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Brazil’s Senate impeaches Rousseff

Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff was stripped of the country’s presidency on Wednesday in a Senate impeachment vote ending 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America’s biggest economy. Rousseff , 68, was convicted by 61 of the 81 senators of illegally manipulating the national budget. The vote, passing the needed two-thirds majority, meant she was immediately removed from office. Cheers — and cries of disappointment — erupted in the blue-carpeted, circular Senate chamber as the verdict flashed up on the electronic voting screen. Pro-impeachment senators burst into a rendering of the national anthem, some waving Brazilian flags, while allies of Rousseff stood stony faced. “I will not associate my name to this infamy,” read a sign held up by one senator. Brazil’s first female president, holed up in the presidential palace on the outskirts of the capital Brasilia with close aides, was expected to make a statement soon after the vote. Her vice president-turned bitter political enemy, Michel

Gunmen attack Lebanese in Lagos

by Adebisi Adeyemi , August 31, 2016 at 6:08 pm in News Update FacebookTwitterSMSWhatapp Gunmen suspected to be robbers Wednesday attacked a Labenese man in Lagos, stealing an undisclosed sum of money from him. The armed men numbering about four, were said to have stormed the Adele Road in Apapa on motorcycles, trailing their victim who just left a commercial bank where he withdrew some money. They were said to have operated as though they had information on who to attack as the gunmen allegedly rode close to their victim and demanded that he release the money he got from the bank to them. According to an eyewitness, Adamu, they shot the victim on the leg and whisked away the money as well as his mobile phones. People were said to have scampered for safety at the sound of the gunshot, making it easy for the criminals to escape. Adamu who said it was one of the robbers on the passenger seat who pulled the trigger, added that onlookers contacted the Apapa Police Station after

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg speaks about first-ever visit to Nigeria (photo+What he Said)

Mark Zuckerberg , the CEO of Facebook is presently in Nigeria for a Facebook Partner Workshop Developer event holding in Lagos. Reports say the seventh wealthiest man in the world discreetly came into Nigeria today, Tuesday, August 30 to see how Facebook works in the country and to understand how to improve on the social media platform for Nigerians. He is also checking out how it can improve on technologies in Africa. His first port of call was the CC Hub in Yaba area of Lagos state. But the founder of the arguably the biggest social media platform on earth already has an impression about the west African giants. Mark Zuckerberg , the founder of social media platform, Facebook, is in Nigeria and has met with some exciting kids already. Photo: Zuckerberg . Using his official Facebook page, Zuckerberg wrote: “Next stop: Lagos! This is my first trip to sub-Saharan Africa. I’ll be meeting with developers and entrepreneurs, and learning about the startup ecosystem in Nigeria. The

Truck kills robber while raiding passengers in Lagos(Graphic Photos)

A suspected robber has been crushed to death by a truck at the Ojo Lowo bus stop in the Ijanikin area of Lagos State, while allegedly attacking some bus passengers. RMWO  learnt that the suspect, whose name had yet to be ascertained, along with other hoodlums, had at about 10.30pm on Friday stood at the bus stop to waylay bus passengers. It was gathered that while the robbery was on, a police patrol team from the Ijanikin division came to the area which made the robbers flee in different directions. It was learnt that an oncoming truck crushed one of the hoodlums and he died on the spot. Apart from the deceased, another hoodlum, identified as Bassey Eyo , was arrested by the police while other members of the gang fled the scene. A police source told our correspondent that 22-year-old Eyo and his gang members were notorious in the area for traffic robbery. He said, “It was a distress call from the affected motorists that alerted the police to the robbery operation. When the

We Stole Saraki's N310m Because He Wanted To Bribe Judges With It—Senator’s Aide

Some of Senate President Bukola Saraki's aides involved in the November 20, 2015 theft of N310 million being transported to the senator have disclosed why they stole the cash. The aides snatched the cash from a bureau de change operator at 5 Nana Close . Some of Senate President Bukola Saraki's aides involved in the November 20, 2015 theft of N310 million being transported to the senator have disclosed why they stole the cash. The aides snatched the cash from a bureau de change operator at 5 Nana Close, Maitama in Abuja. Tracked down and speaking anonymously, some of Mr. Saraki’s aides, who are currently on the run, said the senator was in the habit of warehousing large volumes of cash, mainly for use as bribes to judges, investigators and prosecutors to ensure the scuttling of his trial for false assets declaration by the Code of Conduct Tribunal ( CCT ). The theft, first reported featured five officers of the Department of State Security (DSS) led by Abdulrasheed

Mustafi And Perez Done, James Rodriguez/Draxler Next For Arsenal?

Arsenal have now spent around £90m in the transfer window this summer following the double-signing of Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi . Both deals not yet official but we all know it is only a matter of when and not IF. Both deals are expected to be announced in next couple of days, and most of our fans believe that our transfer business is done this summer. However, there have been murmurs going around on the social media that we have cash in the bank for a possible elite signing if an opportunity presents itself. Famous Arsenal ITK GeoffArsenal today claimed that we have up to £70m saved up for the special signing. Now, what gave more credibility to his claims was that reliable BBC journalist David Ornstein agreed with him and claimed that if Wenger finds the right man, then money is available for him to spend. It is more than likely that we are saving up our money to spend on a world-class striker in the future. But is it possible that Wenger might have one more surprise up

Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, attacked in Lokoja

Some aggrieved residents on Friday stoned Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, as he emerged from a mosque where he observed Jumat prayer in Lokoja , the state capital, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. It is not immediately clear why the residents carried out the attack against Mr. Bello, but witnesses said the incident occurred at the Lokoja Central Mosque in the old market area of the capital. A source who confirmed the development to this newspaper said the disgruntled persons also carried few placards while chanting anti-government slogans. The source also said Mr. Bello was pelted with rotten fruits and vegetables. The police dispersed the crowd with teargas soon afterwards, the source said. “The situation in this state is even worse than what the residents are doing. The situation is pathetic,” the source said. An official in the state said that was the second time in two weeks the governor would be so attacked as complaints mount about the depreciating living conditions in the stat

Nigeria Should Respond Positively To Niger Delta Militants' Outreach - Prof. Soyinka

Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka at a press conference in Lagos appealed to the Federal Government to respond positively to the outreach and appeal of the militant groups in the Niger Delta region.  Soyinka also denied being part of any international intervention group that met with the President concerning the Niger Delta Crisis.  He rebuffed a report in the media that he is part of an international group and that is in contact with President Buhari on the militancy.  Soyinka said there is no “international intervention” group formed and as such, the president could not have been in contact with a group that does not exist

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Breaking News: Niger Delta Avengers changes tone, says ready to talk with FG

After a sustained bombing of oil facilities reducing Nigeria’s oil output and revenue, the Niger Delta Avengers has said that it is now willing to dialogue with the Federal Government.  As a prelude to the talks and an expression of readiness to lay down arms and embrace peace, the NDA, Wednesday, raised what it calls “Contact and Dialogue Team headed by a former Director of Youth Development in the Niger Delta Commission, Mr. Ballantyne Agiri, to act as its spokesman.  Agiri in a statement he personally signed and sent to Vanguard in Abuja on Wednesday, said that the militant group was serious about engaging the Federal Government and end the cycle of violence and oil disruption in the Niger Delta. The former director disclosed that NDA would now be asking the Federal Government to take up the development of the Niger Delta with more seriousness, adding that it was determined to achieve results that would yield lasting peace, equity, justice and harmony among all ethnic nation

Makarfi c’ttee stays for one year as police halt PDP convention, lock Fayose inside Presidential Lodge

The tenure of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of  Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was extended by 12 months, yesterday, after security operatives stopped the party from proceeding with its convention in Port Harcourt. The convention   was to produce a new leadership for the party.                                                   L-R: Dr Olusegun Mimiko, Ondo State Governor; Sen Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President, and Ibrahim Hassan Damkwabo, Gombe State Governor during the PDP National Convention in Port Harcourt, Wednesday. Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke  The decision of the Police and the Department of State Services, DSS, to heed the court order by a Federal High Court in Abuja, stopping the convention and discarding the judgment of a Port-Harcourt-based Federal High Court that directed the police and DSS to monitor the convention, immediately raised strong condemnation from PDP leaders.  Even before the threats from the security agencies were fully

State of Nigerian economy worrisome —NBA

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has expressed concern over the state of the economy, saying Nigerians, especially lawyers, were suffering under the present situation. Economy The legal body said it was imperative for experts, in and outside the country, to suggest ways to revive the ailing economy.    Mr Oladejo Lamikanra, SAN, who spoke for the association, in Abuja, said NBA was planning a gathering to give experts, both lawyers and non-legal practitioners, the opportunity to engage in critical assessment of the economy and suggest ways out of the current situation. He said lawyers had decided not to sit down and fold their arms while  workers continued to lose their purchasing powers.  He said the umbrella body of lawyers had, therefore, decided to examine some of the critical economic issues facing the country.  He said: “This is why we have chosen  as our central theme for our national conference, ‘Democracy and Economic Development.’ “  "we wantto discuss the

Dwindling oil revenue: Ebonyi targets 1 million metric ton of rice per year

EBONYI state government yesterday disclosed that it was targeting the production of one million metric tons of rice annually even as it has put in place incentives to make farmers meet the expectations of government in the area of food production.  Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state stated this in Abakaliki local government area during the flag off of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN Anchor Borrowers Programme in the state.  Represented by the Secretary to the State government, Prof Bernard Odo, the governor who explained that 20,000 farmers were expected to be part of the programme added that before the end of the year, 100,000 farmers would have joined the scheme as the state’s current rice production lacked the capacity to feed the people of the state, let alone the country.  According to him, the state government had began a partnership venture with CBN which would not only boost rice production but also motivate farmers to engage in large scale commercial production of rice

We’ll prosecute those using Buhari’s name to solicit favour — FG

The Federal Government has warned fraudsters using the name of President Muhammadu Buhari and those of his family members and senior government officials to solicit favour or contracts from ministries and other government establishments to desist from the criminal act or face the wrath of the law.  Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who issued the warning in a statement in Abuja yesterday, said government was aware that some opportunists had been going from one government organization to another with notes purportedly recommending them for contracts and other patronage, using the names of the President, his family members and senior government officials to intimidate those organisations.  The minister said the President didn’t authorize any government official to write notes recommending anyone for contracts or any form of patronage.  He warned those involved in such fraudulent activities to stop immediately or face possible arrest and prosecution by securi

Nigeria wins Olympic silver medal

Nigeria has grabbed an Olympic silver medal courtesy the International Olympic Committee. But don’t be mistaken, the medal is from the Beijing 2008 Olympics  The IOC announced yesterday that Russia was stripped of a relay gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics on Tuesday, after one of its female runners tested positive for steroids in a reanalysis of her doping samples.  Sprinter Yulia Chermoshanskaya tested positive for two drugs — stanozolol and turinabol — and has been retroactively disqualified and, along with her team-mates, stripped of the gold medal in the women’s 4×100-meter relay, the International Olympic Committee said.  Belgium stands to be upgraded to the relay gold, with Nigeria moving up to silver and Brazil to bronze. The IOC asked the IAAF to modify the results and consider any further sanctions against Chermosh-anskaya, who is no longer competing.   The three other Russians runners in the relay final were Yulia Gushchina, Alexandra Fedoriva and Evgeniya P

Yung6ix KKTBM rapper releases promo photos

The king of south, Yung6ix who does not fail to drop heavy doses of punch line, recently released a new single titled The man. The controversial rapper who came into the limelight after his impressive Oleku cover , his song Follow Me featuring Wizkid and back to back decent rap singles still remains relevant in the music industry. Listen: Yung6ix 'The Man' The hip-hop star  unwrapped new promo photos ahead of the release of his sophomore album and  is reportedly working on the album's lead single which reportedly features Davido. He and his dread locks looked very stylish in this shoot from the vintage look which consists of a blue blazer, black pants and a scarf to a 'Street themed' look consisting of a fisherman's hat, white shirt, black pair of jeans with a pair of sneakers and bandana with is a similar style of popular international rappers like Lil wayne, Ty Dolla Sign and so on. He finished off the looks with gold chains, a gold wrist watch, bracelet an

Falz The Bahd Guy Singer celebrates 1M followers on Instagram

From nabbing a big win as the 2016 BET Viewer's Choice Best International Act, singer, Falz has gotten a million followers on Instagram. He took to the photo sharing app yesterday, August 16, 2016 writing, "As a thank you gesture, 10 lucky fans ave shanze toe 'ang out wit me! Stay tuned for the simpu taks u wee do toe qualivy!" According to him, 10 lucky fans will get a date to hang out with him in appreciation of the new feat. Falz has continued to stand out in terms of his creativity and ingenuity, and has carved a niche for himself in the Nigerian industry. He is known for his funny skits on social media, breaking out into a fast rising entertainer in Nigeria and far beyond.

Promiscuous Woman Man accuses wife of sleeping with pastor

Andrew Ndubisi, a 49-year-old man, has asked an Igando Customary Court, Lagos, to dissolve his marriage with his wife, Saraphina, whom he accused of sleeping with a pastor and having children with two separate men. Ndubusi told the court that he had been footing the school fees of the children she had from her previous encounter with men, and as a result no longer wants to be with her. “My wife had two boys from two men but did not tell me before we married." “After our marriage, she brought them to live with us and I was paying their school fees.” “My wife is promiscuous, she dates different men”, he said. According to the Daily Post, the aggrieved man, who had been with the woman for four years, revealed that he has on several occasions caught her with numerous lovers. She found out about the affair with their pastor when her phone rang and she had to leave the room they were both occupying to answer the call. ALSO READ: Wife begs court to stop her husband from divorcing

Defend Yourself Fake lawyer arraigned by the EFCC for scamming client of N7m

A secondary school certificate holder who has been parading himself as a lawyer and defrauding unsuspecting people of their money has been nabbed and charged to court by EFCC    The fake lawyer, ThankGod Okachi Echem  (EFCC) An impostor who has been parading himself as a lawyer and defrauding unsuspecting people of huge sums of money, ThamkGod Okachi Echem, has been arrested and charged to a court in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for allegedly scamming a 'client' of the sum of N7 million. "Busted!: Fake lawyer who stole N6m from victims in police net" The suspect who confessed during interrogation that he is just a Secondary School Certificate holder,  was nabbed following a petition written against him by one Jonny Wali, who alleged that he was defrauded of the sum after he was awarded a compensation by a Rivers State High Court, in a legal battle involving him and the former Power Holding Compan

Nigeria vs Germany: Siasia to avoid past mistake

Nigerian U-23 coach, Samson Siasia disclosed ahead of the semi-final clash against Germany that he will not gamble with the team, the way he did when Nigeria lost 2-0 to Colombia during the group stages.  Siasia Siasia made five changes to his starting team in the Colombian game. This was after sealing up a quarter-final spot with two wins from Japan and Sweden. This gamble turned out to be the only blemish of the team in the tournament so far.  “I made five changes, and that made us to lose the match against Colombia. But we are going full steam against Germany. I ‘m hopeful of having Oghenekaro Etebo back into the team and we can be sure that in every aspect the team will be in full strength,” Siasia said.  Meanwhile Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick backed Siasia to come up with a winning formula.  "As a Federation, we have always had confidence in Samson Siasia.  I have confidence that Siasia can take the team to the final match on Saturday,” Pinnick

Trader arrested for naming pet dog ‘Buhari’

A 30-year-old trader has been arrested by the police in Ogun state, Sango-ota for naming his pet dog ‘Buhari.  The trader, Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, of No 10, Omikunle Street, Sango-Ota, Ogun State, was reportedly arrested last weekend, after one of his neighbours of Northern extraction complained bitterly that he named his dog after his father, Alhaji Buhari.  RMWO learned that the complainant reported the case at Sango Police Station, last Saturday, after which the trader was arrested and detained.  However, it was gathered that efforts by the police to recover the dog, which they intended using as evidence failed following a clever move by the suspect.  The trader, said to be trading in female wears at a popular market in Sango, allegedly directed his friends secretly to kill the dog and possibly eat the meat in order to avoid being implicated. It was gathered that consistent appeals by his friends and relations for the police to grant him bail failed as the complainant and hi

FG sets to spend N3b on high impact research

The Federal Government, yesterday, revealed that it has sets aside over N3 billion for high impact research intervention fund for researchers in public tertiary institutions in Nigeria. ‎The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa‎, stated this while fielding questions from journalists, in Abuja, he said the government doesn’t have any plan to extend TETFUND intervention to private institutions in Nigeria. According to Baffa, “Research is one of the core mandate of the fund, the fund is suppose to bridge the infrastructural gap in our public tertiary institutions.  We have been supporting research institutions, where we can allocate up to N15 million for academics in the Universities and upto N10 million to academics in Polytechnics and Colleges of Education. These are research grants awarded to qualified scholars that participated in a regorous process of screening, after sending their proposals.  “About N3 billion h‎as been earmark