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Sunday, October 25, 2015

WAJE NEW OUFTITS





At the 25th Annual Divas, Waje was on Ankara singing HIV/AIDS concert. It was put together by actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. The event also saw perfomance from Jordin Sparks, Shaniece, Yoyo, Erica Campbell(Mary Mary) and More.

Waje brought the house down when she took the stage to perform some of her hits.




Friday, November 14, 2014

Dawn Piper moves in to take a closer look at a pair of cats at the Cat Town Cafe in Oakland, Calif



Dawn Piper moves in to take a closer look at a pair of cats at the Cat Town Cafe in Oakland, Calif. Pouncing on similar cafe concepts in Asia & Europe, the cafe has become America's first permanent feline-friendly coffee shop. Cafe customers pay to pet cute kitties while sipping on tea or expresso drinks. It allows customers, who may not be able to have cats in their own homes, to enjoy the benefits of furry friends for short times without the responsibility.

Paris tiger on loose near Disneyland



A major police operation was launched to capture what is believed to be  a TIGER on the loose near the Disneyland Paris theme park.
The extraordinary hunt was launched after a woman reported seeing the beast prowling near a supermarket car park in the town of Montevrain, east of the capital earlier today.
Police and firefighters armed with tranquilliser guns were soon scrambled to the area, and residents were warned to stay indoors.
Officers were posted outside local schools to protect the children inside.
But after nearly 12 hours of hunting, the search was fruitless.
Read on to see a full recap of events from the dramatic search.

The tallest and the shortest



Chandra Bahadur Dangi (left) from Nepal and Sultan Kosen from Turkey pose for photographers during a photocall for the Guinness World Records in London. Dangi (54.6 cm) is considered the smallest living person and Kosen (251 cm) is a Turkish farmer who holds the Guinness World Record for tallest living male.

Rilwan Adedigba a 26-year-old undergraduate of Cairo University jailed by a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja



Rilwan Adedigba who confessed to defrauding an American lady,  Zen Cariboso, of $1,100 was said to have committed the crime on January 30 in Lagos.
Punch reports that Justice Kudirat Jose, who gave the judgement order the convict to make restitution to the victim by refunding the stolen $1,100 and also forfeiting to a car he had acquired with the proceeds of the illegal business to the Federal Government.
The convict who was arraigned before the court on five counts centring on cyber fraud pleaded guilty to all the counts and entered a plea bargain with the Economic nad Financial Crimes Commission.
Meanwhile the EFCC counsel, Mrs. Olubunmi Bosede, said Adedigba had lied to the white lady that  he was one Murphy Paul, a white American living in Nigeria, who was in love with her, thereby duping her in the process.
Justice Jose consequently pronounced the sentence. The judge  said the sentence would  run concurrently beginning from June 8, when the convict was arrested.
Justice Jose furthewent ordered that  Adedigba must sign an undertaking with the EFCC that he would  to be of good behaviour upon his release from prison.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Award of Nollywood Legends in December

Preparations are on to honour artistes of yesteryear, touted as precursors of the Nollywood era and deserving of immortalisation.
Organisers of Legends of Nollywood Awards, said at a press conference, Tuesday, that the event which is in its third year, is planned as a three-day ceremonies, spanning December 4 to 6, 2014.
According to the founder of the awards, Mr. Paul Obazele, the final ceremony on December 6, will take place at the Banquet Hall of National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos.
Obazele rekindled memory with a list of television dramas of the 70s and 80s, including actors and broadcasters that held sway at that period, saying that their vision and artistry paved the way for what today is regarded as Nollywood.


“The Nigerian movie industry has had a rich history as a result of the untiring zeal and creativity of the pioneers who overcame enormous odds and challenges to birth an industry that has gained global recognition. The legends and veterans of the industry are known as the Legends of Nollywood. They need to be recognised and acknowledged for their body of works,” he said.
Reciting a part of the National Anthem, Obazele said the awards project is to ensure that “The labour of our heroes past, shall never be in vain.”
He noted that although members of the organizing committee are still compiling list of awardees, veterans such as Sony Irabor, Bisi Olatilo, Patience Ozorkwo, aka Mama G, Jide Kosoko, Oga Bello, Mama Awero, Pete Edochie, Taiwo Ajai Lycet and Ene Oloja are among those to be honoured this year.
It would be recalled that the like of Richard Mofe Damijo, Abiola Atanda, Liz Benson, Edmond Anaibe and David Orere were among those honoured during previous events.
Obazele explained that apart from the award plagues, the organising committee has instituted health insurance policy for recipients. He said the committee is also in touch with governors of the states of the honourees on the possibility of other benefits.

Big brother hotshots brings more agitation about Tayo

High tension among nine housemates who have been put up for eviction this Sunday has aroused some upheavals, two lovebirds, Idris (Tanzania) and Goitse (Botswana) have provided the sunny side for fans and fellow housemates.
But perhaps Tayo’s ‘naughtiness’ is a natural trait, as the Nigerian model continues to make more ‘enemies’ over his perceived egocentric and proud mien.
Emotions ran riot, Tuesday afternoon, for which Samantha, the current Head of House (HOH) had to remind the parties of the risk of being kicked out the house, should their fight get physical.
Trouble started when Tayo walked in to find JJ rapping in the bedroom with Alusa, Frankie, Trezagah and Mr. 265. The Nigerian did not fancy the free-styling lyrics, and as usual, he spoke his mind. Like a timed-bomb, a quarrel ensued, with the guys lashing at Tayo for daring to criticise the act. A physical combat was averted as other males forced the fighters back, while the women helped in calming them down.


Peace returned to the house much later, but the talking continued in small groups, with Samantha wondering if she had handled the matter well, in her position as the HOH. Lilian too, was wondering if Tayo, her countryman, was satisfied with her for not taking side with anyone.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Desperate Governorship Aspirant Caught Chewing Corn To Woo Voters


The campaign for another governorship election in Osun State is here and Iyiola Omisore has started what a lot of people called a desperate scheme to woo voters.

He was seen eating corn at a roadside which is not a big but it has been a very long time when he was seen doing something like this in public.

It was not only this that he was seen doing but also climbing on the popular Okada to move around.

The only way to relate well with the masses is by identifying with the masses but it is not everyone who cares about this election plot.

Recently, Dr. Ayodele Fayose had won the Ekiti State governorship election and Omisore who is a PDP gubernatorial candidate in the forthcoming election in Osun State is picking some of the strategies of Ayo.

We have known Ayo to be a man who doesn’t have issues mingling with the masses and this is something that Omisore is hoping to achieve.

He has been criticized for being a fake man when it comes to this sudden connection with the masses, this is because he is not into such grass-root business man.

4 Nigerians including a 10year old die in horrific auto-crash in Ireland



Three Nigerian women and a 10year old Nigerian girl were killed in a horrific car crash on Saturday morning June 28th when their Nissan Almera car (pictured inside the bushes) collided with an SUV (pictured being towed) at Portnashangan, just outside of Mullingar, in Ireland, Irish Mirror reports.

All four occupants of the car, including a mother and her child, were pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services and later taken to Mullingar General Hospital for post-mortem. The man driving the SUV suffered only minor injuries.

The accident victims have been identified as cousins Queen Esezbor and Fanny Oraweme Akenbor, said to bee in their 40s, and Pat Jeti and her 10-year-old daughter, Jessica.

They were said to be returning from an evangelical church vigil in the Finglas area of Dublin when the unfortunate accident occurred. May their souls rest in peace...amen.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kefee burial in Sapele-Friday, July 11,



The remains of the late Pop-Gospel singer, Kefee (Irikefe Don-Momoh nee Obareki), will be laid to rest on Friday, July 11th in her hometown of Okpara-Inland, Ethiope East LGA of Delta State.

A statement released by her publicist today states that Kefee’s husband, Teddy Don-Momoh, who has been making arrangements to bring her body back from the U.S., will arrive the country first to receive her body before taking her down to Delta State for burial.


Teddy had earlier indicated that his wife’s family had requested that she be buried in their hometown, with a celebratory service in Sapele afterwards and he was comfortable with the arrangement.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Government House in Gombe State on fire

The Government House in Gombe State was attacked in a massive explosion late Thursday afternoon, Source has learned. As this breaking story unfolds, there are no confirmed reports of injuries, death, or the level of the carnage.

So far no group has claimed responsibility. Police, Fire Department and military officials are on the scene, battling a blast from the blast.

Eyewitnesses say it was a bomb blast that could be heard all over the city.

EMIR OF KANO ADO ABDULLAHI BAYERO GAVE UP THE GHOST

Reports from far away Kano State indicates that One of Nigeria’s most prominent traditional rulers, Ado Abdullahi Bayero, the Emir of Kano has died. The Emir died early today in Kano according to family sources. He will be hurriedly buried according to Muslim custom.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

How a man burns his wife because she didn’t get pregnant in Uganda

Police said that the incident occurred in the Kole District.
The suspect recently left his home to pray and returned on Sunday. That is when he locked his 40-year-old wife in his house of straw and set it ablaze The woman said that her husband came home drunk, began to fight with her and called her useless.



The woman said that she just came home from selling bananas in her shop to prepare food, but before she could eat anything the house was set on fire.
The woman suffered serious burn injuries and is currently recovering at Lira Referral Hospital.
The husband is married to several other women.
“He’s been beating me for not having a child,” thze.




Thursday, February 6, 2014

Daniel Ikhidenor Ikhuoria a fake lawyer apprehended in Lagos

30 year old Daniel Ikhidenor Ikhuoria (pictured above) from Ekpoma Edo State, who has been practicing law illegally since 2011 has been apprehended by the police attached to the Igbosere High Court Lagos Island, PM News reports
The suspected fake lawyer was arrested when he came in as a lawyer for a court hearing. His moves were suspected by an orderly attached to the Appeal Court, DCR Office, who got him arrested.

Upon his arrest, he was interrogated and is alleged to have confessed to the fact that he had never trained as a lawyer but didn't know it was an offense to pose as a lawyer and represent clients in court without training or authority. Continue...
According to PM News, following his arrest, the state branch chairman of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Mr. Alex Morka, was contacted about the development and he instructed the police orderly to take the suspect to the nearest police station.
In his alleged confessional statement to the police, the suspect allegedly said: “I have been practicing as a lawyer since 2011 and I have represented clients at the magistrate, high court and Federal high courts without any problem. But I have never attended law school or any institution to read law in my life but I was called to the bar through a source at a high court in 2011. I bought the gown and wig in the open market and wore it and started practicing as a lawyer. I did not know that it is an offence to practice as a lawyer without authority. I promise to change if I am set free.”

An act punishable under section 378(1), 78(b) and 327 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011, the police charged him before a Tinubu Magistrate court where he pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against him and was placed on a 500,000 bail which he could not meet up with.

He is currently been remanded at the Ikoyi Prison until the case would be heard again on the 3rd of March 2014.

A Father who left entire $25 million fortune to his 15yr old daughter


Paul Walker was worth $25million when he died tragically at a young age in November 2013 and he left every single dime to his 15 year old daughter, Meadow Rain Walker. No kobo for his mum, dad, siblings and even longtime girlfriend, Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell

According to TMZ, the late actor appointed his father Paul Sr. as the executor of the will and his mum, Cheryl Walker, as Meadow's legal guardian and the guardian of the teenager's $25m fortune.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

OJB Jezreel New Book ‘The Celebrated Beggar’

Well loved music producer, OJB Jezreel has revealed he is currently writing a book about his life titled The Celebrated Beggar. According to him, the book will talk about his life as a music producer and musician and will also reveal details about his kidney transplant.  He also says even though the surgery has been successful, he still needs a job to be able to cater for his family.
Even though doctors asked me to chill for six months, I cannot because I have a family to take care of, I have to get back to work. I think the help anyone can render me at this time is to give me jobs to do. I don’t want to just sit down and be idle. This production thing has always been my passion and so I need to get back to it. He told TheNETng.

Tukur’s resignation as PDP Chairman confirmed by Goodluck Jonathan


President Jonathan has confirmed the resignation of the chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. The President announced this today Thursday Jan. 16th during the meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) which took place inside the Presidential Villa.
“He is not guilty of any offence and I am going to give him an assignment that is even tougher than the PDP Chairmanship,” The President told members of NEC.
The President reportedly announced that Tukur’s successor will be chosen from the North East and the new chairman will most likely be announced next Monday.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

MTV Censors Miley Cyrus’ Alleged Joint-Smoking Acceptance Speech (Video)

Miley Cyrus just can’t help herself at MTV Awards shows, but the network took action to block her most recent antics.
While accepting the trophy for Best Video for her hit “Wrecking Ball” at the network’s European Music Awards Sunday, the pop star thanked her fans — her “Smilers” — along with director Terry Richardson for “putting this all together.”
But then, this happened:”You know, I couldn’t fit this award in my bag, but I did find this,” Cyrus said, as she pulled out what appeared to be a rolled marijuana cigarette. She lit the joint, took a few puffs and bowed off stage.

And here is the edited version that aired in the U.S. and is currently on MTV.com:

Kathy Amaga Found her son David after 30 years

Kathy Amaya has been looking for her son David for 30 years, who went missing as a child. For that same amount of time, David has believed that same mother discarded him. That misconception persists no longer as it was reported that David was abducted as a child by his father, who took him to Mexico where he was raised by his grandparents.

David, who speaks no English, knew all his life he was born in America, but wasn't aware of the truth of how he came to leave the country. As Kathy explains to WEAU, "One day my ex-husband came to my sister, she was watching him, and picked him up and never returned him. When I didn't hear from him I knew he took him to Mexico."

That truth surfaced after David tried to cross into the US on October 30. He had no papers and was detained in San Diego for two days, all the while insisting he was an American-which his birth certificate, issued in Chicago in 1976, ultimately proved. That led to a phone call to Kathy, who was told that someone named David Amaya-who she was told decades ago she couldn't report missing since he was in Mexico-had been stopped by Border Patrol.


Soon after, she confirmed it was her son. A San Diego ministry is raising money to facilitate a trip for David to Chippewa Falls, Wis., to see his mother, hopefully by Thanksgiving. Though the two speak no common language, they have communicated by phone. (In similar news, nine years later a missing Wis. girl has been found in Mexico.)

Courtney Stodden Break-up



She was just 16 when she married Hutchison in 2011. The “lost” actor was 51 years old at the time, making him more than 30 years her senior.

She said “I’m feeling good. Obviously, any breakup is really stressful”.
When asked what went wrong, the answer was pretty straightforward.
"My age, obviously," said Stodden, now 19.
When asked if this breakup was for publicity, she quickly denied those claims, saying, "I don't understand why we would do that right now with how many people were against us."
"I was missing him, but not intimately," she said. "I couldn't neglect my desires and wanting to embrace my independence and my freedom
She now admits and understands why everyone was so shocked when the two became intimate.
"I got that it was unconventional. I didn't get how weird and strange that came across," she added. "When I was 16, I got my marriage license instead of my driver's license, come on!"
She also said that there was a lot of weight on her shoulders when the two got together, as Hutchison lost his family and some of his friends after the unlikely union.
"I became his world," she said.
Now, Stodden is just enjoying being single and being a teen.
"I feel like a little girl again, just being able to start over," she said.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Golden Eaglets has Arrived Nigeria with FIFA U-17 World Cup Trophy




The jubilant Eaglets landed at the Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport before hurrying off to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, where a presidential banquet is prepared for them.

Waiting Supporter’s Club members and reporters who had waited to cheer the lads, were unable to get across to the new world champions in Lagos. This did not go down well with the fans in Lagos.
We will be updating this post as the reception planned for the champions unfolds.

Update 1:
At the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the national dance troupe, dressed in traditional Tiv [Benue state] white and black, are doing the popular Swange dance as fans await the arrival of the world champions.

Staff of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation on ground too. A team from the corporation is led by a Godstime Okorobia.

“We are here to welcome the Golden eaglets, who are proud ambassadors of tourism, the DG, the board, staff and management congratulate the Golden Eaglets, the president, and Nigerians for this wonderful feat executed by them. Indeed they are champions of Africa and the world” — Godstime Okorobia.

Update 2
Director General of the National Sports Commission, Gbenga Elegbeleye; Senate committee chairman on sport, Ali Gumba and chairman, House of Reps committee on sports, Godfrey Gaiya are also at the Abuja airport to welcome the world champions.

Update 3
23:37, An Arik Air jet carrying the Eaglets from Lagos taxied to a stop at the Abuja airport. In addition to the dance troupe, officials of the National Sport Commission and Nigeria Football Federation, cheered as the plane came to a halt on the tarmac.

Minutes later, the sports minister, Bolaji Abdulahi, and the teams captain emerged from the plane with the trophy, before other players followed.

23:58 “We are now the number 1 in the world, according to the U-17, to God be the glory,” says Chief Coach Garba Manu.

Security around the reception is really tight as the players are decorated with garlands provided by the National Sports Commission. The players are beaming with smiles.

00:23 It was a very brief reception. The boys are aboard a bus provided by the NFF and are heading to the city centre.

The bereaved Taraba state House of Assembly now has a new Speaker




Details of the election that produced Mr. Kente is, however, still sketchy. But initial reports suggest Mr. Kente, a former deputy majority leader of the Assembly, emerged by consensus after members agreed to retain the speakership position in the Southern Senatorial Zone of the state.


Deputy Speaker Tanko Maikerifi was reportedly disqualified to allow for religious balancing in the leadership of the state. Acting Governor Garba Umar is muslim and the lawmakers believe another muslim should not be allowed to lead the second most powerful arm of government in the state.

Mr. Tsokwa died of a yet undisclosed ailment on the morning of November 4 at the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, the Taraba state capital.

The late speaker was a staunch supporter of Acting Governor Garba in the ongoing battle for the control of the state.

Mr. Tsokwa had escaped death by the whiskers on September 19 when suspected gunmen attacked his convoy along the Jos – Abuja road.

He escaped unhurt but some policemen in his convoy sustained various degrees of gunshot wounds during an exchange of fire between them and their attackers.

Five Suspected Terrorists Killed in Kano by Joint Task Force on Saturday


The Joint Task Force (JTF) on Saturday in Kano said it had killed five suspected terrorists in the city’s metropolis.

A statement signed by the JTF spokesman, Ikedichi Iweha, said the incident happened during an operation in two houses at the city’s Hotoro Danmarke and Brigade areas.

The statement also said two soldiers lost their lives during the early morning operation.

“In the early hours of this morning, at about 3 a.m. to be precise, a combined team of JTF and DSS personnel stormed two residences at Hotoro Dan Marke and Brigade General areas.

“During the operation which resulted in a shootout, five terrorists and two soldiers lost their lives,’’ it said.

The statement added that intelligence reports had indicated that the terrorists were in the process of finalising plans to carry out simultaneous suicide attacks in Abuja and Kano.

It said items recovered during the operation included two AK 47 rifles, 458 rounds of 7.62 special and six AK 47 rifle magazines.

The statement said the security outfit had been achieving positive results from its operations in the state.

At least 12 Passengers had Complaints Over the Shoddy Treatment Meted on them By Aero Contractors


Nigerian aviation authorities are currently investigating complaints from at least 12 passengers over the ‘shoddy’ treatment meted on them by Aero Contractors, an aviation spokesperson has said. 

Yakubu Datti, the coordinating spokesperson for Nigeria’s aviation parastatals, confirmed the receipt of the complaints by the agency on Saturday evening.

The Bill, put in place by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority to protect the rights of passengers and airlines, provides, among others, guidelines that must be followed by airlines in cases such as flight delays, cancellations, and over-bookings.

Aero had delayed its flight AJ132 from Abuja to Lagos on Friday, first for about three hours (from 6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.), then for over 11 hours till 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Most of the passengers were informed via sms and email of the first delay several hours to departure.
“This is to inform you that our flight AJ132 from Abuja to Lagos Today the 8th of November 2013, has been rescheduled to 21:40hrs due to operational reasons. Check in starts two (2) hours before and ends forty(40) minutes before departure. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. For rescheduling, please call: 01-6284140 or mail tickethelpdesk@acn.aero,” the airline said in the message sent to the passengers.

However, dozens of the passengers who started arriving the airport as early as 1:00 p.m. on Friday were shocked when the airline announced a delay of the flight again.
When the plane that was to convey the passengers finally arrived Abuja at about 12:00 midnight, the pilot simply refused to fly.

FG Sabotage the Effective Partnership between Nigeria Governors' Forum and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


The political standoff between Governor Rotimi Amaechi and President Goodluck Jonathan has assumed a dangerous dimension with the federal government now deliberately sabotaging the effective partnership between the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio from the country.


On February 1, 2009, Nigeria’s 36 governors met with the American billionaire businessman to seek his assistance at a time Nigeria and India accounted for 90 percent of polio cases globally.

A Memorandum of Understanding was later signed between the Gates Foundation and the Governors’ Forum, with both parties having now consistently worked together in the past four years, with polio cases dropping drastically nationwide.

In what is clearly an abuse of power, the presidency has instructed the Federal Ministry of Health to fence off Mr. Amaechi and officials of the Governors’ Forum from a ceremony in Abuja on Monday where Bill Gates and Nigerian officials will present awards to governors of states which won the 2012 Immunisation Leadership Challenge instituted by the NGF and sponsored by the Gates Foundation.

The NGF initiated and coordinated the immunization awards in 2011, with support by the Gates Foundation to reward states which  committed more time and resources to stopping the transmission of polio virus and strengthening immunization services.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Jonathan is not to Compensate Boko Haram Victims as Presidential Panel Submits Report



The Nigerian government will not pay compensation to victims of Boko Haram attacks, President Goodluck Jonathan said Tuesday, ending speculation about a critical aspect of the government’s response to a crisis that has killed thousands and injured several more.

The president however said the government would “find ways to assist” those who have been affected one way or the other by the violence that began in 2009.

Mr. Jonathan spoke Tuesday as the committee he named to dialogue with members of the deadly sect, submitted its report.

The Kabiru Turaki-led Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North, Tuesday, recommended the setting up of a Victims Support Fund for victims of insurgency to be administered by a new agency established specifically to assist the victims.

It also recommended the setting up of an advisory committee on continuous dialogue that will have powers to advise the president on all matters related to resolution of crises.

The committee was set up by the president in April 2013, with a three-month mandate to come up with resolutions and recommendations; and had in August gotten an extension of two months.

While submitting its report to the president, the committee admitted its failure to reach out to the leadership of Boko Haram despite its efforts.

“Some of our difficulties in having a productive dialogue include the refusal of their leaders to submit to dialogue. However many of the key members of the insurgents both in detention and at large have positively responded to contacts and have accepted the dialogue option as capable of full resolution of the conflict,” said Mr Turaki, the chairperson of the committee.

UN Unhappy about Boko Haram Attack on Wedding Convoy in Nigeria


The United Nations Human Rights Office on Tuesday condemned the attack on a wedding convoy in Nigeria in which more than 30 people were killed.

In a statement in New York, the UN High Commissioner forHuman Rights (OHCHR) spokesperson, Cecile Pouilly, said the attacks were cowardly in nature.

The guests were ambushed and killed on Saturday, November 2 along the Bama-Mubi-Banki Road in Borno State by members of the Boko Haram sect.


“We strongly condemn the cowardly attacks by Boko Haram’’, Ms. Pouilly said in the statement.
Boko Haram, she said, had continued to target civilians, including students and worshippers, politicians, members of government institutions, foreign nationals as well as security forces.

Ms. Pouilly said that attacks reportedly occur almost on a daily basis in the north-east of Nigeria, especially in Borno and neighbouring areas.

She warned that members of Boko Haram could be guilty of crimes against humanity if judged to have attacked civilian population including on grounds of religion or ethnicity
Boko Haram had also carried out attacks against schools in recent months.

Since June 16, a total of 48 students and seven teachers have reportedly been killed in four attacks in the region.

Mortar Fire hits Vatican Embassy in Damascus, no Casualties


The Vatican Embassy in Damascus was hit by mortar fire on Tuesday but there were no casualties, a Vatican spokesman said.
It is located in the wealthy Maliki area of the Syrian capital, where there are several embassies as well as the residences of government and security officials.
“There was damage but no one was injured. The mortar hit a wing of the embassy that is currently not being used,” said Father Ciro Benedettini from the Vatican City.
An official at the embassy said the mortar had damaged part of the roof and left broken glass inside the building.
“It was very strong and noisy. We stayed inside and we were very afraid,” Monsignor Giorgio Chazza told Reuters in Beirut.
The embassy, which is still operating in the embattled city, had been hit eight to 10 times by mortar bombs since July, he said.
Rebels fighting to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad regularly launch mortar fire at government-held areas inside Damascus.

President Goodluck Jonathan-Nigeria will not withdraw from International Criminal Court


On Tuesday, President Goodluck Jonathan assured the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Sang-Hyun Song that Nigeria was not considering withdrawing from the jurisdiction of the court.
Some African leaders had suggested that African countries pull out of the ICC, accusing the court of mainly targeting leaders in the continent.

Mr Jonathan told Mr Song at the State House, Abuja that while Nigeria still maintains its endorsement and commitment to the guiding principles and objectives of the ICC, it wanted urgent action to address the current concerns of African leaders over the operations of the court.

The President further said that Nigeria and the African Union will work with the United Nations and the Assembly of ICC State parties to achieve a review of sections of the ICC’s Rome Statues, including those that deny the deferment of cases against sitting heads of state and government with definite tenures.

“Nigeria freely signed up for the ICC because we believe in its objectives and the reduction of crimes of impunity. We believe in doing what is right, but we also think that the ICC and other stakeholders need to take greater cognizance of the challenges African leaders are facing. We are not thinking of pulling out, but we will work with others to strengthen and reform the ICC.

“Leaders with definite tenures should not be distracted from doing the work their people freely elected them to do. Courts should solve problems, not compound them. Let us look at the ICC’s legal instruments and modify them to address the concerns of Nigeria and the African Union,” Mr. Jonathan told Mr. Song.
The President of the ICC congratulated Mr. Jonathan on Nigeria’s recent election to the United Nations Security Council.

Mr. Song also commended President Jonathan’s statement to the Nations General Assembly in September, saying that the President’s stance on human rights, the rule of law, peace, security, democracy, and political stability were very much in line with the ideals the ICC was established to promote.

“We are not far from each other. We are trying to achieve the same goals,” the ICC President said.
He assured President Jonathan that the African Union’s current concerns over the courts operations could be resolved with further dialogue and consultations.