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World: In tense meeting, Trump officials debate how to process migrant families

World: In tense meeting, Trump officials debate how to process migrant families

WASHINGTON — Tense arguments broke out at the White House over the past two days as top government officials clashed over how to carry out President Donald Trump’s executive order. The disputes started Thursday night. They continued Friday as Kevin K. McAleenan, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, returned to the White House to question how his agency was supposed to detain parents and children together when the law requires that children not be held indefinitely in jail. The bureaucratic battles threatened to undermine Trump as his administration tries to counter a political crisis driven by heartbreaking images and recordings of crying migrant children separated from their parents and sent off to shelters. On Friday, the president was defiant. “We cannot allow our Country to be overrun by illegal immigrants as the Democrats tell their phony stories of sadness and grief,” Trump said on Twitter. But inside the White House, the arguments echoed the chaos at American airports after Trump’s ban on travel from predominantly Muslim countries. The ban, issued days after he took office, surprised Border Patrol agents and State Department consular officials. Officials at the southwestern border are struggling to obey Trump’s demand to prosecute people who illegally enter the United States — ending what the president has reviled as a “catch and release” policy — while also following an executive order he issued Wednesday to keep migrant families together as they are processed in courts. But as with the case of the travel ban, the reality of a vastly complicated bureaucratic system is colliding head-on with Trump’s shoot-from-the-hip use of executive power. The president’s whiplash-inducing order caught several people by surprise. Just a day before Trump signed it, one person close to the president said that he told advisers that separating families at the border was the best deterrent to illegal immigration and that he said that “my people love it.” Even on Wednesday, Trump repeatedly changed his mind about precisely what he wanted to do, and how, until shortly before he signed the order. Thursday night’s meeting was held in the White House Situation Room and lasted at least 90 minutes, according to four officials briefed on the discussion who described it on the condition of anonymity. They said Customs and Border Protection officials forcefully argued that agents who are apprehending migrant families at the border cannot refer all the adults for prosecution because the Justice Department and other law enforcement agencies do not have the resources to process each case. In particular, the border officials expressed concern about the number of prosecutors and judges needed to handle the proceedings, and the lack of space available to detain families while the cases go forward. As a result, the officials from Customs and Border Protection told White House and Justice Department officials that they have had to issue fewer prosecution referrals of adults with children despite the president’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration. Justice Department officials shot back, maintaining that the department has made no changes to its hard-line stance on illegal border crossings as it continues to receive referrals for prosecutions from Customs and Border Protection agents. Government lawyers will “prosecute adults who cross our border illegally instead of claiming asylum at any port of entry,” Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said Thursday in a statement. The Justice Department has been combating reports about its ability or willingness to enact the zero-tolerance policy, denying that prosecutors have dismissed immigration violation cases in South Texas. Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent 35 prosecutors to the southwestern border to help handle the surge in cases created by the zero-tolerance policy; the Defense Department deployed an additional 21 lawyers to handle immigration prosecutions. Federal immigration courts faced a backlog of more than 700,000 cases in May, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, at Syracuse University. In some courts, the average wait for an immigration hearing was over 1,400 days; some hearings are being scheduled beyond 2021 before an available slot on the docket is found. Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said the military is preparing to shelter as many as 20,000 migrant children on four bases: Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas; Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas; Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas; and Dyess Air Force Base near Abilene, Texas. It was not immediately clear on Friday if the parents could also be housed there. Customs and Border Protection officials said Friday that nearly 500 children who were separated since May have been reunited or will be reunited with their families by Sunday. These children were in the agency’s custody, never having been sent to facilities run by the Health and Human Services Department. It is unclear when the other 2,300 children will be reunited with their families. They have been separated from their parents since the zero-tolerance policy was announced. The children have been placed in facilities run by the Health and Human Services Department, some of them thousands of miles from where their parents are being detained. Administration officials said they have finalized a process to let parents know where their children are and to have regular communication with them after separation. Parents who are deported will be reunited with their children before being removed from the country, officials said. For the past week, Trump has demanded changes in U.S. immigration laws and encouraged Congress to act with urgency. But on Friday morning, he appeared to give up hope that the Republican-controlled Congress could succeed in passing an immigration bill this year, urging lawmakers in a tweet to stop “wasting their time.” The president said a vote on immigration legislation should be postponed until after the midterm elections in November, when he expects Republicans to pick up more seats and create a stronger majority — a prediction that is far from guaranteed. But House Republicans are moving forward as planned with efforts to pass immigration legislation, said Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the majority whip. “I think the president’s expressing his frustration that Democrats don’t want to solve the problem while we do,” Scalise said. “We’re going to keep working to try to get it done.” He acknowledged that passing the bill would be an “uphill fight.” On Thursday, the House voted against a hard-line immigration measure, and Republican leaders delayed a vote on a more moderate proposal, punting a decision on the bill to next week to give themselves more time to pick up support. The proposal, the product of weeks of negotiations between House Republican moderates and conservatives, would provide a citizenship path for the young unauthorized immigrants known as Dreamers and would keep migrant families together when they are stopped at the border. But Trump’s message swiftly undercut party leaders as they try to build enough support to pass the bill. Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin had no immediate comment Friday about the president’s change of course. “It doesn’t help, I’ll be honest,” said Rep. Joe L. Barton, R-Texas. “What we wanted was the president to say, ‘Vote yes next week on the compromise bill.’” Some rank-and-file Republicans — especially those who face tough re-election campaigns — are under intense pressure from constituents to pass legislation that would protect Dreamers, who have been shielded from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, that Trump moved to end last year. “I think it’s time for Congress to stand up and actually write a permanent legislative fix for DACA; it’s time for us to prevent this notion of taking babies from their mothers; it’s time that we should make sure we actually secure our borders,” said Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, who has been pushing a bipartisan immigration bill that Ryan refuses to take up. Debate over the family separation policy turned into a tense standoff in the House on Friday, when Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., played a recording of the detained children wailing and crying, as the presiding officer, Rep. Karen Handel, R-Ga., tried to shut him down. “The gentleman will suspend,” Handel demanded repeatedly, citing the chamber’s decorum rules. Lieu refused. “Why are you trying to prevent the American people from listening to what it sounds like in a detention facility?” Lieu asked. The recording ran for several minutes before he stopped it and yielded. Later Friday, Trump invited family members of those killed by unauthorized immigrants to deliver personal stories about the deaths of their loved ones. Some died in car accidents. Others were raped, beaten or tortured before they were killed. “I’m one of your legal immigrants,” said Sabine Durden, whose son Dominic was killed in a crash. Trump introduced her by saying her story was an “incredible” one. Flanked by the so-called angel families, the president said the families had been “permanently separated,” a reference to the family separation issue. He also used the opportunity to insist that crime among unauthorized immigrants is higher than the news media acknowledges. In fact, a 2015 study concludes that legal and unauthorized immigrants are “much less likely than natives to commit crimes.” This article originally appeared in The New York Times. Michael D. Shear, Ron Nixon and Katie Benner © 2018 The New York Times

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World: Reuniting and detaining migrant families pose new mental health risks

World: Reuniting and detaining migrant families pose new mental health risks

The chaotic process of reuniting thousands of migrant children and parents separated by the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy poses great psychological risks, both short- and long-term, mental health experts said Friday. The administration has no clear plan to reunite migrant families, which is sure to carry a psychological price for migrant parents and more than 2,300 children separated from them at the border in recent months. More than 400 are under age 12, and many are toddlers. But the alternative of keeping those families in camps, on military bases and in other facilities for long periods of time while they work their way through the legal and asylum systems will quite likely impose its own trauma, as it did for families of Japanese descent held by the United States in internment camps during World War II. “People have been very focused on technical pieces of this process, and the egregiousness of children in cages,” said Jennifer Rodriguez, executive director of the Youth Law Center, an advocacy group based in San Francisco and focused on protecting the rights of children. “But they’re not thinking about most basic fundamental trauma we’re inflicting on people.” On Friday in The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Fiona Danaher, a pediatrician at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston, warned that traumatic experiences like those experienced by migrants could lead to “changes in physiology that promote physical and mental illness throughout the life course.” The effects can be felt for generations, she noted. — The risks of reunification Already, mental health experts said in interviews, two psychological undercurrents are in motion among the separated migrant families: one individual, the other collective. At the individual level, many of the parents torn from their children will not have easy reunions, experts said. “I would want to make sure — before any reunion — that the children know that their parents did not want this to happen, and that it was not their own fault, either,” said Brenda Jones Harden, a professor of human development at the University of Maryland. “Many of these kids will think, ‘There’s something wrong with me, that’s why my parents abandoned me.’” In a series of studies, social scientists at the University of Delaware and elsewhere have carefully tracked the experience of young children entering foster families by having new parents keep detailed diaries and closely monitor parent-child interaction using standardized checklists. Young children often avoid engaging a new caregiver — behavior that can in turn put off a new mother or father, creating more distance and doubt in the relationship. A similar dynamic can occur when parents are taken away and then suddenly reappear. “Children often adapt to separations by looking as if they don’t need their parents upon reuniting,” said Mary Dozier, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Delaware, who led some of the separation studies. Parents may feel rejected and react in kind, by acting as if their children don’t need them, Dozier said. “A self-perpetuating cycle can begin. It’s usually resolved over time, but it’s helpful if parents can anticipate that their children may not run into their arms and be soothed readily.” Children reunited with their parents may also turn away or be difficult to soothe, said Kristin Bernard, a psychologist at Stony Brook University who works with foster children. Those reactions, combined with the desperation washing through their parents, “may get in the way of parents providing the nurturing and responsive care that children need at this critical time,” she said. For the youngest children especially, a week or two away is a very long time, a period of deepening uncertainty. The visceral memory of a parent can fade quickly in the mind of toddler, compared to more mature youngsters. By age 9, Jordan Sosa, now 23, had seen both his parents deported to Mexico on drug-use charges. “I saw my dad being dragged off, and I’m the oldest. My brothers and sisters kept asking, ‘What happened to Dad? What happened to Mom?’” said Sosa, who is now a congressional intern. “I remember I’d wait until they went to bed and then just cry.” He and his siblings entered foster care in Southern California, reuniting with their parents more than a year later. “For me, with my mom, it was like she was dead and suddenly came back alive. I had had a relationship with her,” Sosa said. “But for my younger sisters it was like, ‘No, I have a new family now.’” — Lessons from Japanese internment Following the president’s executive order earlier this week, the Trump administration asked a U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to alter a consent decree that effectively limits the detention of migrant families to no more than 20 days. The Pentagon has been asked to make room for as many as 20,000 migrants. The collective mental impact of holding hundreds of families in camps or institutions, for months or years, is hard to measure. Writing in The Washington Post, former first lady Laura Bush, among others, was quick to note that the proposed camps for migrant families are “eerily reminiscent of the Japanese-American internment camps of World War II.” After the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, the federal government interned 120,000 Japanese-Americans in about a dozen camps, typically in barracks, one family to a room, and cut off from the outside world by barbed wire. The incarceration lasted up to four years, and most families remained together. This mass internment is distinct from the current proposal in important ways: The inmates were predominantly U.S. citizens, and they had committed no crime. Yet many researchers believe the trauma to migrant families could be similar, in terms of rates of depression and post-traumatic stress. “There are certainly parallels,” said Donna Nagata, a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan whose parents met in a Utah internment camp and who has followed a large group of people who spent time in the camps. In one study, she had 520 of them fill out extensive questionnaires, detailing aspects of their individual personalities and how they coped with the experience of mass incarceration over time. While their experiences varied, negative effects of the camps remained. “The sansei — the adolescent and children offspring, born in the United States after the war — lived with this sense of sadness and anger over what happened to their parents, and with the realization that a portion of their lives had been taken away,” Nagata said. That is, if they comprehended their parents’ trauma at all. “There was a silence about it, down through the generations, a silence on the part of the parents that only piqued their interest and made them aware that there was a really important gap in their history that they longed to know,” said Nagata, author of the book “Legacy of Injustice: Exploring the Cross-Generational Impact of the Japanese American Internment.” A woman named Carola, who lives in Western Canada and asked that her last name be omitted because both of her parents are still alive, said her mother spent four years in an internment camp as a child, “leaving her psychologically scarred for life.” “She was consumed with rage, suffered flashbacks, depression and paranoia,” Carola said. “The experience left her with no possibility for a ‘normal’ happy life. Obviously, my siblings and I also suffered.” This article originally appeared in The New York Times. BENEDICT CAREY © 2018 The New York Times

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LIVE UPDATES: Adams Oshiomhole declared new APC chairman

LIVE UPDATES: Adams Oshiomhole declared new APC chairman

As the All Progressives Congress (APC) prepare for today, Saturday June 23’s National Convention, the party’s national secretariat in Abuja has become a beehive of activities. Politicians and some state delegates have started trooping into the party’s secretariat since Friday, June 22, giving petty traders opportunity to take advantage of the crowd to display their wares: souvenirs, ranging from branded key holders to hats, face caps and T-shirts. The tenure of the John Odigie Oyegun-led 21-member National Working Committee (NWC) of the party expires on Monday, June 25, with 17 of them seeking re-election. They include Deputy National Chairman (North), Lawal Shuaibu, National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, National Auditor, George Moghalu, and National Women Leader, Aisha Tijjani. Others are National Organising Secretary, Osita Izunaso, National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, Deputy National Secretary, Victor Geidam, National Vice Chairman (South-West), Pius Akinyelure, and National Vice Chairman (North-West), Inuwa Abdulkadir. Also re-contesting are the National Vice Chairman (North-Central), Zakari Abdullahi Ede, National Financial Secretary, Tajudeen Olawutan Bellow, National Vice Chairman (South-East), Emma Eneukwu, National Vice Chairman (South-South), PHilliard Eta, and National Vice Chairman (North-East) Hon. Mustapha. Former governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole, remains unopposed for the National Chairmanship position as Clement Ebri, a former governor of Cross River, had withdrawn from the race just like two other contestants earlier did. However, seven aspirants are contesting for the National Organising Secretary post. NAIJ.com is set to provide bit by bit update of the event as it unfolds. 4.16pm: Oshiomhole is declared winner after all other candidates chose not to oppose his election. Jigawa state governor and chairman of the national convention committee Abubakar Baduru Mohammed mentions the names of each of the candidates before declaring Oshiomhole winner President Buhari and new APC chairman Oshiomhole discussing at the party’s national convention on Saturday, June 23. Photo: Channels TV _________________________________________________________________________________ 4.12pm: President Buhari’s aide Bashir Ahmad confirms the good news on his Twitter account _________________________________________________________________________________ 4.06pm: Ex-Edo state governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is declared as the new national chairman of the APC by the chairman of the National Convention Committee Abubakar Badaru. _________________________________________________________________________________ 4.00pm: There was a minor scuffle among delegates as president Buhari delivered his speech. ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.53 pm: The president says the party will emerge stronger after the convention He appealed all to all those that are aggrieved to keep faith. ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.52 pm: Buhari makes his way to the stage. He congratulates all those who emerged as executives at the ward, local government and state congresses. ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.48 pm: Before leaving, Oyegun appreciated Bola Tinubu; Tony Momoh, chairman of former Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), one of the merger parties that formed APC, and other party leaders for the roles they played during his time as leader. ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.46 pm: “People thought this party was on its way to explosion but look at us,” says Oyegun. “At the end of the day the APC is a strong party.” ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.29 pm: John Odigie-Oyegun, outgoing national chairman of the party, currently making his way to the stage. ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.27 pm: Abubakar describes the ruling party as a “beautiful bride with many suitors.” “We must use this event to showcase internal democracy,” he says as he hands over the microphone ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.23 pm: “This new executives will lead us to a resounding victory in the forthcoming elections,” Abubakar says. Meanwhile, Kawu Baraje, leader of the nPDP faction of the APC and Ali Modu Sheriff, former chairman of the PDP, are also at the convention. Baraje was spotted in the midst of his supporters while Sheriff was seen near the state box, discussing with the party chieftains. ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.22 pm: Badaru Abubakar, the governor of Jigawa state and chairman of the convention committee, currently giving opening remarks ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.18 pm: President Buhari making his way into the State Box LIVE UPDATES: Buhari making his way into the State Box. Credit: TheCable ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.14 pm: President Buhari arrives Eagle Square. LIVE UPDATES: The arrival of the president threw the crowd into frenzy ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.04 pm: Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the party; Kayode Fayemi, APC governorship candidate in Ekiti, are currently seated in the VIP section ———————————————————————————————————————– 2.13 pm: Ballot boxes ready LIVE UPDATES: Ballot boxes ready. Photo Credit: TheCable ———————————————————————————————————————– 2.08 pm: Adams Oshiomole, preferred chairmanship candidate, with his wife acknowledging cheers from the crowd as they arrive Eagle Square. LIVE UPDATES: Adams Oshiomole, preferred chairmanship candidate, with his wife acknowledging cheers from the crowd. Credit: TheCable ———————————————————————————————————————– 2.03 pm: Shittu, Osagie Enahire, minister of state for health; Ogbeh and Dambazau already seated. LIVE UPDATES: Shittu, Osagie Enahire, minister of state for health; Lai Mohammed and Dambazau. Credit:Twitter ———————————————————————————————————————– Meanwhile, the convention is supposed to start by 1 pm, as seen in the programme of events. The early morning rain, perhaps, caused the delay. LIVE UPDATES: Programme of events. Credit: Channels TV ———————————————————————————————————————– 1. 19 pm: Lagos state APC arriving the convention centre. Delegates from Lagos state arriving the convention centre. More delegates are arriving at the venue of the convention as some are already seated for the event. LIVE UPDATES: Preparation in top gear as APC holds convention; set to elect new national chairman LIVE UPDATES: Preparation in top gear as APC holds convention; set to elect new national chairman LIVE UPDATES: Preparation in top gear as APC holds convention; set to elect new national chairman ———————————————————————————————————————-Around 12.30 pm: Accreditation of delegates from Zamfara state by the state chapter of the party led by Lawal M. Liman Kaura and his Secretary Hon. Sani Musa Mafara. LIVE UPDATES: Accreditation of delegates from Zamfara. Photo Credit: Facebook/Zamfara State Apc Update Akwa Ibom APC delegates have also been accredited. LIVE UPDATES: Akwa Ibom delegates at the covention. Credit: Facebook/APC Newspaper ———————————————————————————————————————– Security Update: Security arrangements for today’s convention are very tight. Five thousand police personnel were deployed for the exercise along with two helicopters and six armoured personnel carrier. LIVE UPDATES: Police deploy 5,000 officers, 2 helicopters, dogs for APC convention. Photo credit: Vanguard ———————————————————————————————————————– 11.06 am: Some delegates are already seated for the exercise. LIVE UPDATES: Some delegates are already seated for the exercise. Credit: Channels TV ———————————————————————————————————————– 09.30 am: Activities have yet to pick up with the convention venue, the Eagles Square, still largely empty. 09.30 am: Activities have yet to pick up with the convention venue, the Eagles Square, still largely empty. Credit: Channels TV ———————————————————————————————————————– 8.54 am: Media accreditation is ongoing @ Hawthorn suites by Wyndham, Area 11, before Sahad stores. ———————————————————————————————————————- Alert for Abuja Residents: Traffic regulations provided ahead of the APC National Convention by the FCT Administration ———————————————————————————————————————– Pre-Convention activities: Ahead of the convention, the chairman of APC National Convention Media and Publicity Committee, the governor of Oyo state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and the APC National Convention Committee Chairman, Governor Badaru of Jigawa, and other committee members inspected Eagle Square, the venue of the convention. They also attended the convention committee meeting where screening certificates were presented to the aspirants. ———————————————————————————————————————– Source: Naija.ng

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World Cup: South Korea Vs Mexico 0 – 1 – (Live)

Group F remains wide open ahead of Mexico’s clash against South Korea on Saturday. El Tri shocked World Cup holders Germany with a 1-0 victory in their first group game, and the second matchday will go a long way to deciding who makes the last 16 of the tournament. A win for Mexico, coupled with the right result from Sweden and Germany’s clash, could send the South Americans straight through to the knockout stages, though El Tri must be wary of Heun-min Son, who has a point to prove after South Korea’s loss to Sweden. Head to head The two nations have faced each other 10 times, with Mexico winning five times, South Korea four times, and the sides drawing just once. They have met once at a previous World Cup, with Mexico winning 3-1 in the group stages back in 1998. https://www.google.com.ng/amp/s/www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/worldcup/south-korea-vs-mexico-world-cup-2018-prediction-tv-live-stream-online-betting-tips-odds-time-lineups-a3869101.html%3famp

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2,000 gets free medical services in Delta

Paul Osuyi, Asaba Over 2,000 persons with various ailments across some communities in Delta State central senatorial district benefitted from from free medical services offered by a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), the Jesu Marie Empowerment Foundation (JMEF). The foundation’s medical personnel comprising ten doctors, five nurses and other support staff moved from one community to the other to render free medical services to residents for eight days. General health screening and checks of patients blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels amongst others were carried out, just as insulin treatments were given to diabetic patients, while prescription eye glasses and free drugs and mosquito nets were also distributed. Areas covered during the eight-day medical outreach included Otu-Jeremi in Ughelli South council, Uwheru in Ughelli North council, Otor-Udu in Udu council and Ekpan in Uvwie council area. At the General Hospital, Ekpan in Uvwie, over 12 surgeries were reportedly carried out successfully by the medical team who overwhelmed by the large turn out of residents seeking medical attention. The successful surgeries included two myomectomy, two emergence cesarean sections, two herniorrhaphy, two fibroid, three lump removals and a little girl with cyst on her neck. Speaking, 45 years old Federation Ukpokpo said before his herniorrhaphy operation, he had battled with the pain for the past five years and thanked the foundation for coming to his aid, adding that he lacked the money hitherto needed for the surgery. Another beneficiary who had her fibroid operated, Mrs. Eduvie Erivwode, an engineer said she came all the way from Abuja because of the capable health personnel with the foundation aside its being free. At Otu-Jeremi in Ughelli South, the Okobaro of Ughievwien Kingdon, Owahwa II; and the wife of immediate past deputy governor, Mrs. Nelly Utuama who were among the beneficiaries, commended JMEF for giving back to the society, adding that lives were saved as a result of the medical intervention. A beneficiary at Uwheru in Ughelli North, Johnson Omokpaefe, a 60-year old welder had his lipoma on the forehead successfully operated. The native of Arhavwarien community said he lived with the health condition for five years due to lack of fund, and expressed deep appreciation to the foundation for the assistance. Beauty Emmanuel who gave birth to a set of female twins at the Uwheru Primary Health Care Centre; a lady whose 4-month old baby was operated of a growth on the neck; and another woman with her two little daughters who were suffering from malaria, were full of excitement and commendation to the foundation for the intervention. President and founder of JMEF, Dr. Rukevwe Ugwumba urged NGOs to be involved in medical mission, while government should periodically offer free medical care to cushion the health gap occasioned by the prevailing poverty in the society. Dr. Ugumba, a former Special Adviser on Health to immediate past governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, and now Consultant to Senate Committee on Health, said majority of the population cannot afford three square meals a day talk more of medical services, insisting that primary health prevention is the way to go in healthcare delivery. Saying that the intervention was to bridge the gap in the health care delivery system in the state, Ugumba promised to repeat the exercise in the near future for more rural dwellers to benefit. Dr. Ugumba, a native of Uwheru, said the foundation will be very glad to have support from well-meaning individuals and organisations, and expressed thanks to those who have partnered with the foundation to achieve the recorded success. Zonal Medical Director, Ekpan General Hospital, Dr. Inege Lucky, a community leader and former Commissioner for Justice in the state, Chief Victor Otomiewo and others commended the foundation for the intervention. Also, the Zonal Medical Director, Ughelli Central Hospital, Dr. Moses Eyovwerhuvwu said the intervention by the foundation was a huge complement to the state government’s effort in making healthcare accessible and affordable to Deltans.   The post 2,000 gets free medical services in Delta appeared first on The Sun News.

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Super Eagles Goalkeeper Carl Ikeme Reveals He Finally Out Of Remission After Battling With Leukemia For A Year

Super Eagles Goalkeeper Carl Ikeme Reveals He Finally Out Of Remission After Battling With Leukemia For A Year

Nigerian Super Eagles’ goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme who was diagnosed with Leukemia about a year ago has said he’s getting better and finally out of remission. Ikeme wrote, ‘after a tough year and intense chemotherapy throughout I would like to let everyone know I am in complete remission’. Though he’s not totally out of danger, he further said, ‘I still have hurdles to get over to be cured but I can hopefully now move forward with some normality. I would like to thank my family/friends to start with who have gone above and beyond for me. The support I have received from Wolves/Nigeria, the football world and from people from all over the world has been hard to put into words. I can’t thank everyone at the Christie and heartlands hospital enough for there care!!!What next who knows… I’m just taking it a day at a time’. Read: Here’s Actor Emmanuel Ikubese’s Intelligent Response To Daddy Freeze Who Brought Religion Into The Nigeria Vs. Iceland Game  View his post below. After a tough year and intense chemotherapy throughout I would like to let everyone know I am in complete REMISSION . I still have hurdles to get over to be cured but I can hopefully now move forward with some normality. I would like to thank my family/friends to start with who have gone above and beyond for me ❤️ The support I have received from Wolves/Nigeria, the football world and from people from all over the world has been hard to put into words. I can’t thank everyone at the Christie and heartlands hospital enough for there care!!!What next who knows… I’m just taking it a day at a time #Grateful #Remission A post shared by Carl Ikeme (@carlikeme) on Jun 23, 2018 at 4:41am PDT The post Super Eagles Goalkeeper Carl Ikeme Reveals He Finally Out Of Remission After Battling With Leukemia For A Year appeared first on Nigerian Celebrity News + Latest Entertainment News.

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World: In the race for governor, how far left is Colorado willing to go?

World: In the race for governor, how far left is Colorado willing to go?

DENVER — Jared Polis, a leading Democratic candidate for Colorado governor, walked into the home of a prominent marijuana entrepreneur for a campaign event recently, wearing a suit and bright blue sneakers. Single-payer health care. An all-renewable electric grid. State-funded full-day preschool. The crowd showered him with applause. “Support the man,” said a host, Scott Durrah, 53, “because we really need him.” Colorado, one of the purplest states in the nation, has seen dramatic social and economic change in recent years. These days, the roads below the Rockies are jammed with Subarus; suburbs have expanded at breakneck speed; and affordable housing is so scarce that by one assessment, Denver teachers can afford fewer than one-half of 1 percent of the homes in their city. These changes have helped foster a parallel political shift, and in the last five years Colorado has legalized marijuana, passed major gun restrictions and put a single-payer health care system on the ballot. Just this month, Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, ordered the state to pursue California-style emissions standards, making Colorado the first interior state to do so. By many measures, Colorado is shifting blue. Now, with Hickenlooper term-limited and eight candidates from two parties angling to replace him, the question is just how far left this frontier state wants to go. Polis, a wealthy congressman from Boulder who made his millions in e-commerce, is one of four Democrats seeking to replace Hickenlooper, whose trademark has been political moderation. (Hickenlooper is weighing a bid for president.) If Polis is successful, he would be the country’s first openly gay man to serve as governor, and he could bring his husband and their two children to this city’s hilltop Executive Mansion — an idea that would have seemed impossible just a few years ago. But Polis, 43, is attempting a win in a state whose east and west flanks run deep red, home to influential conservative organizations like Focus on the Family; a powerful fossil fuel industry; and a faction so fervently pro-Trump that in the last election it splintered from the Republican establishment to form a group called the Mesa County Deplorables. Portions of the state are famously tax averse, and in 2016, even as the majority of voters favored Hillary Clinton, the proposal for single-payer health care failed miserably at the ballot. Four of the last five governors have been Democrats, but moderates have long charted the state’s course. As it stands, Colorado has 1 million registered Democrats, 1 million registered Republicans and 1.2 million unaffiliated voters, making for a nail-biter of an election year. For the first time in state history, those undeclared voters can participate in the June 26 primary, and the number of votes returned this month will be an early sign of the state’s political direction. “Hickenlooper would never have campaigned on that kind of overt: ‘Let’s raid the revenue box,’” said Alan Salazar, a former chief strategy officer to the governor, noting that Polis could be a tough sell. “Jared is perceived, I think, as a lot more liberal.” But Hickenlooper was elected in 2010. That was before the state’s galloping economic growth, before Donald Trump awoke a liberal resistance. When the governor took office, the state was in recession, with unemployment near double digits, jitters about exiting businesses and thousands of families tossed out of their homes by foreclosure. Hickenlooper pushed to make Colorado more of a technology and health care hub, luring companies like Arrow Electronics and DaVita, sometimes by cold-calling executives himself. Today, U.S. News and World Report says the state has the best economy in the nation, officials are flirting with Amazon and the Olympics, Google has opened a $131 million campus, and Denverites are elbowing their way through new art spaces, food halls and pot shops. Colorado, with 5.6 million residents, expects to add nearly 3 million people by 2050. And Hispanic residents, now a fifth of the population, will make up more than a third. These days, the question is not how to grow, but how to pay for all these new people. Roads are crumbling, schools are starved for funds, and rural communities say all this metro-area expansion is sucking them of water and money. “You rest on your laurels at your own peril,” said Hickenlooper in an interview at the state’s gold-domed Capitol. His fear, he added, is that “we will strangle on our success.” Of course, not everyone is interested in solutions put forth by Democrats like Polis, which include a change to a long-standing state law that limits the amount of tax revenue the state can collect. “It’s worse than moving blue,” said Jon Caldara, who leads the Independence Institute, a Denver-based libertarian think tank. “We’re turning into California.” The best-known Republican candidate, Walker Stapleton, 44, the state treasurer, is promoting himself as a supporter of the president’s tax plan while promising to yank funds from sanctuary cities. Apparently hoping to avoid scrutiny before the primary — he has three lesser-known challengers — he has skipped some debates and repeatedly dodged reporters. When he does appear, he often saves his fire for Polis: “The issues that matter are: What is Jared Polis going to do to the economic future of Colorado?” he said. But a Polis primary victory is far from certain, despite the $11 million the congressman has poured into his own campaign. His Democratic challengers include Cary Kennedy, 50, a former state treasurer who would be the state’s first female governor if elected; and Mike Johnston, 43, a Spanish-speaking former state senator and principal who once ran a school in a juvenile prison. Kennedy has made education the center of her campaign, promoting her role in writing a constitutional amendment that sought to raise funds for Colorado schools. She has the backing of the state’s energized teachers’ unions, and educators have come out in droves to stump for her. “We’re crazy for Cary!” yelled one at a recent event at her campaign headquarters. A handwritten sign on the wall warned her male challengers. “Spoiler alert: Women don’t give up.” Both Kennedy and Johnston are pushing progressive plans for renewable energy and school funding, while supporting bans on assault weapons. But they have stopped short of measures put forth by Polis, like the creation of a state single-payer health care system. Johnston in particular has tried to pitch himself as the only Democrat who can win statewide, traveling rural roads in cowboy boots and delivering Obamaesque speeches about the nation’s imperiled “promise of equality.” On a recent afternoon at his campaign office, he leapt over a fence like a rodeo star before delivering a speech to a sea of voters. “In the moment when people are lost, we are going to light a lantern out here on the Continental Divide,” he said. “If the rest of the country can’t lead us there right now, Colorado can lead first.” Across the street, Barry Castile, 56, was playing in the yard with his granddaughters Heaven and Harmony. “That’s my No. 1 man,” he said, motioning toward the campaign office. Castile, who owned a car detail business before a back injury, said the region’s sharply rising rent had just about convinced him to leave. But before doing that, he was going to vote for Johnston. “This city has changed a lot. A whole lot. And it’s just gotten outrageous for us.” All of the candidates are trying to address this central anxiety: How does Colorado, long fertile ground for the everyman’s Western dreams, remain a place for the average American? “I love the mountains. It feels safe — it was a good place to raise a family,” said Jami Fries, 30, an undecided voter. “That appeal has started to fade.” Polis, sitting on the front porch after his campaign event, said he believes he is the one to take on that challenge. A native Coloradan, he traveled the Southwest as a child, selling silk-screen posters out of a pickup truck with his parents, then took their greeting card company online and turned it into one of the most visited sites on the internet. Blue Mountain sold for $780 million. Another online business, ProFlowers, went for $470 million. Polis has since bankrolled his way from the state board of education to Congress, and during five terms in Washington he has been an advocate for unauthorized immigrants, has supported the Affordable Care Act, and has waged a battle against Colorado’s $32 billion oil and gas industry. While he has earned a reputation for his left-wing politics, some point out that his record is more mixed, particularly when it comes to business. Polis said he would prefer not to be boxed in. “I never view it as ‘liberal versus conservative,’” he said, as voters wound their way up to a smoking room that had become the campaign event’s unofficial after-party. “I view it as a forward versus backward.” This article originally appeared in The New York Times. Julie Turkewitz © 2018 The New York Times

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Photos: Police officer beaten and stripped naked for killing woman in Anambra

Photos: Police officer beaten and stripped naked for killing woman in Anambra

A trigger-happy policeman was beaten up and stripped naked after he killed a yet-to-be- identified woman at the Oba International market in Anambra state. He would have been killed if not for the timely intervention of other police officers who immediately stormed the area to rescue him. The post Photos: Police officer beaten and stripped naked for killing woman in Anambra appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.

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Teni Entertainer Drops Visuals For Her Trending Single “ASKAMAYA”

Fast-rising star artist, Teni Entertainer has dropped the official visuals for her current raving single “ASKAMAYA”  The Dr Dolor Entertainment signed artiste won the Headies ‘Rookie of the Year’ Award and continues to edge closer to A-list status in the Nigerian pop space. The video was directed and shot by Paul Gambit. Watch below The post Teni Entertainer Drops Visuals For Her Trending Single “ASKAMAYA” appeared first on Nigerian Entertainment Today.

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Wizkid Blacklists Disturbing London, Warns Fellow Artistes To Avoid Business Dealings The UK Management Company

All doesn’t seem to be well with Nigerian Pop Star and Starboy Entertainment Worldwide boss Wizkid as he has called on fellow artistes to avoid doing business with Disturbing London Management company. Disturbing London is a UK based entertainment company and has been in charge of most of Wizkid’s business affairs in the UK for over 4 years. But with the latest proclamation by Wiz, it seems there is now a disturbing trouble in their business dealings. Only in May, Wizkid clarified on Twitter that he has only one manager in the person of Mr Sunday Are, and also named other individuals as holding several positions under his Starboy Label. Disturbing London is also home to Tinie Tempah, A2, DJ Charlesy, J Warner, Yungen and Yxng Bane. Read: Wizkid Restructures Starboy Entertainment Operations, Retains Sunday Are As Only Manager Wizkid tweeted ‘Don’t do business with @DisturbingLDN Kidsssss… Criminal Operation’. Surely, this isn’t last we’ll hear about this new development. See his tweet below: The post Wizkid Blacklists Disturbing London, Warns Fellow Artistes To Avoid Business Dealings The UK Management Company appeared first on Nigerian Entertainment Today.

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LIVE UPDATES: BREAKING: Adams Oshiomhole declared new APC chairman

LIVE UPDATES: BREAKING: Adams Oshiomhole declared new APC chairman

As the All Progressives Congress (APC) prepare for today, Saturday June 23’s National Convention, the party’s national secretariat in Abuja has become a beehive of activities. Politicians and some state delegates have started trooping into the party’s secretariat since Friday, June 22, giving petty traders opportunity to take advantage of the crowd to display their wares: souvenirs, ranging from branded key holders to hats, face caps and T-shirts. The tenure of the John Odigie Oyegun-led 21-member National Working Committee (NWC) of the party expires on Monday, June 25, with 17 of them seeking re-election. They include Deputy National Chairman (North), Lawal Shuaibu, National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, National Auditor, George Moghalu, and National Women Leader, Aisha Tijjani. Others are National Organising Secretary, Osita Izunaso, National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, Deputy National Secretary, Victor Geidam, National Vice Chairman (South-West), Pius Akinyelure, and National Vice Chairman (North-West), Inuwa Abdulkadir. Also re-contesting are the National Vice Chairman (North-Central), Zakari Abdullahi Ede, National Financial Secretary, Tajudeen Olawutan Bellow, National Vice Chairman (South-East), Emma Eneukwu, National Vice Chairman (South-South), PHilliard Eta, and National Vice Chairman (North-East) Hon. Mustapha. Former governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole, remains unopposed for the National Chairmanship position as Clement Ebri, a former governor of Cross River, had withdrawn from the race just like two other contestants earlier did. However, seven aspirants are contesting for the National Organising Secretary post. NAIJ.com is set to provide bit by bit update of the event as it unfolds. 4.12pm: President Buhari’s aide Bashir Ahmad confirms the good news on his Twitter account _________________________________________________________________________________ 4.06pm: Ex-Edo state governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is declared as the new national chairman of the APC by the chairman of the National Convention Committee Abubakar Badaru. _________________________________________________________________________________ 4.00pm: There was a minor scuffle among delegates as president Buhari delivered his speech. ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.53 pm: The president says the party will emerge stronger after the convention He appealed all to all those that are aggrieved to keep faith. ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.52 pm: Buhari makes his way to the stage. He congratulates all those who emerged as executives at the ward, local government and state congresses. ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.48 pm: Before leaving, Oyegun appreciated Bola Tinubu; Tony Momoh, chairman of former Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), one of the merger parties that formed APC, and other party leaders for the roles they played during his time as leader. ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.46 pm: “People thought this party was on its way to explosion but look at us,” says Oyegun. “At the end of the day the APC is a strong party.” ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.29 pm: John Odigie-Oyegun, outgoing national chairman of the party, currently making his way to the stage. ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.27 pm: Abubakar describes the ruling party as a “beautiful bride with many suitors.” “We must use this event to showcase internal democracy,” he says as he hands over the microphone ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.23 pm: “This new executives will lead us to a resounding victory in the forthcoming elections,” Abubakar says. Meanwhile, Kawu Baraje, leader of the nPDP faction of the APC and Ali Modu Sheriff, former chairman of the PDP, are also at the convention. Baraje was spotted in the midst of his supporters while Sheriff was seen near the state box, discussing with the party chieftains. ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.22 pm: Badaru Abubakar, the governor of Jigawa state and chairman of the convention committee, currently giving opening remarks ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.18 pm: President Buhari making his way into the State Box LIVE UPDATES: Buhari making his way into the State Box. Credit: TheCable ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.14 pm: President Buhari arrives Eagle Square. LIVE UPDATES: The arrival of the president threw the crowd into frenzy ———————————————————————————————————————– 3.04 pm: Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the party; Kayode Fayemi, APC governorship candidate in Ekiti, are currently seated in the VIP section ———————————————————————————————————————– 2.13 pm: Ballot boxes ready LIVE UPDATES: Ballot boxes ready. Photo Credit: TheCable ———————————————————————————————————————– 2.08 pm: Adams Oshiomole, preferred chairmanship candidate, with his wife acknowledging cheers from the crowd as they arrive Eagle Square. LIVE UPDATES: Adams Oshiomole, preferred chairmanship candidate, with his wife acknowledging cheers from the crowd. Credit: TheCable ———————————————————————————————————————– 2.03 pm: Shittu, Osagie Enahire, minister of state for health; Ogbeh and Dambazau already seated. LIVE UPDATES: Shittu, Osagie Enahire, minister of state for health; Lai Mohammed and Dambazau. Credit:Twitter ———————————————————————————————————————– Meanwhile, the convention is supposed to start by 1 pm, as seen in the programme of events. The early morning rain, perhaps, caused the delay. LIVE UPDATES: Programme of events. Credit: Channels TV ———————————————————————————————————————– 1. 19 pm: Lagos state APC arriving the convention centre. Delegates from Lagos state arriving the convention centre. More delegates are arriving at the venue of the convention as some are already seated for the event. LIVE UPDATES: Preparation in top gear as APC holds convention; set to elect new national chairman LIVE UPDATES: Preparation in top gear as APC holds convention; set to elect new national chairman LIVE UPDATES: Preparation in top gear as APC holds convention; set to elect new national chairman ———————————————————————————————————————-Around 12.30 pm: Accreditation of delegates from Zamfara state by the state chapter of the party led by Lawal M. Liman Kaura and his Secretary Hon. Sani Musa Mafara. LIVE UPDATES: Accreditation of delegates from Zamfara. Photo Credit: Facebook/Zamfara State Apc Update Akwa Ibom APC delegates have also been accredited. LIVE UPDATES: Akwa Ibom delegates at the covention. Credit: Facebook/APC Newspaper ———————————————————————————————————————– Security Update: Security arrangements for today’s convention are very tight. Five thousand police personnel were deployed for the exercise along with two helicopters and six armoured personnel carrier. LIVE UPDATES: Police deploy 5,000 officers, 2 helicopters, dogs for APC convention. Photo credit: Vanguard ———————————————————————————————————————– 11.06 am: Some delegates are already seated for the exercise. LIVE UPDATES: Some delegates are already seated for the exercise. Credit: Channels TV ———————————————————————————————————————– 09.30 am: Activities have yet to pick up with the convention venue, the Eagles Square, still largely empty. 09.30 am: Activities have yet to pick up with the convention venue, the Eagles Square, still largely empty. Credit: Channels TV ———————————————————————————————————————– 8.54 am: Media accreditation is ongoing @ Hawthorn suites by Wyndham, Area 11, before Sahad stores. ———————————————————————————————————————- Alert for Abuja Residents: Traffic regulations provided ahead of the APC National Convention by the FCT Administration ———————————————————————————————————————– Pre-Convention activities: Ahead of the convention, the chairman of APC National Convention Media and Publicity Committee, the governor of Oyo state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and the APC National Convention Committee Chairman, Governor Badaru of Jigawa, and other committee members inspected Eagle Square, the venue of the convention. They also attended the convention committee meeting where screening certificates were presented to the aspirants. ———————————————————————————————————————– Source: Naija.ng

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Macron backs sanctions on EU states that refuse migrants

French President Emmanuel Macron came out Saturday in support of financial sanctions against EU countries which refuse to accept migrants. “We can not have countries that benefit hugely from EU solidarity and claim national self-interest when it comes to the issue of migrants,” he said at a press conference in Paris alongside Spain’s new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. “I am in favour of sanctions being imposed in the event of no cooperation,” he said. On the eve of a mini-summit about the divisive migration issue, the two leaders also declared support for the creation of closed reception centres where migrants would be held while their asylum claims are considered. The centres would be set up near to where migrants often arrive first in Europe. “Once on European soil, we are in favour of setting up closed centres in accordance with the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)… so that each country takes people who are entitled to asylum in an organised way,” Macron said. There are currently no closed migrant centres where applications are processed, with the exception of a few cases in Greece and Italy managed by the UNHCR. For migrants not entitled to asylum, they should be returned directly to their country of origin and not via other countries, Macron added. AFP

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World Cup 2018: Etebo too good to play for our club – Stoke fans

Festus Abu Nigeria midfielder, Oghenakaro Etebo, has set the social media into agog with his new club Stoke City fans applauding his performances in the  World Cup in Russia. Despite conceding an own goal in the 2-0 opening match defeat to Croatia in Kaliningrad on June 22, the  22-year-old, who made a shocking move from a Portuguese football club, Feirense, to  Stoke City in England in a £6.3m deal on June 11, completed 93 per cent accurate passes, won eight duels and fired two shots at goal, was named in the FIFA  team  for the first round of matches. The former Warri Wolves star confirmed his class  with another  dominant showing in the Super Eagles’ 2-0 defeat of Iceland  at the Volgograd Arena on Friday. Etebo, who formed a tripod with Wilfred Ndidi and Mikel Obi in Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr’s 3-5-2 formation against the Nordic side,  helped the Eagles to break up play and drive the attack. And some of  the  Potters fans, who are excited by their new mobile and energetic signee’s impressive performances in the World Cup, are of the opinion that the Nigerian star is too good to play in their  English second-tier club, who got relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season. According to Stokesentinel, Etebo’s  representatives said the player, who was linked with Premier League sides  Leicester City and Newcastle before making a surprise move to Stoke,  would be “better off playing for a competitive team pushing for promotion from the Championship rather than one struggling near the wrong end of the Premier League.” Some fans insist  Etebo made a hasty move to the bet365 Stadium. “Etebo is too good for Stoke,” one of the fans Simon Jones wrote on Twitter. “I can’t believe we signed Etebo before the World Cup. Could be an absolute steal. #scfc,” Wayne Adams wrote. “Not only do we annoy championship fans we are also annoying some Nigerian fans because we signed Etebo and he’s too good for us apparently – love it!!” Mike wrote, “If we sold Etebo again before the season starts how much money would we get?” “Stoke City signed Etebo for €7m. That’s the best bargain in football’s history,” Fekir wrote. Linda Benneth tweeted, “We will have a battle to keep Etebo at this rate! Hope we’ve learned about making a great contract! Stick with us – we’ll be back in the Prem next season.” “Stoke going to be very good next year. Etebo looking like a top signing for #scfc,” one fan wrote.  Meanwhile, Stoke praised the player for his showing in the World Cup. “Congratulations Etebo! Soaring with the Super Eagles!!,”  the club tweeted.

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I have bought 15 cars for people after car dealer embarrassed me in 2007 over N700,000 car – Lind Ikeji

– Linda Ikeji reveals how a car dealer embarrassed all because of N350,000 – She had bought a car of N700,000 but could only pay N350,000 and when she could not pay the balance on the agreed date, he collected the car from her in 2007 – The blogger says 2012 to 2018 she has bought 15 cars worth millions for people Celebrity blogger Linda Ikeji has every reason to thank God for how far she has come. The expectant mother took to her Instagram page to once again count her blessings when she wrote about how she was embarrassed by a car dealer whom she bought a car from in 2007. Linda narrated that the car had cost N700,000 and she was only able to pay N350,000 to the dealer with the promise of paying the balance after three months. Unfortunately she could not and the man came to collect the car from her. Not even her father pleading for more time could make the man give her back the car until she balanced up. PAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android and read the best news about Nigeria Fast forward to the present, the celebrity blogger said she has bought 15 cars for her friends, family members and staff and none of the car was as cheap as N700,000. See her post below: READ ALSO: Family and friends of man who beat Cossy Orjiakor up threaten her for reporting to police NAIJ.com had reported that Linda Ikeji’s pregnancy generated a lot of negative comments over her preaching celibacy while she is seen as living contrary to what she was preaching. The one time preacher on celibacy on Monday, May 21, took to her Twitter handle to reveal why she got pregnant outside wedlock. Linda added that she is beyond blessed. What do you think will happen if women rule the world? (Nigerian Street Interview) | Naij.com TV – on NAIJ.com TV. Subscribe to watch new videos Source: Naija.ng

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World: In New York, even a count of separated children proves elusive

World: In New York, even a count of separated children proves elusive

NEW YORK — On Friday, officials in New York still did not have answers to even the most basic questions about the children who had been separated from their parents at the southern border and relocated 2,000 miles away. Both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio sent letters demanding that information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. When it was not forthcoming, Cuomo threatened the 10 agencies that had accepted the separated children, and which the state also regulates, to turn over the children’s names or lose their operating certificates. But because they are bound by their contracts with the federal government not to disclose information about children in their care, the agencies said they could not share it, even with the state. So faith leaders and local elected officials pieced together the numbers: About 60 children each at Catholic Guardian Services, Lutheran Social Services of New York and Abbott House, all in the Bronx, according to officials who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the information. Another 19 had been at the Westchester children’s residence visited by Cuomo on Thursday. And there were 243 at Cayuga Centers in East Harlem, according to the latest figures from the mayor’s office. Officials seemed to be learning new numbers every few hours, as they tried to account for the 700 children Cuomo spoke of Thursday. The confusion underscored just how chaotic the situation was, with lawyers frantically scrambling to figure out how to represent the children, and Cayuga, which had the most children, urgently looking for staff and asking for more Spanish-speaking volunteers to serve as foster parents. De Blasio blamed the Trump administration for the mess. “This was thrown together, this family separation policy, with no preparation for trying to figure out where kids would go that made any sense,” he said on WNYC radio Friday. The mayor said it made sense to Cayuga officials that children were sent to New York, because there were “not a lot of places near the border that had this ability, as organizations, to provide the social services and provide a setting for these kids, or had enough foster care placements.” The president ended the policy of separating children from their parents at the border with an executive order Wednesday, but there was not yet any plan in place to reunite them. While their parents have faced prosecution at the border, the children are entitled to their own hearings. But getting to one is a tangled process that can take days, if not weeks. Immigration court at 26 Federal Plaza meets only several times a month to decide the fate of detained children, and getting cases on the docket is outside the lawyers’ control. Migration counselors, as well as agency social workers, try to locate the parents first — and at least some of those parents have already been deported. “It’s not the same thing as, we met you today, we saw you today, we represent you; this is a process on a case-by-case basis,” said Anthony Enriquez, legal director of the unaccompanied minors program for Catholic Charities, a nonprofit organization that has been meeting with the children. It has 12 lawyers and a federal contract to work with unaccompanied minors. Though many other lawyers have volunteered to help without pay, getting them into government-contracted facilities to see children under federal custody “takes a lot of coordination and requires permission,” Enriquez said. And if the children are unable to make their wishes about their case known — at least one child as young as 9 months has been placed in New York, and some may speak indigenous languages rather than Spanish — Catholic Charities refers them to yet another organization with a federal contract. That group, the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, provides “ad litem” support to children in New York, to advocate for the best interests of the child, but only has two lawyers and one social worker in New York. On Friday, another lawyer was on the way. “We have received a lot of referrals for very young children for the last couple of months, and we’re handling a lot of these cases,” said Elizabeth Frankel, the associate director of the Young Center. Even if a child has a private lawyer, the process is not streamlined. José Xavier Orochena, who is representing three Guatemalan children at Cayuga who were separated from their mother in McAllen, Texas, said he has encountered nothing but red tape. He called Catholic Charities to coordinate his representation. “I’m waiting for a call back,” he said. “I called 26 Federal Plaza asking what’s their court date,” he said of the children. A lawyer for the government told him the children’s cases were “not even in the state of New York, and there’s nothing we have initiated against them as of today.” Their mother, meanwhile, awaits her own court date at a detention center in Arizona, where Orochena will represent her, too. Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., of Manhattan, who toured Cayuga’s building Friday — where children were seen wearing homemade masks, apparently to shield their identities — said the chaos was not evident inside. “I think they were very much under control,” he said, “and the social workers and the therapists that we met with seem to be very much under control.” Mark Levine, a city councilman who also toured the center, said it was “desperate for more staff” and would be organizing a job fair Monday. Allison Sesso, executive director of the Human Services Council of New York, an umbrella organization whose members include some of the 10 agencies, asked for some patience. “At the end of the day, these nonprofits are trying to be there for the kids,” she said. This article originally appeared in The New York Times. Liz Robbins and Annie Correal © 2018 The New York Times

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World Cup: South Korea Vs Mexico 0 – 0 – (Live )

Group F remains wide open ahead of Mexico’s clash against South Korea on Saturday. El Tri shocked World Cup holders Germany with a 1-0 victory in their first group game, and the second matchday will go a long way to deciding who makes the last 16 of the tournament. A win for Mexico, coupled with the right result from Sweden and Germany’s clash, could send the South Americans straight through to the knockout stages, though El Tri must be wary of Heun-min Son, who has a point to prove after South Korea’s loss to Sweden. Head to head The two nations have faced each other 10 times, with Mexico winning five times, South Korea four times, and the sides drawing just once. They have met once at a previous World Cup, with Mexico winning 3-1 in the group stages back in 1998. https://www.google.com.ng/amp/s/www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/worldcup/south-korea-vs-mexico-world-cup-2018-prediction-tv-live-stream-online-betting-tips-odds-time-lineups-a3869101.html%3famp

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Retro: How Olumo rock served as a shelter and fortress for the Egba people during the Yoruba Intercity wars

Retro: How Olumo rock served as a shelter and fortress for the Egba people during the Yoruba Intercity wars

Popular tourist attraction in the city of Abeokuta known as Olumo Rock is a world class destination that stands as the only one of its kind in Africa and presumably the world. The centre consists of a fast food joint, museum, and a giant telescope to view Abeokuta, a fountain of atonement, a recreational park, and an amphitheater among others. According to history, Olumo Rock served as a shelter and fortress to the Egba people during the Yoruba Intercity wars in the 19th century. READ ALSO: Retro: Evolution of Nollywood movies The rock served as a shelter for many of the survivors, who were said to have hidden in specific areas inside the caves located inside the rocks to evade attacks from enemies. Some of these people eventually built small apartments inside the rocks and created places where they carried out their daily activities for about three years without getting into town. Early settlers of Egba people around Olumo Rock: Photo credit: Owulakoda It was not until after the war that most of these people started coming out of their hiding to see the other people who survived the brutality of that period. Since then, they regard the Olumo Rock as their protection shrine and they make annual sacrifices to its deity. People from all walks of life still go there for divine consultations. Recall that about 2 years ago, NAIJ.com spoke to a 131-year-old woman, who has lived under the famous Olumo Rock almost all her life. Chief Mrs Sinatu Aduke Sanni explained how she grew up under the rock and witnessed the coronation of about four Alake of Egbaland as well as her strong belief in the god of the rock which has been protecting her. READ ALSO: Retro: Life of 82-year-old Taiwo Akinkunmi who designed the Nigerian flag (photos) “I have been here almost all my life and although it was not easy at first, there was nothing we could do other than stay here until the end of the war,” Iya Orisa said. “We were not scared of any dangerous animal attacking us at the time, despite the fact that we were surrounded by bushes then. “The god of this mountain has kept protecting us over the years and we get everything we want from the rock. Anything you want in life, just ask. “The rock is the protector of every Egba indigene till date and we are proud of what we have,” she explained further. I dumped law practice to make creams and I don’t regret it – Entrepreneur| Naij.com TV Subscribe to watch new videos Source: Naija.ng

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Dino Melaye set to dump APC? Calls Convention a Joke and an Obituary

Senator Dino Melaye, who is obviously absent from the All Progressives Congress(APC) convention in Abuja says he is glad he isn’t there. According to the controversial Kogi lawmaker, as he shared a new photo via is Instagram page, , he wrote; Political Obituary of APC Activated. Egbe kegbe na bad society… Beast of no nation..egbekegbe.” In another photo shared by the Senator, he says he is “Happy to be away from the joke going on in Naija today”. See photo below; Happy to be away from the joke going on in Naija today. A post shared by Dino Melaye (@dinomelaye) on Jun 23, 2018 at 5:05am PDT The post Dino Melaye set to dump APC? Calls Convention a Joke and an Obituary appeared first on INFORMATION NIGERIA.

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Opinion: ‘I have to be open’

Opinion: ‘I have to be open’

Men and women are referred to in the masculine Portuguese “he,” which is considered gender neutral. But those semantics hardly encompass the vast array of identities represented here. BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau — In this country’s Portuguese-derived Creole language, there is no distinction between gender pronouns. Men and women are referred to in the masculine Portuguese “he,” which is considered gender neutral. But those semantics hardly encompass the vast array of identities represented here. Take, for instance, the members of the Big Mama Fountain, a tightknit group of friends for whom gender and sexuality are fluid concepts. That these people, who identify primarily as gay men and trans women, express themselves openly is an anomaly in the region; Guinea-Bissau’s closest neighbors — Senegal, Gambia and Guinea — have laws that criminalize homosexuality or same-sex acts. And while it is legal to be gay in Guinea-Bissau, acceptance is a continuing battle. Leondro is the de facto godmother of the Big Mamas. She is also referred to as Bissau’s Boy George, likely because she often wears thick black eyeliner. At 47, Leondro is the oldest member of the group and the first person many of them can remember coming out publicly. Her visibility, she says, is a means of social activism. “I have to be open about being gay,” Leondro said. “If I am not, how will I help others?” Her authentic approach to everyday life has empowered others in her community to live honestly, and people in Bissau, the capital of the country, have become increasingly tolerant of the local LGBTQ community. It’s a small victory in a country where rape cases are not prosecuted and there are no laws to protect against sexual harassment, which is widespread. Leondro’s maternal presence is most crucial to the younger Big Mamas, like Ivan. At 23, she can’t remember a time when Leondro wasn’t around to support her. Ivan started dating boys as a teenager and her behavior occasionally led to beatings at home. “Sometimes people don’t want to be open about being gay and Leondro says no matter who you are, just be yourself,” she said. Ivan’s family has come around to accepting her gender, but that doesn’t mean she does not face discrimination elsewhere. “Recently I went to a nightclub, and while we were dancing a girl was insulting me because I was gay, and we got into a fight,” Ivan said. “Eventually we ended up at a police station.” A phone call from Leondro reminded her that she had nothing to be ashamed of. “People used to throw stones and bottles, but it’s getting better now,” Leondro said. “They are getting used to us and also we got used to the abuse. The more people were swearing at us, the more we felt comfortable because we felt used to it.” In Bissau, palm trees dot streets that are lined with faded pink and orange colonial-era houses. During Carnival, in February, some of those streets shut down so revelers can walk easily together, strutting through the city in colorful attire: wigs, bright plastic glasses and face paint. The costumed participants would fit right in at a Pride parade. But for the Big Mamas every day is an occasion to express themselves through clothing and they do so without restraint. The relative acceptance of LGBTQ people in Guinea-Bissau stands in stark contrast to the strict laws and social conventions in other West African countries and across the continent. More than half of the countries in Africa outlaw homosexuality and it is punishable by death in some areas, according to Amnesty International. Leondro told a story that took place last year. She was on her way to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, when she had a layover in nearby Togo. The airport’s immigration police there asked her if she was a man or a woman. “I told them that it was up to them to take a look and see for themselves,” she said, laughing. But while she jokes about it at first, the encounter stoked fear in her. Because of a flight delay, she ended up having to stay in Togo for two days. “I didn’t leave my hotel room for those entire two days,” she said, her face serious. She was too scared. In Togo, same-sex activity is a crime, punishable by imprisonment and a fine. In Senegal, which borders Guinea-Bissau to the north, homophobia is so rampant that there was public outcry a few years ago. A popular Senegalese singer, Wally Seck, appeared in a 2015 music video holding what appeared to be a woman’s handbag. Writers in local media denounced his fashion statement as promoting homosexuality, though Seck insisted that he was not gay. Eventually, Seck destroyed the handbag with scissors onstage at a concert, a public demonstration that underscored the widespread homophobia in his nation. Seck was unable to exercise his “right to expression through choice of clothing,” said François Patuel, a West Africa researcher with Amnesty International, in a phone interview. There is a real threat of physical violence in Senegal, he said, citing a case from 2016 in which a student at the university “was beaten up because other students thought he was gay.” Guinea, which borders Guinea-Bissau to the south and east, also criminalizes same-sex acts. And in Gambia, to the north, a law enacted in 2014 allows life sentences in prison for LGBTQ people. Some people from Senegal and Gambia have fled to Guinea-Bissau for safety, or to live more openly, said Mamadu Aliú Djalo, the national director of ENDA Health, an organization that helps vulnerable populations gain access to information about health care. “Before, it was not as visible,” Djalo said of the LGBTQ community in West Africa. “Now they are gathering their courage to be open and say, ‘Here I am. I am gay.’” Leondro said: “People laugh at us. They don’t take us seriously. You have to be brave, you have to fight.” This article originally appeared in The New York Times. Ricci Shryock © 2018 The New York Times

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Korea vs Mexico: The Mexicans and their World Cup cardboard cutout friend

Mexican supporter Javier Amador was all set to join his mates on an epic Russian World Cup adventure before crying off at the last minute. Disappointed, his friends decided that Javier would accompany them in Russia after all — in lifesize cardboard cutout form at any rate. And to make him pay for remaining back in Mexico, his friends Daniel, Matthew and Roberto have the inanimate Javier decked out in a T-shirt with the caption: “My girlfriend wouldn’t let me come.” “He never really told us why he didn’t come. Then we said that somehow he had to pay for what he did,” smiled Matthew. The bearded lookalike has become a viral hit on social media, with fans and even police officers queuing up to take selfies — as has the bus he and the others are travelling in. “La Bendicion” (the Benediction), an ex-school bus kitted out in full colourful Mexican splendour, was shipped over to Germany and with Javier has caused a stir in Saint Petersburg, Moscow and Rostov-on-Don. They take the replica Javier wherever they go, to bars, to restaurants, even to the toilet. “He’s been everywhere,” says Daniel, one of the nine passengers on board the Benediction, decked out with Mexican boxing gloves, garlands, paintings of children playing football and guitars. The hooter plays “La Cucaracha”. “We took out all the seats and with friends transformed it and painted it with traditional Mexican elements to show the world Mexican culture,” explained Roberto. “In the bars, to tourist sites, he’s drunk beer. Wherever we are people come up to us asking for a photo, and he always receives a warm welcome.” Given all the publicity surrounding their trip, Matthew believes they will soon be joined by Javier himself. “Yep, I think he’ll come, what with all the pressure that he’s under.”

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Entertainment: Virgil Abloh tells Louis Vuitton’s story of fashion

Entertainment: Virgil Abloh tells Louis Vuitton’s story of fashion

PARIS — On the afternoon before Virgil Abloh debuted his menswear collection for Louis Vuitton — an event that drew 1,000 seated guests. Tandem teams of messengers hauled in flower arrangements for the designer, so many that the reception area began to look like a wedding hall. Assistants from a 35-member menswear team did frenzied, last minute fittings on a model. The Japanese artist Takashi Murakami — one of a laundry list of global creatives whom Abloh counts among his collaborators (the two have an exhibition scheduled to open Saturday at the Gagosian Gallery here) Drifted through the space, followed close behind by a posse of assistants wearing Comme des Garçons rags and surgical face masks. The young American influencer Luka Sabbat darted around, hauling a big Louis Vuitton shopping bag over one shoulder. And Ian Connor, the tattooed Instagram phenom (@ianconnorsrevenge) whose self-assurance may out-scale even his million-strong Instagram following, scrolled through his phone feed, barely bothering to notice that Naomi Campbell had wandered in, clad in sneakers and leggings, to perform a supermodel gavotte — trailed, as always, by her entourage. “This is the culmination of a lifetime of work,” said Abloh, who, at 37, effectively pinnacled the luxury-goods Everest with his appointment in March as men’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton. “Look around this room,” added the designer — a child of Ghanaian immigrants, a suburban kid raised outside Chicago, a trained architect less notable for any specific design skills than for his masterful ability to manipulate social media. “There are people around this room who look like me,” he added. “You never saw that before in fashion. The people have changed and so fashion had to.” By people Abloh meant consumers, of course, and the change he has ushered in represents fundamental shifts not only in who buys things but also in who gets to tell the story of fashion. Fashion, as Stefano Sassi, the chief executive responsible for the turnaround of Valentino, recently noted in Milan, is above all a narrative business: “It’s not the sneakers you’re selling, it’s the perception and the dream.” In former times the dominant narratives were handed down from on high to a waiting public by a succession of designers. If Abloh’s hiring proves anything, it’s that the old models have lost their validity; the cult of the Great Creative is dead. Gone are the mood boards, the Yves Saint Laurent-style mood swings, the lap dog press and all the hoary antique apparatus of the business. Though a secular saint here, Saint Laurent probably could not get arrested in the new global digital marketplace, one in which the consumer is the presiding genius and the author of a story that increasingly epitomizes aspects of Adam Smith’s free market doctrine. In the advancing digital age, being has been substantially replaced by consuming and that act itself has devolved from anything closely related to need or pleasure into a performative existential gesture. Consider the case of Connor, the New York-born, Atlanta-raised 25-year-old whose social media tentacles reach millions on Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram. “Even if I didn’t have a home, I was sleeping on the floor, I always made sure I had my clothes,” Connor once said. Unquestionably, along with his skill at upending fashion’s exclusionary tropes, it was Abloh’s ability to connect to people like Connor and the global digital tribes that the designer referenced in a show, held in the arcaded courtyard of the 17th-century Palais Royal, that led Louis Vuitton to him. “Fashion has to speak to a generation of people who look like me,” he said. Accordingly, his Vuitton show featured a cast of ethnically diverse models (and also musicians like Kid Cudi, Playboi Carti and Theophilus London) that would have been inconceivable on a Paris runway as recently as five years ago. And yet, if there is little reason to question Abloh’s sincere dedication to diversity, there is somewhat less incentive to imagine the same of Bernard Arnault, the French magnate who owns Vuitton as part of his LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton luxury empire. It’s worth noting that suddenly the catwalks here and, before Paris, in Florence and Milan featured unprecedented numbers of models of color. Designers in all those cities were quick to point out the change, noting how their runways now featured castings variously described to this observer as “exotic” or “colored” or “immigrant.” There are vast new millennial markets to exploit in China (400 million) and India (385 million), Asia representing 19 percent of the global generational cohort, according to demographers at the Pew Research Center, followed closely by sub-Saharan Africa with roughly 13 percent. (Only a slowly aging Europe remains underweight in terms of pure population.) The goal is getting at them; the surest route, the internet; and the odds are on the internet and the affable, easygoing Abloh knowing how. Evidently he does. Titling the Vuitton show “We Are the World,” a reference to the 1985 charity single in support of Ethiopian famine relief, the designer included with his show notes maps detailing the global origins of each member of the cast. On a radiantly sunny afternoon, he quickly put to rest any doubts about his design abilities — “People think I’m just that guy who puts a stripe on a hoodie,” he’d said earlier, at his studio — with a demonstration of his design conviction, opening with a suave double-breasted suit worn over double-pleated trousers precisely when most menswear labels are in desperate flight from tailored clothes. This being Vuitton, it was paired with matte white crocodile sneakers and a tote. “Why do you guys even make clothes?” was the first question Abloh asked when he was hired by a house that originated as a luggage maker. “Accessomorphosis” was the term he then coined to fuse apparel with the accessories that drive Vuitton sales. Why carry a wallet or strap on a fanny pack or burden yourself with a card holder when you can attach it to a harness, a holster or a multi-pocketed gilet? Sure you could see in those hybrid accessories a nod to ‘90s Helmut Lang (a designer once described as the Type O of fashion: its universal donor.) And you could discern in the shifting volumes — flowing suits played off tautly snug ones — elements reminiscent of screen grabs from Pinterest pages devoted to vintage Armani. Yet all of these came neatly balanced by components from a very personal vocabulary Abloh honed at his own label, Off-White: transparency, asymmetry, ineffable skate-rat cool. Perhaps, as some suggested, the romanticism of sequined jacket prints depicting Dorothy Gale asleep on a bed of roses (not far from Oz) were a reference to Abloh’s belief in pursuing one’s dream, but they also underscored the Midwestern gumption he shares with that girl from Kansas. In conversation with this reporter last year in Milan, Abloh uttered what you might call a personal credo, one applicable to anyone determined to reach a goal. “I never mind when people turn me down, because I immediately start looking for solutions,” said Abloh, who appears to have attained his at Vuitton. “I always love that first no.” This article originally appeared in The New York Times. Guy Trebay © 2018 The New York Times

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Gunmen attack Adamawa village, kill 18

No fewer than 18 persons were reported killed and several others injured following an attack on Dowayan village in Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State. According to Channels tv, local residents said on Saturday that the attack was carried out on Friday night by herdsmen. The residents said the herdsmen struck around 8 pm. Several houses were also burnt and properties destroyed. Numan, Demsa and Girei Local Governments Areas in Adamawa State have previously been attacked by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen. Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa State, Othman Abubakar, when contacted said he was yet to be informed about the attack.

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“Why I killed OOU student and his girlfriend” – Cultist confesses.

“Why I killed OOU student and his girlfriend” – Cultist confesses.

29-year-old Muritala Babatunde, the killer of Oriade Adebisi aka Oh Dollar, 22, and his girlfriend, Julian Eke Imaga, 18, both students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, has been arrested alongside one of his accomplices, Taiwo Rasak, 18. While being paraded yesterday, Muritala, who was caught with the deceased’s iPhone X and two pairs of canvas shoes, said Oriade, who was a “Yahoo boy” and a member of his confraternity, was giving money to a rival cult group. He also said they did a deal and got a huge sum of money but the deceased refused to give him his cut despite all his moves. He said, Oriade was recently abducted by another person involved in the deal and the person forced him to pay him his own cut. He further alleged that the deceased said there was nothing he could do to get his share of the money realized from the deal and that he didn’t also recognize him as the current Number one of the Black Axe Confraternity, Ijebu-North axis. He said on 28/05/2018 at about 11pm, having noticed Oriade’s movement along Oru-Ijebu junction, he quickly called his gang members: Rasak Taiwo aka IKU (Death) and Sodiq, and Oriade and his girlfriend were kidnapped in his car. They were taken to the bush along Ijebu-ode Awa/Ibadan expressway where both of them were killed. He then took his iPhone and two pairs of shoes from him and thereafter abandoned the car at the expressway, having dumped their lifeless bodies in a bush at the back of uncompleted building where they were murdered. On his part, Rasak, who was initiated into AIYE confraternity in year 2015 when he was just 15, confessed that Muritala called his girlfriend Seun Yetunde, who had been monitoring Oriade’s movement, to bring a bag that contained two guns and a cutlass. That Muritala gave him one of the guns, handled one and handed over the cutlass to Sodiq while waiting patiently for Oriade to come. Few minutes oriade and his girlfriend arrived in a car. He added that they took them to the bush along the expressway, where they were killed with planks and gun. Leave a Comment… comments The post “Why I killed OOU student and his girlfriend” – Cultist confesses. appeared first on INFORMATION NIGERIA.

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“I have bought about 15 cars for people” — Linda Ikeji

“I have bought about 15 cars for people” — Linda Ikeji

Linda Ikeji has tapped on the motivational side of herself, and has taken time to enjoin her her followers on social media to take the path of success by working really hard to earn it. In her latest post Instagram, Linda Ikeji, as her custom is, has once again encourage her followers to not be discouraged when things are going wrong but keep moving till things get bright. First she share this epic throwback photo below: The she went ahead to tell the story behind the photo. Read below: “I bought this car in 2007. It cost 700k back then but I made a down payment of 350k to pay the remaining 3 months later. After 3 months, I’d been able to pay only 100k of the remaining 350k & the car owner came to my house one day to seize the car. Lol. I can laugh now but it wasn’t funny back then. I remember my dad followed me to the man’s house to beg for him to return it to me and give me more time. The man refused. So I was carless for about 2 months but because I knew how important having a car was to my business (I was always running around), I knew it was top priority to raise the balance. “I had a modeling agency back then and so I started going to bother all the ad agencies owing me money. I became a nuisance at their offices…lol. Before I’d wait for them to call and ask me to come collect my cheque but now, I wanted the money now now. Some managed to give me, some didn’t but I was finally able to raise the 250k balance & got my car back. “Fast forward to 5 years later. Between 2012 to 2018, I’ve probably bought about 15 cars for family, friends and staff. And none was 700k…lol. “Seeing this photo again brought back memories and reminded me of how God works. And how your life can change from not having enough to having so much, you can share with others. “You life can change for the better in an instant and that instant can last forever. Just remember to always hold on to God. He’s watching. He’s seeing your struggles and one day, He’ll hold your hands and never let go. . “God is holding my hand so much right now that I was able to solely finance lindaikeji.tv from advertising money made from another platform he blessed me with…lindaikejisblog. All the crazy equipment we have, studios, office, mansion, content, manpower etc was solely financed 100% by LIB. “God works in ways we sometimes don’t understand! He can make you wait. I waited for 14 years. He hasn’t forgotten you. Be patient. He listens. He’s watching. And He will eventually come to hold your hands when it’s your turn. And when he does, your life will never be the same. Just never stop believing in Him. Your time is near. I declare God’s enormous blessings into your life. Say amen!” Leave a Comment… comments The post “I have bought about 15 cars for people” — Linda Ikeji appeared first on INFORMATION NIGERIA.

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Killers of OOU students revealed – Their reason for killing youngsters will leave you angry

Killers of OOU students revealed – Their reason for killing youngsters will leave you angry

  After Police launched an investigation into the killings of a 22 year-old student Oriade Adebisi and his girlfriend, Julian Eke Imaga, it was discovered that two members of the Black Axe Confraternity were responsible. Julian Imaga, 18 years-old and Adebisi were both students of Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ago Iwoye. IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) led by DCP Abba Kyari, in collaboration, with Oyo State FSARS and Ogun State Police Command, arrested the suspects in Oru, Ogun state. Abba Kyari, wrote via his Facebook page, the cultists on the night of 28 May, ambushed the deceased while driving in an Honda Crostour Car with Reg.No. FST 350 FA.  The incident happened after Adebisi and Juliana visited a friend of his identified as Akogun. “All of a sudden as he was driving towards Oru junction, three armed men emerged on a motorcycle and whisked away the said Oriade Adebisi and his friend together with the car to unknown destination. “On the receipt of this complaint on 3 June, Operatives of the IGP-Intelligence Response Team (IRT) led by DCP ABBA Kyari in collaborations of Oyo state FSARS and Ogun state police command swiftly swooped on the hoodlums and two of the principal suspects Muritala Babatunde and Taiwo Rasak were subsequently arrested.” One of the killers,  Muritala Babatunde(29) said to be the leader of the Black Axe Fraternity, in his confession, said he killed Adebisi because he did not recognise his ranking in the Aiye Fraternity and was giving another cult group money MURITALA BABATUNDE “M” 29 YRS: He hails from Oru Ijebu in Ijebu North Local Government area of Ogun state. That he is a university dropped out and that while he was in the university at Ago iwoye , he was initiated into cultism called Black Axe confraternity popularly known as “AIYE”. That he is now the current Number one “AIYE” Ijebu-North axis and had in his possession two locally made pistols which He and his gang members normally use to perpetrate their nefarious acts. He added that on 28/05/2018 at about 2300hrs, having noticed the said Oriade Adebisi’s movement along Oru-Ijebu junction , whom he had been nursing criminal intents against, he quickly called his gang members (Rasak Taiwo “m” aka IKU and Sodiq “m” ) and the said Oriade Adebisi and his girlfriend were kidnapped in his car and taken to the bush along Ijebu-ode Awa/Ibadan expressway where both of them were killed. He confessed further that before Oriade Adebisi was killed , he ordered him to deactivate his password on his iPhone and he took the iPhone and two pairs of shoes from his and thereafter abandoned the car at the expressway having dumped their lifeless bodies in a bush at the back of uncompleted building where they were murdered. He Confessed that the late Victim whom he say was a Yahoo boy was giving money to a Rival cult group and was not giving him money and has not recognised him as the overall Cult leader of that area. TAIWO RASAK “M” AGED 18YRS: He hails from Imota in Ikorodu LGA of Lagos state. He confessed that he was initiated into AIYE confraternity in year 2015. That he went to stay with the first suspect Muritala Babatunde at Oru-Ijebu who is the Number One in their confraternity. He added that on 28/05/2018 in the late hour of the night, Babatunde Muritala called him and one Sodiq “M” (cult member) to meet with him at Oru junction. On their arrival, Babatunde Muritala told them that he wanted to kill Oriade Adebisi who has parted away with his money. He confessed that Muritala then called his girlfriend Seun Yetunde “F” who had been monitoring the said Oriade’s movement and she brought a bag that contained two guns and a cutlass. That Muritala then gave him one of the guns, handled one and handed over the cutlass to Sodiq while waiting patiently for Oriade to come. Few minutes oriade and his girlfriend arrived in a car. Suddenly, “we based him down with gun” he said. Muritala took over the steering having ordered the said Oriade and the girl to the backseat while himself and Sodiq were at the back seat with them and they drove off the junction. He added that they took them to the bush along the expressway where they were killed with planks and gun.   The post Killers of OOU students revealed – Their reason for killing youngsters will leave you angry appeared first on INFORMATION NIGERIA.

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