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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

EFCC ARRESTS MOMPHA, RECOVERS N20M WATCHES


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Lagos zonal office, has arrested a social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha, for alleged involvement in Internet fraud and money laundering.

At the point of arrest, five wristwatches with a total value of over N20m was claimed to have been recovered from him.

The anti-graft agency said the suspect was arrested on Friday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on his way to Dubai, United Arab Emirate, following series of intelligence reports said to be linking him to organised transnational cyber fraud and money laundering.






“Mustapha allegedly perpetrates his fraudulent activities under the cover of being a Bureau de Change operator, to launder his proceeds of crime,” the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

The commission disclosed that the suspect had volunteered useful information while investigation continued, adding that he would be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded.


PETROL SUBSIDY RISES BY N58.6BN IN ONE MONTH


The amount spent on fuel subsidy by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation increased by N58.6bn within one month, the latest figures released by the corporation on its financial report for July 2019 has shown.

According to the report, obtained on Tuesday, the corporation spent the additional sum in April this year.

It showed that the national oil firm spent N89.2bn on petrol subsidy in April 2019, up from the N30.64bn which it incurred as subsidy in March this year.

Petrol is imported solely by the Federal Government-owned NNPC. The corporation subsidises the commodity to ensure that it is not sold above the approved price of N145 per litre at filling stations across the country.

The NNPC, however, classifies its subsidy spending as under-recovery as it has repeatedly argued that only the National Assembly can approve subsidy.

Under-recovery is the additional cost that the NNPC is incurring in subsidising the price of petrol in order to ensure that it is sold at the regulated price of N145 per litre, even when the real market price is above this rate.

Further findings from the July 2019 financial report showed that the N89.2bn subsidy spending in April was the third highest amount spent by the oil firm in one month since January 2019.

The NNPC spent N104.35bn, N102.24bn and N30.64bn on petrol subsidy in January, February and March this year, respectively

Experts and recognised institutions such as the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry had on several occasions called on the government to discontinue the subsidy.

The PUNCH on Tuesday reported the International Monetary Fund as advising Nigeria to reduce fuel subsidy now, as oil prices were low.

This, the IMF said, was in order to bring about more productive government spending.

EFCC SEEKS FORFEITURE OF DIEZANI'S ASSOCIATE'S $73M PROPERTY



THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has traced assets worth $73million and N350 million to Mr. Kola Aluko, an associate of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The commission has asked two separate courts in Abuja and Lagos to give order for the permanent forfeiture of the exotic mansions to the Federal Government.



The properties are Plot 3389 and Plot 3390, House 2, Margaret Thatcher Close, Asokoro Cadastral Zone, Abuja; as well as Avenue Towers, Plot 1391, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The EFCC said Plot 3389 and Plot 3390 in Abuja were purchased for N350 million and $18 million, respectively, while the Lagos property was bought for $55million.

The commission is also seeking the final forfeiture of an $18 million mansion it has traced to  Aluko before a Federal High Court, Abuja

The EFCC said the Abuja choice property, “very close to the seat of power at the Presidential Villa, is made up of a Guest House, Boys Quarters, Security Outpost, Swimming Pool and Underground Control Room for the remote control of electrical appliances in the property.

“The property is said to be furnished with luxury and very expensive items.”

Following a court order by Justice Okon Abang, the choice property and five others were temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government in 2016.

The court has given Aluko and others linked with the property till December 11 to prove their innocence that the assets were not bought with illicit funds.

Aluko has an opportunity to prove to the Federal High Court in Abuja that the $18 million  choice property and other highbrow properties were not acquired through proceeds of crime.

The other five choice properties that are temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government include Plot 1390 Tiamiyu Savage, Victoria Island, Lagos and Plot 1391, Tiamiyu Savage, Victoria Island, popularly called Avenue Towers.

But, two applicants, Trelou Investment Inc and RMCK Projects Development Ltd, have filed applications, challenging the interim forfeiture orders on the grounds that they are interested parties on the matter.

The applicants are asking the court to discharge the interim forfeiture order.

The EFCC has filed preliminary objections against the applicants, saying they lack the locus standi to file the matter.

When the matter came up last Friday, lawyer to the EFCC, Victor Ukagwu, said the commission had pending applications, including the one dated October 16, 2018.

He also informed the court that the commission had filed counter- affidavit, written address and preliminary objection against the applicants

Ukagwu said: “There is no nexus between the applicants and the reliefs sought.”

He insisted that the applicants are not the rightful owners of the properties and did not disclose any cause of action against the EFCC.

Aluko’s lawyer, Jaiye Aguro, and that of the applicants,  Ahmed O Ahmed,  also informed the court that there were pending applications by their  clients dated November 9, 2018 and March 12, 2019.

They also urged the court to grant their clients’ applications and set aside the interim forfeiture order against the choice properties.

Having listened to the argument of both parties and the necessary documents before the court, Justice Abang fixed December 11 for his ruling on all the applications.

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos yesterday ordered the forfeiture of three landed properties in Lagos and Abuja belonging to Aluko.

Justice Mohammed Liman made the order, following an ex parte motion filed by EFCC  counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo.

The EFCC identified Aluko as the Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Ltd (AEDC) and Atlantic Energy Brass Development Limited (AEBD).

His co-defendant is a firm, District Heights Ltd.

The anti-graft agency said the properties were valued at $73 million and N350 million

The properties are: Plot 3389 and Plot 3390, House 2, Margaret Thatcher Close, Asokoro Cadastral Zone, Abuja; as well as Avenue Towers, Plot 1391, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The EFCC said Plot 3389 and Plot 3390 in Abuja were purchased for N350m and $18 million, respectively, while the Lagos property was bought for $55million.

According to the agency, the funds used to procure the properties were reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities.

Oyedepo told the judge that Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 2016 empowers the court to make such a forfeiture order.

He said: “The properties sought to be attached are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of an unlawful diversion from the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“The respondent’s known and provable lawful income is far less than the properties sought to be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” the lawyer said in the application.”



In the attached sworn affidavit, an operative of the EFCC, Sambo Mayana, said the anti-graft agency investigated Aluko after receiving a petition from the Executive Chairman of the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), Mr. Debo Adeniran.

He said it was “a damning intelligence report and a petition alleging fraud, lack of transparency and unethical conduct in the transfer of production rights in the oil mining leases against the respondent and his cronies.

He added: “That there are suspicious financial transactions involving the 1st respondent, KAA and Atlantic Energy Holding Limited based in the British Virgin Island.

“That the company, in the course of three years, received large suspicious transfers from two sister companies, namely: Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Limited and Atlantic Energy Brass Development Limited, based in Nigeria.

“The respondent and his crony, Olajide Jones Omokore, are the operators and beneficial owners of the Atlantic Energy companies mentioned above, including Atlantic Energy DMCC and Atlantic Energy SA.

“That the first respondent is a close crony of the erstwhile Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke.”

After granting the application, Justice Liman directed the EFCC to publish the order in a national newspaper.

He adjourned till November 12 for anyone interested in the properties to appear before him to show cause why they should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.


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CARDI B JOINS CAST OF FAST & FURIOUS 9


Cardi B just made her film debut in Hustlers alongside Jennifer Lopez, and now the Grammy-winning rapper is joining the cast of Fast & Furious 9. Producer Vin Diesel broke the news Tuesday on Instagram, as the two were on set in London filming the latest sequel.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Cardi will have a small role in the movie, but she can’t wait for her fans to see it.


“Day 86 on the set of Fast 9,” said Diesel. “I know I’m exhausted. I literally…we all gave everything single thing we could for this movie. Put it all on the table. Put it all out there.”

Then Cardi chimed in – who was sitting next to Diesel – and she told fans, “I’m tired, but I can’t wait. I ain’t gonna front, I think this is going to be the best one.”



Diesel then revealed that it was their last day of filming in the UK, and Cardi said that it was time to take her “nappy nap,” and she told fans to remember that term.

Other returning cast members in Fast 9 include Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron. WWE superstar John Cena will also be joining the cast this time, along with Cardi. And, Justin Lin – who directed Fast & Furious 4, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6 – is also returning as the director.
Neither Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson nor Jason Statham are involved in the upcoming sequel, as they were busy making and starring in their own spin-off Hobbs and Shaw.

“The plan has always been for the Fast and Furious universe to grow and expand,” Johnson told MTV this past summer. “As of now, we’re not in Fast 9 because they’re getting ready to start shooting. But who knows with Fast 10 and down the road, you never know.”


Rumors have swirled that there was a falling out between Johnson and Diesel, and some say that’s the real reason The Rock isn’t a part of Fast 9. However, the former wrestler says that there is no “ill will” between him and Diesel, and the decision for him to work with Statham was a long time coming.

Johnson said that he and Statham have “biting chemistry,” and they have wanted to work together for six years. The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star said that they first started talking about a potential spin-off after Fast Five, but the real talks started after Fast Six.




Fast & Furious 9 will hit theaters nationwide on May 22nd.

CHINESE MAN MARRIES HIS FIANCEÉ'S CORPSE


?Heart-broken fiance marries his partner


A Chinese man has married his partner's corpse during her funeral to show his devotion to her after she died from breast cancer in China.



35-year-old Xu Shinan lost his wife Yang on October 14 at the age of 34 after her battle with cancer for five and a half years. The heart-broken groom, said he decided to marry his late fiancée's corpse to help her fulfill her dream of being a bride.



Xu's deceased partner of 12 years, Yang Liu, was dressed in a white bridal gown and surrounded by 169 bouquets pink roses when Xu read his wedding vows to her, according to a local report.



The ceremony took place on Saturday morning ( Oct.19) in the funeral parlour of Dalian in eastern China. It was attended by the families and friends of the couple.



Speaking on his wife's death, Xu said: 'My wife used to say that nobody was allowed to cry should she die. I was holding back my tears on the day, but when [her body] was sent for cremation, I couldn't fight it anymore.'







Xu and Yang who were university classmate,  registered their marriage in August 2013, and started to prepare for their wedding.



But the wedding plans had to be put on hold three months later when Yang began to experience pain in her chest. In March 2014, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.



Xu said Yang went through surgery and multiple rounds of chemotherapy, but she never cried and was always smiling, He added that she even documented her treatment through her account on Twitter-like Weibo, hoping to inspire other cancer patients.



?Heart-broken fiance marries his partner



In 2017, Yang's condition improved and the couple started to save money for a flat and prepare for their wedding again. Only for the cancer to return a year later before they could tie the knot.



'We went across the nation, seeking medical advice while travelling. It was a happy year after all,' Xu said.



In May 2019, Yang's health deteriorated and had to be hospitalised in Dalian for months before she was knocked into a coma on October 6 and pronounced dead a week later.



?Heart-broken fiance marries his partner



She couldn't even recognise me in the end and we didn't bid farewell,' the devastated man said.



He also disclosed that after Yang died, he discovered from her online shopping cart that she had been choosing wedding gowns before she was hospitalised.



'I promised to buy her the most beautiful wedding gown,' said Xu who went to a bridal store a day after her death to organise the wedding.



?Heart-broken fiance marries his partner



Speaking at the wedding-cum-funeral ceremony, an emotional Xu said: 'Although today's wedding is late, it has realised Yang Liu's dream.' He added: 'All that I can do is to fulfill your wish and letting you wear a wedding dress fulfills my wish.'



The groom broke down in tears after the speech.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

XENOPHOBIA:FRESH ATTACKS ON NIGERIANS IN SA


There is a renewed attack on Nigerians living in South Africa, it was learnt.

According to reliable sources, the attacks took place in  Mpumalamga.

Already, the leadership of Nigerian Citizens South Africa  (NICASA) and the Nigeria Consular General to South Africa are gathering information on the developyment.

 The fresh wave of xenophobic violence came weeks after President Buhari visited the country, calling for protection of Nigerians and other foreign nationals living in the country.

NICKI MINAJ MARRIES BOYFRIEND KENNETH PETTY


Nicki Minaj says she's married to her high school sweetheart -- and we have every reason to believe her, because the handwriting was on the wall weeks ago.

The Queen MC made the big announcement Monday evening, telling her 106 million followers that her new name is "Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty" ... taking the last name of her new boo, Kenneth Petty ... whom she's been with since at least late last year.


Nicki also posted footage from what appears to be the day they tied the knot ... "10.21.19." In the video that she posted, NM shows off custom bride and groom caps and mugs -- it would seem she and Ken had themselves a party ... this might've been the aftermath.

As we've reported ... Nicki and Ken obtained a marriage license back in June, but told her radio audience in mid-August that she'd gotten it renewed that month ... and would be getting hitched about 80 days from then. Looks like she was right on the money.

Nicki seemed to fall for Kenneth quickly, once they went public. The reason, of course, was they were old flames ... who simply rekindled their romance.


We learned about Ken's old rap sheet -- which includes convictions for manslaughter and attempted rape -- but Nicki made it clear she believes that's all in his past.

She'd changed her Twitter name to "Mrs. Petty" a couple of months ago -- another sign of what was coming -- and now they've officially pulled the trigger. Congrats!!!


KYLIE JENNER TRADEMARKS POPULAR SLANG "RISE AND SHINE"


Kylie Jenner's no fool ... when she sees something that's hot, she tries to own it, which is what she wants to do with the catch phrase, "Rise and Shine."

Kylie filed legal docs asking the feds for ownership of a slang version of the famous wake-up call ... "RIIISE AND SHIIINNEE."

The trademark would cover belts, pants, coats, dresses, footwear, gloves, headbands, headwear, jackets, loungewear, scarves, sleepwear, socks, swimwear and undergarments ... as well as cosmetics.

Kylie did a YouTube tour of her office earlier this month, walked into Stormi's room -- where she was sleeping in her crib -- and began singing "Rise and Shine" to wake her up. It exploded online and the Kardashians/Jenners are nothing if not brilliant business people, so what better ploy than to ride the wave and take advantage.


As we reported, the hashtag #RiseandShine hit a billion views on TikTok earlier this week, making it the fastest spike ever on the platform. She's also already selling sweatshirts with the phrase, and they've sold out ... and you have to imagine, a makeup line is in the works.

ENUGU AIRPORT TO BE READY IN APRIL


Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika said on Tuesday that he will be relocating his office to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu temporary to directly supervise the rehabilitation of the airport which he said will be completed before the end of April 2020.

The Minister also announced that the new terminal building for the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos and the Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano will be ready before the end of the year.



Sirika who spoke while defending his ministry’s budget before the House on Aviation said with the approval of N10 billion for the Enugu Airport by the President, the contractors are expected to mobilise to site as soon as possible, adding that the President has already directed all agencies associated with the smooth work on the airport to work together to ensure it was delivered on time.

The Minister disclosed that the rehabilitation work on the Enugu airport will be done in such a way that the airport will be the best in the country, adding that all houses located close to the airport may have to give way for increased safety.

He said that the Enugu state governor has given assurance that he will swing into action to ensure that conducive atmosphere is provided for the rehabilitation of the airport and ask the lawmaker to always visit the airport to access progress of work.

Speaking on hygiene in the nation’s airports, the Minister explained that out of the 22 federal airports in the country, 21 of them were clean and hygienic, adding that the only place of concern was the Lagos airport.

He explained that when the Lagos airport was established, it was built to accommodate 200,000 passengers per annum, stressing that today, the airport accommodate traffic of about 8 million annually.

He said that the large volume of traffic makes it impossible for the airport to be clean, stressing that efforts were being made to complete the new terminal building in Lagos to ease the traffic on the old building.

Senator Sirika said further that the delays in the completion of the terminal building in Lagos has been addressed with the approval of funds by the President, stressing that the private hangers that were also hampering the work have started giving way.

He said once the Ministry is able to complete the new terminal building, the old one will be brought down to pave way for a new structure and appealed to the lawmakers for their cooperation in the efforts of the Ministry ensure the nation’s airports are safe.

On the performance of the 2019 budget, the Minister told the lawmakers that only N7,330,178,427.45 representing 20.8 percent of the capital allocation to the Ministry was released, adding that so far N2,627,119,597.14 has been paid out from the released 2019 Budget, while some Certificates of Completion of Projects are being processed for payment.

He appealed for their support to ensure that the Aviation Sector is improved by ensuring that the airports and all the needed equipment necessary for safety and security are provided to meet the Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs) as outlined by regulatory Aviation bodies such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (lCAO), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) etc.

he told them that there were challenges with the new Terminals being built with the $500M loan from the China Exim Bank, which include changes in structural design of the airports, foundation footing and escalators; provisions for the biggest modern aircrafts; change in departure and arrival floors to rhyme with the railway station; provision of adequate power supply to ensure all facilities are put to use and relocation of the Control Tower and the Fire Service Station


He said: “the above has resulted in the need for variation and additional works to the tune of $461,795,551.02 which has been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

“The China Exim Bank has indicated willingness to consider funding the above additional works and we have written to the Ministry of Budget and National Planning to provide for the Sum of $73,887,288.16 (N22,535,622,888.00 @N305/$) as counterpart fund in 2019 outside the Ministry’s proposed FGN Budget.

“The President has graciously approved 50% of this Sum and in 3months we are expecting the balance of the remaining 50% of the money.

“For the 2020 Budget Proposal, we have also approach the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning to provide the counterpart funding for remedial/additional works and completion of four Chinese terminals at Kano, Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt (($51 ,800,266.99)(N15,850,881,698.94) has been approved by Mr. President.

He said that about N91.8 billion was being proposed in the 2020 budget for what he called Viability Funding of the new national courier, adding that more Bilateral/Multilateral Air Services Agreement would be signed in 2020 for the benefits of our air travelers. We have developed a road map for the Aviation Sector that will be implemented through Public Private Partnership (PPP).

He disclosed that the establishment of Aerospace University with the support of International Civil Aviation Organization (lCAO) has been approved by the President, adding that the ministry already has a policy of enforcement of expatriate quota in the Industry with the full cooperation of the Ministry of Interior and immigration Service.

LAGOS PROPHET ACCUSED OF RAPING UNDERAGE CHILDREN



For allegedly raping underage children of his members, a prophet Elisa Ayoluwa alias White has been arrested by the police in Lagos.



Ayoluwa, the founder of Zion Prayer and Deliverance Mission in Ikotun, was alleged to have aborted several pregnancies from one of his victims, a 15-year-old girl, with the help of a woman known as Iya Titi.

It was gathered that the man was arrested on Friday morning after a woman whose six-year-old daughter (names withheld) refused pleas from church elders that the matter be swept under carpets.

The Nation gathered that it was the woman who took the case to a Child’s Right Advocate Mrs. Precious Ndukwu who notified the police at Ikotun.

The mother, who spoke to our correspondent on phone, said that the prophet offered her N5, 000 to keep quiet on the incident, adding that other parents accepted the money.

According to the woman, she usually took her child to the church premises to stay with other kids whenever she was going to work.

She said: “I used to have a job that kept me busy. I will leave home early and won’t return till about 11pm.

“So, I usually took her to the prophet’s place and would go and pick her at night. Other children used to come there too to play.

“But along the line, I noticed that whenever I wanted to take her there, she would cry and say she does not want to go.

“I did not know anything was happening to her until one Sunday in church, a member called me aside and she told me to go and check my daughter.

“By this time, rumour has been going round that the prophet was sexually molesting children and teenagers.

“So, I took my daughter to a nurse and she examined her and said she has been penetrated.

“That was how I started asking her questions and she said it was the prophet that he usually molested her and that the day he raped her, he used clothe to clean the blood. She said he even told her not to tell anyone.”

According to Mrs. Ndukwu, the kid was taken to Mirabel Centre at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) after her mother’s complaint and it was established that she has been violated.

She said her findings also revealed that the prophet’s alleged rape of minors was common knowledge in the neighbourhood, wondering why the other parents chose to remain silent about it.


“Upon investigation we discovered that he has a particular woman known as Iya Titi that helps him abort for a particular child any time she is pregnant. The church members are aware of his behaviour and he has been going round begging each of the child’s parents.

“He has given N5, 000 to the mother of the child that he committed abortion for and she accepted to let peace reign. He remarried recently and so, I don’t know if his new wife was aware before now.

“The parents of the other victims refused to follow us to the police station to make their statement but the mother who refused the money did and the prophet was arrested.



“We expect the police to compel the other parents to come forward and state what they know.

“They need to be made to understand that keep quiet in this matter was a crime and they could be charged as accomplices,” she said.

Police spokesman Bala Elkana confirmed the suspect’s arrest, adding that he denied the allegation.

“The parents of the victim took her to the pastor’s house to be there temporarily when they went out for a programme.

“The act was suspected to have happened during that time. The pastor denied the allegation. We await medical report,” Elkana said

KANYE WEST ANNOUNCES ON TWITTER THE NEW RELEASE DATE FOR HIS CHRISTIAN ALBUM "CHRIST IS KING"


Kanye West made a surprise return to Twitter on Monday, October 21, 2019. The post was the first from the Ye account in nine months and fans are just as excited about his return as they are the reason for it. Kanye announced that he will finally release his ninth, long-awaited studio album “Jesus is King.” Kanye chose a simple, electric-blue album with the words “Jesus Is King” on both the record and the caption.

Fans have waited for the album for over a year and they’re thrilled that it’s finally materializing.

Kanye West has always been controversial throughout his career and it was his admiration for President Trump that resulted in his leaving Twitter back in January.

Kanye would frequently wear a red, MAGA hat while he professed his positive views about Trump. This didn’t go over well with many of his fans.

You may see the tweet that Kanye West shared on his Twitter account below.


Here is Kanye West’s previous post from January 1, 2019, that prompted him to leave Twitter for nearly 10 months.

“One of my favorite of many things about what the Trump hat represents to me is that people can’t tell me what to do because I’m black.”

While fans are excited about Kanye’s new music, some are growing concerned that he and Kim Kardashian may be having marital difficulties.

Kanye returned to Twitter on Kim Kardashian’s 39th birthday and chose to only make one tweet about his upcoming album. He didn’t tweet a birthday greeting to Kim. Though that by itself isn’t enough to cause fans to worry, he also didn’t accompany Kim Kardashian on her trip to Armenia where she and their children were baptized. Now, a video clip from Keeping Up With The Kardashians is making rounds as people think that it shows Kim and Kanye are having trouble communicating.

What do you think of Kanye West’s news? Are you looking forward to the release of “Jesus is King? Were you surprised that it took nearly a year to be released?



GAY MARRIAGE, ABORTION RIGHTS LEGALIZED IN NORTH IRELAND


The relaxtion of the UK-ruled territory's restrictive laws on the issues occurred at midnight (2300 GMT), after a deadline elapsed for local lawmakers to stop the changes imposed by MPs in Westminster.

British lawmakers in July approved decriminalising abortion and creating lawful access to abortion services, as well as rolling out new regulations to allow same-sex marriage and civil partnerships.


They gave Northern 's assembly -- suspended since January 2017 -- until October 21 to institute alterations to the reforms, which will see the province broadly match the rest of Britain.



Abortion and same-sex marriage are legal in England, Wales and Scotland.

The assembly was briefly restored on Monday, but without support from opposition parties, they were unable to constitute an executive and pass any changes.

"At midnight history will be made," Grainne Teggart, Amnesty International's Northern Ireland campaign manager, said on Monday hours before the deadline.

"This is a hugely significant moment and the beginning of a new era for Northern Ireland -- one in which we're free from oppressive laws that have policed our bodies and healthcare."

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Julian Smith told parliament the law forbidding abortions would be repealed at midnight and there will be a moratorium on criminal prosecutions.




"A new legal framework for lawful access to abortion services in Northern Ireland will be put in place by 31st March 2020," he said.

Meanwhile, regulations for same-sex partnership will be outlined by January 13.

"This means at the latest, the first civil same-sex marriages will take place on the week of Valentine's Day 2020," Smith added.

'Stunt' politics
The Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) who returned to the chamber of devolved government at Stormont were predominantly from the anti-abortion Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).


Without participation from the main opposition party Sinn Fein, they could not form an executive under the region's power-sharing laws.

"It is a very sad day," DUP leader Arlene Foster told reporters after leaving the chamber.

"I know some people will seek to celebrate today and I would say to those people: 'Think of those of us who are sad today and who believe that this is an affront to human dignity and to human life.'"

Pressure has been growing in traditionally conservative Northern Ireland for its abortion law to be relaxed, in particular following the landslide 2018 referendum to repeal the abortion ban in the Republic of Ireland.

Sinn Fein vice-president Michelle O'Neill called the DUP-led reconvening of the assembly a "stunt".


She said it "achieved nothing other than to bring the political institutions into further disrepute and further undermine public confidence".

"It is not lost on the public that the first time the DUP recalled the assembly was yet another attempt to deny a section of our community rights," she added, welcoming the reforms.

Celebratory scenes

Outside Stormont protestors gathered Monday -- some backing the MLAs in their bid to avert the change, others condemning it.

Around 150 anti-abortion protesters spent the morning and afternoon singing and praying with placards reading "Not in my name".

"It was the Westminster government who forced in legislation," said Bernadette Smyth, director of pro-life Precious Life Northern Ireland.

"This is undemocratic and it's wrong. So it's important that we're here today to be a voice for the vulnerable -- unborn children in our society."

A boisterous crowd of some 150 pro-choice campaigners were also present, unfurling banners and chanting "What do we want? The right to chose. When do we want it? Now."

Danielle Roberts, an activist with Alliance for Choice, said "human rights have always been the responsibility of Westminster."

"There have been repeated calls for Westminster to act and finally they've actually done their duty," she told AFP.

Among the crowd, some were also keen to voice their support for the new same-sex marriage provisions.

Chef Jane Peaker, 24, attended holding the hand of her partner Meg. The pair got engaged over the summer.

"I think that we're happy that it's happened, but maybe not so happy that it hasn't come from our government," she said.

"But I think it's a victory nonetheless."

Peaker said the pair would like to marry on February 14 - Velentine's Day and likely the earliest possible date.

6 UI STAFF ARRESTED BY DSS OVER EXAM MALPRACTICE


 
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof Idowu Olayinka has handed over six officials of its Distance Learning Center to the Department of the State Security over examination malpractice.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the officials were arrested last Friday and had been cooling their heels in the custody of the DSS before they were released on Monday on administrative bail.

Investigation revealed that the officials allegedly smuggled scripts into the exam hall to students, forged Computer Based Test results; and falsified clearance mostly for students who have student disciplinary cases among others.


Confirming the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday evening, the Director DLC UI centre, Prof Soji Aremu, said that some staff of the centre compromised in helping some students during examination.

“It was the management that caught them and handed them over to the DSS, for us to have the full report.

“They have been released on administrative bail after owing up to the crime committed.

“It is a plus to the management for fishing out the bad eggs and handing them over for the law to take it’s full course,’’ he said.

Mr Tunji Oladejo, the Director of Communications, UI, also said when it happened, the director of UI DLC alerted the VC who ordered the arrest of the culprits.


“Officials of the DSS were invited to effect the arrests. They were found indulging in examination malpractices.

“The Vice Chancellor called on the DSS to engage in rigorous investigation and diligent prosecution to serve as deterrent to others,” Oladejo added.

A source said the information leading to the arrests came from some student accomplices who had earlier been arrested during the ongoing examination by the management of the institution.

The source further said “after the arrest on Thursday last week, some staff have reportedly stayed away from the DLC center located along Sasha.’’


BOBRISKY GETS CAR BASHED, PHYSICALLY ASSAULTED BY NIGERIAN MAN



Nigerian cross-dresser, Bobrisky, is in the news again.

This time, a video of him getting physical with a man that bashed his new Range Rover in Lagos hit social media and Nigerians are divided over his reaction.

Details of how the accident happened isn't quite clear and its also not clear how much damage was done to his car but from the video shared by an eyewitness, Bobrisky could be seen taking pictures of the number plate of the car that hit his Range.
Bobrisky gets physical with a man that bashed his new Range Rover in Lagos (Photos)
The guy who hit his car was however not okay with Bobrisky taking pictures of his number plate and he smashed Bobrisky's phone.  

Angered by this, Bobrisky got physical with the man. Not long after the video hit social media, Bobrisky shared an update on Snachat that 'the idiot is now cooling off in a cell'.

See social media reactions to the whole drama below.....
Bobrisky gets physical with a man that bashed his new Range Rover in Lagos (Photos)
A man physically assaulted Bobrisky unprovoked while ppl looked on. Yes, Bobrisky might have his flaws but no one deserves to be physically assaulted in the manner that he was. Nigerians are so quick to put all frustrations on LGBTQ folk & the marginalized
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That idiot reacted like that because it was Bobrisky
If it was someone else he would’ve begged
I hope she deals with him
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Wait! A man beat up Bobrisky after bashing her car? What kind of an animal beats up a woman after bashing her car? That man must be arrested.
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She went out as BoB Risky.

He came back as BOB Manuel 😂😂😂

Lagos will bring out your Real gender 😂😂😂😂
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That thing that happened to Bobrisky can happen to anybody

Hit my car and still form authority

Some men are disgusting
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Big S/O to the guy who beat bobrisky, he did one for the culture.
And I honestly don’t care about y’all opinion 🤷🏽‍♂️
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Let’s forget the fact that it was Bobrisky for a minute. You hit someone’s car then proceed to beat them up? People in Lagos are mad oh.
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That video of bobrisky’s accident pissed me off so much. some of you nigerian men are very mannerless to say the least.
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You bashed bobrisky’s car and smacked her phone to the ground. As if that Wasn’t enough , you gave her several punches. Some needs hone training. Sorry wouldn’t take a thing from your toxic ass 🤦🏾‍♀️