WOW! See The $5.3Million House The Obamas Will Move Into After Leaving The White House

The Obamas settled on a post-Pennsylvania Avenue house to call home after the president leaves office at the end of this year, according to Politico. They will lease the home until their younger daughter, Sasha, finishes high school.

The home was listed for sale at $5.3 million before going off the market in May.

Though it’s smaller than their current, more famous abode, it’s still a lavish residence in a desirable area of the nation’s capital. It was built in 1928, with 8,200 square feet and nine bedrooms.

It’s being leased to the Obamas by Joe Lockhart, former President Bill Clinton’s White House press secretary.

The Obamas are trading white for brick at their newly leased mansion in the Kalorama section of DC.

Brexit: Britain Leaving EU, Must Not Turn Our Back On Europe– Cameron

EU leaders attempted to rescue the European project and Prime Minister David Cameron sought to calm fears over Britain’s vote to leave the bloc as the country lost its prized top-category credit rating.

Britain has been pitched into uncertainty by Thursday’s referendum result, with Cameron announcing his resignation, the economy facing a string of shocks and Scotland making a fresh threat to break away.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who flew to Brussels and London for talks on the crisis, said there was also “a genuine fear of contagion” and the leaders of Germany, France and Italy vowed a “new impulse” for the EU at talks in Berlin.

While Cameron does not want to trigger the process to leave before he steps down by September, he is facing pressure from other EU leaders to hurry the process up ahead of a flashpoint Brussels summit Tuesday.

But he is also facing pressure at home from those who opposed leaving the EU not to rush into a swift settlement. Nearly four million people have now signed a petition calling for a second referendum on EU membership.

In his first appearance before a sombre House of Commons since the referendum, Cameron told lawmakers he wanted to retain the “strongest possible economic links with our European leaders”.

“Britain is leaving the European Union, but we must not turn our back on Europe — or on the rest of the world,” he added. He also announced the creation of a new government unit that will plan Britain’s withdrawal from the EU — a first for a European Union member state.

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Kwara Denies Saraki Received Salary After Leaving Office As Governor

The Kwara State Government has risen in defence of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, against claims he received salary for four years after he served as governor of the state.

On Wednesday, an investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission testified before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, saying Mr. Saraki kept drawing salary from Kwara Government after he left office in 2011 and had been elected senator.

But Kwara, in a statement by the Secretary to State Government, Isiaka Gold, on Wednesday, denied the EFCC claims, saying it has only been paying Mr. Saraki’s pension since he left office.

The state government said the last amount it paid Mr. Saraki as salary was N291,474.00 meant for May, 2011 – his last month in office.

According to the statement, “From June 2011, former Governor Saraki started receiving his pension which was N578,188.00 as other past governors in the country.”

The statement added that “after the review of pensions of former political office holders by the State Pension Board, the former governor’s pension increased to N1,239,493.94 monthly from October 2014 to date.

“Kwara State Government, therefore, dismissed as false and misleading the allegation that former Governor Saraki was receiving salaries after the expiration of his two-term tenure as governor of the state.”

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Saraki Was Paid Governor’s Salary By Kwara After Leaving Office- Witness

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) sitting in Abuja was informed wednesday of how Senate President Bukola Saraki continued to get paid his salary by the Kwara State Government after he had stepped down as the governor of the state on May 29, 2011.

Details were also laid bare on the numerous lodgments and transfers made by Saraki and his aide during his tenure as governor of the state, with some occurring several times in one day.

However, power failure at the CCT Wednesday forced Justice Danladi Umar, chairman of the tribunal, to adjourn Saraki’s trial to April 18, 2016.

The power outage happened when Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), counsel to the federal government, was leading a prosecution witness, Mr. Michael Wetkas, in evidence.

Prior to the outage, Mr. Kanu Agabi (SAN), the lead counsel to Saraki, had pleaded with Umar for an adjournment, but the chairman of the tribunal refused, saying he was ready to continue with the case until 6 pm.
However, the blackout did the work for Agabi, as the outage compelled the chairman of the tribunal to adjourn the trial.

Before the lights went out, Wetkas, a detective of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), while continuing with his evidence which started on Tuesday against the Senate president, claimed he (Saraki) received monthly salaries from the Kwara State Government even after he had stepped down as governor and had become a senator.
Wetkas claimed that Saraki received monthly salaries from June 2011, when he left office as governor of the state, to August 2015 when he served as a senator.

“In the course of our investigation, we wrote to Access Bank for them to give us details of the salary account of the defendant. The salary that was coming into the account was N254,212 as of August 1, 2007,” the EFCC’s detective stated.

“As of June 3, 2011, the salary was N291,124. On July 4, there was another payment with the narration Kwara State Government (KSG), June 2011 salary. The amount was N572,286. On August 29, 2011, there was another payment in the sum of N744,002 from the Kwara State Government,” he testified.

He added that on September 29, 2011 there was another payment of N743,942 with the narration salary payment from the Kwara State Government and with another payment of N1,165,468 as salary payment on October 27, 2011.

The EFCC witness continued: “In November 2011, there was a payment of the same amount. The narration was December pension; on February 1, 2012, there was a payment of the same amount with the narration for pension.

“The salary payments stopped in this account on August 31, 2015. The defendant left office on May 29, 2011, he became senator in the same year.”

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Herdsmen Leaving Benue ‘In Their Numbers’– Police Commissioner

The Benue State Commissioner of Police, Paul Yakadi, on Tuesday said in Makurdi that the departure of herdsmen from the state marked an end to clashes between them and farmers.

Mr. Yakadi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the herdsmen had started leaving the state on their own volition to end the ongoing crisis with farmers.

He noted that the decision of the herdsmen to leave the state would give peace a chance.

“The herdsmen have started leaving the state for peace to reign. They are leaving in their numbers, but that does not mean the crisis has ended.

“We believe that in no distant time peace will return in the affected local governments and the people will return to their homes again.

“My men are trying their best to end this crisis. Our people too must learn to live with one another and manage disagreement amicably without violence,” he advised.

The commissioner said the Benue command was expecting two additional units of mobile police from Asaba and Abakaliki to quell the farmers/herdsmen crisis.

He said the new units would be deployed to the hinterlands to assist the other officers already on ground to fully end the crisis.

The commissioner appealed to both parties to show restraint and learn to live with one another in peace.

The local government areas engulfed by the clashes included Agatu, Buruku, Logo, Kwande and Makurdi, the state capital.

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Court Stops Diezani From Leaving UK Till Next April

Former Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke will not be able to leave the United Kingdom (UK) until April, next year.

That is when the investigations into allegations against her are expected to have been concluded, Judiciary sources said.

She is expected to be arraigned before the magistrate for alleged money laundering and bribery,

Mrs Alison-Madueke was arrested last week along with four others by the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA).She was granted bail. Her international passport was, however, seized.

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Giuliana Rancic Is Leaving E! News

For 10 years, Giuliana Rancic has delivered daily Hollywood happenings on E! News. But the network has confirmed that she’ll be leaving her post as nightly host of the celebrity gossip show. But, while her consistent presence will cease on Aug. 10 on the home of the Kardashians, the 40-year-old mom-of-one isn’t going anywhere.

“For more than a decade, I was fortunate enough to play a role in the success of E! News and will miss my family at the show,” Rancic said in the statement to Us Weekly. “At the same time, I am excited to not only continue as host of two major franchises on E! but also executive produce the aspirational new show Rich in Faith for Oxygen as well as take my wine and clothing lines to the next level.” She added, “This is such a thrilling time for me and I thank the gang at E! for understanding my desire to embark on this next chapter in my life.”

Rancic will retain her role as co-host of the show Fashion Police — which has been struggling recently, in part due to Rancic’s comments regarding Zendaya’s dreadlocks (she said her hair smelled of “weed” and “patchouli”) but mostly due to the loss of Joan Rivers  — that returns Aug. 31. She’ll also continue her red carpet reporting at major award shows on Live From the Red Carpet.

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I Am Leaving Peace And Stability, Says Jonathan

Against the background of the pervasive fuel crisis, strike calls, mounting government debts, power outages and other problems, the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday, accused President Goodluck Jonathan of deliberately sabotaging the incoming APC-led government.

President Jonathan, on his part, counted peace and stability as positive isues he would hand over even as he confessed that the incoming government would need prayers to overcome the problems it would inherit. President Jonathan spoke at the presidential inauguration church service in Abuja, which was also attended by the Vice President-elect, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

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Gov. Shema Leaving N4bn For Incoming Administration In Katsina

Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State has said that his administration will leave four billion naira in the state treasury for the incoming administration. Shema made the disclosure when he received management staff of the Federal University, Dutsin-ma in Katsina on Thursday.

He said he would release N8.5 billion to the 34 local government councils to continue with projects implementation next week. The governor further said his administration spent N55 billion in completing projects inherited from the late President Umar ‘Yar’adua’s administration during his tenure as governor in 2007.

Some of the projects inherited and completed, according to him, include the Umar Musa ‘Yar’adua University, Katsina, the Katsina Airport, and Turai ‘Yar’adua Child and Maternal Hospital, among others.

He said that when he assumed office in 2007, the state was receiving N2.8 billion from the Federation Account, out of which, N1.2 billion went into salary payment.

The governor said the state monthly Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) was N132 million. Shema noted that through his administration’s efforts the state internally generated revenue increased to one billion naira monthly. He, however, expressed regrets that from January to April 2015, the IGR dropped by N300 million.

The governor said his only regrets was the non-completion of the Lambar Rimi Windmill Power project. He further said: “so far at least five turbines at the site were raised”.

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