Monday, 30 November 2015

INEC receives APC's Yahaya Bello as Audu's replacement

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has confirmed receiving a replacement of Audu Abubakar from the All Progressives Congress for Kogi gubernatorial elections.
The party forwarded the name of the first runner-up of its governorship primaries in the state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to INEC as replacement for its late candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu.
Bello will now run against the incumbent Governor Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party‎ PDP in Saturday's supplementary poll.
Deputy Director, Publicity of INEC, Nick Dazang, who confirmed the development last night in Abuja yesterday however, also said the commission was fully ready for the exercise.
"They have sent the name of their replacement candidate, the second runner-up in their primaries, that is Yahaya Bello, to the commission.
"The commission is committed to conduct the two elections,that is why in respect of kogi, in spite of what happened, we came out with public notice which invites the APC to submit its replacement candidate for the election", he said.
Dazang said that as part of the commission’s preparations for the Bayelsa poll, INEC would be holding stakeholders’ forum in the state today (Tuesday), adding that INEC had concluded the distribution of non-sensitive materials for the Bayelsa poll.

According to him,"after the stakeholders’ forum, the commission will immediately on Wednesday commence the distribution of sensitive materials in the state. We are inviting the representatives of political parties, their agents, observers, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the media among others, to witness the distribution of sensitive materials"

Angolan businessman Álvaro Sobrinho cleared of financial misconduct

LISBON, Portugal, November 30, 2015/ -The Court of Appeal of Lisbon has this week cleared the prominent Angolan businessman Dr  Álvaro Sobrinho of all allegations of financial misconduct, as had been reported by Correio da Manhã earlier this year. This is the latest in a series of allegations brought against the businessman to be thrown out of court following lack of evidence, following similar instances in 2014 and 2010.

Yahaya Bello relaces late Audu Abubakar for Kogi guber

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Alh. Yahaya Bello  has emerged as the replacement for the late Prince Abubakar Audu in the Kogi gubernatorial election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC. 
 Yahaya Bello was runner-up in the APC governorship primaries.
At the presentation of  Bello by the   National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress at the National Headquarters of the party in Abuja,, the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun urged party leaders and stakeholders to accept the decision of the party leadership and ensure the party become victorious in  the s supplementary poll.

They’re mutilating little girls’ breasts in Cameroon to ‘protect them’ from Boko Haram

IKOM, Nigeria — When Grace Tchami started showing signs of puberty at age nine, her
mother, hoping to protect her, began to torture her. At about seven o’clock every morning,
her mother would take one of the heavy stone pestles used for grinding food and heat it burning 
hot over a charcoal fire, then press it on Grace’s breasts, attempting to flatten them.
In a small, bamboo-roofed kitchen behind the house, Grace remembers, Mama performed this
 procedure day after day for three months. Grace’s older brother would hold her legs so she 
couldn’t run away. And then, still reeling from the ordeal, Grace would be sent along to
 elementary school.

Nigerian Air Force releases promotion of senior officers

The Nigerian Air Force has released the promotion of its senior officers to the next higher ranks. The newly promoted officers include 14 Air Vice Marshals, 26 Air Commodores, 22 Group Captains and 91 Wing Commanders. 

Those promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal are the:

World AIDS Day: Reducing HIV & AIDS, maternal and child mortalities

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 As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to commemorate this year’s World AIDS Day, it is important for the country to plan adequately and be committed to fulfilling related promises and goals that will ensure improved health care for proper wellbeing of  all Nigerians, particularly women and children.  

30 Boko Haram insurgents killed as group attacks Madagali

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At least about 30 Boko Haram insurgents were killed last weekend  as the Nigerian army repelled attack on Gulak town in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State. The army lost one soldier in the fight that lasted for hours.‎
A soldier was reportedly killed in an ambush on a military check point.

Okorocha urges FG, states to invest in sports

Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha has called on both the federal and state governments to invest heavily in sports because of the wonderful contributions of sporting activities to the unity of the country, adding that sporting activities have always brought Nigerians from all tribes together as a people and thereby rekindling the consciousness of the nation’s unity in Nigerians.
Okorocha said this when the organizers of the Federation of Public Service Games paid courtesy call on him at the Government House, to inform him that the 2015 edition of the Public Service Games had taken off in the state.

2 cops die in motor accident on their way from traditional marriage

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It was a tragic Saturday last weekend when two policemen  from Fegge Police Division Onitsha, Inspector Mary Ilaya and Sergeant Lucky Ofulue lost their lives in a fatal motor accident along Okpanam area of Asaba- Benin Expressway. Over five others sustained serious injuries.
The cops were  returning from the traditional wedding of one of their own where they went went to show solidarity  before the accident occurred.

APC procession in PH, illegal, treasonable, inciting –PDP

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The chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Rivers State chapter, Bro Felix Obuah, has expressed disappointment and concern over the continued show of disrespect for the law and breach of public peace by members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, led by Dakuku Peterside, Magnus Abe, Andrew Uchendu and other leaders of the party in the State.

No safe haven for human rights violators in the Nigerian Army-Gen Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur  Yusuf Buratai, has stated that the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) is established by the Consitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and therefore guided by laws in all its affairs. 

Boko Haram hits shiite procession

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 Boko Haram suicide bomber detonated himself in the middle of a procession of hundreds of Shiite Muslims during the annual Arbaeen procession from Nigeria's second-largest city, Kano, to the ancient Islamic city of Zaria, said Aliyu Yusuf Kakaki, a spokesman for the Shiite community in Kano.
Shiites leader in Kano, Sheikh Muhammadu Mahmud Turi, told reporters that 21 members of the sect lost their lives in the blast
Another suicide bomber was detained before he could blow himself up and was being interrogated, Kakaki added.

Kano Police commissioner, Muhammadu Katsina confirmed there had been a suicide bombing and said he had visited the scene but could not give a death toll.

HIV-positive doctor says his dog saved his life

 Rob Garofalo built his medical and research career on helping young AIDS patients. Then he learned that he, too, was HIV-positive just after surviving kidney cancer and a breakup with his longtime partner.
But the doctor could not heal himself, at least not emotionally.
"I couldn't afford myself the same compassion that I'd spent a career teaching other people to have," says Garofalo, who heads the adolescent medicine division at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. At first, he told almost no one about his HIV status — not even his own elderly mother, who sensed that her son was struggling mightily during a Christmas visit in 2010.

BONANG MATHEBA from South Africa and DAREY from Nigeria to host The Future Awards Africa 2015 this Sunday

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The Central Working Committee for The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) 2015  has announced the hosts of the ‎10th anniversary! They are Bonang  Matheba,‎ South Africa’s favourite media personality, Bonang Methaba and 
award-winning artiste and music entrepreneur Dare Art-Alade.

The hosts represent the best of young Africans from across the  continent, and will be presenting the 10th year celebrations of TFAA in  grand style. Darey returns as a host after first hosting in 2009.

“I am excited to be coming to Nigeria for The Future Awards Africa,"  said Matheba, who is also the first international brand ambassador for  Revlon. "This is an exceptional platform telling Africa's story in a 
unique, impactful way. Young Africans see these nominees and winners and have been inspired over the 
past 10 years to to act right, to get involved and to live their dreams  to the fullest."

Darey just released his 4th studio album #Naked, highlighting a career  at the top of songwriting, performing, running a music label and hosting  West Africa's most prestigious events.

“The Future Awards Africa is Africa’s biggest youth event because  consistently for 10 years they have celebrated efforts of youths across the continent,"  Darey said.
"It's an honour to be a part of this landmark celebrations, and I am  excited to be back on the TFAA stage!"
The Future Awards Africa 2015 - celebrating 10 years! - is presented by  RED and UBA.

The award is held in partnership with the British High Commission, the  Ford Foundation, Microsoft, the US Consulate, the Canadian High Commission,  Sterling Bank and The Tony Elumelu Foundation.
The Future Awards Africa (official hashtag: #TFAA10) will hold on 6  December in Lagos, Nigeria at the Intercontinental Hotel. The event is  strictly by invitation.
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