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The All Progressive Congress (APC) has registered over one million new members in south east states, it was revealed at the weekend.
The south east zone of the party has also requested for extension of the time allotted for the on-going continuous registration exercise of the party.
It also requested for more materials from the national leadership of the party.
A communiqué by the national vice chairman south east zone of the APC, Hon. Emma Eneukwu, at the end of a one day meeting of the party’s stakeholders in the zone in Enugu, stated that the exercise had recorded a huge turnout  in the zone.
Eneukwu stressed the meeting re-confirmed the ongoing registration exercise was very much on-track.
He commended state chairmen of the party in all the South east states for a job well done.
”The meeting re-confirmed that the ongoing continuous registration exercise in APC South east, which recorded a huge turnout, is very peaceful.

“The state chairmen of the South east states were also commended for a job well done at their states. Over one million members have been registered so far.
“The zone requested from the national leadership for the provision of more materials and extension of the time allotted for the exercise.
“The South East APC is united and heartily welcomes all the prominent Igbo politicians who recently joined the party.
“The South East zonal stakeholders pass a vote of confidence on the national, zonal, states, local governments, wards leadership of the party as constituted before the 2015 general election,” the communiqué stated.
It maintained the APC was favored to win in Anambra state given the quality of the governorship aspirants in the state.
The meeting, it further stressed, ratified the zonal disciplinary committee for the zone with Hon. Uche Onyeagocha as chairman and Barrister Mrs Ngozi Udodi as secretary.
It also ratified the fund raising and finance with Chief Gbazuagu N. Gbazuagu as chairman and Amara Iwuanyanwu as secretary.
The meeting was chaired by Imo governor, Rochas Okorocha and attended by  Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, former Governor of old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo and Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, among others.
Just released from prison, the leader of the Biafra Zionist Federation (BZF), Barrister Benjamin Onwuka, has declared that the south-east would become independent on March 15, 2017. On that day, he said, the Republic of Biafra would be born. Onwuka had been in detention for three years following his arrest midway into his live broadcast to declare the Biafran independence at the Enugu Broadcasting Service which he stormed and took over. He added that this stand was strengthened by the diplomatic relations the BZF had established with America, the Great Britain and other western powers. Daily Post quotes him as saying: “The state of Biafra will be announced on March 15, 2017 by the Zionist Federation. I, Ikedi Benjamin Onwuka will be leading Biafra. I will be the president of Biafra." 

Claiming that former President Barrack Obama of the United States of America had approved the policy for an independent state of Biafra on October 15, 2014, he added that current President Donald Trump would have to implement the action since a sitting president in America usually do not ignore foreign policies established by their predecessors. He was further quoted as saying: “My confidence on President Donald Trump endorsing the restoration of an Independent state of Biafra hinges on the fact that ex-President Barack Obama made the approval. Concerning the friction that exists among the secessionist groups in Igboland, he said: “There will never be a day when all the pro Biafra groups will agree on every issue but the ‘Zionists’ have taken the upper hand because we established diplomatic ties with America, Great Britain and other world powers. According to him, the new Biafran territory stretches beyond Igbo land and Niger Delta regions as it includes Kogi, Benue, Nasarrawa states and most parts of the middle belt.
Following the now-legendary election of November 8th, Democrats and those surrounding the Clinton camp were quick to build hysteria between the U.S. populous and Russia—aimed specifically at discrediting President Trump’s Democratic victory.
The media has hounded Trump and his team almost relentlessly, questioning them daily on their ‘relationships’ with Putin and the Kremlin.
While the FBI cleared then President-Elect Trump on October 31st, the media forgot and reignited their perpetual Trump-hating rhetoric once word of the recent Flynn incident came to light.

Liberals hoping to oust Trump in his first days began to spread the news of General Flynn’s December conversations far and wide. News agencies from every part of the country released statements poised at dismantling the new President.
ABC news is now crushing that narrative though, and reports that the claims are baseless.
“A senior intelligence official told ABC News last night that no evidence gathered by the FBI so far suggests Trump associates knew they were talking to Russian intelligence officers.”
As even more evidence continues to come forth that Trump and his administration are clean in their words, acts, and intentions regarding foreign policy, expect to receive an all-new level of media spin that makes yellow journalism look like child’s play.
Days after a physically challenged man was assaulted for wearing camo in Onitsha, Anambra State, another man has beenspotted wearing it, in what looks like a new trend.
Johnson, an eyewitness who sent the pictures to Somtoo.com, said:
“I saw this popular less-privileged man at New Market Road, Onitsha. He is wearing army colors now.
He used to put Biafra color with him but this is the first time I’m seeing him with Army color. Maybe its because of the other man that was given 500k by Ebonyi State governor.”
In an interview with VANGUARD, Shettima Usman Yerima, president of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), says the northern region will have to present someone else for the presidency in 2019 because the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has “failed.”
Yerima, who said the north is unstoppable at the moment, and as such, will need a “vibrant” presidential candidate in the next general election, said age will be a vital factor in determining the “alternative” to Buhari in 2019.

He said;

    “The hope has been destroyed. So, the state of the nation is neither here nor there. The economy is nothing to write home about. A lot of things are not just right. I think this is not what Nigerians bargained for. And so, in essence, a lot of Nigerians are not really happy. Are you saying you are disappointed in this administration?

    “Yes. We are disappointed. Nigerians are disappointed. The Buhari administration is a failure. It is a monumental failure because this is not what Nigerians expected when they gave him the mandate in 2015.
    “I think we are going to bring an alternative in 2019. We have to bring a new order in the country because we cannot afford to have a president who is not in charge of the affairs. We have nothing against President Buhari personally but we believe somebody of his age should be home to manage his health.
    “So, definitely, come 2019, we must look for a way out of this mess. We cannot continue like this. We need a vibrant president and one who has intellectual capacity. We are going to look into age and a lot of other things to be sure that whoever comes up in 2019 will not be part of this old establishment.
    “We, northerners, need to put people in the right places with a view to finding answers to our problems. We need to have a smooth transition to 2019 and then 2023. The North is unstoppable for now and we cannot afford to take any chances.
The Nigerian Community in South Africa has confirmed attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West on Saturday. Ikechukwu Anyene, president, Nigeria Union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Pretoria, South Africa, that the attacks began at 4.00 a.m.
He said the union had reported the incident to the Nigerian mission and South African police. “As we speak, five buildings with Nigerian businesses, including a church have been looted and burned by South Africans.

“One of the buildings is a mechanic garage with 28 cars under repairs, with other vital documents, were burned during the attack. “Also, the pastor of the church was wounded and is in the hospital receiving treatment,” he said.

Anyene said the union had informed Nigerians in South Africa to be vigilant in the face of renewed xenophobic attacks.

According to him, the union received information that there will be xenophobic attacks against foreigners on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23.
“We began taking precautionary measures when the incident took place today. “The attack in Pretoria West is purely xenophobic and criminal attack because they loot the shops and homes before burning them,” he said.

Anyene called on the Federal Government to persuade its South African counterpart to protect Nigerians in their country.

“These attacks should not be allowed to continue because it is a big setback,” he said.


THE Governor of Kano State, Abudulahi Ganduje has finally opened up on his rift with his predecessor, Dr Musa Kwankwanso.
He disclosed in a chat with Daily Trust while speaking exclusively on the strained relations between him and the former Kano Governor.
He said although government is a continuum but there are so many areas or policies which the present administration faulted in the previous administration which it could not continue, the reason which they had to unavoidably part ways.
Gov Kanduje questioned the rationale amid others behind sponsoring over 100 pilots without a single aircraft on the ground.

His words: He sponsored 100 pilots but where are the aircraft? It is just like somebody reading Law without going to Law School. So they finished, but he couldn’t pay for their type-rating, instead he employed them as teachers. Before he left, they were arguing that I should pay for the type-rating. And even if we paid; where are the jobs? The industry is saturated. That is one.
Again, he accused his former boss of wasteful and extravagant spending by sponsoring students abroad which he said was okay then but which the state could no more cop with now.
According to him,  ''he sponsored thousands of students abroad, which was quite okay, but what was the value of Naira at that time and what is it now? We now have to pay over $1million to one institution. The total cost is over $3billion. And you know that when we came in, money went down. What was coming from Abuja is down and many states cannot pay salaries. But still I said I would continue. Not only that, when you are sponsoring further studies you have to consider the manpower gap and needs of your state. You don’t just go and spend money on someone who will come and queue into the manpower needs of the state. What is the need of paying somebody to go and read International Relations, Geography, Computer Science, Chemistry or Biology, which are obtainable in Nigerian universities?  In fact, some of the universities were not even running the courses until they collected our money. And they were instigating the students because we couldn’t pay immediately due to lack of money. Some states recalled the students because they could not pay, but even though we have the highest number of students abroad, up till now no student has come back because of the inability to pay. Of course we are paying, but we are spacing it. Is that not fine-tuning?
Dozens of boko haram members including innocent civilians were feared dead in a crossfire that ensued between military troops and terrorists, most of whom were suicide bombers who attempted to infiltrate Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. Sources have said.
The multiple incidents started at about 11:30pm on Thursday, when a female suicide bomber sneaked into a convoy of vehicles waiting for military escort to Gamboru Ngala on Friday morning, which later followed with sporadic exchange of gunfire and sound of explosions around Muna garrage general area of the metropolis.

Unconfirmed report also has it that six members of civilian JTF sustained critical injuries while attempting to repel the attacks.
This incident is coming barely 24 hours when some group of terrorists attacked an Airforce helicopter conveying medical team to Gwoza, luckily the pilot of the il-fated aircraft escaped with one of the airman sustained critical injury.

A member of Civilian JTF, Usman Ali in a telephone call last night said, “Boko Haram terrorists including suicide bombers tried to storm Maiduguri metropolitan but our gallant soldiers defeated them.
They tried to infiltrate the city through the newly constructed customs house where thousands of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs from Ajiri and Anadua communities of Mafa local government area were camped.
“A privileged information indicated that most of the dreaded insurgents were killed by our gallant troops of ‘Operations Lafiya Dole’.
“However unspecified number of innocent people lost their lives, with others seriously injured”. Ali said.
Residents of 505 Abba Hana Terab Housing estate which is located close to the scene, confirmed the attacks, pointing out that, most of them had to vacate the estate and hanged at the gate during the encounter, and after about an hour ago, they started seeing security agencies and ambulances conveying those affected from Muna garrage customs camp to hospitals. Details later.
The name okra is most often used in the UK, United States and the Philippines, with a variant pronunciation in Caribbean English and Nigeria of okro. The plant and its seed pods are also known as “lady’s fingers”.
A cup of raw okra has 30 calories, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 2 grams of protein, 7.6 grams carbohydrates, 0.1 grams of fat, 21 milligrams of vitamin C, around 80 micrograms of folate, and 60 milligrams of magnesium. This makes okra a nutrition hero and a very available food when it comes to our health.

Whether you consume okra boiled, stewed, fried, or even in pickled form, you can reap the health benefits of this green vegetable any time of the year. It’s Alleviates Asthma, lowers cholesterol, boost immune system, prevent kidney diseases and most important Okra is an herb that is really effective in patients with diabetes. . It is proven that it can reduce the amount of glucose absorbed by the food through you gastrointestinal tract.
Here’s one simple recipe how you can use okra, to control your blood sugar level naturally: Take 2 fresh okra and cut their heads and tails. Put 2-3 cuts and dip them in a glass of water at night time. Drink that water 30 minutes before breakfast. It will control your sugar level.
A magistrate court in Osogbo, Osun State today remanded a man Ayoola Kazeem in Ilesa prison for killing his mother in a village in the state. Ayoola killed his 85-year old mother, Taibat Ayoola, on the 10th of February, 2017, in a village near Osu.DailyTrust reports.

When allowed to address the court, Ayoola said his mother was making life difficult for him and he was relieved after her death.

    “My mother is responsible for all my misfortunes.

    I built three houses and burnt two because of her. I always feel like destroying things whenever she is around me.

    On that fateful day, mummy came to meet me in my farm and started irritating me as usual. I decided to kill her once so that I will have peace of mind.” The presiding judge, Magistrate Habibat Basiru ordered that the accused be remanded at Ilesha prison and adjourned the case till 15th of March, 2016.
More details have emerged on the events leading to the crash of a 59-passenger luxury bus on its way from Aba, Abia State, which plunged into a canal at Owode Elede, Lagos, killing three passengers and injuring 23 others.

One of the passengers in the bus, Kenneth Ohai, said as the bus hit the median around 3am on Friday morning and veered off the road, nosediving into the canal in the process, the little child his co-passenger was carrying on her lap bounced off the window and fell into the water.He said the woman immediately dived out of the window to save her baby.

Saturday PUNCH confirmed from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency that the unidentified woman and her child were unharmed, as they were both rescued after.

According to LASEMA, the child could not have been more than one year old.

Ohai, who was also one of the unharmed passengers rescued at the scene, explained that he believed that the driver must have been momentarily distracted before the crash.

    “It was not as if there was a tyre blowout. Truly, if it had slowed down in that part of the road, the bus would not have hit the concrete demarcating the road.
    “When it hit the median, the speed was too much for the driver to put the bus right and it went the other way again and hit the side of the canal. We were all screaming as it went down. The way it fell, I thought a lot of people would have died.”

Another survivor, Kelechukwu Ese, said many of his co-travellers escaped through the windows of the bus, adding that he could not explain how he found himself beside the canal.

He said;

    “I boarded the bus from Enugu State. I wanted to attend an event in Yaba, (Lagos). I sat by the window side and was asleep. Screams of other passengers woke me up. I thought I was dreaming. People started jumping out of the windows. And before I knew what was happening, I landed on the ground with my knees.
    “I didn’t feel the pain initially and that was why I declined to be taken with others to a hospital after we were given first aid treatment. I am now feeling some pains.”

One of the three fatalities of the bus crash was the bus conductor, who was said to have fallen into the water because he sat beside the door.

A LASEMA official said that as he fell, the bus might have fallen on him.

One of the residents, Atolagbe Akande, a local diver, who assisted emergency officials in the rescue operation, said he was woken up by the impact of the crash.

He said;

    “My house is not far from the canal. Around 3am, I heard a loud sound of something falling. I initially thought I was dreaming. Subsequently, I heard cries for help. That was when I realised something terrible had happened.
    “I called some neighbours and went to the scene. The emergency officials also arrived the scene a few minutes after.”
A mother Mrs. Ata Buhari, has mistakenly killed her only son of four children after she mistakenly gave him kerosene when he was thirsty instead of water..

The incident happened, last Tuesday, at about 10 am, at Iguma Street, Off Medical Stores Road, Benin, Edo State when 18-month-olds Isreal Buhari had complained to his mother that he was thirsty.

The locally hired kerosene retailer, being ignorant of the actual content of said plastic bottle mistook it for an identical one that her older kids had brought to the shop earlier, and feed him with kerosene thinking it was water. After his first gulp, Isreal was said to have immediately spat out the remaining kerosene from his mouth calling the attention of his mother. His eyes turned pure white as he screamed uncontrollably a few minutes after this.

With the aid of their neighbors, some volume of palm oil was immediately given to Isreal before he was rushed to a hospital, where he died a few hours later.

The father of the child Mr. Buhari Hassan, 36, also from Kogi State, was said to have been called to the hospital where he met the corpse of his only son.
7 year old Virsaviya “Bathsheba” Borun-Goncharova, was born with an extraordinary condition which means her heart is outside her chest.

The little girl suffers from thoraco-abdominal syndrome or Pantalogy of Cantrell – a condition that occurs in less than 1 in a million births.

Speaking to the BBC, she said:

    “This is my heart. I’m the only one that has this.”

Virsaviya’s heart can be visibly seen beating underneath her rib cage with only a thin layer of skin to protect it.

She adds:

    “When I’m getting dressed, I put soft clothes on to not hurt my heart.

    “I walk around, I jump, I fly, I run, I’m not supposed to run but I love running.”

When Virsaviya was born in Russia, doctors warned mum Dari Borun to prepare for the worst.

She said;

    “Doctors told me Virsaviya had a really rare condition. But they said she won’t survive. When I saw the first time how her heart was beating, of course to me it was something special.

    “It meant that Virsaviya’s alive and she can breathe and she can live.”

Dari moved her from Russia to the US in the hope she could have surgery but she was told that Virsaviya wasn’t strong enough because of problems with her blood pressure.


Ibrahim Akinola was on Tuesday, arrested for armed robbery, by operatives of Ogun State Police Command, after he and one accomplice, now at large, broke into the house of one Ojupeju Joseph, inflicted matchete cuts on his head after which they dispossessed him of the sum of N150,000.

The spokesman of Ogun Police Command, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, said a Plasma television was recovered from him. Abimbola said: ”Investigation revealed that the suspect had served a jail term before and he is still having a pending court case on robbery allegation against him.”
Chinedu Okoli popularly known as Flavour, took to his IG page to share the adorable photo of his little girl Gabrielle, his daughter with Sandra Okagbue

He wrote;

    My twin #ejimachinedu
Meet US Based Nigerian lady simply recognized as Ms Damn.

The curvy lady, who is very influential on Instagram, boasts of over a million followers, with even Don Jazzy following her..

The lady who specializes in twerking and known for doing the ‘#walktwerkclapaway’ has a page on Connect Pal where each member pays about $12 dollars per month just to watch her dance seductively and display her bosom and bum.

According to reports, her page has thousands of subscribers making her a very rich young girl who merely sits back at home to smile to the bank without a regular job.

The wife of Zimbabwe’s 92-year-old President, Robert Mugabe, has said that he is so popular that if he died, he could run as a corpse in next year’s election and still win votes.
Grace Mugabe, 51, was addressing a rally of the governing Zanu-PF party.

Mr Mugabe has governed Zimbabwe since the end of white-majority rule in 1980 following a bitterly fought war.
His wife, who has often professed her undying loyalty to her husband, has assumed an increasingly high profile.
“One day when God decides that Mugabe dies, we will have his corpse appear as a candidate on the ballot paper,” Mrs Mugabe told the rally in Buhera, south-east of the capital Harare.

Grace Mugabe has warned contemporaries of Mr Mugabe from the guerrilla war era that they are not in a position to replace him because they likewise would be too old.
“Anyone who was with Mugabe in 1980 has no right to tell him he is old. If you want Mugabe to go, then you leave together. You also have to leave. Then we take over because we were not there in 1980,” she said, gesticulating towards herself.
The photo a Nigerian bride and her groom, who exchanged their head-wears at their traditional wedding ceremony in the northern part of the country, has gone viral..
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has assented to seven bills passed by the national assembly.

A senator and senior special assistant to the president on national assembly matters, Ita Enang, confirmed Osinbajo’s endorsement of the bills.

Enang said the acts are mainly amendments to the principal act and they are intended to bring the acts in conformity with current realities.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the bills include Oath (Amendment) Act 2017, Defence Space Administration Act, and Veterinary Surgeons(Amendment) Act).

Other bills signed by Osinbajo are National Film and Video Censors Board, Pension Rights of Judges, Nigerian Institute of Social Science Establishment Act and Mortgage Institutions Amendment Act.

By Sunday, Osinbajo would have been acting for President Muhammadu Buhari for one month.