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Gov. Ganduje receiving governor of the year award

The Telegraph newspaper in Nigeria has presented Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State the Best Governor of 2018 award. Ganduje was awarded for his alleged work in health and education sectors, despite allegations of bribery against him.

A few weeks ago, videos of Ganduje allegedly collecting $5 million bribe in form of kickback from contractors were released by The Daily Nigerian. Another video surfaced of the governor allegedly collecting money from another contractor. 

“It is good to celebrate those that are making a difference in our lives,” said the Managing Director of Telegraph newspaper, Funke Egbemode, at the award presentation ceremony. 

The governor continues to be under investigation by a committee of the Kano House of Assembly. 

Buhari made the statement while speaking to the Nigerian community in France earlier in the week.  He complimented the governor for inviting him to Kano State and said Ganduje was very responsible to have continued and completed the projects started by his predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has described the governor of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje as very responsible, despite multiple videos of the governor allegedly collecting bribe.

The Nigerian senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki has quit the All Progressive Congress party, (APC).

Saraki made this announcement on his Twitter handle on Tuesday, saying ‘I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC)’

Nigerian Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West Senatorial district, has announced his escape from ‘kidnappers’ via Twitter.

On Thursday, Melaye was reportedly kidnapped on his way to Lokoja where he was supposed to appear before a court for his ongoing criminal trial.

This morning, however, Melaye announced his freedom on Twitter:

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“I thank God once again for escaping another dangerous attack. I also thank Nigerians for their prayers and show of Love. Spent 11 hours in the wilderness traumatized but God preserved me. God is the best and in whom ONLY I trust. They will continue to try. WE SHALL OVERCOME!!!”
President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, is expected to defect from the ruling All Progressives’ Congress party (APC) after police besieged his house. 

On Tuesday, Saraki escaped an illegal police siege at his Abuja home and made it to the Senate, where he presided over the plenary. 

He announced the defection of 15 senators away from the ruling All Progressives Congress party, APC, and the adjournment of the plenary till September 25, 2018.
APC is now a minority in parliament’s upper house, indicating worsening rifts in President Muhammadu Buhari’s political camp months ahead of an election.
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Fourteen of the 15 lawmakers went to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a letter read on the Senate floor stated. Another senator later left the ruling party while parliament was in session. 

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After casting his vote on Saturday, Governor Ayodele Fayose says his candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, must win the ongoing governorship election.

“No matter what it is, I am winning this election. On top of all these things they are doing, I will still win this election, because in this state I’m in charge by 80% by the grace of God. I won the last election by 82,000 votes, how would they recover from that 82,000? Even if they cut the heads of 82,000 people, they can’t get far,” he said.
Fayose said more than 30,000 police, military, and paramilitary were deployed by the federal government to support the APC candidate, Kayode Fayemi.

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“All the security agencies are totally working for APC. Majority of my people are being arrested. This is a national disaster. The security agencies are enemies of Nigeria,” he said.
  

        

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday commended the Government of Thailand and international volunteers for their role in rescuing the 12 soccer children and their coach trapped in a cave for more than two weeks.

So far 4 boys have been rescued, with high hopes of rescuing others by the end of Monday.

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Below is the statement from the presidency, commending the government of Thailand.

        

At least nine people have been pronounced dead on Thursday, four others injured and 54 vehicles burnt after a petrol tanker fell on the Otedola Bridge in Berger, Lagos.

The accident happened around 5pm, and emergency workers had a tough time accessing the scene as a result of the traffic grid. 

The fuel-filled tanker fell while ascending the bridge outward Lagos, spilling its content backward, and the vehicles behind it caught fire.

       

Some of the deceased were burnt while trying to run to safety.

According to the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Adesina Tiamiyu, two of the injured persons are in critical condition.
“A tanker exiting Lagos lost control while climbing the Otedola Bridge and spilled its content backwards,” he said. 
“This caused a fire outbreak and 54 vehicles were affected. Nine bodies were recovered and four injured people. Two of the injured were in critical condition. They have all been moved to the hospital.
“We are removing the burnt vehicles from the road in order to ease traffic congestion. We advice people traveling to Ibadan or outside Lagos to use alternative routes.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday visited Plateau State to pay a condolence visit to families affected by the massacre.
Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad made this disclosure via his Twitter handle.

Last weekend, more than 80 people were killed by herdsmen in Plateau.

Below is the video of his arrival in Jos:

A woman was taken off a Spirit Airlines flight from Houston, Texas after her mid-flight meltdown.
In the video taken by a passenger, she was seen pacing frantically up the aisle of the Minneapolis-bound plane, screaming hysterically.

    

“Get me the f*** off this plane!” she screams. “You want to be b**chy to me? You’ll see me f***ing pissed.”
When a male passenger stands up to block the woman from getting to the front of the plane, she shakes her fist and lashed out again.
“Do you know who my brothers are? They are f***ing Marine snipers. Do you want to f*** with a f***ing Marine?” she screams, before pushing her way toward the cockpit.
“Do you want to know what hell is? I’ve f*** been there 10 times!” the woman continues to shout.

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According to authorities, the woman became irate after the flight landed in Rochester, Minnesota, due to a medical issue.

Over the weekend, scores of cows were spotted grazing at the gate of the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria.

Many have expressed outraged at such a sight. Meanwhile, the country is mourning the killing of more than 80 people by alleged herdsmen in Plateau State over the weekend.

See video and reactions by Nigerians below:

        

Here are reactions by some Nigerians to this video:

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will finally visit Plateau State where more than 80 people were killed over the weekend. 

On Sunday, dozens of people were killed in three local government areas of the state by armed herdsmen.
Vice President Osinbajo visited the state on Monday to grieve with the people.
The president left Abuja this morning for Calabar to commission projects, including the Navy Reference Hospital and the automated rice seeds and seedlings factory.
The president would stop over in Plateau on his way from Calabar, Cross River State, this afternoon to grieve with the government and people of Plateau

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The day after the incident, the president announced on Twitter that he would be sending his Vice-President to Plateau:

Nigerian Senator Dino Melaye says police tried to kill him twice with chemical substance and injections.

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose says God promised him he will replace either Buhari or Osinbajo.

Buhari signs the not-too-young-to-run bill, making it possible for a 35-year-old to run for president.

      

Ethiopia releases Andargachew Tsege and other hundreds of political prisoners.

Malian migrant, Mamoudou Gassama, becomes a French citizen after his heroic rescue of a 4-year-old boy in Paris.

Adeola celebrates the 50th wedding anniversary of Elder & Mrs. Ajagbe.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has been summoned by the Nigerian police for questioning over the April 5th Offa bank robberies in which nine policemen and 33 civilians were killed and millions of naira stolen.
The police said some of the arrested 22 robbery suspects confessed that Saraki and Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, were their sponsors.
In response, the Senate President released a statement, in which he declared he is willing to honor the invitation of the police.
He denied any links to any of the suspects, saying it is another plot to embarrass him.
Below is his statement:
The attention of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has been drawn to a story circulating online and apparently derived from a Press Conference addressed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Moshood Jimoh, linking him (Saraki) to the Offa robbery.
Dr. Saraki will want the entire public to disregard this claim as a baseless allegation and another ploy by the Police to implicate him by all means. Let it be known that there is no way I could have been associated with armed robbery against my people.
“When the Offa robbery incident happened, I was the first top public official to pay a visit to the place and right there in the palace of the traditional ruler, I put a call through to this same Mr. Ibrahim Idris, the IGP, requesting him to make certain specific security arrangements as demanded by the people.
“Members of the public will remember that on May 16, 2018, I alerted the Senate about the information passed on to me by my State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatai Ahmed, over a plot by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to frame me up by getting some suspected cultists arrested in Ilorin to implicate me.
It is believed that the timely leakage of the plot, in that case, aborted the use of the suspected cultists to implicate me. Now, it is the Offa bank robbery suspects that are about to be used.
“This plot is concocted to embarrass me and, in the mind of the IGP, it is his own response after his refusal to honor the invitation by the National Assembly, headed me, for him to come and offer explanations on the rampant killings and violence across the country.
“Like the earlier one, this frame-up will also fail as I hereby state categorically that I have no link with any band of criminals.
“As a person who has utmost respect for the rule of law and all constitutional institutions, when the invitation from the Police is formally extended to me, I will be ready to honor it without any delay.
“It is however sad that this abuse of the criminal investigation process aimed at intimidating and over-overawing the legislature, thereby obstructing it from doing its work, is a big threat to our democracy “, the Senate President  stated.

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Popular Ethiopian activist Andargachew Tsige, who was imprisoned in 2014 and placed on death row, is officially a free man. 

Andargachew, 63, also a British citizen, was arrested in Yemen during a stopover. He was released Tuesday along with 575 other prisoners who were pardoned by the Ethiopian government under “unique circumstances,” according to the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC). 

“I’m overwhelmed. I never expected to receive such an ecstatic reception by so many Ethiopians,” he said after he was driven to his parent’s residence in Addis Ababa.

“Four years isn’t that much of sacrifice, we have seen worse, I don’t know what to say right now. we will talk when the time is right, not in front of those who arrested me. Now is the time to see my father,” he added.