The Premier of Madrid region in Spain, Cristina Cifuentes, has resigned from office on Wednesday following the leak of a 2011 video of her shoplifting cosmetic products. “In the political situation in which we are living through, and after having spoken to my team about it, I’m announcing my resignation as the premier of the Madrid region,” she said. “In life, you have to think about the general interest above the interests of just one person,” she added. The recording of the alleged shoplifting incident was made on May 4, 2011. The supermarket where it took place is very close to the Madrid regional assembly, where Cifuentes was deputy speaker at the time, reports El Pais.
April 25, 2018 18:11 UTC
AS President Muhammadu Buhari visits Bauchi State this Thursday of a working visit, the state chapter of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared that there is no any developmental project to be showcased not to talk of commissioning by the President. The PDP though said that it was happy that the President is coming to the state on Thursday but “he has nothing to commission in the state” alleging that the projects earmarked for commissioning were not worth the President’s visit. Why didn’t it purchase the tractors since but after three years? It is local government councils that are supposed to purchase tractors for farmers, not the governor,” he opined. The party, however, welcome the President to the state and wished him a safe journey and a peaceful stay in the state during the official visit.
April 25, 2018 18:00 UTC
IN quest to improve public perception of the nation’s judiciary, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen on Wednesday unveiled an in-house publication of the judiciary called, Apex Quarterly Magazine. Onnoghen, while unveiling the magazine at the Supreme Court yesterday said one of his reform agenda, on assumption of office as the head of Nigerian judiciary, was, improving public perception of the judiciary. “In the same vein, I have directed that all judgments and decisions of the court should be uploaded on the website within seven days of delivery. “I have personally gone through this maiden edition of the 64-paged Apex Quarterly Magazine and, though there is room for improvement in subsequent editions, I am satisfied that it is completely devoid of propaganda. “That is how every product of the judiciary should be- neutral,” the CJN said and urged all Heads of Courts to put their information units to good use by directing them to make a contribution to the editorial content of subsequent editions of the magazine.
April 25, 2018 17:37 UTC
THE Nigerian Equities market’s indicators flipped back into the red zone at the close of trading session on Wednesday, reversing gains of Tuesday. The All Share Index lost 12 basis points dropping Year-to-Date (YTD) return at 6.57 per cent, just as market capitalisation lost N17 billion to settle at N14.72 trillion. Although, the market breadth linearly sustained the bull with 25 advancers in contrast to 24 losers, with. ALSO READ: Equities market close January red by 0.34%The equities market moved against expectation only to erase previous gain. However, market watchers expected another gain before the end of the trading week.
April 25, 2018 17:26 UTC
A woman identified as Jennair Gerardot allegedly shot a woman who she believed was having an affair with her husband. Police in Pennsylvania,USA said the deceased,Meredith Chapman, was her husband’s 33-year old mistress. “There were emails and text messages indicating what she planned to do,” Radnor Township Police Superintendent William Colarulo said in a news conference on Tuesday. The tragedy “rocked the world” of the township and the surrounding neighborhood, Flanagan said, describing it as a “tight knit community” with many children and families. “Nobody wants to see something like this happen in their neighborhood,” Flanagan said.
April 25, 2018 17:15 UTC
Tony Okafor, AwkaFormer President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday asked the people of the South East geopolitical zone to vote out President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections “in their own interest.”Speaking at a meeting of the Coalition of Nigerian Moment in Awka, Anambra State, Obasanjo said the Igbo would be the most beneficiary in Buhari’s ouster. He asked the Igbo not to believe the promise that the Igbo would produce the President in 2023, describing it as “a grand deceit and evil machination.”Speaking through the South East convener of CNM, Dr. Okey Nwosu, the ex-president asked the people of the zone to “collectively work with the CNM towards ousting Buhari from office in the 2019 general elections.. “Every Nigerian leader is very much embarrassed with the state of the nation where people are attacked, killed, raped and made refuges in their own homes. Danjuma have all spoken and condemned the killings and destruction in the country. (Visited 9,550 times, 1,224 visits today)
April 25, 2018 17:15 UTC
In the wake of the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye, by the police, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party has decried what it described as “relentless assault” against the Senate. The party made the condemnation in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Tuesday. The party spokesman added that the legislative arm and the senators who showed support for the leadership were also being hounded and harassed. “Today, we are witnessing the harassment and arrest of Senator Dino Melaye, who is known for his support for the Senate leadership and his criticisms of the excesses of the executive arm. The PDP appealed to the lawmakers not to allow their spirits to be dampened or buckle to intimidation.
April 25, 2018 16:41 UTC
THE National Working Committee (NWC) of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), on Wednesday, suspended its party leadership in six states, namely Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Edo, as well as Akwa-Ibom and Anambra. According to the communiqué: “The NWC recommended that all the states without proper congress are dissolved and the state chapters are re-organized and ensure structures in all wards of the federation. “That the current Executives of Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Edo, Akwa-Ibom and Anambra be dissolved immediately. That a committee is set up to facilitate the inauguration of the Board of Trustee. “The NWC strongly recommended that the Presidency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure the safety of all Nigerians anywhere in the world.
April 25, 2018 16:30 UTC
TOTAL Nigeria and Dangote Cement on Wednesday topped the price losers’ table on Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), dropping N11.20 and N3 per share, respectively. UBA came second with 60.01 million shares valued at N684.50, while Fidelity Bank sold 40.55 million shares worth N101.94 million. Access Bank exchanged 32.46 million shares valued at N366.80 million, while Flour Mills sold 15.98 million shares worth N538.21 million. 34 per cent as investors exchanged 350.98 million shares valued at 4.60 billion in 5,020 deals. This was in contrast to the 246.58 million shares worth N3.22 billion traded in 4,918 deals on Tuesday.
April 25, 2018 16:18 UTC
A Liverpool fan was fighting for his life on Wednesday after suffering a serious head injury in a “vile” assault by Roma fans before the club’s Champions League semi-final first-leg clash with the Italian club. “We believe the victim was in Liverpool with his brother for the Liverpool v Roma semi-final and was assaulted during an altercation between Roma and Liverpool fans near to the Albert pub at about 7:35 pm (1835 GMT),” said detective inspector Paul Speight. “Our thoughts, in the first instance, are with the victim and his family at this very traumatic time. Serie A side Roma said there was no room in football for the “vile behaviour”. The offences included affray, assault, possession of offensive weapons, possession of a controlled drug, criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly.
April 25, 2018 16:07 UTC
THE President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, says embattled Sen. Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi West) currently receiving treatment at National Hospital, Abuja is in stable condition. Saraki made the disclosure when he visited the lawmaker at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital on Wednesday in Abuja. He was later transferred to National Hospital by men of the Nigeria Police for treatment. Saraki, who led some senators to the hospital, said “we have seen Sen. Dino; he is in intensive care unit and he is stable for now. “He (Melaye) is stable and being monitored.
April 25, 2018 15:45 UTC
Several thousand protesters marched through Johannesburg Wednesday to demonstrate against a proposed minimum wage, a new test for President Cyril Ramaphosa who took office in February. READ ALSO: Dino’s arrest destroys the sanctity of this chamber, senators say of Melaye-police face-offSouth Africa, which is suffering record unemployment, is due to introduce the 20 rand ($1.60) hourly minimum wage, but it has been widely criticised as too low. He took over from scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma after nine years of weak growth, ballooning national debt and falling investor confidence. READ ALSO: My husband not my choice, woman tells courtSAFTU, the second biggest trade union, also held protests in Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, but the strike was not backed by COSATU, the biggest union group, which is a government ally. Employment has hit a high of 28 percent in South Africa, with the youth unemployment levels often peaking at over 50 percent in some areas.
April 25, 2018 15:33 UTC
A middle-aged woman on Wednesday lost her life while drawing water from a well in her compound at Ogechukwu street, Awka, the Anambra State capital. The deceased, who was said to be epileptic patient, had gone into a fit while fetching water from the well, throwing her into it, resulting in her death. Simply identified as Ifenyinwa, the deceased was a native of Ugbenu in Awka North local government area of the state. “She might not have died that way if she had been assisted to fetch the water,” she lamented. If not, she could have successfully fetched the water the way she had always done,” he said.
April 25, 2018 15:33 UTC
Temitope OmogbolagunNigerians on social media have expressed their displeasure that senators cancelled the Wednesday plenary to visit Senator Dino Melaye at the National Hospital, Abuja. Melaye on Tuesday had escaped from police custody while being taken to Lokoja, Kogi State, and in the process sustained injuries from his scuffle with the officers. He was thereafter conveyed in an ambulance to Zanklin Hospital, Mabushi, Abuja. But the police on Tuesday evening stormed the private hospital and evacuated him to the National Hospital, against his doctors’ advice. While some are sympathetic about his ordeal but angry with the senators for abandoning plenary to visit Melaye, others say the Senators should have visited Benue State and other states that have witnessed killings in the recent times.
April 25, 2018 15:25 UTC
FOLLOWING the murder of priests and worshippers of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Ayar Mbalom, Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on Christians to embark on a nationwide protest. We are already at a breaking point and a state of anomie is almost here. “CAN urges Christians in Nigeria to hold a peaceful protest on Sunday, in the premises of their churches asking the Federal Government and security agencies to stop the unending killings and bloodshed in the country. Christians are to carry placards with inscriptions meant to address issues about sustained killings, attacks and destruction of their property in Nigeria. “The inscriptions on placards could read: ‘Enough of Bloodshed in Nigeria;’ ‘Enough of Unlawful Killings in the Country;’ ‘FG, Release Leah Sharibu from Bondage;’ ‘FG, Stop Herdsmen Killings;’ ‘CAN rejects FG’s poor handling of insecurity,’ among others.
April 25, 2018 15:11 UTC