Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died

The Duke of Edinburgh – Prince Philip – has died, Buckingham Palace has said.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip , Duke of Edinburgh.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

The Duke was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years and became the longest-serving consort in British history.

This statement was published by the palace today

Into his 90s he carried out a busy programme of public engagements, reflecting his own charitable interests.

He also travelled around the country supporting the Queen, both on state occasions and royal visits.

For a man of his age he enjoyed relatively good health.

He was taken to hospital over Christmas in 2011 for treatment for a blocked artery.

In 2012 he was admitted to hospital during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a bladder infection, and in 2013 had an exploratory operation on his abdomen.

But it was not until May 2017, after carrying out more than 20,000 solo public engagements, that the 96-year-old retired from his own programme of royal duties, occasionally stepping out to support the Queen for big events.

No official details have been released yet about the Duke’s funeral, but it is understood he will be given a royal ceremonial funeral rather than a state funeral, in line with his wishes.

The Queen will sign off the final plans in the coming days.

Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born on the island of Corfu in 1921.

At the age of 18, the prince joined the Royal Navy as a cadet.

He saw active service during the Second World War, serving in the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean, and was mentioned in despatches for his bravery.

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The Duke of Edinburgh is seen at the wedding of Princess Eugenie in 2018

In 1947 he renounced his Greek and Danish royal titles, took on the surname of Mountbatten and became a naturalised British subject ahead of his marriage to Princess Elizabeth.

Their wedding was the first great state occasion after the end of the Second World War.

His commitment to the Queen was unfaltering. He gave up his career in the Navy in order to support her in her role as monarch.

The Queen has described Prince Philip as her “constant strength and stay”.

They had four children – Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward – and he was a much loved grandfather and great-grandfather.

He saw himself as a moderniser within the British monarchy, orchestrating the first royal walkabout – but he was also known for his forthright views and off-the-cuff remarks.

Prince Philip’s concern for young people inspired him to create the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, and he supported more than 800 charities and good causes – focusing on his interests in wildlife conservation, technology and sport.

Since the 1940s Prince Philip was an ever present figure in the life of the UK and leaves behind his own considerable legacy

Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC have hailed a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his contributions to Nigeria’s democracy, saying at 69, the governors will continue to look up to him for “inspiring guidance”.

Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum PGF and Governor of Kebbi state, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu disclosed this in a statement issued Sunday in Abuja.

Part of the statement reads; “We in particular wish to acknowledge and commend your untiring and selfless leadership and commitment to a united prosperous Nigeria. We acknowledge your contributions to the emergence and growth of our party, APC.

“Emerging from opposition to a governing party through hard and very difficult negotiations, which has bestowed upon us the responsibility of managing the affairs of our dear country is a historic achievement that past political leaders of Nigeria were unable to achieve.

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Imo state former governor, Rochas Okorocha

There was a major altercation on Sunday morning at Sam Mbakwe cargo airport involving Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, Obi of Obinugwu ancient kingdom in Orlu LGA of Imo State and Senator Rochas Okorocha, Senator representing Imo West senatorial district in the National Assembly, aboard Air Peace flight to Abuja .

According to reports, the royal father, a former chairman of Imo State as well as Southeast council of traditional rulers, accosted Senator Rochas Okorocha sitting close to him, exploding with so much rage and royal anger.

Rochas Okorocha

What started as a mild altercation all of a sudden snowballed into a full-fledged confrontation inside the aircraft, as the charismatic popular royal father descended on Okorocha with his walking stick. If not the timely intervention of the flight captain who rushed out when Eze Ilomuanya was hitting Okorocha with his royal walking stick to depart from his sight, the story would have been something else. The embattled former Governor was visibly rattled and shaken to his bone marrow. Okorocha was hastily relocated to another seat even as Eze Ilomuanya was heard warning him to stay away from Orlu if he truly wants peace to reign.

It will be recalled that Eze Ilomuanya was removed from office by Okorocha during his reign as Imo State governor and he subsequently installed another person in his place as traditional ruler. Since then, the bad blood between the duo can only be imagined.

Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed has said herdsmen are not to be blamed for bearing firearms.

Mohammed said they are only protecting themselves against cattle rustlers who attack, kill and take away their possessions.

The Governor spoke as Special Guest of Honour at the launch of the inaugural edition of the Bauchi Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ’s magazine titled ‘Correspondents’ Watch” on Thursday.

Oyo and Ondo States have been in the eye of the storm lately over security challenges and moves to check the activities of some killer herdsmen.

A popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, well known as Sunday Igboho, had issued a quit notice to herdsmen accused of sundry crimes in the Ibarapa area of Oyo and enforced same.

Mohammed, while reacting to the development, said the herdsmen have the right to live anywhere as Nigerians, adding the forests where they graze their cows belong to nobody.

He said ” The west doesn’t want to accommodate other tribes but we are accommodating your tribe in Bauchi. We have Yorubas who have stayed in Bauchi for over 150 years, some of them have been made permanent secretaries in Gombe, Bauchi and Borno but because the Fulani man is practicing the tradition of transhumans, pastoralism, he has been exposed to cattle rustlers who carry a gun, kill him and take away his cows he has no option to carry AK 47 because the government and the society are not protecting him. It’s the fault of the government.

”Nobody owns any forests in Nigeria, it’s owned by Nigeria. Under section 23, 24 and 25 of the Constitution, every Nigerian is free to stay anywhere. Anybody can speak how but we are only exercising restraint.

”If cybercrime is being practised mostly by one tribe, you don’t criminalise the whole tribe because of this. That’s why you journalist needs to be sensitive and exercise restraint. Avoid writing reports that will threaten the unity of this country.”

The Governor, who slammed his Benue counterpart, Samuel Orthom for poor handling of farmers-herders clashes, in his State said he was very wrong to incite other tribes against the herdsmen.

”My brother and my colleague Ortom started all this as regards herders clashes with other tribes. That’s why I must commend the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, NGF Solomon Lalong, he is a hero in the promotion of peace despite his diverse and minority background, he put an end to the Incessant fighting between herdsmen and other tribes in Plateau.”

The first day of arguments at President Donald Trump‘s second impeachment trial ended in chaos when Sen. Mike Lee tried to object to evidence that referenced him. 

‘Statements were attributed to me moments ago by the House impeachment managers, statements related to the content of conversations between – a phone call involving President Trump and Senator Tuberville, were not made by me, they’re not accurate and they’re contrary to fact,’ Lee said on the heels of primary impeachment manager, Rep. Jamie Raskin, saying they were done for the day. 

Lee took issue with part of Rep. David Cicilline’s presentation, which was supposed to show the senators where Trump’s mind was at during the deadly January 6 siege. 

Sen. Mike Lee delayed the close of the first day of arguments at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial by trying to strike evidence from the record. Lee was mentioned because Trump had accidentally tried to call his phone to reach Sen. Tommy Tuberville
Sen. Mike Lee delayed the close of the first day of arguments at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial by trying to strike evidence from the record. Lee was mentioned because Trump had accidentally tried to call his phone to reach Sen. Tommy Tuberville
Sen. Mike Lee's objection led to several minutes of chaos and confusion as lawmakers tried to decide whether what was said could be struck from the record. Lee charged Democrats attributing false statements to him
Sen. Mike Lee’s objection led to several minutes of chaos and confusion as lawmakers tried to decide whether what was said could be struck from the record. Lee charged Democrats attributing false statements to him
'Senator Lee stood by as Senator Tuberville and President Trump spoke on the phone and on that call Donald Trump reportedly asked Senator Tuberville to make additional objections to the certification process,' Rep. David Cicilline said, which was what Sen. Mike Lee objected to
‘Senator Lee stood by as Senator Tuberville and President Trump spoke on the phone and on that call Donald Trump reportedly asked Senator Tuberville to make additional objections to the certification process,’ Rep. David Cicilline said, which was what Sen. Mike Lee objected to
Sen. Patrick Leahy
Sen. Patrick Leahy
Rep. Jamie Raskin
Rep. Jamie Raskin

Democratic impeachment managers pointed out, again and again, that Trump never explicitly told his supporters to stand down, as they invaded the Capitol, hunted lawmakers and participated in hand-to-hand combat with police. 

Trump was impeached by the House last month for inciting the insurrection and the Senate will decide whether he should be convicted on that charge.  

On Wednesday night, Cicilline told an anecdote that was based on a story in Deseret News that cited Lee as its source. 

During the insurrection Trump accidentally called Lee’s cell phone trying to get ahold of Alabama Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville instead. 

‘Senator Lee describes it, he had just ended a prayer with his colleagues here in the Senate chamber and the phone rang, it was Donald Trump,’ Cicilline said. 

‘And how Senator Lee describes it is the phone call goes something like this,’ the Rhode Island Democrat continued. ‘”Hey Tommy,”‘ Trump asks. And Senator Lee says this isn’t Tommy. And he hands the phone to Sen. Tuberville.’ 

‘Senator Lee stood by as Senator Tuberville and President Trump spoke on the phone and on that call Donald Trump reportedly asked Senator Tuberville to make additional objections to the certification process,’ Cicilline explained.    

In the Deseret News story, Lee doesn’t divulge the contents of the call, though he does say that in speaking to Tuberville after the Alabama senator’s conversation with Trump that he got the impression the president didn’t know that the protesters were laying siege to the Capitol. 

Lee also told the publication that Tuberville and Trump spoke for about five to 10 minutes. He said he stood nearby to ensure he didn’t lose his phone in the commotion.

Other news organizations reported that Trump pressured Tuberville to keep objecting to states’ Electoral College vote counts. 

‘That’s why he called,’ Cicilline had said in disgust.

The Dispatch reported on a voicemail left for Tuberville by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani that day, but he dialed the number of a different unnamed senator. 

In the message, Giuliani is heard asking Tuberville to ‘slow it down.’ 

‘The only strategy we can follow is to object to numerous states and raise issues so that we get ourselves into tomorrow – ideally until the end of tomorrow,’ Giuliani said. 

After his initial request to get Cicilline’s statements struck from the record, Lee explained, ‘my point was not about whether it was appropriate for them to make characterizations, my point was to strike them because they were false.’ 

‘Statements were attributed to me repeatedly to which I have personal knowledge because I am the source, they are not true,’ Lee said. 

With the use of ‘reportedly’ Cicilline didn’t directly attribute the contents of the call to Lee. 

‘I never made those statements I asked that they be stricken,’ the Utah Republican said. ‘This has nothing to do with whether they are based on depositions, which they’re not, it’s simply based on the fact that I’m the witness, I’m the only witness, those statements are not true and I ask that you strike them.’ 

After a few procedural hiccups with Sen. Patrick Leahy at the gavel, Raskin, the chief impeachment manager, said the Democrats would voluntarily withdraw that piece of evidence – with the understanding they could bring it back up if needed. 

‘This is much ado about nothing, because it’s not critical in anyway to our case,’ Raskin said. 

Afterward, Tuberville was asked by reporters what had been incorrect about Cicilline’s retelling of the call, which Lee had said lasted five to 10 minutes. 

‘I don’t know, you know President Trump, you don’t get many words in but he didn’t get a chance to say a whole lot because I said, “Mr. President, they just took the vice president out, I’ve got to go,”‘ Tuberville said. ‘That’s what it was.’

Source : dailymail.co.uk

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has reacted to present insecurity in Nigeria. Senator Abaribe is one man who is loved by many due to the way and manner he speaks. In recent days, he has spoken on several occasions and this time around, he did not stop speaking.

The Senator made it known that this Buhari’s government may be the last government we are going to have in Nigeria. The Senator made this disclosure on AIT current affairs program focus Nigeria, anchored by Amechi Anakwue.

While speaking, he made it known that as it stands now, regions are setting up security outfits so as to protect themselves, and by doing that, it will weaken the government at the centre. He went on and made it clear that he is afraid, because this government may be the last government been will have.

When he was asked about the Eastern Security Network ESN, which presently has no legal backing, Senator Abaribe made it clear that people have the right to life and therefore can protect themselves if there is any need for them to do so. According to him, it’s only a tree that stands when people are coming with knife or Machete to cut it down.

Twin explosions suspected to be dynamites have unsettled the secretariat of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

It was gathered that the dynamite was detonated in a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) parked in front of the secretariat located along Aba Road.

The explosion, which occurred at about 3pm during the councilorship primaries of the party sent members of the PDP running for safety.

Though nobody or group had claimed responsibility for the blasts, it was gathered that party members, who ran away later came back after calm had returned to the area.

The Publicity Secretary of PDP, Tambari Sydney Gbara, failed to comment on the matter, an eyewitness confirmed the incident.

The eyewitness, who spoke in confidence, said: “There was panic today​ as two dynamites exploded during the Councillorship primaries of the people’s democratic party today.

“I was at the party secretariat. The dynamite was detonated by suspected bombers in an SUV car along the Aba road office of the party secretariat at about 3pm

“Party supporters who were seen around the secretariat to support their preferred candidates scampered for safety​

“It is not, however, clear on the reason of the blast, but it might not be unconnected to allegations of imposition of candidates in some LGAs. Calm has however returned to the secretariat.”

I have to really write this letter angrily because of how disappointed I am by your threats on Nigeria because we don’t support homosexuality. I know that everyone has the right to choose what they want, and it doesn’t always have to be in line with what the majority go with. However, it is important to make choices that wouldn’t affect others. Now it seems some of the support given to you Joe Biden, by some people were based on some reasons, but some of them were not aware that you are fully in support of the LGBTQI community.

I have to say this because I know that a very large percent of Nigerians are against homosexuality. However, it seems most people who supported you didn’t really take this serious. Now it appears that after you got a lot of support from Nigerians, you still went ahead to threaten financial and visa sanctions against Nigeria.

This is basically because Nigeria is strongly against these practices, and the act is also punishable by law here in Nigeria. I am sure that a very large percentage of those who also supported you are strongly against homosexuality. I also know that the homosexuality issue was one of the first issues you attended to immediately you assumed office.

This obviously hurt some of your supporters here in Nigeria and America. This means that it may soon become difficult for Nigerians to fly to the US if we do not fully embrace homosexuality. Incase you don’t know, it would be very difficult for Nigeria to accept such practice because of how religious we are. This country is made up of a lot of christian and muslims, and both religions do not support homosexuality.

This even made me wonder why some people supported you when they were fully aware about your stand on homosexuality. Donald Trump had his flaws while he was also in power, and his strict rules seemed to have affected Nigeria in some ways. However, what you are trying to do is obviously going to negatively affect Nigeria in a serious way if this issue is taken up seriously against us.

I sincerely hope that the sanctions shouldn’t take effect, and we here in Nigeria should be left to continue living and abiding by our laws. I feel the practices we choose to practice here in Nigeria is our choice, and it has kept this country running for a long time. I have said this before, it would be very difficult for a country like Nigeria to accept homosexuality because of how religious we are.

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts has expressed displeasure over its discovery of five years unaudited accounts of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMB) and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TEFFUND).

Rep Oluwole Oke, Chairman of the Committee, conveyed the committee’s anger at the investigative hearing on audit queries by the Auditor-General of Federation (AGF) of Ministries Department and Agencies of government, on Thursday, in Abuja.

Oke said that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) had not paid their respective 30 per cent and 20 per cent equity capital as shareholders of the bank, as stipulated by the FMB establishment Act.

The Committee queried the Managing Director of FMB, Mr Ahmed Dangiwa and other officials of the bank on the five years unaudited accounts, while noting that the audit queries raised by the AGF on the MDAs, had shown that their revenue profiles were on the decline.

Oke expressed dissatisfaction with non-compliance of the agencies to the extant provisions of the laws on audited accounts, in spite of previous appearances before the committee on the contentious issue.

Responding, Dangiwa explained that the Federal Government had paid N60 million out of the N1.5 billion, being its share of equity in the bank, adding that the audited accounts were ready, but awaiting the approval of the bank’s board.

He said that the present management of the bank inherited the five years unaudited accounts from its predecessor, but had made efforts to clear them.

The managing director also explained that the federal government owned 50 per cent of FMB, with the CBN owning 30 per cent, while the NSITF’s share was 20 per cent, of the bank’s percentage equity shareholding.

Buhari dashes South East’s hopes, allegedly appoints new Police IGP from Borno

President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly appointed Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim, an Assistant Inspector-General as the acting Inspector General of Police; effectively dashing the hopes of the South East which had agitated for the region to produce the next IGP.

AIG Ibrahim, the alleged new appointee, hails from Borno State.

However, 1st News reports that the appointment is yet to be confirmed by the Presidency.

Nevertheless, feelers indicate that the development has already began to spark celebrations among sections of the Police Force. Meanwhile, the appointment of AIG Ibrahim by President Buhari comes in the wake of the retirement of Adamu Mohammed Abubakar; the erstwhile IGP.

Buhari

Zanna Ibrahim, an indigene of Borno State, was born on November, 26, 1962. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies; both from the University of Jos, Plateau State. He was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force, on 15th March, 1988.

On successful completion of training at the Nigeria Police Academy Annex, Kaduna; he was posted to the Borno State Police Command, where he had a one-year compulsory attachment at Biu Divisional Police Headquarters. Also, he later served in various Commands and Police formations across the country.

Equally important, the acting IGP was appointed Zamfara State Commissioner of Police on 2019.

Until his appointment, AIG Ibrahim was the Commandant of the Police Academy, Kano State.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has called on critics complaining about the purported worsening security situation in the country to end the needless emotion.

He challenged them to come up with facts and figures to buttress their claims, adding that the security situation had rather improved compared to when the administration came to power in 2015.

The minister said this when he featured on “Politics Nationwide”, Radio Nigeria programme on Tuesday, February 2, in Abuja.