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Body of Indian stuntman who vanished after being lowered into a river discovered by police

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Update: Body of Indian stuntman who vanished after being lowered into a river while tied in chains is discovered by police?

The body of the Indian stuntman who vanished after being lowered into a river while tied up with chains and ropes in a Houdini-inspired stunt has been discovered by police.

This comes after Officers previously said he was feared drowned after performing the Houdini-inspired stunt in the Hooghly river.

Update: Body of Indian stuntman who vanished after being lowered into a river while tied in chains is discovered by police?

40-year-old Chanchal Lahiri, known by his stage name 'Jadugar Mandrake' (Wizard Mandrake), was lowered into the river by a crane on Sunday as family members, media and police watched on.

Update: Body of Indian stuntman who vanished after being lowered into a river while tied in chains is discovered by police?

Before his trick, he said: 'If I can free myself it will be magic, if I cannot it will be tragic.' But the 40-year-old failed to emerge from the water, sparking an immediate search by authorities.

Lahiri’s body, limbs still tied with steel chains, was washed up about 1km away from the site of the attempt.

In a statement by the deputy commissioner of the port division of Kolkata police, Syed Waquar Raza, rescue workers found Lahiri's body late Monday.

21 years ago, Lahiri successfully pulled off a similar stunt at the same venue. He was locked inside a bulletproof glass box and tied with a chain.

During the stunt, he was dropped from Howrah bridge, but managed to come out in seconds, according to reports.

Update: Body of Indian stuntman who vanished after being lowered into a river while tied in chains is discovered by police?

Sumit Kharbanda, president of the Indian Brotherhood of Magicians in Delhi, said Lahiri had performed the same stunt successfully at least a dozen times. He was reportedly almost attacked by a mob in 2013 when he performed the same stunt and spectators believed he had cheated.

“He used to practise in swimming pools and rivers,” said Kharbanda. “All magic has to be perfect and it takes a lot of practice, but even with practice, things can go wrong. This was a very dangerous performance. I don’t know if it was a breathing issue or just not being able to undo the locks.”

Armed Robbers Stole The N6.90million In Kano Zoo Not Gorilla - MD

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Armed Robbers Stole The N6.90million In Kano Zoo Not Gorilla - MD
The management of Kano Zoological Garden has made a quick reversal over the missing N6.82 million reported swallowed by Gorilla in a Kano Zoo stating that the money was stolen from its coffers by armed robbers, Vanguard reports.
 
Mallam Umar Yusif Umar, the Managing Director of the zoo said it has no Gorilla and that the money was stolen by burglars. 
 
“I was called midnight on Sunday June 9th, by the head of security that armed robbers burgled our office including the revenue office,” Umar told Journalists.
 
“About 6.30 a.m., I left my home for the office and immediately I arrived I met my office and that of all the directors opened.
“Instantly I called the DPO, Sharada police station and reported the case to him. As far as I’m concerned, I suspect theft and nothing close to Gorilla.”
 
Umar said the money stolen was N6.90 million and not N6.82 million widely reported. Kano police spokesperson, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, said 10 staff of the zoo, including the accounting officer Lawan Dandadarin, have been arrested and detained.
 
Haruna told newsmen that the statement collected from those arrested so far has nothing to do with Gorilla. 
 
“So far, information collected from the suspects suggests armed robbery case and that of negligence,” Haruna said.
 
BBC Pidgin reported on Friday that Freedom Radio, a Kano-based radio station claimed that a finance officer it spoke to said “a huge Gorilla” sneaked into their office to “swallow” the money.
 
But the head of current affairs Freedom Radio Nasiru Salisu said the Gorilla story did not emanate from the station.
 
“We challenge anybody who claimed we break the Gorilla news to come out and prove it.
 
“We never report such story. “Like every other person, we noticed the information on social media and a reporter was drafted to investigate the matter,” Salisu said.

Nigerian widow mourns as her husband and mother are laid to rest

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As they wasted your life, so shall their lives be wasted" - Nigerian widow mourns as her husband and mother are laid to rest
A University of Nigeria Nsukka graduate, Anajama Chikwulu Christabel Alor, on Sunday, June 16,  posted photos of herself thanking God for the successful burial ceremony of her husband and her mother in Anambra.

"Thank God for the successful burial of my Hubby and my mum,may the Lords name be honoured." she wrote.

As they wasted your life, so shall their lives be wasted" - Nigerian widow mourns as her husband and mother are laid to rest

In the obituary of her late husband she had shared last month, she vowed that his alleged killers' lives will be wasted same way they wasted Raphael.
"Hubby,so sad to believe you have gone.As the preparation is going on,it looks as it is becoming real,i am still in dilemma,buy wicked people will never go unpunished,as they wasted your life,so shall their life's be wasted,rest in the bosom of the Lord till we met again.Still crying."

As they wasted your life, so shall their lives be wasted" - Nigerian widow mourns as her husband and mother are laid to rest

CBN to close bank accounts of firms importing forex restricted goods

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CBN to close bank accountsAny firm found smuggling into the country goods for which access to foreign exchange (forex) has been restricted will have its bank accounts closed, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) warned yesterday.
The apex bank curbed access to dollars in 2015 for firms importing 42 items, ranging from rice and soap, to private jets and Indian incense in a bid to conserve foreign reserves and diversify the economy.
It added one item to the list last year.
“Once we discover that people are using illicit foreign exchange to import those items into Nigeria and smuggle them through the borders … we have every right to close their accounts,” the apex bank told Reuters.
President Muhammadu Buhari has made boosting the agricultural sector a key priority to cutting import bill. In April, the government announced plans to double manufacturing output to 20 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) within six years.
The President was inaugurated for second term on May 29, weeks after re-appointing CBN Godwin Emefiele for a second term.

Emefiele’s reappointment signalled policy stability and broke a trend of Nigerian central bankers serving a single term.
After introducing currency restrictions in 2015, the apex bank introduced a multiple exchange rate regime which has masked pressure on the currency and helped to keep it stable.
Emefiele said the bank had been developing home-grown policies to surmount challenges that confronted the economy lately.
He said: “As I have always emphasised, it is our collective duty to ensure that the potential and prospects of the economy are optimally realised.
“The ongoing economic recovery requires the joint efforts and wise counsel of everyone, if we must take giant strides forward. The CBN is more determined now than ever to remain at the forefront of efforts to ensure that the rebound is not overturned.”
Speaking at a meeting with bankers in Lagos on the theme: “Strengthening the economic recovery process in Nigeria”, the CBN boss said: “With regards to over-dependence in imports, the economic recession triggered mainly by the drop in crude oil prices, only strengthened the case for moving from a nation wholly dependent on consumption, to a nation that produces a large proportion of what it needs, particularly in areas where the resources needed for production are widely available across the country.
“This thought process, he said, shaped decision to impose the restriction on access to forex for 43 items that can be produced in Nigeria.
“There has been considerable discourse particularly on whether the restriction on access to foreign exchange for 43 items is driving local production, with some nay-sayers stating that it has constrained productivity and growth in the economy.
“Based on our internal research conducted at the Central Bank of Nigeria, there is strong support that the recovery of our economy from the recession may have been much weaker or even negative, without the implementation of the restriction on 43 items.
“Our research supports the conclusion that the combination of the restriction on 43 items along with other measures imposed by the fiscal and monetary authorities has helped to promote the recovery.
“Any attempt to reverse the course of this action may have untold consequences on the growth trajectory of our economy particularly in our push to diversify and restructure our economy. In fact, recommendations are being made to the CBN that the list of 43 items be expanded to include other additional items that can be locally produced.”
Emefiele said many entrepreneurs were taking advantage of this policy to venture into the domestic production of the restricted items with remarkable success and great positive impact on employment.
He said: “The dramatic decline in our import bill and the increase in domestic production of these items attest to the efficacy of this policy. Noticeable declines were steadily recorded in our monthly food import bill from $665.4 million in January 2015 to $160.4 million as at October 2018; a cumulative fall of 75.9 per cent and an implied savings of over $21 billion on food imports alone over that period.
“Most evident were the 97.3 per cent cumulative reduction in monthly rice import bills, 99.6 per cent in fish, 81.3 per cent in milk, 63.7 per cent in sugar, and 60.5 per cent in wheat.”

Nigerian lady mourns her boyfriend who was murdered in Aba as he is laid to rest

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Nigerian lady mourns her boyfriend who was murdered in Aba as he is laid to rest
Late Divine Ejem, whose body was found lying in a pool of blood by a roadside in Aba, has been laid to rest.

The body of Divine from Nkporo in Ohafia local government area of Abia State, was seen lying at Bata junction off factory road, along Aba-Owerri road last month.  He was lying with his legs spread apart and bloodied human organs can be seen in the middle of his legs. His penis had been cut off. He was also bruised in his inner thigh, as though he had been burnt with an iron.

Nigerian lady mourns her boyfriend who was murdered in Aba as he is laid to rest

His girlfriend and family members took to Facebook to mourn his tragic death. Oge who described the deceased as her "soulmate" swore that those behind the brutal murder will die before the end of this year.
"My soulmate may your soul RIP since i heard about your death i have not get my seif even now am so weak and am taking my last drip i don't know what to do our promise just like that is gone and who will call me obi m again and my soulmate you do call me know body death why? but one thing i know is that those people that kill you must be killed also before end of this year my tears and pains will not let them be my soulmate good bye!!!!! i love you but  death didnot allow us to be is not well i said i love you my soulmate!!!!!" She wrote.

Nigerian lady mourns her boyfriend who was murdered in Aba as he is laid to restNigerian lady mourns her boyfriend who was murdered in Aba as he is laid to rest

On his part, late Divine's brother Wiseman Ejem, wrote:
"As the gathered for my younger brother Divine ,
So shall they gathered for those that killed him.
It will not pass this year, mark my word.
The wickedness of the wicked have come to an end.
As tears drop from my eyes, so shall tears fill their family members.
You don't touch a righteous and go free.
They cry of the young people in the land has dropped in the soil,.
He that killed by the sword shall also died by the sword."

Nigerian lady mourns her boyfriend who was murdered in Aba as he is laid to rest
Nigerian lady mourns her boyfriend who was murdered in Aba as he is laid to rest

Don’t take your democracy for granted, EU warns Nigeria

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Don’t take your democracy for granted, EU warns Nigeria
The European Union (EU) has warned Nigeria not to take its democracy for granted.
The commission, which said Nigeria did not have a perfect electioneering process in the past general elections, added that there is room for improvement.
But EU noted that for this to happen, there needs to be above all the participation of youths, who he said are more than 60 per cent of Nigeria’s current population.
Head of EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ambassador Ketil Karlsen said the union was impressed by the amazing work the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members did during the general elections.
Karlsen spoke yesterday in Abuja, the nation’s capital, while presenting Information Technology (IT) equipment to 75 corps members involved in this year’s general elections at the NYSC camp.
He said: “We wanted to make the process leading to the elections about the youths. More than 60 per cent of the population in Nigeria comprises of youths. A vast majority of the voters are youths. So, we wanted to maximise, to an extent possible, the engagement of youths in the elections and we did that by reaching out to them in the six geopolitical zones.
“Now, we have come on the other side of the elections; if you have watched the news, you would have seen that we have just been concluding the observation mission of the EU. We have observed every general election since 1999. Today is about telling everybody that whether in Europe or Africa – and certainly Nigeria – you should not take democracy for granted.

“Did we have perfect elections? Of course, not. Is there room for improvement? Of course, there is. But for that to happen, we need, above all, to see the participation of youths. That is what today’s event is all about.
“Just immediately after the elections, we sat down and brainstormed on what to do to thank the corps members who participated in the general elections.
“I saw youth coppers keeping calm while people were fighting around them during the elections and young women calmly addressing angry crowds. You are the backbone of democracy; the elections would not even be possible without the participation of youth corps members.
“So, we sat back and said what can we do to thank you? We were able to convince the EU to do something that has never been done before, which was that the equipment used during the observation mission would be handed over directly to 75 youth coppers that participated.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said the commission realised that youth corps members are the most dedicated election duty workers.
He stressed that the commission was working on offering automatic employment to NYSC members who were exceptional during the elections.
The chairman promised that the offer will be extended to corps members that will participate in the upcoming Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.
Yakubu said: “Let me join the EU ambassador in appreciating particularly the youth corps members. There cannot be any election in Nigeria without the NYSC. I’ve said it before that youths corps members are the most dedicated, educated and patriotic election duty workers in Nigeria. It is not just the elections but electoral processes as well.
“Anytime an election is conducted, no one in the INEC sleeps until we have accounted for every Election Day worker, particularly the NYSC members.
“In addition to what the EU is doing today, the commission has embarked on the review of the 2019 elections. There are many corps members who did very well during the elections. We will reward those who have done excellent during the elections with automatic employment, including those who will participate in the two major elections that will be conducted in November: the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.”

Liverpool fans, Nsukka branch go for thanksgiving in Church

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Photos: Liverpool fans, Nsukka branch go for thanksgiving in Church after historic Champions League win
Liverpool fans, Nsukka branch on Sunday, gathered in church to thank God for their historic Champions League win.

Facebook user, Odinaka Onwudor who shared photos from the service on the social media platform wrote:

"Yesterday, Liverpool fans Nsukka branch(Enugu state, Nigeria) went for thanksgiving in the Church. Thanking God for the Champions League triumph. Kudos to you guys!
We want to achieve more success next season."

Photos: Liverpool fans, Nsukka branch go for thanksgiving in Church after historic Champions League win Photos: Liverpool fans, Nsukka branch go for thanksgiving in Church after historic Champions League win
Photos: Liverpool fans, Nsukka branch go for thanksgiving in Church after historic Champions League win

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