News http://persecondnews.com Fri, 26 May 2017 14:49:56 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Gunmen open fire on bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt, killing at least 23 http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8092-gunmen-open-fire-on-bus-carrying-coptic-christians-in-egypt-killing-at-least-23 http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8092-gunmen-open-fire-on-bus-carrying-coptic-christians-in-egypt-killing-at-least-23 Gunmen open fire on bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt, killing at least 23

At least 23 people were killed on Friday in an attack on a bus carrying Christians in south Egypt, medical and security sources said.

 

Unknown gunmen opened fire at the bus on a desert road in the province of Minya, the sources added.

At least 25 people were also wounded in the attack, they added on condition of anonymity.

The victims were on their way to a monastery in Minya early Friday when masked gunmen attacked the bus.

The attack is the latest targeting Egypt’s Christian minority.

Last month, 48 people were killed in suicide attacks on two churches on Palm Sunday in Egypt.

Daesh had claimed responsibility for attacks on the churches and vowed more attacks on the country’s Christians.

Christians account for around 10 per cent of Egypt’s mostly Muslim 93 million people.

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U.S Appeals court rules against Trump travel ban http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8090-u-s-appeals-court-rules-against-trump-travel-ban http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8090-u-s-appeals-court-rules-against-trump-travel-ban U.S Appeals court rules against Trump travel ban

A federal appeals court has ruled against President Trump's travel ban, upholding a nationwide injunction barring the administration from enforcing the executive order.

 

The ruling is the latest legal setback for Trump on the travel issue and, like several previous court rulings, the outcome rested heavily on his own words. 

Trump's order restricting travel from six majority-Muslim countries "speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination," Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in his ruling.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals said it “remained unconvinced” that the part of the measure naming the specific countries had “more to do with national security than it does with effectuating the president’s promised Muslim ban.”

The court — based in Richmond, Virginia — further said it could not find that the government’s security concerns outweighed the plaintiffs’ concerns about discrimination.

 

 

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Gov. Yahaya Bello hit with serious electoral law violation http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8089-gov-yahaya-bello-hit-with-serious-electoral-law-violation http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8089-gov-yahaya-bello-hit-with-serious-electoral-law-violation Gov. Yahaya Bello hit with serious electoral law violation

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has accused the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello of double registration for Permanent Voter Card against electoral law.

 

The commission disclosed this in a statement issued by Prince Solomon Soyebi, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC) on Thursday in Abuja.

INEC stated that Bello second registration was done on Tuesday May 23, in Government House, Lokoja, outside the designated centre for the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

“It has come to the attention of INEC that Gov Bello of Kogi State registered as a voter for the second time on Tuesday May 23, 2017 in Government House, Lokoja, the state capital.

“His first registration was on Jan. 30, 2011 in Wuse Zone 4, Abuja.

“The Governor’s double registration and doing so outside lNEC’s designated centres are both illegal.

“For the on-going Continuous Voter Registration [CVR) exercise, INEC has designated a centre in each of the country’s 774 Local Government Areas including FCT’s six Area Councils.’’

The commission therefore dissociated itself from the governor’s action while it also pledged to take disciplinary action against its staff who did the second registration for Bello.

“We wish to make it clear that no INEC staff was authorised by the Commission to re-register him or any Citizen or to do so outside our designated CVR centres.

“The Commission is taking disciplinary action against the INEC staff involved.

“As for the State Governor, Section 308 (l) (a) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended], precludes lNEC from prosecuting him while in office.

“However, the Commission wishes to state that it has cancelled his second and illegal registration forthwith.’’

It stated that the second registration would be cancelled as Electoral Law and the Commission’s guidelines make no exception for anyone to register more than once, and to register outside the designated centres.

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Nigeria to close down 5 embassies abroad due to lack of funding http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8088-nigeria-to-close-down-5-embassies-abroad-due-to-lack-of-funding http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8088-nigeria-to-close-down-5-embassies-abroad-due-to-lack-of-funding Nigeria to close down 5 embassies abroad due to lack of funding

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama said the process for closure was underway and was also subject to the approval of the president.

“We do not want to indicate the embassies that will be closed yet because we are in the process of submitting the proposals, the cost analysis and also the political analysis we did to the president.

“When he sees that, he may or may not want to close some, so we have not yet reached the stage of closing some,” he said.

The minister also reiterated that the closing missions abroad were “extremely expensive”.

 “The government is following up on that and we have sort of pre­pared the roadmap; we have started the implementation of that and made also recom­mendations in that context.

“Paradoxically, closing missions is extremely expensive. At first sight it seems ob­vious that you close it you are saving cost but you will actually find that the cost of closing is almost prohibitive.

“The expense, costs of closing embassies is so high and prohibitive but in the long run it will more economical.”

 

Onyeama stressed that the reduction of Nigeria’s foreign missions remains on the agenda of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

 

Buhari had said at the inception of his administration that the Federal Government will reduce the number of missions to save cost.

 

Nigeria currently has 119 foreign missions.

 

The minister, on April 10, said the closure of Nigerian missions abroad is inevitable.

 

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Breaking News: Senate Passes Historic Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8086-breaking-news-senate-passes-historic-petroleum-industry-bill-pib http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8086-breaking-news-senate-passes-historic-petroleum-industry-bill-pib Breaking News: Senate Passes Historic Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB

Per Second News---In a historic move early Thursday, the Senate passed the Petroleum Industry bill, after over 17 years.

 This Bill is not only for Nigerians but for our investors. We are proud of what has been done", Senate President Bukola Saraki said. 

The  PIB, 2017 (SB. 237) was read for the 3rd time and PASSED.

The bill will now be sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence before seeking presidential assent.

More to follow

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Barack Obama gets rousing welcome in Berlin, praises Angela Merkel http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8085-barack-obama-gets-rousing-welcome-in-berlin-praises-angela-merkel http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8085-barack-obama-gets-rousing-welcome-in-berlin-praises-angela-merkel Barack Obama gets rousing welcome in Berlin, praises Angela Merkel

 Barack Obama received a rockstar welcome in Berlin as he appeared at a public debate on Thursday with Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom he praised as one of his “favorite partners” during his presidency.

 

Security was tight in front of the German capital’s iconic Brandenburg Gate, where Obama and Merkel appeared on a podium before thousands of people attending a gathering marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Police helicopters patrolled the skies and snipers with balaclavas watched the scene from nearby rooftops.

After lauding Merkel as someone who had done “outstanding work”, Obama launched a defence of his own presidency and the values of liberal democracy championed by both leaders.

Citing the rise of nationalism and xenophobia in parts of the world, Obama told the crowd that “we have to push back against those trends that would violate human rights or suppress democracy or restrict individual freedoms”.

In a veiled reference to his successor Donald Trump, Obama also spoke of the need to see development aid and diplomacy as essential aspects of national security policy.

“We can’t isolate ourselves. We can’t hide behind a wall,” he said, to cheers from the audience.

Merkel, who hosted Obama at the same spot four years ago, was due to travel to Brussels later on Thursday for a meeting with leaders of fellow Nato member states, including Trump.

Thursday’s appearance with Obama was criticized by some German opposition politicians as a publicity stunt ahead of September’s general election, in which Merkel aims to win a fourth term.

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Ndoma-Egba Celebrates Pa Edwin Clark At 90 http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8084-ndoma-egba-celebrates-pa-edwin-clark-at-90 http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8084-ndoma-egba-celebrates-pa-edwin-clark-at-90 Ndoma-Egba Celebrates Pa Edwin Clark At 90
Per Second News----The Chairman of the Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Distinguished Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba,has joined other well -wishers to celebrate Chief Edwin Clark at 90.
 
In a goodwill message to the nonagenarian, made available to Per Second News by his SA Communication, Clara Braide, the Senator described Chief Edwin Clark as "a dependable voice for the people of the Niger Delta, who is deeply committed to national development and the well being of his people".
 
Joining family members, friends, colleagues and the entire Ijaw nation in commemorating the milestone in the life of the nationalist, Ndoma-Egba described Chief Clark as a man whose life has been committed to collective and continuous efforts towards building the South South Region and the Nation as a whole.
 
Ndoma-Egba prayed for more wisdom and sound health to enable Pa Clark lend his fatherly voice to the development of project Nigeria.
 
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Lagos CP Accuse, DPOs, Area Commanders of Corrupt Dealing With Crime Figures in Exchange For Money http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8081-lagos-police-commissioner-accuse-dpos-area-commanders-of-corrupt-dealing-with-crime-figures-in-exchange-for-money http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8081-lagos-police-commissioner-accuse-dpos-area-commanders-of-corrupt-dealing-with-crime-figures-in-exchange-for-money Lagos CP Accuse, DPOs, Area Commanders of Corrupt Dealing With Crime Figures in Exchange For Money

Per Second News----Area commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in Lagos state have formed corrupt relationships with organised crime figures, receiving kickbacks in exchange for money, according to the state police commissioner, Mr Fatai Owoseni.

 

“I am shocked to hear that some Area Commanders and DPOs are on the pay rolls of fraudsters. I am investigating. Just pray that I don’t get you. Just know that you are causing pains for taxpayers if you are intimidating them and collecting bribe from criminals.

“It is a curse to build a house with the money. The building would collapse on your head. Some of you even take people to the bank to collect money. If you train your children with the money, they won’t be useful to you.

Owoseni made this disclosure during a lecture on Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officers at the Police Officers’ Wives’ Association (POWA) Hall, Ikeja.

“If those who were in the force before us bastardized it, we would not have the opportunity to be enlisted in the police. I am tired of pleading with police victims because you are doing what you are not supposed to do. Remember, one day, you are going to die and give account to your creator.”

“It is embarrassing to see policemen collecting bribes and chasing yahoo yahoo boys for a DPO. I would not cover any DPO. I will expose you. Just leave Lagos before I get to your station. I cannot share out of your misconduct. I will give your photographs and details to journalists to expose you.”

“I am tired of hearing about shooting or killing of innocent persons. No one has the right to take another man’s life. It is only God that has the right to take life.

“It is your responsibility as a DPO to know those who are collecting bribe under you. If you refuse to stop them, they will stop you from being a DPO.

 

Owoseni asked the DPOs and Area Commanders to go back to their areas of jurisdiction and warn their men against brutality, indiscriminate use of handcuffs on pregnant women, elders and persons with disability.

“Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) should take note. I will not tolerate any act of indiscipline. Learn a lesson from DPO Ijeshatedo, who shot dead a fashion designer. He is in our custody and we are compiling charges against him. He would soon be arraigned in court.

“All DPOs in Ikorodu should use all resources within their disposals to fish out Badoo cult group that has been causing havoc in the community. I am giving you all 48 hours to decongest your cells. Nobody should be detained more than 48 hours. I will conduct checks on the cells,” he stated.

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Defense Headquarters Debunk False, Unfounded Rumours About Coup Plot http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8079-defense-headquarters-debunk-false-unfounded-rumours-about-coup-plot http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8079-defense-headquarters-debunk-false-unfounded-rumours-about-coup-plot Defense Headquarters Debunk False, Unfounded Rumours About Coup Plot

Per Second News----The Defence Headquarters on Wednesday debunked unfounded rumours of of a coup plot and urged Nigerians not to panic, as there was no such attempt.

 

It would be recalled that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, recently warned officers and soldiers of the army not fraternise with politicians.

 

The Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said "I want to tell you, on behalf of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, that nobody should be afraid of any coup.

“The armed forces are totally loyal to the Commander-In-Chief and are in complete subordination to civil authorities.

“We are out there administering our troops to remain focus and be conscious of oath of allegiance that we have taken and are guided by the constitution of this country at all levels of command.

“I want to reassure the general public that there is nothing like that (coup) and nothing like that will ever be supported, will ever be encouraged.

“And should there be a sign of anything like that, there are extant and guiding rules and regulations which we normally follow.

“We (military) are not different from what is happening all over the world, our armed forces, the present crop of officers and soldiers are in tune with the best international practices of governance and that is democracy.’’

 

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Aisha Buhari Thanks Nigerians: 'I Will Never Let You Down' http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8078-aisha-buhari-thanks-nigerians-i-will-never-let-you-down http://persecondnews.com/index.php/psn-news/item/8078-aisha-buhari-thanks-nigerians-i-will-never-let-you-down Aisha Buhari Thanks Nigerians: 'I Will Never Let You Down'
Per Second News---Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has expressed her appreciation to Nigerian women for the unflinching support they have been giving her husband since the last presidential election.
"I am deeply appreciative of the support that you show to us at every turn and promise that I will never let you down" She said.
 
She said the support has been the force driving the President and herself. She made the comment during a session organized to distribute food items to women organizations in Yola, Adamawa state, Wednesday 24th May, 2017.
 
Mrs. Buhari also thanked them for the consistent prayers over her husband's improved health.
 
"Today's event, which is the distribution of food items, is a symbolic gesture and a token of my appreciation. It is meant to confirm that I have not forgotten you, and never will."
 
The Executive Governor of Adamawa state, Alhaji Muhammad Bindow Jibrilla, speaking through the state commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaleptapwa Farauta, said he recognizes the fact that women carry the heaviest burden in our communities, so, anything to improve their welfare has his full support. He thanked the Wife of the President for her philanthropic gesture.
 
In her welcome remarks, Wife of the Governor, Mrs. Maryam Muhammad Bindow, thanked Mrs. Buhari for all that she has been doing through Future Assured, and said the event is consistent with the policy drive of the present administration at both the Federal and state levels and would go a long way in putting smiles on the faces of the beneficiaries. 
 
"I urge the beneficiaries to reciprocate the gesture by supporting government in its policies and programmes aimed at improving the lives of Nigerians." She added.
 
Items distributed include rice, sugar, tomato puree and milk.
 
Some of the beneficiaries that attended the event are widows, physically challenged, religious groups and cultural groups, women council and market women.
 
 
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