Tuesday, July 31, 2018


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Lagos state government denies plans to place religious leaders on salary

The Lagos State Government has debunked viral report on the social media suggesting that it was planning to commence paying salary to religious leaders in the State.

The state Commissioner for Home Affairs, Abdulateef Abdulhakeem who made the clarification while speaking on a television programme monitored in Lagos, said there was no iota of truth in the said report, and urged members of the public to disregard it in its entirety.

“The clear position is that the Lagos State Government is not intending to employ Imams and Pastors. There is no such plan and there is no willingness on our part to delve into a private realm. What exists in Lagos State is that there is a symbiotic relationship between the Lagos State Government and faith-based organizations and it is a mutually beneficial relationship which has contributed to the growth and development of the State,” Abdulhakeem said

In the said report, Abdulhakeem was quoted as saying that the State Government would soon place religious leaders on the State salary structure to encourage them to use their Pulpit and the Minbar to re-orientate citizenry to shun corruption and immorality.

Clarifying his statement, the Commissioner said: “I must have been misunderstood or misquoted. We were at a forum where we were trying to encourage religious leaders to be advocates against corruption because religious leaders have millions of adherents and they enjoy the allegiance of millions of followers and we expect them to use the Pulpit and the Minbar to advocate for good governance and selflessness so that they can influence their members positively. In Lagos State, one of the remarkable successes of the present administration is that we have cutting-edge approaches to relating with religious leaders and that is why Lagos remains the most peaceful and most religious crisis-free State in the federation inspite of our cosmopolitan nature.”

Already, the Commissioner said a structured approach had been put in place to relate with religious leaders in the State through the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) which consists of people nominated by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Muslim Community across the 57 Local Councils in the State.

According to him, “We have them at the State level; they meet regularly in the Home Affairs and instead of leaving them as dysfunctional silos, we ensure that there is an integrated approach. They meet regularly to interact on religious issues and the Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has even further decentralized that whereby over 700 of them were appointed based on their nominations and they are volunteers who are not paid anything. They come together to nip religious crisis at the bud''.

He added that the general approach of the State Government to religion was that of rule of law, good governance, constitutional democracy and more than anything, the observance and preservation of the fundamental human rights of Lagosians to freely practice their religion.

“Section 38 of the Constitution is very clear and explicit that every person is entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion including the freedom to change your religion and the freedom to either alone or in community with others practice, manifest and propagate your religion. Clearly, that is unequivocally telling you that religion is a private affair as far as the Lagos State Government is concerned,” Abdulhakeem said

Responding to a question on why the State Government was yet to implement a Court of Appeal judgment on the use of Hijab by school girls, Abdulhakeem said being a government which firmly believes in rule of law, the State Government was awaiting the pronouncement of the Supreme Court on the matter which, he said, was already before the apex court.

On taxes, the Commissioner said though religious institutions were exempted according to the State laws, but any religious body which engages in commercial activities was liable to pay tax.

“Religious institutions are not taxable under the Lagos laws but where religious institutions engage in business transactions like schools and so on, then such are liable to pay taxes but as far as the institution is concerned, it is exempted from paying tax. Also, those who convert their buildings into Mosque to avoid paying taxes, we have made it abundantly clear that you are not allowed to convert residential premises into religious centres. So, people should just respect God the way the Lagos State Government has respected God and do not come under that arena to avoid payment of taxes” he said.

Besides, the Commissioner said the State Government had already embarked on massive enlightenment and re-orientation against noise pollution by religious leaders, but any resident who is affected by such should however report either through the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) or the Ministry of Home Affairs for action.

22-year-old Italian-Nigerian athlete is the latest victim of recent spate of racially motivated attacks in Italy

Italian-Nigerian discus thrower, Daisy Osakue risks missing the European championships after being attacked overnight in Moncalieri, the province of Turin.

Osakue, who holds the Italian under-23 record for the discus and was born in Turin to Nigerian parents, was hit in the face by an egg hurled from a Fiat Doblò car at Moncalieri on Sunday.

She was taken with Turin's Oftalmico eye hospital with an injured cornea and needs surgery to remove a fragment of shell.

The incident follows a spate of racially motivated attacks in recent months in Italy that the opposition centre-left Democratic Party (PD) has linked to the tough comments and stance on migrants of Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

Carabinieri police sources, however, said race hate was not suspected in this case, adding that there has been other reports of eggs being thrown at passers-by from the Fiat Doblò in recent days.

However, Osakue said Monday she was attacked because she is black.

"They did it on purpose," Osakue said.
"They didn't want to hit me, as Daisy, they wanted to hit me as a young woman of colour. There are several prostitutes in that area and they will have mistook me for one of them.

"I have been the victim of episodes of racism before, but only verbal ones. "When you go from words to action if means another wall has been breached".

The 22-year-old said she should be OK and surgery isn't needed.

"Luckily it's only an abrasion," she said.
"With a few days rest and some drops I should be all right".

PD leader Maurizio Martina said that the government is in danger of being an accomplice to a rising wave of racism.

"Not seeing the serious risk that we are running after the multiplication of cases of violence on migrants is a huge mistake," Martina said in Naples.

"The problem is that there is a worrying racist spiral that should be acknowledged and fought. A government that does not recognise the problem becomes an accomplice in this spiral.
"We denounce the short-sightenedness of the government of (Interior Minister Matteo) Salvini and (Labour Minister Luigi) Di Maio and all those who make comments that deny the problem".

Martina made an appeal to other associations and civil-society bodies to join the PD in a big protest against the climate of race hate in September.
Salvini, meanwhile, dismissed as "nonsense" opposition assertions that Italy is in the midst of a racism emergency following a series of allegedly xenophobic attacks.

"Let's not talk nonsense," Salvini said when asked about the alarm sounded by the opposition, centre-left Democratic Party (PD) I point out that over the last three days alone the police have arrested 95 migrants while 414 others were reported to prosecutors.

"The mass immigration permitted by the Left in recent years has not helped, which is why I'm working to stop human traffickers and illegal immigrants"

He added that he condemned the attack on Osakue.

"I hope to meet her and see her compete as soon as possible," said Salvini, who is also deputy premier and leader of the rightwing League party.

"Every attack should be punished and condemned.
"I'll always be at the side of those who suffer violence".

Groom marries his beautiful bride then watches her die 18 hours later

A groom who got married to his sick bride only to watch her die 18 hours later has now spoken of his devastation.

Dave Mosher, 35, married Heather Lindsay Mosher, 31, with the knowledge that those were her final moments. He watched her smile as she lay on her sick bed and threw up her arms into the air triumphantly after they exchanged their vows. But beneath his smile was a feeling of "torture" for he knew she has only a short while to live.

18 hours later, Dave held the hands of his new wife as she breathed her last following a year-long cancer battle. Heather had been battling an aggressive type of breast cancer, known as triple negative breast cancer, for a year when she died.

Now, seven months on, Dave has bravely spoken out about his and Heather's wedding day and the devastating hours that followed.

"The wedding was torture for me," he told Mirror Online.

"Here I am - I'm in the final hours. I was a wreck throughout the service. We had to stop several times because Heather couldn't breathe. We then went back to her hospital room for the reception.

"On one side of the room we have food and cake and pictures - and on the other side of the room we have Heather who is hours away from dying.

"No-one knows how to react. We cut the cake and we had a nice moment there. For me, it was like torture, knowing what's just around the corner."

Dave was previously married to Ashley Mosher and they have two daughters, Sophia, 8, and Molly, 6. His ex-wife was present at the wedding with their kids and she took breathtaking pictures of the wedding.

Dave said that he had met with doctors before tying the knot.

"I had met with them a few hours before the wedding and asked, 'What are we looking at here?'" he said.

"They said, 'She's going to pass before the week's over'."

Dave from East Windsor, Connecticut, married Heather, who he calls his soulmate, in the hospital's chapel in Connecticut, US, on Friday, December 22 last year, as his two little girls proudly looked on. Despite wearing an oxygen mask to help her breathe, Heather smiled, laughed and shared tender embraces with loved ones throughout the day.

Dave and Heather before the tragedy

Dave's ex-wife Ashley paid tribute to Heather earlier this year.

She told Mirror Online: "Heather was adored and loved and treasured by my girls. She truly was the greatest stepmom. I honestly couldn't have hand-picked a better one."

The mum, who has since remarried and runs a photography firm went on to describe her emotional last moments with Heather as she lay in hospital.

"I held her hand, kissed her cheek, and told her that I was so very lucky, that my babies were so very lucky, for all the moments we had with her. I told her that I would keep her alive in our hearts and our memories. And I told her I loved her. She squeezed my hand and with all the energy she could muster, she said to me, 'I love you, Ash'."

After Heather's death, Dave and Ashley sat their daughters down together and told them their "bonus momma" had passed away.

"They just fell apart for a good 15 to 20 minutes," recalled Dave, who owns an insurance agency, a small farm and an investment property.

Heather's funeral was held on the same day, and at the same place, that she and Dave were supposed to have tied the knot.

Dave and Heather in happier times

(Photo Credit: Daily Mirror)

Super Eagles stars, Musa, Ndidi and Iheanacho play around during training (Photo)

Super Eagles stars, Ahmed Musa, Wilfred Ndidi and Iheanacho Kelechi who all play for Premier League club, Leicester City were pictured playing around during training today.

See full photo below.

Breaking: Senate President, Bukola Saraki dumps APC

Senate President, Bukola Saraki has officially dumped the ruling party, APC.

He announced his decision to leave the party a few minute ago via a tweet from his verified handle which reads, 'I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC)'.

He however didn't reveal which party he's headed.

VIDEO: Walexy Ft Yung6ix – Attention

VIDEO + AUDIO: Walexy Ft Yung6ix – Attention

VIDEO + AUDIO: Walexy Ft Yung6ix – Attention

Olawale Raphael Adewole is a Nigerian / Australian based Afro Pop artist who is known to his fans around the globe by his stage name Walexy.

Since his professional debut into the music scene in 2013 he has proven himself as a solid performer both internationally and locally throughout Australia. Walexy continues to raise expectations of the African music scene in Australia through his exceptional delivery of outstanding music videos, sound engineering capabilities and overall stage presence.

Walexy has previously released some incredible songs in the past 8 months such as Omotola Pro by Young John (the wicked producer), ILEKE ft Skale’s which is still trending at the moment, The Want See me ,Far Away Pro by Mollessbeatz ,personal Baby.And here again is a new brand new single from Walexy featuring Afrobeat and Hip pop sensation Yung6ix and this one titled is “ATTENTION ” and my people trust me both the audio and video is a banger.And please SUBSCRIBE to Walexy YouTube channel @ WALEXY , WalexyVEVO and also you can link with Walexy on twitter and IG @iamwalexyo . Walexy seems very hard working and so let us lift him up by supporting him and the movement

VIDEO: Victoria Kimani – Boom

Off her recently released extended play – “Afropolitan”Victoria Kimani dishes out the visuals to “Boom” which serves as the third single off the EP.

VIDEO: Le Magicien – Hype Up ft. Mr. Cay

VIDEO: Le Magicien – Hype Up ft. Mr. Cay

Brand new video from fast rising American based Ivory coast artiste, Le Magicien Feat American based Nigerian singer and artiste, Mister Cay. The song blends the 2 cultures of the french speaking Ivory coast and Nigeria perfectly.

The song was produced by music mystro Chordratic Beats and was Directed by American based director, DidizLenz. Expect more from the Ivory coast super star, Le magicien in the coming months..Enjoy.

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VIDEO: DJ Neptune – Tear Rubber ft. Mayorkun

While “wait’ featuring kizz Daniel is still garnering the most favorable public reach and airplays across different shores of the continent, International DJ Neptune follows up with the third video release from the Greatness Album, “TEAR RUBBER” featuring rave of the moment, Mayorkun.
There are more than a few highlights on this video, depicting the supersonic afro-pop singer Mayorkun convincing us with the help of DJ Neptune that his baby “na tear rubber” with a funky tone and appealing picture clarity. You’d almost be physically present, if you ever love cameo appearance for music videos. Tear Rubber is currently enjoying massive airplay both on terrestrial and international radio networks, and the video was shot in Lagos, Nigeria by popular video director – Adasa cookey for square ball films.

Director of Finance at Ise/Orun LG in Ekiti State commits suicide by jumping into the well at his residence

Michael Kayode Bamisaye, the Director of Finance, Ise/Orun Local Government in Ekiti State has allegedly committed suicide by jumping into the well at his residence in Ado-Ekiti.

According to reports, the victim who had reportedly drunk water mixed with cement, jumped into the well in his compound behind Tinuola Maximum School, off Afao Road in Ado-Ekiti. Though the cause of the suicide could not be immediately established, reports, however, said he had earlier attempted to kill himself before jumping into the well.

A source said: “the deceased woke up at about 4.00 am to assist his wife to do some house chores and even called some council workers he used to convey to Ise everyday to be ready to join him to their station. All of a sudden, he disappeared and went outside with the wife looking for him. Later she discovered that the well was opened and they saw the body floating. “

The wife and other people who joined her searching later saw the cement he had mixed with water which he might have taken before taking the plunge into the well. The men of the State Fire Service have come to remove the corpse which has since been deposited at the mortuary.”

EFCC accuses Benue governor, Samuel Ortom, of N22bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has linked Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State to an alleged fraud to the tune of N22bn. Punch reports that the allegations are contained in a report of an investigation which began in 2016 but was made available yesterday July 30th.

According to the report, between June 30th 2015 and March 2018, Governor Ortom ordered the withdrawal of N21.3bn from four government accounts in Guaranty Trust Bank, First Bank of Nigeria and the United Bank for Africa. On paper, about N19bn out of the money was said to be meant for the payment of six security agencies that had been deployed in the state to address the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers. However, the EFCC stated that less than N3bn of the money was paid to the security agencies while the remainder could not be accounted for.

“We investigated four bank accounts belonging to two Benue State Government’s agencies. The first agency is the Benue State Government House which has an account in UBA with number 1017348051 and another account in GTB with number 0027952907. These accounts received N1, 916, 635, 206 from the state’s allocation between June 30, 2015 and March 2018.

“The second government agency is the Bureau of Internal Affairs and Special Services. The agency has an account with UBA with number 1007540119 and a First Bank account with number 2023788057. Between the same period, the accounts were credited with N19, 468, 951, 590 from the Benue State allocation.” the report read

One Oliver Ntom, according to the report, withdrew over N19bn from the account of the Bureau of Internal Affairs and Special Services based on the instructions of the Permanent Secretary, Boniface Nyaakor and the funds which was allegedly withdrawn under the pretext of security votes, was said to have been diverted while the memos written in respect of the withdrawal were destroyed.

“Investigations revealed that N19bn was withdrawn by one Oliver Ntom, a cashier. Sometimes, in a day, he would withdraw as high as N500m by cashing several cheques worth N10m each. The permanent secretary upon interrogation said anytime security agencies requested funds, he would approach Governor Ortom who would ask him to write a memo to that effect. The permanent secretary would write and the governor would approve the money. The permanent secretary said the funds are usually given to six security agencies. He said the highest that any security agency gets is N10m a month while the least any of the agencies gets is N5m a month. He said after the money has been released, the governor usually orders that the memo be torn to pieces. It is important to note that if a total of N60m is given to all the security agencies collectively every month as claimed by the permanent secretary, it cannot amount to half of N19bn in three years.” he said

The anti-graft agency said the funds being spent were not in the budget of the Benue State Government. It further accused the governor of failing to pay salaries despite withdrawing N1.328bn from the Joint State Local Government Account in Fidelity Bank with number 5030058730.

“Investigations revealed that one John Bako, a member of one of the security outfits in Benue, withdrew N28m while one Andooi Festus, believed to be a cashier from the Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs withdrew N1.3bn. They have been invited.”

Meanwhile, the EFCC has invited 21 out of the 30 lawmakers in the Benue State House of Assembly for allegedly diverting part of the N375m meant for the procurement of vehicles in 2016. The agency said the Benue State Government had in 2016 awarded a contract worth N417m (N375m after tax) to Mia-Three Nigeria Limited to procure 30 Prado TXL vehicles for the lawmakers. However, only eight members received the vehicles while the others diverted the funds.

“About 21 of the lawmakers are under probe. However, 25 of the lawmakers have returned all the money they received which adds up to N245m. Four others have failed to return the remaining sum of N31m.” the report reads

The Benue state governor who recently defected from APC to PDP, is yet to react to this recent development.

Nigerian man who joined the aviation industry as a cleaner becomes a captain

Mohammed Abubakar(center) who joined Air Azman as a cleaner 24 years ago, is keeping his dream of becoming an aviation expert alive as he was recently decorated as a captain. A tweet from the airline's official handle, reads

''He Joined the Aviation industry 24years ago as Aircraft Cleaner. Today He is getting the Fourth Bar to becoming a CAPTAIN. Congratulations Mohammed Abubakar from all of us @AirAzman''.

Quite inspiring!

Statistician General of Nigeria, Yemi Kale and Reno Omokri call each other out on twitter

Reno Omokri and the Statistician General of Nigeria,Yemi Kale, had a field day yesterday on twitter calling each other out.

Trouble started when Reno shared a tweet saying the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics NBS, has released a new report stating that in the last 21 months under review, an additional 7.9 million Nigerians became unemployed under Buhari-led administration.

Yemi immediatley reacted, stating that the report is fake and that the agency which he supervises, didn't release such a report. Reno did not take his correction lightly and the exchange was quite interesting. Read below...

Hundreds of African migrants celebrate as they enter Spain after forcing their way through the Border (photos)

Nearly 600 migrants stormed border fence and attack security forces to make it into Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco.

Spanish authorities said officers were assaulted with quicklime when migrants charged border fences separating Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco last Thursday.

A spokesman for the Guardia Civil police force in Ceuta said the migrants managed to climb over the double barrier, which is covered in small blades.

They scrambled over 'all of a sudden, with much violence,' and some attacked police with quicklime they had in tubes and bottles. As a result, 'more than a dozen police' were injured with the substance, four of whom had to go to hospital for burns to their faces and arms.

According to the Spanish Red Cross, they called to check on 592 people after the massive charge, and they found out that 132 migrants had been injured as they scaled the high, barbed-wire fences.

In the videos below, the migrants were seen jubilating and dancing after they made it into Spain from Morocco.
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