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Roasted Crickets To Go On Sale At London Food Chain Supermarkets|The Republican News

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It brings a whole new meaning to grabbing some grub for lunch. Roasted crickets are to go on sale this week at outlets of a London snack brand – the first time in the UK edible insects will appear on the regular daily menu at a takeaway food chain.

The crunchy whole crickets, from Eat Grub, will be available in Abokado shops across London from Tuesday as part of the chain’s new spring menu. The sweet chilli and lime-flavoured snack will join its customisable range of toppings for fresh salads, poke bowls and hotpots, and also be available as bagged snacks alongside nuts, edamame and popcorn.

Environmental experts have long recommended insects as a sustainable food source that could help cut food poverty and reduce the damaging impact of meat production. Insects are also nutritious, containing essential proteins, fats, minerals and amino acids.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization says at least 2 billion people regularly consume insects, and they could help meet the food needs of the world’s growing population.

Abokado’s managing director, Kara Alderin, said: “Abokado is all about customisation and offering our customers variety of different options to enhance their meals. We currently have a dozen unique toppings and dressings on offer, and this is an exciting addition to the range.” He said the roasted crickets were “quirky, but packed with flavour and protein they are the way forward in healthy, sustainable snacking”.

To win over prospective new shoppers who might balk at bugs for lunch, Abokado will be offering Eat Grub samplings in its 23 stores and as part of local street marketing.

Insect products from Eat Grub, a London-based food startup, can now be found in more than 700 outlets across Europe. Sainsbury’s, which was the first UK supermarket to start selling edible insects last November, stocks its Smoky BBQ flavoured crickets. In a report to be published this week, the supermarket is expected to highlight insect protein as a key food of the future.

In the UK, food choices are becoming increasingly important in the debate about climate change, reflected in the rise of “flexitarianism”, whereby a largely vegetable-based diet is supplemented occasionally with meat.

In the UK, edible insects have so far been predominantly limited to unusual pop-ups or online outlets and feature on a few restaurant menus. For consumers seeking an easier way into insect consumption, pasta, protein bars and granola bars made from insect flour went on sale in Selfridges in January.

Eat Grub’s co-founder Shami Radia said: “It’s great to have Abokado supporting us in spreading the grub love; the fun way they approach food and innovation is exactly what we need to make eating insects more mainstream.”   (The Guardian)

 

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Exclusive: Buhari Set To Extend ‘Private Visit’ To London On Health Grounds |The Republican News

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Inside sources in the Presidency who spoke with SaharaReporters said there is a high likelihood of the President extending his stay on the orders of his doctors.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari may not return to the country on Sunday May 5 as scheduled due to health complications.

Inside sources in the Presidency who spoke with SaharaReporters said there is a high likelihood of the President extending his stay on the orders of his doctors.

President Muhammadu Buhari had travelled to the United Kingdom on April25 for what the presidency described as a “private visit”.

Constitutional Breach

Shortly after his announcement, Buhari’s departure sparked a constitutional debate over his refusal to notify the National Assembly of his planned absence and hand over to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

In 2016, he had handed over to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo after notifying the senate of his 10-day visit to the United Kingdom where he claimed he would be seeing an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist over a persistent ear infection.

By refusing to hand over to the Vice President, Buhari breached Section 145 (1) and (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) which states that:

“Whenever the President is proceeding on vacation or is otherwise unable to discharge the functions of his Office, he shall transmit a written declaration to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to that effect, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, the Vice-President shall perform the functions of the President as Acting President.

“In the event that the President is unable or fails to transmit the written declaration mentioned in subsection (1) of this section within 21 days, the National Assembly shall, by a resolution made by a simple majority of the vote of each House of the National Assembly, mandate the Vice-President to perform the functions of the office of the President as Acting President until the President transmits a letter to the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives that he is now available to resume his functions as President.”

Widespread National Anger
In 2017 during his prolonged absence, Nigerian protesters in Lagos, Abuja and the UK protested after mobilizing using the hashtag #ResumeOrResign demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari either resume his job as president or resign, after more than 90 days of absence.

Demonstrators rallied for three days, demanding action by the government, with many claiming Buhari’s absence is unacceptable and harmful for the country.

The demonstrations, led by prominent activists such as Omoyele Sowore, Charles Oputa and Deji Adeyanju forced the President to return home.

His most recent trip is also causing widespread anger from Nigerians, who accuse him of insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians, especially in the wake of rising kidnapping and banditry in the country.

Buhari’s Crohns Disease
Contrary to claims that the President suffers an ear infection, SaharaReporters in 2017 authoritatively confirmed that Buhari is battling a persistent “internal organ” problem.

The source attributed the President’s inability to eat as well as his progressive loss of weight to Crohn’s Disease, a medical condition that has affected his digestive system.

According to the source, Buhari had had parts of his colon removed in 2013 and also had another operation to have hemorrhoids, swollen veins near the human rectum, removed in 2016 in London during one of his secret trips to seek urgent medical treatment.

Timeline Of Medical Visits
Since his inauguration in 2015, President Buhari has embarked on no less than eight trips to the UK, mostly to cater to his health.

On the February 5, 2016, he embarked on a six-day medical vacation to London. Shortly after, on the June 6, 2016, he took to the skies for a 10-day medical vacation to deal with a “persistent ear infection”.

Again on January 19, 2017, he took off to London again on a medical vacation and on February 5, 2017, he wrote to the National Assembly, asking lawmakers to extend his London medical leave.

He returned on the March 10, 2017 but did not resume work immediately before jetting out two months later on May 7, 2017 for another medical vacation that lasted 104 days.

President Buhari returned in and worked from home August 19, 2017.

He again flew out in May 8, 2018 for a ‘private visit’.

(Source: Sahara reporters)

 

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We Will Get Diezani, Says Magu |The Republican News

Says $300m loot stuck in UK

The EFCC needs less than 72 hours to comply with Tuesday’s court order mandating it and other security agencies to produce Diezani.

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Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has vowed that the anti crime agency will get former minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, to answer to allegations of graft leveled against her.

Magu, who made the disclosure in Abuja, yesterday, said the EFCC needs less than 72 hours to comply with Tuesday’s court order mandating it and other security agencies to produce Diezani.

In the event that the EFCC cannot, Magus said he would inform the court of their constraint as the former minister does not live in Nigeria, presently.

Magu, however, said the EFCC has already commenced legal process towards bringing her back, to face corruption trial.

He disclosed these at a session with newsmen and social media influencers at the Commission’s headquarters in Jabi, Abuja, yesterday.

Justice Valentine Ashi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, sitting in Apo, Abuja, had, on Tuesday, ordered EFCC, the Nigeria Police Force, the Department of State Service and other security agencies to arrest and produce the former minister within 72 hours.

The order followed a motion ex parte filed by EFCC’s counsel, Msuur Denga, praying for a warrant of arrest against Alison-Madueke to enable the Commission arraign her for alleged financial crimes in Nigeria.

The former minister has been residing in London since 2015.

Magu also said Nigeria’s looted $300 million remains stuck in the United Kingdom.

He also revealed the commission is collaborating with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and others, to stop vote buying in 2019.

The EFCC boss also lamented that a lot of Nigeria’s monies stashed abroad by some Nigerians are yet to be released, despite several promises by authorities of the countries where the funds are.

He added that the looted funds outside Nigeria were massive.

In a statement by the acting EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, yesterday, Magus said: “We will comply with the court order. In fact, it is in our character to do so. If we won’t comply with the court order, that means we have reasons to appeal against the court decision.

“We need less than 72 hours to produce Diezani. But she is being prosecuted by other law enforcement agencies outside this country. This is our predicament.”

Talking about the challenge in getting her, he said, “Another law enforcement agency is in the matter. You know she is in the United Kingdom. And we are making preparations to get her. We have already gone to the court, in fact that was our request for extradition that compelled the court to issue a warrant of arrest against her. I need just less than an hour. If she is here, I will get her immediately and take her before the court. Our problem is that she is another man’s country.”

On looted funds still hanging outside the country, Magu said: “More than 80 percent of the loot recovery outside this country is still hanging. Ask them why is it hanging? Why is it so difficult to repatriate this money, when you have established that this only came from Nigeria and you know that this person does not own this money? There is no justification. It’s not small money. We have over $300 million hanging in the United Kingdom.”

On the commission’s plans for next year’s elections, Magu disclosed EFCC is on the trail of politicians to ensure that they do not have the opportunity to sell ill-gotten properties to finance campaigns.   (The Sun)

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BREAKING NEWS: Buhari Returns From London After 10-Day Vacation |RN

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Muhammadu Buhari at the airport on his return

By Ike A. Offor

President Muhammadu Buhari who left for London today Saturday returned from his 10-working-day vacation to London

His Vice, Yemi Osinbajo, acted as the president while he was away in London.

Here are some photos from his arrival and Bashir Ahmad shared this tweet about his return too.

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London City Airport Closed After WWII Bomb Found In King George V Dock |RN

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London City Airport is still closed today as disposal experts work to make safe a WWII bomb which was found in the Thames nearby.

The device was found on Sunday and a cordon put up late on Sunday evening after discussions between the Royal Navy and Metropolitan Police.

Transport for London said Docklands Light Railway services will not run between Pontoon Dock and Woolwich Arsenal owing to the 214-metre (700ft) exclusion zone.

Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport said: “The airport remains closed this morning following the discovery of a World War Two ordnance in King George V Dock on Sunday.

All flights in and out of London City on Monday are cancelled and an exclusion zone is in place in the immediate area.

“I urge any passengers due to fly today not to come to the airport and to contact their airline for further information.

“I recognise this is causing inconvenience for our passengers, and in particular some of our local residents. The airport is cooperating fully with the Met Police and Royal Navy and working hard to safely remove the device and resolve the situation as quickly as possible.”

A Met Police spokesman said: “The ordnance was discovered as part of pre-planned work at London City Airport and reported to the police at 5.06am on Sunday.

“At 10pm an operational decision was made with the Royal Navy to implement a 214-metre exclusion zone to ensure that the ordnance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public.

“There will also be disruption to inbound and outbound flights during the operation.

“London City Airport are urging passengers to contact their airline before travelling.”

Transport for London tweeted the airport was shut and road closures were in place.

The transport authority wrote: “The airport has been closed due to an emergency services incident.

“There are also additional local road closures due to the incident. Traffic is light in the area.”   (Evening Standard)

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Ecuador Could Kick Julian Assange Out Of London Embassy As Minister Says Situation Is ‘Unsustainable’

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The South American country is looking for a third country to mediate in the case of WikiLeaks founder Mr Assange, who has sought refuge in Knightsbridge for more than five years.

Foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa told media on Tuesday that notable asylum cases in recent years have sometimes required mediation by a third party.

She called the current situation “not sustainable”.

Mr Assange has been at the embassy since June 2012 to avoid being extradited to Sweden to face accusations of alleged rape.

While Sweden has temporarily dropped that investigation, British officials say they would still arrest him on charges of bail jumping.

Mr Assange also fears a possible US extradition request stemming from the leaking of classified US documents.

 Last year, Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno warned Australian-born Mr Assange, 46, against making controversial political statements after he spoke out in support of the pro-independence movement in Catalonia.     (Evening Standard)

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President Buhari Returns After 107 Days Of Sick Vacation In London (Video)|RN

By Ike A. Offor,

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Nigerian Airforce flight touched down today, 19 August at Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport at 4:45 pm and he were received by the Acting President Prof. Yemi Osnbajo in the company of the service chiefs.

Buhari who has been away for 107 days for medical treatment in London, United Kingdom has been speculated by some folks from some quarters to be dead and some said that he was on a life-support machine.

The barrages of speculations about him and his ailment and how he turned out to be hale and hearty are something of a mixed feeling for some who wished or claimed that he was dead or on a life-support machine.

While his supporters will rejoice for his return, some critics will still be angered by his prolonged sick vacation without addressing the country or being specific on revealing his ailment, which many demanded to know.

Many photos that were released while he was away were claimed by the critics to be fake or photoshopped, and some of those critics who stood out from the rest are Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state and Mr Femi Fani-Kayode.

His supporters have said that Buhari’s return will strengthen the economy and security in the country, but some argued that his absence actually helped the economy and his presence before he left for London has not made the security in the country any better.

While Buhari was away, the Naira, the national currency got stronger against the dollars, which is why some have argued for Yemi Osinbajo to be made the president since him taking over the seat of leadership, has helped the economy than when Buhari is in charge.

Above all, it is good to have President Buhari back, and a great news for his family too and the country at large.

We hope his presence would check the menaces of both Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen and other security issues. Though some argued already that while he was here before leaving for London, the Fulani herdsmen operated without hindrance and the Boko haram proliferated and killed many.

Another thing is whether the President would address the issues of secessions by various regions and groups within the country. Nnamdi Kanu was released in his absence and has been seen as violating his bail conditions and it would be interesting to see if he takes action on that or he would allow him to carry on with his activities with Biafra secession.

Kanu has called for an election boycott in Anambra gubernatorial election, which comes up on November 18 and he has inaugurated the Biafran Secret Sevice a few days ago.

So, it will be interesting to see how Buhari reacts to these issues and his next line of actions. His action in imprisoning Nnamdi Kanu and disobeying court orders to release him unconditionally resulted in his fame around the world and many now think to stem such fame he must allow him to continue unhindered.

So, many will be watching to see what Muhammadu Buhari actions will be once he resumes duties in the next coming days.

 

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Buhari, Obasanjo In 40-minute Meeting In London |The Republican News

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Former president Olusegun Obasanjo met with President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja House, London, Nigerian, on Wednesday, it was gathered.

Obasanjo was accompanied on the visit by a former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

The meeting between the two leaders, it was also gathered, lasted only 40 minutes.

President Buhari, who was said to have expressed gratitude for the visit, also reportedly told Oyinlola that: “Excellency, you are looking really fine” with both Obasanjo and Oyinlola reportedly replying that they were happy to see that he (Buhari) was looking fine too.

A source said, “After the exchange of courtesies, Buhari and Obasanjo left for another room in the house where they held a 40-minute meeting.”

The leaders were said to have come out of the meeting a few minutes before 10.00 p.m., following which the former president and Oyinlola were seen off by President Buhari.

There have been various visits to the president with recent reports saying he would return to the country very soon.  (The Sun)

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Buhari Has Not Left London, Presidency Counters Rumours |The Republican News

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The Presidency has dispelled the rumours making the rounds that President Muhammadu Buhari has left London for Nigeria. Contrary to that report, the Presidency said that he would soon return to the country.

President Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, made the disclosure while dismissing reports saying the President has left London for Nigeria.

Ahmad, who took to his Facebook wall maintained that the President is still in London, adding that he would inform Nigerians properly when the time comes.

He wrote: “Like many of you, I also read that news about President Muhammadu Buhari’s return on Social Media platforms and many blogs.

“It’s all rumours, President Buhari hasn’t returned to the country yet, but he will very soon return and continue the good work he has been doing.

“As we all saw last week from the pictures of Nigerian Governors’ Forum visit to him, he is doing fine.

“When the time comes for Mr President’s return, the Presidency will properly inform Nigerians, like it usually does.

After initially spending over 50 days on medical vacation in London, the President had in May returned to the United Kingdom, UK, for follow-up medical check-up and is yet to return.   (The Sun)

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London: Death Toll Rises To 12 In Grenfell Tower Blaze |The Republican News

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At least 12 people have died in a huge fire on a West London estate, but officials expect the death toll to rise with residents missing and 18 people in critical care.

Firefighters were called to the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in North Kensington at 12.54am on Wednesday after the blaze broke out.

It is reported to have been sparked by an exploding fridge.

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Witnesses described how they watched people jump out of the high-rise block, while a baby was dropped out of a window and caught on the street below.

Six hospitals across the capital are treating 69 people, with 18 in critical care.

Police warned the number of dead is expected to rise during “a complex recovery operation over a number of days”.

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Emergency teams have been seen carrying bodies from the remains of the building.

Grenfell Tower, built in 1974, contains 120 flats and is thought to have been home to between 400 and 600 people.

Friends and relatives of those missing are using social media to appeal for information about their loved ones.

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More than 200 firefighters and 44 fire engines battled the blaze on Wednesday, with some sustaining “minor injuries”.

A structural engineer assessed the tower’s stability but judged the building was not in danger of collapsing.
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Sky News Correspondent Mark White, who is on the Latimer Road side of the tower block, reported the fire has now “for the most part died down” but “every now and again there’s still an eruption of flames from one of the window”.

He added firefighters had been “making their way systematically through flat after flat, room after room” as they search through the debris and collapsed ceilings for those unaccounted for.

Their work is expected to last into Thursday, with drones also being used to search the building.

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The inferno affected every floor of the tower block, which is on the Lancaster West Estate, near the Westfield shopping centre.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton described the blaze as an “unprecedented incident”, something she had not seen in her 29 years of service.

She said the cause of the blaze was not yet known and was being investigated.

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The fire has led to the closure of London Underground services between Hammersmith and Edgware Road on the Circle and Hammersmith and City lines.

The A40 is closed between Marylebone Road and the Northern Roundabout with other local roads and bus services affected.

As the fire ravaged the tower block, mini explosions could be heard as the blaze shattered windows in the tower, while debris and ash fell to the ground.

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Mahad, who escaped Grenfell Tower, said the blaze began when his neighbour’s fridge exploded.

He told Sky News: “There was no alarm, there was no bell, there was no sense of urgency.

“My neighbour is the one who knocked on our door. He said it was his house where the explosion happened. He said his fridge had exploded.”

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Concerns had previously been raised about both the building’s fire safety and evacuation procedures.

A local residents group said its previous warnings about safety had fallen on “deaf ears”. In its blog post dated from November 2016, the group warned “only a catastrophic event” would expose the issues residents had with the building – including its single entry and exit point.

Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick, the secretary of the all-party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group, said the Government has resisted calls to install sprinkler systems in high-rise blocks in the wake of the 2009 Lakanal House tragedy.

© Getty Residents of the tower block have been encouraged to go to the nearby Westway Sports Centre as other relief centres reach capacity.

The Salvation Army and St Clements Church are urging the public to donate clothes, food and toiletries for those displaced by the fire.

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London mayor Sadiq Khan said a “great many questions” would be asked about the fire, which has been declared a “major incident”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn suggested spending cuts to local authorities funding could have contributed to the blaze as he claimed “searching questions” would come from the tragedy.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she was “deeply saddened” by the “tragic loss of life” and called an emergency cross-government meeting.

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