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Man arrested for threatening to kill Trump at inauguration

A man in Florida has been accused of posting online that he would kill US President-elect Donald Trump at his inauguration on Friday.   “This is January 6, 2017. I was requested to type this in and post it,” Dominic Puopolo said in a video posted on Monday.   “Yes, I will be at the review stand, the inauguration and I’m going to kill President Trump, President-elect Trump today.”   Puopolo, 51, was arrested on Tuesday and allegedly admitted to making the threat.   He was ordered for a mental evaluation at a court hearing on Wednesday.   The...
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JAHDA Clothing Unveils ‘JAGABAN 2017 Collection Featuring Woli Arole

Popular celebrity stylist and designer OPUSUNJU DANIEL YINKA popularly known as JAHDA clothings releases pictures of his new designs tagged the JAGABAN STYLE which features popular comedian WOLE AROLE and himself. OPUSUNJU DANIEL again raised the bar of casual native dresses in the fashion industry with these exciting and amazing new collections. According to the designer, he claims to have wanted to bring in the fusion of both the AGBADA and the normal DANSIKI with a little flavour of BUBA AND SOKOTO all together to create this wonderful design. Jahda, the co-costumier for top celebrities, and...
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EFCC arrests OSOPADEC boss, three others over alleged corruption

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday arrested the Chairman of the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas and Development Commission (OSOPADEC), Pastor Johnson Ogunyemi and three other principal officers. The officers included the Secretary, Dr. Dele Durojaye, the Director of Finance, Sola Orisamoluwa and the Director of Account, Vincent Ikuomola.The Guardian learnt that the officials of the anti-graft agency stormed the headquarters of the commission yesterday afternoon and locked the main gate before heading to the chairman’s office. The main gate was locked to prevent the movement...
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Donald Trump set to take oath of office on Friday

Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States at 12 noon in Washington, and 6pm Nigerian time on Friday.   The joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies disclosed this.   The ceremony is scheduled to start at 11:30am, with a musical prelude beforehand, according to a copy of the inauguration programme.   Afterwards, Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence are slated to participate in the traditional inaugural parade, which is scheduled to start at 3 pm (9 pm Nigerian time).   According to reports, the ceremony opens with the...
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Airport Closure: “It’s easier to connect Kaduna from Abuja by road”, says Fashola

Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, says the decision of the federal executive council to favour Kaduna airport over Minna airport is due to the ease or otherwise of connecting roads. Fashola explained that given the current conditions of both roads, the Kaduna-Abuja highway currently lends itself more to the kind of emergency intervention to restore it to motorability within the short time assigned for the completion of the rehabilitation. “While the road distance from Minna to Abuja is about 156 kilometres and Kaduna to Abuja is about 186 kilometres (a difference of 30...
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HAPPENING: British tourists crowd Banjul airport hoping to board evacuation flights

There were chaotic scenes at Banjul airport in the Gambia on Wednesday as tourists scrambled to leave the country after its embattled president announced a national state of emergency. British tourists who were hoping to soak up some winter sun were repacking their bags and boarding buses from resorts across the small west African nation as tour operators decided to evacuate their customers in response to a change in Foreign Office advice. The country’s long-time president, Yahya Jammeh, announced a national state of emergency on Tuesday, prompting the Foreign Office to change its travel advice,...
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Rann Bombing: President Buhari’s delegates arrive Maiduguri

A federal government delegation led by the Chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has arrived Maiduguri, Borno State, in respect of Tuesday’s bombing of a displaced persons’ camp in the state.   At least 52 persons were killed and 120 others injured after an Air Force jet mistakenly targeted the IDP camp at Rann, near the border with Cameroon, where people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, lived.   The government delegation comprises of the Chief of State, Abba Kyari, Ministers of Defence and information; the Chief of Defense Staff, as well as the Chiefs of Army and Air...
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Czech fugitive wanted for intentionally spreading HIV arrested in Thailand

A Czech fugitive wanted in his homeland for knowingly spreading HIV to multiple victims has been arrested on a Thai resort island after living in the country for more than a year, police said Wednesday. Zdenek Pfeifer, 49, was detained at his apartment on the island of Phuket on Tuesday evening, Thai Interpol said in a statement. His arrest came after reports warning of his presence in the popular holiday nation went viral on Thai social media this week. “Thai police will contact Czech Interpol once he has been prosecuted for local violations,” Thai Interpol said, adding he was arrested for...
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Senate Will Ensure Upgrade Of Minna Airport – Saraki

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, says the Upper Chamber will ensure that the Minna Airport is upgraded to serve its primary function as alternative to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Dr. Saraki explained that the proximity of the Minna airport to the Federal Capital Territory and its standard runway made it an alternative to the Abuja airport. He noted that with the level of renovation work at the airport and its unique features, the Senate would not allow the facility to remain dormant. “We have seen the airport and we have discussed it. With its standard and conducive runway...
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“I don’t like tweeting & I don’t want celebrities at my inauguration”, says Donald Trump

Donald Trump, whose early-morning rants and policy pronouncements on Twitter have left the world hanging on his every typed word, said he doesn’t like using the social media platform in comments to air Wednesday. “I don’t like tweeting,” Trump told Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” program. “I have other things I could be doing. But I get very dishonest media, very dishonest press. And it’s my only way that I can counteract,” he said in excerpts of the interview released late Tuesday. Since winning the presidency in November, the Republican has exploited Twitter to make...
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Oba of Benin suspends chief priest

The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, has approved the suspension of the Chief Priest of the kingdom, Nosakhare Isekhure, from all the duties of the title. This was contained in a statement released at a press briefing at the palace on Tuesday, jointly signed by the nine highest-ranked chiefs in the palace and the Secretary of the Benin Traditional Council, Frank Irabor. It said Mr. Isekhure had been suspended indefinitely. The chief priest is known as the Isekhurhe of Benin Kingdom. The statement accused Mr. Isekhure of desecrating his office. It said the Council had reverted to the system of the past in...
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Want to live longer? Avoid sex, drink coffee, say scientists

Desperate for a magical potion to help them live longer, many frantically try a range of new things in the belief it will give them an extra 10 years of life. But now scientists believe they’ve found out exactly how you can extend your lifespan – but it won’t be an easy change for many. Refraining from having sex will help you live longer than all of your peers, a study has found. And experts believe it could explain why nuns – who stay away from the act completely – tend to live longer. Researchers from the University of Sheffield discovered that mealworm beetles live for longer if they avoid...
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Kaduna crisis: You’ll be shocked by calibre of people we’ll arrest, says el-Rufai

Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, says people will be shocked by the calibre of “perpetrators” his government will arrest and prosecute for the violence in Southern Kaduna.   Speaking on Tuesday when he received Abubakar Mahmoud, president of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the governor said previous governments had failed to prosecute anyone for crises in Kaduna.   El-Rufai said about 20,000 people had lost their lives to crises in the state since 1980 while noting that his administration is determined to put an end to violence.   “Since 1980, about 10,000 to 20,000...
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272 touts, thieves, others prosecuted in Lagos Airport in 2016 – Police

The Police Command, Lagos Airport, says that no fewer than 272 persons were prosecuted for various offences at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, between January and December 2016.   The spokesperson of the command, Joseph Alabi, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos on Tuesday that the command also made 417 arrests within the period under review.   Mr. Alabi said that some of the suspects were charged with assault, stealing, obtaining by false pretences as well as unlawful entry and touting.   He said the crimes contravened Federal Airports Authority of...
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Windows 7 now outdated for businesses – Microsoft

Microsoft Germany is encouraging business users to make the switch to a newer version of the operating system, claiming Windows 7 is no longer “fit” to be used in businesses.   Windows 7 “does not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high security requirements of IT departments”, said Markus Nitschke, head of Windows at Microsoft Germany.   Microsoft has warned that the Windows 7 operating system is outdated and more susceptible to malware attacks that wouldn’t affect Windows 10.   “It provides for higher operating costs – for example, maintenance,...
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Reps To Investigate 500m Naira Fund For Chibok Secondary School

The House of Representatives is to investigate why the Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state has not being reconstructed despite 500 million naira being earmarked for the project in the 2016 budget.   This resolution followed a motion sponsored by Rep Raphael Igbokwe who reminded the House that the former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had flagged off the reconstruction project.   Lawmakers wondered if the funds have been diverted and called for a proper investigation to be done in the matter.   The House also resolved that all schools destroyed in the...
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REPORT: Sambisa is massive. It’s 18 times the size of Lagos – Oby Ezekwesili

Oby Ezekwesili, co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls group, says Sambisa Forest, the hideout of the Boko Haram, is 18 times the size of Lagos state, Nigeria’s commercial capital.   Ezekwesili, who went on a tour of Sambisa with the Nigerian Airforce (NAF), said the forest is a vast expanse of land, and more has to be done to capturing the whole forest.   “Dreaded Sambisa is massive. Sixty thousand square kilometers. Eighteen times the size of Lagos State! All of Lagos is 3,345 square km,” she wrote on Twitter.   “Apparently, the Sambisa ‘general area’ as it’s...
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JUST IN: Four Gambian ministers resign as Yahya Jammeh vows to remain in power.

Gambia’s Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Environment have resigned from President Yahya Jammeh’s government, according to report on Tuesday. They all resigned as regional forces prepare to oust the veteran leader unless he steps down by Thursday. Jammeh, in power since a 1994 coup, has become increasingly isolated at home and abroad after he refused to accept his Dec. 1 defeat to opposition leader Adama Barrow. The surprise loss was seen as a boost to democracy in the former British colony, which has had only two presidents since it gained independence in 1965. But Jammeh’s...
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