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February 22, 2017

“GAMBLING: THE NEW SOCIAL ILL” – A REJOINDER

Let me use this medium to react to the editorial in The Leader newspaper of Sunday, June 5 2016 (p.2) with the above caption. After a careful perusal of the write-up, I quickly deduced that the writer wrote from the point of view of gambling and not lottery. Gambling and lottery are quite opposed to one another. For the sake of clarity, let us try to define the two concepts. The Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary defined gamble as playing games of chance, etc. for money. It further described gamble as risking money by investing in something. This same source defined…

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Trumpism as The Trump-Card of Eroding Western Civilisation (1)

PREAMBLE In this article, we shall attempt at focusing chiefly on Donald Trump and by extension delineate, succinctly, the preponderant negative impact of radicalism or fanaticism on the world. Indeed, on how the world seem to be stung to a stage of stupor by the alarming influence of an apparently infinitesimal percentage of a group of people who seem better organised and truculently systematic in executing their programme of engulfing the rest of humanity like the amoeba. Some ideas expressed in this article that touch on fanaticism are apologies to Dr. Emmanuel Tanya, a well-known, German psychiatrist.   TRUMPISM For…

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FG recovers $151m, N8bn looted funds through whistleblower policy

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said the Federal Government’s Whistle blowing policy has yielded $151million and N8billion in looted funds. In a statement signed by Segun Adeyemi, the Special Assistant to the Minister, Alhaji Mohammed said the looted funds were recovered via the clues provided by three whistleblowers who gave actionable information to the office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation. The biggest amount of $136,676,600.51 was recovered from an account in a commercial bank, where the money was kept under an apparently fake account name. This was followed by the recovery of N7…

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Another terrorist group, Muslim Brotherhood plotting to bomb banks, barracks, prisons – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, last week alerted Nigerians of an alleged plot by Boko Haram affiliate, Muslim Brotherhood Cell in Kogi State, to launch a deadly attack on banks, arm depots and prisons across the nation. In a statement signed by his Special Assistant, Segun Ayeyemi, Mohammed disclosed that the Cell was planning to acquire bomb-making chemicals and high-calibre weapons which it intends to use in perpetrating the act. According to the statement made available to DAILY POST, the Minister revealed that intelligence monitoring had shown that the cell was making frantic efforts in advancing its…

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Imo Poly Rector briefs press on forthcoming Convocation

The management of Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo has set aside February 23 and 24 as days for the school’s 5th Convocation ceremony. The Rector, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Wence Madu who disclosed this on Wednesday February 15 in a press briefing at the school’s conference hall stated that the convocation would be for students of the 2005 to 2016 sessions.  He  noted that the event would feature reward of students’ performances. This he said would be “demonstrated by giving of prizes to best students of various departments in the institution.” The rector who on behalf of the school management, staff…

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Culture of Rumours

A culture of rumours is growing in our nation and this is damaging and downright ugly. In this day of rapid technology, it is ridiculous that any nation should choose, directly or indirectly, to encourage rumour mongering. Those who invent the rumours understand the extent of our gullibility. They know Nigerians love small talks and gossip. Those who set off the rumour mill understand our tendency to laugh at just about anything and swallow information without filtering. So they mislead and keep us busy chasing shadow. If those who manage Government information are professional and pro-active, we will have less…

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Jewish/Igbo relationship: Jewish scientists storm Nnewi to conduct DNA test

Ikedife Hospital located along Igwe Orizu Road, Otolo-Nnewi, Anambra State is playing host to Jewish scientists, who are in Nnewi to conduct Deoxyribonucleic Acid, DNA, test on interested citizens there to determine the Jewish relationship with Igbos. Hundreds of people trooped out in their numbers, yesterday, to participate in DNA test to ascertain the validity of the claims that the Igbo migrated from that part of the world. As early as 7.00 am people had started arriving from every part of Igboland to take part in the cell screening exercise, while a few policemen were seen in the hospital premises…

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Police display N111m cash INEC officials allegedly received from Rivers government

Police on Tuesday announced the recovery of more than N111 million from electoral officials alleged to have been bribed by Rivers state government. The money was part of the sum allegedly disbursed during the December 10 rerun polls for legislative elections in the state. An investigative panel set up by the Inspector-General of Police presented its report in Abuja. The panel said the money was recovered from 23 suspects allegedly bribed to rig the polls. Chairman of the panel, DCP Damian Okoro disclosed that,” the sum total of N111.3 million was recovered from 23 electoral officials out of N360m. ”Some…

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How BVN fraudster duped woman in Orlu

Bank Verification Number – BVN is a biometric identification system introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria to curb or reduce illegal banking transactions in Nigeria. It is a modern security measure in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria Decree to reduce fraud in the Nigeria banking system. Most bank managements always caution their customers to avoid the disclosure of their BVN to anyone. A teacher in one of the primary schools in Orlu (name withheld) was last Sunday thrown into a state of confusion after receiving an  alert from the bank she operates that a withdrawal has been…

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Buhari: Presidency reveals location of Nigeria’s leader

Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, has urged Nigerians to dismiss speculations on the whereabouts of his principal. He stated that Buhari is at the Nigerian High Commission in the United Kingdom and not in a hospital or a secret location. “I just spoke to the president’s personal doctor, and he told me President Buhari is not in any serious condition as to worry about,” Premium Times quoted him. “He is not in hospital. He is in the residence at the Nigerian High Commission.” He said Buhari was getting ready to return to…

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JESUS CHRIST OUR TRUE AND BEST LOVER

The 14th February every Year has come to be known across the World as Valentine Day or Lover’s Day. For those who know that St. Valentine, a Catholic Priest, was martyred in the cause of approving and celebrating true married love among young people, the 14th February on which day St. Valentine was killed has now become a special day to remember a caring lover of young people and a promoter of genuine love, especially married love. For those who are just excited about the dream, idea and experience of love, Lover’s Day has become a day to dream, to…

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Trump’s travel ban isn’t Islamophobic – UAE Foreign Minister

The United Arab Emirates’ foreign minister said President Donald Trump’s recent order barring citizens from seven countries to enter the country isn’t Islamophobic and doesn’t target a single religion. The order, which some media outlets have called a “Muslim ban,” isn’t actually that, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan told Al Jazeera TV. “The United States has taken a decision that is within the American sovereign decision,” he said in Abu Dhabi, the Muslim-majority country’s capital. “There are attempts to give the impression that this decision is directed against a particular religion, but what proves this talk to be incorrect…

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Nigeria is in trouble – Fani-Kayode reacts to Buhari’s decision to extend vacation indefinitely

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has said that the country is “in trouble,” after news broke out that President Muhammadu  Buhari has extended his vacation indefinitely. This was contained in a statement signed by the President’s Special Adviser on Media, Femi Adesina, who said his principal, has written to the National Assembly to notify them “of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors. “The President had planned to return to Abuja this evening, but was advised to complete the test cycle before returning….

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DG Imo Community Watch advises Opara Imo 2016 Winner, Others

The Director General Imo Community Watch, Pastor Frank Onwumere has congratulated the winner of the 2016 Opara Imo contest, Mr. Frank Onwumere jnr,  other winners of the competition and advised them to live up to expectation. Pastor Onwumere gave the advise while interacting with The Leader in his office recently at Ikemba Ojukwu Centre, Owerri. He observed that the contestants were drawn from the 27 local government areas of the state. The number of the contestants for the 2016 Opara and Ada Imo beauty pageant was recorded as 1018 participants. He expressed happiness that after a rigorous exercise to select…

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JAMB fraudsters invade Ekiti …Fleece unsuspecting candidate

Suspected fraudsters masquerading as accredited agents of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) have invaded Ekiti, fleecing unsuspecting candidates. While JAMB had yet to officially commence the sale of registration forms for the 2017 session, some young men who operate coaching centres and cyber cafes have taken advantage of the delay to defraud unsuspecting candidates. Investigations revealed that the suspected fraudsters have since September 2016, began registering unsuspecting candidates who approach them for special coaching and online registration for the tertiary institution examination. However, the suspected fraudsters met their Waterloo recently when officials of the Nigerian Civil and Security Defence…

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Osinbajo’s silence on Christians’ persecution worrisome

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Monday urged the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, to use his position to speak up against what it described as “a sustained persecution of Christians” in Nigeria. This was contained in a statement by the CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, in which he said Osinbajo’s silence was worrisome, warning that failure to act against the forces trying to silence Christians in the country could be disastrous. Ayokunle, in the statement signed by his Special Assistant (Media and Communication), Pastor Bayo Oladeji, listed the continuous killing of Christians, especially the recent Southern Kaduna massacres, failure…

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Imo Information Commissioner visits The Leader

…Sues for better Understanding, Communication …The Leader promises to continue to say the truth For two hours Monday, Commissioner of Information, Tourism and Public Utilities Engr. Obinna Nshirim and The Leader rubbed minds with each other in a bid to find ways of improving their relationship. The Commissioner who paid a courtesy call on The Leader, said the newspaper must clap for Government sometimes to celebrate its achievements. But the editor, Fr. Ray Nzereogu informed the commissioner it does not work that way. “If in every edition we praise the governor, we won’t be doing him any good. If we…

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Vampire’s escape: Fear grips Imo residents – Okorocha promises N5m reward …As Security agencies trade blames

Security agencies are trading blames over the escape of one of the most dreaded criminals in the country, Chibueze Henry a.k.a Vampire, at the premises of an Owerri High Court, Imo State, Friday January, 27. Prisons authorities under whose care the alleged serial killer and kidnapper was before the commando-like operation by his gang members believe that their men on ground were overwhelmed by the number of the attackers and did not get assistance from the police and other security men at the court premises. But the police, according to sources, simply see the development as the headache of the…

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Execution of Christians no longer acceptable, says Trump

U.S President, Donald Trump has remained resolute in his hedge-hammer especially on the Islamist terrorists, saying the wanton execution of Christians in the world would no longer be tolerated. President Trump who took to his twitter handle to state this also said that countries need strong borders because the terrorism happening in the world has made it a total mess. His twitter reads “Christians in the Middle-East have been executed in large numbers. We cannot allow this horror to continue! Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world…

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Abuja Archdiocese wants missing priest back, 16 months after kidnap

Rev. Fr. Gabriel Oyaka, 40, a Spiritan priest of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost,  who was kidnapped by yet unidentified persons 16 months ago, along the Lokoja-Okene-Auchi highway as he was travelling to Onitsha, Anambra State. Since then, nothing has been heard about him, nor whether he is dead or alive. Oyaka was kidnapped on September 7, 2016, as travelled in his blue Toyota Corolla car. He was alleged to have suddenly found himself blocked by some armed bandits, who searched the long queue of vehicles, until they identified him. He was also said to have been dragged into…

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