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The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Asinim Butswat, of The Bayelsa State Police Command has debunked reports that former President Jonathan was attacked in his state. According to him, a group of hungry youths mistook a convoy of the former President for one of the governorship candidate on electioneering ahead of the December 5 election.
They followed the convoy perhaps for alms, only to discover it was that of Jonathan. When they realized this,  the youths, who had followed him up to his house in Yenagoa, pulled back and ran away. Security operatives however ran after them and arrested some of them. They did not attack the convoy and no weapon was found on them. Read More
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On Sunday 29, the Pontiff visited a refugee camp in central Bangui in the Catholic parish of Saint Saviour, where he met with some of 447.5k displaced by sectarian crisis. Over 6,000 people have been killed since 2013 and close to 450,000 remain internally displaced by recent violence.

Pope Francis urged world leaders to ensure peace return to CAR and for evangelical leaders to use their calling to preach hope and unity.

"I come to this land for the first time following my predecessor John Paul II. I come as a pilgrim of peace and an apostle of hope" he said.


As he wandered around the camp, hands reached out to him, parents held out their children towards him.

"The Pope has come to ask God to save us," a camp inmate said.
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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase, fdc, NPM, in view of the Yuletide season and the security challenges in the country, warns all citizens to be vigilant while receiving gifts from unknown persons that may pose as friends during the season, to avoid explosive-laden hampers as gifts. The Inspector-General of Police also cautions against the use of fireworks such as knockout, “bangers” and other explosives in the celebrations as they could cause distraction that may further heighten fear of insecurity.
He also enjoins citizens to shun all forms of violence and unlawful acts, eschew bitterness, hatred and rancour and go about their legitimate duties without fear of intimidation from any quarter during and after the season. Meanwhile, to ensure a peaceful and incident-free Yuletide, the IGP has directed all Zonal AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police, to take necessary measures in ensuring the provision of adequate security for worshippers, travellers, picnickers and all citizens across the country before, during, and after the celebration. Command Commissioners of Police are to personally ensure that all key and vulnerable points within their jurisdictions, including places of worship, recreation centres, motor parks, shopping malls, highways, financial institutions and all places of public resorts are adequately and effectively protected.
AG. ACP OLABISI KOLAWOLE FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, FORCE HEADQUARTERS,
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President Mohammed Buhari joined other world leaders including UK's prime minister David Cameron to attend an anti-corruption side event at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) where issues on climate change and the threat of global extremism were discussed. Lets see and pray this works. Read More
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According to Punch, public funds that have been returned by some past government officials who looted the treasury while in power are currently with the Central Bank of Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari during an interactive session he had with members of the Nigerian community in the Islamic Republic of Iran had previously said that some past government officials who stole public funds had started returning parts of their loot voluntarily.
However, he did not disclose the identities of the former government officials who have so far returned parts of the looted fund or the amount returned to the public treasury.
 
Punch however, revealed that the returned loot is with the CBN, although the amount could not be immediately ascertained at the time of filing their report.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, confirmed that the looted fund was being returned to government coffers through the CBN.
He said:
“The looted fund is being returned through CBN. Only the bank can speak on the procedure, and how much has been returned so far.”
“The President has not made a declaration on whether those who returned money voluntarily would still be prosecuted or not.”
The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, told journalists at Friday’s Federation Accounts Allocation Committee meeting in Abuja that the govt hasn't specified how much has been returned. She said:
“There is no figure on the funds being returned yet. The process is ongoing. When it is completed and the accounts are available, they would be returned to where they were stolen from. We haven’t come to that yet.”
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President Jonathan and wife Patience Jonathan, in company of a high powered delegation of High Chiefs of the Ogbia Kingdom today visited the Group President of Azikel Group, Dr Eruani Azibapu today. They went to condole with him and family on the passage of his father, His Royal Highness, Chief Allwell Eruani, Aguda the IX, the Obanema of Emadike in Bayelsa State who died at the age of 82 years.

President Jonathan described the late Chief Allwell Eruani as an accomplished person who had raised and mentored successful children across the state, including his son and celebrated entrepreneur of the Niger Delta extraction, Dr Azibapu Eruani who is the Group President of Azikel Group.
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Following a published rape allegation by Lotanna Igwe Odunze “Sugabelly” of her experience at the hands of the Mustapha Audu, a trial by media of sorts has started.
Although Mustapha Audu has denied the allegations, the story has gathered traction.
Mustapha Audu’s legal representatives have released a tranche of emails between the pair, trying to disprove the allegations.
A former member of Nigerian house of Representatives, Abike Dabiri has lent her support. She took to Twitter today to offer her support as she tweeted at sugabelly:
“Heartbreaking story, I sponsored the bill on Violence against women. I’m ready to support you if you’re ready
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ABUJA—The Federal Government, yesterday, applied to amend the four-count charge it filed against the former   Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, sitting in Abuja.

The prosecuting counsel, Mr.  Peter Danladi,  who referred to section 216 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015,  said the amendment was  necessitated by fresh facts  that were uncovered by government in relation to the case against the former minister.

Danladi pleaded for an adjournment to enable  him to perfect the amendment process.

The development did not go down well with Orubebe, who asked the Federal Government to leave him alone if it has no evidence to prosecute the charge against him.

Orubebe, through his lawyer, Mr. Larry Selekeowei, SAN,   queried the legal propriety of allowing government to orally apply for leave to amend a charge pending before the tribunal.

In a short ruling, the tribunal headed by Justice Danladi Umar ordered government to file a formal application indicating its intention to amend the charge against Orubebe.

The matter was subsequently adjourned till January 27.

Source: Vanguardngr.com

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15-year-old boy has died of Ebola in Liberia less than three months after the country was declared free of the virus, officials have told the BBC.

He tested positive last week and died late on Monday at a treatment centre near the capital, Monrovia, Francis Kateh, the chief medical officer, said.

His father and brother are being treated for Ebola at the centre.

Liberia has seen more than 10,000 Ebola cases and more than 4,000 deaths since the West Africa outbreak began in 2013.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has twice declared Liberia to be Ebola-free, once in May and again in September.

The teenage boy’s mother and two other siblings have also been admitted to the treatment centre to be monitored, health ministry spokesman Sorbor George said.

He told the BBC that eight healthcare workers “who are at high risk because they came in direct contact with the boy” were also under surveillance.

BBC’s Jonathan Paye-Layleh in Monrovia says nearly 160 people are now being monitored since the new cases were confirmed last week.

Radio and television stations have resumed broadcasting Ebola awareness messages, he says.

Civil society groups have also stepped up a campaign to get volunteers to be vaccinated against the disease in a joint US-Liberia Ebola trial, our reporter says.

On Monday, Liberia said the US had agreed to send two experts to the country to help investigate the sequence of the outbreaks.

Liberia recorded its first Ebola case in March last year and analysts believe the latest cases are a serious set-back for the country.

Sierra Leone was declared free of Ebola on 7 November.

More than 11,000 people have died of the disease since December 2013, the vast majority of them in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Source: THE WILL
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When it comes to comedy in South East people like franchez can never be ignored, after months of tracking him we finally Had lunch with him and also interviewed him. .. enjoy




 
Q:what is your name
A: The name is Ozoakpata Francis but can call me franchez

Q: what do you do?
A: I am a consultant*laughs* I am a comedian

Q: where do u hail from?
A: I am a half cast,My dad is from Nigeria while my mum is from Sierra Leone.

Q:How did you start
A: I started at a young age in the church , acting, singing and i fell in love with comedy through  Julius Agwu's jokes .Performed in most of my church concerts

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Going in for Medicine and surgery in the university and later switched to bio chemistry. While in school, people always said i should move to theater arts but ignored because I wasn't really sure of comedy . I always did little shows here and there to get money to buy books and stuffs. I moved from bio chemistry to bio comedy

Q: What were your challenges starting out as a comedian?
A: Down in the East  , there was noon to look up to for guidance   and mentorship  . Was just doing things based on the talent as we all know  that talent is never enough. Ogus baba was there but strictly on his own.

Q: what is your most embarrassing moments?
A: That was during one of the roadblocks, I was trying to climb the stage when a police man held and almost beat me up saying even you na comedian. Then we have moments when you can't seem to relate with your audience,we call it bad day.

A: The comedy industry in Enugu is growing .People are becoming aware of the importance of comedy  events. We looking forward to where people will start buying tables for 1million in comedy shows in Enugu. An average Enugu man would tell you how much is  my dinning  table at home when you bring a ticket for him to buy and would prefer a bottle of beer and isi ewu to sitting down and pay to laugh. The presence of Four radio stations is a plus but the pay for comedians is not much. We thank God all the same.

Q: How do you propose we move the industry forward?
A: Awareness should be done, orientation to change the mind's of people.we should learn to utilise our own people

Q: How do you deal with female fans?
A: As you said,they are fans and we can turn them off. Women are our biggest fans because they laugh easily but as a married man, you need to draw the boundaries.

Q: There was an amebo of your epic proposal,what inspired it: The comedian in you or the romantic man in you?
A: As a comedian,we have so much edge.comedians are very shy people but it was the romantic part in me. I was the Mc at the church event and I had earlier said I was going to propose to my baby in church because I wanted to be held accountable.When people make major decisions in their life most times they need other people to hold them accountable.

Q:What was your breaking point in comedy?
A: Roadblock some years back, someone called saying i'll be part of the comedians that would feature in that year's roadblock for over half a million. Corporate events like brand lunchings, gala nights , anniversaries , church concerts  , government functions  and weddings  etc. All these were platforms for me to be known.

Q:How has it been managing your career and family?
A: There are hazards for every Occupation,but the sweetest man every woman should get married to is a comedian. Am a 100%  family man.

Q: Do you have any Kids yet?
A: I give birth like Tuface*laughs* Two years, two kids by the time we get to 10years we go get pikin everywhere.As a comedian we meet

Q: We know you are a big Fish in the Industry, can you Name people you have performed with?
A: AY, Klint d drunk, bovi, Senator, Okey bakasi, D Don, Gandoki,  I go die, Saco  Akpororo , 2can talk , Seyi law, funny bone and many others



Q:Companies you have worked for:
A: Diamond Bank, First bank , Eco bank, Enugu State government  ,  UNTH ,  glo, Etisalat ,  MTN , Dfid, Afriinvest, House on the rock church  , Dominion city church ,  So much that I can't remember all

Q: Role Model
AY, Ali baba, saco, Seyi Law, hollymallam

Q: Any word for upcoming comedians in Nigeria
A: It's all about consistency. Talent is never enough. Character building,persistence.You need to sacrifice a lot to get to the top. Be original,hardworking and put your trust in God.Only God can bless the hustle
Thank you Mc Franchez, it was pleasant meeting you.

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