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Partners for Electoral Reform, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO), has flayed the erection of a statue of South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, in Owerri by Imo Governor, Mr Rochas Okorocha. Condemning the action, the organisation’s Chairman, Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that Zuma’s legacy had not attained the level of a statue being erected in his honour in Imo. The statue is believed to cost N520 million to produce and erect. “Okorocha’s action is not well thought-out; I think the visit of Zuma is pure liquid corruption Transparency International defines corruption as the abuse of public office for private gains. “Zuma came to sign MoU with Rochas Foundation, a personal philanthropic initiative of his, not that of the government of Imo. “Only God knows what the intention of Okorocha is in patronising Zuma the way he has done,’’ he said. According to Nwagwu, there is not one initiative of the South African Government in the whole of Imo, not a road, not a hospital, not a school built by South Africa Government. “So, on what basis are we expending the resources of the state on such a statue? If you ask, he will tell you it is not the state’s money. “Alright, where is his factory? Let him show us the factory with which he generates the money with which he will host the president of another country as the governor of a state.” The activist said that the action diminished and brought pogrom to not just people of Imo but Nigerians. He said that South Africans were making mockery of Nigerians because their Supreme Court had called Zuma to go and face corruption charges. He said that if the governor had built a statue for his own father, it might have been more pardonable than bringing a Zuma who had contributed absolutely nothing to Nigeria. According to him, if anything, it is South Africans that should be celebrating Nigerians because of our contributions toward dismantling apartheid in their country. Nwagwu said that instead of South Africa honouring Nigeria’s past presidents and leaders who helped them to dismantle apartheid in their country, “it is a Nigerian governor honouring South Africa’s president’’. He said that if it was the statue of the late sage, Nelson Mandela, it may have made a better impression on Nigerians, Africa and the world. According to him, the one Okorocha just did with Zuma had no basis because it is not a well deserved honou

The police said that an Indian man who tried to protect his daughter from sexual harassment and complained to authorities has been burnt alive. Police officer RA Pandey said that Narmada Sahu, 45, died at a hospital in Madhya Pradesh state late on Sunday. Pandev said that the victim’s relatives alleged that his 16-year-old daughter was routinely harassed by a neighbour and that Sahu complained to police in August. He said the neighbour demanded that Sahu withdraw the complaint. Police said on Sunday the neighbour barged into the victim’s house with two friends, poured kerosene on him and sett him on fire. “We have arrested the three attackers, lodged a criminal case and launched investigations,” Pandey said. Sexual violence has been a focus of public attention in India since the gang-rape and murder of a student in New Delhi in 2012.

Price of garri, a staple in the country, has dropped by more than 60 per cent in Enugu within four months. A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who conducted a market survey on the staple on Monday, observed that the price has gone down from as high as N1, 250 to between N450 and N500 per paint bucket. The paint bucket of four-litre is usually the standard measure for cereals in South East. Many buyers, who came to purchase the staple in markets in Enugu, said they were happy as they could get white garri for N450 and yellow garri for N500. A buyer, who spoke to NAN, said that they prayed the price could crash further, while another said it should continue at its current price. The traders attributed the price crash to the current bumper harvest of cassava after many Nigerians had yielded the call to return to the farm. A garri seller at Garki Market, Mrs Obioma Ukoh, said that many people went into cassava farming since last year and for that its price had drastically dropped. “I pray that people will continue to plant cassava, this way there will be no reason to buy it as high as N1, 250 again,’’ she said. Mr James Ugwu, a teacher in one of the secondary schools in Enugu, also said that the low price was as a result of bumper harvest of cassava this year. Ugwu, who NAN met at Kenyatta Market, said that the price would not get higher anymore as everyone had learnt a lesson and many had gone back to farming. A corps member, Miss Ifeoma Ogbologu, who came for shopping at Akwata Market, said she was happy buying garri at the rate of N450, explaining that it was not easy when the price was N1, 250.

For arresting the brother-in-law of billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, the Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday entered judgment against the Nigeria Police Force. In the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by Mr. Okwuchukwu Obiechina, said to be Evans’ brother-in-law, Justice Mohammed Idris, on Monday, declared Obiechina’s arrest and detention unconstitutional. The judge ruled that the remand order which the police claimed to have obtained from a magistrates’ court was invalid. Apart from ordering the police to immediately release Obiechina unconditionally or charge him to court if they have any case against him, the court also awarded N2m damages in his favour against the police. Justice Idris also ordered the police to tender a public apology to Obiechina to be published in two national dailies.

Dr Rose Chukwuma, a marriage counsellor and psychologist, on Saturday said more women were embracing the concept of having children outside wedlock to avoid marital disappointments. Chukwuma, in an interview in Abuja, said that single parenting, which was once frowned upon due to cultural and religious ethics, was fast becoming the norm. “More women have come to the conclusion that men no longer take marriage seriously. “Women are scared of either finding out that their partners might be involved in infidelity or being hurt in other ways, thereby causing them to rule out the thought of getting married. “More women are also becoming financially independent, with many of them having their own jobs and businesses, thanks to the gradual achievement in equal rights across the world and improved education. “However, most women naturally want to become mothers so they decide to have children without the attachment of a man,’’ the marriage counsellor said. The psychologist added that some women would rather have children while single to prevent eventualities of being unable to have children with future partners. “Women normally get pressured by society to get married but it seems the pressure is having less effect on women these days. “Women don’t want to be pressured into getting married but they know that as they age, their ability to have children reduces, so they rather have a child when they can while searching for their potential life partner,’’ she said. Chukwuma said that there were favourable ways for women who were open to the concept to have children without depending on a life partner. “Modern day women don’t want to stress themselves with the issue of a possible divorce after being dedicated wives. “There are opportunities made available for women who wish to start a family unit without a man, these include adoption, artificial insemination and the old-fashioned mode of pregnancy. “We should keep in mind that most of the women who choose to get pregnant the normal way usually don’t request for financial support from the man chosen to get them pregnant.’’ “Some people are opposed to the idea of women having children alone because they believe that single parenthood is not good for children; however, we have seen many people who were raised by single parents that became wonderful adults. “We just hope that the concept of marriage becomes strengthened over time but I support any w

The Police Command in Borno on Monday said 16 persons were killed and 18 others sustained injuries in multiple suicide bomb attacks at Muna area of Maiduguri. The Police Commissioner, Mr Damian Chukwu, confirmed the incident in a text message sent to newsmen in Maiduguri. Chukwu said that the incident occurred when a male suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in a crowded area, killing 13 people and wounding five others. He said two other female suicide bombers also detonated Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) strapped to their bodies and injured 13 persons. “On 22/10/2017 at about 20: 20 hours a male suicide bomber detonated IED strapped to his body at Muna Garage, killing himself and thirteen persons, while five others sustained injuries. “In another development at Muna Dalti, two female suicide bombers detonated IEDs killing themselves and injuring 13 others. “The Injured persons were referred to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) for treatment and corpses were evacuated. “Police EOD teams have been deployed to sanitise the scene. “In all, 16 persons were killed and 18 others injured in the three explosions,” the commissioner said. Also, Alhaji Satomi Ahmad, the Chairman, Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said the agency had conducted rescue exercise at the scene of the attack. Satomi said that the State Government would provide free medical treatment to the victims. He called on the people to be vigilant and provide useful information to security agencies. “We have recorded about 13 suicide bomb attacks this year at Muna area. The area is vulnerable and I advise residents to be more vigilant,”the chairman said.

The tension in the Korean Peninsula is gradually taking a different dimension as the U.S. Air Force is preparing to place its fleet of nuclear-armed B-52 bombers on 24-hour alert for the first time since 1991. Report quoted a U.S. Military Chief Gen. David Goldfein, as saying that the escalating tensions with North Korea had made the deployment of the bombers inevitable. However, Defense officials denied to Fox News that bombers were ordered to go on 24-hour alert. “This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared. “I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we’re prepared going forward,” Goldfein said. Goldfein noted that in a world where “we’ve got folks that are talking openly about use of nuclear weapons,” it’s important to remain alert and think of new ways to be prepared. “It’s no longer a bipolar world where it’s just us and the Soviet Union. We’ve got other players out there who have nuclear capability. “It’s never been more important to make sure that we get this mission right,” Goldfein added. Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, home of the 2d Bomb Wing and Air Force Global Strike Command, which manages the service’s nuclear services, is being renovated, Defense One reported, so that B-52s would be ready to “take off at a moment’s notice.” The B-52, which can fly up to about 50,000 feet and at supersonic speeds, has the ability to release a variety of weapons, including cluster bombs, gravity bombs and precision guided missiles. The long-range bomber can also unleash both nuclear and precision-guided conventional ordnance. The 24-hour alert status for B-52s ended in 1991, in the waning days of the Cold War.

Everton slipped into the Premier League relegation zone as they conceded five in a defeat by Arsenal at Goodison Park that increased the pressure on manager Ronald Koeman. Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey netted for the Gunners after Wayne Rooney opened the scoring for the hosts. Oumar Niasse pulled one back in stoppage time before Alexis Sanchez added Arsenal’s fifth. Idrissa Gueye was sent off for a second yellow card with Everton trailing 2-1. BBC reports that Arsenal’s first league away win of the season lifted them above Watford into fifth in the table, while Everton have not won in five games in all competitions.

Football icon and leading Liberia’s presidential candidate, George Weah, on Sunday visited the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Ikotun, Lagos, to seek the support of Prophet TB Joshua, in his bid to lead Liberia. Weah will face Joseph Boakai, the incumbent vice-president, in a runoff slated for November 7. Yormie Johnson, a former Liberian warlord, and one of the 20 candidates who participated in the first round of the election, accompanied Weah to the church. Speaking on Weah’s visit during the Sunday service, Prophet Joshua stated: “My brother is here today because he loves his country and wants God’s choice for his country.” “He is not here to impose himself. What does God say about his country, Liberia? What is God’s opinion? That is why he is here. “We are not herbalists or witch-doctors; we are people of God. God’s choice is our choice. We cannot pray against God’s will. “Without God’s corresponding power, we cannot pray to Him. For every step we take – every movement and action – intimation comes first. “There must be suggestion from the Spirit to move before we move. If truly I am a man of God, I must hear from God – move or don’t move. “God’s opinion is what we should seek in our country – simple! God is the Answer, the Final.” Among the top politicians on the continent who have visited Joshua’s church are Tanzania’s President, John Magufuli; John Atta Mills, the late president of Ghana; Joyce Banda, former president of Malawi; Morgan Tsvangarai, Zimbabwean prime minister and Julius Malema, South African opposition leader.

Three-time African champions Nigeria and two-time world champions Argentina will meet in a mouth-watering international friendly in the Russian city of Krasnodar on Nov. 14. A statement by the Communications Department of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Saturday and made available to Promnewsonline indicated that the match’s venue is the Krasnodar Arena Stadium. It quoted NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi as assuring that nearly all arrangements have been concluded with regards to the big match. He however pointed out that the match was still subject to approval by world football-ruling body FIFA as well as agreeable flight arrangements. “We have had long and fruitful talks, and we can say that we have an agreement. “We await the approval by FIFA and also, we have to agree on the flight arrangements that would be comfortable for the players and crew. “The match will come up four days after the Super Eagles’ final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match away to Algeria. “We actually had offers from teams like Iran, Saudi Arabia and Morocco, but we have opted for the Argentines,” Sanusi said. The Eagles will take on Algeria’s Fennecs in what is no more than an academic exercise, at the Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui in Constantine on Nov. 10. Nigeria and Argentina had played two high-profile friendly matches in 2011, with the first in Abuja in June ending 4-1 in favour of the Super Eagles. The Argentines won the second encounter 3-1 in Dhaka, Bangladesh three months later. Nigeria have had to confront Argentina in four of its previous five FIFA World Cup appearances, starting with a 1-2 defeat in Boston, U.S. in the African team’s debut in 1994. Argentina won another group phase clash 1-0 in Ibaraki, Japan in 2002, before winning a similar encounter by the same margin in Johannesburg, South Africa eight years later. They then edged the Eagles 3-2 in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2014. Other famous encounters between both countries include two final matches of the Olympic Men’s Football Tournament –– Nigeria winning it in 1996 in Atlanta, U.S. The South Americans won by the odd goal in China 12 years later.

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