US issues stern warning to N.Korea, prepares sanctions for Iran

US issues stern warning to N.Korea, prepares sanctions for Iran

The United States has issued a stern warning to the North Korean government led by Kim Jong-Un over its defying nuclear activities. The warning was issued at the end of a two day visit to Seoul, South Korea by Donald Trump’s defence secretary who warned North Korea on Friday of an “effective and overwhelming” response …

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IPOB ‘attacks’ Mbaka for calling on Igbo elders to take over the group

Ejike Mbaka, IPOB, Igbo elders

Controversial priest of Adoration Prayer Ministries, Enugu State, Rev. Fr Ejike Mbaka, has ignited the ire of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The group said it now doubts if the priest truly understands the Jesus in whose name he sells sachet water and olive oil. IPOB, which was reacting to Mbaka’s recent message on IPOB, …

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Protesters attack Governor Mimiko’s convoy

The crisis rocking the Ondo state house of assembly took a new dimension on Thursday as some protesters attacked the convoy of Olusegun Mimiko, outgoing governor, in Akure, the state capital.

Suspected hoodlums smashed the side screens of two vehicles in the governor’s convoy.

It took the timely intervention of the men of the state police command to disperse the protesters, some of whom were also injured in the pandemonium.

The protest, which started on Wednesday, was against the governor’s move to present the 2017 budget to the assembly.

Following the protest, Mimiko reportedly shifted the budget presentation to another day.

The protesters alleged that the governor wanted to sponsor 38 bills and ensure that the bills were passed into law before his tenure expired on February 23.

They vowed to prevent the governor from presenting the appropriation bill to the assembly.

A witness said as soon as the protesters sighted the governor’s convoy on the road leading to the house of assembly, some of them started throwing stones at the convoy.

Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, their leader, condemned the action of the police, saying the protest was not a violent one.

“We don’t know why there is this issue of sporadic shooting by the police in a peaceful protest,” he said.

“It is uncalled for, and we are calling on the inspector-general of police, well-meaning Nigerians and citizens of Ondo state to look into the matter.

“What we are protesting for is to tell our people that the governor is bringing a bill that will bring untold hardship to the people of the state. We are not violent with it.”

Femi Joseph, police public relations officer in the state, confirmed the attack on the governor’s convoy, explaining that the police had to disperse the protesters when they appeared to be going violent.

He said the commissioner of police in the state was not biased, but interested in ensuring that there was no breakdown of law and order in the state.

“Some of them attacked the convoy of the governor; about two vehicles in the convoy were damaged by the protesters,” he said.

“We initially allowed them to protest peacefully, we also appealed to them to be peaceful but when they started barricading the road throwing stones at the governor’s convoy, we had to disperse them.”

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Jonathan wants Trump to intervene to end religious extremism in Nigeria

Jonathan want Trump to intervene to end religious extremism in Nigeria

Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan has made a passionate plea to the United States (US) government under President Donald Trump, to help bring an end to religious extremism in Nigeria in any way possible. Jonathan stated this in a speech entitled, “Challenges of Nigerian Christians and the Niger Delta Question-A Summary,” which he delivered at …

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Maje Ayida hires British lawyers to sue Toke Makinwa over controversial book

Following the release of a tell-all memoir documenting her relationship with Maje Ayida, Nigerian media personality Toke Makinwa, has been asked to stop the sales of the book and all forms of promotional activities.

The request was made of Makinwa by Maje Ayida, who’s lawyers have also sent the on-air-personality, a “letter of demand.”

Makinwa’s book, On Becoming, had detailed her account of her relationship/marriage to Ayida, a fitness expert.

In the book, the television personality accused Ayida of giving her sexually transmitted diseases, being a serial cheat and committing adultery.

The legal documents describe the book as nothing but “exaggerated fabrication”.

The book which was published November 27, 2016, by Kachifo Limited, was said to contain “defamatory words”.

TheCable Lifestyle has learned that Maje Ayida has hired law firms in both the United Kingdom and Nigeria to handle the case.

They are Carter-Ruck, a leading defamation law firm in the UK to top figures like Simon Cowell, Elton John and Chelsea FC while Kemi Pinheiro (SAN) of Pineiro LP is heading the legal front in Nigeria.

THE BONE OF CONTENTION

According to the letter of demand sent to Makinwa, her estranged husband was said to have “requested legal separation” from her “within 6 months” of their marriage in January 2014 — “when it became clear that the marriage was breaking down”.

Makinwa was alleged to have signed a legal separation agreement in July 2014, TheCable Lifestyle was informed.

The letter said it was well documented that Makinwa and Ayida had agreed to separate by July 2014, which the book failed to record.

“The book misleadingly describes the circumstances at the time,” the letter read.

Pinheiro LP, the Nigerian law firm, said it was untrue that Maje had given her an “STI in the past or at any stage in their relationship.”

The law firm also noted that it was “highly misleading” for the book to allege that Maje “did not financially contribute adequately” to the marriage.

“The publicity sought by you has been relentless, and limitless,” said Adebowale Kamoru in the letter of demand, on behalf of Pinheiro LP.

EFFECT OF BOOK ON MAJE’S CAREER

The law firm further noted that the publication has brought “public ridicule” on Maje, noting that his reputation has been “assaulted, injured and damaged.”

“His professional integrity as one of the leading health and wellness practitioners in Nigeria, and his professional credibility built over the years through dedicated hard work have been besmirched”, the letter said.

According to the law firm, Makinwa’s representation of Ayida in the book was “not a true reflection of who he is, his character and his background.”

DEMANDS OF AYIDA

Maje Ayida, through his lawyers, has, among other things, informed Makinwa to retrieve the already-sold books and stop all forms of distribution, TheCable Lifestyle understands.

The letter mandated Makinwa to “withdraw from circulation all copies of the book and take immediate steps to call in all copies of the book already distributed and deliver up same at the place to be agreed upon by our client for destruction.”

It further said a failure by the popular celebrity to “retract” the “published words” and tender a full page unreserved apology to Maje Ayida in three national dailies “will result in the commencement of legal action.”

Makinwa was also advised to “take immediate steps” to stop the distribution of the books on Amazon, iTunes and all forms of promotion on her social media accounts.

She was given seven days upon receipt of the letter to comply with the demands or they’d be forced to seek legal redress.

The warning letter was said to have been delivered to Makinwa on Monday, December 23, 2016.

Makinwa is set to hold a book reading in Ghana on Friday, February 3.

It can’t be immediately confirmed whether she received the letter of demand.

Source: TheCable

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New era dawns at National Theatre

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By Henry Akubuiro The partnership between the Federal Government of Nigeria and Lagos State on the renovation of the National Theatre, said the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, would bolster the national edifice. The minister, who made the remark during an inspection tour of the National Theatre in Lagos on Saturday, in…

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