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Canada community to celebrate igbo day

As the Igbo community of Saskatchewan prepares to celebrate its Nigerian-Canadian heritage on August 3, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Honourable Ralph Goodale, has sent greetings to the Igbo Cultural Association of Saskatchewan (ICAS). Dr. Chidi Igwe, President, Igbo Cultural Association of Saskatchewan (ICAS) in the region said: “Writing on behalf of the Prime Minister Trudeau, and the Government of Canada, Minister Goodale expressed pleasure at extending greetings to everyone who will be attending Igbo Day in Regina. “As Canadians, we draw strength from our diversity. The growing Igbo community here in Regina, across the province and across Canada espouses that sentiment and plays an important part in our mosaic of cultures,” Goodale said. “The minister r...

INEC election saga

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it recorded over 1,689 court cases arising from the 2019 general election. Mallam Mohammed Haruna, INEC National Electoral Commissioner in charge of Niger, Kogi and Nasarawa states disclosed this on Thursday in Lafia  during the state level post election review retreat. Haruna explained that more than 890 of the cases were pre-election matters arising from conduct of political party primary elections, while 799 were election petitions at the various tribunals across the country. According to him, the pre election cases indicated that politcal parties needed to put their acts together in order to deepen the nation’s democratic process. He also said that the cases before the election petitions tribunals showed that much still needed t...

Dafinone appointed Africa Members Advisory Board chair by ICAEW

Dafinone is to take over immediately from Daniel Ndonye (Kenya) who has retired. In a statement, ICAEW’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, Michael Armstrong said: “Ede is an accomplished business leader and an experienced board member in both the public and private sectors. “We are confident that he will add great value to our Africa Members Advisory Board, considering his experience in multiple industries, and that ICAEW will benefit from his insights, judgment and counsel.” Armstrong added: “Ede’s experience spans audit and consultancy in a wide range of sectors including conglomerates, government parastatals, building contractors, manufacturing, transport and haulage contractors. This experience will be invaluable as the ICAEW seeks to increase its profile ac...

Bill Gates lost his title as world’s second richest person, says Bloomberg

Bill Gates lost his title as the world’s second-richest person in the world to French billionaire Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of luxury products group LVMH, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Arnault is worth $108 billion, while Gates is valued at $107 billion. Over the past year, Arnault has added $39 billion to his net worth. Holding the top spot on the index is Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos at $125 billion. According to Bloomberg, Gates’ charitable giving is a big reason why he has lost ground among the world’s richest. He has donated more than $35 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, says the report. In 2010, Bill and Melinda Gates along with Warren Buffett unveiled the Giving Pledge initiative, aimed at encouraging billionaires to g...

We will improve community policing’

The Nigerian Policing Programme (NPP), a British Council Funded Programme, is aimed at improving community policing, it was learnt on Tuesday. At an event held at the Area G Police Command in Ogba yesterday, Lagos State Intervention Officer of NPP, Ivy Basil-Ofili, said the programme is focused on improving community policing. She said: “One of the programmes is stakeholders’ police accountability forum whereby CSOs come together to hold police accountable and also improve the community relationship between the police and the community. “For today’s event, we are looking at strengthening the gender unit of the police, looking at the family support unit whereby they can interface with the heads of these units and the commands on how they can relate issues of gender to the police. “We have r...

Just in: South Africa pledges to unmask killers of Insurance chief

South Africa has promised to unravel the circumstances surrounding to the death of Nigerian Insurance Chief Mrs. Elizabeth Ndubuisi-Chukwu in Emperor Palace Hotel, Johannesburg last month.   Ndubuisi-Chukwu, Deputy Director General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), was believed to have been strangulated to death by unknown men in her hotel room.   The South African Acting High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Bobby Moroe, assured on Tuesday the case has been prioritised.   Besides, the envoy noted that investigation has been opened while video footage has been obtained from the hotel to aid inquest into the case.

Man arrested at airport with $34,000 cocaine under his wig

A Colombian man was arrested at Barcelona airport with half a kilo of cocaine hidden under his wig, Spanish Police said Tuesday. The man attracted officers’ attention because he was “considerably nervous” and his wig was of “disproportionate size,” Police said in a statement. Officers questioned the man and found a “perfectly-sealed package taped to his head.” It contained 503 grammes (1.1 pounds) of cocaine worth over 30,000 euros ($34,000). In what Police have dubbed “Operation Toupee,” the man was arrested at Barcelona’s El Prat airport, Spain’s second busiest, after arriving on a flight from Bogota at the end of June. Spain, with its historic and linguistic links to South America, is an important gateway for cocaine to Europe, mainly from Colombia. Smugglers often resort to creative me...

My parents said I was going on holiday – but I was taken away to be butchered

A schoolgirl thought she was going on holiday when her parents put her on a plane to East Africa. But when she got to Djibouti, the terrified ten-year-old was pinned down and mutilated. Today the victim is a 51-year-old mother of two. And she has spoken about her ordeal in the hope of helping other sufferers and to end the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation. Khatra Paterson said FGM was happening in secret every day in Britain 30 years after it was outlawed. “We have to make a stand to stop this painful, abhorrent practice,” she said. “It has no place in modern Britain or anywhere.” She added: “It is still ­happening here every day, but it is hidden, or families send their girls overseas, which is what happened to me.” Around 137,000 children in the UK have undergone FGM. It is...

Tanzania imposes 25% wig tax

(BBC)Tanzania’s finance minister has announced a 25% tax on all imported wigs and hair extensions and a 10% tax on those made in the country in a bid to raise more revenue. Philip Mpango announced the measures, which should come in at the beginning of next month, as part of his annual budget statement on Thursday. Wigs, most of which come from overseas, are commonly worn by women in the country. The cheapest wig currently costs around $4 (£3.40) but they can go up to $130. Mr Mpango also ended the exemption on value added tax being placed on sanitary towels. He said it was because consumers had not benefited from the lower price as businesses did not reduce what they charged when the exemption was introduced. Many women have taken to Tanzanian WhatsApp groups to complain about the new meas...

‘My father, the rapist’: Hidden victims of Rwanda’s genocide

A 24-year-old Rwandan whose mother was raped in the genocide tells the BBC how he came to learn of the circumstances of his birth. Their names have been changed because of the shame surrounding rape, which still exists to this day. Jean-Pierre says it was a form asking for his parents’ names at the end of primary school which first made him question who exactly his father was. “I did not know him – I did not know his name,” he says. Warning: Some people may find some of the content of this article upsetting Not having a father at home was not unusual: many other children may have been fatherless – more than 800,000 people were killed during the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. But they knew their father’s name. He had heard the village whispers, and the names people would call him – but it woul...

Britain says Iran attempted to block its oil tanker

LONDON (Reuters) – Three Iranian vessels tried to block the passage of a BP-operated tanker through the Strait of Hormuz but withdrew after warnings from a British warship, the British government said on Thursday. The stand off followed a warning by U.S. President Donald Trump that U.S. sanctions on Iran would soon be “substantially” increased as part of Washington’s drive to curb Iran’s nuclear activities and regional behavior. Britain urged Iran to “de-escalate the situation in the region” after the incident involving British Heritage, which is operated by BP (BP.L) under an Isle of Man flag. “HMS Montrose was forced to position herself between the Iranian vessels and British Heritage and issue verbal warnings to the Iranian vessels, which then turned away,” a British government spokesma...

MEET 18 Year Old Conjoined Twins Who Can NEVER Be Separated

Neev and Nelly Kolestein, from Amsterdam, have been attached by the backs of their heads for their 18 years of life, but have their own brains and bodies. Despite only ever seeing each other through a reflection in a mirror, Neev and Nelly have formed an unbreakable bond and admit they would never want to be separated from each other.   Doctors didn’t think they would survive birth, and if they did, they predicted they would live a poor standard of life until they reached 10 years old. As Craniopagus twins, the girls are a medical phenomenon; representing just two to six percent of conjoined twins worldwide, they are the rarest form. Proving all the odds wrong, Neev and Nelly are still thriving as 18-year-old girls, who can never be separated due to sharing an important vein in the head. T...