passengers from Abuja
airport were transferred to Kaduna and there were security problems on
the road and NSCDC were deployed to the specific spot, the problems
were tackled.”

The Kaduna State Police Command confirmed one of the incidents in a
statement by its spokesman DSP Yakubu Sabo, saying, that armed men in
military uniform intercepted some commuters along Kaduna-Abuja
expressway and opened fire on the vehicles and in the process
kidnapped six persons.

The statement said, “However, due to the prompt response of the police
and other security agents to the scene, three people were later
released by the hoodlums due to intensive combing within the general
area. The rescued persons alongside the abandoned vehicles were
recovered to the police station. Concerted efforts are still being
coordinated by the joint teams of Anti-Kidnapping Unit, PMF, and the
IRT to rescue the remaining three victims and apprehend the
perpetrators of the crime.”

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Governor Wike Suspends Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board Despite Claim Rivers Is Christian State

7 September 2019 - 11:54pm


The Vice President-General of Jamaatu Nasril Islam, (JNI), Alhaji
Abubakar Orlu, has explained why Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike,
suspended the state's Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board.

Alhaji Orlu said it was because of alleged fraudulent activities and
the unsatisfactory manner the board was being run.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the JNI chieftain disclosed that
some fraudulent persons had in the past hijacked hajj seats in Rivers
State to other states.

Last July, Wike had claimed that Rivers was a Christian state.

“I heard that some people are angry that I declared Rivers as a
Christian State. With what happened on March 9, 2019, it re-emphasized
my conviction that Rivers is a Christian State. Nobody can intimidate
me into changing my position.

“I will not disappoint the Church. I will continue to support the
Church. When people who think that they are God came, Christians stood
firm and showed that Rivers State is a Christian State,” the governor
had asserted at a thanksgiving.

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'9-5 Job Won’t Buy You A Benz', Nigerians Debate On Being Employed, Self-Employed

7 September 2019 - 11:39pm


 

There is an ongoing social media debate on whether being self-employed
is more financially rewarding than being in paid employment.

It all started with a tweet from @Ayo_Aroloye, The Ayo of Lagos,
claiming that being in paid employment will not provide an employee
with the financial means to afford to buy a Benz car.

“Your 9-5 won’t buy you that Benz. Put yourself out there dear,” he tweeted.

The tweet ignited a passionate debate amongst young people on social media.

In responding to the tweet, Mowgli with the handle @abdomos tweeted:
"My 9-5 can buy me Benz (not buying tho). You people should stop using
this to justify entrepreneurship. In everything we do, let's just keep
working hard and pray for God's favour."

Another user, Sir Diskson @wizarab10 said being an employee or an
employer does not exactly guarantee wealth.

He said: “The richest people are entrepreneurs. The poorest are also
entrepreneurs.”

@khal2m_ukay tweeted: “Just because entrepreneurship made you
successful doesn't mean a 9-5 job won't give someone else success too.
We are all different & it is really immature and absurd to think that
a person with a 9-5 job isn't living a good life cos he/she isn't an
entrepreneur.”

Neijo, a user who tweets @Nejjman_digs_u, also disagreed that salary
from paid employment cannot buy a Benz.

He said: “Your 9 - 5 will buy you Benz. Get a strong CV. Do the
hardest work in the company. Handle more responsibility. Ask for your
promotion. If not given, apply for another better job. Your 9 - 5 can
buy you Benz. Say no to fast cash.”

@jaylienwesley had a different opinion.

He said: “the internet will shame you for having a 9-5 job & also
shame you for not having a job while sleeping on an air mattress
trying to fulfill ur dream. then when you make it, they’ll praise your
air mattress story. moral: nobody else matters. just focus on you &
that dream.”

“If you leave your job because Twitter people said 9-5 is shitty and
you cannot become rich via 9-5, you might suffer humiliation/poverty.
Please think it through before quitting. Entrepreneurship is risky and
difficult but it can also be very rewarding. Please plan adequately,”
Dipo Awojide @OgbeniDipo tweeted.

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Tiwa Savage Celebrates 'Appearance' On Times Square Big Screen

7 September 2019 - 11:33pm


 

Tiwa Savage, Nigerian music star, was ecstatic seeing herself on a
billboard at the New York Times Square.

The visibly joyous singer who posted a short video on her Instagram
page was seen screaming, “Oh my God!” while she kept looking at the
billboard.

Capturing the video on her page, she said, "New York Times Square, we
did say worldwide release."

Tiwa’s recently-released music video, 49-99, was played and advertised
on the big Times Square screen.

The mother of one was in the news recently for standing against Xenophobia.

She had cancelled her planned appearance in South Africa following the
recent xenophobic attacks in the country.

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'We Started Praying, Some Fainted', Muslim Pilgrims On Max Air Boeing 744 Recount Experience

7 September 2019 - 11:21pm


 

Pilgrims have recounted their ordeal inside the Boeing 744 aircraft,
owned by Max Air, as it made it way down to the tarmac from the sky,
with many of the passengers experiencing hysteria while at least three
women lost consciousness.

A Boeing 744 with registration number 5N/DBK carrying Niger pilgrims
and officials on Saturday had crash-landed causing panic at the Minna
International Airport.

Part of the tarmac and some materials were also damaged by the
aircraft which skidded off the runway.

The aircraft had taken off from King Abdul-Aziz International Airport,
Jeddah with 560 passengers and 19 crew members, it was gathered.

An eyewitness said most of the passengers were in shock, while two
pilgrims fainted.

A medical official onboard told Daily Trust on Sunday that passengers
became panicky by unusual noise when the aircraft approached the
airport.

She said everybody was reciting verses from the holy Qur’an and praying.

Another returning pilgrim who was in the affected aircraft, Hajiya
Asabe, said they were terrified, adding that as a result of the
development, three women fainted.

“It was Allah that saved the situation. There was this loud noise
which caused panic and shouts from all corners.

“We started praying and then there was an impact during the landing
process that shook the entire plane, which also heightened the panic.

“But Alhamdulillah, we all safe aside from those who fainted and were
rushed to General Hospital, Minna.

“When we alighted, we noticed that the aircraft landed by the side and
part of its wings were cracked,” she explained.

She said from the discussion by the officials, the pilot must have
made a mistake during the landing process.

“We heard them saying it was a technical problem and that the pilot
didn’t really get his acts right,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) said it has
commenced an investigation into the incident involving a Max Air
aircraft.

The bureau said Max Air had notified it of the “serious incident”
involving the airline’s Boeing 747-400 aircraft with nationality and
registration marks 5N-DBK which occurred during the final approach on
runway 23 of the airport.

What would have been another tragedy in the Nigerian aviation sector
was averted on Saturday as a Max Air aircraft with 550 passengers
crash-landed at the Minna International Airport in Niger State.

SaharaReporters had reported that a Boeing 747-300 with registration
number 5N-DBK, developed fault mid-air leading to the collapse of one
of the four engines of the aircraft.

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Murder Of Mide-Madariola: UK Citizen Sentenced To 16 Years' Imprisonment

7 September 2019 - 11:09pm


Malcolm Mide-Madariola was stabbed to death

Malcolm Mide-Madariola was stabbed to death

 

A teenager has been sentenced for murdering a student outside Clapham
South tube station last November.

Malcolm Mide-Madariola, 17, was fatally attacked following a
confrontation with two males who were intent on fighting the group he
was standing with after college.

A 17-year-old youth was found guilty of murder and possession of an
offensive weapon at the Old Bailey on Friday, 24 May.

Having now turned 18, he can be named as Tammuz Brown, from the Abbey
Wood area of Greenwich, the UK Metropolitan Police said in a statement
made available to SaharaReporters.

Brown was sentenced at the same court on Friday, 6 September, to 16
years' imprisonment.

Police were called at around 4:35 pm on Friday 2 November 2018 to
reports of a stabbing in Balham Hill, outside Clapham South
Underground station.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended.

Malcolm was found suffering from a stab wound.

Officers and paramedics gave the boy emergency first aid before he was
taken to a south London hospital, where he died a short time later.
His next of kin were informed.

A post-mortem examination at St George's Hospital Mortuary gave the
cause of death as multiple stab wounds.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command quickly launched
a murder investigation led by Detective Chief Inspector John Massey.
This included a review of local CCTV footage and forensic analysis.

The court heard how Malcolm, from Peckham, was stabbed three times,
including once in the heart, during the attack on 2 November.

The weapon used was a hunting knife which police would later trace to
Tammuz Brown.

Detective Chief Inspector John Massey, who led the investigation,
said: “Malcolm was a student at a college in Clapham and had his whole
future ahead of him.

“Brown had clearly come to cause trouble and did not hesitate to
inflict fatal injuries following a minor dispute.

“The dangers of carrying a knife are clear to see. The fact that a
specialist hunting knife was used and purchased in advance makes the
attack all the more sickening.

“Nothing will bring Malcolm back but I hope this sentencing goes some
small way to helping the family move on from what has been a deeply
traumatic phase in their lives.”
 

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