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By Saidu Adamu

Former Acting Governor of Taraba, Alhaji Garba Umar, has dumped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Umar said in Jalingo at a meeting of APC Integrity Group on Tuesday, that he took the decision after consultations with political stakeholders in and outside the state.

Umar said he decided to join hands with politicians of like mind to save the state from alleged bad governance.
‘‘I can see future in APC, and if we work together as a team, the party will wrestle power from PDP in the state come 2019.
‘‘I want to assure you that this is the APC and I am part of it one hundred per cent.
‘‘I have decided to join my brothers of like mind to see how we can salvage the state come 2019.
‘‘I assure you of my unwavering loyalty and willingness to make all necessary contribution for the success of this party and our mission,’’ Umar said.

The former acting governor stated that he had made an arrangement to officially decamp along with hundreds of his supporters to the APC.
The Chairman of the APC Integrity Group, Alhaji Uba Maigari, said that the party was honoured to have the former acting governor and political appointees that served under him joining the party.
Maigari said Umar’s goodwill and political connection would enhance APC’s chances in the 2019 general elections.

Umar, fondly known as UTC, was chosen by the late Governor Danbaba Suntai as his deputy after the impeachment of the then Deputy Governor, Sani Abubakar.
He became the state’s acting governor after Suntai’s plane crash in 2012.
He was later sacked by the Supreme Court in 2014 when the apex court ruled that Abubakar’s impeachment was illegal and ordered his reinstatement.

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By Mercy Osajiugo

Catholic bishop on Tuesday rose from a two-day conference where they declared the on-going strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as a burden and unnecessary.
The bishops said the lecturers’ strike was incessant and had become a bigger burden to parents and their children.‎

“ASUU’s seasons for  strikes have undermined the credibility and value of education and seriously lowered the integrity of the academia,” they said.‎

The Bishops have also called on the government to device new strategies reinforce anti- corruption fight as the current approach is not yielding desired results.
The Bishops from the Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of a two-day conference at St. Micheal’s Catholic Cathedral, Minna.

The communiqué was signed by the Chairman of the conference, Archbishop Mathew Ndagoso and the Secretary, Bishop John Niyiring.
The bishops said that fight against corruption appeared mired in judicial technicalities.
They said that the conference would continue to encourage relevant agencies in the anti-graft campaign to find new strategies for winning the war.

The bishops decried insurgency, cattle rustling, kidnapping and assassination which were on the rise in the country.
“We are saddened that things seem to have gotten progressively worse today in the country” they said.

The conference pointed out that recession had not abated and that lives of ordinary people had continued to hang in the balance.

They stated that the people entrusted the present government with their hopes by voting across religion and regions but that government seemed to have squandered most of that goodwill.
The clerics “joined millions of Nigerians’’ in thanking God for answering prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari’s recovery.
“We will continue to pray to God to give him strength and wisdom to face the challenges that our nation faces in these difficult moments.”
‎Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province comprises Kaduna, Sokoto, Kontangora, Zaria, Minna, Kano and Kafanchan areas.

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Arewa Youths met with Buhari s political adviser , Senator Babafemi Ojudu and resolved to reconsidered quit notice t Igbos.

Senator Babafemi Ojudu had a lengthy and resourceful meeting with leaders of the Coalition of Northern Groups today. They were the youths who some weeks ago shocked the nation by issuing a notice to the Igbos to quit the Northern part of the country on or before October 1.
After the meeting they resolved to reconsider their position and this will be made known at a press conference on Thursday.Disclosing the news,Senator Ojudu said...

'Had a lengthy and resourceful meeting with leaders of the Coalition of Northern Groups today. They were the youths who some weeks ago shocked the nation by issuing a notice to the Igbos to quit the Northern part of the country on or before October 1.

After the meeting they resolved to reconsider their position and this will be made known at a press conference on Thursday .
They described their action as Pre-emptive because of the incessant threat of war by IPOB'.






he Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the interim forfeiture of assets valued at USD16,441,906 linked the Nigeria’s former Petroleum Minister, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told Justice Abdulaziz Anka that the assets are suspected to be proceeds of corruption.

Recalled that details of cash and properties so far been traced to the Diezani Alison-Madueke was revealed by the EFFC a few weeks back.

In a detailed article by two officers of its Public Affairs Directorate – Tony Orilade and Aishah Gambari, the former minister was said to have about NGN47.2 Billion and USD487.5 Million in cash and properties in Lagos and Abuja.

This man built an entire bedroom under the stairs for his dog

If you think you treat your beloved hound like a king/kween, then think again, pal.
A fluffy bed, premium dog food and twice-daily walks don’t mean sh*t if you haven’t built your pooch its very own canine-sized bedroom in your home.
Isn’t that right, Al from California?
Yes, Al’s brother went to great lengths to build his furry bezzie its very own room under the stairs, and his bro was – understandably – quite keen to share it with the world.
The room is complete with wooden floorboards, immaculately painted walls and a ceiling light.
I need to have a word with my landlady as the standard of decoration is a lot higher than in my (very humble) abode.
The room even has picture frames hanging on the walls, full of photos of the dog itself and its beloved humans.
However, it didn’t always look so chic – Al’s tweet shows the process of taking the room from zero to hero.
This man built an entire bedroom under the stairs for his dog
We’re no DIY experts, but it looks like Al’s brother removed part of the wall to gain access to the dead space under the stairs.
Probably best to speak to someone who knows what they’re doing if this has given you inspiration to do the same.
It’s best to keep your house structurally sound, y’know?
This man built an entire bedroom under the stairs for his dog
It then looks like – and again, this is pure speculation – the dog father added some wooden walls.
Matching floorboards and skirting boards were added, so the room blends in perfectly with the hallway outside.
The walls were then painted a pristine white.
This man built an entire bedroom under the stairs for his dog
As all good boys know, you shouldn’t eat in bed, which is why the pooch’s food and water bowls are lovingly placed outside, to keep his sleeping area nice and clean.
People on Twitter have been comparing the renovation to Harry Potter’s room, although we reckon it’s way nicer, and we sure hope the dog has a better life than Harry did at Privet Drive.
Someone also, quite bleakly, pointed out that the dog’s room is a very similar size to their New York apartment.



Mr. Austin Braimoh, Coordinator of Buhari Support Group
The Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) has cautioned the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, on his call on President Muhammadu Buhari “to resign and go home”.
The group described Fani-Kayode other vitriolic attacks on the person of Buhari as unpatriotic.

A statement by Mr. Austin Braimoh, the Chairman of BMSG, on Tuesday on Abuja also condemned the utterances of the former minister because of its potential to create division among various groups.
“His divisive write-ups and utterances have done a great harm to the country and Nigerians are sick and tired of his unpatriotic approach to national issues.

“It is regrettable that after the President delivered a speech to rally round the whole country for peaceful, growth and development, an unpatriotic Nigerian like Fani-Kayode is busy fanning the embers of division.
Braimoh said it was time for Fani-Kayode to give Nigerians a chance to move on as one indivisible entity.
“ We regret that at a time when the President just returned from a three-month medical trip and is in good health and ready to continue his service to the country, Fani-Kayode is still bent on distracting him.
“We urge Nigerians to disregard the utterances of such individuals as the President is focused on working for the generality of Nigerians.
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