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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

'Newly Appointed SGF Is Babachir Lawal’s Cousin’ – Junaid Mohammed reveals

Sequel to the sack of Babachir Lawal as Secretary to the government of the federation and the appointment of Boss Mustapha as Secretary to the Government of the Federation, a member of the House of Representatives during the Second Republic, Dr Junaid Muhammed, has disclosed that Boss Mustapha is Babachir Lawal’s cousin.

According to the Punch’s correspondent, Junaid said; “Before you begin to celebrate the appointment of Boss Mustapha as the new SGF, do you know that he is in fact, Babachir Lawal’s first cousin? This is a continuation of the cronyism and nepotism the Buhari-led administration has become infamous for”.

Meanwhile, the APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, has come out to defend President Buhari after Nigerians dragged him for failing to direct further actions on the sacked officials.

Few days ago, when the President directed the dismissal of Abdulrasheed Maina, some people said that was right but what about the suspended SGF, BD Lawal? But we as a party said look, the President is the only person who has all the information. All of us can only have one side of the story or the other. 
“But the President by the virtue of the position he occupies is the only one who has all the information and he would do what is necessary at the right time, now we have been vindicated and it shows that the President has not in any way waived his commitment not to tolerate corruption at any level no matter who is involved.”

And of course, the Arewa Consultative Forum commened President Buhari for sacking Lawal and Oke. In its reaction to the development, the ACF through the National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, said, “The action taken by President Buhari on the report submitted by the Osinbajo Committee that investigated the suspended SGF and the DG NIA is appropriate and timely” Bolaji said.


 

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'The monkey business called governance' - By Reuben Abati


You may read his article below...

“Have you gone to visit your brother in Ekiti?”

“Who is that? I have many brothers from Ekiti state”

“The Governor. Osokomole himself, ekun oko oke, the dainty irunmole who eats jollof rice.”

“No. I don’t go about visiting Governors.”

“I am referring to the fact that he recently escaped death. His G-Wagon suddenly went up in flames and it got completely burnt down.”

“What is a G-Wagon to a Fayose who started his public career as a car dealer?”

“Don’t be mean. That car is about N20 million. And Femi Fani-Kayode has said that the fire incident was a spiritual bomb. It was a mystery fire. Only the carcass of the car was retrieved. The Governor was on his way to the airport in Lagos. They thought he was in the car.”

“What do you mean they?”

“His enemies”

“It could just have been an electrical fault.”

“What nonsense electrical fault is that in a brand new chassis, tear rubber, G-Wagon? I keep telling you, politics in Nigeria, in fact in Africa, is not an easy business. Everything is spiritual. Have you not seen George Weah visiting Pastor Temitope Joshua? What do you think he is looking for?”

“So, has Fayose identified some suspects?”

“For where? In fact after that fire incident, and the loss of his G-Wagon, he has been very, very quiet.”

“He doesn’t need to be quiet. He should just blame the accident on the APC. He should make it clear that it is the handiwork of his enemies in the APC, and that the APC cannot stop him from becoming Nigeria’s next President, even if they send 1,000 spiritual bombs.”

“I don’t get it.”

“What don’t you get? Can’t you see that the new system of governance in Nigeria is to blame the opposition or alleged witchcraft and sabotage? When things go wrong, nobody looks for probable reasons, they look for witches, spiritual bombs and wizards.”

“I don’t get it.”

“You never get anything. You think if the vehicle that got burnt had belonged to an APC Governor, he’d try to look for mechanical reasons, he will simply blame the PDP and its agents. The position of the Buhari government for example is that the administration has not been able to function for more than two years because of the PDP and former President Goodluck Jonathan”

“I am beginning to flow with you now.”

“When the country’s economy went into recession, instead of blaming their own lack of policy clarity, they said it was the Jonathan administration that sowed the seeds of recession.”

“Well, may be they have a point there.”

“What useless point? Look at the recent case involving the ex-pensions boss. A complete mess: They claimed that Maina was brought back to government and reinstated by Jonathan’s people within the system. How?”

“I am a Buhari man, but I also actually thought that was a new high in the monkey business going on since these guys took over power.”

“To add insult to injury, the current Customs boss says the Buhari administration has derailed and is not making progress because 50% of its members belong to the PDP, the opposition party. He says the government has been hijacked by persons who were never part of the party or the campaign.”

“I was shocked that the retired colonel would say that with his own mouth.”

“Should he have used your mouth?”

“I am trying to say that this is a government of own goals and unforced errors. They shoot themselves in the foot with their own guns. They blame the PDP. And yet the PDP is to all intents and purposes as at this moment, a confused and disorganized party.”

“What of the former President?”

“I don’t see any evidence that he is fighting them in any way. But if cats should displace the rats in the President’s abandoned office today, they will say it is the Jonathan administration at work.”

“Somebody has said that the President is a good man but he is surrounded by bad people. Only last week, Senator Dino Melaye said the President is surrounded by cankerworms and caterpillars.”

“It’s getting worse, then. Lions, jackals, hyenas, now cankerworms and caterpillars, before 2019, we’d get to the lowest level in the animal chain.”

“I wonder if the President is even aware of these things.”

“What they tell us is that the President is not aware.”

“What is that? The President reads newspapers everyday and he watches television.”

“One of his spokesmen told us he only likes to read cartoons and laugh. And you know the thing about cartoons and laughter.”

“But the same President has ordered investigations and reports on the various monkey businesses around his administration.”

“What do you expect him to do? They tell him it is the PDP throwing a monkey wrench in the works and that the PDP monkeys must be dealt with. That way the monkeys in-house go scot-free”

“But he just sacked two persons for your information. Yesterday. ”

“Na cinema. I won’t be surprised if the various reports are presented to him in form of cartoons, and he just laughs it all off. Only two? The way things are going, very soon, there will be monkey pox all over this government.”

“I want to assure you that won’t happen. For example, are you not aware that the Buhari Support Organisation has already announced that they are determined to rescue the government from the PDP saboteurs in the APC? Or that they are saying Baba must have a second term to correct the damage caused by the monkeys within?”

“I am aware of that. I am aware of everything. But is Baba aware?”

“Baba is aware of this one. He met with the leaders of the BSO. The Organisation has about 198 constituent groups. And he has acted by sacking two persons.”

“Wait a moment, with all the visible errors, some people are already talking of second term?”

“Yes”

“Second term with which party?”

“The APC of course”

“Is there still an APC?”

“I will think so”

“I don’t think so. If the Buhari Support Organization can come out publicly and declare that the new PDP wing of the party is undesirable, and that there are monkeys within, I imagine that by the time they deal with that particular problem, there will be no APC left as a party.”

“Nobody mentioned names.”

“But one of the Ministers at that event said that the 2019 election will be nothing but war.”

“What does that one know about war? President Buhari’s Ministers talk too glibly. It is time he dissolved his cabinet and sent all the moonlighters out. Too many persons moonlighting and hiding under his cover.”

“The Minister who spoke at the BSO meeting…”

“He was preparing a likely script. If care is not taken, these people will derail the 2019 election and claim it is the PDP and agents of the Jonathan administration…”

“I don’t think so. Nigerians don’t believe that tale anymore. Have you not seen the level of opposition in the social media? This government is being de-popularized everyday. Some people even want to apologize to former President Jonathan.”

“Let them keep their monkey apology, ah-beg.”

“But let’s be fair, there are people still standing by President Buhari. People like me. I trekked for him. Even if I have since developed arthritis for doing so, I don’t mind. A man must stand for something. I believed in the change project because the PDP and Jonathan were just not it.”

“And now you have been short-changed.”

“Yes. But it is okay. We still have time.”

“With these Governors?”

“They are all with Baba. Like the Kogi Governor. He is loyal.”

‘That is a Governor who has not paid staff salaries for 12 months, and one civil servant had to commit suicide.”

“The Kogi State Head of Service has said that the man who committed suicide is a cheat. His salary was withheld because he falsified his age records.”

“They even speak ill of the dead. So, is that why the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had to publicly appeal to all Nigerians to donate relief materials to the civil servants in Kogi state to rescue them from hunger and neglect?”

“I don’t know”

“And you say we are out of recession? Answer me.”

“If you keep talking like this, they will end up putting a monkey on your back oh. These people don’t like this kind of talk.”

“What else don’t they like? The Kogi Governor is denying the truth but are you aware that the Senate took a decision to rescue Kogi state with relief materials, and many Senators pledged to donate certain numbers of bags of rice.”

“Those Senators are stingy. They should stay in their monkey house and stop playing politics with everything. With all that money they get, some of them were so shameless they donated 20 bags of rice.”

“In a proper situation, government workers should not become beggars in their own country, receiving bags of rice from overpaid Senators. I must say though that those Senators are still better than the Kogi Governor who I was told is determined to stop the bags of rice and other relief materials from entering Kogi state.”

“Yes, because he knows Dino Melaye, his political rival is behind it, using the Senate and bags of rice to intimidate him and play politics.”

“Then, let him pay the workers their salaries, and stop blaming others. It is simple. Why do these people make every simple thing look so complicated?”

“You have a point there. But I know one Governor who is very simple and he keeps it simple.”

“And who is that?”

“The Governor of Ondo State.”

“Governor Akeredolu.”

“Point of correction. Arakunrin Akeredolu.”

“That is a monkey title. Get to your point.”

“Arakunrin the other day, commissioned a billboard on hand-washing: wash your hands with soap and water. Solid ceremony, well–attended.”

“And that is governance?”

“It is good to wash hands in these days of ebola and monkey pox.”

“I have heard of Governors commissioning toilets and boreholes, but billboards?”

“It is better to keep things simple. In my view, yes.”

“Yes. Oh yes.”

“At least Arakunrin is better than the Ogbeni in Osun, and that other one in Owerri. In Osun, the Comrade Governor Aregbesola wants to build an MKO Abiola International Airport worth N69 billion, even if he is owing civil servants salaries. He says he is not happy to owe salaries, but at the same time he doesn’t see anything wrong in building an airport that will be of no use to the people.”

“Please, can we discuss something else?”

“What?”

“Anything but nothing to do with their monkey business”

“Trust our boys. Nigeria no dey carry last. You know one Nigerian recently impregnated another man’s wife in South Africa and when the man complained, the Naija guy negotiated with the South African and gave him a gift of a G-Wagon. The South African is so happy he has agreed that the Nigerian has done nothing wrong and his wife can carry the pregnancy to full term.”

“True story?”

“True life story. Google has it.”

“These South Africans. But can you blame the man? His President Jacob Zuma got a whole statue in Nigeria. What stops him from grabbing a G-Wagon?”

“Cossy Orjiakor has also grabbed something.”

“Who is Cossy Orjiakor?”

“The lady with the iconic headlamps on her chest”

“Will you stop? I am an intellectual. I don’t descend that low.”

“Go and sit down. Na me and you, oh. We know ourselves, bros. No be you dey talk about one small girl breast the other day?”

“Today, I am discussing elevated matters.”

“This one is also elevated. Cossy Orjiakor just went through surgery to elevate her buttocks and she has informed the entire nation. The gradience between her chest and her derriere is now perpendicular, proportional and graduated. I will like to see and touch that.”

“I don’t deal with bottom matters. The only bottom I am worried about is how Nigeria is now at the bottom.”

“Oil is now $60 a barrel, bros. No oil, no bottom, no monkey business…Tinubu and Baba are now re-strategizing. Level wan change… Eruku, No shaking.”

“People and vehicles are jumping into the Lagoon in Lagos every month.”

“That one no concern Baba. Ask the Oba of Lagos. Since him say anybody wey no vote for Ambode go perish for Lagoon, people and vehicles have actually been jumping into the Lagoon. These traditional rulers, me I dey fear them oh…”

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Jay-Z and Beyonce Kit up as Biggie and Lil Kim for Halloween | Photos


Power couple, Jay-Z and Beyonce joined other celebrities at Kelly Rowland's Costume Couture Party and as usual nailed their Halloween costume.

Jay Z dressed as fellow Brooklyn rapper Notorious B.I.G., and the wife, Beyonce kits up as female rapper Lil' Kim. Kelly threw the party with Lenny S. and Ciroc on Sunday night at new WeHo hot spot Poppy... and many of A-list celebs attended. Usher, Tyler Perry, Jhene Aiko, Terrrence J and Jermaine Dupri's were present with their clad in carefully selected costumes.

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Monday, 30 October 2017

"I must have lost my damn mind to wanna leave all these goodies" - Teebillz confesses

Teebillz has come out to say, perhaps he lost his mind, when he publicly on Instagram some months back accusing his wife of having extra-marital affair with Don Jazzy.

Writing on his Instagram today, the former manager of the singer shower praises on his wife’s beauty, describing her as 's*xy' and even burst out in a song about how much he loves her.

This babe is so f–king s*xy! I must have lost my damn mind to wanna leave all these goodies,” the drooling husband said on the post, adding, “You wanna know who I’m in love with? Regardless, I wish I could sing but I will borrow 2baba and Usher’s voice on this one.”

He continued serenading his wife, saying, “I too love you o!”
He also wrote on Snapchat; ‘this babe is so fucking se*y. I must have lost my mind to wanna leave all these goodies’.

Meanwhile, that's not without some reactions from folks on Social Media.

privacy_f: “The same Mrs Savage he accused of witchcraft. Mr Edible Catering, pls go and WORK ”

mynorford1: “Lol, why will u leave her when she,s rich and famous.. If not for the money and fame u wouldn,t have stayed.”

ashabiaade: “After saying she s sleeping with this and her mother is a witch….evidence that men just talk rubbish to paint women bad most times !!!!@”

It should be also recalled that TeeBillz once surprised his wife, Tiwa Savage on Stage, while she was performing.
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16-years old 100 Level OAU student reportedly commit Suicide on account of Poor grades | Photo

An Obafemi Awolowo University student has reportedly committed suicide on account of poor performance. The 16 year old Mercy Afolaranmi is of the Department of Microbiology of the institution.

According to the statement released by the school’s Chief Security Officer, Babatunde Oyatokun, Afolaranmi, the girl poisoned herself because of poor grade she recorded from her exams.

“We got a call that one of our students took poison,” Chief Security Officer said. “We got to hospital to realise that she mixed rat poison. She gave us the contact of her parents but before they arrived, she already gave up due to the effect of the poison she took.”

Bimpe Oni, her neighbour in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES, said Afolaranmi, who lived off-campus at Sabo area of Ile-Ife, died on Thursday, after she took “rat poison mixed with battery extract.”

Mrs. Oni said the late student committed suicide because of “emotional pressure.”

Aisha, who was Afolaranmi’s colleague in the same Faculty of Science, said the deceased had ‘E’ in CHM101 (Chemistry for first year students), a reportedly dreaded course for year one students in the science and technology related faculties.

“Mercy often isolated herself in class and looked depressed,” said Aisha. “She told me she had ‘E’ in CHM101 and has been going around unhappy before this incident.”

Another student in the Faculty of Student, Opeyemi, said “she took poison because of result.”

The school’s Dean of Students’ Affairs, Isiaka Aransi, also confirmed the death of Afolaranmi during a telephone conversation with PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday.

“Although the reason and cause of her death is yet to be known, the division is aware of the death of Mercy,” she said.

“She was a student of department of Microbiology whose body has been taken to hospital for autopsy. When the result is out, the university community shall be communicated,” added Mr Aransi.

See her last post on Facebook, 10th October before her death...

Above all other things, I just wanna see God, see what He looks like, speak with Him face to face. I don’t wanna miss heaven. LORD HELP ME.”



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Ghanaian captain Asamoah Gyan reportedly acquired a license to operate an airline

Captain of the Ghanaian football team Asamoah Gyan has reportedly acquired a license to operate an airline.

According to My Joy Online, this was disclosed by the Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, at the African Airshow on Thursday.

The airline, expected to carry the footballer’s nickname “Baby Jet Airlines,” will commence operations with cargo handling, thereafter expand to passenger service.

President Akufo-Addo said he was “reliably informed that the captain of our senior national team, the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan has obtained a carrier license and is working feverishly to establish an airline obviously called ‘Baby Jet Airline.’ I want to call on other Ghanaians both at home and abroad to invest in the rapidly growing aviation sector.”

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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Breaking: Anthony Joshua beats Takam to retains World Heavyweight titles

Anthony Joshua maintained a clean slate in his 100% knockout ratio by stopping a bloodied Carlos Takam in the 10th round on Saturday.

Joshua retained his International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Assocation world heavyweight titles with a dangerous display of his punching power to beat Cameroon’s France-based challenger, Takam at the Principality Stadium.
Takam turned Joshua’s 20th consecutive knockout victim in a fourth defence of his IBF belt and first of his WBA title, however the Takam stubbornly resisted Joshua after being cut by the right eye in the 4th round.

Takam also recorded a count in the 4th round before being rounded off by a barrage of unreplied punches which led the referee, Phil Edwards to stop the fight.

Takam however, complained that it was a premature stoppage and the 70,000-crowd sided him as the decision was met with loud jeers.

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Saturday, 28 October 2017

#TooMuchMoney! Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos becomes the World Richest person again after Adding $6.8 billion to his Net Worth overnight

Forbes reports said that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos still maintain his position as the richest person on the surface of the earth for the second time as Amazon stock opened up more than 8% higher than Thursday’s close, adding nearly $7 billion to Bezos’ net worth overnight.

Bezos had a net worth of $89.7 billion, as of the start of trading on Friday, while Gates had a net worth of $90.1 billion, up $550 million from yesterday. Then by 10:15 a.m. Eastern, Amazon stock had climbed nearly 2% since the market opened, adding $900 million to Bezos’ net worth and putting him in the No. 1 spot with a net worth of $90.6 billion versus Gates’ $90.1 billion at that time.

Amazon stock surged in after-hours trading on Thursday after the company reported strong third quarter earnings. Amazon reported $43.7 billion in revenue, well above the $42.1 billion analysts expected.

Bezos became the richest person in the world for the first time three months ago as Amazon stock hit an all-time high on July 27, just before Amazon reported its second quarter earnings. But Bezos’ first time at the top of Forbes’ Real-Time Billionaires List only lasted a few hours.

Bezos first joined the Forbes 400 in 1998, one year after Amazon went public, with a net worth of $1.6 billion.

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Spanish PM, Rajoy dissolves Catalan parliament | Catalonia Independence

The Spanish PM, Mariano Rajoy is dissolving the Catalan parliament and calling for a quick local elections following MPs there voted to declare independence.

Mariano said the unavoidable imposition of direct rule on Catalonia was necessary to "recover normality". He is as well firing Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and his cabinet.

Recall, crisis started when Catalan leaders held an independence referendum, pushing aside a ruling by the Constitutional Court which had declared it illegal.

Catalan government said that of the 43% of potential voters who took part, 90% were in support of independence while others boycotted the vote following court ruling.

Meanwhile, on Friday the Spanish Senate granted the Prime Minister, Rajoy Mariano's government the power to impose direct rule on Catalonia...and after an emergency cabinet meeting Mariano highlighted what that would involve.

"The president [Carles Puigdemont] had the opportunity to return to legality and to call elections," he said.

"It is what the majority of the Catalonian people asked for - but he didn't want to do it. So the government of Spain is taking the necessary measures to return to legality."

Regional elections however, is being scheduled for December 21. Mr Mariano in addition had announced the sacking of the Catalan police chief.
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Verdict looms for man who Intentionally infected over 30 Women with HIV | Photos

An HIV-positive Italian man accused of deliberately infecting 30 women is set to hear the verdict today, October 27, in his trial for reportedly targeting victims for unprotected s*x over a period of about 10 years.

Under the pseudonym "Hearty Style", 33-year-old accountant Valentino Talluto lured dozens of young ladies on social networks and internet dating sites, often dating several at a time.

According to report, out of 53 sexual conquests known to have taken place between 2006 -- when he discovered he was HIV positive -- and his arrest in 2015, 30 women were reportedly infected by him with the virus which damages the immune system and causes AIDS.

The male companions of three of the women were also infected, as was the baby of a fourth, investigators say.

During the trial, which opened in March in Rome's Rebibbia prison, the women described how Talluto had wined and dined them, claiming to fall in love before persuading them to have unprotected s*x.

The women who had asked him to wear a condom said he told them he was allergic or had just been tested for HIV. When the women discovered they were HIV positive -- by chance, due to health problems or after other women he dated raised the alarm -- they said he said it had nothing to do with him.

The defence maintains Talluto's actions were "imprudent, but not intentional". Some women stayed with Talluto for months after discovering they were sick. In the end, it was above all his chronic cheating -- he juggled up to six relationships at the same time -- that drove them away.

Many were students, some mothers. The youngest was 14 at the beginning of their relationship, the oldest around 40. Each described the horrors of HIV, from the stigma which distanced even family members, to the trials of treatment.

The prosecution has demanded the bespectacled, stocky accountant get life behind bars for "willful injury" and causing an "epidemic".

"Talluto has never cooperated, he has made false statements, he has always denied any responsibility, even in the face of the evidence. His actions were intended to sow death," prosecutor Elena Neri told the court last month.

The defence painted a picture of a young man eager for affection who never knew his father and whose mother -- a drug addict who was HIV positive -- died when he was just four years old.

"He did not intentionally seek to transmit the virus," his lawyer Maurizio Barca said, insisting that Talluto used condoms "most of the time" and only had s*x without them a few times after being "caught in the heat of the action".

He also claimed it was impossible to prove it was his client and not other partners who had infected the women.

After months of silence, Talluto finally spoke out at the end of September, his voice breaking with emotion and his eyes brimming with tears after hearing the testimony of one of the women.

"Many of the girls know my friends and family. They say that I wanted to infect as many people as possible. If that had been the case, I would have gone for casual s*x in bars, I would not have brought them into my life,". He insisted.

One of the women still refuses to give up on him. She told the court in July of their meeting in 2014, how he told her immediately that he was HIV positive, and how she forgave his infidelities.

"We want to get married. I'm still in love with Valentino, he's not the monster that everyone describes,". She said.

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UK 'won't recognize' Catalan's independence

The United Kingdom has said she won't recognise the Catalan parliament's declaration of independence. Theresa May's official spokesman said that UK stands is based on fact that the declaration was based on a vote that had been declared illegal.

According to the UK prime minister's spokesman: "The UK does not and will not recognise the unilateral declaration of independence made by the Catalan regional parliament. It is based on a vote that was declared illegal by the Spanish courts. We continue to want to see the rule of law upheld, the Spanish constitution respected, and Spanish unity preserved."

Catalan MPs backed the independence motion 70-10 in a ballot boycotted by the opposition. However, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had told senators direct rule was needed to return "law, democracy and stability" to Catalonia.
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Friday, 27 October 2017

BBNaija's Gifty Powers says she's celebrating her 24th birthday today

Former BBNaija housemate, Gifty said she's celebrating her 24th birthday today! The actress also shared an emotional post about how the loss of her father affected her special day some years back with lasting effects till date. Read below...

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Federal High Court orders Gov. Nasir El-Rufai and Police to pay N40m to Audu Maikori for his unlawful arrest

A Federal High Court in Abuja has awarded N40 million compensation to Chocolate City Group President, Audu Maikori for his unlawful arrest and detention by the Police on the orders of Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai.

Audu Maikori was arrested early this year for posting inciting tweets about an alleged case of murder by Fulani herdsmen in Kaduna. This turned out to be false information, and he not only retracted his tweets after facing backlash but also apologized.

Delivering judgement today, Justice John Tsoho insited that Maikori's arrest in Lagos was unlawful and ordered the respondents to the suit: Governor el-Rufai, IG of Police, Commissioner of Police and the Attorney-General of Kaduna state to pay the damages, as well as directing that they add the sum of N1,430 as the cost of instituting the fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by Maikori in May 2017.

The Judge however ruled that the police could arrest suspects for allegedly violating the law and order on the cyberspace, and his judgement was not meant to interfere with the ongoing trial of Makori in Kaduna.

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'Blaming every misdemeanor on previous administration is symptomatic of failure to deliver on promises' - PDP says

PDP says Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, needs psychiatric evaluation after he said that some government officials who are loyal to former president Goodluck Jonathan brought in fugitive former pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina, into the country. Read the statement below...

"We are not surprised on the postulation by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Alhaji Garba Shehu in which he blamed the former Administration of Goodluck Jonathan as being responsible for the return of fugitive Abdulrasheed Maina. This is to say the least the height of absurdity.

"The shenanigans surrounding the return of Maina who was under investigation and sacked by the previous administration of PDP is an issue Nigerians are privy to and even Maina’s immediate family have come out openly with their position that President Buhari was responsible for his return. May we therefore remind Garba Shehu in case he has forgotten that the current administration is that of the APC and not PDP, so we wonder how PDP will be responsible for the mess created by President Buhari and his cabals.

"We had earlier in our response on this matter advised the government to properly investigate those responsible for this mess and bring them to justice and we still stand on that, because Nigerians are tired of excuses and blame game.

"We reiterate that the body language of this APC government in the fight against corruption is mere propaganda and road-show. The idea of blaming every misdemeanor on previous administration is symptomatic of failure to deliver on promises and its time Garba Shehu and his likes resigns if they have nothing more to contribute in government.

"Finally, we urge the APC led government to re-evaluate the inclusion of the likes of Garba Shehu in the administration. A man who is fixated on blaming each and every mistake of this government on the PDP has certainly run out of ideas, and must even have lost the capacity for rational thinking. We wonder the damage he may be causing to this country with his continuous stay as an Assistant to the President".

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"Checking of telephone sets of citizens, laptops and labelling every young man seen in a car as being a yahoo boy should stop forthwith" - Kwara CP warns SARS officials in the state

The Kwara state Police Commissioner, Lawan Ado, issued the warning when he met with operatives of the F-SARS (SPECIAL ANTI-ROBBERY SQUAD) at the Police Headquarters Ilorin. Read a statement from the command below...

'The Commissioner of Police Kwara State Command, Cp Lawan Ado, while meeting with Kwara State Command's officers and operatives of the F-SARS (SPECIAL ANTI-ROBBERY SQUAD) at the Police Headquarters Ilorin today, declared to the operatives that enough was enough, that they either sit up or get booted out of the outfit.  This was consequent upon different misconducts attributed to the outfit in recent times, which has brought some level of disrepute to the image and the good name the command has toiled so much to maintain, allegations of extortion, checking of telephone sets of citizens, laptops and labelling every young man seen in a car as being a yahoo boy should stop forthwith, drunkenness especially while on duty is an offence against discipline, he reiterated that, he would not hesitate to wield the big stick on any officer whose actions or inaction would drag the jealously guarded name of the Police in the mud.

"He, for the Upteen time, re-echoed the directive of the Inspector General of Police to the effect that, the ban on road blocks on our high ways remains in force, any police officer arrested for disobedient to this directive will be severely dealt with. While also assuring the men of the support and protection of the Police authority at all times, he promised that the Command would do everything within its powers to make their work easy, he admonished the officers to be civil in all their dealings with the members of the public, while also telling them that, their being members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad does not in any way differentiate them from other policemen and as such they must at all times abide by their rules of engagement, dress code and must be neatly turned out as they were not immuned against sanctions.

"He also reminded the officers that, a male police searching a female suspect is a misnomer, searching of telephone set belonging to accosted citizens by SARS operatives, escorting suspects to the ATM machine to collect money, or forcing suspect to make electronic money transfer is robbery, he further declared that any officer arrested doing any of the above will be dismissed and charged to court.

"He told the officers that their welfare is a priority to the Police management, saying their job was not an easy one. He admonished the good people of Kwara state to continue to support the team and volunteer information so as to enable the police discharge its responsibility adequately". The CP said.
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President Buhari congratulates Chinese leader, Xi Jinping on his re-election

President Buhari has congratulated the Chinese President Xi Jinping on his re-election as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China as well as the leader of the nation.

The president expressed his conviction that the success of the 19th National Congress of the CPC and the implementation of its important decisions will serve to fulfil the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Your widely acknowledged wise and firm leadership has played a critical role in the changes in China in the past five years and the renewal of your term will no doubt strengthen the unity of CPC and its central, unified leadership and further enhance cohesiveness of the Chinese nation". He said.

Buhari expressed belief in the capability of the CPC Leadership and President Xi to take China to a new level and enhance its standing around the globe in the next five years. President Buhari further said that his fruitful meetings and frequent communications with President Xi had allowed the two countries to firmly commit to strong economic synergy and cooperative potentials.

The President commended the existing cordial relationship between China and Nigeria on one hand and another with Africa as a whole, especially sustaining the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

The Nigerian leader wished the re-elected Chinese leader a very successful second tenure.
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President Donald Trump declares opioid 'drug abuse' epidemic as a national public health emergency in US

President Trump has on Thursday declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency, telling an audience in the East Room of the White House that "we can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic. This epidemic is a national health emergency," he said.

The president maintained that, "nobody has seen anything like what is going on now. As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue. It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction. Never been this way. We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic. We can do it."

Trump further stressed the need for more enforcement and linked his planned wall along the US-Mexico border with efforts to stem the tide of illegal drugs coming into the United States. "An astonishing 90% of the heroin in America comes from south of the border where we will be building a wall which will greatly help in this problem," he said.

He also stressed the need to crack down on those Americans who are buying illegal drugs, emphasizing the need to link enforcement with stopping abuse in the first place. "Every person who buys illicit drugs here in America should know that they are risking their futures, their families and even their lives. Illegal drug use is not a victimless crime. There is nothing admirable, positive or socially desirable about it." 
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Twitter user tags Buhari's dinner with Senate leaders as 'Game Of Thrones'

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'Maina’s scandal is a mess Buhari inherited from Jonathan' - Garba Shehu says as the blame game continues

The Senior Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu spoke on  Channels Television’s Politics Today on the controversial reinstatement of former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

According to him; "No, no, no. Please, don’t stick this on President Muhammadu Buhari. As we said in that statement (on Maina’s reinstatement), this is a mess we inherited; the Maina Saga – the bribery and the sharing. N24 billion (was what) he took over on the day he took that office. When he left, (there was) one million naira left. So, it happened under the watch of the previous administration and that is why we said, morally, they have no right to accuse us. What is the Buhari government doing? The President has got all the reports, he is going to take a decision, but this issue is a big one. It’s expanding and we welcome investigation by anyone – the Senate, the House of Representatives".

He further said; "In fact, the Interpol just put Maina on their wanted list now. A fresh warrant has been issued for his re-arrest. And all of the cases – you know there are a number of ongoing cases in the country which he would have been a part of. Now he is back home, he is going to have his day in court. People just sat down and were receiving cash from that man, knowing full well that it was the police pension that he was sharing. People who ought to investigate him, who ought to send him to trial, beneficiaries of that heist. In the coming days, the President will decide and all of these things will come out".
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Comedian Ebiye proposes to his beautiful girlfriend | Photos

On Wednesday night, comedian Ebiye Victor proposed to his beautiful girlfriend Agnes Ejeme and guess what? She said YES!

The lovebirds shared photos from the proposal on social media with different tags...

Ebiye wrote, "Sometimes I think I need a spare heart to feel all the things I feel for you, Glad you’re in my world now" while his baby said:

"You always make me laugh but today, you made me cry".

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U.S President Donald Trump approves the release of over 2,800 earlier classified records relating to JFK's assassination

The National Archives on Thursday evening released more than 2,800 earlier classified or redacted records related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy but will withhold some of the records national security basis, according to a memo from President Donald Trump.

The documents related to the investigation into J.F. Kennedy's assassination comprising of files from the CIA, the FBI, the Defense and State departments and other agencies were scheduled to be released 25 years following the passage of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992. The law called for the records to be made available based on the approval of the president.

Donald Trump issued a memo to the heads of executive departments certifying the declassification, but also noted that some expressed reservations and so ordered that federal agencies be given 180 days to re-review whether certain documents related to national security require continued redaction or withholding.

"Executive departments and agencies have proposed to me that certain information should continue to be redacted because of national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns," reads the memo from Trump. "I have no choice today but to accept those redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our nation's security. To further address these concerns, I am also ordering agencies to re-review each and every one of those redactions over the next 180 days."

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Thursday, 26 October 2017

Upper Legislative Chamber suspends CBN Deputy governor's confirmation over renewed war with the executive on Magu's case

The long standing dispute between the Upper Legislative Chamber and the Executive arm over the insistence of Ibrahim Magu as the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), took a new turn on Wednesday as the Upper Chamber threatened the confirmation of the nomination of Ms. Aisha Ahmad as a deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

President Buhari forwarded Ahmad’s nomination to the Senate for confirmation as a replacement for Mrs. Sarah Alade whose tenure expired in February, but the Senate yesterday said that it would not consider the nomination in line with its July 4, 2017 resolution to suspend all executive confirmation requests until Ibrahim Magu is removed.

It also said, the hostility would persist until the Senate’s power of confirmation of nominees to the boards of commissions established by enabling laws but not listed in the 1999 Constitution as amended, is clarified.

The Senate made the resolution, following a pronouncement by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that the Executive did not require the confirmation of the Senate for the appointment of Chairman of the EFCC, explaining that the request should not have been transmitted in the first instance.

Magu’s nomination was rejected twice by the Senate on the basis of a report of the Department of State Services (DSS), which indicted him for criminal and unprofessional conduct. Despite his rejection, Magu remained in office, a development, which has remained the source of the tension between the Senate and the Executive arm of government.

Ahmad’s appointment would be the fifth casualty of the Senate’s filibuster policy, the confirmation of the nomination of Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila (Director General of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission), Mr. Funso Doherty (Director-General, Pension Commission), Mr. Muhammad Isah (Chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau), and Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye (Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission) having been suspended earlier.

The Senate also suspended the confirmation of members of the boards of the agencies and forbade them from operating in an acting capacity as directed by the Executive.

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Khloe Kardashian's developing baby bump is becoming visible as she steps out in New York | Photo

Pregnant Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, was pictured out in New York city this morning with "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" camera crew and her baby bump could be visibly spotted for the very first time. She's reportedly expecting a baby boy with NBA star Tristan Thompson. 

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Federal Government turns Fela Anikulapo Kuti's family home in Abuokuta to Heritage Museum | Photo

The federal government in collabration with the Ogun state government has turned the family home of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti in Abeokuta into a museum.

This was revealed by the Minister of information, culture and tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Ogun state Governor Ibikunle Amosun during a Wednesday visit to the family house located at NEPA Road in Isabo, Abeokuta.

The family twin-building which had been abandoned for long has now been named  ‘Heritage Museum and the move will help the government expand the creative industry in Ogun State.

Lai while speaking to Newsmen, commend the initiative, saying:

It is laudable in the sense that this is one of the most positive steps to actually put our rhetorics into action.

“We have always said that one of the important assets we have is our cultural heritage, our history and this project, which is going to immortalise the Ransome-Kuti family, is laudable and admirable.

“The family, as you know, represents different things to different people, whether you talk about education, emancipation, music or entertainment.

“Therefore, this attempt by the government at immortalising the family by preserving and restoring the ancestral home is very commendable.

“The emphasis of this government, whether state or federal, is that the creative industry must be turned into creative economy and this centre is going to be a good model to encourage and inspire the youth.”

Addressing journalists, Governor Amosun also said: “The creative industry should be turned to a creative economy – we are going have museums for all of them, it is not just the Kuti family alone.

All our icons have a special place in our administration. These are the people who define us, when we go out there and say we are from Ogun State. We can’t call ourselves who we say we are without those giants who lived before us.

“They laid the foundation that we are all building upon and clearly, the Kuti family is one of those illustrious families that conquered the world, not only Ogun State or Abeokuta or Nigeria.

“Fela was far ahead of his time. For us, it will be in our interest to let people know his origin, his root". The governor stated.

With the building already undergoing reconstruction, the governor also promised to deliver the project come 2018.

See photo of the family home in Abeokuta below..

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'Aisha Buhari didn't request for any vehicle from IGP' – Nigeria Police Force says

The Nigerian Police Force has denied allegations made by Sen. Hammed Misau that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, bought two SUVs for the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari's personal use. Misau made the allegations when he appeared before the Senate committee investigating him and the IG.

He reportedly said that Aisha Buhari through her ADC asked the IGP for a Sienna and Hiace for personal use, but she was given the two SUVs for her private use.” In a statement released this afternoon, the police said the allegation by Misau were baseless and totally untrue and outright falsehood.

The statement reads...

1. 'The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to publications in the Daily Trust Newspaper of 26th October, 2017, page 3 captioned “Misau Accuses IGP Of Buying 2 Jeeps For Buhari’s Wife” and “IGP Idris Manipulated His Retirement Age, Says Misau” on Page 3 of The Nation of October 26th 2017” credited to Senator Isa Hamma Misau and written by Ismail Mudashir and Onyedi Ojiabor of Daily Trust and Nation Newspapers respectively.

2. The two reports were studied and found out to be an outright falsehood, misleading, unfounded, a deliberate attempt to misinform the public and drag the name of the Wife of the President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs Aishat Buhari and that of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni into a controversy.

3. It is pertinent to state that at no time did the Wife of the President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs Aishat Buhari requested directly or indirectly for vehicles for her use from the Inspector General of Police and no vehicle whether Jeep or SUV has ever been given for her personal use.

4. To set the record straight and disabuse the minds of the public most especially those who must have read the story, that the Inspector General of Police is empowered by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the Police Act and Regulations, precisely Section 215 (1)(a&b) and (2) “The Nigeria Police Force shall be under the command of the Inspector General Police“ and the Deployment and Control of the entire Operations of the Force including allocation of Police vehicles for operational use throughout the country shall be under the purview of the IGP.

5. It is within the powers of the Inspector General of Police as stated above that when on the 17th January, 2017, SP Sani M Baba –Inna, the ADC “Wife of the President” Federal Republic of Nigeria requested for Two (2) vehicles for Police Personnel in the convoy of Wife of the President for convoy movement and security purposes. Two (2) Police Vehicles (i) A Toyota Sienna Bus with Reg. No. NPF 2406D (ii) A Toyota Hiace Bus with Reg. No. NPF 3363D were approved by the Inspector General of Police to the ADC “Wife of the President” SP Sani M Baba –Inna for the purposes requested and not to the person of the Wife of the President or for her personal use as alleged by Misau.

6. The Nigeria Police Force categorically wishes to state that all the allegations made by Misau against the Inspector General of Police and the Wife of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria of buying two (2) Jeeps for the Wife of the Presidents as reported in some media are baseless, untrue and done in bad faith to misinform and mislead the Public. Members of the Public are hereby strongly enjoined to discountenance and disregard the report in its entirety.

7. On IGP’s retirement age, Misau’s allegations were ill-motive, for avoidance of doubt, the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, Force Secretary Office wrote the Chairman, Police Service Commission on the 18th of January, 2017 drawing the attention of the Commission to the observation on the current Staff List of Senior Police Officers whereby the date of birth of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni was incorrectly stated as 3/01/1959 instead of the actual date 15/01/1959. All documents and records of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni has 15/01/1959 as his date of birth except the staff list Senior Police Officers and this is the reason why the approval of the Honourable Chairman, Police Service Commission for correction of the error was sought in this regard.

8. The difference of dates between 3/01/1959 and 15/01/1959 is just Twelve (12) days which is very insignificant in Thirty Five (35) years that a public servant can be in service. Attached is letter Ref No. CH.7080/FS/FHQ/ABJ/SUB.3/30 dated 18th January, 2017 written by the Force Secretary to the Honourable Chairman Police Service Commission on the subject matter for media ease of reference.

9. Furthermore, the Public will note that Issa Hamma Misau deliberately refused to prove the allegations he previously levelled against the Inspector General of Police on the floor of the Senate for which he was invited by the Senate Ad-hoc Committee but instead brought up other falsehoods to distract the Committee and the members of the Public.

10. The Nigeria Police Force is assuring the media of its support and continued cooperation in ensuring a crime free society and credible reportage. The print media are implored not to allow the pages of their esteemed Newspapers to be used to champion campaign of calumny capable of causing disaffections between the Force and the Public or that can cast aspersions on the hard earned integrity of the leadership of the Force.

11. The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni, will not be distracted or deterred by mischievous and misguided individual(s) from carrying out his statutory responsibilities for the benefit of the entire Police Personnel and all Nigerians that we serve.
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Drama as Family of ex-pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina, threaten to expose the cabal behind their son's travail

The family of wanted former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, yesterday had a press conference in Kaduna state where they condemned in its clear terms the attacks their son has been facing of recent. Aliyu Maina, the spokesperson of the family, told newsmen that it was some officials in the Buhari-led administration that contacted their son to help them come and redeem the civil service. They wondered why the government officials are now denying their son.

"You must have noticed the recent attempt by some cabal to ridicule and tarnish the image of the Maina family in the media where our brother, Abdulrasheed Maina has been blackmailed as a fraudster. The cabals have gone to the extent of marking our house in red paints with an inscription of E.F.C.C under investigation. 

"The EFCC is wrong in their action because Abdulrasheed inherited so many properties from his late father in Kaduna and Abuja, some of them were built before he was born so how could he have acquired them fraudulently. The entire family of Abdullahi Maina is categorically stating that our son is not in any way a fraudster, rather he is a messiah who brought reforms into Nigerian Pension Scheme, whose effort saw the disappearance of pensioners roaming the streets of Abuja and other state capital in Nigeria. 

"It is on record that Abdulrasheed Maina's reform put to a stop the fraudulent withdrawals of huge sums from both the Nigerian Pension Board, the Nigerian Police Pension Board etc. Perhaps it is this noble efforts that made him enviable to the present administration when they came into power to convince him to comeback and assist in its "Change" agenda.  

"We are aware that all this act of calumny is not targeted against Abdulrasheed Maina alone but against the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria and the office of the Attorney General. We have contacted our lawyers Messr Mamma Nasir & Co and instructed them to act appropriately. We equally know that Abdulrasheed Maina is in possession of many facts that is against the cabal and interesting to the Nigerian populace, which he will disclose very soon". He said.

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Senator Dino Melaye goes on his knees in the senate, pleading with his colleagues to save Kogi state | Photo

Dino Melaye who represents Kogi West Senatorial district yesterday went on his knees, pleading with his colleagues to save the people of Kogi state as they are currently in hard times. He told his colleagues that civil servants in the state are being owed many months salaries. He made reference to the director in the state civil service, Edward Soje, who was owed 11 months salary and of recent committed suicide after his wife of 17 years welcomed a set of male triplets. He therefore called on his colleague to urgently intervene, so the workers could be paid by the governor Yahaya Bello.

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

"He's 'debasing our nation"- Republican Bob Corker blasts Trump | See Trump responds on Twitter

Following Republican Senator Jeff Flakes blast of Donald Trump on the floor of the senate on Tuesday, another Republican Senator, Bob Coker had also lambasted the United States President earlier on the same day.

On Tuesday morning Senator Bob Corker blamed Donald Trump of "debasing" the country with "untruths" and "name-calling". This feud between Trump and Bob Corker sullied a policy lunch with Republican senators on Tuesday.

The lunch was meant to be a unifying moment for Republicans to rally around tax reform, but the war of words between Trump and Corker instead revealed the deep fault lines that exist between some elements of the party and the president.

Corker told reporters ahead of Trump’s arrival on Capitol Hill for the lunch: "You would think he would aspire to be the president of the United States and act like a president of the United States. But that’s just not going to be the case, apparently."

Trump arrived on Capitol Hill just after 1 p.m. where he was greeted by the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, with whom Trump has also quarreled. As the men walked to the policy lunch, a protester threw some small Russian flags at the president and shouted: "Trump is treason".

Despite what happened before Trump and Corker went in for the meeting, several senators said their tussle did not arise during the discussion, which focused on taxes, trade and judicial nominees as members dined on meatloaf and cherry pie.

Leaving the meeting, Corker told reporters: "I ate my lunch like I normally do at policy. I normally don’t speak much at policy. It was a normal day."

The rebuke from Republican senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake are said to be the fiercest rebukes of the president yet from members of his own party.

The war of words with the president and Corker played out across Twitter and cable TV in the hours prior to the lunch but was left out of the policy lunch. Corker, the chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, said world leaders were "very aware" that much of what Trump said "is untrue". The president, he told CNN, was "debasing our nation" and "has great difficulty with the truth on many issues".

Corker wrote on social media himself, tweeting: "Same untruths from an utterly untruthful president. #AlertTheDaycareStaff."

That was a reference to a comment he made earlier this month, when he said: "It’s a shame the White House has become an adult daycare center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning."

Corker was considered for both vice-president and secretary of state and was a key Trump ally during much of the 2016 campaign. He has since become a vocal critic, claiming Trump could be setting the nation on a path to a third world war.

Just like Jeff Flakes, Corker has revealed he will not run for re-election after his tenure ends. He later took to Twitter to praise his colleague Flakes for his speech criticising Trump.

He wrote: .@JeffFlake is a true conservative, an outstanding senator and a cherished friend."

Meanwhile, as expected, Trump has taken to his favorite news site, Twitter, to call out both senators.

See Trump's tweets below...

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"Mr President, I rise today to say: Enough" - Republican Senator Jeff Flake shades Trump in blistering speech

Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican Senator, shades the United States President, Donald Trump in a blistering speech given on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday.

Flake noted that he can't be "complicit or silent" to what the present government is up to because according to him, he had "children and grandchildren to answer to.". He further reveal that he will not go for re-election after his current term ends in early 2019.

In what could be described as a passionate address to fellow senators, and TV cameras, Jeff lamented the White House’s "reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior " which he said was "dangerous to a democracy". Jeff, who is the same Republican with Donald Trump, went on to accuse the United States President of having a "disregard for truth and decency".

He warned about the changes in the political climate, which he referred to as "the new normal" and said his colleagues must stop pretending those changes are normal because they are not. He further urge them not to embrace the "new normal."

Following Mr Flake's speech, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the speech "petty" and also suggested his departure from the Senate was probably for the best "based on the lack of support that he has from the people of Arizona".

"Mr. President, I rise today to say: Enough" - Republican senator Jeff Flake blasts Donald Trump in blistering speech

Below is the full transcript of Jeff Flake's speech blasting Trump:

Mr. President, I rise today to address a matter that has been much on my mind, at a moment when it seems that our democracy is more defined by our discord and our dysfunction than it is by our values and our principles. Let me begin by noting a somewhat obvious point that these offices that we hold are not ours to hold indefinitely. We are not here simply to mark time. Sustained incumbency is certainly not the point of seeking office. And there are times when we must risk our careers in favor of our principles.

Now is such a time.

It must also be said that I rise today with no small measure of regret. Regret, because of the state of our disunion, regret because of the disrepair and destructiveness of our politics, regret because of the indecency of our discourse, regret because of the coarseness of our leadership, regret for the compromise of our moral authority, and by our – all of our – complicity in this alarming and dangerous state of affairs. It is time for our complicity and our accommodation of the unacceptable to end.

In this century, a new phrase has entered the language to describe the accommodation of a new and undesirable order – that phrase being “the new normal.” But we must never adjust to the present coarseness of our national dialogue – with the tone set at the top.

We must never regard as “normal” the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals. We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country - the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms, and institutions, the flagrant disregard for truth or decency, the reckless provocations, most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons, reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with the fortunes of the people that we have all been elected to serve.

None of these appalling features of our current politics should ever be regarded as normal. We must never allow ourselves to lapse into thinking that this is just the way things are now. If we simply become inured to this condition, thinking that this is just politics as usual, then heaven help us. Without fear of the consequences, and without consideration of the rules of what is politically safe or palatable, we must stop pretending that the degradation of our politics and the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They are not normal.

Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as “telling it like it is,” when it is actually just reckless, outrageous, and undignified.

And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else: It is dangerous to a democracy. Such behavior does not project strength – because our strength comes from our values. It instead projects a corruption of the spirit, and weakness.

It is often said that children are watching. Well, they are. And what are we going to do about that? When the next generation asks us, Why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up? -- what are we going to say?

Mr. President, I rise today to say: Enough. We must dedicate ourselves to making sure that the anomalous never becomes normal. With respect and humility, I must say that we have fooled ourselves for long enough that a pivot to governing is right around the corner, a return to civility and stability right behind it. We know better than that. By now, we all know better than that.

Here, today, I stand to say that we would better serve the country and better fulfill our obligations under the constitution by adhering to our Article 1 “old normal” – Mr. Madison’s doctrine of the separation of powers. This genius innovation which affirms Madison’s status as a true visionary and for which Madison argued in Federalist 51 – held that the equal branches of our government would balance and counteract each other when necessary. “Ambition counteracts ambition,” he wrote.

But what happens if ambition fails to counteract ambition? What happens if stability fails to assert itself in the face of chaos and instability? If decency fails to call out indecency? Were the shoe on the other foot, would we Republicans meekly accept such behavior on display from dominant Democrats? Of course not, and we would be wrong if we did.

When we remain silent and fail to act when we know that that silence and inaction is the wrong thing to do – because of political considerations, because we might make enemies, because we might alienate the base, because we might provoke a primary challenge, because ad infinitum, ad nauseam – when we succumb to those considerations in spite of what should be greater considerations and imperatives in defense of the institutions of our liberty, then we dishonor our principles and forsake our obligations. Those things are far more important than politics.

Now, I am aware that more politically savvy people than I caution against such talk. I am aware that a segment of my party believes that anything short of complete and unquestioning loyalty to a president who belongs to my party is unacceptable and suspect.

If I have been critical, it not because I relish criticizing the behavior of the president of the United States. If I have been critical, it is because I believe that it is my obligation to do so, as a matter of duty and conscience. The notion that one should stay silent as the norms and values that keep America strong are undermined and as the alliances and agreements that ensure the stability of the entire world are routinely threatened by the level of thought that goes into 140 characters - the notion that one should say and do nothing in the face of such mercurial behavior is ahistoric and, I believe, profoundly misguided.

A Republican president named Roosevelt had this to say about the president and a citizen’s relationship to the office:

The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile.” President Roosevelt continued. “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

Acting on conscience and principle is the manner in which we express our moral selves, and as such, loyalty to conscience and principle should supersede loyalty to any man or party. We can all be forgiven for failing in that measure from time to time. I certainly put myself at the top of the list of those who fall short in that regard. I am holier-than-none. But too often, we rush not to salvage principle but to forgive and excuse our failures so that we might accommodate them and go right on failing—until the accommodation itself becomes our principle.

In that way and over time, we can justify almost any behavior and sacrifice almost any principle. I’m afraid that is where we now find ourselves.

When a leader correctly identifies real hurt and insecurity in our country and instead of addressing it goes looking for somebody to blame, there is perhaps nothing more devastating to a pluralistic society. Leadership knows that most often a good place to start in assigning blame is to first look somewhat closer to home. Leadership knows where the buck stops. Humility helps. Character counts. Leadership does not knowingly encourage or feed ugly and debased appetites in us.

Leadership lives by the American creed: E Pluribus Unum. From many, one. American leadership looks to the world, and just as Lincoln did, sees the family of man. Humanity is not a zero-sum game. When we have been at our most prosperous, we have also been at our most principled. And when we do well, the rest of the world also does well.

These articles of civic faith have been central to the American identity for as long as we have all been alive. They are our birthright and our obligation. We must guard them jealously, and pass them on for as long as the calendar has days. To betray them, or to be unserious in their defense is a betrayal of the fundamental obligations of American leadership. And to behave as if they don’t matter is simply not who we are.

Now, the efficacy of American leadership around the globe has come into question. When the United States emerged from World War II we contributed about half of the world’s economic activity. It would have been easy to secure our dominance, keeping the countries that had been defeated or greatly weakened during the war in their place. We didn’t do that. It would have been easy to focus inward. We resisted those impulses.

Instead, we financed reconstruction of shattered countries and created international organizations and institutions that have helped provide security and foster prosperity around the world for more than 70 years.

Now, it seems that we, the architects of this visionary rules-based world order that has brought so much freedom and prosperity, are the ones most eager to abandon it.

The implications of this abandonment are profound. And the beneficiaries of this rather radical departure in the American approach to the world are the ideological enemies of our values. Despotism loves a vacuum. And our allies are now looking elsewhere for leadership. Why are they doing this? None of this is normal. And what do we as United States Senators have to say about it?

The principles that underlie our politics, the values of our founding, are too vital to our identity and to our survival to allow them to be compromised by the requirements of politics. Because politics can make us silent when we should speak, and silence can equal complicity.

I have children and grandchildren to answer to, and so, Mr. President, I will not be complicit.

I have decided that I will be better able to represent the people of Arizona and to better serve my country and my conscience by freeing myself from the political considerations that consume far too much bandwidth and would cause me to compromise far too many principles.

To that end, I am announcing today that my service in the Senate will conclude at the end of my term in early January 2019.

It is clear at this moment that a traditional conservative who believes in limited government and free markets, who is devoted to free trade, and who is pro-immigration, has a narrower and narrower path to nomination in the Republican party – the party that for so long has defined itself by belief in those things.

It is also clear to me for the moment we have given in or given up on those core principles in favor of the more viscerally satisfying anger and resentment. To be clear, the anger and resentment that the people feel at the royal mess we have created are justified. But anger and resentment are not a governing philosophy.

There is an undeniable potency to a populist appeal – but mischaracterizing or misunderstanding our problems and giving in to the impulse to scapegoat and belittle threatens to turn us into a fearful, backward-looking people. In the case of the Republican party, those things also threaten to turn us into a fearful, backward-looking minority party.

We were not made great as a country by indulging or even exalting our worst impulses, turning against ourselves, glorying in the things which divide us, and calling fake things true and true things fake. And we did not become the beacon of freedom in the darkest corners of the world by flouting our institutions and failing to understand just how hard-won and vulnerable they are.

This spell will eventually break. That is my belief. We will return to ourselves once more, and I say the sooner the better. Because to have a healthy government we must have healthy and functioning parties. We must respect each other again in an atmosphere of shared facts and shared values, comity and good faith.

We must argue our positions fervently, and never be afraid to compromise. We must assume the best of our fellow man, and always look for the good. Until that day comes, we must be unafraid to stand up and speak out as if our country depends on it. Because it does.

I plan to spend the remaining fourteen months of my senate term doing just that.

Mr. President, the graveyard is full of indispensable men and women -- none of us here is indispensable. Nor were even the great figures from history who toiled at these very desks in this very chamber to shape this country that we have inherited. What is indispensable are the values that they consecrated in Philadelphia and in this place, values which have endured and will endure for so long as men and women wish to remain free. What is indispensable is what we do here in defense of those values. A political career doesn’t mean much if we are complicit in undermining those values.

I thank my colleagues for indulging me here today, and will close by borrowing the words of President Lincoln, who knew more about healing enmity and preserving our founding values than any other American who has ever lived. His words from his first inaugural were a prayer in his time, and are no less so in ours:

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Thank you, Mr. President. I yield the floor.

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Mimi Haleyi claims Harvey Weinstein ripped her tampon out and performed oral s*x on her while on her period

A woman has comes forth to say how uncontroled Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein forcefully removed her tampon, and then forcibly had oral sex on her.

Mimi Haleyi claimed she was assaulted by Weinstein in a children's bedroom in his New York City home in 2006 when she was still in her twenties. At the time, she was an aspiring production assistant. She was hoping to work in television and film production when she was first introduced to him at the London premiere of The Aviator.

Harvey Weinstein helped her get experience on the set of a TV show being produced by The Weinstein Company, however, it came at a price. He repeatedly hassled her and even tried to force himself through her front door in an effort to get her to join him on a trip to Paris. When she thought she had put an end to his advances, she agreed to visit his New York loft apartment with the aim of keeping a good relationship with the powerful producer but he quickly began making sexual advances and "backed" her into a bedroom covered in children's drawings.

Mimi while speaking during a press conference in New York, said: "I told him 'no, no, no'. But he insisted. He wouldn't take no for an answer. He held me down on the bed. I tried to get away, I tried to get him off of me and kept asking him to stop but it was impossible.

"He was extremely persistent and physically overpowering. He then orally forced himself on me, while I was on my period. He even pulled my tampon out. I was mortified."

Through tears, she added: "I would not have wanted anyone to do that to me, even if the person had been a romantic partner."

Her lawyer Gloria Allred, who is representing "numerous" complainants against Weinstein, described the alleged incident as "a new low". Ms Allred said the allegation may fall outside of the time limit required by law for a prosecution in the state but said her client would aid police with their inquiries.

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