Just In: Dino Melaye Surrenders To Nigerian Police


The lawmaker representing Kogi West district, Senator Dino Melaye, is presently in the custody of the Nigeria Police Force, Naija News Understands.

A source at the Force Headquarters in Abuja confirmed this on Friday.

The police carried out a search of the lawmaker’s residence in the nation’s capital while he was taken to the office of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) in Guzape.

Although Senator Melaye had earlier said he was not in the house, the police said he opened the door to the residence himself at about 3 pm today after which he was taken into custody.

Naija News also learnt that  lawmaker, is currently at the head office of the special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Abuja, in the company of some lawmakers and his lawyers.

Police had said Melaye was wanted for a case of criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide committed on 19 July, 2018.

But the senator has since denied the allegation.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Congresswoman attacked for dancing


By Chris Bell BBC News0

4 January 2019

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  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing as a student
    The video of Ms Ocasio-Cortez dancing has more than eight million views on Twitter

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    In the eyes of some social media critics the United States’ youngest-ever congresswoman can do no right.

    To a lengthy list of past misdemeanours, including her clothes and not being rich , can now be added the grievous crime of dancing while in college.

    A day before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was officially sworn-in , near decade-old footage of the congresswoman dancing as a student at Boston University re-emerged on Twitter, apparently in an effort to embarrass her.

    It has since been viewed more than 8 million times.

    TWITTER@realdanjordan tweeted: "High School video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -- Congratulations New York!Presentational white space“Here is America’s favourite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is,” one right-wing Twitter account, @AnonymousQ1776, wrote as they shared the clip. The account, which appears to reference thebizarre QAnon conspiracy theory , has since been removed.
  • “After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is forced out of office after one term she can go dance on a stage that has a pole,” said another.

    But the criticism prompted a much larger wave of support for the congresswoman online.

    “[Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] is officially done,” comedian Patton Oswalt joked .

    “She’ll never recover from the world seeing her dancing adorably and having fun with her friends.”

    “I want Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to give me dance lessons,” Star Trek actor George Takei tweeted , while actor Russell Crowe declared her “fantastic” .

    The video of Ms Ocasio-Cortez was compiled from a longer video featuring Boston University students. The video was posted to YouTube in 2010, when Ms Ocasio-Cortez was an undergraduate.

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The video was part of a meme circulating at the time.

Participants, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other students at Boston University, emulated the dance from 1980s movie The Breakfast Club in a mash-up featuring the song Lisztomania, by French indie band Phoenix.

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Since beating veteran Democrat Joe Crowley in a New York congressional primary in July 2018 , Ms Ocasio-Cortez has been subject to unusually intense scrutiny from some conservative critics, particularly online.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez has spoken of her financial struggles, and many of those conservative critics seek to portray her concerns as disingenuous.

In November a Washington Examiner journalist was criticised for a “sexist” tweet, subsequently deleted, in which he posted a picture of Ms Ocasio-Cortez from behind.

“I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles,” he wrote.

Fox and Friends host Katie Pavlich said Ms Ocasio-Cortez represented “hypocrisy at its best” and had “expensive tastes for a socialist” after she wore expensive clothes, which she did not keep, for a magazine photo shoot.

More recently, right-wing political website the Gateway Pundit has published images from Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s high school yearbook in an effort to portray her as part of a wealthy elite.

However, the congresswoman had less than $7,000 (£5,500) in savings, her director of communications told CNBC in November .

Edo Politics: Esan person as Governor after Gov. Obaseki. Time to show if Esan people really need it tactically.


Edo Politics: Esan person as Governor after Gov. Obaseki. Time to show if Esan people really need it tactically.

Prince Kelly O. Udebhulu had urged Esan people to look in the direction of Gov. Obaseki of Edo state and National chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as their overwhelming supports for APC; and collapsing the notion of tagging Esan land as PDP stronghold in Edo state this time around is the shortest, if not a cashed-backed cheque route to clinching the governorship seat after Governor Godwin Obaseki’s tenure under APC in Edo state.

“PDP can’t give it to Esan people after Gov. Obaseki’s tenure in Edo state. Esan people should vote wisely and forget re-elections of persons that would invariably remain in opposition seats instead of be part of the mainstream politics at the centre.

Atiku can never win President Buhari as a “kanuri personified” ( Dig deep to know the make-ups of a kanuri leader in history).

“I am for Esan development and it will freely come to us when we are part of the ruling party in Nigeria. Today, Gov. Obaseki is bringing development strides to Esanland because he has links to Edo central but when an Esan person becomes the governor of Edo state according to how politics is played in this country, more developments would surely come and this is the time to sew for it, I have spoken my Obhiaba language for us to understand”. Prince Udebhulu concluded.

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Paul Whelan: Ex-US Marine held on suspicion of spying is UK citizen


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Russia must not use UK citizens as “pawns in diplomatic chess” the foreign secretary has said, after the arrest of joint US-UK national Paul Whelan.

Jeremy Hunt said he was “extremely worried” about the former US Marine, who has been detained on suspicion of spying.

He added that “every support” is being given to the 48-year-old.

Mr Whelan’s family said he was attending a wedding, while Russia said he was “caught spying” in Moscow.

Mr Whelan was born in Canada to British parents and moved to the US as a child. He now lives in Michigan and is director of global security for automotive components supplier BorgWarner.

He has been visiting Russia for business and pleasure for more than a decade, his brother said.

His twin David said he had been told his brother was fine and looking healthy, after US ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman visited him this week.

‘Desperately worrying’

Mr Hunt said: “Individuals should not be used as pawns of diplomatic leverage. We need to see what these charges are against him and understand whether there is a case or not.

“We are giving every support we can, but we don’t agree with individuals being used in diplomatic chess games.

“Because it is desperately worrying, not just for the individual but their families, and we are all extremely worried about him and his family as we hear this news.”

He added that the UK had not yet had access to Mr Whelan and that the US was leading on this case.

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BBC diplomatic correspondent James Landale said one Russian news agency suggested Mr Whelan was found in possession of a memory stick, allegedly containing the names of intelligence officials.

He also said there had been speculation Mr Whelan was detained so he could be exchanged with Maria Butina, a Russian gun rights activist who was jailed in the US last month.

Russia and America have traded spying allegations at regular intervals since the Cold War.

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Mr Whelan travelled to Russiau on 22 December and planned to fly home on 6 January, but was arrested in Moscow on 28 December.

Under the charge of espionage, he could face up to 20 years in jail if found guilty.

His lawyer, Vladimir Zherebenkov, said he has appealed to the court against the detention of his client and requested he is released on bail. He added that Mr Whelan remained in good spirits.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “Our staff have requested consular access to a British man detained in Russia after receiving a request for assistance from him.”

RTE reported that Mr Whelan also holds an Irish passport and had sought Irish consular assistance.

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US House Democrats challenge Trump on shutdown


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The Democrat-controlled US of Representatives has voted to end a partial government shutdown, but the move looks certain to be vetoed by President Donald Trump. Mr Trump has said he will reject any measure that does not provide funding for his proposed US-Mexico border wall.

New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has branded the wall “an immorality”.

The new congress is considered the most diverse in history with record numbers of women and women of colour.

The bills passed by the House of Representatives would fund homeland security operations, including $1.3bn in border security, until 8 February, and fund several other agencies until September.

However, it requires Senate approval, and sign off from the president, in order to become law.

Republicans currently have a majority in the Senate, and majority leader Mitch McConnell has said Republicans there would not back measures that Mr Trump did not support.

Mr McConnell called the Democrats’ move a “total nonstarter” and a “political sideshow”.

However, Democrats argue that the bills are nearly identical to ones passed by the Senate last month, before Mr Trump insisted wall funding must be included.

Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(2ndL), a Democrat from New York, from left, Barbara Lee, a Democrat from California, Jahana Hayes, a Democrat from Connecticut, Lauren Underwood, a Democrat from Illinois, and Sheila Jackson-Lee, a Democrat from TexasImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe 116th Congress is considered the most diverse in history

Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, was elected as Speaker of the House for a second time – becoming the third most powerful politician in the US.

She previously led the House from 2007-2011 – and remains the only female to hold the position.

She invited the children and grandchildren of House Representatives to join her as she was sworn in, saying: “I’m particularly proud to be a woman Speaker of the House of this Congress, which marks the 100th year of women having the right to vote.”

What is new about this Congress?

As of Thursday, 102 women serve in the House, an all-time high, including 36 newly elected members and a record 43 women of colour.

Ilhan Omar hugs her son after being sworn into CongressImage copyrightEPA
Image captionIlhan Omar, one of the first Muslim congresswomen, hugs her son after being sworn in

While Republican women marked some firsts this past election season, like Marsha Blackburn becoming the first female Tennessee senator, the vast majority of these new lawmakers are Democrats.

The new members include:

  • The first Muslim congresswomen – Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib, who took her oath on the Koran, and Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar, who became the first person to wear a hijab in Congress.
  • The first Native American congresswomen – New Mexico’s Debra Haaland and Kansas’ Sharice Davids
  • New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, the youngest woman to be elected to Congress.

While celebrating the Democratic diversity during the swearing-in ceremonies, some on social media highlighted the contrast to the Republican members, who are mostly white men.

 Carol Miller of West Virginia is the only new female Republican representative, bringing the total number of conservative women in the House to 13 – a decrease from 23 before the mid-term elections.

There are ideological differences between many of the newcomers and the Democratic party’s establishment.

Many new lawmakers were initially opposed to Ms Pelosi’s second term as House Speaker, and Ms Ocasio-Cortez said she was booed by some Republicans after voting for Ms Pelosi.

Meanwhile, while Ms Pelosi has been cautious about calls to impeach Mr Trump, other lawmakers have pushed for this, including Ms Tlaib, who also attracted controversy for using offensive language to describe the president.

How has the shutdown come about?

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The partial US government shutdown began when Congress and Mr Trump failed to reach an agreement over a budget bill in December.

The Republicans had passed an initial funding bill including $5bn (£4bn) for the wall, when they still had a majority in the House, but they could not get the necessary 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate.

Democrats won the majority of the House in the November mid-term elections, and the new representatives were sworn in on Thursday.

“We’re asking the president to open up government,” Ms Pelosi told the Today show before the first session of the new House. “We have given the Republicans a chance to take yes for an answer.”

The president is due to resume budget talks with top Democrats and Republicans on Friday.

Some Republican senators have spoken out in favour of approving the funding bills, in order to end the government shutdown.

Chart showing how the current US shutdown compares in length to previous funding gaps. It is currently the third longest shutdown since 1980.

What does the partial shutdown mean?

  • About 25% of the US federal government has no funding
  • Nine departments have been affected, including Homeland Security, Justice, Housing, Agriculture, Commerce, Interior, and the Treasury
  • Around 800,000 federal workers are now furloughed – that is, temporarily laid off due to a lack of funding – or working without pay
  • Native American tribes who receive substantial federal funding are struggling
  • National Parks have become hazardous without staff

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Europe German politicians targeted in ‘mass hack attack’


Angela Merkel, Greens leader Robert Habeck and TV satirist Jan Böhmermann have all been targeted by the hackImage copyrightGETTY/REUTERS
Image captionAngela Merkel, Greens leader Robert Habeck and TV satirist Jan Böhmermann have all been targeted by the hack

 

Angela Merkel, Greens leader Robert Habeck and TV satirist Jan Böhmermann have all been targeted by the hack

Hundreds of German politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel have had personal details hacked and published online, reports say.

Contacts, private chats and financial details were put out on Twitter which belong to figures from every political party except the far-right AfD.

Data from celebrities and journalists also appear to have been leaked.

It is unclear who was behind the hack, which emerged on Twitter last month in the style of an advent calendar.

How extensive was the attack?

The true extent of damage caused by the leak is not yet known although Justice Minister Katarina Barley said it was a “serious attack”.

“The people behind this want to damage confidence in our democracy and institutions,” she said.

Germany’s federal office for information security (BSI) said it was investigating the hack and said government networks were not affected, as far as it was aware. The national cyber-defence centre convened a meeting on Friday morning.

A government spokeswoman said no sensitive data from the chancellor’s office had been published.

Although nothing politically explosive is known to have been leaked, the sheer volume of personal data involved suggests the consequences could be considerable, says RBB reporter Michael Götschenberg, who researched the hack.

view of the Bundestag (German parliament) and its glass dome, with the monument to the soviet soldier in the foreground on German Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit) on October 3, 2017 in Berlin, Germany
Many of those targeted are MPs in Germany’s Bundestag

The Twitter account, followed by 17,000 people, appeared to be linked to an internet platform based in Hamburg, he said. Although documents had been posted on the account last month, it was not until Thursday evening that officials became aware of the hack.

Bild newspaper said all the data stolen in the attack dated back to before October 2018 but it was not clear when it began.

One cyber analyst said there was speculation that hackers may have exploited weaknesses in email software to get hold of passwords that those targeted had also used on social media accounts.

Who was targeted?

National and local political figures as well as some TV personalities have had their details hacked. According to the reports, among those hit were:

  • Chancellor Angela Merkel: her email address and several letters to and from the chancellor appear to have been published
  • The main parliamentary groups including the ruling centre-right and centre-left parties, as well as The Greens, left-wing Die Linke and FDP. Only AfD appears to have escaped
  • Greens leader Robert Habeck, who had private chats with family members and credit card details posted online
  • Journalists from public broadcasters ARD and ZDF as well as TV satirist Jan Böhmermann, rapper Marteria and rap group K.I.Z
  • Another TV satirist, Christian Ehring, had 3.4 gigabytes of data stolen and posted online, including holiday photos. Last year he won a court case brought by AfD leader Alice Weidel, who complained when he called her a “slut” on his TV show.
  • Centre-left SPD MP Florian Post said he felt “quite shocked” by the leak of account statements and other details online, but he added that at least one file that had been posted was fake.

German politicians have been targeted before.

Russia was accused of a series of cyber attacks that stole data from computers in the German parliament, the Bundestag, in 2015.

Last year the German government’s IT network came under a fresh attack amid reports that Russian hackers were also to blame.

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Amina Zakari Is Related To Jubril Of Sudan – Keyamo Mocks PDP, Others


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Director, Strategic Communications of President Buhari 2019 Presidential Campaign, Festus Keyamo (SAN) has reacted to the controversies surrounding the appointment of Amina Waziri as head of the collation center for 2019 elections.

The official spokesperson of the Buhari presidential campaign took to Twitter on Friday to reveal his position.

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“Mrs. Amina Zakari of INEC is a lady from a town in Sudan & is related to Jibrin Al Sudan who is the body-double of PMB. She arrived on the same flight with Jibrin Al Sudan and was smuggled to INEC the next day. Or, how else can we connect a woman from Jigawa to a man from Sudan?”

Naija News recalls that since news broke on Thursday about Zakari’s appointment as the official to be in charge of INEC’s center for collation of 2019 election results, stakeholders, including the Peoples Democratic PartyOby Ezekwesili, presidential candidate of the ACPN and many others have continued to kick against her appointment.

They alleged Mrs. Zakari is related to President Muhammadu Buhari and therefore not fit to be appointed into such sensitive position.

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Dennis Idahosa: Atiku Abubakar’s candidacy, PDP’s greatest blunder


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A candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Edo state, Dennis Idahosa, has said that the candidacy of Atiku Abubakar for the Peoples Democratic Party will give President Muhammadu Buhari an edge at the 2019 poll.

Idahosa who is contesting for the Ovia federal constituency, said the PDP made a mistake giving its ticket to Atiku.

He disclosed this while commenting on the chances of President Buhari against the PDP presidential candidate.

He noted that, unlike Buhari, Atiku puts more confidence in money than integrity.

“What is giving him [Buhari] the edge more than others is that the PDP made a blunder by giving their ticket to somebody who has so much confidence in money, instead of integrity and morality.

“Atiku Abubakar is someone who had served the country as a Vice President and we all saw the high level of corruption and injustice that characterised the administration during their tenure and we cannot again afford and entrust the sensitive position of President of the country into the hands of such person.

“I believe if it was somebody else that has credibility and integrity, PDP would have had a little bit of chance. But President Muhammadu Buhari is a man of integrity, a man that has fought insecurity in the country and willing to bring Nigeria to the next level.

“Every human being has his or her faults, no one is perfect. I believe Nigeria is in safe hands with Buhari and we will get to the next level with Buhari,” Idahosa said.

Commenting on his chances against his arch-rival and candidate of the PDP, Hon. Omosede Igbinedion, Idahosa said that the larger-than-life image of her father will not put her ahead of him at the polls.

He accused the PDP lawmaker of truancy, as she is not always present whenever issues that concern her constituency are being discussed on the floor of the lower chamber.

He said: “I am not a rich man’s son. I was born and raised into a humble family. I was born and raised in Igbobazuwa, went to farms like other normal persons born in the village.

“I know what it takes for you to come home and there is no food at home; your friends are at school and you are in the farm trying to transport the produce to the market. I know and I have experienced it.

“She was never on the floor when important issues concerning the federal constituency are discussed, she was not there to attract any development to our constituency, and there was no single individual that was empowered because of her absence.

“That is what is giving me the edge and confidence that it is not all about a name but about what you can bring to the doorsteps of your people.

“By the grace of God, the election in Ovia federal constituency will be one of the most comfortable zones for the APC in the state. The election will be won with not less than 69 percent, by His grace, and not by my strength.”

The House of Rep hopeful urged politicians and their supporters to focus on issues during their campaigns, rather than tearing others down.

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