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BREAKING: Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh ‘agrees’ to step down

Yahya Jammeh has agreed to step down as president of The Gambia, according to reports.   Nicholas Germain, a France 24 journalist, quoted sources as saying Jammeh is currently writing a statement where he accepts to cede power.   Guinean officials tell @FRANCE24 that Jammeh currently writing statement where he accepts to leave, in the presence of Guinean officials — nicolas germain (@nicolasF24) January 20, 2017   Jammeh, who lost Gambia’s presidential election to Adama Barrow, initially accepted defeat and congratulated his opponents, but changed his mind and decided to...
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NCC begins enforcement of N5 million fine over unsolicited Calls/SMS

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has said that it has commenced the enforcement of the Do Not Disturb (DND), code which compels mobile network operators to stop sending unsolicited messages to their subscribers.   Prof Umar Danbatta executive vice chairman of NCC at a meeting with the Academia on ITU Study Group Participation held at Digital Bridge Institute, Abuja, said the move became imperative because the NCC had given the operators ample time to comply with the regulatory directive and was now ready to enforce the N5 million fine stipulated for any breach of the directive by the...
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Protests erupt in Sri Lanka against Donald Trump

A small, but vociferous group on Friday staged a protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka on the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. President, officials said.   Carrying placards and chanting slogans, the protestors denounced Trump’s comments on various issues including the environment, war and immigrants and claimed they could have an impact on Sri Lanka.   “We are showing our solidarity with all the people throughout the world who are taking part in protests against president-elect Trump,’’ Siritunga Jayasuriya, leader of the United Socialist Party, said.   No...
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President Buhari’s vacation is ill-timed and irresponsible – By Jude Egbas

48 hours after an Air-force fighter jet 'mistakenly' dropped bombs on the heads of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and  aid workers, the Commander-In-Chief announced that he'll be embarking on a vacation abroad. "I'm traveling to the United Kingdom today on a short leave; part of my annual vacation", President Muhammadu Buhari announced. "I'll be back at work on February 6. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will act as President". According to a statement from the President's spokesperson, Femi Adesina, the trip borders on health concerns. "During the vacation, the President will also undergo routine...
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Nigerian sports legend Chris Enahoro passes on at 80

Enahoro, a former schoolboy athlete, who in the 1950s and early 60s held the West African high jump record, reportedly died in his Surulere, Lagos home after a brief illness yesterday. The former Government College Ibadan old boy, who played football for the defunct Western Region and also was captain of Nigerian cricket national team, was said to have had ‘a little health challenge’ last week, which eventually led to his demise. When The Guardian visited his residence at Ajao Street, Olufemi, Surulere, yesterday, some workers renovating parts of the premises disclosed that the former Chairman of...
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Gambia: Jammeh given till midday to go as troops close in.

West African leaders have given Yahya Jammeh until midday on Friday to cede power after regional troops crossed the border in support of his democratically elected successor. Marcel Alain de Souza, chairman of the west African union Ecowas, said the troops will force Jammeh out if he refuses to leave the country. The west African troops entered the Gambia on Thursday night, hours after Adama Barrow was forced to hold his inauguration as president in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. De Souza said the west African force, which includes tanks, has so far met no resistance. A delegation of west African...
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Senegalese troops take over Gambian border as Jammeh’s mandate ends today.

Yahya Jammeh, the Gambia’s longtime president, was holding out in the capital, Banjul, on Thursday after last-ditch diplomatic efforts to persuade him to stand down appear to have failed. The country has been in a state of political uncertainty since Jammeh refused to cede power to the winner of last month’s presidential election, using the courts and parliament to try to extend his 22-year rule. His mandate ended at midnight but he has steadfastly refused to hand over to Adama Barrow, prompting west African states to ramp up pressure on the president. A contingent of Senegalese-led troops is...
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Child Trafficking: Police Intercepts Another Syndicate. [Video]

The Plateau State Police Command has intercepted another syndicate specialised in trafficking children to the south east region of the country. The Police rescued 16 children at a motor park in Jos, Plateau State. The Public Relations Officer of the Command, ASP, Mathias Tyopev told Channels Television that the suspect, a female was apprehended at the Gada Biyu motor park while boarding a vehicle in company of the children to Anambra state. The suspect, who hails from Mamaga Gumai in Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi state, explained that she was taking the children to the destination to...
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University student bites off neighbour’s ear – Police

A 30-year-old student, Tobi Justice, who allegedly assaulted his father’s tenant by biting off his left ear, was on Thursday in Lagos released on a N50,000 bail.   The Chief Magistrate, Alexander Komolafe, who gave the ruling, also told the accused to present two sureties in like sum.   The accused, a student of the University of Abuja, had pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge bordering on assault occasioning grievous harm and breach of peace brought against him at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.   According to prosecutor, Joseph Ajebe, the accused committed the...
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Creche owner beats two-year-old, breaks his leg.

The owner of a Creche, Oluwasanmi Oluwakemi, on Thursday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly beating up a two -year-old child and causing him bone fracture on his leg. Oluwakemi, who resides at 18, Imole Str., Mile 12, a suburb of Lagos, is facing a two-count bordering on assault. The Prosecutor, Insp. Clifford Ogu, told the court that the offence was committed on Decembber 1 at Mum Isaiah Day care and creche at Mile 12, Lagos. Ogu told the court that the accused beat up one of her pupil at the creche and caused him to have broken leg. He said, “It was when the...
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JUST IN: President Buhari to proceed on a 10-day vacation

President Muhammadu Buhari is set to proceed on a 10-day vacation beginning from Monday January 23 to Monday February 6, 2017.   Buhari disclosed this in a letter, read by Bukola Saraki, the senate President, Thursday, during plenary.   The letter read that the 10-day period formed part of his annual vacation for 2017.   According to the letter, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is to act as President during the period, which Buhari would be away.
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Butcher allegedly kills colleague over cow leg

A Tug of war between two butchers over who will buy a cow leg from a customer at a slaughterhouse at the popular Abraka Market in Asaba, has resulted in the death of one of the butcher. He was stabbed by his colleague in a fit of anger. The deceased butcher, Mr. Akin Sahid, 34, from Kwara State and a father of two met his untimely death yesterday when he went to buy cow meat at the abattoir in company of his bosom friend, Mr. Aladi Abiodun, also a native of Kwara State. The two butchers sell at Ogbe-Ilo Market in downtown Asaba. As a result of the scarcity of beef at the nearby abattoir in Ogbe-Ilo, the...
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UPDATE: Senegal troops move in on Gambia

Senegalese troops have been seen moving towards the Gambian border in a show of force to pressure President Yahya Jammeh to stand down, according to BBC. Senegal gave Jammeh a midnight GMT deadline to quit and Nigeria has sent an air force contingent to Senegal in support of the possible intervention. Wednesday was meant to be Jammeh’s last day in office but parliament extended his tenure by three months. This stops the inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow, who is currently in Senegal. Thousands have fled Gambia because of the political crisis. The African Union (AU) says it will...
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Trump sued by sexual assault accuser — two days to inauguration

Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the Apprentice show, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump, U.S. president-elect. Zervos is suing Trump for saying she lied about her allegation of sexual assault against him. She claimed Trump “thrust his genitals” at her during a meeting to discuss job opportunities at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2007. She’s one of the several women made allegations of sexual assault against Trump during the campaign phase of the American presidential election. At the time, Trump denied the allegations and described his accusers as being motivated by fame...
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Budget Padding: Court fixes hearing for February 20

A Federal High Court in Kano on Wednesday fixed February 20 for hearing in the case against the Clerk and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, over the suspension of Abdulmumini Jibrin. Some constituents of Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency sued the Clerk and Speaker Yakubu Dogara, challenging the legality of suspending their member, Mr. Jibrin. The counsel to the plaintiff, Bashir Muqaddam, had earlier applied for a date to enable him respond to the issues raised in the preliminary objection filed by the defence counsel. According to him, the defence counsel wanted the...
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Rivers State confirms Lassa fever case

The Rivers ministry of health has confirmed a case of Lassa fever in a private health facility in the state.   The commissioner for health, Theophilus Odagme, disclosed to journalists in Port Harcourt on Wednesday that the patient had fully recovered and had been discharged.   He said the ministry was collaborating with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the private hospital and family of patient to ensure that the process of decontamination of contacts is effectively carried out.   “Right now, we pray it does not pose further threat to the state.   “Indeed,...
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Panic across Gambia as Defeated Leader, Jammeh Tightens Grip Before Inauguration

President Yahya Jammeh once predicted that his rule could last a billion years. Now, the fate of his nation is hanging on one more anxiety-filled day. After acknowledging defeat in an election last month, Mr. Jammeh abruptly changed his mind, refusing to step aside for the inauguration of the new president scheduled for Thursday and threatening to drag the nation into a bloody standoff. Mr. Jammeh, who has long been criticized for human rights abuses and grandiose claims like being able to cure AIDS with little more than prayer and a banana, has insisted on a do-over election. He declared a state of...
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Yaya Toure Refuses China’s Big Offer A Second Time

Manchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure, has rejected a £430,000-a-week offer from China for the second time.   The 33-year-old was the subject of interest from the Chinese Super League last summer as he decided against his transfer.   He gave the same response when he was recently contacted that the offer remained open during the current transfer window.   The future of the Ivorian, whose contract with Manchester City expires in the summer, appeared in doubt, as he was left out of the City squd at the start of the season.   However, he has been a regular for the...
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