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Zimbabwe plans to ban sales of alcohol during weekdays to maintain good health

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According to the Zimbabwe Mail, the government is considering placing a ban on the sale of alcohol during weekdays, and at certain times.

 

Already, a cabinet committee has approved a draft policy outlawing the sale of alcoholic products during certain days, hours, and to pregnant women.  Zimbabwe’s former Health Minister Timothy Stamps, who is the current Health Advisor in the Office of the President and Cabinet, proposed the bill.

 

According to him, the policy will help maintain good health, as well as protect people from alcohol abuse. The policy seeks to ban the sale of alcohol during the week and at certain hours of the day.

 

The policy will also provide a guideline on the consumption of alcohol in parties like weddings and birthdays, depending on the venue of the party.  Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of above 0,08 per 100ml will also be arrested, as well as those found selling alcohol to pregnant women.  The policy will give to the police the power to enforce the ban, which includes that any alcohol advertisement should at least be 100 metres away from a road intersection, school, clinic, hospital, church and old people’s homes.

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Lagos police command arrests notorious cult members in Lagos Island

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The Lagos state police command yesterday arrested eight (8) members of a notorious cult group that specializes in terrorizing the residence of Lagos Island. A statement by the public relations officer of the command, Olarinde Famous-Cole says that at about 6.30am, the command received a distress call from residence in the area, that unknown hoodlums were engaging themselves and parading dangerous weapons at Evans street Lagos Island.

Upon the information received, police operatives from the command trailed the suspects to their hideout at Federation Hotel located at Andrew street Lagos Island.

The names of the suspects arrested are: Kazeem Kareem ‘m’ , Belly Akeem ‘m’ , Ahmed Hassan ‘m’, Abiodun Hassan ‘m’, Segun Popoola (a.k.a Playboy) ‘m’ , Adeyinka Ayodeji ‘m’, Olanrewaju Sulaiman ‘m’ and one Sakirat Kareem ‘f’ we’re apprehended at the hotel. During interrogation, the suspects confessed to be members of ‘Eye Confraterbity cult group. They also have useful information of one Rasak Olalekan Kareem ‘m’ a.k.a Falapa 25yrs who is believed to be the gang leader of the ‘Eye’ cult.

The Lagos state police command has also declared one of the notorious cultists, Rasak Olalekan Kareem aka falapa arrested.The command says if seen anywhere, he should be apprehended and handed over to the nearest police station.

Meanwhile all suspects arrested so far would soon be charged to court. The police have enjoined members of the public are enjoined to assist the police with useful information that could lead to the arrest of all other Plain cultist on the Island.

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APC Spokesman Bolaji Abdullahi unveils cover of new book on Goodluck Jonathan

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This is the first look of the front cover of the much talked about book, On a Platter of Gold – How Jonathan Won and Lost Nigeria, by the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi.

The book generated huge attention last week when it was revealed that it would be released in October, prompting some commentators to conclude it would be an exposure of the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Mallam Abdullahi served under the Jonathan administration for about three years and the expectation is that he would have inside details about the administration.

According to the press statement announcing the book last week: On a Platter of Gold is part history, part political thriller, which answers many of the often-asked questions about Jonathan’s incredible rise to the highest political office in the land and his unprecedented electoral defeat in 2015.’’

The title of the book has also led many to suggest that it would not be complimentary to the former President who fortuitously rose to power in 2010 after the death of President Umaru Yar’ Adua. In reality however, the title of the book may have been inspired by the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan herself.

While clarifying her rift with former Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi, in 2013, Mrs. Jonathan stated that the Jonathan presidency was an opportunity that fell to the South-South on a platter of gold.

“The presidency is an opportunity that fell unto us on a platter of gold. We shouldn’t throw it away. We have had people that contested from this region but didn’t win. We didn’t fight, we didn’t pay. God willed it to us so we shouldn’t use politics to fight one another or destroy our kingdom”, Mrs. Jonathan had declared.

 

Now Libers are the first to view the front cover!

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A bus collision accident in New York leaves 3 dead, 16 injured

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Three people died and 16 others were injured after a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus and a private tour bus collided in Queens, New York causing one of the buses to crash into a building.

 

According to the NYPD, the driver of the Dahlia Travel and Tours bus, which struck the building, was killed in the crash, along with a passenger in the MTA bus and a pedestrian on the sidewalk.

 

Mayor Bill de Blasio during a press conference after the accident said, “we’ve had a really tragic morning here in Flushing, Queens. Just shocking to see the scene over there. Hard to compare it to anything I’ve ever seen, the sheer destruction from the impact of this collision“.

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ASUU suspends strike

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Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities have suspended their over a month old strike action. The lecturers proceeded on a strike on August 14th. Announcing the suspension, the President of the union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, said the strike would be suspended until the end of October so that the Federal government can fulfill all the promises it had made to the association. He said failure to fulfill the agreement would result in the resumption of the strike.

ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike on August 14th following government’s failure to implement its 2009 agreement and 2013 memorandum of understanding (MoU), non-payment of salaries, non-payment of earned academic allowance (EAA), removal of universities staff schools from funding by government and non-implementation of provisions of the 2014 pension reform act with respect to retired professors and their salaries.

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‘FG can handle IPOB, we don’t need foreign help” – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, says

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has described the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) as an internal threat that would not be needing foreign help to curtail by the Federal government. The Minister said this in an interview with journalists in New York yesterday September 15th.

“IPOB is, as of now, an internal threat and Nigeria does not need international assistance to resolve it. Boko Haram is not an internal threat; it is an international threat. When the group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), it became international threat.” he said

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‘Dear IPOB member, let us all go and register and get our PVCs ready for 2019’ – man writes

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Now that the Nnamdi Kanu led IPOB movement has been declared a terror organisation, Facebook user, Dike Chidozie has a new advice for members of the movement.

 

According to him, ‘My dear IPOB brothers and sisters let us all go and register and get our PVCs ready for 2019. Channel our anger to the appropriate quarters with the strength of our votes (Igwebuike) . Vote and protect our votes with the same strength , energy , passion and the desire we have for the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra. By so doing we are creating a solid foundation for the south Eastern Nigeria. Let us channel our anger to all the south eastern governors, senators , house of Rep members, and off course the ruling party because they have all failed our generation and the recent happenings in Abia state over the past weeks has once again proved to me that we need a complete change in the administration of the Igbo nation. The sound of the pen will always remain louder than the sound of the gun. I have my own PVC do you have yours?’

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“Younger ones are telling our women in Lagos to rise up and take their position” – Gov. Ambode says as he receives female 17th One Day Governor

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The 17th one day Governor of Lagos state, Zuffon Adebukola Noimot and members of her cabinet today paid a courtesy visit to Akinwunmi Ambode – the real Governor. Noimot, a student  from Awodi Ora Senior Secondary School, was the winner of the 2017 Spelling Bee Competition in June 2017.

Speaking during the visit, Gov. Ambode said;

 This is a significant day for Lagos State and it also signals what the future actually holds for Lagos State in which we have seated here, two female strong members of the new State Executive Council and we have a female Governor and a female Deputy Governor.

It is also telling us a story about what the future of Lagos is all about that one day we would find seated here, not just a day governor, but for a period or tenure of four years, there would be a female Governor in this State.

We’ve had female Deputy Governors in this State; it also says something that these younger ones are telling our women in Lagos to rise up and actually take their position

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Abia state government extends curfew in Aba to Friday September 15th

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The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has extended the three days curfew imposed on Aba to Friday, 15th September 2017. Yesterday, Governor Ikpeazu, announced the imposition of a curfew from Tuesday to Thursday, in Aba following the clash between IPOB members and some military officers that led to the death of at least seven members of the secession group.

In a statement released by his office today, the Governor wishes to advice residents and visitors to fully co-operate with security agents to ensure continuing maintenance of law and order within the commercial city and environs.

He also wishes to express his displeasure with the situation where people are compelled to raise their hands while passing through security checkpoints and hereby call on security agents and all concerned to ensure that such acts, and other forms of inhumane and barbaric treatment of people, are discontinued immediately.

It will be recalled that following security concerns and potential for breakdown of law and order, the Governor had announced the imposition of three days dusk to dawn (6pm to 6am) curfew at Aba from Tuesday 12/09/2017 to Thursday 14/09/2017.

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Biafra agitations aimed at toppling President Buhari’s government- Northern Youths coalition says

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The Coalition of Northern Youth Groups had a press confess in Kano state today where they alleged that the Biafra agitations by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is aimed at toppling the Buhari-led government and getting President Buhari out of office by any means.

 

Addressing journalists at the press conference which held at the state’s NUJ secretariat, the spokesperson of the groups, Abdul-azeez Suleiman, said the plan of IPOB members is to make Nigeria ungovernable. The group appealed to northerners residing in all parts of the country to remain calm and law-abiding and not be “dragged into taking laws in their hands”. They say they would not allow a foreigner or a “madman” throw the country into a state of anarchy.

“As cultured people with a long history of tolerance and respect for constituted authorities, we call on northerners to resist the temptation of carrying out reprisals and playing to the gallery. Northerners in line with their disciplined nature must refuse at this point to be dragged into taking the law in their hands through unnecessary and unproductive confrontation with members of any sectional, ethnic or religious group. We must remain peacefully focused, mutually respectful, trusting and tolerant as we repose confidence in the ability and committed willingness of the Nigerian security agencies to handle the situation as well as protect the lives and properties of every Nigerian anywhere. The agitations and disturbances that have been ongoing ceaselessly since the coming to power of the Muhammadu Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo administration in 2015, are aimed at rendering the country practically ungovernable, and ushering in of anarchy and instability, thereby occasioning a change of government by whatever means and tactics. Targeting president Buhari’s administration and singling him for attacks and irrelevant treatment is aimed at causing inter-regional crisis possibly leading to general unrest. Our stand on the current situation in Nigeria is that we will not fall to that instigation to allow a possible foreigner or a mad man to plunge us into this unnecessary madness. We, therefore, dedicate effort in creating the right conditions for peaceful negotiations with other peace-loving groups in every situation on the political dispensation that should emerge now or in the future.” he said

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Pics: Flood disaster claim 10 lives, displace 425 people in Kebbi state

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Following the recent devastating flood disaster, no fewer than 10 lost their lives and 42 others hospitalised due to an outbreak of diseases aftermath of the recent incident in Dandi Local Government Area of Kebbi state.

About 133 houses, farm lands and Silos were also destroyed, leaving hundreds affected residents in Dole Kaina, Malaye and Danawa Communities taking solace in a Primary School.

Accompanied by a delegated authorities in the state to the affected places, NEMA staff led by the Nema Sokoto Head of Operations, Mal. Suleiman Muhammad discovered that outbreak of diseases like Cholera, Malaria and Dermal infections were the major causes that resulted to the dead of some people, with others being hospitalized.

Residents in the area lamented to the assessment team that Increase in volume of river Niger led to the overflow of large amount of water to the riverine areas, more especially floodplains.

However, the federal government has given an immediate directives to the agency as a matter of urgency to provide relief support to the affected victims.

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63-year old Halimah Yacob becomes Singapore’s first female President

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Singapore has elected 63-year old Halimah Yacob as its first female president which also makes her the first head of state to come from the county’s Malay community in almost five decades.

Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament, did not face a vote for the largely ceremonial post after authorities said other candidates did not meet strict eligibility criteria.

She was declared Singapore’s eighth president after a “walkover” election that saw no vote after no other contenders ran for the position.  She was the only candidate deemed eligible to stand in the country’s Elections Department, having held a key public position as speaker of parliament for three years.

The other two contenders, Salleh Marican and Farid Khan, were both denied eligibility, having fallen short of a constitutional rule that required any candidate from the private sector to have led a company with shareholder equity of at least 500 million Singapore dollars (372 million dollars).

Following the announcement, Yacob thanked her supporters in a speech, calling it “a proud moment for Singapore, for multiculturalism and multi-racialism.”

While some have applauded the historic moment, the election has also drawn public criticism due to what was seen as a lack of democratic process.  Yacob addressed these concerns, saying “I am a president for everyone, regardless of race, language, religion or creed.”

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Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, declares three-day curfew in Aba

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Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has declared a three-day curfew in the state capital, Aba, following a clash between members of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB and some soldiers today.

 

According to reports, the clash between both parties occurred at the Isiala Ngwa junction of Aba and seven IPOB members reportedly lost their lives. The secessionist group members were on their way to Umuahia, the hometown of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, when the clash occurred. Earlier today, IPOB members in Umuahia had a faceoff with some soldiers who passed by their leaders home in the town.

In a statement released this evening, the state government says the curfew will begin from 6 pm to 6 am starting from Tuesday, September 12 until Thursday, September 14th. Read the full statement below

Abia State has for the past few days been the focus of security searchlight occasioned by the reported skirmish between some groups in the State, especially Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) with men of the Nigerian Army. Government notes and has observed the frenzy of activities of members of IPOB within Afara – Umuahia, the ancestral home of the leader of IPOB for some months now. Government is equally aware of the recent proclamation by the Nigerian Army of Operation Python Dance II within the South-East geopolitical region of Nigeria. The operation as declared by the Army is intended to check kidnapping, banditry, assassination, secessionist activities within the region, amongst other forms of criminal activities. The recent confrontation between the Nigerian Army and members of IPOB on Sunday, 10th September, 2017, could presumably be attributed to the commencement of the said Operation Python Dance II. The Abia State Government unequivocally states that Abia is a component State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and subscribes to the supremacy of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and all other extant laws.

While the Government of Abia State recognizes the right of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies, to perform their statutory duty of protection of lives and property of Nigerian citizens, such duties must be carried out within acclaimed Nigerian and international standards of engagement with the civil populace, with due respect to the human rights of citizens and sanctity of human lives. The Abia State Government is committed to the protection of the lives and properties of its citizens and others residing and doing business within the geographical entity called Abia State. Abians and others living within Abia, are advised to remain law abiding and carry on their lawful business without fear, as efforts by Government will be made to reduce friction between the civil populace and military personnel in the State. Meanwhile, Aba residents are advised to observe a curfew from 6pm to 6am from today 12/09/2017 to 14/09/2017. Persons residing within the State are strongly advised to remain law abiding, while going about their lawful business without fear of molestation, and, not engage in any form of confrontation with military personnel or other security agents. The Government recognizes the constitutional Right to Freedom of Movement for all Nigerians, but objects to the influx of people into Abia State for purposes of unsettling the enduring peace in the State.

Finally, Abia State will co-operate with security agencies to maintain the rule of law and order in the State.

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