Fight breaks out in South African parliament during Zuma’s address

South Africa’s parliament was thrown into disarray on Thursday when opposition MPs tried to scuttle the State of the Nation address by President Jacob Zuma.


The South African president was greeted with hostility by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters’ party (EFF), who chanted “thief” as he made his entrance into the chamber.


Members of Zuma’s party, African National Congress (ANC), attempted to counter the chants of “thief” by shouting “ANC, ANC.”


Zuma twice tried to address the chamber but the EFF MPs continuously interrupted his speech.


Baleka Mbete, speaker of the parliament, tried to bring order to the chamber but Julius Malema, EFF leader, accused him of being partisan.


Malema said, “Your conduct has failed you. You are irrational, impatient, partisan.”


Mbete replied, saying, “We have been patient with you, we have been trying to give you an opportunity to express yourselves but… it is being abused.”


When it appeared that the EFF MPs were hellbent on disrupting proceedings, security guards were invited to take them out.


The lawmakers were forcefully ejected from the chamber but not before a few punches were exchanged.


Members of another opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, also staged a walk out, after which President Zuma was eventually able to address the chamber.


South African opposition parties and even factions of the ANC have of late called on Zuma to resign in the wake of corruption allegations.


The chaotic scenes at the parliament were captured on national television.

World’s Heaviest Woman Flies To India To Fight For Her Life

Eman Ahmed, from Egypt, is believed to be the world’s heaviest woman. According to her family, she weighs 1,102 pounds (500 kg).

“Eman didn’t live life as everyone does,” Shaimaa Ahmed, Eman’s younger sister and carer, says. “She didn’t enjoy her childhood or youth. She’s been battling with her illness for 36 years.”
According to her family, Eman has barely left her bedroom in over two decades. Unable to move or communicate, she spends her days trapped inside her family home, staring at the ceiling.
A stroke two years ago impaired her speech and mobility, so the last couple of years have been particularly difficult, Eman’s sister says.
However, thanks to a social media campaign initiated by Shaimaa, the family’s situation is now looking a little more hopeful.
Publicity surrounding Eman’s plight caught the attention of eminent Mumbai-based surgeon, Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala, who set up a fundraising initiative in order to fly Eman to India.
He plans to set in motion a series of operational procedures that will reduce her weight to below 220 pounds (100kg.)
“She is battling with her life every single day,” Dr. Lakdawala told CNN. He says that as things stand, how long she lives is anybody’s guess.
“Right now she is like a living bombshell, which could blow up on her any moment.”
According to Guinness World Records, the world’s heaviest living woman is Pauline Potter from the United States, who weighs 643 pounds (291.6 kg.)
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Trump Picks Twitter Fight With China

US President-elect Donald Trump fired a Twitter broadside at China on Sunday, accusing the Asian giant of currency manipulation and military expansionism in the South China Sea.

The taunt came two days after Trump risked offending Beijing by accepting a call from the Taiwanese president, and heralded the prospect of a trade battle between the world’s largest economies.

China was a frequent target of Trump’s during his presidential campaign and, as he prepares to take office next month, every sign points to his taking an aggressive line with Beijing.

“Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the US doesn’t tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea?” he demanded, adding: “I don’t think so!”

China is the United States’ largest trading partner, but America ran a $366 billion deficit with Beijing in goods and services in 2015, up 6.6 percent on the year before.

US politicians often accuse China of artificially depressing its currency, the renminbi, in order to boost its exports — its value has fallen by around 15 percent in the past two-and-half years.

Trump has vowed to formally declare China a “currency manipulator” on the first day of his presidency, which would oblige the US Treasury to open negotiations with Beijing on allowing the renminbi to rise.

With China holding about a trillion dollars in US government debt, Washington would have little leverage in such talks, but the declaration would harm ties and boost the prospect of a trade war.

China charges an average 15.6 percent tariff on US agricultural imports and nine percent on other goods, according to the World Trade Organization.

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Waziri Responds To Ribadu’s Accusation Of Frustrating Corruption Fight

Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mrs Farida Waziri has challenged her predecessor in the commission Malam Nuhu Ribadu to give account of billions of funds and assets recovered from suspects under his watch as EFCC boss and stop using her name for cheap political cards.

A statement signed by her Personal Assistant, Ms Omolara Oluremi on Saturday quotes Mrs Waziri as saying Ribadu had accused her of being ‘’part of his imaginary enemies who frustrated the nation’s anti-graft war’’.

‘’My first inclination was to ignore Nuhu since I know he is always obsessed with dropping my name into his script anytime he needs public pity or political relevance but on a second thought I felt I should advise him to leave me out of his frustrations and face life.

‘’If after eight years of being removed as EFCC Chairman, he is yet to move on with life, even after two successive Chairmen had occupied the same seat and moved on with their lives, then his problem may be psychogenic’’ she alleged.

According to her ‘’it was Ribadu’s lust for power, inordinate ambition and desperation for political relevance that continue to push him to dine and wine, and even enjoy the wealth of those he had labeled as corrupt in yesteryears’’.

She advised Ribadu to ‘’stop being a weeping man’’, saying garrulity does not heal frustration or depression.


Ribadu Reveals Names Of Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption

Years after leaving office as the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu has named some Nigerians he said tried their best to frustrate the nation’s fight against corruption.

Mr. Ribadu spoke on Thursday when he presented the lead paper at the 2016 Annual Lecture organised by the Law Chambers of Joe Kyari Gadzama in Abuja.

Speaking under the theme “Corruption and the Nigerian Economy: Lawyers as Change Agents”, Mr. Ribadu named foremost lawyer, Ben Nwabueze, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoakaa, and his successor at the EFCC, Farida Waziri, as people who undermined the country’s efforts to fight against the cancer of corruption.

“I still recall with amazement and shock how some very senior lawyers made it a duty upon themselves to bring down the EFCC and stop the work we were doing. Many of them, like Prof. Ben Nwabueze, SAN, teamed up with politicians to wage a very serious propaganda to discredit the work we were doing,” he said.

He also said Mr. Nwabueze personally went to court on many occasions to challenge the powers of the EFCC to fight corruption.

“One thing that also did a serious damage to the war against corruption was the active connivance of some senior lawyers who represented the governors we charged to courts after the 2007 election,” he said.

“It is on record that we charged the former governors of Jigawa, Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau, Enugu, Ekiti, Delta, Abia and Edo states as the first set of ex-governors to face prosecution. However, almost 10 years after most of the cases have not gone anywhere because of deliberate action by lawyers to frustrate the trials,” he said.

Mr. Ribadu, a lawyer and former police officer, also said he was shocked that some lawyers who found themselves in government also worked against the fight against corruption.

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Nigerian Navy Sends Troops To Fight Boko Haram

The Nigerian Military said on Wednesday that it deployed Naval troops to Borno as part of its renewed efforts to end the Boko Haram terrorism in the North-East.

The Theater Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Lucky Irabor, a Maj. Gen., told journalists in Maiduguri that the troops were inducted into the theater as the maritime component to strengthen its operation.

“The advance party for the maritime component of Operation Lafiya Dole has been inducted into the theater on September 8,” he said.

“They will be deployed at Naval Outpost in Baga and will later operate around the fringes of Nigerian side of the Lake Chad.

“However, they are now temporarily accommodated at the Federal College of Fresh Water and Fishery Technology in Baga, awaiting arrival of the main body and other logistics.

“Currently, they are conducting patrols in conjunction with troops of Multi National Joint Task Force in Baga,” he said.

The commander said the troops of the theater recorded successes in clearing Boko Haram insurgents under its “Operation KARYA GWIWA’’.

“On October 28, our troops commenced clearing operations on two axis to clear and destroy insurgents along Golgore, Doksa, Ajigin and environs.

 “The troops located a terrorist’s camp and on sighting the team, they fled the camp abandoning seven motorcycles, five bicycles, a desert camouflage and a large quantity of drugs.

“All the recovered items were destroyed and during the operations, 37 terrorists were killed while two officers and five soldiers were wounded and a member of the vigilante died, during the offensive operation.

“On October 29, our troops continued their advance and later came under Boko Haram ambush at Ugundiri, where five soldiers sustained gunshot wounds.

“Two anti-aircraft guns were recovered from the terrorists and a gun truck was destroyed,” he said.

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Quilox Fires Back: Oritse Femi pretended to collapse, his rage was unprovoked.

Following the brawl that ensued at Quilox on Friday, the management of the nightclub has accused Oritse Femi of sparking the conflict.

In a statement released Monday morning, Quilox said Oritse Femi came into the club without prior reservation and pleaded to be accommodated in a “patron’s table of six”.

The club noted that the singer, after being accommodated, proceeded to drink from the patron’s bottle and also tried to bring “eight of his guests” to the table.

The patron was said to have been incensed and subsequently informed a bouncer of the singer’s attitude. The bouncer’s intervention, the statement noted, infuriated Oritse Femi and he lost his cool.

Quilox maintains that Oritse Femi pretended to collapse after stabbing the bouncer and causing a scene.

The statement reads:

“At about 2am on Saturday, 13th of Nov. 2016, Oritsefemi came into Quilox without prior reservations or table bookings. Tables are allocated to customers who have made prior paid table bookings in advance of their arrival except such customer is a patron or member of the club.

“However, Oritsefemi who did not fall into any of the categories above approached a patron’s table-of-six and pleaded to be accommodated, with the understanding that other guests of the said patron were still been expected.

“In a surprising turn of events, Oristsemi who was drinking from the patron’s bottle attempted to sit 8 of his guests at the table, the surprised patron strongly rejected such effrontery and invited the bouncer guarding the floor to intervene.

“The bouncer politely approached Oritsefemi and told him the patron’s guests were still being expected, but Oristefemi, in a fit of unprovoked rage, slapped the bouncer then proceeded to break a glass in his hand and stabbing him in the eye.

“The scene quickly became rowdy as other customers rushed to the table and confronted the artist for his violent behavior, our security team quickly stepped in to salvage the situation by carrying Oristefemi out of the club.

“Oristefemi faced by an enraged crowd outside and perhaps realizing the gravity of his offense pretended to collapse. The artist and the bouncer were subsequently rushed to a nearby hospital.

“The bouncer affected later pressed charges at Bar Beach police station, where Oritsefemi accepted his offense and pleaded for mercy, he was granted bail at 12pm on the 13th of Nov. and advised to report back to the station on Tues. 15th of Nov. 2016.

“We were hesitant to release a press statement as several well-meaning people have attempted to intercede on behalf of the artist, but after his malicious and grossly false account of the events that occurred, it is only fair that we defend the integrity and ethos of our organization.”

No Mercenaries Involved In Fight Against Boko Haram- Military

The military said yesterday that it had both the capacity and capability to defeat the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists in the North East, and so would not engage mercenaries to achieve such feat.

In a statement from the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, released by the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, the military insisted that it had the ability to clear the remnants of the terrorists from the area without seeking any assistance of mercenaries. It said the statement was in response to a media report that it was considering the engagement of mercenaries in its prosecution of the war in the North East.

The statement read: “We read with dismay the disturbing newspaper report on Wednesday 9 November claiming that foreign mercenaries would be used to fight Boko Haram. “This story is not only mischievous and unfounded but also lacks merit and far from the truth.

“The DHQ wishes to state with emphasis that the Nigerian Armed Forces has the capacity and capability to clear the remnants of the terrorists from our land and that is what the military has been doing.

“It is not necessary or logical to go for mercenaries after the battle of Boko Haram insurgent had been won.

“The pocket of attacks witnessed in the last few days by the fleeing Boko Haram terrorists are isolated cases, though regrettable.

‘’That does not call for serious concern as it is not uncommon worldwide for such occurrence in any area that was once infested by terrorist groups.

“Those peddling rumours on the use of mercenaries are mischievous. They have done it before and failed and are at it again.

“Surely, they will definitely fail this time also. The unprecedented successes recorded against the deadly Boko Haram sect by the Nigerian military without seeking external force is there for all to see.

“The DHQ, therefore, urges our patriotic citizens to ignore the senseless talk and dismiss the story in its entirety as it was concocted to serve inglorious selfish interest.”


US expresses confidence in Nigeria’s fight against corruption.

United States Special Representative to Muslims communities, Shaarik Zafar, monday in Kano expressed optimism that the current fight against corruption in Nigeria would succeed.

Zafar spoke at news conference yesterday in Kano that he was in the state to offer opening remarks at an inaugural workshop on anti-corruption tool for religious leaders.

He said if corruption could be effectively tackled, the country would witness socio-economic growth and development.

“I am optimistic that if corruption can be tackled, the trend is positive for Nigeria based on the commitment.

According to him, the US government was committed toward assisting Nigeria in the current effort to fight corruption in the country.

“Nigeria’s success is America’s success, hence our decision to work with government, civil Society organisations and religious groups on areas to prevent corruption.”

The US envoy said the workshop would address how religious communities could work together to combat corruption, promote accountability, and encourage transparency.

According to him, the workshop was organised by his office under the US Department of State is aimed at educating Muslims leaders the dangers of the corruption.

“Like I said, I have a global mandate. So, I will encourage a continued focus by religious leaders on the critical challenge of combating corruption.

“This is not only because of their moral voice. Critically, religious leaders speak a common language with their communities.

“They also have incomparable access, unique networks and level of respect that can help in this common battle against corruption and to promote accountability.”

The envoy while in Abuja, is expected to meet with religious and community leaders and learn of their current challenges and opportunities.

Brooklyn & Victoria Beckham Join Forces To Help Fight AIDS In Kenya

Victoria and Brooklyn Beckham jetted off to Kenya for three days to raise awareness of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and promote the global effort to end AIDS with UNAIDS and Born Free. While there, the mother-son duo met with people whose lives have been impacted by HIV as well as government officials and other members from the organizations.

Fortunately, both Brooklyn and Victoria shared touching photos from their trip on Instagram.

In one of the pictures posted by Brooklyn, the 17-year-old is shown holding a newborn baby, which he captioned, “Humbled by the most inspiring family running @newlifehomeke Honoured to meet newborn baby Brooklyn!” Likewise, Victoria uploaded a snap of her and Brooklyn hanging out with a group of teenagers, writing, “Hanging out with teenagers in Kenya. Get tested, know your status, get treatment. NO STIGMA!”

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US Supports Nigeria With Additional $92m To Fight Poverty

The United States of America (US) has announced an additional developmental assistance of $92.73million to Nigeria to help fight poverty.

The sum which was given through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is meant to support the five-year $2.3 billion agreement signed with the Nigeria Government in 2015.

A statement from the Information Unit of the US Embassy in Abuja added that the amount brings the total of development assistance provided to $474.74 million.

According to the statement, “This funding will continue to help Nigeria reduce extreme poverty in a more stable, democratic society.  Activities will stimulate inclusive economic growth, promote a healthier, more-educated population and strengthen good governance.”

Speaking further, USAID Mission Director, Michael Harvey, who stated that the US is pleased to contribute additional funding in support of the agreement signed with the Nigerian Government in 2015 expressed confidence the funding woud have a significant impact on the wellbeing of Nigerians.

In an effort to align Nigeria’s development plans with sector-specific strategies, USAID collaborated with the Nigerian Ministry of  Budget and National Planning; the Nigerian Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Power, and Education; and state-level government counterparts to structure the agreement, which is in place until 2020.

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#ChangeBeginsWithMe: Buhari Launches Fight Against Reckless Behaviour

Today, President Muhammadu Buhari is asking for people to change the way they behave. The president launched the campaign in the capital, Abuja.

 In a speech he said:

It is safe to say today that honesty, hard work and godliness have given way to all kinds of manifestations of lawlessness and degeneration in our national life.”

The government is using #ChangeBegiunsWithMe on Twitter to get its message out. Read tweets below:

Drake Supports Lil Wayne In His Fight To Quit Music

Following Lil Wayne’s tweet on his frustrations about his ongoing battle with Cash Money and Birdman, saying, “I AM NOW DEFENSELESS AND mentally DEFEATED & I leave gracefully and thankful I luh my fanz but I’m dun. Ain’t lookin for sympathy, just serenity”; Drake posted a message to Instagram showing his support for his “boss”.

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Cast Members of Rich and Famous Latina TV Reality Show Engage In a Bloody Fight on Set

Two women of a South-American reality TV show known as ‘Rica Famosa Latina’ turned a scripted fight into a real gangster fight that ended up landing one of them in the hospital with a bloodied face.

The producers of the reality TV Show had planned to shoot a scripted scene of cast members Sandra and Victoria arguing over a dress and then getting into a fake brawl. Sandra instead of going with the script, let her temper get the better of her. She smashed a wine glass on Victoria’s head before grinding the broken spiked end into her chest.

According to TMZ, the pair were shooting the scene at a fashion event in Culver City when the brawl started. The scripted scene was supposed to show the women arguing over a dress. Victoria was supposed to throw a glass of wine on a mannequin, and then Sandra would throw a glass of wine back at Victoria. 

While shooting, the ladies started trading real insults and it got to Sandra. Instead of throwing the glass of wine at Victoria, She went off script attacking her by smashing the wine glass over her head, and then cutting her with the spiked, broken end. Not before, Victoria got in a hefty blow to her head, leaving her with a serious swelling. 

Victoria was later rushed to a hospital with cuts on her head and chest.

Law enforcement sources tells the site that despite the injuries, neither women will be charged as they’re chalking it up to mutual combat for a TV show.

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Lagos To Install 13,000 CCTV Cameras To Fight Crime

Lagos State said yesterday that plans are underway to deploy 13,000 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras across the state, additional 6,000 streetlights and  security sensors to enhance surveillance and crime prevention.

The plan, the government said, will ensure safety of lives and property of residents.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr. Steve Ayorinde and other top government officials, who broke the news, assured residents that the CCTV would become operational from October.

The commissioner added that the government has concluded plans to decongest traffic along the Lekki-Epe Expressway through the removal of three roundabouts; namely the Fourth Roundabout (Elegushi); Fifth Roundabout (Jakande) and the Eighth Roundabout (VGC).

He said the affected roundabouts would be replaced by the use of traffic lights, expansion of the roads and provision of dedicated turning lanes as well as additional lay-bys.

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Lagos to install 13,000 CCTV cameras to fight crime

Soldier, Policemen Fight In Banking Hall

There was pandemonium yesterday inside the banking hall of a popular bank, located at Calabar Road, in the heart of Calabar, the Cross River State capital, following a fight that pitted a soldier against four riot policemen.

The incident occurred at about 11 am, causing confusion among the numerous customers who had gone to the bank to transact business.

The fight forced many customers to flee from the bank when, a policeman discharged a canister of tear-gas inside the banking hall filled with customers.

As some armed soldiers and armed policemen arrived, obviously on the invitation of their feuding colleagues, customers ran helter-skelter to avoid being caught in a possible crossfire.

The immediate cause of the fight between the lone soldier and the four policemen could not be ascertained, but a handful of men and staff of the bank intervened and stopped the fight.
When the fisticuffs ended, the soldier and some of the policemen had sustained injuries while the soldier’s uniform was torn.

The policemen, who were seething with anger, left the banking hall and waited outside while the soldier remained inside the hall.
Before long, some armed riot policemen and regular policemen drove-in in pickup trucks to the bank and demanded to see the soldier who was still holed up inside.

However, while the policemen were busy demanding to reach the soldier, a detachment of soldiers also arrived the bank in trucks; a development that led to sporadic shooting into the air, and scampering for safety by passers-by and onlookers.
But after wise counsel by the superior officers in both camps prevailed, some of the policemen and soldiers entered the banking hall to settle the rift.

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Kaduna To Install CCTV Cameras To Fight Crime

The Kaduna State Government is to install closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras across the state to fight crime.

Coordinator of the state security outfit,  “Operation Yaki”, Col. Yakubu Yusufu Soja, disclosed this at a news conference marking the first anniversary of the administration of Governor Nasir El-Rufai in Kaduna state.

He said work on the installation of CCTV cameras across the state has reached an advanced stage, adding that  unmanned aerial vehicle also known as drones were being procured for effective surveillance.

He said operatives of the security outfit, made up of the police, civil defence and the military, were being trained to use the new security gadgets.

He said further that the state government plans to procure  modern crime-detecting devices and more operation vehicles to the security  outfit in order to face the challenges of  intelligence gathering and surveillance throughout the state.

“It is hoped that if this tempo is sustained the rate of crime and criminality would be reduced to the barest minimum in the state in order to pave way for the development agenda of this administration,” Soja said.

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Anti-graft Fight Not Cause Of High Cost Of Living- Osinbajo

The Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has said that the political will of the present administration to fight corruption will not be in vain.
He said the federal government will continue to move decisively against those who have acted with impunity in the handling of public funds.

Osinbajo stated this at a symposium titled: “The best way to fund and sustain anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria”, organised by the Integrity Organisation and Convention on Business Integrity.

The vice president dismissed suggestions making the rounds that the fight against corruption was responsible for the high cost of living, higher electricity tariffs and economic hardships currently faced by Nigerians.
He said: “Corruption corrodes public trust, undermines the rule of law and delegitimises the state. These are the very ailments that the Buhari administration’s fight against corruption seeks to remedy.”
Represented by Prof. Itse Sagay, the vice president said government was working tirelessly to deny corrupt people hiding place.

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Army Inducts Combat Motorbike Battalion Into Fight Against Boko Haram

The Army has inducted a combat motorbike battalion at the Headquarters of 25 Task Force Brigade, Damboa, Borno State.

It also launched the second set of 100 wanted suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai, while inducting the unit stated that the essence of the battalion is to open and secure motorways from various towns to and fro Maiduguri and other parts of Yobe State.

Prior to the induction and launching ceremony, the Chief of Army Staff addressed troops located at Delwa and Bulabulin before arriving Damboa where he inspected a Quarter guard at the Brigade’s headquarters.

Thereafter, he was briefed by the Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Lawrence Adeleke Araba, who showed him some weapons, vehicles and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) making machines and equipment the formation recovered when they cleared Boko Haram terrorists camps at Talala and Ajingin.

The Commander, 7 Division Garrison, Colonel Solomon Babatunde Kumapayi, also showed the COAS vehicles, weapons and Improvised Explosives Making Devices (IEDs) his formation recovered from the terrorists at Kotokuma on Friday.

Inducting the combat motorbike unit, the Chief of Army Staff said the battalion will serve as a force multiplier in the clearance operations of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists. He said with the induction of the unit, troops presence will be available along the roads thus keeping the roads open and safe.

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EU Pledges $50 Million To Fight Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to redouble efforts and ensure that Boko Haram is completely defeated, and rendered incapable of targeting even soft targets.

 This pledge by the Nigerian President comes as the European Union has promised the sum of 50 million dollars to assist Nigeria in the fight against the terror group.

German President, Mr Joachim Gauck, made the pledge on behalf of the EU after holding bilateral talks with President Buhari in the Presidential Villa.

The German President commiserated with Nigerians on the recent attacks and called for good government and development if Nigeria must conquer terrorism in the long term.

During a visit to Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, Mr Gauck had also pledged that Germany would assist Nigeria with the technical know-how to successfully fight terrorism.

President Buhari met with President Gauck a day after he returned from his 6-day vacation in London.

The Nigerian President returned to the country on Wednesday night and was received at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja by top government officials.

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Special Forces Command Created To Fight Boko Haram, Others- Nigerian Air Force

The Nigerian Air Force has established a Special Forces command to bolster its operations in the North-East and other internal security operations across the country.

The Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, disclosed this on Thursday while delivering a lecture titled: “Nigerian Air Force: Challenges and Future Perspectives”, at the National Defence College, Abuja.

Although Mr. Abubakar, an Air Marshal, did not give details of the establishment of the new command, he said it was part of the planned restructuring of NAF’s operational command to conform with contemporary demands on national security.

“The Air Force is not only fighting in the air, and therefore, whatever it is that we need to have to fulfill our mandate in the face of the present challenges is what we are working toward putting on the ground.

“We are establishing a new command known as the Special Forces Command as part of ongoing restructuring of our operations.

“The establishment of the Special Forces Command would facilitate the development of NAF’s response capability in both internal and external security operations, as well as increase Nigeria’s self-reliance in strategic security operations,” he said.

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Fight Against Boko Haram, ISIS At Decisive Stage- INTERPOL

The International Police, INTERPOL,on Tuesday said that its fight against Boko Haram, ISIS and other terrorist organizations is at a decisive stage.

INTERPOL’s Secretary General, Mr.Jürgen Stock, who said this while addressing the Foreign Terrorist Fighters(FTF) working groups of the Global Counter-terrorism Forum in The Hague, added that combination of shifts in travel patterns, attacks far from conflict zones, online communications and fraudulent travel documents have led to a ‘decisive stage’ in the fight against terrorism globally.

In his speech, INTERPOL’s Secretary General Stock said the continued resolve of the international community would be required to address the evolution of the terrorist threat.

He pressed further that with Da’esh drawing allegiance from around the globe, the need for coordinated action was essential, not just in identifying and interdicting individuals, but in stopping the funding for their terrorist activities as underlined in the recent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 2253.

His words:  “Access to information from abroad is essential if we are to strengthen the security net to prevent the terrorists from moving freely and constrict their support networks.

“Ensuring direct access to INTERPOL’s global databases means that instant checks can be conducted against nearly 55 million travel documents, some 200,000 nominal identifiers and more than 40,000 notices of suspected and wanted criminals and terrorists.

“As a global, neutral platform, INTERPOL is ideally placed to share data from our 190 member countries to support them in ensuring this information is where it needs to be,”

He pressed further that among the documents in INTERPOL’s unique global SLTD database are nearly 30,000 Syrian passports, of which some 4,000 were reported stolen as blank.

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Buhari, President Of Benin Republic Discuss Fight Against Boko Haram

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari and the President of Benin Republic, Boni Yayi, met on Tuesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, to discuss the fight against Boko Haram terrorist group.

At the meeting, President Yayi pledged to deploy 800 military men to help fight insurgency in Nigeria’s north-east.

Acknowledging President Yayi’s contribution to the war on terror, President Buhari said securing a healthy relationship with neighbouring countries was key to security and economic development.

President Buhari reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to maintaining the existing bilateral relationship with Benin Republic and other countries within West Africa.

He said: “Such partnerships are essential for good neighbourliness and development”.

The Nigerian leader further expressed Nigeria’s readiness to host an Economic Community for West African States’  summit in about nine days where vital issues bothering on security and the economy would be discussed.

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Lagos Lawyer In Street Fight Over Late Father’s Property, Blinds Sister In The Process

A woman, Mrs. Ifeoluwa Oluwaloseyitan (nee Alalade), has lost her right eye after she was allegedly attacked with a plank by her step-brother Mr. Olusegun Alalade, over their late father’s estate on Ladipo Oluwole Avenue, off Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, Lagos.

Olusegun, who is a lawyer and his brother, Babasanjo Alalade, were said to have led some hoodlums to their father’s estate on Sunday, November 1, wielding cutlasses, among other weapons.

Punch Metro learnt that Ifeoluwa, her husband, Pastor Abraham Oluwaloseyitan; and her two elder brothers – Tunde and Kolawole – had been to the estate to inspect the painters working on one of the apartments therein.

Punch Metro gathered that Kolawole, who works in Abuja, had embarked on the renovation of the flat for him to be staying there whenever he came to Lagos.

Our correspondent learnt that they were about to leave the premises when the lawyer and his accomplices unleashed terror on them. Apart from the woman, the pastor was slashed in the head with a machete while Kolawole and others were also injured. But Tunde escaped unhurt.

It was learnt that a surgical operation was done on Ifeoluwa on Thursday to prevent the ‘ruptured’ eye from being infected.

One of the doctors treating her at the Lagos State University Hospital where she was admitted to confirmed to our correspondent shortly before the operation that the eye had become blind.

He said, “The trauma has ruptured the eye. The surgery we want to do is just to prevent infections. But medically, she can’t see with the eye.”

Narrating the incident to our correspondent, Ifeoluwa said Olusegun beat her severely and left her for dead.

She said, “It all started on Saturday when his younger brother, Babasanjo, used a machete to inflict wounds on a step-brother, Shola, in the palm inside our father’s estate. Babasanjo was arrested by the police from Man Centre Police Station but was released that same day. The lawyer was boasting before the policemen that he would deal with all of us.

“On Sunday, we went to the property to see the painters working on it. I was reading a magazine beside the gate when I saw the painters rushing out. I was approaching them to know what was wrong when Olusegun smashed a big plank on my forehead. He was hitting me, shouting ‘I will kill all of you’. He stopped when I pretended I was dead.”

Her husband, Pastor Abraham, said he wanted to rescue his wife when Babasanjo attacked him with a cutlass.

He said, “I moved her away from them (Olusegun and Babasanjo). Suddenly, they started clubbing me in the head. It was when two policemen came that they stopped beating me. Between Sunday evening and today (Thursday), I have spent over N200, 000 on her treatment alone. She is blind in one eye and her nose is affected too.”

Kolawole, one of Ifeoluwa’s step-brothers, accused the police of not handling the matter properly.

He said, “I am going to petition the Inspector-General of Police on this matter. Why would they release persons who attempted to kill? We are not happy with the way the matter is being handled by the police. It was because Babasanjo was released on Saturday that he was able to attack us on Sunday.”

Another brother, Tunde, said Olusegun had been ‘fraudulently’ administering their father’s property within and outside the state since he died in 2008, without giving them any share of the income.

But the lawyer denied attacking the victims. He said the apartment was under lock and key when Kolawole gained entry into it without his consent.

He said, “Tunde’s claims are not true. They were the ones that attacked me and I was injured in the head. I don’t know about the hoodlums and how Ifeoluwa got injured.

“They have been warned by the police to keep away from the estate. I just ejected a tenant from that place last month and locked the room. What was their mission on that premises on a Sunday? After all, they have sued me and my sibling.”

When contacted on the phone, Babasanjo simply told our correspondent that the squabble over the property “is already in court.”

One of the painters, Ayoola Henry, described the attack as ‘bloody’ saying he witnessed the incident from where he hid.

He said, “We were done with our work when Mr. Babasanjo, the lawyer and some people came with weapons and started attacking everybody. I ran to a corner but my partner was slightly injured in the leg. The lawyer was saying ‘I will kill everybody’. I am not sure whether it was the lawyer or Babasanjo that injured the woman (Ifeoluwa) because I was in shock.”

The Lagos State Police spokesperson, DSP Joe Offor, said he had yet to be briefed on the matter.

He said, “The officer in charge of the case is receiving treatment in a hospital. I will get back to you.”

Offor, however, had yet to do so as of press time.

Customs Considers Reopening Borno Border Posts To Fight Arms Influx

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, said the organisation would consider reopening the customs posts at Gamboru Ngala and Banki border posts in Borno State to fight arms influx and curtail insurgency.

Mr. Ali said this during his visit to defence formations, including the Defence Intelligence Agency and Nigerian Air Force and Nigeria Police on Thursday in Abuja.

The comptroller-general said for customs to achieve its target, it needed the support of the military, police and intelligence agencies.

Mr. Ali, a retired colonel, said smuggling of small arms and ammunition had to be prevented in view of the current insurgency in the country.

He said the essence of the visit was to further strengthen synergy between the police, intelligent agencies, service chiefs and customs, to have a safer country and a viable economy.

Mr. Ali said customs would consider reopening the border posts due to the request by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.

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No Mercenaries For Fight Against Boko Haram- Army DHQ

Nigeria does not need mercenaries in its fight against Boko Haram, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said yesterday.

The country has the capacity to handle the insurgents on its own, Acting Director of Defence Information (DDI) Col. Rabe Abubakar said.

Abubakar was reacting to some foreign news agencies’ claim that Nigeria is planning to hire South African mercenaries to prosecute the anti-insurgency campaign.

The former President Goodluck Jonathan administration was criticised for secretly engaging the services of some South African mercenaries.

The foreign news agencies claimed that the Buhari administration is also planning to hire merceneries to help the military to crush Boko Harm  by December, the deadline given the armed forces to crush the sect.

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Fight Against Corruption Is Priority Of Incoming Ministers- Presidency

The office of the Sec­retary to the Gov­ernment of the Federation, SGF, is set to work harmoniously with the incoming ministers to advance the fight against corruption in line with the desire of President Mu­hammadu Buhari to rid the country of the menace.

Gideon Sammani, Se­nior Special Adviser, SSA, on political matters to the SGF, Engineer Babachir Lawal said this in Abuja weekend, stating that the incoming cabinet members are already aware of Bu­hari’s strong desire to re­vive the national economy, first with the fight against corruption, while they will all enlist in the fight.

Speaking with newsmen during a special reception and thanks giving service orgainsed in honour of the SGF at the International Conference Center, Abuja on Saturday, Sammani said the SGF had already indi­cated resolve to lead in the fight against corruption and hence will mobilise the cabinet members to be anti-corruption crusaders.

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UN Hails Nigeria Over Fight Against Boko Haram

The United Nations (UN) has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari administration for its fight against Boko Haram.

Mr. Weixiong Chen of the UN Counter Terrorism Centre said this when he led a delegation to Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS’) Controller-General, Dr. Peter Ekpendu.

Chen praised the government and the NPS management for being able to contain insurgency, particularly the de-radicalisation of those in prison custody.

NPS spokesman Francis Enobore  quoted the leader of the delegation as noting with delight the “appreciable success that has been recorded in the counter-terrorism, reformation and rehabilitation drive of the prisons service through the support of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), European Union and other development partners”.

He stated that violent extremism, which he described as a relatively new phenomenon in Africa, remained a global challenge and a common enemy to mankind.

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25 Aspirants, Including Ex-Gov Audu In Fight For Kogi Guber APC Ticket

No fewer than twenty-five aspirants are currently jostling for the governorship ticket of the All Progressive Congress, APC, ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Kogi State. The governorship election is billed to hold on November 21, this year.

The state is presently under the control of the Peoples Democratic Party with Mr. Idris Wada as governor.

Already, the screening of the 25 contestants for the primary election has been scheduled to commence on August 29.

Among the aspirants are former governor of the State, Alhaji Abubakar Audu, former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Clarence Olorunfemi, erstwhile National Assembly member, Senator Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman, a prominent lawyer, Chief Ocholi (SAN), Senator Nicholas Ugbani, Mr. Suleman Baba and Timi Nda Diche, amongst others.

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Cameroon Expels Thousands Of Nigerians As Part Of Fight Against Boko Haram

Cameroon officials say they have expelled more than 3,000 Nigerians as part of the fight against the Nigerian-born Islamic extremist group which has launched attacks across borders.

Midjiyawa Bakary, governor of Cameroon’s Far North region, says authorities have also arrested hundreds of Cameroonians and Nigerians accused of collaborating with Boko Haram. He said they deported Nigerians who said they were refugees but were not staying at refugee camps and did not have identification papers.

Bakary said Tuesday that women, children and men were taken to Nigeria’s Sahuda village in Mubi, along the border.

In Nigeria, many said they were forced to flee quickly over the weekend. Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency chairman Haruna Hamman Furo said 800 people have been registered. He said 12,000 Nigerians may eventually be sent back.


Benin Republic Heats Up Fight Against Boko Haram, Pledges 800 Troops

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said a new task force involved in the fight against terror group Boko Haram will defeat the insurgents by December.

The leader made the comment as he was visiting Benin, one of the countries involved in the offensive. Buhari previously visited Niger, Chad and Cameroon to strengthen the antiterrorism cooperation.

The five countries were already involved in a regional offensive against the terrorists which scored some goals since it was created in February. However, the Nigerian army announced that a new task force, expected to be more efficient, is ready to take over the fight.

The task force comprises some 8,700 soldiers from the five African nations and is headed by Major General Iliya Abbah, who previously conducted military operations in the Niger Delta.

Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi announced the country would send 800 troops to join the new force and “permanently combat these outlaws”, AFP reported. The announcement follows Cameroon’s decision to send some 2,000 military reinforcements to the north of the country, near the border with Nigeria, to help fight the terrorists.

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We Were Not Elected To Fight For Positions, Saraki To Senators

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, told his colleagues that the primary purpose of their election was not to fight for leadership positions but to pursue good governance and purposeful leadership.

Saraki made this remark while welcoming his colleagues back to the plenary after  a four-week recess which was dictated by fierce struggle for leadership positions.

Saraki said: “Nigerians did not give us our mandate to come and pursue leadership; their mandate was for us to pursue good governance and bring solutions to their burning issues. It is time we remind ourselves of the solemn promise to deliver to our people real change.

“Leadership is secondary; our primary responsibility is good governance. As senate president, you have given me the responsibility to ensure that our primary responsibility is placed on the table not under the table. Nigerians did not put their lives on the line for politics but for the delivery of good governance.”

He also challenged his colleagues on the need to settle down quickly to the business of legislation, insisting that Nigerians are tired of the crisis in the power sector and want to see a re-invigorated power sector capable of delivering enough energy to power the new Nigerian economy.

“They want to see a new legislative instrument that will help to open and stimulate private sector investment in infrastructure development and enhance the ease of doing business in the country.”

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I’m Ready To Fight Again Next Year- Pacquiao

Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao said on Wednesday he was recovering well after surgery for a shoulder injury, a news report said.

“I’m ready to fight, next year,’’ he said in Indonesia when he was asked whether he was ready for a re-match with Floyd Mayweather after their fight in May, a website reported.

Pacquiao tore a rotator cuff in his right shoulder while on training and during the much-anticipated fight against Mayweather on May 2 and underwent surgery afterwards. Pacquiao lost the fight by unanimous decision.

“I’m fine. I can lift it,’’ Pacquiao said, gesturing with his right arm during a trip to Indonesia to film a commercial’’.

Several lawsuits have been filed against Pacquiao and his promoters for allegedly failing to disclose his shoulder injury before the fight against Mayweather, the most lucrative bout in history.

Reports in his home country, the Philippines, said that he was planning to visit a Philippine woman facing execution in Indonesia for drug trafficking.

Pacquiao, who also heads a Philippine parliamentary commission on migrant workers, appealed to Indonesian President Joko Widodo in April to show clemency to Veloso.

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Ban Ki-Moon Commends Buhari’s Determination To Crush Boko Haram

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, on Tuesday in New York, commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination in the fight against Boko Haram.

Ban said in a statement that he had noted Buhari’s determination to root out the menace. He commended the countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin for their steadfast efforts in the fight against Boko Haram.

The UN Chief strongly condemned the attacks by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin countries, including the deliberate targeting of Christian and Muslim worshippers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the northeast states of Borno and Yobe.

He extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. Ban renewed his calls to support the operationalisation of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) through the provision of the requisite political, logistical and financial resources.

He also called for necessary expertise, consistent with international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law.

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President Buhari Orders Release Of N4 Billion To Fight Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate release of $21 million (N4.2 billion) to the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF. The money is to be released within the next one week to the multi-country military agency fighting the insurgent group, Boko Haram.

Nigeria made a pledge of $100 million as part of funds needed by the MNJTF- made of troops from Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and Cameroon – to fight the war against Boko Haram.

Speaking while chairing the Peace Security Council meeting at the ongoing 25th African Union summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr. Buhari said it is time to put an end to the crisis in the African region before the 2020 target.

“Our continents is inundated with conflicts of diverse forms. They include the crisis in Burkina Faso, Mali, Libya, Central Africa Republic, South Sudan, and more recently in Burundi.

“As you are aware in 2013 during our 50th anniversary celebration of our union, we as African leaders committed ourselves to the objective of silencing the local guns in Africa by 2020.

Mr. Buhari said though achieving a conflict free continent within five years might seems doubtful with the numerous conflicts persisting, efforts must be made for peace to exist.

He spoke about the Boko Haram crisis and the global dimension to the crisis and added that countries need to partner to curb the crisis.

“In particular, we are witnesses to the rampant destruction of homes, roads, communications lines, vital infrastructures and displacement of persons not to mention terrible loss of lives.

“The Boko Haram insurgency has extended its reach to Nigeria’s neighbours but is not necessarily limited to these immediate countries as terrorism is a global phenomenon with linkages across the globe.

“In this regard, the member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin, met recently where far reaching decisions were taken to immediately put into operations the Multinational Joint Task Force.

“To this end, the summit approved the immediate provision of $30 million for the Multinational Joint Task Force.

“Consequently out of the pledge of $100 million which Nigeria made to the Multinational Joint Task Force, I have directed that $21 million be released within the next one week,” Mr. Buhari said.

Mr. Buhari lamented the situation in South Sudan and Burundi and criticised their leaders for what he termed “bickering”.

“Today’s meeting of PSC, which is to discuss the situations of South Sudan and Burundi, requires us to put these situations in proper context. The people of these countries are suffering while their political leaders are bickering among themselves.

“I believe that it is incumbent upon us as leaders to always place the interest of our countries above narrow and personal interest.

“It is therefore my expectations that at the end of this summit, the PSC will come out with a united message to call on all parties to act in the interest of their people and the entire continent.

“We must change the face of Africa, we must give hope to the hopeless.

“The time to do so is now as we look forward to the much await 2020 to deliver a continent that is at peace with itself, prosperous, a global partner and a democratic show case,” the President said.


Tinubu,Tambuwal Fight Over Speakership

The battle for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives may be causing rift between the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the immediate past Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal. The rift is said to be posing a serious threat to the harmony that exists in the party.

The rift may have inadvertently opened new fronts of dichotomy between the original members of the APC at inception and those that are referred to as joiners.

Attempt by Tinubu to make sure its candidate, Femi Gbajabiamila, emerges the new Speaker have been met with stiff resistance from supporters of Hon Yakubu Dogara, the chairman of the House Services Committee, who is widely believed to enjoy the full backing of the former Speaker and his Deputy, Emeka Ihedioha.

Apart from Tambuwal’s influence in the House, it was further learnt that some of the lawmakers want to cease the opportunity to whittle down Tinubu’s growing powers in the party.

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Lagos Lawmakers Fight Tinubu Over Speakership

Elected members of the Lagos State House of Assembly under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are set to clash with the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu over  who succeeds Adeyemi Ikuforiji as Speaker of the House. The lawmakers have rejected Tinubu’s anointed candidate for the post, Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni.

Tinubu’s attempts to force the other candidates to step down for Sanni have been rebuffed. The candidates have insisted that they are going ahead with their aspirations.

The other contenders for the speakership race are Adefunmilayo Tejuoso, Mudasiru Obasa, Lanre Osun, Rotimi Abiru and Lanre Ogunyemi.

Tinubu is also facing resistance from Ikuforiji, who prefers to give the position to his stooge and ally, Abiru, in order to fully cover his tracks after leaving office.

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Afenifere Warns Buhari Against Selective Corruption Fight, Asks Him To Implement 2014 Confab Report

The Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has charged President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, not to be selective in his fight against corruption. The group also called on him to ensure the implementation of the confab report as a way out of corruption and the complexities of Nigeria’s federal system.

In a communique issued on Wednesday in Akure after a meeting held at the home of its leader, Reuben Fasoranti, Afenifere admitted that corruption was pervasive and systemic in the country’s polity and therefore required a decisive approach if the country must move forward.

The communique stated, “In our view, devolution of power is the panacea to issues of corruption, generation of electricity, qualitative education, issues of security and other policies that will ensure a fair society.”

While commending President Goodluck Jonathan’s acceptance of results of the last polls, Afenifere described his gesture as a patriotic action that saved the country from possible crisis.

The group, which said it was fully aware of the misunderstanding of its position in supporting President Jonathan in the 2015 election, ?added that the position was taken in the overall interest of the Yoruba race and the country. “For the avoidance of doubt, the ?President-elect, General Buhari (Rtd) himself would attest to our not being induced in supporting him in 2007. We were certainly not induced to support President Goodluck Jonathan.

“Our decision was based on our age-long commitment to support a presidential candidate committed to restructuring of Nigeria.

“?Afenifere supported Buhari in 2007 when he agreed with Afenifere that he would restructure Nigeria and President Jonathan in 2015 because of his support for the National Conference and devolution of power.

“We will continued to make representation to the President-elect to ?implement the 2014 Conference resolutions, particularly with regards to restructuring and reduction of recurrent expenditure.

“We call on Yoruba people irrespective of their ?political leanings to continue to pursue the implementation of the report,” the Afenifere stated.

It restated its support for the Social Democratic Party, (SDP) as its own platform for political power attainment and called on its members to continue with its principled philosophy of being the conscience of the nation. The group congratulated all SDP members who won legislative seats ?in the various states of the federation, but admonished those who lost not to despair.


Jonathan Rejects Foreign Troops In Fight Against Boko Haram

President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday in Abuja urged the United Nations to focus more on helping Nigeria with the rehabilitation and reconstruction of persons and communities affected by terrorism in Northern Nigeria rather than deploying an international force to the country.

Speaking at an audience with the Special Representatives of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and Central Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas and Abdoulaye Bathily, President Jonathan expressed the view that UN intervention in Nigeria should not be based on Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which relates to military enforcement of peace, but on Chapter 8.

The President said the provisions of Chapter 8 of the UN Charter, which recognises the role of regional bodies such as the African Union in working with the United Nations for the promotion of peace and security, were robust enough to tackle insurgency in Nigeria and other African countries.

President Jonathan also told the UN envoys that with the cooperation of neighbouring countries, the Nigerian military had already regained most of the territories seized by Boko Haram in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno states, and had now commenced a final push to take the last stronghold of the insurgents in Sambisa Forest.

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5 Lawmakers Injured As Parliament Turns to Royal Rumble

At least five Turkish lawmakers have been injured in a brawl that erupted in the parliament ahead of a debate on a controversial security bill.

The fighting took place early on Wednesday during a closed-door session as opposition political parties proposed various motions to delay the beginning of the debate, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Of those injured, two were taken to hospital for treatment and the other three were treated at the parliament’s infirmary. Lawmaker Mahmut Tanal, who was among those hit, described the fighting as unprecedented. According to lawmaker Ertugrul Kurkcu, the fighting legislators threw chairs and used the assembly’s gavel and bell to hit others. The brawl comes amid high tensions between the opposition and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) over the security bill that the government is pushing for an approval.


African Union Agrees to Send 7,500 Troops to Fight Boko Haram

African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday.

The move came after the council urged heads of state to endorse the deployment of troops from five West African countries to fight the extremist group, according to Samil Chergui, head of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council.

African leaders, who are members of the 54-nation African Union, are meeting in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa for a two-day summit that ends Saturday.

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See Viral Video of Indian Girls Fighting Harassers

A video showing two sisters in northern India hitting back at men who allegedly harassed them on a crowded bus has drawn huge attention in a country where hundreds of thousands of women silently endure sexual harassment daily. The women, identified only by their first names, Arati and Pooja, said they lashed out at the men after enduring lewd comments and pawing from them.

“One of the boys started touching my sister and making kissing gestures,” Arati told reporters. “I told him to go away or I would teach him a lesson. Then he called another boy saying that we have to beat up two girls. And then the other boy got on the bus.”

The sisters said that no one on the bus tried to help them. Instead, other passengers told them to not provoke the men, because they might later attack them or throw acid on them.