Sunday, 10 July 2016

Portugal 1-0 France: Eder steps off bench to fire Euro 2016 final winner

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Portugal Players celebrating after Eder score the winner goal

The underdogs had their day in the Euro 2016 final as Portugal overcame hosts France in Paris.

Fernando Santos' side sneaked out of their group with three draws and rode their luck in Sunday's final before snatching a victory in dramatic fashion in the second half of extra time.

Inside a buzzing Stade de France, their task was made all the more difficult when star man Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off in the first half, but Portugal dug deep to keep the hosts out despite huge pressure.

Raphael Guerreiro struck the post with a gorgeous free-kick in the additional 30 minutes but Swansea reject Eder was the hero for A Seleccao, rifling home to seal a memorable win against the odds.

Four confirmed dead in Fulani, Gwari reprisal attack in Niger

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Four Killed in Fulani,Gwari reprisal attack in Niger

Four persons were at the weekend killed in a reprisal attack between Fulani men and some farmers at Barakuta in Bosso local government of Niger State.

Many houses, four cars and 17 motorcycles were burnt in the attack.

The Niger State Police Command, Police Public Relations Officer PPRO, DSP Bala Elkana said that unidentified gunmen attacked the village, killed four people, injured one person and burnt down many houses and valuables like their food stores.

Elkana stated that the situation has been brought under control with the deployment of Police and military.

He gave the assurance that the invaders numbering about 200 would not escaped arrest.

He added people of the community should remain calm because the security agencies were on top of the situation.

Investigation revealed that the crises began last Thursday when some men suspected to be Fulani gathered to celebrate Sallah and two of them chased a girl into a Gwari man’s house allegedly in an attempt to rape her.

The men were denied entry into the compound and a fight broke out, during which the son of the family head was injured and later died.

The reprisal attack, according to report, was the result of the Gwaris’ attempt to get revenge on the Fulani men.

Motorists trapped after huge tree crashes on to busy road

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Six motorists trapped after huge tree crashes on to busy road
Rescue crews struggle to reach motorists trapped after tree crashes onto road
Six people have been injured after a large tree fell on cars as they travelled along a a busy main road on Sunday afternoon.

Rescue crews worked to free the motorists who became trapped in a Mini Cooper convertible and grey Mercedes B Class.

Three people have been seriously injured, one taken by air ambulance to St George's Hospital in Tooting.

As reported by Get Surrey , the incident happened along Guildford Road in Chertsey, Surrey at around 12.30pm.

Two Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulances landed in a field nearby with one being used to transport a patient.

Eye-witness John Lee said: "It's a huge tree, the whole road was completely blocked when I got there.

"There was someone trapped in the Mini, I could see paramedics trying to reach them.

"They were struggling to get to the car.

"There was also another car stuck under the tree, there were lots of car horns going off.

"I hope they are all okay."

Euro 2016 Final: France - Portugal Live Update

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Yunusa Dahiru, Ese Oruru's abductor released On Bail, Heads To Kano

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Ese Oruru: Yunusa Released On Bail, Heads To Kano

According to report published by SaharaReporters revealed that Yunusa Dahiru, the alleged abductor of Ese Oruru, has been released on bail.

Yunusa Dahiru is facing a five-count charge of abduction, inducing by the use of deception and coercion illicit intercourse, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor, Ese Oruru.

Confirming Mr. Dahiru's release on Sunday in Yenagoa, Mr. Kayode Olaosebikan, lawyer of the accused, said his people have taken him away.

A prison source who preferred anonymity further confirmed that Mr. Dahiru has been released on bail and taken to Kano, where he hails from, in the company of his lawyers.

"Mr. Yunusa left custody of the Okaka prison, Bayelsa State after spending over four months there," the source said on Sunday evening.

It will be recalled that the accused's legal team, which includes a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, had battled unsuccessfully since March to secure his release from prison custody following the bail conditions given by Justice Ajiya Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court in Yenagoa.

Mr. Nganjiwa had set a N3 million bail bond and two sureties in like sum, resident within the jurisdiction of the court as conditions for Mr. Dahiru's release.

He had also ordered that one of the sureties must be a traditional title holder, while the second person must be a civil servant on Grade Level 12 or above.

The bail conditions also stipulated that the two sureties must submit their three-year tax clearance receipts and that the defense counsel must sign an undertaking that the accused would not jump bail.

However, the judge later relaxed the conditions after he was approached by Mr. Dahiru's lawyers who said that they could not meet some of the bail conditions.

The court reduced the bail conditions to a level-nine civil servant and further granted the prayer of the defendant to also allow any traditional ruler from any community in the country to stand as surety.

Mr. Nganjiwa had on Friday adjourned the trial to Sept. 13 for further cross examination of Ese Oruru by Mr. Dahiru’s defense counsel.

Fulani Herdsmen Attacks Leave 81 Dead In Benue State

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Survivors and victims of herdsmen attacks in Logo and Ukum council areas in Benue State have been recounting how 81 persons were killed in the last two weeks.

Survivors and victims of herdsmen attacks in Logo and Ukum council areas in Benue State have been recounting how 81 persons were killed in the last two weeks.


The traditional ruler of Logo, Chief Jimmy Meeme, who spoke to Channels Television on the invasion of rural communities said 70 persons were killed in six out of the 10 council wards in his domain.

He blamed the sustained attacks on his people by the herdsmen on territorial occupation campaign while a community leader, Terkura Suswam, made a case for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Eyewitnesses also claim that Turan, Mbagber, Yonov and Tombo communities in Logo were attacked on the same day while Varser in Ukum Local Government came under siege, leaving another 53 persons dead.

In Anyiin community, the matron at a local clinic, Kpadoo Asema, and the IDPs camp manager, John Imenger, spoke on the treatment and how the displaced persons were fairing in the face of lack and despair.

One of the IDPs in Anyiin camp, Aseer Yuam, grieved over the gruesome murder of her son by herdsmen in Tombo council ward while attempting to fetch food for his family from the farm.

On his part, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, lamented the inability of the security agencies to arrest the perpetrators of the coordinated attacks.

The State Coordinator of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Garus Gololo, promised to track down those responsible for the attacks in Logo and Ukum.

In his reaction, the spokesman of the Benue State Police Command, ASP Moses Yamu, dismissed allegations of neglect of duty by security personnel.

He insisted that only 22 deaths were recorded in Logo and Ukum local government areas.

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Woman Evangelist killed by unknown assailants

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Woman Preacher who was hacked to death


What a world, Mrs. Eunice Elisha, a 42-year-old mother of seven, was on Saturday morning murdered by unknown assailants while evangelizing around Gbazango-West area of Kubwa, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory.

Eunice, who was a Deaconess at the Divine Touch Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Old NEPA Road, Phase 4, Kubwa, was said to have been cut in the neck and also stabbed in the stomach.

It was learnt that her killers left her in the pool of her blood with her Bible, megaphone, and cell phone.

Her remains were discovered by residents who alerted policemen who came to evacuate her to the police station where her husband went to identify her.

Speaking to newsmen at their residence, Eunice’ husband, Mr. Olawale Elisha, who is also a pastor at RCCG, said his wife had gone out to preach in the neighbourhood at about 5 am only for him to hear the report of her murder.

Olawale, who expressed shock over the death of his wife, looked pensive and dejected as he spoke.

He said, “My wife always goes out early in the morning for ‘Morning Cry’ (evangelism). There was a particular day she went out, and she told me that there is a mosque at the back where they commented about what she said. So I just cautioned her.

“This morning (Saturday), she went around 5 am and I was still in bed because we did vigil which she participated in for a while because of the ‘Morning Cry’ she planned to undertake. Two of my boys are footballers, so they went to the field to play. And when they came back, they told me that they heard some footballers saying that some hoodlums had butchered a woman who was preaching early this morning.

“So, when I heard this, we trekked down in the shorts I was putting on, and we didn’t see anybody, but we saw blood on the ground. I asked a policeman around, and he said it is true but that they had taken her to Phase 4 Police Station.

“I went to the station with my children, and when we got there, I saw the lifeless body of my wife at the back of the police van and from there, she was taken to the mortuary. The incident happened between 5 am and 5:30 am because she usually goes out 5 am and comes back 6 am.”

Elisha, who said Eunice was born on July 23, 1974, said they got married in July 2000.

Open Heavens Devotional: Pray Until Something Happens - Pastor Adeboye

Open Heavens Daily Devotional 2016 written by Pastor E.A Adeboye

Sunday, 10 July 2016

PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS

Memorise: Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:24

Read: John 16:23-28(KJV)
23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.
26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

Bible in one year: Romans 9:30-13:6, Psalms 6

MESSAGE
Children of God must cultivate the habit of persistent prayers so that they may attain their full potentials. The importance of prayer cannot be overemphasised when we consider what those who take time to pray gain. The Bible say;

“Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain; and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”
James 5:17-18

The prayer of Elijah that brought about the rain was not just a five-minute prayer. He prayed and prayed again before the rain fell. When a man of God prays for a few minutes in the public and miracles begin to happen, one should not be deceived that it is the few minutes of prayer that instigated the miracles. The fact is that, the man of God had prayed long hours in private before the pubic show of God’s miraculous deeds. God, in His Word, commands us to “Pray without ceasing.”

The One who commands us to pray, definitely will answer our prayers, if only we will obey command. God is interested in listening to our petitions and responding accordingly. Our Lord Jesus Christ in our text for today says,

“Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
John 16:24

In other words, we must not stop asking if we have not received an answer to the petitions that we put before God. At times, answers to our prayers are double-crossed by the agents of darkness like in the case of Daniel. The following importune prayer of Daniel eventually saved the day:

“Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo Michael, one the chief princes came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.”
Daniel 10:12-13

Hannah prayed until something happened in her life and so did Jabez. We must begin to pray until the attention of God is drawn to our petition. The Psalmist said in Psalms 30:2 that when he cried to the Lord, the Lord healed him. This is another testimony of someone who believed in the God that answers prayers. My prayer for someone using this devotional is that as you cry unto God today, He will answer you as He answered Hannah, Jabez and Elijah in Jesus’ name.

Action Point
Set aside quality time to pray today and you will receive unprecedented answer to your prayers.

Today's Devotional: Turn Up Your Hope - Kenneth Copeland

From Faith to Faith—Daily Devotional Kenneth Copeland Minitries

Sunday, 10 July 2016

 Turn Up Your Hope

May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope. Romans 15:13, The Amplified Bible

You know, that's what I want to be...running over with hope! I want to dare to throw my whole life and everything I have into building a dream that comes from the heart of God. I want to get out there so far that without God's help, I can't get back.

Many people don't think that way though because they're afraid to fail. Fear of failure is dangerous. If you let it dominate you, it will cause you to do the one thing that inevitably guarantees failure and that's not attempting at all.

How do you counteract the fear of failure?

You turn up your hope. You get alone with God and listen to Him. You meditate on His promises until the picture is so clear on the inside of you that nothing can jar it out of you.

If you're lying on a sickbed and the doctor has told you you'll never walk again, instead of wallowing around in that bad report, you start dreaming. You start building a dream of climbing mountains and witnessing to people in the backwoods. Go to the Word that promises that those who wait upon the Lord shall run and walk and not faint or be weary. Look at it until you see nothing else. Picture yourself walking for miles and running from one place to the next, telling everyone that Jesus has raised you up and made you whole.

That's what hope is all about. It's a divine dream. It's an inner image that's bigger than you are because it's built on the promises of God.

If you're a Christian, you ought to be a dreamer. Take the Word of God and build some dreams today.

Scripture Reading:
Psalm 33:18-22

Today's Devotional: The Rewards Of Praise And Worship - Dr. Paul Enenche


Seed of Destiny devotional written by Dr. Paul Enenche, Senior Pastor Dunamis Gospel International

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Topic: The Rewards of Praise and Worship

SCRIPTURE: Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. - Psalm 100:4

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Prayer without thanksgiving is a religious exercise without result

It is clear that every instruction from God to man is basically for the benefit of man. Even the devil knows this. That is why the devil always wants to make man disregard Divine instructions so as to bring about a total waste of man’s life.

The phrase, enter his gates with thanksgiving, is a command, not an advice. One notable reward of praise and worship to God is ACCESS TO HIS PRESENCE AND ANSWERS TO PRAYERS. Praise experts have more results than fasting experts without praise.

How does praise give us access to His Presence and answers to prayers?
1. It is a spiritual protocol.
Praise is a key to accessing God’s Presence. Murmuring and grumbling will keep you out of His Presence. Prayer without thanksgiving is a religious exercise without result (Philippians 4:6)

2. Whenever God is Glorified, His Goodness is Manifested
It is not possible to praise God and He refuses to show up. If you want God’s intervention, give Him appreciation. (Psalm 50:23)

3. Praise Expresses Faith and Faith Moves God into Action
Praise in the midst of problems is the highest expression of faith. Wherever God sees faith, He moves into action. (Psalm 106:12)

Remember this: Prayer without thanksgiving is a religious exercise without relevance

ASSIGNMENTS:
1. Praise God at all times despite challenging circumstances
2. Keep on thanking God in advance for all your expectations

PRAYER: LORD, I thank You for Your Word to me today. I make demands on Your grace to praise You at all times despite the confrontations of life in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: PATHWAYS OR CHANNELS OF THE BLESSING

QUOTE: Many times, we do not have to praise God for what he has done; we also have to praise to make Him do what He will do. Culled from 15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL by Dr Paul Enenche

AMAZING FACT: Human bones are ounce for ounce, stronger than steel.

TODAY IN HISTORY – July 10, 1990: The death at age 92 of Donald McGavran, missionary to India and "father" of the modern Church Growth movement.

DAILY READING: 1 Chronicles 9:1 to 10:14, Acts 27:21 to 44, Psalm 8:1 to 9, Proverbs 18:23 to 24

PROPHETIC PARENTAL BLESSING FOR THE WEEK: I prophesy a breaking forth of Divine/supernatural manifestations in your life in Jesus’ Name.

Entertainment week in picture

Singer Carole King returned to the UK stage to play her classic album Tapestry in full at the British Summer Time festival in London's Hyde Park.

Georgia O'Keeffe's Jimson Weed/White Flower No 1 went on display at Tate Modern as part of a major retrospective at the London gallery.

Chris Evans made headlines after announcing he was stepping down as host of BBC Two's Top Gear

Alexander Skarsgard helped Margot Robbie correct a wardrobe malfunction at the European premiere of The Legend of Tarzan.

Children's author Judith Kerr was joined by one of her creations - The Tiger Who Came to Tea - as she accepted a lifetime achievement award from the BookTrust charity at London Zoo

Lionel Richie was in London to launch an exhibition of photos taken by US photographer Alan Silfen, among them a photo of the singer with Princess Diana in 1987

US actor Erik Estrada, who found fame playing a California Highway Patrol officer in TV show Chips, revealed he is now a reserve police officer for the St Anthony Police Department in Idaho. The star plans to help the town protect children from internet predators.

A number of stars appeared at Wimbledon to catch some centre court action including (clockwise from top left) Bradley Cooper, Sir Cliff Richard, Gemma Arterton, Keeley Hawes, Matthew Macfadyen, Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller and Sienna Miller

It was a meeting of two Hermiones when Emma Watson went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on stage. She met Noma Dumezweni - who plays the character as an adult - which she said "was like meeting my older self". She added: "Having seen it I felt more connected to Hermione and the stories than I have since Deathly Hallows came out, which was such a gift."

Guitarist Dave Gilmour performed at the ancient Roman amphitheatre in Pompeii - 45 years after playing there with Pink Floyd and becoming the first artist to perform at the venue with an audience in attendance.

Source: bbc

More security beefed up ahead of Euro 2016 final


Ahead of Euro 2016 final officials say the police will patrol the Stade de France stadium as well as the Fan Zone near the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysees boulevard.

But there will be no victory parade if France win, the officials warned.
Police and the army have been patrolling Paris since last November's attacks in which 130 people died.

Jihadist gunmen and suicide bombers attacked a number of venues, including the Stade de France.

French officials say about 1,900 police officers will patrol the Fan Zone, while another 3,400 will be deployed at the Champs Elysees - some of them will be moved from the stadium, just north of Paris, after the final kicks off at 21:00 local time (19:00 GMT).

"We have the extremely favourable ratio of one officer for fewer than 50 spectators. So it is an extremely high standard," said Mathias Vicherat, the Paris mayor's chief of staff.
But officials have said that there will be no victory parade on the Champs Elysees in the event of a French win because of security concerns.

More than one million people celebrated France's 1998 World Cup victory there.
Police and security forces have already successfully patrolled 11 matches played so far at the Stade de France and at another Paris stadium, the Parc des Princes.

However, the authorities have been criticised for their inability to prevent clashes between rival fans at a stadium in Marseille and also on the streets of the southern city.

Jose Mourinho scraps out Louis Van Gal football method in Old Trafford

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The Manchester United new boss has ordered the removal of video cameras at Carrington that let coaches highlight players' errors later in front of team-mates, plus other changes.

Jose Mourinho's Manchester United revolution has already earned him the nickname Mr Meticulous at their hi-tech Aon Training Complex, writes Steve Bates in the Sunday People .

Just a week into his reign, manager Mourinho has made his mark at Carrington­ with a series of ­changes ­designed to wipe out almost all trace of former boss Louis van Gaal .

The most significant step among a raft of new measures implemented by Mourinho has been the removal of the training-pitch cameras deployed by Van Gaal to track his stars during ­sessions.

The cameras, used for analysis by Van Gaal and his coaching team, were ­disliked by the players who saw them as a spying device, an intrusion and another unnecessary display of the Dutchman’s obsession with players adhering to his philosophy.

Footage from the cameras would occasionally be used in team meetings, which players eventually found tedious and a turn-off.

Mourinho has ordered them taken away, insisting to staff that he doesn’t need cameras to tell him what his own eyes can see.

The move has been instantly popular with the players, who have welcomed the new direction Mourinho is taking the first-team squad.

United stars are already relieved the former Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto boss is less reliant on the classroom-style approach favoured by Van Gaal.

Sports: Williams sisters win 6th Wimbledon doubles title

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Serena Williams on Saturday put the icing on the cake of another magnificent Wimbledon campaign by teaming up with sister Venus for a sixth doubles crown.

The win was Serena’s second Wimbledon title within five hours, with victory earlier in the women’s singles at the All England Club.

The pair won 6-3 6-4 against Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova to claim their sixth Wimbledon doubles title and 14th doubles Grand Slam.

The win is their first in Grand Slam doubles since Wimbledon 2012.

The Williams sisters tally of 14 titles means now only Martina Navratilova and Pam Schriver have more as a pair.

Earlier, the reigning Olympic champions beat Timea Babos of Hungary and Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court.

This came hours after Serena claimed a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam singles title by defeating Germany’s Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-3.

Serena has now won both the Wimbledon singles and doubles (with Venus) in the same year on four occasions.

For Venus it was a consolation after she lost to Kerber in Thursday’s singles semi-finals.

The German had denied her a first Grand Slam singles final since losing to Serena at Wimbledon in 2009.

The sisters, who paired up again this year after a two-year absence, have won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles together.

This had moved them level with American Gigi Fernandez and Belarussian Natasha Zvereva in second place on the all-time list.

They still have some way to go, however, to match the 20 of Navratilova and fellow American Shriver.(Reuters/NAN)

Couple without sickle cell test will be punished - Govt

Governor, Anambra State

Willie Obiano,the governor of Anambra State has said intending couples in the state who fail to screen for sickle cell syndrome before formalising their marriages would be punished.

The Governor said such violators would be denied certain privileges from the state government.

To ensure that intending couples go for the test, the governor stated that his administration would partner with churches in the state to enforce the order.

The governor, who spoke through his Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, at a ceremony to mark this year’s Sickle Cell Day in Awka, said it was part of the state government’s determination to eradicate sickle cell disease.

Obiano noted that churches would play a major role in the fight against the medical condition because of their involvement when couples want to get married.

The governor added that his administration would implement to the letter the Sickle Cell law passed by the State House of Assembly in 2002, which made it mandatory for intending couples to verify their genotype before marriage.

He stated that involving the churches would ensure strict compliance to the law, adding that the state government would set up sickle cell clinics in the three senatorial districts of the state with state-of-the-art facilities.

Obiano explained that people living with sickle cell disorder in the state would be treated without charge under a health insurance scheme that would be launched in the state.

He said, “In the health insurance scheme, there is also a provision for free-of-charge medical treatment for the vulnerable, including people living with sickle cell disorder as our main target is to eradicate sickle cell anaemia completely in this state and that is why we are urging everybody to know his or her genotype.”

Militants group gives Buhari two weeks ultimatum

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The Niger Delta Militant group, Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has said that it will not be involved in any form of dialogue with the Office of the National Security Adviser on issues concerning the challenges in the Niger Delta region.

The group explained in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, that though it had selected an Aaron team that would speak with the Federal Government on the regions development, it was not ready to hold talks with a body that lacked executive power.

MEND said on Saturday that the Niger Delta issue was on the exclusive legislative list, adding that the proposed dialogue was not expected to be an interrogatory session.

The group listed the names in the said Aaron team as Henry Odein Ajumogobia, (Rivers), team leader; Bismark Jemide Rewane (Delta), waiting re-confirmation; Senator Florence Ita-Giwa (Cross River); and High Chief Government Ekpemupolo (Delta) – awaiting confirmation.

Others recommended to be part of the team are Ledum Mitee, (Rivers); Lawson Omokhodion (Edo); Ibanga Isine (Akwa Ibom); Senator Adolphus Wabara (Abia); Alfred Isename (Edo); and Timipa Jenkins Okponipere, Esq.  (Bayelsa), team secretary.

The Militant group said, “For the avoidance of doubt, the MEND Aaron team shall hold a dialogue with the NSA given that the office of the NSA lacks executive power.

“Given also the fact that the root issues surrounding the Niger Delta question are on the exclusive legislative list. Also, for the fact that the proposed dialogue is not an interrogatory session.

“We therefore hope that the Federal Government shall reach out to the Aaron Team Leader, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia, to signal government intention to commence the dialogue. If after two weeks from the date of publication of this Right of Reply, we don’t hear from the Federal Government, MEND shall safely assume that the government is truly not sincere about the dialogue on the Niger Delta question and responds only to the threat of violence or industrial action.”

MEND also criticised the Senior Special Adviser Assistant to President Muhammad Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, for his article titled ‘President Buhari Sharpens Focus on Niger Delta.

According to the group, “Mr. Shehu’s piece was unfortunately marred by sweeping assumptions; hasty generalisation; illogicality and poor analysis of the Niger Delta question. Above all, the article merely provided lame excuses for government’s inability to proffer sustainable solutions to the Niger Delta crisis.

“It was tactless of Mr. Shehu to arrive at a conclusion in his article that Niger Delta militants were behind the killings of prominent individuals and attacks on some coastal communities in Lagos and Ogun states.”

Meanwhile, some prominent elders and traditional rulers in Bayelsa State have alleged that some of the aides of President Buhari are frustrating the Federal Government’s proposed dialogue with the Niger Delta Avengers.

Though the elders and the monarchs commended the President’s decision to lead the proposed dialogue, they expressed concern over the alleged show of deceit, insincerity and discordant tunes among the presidential aides from the region.

They claimed the development had created a huge doubt between the militant youths and the Federal Government.

The position of the concerned elders and monarchs, under the aegis of Bayelsa Elders for Progress, Peace and Good Governance, led by their Coordinator, Chief Ayibatonye Goodnews, and the Secretary, Chief Lucky Ebifaghe, is contained in an open letter to the President.

They declared that the recent activities of key aides from the region such as the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, and the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd.), were allegedly frustrating the peace efforts of the Federal Government.

They insisted that Buhari should investigate the sincerity of the purported meetings held between Boroh and Kachikwu.

The letter stated, “How can they claim to have met stakeholders and the militant attacks continue? They met some fake militants and stakeholders and wasted scarce resources of the Federal Government on jamboree.

“The amnesty boss, who claimed to have relocated to the creeks in the region, was only sighted in a certain community holding clandestine meetings without solution to the continued bombing of the oil and gas facilities.

“President Buhari should investigate the money expended on the jamboree without result. We insist that the Presidential Amnesty Office should be probed following the alleged meeting with fake Avengers.”

We had sex with 20 men daily for six month, Schoolgirls revealed

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Four Schoolgirls have narrated  how they were recruited  into prostitution by a suspected human trafficker, Abigail Nweke Alo, in an alleged  brothel located in  Calabar business area.

Felicia Nzuworgar, 17, Patience Williams, 18, Angela Benjamin, 17 and Charity Nkwogor, all from Okun and Vandeikya Local Government Areas of Benue State, said Abigail, who they called  ‘Chairlady’,  took them from their homes, in January, under the pretense that she was taking them to Lagos where she had  a drinking spot to work as sales girls but ended up as sex workers in  Calabar.

“I was selling oranges in our market in Okun when she tapped me on the shoulder and I turned thinking she wanted to buy oranges but she told me she had  a business in Lagos and wanted me to follow her. I did not know what came over me. I just followed her without even telling my parents and friends where I was going”, Felicia  told Sunday Vanguard.

Patience, a  senior secondary school 2 Student in Vandiekya, on her part, narrated that she was plating a friend’s hair in front of her grandmother’s house where she lived when Mike, a commercial motorcycle rider, who lived  in  her neighbourhood, came to inform her that a lady was looking for someone to work in a beer parlour in Lagos, and wanted to know  if she would like to go with her.

“I told Mike that I was still in school and could  not go with the lady and  that she should look for someone else. But instead of looking  for somebody else, Mike went and brought the lady and when she looked into my eyes, I simply went inside and packed my clothes and followed her without waiting for my grandmother who went out to come back”, she stated.

Recounting her own experience, Angela said she was on her way from school when the lady met her and told her she wanted to take her to school  in Lagos  and also assist her (Abigail)  in her beer parlour business and she went with her into the bus where other girls were waiting.

They girls, on their way from Benue to ‘Lagos’, stopped in  Enugu where they spent the night in the house of a  man who, according to her, had seven wives. The man was said to have given them concoction to drink after which they were warned that  if they tried to run away, their private parts would rot and they would die.

“The man took us into his medicine hut and gave us the concoction to drink and, when we refused to drink, he beat us. He told us that if we went out without drinking, we will die.  After we drank, he said that if we ran away from ‘Chairlady’, our private parts would rot and we will die”, Felicia said.

According to her, after the encounter with the man, the next day, they continued their journey. “We got to Calabar in the night  and when I asked ‘Chairlady’  if this was Lagos, she said yes”.

Boko Haram: Two soldiers, 16 terrorists killed after a heavy gunfire confrontation

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The Nigerian Army said last night that remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in their numbers attacked troops location at Rann, Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State and that, after a heavy gunfire confrontation, 16 of the terrorists were killed.

A statement  by Col Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, said, “The terrorists came with motorcycles borne improvised explosive devices (MCBIED), anti-aircraft guns and other weapons at about 5.00pm and the exchange of fire lasted for some hours before they were overwhelmed by the troops firepower.

“Unfortunately, one of the suicide bombers detonated himself at a gun truck, killing the driver and the gunner. “The truck and the mounted weapon were also damaged beyond repairs. In addition, two soldiers were wounded in action while three others sustained minor injuries.

“The troops killed seven of the attackers instantly while quite a number escaped with gunshot wounds.

“During clearance operations  this morning, the troops discovered nine more Boko Haram terrorists dead bodies in the surrounding areas. Therefore the total number of terrorists killed was 16.

“The troops also recovered a General Purpose Machine Gun, Rocket Propelled Grenade, ammunitions and captured  two of the terrorists alive.

“The bodies of the two   fallen heroes and the wounded in action soldiers have been evacuated to Maiduguri, while reinforcement was sent from Gomboru Ngala”.


Today's Devotional: Handicapped, Not Handcuffed - Pastor W.F Kumuyi

Pastor W.F Kumuyi
Sunday July 10, 2016

Topic: Handicapped, Not Handcuffed

Bible Text: Job 4:1-11

Key Verse:
"Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off? Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same" (Job 4:7, 8).

In the game of racing, spectators usually gather to cheer and jeer. It is always advisable for an athlete to always distinguish between those who cheer him from those who jeer at him. If he becomes discouraged by the deafening jeering of spectators, even when he is leading the race, he is not likely to finish strong and victorious.

Three friends of Job had visited him and had listened to his complaints that were made out of sheer pain and discomfort. Eliphaz, one of the friends, felt that Job's outburst of complaint should not go unresponded to. Although Eliphaz was correct in his observations that the wicked will always reap the wrath of God, he however, misapplied it by insinuating that Job was reaping the recompense of his evil deeds. He was short-sighted however that the afflictions of his friend was totally orchestrated by the devil and one of those "light afflictions" that the Scriptures spoke of.

How often do men misjudge us! But as believers, our concern and preoccupation must be on what God thinks about us; our standing with God and not the perception of gainsayers. The Christian journey demands daily cross-bearing.Every believer must be focused and ensure he/she is in tune with the will of God at all times.

You may suffer rejection in the midst of persecution; you must commit everything to God who judges righteously. It is a new day and a new dawn. Look up, for your victory is assured.

Thought for the day: A faith walk is a wise walk.

Bible Reading in one Year: 2 KINGS 22 - 23