30 Year Old & 25 Year Old Hong Kong Legislators Defy Barring Order

Hong Kong’s legislature has descended into chaos after two young pro-independence lawmakers defied a barring order and barged into the chamber as democrats formed a human chain around them, forcing the session to be adjourned.

At a swearing-in ceremony two weeks ago, Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung modified their oaths in an act of defiance by using a derogatory word for China. Yau also slipped in an expletive.

After Yau and Leung of the Youngspiration party entered the Legislative Council’s main chamber on Wednesday, surrounded by other legislators and dozens of journalists, the body’s president ordered them to leave, but the two refused.

After half an hour, the session was adjourned until next week.

The two legislators insisted they had the right to enter the chamber to retake their oath of office. Council rules state that members cannot attend meetings or vote before they take the oath.

The two were part of a new wave of youthful pro-democracy lawmakers elected in September amid a rising tide of anti-China sentiment, with many residents concerned about Beijing eroding Hong Kong’s wide autonomy.

“If we lose this war … our system is done for. We have no room to retreat,” said Leung, tears welling in his eyes.

The democrats called on Andrew Leung, council president, to step down, while Yau accused him of “destroying the dignity” of the council.

Nathan Law, a new legislator who advocates self-determination for Hong Kong, said that while he may not endorse the pair’s behaviour when they first took their oaths, they should be allowed to sit as elected legislators.

“What we are trying to protect is people’s rights to vote, and Hong Kong’s legislative system,” Law said.

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Tribunal Grants Ize-Iyamu Order To Inspect Election Materials

Edo State Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Benin City has granted an order for the People’s Democratic Party and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to inspect all the electoral materials used by the Independence National Electoral Commission for the conduct of the September 28 Edo State governorship election.

Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressive Congress was declared winner of the election after he polled over 319, 483 votes to defeat Pastor Ize-Iyamu who polled 253,173 votes.

The order by the tribunal followed an ex-parte motion filed by Counsel to the PDP and Pastor Ize-Iyamu, Barr. Kingsley Obamogie

Barr. Obamogie said the motion was in compliance with section 151 of the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended which he relied on to pray the court to grant them the order to inspect the INEC materials.

Chairman of the tribunal, Hon. Justice .A. Badamasi granted the order after listening the argument of Obamogie.

Other members of the tribunal are Justices E.A. Ade Sodun, and Hon. Khadi Adamu Usman who are to serve as members.

Obamogie said, “In compliance with the section 151 of the Electoral Act of 2010 as amended, we have approached and pray the court to grant us the permission to inspect all the Electoral, materials used by INEC in the just concluded Edo State Governorship Election”.

An official of the tribunal would only be inaugurated only when petitions have been filed by aggrieved parties and their candidates that participated in the governorship election.

He noted that aggrieved parties have 21 days within which to file petitions.

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World’s First Sperm Bank App Lets You Order A Donor

London Sperm Bank Donors has just launched a mobile app that allows would-be parents to search for the sperm donor of their dreams on-the-go, with filters for medical history, looks, occupation, highest educational degree, height, nationality, religion, and race. Each profile even has a lovingly written description of the donor’s personality — it’s like a dating app, but with fewer photos, to ensure anonymity (pen sketches of some donors are available), more information, and a guarantee that the profiles are actually accurate: Since every donor has been vetted within an inch of their life, no one gets to add fake inches to their height, unlike your last Tinder date. You can also create a “wish-list” of ideal donor characteristics and get notifications on your phone when a donor who matches them joins the registry. Sperm-shopping has never been so convenient.

Of course, doomsayers are already heralding the app, which London Sperm Bank Donors says is the first of its kind in the world, as the end of society as we know it. “How much further can we go in the trivialization of parenthood?” Josephine Quintavalle, co-founder of pro-life organization Comment on Reproductive Ethics, told British newspaper The Times. “This is the ultimate denigration of fatherhood.” It’s not as if people weren’t already selecting their own sperm donors, though. They just couldn’t do it on their phones, but now, people can search for a baby daddy as easily as they order Thai, and I’m so into it. If I’m looking for a Dutch atheist with a PhD in neuroscience to provide half of my future child’s genome, I can find him within seconds. I’d still have to come up with the £950 or $1,221 required to have his sperm delivered to my local fertility clinic, but since window-shopping is free, here are three donors whose sperm I would happily introduce to my eggs.

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School Prohibits Students From Dating In Order To Prevent Teenage Pregnancy

Golden Heritage Polytechnic College in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, has instituted a “true love waits” policy that forbids students from having romantic relationships with people of the opposite sex while they are enrolled. As ABS-CBN news explains, this is to prevent teen pregnancies so more students can finish their education.

According to a big yellow banner hanging outside the school, “[a] love affair will surely destroy the life of a young lady student therefore this institution prohibit intimate relationship between a male & female students.” Bonus: It’s also printed on teacher’s uniforms.

It’s unclear if this rule specifically targets female students or if it’s universally enforced, though the phrasing here would suggest it’s just the “young lady students” who are considered at risk. It’s also unclear if this applies just to relationships between students or any romantic relationship a student has, even if it’s with someone outside the college.

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Sheriff’s Removal: Abuja High Court Never Gave An Order

Facts have emerged that the Abuja Federal High Court presided over by Justice Valentine Ashi last Wednesday never gave an order for the removal of the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff as it only nullified the 2014 PDP Constitution Amendment.

Besides, the National PDP Chairman was not joined in that suit which according to a top member of the PDP, Dr. Christopher C. Ousala who spoke with journalists in Abuja yesterday said  Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff still remains the National Chairman of the Party as the High Court Ruling has nothing to do with him or his position as National Chairman of the party.

He said:  “Ali-Modu Sheriff is not a party in the said suit, neither was his name mentioned anywhere in the ruling. There was no consequential order in that ruling to warrant the attendant insinuations as the law does not take implied effects on people”.

According to him, the court merely voided the processes leading to the amendment of the PDP constitution in 2014, while Sheriff’s emergence was not covered by the amended section of the constitution in 2014 but the PDP constitution of 2012.He said that if there was any procedural error in introducing new clauses or amendments to existing ones, the court would only void the new amended version not the entire constitution of the PDP of 2012.

Given an insight of what happened, he said a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) member, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere had some time ago, taken the party to court to challenge the 2014 PDP Constitution Amendment. He said nowhere in the suit is Modu Sheriff joined or his name mentioned and that it is a misnomer to impute that “Sheriff has been removed  as he is not part of the case”.

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Reps Order Halt Of Refineries Privatization

The House of Representatives Committee on Privatization and Commercialization has directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to stop its planned privatization of the nation’s refineries or joint investment ventures with some multinationals.

The committee’s chairman, Hon. Ahmed Yerima (APC, Bauchi), who gave the order yesterday in Abuja during an interactive session with the managements of the NNPC and Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) on the planned privatization of three  refineries in the country, said the process was in breach of relevant laws.

Earlier in his submission, the group executive director, Refineries, at the NNPC, Mr Anibor Kragba, had said the NNPC had no powers to privatize any of its refineries and that they were only seeking funds to get the refineries back to work.

Kragba, who represented the minister of state for petroleum resources and group managing director of the corporation, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, said they decided to put up some publications in certain national dailies on the matter in an effort to have joint investment ventures with interested companies.

For his part, the acting director-general, BPE, Mr Vincent Akpotarie, said the refineries that were privatized had been reversed in 2007, but that there were moves towards the end of the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration for fresh privatization of the refineries, which failed.

He added that the BPE was worried about joint venture agreements because of past experience where such ventures failed.

The committee chairman however said: “I think there’s a clear violation of the law in seeking investments based on what the BPE DG said.”

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Fuel Price Hike: NLC, TUC, To Go Ahead With Strike Despite Court Order

Despite an order of the National Industrial Court restraining the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress from going ahead with their planned strike to protest the hike in price of petrol, the strike will go ahead as planned on Wednesday, labour officials have said.

The General Secretary of the NLC, Peter Ozo-Eson, on Tuesday night told Premium Times that from all indications the strike would go on as planned.

On the meeting with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, earlier convened to attempt to broker a last minute truce on the matter, Mr. Ozo-Eson said the meeting was yet to hold at about 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

“There was no resolution yet. We are just going for the meeting now. ,” the NLC scribe said on telephone interview. “We have been meeting on our own on matters that are important to us. It is clear the strike will go ahead as planned,” Mr. Ozo-Eson said on telephone on his way to the venue of the meeting.

He however assured that an official statement would be issued on the final position after what promises to be an all-night meeting.

The General Executive Secretary of Medical and Health Workers Union, north central, Richard Gbamwuan, in an interview with this newspaper, shortly after an emergency NEC meeting of the NLC held in Abuja on Tuesday, said that they were going ahead with the proposed strike.

“We have resolved to go ahead with the protest nationwide, as far as we are concerned, we are yet to be aware of any court injunction,” he said.

“And if there is any court injunction, we are just doing what federal government is fond of doing. The same Industrial court had stopped federal government from increasing electric tariff but till date federal government ignored us, they still went ahead, so we are embarking on the protest.”

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Police Order Registration Of Herdsmen In Ondo

Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Hilda Harrison, yesterday said her command could no longer fold its arms and allow the excesses of Fulani herdsmen to go unchecked. Harrison ordered that all herdsmen operating in the state should be registered for identification purposes. She warned that unregistered cattle rearers would not be allowed to operate in the state, saying the head of the Hausa/ Fulani community where such herdsmen foment trouble would be held responsible.

The police commissioner spoke at an interactive session with stakeholders in Akure, the state capital. Stakeholders at the meeting included local farmers, heads of Hausa/ Fulani communities across the state, traditional rulers and leaders of Miyyatti Allah. She said: “Farmers and cattle rearers have been living together in this state before now. We need to come together, especially now that the price of petroleum products has come down; also, we should go back to the farm.

“We cannot do without one another and we must realise we need each other to earn our daily bread. Therefore, let us make efforts to promote peace in the state. “We are going to register every Hausa/Fulani community in the state. The leaders must know the number of herdsmen in their various camps. They must be registered and have identity cards. Henceforth, the leaders will be held responsible for the activities of the herdsmen.

“Nobody can take law into his or her hand. It will catch up with you. We can never compromise law and order. Police cannot fold their arms and allow a breakdown of law and order.”

Harrison urged farmers in the state not to go on any reprisal attack whenever they have issues with the herdsmen, saying “two wrongs don’t make a right.”

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Apple Rejects ‘Dangerous’ Order To Hack US Shooter’s iPhone

Apple has rejected a judge’s order to help the FBI break into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, warning it was “too dangerous” to create such a backdoor to the smartphones.

US magistrate Judge Sheri Pym ordered Apple on Tuesday to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to the FBI, including disabling an auto-erase feature after too many unsuccessful attempts are made to unlock the iPhone 5C.

Federal prosecutors had filed a motion requesting Apple’s help after the FBI failed to crack the phone’s code two months into the investigation into the December rampage.

Syed Farook, a US citizen, and his Pakistani wife Tashfeen Malik gunned down 14 people at an office party in San Bernardino, California, before they were killed in a shootout with police. 

But Apple said it would fight the judge’s order, firing the latest shot in a growing debate over encryption pitting the government against tech companies.

“The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers,” Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement on the company’s website.

“We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.”

Cook said it was too risky to provide the requested software because it could allow ill-intentioned individuals to unlock any iPhone and raises major privacy concerns.

“The US government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone,” Apple said.

“In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.

“While the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control,” he said, adding that Apple has cooperated with the FBI thus far.

By disabling the security features, the FBI would be able to attempt as many different password combinations as needed before gaining access to the phone.

It was the property of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, which employed Farook, and the authority had agreed to the search of the phone.

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EFCC Detains Badeh, Gets Order To Hold Amosu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has detained the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.), in connection with his alleged role in the $2.1bn arms purchase scam.

Badeh, who was clad in a brown kaftan and a black cap, arrived at the EFCC office around 10am on Monday.

The former defence chief had visited the commission on Thursday last week but was asked to report to the agency’s office on Monday.

Badeh, who was accompanied by three unidentified men, was escorted into the Idiagbon House headquarters of the EFCC by armed operatives.

He was subsequently interrogated by detectives for several hours.

As of 10pm, Badeh was still in the custody of the anti-graft agency.

An EFCC operative, said, “Badeh arrived at our office at 10am and as of 10pm, he is still with us.”

It was gathered that the commission had assembled two teams of EFCC operatives, who began the interrogation of the former chief of defence staff at about 10.30am on Monday.

It was learnt that he was asked to account for contracts awarded by the Nigeria Air Force when he was the chief of defence staff.

According to reports, contracts totalling $930,500,690.00 were by the military awarded under the leadership of Badeh.

The money is said to be part of the $2.1bn, which was under the control of the Office of the National Security Adviser, then under the headship of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd).

Badeh is also said to be answering questions on the non-specification of procurement costs, absence of contract agreements, award of contracts beyond authorised thresholds, transfer of public funds for unidentified purposes and general non-adherence with provisions of the Public Procurement Act.

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DSS Gets Court Order To Detain Nnamdi Kanu

Department of State Services, DSS, has secured an order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to detain leader of Biafran agitators, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, for another 90 days.

The 90 days grace granted the security outfit was to enable investigation into the allegation of acts and financing of terrorism leveled against the Biafran leader by the Federal Government.

Counsel to DSS, Mr. Moses Idakwo, at the resumption of trial of Kanu yesterday in Abuja, drew the attention of Chief Magistrate Shuaib Usman to the Federal High Court order of Justice Adeniyi Ademola granting further detention of Kanu for another 90 days.

Idakwo therefore, asked the Magistrate’s Court to step down from the trial on the ground that the court lacked power to prosecute terrorism charges.

The Biafran leader was, however, produced in court in compliance with last week’s order of the Magistrate Court, but with heavy security escort.

Counsel to the accused, Mr. Vincent Egechukwu Obeta, objected vehemently to the order of the court and the application that the Magistrate’s Court steps down from Kanu’s trial.

Dasuki Reacts To Buhari’s Arrest Order

The immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has denied ever receiving any formal or informal invitation to appear before an Investigative Panel on the Procurement of hardware and munitions in the armed forces.

Mr. Dasuki, a retired colonel, was responding to a statement that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered his arrest and those of others implicated in arms deal, was quoted by PRNigeria as saying, “I have never been invited formally or informally to appear before the panel.

“I am therefore not only surprised but embarrassed by the seeming indictment by the panel purportedly operating from the Office of the National Security Adviser that never contacted me.

“For the record I am proud to serve my nation with the best of intention and ensuring the recovery of more than 22 local government councils from Boko Haram terrorists.

“Because of the pride of how we tackled terrorism and defeated Boko Haram terrorists through our gallant troops and partners in the twilight of the previous administration, I have insisted on open and public trial of my stewardship rather than secret trial in the court as being canvassed by my prosecutors.”

“I wish Nigerians will go back and reflect on what we did with even little or no supports from some countries. We performed miracles before the emergence of this administration. I even thought the committee was to investigate procurement from 2007 to 2015. Yet only my name is always being mentioned even when some of the issues were before I came into government.

“I left Nigerians to judge.”

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Call Oshiomhole To Order, Rep Tells Buhari

The lawmaker member representing Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Linus Okorie, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly call Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state to order on the purported appointment of two foreign forensic audit firms to look into federal government revenue generating agencies from 2010 to 2015.

In a statement in Abakaliki, Mr. Okorie observed that neither the Mr. Oshiomohole-led National Executive Council Adhoc Committee on Excess Crude Accounts and Remittances to the Federation Account nor the NEC itself has the power under the constitution to make the purported appointments.

He also stated that even if they had the legal authority, the said appointment is contrary to the clear provisions of the Public Procurement Act 2007, adding that the NEC created under the part 1 of the third schedule 1999 constitution (as amended) is merely an advisory body to the President and has no authority to enter into contractual obligations on behalf of the government of the federation.

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FG Challenges Order Barring Arrest Of Buruji Kashamu

The Federal Government has instituted two appeals before the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal against the orders of the Federal High Court barring security agencies in the country from arresting and commencing extradition proceedings against Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Two judges of the Federal High Court, Justice Okon Abang and Justice Ibrahim Buba had in separate rulings nullified the provisional warrant of arrest obtained by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) against the Senator representing Ogun-East.

The judges had also restrained the NDLEA from arresting and arraigning Kashamu in furtherance of moves to extradite him to the United States of America to face drug related offences.

In one of the appeals, the Federal Government argued that the court cannot fetter the hands of security or prosecuting agencies in the lawful discharge of their functions.

In the second appeal, the government submitted that from a careful scrutiny of the case, it was clear that the lower courts aided Kashamu to abuse the processes of the court.

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Sudan’s Bashir Flies Out Of S.Africa, Defying Court Order

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir flew out of South Africa on Monday, defying a court order for him to stay as judges weighed up whether he should be arrested for alleged war crimes and genocide.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) said it was “disappointed” at South Africa’s failure to heed its calls to detain Bashir on long-standing arrest warrants over the Darfur conflict.

As his plane took off on the final day of an African Union leaders’ summit in Johannesburg, the local high court was still hearing arguments over an urgent application to force the authorities to detain him.

“Our position has always been that South Africa’s obligation is clear and unequivocal. It had an obligation to arrest him,” the ICC’s chief deputy prosecutor James Stewart told AFP.

After Bashir had departed, South African judge Dunstan Mlambo also issued a harsh rebuke of the government for ignoring Sunday’s court order, requiring the authorities to keep him grounded.

“The conduct of the respondents — to the extent that they have failed to take steps to arrest and detain (Bashir) — is inconsistent with the constitution of the Republic of South Africa,” Mlambo said.

President Bashir’s hurried departure from Waterkloof military airport outside Pretoria sparked anger from rights groups.

“When he took off from South Africa today, he took with him the hopes of thousands of victims of grave crimes in Darfur who wish at last to see justice done,” Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

“By allowing this shameful flight, the South African government has disregarded not only its international legal obligations, but its own courts.”

South Africa is a signatory of The Hague-based ICC, which has often been criticised for only targeting African leaders.

Dressed in his traditional white robes, a smiling Bashir waved his cane in the air as he stepped off the plane after landing back in Khartoum and then drove around in an open-topped car surrounded by a crowd of supporters.


NDLEA Obeys Court Order, Vacates Kashamu’s House

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has said that it will obey the decision of the court of “competent jurisdiction” on the ongoing case involving Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu.

In a statement by Mitchell Ofoyeju, its Spokesperson, Wednesday, the NDLEA said that as a government agency and a law enforcement institution, it has respect for the rule of law.

A Federal High Court in Lagos had on Tuesday ordered NDLEA operatives, who had laid a siege around Mr. Kashamu’s home since Saturday, to vacate the Senator-elect’s house.

But the NDLEA had dared the court, stating that it did not believe any judge would issue an order preventing a government agency from performing its statutory responsibilities in a lawful manner.

“The agency has therefore refused to be distracted and will continue to maintain presence at the residence,” Mr. Ofoyeju had said in a statement Tuesday.

“It is advisable that Kashamu respects the law by submitting himself to the due process of law.”

On Wednesday, another federal court barred the NDLEA and other government security agencies from “unlawfully” arresting and extraditing Mr. Kashamu to the United States.

Mr. Kashamu, a prominent member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party and the Senator-elect for Ogun East, is wanted in the U.S. for drug related offences.

In its statement Wednesday, the NDLEA said it would now obey the courts’ decisions.

“This is a legal issue and the Agency has windows of opportunities to explore legally in advancing its course,” Mr. Ofoyeju said.

“NDLEA will not violate court orders or take law into its hands in enforcing its statutory responsibilities.”


Call Ekiti APC Members To Order Before They Truncate Democracy, Adeyeye Tells Buhari

Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye has called on the President-Elect, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd) to call All Progressives Congress (APC) members in Ekiti State to order before they truncate democracy in the country.

The minister, who described the APC desperation to seize power in Ekiti State through the backdoor as a dangerous trend, added that the  APC members in the Ekiti State House of Assembly were capitalising on Buhari’s victory to cause crisis in the State.

He said the APC should stop behaving like party of bad losers. The minister said; “In 1999, Prof Tunde Adeniran of the PDP lost to Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Adeniran congratulated the winner. He did not go to court. It was in 2003 that Adebayo lost to Governor Ayodele Fayose that they went to the Tribunal. “Also, when Engr Segun Oni won election in 2007, these same APC people made Ekiti ungovernable for him.

“In 2011 when Fayose contested senatorial election and lost to Senator Babafemi Ojudu, he did not go to court. None of the PDP National Assembly candidates that lost in 2011 went to court.

“Since they lost the governorship to the PDP nine months ago, they have refused to accept defeat. It was as a result of this desperation to steal Ekiti people’s mandate that Chief Omolafe Aderiye was killed.

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Defense Headquarters Orders Retreating Soldiers to Recapture Mubi

Defense Headquarters in Abuja has  ordered retreating troops to go back and recapture the Mubi from the insurgents.

Reports say that Chief of Defense Staff, Alex Badeh, whose hometown, Vimtim, less than 15 miles from the location of the insurgents, is angry at the action of the fleeing soldiers.

Sources say that the soldiers who fled yesterday have now been ordered to converge at Song, a small township and await final orders to march on Mubi to confront the insurgents and try to dislodge them, adding that there was no aircrafts set to assist the relaunch.