Trump, White House Warn U.S Media

Reince Priebus, chief of staff at the White House to President Donald Trump intensified the administration’s criticism of the US  media on Sunday, accusing it of trying to delegitimize his presidency and vowing to fight such coverage “tooth and nail.”

“The media from Day One has been talking about delegitimizing the election,” Priebus said in an interview with “Fox News Sunday.”

He accused the media of attacks on the new president, saying “we’re not going to sit around and take it.”

Priebus spoke a day after the new Republican president used an appearance at the Central Intelligence Agency to attack the news media after reports on the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration on Friday.

White House spokesman, Sean Spicer  accused the media of framing photographs to understate the crowd that attended Donald Trump’s inauguration, a new jab in a long-running fight between the new president and the news organisations who cover him.

The tweeted photographs, which have gone viral worldwide,showed large, empty spaces on the National Mall during the ceremony on Friday.

“This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period. Both in person and around the globe,” Spicer said in a brief statement. “These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm about the inauguration are shameful and wrong.”

Washington’s city government estimated 1.8 million people attended President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, making it the largest gathering ever on the Mall.

Aerial photographs showed that the crowds for Trump’s inauguration were smaller than in 2009.

Spicer’s rebuke followed a larger-than-expected turnout for women’s marches protesting Trump across the United States on Saturday, including at the flagship event in Washington, where a crowd of hundreds of thousands clogged the streets and appeared to be larger than those who came for Trump’s inauguration.

Spicer, who did not take questions from reporters, said spaces for 720,000 people were full when Trump took his oath.

He also said the National Park Service does not put out official crowd counts. “No one had numbers.”

Washington’s Metro subway system said 193,000 users had entered the system by 11 a.m. on Friday, compared with 513,000 at that time during Obama’s 2009 inauguration.

On Saturday, Metro reported ridership of 275,000 at 11 a.m. as it struggled to handle the crowd converging on downtown Washington for the protest march.

Trump has long used the media as a foil during his unconventional climb to the White House. On Saturday, he blamed the media for making up his feud with the CIA over its investigation into Russian hacking.

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Emeka Ike Blasts Nigerians For Not Helping Prince James Uche

Veteran Nollywood actor and president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Ike, has said most Nigerians have refused to or yet to assist ailing actor, Prince James Uche because he is not a ‘fine girl.’

ADELOVE recalls that the actor had been bedridden due to kidney related ailment and needs urgent assistance to be taken to India for a transplant.

The prominent actor, who had been battling high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney failure for about eight years, had been confined to the walls of Godspower Hospital, 32 Road, C-Close, House 7, Festac Town, Lagos State, and was said to have lost his sight .

He was reportedly thrown out of the hospital over incurred debts, , but reports has it that he returned to the hospital after some well-meaning Nigerians aided him financially.

However, in a chat with the newsmen, the controversial actor said, “It is sad that someone like Prince James is begging for help but what is sadder is the fact that one Nigerian can actually pay all his medical bills.

“But because the sickness does not involve a fine girl, everybody is minding their business. I bet you that if it was a fine girl that was in his shoes, a lot of Nigerian men would have signified interest in helping but because the matter at hand involves an old man, everyone seems to be turning a deaf ear.

“I implore all Nigerians to please support this wonderful talent and help him back on his feet. On my part, I would continue to do what I can to help him and other members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria.

“I have done what I can personally for Prince James and I also call on Nigerians to also come and help out en masse.

“But I really do not believe in actors coming out to beg for money to solve one issue or the other and that is why my administration is working on a biometric card with my friend Pretty Okafor of PMAN so that we can know all our members and cater for them especially when they are in dire need of help,” he added.

Nigerians Should Stop Tolerating People Accused Of Corruption Just Because They Are Their Kinsmen -Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for increased pressure in the war against corruption in the country.

Speaking while receiving the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) led by its Chairman, Prof Itse Sagay, in his office in Abuja on Tuesday, he also called on anti-corruption agencies to step up their engagement with the Nigerian public.

He said this was necessary to discourage them from tolerating people accused of corruption just because they are their kinsmen.

“How we communicate what is going on regarding corruption is important. There are still those who think a politician who steals, is some kind of ‘Robin Hood’, instead of being vilified,” Osinbajo noted.

According to him, “some people believe that if ‘my kinsman’ steals it is ok,” stressing that it is important to completely delegitimise corruption especially through the way it is communicated.

The Vice President commended PACAC for work done so far, noting that the committee had removed skepticism as to whether an anti-corruption initiative can work well in the country.

He advised that efforts should be made to ensure that corruption trials once commenced should be concluded promptly.

In his remark, Prof Sagay said PACAC has engaged with all anti-corruption agencies in the country, including the police and the judiciary, saying: “We are cooperating effectively well with them.”

He called for a harmonised National Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Federal Government.

Sagay was accompanied by the Executive Secretary of the Committee, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, and members including Hadiza Bala-Usman, Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

FRSC Lists Items All Motorists Must Possess To Avoid Arrest And Booking

The Federal Road Safety Corps has issued a warning to motorists that fail to have fire extinguisher, caution sign, light signs among other secondary offences will be arrested booked.

FRSC said it only suspended the booking of some these offences during end of special operations to allow free flow of traffic and must not be misunderstood as legalisation of the offences.

Head, Media Relations and Strategy, FRSC, Mr Bisi Kazeem, in a statement on Monday in Abuja said the attention of the Corps has been drawn to the insinuations  being made by some members of the public consequent upon its recent directives on booking of certain traffic offences, including fire extinguishers, light signs violation and caution sign.

He explained that the suspension was temporarily done in the light of the observations by the operations department of the FRSC national headquarters to the effect that these offences were secondary offences, which should not take precedence over the primary offences especially during the operations zero when the operational focus was on ensuring free flow of traffic and avoidance of anything that could undermine it.

He added that the directive was in no way meant to permanently stop the FRSC patrol teams from enforcing laws on non possession of fire extinguishers, light and caution signs on motorists that violate them as provided for in the FRSC booking sheet.

In a circular issued on Monday by the FRSC to further clarify the Corps’ stand on the directives, the Deputy Corps Marshal in charge of Operations, Ojeme Ewhrudjakpor, stated that the suspension of booking of fire extinguisher (FEV), Light Sign Violation (LSV) and Caution Sign (VSC) was for one month of operation Zero (December 16, 2016 to January 16, 2017) when the focus was on free flow of traffic.

“The suspension was therefore part of the activities and directives to commands of the FRSC to ensure non-impediment to the free flow of traffic with the anticipated high vehicular movements,” the circular stated.

“For the avoidance of doubt, these offences are secondary offences that would be booked alongside primary infractions,” it added.

Deputy Corps Marshal Ojeme further stated that the suspension of the booking of the offences will be lifted at the termination of the ongoing operation zero on January 15, 2017 as directed by the Corps Marshal who is the grand commander of the operation.

It would be recalled that Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi had earlier given clarification on the directives when he urged Nigerians not to misinterpret the content of the earlier circular that was leaked to the press a few days ago and widely circulated on social media.

The earlier circular signed by Deputy Corps Marshal, Ojeme Ewhrudjakpor, on behalf of the Corps Marshal, directed commands of the FRSC across the country to avoid booking drivers for the offences of fire extinguisher, Light signs Violation and Caution Signs, which some motorists enthusiastically welcomed as a relief and applauded the FRSC for the measure.

Wife Arrested For Killing Husband Over Bag Of Rice

A housewife (names withheld) on monday allegedly killed her husband during an argument over the quality of rice purchased by the woman.

The son of the deceased man, simply identified as Okali, said his father, Mr. Leo Parker, was hacked to death by his wife when he (the father) queried her for buying local rice for N10,000 when she was given N27,000 to get the imported one.

The woman allegedly collected the amount during the festive period, assuring her husband that she would purchase a bag of ‘foreign rice’, but ended up buying the local one at a cheaper rate.

Parker, 67, reportedly met his death in his house along Azikoro road area of Ekeki community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State during a heated exchange of words that ensued.

Okali added that after realising that her husband had died, the suspect quickly began moving out of the house quietly.

“She started parking her properties out of the house through the back entrance, while some of the deceased children and neighbours were outside having a quiet time.”

It was gathered that the deceased’s grandchild, who was playing at the back entrance noticed that the woman was moving her belongings out of the house through the backyard before he reported.

“The boy came to alert us that he saw the wife packing properties through the back entrance and dragging his grandpa on the floor with blood.

“We went to confirm but met the room locked and pretended that we were not aware. When she came back for her fridge, we accosted her and ask her to open the door.

“But she refused. We forced the door open and met our father on the floor in a pool of his blood. She later told us that it was in anger,” the dead man’s son alleged.

But when contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Asinim Butswat, told newsmen that there was no evidence that the deceased suffered any bodily harm to show that he was killed by his wife.

He added that though the police was in the process of conducting an autopsy to ascertain the cause of death, there was no physical injury on the body of the old man to show that he was clubbed to death.

“The fact is that the old man probably slumped and died, but we will still conduct an autopsy as is usually required,” the police spokesman said.

Arik Air Passengers Stranded at Kaduna Airport Since Tuesday

Several passengers, including children, have been stranded at Kaduna International Airport since Tuesday, following the failure of Arik Air to airlift them as scheduled.

Some of the disappointed passengers made the complaint to the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, at the airport during the on-the-spot assessment of the facilities on ground.

They lamented that they had been parading the airport since on Tuesday just to board Arik air from Kaduna to Lagos to no avail without any explanation or apology from the airline officials.

They described the attitude of the operators of the airline as nonchalant because there was no any notification by any means.

They added that it was until after the passengers approached the minister to complain that one of the official told them to come back on Saturday.

The airline was said to have been canceling its flight without considering the distance they traveled from or the implication of such on their businesses.

One of the passengers who gave her name as Mrs Nkenna with her three kids said that she and her family were supposed to have traveled to Lagos on Tuesday.

She said the airline had been cancelling flight without prior notification, adding that it has been the same experience in the last four days.

“I and my family, including our children are stranded at Kaduna Airport (because of Arik Air’s delay). I don’t know what to do because the airline did not give us any prior notice to the cancellation of the flight; no SMS, no email. We have been coming to the airport everyday since on Tuesday hoping to to board only for an official of the airline to tell us on Friday that we will board on Saturday,” she said.

Another affected passenger, Janet Oyedele, expressed her frustration with the airline, saying she was not aware of the cancellation of the flight until she got to the airport.

“One of the staff working at the airline’s counter assured us that the flight was rescheduled for Saturday but was not sure of the possibility of the flight. Arik Air seems to be a disgrace to this country and unfortunately for them, they are not the only carrier flying, why are other airlines not affected? The reason is Arik air has been messing up with passengers and getting away with it over time,” she said.

Reacting to the four-day cancellation of flight, Arik Air Communications Manager, Ola Adebanji, said it was due to fuel scarcity and bad weather.

According to Adebanji, there is fuel scarcity earlier in the week coupled with bad weather. So, it is not deliberate but if the weather is okay to fly today, they will go.

On whether there would be any form of compensation for the passengers, he said he was not aware of that.

Kano Businessman Exposes The Benefits of Dry Ports to Nigeria’s Economy

Alhaji Jaafar Adam-Jikamshi, a Kano-based car dealer and astute businessman, has advised the Federal Government on the need to establish dry ports to boost economic activities in the country.

Adam-Jikamshi told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent in Kano on Wednesday that establishing the dry ports was also essential to encourage foreign car dealers to patronize the ports for the economic development of the country.

“The Arabs, who are the major importers of cars in Cotonou, Benin Republic, would shift their business to Nigeria and this would be of economic benefits to the country.

“I know there was a plan to establish such ports in Kano, Funtua in Katsina State and other places in the far north but I don’t know what is delaying the project,” he said.

According to him, if the government will establish the dry ports and at the same time reduce the import duty particularly on luxury cars, it would aid massive importation of cars and boost the nation’s economy.

“The reduction of import duty for such vehicles will aid massive importation through the dry ports in addition to contributing to the growth of our economy,” the dealer said.

He noted that importing cars through the seaports was cheaper and easier than those imported illegally via the land borders.

Adam-Jikamshi said as a dealer of middle-class cars, the money spent on importing vehicles through the Niger Republic and Maje land borders was much higher than those imported through the seaports.

“Dealers spend N450, 000 duty for 2003 to 2005 car models when importing them via the seaport, but they have to spend between N616, 000 and N644,000 on the same model imported through the Maje and Niger Republic borders respectively.

“It is also easier and safer to import cars through the seaports and the money you spend will go to the Federation account.

“But if you import cars via the land borders, the huge amount of money you spend on the way won’t be of benefit to the government.

“You will also suffer a lot on the way as you have to cover over 2,000km before you reach Kano, he said.

He, therefore, urged his colleagues to support the Federal Government’s efforts to improve the ailing economy by shifting their importation through the seaports.

NAN reports that the Federal Government’s ban on importation of cars through the land borders commenced on Jan. 1.

Cristiano Ronaldo: People tell my son there are better players than me

The four-time Ballon d’Or winner tries to shield his son from criticism and would love to see him keep up the family tradition – as long as he does not play between the posts!

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed his son does not always receive sympathetic treatment from football fans, who tell the tot there are players who are better than the Real Madrid star.

The Portugal international lifted his fourth Ballon d’Or in December, adding the individual award to the Champions League and Euro 2016 titles he won in the last 12 months.

But according to Cristiano, Ronaldo Jr. is often targeted by people the forward believes are “jealous” of his success.

“There are people who sometimes say to him that ‘there is another player who is better than your father’, but he knows how to deal with that,” the Portuguese said to ON TV, although he declined to name who this mysterious star could be.

“He is a smart boy, like me. I often tell him “be yourself and be polite.”

“I know that he will go through periods of adversity as there are jealous people out there, but I see him as a happy child.”

Ronaldo added that he would be delighted to see his progeny follow in his illustrious footsteps.

“Of course I would like it if he became a footballer,” he admitted.

“I know that it is a challenge and that it isn’t easy, but he can be whatever he wants to be as I won’t pressure him.

“I might be pushing him a little in the direction of becoming a footballer, but not to be a goalkeeper as I want him to be a forward!”

Interesting!! Mali government sends back Migrants deported by France

The fate of two migrants suspected to be from Mali is currently hanging in the balance after Mali rejected them on identification and documentation grounds.

Mali has sent back two people who were deported from France on the same planes they arrived on, questioning whether they were even Malian citizens according to the BBC.

The pair were flown to Bamako using European travel permits or “laissez-passez”, not passports or other Malian papers, the government said.
The government said it could not accept people “simply assumed to be Malian”.

Recent reports of a deal with the EU to repatriate failed Malian asylum seekers have sparked protests.

In a statement, the Malian government condemned the use of the European “laissez-passez” in cases of expulsion, describing it as “against international conventions”.

It also warned airlines not to let people using the document fly to Mali. The French authorities have not yet commented.

Malians are among the sub-Saharan African nationalities most deported from France. There is a large Malian community in France, the former colonial power, who support their relatives back home by sending money.

More than 360,000 people have reached Europe by crossing the Mediterranean this year. Many pass through Mali on their way although Malians are not among the 10 nationalities most likely to attempt the journey.

Rogue policeman kills colleague, varsity student in Zaria

A mobile policeman attached to a new generation bank in Zaria, Kaduna State, on Friday, killed his colleague attached to the same bank following a disagreement over monthly stipends being given them by the bank.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that quarrel between the policemen, Mathew Joshua, a Corporal and Aliyu Kamilu, a Sergeant, ensued following a discovery that the Sergeant had been short-changing the Corporal.

When Joshua confronted Kamilu on the issue, they started shouting at each other and “the Corporal, who was holding on to his rifle, shot the Sergeant in the stomach.

“After shooting the Sergeant, Josua started shouting and shooting sporadically, which eventually led to the killing of a university student,” an eyewitness told NAN.

The eyewitness said four customers of the bank also sustained bullet wounds.

“When the report of the incident reached their command in Zaria, a team of policemen was immediately mobilised to the area.

“The policemen met their colleague with two rifles. They had no option but to systematically take position.

“One of them succeeded in shooting Joshua in the leg, which gave people around the opportunity to descend on him with stones.”

He said Joshua, the corpses of Kamilu and the student were taken to Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria.

A NAN correspondent who visited ABUTH reported that the hospital authority also confirmed the death of the student and Kamilu.

A source at the Police Area Command, Zaria, also confirmed the death of Joshua at ABUTH.

“The Nigeria Police has no case because the two policemen gave up the ghost. Information coming to us now is that the affected policemen have died, therefore, we have no case”, the source said.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Aliyu Usman, confirmed the incident.

He, however, said that he was yet to get details on the matter.