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Police nab couple trying to buy baby for N15,000

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The police have arrested four persons for paying N13,000 to buy a five-month-old baby boy.



Appearing before a magistrate’s court in Kano on Friday, the suspects pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate Aminu Fagge, who presided over the case, granted the four suspects bail.

Fagge imposed N300,000 bail condition on each of the four suspects.

Among the suspects were Itohan Pius, 32, of ECWA Eye Hospital Kano; a couple from Rivers State, Sandra Bob-Manuel, 39;Charles Bob-Manuel, 42; and one Charles Akindoji, 30, from Kaduna State.

The suspects are standing trial on a two counts of “criminal conspiracy and buying or selling minor for immoral purpose, which contravene the provisions of sections 97 and 278 of the penal code.”

The police prosecutor, Yusuf Sale, told the court that the suspects committed the offence on October 10, in Sabon Gari Quarters, Kano.

According to Sale, the accused approached one Fatima Ahmad, mother of the baby, to buy the child.

“The suspects paid N13,000 out of the negot…

1,272 fail Law School exams

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The Nigerian Law School has said that 1, 272 of its students representing 21.6 per cent of those who participated in the final bar examinations conducted in August, failed.



The institution also said 29 students were graded first class.

This is contained in the executive summary of the results of the Council of Legal Education which runs the NLS.

The document signed by the Director-General of the NLS, Mr. Olanrewaju Onadeko (SAN), and released to journalists in Abuja on Saturday stated that 5,891 students participated in the examinations

Kaduna Govt declares ASUU strike unlawful

Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Friday declared as unlawful the strike embarked on by the Kaduna State University (KASU) branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). 



According to a statement by the Governor’s Spokesman, Mr Samuel Aruwan, the KASU branch of ASUU confirmed that the branch had joined the nation-wide strike as full members of the national union.

He said that there was no trade dispute between the state government and ASUU. “This is unacceptable to the state government. It is an anomaly that employees can be on strike without declaring a dispute with their employer. “It bears restating that Nigeria is a federation of states and no trade union can alter this federal reality by imposing on an employer – a state government – the terms that federal employees have agreed with the Federal Government.

“The Kaduna State Government is neither affected nor bound by any dispute, disagreement or agreement ASUU may have with the Federal Government. “As a sub-national…

Five Nigerian pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia.

Five Nigerian pilgrims to this year’s hajj in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, have died. The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Abdullahi Mohammed, announced the passage of four the pilgrims in Tuesday in Makkah, Islam’s holiest city.
Mr. Mohammed, who spoke at the 2017 pre-Arafat meeting with Hajj stakeholders, however declined to disclosed the identities of the late pilgrims as well as the circumstances that led to their death.
He said such information could only be disclosed after their families had been appropriately informed.
The Nahcon chair pleaded with the media to withhold the details so as not to further devastate the families of the affected pilgrims.
Shortly after the chairman spoke, an official on the medical team of Nahcon announced the passage of another pilgrim from Kwara.
A total 81,200 Nigerian pilgrims are performing this year’s hajj, all of whom have converged on Makkah after some of them visited and prayed at the Prophet Mohammed’s mosque in Madi…

Nair rebounds against dollar

The Naira on Tuesday, appreciated against the dollar at the parallel market.



The Nigerian currency gained N2 to exchange at N365 to the dollar, stronger than N367 posted on Monday while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N475 and N433.

Trading at the Bureau De change (BDC) window saw the Naira closing at N362 to the dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro traded at N473 and N433, respectively.

At the investors’ window, the Naira was sold at N359.67 to the dollar, while it exchanged at N305.8 to the dollar at the interbank market.

Traders said patronage was low at the parallel market.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports BDCs got the weekly foreign exchange auction from the CBN.

Lil Kesh Joins New Music Label

Nigerian musician, Keshinro Ololade better referred by his moniker, Lil Kesh has joined a new music label company called Massive Management.
Recall,  Lil Kesh set up his own particular record name YAGI following an effective two years spell at Olamide’s YBNL. Despite the fact that the artist was viewed as a youthful music CEO, YBNL still pulled a considerable measure of strings for the rapper. He was still especially oversaw by the YBNL hardware. Presently the rapper has gotten himself another administration outfit to cultivate his vocation on the most beneficial way.

US Lawmakers Meet Osinbajo, Saraki, Dogara Over North-East Crisis

risis As the humanitarian crisis thrown up by eight years of Boko Haram war lingers, a congressional delegation from the United States of America, USA, is meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and other senior federal government officials on the way forward.


Among the issues of particular interest to the U.S. officials will be the fight against Boko Haram and the humanitarian situation in the North-East.

The visit of the eight-member congressional delegation, led by Senator Christopher Coons, (Democrat, Delaware), a member of the Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics Committees, will last from yesterday till August 31.

A statement from the United States Embassy yesterday, indicated that other members of the delegation include Senator Gary Peters (Michigan); Senator Michael Bennet (Colorado); Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (Delaware); Representative Terri Sewell (A…

My governorship ambition not a joke – Kcee

Singer Kingsley ‘Kcee’ Okonkwo says his bid to contest the Anambra governorship election holding in November is not a joke. The singer had last week announced his intention to run after sharing a campaign banner, whose slogan read: “Peace and enjoyment for all.” Following his announcement, several celebrities have towed the same path, making many question the seriousness of any of them. But Kcee insists that he’s keen to run. “My campaign manager said I should not speak much about it and that’s what I’m gonna stand on. I’m gonna be making official statement about it but trust me it’s not a joke,” he told HIP TV. “I think the youth has to speak up and that’s what I’m saying right now. “And I think you have what it takes to do it and I have what it takes so if you believe in yourself, make it rain.” The singer has said he will use the proceeds from his forthcoming album to fund his campaign. Explaining his decision to venture into politics, Kcee said he’s interested in making an impact on the l…

I Planned My Kidnap To Raise Funds For My Parents’ Funeral - Pastor’s Wife

It was gathered that Mrs. Ndu was first rescued in Awo Omamma in Imo state last Monday, August 24 by men of the anti-kidnapping squad from the state Police Command in Ikot Akpan-Abia and arrested the same day after an investigation showed that she actually planned her kidnapping to get some money from her church members.It was learned that they had placed N3m ransom for her (Victoria) release.Victoria was said to have told her husband on August 16, 2017 that she was going to the market whereas she travelled to Imo state where she made calls alerting her husband of her kidnap.Also arrested for alleged conspiracy to the crime was her younger brother, Victor Okon Akang an artisan, who resides in Awo Omamma, Imo State.It was gathered that Victoria’s brother, Okon Akang had run to the village from Imo State crying over his sister’s alleged kidnap when the sister was actually hiding in his house in Imo state.The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chukwu Ikechukwu told newsmen yesterday at…

Our economy getting Better-Buhari

Our economy  getting Better-Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the nation's economy is getting better.
He declared this at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday after receiving briefings from the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma; the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement, said the briefings lasted over two hours.
He said the ministers and CBN governor updated the president on the improving state of the economy, implementation of the 2017 budget, preparation for the 2018 budget, revenue strategies, combined cost reduction and debt management.
Adesina said "a delighted president declared that he was pleased with the progress being made on different fronts."
The presidential spokesman said monetary policy strategies and their economic impact, among others, wer…

BREAKING: Liverpool agree club record deal for Leipzig midfielder, Naby Keita

BREAKING: Liverpool agree club record deal for Leipzig midfielder, Naby Keita Liverpool have agreed a club record deal to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, with the player officially joining in July 2018.


The Reds have agreed to pay the £48m release clause that will allow him to move next summer, plus an undisclosed premium.

The 22-year-old had been one of Jurgen Klopp's primary targets this summer, but Leipzig had refused to sell.

The deal will surpass the £35m paid to Newcastle for Andy Carroll in 2011.

The German side finished second behind champions Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga last season, allowing them to qualify for the Champions League group stage.

Liverpool had already had two offers for the Guinea international rejected this summer - the second understood to be around £70m - but now a compromise deal has been reached where Leipzig keep their prize asset this season and manager Klopp gets the player next summer.

So far this summer, Liverpool have signed winger Mohamed …

Women who wear high-heel shoes will miss heaven – Evangelist Gideon Akande

Women who wear high-heel shoes will miss heaven – Evangelist Gideon Akande Evangelist Gideon Akande of the Revelation of Truth Evangelical Ministries has stated that women who wear high-heel shoes are not Godly and should not be counted as Christians.
The evangelist spoke against Christian ladies wearing high heels on a post he shared on Facebook.
He said that celebrities with the highest heel shoes suffer the most in the hands of their husbands.
According to him, “A Christian woman who like wearing high heel shoes is married to the world; she may be in the church, but her soul is in the world. You will NEVER see a godly, chaste and modest Christian lady wearing high heel shoe.
“Too many oppositions to the post that says high heel shoes are ungodly, can’t you understand? Can’t you realize soon that high heel shoes, make-ups and downs are not the solution to happy and peaceful life?
“With your high heel shoes Satan is still messing you up, and with all those beauty care you still have d…

Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem now new VC of Unilorin

Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem now new VC of Unilorin The management of the University of Ilorin has appointed Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem of the Department of Chemical Engineering as its 10th vice-chancellor.


The university’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. Abdullahi Oyekan, announced the appointment on Monday at a press briefing.

Oyekan said the institution reached the decision after a meeting of the council in accordance with the provisions of the Universities Amendment Act.

According to him, the appointment will take effect from October 16, while the tenure of the outgoing vice chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, will end on October 15.

The pro-chancellor recalled that interested applicants were earlier given six weeks to submit applications, adding that the deadline for this was May 26.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Abdulkareem, a former vice-chancellor of the faith-based Alhikmah University in Ilorin, was born in 1954 at Oro, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara …

The Federal Government has declared Friday, 1st and Monday 4th September, 2017 as public holidays to mark Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

The Federal Government has declared Friday, 1st and Monday 4th September, 2017 as public holidays to mark Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
This was confirmed by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, who made the declaration on behalf of the FG in a statement on Monday.
He congratulated Muslim faithful and all Nigerians, urging them to use the occasion to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of Nigeria.
Dambazau also urged citizens to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, in its avowed determination to build a peaceful and harmonious country, “where the rights of every citizen are protected and guaranteed, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The Minister assured Nigerians of security and safety in all parts of the country, emphasizing that security agencies have been directed to maintain peace and protect lives and property.
He condemned in strong terms the prevalence of hate speeches in the country and warned…

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to join Chelsea

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to join Chelsea
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the brink of joining Premier League champions Chelsea.



Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, will be out of contract next summer and has refused to sign a new deal at Emirates Stadium.

The England international has started every game for the Gunners so far this season, including Sunday's 4-0 defeat at Liverpool, when he was substituted.

Chelsea have declined to comment but it is understood they have agreed a transfer fee with their London rivals.

Liverpool have also shown an interest, but the former Southampton player is set to move to Stamford Bridge.

Oxlade-Chamberlain would be Chelsea's fifth major signing of the summer following the arrivals of striker Alvaro Morata, goalkeeper Willy Caballero, defender Antonio Rudiger and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had made it clear he wanted to add further to his squad before the transfer window closes on Thursday.

Oxlade…

Nollywood actor, Obi Madubogwu is dead

Nollywood actor, Obi Madubogwu is dead
Nollywood actor, Obi Madubogwu is dead.



He died Monday afternoon after battling with ‘acute diabetics foot ulcers’.

Obi Madubogwu became popular for his role in the blockbuster ‘Battle of Musanga’ were he played the lead role.

Some months ago, the actor expressed his heartfelt thanks to Nigerians who helped him out financially, physically and spiritually.


He also urged them not to give up on him and but to assist him complete the final stage of his treatment which entailed flying out to a US hospital.

Ousmane Dembele unveiled in front of 18,000 fans at Camp Nou

French wonderkid Ousmane Dembele’s presentation as Barcelona’s newest star was overshadowed by the tense atmosphere surrounding the Catalan club as fans jeered and called for president Josep Maria Bartomeu to resign.
The 20-year-old became the second most expensive player ever after completing a 105 million euro ($125 million) deal that could rise to 147 million with add-ons from Borussia Dortmund on Friday.
However, Barca’s planned programme for a blockbuster presentation was delayed for nearly two hours due to a paperwork issue in releasing his registration from Dortmund.
The patience of 18,000 fans at the Camp Nou was tested with whistles during the delay and chants of “Bartomeu resign”.
Barca’s board has been under huge pressure due to the club’s fading fortunes on the field and the loss of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record 222 million euros earlier this month.
The attendance was also well down on the 50,000 fans that welcomed Neymar on his presentation four years ago.
Fo…

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Monday that his wife, Priscilla Chan, has given birth to their second child, a baby girl named August

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Monday that his wife, Priscilla Chan, has given birth to their second child, a baby girl named August.
Mark Zuckerberg ​expressed his happiness on his Facebook page.​ ​”​Priscilla and I are so happy to welcome our daughter August!​”, he said adding that
“​We wrote her a letter about the world we hope she grows up in, and also hoping she doesn’t grow up too fast.​”​ ​
Dear August, Welcome to the world! Your mom and I are so excited to see who you will become. When your sister was born, we wrote a letter about the world we hoped she and now you will grow up in — a world with better education, fewer diseases, stronger communities, and greater equality.
We wrote that with all the advances in science and technology, your generation should live dramatically better lives than ours, and we have a responsibility to do our part to make that happen. 
Even though headlines often focus on what’s wrong, we still believe these positive trends will…

Actor, Chidi Mokeme writes open letter to President

Nollywood actor and reality show host, Chidi Mokeme, has reacted to the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Monday’s nationwide address on the unity of Nigeria.


The 45-year-old thespian said in a letter he addressed to the President that he was mostly worried about the dictatorial tone with which the address was delivered to Nigerians.
He also faulted President Buhari’s comment that Nigeria’s unity was not negotiable, saying that under the present realities Nigerians must discuss how they want to live.
Mokeme’s letter to Buhari reads, “MR PRESIDENT YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT THE UNITY OF NIGERIA BUT……. My major concern about Mr President’s speech is the dictatorial tone applied, negating your fatherly factor and the concerns of dissenting voices in a democracy, especially as it relates to the restructuring of Nigeria.
“These dissenting voices in my estimation does not include IPOB. Mr President I agree with you that it is good to keep Nigeria united. But to say that the type of unity we currently …