Stop maltreating Africans in China! By Nigeria Guardian Editorial

A widely reported mistreatment of Africans in China, as indicated by, among other evidence pieces, recent video releases in the social media, is most unacceptable. It must stop forthwith. The recent incident in Guangzhou that prompted a Nigerian diplomat to vent justified anger upon some Chinese officials for seizing the passports of a number of …

How to apply in the UK for leave to remain as a victim of domestic violence By Nicholas Webb

Domestic violence is a serious infringement of someone’s rights. While most often perpetrated against women, it can affect men and women from any ethnic background and part of society. Migrants can be particularly vulnerable and unwilling to seek help because of their precarious status in the UK. In this guide we will look at how …

Saturday Night Live’ Cast Member Egobunma “Ego” Nwodim

 Image:Ego Nwodim/Instagram. In 2006, Nwodim, who is of Nigerian heritage, graduated from Eastern Technical High Schoolin Essex, Maryland, near Baltimore. She received a biology degree from University of Southern California. Deciding to pursue a career in comedy, she began taking classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) in Los Angeles. Until joining SNL, Nwodim was a regular cast member at UCB, …

Germany Takes Rare Step in Putting Syrian Officers on Trial in Torture Case By Ben Hubbard

Activists have described the case, which involves charges of crimes against humanity in the early stages of the Syrian civil war, as a first, limited step toward justice. BEIRUT, Lebanon — After her arrest for protesting against the government in Syria in 2011, Nouran Alghamian landed in a notorious interrogation center, locked in a bug-infested …

FACTS ABOUT AFRICA

1. The Gambia has only one university. 2. Equatorial Guinea is Africa’s only spanish speaking country. 3. South Africa is the most visited African country. 4. Nigeria has the richest Black people in Africa. 5. Samuel Eto’o is the highest paid Footballer of all time, he received about £350,000 weekly in Russia in 2011. 6. …

A Fish-Factory Worker Infects 533 People With Covid-19 in Ghana by Ekow Dontoh

One person infected 533 people with the coronavirus at a fish factory in Ghana, accounting for more than a 10th of all cases recorded in the country so far and showing how precarious any progress in the fight against the disease can be. The mass infection occurred in Tema, 30 kilometers (17 miles) east of …

Nigeria’s Political Leaders Need to Win Trust to Tackle COVID-19 by Idayat Hassan

COVID-19 will require Nigeria's government to rely on already stretched communities and informal institutions. But there is a yawning gap in trust and accountability between citizens and the state in Nigeria – the crisis will force the state to attempt to bridge this divide. News stand in Lagos, Nigeria on April 12, 2020. Photo by …

China’s racial assault on Nigerians by Punch Editorial Board

NIGERIANS and other Africans living in China have been subjected to brutal racial assaults by the authorities of their host country, following the recent uptick in the COVID-19 pandemic. They were accused of being the purveyors of the virus even when some of them had no recent travel history. Among the victims are businessmen, travellers …

Orji Uzor Kalu’s Judgement: An Urgent Call For Amendment Of The 1999 Constitution By Piribonimibo Isaac Harry

The Supreme Court of Nigeria had on Friday 8/5/2020, declared as nullity the conviction meted out to Orji Uzor Kalu & Ors by Justice Mohammed Idris then of the Federal High Court, on the grounds that the said judgment was delivered in bereft of jurisdiction, since Justice Idris was at the time of the delivery …

Is Section 396(7) of ACJA Constitutional? By Adegboyega Awomolo SAN

IN the Beginning, we all agreed that the British administration in Nigeria bequeathed a public service of dedicated, patriotic and disciplined officers. On October 1, 1960, Nigeria became an independent country with elected Nigerians in the legislative and executive arms of government. The judiciary consisted of men of learning, character and integrity and ranked among …

Orji Uzor-Kalu’s Case: What You Need To Know Before You Crucify The Apex Court And Its Verdict By S. O. Akobe

It is no longer a breaking news that the Supreme Court of Nigetia on Friday, the 8th of May, 2020, voided the conviction of a former Abia State Governor, Senator Orji Uzor-Kalu, who had been jailed for corruption by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos presided over by Justice Muhammed Idris. Justice Mohammed Idris …

Oshiomhole Seeks Court Injunction Restraining Gov Obaseki From Probing Him Over Benin Specialists Hospital

The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress and the former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has filed an action before the Benin Division of the Federal High Court for the enforcement of his fundamental rights over the Benin Specialists Hospital. In the Originating Motion dated 25th of March, 2020 which was made …

From ABUJA AND JOS BY Dr. James C. Agazie

The Delta airline plane landed at Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and I bid farewell to a group of fellow travellers I met on the plane: Bert Nwakamma flies from Atlanta to Abuja more often than I go to Wal-Mart on Hwy 85 Riverdale; Oputa, an attorney from Delta State shuttles between law offices in …

Thousands of undocumented migrants to get Italian work permits

Threatened by food shortages and health risks, Rome gives a six-month amnesty for thousands of undocumented migrants. Thousands of undocumented migrants will now be allowed to apply to temporarily stay and work in Italy under an amnesty announced as the country unveiled a $59.6bn stimulus package to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus. After …

Donald Trump: Africa is not the Owner of this Corpse By Pius Adesanmi

Africa and similes are now back in big business. Our friends in America’s punditry are all rushing to Africa for explanations of their current predicament. It does not happen here. It happens only in Africa. It happens only in the banana Republics of the Third World. He is like an African dictator. He is like …

Clear British government COVID19 policies

* 4 year olds can go to school but university students who have paid for the tuition they haven’t had and the accommodation they aren’t living in, can’t go to university. * A teacher can go to school with many 4 year olds that they are not related to but can’t see one 4 year …

Republican leaders have long tried to kill the U.S.P.S. Now the coronavirus is helping. By Casey Cep

For the past forty years, Republicans have been seeking to starve, strangle, and sabotage the U.S. Postal Service, hoping to privatize one of the oldest and most important public goods in American history.Photograph by Dan Brouillette / Bloomberg / Getty I am probably one of the least consequential things my mother has ever delivered. She …

Nigerian doctor in U.S. Babafemi Taiwo is leading major study on antiviral drug Remdesivir appearing to treat COVID-19

Dr. Babafemi Taiwo is Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago. He is also Director, Clinical Core of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, and Leader of the Northwestern University Site of the NIAID-funded AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG). At Northwestern University, he leads clinical and translational HIV researchers from infectious …

Finding a Vaccine Is Only the First Step No One Will Be Safe Until the Whole World Is Safe By Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

It is now abundantly clear that the world cannot fully emerge from its current state of novel coronavirus lockdown until a vaccine is found. Never before have so many lives, livelihoods, and economies depended so much on a single health intervention. But as scientists race to develop potential vaccine candidates, the international community must remember …

COVID-19: Palliative without database by Nigeria Guardian Newspapers Editorial

Concerns expressed the other day by various stakeholders on the seeming failure of the government’s social investment programme are already in the public domain. This newspaper, in fact, commented on the failure the other day. Interestingly, these allegations of failure of the programme are coming from key players within the ruling party. The concerns from the …

Oil price crash: Moment of truth Published By Nigeria PUNCH Newspapers Editorial Board

CRUDE prices are hugging rock bottom as the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the world, threatening oil-dependent economies. Output and prices are not expected to return to pre-virus levels for years, crude oil market watchers say. For Nigeria especially, disaster and the proverbial lean years are a stark possibility for which the country and its leadership appear …

Trump’s WHO funding freeze

ACCUSTOMED to crude display of power, President Donald Trump has frozen the United States’ funding of the World Health Organisation amid the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the entire world. His grouse with the agency is that it easily accepted China’s narrative of the health crisis; and by so doing, mismanaged its information, which invariably endangered the …

China’s racial assault on Nigerians by Nigeria Punch Newspapers Editorial Board

NIGERIANS and other Africans living in China have been subjected to brutal racial assaults by the authorities of their host country, following the recent uptick in the COVID-19 pandemic. They were accused of being the purveyors of the virus even when some of them had no recent travel history. Among the victims are businessmen, travellers …

Where were you in 1987? By Onigegewura

Professor Yemi Osinbajo was then a Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the Federation. That was the year Oba Yesufu Oloyede Asanike, Olubadan of Ibadan made history. Olubadan installed Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola as the Bashorun of Ibadan. It was a prestigious title befitting of a distinguished personality in the mould of MKO Abiola. …

OPEN LETTER TO DONALD TRUMP FROM PIERS MORGAN

Dear Donald, On Friday evening, you unfollowed me on Twitter, which given you only follow 47 accounts was not an insignificant decision. It came a few hours after I posted a column in which I lambasted you for using your daily Coronavirus press briefings to air ‘batsh*t crazy’ cure theories like ‘injecting or ingesting’ bleach …

OPEN LETTER TO DONALD TRUMP FROM PIERS MORGAN

Dear Donald, On Friday evening, you unfollowed me on Twitter, which given you only follow 47 accounts was not an insignificant decision. It came a few hours after I posted a column in which I lambasted you for using your daily Coronavirus press briefings to air ‘batsh*t crazy’ cure theories like ‘injecting or ingesting’ bleach …

China fails to stop racism against Africans over Covid-19 by Emmanuel Akinwotu

African people sleeping on streets after evictions and prevented from entering shops African people continue to be barred from hotels, shops and restaurants in Guangzhou, despite Chinese officials assuring governments across Africa that discrimination resulting from efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak would stop. Racist discrimination in Guangzhou earlier this month caused outrage in Africa, …

Visit visa refusals: appeal or judicial review? By Colin Yeo

The removal of full rights of appeal for family visit visas in 2013 has led to a legal dilemma for those considering a challenge to a refusal: should they give up, re-apply, attempt a human rights appeal or launch an application for judicial review? The problem seems all the more acute with many reports of …

Republican Party Declares Moral Bankruptcy Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The Republican Party officially filed for moral bankruptcy on Tuesday morning, a move that many in the nation considered long overdue. In filing for moral bankruptcy, the Republicans will formally attest that they have no morals, standards, or ethics on their balance sheet, and will agree to cease all activity as a …

How Mitch McConnell Became Trump’s Enabler-in-Chief By Jane Mayer

The Senate Majority Leader’s refusal to rein in the President is looking riskier than ever. McConnell, who’s far less popular than Trump in Kentucky, rose in state polls after defending him at the impeachment trial.Illustration by Ward Sutton On Thursday, March 12th, Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, could have insisted that he and his colleagues …

Untangling where your hair extensions really come from By Kirstie Brewer

From wigs to weaves and hair extensions, the market for human hair is enormous. But few know where these lustrous locks come from and the journey they take across the globe. Go online in search of a wig or hair extensions and you'll be presented with a dizzying spectrum of choices. "Luxury" virgin hair from …

SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, GENERAL MURTALA MUHAMMED, NIGERIA HEAD STATE AT THE OAU HELD IN ADDIS ABABA ON SUNDAY. 11 JANUARY I976.

Mr Chairman, It is of great historical significance that the first extraordinary session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government to be held since the founding of the Organisation of African Unity twelve years ago, is being held on the liberation of Africa. Angola is merely the excuse being used by those who …

Profile of Brigadier Zakariya Abubakar Hassan Maimalari by Mustapha Lawal

Commander 2nd Brigade, Nigerian Army, Apapa, Lagos Zakariya Maimalari was born on the 17th January 1930 into the Royal family in Maimalari village of old Borno Province (Now Yobe State). He had instructions in Qur’anic recitation at his father Mallam Abubakar Hassan’s place. He began his Elementary School, Nguru 1934, and he proceeded to Borno …

DEPRIVATION & DERIVATION PRINCIPLES: WHY THE NORTH IS POOR (I) The real owners of Nigeria! By Samuel Diminas

Sectional national security team

The North is poor, this much no one disputes, and the poverty has bred millions of destitutes, who have become instant and easy recruits for Boko-Haram. However, the question is: Who impoverished the North? I want to posit that the Core North through their aristocrats and ex-military rulers rake an enormous income from oil money …

Settlement in the UK

This briefing examines settlement in the UK, which is when a migrant is granted the right to live permanently in the country. It reviews settled migrants’ demographic characteristics and the reasons for their grants of settlement. It also discusses the post-Brexit EU Settlement Scheme. 1 Key Points ◦ Of all non-EU citizens issued their initial …

Excerpts from the book “Fellow Country Men- the story of Coup D’etats in Nigeria” by Richard Akinjide Former AG and Justice Minister (June 2000)

I was in the first cabinet that was overthrown by the military in this country. I entered parliament in December 12, 1959. And I remained in parliament until January 15, 1966 when the government was overthrown. I was the Federal Minister of Education in that cabinet. I woke up one morning in my official house …

Dubai Property: An Oasis for Nigeria’s Corrupt Political Elites by Matthew Page

The mention of any individual, company, organization, or other entity in this paper does not imply the violation of any law or international agreement on their part and should not be construed as such. The views expressed herein are those of the author alone. Acknowledgments The program thanks Stella Cooper, Isaac Zukin, Austin Brush, and …

Bill Withers Conquered The Music World On His Own Terms by Martin Johnson

The musical giant, who had big hits including "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lovely Day," died this week from heart complications, his family said. Illustration: Damon Dahlen/HuffPost; Photos: Getty Bill Withers’ musical career added a clause to Julius Caesar’s famous dictum, “I came; I saw; I conquered.” Withers did all this — and on his own …

The Rollercoaster Life Of Murtala Muhammed By Max Siollun

Very few of Nigeria’s former military leaders are spoken of with any great affection.  The one notable exception is General Murtala Muhammed.  The time of his regime is recalled with nostalgia by many Nigerians (both civilian and military) as a golden age.  Whereas today, military rule, and military rulers, have been demonised, Murtala gave Nigeria …

Coronavirus: Security forces kill more Nigerians than Covid-19 by BBC

Nigerian security forces have a reputation for brutality Security forces enforcing the lockdown in parts of Nigeria have killed more people than coronavirus itself, a local rights group says. Evidence of the killings comes from members of the public who rang their hotline or sent in videos, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) adds. It …

THE PREËXISTING CONDITION IN THE OVAL OFFICE By David Remnick

From the start, the Trump Administration has waged war on science and expertise, making a great nation peculiarly vulnerable to the foreseeable public-health calamity of the coronavirus. Illustration by João Fazenda When has New York known a grimmer week? The sirens are unceasing. Funeral parlors are overwhelmed. Refrigerator trailers are now in service as morgues, and …

Outrage after black people banned from McDonald’s branch in China

The fast food giant apologises and temporarily closes the outlet in Guangzhou after a sign said black people were barred from it. The notice said black people were banned from the McDonald's branch in Guangzhou. Pic: Black Livity China McDonald's has apologised after black people were banned from entering a branch of the fast food …

Peter Navarro’s Ph.D. Revealed to Be from Trump University by Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Borowitz Report)—Peter Navarro, the trade adviser who is playing a key role in the White House’s coronavirus response, earned a Ph.D. from Trump University, it emerged on Tuesday. Although Navarro has bragged about his academic attainments, his doctorate from Trump U. had remained a well-kept secret until Tuesday morning, when Donald J. …

Universal credit: how to claim, and how much you will receive by Miles Brignall

Coronavirus lay-offs have forced many people to embark on their first ever benefits claim. Here’s what you need to know Workers laid off due to the coronavirus crisis and applying for universal credit for the first time may be surprised to learn how little it pays and how difficult the process can be. That was …

Docs: Navarro memos warning mass death circulated West Wing in January by Jonathan Swan, Margaret Talev

Image from a memo to President Trump In late January, President Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro warned his White House colleagues the novel coronavirus could take more than half a million American lives and cost close to $6 trillion, according to memos obtained by Axios. • By late February, Navarro was even more alarmed, and …

The worst president. Ever. By Max Boot

President Trump in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 3. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Until now, I have generally been reluctant to label Donald Trump the worst president in U.S. history. As a historian, I know how important it is to allow the passage of time to gain …

5G and Coronavirus – Science and Voodoo

There have been reports of  people who think 5G mobile networks have caused the coronavirus outbreak. Dr Simon Clarke, Associate Professor in Cellular Microbiology, University of Reading, said: “The idea that COVID19 is caused by 5G mobile phone signals is complete rubbish.  This is a disease which numerous doctors and scientists around the world have …

COVID-19: Curtailing government officials’ appetite for luxury amid dwindling revenue

In this article, FEMI MAKINDE examines the crash in the price of crude oil and the need for government officials at all levels to cut costs of governance and stop extravagant lifestyles for the nation to stay afloat in the face of economic turbulence ahead The steady crash of oil price as a result of …

COVID-19: Over 4,000 UK citizens seek evacuation from Nigeria

Over 4,000 citizens of the United Kingdom have indicated interest in returning to their country amid the coronavirus pandemic. The British high commission in Nigeria broke the news in a tweet on Friday. This is coming despite Nigeria’s less number of coronavirus cases compared to the figures in the UK. Nigeria currently has 190 confirmed …

Northern govs’ uninspiring response to COVID-19 crisis by Nigeria Punch Newspapers Editorial Board

SEVERE danger lies ahead of Nigeria in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, particularly with the stance of the Northern Governors’ Forum on locking down the region. In spite of the escalation in the rate of infections and deaths from COVID-19, the NGF, at its last virtual meeting, decided that it would not prescribe a …

A president unfit for a pandemic – The Boston Globe EDITORIAL

The president has made grave errors in addressing the coronavirus outbreak. Come November, there must be a reckoning for the lives lost and the suffering endured. Alex Brandon/Associated Press “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold,” wrote W.B. Yeats in 1919. A century later, it’s clear: The epicenter cannot hold. Catastrophic decisions in the White …

British High Commissioner, Catriona Laing, who is responding to enquiries from short-term British visitors to #Nigeria

For Consular assistance, please use the contact forms: For Abuja: https://www.contact-embassy.service.gov.uk/?country=Nigeria&post=British High Commission Abuja For Lagos: https://www.contact-embassy.service.gov.uk/?country=Nigeria&post=British Deputy High Commission Lagos 𝐑𝐄𝐌𝐄𝐌𝐁𝐄𝐑, we are considering expressions of interest (EOI) from British Nationals who live in 🇬🇧, who wish to return from #Nigeria.Send your EOI to Consular.Lagos@fco.gov.uk with name, 📧, ☎️, location & if we need …

Bill Withers, influential soul singer behind Ain’t No Sunshine, dies aged 81 – UK Guardian

Bill Withers, the influential US soul singer who wrote Lean on Me, Ain’t No Sunshine and Lovely Day has died aged 81 of heart complications, according to a statement from his family. Withers wrote and recorded several other major hits including Use Me and Just the Two of Us, before retiring in the mid-1980s and …

Coronavirus: AGF Malami counters claim of President Buhari not having the power to declare lockdown in states, provides legal justification

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has provided a legal justification for the total lockdown order issued by President Buhari in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT.  Recall that the lockdown order issued by President Buhari ignited controversy as some top lawyers argued that he doesn't have such power.  However AGF …

Adegboruwa, SAN Replies AGF, Says Covid-19 Regulations Made By President Buhari Is Illegal Because Quarantine Act Applies To Only Those Infected

A human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has responded to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN and Femi Adesina and given reasons “WHY THE QUARANTINE ACT OF 1926 CANNOT LEGALIZE RESTRICTION OF MOVEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT” In a statement made available to TheNigeriaLawyer (TNL), Adegboruwa, SAN said …

Coronavirus: Presidency cites legal provision for Lagos, Abuja, Ogun lockdown by Alfred Olufemi

President Muhammadu Buhari has offered a legal backing for the lockdown earlier pronounced in some states over the coronavirus pandemic. The president announced restriction of movement in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun, where there are many of the cases were recorded. He made the announcement during a nationwide broadcast on Sunday. Mr Buhari said the cessation …

They are old videos- Nigerian Military disowns videos of officers torturing people to enforce lockdown

Editorial: This actions of the Defence Headquarters in not not engaging the truth and putting out an untruthful statement citing fake news puts into public display the indiscipline inherent in the rank and file of the army. It also brings the government into disrepute. The illegal action of the government and its use of its …

COVID-19: The Legality and Limits of the President’s Emergency Powers, By Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri

 As clearly seen from the letters of the law, President Buhari’s order for a total cessation of movement, except for essential supplies, in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT do not seem to align with the constitutional requirements laid down in Section 45 and 305. President Buhari did not declare any state of emergency, but …

UK Foreign travel advice – Nigeria

COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, …

Yamiche Alcindor Recounts a Career of Asking Tough Questions by HANNAH BENSEN

Yamiche Alcindor found her purpose as a high school student when she heard a Kanye West song that referenced Emmett Till, a young black boy who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955.  “I had this burning desire to cover more of the Emmett Tills that are out there,” Alcindor, the White House correspondent for PBS …

Will Oshiomhole, Obaseki achieve true reconciliation? by SOLA SHITTU

Following the protracted crisis that rocked the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, MUDIAGA AFFE writes that the recent move to resolve the intra-party conflict will require a Herculean effort The duo of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, will remain in the eye …

COVID-19: Adewale Ayuba releases musical video sensitising Nigerians – NNN

Legendary Fuji musician, Adewale Ayuba, has released a musical video sensitising Nigerians on preventive measures to curtail COVID-19. Ayuba, who took to his instagram handle (officialayuba) to showcase the musical video, urged Nigerians to pray fervently during this critical period for God’s intervention as the viral outbreak was more of divine cause. The Bonsue meastro …

Housing possession proceedings suspended for 90 days

All housing possession proceedings have been suspended for 90 days after solicitors collected hard data showing lack of a consistent approach among county courts dealing with cases during the coronavirus crisis. The suspension has been welcomed by housing solicitors but the government is being urged to provide cash-strapped legal aid providers - whose cashflows will …

Guide to new UK police powers as coronavirus lockdown continues

All police forces throughout the UK and Northern Ireland now have dispersal powers to help ensure everyone adheres to the social distancing guidance laid out by the Government and Public Health England. These powers have been granted under the Health Regulations 2020 and came into effect today (Thursday, 26 March). What does this mean for …

Edo state governor, Godwin Governor Obaseki tests negative for Coronavirus, remains in self-isolation

Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, has tested negative for Coronavirus. In a tweet posted this morning, the governor said the result of the rapid diagnostic test came back negative but he awaits the result of the PCR test and would remain in self-isolation. My rapid diagnotic test for #Coronavirus ( #COVID?19 ) came back negative. However, …

UK close to rolling out at-home coronavirus tests 

By ASHLEIGH FURLONG AND ANNABELLE DICKSON 3/25/20, 5:36 PM CET Updated 3/25/20, 6:15 PM CET People in Britain should soon be able to secure an at-home coronavirus antibody test via Amazon or Boots and other high-street retail chemists, Public Health England said Wednesday. The government has ordered 3.5 million of the tests, which detect antibodies …

Edo Speaker tests positive to Coronavirus as Gov. Obaseki goes on self-isolation by News Agency of Nigeria

Edo State House of Assembly Speaker, Frank Okiye (Photo Credit: Vanguard) The Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Frank Okiye, has tested positive to Coronavirus. The state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, disclosed this on Wednesday while addressing journalists in Benin City, the state capital. “The index case of Coronavirus in Edo, the Speaker …

Trump Invokes Defense Production Act to Mass-Produce Gallons of Spray Tan by Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—At long last invoking the Defense Production Act, Donald J. Trump has ordered the nation’s factories to begin mass-producing gallons of spray tan. Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, Trump said that, because millions of Americans have been forced to remain indoors, the country’s stockpiles of fake-tan reserves have fallen to …

UK Home Office releases 300 from detention centres amid Covid-19 pandemic by Diane Taylor

Release follows legal action that argues Home Office is failing to protect immigration detainees The Home Office has released almost 300 people from detention centres in the last few days because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Guardian has learned. The speed and scale of the release is unprecedented in recent years. Detainees and charities estimate …

Leave in the time of corona: can the Home Office grant blanket extensions? By Colin Yeo

With international travel closing down due to the coronavirus it is becoming not just unwise but impossible to move from some countries to others. Even if inbound flights are not banned by a country, airlines are finding it increasingly difficult to keep flights going anyway. This raises the question of what happens to people trapped …

Nneka Ogwumike has been the representative for WNBA players’ fight for better pay (video)

When Nneka Ogwumike was a child, whenever anyone asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, her answer came easily. “Nigerian culture, it’s like doctor, lawyer, engineer,” she says. “Out of those three, pick one.” Growing up, she just assumed that “doctor” was the best fit. At Stanford University, she looked into …

Trump Tests Negative For Empathy by Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Donald J. Trump has tested negative for empathy, the White House doctor confirmed on Monday. In an official statement, Dr. Sean Conley said that Trump submitted to the empathy test even though, in the physician’s opinion, “it was not really necessary.” “I expected him to test negative,” Conley said. “Empathy-wise, he has …

The truth about Prof John formally of MIT and Mr Trump’s uncle and what it means for his presidency By Heather Hendershot

His uncle’s life story tells us nothing about the president’s knowledge of the coronavirus, but it does show us why he’s failing President Trump on Wednesday delivers an address to the nation from the Oval Office. (Doug Mills/Pool/AFP/Getty Images) Last night, President Trump said that for “the vast majority of Americans” the coronavirus poses a …

A President Unequal to the Moment By Susan B. Glasser

Photograph by Doug Mills / Getty Donald Trump’s default setting during the coronavirus outbreak has been to deny, delay, deflect, and diminish. Crises clarify. The bigger the crisis, the more the clarity, which is why the incompetence, dishonesty, and sheer callousness of the Trump Presidency have been clearer in recent days than ever before. As …

NHS worker in hazmat suit spotted going into Manchester university halls to examine student – who turned out ‘not to be at risk of coronavirus’ by Ashlie Blakey

An Oak House resident was examined, but staff were 'content' they were not at risk amid the COVID-19 outbreak An NHS worker wearing a hazmat suit was spotted going into university hallsq in Manchester to examine a student - who turned out 'not to be at risk of coronavirus'. The Oak House resident was examined …

Sanusi’s Dethronement, Banishment Raise Legal, Constitutional Issues by Tobi Soniyi in Lagos and Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano

The dethronement and banishment of the former Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II by the government of Kano State, raises legal and constitutional issues, pitting old traditions and military era scenarios against Nigeria’s modern 1999 Constitution. Sanusi, who was banished to another state not under the constitutional control of Kano State government, in far …

Adeyemi, Tukur, Dasuki — seven monarchs dethroned like Sanusi

The dethronement of Muhammadu Sanusi as the emir of Kano has continued to generate reactions; some say it is expected going by recent happenings but others are still in shock. There are also those who claimed a revered traditional ruler like the emir of Kano has never been treated in such manner. Some even said such …

TULSI GABBARD’S NINE SUPPORTERS URGE HER TO DROP OUT OF RACE By Andy Borowitz

Photograph by Scott Eisen / Getty WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is under intense pressure to drop out of the 2020 race for the Democratic Presidential nomination, her nine supporters announced on Monday. The announcement from Gabbard’s nine followers surprised many Democrats, who had been unaware that the Hawaii congresswoman was still running. …

N700m fraud: Tension heightens as Ize-Iyamu, others appear in Court on 02/03/2020 by Kelvin Okereafor

BENIN CITY – With accused persons tried for similar cases convicted by the courts, tension is at fever pitch level in the camp of the former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and four others being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for a N700m election-related fraud …

FACT CHECK: No, this is not the man who drove coronavirus patient to Ogun State by The Nigerian Guardian Newspaper

A Facebook post published by AIT News Nigeria claimed that the man who drove the first person to test positive to the novel coronavirus in Nigeria to Ogun State escaped from a hospital where he was receiving treatment after he also tested positive to the virus. The author of the post claimed that the picture …

What is the historical evidence that Jesus Christ lived and died? By Dr Simon Gathercole

Today some claim that Jesus is just an idea, rather than a real historical figure, but there is a good deal of written evidence for his existence 2,000 years ago The historical evidence for Jesus of Nazareth is both long-established and widespread. Within a few decades of his supposed lifetime, he is mentioned by Jewish …

‘Racist’ is not a word that should be used lightly, but it is absolutely correct when applied to Boris Johnson by Tom Peck1

Dave was right to call the prime minister a racist. It’s not merely that he’s said many racist things, it’s that he’s declined two decades worth of chances to apologise for them It is, in its way, unfortunate that the term “racist” is so very blunt. It is a word of tremendous force and width. …

BBC’s David Dimbleby attacks ‘liar’ Boris Johnson and says PM is ‘apeing Trump’ by the Independent Newspaper

‘If you’re in the glorious moment of supreme power the one thing you don’t want is to be held to account’, veteran broadcaster says in unaired interview One of the BBC's most highly revered journalists has accused Boris Johnson of being a serial liar who is "apeing" Donald Trump's attempts to control the media. David …

Nigerian migrants in Sicily are building a buzzing Afrobeats scene from scratch by Joe Penney

The Ballaró neighborhood lies in the former historic city center of Palermo, the capital of Sicily, Italy. A few decades ago, Ballaró was known to be a dangerous part of the city controlled by brutal mafia bosses. Today, the neighborhood is safe and revitalized, thanks to the arrival of African and Asian migrants. Among these …

Trump’s Impeachment and the Degrading of Presidential Accountability By Amy Davidson Sorkin

The President will see an acquittal—which was preordained by the highly partisan Senate—as license for further abuse. Illustration by João Fazenda The sordid truth of the impeachment trial of Donald Trump is that it will end with the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, doing him a favor: delivering the votes, with little regard for the …

The Inside Story of Christopher Steele’s Trump Dossier by Jane Mayer

In a new book, the founders of the firm that compiled it defend their work. For nearly three years, President Trump has spun an alternate reality in which he was not helped and tainted by Russia during the 2016 Presidential campaign but, rather, his political opponents and his accusers were. During a rambling fifty-three-minute live …

How decoding African DNA could help fight disease by BBC

Getty Images Pharmaceutical giants often manufacture drugs with only profitable Western market in mind Black Africans are at a disadvantage when it comes to drug treatments because they represent only 2% of the genetic samples used for pharmaceutical research, but a new Nigeria-based genomics company wants to change that. This dearth of genetic studies on …

Obama’s Speech in Cairo JUNE 4, 2009

The following is a text of President Obama's prepared remarks to the Muslim world, delivered on June 4, 2009, as released by the White House. I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon …

Anita Osariemen Omonuwa: 1st black woman to graduate with first class from UK and Nigerian universities by Joseph Omotayoa

Anita Osariemen Omonuwa is a Nigerian that has had a robust academic career bagging three first class distinctions - Omonuwa has gotten several prizes for her academic finesse, out of which are the Council of Legal Education Star Prize, best overall performance - The Nigerian genius is also a member of several organisations like the …

The West’s Obsession With Border Security Is Breeding Instability by Ruben Andersson

In the name of fighting illegal immigration, the EU, the United States, and Australia are emboldening authoritarian regimes, fueling abuses and corruption, and stoking intolerance at home. An armed Libyan coast guardsman stands on a boat after the interception of 147 migrants attempting to reach Europe near the coastal town of Zawiyah on June 27, …

“Life means life for child killers” – the truth behind the headlines by thesecretbarrister

There used to be a time, once Chris Grayling had hung up his butcher’s apron at the Ministry of Justice and Theresa May ushered in a quieter, more respectful justice strategy of wanton neglect, that I wrote about something other than Boris Johnson. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister keeps booting the justice football around the pitch …

Nigerians in Ireland shocked and concerned by Grealish comments by Seán McCárthaigh

‘There are lots of Nigerians who are very highly qualified, work hard and pay all their taxes’ Members of the Nigerian community in Ireland have reacted with a mixture of shock and concern at controversial comments by Independent TD, Noel Grealish over personal remittances to Nigeria. Yemi Adenuga, a Fine Gael member of Meath County …

‘Climate of fear’: Nigeria intensifies crackdown on journalists by Eromo Egbejule

Activists warn muzzling of press under President Buhari could herald return to dark days of military rule Fisayo Soyombo was eating an evening snack in Lagos in late October when a colleague called to warn him about a plan hatched by Nigerian government officials at a clandestine meeting to arrest him. Hours earlier, the second …

Post Labour electoral loss.

The over egging of the Labour loss is akin to the analysis of the conservatives when they used the 2008 banking crisis to impose their ideological dogma to batter the poor and middle class to create a super rich class with the attendant political clot it enhanced for these people. This is giving a dog …

Overstaying on a UK visa: law and consequences By Darren Stevenson

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by. Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt Law is frequently a question of deadlines. Points fixed in a calendar, some optimistically scribbled in, some tattooed on a limb. If you are lucky, the deadline is malleable. People might be annoyed, your reputation …

Every centrist MP who defected from Labour and Tories loses seat by Jon Stone

Independents and defectors to the Lib Dems and Change UK failed to win any seats Every centrist MP who defected from Labour and the Tories looks to have lost their seat at the general election. Over a dozen parliamentarians left the two major parties, most citing Brexit or antisemitism. Some of the MPs stood as Liberal …

Charity Commission investigates Spac Nation ‘Church of Bling with video

A church is being investigated over allegations that pastors were pressuring young people in the congregation to sell their own blood to raise funds. The Charity Commission said it has opened an inquiry into SPAC Nation to probe financial and safeguarding concerns after claims emerged that pastors had encouraged worshippers to take out loans in …

Nigerians are spending half a billion dollars to school in the United States by Yomi Kazeem

The rot in Nigeria’s educational system is costing the country hundreds of millions of dollars. Over the past academic year, the economic impact of spending by Nigerian students studying in the United States reached $514 million, data from the US State Department shows. The figure outstrips the economic impact of students from France, Germany and …

For aiding Trump’s abuse of power, the GOP deserves to be voted out of existence by Max Boot

The impeachment hearings have revealed President Trump’s congenital corruption. The Republican Party’s nonchalant reaction, with not a single Republican member of Congress so far endorsing impeachment, reveals its own pervasive corruption. When the Republican Party sold its soul to Trump in 2016, the price included overlooking his attacks on Mexicans and Muslims, on Gold Star …

Abuse and torture of mental health patients ‘rife’ across Nigeria, says Human Rights Watch report

Human Rights Watch said people were chained and faced physical and sexual violence in both state and religious centres Show caption Saeed Kamali Dehghan Nigeria has been urged to end all forms of abuse in state-run mental health institutions as well as religious healing centres. In a report published on Monday Human Rights Watch (HRW) …

The Immigrant Witnesses of the Impeachment Hearings by Masha Gessen

Wouldn’t it be not merely just but also poetic if the testimony of immigrants brought down President Donald Trump? Three of the key witnesses in the impeachment hearings are immigrants to the United States, and at least one more is a first-generation American. All of them—the former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander …

The Extraordinary Impeachment Testimony of Fiona Hill John Cassidy

Fiona Hill, the former National Security Council official who testified at the impeachment hearings on Thursday, was born in Bishop Auckland, a hardscrabble former coal town in County Durham, in the northeast of England. Her father was a miner; her mother was a nurse. As she noted in her testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, …

How to travel abroad with a child whose surname is different from yours by Telegraph Travel

If you are travelling with a child and are not their parent, it may be wise to bring a letter of consent Credit: AP Here is what you need to know when going on holiday abroad with children who have a different surname from you. If you are travelling to another country with a child …

Buhari can’t continue to disobey court orders by Punch Editorial Board

Public protests erupted in Abuja and Lagos on Tuesday over the non-release of Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare by the Federal Government in flagrant disobedience of a court order. The protesters had gone to the headquarters of the State Security Service in the Federal Capital Territory to demand their release. But the bullies, in whose …

Chaos Ensues as Nigerian Secret Police Rearrest Buhari Critic By Ruth Olurounbi

Publisher Omoyele Sowore detained in High Court appearance Sowore has been in prison for three months over protest call Muhammadu Buhari Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Nigeria’s secret police rearrested publisher Omoyele Sowore, a prominent critic of President Muhammadu Buhari, in chaotic scenes at the country’s Federal High Court. Scuffles broke out in the court room …

A dizzying maze’: how the UK immigration system is geared to reject Maya Goodfellow

On an industrial estate on the edge of central Birmingham, in a building nestled behind a car park and overlooking the city’s network of canals, I met a group of about 30 people who had come from all over the world but whose experiences of the UK’s immigration regime were remarkably similar. They formed a …

Person diagnosed with monkeypox in England after visiting Nigeria by Sarah Boseley

Patient being treated in London after contracting the rare viral infection similar to smallpox The patient has been transferred to the high consequence infectious disease centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London. Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA A person is being treated for monkeypox in England, a rare viral infection similar to the …

Nigerian Redeemed Christian Church of God booted out of former Dartford nightclub amid planning dispute by Euan O’Byrne Mulligan

A Christian congregation have been booted out of a former Dartford nightclub where they hold their services amid an unholy planning battle. The Redeemed Christian Church of God bought the disused club in 2017, and has been meeting there ever since. But the site sits at the heart of a proposed 548 home housing development …

APC chairman reacts to Orji Kalu’s conviction by Agency Report

Orji Uzor Kalu Mixed reactions from two political party chieftains in Abia greeted Thursday’s judgment of a Lagos High Court, which sentenced the Senate Chief Whip and former Abia governor, Sen. Orji Kalu, to 12 years in prison over N7.65 billion fraud. The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Donatus Nwankpa, said …

A Tampa fraud case linked to the Black Axe, a fraternal organisation founded in Nigeria

FBI agents here linked a series of complicated financial scams to an organised crime ring that started as a fraternal organisation. Ikechuwku “Ike” Amadi, 38, is a dual Canadian and Nigerian citizen. He worked with a Nigeria-based criminal organisation known as the Black Axe Group. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office] TAMPA — It started with a …

Dear city of London, I am ashamed of you by Sonala Olumhense

As a Nigerian, I am thoroughly unhappy at the insulting way you are treating our great ruler, Muhammadu Buhari. This eminent son of Africa loves your elegant city, to which he sojourns again and again.  He likes that chill in the air, the crisp accent off your tongues, the predominance of white faces.  In the …

Pastor Stanley Omoregie and 22 Nigerians, one Frenchman sentenced to 7 years in prison for sex trafficking in France

23 Nigerians and one Frenchman said to be members of a Lyon-based sex trafficking ring, have been handed a prison sentence of up to 7 years by a French court after being found guilty of forcing Nigerian women into prostitution. One of Europe's most wanted woman and Edo-born fugitive, Jessica Edosomwan accused of being the head …