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  2. THE ROLLER-COASTER SITUATION BETWEEN BIG BROTHER NAIJA HOUSEMATES, TOBI AND CEE C CAME TO A PASSIONATE CLIMAX TODAY AFTER THEY WERE GIVEN A TASK TO DANCE TOGETHER. As they danced, she wept, prompting them to share a passionate kiss.Despite this, they lost the task. Later on, Tobi apologized to her for conspiring against her.If you recall, on Sunday, Tobi was given his second strike for conspiring to evict her from the show.
  3. Today
  4. The FIFA World Cup is less than 90 days away and international teams have started serious preparations to guarantee an exceptional performance at the grandest stage in world football. The 32 competitors will be looking forward to taking advantage of the final international break to improve team chemistry and finalize their squad selections before the June 14 kickoff. There are a number of big-time friendlies that will be played around the world with several teams facing their potential knock-out opponents. The national bosses will also be looking forward to the chance to test the quality of their squad against the best of teams that mirror their group stage opponents.
  5. Invention: Strange Aircraft land in Anambra

    A strange vehicle produced by a Nigerian was said to have landed in Ekwulobia, a city in Anambra state. People were seen watching effusively at the image observing if it was a vehicle or an aeroplane.
  6. 5 Ways to Save Your Mobile Data

    Where your data goes depends on how you use your phone. As smartphones get increasingly smarter, the amount of data they pull from the Internet is increasing. For example, as you get instant updates about what your friends are doing, no matter where you are or get weather warnings when you are out and about, it means that some apps on your phones are taking liberal chunks out of your mobile data. The fact that you are spending more time browsing the Internet, streaming music or video, will also gobble up your data in a hurry. Fortunately, your Android devices have many options to help you save mobile data and below are five ways you can do that: Get your Facebook to behave Facebook is one of the more ravenous apps when it comes to consuming your mobile data. However, there are a number of ways in which you can limit how much data Facebook uses, while still being able to check what your friends and family are up to. Start by opening the Facebook app and tapping the three horizontal lines icon at the top-right of the screen, then scroll down until you see App Settings. Tap this, then tap Autoplay. Facebook automatically plays videos when you view your timeline, and this can soak up a lot of mobile data; set this option to either On Wi-Fi Connections Only or Never Autoplay Videos. Use apps offline A good way of saving mobile data on Android is by finding out which of the apps have an offline mode. For example, Youtube enables you to save music and playlists to your device so you can listen to them without streaming. By making your most-played songs and playlists available offline, you could save yourself a lot of data, just make sure you download the songs while you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Apart from Youtube, other apps such as Google Maps will now work offline, so it is worth looking to see if your favourite apps feature an offline mode Make sure apps are not auto-updating There are apps that automatically download updates while not connected to a Wi-Fi network and this is another thing that eats up your data To make sure apps are not downloading these potentially large updates while you are away from home and using mobile data, open up the Google Play Store and swipe from the left-hand side of the screen to open the Google Play Store menu. Scroll down the menu and tap on Settings, then make sure that under ‘Auto-update apps,’ ‘Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only’ is selected. Limit how often apps sync, and what they update While you may want certain apps to continue to fetch data from the Internet, you can still limit the amount of mobile data they consume by setting how often they connect to the Internet to sync. For example, if you do not need to know straight away that you have got a new email, you can change your email app to only check for new emails every hour. Some email apps, such as Gmail, use push notifications for email, which means you cannot change how regularly they sync (as the app will tell you as soon as you get a new email), but you can prevent it from downloading images in emails while on mobile data. To do, this open up Settings and tap on ‘Data usage.’ Scroll down to find Gmail and tap on it, then tap on ‘App settings.’ Select the account you use with the Gmail app, then make sure there is a tick next to ‘Auto-download attachments to recent messages via WiFi.’ You can also tap on ‘Always show’ under where it says ‘Images’ and change it to ‘Ask before showing.’ Restrict background data Many apps will access the Internet while running in the background and only help themselves to small bits of data every now and again. However, if you have a lot of apps, this can soon add up, so you may find your data disappearing a lot faster than you’d like. There is an easy way to restrict which apps use your mobile data connection in the background. On the same page as the graph showing your data usage (also found by opening up Settings and tapping ‘Data usage’) you will see a list of apps arranged by how much data they have used. If you want to prevent an app from using data in the background, tap on it and select ‘Restrict app background data.’
  7. Yesterday
  8. TREY SONGZ SURRENDERS TO POLICE OVER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES American singer, Trey Songz has surrendered himself to the Los Angeles Police Department sequel to domestic violence charge. Trey Songz kept himself away from the public for a while, but now he has surrendered himself to LAPD on domestic violence charges early Monday morning. The news comes shortly after the singer released a statement on Twitter about the controversy. Trey is being accused of choking and punching ‘Andrea Buera’ at a Hollywood Hills party last month around the All-Star weekend but the singer maintains that he is “being lied on and falsely accused for someone’s personal gain.” TMZ reports that he was booked around 6 am and released at 8 am on a $50k bond. The investigation will go on.
  9. THE DEATH OF 4-YEAR-OLD ANIYA DAY-GARRETT HAS LEFT THE WORLD SHOCKED, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE OF THE TORTURE SHE SUFFERED AT THE HANDS OF HER MOTHER AND HER BOYFRIEND BEFORE SHE WAS KILLED. The death of 4-year-old Aniya Day-Garrett has left many shocked, especially because of the torture she suffered at the hands of her mother and her boyfriendbefore she was killed. Anya was allegedly beaten to death by her mother and her boyfriend. Prior to that, she was starved and had her feet and legs burned. As a result of the torture, the child died in Euclid Hospital in Cleveland on Sunday from a stroke. Medical examiners said the stroke was caused by repeated blows to the head. Her mother Sierra Day, 23, and Day’s boyfriend Deonte Lewis, 26, were charged with aggravated murder and held on $1 million bonds. Day and her boyfriend called 911 at about 11.30am on Sunday to report that Aniya was unresponsive and not breathing. Day claimed Aniya started “acting weird” when they took her to Red Lobster the previous Thursday and that she fell off a toilet seat on Sunday. She said her daughter was unable to keep food or water down and threw up Tylenol she gave her, then barely ate any breakfast the morning of her death. But when police arrived, they saw that Aniya’s skin appeared to be “extremely pale and lifeless,” and her face and neck were “very small and emaciated”. The toddler also had what appeared to be rug burn marks on her feet and legs and was so malnourished paramedics “could see the individual joints” of her fingers. Doctors then noticed a big bruise on her left eye which was nearly swollen shut, a cut above her left eyebrow, and scald marks on both legs. It has been revealed that Harbor Crest Child Care filed an abusing a minor report against Day in May 2017 allegedly documenting 18 months of injuries to Aniya. Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services also conducted three separate investigations into allegations of neglect last year. However, it concluded there was not enough evidence to remove the child from her mother’s home. Aniya’s father Mickhal Garrett had been fighting to gain custody of his daughter and made repeated complaints accusing Day and Lewis of harming and abusing the child. Day was scheduled to meet with a social worker on Monday, March 19 to discuss Mickhal Garrett’s petition for an emergency custody but Aniya was killed before then. As Day and boyfriend Lewis faced court on Tuesday, Aniya’s father jumped to his feet and screamed in anguish: “You killed my f***ing child! You hurt my baby.” He then collapsed into the arms of family members and sobbed uncontrollably. Garrett has accused Child Protective Service of failing him and his child. “We want them to be held accountable,” said Garrett. “CPS failed me. They failed us all. Nobody should have to go through this. So many people tried and tried to make sure Aniya Marie Garrett was safe and they failed our family.”
  10. Actress Lola Margaret Quietly Relocates To Ibadan After US Deportation Over Wire Fraud Nollywood actress, Lola Margaret has been deported back to Nigeria from the United States after having a run-in with the law over an alleged wire fraud case she was involved in… She was nabbed after being sighted in surveillance videos after consistently withdrawing huge amounts of money that was deposited into her account… Sources close to the actress alleged that she was initially released on condition that she reveals the identities of the persons she was working with which she did…. Sources also say the actress has since been released and deported back to Nigeria and the actress has quietly relocated to Ibadan from Lagos where she formerly resided.
  11. The great Oluwo of Iwo appears to be leading the cause of buying locally-made goods in order to grow the local currency, naira. The Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi recently visited the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos State to attend an event and he brought his locally-made exotic vehicle. According to an eye witness, the beautiful SUV which shares a similar resemblance with a Mercedes Benz product, G-Wagon caused a stir due to the fact that it was made by Nigeria’s only indigenous vehicle production company – Innoson Motors. The vehicle had a customized plate number announcing his royal status. Students gathered around the black SUV in admiration as some others took pictures also. The vehicle has been described as a technological breakthrough in Nigeria especially at a time when the current government is seeking to effectively diversity the Nigerian economy and avoid over reliance on oil.
  12. Leading Global Reputation-Management Consulting Company, Reputation Poll has released its inaugural list of 100 Most Reputable Africans and Nigeria has the largest number of reputable persons in the list. Nigeria leads the list with 21 individuals while South Africa, Kenya, and Ghana, follow respectively. The Nigerians on the list include: Prof Yemi Osibanjo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Fela Durotoye, Ngozi Okojo-Iweala, Obiageli Ezekwesili, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Amina J Mohammed, Chris Oyakhilome, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Cardinal Francis Arinze, Tony Elumelu, Akinwumi Adesina, Chris Imafidon, David Oyedepo, John Momoh (founder Channels TV), Paul Enenche, Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, Mosun Bello-Olusoga. The list features individuals from diverse sectors including: Leadership, Entertainment, Advocacy, Education and Business. It has representation from 33 African Countries with 55 males and 45 females. See the full list below.
  13. Troops of Mobile Strike Team II deployed in Kaduna arrested a notorious gun runner and recovered 2 AK 47 assault rifles with 38 rounds of 7.62mm special while on clearance operation at suspected armed bandits hideout in Rigachikun general area of Kaduna State on 19 March 2018. Due to criminal activities taking place at the Rigachikun forest and environ the Army placed high surveillance in the general area to deny criminal freedom of operation. The success recorded so far is a proactive measures taking by the Army to dominate the general area and fish out criminals that are carrying out kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling.
  14. Suspected armed bandits have killed at least 8 people in an attack on Dogon Daji village in Maru local government area of Zamfara state. The attack came barely two weeks after a notorious cattle rustling kingpin called Buharin Daji was killed by one of the repentant bandits and his close associate known as Dogo Gide. Last month, 41 people were killed in an attack on Birane village by the suspected armed bandits in Zurmi local government area of the state. According to Daily Trust, a resident, Yusha’u Bingi said 7 persons were buried in the village adding that some residents were also abducted by the armed bandits. A former councillor identified as Musa Umar Bini who represented Bingi, the political ward of Dogon Daji village told Daily Trust that information reaching him indicated that 8 residents were killed in the attack. He said the armed bandits had earlier attempted to attack Bozaya, Tungar Rakumi, Dibgawa and Danbore villages all in Maru local government area of the state. He added that the armed bandits have been intercepting and killing residents around the communities in the area ever since the notorious cattle rustling kingpin called Buharin Daji was killed.
  15. Here are exquisite pictures of the Isiebu country home of Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Araraume named ‘Ugwumba Villa’ in Okigwe area of Imo state. Ik Ogbonna, the media aide to the governorship aspirant on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Araraume, shared the photos online as he wrote; Sen Ifeanyi Araraume bears the chieftaincy title of Ugwumba Okigwe bestowed on him by the traditional rulers of Okigwe Zone and christened his home in his village, Isiebu in Isiala Mbano, UGWUMBA VILLA. A first time visitor to the village would be confused if they are still within Owerri municipality with the well connected tarred roads with drainage attracted by the Senator during his glorious sojourn in the Senate. Coming into Ugwumba Villa proper, you are amazed again by the expansive compound, well lit, neat, aesthetically pleasing, organized and natural environment surrounded by trees and flower’s giving an ambience of serenity. From the marked car parks, to the well mowed grass, lawn flowers, freshly painted structures, well lit compound, tarred roads that has lasted over 10 yrs without potholes. A man indeed cannot give what he doesn’t have. Sen Ifeanyi Araraume is an organized man, a stickler for excellence, neatness and due process. A man who doesn’t take half measures or believe in cutting corners. You won’t find pure water sachets, papers littered around or dirt within his premises. Imagine Ugwumba Villa, imagine what Imo will look like from May 29th, 2019. A state with roads and physical infrastructures that will stand the test of time, with well paved streets, running taps, adherence to rule of law and due process, probity and accountability. A government that will mean what it says, and say what it means. Ik Ogbonna anipr, Special Adviser to Senator Ifeanyi Araraume on Media
  16. ISIS fanatics have targeted Lionel Messi in their latest propaganda poster promoting terror attacks at the Russia World Cup this summer. The photoshopped image shows the Barcelona and Argentina star on his knees wearing an orange Guantanamo Bay-style jumpsuit, often seen worn by victims in the terrorists’ execution videos. Messi is depicted on his knees inside Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium – venue for the World Cup final – with a masked jihadi to his left and the threat ‘so strike them upon the necks and strike from them every fingertips’ emblazoned above them. The official logo for the tournament has been altered to make it look like the world cup and the number eight in 2018 has been damaged. Sticks of dynamite can also be seen resting up against the halfway-line flag in the picture as the jihadi holds Messi’s hair with one hand and gestures with his other hand. It’s not the first time the five-time world footballer of the year has been targeted by ISIS. In October another poster emerged showing the Barcelona star behind bars in an attempt by terror fanatics to spread fear ahead of the the tournament in Russia. It came after another chilling poster showed a terrorist armed with a gun and explosives near a football stadium in Russia along with the words: ‘I swear that the Mujahideen’s fire will burn you… just you wait’. According to SITE, which monitors terror activity, pro-ISIS group the Wafa’ Media Foundation, published the World Cup warning in the wake of another recent threat.
  17. Manchester United are plotting a £40m move for Ryan Sessegnon this summer to replace embattled Luke Shaw, The Sun reports. According to sources, the England international feels Jose Mourinho is freezing him out and is thinking about complaining to Manchester United chief Ed Woodward, The former Southampton defender was substituted at half time during Saturday’s FA Cup quarter final 2-0 win over Brighton at Old Trafford. Mourinho said he had taken Shaw off because he failed to follow his tactical instructions in the tense match against Brighton. The 22-year-old had to wait until December for his first Premier League start of the season, but then started 2018 by playing five of United’s seven games because of Ashley Young’s suspension. The Sun reported that United have made enquiries on Sessegnon, and has been watched by United in his last three outings for Fulham as they prepare for a potential offer in the summer. The 17-year-old has been attracting interest from all of the top Premier League teams, with Tottenham also tracking the Fulham player. This means that the £80,000-a-week player could be heading for the exit, and his chances of making it to through to the World Cup with England is slim. United will play Tottenham in a semi final FA Cup clash as it is their only chance of a silverware this season after been knocked in the Champions League by Sevilla.a
  18. PSquare: You Played Yourselves

    A reunion seem an emotional response to the breakup but few months down the line, the clamor is no longer valid. What happened? Life happened. Just when we thought we couldn’t live with the pain of seeing our favorite twins split up, like water under the river, the sentiment got swept away. Our favorite singing duo of PSquare allowed family feud to separate the legendary music group highly revered and respected all over Africa. Peter wasted no time in dropping singles one after the other. Paul took his time and eventually released his own songs but like Peter before him, their songs never hit the heights expected. No charts topping songs, no club hit, no heavy radio and tv rotations for the duo and the fans doesn’t care much. Is the magic touch in the power of two? Is the wand no longer potent? From all indications, Peter is not PSquare and Paul is not PSquare. Do we still want to see a reunion? Will they ever attain the status of dominance they once had? Questions after questions but the more you look at it, the less you see a return to prominence. Life’s lesson resides in this. No one stays prominent forever and It’s so easy to go from 100 to 50 in the Nigerian music industry. Would the twins ever stage a reunion and will that rejuvenate their careers? Only time will tell.a
  19. An 18-year-old man, Agugu Adau, who allegedly killed his mother for refusing to hand over a ‘disappearing’ charm he claimed was his inheritance, appeared before a Plateau State High Court on Tuesday. Adau, a resident of Kisaghyip village in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau, was charged with culpable homicide. The police prosecutor, Mr U.F Okeke, told the court that the accused allegedly committed the offence on Dec. 29, 2016, saying that it contravened section 221 of the Penal Code and was punishable with death upon conviction. The accused, in his plea, pleaded guilty to the crime and tried to explain how he killed his mother. Justice Nafisa Musa, after listening to his plea, however, entered a no-guilty plea for the accused. “In a capital offence, the burden of proof lies squarely on the prosecution. The position of criminal jurisprudence requires the prosecution to assemble all its witnesses to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused person committed the crime,” the judge said. The judge also noted that the accused person had no counsel, and advised him to get one. She adjourned the matter to May 9, for hearing.
  20. A Nigerian cleric has predicted death in the circle of Nollywood actors urging them to be prayerful to avert the impending doom. Prophet Dr Faleyimu Olagoroye is a popular man of God and the founder of Mountain of Blessing and Miracle Church of Christ. Over the years, he has been churning out prophesies about what will happen in a particular year before it happens. One of which is the sudden death of the numerous showbiz stars that the industry experienced in 2016, especially in the Yoruba movie genre of Nollywood. The man of God revealed a lot this year to but what concerns us most is that of our 5 Nollywood stars whom he said will die this year and this is very scaring. According to him, “the Nollywood industry should be prayerful, so that they won’t lose 5 stars among them this year. “Saheed Osupa, Obesere and Pasuma should also engage in serious prayers against hardship this year. God is showing me that hard time will force them to be selling their properties. “A lot of Actors will face hardship especially the women among them. Rich men will decieve them to leave their marriage and at the end, they go back to square one”. “Why this will happen is because some of them don’t believe in God, they belong to many secret societies. Those who are for God would not witness the hardship. The identities of the 5 that will die weren’t revealed to me”, he said. Source: Nollyzone
  21. France coach Didier Deschamps on Monday said that Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba “can’t be happy” with his current situation at Old Trafford. Pogba was an unused substitute in United’s FA Cup win over Brighton on Saturday, after being left out of the starting line-up when Jose Mourinho’s side were dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla. The 25-year-old is with Deschamps’ France squad ahead of their World Cup warm-up friendlies against Colombia and Russia. “I haven’t discussed it will Paul, I’m sure I’ll know more about it,” said Deschamps. “But obviously this isn’t a situation he’s appreciating in relation to everything that he’s done. He can’t be happy with what he’s going through at the moment with his club. “I have a lot of talks with players to interact with them and understand their feelings.” Pogba has started just 24 matches for United this season, with manager Mourinho preferring Marouane Fellaini and youngster Scott McTominay to the former world’s most expensive player in recent weeks. Deschamps’ France, one of the favourites for the World Cup in Russia, face Colombia in Paris on Friday before travelling for a match in St Petersburg on March 27.
  22. Residents of Lagos have been experiencing a gradual increment of dirts. This is despite the launch of the “Cleaner Lagos” initiative. Below are pictures of the situation What do you think?
  23. A Chinese baby born with three legs due to an extremely rare fault in pregnancy has had the extra limb removed. Surgeons revealed the extra leg didn’t belong to the boy. It was the remnants of his partially formed, parasitic twin. Parasitic twins arise when identical twins fail to separate, and the condition occurs in around one in a million live births. It is unclear why this occurs, but may be due to a restricted blood supply during pregnancy, which leads to the death and partial absorption of one of the twins. Xiao Fei and his family come from far-flung Xinjiang in western China. His parasitic twin hadn’t been detected prior to his birth because his mother had not undergone regular pregnancy checks, said the report. After Xiao Fei was born, his family took him across China to look for treatment and they were finally admitted into the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre. The boy’s surgeon Chen Qiu described Xiao Fei’s condition as ‘highly complicated’. Mr Chen told Shanghai Dragon Television ahead of the operation that Xiao Fei’s middle leg would be removed because it did not have any function. However while Xiao Fei’s right leg would be kept, it was born deformed because its foot was shaped like a hand and could not function properly. Therefore, Mr Chen said he and his team would not only remove Xiao Fei’s middle leg, but also cut off the foot on Xiao Fei’s right leg before transplanting the foot on the extra leg onto his right leg. In addition to the parasitic twin, Xiao Fei was diagnosed with a series of other conditions, including an undescended testicle, abdominal hernia and congenital heart disease. These conditions increased the difficulties of the operation, said Mr Chen. Bao Juan, the director of the Department of Urology of the hospital, said surgeons would bring Xiao Fei’s right testicle down from the abdomen to its usual place during the same operation. The operation started from 10am and finished at 7:35pm. Surgeons claimed it a success. Xiao Fei’s father Ma Xiaolong told Shanghai Dragon Television: ‘I thank the doctors very much. I was so nervous sitting outside the surgery room, but now after I see my child, I’m not nervous any more.’ Zhu Tongyu, the director of Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre, said the success of the operation was significant because of the rarity of the condition. Mr Zhu also said the operation could ensure Xiao Fei to live a relative normal life, however Xiao Fei’s kneecaps are missing, so further surgery will be planned when the boy grows a bit older.
  24. Mo Hits: Don Jazzy, D’Banj reunite again?

    Its DON JAZZY AGAIN!!! The yearnings of Fans for a reunion by the defunct Mo Hits Squad, is gradually becoming a reality as Michael Collins and Dapo Oyebanjo a.k.a Don Jazzy and D’Banj respectively have publicly announced a `Reunion Tour.’ The duo made the announcement on their respective instagram handles. D’Banj, with over two million followers on instagram @iambangalee, stated: “@donjazzy Are they ready’’ Similarly, Don Jazzy, with about 3.9 million instagram followers in his characteristic responded on @donjazzy “@iambangalee How many states/countries should we give them?’’ However, the exact dates, venues or artists to perform during the tour were not mentioned in their different posts. Nevertheless, it is a welcome and cheering news for fans of Mo Hits Records, after members of the group went their separate ways in 2012. The group founded in 2004 dominated the Nigerian music scene between 2004 and 2012. The defunct Mo Hit Records artists first performance after the break up took place at the recent “Davido’s 30 Billion Music Concert’’ in December last year. The Squad had artists such as Don Jazzy, D’Banj, Dr Sid, Wande Coal, D’ Prince aka Omoba and K-Switch. After the break up, Don Jazzy went on to establish another record label known as Mavin Records (MR) and took along with him, D’ Prince, Dr Sid and Wande Coal. Later, the iconic producer and the Chief Executive Officer of MR went on to sign the likes of Tiwa Savage, Korede Bello, Di’Ja, Reekado Banks, Johnny Drille, Poe and the DNA Twins. D’Banj On the other hand, signed a record deal with American Kanye West’s “Good Music’’. He founded DB Record where he signed his younger brother, K-Switch alongside two producers Jaysleek and Deevee. The 38 year-old Kaduna-born artist also known as `Kokomaster’ later signed controversial Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh to the label.
  25. Where is the love? Somewhere in Africa a bride is not looking happy feeding her husband on their wedding day. Whät could be going on heré? Best bet, he is yet to fully pay her bride price or what do you think?
  26. The Pope asked for forgiveness from society for Catholic men who use prostitutes, describing them as ‘criminals’ who are ‘not making love’. People should become ‘counter-terror citizens’, police say his frank comments came in a question and answer session in Rome with young people from around the world. Blessing Okoedion, a 32-year-old Nigerian who was once a victim of human trafficking, told the Pope she was troubled that many clients of prostitutes on the streets of Rome are Catholics. She said: ‘I ask myself and I ask you, is it possible for a Church that is still too male chauvinist to be able to question itself truthfully about this high demand by clients?’ Francis said that in Italy it was likely that some 90% of male clients of prostitutes are baptised Catholics. He added: ‘I would like to take advantage of this moment to ask forgiveness from you (exploited women) and society for all the Catholics who carry out this criminal act. ‘I think of the disgust these girls must feel when men make them do these things.’ He added: ‘It is a sickness of humanity, a sickness of looking at society in a certain way, a crime against humanity,” he said. The Pope urged young people to fight against prostitution, and rejected the idea that visiting prostitutes is harmless. He said: ‘Who does this is a criminal. This is not making love, this is torturing a woman. Let’s not confuse terms. This is criminal, a sick mentality.
  27. Barcelona star has hinted this may be his last chance at the World Cup tourney if Argentina win it or not. The Barcelona forward lost in three straight finals — two Copa Americas and the 2014 World Cup — in a three-year span and has not won a trophy with the senior team. Messi’s hat trick at Ecuador in the Albiceleste’s 3-1 win in their final qualifier in October earned his country a spot in this summer’s World Cup and again underlined the player’s importance to his national side. “It’s just the feeling that this group of players has. It seems that having reached three straight finals didn’t mean anything. Obviously, we depend on results and unfortunately, we reached three finals and we didn’t win them. “A lot was said about us. The criticisms hurt back then. But the demand is going to be there for this group to get it done. We think that if we don’t do it, we are going to get a lot more [criticism] and we are not going to have another possibility
  28. The Nigeria Police, yesterday, paraded two suspected political thugs with two AK-47 and five pump action guns allegedly working for the lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district, Senator Dino Melaye. The two suspects– Kabiru Saidu aka Osama, 31, and Nuhu Salisu aka Small, 25, were paraded by the Police Force Headquarters Public Relation Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, at the Kogi State Police Command in Lokoja. According to him, they were arrested after a gun battle with a Police team, which lasted for several hours on January 19. However, reacting to the allegations, Senator Melaye said it was an orchestrated lie by the governor and the Police to shut him up, and that he had never seen the arrested suspects. Meanwhile, parading the two kidnappers alleged to have been supplied guns and ammunition by Senator Melaye, Moshood said the Senator had been ignoring Police invitations to clear his name from the allegation. Moshood said the two suspects, Osama and Small, were members of a notorious gang behind numerous kidnapping and robbery cases in the state. He said: “Working on actionable intelligence, the Kogi State Police Command personnel and Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, trailed and arrested the two suspects after a gun battle with the Police team on January 19 at Ogojueje in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State. “During investigation, they confessed to several kidnappings and robberies in different towns across the state and its environs for which they have been on the wanted list of the Police for more than two years. “During interrogation, they further confessed they were political thugs recruited by some mischievous politicians in Kogi to cause mayhem, disruption of peace, and destruction of lives and properties in the state.” Continuing, the Police spokesman said: “They also confessed to belong to the gang of a dreaded and vicious kidnap-for-ransom gang under a gang leader whose whereabouts is being investigated. “According to the gang leader, Kabiru Saidu, he has been working as a political thug for a politician, who introduced him to Senator Dino Melaye and they met at Airport Road, Abuja inside Senator Melaye’s car in December 2017. “The suspect further confessed that Senator Dino told him to start working for him as a political thug and they should recruit and train more thugs to work for him in preparations towards 2019 general election to enable him challenge his political opponents and disorganise Kogi State.” Moshood said the suspects further confessed that Dino handed over a bag containing one AK-47 rifle, two pump action and N430,000 for them to share. He said a case of criminal conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms had been filed by the Police against the two suspects and Senator Dino Melaye. Meanwhile, Senator Dino Melaye in his reaction to the allegations, said it was a frame-up and an orchestrated attempt by the state government to discredited him. The Senator said he had never seen the suspects in his life and did not have anything to do with them. Melaye said the move was an attempt by the Kogi State government to shut him up and prevent him from speaking the truth about governance in the state. The Senator noted that he contested and won elections into the House of Representatives and the Senate without working with political thugs, saying the plan had been exposed about six weeks ago. Melaye’s words: “This is an attempt to shut me up and stop me from speaking the truth. But they have failed. It is an orchestrated lie by the governor and the Police. “I have tweeted about it six weeks ago; that they want to set me up because I got a tip-off from government house when they met to set me up. “You can see the conflicting statements by the criminals. I heard one said I gave two AK-47 and pump action, while the other said I gave only one rifle and that I gave N430,000 to train militia, and that I met them on Airport Road in December 2017. “But they didn’t give a date and time. I don’t know anybody. I have not involved myself with any thug. I became member House of Representatives and Senate without thug. If this is an attempt to shut me up they have failed.”
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