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Israel: Turkey President Erdogan Phones Buhari, Wants Nigeria To Back Palestine

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President Recep Erdogan of Turkey has called President Muhammadu Buhari asking Nigeria to show solidarity with Palestinians following the latest attacks by Israel on Jerusalem and Gaza.

Naija News gathered that Erdogan made the call when he spoke with Buhari on the telephone on Thursday evening.

The Turkish Presidency disclosed this in a message posted on its Twitter handle, @trpresidency.

Erdogan told Buhari that his country was trying to get the international community to teach Isreal, which he described as “unlawful, unjust and unscrupulous” a lesson.

He expressed the belief that Nigeria will support Palestinians in “this rightful cause.”

The message read, “President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.

“Exchanging Eid al-Fitr greetings, the two leaders discussed bilateral relations and regional developments.

“Drawing attention to Turkey’s efforts exerted in order for the international community to teach the necessary lesson to unlawful, unjust and unscrupulous Israel due to its attacks against Palestine, President Erdogan voiced his belief that Nigeria would show solidarity with the Palestinians in this rightful cause.”

Apart from Buhari, reports say Erdogan had also spoken with Kyrgyz President, Sadyr Japarov; his Afghan counterpart, Ashraf Ghani; Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, a former Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad; and Libya’s Prime Minister, Abdul Dbeibeh.

Meanwhile, Israeli planes struck targets in the Gaza Strip again on Saturday. A building housing Al-Jazeera and AP media, which had previously been evacuated, was also destroyed. The toll of this conflict has exceeded 160 dead.

The thirteen-story building housing the premises of the Qatari television station Al-Jazeera and the American news agency Associated Press was pulverized in a raid.

The owner of the building had been warned in advance of an imminent airstrike and the building was evacuated. Al-Jazeera broadcast live footage of the tower collapsing in a cloud of dust.

The IDF confirmed that it had targeted the building, claiming it housed Hamas intelligence units. She also said she hit a Hamas “operation office” near the center of Gaza City, “rocket launch sites” and “a military intelligence site”.

According to media reports, Israel’s ongoing offensive on Gaza has left 103 dead, including 27 children and 11 women.

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Shehu Sani Mocks Yoruba Nation Agitators After Rain ‘Disperses’ Osogbo Rally

Former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani has mocked the organizers of the Osogbo rally calling support for the actualization of a Yoruba Nation.

It was gathered that heavy rainfall was witnessed at the venue of the rally on Saturday which was put together by agitators for the Yoruba Nation.

It was reported that the rains came down shortly after Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho finished addressing the agitators at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

Reacting to the rain which ‘dispersed’ the gathering, Sani took to his Twitter account to warn the agitators to drop their ambition and rather support the unity of Nigeria as a nation.

He said the rain was a divine message to the organizers and agitators.

“The heavy rainfall that dispersed the separatist agitators in Osogbo is a divine message for them to change cause and work for the unity of our country. The idea of an ethnic or religious purist state stems from a xenophobic mind intolerant to co-existence,” Sani wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared that there is no going back on the decision of the southern governors to ban open grazing in their region.

This is as the Governor noted that anyone who is opposed to the decision is free to die.

Wike made the submission on Saturday in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of the state during a grand reception put together for him by the Ogoni people.

He submitted that enough is enough of the killing of innocent citizens by criminal herdsmen who have turned other ethnic groups into second citizens in their own country.

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Rivers: Governor Wike Relaxes Curfew In Port Harcourt, Obio/Akpor

“We wish to assure every resident that we are not intimidated by the sporadic and cowardly attacks on predetermined security targets by faceless criminals on our soil; neither will we be cowed into succumbing to a baseless and doomed secessionists agenda,” he added.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has reviewed the curfew in Port Harcourt City and Obio/Akpor LGAs of the state from 8.30pm to 6am starting effective Sunday May 16, 2021.

Naija News reports that he disclosed this when he addressed the people of the state, in a broadcast, Saturday evening.

Wike however announced that the curfew time in other parts of the state remains 7pm to 6am until further notice.

He urged the residents to be vigilant as they go about their lawful businesses, assuring that security officials are on ground to address any state of insecurity.

Recall that Wike on Monday extended the night curfew imposed on the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.

The governor had in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri said the night curfew would start from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., and it is aimed at curbing dastardly attacks on security formations in the state.

He said the decision was taken in the wake of multiple armed ambushes on police checkpoints along the East-West road which resulted in the cold-blooded murder of seven police officers over the weekend.

Wike said the State security council has reviewed the way and manner the recent attacks were executed and discovered that the perpetrators, who disguised themselves as security officers, moved in unhindered from Oyigbo to launch the attack.

The governor noted that the government and security agencies are determined to deploy everything at their disposal to advance the safety and security of lives and property in the state.

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No Going Back On Open Grazing Ban; Anyone That Wants To Die Should Die – Wike Declares

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared that there is no going back on the decision of the southern governors to ban open grazing in their region.

This is as the Governor noted that anyone who is opposed to the decision is free to die.

Wike made the submission on Saturday in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of the state during a grand reception put together for him by the Ogoni people.

He submitted that enough is enough of the killing of innocent citizens by criminal herdsmen who have turned other ethnic groups into second citizens in their own country.

He said: “If anyone wants to die, let him go and die and hang himself on an electric pole. We (Southern Governors) have taken a decision and there is no going back. Enough is enough.”

Naija News recalls the Southern Governors Forum at the end of its meeting held in Delta State on Tuesday, 11th May, 2021, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently address the security situation in the country and speak directly to Nigerians.

The Governors while announcing a ban on open grazing in their region, also noted that the activities of armed herdsmen in the southern part of the country is a serious security challenge that needs urgent attention as innocent citizens are being killed and their properties destroyed.

They also called on the Buhari administration to take bold steps on the issue of restructuring while declaring their support for state police.

These decisions were part of the 12-point communique issued and read by the chairman of the forum, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State at the end of its four hours meeting held in Asaba, the Delta state capital.

Speaking on Saturday against the background of the outcome of the meeting, Wike declared that the decisions reached by the Governors will be enforced.

He warned that any attempt to militarization Rivers State by the federal government for political reasons will not work but urged the people of the state to respect the curfew imposed as a result of the insecurity in some areas of the state.

“Nobody should play God. We will flog them again. Militarization of election will not work. Didn’t they bring Army before? Did it work? We will flog them again,” he said.

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ICYMI: Buhari To Meet Doctor In Paris On Saturday As ‘Health Deteriorates, Becomes Incoherent’

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President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Nigeria on Saturday for an official trip to Paris, the France capital, to meet with his personal doctor.

It was gathered that Buhari would be in Paris for at least four days, where he has also been scheduled to meet his doctor.

“Buhari will be heading to Paris for four days. He was planning to go to Kampala (Uganda) and travel to London, the United Kingdom, to see his doctors but they opted to meet him in Paris. He will be travelling on Saturday,” a top source disclosed this to SaharaReporters.

Buhari had planned to attend the inauguration of Uganda’s tight-fist dictator, Yoweri Museveni, and from there let him visit the UK for treatment.

But the plan was later shelved and the decision to send Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to Uganda to represent Buhari was made at the last minute when it appeared that the UK trip was not feasible.

Top presidency sources revealed that Buhari’s health, particularly his dementia, had allegedly deteriorated recently, and he was incoherent at the security chiefs’ meetings in the last two weeks.

“Buhari had wanted to travel to go for Museveni’s inauguration in Uganda and now use the opportunity to go to London but they changed the plans last minute and sent Osinbajo,” a top source had revealed.

Since Buhari assumed office on May 29, 2015, Buhari has embarked on medical trips abroad at least five times, covering a period of no fewer than 170 days of the five years he had been in power.

Osinbajo had represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the swearing-in of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as Ugandan president for the sixth term.

The 76-year-old politician who has served Uganda since 1986 was on Wednesday, May 12 sworn in for another term in office, making it his sixth term as president of the African country.

Museveni was declared winner of the January election despite controversies and reports of irregularities during the polls.

Museveni on Wednesday took the oath of office at a ceremony in Kampala broadcast on national television. The ceremony was attended by several African heads of state and other foreign dignitaries.

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President Buhari Jets Out Of Nigeria For France

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President Muhammadu Buhari is set to jet out of Nigeria for France on Sunday, May 16, 2021.

The President will be in France on a four-day official visit to attend African Finance Summit which would focus on reviewing the African economy, following shocks from the Coronavirus pandemic, and getting relief, especially from the increased debt burden on countries.

The summit is to be hosted by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and would be attended by major stakeholders in the global finance world as well as other heads of government.

Naija News understands Buhari will be accompanied on the trip by some Ministers and intelligence/security chiefs.

The full statement on the President’s trip reads: “President Muhammadu Buhari would on Sunday, May 16, 2021, depart Abuja for Paris, France, on a four-day official visit to attend African Finance Summit which would focus on reviewing African economy, following shocks from Coronavirus pandemic, and getting relief, especially from increased debt burden on countries.”

“The Summit, to be hosted by President Emmanuel Macron, would draw major stakeholders in the global finance institutions and some Heads of Government, who would discuss external funding and debt treatment for Africa, and private sector reforms.”

“During the visit, President Buhari would meet with the French President to discuss growing security threats in Sahel and Lake Chad region, political relations, economic ties, climate change and partnership in buoying the health sector, particularly in checking spread of Covid-19, with more research and vaccines.”

“Before returning to Nigeria, President Buhari would receive some key players in the oil and gas sector, engineering and telecommunications, European Council and European Union Representative for Foreign and Security Policy and Commission, and members of the Nigerian community.”

“The President would be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed; Minister of Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo; and Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire.”

“Also on the trip are: National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Mohammed Monguno (rtd), and the Director General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.”

Meanwhile, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, on Saturday extended the deadline for the ongoing 2021 UTME/DE registration exercise by two weeks.

The exam body disclosed this development after a meeting with stakeholders following reports of widespread delay in the registration process among candidates for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

The Registrar of Jamb, Ishaq Oloyede, while speaking on the decision of the exam body said the exam will now start on the 19th of June 2021 and end on the 3rd of July.

Prof Oloyede also announced that the registration exercise will now end on May 29.

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Nigerian Man Who Supplies Guns To Bandits Reveals How Much He Sells Them |Photos

A Maiduguri based Twitter user, Dan-Borno @DanBorno has taken to the micro blogging platform to shared a video of Arms dealer who sells to bandits being interviewed and wrote:

“……… I sell each bullet at the cost of N100.00 each while AK47 and AK49 goes for N700,000.00 and N1,000,000.00 respectively……”

The only thing that will make you fear them is the AK which we can also afford if Govt will find a way of doing so. He tweeted;

Another Twitter user, Murtala @Murtalaibin, a security reporter with Humangle, retweeted Dan-Borno’s video and explained further: He wrote;

”Police interview with weapon smuggler gives insight into the cost of running terror gangs in Northwest. The AK-103 type rifle cost 900 thousand and resell for 1, million. The other AK is 650 thousand and resells 700 while 7.62 rounds cost 1000 resell 1100. Some variants of the AK and craft produced AK style rifles cost much lower. Machine guns, Rpg and rear rifles will cost more.

From this interview, it’s clear that gangs need lots of money to buy ammo & sustain operation, which explains partly the kidnapping industry.According the smuggler he supplies gangs like Turji and Dogo Gide. A photo shows AK 103 with Gide’s camp while B shows Kachalla Turji with a rear Valmet M62 pattern rifle. Both pics are from Gumi’s outreach which helps with profiling armed groups.”

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How Frustration Led Me Into Big Brother Naija -Dorathy Bachor Opens Up

Reality star, Dorathy Bachor, has talked about how frustration after losing her two jobs led her into the reality show house.

Bachor, who was the first runner-up in the 2020 edition of the reality show, said, ” I was just that girl hustling and trying to make ends meet, but it wasn’t working. I could not maintain one job and I remember that I was running two jobs. However, I got fired from one and had to leave the second one too. I also got frustrated but I knew that business was what I really wanted to do. I wanted a platform where people could see me and know what I do. That was why I went into the show (BBN).”

Now one of the most influential ex-housemates of the reality show, Ms Bachor also added the amount of love and gifts she received after she got out of the competition. She did not spend a dime of her money as she was bombarded with daily gifts.

For two months after the show, I did not use my money to buy anything. I was constantly getting gifts and I still do not understand it. I felt that because people watched me every day and there is something about me they can relate to, they wanted to show me love and give me gifts.”

The social media influencer also admitted that when she first got into the reality show, she felt self-conscious. She added, “I was conscious of myself while I was in the house. I was always particular about my angles. It was not about me not being myself. It was about me being on camera for the first time, so I had to check in on every part of myself. For the first few weeks, I was really conscious but at some point, It just felt like living my life.

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Actress Liz Anjorin Opens Up On Her First Pregnancy 24 Years Before Marriage

Popular Nollywood actress, Elizabeth Aishat Anjorin better known as Lizzy Anjorin, who recently had a baby, has opened up about her first child and how she initially considered using a surrogate to carry her children.

She said, “People do not consider my age and my health. You cannot compare the health of a 25-year-old hustling woman to that of a 50-year-old housewife. The latter would have more time to take care of herself. Nobody will help one out of poverty. Bringing children to this world without the ability to take care of them is a sin. I am an only child, so one would think that my mother would have been able to give me the best but reverse was the case. My mother could not independently send me to school or feed me well. Meanwhile, some people have 10 children and they give them sound education. These thoughts helped me to be more determined to work hard. Thankfully, I am not a sex addict and I have been on birth control pills for a long time.

“But miraculously, I got pregnant on my wedding day and I did not know. It took me close to three months to know that I was pregnant. I did not plan for pregnancy at all because I was taking precautions. When I got married, I thought we were acting a movie. I and my husband had planned to opt for surrogacy. If I had eventually had my child through that or in-vitro fertilisation, I would have boldly spoken out about it to encourage other women.

“My first child is 23 years old, and I can’t begin to say what I went through. All I can say is that poverty did not allow me to care for and stay with my child. If my mother did not take the responsibility of raising my child, I would not have been able to go to school or pursue other things. Some women end up on the street because of some of the decisions they make. I care about children deeply and I am so thankful that my husband was supportive all through my pregnancy. He remained unshaken even with all the reports that had earlier made the rounds about him. ”

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Breaking: JAMB Shifts 2021 UTME Exam To June

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, on Saturday extended the deadline for the ongoing 2021 UTME/DE registration exercise by two weeks.

The exam body disclosed this development after a meeting with stakeholders following reports of widespread delay in the registration process among candidates for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

The Registrar of Jamb, Ishaq Oloyede, while speaking on the decision of the exam body said the exam will now start on the 19th of June 2021 and end on the 3rd of July.

Prof Oloyede also announced that the registration exercise will now end on May 29.

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