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Four corps members abductors in lfon, Ose council area of Ondo state, have narrated their four days ordeal in the kidnapper’s den.
Recall that the corp members were kidnapped along the Ifon-Owo highway in the state, on their way from Enugu State, where they had undergone the mandatory orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

During the attack, the driver of the vehicle and a female passenger were shot dead.

The victims include Adewole Paul Oluwaseun, Oluwadara Feranmi, Andrew Patience, Oribamise Taiwo , and Ajayi Lekan.

Narrating their ordeal to newsmen in Akure, the state capital, one of the corps members, a female, Patient Andrew, said that they were tortured and only fed with dirty water and gari.

According to her ” We board a bus from Abia state to Onitsha, but our driver was not fast enough, one of the park drivers took us to where we board another bus going to Akure, we got there around 2pm but the driver did not take off immediately, so we left Onitsha park around 5pm with 9 passengers in a Siena bus.

“We got to Ondo State around 10 pm. Our abductors flashed torch light on the driver and the driver said “Oga I no see you”

“They shot the driver twice, the moment he made that statement and the woman sitting next to him, and one guy was butchered, two people died and we don’t know about the guy that was butchered and ran away.

“The kidnappers brought us out of the vehicle and they took us inside the bush, we trekked from past 10 P.m. till around 7 am the following day in the bush.

” Our kidnappers were five in number and their age ranged around 25 and not up to 30 they were speaking Hausa/Fulani language and they had one interpreter.

“They tortured us and we were only given garri and dirty water for four days

Speaking on the ransom paid, the 25-year-old abductee said “At first they asked for N30 million per person but as the negotiations were ongoing they brought it down to N3 million per person.

” But after much negotiation, they now asked us to bring N1 million each.

“We slept inside the bush throughout the day, we heard the bark of a dog and the sound of a cow in the bush and we passed through farmland when we were coming out.


” As we walked through the thick forest, we didn’t meet anybody. Our brothers came with what they asked for which is 3 Hollandia yoghurt, 2 loaves of bread, one carton of Peak milk, one pack of malt 5 bottles of Fearless energy drink, one pack of YES cigarettes and 10 packs of rice and chicken and N1 million each.

“We were treated in Owo area command clinic and later wrote our statements.

The brother of one of the victims, Oluwadara Olamide, who took the ransom to the abductors said that they gave him the location to drop the money.

Olayide said “We agreed on N5 million in total, they gave me a location and told me to be there before 10 am, then I gathered the money and we got to Owo at 9:30 am and they told me to stop at the double lane that entered Owo town, then I was trying their number till 11am when I was able to call them, then they called me back after 15 minutes.

” They then asked me to take a transport from that junction to Mobil, so I called them after getting to Mobil, then they asked me to take two motorcycles, one for me and the other to carry the stuff we bought for them, then they told us to go to Achiever road at Ago Alhaji.

” I was warned not to inform the security, otherwise they will deal with me.

“One of them said “If you bring wahala, wahala plenty here.

“We told the bike men that we were going on an excursion, then when we got to Ago Alhaji, then they told us to go to Ago Pan, so when we got to Ago Pan we called them, and a young guy came to meet us with gun and told us where to pass, and we got into the bush and I showed them the bag where the cash was and they carried it away.

According to him, “Not quite long, they called out their other members who later brought our family members out of hiding.

Recall that the state police command said the victims “were abandoned by their assailants after the police mounted pressure on the kidnappers.

Police image maker, Funmi Odunlami, said that ” policemen drawn from the Tactical squad led by the Area Commander of Owo, ACP Olufemi Awoyale continuous combing of the Bush with sustained technical support frustrated the assailants and were forced to abandon the victims at Oyinbo/ Sanusi Camp.

 

(Vanguard)

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has raised an urgent call for the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, to investigate allegations of unlawful demolitions carried out by suspected armed hoodlums allegedly accompanied by police officers.


HURIWA in a statement on Tuesday, frowned that the demolitions reportedly took place under alleged orders from the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) and the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit, without the knowledge of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.


Drawing major points from a detailed petition received and acknowledged by the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in Lagos, which was made available to the rights group, HURIWA, in the statement signed by its national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, highlighted a series of disturbing incidents involving Harmony Gardens and Estates Development Ltd.


“The petition described how irate youths from Oko Orisan apprehended the alleged invader and the hoodlums, handing them over to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police’s crack team. It noted that the Zone 2 police officers overseeing the forceful takeover fled the scene when the CP’s team arrived. The estate owner, Hon. Dr. Saheed Mosadoluwa, intervened to prevent the youths from taking the law into their own hands, urging them to allow the police to handle the situation.


“The financial implications of these events have been significant. The invaders’ alleged activities have reportedly led to substantial losses for Harmony Gardens, including the alleged theft of payloaders worth 180 million Naira. The damages inflicted during the alleged attack on July 22 add to the escalating losses, which now include extensive property destruction valued at over one billion Naira,” HURIWA referenced the petition.


Hence, HURIWA demanded that the IGP take immediate steps to investigate and deal appropriately with the officers implicated in these unlawful acts based on the petition reportedly submitted to the DPP in Lagos. The report of the police investigation should also be submitted to the DPP just as everyone accused would then have fair hearing based on available facts.


The association insisted that the IGP direct the Lagos State Commissioner of Police to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the allegations, identifying the officers involved and ensuring that justice is served by submitting the report to the DPP.


HURIWA also applauded the IGP’s stance that the police should not involve themselves in civil matters such as land disputes unless there is a clear threat to law and order.


This position, the association argued, aligns with global best practices and is crucial for maintaining the integrity and professionalism of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).


Furthermore, HURIWA stressed the importance of enhancing inter-agency cooperation to ensure a unified approach to law enforcement and the prevention of criminal activities.


The association underscored the necessity for the NPF to strengthen its cooperative relationship with other agencies, such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to prevent the creation of unnecessary tension between these bodies.


HURIWA emphasized that its call for an investigation reflects the broader public demand for justice and accountability within the NPF, noting that by addressing these allegations promptly and transparently, the IGP can reinforce public trust in the police force and demonstrate a commitment to upholding the rule of law.


“The petition brings to light the broader issue of police conduct in Nigeria. It is claimed that the actions of certain police officers have not only led to significant financial losses but have also undermined public trust in the NPF. The petitioners argue that without a thorough and transparent investigation, these incidents will continue to erode the credibility of the police force.


“Therefore, this call for an investigation reflects the broader public demand for justice and accountability within the NPF. By addressing these allegations promptly and transparently, the IGP can reinforce public trust in the police force and demonstrate a commitment to upholding the rule of law,” HURIWA asserted.


The association also highlighted the importance of using proper channels to address grievances, rather than resorting to media blackmail or other forms of public pressure. By encouraging the public to follow lawful procedures, HURIWA aimed to promote a more just and orderly society.


In addition to the financial and social impact, HURIWA emphasized the human cost of these unlawful demolitions, highlighting that families and individuals who have invested their life savings into these properties are left devastated, facing not only financial ruin but also emotional trauma. The association called on the IGP to consider the broader implications of these actions and to take a compassionate approach to resolving these disputes.


“The alleged unlawful demolitions in Lagos have brought to the forefront critical issues regarding police conduct, property rights, and the rule of law. Our petition to the IGP underscores the urgent need for a thorough investigation and appropriate action to address these allegations. We remain committed to advocating for human rights and holding those in power accountable for their actions,” HURIWA concluded.


 

 

US Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle resigned on Tuesday, a day after admitting that the agency failed to prevent an assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump.


Cheatle faced bipartisan calls to step down after a 20-year-old gunman wounded Trump at a July 13 campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania. “It is overdue, she should have done this at least a week ago,” said Mike Johnson, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives. “I’m happy to see that she has heeded the call of both Republicans and Democrats.”


President Joe Biden thanked Cheatle for her nearly three decades of service with the Secret Service, noting her dedication and the risks she took to protect the nation. “We all know what happened that day can never happen again,” Biden stated. “As we move forward, I wish Kim all the best, and I will plan to appoint a new director soon.”


Cheatle appeared before a congressional oversight committee on Monday, where she described the attack on Trump as “the most significant operational failure of the Secret Service in decades.” During the tense hearing, lawmakers from both parties called for her resignation as she refused to provide specific details about the incident, citing ongoing investigations.


The attack occurred when the gunman, armed with an AR-style assault rifle, opened fire on Trump minutes after he began speaking at the rally. Positioned on the roof of a nearby building, the shooter was killed by a Secret Service sniper less than 30 seconds after firing the first of eight shots. Investigators concluded that the gunman acted alone and had no strong ideological or political motivations.


The attack also resulted in the death of 50-year-old Pennsylvania firefighter Corey Comperatore and left two rally attendees seriously wounded. Trump sustained a two-centimeter gunshot wound on his right ear, with the bullet narrowly missing his head.


Cheatle, who served as a Secret Service agent for 27 years before briefly working as head of security for PepsiCo in North America, was appointed as the head of the agency by President Biden in 2022.


 

(AFP)


Federal Polytechnic Ede in Osun State has suspended 27 Higher National Diploma (HND) students for two semesters and banned two former Student Union leaders from campus.


This disciplinary action follows a riotous protest against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).


The unrest began when EFCC operatives raided hostels in Owode Ede, a neighboring community, and arrested over 70 suspected internet fraudsters. In response, some students protested at the EFCC zonal office in Ibadan. The protest escalated into a violent demonstration on campus, resulting in property damage.


Students accused the school management of failing to secure the release of the arrested students. Consequently, the school’s management formed a panel to investigate the incident and suspended student union activities.


Sola Lawal, the institution’s media director, confirmed the disciplinary actions. “The management of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede Osun state constituted an investigation committee to unravel the mysteries surrounding the students’ crisis/rampage of Thursday, May 9th, 2024, leading to the stoning of people at the senior staff club,” Lawal stated. “The unprovoked attitude led to the vandalization of individual and institution’s properties. This unwarranted action negates the motto of the great citadel which the institution is known for after a painstaking and thorough investigation.”


He further added, “27 students of HND 1 and 2 have been suspended for two academic sessions, and two former Student Union leaders were banned from entering the two campuses of the institution.”


 

(Nation)

 

The House of Representatives has approved an additional ₦6.2 trillion in spending for the 2024 budget following President Bola Tinubu’s request to amend the 2024 Appropriations Act.


The amendment bill, introduced last week, quickly passed its second reading and was referred to the House Committee on Appropriations for further review.


The approval came after the committee’s chairman, Abubakar Bichi, presented a detailed report during the House plenary session on Tuesday.


President Tinubu had initially requested the budget amendment last Wednesday, proposing to increase the budget by ₦6.2 trillion. This request was made in a letter to Senate President Godswill Akpabio and read during a Senate plenary session.


In his letter, President Tinubu cited Section 58, sub-section two of the Nigerian Constitution, stating that the amendment was necessary to provide ₦3.2 trillion for Renewed Hope infrastructure projects and other critical infrastructure across the country.


Additionally, ₦3 trillion was allocated to meet further recurrent expenditure requirements for the proper operation of the Federal Government, funded by expected revenue.


“I forward herewith the above bills for consideration and passage by the Senate. The Appropriation Act Amendment Bill 2024 seeks to amend the principal Act to provide the sum of ₦3.2 trillion for Renewed Hope infrastructure projects and other critical infrastructure projects to be undertaken across the country. And the sum of ₦3 trillion to meet further recurrent expenditure requirements, necessary for the proper operation by the Federal Government expenditure, which is to be funded by expected revenue accruing to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” the letter read.


The Nigerian House of Representatives has instructed the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to reverse the recent electricity tariff increase for Band A customers.


This directive came on Tuesday following the adoption of a report by the House Committee on Power, which recommended reverting to the previous tariff due to the financial strain the new rate imposes on Nigerians.


NERC had announced a tariff hike, raising the cost for Band A customers to N225 per kilowatt. However, the House has resolved to investigate this increase further.


Presenting the report, Victor Nwokolo, Chairman of the Committee on Power, emphasized that the new tariff is unaffordable for many Nigerians.


The Committee’s recommendations were adopted by the Committee of the Whole and subsequently passed.


 

On Tuesday, President Bola Tinubu appealed to Nigerians planning to stage a nationwide hunger protest to reconsider their plans.


He urged citizens to allow his administration sufficient time to address their concerns.


Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, conveyed this message to the press following closed-door discussions with President Tinubu at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.


Idris stated, “On the issue of the planned protest, Mr. President does not see any need for that. He asked them to shelve that plan and he has asked them to await government’s response to all their pleas. So, there is no need for strike. The young people out there should listen to the President and allow the President more time to see to the realization of all the goodies he has for them.”


This appeal follows recent calls for nationwide protests from August 1-10 in response to the rising cost of living and economic hardships.


More details to follow…

 


(Punch)


On Tuesday, President Bola Tinubu forwarded the National Minimum Wage Bill to the National Assembly for consideration and potential passage into law.


This move follows an agreement reached last Thursday between the President and the leadership of the Organised Labour, setting the new national minimum wage for Nigerian workers at ₦70,000.


The agreement came after a series of negotiations between Labour leaders and President Tinubu, following months of failed talks between Labour representatives and a government-appointed tripartite committee on minimum wage.


This committee, established by the President in January, included representatives from both state and federal governments as well as the Organised Private Sector (OPS). The committee had proposed a ₦62,000 minimum wage, while Labour initially demanded ₦250,000, citing the unsustainable nature of the current ₦30,000 minimum wage amid rising inflation and living costs following the removal of the petrol subsidy.


Despite its original demand for ₦250,000, Labour accepted the President’s offer of ₦70,000. The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero, explained that Labour agreed to the ₦70,000 proposal while rejecting a conditional offer to increase the minimum wage to ₦250,000, which would have included a further rise in petrol prices. Ajaero also noted that Labour accepted the ₦70,000 wage because the minimum wage would now be reviewed every three years instead of every five years.


The submission of the Wage Bill 2024 to both chambers of the National Assembly follows President Tinubu’s promise in his Democracy Day speech on June 12, 2024, to send an Executive Bill on the new national minimum wage for consideration.


This legislative step aims to formalize the new wage agreement and provide Nigerian workers with a more sustainable income amidst ongoing economic challenges.


Ezenwa Onyewuchi, the federal lawmaker representing Imo East Senatorial District, has switched his allegiance from the Labour Party (LP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).


This defection was announced by Senate Majority Leader Michael Opeyemi Bamidele during Tuesday’s plenary session.


In a similar move, Salman Idris, a member of the House of Representatives representing Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency, also defected to the APC from the African Democratic Congress (ADC). Idris’s decision was officially announced in a letter read by Speaker Abbas Tajudeen on the floor of the House.


Earlier that day, Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma, who chairs the APC Progressive Governors’ Forum, was admitted into the Senate chamber to witness Onyewuchi’s defection. This move brings the number of APC Senators from Imo State to three.


In his letter of defection, Onyewuchi cited internal crises within the Labour Party as the primary reason for his departure. He also stated that his decision aligns with constitutional provisions.


Following the announcement, Onyewuchi was warmly welcomed by APC lawmakers and took his seat in the APC wing of the Senate Chambers.



(Channels)


Sheikh Yakubu Musa, the Chairman of Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah Wa’kamatus Sunnah in Katsina, has called on youths in the state to avoid participating in the planned nationwide protest against economic hardship.

Addressing the Muslim faithful after Friday prayers at Al-Sanawiyya Mosque in Katsina, he stated that protests are against Islamic teachings.

Sheikh Musa, however, acknowledged the economic hardships but argued that protests would not resolve the issues and might worsen the situation.

He mentioned that the government has been informed about the economic hardships citizens face and urged authorities to take measures to alleviate the situation.

His words: “Instead of getting out of that hardship, we may end up jumping into a bigger one. Like here in Katsina, we are also disturbed by insecurity.

“We should shun the planned protest. We should not be part of it. Our youths should also shun from being part of it.

“Because it could destroy the nation, we have seen what happened in some countries where as a result of protest, the countries had been thrown into war and total destruction.’’

Regarding the Samoa agreement, Sheikh Musa clarified that representatives from various Islamic sects had discussed the matter with federal government representatives.

He stated that the government officials assured them that LGBTQ issues were not included in the agreement.

Source:- Politicsnigeria

Former President Barack Obama did not endorse Kamala Harris — saying Democrats would pick an unnamed “outstanding nominee” in his first statement on President Biden stepping aside from the party’s ticket.

Obama, 62, was joined by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in not immediately backing the 59-year-old vice president — following reports last week that both favored an “open” process to replace Biden.

“We will be navigating uncharted waters in the days ahead,” Obama said. 

“But I have extraordinary confidence that the leaders of our party will be able to create a process from which an outstanding nominee emerges.”

Some Democrats fear that Harris could further diminish the party’s chances against former President Donald Trump, 78, in the Nov. 5 election.

I believe that Joe Biden’s vision of a generous, prosperous, and united America that provides opportunity for everyone will be on full display at the Democratic Convention in August,” Obama said.

And I expect that every single one of us are prepared to carry that message of hope and progress forward into November and beyond.”

America’s first black president added: “For now, Michelle and I just want to express our love and gratitude to Joe and Jill for leading us so ably and courageously during these perilous times  —  and for their commitment to the ideals of freedom and equality that this country was founded on.”

Obama remains one of the most respected leaders among Democrats and his lack of an endorsement of Harris could damage her candidacy and implicitly encourage new candidates to emerge.

Biden dropped out after Obama and other top Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Pelosi, privately expressed concerns following Biden’s dismal June 27 debate performance that the sitting president would lead down-ballot Democrats to a wipeout defeat.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker — a possible presidential contender — was among those who did not immediately back Harris, tweeting instead that “I will work every day to ensure that [Trump] does not win in November.”In an indication congressional Democrats could break ranks and derail a quick consensus around Harris, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told Politico on Sunday that he prefers an “open, responsive, democratic process” to pick Biden’s replacement.

Sen. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) told CBS he also favors a  “truncated process” to replace Biden.

Pelosi, the first woman to hold the country’s third-most-powerful post, notably did not endorse Harris in her initial statement on Biden’s decision — potentially giving cover to dissenters.

“With love and gratitude to President Biden for always believing in the promise of America and giving people the opportunity to reach their fulfillment. God blessed America with Joe Biden’s greatness and goodness,”
 Pelosi said.

Harris would be the first female president, the second of African ancestry and the first of South Asian descent. Her mother immigrated to the United States from India and her father from Jamaica. 

The Veep’s various demographic firsts are widely seen as a hindrance to any plan to dump her from the ticket, but Obama and Pelosi choosing not to endorse her could mute claims of sexism and racism.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), a leader among left-wing Democrats, said in a TikTok video ahead of Biden’s decision that mutineers calling on the president to stand aside also wanted to drop Harris.

“I’m gonna say what a lot of these folks aren’t saying… If you think that there is consensus among the people who want Joe Biden to leave, that they will support Vice President Harris, you would be mistaken,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“I’m going to be honest for them. I’m in these rooms… a lot of them are not just interested in removing the president, they are interested in removing the whole ticket.”

Harris said in her own statement that she would work to “unite” Democrats ahead of a planned virtual vote on the party’s ticket in early August ahead of the Aug 19-22 Democratic convention in Chicago.

The unusual virtual vote is being held to meet an Aug. 7 Ohio ballot access deadline, but Democrats could still choose a different candidate on the floor of the convention if a mutiny mounts among its 4,521 delegates.

Democrats fear that Harris might fare even worse against Trump due to awkward public appearances, low approval ratings and her widely criticized performance on items within her portfolio, including an assignment by Biden to reduce illegal immigration, which instead surged to new record highs.

She currently has a 38.1% favorability rating, according to the RealClearPolitics average of recent polls — trailing Biden’s 39.1% and Trump’s 42.8%.

Democratic sources have told The Post they’re concerned about ridicule over her habit of “cackling” in public and her seeming reluctance to tackle tough jobs such as her role as Biden’s so-called border czar. 

“We are so f–ked,” a senior congressional Democratic source told The Post on Friday about a possible Harris candidacy.

Apparently the border czar who lets 10 million illegals in is going to win this election for us. Absolutely ridiculous. She should join Biden as he exits stage left.”

Source:- Nypost

Senator Adams Oshiomhole has told Nigerians to be patient with the administration of President Bola Tinubu.

Oshiomhole stated this while fielding questions on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

This comes after the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), said inflation figures reached 34.19 per cent in June 2024.

DAILY POST reported that the high cost of living was triggered by the floating of the naira and the removal of fuel subsidy by the current administration.

However, Oshiomhole, a former governor and now representing Edo North in the Senate, expressed optimism that Tinubu’s policies would yield results in due course, calling for patience.

“You have to agree that some of the policy initiatives will require more than a year to materialise.

“What would the president gain by resorting to policy choices that are unlikely to deliver comfort in the long run?”

“So, I think for me, it is about having faith that in the long run, these things will work out,” he said.

Source:- Dailypostng

Joe Biden withdrew from the presidential race on Sunday, after weeks of mounting pressure from Democrats

Joe Biden’s decision to drop out of the 2024 Presidential race has sent ripples around the world, with a number of global leaders reacting to the news.

He also endorsed Vice-President Kamala Harris and said he would “focus all my energies on my duties as President” for the rest of his term.

Many of his allies paid tribute to his foreign policy achievements and acknowledged the difficulty of his decision.

“Thanks to [Biden], transatlantic cooperation is close, Nato is strong and the USA is a good and reliable partner for us. His decision not to run again deserves recognition,” Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz posted on X.

The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Keir Starmer said he “respects” Mr Biden’s decision and “looks forward” to working together for the rest of his presidency.
“I know that, as he has done throughout his remarkable career, President Biden will have made his decision based on what he believes is in the best interests of the American people,” Mr Starmer added.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

thanked Mr Biden and US First Lady Jill Biden, calling the president a “true friend” to Canadians. “He’s a great man, and everything he does is guided by his love for his country,” Mr Trudeau said.
Some noted the difficulty of Mr Biden’s decision to step away from power.

Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk
said Mr Biden had “made difficult decisions” throughout his political career that have “kept the world safer, and democracy and freedom stronger”.
“I know that you were guided by the same principles when announcing your latest decision. Perhaps the most difficult one in your life,” he said.

Mr Biden has faced intense pressure from recent weeks from fellow Democrats to step aside, after a faltering debate performance against Donald Trump in June.

But even up until last week, Mr Biden has said that he planned to stay in the race. At 81, he is the oldest person ever to have occupied the Oval Office.

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida

noted that Biden’s announcement is one the US president considers “the best political decision he can make”.
“The Japan-US alliance is the cornerstone of our country’s diplomacy and security, so we will monitor the situation closely,” Mr Kishida said.

Prime Minister of the Czech RepublicPetr Fiala,

described Mr Biden’s decision to withdraw as “responsible and personally difficult… but all the more valuable”.
But Mr Fiala also acknowledged growing political uncertainty in the US.

“I am keeping my fingers crossed for the USA that a good president emerges from the democratic competition of two strong and equal candidates,” he said.

Italy’s foreign minister and deputy PM Antonio Tajani

said his country “must look with great serenity to the US”. “We will work well with whoever the next president is, whether Trump or Harris,” he said.

Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelensky
said he respects Mr Biden’s “tough but strong decision” and thanked him for his “unwavering support for Ukraine’s fight for freedom.”
“We sincerely hope that America’s continued strong leadership will prevent Russian evil from succeeding or making its aggression pay off,” Mr Zelensky said.
Some countries at odds with the US have also reacted to Mr Biden’s decision.

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro
called it “the most sensible and correct decision”.
“[Mr Biden] realized that at that age and with weakened health he could not assume the reins of his country, let alone a presidential candidacy,” Mr Maduro said at a campaign event for his own re-election.

And the Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia’s priority will still be on its war in Ukraine. “A lot can change” before the US presidential vote in November, he added.
“We need to be patient and carefully monitor what happens,” he said.

Source:- BBC

Israel Afeare, aka Israel DMW, has shown gratitude to his boss, Davido, while revealing he has obtained a 10-year UK visa.

Davido’s logistics manager took to his Instagram Stories to share the news.

He also thanked the UK embassy

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The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama, has challenged Nigerian leaders to publicly “confess their sins against the people and return all they have corruptly looted for Nigeria to be a better place.”

The cleric who threw the challenge in his message delivered at St. Charles Lwanga Catholic Parish in Apo, Abuja, on Sunday July 21, drew reference to the open confession and apology by a Kenyan official in a recent video clip in which he promised to return all properties and money he acquired through corrupt means.

While delivering is sermon, the cleric said;

“How I wish in Nigeria our present and past political leaders will willingly come forward with such courage to tell the truth, and like Zacchaeus to honestly confess their acts of injustice and corruption committed against the ordinary Nigerians citizens.

Just imagine the impact, if beginning from our Local Government Chairmen, State Assembly members, commissioners, governors, House of Representative members, Senators, Ministers, Presidents, leaders of various security arms, the Judiciary, etc past and present, they accept to make this type of open confession and express their willingness to return whatever they have taken obviously not as part of their legitimate earnings but corruptly stolen from the people they were/are elected or appointed to serve.

Should this be honestly and transparently done, we will never need to borrow billions of Dollars from anywhere; hunger and poverty as currently experienced will find Nigeria a hostile place to exist, and our social infrastructure and amenities will be competing with those in the so-called “first world.” Our embassies around the world, will be overcrowded as foreigners will be clamouring and competing for visas to come to Nigeria.

Our Governors and Ministers don’t need to gallivant abroad in the name of wooing investors. Nigerians will be proud and happy to walk anywhere in the world with their heads held very high. 

May God give the political leaders in charge of our patrimony and indeed all Nigerians, whether high or low, the heart to always work for the common good.

Through the intercession of Our Mother Mary and St. Joseph her spouse, may our leaders imitate the servant-leadership of Christ and lead the people entrusted to their care in the way God wants.”

Kaigama said he decided to transcribe the video clip of the Kenyan official and reproduce for his sermon because it depicts what true God-fearing leaders whether political, traditional, or religious should do or be. He said such leaders are sensitive to the needs of people and not the people wallowing in poverty while the few rich swim in the ocean of luxury at the expense of the poor citizens.

The Kenyan official had said;

“Good evening the people of Kenya. The constitution of Kenya of 2010, article 1, sub article 1, says: all sovereign power belongs to the people and shall only be exercised in accordance with the constitution. Today I tender my resignation as a cabinet secretary in the government of Kenya. I want to offer my heart-felt apology to the people of Kenya for the greed, high-handedness, selfishness, arrogance, nepotism, tribalism and all the bad things that we have done to you the in last two years. When we came to power, we called ourselves shareholders and decided that most Kenyans are not part of the government; are no longer part of the state and do not have any human rights. We went ahead and received bribes from all over the world, and especially, from Dubai.

We bought very expensive watches, some as expensive as one million Kenya’s Shillings equivalence in Dollars. We bought belts worth 50,000 shillings, and we made sure that citizens know how expensive we have become.

In a country where poor families cannot pay their children’s school fees, we were wallowing in luxury. I want to sincerely apologize and I want to say today that I am ready to give out all the bribes that I have received for the last two years; all the property that I have now, which can be traced back to the bribes I have received, will be surrendered to the state tomorrow, early in the morning.

Should I get a chance to serve the people of Kenya again, I will stop the greed, I will stop the arrogance. But most importantly, I will be accountable to the people of Kenya. To the Police High Command, the Inspector General, who also tendered his resignation, I want to urge you to take Kenyans to all the graves where the bodies are hidden. It is time for accountability. Thank you, dear Kenyans.”

Emmanuel Obasi has revealed that actor Yul Edochie was sleeping with his ex-wife, Judy while they were still married.

Recall that Yul Edochie introduced the first son he had with Judy Austin three years ago after faceless blogger, Gistlover exposed his relationship with Judy Austin.

The supposed couple have been living as husband and wife for three years after their relationship became public.

In a new video sighted online, the ex-husband of Judy Austin, Mr Obasi has come out drag Yul Edochie for having an affair with his wife for years adding that the family of Judy Austin accepted Yul while she was still with him as a married woman.

Watch the video below..

Timeout magazine named Lagos the 19th best city in the world to live in. Please fact-check me. Onitsha was named one of the worst places on Earth to live in and the most polluted city in the world by the World Health Organisation. Please fact-check me again. $10,000 in Naira equivalent if I am wrong.

If you want to protest bad governance, go to where there is bad governance and protest. You can’t plan a protest in a state where the government gave you a world-class blue and red line metro trains, pays ₦70,000 minimum wage since February 2024, opened free soup kitchens for the poor, builds roads and BRT lanes and bus stations, gave grants to 20,000 youths to start businesses since 2024, provides free healthcare, and subsidised public education.

Abia, Nasarawa, and Kogi don’t even pay the old minimum wage and still owe civil servants the starvation wages they pay. If you want to protest, then protest in states that are owing workers, not in Lagos.

Except you have another agenda!

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A 19-year-old Nigerian lady, Tolulope Ekundayo, is widely celebrated as she graduates with a First Class degree from Adeleke University.

Tolulope Ekundayo is currently trending across different social media platforms for her remarkable performance.

She also bagged numerous awards in recognition of her exceptional performance.

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A max airline aircraft lost six tyres while attempting to take off from the Yola Airport in Adamawa on Sunday evening July 21. 

The aircraft, NGL1649, a Boeing 737 with registration 5N-ADB, was carrying 119 passengers and six crew member when the incident happened just after it was cleared for takeoff from Yola Airport en route to Abuja. 

”This evening, Max Air’s flight NGL1649, a Boeing 737 with registration 5N-ADB, carrying 119 passengers and six crew members, was cleared for takeoff from Yola Airport en route to Abuja.

During the takeoff roll, a loud bang was heard, identified as the bursting of the rear gear tyres. Initially, two tyres burst. While attempting to taxi off the runway, the remaining two tyres also burst, rendering the aircraft completely disabled.” a statement from the airline reads

Thankfully no one got injured.

Layla Ali Othman,a businesswoman and wife of the member of the House of Representatives from Plateau State, Yusuf Gagdi, has replied people criticizing her husband for buying a brand new Sport Utility Vehicle for their daughter, Aisha, as a gift on her graduation from secondary school.

The lawmaker’s grand gesture has generated mixed reactions on social media with many criticizing him for gifting the teenager an expensive car amidst Nigeria’s current economic challenges.

 Layla, who is one of Gagdi’s wives and Aisha’s stepmother, however said that they didn’t buy the car with constituency money or funds allocated for their people. 

“If you want to give information, you should get your facts right. It’s a 2021 model. And yes, it’s equally expensive, and yes, we are proud of our child as she did very well in school,” she wrote. 

“And yes, we bought her a car because we can afford it. But no, the car wasn’t bought with constituency money or any government allocated funds for the people. If you don’t believe, kindly argue with your ancestors. 

Argue with your ancestors - Plateau lawmaker