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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has again shown he stands the chance of being crowned one of the most romantic and caring husbands in the country.
He has one more time come out in the open to shower praises on his wife, Oludolapo.

Writing via his Twitter handle on Saturday, the nation’s number two citizen described his better half as “my treasure”.

He recalled how their love story began, telling her that her heart is his home.

“When our worlds collided, it was just a matter of time,” Osinbajo wrote.

“Our story began today, many years ago. The harmony in the symphony. My treasure! Happy Anniversary Oludolapo

“Your heart is my home.”

This may not come as a surprise to those who followed a similar scene played out when the vice-president’s wife turned 50 in July.

Osinbajo had also taken to Twitter to describe her as “treasure, wings, support and gift from God.”

Oludolapo, on her part, has also confessed that she would rather have the vice-president all to herself.

On hearing that he was going to be nominated as running mate to the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, she became apprehensive.

“Because I knew I would have to share him with others, I mean political associates, official functions and all the likes. And I would rather have him to myself alone,” she had said.

“He is a lovely and kind man. He loves to a fault. He cares a lot. His life is all about caring and giving.”


Lionel Messi has extended his contract with Barcelona until 2021.

The Spanish club announced this on Saturday, making official an agreement reached in July.

The contract of the soccer star with the Camp Nou side is supposed to expire in 2018.

“FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi signed on Saturday morning a new contract that will keep the Argentinian superstar at the club through the 2020/21 season,” the club said in a statement.

“The buyout clause was set at 700 million euros ($835 million).”

The new deal with the club comes with a €700m release fee.

He has played 602 times for the Catalans and has scored 523 goals, helping them to 30 trophies.

Among the trophies are La Liga (8 times), Copa del Rey crowns (five times) and four Champions League titles.

A goalscorer and creative playmaker, Messi takes credit for the most official goals scored in La Liga.

He made his debut for the Spanish team in 2004 when he was 17 years.


Authorities in Egypt, through the country’s air force have launched airstrikes on “terrorist outposts” and vehicles after attackers massacred 235 people in northern Sinai mosque, the military said Saturday.

More than 100 others were injured in the Friday assault on the al Rawdah Sufi mosque in Bir al-Abed, believed to be the deadliest terror attack on the country’s soil.

“The Egyptian Air Force pursued the terrorist elements, discovered and destroyed a number of vehicles that carried out the brutal terrorist killings, and killed all terrorists inside those vehicles,” military spokesman Tamer Rifai said in a statement Saturday.

It also targeted a number of terrorist outposts containing weapons, ammunition and radical elements, Rifai said.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has vowed to respond to the massacre with “brute force.”

Al Rawdah mosque is known as the birthplace of an important Sufi cleric. Sufism is a mystical branch of Islam that some ultra-orthodox Muslims consider heretical.

No one has claimed responsibility, but Friday’s strike bears the hallmarks of an attack by ISIS.

The attack started when an explosive device went off in a building adjacent to the mosque, and gunmen fired at worshippers as they fled, witnesses told CNN.

They said gunmen then entered the mosque and fired at those inside.

The attackers had also set up “ambush” locations and opened fire on ambulances as they transported the wounded to al-Arish before the arrival of security services, according to witnesses.

Photos from inside the mosque showed what appeared to be bodies lined up in rows on the carpet.


Tunisia and Morocco on Saturday joined Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal on the FIFA World Cup train to Russia next June. Tunisia last featured in the World Cup in 2006 and Morocco in 1998.

Morocco qualified at the expense of Ivory Coast, beating the former African Champions 2-0 in Abidjan, to clinch a clear four point lead in Group C. Ivory Coast, playing out-of-sort ended up second in the group with eight points.

Both teams had entered the last game, with prospects that either of them could mathematically clinch the ticket.

Morocco needed just a draw, while Ivory Coast needed an outright win. But as it turned out, Morocco condemned the hosts to stay at home, with two goals in the first half by Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benati, scored within five minutes.

Gabon and Mali who also belonged in the group had ended their match all square.

Tunisia emerged the leaders in Group A, surviving a resilient Libya that shared the spoils of the day with their hosts. The match was played in Rades.

Congo DR had created a scare earlier on, when they led Guinea by 1-0, in Kinshasa, with an own goal by Ousmane Sidibe in the 62nd minute. Nine minutes after, Guinea’s Karamokoba Keita cancelled the goal.

The Congolese fought back in the dying minutes bagging two more goals, one of them a penalty. But the effort was in vain as they ended up with 13 points, one behind the leaders Tunisia who got 14 points.


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has again called for an intensified global action against vices associated with corporate secrecy stating that “breaking the wall of secret corporate ownership is an existential matter.’’

Speaking at the opening of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Beneficial Ownership Conference today in Jakarta, Prof. Osinbajo said, “it is for us literarily a matter of life and death. Masked or Hidden corporate ownership is deeply implicated in the sad story of our underdevelopment.’’

According to him, “we know that anonymous companies are not always illegal or are not always designed to harm. But we also know that secrecy provides a convenient cover for the criminal and the corrupt. And we are not just operating from the theoretical or hypothetical standpoint.’’

He said the dangers of corporate secrecy are evident across the world and does not separate developed societies from the underdeveloped ones.

He said: “Our lived experience has shown clearly that anonymous corporate ownership could serve as vehicles for masking conflicts of interest, corruption, tax evasion, money laundering, and even terrorism financing.

“But this is not just a developing world’s problem. We live in a more inter-connected world, and anonymous companies have footprints and tentacles that do not respect the developed/developing divide.’’

According to Osinbajo, “Opacity in one section of the globe undermines openness in the other. We need to break down this wall together as we are all at risk of the evil effects of opacity in business ownership.’’

The Vice President commended the efforts of the governments of the United Kingdom, Norway, Netherlands and Denmark for leading the way in establishing public registers of the real, human owners of companies in their countries and call on other G8 and G20 countries to follow suit.

He however noted that the challenges ahead transcends establishing registers of beneficial ownership to making such registers effective in achieving the objectives for which they were all established.

According to him, “Making the register count will take a lot of work. It will be important to develop mechanisms to verify the data disclosed and to build the capacities of tax authorities, law enforcement agencies, media and civic groups and even citizens to wade through, interrogate, make sense of and use the data in the registers.’’

“We also need to move away from the illusion of a magic bullet. In fact, there are no magic bullets in the quest for openness and governance reforms. Those who profit from opaqueness will not roll over. They do not have the incentives to do so,’’ he added.

He advocated for a set of legislative measures that would “effectively discourage or totally prohibit non-disclosure agreements by governments with big corporates, and to re-evaluate the use of secret trusts to hide beneficial ownership from the prying eyes of the law.’’

He mentioned some of the measures taken by the Buhari administration in the global campaign against corporate secrecy as, “Nigeria’s membership of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and government’s commitment to the National Action Plan that prioritises the establishment of this all-encompassing and publicly accessible register.’’

Another effort worth mentioning, the Vice President noted include, “the proposal for a draft Money Laundering Prevention and Prohibition Bill to the National Assembly in 2016.’’


President Muhammadu Buhari has given the directive that all the 36 state capitals should be connected with rail in the ongoing railway projects.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr, Chibuike Amaechi, said on Thursday at the meeting with the Chairman Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Sen. Shehu Sani.

The meeting also attended by the Ministers of Finance; Budget and National Planning; and Power, Works and Housing was in connection with President Buhari’s loan request of 5.5 billion dollars.

Amaechi said that the central rail line project connecting several communities of northern and southern Nigeria would be completed in June, next year.

According to him, 17 coaches are expected to arrive in November and out of the number, 10 will be deployed to Abuja-Kaduna rail line while the remaining seven will be deployed to the Itakpe-Warri rail line.

Amaechi said that part of the money being requested now for approval by the senate was to execute the rail projects covering Kano-Kaduna, and Lagos-Ibadan networks.

Sani had earlier advised if Nigeria “must borrow, it must borrow responsibly”.

Sani said: “the committee has the mandate to examine the merits and otherwise of the current loan request of 5.5 billion dollars of the president.

“If we must bequeath to the future generation a pile of debt, it must be justified with commensurate infrastructural proof of the value of the debt.

“The payment plan of this debt will undoubtedly last the length of our lifetimes and possibly beyond.

“We must leave behind a legacy that will appease and answer the questions the next generation of Nigerians will ask,” Sani said.

Also providing insight into the loan request, the Director-General, Debt Management Office, Mrs Patience Oniha, explained that the loans have sustainable benefits that would live beyond the present generation of Nigerians.

“What we should take away is that we are going into projects whose benefits don’t go away.

“The roads don’t go away, the schools don’t go away, and the hospitals don’t go away but all that we need to do is to maintain them properly and that is the explanation I want to make on that,” she said. (NAN)

Nigeria moved up to the 41st position in the World and retained the fifth in Africa in the latest FIFA Coca-Cola world rankings.

The rankings released by the World Football governing body showed that Nigeria moved up three places from the 44th position in September, but maintained the fifth spot in Africa.

It said that Nigeria had 721 points compared to the 696 in September.

The report said that Tunisia became the new number in Africa and 28th in the world with 834 points while the former number on the continent, Egypt came second and 30th in the world with 818 points.

Senegal is number three in Africa and 32 in the world with 815 points while DR Congo is fourth on the continent and 35th in the world with 751 points.

African champions, Cameroon is sixth in the continent and 42nd in the world with 718 points.

In the top 10 ranked countries, Germany retained the number one position in the world with 1631 points while Brazil is second with 1619 points.

Portugal is third, Argentina fourth, Belgium fifth, Poland sixth and France seventh.

Osita Okeke, chairman Nigeria football supporters club, South Africa chapter, attributed Nigeria`s improvement to Super Eagles qualification for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

“From the matches against Cameroon and then Zambia, the Eagles played well and deserve improvement in the latest rankings.

“I believe that the team will continue to do well, especially in the World Cup,” he said.


The private residence of Ibe Kachikwu, minster of state for petroleum resources, caught fire on Sunday evening, TheCable understands.

The house is located in Asokoro, Abuja.

The fire started in his bedroom as a result of a suspected electrical fault to the air conditioners, sources in the know said.

“Kachikwu was not at home when it happened, but thankfully the fire service reacted quickly and put out the fire before things could go out of hand,” a source told TheCable.

Details are scanty on the extent of damage to the house but TheCable understands nobody was hurt in the incident.

The minister has been in the news recently over his letter to President Muhammadu Buhari in which he complained about insubordination and humiliation by Maikanti Baru, the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Personal loans are one of many types of loans you can borrow from a bank. These loans are typically general purpose loans that you can use at your discretion for things like consolidating debt or paying for an unexpected expense or small home improvement project. Personal loans are often more difficult to get and have strict qualification requirements. If you’re thinking about borrowing a personal loan, here are some things you know, according to thebalance.com.

Personal loans are unsecured

This means the loan doesn’t require you to use an asset as collateral. If you default on a personal loan, the lender can’t automatically take a piece of your property as payment for the loan. This is one of the reasons personal loans are more difficult to get. The lender doesn’t have any asset to seize if you can’t make loan payments anymore. Even though the lender can’t automatically take your house or car, it can take other collection actions.

Personal loans have a fixed amount

The amount of personal loans depends on the lender, your income, and your credit rating. The better your credit score and higher your income, the more money you can borrow. Some banks have a cap on the amount of personal loan you can borrow.

Once you pay off the loan, the account is closed. If you need to borrow again, you’ll have to reapply.

Personal loans usually have fixed interest rates

The interest rate is locked and doesn’t change for the life of the loan. Like the loan amount, interest rates on personal loans are based on credit rating. Generally, the better your credit rating, the lower your interest rate. Lower interest rates are ideal because it means you pay a lower cost for borrowing the loan. Some personal loans come with a variable interest rate that changes periodically. The drawback of a variable interest rate is that your payments can fluctuate as your rate changes, making it harder to budget for your loan payments.

Personal loans have a fixed repayment period

You have a set period of time to repay your personal loan. Loan periods are stated in months, e.g. 12, 24, 36, 48, and 60. Longer repayment periods lower your monthly loan repayment but they also mean you pay more in interest than if you had a shorter repayment period. Your interest rate may also be tied to your repayment period.

For example, you may have a lower interest rate with shorter repayment periods. Longer repayment periods also mean you will be paying on the loan for a longer period of time.

Having an open loan can affect your ability to get approved for other loans. Note that some loans have a pre-payment penalty, which charges a fee for paying off your loan early.

Applying for a personal loan
It may be easier to get a personal loan from a bank you already have an account with. The bank will probably want to know what you are going to use the money for and may even have a better loan for your needs. As with any other loan, it’s important to choose personal loans wisely and only borrow what you can afford to repay.

Indonesian football was in mourning on Monday after celebrated goalkeeper Choirul Huda died following an on-pitch collision with a team-mate.

Huda, 38, a long-time regular for his hometown club Persela in East Java, collapsed just before half-time after Sunday’s accidental clash with Brazilian midfielder Ramon Rodrigues.

Video footage showed the father of two clutching his chest in pain before he was rushed away on a stretcher and taken to hospital. Doctors said he stopped breathing and suffered a heart attack.

“He received an emergency treatment for a few minutes in the hospital but he could not be saved. He died before 5:00 pm yesterday,” Persela’s assistant coach Yuhronur Efendi told AFP.

Doctors said the medical team tried to revive the veteran Huda, a former fringe player in the national set-up, for about an hour.

“Choirul Huda suffered from traumatic collision with a team-mate which caused him to stop breathing and have cardiac arrest,” Yudistiro Andri Nugroho, a doctor from Lamongan hospital, said in a statement.

Nugroho said Huda suffered possible neck and head trauma from the impact to his chest and lower jaw after he dived at the feet of on-rushing players and was caught by the legs of Rodrigues.

Persela paid tribute to Huda, who played for the team more than 500 times since 1999, calling him “The Real Legend” of the club in a posting on Twitter.

Thousands of fans also took to social media in memory of Huda, who had been known to Persela supporters as “One Man, One Club, One Love”.


Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Sunday said it apprehended and referred 4,000 traffic offenders for psychological evaluation in the last three months to enforce sanity on FCT roads.

The new Sector Commander in the FCT, Mr Ayuba Wobin, made this known when he visited FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, at his residence in Abuja.

Wobin assured FCT residents of the command’s preparedness to ensure safety on the roads, especially in ember months.

The sector commander, who was recently deployed to FCT, conveyed the appreciation of the corps to the minister “for his interest and contributions to road safety issues in the FCT.”

He said “since I assumed office in the FCT, I have taken keen interest to observe the great contributions of the administration toward efforts to reduce road crashes and safeguard the lives of road users.

“These include the pragmatic efforts of the minister toward clearing obstructions on roads, provision of walkways, enforcement of the use of pedestrian bridges, as well as prompt response to emergencies, among others.”

He appealed for support toward the execution of the command’s patrol activities during the ember months and pledged support to the FCT Administration toward ensuring safer roads in the territory.

The FCT minister thanked the sector commander for the visit, saying the relationship between the command and the FCTA was long and cordial.

Bello said the collaboration with the Sector Command in the enforcement of the use of pedestrian bridges in the city had saved lives.

He noted that “in Dei-Dei, if you check your records, you will see what it used to be before the enforcement on the use of pedestrian bridges.

“Pedestrians were being run over on daily basis, but today, that ugly experience has been stemmed.”

The minister expressed concern over the spate of violation of traffic regulations and the challenge of traffic management in Abuja, which he said informed the appointment of new Secretary of Transport, Mr Kayode Opeifa.

He explained that “Opeifa served as Commissioner in Lagos for quite some time, so he is among the experts in this field.

“A lot of the interventions we wanted to embark upon were deliberately kept on hold because we wanted to get the right personnel.

“I hope you would work closely with him to evolve dynamic solutions to the challenge of traffic violations in the FCT.”

Authorities on Monday confirmed that 300 people died after twin bomb explosions in Mogadishu, as locals packed hospitals in search of friends and relatives caught up in Somalia’s deadliest attack in a decade.

Abdikadir Abdirahman, director city ambulance service, told Reuters on Monday that the death toll has steadily risen since Saturday, when the blasts, for which no organisation had claimed responsibility by Monday morning, struck at two busy junctions in the heart of the city.

“We have confirmed 300 people died in the blast. The death toll will still be higher because some people are still missing.”

Aden Nur, a doctor at the city’s Madina hospital, said they had recorded 258 deaths while Ahmed Ali, a nurse at the nearby Osman Fiqi hospital, told Reuters five bodies had been sent there.

Nur said 160 of the bodies could not be recognised. “(They)were buried by the government yesterday. The others were buried by their relatives.

“Over a hundred injured were also brought here,” he told Reuters at the hospital.

Officials said some of the injured were being evacuated by air to Turkey for treatment.

Locals visiting their injured relatives or collecting their bodies filled every available space in Madina hospital.

“My last time to speak with my brother was some minutes before the blast occurred.

“By then he told me, he was on the way to meet and was passing at K5,” Halima Nur, a local mother, told Reuters, referring to one of the junctions that was struck.

“I am afraid he was among the unrecognised charred bodies that were buried yesterday. I have no hope of getting him alive or dead. But I cannot go home.”

Saturday bomb attacks were the deadliest since Islamist militant group al Shabaab began an insurgency in 2007.

Neither it nor any other group had claimed responsibility, but al Shabaab, which is allied to al Qaeda, stages regular attacks in the capital and other parts of the country.

The group is waging an insurgency against Somalia’s UN-backed government and its African Union allies in a bid to impose its own strict interpretation of Islam.

The militants were driven out of Mogadishu in 2011 and have been steadily losing territory since then to the combined forces of AU peacekeepers and Somali security forces.

Al Shabaab retains the capacity to mount large, complex bomb attacks.

Over the past three years, the number of civilians killed by insurgent bombings has steadily climbed as al Shabaab increases the size of its bombs.

Nur said that some of those seriously injured in Saturday’s bombing were moved by ambulance to the airport on Monday morning to be flown to Turkey for further treatment.

Workers unloaded boxes of medicine and other medical supplies from a Turkish military plane parked on the tarmac, while Turkish medical teams attended to the cases of injuries moved from the hospital for evacuation.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Kingdom Summit 2017 of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), blamed the Churches for not speaking against corruption.

Osinbajo, who was at the Kings Court Parish, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday, remarked that corruption in the country still existed because the church had failed to speak against.

They failed to speak against graft simply because those involved in graft had relationships with them.

Osinbajo also urged Christians against putting tribe above other things.

He said that at creation, there was no difference in the nature of man and everyone related in an atmosphere devoid of tribe or other differences.

“The canal nature of man is that he places his tribe above others but the only basis for the power and unity of the church is that there is no Jew or Gentile.’’

He also advised the faithful to avoid divisive issues as much as they did to foolish disputes.

Osinbajo added that it was wrong to seek vengeance as the gospel did not give Christians the power to habour hatred.

According to him, when the disciple, Stephen, was killed, if the Apostles had retaliated, there would not have been the gospel.

“The gospel of the Lord says you must overcome evil with good.’’

He said God had a purpose for the Nigeria with the kind of persons in authority.

But he warned that the strategic position God had placed the leaders would be meaningless if they failed to live by the gospel.

“I am so pleased and happy and I believe that the Almighty God has a plan for our nation by putting us in strategic positions in politics, business and everywhere.

“But, the strategic positions He has placed us will have no effect unless we are prepared to live by the gospel.

“There is no wisdom of man that can change men or change nations; it is the power and wisdom of God that can,’’ he stated.

The vice president, who titled his remark “Neither Jew, nor Gentile’’ noted that the gospel of the Lord was transformational, meant to turn the market place around by uniting God’s people.

According to him, the only way to transform the nation is to obey the gospel and to do so that citizens must free themselves from the canal and simply return to the gospel in their practices.

Osinbajo noted that sometimes people thought that God did not achieve His purpose in man because God’s gospel contradicted the purpose of man.

He said that many times, Christians interpreted the gospel to suit their purposes, which explained why it was easy for them to pray against their enemies that prayed for them.

“This canal nature cannot save us; we are completely different from God because the gospel is not a canal word,’’ he stated.

The vice president pointed out that the Bible was not just a book but the wisdom of God, which could not be trampled upon.

He noted that the power of the church lay in its unity.

He traced the history of creation where God made man in His own image, and that man fell apart because of sin, but salvation still came when Christ was born.

Osinbajo prayed for the country and the people and asked God to grant Nigerians faithfulness to Him and give everyone the grace to avoid every form of disunity.

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Just over a month ago The Pirate Bay’s website was found to be using visitors’ CPU cycles to mine cryptocurrency while they browsed the site. At the time, the practice was said to be a limited test in order to see if digital currency mining could be a new source of revenue to replace traditional advertising. However, without notice Pirate Bay has returned to mining and offers no opt-out option to visitors.

Just like in mid-September, the cryptocurrency miner isn’t directly embedded on the Pirate Bay’s website code, but instead runs on a JavaScript code that’s often used for ads. Visitors will notice a clear increase in their CPU usage when on the website, while those with ad blockers or anti-malware tools may find the miner’s code disabled.

Currently, Pirate Bay is still using standard ads alongside the miner, and just like before the website makes no attempt to disclose its use to visitors. Unlike last time, however, the miner seems to be throttled, making it so many users may not even notice the spike in CPU usage.

Since Pirate Bay has yet to comment on their use of the miner, it’s not clear if this is another test period or is now permanent. The fact that there’s no way to opt-out may be a problem for Coinhive, the company behind the miner’s script, as they’ve previously said they wouldn’t allow their customers to use the code without disclosing it to users.

SOURCE TorrentFreak

At least 50 people were killed and more than 80 others were wounded in what seems to be the largest suicide car bombing ever in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

A suicide bomber exploded a vehicle at a busy intersection despite being fired on by security forces, as reported by government officials, medical sources and witnesses on Saturday afternoon, sending clouds of white smoke spiralling into the sky.

Most of those killed were civilians, police officer Mohamed Dahir told dpa.

Witness Ahmed Hassan described dozens of public buses destroyed as wounded survivors and panicked people sought safety.

“Dead bodies were scattered around the area,” he said. “I have never seen such a terrible attack. It is like an earthquake in terms of the destruction it has caused.”

Another witness, Abdiasis Qorane, said he had lost his car, one of over 100 cars that were burnt out in the attack. “There was a blood everywhere. My eyes could see parts of dead bodies being cut into pieces,” Qorane said.

Buildings hundreds of metres away from the explosion site were damaged, with windows and doors blown off their hinges.

While speaking to reporters at the blast site, Mogadishu’s Mayor Thaabid Abdi requested more bulldozers to recover victims from under rubble.

Somali Information Minister Abdirahman Yarisow condemned the attack on state-run Radio Mogadishu saying the militant group al-Shabaab was behind it.

“The government is working hard to collect enough information about the exact death toll of this horrific attack by the terrorists,” the minister said.

The target of the attack remained unclear, though the nearby Safari hotel is popular with Somalis returned from abroad, government workers and journalists. Security forces normally stop and search vehicles at the intersection.

Shortly after the first explosion, security forces who are based not far from the area foiled another suicide car bomber who detonated his car killing no-one but himself, according to police officer Ali Hassan.

No group has claimed responsibility for both attacks, but al-Shabaab has staged large-scale attacks in the city for many years.

Al-Shabaab, an Islamist group affiliated with the al-Qaeda terrorist network which is seeking an Islamist state in Somalia, launches regular attacks within the volatile East African nation.

Pope Francis will declare 33 martyrs and 2 others from Brazil, Mexico, Spain and Italy, as the Catholic Church’s new saints on Sunday at a Canonization Mass in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square.

They include 30 so-called “Matryrs of Natal”, including priests and lay people, who were killed in 1645 in a wave of anti-Catholic persecution by Dutch Calvinists in Natal, Brazil.

Another group of 3 indigenous martyrs from Mexico – Cristobal, Antonio and Juan – known as the “Child Martyrs of Tlaxcala” will also be canonized.

Aged between 12 and 13, the children were among the first indigenous Catholics of Mexico who were ‎killed between 1527 and 1529 for refusing to renounce their faith and return to their ancient ‎traditions.‎

Among the new saints will also be two European priests. One of them is Spanish Piarist Father, Manuel Míguez González, the founder of the Daughters of the Divine Shepherdess, or the Calasanzian Institute.

He died in 1925. The other is Italian Cappuchin priest, Fr. Angelo da Acri, who died in 1739.

Source: Vatican Radio

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Saturday in Lagos tasked officers of the Nigerian Army Finance Corps (NAFC) on conduct, professionalism and hard work as he inaugurated the Data Recovery Centre.

Buratai was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Maj.-Gen. David Ahmadu, during the inauguration of the data recovery centre at the Nigerian Army Finance Corps, Apapa, Lagos.

According to him, the Nigerian Army in recent times is being faced with many challenges ranging from militancy, insurgency, kidnapping and all forms of crimes across the country.

“I implore you not to rest on your oars. Conduct yourselves within the ambit of the Rules of Engagement,” he said.

Buratai said the corps had been able to manage its scarce resources, adding that the troops at the various theatre of operations have been getting their allowance monthly.

“I commend the Acting Chief of Accounts and Budget, Brig.-Gen. Jehadi Jakko and am happy to inaugurate the remodelled NAFC complex, the data recovery centre and gymnasium.

“This is in line with my administration towards maintenance culture and provision of critical infrastructure.

“As you are aware the army has keyed into all reforms in line with constituted authorities.

“Some of this include; implementation of the treasury single account and Integrated Payroll Personal Information System (IPPIS),” he said.

Buratai also commended the NAFC for its role in administration of troops, allowances, especially in the support of troops in the north-east.

Earlier, Brig.-Gen. Jakko, during his address of welcome, thanked the Chief of Army Staff for his support since his assumption of office.

He said that the corps was saddled with the payment of salaries of troops and other allowances amongst other things.

He said the Nigerian Army was already implementing all government financial reforms, adding that it had been helpful in its finances.

The Command and Warrant Officers Mess was also inaugurated and was witnessed by many senior officers.

Swiss ace, Roger Federer played his A-tennis today to overcome the challenge of World Number One, Rafael Nadal to clinch his second Shanghai Masters title.

He beat his Spaniard rival 6-4 6-3 for the title that he last won in 2014. It was his 27th Masters title and 94th career titles.

Federer gave notice of his intention in the match when he broke Nadal in the opening game and producing a flurry of aces, forehand and backhand winners, he went ahead to clinch the set 6-4.

The ruthless Federer also broke Nadal twice in the second set, while Nadal was serving at 2-2 and 3-5. He closed the match in less than 90 minutes.

Nadal leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 23-15, but Federer has tried to narrow the margin, having won their past five match-ups.

With torrential rain drenching the Qi Zhong Tennis Center, the roof was closed for the blockbuster clash of titans. Federer was in control from the first ball, looking to break down Nadal’s defence with an assault of forehands and backhands.

In each of Federer’s three previous victories over Nadal this season – at the Australian Open and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami – the Swiss won more than 75 per cent of first serve points.

His delivery was on song once again in Sunday’s final, claiming 83 per cent of total service points in closing out a 6-4 first set.

The second set featured more vintage Federer, as the second seed struck a stunning drop volley winner and forced Nadal to misfire on a forehand to claim the break for 3-2.

Federer executed his game-plan to perfection throughout the 71-minute affair, sealing the win on his second match point when a Nadal forehand found the net.

*With ATPWorldtour.com

Gunmen on Saturday attacked the residence of former Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Coomasie, killing a mobile policeman and injuring another.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that two attackers on a motorcycle opened fire on the two policemen stationed at the gate of the residence at about 8pm, but did not gain entrance into the house.

The attackers were however said to have escaped with the rifle of one of the policemen.

A neighbour told NAN on condition of anonymity, that the former IGP and his family members were safe.

The corpse of the policeman has been deposited at the mortuary of Katsina General Hospital, where the other injured mobile policeman was receiving treatment.

The Police Commissioner in the state, Mr. Besen Dabiya-Gwana, did not respond to several telephone calls, but the Command’s spokesman, DSP Isa Gambo, said the police were conducting investigation on the matter.

Meanwhile, the Police Command in Anambra said it has killed two suspected kidnappers and rescued a victim.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mrs Nkeiru Nwode, made this disclosure on Saturday in Awka while addressing newsmen.

Nwode, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), said the victim, simply identified as Nnamdi, was kidnapped on Oct. 11, in a filling station at Obosi, near Onitsha, by four armed hoodlums.

According to her, N20 million was demanded as ransom but the detectives attached to Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the command trailed them as they were coming to collect the ransom on Oct. 13.

“As the hoodlums got to know that they were being trailed, they started attacking the police but two of the kidnappers were killed, while others escaped with bullet wounds,” Nwode said.

She said exhibits recovered from the suspects included one locally made pistol with two live cartridges, one cut to size single barrel gun, one unregistered Q-link motorcycle and a cell phone.

Nwode assured members of the public of the relentless efforts of the police in securing lives and properties in the state. (NAN)

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