BREAKING: ‘Militants are confused over negotiation’, says Nigerian government

dialogue between federal government and Niger Delta militants hits the brick

NIGER DELTA REGION – Negotiation between the federal government and militants seems to be heading towards a stalemate as Niger Delta militants have been described as being confused.

Militants in the Niger Delta region have bombed oil and gas pipeline since President Muhammadu Buhari came into power with the most notorious being the Niger Delta Avengers.

The Avengers however declared a ceasefire and appointed Chief Edwin Clark as its spokesperson.

The Punch reports that in spite of the ceasefire declared by the Avengers, the federal government is still finding it difficult to settle things with the militants.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation said that there was confusion among the militants as they were not speaking with one voice.

The recent bombing of pipelines also showed that the militants have not stopped their activities.

Mr. Mohammed Garba-Deen who is the group public affairs division of the NNPC said the government was fully prepared to bring peace but the militants were confused.

He said:“There is no confusion on the part of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources. If anybody is confused, it is the militants that are confused because they are disorganised. They have refused to organise themselves into one, instead they have NDA, MEND and many others.

“So under this circumstance, the petroleum ministry is taking its time so that it does not negotiate with the wrong people. And that is not confusion. That is caution. The situation is causing concern and not confusion on our side, because we will like a situation where a credible and authentic group emerges.

“And whichever group emerges, it should have all the backing of those making agitations in the Niger Delta. So it is therefore important to state that we are not confused but cautious, because from all indications, the confusion is on the part of the militants from the region.”

The reason for the fact the militants are not speaking with one voice may be because they represent different regions within he Niger Delta.

While some claim to be fighting for the Ijaw people, others insist that they represent the interest of the Urhobo.

Some of the militants group include: Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, Adaka Boro Avengers, Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, Red Egbesu Water Lions, Niger Delta Vigilante and Oyobio-Oyobio.

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Ex-president Jonathan Meant Well for Nigeria, ”Nigeria Will Overcome Present Challenges”

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NIGERIA – Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Nigerians must be prepared to protect and develop the country at all times. He said that the current challenges Nigerians were facing were transient as the country would definitely overcome them and urged Christians to continue to pray for the country.
Jonathan stated this at the public presentation of a book entitled The History of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Otuoke, his home town, in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. According to him, the essence of history was to know how societies or clans evolved and emerged, adding that there was need to capture the spread of Christianity in communities in the Niger Delta.
He appealed to indigenes of Otuoke to read the book and volunteer additional information for the next edition. The former President also eulogised the book reviewer, Professor Emeritus, Ebiegberi Alagoa, for his contributions to the documentation of the history of the Niger Delta.

Bastian Schweinsteiger shed tears on his last appearance for germany

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INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL – After 120 appearances, 24 goals and with a world cup winner’s medal to his name, the Manchester United midfielder has called time on his international career.

As shown as on BT Sport , Schweinsteiger decided to make his final bow in Germany’s international friendly against Finland on Wednesday night.

Prior to kick-off, it all got a little too much for the former Germany captain – and he couldn’t hold back his tears.

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The German legend was presented with a framed picture and a bouquet of flowers as he received hugs from high ranking officials.

Fans draped Borussia-Park with banners in support of Schweinsteiger and gave him a rapturous reception.

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It will be a night to remember for the decorated winner and will certainly help to distract him from the on-going troubles at Manchester United.

Unbelievable!!! Meet 32-year-old Model with 50-inch butt

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ENTERTAINMENT – Patricia Washington is a model with an incredible body; her backside would make your jaws drop as she has a massive butt that is firm at the same time. The 32-year-old model went through surgery to enhance her butt in order to forge on with her career.

This model with a 50-inch butt has been able to cause a social media stir with the heavy load she has as a backyard. She is a female metal worker who works with a steel mill in Detroit. She had a butt-lift surgery during which the fats from her stomach, back, arm and inner thighs were removed. The removed fats were injected back into her buttocks.

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Washington wants to make the most out of her situation by turning her part time job as a model into a full time career. She loves her new look even though she does not want other girls to go through the procedure. This model worries about those girls who go to quacks for surgery and end up dying in the process.

The beautiful thing about this lady is that she is the only female worker in that steel mill. Due to this, Washington refers to herself as a super woman.
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JUST IN: Gabon’s President Bongo re-elected, Senate set on fire

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GABON –  Demonstrators clashed with police and set part of the parliament building on fire on Wednesday amid anger among opposition supporters over President Ali Bongo’s re-election in polls that his main rival, Jean Ping, claimed to have won.

Opposition members of the Central African oil producer’s electoral commission rejected Saturday’s first-past-the-post election result, which would see the Bongo family’s nearly half-century in power extended another seven years.

France, the United States, and the European Union all urged calm on Wednesday and called upon Gabonese authorities to release the results of individual polling stations for greater transparency.

Bongo won 49.80 percent of votes, compared to 48.23 percent for Ping, with a turnout of 59.46 percent, according to results announced region by region by Interior Minister Pacome Moubelet Boubeya.

“This victory by such a tight score obliges … each of us to respect the verdict of the ballot box and our institutions,” Bongo said in the text of a victory speech distributed to reporters.

“Our country is advancing and that advance must take place with the unity and peace so dear to the Gabonese people.”

Soon after the result was announced on state-owned television, riot police fired teargas in clashes with around 100 opposition supporters in one neighborhood in the capital Libreville, according to a Reuters witness.

Police and soldiers, meanwhile, were stationed at most crossroads and petrol stations.

Protesters entered the grounds of Gabon’s parliament building, the National Assembly, late in the afternoon.

“The demonstrators entering from the back and set fire to the National Assembly … Part of the building is on fire,” said the witness, who asked not to be named out of fear of reprisal.

Firemen arrived and were attempting to put out the blaze, he said. But as night fell over the capital the flames remained visible from a distance.

Several Libreville residents said social media, including Facebook and Twitter, were no longer functioning.

Gabon’s main cities had been on edge since Tuesday, with residents stockpiling food ahead of the expected announcement, which was later postponed by one day.

INTERNATIONAL CONCERN

“We tell the people of Gabon not to let their victory be stolen from them. Ali Bongo does not own this country,” Paul Marie Gondjout, a member of the electoral commission from Ping’s party, told Reuters.

Commission members belonging to the opposition abstained from a vote that validated the election result.

Ping’s party said its tally showed their candidate won 59 percent of the vote versus 38 percent for Bongo, with only one province left to count — a claim the government condemned as an effort to destabilize the country.

Ali Bongo was first elected in 2009 after the death of his father, Omar Bongo, who ran Gabon for 42 years. He benefited from being the incumbent in a country with a patronage system lubricated by oil largesse.

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Though voting on Saturday was generally peaceful, Bongo and Ping’s supporters traded accusations of fraud.

An EU observer mission sent to monitor the polls criticized a “lack of transparency” among the institutions running the election and said Bongo had benefited from preferential access to money and the media.

Former colonial ruler France’s foreign ministry said the manner in which the final results were announced on Wednesday was a source of concern.

“We think it is necessary to publish the results of all the polling stations. The credibility of the election as well as Gabon’s international reputation are at stake,” it said.

The statement was echoed by the U.S. Department of State, which urged all sides to “temper their rhetoric and encourage their supporters to remain calm”. It also called upon Gabon’s security forces to exercise restraint.

The election followed a bitter campaign.

Gabon’s economic troubles, caused by falling oil output and prices, have led to budget cuts in one of Africa’s richest nations and fueled opposition charges that its 1.8 million people have struggled under Bongo’s leadership.

Ping, a life-long political insider who has served as foreign minister and African Union Commission chairman, was a close ally of Omar Bongo and even fathered two children with the late president’s daughter, Pascaline.

– Reuters

Orlando Bloom warned Miranda Kerr about nude photos

Celebrity

Celebrity conspiracy theorists put to rest this idea: that Orlando Bloom knew paparazzi were in shooting range when he stripped off his shorts to do some nude paddleboarding while on vacation with Katy Perry.

The one-time “Lord of the Rings” heartthrob returned to the center of female fantasies earlier this month when full frontal shots of him, frolicking on an Italian beach with girlfriend Perry, surfaced online. The photos also launched thousands of internet memes and plenty of jokes for late-night show hosts.

It turns out that Bloom, 39, had no idea that his display of his manhood would become such a world sensation. According to his ex-wife Miranda Kerr, Bloom wasn’t doing that attention-seeking thing favored by celebrities — tip off the paparazzi to snap them engaged in activities that make them look glamorous or interesting or that sends a message to a rival.

During an interview on Australian radio, Kerr, who was married to Bloom from 2010 to 2013, revealed that her ex gave her a heads up about the photos.

“Oh, my God “o he texted me and he was like, ‘Um, I’m really embarrassed. Some photos are coming out. Just thought I should let you know,'” the Victoria’s Secret model said.

Kerr said she took Bloom to task a bit for getting caught in such a compromising situation. The ex-spouses have a young son together. “I was like, ‘Hmm … right, what were you thinking? Seriously, what were you thinking?'” she said of her response.

But then Kerr, who is now engaged to Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel, jokingly added that she would send Bloom one of her new swimsuits for future outings.

News-Update: Buhari killed by unknown gunmen in Kaduna

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Gunmen kill CJTF commander Buhari in Kaduna state

NORTHERN NIGERIA – Buhari Ahmadu Tanko the Commander of Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) in charge of Kakuri community, Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna state, has been murdered.

The Nation reports that Tanko was reportedly killed by some yet to be identified assailants.

The Kaduna state police command spokesperson, ASP Aliyu Usman confirmed the incident.

He said, the late Tanko, 27 was murdered by hoodlums while attempting to stop them from stealing from the premises of defunct Kaduna Textile Limited located in his catchment area.

ASP Usman said the incident occurred at about 3:26 hours of Monday 29th August 2016, making it difficult for the police to make immediate arrest of any suspect in connection with the killing.

He however said investigation into the matter has already been launched and the culprits will soon be fished out to face the full wrath of the law.

Effort to speak with family of the deceased could not be established as the time of filing this report.

But member of JTF in Kakuri, who would not want his name in print vowed, never to be deterred by the gruesome murder of their leader in their efforts to make the community safer, urging the state government to train and equip them instead of attempting to scrap the activities of local vigilante in the State as we read in the media.

“We know the community better because we leave here. The government can train us continually so we discharge our responsibility better. What happened cannot stop us from patrolling our area especially at night. And we will bring the killers of Buhari to justice no matter how long it will take us,” he said