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A helicopter which was being used for filming an MTV reality show has crashed into a reservoir in Argentina killing the pilot and a technician.

 

The aircraft came down at the Potrerillos de Mendoza dam in Western Argentina. The helicopter was flying to a shooting location for the show "The Challenge". Neither of those killed was a cast or film crew member.  No one else was on board. Divers were having difficulty finding the bodies.

 

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A woman has won a seat on a municipal council for the first time in Saudi Arabia, after the kingdom lifted its bar on women taking part in elections. According to the electoral Commission, Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi won a seat in Mecca province in Saturday's vote. 

 

The election was the first where women were allowed to vote and stand as candidates and is being viewed as a landmark in the conservative kingdom. A total of 978 women registered as candidates, alongside 5,938 men. Officials said about 130,000 women had registered to vote in Saturday's poll, compared with 1.35 million men.

 

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FRANCE ELECTION

 

France is holding the second round of regional elections in which the far-right National Front (FN) is seeking to consolidate its gains from a week ago.

 

Marine Le Pen's FN is leading in six of 13 regions in mainland France. But opinion polls indicate that the centre-right Republican opposition of Nicolas Sarkozy has gained ground since then.

 

The Republicans pushed the ruling Socialists into third place in the first round. The Socialists have removed, losing candidates from vulnerable seats to avoid splitting the anti-FN vote. However, the Republicans have refused to do the same.

 

But in some areas the results of Sunday's vote are expected to be close and these elections are being watched for signs of what position the FN now occupies. 

 

The FN won 27.73% of the vote in the first round, followed by Mr Sarkozy's Republicans at 26.65% and President Francois Holland's socialists with 23.12%.

 

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The kidnappers of the Bishop of the Lagos Central Diocese of the African Church and his wife, Rt. Rev. Gabriel Adebanjo and Mrs. Dorcas Adebanjo, have reduced the ransom on the duo to N100 million to 10million.

 

The couple were kidnapped in Warri, Delta State purportedly on December 5, with their driver shot on the hand and leg by the kidnappers.

 

Confirming the reduction, the church’s spokesperson, Mr. Femi Adetona, on Saturday, disclosed that: “Fervent prayers are ongoing in all the dioceses of The African Church nationwide for a quick release, especially at the monthly prayer meeting of the church which held at the church’s Solution Camp in Abeokuta over the weekend.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele 

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The former Minister of State, Bashir Yuguda, who is expected to account for over N3.050billion including N1.1billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser, has disclosed to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that he delivered N600million cash to six chairmen of the Contact and Mobilisation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which was meant for the 2015 general election.

 

Yuguda gave the names of the beneficiaries as: Bode George (South-West); Amb. Yerima Abdullahi (North-East); Peter Odili (South-South); Attahiru Bafarawa (North-West); Jim Nwobodo (South -East); and Ahmadu Ali (North-Central).

 

Yugada added that he directed Jabbama Limited to transfer N300million to BAM Properties, as well as sent N200million to former PDP Governorship candidate in Kebbi State, Bello Sarkin Yaki; and N100million to the former Governor of Zamfara State, Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi.

 

Yugada in his words, said: “For the cash disbursement of N600million, it was meant for the six zonal chairmen for Contact and Mobilisation Committees for Election of 2015. The chairmen are Bode George, Amb. Yerima Abdullahi; Peter Odili; Attahiru Bafarawa; Jim Nwobodo; Ahmadu Ali. The sum of N100million was given to each chairman. I gave the money in company of Prof. Alkali, who was Political Adviser to former president. The zonal chairmen are for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). I also instructed Jabbama Limited to transfer the sum of N100m to Dalhatu Limited on the request of Attahiru Bafarawa

 

“I also remember that Bello Sarkin Yaki was among the people that the then NSA instructed that I send the sum of N200million to. He was the PDP gubernatorial candidate in Kebbi State. When the account was in credit, disbursement was made from time to time on the instruction of the then NSA. Part in Foreign exchange or transfers."

 

“I wish to add that sometime in February 2015, I instructed Jabbama to transfer the sum of N300m to BAM Properties. The account was given to me by Bello Haliru as one of the people the former NSA requested me to give money. I also remember that Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi was sent the sum of N100million on the instruction of the then NSA.

 

“Further to my statement of 30th November, 2015, I have brought the sum of $829,800 (equivalent to N200m) and N600m was given to me to distribute to the six PDP Zonal Committee chairmen. I don’t know who are the directors of Dalhatu Investment Limited but funds were transferred to the company’s account on the instruction of Dalhatu Bafarawa for the total amount of N1.5billion received from the then NSA by Jabbama Limited.

 

“I shall endeavour to recover the sum of N600million given to the six zonal PDP committee chairmen, while I appeal to the commission to use their machineries to trace the remaining balance of the money transferred to various accounts.”

 

All these are contained in a statement which shall serve as evidence in the trial against the former Minister, which commences this week at the High Court of the Federal, in Abuja.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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President Muhammadu Buhari has beckoned on all past Nigerian leaders who had stolen from the country's purse to willingly return their loots in the interest of the nation.

 

Buhari made the statement on Saturday in the first edition of the Kaduna Annual Music Festival. Buhari who blamed the past government led by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) for mismanaging the country’s fund, said: “We are not fighting anybody but we are appealing to them to return the stolen funds so that we can develop electricity, roads and create jobs.”

 

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Bishop Kukah

 

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Reverend Matthew Kukah, on Friday, disclosed that those seeking for the secession of Biafra Republic have the right to express themselves.

 

Kukah, speaking at the 41st Convocation Lecture of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, on the topic: “The Pursuit of Happiness: Some Thoughts On Human Rights, Freedom And Justice In Nigeria,” said: “This country cannot continue this way. MASSOB has the right to seek Biafra since we have freedom of expression. The problem of Nigeria should not be with Kanu, but should be with those who left the door opened. The President of Nigeria or any Governor, unless he pays, cannot bring out the number of people that Kanu brought out."

 

The Cleric added that the secessionist agitators should not be crucified.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has granted licence to the Ibom Power Company (IPC) to expand IPC power plant from 191Mega Watts (MW) to about 685MW.

 

Commenting on the economic benefits of the expansion, the Managing Director, Ibom Power Company, Dr. Victor Udo, said: “The expansion licence implies more power supply to Akwa Ibom economy, more income, savings and investments, on which the models of vibrant and forward looking economies are anchored. The propensity to increase the state’s production possibility curves is bound to rise significantly with the knock-on effect of these critical factors in accelerating productivity and development. With more income streams engendered by greater availability of power supply, it is expected that the middle class would grow, unleashing higher demands, taste, expectations and preferences that need to be satisfied. Investors and entrepreneurs should seize the new windows of opportunity to satisfy the demands of this important class.

 

"On the part of government, the licence expansion translates to higher prospects of growth and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), especially now that the global oil price shock has resulted in the monthly revenue allocation being plummeted. The envisaged growth would be unlocked not by higher tax rates or multiple taxes, but by widening the tax net to capture more payers (income earners, entrepreneurs and investors) through PAYE, companies’ income tax and Value Added Tax (VAT).”

 

By Temitope Bamidele 

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Oladipupo Adebutu the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Rural Development. After his installation as the Otunba Nawoola of Odogbolu, and his wife , as the Yeye Otunba Nawoola, by the Alaye of Odogbolu, Oba Adedeji Onagoruwa said:
"There is no gain saying about it. The way forward for Nigeria is that we must improve our arrangements for agriculture and rural development," he added.

Oladipupo Adebutu, believes the prevalent poverty in the country would be drastically reduced if attention is focused on rural development.
 
 
By Chika Jones
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Chief Ben Apugo in a recent interview  speaks on the fate of the APC in the South-East and the pro-Biafra quest by some Igbo elements, among other issues.
 

 

When asked about Biafra, this is what he said:"The civil war ended a long time ago and we are all Nigerians. No reasonable human being should  come out today to talk about Biafra. Our people have to speak up and make our children understand the situation of things. Those things they should be protesting for are employment, roads, water, airports and other amenities that are lacking in the zone. If they are agitating for these things, they should not block roads; they should talk to the government of the states in the South-East, not the Federal Government.


These people you are talking about are small boys whose mothers were not even born during the civil war. So, what I am saying is that the governors of the South-East should enlighten the youths and make them know that there is nothing like Biafra today. People should not be using Biafra as a tool for causing confusion and defrauding uninformed people."

 

Chief Ben Apugo was a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the former ruling party at the centre.

 

By Chika Jones

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