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31 Jul 2017

Aluu 4: Court Finds Three Persons Guilty

A High Court sitting in Rivers today has found three persons guilty of the murder of four students who were lynched in Aluu community in 2012.

The court presided over by Justice Nyordee also discharged and acquitted four others, who were standing trial for the 2012 murder.

According to the Judge, the prosecution failed to prove its case of murder against the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th accused persons beyond every reasonable doubt.

He, however, found the 1st to 3rd defendants guilty of murder, Punch reports.

Britain's Prince Philip To Retire This Week

Prince Philip, the 96-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will retire this week, conducting the last of more than 22,200 solo public engagements, the palace said today.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who served as a naval officer during World War II, will attend a parade of Royal Marines at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. He is captain general of the commando force.

"This concludes the duke's individual programme of public engagements. But he may choose to attend engagements alongside the queen from time to time," a spokeswoman said.

19 Jul 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo Confirms His Girlfriend Is Pregnant With His 4th Child

Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has finally confirmed his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez is pregnant after months of rumours. He confirmed the news to newspaper El Mundo. He was asked if he was “happy” to have another child on the way, he replied: “Yes, very much.”

Dad-of-three Ronaldo, 32, also said his newborn babies are “precious” and that he has a lot to learn when it comes to changing their nappies.

"I do not get on very well, but I try," he laughed when questioned about his diaper-changing skills.

The news comes just weeks after he welcomed baby twins Eva Maria and Mateo on June 8

Lagos Lawmaker, Kazem Alimi Dies

Kazem Alimi, a Lagos House of Assembly Member, representing Eti-Osa 1 Constituency is dead.

He died yesterday, 18th of July, 2017, two weeks after his 50th birthday after a brief illness. He clocked 50 July 3,2017.

Police Finally Makes Arrest Over Death Of NURTW Big Boy, Hamburger

The Lagos State Police Command said it has arrested two men in connection with the murder of the Chairman, Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria, Oshodi chapter, Rasaq Bello, a.k.a Hamburger,
who was killed on May 29 during a Local Government primary election of APC in Shogunle area of Oshodi, Lagos.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, told newsmen that the alleged principal suspect, Samson Agbetoye a.k.a Golden, was arrested alongside one Babatunde Saka, a.k.a Hanger.

Photo: Popular Actress, Toyin Adegbola Is A Grandma Again

Popular Nollywood actress, Toyin Adegbola who welcomed her first grandchild, last year is a grandma again. The actress welcomed a grandson yesterday in far away Dublin, Ireland. We say big congrats to her.

Abducted Lagos Pupils Are Fine, Says CP

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has said the six abducted pupils of the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe, are fine.

Owoseni, who spoke at a press briefing yesterday at the command headquarters in Ikeja, added that the police were committed to reuniting the children with their parents.

The pupils – Peter Jonah, Isiaq Rahmon, Adebayo George, Judah Agbausi, Pelumi Philips and Farouq Yusuf – had spent 55 days (as of Tuesday) in captivity. Owoseni commended the parents for their patience on the incident.

Owoseni said, “I want to tell you that the children are fine. We will continue to intensify efforts with a view to ensuring that the children are reunited with their parents.

Davido's Dad Secures Release Of 200 Inmates, Donate Mattresses, Pillows

The Chairman, Springtime Development Foundation, Dr. Deji Adeleke, has secured the release of about 200 inmates of the Ilesa Prison in Osun State.

The Vice-Chairman of the foundation, Mr. Banji Adesuyi, said this at the Ilesa Prison on Tuesday when the group was donating 700 mattresses and the same number of pillows to the inmates.

Adesuyi said Adeleke became aware that inmates of the prison were sleeping on the bare floor when he went to pay a visit to an embattled chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Diekola Oyedele, who was detained at the prison.

He explained that the foundation paid for the release of inmates, who were incarcerated because they could not pay fines as low as N5,000, stressing that the foundation did not secure the release of any inmate convicted because of crime.

Adesuyi said Adeleke was not prompted  to secure the release of the inmates because of political reason but purely on humanitarian ground.

Chaos In Apapa As Police Officer Attached To Diamond Bank Allegedly Kills 3 Truck Drivers

According to multiple sources, there is chaos in Apapa, as a policeman attached to Diamond Bank on Burma Road, Apapa is accused of  shooting three trailer drivers dead.

Their angry colleagues however gathered in front of the bank to demand the release of the officer, but the Bank authorities allegedly refuse and the Bank was set on fire. According to Twitter users, security agents are now at the scene and are trying to scare the crowd away.

Top Boko Haram Leader, 3 Others Surrender To Nigerian Army

A high-profile Boko Haram terrorist, Konto Fanami, and three other repentant terrorists have surrendered to the Nigerian Army, Premium Times says on its website.

The Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, announced this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, according to the news outlet.

Mr. Usman said that the four repentant terrorists willingly deserted their hideouts and surrendered themselves to 120 Task Force Battalion at Goniri in Borno.

He described Fanami as the Ameer (leader) of “Kafa hideout of the Boko Haram terrorists group that operates on Ajigin-Talala-Mungusum axis.’’

NDLEA Destroys Illicit Drugs Worth N250m

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA said it has destroyed 24,304 kilogrammes of assorted forfeited narcotic drugs seized within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The exercise is sequel to two destruction orders signed by judges, Nnamdi Dimgba and A. Abdulkafarati of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court.

The exhibits with an estimated street value of N250 million were jointly set ablaze by local and international collaborators at Lungi barracks along Aso drive in Abuja.

Muhammad Abdallah, the Chairman of the agency, who described the destruction as symbolic and strategic both to the agency and drug control policies of the government stressed that seized drugs remain a threat until they are destroyed.

Senate To Pass Law That Will Separate NFIU From EFCC

The Nigerian Senate has resolved to pass a law that would make the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU, independent of the anti-graft agency, EFCC.

Today, the lawmakers based their decision on the reported suspension of the NFIU from the Egmont Group.

The NFIU helps tackle money laundering and monitor financial flows, task eased by its membership of the Egmont Group whose members share intelligence relating to international finance and illicit flow.

Critics of separating the NFIU from the EFCC have said it would weaken the anti-graft agency which has tackling financial crimes as one of its main task.

Lagos Govt Cancels Vacation Classes Over Insecurity

The Lagos State Government has cancelled vacation classes due to the rise in kidnapping and rape cases across the state. The state has however  introduced measures during this vacation to forestall any possible ugly situation that may arise in public schools.

The state government had in a memo to all permanent secretaries, tutors-general of the six educational districts in the state, asked them to stop all forms of vacation teaching for the rest of the year.

The government attributed the measure to present security situation and threats by kidnappers.

14 Jul 2017

Meet The 12-Year Old Who Is Gradually Transforming Into A Tree

The 12-year old Bangladeshi girl has her upper body ravaged by 'tree-man' disease, local reports suggest.

Left in unbearable pain, the child has the right side of her chest stretching down to her hand which has now turned completely brown - resembling that of bark.

The disease is known as EV and it is a rare inherited skin disorder which creates wart-like lesions and reddish-brown pigmented plaques anywhere on the body. 

"Praise Makes Your Enemies Commit Suicide Faster"- Tonto Dikeh

Tonto Dikeh shared this beautiful photo and talked about the importance of praise .She wrote
The power of a heartfelt praise;
1; Praise makes your enemies commit suicide faster cos they expect you to be in tears yet you are joyful;
2; Praise is Gods invitation into the limitations of Man;

3: Praise may not always be convenient yet it shatters every inconvenience;
4; Praise does not bring cosmetic victory, praise brings release from the Foundations;
5; There is no prison door Praise cannot open;
6; Praise doesn't open one door, praise opens ALL doors;
7: Praise breaks every chains and put you in command
8; Praise puts you in demand and make you command human attention;
9; Even God cannot resist Praise;I0; Praise releases glory, glory releases your fame and Gods kind of fame cancels every shame; read more after the cut

President Trump Sued For Blocking People On Twitter

President Donald Trump has been party to an eye-watering 4,000 lawsuits over the last 30 years, US media say. And now the mogul turned commander-in-chief has attracted one more, after seven people sued him for blocking them on Twitter.

Mr Trump is an avid user of the social media forum, which he deploys to praise allies and lambast critics. The lawsuit was filed by the Knight First Amendment Institute, a free speech group at Columbia University.

The seven Twitter users involved claim their accounts were blocked by the president, or his aides, after they replied to his tweets with mocking or critical comments.

Eniola Badmus Looks Fabulous As She Steps Out In Blue

The actress and newest producer in town looks all fab.Do you like?

Buhari Has Done Nothing At All To Grow The Economy- Financial Times

The term “dead cat bounce” derives from the fact that even a dead cat will bounce if it falls from a great height. If you imagine a dead cat soaked in crude oil and dropped from a 50-storey building, you get a rough picture of how Nigeria’s economy is performing these days. Nigeria is expected to grow 2.5 per cent this year after contracting 1.6 per cent in 2016. But the population is also growing at 2.5 per cent. So in per capita terms, things are going nowhere. The reasons for the “recovery” are twofold. First, last year’s performance was so dismal it would have been difficult for the economy to fall further. Without doing anything at all — a reasonable description of policy under Muhammadu Buhari, the country’s ailing leader and frequent London resident — the baseline effect has worked its magic. Second, the oil that makes up so much of government revenues is flowing faster. In June, production was 1.7m barrels a day, 10 per cent higher than a year ago.

One should, they say, never let a crisis go to waste. That advice has clearly not reached Abuja, where the economic collapse brought on by swooning oil prices was supposed to spur diversification. It has not happened. The danger now is that, having apparently come through the worst, Nigeria will simply go back to business as usual. If oil prices recover, so will headline growth. But the structure and basic dynamics of Africa’s largest economy will remain unchanged.

FG Approves Equal Salaries For HND, Degree Holders

The Federal Government has ended the dichotomy between holders of University degrees and Higher National Diploma in all the Para-military services.

To this end, the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Board has directed that  all officers with HND should be upgraded to COMPASS 08, which is the salary grade level for holders of degree certificates at entry point.

A board meeting chaired by the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman  Dambazau, approved the regularization of the salaries on Tuesday in Abuja, according to a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Magaji.

Etisalat Nigeria Now 9Mobile

Etisalat Nigeria is set to change its brand name to 9Mobile. Its parent company at the United Arab Emirates, Mubadala Group, pulled out of the telco due to collapse of talks over $1.2billion loan advanced to the telco by a consortium of 13 local lenders.

A new board was midwifed by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the affected banks.

The board is expected to supervise a transition of the telco which has over 21million customers in Nigeria.

Ambode Suspends Baale Of Shangisha For Faking Kidnap

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has suspended the Baale of Shangisha who recently faked his kidnap. It will be recalled that the news went viral days ago that the Baale was kidnapped by unknown men due to a land conflict, but police made their investigations and it turned out to be a lie. He was arrested and paraded along with his brother who gave journalists the false news. The Governor has now asked that he should be suspended from his position.

Gov Obaseki’s Family Mourns Following Death Of Justice Otutu Obaseki At 93

The family of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has been thrown into mourning, following the death of his uncle, Justice Andrews Otutu Obaseki.

The deceased, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and the Obaseki of Benin Kingdom, died at 93 years on Thursday evening at his residence, in the presence of his immediate family members.

It is said that the late Obaseki who was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court in 1975, was first treated at the intensive care unit of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), but was later taken home where he died.

First Photo Of Beyonce & Jayz’ Twins

The twins are a month old today and the songstress decided to unveil them to the world!

11 Jul 2017

Kanu Nwankwo Reveals How His Wife Amara Saved His Life

Football legend, Nwankwo Kanu has recalled the day his wife Amara saved his life and then nursed him back to health.

After putting their three children to bed, the Arsenal legend and his wife were about to go to sleep, but the former striker’s hammering heartbeat was keeping Amara awake.
She recalls:
“His heartbeat sounded much louder than normal. I was listening to his chest and it sounded odd.”
More than a decade earlier, Kanu had needed lifesaving open-heart surgery after being diagnosed with a heart valve defect.Amara, 30, couldn’t shake the niggling feeling that was something wasn’t quite right and insisted her husband get it checked immediately.

Kanu, now 40, says:

Joke Silva Gushes About Husband Olu Jacobs In Sweet Birthday Message

 Veteran actress, Joke Silva, took to IG to celebrate her man, Olu Jacobs as he turns 75 today.

Sh shared a sweet photo of him, penning a lovely message alongside.

She wrote:
Happy Birthday gorgeous....75 is not beans !!!Thank you for all you do for me and the kids...the sacrifices.With you we are always first. 🤗Thank you for all you have done for the🕺🏾🎥🎬📽 Here is to many more years of impact. Happy Birthday🥂🎂🕺🏾👄🎁🎉🎈

Mercy Aigbe’s Daughter Releases Stunning 16th Birthday Photos

She is 16 today. More photos..

Osinbajo Approves 19 New National Industrial Court Judges

The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, today, approved the appointment of 19 new Judges for the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, NIC.

Appointment of the new NIC Judges was based on recommendation of the National Judicial Council, NJC. According to a statement by the Director of Information at the NJC, Mr. Soji Oye, the new NIC Judges are Targema John Iorngee (Benue State), Namtari Mahmood Abba (Adamawa State), Nweneka Gerald Ikechi (Rivers State), Kado Sanusi (Katsina State), Adeniyi Sinmisola Oluyinka (Ogun State), Abiola Adunola Adewemimo (Osun State), Opeloye Ogunbowale A. (Lagos State), among others.

Ile-Ife: Dangote Donates N50m To Clash Victims

Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has donated money and equipment worth over N50m to victims of the March 8 clash between Hausa and Yoruba persons in Ile-Ife.

The Managing Director of Dangote Foundation, Mrs. Suera Yusuf, who represented Dangote said this during the presentation of cheques to the victims at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi in Ile-Ife.

The beneficiaries are drawn from Hausa and Yoruba communities,  who suffered losses during the clash.

Supreme Court Upholds Edo Gov. Obaseki’s Election

The Supreme Court today upheld the election of Godwin Obaseki as the elected governor of Edo.

This followed a judgment delivered in an appeal brought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, challenging the decision of the Appeal Court which had also upheld Mr. Obaseki’s election.

The panel of seven justices led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, however, said the Supreme Court will give reasons for dismissing Mr. Ize-Iyamu’s appeal on July 21.

Trump Defends Decision To Have Ivanka Sit In For Him At G20

U.S. President Donald Trump is defending a decision to have his daughter briefly sit in for him at a table with world leaders at an international summit.

A Russian delegate tweeted a photo of Ivanka Trump in her father's seat at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday, sparking criticism from those who felt the move was inappropriate.

But German Chancellor Angela Merkel brushed it off, saying it was perfectly normal. Trump tweeted today, "When I left Conference Room for short meetings with Japan and other countries, I asked Ivanka to hold seat. Very standard. Angela M agrees!"

Trump also tweeted, "If Chelsea Clinton were asked to hold the seat for her mother,as her mother gave our country away, the Fake News would say CHELSEA FOR PRES!"

Etisalat Pulls Out Of Nigeria

Etisalat has terminated its management agreement with its Nigerian arm and has given Etisalat Nigeria three weeks to phase out the brand in the country. The decision of the Abu Dhabi owned telecommunications networks resulted after the failure of its $1.7 billion loan talks collapsed.

Chief executive of Etisalat International, Hatem Dowidar said today that there was no need for the brand in Nigeria after the collapse of the loan talks.

7 Jul 2017

Meet The Woman Aiming To Have The World's Biggest Hips

 A 37-stone woman desperate to secure the record for having world's biggest hips has been warned she is a "ticking time bomb" and could die at any moment - but she simply doesn't care.

Married Bobbi-Jo Westley is now four inches off drawing level with the current record holder Mikel Ruffinelli - who has hips measuring 99 inches apart.

But despite being told  to shed weight ,the 42-year-old insists she "wants to be remembered for something".

She said:
"I understand that I'm putting myself at risk by trying to get the world's biggest hips.

Lekki Gardens MD, Seven Others Arraigned For Manslaughter

Lekki Gardens MD Richard Nyong and Engineer  Shola Olumofe
The five persons and three firms allegedly involved in the March 8, 2016 Lekki building collapse which killed five persons were arraigned Monday before a Lagos High Court, Igbosere.

They are Managing Director of Lekki Gardens Estate Limited Richard Nyong, Shola Olumofe, the engineer that supervised the collapsed structure Henry Taiwo Odofin, Omolabake Mortune, Omotilewa Oluwatosin Joseph and three limited liability companies: Lekki Gardens Estate Ltd, Get Too Rich Investment Limited a.k.a. GT Rich Investment Limited and HT Insight Solution Limited.

They were accused of one count of failure to obtain a building permit and five counts of involuntary manslaughter

The defendants pleaded not guilty.

Buhari Writes Condolence Letter From London Over The Death Of Maitama Sule

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a personal letter of condolence to the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje,over the death of elder statesman, Alhaji (Dr) Yusuf Maitama Sule.

According to presidential spokesman Femi Adesina ,the letter was personally signed by the President, and it reads
 “I have heard this morning, the death of the venerable Alhaji Maitama Sule, Dan Masanin Kano, and one of Nigeria’s famous sons. Although, I knew he was in poor health for some time, his death nonetheless, came as a profound shock. “As a Minister in the First Republic, he was one of those who assisted our Founding Fathers, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello and Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, to fashion Nigeria politically and lay the grounds of national co-existence. “Maitama Sule was blessed by God with a wonderful voice and outstanding eloquence. He served with distinction in the First Republic, the Second Military regime, as well as the Second Republic, without him being tainted with the remotest hint of scandal. 

NOUN Graduates Are Now Eligible For NYSC, Law School

The Senate has passed an amendment to the law establishing the National Open University, which will make graduates of the institution eligible for mobilisation by the National Youth Service Corps and to attend the Nigerian Law School.

The passage followed the adoption of a report by the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund on the ‘Bill for An Act to Amend the National Open University Act Cap N6 LFN 1983 (Amendment) Bill 2017’ by the lawmakers at the plenary on Thursday.

In the report, the Senate panel stated that the amendment to the National Open University of Nigeria Act was to bring the institution at par with the regular universities in the country.

Kcee Slams Harrysong With Court Injunction

The war between Kcee and Harrysong is far from over, despite Harrysong has apologised to him in the open. According to sources, Harrysong has been been in and out of  police station in the last 6 months answering to one accusation or the other.

And today the singer himself splashed on his IG page a court injunction served to him and former Five star manager Soso Soberekon. He posted the injunction with the caption; see paper after the cut

I have never seen where a lady is gang raped and beaten up mercilessly and at same time asked not to cry. Even though you and I know you offended me, I listened to the voice of elders and apologized to you despite all the oppression, yet my success causes you running stomach.  And to my fans out there, please brace up for impact, since they have decided to hold us down by all means, We are ready to prove them wrong by all means..., less I forget, help me ask them, what is my crime this time? #ArabankoDropsTomorrow #altersoldiers #alterlovers

Festus Keyamo Approved As SAN

The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee has awarded Mr. Festus Keyamo, the rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria. Twenty-nine others, including Chief Olusola Oke, and brother to the Acting President, Akinlolu Osinbajo, were also awarded the prestigious rank today.

This year made the ninth time Keyamo had been denied the rank. We say big congrats to him and others.

Igbo quit notice - Chardie Boy on injustice, hatred and poverty

Following the area fathers''s post on facebook...

Ha ha ha, I laugh in an Igbotic manner.
I maybe be a dreamer,  but I came this far, vigorously chasing my dreams. Like it or not, I believe in the unity of Nigeria. I believe we still need each other, I believe that there is strength in our diversity, but I also know that there is so much disunity, injustices, hatred, poverty and hopelessness all being fanned by THEM against US to keep us in perpetual Mumuisim.

My Own Mumu Don Do.

Even though our brothers in the north have presided over the Nigerian state more than any ethnic group, is the north the Dubai of Nigeria?

Why is it that over  25million children are out of school in Nigeria. Out of which 18 million are from the north whilst Kano state alone has 5million beggars. Go Google it.

6 Jul 2017

Mom Sentenced To 130 Years In Prison For Killing Her Two Kids

An Indiana woman who admitted to abducting her two children and smothering them to death was sentenced Thursday to 130 years in prison.

Amber Pasztor, 30, of Fort Wayne, received 55 years for each murder count with an additional 10-year enhancement on each charge, Fox 59 reported.

She told the Elkhart County judge she was sorry before she received the sentence.
Pasztor had pleaded guilty but mentally ill to the two murder counts in a plea agreement.  Pasztor will also undergo mental health treatment before starting her sentence.

Pasztor prompted abducted her children — Lilliana Hernandez, 7, and Rene Pasztor, 6 — from their custodial grandparents' home on Sept. 26, 2016.

Magu Will Be EFCC Chairman As Long As Buhari And I Remain In Office – Osinbajo

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has said that as long as he remains the Acting President and President Muhammadu Buhari’s mandate as president subsists, Ibrahim Magu will continue in office as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

He made the declaration in Kaduna at the commissioning of the Zonal office of the EFCC. According to Professor Osinbajo, “he will remain the EFCC chairman as long as I remain the Acting President and as well as Muhammadu Buhari remains the President”.

Student In Nigeria Develops Cure For Breast Cancer

A female student of the African University of Science and Technology, Abuja, Sandra Musujusu, has developed an alternative treatment for breast cancer. The scientific breakthrough might lead to a lasting solution in the treatment of breast cancer prevalent among women world over.

This was made known on Tuesday in Abuja when the World Bank Education Director, Dr Jaime Saavedra Chanduvi, with his team visited the University as part of his assessment tour of the 10 African Centres of Excellence (ACE) centres.

The World Bank has committed about $10 billion for the ACE project in Nigeria, as part of efforts to encourage conduct of cutting-edge research and specialisation of the beneficiaries institutions in specific development problems faced in Nigeria and indeed the African continent.

Ugandan Pastor Sued For Burning Bibles

Controversial Ugandan pastor, Aloysius Bugingo, has been dragged before a court in Kampala for allegedly burning copies of the Bible.

According to Wameli Anthony Yeboah, the lawyer representing one of the complainants who sued Pastor Bugingo said in court that the action abused objects of worship: .
"It is criminal for him to burn Bibles because it goes against the constitution which guarantees freedom of worship and he is abusing the objects of worship which include Bibles, Qurans, rosaries and any other items people may choose to use during worship.”

OPC Boss Gani Adams Reveals How Baddo Members Are Recruited

Gani Adams, the National Leader of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress, OPC, in a recent interview alleged that some highly placed personalities are involved in the notorious cult group, Badoo, that have carried out series of attacks in the Ikorodu town. He made the allegation in a recent interview.
"For about two and half years, our coordinators in Ijede have been giving us a lot of information about Badoo. We realized that some highly-placed personalities were involved.

Zambian President Declares State Of Emergency

Zambian President Edgar Lungu has invoked a state of emergency in the country after a series of apparent arson attacks, in a move likely to trigger fresh accusations of government authoritarianism.

Several fires, including one that burnt down the main market in the capital Lusaka on Tuesday, were described by Lungu as "premeditated acts which if left unchecked could have serious... consequences".

"My government has decided to invoke Article 31 (leading) to a state of public emergency," Lungu said in a nationally-televised address.

The state of emergency will be officially imposed after approval by parliament.

Pensioners Floor Okorocha In Court

National Industrial Court sitting in Owerri, has described the slashing of pensioners’ monthly stipend by Imo State Government as illegal.

The court also ruled that the form issued by Imo State Government and compelling pensioners to sign, accepting the cut and absolving government of indebtedness to the senior citizens is illegal, null, void and of no effect.

The presiding judge, Justice Anuwe, held that Imo State Government acted illegally and unconstitutionally.

The court also made an order of perpetual injunction against Imo State Government, its officials, agents and privies. Justice Anuwe then ordered the immediate payment in full of pensioners entitlements.

Bread Makers Unhappy Over High Flour Price, Threaten Strike

The Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria on Thursday decried refusal of millers to reduce price of flour in spite of reduction in the price of raw materials.

Prince Jacob Adejorin, the South-West Vice-Chairman of the association, spoke in an interview in Lagos.

Adejorin, who is also the Chairman, Lagos State Chapter of the association, said that his members met with the flour millers severally to reduce the price, but to no avail.

According to him, the appeal to the flour millers for price reduction is due to the fact that price of wheat at the international market has dropped.

Photos: Police Parade Those Using President Buhari’s Name To Defraud People

On the 30th day of June, 2017 actionable intelligence was received by a team of detectives from the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department of the Command that a group of people were selling forms to unsuspecting members of the public to be recruited as Law Enforcement Officers using the guise of employment.

Therefore, detectives were mobilized to the scene a veranda in a storey building along Atiku Abubakar Way, Uyo where 16 persons (10 males and 6 females) were arrested and the following items were recovered from them: physical cash of

One Hundred and ninety thousand eight hundred naira (N199,800.00) and two set of forms for Empowerment and Surveillance.