Jane Michael Ekanem, Sandra Odige, Lola Emeruwa & More To Speak At The African Fashion And Design Week Business Of Fashion Seminar Nigeria On Thursday, October 5th 2017

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Bluepearl Services International, organizers of African Fashion and Design Week, is proud to announce that the Nigerian edition of the Business of Fashion Seminar, will take place on Thursday October 5th, 2017 at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The seminar themed, “Building a successful career in fashion: Secrets from the experts” will offer young talents the opportunity to learn the basic foundation of building a fashion brand and earning a sustainable living; and the careers that are available in the fashion industry.

Speakers at the event will include:

Jane Michael Ekanem: Fashion Entrepreneur and Fashion Stylist. She is a renowned stylist and designer who has styled celebrities, musicians, media personalities and public figures. She was recently featured on CNN African Voices.

Sandra Odige: Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, of one of the nation’s foremost fashion/lifestyle publications, La Mode Magazine

Lola Emeruwa-Taiwo: Founder and CEO, LE Retailer. She is a retail management consultant worked across the board in various sectors, such as PR, marketing, events, visual merchandising, buying and selling for Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Net-A-Porter and other brands.

Olamide Olarewaju: Olarewaju is a brand strategist, P.R expert and journalist. She has been writing professionally since 2010 after a brief stint in banking. She is currently the Style/Fashion Editor, at popular online news and entertainment publication, Pulse.NG.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, October 5th, 2017
Time: 3PM
Venue: Oriental Hotel, VI

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Chelsea Lose To Man City; Man United Put Four Pass Crystal Palace; See Other Results

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Reigning champions Chelsea were defeated by Manchester City on Saturday in the English Premier League at Stamford Bridge.

City returned to the Premier League summit with an outstanding win over the reigning champions that was far more convincing than the scoreline suggested.

De Bruyne was the match-winner for Manchester City in this peak of the showdown – a collision between two of the best teams in the competition although on this day it was only really the visitors who showed.

Chelsea lost Alvaro Morata in the first half to injury but even then they felt like the away team in this game, reactive to the pressing and passing of a dominant City team and then hastily rearranged by Antonio Conte when the away side inevitably scored.

At Old Trafford, earlier in the day, Manchester United put in a dominant performance to beat a terrible Crystal Palace, who have lost all seven Premier League games this season without scoring.

Unbeaten this season, United scored within three minutes when Marcus Rashford’s excellent work on the left wing ended with a cut-back to Juan Mata, who steered home from 10 yards out.

Their second came when Ashley Young crossed for Marouane Fellaini to volley home from two yards out at the back post.

Fellaini scored his second goal with a close-range header from Rashford’s free-kick early in the second half.

No player has scored more goals in their first seven Premier League appearances for United than Romelu Lukaku, who is level with Andrew Cole on seven

No player has scored more goals in their first seven Premier League appearances for United than Romelu Lukaku, who is level with Andrew Cole on seven (Getty Images)

Romelu Lukaku scored a late fourth – his 11th goal in 10 United games – by converting Anthony Martial’s cross from close range.

Tottenham had earlier before the encounter at Old Trafford downed newly-promoted Huddersfield Town with goals from Harry Kane (9′, 23′), Ben Davies (16′) and Moussa Sissoko (90′).

Meanwhile, Leicester settled for a goalless draw with AFC Bournemouth.

Pep Guardiola’s team sit atop the league, a goal better off than Manchester United, who also have 19 points, and have now seen off Chelsea in one of the most demanding fixtures of the season, even without the recently injured Sergio Aguero.

It is understood that no team in 129 years of the Football League had ever lost their first six league games without scoring – until Palace reached that landmark last week. That record is now extended to seven matches.

SCORES:

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Huddersfield 0- 4 Tottenham

Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester

Manchester United 4-0 Crystal Palace

Stoke 2-1 Southampton

West Brom 2-2 Watford

West Ham 1-0 Swansea

Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City

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Art X Lagos Announces Participating Exhibitors, Artists, And More For Its 2017 Edition

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ART X Lagos last week unveiled the 13 leading international art galleries selected for its 2017 edition.  

The art fair will feature over 60 artists from 14 countries across Africa and the Diaspora. In only its 2nd year, ART X Lagos has already emerged as the premier international art fair in West Africa.  With the success of its 2016 maiden edition, which drew an audience of over 5,000 people, this year’s edition promises to be even more fascinating, with new, vibrant content aimed at reaching a wider audience. 

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The 2017 edition will include exhibiting galleries and artists, special curated projects, a programme of talks, the ART X Prize, and a music show – ART X Live!

The 13 Exhibiting Galleries for the 2017 edition include: Art House – The Space (Nigeria), Bloom Art (Nigeria), Fondation Donwahi (Ivory Coast), Gallery 1957 (Ghana), Galerie Atiss (Senegal), Gallery MAM (Cameroon), Nubuke Foundation (Ghana), Retro Africa (Nigeria), Signature Beyond (Nigeria), SMO Contemporary (Nigeria), Stevenson Gallery (South Africa), TAFETA (United Kingdom), and Tiwani Contemporary (United Kingdom).

Notable artists among the 2017 line-up include the Nigerian-born, British-based, globally renowned artist and sculptor Yinka Shonibare MBE, as well as Zanele Muholi (South Africa), Jeremiah Quarshie (Ghana), Modupeola Fadugba (Nigeria), Nandipha Mntambo (Swaziland), Virginia Chihota(Zimbabwe), Boris Nzebo (Cameroon), Babajide Olatunji(Nigeria), Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum (Botswana), Amadou Sanogo (Mali) and Portia Zvavahera (Zimbabwe). In addition, ART X Lagos has invited four independent artists to present a curated selection of their own works: Polly AlakijaRom IsicheiLakin Ogunbanwo and Oluseye.

This year’s art fair will also include curated projects across performance art, installation, photography and video art, to create a conversational show piece for ART X Lagos at The Civic Centre. The artists selected by Curator, Missla Libsekal, and Founder of art journal Another Africa are: Nástio Mosquito(Angola) and Pere OrtinLemi Ghariokwu (Lagos, Nigeria), Yaw Owusu (Accra, Ghana), Rahima Gambo (Abuja, Nigeria), Johnson Uwadinma (Port Harcourt, Nigeria), Olu Amoda(Lagos, Nigeria) and Wura Natasha Ogunji (Nigeria / USA). In addition, the Access Bank Collection will present to the general public for the first ever in Nigeria, seven wooden sculptures by Ben Enwonwu MBE, originally commissioned by the Daily Mirror in 1960, to mark the artist’s 100th natal anniversary.

A programme of talks, also curated by Missla Libsekal, will include talks with Njideka Akunyili Crosby, the Nigerian-born LA-based artist recently shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2017, and Lemi Ghariokwu, the mastermind behind Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti’s album artwork.

Meanwhile A Whitespace Creative Agency will curate the Interactive Projects of the fair, to appeal to its vast and varied audience. The emerging artists to be featured this year include: Olalekan Jeyifous, Dipo Doherty, Queen Nwaneri, Soji Adesina, Sejiro Avoseh and Lubee Abubakar.

The art fair will see the return of ‘ART X Live! with Absolut’, a live art and music performance featuring musicians AYE, Poe and Tomi Thomas, alongside talented visual artists. More so, Absolut and ART X Lagos will this year introduce the ‘ART X Absolut Commission’, an installation that responds to present day societal urgencies, supporting freedom of expression. The inaugural commission invites Olatunde Alara, a young artist living and working in Lagos, to respond to the theme ‘Artist as Citizen’.

Winner of the ART X Prize, sponsored by Access Bank, will be announced on the 5th of November, at the closing ceremony. The 2016 winner, Patrick Akpojotor will also be exhibiting at this year’s fair.

The 2017 edition of ART X Lagos is made possible by the generous, committed support of its sponsors, including – Access Bank (Gold Sponsor); Absolut (Silver Sponsor); Stanbic IBTC Pensions, Seven Up and Anap Jets (Bronze Sponsors); Chapel Hill Denham, Lufthansa, Metro Capital and Leadway Assurance (Sponsors) and other valued partners.

For more information please visit: www.artxlagos.com and @artxlagos on social media.

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Amaechi Okobi, Tokini Peterside, Patrick Akpojotor (ART X Prize 2016 winner), Femi Lijadu
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Craig Van Niekerk (Marketing Director, Pernod Ricard Nigeria), Tokini Peterside & Olatunde Alara (Absolut Art Commission)
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Craig van Niekerk, Malaika Toyo, POE, Tokini Peterside, Tomi Thomas, AYE, Lanre Masha
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Femi Lijadu (Advisory Board Member Art X Lagos)
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Femi Lijadu, Tokini Peterside & Craig Van Niekerk
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Amaechi Okobi (Head, Strategic Brand Management, Access Bank), Tokini Peterside (Founder & Director, ART X Lagos), Femi Lijadu (Advisory Board Member), Craig Van Niekerk (Marketing Director, Pernod Ricard

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[BREAKING]: JOHESU: Nigerian Health Workers Suspend Nationwide Strike

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The Nigerian health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Healthcare Professionals (JOHESU) have decided to suspend its nine-day-old strike.

ChannelsTv reports that the union resolved to call off its industrial action after a nine-hour meeting with the federal government in Abuja on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

According to the national chairman of the union, Biobelemoye Josiah, the strike has been suspended “in principle”, as a NEC meeting of the union will be held on Tuesday to take the final decision.

Literally, it means the members of the union across the country will have to wait till Wednesday before they can resume after a meeting of its executive members to ratify the decision on Tuesday.

Details later…

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Wilder Backs Haye To Beat Bellew

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Deontay Wilder believes two-weight world champion, David Haye will beat Tony Bellew, as long as he avoids getting injured.

The American boxer will very much like to see his former sparring partner get even when he faces the Merseyside boxer on December 17.

Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight title on November 4, but is looking forward to the fight between Haye and Bellew in London.

“The first thing that came to into my mind about this was a draw,” he exclusively told Sky Sports.

“But the more I think about it, David winning and setting up the trilogy? I like that!

“I think David would’ve won the first one if he didn’t injure his Achilles because he was a handful, but then could hardly walk. Hopefully he doesn’t have any injuries in this one because I had him winning in the first one and he can win the second one.

“David is always injury prone though, which is not good. I went through my own phase but always managed to fight through them and still do well.”

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Wilder Backs Haye To Beat Bellew

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Deontay Wilder believes two-weight world champion, David Haye will beat Tony Bellew, as long as he avoids getting injured.

The American boxer will very much like to see his former sparring partner get even when he faces the Merseyside boxer on December 17.

Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight title on November 4, but is looking forward to the fight between Haye and Bellew in London.

“The first thing that came to into my mind about this was a draw,” he exclusively told Sky Sports.

“But the more I think about it, David winning and setting up the trilogy? I like that!

“I think David would’ve won the first one if he didn’t injure his Achilles because he was a handful, but then could hardly walk. Hopefully he doesn’t have any injuries in this one because I had him winning in the first one and he can win the second one.

“David is always injury prone though, which is not good. I went through my own phase but always managed to fight through them and still do well.”

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ICYMI: Bellew And Haye To Go At It Again In December

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The bitter rivalry between David Haye and Tony Bellew continues, as the heavyweight boxers will meet once again come December 17.

Both boxers will reignite their rivalry in the ring once again in the ring, at the O2 Arena, following Bellew’s TKO win in March.

Haye picked up an Achilles injury midway through that bout and the bomber has vacated his WBC Cruiserweight belt to remain in the heavyweight division, knowing fully well another win will take him places.

Tony Bellew said: “I will have the exact same attitude I had going into the first fight – win at all costs. I will be victorious on December 17 and I will end David Haye’s career. Another loss to me closes the curtain on the Hayemaker.

“This isn’t personal anymore, it’s strictly business. This is just another fight. My world has been put into perspective in the last four weeks, it’s been the toughest four weeks of my family’s lives and I will dedicate my victory on December 17 to my late brother-in-law.

“He [Haye] knows how the first fight went. After five rounds, I had him 3-2 up – my plan was never to start strong, as David is a front-runner. He’s dangerous early but he tires quickly and he doesn’t get stronger down the stretch. He’s another year older, the body is more worn and he won’t be able to live with a younger, fresher and more active fighter. He just can’t sustain the tempo and pace once we go past three or four rounds.

“It’s a very dangerous fight but I am looking forward to it. I love The O2 and I wanted the fight to be there. I call the shots this time.”

Haye said: “I’m excited to give the public the rematch they truly crave, ever since the explosive first showdown earlier this year.

“On March 4, the script was thrown out the window and the unpredictability of sport revealed itself in its most raw form. Without question, ‘The Bomber’ showed great heart, grit and determination to weather the early storm. Credit to him, that he’s willing to step back into the lion’s den and do it all over again.

“He somehow won the lottery in our first fight, but believe me, he won’t win the lottery twice.

“I’ve been training every day for over six months. I already feel fitter, stronger and more athletic than I did for our first showdown! On December 17, I will relish the opportunity to re-write the ending of the Haye-Bellew story.”

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Puyol Backs Messi To Get Better

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Barcelona legend, Carles Puyol has backed Messi to keep improving, as the forward is set to break his appearance record for Barcelona.

Messi is on par with Puyol on 593 appearances and is poised for his 594th appearance against Las Palmas on Sunday.

The Argentina forward has won eight Liga titles and four UCL trophies and even though he is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal, Puyol expects him to remain at the club and get even better.

“Leo is going very fast. I hope that he plays 500 more matches for the good of football and if it can be in Barcelona that would be even better,” Puyol told Mundo Deportivo.

“He is very complete, dominates many facets of the game and is sure to continue to grow and contribute more.

“He has won everything, is for me the best in history, and to continue with this desire to improve and to win is priceless.

“I think 28-30 years is the best age for a footballer because you are mature, you understand the game better, you know what you want, you know how to take care of yourself, and so I think we have many years of Leo Messi.”

Asked how he views Barca this campaign: “I see them very well and they are winning everything.

“The result is important but I also see the team well, eager, with good attitude and that is what is important.”

Xavi holds the Barca appearance record with 767.

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Must Watch: What Lies Within (In Cinemas Now)

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2017 has been quite the year for Nollywood.

From Isoken to Alakada Reloaded, local films have scored at the box office and this could be put down to the fact that Nigerian filmmakers have been putting in the extra hours to make better movies.

What Lies Within, a film written by Paul Utomi and directed by Vanessa Nzediegwu is one to see in cinemas.

Set in modern Lagos, What Lies Within is a thriller that documents twenty four hours in the life of two women in the middle of a rut. A seemingly small problem degenerates and adversely affects the lives of Ireti (Vanessa Nzediegwu) and Fiona (Michelle Dede), as well as those of their family and friends.

Extremely suspenseful and provoking proper discourse, on first watch, What Lies Within is a decent project.

It debuted in cinemas on the 8th of September.

Before that though, the premiere was held at Genesis Deluxe Cinemas, Palms, Lekki, Lagos and attracted big names like Rita Dominic, Chidi Mokeme, Femi Odugbemi, Judith Audu, Zara Udofia, Theresa Edem and Ashionye Michelle Raccah amongst others.

What Lies Within is a collaborative effort from A Cool Story Picture, Cornucopia Productions, VeeBlu Productions and Kukuruku Inc.

It features an ensemble cast that includes Michelle Dede, Ebele Okaro, Okey Uzoeshi, Kiki Omeili, Paul Utomi, Ken Erics, Tope Tedela plus a cameo appearance by Steve Onu (Yaw).

You should peep.

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NCC Directs Telecoms Providers To Give Customers 14-Day Grace Period For Data Usage

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed all Telecoms Operators to give a 14-day grace period for subscribers to exhaust their remaining data after the 30 days expiration period.

Hellen Obi made this known on Thursday at the consumers’ conversation forum in Minna, Niger state, on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman NCC, Professor Umar Danbata.

The forum was organized by the NCC to sensitise consumers on the need to follow the right channel in resolving issues with their service providers.

The NCC also advised the consumers that if their complaints are not solved by their network provider they can call NCC on their toll-free line, 622, and lay their complaints, assuring them that the commission will take up the matter and resolve it, including asking the service provider to compensate the subscriber.

She said: “NCC has mandated all network providers to give their subscribers 14 days of grace after the 30 days expiration of their data if they still have data left and cannot recharge to get their data rolled over.”

“The commission which is the independent regulatory authority for the telecommunications industry in Nigeria declared year 2017 as NCC year of the telecom consumer in recognition of the importance of the consumer to the phenomenal growth and development in the telecoms sector.

“The year of telecom consumer, which was formally launched by NCC executive vice chairman/CEO, Danbatta, is in tandem with the 8-point agenda of the commission aimed to protect, educate, and empower consumers towards ensuring sustainable growth and further development in the telecom sector.”

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NCC Directs Telecoms Providers To Give Customers 14-Day Grace Period For Data Usage

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed all Telecoms Operators to give a 14-day grace period for subscribers to exhaust their remaining data after the 30 days expiration period.

Hellen Obi made this known on Thursday at the consumers’ conversation forum in Minna, Niger state, on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman NCC, Professor Umar Danbata.

The forum was organized by the NCC to sensitise consumers on the need to follow the right channel in resolving issues with their service providers.

The NCC also advised the consumers that if their complaints are not solved by their network provider they can call NCC on their toll-free line, 622, and lay their complaints, assuring them that the commission will take up the matter and resolve it, including asking the service provider to compensate the subscriber.

She said: “NCC has mandated all network providers to give their subscribers 14 days of grace after the 30 days expiration of their data if they still have data left and cannot recharge to get their data rolled over.”

“The commission which is the independent regulatory authority for the telecommunications industry in Nigeria declared year 2017 as NCC year of the telecom consumer in recognition of the importance of the consumer to the phenomenal growth and development in the telecoms sector.

“The year of telecom consumer, which was formally launched by NCC executive vice chairman/CEO, Danbatta, is in tandem with the 8-point agenda of the commission aimed to protect, educate, and empower consumers towards ensuring sustainable growth and further development in the telecom sector.”

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Wenger Praises Lacazette’s Quick Adaptation

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Arsene Wenger is pleased with how his forward, Alexandre Lacazette has settled in, praising his quick adaptation.

Lacazette became the first player in the Premier League era to score in three straight home games for Arsenal.

And while the striker insists he is not interested in records, Wenger does not agree.

“I think every goalscorer is interested in records and I’ve not seen many who are indifferent to that,” Wenger said, via the club’s website, ahead of his side’s hosting of Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.

“I think he is not shy on the pitch and he has adapted very well to the kind of game we want to play,” he said.

“You know we want to have the ball, we want to dictate the game, we want to combine at a quick pace. He can integrate into that kind of game very well.

“He looks like he is coping every week better with the physical demands of the game, so I am quite pleased.”

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Wenger Praises Lacazette’s Quick Adaptation

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Arsene Wenger is pleased with how his forward, Alexandre Lacazette has settled in, praising his quick adaptation.

Lacazette became the first player in the Premier League era to score in three straight home games for Arsenal.

And while the striker insists he is not interested in records, Wenger does not agree.

“I think every goalscorer is interested in records and I’ve not seen many who are indifferent to that,” Wenger said, via the club’s website, ahead of his side’s hosting of Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.

“I think he is not shy on the pitch and he has adapted very well to the kind of game we want to play,” he said.

“You know we want to have the ball, we want to dictate the game, we want to combine at a quick pace. He can integrate into that kind of game very well.

“He looks like he is coping every week better with the physical demands of the game, so I am quite pleased.”

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Nobody Raided IPOB Leader Kanu’s House, He’s Not In Our Custody – DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday insisted that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is not presently under its custody amid growing concerns about his whereabouts.

Some top sources in the Nigerian Army had previously stated that the embattled IPOB was not in military custody.

This is just after the pro-Biafra group had declared its leader missing even as it called on the International Community to prevail on the Federal Government to produce him.

However, while speaking with journalists in Abuja, the Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche explained that the military was not holding Kanu and that it was not the responsibility of DHQ to declare him wanted.

He said: “Nobody raided Kanu’s home; not from the information I got, I was watching it live, I was monitoring it live and speaking with them (soldiers) on the ground.

“The people that came out from there (Kanu’s house) that I saw were the Biafra Security Service and Biafra National Guard. I think I later confirmed that there was nothing to actually justify the roadblocks mounted by IPOB. I saw the militancy, nobody told me and I saw the action there. We are still investigating.”

Enenche contended that it was premature to assume that the Abuja Federal High Court would hold the military accountable for the disappearance of Kanu, stressing that there was no need to jump the gun.

On the alleged proscription of IPOB by the military, Enenche said: “The military did not proscribe IPOB. Due process was followed. The job of the military is to diagnose security issues and warn 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 were also very careful choosing our words; we know the law very well.

“People had mindset and they were in a hurry to attack the military because of their mindset. Because of that, it is a pity to say that some people lost their reputation.”

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Nobody Raided IPOB Leader Kanu’s House, He’s Not In Our Custody – DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday insisted that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is not presently under its custody amid growing concerns about his whereabouts.

Some top sources in the Nigerian Army had previously stated that the embattled IPOB was not in military custody.

This is just after the pro-Biafra group had declared its leader missing even as it called on the International Community to prevail on the Federal Government to produce him.

However, while speaking with journalists in Abuja, the Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche explained that the military was not holding Kanu and that it was not the responsibility of DHQ to declare him wanted.

He said: “Nobody raided Kanu’s home; not from the information I got, I was watching it live, I was monitoring it live and speaking with them (soldiers) on the ground.

“The people that came out from there (Kanu’s house) that I saw were the Biafra Security Service and Biafra National Guard. I think I later confirmed that there was nothing to actually justify the roadblocks mounted by IPOB. I saw the militancy, nobody told me and I saw the action there. We are still investigating.”

Enenche contended that it was premature to assume that the Abuja Federal High Court would hold the military accountable for the disappearance of Kanu, stressing that there was no need to jump the gun.

On the alleged proscription of IPOB by the military, Enenche said: “The military did not proscribe IPOB. Due process was followed. The job of the military is to diagnose security issues and warn 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 were also very careful choosing our words; we know the law very well.

“People had mindset and they were in a hurry to attack the military because of their mindset. Because of that, it is a pity to say that some people lost their reputation.”

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Pique Proud To Play For Spain, Despite Pushing For Catalan Independence

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Barcelona defender , Gérard Pique says he is proud to line up for Spain, despite pushing for Catalan independence.

The 30-year-old was named in the Spain squad to face Albania and Israel in the world cup qualifiers and has been a vocal supporter of Catalan independence, ahead of the referendum.

The centre-back, who has played 91 games for Spain, said he was delighted to be included in Julen Lopetegui’s squad.
“I am very happy to return and see if we can win the first game which would qualify us, which is what is important, and be once again in the World Cup finals,” Pique said, via Marca .

“I have always said that to play for the national team is a pride and a great motivation. The fact that the coach has called me up again shows that I am doing things well.”

Spain are three points clear atop Group G ahead of their final two qualifiers.

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Pique Proud To Play For Spain, Despite Pushing For Catalan Independence

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Barcelona defender , Gérard Pique says he is proud to line up for Spain, despite pushing for Catalan independence.

The 30-year-old was named in the Spain squad to face Albania and Israel in the world cup qualifiers and has been a vocal supporter of Catalan independence, ahead of the referendum.

The centre-back, who has played 91 games for Spain, said he was delighted to be included in Julen Lopetegui’s squad.
“I am very happy to return and see if we can win the first game which would qualify us, which is what is important, and be once again in the World Cup finals,” Pique said, via Marca .

“I have always said that to play for the national team is a pride and a great motivation. The fact that the coach has called me up again shows that I am doing things well.”

Spain are three points clear atop Group G ahead of their final two qualifiers.

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Osinbajo Assures – FG Will Complete 2nd Niger Bridge, East West Road

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The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has assured that the Federal Government is committed to the completion of ongoing projects in the South East including the second Niger bridge, East West road and other projects within the region.

The VP gave the assurance in his remarks on Friday in Ifitedunu, Anambra State, at the funeral service of Mrs. Roseline Akabueze mother of the Director-General of Budget Office, Mr. Ben Akabueze.

While assuring the people of the South-East of the Federal Government’s commitment to complete key projects embarked upon in the region, Osinbajo said:

“About the request concerning the second Niger bridge and the east-west road and several of these projects, I want to say that the president himself went to China to negotiate the loan for the second Niger bridge.

“Aside from that, the Lagos-Calabar rail line passing through states in this region, the president also, personally, went to negotiate the loan.

“I believe that by the grace of God we would see the completion of all of these projects; even the Onitsha road that you have been complaining about, we will ensure that it is built.’’

Lauding his principal, Prof. Osinbajo said the President Muhammadu Buhari had in many instances exhibited attributes of a fair leader in his choice of political associates, people to work with and so on.

He said: “one of the most important things about the President is that he a very fair-minded person,” but could be said to be somewhat partial to Anambra state in particular, adding “and I believe that he loves this State.

“In 2003, when he first ran for office, his running mate then was Senator Chuba Okadibo, an indigene of this state; the second time he ran, his running mate was Chief Edwin Ume-Ezoeke, also an indigene of Anambra State. I think he has a very special affection for this state.’’

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Osinbajo Assures – FG Will Complete 2nd Niger Bridge, East West Road

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The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has assured that the Federal Government is committed to the completion of ongoing projects in the South East including the second Niger bridge, East West road and other projects within the region.

The VP gave the assurance in his remarks on Friday in Ifitedunu, Anambra State, at the funeral service of Mrs. Roseline Akabueze mother of the Director-General of Budget Office, Mr. Ben Akabueze.

While assuring the people of the South-East of the Federal Government’s commitment to complete key projects embarked upon in the region, Osinbajo said:

“About the request concerning the second Niger bridge and the east-west road and several of these projects, I want to say that the president himself went to China to negotiate the loan for the second Niger bridge.

“Aside from that, the Lagos-Calabar rail line passing through states in this region, the president also, personally, went to negotiate the loan.

“I believe that by the grace of God we would see the completion of all of these projects; even the Onitsha road that you have been complaining about, we will ensure that it is built.’’

Lauding his principal, Prof. Osinbajo said the President Muhammadu Buhari had in many instances exhibited attributes of a fair leader in his choice of political associates, people to work with and so on.

He said: “one of the most important things about the President is that he a very fair-minded person,” but could be said to be somewhat partial to Anambra state in particular, adding “and I believe that he loves this State.

“In 2003, when he first ran for office, his running mate then was Senator Chuba Okadibo, an indigene of this state; the second time he ran, his running mate was Chief Edwin Ume-Ezoeke, also an indigene of Anambra State. I think he has a very special affection for this state.’’

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Nigerian Man Sentenced To Death By Hanging For Killing Father

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A High Court sitting in Plateau State on Friday sentenced a 20-year-old man, Ponjul Yakubu, to death by hanging, for shooting his father to death.

Justice A.I. Ashoms was said to have given the death sentence after he found Yakubu guilty of a one-count charge of culpable homicide, punishable with death under section 221 of the Penal Code.

“Going by the findings of this court, you, Ponjul Yakubu, mercilessly took the life of your father, Mr Domsing Yakubu, in cold blood.”

“You have, however, shown remorse and appeared sober throughout your trial; however, this sentence is mandatory as the law states that any person convicted of murder shall be punished with death by hanging.”

“The sentence of this court upon you is that you, Ponjul Yakubu, will be hanged until you are dead. May God have mercy on your soul,” the judge declared.

NAN reports that Yakubu was arraigned on July 8, 2015, to face a one-count charge of culpable homicide punishable with death, after allegedly committing the crime on May 5, 2015.

Specifically, he was accused of using his father’s dane gun to kill him, while the old man was taking an afternoon nap under a tree in their home at Dorowa, in Vwang Gwong Village, Shendam Local Government, Plateau State.

When Yakubu appeared in court, however, he pleaded not guilty to the allegation of killing his father.

The Prosecution Counsel, Mr Gideon Azi of the Plateau State Ministry of Justice, who investigated the matter, however, told the court that Yakubu had confessed to killing his father for refusing to buy a motorcycle for him.

“He ( Yakubu ) confessed that he returned home on the said date and found his father sleeping on a mat under a tree, went into his father’s room, took his loaded gun and shot him at close range,” Azi told the court.

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Nigerian Man Sentenced To Death By Hanging For Killing Father

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A High Court sitting in Plateau State on Friday sentenced a 20-year-old man, Ponjul Yakubu, to death by hanging, for shooting his father to death.

Justice A.I. Ashoms was said to have given the death sentence after he found Yakubu guilty of a one-count charge of culpable homicide, punishable with death under section 221 of the Penal Code.

“Going by the findings of this court, you, Ponjul Yakubu, mercilessly took the life of your father, Mr Domsing Yakubu, in cold blood.”

“You have, however, shown remorse and appeared sober throughout your trial; however, this sentence is mandatory as the law states that any person convicted of murder shall be punished with death by hanging.”

“The sentence of this court upon you is that you, Ponjul Yakubu, will be hanged until you are dead. May God have mercy on your soul,” the judge declared.

NAN reports that Yakubu was arraigned on July 8, 2015, to face a one-count charge of culpable homicide punishable with death, after allegedly committing the crime on May 5, 2015.

Specifically, he was accused of using his father’s dane gun to kill him, while the old man was taking an afternoon nap under a tree in their home at Dorowa, in Vwang Gwong Village, Shendam Local Government, Plateau State.

When Yakubu appeared in court, however, he pleaded not guilty to the allegation of killing his father.

The Prosecution Counsel, Mr Gideon Azi of the Plateau State Ministry of Justice, who investigated the matter, however, told the court that Yakubu had confessed to killing his father for refusing to buy a motorcycle for him.

“He ( Yakubu ) confessed that he returned home on the said date and found his father sleeping on a mat under a tree, went into his father’s room, took his loaded gun and shot him at close range,” Azi told the court.

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Could IPOB Go The Way Of Boko Haram?

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Could IPOB Go The Way Of Boko Haram? By Ryan Cummings

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Formed in 2012 by separatist activist Nnamdi Kanu, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement remained largely obscure. It was only the latest in a number of voices lobbying for a region dominated by the Igbo community to revive a short-lived state.

The Igbo are one of Nigeria’s three main ethnic groups and the main one in Nigeria’s south-east, a region that has been a crucible for successive separatist movements seeking to restore the short-lived Republic of Biafra.

The secessionists’ defeat in 1970 following a ruinous civil war has led to the longevity of arguments that the community continues to be punished, including through being allocated less resources by the state.

But Kanu’s reasons for seeking to resurrect Biafra were generally uncirculated outside his home town of Umuahia, the state capital of Abia and the de facto capital of the erstwhile republic.

Paradoxically, IPOB’s rise to prominence was aided by a state crackdown on Kanu, his Radio Biaframouthpiece and the group’s limited membership.

Initially involving the forcible dispersal of IPOB gatherings, the state then targeted its leader. Kanu was arrested in October 2015 on charges of sedition and incitement. To sympathisers, the crackdown on the group strengthened his claims of the Nigerian state’s ethno-political oppression of Igbos which anchors their separatist ideology.

Formally designated a terrorist organisation

Although Kanu was conditionally released on bail in April 2017, the government’s suppression of IPOB continued. On 15 September, IPOB was declared a terrorist group by Nigeria’s director of Defence Information, Major-General John Enenche.

The military figure cited several reasons for this. These included IPOB’s self-professed creation of paramilitary structures, its establishment of illegal roadblocks and the group’s possession and use of weapons against a military patrol it reportedly ambushed near Kanu’s Afaraukwu country home on 10 September.

As per Nigeria’s 2011 Terrorism (Prevention) Act, IPOB was formally designated a terrorist organisation by the Federal High Court of Abuja on 20 September, its existence proscribed throughout Nigeria. Kanu is challenging this.

While the merit of IPOB’s terrorist designation is subject to a judicial review, its current proscription indicates the government’s stance on its secessionist agenda.

State crackdown ‘could inflame’ crisis

The Nigerian government appears to emphasise forcefully clamping down on the group rather than listening to its grievances. At least one lawmaker has termed IPOB’s ambitions unconstitutional, saying that its military suppression is justifiable. (Note: Section 2 (1) of Nigeria’s 1999 constitution states that “Nigeria is one indivisible and indissoluble sovereign state to be known by the name of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.)

The immediate concern is whether IPOB’s terrorist designation and its treatment as such will resolve or further inflame the brewing crisis. Based on recent precedent, the latter seems the more plausible outcome and this would have startling similarities to another group.

A crackdown on mobilisation, the arrest of its leader and a ban were the same mechanisms employed by the Nigerian government against Boko Haram when the sect was still operating as a civic movement in north-eastern Nigeria.

It was the forceful suppression of Boko Haram, culminating with the custodial killing of its leader Muhammad Yusuf in June 2009, that ultimately militarised it.

Africa’s deadliest Islamist insurgency

Some 60 IPOB members are in police custody on terrorism charges while Kanu has been missing since 14 September.

The situation in Nigeria’s south-east is uncomfortably similar to that which preceded the so-called Maiduguri uprising and which ultimately birthed Africa’s deadliest Islamist insurgency.

While a Boko Haram-esque militarisation of IPOB is not a foregone conclusion, a continued state crackdown on the Igbo movement could at the very least swell its support base. Kanu’s often inflammatory rhetoric and IPOB’s threats to disrupt political processes in Nigeria’s south-east has tended to limit the group’s appeal even among Igbo leaders.

However, a recent study suggests support of both IPOB and its separatist ambitions is increasing in Nigeria’s south-east and south-south political zones, amid the government’s crackdown.

A ‘quit’ notice

The increasing appeal of IPOB’s cause risks not only placing a growing base of adherents at conflict with the Nigerian government but also with other ethnic groups.

A group aligned with the northern Nigeria Hausa community issued a 1 October ultimatum for Igbos to leave the north and relocate to the south-east. Paradoxically, similar “quit notices” and associated pogroms of northern Igbo communities birthed the idea of Igbo independence.

The Arewa Youth Forum’s provocative demand elicited only a rhetorical response from the government but is thought to have catalysed recent clashes between the two communities in the city of Jos, long a flashpoint for ethno-political tensions.

With ambiguity surrounding whether the quit notice remains in force, the possibility of further intercommunal violence between the Igbo and Hausa communities remains.

Again, this would only serve to promote the ideal of an Igbo state, particularly if the government’s response is deemed partial to the ethnic northern Nigeria constituency of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ryan Cummings, writing for Africa Check, is a director of Africa-focused risk management company, Signal Risk (www.signalrisk.com).

This piece was written by Ryan Cummings. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Could IPOB Go The Way Of Boko Haram?

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Could IPOB Go The Way Of Boko Haram? By Ryan Cummings

CLICK here to read more opinion articles

Formed in 2012 by separatist activist Nnamdi Kanu, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement remained largely obscure. It was only the latest in a number of voices lobbying for a region dominated by the Igbo community to revive a short-lived state.

The Igbo are one of Nigeria’s three main ethnic groups and the main one in Nigeria’s south-east, a region that has been a crucible for successive separatist movements seeking to restore the short-lived Republic of Biafra.

The secessionists’ defeat in 1970 following a ruinous civil war has led to the longevity of arguments that the community continues to be punished, including through being allocated less resources by the state.

But Kanu’s reasons for seeking to resurrect Biafra were generally uncirculated outside his home town of Umuahia, the state capital of Abia and the de facto capital of the erstwhile republic.

Paradoxically, IPOB’s rise to prominence was aided by a state crackdown on Kanu, his Radio Biaframouthpiece and the group’s limited membership.

Initially involving the forcible dispersal of IPOB gatherings, the state then targeted its leader. Kanu was arrested in October 2015 on charges of sedition and incitement. To sympathisers, the crackdown on the group strengthened his claims of the Nigerian state’s ethno-political oppression of Igbos which anchors their separatist ideology.

Formally designated a terrorist organisation

Although Kanu was conditionally released on bail in April 2017, the government’s suppression of IPOB continued. On 15 September, IPOB was declared a terrorist group by Nigeria’s director of Defence Information, Major-General John Enenche.

The military figure cited several reasons for this. These included IPOB’s self-professed creation of paramilitary structures, its establishment of illegal roadblocks and the group’s possession and use of weapons against a military patrol it reportedly ambushed near Kanu’s Afaraukwu country home on 10 September.

As per Nigeria’s 2011 Terrorism (Prevention) Act, IPOB was formally designated a terrorist organisation by the Federal High Court of Abuja on 20 September, its existence proscribed throughout Nigeria. Kanu is challenging this.

While the merit of IPOB’s terrorist designation is subject to a judicial review, its current proscription indicates the government’s stance on its secessionist agenda.

State crackdown ‘could inflame’ crisis

The Nigerian government appears to emphasise forcefully clamping down on the group rather than listening to its grievances. At least one lawmaker has termed IPOB’s ambitions unconstitutional, saying that its military suppression is justifiable. (Note: Section 2 (1) of Nigeria’s 1999 constitution states that “Nigeria is one indivisible and indissoluble sovereign state to be known by the name of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.)

The immediate concern is whether IPOB’s terrorist designation and its treatment as such will resolve or further inflame the brewing crisis. Based on recent precedent, the latter seems the more plausible outcome and this would have startling similarities to another group.

A crackdown on mobilisation, the arrest of its leader and a ban were the same mechanisms employed by the Nigerian government against Boko Haram when the sect was still operating as a civic movement in north-eastern Nigeria.

It was the forceful suppression of Boko Haram, culminating with the custodial killing of its leader Muhammad Yusuf in June 2009, that ultimately militarised it.

Africa’s deadliest Islamist insurgency

Some 60 IPOB members are in police custody on terrorism charges while Kanu has been missing since 14 September.

The situation in Nigeria’s south-east is uncomfortably similar to that which preceded the so-called Maiduguri uprising and which ultimately birthed Africa’s deadliest Islamist insurgency.

While a Boko Haram-esque militarisation of IPOB is not a foregone conclusion, a continued state crackdown on the Igbo movement could at the very least swell its support base. Kanu’s often inflammatory rhetoric and IPOB’s threats to disrupt political processes in Nigeria’s south-east has tended to limit the group’s appeal even among Igbo leaders.

However, a recent study suggests support of both IPOB and its separatist ambitions is increasing in Nigeria’s south-east and south-south political zones, amid the government’s crackdown.

A ‘quit’ notice

The increasing appeal of IPOB’s cause risks not only placing a growing base of adherents at conflict with the Nigerian government but also with other ethnic groups.

A group aligned with the northern Nigeria Hausa community issued a 1 October ultimatum for Igbos to leave the north and relocate to the south-east. Paradoxically, similar “quit notices” and associated pogroms of northern Igbo communities birthed the idea of Igbo independence.

The Arewa Youth Forum’s provocative demand elicited only a rhetorical response from the government but is thought to have catalysed recent clashes between the two communities in the city of Jos, long a flashpoint for ethno-political tensions.

With ambiguity surrounding whether the quit notice remains in force, the possibility of further intercommunal violence between the Igbo and Hausa communities remains.

Again, this would only serve to promote the ideal of an Igbo state, particularly if the government’s response is deemed partial to the ethnic northern Nigeria constituency of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ryan Cummings, writing for Africa Check, is a director of Africa-focused risk management company, Signal Risk (www.signalrisk.com).

This piece was written by Ryan Cummings. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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In Benue: NLC, TUC Declare Indefinite Strike On Oct. 3

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Benue State have declared an indefinite strike on October 3, in an effort to protest the non-payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities owed in the state.

It is understood that workers in the state are owed between 7 and 11 months salaries while the pensioners are owed for 13 months. Retirees too are yet to receive their gratuities.

The unions also shunned an invitation by the Benue State House of Assembly yesterday to appear before it for the purpose of dialoguing in order to intervene between the union and the state government.

Comrades Godwin Anya, Ordue Tartenger and Philip Anongu, Chairmen of the NLC, TUC and JPNC respectively, in Makurdi, jointly signed and issued the communiqué declaring the industrial action.

The labour leaders said the action was taken by the joint State Executive Council (SEC) of the unions after the expiration of the 7-day warning strike by the organised labour in the state.

They regretted government’s inability to meet their demands said that all avenues for arbitration on the matter yielded no results.

“SEC resolved to embark on total, comprehensive and indefinite strike action with effect from Tuesday, October 3, 2017, to press home its demand for payment of entitlements,” they said.

The labour leaders said that the state workers were owed March to Sept. 2017 salaries, while teachers and local government workers were owed Nov.2016 to Sept.2017 salaries.

They added the retirees were owed pensions and gratuities for Nov. 2014 to April 2015 and March to Sept. 2017, while their local government counterparts were owed pensions for Aug. 2016 to Sept. 2017.

 

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In Benue: NLC, TUC Declare Indefinite Strike On Oct. 3

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Benue State have declared an indefinite strike on October 3, in an effort to protest the non-payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities owed in the state.

It is understood that workers in the state are owed between 7 and 11 months salaries while the pensioners are owed for 13 months. Retirees too are yet to receive their gratuities.

The unions also shunned an invitation by the Benue State House of Assembly yesterday to appear before it for the purpose of dialoguing in order to intervene between the union and the state government.

Comrades Godwin Anya, Ordue Tartenger and Philip Anongu, Chairmen of the NLC, TUC and JPNC respectively, in Makurdi, jointly signed and issued the communiqué declaring the industrial action.

The labour leaders said the action was taken by the joint State Executive Council (SEC) of the unions after the expiration of the 7-day warning strike by the organised labour in the state.

They regretted government’s inability to meet their demands said that all avenues for arbitration on the matter yielded no results.

“SEC resolved to embark on total, comprehensive and indefinite strike action with effect from Tuesday, October 3, 2017, to press home its demand for payment of entitlements,” they said.

The labour leaders said that the state workers were owed March to Sept. 2017 salaries, while teachers and local government workers were owed Nov.2016 to Sept.2017 salaries.

They added the retirees were owed pensions and gratuities for Nov. 2014 to April 2015 and March to Sept. 2017, while their local government counterparts were owed pensions for Aug. 2016 to Sept. 2017.

 

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