17 Governors plot to remove Oyegun as APC chairman .
Crisis has broken out in the All Progressives Congress (APC), with 17 governors plotting to dump National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun.
The governors are said to be angry that Oyegun has been running the party with only seven of their colleagues.A source, who pleaded not to be named, said: “Ahead of the NEC meeting of APC next week, there is tension in the party. About 17 of the 24 governors are unhappy with the national chairman. They are plotting to withdraw their support for him, unless he carries all of them along.” In Oyegun’s corner are Governors Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna); Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano); Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi); Rochas Okorocha (Imo); Solomon Lalong (Plateau); Yahaya Bello (Kogi) and Samuel Ortom (Benue). “The 17 governors believe that Oyegun is romancing their seven colleagues because the APC National Chairman believes they are close to the President. “They expressed fears that the party might split the way the National Chairman was leaving decisions on issues to the ‘anointed’ governors,” the source added.
Another source said: “Initially, the 17 governors decided to write a letter to the APC leadership but they shelved the idea because it will appear as if they are reporting their colleagues.
“They are, however, reaching out to President Buhari but through the back channels to avoid embarrassing the President during the October 31 NEC meeting.
“They want the President to call the National Chairman to order. They said if care is not taken, they might be forced to come out openly on their concern.” But a member of NEC said: “What you are hearing is a game plan to pass a vote of no confidence on Oyegun at the NEC meeting.
“The issues the 17 governors are raising are part of the conspiracy against the National Chairman. And what you are likely to see is the direction where things will go at the NEC session.The Nation
M.I Abaga files a lawsuit against American rapper, Nas
Nigerian rapper M.I Abaga and his record label, Chocolate City, are suing American hip-hop artist Nas for breach of contract.
M.I filed the lawsuit in the New York Supreme Court, claiming he and his record label entered an agreement with Nas and his partner Ronnie Goodman in 2013 to contribute a verse to a track from M.I but they did not deliver on it after a payment of $50,000 had been made.
In the agreement, Nas was supposed to mention "M.I, Chocolate City, Nigeria, Queens, New York—NAS's hometown—, Mandela, Trayvon Martin, and the struggles of Africans and African Americans" in his verse. Nas delivered the track but didn’t mention any of the subject matter Chocolate City had asked for.
Chocolate City then requested that the Queens rapper re-record the verse but he never did. It's been over three years now and Nas still has not delivered on the verse though he has accepted payment, hence the lawsuit.
In the lawsuit, Chocolate City referred to Nas as "a highly respected lyricist in the music industry" and they wanted a verse from him "because of NAS's exceptional talent as a lyric writer."
FRSC Begins Operation “show Your Licence’’ In Lagos
The Lagos State Sector Command, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it has commenced operation “Show Your Licence’’ across the state to arrest drivers without valid licence and curb road crashes.
Mr Hyginus Omeje, the State Sector commander, said this in an interview with newsmen in Lagos on Thursday. “The state command, this week, inaugurated operation ‘Show your License’ campaign across the state to arrest motorists who had no valid driving license. “We are doing this as part of our ember month programmes to sensitise drivers on the need to possess valid licences before driving,’’ he said.
Omeje said that the state command recorded 57 road crashes in the third quarter of 2017, adding that the development showed a decrease of 46.2 per cent, compared to the same period in 2016.
According to him, there are 55, 802 unclaimed licences in the sector command due to the failure of many drivers to claim such documents.
Omeje noted that enforcement of speed limiters had brought tremendous reduction in road accident across the state.
The sector commander who said all commercial fleet operators must to install the speed limit device in their vehicles, noted that compliance level had reached 33.1 per cent in the state.
Omeje also said that there was plan to equip all the patrol vehicles in the state with breathalyzers to detect motorists, especially the commercial ones driving under the influence of alcohol.
Lady marries man she met at the club not knowing he’s an Ethiopian Prince
An American woman became a princess after marrying an Ethiopian prince she met in a nightclub.
At the time they met at a Washington DC nightclub 12 years ago, Ariana Austin, now 33, had no idea that Joel Makonnen was an Ethipian prince. On that night, Ariana had been out with a friend when they were approached by Joel in the Pearl nightclub. Joel, who works as a lawyer, told her there and then that she was going to be his girlfriend. .
He did not reveal to her that he was a prince, It was only when they started dating seriously that he told her of his royal heritage just like in the movie Coming To America. 12 years after that first meeting, Ariana and Joel married in a lavish Ethiopian Orthodox Christian wedding with 13 priests, two crowns, and a pair of capes on 9 September. .
According to the Times, the wedding festivities, which took place in Maryland, involved a "marathon day of events that lasted from 11 a.m. until late in the evening, and took place within two states."
Speaking to The New York Times about their first encounter, Joe said: "I said: 'You guys look like an ad for Bombay Sapphire'. Not even five minutes later I said: 'You're going to be my girlfriend'." Prince Joel is the great-grandson of Haile Selassie I, Ethiopia's last emperor. Born in Rome, his parents Prince David Makonnen and Princess Adey Imru Makonnen, had been forced to live in exile after a communist coup in his homeland. His father had escaped the bloodshed in his homeland because he was studying abroad at the time. The family subsequently settled in Switzerland. .
Haile Selassie was the 225th and last in the line of King of the Kings of Ethiopia, ruling the east African country for 40 years until he was overthrown in 1974. The royal family traces its roots back to the Biblical King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.
Canadian Province Bars Women Wearing Face Covering Veils From Using Public Services
Quebec will become North America's first province to ban its citizens from wearing face coverings in what civil rights experts call an attack on the Muslim community.
The Quebec National Assembly moved to adopt the legislation on Wednesday, which compels residents to show their face while giving or receiving public services.
The law, named Bill 62, is the result of a decade-long dispute concerning the religious community as it relates to the public sphere.
Implementation of the law has yet to be worked out, but critics fear the new legislation will disproportionately affect Muslim women who choose to wear traditional garments such as the burqa or niqab.
Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée said the law will affect anyone who uses state services, such as bus transportation, medical care or checking out a book at the library.
A 52-year-old retired civil servant, Paul Akpederi, is cooling his heels in a Lagos police cell after eating the forbidden fruit.
The Delta State indigene, who lives on Adegbite Street, Ori-Okuta, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State, was alleged to have raped his 15-year-old daughter, Rose, for over three years.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Paul started sexually abusing Rose when she was in Junior Secondary School Three.
When the secret got to the knowledge of a teacher, Paul allegedly changed her school.
The suspect was said to have continued the abuse until she got to Senior Secondary School Two in her new school.
Rose’s former teacher was said to have run into her sometime in October 2017 and told a friend about Rose’s plight, who then alerted the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender through the agency’s social media platform.
It learnt that officials of the agency reported the case to the police at the Owutu division, who then arrested the suspect and rescued the 15-year-old.
A social worker, who was part of the rescue, told punch correspondent that Paul started sleeping with his only daughter after separating from her mother.
He said, “The man had been defiling his daughter since the wife left him. She is their only daughter and when the marriage broke down, he took custody of her. That was when the problem started. “He started sleeping with her when she was barely 12 years old. She was in JSS 3 then. They were about to start their final exams in the junior school when her colleagues found her crying uncontrollably. When they could not console her, they called the attention of one of their teachers, who then took her to a room. “She told the teacher what she had been going through and the teacher informed Rose’s pastor at a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, who counselled her. Her father was invited and that was the end of the case. “The man, who was desperate to cover up the crime, changed her school and she lost contact with the teacher.” “The girl was taken to the OPD’s office at Ikorodu, where she opened up to an officer.
Lupita Nyong'o claims Harvey Weinstein also sexually assaulted her .
Lupita Nyong'o has joined the long list of women who have accused disgraced mogul movie producer, Harvey Weinstein of trying to undress in front of her in a bedroom.
According to TMZ:
Nyong'o says she met Weinstein in 2011 at an awards ceremony in Berlin while she was still a student at the Yale School of Drama. Lupita claims several months later, she was invited by Weinstein to join him at his family home in Connecticut for a screening of a film.
Nyong'o says she arrived at Weinstein's home, met his wife and children and Harvey set her up to watch the film in his private screening room. According to Lupita, Weinstein interrupted the film just 15 minutes in and invited her to his private bedroom.
Once in the bedroom, Lupita says Harvey asked if he could give her a massage. The actress says she panicked and offered to give the producer one instead, he obliged, removed his shirt and laid down on the bed.
Nyong'o claims she fled the producer's home when he tried to remove his pants.
The actress says she turned down another advance by Weinstein not long after the massage incident and he threatened her career. It was after she won an Oscar in 2014 that Weinstein approached her once again, begging her to star in one of his films ... an offer she declined.
'We have proven we can contain Boko Haram'– President Buhari says
President Buhari today said his administration has demonstrated the ability to contain the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria, especially in the North East.
Speaking at a joint press conference with the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Buhari said the relative peace and improved security situation in the Northeast, is a testimony to the efforts of his administration in combating terrorism since he came into office in May 2015. “We were very surprised and disturbed by the claim made by Boko Haram on what they have been getting from ISIS. We know we will be able to contain them and we have proven that we can do it. We are very pleased that Turkey is in a position to assist us and has been strengthening our educational and health institutions.” he said
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Woman charged with killing two sons while Nigerian husband was in detention
A 30-year-old woman, Kula Pelima, has been charged with drowning her infant son and the baby’s 5-year-old half-brother, police officials in Wilmington, USA said Tuesday.
It was gathered that she killed the two children after expressing concerns over her immigration status.
The Police in Wilmington, who summoned to the woman’s apartment on Monday morning, found the children dead in the tub and a strong smell of gas in the air, prompting a temporary evacuation of the building, Philly.com reported.
Chief of Police Robert Tracy told journalists at a news conference that Pelima has been taken into custody and charged with two counts of first-degree murder after questioning and confession.
The boys were identified as Solomen Eppell, 4 months old, and Alex Eppell, 5.
According to police, no one else was home at the time.
Pelima’s boyfriend, Victor Epelle, who’s also the father of the two children was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents earlier this month for immigration issues, Whyy.org reported.
Epelle is originally from Nigeria. He’s being held in a York, Pennsylvania prison. Investigators said Pelima never explained why she harmed the children, but it appears she grew concerned about her immigration status. She is originally from Liberia but has been in the U.S. since 1997. Police said Pelima and Epelle established residence in Wilmington within the past few months.
Tracy said Pelima, a Liberian native, had called police at 3:45 a.m. Monday, expressing concern about her immigration status. An officer who went to the address to reassure the woman she was not in trouble saw the 5-year-old and reported seeing nothing wrong or alarming.
When police were called again to the apartment around 8:30 a.m., the children were dead.
Police have not been able to locate the 5-year-old boy’s biologic
Ghanaian Refugee Jailed For Raping Woman In Front Of Her Boyfriend In Germany. .
A Ghanaian refugee has been sentenced to almost 12 years in prison for the rape of a young woman in front of her boyfriend at a camping site in Germany. The 31-year-old identified as Eric X, who was branded highly dangerous by a psychiatric expert – was given the 11 year and six month sentence at Bonn State Court, Germany.
According to reports, Eric denied to the end being responsible despite the testimony from an expert saying the chance of someone else’s sperm being on the victim was a 30billion to one chance.
Eric reportedly insulted the victim by saying: ‘If the court says the DNA fits, then I have to call the girl a prostitute. Anyone who supports this girl who claims to have been raped is the dirtiest person on earth.’ According to reports, Eric struck in April this year at a campsite near the city on the Rhine, dragging the 23-year-old woman from the tent she was sharing with her boyfriend. The terrified young man had been threatened with a machete when the Ghanaian refugee entered the tent and told him to remain where he was.
The attacker dragged the girl a few yards into a meadow at the Siegaue Nature Reserve and raped her.
The boyfriend was forced to watch as the attacker violated his lover – and the police never arrived.
A photofit picture of the attacker led to his arrest and DNA testing confirmed his guilt. A CD player he stole from the tent was found at his refugee centre. He tried to flee when police moved in to arrest him.. The rape was one of the most high-profile sex attacks laid at the door of refugees since the migrant crisis began.