Trump Finally Admits Obama Was Born In The United States

Donald Trump finally admitted Friday that “President Barack Obama was born in the United States,” reversing himself on the issue that propelled him into national politics five years ago.

Trump sought to end his longstanding attempt to discredit the nation’s first African-American president with just a few sentences tacked on at the end as he unveiled his new hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington.
But the issue isn’t likely to die down any time soon — especially as Trump continues to falsely blame Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for starting the “birtherism” controversy. Clinton said earlier Friday that Trump’s acknowledgment of Obama’s birthplace doesn’t go far enough and that he must also apologize.
“For five years, he has led the birther movement to delegitimize our first black president,” Clinton said at an event in Washington. “His campaign was founded on this outrageous lie.”
Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961.
Trump offered no apologies for his leading role in the birther movement and didn’t explain what drove him to change his mind. The President dismissed Trump’s criticism Friday, joking with reporters at the White House and saying, “I was pretty confident about where I was born.”
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Teacher Admits To Having Sex With Six Of Her Own Students

A teacher has admitted to sleeping with at least six of her students during a stint as a special education assistant.

Michelle Mellinger 49, said she slept with pupils – including one who was under 16 – while working at the McKeesport Area High School in Pennsylvania.

She reportedly told one pupil that he “was on her bucket list” before taking him back to her home to have sex with him.

Local reports state that Mellinger later contacted more students for sex before some contacted her after hearing what she had been up to.

She is said to have text one student that she “was not having sex with students anymore”.

However, she later arranged a meeting a few days later, according to Assistant District Attorney Julie Koren.

Mellinger was arrested after staff at the school contacted police when they heard rumours spreading around the school about her.

She has now admitted to one count of statutory sexual assault plus five counts of having intercourse or sexual contact with students during a court appearance.

She also reportedly confessed to one count of attempted intercourse or sexual contact with a student.

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Nigeria Joins Islamic Coalition Against Terror, Buhari Admits

President  Muhammadu Buhari has admitted that Nigeria has joined the Islamic Coalition against Terrorism put together by Saudi Arabia.

He made the disclosure during an interview broadcast at the weekend on international satellite news channel, Aljazeera.

He had been asked whether Nigeria was part of it and he answered: “We are part of it because we’ve got terrorists in Nigeria that everybody knows which claim that they are Islamic.

“So, if there’s an Islamic coalition to fight terrorism, Nigeria will be part of it because we are casualties of Islamic terrorism.”

Asked whether he had suggested Nigeria’s membership of the coalition during his meeting with King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz during their meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia recently, Buhari said: “Yes.”

Asked to explain how such coalition would work for Nigeria, he said he could not disclose the details to the media.

He added: ‘‘Well, that we mentioned under Lake Chad Basin Commission, our regional grouping compromising Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Benin and we dedicated a certain number of troops to be deployed in our own sub-region and I don’t think we have to tell the press the details of that.”

When his interviewer pointed out that since Nigeria was roughly evenly divided among Christians and Muslims and that some Christians were complaining that he was giving Islamic identity to Nigeria, the president wondered why such Christians had not gone to fight Boko Haram in the North or militants sabotaging installations in the South.

“Why can’t those Christians that complained go and fight terrorism in Nigeria or fight the militancy in the South. It’s Nigeria that matters, not the opinion of some religious bigots,” he stated.

The president’s admission came a under two weeks after an official presidency statement seemed to suggest that Buhari had turned down the invitation to be part of the coalition.

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NIMASA Fraud: Court Admits More Exhibits Against Akpobolokemi, Others

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has admitted more exhibits against a former Director- General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi and five others.

At the resumed hearing of the matter on Tuesday, prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, presented one of the three witnesses he earlier brought before the court.

The witness, Olamide Ogunsanya, an Assistant Director in NIMASA disclosed to the court, how the sum of 795,200,000 Naira was paid into the International Shipping and Port Safety (ISPS), account and how the same amount was disbursed.

The witness told the court that approval for the disbursement of the money came from the office of Mr Akpobolokemi.

The document conveying the presidential approval through the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), was identified by the witness and same was admitted as exhibit P22.

On the document, Mrs Ogunsanya identified the endorsement of the first accused person, Akpobolokemi.

Also tendered through the witness, are letters from NIMASA to the Accountant General of Federation and approval from the Accountant General’s office.

The documents were eventually admitted as exhibits P24 and P25 respectively.

The witness also identified the third accused person, Ekene Nwakuche as the first beneficiary in the disbursement of the 795,200,000 Naira.

She told the court that between September 16, 2014 and November 6, 2014, Nwakuche received 3,000,000 Naira each, on eight occasions, from the ISPS account totalling 28,000,000 Naira.

Other beneficiaries are Avant Guard Securities, 94,000,000 Naira; Extreme Vertex Limited, 318,000,000 Naira ; Suco Global, 15,000,000 Naira; O2 Services Limited, 21,200,000 Naira and 16,000,000 Naira; and Aroward Consulting, 70,000,000 Naira.

The witness said that there was a balance of 198, 635 Naira (left in the account).

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N29bn Fraud: Court Admits Exhibits Against Nyako, Others

The trial of the former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, his son, Senator Abdul-Aziz Nyako, Abubakar Aliyu and Zulkifikk Abba, who are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a 37-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and money laundering to the tune of N29 billion continued yesterday.

They are alleged to have at various times between 2011 and 2013, used five companies – Blue Opal Nigeria limited, Serore Farms & Extension Limited, Pagoda Fortunes Limited, Towers Assets Management Limited and Crust Energy Limited to commit the fraud.

Their trial before Justice E. Chukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had commenced on January 29, 2016 with the EFCC presenting its first witness, Mahmud Wambai, a staff of Zenith Bank in court.

At the resumed hearing, the EFCC presented three more witnesses – Yawale Auwalu, Philip Olukayode, both staff of Ecobank Nigeria Plc and Caroline Osaha, a staff of First Bank Nigeria Plc.

Auwalu, the 2nd prosecution witness and an account officer, being led in evidence by Adebisi Adeniyi, counsel to the EFCC, told the court that in August 2014 the agency requested bank documents relating to Amdak Investments Limited and Amdak Road Construction Limited.

“We furnished the EFCC with the certificate of identification, copies of account opening documents and the statement of accounts as requested by the commission,” he said.

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Ex-VP Sambo’s Aide Admits Receiving N25 Million For Election Website

A former special adviser on political matters to ex-Vice President Namadi Sambo, Abba Dabo, on Thursday told Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja that he was paid N25 million by the national publicity secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, to create a website.

The money was part of the N400 million arms purchase funds allegedly given to Mr. Metuh and his company, Destra Investment Limited by the former NSA, Sambo Dasuki.

Mr. Dabo, while being led in evidence by the counsel to Economic Financial Crimes Commission, Sylvanus Tahir, told the court that he was paid the money through the second defendant’s company account, Destra Investment Limited.

Mr. Dabo, also a former spokesperson for ex-President Shehu Shagari, was a former editor of Sunday New Nigeria and Gaskiya Ta Fi Kwabo and one time deputy national chairman of the PDP (North).

According to him, the said money was for media and publicity campaign for the PDP presidential election.

Explaining how the money was expended, Mr. Dabo told the court that he created a media support system and a website called “WhatsApp Nigeria” to run media advocacy campaign for the party.

“I raised a team of facilitators and young internet experts were also employed to manage the website,” Mr. Dabo stated.

The witness further told the court that he was shocked to hear in the media that the money given to him by Mr. Metuh was part of the funds set aside to procure arms for fighting insurgency.

“Therefore, I decided to return the money to the EFCC,” Mr. Dabo said.

Justice Abang, at the instance of counsel to the second defendant, Onyechi Ikpeazu, adjourned to February 9 for further hearing.

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Social Media Bill Contains Obnoxious Sections, Saraki Admits

The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, yesterday admitted that there are unacceptable sections against the social media in the Frivolous Petitions Bill, which has generated controversies in the country.

Saraki spoke in Abuja, while declaring open a two-day sensitisation meeting on implementation of the guidelines on gender-based violence and young persons in Nigeria, organised by Women Arise, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).

According to the Senate president, there is nothing like ‘Social Media Bill’ before the Senate. He, however, said there are “obnoxious” sections against the media in the Frivolous Petitions Bill which has been termed as social media bill.

But he assured that the obnoxious portions would not see the light of the day when the Senate finally concludes work on the controversial bill.

Saraki said: “It is not our intention to gag the social media at all. We want to run an open Senate so that you all can be part of it and by being part of it, we can get a better country.

“I want to reassure you that there is no bill in the Senate that is called Anti-Media Bill. I want to assure you that what we have before us is a bill on frivolous petitions; it has to do with petitions generally.

“Generally, when we debate bills at the second reading, we only debate the principles. We do not debate the details of the bill.

“Unfortunately, in the Bill of Frivolous Petitions, there are some sections which I will call obnoxious sections there, and I am sure, as you all know, those obnoxious sections would not see the light of the day by the time the bill is finished, because they have no relevance to the bill at hand which is all about frivolous petitions.”

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Khloé Kardashian Admits She’s Had A One-Night Stand

The 31-year-old reality star, Khloé Kardashian, confessed in a new video diary posted to her app that she has had a one-night stand, but she’s not naming names. While chatting with her bestie Malika Haqq in Australia, Khloé revealed that she hooked up during a previous trip Down Under.

“I met a guy who was performing at the MTV Awards, hooked up with him here and left,” she said. “He had to leave town and we both didn’t live here, we all came here for the awards.”

But according to the youngest Kardashian sister, her mystery man didn’t quite get the message and attempted to make their one-night fling more of a long-term thing.

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Jega Admits 2015 Elections Were Not Perfect

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega has admitted that the just concluded 2015 general elections were not perfect. He noted that there is still room for improvement in subsequent elections.

Jega, who spoke in Abuja on Thursday when he played host to a delegation led by the Ambassador of Mexico in Nigeria, Marco Antonio Garcia Blanco, however, said the 2015 elections were far better than the 2011 elections.

He said some predictions suggesting that the outcome of the elections may lead to the end of the country, have proven to be false.

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I Worked For APC’s Victory, Ex-Gov Admits

former Governor of Plateau State,  Amb. Fidelis Tapgun, has said though, he is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, he worked for the success of the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 general elections.

Tapgun said his decision to work for the opposition party in the recent elections was as a result of the injustice meted to party members and the impunity of state governors, who imposed their surrogates as candidates for elections at various levels.

The former governor, who spoke to newsmen at his Jos country home on Tuesday, said the PDP worked against itself in the election, adding that the victory of APC at the federal and in the state was not a surprise because the PDP members saw it coming.

Tapgun explained that he and some of the governorship aspirants in the state warned President Goodluck Jonathan about the impending fall of the party, a warning he said was ignored. He accused Jonathan of allowing the governors to hijack the party.

He said, “I contributed to the success of APC in the state because my party failed. My party failed to zone the governorship to the South and that’s the greatest error made by the party. APC fortunately zoned the governorship to the South, and quite naturally, it won. “Contributing to APC victory was not because we were gratified, it was not hidden at all; it was not anything we did behind the scene. We openly said we  were going to work against the PDP in Plateau State and we did to the end.

“We are PDP; we are not going out and we did it to the end. So the success of APC is on the platform of PDP and it was not anything we are ashamed of. It is good to show people that whenever you don’t perform, you will be kicked out.”

Tapgun, while carpeting PDP members, who defected to APC, expressed optimism that PDP would bounce back and provide a formidable opposition to the APC.

He added, “We are determined that the party will not die. We are reformed PDP and Jang’s party or Raymond Dabo (PDP chairman in Plateau) party. There are no two factions, there is only one and we are going to reform it.”