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25.4.18

Giant Fish Caught At Jigawa Fishing Festival Causes Stir (Photos)

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Giant Fish Caught At Jigawa Fishing Festival Causes Stir (Photos
The fish in question
 
The Jigawa state annual fishing festival was conducted yesterday at Kalgwai village in Auyo local government area.
 
According to reports, 48.1kg fish was caught in this year's festival.
 
The Jigawa state government awarded a new motorcycle and cash of one hundred thousand naira to one Saleh Dan Gaduwa who performed better (came first) at the festival.
 
The fishing festival attracted thousand of peoples from different parts of Jigawa state and Nigeria
 
Cultural events such as fishing, sink, swimming, Ropes-pulling among others were the things performed at the event.
 
 
 

Salah threatens Messi, Ronaldo Ballon d’Or stranglehold

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Salah threatens Messi, Ronaldo Ballon d’Or stranglehold
Mohamed Salah could be the man to finally break the Ronaldo-Messi duopoly at the top of world football after the Liverpool forward burnished his soaring reputation with a mesmerising Champions League performance against Roma.
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi have locked down the Ballon d’Or award for a decade, winning five gongs apiece — for the past seven years they have occupied the top two slots.
But Salah is now second favourite with many bookmakers behind Ronaldo for this year’s award after scoring his 42nd and 43rd goals of the season in a thrilling 5-2 victory for Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final first leg.
After his first strike against his former club on Tuesday, the man dubbed by fans as the “Egyptian King” stood motionless, hands raised in apology, as bedlam broke out on a night for the ages at Anfield.
Salah’s curling effort arrowed into the top corner with such accuracy his manager Jurgen Klopp labelled it “a genius strike”.
Soon after came the forward’s signature finish, a cute dink over advancing Roma goalkeeper Alisson for his 43rd goal in 47 games for Liverpool.
When Salah, 25, made the move from the Italian capital back to the Premier League just 10 months ago for 42 million euros (£37 million, $51 million), there were plenty who felt Roma had got the better deal. Salah after all was a talented player, but who often lacked an end product.
It also came just a few weeks before Neymar’s move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record 222 million euros revolutionised the transfer market.
The Brazilian’s desire to leave the Catalan giants was tied to his ambition to beat Messi and Ronaldo to the Ballon d’Or by stepping out of Messi’s shadow.
Now, though, it is Salah who has emerged as the pretender to end the Messi-Ronaldo domination by not only scoring the quantity of goals that have become the pair’s trademark but doing it when it really matters, in the latter stages of the Champions League.
“If you think he is the best in the world, write it or say it,” urged Klopp, who has been credited with bringing out Salah’s previously untapped potential.
“To be the best in the world you need to do that over a longer period I think, and there are a few others that are not so bad.”
Heavily left-footed, small, speedy and with a low centre of gravity, Salah’s characteristics are far more like those of Messi than the muscular goal-machine Ronaldo.
“In a certain light, at certain points, it is possible to glimpse in Salah a little of Messi’s afterglow,” wrote Rory Smith in the New York Times.
– Messi-like –
And he demonstrated another Messi-like quality in showing no mercy to Roma.
Chasing his first hat-trick in the Champions League, Salah would have been forgiven for going for goal as he bore down on Alisson once more after half-time.
But he showed why he is considered one of the game’s more unselfish superstars by instead creating another two goals for strike partners Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
When Salah left the field to a standing ovation 15 minutes from time, Liverpool led 5-0.
“Unstoppable (when Salah’s on the pitch),” said the back page of The Times.
Two late Roma away goals have at least given the Italians hope of recreating the incredible comeback they staged from a 4-1 first-leg deficit against Barca in the quarter-finals.
For once it is Salah’s turn to lead the way where Messi faltered on his return to the Eternal City next week.
Messi is almost certain to win a La Liga and Copa del Rey double and Ronaldo could lead Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League after another bucketload of goals this season.
But Salah is the coming man and after bagging the African and English players’ player of the year crowns, it is hard to back against him also conquering the world.

More Trouble For Dino Melaye As INEC Holds Stakeholders Meeting To Kick-start His Recall (Photos)

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 More Trouble For Dino Melaye As INEC Holds Stakeholders Meeting To Kick-start His Recall (Photos)
INEC official speaking during the meeting
 
The embattled Senator Dino Melaye who is fighting for his dear life at the National Hospital in Abuja after jumping-off a Police vehicle, is set to be recalled from Senate soon. A television correspondent of the TVC News, Sumner Shagari Sambo, has taken to his Twitter page to share photos from a stakeholders meeting organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to kick-start the recall process of Senator Dino Melaye from the National Assembly.
 
He posted the photos and wrote; "INEC office in Kogi state held stakeholders meeting, says it will on Saturday begin the verification of signatures for the recall of Kogi West Federal Lawmaker, Senator Dino Melaye."
 
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Professor Used By FBI In Leaking Secret Memo Involving President Trump Confesses

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Professor Used By FBI In Leaking Secret Memo Involving President Trump Confesses
Professor Daniel Richman
 
Daniel Richman, the Columbia law professor James Comey used as a go-between last year to leak the contents of sensitive memos to the media has confessed to some of his actions.
 
Professor Richman confirmed to Fox News that he previously worked as a “Special Government Employee” (SGE) for James Comey’s FBI on an unpaid basis.
 
Richman emerged last year as Comey’s contact for leaking memos documenting his private discussions with President Trump.
 
The memos are now the subject of an inspector general review over the presence of classified material. Richman confirmed the special status in response to an inquiry from Fox News, while referring other questions, including on the scope of his work, to the FBI. 
 
Sources familiar with Richman’s status at the FBI told Fox News that he was assigned to “special projects” by Comey, and had a security clearance as well as badge access to the building. 

“I did indeed have SGE status with the Bureau (for no pay),” Richman wrote in an email.
 
Richman’s status was the subject of a Memorandum of Understanding.
 
While Richman’s portfolio included the use of encrypted communications by terror suspects, the sources said Richman also was sent talking points about the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
 
Those talking points attempted to compare and contrast Clinton’s use of an unsecured personal server exclusively for government business with the case of retired Gen.David Petraeus, who shared classified information with his biographer and mistress Paula Broadwell, as well as the case brought against the late Sandy Berger. 
 
The former national security adviser under President Clinton pleaded guilty to the unauthorized removal and retention of classified material from the National Archives.  
 
Incidentally, another “special government employee” who has come under scrutiny was Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
 
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, among others, previously questioned Abedin’s special status that allowed her to work at the Clinton State Department and private-sector entities at the same time.
 
-Culled from Fox News

24.4.18

$496million Tucano Fighter Jets: Reps In Rowdy Session Over Calls For President Buhari's Impeachment

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$496m Tucano Fighter Jets: Reps In Rowdy Session Over Calls For President Buhari's Impeachment
House of Representatives
The House of Representatives plenary became a rowdy session this morning over calls for impeachment of President Muhammadu  Buhari by a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, Kingsley Chinda.
The row was over the payment of  $496 million to the United States Government by the Buhari administration for the much needed 12 Super Tucano fighter jets.
It followed the reading of President Buhari’s letter to the House of Representatives, by Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
Members of the both chambers of the National Assembly have been spoiling for a fight over the payment, which they contended was done in breach of the constitution.
The Pentagon last year August notified the U.S. Congress  of the sale to Nigeria of the 12 Super Tucano A-29 planes and weapons worth $593 million, needed for the  fight against the militant group, Boko Haram.
The  package  included thousands of bombs and rockets.
The sale was originally agreed by former President Barack Obama’s administration but was put off by the Obama administration after incidents including the Nigerian Air Force’s bombing of a refugee camp in January that killed 90 to 170 civilians.
But on 2 August, the deadlock was broken by the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, when it announced that the sale would go ahead.
The Super Tucano A-29, an agile, propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance and surveillance as well as attack capabilities, is made by Brazil’s Embraer. A second production line is in Florida, in a partnership between Embraer and privately held Sierra Nevada Corp of Sparks, Nevada.
The Super Tucano costs more than $10 million each and the price can go much higher depending on the configuration.
It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT 6 engine.

Van plows into Toronto crowd in ‘deliberate’ act, leaving 10 dead

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 Van plows into Toronto crowd in ‘deliberate’ act, leaving 10 dead
At least 10 people have died after a man plowed a white rental van into a crowd of pedestrians in Canada's biggest city Toronto on Monday, in what police dubbed a "deliberate" attack.
The incident took place in broad daylight around 16 kilometers (10 miles) from a conference center hosting a meeting of G7 ministers, but officials said they had no evidence of a link to the event.
"The actions definitely looked deliberate," Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told journalists.
Ralph Goodale, the minister of public security, added that "on the basis of all available information at the present time, there would appear to be no national security connection to this particular incident."
"Horrible day in Toronto," he had posted earlier on Twitter. "Senseless violence takes heavy toll."
Police arrested a suspect at the scene -- who police identified later as 25-year-old Alek Minassian from a northern Toronto suburb -- of the attack, whose initial death toll of nine jumped to 10 after one person succumbed to injuries.
Fifteen people remained in hospitals throughout the city, Saunders said, adding that local, provincial and federal investigators were probing the case.
At the scene, at least three bodies could be seen under orange sheets and a long stretch of road was sealed off with police incident tape.
The suspect and a police officer faced off, their guns drawn. The suspect eventually surrendered his weapon and was taken into custody.
Vehicle attacks have been carried out to deadly effect by extremists in a number of capitals and major cities, including London, Paris, New York and Nice.
Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the G7 meeting would continue as planned into Tuesday, with officials discussing ways to secure democratic societies from foreign interference.
"The work of the ministers obviously goes on. This is a very sad day for the people of Toronto and the people of Canada," she said.
'Really fast'
Officers were called to the scene -- on Yonge Street at the corner with Finch Avenue -- around 1:30 pm (1730 GMT), police said.
A white rental van with a dented front bumper was stopped on the sidewalk of a major intersection, surrounded by police vehicles.
"He was going really fast," witness Alex Shaker told CTV television.
"All I could see was just people one by one getting knocked out, knocked out, one by one," Shaker said. "There are so many people lying down on the streets."
Another witness, Jamie Eopni, told local Toronto television station CP24: "It was crashing into everything. It destroyed a bench. If anybody was on that street, they would have been hit on the sidewalk."
'Deliberate' but no terror link
Though the act seemed "deliberate," officials did not identify a terror link.
Canada has only rarely been the scene of terror attacks.
In October, a man stabbed a police officer in the western city of Edmonton before slamming his van into a group of pedestrians, hurting four people.
And in Quebec in October 2014, a Canadian man ran over two soldiers in a parking lot with his car, killing one of them. The driver was shot dead by police when he attacked them with a knife.
In March 2016, a Canadian who claimed to have radical Islamist sympathies attacked two soldiers at a military recruitment center in Toronto.

Obituary And 'Burial' Of Saraki By Senator Omo-Agege's Constituency (Photos)

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Obituary And 'Burial' Of Saraki By Senator Omo-Agege's Constituency (Photos)  
This is very sad...talking about the lengths people go just because of politics. An obituary banner was designed for the ''burial'' of senate president, Bukola Saraki over the suspension of senator Ovie Omo-Agege representing Delta Central at the National Assembly.

The banner which was purportedly designed by some constituents in Delta state - was done to announce the political death of the senate president for ''conspiring'' against their lawmaker to suspend him as they held a 'burial' for him (Saraki) few days ago in Abraka.

Meanwhile, contrary to belief in some quarters that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was suspended over his opposition to the election reordering bill, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has said the senator representing Delta Central was sanctioned for taking the Senate to court.

Taking the Senate to court, according to Saraki, smacks of gross indiscipline, which should not be condoned by the upper chamber. Omo-Agege, who was billed to appear before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions over his comments on the amendment of Electoral Act, 2018, had sued the Senate in a bid to stop his appearance.


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