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President Muhammadu Buhari replied Ex-president Jonathan - See the reply

Report reaching us indicate that, President Muhammadu Buhari has replied former President Goodluck Jonathan, who had expressed surprise that those who criticised him for leaving the pump price of fuel at N87 were not speaking out now that it has been jerked up to N143.Jonathan had said unlike the 16 years of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who paid between N800 billion and N1.3 trillion as ‘subsidy’ yearly at the time, without making the products, his administration is not paying subsidy and yet the products are available at a competitive price.But President Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said this at the Nigeria Government Forum (NGF), Media Conference for media handlers of state’s chief executive governors with the theme: “Governors Public Perception: Changing the Narrative Agenda.”Jonathan’s administration had in 2012, increased fuel price from N67 to N97 but reduced it to N87 in January 2015.Jonathan had defended the decis…
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Head of Service denied role in Maina's reinstatement

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, has countered the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, who on Sunday blamed her and the Federal Civil Service Commission for the reinstatement of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, to office.However, Mrs. Oyo-Ita said, through a statement by her Assistant Director, Media Relations, Mohammed Manga, “The attention of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has been drawn to several media reports that the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has approved the reinstatement into the Federal Civil Service of Alhaji Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina and his subsequent posting to the Ministry of Interior.“The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation wishes to inform the public that the reinstatement and posting of Alhaji Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina never emanated from the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.“Con…

Massive defection PDP to APC in Benue State

The amiable Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Benue State chapter, Comr. Abba Yaro, has declared the opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) is dead in Benue State. Mr Abba Yaro stated this while receiving thousands of decampees led by the former PDP Chairman in Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State. He said, the number of people dumping the opposition PDP in Kwande today signifies the final burial of PDP in Benue State, stressing that this development is a motivation to Governor Samuel Ortom whose heart and prayers are always with the good people of the State.Yaro welcomed the decampees to the APC and cautioned them to always put the State first in all they do in the APC, reiterating that the APC is a people-oriented party that toils day and night to fix the devastating plights of the people unlike the PDP where a handful of persons would suck the State treasury and allow civil servants to wallow in untold hardship.Yaro said there's no discrimina…

Nigeria Southern Governor's held a successful meeting first time in 12-years

Local media reports revealed that, the governors from the southern Nigeria has on Monday met in Lagos to deliberate on how to forge stronger ties between the three geo-political zones, Southwest, Southsouth and Southeast.According to the reports, the meeting is the first time in 12-years.Secretary to the Lagos State Government (SSG), Mr Tunji Bello, in a statement, said the meeting which is co-hosted by the Governors of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode and Akwa Ibom, Emmanuel Udom will address issues that are germane to the development of the three zones.Mr Bello said, the meeting is in line with the realisation that the different states in the south have since 2005 developed several areas of comparative advantage which could be harnessed and become mutually beneficial.He said, the 17 governors would be expected to adopt a common position on the issues of armed robbery, kidnapping, devolution of powers and issue of fiscal federalism which have all gained prominence of late.He said: “The …

Nigeria airstrike killed 411 Boko Haram militants in Maiduguri

Report reaching us indicate that, Nigerian military airstrike kills 411 Boko Haram members "A military fighter jet had on Saturday destroyed all the nine camps of members of the Boko Haram sect, killing about 350 of them".Elsewhere, 61 more Boko Haram militants were also killed by the military at Musune village in Dikwa local government area of Borno state. "On Friday, the soldiers laid an ambush on the insurgents, killing 61 and recovering many weapons".The military's strike was carried out about 48 hours after nine soldiers were attacked by some Boko Haram gunmen who launched an attack on their military base in Marte local government area."On Thursday around 5:00pm, the gunmen just appeared there shooting sporadically".In a related development, a Nigerian Air Force jet has destroyed Boko Haram camps in Konduga area of Borno state.The air force confirmed the operation in a brief statement on Saturday, October 21. The operation was carried out on Thur…

Prophet Muhammad And Islamic missionary

Muhammad is the prophet and founder of Islam. According to Islamic doctrine, he was God's Messenger, sent to confirm the essential teachings of monotheism preached previously by Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets.According to THE MET, "Prophet Muhammad was born into the most powerful tribe in Mecca, the Quraish, around 570 A.D. The power of the Quraish derived from their role as successful merchants. Several trade routes intersected at Mecca, allowing the Quraish to control trade along the west coast of Arabia, north to Syria, and south to Yemen".Mecca was home to two widely venerated polytheistic cults whose gods were thought to protect its lucrative trade. After working for several years as a merchant, Muhammad was hired by Khadija, a wealthy widow, to ensure the safe passage of her caravans to Syria. They eventually married.When he was roughly forty, Muhammad began having visions and hearing voices. Searching for clarity, he would sometimes meditate at Mo…

Traffic police officers scam exposed in Mozambique

Mozambican anti-corruption body told reporters that, at least twenty-two civil servants, mainly traffic police officers, have been detained for allegedly siphoning off the equivalent of more than $6.4m (£4.8m) from state coffers over three months.However, the Mozambican Central Office for the Fight Against Corruption says, the money was stolen between July and September this year.Its spokesman Cristovao Mondlane says 18 of the 22 detainees were caught in the act.He said, "These state workers retrieve the money claiming to be paying for services provided by ghost companies - set up by them or relatives".Cristovao added that, "These relatives do not even meet the prerequisites to be awarded bids. And even without providing any service to the state they are paid. Sometimes, the money is stolen through over-invoicing".

Revisit of Kim Jong-nam murder is underway

According to BBC news agency, Two women charged with killing Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, are revisiting the crime scene in Malaysia.However, the Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong were at Kuala Lumpur airport on Tuesday.According to the reports, the pair are accused of rubbing the highly toxic VX nerve agent on Mr Kim's face as he waited for a flight.They have pleaded not guilty to murder, saying it was a TV prank and they were tricked by North Korean agents.Pyongyang has denied any involvement in the 13 February killing, but four men - believed to be four North Koreans who fled Malaysia on the day of murder - have also been charged in the case.

US and Syria are the only two countries that do not support Paris accord

Report reaching us indicate that, Nicaragua has signed the Paris climate agreement, meaning that the US and Syria are the only two countries not to be giving the accord their support.However, the deal unites the world's nations in tackling climate change.According to BBC report, Nicaragua refused to sign it last year, arguing that it did not go far enough to tackle the problem.Meanwhile, in June this year, President Donald Trump said, the US would withdraw from the deal, but the rules of the agreement state that this cannot be done until 2020.The president said, it was part of his "solemn duty to protect America" and he would seek a new deal that would not disadvantage US businesses.Nicaragua has been described as a "renewable energy paradise".

Leipzig director revealed why they sell Naby Keira to Liverpool

According to Kicker report, RB Leipzig director of sports Ralf Rangnick says, the club had no choice but to sell Naby Keita to Liverpool, as they could not afford his salary demands in future. However, Naby Keita agreed a deal to join the Reds after the conclusion of the current season, after they triggered his reported £48 million release clause in August in addition to paying extra premiums going up to a figure said to be close to 70m euros. Rangnick maintains that he is a huge admirer of the goal-scoring central midfielder, but that the Bulls have a salary cap when it comes to players' salaries. He told Kicker: "It would be 10 times better for me to have him with us for another five years, but that is simply not possible. With us it is just not possible to pay salaries in the double-digit million range." The 59-year-old added that during his own football career he had not seen first hand as talented a player as the 22-year-old Guinea international. He added, "Naby is …

Mbappe bag European golden boy award

According to Sky Sports report, the golden boy award is given to the best player in Europe under the age of 21, and the 18-year-old France international won comfortably in the end by clinching 291 votes, to Dembele's 149. However, Mbappe broke onto the European stage last season with a string of brilliant performances for AS Monaco, which saw him score 26 goals in 44 appearances, before his loan move to PSG in the off-season. The Frenchman has made an impressive start in the French capital, bagging four goals and providing four assists in his first 11 appearances for the club. Mbappe joins the likes of Isco, Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling, Anthony Martial, and Renato Sanches as a Golden Boy award winner.

Battle against Islamic State supporters in Philippines has ended - Officials

Defence chiefs earlier today confirmed that, a five-month battle against Islamic State supporters in the southern Philippines that claimed more than 1,100 lives has ended following a final battle inside a mosque.According to AFP news agency, the conclusion of the conflict ended immediate fears that IS would establish a Southeast Asian base in the southern city of Marawi. But concerns remained about its longer-term intentions and capabilities for the region.However, Defence Secretary, Delfin Lorenzana told reporters that, "We now announce the termination of all combat operations in Marawi".Report also said, the US-backed military campaign claimed the lives of at least 920 militants, 165 soldiers and 47 civilians, according to the military.An estimated of about 400,000 residents were displaced as near-daily air strikes and intense ground combat left large parts of the city in ruins.Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte travelled to Marawi on Tuesday last week and declared the c…

Everton FC sacked Ronald Koeman

According to AFP news agency, Ronald Koeman became the third Premier League managerial casualty of the season on Monday when he was sacked by Everton.The 54-year-old Dutchman, who guided Everton to seventh in his first season in charge last term, paid the price for a desperate start to the campaign despite having spent £140million ($185mn) in the close season. Everton Football Club can confirm that Ronald Koeman has left the Club, read the Everton statement."Chairman Bill Kenwright, the Board of Directors and Major Shareholder Farhad Moshiri would all like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the Club over the past 16 months and for guiding the Club to seventh place in last season's Premier League".

Scores of civilians were reportedly killed in Syria by IS militants

Report reaching us indicate that, dozens of civilians were reportedly killed by Islamic State militants in a central Syrian town before it was retaken by the Syrian army on Saturday.According to the reports, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says, an estimated of about 116 died in the three weeks that Qaryatain, in Homs province, was under jihadist control.The Human Rights group said, "Most were shot or stabbed to death by IS for "collaborating".The activist-run Palmyra Co-ordination Committee named 67 people it said had been killed by IS or government forces.Report also said, there was no immediate confirmation from the Syrian government or state media on the incident.

Female suicide bombers killed 14 people in Nigeria

A local media reports revealed that, Three suspected female suicide bombers in Nigeria have targeted the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, killing 14 civilians.According to BBC report, "One of them set off her explosives at a big bus station and another at a nearby camp housing people who have fled unrest during Boko Haram’s eight-year insurgency".However, the two explosions were at about 21:00 local time (20:00 GMT) on Sunday in the suburb of Muna.A third bomber’s explosives did not go off when the others did and she ran off.But, they did subsequently explode, killing only the bomber.No group has said it carried out the attack but the area has previously been attacked by Boko Haram suicide bombers.Maiduguri used to be the base for the Islamist militant group.

Pope Francis called for dialogue in Kenya political crisis

KTN report indicate that, the head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis has called for dialogue in Kenya where political tension is rising ahead of this week's re-run of the cancelled presidential poll.He made the statement during a prayer service in Rome, Italy.Pope Francis said, he was following the situation in Kenya with "close attention".He also said, he was praying "that the whole country might be able to face the current difficulties in a climate of constructive dialogue, having at heart the search for the common good".Research report revealed that, almost one-third of Kenya's population are Catholics.According to NTV Kenya report, Mr Raila Odinga had been due to compete against President Uhuru Kenyatta in a repeat of Kenya's presidential election on Thursday, but pulled out earlier this month, saying the polls would not be free and fair.

Former pension boss is still on our wanted list - EFCC

Report reaching us indicate that, Nigeria's anti-corruption body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is calling for the arrest of the country's former pension boss, saying he is still on their wanted list.However, Abdulrasheed Maina previously led the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms but was sacked and fled the country in 2015 after he was accused of fraud to the tune of $5.5m (£4.2m). He denied the allegations.The reports that went viral on Nigeria social media revealed that, the government had appointed Mr Maina to take up another role in the civil service - director of the Ministry of Interior.Civil society groups say the appointment casts doubt on President Muhammadu Buhari's commitment to eradicating corruption.Local newspapers reports that, others - including the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption and human rights lawyer Femi Falana - back the EFCC's call to arrest Mr Maina.The EFCC website states that M…

Catalonia authorities will not follow orders from Spanish government

An official report confirmed that, the Catalonia authorities will not follow orders from the Spanish government if Madrid moves to reassert control over the region.The senior official, Raul Romeva, said, the central government was acting against the will of Catalans.Meanwhile, the Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has announced plans to sack the region's government and curtail some of the freedoms of its parliament.However, the Catalonian parliament will meet on Thursday to decide on its response.According to BBC report, the pro-independence leaders could decide to formalise a unilateral declaration of independence.The Spanish Senate is expected to approve the government's measures on Friday along with a proposal for fresh regional elections.

The best wisdom called Solomon's wisdom

Wisdom will never be at home with anyone who is deceitful or slave of sin.Wisdom is a spirit that is friendly to people. Solomon became the king of Israel. He loved God. He asked God to help him be a good king. God was happy Solomon wanted to be righteous. God wanted to bless Solomon. God asked Solomon what blessing he would like. Solomon wanted to be wise. God was glad Solomon chose to be wise. He told Solomon to obey his commandments. Then Solomon would be wise. Solomon became the wisest man on earth. People came from other lands to ask him questions. He gave them wise answers. Kings and queens came to see him. They brought him beautiful gifts. The Israelites came to King Solomon when they needed help. One day two women came to him with a baby boy. The women said they lived in the same house. They each had a baby, but one of the babies died. Now both women wanted the baby that was alive. Each mother said he was her baby. They wanted King Solomon to tell them who could keep the baby. Sol…

UN anti-torture body has suspended a visit to Rwanda

Local media reports that, UN body working to stop torture says it has suspended a visit to Rwanda because of what it called a series of obstructions imposed by the authorities.The UN said these included problems accessing places of detention, concerns over the confidentiality of interviews and fears that some interviewees could face reprisals.It is only the third time in a decade that the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture has suspended a mission.There was no immediate response from the Rwandan authorities.

Madrid denied attempted coup on Catalonia

According to BBC report, Spanish Foreign Minister, Alfonso Dastis, has denied that his government's move to reassert control over Catalonia amounts to a "coup".However, the speaker of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell, called measures announced by the government on Saturday a "de facto coup d'├ętat".Mr Alfonso Dastis said, "If anyone has attempted a coup, it is the Catalan regional government".Madrid acted after regional leaders refused to halt an independence drive.Unionist parties who won about 40% of the vote at the 2015 Catalan elections boycotted the ballot and many anti-independence supporters stayed away, arguing it was not valid.

Nigeria government set to connect 36 states capitals with railway network

Report reaching us indicate that, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that all the 36 state capitals of the federation to be directly connected to the ongoing railway network expansion across the country.

US authorities asked foreign fighters to go home

According to BBC report, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said Iran-backed militias who have been fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq should go home as the battle is nearing its end.However, Mr Tillerson said, all foreign fighters should leave and let Iraqis rebuild.Mr Tillerson was speaking during a visit to Saudi Arabia partly aimed at curbing Iran's influence in the region.According to local media reports, his trip follows President Donald Trump's announcement of a more confrontational approach to Tehran.The US and its allies have been fighting the same enemy as the Iranians in the same theatre of war, despite Washington's opposition to their presence.

I promise to deal firmly with North Korea - Japanese PM

Report reaching us from Asia revealed that, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised to "deal firmly" with North Korea after exit polls suggested he won a clear victory in Sunday's election.According to BBC report, Mr Abe had called an early election for an increased mandate to deal with "crises" facing Japan, including the threat from Pyongyang.Local media report Mr Abe's ruling coalition has retained its two-thirds majority in parliament.Report also said, this paves the way for Mr Abe to amend Japan's post-war pacifist constitution.Meanwhile, the prime minister has previously called for the existence of the country's armed forces to be formalised, a controversial move which he says is needed to strengthen Japan's defence but which critics say is a step towards re-militarisation.

50 Egyptian security forces were killed by militant group

Report reaching us indicate that, an estimated of about 50 Egyptian security personnel have died during a clash with suspected Islamist militants.Egyptian interior ministry said, the militants opened fire on the group during a raid on their hideout near the Bahariya oasis in the Western Desert.Report also said, security forces are understood to have gone into the desert following a tip-off about a possible hideout. Fifteen militants also died in the attack.Egypt is currently fighting an Islamist insurgency in northern Sinai.According to BBC report, "the Bahariya oasis where this attack took place, however, lies hundreds of kilometres south-west of the troubled region".

Populist billionaire Andrej Babis won Czech Republic election

Local media reports revealed that, a Populist billionaire candidate Andrej Babis and his party have won the Czech Republic's general election.However, Mr Babis, 63, is the country's second-richest man and campaigned on an anti-establishment and Eurosceptic platform.According to BBC report, as all votes counted, his centrist movement ANO (Yes) collected a share of almost 30%, nearly three times that of its closest rival.Report also said, the centre-right Civic Democrats and the Pirates Party came second and third respectively with more than 10% each.The Pirates will make their debut in parliament with 22 seats, the news agency AFP reported.Turnout was almost 61%.Mr Babis is now set to become prime minister after coalition negotiations. However, he told news agency Reuters that while he had "invited everyone for talks", he was not prepared to "cooperate" with either the far-right, anti-EU Freedom and Direct Democracy party or the Communist Party.The 63-year-o…

Whooping cough outbreaks kill 11 children in Nigeria

Report reaching us indicate that, health officials in Kiru area of Nigeria’s northern Kano State say 11 children have been killed by whooping cough, which is highly infectious and spread by spit or cough droplets.According to the reports, an estimated of about 40 others are also receiving treatment.We learnt that, the outbreak in Kano is attributed to poor routine immunisation and poor health services.Meanwhile, Kano state health authorities say, they are making efforts to contain the outbreak.

Uhuru Kenyatta advice Kenyans to desist from poll violence

According to KNTV report that, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has told the crowds at the Heroes' Day celebrations in central, Nairobi, that his administration is ready to counter any threats to national security as the country prepares for the re-run of presidential elections next Thursday.However, Mr Kenyatta said, "The security forces have been reinforced and appropriately deployed to maintain law and order".He also said, anybody caught causing  violence will face the rot of the law and would not be spared.The president said he would not allow a repeat of the painful past where lives and property had been lost.According to BBC report, after elections in December 2007, more than 1,500 died in post-poll, in ethnically driven violence.Mr Kenyatta also warned those threatening election officials.On Wednesday, an electoral commissioner fled the country to the US, saying she had received death threats.Mr Kenyatta's main rival Raila Odinga has withdrawn from the poll, s…

Jacob Zuma is not ready to sack his deputy

According to Reuters news agency, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is not about to sack his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa as recently reported by local media.However, Mr Jacob Zuma's spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga said: "It's rumours and gossip and we don't comment on them at all".According to BBC report, the deputy president is a front runner in December's African National Congress (ANC) leadership contest to takeover from Jacob Zuma.We learnt that, Mr Jacob Zuma body language shows that, he is favouring Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, his ex-wife, to become the leader of the governing party.

President Uhuru Kenyatta meet judges who annulled his re-election at Heroes Days celebrations

KNTv report revealed that, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has addressed the country during the official celebrations of Heroes' Day in the capital, Nairobi.Report also confirmed that, among the dignitaries at the event was Chief Justice David Maraga, one of the four judges who last month annulled Mr Kenyatta's victory in the August presidential election.According to BBC report, the decision by the judges to annulled presidential election, angered Mr Uhuru Kenyatta and he ended up calling the judges "crooks" and accusing them of instituting a "judicial coup".However, Mr Kenyatta also vowed to "fix" the court following his anticipated victory in the re-run of the vote next week.Mr Maraga has criticised the comments, saying he is ready to defend the rule of law.

27 EU leaders have gathered in Brussels to assess progress on Brexit negotiation

Just In: Report reaching us disclosed that, Theresa May made a personal appeal to EU leaders for the Brexit talks to move on to the subject of trade at a working dinner in Brussels.However, the prime minister is reported to have asked for a deal she could "defend" to the British people, BBC report said.Thus, EU leaders said, on Friday there had not been enough progress in negotiations to start discussing trade with the UK.BBC report that, the EU leaders have agreed to begin talking about it among themselves.Meanwhile, the other 27 EU leaders have gathered in Brussels for a crunch summit to assess the progress made so far in Brexit negotiations with the UK, which is due to leave the EU in March 2019, following last year's referendum result, according to BBC report.

Irishman jailed four years ago in Egypt get his freedom

Report reaching us revealed that, Ibrahim Halawa, an Irishman who has spent more than four years in prison in Egypt, has been freed.Report also said, Mr Halawa, who is from Dublin, was arrested during a siege at the Al-Fath mosque in Cairo in 2013.However, the Irish teenager was accused along with 500 others, including three of his three sisters, of inciting violence, riot and sabotage.The 21-year-old was acquitted of all charges more than a month ago, but his release was delayed.In a reaction to the the issues, the Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar said Mr Halawa was receiving "full consular assistance".Mr Leo added that, "We're helping him to get back to Ireland where he will be reunited with his family".

George Bush and Barack Obama have voice out over US divisions

Report reaching us indicate that, US ex-Presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush cry out over the current political climate in the US.BBC report said, Mr Barack Obama urged Americans to reject the politics of "division" and "fear", while Mr Bush criticised "bullying and prejudice" in public life.Report also revealed that, both ex-president speaked separately. But, they do not mentioned President Trump by name.At the time of this report, Mr Trump, who has been critical of his two predecessors, is yet to comment.Ex-presidents traditionally shy away from commenting publicly on their successors, and Mr Obama said on leaving office he would extend that courtesy for a time to Mr Trump, as George W Bush had to him.However, Mr Barack Obama has broken his silence since to issue statements on Mr Trump's efforts to dismantle Obamacare, as well as his controversial "Muslim ban" and decision to abandon the Paris climate accord.Mr Barack Obama said, &quo…

Danny Jordan overpowered and painfully raped me - South Africa singer

Local media reports revealed that, a South African singer and ex-MP Jennifer Ferguson has accused the country's football boss Danny Jordan, 66, of raping her nearly 24 years ago.The singer alleged that, Danny Jordan "overpowered" her and "painfully" raped her in a hotel in Port Elizabeth city.However, Mr Danny Jordan, who organised the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, has not yet responded to a request for comment.According to BBC report, Ms Ferguson, now living in Sweden, said, she had been moved by the #MeToo campaign on social media to speak out.Jennifer however, said the attack took place when she was "high and happy" following her unexpected nomination by Nelson Mandela's African National Congress (ANC) party to serve in South Africa's first democratically elected parliament in 1994.Mr Jordan, a prominent member of the ANC and president of the South African Football Association, came to her hotel suite after she had given a performance at …

Kenyan opposition leader held a meeting with electoral body

According to BBC report, Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has held consultations with the chairman of the electoral commission, Wafula Chebukati.However, Mr Chebukati confirmed through a tweet that the meeting took place. He said they discussed electoral matters.He added that, he looks forward to meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta.He also said, a joint meeting will be held afterwards.Meanwhile, Mr Kenyatta had turned down Mr Chebukati's request for the political leaders to meet today.The opposition leader withdrew from next week’s presidential election and called for mass protests on the day of the poll.

Johannesburg mayor promise to deport illegal immigrants

Local media reports revealed that, a Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba promise to enforce the deportation of undocumented foreigners in the city by taking action in court.South Africa Eyewitness News report said, Mr Mashaba criticised South Africa's home affairs ministry:He also said, "We’re under chaos now, people are running all over the show with no documentation, so I want to bring back the rule of law".Mr Mashaba added that, his lawyers will be launching a High Court application against Home Affairs Minister Ayanda Dlodlo next week.Mr Mashaba wants to improve Johannesburg's central business district, and told Eyewitness News that he only has a duty to provide housing to people evicted from buildings in the area if they are South African nationals.

Couple sentences to jail in Tunisia for kissing in car

According to BBC report, an appeal court in Tunis has upheld the public indecency conviction of a couple arrested in September for kissing in a car.However, Nessim Ouadi, who is a French national, was also accused of refusing to obey police after they apprehended him and his Tunisian girlfriend.Report also revealed that, the couple were given lighter sentences, four months for the man and two for the woman, than the original terms handed out at their October trial.BBC news report said, the case prompted widespread outrage on social media and triggered a debate in Tunisia over public morality and the role of the police.The public prosecutor said, the case had been misrepresented in the international press and that the couple had been naked and engaged in a sexual act when stopped, BBC added.

43 Afghan soldiers have been killed in a twin bomb attack

Local media reports revealed that, an estimated of about 43 Afghan soldiers have been killed after two suicide bombers in Humvee trucks targeted a military base in the southern province of Kandahar.Afghan defence ministry said, at least Nine soldiers were wounded and six were missing. Ten militants were also said to have died.Report also said, the attack happened in the Chashmo area of Maiwand district, is the third major assault on Afghan security forces this week.The Taliban said, it was behind the early morning bloodshed.

Spanish government set to suspend Catalonia autonomy

Report reaching us indicate that, Spain authorities is to start suspending Catalonia's autonomy from Saturday, as the region's leader threatens to declare independence.However, Spain government said, ministers would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it to take over running of the region, according to BBC report. Notwithstanding, the Catalonia's leader said, the region's parliament would vote on independence if Spain continued "repression".Catalans voted to secede in a referendum deemed illegal by Spain.But, some fear the latest moves could spark further unrest after mass demonstrations before and since the ballot on 1 October.According to BBC report, "the central government wants to minimise the risk of large-scale demonstrations, our correspondent says. Civil servants and government lawyers have thought long and hard about what measures to adopt and when and how they should be implemented".

PDP endorsed Gbenga Daniel as party chairman in the upcoming convention

According to report from social media, a former Minister of Police Affairs Minister, Adamu Maina Waziri, warn PDP in Abuja on Wednesday at the declaration of a former governor of Ogun State, Chief Gbenga Daniel, for the office of the national chairman of the party.Mr Waziri warned that, the zone would be the loser in the event of the inability of any of the aspirants from the zone to emerge victorious at the December convention.He said, “If, for any reason, Gbenga Daniel fails in his bid to become the national chairman, it is Daniel that would lose. But if none of the about six aspirants from the South-West fails to win, the South-West will be the loser".He called on the aspirants from the zone to close ranks and present a common front at the convention in the interest of the party.Also speaking at the declaration event, a former Aviation Minister and a chieftain of the party, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, lauded the leadership acumen of Daniel even as he charged the PDP to shun divisi…

Nigeria PDP reacted to former President Obasanjo's comment

Report reaching us disclosed that, the Peoples Democratic Party has said that it will not force former President Olusegun Obasanjo to return as its member.However, the opposition party said, it would respect the decision of the former President, but added that whether he returned or not, PDP would not die.Obasanjo had on Tuesday vowed never to return to the party, saying he would rather remain a statesman, working for the interest of the nation.He spoke with journalists after he held a meeting with the National Caretaker Chairman of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, behind closed doors at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.Former President Obasanjo said, “I have said no partisan politics for me again, but Nigeria is my passion until death do us apart. And anything that concerns Nigeria, the good of Nigeria, you’ll see my involvement".He added, “So, the chairman has come to greet me and I greet am, and now that we have greeted ourselves, the chairman will be goin…

African countries has agreed to scrap phone call roaming charges

The East African Newspaper reports revealed that, the phone calls across African borders could become cheaper, as ministers have discussed making an agreement to abolish roaming charges.The Newspaper said, this emerged from a meeting of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (comesa), which has been taking place in Lusaka, Zambia.Meanwhile, the Ecowas, which is a group of 15 West African states, agreed to abolish phone roaming fees from the beginning of 2018, according to BBC report.However, the wider agreement could be between 40 countries.

British experts kidnapped by militants in Nigeria

Official police report said, Four people, believed to be British, have been kidnapped in Nigeria's southern Delta state.However, report also said, the four were reportedly taken at about 02:00 local time on Friday when suspected militants stormed a rural community they were living in.At the time of this report, British embassy has not commented on the incident.Andrew Aniamaka, a police spokesman in Nigeria, said officers had identified a militant group, calling themselves the Karowei, as the main suspects.Police authority said, "No ransom demand had yet been made".

Theresa May promise to make it easy for EU citizens to remain in UK

Report reaching us indicate that, Theresa May has vowed to make it as easy as possible for EU citizens to remain in the UK after Brexit ahead of a key summit of European leaders.However, on a social media, the prime minister insisted the application process for settled status would be "streamlined" and the cost "as low as possible".The British PM said, representatives of EU citizens will sit on a "user group" which will iron out any problems in the system.Report also said, other 27 EU leaders will assess overall progress in the talks so far.BBC report said, at a meeting on Friday, the UK will not be present, they are expected to conclude officially that "insufficient progress" has been made on the status of EU nationals in the UK and British expats on the continent - and other separation issues - to move onto the second phase of trade discussions.

Kenyan electoral commission senior official resigned, flee to US

According to BBC report, a senior member of Kenya's electoral commission (IEBC), Roselyn Akombe has resigned, saying the country is unable to hold credible elections next week.However, Roselyn Akombe said, the IEBC was under political "siege", unable to reach consensus or take any decisions.She told journalists that, she had feared for her safety while in Kenya after receiving numerous threats."There is a very high likelihood that the mistakes that some of the presiding officers made during the last election will be repeated".She added: "I have tried the best I could do given the circumstances. Sometimes, you walk away, especially when potentially lives are at stake. The commission has become a party to the current crisis. The commission is under siege".Roselyn said, "The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on 26 October 2017".Less than ten days ago, the opposition leader Raila Odinga pulled out of th…

Nigerian Northern governor's meet in Bauchi this week

Report reaching us indicate that the Northern governor's wife held their meeting in Bauchi between 16th and 17th of October, 2017.We learnt that, the Nigerian Northern governor's wife went into a closed doors meeting during which a new exco was elected.However, the wife of Bauchi state Governor H.E. Haj Hadiza Abubakar emerged the new Chairperson.After the new leaders was elected, then other issues was put on ground. These include updates and next steps on the ongoing program against Drug Abuse, advocacy on Immunization rounds going on nationally, completing legal framework and constitution of the forum and furnishing the secretariat recently given to the forum by the wife of the president H.E. Haj Aisha Buhari. The meeting was followed by a guided tour of the Yankari Games Reserve and a gala night. On the second day, the First Ladies paid a courtesy call on the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji (Dr.) Rilwanu Sulaimanu Adamu. The Chairperson Haj Hadiza Abubakar solicited his support and …

Ivanka Trump disclosed her punk hair style in 1990s

According to BBC report, Ivanka Trump has revealed she once had a "punk phase" during the 1990s.Writing in her mum Ivana's book Raising Trump, she said she loved Nirvana, and dyed her hair blue as well.However, many online are questioning whether she actually was a punk, and have pointed out Nirvana were grunge, not punk.Ivanka in her write up, said, "My wardrobe consisted of ripped corduroy jeans and flannel shirts".She said, "One day after school, I dyed my hair blue. Mom wasn't a fan of this decision".The president's daughter said she was "inconsolable" when Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain took his own life in 1994.She added: "It was a shock and I was distraught. Mom had no idea who Kurt Cobain was, and she sympathised only so much"."After 24 hours of my crying inconsolably in my room, alone - major melodrama - Mom had to pull me out of there to go down to dinner".She was 12 years old at the time.

A Star Wars Story revealed

Report reaching us indicate that, the title of the Star Wars spin off-film about the young Han Solo has been revealed as Solo: A Star Wars Story.However, the movie will star Alden Ehrenreich as the title character alongside Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke.BBC report said, director Ron Howard made the announcement in a video shared on Twitter.Ron Howard also said the movie had now wrapped and will go into editing. It's due to be released on May 25 2018.But, the Solo's title follows the "A Star Wars Story" format set by Rogue One, the first spin-off movie set in the Star Wars universe but occurring outside the main franchise.Report also said, the movies focus on the same Star Wars fictional history, but don't centre on the Skywalker family and the central storylines from the main films.

A gangster shooting take place at South Africa's airport

The police authority confirmed that, Two men have been wounded after a shooting at South Africa’s busy Cape Town International Airport.According to News24 website, "It is believed to be gang-related".News24 report that, some suspected Sexy Boys gang leader Jerome "Donkie" Booysen was shot four times after apparently being chased into the airport.Report also said, "This is the third time that Mr Booysen, who is now in hospital, has been targeted".Meanwhile, police department said, "A man, about 50 years of age, was shot in a drive-by shooting and in the process a bystander, a 30-year-old man".BBC report that, police said, operations at the airport in Cape Town, a tourism hub, had not been affected by the early morning shooting.

Magadascar plague outbreak killed 74 people

Country health ministry revealed that, the plague outbreak in Madagascar has now killed 74 people, with 805 cases recorded in more than two months.However, one week ago, the death toll stood at 33 with 230 people infected.According to the reports, there are normally about 400 cases of plague every year on the Indian Ocean island nation.BBC report said, this year the majority of cases are of pneumonic plague, which affects the lungs and is transmitted through coughing.Moreover, the current outbreak is unusual as it has affected urban areas, including the capital, Antananarivo, the World Health Organization says.Public gatherings have also been banned and schools and universities are shut.The less deadly bubonic plague, which is more common on the island, is often spread by rodents fleeing forest fires.Humans usually become ill after being bitten by infected fleas.