Ayade To Appoint 6,000 More Aides

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State said, yesterday, that he will soon appoint 6,000 more aides and create 50,000 jobs in January 2017 for youths of the state to expand governance and put food on the table of everyone in the state and ensure that no one goes to bed in an empty stomach.
Governor Ayade, who spoke at U J Esuene Stadium during a reception in his honour after the December 9 Supreme Court victory on a case of perjury brought against him by Mr Joe Agi, SAN, a co-contestant in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, primaries in December 2014.

He said, “I am appreciative of all the support given me by the women of the state and the youths and in this light, I will ever remain grateful. To ensure that nobody goes to sleep in an empty stomach, I shall appoint 6,000 more aides, create 3,000 jobs for the youths and in January 2017, create 50,000 jobs to make sure nobody in the state is unemployed.”

Ayade who announced a donation of N50 million to the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and N30m to the Muslim community in the state, said it was God who removed shame from him by giving him victory at the Supreme Court.

“I kept asking myself why me and if I said I truly believe in God, why should I be put to shame? But as it turned out, it is only God who has the glory and nobody else, not even the Supreme Court.”

The governor said that the victory has given him more verve to more towards the transformation of the state and hence, he would be dressing in jean and t-shirt while he traverses the state to inaugurate more projects and programmes for the people.

“I should say it without mincing words that if you come here in 2019, you will not recognise that this was not the Cross River State you used to know because I shall carry out a complete transformation of the state.”

He extended an olive branch to his opponent, Mr Joe Agi to sheathe the sword and join him along with his group in working for the state because there was a lot of work to be done.



More Chibok Girls Will Be Released- FG

The Federal Government yesterday stated that dialogue was still ongoing to ensure the release of more Chibok girls and other persons held hostage by terrorists , even as it has threatened to deal with sponsors of Boko Haram as terrorists.

Senior Special Assistant to the president on Media and Publicity , Dr Femi Adesina made the assertion in Lagos after presenting a paper titled ‘ The Challenges and Expectations of the Media in Military Operations’ at a workshop organised by the Directorate of Army Public Relations, DAPR for its officers, Commanding officers and Defence correspondents.

Reiterating federal government’s resolve at ensuring that those held hostage by members of the Boko Haram sect were released in good condition, Adesina said ” This government is doing all it can to tackle insurgency. If it knows the sponsors and is double sure they are the sponsors, it would be left with no choice than to treat them like Boko Haram ”

He stated that those so far released from terrorists’ den by the military, were being rehabilitated “physically, psychologically and in all aspects. Their education is being taken care of as well. Talks are ongoing on the release of the remaining girls. Many more would be released,” he assured.

During his presentation, Adesina called on the need for there to be synergy between the Military and the media , in the former’s bid to tackle insurgency. He said “There must be synergy between the military and the media for national development. The military must arrange controlled access for the media at all times. It must know that communication with the public is not optional but an obligation and in national interest.

“All the media wants is information. So, the military should ensure that the media is fed on the need to know basis. Meet the reporters midway by providing information that would not jeopardise operations. There should be opportunities for open and independent news coverage facilitated by the military.

“Both the media and the military run on ethics. But, they are not mutually exclusive of each other. A relationship of creative tension must be accepted as a democratic necessity,” he said

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This Dead Celebrity Earned More In 2016 Than Any Living Celebrity

At a certain point, the amount of money that a celebrity makes is just a number. However, even the most aloof individual has to admit that £675 million is a pretty big one. That’s how many dollars the highest-paid celebrity of 2016 took home. The plot twist? He’s not even alive.

On Wednesday morning, Forbes announced Michael Jackson as the highest-paid dead celebrity of 2016, earning £615 million after the March sale of his half of the Sony/ATV music publishing catalog, which notably contained The Beatles library. He paid just £39 million for the catalog back in 1985, eventually splitting it with Sony ten years later, proving that he’s not just the King of Pop, but also the King of Investments. The sale put his total pretax earnings at £675million, which is the most earned in one year by any celebrity dead or alive.

For comparison, the highest-paid celebrities in 2015, like Katy Perry and Floyd Mayweather Jr., made £110 million and £245 million, respectively.

Michael Jackson also topped the 2015 list of highest-paid dead celebrities, but with a noticeably “smaller” sum at just £95 million. In fact, he has remarkably continued to earn nine figures every full year after his death. Now that’s something to dance about.

Michael Jackson tops the 2016 Forbes list of top grossing deceased superstars, earning a whopping $825 million.

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More Women Claim Trump Touched Them Inappropriately

US presidential nominee Donald Trump has again come under pressure as more women claim to have been sexually abused by the billionaire businessman from New York.

The allegations were reported on Wednesday by The New York Times, The Palm Beach Post and Yahoo News.

This comes after the release of a 2005 tape in which Trump is heard making vulgar comments about women and having a conversation about trying to have sex with a married woman.

One woman told the Times she was seated next to the Republican nominee during a flight to New York some three decades ago, and Trump started groping her suddenly.

“He was like an octopus,” Jessica Leeds, now 74, told the paper. “His hands were everywhere. It was an assault.”

Another woman, Rachel Crooks, also told the Times that he kissed her without her permission. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that,” she said.

The Trump campaign has denied many of the allegations made against him, and called the Times article “a completely false, coordinated character assassination.”

“It is absurd to think that one of the most recognizable business leaders on the planet with a strong record of empowering women in his companies would do the things alleged in this story, and for this to only become public decades later in the final month of a campaign for president should say it all,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement.

“To reach back decades in an attempt to smear Mr. Trump trivializes sexual assault, and it sets a new low for where the media is willing to go in its efforts to determine this election,” the statement added.

“None of this ever took place,” Trump told the Times on Tuesday night, and threatened to sue the publication if the paper went ahead to run the story.

“You are a disgusting human being,” he told the reporter, who contacted him before publishing the story. “I don’t do it. I don’t do it,” he said.

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More Illegal Structures To Go After Sallah- Ambode

Illegal buildings and other structures in Ikoyi, Victoria and Lekki areas of Lagos State may be demolished after the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, as the special committee set up for the purpose, yesterday gave notice of enforcement
Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Tunji Bello, said this followed the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum issued to owners of such structures.
He disclosed that abandoned buildings, which allegedly harbour prostitutes, shanties, street hawkers and those who had converted walkways into trading points and food courts in the areas would be affected.
According to Bello, the committee decided to first embark on sensitisation campaign to give owners of such illegal structures enough notice to pull down such structures before expiration of the 14-day ultimatum.
He advised owners of illegal structures in the areas, who may still be sitting on the fence or nursing the hope that the government would have a rethink on the cleanup to make use of the window offered them now or face the full force of the law.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had last week inaugurated a 15-man special committee headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello.
During the inauguration Ambode lamented that the Environmental Sanitation and Town Planning laws in the affected areas had been violated.



Daniel Craig Reportedly Offered $150m To Reprise James Bond’s Role In Two More Films

Who will play the tuxedo-clad secret agent in the next James Bond movie? This is one question that has been playing on the minds of fans and there have been numerous rumours suggesting various stars could step in actor Daniel Craig’s shoes. However, a latest report has claimed that the actor, who could be cast in the coveted role, is none other than Craig himself.

The news will sure surprise fans of the spy series as the 48-year-old English actor had earlier rejected the idea of reprising the role of the secret agent and said, “I would rather break this glass and slash my wrists [than do another movie].”

Craig has been seen in the role of agent 007 since 2005 and has been reportedly offered a whopping $150m 113m) to return to the thriller franchise for two more films. “The studio is desperate to secure the actor’s services while they phase in a younger long-term successor,” a source told gossip website Radar Online.

As per the report, Craig’s reluctance to reprise the role seems to have worked in his favour. Shedding further light on the scenario, the source explained, “[Craig] has played a genius hand. Everyone knows how much executives adore him, and the idea of losing him at such a crucial time in the franchise isn’t an option as far as all the studio honchos are concerned.”

“Daniel’s the key for a seamless, safe transition as far as Sony and Bond bosses are concerned, and they’re prepared to pay a king’s ransom to make it happen,” the report mentioned.

As far as the role of the spy agent is concerned, several frontrunners have surfaced in recent times with names such as Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Adian Turner and even Tom Hughes making the rounds. While neither Sony nor Craig have officially announced anything about the role, if the report turns out to be true, the Spectre actor could be seen in two back-to-back films.

“Then they will shoot two more films, which will be made virtually back-to-back, preferably featuring Daniel as 007 before he passes the figurative baton to someone else for a third movie that will mark the start of the new era,” the source added.

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FC Barcelona To Open Annex Camp In Lagos, Banky W Reveals More

Banky W reveals on his Instagram page that FC Barcelona is opening an annex camp of their academy in Lagos. He further stated that he is working with the Lagos State Government to sponsor kids to get in and develop as athletes.

He captioned:

So FC Barcelona is opening an annex camp of their academy in Lagos (wow!!!) And I feel SO honoured to team up with the Lagos State Sports Commission to sponsor kids to get in and develop as athletes and people… feeling real blessed to be able to support them in this. And feeling very proud of Lagos and the strides we are making. #IAmCapable#Lagos#Barcelona#Academy#Scholarships

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Facebook To Embrace More Nigerian Languages- Zuckerberg

The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has pledged to use more Nigerian languages in offering services on Facebook.

Zuckerberg, who is currently on a business visit to Nigeria, made the promise at a meeting with software developers and ICT entrepreneurs on Wednesday in Lagos.

He said the social media platform currently allows the use of Hausa language on Facebook.

“I am glad we support Hausa and we are planning on supporting a lot more languages soon.’’

Zuckerberg also expressed his willingness to work with local content providers in bringing Nigerian communities to the internet.

He said that having local contents on the Facebook platform would ensure that more people were connected.

According to him, in the next 10 to 15 years, Facebook hopes to get everyone in the world connected online.

Zuckerberg is currently meeting with developers, entrepreneurs and startups.

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More Boko Haram Terrorists Surrender, Says Nigerian Military

Apart from the recent arrest of Khalid al-Barnawi, the leader of Ansaru terrorist group in Lokoja, Kogi State, the Nigerian military has confirmed that more terrorists have been arrested while other Boko Haram members have also surrendered to the security agencies.

The Director Defence information, Brigadier Rabe Abubakar who confirmed this development to PRNigeria, disclosed that: “With ongoing aggressive military operations in the North-East, some Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered to the Nigerian troops just as some top commanders were arrested while fleeing from the theatre of war.

“The improved synergy and inter-agency collaborations have enhanced the various operations towards the massive arrest of members of the terrorists’ groups.

“We are conducting series of investigation including background checks on some of those arrested and those that surrendered to the security agencies for proper identifications…. So far most of the operations are going on smoothly.

“Our concern is for Nigerians to support the military and other security agencies with useful information especially now that most of the Boko Haram camps have been destroyed; while the stubborn members may be fleeing to new locations.

“We urge Nigerians to report any strange movement and people, including suspicious objects in their localities to ensure that suspects do not have new haven to hide where they may later disrupt such communities.”

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Troops Kill More Boko Haram Fighters, Suicide Bomber

The Nigerian military has killed more Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) fighters and intercepted a suicide bomber in parts of Borno State.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Sunday that the troops of 7 Brigade ambushed and killed seven BHT at Dawashi early Sunday morning.

He said that the troops that laid in wait at the terrorists suspected crossing point engaged them on sight, “killed the seven terrorists and recovered a Peugeot station wagon loaded with 2,010 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) packed in 67 Jerri cans, uniforms, some materiels and Improvised Explosive making Devices (IEDs).

He listed others items recovered to include, dry cell batteries, AK-47 rifle, tools and fish.

In a related development, Usman said that the troops of 25 Task Force Brigade ambushed and killed a BHT suicide bomber at Kumala and Musafanari villages general area last night effectively saving lives and properties of innocent citizens.

He said: “The troops who on receipt of information, laid an ambush for the terrorist at suspected BHT crossing point, engaged the terrorist who was obviously on suicide mission, from Sambisa general area.”

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EFCC Summons More NAMA Officials Over Alleged N5b Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has summoned three more staffers of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to appear before it in Abuja today in furtherance of the investigation it launched into the finances and expenditures of the aviation agency.

The newly summoned members of staff are the agency’s Director of Finance, Mrs. Clara Aliche, the ICT General Manager, Mr. Ajiribido Bolarinwa, and the Project Manager, Mrs. Felicia Agaubata.

A source within NAMA, who confirmed this to The Guardian in Lagos yesterday, explained that the EFCC issued the fresh summon after examining some of the vouchers and other related documents it took from NAMA during its unscheduled visit to the agency last Friday. The anti-graft agency had, during the visit, demanded the Director of Finance, Aliche, who was not around, and left an invitation order for her to appear before it in Abuja.

This latest invitation, though could not be confirmed by NAMA’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs. Olajumoke Aduke Adetona when The Guardian asked her to react to the information, was not denied by her when she said “ I don’t have information, I can’t confirm (about what is going on in the EFCC), I was not even around when the EFCC came last week.”

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Shiite Protest: Three More Members Die

There was anxiety yesterday in Kaduna, following a clash between members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and policemen in Tudun Wada.

An eyewitness account said the Shiite sect members were preparing for a protest against the arrest of their leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, by the military when the police came to disperse the crowd.

But the sect members regrouped at Tudun Nupawa where many of them were said to have engaged the police in a shootout, leading to injuries on both sides.

The source also said three persons were feared dead.

A source at the police clinic on Independence Way in the heart of Kaduna also hinted our correspondent that four policemen were injured, one in critical condition.The clash came as the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau, led a Federal Government delegation to Kaduna State over the crisis between the army and the sect. They clashed last weekend when members of the sect blocked the Zaria/Jos road, preventing Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur

The clash came as the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau, led a Federal Government delegation to Kaduna State over the crisis between the army and the sect. They clashed last weekend when members of the sect blocked the Zaria/Jos road, preventing Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai’s convoy from passing.

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Nigeria Army Rescues More Than 200 People From Boko Haram

Nigeria’s army said it rescued more than 200 hostages from Boko Haram Islamist insurgents in the north of the country, while separately on Thursday the armed forces killed at least five militants.

“The team found and rescued 210 persons, comprising of mostly elderly men, women and children who have been safely evacuated to an internally displaced persons camp,” Colonel Sani Usman, an army spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement.

The clash that killed five Boko Haram members happened in a village in northeastern Geidam local government area in Yobe state, he said.

Nigerian authorities are battling Boko Haram in the northeast, an Islamist group that has waged a six-year campaign of killings and kidnappings to impose its version of Islamic law on the region.

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Scientists Confirm New Sexual Disease, Say Black Men More Likely To Test Positive

Scientists in the United Kingdom have confirmed the existence of a new sexually transmitted disease called mycoplasma genitalium.

The confirmation of the bacterial disease, which causes painful urination among other things, as an STD comes more than two decades after it was first discovered.

A team of fourteen researchers arrived at the conclusion after conducting a national survey of the sexual lifestyles and attitudes of British men and women.

The researchers said the study, which involved testing urine from 4,507 sexually experienced participants aged 16 to 44 years for MG, “strengthens evidence that MG is an STI”.

They added, “MG was identified in over one per cent of the population, including in men with high-risk behaviours in older age groups that are often not included in STI prevention measures.”

The study found that men of black ethnicity were more likely to test positive for MG and showed that the prevalence of the disease was 1.2 per cent in men and 1.3 per cent in women.

It also found that for both men and women, the disease was strongly associated with reporting risk behaviours such as increasing the number of total and new partners and unsafe sex in the past year.

Although it recorded no positive MG tests in men aged 16 to19, prevalence peaked at 2.1 per cent in men aged 25–34 years, while prevalence in was highest in 16 to 19-year-olds at 2.4 per cent and decrease with age.

It added, “Men with MG were more likely to report previously diagnosed gonorrhoea, syphilis or non-specific urethritis, and women previous trichomoniasis.”

Health.com in an article about the study quoted a clinical associate professor, Raquel Dardik, as saying the symptoms for women included irritation, painful urination and bleeding after sex, while those for men included painful urination and watery discharge from the penis.

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More Lawmakers Reject House Committees’ Leadership

Five more lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress in the House of Representatives are said to have rejected the chairman and deputy chairman positions offered them by the Speaker of the House.

This will bring to seven the number of members who have rejected the positions given to them, as two members had rejected their positions last week.

Speaking in the party’s secretariat in Abuja on Monday, some of the members of the loyalist group accused Speaker Yakubu Dogara of working against the interest of the ruling party.

The members are demanding that the Speaker should reverse the current order and reconstitute the committees in favour of the All Progressives Congress.

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Beyoncé Shares More Family Vacation Photos

Beyonce took to Instagram to share a rare candid photo of her adorable daughter, 3-year-old Blue Ivy, as the two continue their fabulous family vacation in Italy on their luxury yacht.

Sporting matching flowers in their hair, the mother-daughter duo put their arms around one another while smiling big, with Blue Ivy sporting a super cute blue swimsuit.

Is queen Bey trying to win back her title as most followed on IG?

And perhaps to dispel the pregnancy rumors always following her around, the 34-year-old “7/11” singer also shared this snap of her enjoying what appears to be a glass of champagne.


Saudi To Give Families Of Dead Pilgrims N70m Compensation Each & More

Families of the six Nigerian pilgrims who died in the last Friday’s crane collapse in Saudi Arabia’s grand Mosque will get N70 million each.

They will also be entitled to two Hajj slots each next year to be fully paid for by the Saudi government.

The custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Tuesday ordered that top officials of the Saudi Bin Ladin Group be banned from traveling outside the kingdom after the probe of the incident partially blamed the construction company for the crane crash.

The Saudi authority announced that families of each of the 111 people who died in the accident will be paid a compensation of  one million Saudi Riyals.

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Nigerian Troops Clear More Boko Haram Camps

The Nigerian Army says that troops advancing to clear all known Boko Haram terrorists camps towards Banki, Kumshe axis and Bama axis have cleared four more camps.

The Acting Director of Information, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, revealed this in a statement on Monday.

“The gallant troops also rescued dozen of kidnapped women and children held captive by Boko Haram terrorists.

“The clearance by ground troops and aerial bombardments by the Nigerian Air Force continues till we reach the desired objective of defeating the terrorists,” he said.

The Defence Headquarters further confirmed this via their Twitter account.


Cameroon Sends Back 650 More Nigerian IDPs

Sa’ad Bello, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Camps Coordinator, said on Wednesday in Fufore, Adamawa, that the agency has received another 650 Nigerians sent back home from Cameroun Republic.

“So far, we have received over 9,000 Nigerians who escaped from Boko Haram attacks to Cameroun Republic,” he said. “The repatriated Nigerians were mostly women and children from Borno.”

According to him, the agency has settled the IDPs in four major camps in the state which include the NYSC Orientation Camp at Bajabure in Girei Council Area, the Malkohi IDPs Camp in Yola South Council Area, the Fufore Camp in Fufore Local Government and Saint Theresa Catholic Camp in Yola North Area.

He said that the new IDPs were undergoing intensive security and health screening, and appealed to well-meaning Nigerians and organisations to collaborate with the agency in assisting the IDPs.

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More Dismissed Soldiers Beg Buhari For Reinstatement

Following the decision of Federal Government to reinstate 3,032 officers and soldiers, who were dismissed from the Nigerian Army last year by the General Court-Martial set up by military authorities, three groups of officers and soldiers, yesterday, appealed to President Buhari to extend the gesture to them.

The groups, according to their counsel, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), in a petition addressed to the Chief of Army Staff, are the 70 soldiers convicted and sentenced to death in September and December 2014 by two General Courts-Martial, whose findings have not been confirmed; scores of officers and soldiers convicted and sentenced to various terms of imprisonment by General Courts-Martial, and senior officers and soldiers currently being prosecuted in Special and General Courts-Martial in Lagos and Abuja.

The petition said: “The convicts and suspects under-going trial are alleged to have committed mutiny, cowardly behaviour, loss of equipment, failure to perform military duties and sundry offences…”

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#DidYouKnow: More Chinese Restaurants In US Than McDonald’s Stores Worldwide

Experts estimate that there are more than 40,000 Chinese restaurants in the US now, a number that outstrips the total number of McDonald’s outlets in the world, estimated at 36,000.

Chinese food has been around in the US since the mid-1800s, when a huge influx of Chinese immigrants came to California during the Gold Rush.

The newcomers started opening restaurants and eventually began settling elsewhere thanks to the railroad expansion. That resulted in the establishment of Chinatowns all over the place.

For decades, Chinese food was considered exotic and available only if you ventured to a predominantly Chinese neighborhood. But today, you can walk almost anywhere in the US and you’re likely to come across not just one, but multiple Chinese restaurants

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