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Thursday, 21 June 2018

BREAKING: DSS Arrests 2 ISIS Commanders In Abuja

The Department of State Services (DSS) said it had arrested two Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) commanders in Kukuntu village, Gwgwalada, Abuja.

The suspects are: Bashiru Adams and Rufai Sajo.

A statement issued by an operative of the service, Mr Tony Opuiyo, on Thursday in Abuja, said the suspects were arrested on May 5, after special operations on identified targets.

He said that in a related operation on April 28, the service also arrested one Umar Dogo, a suspected member of ISWA at Muda Lawal market in Bauchi.

Opuiyo said the suspects were discovered to have concluded plans to perpetuate the ideals of the group in the area, and in collaboration with Boko Haram, carry out heinous violent attacks on innocent persons.

The operative also said that following intelligence reports, two experts in Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Adamu Hassan, aka Bale and Abubakr Abubakar aka Alhaji or Buba, were arrested.

He said that two other members of Boko Haram, Mohammed Saleh, aka Azrak and Iliyasu Abubakar, aka Ruwa, were also arrested on April 12 and 19 at at Gassol and Ardo Local Government Areas of Taraba.

Opuiyo said in furtherance of the service`s operation, two members of the dreaded Basalube kidnap group, Usman, aka Siddi and Ibrahim Muhammed, aka Ganaja, were arrested on June 17 at Karu village in Abuja.

He said that during one of the operations, one of the group`s notorious members, Tambaya Umar was arrested on April 24 at Odigie village, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo.

Opuiyo said that Umar was arrested alongside Ibrahim Ali, Abubakar Mohammed, Aliyu Manu and Umar Mohammed for their complicity in the group’s numerous criminal acts.

He said that on March 27 the service also arrested five members of a kidnap syndicate at Calabar.

The suspects are: Simeon Paul, Emmanuel Etim, Eric Out, Famous Oleke and Felix Eshet.

He said that items recovered from them include: one AK-47 Rifle, three empty AK-47 Magazines, 38 rounds of live ammunition, two live rounds of 9mm ammunition, one Mossberg pump action rifle and 15 live cartridges of ammunition.

Opuiyo added that between May 9 and 29, several associates of the dreaded kidnapper, Terwase Akwasa, aka, Ghana were also arrested at various locations in Benue.

He said that the during the operation, three suspects, Ada James, Tikaa Desmond and Joseph Ikpa were arrested with a Toyota Venza Sport Utility Vehicle.

He said that in another operation in Katibu village, Lau local government area of Taraba, a joint team of the service, military and police encountered 100 armed herdsmen, adding that “during the confrontation, 10 herdsmen were killed and several others escaped with bullet wounds.”

He said that items recovered from them include: two AK-47 Rifles, one G3 rifle, three Dane guns, two cutlasses, and four motorcycles.

The operative said that the service also arrested suspects in connection with kidnapping and cultism across Nasarawa, Edo, Delta, Osun, Lagos, Kogi and Ondo states.

Opuiyo said that with the arrests, calm would return to the otherwise volatile areas where the criminals had held sway.

“The Service is therefore poised to consolidate on these successes and bring about an atmosphere in which law abiding citizens will pursue their legitimate businesses,“he said.

He called on members of the public who have useful security information not to hesitate to volunteer same to the appropriate security agencies and formations.

Raheem Lawal Gifts His Mother A House (Photos)

Nigerian international footballer who plays professionally for Turkish club Osmanlıspor, as a midfielder, Raheem Lawal, just built a beautiful house for his mother.

He shared the photo of the property on his Instagram page this morning.

Great Gorilla M'baku Of Black Panther Rocks The Super Eagle's Tracksuit.

Winston Duke, known for his role of M’Baku in ‘Black Panther’, rocked the new Nigerian football kit to the red carpet of the MTV Movie & TV Awards


Why Enugu Airport Project Will Be Delayed – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari stated on Wednesday that the terminal of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu will be delayed.

He said this was as a result of the reduction in the cost of the repair by 75 percent.

The President disclosed this on his official Twitter handle, following the signing of the 2018 budget in Abuja.

He tweeted, “The provision for construction of the terminal building at the Enugu airport was cut from N2bn to N500m, which will further delay the completion of this critical project.”

The Federal Government had a few years ago, decided to give the Enugu airport a facelift, with modern facilities to attract more flights, following its upgrade to an international airport.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, had said during a recent facility tour of the airport that when modernised, it would attract multi-billion naira investments in Enugu State.

However, since the project commenced, no definite completion date has been set for the terminal’s completion.

I never promised to give out Benue land for ranching – Ortom

The Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has denied the report that he had agreed to cede a portion of land to the Nigerian government for ranching.

Ortom said he did not at any point during his speech at the media and communications briefing on the National Livestock Transformation Plan which took place in Abuja yesterday state that he would cede any land to the federal government.

Terver Akase, Ortom’s Chief Press Secretary in statement on Wednesday said there was nowhere in the speech that Governor Ortom said Benue would give land for grazing reserves, the proposed FG ranches, cattle colonies or any of the related patterns of animal husbandry contrary to the provisions of the state’s Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law.

He maintained that the state had no landmass for cattle routes and open grazing as the available land mass is used for crop cultivation to maintain the food basket status.

He reiterated that laws were made out of desperation to stop the killings, adding that the killings started since 2011.

Commenting on the ECOWAS treaty, the Governor said, “The ECOWAS protocol has not been observed by any of the ECOWAS countries and basic documents and checks are not done on the herdsmen.

“The challenge for us in Benue state is that we have no land. As the food basket of the nation, we have no land. My state is not an industrial state; my state is a civil service state supported economically by the farmers. When I came in as governor, I encouraged even the civil servants to go back to farm. Whatever you are doing, your second office is farming and that is the only thing we are doing.

“The land is no longer there. What existed in the 60s when cattle rearers come around with sticks not guns was that we related very well. There was no problem; there was no fighting.”

Crowd Welcomed Buhari To Azare In Bauchi As He Visits Over Disaster

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Bauchi on a condolence visit to the state.

The aircraft conveying the President touched down at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi at about 9:30 am on Thursday.

President Buhari was welcomed to the state by Governor Muhammed Abubakar and the Speaker of Bauchi State House of Assembly, Kawuwa Damina.
He was also received by the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Mustapha Maihaja, as well as the Secretary to the Bauchi State Government, Mr Mohammed Nadada, among other top government officials.


Osinbajo Returns To Ekiti, Apologises To Monarchs For Not Paying Homage

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday begged Ekiti traditional rulers for not visiting them before he attended All Progressives Congress (APC) rally for governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

Protocol demands that top government functionaries including the President, Vice President, Governors, Ministers and diplomats pay homage to the paramount ruler of federating states whenever they visit.

But Osinbajo skipped this on Tuesday, a development that attracted condemnation from the indigenes of the state and even the monarchs.

“The monarchs didn’t find it funny. That the VP came into town went straight to the APC rally without greeting them as protocol dictates was – to them – an insult”, a source close to the council of traditional rulers told the Press.

Apparently to correct the error, Osinbajo who left for Abuja after the campaign gathering on Tuesday, went back to Ekiti on Wednesday.

This time, the major agenda was to pay homage to the monarchs.

The Vice President, who headed straight to the palace of the Ewi of Ado, Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe, from Akure airport, apologised for his inability to pay homage to the monarchs on Tuesday.

He blamed an ‘emergency assignment in Abuja’ for the situation.

However, he urged traditional rulers in the state to ensure unity among people of various ethnic groups residing in their domains.

Osinbajo said working for unity in their various localities would assist the Federal Government to maintain peace in Ekiti and other parts of the country.

Osinbajo was accompanied on the visit by Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, Dr Kayode Fayemi, his running mate, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, and senior party leaders and campaign officials, appealed to monarchs to support Fayemi.

He also urged them to also collaborate with key stakeholders to ensure a peaceful conduct of the poll on July 14.

Responding, the Chairman of Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers and Oloye of Oye-Ekiti, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju, said monarchs would always support the government in executing policies that will make life easier for the masses.

Oba Ademolaju lauded the Buhari administration for various achievements recorded in office.

Reacting, campaign organization of Ekiti Deputy Governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Prof Kolapo Olusola described Osinbajo’s visit as “an afterthought and a damage control that can never redeem the image of the APC and Fayemi, as someone who do not have regard for the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe and the entire traditional rulers in the State.”

A statement signed by the Director of Media and Publicity, Lere Olayinka, said “unlike the APC, we in the PDP will continue to hold our traditional institution in very high esteem.”

Olayinka added; “It is insulting for the APC and Fayemi to have disrespected our Obas openly yesterday, and now come back to secretly apologise to them today.

“We are also surprised that the Vice President could allow Fayemi to dissuade him from paying homage to the traditional rulers.

“Most importantly, it is unexplainable for the Vice President to have wasted public fund to come to Ado Ekiti twice within 24 hours just because Fayemi never regarded Obas in the State as worthy of being paid homage to.

“However, like we said yesterday; “We were not surprised that Fayemi made his guests, especially the Vice President to shun the palace of Ewi of Ado Ekiti, because he cannot point to any major landmark achievement of his four years reign as governor. For four years, Fayemi promised to complete the Amphitheatre in the palace of Ewi, he never did.

“The hall where Fayemi and his guests would have been received and the amphitheatre where his supporters would have seated were built by the PDP government of Governor Ayodele Fayose.”

Jacinda Ardern Gives Birth To Baby Girl (Photos)

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern has given birth to her first child, a girl. This makes her only the second elected leader in modern history to give birth while in office. Ms Ardern was admitted to a hospital in the city of Auckland early on Thursday morning, four days after her due date.

The 37 year old will take six weeks of maternity leave, and has now passed on her duties to Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters. However, she said she would remain in charge by continuing to read cabinet papers during her time away. Ms Ardern broke news of the birth on social media, saying she felt very lucky and thanking staff at the hospital in Auckland.

In a statement, she also said:

"I'm sure we're going through all of the emotions new parents go through, but at the same time feeling so grateful for all the kindness and best wishes from so many people. Thank you. Ms Ardern, who was elected in October, announced in January that she and her partner Clarke Gayford were expecting a baby.

"I am not the first woman to multitask. I am not the first woman to work and have a baby; there are many women who have done this before," she had said earlier this year in an interview with Radio New Zealand.

She is the youngest prime minister the country has had since 1856.

In 1990, Benazir Bhutto gave birth to a daughter while serving as Pakistan's prime minister, a first for an elected world leader.

Chukwu Urges Super Eagles To Be Aggressive, Creative To Overcome Iceland

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Christian Chukwu, a former Super Eagles Coach on Thursday said the Eagles would overcome Iceland on Friday at the ongoing World Cup in Russia, if the players were aggressive and motivated.

Chukwu, who told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the Eagles had to be creative to defeat Iceland, added that it was time the players applied individual skills to achieve result.

“They should go all out to redeem their image and that of Nigeria by playing as if it was their last match.

“Aggressiveness is required of them to expose their opponents’ weaknesses,” Chukwu said.

The former coach, who was also a former Green Eagles’ captain, expressed optimism in the ability of Nigeria to beat Iceland.

“As a Nigerian, I pray for victory over Iceland, but we need to work for it,’’ he said, adding that the players must play as a team to outclass their opponents.

Chukwu frowned at the performance of African teams so far at the Coupe de Mundial, particularly the Eagles whom he rated low after their first outing against Croatia.

He, however, said that no hope was lost “because football as a game is unpredictable’’.

The Eagles, who lost 0-2 to Croatia in their opening match would face Iceland on Friday in their second Group D match.

Egypt and Morocco are already out of the tournament having lost two group matches each.

Lessons from KFC’s brilliant crisis management

The last one week has been a rough one for United Kingdom’s top food outlet, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). The franchise has seen a myriad of complaints and anger from customers who met ‘closed’ doors while trying to get their usual fix of KFC chicken.

What’s the fuss? It so happened that KFC ran out of chicken. Yes, I know it’s unthinkable, but the kings of chicken literally had none to see to its millions of customers. The franchise which serves many across the UK was forced to close about 750 of its 900 restaurants in the country, while leaving 255 workers redundant.

It turned out that KFC made a decision recently to change its poultry delivery company from Bidvest, an expert food distribution company with distribution networks across the UK, to DHL which has just one. But this is not the news. The story is that after getting lots of flak from the UK public over its inability to satisfy their chicken cravings for such an extended period of time, KFC management saw it necessary to publish an apology on national newspapers admitting their error.

The full-page ad features an empty bargain bucket of the fast-food chain with ‘FCK’ – an anagram of KFC – inscribed on it. The text that accompanied the picture has been described by many as a “masterpiece in crisis management.”

In full, it reads: ‘We’re sorry. A chicken restaurant without any chicken. Huge apologies to our customers, especially those who travelled out of their way to find we were closed.

‘And endless thanks to our KFC team members and our franchise partners for working tirelessly to improve the situation.

‘It’s been a hell of a week, but we’re making progress, and every day more and more fresh chicken is being delivered to our restaurants. Thank you for bearing with us.’

Let’s take a minute to examine what makes KFC’s apology appeal to customers and PR experts alike:

“A chicken restaurant without any chicken.” 
Almost as much as the content of a statement, the tone of voice is very important. It’s obvious that KFC’s PR handlers saw a need to communicate in the exact language of its customers instead of talking above them. The tongue-in-cheek, informal, self-deprecating manner of the apology, took the message home to many, highlighting the sincerity of the message. It lets customers know they are being listened to and their concerns are taken seriously.

“Huge apologies to our customers…” 
PR experts mostly advise clients to avoid issuing an outright apology for misdeeds fearing this will create a lasting dent on brand image. But that is exactly what KFC did! They looked at the situation, recognised the enormity of the situation, and decided that only a sincere apology will suffice. They boldly went for it and it paid off big time – majority of their customers loved it, calling it the ‘most appropriate apology ever.’

Ashley Halliday, a Twitter user wrote: “Apology totally accepted @KFCUKI – Saying sorry means a lot in life.” It so happens that saying ‘sorry’ also means a lot in responding to customer complaint.

“Endless thanks to our KFC team members and our franchise partners.” 
While it’s okay to say sorry to your customers, don’t ever forget to express gratitude to your staff and partners who are working hard to ensure normalcy returns. The staff are the first line of contact to customers therefore they’re of utmost importance to the recovery of KFC. With this statement, the restaurant has made it clear how much the staff members are valued. This public show of appreciation is a much-needed boost to their morale to do even more – just what KFC needs.

“We’re making progress… more and more fresh chicken is being delivered to our restaurants.” 
To complete a well-crafted statement, KFC didn’t stop at admitting their wrong, they went ahead to highlight what they are doing to find lasting solution. For many customers across the UK demanding to know what the franchise is doing to sort the problem, KFC had a ready answer – the situation is being put under control.

This part of the statement is however somewhat tricky. The rule is to never misrepresent the situation. Don’t say the crisis is under control when it is clearly not. The public almost always gets to find out the truth, and if it’s at variance with your public utterances then your efforts are as good as useless. When KFC issued the apology, most of their restaurants were back in operation and it was obvious that concrete steps had been taken to remedy the situation.

Winning all the way. KFC may have lost lots of money over the logistic crisis it found itself but they are big winners on the long run. The masterful manner in which the crisis was managed, endeared the brand to many who do not reckon with it, while the buzz generated, serves as an important reminder about the value of the KFC to British culture.

The G.O.A.T. and the goatee: Ronaldo explains his celebration and facial hair

Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo sticks his tongue out during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Portugal and Morocco at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZ

Always cleanly shaven, it was surprising when pictures of Cristiano Ronaldo with a beard filtered around the internet before Portugal’s game against Morocco. Prior to his grooming surprise, the Portugal captain had celebrated his second goal in the game against Spain with noticeable chin strokes that many interpreted to be a sly dig at Lionel Messi. Both footballers are considered rivals by many fans who pitch their tent with either of the pair.

PHOTO: Ronaldo celebratd his penalty goal vs Spain with a goatee celebration/ALAMY LIVE NEWS

Before the tournament Messi had a photo-op with a goat, which seemed to further push the idea of Messi being the G.O.A.T. The term G.O.A.T is an abbreviation for Greatest Of All Time; a status that football fans often associate with who they believe is the best footballer they has ever played the game.

Ronaldo after the game against Morocco cleared the air concerning his facial hair, noting it was simply for the good luck.

“It was a joke I made with [his Portugal teammate Ricardo] Quaresma,” Ronaldo said. “We were in the sauna, and I started to shave. I left my beard and said if I score tomorrow, which was against Spain, I’d leave it for the rest of the tournament. And it gave me luck, I scored in that game, I scored today and I’m going to keep it,” he explained.

Ronaldo has had the goatee really work on his behalf as he is currently the highest goalscorer with four goals in just two games. He might not yet claim the accolade of being the G.O.A.T but the Real Madrid forward can lay claim to being the highest European international goalscorer of all time. Ronaldo’s fourth minute header against Morocco put him ahead of Hungary international Ferenc Puskas for the accolade. Ronaldo has 85 goals for Portugal. Perhaps, he is the G.O.A.T.

2019: Read What Jonathan, Atiku Said When They Met (Photo)

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday expressed optimism that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would return to power in 2019.

They said the party is getting stronger.

They spoke with journalists when the ex-President hosted Atiku at his home in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

On PDP chances in 2019, Jonathan said in a statement issued by his spokesman, Ilechukwu Eze, that the party is better poised to win next year’s presidential election.

He said: “Yes, we had some issues in 2015. But as you know politics is a very dynamic business. I believe PDP is coming back and getting stronger.

“Even though we are in the opposition with fewer governors, PDP is still the strongest and largest party in the country.”

Jonathan said he was pleased that the former Vice President who came to Bayelsa to commission State Government projects paid him a visit.

The ex-President said he had enjoyed a long relationship with Atiku, beginning from his time as Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State.

Atiku insisted that only the PDP has the strength and structure to win the presidential election in 2019.

He said: “It is actually the PDP that has the strength and structure to get back to Aso Rock. There is no other party that has the structure and strength like the PDP. Without PDP, APC should not have been in Aso Rock.”

South Sudan’s Kiir, Machar to meet on Wednesday in Addis Ababa

South Sudan President Salva Kiir will meet with rebel leader Riek Machar in Ethiopia’s capital on Wednesday in their first face-to-face in nearly two years, an Ethiopian official said Tuesday.

“The two principals will meet in Addis Ababa upon the invitation extended by his excellency, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed,” Meles Alem, a spokesman for Ethiopia’s foreign ministry, told AFP.

South Sudan’s ambassador to Ethiopia, James Pitia Morgan, confirmed Kiir’s planned attendance, as did Manasseh Zindo, a senior official in Machar’s SPLM-IO rebel group.

The two leaders, whose political rivalry triggered the start of a civil war more than four years ago have not met since Machar and his forces were chased from the capital during fighting in July 2016.

Successive international efforts — led by regional bloc IGAD — have so far failed to impose a functioning peace deal or meaningful ceasefire.

Abiy “will call upon the two leaders to narrow their gap and work for the pacification of South Sudan,” Meles said.

Tens of thousands have died and nearly four million South Sudanese have been driven from their homes since December 2013, while millions are going hungry amid a massive humanitarian crisis.

Last month the UN Security Council gave the warring sides a month to reach a peace deal or face sanctions.

President Buhari Approves Appointment Of 28 New Judges (See Full List)

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 28 judicial officers for the Court of Appeal, Federal High Court and the high court of the Federal Capital Territory on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council.

The 12 justices approved for the Court of Appeal are:

1. Hon. (Mr) Justice P. A. Mahmud

2. Hon. (Mr) Justice F. O. Ojo

3. Hon. (Mr) Justice I. A. Andenyangsto

4. Hon. (Mr) Justice G. O. Kolawole

5. Hon. (Mr) Justice B. B. Aliyu

6. Hon. (Mr) Justice Ebiowei Tobi

7. Hon. (Mr) Justice J. G. Abundaga

8. Hon. (Mr) Justice A. S. Umar

9. Hon. (Mr) Justice A. M. Talba

10. Hon. (Mr) Justice A. M. Bayero

11. Hon. (Mr) Justice A. M. Lamido

12. Hon. (Mr) Justice M. B. Idris

The following nine judges were approved for the Federal High Court:

1. Sunday Bassey Onu

2. Mrs. Adefunmilola Adekemi Demi-Ajayi

3. Hon. (Mr) Justice Peter O. Lifu

4. Obiora Atuegwu Egwuata

5. Sa’adatu Ibrahim Mark (Mrs)

6. Mobolaji Olubukola Olajuwon

7. Aminu Bappa Aliyu

8. Tijjani Garba Ringim

9. Nkeonye Evelyn Maha

The president approved Seven (7) Judges for the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory as follows:

1. Binta Mohammed

2. Modupe Osho-Adebiyi

3. Gaba Venchak Simon

4. Babangida Hassan

5. Akobi Iyabeni Anna

6. Samirah Umar Bature

7. Asmau Akanbi Yusuf

The Justices of the Court of Appeal will be sworn-in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman, National Judicial Council, Waalter Onnoghen, on June 22 while those appointed for the Federal High Court will be sworn-in on June 25 and judges appointed for the high court of the FCT are to be sworn-in on June 26.

Sex-for-grades scandal: Nigerian professor sacked

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)A Nigerian university has sacked a professor who was caught on tape allegedly demanding sex from a female student in exchange for upgrading marks.

Accounting professor Richard Akindele was fired by Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in southwest Nigeria after an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, the university said.
The vice chancellor Eyitope Ogunbodede said in a statement that it had confirmed the voice on the tape soliciting his student Monica Osagie for sex was Akindele's.

Akindele had "acted in a manner that... compromised his position as a teacher and examiner... his conversations with Miss Osagie were about examination scores and inducement of favor for the alteration of examination scores," the university said.

The chancellor added that Akindele's request for sex in exchange for marks was a "scandalous behavior that has brought ridicule to the name of the university" and it portrayed the institution as a place where "teachers and examiners trade marks for sexual favors."

He added that the university had decided the professor "should be dismissed from the services of the university for gross misconduct."

CNN could not immediately reach Akindele for comment.

The sacking comes just one month after CNN's exclusive interview with Master's student Osagie, who secretly taped a phone conversation with Akindele to gather evidence against him.

Nigeria's Senate, in reaction to CNN's interview, called for a "full-scale investigation" into her allegations earlier this month.

The lawmakers also passed a motion to investigate the growing number of cases of sexual harassment in the nation's universities.

Akindele could face criminal charges pending the outcome of the Senate investigation.
Osagie could not be immediately reached by CNN for her reaction to the news of his sacking.
However, her lawyer Biola Akiyode told CNN: "Monica is very happy. This is a huge victory, not just for Monica but for other students.

"This victory should encourage any student, no matter if they are university or secondary school students to speak out. What Monica did was very brave and I hope lecturers will now see that there are consequences to their actions."

It also emerged during the university's investigation that Akindele had concealed Osagie's real examination score as part of his ploy to have sex with her for better grades.

Osagie's marks were 45, which is a pass mark by the institution's grading, according to the university.
The university council said there was no evidence to support Akindele's claims that he had been sexually harassed by the student in the first place to raise her marks.
"His claim that Miss Osagie knew that she had passed with a score of '45' but was seeking to score an 'A' and that this led to him being sexually harassed by Miss Osagie cannot be supported by any evidence," the university said.
OAU's decision is largely seen as a victory for many students and many who hope it will serve as a deterrent to predatory sexual behavior on Nigerian campuses.
"Universities now also need to thoroughly enforce their rules, which are already existing. There can be no more hiding place for rogue lecturers in our schools and universities," Akiyode said.


Wednesday, June 20th .
Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
When you understand the importance and higher purposes of prayer, you’ll always be willing and excited to pray, especially in other tongues. One of the beautiful things the Holy Spirit has done in our lives as God’s children is to give us the ability to speak in other tongues.

When we speak in tongues, the utterance, the words we speak, aren’t man-made but from the Lord. Moreover, we aren’t speaking to men but to God: “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries” (1 Corinthians 14:2). When you pray in tongues, you’re in fellowship with the Father; you’re communicating with Him through the Spirit in a heavenly language. What a blessing that is!
Also, praying in tongues helps to stir up the power of God resident in your spirit. Though that power came into your life when you received the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8), you’ve got to keep it active and in use for His glory.

Praying in tongues will keep you more “fit” spiritually, and responsive to the guidance and promptings of the Spirit. The more time you spend in fellowship with the Lord, praying in the Holy Ghost, the more His character and personality are revealed in, and manifested through you.

Some are only compelled to pray when they face crises in life, and that’s not right. We’re called into fellowship with our heavenly Father; that’s what prayer, and praying, is primarily for: fellowship!

Take your personal and corporate times of prayer very seriously. Create the opportunities in the course of your day to fellowship with the Lord through prayer, and your life will flourish from glory to glory.

How great thou art O Lord! Your glory, greatness, and majesty are beyond description. Thank you for your presence in my life, and your Word that builds and transforms me in ever-increasing glory. Thank you for the privilege of speaking in other tongues and to fellowship with you in such deep intimacy, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:|| Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. 

James 5:16 AMPC Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

1-Year Bible Reading Plan=> Acts 9:1-31 & 2 Chronicles 35-36
2-Year Bible Reading Plan=>2 Corinthians 6:11-18 & Isaiah 7


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Thursday, June 21st

Pastor Chris

For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also (1 Corinthians 14:14-15).

No matter how many earthly languages exist, there’re not enough words in the human vocabulary with which to adequately and accurately express yourself to God. Our human earthly vocabulary isn’t pure enough to commune with the holy God that our heavenly Father is. That’s the reason the Holy Spirit gave us a language, pure and holy, with which to communicate in a way that’s acceptable to God: praying in other tongues.

Many only know how to pray in their understanding; that is, in their native language, but that won’t take you far enough. No matter how beautiful your words are in any earthly language, and how loaded with revelation they are, they’re no match for the pure language of the Spirit.

It’s for this reason that Paul, by the Spirit, penned the words we read in the latter part of our opening verse. Notice that praying with the spirit comes before praying with the understanding. Sadly, some Christians would rather pray with their understanding first, and then pray with the spirit, if they do pray in the spirit at all. They’ve made praying with the spirit the “also,” and that’s the wrong order.

Before you pray with your understanding, pray intensely and profusely first with the spirit. In fact, your praying in the understanding would be more effectual if you’d pray first with the spirit. And praying with the spirit doesn’t mean shutting your eyes and being mute, hoping that somehow, God’s looking into your sincere heart to know what you want; no. It means praying in tongues; praying in the language of the Spirit—a divine coded language. Your mind can’t interpret what you’re saying, but in the realm of the spirit, you’re speaking mysteries.

The devil and his cohorts of darkness are confounded when we pray in other tongues, for it’s an esoteric language for our direct communication with our heavenly Father. What a privilege and blessing to be able to access and speak forth divine mysteries and secrets from the realm of the Spirit. Blessed be God!


Dear Father, I thank you for the blessing and privilege of being able to speak in tongues. My life is excellent and full of glory because of the awesome ministry of the Holy Spirit in me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Romans 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God.

Jude 1:20 AMPC But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded] on your most holy faith [[d]make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the Holy Spirit;


1-Year Bible Reading Plan
Acts 9:32-43 & Ezra 1-3

2-Year Bible Reading Plan 
2 Corinthians 7:1-8 &Isaiah 8

Tuesday, 19 June 2018


Tuesday, June 19th

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:10).

It’s not enough to know God’s Word as it’s contained in the written pages of the Bible; you have to release power through speaking! That’s how it works! With the Word on your lips, you’ll live over and above all limitations and circumstances.

Voicing your faith is a fundamental spiritual principle, without which even the gift and blessing of salvation can’t be received or activated. Notice the opening verse again: “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10).

The salvation package is delivered upon satisfying these two conditions: Believing and confessing the Lordship of Jesus. To believe isn’t enough; there must be the corresponding verbal communication or affirmation of your faith.
When you speak the Word, what you’re doing is releasing the power of God into action on your behalf. For example, God instructed Joshua, “This book of the law SHALL NOT DEPART OUT OF THY MOUTH; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8).

The Hebrew rendering of the word “meditate” is “hagah,” which means to ponder, imagine, murmur, mutter, speak, study, talk, utter, or roar. It’s not just talking about you thinking the Word only, it means you ought to voice out the Word.

Notice that the instruction to Joshua doesn’t make any mention of us speaking to anyone. So, it makes no difference whether or not anyone is listening to you, you just keep talking the Word. When matters arise, use the Word. Speak the Word and change things. The Word of God in your mouth is God talking.


Dear Father, thank you for faith is stirred in my spirit to change my world and transform circumstances for your glory. I believe in the unsearchable riches of Christ and all He’s done for me, and therefore affirm that I walk in righteousness, victory, health, peace, progress and prosperity all my days, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:|| Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Proverbs 15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word [spoken] in due season, how good [is it]!

Romans 10:6-9 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down [from above]:) 7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) 8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 


1-Year Bible Reading Plan=> Acts 8:9-40 & 2 Chronicles 33-34

2-Year Bible Reading Plan=>2 Corinthians 6:1-10 & Isaiah 5-6

Brazil Complain To FIFA Over Non-Use Of VAR Technology

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has asked FIFA why the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was not used to review two key decisions they believe hindered their side during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland.

Brazil players complained long and hard that defender Miranda was pushed by Steven Zuber when he headed home Switzerland’s equaliser early in the second half of their Group E opener on Sunday.

They also believe Gabriel Jesus was manhandled inside the penalty area and should have been awarded a spot kick.

Neither incident appeared to be reviewed.

“The CBF requires to know from FIFA the reason the technology was not used in key incidents during the game,” the organisation said in a statement.

VAR is being used in the World Cup for the first time and, according to FIFA, should only “correct clear and obvious errors and missed incidents in clearly defined match-changing decisions”.

Brazil believe the two incidents, neither of which they referred to directly, are covered by that explanation.

The technology has been used sparingly in Russia with only one major dispute, a penalty awarded to France against Australia that was initially turned down.

The penalty, which was scored by Antoine Griezmann, helped France to a 2-1 victory.

Redeemed Church Leader, Pastor Adeboye Kickstarts ‘Operation Collect Your PVC Campaign’

Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ola Adejubee, E. A. Adeboye, PVC
Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG)

The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, has begun some political awareness for its members and Nigerians at large on the need for them to participate in the 2019 general elections. According to information from insiders, the move is backed by Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the general overseer of the arguably, the biggest church in the world.
Speaking on the event, Ola Adejubee, the assistant pastor in charge of RCCG Region 1, who is also the coordinator of the initiative, said it was the vision of the general overseer, Pastor E. A. Adeboye to ensure all members of the church collect their permanent voters card, PVC, and vote in this 2019 forth coming general election in Nigeria.
Daily Post on Monday, June 18, 2018, reported that the campaign was tagged: “Let My People Vote,” was kicked-off on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at the RCCG Youth Centre along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Adejubee also stated that Pastor Adeboye jolted the ministers when he instructed them to go and collect their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, adding that Adeboye had last August asked them to go and join any political party of their choice, adding: “This time, it was with an emotional laden voice.”
Those who spoke at the programme kick-off included Apostle Alex Bamgbola, Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria; Pastor J.T. Kalejaiye, Special Assistant to the General Overseer of the RCCG on Evangelism; Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, Special Assistant to the General Overseer on Christian Social Responsibility; Pastor Bosun Emmanuel, who represented the National Christian Elders Forum; and Region 2 Regional Evangelist of the RCCG, Pastor Ilesanmi, who represented the National Overseer, Pastor J. O. Obayemi.

World Bishops write Buhari over five Nigerian Christians sentenced to death

The Supreme Council of Bishops, otherwise known as World Council of Bishops, has written President Muhammadu Buhari, pleading for pardon for five young men sentenced to death by a court in Adamawa for the killing of a herdsman.

It was made know that a Yola High Court had on June 11, 2018, sentenced the five men from Kodomun in Demsa council area of the state to death by hanging for murdering a herder in retaliation to the several killings in the area.

‘Federal SARS Officer Threatened To Kill Me And Drink My Blood’ – HR Professional

Kamil Mahmud, a human resources manager, has alleged being threatened by some operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARs.

The 26-year-old claimed that the men threatened to drink his blood for allegedly disrespecting them. It was gathered that Mahmud had driven behind his brother’s car to the Ikeja area for an interview on a radio station on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Kamil Mahmud

They were returning on Friday, June 15, 2018, when three policemen allegedly accosted them at the Agidingbi area of Ikeja.

Speaking with journalists on Sunday, June 17, 2018, Mahmud said he was about parking by the roadside when the operatives cocked their guns and threatened to shoot.

He said, “I waved my hand to tell them that I was not running away and I just wanted to find somewhere to park. I was thinking it was going to be a normal civilian police conversation. But I realised the situation was getting more aggressive even before I got down from the car.

“One of the policemen asked me to come down from the car and told my friends and my brothers, who were driving behind me, to stay back.

“I came down and he said he wanted to search the car. I told him to go ahead. But before he even tried to search, he had started manhandling me.

“I told him that he had not even asked for my name or who owned the car I was driving and what I did for a living.

“He, however, searched me and the car without finding anything incriminating. “I don”t drive with my shoes on; so, when I got down, I was barefooted. I told the three officers more than five times that I wanted to get my shoes, but they looked at me with no response.

“The moment I tried to get my shoes, the policemen went berserk and started slapping and hitting me. One of them was shouting that he drank blood and he was ready to drink my blood. He pulled my shirt and trousers and threw me into their vehicle, a Sienna, without a number plate.”

According to Mahmud, a passerby who wanted to intervene was threatened with a cutlass. He added that he had attempted to beg the officers when one of them further beat him with a cutlass.

The Edo State indigene said, “As I sat on the back seat of their car, one of them put handcuffs in my hands. They never told me what I did wrong.

“The one who assaulted me with the cutlass started the car and drove to Ikeja GRA. On getting to the Area F Police Command, the officers refused to enter the premises and I told them that they should take me inside the station and file a report because I really wanted to know what my offence was. They shouted at me that I still had the mouth to talk.

“The officer driving had a bottle of gin in front of the car; he was drinking and driving. They later negotiated with my brothers and demanded N15, 000.

“My brothers went to use the ATM at Conoil Filling Station, but the ATM did not dispense cash. Then one of the policemen got angry and started driving towards Oba Akran Road. When we got there, he parked and waited for my brothers.

“My brothers came and told them that they were able to get N8, 000. They collected it, removed the handcuffs from my hand and told me to get out of their car.”

Mahmud demanded the arrest and prosecution of the policemen, adding that he was robbed by the law enforcement agents. He said the cops wore the F-SARS jackets and had guns with police tags.

Chike Oti, the Lagos State Police Public Relation Officer, said,“They are not SARS officials because SARS officials in Lagos State have uniforms that have code numbers with which they can be identified easily and SARS officials in Lagos State are under the instruction of the Commissioner of Police not to conduct stop and search in Lagos State.

“However, the complainant should come forward to give us vital information about the officers, so that we can arrest whoever the people might be; but I know that they are not SARS officials.”

ISIS Sneaking Jihadists Into Nigeria From Syria - The Sun UK

LEADERS of IS are sneaking battle-hardened jihadis from Syria into Nigeria to train terrorists there for possible attacks in Britain.

Fanatics from the West African state are also being sent to the Middle East for training in a chilling “exchange programme”.

Insiders fear strong links between Nigeria and the UK will make it easier for IS to send its killers here to bring more death and destruction.

Now more than 150 British troops are conducting counter-terror training with Nigerian forces in an attempt to stem the bloody tide — and stop IS taking hold in the region.

At one training mission in the northern city of Kaduna, a senior Nigerian Air Force commander revealed how his country’s jihadi groups were learning from IS after swearing allegiance to its black flag.

Group Captain Isaac Subi, 46, who has been fighting terrorism across Africa since 1991, said: “They come and train their fighters here and some of our insurgents too are granted access to their training in Yemen and Syria, acquiring those skills and they come back and teach others.

Their poisonous influence has already ended in horror attacks on British streets.

Fusilier Lee Rigby was stabbed to death in 2013 in London by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, both of Nigerian descent.

It is feared IS will exploit regular flights between Lagos and London to export more evil to the UK.

Group Captain Subi said the lack of secure borders across Africa also makes it easy to spread the bloodshed.

He added: “There are hundreds of fighters. It’s a virus that spreads across our borders. Their action leaves trails of blood and tears and sorrow.”

Over the past four years, more than 20,000 people have been killed in Nigeria, mainly in the north east where a population of 900,000 is now dominated by up to 3,000 terrorists.

Another two million have fled the bloodshed. Captured men are made to fight for the fanatics and seized women are forced into marriages.

But one terror tactic unique to Nigeria is the barbaric use of children as young as five to carry out suicide bomb attacks.

Brigadier Charles Calder, Britain’s defence adviser in Nigerian capital Abuja, said of the IS threat there: “In time, unchecked it could present a threat to both UK interests and conceivably the UK mainland.”

Brig Calder said sending small, hand-picked teams out to military training hubs across the country was the best way to prevent Nigeria collapsing.

Brits have so far trained 35,000 military personnel there and commanders say these are now performing better on the frontline.

The 2014 abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria by terror group Boko Haram sparked an upsurge in UK military involvement there.

In 2016, a faction split from Boko Haram, swore allegiance to IS and rebranded itself Islamic State in West Africa.

Kidnapper Who Killed Onose Onakpoma Arrested In A Forest (Photos)

Security operatives have apprehended a notorious kidnapper who together with his gang abducted a Delta lawmaker, Hon Onose Onakpoma on March 31, 2018 and hid him in a forest in Okurekpo, Ethiope East Local government area of Delta state - before shooting him to death inside the hideout (see HERE).

The notorious gang leader identified as Omote Eboh has been on the run despite the arrest and detention of his wife after leading a team to the scene in the thick forest to recover the remains of Hon Onokpoma on May 11, 2018.

Most of the perpetrators of the heinous crime have been apprehended including those who aided the escape of the leader, Omote Eboh

The team led by the Vigilantes Group of Nigeria, Okpara Inland - trailed Mr. Omote Eboh yesterday to the village in Benin, Edo state where he has been hiding and was captured like a goat.

The Omote Eboh, a kidnap-for-ransom network in the thick forest between Okurekpo and Okuekpagha boundary (Omue’ te’te) carried out a major robbery operation on 31st March, 2018 where they robbed over 20 people including Hon. Onose Onakpoma and there after kidnapped him and hauled him to the thick forest where he was promptly killed before the kidnappers called to pick up a ransom of N500,000.00 and thereafter vanished into the thin air with no trace of Hon. Onakpoma and a little or no trace of the Kidnappers.

Hon Onakpoma’s remains are in the Eku Baptist Government Hospital morgue while officials are preparing legal documents to release the body to the family.

The robbery| kidnap gang had carried out their robbery operation at Okorore near Eku on 31st March 2018 were they robbed over 15 people including a couple who were rushing their 8 years seriously sick son to the hospital at about 5.30am and despite the couple appeal to the robbers| Kidnappers to have mercy and compassion on them to release them to enable them rush their sick son to the Eku Baptist Government Hospital, the heartless gang refused and held them for over an hour until their son died there.

The Police Anti Kidnapping squad had to step up operations against the gang and worked tirelessly with Hon Evance Ivwurie, a the member representing Ethiope East State Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly - who provided the courageous leadership.

Source; nationalhelm




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