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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Strike Will Soon Be Over Despite Asuu’s Walkout - FG Assures

Strike Will Soon Be Over Despite Asuu’s Walkout - FG Assures

The federal government has expressed optimism that the current strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (Asuu) will soon be over.

This assurance came from the Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige in the aftermath of a walkout a meeting between the government and members of Asuu on Monday.

Ngige had before the meeting told the lecturers that he hopes a consensus on most of the issues would be reached.

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Speaking after the meeting, the former Anambra State Governor noted that the
lecturers were only dissatisfied with the decision reached.

According to him, the FG and Asuu members are still negotiating and will reach an agreement before Christmas so that students can return to school in January.
Mother Commits Suicide After Shooting Her Four Children 34 Times

Mother Commits Suicide After Shooting Her Four Children 34 Times

A Tennessee mother unloaded 34 rounds of ammunition into her four children, killing them all before turning the gun on herself, according to newly released autopsy reports.

Cynthia Collier, 55, brutally killed her adopted kids, Kaileigh Lin Collier, 17, Lia Lin Collier, 15, Bo Li Collier and Meigan Lin Collier, both 14 in what police have called a murder-suicide.

According to an autopsy conducted by Davidson County Senior Associate Medical Examiner David Zimmerman, Kaileigh was shot 13 times in a bathroom in the family's Columbia, Tenn., home, WKRN reports. Lia was found dead in her bed with nine gunshot wounds. Bo and Meigan were also found dead in their beds, having sustained four and eight gunshot wounds respectively.   

Collier's autopsy revealed that she died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Her death was ruled a suicide, while all four of the children's deaths were ruled homicides. The five bodies were later discovered by one of Collier's three biological adult children. A suicide note was reportedly discovered at the scene, but details of its contents have not been released. 

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Collier, a stay-at-home mom who homeschooled the four victims, "seemed to be a very loving mother, with the exception of this one incident," according to Maury County Sheriff Bucky Rowland. The Tennessean reports that Collier married her current husband, Randall Collier, the legal father of the victims, in 1982. After raising three biological children one daughter and two sons the couple adopted Kaileigh, Lia, Bo and Meigan from China in 2007. Randall Collier permanently moved out of the family home in 2009 but continued sending $11,500 in child support each month, leaving Cynthia to raise the kids by herself for 11 years, according to WZTV.  

The Colliers entered divorce proceedings in the spring of 2018, with Randall seeking partial custody of the children, all of whom he allegedly had little previous contact with. Cynthia and the children fought back in court against the idea of partial custody until the end of May, when the couple suddenly asked for the case to be dismissed.  

Authorities say they are still baffled over the gruesome attack and are currently hunting for a motive.  "This appears to be a loving home," Sheriff Rowland said during an October press conference, the Tennessean reports. "It's an immaculate home and a very loving family. So a motive would be very important to know what would lead someone to do this to her loved ones."
Bayelsa Businessman, His Driver Shot Dead By Gunmen On Their Way To Deliver Ransom To Kidnappers

Bayelsa Businessman, His Driver Shot Dead By Gunmen On Their Way To Deliver Ransom To Kidnappers

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Sunday shot and killed one Mr Lagos Godgift and his driver, Mr Christopher Etima in Bayelsa.

According to the State Police Command, both men were on their way to deliver ransom money to kidnappers.

The incident happened at about 1 a.m. on the Onuebum-Otuogori road in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.

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According to Etima's cousin, late Godgift was the younger brother of a wealthy politician.

Endora Williams posted photos of late Emmanuel, writing:

"Christoper Etima My Humble And Hard Working Cousin. Who Ever Sent You On This Long And Lonely Journey Will Never Fine Peace On Earth . Those Kidnappers Will Be Hunted By Your Dad's Spirit. May Their Children Experience The Cool Hands Of Death Just As You Were Sent In Your Prime. Oh God It's Just Like A Dream.............. crying."
You Need Me As Your Running Mate - Duncan Mighty Tells Sowore

You Need Me As Your Running Mate - Duncan Mighty Tells Sowore

Nigerian Singer, Duncan Mighty, has called on presidential candidate of Action Alliance Congress (AAC), Omoleye Sowore, to make him his running mate.

The Port-Harcourt first son described Sowore as a “very intelligent Nigerian youth” but noted that his vice-presidential candidate, Rabiu Ahmed Rufai, is not doing enough on the campaign front.

Rufai is a doctor and public health expert, and by virtue of his profession, Mighty said he should be educating Nigerians on how the country’s healthcare system can be revamped.

The singer said, “Nigeria needs solution experts who are able to go into the street.

“A man like Sowore needs a man like Duncan Mighty to tell him whatever you say can be done.

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“Someone was telling me that Sowore already has a vice-presidential candidate and I went to his page and realised that this guy is a doctor and he has only 15 posts of pictures.

“He is supposed to let us know, as a doctor, that Nigeria should be the leading health nation. Nigeria should be that nation where everybody from outside should come have the best healthcare. For this reason, I will demand a debate.

“It is high time we realise that it is not only when Mr President travels that the vice-president should work.

“Go to Sowore’s page, you will realise that he has over 543 posts concerning how Nigeria is going to get better.”

Mighty said he believes in the candidacy of the Sahara Reporters publisher and that Nigeria needs people like him.
Cabals Not Buhari Running Nigeria – Secondus

Cabals Not Buhari Running Nigeria – Secondus

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of not being in control of his government.

In a statement, the opposition party chairman stated that some cabals have taken over control of the government.

He said the “cabals who hijacked the Presidency are divided and confused and Nigeria youths are the victim.”

Secondus stated that: “President Muhammadu Buhari is not in charge of the situation and does not know what is happening in the country.

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“Your President does not know what is going on, he does not know that killings are going on in the country from Benue to Zamfara.

“He is confused about what to do and has told the Governors that the economy is getting worse and he does not know what to do.”
Cross River Government Grants Amnesty To Deadly Militant Group

Cross River Government Grants Amnesty To Deadly Militant Group

The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, on Monday, granted amnesty to the members of the dreaded Bakassi Strike Force.

The ceding of the Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon led over hundred of militants to take up arms, but have now surrendered their weapons.

Governor Ayade’s amnesty gesture, which was the outcome of a collaboration between the Federal Government, the state government and the Operation Delta Safe was aimed at sustaining the state’s safe investment climate.

Governor Ayade addressed the ex-militants at Ikang, headquarters of Bakassi Local Government Area.

Ayade said, “I have a duty as a father to protect all citizens and a responsibility as a governor to ensure security of lives and property.

“Therefore, there is a complex relationship between my office as governor and my traditional role as a father. In the light of this, therefore, allow me the luxury to maneuver through such an agony that I have found myself today.

“It is totally unacceptable, no matter the circumstance, for any citizen of Nigeria who is not trained to bear arms to carry arms.

“To that extent, I wish to particularly thank President Mohammadu Buhari, the Chief of Army Staff and the Commander of Operation Delta Safe for making this event possible.

“We thank you for your patience, tolerance and understanding that despite your superior fire power to take them out, you have chosen to allow dialogue to prevail and in the process, you showed compassion, humility and that truly, you love the people of Bakassi and indeed, Cross River State. And by so doing, lives are saved and this is the real essence of governance.”

Ayade regretted that “The Bakassi Strike Force, led by Benjamin Ene, who is from where we are building our deep seaport, though originally not designed as a criminal gang, became a product of agitation to draw attention to the painful and sad loss of identity, ancestral heritage and a means of livelihood, occasioned by the heartless ceding of Bakassi peninsula without a plebiscite or a referendum with the attendant loss of our oil wells, pain, hunger and suffering that has characterized the state since the loss.

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“This has gone on without the correspondent commitment and concern from the federal government.

“Naturally, when all avenues for negotiations have failed, people are forced to attempt alternative methods of seeking redress.”

He also regretted that the militants chose the wrong option in their attempt to draw attention to the plight of the people.

Ayade expressed happiness that the young men have now seen the folly of that decision and have repented.

He added, “So I thank you for submitting to reason. I thank the Bakassi Strike Force, as it then was for coming out of hiding.

“As I look at you, I feel pain and a sense of shame, defeat as a governor that it took me this long to bring my brothers out to come join me to build the Cross River of our dream.

“We welcome you back home, and as we welcome you, we do so with all sincerity and every fiber of my being to respect all the terms of the memorandum of understanding contained in the agreement.”

While surrendering to the joint military task force, ex-leader of the now defunct Bakassi Strike Force, Benjamin Ene, said the amnesty represents freedom to his group.

“You have won the battle and the war and we have won our freedom. We want to pass the message of the suffering of our people to the government and the relevant organizations worldwide that though, not totally addressed, may I use this opportunity to thank all the stakeholders, particularly President Mohammadu Buhari, Governors Ben Ayade, Udom Emmanuel, Commander, Operation Delta Safe, Rear Admiral A. O. Suleiman and other security agencies, Architect Bassey Eyo Ndem, among others, for this historic amnesty being granted by the governor.

“My boys who are still in various detention camps and awaiting freedom appreciate this gesture and hereby willingly surrender our arms and never to go back to armed struggle or insurgency but to be law abiding citizens and pass all our grievances through every lawful means.”
Presidency Bans Uzodinma, Bankole, 37 Others From Traveling

Presidency Bans Uzodinma, Bankole, 37 Others From Traveling

The Presidency has submitted names of 39 alleged treasury looters to the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) for the purpose of stopping them from leaving the country.

This was made known to newsmen on Monday by the Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Funds (SPIPRPP) Okoi Obono Obla.

Obla disclosed that the panel in collaboration with the Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA) was investigating Nigerians implicated in the Paradise Panama Papers.

The presidential aide stated that the list of 39 persons contained those currently under its investigation, including the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma; former Senate President, David Mark; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole and the Tumsah brothers, Tijani Tumsah and Ibrahim Tumsah among others.

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He said: “The Presidential Panel has requested the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), to place a travel ban on some persons who are alleged to have abused their offices and looted our commonwealth.

“The panel is investigating the Tumsah brothers: Tijani Tumsah (Vice Chairman, Presidential Initiative on North East) and Ibrahim Tumsah (Director, Finance and Accounts, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing) for alleged abuse of office, corruption and possession of unaccounted suspicious wealth beyond their legitimate earnings.

“The Panel has recovered an assortment of 86 brand-new luxury and sophisticated cars from the duo; 23 of those vehicles are bullet-proof without the requisite permits.

“Also recovered from them are several choice properties, located in highbrow areas of Abuja and a quarry in Kuje, the Federal Capital Territory. The panel has since obtained an interim order of forfeiture from FCT High Court in Abuja in respect of these properties.”