Emir Sanusi’s Daughter Sets For Royal Wedding (WATCH)

One of the beautiful daughters of Emir of Kano, Fulani Siddika Sanusi will walk down the aisle with her husband to-be, Malam Abubakar Umar Kurfi on December 23rd at the Emir’s Palace, Kano.

The brother of the bride-to-be posted a video showing Siddika burst into tears during the Kamu traditional ceremony held on Sunday, December 18th.


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Apple Sets Stage For iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 is expected to make its global debut on Wednesday, but many consumers and investors are already setting their sights on Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) 2017 version of the popular gadget, hoping for more significant advances.

At its annual product launch in San Francisco on Wednesday, the world’s most valuable publicly traded company is expected by blogs and analysts to reveal an iPhone without a headphone jack, paving the way for wireless headphones, a touch-sensitive home button that vibrates, double-lens cameras for the larger ‘Plus’ edition and other incremental improvements.

Apple typically gives its main product, which accounts for more than half of its revenue, a big makeover every other year and the last major redesign was the iPhone 6, in 2014. The modest updates suggest that this cycle will be three years.

“It looks like part of the reason they are keeping the design the same this year is there are bigger changes they are working on for next year,” said analyst Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research.

Sales of the iPhone dropped two quarters in a row this year, the first declines in the history of the device. With many consumers who purchased the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus due for an upgrade, Apple may eke out single-digit gains in sales for the 7, Dawson said.

But some consumer technology sites are advising users to hold off on upgrading until the next year’s version, which will mark the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone.

Analysts say the iPhone 8 may feature a wider display that reaches from one edge of the device to the other and a home button integrated into the screen.

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Man Sets Wife, Son, Daughter Ablaze Over Property

A 43-year-old teacher, Gbemisola Edward, and her 11-year-old daughter, Dolapo, have been confirmed dead at an Ogun State hospital after suffering from severe burns.

The woman’s husband, Joshua, was said to have poured petrol on her, their daughter, and his seven-year-old son, Samson, and set fire on them.

It was learnt the incident happened on Thursday on Augustine Street, Ire Akari Estate, in the Ifo Local Government Area, Ogun State, after a disagreement between the couple.

Gbemisola’s son, Joshua Babatunde, 16, who escaped by a whisker, said his stepfather had wanted his mother to sell their three-bedroomed apartment, but she refused.

He said, “It was the scream of my mother that woke me up. Dolapo and Samson were also set ablaze. I wanted to put out the fire when my stepfather poured petrol on me as well. Before he returned with matches, I managed to escape and reported at the Ifo Police Station.

“He was working with a factory but was sacked some months ago. He then told my mother to sell the house so that he could use the money to start a business. But my mother said she would never sell the house she struggled to build.

“We moved into the house in January. The following month, he and Samson started living with us. It was a woman at our former residence in Iyana Ipaja (Lagos State) that bore Samson for him. He used to beat mum while we were in Iyana Ipaja.”

It was gathered that Joshua fled immediately the incident happened, while the victims were admitted to Aron Hospital, a private facility in the area.

Dolapo was said to have died a few minutes after she got to the hospital while the mother died on Friday.

Samson, who has burns in the head, hands and legs, is still responding to treatment.

Gbemisola’s brother, Wale, said she had always been abused by the husband, adding that constant beatings forced her to relocate from Iyana Ipaja to Ifo.

He said, “Their relationship had been fraught with quarrels since when he was living with my sister in our house at Iyana Ipaja. There was a time he threatened to kill her with a machete. He stole her money and fled.

“When he knew my sister had built a house, he went there to reconcile with her. She insisted that they needed to go to the registry which they did in February. I visited my sister two weeks ago. She said her husband had been threatening her again and that she had told him to leave by the end of August.

“It was on Thursday afternoon that I got a call that he set her and the children ablaze.”

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Boko Haram Sets Up Base In Bauchi Forest

The Boko Haram insurgents are establishing a new base in Bauchi state, a senator revealed yesterday.
Senator Isa Hamma Misau (APC, Bauchi Central) said the insurgents were relocating to the area from their stronghold in Sambisa Forest.

Hamma Misau, a retired Police officer, said in an exclusive phone interview that the insurgents had started establishing themselves in Burra Forest in Ningi Emirate Council of his constituency.
He  said the Burra forest is linked through a corridor to the Falgore Forrest in Kano state and Saminaka in Kaduna State.
“The Boko Haram insurgents are relocating to the Burra Forest. It is a very large forest extending to three states and it is from there that the terrorists are going to other places to unleash terror on people.
“It was because of their activities that a new Police division was opened in Burra but the police cannot carry out operation in the forest because it is a high risk operation.
“They kidnap people daily, and receive between N3million and N5million as ransom,” he said.
The senator said the terrorists told their victims that they relocated from the Sambisa Forest, the hotbed of the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state.
“They also said the terrorists are in hundreds and that they coordinate their operations from the forest,” he said.
“They have collected so much money from the people but because the place is in remote area, it has not been given national prominence.
“The people are highly sophisticated, and to tackle them, we need serious surveillance, intelligence and equipment.”
He said when the Senate reconvenes next month he would sponsor a motion with a view to attracting the attention of the security agencies to it.

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FG Sets Conditions For Out Of Court Settlement For MTN Nigeria

Federal government has set conditions including the payment of a “show of good faith” by MTN Nigeria before government can consider the telecom giant’s proposal for an out of court settlement in the protracted impasse of N780 billion fine imposed on MTN by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Mr. Adebayo Shittu, minister of Communication dropped the hint while fielding questions from ICT journalists during a media parley in Lagos, adding? that the federal government cannot return to renegotiation table with the telco until substantial fraction of the fine has been paid to indicate its readiness to settle the issue.

MTN had taken the NCC to court after the commission in November 2015 slammed a N1.04 trillion fine on it for failing to deactivate millions of unregistered subscribers. The fine was later reduced to N780 billion by the NCC.

Shittu said: “When MTN came, we understood their pleas. However, we added that if you cannot meet up with the fine, you have to add your account details to show that upon paying, your company will collapse. They are yet to respond on that. The next thing was for me to get a call they are going to court. And now, they are coming back for out of court settlement. We don’t want MTN to die; rather, we want them to obey the law.”

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Man Sets Himself On Fire Near Prince William, Kate’s Palace

A man set himself on fire in the early hours of Tuesday outside Kensington Palace, the central London home of Prince William and his wife Kate, and later died of his injuries, British police said.

Two fire extinguishers could be seen next to a police tent set up at the scene of the incident near the large windows of the palace’s Orangery.

Two people in white forensic suits put a green petrol canister in a transparent evidence bag under a tree nearby, an AFP photographer saw.

There was a strong smell of petrol at the scene, which was cordoned off to tourists.

“This incident is not being treated as terrorist-related,” the police said in a statement.

Officers were called to an area near the locked parks of the palace at 3:06am (0306 GMT) “following reports of a man behaving suspiciously” the police said in a statement.

“Officers attended and found a man, believed to be aged in his forties, ablaze,” the statement said.

The man could not be saved and was declared dead half an hour after emergency services arrived on site.

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Senate Sets Up Committee To Review Members’ Salaries, Allowances

The Senate has set up a committee to review the salaries and allowances of lawmakers. This was revealed Tuesday by the Senate president, Bukola Saraki.

He said the Adhoc committee was set up to reassess the structure, and review the level of openness, of members’ pay to ensure that the budget is in line with current economic realities.

Mr. Saraki said the step was taken due to controversies in the media on the allowances and salaries of the lawmakers. “In the last few days, there have been different reports on allowances for the National Assembly members,” he said.

“I reckon it to be false and reckless which has prompted the need to stir up transparency in allowances to avoid misinformation,” he said.

He said it was due to the same reason that he met with the officials of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

He stated that it was to ensure that the country gets an accurate presentation on the true state of all salaries and allowances.

He also announced the immediate composition of an 18-man Senate adhoc committee comprising of three senators for each geopolitical zones to develop a legislative agenda for the 8th Senate within the next couple of weeks.

“The task before us is enormous and Nigerians voted for change and we hope that we deliver to them tangible change,” Mr. Saraki said.

“The clear issues that agitate the minds of the people are the government revenues, the current fiscal crisis in many of our states, the unsustainable cost of governance in the country and the rising cost of doing business in Nigeria.

“This concerns have also agitated our minds individually and collectively and we must provide answers because it can no longer be business as usual.”

He added that the Senate either buckles up and face the realities to forge ahead to ensure a better future for the next generation or turn a blind eye to the extravagant facts that are staring us in the face.”

“Without doing so, we will not have the authority to ensure transparency in ministry and others for public good,” said Mr. Saraki.

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APC Sets Up Committee On Youths Welfare

The National Youth Wing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday set up a committee that would liaise with the party’s leadership in all youth matters.

Inaugurating the committee in Abuja, National Youth Leader of the party, Dasuki Jalo, said the youth wing would evolve better and more inclusive governance where every youth would be a proud and committed stakeholder.

Jalo explained that the composition of the 13-member committee was seven leaders and a member each from the six geopolitical zones.

The committee is expected to negotiate on all matters on behalf of the youth of the party and report from time to time, their activities to Jalo in order to effectively champion the interest of the youths.

Jalo charged the committee to be focused as they would be confronted with complex and emotive issues while strong views would be expressed by many people.

“The committee, therefore, will engage in intense introspection about the challenges confronting our youth and to chart the best and most acceptable way for the resolution of such challenges in the overall collective interest of all Nigerian youths.

“I urge the members of the committee to work extra hard to ensure that their deliberations are completed well ahead of the forthcoming handover of power to the President-elect,” he said.

Responding, chairman of the committee, Sobande Sesan, pledged that the members ”will be sincere with genuine commitment of the leadership of APC.

“We’ll pursue the course of action that will involve all segments of Nigerian youths and build the Nigerian project of Muhammadu Buhari, and bring the change that we all want to achieve.

“We promised to effectively discharge our responsibilities as the youth wing of the governing party and there is a need for us to reposition ourselves for the overall benefit of all Nigerians,” he said.

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Ndigbo Forum Sets 5-Point Agenda For Buhari

Ndigbo Unity Forum, NUF, an Igbo social-political organisation, has set a five-point agenda for the Preisdent-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), as a means of pacifying Ndigbo in all its ramifications.

Top on the agenda is ensuring the execution of the second Niger Bridge project, as scheduled; use of reputable persons from the Eastern region in his government, as well as giving the region an additional state.

In a press statement issued, yesterday, in Onitsha, Anambra State, shortly after its quarterly meeting, NUF also asked the President-elect to reduce accidents on federal roads by constructing a dual carriage way since most of the roads were currently single lane and in a state of disrepair.

According to the group, the President-elect should also implement the national confab report as this will help fortify national unity. NUF said after examining the outcome and transparency of the just concluded 2015 presidential election, it had no other option than to congratulate the President-elect. “NUF is confident that the President-elect will give Nigerians the desired change that will steer the economic and security situation towards the right direction.”