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THE BIG READ: Who unseats Buhari in 2019? Contenders, pretenders and unknowns

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, three events signalled a shift in gear in the march towards the 2019 presidential election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that Saturday February 16, 2019, would be the date for the Presidential and National Assembly elections in Nigeria.

On the same day, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State officially declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election, in what could be described as a controversial early play serving a foretaste of the kind of intrigue that high-level political drama in Nigeria has come to be known.

The arrest of two top officials of the Ekiti State government also happened on same day. Following Fayose’s declaration for president, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested the state’s Commissioner for Finance, Toyin Ojo, and Accountant General, Yemisi Owolabi.

This move seemed too much of a coincidence, sparking widespread reaction linking it to the presidency’s attemp…

How do you cope when your spouse suffers from dementia?

By Bunmi Sofola

“I began losing my husband nine years ago,” said 72-year-old Charlotte, a retired  industrial nurse. “We were both in our early 60s when he became strangely forgetful and disoriented. I can’t quite pinpoint when Idowu, my husband—that is to say the man I married—disappeared, but that man no longer exists. The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s didn’t happen until three years ago, but by then it didn’t really need a name. It was abundantly clear that something was seriously wrong.

“His doctor’s abroad had told me what to expect but I never realised it was going to be this hard. Idowu forgot about the diagnosis as soon as they were made. I wasn’t surprised. Only what I didn’t appreciate back then was that I was experiencing bereavement. Life rolls on. You make adjustments, you get on with it. But when you are least expecting it, grief comes crashing in and knocks you off balance. I can be watching TV, or preparing dinner and wham! It hits me. My husband has gone. I’m left …

Biafra: Defence Headquarters speaks on Nnamdi Kanu’s whereabouts

The Defence Headquarters has declared that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu is not in military custody.

DHQ spokesperson, John Enenche, made the declaration while stating that it was not the responsibility of the military to declare Kanu wanted.

Eneche maintained that the whereabouts of the IPOB leader was unknown.

He said this while addressing journalists on Friday.

According to Enenche, “Nnamdi Kanu is not in the custody of the military.

”It is not the responsibility of the military to declare Nnamdi Kanu wanted. The military did not proscribe IPOB.

“Due process was followed to proscribe it. The job of the military was to diagnose security issues and warned the public of consequences and that is part of our media operations.

“We did our media operations very well, otherwise that weekend would have been the longest weekend in this country and we are also very careful choosing our words and we know the law very well.”

Following an alleged military inva…

We found out like everyone else that US wiretapped Jonathan’s officials- Onyeama

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Wednesday disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government did not know that the United States was listening in on telephone conversations of some officials of the Jonathan administration in order to monitor high-level “suspicious” transactions made in the country.

Recall that in July, a compromising telephone conversation between former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and her business associates, Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore, was leaked.

In the recording, Alison-Madueke was heard cautioning Aluko over his extravagance, warning that he was attracting scrutiny. Reports of the content had emerged as part of developments in the ongoing legal proceedings in the United States.

Speaking with state house correspondents in Abuja on Wednesday, Onyeama revealed that the government was making effort to recover stolen funds hidden abroad.

He said, “On the issue of how much is stolen from the country, it’s an ongoing thi…

Police officer kills self after shooting girlfriend dead [PHOTO]

A police officer in Nakuru County, Kenya, shot his girlfriend dead before taking his life with the same AK47 rifle at their home in Freehold Area.

CitizenTV reports that the police officer identified as Stephen Mungai Kinuthia, who was stationed at Molo Police Station, shot his girlfriend three times.

An eyewitness, who is also a watchman in the area told the television station, “I was with the caretaker when we heard a man fighting with the wife and the man was striking her with canes, and as we were going to help, we heard gun shots and stayed put.”

Also speaking from the crime scene of the incident, neighbors said they heard a child shouting “baba anaua mama!” meaning, ‘father is killing mother’ before gun shots rent the air.

According to neighbours, the woman had only lived in the apartment for two weeks and that the police officer was a frequent visitor.

The County’s police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Nakuru OCPD, Joshua Omukatta, told the TV station that “police started a p…

Unbelievable: 2-year-old Girl Allegedly Roasted Alive By Her Own Mother at Night

A woman is believed to have barbecued her daughter alive in Brussels.

According to a Metro UK report, rescue workers who found the charred remains of a 2-year-old girl on a barbecue are now investigating the incident.

The child was found by firefighters and cops on Sunday evening when neighbours saw smoke coming out of a garage in Zemst, a town just to the North of the Belgian capital of Brussels.

The rescue workers found the remains of a young child, with over three quarters of her body fully charred, on a barbecue.

According to local media, the neighbours heard the child scream shortly before the start of the fire.

The 27-year-old mother allegedly told cops at the scene: ‘We both had to burn alive, only this way we will enter heaven together.’

The mother, whose name was not reported due to privacy reasons, was taken to a hospital with severe carbon monoxide poisoning.

Due to her physical and mental state she has not yet been interrogated by police investigators.

She has however bee…

Nnamdi Kanu Accepted Restructuring Before Military Invasion - Evangelist Uko

Nnamdi Kanu Founder of the Igbo Youth Movement (IYM), Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko has revealed that the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu had agreed that Nigeria must be restructured shortly before the Nigerian army invaded his home in Abia. It was gathered that Uko, who was present at the meeting between the South-east governors and Kanu in Enugu state on August 30, 2017, said that Prof. Ben Nwabueze had successfully convinced Kanu to shift ground on secession. Uko, who is also the Deputy Secretary of Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT) told Sun; "The August 30, 2017, meeting between Kanu and South East governor was historic, in the sense that Nwabueze made Kanu to adjust his position in a landmark development.
"Because of Kanu’s respect for Nwabueze, he accepted in principle, Nwabueze’s proposal for restructuring of Nigeria and stepped down the agitation for secession. But, the restructuring should be a return to the 1963 Constitution format.

Police Officer Who Arrested Evans the Kidnapper Bags Prestigious Award

Abba Kyari Abba Kyari who led the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team that arrest suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudememe Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans, has been award for  doing a good job. Kyari won the City Pride Achievers Award as the most outstanding crime fighter of the year, 2017. The police officer was promoted from the rank of an Assistant Commissioner of Police to Deputy Commissioner of police soon after the arrest of Evans.

LUTH, Psychiatric Hospital Discharge Patients Due To Strike

File Photo As the strike declared by health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) bites harder, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, have hurriedly discharged patients admitted in the hospitals. This is because majority of the nurses that should care for them have joined the industrial action. The development has compelled the Federal Government to appeal to JOHESU to call off the strike. Minister of Labour and Employment Senator Chris Ngige, said that government was working assiduously towards addressing the demands of the health workers. Investigations by New Telegraph revealed that about 90 per cent of patients on admission at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, have so far been discharged. Also in LUTH, a reliable source told New Telegraph that majority of the over 300 patients admitted in the teaching hospital have been discharged, leaving only 120 patients in the wards, due to…

Palestinian gunman kills three Israelis in West Bank

Three Israelis have been shot dead by a Palestinian at the entrance to the Jewish settlement of Har Adara in the occupied West Bank, Israeli police say. The gunman, a 37-year-old from a nearby village, was also shot and died later. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the attack on Palestinian incitement. It came as Donald Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt arrived in Jerusalem to try to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks. Police say the gunman, identified in Israeli media as Nimer Jamal, struck after he raised suspicions of security personnel at a rear gate at Har Adar. He shot his victims - two security guards and a border policeman - at close-range and seriously wounded another person, before being shot by security forces. The gunman was a father-of-four who had an Israeli permit to work in Jewish settlements along the boundary of the West Bank, Israel's internal security agency said. He came from the village of Beit Surik, about a mile east of Har A…

How APC Caused Biafra Agitations in Nigeria - Lawmaker Explains

Oladipupo Adebutu Member representing Remo Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Oladipupo Adebutu, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) should be liable for the current agitation by the now proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). He said this yesterday while fielding questions from newsmen in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State. According to him, “the body language of APC tends to suggest that there is first class, second class and third class citizenry in Nigeria. To me, that has been the main reason fueling the Biafra agitation.” Adebutu said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led government in the last 16 years had created an enabling environment and equal opportunity for Nigerians to thrive and maintained that the APC should be liable for the current woes being experienced by some sections of Nigeria. Adebutu, said though IPOB had genuine reasons to agitate, the situation must be handled with caution in order not to throw the country into turmoil. The lawmaker, however,…

Another Nigerian Man Allegedly Beaten to Death By Police in South Africa (Graphic Photos)

The late Obosi The incessant killings of Nigerians by South African police authorities seem to be getting out of hand. Another Nigerian man identified by his nickname, Obosi has been killed. According to Star Boy Nino Brown who shared the sad news, the young man was beaten to death by Metro police in Johannesburg, South Africa. Angry Nigerians stormed the police station in protest to the young man's death. This year alone, the media has reported about 5 cases of Nigerians being violently assaulted to death by security operatives in South Africa which has been plagued with acts of xenophobia.

Bodybuilder Bursts Into Church, Kills 1 and Injures 6 Before Being Taken Down by Usher (Photo)

The gunman was named as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson One  woman is dead and seven wounded after a masked gunman opened fire on worshippers at a Tennessee church. The attacker walked silently down the aisle yesterday as he shot unsuspecting congregants with two handguns before a heroic usher confronted the shooter, police said. The female victim was gunned down in the church's car park while the church's pastor was shot in the chest, local TV station WKRN reported. The alleged gunman has now been named as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson of Rutherford County. Horrified worshippers comforted one another after police had swooped on the church in Antioch, TN All but one of the victims were older than 60, local police said. Samson strode into Nashville's Burnette Chapel Church of Christ wearing a ski mask and opened fire, spokesman Don Aaron of the Metropolitan Nashville Police told reporters. The woman was later identified as 39-year-old Melanie Smith, of Smyrna. Robert C…