Housewife steals breast pads from supermarket, land in trouble

Breast pads
Breast pads

By Nana Musa

A 27-year-old housewife, Stella Okeke, who allegedly stole breast pads and other beauty from a supermarket, on Wednesday appeared in an Upper Area Court in Mpape, Abuja.

Okeke, who resides in Efab Estate, Lokogoma Abuja, is charged with two counts of criminal trespass and stealing.

The Prosecution Counsel, Mr Stanley Nwaforaku, told the court that the case was reported by Mr Bernard Ohaba, the Manager of the supermarket, at the Apo Police Station Abuja on June 12.

Nwaforaku told the court that the complainant reported that sometime in November  2018, the defendant allegedly pretended to be a customer.

He said she allegedly stole Avent breast pads single unit, two pairs of sleeping suit, Vip virgin remy masic hair, Timeful Brazilian curl.

He alleged that the defendant also stole one blender valued at N59,900, vegetable oil and vacuum flask feeding bottle valued at N22,250.

Nwaforaku said during police investigation the CCTV footage was played and she confessed to the crime.

He told the court that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 348 and 287 of the Penal Code.

Okeke pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Presiding Judge, Hassan Muhammad, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N600,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Muhammad ordered that the sureties must submit a copy of their drivers license or National ID for verification.

The judge adjourned the case until July 17, for hearing.

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Anti-party activities: Ex-Gov Yari rejects APC’s committee report

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Former Governor Yari of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari

By Idris Abdulrahman

Former Governor of Zamfara, Abdulaziz Yari, has described a report submitted by a five-man committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) alleging anti-party activities against him as baseless, contemptuous and embarrassing.

Yari, through his Media Aide, Ibrahim Dosara, on Wednesday said the committee’s claims and the subsequent publications in the media had “no basis, contradicted court judgement and order”.

The ex-governor said the committee’s report and the publication “caused serious embarrassment and damage” to his personality.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the APC five-man Disciplinary Committee on Tuesday in Abuja received a report of alleged anti party activities against its Deputy National Chairman (North), Lawal Shuaibu, and Yari.

The report was over their alleged role in the 2019 electoral misfortune of the party in the state.

NAN further reports that a Federal High Court had dismissed a suit by the Marafa faction of the party and affirmed the Abdulaziz Yari faction as legally constituted.

The Yari faction has Lawal Liman as  the state chairman.

The court also ordered that henceforth, the Marafa faction should stop parading itself as the legitimate Executive Committee in Zamfara.

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Vladimirs Viennese Christmas at the INEC Killarney -Video

With Vladimir’s family from Slovakia ‘The Jablokovs’, tenor Sean Costello, soprano Margaret Keys, 25 piece orchestra and 50 piece choir come to the INEC Killarney on Wednesday 18th December 2019. Tks vladimirviennesechristmas2019

Join violin sensation Vladimir as he adds a festive glow to some of the most beautiful classical melodies from the Romantic era, together with a flurry of seasonal evergreens to get you set for the most wonderful time of the year.
These 2019 Gala concerts will feature Vladimir’s most memorable performances of the past decade, along with many new surprises.
Vladimir will be joined by his parents, sister and brothers. The Jablokov’s will be joined on stage by Vladimir’s hand picked orchestra, tenor Sean Costello, star soprano Margaret Keys and amazing Arabella Voices choir.


Russians, Ukrainian accused of downing flight MH17

An artist's impression of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 being hit by a missile
An artist’s impression of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 being hit by a missile

By Sheji Halima

(Reuters/NAN) Three Russians and a Ukrainian will face murder charges for the July 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

The aircraft, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine, had all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board killed.

The trial is expected to start in the Netherlands next March, an investigation team said on Wednesday.

Peter Crozier, one of the international investigators, presented the  latest findings in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, nearly five years after the crash that killed all passengers and crew.

The suspects are likely to be tried in absentia, however, as the Netherlands has said Russia has not cooperated with the investigation and is not expected to hand anyone over.

The Dutch-led international team tasked with assigning criminal responsibility for the plane’s destruction named the four suspects as Russians Sergey Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Igor Girkin, and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko.

It said international arrest warrants for the four suspects have been issued.

MH17 was shot out of the sky on July 17, 2014, over territory held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine as it was flying from Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. Everyone on board was killed.

Most of those on board were Dutch. The joint investigation team formed by Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine found that the plane was shot down by a Russian missile.

In 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin called MH17’s downing a “terrible tragedy”, but said that Moscow was not to blame and that there are other explanations for what happened.

The governments of the Netherlands and Australia have said they hold Russia legally responsible.

Asked if she expected the suspects to attend the trial, Silene Fredriksz, whose son Bryce was on the plane with his girlfriend Daisy, said: “No. No, I don’t think so. But I don’t care. I just want the truth, and this is the truth.”

Moscow has said it does not trust the investigation.

“Russia was unable to take part in the investigation despite expressing an interest right from the start and trying to join it”, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters earlier on Wednesday.

The investigation team said that Girkin was a former FSB colonel, who served as minister of defence of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) in the summer of 2014.

It said that Dubinsky was head of the military intelligence agency of DNR, while Pulatov was head of a second department of the DNR military intelligence agency. Ukrainian national Kharchenko was head of a reconnaissance battalion for the second department, it said.

The team said that it would ask the Russian government to allow it to question the suspects who are currently in Russia. It said Kharchenko was thought to be in Ukraine at the moment.

Prosecutors have previously said that the missile system, which took down the plane was from the Russian 53rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade, based in the western Russian city of Kursk.

The crash was Malaysia Airlines second aircraft loss during 2014 after the disappearance of’Flight 370 on 8 March.

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It’s the one you want: Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Grease’ costume up for auction

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Olivia Newton-John is putting the black leather jacket and tight pants that she wore in the final number of “Grease” up for auction to help raise money for her cancer treatment center in Australia.

Olivia Newton-John performs before the 85th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in Los Angeles,California,U.S. November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

Julien’s Auctions said on Wednesday the iconic outfit that marked her character’s transition from demure high schooler to sexy Sandy Olson in the 1978 movie musical was one of 200 items that Newton-John is selling in November.

The jacket and pants are being sold separately but together are expected to fetch up to $200,000, the auction house said.

“Grease,” a high school romance set in the 1950s, became a global box office smash and sent the careers of both Newton-John and co-star John Travolta soaring.

The singer, who announced in 2017 that the breast cancer she first suffered in 1992 had returned and spread to her lower back, wore the leather jacket and high-waisted black pants for the final scene in “Grease,” in which the actors perform the duet “You’re the One That I Want.”

Newton-John, 70, is selling her original script from the film, estimated at up to $4,000, the pink gown she wore to the “Grease” premiere in Los Angeles (estimated at $3,000-$5,000), and a custom Pink Ladies jacket given to her by the “Grease” cast and crew.

The British-born and Australian-raised singer and actress is also auctioning two of the outfits she wore while promoting her 1981 “Physical” album and tour, along with several costumes from her 1980 film “Xanadu.”

Earlier this year, while promoting her best-selling memoir, Newton-John said she spent her 70th birthday undergoing radiation treatment at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia, because of a cancer-induced pelvic fracture.

A portion of the auction proceeds will go to fund the research center, Julien’s said.

The auction will be held in Beverly Hills on Nov. 1-2, and will be preceded by public exhibits at the Museum of Style Icons in Ireland, and in Beverly Hills.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Leslie Adler

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Obaseki reads ‘Riot Act’ to troublemakers

By Kevin Okunzuwa

Edo Government has threatened to deal decisively with individuals or groups causing problem in the state in the wake of inauguration of some members of State House of Assembly.

The government issued the warning through a statement by the state Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Mr Paul Ohonbamu, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Benin.

“The warning is coming in the wake of the emergence of a new leadership of the 7th Edo State House of Assembly, and to ensure that unscrupulous elements do not take matters into their hands to foment trouble in the state.

“The state government will deploy all apparatus of state to ensure that peace is maintained in the state;  well-meaning, law-abiding citizens are assured a free space to go about their businesses without any hindrance.

“The Edo State Government is, by this notice, sending a strong warning to individuals and groups with the intention to cause violence in the state, to do away with any such thought.

“Any attempt to re-enact the era of violence will be met with the requisite response from the relevant apparatus of the state.” it said.

It cautioned parents to dissuade their children from engaging in any criminal act or work as agents of unscrupulous elements with intent to cause civil disturbances, warning that anyone caught, would face the full wrath of the law.

“Edo State, under Gov. Godwin Obaseki, is stable, as our shield stands guard and our sword stands ready,” it further warned.

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Emir advocates media salary structure for journalists

Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir
Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir

By Shehu Danjuma

The Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir, has urged the Federal Government to approve a salary structure for media practitioners in the country.

Kabir stated this while receiving members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Katsina State Council who paid him a courtesy visit on Wednesday at his palace.

“Newsmen should have a good salary package that will enable them to discharge their constitutional responsibilities effectively,” the monarch said.

According to him, the federal government in collaboration with the National Assembly should support Journalists to have a good salary package in the country.

“Media practitioners deserve a good salary like other professionals that are working for the progress of the nation.

“If journalists are not well paid as currently being practiced in the nation, they will be exposed to different kind of corruption and other unethical practices.

“How do you expect a journalist that has no salary or is being paid paltry sum to live above board or avoid corruption,” the monarch asked.

The Emir, therefore, called on politicians, lawyers and human right activists to champion the crusade for the enactment of the law on media salary structure in the country.

Kabir disclosed that he had started the struggle for the introduction of the media salary structure and had approached President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue.

“As a concerned Royal father, I have spoken to the President to assist media practitioners with good welfare package in order to win the war on corruption,” he said.

Earlier, the state Chairman of NUJ, Buhari Mamman-Daura, commended the Emir for his frank approach to national and state issues without fear or favour.

The NUJ chairman said that media practitioners were proud of the monarch as he had always being there for them in terms of their professional callings and personal problems.

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South African MP punches man during alleged racist incident

Democratic Alliance (DA) National Spokesperson and Member of Parliament Phumzile Van DammeImage copyright

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Phumzile Van Damme said that a white woman and her family used racist language against her

A black South African MP says she punched a man in self-defence after he allegedly hurled racial abuse at her.

Phumzile van Damme from the opposition Democratic Alliance said she got into a row with a white woman at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront when the man intervened.

She said the man, who was white, was “threatening violence” and used vulgar language to tell her to get out, referring to her as “you black”.

The V&A Waterfront, a top tourist site, has apologised for the incident.

Ms van Damme was unhappy with the treatment she received from a security officer when she reported the incident.

“We regret this incident, which we did not handle with the necessary objectivity, respect and empathy,” the V&A Waterfront said on its Twitter account.

Ms van Damme said she was standing in a queue in the supermarket when she had a quarrel with a woman who allegedly told her she would “push [her] aside”.

“Then when I went out, she was standing there with her family in a threatening manner. And I went to her and said, ‘why are you looking at me in a threatening manner?’ Then she said, ‘it’s because you’re black’, Ms van Damme said in a video on Twitter.

She said a man, who was with the woman, “was threatening violence so in self-defence I punched him in the head”.

Ms van Damme said she accepted V&A Waterfront’s apology and their commitment not to tolerate unacceptable behaviour from its patrons.

She has, however, threatened to file charges with the police.

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