North Korea say they’ve got Nukes

The first, and so far only, use of nuclear weapons in war happened in 1945, when bombs named Little Boy and Fat Man fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ending the Second World War.

Those names now appear apt, almost prophetic, as the thought of the second volley of nuclear arms looms ever larger.

On Wednesday, North Korean state television quoted Dear Leader Kim Jong Un declaring that they have “finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force”, the idée fixe for a nation closer to a cult than a ‘Democratic People’s Republic’.

United States President Donald Trump tweeted that the ‘situation will be handled’, but it’s too late for his promise of never letting North Korea attain both a nuclear weapon and a rocket capable of delivering it to mainland America. If reports are to be believed, they’re already there. The cat’s out of the bag.

As Trump’s neverending trainwreck of an administration trundles on, facing political malfunction, numerous own-goals, and the drip, drip, drip of Bob Mueller’s Russia investigation, their capacity to deal with an apocalyptic international crisis is questionable.

The North Korea situation is coming to a head and will have to be resolved one way or the other. The best possible outcome, of the two that immediately come to mind, involves Trump and Kim working out a peaceful solution.

So let’s hope that Little Boy and Fat Man can save the world.

It’s a May wedding for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle!

The latest royal engagement is one of the hottest topics at the moment and the British royals are making sure not to keep everyone in too much suspense.

Kensington Palace has announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to wed in May next year.

The wedding will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Before the wedding, Meghan will be baptized into the Church of England and confirmed before they wed as she is a Protestant.

It has also been confirmed that the Royal Family will be taking care of all costs – the service, music, flowers and the reception.

A date for the wedding will be announced at a later stage.

Prince Charles confirms Prince Harry is getting married.

Its official! Actress Meghan Markle is set to marry Prince Harry, Prince Charles has confirmed in a statement.

The couple, which got tongues wagging with speculation after they began dating, managed to keep their relationship on the down-low.

In an announcement issued by Kensington Palace, the couple is said to have gotten engaged in London earlier this month.

Meghan and Harry are set to get married during the UK’s spring next year.

It is said that the couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters takes the Miss Universe crown

Miss South Africa 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned Miss Universe!

Nel-Peters is the first Miss SA to bring the Miss Universe title back home since 1978 when Margaret Gardiner won the title.

The pageant took place in Las Vegas, United States.

Nel-Peters competed against 91 contestants from across the globe.

Miss Colombia took home the first princess title and Miss Jamaica was crowned second princess.

“I resonate with everything that the Miss Universe organization stands for, especially empowering women across the globe. I have always tried to be the example of the change I want to see in the world, and this platform will give me the opportunity to make a difference. I hope I have made South Africans proud and that I will continue to do so during my reign,” Nel-Peters said in her acceptance speech.

Taking to Instagram, Nel-Peters thanked everyone in Mzansi saying that none of it would have been possible without their support.

“South Africa! I love you. Thank you for everything. I’m Miss Universe! I’m your Miss Universe. South Africa, this is for you.

 

Atiku Abubakar reportedly leaves APC, set to go back to PDP

Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has according to Punch resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He had left the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for APC to contest in the 2015 presidential primaries where he lost to President Muhammadu Buhari.

News of Atiku leaving the APC has been circulating on the internet for a while after he reportedly met with former president Goodluck Jonathan over the 2019 presidency.

Jonathan had reportedly advised him to return early enough to PDP to fulfill certain provisions made by the party’s constitution if he planned to contest under their umbrella.

He was also reportedly advised that he stands a better chance with PDP, as APC has nothing left to offer him.

Daily Trust reports that Atiku is expected to receive his PDP membership card on Saturday at his home state Adamawa.

A source who spoke to Daily Trust said thousands of supporters have been mobilized for the event, set to take place across the 21 local governments in Adamawa. He said:

Twenty buses have been allocated to each local government area for the event; the buses will convey supporters to Yola.

Lawan Uba, the Director of Mobilization of Atiku Support Group, also confirmed the news to Daily Trust. He said:

We’ve cleared the terrain and Atiku will come to the PDP tomorrow; this is certain unless there is last minute change because already many people from Abuja and other places are in Yola ahead of the formal event even though the elaborate ceremony will come up later.

 

Lawyer who stabbed husband to death bags 7-year jail term

Yewande Oyediran, a lawyer accused of stabbing Oyelowo, her husband, to death, has bagged a seven-year jail term for manslaughter.

A former staff of the department of public prosecution in the Oyo state ministry of justice, Oyediran was accused of killing her husband at their residence in an Ibadan suburb on February 2, 2016.

The accused was arrested and prosecuted but pleaded not guilty to the murder charge leveled against her.

While delivering his judgment on Monday, Muntar Abimbola, a judge at Oyo state high court, ruled that the case was not one of premeditated murder, but rather a case of manslaughter.

The court maintained that witnesses presented by the defence counsel did not provide any evidence strong enough to establish a motive.

Abimbola said the convict’s sentence had started running from the day of her arrest.

President Buhari and others arrives Jordan for Tourism Summit

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Aqaba, Jordan, to participate in a summit of Heads of State to review strategies in fighting terrorism.

The summit, tagged, `Aqaba Retreat’, hosted by His Majesty, King Abdullah II of Jordan, would also look at ways at reinforcing joint security structures that would be more proactive in preventing attacks.

The presidential aircraft carrying President Buhari and some members of his entourage landed at the King Hussein International Airport, Aqaba, at the about 8.15p.m. local time (7.15 p.m. – Nigerian time).

The President was received at the Airport by Jordanian government officials, the Minister of Defence, retired Brig. Mansur Dan-Ali, National Security Adviser to the President, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno and the acting Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Mohammed Dauda.

Others at the airport to welcome the president include the Nigerian Ambassador to Jordan, Amb. Haruna Ungogo and other Nigerian embassy officials in Jordan.

West African Heads of State, including the Presidents of Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Niger, and Togo as well as the representatives of governments of 48 countries will be attending the meeting.

A number of key Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are also expected to participate in the meeting which is slated for Dec. 2 and 3.

The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, had on Nov. 29, said President Buhari would share Nigeria’s experience on terrorism and its spread across West Africa during the meeting.

According to Adesina, this is to solicit more support for pre-emptive measures that will neutralize the activities of insurgents in the sub-region.

Buhari may also speak on the recently inaugurated Nigeria’s Policy Framework and National Action Plan for preventing and countering violent extremism.

The security document is believed to be tailored toward addressing the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism while countering the dangerous ideologies that fuel terrorism.

President Buhari had earlier on Aug. 24, signed a presidential directive for the implementation of the policy framework and national action plan for preventing and countering violent extremism.

Those on the President’s entourage to Aqaba include the governors of Kogi, Osun, and Niger as well as the Ministers of Defence, Foreign Affairs; the National Security Adviser, and the Acting Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency.

Returnees say Nigerians selling fellow Countrymen in Libya

Nigerians returning from Libya have said their fellow Nigerians were involved in the auctioning off of migrants as slaves,  reported to Punch Newspaper.

150 Nigerians, mostly from Edo and Delta states, returning after being stranded in Libya, told Punch that they were being sold by their fellow countrymen.

Odion Saliu, a 26-year-old from Edo State, told News agencies, she was abducted first by the Arabs, then by a Nigerian, who then sold her. She said:

When I was kidnapped with others and held for some weeks, the Arabs asked if I wanted to be taken to a Nigerian and I readily said yes. I was very happy that I was going to someone from my country. But it was a lie.

The Nigerian they took me to lock me in a cell and told me to call my mother and ask for N60, 000. The man said he would sell me to a connection house if my family did not get the money. I called to inform my mother and the trafficker who facilitated my journey from Nigeria.

But the trafficker spoke with them on the phone and told them the amount they demanded was too small. They increased it to N200, 000. My mother paid into an account after they provided her with the account number over the phone.

The Nigerian said if I wanted to cross the sea, I had to pay him again. But when we got to the seaside, he sold me again.

Sunday Anyaegbunam, who left with his wife, said he was sold twice by Nigerians. He eventually had to pay a ransom to have himself and his wife released. He said:

We were made to contact our families on the phone and I had to ensure the payment of N400, 000 for my release and N300, 000 for my wife.

The Nigerians selling people in Libya are more wicked than many of the Arabs. I have never seen people so heartless as the Nigerians who bought and sold me.

There are many of them in Agadez and Sabha, who are making so much money from selling their own people. But there are other West Africans doing the business too.

When you approach them and say, “Please, my brother, help me.” They would tell you, “No brother in the jungle.”
In a report by The Citizen, the story is the same. Fotsi, a Cameroonian who left his country in search of greener pastures also fell into the hands of Nigerian slave merchants. He said:

There was torture like I’ve never seen. They hit you with wooden bats, with iron bars.

They hang you from the ceiling by (your) arms and legs and then throw you down to the floor. They swing you and throw you against the wall, over and over again, ten times.

They are not human beings. They are the devil personified.

 

Fans Reacts on Twitter To Nigerians World Cup Pairing

The draw at the State Kremlin Palace has got football fans raving on Twitter after Gernot Rohr’s men paired La Albiceleste, again

Nigeria has been paired with Argentina, Iceland, and Croatia in the Group D of the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

The 2013 African champions begin their quest for glory against Croatia in Kaliningrad on June 16, 2018.

But the Super Eagles will play La Albiceleste for the fifth time in the group stage of the quadrennial showpiece with previous fixtures in the 1994, 2002, 2010, 2014 editions.

Having defeated Jorge Sampaoli’s men 4-2 in a friendly encounter at the Krasnodar Stadium in November, football enthusiasts took to social media to express their reactions to the draw which took place at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.