Chelsea and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is to take action against his former international manager Marc Wilmots for libel and defamation following comments that appeared to blame him and his father for his country’s elimination from Euro 2016. READ ALSO: Dino’s arrest destroys the sanctity of this chamber, senators say of Melaye-police face-offCourtois announced via his Facebook page on Tuesday night that he would be taking action along with his father after comments made by Wilmots in an interview with French television channel beIN Sports. M. Wilmots -– not for the first time -– reiterates publicly and intentionally accusations against my honor and my reputation as well as my father,” Courtois, 25, wrote. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Salah threatens Messi, Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or stranglehold“That means that you don’t respect your country. He went on to have a spell in charge of the Ivory Coast in 2017, while Spaniard Roberto Martinez succeeded him as coach of Belgium.
April 25, 2018 14:15 UTC
Earlier in the week, award-winning author, Chimamanda Adichie, received backlash from Nigerians over what they described as taking her feminism overboard. During her interview with former Democrat Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton, she asked why her Twitter bio started with ‘wife’ while telling Clinton she was ‘a little bit upset’ with it. And I want to reflect on an absolutely lovely hour spent on stage with Hillary Clinton. I was happy when I was told that Hillary Clinton had specifically requested to be in conversation with me at the PEN World Voices festival. Had I kept in mind how easily outrage-mongers would jump on a headline, I would have phrased my question better.
April 25, 2018 14:15 UTC
A housewife, Maimuna Mohammed, on Wednesday begged a Mararaba Upper Area Court, in Nasarawa State, to dissolve her marriage to Saidu for alleged violence and irresponsible behaviour. Maimuna told the court that Saidu was never her choice of husband but was imposed on her by her parents. The petitioner also informed the court that the respondent was not her choice of husband, rather her family’s choice. “The marriage between me and my husband was never my intention, because we were joined under the family rights. The respondent, Saidu, however, denied the allegations.
April 25, 2018 14:15 UTC
Gbenga Odogun, LokojaThe Independent National Electoral Commission has commenced the recall process of the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye. INEC on Wednesday announced the commencement of verification exercise of voters in his constituency. VIDEO: I will kill myself and put all of you in trouble, Dino Melaye threatens policemenThis follows the Appeal Court ruling which gave INEC the go-ahead to carry out the exercise. “The verification exercise, which is the first in the line of activities to be carried out in a recall process, will be done on 28th April, 2018 in 560 polling units in the Kogi West Senatorial District,” he said. The resident electoral commissioner said that Senator Dino Melaye has been duly informed, while stakeholders’ meeting was held on the 25th of April to inform them of these processes.
April 25, 2018 14:07 UTC
The Applied Genetic Center at the National University of science and Technology in Bulawayo, had reported that cheating spouses are reportedly approaching the Centre with bribes in unscrupulous attempts to get the officials to manipulate their children’s paternity results in order to save their marriages. “There are some cheating couples who come and make offers to us so that we can manipulate paternity results for their children. But we continuously tell them that it’s impossible,” said Mr Dhlamini. “And where does that leave us if we manipulate the results? Even some men come to the centre tomake their own suggestions.”Mr Dhlamini later adviced that People should stop being corrupt.
April 25, 2018 14:03 UTC
Taiwanese military veterans on Wednesday scuffled with police as they tried to storm parliament in the latest of a series of protests against planned pension cuts. Some protesters vowed to stay overnight as parliament was scheduled to review a pension reform bill for military veterans on Thursday. Proposed pension cuts for the veterans are part of wider cutbacks in Taiwan that have triggered mass street protests as well as clashes inside parliament among lawmakers. Taiwan’s pension schemes vary for different occupations and public-sector retirees typically receive more generous packages than workers from other sectors. The government has warned that various pension funds could go bankrupt as early as 2020 if the system is not overhauled.
April 25, 2018 13:52 UTC
THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been given a 7-day ultimatum to declare the seat of Bauchi South Senatorial seat vacant and announce procedure for the conduct of a bye-election forthwith. A Bauchi based legal practitioner who is an indigene of Bauchi local government area in the Bauchi South Senatorial District, Barrister Mukhtar Abubakar Usman gave the ultimatum in a letter he wrote to the Commission. In the letter which was received by the Commission on the 20th April 2018, Mukhtar Abubakar stated that on the 17th March 2018, the Senator representing Bauchi South Senatorial District, Ali Wakili died and consequently the seat he occupied became vacant. He stated that as a result of the vacancy in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it became imperative for the conduct of a Bye-Election by the Commission as stated in section 76 subsection 2 of the 1999 Federal Constitution. The legal practitioner faulted INEC over its failure to discharge its constitutional responsibility within the prescribed time frame having elapsed on the 16th April 2018.
April 25, 2018 13:30 UTC
THE House of Representatives on Wednesday summoned President Muhammadu Buhari to appear before the House over security challenges in the country, especially. The House also passed a vote of no confidence on the service chiefs in the country. Also, the House resolved to shut down plenary sitting for 3 days in protest against bloodshed and insecurity in the country. The House resolution followed a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Honourable Mark Gbillah, entitled, “alleged attack by army personnel on innocent residents Naka in Gwer-West Local Government Area of Benue state and the inability of the army and other security agencies to quell the incessant murder of indigenes of Benue state by armed herdsmen.”Details later…
April 25, 2018 13:18 UTC
INTERNALLY displaced Persons in Angwatashi, Obi Local Government in Nasarawa state are deserting the premise, following the arrest of four persons in the camp by the police. Information gathered revealed that their apprehension was in connection with the incident of stoning Governor Tanko Almakura’s convoy last week when he visited the camp. Some IDPs have been arrested, about four of them, but we are yet to find out what really prompted the arrest because they were arrested together with some Alago people. The president, however, said out of the seven camps occupied by Tivs in the state, Governor Tanko Umaru Al- makura has distributed relief materials to IDPs spread in Lafia town. ALOS READ: Nasarawa IDPs: How woman lost 12 months pregnancy” For now, they were invited to collect some relief materials donated by the state government in Lafia here,” he said.
April 25, 2018 13:18 UTC
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it will deploy its staff to monitor and report cases of undue influence of money, which it said is prevalent among politicians, ahead 2019 electioneering campaign. Also speaking, one of the resource persons at the workshop, Dhkirulahi Yagboyaju, of the Political Science department of the University of Ibadan, said that political campaign and funding could not be separated. The university don, however, said that funding of political campaign could be toxic if not checked by relevant regulatory organizations, adding that campaign finance tracking/reporting would form an integral part of a free and fair electoral environment. “Examples that readily come to mind include what happened in Anambra state between a financier and a state governor. Also in Oyo state when a state governor was removed from office amidst political brigandage,” he said.
April 25, 2018 13:07 UTC
JUSTICE Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court sitting at Ikoyi, Lagos on Wednesday remanded in Ikoyi Prisons, a serving Senator representing Delta-North Senatorial District, Peter Nwaobosi after he was arraigned on charges bordering on fraud. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Senator Nwaoboshi before Justice Idris on a two count charge bordering on fraud to the tune of N805m. Summing Electricals Ltd was also accused of aiding and abetting Senator Nwaoboshi to commit money laundering. “Even the head of the Senate himself, Dr. Bukola Saraki, is before the court of law and yet he is still presiding over the Senate proceedings,” she said. The prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Abubakar Mohammed, told the court that the anti-graft agency filed a counter-affidavit in opposition to Nwaoboshi’s bail application.
April 25, 2018 13:07 UTC
Dissatisfaction over the minimum wage bill could delay implementation. “A minimum wage of 20 rand an hour is a spit in the face of the working class. Supporters of the minimum wage say it will reduce inequality and stimulate economic growth as workers can spend more. The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), which says it represents 30 unions with around 800,000 members, making it the second-largest trade union federation after COSATU, said its workers countrywide would take part in the protest. The government says it held months of negotiations with unions and employers before the minimum wage was introduced.
April 25, 2018 12:56 UTC
Leke BaiyewuPresident of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and many senators have arrived at the National Hospital Abuja. READ ALSO: Danish husband killed Nigerian wife, three-year-old daughter, forensic evidence revealsThe lawmakers are now meeting with the management of the hospital, ahead of a visit to Senator Dino Melaye’s ward. The senators had resolved on Wednesday morning to visit with the embattled lawmaker who was transferred from a private hospital on Tuesday night to the National Hospital, Abuja. Saraki and other senators were eventually admitted to see Mr. Melaye. They are now inside the National Traumatic Centre in the National Hospital Abuja, where Melaye is being treated.
April 25, 2018 12:48 UTC
READ ALSO: Danish husband killed Nigerian wife, three-year-old daughter, forensic evidence revealsWitnesses to the incident late Tuesday said the man approached the woman aboard the bus, spoke to her briefly, doused her with fuel and set her on fire. The attack caused panic aboard the bus in the capital’s Miraflores district, as passengers stumbled out the doors or threw themselves through the bus windows, witnesses told Peru21 newspaper. Peru’s ministry for women described the incident as an “attempted feminicide” and said it was providing assistance to the victim. “A team of specialists is in the hospital to provide care to the woman, a victim of attempted feminicide,” the women’s ministry said in a statement. The 10 injured passengers were treated for burns in the city’s Loayza hospital.
April 25, 2018 12:45 UTC
A 37-year-old sales assistant, Adekunle Ojo, was on Wednesday charged with theft of N556,100 at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court. Ishola Samuel told the court that the accused committed the offence on Jan. 9 at NNPC Filling Station, Plot 1, Ogunusi Ave., Ojodu, Lagos. Samuel said the accused allegedly stole the sum of N556,100 belonging to the station. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the section seven years imprisonment for clerks or assistants who steal from their employers. Abina, in her ruling, granted the accused N500, 000 bails with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until May 28.
April 25, 2018 12:45 UTC