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Spain to send more soldiers to help Iraq forces combat ISIS

Spain says it plans to send an additional 150 soldiers and police to Iraq to help train Iraqi security forces combating Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). Government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo said Friday the 125 troops and 25 police officers would form part of the US-led coalition fighting the IS group. The Spanish parliament must approve the decision. The defense ministry says the soldiers and police officers would not take part in any combat operations. Spain already has 300 soldiers training Iraqi forces, mostly in explosives handling, land mine clearance and logistics. (AP)

Spain says it plans to send an additional 150 soldiers and police to Iraq to help train Iraqi secu...

Sad Tragedy! At Least 50 People Killed, After Church Collapses In Uyo, Akwa-Ibom (Photos)

Site of the collapsed church in Akwa Ibom state 

At least 50 people have been killed after a church building collapsed in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State in southern Nigeria.

Reports said that the Reigners Bible Church located at Uyo Village road, off Barrack road was filled to capacity when the disaster occurred.


The church located at Uyo Village Road, off Barrack Road, is said to have been filled to the brim as the Pastor, Akan Week, was being consecrated as a bishop when the incident happened.

According to Punch, the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, was expected to attend the consecration, but sources said he was not at the church when it collapsed.

Sources close to the church added that the church was being renovated and upgraded ahead of the event.

Rescue workers are battling to evacuate victims.

Site of the collapsed church in Akwa Ibom state  At least 50 people have been killed after a chu...

Rivers Rerun Election: Buhari Orders Security Agents to Deal Decisively with Troublemakers

President Muhammadu Buhari 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday directed security agencies to deal decisively with troublemakers who may want to violate the sanctity of the electoral process in the federal and state legislative rerun elections holding in Rivers State on Saturday, Punch reports.


He instructed security agents to exhibit professionalism and non-partisanship in the discharge of their constitutional duties even in the face of extreme provocations, Buhari also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to do all within its powers to conduct free and transparent election in the state.

The President’s directive was contained in a statement made available to journalists by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina. The order came barely 24 hours after chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress including state governors elected on the party’s platform told party supporters in Port Harcourt to see the rerun as “the election of our lives.”

“The rerun elections should not be seen as a do-or-die affair to the extent that people will be killed, maimed and property destroyed in a mindless display of crude primitive instincts. Innocent blood should never be sacrificed on the altar of political contest for temporary power,” the President warned.

Buhari restated his administration’s commitment to deepening democracy in the country by enthroning a legacy of respect for the wishes of the people through free, fair and credible elections devoid of intimidation and violence throughout the federation.

President Muhammadu Buhari  President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday directed security agencies to d...

Shock as OAU Announces Death of First-Class Grauate on Graduation Day (Photo)

Bibilari Elebuibon 

There was an unusual silence at the 42nd convocation of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, on Friday when the death was announced of a first-class graduate, Bibilari Elebuibon.

According to Punch, Elebuibon, who was the best in Yoruba Language in the Faculty of Arts, was said to have died in an accident in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, in July 2016.


It became a harvest of tears among his colleagues and some others present when his name was called by the dean of his faculty, Prof. Gbemisola Adeoti, for a prize and the school’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, stepped forward to call for a minute silence in his honour.

Reports said the deceased, who was among the 66 first-class graduates, was a son of a popular Ifa priest in Osogbo, Chief Yemi Elebuibon.

Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari had said the unemployment rate in Nigeria is now worse than it was about a year ago. The President, who said this at the 42nd convocation of the institution, called on the private sector to complement the efforts of the government in providing jobs for Nigerians to bridge the gap.

The Chancellor of the OAU, who is also the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, the Ooni of Ife, who is also the Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Deputy Governor of Osun State, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori, were among the dignitaries present at the ceremony.

The President, who was represented at the ceremony by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Adamu Rasheed, said his administration was working hard to ensure more Nigerian youths were productively engaged.

He said, “In September, 2016, our unemployment rate reached a high value of 17.9 per cent as compared to 9.9 per cent the previous year. I intend to remind you that although this administration is doing its best to provide jobs for the teeming population of Nigerian youths, our efforts still need to be complemented by the private sector.

“We have been bringing on board several entrepreneurship initiatives to create an enabling environment for job creators to not only thrive, but excel. “Promotion of local products, encouragement of export markets, tapping of indigenous raw materials, etc., are some of the avenues for this to operate.

As fresh graduates with invigorating ideas, you are encouraged to forward your proposals under the appropriate parastatals and agencies.”

Bibilari Elebuibon  There was an unusual silence at the 42nd convocation of the Obafemi Awolowo ...

Graphic Photos From Yesterday's Boko Haram Bomb Blast in Madagali, Adamawa


Victims of the suicide bombing that took place yesterday in Adamawa State 

About 56 persons have been confirmed dead and 177 others injured after two female suicide bombers yesterday afternoon detonated their bombs at a crowded Central market, Gulak, the Headquarters of Madagali Local Government area of Adamawa State.


The Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Yusuf Mohammed confirmed the attack, describing it as one of the worst attacks to have occurred in the area.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Nigeria military would not be deterred from stamping out Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria.

Victims of the suicide bombing that took place yesterday in Adamawa State  About 56 persons have ...

Rivers Rerun: Governor Wike Deploys 300 Hi-tech Drones to Prevent Rigging in His State



Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike 

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has deployed 300 drones ahead of the Saturday's rerun elections in the state.

It was learnt the super tech UAVs drones designed to fly at 13000ft above sea level with special HD super 4k cameras can spot minute objects and detect motions from a long distance, are a part of the governor’s strategies to ensure that the elections are monitored to avoid rigging and other forms of electoral malpractices.


Lere Olayinka, SA Public Communications & New Media to the Ekiti State Governor confirmed this on his Facebook page and wrote: "#RiversRerun Gov Wike deploys 300 DRONES to monitor election and prevent rigging."

The drones which are remotely manned from a central control station located somewhere in the state capital will return live video streams to the control stations at real time.

It was gathered that the Wike took this measure in order to stop any rigging and monitor events live as it is happening in the different Local Government Areas of the state.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike  Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has deployed 300 dron...

Ghana Election: U.S. Congratulates President-elect, Akufo-Addo

President Barack Obama 

The U.S. has congratulated Ghana and the country’s president-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo, on the success of the Dec. 7 Poll.

Deputy Spokesperson of U.S. Department of State, Mark Toner, in a statement issued on Friday, said the outcome of the election was a proof of Ghana’s vibrant democracy.


“The U.S. has congratulated the people of Ghana on the successful conclusion of the December 7 general election. “We also congratulate President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo. The peaceful and inclusive nature of the election is a testament to Ghana’s citizens and its vibrant democracy,” he said.

The U.S. also commended Ghana’s President, John Mahama, for demonstrating sportsmanship and statesmanship by respecting the outcome of the election, and the country’s electoral commission..

“We commend President Mahama for respecting the results announced by the Electoral Commission, calling on his supporters to do the same. “We also commend him for demonstrating the leadership and commitment to democracy for which Ghana is known throughout the world. “We commend Ghana’s Electoral Commission for administering a credible election process.”

He said the U.S. has also recognised the civil society organisations that contributed to a peaceful, transparent, and fair election.

Toner said the Secretary of State, John Kerry, in a phone calls with Mahama and Akufo-Addo, said the U.S. and Ghana had a close and enduring friendship rooted in our mutual commitment to freedom and democratic values.

“We look forward to working with President-elect Akufo-Addo and his administration on economic growth, health, governance and security in Ghana and throughout West Africa.

“Ghana has a long tradition of peaceful democratic elections and we congratulate the country on its sustained commitment to democracy.”


-NAN

President Barack Obama  The U.S. has congratulated Ghana and the country’s president-elect, Nana...

Rivers Commissioner Opens Up on the Alleged Use of Drones to Monitor Rerun Elections

Governor Nyesome Wike 

An earlier report which stated that the Rivers State government planned to use drones for the rerun election has been described as untrue.

It would be recalled that a report quoting Lere Olayinka, SA Public Communications & New Media of Ekiti State had said Nyesom Wike had planned to use 300 drones for the election in the state to forestall any illegality in the state.


However, while speaking on Saturday in Okrika, the Rivers Commissioner for Information, Dr Austin Tam-George, described the report as untrue. He said state government never planned to deploy drones to monitor the rerun elections in the state.

According to NAN, he said the Nyesom Wike-led government was deeply interested in ensuring free, peaceful and credible legislative rerun elections.

“That is a lie, we never contemplate using drones to monitor the elections, we are interested in following, casting our votes and ensuring they count,’’ he said.

He said that the Peoples Democratic Party had directed its members to be peaceful but vigilant. “We are opposed to violence and electoral criminality, we will only use peace and legitimate means to ensure that nothing illegal happens,’’ he said

Governor Nyesome Wike  An earlier report which stated that the Rivers State government planned t...

Why they Call Me a Spoiler - Ali Modu Sheriff

Senator Ali Modu Sheriff 

Addressing a press conference in Abuja, Sheriff also said that he is against the formation of another political party, noting that there was no guarantee that if the present PDP gave up its certificate of registration, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would agree to register a new party.


Therefore, while encouraging all those who have left PDP to return, he said his leadership would rebuild the party and return it to the grassroots, Nigerian Tribune reports.

Sheriff, who was reacting to his labeling as ‘a spoiler’ by an unnamed governor from the South South, spoke through his faction’s deputy national chairman, Dr Cairo Ojougboh.

He said: “It has been brought to our notice that a governor of the South South described the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led NWC as spoilers. “The truth is that we ‘spoil’ impunity. We ‘spoil’ imposition. We ‘spoil’ corruption and greed and we ‘spoil’ wickedness, innate wickedness to fellow party faithful.

“We, therefore, call on our state governors to shun corruption, wickedness, greed and impunity which brought us to where we are today.

“Recall that in the 2015 general elections, we lost elections in 10 states where we had governors in the North due to impunity. The states are: Benue, Kogi, Niger, Jigawa, Plateau, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Bauchi and Adamawa.” “We in the NWC are making all necessary arrangements to reposition our great larty. We intend to return the party to the original owners, the grass roots.

“We encourage those who left the Party to return. We are not going to allow our party to die. We therefore will not submit our registration certificate to INEC in order to form another party. “The politics of yesterday is very different from that of today.

There is no guarantee that today’s INEC will register you once you give up your certificate. So our task is to rebuild and reposition the party.”

Senator Ali Modu Sheriff  Addressing a press conference in Abuja, Sheriff also said that he is a...

How These Corpers Were Punished for Annoying Their Military Platoon Leader Has Caused Controversy Online (Photo)


The corpers were forced to kneel on the ground for some time 

The manner in which about 20 National Youth Corps Members were punished by a miltary platoon leader has caused controversy online.

About 20 graduates currently undergoing orientation at a camp in Umunna, Bende area of Abia state were forced to kneel in the sun for some time after allegedly annoying their platoon leader.


However, many people have condemned the military man who punished the graduates as they opined that they should not have been given such a treatment. Some have said the act is tantamount to abuse.

A corps member who reported the incident wrote: "I am a corp member currently undergoing orientation course at the NYSC orientation camp, Umunna, Bende, Abia state. This morning, during parade rehearsals, some corp members in 9 Platoon got the platoon inspector annoyed and he punished them by kneeling them down for some time before releasing them. #Even graduates still get kindergarten punishments."

People have condemned the photo and reacted to it saying the punishment was uncalled for. "Laughing. Hilarious seeing grown ups this way. Almost 40 Educated Graduates, kneeling with their hands in the air, controlled by one Gun-less Soldier.

These Corpers kneeling down, are all embarrassment to their educated minds, and to their rights. Never ever allow any man put you on your knees, no matter what," someone wrote.

"They are in a camp for training, nothing degrading here; discipline is the watch word, they can take up their certificates when they leave the camp." another added.

The corpers were forced to kneel on the ground for some time  The manner in which about 20 Nation...


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