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The Gambia has notified the United Nations that it is withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, the third African country to give formal notice of a pullout, a UN spokesman said Monday.

South Africa and Burundi also ignored appeals from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reverse their decisions and have sent letters confirming that they are quitting the ICC.
“We have received the official, formal notification, which has now been processed,” UN spokesman Farhan Haq said.
Banjul’s decision to pull out of the court struck a personal blow against the tribunal’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian lawyer and former justice minister.
Gambian Information Minister Sheriff Bojang charged that the ICC had been used “for the persecution of Africans and especially their leaders” while ignoring crimes committed by the West.
Gambia’s withdrawal will take effect one year after the letter was received on November 4.
Kenya, Namibia and Uganda are among other African countries that have indicated they, too, are considering pulling out of the Rome statute, the ICC’s founding treaty.
AFP
A former Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki is dead. 

He died on Monday at the age of 92.

Family source said Dasuki died at the Turkish Hospital in Abuja after a protracted illness.

The source said Dasuki died of kidney problem. He is said to have been on kidney dialyses for nearly two years.

He will be buried by 2pm on Tuesday according to Islamic rites.


Dasuki was the father of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and the 18th Sultan of Sokoto.

The family source said as his health deteriorated, the son, Sambo, who has been in detention for alleged arms deals fraud was taken to see him at the Turkish hospital last week.

Dasuki was dethroned as the Sultan by the Abacha government in 1996 amd then taken to Jalingo where we was placed on exile.

He was the son of Haliru Ibn Barau who held the title of Sarkin Yamma and who was the district head of Dogon Daji. He started Quranic education in 1928.

In 1984, he was appointed chairman of the Committee for the Review of Local Government Administration in Nigeria. The government was tasked with the objective of recommending ideas on how to curb the machinations of state governments in local government affairs and how local governments can encourage rural development.

A veteran commander of the Islamic State group who was convicted in Italy of terrorist recruitment has been arrested in Sudan, an Italian lawmaker said Monday.

Giacomo Stucchi, a senator who chairs the parliamentary committee that oversees Italy’s secret services, said Italian intelligence had played a key role in tracking down the jihadist known as Abu Nassim, a Tunisian national who was until recently reported to be leading a group of IS fighters around the port of Sabratha in Libya.

“I would like to express my satisfaction over the anti-terrorist operation that has led to the arrest in Sudan of the Tunisian terrorist Moez Fezzani,” Stucchi said, using Abu Nassim’s real name.
Abu Nassim lived in Italy for most of his 20s. He subsequently fought in Afghanistan and Syria before reportedly moving to Libya in 2014.
He first arrived in Italy in 1989 to work on building sites. Suspected of trying to radicalise and recruit other Arab immigrants, he disappeared in 1997 and resurfaced in Pakistan, on his way to join the late Osama bin Laden’s forces in Afghanistan.
He was arrested by US forces in 2001 and held at the Bagram airbase detention facility. From there he was was transferred to Italy in 2009 after prosecutors filed charges of terrorist recruitment related to his previous stay.
He was acquitted in 2012 and deported to Tunisia, only to be convicted on appeal in his absence the following year. By then he was already fighting in Syria.
Tunisia issued a warrant for his arrest in connection with the March 2015 Bardo Museum attack in Tunis, in which gunmen killed 21 tourists and a policeman.
AFP
Suspicion and fear permeates Lagos parallel market as traders struggle to come to terms with last week’s raid by security operatives, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The situation worsened the scarcity of the greenback as traders’ fear that men of the State Security Service (SSS) were still disguising as potential foreign exchange buyers in the market.
A currency trader, who pleaded anonymity, said the situation might further erode the gains made by the CBN in ensuring the sale of the proceeds of Diaspora remittances to BDCs.
Meanwhile, currency traders said that it was difficult to put a price on the dollar since it had become scarce.
However, the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N560 and N500 at the parallel market.
At the BDC window, a dollar traded at N385/N400, CBN controlled rate, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N555 and N500, respectively.
The Naira lost 25 kobo at the interbank market to close at N305.25, from N304.75 recorded on Friday.
Some operatives of the SSS had on Thursday raided some unregistered BDCs and parallel market traders over an alleged arbitrary sale of forex above the official price. NAN
The EFCC, on Monday, November 14, 2016 continued the examination of its first prosecution witness, PW1, Alade Oluseye Sunday, on a case of alleged fraud against Abiodun Agbele, an aide to the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja.

Sunday, a manager and Branch Head of the Zenith Bank Plc., Akure, whose evidence started on Thursday, October 27, 2016, maintained that the sum of N1,219,490,000 (one billion, two hundred and nineteen million, four hundred and ninety thousand naira) that was conveyed via two aircrafts were handed over to him by the first defendant (Agbele).
“The money was mostly in N1000 notes while the rest were in N500 bills. Agbele gave us the instruction to transfer the monies to different accounts. Some were paid into De Privateer Limited, some into Spotless investment limited while some where paid into Ayodele Fayose’s account”, Sunday maintained.
The witness, while reading from exhibit AA1B stated that, N100million was credited to Spotless Investments; N219.490million was credited to De Privateer Limited; another N300million was credited to De Privateer Limited; another N200million was credited to De Privateer Limited; N200million was also credited to De Privateer Ltd; N137million was credited to Ayodele Fayose’s account and the balance N263 million was taken by Abiodun Agbele to Ado Ekiti.
“I saw Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, come down from the aircraft to speak with Agbele”, he said.
Under cross-examination by Agbele’s counsel, Mike Ozekome, Sunday maintained that he had never met the first defendant and had never discussed any money matters with him prior to June 2014.“I got worried when I saw the huge amount of money conveyed by the aircrafts that day. It took us ten working days to count the money and each day, the uncounted sum is stored in the strong room as ‘boxed’ cash”, said Sunday.
Asked whether he reported the transaction as suspicious to any authority, the witness said he did not because it was not his job to do so.
The case has been adjourned to November 17, 2016 for further hearing.
Agbele is facing an 11-count charge for allegedly diverting N4.6billion from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
Former aviation minister and spokesperson to Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has regained his freedom  after spending 24 days in EFCC detention and Kuje prisons.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Jude Ndukwe, Mr. Fani-Kayode was released after meeting all the conditions of bail that was granted to him by the Federal High Court in Abuja.
“After 24 days in detention at the EFCC and Kuje prison and after meeting all the conditions of bail that was granted to him by the Federal High Court in Abuja, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has been released. He gives thanks to God for everything and he has asked me to convey his heartfelt appreciation and love to all those that prayed for and encouraged him and his family at this difficult time and indeed throughout this ordeal.
“He will now focus on getting the medical attention that he needs. He wishes to let all those that have offered him support and that have stood by him throughout this period know that his resolve to help build a better Nigeria and stand up for righteousness and truth remains strong. No matter what comes our way we trust the Lord and we believe that we shall prevail” the statement read.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), said it would embark on a week warning strike over failure by the Federal Government to implement the 2009 Agreement and 2013 MoU.
ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, spoke on Monday at the University of Abuja during a press conference organised by the union.

Ogunyemi said following a nation-wide consultation with members, the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU resolved to embark on a one week warning strike from Wednesday Nov. 16.
“Many aspects of the 2013 MoU and the 2009 Agreement with the Federal Government have either been unimplemented or despairingly handled.
“The agreements are: Payments of staff entitlements since December 2015, funding of universities for revitalisation, pension, TSA and university autonomy and renegotiation of 2009 Agreement.
“Failure by the Federal Government to implement this agreement has put ASUU leadership in severe difficulty, responding to inquiries from members of the union about the state of our agreement,’’ he said.
The ASUU president said that during the warning strike, there shall be no teaching, examination and no attendance at statutory meetings in all branches.
He, however, called on all education-loving Nigerians to prevail on the Federal Government to address the patriotic demands of ASUU until the Nigerian university system is repositioned.
“With the release of the 2016 Annual Budget, our union wondered aloud why allocation to education dropped from 11 per cent in 2015 to eight per cent in 2016.
“With the introduction of TSA, the federal universities find it extremely difficult to discharge their core responsibilities of teaching, research and community services.
“We tried to correct the erroneous impression in government circles that the capital and research grants to universities were being handled by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund),’’ he said. NAN
Veteran Kumawood actor Ebenezer Donkor, popularly known as Katawere, is dead.

The Ghanaian actor reportedly died on Monday morning at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra after battling an undisclosed sickness for the past two years.
Mr Kofi Andoh, the producer of popular local TV series, Efiewura, in which the late actor starred for many years confirmed his death in a Facebook post. 
He wrote: “YES IT IS TRUE. AGYA AFARI DIED THIS MORNING , 14th November, 2016. He was found dead this morning after a short illness. May his soul rest in peace” 
About 12 people, including a police officer, are feared dead on Monday following a clash between the Kano State Police and members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) in Kano city.

Eyewitness said that the clash started around Tamburawa, on the outskirts of Kano city, when the police tried to stop a Shiite protest.

The police have since deployed heavily armed mobile police officers to the area while the major Kano- Zaria road is completely blocked.

Kano police spokesman Magaji Majita said a police sergeant was killed, without giving further details.

The leader of the jihadist group Boko Haram has reacted to the election of Donald Trump to the White House with a warning that “the war has just begun” against the West.

“Do not be overwhelmed by people like Donald Trump and the global coalition fighting our brethren in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and everywhere,” Abubakar Shekau said in an audio message posted on YouTube late Sunday.

“We remain steadfast on our faith and we will not stop,” he said in the hour-long message. “To us, the war has just begun.”
Boko Haram is waging a seven-year-old uprising against the Nigerian state that has claimed more than 20,000 lives, with the insurgency spilling over the West African nation’s borders into neighbouring states.
Boko Haram, which last year pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, has been in the grip of a power struggle since late last year.
The IS high command said in August that Shekau had been replaced as leader by Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the 22-year-old son of Boko Haram’s founder Mohammed Yusuf.
Shekau claims he is still in charge, however, as rival factions vie for control.
During a visit to Nigeria in August, US Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated the government for reclaiming swathes of territory and releasing thousands of hostages from Boko Haram, while warning against the use of excessive force to fight extremists.
Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to order the release of the immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), for him to “enjoy his human right to liberty within the context of the bail granted him by the trial courts.”

The former NSA has been held in custody without any backing of court order.

Dasuki is accused of embezzling about $2.1 billion meant to purchase arms to fight Boko Haram.
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, had granted him bail in December, but the Department of State Services refused to let him go.
In a statement on Sunday, Falana said that his release had become necessary in view of the ban by the United States of America on sale of arms to Nigeria over alleged continued violation of human rights under the Buhari Administration.
Falana said though, the basis for ban on sale of arms by the US could be queried, the President should stop the violation of people’s rights and also release all political detainees.
He said: “With respect to the substantive relief, the ECOWAS Court held that the detention of Col. Dasuki without a court order could not be justified under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.
“Consequently, the court ordered the  release of the applicant and payment of N15m  damages to him as reparation for the infringement of his human rights.
“In reporting the judgment of the ECOWAS Court  the media conveyed the impression that that the federal government has been ordered to release the plaintiff unconditionally from further detention.
“Contrary to such misleading impression  the ECOWAS Court has not discharged and acquitted Col. Dasuki in respect of the criminal charges pending against him in the Nigerian courts. All that the court said was that the suspect  be allowed to enjoy his human right to liberty within the context of the bail granted him by the trial courts.
“In particular,  the Federal Government was berated for treating the orders of its own courts with contempt.”

The General Overseer of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet TB Joshua, has reacted to criticisms trailing his prediction that Hillary Clinton would win US presidential election, saying those criticizing him lack spiritual understanding.

The pastor said his prophecy was not off mark, but people need spiritual understanding to be able to interpret his prophecy.
According to him, the people criticizing him lack spiritual understanding hence interpreted his prophesy based “on the basis of their own minds and ideas.”
“There is no shortcut to spiritual maturity unless earthly understanding gives way to spiritual enlightenment. I see many people trying to interpret prophets on the basis of their own minds and ideas. The prophecy seems to cause uproar, to many who gave it different meaning and interpretation,” he stated.
The popular Nigerian prophet has been ridiculed for predicting a win for US Democrat candidate, Hillary Clinton who lost to Donald Trump last Wednesday.
The prophecy which was posted on his Facebook page a few days before to the US election was temporarily deleted after Clinton loss in the election.
But in a recent Facebook post, the man of God said said he is not on the same level with those criticizing him saying such people need the “the spirit of a prophet to recognize or know a prophet.”
Below is TB Joshua’s full post:
MY VIEW REGARDING THE ELECTION (US)
We have seen the outcome of the election in America. Having read, you will notice that it is all about the popular vote, the vote of the majority of Americans.
In this case, we need the Spirit of a Prophet to recognize or to know a Prophet. Our levels are different. We are not on the same level.
We might have great cathedrals, huge bells, and all kinds of activities that are good by human standards but human point of view is limited.
1 Corinthians 1:25. The foolishness of God is wiser than that of men and the weakness of God is stronger than that of men.
There is no shortcut to spiritual maturity unless earthly understanding gives way to spiritual enlightenment.
I see many people trying to interpret prophets on the basis of their own minds and ideas. The prophecy seems to cause uproar, to many who gave it different meaning and interpretation.
Finally, campaigns and elections in any democratic country in the world are never about one person, it is about the country we care and love. Whichever way it happens, we must accept the outcome and then look to the future (God), the Author and Finisher.
Democracy is all about accommodation. All democrats must value the process of democracy more than the product.
God bless the United States of America.

Warri-based billionaire Ayiri Emami on Saturday November 12th made it known that he’s not affected by the recession in Nigeria.

The billionaire used a gold-plated spraying gun to spray his younger brother Bawo, during his wedding to Gbubemi Ogbobine yesterday in Warri.
At a time, he even handed the machine to his teenage son to spray.  

The lavish wedding was planned by IPC Events.

The Sokoto State Committee on the Implementation of State of Emergency in Education, has discovered 200 sets of furniture locked up at a school where students sit on bare floor for lessons.

A statement issued by Imam Imam, spokesman to Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, said the discovery was made during an assessment visit to Hafsat Ahmadu Bello Memorial Secondary School, Sokoto.
It said: “Only a few classes in the school have enough seats to accommodate them.

“For long, they have to put up with taking lectures while seated on bare floor.
“Most use prayer mats to protect their white tops from the floor’s dust, while others come to classes with extra wrappers to spray on floor as they sit.
“While they have to put up with the most uncomfortable situation to take lectures daily, a few blocks away, 200 sets of classroom furniture were locked away, unattended to, and left to rot away.”

It said that, the suffering of the students came to an end last week when the committee went to assess facilities and make recommendations to remedy identified problems.
The statement added that the team leader, Dr Shadi Sabeh, immediately ordered that the furniture be arranged in the class rooms, and admonished the school management to always prioritise the need of the students.
It said that school managers must, henceforth, key into the new vision of government for better schools, so as not to sabotage its efforts.(NAN)

Donald Trump will keep his vow to deport millions of undocumented migrants from the United States, he said in an interview to be broadcast Sunday, saying as many as three million could be removed after he takes office.

“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million — we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump said in an excerpt released ahead of broadcast by CBS’s 60 Minutes program.
The billionaire real estate baron made security at the US-Mexico border a central plank of his insurgent presidential campaign, which resulted in last Tuesday’s shock election victory against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
Trump added that the barrier to be erected on the US border with Mexico may not consist entirely of brick and mortar, but that fencing could be used in some areas.
“There could be some fencing,” Trump says in his first primetime interview since being elected president last week.
“But (for) certain areas, a wall is more appropriate. I’m very good at this, it’s called construction,” he tells CBS.
AFP

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Chinese actor and martial arts star Jackie Chan has finally received his little gold statuette, an honorary Oscar at the annual Governors Awards for his decades of work in film.

When the actor saw an Oscar at Sylvester Stallone’s house 23 years ago, he said that was the moment he decided he wanted one.

On Saturday at the annual Governors Awards, the Chinese actor was honored.

“After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, after so many bones, finally,” Chan, 62, quipped at the star-studded gala dinner while holding his Oscar.
The actor recalled watching the ceremony with his parents and his father always asking him why he didn’t have Hollywood’s top accolade despite having made so many movies.
He praised his hometown Hong Kong for making him “proud to be Chinese,” and thanked his fans, saying they were the reason “I continue to make movies, jumping through windows, kicking and punching, breaking my bones.”
The actor was introduced by his “Rush Hour” co-star Chris Tucker, actress Michelle Yeoh and Tom Hanks, who referred to him as “Jackie ‘Chantastic’ Chan.”
Hanks said it was especially gratifying to be able to acknowledge Chan’s work because martial arts and action comedy films were two genres often overlooked during awards season.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, hosts of the annual ceremony, also bestowed honorary Oscars on British film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and prolific documentarian Frederick Wiseman.
The evening was attended by Hollywood’s elite, including Denzel Washington, Lupita Nyong’o, Nicole Kidman, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Amy Adams and Dev Patel.
Stalmaster, 88, credited with securing career-defining roles for actors such as Jeff Bridges, Andy Garcia, Christopher Reeve and John Travolta, is the first casting director to receive an Oscar.
Coates, 90, who won the film editing Oscar for 1962’s “Lawrence of Arabia” and has edited more than 50 films, said she shared her honorary Oscar “with all the unsung heroes” of filmmaking.
Wiseman, 86, whose documentaries include 1970’s “Hospital,” 1987’s “Blind” and last year’s “In Jackson Heights,” said: “I think it’s as important to document kindness, ability and generosity of spirit as it is to show cruelty, banality and indifference,” he said.
Reuters
Photo credit: Richard Bicknell (Twitter)

 A powerful 7.4-magnitude earthquake rocked New Zealand late Sunday, the US Geological Survey said.

The shallow tremor hit just after 11:00 pm local time, some 90 kilometres from the South Island city of Christchurch, according to the agency.

However, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a warning following the quake and there were no immediate reports of casualties.
“Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected,” reported the center.

Photo credit: Richard Bicknell (Twitter)

Photo credit: Richard Bicknell (Twitter)
The New Zealand government’s GeoNet website said the quake was “felt widely” throughout the country and warned citizens to watch out for aftershocks.
Tamsin Edensor, a mother of two in Christchurch, said the shaking lasted a “long” time.
“We were asleep and woken to the house shaking, it kept going and going and felt like it was going to build up,” she told AFP.
She said there was no sign of damage on her street and the power was still on, adding that she was worried about towns and villages closer to the epicentre.
“We’re getting aftershocks at the moment. We’re going to stock up on water supplies just in case.”
In September, a strong 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck the east coast of New Zealand, generating a small tsunami, but no significant damage or injuries were reported.
In February 2011, a 6.3 earthquake left 185 people dead in the South Island city of Christhurch.
New Zealand is on the boundary of the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates, which form part of the so-called “Ring of Fire”, and experiences up to 15,000 tremors a year.
AFP
The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has written US president-elect Donald Trump, saying his victory has placed a historic and moral burden upon him to “liberate enslaved nations in Africa, trapped in artificially created boundaries designed to reinforce colonial domination and subjugation.”

He congratulated Mr. Trump over his election as the 45th president of the United States of America.

In a release through his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejimofor, Kanu said it was with great joy he received in prison the news of Trump’s electoral victory.
The letter read: “Mr. President-elect, the American people have given you their mandate and trust, not only to make America great again, but also to bring positive changes in the affairs of humanity.
“Your victory has placed a historic and moral burden upon you to liberate enslaved nations in Africa, trapped in artificially created boundaries designed to reinforce colonial domination and subjugation.

“It is imperative to draw historical parallels between your victory and that of the great Dwight Eisenhower, a fellow Republican, who was instrumental in the dismantling of European colonialism in Africa.

“I pray that you follow in his footsteps, by bringing to a deserved end neo-colonial enslavement, currently championed by puppet dictatorial and tyrannical regimes as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has every confidence that as the leader of the free world, you have both the capacity and the will to confront the challenges ahead and meet the expectations of the American people in particular, and the oppressed people of the world in general.
Below is the full letter
Dear Mr. President-Elect
It is with great joy that I Nnamdi Kanu received the news of your election victory as the 45th President of the United States of America at the just concluded US Presidential election. On behalf of the Indigenous People of Biafra, please accept my warmest congratulations on your well deserved victory.
Mr. President, the American people have given you their mandate and trust, not only to make America Great Again, but also to bring positive changes in the affairs of humanity. Your victory has placed a historic and moral burden upon you to liberate enslaved nations in Africa, trapped in artificially created boundaries designed to reinforce colonial domination and subjugation.
Self-Determination is a sacred right of all people as demonstrated by the good people of United Kingdom when they opted out of the European Union. It is imperative to draw historical parallels between your victory and that of the great Dwight Eisenhower a fellow Republican, who was instrumental in the dismantling of European colonialism in Africa. I pray that you follow in his footsteps, by bringing to a deserved end neo-colonial enslavement, currently championed by puppet dictatorial and tyrannical regimes.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have every confidence that as the leader of the free world, you have both the capacity and the will to confront the challenges ahead and meet the expectations of the American people in particular and the oppressed people of the world in general.
Your victory has therefore come with the responsibility to unite and heal the wounds of the past, including the re-writing of some aspects of the dark history of American foreign policy in Africa, championed by established interests, who worked through successive US administrations to actively sponsor undemocratic rogue regimes, corrupt dictatorships and more recently unrepentant arch genocidists.
Such rulers, especially in Africa, remain a direct danger to world peace and security but more importantly a potent and subsisting threat to United States interests in Africa.
A Trump administration should resist every temptation, be it financial inducement to US politicians, political blackmail or otherwise, to partner with these tyrannical regimes in black Africa that specialise in ‘crushing’ the inalienable rights of its citizens, while using this as a cover to loot the treasury dry.
Tyranny is bad for mankind because history have always taught us that all great wars were started by tyrants. It is your responsibility Sir, as the leader of the free world, to hastily undo the mess that US Africa foreign policy has become under the Barack Obama administration.
The rights of distinct ethnic nationalities to seek self determination should be upheld. A free Biafra would be an ally of the United States of America on many fronts, as both nations share the same Judeo-Christian Greco-Roman value system with jealous disposition to safeguarding the rights of the individual.
May the Almighty God give you wisdom and protect you as you embark upon this historic service to humanity.