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Dino Melaye

 

Earlier this week, President Muhammadu Buhari announced that some of the officials of the Jonathan administration who stole the country's funds were voluntarily returning the funds. 

 

Senator Dino Melaye has revealed that so far, about N8 billion has been returned to the Federal Government's coffers by looters. He believes that more money will be returned as times goes on. 

 

Meanwhile, Nigerians are still challenging the President to release names of the officials who returned the monies. The President has replied them, saying the Central Bank of Nigeria will release the names at the right time.

 

By Kindness Okoli

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us police car

 

A suspended member of the Uniform Division of the Secret Service, Arthur Baldwin, has been shot dead in Southwest Washington on Tuesday, hours after making a court appearance in a domestic dispute case. Three men are being investigated in connection with the shooting and the Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information on the killing.

 

Also, the Spokeswoman of the agency, Nicole Mainor, on Wednesday, expressed condolence to the family of the deceased, saying:"The Secret Service is aware of this information, we express our condolences to the family of our employee."

 

Baldwin was placed on administrative leave earlier this year after a domestic dispute which he was charged with first-degree attempted burglary and destruction of property after kicking down a door during a fight with his former girlfriend.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

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isil oil revenue

 

In a bid to thwart the flow of oil produced in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) controlled area and to cut off the group's main source of revenue, Turkish authorities are moving in against smuggling on its border with Syria; while Iraq's Kurdish region routes used by ISIL are also being cut off.

 

US has estimated that ISIL's, which controls parts of Iraq and Syria, including oil fields in the countries, gained $40 million monthly from its sales of oil produced in Iraq and Syria.

 

Though, it is believed that there is a 30 percent reduction in the December production from oil fields controlled by ISIL, this is partly due to air strikes from the US-led coalition and the Russians, as well as the fall in prices of oil globally.

 

By Temitope Bamidele 

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King s dog

 

A Thai man, Thanakorn Siripaiboon, faces up to 37 years in jail over charges of "liking" a Facebook page that is deemed insulting to King Bhumibol Adulyade as well as posting a sarcastic photo of the 88-year-old ruler's pet dog.

 

The charges in Thailand law contravene notoriously strict laws protecting the monarchy from insults or threats.

 

Meanwhile, the accused lawyer, Anon Numpa, on Wednesday, who said his client is being charged for violating Article 112 of the criminal code, sedition and computer crimes, said: "This is absurd, in every sense. They can't press charges against people who just click like on a post to express their agreement. This is just a means for the military to stop us from digging up on their corruption."

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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weapon sales

 

Despite China's opposition, the United States on Wednesday have endorsed a $1.83 billion weapons sale to Taiwan.

 

According to spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, David McKeeby, the arms mainly consisted defensive weapons, which includes two U.S. Navy guided Oliver Hazard Perry class missile frigates, amphibious assault vehicles, and anti-aircraft and anti-ship systems

 

McKeeby said: "U.S. arms sales to Taiwan are guided by the Taiwan Relations Act and based on an assessment of Taiwan's defense needs. Our longstanding policy on arms sales to Taiwan has been consistent across six different U.S. administrations. We believe our consistent policy has contributed to the security of Taiwan, and has also supported the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait."

 

Meanwhile, Taiwan in a statement had appreciated the announcement of the sale, calling the gesture "A comprehensive display of America's pledge to provide security to Taiwan. However, China, which views Taiwan as part of its indivisible territory, has called the deal "a serious violation of international laws... as well as China's territory and security interest."

 

"To safeguard our national interests, China has decided to take necessary measures, including imposing sanctions against the companies involved in the arms sale."

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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india rape anniversary

 

Three years after the gang-raping of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a bus in Delhi, the victim's mother has publicly revealed her daughter's name. The student who died after the brutal rape by six men caused a global uproar in 2012.

 

The victim's mother, Asha Singh, announced to a crowd on Wednesday that she felt "no shame" in announcing her daughter's name. I say this in front of you all that her name was Jyoti Singh. There is no need for us to feel any shame. It is the perpetrators of heinous crimes who must feel ashamed of themselves. Her name was Jyoti Singh."

 

The identities of Rape victims under Indian law are hidden as an effort to protect them from being discriminated in society.

 

By Temitope Bamidele 

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ARASE

 

3,000 officers have been deployed by the Nigeria Police to restore civil authority in the liberated areas in the North-East. Solomon Arase, the Inspector-General of Police disclosed this at the End of the Year Commissioners of Police Conference held at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.

 

While speaking on the deployment, he said: "The Force has deployed 3,000 officers as holding forces to the liberated areas in the North-East with the task of restoring civil authority. It is pertinent to note that the Force has been fighting side by side the Military in the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East," he said.

 

He stressed that the Police was making efforts to expand the deployment to cover all other theatres of insurgency in the region. Arase also said the police force has dismissed 51 officers for corrupt practices, while 56 others had been made to face diverse punishments.

 

In the upcoming year, Arase said that the Monitoring Unit; X-Squad and the Provost Marshal have been charged to sustain the enforcement drive. He added that the policy of holding Commissioners of Police, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers, liable for professional misconduct would be re-enforced.

 

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Zarah Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari's first daughter Zarah Buhari, on Tuesday, December 15, commissioned a new library built by ACE Charity. Assisting, Caring and Empowering (ACE) is an NGO that focuses on Education, Training, Economic empowerment, and affordable Health Care of which she is one of the ambassadors.

 

The charity's goal is to effectively increase the literacy of over 6,000 Africans by 2017. ACE does this through the provision of education, training, economic empowerment, and affordable health care.

 

During the launching, she also gave out gifts to the children.

 

By Kindness Okoli

 

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NYP

 

The Nigerian Youth Parliament (NYP) came into being in 2008 with the first session inaugurated by the then President Umaru Musa Ya'Adua on 25 August 2008 with the sole aim of preparing Nigerian youth in a decision making process while according them adequate representation in governance.
 

 

The third session was inaugurated today, Wednesday in Abuja by Minister of Youth and Sport, Solomon Dalung. "The Nigerian youth must desist from offering themselves from cheap manipulation. If those manipulating us believe in us, then, they should invest in us, not using us for their selfish interest."

 

"After the inauguration today, you all must purge yourself from the 'Ebola' of manipulations and come back to your senses. If I have collected money back in our days I doubt if I would have been given the opportunity to be Minister of Youth today. I challenge all youth leaders gathered here that after this session they should go back and reorganize themselves, and I am ready to be part of them," he said.

 

By Chika Jones

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shiite muslims

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has urged for the clash between the Shiite Muslims and the Nigerian Army to be resolved peacefully. The association made this known in a statement signed by The General Secretary of CAN, Dr. Musa Asake.

 

Read the statement below: "The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has observed, with much sadness, the altercation between the Nigerian Army and Muslim faithful of the Shia Islamic movement, which led to loss of lives of an as yet unknown number of Shiites."

 

"Our faith is bed rocked on love. We do not only love ourselves, but we also love our neighbors and Shiite Muslims are our neighbors. While we will not want to preempt the government and the Nigerian Army, we do however sue for peace. We call on President Muhammadu Buhari, as the Commander-in-Chief, to intervene and ensure that there is no escalation of the violence."

 

"We wish to draw his attention to the fact that similar circumstances as this led to the escalation of belligerence from the Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād, also known as Boko Haram. More specifically, we urge that no harm must be done to the person of the spiritual leader of the Shia Islamic movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzakky."

 

"To ensure that another insurgency is not sparked off, we call on the Federal Government to commission a Panel of Inquiry to establish what happened in order to prevent a recurrence. CAN would also like to condemn reports by the Iranian Network, Press TV, which in its interview with one Zaid Abdullah Husseini, falsely alleged that the Christian Association of Nigeria colluded with Boko Haram and the Nigerian Army to perpetrate the killings of Shia Muslims."

 

"This is a most unfortunate accusation, especially given the fact that CAN has consistently sympathized with the Shias over previous clashes with the authorities. We urge the Iranian backed Press TV to be mindful of its reportage in order not to stoke religious tensions in Nigeria. We work on the assumption that that is not their intention."

 

Finally, CAN calls on all lovers of God, be they Christian or Muslims, whether Sunni or Shia, to keep the peace and await judicious action from constituted authority.

 

May God bless Nigeria.

 

By Chika Jones

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