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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.

Nigerian Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West, on Wednesday announced that the police attempted to kill him twice during his ordeal with them.

Melaye made the disclosure while announcing his intention to move his seat from the All Progressives Congress wing of the chambers to the Peoples Democratic Party’s wing.
“The Nigerian police attempted to kill me twice, one through the application of a chemical substance and the second time through injection. They actually came with an injection but God intervened,” he said.

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Melaye proceeded to thank the members of the senate and well meaning Nigerians for standing by him. Afterward, he walked to the opposition wing to take a seat next to Senator Ben Bruce. 

Kogi West senator, Dino Melaye, on Wednesday announced at the Senate that he longer feels comfortable sitting on the APC wing of the chamber and asked to be sited with the opposition.

        

It was Melaye’s first day at the Senate since he landed in the hospital after a failed attempt to evade being taken to Kogi State by the Nigerian police. He arrived with a walking stick and a neck support.
“Specially, I appreciate the Peoples Democratic Party for making statement during my recall exercise and asking everyone to stay aback. Politics has been shown not to be individualistic but to be about issues and purpose. To the National Chairman and executives of PDP in Kogi State, I salute you,” he said.

He then asked the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to mandate the sergeant-at-arms to create a seat for him at the opposition wing of the chamber.
“I have a special request to you Mr President. Because of the trauma I went through and I’m still going through, I want to seek your indulgence that you will call on the Sergeant-at-arms to look for a comfortable seat for me on this side of the divide (pointing to the opposition wing) because I am no longer comfortable sitting here. So, I want to ask the Senate President that you mandate the sergeant-at-arms tomorrow to look for a seat for me on this other divide of the chamber.
“Before you do that today, through the help of my walking stick I will take a comfortable seat close to Papa, General Senator David Mark pending when you get me a comfortable seat on this side.”
While he did not make it clear whether he was decamping to the opposition, many suspect he may be moving to PDP.

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Melaye spent the rest of the day sitting beside David Mark as the house became rowdy.

Nigerian President Buhari accuses former President Obasanjo of squandering $16 Billion in the name of providing electricity for Nigerians.

A Chinese factory, Golden Lead, is polluting the coastline of Gambia despite court orders.
      

The new president of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, paid an unscheduled visit to government offices

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Mali migrant, Mamoudou Gassama, arrived France last year, after taking the dangerous journey to Europe via a boat over the Mediterranean to Italy.
However, his story changed this week, when he risked his life to rescue a child dangling from the fourth-floor balcony of a building in Paris.
         

Bystanders cheered as he leaped from floor to floor, and the video went viral. He is now known as the Mali Spider-man of Paris. 

In recognition of his bravery, Gassama was invited by President Emmanuel Macron to the Elysee Palace, where he was told he would be made a French citizen. 

Macron thanked Gassama, gave him a medal of courage and said he would also be offered a role in the fire service.
Gassama said he was walking on the streets Saturday evening when he saw a crowd gathered in front of the building where the boy dangled.
“I just didn’t have time to think, I ran across the road to go and save him,” he told President Macron.

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He has since won widespread praise after saving the four-year-old boy.

Nigerian born Lt. Victor Agunbiade has been named among the top 18 US Navy recruiters of 2017. 


Agunbiade was named the Officer Recruiter of the Year, and honored along with 17 others during the annual Navy Recruiting Command’s Recruiter of the Year ceremony in Washington D.C. on May 17th.
Agunbiade started his career in the Navy in 2008 as a logistics specialist before becoming a supply corps officer. 

In November 2015, he became a recruiting officer, and he is active till date.


This award spotlights the sailors for their talent acquisition expertise and positive impact in their local communities.

“We are here tonight to recognize the superb work of these outstanding Sailors,” said Peter Garvin, commander, Navy Recruiting Command. 
 “They are the best recruiters in the United States Navy, and they represent the finest recruiting has to offer.”

 The 18 awardees had the opportunity to visit the Pentagon and meet with senior Navy leadership including Robert Woods, assistant secretary of the Navy for manpower and reserve affairs, and Patrick Barrett, deputy chief Navy Reserve.

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Other winners and their awards are listed below:
Operations Specialist 1st Class Ryan Clark, Enlisted Recruiter of the Year, Active; Lt. j.g. Massimo Ongaro, Officer Recruiter of the Year, Navy Reserve; Navy Counselor 2nd Class Jason Ellis, Sourcer of the Year; Navy Counselor 1st Class James Condon, Sales of the Year; Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class John Redshaw, Assessor of the Year; Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Louis Smith, Onboarder of the Year; Machinist’s Mate (Nuclear) 1st Class Luis Saucedo, Nuclear Field Coordinator of the Year; Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Suemaya Dib, Station Leading Petty Officer of the Year; Navy Counselor Chief Petty Officer William Currie IV, Division Leading Chief Petty Officer of the Year; Ship’s Serviceman 1st Class Fritzi Castillo-Trinidad, Diversity Enlisted Recruiter of the Year; Lt. Derek Strauser, Diversity Officer of the Year; Navy Counselor 1st Class Matthew Weldy, Medical Officer Recruiter of the Year; Lt. Jeffery Shepard, Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Recruiter of the Year; Utilitiesman 1st Class Kevin Yaksich, Navy Special Warfare/ Navy Special Operations Recruiter of the Year; Personnel Specialist 1st Class Paul Lagman, Classifier of the Year and Yeoman 1st Class Roy Stanley II, Support Person of the Year.

Ekitit State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, says God has revealed to him he would replace Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock or Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo.

He stated this during the commissioning of Ekiti State High Court and the newly completed governor’s office last weekend.
“Many of you are doubting Thomases, you don’t believe because Buhari is locking people up today. Once has he spoken, many times have I heard,” he said.
Below is the video:

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According to Fayose, he bears the name Peter, which he says means the rock. He explained that whoever the rock falls on would be crushed.

President Donald Trump has canceled his meeting with North Korea leader, Kim Jong Un, next month.
He announced this on twitter by posting a letter sent to Kim by the White House Thursday morning.
He said the decision amounted to a “tremendous setback” and warned North Korea that the US military is ready to act should Pyongyang take any “foolish and reckless” action.
“Our military, which is by far the most powerful anywhere in the world that has been greatly enhanced recently as we all know, is ready as necessary,” he said.

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But he left open the door to renewing the diplomatic thaw which had preceded the anticipated talks.
Below is his letter to Kim Jong Un. Click on it to read more clearly: