Kwara Command Detains SARS Men For Alleged Sexual Harassment |RN


Zone 2 Lagos Police Command Spokesperson, SP Dolapo Badmus

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The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Lawan Ado, says the four police officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad accused of sexually harassing a lady, Kachi Zion, along the Pipeline area of Ilorin, have been detained.

Zion had through her Instagram page –@69bars –alleged that some SARS operatives accosted her at the Pipeline area in Ilorin at the weekend, accused her of prostitution and searched her.

She specifically accused one of the policemen of inserting his fingers into her private parts.

Ado, who spoke through the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ajayi Okasanmi, told our correspondent on the telephone in Ilorin on Tuesday that he was sad at the allegation.

Okasanmi said he had been in contact with the spokesperson for the Zone 2 Police Command, Lagos, SP Dolapo Badmos.

Badmos had earlier told journalists that the Zone 2 would liaise with the Kwara State CP over the incident.

The Kwara PPRO said after the CP got information about the allegation on the social media, he directed that Zion should be invited to the command to shed more light on her allegation.

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He stated that the lady honoured the invitation on Tuesday and had made “useful statement.”

Okasanmi said further that the four SARS men had been invited for interrogation.

He stated that although they denied the allegation, they had been detained.

He said, “Regardless of their denial, the command is still investigating them and will punish them according to the law if it is proved that they are guilty. They will, however, be released, if they are innocent.

“As the CP directed, I got in contact with the lady (Zion) and invited her to the command. The lady was with us this morning (Tuesday). We also invited the SARS men that were posted to the area on the day the incident took place. The team members denied the allegation, but we are still investigating the matter. The lady was satisfied with the action we have taken so far.

“We will get to the root of the matter. If actually the policemen committed the offence, they will be dealt with in accordance with the law. The telephone number of CP and my telephone number are all over the place. We asked the lady that rather than going on the social media, why did she not make effort to come to a police station and report the matter because we would gone after the SARS officers immediately.

“The officers are now in detention.”   (Punch)

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Prison Warder Commits Suicide After Photos With Inmate Went Viral |RN

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A female prison official working with the Losperfontein Correctional Centre in Brits, South Africa,  committed suicide after intimate pictures of her and an inmate went viral on the Internet.

The incident happened on Monday, October 16, 2017, according to News24.

The Department of Correctional Services said in a statement that it was shocked and grieved by the Incident.

The Department’s regional manager, Mandla Mkabela, said that a team of senior managers and counsellors had been dispatched to the facility to provide the necessary support to fellow personnel.

Mkabela also condemned the conduct of the official seen in the photos adding that the image is very disturbing and strictly prohibited.

“We want to convey our condolences to the family and colleagues of the deceased official.

“This is disturbing and strictly prohibited,” Mkabela said.

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Greatest Challenge Facing African Man Is Laziness, Says Bishop Oyedepo |RN

                                Bishop David Oyedepo

Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, Dr. David Oyedepo, has challenged academicians to ‘stop being merely bookish and start grooming thinkers’.

Oyedepo, who delivered the keynote address at the 54th meeting of the Committee of Deans of Post Graduate Schools in Nigerian Universities at Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, also declared that the greatest challenge facing the black man is not intellectual bankruptcy, but laziness and inability to task his thinking faculty towards realising assets that will benefit his immediate environment.

The Chancellor of Covenant University said his experiences with those in the academia shows that many of them are simply so proud of having become an authority in their chosen fields.

He however noted that that is not enough as they need to go a step further by indoctrinating in young scholars the art of thinking out ideas which would address some of the challenges plaguing the black continent.

The four-day event which began on Monday would end today, The Nation reports.

Oyedepo said global solution providers such as Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, and The Wright Brothers among others, once had a brainwave in their time which led to great revolutions in their respective fields.

He warned Nigerians that repeated complaints would not work; but that they should battle their challenges headlong.

He said, “Everywhere I go in Nigeria today, everybody continues to complain that things are not working; but who will start how things will work and when? That person is you and that time is now, and postgraduate education should serve as a platform for inciting our students into thinking solutions. Today, it is thinkers that rule the world and we should be development-oriented in things we do.”

To make that difference, Oyedepo challenged the deans to start thinking out of the box, saying that is what would propel them to imbibe the same culture into their students.

“Leadership is not being in the driver seat, but adding values. As a dean, you must start thinking what difference you are going to make in that position; what contributions in terms of innovations and feat. You have no business being in that position if you cannot make that difference that will be a reference point to your successors years after you have left.”

Further, Oyedepo suggested the ‘read thinking’; a concept which according to him, combines research alongside critical thinking of solutions. Man’s biological configuration remains the same regardless of colour or height, Oyedepo argued.

He said Africa has a lot to tap from Covenant University which was birthed through indigenous thinking and currently ranks as the second-best university in Nigeria just within 15 years of existence.

Earlier, Chairman of the association, Professor Bamidele Sanni, said the theme of the event: ‘Repositioning postgraduate education for sustainable national development: the leadership dimension’threw a challenge in their path as academic leaders who must groom better successors.

“As deans of post-graduate schools, our colleagues often refer to us as ‘deans of deans’. We are leaders in our capacity who are also training tomorrow’s leaders. We, therefore, have a responsibility to lead others aright before handing over so they can sustain standard.

“Those who groomed and made us who we are today are proud of us; so we also want to be proud of others by saying ‘that man or lady graduated from this university and I supervised his research.”           ( Punch)

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2023 Calls: Will The Igbo Play Real Politics This Time? – Joe Igbokwe |The Republican News


Engr Joe Igbokwe

As we gradually move towards 2019 and 2023, I am beginning to get worried whether Igbo is putting their acts together to take a shot at the Presidency in 2023 when the North would have completed their 8 years? I am worried because I do not know whether we understand the dynamics of the politics we must play to position an Igbo for the exalted office in the land. Are we thinking or considering the political party that will bring us closer to the Presidency in 2023? Is it PDP, APGA or APC? If it is PDP are we playing the real politics?


As we gradually move towards 2019 and 2023, I am beginning to get worried whether Igbo is putting their acts together to take a shot at the Presidency in 2023 when the North would have completed their 8 years? I am worried because I do not know whether we understand the dynamics of the politics we must play to position an Igbo for the exalted office in the land. Are we thinking or considering the political party that will bring us closer to the Presidency in 2023? Is it PDP, APGA or APC? If it is PDP are we playing the real politics? If it is APGA what are we doing to take APGA across to those who will vote for our candidate? If it is APC what are the plans to key into the ruling Party? Of all these three Parties mentioned above which one presents the shortest distance to the Presidency in 2023?

Now let me analyze these three Parties, their stand, capacity, spread, and leadership.

APGA rules only one State out of 36 States in Nigeria. It is only domiciled in Anambra State and has not moved beyond Anambra State to reach out to other Nigerians. For an Igbo to be elected to the exalted office other Nigerians especially Hausa-Fulani, Yoruba and others must vote for him. Without sounding immodest Anambra State occupies a unique position in Igbo land. Anambra is the engine room of Igboland politics and they lead the way. Now if the State that will lead others to the mainstream is saddled with APGA, where is the plan to work with others? If you ask me I will suggest that we do the needful by joining other Nigerians to play the real politics. APGA cannot lead Igbo anywhere in the politics of Nigeria. If Yoruba can sacrifice ACN to form an alliance with other Nigerians to give birth to APC, Igbo needs to think again.

What of PDP? Now, this Party is still being pulled down by internal contradictions, credibility crisis, and the hangover of 16 years of massive looting of Nigeria. PDP may not be the option for Igbo because for 16 years the party was in power, the South East was officially and systematically neglected. Besides PDP just zoned the presidency to the North and assuming their candidate wins in 2019 what is the guarantee that the winner will not seek a second term in 2023? Therefore, I do not think PDP is the shortest distance for Igbo Presidency or the way to go.

Now, what of APC? To all intents and purposes, I think APC provides the best platform and the shortest distance for Igbo presidency in 2023, and Igbo must take this very seriously. To do this, Igbo must look at this big picture. Igbo must consider everything. Igbo must sacrifice APGA for the big business in 2023. Igbo must swallow this bitter pill in order to be politically relevant in Nigeria again. Pride, arrogance, political stupidity, bloated self-worth, persecution complex, selfish sense of superiority, leadership complex etc must be jettisoned for other Nigerians to trust us. We must also prove to other Nigerians that we love them and Nigeria. Trust is the key factor. Let us stop the hate speech and ethnic bigotry and work for a new Nigeria of our dream. Igbo must stop the Biafra project because a lot is at stake.

It is counterproductive and provocative. If we are sensible and I think we are, we should be faced with the choice of the best option for Igbo in Nigeria. The best option is that Nigeria offers the biggest market for Igbo in Nigeria. We must rise now to remove the huddles and take the hard decisions. We must not give those who make us to look little the oxygen we breathe. Let them suffocate for us to make progress. It always seems impossible until the deed is done. Let us selectively and productively deploy committed men and women in Igboland to work with other Nigerians to create a new Nigeria. We need a war of sense now and not the war of words and bullets.

Someone once told me that if a man stands in a place for so long without making a move, the lizard will climb him thinking it is a tree. We have made political mistakes for a longtime and mistakes are allowed. After all he who makes no mistakes makes no progress. This is the time for Igbo to move on in Nigeria. (Sahara Reporters)

Joe Igbokwe
The Republican News

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Anthony Joshua: Stand-in Opponent, Carlos Takam, Waited Outside My Hotel To Get Fight

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Anthony Joshua believes late stand-in Carlos Takam represents a tougher night’s work than Kubrat Pulev who pulled out just 11 days before they were due to clash in Cardiff.

Frenchman Takam has stepped in for the WBA and IBF world heavyweight title fight in front of around 78,000 fans at the Principality Stadium on October 28 after Pulev’s injury.

Unsurprisingly, Joshua describes his new opponent’s situation as akin to finding a ‘golden ticket’. The 28-year-old Londoner also thinks he will have a tougher time despatching Takam than he would have done Pulev, who withdrew with a pectoral injury.

“I first heard about it when I arrived to train on Monday,” Joshua said at his training base at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport.

“There could have been two reactions and one would have been that the whole show is cancelled, that would have been a nightmare for everyone involved. But we have to look at the positive in that we still have a lively opponent.

“And Takam will be harder to knockout because he’s incredibly durable. His style means he’s harder to knockout than Pulev, for sure.”

Bulgarian Pulev had worked his way into the mandatory position for Joshua’s IBF belt so when he pulled out, it was left to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn to negotiate with the next available opponent.

But Hearn had already struck a deal with Takam in advance so, after a few phonecalls, the show was back on.

“Eddie is very good at what he does and always plans ahead of the game,” Joshua added. “So having Carlos Takam on hold was a perfect situation for us. It deals with the mandatory situation.

“Takam has fought some good people but maybe because he’s not so active on social media, the general public might not know much about him. But he’s definitely a credible opponent and we can’t take our eye off the prize.

“I’m not saying that Takam is going to beat me, I’m saying Takam is not going to come in and lie down in the first round. I think that’s the mindset of anyone who fights because he’s in hostile territory with a lot of people who are not there to support him, so he will think: ‘What have I got to lose?’.

“This is his golden ticket to shock the world.”

Joshua also revealed that his path has already crossed with that of Takam, who hung around at his hotel lobby to deliver a message last summer.

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“It was after I fought at The O2 against Dominic Breazeale,” said Joshua, reflecting on the night of June 25, 2016.

“Takam waited at my hotel in reception and said to me: ‘I want to fight you!’. I said: ‘I’ve already had a fight’. I swear!

“It was the Breazeale fight. He came to the fight, then waited for me in reception. I knew who he was. He’s a big unit, 22 stone, he’s a big unit. These fighters are now watching me, so Takam will definitely know my strengths and weaknesses.”

It has been suggested that the late change of opponent – especially considering the stark difference in styles – may pose Joshua an unexpected problem for his clash across the Severn.

But AJ said: “No problem, we never had any Pulev clones come in for sparring, with all this technology now designing an opponent just like Pulev.

“No, Rob trains me to work on my own strengths and weaknesses, no matter who it is we fight I think I will always be in the best shape, not worrying about who I’m going to fight.

“Every fight leads somewhere provided I win so I need to defeat Takam to move to a positive start to 2018. That’s the mindset, I have to defeat Takam.”   (The Independent)

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MI5 Chief, Andrew Parker: Britain Facing ‘Worst Terror Threat’ I’ve Ever Seen In 34 Years

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The head of MI5 has said Britain is now facing the worst terror threat he has ever seen in his 34-year career.

Andrew Parker, director general of the security service, gave a rare public speech, calling the threat “multi-dimensional, evolving rapidly and operating at a scale and pace we’ve not seen before”.

Another 20 terrorist attacks on the UK were foiled over the past four years and “many more” were prevented, he said.

The intelligence chief said there has been a “dramatic upshift” this year, which resulted in the London and Manchester attacks which killed a total of 36 people.

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Mr Parker added it’s impossible for MI5 to stop every attack, but that the service is identifying and disrupting threats all the time.

“In 2017, with all that has happened and much that has not, it is clear that we are contending with an intense UK terrorist threat from Islamist extremists,” Mr Parker told journalists in London.

“Twenty attacks in the UK have been foiled over the past four years,” he said. “Many more will have been prevented by the early interventions we and the police make. There have been a record number of terrorism-related arrests: 379 in the year to June.”

He said continental Europe has faced a similar surge, particularly in France, Belgium, Germany and Spain.

“The scale at which we are operating is greater than ever before,” he said.

Mr Parker said MI5 has more than 500 live investigations involving roughly 3,000 people known to be involved in extremist activities.

In addition, he said, more than 20,000 individuals have been scrutinized in the past for possible terror ties and there are undoubtedly “violent extremists” who have thus far not been detected by the Security Service.

The risk is further heightened by the possible return to Britain of citizens who joined the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, Mr Parker said.

He said MI5 is well-equipped to cope with the deepening threat, with its ranks set to grow from 4,000 to 5,000 over the next few years.

But he added: “Attacks will occur sometimes because this is a free society, a liberal democracy, and we do not monitor everybody all the time. “Nor would we want to live in a country that was like that.”

The director called on technology companies to work with the government on preventing their social media platforms from being used by extremists for communications that cannot be monitored.

When asked if Facebook and Google were doing enough on this front, Mr Parker declined to discuss specific companies.

He praised advancements in communications technology, but said an “unintended side effect” has been to make it easier for extremists to avoid legal monitoring by using apps, including many that provide encryption, to avoid detection. He said companies should to more to prevent this abuse of their communications systems.

“For the companies there must be an ethical responsibility,” Mr Parker said. “The way to move forward is in partnerships together.   (The Evening Standard)

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North Korea Could Collpase Within A Year, Says Pyongyang Official |RN

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North Korea could collapse within a year due to US sanctions, a defector and former Pyongyang official has said.

Ri Jong-ho, who ran an international network of North Korean businesses which funnelled money into the hermit kingdom, said the country “desperately wants relations with the US”.

“The sanctions that the White House has imposed on North Korea are of a historic level,” Mr Ri told an Asia Society event in New York.

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“Never before has the country faced such tough sanctions. I don’t know if North Korea will survive a year with these sanctions. People will die,” he said.

Mr Ri believes North Korea’s increasing provocations and Kim Jong-un’s rhetoric are an attempt to force the US into a diplomatic dialogue which does not involve South Korea.

He added: “Right now the leadership of North Korea have deployed missiles aimed at the US and are doing these provocations, but they desperately want relations with the US.”

The former official also said North Korea and China were currently at “the very worst point of their relationship” following Mr Kim’s purge of officials close to Beijing and Chinese President Xi’s decision to visit Seoul before Pyongyang on his first trip to the Korean peninsula in 2014.

Mr Kim branded Mr Xi a “son of a b—-” during a subsequent meeting of high ranking officials, according to Mr Ri.

Mr Ri served as chief of the Korea Daehung Trading Corporation, which is managed by a clandestine organisation under direct control of the Kim family, according to the South China Morning Post.

He told The Washington Post he was in charge of North Korean tactics to circumvent UN sanctions, before defecting with his family in 2014.

North Korea remains one the world’s most secretive countries. Run by the third supreme leader in the Kim dynasty, Kim Jong-un, the country has a population of around 25 million, with one of the world’s largest standing military forces. Take a look at the nation’s military might in pictures.            (The Independent)

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