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Obama backs anti-Trump protests, says 'American values are at stake'

Former US President Barack Obama released a statement today Monday Jan. 30th supporting the protests going on around the country against Donald Trump's ban on travelers and refugees entering the US from 7 Muslim-majority countries.

The statement, issued by Obama’s spokesman, Kevin Lewis, is the first time that the former US president will weigh in on Trump’s presidency. Read the statement after the cut..

"President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. In his final official speech as President, he spoke about the important role of citizens and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy — not just during an election but every day.

Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake. With regard to comparisons to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions,…

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo calls on judiciary

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has identified delay in the administration of justice as a major challenge that must be jointly tackled by all relevant stakeholders in the justice sector. While Speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day Stakeholder’s Summit organized by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos, the president who was represented by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN),...urged stakeholders in the administration of justice to shun all forms of delay tactics. He further called on the judiciary to embrace day-to-day system for trials as well as introduce heavy punishment for deliberate act of delay aimed at stalling cases,... adding that it is also important for the judiciary to introduce significant costs for delay occasioned by lateness, under preparedness or deliberate tactics.

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Academic Staff Union of polytechnics embarks on one week strike

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics has embarked on a nationwide seven-day strike over shortfall in payment of salaries, allowances among other demands. while speaking to newsmen, the National President of the union, Mr. Usman Dutse, who noted that the industrial action would end on the 6th of February 2017, added that the strike will affect all federal and state-owned polytechnics as well as Colleges of Technology. ‎Similarly, The General Secretary, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Lagos state polytechnic chapter, Mr. Uthman Olayinka, has stated that the strike began at noon as directed.
Mr. Olayinka noted the strike was total and comprehensive as all lecturers are expected suspend all academic activities until the strike period elapses.

Chad elects Moussa Faki Mahamat as the new African Union Commission chairperson.

Chad’s Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat has been elected  Moussa Faki Mahamat succeeds South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is the first woman to serve as the continent’s top diplomat.
Faki Mahamat rivals were Kenyan foreign minister Amina Mohamed and Senegalese candidate who was knocked out in an earlier round of voting

Senate President Calls for synergy between government agencies and NGOs

The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has called on all humanitarian agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations in the Northeast region of the country, to liaise with government agencies to help ease administrative bottlenecks. While receiving the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ms. Ertharin Cousin, who led other members of the programme to the National Assembly, The Senate President, urged humanitarian agencies to always collaborate with security agencies so as to ensure their safety during their stay in the country. The senate president noted that such collaboration with different levels of governments in the country would help ease some of the administrative challenges the NGOs may encounter in their line of duty, especially on security and importation of their equipment. He also called for a sustained humanitarian effort to address the challenges facing Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Northeast, and urged the world food programme  to help …

Buruji kashamu pushed to the US on Drug Charges

The national drug law enforcement agency (NDLEA) says it is pushing to extradite a lawmaker Buruji Kashamu  to the United States on drugs charges. Revealing this to newsmen the spokesman of the the N.D.L.E.A, Mitchell Ofoyeju stated that the agency has instituted a suit to remove a court order restraining the NDLEA from arresting Senator Kashamu. This development is a follow-up of extradition proceedings opened by the U.S court of appeal in chichago as senator kashamu had in 2015, sued the US government to prevent an imminent illegal abduction in Nigeria. It would be recalled that senator Kashamu has been wanted for years in connection with a heroin smuggling operation,.. an allegation which he denies stating that he his dead brother whom he reportedly resembles ran the international drug ring in the 1990s.

Serena Williams ranks Number One in Women Tennis Association

Ausralian Open winner, Serena Williams has replaced Angelique Kerber as world Number One in the latest women tennis association Ranking released today.
   The  American attained the feat courtesy of her victory in Melbourne where she outclassed her sister , Venus 6-4, 6-4 in Saturdays finals for a record 23rd Grand slam title

Trump deflects as backlash mounts over travel ban

A defiant President Donald Trump lashed out at protesters, lawmakers and even Delta Airlines Monday as he struggled to defuse a mounting backlash over a controversial US ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.After a weekend of chaos at airports, mass protests in major American cities and a diplomatic outcry, the embattled Republican leader went on the offensive over the temporary measure. "
French investigators on Monday quizzed presidential hopeful Francois Fillon and his wife Penelope over allegations that Penelope received 500,000 euros ($535,000) for a fictitious job as a parliamentary aide, legal sources said.
The couple, who are the target of an embezzlement probe, were also questioned over payments Penelope received from a literary review owned by a billionaire friend of Francois Fillon. The Canard Enchaine investigative newspaper revealed last week that former prime minister Fillon had paid his wife for years from public money available to him as an MP for parliamentary aides. While employing family members is not illegal, the paper said it could find no proof that she did any work in return for the payments. Fillon has vehemently denied any wrongdoing by him or his wife, insisting that when he was an MP in Paris his wife did a lot of constituency work. The scandal has damaged the conservative politician, whom polls had shown leading the race on an image of integ…

The nigerian Army charged to court for alleged breach of fundamental human right

Four men are suing the Nigerian Army over the alleged breach of their fundamental human rights, The Nigerian Army were been charged before Justice Vera Venda of the FCT High Court sitting in Jabi for alleged breach of fundamental human right.The applicants, who alleged breach of their rights, are Mr Osisomo Ake, Daboy Clinton, Ebikimi Mathew and Bubaiyenumubofa James. The applicants were said to have been arrested by the Nigerian Army in Okaki Community in Rivers sometimes in January 2016. According to the applicants’ lawyer, Mr Gabriel Egbule, they were arrested on allegation of terrorism and vandalism of oil pipeline in the state. Egbule said that the applicants were flown to Abuja from the state in August 2016, that since their arrest; they had been in the custody of the army. According to the lawyer, “the army is now being charged to court for breach and enforcement of fundamental human right because it failed to charge the applicants since they were arrested." At the resumed sitti…
Roger Federer rewound his career by about ten years to edge out his old rival Rafael Nadal in a sensational Australian Open final to take his eighteenth Grand Slam title at 35. A championship climax that lived up to all its extravagant billing ended with Federer winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in three hours and 38 minutes after dramatically turning round the fifth set from a break down. In a match that had echoes of their incredible Wimbledon final of 2008 – in terms of sheer theatre if with a different outcome – he came back from 3-1 down to reel off the last five games. An elated Federer afterwards paid tribute to his opponent saying, ‘Tennis is a tough sport, there are no draws but if there were I would have been happy to share it with Rafa. When we saw each other four or five months ago (at Nadal’s academy) we never believed we could be in the finals. I’m very happy for you, I would have been happy to lose. ‘I work hard but try not to shout about it. It has been a different last s…

Controversial Pastor to appear before DSS with 30 lawyers

Suleman was invited by the DSS to appear at their Abuja office on Monday, January 30, 2017, by 10 am. The pastor has been in the books of the DSS, following a comment which he made during one of his sermons, where he allegedly told his members to kill Fulani herdsmen. Following the speech, the DSS reportedly planned to arrest him secretly from his

Uti reacts to Bisola saying His name meant Urinary Tract Infection

Bisola a contestants in the Big Brother Naija house, said the former BBA stars name, UTI means Unirary Tract Infection. He took to his IG page to react. He wrote:

Cashier Sentenced 4years

A Bank Cashier, 26-year-old David Anibolu, was on Wednesday sentenced to four years in prison by an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for stealing N9, 308,000 from a customer’s First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) Plc account. Anibolu was arraigned on April 3, 2014 on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

It was revealed by the prosecuting Police Superintendent, Chidi Okoye, that on the 22nd of March 2015, Anibolu who was on annual leave came to the bank where he worked at FBN Alaba 2 branch in Ojo under the pretext that he wanted to assist a customer in posting his land use charges. Anibolu allegedly used the opportunity to transfer the sum of N9.308 million from a customer's account into other accounts.
“He fraudulently changed a customer’s identity and mandate card which enabled him to debit the said account of the sum N9 million and transferred it into various accounts,” Okoye said.It was revealed that Anibolu confessed in a statement tendered by the prosecution that his acco…
The Kenyan government on Thursday, January 26, 2017, passed a bill that will see beer manufacturers compensate individuals who suffer damages from alcohol. According to the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act Bill proposed by Imenti Central MP, Gideon Mwiti,  manufacturers will put between five and ten percent of the revenue they generate in insurance companies for compensation.
The bill also proposes that should a doctor confirms that certain damages such as death were caused as a result of drunkenness,  the manufacturer of the said beverage must compensate the affected person's family and dependants.

Speaking at a press conference, one of the MP's described the bill as a 'win-win' for both consumers and manufacturers'.

'The Bill is a win-win for both consumers and manufacturers, the latter being  compelled to ensure their consumers are engaged in responsible drinking.However, it was also stated that every drink sold must have an insurance sticker.

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