BREAKING: Buhari Protects His Looters Burying Money In Aso Villa, Says Fayose


Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described as absurd, claim by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed that looters have resorted to burying stolen funds in their backyards, deep forests and burial grounds, saying;

He fired that: “Looters in the Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency, especially those being compensated for funding the election of the president in 2015 bury their own loots in the Villa with Presidential protection, The governor asked; “Should it be wrong for other supposed looters that do not have presidential protection like the All Progressives Congress (APC) looters to bury their loots in burial grounds probably for spiritual protection?”

In a statement issued on Monday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said: “Nigerians can no longer be fooled with stage-managed loots recoveries, with no traceable owners (looters), especially when the loots are traceable to close associates of the president and his cabinet members. He said; “Obviously, this so-called anti-corruption war has become a laughing stock with stray N49m found in Kaduna Airport, N448 million discovered in a shop at Victoria Island, Lagos and N13 billion found in Ikoyi, Lagos neither having owners nor the identities of owners of the properties where the money was found known.”

Governor Fayose maintained that: “It is either the money belongs to members of Buhari’s government or it is being planted by the government to sustain its fake anti-corruption fight in the minds of the people.” He said; “Enough of stage-managed and fake anti-corruption war aimed solely at opposition figures, especially presidential hopefuls in the 2019 election.”

The governor noted that two different laws are operable in the country – one law for the APC and those who decamp to the party and the other for the opposition, especially those perceived as having presidential ambition. “The narrative they push daily is that only those in their government are saint while other Nigerians, including those in the National Assembly, Judiciary, opposition politicians and the civil servants are rogues while only Buhari’s appointees are saints. “To worsen matters, the cluelessness of the APC government in the last two years has plunged the country into debt without anything to show. “The cabals in the Presidency are also taking advantage of the President’s state of health, which is as a result of his age to oppress Nigerians. “Nigerians must therefore keep their eyes on the ball and not be carried away by the orchestrated distractions aimed at preventing them from seeing how the APC led government has failed woefully.” He called on the international community to hold Nigeria accountable on the recovered N13 billion cash found in that Ikoyi, Lagos apartment saying; “this must not be swept under the carpet.”  (The Sun)

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BREAKING NEWS: Sean Spicer Apologizes For ‘Insensitive’ Reference To Holocaust


  Related video: Spicer says Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons” (courtesy of Reuters)
WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sean Spicer is apologizing for making an “insensitive” reference to the Holocaust in earlier comments about Syrian President Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons.

Spicer says in an interview with CNN that he mistakenly used “an inappropriate, insensitive reference to the Holocaust.” He says there was no comparison and “it was a mistake to do that.” He adds, “It was my blunder.”

Spicer said during a White House briefing Tuesday that Adolf Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.” That drew instant rebuke from Jewish groups and critics who noted it ignored Hitler’s use of gas chambers to exterminate Jews during the Holocaust.

Spicer was attempting to discuss the horror of the chemical weapons attack last week in Syria.

This is a breaking news update. Check back later for more.    (REUTERS)

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BREAKING: 2 Adults Dead, 2 Kids In Critical Condition After Shooting At San Bernardino Elementary School

Veronica Rocha , Richard Winton and Paloma Esquivel

Two adults were killed and two students were injured Monday morning at an elementary school in San Bernardino in what officials are describing as a murder-suicide.The students were taken to a local hospital, where they were listed in critical condition, said San Bernardino police Lt. Mike Madden. The male gunman, whose identity was not released, shot and killed a female instructor before he turned the weapon on himself and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.

The teacher is believed to be the spouse or girlfriend of the gunman, according to San Bernardino Unified School District spokeswoman Maria Garcia.

“We believe this to be a murder-suicide,” San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan tweeted. “Happened in a class room. Two students have been transported to the hospital.”

Burguan later tweeted: “We believe the suspect is down and there’s no further threat.”

The gunfire was reported at 10:27 a.m. in a classroom at North Park Elementary School, 5378 N. H Street.

The gunman had checked in with school officials earlier that morning before visiting the teacher’s classroom, police Capt. Ron Maass said.

His handgun was not seen until he entered the classroom and “presented the firearm,” the captain said.

The gunman then opened fire on the teacher. Two students near the teacher were hit by gunfire, he said. It is unclear how many shots were fired.

“The children, we do not believe were targeted,” he said.

Jaidyn Stanley, 9, said he was in a different classroom when the shooting happened.

“I was in my class and my teacher was teaching us a lesson, and then I heard three gun shots. My teacher told us to get on the ground. Then we started hearing sirens,” the third-grader said.

Jaidyn said after staying low to the ground for about 30 seconds, his teacher told the class to get up, run and follow her out of an emergency exit that connects directly to the outdoors. He and his classmates left their backpacks behind.

“There was a lot of people in my class crying and they were scared. They thought the shooter was going to come in the classroom,” Jaidyn said.

Jaidyn said once he and his classmates were outside on a soccer field, they were planning to walk to Cajon High School, but he spotted his mother and she scooped him up and took him home.

Immediately after the shooting, the San Bernardino County Fire Department set up a triage area.

School officials said the shooting was “isolated to the campus.” In an email to staff, the school district said: “This is believed to be a case of domestic violence.”

Students were evacuated to Cal State San Bernardino’s physical education building, where they could access bathrooms and water, said university spokesman Joe Gutierrez.

Parents were directed to go to Cajon High School, where officials verified their identities before sending them to Cal State San Bernardino to pick up their children, Gutierrez said.

North Park Elementary has more than 500 students between kindergarten and sixth grade, mostly from low-income Latino families.

Students were huddled on a field at a corner of the school’s campus on Northpark Boulevard and H Street, accompanied by teachers and guarded by law enforcement officers carrying long guns.

Anxious parents such as David Zamudio gathered nearby, but barriers blocked them from reaching their children. Some parents said there was confusion over where to collect their children as information circulated that they should be picked up at either Cajon High School or Cal State San Bernardino.

Zamudio, the father of a 6-year-old in second grade at North Park, said he lives nearby and heard helicopters overhead. He rushed to the school when his sister called saying there had been a school shooting.

“I came because they said it was safer, more isolated. But I guess it’s not that way,” said Zamudio, who recently moved to the area from Highland.

In a statement on Twitter, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said: “ My heart and prayers go out to the victims of today’s horrible act in #SanBernardino & to the whole North Park Elem. School community.”

According to the state’s new school rating system, North Park earns high marks for suspending less than 1% of its student body. The school was deemed yellow — average on the state’s color-coded grading scheme — for academics. In both math and English, students scored below the bar for proficiency, but in math, their scores grew significantly over the course of one year.

The school will be closed for the next two days as detectives continue their investigation, said district Supt. Dale Marsden.

“This is an absolute tragic event,” he said. “Our hearts are broken.”

The shooting comes as San Bernardino has seen a major increase in violence.

There were 62 slayings in San Bernardino in 2016 — a 41% increase from the year before. It was the deadliest year in the city since 1995.

The violence is an open wound on a city trying to recover from a prolonged bankruptcy and the 2015 terror attack.

On Monday, Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) issued a statement in response to the shooting, saying he was “devastated” and that “this is like a punch to the gut of our community.”

“We will learn more in the coming hours and days about how today’s events came to pass,” Aguilar said. “But there are some things that we know now: This is a tragedy for our community and there are children, teachers, staff and families who will be dealing with what happened today for a long time. As we have done before, we need to come together to support those affected and rededicate ourselves to ending gun violence in our community.”

(Los Angeles Times)

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BREAKING: Court Dismisses EFCC Graft Case Against Justice Adeniyi Ademola


Justice Adeniyi Adeomla

The High Court of the FCT in Maitama, Abuja on Wednesday threw out the charges against Justice Adeniyi Ademola, his wife Olubowale, and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Joe Agi, brought against them by the federal government.
Justice Jude Okeke upheld the no-case submissions filed by the defendants, and ruled that the prosecution was unable to make out a prima facie case with respect to any of the 18 counts on concluding its case with 19 witnesses and exhibits A to ZZZ to warrant calling on the defendants to enter their defence.
The Ademolas, and Agi were dragged before the court last year by the Attorney-General Federation following a raid on Justice Ademola’s residence by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) operatives on the judge’s house on October 7, 2016.
The court in its final ruling, stated that the federal government’s case was built on suspicion and speculation fuelled by a feeling to fight against corruption which no reasonable court could base any conviction on.
Justice Okeke explained that going by the prosecution’s submission, it would amount to asking the defendants to prove their innocence, instead of the other way round, as provided for in the Constitution which requires the accuser to prove the guilt of the defendants.
According to him, the prosecution was unable to prove that the sum of N30m paid by Agi into Olubowale’s bank account in three tranches of N10m each between March 11 and 26, 2015, was gratification meant to influence Justice Ademola in his official functions.
Justice Okeke held that the federal government was unable to show any evidence to the claim that the sum of N30m was not a gift passed from two mutual friends of Justice Ademola and Agi by the SAN to Olubowale in support of the Ademolas for the wedding of their daughters held in April 2015.
The court ruled that the charges also failed to disclose which of the particular official functions of Justice Ademola – whether the judicial functions done in open court, or administrative functions– the N30m was meant to influence.
He also ruled that the inability of the 16th prosecution witness, an officer of the Department of State Service, Mr. Babatunde Adepoju, who investigated the case, to link the gift of N30m to any case Agi was having before Justice Ademola was fatal to the case of the prosecution.

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BREAKING: Sahara Reporters’ Publisher, Sowore Arrested, Faces Deportation To Nigeria To Face Charges


Sahara Reporters’s publisher, Mr Omoyele Sowore was this night picked up in New York city and taken to Varick street deportation center where he is awaiting expatriation back to Nigeria.

Trouble started for Mr Omoyele Sowore when the sheriff attempted to serve Melaye’s defamation court summons. I his effort to argue with the sheriff, New York City police were called in. Sowore was immediately picked up and taken to the detention center for processing which will lead to his removal from the USA.

Mr Sowore is not a United States’ citizen and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), under President Donald Trump is quick to remove or deport immigrants involved in the most minute of infractions or criminal cases.

At the moment Sahara Reporters’ lawyers are scrambling to get to the detention center to appeal against the deportation of Mr Sowore. They will be making a case that the Nigerians authorities are after the Ondo born publisher for wrong reasons.

Sources close to the Sahara Reporters said that chances are that Sowore’s deportation would take place.

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BREAKING: Explosion In St. Petersburg Metro In Russia Kills 10, Injures 50

by Ike A. Offor,


An explosion has ripped through the metro or underground station in St Petersburg, Russia killing 10 people and injuring 50 people.

The blast took place in Sennaya square station in between the station and the next station. A second explosive device was found in another metro station and has been disabled.

The witnesses who spoke with The Republican News reporter said that children were among the casualties in the explosion. Image show people leaving smoke-filled metro station.

St Petersburg has 67 metro stations and all metro stations have now been closed.  An estimated 2.3 million people use metro in St Petersburg on daily basis.

It is not yet known who is behind this attack, whether it is an external terror attack or from within Russia. Russia has a lot of Islamic region which are sympathetic to ISIS in the Middle East. It has been reported that some fighters who fought in the ISIS conflicts have returned back to Russia.

President Vladimir Putin  was earlier today in St Petersburg and was still in the city when the explosion occurred. Putin was born in St Petersburg and was there conducting a media conference with president of Belarus when the blast took place and was immediately informed.

Putin expressed condolences to the families of those who died. He also said that thorough investigation will be conducted to get to the bottom of it. Continue reading


BREAKING: Dino Melaye Graduated From ABU With Third Class, Says VC


Senator Dino Melaye

Leke Baiyewu

The Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, has told the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions that the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, graduated from the university as Jonah Daniel Melaye with a Third Class in BA Geography.

He said this while appearing before the panel at a hearing on Melaye’s certificate scandal.

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