Yahaya Bello: INEC decries low rate of PVC collection


Governor Yahaya Bello mocks OBJ, refers to him as old politician

Bello said that as at March, only 3,118 PVCs had been collected in the territory, and urged all registered voters in the area yet to collect their PVC to quickly do so.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday decried low rate of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) collection by registered persons in the territory.

Alhaji Yahaya Bello, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), made the remark at INEC’s stakeholders meeting on Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) and PVCs distribution in Abuja.

Bello said that as at March, only 3,118 PVCs had been collected in the territory, and urged all registered voters in the area yet to collect their PVC to quickly do so.

“The rate of collection of PVCs of the 2011, 2014 and 2016 registration has been very low.

“As I speak, we still have 246,882 uncollected PVCs of those years.

“At the end of the 2018 first quarter of the CVR on March 22, we had only 3,118 persons across the six area councils that collected their cards.

“But, 67,227 were registered, 15,524 transferred their registration to FCT and 12,559 incident cases were treated. Of course, the second quarter of the exercise is still ongoing.’’

The REC urged political parties to partner National Orientation Agency (NOA) to sensitise voters to the need to register, collect their PVCs and vote correctly in the 2019 general elections.

I must appeal to our political stakeholders, especially political parties that aspire for people to vote for them to ensure that people are mobilised to collect these cards because without PVCs people cannot vote for them.’’

Bello also advised political parties to sensitise voters on how to vote correctly so to address the issue of invalid votes.

“It is not just about voting but voting correctly. In every election, so many invalid votes are recorded.

“It is not only the duty of INEC, but that of every stakeholder, particularly political parties, to ensure that their supporters know the importance of voting and voting correctly.’’

He reiterated the commission’s commitment to the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in 2019.

Reacting to a question, the REC said that the leadership of the commission was going round to monitor the conduct of the commission’s staff in the ongoing CVR and distribution of PVCs to ensure correctness.

On his part, The Director of NOA in the territory, Mr David Dogo, attributed the large number of uncollected PVCs to issues of procrastination by registered voters.

“So many Nigerians will not go and collect their PVCs until it gets to the last minute. That is when you see people rushing. We had that experience in the last general elections.

“We must address this mentality as early as possible. The earlier we do things, the better for our country.’

Dogo appealed to those yet to get their PVCs to do so, saying “if we are serious about these elections and if we are patriotic enough, some little inconveniences should not stop us from collecting our PVCs“.

He said that the commission was already sensitising FCT residents on the need for them to register and collect their PVCs.

Dogo pledged that in spite of financial challenge, the agency would continue with the public enlightenment in the media and public places such as markets, car parks and places of worship.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the issues raised by stakeholders at the meeting included distance to polling stations and need for effective communication by INEC to citizens. 

Strategy: We compared Meghan Markle's and Kate Middleton's fashion choices — and the winner is clear


Kate Middleton, left, and Meghan Markle.

The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has come and gone. In celebration, we took a look at how Markle’s style compares with her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton.

  • Meghan Markle became an instant fashion icon after her engagement to Prince Harry.
  • Her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, has been hugely influential in shaping fashion over the past decade.
  • The two have very different styles. As the royal wedding has now come and gone, we took a look at how they match up.

All eyes have been on Meghan Markle in the days before and after the royal wedding.

Since news broke that Markle was dating Prince Harry, her profile skyrocketed, and she became an international fashion icon. It's a role that only one other woman in recent memory can directly identify with — her sister-in-law Kate Middleton.

It's rare for the royals to speak their minds in public. That goes double for Middleton and Markle. As women in the spotlight, anything they do can spark backlash. As a result, fashion can provide a way for them to express themselves.

As Markle prepared to marry Harry, we found ourselves wondering how she would compare to Middleton when it comes to fashion. And, with the wedding in the rearview mirror, our fascination with figuring out how Markle will both compare and differentiate herself has only grown.

Here's how Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, measures up to Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge:

Let's start with a Markle specialty: movie premieres. As an actress, she has plenty of experience dressing for the red carpet.

It's a pretty simple look — a little black dress with strappy heels. Cute, but nothing groundbreaking.

As a duchess, Middleton also attends plenty of premieres. Here she is in 2012, at the premiere of “War Horse.”

Middleton took a more elegant approach with a full-length lace gown.

In general, Middleton's approach is simple elegance, as seen in the gorgeous sheer gown she wore to the premiere of the James Bond film “Spectre.”

Markle and Middleton also make frequent public appearances to draw attention to issues they believe are important.

Markle is known for her straightforwardly bold looks, like this jewel-tone mermaid dress.

She works to be on the cutting edge of fashion — sometimes to her detriment, as in the case of this bizarre shorts-suit combo.

However, being a trendsetter can require taking risks. Searches for “vegan leather trousers” jumped 67% after Markle name-dropped it in an interview.

Source: The Telegraph

Middleton is far less likely to follow trends when appearing at events for charitable organizations or other fundraising functions.

Instead, she favors classic, longer dresses in plain colors or simple prints.

Even when Middleton wears something that's a bit more fun, it's not trendy. This polka-dot dress is pretty much as bold as she will go when it comes to a charity function — almost quirky, but mostly timeless.

The one place she is willing to let loose, both in fashion and more generally, is athletics.

While watching sports, she has a chance to wear more casual outfits, like this sleeveless button-down.

Twitter trolls slammed Markle for wearing casual jeans during her first public appearance with Harry, at the 2017 Invictus Games.

Even in their sportier outfits, Markle is more attuned to trends, while Middleton goes for classics.

It is somewhat unfair, however, to compare Middleton's fashion decisions with Markle's style before she became associated with the royal family.

Middleton met and began dating William while they attended the University of St. Andrews, so she's been in the public eye as the prince's significant other for most of her adult life.

A more direct comparison is how Markle's post-engagement fashion has lined up with Middleton's choices over the past decade. In her first public appearance as Harry's fiancée, Markle wore a coat from Line, a little-known Canadian brand — helping to crash the brand's website.

Source: Business Insider

In the couple's first post-engagement interview, Markle opted for a simple dark-green dress.

Middleton, meanwhile, went all-out with an instantly iconic royal blue Issa dress when the couple announced their engagement in 2010.

After her engagement, Markle's outfits for the couple's public appearances have been more muted.

Still, she brings her fashion sensibility in with the details — look at those boots!

Middleton brought her sense of style to one of her first public appearances after her engagement, wearing a fascinator, one of her favorite — very British — accessories.

The two were photographed together for the first time on Christmas Day. In typical fashion, Middleton went more old-school, while Markle imbued a traditional style with a more modern twist.

In the months leading up to the royal wedding, Markle has continued to try and wed traditional and trendy — and revealed a certain appreciation of hats.

So who comes out on top in a comparison of the women's fashion senses?

Markle has the opportunity to bring a breath of fresh air to the British monarchy. Her willingness to experiment and behave more informally in public with Harry is a welcome change from the sometimes stiff and formal royal protocol.

But her sticking to trends has led to some fashion missteps. And her post-engagement public appearances still haven't revealed any fashion game changers.

While Middleton's dedication to more traditional fashion can sometimes feel a bit stale, she has turned out hits again and again over a full decade in the public eye.

And when it comes to iconic fashion, Markle hadn't pulled off anything yet that can top some of Middleton's instant classics in the months leading up to the wedding.

With the royal wedding, Meghan Markle had the opportunity to completely wow the world with her dress.

Markle wore a Givenchy gown designed by Clare Waight Keller.

The dress featured a wide boatneck neckline with long sleeves, providing a modern but elegant style.

The veil was more than 16 feet long and hand-embroidered with flowers in silk threads and organza.

By comparison, Middleton's Alexander McQueen dress featured lacier sleeves and a more structured silhouette.

Middleton's dress was both more old-fashioned and showed slightly more skin than Markle's Givenchy gown.

Both Markle and Middleton wore tiaras and veils, a fitting nod to the royal family's history.

While Markle looked beautiful, the fit of Middleton's dress elevates it over Markle's gown.

Markle's simple and elegant dress needed to fit like a glove — and it just missed the mark.

All in all, we have to agree with singer Katy Perry's take on the two wedding dresses: “Kate, Kate, Kate won, Kate won.”

Source: Business Insider

Tech: A submarine has discovered the 310-year-old 'holy grail' of shipwrecks, and it may carry $17 billion in treasure


San Jose's cannons identified by researchers.

The 310-year-old Spanish galleon San Jose went down in the Caribbean sea during a battle with British ships in the War of Spanish Succession. It was carrying tons of gold, silver, and emeralds.

  • A team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute discovered a 300-year-old shipwreck that may carry up to $17 billion in treasure.
  • The ship, the Spanish Galleon San Jose, sank during a battle with British ships in 1708.
  • The researchers identified the ship using an autonomous submarine.

How's this for a lucrative discovery: Researchers found and identified what has been called the 'Holy Grail' of shipwrecks off the coast of Colombia — and it may carry up to $17 billion in treasure, according to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

Researchers are now revealing stunning details about the wreck, three years after it was first found.

The ship in question, the 310-year-old Spanish galleon San Jose, went down in the Caribbean Sea during a 1708 battle with British ships in the War of Spanish Succession. The ship was carrying tons of valuable gold, silver, and emeralds, now scattered over 600 meters (around 2000 feet) below the sea.

While the exact location of the ship is being kept a secret — it's somewhere off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia — it was identified by a submarine drone, dubbed Remus 6000, operated by engineers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

The Remus 6000 is owned by hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio, through his Dalio Foundation.

The ship was first discovered in 2015, but researchers at first kept the find under wraps. When the team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute revisited the site with the remotely-operated submarine, they found cannons engraved with dolphins — a sign that the ship, without a doubt, was the San Jose.

“I just sat there for about 10 minutes and smiled,” Jeff Kaeli, an engineer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, told CBS News about the discovery. “So in that moment, I guess I was the only person in the world who knew we'd found the shipwreck.”

Now that the valuable treasure has been found, it may open up a conflict over who it actually belongs to. Both Colombia and Spain have claimed it as their own. The researchers who found the wreck aren't getting involved in the ownership dispute.

“It's a piece of history that's sitting on the sea floor that tells a story,” Kaeli said.

Remotely operated submarines, like the Remus 6000, have helped researchers identify and investigate shipwrecks all over the world in recent years. In the Gulf of Mexico, scientists and archaeologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found a number of previously unidentified shipwrecks thousands of feet below the surface.

“You can take bigger risks with your technology and go to places where it wouldn't be safe or feasible to put a human being,” Kaeli said.

New Movie Alert: Anakle films, Inkblot team up for up North


Anakle films, Inkblot team up for up North

Nothing has been revealed about the movie as no official announcement has been made.

This week, Anakle Films and Inkblot Productions started production on a new film titled Up North.

Nothing has been revealed about the movie as no official announcement has been made, but multi talented entertainer Banky W’s IG post about going Up North and an official IG page @upnorththefilm shows that plans are ongoing.

“Shoot commenced yesterday. Tope Oshin is directing and Banky W is lead on the film,” our source says

This is Anakle’s first venture into making a feature film. The digital advertising agency is known for creating unforgettable experiences between brands and end users.

Some of their works include The Bride Price App and recently The Wikipedia ad with Pete Edochie and Emmanuella.

Inkblot Productions is one of Nigeria’s biggest production companies known for releasing crowd pleasing hits such as The Wedding Party Series, My Wife and I, The Arbitration, Out of Luck, The Department and most recently New Money.

Monica Osagie: Student in OAU sex for mark scandal narrates how it all happened


Student in OAU sex for mark scandal narrates how it all happened

Osagie said she helped the professor edit his book, adding that she saw him as her mentor.

Monica Osagie, the student in sex for mark scandal has opened up on what really happened.

In an interview with CNN, Osagie said she helped the professor edit his book, adding that she saw him as her mentor.

However, the man wanted more and she said that she became uncomfortable with the relationship.

She said “We actually edited the book together… Then, the next thing he told me was, 'Can you date me?

“I was like, 'No.' He was like, 'Why?' I said, 'One, I don't date lecturers, and secondly, you are more matured than I am.”

Speaking further, Osagie said that the professor gave her low marks on purpose, so she would agree to sleep with him.

“He kept calling me to ask if I was ready to accept his proposal. So, I decided to record our next conversation,” she added.

Recording leaks

The conversation between Osagie and the man alleged to be Professor Akindele Richard was leaked online on Monday, April 9, 2018.

In the recording, a man was heard telling the lady that he will have sex with her five times before he increases her exam score.

Osagie however denies leaking the audio recording, adding that she submitted it to the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) management.

OAU identifies Professor

According to CNN, the university authorities issued a statement on their website identifying the man in the audio recording as Professor Akindele Richard.

The statement reads: “Professor Richard I. Akindele, of the department of management and accounting, is now established to be the lecturer in the controversial “marks for sex” audio recording. The female voice has also been identified as that of Miss Monica Osetobe Osagie, a postgraduate student on the Master of Business Administration Regular programme.”

Public harassment

Osagie also told CNN that she has faced a lot of criticism on social media.

She said that people have accosted her on the road and accused her of seducing the lecturer.

According to her, “A guy came up to me at the bank and said, 'Is this not the girl who harassed a lecturer?' and he called me a prostitute. The security guard then had to push me away to go withdraw my money inside the bank.”

She however said that she is happy that she could speak out, adding that it will help other ladies going through the same problem to come out.

“I am actually happy I came out. I am helping many ladies that have gone through the same thing I have gone through, and most of them can't talk about it.

“They are scared of coming out in public. But I know it happens everywhere, not just in Nigeria. For me, speaking up will bring more women to speak and eradicate what is happening around young women and older men.

“There is no work or … education that is worth your dignity. I will keep saying that,” she added.

Osagie was also invited by an investigative panel to shed more light on what transpired between her and the professor.

Her lawyer, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi who was at the panel sitting with her, said that more victims have contacted his client to share their experience with the same professor.


OAU’s spokesman, Abiodun Olarewaju, while speaking on the outcome of the panel, said the university council give a final verdict on the issue.

Olarewaju said “What is being investigated is the allegation leveled by the student against her lecturer. The university's council will make the final decision on the report the vice chancellor has submitted on the case.

“This is because of the caliber of the lecturer involved.”

Meanwhile, Prof Akindele has been suspended following the recommendation of the committee in their interim report.

Buhari Yet To Receive Passed 2018 Budget – Minister



President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to receive the 2018 budget, one week after it was passed by the National Assembly.

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma disclosed this at the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday while responding to questions from journalists.

The Minster said reports credited to him as saying that the President will not sign the budget were false as he was even yet to receive the budget.

“The President is yet to receive the budget. It is, therefore, impossible to make a statement about the budget that has not been received.

“Once we get it, we will work very quickly on it.”

“When it is submitted, I am sure the National Assembly themselves will inform Nigerians,” Udoma said.

Last Wednesday (May 16, six months after it was presented) the lawmakers passed a total of N9.120 trillion, an increase of N508 billion from the N8.612 trillion originally presented to the Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje explained that after consultation with the Executive, the oil benchmark price was increased from 45 to 51 dollars.

According to him, the additional 508 billion added to the budget was applied in critical sectors of the economy namely: reduction of the deficit, security, health and power, works and housing.

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Yobo Graces Channels Kids Cup With Surprise Visit

Yobo Graces Channels Kids Cup With Surprise Visit
Joseph Yobo with the Borno team


The Channels International Kids Cup continued for the third day on Wednesday with an unexpected visit by former Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo.

Yobo’s visit to the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, the venue of the tournament was a boost to the players and their coaches who received him warmly.

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Despite crashing out of the competition, some of the young lads whose schools could not qualify for the quarter-finals put their worries behind to welcome Yobo who asked them not to take their education with levity.

See photos below;

Baptist, X-Planter In Quarter-Finals As Yobo Makes Surprise Visit

Yobo Graces Channels Kids Cup With Surprise Visit

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Baptist, X-Planter In Quarter-Finals As Yobo Makes Surprise Visit


Baptist, X-Planter In Quarter-Finals As Yobo Makes Surprise Visit


Baptist Primary School from Osun State have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Channels International Kids Cup.

The young lads joined LGEA Central Primary School from Kwara in the next round of the tournament after both sides played out a 2-2 draw in their final Group A game on Wednesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

PHOTOS: Yobo Graces Channels Kids Cup With Surprise Visit

In the other Group A match, Sheikh Gumi Model School from Kaduna beat Arinze Primary School of Edo 1-0 for their first win of the competition, but it was not enough to book a last-eight spot as they finished third with four points.

In Group B, Obukohwo Demonstration Primary School managed to beat Ecole Urbiane Centre from Benin Republic 1-0 to advance to the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere, Emmanuel Anglican and Premier Primary schools have also progressed to the next round following their respective 2-1 and 1-1 scorelines in their last Group C games.

X-Planter Primary School of Lagos and New Tunga Primary School from Niger completed the quarter-finals line up after playing a goalless draw and 1-0 respectively in Group D.

Meanwhile, former captain of the Super Eagles Joseph Yobo paid a surprise visit to the boys to encourage those who qualified for the next round and cheer up other teams who crashed out.

Yobo, who assured the young lads of his support, stressed the need for them not to be carried away with their football talents but to take their education seriously.

He noted that he rose to stardom just like some of them, adding that he never took his studies for granted.

The former Eagles captain further thanked Channels Television for organising the competition, saying it would go a long way in developing sports at the grassroots.

See the Channels International Kids Cup table below:

GROUP A               P             W           D             L              GD          Pts

Kwara                   3              2              1              0              +4           7

Osun                     3              1              2              0              +1           5

Kaduna                3              1              1              1              -1            4

Edo                        3              0              0              3              -4            0


GROUP B              P             W           D             L              GD          Pts

Oke-Ifako            2              1              1              0              +1           4

Delta                    2              1              1              0              +1           4

Benin Rep.          2              0              0              2              -2            0

Ogun                    –              –              –              –              –              –


Group C                P             W           D             L              GD          Pts

Ekiti                     3              2              0              1              +2           6

Anambra            3              1              2              0              +1           5

Katsina                3              0              2              1              -1            2

Borno                   3              0              2              1              -2            2


Group D               P             W            D             L              GD          Pts

X-Planter            3              1              2              0              +1           5

Niger                   3              1              1              1              0              4

Ghana                 3              0              3              0              0              3

Oyo                       3              0              2              1              -1            2

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Trump Can’t Block His Critics On Twitter, Judge Rules



President Donald Trump violated the US constitution by blocking Twitter users who disagree with him, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in a case closely watched for implications for online free speech.

Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said the blocking of Trump critics — which prevent them from seeing and interacting with the president’s tweets — violated the free speech rights of those users guaranteed in the Constitution’s First Amendment.

In a 75-page opinion, the New York federal judge said the users “were indisputably blocked as a result of viewpoint discrimination” and that this was “impermissible under the First Amendment.”

The ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed by a group of Twitter users and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.

The lawsuit contended that because Trump uses Twitter for a variety of policy announcements, his Twitter account is “a designated public forum” that cannot exclude people due to their political views.

The judge acknowledged that even though the president has certain free speech rights, he cannot violate the rights of other Twitter users.

“While we must recognize, and are sensitive to, the president’s personal First Amendment rights, he cannot exercise those rights in a way that infringes the corresponding First Amendment rights of those who have criticized him,” she said in her opinion.

Buchwald stopped short of accepting the request for an injunction against Trump and his social media aide, Dan Scavino, who was also named in the complaint, saying she expected the White House to abide by her “declaratory” ruling.

“Because no government official is above the law and because all government officials are presumed to follow the law once the judiciary has said what the law is, we must assume that the president and Scavino will remedy the blocking we have held to be unconstitutional,” she wrote.

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Amnesty International Plans To Publish ‘Malicious Report’ Against Nigerian Military – Defence HQ

Acting Director, Defence Information, Brigadier General John Agim (File photo)


The Nigerian Military has accused Amnesty International of a plan to publish a false report against members of the military operating in the North East.

According to a statement by the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brigadier General John Agim, the military has “credible intelligence” about the plan and that the report contains claims of fictitious rape incidents in internally displaced persons’ camps in the insurgency-ravaged North East.

The military is unhappy with what it said is becoming a frequent ritual by the human rights watchdog, which had previously accused it of rights violations.

In February and March, the military condemned two reports by Amnesty, the first accusing it of rights violations in its operations and the second accusing it of ignoring warnings about the raid by Boko Haram on Dapchi in Yobe State that led to the abduction of schoolgirls.

Based on the “credible intelligence report” that Amnesty planned to publish another unsavory report about its operations, the military warned that such reports were capable of demoralising its members and hurting the war against insurgency.

“This malicious trend by AI is becoming a frequent ritual and it is rather unfortunate,” the statement read in part.

“In times like this, Amnesty International is expected to apply the natural law of liaison by working with security agencies as partners.

“This would have been the best way to ensure that insurgency and crisis is completely wiped off rather than engaging in falsehood, maligning the military and painting her in bad light at any slight opportunity.”

Amnesty International Plans To Publish ‘Malicious Report’ Against Nigerian Military – Defence HQ
FILE PHOTO: Nigerian soldiers sit on a military pick-up truck at a military base.


The military assured Nigerians that it remained committed to abiding by all human rights regulations endorsed by the country and carry out it constitutional role.

It, however, called on Amnesty to “desist from cooking reports from time to time to demoralise the entire military system and nation a whole”.

Stressing that troops are sacrificing their lives in the fight against Boko Haram and other enemies of the country, the military said called for an end to reports it described as fictitious.

“These false reports which are capable of derailing the good work being done by our patriotic and selfless soldiers must stop,” it said.

In March, while denying the claim by AI that the military failed to take action to stop the abduction of over 100 school girls from Dapchi, Brigadier General Agim had accused the human rights organisation of lacking credibility in its operations in Nigeria.

In his statement on Monday, he called on the organisation to carry out its activities with credibility.

“We are not in any way implying that AI should not do their job, but such must be done with a level of integrity and credibility by seeking clarification when the need arises,” he said.

“This way a lot will be achieved as both will form partners in the fight against extremism and other vices.”

Amnesty International has yet to react to the statement by the military.

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